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April 12th, 2013
03:10 PM ET

Ask Candy: Ninja edition

This week Candy answers five questions from Facebook and one from Twitter including a possible political comeback for Anthony Weiner, the influence of the NRA, and ninjas... yes ninjas. Thanks for all the questions and check back next week for your chance to Ask Candy.

Facebook question from Fritz Alcenat
"What do you think about "Weiner" comeback running for New York Mayor. It's New York people would trust him again or we wouldn't trust him at all. As I'am a democrat, I would like to know your opinion, because he was a good person."
Voters have been known to forgive some politicians involved in a variety of sex scandals and I don't think Weiner would even be considering running for New York Mayor if he didn't have an inkling that enough NY voters have/will forgive his sexting and lying about it (perhaps some preliminary polling or some such?).  Having said that, Weiner's past is going to come up if he runs.  New York is a tough political and media environment. Do he and his wife want to put up with the snickers, the jokes, the questions?

Facebook question from Abby Livingston
"How does one become a ninja?"

One does not become a ninja. One is born a ninja.


Filed under: ASK CANDY! • State of the Union
March 14th, 2013
05:23 PM ET

Ask Candy!

Candy answers your questions in this week's Ask Candy. Thanks for all the questions and check back next week for your chance to Ask Candy.

Facebook question from James Mills:
If you could interview 3 people from history, who would it be? Why?

– Amelia Earhart because as a young girl I found her story so fascinating and I want to know for sure what happened to her, where she crashed and how it happened.

– Martin Luther King because I want to ask him what he thinks of 2013.

– And Albert Einstein because I'd like to see if I could carry on a conversation with him.

Facebook question from Ryan Himes:
What was your first job in the industry and what education/skills did you acquire before hand for your resume?

I was a newsroom assistant at a local Washington, DC FM radio station. As part of the job, I did the morning rounds of police and fireman calls to see what had happened overnight. Since the Washington area has multiple jurisdictions, this was my first opportunity to learn the art of developing a source, which quite honestly comes down to trust, yours for your sources and your sources for you. It was also when I first realized that perhaps the most important news tip you can get from a source is what they won’t say. The hole in information is what you take to the next source.

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Ask Candy: Election politics
October 31st, 2012
06:36 PM ET

Ask Candy: Election politics

With less than a week to go before Election Day Candy answers your questions about Election Day. This week Candy answers five questions from Twitter and one from Facebook on the electoral college, Superstorm Sandy and election predictions. Thanks for all the questions and check back next week for your chance to Ask Candy.

Twitter question from @bigladdertutor
"Pls Expantiate On Electoral College"?
Oh my, you had to ask. Here’s how the two-part election for President works, as set up in The Constitution.

Filed under: ASK CANDY! • Candy Crowley • State of the Union
August 25th, 2012
06:54 PM ET

Ask Candy!

Candy answers your questions in this week's Ask Candy. This week Candy answers two questions from Twitter and one from Facebook on why Paul Ryan is simultaneously running for two offices at once, and also reveals her favorite musical composers. Thanks for all the questions and check back next week for your chance to Ask Candy.

Twitter question from @MorkSharon
How can Ryan be running for the VP & WI congress at the same time? Doesn't Paul Ryan believe Mitt Romney will win?

States have different rules about candidates running for more than one political office at the same time. (Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman also ran for re-election to the Senate when he was on the 2000 Gore ticket)

Wisconsin allows a double entry only IF one of the offices is President or Vice President. It's called the favorite son law. And while it may seem as though Ryan is "hedging his bets", by the time Ryan was tapped as Romney's VP pick, it was too late under Wisconsin procedures to remove his name from the ballot.

Facebook question from David Tosun

Who are your favorite classical composers?

I like big powerful classical music. My faves are Rachmaninov, Liszt , Paganini.

August 8th, 2012
04:42 PM ET

Ask Candy: Syria

Candy answers your questions in this week's Ask Candy. This week Candy answers two questions from Twitter and one from Facebook on the situation in Syria. Thanks for all the questions and check back next week for your chance to Ask Candy.

Twitter question from rosiepoindexter
What will the U.S do about the mass killings in Syria?

If you mean will the U.S. offer active military involvement, “boots on the ground”, I can’t see that happening. We know that President Obama has okayed clandestine support by the CIA and other U.S. agencies, and that the U.S. is supplying “non-lethal” aid. CNN reporters on the ground see no signs of any U.S. involvement (although perhaps the U.S. is just good at the clandestine part). Basically right now, whatever aid is going to the rebels appears to be coming through Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The extent of US involvement in facilitating any of that, if it is at all, is unclear. As you know, there are some in the U.S. publicly calling for President Obama to arm the rebels directly, but so far the administration has been unwilling to take that step. See the next answer

Facebook question from James F Dahmer
Why has know one asked President Obama what makes Libya more important than Syria?
I have not asked the President because I haven’t had the opportunity, but I have talked to any number of his people and the basic answer is that the world’s powers have not come together against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime and without a world consensus, the U.S. and other western forces are unwilling to intervene in a way similar to the no-fly zone in Libya.
The intervention in Libya came only after the UN Security Council authorized “all necessary measures” to prevent a bloodbath in Benghazi, the Libyan rebel stronghold. It came only after the Arab League called for intervention. It came because there was an existing force (NATO) within which there were members willing to take on the job. None of those conditions exist now. In addition, Syria has close ties with Iran. The feeling is that intervention of any sort without similar world backing would light a match in a tinderbox.

