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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CNN's Florida Republican Debate

GOP Candidates to Appear in Last Debate before Florida Primary

Wolf Blitzer to Moderate; Cooper, King, Burnett, O’Brien Anchor Special Coverage

Just days before Florida Republicans go to the polls to choose their nominee, the GOP presidential hopefuls will meet for a final debate hosted by CNN, the Republican Party of Florida and the Hispanic Leadership Network. CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate the two-hour presidential debate which will take place at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET.
Blitzer, John King, Erin Burnett and Soledad O’Brien will anchor their respective programs live and in Jacksonville on the days surrounding the CNN debate. Anderson Cooper will anchor special, post-debate coverage.
Reporting from Florida in the final days before the primary will be chief political correspondent Candy Crowley, anchor Brooke Baldwin, national political correspondent Jim Acosta, senior political correspondent Joe Johns, correspondent Ed Lavandera, Miami-based correspondent John Zarrella, and CNN Radio’s Bob Costantini. On the campaign trail covering the GOP candidates are reporter-at-large Peter Hamby, political reporter Shannon Travis, and political producers Rachel Streitfeld and Shawna Shepherd. CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen and CNN political contributors Alex Castellanos, Donna Brazile, Ari Fleisher, John Avlon will be on hand in Jacksonville to offer insight and analysis for all programming.
Four presidential contenders will participate in Thursday’s debate: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. In addition to questions posed to the candidates by Blitzer and Florida Republicans in the audience, CNN will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter.

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Anonymous said...

I an sick of CNN disrespecting President Obama.
Their behavior is appalling. This is the same
network that respects Donald Trump and the
Republican candidates. CNN needs to be be out
of business for being irresponsible. You don't
read emails with information they should know
is not true.CNN is trying to cause anger and
resentment. it is despicable and needs to stop.
Now Jan Brewer think it is okay to wag her finger
in Obama's face. The ignorance and stupidity
in the media is out of control. Act like you got
some sense CNN goes overboard and it it very
obvious that CNN is trying to stir anger. CNN
went out of their way during to the State of the
Union to belittle the president. Guess what CNN
was 3rd. CNN has zero class.

Anonymous said...

Fully agree.
CNN is losing all credibility.
Jan Brewer, who knows nothing about anything and can't remember what she's saying, had the nerve to
disrespect the President.
It is shameful.
On the other hand the POTUS is way too much of a gentleman.
When the he was called a "liar" during his first SOTU, he should have said "I'll see YOU in my chambers tomorrow at noon."
Sometimes to gain respect, you have to be the bad guy.
Unfortunately, there is STILL lingering discrimination surrounding this Presidency.
It is shroudded in politics and bickering and partisanship under the guise of left VS right.
Truthfully it is black VS white and rich VS poor.
I will leave out middle class because there is no longer a middle class.
And Romeny who earns $57,000 a day, doesn't relate to anybody and
needs to leave, the political arena NOW.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 12:08 am.

Gergen had inexplicably high praise for Mitch Daniels' SOTU response (which is being mocked for it's ridiculously downbeat tone) but could barely give the President a bit of credit for HIS speech, which was excellent, BTW. It really isn't helping CNN to be so openly critical and hostile towards President Obama, that is Fox News territory - it's one thing to offer an honest, critical look at the President and his policies, but CNN has become so slanted in its coverage of the President. Jessica Yellin always takes a snide tone when she reports on the Administration, as though everything they do is some sort of ploy to get votes and not genuine concern for the state of this nation. To hear Gergen talk, only the Republicans are sincere about the future of this country and have somehow been slighted by President Obama's "refusal" to compromise with them! Unbelievable.

There is a serious lack of respect towards the President from other politicians like Brewer and the MSM and the reason for that is obvious but is something that folks like Anderson would try and dismiss.

Anonymous said...

