October 11th, 2012
11:40 PM ET

Priebus: Vice President Biden interrupted 82 times

CNN's Jim Acosta speaks with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus about the Vice Presidential Debate. A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.10.11.html

Topics: CNN Politics
October 11th, 2012
10:41 PM ET

Election landscape: John King at the Magic Wall

CNN chief national correspondent John King explains the latest polls and state-by-state election numbers at the Magic Wall.

Topics: John King
October 11th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

Candy Crowley: What she will look for in second presidential debate

The next debate moderator CNN's Candy Crowley tells about what she will look for in the second debate, "When you go into a debate, you don't want to ask questions that anybody can Google.  You want to see what new frontier you can open up that's meaningful.  You don't want to go into especially the Greek debt crisis, no offense to the people who want to hear about the Greek debt crisis, but I mean, in general, you think most people aren't going to kind of form their opinions about that.

So you want to open a fertile field, but you want to open a new one.  So you know, it's what I did in the first presidential debate, was sit around and say, OK, this one, answer, we're not going to get - you always know when you interview a politician.  There's only so far they're going to go.  You know when you've hit the limit of the information they're going to give you.  And it becomes kind of a rabbit hole you run down.  You don't want to do that and waste the time."

October 11th, 2012
09:56 PM ET

CNN's Gloria Borger talked with Beau Biden ahead of VP Debate

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger traveled to Delaware today to talk with Beau Biden about his father’s debate preparation on debate day. A highlight from the interview is below and a full transcript will be posted at http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.10.11.html

Please credit all usage of the information to CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger


CNN Political Ticker: Beau Biden: His dad lands punches By: CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics
October 11th, 2012
07:33 PM ET

Rep. Van Hollen on Rep. Ryan: Most vulnerable in translating budget into the impact it has on real people

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer where Rep. Paul Ryan is most vulnerable in tonight's debate. Van Hollen was the stand-in for Ryan during debate prep with Joe Biden. Highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full transcript is 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

CNN Debate Vice Presidential Debate Programming: Thursday, October 11th
October 11th, 2012
04:33 PM ET

CNN Debate Vice Presidential Debate Programming: Thursday, October 11th


All Transcripts: http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.10.11.html

•    Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will be a guest on The Situation Room; Wolf Blitzer will talk with the congressman about his experience in debate prep with Joe Biden. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/SUGrIr

•    In Washington, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King, will lead the network’s coverage with Soledad O’Brien inside the debate hall in Kentucky and Erin Burnett live from Virginia. In addition, Oct. 16 presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley will join the network’s coverage from Washington to provide insight as to what she’ll be listening for during the debate.
•    On hand throughout the evening’s coverage to provide expert analysis: chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen, as well as Paul Begala, Alex Castellanos, Van Jones and Mary Matalin.
•    White House correspondent Brianna Keilar will report live from the debate and will share moments from her interview with Beau Biden. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/TayyZO

•    CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash spoke with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in a national exclusive interview to gain an extensive behind-the-scenes perspective on Ryan’s debate preparation and more. The full interview will air tonight. Advance VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/QitbZ6 FULL INTV: http://on.cnn.com/SV6sax
•    Gloria Borger traveled to Delaware today to talk with Beau Biden about his father’s debate preparation on debate day. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/SV1fzn

•    The Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan begins.
•    During the presidential debate, the network will feature: real-time feedback from CNN’s focus group in Virginia; and a running time clock that tracks each candidate’s speaking time and will tally time spent on major issues at the end of the debate.

•    The post-debate coverage will feature political fact checks from the “reality check” team of anchor John Berman and correspondent Tom Foreman from the network’s virtual studio. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/SV6JtT and another foreign policy fact check http://on.cnn.com/SVeBvt
•    Chief White House correspondent 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. Acosta's intv with RNC Chair. VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/TaIQJj // Yellin's intv w/ Obama's Stephanie Cutter VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/TaIX7O

•    Erin Burnett will report live from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she will be joined by a group of undecided voters. Burnett will share the group’s reaction and opinions live on CNN. #CNNundecideds

•    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 after 11 p.m. ET http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com

•    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. WATCH HOW TO VIDEO: http://on.cnn.com/Syg20Z
•    Embeddable video, highlights from coverage and CNN images will be available throughout the coverage on: http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com


FIRST ON CNN: Biden debate prep photos: http://on.cnn.com/STzUh5

5 things to watch in tonight’s debate: http://on.cnn.com/SU3vaf

John King: VP debate no game-changer, but could shift momentum http://on.cnn.com/SU37ID

Candy Crowley on Moderating Second Debate http://on.cnn.com/TawIIo



Topics: CNN
October 11th, 2012
12:14 PM ET

HLN Expands its Line-up with Acquisition of Popular Broadcast Series 'What Would You Do?' – Premiering October 21

HLN Introduces Dr. Drew On Call October 22 & Builds On Popular Franchises

NEW YORK, NY—October 11, 2012—HLN has acquired the exclusive cable television rights to more than 35 episodes of the popular ABC News program What Would You Do?, a first time broadcast acquisition for the news and views brand. HLN general manager & executive vice president Scot Safon announced the acquisition today, noting a larger HLN portfolio expansion that includes the launch of new primetime offerings Dr. Drew On Call and Nancy Grace Mysteries, and new daytime show Making It In America.

