November 6th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Candy Crowley to Amanpour: the final hours of the U.S. election

CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley spoke with chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour live from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters in Boston just hours before the polls close in the United States on the 2012 election.  Crowley debriefed the strategies of the final hours of Gov. Romney's and President Obama's respective campaigns - and adds insights into why the U.S. presidential elections have become so expensive.

The full transcript for this interview will be posted here.  This special edition of Amanpour aired Tuesday, Nov. 06 on CNN International at 3:00pmET in North America.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN International at 21:00 CET.


November 6th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Christiane Amanpour hosts Election Day special, 'America’s Next President – High Stakes for the World'

As the 2012 American campaign draws to a close, CNN's Christiane Amanpour hosts a special LIVE one-hour American election night edition of Amanpour on CNN International.  Amanpour will speak with CNN chief political correspondent, and moderator of the second presidential debate, Candy Crowley about the final hours of the long American campaign.  Amanpour will also speak with historians and experts on the top issues facing the 2012 American electorate, and ask them to weigh in with analysis of the legacy of the two men vying for America's top political office, the challenges likely to face the next U.S. president, and what the balance of power in the American Congress may mean for the Unite States and the rest of the world:

Topics:    What happens today?  What are the candidates’ “end games”?  After such a long campaign, is this likely to be a decisive election for one of the candidates?

Guest:     Candy Crowley, CNN chief political correspondent, anchor of State of the Union with Candy Crowley

Topic:      Historians on the long-view of the 2012 U.S. presidential election: How important is this election from a historical perspective?  What can past elections tell us about what this one means for America and the world?  How will the next American president work with the American Congress to get things done?

Guest:    Robert Caro, author of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (2012)

Guest:   Simon Schama, professor of art history & history, Columbia University; author of Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

Topic:      Climate change & the Republican Party

Guest:     Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey (R), former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (George W. Bush Administration, 2001 – 2003)

Topic:      The Latino vote & the 2012 election

Guest:     María Elena Salinas, co-anchor Noticiero Univision

Anchor:   Christiane Amanpour

This special edition of Amanpour will air on Tuesday, Nov. 06 on CNN International at 3:00pmET in the North America.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET.


November 6th, 2012
08:10 AM ET

Axelrod: Jeep ad created "larger gulf of trust"

President Obama Campaign Senior Adviser David Axelrod discusses election day, the Ohio race, provisional votes and the impact of the auto bailout and Jeep advertisement.

Axelrod says, “An issue that’s crystallized in the last few days, is this issue of the auto bailout, the auto intervention. The President stepped in, saved the auto industry. In Ohio, one in eight jobs flow from that auto industry. Governor Romney’s opposition to that action as been an issue in the campaign. And then a late ad in that campaign that implied otherwise and suggested that somehow Jeep was moving jobs to China creating a real backlash in that state and I think that’s going to come into play, as well.”

He later adds, “What it did was create an even larger gulf of trust and trust is a big issue in this campaign, and particularly for these voters in Ohio for whom questions like the survival of the auto industry are very much questions about their family’s economic well being.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.

November 4th, 2012
08:54 PM ET

Tom Foreman inside CNN's virtual U.S. Senate

Correspondent Tom Foreman previews the tools of the CNN virtual studio today with the “Virtual Senate,” that took viewers inside the Senate chambers to show how the balance of power could shift for the Senate on Tuesday.

October 29th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

CNN Continues with Storm Coverage, Network Will Not Air Massachusetts Senate Debate

Due to CNN's comprehensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy, the network will continue with storm coverage during evening programming on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The network will not air America's Choice 2012: Massachusetts Senate Debate, the debate between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in the 7 p.m. ET hour. CNN will live stream the debate on


CNN Hurricane Sandy Coverage Plans
October 25th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

CNN to Deploy Reporters to Battleground States Ahead of Nov. 6

Two Dozen Correspondents Dispatched Across OH, CO, VA, FL, IA, WI, NV, NH in Final 8 Days before Election Day

With less than two weeks before Election Day, CNN announces plans for the network’s top reporters to deploy to eight battleground states and the campaign trail for in-depth, all-platform political coverage in the final eight days leading to the election. CNN, the only cable news network that has not chosen sides during this presidential election, will double down on its commitment to provide unbiased and on-the-ground coverage with the launch of “The Final Battlegrounds,” beginning Monday, October 29.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

CNN’s robust team of correspondents will track campaign ad dollars, monitor voting patterns and irregularities, and analyze the economic, demographic, regional and cultural factors in the states that will feature heavily into the outcome of the election. Additionally, CNN/ORC International will release exclusive state-by-state polling daily. These special reports will air across CNN/U.S. during dayside and prime time programming, including on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett OutFront, Anderson Cooper 360° and Piers Morgan Tonight. Coverage will also appear online at and on mobile platforms, in addition to airing on CNN en Español and CNN International.

