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September 12th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Alina Cho's exclusive interview with Marc Jacobs on his career, New York Fashion Week

It's Fashion Week in New York City, and you know what that means: Fashionistas everywhere clamoring to get a peek at the latest spring 2012 trends walking the runway.

The fashion world has a reputation for being fickle, but there's one American designer who has dominated the scene for nearly two decades - and things are only looking up from here.

CNN's Alina Cho sits down with fashion legend Marc Jacobs for a rare, exclusive interview. See the entire interview here.

Filed under: Fashion
September 12th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

In Depth: What would a Rick Perry economy look like?

It looks like Rick Perry is gaining some real traction in the race for the White House.

In the latest CNN-ORC poll released this morning, Republican voters were asked "Which GOP candidate is most likely to get the economy moving?"

Perry comes out on top with 35% of poll participants, with 26% selecting Mitt Romney and both Ron Paul and Sarah Palin well behind the pack.

This begs the question: What would a hypothetical President Perry economy look like?

This morning on American Morning, Potomac Research Group chief political strategist Greg Valliere explains to Christine Romans what the economy could look like if Rick Perry were to win the Presidency.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
September 12th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Tea Party favorite Herman Cain: Racism 'doesn't exist in the movement'

Although the latest CNN/ORC poll has presidential hopeful and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain polling at just 6%, he has strong support in the Tea Party, the movement that was extremely influential in last year's GOP primaries in the midterm elections that helped the Republicans win back control of the House of Representatives.

"My supporters are consistent, and they don't defect," Cain says on today's American Morning. "So we are going to continue to move up."

Cain is optimistic as he looks toward tonight's CNN/Tea Party debate in Florida, where himself and seven other GOP contenders for the Republican nomination will square off about issues like the economy and Social Security.

Cain breaks down his 999 jobs plan and weighs in on racism in the Tea Party with Ali Velshi on today's show.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
September 12th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Tonight's debate highlights Tea Party's political influence

As the 2012 GOP presidential candidates look toward the first ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate, new CNN/ORC polling indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining his lead in the race for the nomination.

Social Security is certain to be a topic of discussion at tonight's debate, after a battle over the program launched last week between the top two GOP presidential contenders, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

This morning on American Morning, CNN contributors Dana Loesch and Alex Castellanos join Ali Velshi in Tampa to talk about what they'll be looking out for in tonight's CNN debate, and what this debate means for the Tea Party's influence.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Tea Party
September 12th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer insists the Tea Party will choose GOP presidential candidate

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Ali Velshi is live in Tampa, Florida ahead of tonight's CNN Tea Party debate.

The debate, being held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, will also give the six other candidates on the stage a chance to change what many are portraying as a two-person race between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Eight candidates are trying to convince the grass roots voters here that they have solutions. And in a CNN poll released this morning we're seeing that among Tea Party voters, Texas Governor Rick Perry is the favorite, getting 38% of voters in our poll.

But will we hear the usual talking points at tonight's debate? Not if Tea Party Express's Amy Kremer has anything to say about it. She joined Ali live this morning to explain what she hopes to hear from candidates.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Tea Party
September 12th, 2011
05:22 AM ET

Talk Back: Will Rick Perry's stance on Social Security hurt his campaign?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

During last week's GOP debate, Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry stood by his statement that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme,"  saying "maybe it's time to have provocative language" because the current Social Security system will fail younger workers.

Although economists acknowledge that Social Security needs to be reformed, the program has enough money to pay full retiree benefits for the next 25 years, and 77% of benefits for sixty years after that.

Perry's remarks have drawn criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle, although others, like CNN contributor Eric Erickson, are applauding his straight talk.

Talk Back: Will Rick Perry's stance on social security hurt his campaign?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Talk Back