October 20, 2008

From Larry: Tonight on LKL (Post Questions/Comments Here)

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Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 7:22 pm ET

Do you think General Colin Powell gave it a lot of thought before making that statement. I believe C. Powell has damaged Obama's campaign. What do you think?

Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 7:24 pm ET

General Colin Powell told that magnificant story of weapons of mass destruction to the American people and to the world. His credibility is damaged. Why would Obama acknowledge him. He's damaged goods.

Hugh Carpenter from California   October 20th, 2008 7:29 pm ET

Joe from Maryland,

You keep kicking that dead horse!
Bush knew there were no WMD’s
But Keep It From Gen. Powell
Powell, unknowly told the world the Bush lie
Later, Powell found out he was used by the Bush lie
That’s why he left the Bush camp
Powell said Palin isn’t fit to be vice-president
Powell said it shows McCain used poor judgement.

Hugh Carpenter from California   October 20th, 2008 7:33 pm ET

Do you think O'Bama will choose Colin Powell to be his Secretary of Defense?

Janira   October 20th, 2008 7:33 pm ET


What do you think about Palin's Vice Presidential debate performance? Is it common for a nominee to evade so many questions during a vice presidential or presidential debate?

Julie   October 20th, 2008 7:35 pm ET

Why would any true Christian support the Mccain/Palin ticket, as John Mccain clearly said during the last debate that he would NEVER choose a supreme court justice for the fact that they were for or against Roe vs Wade? Furthermore, a true Christian should support Obama/Biden, as neither of these have left their first wife for a younger woman, which Mccain did in 1979.

Jack Krishone   October 20th, 2008 7:36 pm ET

Why doesn't Colin Powell stump for Obama if he endorses him? That would seem to put more meat behind his endorsement.

Jack Krishone   October 20th, 2008 7:38 pm ET

Is there a sense of relief that this eleection is finally winding down?

Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 7:42 pm ET

What! It took him 3 1/2 to 4 years to realize it was a farce. Who are you kidding? If he didn't know it was a farce, then he should follow the golden rule. " An old soldier never dies, he just fades away ". He should followed that rule. I for one would have had more respect for him. I'm suprised, you wouldn't. He's playing towards the middle and you know it. Trust me, it's going to backfire on him and the Obama camp. Let him drive down to Fort Benning, Georgia and let them play taps for his "Ranger Tab " and we'll put it to rest.

Julie   October 20th, 2008 7:43 pm ET

The fact that Mccain is using that goofy statement about the government handout is very smart because there are alot of uneducated people who are going to vote and most of these people do believe that government handouts make up most of the deficit, of course anyone who has had Government 101, KNOWS that government handouts to the poor only make up about 1% of the deficit! Why can't someone on CNN start a new show about teaching the general public about these matters? Then maybe before these people vote, they'll know what they're voting for.

lorraine - washington state   October 20th, 2008 7:45 pm ET

Colin Powell is very well respected both here in the USA and throughout the world – Powell would have never endorsed Obama if Obama was "palling around with terrorists"! He also spoke out about the McCain-Palin campaign strategies. I am more than tired of their hatred, prejudice and ignorance – they are bringing out the worst in some people, as evidenced by their rallies. Powell's endorsement of Obama is great, while Joe the Plumber's endorsement of McCain is a joke!

I would really like to hear from veterans and the troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Especially those who have been wounded. How are they and their families doing? Are they receiving help and getting benefits that they should be entitled to after the great sacrifices they have made fighting for us? Did they have adequate safety equipment while over there? It's been said that McCain voted AGAINST veterans. I would really like to know the TRUTH about that!! All I remember hearing from McCain about this is he will " take care" of the ones returning. REALLY – HOW??????

Julie   October 20th, 2008 7:49 pm ET

If Mccain takes away government programs then not only will our young people in Iraq have to worry about staying alive but they will have the added worry of if their wives and children have a home and are eating because I'm sure that most of these receive some type of program. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN

anna from ohio   October 20th, 2008 7:50 pm ET

Thank you COLIN POWELL and all those republicans out there that are endorsing OBAMA. They see the shame MR. MCCAIN is doing and they want no part of him and his dirty tricks cuz they know its gonna bite him in the end and PALIN is a train wreck waiting to crash.

Helen   October 20th, 2008 7:53 pm ET

I'm not sure I understand what a socialist is according to McCain and Palin. A few weeks ago I received $600 to stimulate the economy, Last week I lost $8.000 from my 401K to bail out the economy. Surely the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. So does McCain and Palin , they give with one hand and take away with the other under the guise of taxbreaks.

Frank   October 20th, 2008 7:54 pm ET

Why is America so mis-informed of the facts surrounding elections, politics?
Is middle American media responsible for the biased reporting of the facts important to elections or is it a matter of education levels in these regions?
Why do we need to turn to cable based news stations for in depth reporting for the facts?
Are there any efforts to report the necessary issues on main stream media?
Or are we looking at a large population of racist America, that will never change their political affiliations?

Frank   October 20th, 2008 7:57 pm ET

I saw an HBO documentary on election fraud, in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
What is going on with the Die Bold election booths and the ability to hack into election machines?

Julie   October 20th, 2008 7:58 pm ET

Colin Powell's endorsement for Obama is much more persuasive for me because first of all Joe the Plumber was lying about everything from his name to how much he made and I saw him on CNN and he said he thought the social security program should be done away with!! How ignorant is that? One needs to be educated enough to know what they're endorsing before they do. Its good to have normal citizens with real views on the media but not lying ones.

Hugh Carpenter from California   October 20th, 2008 8:03 pm ET

Do you think that what Rush Limbaugh said today on this radio show that Powells decision to endorse O'Bama was racially motivated, and I quote Limbaugh who said,"It Was Entirely About Race. " Or do you think it was as Powell put it, that he felt that the Republican party was abandoning him?

Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 8:15 pm ET

Does General Colin Powell even have an arguement that would suggest the Republican party abandoned him.

The way I see it, General Colin Powell left while American troops were on the ground in Iraq. You let a parent walk out on their children and that would be called abandonment. God bless our troops!

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 8:16 pm ET

Thanks Hugh,

Sometimes you just have to explain issues A FEW TIMES to these right wingers.

Powell makes more sense than anyone who has endorsed Obama lately. He slams McCains crappy tactics correctly.

Diane Montgomery   October 20th, 2008 8:16 pm ET

I don"t understand why the media has had little coverage of Todd Palins membership in the Alaskan Independent Party? Joe Vogler, their founder,was a violent radical man who always carried a magnum made explosives threatened the United States of America,and was to appear before the United Nations in 1993 (with the help of the then leader of Iran) to denounce America ! He died before he was to appear ,murdered by one of his parties members! Todd Palin was a member from 1991 intil 2002 and Ms. Palin gave the AIP a welcome speech in 2006 ! Now since Ms Palin likes to talk about Barack Obama "paling" around with terrorists and of course he's a socialist now, maybe she should look in her own backyard, at the Fascist Party her husband was a member of , a party whose beliefs she supported !! By the way the definition of Fascism is: A belief that the state and its control is GREATER THAN THE MASSES!! Sound familiar? Here is a quote fom Joe Fogler "The fires of hell are glaciers compared to my hatred for the American Government and I state I won't buried under their damn flag" Palin for Vice President, maybe President? Sounds like a big security risk to me!! By the way Vogler was buried in Canada .

Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 8:19 pm ET

The American people know very well what is going on with the election fraud. the ploblem is that it's driven by big money and the country is split right down the middle. You couldn't get two people to agree on much right now. Look at myself and Hugh, we've been going at it for days on the blog. Having said that, I will tell that Hugh is no dummy, we agree to disagree. I hope!

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 8:21 pm ET

i would like to know why no one is asking McCain how come one week he is saying obama is going to tax anyone making 40k, and this week Obamas tax plan is egual to welfare. What ever you think about colon Powells endorsement he said many things that people where thinking. His campaign is all over the place, He changes his attack depending on the weather. Colon Powell is a smart man and if he says that Palin is not ready, it only reinforced what many have been saying. I dont think Johns so called experience means much after seeing his campaign tactics. I dont want 4 more yrs of the same and i certainly dont want 4 yrs of negative and devisive presidency. Please john for the good of your country give up the negativity and joe the maybe kinda coulda woulda shoulda been a plumber and give the people some truth. YOurs truly disgusted in Mo.

June   October 20th, 2008 8:25 pm ET

LOL Joe in Maryland....are you sure you're not "Joe the Plumber or "Joe Six pack" or a compilation of all the Joes that Sarah knows?

sampathi   October 20th, 2008 8:26 pm ET


lorraine - washington state   October 20th, 2008 8:26 pm ET

When I heard that Colin Powell had endorsed Obama – first thing I thought was that the Republicans were going to start screaming that Powell's decision was racially motivated. Oh, come on already – this is getting insane!!!!!

My husband and I are senior citizens and white – we are voting Obama-Biden !! We also don't have much respect for Rush Limbaugh's opinion!!!

June   October 20th, 2008 8:32 pm ET

LOL.. It's not just Colin Powell. The Republican defections are coming in fast and furious. It's called "The Awakening or America." If you can't handle it. take some Asperin, go to sleep and when you wake up on Nov 4th, all will be well.

Denetra   October 20th, 2008 8:34 pm ET

I am a 29 year old from Aiken, SC and I have been watching both of the Presidental nominees and the media coverage very closely for the past few weeks. I am very disturbed by some of the things that have been going on. I don't understand how Obama's association to William Ayers is revelant and John McCain's association with Keating five isn't. It seems to me that the republican party is trying to make guilt by association when even in fact McCain has just as in his past that can be used aganist him, and now hinting on the use of his association to Wright is just as bad because his VP is linked to a pastor who went on a witch hunt; McCain had a pastor speak at one of his rally saying to god don't let Obama win because his god would trumph their god. I sit and wonder do people have a clue. I actually think that people say they are ready for change but aren't willing to do what is necessary to make change happen. One of the reason's I respect Obama is because not matter how nasty McCain and his party is he doesn't stoop to their level. I really wish that people would stop being so simple-minded and stop promoting hate in these critical times.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 8:35 pm ET

I wish someone would list the defections! They are so mumerous I can't remember them all.

Pam   October 20th, 2008 8:36 pm ET

To Julie (@7:43pm) How can you call yourself a Christian and vote for a man who is of Muslim decent, when you know that we are at war with Muslims who hate Christians, and Obama has stated that he would "stand with the Muslims" if he had to make a choice? I am so deeply angered that you people who would vote for Obama are so negligently putting me and my children's lives in danger by doing so. There have been many proven reports of Obama having Muslim ties and if you want to be so ignorant as to believe that does not mean that the seed will be planted to let more anti-Christians into the White House to cause whatever problems they see fit, then shame on you for ruining our futures. All this so that you can have a Democrat as President? Take off your rose-colored glasses and see the situation as it sincerely is. See the man for what he really is!

debbie   October 20th, 2008 8:36 pm ET

I find it interesting that MS. Palin is stating at rallies that Obama is against drilling for Oil. Here is what is posted on her Governors Page in Alaskabeofre she was selected to run for VP. Amazing how they are twisitn everything.
Palin Pleased with Obama's Energy Plan
Includes Alaska's Natural Gas Reserves Printer Friendly

No. 08-135

August 4, 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today responded to the energy plan put forward by the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

“I am pleased to see Senator Obama acknowledge the huge potential Alaska’s natural gas reserves represent in terms of clean energy and sound jobs,” Governor Palin said. “The steps taken by the Alaska State Legislature this past week demonstrate that we are ready, willing and able to supply the energy our nation needs.”

In a speech given in Lansing, Michigan, Senator Obama called for the completion of the Alaska natural gas pipeline, stating, “Over the next five years, we should also lease more of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for oil and gas production. And we should also tap more of our substantial natural gas reserves and work with the Canadian government to finally build the Alaska natural gas pipeline, delivering clean natural gas and creating good jobs in the process.”

Governor Palin also acknowledged the Senator’s proposal to offer $1,000 rebates to those struggling with the high cost of energy.

“We in Alaska feel that crunch and are taking steps to address it right here at home,” Governor Palin said. “This is a tool that must be on the table to buy us time until our long-term energy plans can be put into place. We have already enjoyed the support of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, and it is gratifying to see Senator Obama get on board.”

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 8:38 pm ET

pam you are so misinformed it is actually very said. someone has been drinking the Palin Koolaid. I would rather have rose colored glasses then see the world threw your eyes.

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 8:39 pm ET

sad sad sad

Brad   October 20th, 2008 8:40 pm ET


Do you have an endorsement for the presidential candidates?

Yehudah Freundlich   October 20th, 2008 8:40 pm ET

Obama should address the two areas that still leave the undecided queasy: Making government work and the role of ideology. The role of gov’t is the big political issue dividing the right and left. For the right there is no positive role that gov’t can play in the economy; it’s role is to get out of the way. On the left, gov’t can regulate, create jobs, nurture new technologies, protect, stimulate. Whereas the American people are divided at the center, on the whole they are basically ideologically center-right, but pragmatically center-left–which is probably the main reason why Obama leads in the polls at all but does not lead with huge margins. (Full disclosure: I am center-left.) When the behavior of New York banking institutions affects whether Ohio factories will stay open or closed, Americans will buy that gov’t must regulate or greed will control. But Americans mistrust gov’t. Obama should show how he will make gov’t work, going beyond partisan gridlock, cultural wars, lobbyists and earmarks to responsiveness, flexibility, and pragmatism. These issues are dear to Obama. He should inject them into the campaign.

He should also display leadership by laying out coordinated plans for dealing with the economic recession. Cite programs: (i) to stem the bleeding and ease the pain; (ii) to stimulate the economy and create jobs. He should how he would turn the major challenges we face: global warming, energy independence, rebuilding infrastructure (including technology infrastructure), the growth of new, world economies like China and India–show how he would turn these challenges into opportunities for job growth and economic stimulus.

anna from ohio   October 20th, 2008 8:41 pm ET

joe from maryland, PLEASE go hybernate because you need to rest your delusional mind and we will wake you up when PRESIDENT OBAMA has taken office cuz you will love every minute and thank us all.

Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 8:46 pm ET

There is a difference between natural gas and oil. look it up!

Pam   October 20th, 2008 8:47 pm ET

Angel, What do you mean uninformed? The reports are out there and everyone has heard them! It is you who is sad because you choose to ignore them all and sweep them under the rug and ride on the momentem of possibly getting a (any) democrat in the White House! It is ludicrous that so many of you are turning a blind eye to the rumors and facts. Even if Obama admitted to you to having Muslim ties, my guess is that you would still vote for him. I have nothing against Muslims who live in America, as Americans, but in this point in time, we should not put one in the White House! How elementary is that? Health care, the economy – nothing is as important as keeping our country secure from within. Please realize this before it is too late.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 8:48 pm ET

You really are misinformed. Have you been watching Fox News?
So sorry. Why don't you go to obamas website and educate yourself?
Or, go to newsfacts.

Frankie Brumfield   October 20th, 2008 8:48 pm ET

I don't understand why anyone wants to accuse Colin Powell of being racist. I saw Colin pulling away from the Republican party when he retired from Bush. I've had this dicussion in 2003 with co-workers and friends. I think the only reason it took Powell so long to endorse Obama is the fact that Obama is black. If Hilary Clinton had won the primary I think Colin Powell would have endorsed Clinton a lot sooner. It has nothing to do with race.

Ms Optimist   October 20th, 2008 8:49 pm ET

Mr Larry King,

PLEASE help me understand.....WHO is more patriotic?.....

John McCAin, a war veteran and a POW, a presidential nominee, who ignores focusing on Americas REAL ISSUES


Republican Colin Powell who endorsed OBAMA for sane reasons (inspite of knowing the consequences he will have to face in future) and FOR OUR COUNTRY ???


Julie   October 20th, 2008 8:50 pm ET

Senator Obama was born in Hawaii, not Kenya!! He is Christian ,not muslim!!

Julie   October 20th, 2008 8:52 pm ET

Oh and thank you Angel M.! God Bless you

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 8:52 pm ET

I am almost 63 female have always been an Independent and I would like to thank Gen. Powell for believing in doing what was right for him. He has not switched parties just voting across party lines which makes him more American than the diehards who only vote party lines.
On the new issue of socialism is any one out there collecting social security, medicare or having their govt. take over the financial crisis well I guess we're all socialists including McCain and Palin after all he uses medicare, she took govt. money for the bridge to no-where and never returned govt. handouts. All the republicans are pretty hypocritical.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 8:53 pm ET

He is heading to Hawaii, grandmother very sick

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 8:53 pm ET

give me a break, he is not a muslum you can spin and spin and spin, it may work on some but not most. God bless obama and bidon

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 8:57 pm ET

Republicans crossing party lines Chris Buckley, (son of William Buckley), Michael Smerconich (consertive talk show on radio), Peggy Noonan and several others.

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 8:57 pm ET

thank you julie, we could all use a little of gods blessings threw these very trying times. I wish obamas grandma well, I know she is a big part of his life and who he is

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 8:58 pm ET

General Colin Powell didn't leave his troops, but he left President Bush's lies.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 8:58 pm ET

Didn't Susan Ford cross lines too?

George   October 20th, 2008 8:59 pm ET

Larry my question to you and your guest is this.

Why doesn't the media collectively make it clear to the McCain campaign that if they don't give you guys access to Sarah Palin you will stop reporting and stop attending all their rallies and meetings.

Krishnan-M-[Kerala-India]Palakkad-   October 20th, 2008 8:59 pm ET

Hello-Larry !
I have been a keen Listner of most of your programmes and would like to state here that your interviews are very candid and forthright.
I am amazed at the amount of work that you do at this age !Please
keep up the good work.
Though Mr.Mccain is agood & decorated person,I as many here beiieve that Mr .B.Obama has shown his mettle in the primaries and he has the ability as also the eqanimity under such trying circumstances not only to lead the US,but also has the potential to be a world leader.
My sincere wishes to him &Mr.Joe Biden in the Nov Election.
With kind regards toall in the CNN--
yours sincerely---Krishnan.M[OCT>21.2008]

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:00 pm ET

And Ben Stein really sees Palin for what she is, although he is still
McCain man. Ben really puts Palin in her place!

Pam   October 20th, 2008 9:00 pm ET

Mary Max, Why would I go to Obama's website and educate myself, is that what you did? I am not so gullible as to believe that everything someone puts on their website for me and the rest of the world to read is a fact. All I needed was a hint that he could stand up for Muslims and I chose to look elsewhere, as we all should have. The war in Iraq is real and the plot of the Muslim extremists is to wipe us off the face of the earth, or doesn't he talk about that on his website? I might have voted Democrat if anyone but this man were running.

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:00 pm ET

It is really sad that Senator Obama's grandmother is not doing well. I pray that she can get through and see her grandson become the next President of the United States

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 9:00 pm ET

Susan Eisenhower,

Julie   October 20th, 2008 9:00 pm ET

I second that Angel M. God Bless Obama/ Biden.

David   October 20th, 2008 9:01 pm ET

I have to take a stand for General Powell, I served when he was in the Army. He is a inspired military man. I do believe that General Powell is a great leader of today. He just don't make his decisions on his feelings only on the facts.

Tom and bob you guys are great have watched for many years!

Larry I like you show!

Margaret   October 20th, 2008 9:02 pm ET


How can John McCain claim he's not going to raise taxes on anyone... when his health care plan will make my health benefits taxable income?? My company pays a great deal into my health benefits.. over 10k a year that would become taxable income for me. He claims his health tax credit (2500 for single filers) would "offset" that, I don't think it will come close to covering the additional income tax.... sounds like I'm financing his tax credit for people who make less. What about his plan to buy up mortgages with the cost/risk on the taxpayer? And he's caling Obama a socialist??? He is glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Julie   October 20th, 2008 9:02 pm ET

Alot of high profile Reublicans are supporting Obama because they know he is best for the job.

Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:03 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I am comfident that the vast majority of Americans appreciate the real work you all do at CNN in the election coverage. To the individual who slammed the media for the "biased" coverage I say, "You are confusing the partisan media guests with those providing the information."

We need all of the information we can get to make an "informed" opinion and vote. All we have to do is pay closer attention, which brings me to my question for Maria and Tom.

Do you think that the typical American voter capable to sort through the bull to make that informed opinion without media like CNN?

Thanks for the help, everyone!

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 9:03 pm ET

pam please give up the racisit spin, believe what you want. I am sure he is not a muslum but even if he was there are many good muslums in this country and this world you speak of nothing but angry rants that we do not need

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:03 pm ET

Does Sarah Palin even know who Colin Powell is? Shame on the Republican party that can throw a respected man like Gerneral Powell under the bus and compare him with Joe the Plumber

Celia / Texas   October 20th, 2008 9:03 pm ET

Thank you Colin Powell you toke the words out of my mouth. I agree with everything you said about the McCain & Palin campaign. And about socialism which they are doing themselves get a life.... hello!
Go early vote!

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:04 pm ET

Yes Pam, I go to both McCains and Obamas website and read them.
You can check the facts many ways if you do not believe them.
Your Muslim info is ALL INCORRECT. And how in the world do you explain your harsh feeling to MUSLIM AMERICANS!

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 9:05 pm ET

Pam is you Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann you sound like her. Two racists peas in a pod.

JJ   October 20th, 2008 9:05 pm ET

My heart is with Mr Obama and his family at this time. What else would expect from a man of his calibre than this, putting aside his campaign and being by her side. This woman is responsible in a large way for who he is today. My prayers are with you and your grandmother.

Robin   October 20th, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Good Evening, Larry. I think you have great guests tonight.

Djp La.   October 20th, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Mr. Powell is my hero. Open minded, intelligent, human, and a WARRIOR. Seems to me he has been forced to take stances in the past based on party lines. I believe he has repented.
McCain, Rush, Lou, Bill, and the rest of the intolerants must now understand that we, the working class are going to stand up against your policies. We are not going to listen to the hate, bigotry, racism, greed, and ignorance you are running this campaign on. We are not drinking the “Kool-aide” you are offering. We pray that the divisiveness you are selling does not continue past the election cycle. WE AMERICANS(PRO AMERICANS) LOVE OUR COUNTRY. We surely hope we can work TOGETHER to solve our problems without being called SOCIALIST.
By the way, I’m a WASP, Independent, Patriotic, and very proud to fly my AMERICAN flag everyday.

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 9:08 pm ET

War in Iraq a lie, Colin Powell believed our commander and chief Bush and his phony info and Gen. Powell became the fall guy

Rick R Arizona   October 20th, 2008 9:08 pm ET

Isn't it a little late for Sarah Palin to say "Now is not the time to experiment with Socialism" How ignorant is she. They have already done that with the bailout package.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:08 pm ET

Yes, I also hope his Grandmother does not hear this wicked racism going on..cause he is going to win.


Jatovi, NC   October 20th, 2008 9:09 pm ET

I must admit I can no longer listen to either McCain or Palin because they do not say anything about issues and their plans. McCain's answers are always, "I know how to fix it," or "I have a plan." If you knwo how or have a plan then speak about it; give specifics. Palin's only answers are, "our opponent is a socialist," which is an incorrect assessment. How are you going to pay for your plan without raising taxes on anyone, Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin?

Kris   October 20th, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Tom and Bob,

Looking back do you think the appointment of Sarah Palin as VP helped or hurt McCain in getting independents and disenchanted Hillary voters?

Mike   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Tom & Bob:

This election seems to have been fought more online then on television do you feel that in a few years families huddled around their icons on the national nightly news will become a thing of the past?

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Gaov. Palin has said that Obama had more than a casual acquaintance with Bill Ayers and that Obama had more than a few telephoe conversations with Bill Ayers who is "a known terrorist." I would like someone to ask her what whe thought that the may eb taling about - terrorist plots maybe? The overthrow of the American government? I would like that to be asked of Sarah Palin and wonder if your guest think it would be a good question to ask her and itf that is what she means by "Obama paling around with terrorist?

darrell brown   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Its really more evident now to me that Barack Obama has his priorities straight by cancelling his campaigning to check on his grandmother.

izzie   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

what about Obama's promise to Powell position in in administration?

Aaron   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

A question for the two great Broadcasters..

Were you disappointed that both candidates never gave you a straight answer on the questions that you asked? It seems that they both would go back to their stump speechs while they were debating each others..

Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Sara S.
If he is that easily persuaded than he does not need to be Obama's advisor.

Jose   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Is there any chance a red state like Texas could go blue with the high voter turnout?

Jena Hutto   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I don't understand how McCain can say that he is all for a spending freeze but a couple weeks ago came up with a proposal to spend billions of dollars. It sounds contradicting to me, what do you think?

James Wetzel   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

It seems to me that the Republican Party has come to represent a culture of opinion based knowledge. Do you think that our attitude as Americans has devalued the importance of facts and objective knowledge?

Corey James   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I want to compliment Tom Brokaw on Sunday morning's interview with General Colin Powell. He asked the questions in a methodical, smooth way. I really enjoy his journailstic style, especially as a young journalist...

Corey, 24

Kathy   October 20th, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Hello Everyone,
What are your thoughts about a "reverse Bradley effect"?
How many republicans will secretly vote for Obama, though may have
said otherwise during polling?

Randy   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Mr. King,

I would like to pose Mr. Brokaw a question. He once said that there is "room on the spectrum" for people like Bill O' Reilly, who is a propagandist. Can you tell me Mr. Brokaw, why we shouldn't reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, especially looking back at Fox News' history of misinforming us into a war?

Ernie From Staten Island   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Tom & Bob. . .Do You think this election will be close or does Obama have too much of a lead at this point to say he will win in the end?

ds   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

THANK YOU! for bringing some interesting talent to the show! Mr. King, you are way above all the other shows, KNOWN FOR BRINGING THE TOP TALENT, THANK YOU FOR GETTING BACK ON TOP TONIGHT WITH SOME GOOD GUESTS AND KEEPING US TUNED! 🙂

Derrick from Georgia   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Who do you predict will win the election?

john mcgarvey   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

with al that has been said, especially from top republicans about John McCains bad judgement in choosing Sarah PAlin, what does this to do her chances of a Presidental run in 2012 ?

Charlotte   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

It's about time. I knew and wanted that for a long time.

Sandi-NC   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I would like it explained to me in layman terms, how on earth can the McCain/Palin ticket balance the budget in four years, without raising taxes? And why has neither candidate talked about the hard choices we must make, in order to bring down the deficit?

Shaun Orris   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Colin Powell, in my opinion, knows Obama will do something about Gulf War Syndrome, the anthrax vaccine and the VA. I believe that is why Powell is ultimately endorsing Obama.

Ken Kavanagh   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Question for your guests...

How can Senator McCain and other Republicans possibility justify the selection of Sarah Palin as the VP Nominee?

Arthur   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

how come no one has brought up the $2 million that was given to the GOP by Freddie- Frannie to lobby against regulations

Alice-North Brunswick NJ   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry, I would like to know who Tom and Bob think is going to win the Election and also what they think about what Sen. Joe Biden said about Barack Obama being tested in his first 6 months of his Presidency? Im a registered Democrat.

BERNICE ROBERTSON   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET


abiola Olowokere   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Do you think Obamas Grandmothers Illness and the fact that he'll have to miss a few campaign events affect his chances during this election?

Fran   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I think Colin Powell endorsed Obama because
of being the same race.

Chad S. Dean   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET


In the decades you have covered presidential politics, have you ever seen a candidate like Sarah Palin that refuses to do public interviews?

James Hunter   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

With Powell given Obama his endorsement; does this now say that Obama will be good on National Security to the American people?

Brian   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

For Tom or Bob,
Do you think the so called "Bradley effect" will make the race alot closer than the poles show?

Lionel   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Colin Powell spoke of a "generational shift" in his comments of endorsing Barak Obama yesterday. Does this mean that there might be a "generational shift" of "old timers" in the news industry?


Brittany   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Tom and Bob,
What are your thoughts on Sarah Palin's accusations that the media is attacking her religion, claiming that people should be free to have faith in god and we should respect religion, when on the same hand, she insists on linking terrorism and Islam, always referring to terrorism as "Islamic terrorism?"

Rama   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Whats your thought on Rush Limbaugh's comment on Gen. Collin Powell ?

Peter Leidy   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Sarah Palin just said that she and John McCain, if elected, pledge to balance the federal budget by the end of their first term. Really? How would you imagine they could do that?

Julie   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Well I think she should because I support Obama and everytime she opens her mouth, it shows their ignorance, although Mccain is doing a pretty good job at that too these days. So yeah keep running your uneducated mouth, Sarah.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

They are lying about taxes, bottom line. That is what the Rep always say! No tax increase.

Joe E Stephens   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

If I'm not mistaken, Powell also cited the division in the country that McCain's campaign is causing... no?

Christopher W.   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Although I like Gov. Palin as a person and think she means well, I'm voting for Obama to run this country. I watched a show about the history of both canidates and Obama is the same now, as he was while at Harvard. That consistency in opinions and policy is what we need. Someone who won't waiver when the party pressures him to do so.

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

McCain's wife will give us all her money to balance the budget, believe that and I have a bridge to nowhere for sale. Palin said she and McCain will balance the budget after 1 term, all he is offering is 1 term so they can afford to lie.

Marcella   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

The endorsement of Colin Powell was a boast to Obama/Biden campaign and Mr. Powell did say what a lot of Republican want to say. Do you think this will cause more Republicans to vote for Obama?

Rochelle Gates   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

The last two elections have had doubt cast over them in regards to the voting counting procedures in Florida and Ohio, if not others. Is anyone else concerned about the same problems happening again in the 2008 election?

Jeff B.   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Colin Powell should start a new party...the Reality Party. Thank you General Powel for your honest and refreshing opinions!

Sandy Soderquist   October 20th, 2008 9:11 pm ET

That Colin Powell, he's a maverick alright!

carol kesling   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

hi larry, bob and tom are two great news people !!!!!!!!! love your show, always watch, somtimes twice a night... i have already voted for OBAMA last week... proud to be a part of history, im a baby boomer,and this is a great time !!!!

