December 14th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

Sen. Schumer & Rep. King on State of the Union

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley features interviews with Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Peter King. Senator Schumer described the dynamics of the internal and external relations of the Republican and Democratic parties.  He also provided his prediction on the 2016 elections, as a strong proponent of Hillary Clinton.  Representative King, member of the House Intelligence Committee, defends the CIA following the scathing new Senate report about the agency’s interrogation methods.


Sen. Schumer on the internal schisms in congress: “I think the soul of the Democratic party is economic issues, and I think on economic issues, we are united. And I think Elizabeth Warren, even if people don’t agree with her, she’s constructive. She’s not like Ted Cruz.”

Rep. King on the CIA : “I think it’s important for people like myself and people in the media to speak out and say the people at the CIA did an excellent job, that the people of the CIA operated under the most extenuating circumstances, that they’re responsible for stopping attacks against the United States and that we have to stop this self-loathing.”

Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

December 14th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

MA Gov. democrats who lost in midterms “didn’t stand for anything"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, as Democrats look to repair the damage from this year’s elections, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) offers his prescription for what ails his party, bridging America’s racial divide, and the nature of capitalism in America.



On the results of the midterm elections:I think the reason in the outcome in the elections is because Democrats didn't stand for anything.  And the Democrats who lost are the ones who were saying, look, we're just not as bad as the other guys and gals.  I think that we are a party that believes in the American dream.  We believe in the collaboration between government and the private sector to enable the American dream. ”

On the possible Democratic candidates in 2016 : “I'm a great admirer of Senator Warren, as I am of Secretary Clinton, and the others who are - who are circling around...”

On the recent protests across America: “They weren't interested in engagement, because part of the point was to be disruptive.  And I think it does beg some questions, what is it we're trying to accomplish beyond disruption?  Certainly, part of it is to make sure people understand just how broadly the concern lies around being understood, and not being fearful, either as unarmed black men or as police.  And that huge chasm of misunderstanding between the two has got to be bridged.”

On being business friendly: ” I just don't believe that markets solve every problem in everybody's life.  And I don't think government solves every problem in everybody's life.  I think they have to work alongside each other. “

Full transcript after the jump.

December 8th, 2014
01:41 PM ET

Bush refutes CIA torture report to CNN's Candy Crowley

On Sunday, December 7th, CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley featured an exclusive interview with the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.  Candy Crowley sat down with President Bush at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia to discuss the legacy of President George H.W. Bush which is the subject of his new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father. In addition, he weighed in on impending release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation tactics and other topics.

Additional portions of the interview will air this Sunday, December 14 at 9AM and 12 PM EST.


President Bush on the CIA Report:

CROWLEY:  I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you at some point in this interview about the Senate Intelligence Committee report that’s coming out some time next week.

BUSH:  Yes, yes.

CROWLEY:  About the CIA and what it did during your era.

BUSH:  Yes, I haven’t seen the report.

CROWLEY:  I haven’t either.  I would expect it’ll be somewhat critical.

BUSH:  But I’ll tell you this - well, first of all, as I understand it, it’ll be critical but there’s also going to be a report of - a counter report coming out of the agency. FULL POST

December 7th, 2014
11:37 AM ET

Candy Crowley's Exclusive Interview with George W. Bush

The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, joins CNN's State of the Union for an in-depth interview ranging from childhood experiences to United States policy.

Candy Crowley sat down with President Bush earlier this week at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia to discuss the legacy of President George H.W. Bush which is the subject of his new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father. In addition, he weighed in on Jeb Bush's prospects for 2016, his relationship with the Clinton family, and race relations in the United States. President Bush stated that despite his close relationship with the Clintons, his brother Jeb would "absolutely" beat Hillary in the 2016 elections. According to the former president, race relations have improved but it is still sad to see race as "an emotional, divisive part of life." The former president also shared his views on Vladimir Putin, a man he once fished with, and the situation in Iraq.


On Putin, his former fishing partner: “Well, I think he's become more zero-sum type thinker.  In other words, I don't - haven't talked to him in years, but it's almost as if he says that if the - if the West wins, I lose.  And if I win, the West loses.  As opposed to what can we do together to enhance our respective positions?”

On race relations in the United States and protests in New York:  “I thought: how sad.  The verdict was hard to understand, but I hadn't seen all the details.  But it's sad that race continues to play such a, you know, kind of emotional, divisive part of life.  I remember back in when I was a kid, in the '70s, and there was race riots with cities being burned.  And I just think we've improved.  I had dinner with Condi the other night and we talked about this subject, and, yes, she just said you got understand that there are a lot of, you know, black folks around that are just incredibly more and more distrusting of law enforcement.  Which is a shame, because law enforcement's job is to protect everybody.

On ISIS and Iraq: “first thing is there has to be a goal, and the president has laid out what I think is a good goal, and that is to degrade and defeat ISIS.  Once you state the goal, then you have to put plans in place to achieve the goal.  And seems like to me the initial plans are being adjusted, and all I hope is that we succeed, because ISIS is lethal.  They're lethal not only for the people in the neighborhoods in which they live; they're lethal to our security.”

On Bush 41’s advice before and during Bush 43’s presidency: “he didn't want to steer us.  Not only in our career choices but once we had made choices on how to - on how to make decisions, in my case. Now, if I ever wanted advice, of course he was always there.  And I tried - it's hard for people to understand.  I fully understand that.  But I hope when people read this, and I hope they do, is that they understand that when he reached across and grabbed my arm after the speech on September the 14 in the National Cathedral, I mean, incredibly emotional moment for me, it was in many ways symbolic of what he'd meant for me as president.  In other words, he was a comforter.  A lot.  Because he had been through what I was going through and he knew that he - you know, each president has to make up their own mind.  They have to develop their own team of people they trust.  He knew that he got a lot of advice as president, a lot of it not grounded in knowledge, and that - and so he was confident I had a good team and that I would make decisions based upon good judgments of a lot of good advisers.”

Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

December 5th, 2014
03:48 PM ET

Bush 43 on State of the Union with Candy Crowley

On Sunday December 5th, State of the Union with Candy Crowley will feature an exclusive interview with the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.

The interview airs this Sunday, December 5th, on CNN at 9AM and 12PM EST.

Text excerpts from the interview are below. FULL POST

November 30th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

FAA "hundreds of cases" of operating drones "carelessly" & "recklessly"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, joins Candy Crowley to discuss the surge of near-collisions between drones and commercial aircraft, the FAA’s new “highways in the sky” program, and the busiest travel days of the year.


On unmanned aircrafts: “Unmanned aircraft has both great potential as a use for things like surveillance of power lines and so forth, but we care about first and foremost maintaining a safe aviation system. So how we integrate them into our national airspace system is done with safety as our paramount concern.”

On the surge of near-collisions between drones & commercial aircraft: “That is certainly a serious concern. And it is something that I am concerned about. That's why we are very focused on education. That's why we're also focused on enforcement. We have enforced hundreds of these cases, where we have seen someone operating one of these things carelessly and recklessly and posing a danger to aircraft, and that can't happen.”

On handling air traffic & the NextGen program: “Every year for holidays, the Defense Department releases a lot of airspace to us. And that enables us to actually plan different highways in the sky. Also, over the last year, we have been making a lot of investments in making the existing highways much more efficient. And that's a big thing, because this program, our NextGen air traffic control program, enables us to have much more efficient arrivals and departures at busy airports. Here in Washington, we just rolled out some new procedures that, collectively, will save airlines about 2.5 million gallons of fuel a year."

Full transcript is available after the jump.

November 23rd, 2014
12:26 PM ET

Sen Graham: Benghazi Report is "full of crap"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  speaks to Gloria Borger about the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Benghazi attacks which concludes that there was not a White House cover-up. Condemning both the Obama Administration and the intelligence community, Senator Graham states that he considers the Benghazi report “crap” and “garbage”. Senator Graham says he does not  “believe that the report is accurate, given the role that Mike Morell (then deputy CIA director) played in misleading the Congress on two different occasions”. He also indicates that “the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own” referring to the CIA. In addition, Senator Graham did not rule out running for the presidency in 2016 and chided the Republican party on immigration, saying “shame on us” for not passing a bill in the House.

"I am so disappointed in my party, my president, and my country." – Senator Lindsey Graham


On the House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi report:  “I'm saying the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own.  I'm saying that anybody who has followed Benghazi at all knows that the CIA deputy director did not come forward to tell Congress what role he played in changing the talking points.  And the only way we knew he was involved is when he told a representative at the White House, I'm going to do a hard review of this, a hard rewrite.”

On the placing the blame for Benghazi: “This report puts all the blame on the State Department and absolves the intelligence community.  When the Department of Defense committees looked at it, the Department of Defense was held blameless.  At the end of the day, everybody is pointing fingers to everybody else.”

On immigration reform: “Shame on us as Republicans.  Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that it's national security, that's cultural and it's economic.  The Senate has done this three times.”

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

November 16th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

Immigration in the US "1,000 people are deported every single day"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra discuss President Obama’s executive action on immigration. How far will President Obama go, is it legal, and how will it ultimately affect millions of Latinos?


Attorney General Gonzales on the legality of President Obama’s executive action: “I'm not prepared to say that he does have the authority, although, as your - one of your last guests said, in 2011, President Obama did say that he didn't have the authority in a group before Univision. I start with the Constitution, where Article II, Section 3, requires that the president take care that the laws are faithfully executed. From my perspective, I don't think the president has the authority to amend, repeal or suspend the law or fail to refuse a law based solely on policy.”

Rep. Becerra on deportation: “If it were your child and you are going to be - about to be separated from your child simply because Congress is dysfunctional, doesn't get its job done, then you would say my god, this is crazy, a citizen child being separated from his or her parent.”

Mayor Villaraigosa on the imperative of reaching a solution: “The fact that 1,000 people are deported every single day - I think, last year, more than 400,000 people were deported - we have got to do something about this. This is a crisis.”

A full transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST

November 16th, 2014
09:44 AM ET

Sen. Franken: Sen. Cruz has net neutrality "completely wrong"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy CrowleySenator Al Franken (D-MN) discusses net neutrality, what he calls “the free speech issue of our time.” Senator Franken explains net neutrality’s potential to affect the way Americans access the Internet. He also shares his predictions for the 2016 elections and the challenges in Washington.

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below


Senator Franken on Senator Ted Cruz’s understanding of net neutrality: “He has it completely wrong and he just doesn't understand what this issue is. We have had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet. So when he says this is the ObamaCare, ObamaCare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same that they've been. And the pricing happens by the value of something."

Senator Franken on Hillary Clinton and the Democratic candidates in 2016: “I very much doubt that she'll be the only one. I'm sure someone will jump in.”

Senator Franken on Washington politics: “We have a fundamental difference on how we see the economy working best and who it should work for.”

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

November 9th, 2014
03:26 PM ET

Congress' New Guard confronts the Old Guard

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, members of the new Congressional Class of 2015,  Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Lee Zeldin (R-AZ), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ),talk to Senate and House veterans, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE),  about the leadership in Congress.

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

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