Senator Johnson on ISIS getting a hold of nuclear weapons “Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable… It’s highly concerning”
March 27th, 2016
12:02 PM ET

Senator Johnson on ISIS getting a hold of nuclear weapons “Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable… It’s highly concerning”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss ISIS, Brussels and more.

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

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

CNN STORY: Ron Johnson on ISIS: 'Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable’

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Johnson on the possibility of ISIS accessing a nuclear plant: [TAPPER] “Are you at all concerned that ISIS could infiltrate a nuclear plant in Europe?  Or is that just too far afield, do you think? [JOHNSON] “No, no, I'm highly concerned about that, but not only in Europe.  Look at the attack on the Metcalf power station in California.  We have not solved that.  That is a very disconcerting chain of events here.  So, trust me, our critical infrastructure is vulnerable to cyber-attack, to potential terrorist attack.  And we're not taking this threat seriously enough. It's highly concerning.”

Johnson on the threat of another ISIS attack in Europe: “Well, we're being told there are no specific, credible threats.  And I have to believe the officials. And it would make sense that there are probably more plots being hatched in Europe as we speak.  Europe obviously is in greater danger.  They're in closer proximity to the Middle East.  We're seeing this surge of refugees. We now know that a couple of those terrorists came into Europe with that refugee flow.  So what we're unraveling or what the officials in Europe are unraveling are these cells and these plots.  And, unfortunately, this is exactly what Islamic terrorists are trying to sow, what you're seeing in Brussels today, the type of civil unrest.  They're trying to destabilize different countries.  And they're doing a pretty good job of it.

Johnson on his strategy to defeat ISIS: “We need to just have a more robust effort.  We need to assemble that coalition of the willing. And the reason we haven't assembled them is because we have not shown the leadership.  President Obama took off the table that - the same day that he declared the goal, he basically took off the table the very ingredient that was going to be necessary.  And that's American troops on the ground.  Now, I don't think we have to have that many of them.  We haven't heard out of this administration a real strategy for defeating ISIS.  But we actually have to show the leadership, so that the coalition of the willing will actually assemble around us. And let's face it.  I think Europe is probably a little bit more primed to really join that coalition.  This has got to be a long-term effort.  The historic blunder of President Obama was leaving Iraq.  After all the sacrifice, after the stabilization of the Iraq, we bugged out. And as a result, that coalition disintegrated, and ISIS was able to rise from the ashes of what was a defeated al Qaeda in Iraq.  We have to learn the lessons of histories.  We have to be relentless in our pursuit of stamping out Islamic terror.”

Johnson on using torture as an interrogation technique: [TAPPER] “…Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, said this week he would have talked a lot faster with the torture.  Do you agree?” [JOHNSON] “What we really need to do - and I have been down to Guantanamo Bay and I have talked to the people that do the interviews. And the way you actually gather intelligence that's effective is over a long period of time.  And what this administration has done, in their quest to close down Guantanamo Bay, we stopped capturing, detaining and questioning Islamic terrorists.  Now, we're doing some of that.  We're starting to capture some of the Islamic terrorists, some of the ISIS operatives.  Fortunately, we captured one that was a former Iraqi chemical weapons expert.  And that individual apparently started to sing like a canary.  So, we were able to take out some of those installations. But we need a long-term facility for long-term detention.  And that's really how you gather intelligence, is capturing people, detaining them, and interviewing them over a long period of time, finding discrepancies between themselves - between their own testimony and that of their fellow operatives.”
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March 27th, 2016
11:43 AM ET

Senator Bernie Sanders: "A lot of these super delegates may rethink their position"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss Western Saturday, Clooney’s Clinton fundraiser and more.

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

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:

How Sanders would fight ISIS

Sanders: Clooney fundraiser is 'obscene' 

CNN STORY: Bernie Sanders: 'I think we know who ISIS is’

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Sanders on his path to victory:  “As you have just indicated, the last five - we have won the last five out of six contests, all of them in landslide victories.  What we have said from day one is, the South is the most conservative part of America.  We did not do well there.  Secretary Clinton gained a lot of delegates.  No debate about that….. I think the momentum is with us.  A lot of these superdelegates may rethink their position with Hillary Clinton.  A have not yet declared.  And then you have got superdelegates who are in states where we win by 40 or 50 points.  I think their own constituents are going to say to them, hey, why don't you support the people of our state, vote for Sanders?”

