July 27th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

Graham: Obama has been 'AWOL'

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with Crowley about President Obama's responses to world crises, Vladimir Putin, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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July 27th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

Pelosi: Putin is 'insecure'

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke with Crowley about President Obama's leadership, US-Russian relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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July 27th, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammed Stayyeh offer insights on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Crowley about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Following the interview with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Crowley spoke with Mohammed Shtayyeh, senior adviser to President Abbas, to hear the Palestinian response

 

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 Netanyahu on ceasefires:Israel has accepted five cease-fires since this conflict began, five. We accepted them and we implemented them, including two humanitarian cease-fires in the last 24 hours which Hamas rejected, as they rejected all the other cease-fires. And they violated them.”

“So, you say Israel resumed its offensive. No, we didn't resume our offensive. We had a cease-fire. They violated it. And now they are violating their own cease-fire. And, obviously, we will take whatever action is necessary to protect our people, including against the terror tunnels that they are trying to dig against us.”

 

Shtayyeh on ceasefires: Well, my reaction is that, since this morning, while Israel is claiming that it is abiding by a cease-fire, six Palestinians have been killed, including a Christian nurse in one of the clinics in Gaza.”

“So, by all means, we are very much entrusted to see an end to the Israeli aggression. And, as I understand, the efforts of Secretary Kerry is yielding some fruits. There will be a Palestinian delegation formed by President Mahmoud Abbas going to Cairo to negotiate the terms of cease-fire.”

“But, by all means, if the Israeli army is going to be stationed where it is and continue shelling, obviously, Israel is very much endangering. Whether it's a humanitarian cease-fire, whether it's a timing cease-fire, whether it is a long-lasting cease-fire, the Israeli army should not stay where it is now, because the Israeli army now is nearly occupying 50 percent of the total area of the Gaza Strip, which is no less than - which is more than 370 square kilometers, with 1.9 million Palestinians living in that very small territory.”

A full transcript of both interviews is available after the jump.
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July 20th, 2014
12:16 PM ET

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: relations with Russia are at Cold War levels, says Putin needs to "Man Up"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)spoke to Crowley about the downing of MH17 in Ukraine and believes that U.S./Russian relations have reached cold war levels.

HIGHLIGHTS

Senator Feinstein on Putin: “So, the issue is, where is Putin? And I would say, Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say if this was a mistake, which I hope it was, say it. Even if it was a mistake, it's a horrendous mistake to make. And I think it points out the futility of what's happening in the Ukraine, because there will be repercussions from this. I can't tell you exactly what those will be.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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July 20th, 2014
11:04 AM ET

Netanyahu to CNN's Wolf Blitzer: “I support taking whatever action is necessary to stop this insane situation…"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Wolf Blitzer about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, and the extended nuclear talks with Iran.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Netanyahu on the possibility of reoccupying Gaza:  “Well, I support taking whatever action is necessary to stop this insane situation.  Just imagine - I mean, imagine what Israel is going through.  Imagine that 75 percent of the U.S. population is under rocket fire and they have to be in bomb shelters within 60 to 90 seconds.  So, I'm not just talking about New York - New York, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Miami, you name it.  That's impossible.  You can't live like that.  So I think we have to bring back, restore back a reasonable, sustained quiet and security.  And we will take whatever action is necessary to achieve that.”

 Netanyahu on Hamas targeting civilians: “They're not only targeting our cities.  They're deliberately firing thousands of rockets.  They have already fired 2,000 rockets in the last few days on our cities.  You can imagine this.  It's not only that.  And they wanted to kill as many of our six million Israelis who are targeted as they could.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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July 13th, 2014
12:33 PM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. McCain: Conditions in the Middle East 'more dangerous than any time in the past'

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to Crowley in a CNN EXCLUSIVE interview about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the U.S.’s role in the crisis. Additionally, Sen. McCain also discussed the situation at the border and the issue of immigration in the U.S.

On the topic of Middle East tensions, Sen. McCain said to Crowley, “I would argue that, given conditions in the Middle East, this might be more dangerous than any time in the past, not only conditions domestically within Israel, but also the fact Egypt is not really playing the role they traditionally have, countries like Qatar and others that could play a role.”

Also in the interview, while speaking about the security at the U.S. border, Sen McCain said to CNN, “Every nation has the requirement to secure its borders. Our borders are not secure, no matter what they say."

Videos and a transcript of the interview are available after the jump.

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July 6th, 2014
12:41 PM ET

Adm. Howard on new era of warfare

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations, spoke to Crowley in a CNN exclusive about becoming the Navy's first female and African-American four-star admiral, the crisis in Iraq, and the rescue of Captain Phillips.

A transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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July 6th, 2014
11:26 AM ET

California Mayor Alan Long on immigration: "The world showed up on our doorsteps"

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) andMayor Alan Long, mayor of Murrieta, California, spoke with Crowley about the issue of immigration in the United States. Cuellar and Long discussed the influx of unattended immigrants, the legislation behind human trafficking, and the conditions of the facilities used to house immigrants.

On the topic of President Obama’s upcoming trip to Texas this week, Rep. Cuellar commented on POTUS’s decision not to visit the border, “…it would be nice for him to come down to the border. But, again, with all due respect, I think he is still one step behind.”

A video and a transcript from the discussion are available after the jump.

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June 29th, 2014
10:48 AM ET

Lois Lerner atty.: "It's convenient to have a demon"

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley in a CNN EXCLUSIVE, Lois Lerner's attorney William Taylor III responded to Rep. Issa in his first television interview. Taylor spoke to Crowley about Lerner's side of the IRS scandal and why she remains silent.

For more information, check out the following blog post.

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Lerner attorney: Client vilified by GOP out of convenience

A transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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June 29th, 2014
10:40 AM ET

Rep. Issa: "I don't think anyone... on my committee has ever said she deliberately crashed her computer"

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA),Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, spoke to Crowley in an EXCLUSIVE interview about the IRS investigation, Lois Lerner, and other unanswered questions.

In the interview, Rep. Issa commented on the IRS scandal, “I don’t think anyone… on my committee has ever said she deliberately crashed her computer.”

A transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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