Donald Trump Jr. “Ted Cruz has no chance of winning this without bribing the delegates.”
April 24th, 2016
12:56 PM ET

Donald Trump Jr. “Ted Cruz has no chance of winning this without bribing the delegates.”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president, the Trump Organization and son of presidential candidate Donald Trump, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the tone of his father’s campaign, appealing to delegates, Ted Cruz and more.

For more information, see Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas —; 202.465.6666; Brooke Lorenz-




Donald Trump Jr. on State of the Union: Full Interview



Donald Trump Jr: Ted Cruz has to bribe delegates to win



Donald Trump Jr. on campaigns potential shift:  Well listen Jake, I think there's aspects of things where he'll take things to a level that they need to be taken to be able to draw attention to it, I mean if you look at any of the issues that he's spoken about, he'll take about them in a way that no one else has spoken about them, he'll take them to a certain level, and guess what? An issue that was taboo or that no one wanted to touch, all of a sudden people are actually talking about it. So it's not that it's An act, but sometimes he does have to talk about things in a certain way to be able to draw the requisite attention hat that topic actually needs. No one else will touch it if he hasn't done that, so I think for him this is a very natural evolution, he's switching over, getting focused on the general election where's going to have to talk to that broader audience, so I think it's a very natural progression [TAPPER] So when he talks about building a wall, or when he talks about deporting 11 million people in this country undocumented immigrants, is that just playing a part or is that to be taken literally? [TRUMP JR] No, it think that's to be taken literally, he's the only person that's been talking about it, he's the- everyone else jumps on the bandwagon after he says it. He says it- three weeks later, everyone else, once he's taken all the heat, once he's taken all the criticism, once he's taken all of that, then everyone else jumps on and says 'hey wait a minute, this is actually a winning idea, this makes a lot of sense,' and then they do it because he's the only one of the candidate that actually ever had an original thought in years. [TAPPER] So the bottom line is we should take him at face value but there might be some rhetorical flourish in there. [TRUMP JR] I think without question, yeah, I think that's only natural. I see that in politics all the time, everyone pretends that's not the case, but that's very much what I've seen.


Donald Trump Jr. on appealing to delegates: [TAPPER] “So are you or your sister Ivanka, or Eric, or any other member of your family, are you planning to help your dad woo delegates one by one on behalf of your father?” [TRUMP JR] “you know I think we'll do some of that, I think that's natural, but you know I think his biggest thing is wanting to change the process. The fact that the average voter doesn't even know that their vote may not matter, or that their vote matters but if you don't talk about the delegates, you know my father could do more wooing than anyone- he just doesn't want to play the game that way, he doesn't think that's right for the country. Why should a couple people who are establishment elitists get to go on beautiful vacations, I mean he could send his private plane and send them down to Doral, they could play golf for a week and then we win that delegate. That's not the way this country should be run, Jake…. I think we're going to do what we need to do to win, to a point, but I think we want to win without having to do that. You know, Ted Cruz has no chance of winning this without bribing the delegates. That's his game at this point, okay, he's mathematically eliminated, but that's been his game from day one because he's not an appealing candidate to the general election voter, so he'll try to get there, he'll do this, he'll lose more states than Mitt Romney, because I can't name a single state that Mitt lost that Ted can possibly win. So, I think at this point the Republican establishment would much rather just hand the things over to Hillary, hand the reins over to her, let her run it, because guess what? There's no accountability in the party.”

Donald Trump Jr. on the establishment embracing Ted Cruz as nominee: “you know, there are decisions being made and there are things that I see and actions happening that make me really question whether they actually want someone who could actually win. When I see all the people in this state, because I'm in Pennsylvania today, who've switched over and the hundreds of thousands of people all over the country who have switched over from being Independents to being Republicans, who've switched over form being democrats to being Republicans, and they don't embrace that, instead they want to try to push someone else who has zero chance of winning anywhere else, it doesn't make any sense to me. I have to certainly question their motives.”

Donald Trump Jr. on if his father has begun vetting potential vice presidents: “Well listen we have some time, we want to get there probably without it so we have a decision whenever we need to not just before the convention. I think there are a lot of viable candidates out there and I think some of them could have been people that have run against us in this. I think my father's been clear that he wants someone that has navigated the D.C. waterways a little more than he has to be in there. I think he's the disrupter but you're still going to need someone that has that understanding. I think there are a lot of good options but we haven't started the serious vetting options because we'll get there on our own without having to make that decision today.”