Sanders on potentially endorsing Clinton: [TAPPER] “So, Senator, you were asked this week what it would take for you to get behind Hillary Clinton if she were to get the nomination.  You laid out five specific demands.  One of them was single-payer health care.  If Clinton wins the nomination, but refuses to endorse Medicare for all, you would refuse to support her?” [SANDERS] “No, I don't think we have ever framed things in that sense.  What we obvious - first of all, I don't want to talk about, you know. what happens if we lose.  We are in this race to win, Jake.  And the reason that we have the kind of momentum that we have is, we're talking about not what media gotcha the questions are about.  We're talking about the real issues impacting the American people…. I have a lot of respect for Secretary Clinton.  I have known for her 25 years.  We will see what happens at the end of the process, but, right now, our function and our goal - and we're working hard at it - we think we can succeed.  And that is to win the Democratic nomination.”

Sanders on the war on ISIS: Well, it goes without saying that, when you have attacks that take place, when 30 people get killed in Brussels, something went wrong. This is not a criticism of the intelligence agencies.  But we have got to improve our efforts to make sure that it doesn't happen again…… Obviously, you want to prevent those attacks before they take place.  I think we know who ISIS is.  We know those people who are planning against our European allies and against ourselves.  And we have got to do everything we can to destroy them. Look, this ISIS is a barbaric organization.  I agree with King Abdullah of Jordan, who said many months ago that the fight going on there is a fight for the soul of Islam. And at the end of the day, it will be Muslim troops on the ground - and we're beginning to see some success there - that destroy ISIS, with the support of the United States, the U.K., France, Russia, et cetera. But the real battle has got to be fought on the ground by Muslims nations.  I will do everything that I can to make sure that the United States does not get sucked into perpetual warfare in the Middle East.  One of the big differences between Secretary Clinton and myself, I voted against the war in Iraq.  She supported that war."

Bernie on Clooney fundraiser for Clinton: “It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big money people to fund her campaign. But it's not only this Clooney event.  It is the fact that she has now raised well over $15 million from Wall Street for her super PAC and millions more from the fossil fuel industry and from the drug companies. We have, on the other hand, received six million individual campaign contributions, a record number in American history, averaging $27 a piece.  So, I think what we're trying to do is run a campaign, to paraphrase - paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, of the people, by the people and for the people, not just reaching out to billionaires and the wealthiest people in this country.  That's really a cancer on American politics.  We have got to overturn this disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision.  I believe, Jake, that we should move to public funding of elections…. Look, the point is - now, I have a lot of respect for George Clooney.  He's a great actor.  I like him. But this is the point.  This is the problem with American politics, is that big money is dominating our political system.  And we are trying to move as far away from that as we can. So, if you have an event - you know, we have events too.  And our events, we charge $15 or $50 for people to come.  So, it's not a criticism of Clooney.  It's a criticism of a corrupt finance system where big money interests - and it's not Clooney - it's the people who are coming to this event - have undue influence over the political process.”
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Kasich: "I really don't watch Trump rallies.  I don't watch the news.  I basically watch the Golf Channel when I'm traveling, believe it or not, but when I saw the violence in Chicago, I just had enough"
March 13th, 2016
12:11 PM ET

Kasich: "I really don't watch Trump rallies. I don't watch the news. I basically watch the Golf Channel when I'm traveling, believe it or not, but when I saw the violence in Chicago, I just had enough"


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Governor John Kasich (R-OH), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss Trump’s rallies and the Ohio primary.

 

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

 

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

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

State of the Union: Gov. John Kasich full interview

 

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Kasich on the state of Trump’s rallies: “Well, there's no question that Donald Trump has created a toxic atmosphere pitting one group against another and name calling and all those kinds of things. Now, I think there are people that would go to a rally who would look to disrupt, but, look, the environment is there, and he needs to back off of this and start being more aspirational, telling people we can get it together…Well, Jake, look, in those debates I hear this and that, but it  took me to see on Friday night what was happening at that arena.  I mean, I really don't watch Trump rallies.  I don't watch the news.  I basically watch the Golf Channel when I'm traveling, believe it or not, but when I saw the violence in Chicago, I just had enough. And you might recall, it was in the third debate where I started saying that Trump was dividing us.”

