December 9th, 2012
03:27 PM ET
8 years ago

Is a fiscal cliff deal possible – and what happens if it’s not?

(CNN) - With a little over three weeks left before the country could tumble over the fiscal cliff, and with a deal between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner not yet in place, a CNN panel Sunday with Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley hashed out what needs to happen for a deal to be reached, and the possible economic effects of heading over the edge.

Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said on “State of the Union” the initial impact of missing the January 1 deadline would likely not be "a big deal," as taxes may not immediately rise, but by February "things start to get uncomfortable." He noted the February deadline for raising the debt ceiling, saying it would be "cataclysmic" not to do so, and would cause a recession.

Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • TV-State of the Union
December 2nd, 2012
03:02 PM ET
8 years ago

Looking at a potential fiscal cliff deal and an early glance at 2016

(CNN) - With higher taxes and large spending cuts potentially just weeks away, a panel with CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday looked at whether Congress and the White House could come together to forge a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

A.B. Stoddard, associate editor of The Hill newspaper, said that discussions were moving backward rather than making any progress. She said Republicans feel that President Obama is "inflaming" the negotiations by taking his case directly to voters, as he did this week in Pennsylvania.

Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • TV-State of the Union
CNN panel discusses impact of Petraeus scandal, fiscal cliff negotiations
November 18th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN panel discusses impact of Petraeus scandal, fiscal cliff negotiations

(CNN) - The resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director over an extramarital affair continues to reverberate around Washington, and a panel on CNN's "State of the Union" said Petraeus' legacy would be a lasting influence on American foreign policy. The panel also discussed the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, with CNN's chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley, and looked at what is likely to happen regarding the upcoming fiscal cliff.

Gerald Seib , Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, said that Petraeus had been a role model for junior military officers and created the modern counterinsurgency theory that the military considers "gospel." Seib added that the blow to the Pentagon would be "considerable."

Filed under: David Petraeus
November 11th, 2012
02:42 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN panel reflects divide in GOP on party's future

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's loss in Tuesday's election has prompted a flood of opinions on the future of the Republican Party, many of which were on display Sunday during a panel moderated by CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley and senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash.

On one side was former Romney campaign adviser Carlos Gutierrez, who pushed for a move to the center by saying the election results were the consequence of the "far-right wing of the Republican Party."

Filed under: 2012 • Cathy McMorris Rodgers • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney
November 4th, 2012
02:13 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN panel takes final look at 2012 elections

(CNN) - With two days to go before Election Day, a panel on CNN's "State of the Union" with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley gave its final analysis Sunday on who would win the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.

Joining the panel was former deputy campaign manager of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, Steve Elmendorf, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, and PBS's Gwen Ifill.

Filed under: 2012 • TV-State of the Union
October 28th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
8 years ago

Looking at the polls & state of the campaign in the homestretch

(CNN) - It may be hard to figure out whether President Barack Obama or GOP nominee Mitt Romney is leading in the presidential race - but a panel with CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" made it clear that it will be a close election.

Republican pollster Bill McInturff said pollsters could not predict who would win based on recent polling, saying the race was "(within) a 1-point margin with …10 days left" and that it would be "hubris" to predict victory for either candidate. However, McInturff did predict we'll see the largest difference in voting by gender and ethnicity ever in a modern presidential election, with women and minorities supporting Obama. He also dismissed a recent Associated Press poll showing Obama and Romney tied among women voters with 47% each, calling it an "outlier."

Filed under: 2012 • Polls
October 21st, 2012
04:59 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN panel looks at the women's vote and previews foreign policy debate

(CNN) - With the election only two weeks away, both President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are giving strong attention to the critical women's vote, and a CNN panel with CNN's Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday's "State of the Union" looked at how both candidates were faring with women.

Referring to a recent Gallup poll showing Obama with only a one-point lead among likely swing-state female voters, Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said that Romney had "neutralized" the so-called gender-gap that Republican candidates usually have.

Filed under: 2012 • State of the Union
October 14th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN Panel tackles tax policies, the VP debate and state of the campaigns

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have widely different beliefs on taxes, and it is not clear how either plan would work, according to a CNN panel Sunday with chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

Grover Norquist, president of the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, said Romney's plan to lower marginal tax rates by lowering deductions and exemptions was in line with Norquist's "taxpayer protection pledge," which opposes income tax increases. Lowering rates across the board by 20%, said Norquist, was in line with what presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy did.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Burton • Grover Norquist • Mitt Romney • President Obama
October 7th, 2012
04:03 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN panel: What does the jobs report mean for the campaign?

(CNN) - In a week that looked like it would end with widespread criticism of President Barack Obama's debate performance, it instead closed with a slight boost to his campaign with Friday's surprising jobs report, according to a CNN roundtable.

The report, released by the Labor Department, showed that 114,000 jobs were added during the month of September, and that the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8%, down from 8.1% in August. The jobs report was less of a happy occasion for the president and more of a relief the week did not end with politically harmful jobs statistics, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin said Sunday on "State of the Union."

Filed under: 2012 • Economy • TV-State of the Union • unemployment
September 30th, 2012
07:57 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN Panel: What does Romney need to do to the change the race?

(CNN) - With 37 days to go before the presidential election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney needs a strong debate performance to change the course of his campaign, according to Sunday’s roundtable discussion with CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.

As polls continue to show Romney behind President Barack Obama, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos emphasized the importance of the first presidential debate on Wednesday, saying it is the first chance for voters to see Romney and the president one-on-one and figure out which of them is the “alpha dog.”

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