Reporters will be deployed to the following locations for “The Final Battlegrounds” coverage ahead of Election Day:
•    Various battleground states – John King, Peter Hamby
•    Ohio – Martin Savidge, Don Lemon
•    Virginia – Gary Tuchman, Athena Jones, Kate Bolduan
•    Florida – John Zarella, Drew Griffin
•    Iowa – Poppy Harlow, Chris Welch
•    Wisconsin – Ted Rowlands
•    Colorado – Kyung Lah, Ed Lavandera
•    Nevada – Miguel Marquez
•    New Hampshire – David Mattingly, Brian Todd
•    Romney Campaign – Jim Acosta, Joe Johns, Rachel Streitfeld
•    Obama Campaign – Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian, Brianna Keilar
•    Romney Campaign/ Rep. Ryan – Shawna Shepherd
•    Obama Campaign/ VP Biden – Shannon Travis
•    Election Express tour with stops in FL, NC, VA, OH – Ali Velshi, John Avlon, Gustavo Valdes

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

October 21st, 2012
09:29 AM ET

Fareed Zakaria's Take on the presidential debates

In advance of the last presidential debate on Monday, Oct. 22, CNN's Fareed Zakaria looks at the contrasts of ambitions laid out by the two candidates during the last debate.

CNN's special live coverage of the last presidential debate, which will focus primarily on foreign policy issues, begins with America's Choice 2012: Debate Night in America and starts at 7:00pm ET&PT.


October 19th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

Voters In America: Who Counts – Joe Johns investigates voter suppression, voter fraud

In an encore presentation to air on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET and PT, CNN senior correspondent Joe Johns investigates the impact of tough new voter laws with a particular focus on 80 new voting law changes in the battleground state of Florida – and how those changes may affect the outcome of the 2012 presidential election for Voters in America: Who Counts.

Supporters of Florida House Bill 1355, including sponsor State Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) and national voter ID advocate Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) say that they want to secure the election from voter fraud.  Former Florida GOP chairman, Jim Greer tells Johns that the state’s new voting law was developed during a series of meetings following the high minority turnout in the 2008 presidential election.  And, opponents to the bill like LaVon Bracy, a long-time Orange County Florida voter registration activist, says she feels sponsors of the law intend “to suppress the minority vote.”  Deidre Macnab, president of Florida’s the League of Women Voters (LWV), says the consequence of the new registration form filing deadline, which includes the risk for a $5,000 fine and potential felony prison penalty for false registration, forced her organization to stop registering voters in the state.  Johns speaks to people on all sides of the debate and reports independent analysis of voter fraud data.


Topics: America's Choice 2012 • CNN • CNN Politics • CNN Presents • Joe Johns
October 15th, 2012
05:52 PM ET

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks with moderator Candy Crowley ahead of Tuesday's debate

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchor who will moderate Tuesday’s town hall debate at Hofstra University, joined Blitzer to discuss the format of the second presidential debate and how she is preparing. A transcript from the interview is after the jump.

Topics: America's Choice 2012 • CNN • CNN Politics
October 10th, 2012
03:12 PM ET

CNN’s VP Debate Coverage to Feature Fact Checks, Focus Group, Time Clock

Rep. Paul Ryan Spoke with Dana Bash in a National Exclusive about Debate Prep

CNN will air the debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Ryan on Oct. 11, with special coverage beginning at 7 p.m. In Washington, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and John King, will lead the network’s coverage with Soledad O’Brien inside the debate hall in Kentucky and Erin Burnett live from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she will be joined by a group of undecided voters. Oct. 16 presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley will join the network’s coverage from Washington to provide insight as to what she’ll be listening for during the debate.

‘Debate Night in America’ coverage will include senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash’s national exclusive interview with Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, who spoke about his debate preparation and White House correspondent Brianna Keilar’s exclusive interview with Beau Biden. On hand throughout the evening’s coverage to provide expert analysis will be chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen, in addition to Paul Begala, Alex Castellanos, Van Jones and Mary Matalin.

During the presidential debate, the network will feature: real-time feedback from CNN’s focus group in Virginia; and a running time clock that tracks each candidate’s speaking time and will tally time spent on major issues at the end of the debate. The post-debate coverage will feature political fact checks from the “reality check” team of anchor John Berman and correspondent Tom Foreman from the network’s virtual studio. In addition, during the 11 p.m. hour, CNN and ORC International will reveal the results of a poll of viewers across the country who watched the debate.

Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin and national political correspondent Jim Acosta will report from the debate and bring viewers instant reaction from the Spin Room upon conclusion of the debate. Keilar will report from the debate site leading up to the evening’s face-off.

CNN will provide unrestricted access to the network’s presidential debate programming through and via CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad. Additionally, Web users can become video editors with the new clip-and-share feature that allows them to share favorite debate moments on Facebook.

Updated: 1 p.m. ET – 10.11.12

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