November 15th, 2012
08:32 AM ET

Rep. Van Hollen: Romney "gifts" comment "another mistake"

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) weighs in on fiscal cliff debate, violence in Gaza and how Mitt Romney’s comments that President Obama won reelection because he gave a lot of gifts to voters “were way off base.”

Rep. Van Hollen says, “With respect to allowing young people to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until their 26 – if I recall right, Governor Romney said hey that was a part of the Affordable Care Act, a part of Obamacare that he was going to try to keep.”

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

October 25th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

DNC Chair on Moran, Mourdock and North Carolina polls

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) weighs in on a video showing Patrick Moran detailing voter fraud, controversial rape comments from Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and polls showing Mitt Romney taking a lead in North Carolina.

Wasserman Schultz says that Moran’s comments are ‘indefensible’ and goes on to point out the ‘deep-seated, wide’ voter fraud by the Republicans.

On Mourdock’s rape comments, Wasserman Schultz says, “I think it impacts the race because it’s another example of how deeply imbedded the extremism is when it comes to women’s health in the Republican party, whether it’s Todd Akin’s comments about legitimate rape or Richard Mourdock’s comments that a pregnancy resulting from rape is a gift from God. Mitt Romney, the only candidate that he's cut a spot for and has an ad running, is Richard Mourdock. He’s only had his spokesperson say he doesn’t agree with his views. Even John McCain has pulled his endorsement of Richard Mourdock and says that he won’t return the endorsement, unless Richard Mourdock apologizes. Mitt Romney hasn’t asked Moudock to apologize. He hasn’t pulled his ad or his endorsement. And that’s because Mitt Romney has said things like he’d be delighted to sign a total ban on abortion. So women should be very concerned about whether or not Mitt Romney would be supportive of their health.”

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

October 22nd, 2012
03:45 PM ET

John Berman deconstructs debate body language

CNN Anchor John Berman examines President Obama and Mitt Romney's body language from the first two debates, in anticipation of tonight's third, and final, debate.

Tune in to The Situation with Wolf Blitzer tonight from 4-7p ET to see what to watch out for when the candidates square off.

October 10th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

Pres. Obama rep.: Politicizing Libya attack "unfortunate"

President Obama Campaign Traveling Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the administration has fully cooperated with the State Department and Congress regarding the Libya consulate attack. Later in the interview, Psaki explains why the campaign has “blinders on” when it comes to the polls.

Psaki says, “Well, look, I think that’s quite a heady accusation from Congressman Chaffetz and I know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been out there making outrageous political accusations as well. The fact is, to the President and to the administration, this is not a political issue. No one wants to get to the bottom of this more than the President. He knew Chris Stevens. He knew the great work he was doing in Libya. He knows how hard our diplomats have been working. And that’s why we’ve been fully cooperating with not only a State Department investigation but fully cooperating with Congress. The fact is, we’re providing information – not even me, I don’t even work in the administration anymore – but the administration is providing information they had access to at the time. And the intelligence community has come out and said that this was an organized act of terrorism. But for us, it’s not political. For the President, it’s not political. And it’s unfortunate it’s being brought to that.”

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

September 18th, 2012
08:58 AM ET

Pres. Obama rep. on Romney leak: "It was a deep chasm"

Pres. Obama Campaign National Co-Chair & former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland responds to the leaked video of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraising dinner.

Strickland says, “Well, it wasn’t a bump in the road, it was a deep chasm, in my judgment. And quite frankly, what the Governor said is very significant because it reveals something about his value system. For him to speak with such disdain about so many Americans and he wants to be our President? Some of those people that he was talking about, Soledad, are soldiers that are risking their lives at this very moment in Afghanistan. Some of those people he was talking about in such a disdainful way are older people. ow can this man who wants to be president talk in such a disdainful way about half of the American people, and then hope to pull this country together and to be our president.”

He continues, “He’s very sly…. Many people don’t pay income taxes because they’re so poor they don’t make enough money to be able to pay income taxes. But they pay payroll taxes, they pay state taxes, they pay excise taxes. This man apparently feels that if you’re not a part of his social class or you don’t have his economic status, that somehow you’re a parasite.”

