January 31st, 2016
12:58 PM ET

Rubio on Cruz: "The lie that his whole campaign is built on is that he's the only conservative...it's absurd."


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss tomorrow’s Iowa Caucus.


For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.


MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com


CNN POLITICS STORY: 'No one is unbeatable,' Rubio says




Rubio on Cruz: “Yes, so Ted's - the lie that his whole campaign is built on is that he's the only conservative and everyone else is a sellout and a rino, and it's absurd.  Even on immigration. I mean, he helped design George W. Bush's immigration policy.  He talked openly in an interview - national interview about needing to reach a compromise on people that are here illegally.  I mean, there's a tweet that was going around yesterday that he put out during the immigration debate talking about legalization.  He said he wanted to bring people out of the shadows.  He said he wanted to obviously pass immigration reform. So I think it's just not an accurate statement.”


Rubio on Trump’s candidacy: “No one is - it’s a very unusual year.  No one is unbeatable. This election is not going to be decided by one or two states.  I think the race will narrow after a couple states, but no one - myself or anyone else - is going to have to earn this nomination.  And it is going to be a very unusual, highly contested, I think, longer-than-usual process given the size of the field and given the challenge before the country.”


Rubio on Cruz’s campaign strategy: “But this whole notion Ted has that he's the only conservative, I think as people learn more about his record, they'll realize what her really is very calculated.  He's always looking to take whatever position it takes to win votes or raise money.  You know, we're not going to beat Hillary Clinton with someone that will say or do anything to get elected.”


January 31st, 2016
12:55 PM ET

Sanders on his performance in Iowa: "I think you're going to look at one of the biggest political upsets in the modern history of our country."


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Democratic presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss tomorrow’s Iowa Caucus.


For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.


MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com


CNN Politics Story: Sanders: Clinton emails 'very serious issue'





Sanders on how he can pull out a win in Iowa Caucus: “Well, Jake, you know, when we started this campaign here in Iowa, we were 50 or 60 points behind Secretary Clinton. We have come a long, long way.  And the reason for that is, we have 15,000 volunteers who today are going to be knocking on doors.  They're going to be making telephone calls.  They're going to be urging people in very large numbers to come out and vote… So, I'm feeling good, Jake.  Our issues are out there.  People are really enthusiastic.  And if people come out to vote, I think you're going to look at one of the biggest political upsets in the modern history of our country.”


Sanders commits to a Flint debate: [TAPPER]: “Will you debate in Flint, Michigan?  Is that OK with you?”

[SANDERS]: “Sure.  I don't have a problem.  But I - as I understand it, this is what happened.  You know, the DNC, without my input, without our campaign's input, announced six - six debates.  And then, suddenly, Secretary Clinton, because she may not be doing so well in New Hampshire, she wanted another debate. And I said, fine, you want another debate, that's great, but let's do at least three other debates in California.  Let's do one in New York.  Let's do one in Michigan.  But, obviously, if you do one in Michigan, you want to do it before their primary, not after their primary.”


Sanders on his campaign’s foreign policy advisers: [SANDERS]: “Look, we have been talking in the last month to, you know, many, many, many people who are very knowledgeable about national security issues and foreign policy issues.”

[TAPPER]:  I know that you assert that you have the right judgment, but I'm just wondering if you could name a former military official who...”

[SANDERS]: “There are too many…Larry Korb is one.”


Sanders clarifies his position on Clinton’s email scandal: [TAPPER]: “Should voters take from those comments that you think nothing was done was wrong when it comes to how Secretary Clinton...”

[SANDERS]: “No.  No, that is not, I think, a fair assessment. I think this is a very serious issue.  I think there is a legal process right now taking place.  And what I have said - and - you know, and I get criticized.  You know, Bernie, why don't you attack Hillary Clinton? There is a legal process taking place.  I do not want to politicize that issue.  It is not my style.  And what I am focusing on, Jake, are the issues impacting the middle class of this country.”


January 31st, 2016
12:30 PM ET

Cruz: "A vote for Marco is a vote for amnesty."


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss tomorrow’s Iowa Caucus.


For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com


CNN POLITICS STORY: Cruz targets Rubio ahead of Iowa caucuses




Cruz on his performance in Iowa: [TAPPER]: “So, you don't have to win here, necessarily?”

[CRUZ]: “No, absolutely - we don't view any state as a must-win. I think we're positioned to do very well in Iowa.  I think we have worked very hard.  You know, the grassroots team we have got is unbelievable.  It is second to none.  We have got 200,000 volunteers nationwide.  We have got 12,000 volunteers on the ground here in Iowa.”


