CNN to Host Town Hall with HHS Secretary Tom Price on March 15
March 10th, 2017
05:46 PM ET

CNN to Host Town Hall with HHS Secretary Tom Price on March 15

CNN TO HOST EXCLUSIVE HEALTH CARE TOWN HALL WITH HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE ON MARCH 15 

WOLF BLITZER AND DANA BASH TO MODERATE ONE-HOUR PRIMETIME EVENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 10 – CNN will host a Town Hall with recently-confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price moderated by anchor Wolf Blitzer and chief political correspondent Dana Bash on Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

One week after Republicans unveiled a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Blitzer and Bash will moderate a timely conversation with Secretary Price and a live studio audience to discuss the GOP’s proposed Affordable Health Care Act in New York City.

With health care emerging as one of the most pressing issues for both Capitol Hill and the Trump administration, Secretary Price will address questions from Americans affected by the GOP’s proposed changes, including shifting tax credits, the potential for rolling back Medicaid, and the future of individual mandates.

The live event will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNNgo, Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.

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CNN to Host Town Hall with Sen. Graham and Sen. McCain on March 1
February 23rd, 2017
10:47 AM ET

CNN to Host Town Hall with Sen. Graham and Sen. McCain on March 1

CNN TO HOST TOWN HALL WITH SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM AND SEN. JOHN MCCAIN ON MARCH 1

CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT DANA BASH TO MODERATE ONE-HOUR PRIMETIME EVENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 23 – CNN will host a Town Hall with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Wednesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

A day after President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress, CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate a conversation with the two veteran Republican Senators and a live studio audience at The George Washington University. FULL POST

March 6th, 2016
12:04 PM ET

Sanders: “We are going to stay in this campaign to the convention in July”

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Democratic presidential candidate, joined CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, to discuss Trump, the 2016 presidential election and more.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com


VIDEO: Sen. Bernie Sanders on State of the Union: Full Interview

CNN POLITICS STORY: Bernie Sanders says his policies aren't 'fantasy'

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Sanders on support in states with more racial diversity: “Well, for a start, Dana, what we are seeing in many cases is not just a racial divide, but a generational divide.  We are doing better and better with younger people, whether they're black, Latino or white.  Our numbers are getting better and better.  In general, our numbers are getting better.  Truth is, we have not done well in the Deep South. But I am - I am absolutely certain that our numbers will continue to get better.  And what we have done, based on yesterday, at this point, we have now won seven primaries and caucuses all across this country, all with double-digit victories.”

 

Sanders on Trump:   “We won with 67 percent of the vote in Kansas.  If the turnout is high in Maine today, I think we have a good chance of winning there as well.  So I think we're showing strength all across this country.  And as the blurb you just played showed, we are doing better against Trump than Hillary Clinton is.  I think there was a poll that came out today having us beat Trump in Michigan by 22 points.  So if Democrats want the strongest candidate to defeat Trump, I think you're looking at him.

 

Sanders on his path to victory: “We have made enormous progress over the last 10 months.  We have now 5 million individual contributions, campaign contributions.  We don't have a super PAC.  BernieSanders.com is doing fantastically well in raising money from ordinary Americans.  We are going to stay in this campaign to the convention in July.  Every state has the right to vote for the candidate of their choice…… BASH:  No, senator, but will you do that even if Secretary Clinton gets the number of delegates needed in the contests before the convention?  [SANDERS]  Dana, you are - you are speculating.  I don't think that's going to happen. I think that we have a lot of strength in very large states all across this country.  I think we're going to do very well in New York State.  I think we have a good chance of winning throughout the West Coast in California, state of Washington, Oregon. I think our message of a corrupt campaign finance system which has to be changed, a rigged economy where almost all new income and wealth is going to the top one percent, that is resonating all over this country.  So I don't want to speculate as to what happens tomorrow or three weeks from now.  We think we have momentum, and we think we're going to do just fine.”

