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Wednesday
Jan092013

White House Responds to Piers Morgan Petition

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has issued an official response to the online petition calling for CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported back to Great Britain for his “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment.”

In the response, White House press secretary Jay Carney urged Americans to not let “arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First.”

The petition gained more than 100,000 signatures on the White House site, well beyond the 25,000 necessary to warrant a response, after Morgan spoke out in strong support of gun control following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The petition demanded Morgan “be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

In his response, Carney underscored that “the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press -- fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.”

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Thursday
Oct202011

Cain Tweets: 'I'm 100% Pro-life. End of Story.'

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Cain’s interview with Piers Morgan on Wednesday may have left many of his supporters confused. While he reiterated his opposition to abortion in all cases -- he acknowledged the right of the individual and the family to make personal decisions.

But on Thursday, he sought to clear the waters with a tweet, posting: “I'm 100% pro-life. End of story.”

His campaign says it plans to send out a statement later Thursday.

Cain ran his Georgia Senate campaign in 2004 on being a staunch conservative especially on the issue of abortion. In the past he has indicated he would sign legislation that would protect the ‘sanctity of life’ and support defunding Planned Parenthood on the premise that one of the organization’s goals was to lower the number of African American children.

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Thursday
Aug182011

Christine O'Donnell vs. Piers Morgan: Twitter War over Walk-Off

Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell walked off her remote link-up with CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday, declaring host Piers Morgan "rude" when he demanded her positions on masturbation, gay marriage and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, the pair wasn't done exchanging fire: She and Morgan continued to toss quips at one another via Twitter and TV.

"I only appeared to go on the Piers Morgan Show because he promised not to hack my cell phone," O'Donnell tweeted Wednesday, referring to a phone hacking scandal at News of the World, a newspaper that Morgan once edited.

Then, replying to Morgan's on-air request to return to his show and explain her behavior, O'Donnell tweeted, "Piers, thanks for the invite. Schedule is already packed, maybe another night. No hard feelings, you cheeky bugger."

Besides tweets promoting the interview, Morgan also had some zingers in his bag.

"Do you think Christine O'Donnell is going to put a witch's curse on me now?" he asked in a tweet Wednesday evening.

Morgan also re-tweeted various messages commenting on the interview, including one from Wanda Sykes noting the timing of O'Donnell's walk-off, coming as it did after she answered questions about witchcraft, her Senate campaign gaffes and sex-related topics.

"Watching @piersmorgan interview Christine O'Donnell," went the Sykes tweet. "She leaves after a ? on gay marriage. Waiting to see her grab her broom and fly off."

Both parties also took to the airwaves to argue their cases after the show was taped.

Morgan discussed the "rather bizarre encounter" with Anderson Cooper on CNN before the interview aired Wednesday evening.

"I don't think anybody who watches the interview would deduce I was being rude -- I mean, a little bit cheeky maybe, but not rude," Morgan said. "I found it odd that she would use that particular moment to leave, because I think on reflection, when she looks back on this, it looks like she has something to hide -- in other words, that her view would be so extreme or contentious that it would cause her political damage."

However, O'Donnell told the Washington, D.C., Fox station Thursday morning that "it wasn't the questions about gay marriage" that prompted her walk-off, but the sum of the sex-infused interview questions -- which she described as "borderline creepy" -- and because, she said, the interview went long and she was late for another engagement.

"I’m not a 20-year-old on MTV right now, so let’s get back to the political issues that I lay out in the book -- and he wouldn’t let up," she said. “I was not there to talk about sex -- and he would not stop trying to talk about sex."

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Wednesday
Aug172011

Christine O'Donnell Walks Out on Piers Morgan Interview

Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Whatever you do, stay on message when interviewing Christine O'Donnell.

The former Tea Party-backed Senate candidate from Delaware walked off a remote hookup with the CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight, declaring the host to be "rude" as he repeatedly asked for her positions on gay marriage and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

O'Donnell said she only wanted to talk about her new book on Tea Party ideals, titled Trouble Maker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again -- though earlier, before a commercial break, Morgan played clips on her well-known gaffes about once practicing witchcraft and then, in a campaign ad, denying she was a witch.

Pressed by Morgan on why she began to become "so weird" when the gay-related issues came up, O'Donnell said she chose not to answer because she was "not running for office."

"I'm promoting the policies that I laid out in the book that are mostly fiscal, that are mostly constitutional," she said. "That's why I agreed to come on your show. That's what I want to talk about. I'm not being weird. You're being a little rude."

"I'm baffled as to why you think I'm being rude," Morgan said. "I think I'm being rather charming and respectful. I'm just asking you questions based on your own public statements and, now, what you've written in your own book. It's hardly rude to ask you that, surely."

Bad host, O'Donnell countered.

"Well, don't you think as a host if I say, 'This is what I want to talk about,' that's what we should address?" she asked.

"Uh, not really, no," Morgan said. "You're a politician."

O'Donnell soon signaled to someone off camera, where a female voice could be heard saying, "It's time to go," and O'Donnell announced she was "being pulled away."

Soon, a shadowy body stepped between O'Donnell and the remote studio's camera, obstructing the view of O'Donnell.

"Are we off?" she soon asked, her earpiece apparently removed. "Are we done?"

"I'm still here," Morgan said, as a male voice at O'Donnell's location relayed Morgan's message.

"Well ..." O'Donnell answered, trailing off into a chuckle, as her remote shot concluded.

"It would appear that the interview has just been ended because I had the audacity to ask questions about the issues that are in this book," Morgan declared.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Romney: 'If You Want to Learn More About My Church, Talk to My Church'

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, the second part of which aired Tuesday night on the network, presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushed back against the host's questions about how his Mormon faith may influence his policy should he win the White House in 2012.

Asked whether it's actually possible to separate his faith from his job as president should he be elected, Romney responded, "Absolutely. You don't begin to apply doctrines of a religion to the responsibility of guiding a nation or guiding a state."

Romney explained that he is pro-life and that he is in favor of gay rights but believes that marriage should be a union between a man and a woman, Morgan pressed him on what the Mormon church says about gay rights, asking, "What is the Mormon position on homosexuality being a sin?"

"I'm not a spokesman for my church," Romney responded.

"But don't you know?" interrupted Morgan.

"I'm not a spokesman for my church. And one thing I'm not going to do in running for president is become a spokesman for my church or apply a religious test that is simply forbidden by the Constitution, I'm not going there," said Romney. "If you want to learn about my church, talk to my church."

Unrelenting, Morgan went on asking Romney, "Well, do you personally think homosexuality is a sin?"

"Nice try, but I'm not going to get into that," said Romney. "I'm not here in a religious context, I'm here as a candidate for president, and as a candidate for president or as a president I have to represent the interests of all the people," said Romney.

Romney's wife Ann joined the him for the later part of the interview, during which Morgan joked that at least the couple's Mormon faith eliminates the risk of scandal during their quest for the White House. Romney says he has only tried alcohol once and has never used drugs. He also has never had an extramarital affair, he told Morgan.

"This is one of your trump cards, the one thing we don't have to worry about is something tumbling out of the cupboard," said Morgan, alluding to the most recent political scandal involving Congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

"Better not," replied Ann Romney, laughing.

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