October 2nd, 2012
06:14 PM ET

Pelosi: This is a person [Paul Ryan] who has been the destroyer of Medicare guarantee.

Today on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke about her expectations for the Congressional balance of power, Libya and more. Highlights from the full interview are after the jump and a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.

Please credit all usage of the information to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer


October 2nd, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Soledad O’Brien Examines the Chase for Latino Votes in Nevada and Beyond

Latino in America: Courting Their Vote debuts Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8:00p.m. ET & PT

Nearly 60,000 Latinos turn 18 each month in the United States and many pollsters predict the collective impact of Latino votes will be a deciding factor in several of the most contested “battleground states” for the 2012 presidential election.  CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on how Democrats and Republicans are reaching out to the swing voter demographic of Latinos, with a lens on the pivotal state of Nevada, a state with both the fastest-growing Latino community in the nation, and a state that has voted for the last 24 of the last 25 U.S. presidents.

Latino in America: Courting Their Vote debuts on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT. FULL POST

October 2nd, 2012
04:46 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Arnold Schwarzenegger on tomorrow's debate

Tonight Piers Morgan sits down with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a lengthy interview that covers his career before and after politics, his affair with his housekeeper, his relationship with Maria Shriver, and his perspective on the 2012 presidential race.  

“Well, I think that, you know, the debate, the most important thing is to be real.  I mean, I don’t want to give advice to those guys. Because first of all of Romney and Obama, both of them are very skilled.  And they're very smart.  And that they have maybe political differences, you know, and how to approach the problem,” he told Piers of his advice to the candidates on the eve of tomorrow’s first presidential debate of the 2012 election.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
October 2nd, 2012
03:17 PM ET

CNN Shows Primetime Gains in September; Has Significant Growth from Last Quarter


  • CNN showed primetime gains in September vs. a year ago;
  • Erin Burnett OutFront has best month ever;
  • AC 360 (10pm) is highest rated show on the network in the key demo;
  • Piers Morgan Tonight is highest rated show on the network in total viewers;
  • September represents CNN’s 4th month of growth in both total viewers and demo in total day since May 2012 lows;
  • CNN has significant growth this quarter vs. last quarter (Q3 2012 vs. Q2 2012);
  • FNC is down the most in primetime in Q3 vs. a year ago.


October 2nd, 2012
03:05 PM ET

CNN to Air Interviews with Michelle Obama, Ann Romney Ahead of First Debate

Sen. Rob Portman Speaks Exclusively with Dana Bash about Behind-the-Scenes of Debate Prep

On the eve of the first head-to-head debate between Pres. Obama and Gov. Romney, CNN is the only cable network to have conducted recent interviews with both of the candidates’ wives. Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama and chief political analyst Gloria Borger interviewed Ann Romney. Portions of the interviews will first air today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which begins at 4 p.m. ET. The interviews will be featured during the network’s ‘Debate Night in America’ coverage, which begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Yellin interviewed Mrs. Obama together with her brother Craig Robinson. In the sit down interview, they discuss the upcoming debate, which falls on the Obama’s 20th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Obama discusses what it is like to watch her husband debate and weighs in on Ann Romney’s sentiment that running for president is “hard.”

In Borger’s pre-debate interview with Ann Romney, the candidate’s wife candidly shares how Gov. Romney prepares for the high stakes face-off. During the one-on-one, Mrs. Romney takes on her husband’s critics, discusses her role supporting him and addresses the debates’ potential impact on his campaign.

Additionally, senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash spoke exclusively with Sen. Rob Portman, who is playing the role of Pres. Obama during Gov. Romney’s debate preparation. Portman, who has played the role of the Democrat for GOP candidates since 2000, offered insight and anecdotes about the behind-the-scenes rehearsals through the years. Yellin also sat down for an interview with Sen. John Kerry, who is playing the role of Gov. Romney during Pres. Obama’s debate preparation. Bash and Yellin’s interviews with Sen. Portman and Sen. Kerry will air Wednesday during the network’s ‘Debate Night in America’ coverage, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

Topics: CNN • CNN Debate • CNN Politics
PREVIEW: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 42 & 43
German jockey Andrasch Starke, crosses the finish line of the Qatar Prix De L´Arc De Triomphe 2011. (Credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
October 2nd, 2012
11:32 AM ET

