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March 5th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Starting Point Live Blog for Monday, March 5th

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," is live at 7am Eastern. This morning, Soledad will talk with our panelists Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Naftali Bendavid with the "Wall Street Journal" and Abby Livingston, daughter of former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. Top stories today include:

* Mitt Romney's momentum seems to be picking up steam as he heads into Super Tuesday, and over the weekend he picked up the endorsement of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Soledad will ask Cantor about his endorsement live at 7amET.
* We'll preview President Obama's meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Iran being front and center in that discussion.
* Our guests will also address if Rush Limbaugh's apology for criticizing Sandra Fluke and calling her a "slut" is enough.

Share your comments in the section below. If you're not by a TV, you can watch us here at CNN.com/Live. Let's get started.

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[Updated 8:40 a.m.] Newt Gingrich says doesn't think there will be a brokered convention...predicts a candidate will break out from the pack around May.

[Updated 8:36 a.m.] Newt Gingrich: "I represent much larger change...willingness to take on the system." He adds: "I have a tradition of being very clear where I stand."

[Updated 8:36 a.m.] GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says "I'm pretty comfortable betting on Georgia" for a Super Tuesday win.

[Updated 8:09 a.m.] Sen. John McCain on the Russian elections, says "Putin's days are numbered."

[Updated 8:05 a.m.] Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Iran: "I'd like the President to say 'here are the red lines.' If Iranians cross those red lines, action will be taken." "If there was a country in our hemisphere dedicated to our destruction, i don't think we'd rely on another country for our security."

[Updated 7:38 a.m.] Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Newt Gingrich supporter, says Gingrich doesn't just talk the talk, he has walked the walk. "He's my man."

[Updated 7:20 a.m.] Louisiana shrimper Dean Blanchard responds to BP's $7.8 billion settlement, says he thinks he lost about $18 million since it happened. "Everything has a beginning and end, for some reason no one can tell me where the end is."

[Updated 7:10 a.m.] Rep. Cantor on Iran: "What I'm concerned about is [President Obama's] commitment to follow through" in not letting Iran get a nuclear weapon. "Where is the American injection of influence to address these situations?" "Are you going to accept Iran's capability or wait till it has the weapon?"

[Updated 7:01 a.m.] Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) says he endorsed Mitt Romney because he's the only candidate who has a pro-growth economic plan.

[Updated 7:00 a.m.] First song change up: Soledad was more in the mood for "Back in Black" by AC/DC. Let's get this Monday before Super Tuesday started right!


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  1. Kim Moore

    Soledad, I am trying to share your morning interview with Dean Blanchard regarding his meeting with Ken Feinberg, is there a video copy of the interview this am?

    Thank you

    March 5, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jan

    While I don't agree with the language used by Rush Limbaugh when is comes to Ms. Fluke, I am curious why have we not seen this same media hype when it comes to people like Ed Schultz or Bill Mahrer? Both of these guys have called women "sluts" and far worse. Of course, they were calling conservative women those names, so I assume that is why the media gives them a pass. Bill Mahrer has called Sarah Palin a "c", and I don't think I've heard an apology, that she has gotten a call from the President, or that CNN and other networks have run the clip of him saying that over and over and over. We also have not heard on CNN that Democrat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was actually on a Bill Mahrer show the very night he called Sarah Palin some very vile things, and Debbie did not challenge him or chastise him for those comments. Seems she is a bit selective with her outrage now.

    As far as Ms. Fluke, I am also curious why the media is portraying her a simply a college student? This 30 year old woman is an activist when it comes to the feminist movement and reproductive "rights". The Democrats didn't just pull a young college student off campus to go testify. This woman is a professional activist, yet we haven't heard that in the media.

    There is no "right" to free birth control. There is also is not going to be any changes to "access" to it. There is plenty of access now, and there will continue to be. It appears that Democrats are using a poll tested word, and their allies in the media seem to be happy in promoting the myth that somehow women will lose "access" to contraception if they don't get it for free. No wonder so many people don't trust the media, and can clearly see the bias coming from many of our major networks and newspapers.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. nghiacoi

    so COOl !!!

    March 5, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse | Reply

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