October 26th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Quarantined nurse slams new policy

Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, told CNN today the "knee-jerk reaction by politicians" was not well planned out, "and to quarantine someone without a better plan in place, without more forethought, is just preposterous."

Hickox, who was working to help treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has tested negative twice for Ebola and does not have symptoms, she said.

"This is an extreme that is really unacceptable and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated," Hickox told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

"To put me through this emotional and physical stress is completely unacceptable," she said. FULL POST

October 19th, 2014
01:39 PM ET

Cruz, a flight ban is a “basic, common-sense step"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responds to President Obama’s appointment of veteran Washington operative Ron Klain and demands the President lead the country by banning flights and securing the border. Senator Cruz asserts that supporting the Kurdish Peshmerga is essential to defeating ISIS and expresses his confidence in Republicans achieving a majority in both chambers of Congress.

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Cruz on the Obama Administration’s response to Ebola: "The biggest mistake that continues to be made is now, more than two weeks into this we continue to allow open commercial air flights from countries that have been stricken by Ebola. That doesn't make any sense, we have upwards of 150 people a day coming from countries with live, active Ebola outbreaks."

Cruz on the appointment of Ron Klain: “we should be less concerned about giving the public the feeling that the government is on top of this and more concerned about the government actually being on top of it. And this is a manifestation. We don't need another White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been.”

Cruz on his support of the Kurdish Peshmerga: “the Obama administration keeps focusing on Syrian rebels, many of whom have far too close ties to radical Islamic terrorists for it to make any sense for us to be supporting them. The Kurds are allies and they are boots on the ground. And when we work with them in concert, they're ready to fight on the front line, along with serious airpower.”

Cruz on Republican success in the 2014 midterm elections: “I think it is far more likely than not that we will retake the Senate and retire Harry Reid.”

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

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October 19th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

NIH Director "No further cases" of Ebola in US

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, joins Candy Crowley to discuss the fight against Ebola in the US.

Text highlights, video, and a transcript of the discussion are below

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Fauci on a travel ban: “It would be very, very difficult if you lost control of easily tracking people.  You have got to look at the numbers to look about how many people are really trying to get into the country. We have 36,000 people in two months went to airports to get out of those three countries; 77 were blocked because of a health issue. When they investigated them, none of them had Ebola. A lot of them had malaria.  So, there's not a lot of people trying to get into the country.”

Fauci on known Ebola cases in the US: “No further cases. Just the two infections. So, we have two infections that have occurred here in the United States.”

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

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October 12th, 2014
12:34 PM ET

McCain ISIS "is winning, and we're not"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) join Candy Crowley to discuss the advancement of ISIS in the Anbar Province and Ebola in the US.

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Senator McCain on Ebola: “my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them. I would say that we don't know exactly who's in charge. There has to be some kind of czar.”

Senator McCain on the battle against ISIS: “First of all, they're winning and we're not. And the Iraqis are not winning, the Peshmerga, the Kurds are not winning, and there's a lot of aspects of this. But there has to be a fundamental re-evaluation of what we're doing because we are not - we are not degrading and ultimately destroying ISIS.”

Senator Sanders on US involvement in Iraq and Syria: “What I do not want, and I fear very much, is the United States getting sucked into a quagmire and being involved in perpetual warfare year after year after year.”

A full transcript of the interviews are available after the jump.
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October 5th, 2014
02:26 PM ET

Frieden: Ebola has caused "the largest CDC response in our history"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke to Crowley about preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States and finding a solution to the epidemic.

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Frieden on containing Ebola: “As of now the man in Dallas, who is fighting for his life, is the only patient to develop Ebola in the US. We know there are going to be concerns and rumors and we will track them down. We want people to be concerned, but appropriately concerned.”

Frieden on Thomas Eric Duncan and Ebola in the United States: “We’re confident we won’t see a large number of cases from this. We are concerned about a couple of family members who had very close contact with him when he was sick, but that’s something we’ll have to check each day, 21 days after the last day of contact.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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October 5th, 2014
01:35 PM ET

Senators Graham & Reed: ISIS, 2016, & sequestration

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), spoke to Crowley about the implications of sending American ground troops to combat ISIS, the sequestration, and the 2016 presidential candidate speculation.

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Senator Graham on arming and training the Free Syrian Army: “And at the end of the day, you cannot destroy ISIL in Syria without a ground component. And what we're doing with the Free Syrian Army is militarily unsound. To train these young men up in Saudi Arabia, without first establishing a no-fly zone to take Assad's airpower off the table will lead to their slaughter. It is immoral. There is no way that I can see how we fix the problem in Iraq and Syria without American ground troops.”

