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August 25th, 2013
03:38 PM ET

Cruz in 2016? His dad isn't so sure

Sen. Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, says he "doesn't see him running for president".

Filed under: Newsmakers • Rafael Cruz • State of the Union • Ted Cruz
August 25th, 2013
01:55 PM ET

The March on Washington 50 years later

Commemorating the March on Washington has an especially personal element for Rep. John Lewis: he was an original speaker at the 1963 event.

He was chairman of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, which led sit-ins and demonstrated for civil rights.

Fifty years later, he says he hopes young people continue to be inspired by the movement's message, so that when they are his age, "they will feel like they have succeeded, that they have become the best that they can be.

"And they will look at an America where the issue of race is gone, that we will lay down - they will lay down the burden of race and we have truly moved toward a multi-cultural, multi-racial, democratic society where no one is left out or left behind because of their race or nationality," he said.

Filed under: Civil rights • John Lewis • Newsmakers • State of the Union
August 25th, 2013
01:40 PM ET

Debating the 'I-word:' Impeachment

While Congressional Republicans meet with their constituents on President Obama’s health reform law, one faced a different question: should the president be impeached?

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, allowed the president was a “personal friend” but said his actions in office were becoming “perilously close” to the standard for impeachment.

Former GOP official Carly Fiorina said on CNN’s “State of the Union” she thinks it “foolish” to discuss impeachment.

“But what he went on to say was that in his view this president has been incompetent in key matters. I think many people would agree with that,” she said. “And then secondly, that the executive branch has used power in a way that is arbitrary, capricious, and in many people's views, unconstitutional.”

Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, who worked for Obama’s campaigns, replied, “you can make that argument with every president.”

Does the discussion help or hurt Republicans? Watch the video for the full debate, and see below for the panel's views on how Obama is handling Syria.

August 25th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

Jim DeMint: "Obamacare is unfair"

Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean and former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint weigh in on 2016 politics and Obamacare.

Filed under: Howard Dean • Jim DeMint • State of the Union
August 25th, 2013
10:58 AM ET

Dean: "God Help Us If Ted Cruz Becomes More Than a Senator."

Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean and former Republican Senator Jim DeMint weigh in on Obamacare and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Filed under: Howard Dean • Jim DeMint • State of the Union
August 25th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz: "grassroots tsunami on Obamacare"

Sen. Ted Cruz (R) Texas on defunding Obamacare, GOP politics and whether he will run for the presidency in 2016.

Filed under: Newsmakers • Obamacare • State of the Union • Ted Cruz