Tonight on his show, CNN's Piers Morgan asked former New Hampshire governor about Colin Powell's recent endorsement of the incumbent:
"Colin Powell has decided to opt for President Obama again, despite apparently still being a Republican. Is it time he left the party?"
"I'm not sure how important that is," replied the 73-year-old adviser to Mitt Romney. "Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that's an endorsement based on issues, or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama?"
"What reason would that be?" wondered the host.
"Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him."
CNN's Brooke Baldwin talked to R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans about their endorsement of Gov. Mitt Romney for President. Cooper stated the number one reason for the endorsement is the economy and addressed reports the organization made an agreement with Romney in exchange for their endorsement.
CNN's Ali Velshi (@alivelshi) and John Avlon (@johnavlon) discuss influential factors around Florida's undecided voters as the CNN Election Express travels through the fabled I-4 corridor in Orlando.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Atika Shubert, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discusses the recent release of U.S. military documents including detention policies in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and what life is like living inside the Ecuadorian embassy is like living in a "space station."
On what's revealed in the U.S. military files: WATCH
"I think the broad patent over the 100 is policies of unaccountability, and that leads to a policy of impunity. WikiLeaks has now released three years worth of main Guantanamo Bay manuals – the rest of the world's press combined have released zero. That is simply not acceptable. These are documents of incredible historical importance that have gone on to shape not only prison conditions around the world, but have gone on to produce a climate of unaccountability within the U.S. military, within the CIA that is then also spread to other Western institutions."
On his living conditions: WATCH
"I've joked it's like living in a space station because there's no natural light...but I've been in solitary confinement and I know what life is like for prisoners. It's a lot better than it is for prisoners."
More on Assange's interview with CNN here.
With less than two weeks before Election Day, CNN announces plans for the network’s top reporters to deploy to eight battleground states and the campaign trail for in-depth, all-platform political coverage in the final eight days leading to the election. CNN, the only cable news network that has not chosen sides during this presidential election, will double down on its commitment to provide unbiased and on-the-ground coverage with the launch of “The Final Battlegrounds,” beginning Monday, October 29.
“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”
CNN’s robust team of correspondents will track campaign ad dollars, monitor voting patterns and irregularities, and analyze the economic, demographic, regional and cultural factors in the states that will feature heavily into the outcome of the election. Additionally, CNN/ORC International will release exclusive state-by-state polling daily. These special reports will air across CNN/U.S. during dayside and prime time programming, including on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett OutFront, Anderson Cooper 360° and Piers Morgan Tonight. Coverage will also appear online at CNNPolitics.com and on mobile platforms, in addition to airing on CNN en Español and CNN International.
Reporters will be deployed to the following locations for “The Final Battlegrounds” coverage ahead of Election Day:
• Various battleground states – John King, Peter Hamby
• Ohio – Martin Savidge, Don Lemon
• Virginia – Gary Tuchman, Athena Jones, Kate Bolduan
• Florida – John Zarella, Drew Griffin
• Iowa – Poppy Harlow, Chris Welch
• Wisconsin – Ted Rowlands
• Colorado – Kyung Lah, Ed Lavandera
• Nevada – Miguel Marquez
• New Hampshire – David Mattingly, Brian Todd
• Romney Campaign – Jim Acosta, Joe Johns, Rachel Streitfeld
• Obama Campaign – Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian, Brianna Keilar
• Romney Campaign/ Rep. Ryan – Shawna Shepherd
• Obama Campaign/ VP Biden – Shannon Travis
• Election Express tour with stops in FL, NC, VA, OH – Ali Velshi, John Avlon, Gustavo Valdes
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While the CNN Election Express traveled through swing state Florida, Kayla Williams tells John Avlon (@johnavlon) and CNN's Ali Velshi (@alivelshi) why she has no plans to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke with 'Fearless" Felix Baumgartner on Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360 about the experience of breaking the sound barrier during his historic jump.
Baumgartner told Cooper during the interview, he was worried about nailing the perfect landing without falling because "the whole world was watching."
Last might, Sen. John McCain responds to Hillary Clinton telling reporters that an accountability review board will look at all aspects of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She made a point of saying that they won't be "cherry-picking” stories and documents about the incident. Clinton was referring to e-mails sent on the day of the assault to the White House, State Department and FBI identifying an Islamist group as taking credit, which they later denied.
"I'm all for a thorough and complete investigation, but certain facts are known and there continues to be contradictions within the government. And we now find out, we members of Congress, rather than being briefed, we find out from the news media," said McCain. He told Anderson he doesn't expect that the results of the review board will be made public until after the November 6 election
Last night, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told Anderson Cooper that his support for Richard Mourdock was dependent on an apology from the Republican Senate candidate for his remarks that pregnancies caused by rape are intended by God.
"It depends on what he does," McCain said. He was answering Anderson's question about whether he still considered himself in Mourdock's corner after the comments on rape and pregnancy, which came at a debate Tuesday.” If he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and asks the people to forgive him, I would be the first," the 2008 presidential nominee said, adding that he had made mistakes and asked for people's forgiveness after owning up to his transgressions. "It is when you don't own up to it when people don't believe you," he said.
CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin gets a sneak peak at the newly renovated Statue of Liberty, which includes accessibility upgrades for the disabled and other improvements.
The $30 million renovation took one year and is set to open to the public this Sunday.
Sambolin was one of the first to visit the site along with two wounded warriors, including Kirk Bauer, who lost his leg in Vietnam, and Jesse Acosta, whose suffered injuries to his hip from a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.
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