PREVIEW: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 42 & 43

Open Court

Kei Nishikori & Andy Murray (both centre) at the Japan Open (Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday 18 October at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Saturday 20 October at 0830 BST / 0930 CET and 2200 BST / 2300 CET
Sunday 21 October at 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Saturday 27 October at 1730 BST/ 1830 CET
Sunday 28 October at 0830 BST / 0930 CET and 2200 BST / 2300 CET
Duration: 30 minutes

In October, ‘Open Court’ travels to Tokyo to meet some of the biggest names in Tennis right now, including world number three, Andy Murray, as he arrives for the Japan Open. It’s straight back into competition mode for the Scottish player, who finally beat Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller at the U.S. Open last month, winning his first grand slam championship. The champion talks to the programme about his whirlwind summer and his goal to become world number one.

‘Open Court’ also meets Japanese star Kei Nishikori, often known as ‘Special K’. The world number 17 is the highest-ranked male player in Japan’s history, having beaten Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer in his career. The programme interviews Nishikori’s coach and his agent, who tell ‘Open Court’ what it’s like to represent Japan around the world.

Also this month, CNN spends time with Shingo Kunieda, paralympian singles gold medallist in Beijing and London, who holds a wheelchair tennis clinic in Tokyo, and host Pat Cash plays a hit with Ai Sugiyama, winner of three grand slam doubles championships. Having recorded wins over Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf and Lindsay Davenport, Sugiyama now coaches children outside Tokyo… but is she prepared for Pat Cash’s volley master class?


Winning Post

German jockey Andrasch Starke celebrates on his horse Danedream at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2011. (Credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday 25 October at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Saturday 27 October at 0830 BST / 0930 CET and 2200 BST / 2300 CET
Sunday 28 October 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Duration: 15 minutes

In October, ‘Winning Post’ focuses on Europe’s most prestigious all-age race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, commonly known as The Arc. In this vintage edition, host Francesca Cumani meets the greatest racing horses from the four corners of the globe.

‘Winning Post’ first catches up with Danedream, the German reigning champion who was the surprise package in last year’s race.  This year she aims to become the first filly to defend the Arc since 1937. The show travels to meet some of Danedream’s competitors, Irish horse Camelot and English horse Snow Fairy.

And hoping to score Japan’s first-ever win at The Arc is Japanese horse Orfevre. Cumani speaks to his jockey, hot shot Belgian Christophe Soumillion, who has controversially taken the place of the horse’s previous rider from Japan.

To conclude this edition, ‘Winning post’ investigates what it takes to prepare a horse for The Arc, from years of dressage to hydrotherapy to get them in shape. The programme went to find out where The Arc winners of the future are being made.


Leading Women

October’s ‘Leading Women’: Donna Langley and Jennifer Taylor

Wednesday 24 October at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Saturday 27 October at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET
Sunday 28 October at 1230 BST / 1330 CET
Duration: 30 minutes

Profiling some of the most influential women from across the globe, each month ‘Leading Women’ meets remarkable professionals from a variety of fields, including business, the arts, sport and culture. In October, ‘Leading Women’ profiles Donna Langley, Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures and Jennifer Taylor, Chief Operating Officer for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Named Co-Chairman of Universal Pictures in 2009, Donna Langley works alongside Chairman Adam Fogelson on all aspects of Universal's business and production strategies. She oversees feature film production and is responsible for the Focus Features and Working Title divisions, and the international operations of Universal Pictures. In 2010, ‘Women in Film’ honoured Langley with the Crystal Award for excellence in filmmaking. Previously, Langley was Universal's President of Production, a role in which she oversaw production for such hits as American Gangster, The Bourne Ultimatum and Fast & Furious.

Jennifer Taylor is responsible for developing and implementing operating plans across Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with a particular emphasis on strategic planning and execution, governance and controls, and infrastructure efficiency. Taylor joined the firm in 1997 in London, where she was responsible for the legal coverage of structured finance transactions, and worked her way up to earn the position as COO in 2007. Taylor read law at TrinityCollege, Dublin and holds an LL.B. degree. She is also an English qualified solicitor, having trained at a law firm in London.