Tim F   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

After hearing Colin Powell's endorsement of Barrak Obama, that sealed the deal for me and i placed my vote today in early voting.

Alan Waring   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET


I would appreciate your guests views with regard to Colin Powell's statements concerning relations with the rest of the World. Many Internationally believe that this is one of the key differentials between the candidates.

Fred Quinn   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

i think that Sarah Palin finally stepped out of her usually "boring" self, and gave herself some true character on SNL. I think that Amy Phoeler did a great job and i was actually glad for one to see Sarah, when i am a strong Obama supporter. Nice Job Sarah.

Chad S. Dean   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET


Why do you believe the McCain Campaign is "hiding" Sarah Palin?

Ken-Long Island   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Do either one of you gentlemen, who have interviewed many presidents and many presidential candidates believe Sarah Palin is ready to be president?

Moowi   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET


2008 has been a democratic year (unpopular president) full of democratic events (i.e., unpopular war, financial crisis). Why, then, has the current presidential election been so close to this date? The American public's general unfamiliarity with Barack Obama doesn't seem to be the rational or complete answer to this question.

Bruce Mortland   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

What role do you think Colin Powell might play in the Obama Adminstration?

Sastry   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET


Why Colin Powell who compaigned for war with Iraq, should endorse Obama who opposed war? Should Obama associate with him now?

Zac   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

The only bad thing I see coming from Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama is that the GOP may now have ammunition to argue that Obama is now connected to President Bush because Powell was Bush's secretary of defense.

Sam Young   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Of all the assertions that the McCain campaign has made, the most rediculous is that they will balance the budget in 4 years. Why doesn't an interviewer press them on how he plans to do it?


David LaCount Cornelia, GA   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I dont think race played at all, people are so tired of the Bush administration, and want change

Ugonna Wosu   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET


I'm really glad you have a blog. I think its a great tool, and makes your show even more interesting. It also gives me the chance to ask you what you mean by "Obama's lead narrows"? All the headings I've been reading today have said he's widened his lead, in Gallup, Rasmussen, and Reuters. His lead is not narrowing significantly, if at all. Even if one or two polls have the lead decrease, the next day it goes back up. He's been at a consistent advantage for over a month now, and its hard to imagine at this point what will change it, although I wouldn't discount the possibility of it eventually narrowing at the end.

Your fan in Quebec, Canada.

Ugonna Wosu.

Gerry   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Is there anything the Republican party can do to mend it's image after what we've seen over the last month of campaigning? Particulary, the recent images from Pennsylvania in which a large number of McCain Palin supporters were openly racist. I would think that witnessing such dark behavior has turned off conservative democrat, centrist republican and independent voters to a great extent.

Paula Ioanide   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Do Mr. Brokaw and Mr. Scheiffer think that Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama will be interpreted as "racial loyalty" despite Mr. Powell's efforts to show that he's considered both candidates seriously based on where they stand on substantive issues?

Dennis Wroblewski   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

What impact will Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama have on current and former military personnel especially in those states where there is a high concentration of military?

dianne prittie   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Tom Brokaw – This Sundays Meet the Press with Colin Powell seemed so important. what other interviews that you have done do you feel have been so important,

thank you

Susanne - Washington State   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

What has become of our 4th estate? Why are certain radio personalities and 'journalists' allowed to say things that are unknown and/or untrue and pass them off as fact?

Chrissy   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Thanks for the great discussion topic! After hearing Pali state that the Republican party will eliminate our nation's debt in the first year, I was kind of appaulled. Obama has declared that he will probably resolve the issue in the first two years of his term which I think is a bit more realistic. What are your opinions on this issue?

mike from westchester   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

tom, have they decided who will replace you on 'meet the press' after the elections? and when will you announce this?

Leslie   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Please tell me why the media tacks the word 'gate' on the back of any political problem? Good grief. Ask anyone under 40 what Troopergate means and they shrug. C'mon, please move into the 21st century. Thanks.

Kevin in Portland, Oregon   October 20th, 2008 9:12 pm ET

For Mr. Brokaw:

You've had some big shoes to fill, but you've been doing a great job. There's something very comforting having you in Tim's seat.

Lynn Beumer   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I am a 64 year old Caucasian woman from Georgia who voted early last week.
I was so happy to hear General Powell affirm my choice of Barrack Obama.

Mari   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET


If Sarah Palin says she would make different choices in how to run a campaign, then why is she still up to the same old tactics? That includes her was not more than a week ago that McCain defended Obama at his own rally, telling people that Obama is NOT an Arab, he's a good Christian family man, and America has nothing to be afraid of with Senator Obama as President.

Were these acts just a tactic??? I ask because they are back to their old tricks of nastiness and procuring division of the American people, and sadly, it could turn out to be race against race.

~Mary in Crown Point Indiana

Carlos Martinez   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I thought that Powell was respectful and clear and expressed what many have held internally. I believe Powell was wise and careful about his position and his vote.

Daniela   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

What about emmigration issuesin this country ?
Nobody discuss them in the campaign ?

-drop limits for work visa;
etc, etc

Daniela from NYC

ajt   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET


What do you think about the recent Socialist branding of Obama?

Nathalie   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Good evening Larry,

I have a question for your guests. I am from Montreal Canada and from everything i hear on CNN and read about how good Obama is doing, about how bad McCain's campain is going how come the americans are still so divided, how come the race is still so close ?
If it was up to us the rest of the world, Obama would win easily.

Montreal, Canada

George   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET


Should we now consider all of William Ayers students to be Terrorists?

Max in Vancouver, Canada   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Do your guests believe that most Americans understand how damaged the American brand is internationally? Many of us in the international community would view Obama as America's last best hope to turn it's image around. We all want to believe again ...

Rick in Florida   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Why do you even give Limburgher airtime on a real news broadcast? For heaven's sake, don't encourage him!

Rinor Tominaj   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

What do they have to say about mcains additide at the debates

Sanford Bush   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Do either Tom or Bob think Barack Obama can get 60% or mor of the electoral votes? If not what percentage do they think he will get?

Mary Fran Paul   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Hello Larry, Tom and Bob,

Don't you think that the American public has gotten fed up with the stupidity involved in politics these days? In these trying days, can't the media just focus on the real issues instead of the absurdity that has become mainstream in covering the political campaigns?

Sophie   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Colin Powell restranied himself from lashing out at the Bush administration – he could take no more. He wanted the American people to decide for themselves – they did – Barack is the most intelligent and diplomatic choice for 2008. I appreciate Colin Powell's expertise and advise to all Americans.

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Hi Larry:

I listened very closely and objectively to Gen. Powell's endorsement, and I found it to be genuine, very well thought out, and very well expressed. Just what I'd expect from a military tactician! It made complete sense to me. He indicated several significant points, but the huge one for me was how this racism, baseless links to terrorists, and general negativity is "killing us" on the world stage. I could not agree more. Sidebar: tell Rush to have a Coke and a smile, and shut the heck up!

Joe from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Mary Neely,
What do you think about the way Biden running the Obama campaign into the ground by frightening people. He's doing more damage than any Republican I know, accept for C. Powell.

Alex Walker, Co   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Do you think McCains decision of Sarah Palin reflects on his ability to make a responsible decision for a supreme court justice?

Brandon, VA   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

What do you think of the negativity coming from McCain and Palin speeches? Dropping the terrorist comments, now opting to call him a socialist. Do you think it will gain ground?

Michael   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Question for Tom or Bob: Do you think John McCain has a trick up his sleeve to win the White House. What I mean Pres Buss had FLA. and his Brother. Does John has a trick for the lasy Minute????!!!!!!

Chad S. Dean   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

What are your thoughts on Congresswoman Bachmann's statement on Hardball regarding "pro-america" and "anti-america" members of Congress?

Bob Holloway   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Tom, what is the democrats doing if anything at all to prevent another episode similar to the 2004 election where gore was stripped of the national election?

Peg   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

The comment by Colin Powell stated "Barak Obama is not Muslim but if he was should that matter" . His statement on this issue hit right to the point!!

Larry Phillips   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I feel bad that a great American, and a great Republican will have destroyed his legacy. What does John McCain have to do NOW to salvage his position as the titular leader of the Republican party AFTER he loses the election.

Barbara   October 20th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I think Tom and Bob are two of the greatest journalist of this century. Could you ask them what is thier party affiliate?????

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I can tell you that I went to Obama's rally here in Tampa today...I have never been in the midst of SO MANY nice and wonderful people. No negativity at all from was wonderful! I got some great pictures too!
Colin Powell has always had my respect...a man of great Obama.

Jamie Pack   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I would like to know how your guest tonight feel about the lack of interviews given by Sarah Palin. Has any vice-presidental candidate ever been so "off-limits"?

joseph jones   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

How could the national press allow a vice presidential candidate
(sarah Palin) to go through an entire campaign without appearing
on " Meet the Press" or " Face the Nation". The Republican Party
is conning the entire country. This person could be "President of the
United States. It is disgraceful

Jennifer Mitts   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I hear the McCain/Palin campaign calling Obama a Socialist and a Marxist. What has he proposed that gives that accusation a grain of truth? Beside the point, isn't what the Bush administration did with the $810 billion bailout essentially Socialism that solely benefits Wall Street's fat cats anyway? I thought the McCain/Palin campaign cared about the "people," or is that just political rally speak?

Fred   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Hi Larry,
It's not about Race, its about who Colin thinks is going to win the Race. It's all about Colin and his future.
If you aren't sure who the winner is going to be, then be sure to get your photo taken with both of them.

darrell brown   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Colin Powell is a very smart and well liked man.I hope he will accept a position with Barack

Tyler   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Mr. Brokaw and Mr. Schieffer,

Do either of you feel that your positions as debate moderator's helped you personally understand the candidate's positions any better?

Linda from Chicago   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Larry, I would like you to ask your guests if they have heard any specifics on how McCain plans to balance the budget in 4 years and whether they think it is possible.

Madeline   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Bob Schieffer should have moderated ALL of the debates. He was fantastic!!!

WendyM   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Pam you know who Obama really is right? I love when people say you lunched with him today???LOL...go to they are not associated with either party. They only seek and tell the truth.

Russ   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

The best three newspeople on televison all at one time – what more could a viewer ask for? How about an answer to this question: Aside from the econmomy and the war – what will the most important issueour new President will face? What will you all have on TV after the election?

Peter Erdman   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Would you ask Tom and Bob how much trouble they think our country is in now given the debt, financial crisis, the war, and special interests on capitol hill?

Jose   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Who will your guest vote for?

jo   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

just like people ask if blacks are voting for Obama becuase he's black can we ask white people if they are voting for mCcain becuase he's white?

Sean From Little Rock   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I keep seeing this new trend in the McCain/Palin supporters unraveling, to where they are all waiting for McCain or Palin to throw them some new catch phrase so that they can go and run with it as if it is some revolutionary inner thought process.

This week's theme seemed to be "SOCIALIST!!!" A recent clip shows Senator Obama in a restaurant screaming at him "SOCIALIST!!!" and refusing to shake his hand.

This only makes me wonder if that lady, or many of the McCain/Palin supporters are even thinking for themselves or understand what they are even screaming about. Not to mention it shows complete lack of class and respect to refuse to shake someones hand because their believes differ from yours.

What do you think?

Sandy Soderquist   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Will Joe The Plumber be Secretary of Finance?

MJ   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I almost wonder if Powell's endorsement of Obama isn't payback for him going before the UN with all those "facts" about WMDs in Iraq and why we had to take Saddam down. Regardless, I think there are many disillusioned registered Republicans (myself included) who are going to cross party lines and vote for Obama. And Rush Limbaugh is wrong-it's not about race, at least not to this white middle class female. It's about who's going to do what's best for this country and I believe Obama is that person.

ken U   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Colin Powell did what every other american is doing, and most coming to the same conclusion. too deny the fact stated by the general is simply putting you head in the sand, and is an insult to free thinking people.

John from Florida   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Tom and Bob,

How does Senator Obama compare at this stage of the election to JFK in 1960?

Marvin   October 20th, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Larry, I would like to ask your guest if the statement made by Sen. Biden will be seen and understood as a President having a VP who is experienced enough to sit and talk about any crisis?

Reginald W   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

To Both Gentlemen:

Do you feel that Gov Palin such be VP (Dean of Education of The US)when her future Son-In-Law is going to quit high school to take care of his son? Should not Gov. Palin assist her daughter & future Son-In-Law so that high school education can be completed?

Susan   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

A question for tonights distinguished guests-

I want to honestly know- do candidates think that America is stupid?
When I see some negative ad, or I do a fact check after a debate, I read. I research. I draw my own conclusions, usually more distraught over how many times at I see False, or Misleading.
Now, I am a Republican, but I will tell you- for all I personally have read as to who says what, I have felt that McCain must think I am the bigger idiot. And for the first time ever, I am voting Democratic.
Why in the world do they do that? Any candidate, when they KNOW it will be fact checked- why can't they just lay the truth out there?

Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

If Gen. Colin Powell was running instead of Sen. McCain, it would more difficult to choose a candidate. Is Rush Limbaugh representing the conservative right? Or the conservative First Reicht.

Jim Hubbard   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

As a republican right of center, I have been heavily pondering the facts of both candidates before making my selection. However, I have found it hard to really find objective reporters to show me the facts. MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and others seemed to often tell of their personal opinions of candidates. So when did Brokaw and the rest leave their journalistic beginnings and become editors instead of reporters?

Carole E. Peterson   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

"Socialist" (Socialism)–what do Republicans call the economic stimulas tax rebate? We didn't spend the money; we put it in the bank for our rainy day account.

CT   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I would be surprised if Shriver liked Palin! Palin is a real person.
Shriver is a walking around mannekin without any honest human feelings!

the Liberal press has NEVER been fair why should they be now?
Also send Brokaw back to Idaho or wherever !

I agree Powells endorsement of Obama is totally racist and he thinly tried to cover it up, after all we would never known his name if he hadn't been a product of Affirmative Action!

Talk Radio will be much fairer when Larry King leaves!

Stacie Tate   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

They talked today about another stimulous package for americans. Instead of spending billions of dollars we don't have to spend, shouldn't the price of things like groceries, drop across the board for americans? That would stimulate the american economy more then a check for $1,000.00.

Myra   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I Colin Powell had endorsed McCain all McCain supporters would be praising he and talking about him as a Great American Patriot.

Why now that he had endorsed Obama there is such awful and disrepectful things being said!

Pam   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

All I can say are you people are hypnotized... The facts are plain yet you wish to act as if they are nothing. Obama was born to a Muslim father and he has a Muslim name and a Muslim heritage as much as you and he may wish to deny it. We are in a real live war with Muslims and yet you feel the best thing to do is to appoint him head of our country and our troops? Shame on every one of you, if you vote him into office, you have just reduced our armed forces' security by tenfold.

Charlotte   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Will Powell be subjected to more negative attacks as a result of his support of Barack Obama?

Valerie   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I have a question –

It seems the national opinion polls are very close now...Obama's lead is now narrow. Will Colin Powell's endorsement help Obama widen the gap? And what is helping McCain close this gap?

gary stuber   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Why would you give so much credence to a nut-case like Limbaugh?

Cindy   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Question Larry:

Some reports say that McCain was dismissive of Powell's endorsement of Obama because he has the endorsements of Alexander Haig and Henry Kissinger, among others.

Does Powell carry as much weight as Alexander Haig and Kissinger and vice versa?

Atul Sharma   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Biden had to give up his campaigning for not giving due credits during a speech. Why is the press not calling the current candidates out as strongly any more? Why do we have so many half truths?

Marcia Kelley   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

There is something wrong with the polls when Barack Obama can muster 100,000 at a rally; get endosed by Colin Powell and some powerful newspapers, have thousands and thousands of backer contribute to his campaign and only have a five point lead over McCain. I think that many backers, like myself, simply do not answer the phone since they are tired of all the calls and they already are for Barack. Maybe Barack should tell his backers to be sure to answer the phone – give their opinion – and tell pollsters they are for Barack.
Marcia Kelley – senior citizen

tony   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Don't you think it rather strange that Obama didn't denounce the claims that he is a savior or masiah if he is a Christian as he claims?????

Jim Tennant   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Tom how do you feel Barrack Obama will treat Canada if he is elected as President?

Anna Maria   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

It's quite obvious Colin is seeking a job in the white house after Bush is gone. And what a shock (sarcasm) that he endorsed Burack. Shame on him.

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Pam ,
You are racist and as American Muslim , it is a shame that people like you see this country only for one kind of people

Cliff Rainey   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Powell's endorsement of Senator Obama and disapproval of Republican tactics and McCain's judgement in selecting Palin is a game changer. I can't think of ANYONE that has more credibility with independents. He spoke completely without notes or prompting, the truth comes out naturally.

Ron Saywack.   October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET

The Powell endorsement is huge, following a trend of a long procession of influencial Republicans breaking ranks to support Obama.

Sarah Palin was not a wise choice, more of a liability, especially when you consider that she could step into the office of the presidency real soon should someting happen to the ailing, aging senator from Arizona.

Laurie   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET


Will the 5 former Secretaries of State that are endorsing Senator McCain be appearing on Meet the Press before the election?

Will we get to hear their reasons for supporting McCain?

Chaz from San Diego   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET


You just showed Palin speaking with a group of people in Colorado. I cannot find my glasses but please confirm or deny if it's McCain in the background clapping as usual.

Thank you

Minou, New York City   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

the vast majority of our world's population is muslim. A few misguided fanatics want to harm Americans. Nobody but their fellow fanatics supports their thinking. So why do you throw all muslims in one pot ? That's not right. Christians have committed atrocities of enormous scale during the middle ages. Do you still fear/hate all christians?

vikki, VA   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Was it a "Racial Motive" when Joe Liberman endorsed McCain?

Was it socialism when McCain supported Bush to bailout wall street?

Was it hypocritical when McCain voted for the bailout bill with earmarks?

Is Palin fit to reform washington after abusing power?

Powell gave the most intelligent and concise reasons for endorsing obama.....

coming from a millitary family, I have finally decided to vote for Obama

B in Oklahoma   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Would like to know if the newsmen think that Colin Powell waited for the Oliver Stone Movie "W" to come out before declaring for Obama.

Violet   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Re: the Powell endorsement of Obama, McCain responded without much concern as he has endorsements from 4 former secretarys of state and 200 +/- generals. Why does Powell's endorsement seem more significant over Kissinger's, Hague's, Baker's, etc?

tom   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Comment on: Investors watch anxiously, hope the worst has passed at 10/20/2008 7:00 PM CDT
Hello this game is history. We are now the United States Socialist Republic. U.S.S.R. The gov owns the banks, soon the schools and our real estate. Along with that the vote count is rigged, and basically the corporations, government and military control everything. That's not even the bad news. The worlds Patriarch families control the banking industry and 2/3 of the worlds wealth. Check the records. These conglomerate families also own 80 % of the worlds uranium and a great , but undetermined amount of the worlds gold reserves. Also beyond that they have an unimaginable amont of techknowledgy that allows then to do what I don't know? No one person or country can move on any matter any longer without the blessing of these people and their tribunals. Another name for that is world fascism. Kinda mind numbing that this just situation just kinda slimed its way in there by control of the economy and us my manipulating our fears and passions. The internet is a two way street and all info is public now. Their are cameras on every street corner with many more to come. After they pull the rug/economy out from under us for the final time there's gonna be some unhappy campers. Wake up folks we are indeed Back to the Future and its 1984 for real. All I can say is get interested and research this stuff but it may be to late. I guess at least you'll know whose killing you.

Nancy   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

What would Tim Russert think about this presidential race? Who would he have secretly supported and then vote for?

miguel   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

The endorsement by Gen.Colin Powell of Sen.Obama is a huge vote of confidence in his ability to be Commander in Chief and to lead America in this new century.It must be obvious to all well thinking people that Sen.McCain and his divisive and naive running mate are not capable of leading the country in the direction that is necessary at this critical junction in the country's history.I can't wait for Nov.5 for Gov.Palin to crawl back into her igloo,only to emerge to shoot the ocasional moose.

Don Robinson, Lockport, Illinois   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

What's wrong with a black man supporting another black man for public office without making it about RACE! Blacks have supported white canidates in the past and continues to do so – are we racists? Lastly, what kind of ignorant listeners listen to Russ Linbaugh and why?

Orville Morris-Jarrett   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Why is that you are all mispronouncing the General's Name?
The name is British not French.
Is it possible to correct it?
Please try.

Darryl   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Question to Brokaw et al,

As a distinguished member of the press, is it difficult to watch your profession be unfairly branded as liberal on a regular basis by media members less unbiased in the reporting? Is it difficult to see a significant portion of the US population buy into the Liberal Media label?


Andy Starkis   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

The best way to understand the impact of the Powell endorsement on the Obama campaign is not to look for signs of what it may have added, but to imagine what the political landscape would have looked like if Secretary Powell had endorsed John McCain.

Had that happened, the slight shift over the previous days toward McCain would have intensified and moved the momentum of the final weeks heavily in McCain's favor. Powell's endorsement may well be seen in hindsight as critical if Senator Obama is elected on November 4.

Chinu   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Do you think the we may see the "Bradley effect" Why

Susan Hirschoff   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Hi Larry, I would like to ask your guests what they think the chance may be for Sarah Palin reappearing in 4 years aiming for the presidency. Personally that would scare me very much. Thank you.

Frances Bilbrey   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I would like to know how Obama raised 150 million dollars in Sept. With the economy the way it is. Where did the money come from over seas form Saudi or other countries that hate the US so much.

Charles   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Mr King:

I notice many people questioning the judgement and the right of Mr. Powell to endorse Senator Obama. Noone questioned his judgement when helped spearhead a victory in the first Iraq war. Noone questioned his judgement when he put his credibility on the line in presenting the case to go into Iraq a second time, before the U.N. and the world. Why should we not trust his judgement now?

Carlos Orozco   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Are hispanics (except Cubans of course) leaning towards Obama?

Ken   October 20th, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Mr. King,
Everyone talks about how the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin is a sign of poor judgement on Sen. John McCain's part. Why is that? How does his selection reflect as poor judgement? We've had previous presidents that were Governors (Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton) and did a fine job. Everyone's comment about it being poor judgement seems to make it more a concern because she is woman and not a man that has been selected as a possible Vice President. A hidden form of discrimination?? I thought the election was supposed to be about the right person, not about race, sex, color or creed.


Orlando Dillon   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Hi Larry,

First off I must say just how much I will miss these very distinguished men when they do leave the air.

Rush's claim is really ridiculous. I am an African American who have voted all my life for a white president, and I have voted democratic. It is so surprising that in this election year I have heard many people say that I am voting for Obama because of race. If Hillary was the nominee, I would have voted for her, because the democratic principles are the ones I believe in

wiliie   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Why don't George Bush endorse Senator Obama? I know the thought ran across his mind. Nobody don't care much about what he say or does anyway.

Tyler   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Mr. Schieffer,

Do you think that the candidates unfairly skipped really answering the question about the negative tone of the campaigns?

Sandy Soderquist   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

We are not at war with Muslims

Emerson Philippeaux   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Tom, I myself am an independent, endorsing the Senator Obama and I've recently donated to his campaign. Do you believe Obama's recent 150 million dollar surge this past month for his campaign was due to a higher amount of democrats out contributing republicans or would you say that more liberals are motivated by their candidate compared to conservatives?

suzyq   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

colin powell stated that he was endorsing obama due to his style and who he is .... sure obama's style is calm, cool and collective BUT he's only a two year senator who happens to be a black man ..... colin powell should just have stated that knowing that he would be ridiculed by the black community if he didn't endorse obama .... it was definitely a race issue .... i'm personally sick of it

Lora from NC   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Hi Larry.....Question for Tom Brokaw....
Russ L. has made an accussation that the only reason Powell supports Obama is because of his race. In this day and time, 2008, how often does he see/hear such blatant racist statements that could not be farther from the truth?

IH   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I believe Colin Powel has come to a realization of the make believe cause that he was on the side of previously. I am glad he spoke so well and realized that we need a rational president at this point in America. He is absolutely correct. McCain is a respectable man, but he should not be president. We need someone line Barack Obama who is an intellect and so well put together. And McCain's poor judgment of picking Palin was a joke! She is probably a good Governor for Alaska but in no position to be VP!

Judy   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

If Powell's support for Obama is sue to race then what should we say about his endorsement of George W Bush when he was a Presidential candidate? Is it possible we can see each other for our merits and not our color?

Yosief   October 20th, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Do you think Colinn Powell's endorcment will have backlash on Obama from white voters?

gary stuber   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Why are you not all-over the Palin/secessionist story?

len   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

doesnt it seem like the McCain/Palin campaign is just throwing everything at Senator Obama, whether its true or not, hoping that undecided voters will remember some of the things they said prior to voting...which could swing the vote their way?

MarK Michael   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Can any one imagine how a presidency of Serah Palin can do to thew US International reputation? I think it can be the end of USA leadership in the world for sure.


Wayne Surguy   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Congress apparently has an approval rating that is even lower than that of President Bush. Assuming that the Democrats do well in the upcoming election, do either of the panelists care to comment on the performance of Nancy Pelosi and the need to replace her? Her actions on the first bailout vote seems to be representative of her overall lack of judgement and leadership over the past two years. I'm concerned about the ability of the House and Senate to effectively lead with the new president in these extremely difficult times.

Scott Nelson   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Please ask your guests to consider the "judgement" issue regarding John McCain in choosing Sarah. Not so much that he chose her but that the vetting of here was so haphazard. Perhaps this is a symptom of what is wrong with McCain's campaign. Obviously, HE did not choose her. Someone in his campaign did. This is shaping up a bit like the Cheney Presidency that posed as the Bush presidency. Where is the Maverick now? Maybe the maverick has lost his bearings because he isn't being him self but bowing to what his advisors are pushing on him.

Simone Morin   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I agree with what Colin Powell had to say 100%. He said exactly what I have been feeling all along and he said it in his typlical classy and respectful way.

One comment I would like to make about Sarah Palin. She has been allowed to appear on SNL but she has NOT been allowed to appear on "MEET THE PRESS". If anyone is still undecided, think about that!

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Why is Larry so smitten with Palin. Hey Joe when in the military you obey your commander whether he is right or wrong he's in charge

Reggie   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Mr Brokaw,

Let me start off by saying I have watched you since I was 10 years old. My dad was a fan of your work and it has carried over to me. My question is this, during the debate Senator McCain said it would cost around $5,000 to get healthcare under his plan, but he later went against what he said and said that it would cost $5,800. Which one is a more accurate number and why do you think no one caught that during the debate? I have not heard anyone dispute those numbers at all, on any news station that I watch.

Fort Hood, Tx

Jim   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Powell gave strong, credible reasons for his choice to vote for Senator Obama. I was glad that he reaffirmed my own views, which I too developed after considerable research and much thought to the two candidates!

wayne street   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Isn't anyone concerned that the separation of Church and State is being blurred in America? The Catholic church is influecing the vote among their parishoners using the emotional issue of abortion. If Democrats are not concerned, they ought to be. They (the church)swayed the vote in Canada to the conservatives based on the abortion issue.
I am not for abortion as birth control, or for convenience, but that said, I do recognize that there are legitimate medical reasons for abortion. It should NOT be a matter for Religions, or States, but a private matter between a patient and Doctor. Medical records are rightly confidential. With all due respect to the Church, (I'm Catholic), one would be hard pressed to find an organization that has been wrong more often through history. The Inquisition, the New World genocides, and the support of Hitler when he was legally elected in Germany. German Catholics were not bad, just mislead. Later when they learned what was happening to Jews because they elected Hitler, many Catholics fought against the Nazis, only to end up in the same concentration camps as the Jews and Gypsies. Make no mistake, the Neo Cons behind the Republicans are Fascist. I'm not saying John McCain is knowingly Fascist, but check out who Bush's grandad was. He made millions supporting Hitler until Dec. 1941. The Neo Cons who control the Republican Party ARE Fascist. One of the first things the Nazis did in Germany was to Nationalize the financial institutions. Both my grandfathers fought Fascism. Don't let them win in America.
There are far more important issues than Abortion. Many fully birthed people will die if you elect McCain. What is more important, an unborn fetus, or grown people with families of their own to support? The Church ought to have learned it's lesson about meddling in politics. The right guy to vote for is the one who holds the interests of the greater good more dear. Obama.
I have High hopes for America. Americans took the country away from the military/industrial complex that fostered and maintained the Vietnam War. McCain claims he won't concede victory and will keep the troops in Iraq, (which the rest of the world agrees is an unjust and probably illegal war), (just ask General Powell how he felt about being duped into endorsing and promoting the war) There was the justification that Saddam had to go. Ok, he killed thousands of Iraqi's, but look, the Republican crew has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's, both directly and indirectly. Are they better off now Saddam and his whole family have been killed for threatening G. Bush Sr.? 99.9% are not! Has anyone actually checked where the trillions of dollars that have disappeared from the worlds economy have gone? I think you will find the Bush's friends in the military/industrial complex ended up with it. Please, America, don't let them have any more of your hard earned dollars, elect Obama so your esteem will be restored in the eyes of the rest of the planet. Let Obama do what is necessary to heal the economy and your nation. Just think, what would America have been like if the Vietnam war had never ended. Are you prepared for another such morass that could last decades? Will you sacrifice your children on the Alter of Republicanism?
What happens in the US affects many other countries profoundly, perhaps none more than Canada, but, we don't get a vote. So, PLEASE, don't re elect the party that has brought the World over the brink of disaster. God Bless, and good luck, America, and God bless the rest of the world!
WAS. Canada (PS. Republican lies such as Obama being Muslim ought to backfire on them, after all, so what if he WAS muslim, doesn't freedom of Religion apply to Americans? Anyway, he is a Christian, and an American Patriot.)

john albert eickhoff   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I just wish someone would address ethics and morality and forget religion and race.

Brittany from Wisconsin   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I think Palin's appearance on SNL did little more than to prove to us, once again, that she can only perform in "scripted" situations.

