State of the Union

State of the Union

Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy—covering Washington, the country, and the world.


September 17, 2023 41 mins

First: UAW workers at 3 major US auto manufacturer plants are on strike due to income inequality and poor conditions. Mike Pence says that the question of CEOs making 400 times as much as the average worker should be left to the companies' shareholders.

Next: Sen. Bernie Sanders says he fully supports UAW's goals, and that companies could easily improve pay and benefits. The CEO of General Motors makes $29 million a year, while ne...

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First: Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley talks about the statement from the G20 on the war in Ukraine, describes China as "an enemy", and says the US should stop immigrants from entering the US from Mexico.

Then: Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks about the statement from the G20 on the war in Ukraine, and declines to speak on Elon Musk's alleged prevention of a Ukrainian drone attack on a Russian navy fleet.


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First: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo talks to Dana Bash about US-China economic relations, the Biden administration's economic policy, and the economics of abortion restrictions.

Next: Republican Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) speaks on Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) health status, hurricane relief efforts, and how he believes congress might avoid a government shutdown.

Then: this week's panel, Kate Bedingfield, Doug Heye, Scott Jenni...

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First, three black Americans and a white shooter are dead after an attack in Jacksonville, Florida. The FBI is investigating the case as a hate crime. Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy shares his thoughts.

Plus, with Joe Biden's poll numbers stagnant, his one-time competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders heads to a key state with a warning. The panel shares their thoughts on the Republican debate without Donald Trump present...

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First, Kasie Hunt goes one-on-one with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. They discuss how California is preparing for a dangerous storm, the increasing threat from severe weather events in the future, and challenges FEMA faces in its response to the Maui wildfires. Next, GOP presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson speaks with Kasie about qualifying for the GOP debate, what his strategy will be, and why he asserts Trump is constitut...

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First, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joins Jake to discuss what she witnessed after touring the wildfire devastation on Maui. Jake asks Sen. Hirono whether the federal response to the Maui fires is enough and gets her reaction to officials saying none of the 80 warning sirens on Maui were ever activated. To wrap-up, Jake asks Hirono if she thinks President Biden should declare a climate emergency.

Next, Jake interviews GOP pre...

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First: Donald Trump lashes out after a 3rd indictment. How will he defend himself? Will he go to trial before the election? Trump's attorney John Lauro speaks.

Next: Former Vice President and GOP presidential candidate Mike Pence criticizes Donald Trump and shares his thoughts on the case.

Plus: With just 2 weeks left until the GOP debate, other candidates struggle to break through. Chris Christie joins us on the show...

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First: As Donald Trump faces new charges with the potential for even more, he flexes his power over his party.

Next: Republican presidential hopefuls take their message to key early states, but can they overtake the frontrunner without taking him on? 2024 candidates Vivek Ramaswamy and Chris Christie weigh in.

Then: Is age just a number? Renewed concerns about aging political leaders. Candid...

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First: As Donald Trump faces a potential third indictment over his actions around January 6th, one of the leaders who was there that day, former Vice President Mike Pence, joins to answer if he thinks Trump should be charged if the DOJ has evidence Trump committed a crime. 

Next: Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi reacts to a potential third Trump indictment, Speaker McCarthy considering expunging impeachment measures against Trump, pub...

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First, Jake Tapper and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan look at how deepening rifts in Congress are shaping defense priorities as Biden signals a drawn out war in Ukraine. Then, with the Iowa caucuses just six months away, new numbers reveal GOP voters' views on the field. Jake goes one-on-one with GOP Presidential candidate Chris Christie who speaks frankly about Trump's "lie" and flamboyant claim that his own recent indict...

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First, Jake goes one-on-one with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) to ask him why he sees nothing wrong with Biden sending cluster bombs to Ukraine. Rep. McCaul also responds to the Biden administration’s efforts to strengthen diplomatic relations with China. Next, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calf.) breaks with the Biden administration over its decision to send cluster bombs to Ukraine. Jake also asks R...

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First: Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Dana Bash about the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness program.

Next: United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg reacts to the Supreme Court’s ruling limiting protections for LGBTQ+ Americans.

Then: Former New Jersey Governor and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie weighs in on the ...

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First: Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks to Dana Bash about the latest developments in Russia and his recent trip to China, where he met with Xi Jinping. 

Next: Retired General and former CIA Director David Petraeus shares his thoughts on the state of Russian President Vladimir Putin following the failed Wagner insurrection. 

Then: Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar discusses the future of abortion rights a year aft...

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First, Jake Tapper goes one-on-one with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie tells Jake that former President Donald Trump is a “petulant child when someone disagrees with him” after several former officials criticized him over his federal indictment. Jake also presses Christie on whether he would pledge to support Trump if he is the Republican nominee for president in 2024. After, Rep. Mike Turner discusses Secretar...

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First, Dana goes one-on-one with Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan. Bash pushes Jordan on the acceptability of former President Trump sharing information with individuals with no security clearance, and gets his reaction to Trump admitting on tape he knowingly shared classified information. Next, Dana interviews Rep. Dan Goldman, who responds to Rep. Jordan repeatedly asserting Trump had the remit to declassify every doc...

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First, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sits down with Dana to react to CNN’s reporting that federal prosecutors have audio of former President Trump discussing a classified document he kept after leaving office. Rep. Raskin also responds to voters’ concerns about President Biden’s age and answers when he’ll make his decision on running whether he’ll run for Senate. 

Then, Dana speaks with conservative hard-liner Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) ...

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First: President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached an "agreement in principle" last night to raise the debt limit. But with lawmakers on both sides skeptical, do they have the votes to pass it? Jake Tapper speaks with one of the GOP negotiators, South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson, as well as Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Representative Pramila Jayapal.

Next: More Republicans have jumped into the 2024 presidenti...

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First, Jake Tapper goes one-on-one with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Biden’s decision  to train Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 jets and what changed the President’s mind. Tapper also presses Sullivan on the Pentagon’s $3 billion accounting error on Ukraine aid and the US military's claim that it killed an Al-Qaeda leader in a strike in Syria. Tapper asks if Sullivan still has faith in the Secret Service after an intrude...

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With the flow of migrants into the U.S. lower than expected after the end of the Covid-era Title 42 border rule, Dana Bash asks Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the latest updates from the Southern border. Afterwards, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green tells Dana that last week saw more border crossings than any other week in U.S. history. 

Then, Dana asks Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wal...

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First, in a horrifying new normal, eight people were killed in a Texas shopping mall shooting rampage on Saturday. Jake interviews Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, for his reaction to the mass shooting, his efforts to change gun laws, and to answer what will it take to get American leaders to take action. 

Next, amid revelations of hidden payments to Supreme Court Justice Thomas's family, Jake speaks with ...

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