October 19th, 2014
01:39 PM ET

Cruz, a flight ban is a “basic, common-sense step"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responds to President Obama’s appointment of veteran Washington operative Ron Klain and demands the President lead the country by banning flights and securing the border. Senator Cruz asserts that supporting the Kurdish Peshmerga is essential to defeating ISIS and expresses his confidence in Republicans achieving a majority in both chambers of Congress.

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Cruz on the Obama Administration’s response to Ebola: "The biggest mistake that continues to be made is now, more than two weeks into this we continue to allow open commercial air flights from countries that have been stricken by Ebola. That doesn't make any sense, we have upwards of 150 people a day coming from countries with live, active Ebola outbreaks."

Cruz on the appointment of Ron Klain: “we should be less concerned about giving the public the feeling that the government is on top of this and more concerned about the government actually being on top of it. And this is a manifestation. We don't need another White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been.”

Cruz on his support of the Kurdish Peshmerga: “the Obama administration keeps focusing on Syrian rebels, many of whom have far too close ties to radical Islamic terrorists for it to make any sense for us to be supporting them. The Kurds are allies and they are boots on the ground. And when we work with them in concert, they're ready to fight on the front line, along with serious airpower.”

Cruz on Republican success in the 2014 midterm elections: “I think it is far more likely than not that we will retake the Senate and retire Harry Reid.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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October 19th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

NIH Director "No further cases" of Ebola in US

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, joins Candy Crowley to discuss the fight against Ebola in the US.

Text highlights, video, and a transcript of the discussion are below

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Fauci on a travel ban: “It would be very, very difficult if you lost control of easily tracking people.  You have got to look at the numbers to look about how many people are really trying to get into the country. We have 36,000 people in two months went to airports to get out of those three countries; 77 were blocked because of a health issue. When they investigated them, none of them had Ebola. A lot of them had malaria.  So, there's not a lot of people trying to get into the country.”

Fauci on known Ebola cases in the US: “No further cases. Just the two infections. So, we have two infections that have occurred here in the United States.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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October 19th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

Ebola "was an avoidable catastrophe"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola, about why this outbreak is so serious and how the world should respond.

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Piot on the severity of the threat:  ”This is the first Ebola epidemic where entire nations are involved, where big cities are affected. And I continue to be worried that the response to the epidemic is really running behind the virus. The virus is still running much faster.”

Piot on containing Ebola:  The good news is that both Nigeria and Senegal have been able to contain a number important cases. In Senegal, there was not even any secondary case. In Nigeria, there were a number of people who were infected and died, but it has not given rise to an outbreak in Lagos, after all, a city of more than 20 million people, or in Port Harcourt. So that's a - that shows that if you act decisively and early enough, that this is, you know, it can be controlled. This was an avoidable catastrophe.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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Topics: CNN • Ebola • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS
October 12th, 2014
12:35 PM ET

Former PM of Kurdistan "Every Kurd wants independence"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS  features an interview with Barham Salih, former prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan and former deputy prime minister of Iraq, about the strength of ISIS,  the role the Peshmerga could play in fighting ISIS, and the prospects for Kurdish independence.

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Salih on the Iraqi army: “At the end of the day, the military needs to be a professional institution, the type of leadership that we have had in Iraq over the past few years has politicized the army, has divided the army on sectarian lines and simply was not able to stand up to the challenge.”

Salih on the Peshmerga’s fight against ISIS: “Kurdistan has emerged as the most reliable partner of the international coalition in the fight against ISIS.”

Salih on Kurdish Independence: “Every Kurd wants independence. That's a - that's a reality of it.  But I genuinely do believe that the Kurds will be the ones who will have least problem with a united Iraq, a decent Iraq. To date, the Kurds want Iraq to succeed, a democratic federal Iraq will be good for the Kurds and we want to be partners in making Iraq a success.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Politics • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS
October 12th, 2014
12:34 PM ET

McCain ISIS "is winning, and we're not"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) join Candy Crowley to discuss the advancement of ISIS in the Anbar Province and Ebola in the US.

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Senator McCain on Ebola: “my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them. I would say that we don't know exactly who's in charge. There has to be some kind of czar.”

Senator McCain on the battle against ISIS: “First of all, they're winning and we're not. And the Iraqis are not winning, the Peshmerga, the Kurds are not winning, and there's a lot of aspects of this. But there has to be a fundamental re-evaluation of what we're doing because we are not - we are not degrading and ultimately destroying ISIS.”

Senator Sanders on US involvement in Iraq and Syria: “What I do not want, and I fear very much, is the United States getting sucked into a quagmire and being involved in perpetual warfare year after year after year.”

