Thirteen days before Florida voters head to the polls to select a new governor, CNN and WJXT-TV in Florida will partner to host a nationally televised debate between gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R).
Beginning at 7p.m. (ET) on October 21, the one-hour debate will be moderated by chief Washington correspondent and anchor Jake Tapper. WJXT-TV anchor and reporter Kent Justice will join Tapper to co-moderate what will be the final debate before Election Day. The debate will re-air on CNN at 11p.m, (ET).
During the broadcast, CNN will invite viewers to react to the candidates with an online focus group tool powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Following the debate, the online sentiment tracker will reveal Independent, Democrat and Republican reaction, underlining highs and lows and which topics resonated most with viewers—both registered Florida voters and the national audience.
CNN Politics is providing robust coverage of the debates online with a live social stream at CNN.com/Debate and on social media. Engage with CNN Politics on CNNgo @CNNPolitics, Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Tumblr or by using #FLDebate.
There will be no media or public access to the Jacksonville studio for the debate.
A little appliance caused a big fuss at a Florida debate with Gov. Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, but Crist's fan isn't allowed on stage under the rules of an October 21 Florida governor's race debate that CNN is hosting in conjunction with Jacksonville affiliate WJXT.
The candidates were sent a memo on October 8 outlining the format, rules and logistical information for the debate. Among those rules: No electronic devices.
After being lampooned on social media with #fangate trending, Gov. Scott told CNN affiliate WPBF, "I think he was sweating and he needed a fan. I'm surprised he didn't try to ask for dry ice." Crist's campaign later started selling hand held fans that read, "I'm a fan of Charlie Crist."
Watch CNN on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. ET to see Jake Tapper co-host the next live, one-hour gubernatorial debate in Jacksonville, Fla. between the two candidates.
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.
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.
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Tony Blinken, White House Deputy National Security Advisor sits down with Candy Crowley to discuss U.S. security in the face of terrorism. As air strikes increase and a moderate coalition forms, the U.S. ramps up the fight against ISIS. Crowley gets the White House reaction from Blinken.
Blinken on the moderate opposition in Syria: "They need to be built up so that they can be a counterweight to Assad, and in the near term, they need to be built up so they can work on the ground to help deal with ISIL."
Blinken on U.S. efforts in the Middle East: “What we are doing is empowering local actors with some of the huge assets we can bring to this, like our airpower, intelligence, training and equipping, advising and assisting. And we're not falling into the al Qaeda trap of sending tens of thousands of Americans in, where they get bogged down, tied down, and bled, which is exactly what al Qaeda wants. We're being smart about this. This is a sustainable way to get at the terrorists. And it's also a more effective way.”
Blinken on sending U.S. troops to West Africa for Ebola: “The military can play a unique role in logistics, in organizing everything, in setting up a transit area outside of the immediate area of Ebola in Senegal to move equipment and people in, it's building treatment units, it's setting up an air bridge.”
Full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, three different perspectives provide a comprehensive look at the U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the search for a military strategy. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, voted against President Obama's plan to arm and train rebels in Syria, fearing another open-ended U.S. involvement in the Muslim world. Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers and former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns further explain the long and short term consequences of U.S. involvement.
Senator Murphy "Ultimately, I don’t think we have a partner in the Free Syrian Army who ultimately can win that fight militarily so I worry you get sucked into a long-term conflict”
Senator Murphy on Congressional authorization for military force: “That’s the check of a war without end is a Congress speaking for the American people that can put an end date on an authorization for military force or put a limitation so you can’t use ground troops”
Burns on allied commitment: “we're facing a combined threat in Iraq and Syria. We can't protect the Iraqi state and prevent its dismemberment if we're not effective in Syria. And that's the roll of the dice for President Obama. He's right to strike Syria from the air. Will we be able to train enough Syrian fighters, with help from appropriations from the Congress, to make a difference in combating ISIS in its own backyard, which is Syria? Will we be able to get some of those European allies?”
Meyers on US strategy and exit plan: “when you start putting limitations on your strategy, especially in public, that's beneficial to your adversary.”
A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
On CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, Fareed sits down with Shimon Peres who has worked at the highest levels of Israel’s government for decades. Peres discusses the prospects for peace in the Middle East and his future career aspirations.
Peres on Palestinian statehood: “I think they have to give to them the state. I don't have the slightest doubt about it”
Peres on security in the Middle East: “I don't think there will be more wars. It's being replaced by terror. It's a difficult sort of a conflict. Usually, you have two armies. One won, the other lost. But now we have hundreds and hundreds of small terrorist groups. They don't have a policy. They have more of a protest. They don't have a tomorrow. They are going back to yesterday.”
A full transcript of the interview is available a after the jump.
Days before the anniversary of September 11, 2001, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday reports that Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States.
Seven in 10 Americans believe ISIS has the resources to launch an attack against the United States, just days before President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on the subject.
CNN’s resident Boy on the Bus, Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN), is taking viewers into the world of political campaigns through his own personal lens with the launch of Hambycast. The weekly series will provide a uniquely candid and casual look at American political campaigns, beyond the speeches and staged events - right into the heart of personal on-the-ground retail politics.
In the debut episode, Hamby proves he has the best job in journalism as he cracks a beer with college football fans, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, while tailgating at the University of South Carolina.
Be on the lookout for this weekly project, produced in partnership by CNN Politics and CNN Digital Studios.FULL STORY
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, General James L. Jones, former National Security Advisor (President Barack Obama Administration), and Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-07) and Afghanistan (2003-05) (President George W. Bush Administration), spoke to Crowley about the effect of US airstrikes on ISIS, the reconstruction of Iraq, and the Kurdish question.
Both agree that without assistance from the US and the international community, the Iraqi citizens will perish and ISIS will continue to terrorize the region. Khalilzad and Jones support providing the Kurdish army with weapons to combat ISIS. Yet, both share skepticism about whether the Iraqi government can reconcile the nation’s conflicting ethnic and religious divisions. FULL POST
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, spoke to Crowley about US airstrikes in Iraq, ISIS’ threat to national security, and Obama’s leadership and strategy in the Middle East.
“While the president has continued to say this is an Iraqi problem, this is an Iraqi problem, but it's a United States problem and it is a threat to our national security.” Senator John McCain FULL POST