Natasha from WV   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I agree with you Jatovi. In McCain's new commercial he says he has a plan but never laid out what that plan was other than list very broad topics.

Jeana   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

There have been wide ranging results of the recent election polls and I was wondering if any of these polls include those new young voters who can only be reached by cell phone. Is it possible these polls are way off?

Thanks! Jeana

Harry   October 20th, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Did anyone stop to think Powell is just another rat jumping from a sinking ship. Kind of a ratty career move but that's politics.

Avenice, Daly City   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET


Do you think increasing the number of debates for the Vice Presidential candidates will assist voters in making a decision. Bearing in mind that the VP can be called on to be commander in cheif at any time during their tenture. I particularly liked the last format of the Presidential debate.

Keith Whitaker   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Powell is a powerful icon of steadiness and center Republican politics. Powell is demonstrating in action what many folks are thinking. McCain is out of touch and has very little congruency in his campaign slogan of "Country First" after his pick of Palin, his erratic handling of the economy, his weak attempts to call his Presidency one of change, attacking of Obama on his character. The only folks left for him are the severe right wing Republicans that are confused with his policies and do not really identify with McCain. As for the socialist name calling this is really crazy especially given recent votes to have the Government buy the banks and the clear need for health care that is a strong social issue everyone understands has to be controlled and influenced by Government intervention and our educational system that cries for help beyond the privatizing and deregulation policies of McCain.

Richard   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Does the panel think it odd that a former Army general should back for the position of Commander in Chief a candidate who in comparative years of political experience has as much rank as a Major?

Rick in Florida   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Frances, it came in $50 dollar increments from Americans who are willing to support their candidate. When will you right wing people give the racist hatemongering a freaking rest??

James Johnson   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

I believe that General Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama further solidifies nominating Sen. Obama as the next President of the United States of America. Sen. Obama’s success in gaining such a prominent endorsement from a conservative, further shows that Sen. Obama does have the ability to excite both parties and motivates them to reach across party lines, not only for votes but also regarding issues which are important to the American People.
And lastly I understand and agree why Gen. Powell made an educated decision to endorse Sen. Obama, not being based on political gains or racial recognition and I understand why he delayed in announcing his decision as well, because regardless of his choice, he would ultimately face criticism regardless of whether he supported Sen. Obama or Sen. McCain. In my opinion this should be looked at as an opportunity for Conservatives to have somewhat of a voice within an Obama Administration. Because of this interview that Gen. Powell gave, I am further convinced that Sen. Obama should be the next President of the United States. And I believe if asked, Gen. Powell will do what any proud American should do, and that is to serve the country at our President’s call.

bettyboyd   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Actually we should be against the radicals both in this country and the rest of the world. they will bury us with Obama support

T. Williams   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Colin Powell comment about Sarah Palin not being qualified to be president is so wrong....Obama has never managed a city let alone a state.....Obama is a novice in government and should not be running for president.....

Jim Tennant   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Larry, why are they making such a deal over Joe The Plumber when in fact he's not even a plumber and in fact owes back taxes?

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

why is it if a black man endorses a black candidate its only because he is black also. That is so insulting on so many levels. He sat there and went down a whole list of reasons wasnt that good enough for anyone? Colon Powell is a very smart man and if we cant take people at there word then why do we bother to ask them there opinions. These are from news people who should no better. Why must interject all these layers to fit the talking points of the day. Take the man at his word, HE THINKS OBAMA WOULD BE A GREAT PRESIDENT> PALIN IS NOT QUALIFIED< MCCAIN IS RUNNING A DIRTY AND ERRACTIC CAMPAIGN

Lillian Lorraine Miller   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Larry King Live is the best program on TV, in my opinion. Larry always permits his guests to express their opinions and does not humiliate them in any way. Regarding Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama: I agreed with all the points he made. I hate the bitter negative ads and consider them to be a aisng of desperation. However, I thought the choie of Sarah Palin as a Vice-Preidential running mate showed very poor judgment on McCain's part, making me feel that he valued drawing big crowds more than the welfare of the country. I do not think that Palin is qualified to be Vice-President. Heaven forbid, if she were ever to become President. I think she would be not only unqualified, but the laughing stock of the world.

S. Rush   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

To Tome and Bob:
What do you think of Sara Palin's comments about Patriotism? Do you think her husband's association with the AIP and his support of the succession of Alaska contridicts her arguments and beliefs in "Pro-America" pockets in the United States?

William Holst   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Tom & Bob,
You guys grew up during the days of serious journalism when journalists were not newsmakers but thoughtful reporters who understood the difference between merely repeating conclusions based on speculation and digging out facts that revealed the truth.
What do you think of all the opinions that are in the media today and the unfortunate lack of real news?

Gary Walden   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Question for both of your guests. Why is illegal immigration being avoided like plague by both presidential candidates ?

Mike   October 20th, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Col Powell is a tremendous political event in this election cycle. The credibility in foreign policy alone not to mention he is a Republican who served in the last 10 years.

I myself would not have a proble having Obama briefed and advised by Powell, how bout you?

gene fischer   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET



Faye Thorne   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Larry, my died died at age 96 three years ago. He used to say that the only man smart enough to be President was Bob SCheiffer- He had not heard of Barack Obaba at that time, who is just as intelligent- sorry Bob. I love you, also. Question: Why is the media not discussing Sarah Palin's speaking to the group in Alaska that wants to succeed from the U.S. Her husband was or is a member- talk about being "Un American." Isn't that Un American? These are radicals, and she told them at their convention to "keep up the good work." I am more concerned about her than anyone else in this race. I think we need to talk about this!
Faye in Greensboro, NC

Daryl Ransom   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Sarah Palin's appearance on SNL at such a crucial time in the election makes me wonder what is going on with her priorities.

Bolivar, TN

Margaret   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Joe in Maryland,

There's no election or voter fraud if the fake registered voter never shows up and tries to vote. The voter REGISTRATION fraud issues are with the company that paid people to register voters - whether they were paid by the hour or by the registration, they were looking to "make their numbers" so it looked like they were working. If Mickey Mouse doesn't show up the vote, THERE IS NO VOTER FRAUD.

Bright Emenike   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I am not a democrat neither am I a republican...but given that he defy all negativity that would've stopped him from reaching this record-breaking height he has attained. Any sound mind would have a second thought at this candidate, maybe he's the right candidate especially after being endorsed by Powell.

Wendy Hayes   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

A Canadian perspective –
The results of the US election will have a global impact both economically and with US foreign policy. The world is watching and hoping US citizens vote and elect Obama.

Patricia J Dean   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Republican women aren't like Sarah Palin, she is misrepresenting
the values and intelligence of all of us, as a woman I feel insulted
by this choice of McCain, tells me where is the mind of this man the way his brain operates, just like General Powell a lot of republicans are distancing themselves from this low class campaign McCain is running this days.

IH   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET


I would like to ask you why this notion of raising taxes is considered socialist?? The mess that the REPUBLICANS have created needs to cleaned up! And yes, that means raising taxes would almost be a must to start clearing this huge deficit! Or we can go around doing what the congresswoman is such a believer in...we can go around picking out the REPUBLICAN members of congress and ask them to pay back into our deficit since they are the party responsible for it!! What do you think??

Allam Hassan   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Larry and Tom,

Why is there so much emphasis on Senator Obama being African American. His mother is white. My mother is also white and my father an African American. I thank god that my parents loved each other as people not for their color. It has helped me understand this reality as I'm sure it helps Senator Obama and his family and contributes to their character. I am proud to have served my country in the Marine Corps and know how great this country and its people can be.

Jim Meckley   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

havent the republicans put McCain up as a sacrifice, in other words why waste a good young possible candidate for 4 years from now on this election which has always had a out with the old in with the new flavor ??, same w/Palin, just expendable.??

Vincent Finizio in Florida   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I'd ask the candidate the following: "If you do not fulfill your campaign promises during your first term in office, will you pledge not to run for a second term?"

Dave   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I think any American who doesn't feel insulted or at the very least uncomfortable by the divisive campaign and those crowds at those recent McCain-Palin rallies is just being a good sport.

It seems to me that Gen. Collin Powell is deeply concerned by them. He is human like the rest of us. I completely understand his reason for endorsing senator Obama

San Diego

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 20th, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I know there is more to the life of being President of the United States of America then being president. But doesn't all this talk of "Joe Six-Pack" and dragging along "Joe the Plumber" on the campaign trail along with multiple appearance on Letterman and SNL, diminish in some way the importance of being President and acting presidential? I believe there are times when we have to get outside of ourselves, beyond just personalities and into the real issues.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Biden running Obama's campaign? I don't get it. Where is he running?

As far as RUINING a campaign I can vouch for Sarah Palin. She is so clueless it's an absolute disgrace for her to even be on the ticket, and everyone with an open mind knows it. Democrat or Republican.

Norma Blank   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I am a single mother, small business owner, an immigrant from Guatemala and I have been a devout catholic-republican and this is the first time I will vote as a democrat. I support Barack Obama and everything he stands for and I am ashamed of what the republican party has done to our country. I am very happy to hear about Colin Powell and all the republicans have come to their senses and realized what is right for us and are voting for Obama!!!!

Andrew   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Do you feel that Obama leaving his campaign to be with his Grandmother will hurt the campaign's momentum and should McCain be caseful about attacking Obama during these next couple days??

CarolO   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry.....We hear so much about William Ayers but never a word about Gordon Liddy. Why does that never come up?

Also about socialism........Would it not also be considered socialism for us bailing out all those banks and Wall Street? I wish someone would put an end to this socialism cloud cover that is all over the internet.

Thanks ........A BIG FAN OF YOURS

B. Regan   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Do you think that Hillary Clinton's strong run for president in the Democratic primaries for president will actually determine the outcome of who will become president which influenced John McCain's decision to choose a woman for his VP running mate?

dmott from detroit   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Earlier this year, Senator Lieberman went against his proclaimed party when he chose to endorse Senator McCain for President. Using Limbaugh's latest logic, can we fairly conclude that Senator Lieberman is endorsing Senator McCain based on race, or should we accept, at face value, that Senator Lieberman has made his choice for the reasons that he has expressed?

Rennee   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I am concerned that each time Senator Campagin's is called on to account for the devisive comments in his campaign by his running mate or surrorgates he preface's each response with "This is a tough campaign..." but never repudiates the comments or the person. Is there any consideration by Senator McCain on how these devisive comments and implications are going to be mitigated so that our nation can move toward healing. The world is watching our great democratic system as we have are allowing persons to cast the demeaning shadow of racisim as the first non white candidate appears to be the front runner in this 'Race for the White House'.

Victor M. Marquez   October 20th, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I always considered Mr. Colin Powell a really great American with a very strong credibility in foreign policy and now we all American have something more to think about before VOTe for McCain/Palin. I would like to know what was passing by Sen. John McCain mind when he select Sarah Palin as a running mate and it was proved that she abuse her authority and power wrongly when she gets her brother-n-law fired. I think that if she really believe to consider herself a really America she should dropped herself from the ticket….

Zemed   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Thanks Larry. I love your show I have a great deal of respect for you. You have class. Please ask your panel this: What would be the American people reaction had Obama was white with all these credentials. I think he is smart, articulate and with a lot of substance talk. Not with a trash talk like those. I am a big fan of those who talks specifics and facts not gossip talks. One more thing, if they try to attack and destroy Obama, not only we will face a big problem here in the US, the world community who already lost trust on Americal, will loose more respect for this great country. I love America and I hate to see that.

gary stuber   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

If you find Palin funny, you would have loved hienrich himmler

Bob   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

It was a good idea for Tom to see the press and pass on the tradition.

Julie   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

October 20th, 2008 7:35 pm ET
Why would any true Christian support the Mccain/Palin ticket, as John Mccain clearly said during the last debate that he would NEVER choose a supreme court justice for the fact that they were for or against Roe vs Wade? Furthermore, a true Christian should support Obama/Biden, as neither of these have left their first wife for a younger woman, which Mccain did in 1979.

SuperSam   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Barrack Obama is the hope for all; he does not belong (only) to Blacks(African Americans) anymore; he belongs to America; God Bless him.

While newsman like you bring out the news not being part of the news is the right thing to do most of the time; but not in a terrible situation like what is going on now in the election; when the country goes the way as it is (accusing a Presidential candidate as terrorist – sending Robo calls making accusations of the same – close enough to incite people to kill him, isn't your duty to moderate and modulate the news to bring out the stupidity of such crack heads for every one to see and redeem ourselves the true americanism ? I wish more and more people like Powell will come out and critize these stupidities.

Thanks for the opportunity to communicate with you.

Mary M.   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I predicted within 24 hours of McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate that he would never make it to November 4th without replacing her. When the legal process in Alaska concluded that it was an abuse of power for her having her ex-brother-in-law fired, I assumed that would be the last straw. Any idea why this legal conclusion has not been a cause for more concern by the American electorate?

Nancy -TX   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Palin is comic relief. She makes this campaign durable; too bad she is a total incompetent for the nominated job. Murphy's Law in action!

If she wasn't in the media this election would already be called for Obama. McCain showed he only wants to be commander in chief and president; he doesn't want to be an ambassador to the world or try to fix our finances, social security, education or economy.

Nic From Michigan State   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

What do you make of the juxtaposition between the two major news stories of the weekend?- on the one hand you have pundits debating whether the McCain camp was hindered or helped by Palin's appearance on SNL while you have the discussion of Gen. Powel's endorsement of Obama being discussed on the other. This seems to be typical of the last few weeks. ie Obama is serious and connected to the issues that face the nation while the McCain camp is just playing to characterize their ticket.

Manjusha   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Why is media giving so much attention to Sarah Palin and making a star out of her? Now-adays she is given the maximum coverage as compared to McCain, Obama or Joe Biden.
I believe media is helping her in braodcasting her message to the USA.

barrett   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

It's my theory that John McCain picked Gov. Palin when the Republican party would not allow him to have Joe Liberman as his running mate. The maverick (hot head) then intentionally picked Palin(totally unqualified) therefore conceding the race without actually conceding.

Natasha from WV   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Tom, Bob, or Larry,

During the last debate, McCain kept stating that details about Obama's relationship with Ayers needs to be talked about publicly, but when Letterman asked him about his association with G. Gordon Liddy, he said he paid his debt to society. Do you believe that his associations with Keating and G. Gordon Liddy should be made as public as Obama's association with Ayers?

Randy Rogers   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

When Sarah Palin lambasts the "media elite" I hope she is talking about incredible, credible journalists like Tom Brokaw and Bob Scheiffer. Those are two men who are above reproach. Funny to think they could be blamed for bias "for" Obama when they worked for Gerald Ford. She is going to wake up on November 5th and remember something all of our parents taught us, whether we listened or not...Think before you speak...

suzyq   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

wait ... i just listened to powell's little speech .... did he actually state that mccain has poor judgement in choosing a woman who has been a mayor and a governor of a U.S. state ........ hmmmmmmm how bout obama's choice of a friend/confidante for 20 years in the rev. wright ... and then we are to believe that he never heard a racist comment coming from his sermons .... stop insulting the intellect of americans

Kenneth of Minneapolis   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a SuperStar and a very good politician! I just wish she was on the Good Guys side (Democrats). However, Sarah should NOT have Mr. Hank Williams Jr. stand on the stage with her. He is annoying. Also, our prayers are with Senator Obama and his family in regards to the health of his grandmother. He loves his grandma very much.

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET


Are you telling us that all these republicans that one by one are endorsing Senator Obama are rats, why don't you just accept that it is your party that is playing dirty

Veronica from Vermont   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Sarah Palin was flat compared to Hilary Clinton. I think most of us tuned in to see if she would have another freeze frame moment like she did with Katie Couric. All she managed to do was get another 'dig' in as she does daily at her rallies. She said to Alec Baldwin 'I like your brother Steve. It wasn't funny, it was more of the same.

Edith/Virginia   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Wonderful job CNN!

Have either of your distguished guest...Tom Brokaw or Mr. Shaefer tried to get Sarah Palin on for the round table talks? How are we as honest concerned Americans expected to make an informative vote if we don't know the canidates? I speak of Sarah Palin. How does she have time to go on SNL but can't seem to give an interview?

I am grareful for Colin Powells insite on the things that I had questions about. mind is made up!

Obama has my vote.

Caterina and Maria Migliarese   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Larry, we love you and your show, my mother watches your show every night, here up in Canada.

What Colin Powell did on Sunday by endorsing Barack Obama, was a very smart move, and it gives hope that the world is headed in the right direction. It came from a no nonsense hero of our time, and I believe we can take stock in that. Thank you Larry for always making us think, and trying to be better humans. P.S. we really love all your great people who bring us the news, especially Cambell Brown. I love her thoughts on what the canadidates should do with the money their going to spend on their campaigns, give it to charity.

Geme   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

My question is when democratic Sen. Joe Liebrman endorsed Sen. McCain no one mentioned about race, but now, Gen. Powell endorsed OBAMA , all of the sudden it became about race?

len   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

why isnt McCain's judgment questioned regarding the several individuals (Hagee plus a few others) whose support he actively "seeked"...but he to later turn down (after a public announcement of their support!) because revelations surfaced regarding the things his supporters said in their past??? Shouldnt he havev known about the things they said prior to seeking their support???

deanne mencher   October 20th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

with all the talk about inexperience of Obama and his not
being ready to lead, it was heartening to hear Colin Powell's
words about obama's ability to lead and his being transformational.

My comment is, as a result of hearing endlessly about Obama's
lack of experience, it is important to remember that George W. Bush came
from a political family, and as a former Governor
then lead our country right know what. So,
experience can go many ways!

Donna from Nevada   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

My question is... Senator McCain is going to “do away” with ear marks if he is elected President, doesn’t Governor of Alaska Palin have a problem with that seeing Alaska depends and counts on ear marks?
Also it was about time someone stepped up to the plate as Powell has and said what everyone has been thinking about McCain’s hate rallies... I yell at my TV... Shut up and say something we care about!!!

Valerie B Williams   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Larry is it fair to say every time another white man endorses a white man that race is behind it? Give me a break. I guess those high ranking Secretary of States and those 200 Generals that endorsed McCain was another racist act. I see now why the racial divide is so apparent or is it only one way and that is when a prominent black (equally as prominent as the whites that endorsed McCain) endorses Obama it's about race!

Tony From Oklahoma   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Just because there were no WMD'S found, doesn't mean there weren't any!

rosalind bryant   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Tom , McCain talked about losing his integrity in 2000 over his agreement that the flag in South Carolina , ie; the rebel flag portion,not be changed. he said although he did think it shold be changed he said what he thought voters there wanted to hear to get their votes . will he regret his low tactic's this campaign?

Djp La.   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Until mickey mouse shows up to vote @ the polls voter fraud has not occurred.

GOP tactics as usual, confuse,distort, and divert attention from the truth and real issues.

WMDs(oil), NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND(where is the funding?), ENERGY CRISIS(Dick’s energy plan), BIG MONEY BAILOUT for FAT CATS(socialism for the wealthy).........................

I can not put much faith in what the COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVES are spueing!

GOD BLESS AMERICA and may THE TRUTH shine through the fog of bull&*#@ we’ve listened and lived through for the past 8 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GOD forgive me, I voted for ‘W’ both times. NO MORE MISTAKES from this independent.

CatWorrilow,TN   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

We have been watching this political fight for months now and everyday more junk and garbage gets spilled on the Americans then what is actually going to be done for the people. The insults from Palin on the American people by saying she was happy to be in Pro American parts of the country because people who want change are fighting for Obama was dead wrong. I live with Patriots everyday of my life. My father and father in law both served in Vietnam, served for years in the service of our great country, my husband served, my neighbor served in Iraq and came home with scars and pain, and is now disabled. These men are not unAmerican because of who they choose to vote for. Just because some is or was a Patriot does not a President Make! My great uncle was a prisoner in Germany for years and suffered from depression, disablities and he had to fight here at home to get medical care, housing, and we even had to fight to get him a military burial. Palin called us un American and she has the nerve to call herself a Christian!! If I remember correctly, "Telling Lies on Your Neighbor" is a sin, Name calling is a sin, Cheating is a sin, and this is just a few of the Christian rules she herself has broken.
McCain taking her on as a VP choice was a slap in many womens faces, and just like Palin, his stupidity showed once again when he chose to use "Joe the Plumber" to cover up the fact he does not know whats truely going on in our Economy and he did so without finding out the Truth about "Not really Joe the Plumber". He wasted time throwing this garbage in on the debate, and they are still keeping this same trash going. McCain and Palin both need to face Americans with Truth and tell us what they really know about our Economic Problems and if they even realize how bad the Middle and Lower class people are hurting. Americans Need A Total Makeover, and McCain and Palin are not the answers!!

Michelle, MA   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Thoughts and prayers to Senator Obama and his grandmother.

Obama/Biden 08

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Oh and one more thing, today Obama had a speaker (retired staff sgt. 25 yrs in US Army) who backed me up in my rants about McCain and the VA not taking care of our vets with PTSD...they are in homeless shelters (which I have been involved with for 7 years). It is a very serious problem that the VA is incapable of taking care of. I think sending our young men off to war and having them come back with PTSD and not taking care of them is not patriotic (Mrs. Palin)

vikki, VA   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

PAM, there are moslems in the US army fighting to protect people like you......people who hate are just like the terrorist and a traitor.

I especially liked the story he told about the 'American moslem soldier" who died in iraq.

Fran   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I heard several people say that they were not surprised Colin Powell endorsed Obama because of race. I felt the same way, I expected him to endorse Obama because of race.

connie from miami   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

definitely mr obama is a socialist, lefty and we will see this country
talking with comunist countries as soon as he is elected.
unfortunately we already had 8 years with a republican and now is
time for a democrat party but not for a comunist. how will this country
will react to this socialism?

olu   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Larry, when will this great country America put race issue behind them. if America talk , the whole world listen. while will a race diminish the image of this great country ? This election will determined what America stood for.

Sam Sangodare   October 20th, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Who becomes the presidential nominee if (God forbid) the actual nominee does not live before the election date? Will the party establishment re-nominate a new candidate or does the vice presidential nominee automatically become the new pres nominee and would have to choose a new vp nominee?

CAT   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

In the furture, rather than debates, I would like to see each Presidential candidate, speak to the American people directly on television. They should be given a list of the subjects we would like to hear from them about, and that list should be shared in advance with the public.

Each candidate should speak on a different evening, and there should be several speaking engagements as there as been several debates.

Susan   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Powell's state isn't racist it is sexist.

Maureen   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Several weeks ago I watched Bill Clinton explain how the mortgage loan crisis began during his Administration. It was his administration that relaxed the financial requirements to qualify for a mortgage and many, many Americans were able to buy homes they could not afford. Why haven't we heard more about Clinton's role in all the financial problems our country is experiencing? Seems to me it's not all Bush's fault as the news media would like us to believe. If Bill Clinton can be honest, you would think the American people deserve to hear more about Clinton's role than one 5 minute clip. Wake up America – it was the Democrats that caused it!

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

omg can we get over the snl skit. this is important , please this is not a tabloid nation.people are loosing there life savings, seniors cant retire pleeeze.

Dan from Pennsylvania   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Bob & Tom
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed in 1953 for giving secrets to the Russians. What, in your opinion, should the penalty be for what this administration has done to our country in the past eight years.

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Steven: When Gov. Palin said that Obama had more than a casual acquaintance with Bill Ayers. And that Obama had phone conversations with "a known terrorist." What was she suggesting ? Was she implying that Obama was talking over terrorist plots with Ayers? Maybe the overthrow of the American government.?

aniette   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

The nursing shortage affects everyone . I would like to know how the candidates plan to address this shortage , which endangers so many Americans' lives .

harvey amoe   October 20th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

How can we listen to Palin saying that she and McCain will not allow this kind of national debt, when in fact it has been due to Bush. They act like the Democrates have been the cause of all of these problems, such as the war etc. We would not be in this debt if we weren't spending billions on this war that Bush pushed on the american public.

Russell Walker   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

General Powell Told the Butt Naked Truth concerning the Mccain campaing and the petty tactics about being a terroist or implying maybe he could be the truth is we must overcome these fears and try harder by bringing the people of the world together let all people search themselves and magnify the portion of love that God gave us all.

Connie, VA   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I'm offended when I hear over and over again from Republicans that the only reason an African American would be voting for Barack Obama is because he is black. Does this mean the reason some caucasian voters are not voting for Senator Obama is because he is African American?

Sonja   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

It's amazing how so many Americans have urged the black (African-American) population to move beyond racism and not to beat the proverbial dead horse, yet the moment another black person (fmr. Sec. of State, Colin Powell) who's highly regarded and respected, endorsed Barack Obama there were comments that he's racist and not supportive of "White America". Why is it that a black person can't support another black person without it being a race issue? Is it impossible for some to believe there's competence amongst a disenfranchised race of people?

Joe Colantonio   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry, I wondered how Tom and Bob would have responded to my question on whether they thought that Bob Barr and Ralph Nader should have been included in the debates. I thought that the issues were overshadowed by the "sideshow" that was going on about everything except the real issues. Obama and McCain sidestepped virtually every question asked of them and never really answered any of the questions directly. I believe the voters were shortchanged in the debates by not being "allowed" to here the message of both Bob Barr and Ralph Nader. This is an example of media bias against the "3rd" parties.

Tony From Oklahoma   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Sarah Palin did what anyone would do to try to appeal to younger voters........

Hoku, HI.   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

CNN needs to stop giving Rush air time. Or for that matter, any kook from both the most conservative and liberal spectrum of the meter bar.

. . . and how about the rap by Amy Pouler on SNL? Here's my rap:

"When I say Hitler, you say Rush . .
Hitler . . . .Rush!
Hitler . . . .Rush!

Jan from Illinois   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry, I am concerned about the elections. There are so many voters that do not understand what is going on and what the right answer is. For example, the current banking crisis - from my research I learned that banking was deregulated by the democrats during the Clinton administration. Further, I learned that the democrats controlled the Senate Banking Committee and Senate Finance Committee and in 2003 told Greenspan that there were no problems with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. It is important that people understand what really happened - I want to know the truth - is what my research dug up the truth?

T. Man   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Rev. Wright or Rev. Muthee
It is this Pentecostal association that most concerns and confuses the McCain campaign. As millions of Evangelicals have accepted Palin because of her membership in a Bible church. There is no denying that mainstream Evangelicals and Pentecostals have historically had significant tensions over theological differences. The Evangelicals' swoon for Palin will fade fast if they figure out that she continues to hold fast to Pentecostal practices and beliefs.
Now You know why The Republicans do Not wanna go there.
They'll Loose Jewish, Catholic & Evangelicals.. 😛

bettyboyd   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

How can you people be so in the tank for Obama. He is poison to the freedom we have. He will take from those who have and give to those who do not want to work for what they want, He is a baby killer. He is friends with a terrorist and a criminal. the media will not point out that Michelle is really anti white.

Linda Nall   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Why doesn't the press ask the candidates what they would do about corrupt CEOs. Don't they deserve to be fired without bonuses or golden parachutes? Don't companies that go bankrupt deserve to have 'extravagant corporate outings" cancelled instead of saying that they were planned well before the bankruptcy? These corrupt corporate CEOs are laughing at all of us on their way to the bank.

I would think that our presidential candidates would want to instill trust in the American Public, that they will deal with these crimes in an efficient manner.

Angela S. in Oregon   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Campaigning has been so extremely negative this year that I believe that is polarizing the country. I am surprised by the hate and racism that I have seen by some republican supporters outside of Palin rallies. Regardless of who wins, how does the country heal when it is all said and done?

Noe   October 20th, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I am dissappointed with Rush. Do you think Rush is racist for backing Mcain. How dare he made such comment on Col. Powell. Is America going blind. Obama is a breath of fresh air, someone who is well educated and well connected with the average americans. I don't think Col. Powell would have endorsed Flavor Flav, Al sharpton.

Jay   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Obama raised the money from Americans like my self... I support Obama and i'm a Army Vet... Frances Bilbrey.......

Alex   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET

It is sad that someone so well respected as Colin Powell would be disrespected by people just because he is going with the guy he feels is the right one to lead this country. To imply that he made his choice based purely on race is insulting to him and the American people. It takes a lot of courage for someone to go against their party (especially the Republicans.) That took a lot of guts, and I respect that. THAT is putting country first!

I agree completely with his reasoning, regarding the Palin choice for VP (impulsive) and the way McCain dealt with the economy (confused). I feel the exact same way. I wish others would come forward, you know there are lots of Republicans who think the same way, but they are afraid to go against their party. Great move Colin Powell, you have just re-earned my respect!

Sandi-NC   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Larry....perhaps Sarah Palin can do okay on SNL...but I won't find it funny at all if she's addressing the UN as President of the US... I don't think the leaders of other countries will buy into her cutesy winks.....

Dawn   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET


Do you feel asking Colin Powell whether his endorsement of Obama was racially motivated was a fair question? Would that question ever be posed to a white person who endorsed another white candidate? I think Colin Powell has proven that he is capable of making sound decisions without racial bias. As you may recall, Gen. Powell has been a republican for some time which is not the party of most African-americans. If his choices were racially motivated, then he would have aligned himself with democrats some time ago.

gary stuber   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Baldwin seems brain dead

Kelvin, SC   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Do you think that Obama will offer Colin Powel a key position in his administration if elected as President? If so, what position do you think he will serve best?

Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin is high.

Ken   October 20th, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Why are "moves" being labeled as "black" or "white"? Why can't they just be moves? Why are they being stereotyped?

IH   October 20th, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I am a female Muslim American...I guess you have a problem with me also since you seem to have deep contempt for all of us. I was born in this country, raised here, I am 26 years old and hold a Masters degree. I pay into this system working hard everyday just like everyone other American! I grew up having respect for people of all faiths. I would never go around spewing hatred towards any American due to their faith or political belief! You seem to be a very ill informed person and that is the most anti- American thing! With the resources this country provides how can you be so ignorant to situate a whole group of people (consisting of millions of individuals) into one category!??