 

 

Sanders responds to Clinton claiming he lacks a credible strategy: “I believe that the United States should join every other industrialized country on earth in guaranteeing health care to all people.  Is that fantasy?  If every - if Canada can do it, the U.K. can do it, France can do it - you know what?  I don't think it's fantasy to say that we can do it in the United States. Is it fantasy to say that our young people should be able to go to college regardless of their income as we establish free tuition at public colleges and universities?  Well, Germany has that. Scandinavia has that.  Countries all over the world have that.  Is it fantasy to say that we should end the obscene level of income and wealth inequality with the 20 wealthiest people in this country, now wealth from the bottom 50 percent? All of that may be fantasy to the ruling class and the big-money interests in this country.  I don't think that's fantasy to the working people in this country who are work longer hours for lower wages who are tired of establishment politics and establishment economics…”

 

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Leahy on McConnell's refusal to confirm Scalia's replacement: "I think he's making a terrible mistake. And he's certainly ignoring the Constitution"
February 14th, 2016
11:51 AM ET

Leahy on McConnell's refusal to confirm Scalia's replacement: "I think he's making a terrible mistake. And he's certainly ignoring the Constitution"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), joined CNN chief political correspondent, Dana Bash, to discuss the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Leahy reacts to Sen. McConnell’s announcement the Senate will not confirm Scalia’s replacement during Obama’s presidency: “Well, I think he's making a terrible mistake.  And he's certainly ignoring the Constitution and ignoring responsibilities. President Obama is doing the same thing that President Reagan did.  At the end of his term, he nominated a Supreme Court justice.  The confirmation was in the last year of President Reagan's term.  The Democrats controlled the Senate.  None of us intended to play politics with something as important as a Supreme Court nomination. And the Democratic-controlled Senate voted 97-0 in favor of President Reagan's nominee in the last year of his presidency.”

Leahy on the Senate’s Thurmond Rule: “Well, there is no such thing as a Thurmond rule.  I used to tease the Republicans about it. But I will give you an example.  For the last two years of President George W. Bush's term, Democrats were in control of the Senate.  By this time, we had confirmed two or three times as many judges of George Bush's than the Republicans have of President Obama's. They're playing politics, the same way they did when they killed about 70 of President Clinton's judges by their pocket veto.”

Leahy on his friendship with Justice Scalia: “Now, Justice Scalia was a friend of mine.  We disagreed on a lot of things.  I had a lot of respect for him and his family.  In fact, his youngest son and our youngest son used to play soccer in grade school on Saturday mornings. Justice Scalia, Nino - we would call him Nino - and I would stand there in our old clothes watching the kids playing and joking back and forth. So, I mean, this has to be a terrible blow to his family.  Let's not add to that blow by politicizing this.  Let's do exactly what President Obama, what Democrats did for President Reagan and have the vote.”

Leahy on the possibility of a recess appointment: “I don't even think - I don't even think we're there. I think what we ought to do is nominate somebody.  If the Republican leadership refuses to even hold a hearing, I think that is going to guarantee they lose control of the Senate, because I don't think the American people will stand for that.”
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UPDATE: Bush on the Senate scheduling a vote to replace Justice Scalia: "It's up to Mitch McConnell. It is not important to me."
February 14th, 2016
11:48 AM ET

UPDATE: Bush on the Senate scheduling a vote to replace Justice Scalia: "It's up to Mitch McConnell. It is not important to me."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), GOP presidential candidate, joined CNN chief political correspondent, Dana Bash to discuss last night’s GOP debate, the South Carolina primary, and the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Bush on the Senate scheduling a vote to replace Justice Scalia:

[BASH]: Governor Bush let's start with the passing of Justice Scalia. Sen. Cruz, Sen. Rubio, and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell all say that the next president should replace Scalia, not president Obama. At the debate it sounded like you disagree, what is your position?

[BUSH]: No, I think President Obama is going to submit a nominee and all likelihood this person will be out of the mainstream and will be rejected by the Senate. That's his prerogative, he has every right to do it. The Senate has every right not to confirm that person. And that's what I said. He clearly has the power to do it. But given his choices of Supreme Court Justices in the past, the Senate of the United States should not confirm someone who is out of the mainstream.