Kasich on NAFTA and free trade: “I think that NAFTA has basically been a wash.  I don't think we can walk away from free trade, but we have to be for fair trade.  And what I've said is when countries violate our trade agreements, we need to have an expedited process to hold them accountable and protect the jobs of the American worker. In 2001, I helped the steel companies achieve a 201 which was basically a trade block to let the companies be stronger and get together.  I have been a free trader, but I have been a fair trader, and if you go back and talk to my colleagues in congress they will tell you that.  But we're not going to lock the doors or pull down the blinds and let the rest of the world go away. There's 38 million people who have jobs connected to trade.”

Kasich on the race in Florida and Ohio: [TAPPER]: “So Rubio seeming to encourage his supporters in Ohio to back you, but you're not encouraging your supporters in Florida to back him.  Why not?”

[KASICH]: “Well, Jake, I mean, my people aren't like robots where go do this, go do that.  I mean, I'm not really campaigning in Florida.  I tried to actually call Marco last night to wish him good luck.  I couldn't get through to him. But, look, at the end of the day how do you tell your people that are for you to go vote for somebody else?  And after all, I'm not into a stop Trump as more as I am be for Kasich movement.  Reward me for the experience in foreign affairs, reward me for the achievements I have had in balancing budgets and creating an environment for job creation both in the country and in Ohio.  Reward me for that, for cutting taxes for having wages grow faster than the national average.  Those are the things that I want people to think about as opposed to be against that person.  I'm just trying to be be for me.  I have run an unwaveringly positive campaign since I got in this and some of the time I operated in total obscurity.”


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Rubio on the possibility of Trump violence turning deadly: “I'm very concerned about that...we don't know what's going to happen next”
March 13th, 2016
12:06 PM ET

Rubio on the possibility of Trump violence turning deadly: “I'm very concerned about that...we don't know what's going to happen next”


Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss Trump’s rallies and the Florida primary.

 

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

 

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

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

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Rubio: It's 'harder every day to justify' backing Trump

 

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Rubio: Someone could die at Trump rally

 

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Rubio on the state of Trump rallies: “Look, some of these protesters that you saw in Chicago obviously were maybe  organized, maybe even paid to disrupt an event, so I'm not excusing their behavior but these are not just the protesters in Chicago.  This is now multiple rallies where people are assaulted and beat up, where a guy gets sucker punched by one of the Trump supporters, and then instead of condemning it, Trump is silent.  When the guy is released from jail he says maybe next time maybe we should kill the protester, again there's silence. Then he goes on stage and makes things up.  He keeps telling this story about a general who bullets in pig blood and shot a bunch of prisoners - Muslim prisoners.  Not only is it outrageous, it's a lie. And then he claims that the guy that stormed the stage had links to ISIS. I mean, he has turned the most important election in a generation into a circus, into a complete fiasco and a carnival.  And this country deserves better.  I mean, at some point people have to wake up here.  This is really going to do damage to America… I mean, all the rules that once governed our discourse have been blown away and we're headed in a very dangerous direction.  And, yes, there are people out there that are unbalanced.  There are people out there that do not have control of themselves.  We don't know what they will do.”

 

Rubio on his concern that someone could die at a Trump rally: [TAPPER]: “Would I be overstating matters if I said you sound like you're actually concerned that somebody before this is all over, somebody might lose their life?”

[RUBIO]: “I'm very concerned about that.  I'm very concerned - we don't know what's going to happen next here. I know that we have reached the point now where people in American politics have decided that if they don't agree with you, that they can get angry at you, that you're a bad and evil person, that they can say anything they want about you.”

 

Rubio on whether or not he could vote for Trump: Let me tell you that I think a significant number of Republicans will not vote for Donald Trump at the voting booth no matter what I say or anybody else tells them, they just won't do it.  They'll abstain.  And, you know, I have never argued that anybody should abstain in an election and I need to lead by example…It's getting harder… Yeah, but I'll be frank, it's getting harder every day to justify that answer.  And I'm not prepared to say something different today other than to tell you that I hope we can avoid that.  I hope that through this process somehow, some way we can avoid leaving the Republican Party with a nominee that basically people have to make excuses for or can't ultimately support. I know already some public officials have said that.  And I don't know what else to tell you other than, you know, it's getting harder every day to justify that statement to myself, to my children, to my family, and to the people who support me.”