Ann   October 20th, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Why does Colin Powell get a pass for being a top advisor in the Bush administration because he is backing Obama? We all know that if he endorsed McCain it would have been looked at as "same old Bush politics".

Jan   October 20th, 2008 9:27 pm ET

What are your comments on having a truth/fact panel available during a debate to correct the candidates "live" when he or she starts spouting off incorrect facts about the other candidate so the viewers will hear facts and not what we hear during political commercials?

Djp La.   October 20th, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Frances Bilbrey,
independent for Obama,
disabled and not rich,
I donated what I could like MILLIONS of other poor people who would like to end the madness in Washington.

Norm Dash   October 20th, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I am a Canadian who has been observing this Presidential campaign very closely. I believe that it must have been extremely difficult for Colin Powell, a seasoned and well respected Republican, to come out in support of Barack Obama.
Obviously Colin Powell's endorsement came only after very significant and reasoned thought. I believe that he is to be commended for his honesty and forthright approach.
While some Republicans will condemn him for his stance, I now have a very increased respect for and appreciation of who Colin Powell really is.
I am sure that Mr. Powell's comments reflect what many Republicans secretly believe but do not have the nerve or personal strength to say openly.
Norm Dash
Toronto, Canada.

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET


I sent him $$ and so did millions of others! And many in my family...Gotta see the big picture. You see, when you are fighting racism you must give to the cause.
Go Obama 08

CC Cook   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Do we need our most important political leaders to be entertainers. I think this is how we arrived where we are today.

saudi   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

can you ask maria does this divide their household being a democrat and a republican? is it okay that palin doesn't like the bad press re: her religion but she and mccain continues pressing these issues about Obama? keep up the good work Mrs Shiver !!!!

from New York !!!!
lives in dallas now – so sad

M.H.Ray (Houston, TX)   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Powell's judgment and global perception. I too have abandoned my Republican stance this election, notwithstanding my Christian values, small business ownership, and the fact that I am a surburban woman. I is incredibly appalling what McCain and the Republicans managed to do during this entire process. I find that there has been no more competent leadership to unify this country, and to bring respect to the campaign and back to the country than that of O'Bama and his camp. I tried my best to find a reason to support McCain. For me, it (confidence in McCain's leadership) all went out the door when he brought in Palin. Let's face it – they have outbeat the GOP and all it took was competence!

June MacIntyre - Toronto   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I agree with Colin Powell on his decision to support Obama.

Even though it shouldn't really matter, I don't understand, that, if who Obama associates with is a problem, why is it not a problem that McCain was a unfaithful husband many times over and was even having an affair with his present wife when he was married to his first wife.

In the area where I live, there is quite selection of people from different backgrounds, there are people with known Mafia connections, if I am friendly or happen to belong to the Hockey or Figure Skating Board of Directors with this person - are we to assume that I also have "connections" and that I am unsuitable to run for public office?

I can't believe that McCain can stoop so low and that Sarah Palin can allow herself to be used the the McCain camp for his political gain.

I have been following the US elections for over 10 months now and have researched him and McCain thoroughly over this time period, as well as watched most of the speeches and I have come to the conclusion that I would vote for Obama without any reservations.

Noe   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

just because their black

KU from Marylan   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I just want to say, usually you choose someone that is very very intelligent to run as your vice president or even for president for that matter. After McCain picked Palin, that gave everyone C- /D+ student great hope of becoming an official in the white house!

Richard T Kowalczyk   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Bob and/or Tom. Have you ever seen the totality of american life as confused as it is on almost any subject you can name from a to z

Don Robinson, Lockport, Illinois   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin looks high? Is he under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Eyes look really closed tight!

Josephine Schulz   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I watch you every night Larry. Love the show! I am tired of Rush Limbaugh, and other clips being filmed of narrow minded people claiming RACE is an issue with the Obama Campaign or even identifying him specifically as African American. He is going to see his grandmother, who reared him and is Caucasian. Obama's mother is Caucasion. The racist part of our country would choose to negate 1/2 of Barack Obama's heritage. The one that reared his upbringing. It is unfortunate certain segments of society still cannot accept an interracial person. But, on the other end of the spectrum, look at photos from Obama's rallies – majority are Caucasian persons. He is for ALL people.

william l berry   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I am a 42 yr old black man in the U.S. and I aways had the opion that Powell always supported the agenda of the white man, but he absolutely changed my perspective with his endorsement of Barack. And I believe he endorsed him without race being an issue, He chose a good man that happens to be black. That's called a sound mind.

God Bless America

mark reyna   October 20th, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Powell's judgement to mislead the American People and the World to go after Saddam does not supprise me that he would back Obama
Powell new he was misleading the world in using the information he was using to make his case in going after Saddam rather then going after Bin-ladden.
America has to remember the past four years have been led by the Democracts in the House and Congress

Vernos   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

"Country First" is the Republican campaign motto. Do these good Republicans really care about the country? I seriously doubt it. Every great nation has fallen for over extending themselves fighting wars on many fronts, causing the economy to collapse. The result would cause internal conflict amongst the "have" and the "have-nots". Greed and thieft by the wealthy has currently increased the stress levels of all of us. The fear and hate being generated by the Republicans has polarized the nation. If and when violence erupts would they finally be content with the results? People such as Rush Limbaugh and Congresswoman Bachman feel no shame or guilt about the comments they inject into an unstable situation. Are people such as them really thinking of the country or exposing the true nature of their inner beings? Colin Powell who has all of his adult life put "Country First" thoughtfully stated why he has chosen Barack Obama as his candidate, but Rush Limbaugh would rather say it's about race. If that were so why would General Powell painfully bail from his party? Is it possible he might see us a nation regressing into a previous era that many had worked hard at to better us as a country? A thought as such obviously hasn't crossed the dimwitted pea brain of Rush Limbaugh and people like him. If we all are consumed by this hate and fear how can we stand as a nation together?

janet   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Would the news media be treating Sarah Palin the way they do if she were the Gov. of a state like Indiana or Ohio? I think not.

PM   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

What the McCain Palin ticket are doing is racial if not racist. I am a brown guy who has been in boarding schools in an all white school as well as having mainly white friends. They will tell you that the country is having a tough time voting for a black man (even though he is half white). Looking black is the issue. If he was born looking white, this would be a non issue. I had girlfriends from more rural areas, and I saw the reaction of their parents, they realize the world is changing, but still have a tough time having their daughter date a non-white guy. What will the neighbors think? The McCain Palin ticket are banking on this fear and want the country to vote for them purely on racial lines, despite the fact that a majority of them make under 250K and will be hurt by the choice.

Pierre-Hugues Archambault   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

What an amazing unpredictable democracy you have. I love it

May God bless mooses

Pierre-Hugues Archambault from Ottawa

Jatovi, NC   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Sarah Palin went to school for journalism and not constitutional law. She also auditioned for a role to be a media "elite." This is where she really wanted to be, a celebrity.

Andrew   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Doesn't is seem like Palin is throwing McCain under the bus in order to solidify support from the base for a 2012 bid?

All of the negative campaigning is hurting McCain, but helping herself. She has already been playing off the campaign's failures as "their fault," and touting the successes, the re-energized base for example, as her own.

nancy   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Larry is there one black person out there who is not voting for obama? Because when they find a white person who does not support him they are called racist.

Dawn   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

I Hope C. Powell endorsed Obama because of Race! its time for us to start putting Black people in power!!

Seems like the people that have been running the Gov. Have done a REALLY BAD job..

I was against Bush before it was popular

Noe   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Hey Larry, I am dissappointed with Rush. Do you think Rush is racist for backing Mcain. How dare he made such comment on Col. Powell. Is America going blind. Obama is a breath of fresh air, someone who is well educated and well connected with the average americans. I don’t think Col. Powell would have endorsed Flavor Flav, Al sharpton just because their black.

john peracki   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

i believe colin powell is endorcing obama for the same reasons i am i think he will take our country forward and not backwards like mccain

Cheryl M.   October 20th, 2008 9:29 pm ET

The focus of this election should be on the AMERICAN people. Political parties and their representatives (that we elect) are killing us, bankrupting us and not listening to us!!
Why is it I can get an email from friends that state the way things should be in America? Don't the congressman and senators have friends with GOOD sense?

Pat   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Thank you, Tom and Bob, for all the wonderful years and the trustworthiness you have brought to your medium.
As for the McCain/Palin ticket...they give me no reason to trust either one of them. They have approved the vicious ads and misinformation about Sen. Obama and it appears that justice will be done. The American people are not as gullible as they would like to believe.

Michelle, MA   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I think Larry King said it best..."Did Rush Limbaugh endorse Mccain because he's white.?" It's insulting to say you expected Colin Powell to endorse Obama because of race. You have an intelligent Harvard graduate who has proven himself knowledgeable on the economy, judgment and values, has won all of the debates and yet someone has to be endorsing him because he's black? Ridiculous.

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Arthur– The article you are referring to was released by Associated Press. The Gop was given 2 million to suppress a bill that would have regulated Fannie Mae it was to sway 17 Republicans to quash the bill when the Repulicans had the majority. It worked the bill was thrown out, so much for the republicans not seeing this financial situation coming. The media won't discuss this why because some are afraid to open a can of worms.

linda   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I am truly sorry to hear about the illness of Obama's grandmother, and my prayers are with her/him and the rest of the family.
Larry, I am enjoying your show with Tom and Bob they are the best and we can always count on them for honesty and informative reporting.

Bertie   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Does McCain know that there are some Americans who are Muslim?
If yes, why didn't he explain to the lady at the town meeting who though Barack Obama is Arab.

SS   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I would like to see where all the donations are coming from. I feel this should be public record. This would clear up a lot of unclear feelings. I will be so glad when this election is over and maybe then everyone will setle down.
Still not sure how I will vote until I see where ALL THE DONATIONS came from.

Terry   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET





michael whitton   October 20th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Larry: Your interview with Brokaw and Schieffer was very good. In your heart of hearts, wouldn't you just love to know if Colin Powell has just been biding his time to amend the "blot" on his record, by having been duped by Cheney, Wolfawitz, & Rumsfeld? Imagine how hurt and angry Powell must have felt, knowing that he had to tow the party line and present false information to the UN Security Council on Iraq's WMD.

The anger that must have been present all these years can now be vindicated by the starting of the process that Powell just initiated with his interview. Maybe "what goes around, comes around", might have Powell as the new Secretary of State to set the record straight with honesty in policy from a new administration?

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Larry ... I like Roland Martin. He's real. He's intelligent. And he knows what he is talking about. A very insightful man!

aniette   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

This question is for those of you who support Sarah Palin ...

Would you support her the same , if she were black ? A black female with five children , one who is pregnant ?

Mindy   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

for Stephen, why does the Bill Ayres scenario bother you but the seperatist scenario of Sarah's husband not bother you?

concered   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Larry I really feel contry western music would have suited that stage on snl ..a lot better than rap ...

Heather Jensen   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

I enjoy watching the news events unfold on a daily basis with regards to your up and coming election. I wish I could vote in your country, as I would like to be part of making history when Obama becomes the next President of the United States. I believe that he will be an welcome allie to Canadians.

Heather Jensen
From New Brunswick, Canada

Declown   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET


I still like you even though you're on the wrong side. *laugh out loud*

P.s. All you Balwin brother's are my favorite....not just you. 🙂

Robin   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET Race is not over.

KU from Maryland   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Mary, I agree with you. I gave $$ also and plan on giving some more really soon.


CHARLIE   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET


Patsy Dillard   October 20th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I have a few comments. My first issue is with this McCain/Palin ticket. I think McCain lost a lot of voters when he choose Palin as his running mate. I believe that not only is she not qualified, but she makes most woman look stupid. She has no clue as to how to run a country. In fact, it seems that she doesn't much have a clue about anything. People planning to vote for this ticket better think long and hard. McCain is old, what if he dies during office. Are we really prepared to have this woman step in as president. You think our country is in trouble now, what do you think it will be like if this woman takes office. I am a woman and I have heard some woman (white) say that they would vote for her because she seems like someone you could have coffee with. I think that's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. America does not need a someone to have coffee with, we need someone to help run the white house. This woman can't even run her own household. I think Obama and Biden should have made light of that. This woman has a teenage daughter who is pregnant, and to parade her in front of America, I think is ridiculous. Sarah should learn to raise her children properly and leave the politics to those who know how to be politicians. The only woman I would have evr voted for is Hiliary. She's very smart.
I also want to mention something about this recovery plan. I think they should have spilt the $700 billion in half and gave $350 to the banks and corporations and $350 billion to the American people in the form of stimulus checks. Not the jokes that they called checks that were given earlier this year. But each taxpayer should receive a check for $50,000, that's how you stimulate the economy, give the people who will put the money back into the economy, the money. Now how hard is that?

mary garcia   October 20th, 2008 9:32 pm ET

lets check this out. maybe this would work .

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citi zens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college – it'll be there

Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car – create jobs

Inves t in t he market – capital drives growth

Pay for your parent's medical insurance – health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed
by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG – liquidate it.

Sell off its parts.

Let American General go back to being American General.

Sell off the real estate.

Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion

We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,


T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

ale for thier own actins

Esperanza Oppenheimer   October 20th, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Joe the Plumber was brought up by McCain during the debate and so if Joe's life is open to the public it 's due to the Republicans not the "liberal media"or democrats.

Herr Peterson from Pennsylvania   October 20th, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Dearest Larry,

There is nothing I can say that hasn't been shot out of the mouth of some pundit or another, but does anyone in the McCain administration know the meaning of hypocrisy? By calling Mr. Obama a "socialist," a horrible misnomer once you know what socialism is, does that not in some way condemn John McCain who championed the bank bailout, the nationalizing of nine plus major banks? Please, somebody, give Mr. McCain a dictionary.

bev jay   October 20th, 2008 9:32 pm ET

WHY must we be subjected to such intense coverage of the cheerleader? Is this mccain's response to Obama's "celebrity" status? It's like running Madonna against Shakepeare . Is this a presidential election or a serial comedy show? Please , Larry, give us more of something like Brokaw and Scheiffer and no more of the time-wasting!

Harley Griffin   October 20th, 2008 9:32 pm ET

With the amount of money the Obama campaign has raised, do you think B. Obama denied public financing due to early fund raising projections as a strategy to bind his opponent once he got the nomination?

brian wilk   October 20th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

what role will colinpowell have in theobama regime secretary of defence maybe

nancy   October 20th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

how do they get their polling numbers? I nor anyone I know has ever been asked for a vote

Michael Holmes   October 20th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Do you think General Powell endorsement will mean anything to people who haven't made up ther minds.

robyn johnson   October 20th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

we need canidates in the white house that are serious because our society and economy is in serious need of help. obama can laugh and has a not serious side but he means buisness with this situation.

Steve from Texas   October 20th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I am so tired of the liberal media pounding the notion that Sarah Palin as VP is "one" heart-beat away from the presidency and her lack of experience. She has way more experience than the Democratic nominee running for president, giveme a break!!!! What experience does Barack Obama have? Community organizer, 35 yrs old and an American citizen, ok he's ready to lead the country.

Josephine Schulz   October 20th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Sarah Palin should stop her rallies now. She is divisive and spreads negativity. She is clearly "NOT" a consensus builder. Why would we put someone in office who has not demonstrated effective mediation skills?

Mary   October 20th, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Larry, We are within 2 weeks of the most important election of my life time, and I'm just a bit younger than you. Why are you discussing SNL? The beginning of the show was great with two respected journalists. I changed the channel from my all time favorite show...yours.

Linda from Chicago   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Palin's SNL performance was predictable–she's good at reading teleprompters. I think she was auditioning for a news anchor position after the campaign ends. Clearly she is not satisfied with being a governor. She seeks much greater fame and fortune.

Chris   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Powell's endorsement was purely racial. The reason the argument saying "Kissinger endorsed McCain because he is white" does not fly is fairly obvious. Powell has been in the Republican camp for a while. He was even considered a candidate for Pres. in 96 for the Republicans. But now that Obama is the nominee Powell has changed his tune. It is a fair question to ask if that could be due to race. Powell himself has gushed about the possibility of a black president. The media likes demonize anything that Rush says. Of couse it takes Larry King a month to get the same number of listeners as Rush gets in week. No jealousy there, huh Larry?

I find it interesting that the media only sees racism on the part of whites. Why is it not racist that 98% of blacks are voting for Obama? Many blacks are voting for Obama solely because of his race. That is racism defined.

Bright Emenike   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

McCain is very old, if he dies in office which is prevalent with people of his age. Can Sarah Palin lead America?

carl morrison   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

it seems to me that if sarah palin wanted to be famous, she should have served with bill clinton when he was president, he definitily would have put her out there instead of monica.

Kevin   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

It's hard to believe in 2008 that there are people that are so narrow minded as to suggest that being a Muslim is a bad thing, and that all Muslims are terrorists. Wake up people that's like calling all Germans, NAZIS. It just is not so. I am by the way, not Muslin just an ordinary Christian white guy who sits in amazment of those radical Americans that are perpetuating the hatred of America on the world stag.

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

I rather have Senator Obama to be tested six months from when he becomes President than McCain.

Kathie Preuss   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

I have always admired Colin Powell especially his calm, measured, thinking persona. My son who retired recently after 20 years in the military had a chance to meet and talk to him personally and was extremely impressed. Barack Obama also has his calm, measured, thinking persona. Senator Obama has also impressed me with his economic plan and that he has resisted running a dirty campaign like Senator McCain and I sure wonder why McCain cannot understand Obama's tax plan. I consider myself middle class and have never came near earing $250,000 a year so needless to say I would be for Obama's tax plan and not McCain's who gives the tax break to those who earn over $250,000. After voting Republican for years I have voted for Senator Obama in early voting in Illinois and will be very proud if he is elected President of the USA.

CC Cook   October 20th, 2008 9:34 pm ET

If there is truly a drive to get people engaged in the political process, shouldn't we make changes to the process that would make it easier for everyone to get out and vote. Let's start with a either a national voting holiday on Tuesday or move voting to a weekend day.

Jason   October 20th, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Was Nancy serious about the comment she made about Sarah Palin putting her arms in the air and how difficult that was for her to watch as a "black" person? If so what a #&*$@ is she.

james jenkins   October 20th, 2008 9:35 pm ET

I have been black balled on cnn because I raise issues about McCain's back ground that the media avoids. It maybe safe for me to say that McCain is far from the hero people make him out to be. If by your own mistake, 5th mistake, you end up captured by the enemy you don't become a hero, especially since your being treatred well at the Hanoi Hilton.

PodChicks   October 20th, 2008 9:35 pm ET

I look forward to the day when the race card is thrown out of the deck forever.

Keith Whitaker   October 20th, 2008 9:35 pm ET

The attempt by McBush to rally around the middle class through folks making less than $250,000 is really a joke. Plumbers, carpenters, factory workers, and many professionals that work by the hour understand that Obama's tax plan, his health plan, and his understanding of the economic issues is far superior to McCain. I am a professional with a graduate degree that bills insurances for most of my work and frankly if I make more than $250,000 ( which is very difficult to do regularly on an hourly rate) I can reduce my tax burden through the tax codes. Anyone making $250,000 a year can live where they want, eat where they want, buy a car and house when they want, and hire those less fortunate to cut their lawns and nanny their children and send them to private schools.

Pam   October 20th, 2008 9:35 pm ET

And to anyone who calls me a racist, I am absolutely not a racist. I am a realist. I was born a Catholic, but I am no longer a practicing Catholic. Yet, being born a Catholic, it is ingrained in my being and therefore I will always have some, no matter how small, connection with the the Catholic people because in some way we are alike. Conciously or not, Obama could do the same with his Muslim background, thereby trusting people he might not have befriended otherwise, letting them into his circle. I am not against Muslims but I will not ignore the fact that in this day and age, we don't know which of them can be trusted. Open your eyes, people!

rat   October 20th, 2008 9:35 pm ET

who is this chick? do blacks have copy rights to the "pump it up"? Isn't it a stereotype to say that your offended as a black person

wanda in sc   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

I have found the medias attention to be extremely biased. America has become a nation of what can my country do for me not what can I do for my country. America has become a country of takers not doers. The politically correctness of this country is going to destroy America. Michelle Obama may say for the first time in her life she is proud to be an American, but for the first time in my life I am truly worried about the future of America! Our government is so corrupt starting at the city level and going all the way to the top. I do not feel we have any chance of survival as a democratic society. The comment about Palin were unwarranted . Obama debates with a smug look or a smirk on his face and the media ignores it! We are all citizens of the same nation facing the same issues. This nation has never seen times like these. God Bless America.

Joe Novo   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

My dream debate format:

Wouldn't it be fun to have a well respected and trusted moderator greet both of the candidates, welcome them into a nice comfortable room outfitted with cameras (big brother style) and present both of them with a list of the major topics that Americans care about; then announce that the two of them will be left alone in that closed door room with no moderator or outside input. That they will have to moderate themselves.

That their task will be to discuss each topic in conversational style, to debate each other directly and without time limits. Before leaving the candidates to their personal debate, they would both agree in front of America and on camera that they will choose to interact respectfully, fully and honestly and only provide criticism that is direct yet constructive with demeaning attack. To agree to only move on to the next topic when they both agree that they have comprehensively answered America's question.

I would find it interesting to see how two people in that situation might further reveal their own character, communication style, temperament in how they might carry themselves against the other when we get rid of the rules and mediation and observe a real time conversation on the issues. If we get lucky they might even forget they have cameras on them.

What do you think?


Gabby from Toronto   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Do your Republican guests not realize how badly McCain/Palin look to people in other countries. McCain says he can reach across the aisle. My goodness, all he and Palin are doing is creating hatred and division. As a Canaidan, I am embrassed for the American people.

Doreen   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

McCain, supportesr seem to think this invasion(not war) will go on forever ! opps, McCain have no with draw plan.

georgiapeach   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Is there anyone in the press who thinks American voters can think for themselves ? Do you think people are really influenced by endorsements ? Do you think the press has displayed any obedience to the unenforceable in their overtly offensive and partisan comments about some of the candidates ? I don't.

Chris from St. Louis   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

There is a chance for McCain to regroup now since Obama is suspending his campaign for a couple of days to visit his ailing grand ma,

Kalenda   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

It's a shame that Americans can't stand for what they believe in. You don't belong to a party first and then to the U.S. What C. Powell did is honorable. What makes this country powerful is the bound between its people. How long are we going to talk about race? Shame on this nation!

June   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

If world events will "test" Barak Obama what will it be for John McCain – a slam dunk?

Shari   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET


Of course Gov. Palin looks polished in front of the camera–that was her chosen profession before politics. Are you questioning her choice of profession? Or her being good at it? Didn't Ronald Reagan look relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera? Not a coincidence–he chose acting as a career before politics!

Anthony   October 20th, 2008 9:36 pm ET

There 's an article in tenn. paper about mayor palan revolking native americans rights to fish to feedthere familis. so only commerical fisherman like the first dude have the right

CAROLYN   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

hi larry, it made me sick to keep seeing every news station showing palin on snl is not news worthy what would be if you folks in the media bussiness would do your job and really interview this woman. this is not a game it's our lives and future at risk.

Brittany from Wisconsin   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Monday's Rasmussen Poll shows Obama 50% and McCain 46%.

Djp La.   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

If you look straight at the camera and smile the perfect smile, you can tell the same lie over and over until you believe the lie, others don't.
Obama/Biden 08'

AK 907   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

As an Alaskan and a life-long Democrat , I'm watching the commentary about Palin on SNL with your guests and can't get over how they are over analyzing her skit. Being there and not actively participating in the skit is the punch line! She was suppose to appear above the fray, that is what made it funny. When exactly did my party become so snobbish and dismissive?

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

I love everyone tonight. Nancy, you go girl. Love it when you are on CBS Sunday Morning.



chrissy   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

why would Obama even want Powell's endorsement in the first place when he was for the Iraq war and gave a speech on the WMDs and why we needed to go in, When Obama is so against everyone who is for the war??? Pretty sure there's a race card some where in here when Powell has said how it would be a great achievement for a black to be president and how McCain just uses negative ads, but when Obama has negative ads its fine... SOME AMERICANS do want to hear about Ayers and Obama and don't find it as being a negative ad!!!

Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Yes, Larry.

We will see the nastiest closing days of a campaign in history.

Some are really trying to turn this into a racial campaign to distract us from the real issue. RICH PERSON * POOR PERSON.

Calvin Roach   October 20th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Retired General Powell made the right decision in supporting Sen. Obama. The true facts are:
Sen. McCain has ruled against every No Child Left Behind initiative. No government accountability = poor performance. No wonder Arizona is ranked 50th in education and has been for many years. Sen. McCains district has more failing schools than any other district in Arizona. Arizona has one of the highest crime and incarseration rates in the nation. Arizona has one of the worst health care systems in the nation to include health care for seniors. Sen. McCain's running mate has the third worst education system in the nation and since she has been governor, Alaska quality of education has been dropping. Alaska is also an owner of one of the highest crime rate in the nation, ranked 47 out of 50. Koodoos for Retired General Powell for having the fortitude to stand-up against his party when they are moving the country in the wrong direction.

debbie   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I don't know what Rasmussen poll your guest is referring to but the Rasmussen poll I am looking at has Obama up by a lot, and up by 7 in New Hampshire...according to John King, McCain is giving up on Colorado, Iowa and NM and trying to get Pennsylvania to turn blue...not too likely.

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET


Are you telling us everyone in every culture or religion can be trusted except the Muslims? if yes! then you are racist

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Hi Larry:

It doesn't matter which show is on, but whenever someone asks a republican if Sarah Palin is qualified for Vice President - let alone President if something should happen to McCain - the question is ALWAYS sidestepped where they talk about how she's "energized the campaign" or that she "has executive experience as a governor." No one answers the question because they know in their heart of hearts that she is not qualified. We have serious problems, and a distraction picked to energize a campaign will not solve them.

Jon Reiner   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET


Your guest Hugh Hewitt just said that the Rasmussen poll favors McCain by 4%. He has it wrong. Rasmussen favors Obama by 4%.

S Duncan   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET


Four high-ranking former government officials have endorsed Sen. McCain. Why have we not heard any hoopla about that as we've heard about Powell's announcement? Why is the media filtering positive, supportive information about McCain?

Alex Walker, Co   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET

If Obama wins, who do you think he'll face in the next election, and do you think people will drop there fears of him and the fears of the last decade, or 8 years?

BJ Bergmark   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Many people need to think about the way they are living life. I have always been such a serious ( and depressed) person and many people have said to me, "lighten up". I think SNL is a great show to help people laugh and lighten up. Many are upset about how Sarah Palin is not acting like a VP should. I say "lighten up". I have democratic leanings for this election. This is mostly because I am observing how the wealthy seem to be doing so much whining and they do not have a clue about how painful life gets for low income people who often are there for health reasons and just plain bad luck in life. But I am going to enjoy laughing about things a lot more no matter what happens.

Roy   October 20th, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Who cares about Sarah Palin on SNL. We need to discuss the what matters to voters. Let's talk about Biden saying that Obama approval rating will be lower in six months. Or the economy will get worse, is that because we will be feeling the failed policies and the spreading of the wealth that Obama talks about. Obama doesn't have a clue. God help us if gets elected.

T. Man   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

You can count on things geting uglier 😛

rat   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

actually, their advisers, speach writers,etc. would run the country in the event of McCains death

Angel M.   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

give it up pam , you have exposed your true colors and they are not rose colored

Alex   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET


With the polls showing Barack Obama ahead , would it surprise you if the lead shrinks to within the error rate (+/- 4%) by November 4th? I hope McCain – Palin scramble more than ever as the panic starts to set in since Colin Powell's endorsement.

Myra   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Question for Maria
I have read on another blog (just say the most conservative one) some pretty distrubing comments in reference to Senator Ted Kennedy due to his support of Obama. These comments are shilling, speaking about his death.

How do you address this extreme negativism and how it is dividing this country in light of what your family has gone through?

Natasha from WV   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET


How do we know what McCain's policies are when he never really has laid his plans out in black and white? His answers are always vague and broad.

bill   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Here is a quote from the Rasmussen poll today:

Still, from a broader perspective, the race remains very stable. Obama’s support has ranged from 50% to 52% every day for twenty-five straight days while McCain’s total has stayed between 44% and 46%

I wish you would use this on the show tonight.

Declown   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET


It is really so sad that you don't educate yourself. First of all, why are we in Iraq? Is this related to 911? Are all Muslims the same? Please're so behind. Words are a powerful statement. Listening to slander and lies...could bring down the world.

Paz Aguilera Stutzman   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

I am a republican but I don't feel inspired at all by senator McCain and the way he has run his candidacy to the United States presidency. I am tired and sickened by the media's treatment of Sarah Palin. I don't think she was the right VP choice for McCain, nevertheless, I am extremely upset at the way the McCain campaign has used her and exposed her to the media and this level of humiliation. She is a fine woman, an example to many women out there, and she does not deserve this. She has been dragged into all this political mess by senator McCain that just hoped would get more votes by picking a woman as his running mate. Please, stop using her and humiliating her!!

Michael (Gatekeeper)   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Larry, please ask anyone of your guest the following questions below.
1. What is the different between a Conservative and a Liberal? Please do not give a generalize statement or a politicians answer.

2. What makes one party more religious than the next?

Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin is tripping.

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

IH, please ignore Pam up there, I do not know why she is even watching this show (instead of being brainwashed by McCain/FOX)
I was at Obama's rally today and it was nothing but ALL RACES/RELIGIONS together and having a wonderful time. Very positive.

Fred   October 20th, 2008 9:39 pm ET

I noticed in the debates Obama seemed to communicate with women better and Mr Mccain seemed to communicate with men better.
Do you think the girls are being influenced .

Fred from canada

Michelle   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

I just checked the Rasmussen reports and it shows Obama up by 10 points in Virginia. So what is Hugh talking about? If Obama takes Virginia, which was a red state in 2000 and 2004, along with New Mexico and Iowa, he wins.

