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August 31st, 2012
07:13 PM ET

Rick Santorum on Obama's welfare policies: "He believes in a heavier hand of government"

Coming up this evening, Piers Morgan sits down with former Pennsylvania senator and runner-up in this year's GOP presidential race Rick Santorum and his wife Karen Santorum.

During the interview, Morgan and Sen. Santorum engage in a lively debate over Santorum's theory that the current policies put in place by the Obama administration encourages people to be overly dependent on the government. Santorum thinks that Obama has "dramatically increased the social welfare state in this country." "You can make the argument that he believes that’s a good thing," Santorum says.

"He [Obama] believes in a heavier hand of government and I would make the argument that that leads people to be dependant upon Washington for them to be provided for and I think that is a dangerous thing."

Watch the clip and tune in tonight at 9 p.m. to see the entire interview as well as highlights from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
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August 31st, 2012
04:17 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Jon Voight on Clint Eastwood's Speech; Gov. Scott Walker on Romney's "charitable sense"

On Thursday, Piers Morgan reported live from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Actor Jon Voight weighed in on Clint Eastwood's address to the RNC earlier in the evening. "It was a tremendous thing for him [Eastwood] to show up," said Voight. "He’s a guy who doesn’t do a lot of public speaking."

In response to the public's general assessment of Eastwood's speech Voight stayed unbiased:

"It depends on which side you’re on in all of this. Obviously people are gonna try to find negatives if you’re on the left, you’re gonna try to find negatives on the night. You’re on the conservative side you’re gonna enjoy all the things that were intended."

Morgan also spoke to Governor Scott Walker on the convention floor where Walker talked about Romney's "quiet charitable sense."

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Need to Know News: Romney offers Reaganesque themes in accepting GOP nomination; Communities focus on cleanup as Isaac weakens
August 31st, 2012
08:49 AM ET

Need to Know News: Romney offers Reaganesque themes in accepting GOP nomination; Communities focus on cleanup as Isaac weakens

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For August 31, 2012 – Mitt Romney offers Reaganesque themes in accepting GOP nomination, communities focus on cleanup as Isaac weakens and Clint Eastwood, the empty chair and the speech everyone's talking about...

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August 30th, 2012
06:02 PM ET

Tonight: John and Cindy McCain

Coming up this evening, Piers Morgan sits down with Arizona Senator John McCain and his wife Cindy McCain on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Tonight the McCains respond to the infamous 'legitimate rape' comments made by Rep. Todd Akin and discuss how it affects the overall GOP platform and presidential election. “As a woman, I’m sorry for that,” says Mrs. McCain. “But it’s also not the most important issue that is driving this campaign."

"I agree it was harmful to our party," the senator says. "What Mr. Congressman Akin was talking about was not abortion. It was about rape. That's why all of us find it totally unacceptable what he said. We were offended that he should state such a thing."

The former presidential nominee is ready for Akin to step down: FULL POST

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August 30th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Jimmy LaSalvia and Joel Stein on gay Republicans; Rudy Guliani on the GOP ticket's foreign policy experience

Wednesday, during a live midnight show of "Piers Morgan Tonight" inside the Republican National Convention, Piers Morgan sat down with GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia and Time magazine columnist Joel Stein. The gentlemen discussed the GOP's appeal to gay voters despite their stance on social issues:

"Gay Americans are living in the Obama economy," explained LaSalvia. "And that’s the reality that all voters are facing when they go into the voting booth."

LaSalvia told Morgan that he is a supporter of the GOP ticket even though the platform is against gay marriage and most gay rights. He noted "the issues that are front and center in this election are the same for all Americans including gay Americans."

Stein was not surprised by the number of gay Republicans represented at the RNC. "There are more gay Republicans than you think," Stein told Morgan. "The fight here at the Republican National Convention is between the Right and the Very Far Right," explained Stein. "It’s a bit of a fight even among the gay Republicans."

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani also joined Morgan at the CNN Grill and addressed the perceived lack of foreign policy experience on the Romney-Ryan ticket. "They [Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan] certainly have a lot more than Barack Obama did when Barack Obama got elected president. He had none," FULL POST

August 30th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Chris Christie on his RNC speech; Condoleezza Rice on her new membership at Augusta National Golf Club

On Wednesday night, Piers Morgan spoke with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just a day after his keynote address at the Republican National Convention.

