October 17th, 2014
05:17 PM ET

Report: Florida governor's debate hits the fan

A little appliance caused a big fuss at a Florida debate with Gov. Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, but Crist's fan isn't allowed on stage under the rules of an October 21 Florida governor's race debate that CNN is hosting in conjunction with Jacksonville affiliate WJXT.

The candidates were sent a memo on October 8 outlining the format, rules and logistical information for the debate. Among those rules: No electronic devices.

After being lampooned on social media with #fangate trending, Gov. Scott told CNN affiliate WPBF, "I think he was sweating and he needed a fan. I'm surprised he didn't try to ask for dry ice." Crist's campaign later started selling hand held fans that read, "I'm a fan of Charlie Crist."

Watch CNN on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. ET to see Jake Tapper co-host the next live, one-hour gubernatorial debate in Jacksonville, Fla. between the two candidates.

October 10th, 2014
01:32 PM ET

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks with Sen. Rand Paul about ISIS, Ebola, 2016 politics and more

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer spoke with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), following the senator’s meeting with NAACP leaders in Ferguson, Missouri. Highlights from the interview are after the jump. Blitzer’s full intv with Sen. Paul will air today in the 5 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.


CNN.com: What Rand Paul thinks is the 'biggest mistake' for GOP
October 9th, 2014
07:00 PM ET
October 8th, 2014
07:01 PM ET

Homeland Secy talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about ISIS and Ebola

After meeting with Pres. Obama, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson joined CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss Ebola, "When somebody travels from one of the three West African countries, even through a transit point, we know where they're coming from.  So we're able to track this." A full program transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS

CNN.com: Top Homeland Security official: ISIS hasn't crossed border into U.S.
October 6th, 2014
12:25 PM ET


As we head into the final stretch of the election season, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper will showcase the network’s America’s Choice 2014 coverage as they moderate debates for two of the nation’s most hotly contested races.

CNN is partnering with local affiliates WJXT-TV in Florida for the gubernatorial showdown between Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R). The network is also teaming up with the recently launched NH1 News / WBIN-TV in New Hampshire for the U.S. Senatorial debate between Scott Brown (R) and incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D).

During each broadcast, CNN will invite viewers to react to the candidates with an online focus group tool powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Following each debate, the online sentiment tracker will reveal independent, Democrat and Republican reaction, underlining highs and lows and which topics resonated most with viewers.

More debate details are below: FULL POST

September 29th, 2014
07:38 PM ET

Rep. Jason Chaffetz to CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "I've got deep concerns that the president is not as safe as we want and need him to be."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the news that the White House fence jumper made it inside. A highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full program transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS


CNN.com: Officials: Fence jumper made it into East Room of White House
September 24th, 2014
06:45 PM ET

Pentagon press secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby talks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about strikes on ISIS in Syria

As air strikes on ISIS in Syria concluded, Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby joined The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss the campaign. A highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full program transcript is posted  on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html FULL POST

September 22nd, 2014
08:19 PM ET

Homeland Secy. tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer the recent security risks at the White House are, " a series of troubling events"

Washington (CNN) - The militant group ISIS represents a "very significant potential threat to homeland security," and officials have a "good sense" of the individuals from the United States who are trying to travel to Syria and fight with the terrorist group, the secretary of Homeland Security said Monday on CNN.

"They are a dangerous organization that has acquired territory in Iraq and Syria from which they could launch attacks, train, command and control," Jeh Johnson said on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Visit http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/22/politics/dhs-secretary-isis/index.html for the full story.


Blitzer also asked Secy. Johnson about the recent security risks at the White House.  Blitzer questioned, "How could this happen, Mr. Secretary?" Johnson replied,"Well, that's what I’d like to know.  Director Pearson of the Secret Service has ordered, a security review which she will submit to me.  The Secret Service is part of the Department of Homeland Security.  I look forward to the findings and recommendations.  I'm going to wait till the facts are in before I draw any conclusions.  This is clearly, however, a series of troubling events." A full transcript of the program will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.

DHS chief: ISIS a "very significant potential threat" to homeland
September 18th, 2014
06:40 PM ET

President of Ukraine tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that U.S. has refused Ukraine's request for weapons

After his White House visit, Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko sat down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer to talk about the country's plea for substantive military aid.  A highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html FULL POST

September 11th, 2014
07:05 PM ET

National Security Advisor Susan Rice responds to James Foley's mother

National Security Advisor Susan Rice responds to James Foley's mother, Diane Foley, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:

"Well, Wolf, I've gotten to know Diane Foley well. And she and I have met on a number of occasions when I was ambassador in New York and here in Washington at the White House. She's an extraordinary woman. She did an job on behalf of her family and with her husband and - and other children, to do everything possible, leave no stone unturned to try to bring Jim home safely.

 We're all heartbroken that there was not possible. But I and others in the U.S. government worked very hard with Diane Foley and her family to try to be supportive, to try to provide what information we could. And, of course, as you know, the president ordered a very daring and very well-executed rescue operation when - on the only occasion we had what we thought was fresh and we hoped actionable intelligence about the whereabouts of Jim Foley and the other hostages.

Unfortunately, they were no longer there. But I think that effort, which involved hundreds of American personnel in a very sophisticated effort, underscores the importance that we attach to doing everything we possibly can to bring Americans in captivity back home."







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