Keith Doherty   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

I tried looking up the Rasmussen Report daily poll and couldn't make out the results as there were too many McCain / Palin advertisments on it! Thanks Hugh.............................

robyn johnson   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

I agree with colin powell. sarah palin scares me if god forbid something happens to mccain sarah i really think is not ready for the president position. this is what people need to think to think about . am i wrong in that?

Courtney   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Why is it Nancy was offended when Palin 'raised the roof' and found it 'hurtful' as a black person but found it perfectly fine (in fact praised Pohlen's overall performance) when she, a pregnant white woman, rapped and mocked gang violence with her 'Pow Pow Pow Pow' – something that has been so prevalent and well-known in the minority community????

jim   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Rush Limbach said that Powell endorsed Obama because he is Black. Jessie Jackson is black and ran for president, why didn't he endorse Jackson. I think that is an ignorant comment and further divides the country by republicans.

LDL   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

We know what both candate stant for ,if there is someone out there who dose not know yet they dont need to be a voter'

marlon burlock   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET


Jennifer   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

I just checked the Rasmussen Poll and it indicated that Sen. Obama is leading 50 to 46.

Catherine Rennert   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Larry, you're breaking my heart!
How much more coverage are you going to give to Sarah!
She refuses to interview w/the media and yet you reward her by burying us with her latest nonsense. Spare us, please.

Ron N.   October 20th, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Colin Powell is an honorable man and has been a staunch supporter of the Republican Party. While I disagreed with his choice of party, I always admired him because of his judgment, global perception, and willingness to put the country first. I can see that the decision he made to support Senator Obama was difficult and not at all frivolus. It is nearly impossible for someone like a Rush Limbough to understand that point as he has not had to walk a mile in the 'shoes' of a person of color. How I wish they would wake up as a person of color one morning and be forced to live for a week in our American society. It would be an eye opener. Powell knows that Sarah Palin is not ready to be VP, let alone one heart-beat away from the Presidency! Talk about being irresponsible! This country needs to come together now and to move forward. We need to become what we claim to be in this world. I believe that this character flaw is what the world despises about us most. They know that America can be so much better.......a true world leader... if only we get our act together.

steve   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

I think while the country is such a crisis and sara palin being a FRESH vp, dont you think she should be so busy studying the issues
of the country and learn more about the Russia at least that she can see from the back of her house? rather than participating in The Saturday night show?

Jatovi, NC   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

How come republicans keep asking questions of "who is Obama?" when we still have no idea "who Palin is."

Rob Fricks   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET




1. HE IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN (actually born in Kenya)



Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Hi Larry:

Please ask Mr. Baldwin that if he thinks Sen. Obama is scary, what about Sarah Palin as President of the United States should something happen to Sen. McCain, which we have to weigh into the decision.

Rob   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Christian or Muslim or Jewish or Hindu, why engage in a meaningless discussion? The truth is Pam should be grateful to live in a nation where her ranting is protected by the Constitution. Its the same Constitution that cares not what Obama's religion is. And neither should we. Its sad that such ignorance is still in existence but, unfortunately, when McCain responds to a comment that "He is Muslim" with "No he's a good man", its to be expected. If McCain truly believed in the American ideal of equality of all people he would be encouraging his followers to ignore this religion issue and focus on the real issues. Because he doesn't, it demonstrates that McCain does not believe in this most precious of ideals.

Tony From Oklahoma   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

If you really think about it, Socialism is the only way to get us out of the financial crisis completely..........

Natasha from WV   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

This socialist thing has gone too far. On a local website, they even call him a communitst and accuse me of visiting the motherland because I went to Russia a few years ago on a mission trip.

nancy   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

i saw the skit with howard stern polling the harlem community it is amazing how these people their do not know who or why they are voting for obama its scary man to see these people vote for obama and they have no clue about politics

Christine Gucker   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Wondering what Powell's choice would have been should it have been Hillary instead of Obama on the democratic ticket.

Terry   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET


Some social Programs we can't afford

-government run insurance ...we are complaining about the govt and we want the to run another depart. I would rather take the money and buy my own.

-college ..I don't owe anyone a college education ...and Obama did join Peace Corp or the military and he's not sending my kids.

-everyone getting a tax cut.... even if they don't pay taxes

-he is obviously biased in distributing grant money to cronies ...Ayers wife school, Rev Wright and 2 other experimental schools (Black & Arab)... South Side elementary schools got thrown under the bus.

-shady friends and associations...

-Black Liberation Theology... 20yrs of marxism with Rev Wright... Google it. That lays out the plan.


-Rezko... getting campaign money over the people of South Side Chicago... went with the slumlord instead of his own.

-his Communist activist mentor from his youth

-advisors communicating with Hamas and stepping down

-representatives showing up a few weeks ago at a radical meeting

-Rev Jackson giving us a hint of what is to come.


Barbara G. Barbour   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Did not like the SNL presentation this week. I saw the negative campaign put to words. It was not funny. Shooting the moose? Funny? I don't think so. It is ok to have fun, but not at the expense of others, even in the political arena. "Barbara"

Ruby   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Watching LK tonight and one of the analysts insists the Rasmussen Reports show a narrowed (5 points) lead between Obama and McCain. The same report shows that Obama is poised to win the electoral vote by a what's up?

Dorothy Griffin   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Please, for a devoted Republican in the midst of a liberal storm takeover, won't anyone ask the question – how did Obama raise $150 million $$ in 30 days – 5 million a day? Who contributed and how....doesn't anyone won't to know? I am amazed that no one is interested in this phenomenon.....


Janet Williams   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Please remember Bill Clinton and his saxaphone debut on TV. I, at that time, found it thoroughly out of line. We all have our opinion. If you want to redistribute the wealth under Obama's tax plan, go or it!. I doubt Obama can not live under the policies he trying to ram down our throats.

He is a smooth talking, good looking man who would be best served as a pastor of a church. Let's leave it to an experienced, hardcore American who does not believe in murder......that's another word for abortion. Let's hear it for the Catholics who are being asked to search their concious before they cast their vote. Now that's religion....let's not mess with Palin and her religion.

Let's not gloss over Obama's associations and his points of view. I would be ashamed to be associated with the media who definitely reports not the news but individual opinion. Why can't we let these people run for President without your opinions. Quite honestly, I'm sick of those opinions. Take the blinders off.

Gerry   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Socialism? Um, medicare? Um, Social Security? Basically every government service is a form of socialism. Geez people, give me a break.

annie   October 20th, 2008 9:41 pm ET

I am appalled by the whole McCain/Palin ticket. THe negativity, the erratic behavior and the clearly wrong choice of Palin makes me fearful of all they stand for. Obama for President.

steve   October 20th, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Hi Larry! Hey tell that guy i just checked the Rasmussen report and they have Obama at 50%. I think he needs to check the facts.


Gregory   October 20th, 2008 9:42 pm ET


The Rasmussen poll has OBAMA UP by 4 points.

Lynne   October 20th, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Remember the rebates earlier this year that everyone who was eligible was glad to receive, I am sure many of them are at the McCain rallies. I make just over $100,000 gross and did not receive one, my dependents are all grown. I don't mind that at all. The idea behind the rebate was to help families and seniors. You can call that socialism or spreading the wealth but it is what we americans do, we accept that for this country we help others in desperate times. I am glad to help families, seniors and especially families of our military which I think most would have received the rebates – does McCain want to take those rebates back? In order for those people to get the money some of us have to give a little more – non of this is life changing.

Satyendra Kumar   October 20th, 2008 9:42 pm ET

What poll Mr Hewitt is referring to when he says McCain is leading? According to the poll he cites: "The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote while John McCain earns 46%."

Jeff   October 20th, 2008 9:42 pm ET

The Baldwin on your show is just another uninformed republican. Someone should tell him he sounds like a racist, talking about the people in harlem.

Raja Habib   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Regarding Palin's appearance on SNL, I think it doesn't help the ticket nor the country– Imagine, if she becomes the president, these images ( putting the hands up while being mocked) may add to her challenge to deal with the World leaders– America is a leader in the free World and it has to be represented as such with grace not ridicule.

Audrey - Toronto   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Watching from outside of the United States, I find, that regardless of the outcome – you are moving further away from being the "United States of America" and are becoming more of a divided country. And that is the saddest thing. You are supposed to set an example and lead the rest of the world...

That being said.. I would vote for Barack Obama.

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

McCain and Palin should be held responsible for dividing this country for calling some Anti-American and others not.
What in the world is wrong with these guys? I thought he said country first, this looks like Presidency 1st and country 2nd

Fran   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Obama wants to spread the wealth around.
We know nothing about Obama except his
shady friends. You are what your friends are.
He also has NO EXPERIENCE.

chrissy   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

How come Nancy can throw the race card when it comes to Palin being on SNL when she put her hands up in the rap song and how it was hard to watch as a black person.... so she thinks its only something a black person can do???? sounds RACIST!!

Randy   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

For your pro-Republican panelist (Hugh) the latest info on Rasmussen Reports says:

Obama leads in states with 260 Electoral College votes while McCain is ahead in states with 163 Electoral College votes. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 286, McCain 174.

Page in VA   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

That guy you have on tonights panel misquoted the Rasmussen Poll. Obama has 50% and McCain has 46%

Beverly   October 20th, 2008 9:43 pm ET

First, why do we continue to cover Palin's events, when the woman is obviously incapable of doing anything but repeating her script? She says the same thing over and over- if she were capable of an original thought, they'd obviously have let the media question her.

And, in answer to your panel member who talked about how well she is playing in Colorado- I just spent the weekend canvassing for Obama in Montrose, and I can tell you that it is a close race. They can no longer take states like Colorado for granted.

Toni Skiles   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Rush Lumbaugh is an idiot. He appeared to be wild and way out of control when he was speaking about Colin Powell endorsing barrack Obama.
Sarah Palin is actually out of control as well and she needs to be trained if she is planning to try to be VP.
I am sorry McCain is acting the way he is for I use to have respecc for him, he has lost all of it.

Chloe Docherty   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Hi, i am 18, i go to U of T in canada, born and raised in canada, my mother was born in italy, my boyfriend however lives in NJ, and has his whole life. we have extrmely differing views on goverment, i recently voted in the canadian federal election for the first time when he refuses to vote. i always hear "socialism" "canada style healthcare" what is wrong with this, well, first and formost NO canadian EVER has to worry about going into debt because of a broken leg, or have to chose to have radiation or not. Why are most americans so opposed to government run healthcare? Please.

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET


I have come to the conclusion that Republicans are delusional when it comes to Sarah Palin. Honest Republicans like Gen. Powell have said she clearly is not qualified. The Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson interviews showed that. She speaks before she thinks, so she has nowhere to go other than to ramble. That is scary.

Mary - Lakeland   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Joe the Plumber and Palin the Walmart this what we have been reduced to? Let me see...Harvard Law graduate or Joe the Plumber?

Who do you want making decisions for our country? I personally like a president who is smarter than I am.

Will and Linda Fiore   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

We take offence at the remark made by Nancy Giles when she knocked Sarah Palin's dancing on SNL. Is she saying that white people don't have rhythm? Has she never heard of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers? If a white person made a similar remark about an African American, what do you think would be said? She made a racist remark, and you Larry King should have pointed that out. Even if you are an Obama supporter, you are still supposed to be fair.

jb in atlanta   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Larry can you or your guess tell me where is PETA in all of this shooting and killing of moose, wolves and the soon to be extinct polar bears in Alaska that Sara is claim to have done and apparently enjoys doing per SNL. If a football player has to go to jail for dogfighting and they made a fuss, shouldn't they have something to say about her behavior killing these animals. Oh I forgot, she's not a black male sports athlete. If PETA says nothing about this, then release Michael Vick!

Amy   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

If anyone is wondering, here is what Rasmussen Reports says online now:

"Monday, October 20, 2008 – The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote while John McCain earns 46%. Obama has been at the 50% level of support for seven of the past eight days while McCain has been at 45% or 46%. Obama’s lead has been in the four to six point range on each of those eight days."

David LaCount Cornelia, GA   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Maria, How do you and Your husband Deal with your different political views?

Gina   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I think that it is so sad that McCain and Palin are running a campain based on FEAR !
I feel sorry for the people who are terrified over Obama.
They truly think he will put an end to the US. They think Obama will get us from the inside of our own country.

Who makes them feel terrified? (McCain and Palin)
So, Who are the terroists?

The Bush era was filled will fear!

I'm not sure if I am supposed to be afraid today or not...
I don't know what the FEAR level is today. Can you tell me todays terror level!!! Red-Orange maybe Yellow.
Please tell me Larry ! So I know if I should be afraid or not!
Thanks, Goodnight, Gina

Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET



Truthfully, does Arnold still support Sen. McCain?

Tom Phan   October 20th, 2008 9:44 pm ET

What was that website that Hugh spelled out earlier was I don't see any websites about electoral vote polls but I could have the site wrong. Could you give me that website again?

Diane Beamer   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Mc Cain in behind in every National Poll as of 6:44pm PDT

kofi   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

larr, if bill ayers is a terrorist and obama is paling around with him, why havent they been arrested. and why is a terrorist a university lecturer? wont his students become terrorists too?

Brenda Harris   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Larry it is done right ignorant for these grown people to make these childish claims about OBAMA . OBAMA has lived the american dream
worked hard educated himself and made good. You know darn well the CIA and theFBI and every other organization has checked him upside down and inside out. OBAMA is the MAN and they know it.
MCCAIN HIMSELF admitted himself that there is nothing to fear in OBAMA being President.............

Adrianna   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

On the Barack Obama and Socialism. Why is Socialism associated with negativity? Almost compared to communism. How many people in this country have a clue what it is even?
I am from Europe, Sweden to be more specific, but live in the United States for 14 yrs now. Most of the European countries lean the socialistic ways. They do some of the "terrible" wealth distribution using taxes. ALL citizens of these countries have free health care. ALL have free education that by the way is much better then here. ALL workers that worked for a year in one company have at least five weeks paid vacation.
You don't see any homeless people on the streets. The crime rate is much lower then here. Very few high school drop outs. Almost everyone has a College Education. Very few teen pregnancies. Drug problem is not as wide spread as here.
Yes people pay more taxes, but if you would ask them if it's worth it almost all of them would agree it is. By the way Democratic Socialism allows and promotes small businesses. If you want to start your own company in Sweden you will get both financial and educational support from your government. There are lots of privately owned successful businesses. Names like
Also it seem as if it is the United states that dragged Europe (and other countries in he world who we owe money too) down with this Economy here. Europe will get back on the right track more easy...thanks to the Socialism and way their Economy is.
United States needs huge "make-over" and Sen. Obama is the man for the job. He has a unique vision for the future that will benefit all people, not just some.

Danny Sprouse   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

A. Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama was outstanding for Obama, and it had to be a blow to the McCain Campaign. McCain is acting like it meant nothing, but if he had endorsed McCain, the Republican ticket would be making a huge deal of it.

B. Regarding Sarah Palin and her Saturday Night Live appearance. No, it did not convince me to vote for McCain. No single appearance on ANY kind of show could convince me to vote for (or against) anyone. You have to look at all of the issues that the candidates present.

C. The only ticket addressing today's issues is the Democratic ticket. The Republicans will not discuss the issues. Therefore; since I make my decision on how the candidates present or will deal with the issues, I have to vote for Obama as he is the only candidate willing (or able) to discuss the issues and how to handle them. I'm getting nothing but lies and rhetoric from the Republican candidates.

Monica   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET


What polls is your Republican guest (NU) referring to? The Rasmussen poll shows Obama ahead by 4 points. Maybe he should go back and do his research.

Christine Gucker   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Everyone is slamming Palin because she speaks out. Why is it the democratics are asking for apologies and yet it is okay for people to be nasty when speaking of Palin or McCain? Why is it that the media is outside Joe the Plumbers house and not in front of Ayers house? Do you feel the media is biased?

Marie   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Both of the Republican candidates like to talk about "Joe" the plumber, but neither one of them states in any way shape or form that "Joe" has a tax lien against him. Should we all disregard the law??

Pamelaa   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

The McCain supporter on LKL said the Rasmussen polls give McCain a 4 point lead today. However, this is a direct quote from the Rasmussen website (copied directly):

"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote while John McCain earns 46%."

Why isn't there a direct response place on your website so this info could have been gotten back to LK immediately?

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

They will not be there Larry. but thanks for reminding them!

barney   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Why is Stephen Baldwin on this show? How dare he instigate vague unsubstanciated fears about Obama. He should be ashamed of himself. What would Jesus say about his immoral (and unAmerican) behavior?

Adrianna   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

On the Barack Obama and Socialism. Why is Socialism associated with negativity? Almost compared to communism. How many people in this country have a clue what it is even?
I am from Europe, Sweden to be more specific, but live in the United States for 14 yrs now. Most of the European countries lean the socialistic ways. They do some of the "terrible" wealth distribution using taxes. ALL citizens of these countries have free health care. ALL have free education that by the way is much better then here. ALL workers that worked for a year in one company have at least five weeks paid vacation.
You don't see any homeless people on the streets. The crime rate is much lower then here. Very few high school drop outs. Almost everyone has a College Education. Very few teen pregnancies. Drug problem is not as wide spread as here.
Yes people pay more taxes, but if you would ask them if it's worth it almost all of them would agree it is. By the way Democratic Socialism allows and promotes small businesses. If you want to start your own company in Sweden you will get both financial and educational support from your government. There are lots of privately owned successful businesses.
Also it seem as if it is the United states that dragged Europe (and other countries in he world who we owe money too) down with this Economy here. Europe will get back on the right track more easy...thanks to the Socialism and way their Economy is.
United States needs huge "make-over" and Sen. Obama is the man for the job. He has a unique vision for the future that will benefit all people, not just some.

Joel   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

How much stock should we place in the possibility that the polls are not accurate because a growing number of people, especially young first time voters, only have a mobile phone and not a land line phone and that polling companies only contact land line phone users?

Fran   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Lets talk about the real issue, race. White America is going to decide if Mr. Obama will be President. Race is an issue for White America. We will see who tells the truth or not. If race is not the issue America will elect Mr. Obama.

Sandi-NC   October 20th, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Personally, I think Obama's experience working with impoverished communities, even though he was a Harvard School gradutuate, that served at Harvard over the Harvard Law Review Board...but he CHOSE to help people that no one else would help. To me...that speaks volumes. No disrespect to Senator McCain, but being a POW, marrying a very wealthy woman who's family had ties to get you into the senate, does not make you ready to be President.

T. Man   October 20th, 2008 9:46 pm ET


Sarah raised taxes as mayor & as Govenor ..she got a winfall tax from oil companies..
Kept the change from the Brige to Nowhere.

Then, sent everyone in Alaska a Check.

Socialism works well for Sarah.. 🙂 😛
I thought it was such a awful thing to be socialistic???

AJ, Minneapolis   October 20th, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Paris Hilton has better foreign policy than Sarah Palin...

Sheryl   October 20th, 2008 9:46 pm ET

I'm am tired of hearing about Joe the Plummer. I am an Ohioan, and a Republican, and like Colin Powell, I will be casting my vote for Barack Obama.
It is interesting too, that on the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio last week, when interviewed "Joe the Plummer" grudgingly admitted that Obama's policies, not McCain's, would be of more benefit to him personally. Why isn't that little tidbit getting any airtime?

Calvin Mulligan   October 20th, 2008 9:46 pm ET

I just caught the Rush Limbaugh comment regarding the Obama endorsement by General Powell. Wow. It seems to me that his comments to the effect "it's all about race" really underestimate the judgement of both General Powell and the American electorate.

This election has opened my eyes to the big propaganda influence of talk show radio. Add to that the fact that some of these same personalities have TV programs and and newspaper columns and it's hard to avoid the impression their influence exceeds by far the depth of thought behind what they have to say.

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Hey Larry:

Don't hold your breath about whether John McCain will honor his statement and appear on your show. He routinely flip-flops. We've seen that several times. Ask Letterman. John McCain doesn't know where he is right now.

Gwendolyn Smiley   October 20th, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Hasn't Bush and the Republican done more to move this country toward Socialism during the past eight years than any other President?

While veteran Senators like to boast of their experience, don't they realize that it is their "experience" that help to get us in this mess?

How can veteran senators and others make a claim for "change" or "reform" when they have been content to go along with "The Washington Way" for so long? Who believes they want change?

BigD Northern Minnesota   October 20th, 2008 9:46 pm ET

I was saddened to hear+see of John McCain Picking Sarah Palin!


I Believe in My HEART that "Sarah Palin" has the "Gall" to Use John McCain + the "DESPERATE OUT of GAS REPUBLICAN PARTY" & the NAME of GOD as EVEN a STEPPING STONE to Her OWN SELF CENTERED ILLUSTRIOUS GAIN!


Roy   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Who cares about Palin on SNL. Biden says Obama's approval rating will be lower in six months, is that because we will be feeling Obama's failed policies or will it be Obama "spreading the wealth". What ever happened to you earn it you keep it. Obama will take this country from a recession to depression. If he gets elected God help us.

douglas moore   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

hello i am douglas moore from toronto canada i have been wacthing cnn everday to see how obama is doing canada is for obama but would like to know y this black women was botherd with when sarha was pumping it up as a white women and how that hert her i am a white guy that likes to pump it up my wife is black what i got from it that white people should not pump it up maybe she was joking but if it was the other way around we would be a raceist but i can take a joke if that is all it was i love to joke around. so pls get back to me on this i would love to know what she ment by this.

Tom   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

why is stephen baldwin on larry king talking about politics? he is the last guy i want to hear talking about politics.

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Maria: had health permitted and Sen. Kennedy been able to campaign for Obama do you think it wwould have helped Obama in wwinning some to the battleground states like: Ohio, Florida, Virginia and PA?

David   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET


I would like to know, if someone votes their heart and votes for an independent candidate who will they really be helping? Obama or Mccain?

Ian Brooks   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Coming from New Hampshire, and being a proud resident of the ‘live free or die’ state, I can honestly say that if McCain dies, which he might, Sarah Palin’s view of Russia from her house is not going to help any of us remain ‘free’. We’re a swing state because we’re a smart state. I’d hope our choice from the 2004 election to go blue will stay true.

Rob   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET


The fastest way to get Sarah Palin on your show is to give her the questions two weeks ahead and set up a practice session beforehand. Otherwise she won't have time to prepare her insult tinged comments that have become her only lasting impression.

IH   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

I agree with you, Obama's rallies are truely positive. You leave with a sense of empowerment that you as an individual can actually accomplish something and change the direction of this country. I have gone to every one of the rallies here in Denver and it absolutely is no hate fest. People are open minded and not into hating on the opponent. The message is more about looking forward. I am looking forward to Colorado turning blue this time!!

Shannon   October 20th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

I think Stephen Baldwin making comments about Americans being "uneducated" about who Barack Obama is – is insulting and hypocritical, considering the lack of "education" Sarah Palin is obviously suffering from. Anyone who can support the McCain/Palin ticket has no place bringing up the intellectual level of voters.

Violet   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Why does Powell's endorsement of Obama seem more significant than Hague's, Baker's, Kissinger's endorsements of McCain?

Thomas R. Morley   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Im confused. First Palin speaks for McCain and now it's Joe the sorta plumber. Who's he tapping next, Lassie?

Jamena   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET


Please ask your panelist who support McCain do they really believe with the economy the way it is he will NOT raise taxes on the middle/lower class?

Tim   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

After 8 years of disastrous leadership, or lack thereof, how can McCain supporters defend his ideals on your show after his persistent support of George W. Bush policy?

Duane from Texas   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

McCain/Palin are definately in trouble when there best friend Joe the plumber is in trouble for not paying his taxes and isn't are real plumber.

TODD ALEXANDER COONROD   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Senator McCain has said that we have succeded in Iraq because of the military surge. Well then, why are we still there.

lucy delzio   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Larry –

Doesn't anyone seem to understand that John McCain didn't want
to expose Barack with his past associations which could influence him if he becomes president.........that's why it is all coming out now, expecially with Acorn, campaign contributions (where is it all coming from?) .Ayres...

And the Democrats had control of congress the past 4 years...........

Liza   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

If ANYONE claims Obama is not experienced enuf to become President – look at his circle of expertise: #1 – Warren Buffet, for economic knowledge, #2 – Colin Powell, for military experience, #3 – Joe Biden – for international experience, #4 – both Clinton's – very experienced in the White House.....& the beat goes on! To watch Obama is magic! The man has become very impressive to me & I'm not even a voter – I'm Canadian:) PEOPLE JUDGE YOU BY THE COMPANY YOU KEEP CERTAINLY APPLIES HERE!
Re Sarah Palin – a very interesting woman, with a great future -she can write her own ticket in the next few years; she definitely lit a spark under McCain's campaign, but not Presidential material.

Sheree   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

In response to Hugh Hewitt "It's important to get it right", Barack Obama checked a form with along with a long professorial explanation of intent to discuss public financing with a lot of "Ifs". Senator Obama obviously has the ability to raise abundant sums of money and is proving that.
Also, if the Republicans were up, they wouldn't complain. Suck it up!!

CAROLYN   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

hi maria, well larry i hope you dont have either one of them mccain or palin on within the last three days before the election we the viewer will be outraged and fell that you planed it that way to help mccain/pali n with their campaign.

Felix   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

I think Sara anti- American and social message this weekend toward The Obama campain is hurting them and painfully dividing this country . I understand Gen. Powell.

S Duncan   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

I suggest that McCain's backers such as Henry Kissinger and others get equal air time with Powell. Let's hear them tell America why they endorse John McCain for President. Let's see the media be fair for once.

Donna   October 20th, 2008 9:48 pm ET

It makes me so sad to see that this entire campaign is only attacks and only attacks. None of them came up with clear-cut platform, a program that tells us what they will do. They just fight and insult each other. i am an independent and i still not make up my mind. And this Sarah Palin.. .what a joke! Why people talk about her? Governor Palin is an insult to our intelligence.

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:49 pm ET


Everyone will decide who will be the President, not just White America.
Guess what All American will elect Senator Obama as the next President of the United States

Pete Bader   October 20th, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Larry, please ask your panel what is so bad about SOCIALISM? After all, we the MIDDLE CLASS are already paying the taxes for the upper 5%, Is this not SOCIALISM, after all we pitch in more so they do not have to!

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Please tell the Republican party to please keep attacking Sen. Obama. That should help them win which would make my day!

Danielle   October 20th, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Many have spoken about the possibility of Obama being assassinated, but what about McCain? Are people confident enough in Palin as president ? There are potentially some that would be very happy to test it.

kory from rhode island   October 20th, 2008 9:49 pm ET

isnt the media also responsible for convincing people who might be uneducated in political terms by continuing to use the word socialist, or ,socialism. It seems as if all of these medias outlets use it so many times that the uneducated may misinterperate the point trying to be made and just here the word, equate it with something bad for america that every time it is mentioned you only connect it with negative thinking. isnt that one of the many Mccain camp dirty tactics?

Mary - Lakeland   October 20th, 2008 9:49 pm ET

If only 5% of Americans make more than 250,000 per year, and at least a percentage of them are supporting Obama, how is this race even close?

Do you want to pay tax on your healthcare? The average healthcare for a family must be aout 800.00 per month, and probably more. The tax on that will be at least another 80.00 – 160.00 per month. Can you afford this?

Eric Brazzel   October 20th, 2008 9:50 pm ET

So, my wife and I are watching your show at the moment and must admit that the panel proir to Maria Schriver obviously have never actually been to Colorado. Making references to Fort Collins and the western slope towns as anything other than liberal is absurd. We both attend CSU in Ft. Collins, and to be perfectly honest even Greeley which is where we live and is part of Northern Colorado and the western slope area, is about as blue as you can get. We are honestly offended by any statement linking us to McCain/Palin supporters. They scare us... And there is no support at Colorado State University for McCain/Palin, a large town with a Division 1 school.

Dorothy Griffin   October 20th, 2008 9:50 pm ET

I don't know if my question was dodged or not......someone out there please tell me how Obama's team raised $150 million dollars....
.$5 million a day in a month......why is no one challenging this?

Texas Dan   October 20th, 2008 9:50 pm ET

In Response to Dorothy Griffin:

632,000 people sent in contributions over the 30 day period. Nothing shady going on with that, but it is a prelude as to who the next president will be.

Mary   October 20th, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Larry, How come you are not trying to get Obama or Biden on your show? Only McCain and Palin. Fair is fair.

Thanks, I enjoy your show.

David Cleinman   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Hey Larry,

I checked out the Rasmussen Reports poll and found a severely right-wing organization with numerous anti-Obama ads and headlines. I'm supposed to believe this Rasmussen poll that your guest mentioned?

Gallup is 11 points. CNN was 10, by the way.

Bias in news Liberal? I don't think so.

Juatice   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

****** NEWFLASH ******


Have decided no more smear tatics.

No More caling the opponent a traitor with false half truth

No more trying to associate a tax cut with Socialism

No more scareing innocent children with phone call that children will hear.

No more lie about Troopergate.

OK I am living in the fantascy land of John McCain and Palin.

Bazaro world is here and good is bad and bad is good

May all who dare to lie, are racist and willing to continue spreading the wealth to socialist Corporation and Executives be rewarded in Hell for Eternity.

Love, Peace and a helping hand to the honest, honorable and ethical people of this great planet.

Andrew   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

The Wrath of Larry King = The Wrath of Kahn.

Watch out McCain.

Diane - Tacoma, WA   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Diane October 20th, 2008 9:15 pm ET
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
Colin Powell is an extremely intellectual, and brilliant man that obviously thinks logically before he speaks. The title he holds along with his previous ‘job’ history proves that he is tactical and wise in his approach. To suggest that he is so shallow as to base his decision to endorse Senator Obama simply on race proves just how racist and ignorant these people are that are making these dispicable allegations.

Joanne   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET





Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

The McCain / Palin ticket will probably now tell us that Sen. Obama left the campaign to meet with terrorist connections in Hawaii, instead of the agony of possibly losing his mother.

