August 23rd, 2015
01:35 PM ET

Trump's 2016 presidential camgaign manager on whether Jeb Bush's campaign is taking Donald Trump seriously: "I think what they say and what they do are two different things."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, joined senior White House correspondent & guest anchor, Jim Acosta.

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

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Topics: CNN • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
August 23rd, 2015
12:13 PM ET

Fmr U.S. Senator Jim Webb on the appeal of Trump & Sanders: "...you are seeing a lot of worries among the American populace about their futures, economically and culturally - issues on which I actually agree with respect to economic fairness."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful, former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), joined senior White House correspondent & guest anchor, Jim Acosta.

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

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Topics: CNN • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
August 23rd, 2015
11:02 AM ET

Dr. Ben Carson on serving as Donald Trump's VP: “All things are possible, but it is much too early to begin such conversations.”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Johns Hopkins University director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery & 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, Dr. Ben Carson, joined senior White House correspondent & guest anchor, Jim Acosta.

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

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Topics: CNN • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
May 24th, 2015
02:58 PM ET

Rep. Gabbard to Jim Acosta on CNN's State of the Union: ‎"...you can't train into someone the will to fight.”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), joined senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta to discuss if the United States is losing the battle against ISIS and whether the war against ISIS requires U.S. combat troops in Iraq.

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below

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

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells Jim Acosta that he supports a GOP proposal to send 10,000 troops to Iraq.

http://cnn.it/1JNhUO1

Dem and GOP lawmakers agree: ISIS gaining ground

http://cnn.it/1ITbhu9

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Topics: Arwa Damon • CNN • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
May 24th, 2015
02:42 PM ET

State of the Union EXCLUSIVE: HUD Secretary Julian Castro: "Since 2010, we have seen a 33 percent reduction in veteran homelessness…”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Julian Castro (2014 – present), joined senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta to discuss the issue of urban development becoming a topic of discussion due to the situations in Baltimore, Ferguson and Cleveland, ending veteran homelessness, Hillary Clinton’s emails and if he would consider being Clinton’s vice presidential candidate.

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Topics: CNN • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
April 26th, 2015
01:18 PM ET

Is Gov. John Kasich running for president?


CNN’s State of the Union features Gloria Borger’s exclusive interview with governor John Kasich (R-OH) about the upcoming 2016 election and U.S. policy issues.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On running for president: “I don't know yet.  I mean I've taken another big step, for me, which is to create a political organization to begin to accumulate more resources so I can travel more robustly and - and begin to think about infrastructure. And then once that's done, if I should be successful in raising sort of that seed money then I think the next step is to see if people like what I have to say.  And then I think it's going to be to, you know, find out, around the country, whether I can raise enough money to compete, at least in the early states.”

On whether Hillary Clinton can win Ohio in 2016:  “I mean of course she could win.  I think anybody there on - on those lists are capable.  It's just a matter of how they project themselves. But she'll be a very formidable candidate.  I mean she's having a lot of problems now, going to have to answer a lot of questions. But anybody that underestimates Hillary Clinton, I think, makes a mistake.  You know, they underestimated her husband.”

On the U.S. drone program: “ I don't believe the drone program ought to be run out of the CIA.  The CIA is an intelligence gathering operation.  The operation, the drone program, should be operated exclusively out of the Pentagon. You know, the air force has the capability of doing extensive targeting.  You don't have those capabilities in the CIA.”
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April 26th, 2015
01:16 PM ET

McCain: U.S-Iran alliance an “illusion”


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, John McCain (R-AZ) joined Jim Acosta for an exclusive interview to discuss the U.S. drone policy, Iran-U.S. negotiations, and 2016 elections.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On the U.S. drone program: “ And there is kind of an internal struggle going on within the administration and within the Congress as to which - whether it should be an armed services operation, this whole issue of drone strikes, or should it be done by the CIA? Obviously, as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, I have some bias, but it seems to me that as much as we could give responsibility and authority over to the Department of Defense, because that's really not the job of the intelligence agency.  But back to your question, I think then that raises the debate. Do we need to continue drone strikes? And if so, how? Obviously, better intelligence. But we are now facing a new form of warfare, these nonstate terrorists organizations that are spread all over hell's half-acre. And, really, the only way you can get at them that we know of now that is viable is through the drone operations.  They have taken out leadership. And we can argue - in fact, I would argue strenuously we - there are places where we could have done a lot more, but this is sort of an aspect of the frozen conflict, where we are not going to send boots on the ground to go get those people, and that is certainly understandable. “