[BASH]: But if I could just clarify, right now, it sounds as though the Republicans who run the Senate are not going to even schedule a vote. Do you think one should be scheduled?

[BUSH]: It's up to Mitch McConnell. It is not important to me

Bush on his clashes with Trump in last night’s GOP debate: “I don't know him well enough to not like him. I do think that he would not be the proper nominee for our party. He's not a conservative. He's not a serious person. His conversation, his-in debates when he talks about foreign policy. It's-it's scary. To-to-to say that Russia could be an ally? He basically seemed more interested in Putin than my brother for example. I mean we shouldn't be changing teams here. We ought to be focused on what are the, what's the national security interests of our own country.”

Bush on his brother coming out on the campaign trail: “The point is, Is he a popular republican? You bet he is. And he will make the point, I think I hope tomorrow, that he knows what it takes to be president of the United States to be commander in chief to keep the country safe and that he believes that I have those skills based on my record and based on how he knows me, and that will be validator in SC where values matter and where national defense matters a lot. So I'm looking forward to the event we should have a great crowd and it'll help my campaign a lot.”

Bush on his goals for the South Carolina primary: “My candid goal is to beat expectations, whatever those are, I intend to be in this over the long haul. As others drop out my hope is to be there to take on the front running candidate…My expectation is I'll beat expectations here.”

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Sen. Rubio on Ted Cruz's campaign "There's no other way to describe that.  It's a lie. When you say something that's not true, it's called a lie.  That's the definition of it."
February 14th, 2016
11:46 AM ET

Sen. Rubio on Ted Cruz's campaign "There's no other way to describe that. It's a lie. When you say something that's not true, it's called a lie. That's the definition of it."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), joined chief political correspondent, Dana Bash to discuss Ted Cruz, potential Supreme Court nominees and more.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS Sen. Marco Rubio on State of the Union: Full Interview

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Rubio on calling Cruz a liar: "When he - he points to this interview on Univision in which he claims I said something different than what I say in English.  He has no idea.  He's just going off what other people are telling him.  And it's false.  It's just not true.   And the bottom line is, there's been this disturbing pattern over the last couple weeks from Ted Cruz of just saying things that are not true.  Just in the last week, he's lied about my marriage - record on marriage.  He's lied about my record on Planned Parenthood.  Of course, he lied about Ben Carson in Iowa.  But, last night, Donald Trump says he's issuing robo-calls, doing the same thing to him.  And then he also is not telling the truth about immigration.  I mean, he goes around portraying himself as this purist, you know, Ted Cruz, the purist on immigration. But I was there two, three years ago, when he was, you know, passionately arguing at the committee that we needed to pass immigration reform, we needed to do bring people out of the shadows, we needed to find a compromise on people that were in this country illegally.
And now he portrays himself as this sort of purist who's never changed his position on the issues.  It's just not true.  And I think this pattern of saying things that aren't true has become very disturbing when it comes to Ted Cruz's campaign.... Well, there's no other way to describe that.  It's a lie. When you say something that's not true, it's called a lie.  That's the definition of it.  Now, I don't know about every other aspect of his life.  I'm not attacking him there.  I'm just saying, on this campaign, he is saying things that are not true. And he's saying it repeatedly.  And he knows they're not true."

Rubio on reaching out to Chris Christie since he suspended his presidential campaign: "We have tried to get ahold of him.  I think he's taking a few days away from all the grind.  And I understand that.  I know we spoke to his staff.  So, we're trying to set up a time to talk.  I know he had some briefings the day after - or the same day he had made that decision, catching up on work.  But I want to be clear.  I have no animus towards Chris.  I like him very much.  I always have.  This is a political campaign.  It's a competitive environment.  And people are going to exchange.  And we gave as good as we got.  Like I said, last week in the debate, obviously, things didn't go the way we wanted it to, but, last night, they went very well.  And - but I have - I think Chris is not done with public service.  And my sense is, you're going to see him serving this country in different capacities now and in the future.  And we wish him the best."