Nadine Houston-Dalo   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Hi Larry- The gentleman who was just on your show reciting poll numbers about McCain leading Obama according to the Rassmussen Daily Poll was way off and blatently lied. The poll has Obama leading by 4-5 points and McCain still trailing. What kind of people spew lies on LKL without being fact checked. You had a chance to nab him on that one Larry but perhaps you willl correct his statement for fair mews.
Thank You,

pat4597   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

The McCain supporters on your show tonight make me sick. The McCain campaign and SOME of his supporters are starting a war here in our country. What is wrong with McCain to stoop so low to start this and let it go on? I would never vote for this guy now. What he and his sidekick have been doing is unAmerican and hopefully people that have been supporting him see what lowlife he is. They should kick him out of the Senate for what he has been doing!

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Maria .... You get it!! Great comments!

Ana V.   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

I am honestly fed up with all the accusations the MCcain/Palin campaign have been making about Obama. Sen. MCcain's choice for VP ultimately cost him millions of voters because of Gov. Palin's manifested hate movement towards Obama. This says a lot about this woman's character and lack of ethics!!

Pauline Wheeler   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Love your show.
I am a Canadian, and it is sad to say that I am far more interested and anxiously awaiting the results of your upcoming election then I was in our recent election for the Federal Government.
I think Obama will inspire a lot of ordinary people, to allow them to dream big knowing that hard work and determination will help them acheive their dreams. I hope it will inspire all black people, mixed race and all other minorities to go for the gold,

joy   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

I believe "Joe the Plumber" is a plant from the McCain/Palin campaign. He was just on Hannity and he talks just like Sarah Palin. He is making a spectacle of himself as is Palin and McCain. This has turned into a "dirty" campaign which McCain the "hero" he is suppose to be should never have gone down that road. I am a registered republican who believes that the best choice is Obama/Biden to bring our country back to where it should be. Enough of the "pit bull" from Alaska and the "old man hero". McCain showed how erratic he can be with the choice he made as his VP. There were many more and much more qualified women he could have chosen. She is a slap in the face to me as a WOMAN.

starother   October 20th, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Larry, does Rush Limbaugh and the others lacking intelligence not realize that Senator Obama is a half white man? Why is it that General Powell sees a man and Rush can't? Thank God for those that can see beyond the forest for the trees.

Bern   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Larry, when it comes to polls there is an unpolled population that supports Senator Obama that do not not have landlines.

Nancy Anderson   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Why is it every time John McCain says the truth about Obama and the questionable company he has kept in the past it is considered dirty politics? You know as well as I do, if it was reversed, and John McCain had kept such company as Ayers, etc., that the Democrats and the liberal media would blast him. Why is it that no matter what McCain says, it is perceived as negative. He's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't. This is how this whole campaign has been thanks to the manipulation of the media.

Sidney   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

If the Repubicans are concerned about the outcome of the election and how much race played in it, then the real concern should be in acheiving an accurate and fair count. Why is McCain making an issue of it to legally contest the outcome when he loses.

Andrew   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET


I donated $25, and so did millions of others.

Coralee Sarofen   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Dear Larry:

Here is a thought. When you add up all the monies spent on the election would it not make sense to shorten your election campaign time to six months and have a limit on what they can spend???? I will be very glad to see the election end and hope Obama wins.

Why not set up a separate bank account and have every American donate $1.00 towards the deficit and all the fat cats that collected big payouts put in at least 2 million plus cut all port barrel spending plus excesses in all government departments should put America back on track.

Just a thought.


Jan Hammond   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Larry, we love your show and want to thank you for your excellent coverage of both sides of the story, ALWAYS!
We saw Colin Powell on "Meet the Press" (love Tom Brokaw!) and thought his decision to endorse Obama was articulated perfectly. BULL'S EYE!
Too bad McCain made such a strategic mistake when selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. A decision that may cost him the White House. Romney would have been a better choice. We need someone who understands the business world, not another politician, with LIPSTICK! I thought it diminished Palin's credibility appearing on SNL. Again, another bad choice in the McCain Campaign camp! McSame has demonstrated extreme poor judgment (the way he runs his campaign) again and again. We also don't like the negative tone the campaign has taken, he must be desperate now. Obama is a sharp well spoken American. We need a Change, and have confidence in Obama. Before McCain named Palin as his running mate, he had my vote, but I changed my mind after Alaskan officials found Palin's actions in TrooperGate an Abuse of Power. We don't need more of that! As an Independent I appreciated Colin Powell's comments. As someone who can't afford to commute to work with gas at $4.30 per gallon I am extremely concerned about the state of our economy, nation and where we are headed, just look at the global market extreme fluctuation....can we afford to give the GOP another chance.....I don't think so!

Irving   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Helllo Larry and Maria,

Do you think John McCain's control over Sara Palins interviews is a demonstration of gender discrimination?

Jodie   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Pam, you have got to be kidding about the whole Muslim thing! I guess you must be a pedofile, child molester since you were brought up Catholic. Many of the leaders of your own faith sexually abused those children in their trusted hands and then when caught, the real leaders just moved them around so they could do the same thing in other parts of the country.
Barack has never been a Muslim or involved in Muslim religion. Even if he had, that doesn't make him an extremist. Every religion has its own issues and its own scares. Timothy McVey...Oklahoma City bomber...American extremist. I am a military veteran, so was he...that does not give me any association with him and his acts. I'm guessing you know absolutely nothing about Muslims or the islamic faith. Your ignorance shows. Before you talk about another race or religion, take the time to learn something about it.

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Just the comments made by Republican's here in this blog is proof of what McCain are putting out to their is sick.
If Republicans are freaking out about so called "socailism"...their very own greed is what is (and righfully so) calls for MUCH regulation and supervision- they had it their way and obviously cannot be trusted.

Mary - Lakeland   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET

If your small business bottom line NET profit is more than 250,000 then you need a new accountant. They are scaring you for nothing.

It is the bottom line NET PROFIT we are talking about here, after depreciation, expenses, salaries, and numerous other write-offs.


we the people   October 20th, 2008 9:52 pm ET


Mattman   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET

If McCain really cared about the American citizens, why doesn't he allows victims of foreclosure to stay in one of his 7 residences??? Is he doing all that he really can??

atoosa   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET


Were your children Democrat before Senator Obama's nomination ?

christopher wagner   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Palin on SNL again, what can she not do anything else? How is she even qualified to be a VP? Does anyone that is running for President have the right just to choose anyone, I think we need to have more qualifiers for their choices. I think the VP choices need to be held to a certain code of conduct, yeah Palin can hang out with the college kids, but can she run a country? Not with what I have seen!

steve   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Larry, I hope someone would ask sara Palin what " Socialism" mean
or is setting better regulations in the financial market necessarily mean " Socialism?

James from TN   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET

I'm sick of hearing about Palin, she can't even give an interveiw to Larry King, the most respected interviewers on the planet. I think before election day all four canidates, president and V.P. of both party should be on Larry King.

Far as Colin Powell, I saw that coming a mile a way. That just goes to show you just how much O'bama is ready to be President and with Joe Biden's experience who wouln't select him as v.p.

Julie   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET

The next President of the United States: Barack Obama!!!!

Christine   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET

You are talking about change....isn't it true anyone can stand up there and say they will do this..and they will do that...and in actuality none of this will happen. It is because there is no money to do anything. If all of you feel these changes will happen then I welcome you to Fantasyland!!!

We are talking about the President of the United States and to be honest, if Obama's resume came upon the desk of a major corporation with the experience he has and years he's been doing this....his resume would go in the shredder!

Should Obama get in office and America gets worse – I can hear it now....all you liberals will blame everything on the past presidency because you are so good at pointing the finger but never taking responsibility. There are 20 million illegal aliens in this country and years ago it was the liberals that wanted to pardon them and allow them to stay. I wonder how many of those 20 million would be living off of the government and not holding down responsible jobs and that comes all out of our pockets!   October 20th, 2008 9:53 pm ET


I believe Colin Powell stated his reasons for endorsing Barrack Obama sincerely, intelligently, importantly and very well.

Lets hope more Republican leaders recognize the importance of General Powell's remarks and show the American people some genuine support for his realistic views and put the GOP baloney aside for awhile.

The poor judgement of McCain picking Palin just confirms to us that neither McCain or Palin is qualified to be President. (period) It's almost unbelievable.

Ron Coppell TX   October 20th, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Hi Maria, after 8 long years of failed economic policies of George Bush, does the Gov. of California still supports the ideology of the republican party?? please be honest.

Von   October 20th, 2008 9:54 pm ET

I am disappointed with Mr. Baldwin reference to people in Harlem. No wonder he supports Sarah Palin with her racist rants. This stuff makes me sick. But let me tell him a story. I am African American and in a management position at my job. I work with several white women that are Republican. One day we were talking and this is in Texas, they told me they cannot stomach to watch Palin let alone vote for her and John McCain. They continued to tell me that she is a bad reflection on them and she support none of their values. They told me she represents the small towns that are racists and they would like to think they are above that because they are educated. They even told me they don't even consider Alaska as a state since the population is no bigger than Austin, Tx. They asked me for a reason they that should vote for Barack Obama. I told them that his tax policy would probably effect us but I think the other things he represents will make America better. Since I am the only African American that they interact with they view me as intelligient because I graduated with honors from Rice University and I have a Master degree. Convincing them to vote for Obama was easy.

anow   October 20th, 2008 9:54 pm ET

McCain and Sarah Palin keep calling Senator Obama a terrorist and now a Socialist. How comes we don't hear much of Sarah Palin's husband and that radical group in Alaska that does not want to be a part of the United States. Sarah Palin was the speaker at their conference. That to me is terrorism. And we have proof of it. How can we have a Vice President who endorses a group that want to separate from our United States. And John McCain talk about special need kids and he left his wife after she had the terrible car accident. What a hypocrite

gary stuber   October 20th, 2008 9:54 pm ET

How is it that CNN is completely missing two of the biggest stories:
McCain buries his Vietnam records: see "Vietnam veterans against McCain" and Palins endorsement of Alaska secessionists,

Faye Thorne   October 20th, 2008 9:54 pm ET

I agree, Brittany from Wisconsin. Almost any one after they practice long enough can give rote comments, and Sarah Palin is not even good at it. This does say a lot about McCain's judgment. I liked the old McCain a little, but I would never have voted for him. I do not recognize this McCain. Who has he become? Everywhere I go, people are talking about him and Sarah and how John has changed. Imagine for a minute, Sarah in the white house. Her husband, I understand, very rarely speaks in public because he is close to illiterate. Do we really want these folk representing America. Powell said it Sunday. You do have to take rhetorical expertise into consideration when choosing a President.
Faye in Greensboro

gwendoly coefield   October 20th, 2008 9:54 pm ET


Kellyn Bradford   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

The most important thing Colin Powell said was that in the end we are all American's and come November 5th, we as a nation have some serious problems to solve both at home and abroad. Gen. Powell rightly says that Sen. Obama represents more of our common values and yes, folks from big cities have values too. Colin Powell is a voice of reason and calm in otherwise emotionally charged race. I applaud the courage of his convictions and know that he has America's interests at heart not just one party.

Anthony   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

no voting rights for native americans says mayor sara palan acording to an article in tenn. paper she refuse the interpertaterr to aid in native american votting evev as provides. is thismore evidence of use

Ola Johnson   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Hello Mr.King, I enjoy watching your show its very informative. As I was watching your show tonight( Oct.20-2008) as I do everynight I couldn't help but comment. When I see people like the baldwin's on your show speaking against the democratic party, Barak obama particularly. Im a registered voter who did not vote last election, but is planning to vote this election. Although I am an African American woman and a democrat my vote for Barak has nothing to do with the color of his skin. As a matter of fact, when I first new of his plan of running for presidency for the democratic party. I had to get to know his platform. My vote for him is because he makes sense.

Eric A.   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin's comments about Howard Stern's "man-on-the-street" interviews about Obama supporters was irresponsible. It implied that Obama's supporters are uneducated. Stern's radio bit also talked to McCain supporters, who were just as misiformed when Obama's views and running mate were appplied to McCain. What does that say about McCain supporters?

Nettie   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Mr. Hugh's cheapshot and saracasm at Stephanie (I think she can spell Rasmussen) was uncalled for and indicative of the type of campaign Sen MCain and Gov Palin are running. I can see right now that this election will be taken away from Sen Obama just like the election was taken away from Al Gore. No one in his right mind can believe that, God forbid, should something happen to Sen McCain, Sara Palin can step in as President of the United States of America.

Beth from rural Central Texas   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I KNOW for a fact that this presidential election is about race, here in my sleepy little town, albeit the 21st Century. I've heard the racial slurs, given just before the look of superiority! I've heard people say, "A black man running for President would be my daddy's worse nightmare!" That is how they were raised, and family traditions are the what drives this place. Many people are 5th and 6th generation citizens. Absolutely nothing has changed. The ignorance has been perpetuated, and I must admit, it works for them! There is only one black family in this town! No black children in our schools. There are towns close to here that still enforce the "blacks out of town by sundown" rule! The big church with the Republican base also perpetuates the division among people in a big way. It's all very sad, but also very true. I wish it wasn't, but it is. 🙁


Paul   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I live in Markham, Ontario, Canada and have been watching your show over the years.

I have observed that you did not allow the two ladies(Democrats) to respond to the GOP arguments – your show seems to be moving away from being objective and more pro-GOP. Is this real or an aberration. Please allow both views – it makes the show interesting .

Minou, New York City   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Larry, Maria Shriver is such a great woman and role-model for all girls and women! Please do an entire hour with her!!!

Bert   October 20th, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Great show Larry. Looking forward to many more. Thank you.

Elizabeth Gerber   October 20th, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Dear Larry King,
Could you please explain what's so wrong about socialism ?

You have just had two elderly gentlemen (Tom Brokaw and Bob Schieffer) saying that they are both getting ready to receive their Social Security which would not be available to them if it wasn't for SOCIALISM Even Barack Obama seemed a little defensive as if SOCIALIST is a bad word when he should have said Palin style You Betcha – live with it !

Mary Max Neely   October 20th, 2008 9:56 pm ET



JF Gagne   October 20th, 2008 9:56 pm ET

For Maria Shriver:
Please offer your husband my most sincere condolences on the loss of his friend and mentor Ben Weider. They both have been inspiring to take good care of our health.

Jonathan   October 20th, 2008 9:56 pm ET


I think that Colin Powells decison to endorse Barrack obama was a genius idea. This will, as we already can see, help Obama seal victory in november.

Media please dont get too comfortable thinkin that Obama sealed the deal. 15 days to go!!

Nic From Michigan State   October 20th, 2008 9:56 pm ET

When is Larry going to take a page from Letterman and hammer McCain on his commitment to the show. Palin should have been on weeks ago

Pam   October 20th, 2008 9:56 pm ET

If I were racist, would be concerned about the Muslim Americans as well? They should actually be leary of each other in these times. If they truly loved America they would agree with me. I don't care about false political correctness, I care about what happens next to our country and world. Do you?? It was Muslims who flew the planes into the World Trade Center towers, not blacks, not whites, not asians, etc. This is not racism but self-protection. Again, elementary folks. Someday we may be able to relax and trust everyone, who knows? As of now, our guards need to be up, and there is (sadly) honor, not shame, in that, as we need to protect our family and country. Any of this getting through?

hengam   October 20th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

I reaqy do not think that Sara Pailn does understand the meaning of Socialism. I like to hear her explaining what the word means in the context of her view of government.

May be since she is living in Alaska she saw socialism in Russia????

Mary - Lakeland   October 20th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

The fact that Oama chose a running mate to strengthen his knowledge and not one to make fools of us, (elieving Clinton supporters are that gullible) speaks volumes!

Orben   October 20th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

It's interesting how your guest Mr. Hewitt refers to the Rasmussen Poll. I just logged on to their web site , and the first thing I see is an ad for the McCain/Palin Campaign. Gee, I bet you can really count on this poll being accurate.

Dixie   October 20th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

I would like to know why nobody talks about the war anymore. Everybody goes on and on about taxes. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE TAXES! Nobody wants to pay taxes, but everybody wants the government to provide the help they want. There has been so much damage to this country the past 8 yrs. that I can't imagine why it would be the least bit confusing about which party to vote for.

Barbara G. Barbour   October 20th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

From Barbara in Maryland
If asked would you serve in the OBama Administration to lead an effort for "special need" children and families or would this be too much of a strain for you and husband? I previously worked on the President's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Development, and saw the results of support from your family. Will there be another effort also for youth as well?

kg   October 20th, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Wake up people! Stop worshiping Obama as if he's going to save the world. He can't be everything to everyone, only God can do that. Why isn't anyone asking tough questions about this guy? He promises change, yet he has changed nothing in his short political career, especially during his time in Illinois which has an extremely corrupt political system. As far as being Christian is concerned, anyone who truly is one, has to have serious reservations about a man who support every kind of abortion including the barbaric partial-birth abortion. He may be intelligent, & a great orator, but he has NO real experience. McCain isn't perfect, but at least has many yrs of experience, leadership & you know where he stands on issues. Obama is the most far left, inexperienced candidate in the last 100 yrs. Look beyond the surface hype & vote intelligently!

Jodie   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Dorothy Giffin-I Donated $30 to Obama's campaign and many of my neighbors have done the same thing. We believe in him and are willing to put our money where our mouth is.

Gerry   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Fran, I fully suspect you will decline receipt of Social Security dispursements, will decline Medicare coverage, will not allow Pell grants to be used for you and/or your families education. are against free public education (k-12), will decline the use of government provided emergency services, etc. All are forms of socialism.

Our educational standards of achievement, childhood poverty levels, infant mortality rates and many other indices regarding standard of living lack far behind the rest of the industrialized world. We are a great country and these issues need to be addressed and corrected, lest we decline.

kevin   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Baldwin - Howard Stern? Nice source! That Harlem bit was such a load of racist crap - and there are too many reasons to go into it here.
Suffice it to say that illiteracy is a reality and it's nothing to laugh at.

As for socialism, how about the last 8 years wherein the people at the top have gotten massive handouts? Corporate welfare has been hazardous to everyone else. McCain will say anything. It's like reality has no meaning to him.

Marcela Sanchez   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET

To guest Maria Shriver,

Despite being married to a Republican, it is very refreshing to see somebody with a mind of their own. Like Colin Powell, you prove that the beauty of America consists of being able to form your own ideas and opinions regardless of political affiliation.

Georgia   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET

I agree with Biden that the next president will be tested by those countries that are not fond of the US. How can McCain be so shallow mined to think that otherwise. Biden made the statement knowing that Obama would in fact be the next president. If by some chance he is the next president, he will be tested as well. It amazes me as to what end McCain jumps on any statement that he feel that the "dumb" can not see the substance of the statement; and he seems to have no morals about using people to get to the white house. He think we are all stupid, and he plays on the ignorance and fears of people. Will he treat the American people like idiots and use them like this if he is elected president, or God forbid he "do" even worst.

Kenneth of Minneapolis   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Why do people feel it necessary to disclose their religious beliefs and gender? Does this make their point more valid? Who cares about your religion or gender. We are not baised.

MS LINDSEY   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET


Justice   October 20th, 2008 9:58 pm ET

White people for OBAMA be counted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am 1 who is #2............

Lets all lie to the silly pollsters because what ever we say will not be what is reported.

Socialist Corporations have proven that the rich get richer while the poor loose jobs because the corporation go under and then they grab the Golden parachute as they leave all us to burn in the disaster they create.

The Rich are the biggest socialist because they are stealing from the MIddle class and those in poverty who can't get jobs good enough to even get started on the American dream

lorraine - washington state   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

So sorry to hear Obama's grandmother is not doing well – our love and prayers go out to them and their entire family!

I am ashamed to think that this really needs to be said, but to McCain and Palin – can you just this once knock off all the hatred and sleaze and show some respect for Obama and his family?????!!!!!

Mary - Lakeland   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

I am quite sure the organization Mr. Palin belongs to understands socialism quite well.

It is quite obvious the current administration does.

Julie   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

It's bad that Christians have someone like Steven Baldwin representing them. I tell you I am a proud Christian and Mr. Baldwin's views do not represent mine and if you read the Bible he doesn't represent Jesus either. I believe Jesus wants us to vote for Obama, and that's who I am voting for. Peace

Joe Novo   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

My dream debate format:

Wouldn't it be fun to have a well respected and trusted moderator greet both of the candidates, welcome them into a nice comfortable room outfitted with cameras (big brother style) and present both of them with a list of the major topics that Americans care about; then announce that the two of them will be left alone in that closed door room with no moderator or outside input. That they will have to moderate themselves.

That their task will be to discuss each topic in conversational style, to debate each other directly and without time limits. Before leaving the candidates to their personal debate, they would both agree in front of America and on camera that they will choose to interact respectfully, fully and honestly and only provide criticism that is direct yet constructive without a demeaning attack. To agree to only move on to the next topic when they both agree that they have comprehensively answered America's question.

I would find it interesting to see how two people in that situation might further reveal their own character, communication style, temperament in how they might carry themselves against the other when we get rid of the rules and mediation and observe a real time conversation on the issues. If we get lucky they might even forget they have cameras on them.

What do you think?


Pierre-Hugues Archambault   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Excuse me Larry I forgot few words

What an amazing unpredictable democracy you have. I love your freedom of thought and your humour in these hard times.

May God bless mooses too

Pierre-Hugues Archambault from Ottawa

Nic From Michigan State   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Shriver is more qualified to be on the ticket...

Janis   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Hello Larry, I totally agreed with Michelle's comments. SNL was funny, however, Palin was not. She is only an opportunitst, out for herself, and willing to do or say whatever to get what she wants. She is the worst kind of dangerous woman, in that she has a national platform handed to her and she contunues to run all over the country spewing hateful and hidden racist remarks without being held accountable for them. I detest her, her politics and everything she stands for. Finally, how dare she even suggest who is pro-american. As far as I am concerned, she does not represent pro-american women!

Dorothy Griffin   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

I do wish the Republicans would tell middle class Americans how they will help us.....why do they have the reputation for giving the corporations big tax breaks.....also, which candidate has a real plan for making jobs open up for the unemployed......which candidate will stop sending jobs overseas and create jobs here in the United States.

Barbara McClain   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Nancy, Sarah Palin basically went on SNL to show she has a sense of humor/thinks Tina Fey is talented....I think it wasn't for the chance to audition for a talk show, or be a celeb/limelight – I think it has more to do with the saying " living well is the best revenge" – she's probably sick and tired of the Liberal media and figured instead of denouncing the shameful bias , she'd be gracious – show her mettle.

I am a wife, mother and grandmother.... spent most of my life taking care of my four children (one who was severly, multiply handicapped), being both mom & dad while my Air Force husband was off doing his duty for this country of ours. I have volunteered countless hours, worked as a medic, medical mgr, taught Sunday School and been a PTA president and scout leader. I think I represent middle America.

Maybe I am part of a silent majority – I know most of my friends and family are sick to death of mainstream media and their unexcusable bias towards the Obama campaign! I truly try to vote for whomever I think is the most qualified candidate – make an informed decision. I am sorry to say I am ashamed of the numerous people I hear say they are voting for Obama just because of his color (not because they are informed on his record), or the white people who say we owe blacks something! Get real! This is another example of what is wrong with our nation – people would rather learn about the contestants/ vote for the next American Idol, than learn about government and become proactive – as proved by Howard Stern's little experiment.

As far as Sarah Palin goes – what is the media smoking? They ask the question over and over: "can we really afford to have such an inexperienced Vice Presidential candidate"? Let's see....Obama served how many days as a Senator? What did he accomplish? And Illinois? In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago , 221 killed in Iraq . Sens. Barack Obama & Dick Durbin, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Gov. Rod Blogojevich, House leader Mike Madigan, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike), Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)......our leadership in Illinois .....all Democrats. None of them have the courage to take the blame. State pension fund $44 Billion in debt, worst in country. Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. Chicago school system one of the worst in country. Obama didn't do anything about this, so how is he going to run the country? There have been comments dissing Palin re: her remarks that Obama is/was friends with a former domestic terrorist, William Ayers. Reminds me of the fact that Obama was attending a church – was friends with a minister that preaches hate and racism! He says he didn't know they preached this trash!!!?

Come, on, people – he went to this church and was friends with this guy! If this had been a white candidate attending a church preaching hatred towards people of color – the candidate's career would have been over! Not a show of good judgement in my opinion!

Sarah Palin may not be Washington D.C. and she may have fouled up her one on one with Katie Couric, but does that mean she can't handle the job of Vice President? I don't think so! Maybe it was all the criticism she was getting from the media when McCain announced his selection (even though she held her own in the VP debate), that had something to do with her performance. I find it refreshing that she is not part of the D.C. arena! Not qualified? Laughable that the Democratic Presidential Candidate isn't as qualified as the Vice Presidential candidate! Councilman, Mayor, Governor, head of Nat'l Guard and chairman on the Ak Gas and Power Commission which is no small task. As you know by now, she fought and won against corrupt Alaskan politicians as well. As far as thinking and speaking well in this national arena, she was thrust into the limelight and is getting a feel for the national political campaign. Palin has done well in speaking engagements and debates in Alaska. When you are dreaming and ambitiously looking towards the White House (Obama) more for the power and status it will provide – well, it is easy to learn to "talk the talk" as Obama does. Sarah walks the walk! Just look at her Ak record.

I admire Maria Shriver, but she says Sarah Palin is not the kind of woman she would support? Forgive me, but Sarah Palin doesn't come from a life of priviledge...she has worked her way up out of love for her home state and the people of the state of Alaska. As far as hiring people who are challenged in some way to work in the Governor's office – there are people with special needs who wk in government in Alaska. As an Alaskan with a special needs child, I know that we don't have a huge population of challenged people because we have to deal with the added difficulties of harsh winters: ice, snow, getting in and out of places like Juneau, etc....

In closing, no matter who is elected – I will support them and pray that they have the courage and wisdom to pull us out of the pit we are in. I fear, however, that we are on our way to a collapse – just as other shining, great civilizations have fallen due to the general apathy, moral collapse, and me, me, me attitude of their people. We don't seem to learn from these historic precedences... I fear that we will find out too late that Barack Obama is not the Messiah.

JJ   October 20th, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Maria, you and your husband show Amrerica that your can disagree on politics and still retain your class and dignity. You both must be heartsick at what is happening in America right now.
Your uncle Jack and Uncle Bobby gave their lives for this country, and now we see the hatred and fear that was responsible their deaths being resurrected.

viper   October 20th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Real Clear Politics, not partial to the Democratic Party, gives a +5.8 point advantage on their RCP National Average to Obama, a 12.3 point advantage in favorability rating to Obama, and a +131 electoral vote advantage, with 286 electoral votes(270 are needed to win) to Obama. I don't know how the Republican guests at the beginning of today's Larry King Live Show could say that Mc Cain is going to win. Rasmussen which was also quoted, says today in the daily tracking poll, "This suggests(with a reduction of the average difference to 4 points) that the race may be tightening a bit. Prior to the past week, Obama had enjoyed a five to eight point advantage for several weeks." But in the same report, Rasmussen concludes "Still, from a broader perspective, the race remains very stable. Obama’s support has ranged from 50% to 52% every day for twenty-five straight days while McCain’s total has stayed between 44% and 46%. "

Brenda Hitt   October 20th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

What I would like to know is why don't the candidateds talk about what is going on on the Mexican border, that seems to me to be a very pressing issue.

Brenda Hitt

len   October 20th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Wow Pam!!! i actually feel sorry for your ignorance on the matter of religion. the muslim religion is the second largest religion in the world!!! (1.5 billion as of 2001) I am a Christian...BUT...during my 26 year military career, i have served beside muslims, and i have family members that are muslims!!! 99% of muslims in the world are peace loving and law respecting members of society. It's the radical 1% that gives the rest of them a bad in every society. If we judged people from your town to have opinions just like you, we would miss out on getting to know some pretty amazing people i'm sure! So what if he was muslim. They tried the same thing with kennedy being catholic and running for president. Just because his father was a muslim, doesnt mean he has to be. He might be african-american but please keep in mind....he was born to black & white parents....he was raised by a white grandmother and grandfather for most of his life before going to college....AND...he is now immediately flying back to Hawaii to check on his ill (white) grandmother.....hmmmmmm....interesting. It would seem like he belongs to both black and white voters huh? Yes.....i'm african-american...and an independent....but my head is not in stuck in the sand, and yes...i do my research. I think you should as well. I'm voting for Obama....BUT...I've been waiting for McCain/Palin to give me specifics, not pep rally speeches...and i take the time to try and read/watch every speech from both parties. Nothing! No time frames, no specific amount put towards issues, no point by point plan, only "I have a plan my friends"...and? Times are too serious for the normal political games....regardless of which campaign is doing it. And please don't say he is a leader because he commanded Sailors in the Navy. As a squadron Commander he was in charge of maybe 200 people. In my last command before i retired, i commanded just over 400 people. So, in my opinion, thats not a qualifier for president. But i will say that he is a leader because of his life experiences, and i believe he genuinly cares for our country more than anything else. Take Care.

patty   October 20th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Although I will probably be voting for Obama, I thought Sarah Palin was smart to go on SNL. I was however offended by one of the guest panel who stated she felt alittle offended by Sarah putting her hands in the air. I believe that was started by cheerleaders- not rap artists. It is a good thing I am not voting on her comments.

Sean From Little Rock   October 20th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Pam, are you not embarased of your ignorance? I mean, I do not care if you are Republican or Democrat, you cant go saying false things like that.

Obama WAS NOT born to a Muslim. His Step-Father was brought up in a Muslim family, but he has declared himself as an atheist. Barack left his Mother and Step Father in Indonesia to go back to American when he was FRICKIN TEN! He later funded several Catholic churches in Chicago and has been a practicing Christian since.

Get your head out of the media and find out for yourself. Read the facts on both candidates... from your obvious lack of information you will no doubt be enlightened.

Forget Iraq or "Muslims".... closed minds like yours are the sadest and most opressive thing this country is at war with.