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Sanders on his path to nomination “I'm not going to tell you that it's easy, but I think we do.”
April 24th, 2016
12:54 PM ET

Sanders on his path to nomination “I'm not going to tell you that it's easy, but I think we do.”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss vice president’s, Rosario Dawson and more.

For more information, see Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas —; 202.465.6666; Brooke Lorenz-




Sanders doesn't condemn Rosario Dawson's use of Monica Lewinsky attack




Sanders on his path to nomination: [TAPPER] “Do you have a path to the nomination, though, sir?  In what states can you win so overwhelmingly that you can overtake her ultimately in the pledged delegate count?” [SANDERS]  “Well, I'm not going to tell you that it's easy, but I think we do. What polls seem to be showing is that many of the states yet to come, including California, our largest state, we have a real shot to win.  And I think, also, there are a lot of delegates out there who are looking at the general matchup, and what they're seeing in polls is that Bernie Sanders is running a lot stronger against Donald Trump than is Hillary Clinton, because we can appeal to a lot of independents and people, not just the Democrats. So, I think we do have a path to victory.  I think we have come a very, very long way in the last year, and we're going to fight for every last vote until the - California and the D.C. primary.”


Sanders on who should be the democratic nominee’s vice president: “…I think the American people want us to focus on the real issues impacting them, how their kids can afford to go to college, not worry at this point about who is going to be a vice presidential candidate….  I think that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, whoever became the candidates may be, need to start talking to the real issues facing the American people. And that is that we have a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality…..All of the candidates need to focus on those issues.  And vice presidential candidates need to do the same.  That's what I'm trying to do in this campaign.  That's why we have come from 3 percent in the polls to almost tying or in some cases being ahead of Secretary Clinton in national polls.”


Sanders on Rosario Dawson mentioning Monica Lewinsky:  [TAPPER] “Do you think it's appropriate for your surrogates to be talking about Monica Lewinsky on the campaign trail?” [SANDERS]  “We have many, many - Rosario is a great actress, and she's doing a great job for us.  And she's been a passionate fighter to see that we see the increase voter turnout, that we fight for racial, economic, environmental justice….. [TAPPER] “But, yes or no, should your surrogates be talking about Monica Lewinsky?” [SANDERS] “I have no idea in what context Rosario was talking about her. But I would hope that all of our people focus on the real issues facing working people and the massive level of income and wealth inequality that we have.” 



Sanders on his comments “poor people don’t vote”: One of the reasons I am running for president of the United States is to try to revitalize American democracy.  It is no secret that we have one of the lowest voting turnout rates of any major country on earth.  And it is also true, in the last general election we had in 2014, 63 percent of the American people didn't vote, and the numbers were worse for low-income people, and the numbers were worse for young people. So, what we have got to do, Jake, is to not only overturn this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, so that billionaires and super PACs are not able to buy elections.  We have got to involve people.  And it's not easy, because so many people have given up on the political process, including a whole lot of low-income people, where the voting rates are in fact quite low, young people, who are not voting in large numbers. Our job is to bring people into the political process, to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent.  And if there's a thing that I'm trying to do in this campaign, that's precisely what I'm trying to do, to increase the number of lower-income people who are voting, working people who are voting, young people who are voting, revitalize American democracy. And when we do that, I think we begin to change the dynamic of government in America, where it's not just big money interests who make the decisions, but ordinary people. 



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April 22nd, 2016
11:07 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 19 and 20

Culinary Journeys


Culinary Journeys

Thursday 19 May at 0930 BST / 1030 CET

Friday 20 May at 0430 BST / 0530 CET

Saturday 21 May at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1630 BST / 1730 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

CNN International's acclaimed cook-centric programme ‘Culinary Journeys’ evolves in 2016 as it embarks on a new series of mouth-watering adventures.

Shot in stunning locations spanning the continents, ‘Culinary Journeys’ heads for destinations renowned for their unique brand of hospitality.

The first show of the new series features Philippines’ chef Margarita Forés, recently voted 2016 Asia's Best Female Chef.

Filipino food is rarely mentioned amongst the stars of Asia's culinary scene, but Forés is determined to change perceptions – one dish at a time. ‘Culinary Journeys’ follows Forés on her quest as she invites viewers to learn about a new side of Filipino food.