Rubio on pre-vetted district court Judge Srinivasan as a potential Supreme Court Nominee: "Well, there's a different criteria, obviously.  It's a heightened level of scrutiny.  They will have to go through Judiciary.  I usually don't comment on nominees until they have gone through that process.  Appellate courts are important, but the Supreme Court is the ultimate appellate court.  So, there's a whole new level of scrutiny and hearings and testimony.  And so I would reserve judgment no matter who he nominates until that process has concluded itself.  But, again, irrespective of who the president nominates, the Senate is not moving forward on it.  Mitch McConnell's already made that very clear.  So, the next president will have a chance to appoint somebody.  And when I'm president of the United States, I'm going to look for someone like Justice Scalia.  They're hard to find.  But there's a lot of young jurists that have been inspired by his service and his writings.  And these are the sorts of people I would like to see on the Supreme Court."


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January 3rd, 2016
11:14 AM ET

Sanders on President Bill Clinton: "I think we have got more important things to worry about in this country than Bill Clinton's sex life."

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Bernie Sanders, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate (V-I), joined CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent, Dana Bash to discuss 2016 politics.

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Sen. Bernie Sanders on State of the Union: Full Interview

http://cnn.it/1O3xkfX

 

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Sanders discusses the President’s proposed gun control measure: “I would prefer that we could have bipartisan support, but the truth is, Republicans are not interested in doing anything about gun safety. I think the vast majority of the American people are horrified by the mass shootings that we have seen.  They want action.  Overwhelming consensus understands that people who are criminals, people who have mental issues should not be owning guns or buying guns. And what the president is trying to do now is to expand the instant background check by closing the gun show loophole.  And I think he's doing what the American people would like him to do… Obviously, bipartisan activity in the Congress would be preferable.  But we're not seeing the Republicans doing anything on this issue.”

 

Sanders on the release of his tax plan: “So, I believe in progressive taxation, asking the large corporations and the wealthiest people in this country to start paying their fair share of taxes. In terms of guaranteeing health care to all Americans through a Medicare-for-all single-payer program, the truth is, we will save the average middle-class family thousands of dollars a year in health care costs, because, today, by far, we are the most expensive health care system in the world... We have issued a number of tax plans. For example, what we have said - well, what we have said is that, in the year 2016, public colleges and universities should be tuition-free, and we should lower interest rates on student debt.  And we do that by a tax on Wall Street speculation.  That's a plan. What we have also said is that, unlike the Republicans, who want to cut Social Security, I want to expand Social Security.  And we do that by lifting the cap on taxable income for people earning above $250,000 a year.  That's a tax plan. What I have said is that I want to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure, create up to 13 million jobs rebuilding roads and bridges, and we do that by doing away with the ability of corporations to stash their money in tax havens like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.  That's a tax plan. So, we have been very specific.  We have more to do.  And we will be doing that in the very near future.”

[BASH:] “Before the Iowa caucuses?”

[SANDERS:] “Yes.”

 

Sanders on Trump: [BASH:] “Donald Trump says that Bill Clinton's sexual history is fair game.  Do you agree?”

[SANDERS:]  “I think that Donald Trump might want to concern himself with the fact that he's dead wrong when he says we should not raise the minimum wage, he's dead wrong when he says that wages in America are too high, he's dead wrong when he thinks we should give huge tax breaks to billionaires like himself, and he's dead wrong when he thinks that climate change is a hoax, when the entire - virtually an entire scientific community thinks it's the great environmental crisis that we face…I think we have got more important things to worry about in this country than Bill Clinton's sex life.”

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November 1st, 2015
11:59 AM ET

Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg tells CNN GOP campaigns have experienced a "loss of leverage" in debate process

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Ben Ginsberg, Republican Strategist–Former Senior Advisor to Scott Walker’s Presidential Campaign and Former National Counsel to Romney for President– joined chief political correspondent Dana Bash in a panel discussion.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

DANA BASH: Ben, I’ve got to start with you. Later today, you’re going to be in the super-secret place and you’re going to be talking to all the campaigns and trying to help them figure out how to deal with the fact that they are upset about the debates. What are you going to tell them?