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Congratulations CNN and AC360!
CNN correspondents Nic Robertson, Hala Gorani, Arwa Damon, Fred Pleitgen, Ben Wedeman, Christian Streib, Suzanne Malveaux and Tommy Evans accept the Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long Form for the Breaking News Simulcast of Revolution in Egypt: President Mubarack Steps Down.
October 2nd, 2012
09:43 AM ET

Congratulations CNN and AC360!

CNN was honored with two recognitions at the 33rd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Anderson Cooper 360 won an Emmy for Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis for Anderson Cooper 360 Bullying: It Stops Here

– CNN/CNNI won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form for the Breaking News Simulcast of Revolution in Egypt: President Mubarack Steps Down

CNN congratulates all of the nominees on the recognition of their journalism.

Topics: AC360 • Arwa Damon • Awards • Ben Wedeman • CNN • CNN International • Egypt • Nic Robertson
October 2nd, 2012
09:20 AM ET

Gov. McDonnell: People aren't going to vote on immigration

On Starting Point, Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) says that immigration is not ‘an issue that is going to move a lot of voters’ and Romney should continue to focus on the economy.

Governor McDonnell says, “I don’t think this is an issue that is going to move a lot of voters. It is in certain areas of the country. I do think it’s one more unmet need that the American people have had for a long time. I think a comprehensive approach, that frankly, both of them have promised is what we need to do. But ultimately that’s not what people are going to vote on. They want to get their sons and daughters out of debt, back to work, reduce their gas prices….”

When CNN’s Christine Romans asks if he doesn’t think immigration will resonate with independent voters, Gov. McDonnell responds, “Well, not much. I mean, look at all the polls. They don't, I can tell you from listening to people in Virginia, from looking at the polls, it's about jobs, the economy, energy, prices, and leadership, a vision for the future.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday morning from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Starting Point
October 2nd, 2012
08:42 AM ET

RNC rep.: Pres. Obama can "wow a crowd;" doesn't help record

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer talks debate, candidate records, gender gap and immigration reform on Starting Point.

Spicer says, “The folks from the Obama campaign have talked down the expectations from the President so many days in a row that today I expect them to come out and say that the President’s got a fear of public speaking. I mean these guys keep talking it down like it’s going to be a blow away.”

He continues, “The President is the only one who’s actually been through a presidential debate. By all accounts, I think the one thing that Republicans and Democrats can agree upon is the President is a gifted speaker. He has amazing rhetoric. He can go out there and wow a crowd. That is his strength. I will give him that. But I think there’s a big difference between going out over and over again and making promises and having great rhetoric and then having a record to follow up on. And that’s where you’re going to see the contrast tomorrow night. Governor Romney is going to be able to lay out very succinctly where he wants to take the country and his plans and policies. I think the President’s going to be talking about blame and excuses as to why he wasn’t able to get things done even though he had a Democratic Congress for two years of his presidency.”

On the gender gap in polls, “I can tell you that Governor Romney’s plan is one that addresses how to make this country better for all Americans that deals with issues that women care about in terms of insuring that we have better health care so that our families and our kids can get better. That we have fewer regulations because so many women are running small businesses today. So, it is a campaign that is focused on all Americans.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday morning from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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GEMS research confirms CNN reaches more people per month in EMEA & Asia
October 2nd, 2012
08:33 AM ET

GEMS research confirms CNN reaches more people per month in EMEA & Asia

Inaugural Media Survey of Global Affluents (GEMS) confirms CNN reaches more people per month across multiple platforms in EMEA and Asia than any other channel of any genre – news, factual or entertainment

CNN also outperforms all other International TV news channels in monthly, weekly and daily reach. 

28th September, 2012:  CNN reaches more upscale consumers across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, on TV and online than any other international media brand, according to results from the first Media Survey of Global Affluents (GEMS), launched today. The findings are an endorsement of the unwavering global strength of the CNN International brand amongst 69 million affluent individuals across 47 markets.

GEMS represents an alignment of four separate surveys; EMS Europe (21 countries), Middle East (8 countries) and Africa (7 countries) and PAX Asia (11 countries), and allows harmonised reach and frequency analysis of advertising campaigns running across international media.

“Having a truly international benchmarking currency is the realisation of a development we’ve been advocating for some time and a significant leap forward for international media owners who now have an independent evaluation tool that mirrors how they do business,” says Didier Mormesse, SVP Ad Sales Research and Audience Insight, CNN International. FULL POST