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March 26th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

Triple header today in the Situation Room

Wolf will interview Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney today in the Situation Room.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingtich • Rick Santorum • Wolf Blitzer
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  1. Rhynalyn

    I tend to agree with the libertarian psotiion on marriage. But I do have some problems with it. Marriage is a contract and if that contract is not recognized by the state, how can it be adjudicated by the state. If it cannot be adjudicated by the state, how are disputes resolved. Who gets custody of the children when a marriage has ended? How are inheritance rights resolved? The only way I can see this happening is changing the way a marriage is performed if a marriage license is done away with. You have the bride, the groom, the person performing the ceremony, and his and her lawyers to draw up a contract?Monetary Policy:I read the von Mises Institute website about once a week. I'm all for doing something with the Fed. Shutting it down immediately might not be the right move, but phasing it out might work. Allowing other currencies to compete? The US dollar is the world reserve currency. If for some reason it were no longer the world reserve currency, the price for everything imported into the US (which is just about everything today) would go up. I'm not so sure that is a good idea. I do back the plans of the individual States minting their own silver and gold coins.Standing Armies:After WWI, the US went into an isolationist posture. WWII would have lasted half as long had that not happened. There is no way to predict what the world would look like if that had happened, but I can imagine. The Russians would not have gained as much power. No Red Scare, no Korean War, no Vietnam War. There is no way to know for sure, but I would love to see the Monte Carlo simulations. This doesn't mean I agree with the US being the world's policemen, but I like having a strong, very strong defense. You might call Iraq a war of agression, I call it brilliant military strategy. I believe it was a logical solution to Afghanistan. So, I'm interested in hearing about our wars of agression. As for Dr. Paul's response after being caught flat-footed; he stumbled. And some of the Paul supporters in the audience would have cheered if he had read his laundry list.Reply

    August 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Caitlin

    Not so hard a choice.Christie or Romney .CC haknts.What a candidate's position is on the 2nd is irrelevant, SCOTUS has reaffirmed the people's right to bear many times.Illegals? A permanent irreversible demographic shift is overtaking the US, the mendicant underclasses will eventually have the numbers and vote in a block , aka blacks for Obama , 96%.Within 30 years the US will have a permanent Oby style Presidency. Sic transit gloria mundi.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Luckymore

    The really diusgsting thing is that people like Santorum did not have any problem at all with Romneycare when it passed..oh noooo, they thought it was a great idea..why the people from the Heritage Foundation showed up for the bill signing..and now like the back stabbers they are they change their minds.As for the government takeover of Wall Street..I had not noticed that Wall Street has ceased to exist or that it had been taken over..and this is coming from a guy who voted 5 times to raise the debt ceiling.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  4. Name*Claudia

    I am a retired Black female who feels sorry for many white men who are about my age and older. They are being used again by rich white men (esp. The GOP) who pander to their fears or predjudices. They then split the Financial pie In half using middle class white men to Bully the rest of us for the other half.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  5. C Oliver

    Santorum wears his religion on his sleeve, but when it convergent, him he take it off and insults people.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  6. Kurt Spehr

    Should you want, ask all your guests today if they have taken Freeport McMoran's blood money also.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Kurt Spehr

      Ancestor was Capt. John Parker at Lexington and our family lost one of the first Americans to sacrifice his life for freedom at Lexington commons Aaorn Parker who stood with the Monroe Family to hold off an overwhelming force!
      West Papuans are suffering torture, beatings, rapes and genocide assisted by our military! Why is the genocide silent in the U.S. News Media?
      Could it be that your news is all corporate sponsored?

      April 30, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  7. Kurt Spehr

    He has a direct blood money interest with Freeport McMoran to provide U.S. weapons and training to the Indonesian Muslim military!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  8. Kurt Spehr

    No wonder Obama calls a country that demonstrates denial of the press, denial of human rights, "Democratic!"

    March 27, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  9. Kurt Spehr

    This is the type of corporate greed run-off that proves "WE THE PEOPLE" have lost control of our government!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  10. Kurt Spehr

    Obama took money from Freeport McMoran last election – is he taking blood money again?

    March 27, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  11. Kurt Spehr

    Why isn't the restoration by the U.S. Congress of the Leahy Act front page U.S. News for Republicans? Could it be that Freeport McMoran has aided the campaign of all?

    March 27, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  12. Kurt Spehr

    Our weapons and bullets make every U.S. citizen complicit in genocide for killing Christians!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:17 am |
  13. Kurt Spehr

    Why do I have to go to NGO reports like the U.N. Fransicans for peace to receive reports on West Papua?