 

Rubio on the Florida primary and his path forward: “My intention is to run for president and as I said before to campaign in all 50 states and territories until either someone gets the delegates to be the nominee or this process ends.  That's our intention.  It continues to be.  We're scheduled to be in Utah on Wednesday morning and that's where we're going to be. I intend to win Florida.  It's a tough fight.  Look, I mean, we're experiencing in Florid what the country is seeing, which is a very unusual election cycle.  And I can tell you this - the only one that can beat Donald Trump in Florida is me... So, this notion that somehow it's now a two-man race and these two have the inside track is just fiction, and I know it's convenient for their narrative, but it's just not accurate.”

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March 6th, 2016
12:04 PM ET

Sanders: “We are going to stay in this campaign to the convention in July”

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Democratic presidential candidate, joined CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, to discuss Trump, the 2016 presidential election and more.

 

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

 

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

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com


VIDEO: Sen. Bernie Sanders on State of the Union: Full Interview

CNN POLITICS STORY: Bernie Sanders says his policies aren't 'fantasy'

 

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Sanders on support in states with more racial diversity: “Well, for a start, Dana, what we are seeing in many cases is not just a racial divide, but a generational divide.  We are doing better and better with younger people, whether they're black, Latino or white.  Our numbers are getting better and better.  In general, our numbers are getting better.  Truth is, we have not done well in the Deep South. But I am - I am absolutely certain that our numbers will continue to get better.  And what we have done, based on yesterday, at this point, we have now won seven primaries and caucuses all across this country, all with double-digit victories.”

 

Sanders on Trump:   “We won with 67 percent of the vote in Kansas.  If the turnout is high in Maine today, I think we have a good chance of winning there as well.  So I think we're showing strength all across this country.  And as the blurb you just played showed, we are doing better against Trump than Hillary Clinton is.  I think there was a poll that came out today having us beat Trump in Michigan by 22 points.  So if Democrats want the strongest candidate to defeat Trump, I think you're looking at him.

 

Sanders on his path to victory: “We have made enormous progress over the last 10 months.  We have now 5 million individual contributions, campaign contributions.  We don't have a super PAC.  BernieSanders.com is doing fantastically well in raising money from ordinary Americans.  We are going to stay in this campaign to the convention in July.  Every state has the right to vote for the candidate of their choice…… BASH:  No, senator, but will you do that even if Secretary Clinton gets the number of delegates needed in the contests before the convention?  [SANDERS]  Dana, you are - you are speculating.  I don't think that's going to happen. I think that we have a lot of strength in very large states all across this country.  I think we're going to do very well in New York State.  I think we have a good chance of winning throughout the West Coast in California, state of Washington, Oregon. I think our message of a corrupt campaign finance system which has to be changed, a rigged economy where almost all new income and wealth is going to the top one percent, that is resonating all over this country.  So I don't want to speculate as to what happens tomorrow or three weeks from now.  We think we have momentum, and we think we're going to do just fine.”

 

 

Sanders responds to Clinton claiming he lacks a credible strategy: “I believe that the United States should join every other industrialized country on earth in guaranteeing health care to all people.  Is that fantasy?  If every - if Canada can do it, the U.K. can do it, France can do it - you know what?  I don't think it's fantasy to say that we can do it in the United States. Is it fantasy to say that our young people should be able to go to college regardless of their income as we establish free tuition at public colleges and universities?  Well, Germany has that. Scandinavia has that.  Countries all over the world have that.  Is it fantasy to say that we should end the obscene level of income and wealth inequality with the 20 wealthiest people in this country, now wealth from the bottom 50 percent? All of that may be fantasy to the ruling class and the big-money interests in this country.  I don't think that's fantasy to the working people in this country who are work longer hours for lower wages who are tired of establishment politics and establishment economics…”

 

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Kasich on the Super Tuesday contests: "I think Trump's probably going to win probably all of them."
February 28th, 2016
12:10 PM ET

Kasich on the Super Tuesday contests: "I think Trump's probably going to win probably all of them."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Governor John Kasich (R-OH), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss Super Tuesday and the 2016 presidential election.