Cruz on his and Rubio’s positions on immigration: “Now, if you're asking, who can I trust to do what he said, the fact that, on a signature issue, Marco broke his promise to the American people is significant.  That would be like me coming to Washington and suddenly discovering I was for Obamacare.  That would be commensurate with what Marco did. And so a vote for Marco is a vote for amnesty.  And I will tell you this.  If we nominate a candidate who supports amnesty, who has the same position on amnesty as Hillary Clinton, we will lose.  The same millions of Reagan Democrats, of steelworkers and autoworkers and truck drivers and electricians who stayed home in 2008 and '12, they will stay home in 2016.”


Cruz on Trump skipping the most recent GOP presidential debate: “I get that it is unpleasant to have your record subject to scrutiny, to be potentially criticized. But this is a job interview.  You know, if I was coming to work for you, Jake, if I was interviewing with you, and I called you up and said, I'm not willing to show up at the job interview, you wouldn't hire me.  And I think that's what Donald said to the people of Iowa, that he wasn't willing to submit to the scrutiny.”


January 28th, 2016
07:48 PM ET

RNC Chairman Priebus on if Trump will make an appearance at tonight's GOP debate: "I think anything is possible"

Wolf Blitzer


CNN's Wolf Blitzer sits down with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss tonight’s GOP debate, Trump’s competing veterans event, and the potentiality of a Michael Bloomberg independent candidacy. Please see below for a full rushed transcript.


MANDATORY CREDIT // The Situation Room

Additional information: The Situation Room: http://www.cnn.com/shows/situation-room



Text highlights:


Priebus on Trump’s competing veteran’s event on debate night: “I mean obviously, we wish that all the candidates would compete in the debates that they qualified for.  But they don't have to.  I mean just like Rand Paul didn't a couple of weeks ago.  It's up to the candidates. If it's in their interests to compete, they'll compete.  If it's not, they won't. So, you know, there's a lot of reasons why candidates do the things that they do.  And I'm not sort of going to put myself in the position to start analyzing every move made by every candidate…I think it - listen, I don't really make much of it.  I mean I think that it's fine that they - the first debate is going to be over, they may go to that other event.  It's not a competition.  I mean I just don't look at it that way.”


Priebus on the possibility of Trump changing his mind and attending the GOP debate: “You know, in this cycle, I think anything is possible, Wolf.  You know, you - there certainly is a lot of intrigue and a lot of drama… Like I said, I'm not predicting anything anymore in this cycle.  I - I don't know, Wolf.  I doubt it, because that's what they've said, but, you know, who knows?”


Priebus on a potential Bloomberg candidacy: “He should run, because then we're going to have New York in play, Pennsylvania will be in play, Connecticut might be in play. He has no pathway to 270 electoral votes.  So - and even if he did have some kind of pathway that he thinks, well, then, we'll leave it up to the majority in the House to decide. But, you know, tongue-in-cheek, obviously, I think it's a - I think it would be a blessing, but, you know, he's not going to do it.”



January 28th, 2016
06:41 PM ET

Hillary Clinton on additional Democratic Presidential debates: "We have to agree that we're going to debate in New Hampshire..."

Wolf Blitzer


CNN's Wolf Blitzer sits down with former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a wide-ranging interview to discuss the possibility of more Democratic Presidential debates, tonight’s GOP debate, Donald Trump’s veterans event and much more. Please see below for a full rushed transcript.


MANDATORY CREDIT // CNN The Situation Room

Additional information: The Situation Room:http://www.cnn.com/shows/situation-room

STORY: Clinton agrees to N.H debate— but won’’t commit to more

Text highlights: 

Clinton on the possibility of more Democratic Presidential debates:  [BLITZER]:"So you are willing to commit to three specific dates for additional debates after New Hampshire? [CLINTON]:  Oh, I said, look, I'm - we have another one shortly after New Hampshire, as I remember, on the calendar.  And I said we should start looking for dates and working to get those scheduled.  I'm perfectly fine with that.But first things first.  We have to agree that we're going to debate in New Hampshire, both the governor and I have agreed and we're waiting for the senator to decide to join us. [BLITZER]:  So I just want to be precise.  After the Democratic National Committee sanctions debates, you are now ready to commit to three more debates, is that right?[CLINTON]:  Well, I have been very public in saying I would like the DNC to work with all of the campaigns, because that's what it did when it set up this schedule and obviously, we want to be supportive.  But I am urging publicly that we do this debate next week in New Hampshire.  And then I've said I am more than happy for us to start scheduling additional debates as we go through the spring and April and May and try to get those on the calendar.”


Clinton responds to Trump’s veterans event and tonight’s GOP debate: "You know, I am certainly not going to get into the machinations of the Republican Party primary process, other than to say I deeply regret the tone, the rhetoric that you're hearing, not only from Mr. Trump, but a number of the other candidates, the kinds of insulting remarks they're making about groups of people in our country, their strong opposition to The Affordable Care Act, wanting to defund Planned Parenthood, coming back to trickle down economics.

