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November 22nd, 2011
10:48 PM ET

Video: GOP debate memorable moments

Watch the best moments and most controversial statements made at the CNN Republican National Security Debate.

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November 22nd, 2011
07:55 PM ET

Letters to the President #1037: 'Hecklers'

Reporter's Note: The president had to stop speaking today during a public appearance because a crowd of hecklers took over the room briefly.

Dear Mr. President,

I have to admit I was not happy with those protestors shouting you down during your speech today. I fully respect their right to voice their opinions. I have nothing against their cause. But I think the world gets pretty darn unworkable fast when any group decides that it will simply not allow someone else to talk.

Yelling over someone else’s voice, whether in a public or private setting, I’ve always thought does nothing to prove your point. To the contrary, it implies weakness. It suggests that your ideas are so ill-formed, so fragile that they can not withstand the logic of even hearing someone else’s position.

It reminds me of arguments in grade school when “right” was decided by who was the loudest.

But on top of that, one of the hallmarks of our country always has been, and should be, a certain respect for the presidency which supersedes what any of us may feel about any person who happens to be filling the position. We violate this national sense of decorum when we yell at our top elected official as if he is a Little League Umpire. What’s more, I feel as if we demean ourselves. We make our whole country seem smaller when we resort to the kind of tactics I expect more from the Taiwanese parliament.

People don’t have to agree with the president. But it seems we ought to respect him nonetheless.

Anyway, it just struck me as bad form when they started making all that noise, and I thought you handled it as well as it could be handled.

Hope your week is going well.

Regards,
Tom

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz
November 22nd, 2011
07:10 PM ET

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Since Saturday, thousands of people have returned to Tahrir Square and in cities all across Egyptto demand an end to the military-led government. The situation turned violent when protesters threw stones at police, and the security forces countered by firing rubber bullets and throwing tear gas. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi spoke today and said the military has not fired one bullet against an Egyptian, and a spokesman for the Health Ministry said 29 people have been killed since Saturday and 1,785 injured. Tantawi also said the military has approved the Egyptian cabinet’s resignation and will hold parliamentary elections next week as planned. The presidential elections will be held before June. We spoke to Ben Wedeman yesterday about the violent clashes.

Even though earlier this year the congressional super committee vowed that failure was not an option, the bipartisan group was unable to come up with a plan — we’re Keeping Them Honest.

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Gingrich at top of pack for first time in CNN polling
November 22nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Gingrich at top of pack for first time in CNN polling

Editor's note: Republican presidential candidates take on national defense, the economy, international relations and terrorism issues in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, moderated by Wolf Blitzer at 8 p.m. ET. Watch the AC360° post-debate show at 10 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich tops the list in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International Poll released on the eve of a CNN presidential debate focusing heavily on national security and foreign affairs also indicates Republicans consider the former House Speaker the most qualified GOP candidate to be Commander-in-Chief.

See full results (PDF)

According to the survey, 24% of Republicans and independent voters who lean towards the GOP say they are most likely to support Gingrich for their party's nomination, with 20% saying they back Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is making his second bid for the presidency.

Gingrich's four point margin over Romney is within the survey's sampling error. A CNN poll released one week ago had Romney at 24% and Gingrich at 22%. Gingrich was at just 8% in a CNN poll in October.

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Much to gain and lose in CNN national security debate
November 22nd, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Much to gain and lose in CNN national security debate

Editor's note: Republican presidential candidates take on national defense, the economy, international relations and terrorism issues in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, moderated by Wolf Blitzer at 8 p.m. ET. Watch the AC360° post-debate show at 10 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) – The Republican presidential candidates face off Tuesday night just a few blocks from the place they all hope to call home: the White House.

The candidates share the stage at DAR Constitution Hall, just down the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. CNN is teaming up with leading Republican-leaning think tanks Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute to host a debate that focuses heavily on national security and foreign policy issues, but which will also include top economic concerns, including the failure of the congressional super committee to find agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the country's long-term debt.

The debate is the 11th major showdown between the Republican candidates and the first in 10 days.

It's also the first in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is firmly among the front-runners in national surveys, deadlocked with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the top spot in the nomination race.

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November 22nd, 2011
10:37 AM ET

Video: Constitution Hall debate time lapse

This time lapse shows how historic Constitution Hall in Washington was transformed for CNN's Republican National Security Debate. The candidates take on national defense, the economy, international relations and terrorism issues at 8 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for the AC360 post-debate show at 10 p.m. ET.


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