 

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

 

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

 

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

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Kasich on political discourse in the election: “Jake, I have been in a lot of elections, and, you know, I have never resorted to name-calling. I mean, it's fine to talk about, you know, a person's record, their accomplishments, or lack thereof, but I don't - name-calling is not how we should be picking a president.  And, frankly, we're going to look back on this time, and we're all going to shake our heads and say, did we really degrade the process of picking the leader of the free world? And I'm very disappointed.  It's why people are passionate about my continuing forward, because they say:  You're an adult, and you're running a positive campaign. And, frankly, I would call on everybody to start doing that and stop the name-calling.  It's just not good.”

 

Kasich on supporting whoever the Republican nominee will be: “I - you know, we're down to now five people.  We're all in the arena.  And I will show respect to the person that emerges from that arena.  I believe it will be me.  But at the end of the day, I’m going to support that person who went through the arena and became the nominee.”

 

Kasich on Super Tuesday: “I think Trump's probably going to win probably all of them.  But you keep holding your own and we have our campaign plan… Our campaign plan was ultimately to, you know, hold our own in some of these places, and we will, I expect.  And then we're going to head north. But at the end of the day, what changes this race is my ability to win in Ohio.  And if any of these people can't win their own states, they probably ought to get out.  We ought to consolidate the race…We’re going to go to Ohio. I will win Ohio.  If I don't win Ohio, then it's time to call it over.”

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February 28th, 2016
12:02 PM ET

Cruz: “I will support the Republican nominee, period, the end."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss Super Tuesday and the rest of the 2016 presidential election.

 

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

 

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

 


Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com; Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

 

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Cruz on supporting whoever the Republican nominee is: “I will support the Republican nominee, period, the end… But I will tell you this.  Listen, I think, if we nominate Donald, Hillary probably beats him.  Not only does she get to attack him on a whole host of issues where he agrees with her, but, you know, he's described Hillary Clinton as one of the best secretaries of state in history… And I think we need a candidate who can beat Hillary.  And I will say this beyond that, Jake.  Listen, if Donald becomes president, who the heck knows what he would do?  Even Donald doesn't know what he would do.  And I think the challenges facing this country, they're too grave to roll the dice and risk losing the Supreme Court for a generation, risk yet more economic stagnation, and risk, on foreign policy, allowing radical Islamic terrorism to continue to rise and threaten America.”

 

Cruz on Super Tuesday: “Oh, listen, we are very strong in Texas, and we are running neck and neck with Donald in a number of the Super Tuesday states. It really depends on turnout.  And so, if you're in one of the Super Tuesday states, and you share the concerns of so many Americans that these are serious times and Donald Trump is not the right candidate, then I ask you to come together behind our campaign, even if you like other candidates. Listen, there are good people in this race who I like and respect.  But our campaign is the only one in a position to beat Donald Trump on Super Tuesday.  And if you want to stop this - this Trump train, the only way to do so is to beat him on Super Tuesday. So, I'm encouraged that we're seeing conservatives coming together, but I think Super Tuesday is going to be critical in that regard.”

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February 21st, 2016
01:04 PM ET

Cruz: the "only campaign that can beat Donald Trump and that has beaten Donald Trump is our campaign."

 

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Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), GOP presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the results of the South Carolina GOP primary, and the path forward headed into Super Tuesday.

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

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com

 

CNN Politics Story: Cruz: I'm the only one who has beaten Trump

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Sen. Ted Cruz on State of the Union: Full Interview

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Cruz on Trump’s chances against Clinton in a general election: “Number one, we continue to see conservatives uniting behind our campaign.  But number two, Jake, it is now apparent that only campaign that can beat Donald Trump and that has beaten Donald Trump is our campaign.  And although Donald has consistently managed to score numbers in the 20s and 30s, his unfavorables - an awful lot of Republicans are very concerned Donald Trump is not the right candidate to go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders… I think if we nominate a candidate who has the same record as Hillary Clinton on partial birth abortion, the same record as Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare and socialized medicine, the same record as Hillary Clinton on granting amnesty to 12 million people here illegally and allowing them to become citizens, and for that matter, the same record as Hillary Clinton on the Wall Street bailouts and the Obama stimulus, I - I don't think that's a path to victory.”