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

September 15th, 2012
09:33 AM ET

Clint Eastwood on RNC: When you're my age...

Actor Clint Eastwood speaks with CNN in his first television interview since the RNC, telling CNN that he does not care about the reaction to his stand up routine at the Republican convention, which drew more attention on the night Mitt Romney accepted the presidential nomination.
"One advantage of being my age is that you know what can they do to ya?" said Eastwood, 82. "You just have fun and do what you think and then you can say what you think, you don't have to edit yourself."

In CNN interview, Eastwood stands by RNC speech
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September 13th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Rep. Hoyer: Romney made 'reckless statements without the facts,' re: Libya

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talks about the crisis across the Middle East and Mitt Romney’s statement on President Obama’s reaction to the tragic events.

Rep. Hoyer says, “It is clear, however, that Mr. Romney responded not to a statement of the administration, not a statement of policy, but of a statement made at the embassy in Benghazi in an attempt to quiet trouble. It is ironic that Mr. Romney, who in his response at the convention to his nomination said one of the first things he was going to do was defense of religion, to make sure our first amendment and respect for all religions was paid attention to and was honored. Frankly, it would seem that the statement of the personnel at the embassy in trying to quiet, was expressing that very American principle that Mr. Romney said was so important. So I think the president's response was measured, very frankly, last night.”

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

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August 28th, 2012
09:31 AM ET

Rep. Duffy (R-WI): "Romney might be a little stiff," but "ideas are great"

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) tells CNN Anchor John Berman that although Romney is “a little stiff,” his “ideas are great” and that’s what Americans care about.

Rep. Duffy says, “I think when you marry up like I did and Mitt Romney did, your wife says a lot about who you are and I think she humanizes him and brings a different vision of who Mitt Romney is. Some see Mitt as a kind of a stiff guy who is not very relaxed.”

Berman interjects, “Do you?”

Duffy responds, “Well, he comes across that way sometimes. I mean, the ideas are great. But when he’s by Paul Ryan or his wife he seems to loosen up a little bit. He seems more natural. She's going to show that side of Mitt Romney tonight.”

Berman follows up, “What does it say that this guy has been running for president for five years, he is a still seen as stiff by so many people, by the way, apparently including you?”

Duffy answers, “Listen, though he might be a little stiff, I think Americans care about policy. Can this guy lead a recovery? Can he put American back to work? Can he help us get on a trajectory to balance with our debt?”

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

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August 24th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Romney Revealed - Family, Faith and the Road to Power airs Sunday

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger reports  on the life, politics, and mission of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, for a 90-minute documentary airing on the eve of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Borger's insightful profile includes interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney, eldest son Tagg, and former gubernatorial chief of staff, former campaign manager, and closest aide Beth Myers for an intimate look at a personal side of the candidate as father, family man, business leader, politician, and man of faith.  Adding commentary about Romney’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns for president are senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, CNN contributor and Romney 2008 campaign adviser Alex Castellanos, CNN contributor Erick Erickson, and Democratic consultant Tad Devine. 

Borger also speaks with former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) about Romney’s run for the U.S. Senate against his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and reviews Romney’s tenure as Governor of Massachusetts, CEO of the 2002 Olympics Organizing Committee, his missionary work, as well as his current history-making campaign.

ROMNEY REVEALED: FAMILY, FAITH AND THE ROAD TO POWER premieres Sunday, August 26 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/US.

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July 31st, 2012
08:19 AM ET

Rep. Cummings on Romney's trip: "Not ready for primetime;" Palestinian comment "quite offensive"

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) shares his impressions of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's international tour and his thoughts on differing tax cut plans with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

Rep. Cummings says, “I would summarize it: not ready for primetime. Clearly, the comment in England about the Olympics – you would think that someone who dealt with the Olympics here in the United States would be much more sensitive with regard to those kind of issues to go into a country and criticize the organizers. Then I found the Palestinian comment to be quite offensive and I can understand the feelings of the Palestinians. And now, this fellow here in Poland, making the comment that he made –You know, but the one thing that we’re forgetting – you’ve got a really frustrated press corp. that have only had three questions answered by Mr. Romney during this trip.”

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

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