You know, it's really quite a disturbing spectacle that we have going on.  So whether or not they are together when they debate and reinforce these positions, which I think would be so harmful to our country, is something that, you know, they have to decide among themselves.But I'm going to continue to point out the stakes in this election, because ultimately, it will come down to one Democratic nominee and one Republican, who are fighting for the future of America.  And I strongly disagree with the direction that the Republicans intend to take our country.  And that's why I'm fighting so hard to be that Democratic nominee, to be able to make the case that we want to build on the progress we've made and we sure don't want the Republicans ripping it all apart."

Clinton on female voter turnout in the election: "Well, look, I am thrilled to have so much support from leading women in our country, from elected women, from women activists, from organizations like Planned Parenthood fighting for women's rights.  I'm running to be president because I think I have the best combination of experience, qualifications, plans and ability to get the job done.

But I do think it's an asset to be running to be the first woman president.  And I want everyone, women and men, in all parts of our country, to join me in making sure we build on the progress we've made and not let the Republicans rip away the White House and set us back."


Clinton responds to the idea of appointing President Obama to the Supreme Court:  "Well, I have no idea that he'd ever be interested, but it was a fascinating idea.  And if I'm so fortune enough to be president and get the opportunity to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, which I hope I do, then I would certainly talk to him about it.  I think he has other plans for his future, but hey, it would be worth the effort. We know he's a brilliant writer.  He taught constitutional law.  So I think it's worth a try."



January 28th, 2016
04:01 PM ET

CNN Debuts "Race for the White House" From Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti on Sunday, March 6, at 10PM ET/PT



Complementing CNN’s robust election coverage, the network will debut Race for the White House, a thrilling six-part CNN Original Series narrated by Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey on Sunday, March 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Using rare archival footage, interviews and stylized dramatizations, each hour-long episode tells the story of one iconic campaign for the Presidency of the United States.  From powerful speeches to the dirty tricks and Machiavellian schemes, Race for the White House captures the drama of a high-stakes presidential election and its impact on politics today.  Elections include Lincoln/Douglas, JFK/Nixon, Bush/Dukakis and more.  The series, executive produced by Spacey and Dana Brunetti (House of Cards), will regularly air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Here is a look at Race for the White House -

Season two of the CNN Original Series The Wonder List with Bill Weir will premiere Sunday, March 20, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the new season, storyteller Weir continues his worldwide quest to uncover the untold stories of remarkable people, places, cultures, and creatures, at the crossroads of change. Across six hour-long episodes, viewers will be transported to fascinating and breathtaking locations, including the glaciers and fjords of Iceland, the Peruvian ruins of Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, stunning Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa, the secretive Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and to Cuba as it undergoes dramatic transformation.

Here is a sneak peek of the new season of The Wonder List

Race for the White House is co-produced by Raw and Trigger Street Productions.  The Wonder List with Bill Weir is produced by CNN and filmed by renowned cinematographer Philip Bloom.

About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.

Press Contacts:

Heather Brown – Race for the White House; 212-275-8428; Heather.Brown@turner.com
Pamela Gomez – The Wonder List with Bill Weir; 212-275-7985; Pamela.Gomez@turner.com




Topics: CNN
January 27th, 2016
10:00 AM ET









CNN en Español and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), have partnered to provide an exclusive focus on Latino voters in America, the fastest growing minority voting bloc that could play an instrumental role in determining the next President of the United States.

CNN en Español will present CLACLS’s detailed monthly reports — spanning a variety of election-related topics — across the television network and digital platforms leading up to key caucus and primary election dates.

The first report, THE LATINO VOTER REGISTRATION DILEMMA, focuses on the historic low voter turnout level among Latinos in presidential elections, despite their increase as a percentage of all voters at the national level to a projected 9.9% in the upcoming 2016 presidential elections. Only 48% of eligible Latino voters cast ballots in the 2012 elections compared with 64% of non-Hispanic whites and 66% of non-Hispanic blacks. The critical problem identified in this report is that voter registration rates among Latinos have remained steady at 58% of potential voters between the 1992 and 2012 presidential elections, despite well publicized voter-registration drives. An analysis of voter registration patterns by age and sex reveals that the most numerous eligible Latino voters, those between 18 and 44 years of age, register at even lower rates than the average and that Latino males in this demographic register at significantly lower rates than Latinas. Once registered, however, Latinos turn out at fairly high rates in presidential elections, over 80%, but their overall impact in national elections is compromised by low registration rates. The details of THE LATINO VOTER REGISTRATION DILEMMA as well as key state-level data is reviewed with precise data and is the first in a monthly series. FULL POST

Topics: CNN en Espanol
CNN Politics Presents: "Why I'm voting for Trump"
January 27th, 2016
08:17 AM ET

CNN Politics Presents: "Why I'm voting for Trump"

CNN Politics talked to more than 150 people in 31 cities to explore what's driving the Trump phenomenon. Here's what they found.

