Washington (CNN) - Who wouldn't take a company-paid trip to Florida in November? So I'm going but, no beach involved.
This Sunday in Miami I'll be interviewing former President George W. Bush and his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. To tell you the truth, even after decades of doing interviews, including many with George W. Bush, I'm a little nervous.
"We saw a convergence of events that created a perfect storm against the Democrats," Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "What this was all about, and understandably so, was a referendum on 9.5 percent unemployment… We had not made enough progress."
(CNN) - Most Republicans agree on at least one thing - that the health care reform legislation passed last year should be repealed - and two prominent governors are no exception.
"I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country," Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota said on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - The man in charge of electing Republicans across the country tried to lower expectations Sunday, saying if Republicans win 37 seats in the House and remain in the minority, it will still be a success for the party.
Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday and said he would also consider a 39-seat pick-up, where Republicans would become the majority, a victory.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Explosive devices in cargo packages addressed to Chicago, Illinois, destinations appear to have been designed to detonate on their own, without someone having to set them off, the top White House counterterrorism official told CNN on Sunday.
John Brennan, President Barack Obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, said on CNN's "State of the Union" program that the sophisticated explosives could have been intended to blow up the air cargo planes carrying them, as suspected by British authorities.
"It is my understanding that these devices did not need somebody to detonate them," Brennan said, adding that U.S. authorities continued to investigate.
CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley co-hosts the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Senate debate on CNN this morning. We'll be live blogging throughout the hour RIGHT HERE.
Candidates in the race and on stage: Republican Marco Rubio, Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and independent Gov. Charlie Crist.
9:02a: Unemployment: Crist: "plenty of blame to go around."
9:03a: Support a second stimulus? Meek: stimulus was set to be the floor not a "silver bullet" in Florida.
9:04a: Meek: trust president's judgment in picking own economic team.
9:07a: Crist: we need tax cuts, we need to rein in government spending- recovery act included tax cuts... "people forget that."
Okay first off, in terms of your taxes next year, if you make a return of $250,000 a year, David Axelrod made it sort of clear that they still want taxes to go up, which is another way of saying that they are going to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the upper income level. But then I asked him if there was any wiggle room in that position, and he said, “You heard my answer.” I still don’t know if there is any wiggle room in that position, but you don’t know if there is wiggle room until you start getting into negotiations. But, nonetheless, right now the administration is sort of sticking by “people who make more than $250,000 shouldn’t have their tax cuts continue, everybody else under that, yes.”