CNN Democratic Debate – Full Transcript
October 13th, 2015
11:26 PM ET

CNN Democratic Debate – Full Transcript

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FULL TRANSCRIPT:

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

The rush transcript was updated on October 26 to accurately reflect statements made during the debate.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: And good evening everyone.  We are live at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas for the CNN/Facebook Democratic Presidential Debate.  Welcome.

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The five major candidates are about to face off for the first time in a primary race that is a lot more competitive than many people had expected.

COOPER:  Welcome.  I'm Anderson Cooper.  Thanks for joining us. We're just seconds away from introducing the candidates to viewers in the United States and watching right now around the world.

This debate is airing on CNN, CNN en Espanol, and CNN International.  It's also being broadcast on the Westwood One Radio Network.  I'll be the moderator tonight. I'll also be joined in the questioning by my CNN colleagues, our chief political correspondent, Dana Bash; CNN en Espanol anchor Juan Carlos Lopez, and CNN anchor Don Lemon who will share questions from Democrats nationwide.

We've teamed up with Facebook to send a campaign camper around the country for the past three weeks.  Thousands of people stepped inside to record their questions for the candidates on video. Millions more have weighed in on Facebook.  Now it's time to meet the candidates.

COOPER:  Joining us on stage, please welcome former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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And former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia.
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October 12th, 2015
01:08 PM ET

MEDIA USAGE GUIDANCE FOR OCTOBER 13TH CNN FACEBOOK DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

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USAGE RULES:

Upon conclusion of the debate, news organizations may use excerpts (up to 3:00 minutes at a time) and must provide on screen credit throughout “Courtesy of CNN.”

DIGITAL VIDEO USAGE RULES:

Similar to broadcast rules, upon conclusion of the debate news organizations may use digital video clips (up to 3:00 minutes at a time) and must credit CNN.  Select digital video clips of the debate will be shared with credentialed media during the debate for immediate use.

CNN FACEBOOK DEBATE LIVE STREAM:

CNN will offer a live stream of the debate on CNN.com’s Home Page and across mobile platforms from 8p to 11pET.  All users will be able to watch live CNN TV online and on their mobile devices without logging in.  To access the full immersive experience – with program rundowns and on-demand clips in real time – users can go to CNN.com/go or the CNN app for iPad and log-in now in preparation for tomorrow's debate. This live event will give viewers access to the debate across all platforms to showcase the value of TV Everywhere.

DEBATE TIMING:

CNN and Facebook will host the first Democratic National Committee Presidential Primary Debate on Tuesday, Oct. 13th.  Debate programing will begin at 5:30pmPT/8:30pmET.

The debate will air live exclusively on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. CNN will also offer a live stream of the debate on CNN.com’s Home Page and across mobile platforms.  All users will be able to watch live CNN TV online and on their mobile devices without logging in. This live event will give viewers access to the debate across all platforms to showcase the value of TV Everywhere. In addition, Westwood One News will air the debate live through their broadcast radio stations.


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CNN Will Live Stream Democratic Debate in Virtual Reality
September 24th, 2015
06:23 PM ET

CNN Will Live Stream Democratic Debate in Virtual Reality

CNN and NextVR will make history on October 13th by hosting the first-ever live stream of a news event in virtual reality, giving viewers a front-row seat to CNN’s 2016 election debates. 

The network is partnering with virtual reality technology platform NextVR to stream the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate live, in full 3D immersive virtual reality, from Las Vegas, NV. 

The live stream follows CNN and NextVR’s first virtual reality experience at the CNN Ronald Reagan Debate, where it quietly filmed the highest rated event in CNN history in virtual reality to make it available to users on demand. This experience is now available to users who have a Samsung GearVR virtual reality headset by visiting the NextVR portal in the Oculus Store. Once downloaded, the debate can be seen from the perspective of an audience member at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

From radio broadcasting to televising to today, virtual reality allows viewers the opportunity to experience these historic political events through their own lens. Users are able to hold a gaze on a particular candidate, catch off-screen interactions and more. Each and every viewer has a seat in the room and a new perspective on presidential debates.

September 17th, 2015
01:26 PM ET

CNN DEBATE HAS BIGGEST RATINGS IN CNN HISTORY

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CNN DEBATE HAS BIGGEST RATINGS IN CNN HISTORY

23 MILLION TUNE IN FOR REPUBLICAN DEBATE ON TELEVISION 

ADDITIONAL 4.5 MILLION LIVE VIDEO STREAMS

According to Nielsen Fast National ratings data, last night’s CNN Republican candidates' presidential debate (8:15-11:15pm, ET) moderated by Jake Tapper averaged 22,939 million total viewers.

Prior to last night’s debate, CNN’s highest rated presidential primary debate was the California Democratic debate on January 31, 2008 which averaged 8.3 million viewers.

CNN’s most-watched program ever was a special “Larry King Live” with Ross Perot and Al Gore with 16.8 million total viewers (11/9/93).

