November 4th, 2015
06:39 PM ET

Gov. John Kasich on suspected ISIS bomb: "We need to make sure we have robust intelligence"

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Governor of Ohio and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, joined the program to discuss the crash of Flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula and its potential impact on U.S. national security and foreign relations. Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

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Kasich on the need to rebuild the United States’ intelligence capabilities: “We need to make sure we have robust intelligence.  And, Jake, the fact is, is that we don't have all the human intelligence that we need.  It's very difficult.  But it is absolutely critical that we rebuild our intelligence capabilities.”

Kasich suggesting the possibility of American troops on the ground: “And if that means that U.S. boots have to be on the ground, so be it, because to allow this to linger, to put this off, to think that somehow this is going to go away is naive at best. And so, if I were president, I would be working the phones.  I would have been working phones a lot sooner than this to deal with worldwide menace and particularly a menace to our way of life.”


October 27th, 2015
05:05 PM ET

Carson explains how he would fund public schools


Ben Carson denied Tuesday that he supports the redistribution of public funds to fund public education, despite comments in a 2014 interview that indicated otherwise.

"If you happen to be in an affluent community, there's a lot more money for the schools, better facilities, everything. All that does is perpetuate the situation," he said in an interview with Politico published in April 2014. "Wouldn't it make more sense to put the money in a pot and redistribute it throughout the country so that public schools are equal, whether you're in a poor area or a wealthy area?"

To read more about Ben Carson's interview, please view the full story here.



October 15th, 2015
05:02 PM ET

Programming Alert: Jake Tapper will interview Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, Friday Oct. 16

CNN's Jake Tapper will interview Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, tomorrow at 4:00pmET on The Lead.  Tune in!

August 14th, 2015
04:47 PM ET

U.S. Embassy officially reopens in Cuba

CNN's Jake Tapper talks to Senator Leahy (D-VT), Senator Flake (R-AZ) and Senator Klobuchar (D-MN), in Havana as the U.S. Embassy officially reopens in Cuba.

July 29th, 2015
05:37 PM ET

Huckabee: I believe Trump now opposes abortion

"If he says he does, I believe it," Gov. Mike Huckabee says to CNN's Jake Tapper, of fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's assertion that he is now anti-abortion.

July 29th, 2015
04:04 PM ET

Trump lashes out at 'vicious, horrible' lawyer over breast pump break

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Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a female lawyer whom he had called "disgusting" several years ago for requesting a break to pump breast milk in the middle of a deposition, calling her a "vicious, horrible person."

In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, the Republican presidential candidate claimed that the attorney, Elizabeth Beck, had wanted to pump breast milk in other people's presence. Trump alleged that Beck was now retaliating against him because she was unhappy about having lost that legal battle, and that she had fabricated a story about Trump losing his cool and storming out of the deposition room.

"She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that's disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible," Trump said. "She's a vicious, horrible person."

Elizabeth Beck described the 2011 encounter - first reported by the New York Times late Tuesday - as Trump having "an absolute meltdown" in an interview with CNN's "New Day" Wednesday morning.

"He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, 'You're disgusting, you're disgusting,' and he ran out of there," Beck said.

Trump strongly refuted this characterization in Wednesday's interview, saying Beck had distorted the events.

"She made it up. She made it up," he said. "She's saying, 'Oh, he was so violent and he was so, so wild and she was afraid.' She was afraid of nobody. She's a tough killer in Miami everyone knows she's a killer. They all hate her."

Well-known for his colorful language and imagery, Trump went on to compare Beck's interview with CNN earlier in the day to the way people who had never met Michael Jackson discussed the iconic pop star after his death.

"So many people are on television that don't know me and they're like experts on me," Trump said. "You know when Michael Jackson died - I knew him very well - and everybody was talking about Michael Jackson. They didn't know him, they knew nothing. Some of them never even met him."

Pressed on how the 2011 incident reflects on how Trump would behave as president - and how he would react if challenged by a world leader like Russian President Vladmir Putin - Trump answered: "Believe me, I'd do very well with him. I get along with people."


July 21st, 2015
05:39 PM ET

Jake Tapper interviews presidential candidate Carly Fiorina

Jake Tapper interviews Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

July 8th, 2015
05:03 PM ET

Former President Carter on Clinton, 2016 and more

Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper former President Jimmy Carter joined the program to discuss his new book, "A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety," the 2016 race, and more. A full transcript of the interview is below.


June 30th, 2015
06:01 PM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz on The Lead with Jake Tapper

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Senator and Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, joined the program to discuss the latest Supreme Court rulings, the 2016 race and more.  A full transcript of the interview is below. Visit:   for additional information.

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June 30th, 2015
12:40 PM ET

Cruz: Supreme Court Justices 'put on Obama jerseys'

"Six justices violated their judicial oath" with Obamacare decision, five justices did the same thing with same-sex marriage ruling, says Sen. Ted Cruz to CNN's Jake Tapper. Full interview will air on The Lead, June 30th at 4:00pmET.

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