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January 20th, 2012
12:18 PM ET

President Obama shows off singing skills

The president shows off his singing skills at campaign events. CNN's Wolf Blitzer has more.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Music
BLITZER’S BLOG: Why tonight’s debate is must-see TV
January 19th, 2012
03:08 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Why tonight’s debate is must-see TV

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – Here are a few things I will be looking for in Thursday night’s CNN Southern Republican Presidential Debate:

The four remaining candidates have been beating up on each other in recent days. Will they have the guts to blast their opponents when they are standing right next to them?

Rick Santorum, whom I interviewed Thursday in Charleston, has had an ad running that says Mitt Romney is “just like Obama.” He refers to Romney’s support for health care mandates in Massachusetts. Will Santorum look Romney in the eyes and repeat that line Thursday night?

Newt Gingrich told me in Iowa that he doesn’t think he could vote for Ron Paul if the Texas congressman were to win the GOP nomination. He cites Paul’s national security policies. Will Gingrich be prepared to go that far in the debate?

Is Romney going to announce that he’s ready to release his income tax returns now - as opposed to in April, as he suggested earlier this week? Even strong supporter New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he should be completely transparent.

Will the issue of Gingrich’s three marriages be a major issue? The reported comments by his second wife that he once wanted an “open marriage” have certainly generated a lot of commotion. Let’s see how the former House speaker handles that controversy and what his rivals say.

The many debates during this election cycle have been so important in this contest. Gingrich is surging in South Carolina now in part because of his strong performance in Monday night’s debate. Thursday night’s CNN debate will be must-see TV.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Debates • Republicans • Wolf Blitzer
January 19th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Obama confident on foreign policy

CNN's Fareed Zakaria reflects on his recent interview with President Obama.

Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama • Fareed Zakaria
January 19th, 2012
12:15 PM ET

Ron Paul known as 'Dr. No' of Congress

Few GOP members support Ron Paul's presidential bid. CNN's Dana Bash explains why.

Filed under: 2012 election • Dana Bash • Ron Paul
January 18th, 2012
06:02 PM ET

Gingrich's Secretary Palin?

(CNN) – If Newt Gingrich wins the White House in November, the former House speaker said Wednesday Sarah Palin may get a big seat at the table.

"I would ask her to consider taking a major role in the next administration if I'm president, but nothing has been discussed of any kind," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."



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SEE ALSO: BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich tells me he smells victory

Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Newt Gingtich • Sarah Palin
January 18th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Gingrich tells me he smells victory

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – All of a sudden, this contest is getting very exciting.

In these final days before Saturday’s Republican presidential primary, the gap between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich seems to be narrowing - if you believe the latest polls. That has certainly encouraged Gingrich, who tells me he now smells the possibility of victory on Saturday.

If that were to happen, the drama would certainly intensify going into the Florida primary on January 31.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Newt Gingtich • Wolf Blitzer
January 18th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Carnival’s safety under spotlight again

The crash of the Costa Concordia is the latest safety issue with Carnival Cruise Lines. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

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Filed under: Cruise ship • Lisa Sylvester • Transportation
January 18th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Searching for the "real Romney"

Boston Globe journalists Michael Kranish and Scott Helman discuss their new book 'The Real Romney,' which digs deeper at Mitt Romney's past.

Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Mitt Romney
January 18th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

The life of a cruise ship captain

How tough of a job is it to be a cruise ship captain? CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Cruise ship
January 18th, 2012
08:51 AM ET

Perry defends verbal attacks on Turkey

Gov. Rick Perry tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer he is standing by comments that Turkey is run by Islamic terrorists.

RELATED STORY: Turkey responds angrily to Perry remarks

Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Rick Perry • Turkey • Wolf Blitzer
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