“HLN is exploring new programming dimensions that connect us with a broader audience while continuing to deliver what HLN fans want: must-see, must-share news that relates to how we live today,” said Safon. “What Would You Do? is a great program that invites viewers to question how they might behave when confronted with situations drawn from everyday life and daily news, from eye-witnessing abusive behavior to blowing the whistle on a scam. This show allows you to put yourself inside the kind of stories we are covering every day.”

HLN will be airing What Would You Do? with back-to-back episodes on Thursday and Sunday nights from 9-11 p.m. ET (all times Eastern). Kicking off Sunday, October 21, the one-hour hidden camera, ethical dilemma series is hosted by ABC News’ John Quiñones. FULL POST

Topics: HLN • HLN Press Releases
October 11th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

Mayor Booker on first debate: "I wanted to scream out;" wants honesty in future debates

Mayor Cory Booker discusses the need for transparency during the upcoming debates and says President Obama should walk a fine line between being presidential and coming out strong.

“I wasn't in the president's debate prep, but there is a lot of right advice on a president to stay presidential,” Mayor Booker said. “’Don't get out there.’ I remember when Romney said, ‘I should - if that's right, president, I’ll hire a new accountant.’ I wanted to scream out, Obama, say, ‘keep your accountant. They're allowing you to pay only 13 percent in taxes. The rest of us should have accountants like that.’”

Mayor Booker continues, “But that's like a shot I don't want to hear from my president. So he's got a fine line to walk. The reality is I would have liked to see some hard punches to the gut when Romney would say something factual inaccurate, like President Obama was raiding $716 billion from Medicare, which is factually inaccurate. But I think the president learned a lot, he said it himself, from that first debate. I think the second one, you'll see him come out strong,”

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 11th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Axelrod on debates, '$5 trillion tax cut,' Libya

President Obama Campaign Senior Advisor David Axelrod talks debates, Romney’s proposed “$5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy” and the administration’s handling of Libya consulate attack.

Axelrod says, “You know, one feature of this debate that will be interesting is a few weeks a go, Soledad, Congressman Ryan was on television and when he was asked to explain how they’re going to pay for this $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, he said, "Well, it’s too complicated in this short period of time." Well, now he has 90 minutes to do it so perhaps he’ll use his time that way.”

O’Brien asks, “There’s been lots of exception, though, taken to that $5 trillion number, mainly that, which by the way you guys keep repeating over and over again even though many people have said it’s just factually not true mostly because there’s no details around it. Why do you keep going with that number?”

Axelrod responds, “No. What nobody disputes is that Governor Romney’s proposed $5 trillion in tax cuts that would be skewed to the wealthy. What he says is, "I’m going to offset it with $5 trillion in tax increases in the form of closed loopholes and deductions." But he won’t tell anybody what they are. So what we know is he’s got a tax cut that’s going to favor the wealthy and he’ll give us the details on how he’s going to offset that later. And if I’m the middle class, I’m saying, "Watch out," because we know how this ends. We’ve seen this story before.”

On Libya, Axelrod says, “Well, the role of the White House was to convey the information that we were receiving from our intelligence people on the ground and in the area. And that’s what we’ve done throughout. No one has an interest in obscuring facts about this. The President, of all people, wants all the facts so that he can act on them and make sure that in the future, if there were deficiencies, that we address them. The other thing is, and the primary task right now, is to find those who are responsible and bring them to justice. So we work with the facts that we have, as the facts emerge, the White House and the State Department have shared them. And now the task should be to ask, ‘What do we need to do in the future to guard against this kind of a situation?’ One thing we shouldn’t do, however, Soledad, is what Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress have suggested, which is to cut back on funding for the security of these facilities.”

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
October 11th, 2012
08:31 AM ET

Soledad O'Brien to RNC Chair: Romney position on pro-life legislation "completely contradictory"

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asks RNC Chairman Reince Priebus about Mitt Romney’s position on legislation regarding abortion.

Priebus says, “I see the flap over this Des Moines Register question. But… there’s nothing there there –“

O’Brien interjects, “You don’t think so? Well, let’s walk through that. Because, I doubt everybody knows it. So, let’s play a little bit of what Mitt Romney said to the Des Moines Register. Because people are talking about it. So, I’m not sure there’s no ‘there there.’ Let’s play that first.”

After playing a clip of Romney telling the Des Moines Register that he does not intend to pursue legislation regarding abortion that would become a part of his agenda, O’Brien reads a statement from campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul made after the Des Moines Register interview that said Romney would support legislation that would provide greater protections of life. And, finally, she plays a video of Romney saying that he would remove funding for Planned Parenthood from his budget.

O’Brien says, “So, I’m going to remove funding from Planned Parenthood from my budget. That would be legislation. The first clip I played, he said there will be no legislation in regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would be part of my agenda. That sounds completely contradictory to me. How’s it not?”

Priebues responds, “Well listen, you spent all this time setting up the question and I appreciate that. But the fact of the matter is that what he’s referring to is whether or not there were piles of legislation in the Congress, what specific bills in the Congress in regards to abortion are you going to be pushing over the next four years –“

O’Brien, “Reince, that wasn’t the question.”

Later in the interview, O’Brien says, “But I gotta tell you, we’re going to ask tough questions of everyone. I don’t care what side their on, honestly.”

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
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