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.

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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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June 22nd, 2014
11:21 AM ET

CNN EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 'The Iraqi state is in danger'

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Select Intelligence Committee, spoke to Crowley about the crisis in Iraq and Governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer's comments.

A transcript and a video of the interview are available after the jump.

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June 22nd, 2014
11:02 AM ET

Sen. Rand Paul: "I'm not willing to send my son into that mess" on the crisis in Iraq

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. Rand Paul  (R-KY), member of the Foreign Relations committee, spoke to Crowley about the crisis in Iraq and restoring voting rights to non-violent felons.
 
A transcript and a video from the interview are available after the jump.

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June 15th, 2014
11:22 AM ET

Sen. Graham: President Obama 'delusional' about Iraq

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy CrowleySen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with Gloria Borger, CNN’s chief political analyst and Dana Bash, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, about beating back challengers from the right to win his primary and the unraveling situation in Iraq.

On why the U.S. should risk more lives and spend more money fighting Iraq, Sen. Graham said: “Because Iraq and Syria combined are going to be the staging area for the next 9/11 if we don’t do something about it.”

A transcript and video from the interview are available after the jump.

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