A full transcript of the interviews are available after the jump.
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October 6th, 2014
10:45 AM ET

CNN's Nima Elbagir traces Ebola victim's contacts in Liberia

CNN correspondent Nima Elbagir (@nimacnn) visits Thomas Eric Duncan's neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia where he contracted the Ebola virus.

While there, she speaks to the leader of a local Ebola task force, who says they suspect Duncan came in contact with almost 100 people before departing for the U.S.

Duncan is currently in critical condition in a Texas hospital.

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Topics: Ebola • Nima Elbagir
October 5th, 2014
02:26 PM ET

Frieden: Ebola has caused "the largest CDC response in our history"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke to Crowley about preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States and finding a solution to the epidemic.

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Frieden on containing Ebola: “As of now the man in Dallas, who is fighting for his life, is the only patient to develop Ebola in the US. We know there are going to be concerns and rumors and we will track them down. We want people to be concerned, but appropriately concerned.”

Frieden on Thomas Eric Duncan and Ebola in the United States: “We’re confident we won’t see a large number of cases from this. We are concerned about a couple of family members who had very close contact with him when he was sick, but that’s something we’ll have to check each day, 21 days after the last day of contact.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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October 5th, 2014
01:35 PM ET

Senators Graham & Reed: ISIS, 2016, & sequestration

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), spoke to Crowley about the implications of sending American ground troops to combat ISIS, the sequestration, and the 2016 presidential candidate speculation.

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Senator Graham on arming and training the Free Syrian Army: “And at the end of the day, you cannot destroy ISIL in Syria without a ground component. And what we're doing with the Free Syrian Army is militarily unsound. To train these young men up in Saudi Arabia, without first establishing a no-fly zone to take Assad's airpower off the table will lead to their slaughter. It is immoral. There is no way that I can see how we fix the problem in Iraq and Syria without American ground troops.”

Senator Graham on a presidential bid in 2016: ” I know what it's like to run for president. I'm running for the Senate. I know what it takes to put an organization together, to put the money together. I have been with Senator McCain twice in this endeavor. I am nowhere near there. I am all in running for the Senate.”

Senator Reed on his opposition to sending US ground troops in Iraq: “I think the most effective way to use the best aspects of both countries is our superiority in the air, our ability for intelligence, for surveillance, for using that force and making sure - and getting the Iraqi forces up to speed so that they can conduct military operations on the ground.”

A full transcript of the interviews are available after the jump.
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Topics: Candy Crowley • CNN • Ebola • Iraq • ISIS • State of the Union with Candy Crowley
October 5th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

PM Netanyahu on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fareed Zakaria and Prime Minister Netanyahu discuss negotiations with Hamas, cooperation with Arab nations, prospects of a two-state solution, and nuclear proliferation in Iran.

 

Netanyahu on cooperation with Arab states: “There's a commonality of interests that has crystallized and I've never seen in my lifetime, because they - all the Arab states identify, as we do, these twin challenges of a nuclear Iran and the radical Sunnis making inroads into Sunni states.”

Netanyahu on negotiating with Hamas: “I negotiate with an enemy who wants to stop being my enemy. That’s how you make peace. An enemy who wants to destroy you remains committed to your obliteration is not - is not someone you can negotiate with.”

Netanyahu on Iran’s nuclear program: “They say we want civilian nuclear energy. Well, so does Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, Sweden. Seventeen countries that have civilian nuclear energy and they don't have a single centrifuge, because you really need centrifuges not for civilian energy, but to make bombs.”

Netanyahu on a Palestinian state: “I think the solution lies in long-term security arrangements that involve Israel for a protracted period of time”

 A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

 
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Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Gaza • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel
September 28th, 2014
03:28 PM ET

Rouhani: Iran is "against terrorism"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani regarding the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the P5+1 nuclear negotiations, and the harsh judgment by Islamic authorities in Iran.

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Rouhani on Iran’s stance towards terrorism: “Iran, from the very first moment, did not hesitate in fighting against terrorism.  Other countries apparently had their doubts for quite some time.  They were under the impression that, be it as it may, they acted quite late in the game.”

 

Rouhani on the P5+1 negotiations: “today we have a - we are faced with a very good opportunity vis-a-vis the nuclear talks and negotiations. This good opportunity was created in reality only last year.  In result of the expression of the political will of the majority of the people of Iran and their vast participation in those elections and the mandates received out of those elections. A new atmosphere was created in result of all of that.  We must all make good use of it, our side, as well as 5-Plus-1. Everyone together must make good use of this historic opportunity.”

 

Rouhani on the persecution of dancers in the “Happy” video: “I, as the president of Iran, have been sworn and put there by the will of the people to protect the constitution. If the constitution is ever violated, it is my legal responsibility to take the appropriate steps and implement appropriate actions. “

 A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • ISIS
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