Cruz on his rivalry with Trump: “But, you know, one of the clearest pieces of evidence that - that Donald sees our campaign as the only campaign that can beat him is he devotes almost every ounce of his energy to attacking us with everything he has, usually with nasty, false personal attacks.  Donald ignores every other candidate in the race, because I think he views the rest of the field as not a meaningful threat… I think we need a clear, meaningful, substantive policy differentiation with Donald Trump and then with Hillary Clinton.”

Cruz on Rubio’s performance in South Carolina: “if you look at Marco Rubio, you know, the candidate that expectations should have been that he would have won the state is Marco Rubio.  Marco had the popular governor supporting him.  He had the very popular Senator, Tim Scott, supporting him.  He had a very popular congressman, Trey Gowdy, supporting him.  All of they political establishment in South Carolina came behind him.  And he had millions and millions of dollars of TV advertising backing him up.  And yet his results have been, you know, he's now finished third in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire and either third or second in South Carolina.  We don't know right now… When Marco had the leading players behind him, he couldn't come anywhere close to Donald Trump.  That ought to be a real warning sign as to what state exactly is Marco going to win.”

Cruz looks ahead to Super Tuesday: “We're headed on to Nevada and then, 10 days from today, is Super Tuesday.  It is the so-called SEC Primary.  It is states where we've got tremendous support.  We've got a tremendous team, including the crown jewel of Super Tuesday, which is my home state of Texas, where we have incredible support from the wonderful people of Texas. I think we are headed, in the next 10 days, to a remarkable 10 days. And then it's going to be particularly clear that it's a two-man race.  And I believe head-to-head, we not only beat Donald, but the polling shows we beat him by 16 points, decisively and - and nobody else has been able to do this.”

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February 21st, 2016
01:02 PM ET

Sanders on Clinton calling him a single issue candidate: “I haven't the vaguest idea what she's talking about."

SOTUToday on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Democratic presidential candidate, joined anchor, Jake Tapper to discuss the results of the Nevada Democratic caucus, looks ahead to Super Tuesday, and much more.

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

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com ; or Brooke Lorenz – Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com

 

CNN Politics Story: Sanders brushes off Nevada loss

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Sen. Bernie Sanders on State of the Union: Full Interview

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Sanders on Clinton calling him a single issue candidate: “I haven't the vaguest idea what she's talking about.  If she thinks that income and wealth inequality, and the fact that the rich get richer while everybody else gets poorer is the only issue, it's not… Now, one of the things that we're up against right now, Jake, is that Hillary Clinton's super PAC, funded by Wall Street and other powerful special interests, are going to pour a lot of money into this election against us.”

Sanders on his brother’s interview with The Daily Beast: [TAPPER]: “Your brother, Larry Sanders, gave an interview to The Daily Beast this week and he said that Bill Clinton was a, quote, dreadful president, in general, for poor people.  Do you agree?”

[SANDERS]: “Look, I read that interview.  My brother lives in England.  He is not part of our campaign.  I disagree with what he said.  He speaks for himself, not for me or my campaign.”

Sanders on the possibility of Sri Srinivasan being nominated to the Supreme Court: [SANDERS]: “Well, to be honest with you, I have not studied his record.  And it's something that I certainly want to look at.  So I really - to be honest with you, Jake, just can't comment on that right now.”

[TAPPER]: “Do you think that the senate should be able to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee?”

[SANDERS]: “The idea that Mitch McConnell and the Republicans are in the senate are trying to deny the president his constitutional right to appoint Supreme Court justices is really an outrage.  And it is an outrage because these guys - Republicans, they love the constitution.  They talk about the constitution day after day after day.  Except, I guess, when you have a Democratic president who is doing his constitutional duty and nominating a Supreme Court justice.”

Sanders looks ahead to Super Tuesday: “I think we are going to do well in states like Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, last poll I saw had us at 80 percent of the vote in Vermont.  I think we're going to do well there.  And I think we'll do well in some other states as well. After that, we're going to fight hard for Michigan, Kansas.  There are states out there that I think we have a real shot to win in. And by the way, Jake, as you know - and I hope many of the viewers know, these state-by-state primary and caucuses are proportional. For example, we lost in Nevada which meant Hillary Clinton got 19 delegates, we got 15 delegates.  It's not all or nothing.  But I hope that in the coming weeks we start winning some big states and start collecting a lot of delegates.”


