On the Wednesday edition of The Situation Room, CNN's David Mattingly reported from Mobile, Alabama as the crippled Carnival cruise ship, the Triumph, nears port. He interviewed Mary Poret and Kim McKerreghan, two worried mothers of passengers on the ship, about the ordeal their daughters have had to endure – and if the cruise line company has been responsive to their inquiries about their daughters' safety.
The Triumph is expected to finally dock in Mobile sometime after 4:00pm Eastern on Thursday, February 14th.
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer airs each weekday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and on Saturdays from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. All times Eastern.
CNN's Kate Bolduan talks about Sen. Marco Rubio's "watergate" moment, his start in Florida and his GOP star power. She traveled to Florida to speak with former colleagues, mentors and friends.
BOLDUAN: That charm is one reason behind his rapid rise in the Republican party. To better understand his star power, we went to his roots, West Miami, Florida. His success may seem improbable.
RUBIO: My dad was a bartender. My mom was a cashier.
BOLDUAN: But it's no surprise to those close to Marco Rubio. Rubio got his first taste of politics interning for Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
REP. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R), FLORIDA: Marco always was a superstar. He was a standout intern. I was a lot thinner and he had a lot more hair. But he's the same old Marco. Marco would do anything and everything I asked interns to do, and willingly so. Whether it was getting coffee or making copies. But mostly going with me to events. He was a real people person. FULL POST
CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo sits down with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss the ability of Democrats and Republicans to make an agreement and Congress’ reputation. Pelosi said that the country has to make more cuts, but the “other side” is at war with the government.
When Cuomo asks about Speaker John Boehner’s comment that President Obama is too weak to make spending cuts, Pelosi says, “I don’t understand that because he’s a gentleman, the Speaker is. That remark… was projecting onto the President his lack of being able to pass any bill that created jobs since he became Speaker."
CNN Topped MSNBC in Total Viewers and Demos Throughout the Night of Breaking News and State of the Union
AC 360 Was Top-Rated at Midnight in Total Viewers and Demos
CNN Grew the Most vs. Last Year; FNC Lost Viewers
According to Nielsen Fast National data, CNN’s live coverage was number one last night (Tuesday, February 12) during breaking news, State of the Union address and throughout primetime in the key demo adults 25-54 and among younger viewers 18-34. CNN topped MSNBC in total viewers and among the key demos across the night. In addition, CNN topped broadcast networks ABC and CBS among 18-34.
In an exclusive interview airing tonight on AC360°, Anderson will speak with Arianna Williams, ex-girlfriend of Christopher Dorner. Williams will talk about the man she knew and why she thinks he snapped.
Transcript and video links will be available after the show.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) says he has mixed feelings about President Obama’s State of the Union address. While he heard “more of the same” with new federal spending programs, he liked the President’s call for entitlement and tax reform.
“I was most encouraged about what he said about entitlement reform and tax reform,” said Sen. Portman.
When asked why, Portman replied, “Well, because I think as President, his role is to explain to the American people what’s really going on…. Entitlement programs, as important as they are, are not sustainable in their current form…. And at one point in the speech, he said we need to reform our entitlement programs and it’s not going to be easy. And that’s what the American people need to hear from him. Folks are tired of hearing this notion that somehow everything is fine. They know the economy is not doing well.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
In his first post- State of the Union Address interview, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke with CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper live from the U.S. Capitol with his reaction. A full transcript of the interview is after the jump.