August 19th, 2010
09:56 PM ET
8 years ago

Graham: Obama born a Muslim, now a Christian

Washington (CNN) – Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, son of famed presidential religious adviser Billy Graham, said Thursday that he believes President Barack Obama is a Christian, but that the president was born a Muslim because of his father's religious beliefs.

Asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King if he had any doubts about Obama's Christian faith, Graham, who has made controversial comments about Islam in the past, said the president's background is fueling the false perception that he is a Muslim.

"I think the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name," Graham said on CNN's "John King, USA."

"Now it's obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed and he has renounced Islam and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That is what he says he has done, I cannot say that he hasn't. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said," Graham continued.

Earlier this year, the Army rescinded its invitation to Graham for the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon over controversial remarks he made about Islam.


Filed under: JKUSA • John King USA • President Obama
August 13th, 2010
07:10 PM ET
8 years ago

Quayle stands by 'worst president in history' critique

(CNN) - Arizona House candidate Ben Quayle on Friday stood by a statement in a new campaign ad that called President Obama "the worst president in history" but offered nothing more than Republican talking points to back the claim.

Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, shares his father's conservative values and is one of 10 Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Arizona's Third House district.

"He's an ideologue from a leftist bend," Quayle told CNN's John King in an interview to air Friday on John King USA. "I think that he's trying to take control of more parts of the private sector. He's trying to make government the answer to all the problems that we face when we should be focusing more on individual responsibility."

"I stand by my comment," he said of the campaign ad.


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle • JKUSA • John King USA
August 10th, 2010
07:33 PM ET
8 years ago

War of words between Sestak and Toomey continues

 Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak (left) and Republican Pat Toomey (right) each appeared Tuesday on CNN’s John King USA.

Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak (left) and Republican Pat Toomey (right) each appeared Tuesday on CNN’s John King USA.

(CNN) - The heated Senate race between Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey raged in two interviews Tuesday as each candidate blamed the other for the ongoing economic downturn.

The race is locked in a dead heat. A Quinnipiac University poll of Pennsylvania voters conducted last month indicated that race was tied at 43 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

Speaking to CNN's John King, Sestak accused Toomey, a former six-term congressman, of advocating for policies that crippled the U.S. economy.

" … When I came to Congress my first year is when the recession began I was also a damage control officer. Those six months after President Bush left the White House, we lost three million jobs because of the policies he and Congressman Toomey – my opponent – had pursued."

But Toomey argued that tax cuts drive the economy.


Filed under: 2010 • JKUSA • Joe Sestak • John King USA • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
August 9th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Duncan: When it comes to education, Americans have 'lost our way'

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday that other countries have outpaced the United States in education advancements because Americans have "lost our way" and not remained focused on improving education.

"When we led the world a generation ago we flat-lined. It's not that we've dropped, we're just stagnated," Duncan said in an interview on CNN's "John King USA."

"I think we became complacent and, frankly, I think we lost our way a little bit as a country. Other folks invested more, took this more seriously, and frankly I think we're paying a price of this in terms of the tough economic climate today."


Filed under: Arne Duncan • Education • issues • JKUSA • John King USA
August 9th, 2010
07:48 PM ET
August 4th, 2010
09:54 PM ET
August 3rd, 2010
09:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Bilbray, Moran stake out positions on 14th amendment

 Rep. James Moran and Rep. Brian Bilbray sparred over calls by some Republicans for a review of the 14th Amendment.

Rep. James Moran and Rep. Brian Bilbray sparred over calls by some Republicans for a review of the 14th Amendment.

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-California, joined a growing crowd of Republican lawmakers calling for a review of the 14th Amendment Tuesday.

Bilbray stopped short of calling for a constitutional amendment that would change the provision, which grants 'birthright' citizenship to anyone born in the Unites States, but told CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin that the law should be clarified.

"We should clarify the fact that those who are tourists do not fall under the category because they cannot be tried for treason," Bilbray said on CNN's John King USA during a panel discussion. "Rich tourists shouldn't be able to come in and buy citizenship. That's what it's really about."

But Rep. James Moran, D-Virginia, argued that the Republican lawmaker's motives are purely political.


Filed under: 2010 • Immigration • issues • JKUSA • John King USA
August 2nd, 2010
08:37 PM ET
July 30th, 2010
09:02 PM ET
8 years ago

Sen. McCain on immigration, elections

Filed under: Immigration • issues • JKUSA • John King USA • John McCain
July 29th, 2010
08:39 PM ET
8 years ago

Brewer 'relentless' about SB 1070

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer • JKUSA • John King USA
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