    March 27, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  14. Kurt Spehr

    Ask your guests today if they are for bringing back the Leahy Act and if they are for stopping military support to Indonesia as long as Indonesia denies International press from reporting on West Papua and continues human rights attrocities in West Papua like the more than 26 villages burnt to the ground with Christian churches in West Papua!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  15. Kurt Spehr

    I am the great nephew of Alton Brooks Parker a New York Court of Appeals Judge who challenged Teddy Roosevelt in the 1904 Presidential election. The Parker family descended from Captain John Parker who was on the commons in Lexington and rallied the colonials to seek revenge on British forces going back to Boston.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  16. Kurt Spehr

    Relesed U.S. declassified Confidential and Secret U.S. State Department messages confirm the U.S. knew that 99 percent of West Papuans in 1967 did not want Indonesia in their country and this data came from an Indonesian diplomat who had just returned from Australia. So the 1969 "Act of Free Choice" was a farst where 1025 West Papuans were threatened by the Indo. military if they didn't vote for Indonesian government their family and friends would die! Freeport signed mining contracts with Indonesia before 1963 military invasion of West Papua! Talk about government and corporate corruption!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  17. Kurt Spehr

    Call former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry (Heinz) Kissinger who has served on the Freeport McMoran Mining Corporation Board and who does the blood money dealing in Jakarta Indonesia for his firm! His pockets are lined with blood stained gold!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  18. Kurt Spehr

    Allan Nairn, International Independent Journalist witnessed the Indonesian military murder 300 Christians in a cemetry in East Timor! That is why International Journalists are banned by Indonesia in West Papua! God forbid the genocide truth be leaked out!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  19. Kurt Spehr

    This is U.S. Corporate greed gone wild!

    March 27, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  20. Kurt Spehr

    Could Freeport McMoran/Rio Tinto Mining Corporations have a blood money interest in the West Papuan genocide which President Obama took campaing money from them because they are operating the most wealth gold/silver/copper mine in West Papua New Guinea which the native population receives nothing from and the Indonesian military guards zealously for "lunch money."

    March 27, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  21. Kurt Spehr

    Why don't you call Allan Nairn who was a victim journalist of Indonesian military attrocities in East Timor to tell the American people how our taxmoney is aiding the Indonesian Muslim military kill West Papuan Christian indigenous natives that helped our G.I.'s in WWII like John F. Kennedy?

    March 27, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  22. Kurt Spehr

    Ask Rick S, and your guests today if they know where West Papua is? Why is the Fransican U.N. Report on a slow genocide being ignored in our country by the U.S. press? Why is our government supporting a genocide in West Papua New Guinea just above Australia?

    March 27, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  23. Kurt Spehr

    Indonesia is using U.S. weapons and training from Obama to kill West Papuan Christians which is a human rights violation? Why is the International Press banned from West Papua? Could it be the Fransican Report that a slow genocide is in progress to murder the native population? Why is the spotlight of the U.S. press not on Republicans asking President Obama why we are training Indonesian Muslim troops to kill West Papuan indigenous Christians?

    March 27, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  24. Jim Thomas

    USA, just vote obama out of office along with his band of idiots while we still have a country left.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  25. Doug Ericson

    I don't know how Rick Santorum managed to get his own hour, the best spot, the longest interview, and a personal sitdown, ( In this Republican Presidential Nomination trifecta interview conducted by Wolf Blitzer and CNN) , but it was great theatre. Ricks presence grows every week and his smiling daughters seem to get more beautiful. Forget the issues, Rick is putting on a fire and brimstone show in the best evangelical fashion. Rick is flat out entertaining.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  26. Branon McLean

    I truly can't believe Santorum is trying to defend himself on his statements that he made. It iis very CLEAR as to what he said and for him to go back and lie about what he was supposedly trying to say instead of taking accountability for what he actualy truly did say is disgustinng on his part and I think he should drop out of the race completely.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  27. Murray

    @ GVeteran, I have been saying the same thing for days now. Why is it NOT unconstitutional for the Government to require that anyone who drives a car to have auto insurance, but requiring health insurance is? When people go uninsured, and they file into the Emergency Room as indigent care, we ALL pay for it. The difference is that these uninsured patients are "billed" by the hospitals at exorbitant rates, and their "bills" are paid for by the American People.

    If, instead, everyone were insured, the insurance rates would be the same for everyone, and overall costs to ALL of us would come down. it is basic economics.

    And as for the Republican Scare Tactic that, under Obamacare, a 15-person panel would decide our medical care (which, on its face, is an absurd notion ... that 15 people could rule on ALL medical decisions across 300 million people), have we forgtten the alternative.

