July 31st, 2012
06:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Santorum defends Romney's trip, expects convention speaking slot

(CNN) – Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania defended Mitt Romney's recent overseas trip for its overall strength Tuesday and stated he expected to receive a speaking slot at the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Interviewed by CNN's senior correspondent Joe Johns on "The Situation Room," Santorum put aside their bitter Republican primary battles to laud Romney's support of U.S. allies.

April 4th, 2012
07:18 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney pivots toward general election

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney changes gears from focusing on his GOP rivals to the president and the general election, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • The Situation Room
March 20th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Bachmann: GOP needs to 'unify quickly'

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Tuesday said it's time for the party to rally behind one presidential nominee.

"At this point, we would be better off if we could unify around a candidate, whoever that candidate may be," Bachmann said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I will back whoever the people choose. But I think it's important for us to unify and unify quickly."

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Republicans • The Situation Room
BLITZER'S BLOG: Millions have already spoken
March 7th, 2012
04:43 PM ET
10 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Millions have already spoken

(CNN) – Even though the pundits and the headlines say Mitt Romney is only limping towards the delegates he needs, when you look at the popular vote the lines are a little more clearly drawn. The math seems to be in Romney’s favor, though none of the other candidates seem to be thinking about dropping out.

So far since Iowa and including the ten contests of Super Tuesday, 8,257,860 Americans have voted in the Republican presidential primaries and caucuses. That’s a lot of people who have spoken out.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Republicans • The Situation Room
April 14th, 2011
02:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Reid: Trump's not 'presidential caliber'

Washington (CNN) - Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, to the list of those pushing for Trump 2012.

"Oh, do I wish he would get the nomination," Reid told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview set to air Thursday. "Donald Trump running for president of the United States? I mean, I like the man just fine. But he's not presidential caliber."

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Harry Reid • The Situation Room
November 9th, 2010
07:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Paul pushes back on earmarks

Washington (CNN) – Newly-minted Kentucky Republican Senator-elect Rand Paul is fighting a Wall Street Journal article that he says misquoted him as supporting the use of earmarks.

"I never, ever said I would earmark and I will not use the earmark," Paul said in an interview with CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "No matter what the Republican Caucus says or what anybody does, I will not put earmarks on bill."

Filed under: 2010 • earmarks • Rand Paul • The Situation Room
November 8th, 2010
07:33 PM ET
12 years ago

Issa walks back comment calling Obama 'corrupt'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is walking back remarks he made on conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's show last month in which he called President Obama "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times."

In an interview with CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room, Issa initially said, 'It was a campaign and I make no bones about it - if I had to do it over again I'd have parsed my words a little more carefully."

November 1st, 2010
06:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Kaine stands firm on Dems keeping both houses

(CNN) - In an election eve interview, Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine remained upbeat about the Democrats' chances in what pollsters are predicting will be a tough midterm for the party that won big two years ago.

"We're seeing some of those tough predictions," Kaine told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer in an interview on The Situation Room. But, Kaine said "We believe we'll hold on to both houses."

Filed under: 2010 • Congress • Democrats • The Situation Room
October 20th, 2010
03:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Wilson blasts Cheney as 'traitor'

Washington (CNN) - Former CIA covert operations officer Valerie Plame, whose identity was revealed during a 2003 scandal regarding intelligence gathering prior to the Iraq war, and her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, are speaking out about what happened in the aftermath of the incident.

In an interview with CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room, while promoting their new movie about their ordeal, "Fair Game," Wilson called Vice President Dick Cheney a "traitor" and claimed Cheney "betrayed the national security of our country" for being involved in leaking Plame's covert identity.

Wilson insists Cheney was involved in the disclosure, although the only person who has admitted to breaking Plame's cover is Richard Armitage, the former Deputy Secretary of State who said he leaked her name inadvertently to journalist Robert Novak

Read more of Blitzer's interview:

Filed under: issues • Joseph Wilson • The Situation Room • Valerie Plame
October 15th, 2010
12:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Wolf's pick: Condi, the Cleveland Browns and the N-word

Editor's warning: This report about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's book about growing up in the segregated South contains language you may find offensive, including the N-word. Rice explained she had to use the word in an interview with CNN to accurately portray what happened at a football game in 1964. Should you continue reading, we must warn you that we have left her quote intact and have included the word in the story.

Washington (CNN) – It's not every day that you hear the former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, say the N-word. But she did during a taped interview with me that will air today in The Situation Room (5-7 p.m. ET).

We had a lengthy discussion about her new book, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family." It's the very powerful and moving story of her growing up in the segregated South – a story that's still hard to believe because it took place not all that long ago in the United States.


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