October 23rd, 2012
10:25 PM ET

Newt Gingrich: "It's amazing to me how Beau Biden is so much more mature than his father"

After Monday's final presidential debate, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Newt Gingrich  to the program.

Joining Piers Morgan via satellite, Gingrich's segment immediately followed an interview with Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden.

Having listened to the younger Biden's analysis of the professional relationship between his father and President Barack Obama, Gingrich shared an observation:

"That was a very good interview. It's amazing to me how Beau Biden is so much more mature than his father," cracked the former House Speaker. "He gives much better interviews, and seems much more in control of himself."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
October 23rd, 2012
03:40 PM ET

The Heartland could offer the deciding votes

CNN's Miguel Marquez looks at the importance of a county in Davenport, IA during this election cycle.  It has enough votes to turn the state blue or red.

Topics: CNN • CNN Newsroom • CNN Politics
October 23rd, 2012
03:07 PM ET

CNN Tops MSNBC By Double Digits Among Total Viewers and 25-54; Also Tops FNC and MSNBC in Younger Demo 18-34


Nielsen Fast National Ratings Data for Monday, October 22, 2012

  • CNN tops MSNBC by double digits among total viewers and the key demo (25-54).
  • In younger viewers (18-34), CNN placed first topping both FNC and MSNBC.
  • While CNN, FNC and MSNBC were up versus their prior four "non-event" Monday averages, CNN's growth of +1205% among total viewers and +1748% among adults 25-54 was the most substantial.
  • Compared to the third presidential debate in 2004 (most similar), CNN was up +56% among total viewers and up +37% among adults 25-54.

9:00-10:30 PM (Actual Debate)

CNN: 5.808 million total viewers/2.476m adults 25-54/1.208m adults 18-34
MSNBC: 4.064 million total viewers/1.702m adults 25-54/499k adults 18-34
FNC: 11.475 million total viewers/3.433m adults 25-54/941k adults 18-34

8:00-11:00 PM (Prime Time)

CNN: 4.375 million total viewers/1.833m adults 25-54/892k adults 18-34
MSNBC: 3.295 million total viewers/1.345m adults 25-54/363k adults 18-34
FNC: 9.068 million total viewers/2.586m adults 25-54/684k adults 18-34

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • CNN Press Releases • Ratings
CNN and Google partner for CNN Heroes online donations
October 23rd, 2012
02:10 PM ET

CNN and Google partner for CNN Heroes online donations

In advance of the global live premiere of 2012's “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” on Sunday, December 2, at 9 pm ET, CNN and Google have teamed up to enable people around the world to donate to this year's Top 10 CNN Heroes and their causes.

Now through December 31, 2012, supporters can make online donations to the CNN Heroes' designated nonprofit organizations through Google Wallet. Accessible online and on mobile web, users can click the "donate" button on www.CNNHeroes.com and on each of the Top Ten Heroes' individual fan pages on any device with a browser. Google Wallet provides a fast, secure and free way to donate online using a credit or debit card.

The CNN Heroes gala is the only show of its kind, bringing out Hollywood's brightest stars to honor individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others. This year's tribute show is hosted by Anderson Cooper and will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 9 pm ET, on Sunday, December 2, 2012. Since it began six years ago, "CNN Heroes" has received over 50,000 submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 180 heroes.

For more information about the Top 10 CNN Heroes, links to their organizations, highlights from previous years and the YouTube video collection, visit: www.CNNHeroes.com and www.CNNHeroes.com/YouTube.

Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN Digital • CNN Heroes • Mobile
October 23rd, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Candidates & CNN Election Express Target Florida

As the candidates target the swing state of Florida leading up to the November election, CNN's Ali Velshi (@alivelshi) previews the route for the CNN Election Express (@CNNExpress) through Boca Raton, Lakeland, Winter Park, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Battleground Blog: Dispatches from Swing States
October 23rd, 2012
09:07 AM ET

CNN's Starting Point: Sen. Kerry: Mitt Romney was the 'campaigner-in-confusion'

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that Mitt Romney agreed with many of President Obama’s foreign policy initiatives at the final debate and “changed his position” on Afghanistan. O’Brien points out that some critics say the economic recovery under President Obama has been “sluggish.”

Sen. Kerry says, “But honestly I was stunned by a candidate who came and shifted almost all his positions, and he's hiding his positions. I mean, his real positions have been the ones you've been hearing for months.”

He continues, “Soledad, he's been running for president for seven years. He has either been lying to the base, the Republican base, ought to be outraged today because the man who's been running to win the nomination was taking a whole bunch of different positions.”

On the economic recovery, Kerry says, “Soledad, look at what we had to dig out of. We're at the brink of taking off. Ask anybody in business. People, the confidence of our country is up.”

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 23rd, 2012
08:47 AM ET

Sen. Portman: Romney has always said Afghanistan withdrawal date shouldn't be announced; O'Brien: "It was just publicly announced"

CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) if it is problematic that Mitt Romney frequently agreed with President Obama on policy at the third and final debate and whether or not Romney’s positions have been contradictory, including announcing a timeline on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

Sen. Portman says, “I thought when Governor Romney [agreed with President Obama], it was refreshing to a lot of undecided voters who are tired of the attacks back and forth and the politics. Look, when Governor Romney thought the President was right, he said so. He also made it clear, by the way, that although he supported the drone attacks, he supported going after Bin Laden that that was not sufficient. And that’s when he said we can not kill our way out of these problems. We need to provide a vision and strategy for the future that deals with the underlying problems here of Islamic extremism and the spread of it.”

O’Brien, asks, “Previously, I think a number of times, he said a withdrawal date is wrong, ‘do not name a withdrawal date.’ Isn’t that a contradiction to now say, 2014, end of 2014?”

Portman answers, “Well, he’s always said that it shouldn’t be publicly announced because it helps our enemies… –”

“It was just publicly announced,” O’Brien interjects.

“Well, no,” Portman replies. “He thinks we ought to get out by 2014. The question is how you communicate it. And, frankly, whether you listen to the commanders on the ground as to how you get there. He talked about that, as well.”

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

October 23rd, 2012
12:38 AM ET

CNN Reality Check: China's Impact

CNN's Tom Foreman looks into both candidates claim that they will crack down on China trade policy.

Topics: CNN Debate • CNN Politics