GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain admits he misspoke about what he would do with terrorist detainees at Gitmo. His message at last night's CNN GOP Presidential Debate was a lot different than what he said earlier in the day. Anderson grilled Cain about that and more after the debate.
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During the CNN Republican Presidential Debate, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney had an intense argument over Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts.
Gov. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney get in a heated exchange over illegal immigration during the GOP debate in Las Vegas, and Perry makes it personal.
Reporter's Note: President Obama continues his swing through Virginia and North Carolina. I continue writing letters to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
I’ve been studying a map of the country and comparing it to your travel schedule since mid-August, (Oh yes, I’m nothing but fun at a party!) and I’ve noticed something that is…well, not unexpected, but a bit disconcerting anyway.
Almost every one of your domestic journeys in that period has been to states that you won in the last presidential race. The blue states. In red states? The odds of seeing you in person seem about equal to the chances of spotting Big Foot. You made one trip to Texas, but that’s nothing compared to all the visits you paid to blue states…and in particular to blue states that you flipped from Republican to Democratic in 2008. No wonder the Republicans are accusing you of campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime!
Now, granted, every president does some version of this. They use the office to pull of a little political sleight of hand; “Aw shucks, I’m just out here promoting my policies, trying to help out all Americans, and whoops! Hey, look, I just got re-elected!”
So why is it any more of an issue with you than it is with any of them? I guess it is not, if your goal is to be just like any other president. But from the beginning, you’ve always sold the idea that you are supposed to be different; a uniter, a post-partisan, a Chief Executive for everyone, including those who did not support you.
On those promises alone, you probably need to be spending more time in the red states; not because it will win any more votes for you there (although it might) but rather because it is what you promised, and because…even in terms of strategy…it is the right thing to do. More trips to the red states would be a way of saying, especially to all those Independent, middle voters whom you need, “I meant what I said about uniting this country, and I still believe.”
Sure, maybe the Congressional Republicans have refused to play along with you, but a whole lot of voters in red states may be a whole lot more willing to listen to and maybe support you, but you’re going to have to show that you have as much faith in them…as they had in you last time around.
Anyway, safe travels. Call if you can.
AC360° producer Ben Finley gives a tour of the CNN set prior to the Western Republican Debate in Las Vegas. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET when the candidates take the stage with Anderson Cooper moderating the discussion.
Editor's note: David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been an adviser to four presidents. He is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Follow him on Twitter: @David_Gergen. Michael Zuckerman is David Gergen's research assistant. Watch the GOP debate Tuesday night at 8 ET on CNN.
(CNN) - As GOP presidential candidates gather in Las Vegas Tuesday night for another key debate, pressure is mounting on them to address spreading public protests against Wall Street. How they answer could shape the political landscape from here to the November elections.
Republicans haven't had to pay much attention to Occupy Wall Street till now - they could afford to sniff that the crowds in Zuccotti Park looked more like Woodstock than Wall Street. But as demonstrations have sprung up across the U.S. and Europe, reverberating through social media and gaining more serious attention from mainstream media, politicians must pay more attention.
Editor's note: Todd Graham is the director of debate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has coached his teams to national championships and has been honored with the Ross K. Smith national debate coach of the year award. Graham has analyzed presidential debates for five elections.
Tune in for the CNN Republican Debate at 8 p.m. ET.
(CNN) - Well, Todd, who won? I hear that question a lot after presidential debates. And with the sheer number of debates in the campaign for the Republican nomination, it may get to the point where everyone feels qualified to give an opinion as a debate expert.
But as an actual debate expert, I can tell you there is something of an art to determining who won, who blew it and who's still alive. Here's what you should watch for if you're keeping score at home:
Argument depth. Get beneath the surface. Seriously, I love the 9-9-9 plan. It's catchy, it rhymes and Herman Cain says it with such pleasure that it's hard not to like the idea. I've even instituted my own 9-9-9 plans wherever I can - into my dinner recipes, into my golf game, and even into my workouts. But then a friend asked me how Cain's 9-9-9 plan would raise the same amount of revenue that our government currently brings in without increasing the burden on either the middle class or the poor. And I couldn't answer the question. I was so mesmerized by the catch phrase of the day that I failed to note that Cain had not gone into depth about his plan. You can do better with one simple test: Did the candidate talk in glittering generalities about their ideas, or did he or she provide specifics?
Time-lapse video shows the construction of the set for the CNN Republican debate in Las Vegas. Watch Anderson Cooper moderate at 8 p.m. ET tonight.
Herman Cain is the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, so it's understandable that he loves a fresh pie. It's the jokes, songs and pizza puns that have landed on Anderson Cooper's RidicuList.