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March 4th, 2013
06:16 AM ET

Mitt Romney reflects on failures of campaign in first post-election interview – Shannon Travis reports

In his first post-election interview, Mitt and Ann Romney talk about the 2012 presidential election loss. The former presidential hopeful said, "It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done."

November 9th, 2012
08:26 AM ET

Romney as...Secretary of Business in Obama Admin.? Ana Navarro & Richard Socarides on weigh in

Ana Navarro & Richard Socarides on if a Secretary of Business post for Mitt Romney in the Obama Admin is a good idea.

Filed under: 2012 election • Politics
November 9th, 2012
06:19 AM ET

Obama gets emotional talking to campaign staff – Brianna Keilar reports

From CNN's Political Ticker:

(CNN) – Video of President Barack Obama's visit Wednesday to his campaign headquarters in Chicago shows the newly re-elected commander in chief becoming emotional while heralding the hard work of his young staffers.

"I am absolutely confident that all of you are going to do amazing things in your lives," Obama says in the video, which was posted on his campaign's official Youtube page Thursday.

In his brief speech to the young crowd, Obama drew parallels to the work his team had just finished and the community organizing post he took up when he first moved to the Windy City at 25, saying his campaign team was "so much better than I was" at accomplishing their goals.

Toward the end of his five-minute-long remarks, Obama got choked up telling the staffers how proud he was of their hard work. The show of emotion – extremely rare for Obama – was met with loud applause.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Brianna Keilar shares the video.

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November 8th, 2012
07:59 AM ET

The political path forward for GOP: Is more inclusive leadership possible? Richard Socarides and Lenny McAllister discuss

Fresh after the President Obama was declared president for a second term, many have been been discussing what’s next on Washington’s agenda.

The looming fiscal cliff is the major issue at hand, and the big question is whether or not Democrats and Republicans can work together to fix it. The White House released a statement saying talks have already begun with leaders in the House and Senate, and both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have made statements indicating some willingness to compromise in the wake of Tuesday night's results.

Richard Socarides, Former Senior Adviser to President Clinton and writer for the NewYorker.com, and Lenny McAllister, Republican Strategist and contributor to The Chicago Defender, join John Berman to recap the results of the 2012 presidential election of 2012, concerns regarding the GOP and minorities, and of course, the fiscal cliff.

McAllister feels the Republican party needs “more inclusive leadership” and “more visionary leadership.”

“In 2010, we ended up seeing a lot more diversity from the Republican Party in regards to the candidates and people actually winning elections, both Latinos and African Americans.” McAllister says. "I would like to see the same exact thing in 2013 moving forward, but this time not have it just be a trend, have it be an actual movement. That’s something that the Republican Party needs to do if we’re going to lead a diverse America in the 21st century.”

Within his own party, Democrats have made it difficult for President Obama to negotiate in his first term, especially on the fiscal cliff and budget issues. Berman asks Socarides how complicated it may be for the president to make a deal this time.

“People are gonna be a lot more willing to make a deal,” Socarides says. “The consequences of not having a deal are so big...everybody knows that Americans want the parties to come together.”

“I think both sides are gonna have to compromise and I think they will,” Socarides adds.

Filed under: 2012 election • GOP • Politics
November 8th, 2012
07:10 AM ET

What does the fiscal cliff mean for your money? Christine Romans explains

This morning, CNN's Christine Romans looks at flat U.S. stock futures and the factors in Washington influencing them. The Dow dropped over 300 points yesterday, partly in reaction to President Obama winning the bid for a second term in office. But it’s also due to the looming fiscal cliff haunting Wall Street and the country. On "Early Start," Romans explains what Republicans in the House are saying to confront the fiscal cliff, and of course, what it could mean for your money.

“The stage has been set for some real progress on this,” Romans says. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said House republicans are “willing to accept some additional revenues via tax revenue” in order to find “common ground,” but only if the president reduces spending to garner republican support. John Berman interprets this as “reason for optimism and hope for compromise, at least for today.”

The fiscal cliff means “huge tax increases and spending cuts” go in effect automatically in 54 days unless it’s fixed, Romans explains. “Nobody wants it to happen, it’s just how they’re gonna fix it, and who’s gonna give up more.”

November 8th, 2012
06:48 AM ET

VIDEO: Compromise or confrontation in Congress after election? Paul Steinhauser looks at lawmakers's claims

Paul Steinhauser looks at claims of compromise from Speaker Boehner and Sen. Reid on avoiding the fiscal cliff.

Filed under: 2012 election • Fiscal cliff • Politics
November 8th, 2012
06:41 AM ET

Europe debt crisis, fiscal cliff lead to market sell-off – Christine Romans explains

Fresh after President Obama won a second term, U.S. stock futures fell flat. What was behind the big sell-off on Wednesday? Chrisine Romans explains the factors fueling skittish investors.

“They had the roughest day we’ve seen in more than a year,” Romans says. “Internal sectors were telling us that this was a reaction to the Obama victory.” Banks, insurers, coal and energy stocks, for-profit education and dividend-paying stocks were all down.

Romans explains that dividend payers were down because “the President has said he’d like to raise taxes on investment income.” “Many of those other industries...think we’re gonna have a more regulation and as the president and the democrats have promised, and that’s gonna cost more money,” Romans says, “so investors were at least making that bet yesterday.”

On the other hand, hospital stocks were up, “because the thinking on Wall Street is that Obamacare is finally, finally secure.” But the sell off over all was due to more than just the presidential election. Romans explains that the markets reacted to factors concerning Europe’s debt crisis, the fiscal cliff, and the debt ceiling.

November 7th, 2012
07:07 AM ET

Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) argues Obama won re-election on ‘jobs and economy,’ says Hurricane Sandy broke Romney's momentum

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joins CNN this morning to discuss how President Barack Obama defeated opponent Mitt Romney in the presidential election on Tuesday. Blackburn argues that the president’s success lay in his campaign’s ability to convince voters that the economy is improving.

“I think the Obama campaign convinced people that jobs and the economy were getting better,” the Romney campaign surrogate argues, adding that she disagrees with the direction Obama has taken the economy. “But with voters all across the country, what we saw was jobs and the economy was the number one issue.”

Blackburn also argues that she is unsure of where “things kind of ran off the rails” for opponent Mitt Romney, but claims that Hurricane Sandy halted the former governor’s momentum.

“The point is President Obama won this race,” Blackburn adds. “Those of us in the House need to help him be a better president in the second term than he was the first term.”

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 election • Barack Obama • Mitt Romney
November 7th, 2012
06:41 AM ET

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter: 'The election is over, it's time for governing'

President Barack Obama won re-election on Tuesday, defeating Republican Nominee Gov. Mitt Romney after a long and grueling presidential race. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) joins CNN this morning to discuss the president’s victory and to argue that now that “the election is over, it’s time for governing” not politics.

“It’s time for people to get serious about getting things done, putting Americans back to work,” Nutter says, adding that higher education and encouraging businesses to invest are also important. “Let’s put the politics aside – the point scoring politics – and let’s deal with real people, real personalities, real leadership and commitment to making things happen on behalf of the American public.”

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 election • Barack Obama
November 7th, 2012
05:14 AM ET

VIDEO: Fiscal cliff looms over Obama election win – Christine Romans and Ali Velshi on what it will take to fix it

Christine Romans and Ali Velshi on how Congress and President Obama should handle the impending fiscal cliff.

Filed under: 2012 election • Fiscal cliff
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