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With "Crossfire" returning to CNN this Monday, September 9, CNN is taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.
In this video, Newt Gingrich opens up about one of his passions aside from politics and history – his love of animals and the outdoors.
Gingrich and his wife, Callista, have traveled all over the world to see different animals. He says one of the most amazing experiences was seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda. “We’re looking at a family of mountain gorillas, and not 10 feet from us a mother gorilla is laying on her back with a baby gorilla on her tummy, and they kiss,” he describes. ”It doesn’t get any better than that.”
In this video, Van Jones, a former special adviser to President Obama for green jobs, reflects on his memories of watching “Crossfire” with his father and on his hopes for the future of the program.
Jones, who says he doesn’t come from a traditional Washington background, says as a teenager in the early 1980s, he learned a lot watching the program with his father, whom he describes as a “black ex-military Southerner” who didn’t agree with liberals or conservatives. “I got to understand through his eyes that there’s way more points of view in America than you can ever get on TV,” explains Jones. “So I’m excited about getting a chance to bring some of those perspectives.”
With "Crossfire" returning to CNN on Monday, we’re taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.
Stephanie Cutter, who joined the 2008 Obama campaign as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, reveals the process behind developing the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” health initiative, which is dedicated to ending childhood obesity.
Cutter says the first lady first began floating the idea during the 2008 campaign, and it evolved from Michelle Obama’s experiences as a working parent. “She tells the story of working a full-time job and figuring out what she could give her children for dinner, and it was just easier to drive through the drive-thru,” explains Cutter.
In this first video, S.E. Cupp, a columnist, commentator and author, delves into her experiences with understanding religion and what it’s like to be an atheist and a conservative.
"To me, it never seemed like a contradiction," Cupp explains. "We have the same values," Cupp says of herself and religious believers. "I just think I get them from somewhere else."
Crossfire hosts Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones show that even hosts on the same side can disagree as they examine the importance of public opinion and congressional approval for a strike in Syria and President Obama's agenda.
Author, documentary filmmaker, historian, Speaker of the House (1995-1999), and 2012 Republican presidential candidate
Fmr. Obama Deputy Campaign Mgr. and W.H. Sr. Adviser, founder of Precision Strategies, fmr. Sr. Adviser to Maj. Leader Reid and Sen. Kennedy
Conservative columnist for New York Daily News, contributing editor at Townhall Magazine, commentator and author
Former Special Adviser for Green Jobs under President Obama, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, author and attorney
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