On the U.S.-Iran alliance: “ I think diplomacy should be given a chance. And what I was saying is - was - they are the facts. The facts are that the ayatollah depicts the state of negotiations as far as inspections are concerned, as far as lifting of sanctions are concerned and other aspects of this deal that are diametrically opposed to what John Kerry and the State Department is telling us. I mean, that's just a fundamental fact. I think George Shultz and Henry Kissinger were correct in the op- ed they had in "The Wall Street Journal," where they said these negotiations begin in order to rid of Iran of ever having a nuclear capability to delaying Iran from having another nuclear - a nuclear ability. And I can assure you, Jim, that if this deal goes through the way it appears it is, you will see a nuclear-armed Middle East. And that's incredible dangerous.”

On running as Lindsey Graham’s vice president: I don't think Lindsey would be - he is really a smart guy. So, I don't think he would ever consider such a thing.”
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Topics: Iraq • ISIS • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
April 26th, 2015
01:13 PM ET

John Legend: "we get treated worse by the criminal justice system"


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, John Legend, musician and co-founder of Free America campaign, joined Jim Acosta to discuss police brutality in the criminal justice system, political activism, and his career in the entertainment industry.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On police brutality in the U.S.: “Well, I think for too long, the criminal justice system, implemented by the police, but not solely run by the police, has treated black people as though our lives are not as valuable, as though we are enemies in our communities rather than community members.  And we need our police to look at us as community members that they care about and want to keep safe and healthy and treat us with the same fairness that they would treat any other person. And far too often, that hasn't been the case.  And that's why you see so many people walking around with the signs that "Black Lives Matter." And the reason we have to be specific and say "Black Lives Matter" is because so many forces in American life are telling us that our lives don't matter, that our lives are expendable, that when we are killed when we're unarmed that we can't get justice for that - for that. When we are the perpetrators of crime, even though it's the same crime as someone else, we get longer sentences or we get treated worse by the criminal justice system.”

 

On the significance of criminal justice reform to him: “Well, it's personal for me because I've had family members that have gotten caught up in the system.  I've had family friends that I grew up with that have been caught up in the system.  People that grew up in my same neighborhood.  I could have been one of them. And so I do take this personally. But I've seen it destroy way too many families.  I've seen it destroy way too many communities.  And as I go to - through our schools and through our communities and see the results of these - this situation, where you see so many kids growing up without a father, for instance, so many kids that have some kind of parent in prison or under probation or parole, can't get a job, can't vote for various reasons, you just have to think that there is a better way to do this than what we're doing right now.”

 

On rating President Obama’s leadership:     

“LEGEND:  I think there's been a lot of successes.  I think health care reform is one that I'm particularly proud of.  I think the fact that no...
ACOSTA:  You worked hard to get him elected.
LEGEND:  Yes, absolutely.  Health care being affordable and accessible to so many more Americans now is going to go down in history, I think, as a huge accomplishment.  I think the stimulus package, I thought it could have been a little bit bigger.

But I think what it did accomplish was bringing the unemployment rate down to where it is now.  And making...

ACOSTA:  What if he doesn't get a handle on this policing issue?

LEGEND:  I think there is more to do and - and I - I'm going to push the president to get more involved in criminal justice reform. “

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April 7th, 2015
01:53 AM ET

Sen. Feinstein on Israeli PM Netanyahu "he has put out no real alternative"

On Sunday's edition of CNN's State of the Union, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined CNN’s Jim Acosta about Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Iranian nuclear deals, and the drought in California.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS
Feinstein on Netanyahu: “this can backfire on him. And I wish that he would contain himself, because he has put out no real alternative, in his speech to the Congress, no real alternative, since then, no real alternative.”
Feinstein on the California drought: Well, I think our snowpack, which is a big source of spring runoff for the state, is at 8 percent of what it should be. That is an historic low.  I think it's very serious. We have, you know, close to 38 million people in this state. It's going to mean mandatory rationing. It's going to mean the fallowing of large amounts of agricultural land. It's going to mean being able to try to work our systems more efficiently. And it's a very, very serious problem. “
Feinstein on trusting Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif: “: I believe he is sincere. I believe that President Rouhani wants this. And it looks like the supreme leader will be agreeable. Now, having said that, we have got everybody jumping to conclusions in the Congress. This agreement has to be written up into a binding kind of agreement. And that's the document that we all need to see, the final document.”
 
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Topics: Iran • Israel • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
April 5th, 2015
02:46 PM ET

Netanyahu: I respect President Obama

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to CNN’s Jim Acosta about the international nuclear negotiations with Iran.


Topics: Iran • Israel • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
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