In the early debate, CNN averaged 6.3 million viewers.  Fox News’ early debate averaged 6.1 million.

Tapping its TV Everywhere service CNNgo, CNN live streamed the debate on CNN.com and through its mobile apps.  At 9:45 pm, usage peaked at 921,000 concurrent live streams. The day saw 4.5 million live video starts of the debate across its digital platforms.

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Topics: 2016 Election • CNN • CNN Debate • CNN Politics • Ratings
CNN REAGAN LIBRARY DEBATE: Later Debate Full Transcript
September 16th, 2015
11:44 PM ET

CNN REAGAN LIBRARY DEBATE: Later Debate Full Transcript

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN A CNN-SPONSORED DEBATE (#2), SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

         JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR

         DANA BASH, CNN CORRESPONDENT

         HUGH HEWITT, RADIO HOST

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CNN REAGAN LIBRARY DEBATE: Early Debate Full Transcript
September 16th, 2015
08:41 PM ET

CNN REAGAN LIBRARY DEBATE: Early Debate Full Transcript

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN A CNN-SPONSORED DEBATE (#1), SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

         JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR

         DANA BASH, CNN CORRESPONDENT

         HUGH HEWITT, RADIO HOST

TAPPER: We're live at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California for one of the most highly anticipated primary season debates ever. On this stage 15 candidates in two rounds of questioning with one goal, to show they have what it takes to be the Republican Presidential Nominee.

Welcome to our viewers, I'm Jake Tapper. Tonight's debate is airing on CNN networks around the world, and, of course, here in the United States. It's also being broadcast across the country on the Salmen (ph) Radio Network.

We want to thank our host, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and the Reagan Library for this very impressive setting, the Air Force One pavilion. Behind me, you can see the actual plane...

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CNN GOP Debate Lineup Revealed
September 10th, 2015
08:29 PM ET

CNN GOP Debate Lineup Revealed

The stage is set for the CNN Reagan Library Debate in California, with Carly Fiorina joining 10 other leading Republican presidential candidates at 8 p.m. ET.

Thursday marked the close of the two-month window for determining eligibility based on averages of national polls. The results were based on 14 polls including interviews with more than 6,000 potential Republican primary voters. The top 10 candidates overall - plus Fiorina, whose average support places her within the top 10 in polls conducted after the first debate held August 6 - have all qualified for the 8:00 p.m. debate next Wednesday in Simi Valley. The remaining five candidates will appear during an earlier debate beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The overall rankings based on an average of all qualifying polls for the 16 candidates who met the requirements for participation are:

1) Donald Trump: 23.929

2) Jeb Bush: 11.500

3) Scott Walker: 9.429

4) Ben Carson: 8.929

5) Ted Cruz: 6.286

6) Marco Rubio: 5.643

7) Mike Huckabee: 5.571

8) Rand Paul: 4.714

9) John Kasich: 3.214

10) Chris Christie: 3.143

11) Carly Fiorina: 2.229

12) Rick Perry: 1.814

13) Rick Santorum: 1.214

14) Bobby Jindal: 1.057

15) George Pataki: 0.529

16) Lindsey Graham: 0.471

The rules for inclusion were amended late last month so that any candidate who made the top 10 in an average of polls conducted after the Fox News/Facebook debate held on August 6 would also be included in the later debate. Fiorina is the only candidate to move from the bottom six to the top 10 in that post-debate average.

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September 1st, 2015
05:44 PM ET

CNN amends GOP debate criteria

CNN amends GOP debate criteria for the September 16th debate, please view the full story here.


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Debate
August 27th, 2015
05:42 PM ET

Watch the Republican Presidential Debates, September 16th at 6 and 8 PM/ET, only on CNN.


Topics: 2016 Election • CNN Debate
CNN to Air Massachusetts Senate Debate, John King Moderates
October 26th, 2012
02:46 PM ET

CNN to Air Massachusetts Senate Debate, John King Moderates

Update 10.29.12 at 1:30 p.m. ET:

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.com/Live.

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On Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. CNN will air America's Choice 2012: Massachusetts Senate Debate, the final debate between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, one of the most closely watched races in the country. CNN chief national correspondent John King will moderate the one-hour debate in front of a live audience at the WGBH studios in Brighton, Mass. CNN will live stream the network’s TV coverage on CNN.com/Live and the debate will replay at 11 p.m.

King, a native of Dorchester, Mass., is an award-winning journalist whose career spans more than three decades, while reporting from all 50 states and from international locations. As the network’s lead campaign reporter for America’s Choice 2012, King provides the latest developments from the campaign trail and across the network’s programs and platforms. Using the “Magic Wall,” he visually connects the dots in politics by illustrating how voting habits have changed across election cycles and analyzing voting behavior. King moderated the first CNN debate of the 2012 Republican presidential primary season in New Hampshire and two additional debates in early 2012. In 2010, King moderated gubernatorial debates in Massachusetts and Florida

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.
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