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March 18th, 2012
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SOTU Crib Sheet for March 18th

ON STATE OF THE UNION

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum spoke about GOP rival Mitt Romney, the possibility of a brokered convention, and defended his assertion that the Department of Justice favors pornographers over children and families.

Then, mixed messages in a war zone. Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States Eklil Hakimi discussed relations between the two countries in the wake of the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians. And getting a grip on a complicated region, with two men familiar with the complicated U.S.-Afghanistan relationship Zalmay Khalilzad, who was the first U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, and Adm. Dennis Blair (Ret.), who was President Obama's first director of national intelligence.

Finally, the push toward November with former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie.
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March 18th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Tensions between U.S. and Afghanistan

Fmr. U.S. Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad and fmr. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair discuss the tense relationship.

March 18th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Santorum: Obama is appeaser in chief

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum explains his recent criticisms of the Obama administration.


Filed under: Newsmakers • Rick Santorum • Road to 2012 • State of the Union
March 18th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Santorum's Delegate Troubles

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum responds to whether or not he'd force a brokered convention.


Filed under: Newsmakers • Rick Santorum • Road to 2012 • State of the Union
March 18th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Hakimi: We are allies in war on terror

Afghanistan's ambassador to the U.S. Eklil Hakimi discusses Afghan-U.S. relations.

March 18th, 2012
10:43 AM ET

The Campaign Trail

A look at the odds and ends from this week's campaign trail.

March 18th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Can Republicans Win Female Voters?

Anita Dunn and Ed Gillespie talk to Candy Crowley about the female vote in the 2012 presidential campaign.


Filed under: Anita Dunn • Ed Gillespie • Road to 2012 • State of the Union
March 18th, 2012
10:40 AM ET

Why Can't Romney Close the Deal?

Anita Dunn and Ed Gillespie talk to Candy Crowley about the candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign.


Filed under: Anita Dunn • Ed Gillespie • Road to 2012 • State of the Union
March 18th, 2012
04:34 AM ET

SOTU Early Bird for March 18th

It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar: Looking ahead to Puerto Rico and Illinois, Rick Santorum hopes to maintain the momentum he picked up in Mississippi and Alabama earlier this week; rising tensions in Afghanistan amid last weekend's shooting spree; and President Obama hits the campaign trail as Republicans continue their slog toward the Tampa convention.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interview with presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Afghanistan's Amb. to the United States, Eklil Hakimi. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET.
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