CNN is rewarding this kind of behavior.
Starting Point proves that. CNN rewarded
the pundits with their own show. At least
Morning Joe is smart. The ratings show
CNN viewers are not impressed nor are
they watching. The CBS Morning Show is
my choice. the ignorance on CNN is only
surpassed by the executives that let the
network downgrade .

Anonymous said...

That was nothing but a publicity stunt by
Jan Brewer. Sure Obama is a threatening
black male. I an glad that President Obama
walked away. My parents always tell me if
some is being an idiot don't go down to
their level. You don't wag your finger in
anyone's face.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the ratings for
Wednesday's 360. Bill Maher was on and the
content was decent. The only problem. I am
not a fan of leading shows with pundits. I am
hoping Anderson is thinking about mixing up
the guest list. I would like to see him bring on
Isha Tyler. She is great on the Talk. Anderson
is the least offensive on CNN. He does try to
be fair but he fails to keep things in check
sometimes. If the executives didn't want this
to happen on CNN it wouldn't. CNN has a big
issue with a black president.

Anonymous said...

CNN is responsible for this toxic atmosphere.
CNN has birthers on the payroll. NBC News
cooperates with The Grio. It has items about
Brewer's felt threatened claim. It has a link
to New Black Woman. I would love to see
Toure or Isha Tyler on 360 to talk about this
and talk about historically what a photo like
this means. Have someone on from Grio or
New Black Woman. They are saying that this
was common during Jim Crow days. Obama
is cool and level headed, He knows CNN
would like nothing better than to try to get
that angry black male stereotype out there.

I stooped watching TSR because it is clear
that Jack Cafferty has some issues with the
loaded questions he asks and the responses
he reads. CNN has some bigots.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:27,
Like you, I've been tuning into CBS This Morning and it is great! Starting Point is awful. I used to watch Morning Joe (and still sometimes do) but Joe has become unbearable. Why did CNN ever lose Erica Hill??? I like that "news is returning to morning news" as their ad says. Well, its about d@mn time. CNN should be the one putting news back in the morning show, ya know, being the worldwide leader in news and all. Their latest attempts at new shows have been embarrassing, morning and night.

Anonymous said...

Who is minding the store at CNN ? CBS learned
a hard lesson from Katie Couric. That is not the
case with CNN. In many ways CNN is tripling
down on the pundits. Not smart to diss viewers.
What does CNN have against the news and smart
conversation and giving viewers something to
walk away with. It baffles me. What audience is
CNN aiming for bad TV fans ? What is gong on ?

Anonymous said...

I think CNN has lost whatever mind it used to have. And to put all your hopes and dreams on Anderson Cooper to hold the primetime ratings is a mistake. His show has become boring, the pundits like to hear themselves talk and half the time don't make sense, AC can't even read a teleprompter without stumbling, and I'm tired of seeing the glazed over look he gives on air when some of these pundit people are talking. I get the feeling sometimes that he is sleepwalking. I'm watching MSNBC---forget CNN.

Anonymous said...

Anderson Cooper is not the problem at CNN.
360 has been carrying the full weight of CNN.
Hire George Stroumboulopoulos to come on
after Anderson Cooper. Drop Out Front.

Anonymous said...

Fully agree 5:28PM.
Anderson Cooper had great potential.
He killed it speaking about 'alcohol soaked tampons' by day and trying to be the serious newsman at night.
You can't be both or at least HE can't be both.
Sorry he too, has become a PROBLEM.
For many, he has lost his credibility.
I have stopped watching 360.
It has become tedious and Anderson doesn't seem all that interested in even DOING IT.

Anonymous said...

I actually enjoyed 360 for the first time last night. Mainly because Anderson had so little to say; his numersous guest had the floor.
It's obvious whether it's election night or pre or post coverage, Anderson is out of his league. He is just there to ask questions, not give any relevant facts or information - because he has none.

Did he really thinnk he could successfully conduct two shows at once? Someone used the term "sleepwalking" while describing his 360 performances, and I surely agree.
But it's a shame, that his mere appearance does bring in viewers.