Senator Graham on a presidential bid in 2016: ” I know what it's like to run for president. I'm running for the Senate. I know what it takes to put an organization together, to put the money together. I have been with Senator McCain twice in this endeavor. I am nowhere near there. I am all in running for the Senate.”

Senator Reed on his opposition to sending US ground troops in Iraq: “I think the most effective way to use the best aspects of both countries is our superiority in the air, our ability for intelligence, for surveillance, for using that force and making sure - and getting the Iraqi forces up to speed so that they can conduct military operations on the ground.”

A full transcript of the interviews are available after the jump.
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October 3rd, 2014
01:27 PM ET

Senator Graham on CNN's State of the Union

This Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will be joining the program to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.  As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Graham will provide his input on the battle against ISIS and the necessary measures to defeat the insurgents.

Candy will also discuss President Obama's challenges domestically and abroad with four former White House Chiefs of Staff including Bill Daley of the Obama Administration (2011-12), Andrew Card of the Bush Administration (2001-06), Mack McLarty of the Clinton Administration (1993-94), and Ken Duberstein of the Reagan Administration (1988-89).

State of the Union with Candy Crowley airs Sunday at 9am and 12pm EST on CNN. 

September 28th, 2014
03:24 PM ET

White House Deputy NatSec Advisor on State of the Union

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Tony Blinken, White House Deputy National Security Advisor sits down with Candy Crowley to discuss U.S. security in the face of terrorism. As air strikes increase and a moderate coalition forms, the U.S. ramps up the fight against ISIS.  Crowley gets the White House reaction from Blinken.

 

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Blinken on the moderate opposition in Syria: "They need to be built up so that they can be a counterweight to Assad, and in the near term, they need to be built up so they can work on the ground to help deal with ISIL."

 

Blinken on U.S. efforts in the Middle East: “What we are doing is empowering local actors with some of the huge assets we can bring to this, like our airpower, intelligence, training and equipping, advising and assisting. And we're not falling into the al Qaeda trap of sending tens of thousands of Americans in, where they get bogged down, tied down, and bled, which is exactly what al Qaeda wants. We're being smart about this. This is a sustainable way to get at the terrorists. And it's also a more effective way.”

 

Blinken on sending U.S. troops to West Africa for Ebola: “The military can play a unique role in logistics, in organizing everything, in setting up a transit area outside of the immediate area of Ebola in Senegal to move equipment and people in, it's building treatment units, it's setting up an air bridge.”

Full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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September 28th, 2014
03:16 PM ET

Will Syria be "a long-term conflict"?

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, three different perspectives provide a comprehensive look at the U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the search for a military strategy. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, voted against President Obama's plan to arm and train rebels in Syria, fearing another open-ended U.S. involvement in the Muslim world.  Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers and former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns further explain the long and short term consequences of U.S. involvement.

 

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Senator Murphy  "Ultimately, I don’t think we have a partner in the Free Syrian Army who ultimately can win that fight militarily so I worry you get sucked into a long-term conflict”

 

Senator Murphy on Congressional authorization for military force: “That’s the check of a war without end is a Congress speaking for the American people that can put an end date on an authorization for military force or put a limitation so you can’t use ground troops”

 

Burns on allied commitment:we're facing a combined threat in Iraq and Syria. We can't protect the Iraqi state and prevent its dismemberment if we're not effective in Syria.  And that's the roll of the dice for President Obama. He's right to strike Syria from the air. Will we be able to train enough Syrian fighters, with help from appropriations from the Congress, to make a difference in combating ISIS in its own backyard, which is Syria? Will we be able to get some of those European allies?”

 

Meyers on US strategy and exit plan: “when you start putting limitations on your strategy, especially in public, that's beneficial to your adversary.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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September 21st, 2014
11:36 AM ET

Tony Blair on ISIS, Obama, & Russia

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair talks exclusively to Candy Crowley about British involvement in the fight against ISIS, and what the latest videos tell us about the militant group’s intentions.

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Blair on the strategy to combat ISIS: "It's now very obvious – from Syria, from Libya, from everything that's happening in the world – that this problem isn't going away, and I think you'll find that the policy undergoes a process of evolution, where people realize in different situations you're having different strategies, and there may be situations in which we are prepared to use combat force"

Blair on fighting ISIS with troops on the ground: “You certainly need to fight groups like ISIS on the ground.  It is possible that those people who are there locally and who have the most immediate interest in fighting ISIS can carry on the ground offensive against them. But, look, the - this - this will evolve over time, I'm sure.  And I'm sure that the leadership, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, will make sure that whatever is necessary to defeat ISIS is done.”

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