They are showing up in droves to see Donald Trump – but who are they? In an effort to capture the remarkable Trump phenomenon - and the anti-establishment anger, and the racial and economic fears beneath it - CNN Politics reporters MJ Lee, Sara Murray, Jeremy Diamond, Noah Gray and Tal Kopan spoke with more than 150 people in 31 cities to produce a new in-depth report.

The voices - including supporters and opponents of Trump - that CNN reporters interviewed across the country over the past few months are captured and displayed in video and text form to provide a snapshot of a political movement unprecedented in modern politics.

They reflect some of the loudest and most passionate defenders of Trump. Many people CNN interviewed were not turned off by Trump's provocative remarks — but inclined to agree with his statements and his unvarnished approach to self-expression.

But there are also other factors feeding the enthusiasm: the belief that Americans are unsafe, and he will protect them; an appreciation for the simple good vs. evil worldview he presents; an admiration of his celebrity status and business background. And, above all, a faith that he will restore an America they feel has been lost to them, and dream of experiencing again.

Explore the full report exclusively at CNNPolitics.com.

Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Politics
First on CNN: Democratic Candidates on Snapchat Discover
January 26th, 2016
05:57 PM ET

First on CNN: Democratic Candidates on Snapchat Discover

The Democratic presidential hopefuls faced plenty of questions at the CNN Iowa Democratic Candidates Town Hall, including a special one exclusively for the CNN Snapchat Discover channel:

“If elected President, what specifically are you going to do for young people?"

Now live on Snapchat Discover, you can also read each of the candidate’s answers below and on CNNPolitics.com, to be credited to CNN: 

Sec. Hillary Clinton

“I’m going to do everything I can to get more young people involved. Not only in politics but also seeing roles for them in the government. Seeing them as young entrepreneurs. Getting more small businesses that they can start. Providing more opportunities for education to make it affordable to go to college and get the student debt down. I have a whole young persons agenda and I’m really focused on this because after all, you know that’s the future and we’re supposed to be trying to do our best to make the future work for those coming after."

Gov. Martin O'Malley

“I’m going to speak to the goodness that’s within our country that I hear articulated all the time whenever I talk to young people under 30. We are moving to a much more connected, compassionate and generous place. We need to square our shoulders to the big challenges of our times like climate change and the changing nature of conflict, and realize that in this world of ours there is really one yearning – the whole world over – and that is the yearning for a job. To be able to give our kids a better future. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what we do best as Americans. And that’s what we need to do again in this generation."

Sen. Bernie Sanders

“What we’re going to do is end the absurdity of having a rigged economy and a corrupt campaign finance system. We’re going to revitalize American democracy and make our government work for all people rather than a handful of billionaires.  We’re going to make public colleges and universities tuition free, because everybody in this country should have the right to a college education regardless of the income of their families."

Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Digital
January 26th, 2016
03:16 PM ET


CNN Ranks #1 in Cable News Last Night

Outperformed the Combined Delivery of Fox News and MSNBC

According to Nielsen Fast National Data, last night’s CNN Iowa Democratic Candidates Town Hall (9-11pm) was the most watched primary candidates’ cable news event (excluding debates) on record.  Hosted by Chris Cuomo, the Iowa Town Hall was #1 in cable news last night among total viewers, 25-54 and 18-34.  The CNN Town Hall averaged 3.201 million total viewers, Fox News followed with 2.134 million and MSNBC trailed with 850k.  Among 25-54, CNN was top rated (944k) and outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News (407k) and MSNBC (205k).  Among the younger demo 18-34, CNN ranked #1 with 404k, Fox News lagged far behind with 51k and MSNBC had 40k. 

CNN posted a triple digit advantage (+127%) and more than doubled MSNBC’s recent First in the South Democratic Presidential Forum (11/6/15) in the demo (944k vs. MSNBC 416k) and did +38% better in total viewers (3.201m vs. MSNBC’s 2.325m). 

The post-program, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (11p-1a) also ranked #1 among total viewers and the demo 25-54 last night.  In total viewers, CNN had 1.275 million, Fox News registered 1.136 million and MSNBC posted 407k.  In the demo, CNN averaged 423k, Fox News followed with 314k and MSNBC had 117k.  

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Monday 1/25/16, program-based historical data.  All data based on Live+SD. 


« older posts