January 3rd, 2013
10:38 PM ET

Erskine Bowles on debt ceiling to CNN: "For God's sake, I wouldn't wait till the last minute."

“Bowles said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that he is not interested in an appointment as Treasury Secretary. Secretary Tim Geithner has indicated he will step down in the near future, and it is thought that White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew is his most likely successor.” Read Full Story: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/03/bowles-end-the-fiscal-brinksmanship/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

A full transcript of the interview is posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html

January 3rd, 2013
04:20 PM ET

CNN Has its Best Quarterly Prime Time Delivery Since Q1 ‘09

CNN RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS:

Fourth Quarter 2012

  • CNN HAD ITS BEST QUARTERLY PRIME TIME DELIVERY SINCE Q1 ‘09 (Obama Inauguration)
    • In both M-F and M-Su Prime, CNN registered it best total viewer delivery since Q3-09 and its best in the demo since Q1-09
  • CNN HAD ITS BEST QUARTERLY TOTAL DAY DELIVERY SINCE Q1 ’11 (Japanese Tsunami);
    • In total day, Q4-12 is the network’s best since Q1-11 among both total viewers and in demo 25-54.
  • CNN had significant growth compared to year ago (4Q 2011); up double digits in total day and in primetime versus last year;
  • Erin Burnett Outfront registered its best quarterly deliveries since launch (Q4-11) among both total viewers and key demo 25-54;
  •  AC 360 at 8 pm is the highest rated show on the network in the key demo 25-54 (229k); AC 360 at 8p posted its best delivery in both demos since taking over the 8p hour (Q3-11), giving the network its best performance in the hour since Q3-09 among total viewers and Q1-09 among 25-54;
  • Piers Morgan Tonight at 9 pm is the highest rated show on the network among total viewers (717k); Piers Morgan Tonight experienced its best total viewer delivery since its launch quarter of Q1-11 and its best in the demo since Q3-11. FULL POST
January 3rd, 2013
10:00 AM ET

John Berman to Gov. Corbett: "You put football first"

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) makes his case to Starting Point as to why he’s suing the NCAA over Penn State sanctions months after his office came out with a statement in July that accepted the penalties as the right course of action.

Gov. Corbett says, “I held off. I didn’t want to interfere with the momentum that the team had. Coach O’Brien had done a great job with the team. The final decision to go forward wasn’t made until October. The lawsuit then was drafted; we went through many variations. And at the end of the season was when I made my decision that we would announce it.”

CNN Anchor John Berman says, “You put football first…. If the case was so important, why not bring it up when you’re ready to bring it up. You put football first, which is one of the criticisms of Penn State all along.”

Corbett responds, “This is going to be a very long case and the start of that case can easily wait until after the end of the football season, which we did.”

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

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January 3rd, 2013
09:26 AM ET

Rep. King: Issa is 1,000 percent wrong; "no pork in the bill"

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) tells Starting Point that although he disagreed with Speaker John Boehner for not holding the vote on Hurricane Sandy relief Tuesday night, they are getting results. Later in the interview, he criticizes and disagrees with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for saying that there is pork in the bill.

Rep. King says, “With all due respect, Darrell Issa is 1,000 percent wrong. There is absolutely no pork in the bill. There were some items that were added in the Senate, involving Alaska for one, which is about less than one percent of the bill…. Every one of those items was removed from the House bill. And I wish Darrell Issa had learned that and looked into that before he went public and said that my constituents should not get their homes rebuilt….”

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

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January 3rd, 2013
08:12 AM ET

Rep. Pallone: Boehner doesn't care about blue states NY, NJ

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) criticizes Speaker John Boehner for not bringing a Hurricane Sandy relief bill up for a vote on Tuesday because he thinks Boehner wanted to avoid too much spending at one time, opting for a more “obscure” piecemeal plan of lesser payments.

Rep. Pallone says, “I really think that the speaker doesn't care about New York and New Jersey. In other words, we're blue states. The fact of the matter is that he was afraid to bring this up yesterday, in my opinion, because the Tea Party and the right wing did not want to vote for the spending bill for New York or primarily for New York and New Jersey.”

Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

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