September 23rd, 2013
09:05 AM ET

Rep. King on Kenya mall attack: Can't send troops; can provide intelligence, weapons, training

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, appeared on “New Day” to talk latest in the ongoing attack by Al-Shabaab militants on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya and opened up about soft target concerns, radicalized Americans and American military support. Rep. King said that this attack was “the most sophisticated attack of this type since Mumbai.”

On homegrown terrorists, Rep. King said, “Chris, there’s been about 40 or 50 young Americans who have left St. Paul and Minneapolis to go to Somalia to be trained. In some cases, there was evidence that there were people in the mosques who knew about this. There was actually a facilitation process. Of that 40 to 50 who’ve gone over to be trained, we think at least 15 of them have been killed in fighting over in Somalia. The concern, as we said before, is that any of these would come back into the United States who would be in contact with operatives here in the United States, the FBI has been concerned about this. I’m assuming that they are right now really on top of this situation in St. Paul and Minneapolis to see if there’s any phone calls that have been made, any type of contact, any type of travel back and forth that’s been suspicious over the last several months. These are trained terrorists. These are Americans who went to Somalia to be trained as terrorists by Al-Shabaab.”

When Anchor Chris Cuomo if this attack will require military action, Rep. King replied, “I think it requires intelligence support. It requires training…. For instance, you have Al-Shabaab is also trained with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen. It’s had involvement with Boko Haram in Nigeria. And obviously we can’t be sending troops to all these places, but I think we can provide some support on the ground. Certainly, give them intelligence, give them weapons, if that’s important. Also, training. Training the local police. Training the local armies. Finding the elements within those societies we can work with.”

“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.

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February 13th, 2013
04:36 PM ET

Pelosi to Cuomo: Speaker Boehner is projecting his own failure onto President

CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo sits down with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss the ability of Democrats and Republicans to make an agreement and Congress’ reputation. Pelosi said that the country has to make more cuts, but the “other side” is at war with the government.

When Cuomo asks about Speaker John Boehner’s comment that President Obama is too weak to make spending cuts, Pelosi says, “I don’t understand that because he’s a gentleman, the Speaker is. That remark… was projecting onto the President his lack of being able to pass any bill that created jobs since he became Speaker."

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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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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 3rd, 2013
08:12 AM ET

Rep. Pallone: Boehner doesn't care about blue states NY, NJ

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) criticizes Speaker John Boehner for not bringing a Hurricane Sandy relief bill up for a vote on Tuesday because he thinks Boehner wanted to avoid too much spending at one time, opting for a more “obscure” piecemeal plan of lesser payments.

Rep. Pallone says, “I really think that the speaker doesn't care about New York and New Jersey. In other words, we're blue states. The fact of the matter is that he was afraid to bring this up yesterday, in my opinion, because the Tea Party and the right wing did not want to vote for the spending bill for New York or primarily for New York and New Jersey.”

Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

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December 5th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

Rep. Hensarling on revenue increase: "I'm not voting for it"

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he is not going to vote for an expiration of tax cuts for the top two percent.

Rep. Hensarling says, “The President’s going to get his revenue one way or the other. House Republicans will do everything we can to minimize the damage to our economy. We know that by raising the rates on the top two brackets, as the President wants to do – Ersnt & Young says will cost middle income workers at least two percent off their paychecks, lose another 700,000 jobs. That’s not something Republicans are going to be a part of. But, the president obviously is going to get some revenue. There’s nothing we can do to stop that. It’s written into current law. But the bottom line is you can’t solve this problem through revenue. The President’s not being serious. He’s moving the goal post. He started out saying he wanted a ‘balanced approach.’ So, the President’s going to get some kind of revenue. I’m not voting for it. But he’s going to get it anyway. The question is where are his spending reductions? He hasn’t put that on the table.”

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

November 15th, 2012
09:06 AM ET

Rep. Heck: Condoleeza and Susan Rice both had wrong information

Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that both former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Ambassador Susan Rice had wrong information when handling the claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the events leading up to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, respectively.

O’Brien asks, “You’ve lost me completely. Let’s back up again. I’m sorry. Forgive me. But you’ve lost me. So in both cases, you have someone who says, we had intelligence, the intelligence was wrong, what I said was wrong because the intelligence was wrong. How is this not analogous to Ambassador Susan Rice and Condoleeza Rice?”

Rep. Heck says, "Because nobody came out and said Condoleeza Rice had nothing to do with the situation. Here’s the difference. Is that they put forward really a sacrificial lamb in Ambassador Rice. Somebody who’d go out, make statements and then they could claim deniability after the information was proven to be wrong.”

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

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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.

November 14th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Gingrich: Pelosi has delivered for Obama, "probably will stay;" Petraeus made "human mistake"

Newt Gingrich opens up about the future of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the controversy over David Petraeus. Later in the interview, Newt and Callista Gingrich discuss their new books.

Gingrich says, “My hunch is that the president will ask [Nancy Pelosi] to stay and then she'll stay. But I think he sees a team he's worked with for four years. She and Harry Reid have delivered for him consistently, and my guess is he'll say to her, can't you stay a little bit longer, and my guess is she probably will stay.”

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

November 14th, 2012
08:32 AM ET

Rep. Steve Israel on Pelosi, fiscal cliff compromise and LIPA

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) says that he hopes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi retains her position and discusses the impending fiscal cliff and LIPA power outages.

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks about Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) statement that President Obama does not have a mandate from the election, Rep. Israel responds, “Solutions have a mandate. This election was about solutions. People are tired of the gridlock…. Compromise has a mandate. And so we go into a new session of Congress and we go towards this fiscal cliff, again, having stated we want compromise. We want solutions. We want - and by the way, in this election, most of the Tea Party generals, you know, the icons of the Tea Party, they ended up getting defeated in this election, and so that's the mandate we have.”

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

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