Starting in the Philippines capital, Manila, Forés walks through the market where her passion for food was first formed. The chef’s efforts in pushing the possibilities of Filipino ingredients are evident in the restaurant ‘Grace Park’, which is part of Forés’ culinary empire in the capital.

The real journey starts when Forés takes ‘Culinary Journeys’ down to Negros, the island where she spent her childhood summers amongst the sugar cane fields: Forés shows how the local cuisine was born out of its sweetest crop creating some of the Philippines' best desserts, and how its harbours have attracted Latin American flavours.

Over the course of her 30-year career, Forés has prepared dinners for three Philippine presidents, Spanish royals as well as US Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. Forés’ culinary journey culminates with her hosting a meal back at her ancestral home in Manila, where she shares the best of the Philippines with family and friends.





Topics: CNN
April 20th, 2016
01:36 PM ET


Tops Fox News and MSNBC in Demo 25-54 and 18-34


CNN was #1 during last night’s New York Primary coverage among adults 25-54 and 18-34 according to Nielsen Fast National data. In prime time (8-11pm), CNN was top rated with 913k, Fox News followed with 600k and MSNBC was last with 499k among adults 25-54.  Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN was #1 by wide margins with 291k, Fox News had 103k and MSNBC lagged with 90k.  In total viewers, CNN had 2.568 million, +50% more than MSNBC’s 1.712 million; Fox News had 3.007 million.

During the live coverage block (7pm-2am) CNN was also #1, averaging 630k to Fox News’ 429k and to MSNBC’s 357k among adults 25-54.  In younger viewers (18–34), CNN outperformed the competition with 186k to Fox News’ 74k and to MSNBC’s 65k.  In total viewers CNN bested MSNBC (1.773 million vs. MSNBC’s 1.239 million); Fox News had 2.023 million during this time period.

Interest in the New York Primary was seen across platforms, with 15 million unique visitors turning to CNN Digital — one of the top ten days across all primaries and caucuses dating back to 2008. CNN Digital also saw 11 million video starts and 91 million page views on New York Primary Day.

Last night, CNN lit up the Empire State Building to announce New York Primary results.


Topics: 2016 Election • Ratings
April 15th, 2016
02:42 PM ET


Brooklyn Democratic Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

CNN #1 in Primetime Last Night

A combined 5.567 million total viewers watched the CNN/NY1 Democratic Debate last night according to Nielsen Fast National data.  Among adults 25-54, 1.798 million watched.  This debate ranks #7 among Democratic debates this cycle in total viewers and demo 25-54.

In total viewers, CNN averaged 5.396 million and the local NYC cable television news channel NY1 had 171k.  Among adults 25-54, CNN registered 1.709 million and NY1 had 89k.

CNN ranked #1 in cable news in primetime last night (8-11pm), averaging 4.145 million total viewers, +73% more than Fox News’ 2.396 million and +454% more than MSNBC’s 748k.  Among adults 25-54, CNN had 1.289 million, Fox News followed with 409k and MSNBC had 211k.

The strong online interest in CNN's debates was evident again in Brooklyn, with live streams across all platforms (Web, App, Apple TV, and Roku) reaching 1.3 mm. CNN Digital also saw 13 million unique visitors on debate day.

The debate was live from Brooklyn, NY and moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.  Questioners included CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Thursday, April 14.  All data based on Live+SD.


Topics: 2016 Election • Ratings
April 15th, 2016
12:03 AM ET

Final RUSH Transcript//CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate– Brooklyn, NY


BLITZER: Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders, you can now move to your lecterns while I explain a few ground rules. As moderator, I'll guide the discussion, asking questions and follow-ups. You'll also get questions from Dana Bash and Errol Louis. You'll each have one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions, 30 seconds for follow- ups. Timing lights will signal when your time is up. Both candidates have agreed to these rules now. Opening statements, you'll each have two minutes.

Let's begin with Senator Sanders.


SANDERS: Wolf, thank you very much. CNN, thank you very much. Secretary Clinton, thank you very much.

When we began this campaign almost a year ago, we started off at 3 percent in the polls. We were about 70 points behind Secretary Clinton. In the last couple of weeks, there were two polls out there that had us ahead.


Of the last nine caucuses and primaries, we have won eight of them, many of them by landslide victories.


