January 15th, 2013
08:00 AM ET

LIVESTRONG board member says Armstrong betrayed him

LIVESTRONG Foundation Board Member Mark McKinnon says that he feels betrayed by Lance Armstrong.

McKinnon says, “Years ago, John, we decided to rebrand the Lance Armstrong Foundation to LIVESTRONG because we thought that someday that something could happen. We wanted the foundation to live beyond one person, whether it was Lance or anybody else that might be running the foundation. We want it to live on it’s own and have its own brand and not be contingent on any one person, including Lance.”

When CNN’s John Berman asks if he feels betrayed by Armstrong, McKinnon responds, “Yes, I do. And I think he’s got a lot of apologies. I think he’s got to crawl over a lot of broken class.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 11th, 2013
09:55 AM ET

Bill Richardson: North Korea is hostile, unpredictable; Schmidt a "rock star there"

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson describes his trip to North Korea emphasizing that it’s best for as many people as possible to engage in foreign policy, not just “officials in the State Department.” Richardson went with Google’s Eric Schmidt to discuss missile activity, detained American Kenneth Bae and internet openness.

Richardson says, “Kenneth Bae is way up in the northern part of the country. It was not accessible to us, but we made the point very strongly that he should be treated properly. We were assured that the judicial proceedings on his case would happen soon. That's sometimes a good sign because it means it may be wrapping up and hopefully, he'll be released. But, you know, nobody had been - we do have a Swedish representative there. We don't have representatives in North Korea, advocating for him.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 11th, 2013
08:53 AM ET

Ind. Firearm Owners Assoc. Pres. on gun task force meeting: Anyone who expects 180 degree turn is not a player

Independent Firearm Owners Association President Richard Feldman reflects on the meeting with Vice President Joe Biden for gun task force. He says there was “a lot more agreement” on the problem, even though some differences remain.

When CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asks what he thinks about the NRA’s statement that the meeting was an attack on the 2nd amendment, Feldman says, “Well, anyone that came to that meeting yesterday and thought that minds were going to be turned around 180 degrees, isn’t a player. But we got to air our positions. The National Rifle Association was very effective in stating their beliefs.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 8th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Former Univ. of Texas coach: I want equal treatment and due process

Former University of Texas Austin Track and Field Head Coach Beverly Kearney opens up about resigning over her affair with a student in 2002. She claims that although she was forced to resign, other professors and administrators at the school have not had the same repercussions after engaging in relationships that violated policy.

Kearney says, “I’ve always tried to live my life in a manner that I did not want to do harm. And it’s always been easier for me to forgive others. But this was a challenge for me to forgive myself for making a poor decision.”

When O’Brien asks if the student she had the relationship with “ratted her out,” Kearney answers, “Yes, that’s fair.”

O’Brien reads the section of the school’s employee handbook that highlights how not disclosing a romantic or sexual relationship with a student could lead to termination. Kearney responds, “I didn’t know that there was even a rule on the book. I think the rule had come into play maybe a year prior to the relationship, and I don’t ever even remember reading such a rule.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 7th, 2013
08:05 AM ET

Mayor Booker: Lautenberg has "decision to make"

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says that there is too much to do in his city to run a campaign against Governor Chris Christie this year, but reflects on his decision to run for Senate and highlights that Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has “a decision to make” on whether he’s going to run again or not.

Mayor Booker says, “I want to give him the space to make his own decision. I’ve announced my intention to run, but the reality is is we’ve got a good Senator. He’s been loyal. He’s been there for a long time. And I think he’s got a decision to make. So, I’m focusing on my job for now. And I hope to talk to him. We’ve reached out to him a number of times. In fact, I had a plane trip going down to meet with him, but unfortunately with a lot of the challenges going down in Washington, he had to cancel the meeting.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 3rd, 2013
10:00 AM ET

John Berman to Gov. Corbett: "You put football first"

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) makes his case to Starting Point as to why he’s suing the NCAA over Penn State sanctions months after his office came out with a statement in July that accepted the penalties as the right course of action.

Gov. Corbett says, “I held off. I didn’t want to interfere with the momentum that the team had. Coach O’Brien had done a great job with the team. The final decision to go forward wasn’t made until October. The lawsuit then was drafted; we went through many variations. And at the end of the season was when I made my decision that we would announce it.”

CNN Anchor John Berman says, “You put football first…. If the case was so important, why not bring it up when you’re ready to bring it up. You put football first, which is one of the criticisms of Penn State all along.”

Corbett responds, “This is going to be a very long case and the start of that case can easily wait until after the end of the football season, which we did.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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January 3rd, 2013
09:26 AM ET

Rep. King: Issa is 1,000 percent wrong; "no pork in the bill"

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) tells Starting Point that although he disagreed with Speaker John Boehner for not holding the vote on Hurricane Sandy relief Tuesday night, they are getting results. Later in the interview, he criticizes and disagrees with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for saying that there is pork in the bill.

Rep. King says, “With all due respect, Darrell Issa is 1,000 percent wrong. There is absolutely no pork in the bill. There were some items that were added in the Senate, involving Alaska for one, which is about less than one percent of the bill…. Every one of those items was removed from the House bill. And I wish Darrell Issa had learned that and looked into that before he went public and said that my constituents should not get their homes rebuilt….”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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January 2nd, 2013
09:19 AM ET

Rep. Israel: Democrats stopped fiscal cliff; provided "adult supervision"

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) reflects on the late House vote last night that avoided tax increases for most Americans and details why he supported it, but wishes there was broader deficit reduction. Later in the interview, Rep. Israel addresses the House not taking up the Senate bill to provide relief to Hurricane Sandy victims, saying that it was “indefensible.”

Rep. Israel says, “I voted for it. There were elements of the bill that I did not like. But at the end of the day, it was House Democrats who injected some adult supervision, some pragmatism, a sense of compromise and solutions. That’s what the country wants. So I voted for it because falling off the cliff just isn’t an option. I wish that he Republicans would have produced more votes. The best they could do was 85-86 votes. So even though they have the majority in the House of Representatives, it was House Democrats who stopped us from going off this cliff.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Starting Point
December 31st, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Sen. Isakson (R-GA): "It's my best belief that they've reached an agreement on revenues"

Just before the Senate convenes at 11am ET today to work on a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) tells Starting Point that he believes that a bipartisan agreement on revenue has been reached, but it’s now a question of whether the money will go to more spending or deficit reduction.

Sen. Isakson says, “First of all, I’m not sure we have the inside information, but I do believe the revenue issue is no longer a question. The question is making sure any new revenues go to debt spending reduction and deficit relief rather than new spending. It's deficits that got us into this problem. It's only reducing deficits that get us out of this problem.”

When CNN’s Ali Velshi asks him to clarify if a revenue deal has been accepted, Sen. Isakson responds, “No, that's not my best information, but it's my best belief that they've reached an agreement on revenues. What that level is, I don't know, but the question now is where those revenues go. If they go to new spending, we're going to have a problem making a deal because spending has been our problem. But if they go towards deficit reduction, which ultimately will be debt relief, that will be a good thing, and we probably will have a deal.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Starting Point
December 31st, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Rep. Burgess won't vote for elimination of tax cut for those making over $450K

In the final hours before the fiscal cliff deadline, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) says that he is not willing to “punish success” and vote for a bill that would only expire Bush era tax cuts for households earning over $450,000 per year.

Rep. Burgess says, “If that was all that was involved, no, the answer is, no, I probably wouldn't.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.


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