CNN's chief national correspondent reports from Iowa with the latest on the early voting in the key battleground state. A full transcript of King's report will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html
Exclusive reporting on 360 last night: Sources telling us the crime scene in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were killed is still not secure and not one FBI agent has been allowed on the site. CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend had the breaking details.
CNN senior correspondent Joe Johns previewed his investigation into the impact of voter ID laws on today's edition of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Johns' one-hour documentary, Voters in America: Who Counts, focuses on new legislative voting changes in the battleground state of Florida and how those changes may affect the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.
Who Counts debuts on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT.
Matt Borges, Executive Director of Ohio's Republican Party told CNN's Brooke Baldwin he does not believe the New York Times/CBS poll numbers showing Gov. Romney 10 points down in Ohio.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani says President Obama is leading Mitt Romney in the race right now, but criticizes the administration's foreign policy record as “not working.”
Giuliani says, “I believe that Obama is ahead. If I were the Obama campaign, I’d feel a little better than the Romney campaign. I feel like we’re ahead. Things are working. But, boy, I’d be nervous as heck that we’ve got four debates, three presidential debates, and we’ve got a Mideast, that who knows what’s going to happen next. The simple fact is, the Obama approach to the Mideast is not working. Iran, now, has three times more enriched uranium since the day that President Obama came into office. His whole approach to Iran is not working. Egypt is trying to put Sharia law into the constitution. Three guys walked out of the Parliament yesterday because they’re worried that Egypt’s going to become a Sharia state. An American ambassador is killed for the first time since Jimmy Carter. We’ve had thirty, forty demonstrations against America.”
He continues, “[President Obama] made a lot of the wrong bets. Get rid of Mubarak, get rid of Gadhafi.”
When CNN Anchor John Berman asks to clarify his remarks, Giuliani answers, “I probably agree with Hillary Clinton. That Mubarak should’ve been moved out much more carefully, with much more emphasis on what comes after Mubarak.”
CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza disagrees that the United States could’ve had more influence over the Egypt uprising and subsequent elections.
Later on in the interview, Giuliani addresses Iran and Israel relations. He says, “What I expect from my president… is to sit down with the leader of the country that’s most affected by [the possibility of Iran developing a nuclear weapon]. Probably our greatest ally over the last 30-40 years. I don’t care if you like Netanyahu or you don’t…. I would sit down with Netanyahu, and I would have an eye to eye conversation with him. This man has to make a critical decision…. I would let him know the red line if there is a red line.”
Giuliani says that he doesn’t think President Obama should publicly declare what the red line is. Berman and the Starting Point panel tell him that his belief does not agree with Mitt Romney’s stance.
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
President Obama campaign Adviser Michele Flournoy joins Starting Point to talk foreign policy record, relationships with international leaders, and 2012 race.
On Iran, Flournoy says, “If you look at the record of the President, he has led the international community in imposing the most crippling sanctions ever imposed on any country. He has said that all options are on the table including the use of force if that becomes necessary. And I can tell you, from my time in the Pentagon, that option is very real. But I think it’s important that we give diplomacy time to work. We still do have time. But the President has been clear, and consistently clear in his determination to absolutely prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. There’s no doubt about that whatsoever.”
On Israel, Flournoy states, “I think that we have laid out a red line and that is Iran cannot actually get a weapon. And we’ve had extensive, intensive talks with the Israelis. There’s no light between us on the intelligence picture. There’s no light between us on the policy objective. And we’ve worked very closely in a number of areas on diplomacy, on sanctions, to try to further isolate Iran and get them to change their decision making calculus and give up the quest for a bomb.”
She continues, “I think that all of the intelligence communities, and they’ve testified about this publicly, they believe that they’re at least a year away, if not more, from getting a weapon. But remember, the facilities they are using are under AEIA safeguards. There’s a lot that we would see if they were would start to dash towards a bomb. So the belief in the international community is that we still have some time to work this problem, before we ultimately have to make a decision whether or not to use military force to delay the program.”
When CNN Anchor John Berman asks which leaders President Obama is closest with, Flournoy answers, “I think he’s very close to a number of our NATO allies to the President of Turkey to a number of leaders across the Gulf and Asia.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
*LAUNCHES 27 SEPTEMBER AT 1900 BST / 2000 CET WITHIN ‘QUEST MEANS BUSINESS’
A new science and technology series on CNN International, ‘Make, Create, Innovate’tells the stories behind the inventions and technological breakthroughs that re-shape our world – a celebration of human ingenuity and the inquisitive mind.
The series launches on Thursday, 27 September,as a fortnightly segment (every other Thursday) within ‘Quest Means Business’, CNN International’s prime time business show which airs at 1900 BST / 2000 CET.
Presented by Nick Glass and filmed on location, each episode of ‘Make, Create, Innovate’ showcases the pioneers who have revolutionised the field in which they work. Each segment explores the origin of their ‘eureka’ moment, whether the result of a happy coincidence or years of trial and error experimentation; it also reveals the key economic or social value of those inventions – a patented concept that has transformed an industrial sector or peoples’ lives.
‘Make, Create, Innovate’will include technologies in health, medicine, space exploration, meteorology, exploration, mobility (transport), architecture, agriculture, manufacturing, sport, telecommunications and energy.
Kicking off the series on Thursday 27 September, ‘Make, Create, Innovate’ focuses on ‘Li-Fi’, an Edinburgh-based story about the WiFi of the future, which uses light waves and could be the next generation of wireless communication.
The lights in people’s homes, traffic lights or the light on a Smartphone could all provide access to the internet at broadband speed…‘Make, Create, Innovate’ meets Professor Harald Haas, the inventor behind this breakthrough, bringing his ‘light bulb’ moment to life.
The second episode, airing Thursday 11 October, comes from Budapest, and is the story about the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, Erno Rubik.
Future episodes will include:
For more information, please contact:Joel Brown Senior Press Officer CNN Europe, Middle East & Africa Tel: + 44 20 7693 0967 firstname.lastname@example.org
CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti about his nation's economic austerity, whether he will stand for national election in Italy, and his relationships with his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, and Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel:
AMANPOUR: Well, let me ask you, because obviously you were the unelected prime minister. There are elections coming up. Will you run? Will you enter the race for the leadership?
MONTI: No, I will not run for the elections. By the way, I don't need to, because the president of the republic appointed me senator for life. And I think it's important that the full political game resumes in Italy, hopefully with a higher degree of responsibility and of maturity. We are helping that by being part of the European Union. Obviously, I will facilitate as much as I can the evolution.
The full transcript for this interview will be posted here.
Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S. In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.
CNN national political correspondent Jim Acosta spoke with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney about the accuracy of his campaign ads, for his thoughts on foreign policy and his opinion about the NFL replacement referees. Acosta’s interview with Romney aired in the 5 p.m. ET hour of CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Highlights from the interview are after the jump. A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.09.25.html FULL POSTRomney: My ads have been 'spot on'