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February 26th, 2012
05:41 AM ET

State of the Union Early Bird for February 26, 2012

(CNN)-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 this morning: Rising tensions in Afghanistan, rumors of a push to put another candidate in the GOP presidential field, and will the U.S. open the strategic reserve?

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interviews with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, and Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs.


Filed under: Early Bird news note
February 24th, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Candy's pre-show rundown

Candy previews this week's edition of State of the Union.

Filed under: Behind the scenes
SOTU Sneak Peek
February 23rd, 2012
12:49 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.

The Final GOP Primary Debate? The remaining GOP candidates faced off in what could be the final GOP debate last night in Arizona. Mitt Romney had a much needed strong showing and, aided by the other candidates, kept Santorum on the defensive about his conservative record in Washington. Will it be enough to win over voters in his home state of Michigan? Romney is currently in a statistical dead heat in Michigan with only days to go before that state’s contest. Did Romney do enough to paint Santorum as a Washington-insider and past his own opposition to the auto-bailout for Michigan voters? Or will voters from his home state deal a serious blow to the already struggling front-runner?

February 19th, 2012
04:26 PM ET

SOTU Crib Sheet for February 19th


Today... Ron Paul on his White House bid and his rivals saying "as far as issues goes, I'm uncomfortable with all three of them" – hitting Santorum as "pretending he's a conservative" with "an atrocious voting record," but allows that Romney has an "acceptable management style" when compared with Santorum and Gingrich.

Then, as social issues go to the front-burner in the campaign, the candidates have upped their rhetoric. Is this anyway to win in November? Candy talked to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

Plus, continued bloodshed in Syria, nuclear advancements in Iran and the threat to U.S. Security with former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Edward Walker.

Finally, a conversation on job creation with a man-with-a-plan Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz who says "I don' want to wait for Washington any longer," but despite his frustration he has "no interest in public office. I have only one interest, and that is I want the country to be on the right track."


Watch Candy's take


Watch our online exclusive segment “Getting to Know Schultz” and find out how the Starbucks CEO takes his coffee.


February 19th, 2012
04:24 PM ET

Sound of Sunday

Candy and her team watch the other Sunday shows so you don't have to. This Sunday Santorum defends his comments on the president's theology after critics from the left call it a low point, Gingrich says Michigan is make it or break it time for Romney and McCain endorses ongoing talks with the U.S., the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Filed under: Sound of Sunday • State of the Union
February 19th, 2012
02:21 PM ET

Candy's Post-show analysis

Candy recaps today's edition of State of the Union.

February 19th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Paul: Santorum is pretending to be a conservative

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul says Rick Santorum is pretending to be a conservative as he weighs in on his GOP opponents.

Filed under: 2012 • Newsmakers • Road to 2012 • Ron Paul • State of the Union
February 19th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

The Campaign Trail

A unique perspective of the GOP campaign trail on this week's edition of the Campaign Trail.

Filed under: Road to 2012
February 19th, 2012
10:21 AM ET

A nuclear Iran on the horizon?

Fmr. U.S. ambassador Edward Walker and Gen. Michael Hayden on the on the possibility of a nuclear Iran and the ongoing unrest in Syria.

Filed under: Ed Walker • Iran • Michael Hayden • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Syria
February 19th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Will a long GOP race hurt the party?

Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on the GOP candidates and the state of the party.

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