Ken   October 20th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

From an email I thought quite interesting and enlightening....



Nic From Michigan State   October 20th, 2008 10:01 pm ET

interesting concept Joe Norvo- I would like to see something like that implemented in State politics

SuperSam   October 20th, 2008 10:01 pm ET

I am fundementally a republican character. The America I grew up as a child is the life story of Abe Lincoln and the "Oregon Trail" – the adventure of new America that was born.

I paid for the republican party, because of my support of the ideas they represented, with out understanding that there is a serious undercurrent to republican agenda and their way and celebration of life; perhaps it was always there (i come to understand now).

I feel insulted as an American when some one so dumb to insinuate that I live in NE and so I am not pro-america

I feel insulted as an American when some one implicates that i can not have a muslim name, not even sounding like that in any part of my name

I feel insulted as an American when some one finds fault that I am not American or not pro-america because I am not a christian, nor I carry christian name

I feel insulted as an American that I can not dream to achieve the American dream because I am different, though i am a dream immigrant to this country.

I am looking for the new hope/new life/new america with the election of Mr. Obama.

Judith   October 20th, 2008 10:01 pm ET

I believe Colin Powell felt he had to come forward after seeing that Barack Obama would be the better person to become President of the USA for the People here along with having the abiltiy to talk to World Leaders.McCain making faces all the time along with his sneaky eyes is not the person to talk to World Leaders.If it bothers many of us,the American People I'm sure World Leaders would think McCain looks like a person not to be trusted along with his winking partner Palin and besides Palin and her husband have enough trash in their own back yard with 'The Alaska Independence Party and Palin's witch doctor pastor who prays over her to protect her from witches'.

Mary - Lakeland   October 20th, 2008 10:01 pm ET

2 white people for Obama...but I really don/t look at anyone that way.

I am thinking of a reverse "Bradley" effect

Dianne   October 20th, 2008 10:01 pm ET


Time to roll up your sleeves! Get out to a battleground state and help out Michelle, Barack's Grandmother is seriously ill & has to leave the trail.

Drive some voters to the polls, campaign, make some phone calls! Barack needs all of our help.

God Bless Barack & his Grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham.

Chris Peyton   October 20th, 2008 10:01 pm ET

Is it truly America's fate to be looked at under god's eye's as an Obomanation. If that's not a sign from above i don't no what is ...we are damned vote McCain

Blaine   October 20th, 2008 10:02 pm ET

good question

don’t know if my question was dodged or not……someone out there please tell me how Obama’s team raised $150 million dollars….
.$5 million a day in a month……why is no one challenging this?

jada   October 20th, 2008 10:02 pm ET

Why are reports letting Sarah Palin get away with everything. What about troopergate, her abuse of power. But she can say what she want to say, about Obama.

Justice   October 20th, 2008 10:02 pm ET

Rush is a racist and so is his listener if they continue to listen to him.

The association thing you know.

How many Muslim does Rush have as friend of African Americans....

Danny Sprouse   October 20th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

Dorothy Griffin,

It has been reported that over 600,000 people contributed to Obama in the month of September. This was noted on the CNN new site.

Susan   October 20th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

I would like to know how do you report voter intimidation. Do you think that this is intimidation? First there is an e-mail going around that says that if you have warrants out for your arrest and you vote, you will be arrested. Second, there is a sheriff who is running for re-election, along with his wife, and the voting poll has been moved to his office. So the people who live in that precinct have to go to the sheriff's office to vote. How is it possible that all of a sudden a voting poll is moved to a sheriff's office? Is the allowed? Is this voter intimidation? Help me Larry!!!! I am sooooo digusted with this entire election.
Disgusted in Huntsville, Texas

Carol   October 20th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

With the tone this campaign has taken, the accusations, the outrageous comments, the backwards thinking, it's frightening to watch our nation actually regress.

How sad but understandable considering education, from early to college, has not been a priority for the majority of the time over the past 40 years.

From Bush to McCain to Palin, all have voted against early childhood education and bills that would help make affordable loans to students for college, etc. etc.

The comments here from Republicans and from the McCain/Palin campaign are a perfect example of, "a mind, what a terrible thing to waste".

Sandi-NC   October 20th, 2008 10:04 pm ET

This Muslim talk is a disgrace to America, and Americans...a disgrace to our country showing acceptance of all faiths, nationalities. Remember WWII? we put American Japanese in camps....history says thats a disgrace. Before 9/11....did ANYONE care if someone was a Muslim?...Of COURSE not.... This fear mongering, this racism is making America look very poorly to the world, and will ONLY inspire more hate against America. We are BETTER than this crap being typed in here tonite!!!

Jessica Quinn   October 20th, 2008 10:04 pm ET

I love Maria Shriver and have given away so many copies of her books to young women to inspire them. Tonight, I'm stunned at her lack of support of Sarah Palin as a Vice Presidential nominee. How can she host this women's conference to raise female leaders and shoot down Sarah Palin so handily? She is either for promoting women in service/leadership or she isn't. Which is it?

Chuck   October 20th, 2008 10:04 pm ET

Dear Larry,
I doubt you'll post this because you are obviously part of the
elite media and biased. But lets see. The nastiest part of
the campaign is Obama's support for abortion from conception
to live birth! If the Democrats want to win the Whitehouse
maybe they should think about supporting a candidate who is
pro-life. Abortion is murder and is an American hollocaust. The
same people who criticize Governor Palin and are horrorified
about her shooting moose think it's okay to kill the most innocent
people on earth, the unborn human beings made and loved by
God the same as we all are.

Kenneth of Minneapolis   October 20th, 2008 10:05 pm ET

There is a lot of talk that Senator Obama will turn the United States of America from a Republic to a Socialist State. If Senator Obama can do this this in 48 months, he will be the GREATEST politician EVER in the young History of this beautiful country. I would wager that he can not do this, although a lot of conversative talking heads are suggesting it can be done.

Don Olmsted   October 20th, 2008 10:06 pm ET

How come no one ever mentions that with a $11 trillion debt there is no long term solution without some form of tax to repay that debt!

We cannot leave that all to our children!

And it is growing at $10 Billion a Month if we continue with what we are already doing!!

A balanced budget gets us no-where for the future or near future!

Don Olmsted

James Wong   October 20th, 2008 10:06 pm ET

One of your panelists (name?) falsely claimed that the Ramussen Tracking Poll reported McCain in the lead by 6 points.
FROM THE WEB PAGES (October 20, 2008)
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote while John McCain earns 46%. Obama has been at the 50% level of support for seven of the past eight days while McCain has been at 45% or 46%. Obama’s lead has been in the four to six point range on each of those eight days. "

Annette   October 20th, 2008 10:07 pm ET

Listen, stop with the African Americans "blind support" of other African Americans argument. Rev. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton ran for president, yet we largely ignored them. Oprah nor Colin Powell endorsed them. Obama has captured the hearts and minds of people of all races in our country and around the world. It's not a race thing; it's a hope for a better tomorrow by a man who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, served 12 years in politics, served the poor as a community organizer making $13,000 per year, and on and on. We, African Americans, believe he is qualified not because he is biracial.

carol kesling   October 20th, 2008 10:08 pm ET

to jamie pack.... perfect question !!!! why can people ask her any questions, its redicules shes running for public office. she should thrown off the ticket.... plus she abused her power and has the nerve to ask questions about obamas intentions??????? PALIN IS A BIG PAIN IN THE YOU KNOW WHAT!!!!!!!

Carmelita , WA   October 20th, 2008 10:09 pm ET

Just like many Americans I am doing a lot of investigating before I cast my ballot. This includes watching LKL which I have never ever done. So sorry Larry I usually change the channel but you do have a reputation for presenting the truth and facts and I thank you , you pit bull you. But I'm also watching because Tom Brokaw is one of your guests and I don't miss his appearances also Maria Shriver not just for being the first lady of California and a very intelligent human being but also her family's involvement in the affairs of government past and present. Having said that here's my questions: What past president living or not do you feel did the most for our country and do you feel either of our candidates possess one or more of that president's quality's?
I almost did change the channel when Steven Baldwin started ranting,I just muted him instead.

Cynthia Sandler   October 20th, 2008 10:09 pm ET

The white haired gentleman who appeared on your show tonight claimed that the Rasmussen Report had McCain trending up 4-5 points over Obama. That is totally wrong! It has Obama consistently up 4-5 points.

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 10:09 pm ET


Kenneth of Minneapolis   October 20th, 2008 10:10 pm ET

Sarah Palin has 53% disapproval rating.........

stephanie   October 20th, 2008 10:10 pm ET

Sarah Palin scares me to death, and that feeling has been echoed over and over by others I have talked with, including Republicans. She is an ego-maniac on a power trip. Her appearance on SNL, which I saw only clips of, testifies to that. She obviously was reading a teleprompter for even the lame lines that she had, and seemed more like a rock-star wanna be than a VP candidate. Now, when is she going to appear on a legitimate news program, such as Meet the Press? Never, i'm sure, because she could not answer questions or dialogue intelligently.
Also---–why is she not home taking care of that baby? Oh, that's right, she has a 7 yr old nanny. I can tell you right now that if I, as the older Mom that I was, had done the same thing, I would have been chastised and considered unfit to be a mother.

jada   October 20th, 2008 10:11 pm ET

Why walked softly with Sarah Palin and all other you really don't care what is been said. John McCain just has her out saying what he wouldn't say. She is taking her children in the cold, like she is really just a mon. I wouldn't have my children out in the cold, for nothing. She is not really like she pretends to be. This woman went six years of college, and can not put a complete sentence together that you really can understand. She does not speak well as a dropout. What is really wrong with this picture. Why play all of the middle stream people. I guess a lot of women is not really fool by her. It is really her way or no way.

Sean From Little Rock   October 20th, 2008 10:11 pm ET

KEN – to answer the opening of your rant... no, you dont have that straight.

and again, another example of a Republican relying on media such as an e-mail to make up his mind... thank you for proving my point.

Ed in Colorado   October 20th, 2008 10:11 pm ET

Hey Nancy Anderson: I'll answer your questions. In legal terms, it's called "asked and answered." In other words, the accusation was made, and Sen. Obama answered on more than one occasion that he does not associate with Mr. Ayres. They sat on an education board together with others like a prominent president of one of the universities there. He said "I do not associate with Mr. Ayres, and Mr. Ayres has nothing to do with my campaign." What more do you want. And this is not tit-for-tat, but what about McCain's associattion with Keating resulting in the commission finding that Sen. McCain showed "questionable judgement", which is critical for a President to avoid. And what about the Palins palling around with and endorsing the AIP (Alaskan Independent Party) whose leader said he'd rather not be buried in the U.S. under "their damn flag" and advocated - along with that entire group - to have Alaska no longer a part of the United States of America? Where I come from, you don't throw stones if you live in a glass house.

Eric A.   October 20th, 2008 10:12 pm ET

To Kevin,

If you heard the Stern bit that Stephen Baldwin referred to, you must not have listened to what was really going on there. It wasn't racist, it was showing how misinformed some voters are, regardless whether they're black, white, or who they're supporting for President. The point I got from it was, "know who you're voting for!"

And to everyone else, this isn't just about the presidential campaign.
Read up on the candidates, at any level, and understand who you're voting for...

MS LINDSEY   October 20th, 2008 10:12 pm ET


Sandi-NC   October 20th, 2008 10:12 pm ET

One last comment to Super Sam.... please don't believe that all Americans hold those views. Unfortunately, those that do have the loudest voices. This is still the America that you love, and has always accepted you. Don't buy into the hate/fear mongering going on... I'd bet that 90% of Americans don't follow that line.

Stand proud for who you are, and for your love of the Country.


hi   October 20th, 2008 10:12 pm ET

I think that the day that the republican representative on larry king is stephen baldwin and sarah palin making cameos on snl is the day that republicans became desperate and lost their honor. Barack might not be as seasoned as the late John McCain or as attractive as Gov Palin, but I will place my vote on him any day before I waste my vote on an aging McCain and BY THE WAY i am not speaking of his chronological age, but more so his dead tactics and policies for government. MAY THE OLD WAY REST IN PEACE (Busch) out with the old and in with anything that will restore stability in the US.

Jonathan   October 20th, 2008 10:13 pm ET

Hugh Hewitt , you said Obama lied and now can not be trusted.
On tonight's show, just after the segment you were in, we saw Larry play a tape of McCain telling Larry that his VP choice would be on Larry's show.
Do you still trust McCain?

Jose California   October 20th, 2008 10:13 pm ET

May be Collin Powell is preparing the ground for 2012

Justice   October 20th, 2008 10:13 pm ET

Consider that the world is full of extremist. Will only get rid of it if you wipe out allowing those who are unethical. Truth be know religion has been at the root of most major conflicts in the world an often is associated with the greed for ultimate power and riches.

What is the cause of our problem, just look at history and the core values that have led many to slaughter at the direction of the Rich.

I for one supported taking out Saddam for his unrelenting murders in his country but that was not the reason Bush sent our men and women into harms way in Iraq. IT was greed, vengence and a desire of the Rich and powerful men of this country and the shame is Cheney and his cronies are the ones who are making out as the sacrifice of our innocent fighting men and women.

Sylvia   October 20th, 2008 10:13 pm ET

After reading so much on McCain's life I have come to the conclusion that he was probably a big disappointment to his admiral father and grandfather who must have been embarassed by McCain's academics. And what about those temper tantrums when he was two??? Hmm! And the punishments which probably did not fit the crime!!!! So now, I for one, understand why McCain always seems so angry. I think his whole life has been dedicated to proving to his father that he is worthwhile and to lose the presidency will mean that his father was right – he is a failure. Yes I am a psychologist! It is obvious that he is lacking in intelligence compared to Obama but then again so are most Republicans. Obama will be an amazing president..

Randal   October 20th, 2008 10:14 pm ET

The McCain campaign is like watching an angry old man jesture towards
a bunch of young whipper snappers , he can't compete so he just shakes
his cain in a voilent manner so in essence McCain does not have any
thing positive to talk about so he spits out a lot of fiery venin hoping to
attrack uninformed voters that identify with his ethnicity not his ideas!

It is sad to see a former POW stoop to such a low level of grand old
politics. McCain forgot about the tactical advance of the high ground,
I just wish we did not have to witness the political distruction of a genuine
american hero.

saudi   October 20th, 2008 10:14 pm ET

sorry to hear about Obama's grandmother!

Pam   October 20th, 2008 10:15 pm ET

Ha Ha Jodie, Did I not say I was no longer a practicing Catholic? I wouldn't trust a priest as far as I could throw him in these times either. I'm not stupid like you lambs being led to slaughter. I'm sorry that people want to dismiss my concerns as racism. Obama announced in his book that he "would stand with the Muslims" if he had to make a choice and if that's not enough for you, seeing as we are currently AT WAR WITH MUSLIMS WHO HATE US, then obviously nothing is! Pathetic...

len   October 20th, 2008 10:16 pm ET

I do thank the republicans for handing over the keys to the kingdom. Its a shame we all had to suffer for them to do that. The one thing that i didnt read yet is about movement.......when the time has been right in our history and the circumstances dire....america has stood up as one and in one voice said "enough!!!" And we changed as a society, with a change that effected the world....good or bad. What i see going on now, is a MOVEMENT!!! It's that time in history again that a movement will be required of us to right our way and move excitedly into the 21st century. WHAT DO YOU THINK???

FazilM   October 20th, 2008 10:16 pm ET

I bet "Joe the Plummer" has no idea what Socialism is all about. I bet it is a word he heard from the McCain campaign and it sounds "bad".

Colin Powell has summed up the reasons better than anyone else why at this juncture in its history, America should choose Barak Obama. The world is undergoing fundamental changes and needs thoughtful leaders like Obama to guide it around the corner to a new world. McCain has not come to grips with the changing reality of the world and still pretends that we are back in the 1950's. Those who do not know what Obama is all about do not want to face the fact that the world, and America's place in it have changed, and needs a new caliber of leader like Obama. McCain's time has passed.

Kevin   October 20th, 2008 10:16 pm ET

General Powell's timing and presentation is eloquent, appropriate, and appreciated. Smart Republicans should give his words very serious consideration. Angry Republicans will react like sore losers.

McCain / Palin are after nothing more than the votes of the uninformed. After the events of the past eight years, the Republican party can only hope for the support of those who will show little to no intellectual challenge.

We the Sheeple.

Becky   October 20th, 2008 10:17 pm ET

What do you think JFK had to deal with being a catholic during his time? Obama was born to a christian white woman and was raised in a christian home. He only met his father 2x in his life and the meetings were brief. I have only met my father 2x and he is an addict- does this mean I am an addict since I was born to one, even though he didn't raise me?
Besides, even if he was muslim, wasn't this country founded on freedom of religion? aren't we allowed to practice any religion we choose? How many presidents have had enough power to completely change the entire makeup of our country? None!! Our government is set up the way it is so that one persons views and practices can't take over the country.
As a realist, you should know, we don't know if any person can be trusted in this day and age- it has nothing to do with religion. I know plenty of christians that can't be trusted.
You are scared and it can be seen in the way you are writing and the ideas you are spewing. Someone who says they are are not against muslims, you are sure against a man who has a muslim relation. It is a sad commentary on how far our country really has not come. I hope you deal with your hatred before it consumes you.

Nadine Houston-Dalo   October 20th, 2008 10:17 pm ET

BTW- Who do you think Condaleeza Rice is voting for? She hasn't endorsed McCain-LOL!
I'm quite sure anyone who has been part of the Bush Regime will be voting for Obama (privately of course) but Obama will have those votes-Thank goodness!
Pray for his grandmother and for his & Biden's major win.
Obama/Biden-all the way-YES WE CAN!

Judy Patterson   October 20th, 2008 10:19 pm ET

Rush Limbaugh is a fanatic who cares nothing for the truth. Colin Powell has also endorsed Bloomberg, a white democrat. As for this label of 'socialism', McCain voted for the $700 billion bail out.

Gary from Central Texas   October 20th, 2008 10:21 pm ET

To Beth from rural central Texas.. I have lived in central Texas my whole life. Please enlighten me to which towns here "enforce" the "All Blacks out of town by sundown" rule. I have never even heard of this outrageous "rule". I don't believe people here are that narrow minded.

Jodian Mcleod - Florida   October 20th, 2008 10:22 pm ET

Hi Larry
Just a note on the "Sarah Pailin" appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Americans are so one sided at times. America is suppose to be "The Land of the Free," and of "One Nation One People" but our thoughts go skin deep. Barrak Obama gave a thums up to his wife on national TV during his campaigning for the presidential nomination and touched his "wife" on her lower back and America made a big deal because these gestures were not ones a prospective would make. Michelle Obama does not fit the fole of First Lady because she is too simple but Sarah Palin is seen on National TV in this case Saturday Night Live Raising the Roof (the hand gesture) and no one seems to mind – America seems to think this is good because it shows another fun side of her, I think if the shoe was on the other foot it would have been a bigger issue. What is wrong with us? It is time we take our heads out of tghe sand. This election is already unfair. As far as I am concerned if Obama was white with the Ideas he has this race would be a done deal but he has to work ten times harder than Senator Macain because the only person that has to prove themself is Senator Obama because he is Black
What do you think Larry?

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 10:22 pm ET

That is right Justice...these Replican's need a world history lesson or two. It is always about the same thing...power and dollars.

Reginald Thomas   October 20th, 2008 10:23 pm ET

Hi Larry, I watch S.N.L. with Sarah Palin appearance and I just shook my head and disbeliief. The first thought that came to my mind was, " How would other world leaders look at the government of the United States as power force globally with seeing this women who is running for the second highest office in this country. dancing and moving to the sounds of rap scripts? . This office as well as the presidency of the United States should be about honor, poise, dignity. symbolizing the appearance of strength and power. Not someone (male or female) who is willing to let it all hang out.

Annette   October 20th, 2008 10:25 pm ET

Jessie, women and other minorities must be overqualified to garner the same respect as men. Palin is a small town politician who was only thrust into the Big League because McCain wanted to use her to gain HRC supporters and clinch conservatives who were leery of him. There are so many smart, qualified Republican women, but they don't have five children and talk about prayer in making political decisions. Maria Shriver is a mother of many who is articulate and educated. She is not obligated to supporting another woman just because of her gender. No one should give blind support because of race, gender, age, etc.

jay   October 20th, 2008 10:25 pm ET

Im a registered republican who lived thru the jim crow/and hatred of 50's – it is apparent til now. McCain a war vet should be ashamed to call himself an american should he sit back say nothing, allow and condone his campaign to divide this country with the rhetoric and incitement to hate that his running mate is spewing. America does not need a maverick we need a unifier, a leader, someone who can take this country into the next millenia. Im ashamed to have R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N on my VRC. I will be voting for Oboma/Biden. By the way when was McCain ever a president it is evident he has no expirence or cuth

Teresa   October 20th, 2008 10:26 pm ET

Okay ! What happened to plain ol getting the right person for the job? WE are all Americans and it doesn't matter what race, sex, religion or creed.......the facts are we are a country with big issues that need to be taken care of NOW. And we as Americans need to look at our government for guidance in these troubled times. So with that ..let's stop beating ourselves up, saying what ever issue is because of race (Obama) or not enough experience (Palin). Everyone needs to look at both parties and what they stand for and then make the decision by that. Our country needs to come together not pull apart!

I am an Independant and have been as long as I can remember and every time I voted I looked at what the candidates had to offer our country ....never at what political party they represented.

I wish both Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain luck and health. As for who I will vote for...well that's between me and my ballot.

uta mardaus   October 20th, 2008 10:28 pm ET

voice from the other side of border.Has the election come down to JOE the aspiring plumber?I would like to challenge JOE where is your barbeque made ? Mine was made by the UNITED IRONWORKERS OF AMERICA !!! Its agreat piece of solid american workmanship!!!Socialism?Saving the the economy was nessesary but so are regulations .The 3 WWW allmost brought AMERICA and the world down .{george W. wallgreed and wallmart!!! UTA

Justice   October 20th, 2008 10:29 pm ET

Hugh, polls are not real, they are just used by those who need something to talk about.

The only poll you can trust is the one you ask yourself. Do you think you can trust yourself to give an honest andswer and who are they polling anyways?

Sam Ryan   October 20th, 2008 10:30 pm ET

Have you noticed that most of right wing mobs that protest against socialism are white poor or lower middle class people?
Would anyone, please, answer this question. How do you convince the majority of the people that free health care and free higher education is a bad thing?
The entire industrial world is socialist except for the US. Capitalism works; greed destroys. Regulate capitalism, you get socialism. Higher education and health care are free everywhere except in the US. Does anyone has a problem with that?
What is so bad about a system that makes higher education and health care free?

Dolores   October 20th, 2008 10:30 pm ET

McCain is practising the politics of fear about all sorts of things including religion and socialism. For years the Republicans have been spreading the wealth.... from the poor to the rich. The rich have been getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and the middle class has all but disappeared.
Since 1980 the Republicans have been in power for 20 years and in that time they have reduced taxes substantially for rich people, big businesses and oil companies. Over the same period they have increased taxes for the poor who have been carrying the financial burden and spreading the wealth upward.
Obama's tax plan will just reverse the trend. He will increase taxes for the rich or about 5% of the population and reduce taxes for about 95% of the population. That means the rich will pay their fair share and the rest of the people willl have more money in their pockets.
Of couse, John McCain doesn't want this because he and his rich cronies will have to pay more taxes.
That is not socialism. Socialism is what George Bush just did when he gave $700 billion to subsidize the banks.

wayne street   October 20th, 2008 10:30 pm ET

Pam, you are the epitome of biggottry! You are so frightened of Muslims. How ought they feel about Americans? Far more of them have been killed by America than vice versa. You are a xenophobe. people like you cause people of all faiths from the rest of the planet to have disdain for Americans. Your fear and ignorance is what endangers your troops. If Obama were Muslim, SO WHAT? What about America the free? You are more a prisoner of your own mind than those poor devils in Guantanamo.

Rita - Florida   October 20th, 2008 10:31 pm ET

Colin Powell decision shows that Barack Obama will be a great President.

jb in atlanta   October 20th, 2008 10:32 pm ET

Where is PETA against killing animals, moose, wolves and the extinct polar bears that Sara Palin kills? Why won't you post my questions
CNN? If someone can go to jail for fighting dogs why can't she for killing the polar bears?

Gerry   October 20th, 2008 10:35 pm ET

Here's a fact about Senator Obama's mother. She is credited with identifying micro loans as a a viable method for raising people from poverty in devoping nations.. As you may know, these small sum loans enable citizens (primarily women) to advance themselves through small business ventures. These programs have proven to be a remarkable success.

Faye Thorne   October 20th, 2008 10:36 pm ET

I realize, as do many others, that racism is alive and well in the good old U.S. I am glad to report that some white Americans have overcome. To those of you who would like to think you've overcome and have not, your bigotry is showing! We African AMericans know who you are. We see and hear you. We have seen the subtle attacks, and we have heard the comments of disgust with McCain from Republicans (and many Democrats) who will go into that booth and vote against Obama- not for John McCain because of Obama's race. Do not think we are so base as to believe everything you tell us. Some of you have fought for the freedom of others in other countries. How could you do that and remain racist? It is perhaps better that you remain quiet and make us wonder. Barbara McClain in Miami- you are just plain ignorant. If you can read- read more about Obama. If we do not talk to Communist countries, they will be talking to us- in the form of bombs.

Pam   October 20th, 2008 10:36 pm ET

Becky, there is a difference between being "nice" and being "smart". You're being "nice" and I'm being "smart". I wish more people would do the same. At one time we were all nice and fully trusted the Muslims that came into our country and look what it got us? I speak to Muslims everyday in my job and I truly like them and they like me. It's just not feasible for them to be leading our country at this time and there's nothing wrong with saying it!!

nwyt   October 20th, 2008 10:38 pm ET

Right on Faye. I went to Obama's rally today in Tampa, and I can promise you none of the Republican hate was there.

crissie in tn   October 20th, 2008 10:38 pm ET

Hi Mr L. King,
The economy is priority especially on my age range.I heard all kind of solution, but the hard working americains is making the business going up ,we need some from the government to regulate credit card with ridiculous 12 to23 % rate with these rates we will be in the hole for ever,next the loan shark when the bank say no to you , they are ready to lure by letting you know we are here for you...and serve you a 12 to 18% on a 2nd mortgage which is another ridiculous rate, next you have on other group of shark every 2wks you pay $30.00 for each time that you need $200.00,this is wrong .Some families lived paycheck after payckeck then they use these companies to survive.We do not have no respect for the credit bureau . If you have a score of 700 you are oke , donald Trump filed bankrupcy couple times but for the credit bureau he is doing well. we are tired of these ridiculous regulations they need to be stop and need to give a relief to the real working americains families.These greedy rich wall street snakes should give back these money back and put back where they belong, like emron......Thank you for reading my note if you a chance .crissie from TN.

pat4597   October 20th, 2008 10:39 pm ET

Jessica Quinn, Women shouldn't support Palin just because she is a woman. I hope women are not voting for McCain for that reason because that would show lack of intelligence. She is not VP material.

MIA   October 20th, 2008 10:40 pm ET


Jodie   October 20th, 2008 10:42 pm ET

Pam, are you a military veteran? a public servant? a volunteer for any agency? Have you ever left this country or even your state or town? I am and have been all of these. I left my 2 children in the First Gulf War to protect your freedoms. Do all of us that have sacrificed for your freedom a favor and educate yourself. Your ignorance is disrespectful and unpatriotic to all those who have and are currently serving. We are currently working with Muslims in Afganistan and Iraq. Many who risk their lives every day along with our fellow Americans. I am a Christian and I believe in our country and our freedom of religion. Part of my family left Ireland and came to the USA specifically for that reason. In the First Gulf War, we liberated Kuwait. Do you know what religion Kuwaitis are? Get the facts...the real facts!
I'm guessing you won't're one of those people who is always arguing because you'd rather have negative attention than engage in a real intellectual conversation. Do you even know a real veteran or someone serving in Iraq? You might just ask them about Muslims. Just a thought!

Sara S.   October 20th, 2008 10:43 pm ET

Bill Clinton is currently campaigning for Barack in the state of Nevada, Hillary and Barack are together in Florida get the facts right. They are both out there on the campaign trail. And Bill will be doing the western states.

Becky   October 20th, 2008 10:47 pm ET

Yes, well, I'm sure if they heard you "speaking" now, they probably wouldn't think too much of you. This is how Japanese-Americans ended up in camps during WWII, because of attitudes like yours, more people being "smart". I guess if you were "nice" and trusted just anyone, whether it be muslim or christian, that makes you a fool. I have never been "nice" and trusted someone without that trust being earned. And McCain/Palin have done nothing to earn my trust. I really hope that when your ancestors came to the US, they were not treated with such disdain and disrespect.

Sheri- Washington State   October 20th, 2008 10:49 pm ET

Get ready people.....McCain will Win!!! Deep down, you all know it, so bad mouth the GOP all you want. We need a Commander (McCain)not someone trying out for "whose smarter then a 5th grader" (obama)!

ANTIBS   October 20th, 2008 10:51 pm ET

My thoughts… The Republican Party is known for its deep rooted religious background, specifically Christianity. It would appear to most that this party would be the closest to exemplifying christ-like behavior, yet they are the farthest party from those ideals. Christianity is based on ideals like unobligated giving, taking the “high road”, equality amongst all men, “spreading the wealth”, the idea that all Americans, regardless of race, economic status, should work together and contribute (financially and thru service) to ensure we all have a RIGHT to healthcare, food, shelter, education etc. All of these ideals are identical to a “socialist” way of living, yet the party that wears their Christianity as a badge signifying the upmost righteousness possess none of these qualities that if embraced, could lead to the betterment of America? The Republican party as it stands today is an oxy-moron to all that Christianity stands for. Go figure!

