January 19th, 2012
11:31 PM ET

Video: KTH: President Obama won't cut a penny?

Former Sen. Rick Santorum questions President Obama's deficit reduction efforts. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Keeping Them Honest • Raw Politics
January 19th, 2012
11:29 PM ET

Video: King explains opening Gingrich question

John King says that it was his decision to ask Gingrich about his ex-wife's allegation; David Gergen weighs in on the issue.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • David Gergen • John King
January 19th, 2012
11:21 PM ET

Video: SC debate fiery and fierce

The four GOP candidates face off in several tense exchanges over health care, tax records and their vision for America.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Raw Politics
January 19th, 2012
11:17 PM ET

Video: Santorum: Gingrich not focused

After the debate, Rick Santorum tells CNN's Gloria Borger that Newt Gingrich is not an effective leader.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
January 19th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Video: Gingrich: 'I'm happy with the debate'

Newt Gingrich tells CNN's Anderson Cooper he was 'happy' with the debate on Thursday in South Carolina.

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Raw Politics: Live from Charleston: The AC360 Debate Live Blog
January 19th, 2012
08:05 PM ET

Raw Politics: Live from Charleston: The AC360 Debate Live Blog

9:28 p.m.

Romney seems to be losing his debate mojo. He managed to slide through 16 of these like a pro - but tonight, it's starting to seem like he's answering some familiar questions for the very first time. The gap in audience reaction - the space between the boos he drew on the tax question and Gingrich's standing o's - is so wide you could drive a tricked-out campaign bus through it.

It isn't just that Newt Gingrich, who started out strong right from the top, has had a very good night so far. Mitt Romney's having a bad one.

9:14 p.m.

Gingrich's Hollywood slam is so tough it's easy to forget: he's a movie producer himself. Many times over.

9:09 p.m.

Releasing your tax returns is sort of like yanking off a band-aid. Quicker is better. Is Romney really opting to spend the next two months pulling it off? (ouch)

8:55 p.m.

Not the way you might've expected that to go: the Santorum slam on Gingrich drew a bigger crowd reaction than Gingrich's return serve.


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Tonight on AC360: A mega post-debate show
January 19th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: A mega post-debate show

Unless you've disconnected from all forms of communication today, you know there was a rapid succession of political breaking news:

  • Former Governor Rick Perry suspended his campaign and simultaneously announced his support for Newt Gingrich.
  • Mitt Romney's victory in the Iowa caucuses was actually Rick Santorum's win. The final tally from the Iowa GOP is 29,839 votes for Santorum and 29,805 votes for Romney – a difference of 34 votes.
  • Marianne Gingrich told ABC News and The Washington Post that her ex-husband, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, offered her an open marriage while he was having an affair with a woman named Callista Bisek – now his wife.
  • According to a Politico survey released Thursday morning, 37% of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters say they are backing Romney, with 30% supporting Gingrich. The poll indicates Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 11%, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at 10%, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 4% and 8% undecided.

What's the obvious link between these events? They're going to make for an edge-of-your -seat, finger-on-your-Tweet-button type of debate. With so much at stake, the Republican presidential candidates are going to feel the pressure to come out on top. Anderson Cooper and CNN's political team are standing by to offer their conclusions and look ahead to the big-picture impact. Anderson will be looking at the candidates' claims and Keeping Them Honest. Plus, he'll have a highly-anticipated interview with Newt Gingrich, and Gloria Borger will talk with Rick Santorum.

Tune in to CNN for the debate at 8 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the AC360 post-debate show.

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January 19th, 2012
07:02 PM ET

Letters to the President #1095: 'Share the campaign wealth'

Reporter's Note: The president is raising money hand over fist while his Republican challengers are doing the same. Economic slump? Not in election land.

Dear Mr. President,

I have spent much of the day looking at how much money you took in and spent to win the Oval Office, and I have to say, you were fleeced. $730 million for a job that pays $400-thousand? Do you realize that you’d have to be on the job for more than 1800 years to break even?

The money being spent to win the presidency, by you, the Republicans, and anyone else who wants to give it a try is obscene. You all walk around crying about the corrupting influence of money, all the while raking it in like there is no tomorrow.

I received a news release from the Occupy people who are planning to protest a fundraising event you’re having in Harlem. Not to put too fine a point on it, but they say you held a $30,000 dollar a plate fundraiser there last March in a neighborhood where the median income is only $26,000 a year. To paraphrase some old New Yorkers, “Say it ain’t so, O!” I know you need to raise money, but let’s be honest: If a Republican did that, Democrats would scream holy hell about how insensitive and out of touch he was.

You know that I always try to be encouraging, but you asked for advice long ago, and here is mine for today: Stop the insanity. Somewhere in this process, you would be well advised to start holding fundraisers for regular people…not yourself, not other politicians. How about saying once a month you will speak at a $1000 a plate dinner in a room that will hold 5,000 people, with all the proceeds going to help some small businesses keep their doors open, or for job training, or for mortgage relief?

That would be $5-million aimed directly at creating work and protecting families now; not in some distant, vague future if you get elected. Think about it. Remember, when you light into the rich, you are one of them; and in terms of campaign donations and support, you and the other presidential contenders are not merely rich, you are the richest politicians this nation has ever known. You want to spread the wealth? Start with you own campaign funds and challenge your Republican foes to do the same!


January 19th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Video: Teens' uncontrollable mystery illness

Twelve girls in the same high school mysteriously have Tourette-like symptoms. Jason Carroll reports.

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January 19th, 2012
01:07 AM ET

Video: KTH: Ship cruised dangerously close in past

The cruise line knew it was not the first time the Costa Concordia took a risky route. Anderson Cooper reports.

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