October 3rd, 2012
11:42 PM ET

Cutter to Jessica Yellin: Romney wins style points

CNN's Jessica Yellin speaks to Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter about the hits and misses of the first presidential debate.

A full transcript of the interview is after the jump.


Cutter: Romney wins style points

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What's In Store for Debate Viewers: Wednesday, October 3rd
October 3rd, 2012
06:28 PM ET

What's In Store for Debate Viewers: Wednesday, October 3rd


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  • In Washington, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King, along with Erin Burnett and the Oct. 16 debate moderator Candy Crowley live from Denver, will lead the network’s coverage.
  • Chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen with CNN contributors James Carville, Alex Castellanos, Carly Fiorina and Van Jones, will be on deck with insightful analysis and political expertise throughout the night.
  • CNN secured interviews with both debate stand-ins to gain insight into campaign preparation.
  • 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.VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/OEbR4x
  • Chief White House correspondent Jessica 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. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/OEbLtF


  • Jessica Yellin sat down with First Lady Michelle Obama and Gloria Borger had a national exclusive interview with Ann Romney. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/QVqwnD.
  • Mrs. Obama to CNN’s Jessica Yellin on debate advice for the president, “You know, he doesn't need much advice. I mean he's been doing this for quite some time. So he - he knows - he knows the job. He's been doing it for quite some time. He's a very good debater. So I do tell him to have fun and relax and just be himself, because the truth is, if he's the Barack Obama the country has come to know and trust, he is going to do a great job.VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/OEfMOW
  • Mrs. Romney to CNN’s Gloria Borger on what her husband does when he takes the debate stage, “it's a cute thing that he does, almost after every answer. He finds me in the audience. As soon as he sta - gets on stage, the first thing he does is he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium. But then he writes, "dad" on a piece of paper. And that's amazing, because he loves his dad, respects his dad, doesn't want to do anything that would not make his father proud.


  •  The first presidential debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney starts.


  • In Washington, the “reality check” team of anchor John Berman and correspondent Tom Foreman will fact check both the candidates’ claims and explain campaign issues pre- and post-debate.
  • Candy Crowley, who was selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the Oct.16 debate, will provide updates for the network from inside the debate hall in Denver. Interview with David Axelrod: http://on.cnn.com/UfcIuH
  • Jessica Yellin and national political correspondent Jim Acosta will report from the debate and bring viewers instant reaction from the Spin Room upon conclusion of the debate.


  • From Denver, anchor Erin Burnett will lead a focus group of #CNNundecideds Colorado voters to monitor and measure their reactions throughout the evening. Burnett will share the group’s reaction and opinions live on CNN. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/OEbyGO
  • CNN and ORC International will reveal the results of a poll of viewers across the country who watched the debate. Visit the CNN Political Ticker for additional information http://on.cnn.com/UfbU9a


  • CNN will provide unrestricted access to the network’s presidential debate programming through CNN.com and via CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad.
  • Web users can become video editors with a new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook and Twitter. WATCH HOW TO VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/Syg20Z
  • Embeddable video, highlights from coverage and high resolution, downloadable CNN images will be available throughout the coverage on: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com


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October 3rd, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Obama 'Bombshell' video old news

CNN's Carol Costello talked to Mother Jones co-editor Monika Bauerlein about the clip of Sen. Obama's speech from 2007 that was released a day before first Presidential debate and tagged as a "Bombshell."

Topics: CNN • CNN Newsroom
October 3rd, 2012
10:39 AM ET

Soledad O'Brien presses Romney rep. on plan

Mitt Romney Campaign Senior Advisor Barbara Comstock says Romney will talk about his plan and how it will turn around the economy at tonight’s debate. CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien pushes back and says numerous groups say his plan is not fundable.

Comstock says, “[Romney’s] going to be talking about how he's going to turn around the economy and how he's going to have an across the board tax cut for all Americans to get rid of the loopholes and special interest things so that you can have a flatter, fairer tax code for everybody and start economic growth again.”

O’Brien says, “As you know, people who crunched those numbers say that the math does not work out.”

Comstock responds, “No. Soledad, that's incorrect. Not many people - one left wing group that has Obama people in it has said that. In fact, the American Enterprise Institute released a study that shows it's Barack Obama's plan that will increase taxes an average of, I believe it was $4,000 a family. We know on January 1 we're going to have the biggest tax increase in history that Barack Obama has allowed to go forward.”

O’Brien answers, “There are numerous groups that say that tax plan is not fundable…. So it's not just one Obama-led organization that says it doesn't work.”

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

October 3rd, 2012
10:02 AM ET

Pres. Obama rep. on 2007 video release: Romney campaign should "say it was wrong"

President Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter addresses tonight’s first presidential debate, VP Biden’s comment on the middle class, polling and the release of a speech by President Obama in 2007.

On the video, Cutter says, “I think allies to Mitt Romney are responsible. And I think that the Romney campaign should stand up and do the right thing and say that it was irresponsible to do something like that, particularly on the eve of the debate.”

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks if she is saying Mitt Romney is responsible, she responds, “I’m not saying Mitt Romney is responsible. I’m not saying the Romney campaign is responsible. I do think it’s allies to that campaign. And I think the Mitt Romney campaign has an opportunity to stand up and say it was wrong.”

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
October 3rd, 2012
09:56 AM ET

CNN Digital: How to use clip-and-share for tonight's debate

CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar demoes the clip-and-share editing feature that viewers can use during tonight's debate.

For four nights in October, CNN will present its live TV broadcast and offer unrestricted access to the network’s presidential debate programming through CNN.com and via CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad. From 7 PM to midnight, October 3, 11, 16 and 22, anyone with an internet or mobile connection can view CNN TV's news, analysis and live coverage. Displayed in a brilliant 768 x 432 HD video player, complete with closed captioning, CNN’s full coverage will air on CNN.com/debates. A truly interactive destination, CNN.com/debates will feature companion content including a live blog, on-demand videos and articles, candidate profiles, social media integrations and a Social Buzz meter. In addition, CNN.com will debut new clip-and-share video editing features for the debates. With DVR-like controls, clip-and-share makes everyone a CNN editor. Users can quickly fast-forward and rewind to the perfect start and end points to create powerful video clips, straight from the live feed. Clips can be shared with friends and followers directly through Facebook and Twitter. Once shared to these social circles, users can watch back the moments and create a direct URL or embed code for blogs and websites, and share their must-see moments via email, LinkedIn, or Google+.

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