    The alternative, for decades, has been for the INSURANCE COMPANIES to decide who gets what coverage. The Insurance Companies have decided what medical care is coverd and what is not. And we ALL know where their loyalties lie. So now comes the idea of a Government entity, with no dog in the fight ... that is (at least in theory) there to protect the consumer against the greed of Big Business and ...

    ... out come the Republican defenders of Big Business, with their predictable Scare Tactics.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  28. Murray

    Would someone please tell Santorum that Obama has NOT been in office FOUR years!


    March 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  29. GVetearn

    I am watching the interview with Santorum and I am in disbelief at his lies. The apocalipse,really? It is sad when they have to turn to such tactics. Doesn't evryone have to purchase auto insurance if they have a car, which one is more important, a car or a life of a human being? We know what the republicans think

    March 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Nitish

      Someone please tell Santorum that Romney was not even gornveor during the time of the Wall street bailouts and Romney unlike Santorum never spent anytime working for the federal government so how is Romney responsible for the Wall street bailouts. Romney has been quite vocal in his opposition to the auto bailout and the mortgage bailout and has taken heat for those positions from the DNC.Santorum's talking points are nothing but manufactured lies and Romney's team had better pounce on him for his dishonesty. The media won't correct Santorum so it is up to Romney to set the record straight asap.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  30. Murray

    Santorum is by far the most outspoken Republican candidate (in recent memory anyway) with respect to limiting the role and influence of Government in our lives. He slams Obamacare at the greates evidence of an assualt on our individual freedoms. His campaign adds talk of apocalyptic consequences if Obama is not stopped.

    And yet ... it is the Republicans (and Santorum, louder than any) who wants to the US Government to directly limit the abiltiy of the American People to live as they so choose. He condemns pornography, which is a protected form of speech. If one does not like approve of pornography, then don't view it. Don't stop others who do.

    If one does not approve of abortion, then don't practice it. Don't prevent those who have no problem with it.

    If one does not approve of gay/lesbian unions, then stay out of the issue. But don't stop those who have no problem with it.

    I find it utterly two-faced for Republicans to bemoan the intrusion of Government, when they are the ones who most strongly want to use the power of Government to advance their views.

    They are opposed to Government subsidies of individuals ... but not of Big Business.

    I'm sick of the disingenuous double-talk.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  31. Jay

    Gingrich and Santorum are both arrogant self-centered buffons. Being an independent, I would never vote for either of these self-braggers. Romney is so far ahead of these two that the Republicans had better wake up and smell the coffee or BS (Santorum's words). Romney is the only sane one of the Republicans running agains Obama.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  32. Murray

    Santorum also attempted to spin his own poor choice of words recently uttered about Republicans being better off voting for Obama than Romney. In his spin, he says he was describing what he thought or imagined "the People" might say. But his actual words were not that at all. His actual words were that "we would be better off."

    March 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  33. Cas


    Thank you for putting these guys to task. It's good for the public to see them in a situation where they have to think on their feet and answer logical, rational questions. The guys who can't answer these questions with coherent, cohesive, and intelligent answers should not be on the ballot this November.
    It is fantastic to not see a political interview that doesn't focus on etch-a-sketches, sound bites, and rhetoric. An interview that holds candidates accountable for what they say and how they say it is what everyone needs to see.
    And for those who call CNN biased, give it up. The balance between the personalities and their styles of interviewing and reporting on candidates removes the bias and spin of single-dimensional reporting.
    Thanks for the great work!

    March 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  34. Murray

    Santorum passionately defends his criticism of NYT reporter who, he claims, took his words out of context. Yet it wasn't all that long ago that Santorum took Obama's comments out of context with respect to encouraging young people to get a decent education. Obama clearly included trade schools along with four-year education. Further, Obama clearly said that he wanted to advance policies that would make it possible for anyone who wants to get an education to be able to do so. To this, Santorum called Obama a "snob," and in his rant wrongly quoted Obama as "requiring" everyone to have a four-year education.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  35. David

    Someone should tell Newt that the Falcons are Atlanta's comeback team not the Cardinals. He proudly claimed that he is from Atlanta and that like the Cardinals he will comeback.. Newt, you should check your facts before speaking if you want to be taken more seriously... Otherwise, it is just more of the same – blah, blah, blah.

    Really? Really?? Really???

    March 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  36. Mike Cornett

    Wolf: All these canadates have some good ideas, BUT how do they plan to get these thru a "Do Nothing" Congress ??

    A bridge to to speak. Mike Cornett, Mount Vernon, Illinois.

    March 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

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