BEN GINSBERG: Well, I’m going to tell them you need to figure out what to do. There have been problems with the first three debates. And to see what the campaigns want to do. But it’s their meeting, and their agenda and their debate.

BASH: And for people who don’t understand, because it’s a little bit like inside baseball, it’s really boiled over. Historically, at least the past couple election cycles, the campaign cycles the campaigns have all kind of organized who gets the debates. This year the Republican National Committee took over. So are you going to recommend that the candidates take it back?

GINSBERG: Well, I will not be in the position of making recommendations but rather listening to the campaigns. I was lucky enough to negotiate for three of the last four cycles. And there are some lessons to be learned from those and procedures to take.

BASH: For example?

GINSBERG: Well, as you mentioned, in the past cycles it was the campaigns themselves who talked to the sponsors. It’s an institutional matter if you issue a schedule beforehand and promise debates to news media organizations you’ve lost some leverage. So that loss of leverage is something that the campaigns want to talk about. Will talk about.

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November 1st, 2015
11:49 AM ET

Paul Ryan refused to rule out government shutdown: “I don’t know what the outcome is going to be”

SOTU

 

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), joined, chief political correspondent Dana Bash

 

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

 

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Paul Ryan’s refusal to rule out House Republicans defunding Planned Parenthood: “We're just beginning to start at a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. That's important. So the special committee on Planned Parenthood I think, should be in the driver's seat overseeing this process...are we going to let Congress work it's will and have amendments come through the process, and have regular order where we have conference committees, yes, by not controlling the process so tightly held here in the speakership, by letting it go forward, I don't know what the outcome's going to be.”

 

Ryan on paid family leave: “I don't think that sticking up for being a person with balance in your life, for wanting to spend your weekends in your home with your family, which I work with constituents and my family throughout the weekends, I don't think that means signing up for some new unfunded mandate.

Ryan on White House ambitions: “…If I really wanted to be president I would've run in this cycle for the presidency. I had the chance and the opportunity to do so and I chose not to do that. So I'm perfectly happy and content with this decision.”

 

Ryan on immigration reform: “Because this president tried to write the law himself, this president went beyond his separation of powers to try to write the law. Presidents don't write laws, Congress write laws. This president tried to go around congress to try to unilaterally write immigration laws. So specifically on this issue, you cannot trust this president on this issue. So why would we want to pass legislation on a very divisive issue with a president we can't trust on this issue.”

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November 1st, 2015
11:42 AM ET

Gov. John Kasich on attack he is facing from the right: "It's so silly...I have been a conservative all of my lifetime"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (R-OH), joined chief political correspondent, Dana Bash

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Kasich on attack he is facing from the Right:  “It's so silly.  Dana, look, I have been a conservative all of my lifetime –This Republican Party has to make sure that people know that we care about them.  I care about poor people, about people who live in the shadows, about those who are mentally ill or drug-addicted.  We have been on this - these things for five years.  And now states are beginning to say, my God, we have got a drug problem in our country.  What do we do?... Listen, I have a plan to improve Medicare and Medicaid.  I have done it in Ohio.  To say that we're going to deport 10 or 11 million people and divide families, that's just nutty.

 

Kasich’s reaction to Sen. Marco Rubio missing senate votes:Oh, I don't know.  I mean, there are too many big issues to talk about, about whether you miss a few votes in the Senate. What I'm more concerned about is, what is - what are we going to do to get the economy moving and get power out of Washington?  I'm - I don't consider that to be, you know, something I'm going to focus on at this point, for the simple reason that there's too many other things that are out there that have the potential to turn voters off who don't understand what conservatism and the Republican Party is all about.”

 

Kasich’s remarks on being criticized by Red State for defending the CNBC moderators: “but, you know, look, it's too short.

But it's what you deal with.  I mean, I'm not going to sit around and criticize everybody.  It's just not my style on this thing.”

 

Kasich’s reaction to Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Trump on The Apprentice and fundraising for Kasich: “Well, here - yes, he's great. Look, here is the thing.  I try not to speak for Arnold, because, if I do, I may be terminated….You will have to get it from him….I love him.  He's a buddy of mine.”

 

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