Twitter question from Jim
Is there any reason any outside nation should get involved in war among religious factions in Syria?

See above. Clearly the U.S. thinks it wise to stay out of Syria while planning for a change. If you have not heard the other side, this was an interesting article.

Filed under: ASK CANDY! • Behind the scenes • Syria
June 13th, 2012
04:53 PM ET

ASK CANDY: From the AG to sports forecasting

Candy answers your questions in this week's Ask Candy – everything from the Attorney General and Dodd-Frank to the Grateful Dead and the Kansas City Chiefs chances next year. Thanks for all the questions and check next week for our Ask Candy questions.

Twitter Question from: Randy J. Tolen
Candy, does the pressure and allegations pending against Holder render him ineffective as our AG?

“Ineffective” is a strong word, so my short answer is no. The Attorney General isn’t a newbie and understands that Washington is a political hot house. So to a certain extent, his wrangling with Congress comes with the territory and he understood that when he took the job. I do think it can’t help but be a pretty big distraction and a constant pressure. Testifying before Congress takes preparation and Holder is a regular up there, largely because of the “Fast and Furious” scandal. He is now under threat of a House contempt citation and told the Senate Judiciary Committee within the last 24 hours that he wants to find a compromise in the dispute over withheld documents in response to a congressional subpoena, which also takes time and attention.

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Filed under: ASK CANDY!
June 7th, 2012
06:45 PM ET

Ask Candy: Money in politics

Our Ask Candy segment is back. Thanks for all the questions. This week Candy answers one question each from Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook Question from Andy Olsen:
Does CNN ever address the Citizens United decision or the rapidly growing role of money in politics? Should elections be decided by the party with the biggest bankroll or the best ideas?

Hey Andy,

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Filed under: ASK CANDY! • State of the Union
March 8th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

ASK CANDY: Why do candidates stay in the race?

A special weekday edition of Ask Candy. Thanks for all the questions. Candy answers three questions from Twitter this week.

Twitter question from @seangraf:
Since Gingrich can no longer get the total # of delegates needed to win, why is he saying in the race?

Great question. There are practical and political reasons and one very big human reason that candidates stay in races past the time many think they should get out.

They might want something from the winner, like a speaking slot at the convention or a specific plank in the party platform. The more delegates you have, the greater your power to effect convention issues.

They may want the attention, keeping their profile up for future book sales or speaking fees. Remember, every place they go (almost), local cameras are there and will talk about it on the local news, not to mention the constant national television presence.

They may be a message candidate, anxious to use the limelight to promote a specific issue or doctrine. (think anti-war candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich who ran in 2004 and 2008)

You know that old saying “Hope Springs Eternal” ? Yes it does. Improbable does not mean impossible. Hundreds of “what ifs” swirl a campaign on life support. EG: “What if the frontrunner says something really egregious and his numbers plummet? Then I’ll be there.! What if I change our message? My strategy? etc, etc.”

Finally, regardless of what you think of politicians, they are human beings. They have worked for years, decades to get where they are. They dream of being President. If you have ever had to let go of a dream, then you know the first stage is denial.

Twitter question from @collywolly1989:
What is the most difficult experience with interviewing you have had? And what did you do to make it through?

There is no contest for me. The most difficult interview I ever did was on the streets of New York City, the day after 9-11, with relatives of people who died in the Twin Towers . They all held pictures of their “missing” in front of them and told me about their experience and why they still thought maybe their loved one was somewhere.. in a hospital, or alive but beneath the rubble or as one put it “wandering the streets, hurt not knowing who they were” Like everybody during those days, I thought, I am going to cry and not stop. It was so unrelentingly almost suffocatingly sad on those streets, I felt like I had grief in my pores. I got through by continuing to talk, ask, report and say to myself over and over , “this is not your story, this is their story and it needs to be told”

Twitter question from @Lizh_pa:
No questions, but a big thumbs up! love your show! Been following you for years now!

A thumbs up can change a day. Thanks you.

Filed under: ASK CANDY! • Behind the scenes
December 4th, 2011
11:20 AM ET

Ask Candy: Herman Cain

Candy answers your question about the difference between Herman Cain suspending his campaign as opposed to dropping out.

Filed under: ASK CANDY! • Candy Crowley • Post-show rundown
November 6th, 2011
01:21 PM ET

ASK CANDY!: Supercommittee & Herman Cain coverage

Candy responds to viewer questions about today's episode of State of the Union

With the expectation so huge for the congressional super committee and the lobbyist power also huge and so strong, is the super committee doomed?

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