Wilmington, Delaware (CNN) - Delaware Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says she's "matured" since her now well-known appearances on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher back in the 1990's. But she acknowledged in an exclusive interview with CNN that the resurfaced clips have forced her to reinvent herself in the final weeks of the campaign.
"I haven't been embarrassed. And I'm not saying that I'm proud," O'Donnell said. "I've matured in my faith. I've matured in my policies. Today you have a forty something woman running for office. Not a 20 year old. So that's a big difference," she added.
Watch the full interview, after the jump:
Washington (CNN) - Walter Mondale, vice president during the Carter administration, has some advice for President Obama if he wants to win a second term: drop the teleprompter.
"He's got to connect with the American people," Mondale said, in an interview with CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
Programming note: Watch the full interview on "The Situation Room" tonight beginning at 5 p.m. ET
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that it would be a "mistake" for Democrats to underestimate the Tea Party movement.
"In their purest form the Tea Partiers are saying, 'I've been let down by big business and big government. I've been let down because the big banks were bailed out but nobody helped me. And the government that bailed them out, they're doing fine, they all have a job, they make their mortgage payments, have health care, send their kids to college. I want reform in both,'" Clinton said.
The former president, though, also lashed out at the movement, saying that its founders "tend to be pretty far-right extremists whose goal is to destroy the power of government to mediate the power of corporations."
Washington (CNN) - It's amazing how formidable Bill Clinton remains. He's very much a political force in the country. He will be deeply involved in helping Democrats in the weeks leading up to the November 2 elections.
Clinton can certainly raise money for candidates but, more importantly, he can help deliver votes. I think it's fair to say many - not all, but many - Democrats in deep trouble right now would welcome some help from him. They might even prefer him over President Obama in their districts.
I've been thinking about him because I will be in New York Tuesday at his Clinton Global Initiative to interview him. It will be my third interview with him this year. I spent some time with him in Washington on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and, more recently, at the Fortune-Time-CNN Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.
(CNN) - Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said Monday that Americans ought to form objective opinions about the planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero because they risk coming out on the wrong side of history if they don't.
"We have to separate the emotion from it because sometimes if we just let emotion take over and run things, the wrong decisions get made," Moore told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.
"We always seem to get it wrong at first, whether that was with slavery, killing Indians, women not voting," Moore added. "We're not very good at the beginning of these things, we're really great though as we move along. "
The full interview will air Monday in the 6 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room.
Washington (CNN) - Even as many pollsters predict sweeping gains for the Republican Party this November, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is striking an optimistic tone, saying the party's achievements over the last two years will resonate with voters.
"Is the climate tough? Sure it is, because too many people are hurting. But we think as the voters start making decisions about who they're going to vote for, they're making a choice. It's a choice between the Democratic Party, which has done heavy lifting to take an economy that was shrinking and get it back to growing," Kaine told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Anchor of "The Situation Room."
"We can't afford to go back and put the keys back into the hand of the party that ran us into this recession and this lost decade. I think voters will understand," he said.
Kaine will deliver a national address on Wednesday to kick off the 2010 fall mid-term election campaign season at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
(CNN) - Patricia DiCarlo, a Senior Producer for CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, has been named the program's new Executive Producer, CNN announced Tuesday.
DiCarlo's 15 years in broadcast journalism have spanned important producing positions from WFLA and WTVT in Tampa to the Oprah Winfrey show in Chicago.
DiCarlo also ran one of the largest newsrooms in Washington, DC as Executive Producer at WTTG-TV.
(CNN) - In an interview just taped for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Austan Goolsbee, one of President Obama’s top political advisors and the chief economist for the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board, said he doesn’t anticipate a double dip recession.
But the economist added that economists should be “mindful” of the possibility.
The full interview will air this afternoon on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer starting at 5 p.m. ET.
BLITZER: How worried are you about a double dip recession?
GOOLSBEE: I don't think we will have a double dip recession. But it's –clearly anybody should keep their eye on that. You saw at the Jackson Hole fed conference in Wyoming that the - the fed is - is
eying that. The central bankers from around the world are paying attention to it. I think if we passed a small business recovery bill, if we do what the president is asking and extend the middle class tax
cuts, and if we go with his export initiative - he's outlined various ideas to promote exports. I don't think we will have a double dip recession. But it's clearly something we've got to - we've got to be mindful, and we've got to prevent.