October 16th, 2012
10:53 PM ET

John Berman reality checks presidential debate comments

During CNN's special coverage anchor John Berman conducts political fact checks throughout the night by President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the second presidential debate.

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Candy Crowley on the second presidential debate
October 16th, 2012
08:53 PM ET

Candy Crowley on the second presidential debate

"Can I tell you how awesome this is," said CNN's Candy Crowley on moderating the second presidential debate.

October 16th, 2012
08:30 PM ET

Michelle Obama: "Barack doesn't have a big ego."

Jessica Yellin interviews first lady Michelle Obama about the president's ego, or lack of it, going into the debate. A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.10.16.html

Michelle Obama to CNN's Jessica Yellin, "You know, Barack doesn't have a big ego.  You know, that's the thing.  I mean he is– you know, you– you see this in, you know, how he leads the country.  I mean he is very open to other people's opinions.  And he's always willing to compromise and he is always, always listening.  You know?  So that would– kind of be the last thing that I would think of when I– talk about my husband, is big– big ego, because he– he just doesn't have that.  So it's not much to check."

Please credit all use to CNN's Jessica Yellin

Topics: CNN Politics
October 16th, 2012
08:24 PM ET

Ann Romney on the worst part of campaign

Mitt Romney's wife Ann talks about the good & the bad side of running a campaign but says she believes in the fight.  ANN ROMNEY to CNN'S GLORIA BORGER, "There's– there's– no one's ever gonna run a perfect campaign.  And no one's ever gonna be perfect.  But you're– you're gonna get up the next morning.  And you're gonna just keep fighting.  And that's where we are right now.  We are in– a position of we're just gonna take– we're just gonna fight.  And we're just gonna go forward." A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.10.16.html

Please credit all use to CNN's Gloria Borger

Topics: CNN Politics
CNN Launches New Show ‘ON CHINA’ hosted by Kristie Lu Stout
October 16th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

CNN Launches New Show ‘ON CHINA’ hosted by Kristie Lu Stout

‘On China’ premieres Wednesday October 17 at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and takes viewers inside the Chinese Communist Party, with insights from:

 Hung Huang, influential Chinese media personality, respected publisher, blogger

  • Victor Gao, former official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, English translator for Deng Xiaoping
  • John Pomfret, award-winning journalist and China commentator

 Preview Video http://on.cnn.com/SVnMtW

As China prepares for its most significant leadership transition in decades, CNN today announces the launch of its first ever regular series focused on the country, the first by any international television news network. The new monthly show hosted by CNN correspondent and anchor Kristie Lu Stout provides viewers with a unique insider’s view of China from within its own borders.

Shot on location in Hong Kong at the historic Hullett House, in each 30-minute show Lu Stout sits down with thought and business leaders from within China’s borders for a roundtable discussion about what really drives this world power and economic giant.

With China’s leadership transition expected within a month, the first episode delves into the Chinese Communist Party, exploring how membership is obtained, factions within the party, the personality traits of China’s presumed next leader, and the impact of the ongoing Bo Xilai scandal. At the table helping to demystify the Chinese Communist Party is Hung Huang, a celebrated Chinese media personality and publisher brought up among China’s political elite, Victor Gao, a former official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry and English translator for Deng Xiaoping and John Pomfret, award-winning journalist and China commentator.


Topics: CNN • CNN International
October 16th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

Debate Co-Chair Frank Fahrenkopf tells CNN CPD was not a party to MOU

Co-Chair of Commission on Presidential Debates Frank Fahrenkopf addresses the ongoing debate moderator controversies and tells CNN that the Commission on Presidential Debate (CPD), nor Candy Crowley, were a party to the Memorandum of Understanding between the campaigns.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics
October 16th, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Mika on new album and sister's accident as inpiration; teaches Soledad O'Brien how to sing

Singer and songwriter Mika joins Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to talk new album "Origin of Love" out today and the inspiration behind it. Mika later teaches Soledad how to sing.

Mika says, “I had done my second album, I was on the road for four and half years. And then I stopped and I didn’t know how to write again. Anyway, life happened. Things happened in life which kind of set off the writing process. And my sister, one night, on the first night that she moved into her new apartment, she was born disabled on one side and she’s weak on her left side. And she finally got her own place, and on her housewarming night, she had a horrific accident at three o clock in the morning."

O'Brien says, "She fell out of the window."

Mika continues, "Out of the fourth story. But she got caught by railings. So, it was pretty brutal because she got impaled on railings but that’s what saved her life. And I witnessed it, and I saw her at four AM and I just remember this silence, you know, an accident like that. All you remember is hush. That kind of woke me up and it kind of deconstructed by ego in almost every single way. Bizarrely, an album like The Origin of Love, which is this new album that is so joyful, is actually born out of, it started with something that was so tragic and dark. But she is doing well now. She spent a year and a half in hospital and she’s learning how to walk again.”

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

Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
Coverage Plans for Tonight’s Presidential Town Hall Debate moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley
October 16th, 2012
10:42 AM ET

Coverage Plans for Tonight’s Presidential Town Hall Debate moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley

CNN anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate Tuesday the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The network’s special debate coverage will begin at 7 p.m. with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King in Washington, Soledad O’Brien, Jessica Yellin and Dana Bash inside the debate hall and Erin Burnett in Ohio, where she will be joined by a group of undecided voters.

On hand throughout the evening’s coverage to provide expert analysis will be chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen, as well as Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleischer, Van Jones and Dee Dee Myers.

Prior to the start of the debate, the network will unveil:

Coverage during the presidential debate will include:

  • Real-time feedback from CNN’s focus group at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
  • A running time clock that tracks each candidate’s speaking time and the time spent on major issues at the end of the debate.

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.
  • A CNN/ORC International poll of viewers across the country who watched the debate.

Reporting from the debate site at Hofstra University will be:

  • 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.
  • White House correspondents Brianna Keilar and Dan Lothian will report from the debate site leading up to the evening’s face-off.
  • Political director Mark Preston, political editor Paul Steinhauser and political reporter Peter Hamby.

Where to watch:

  • CNN will air special coverage of the debate beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The 90-minute debate will air live beginning at 9 p.m. and will replay at 12:30am. The debate will again air in its entirety beginning at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
  • Starting at 7P, CNN will live stream the network’s TV coverage and debate-related programming to CNN.com/Debates and through CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad. Using new clip-and-share technology, CNN.com users can capture and edit their favorite debate moments directly from CNN's live broadcast and share their videos on Facebook and Twitter.
October 16th, 2012
09:19 AM ET

CNN Digital tops competitors in September ratings

In September 2012, the CNN Digital Network beat out nearly every news competitor in both unique visitors and total page views, ranking second to only Yahoo-ABC News. With 60 million uniques for the month, CNN earned more visitors than Huffington Post Media Group, NBC News Digital, CBS News and the combined sum of FoxNews.com and the New York Times.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Politics • Ratings
October 16th, 2012
08:14 AM ET

Rep. Israel: Libya cover up charges "ludicrous"

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) calls allegations by former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani of a cover up in U.S. Consulate attack in Libya "ludicrous."

Rep. Israel says, “With all due respect to Mayor Giuliani, when he makes accusations about this administration and cover up for not keeping the Benghazi facility safe... I would never say this, but some could suggest that when he was mayor of New York, why wasn't he better prepared to deal with 9/11? It’s just ludicrous.”

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