CNN Politics once again registered as the top political news destination in July 2015, far outpacing competitors in every measurable category as coverage of the 2016 election heats up.
For the fifth month running, CNN Politics’ breaking news coverage, enterprise analysis and digital videos outperformed other political news outlets by double and triple digits. The network also saw all-time records in both mobile traffic and desktop video starts based on records dating back to February 2013 and August 2012.
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Mrs. Ronald Reagan has begun to invite GOP candidates to the CNN/Reagan Library presidential debate on September 16, 2015. Additional candidates will receive invitations if they meet all of the previously released debate criteria including averaging at least one percent in three recognized national polls between now and September 10th. (Full criteria for candidate participation was announced on May 20, 2015: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2015/images/05/20/debate.criteria1.pdf.)
The CNN Republican candidates’ debate will be divided into two parts featuring two groups of candidates. One group will feature the top 10 candidates and the other will include those who meet the minimum threshold of one percent. An average of all recognized polling released between July 16th and September 10th will determine the groups. Both groups will be moderated by CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper.
“My husband was humbled and honored to be President of the United States. I heard him say on more than one occasion that he was only given temporary custody of the presidency, but I know from very personal experience that it was the role of his lifetime,” said former first lady Nancy Reagan. “Debates are a crucial part of the election process, and I’m thrilled that so many qualified candidates have the opportunity to be heard at the Reagan Presidential Library.” FULL POST
Donald Trump defends his 'blood’ remarks
By Eric Bradner, CNN
Donald Trump says he did "nothing wrong whatsoever" by criticizing Fox News' Megyn Kelly, and wasn't referring to her menstruating when he complained that during Thursday night's debate there was "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her - wherever."
"Who would say that?" Trump said Sunday in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "Do you think I'd make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about that."
Trump didn't apologize for his remark, which came in a Friday night appearance on CNN. He blamed his Republican presidential opponents for fanning the flames of controversy, and claimed he meant to refer to her "nose and/or ears" - not a woman's period.
"Only a deviant would say that what I said was what they were referring to. Because nobody would make that statement. You almost have to be sick to put that together," he said, repeating his defense of the remark he used Saturday.
Debate Represents Significant Addition to the Networks’ Extensive Coverage Plans for Upcoming Election
CNN and the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that CNN will host the first Democratic presidential debate on October 13, 2015. The debate will feature candidates for the Democratic nomination for President and will take place in Nevada, with exact location details to be released in the coming days.
CNN will serve as the exclusive national broadcaster of the debate and a CNN anchor will moderate. In addition to live prime-time airing on CNN, CNNgo, CNN Español and CNN International; Westwood One News will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the debate.
CNN’s first Republican candidates’ debate airs Wednesday, September 16th from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. FULL POST
CNN's Jake Tapper sits down with Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie for a one-on-one interview that will air on State of the Union Sunday, August 2nd at 9:00am and 12:00pmET.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump goes 1-on-1 with CNN, here is what he had to say to CNN's Dana Bash on Obamacare, the 2016 race and more.
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump explains to CNN's Dana Bash his outburst at a female lawyer.
Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a female lawyer whom he had called "disgusting" several years ago for requesting a break to pump breast milk in the middle of a deposition, calling her a "vicious, horrible person."
In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, the Republican presidential candidate claimed that the attorney, Elizabeth Beck, had wanted to pump breast milk in other people's presence. Trump alleged that Beck was now retaliating against him because she was unhappy about having lost that legal battle, and that she had fabricated a story about Trump losing his cool and storming out of the deposition room.
"She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that's disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible," Trump said. "She's a vicious, horrible person."
Elizabeth Beck described the 2011 encounter - first reported by the New York Times late Tuesday - as Trump having "an absolute meltdown" in an interview with CNN's "New Day" Wednesday morning.
"He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, 'You're disgusting, you're disgusting,' and he ran out of there," Beck said.
Trump strongly refuted this characterization in Wednesday's interview, saying Beck had distorted the events.
"She made it up. She made it up," he said. "She's saying, 'Oh, he was so violent and he was so, so wild and she was afraid.' She was afraid of nobody. She's a tough killer in Miami everyone knows she's a killer. They all hate her."
Well-known for his colorful language and imagery, Trump went on to compare Beck's interview with CNN earlier in the day to the way people who had never met Michael Jackson discussed the iconic pop star after his death.
"So many people are on television that don't know me and they're like experts on me," Trump said. "You know when Michael Jackson died - I knew him very well - and everybody was talking about Michael Jackson. They didn't know him, they knew nothing. Some of them never even met him."
Pressed on how the 2011 incident reflects on how Trump would behave as president - and how he would react if challenged by a world leader like Russian President Vladmir Putin - Trump answered: "Believe me, I'd do very well with him. I get along with people."