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Trump on the party nominees "I think it's going to be between Hillary and myself. They say that it will be the largest voter turnout in the history of United States elections"

SOTU

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, joined anchor, Jake Tapper.

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

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

Contacts: Lauren Pratapas — Lauren.Pratapas@turner.com; 202.465.6666; Zachary Lilly – Zachary.Lilly@turner.com  Brooke Lorenz- Brooke.Lorenz@turner.com 202.515.2918

 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Donald Trump predicts showdown with Hillary Clinton

CNN ARTICLE: Trump predicts he'll face Clinton, break turnout records

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On the possibility of a brokered convention: "I don't think we're going to have a convention, a brokered convention.  I think it's unlikely.  I think - I think I'm doing better than that.  And so far, I'm really on my way.  I thought I actually won Iowa, if you look at it real closely.  But even if I didn't, I just got one delegate less, because I came in a very, very close second.  So, I have a second and I have two firsts.  And New Hampshire was a blowout, and this one was a blowout.  And, you know, I don't think - I don't see where there's a convention.  I think most of the smart people are saying there's not going to be a convention.  Interestingly, the ones who say there's going to be a convention, usually, they are the pundits that have been wrong forever, the ones that have been wrong about me, not you, because you have been right about me.  And I appreciate it."  

Trump on his ability to win the GOP nomination: [TAPPER] “…What do you think this means for the race going forward?  Are you unstoppable?  [TRUMP]:  Well, certainly, you can be stopped.  I mean, I'm dealing with very talented people. They're politicians.  They're senators.  And I guess - do we have any governors left?  I don't know.  Let's see.  I don't think so.  But we have a lot of talented people.  And we will see what happens.  But, certainly, nobody is unstoppable.  [TAPPER]:  "Senator Cruz says that you attack him every day because you know he's the only one who can beat you.  Is that right?" [TRUMP]: " No, it's not right. But he's very talented.  And, certainly, he could beat me, and so could Marco, and so could the others that are running.  You know, crazier things happen in the world of politics.....

On Jeb Bush suspending his campaign: "I just don't know what did him in.  I can tell you, I like him.  He's a good person.  He's a good man, but he really hit me with a lot of commercials.  He was spending $25 million on commercials on me.  And I said, wow, that's another commercial.  That one is really bad and not true, although some was true.  I mean, I will tell, some was true, but a lot of it wasn't true.....Jeb fought very hard.  It wasn't his time.  That's all.  He's a very capable person.  It just wasn't his time.  And, you know, I know the family.  My son knows his son.  And my son Eric knows Jeb's son, and he says he's an incredible young man.  And, you know, it - it was really just not his time.  It was really - you know, four years ago, I think he would have won, although it would have been - you know, with Mitt and him, it would have been a good contest.  But this was not really his time."

Trump on his ability to win a general election: "I will tell you this.  As a candidate, I will bring over many, many Dems.  We're going to bring over a lot of Democrats.  We're going to bring over a lot of independents.  Nobody else will.  In all fairness, the other candidates, they will never bring over independents.  They will never bring - we're talking about the Reagan Democrats.  We're going to bring over tremendous numbers.  We're going to bring over youth.  Bernie's not going to make it, in my opinion.  And I never thought he would.  Hillary won't make it.  Frankly, if she gets indicted, that's the only way she is going to be stopped.  And I think it's going to be between Hillary and myself.  They say that it will be the largest voter turnout in the history of United States elections.  And I want to tell you, that's a great compliment to the country, because we have such a low voter turnout compared to a lot of other countries.  So, I think it will be the greatest voter turnout in history.  I mean, the stories - if it's Hillary against me, that's going to be a tremendous turnout.   I'm going to win.  I'm going to win places like Michigan that the Republicans can't even think of.  You know, they always talk about the six states, right, with Ohio and Pennsylvania and, you know, et cetera, et cetera.  I won't go through the numbers.  But I will win places like Michigan that people don't even talk about.  I will have a chance of winning New York.  If I win New York, the election's over, OK, from an Electoral College standpoint.  I have a chance of winning New York.  I will win states that aren't in play.  I will win states that the Republicans don't even think of.  And one of them that comes to mind is Michigan.  And another one is New York......" 

 

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