During the interview, the famously straightforward Christie bluntly addressed criticism that his speech was, as Morgan described it, "entirely a pitch and play" for Christie's ambitions for president. "This is really kind of silly stuff," said Christie.

"I understand that folks in the media have nothing better to do but to do that kind of stuff and they want to create controversy. I understand that because the conventions have become kinda pre-packaged shows, you all want to have something different to talk about."

Christie clarified his speaking role at last night's convention festivities:

"My job last night was to lay out what the difference is between Republican governance, Republican ideals and Democratic ideals and what that’s gonna mean for our country in the next four years," he clarified. "And I was really happy with the way it went."

Also, earlier in the day, Morgan congratulated former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice on being accepted as one of the first two female members of the Augusta National Golf Club. FULL POST

Need to Know News: Isaac's storm surge forces thousands to evacuate; Ryan's speech gives undecided voters mild nudge toward Romney
August 30th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

Need to Know News: Isaac's storm surge forces thousands to evacuate; Ryan's speech gives undecided voters mild nudge toward Romney

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For August 30, 2012 – Isaac's storm surge forces thousands to evacuate and traps others, Paul Ryan's speech gives undecided voters mild nudge toward Mitt Romney and Penn State to give back trophies because of NCAA sanctions... FULL POST

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August 29th, 2012
09:00 PM ET

Michele Bachmann on Mitt Romney's popularity among women voters, Paul Ryan and the best speech of Tuesday night

Piers Morgan joined Minnesota Senator Michele Bachmann on the convention floor and talked about everything from the convention speakers to the latest polls. The most recent polls show Mitt Romney losing in the popularity battle for women voters against Barack Obama. "You've gotta aggregate the data," Bachmann explained, "because if you look at it, married women tend to support Mitt Romney more, single women tend to support Barack Obama more."

Bachmann added that Romney's policies will definitely benefit married women:

"Mitt Romney's going to make life a lot more affordable. He's gonna bring prices down and that's really good for women because women do a lot of the shopping in families."

The former presidential candidate also weighed in on Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan. She says Ryan's "insider expertise, knowing the budget better than anyone else on Capitol Hill" is a great asset to the GOP ticket. Looking forward to Ryan's big speech tonight, Bachmann thinks the vice presidential candidate will "talk about the way forward and how we are going to make America a growth economy."

"That's what we need," said Bachmann. "We've been stagnant to falling [economically] and Paul has a great plan for seeing us grow."

Also, last night's speeches by both New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Mitt Romney's wife Ann Romney were fresh on Bachmann's mind and although Christie successfully talked about "big ideas" and "principles of who we are in this country and who we are as conservatives," Bachmann felt that the "night belonged to Ann Romney." FULL POST

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August 29th, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Tonight: Condoleezza Rice

This evening, Piers Morgan sits down with Condoleezza Rice at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. After a rousing speech Tuesday night by Ann Romney that highlighted mothers and women, Rice talks to Morgan about Mitt Romney's lack of popularity among women and minority voters.

"What we have to do is - as a party - is to explain to people why these issues which are so prevalent among Americans in general also speaks to concerns for minorities and women." says Rice.

Rice suggests Americans look at the policies that are currently implemented under the Obama administration as a measurement for the government's success. "Ultimately, one has to ask are these policies that are helping America, and in particular, are they helping some of the most vulnerable among minorities, kids in failing schools, unemployed youth?" FULL POST

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August 29th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Jeb Bush on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and taxation in the United States

Tuesday Piers Morgan sat down with Jeb Bush and discussed the Romney campaign. The former governor of Florida advised Mitt Romney of two things he thinks will help the Republican presidential candidate win the election: "To layout a compelling alternative to the mess we're in," and "to share the Mitt Romney story."

"It's amazing that we live in a time where people see their candidates a lot but they don't really always get a chance to know them. And I think Mitt Romney's a reserved man," Bush noted.

The son and brother of two former presidents also addressed his own opinion on tax reform. Bush believes new taxes is something the government should not be opposed to:

"We need to grow the economy and then deal with these out-year spending costs that are just unacceptable and unsustainable," Bush explained. FULL POST

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