CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger sat down for an exclusive interview with Ann and Mitt Romney this week in Utah. A highlight from her interview is below and additional portions will air today on The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4 p.m. and during The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 5-7 p.m., ET. For more information, please visit www.CNNPressroom.com.
PLEASE CREDIT: CNN’s Gloria Borger
In a powerful interview Tuesday on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, who died in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, joined the program to discuss her quest for answers and dissatisfaction with the progress of the investigation. A full transcript of the interview may be found here.
ON FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON’S TESTIMONY ON THE ATTACK IN BENGHAZI:
JAKE TAPPER: What was your reaction to that?
PAT SMITH: Well, that's what I want to know - why did it happen? And she is in charge. Why couldn't she do something about it? I blame her.
TAPPER: You blame Secretary of State Clinton?
SMITH: Because that's her department. She's supposed to be on top of it, and yet she claims that she knows nothing, that it wasn't told to her. Well, who - who is running the place?
Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Gene Sperling, the director of the National Economic Council and assistant to President Obama for economic policy joined the program to discuss the latest jobs numbers, the budget and MoveOn’s criticism of proposed Social Security cuts.
Sperling on budget compromise:
"But if you ask what we need to do to break the gridlock, one of the things that Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell have said were necessary to break the gridlock they have asked for is this change in CPI. And the president has been willing to agree to that as part of an overall agreement"
Sperling on MoveOn’s criticism of proposed cuts to Social Security:
“It's not targeted at Social Security. It applies to all programs. It's applies to how we index our tax revenues. And he has said it has to have protections in for older Social Security recipients, for those who are most vulnerable. So, yes, there is some tough compromise we have to make, but the president is standing by the values in his budget…”VIA CNN.com/TheLead: White House defends budget, says compromise was "necessary to break the gridlock"
Ahead of Sunday’s season six premiere, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper for an interview that aired today on The Lead with Jake Tapper. A transcript from the interview is after the jump.
Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, the newly minted Republican nominee for congress in South Carolina and former Governor Mark Sanford joined the program to discuss his campaign and weigh in on North Korea and the debate over same-sex marriage.
Embeddable video via CNN.com/thelead: Mark Sanford: I failed in 2009, but last night was a referendum
On the CNN Political Ticker: Sanford says fiancée surprised him at victory event
Sanford on lessons learned after the scandal that caused him to resign as governor of South Carolina:
“I think that there are too many people in politics who think that they know it all. I think they project this whole image of perfection, the perfect family, the perfect person, the perfect this. The reality is, none of us are perfect.”
Today on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Televangelist Joel Osteen joined the program to discuss the upcoming Easter holiday, his role as consultant on The History Channel’s hit series “The Bible” and his views on the debate over same-sex marriage.
Osteen on same-sex marriage:
“As a Christian pastor, you know, my base is off what, I believe, the scripture says… marriage is between a male and a female. But again, we're for everybody”
On the controversy over the actor cast as Satan on 'The Bible:'
"I felt like it was nonsense. People can draw funny conclusions."
On the role of social media in religion:
“It's just an amazing day to use the technology that I believe God's given us to, you know, to inspire people and to get your message out.”
In an interview that will air today on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, late night host Jimmy Kimmel sat down with anchor Jake Tapper. Kimmel weighed in on reports that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, putting Kimmel and Fallon in the position to go head-to-head in the 11:30pm timeslot. An advance excerpt and embeddable video are below.
TUNE IN: JAKE TAPPER’s FULL INTERVIEW WITH JIMMY KIMMEL AIRS TODAY AT 4 PM ET ON CNN
EMBEDDABLE VIDEO via CNN.com/TheLead: Jimmy Kimmel: NBC moving on from Jay Leno "makes perfect sense"
CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper sat down with Speaker of the House John Boehner today for an exclusive interview that aired during The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4pm ET. A transcript of the interview is after the jump.
On the administration consulting with congress ahead of any potential action on Syria:
“I would hope that he would reach out to the Congress so that we could be part of that process.”
On gun legislation:
“They should actually do a real background check on everyone. And they - the Department of Justice ought to enforce the law… laws don't mean much if they're not going to be enforced.”
On being the highest-ranking American official on American soil for about 20 minutes Tuesday:
“I was the Speaker of the House. That's why I say prayers for President Obama and Vice President Biden every day… I don't want to be president. This is not anything I've ever thought about.”
Boehner on Obama’s remarks about congress this morning:
“So much for the charm offensive [laughter]… I’d rather be heckled than ignored. Or as I like to say, you only tease the ones you love.”
Embeddable video via CNN.com/TheLead:
1) We've got a great line-up of guests for our debut show: Stephen Colbert, LeBron James, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
2) It's not your typical Washington, D.C. show – sure we've got politics, but we will also cover the most important topics at the 4 p.m. hour: world stories, national, business, sports, and pop culture.
3) You could be on the show – watch for the #YOU'RE IT segment, submit your response, and your tweet could be on-air.
4) The Lead looks into under reported stories in our segment The Buried Lead – bringing buried stories to the forefront.
5) Jake Tapper will speed-sketch a political cartoon on-air, while simultaneously texting, tweeting, and emailing news. Just kidding – but he could, because he's that good.
DOWNLOADABLE PHOTOS: http://imftp.turner.com/?f=992g (E.M. Pio Roda)
PLUS: New CNN/ORC polling data, including a new approval rating for President Obama, will be revealed by Jake Tapper on The Lead at 4pm ET.
PREVIEW: Advance video: Lead, led, or lede? Stephen Colbert on Jake Tapper's new show