Topics: 2016 Election • Transcripts
April 14th, 2016
07:40 AM ET


The special two-part series airs week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT


Imagine if the only way to escape a forced marriage was to abandon your own child. That’s the reality for some Vietnamese young women. Tricked into crossing the border by traffickers, they were sold for marriage to Chinese men. China’s one-child policy has led to a shortage of women and a thirst for Vietnamese brides. CNN International correspondent Alexandra Field speaks to escapees about their ordeal and goes to the border to see just how easy it is to smuggle women between the two countries.

Five girls… saved just in the nick of time. At a government support center on the Vietnamese-Chinese border, CNN’s Alexandra Field meets five 14-year-old girls saved by the police as traffickers were taking them across the border. She explains how they were lured into danger and sees an emotional reunion between a mother and daughter who were not so lucky.

These two special CNN Freedom Project stories air week of April 18 on News Stream at 8pm HKT.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Freedom Project
April 13th, 2016
01:29 PM ET




CNN Also #1 in Prime Time among Adults 25-54

Donald Trump, wife Melania Trump and children; (l-r) Donald Trump, Jr. Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump join Anderson Cooper for a CNN Town Hall on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Time Warner Center in New York. (Nancy Borowick for CNN)

                             Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick/CNN

Last night’s AC 360 Trump Family Town Hall (9-10pm) ranked #1 in cable news in both total viewers and adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Fast National data.  Hosted by Anderson Cooper, the New York Town Hall averaged 2.154 million total viewers, Fox News followed with 1.992 million and MSNBC had 1.213 million. Among adults 25-54, CNN was top-rated averaging 570k, +64% more than Fox News’ 348k and a +73% advantage over MSNBC’s 330k.

CNN also ranked #1 in prime time (8-11pm) last night among adults 25-54 with 438k, Fox News placed second with 366k and MSNBC was third with 281k.  In total viewers, CNN had 1.531 million, +49% more than MSNBC’s 1.025million; Fox News had 2.089 million.

Tonight is the AC 360 Cruz Family Town Hall (9pm, ET) and tomorrow, the Democratic Debate live from Brooklyn, New York.  The debate will be moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis join as questioners. Both events only on CNN.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Nationals time period-based data for Tuesday, April 12.  All data based on Live+SD.



Topics: CNN
April 12th, 2016
02:11 PM ET

News Gets Personal with CNN for Facebook Messenger

Now you can use Facebook Messenger to get CNN news and information in a personalized, private message.

At Facebook's F8 developer conference today, the company unveiled new capabilities for businesses and publishers on Messenger, enabling users to chat directly with CNN to get breaking news and personalized stories.

In partnership with Outbrain, CNN is using bots for Messenger to interact with users in a natural and conversational way. Subscribers to CNN on Messenger will receive a daily digest of top stories right within the Messenger app.  The bot will also recommend personalized content based on a user’s preferences and learned interests.  The experience gets more personalized with each interaction on Messenger.

Additionally, users can message CNN for news and information about specific topics.

For example, if a user is interested in learning more about Zika, they can simply message CNN “Zika.” CNN will respond with the latest news or most relevant story about the virus.  The message “delegate count” will evoke a response with a lede and link to CNN’s latest piece about which presidential candidates have racked up the most delegates heading into the national conventions.

The CNN for Messenger experience is powered by Outbrain for Chat, a new product that enables personalized content recommendations for users across platforms. It also allows CNN to seamlessly marry editorial programming with true content personalization.

For more information on Messenger, click here.

Download Messenger on iOS and Android.

For more information on Outbrain for Chat, click here.

April 10th, 2016
04:19 PM ET

John Kasich, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Families To Participate in CNN Town Halls This Week

Kasich, Trump, Cruz & Their Families To Participate in CNN Town Hall Events This Week

Anderson Cooper Moderates As Family Members Join Conversation 

Ahead of the upcoming New York primary, CNN will host three Anderson Cooper 360º Town Halls in New York City with GOP presidential candidates and members of their families.

On Monday April 11, Ohio Governor John Kasich, will be joined by his wife Karen and daughters Reese and Emma. On Tuesday, Trump will be joined by his wife Melania and children Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr. On Wednesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz will be joined by his wife Heidi. Each candidate and his family will speak with Anderson Cooper and take questions from an audience of registered Republican voters.

The Town Halls will air each night at 9-10PM ET on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, and CNNgo.

In addition to the three Town Halls, CNN will also broadcast the next Democratic debate, moderated by Wolf Blitzer, from Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, April 14.  CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and NY1 host and CNN commentator Errol Louis will join as questioners. The debate will air live at 9-11PM ET.

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