October 9th, 2012
06:37 PM ET

Romney on Taxes: "I want high income people to continue to pay the same share they do today."

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke with Wolf Blitzer about his debate rituals, foreign policy and much more. A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html; highlights from the interview are after the jump.

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VIDEO: Romney on debate inspiration from his father: http://on.cnn.com/QbxC8V
Mitt Romney gives an emotional response to Wolf Blitzer's question asking he writes "Dad' on a piece of paper before every debate.

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CNN wins 5 Religion Newswriters Association Awards
October 9th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

CNN wins 5 Religion Newswriters Association Awards

Over the weekend, the combined cross-platform efforts of CNN Digital and CNN TV resulted in five awards at the Religion Newswriters Association convention.  As a network, CNN won four first-place RNA awards – more than any other news source. The award details are below:

- 1st place for online religion section of the year, for the CNN Belief Blog, co-edited by Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi.

- 1st place for enterprise religion report of the year, for CNN.com’s series on the faith lives of the presidential candidates.

- 1st place for TV religion report of the year, for Preparing clergy for war: army chaplains train by the hundred for the combat zone.

- 1st place for TV News magazine report of the year for U.S. budget ax threatens successful AIDS program in Africa.

- 2nd place for TV News magazine report of the year for Imam fights street crime with mosque fight club.

For full information about these awards, check out the Religion Newswriters Association’s press release.

Topics: Awards • CNN Belief • CNN Digital
October 9th, 2012
03:44 PM ET

AC360: The pressure is on Biden and Ryan for Thursday's debate

On last night's Anderson Cooper 360, Anderson Cooper spoke with CNN's John King and Gloria Borger about the differences and similarities between Vice President Biden and Rep. Ryan.

As for who has the bigger advantage, the case could be made for either of them. "You could say Paul Ryan is younger, he has more passion, he has more energy. You could say Joe Biden is more experienced, 36 years in the Senate, he's the sitting Vice President, he's been on the stage before," says King.

The pressure for Ryan comes with the goal of maintaining the campaign's momentum after last week's debate between Mitt Romney and Pres. Obama. But as King points out, "Americans pick presidents, not vice presidents."

The last time Biden was campaigning it was crucial to avoid appearing condescending. His 2012 opponent and the circumstances are very different. "I think he's going to take the gloves off," says Borger. The Obama campaign told her that Biden will "draw a sharp contrast."

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • CNN
October 9th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to interview Mitt Romney

The day after two national polls revealed Mitt Romney’s bounce in the polls, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will interview the Republican presidential candidate on the state of his race for the White House, foreign policy and more.

Tune in today to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, from 4-7 p.m. ET, for this interview. Please visit http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com for additional information and post-interview highlights.