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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.

This Sunday on State of the Union
March 16th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

This Sunday on State of the Union

Following a shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead, new questions are being raised about how the United States should continue fighting the war in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday sharply criticized the United States for not cooperating with their investigation into the killings. Have relations between the two countries ever been more tenuous? We’ll ask the Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Eklil Hakimi in an exclusive interview.

Then, we’ll change gears and focus on politics and the 2012 presidential race. Fresh off his twin victories in Alabama and Mississippi, Rick Santorum will join us from the campaign trail. Can he maintain the momentum this weekend in Puerto Rico and on Tuesday in Illinois? Should conservatives ditch Newt Gingrich to consolidate around him? We’ll ask.

And finally, we’ll tie up the loose ends with former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie.

Stay tuned for more as we continue our booking efforts.

Filed under: 2012 • Afghanistan • Economy • Eklil Hakimi • Paul Ryan • Rick Santorum • State of the Union • This Sunday...
SOTU Sneak Peek
March 14th, 2012
03:13 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.

Santorum takes the Deep South: Rick Santorum won the Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi last night. He's solidified his position as the favorite candidate for the GOP's conservative base. Santorum may have the momentum, but Romney has the delegate count in his favor. Last week, the Gingrich campaign said they had to win Alabama and Mississippi to remain credible. But there are no signs of Gingrich bowing out. Last night he asserted he would continue to the national convention in Tampa.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Behind the scenes • Conservatives • Sneak Peek
March 11th, 2012
02:18 PM ET

SOTU Crib Sheet for March 11th

Today, Candy spoke with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid gave his reaction to this morning’s shooting incident in Afghanistan in which an American soldier opened fire on Afghan civilians. He also discussed his meeting with members of President Obama’s re-election team and expressed confidence that the Democrats will maintain control of the Senate in November.

Amid calls for Newt Gingrich to drop out of the Republican race, Candy also talked to two veterans of the presidential campaign trail, former candidates Dick Gephardt and Steve Forbes. They explained what was involved in their decisions to end their campaigns and also gave their opinions on the state of the 2012 race.

Finally, Candy was joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore, the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and former OMB Director Alice Rivlin to dissect this week’s unemployment numbers and how the state of the economy is impacting the 2012 presidential race.


Filed under: 2012 • Afghanistan • Alice Rivlin • Dan Balz • DIck Gephardt • Economy • Harry Reid • Jobs • Post-show rundown • State of the Union • Steve Forbes
March 11th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Analyzing a "recovering" economy

Alice Rivlin, Stephen Moore, and Dan Balz, weigh in on the state of the economy and how it will affect the GOP and WH race.

Filed under: Alice Rivlin • Dan Balz • Stephen Moore
March 11th, 2012
11:37 AM ET

Reid: Afghanistan timetable still works

Sen. Harry Reid responds to breaking news that a U.S. soldier opened fire on civilians in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Harry Reid
March 11th, 2012
11:22 AM ET

Will the economy affect the 2012 race?

Former Presidential Candidates Dick Gephardt and Steve Forbes weigh in on how the economy will play into the 2012 race.

Filed under: DIck Gephardt • Steve Forbes
March 11th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Is the GOP weakened by a long primary?

Former GOP Presidential Candidates Dick Gephardt and Steve Forbes analyze the effect of a prolonged GOP race.

Filed under: DIck Gephardt • Steve Forbes
March 11th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Forbes: Romney will limp to finish line

Steve Forbes tells CNN's Candy Crowley that Rick Santorum's recent ascendancy will contribute to an extended battle.

Filed under: DIck Gephardt • Steve Forbes
March 11th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

Reid: No detachment with White House

Sen. Harry Reid responds to reports the Obama campaign won't offer campaign money to Congressional Democrats.

Filed under: Harry Reid
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