January 14th, 2013
06:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden spoke with Newtown families, son says

(CNN) – Following a week of White House meetings on the gun control debate, Vice President Joe Biden spoke this weekend with family members of victims from last month's Newtown, Connecticut shooting, his son said Monday.

"My father's spent a lot of time working with all the stakeholders, from the NRA to sportsmen to victims to survivors," Beau Biden, attorney general of Delaware, said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "He was on the phone with many of the survivors of the tragedy in Connecticut."

Filed under: Beau Biden • Gun rights • Joe Biden • TV-The Situation Room
McCain criticizes Hagel's 'worldview,' but hopes friendship still there
Sen. John McCain and then-Sen. Chuck Hagel pictured together in 2001.
January 8th, 2013
08:19 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain criticizes Hagel's 'worldview,' but hopes friendship still there

Washington (CNN) – In 2000, Chuck Hagel and John McCain were both serving as Republican senators, each with a reputation as a Vietnam War hero unafraid of bucking his own party.

That year, Hagel broke with most of his fellow GOP senators to back McCain's bid for the GOP presidential nomination, which he ultimately lost to George W. Bush. While introducing McCain's speech at the 2000 GOP convention in Philadelphia, Hagel lauded the Arizona lawmaker as "a great Republican (and) a great American leader."

Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain • TV-The Situation Room
Priebus predicts 'granular' approach for party
December 11th, 2012
06:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Priebus predicts 'granular' approach for party

(CNN) -- Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said while the party's committee is not an organization to recommend policy changes to Congress, he believes messaging plays an important role and anticipates a more 'granular' approach to presenting GOP policies.

Priebus, who told RNC members in a letter last week he would seek re-election as the committee's leader, has said his party is planning an "autopsy" to locate areas where the GOP struggled to gain support in last month's elections.

Filed under: Reince Priebus • RNC • TV-The Situation Room
December 7th, 2012
07:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Video: Will the jobs report incentivize a deal on the fiscal cliff?

(CNN) - CNN's John King and Candy Crowley look at the political implications of Friday's jobs report, including whether it will incentivize lawmakers to make progress on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Jobs • TV-The Situation Room
December 7th, 2012
01:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Who'll shave his mustache next?

(CNN) – With David Axelrod's signature mustache now a piece of history, who will be the next political heavyweight to go under the razor for charity?

The answer came Friday, when the top Obama adviser appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room" alongside Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.

December 4th, 2012
06:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Video: Fox courts 'President Petraeus' in 2011 audio

(CNN) - Did the head of Fox News encourage then-General David Petraeus to run for the White House? CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the buzz following an article published Tuesday in The Washington Post.

November 28th, 2012
07:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Blankfein says he wouldn't 'preclude' a raise in tax rates

(CNN) – Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said Wednesday he'd be open to moving the top marginal tax rate for families making above $250,000 a year from 35% to the Clinton-era level of 39.6% if it was an essential step to avoid the fiscal cliff.

"I think if that's what it took to make the math work, when you looked at the entitlement side and when you looked at the revenue side, I wouldn't preclude that," Blankfein said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "I think it's better to have as low a marginal rate as possible ... but if we had to lift up the marginal rate, I would do that."

November 13th, 2012
02:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Feinstein says she'll push for Petraeus to testify

(CNN) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, said she hopes to talk to Gen. David Petraeus and will urge him to testify on the Benghazi, Libya attacks as previously scheduled.

"I believe he will. I think he's a responsible person and I believe he will come. We are going to try to set that up today," she said in an interview to air Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Filed under: David Petraeus • Dianne Feinstein • FBI • Libya • Senate • TV-The Situation Room
October 15th, 2012
09:36 PM ET
2 years ago

VIDEO: Surrogates spar over Libya

(CNN) – Campaign surrogates for President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney sparred Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room" over the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

Filed under: 2012 • TV-The Situation Room
October 9th, 2012
09:43 PM ET
2 years ago

On Iran, Romney says he sees eye to eye with Netanyahu

(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Tuesday said that he would use the same test to evaluate Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program as would Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a wide-ranging interview on CNN's "The Situation Room," the Republican presidential nominee also defended his proposed U.S. tax model and shed light on how he would handle the civil war in Syria.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • TV-The Situation Room
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