Edna of Pearland   October 20th, 2008 10:52 pm ET

My question is "exactly who falls for the tactics of Bay?" Let's find out what Obama is about, who is he? Who does he hang around? He's going to raise your taxes. So many topics have been discussed over and over, but Republicans know that the bulk of Americans may fall for this foolish. Americans (some) do not know that Obama treats them with the utmost respect. Even if they don't get it the first time around, he will repeat it as often as necessary. 95% of Americans will not have a tax increase. Can you say that McCain/Palin?

Darren-VA   October 20th, 2008 10:58 pm ET

The racial tension in this presidential race really concerns me as it should concern all Americans. Why are there so many people playing the race card when it comes to Gen. Powell's decision to endorse Barrack Obama. Most of these people are the same people who would tell an African-American to get over our nation's negative racial history because it is the past and we have come SO FAR from those day's. I think it's ridiculous that people would assume that Powell's endorsement is racially motivated rather than actually believing the reason's that the general has stated. Most of his comment's as to why he's backing Obama are the same reason's most white people favor him.

Carlos Alejandro Guichon   October 20th, 2008 11:05 pm ET

Larry, we are following the USA election from Canada with an enormous interest. It seems to me, reading or listening CNN comments of the majority of CNN's independent analyst and guest, that more room is being given to Senator Obama supporters, implying, as matter of fact, certain bias in favor of the Senator Obama. I understand that other media in US have taken position and/or endorsed, mainly, Sen. Obama.
Is CNN endorsing Sen Obama?
Really a truly independent media its is important a that time to grant the transparency and equal opportunities to both candidates to communicate their plans.
Thanks and congrats for your work

Barbara McClain   October 20th, 2008 11:05 pm ET

Dear jb in Atlanta:

The extinct polar bear? endangered, not extinct....

As an Alaskan, let me set the record straight. I am very concerned about my home state's resouces and preservation – one reason: my children and grandchildren still live there.

I am all for drilling in the refuge! Most Alaskans are. That doesn't mean I am not an environmentalist! I am the biggest champion/defender of our state's abundant resources and do not want to damage one of the world's last wilderness areas. We Alaskans/ and our Governor, Sarah Palin, are the steadfast stewards of our beautiful home! We take that responsibility very seriously! I am tired of people from "outside" Alaska preaching about how we should manage these resources.

These well intentioned people did not take the time to get informed! Caribou herds have not suffered due to the pipeline. 19.2 million acres make up the refuge – of this 8 million acres is dedicated as wilderness – caribou travel the coastal plain in June and July (this plain extends from the coastal area to foothills of Brooks Range) this is only a portion of the entire refuge! The oil pipeline that is in place now has had little impact on the herds there! In fact, they use the pipeline – the warmth of the piping heats the ground underneath and this melts snow/ice enabling the caribou to graze.

Trees destroyed? I will admit some trees were destroyed to build the pipeline, but much of this region is treeless. Trees destroyed have gown back as well as other vegetation.

We need to stop our dependence on foreign oil. This means using the resouces we have in the U.S. I know that studies show that even with the use of Alaska oil – we would still have to acquire 2/3 of our oil from others, but let us use our own first, so we gain some independence from Middle East nations who ban imports from us – yet want us to buy from them!

I am not saying that we don't need to be a vigilant "watchdog" and once these pipelines are in place – keep an unwavering eye on the companies running them. Look what happened with the Exon Valdez! However, the Valdez accident happened once the oil was on board ship. Make shipping regs/captain requirements stricter!

As far as polar bears are concerned – what the heck do they have to do with a gas pipeline? They live in the waters/coast to the west and north of where the pipeline would run. They would not be impacted at all! They are impacted by global warming and by the way are not extinct yet – and if the U.S. can be ingeniuous enough to send a man to the moon, then we certainly can be proactive and smart enough to come up with strategies/use our own resources in ways that we control the amnt of warming! Before you pick a cause = get informed! Watch Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" – Instead of worrying about a pipeline that would be miles and miles away from where these gorgeous animals live northwest and northern coast and waters, worry about saving our polar ice cap! Save the ice cap – save the bears! Recycle, drive hybrids, use special energy saving light bulbs, etc., etc., etc!

Note: You could say that Alaska's past history serves as an advertisement for American colonialism. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, a colonial economy developed in which much of the territory's natural wealth (minerals, furs, salmon, timber) was extracted from the region and used elsewhere for the profit of absentee business interests. The U. S. Maritime Act of 1920– referred to as the Jones Act, after its sponsor, Senator Wesley Jones of Seattle–stipulated that all commercial ships travelling between American ports had to be American-owned and American-built. All merchandise entering or leaving Alaska had to be transported by American carriers, which meant that all shipping had to go through (you guessed it) Seattle! The Supreme Court ruled that, because Alaska was not officially a state, the Constitution's provision that one state should not hold sway over the commerce of another did not protect our Alaska. Routing ships through the Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert would have been much cheaper for Alaskans; nevertheless, under the Court's ruling, the Jones Act allowed Seattle business interests to charge much higher than average prices for shipping. This in turn raised the cost of living in Alaska and funnelled Alaskan dollars out of the territory and into the pockets of Washington businessmen. Another piece of discriminatory legislation, the White Act of 1924, was referred to as the "Magna Carta of fishery conservation" by both federal officials and industry spokesmen. In fact, the White Act favored the big companies' fish traps and worked against the development of small operators in Alaska.

You could argue that this is reason to keep the big oil companies out of our state. There is definitely a precedence for "outsiders" telling us how to handle our states vast resources of minerals, oil, wildlife, etc, etc..etc...we don't want or need misguided "greenies' , oil companies or government sending out misinformation to the general public. Let us take care of our beloved state

2 As far as wolves, bears, an moose are concerned: We need controlled hunts a. they keep the population from getting out of hand – overpopulation can cause disease, famine, etc... among these animals b. people in Alaska hunt for food and natives do subsistence hunting for their livelihood/food as well. c. a small amnt of permits are given out each year for hunting these animals.

blanca   October 20th, 2008 11:09 pm ET

I am a 46 year old born again Christian, prolife, moderate republican. ALong with my 72 year old Mom who is a Christian too, 2 sisters(one a nurse the other a cancer researcher), 2 aunts married to doctors and a sister in law who is Mormon may not vote republican for the first time in our lives.
We are so disappointed with the McCain-Palin ticket because they only talk to the far right of the party and not to us moderates. We work hard and save for retirement and pay our taxes, we are not Joe the Plumber(Joe is not even registered to vote, owes back taxes and may only make $40K).
They are running a very negative campaign and divisive. We are ALL Americans and love the USA. Now our IRAs are dwindling. McCain has been in office for over 20 years and part of the culture of no oversight and no regulation. When did they think of protecting us?
We worry about the economy., rising unemployment which will not be good for the economy. We are trillions in debt. And for Mr McCain to suggest we may be in Iraq for 100 years and attack Iran and for Gov Palin to say we may attack Russia is ludicrous. We think of the future of our kids and grandkids. Also, all this negative campaign has turned us off. We know of so many women moderates and republicans who are confused, some have said as a protest against McCain will vote for an independent candidate. Just go to the grocery and the women will tell you.
I am a born again Christian and I believe Obama and Biden seem to have more compassion than McCain and Palin. And their lives also show it:Obama has only had one wife and married for a long time with his kids. BIden's first wife died and he was a single dad until he met his now wife. McCain was unfaithful to his wife. Palin advocates celibacy until marriage yet her daughter became pregnant and is a teen. The Bible says not to judge and to be kind. I know of many Christians who are turned off by the republican ticket and have changed parties to independent and not voting for them.

kevin   October 20th, 2008 11:09 pm ET

To Eric A. - I listened to that Stern Harlem bit only once but carefully and after hearing a lot about it. I thought it was racist because the questions were asked only of black people (or it sounded like it) regarding the first serious black presidential candidate. The question was basically why are you supporting him? The question itself is a little funny - why even go out of your way to ask it when blacks have mostly always supported democrats? And in this election the polling breaks down the same way: the same basic % of blacks are voting democrat as in the past.
And then the idiots on the Stern show were laughing their asses off just because the respondents were uninformed. What's so funny about that? Suppose they were illiterate. That's not funny.

Ford Shankle   October 20th, 2008 11:15 pm ET

Is it not ironic that Barack Obama was being called a socialist by Sarah Palin and the Republican machine, while John McKean and others were lobbying for the Wall Street bail-out...the biggest, socialistic government action ever taken, permitting actual government ownership of the means of production. Sarah Palin also has equated liberalism with socialism. Why has no news reporter reminded Ms. Palin what the definition (according to Webster) of a liberal is.....well, a liberal is one who, "favors progress and reform; supports representative government rather than aristocracies and monarchies; is favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially those relating to individual liberties; open-minded or tolerant; free from predudice or bigotry; characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts."
I saw Bill Moyers speak at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh a few years ago. He stood in front of the crowd and read a similar passage, enlivening the majority of the crowd and prompting some of old 60's hippies, now in our 60's, to dream again of a new elightened era. All I can say is: "Peace, Love, and Power to the People." Right On!

jb in atlanta   October 20th, 2008 11:17 pm ET

Barbara in Alaska, it's not about you and Alaska only, it's about the United States of America and all those various nationalities in America. So all that conversation you took the time to right is meaningless, maybe McCain should have nominated you vs Palin. Killing animals period for pleasure is wrong in PETAs eyes period! But I guess it doesn't apply to an Alaskan Governor!

Jodie   October 20th, 2008 11:28 pm ET

I am an independent, white, military veteran, and a woman. I am so sick of the Republican Campaign playing the victim. John McCain is disgracing himself with this campaign.
Is this really how he wants to go out of politics and how he wants to be remembered? I had alot of respect for his sacrifice and service, but I lose more and more of that everyday as his campaigns attempts to divide this country. This completely disgusts me and brings up all the poor judgement and character issues that are in McCain's past. He had a beautiful model wife that waited 5 years for him. She was in a terrible accident while he was captive and wasn't the same as a result when he came home. He cheated on his wife with Cindy and got a marriage license to her before his divorce was final. In his book, he LIED and said the relationship with Cindy started after his divorce was final. He has a record of changing the facts to embellish his HERO status. I wish he could really discuss the issues, especially for those of us working class people. But I guess he'd actually have to know someone in that class. Tax cut for the Rich! Ask yourself how many jobs they've created in the last 8 years in the USA? No one will answer that question for me. I am a Civil Engineer in the construction business and I lost my job in January...I'm working at a bakery because there doesn't seem to be any work out there....I'm for OBAMA! I want someone that cares about American jobs. The Republicans have run this country into the ground and made us look like a joke to the rest of the world. Please....let's take our country, our pride and patriotism, and become respectable again in the rest of the world. Join those that support OBAMA to have a real chance for change in this country. The next President of this country will have one of the most difficult jobs in history... Choose the one that speaks for most of us...OBAMA!

Ford Shankle   October 20th, 2008 11:34 pm ET

On a different note, racism has been a terrible plague on our society since the first white people began colonization hundreds of years ago. The terribly injurous and hurtful mindsets of biggots live on. I live about a mile from a quiet little town near the Pennsylvania/West Virginia border. Most of the people who live there are genuine, hardworking, honest people, yet a constant anti-black undertone is always seething just beneath the surface. When I moved here, I was asked by many local people if I had any black friends. I answered, "yes." Their response was, "well, you better never show round here with them, for neither of you will come out alive." As a society, we need to face this biggotry for what it is and work toward changing the situation. We must work toward mutual respect and admiration.

Peter (From Canada)   October 20th, 2008 11:38 pm ET








Judy   October 20th, 2008 11:45 pm ET

Colin Powell hit the nail on the head! It is all so simple, Vote ! I don't think anyone should be eager to revisit the Hatreds of the past! Lest we forget hate talk stirs passions in turn passions can overtake our better judgement!

Jodie   October 20th, 2008 11:57 pm ET

Someone from CNN please just answer this question for me. Has Cindy McCains drug addiction, theft, illegal use of DR's and her employees ID been off limits for anyone to discuss online or in the media? Every time I've asked questions or made true statements regarding this Felony behavior on John McCain's wife's behalf, they are never allowed to be addressed. Why does she seem to be off limits? Michelle Obama wouldn't be if the roles were reversed.

Dolores   October 21st, 2008 12:07 am ET

Larry, David Gergen made a good point tonight on AC360. He said that no one accuses white people of being racist when they endorse McCain. So why are people accusing Colin Powell of being racist???

Jim   October 21st, 2008 12:10 am ET

You can't sling mud while trying to wear a white hat
without getting a good deal of it on yourself!

Brent   October 21st, 2008 12:11 am ET

Please ask these great men, they have seen so many elections anover time.
I was wondering what they think of all the negitive and missleading statements by McCain and his campain?
Do they think its over the line at all and is the extreeam statemnets only one sided?

JuanaMaria   October 21st, 2008 12:11 am ET

Am I the only one that noticed Palin and McCain have the same speech??

Cathy Long   October 21st, 2008 12:12 am ET

Do you think that the hate filled, terrorist, socialist campaign speeches represents the majority of the Republicans views? Is this where the Republican party wants to take this country?

FMG   October 21st, 2008 12:12 am ET

I think Colin Powell is a traitor and should be backing John McCain instead of Obama. One fellow soldier to another. He is a disgrace and if McCain wins he should not offer Powell a position in his cabinet

Melzee   October 21st, 2008 12:13 am ET

Does ANYONE feel the divisive campaigning, to me by McCain, will hurt the country as I feel it has, well after the election?

Jim   October 21st, 2008 12:13 am ET

How will other world leaders view it if, Bush's "Mini Me", gets in office.
You think things are bad now, just wait!
If McCain gets in you ain't seen nothing yet!

clint largent (Oklahoma)   October 21st, 2008 12:14 am ET

Tom, can you honestly say that you believe race didn't enter in on Colin Powell's decision to endorce Barack Obama

Susan   October 21st, 2008 12:14 am ET


I loved your book, The Greatest Generation, and admire your work. I was curious what you think of Palin's use of the word "socialist" with Obama and the fear tactics (i.e. terrorist) that seem to be in full force right now from the McCain campiagn

Stephen McBroom   October 21st, 2008 12:14 am ET

Do you think Powell going for Obama will affect Men and Women in the Military?

Thresa Miller   October 21st, 2008 12:14 am ET

Rush is an embarrassment to Missouri!

Joseph P. Capuchino   October 21st, 2008 12:14 am ET

In Colin Powell's interview yesterday he was asked if he was still a Republican and he said YES!!!!

doug   October 21st, 2008 12:14 am ET

What is all this stuff all over the internet about Obama not being born in the USA.

BRW ROBERTS   October 21st, 2008 12:14 am ET

What is your thoughts about McCain saying on the Letterman show he did not want anything to do with the negativity his campaign was embracing and at the same time as he said it his robocalls were doing their worst towards Obama

John Quetel   October 21st, 2008 12:15 am ET

Larry I look at your show most every night . I also listen when i am in my car to Rush Limbough and he comes over like a very bitter person with hate for the Democratic candidate and i don't understand how someone continues to make such negative comments when what we want and need in this country is unity and harmony. Maybe he should be sent to Venezuela and see how long he will last making comments like he does with Chavez in power.

Conrado   October 21st, 2008 12:16 am ET

What did John Mccain mean by saying "That was expected" when Colin Powell endorsed Obama. Did he know something we didn't. Colin Powell has always put his country first and I truly believe that race wasn't a deciding factor in his decision.

Joe the Plumber   October 21st, 2008 12:16 am ET


I think if you are going to endorse a candidate, you should spell his name correctly! It's Obama ... not O'Bama. He's not Irish!

On another point, do you actually think Powell did not know? Naivety.

NRW/ anchorage,ak.   October 21st, 2008 12:17 am ET

Tom! Why hasn't the media question john mccain of the why has he sheltered sarah palin who is so qualified to be the future chief of staff from the media?

johndoe   October 21st, 2008 12:17 am ET

is john mccain having ties to his family slavery days make him a racist

Tantine Laroue   October 21st, 2008 12:18 am ET

If race is not an issue in these elections, why do polls show that 92% of African Americans vote for Obama? To me, it looks like race is an issue for some communities. Please, prove me wrong.

Monika   October 21st, 2008 12:18 am ET

How come when Obama says anything about money to spend on America to help the country it's been said that we use the goverment money for nothing, but when Mcain would use the government money is used for proper uses. Would that be considered a a racial thing?

And when it comes to American money, we as tax payers send it to over seas, which Bush spend most of it for the last 8 years.

tom   October 21st, 2008 12:18 am ET

Shame on Rush Limbaugh for saying this is all about race. It should be about who will represent the majority of the american people best. not about the race of the candidate.

minkyadoo   October 21st, 2008 12:20 am ET

When they are talking about Sara Palin, please someone ask Is Alaska one of the countries thats not too American being that her husband and her belong to a group that wants to seceed from America.....

CeCeInNC   October 21st, 2008 12:20 am ET

I would just like to commend the Debate Moderators on a JOB WELL DONE!

Stephanie Jenkins   October 21st, 2008 12:20 am ET

I think that the problem with race division in this country is more a problem for those unable to see a race between to qualified men from different political views, yet see it as a black in white issue. Colin Powell has proven to be a fair and just man, why question his abilitiies now that he is backing a man of the same color. Does this mean Rush Limbaugh is voting for the white man or the right man? It is the blood, sweat and tears of the black man that help build this nation. What nationalitiy is a Limbaugh? Stop the madness.

Roy L. Thomas   October 21st, 2008 12:20 am ET

When you have a man like Gen. Colin Powell who has served his country for over 40 years either in the military or civilian service and has toed the line for the Republican party (to his professional detriment), how can a rational Rush Linbaugh marginalize the opinion
of such a stalwart. Is it because he is not rational or is he just racist?

Workman   October 21st, 2008 12:21 am ET

McCain counters Powell's endorsement with the endorsements of four other Republican Secretaries of State. Seems to me that Powell's the only one with enough integrity to buck the party line. Now that's maverickin!!!

Ron Gross   October 21st, 2008 12:21 am ET

Larry: Why are you still talking about Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live? How about my shrinking 401K or Social Security or details about health care plans? Ron – San Diego.

Robee   October 21st, 2008 12:22 am ET

Regarding the issue of Colin Powell's endorsement for Obama, do you think the radio personality that said the endorsement was all about race belongs to Westboro Baptist Church?
Only such issues would be brought up for NO REASON.

Da'Shaun from Texas   October 21st, 2008 12:22 am ET

Sarah Palin can't even spell socialism, did she get permission from her boss to use such a big word?

Patrick Hogan   October 21st, 2008 12:22 am ET

I wonder if Colin Powell's decision was influenced by th way the Bush regime used him prior to the Iraq war. I don't believe that he would have appeared at the UN with false info about WMD if he knew it wasn't true. Since it was revealed that it was false he left the White House and has kept a low profile. Endorsing Obama is his way to right the situation.

Ezekiel Chinukwue   October 21st, 2008 12:22 am ET

What example is Senator McCain exhibiting as a senior citizen? Politics is not everything nor is it do or die.

Irene   October 21st, 2008 12:22 am ET

Larry: The U.S. is, was and always will be a racist country. What the world needs right now is not an angry John "Wayne" McCain backed up by Annie Oakley but a U.S. President capable of thinking long and hard before taking his pique out on those who don't agree with him. We don't need another war!

LuAnn Weis   October 21st, 2008 12:22 am ET

I am 54 yrs old. I have a Masters in HeatlhCare Adminstration and have been a single Mom for almost 16 years. I think Sarah Palin seems to be a great person, but I do not think she would be a good VP.
I am almost insutled that she thinks she represents the American Woman. She does not represent me. She speaks pretty well when she is prepared, but she sure as heck, can not punt!

I do not like her negativism towards Obama. I think that she and McLain should just tell the American people what they will do if for us if they win the election. I am tired of this fear factor that they are using as a smoke screen.
I have to tell you, it is working on the uneducated American population!

Chris   October 21st, 2008 12:23 am ET

I would love to see an election debate in a sit down style with both the canidates and their vp choices all together in one debate. I think this would bring a new and interesting dynamic to things. It would give the American viewers a real "taste" of how each party is going to work together to accomplish the goals and policies that are being discussed.

Pat McCully   October 21st, 2008 12:23 am ET

Why has no mention been made of the LA Times endorsement of Barack Obama? Seems to me that it just adds to Powell's impact.

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:23 am ET

I like Obama's tax plan. I just can't figure out how he's going to cut taxs to 95% percent of American's when 40% of people don't pay taxes. Even when he says he means working families...

Do ninety five percent of people who work pay taxes? Somebody Please help me explain this, otherwise I'm trying to figure out how Obama's not giving me a false promise of hope and change. Isn't McCain's plan lower taxes too?

Nsikak Eka   October 21st, 2008 12:23 am ET

I don't think American do understand the current situation of America,we need a president that can bring changes.Any decision today would stand corrective and a way head or would bring a total unspeakable state of American.My advise is we should leave out sentiment in this election and help vote the right candidate/
My question is,do the campaign attendees understand what these politician are saying by their shouting,should they elaborate more on how they would fix this economy and leave irrelevant questioning of issue?

Vicki   October 21st, 2008 12:24 am ET

Colin Powell said that he endorsed Obama because he is transformational, well how about a woman vice president. Why does he think so little of Sarah Palin when she has more experience than Obama. The only thing Obama is good at is he is such a smooth talker and most of us can see through him, why can't you see through him??? What has he done for the country, Larry will you please enumerate his good deeds???? I have not heard any of his friends in college talk about him, about his thesis, what is it about? Is it like the thesis that Michelle Obama wrote about this country ? America, that have given so much to both of them. I came as an immigrant to this country and with all its faults, I love America and the opportunities it has given me. Mind you, I work really hard for my money and I do not want anybody to distribute to others who are lazy and only want handouts my hard earned money. I do not want this country to be socialistic, how about you Larry, do you want to distribute your wealth??? I know you will not post my blog since it does not conform to what you want to hear but I am telling you, we are the silent majority. I hear everyday the fear that people feel about Obama and we pray to God that he will not win. Colin Powell has his own agenda, he is a fairweather friend of Bush. I will not want to be associated with him!!!!

Hewis   October 21st, 2008 12:24 am ET

Why is it that the media is not asking more questions about Sarah Palin and her husband's involvement in the Alaskan secessionist party?

Chris Costanza   October 21st, 2008 12:24 am ET

Dear Larry,
For me ,the biggest issue is our National security .Correct me if I'm wrong ,but did Mr.Biden say,about his running mate,that our national security will be tested if Obama wins ? This is a concern of mine .
Thank you ,

Mark   October 21st, 2008 12:25 am ET

What debates ? It's nice to see you all congratulating yourself again for nothing. The debates were not only boring, there was no effort on either of your part to find out more about the two candidates. So you deserve a big nothing, zippo, notta for the greatest generation blunder on your part. BIG BLAH TO THE DEBATES, UNDECIDED AND NOT VOTING DUE TO LACK OF REAL INFORMATION !

Kyle   October 21st, 2008 12:26 am ET

Do you believe that integrity still exists in American politics and how do you feel about George Washington's farewell address warning about the formation of political parties?


Do you think a vice president who is unable to think of a supreme court case besides Roe v. Wade and unaware of the Bush Doctrine is capable of restoring our worldly influence in a time that is strongly favoring the economies of Russia, China, and India?

Stella Haskin   October 21st, 2008 12:26 am ET

Dear Mr. Larry King,'

First, let me say thank you for the opportunity to speak what is on my mind. It is and has been very disturbing to me to see the racism that has risen in this campaign. The fact that some Americans feel that Senator Obama is a terrorist, he's this and he's that..............everything except the child of God is just beyond my belief of so called Americans. I could write a book on how I am feeling at this point, but I will keep it sweet and short and just say that my vote is for Obama and I feel that he has given me a much clearer picture of what his plans are for the me and the rest of America,it is a long time coming much more than McCain.

Lets; let some fresh blood in the picture, someone who can relate to people on all levels and give the middle class and the people that are barely living out there a chance to come up in their life.

If not now, then when? I truly belive that Senator Powell did exactly what is needed to be done and that was to backed Obama. And I certainly do not think it was because he is BLACK............please the man is very intelligent, and he and Biden.................have been around for a very long time...............he knows exactly who's doing what for who.

Oh.............footnote...........Palin is not Gov't material.............she has a lot to learn and I feel she has some biases that she needs to address before thinking about going to the WHITE HOUSE.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 12:27 am ET

Paris Hilton has better foreign policy than Sarah Palin...defintely better acting...Palin made a fool of herself on SNL

terry gweaver   October 21st, 2008 12:27 am ET

I've watched bush for nearly 8 years waiting to hear some truth,and I haven't heard any. So far ,other than hair dresses, and high heels I think that i'm listening to a female George Bush.
P.S.Jesus would not have been a Republician or a Democrat. Also the far right reminds me of the Sanheidrien who crucified Christ!

Terry g Weaver
Sulphur Rock, AR.

Martin Carrington   October 21st, 2008 12:27 am ET

I listened to all three debates, listened to the campaign ads and T.V. appearances. As soon as McCain picked Palin as his running mate, he solidified the fact that he was turning this into a reality T.V. sideshow more than a well thought-out political move with America's best interests in mind. Obama could have picked Mrs. Clinton as his running mate and questionably solidified the female vote, but it seems that with his vice-presidential choice, he really wants the country to move in a new direction. While Mr.McCain is far too focused on trivial issues that have nothing to do with failing social structure instead of endearing himself with minorities to secure their votes, he stays in his comfort zone. I think that is what really hurt McCain – failure to reach out to those outside his box, not just the black vote!

Jim   October 21st, 2008 12:29 am ET

Sarah Palin is the Michael Vick of Alaska, Mother of
a teen daughter popping out babies out of wedlock, also admits she dosen't even know what a Vice President does. She is the laughing stock of the nation on SNL. She also has questionable views about the Jewish community and the faith. She has pastor problems of her own. She could be the poster child for a KKK, skinhead, white supremist ralley.
And besides the fact that she comes off as a total airhead,,,, Oh yeah, shes the perfect pick for Vice President on the United States.
Sign me up!

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:30 am ET

I think this is what Sarah Palin was talking about when she said socialism. I think it's okay that Obama is running as a socialist. I don't think I'm going to vote for any candidates running with socialist values, but I like that he's upfront about it.

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary

so·cial·ism \ˈsō-shə-ˌli-zəm\ noun 1837

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

Bruce   October 21st, 2008 12:30 am ET

Larry: God forbid Gov. Palin would become President, who would really run the country? Her Parties choice of a VP? I think the Republican party really thinks she is qualifyed? I hope Sen.McCain realizes what he could have done to this country, just to have his name in the history books as President John McCain! I am 64 yrs old and I was born under FDR's administration, I want to die under Palin's! What if she would be President? Bruce Orlando Fla.

James   October 21st, 2008 12:30 am ET

The fact that the republican base is so taken with Sarah Palin concerns me about the future of the party. How many people are out there saying "I could tell you what newspaper I red today." How many are going to her speeches thinking they are going to be the first to hear new SNL material. The republican base has to start voting on something more than abortion. Bush has cost the base what they wanted most the Supreme Court.

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:31 am ET

The Libs and media can't accept anything that Sarah Palin does. Gov Palin much really be a threat to the liberal media because they just can't get enough of her. If it wasn't so disgusting, it would be such a joke.

minkyadoo   October 21st, 2008 12:31 am ET

Tanatine, you are wrong.... African Americans have been voting for White politicians for decades. It goes to prove that race is not an issue for African Americans....Yes if Obama was a white male this race would be over...But however, I am just sick of the race card, Obama and others know that we all belong to one race, and that is the Human Race. I am just glad that African Americans continue to vote whether the candidate is black,white,hispanic or asian...

clint largent (Oklahoma)   October 21st, 2008 12:31 am ET

Well you cut my last 2 blogs–so much for fair and balanced-i think i'll turn over to foxnews now lol

Jerry Hutchison   October 21st, 2008 12:31 am ET

People forget when talking about Sara Palin's appearence on SNL, that she had done TV work as a reporter/weatherperson, so she should be comfortable in front of the camera.

Lorene   October 21st, 2008 12:31 am ET

Independant Dee: Nobody has to point out anything about poor
Sarah Palin, just show her and listen to her, and everybody knows
without being told just how immature and cheezy she is.
She is really pitiful. But occasionally she breaks from the
script and everytime, she says something opposing McCain.
WHY was she chosen? Did all the other Republicans turn him
down? Since he says he's doesn't get the popularity vote every
year, how does he expect to get anything done? If he does
make it, neither party will agree with him on anything. What a
mess. WHO chose her? Certainly, McCain hardly knew her.
But he is RETIRED MILITARY from the old school. Women were
not even considered in the military back then. Nurses, secretaries,
clerks and that is all. He plans to give her a desk outside the
Oval Office and be his administrative assistant. VP's are
not very busy in the Administration anyway, funerals, events where
they host things the President doesn't want to do, etc. This is how
THE 60'S

Paul - New Orleans, LA   October 21st, 2008 12:32 am ET

Race does not and I tell you again does not affect this race; I been seeing the Republicans dissing Obama. First off, he is an American bottom line; if they want to play race isue, the Ayers issue, the Socialist issue...whatever McCain's lackeys can pull off their desperate selves.

Because the day of choosing our next president is coming in less than two weeks, I just cannot people thinking they know what religion a candidate is and they themselves feel so scared to open up their religion. I'm a pure blood Catholic, and to let people just vandalized another religion with no remorse and nothing...I just can't.

We need change, not the Bush change from what McCain-Palin been pulling and as well Joe this, Joe that. Everyone names in America is not plain Joe; the Joe plumber is not even a real name. This is how much bull the McCain camp wants to bring their name back to the spotlight. And now Palin wants to say that Obama share socialist views on the people is ridiculous. One thing McCain (his antics last month) and Palin is crazy to think they actually believe that.

I for one won't share her or McCain's confusion to my desperation over the economy.

Kristin   October 21st, 2008 12:32 am ET

I appreciate Colin Powell's eloquent and honest endorsement of Obama. I wonder how the McCain campaign can think we take Palin seriously when they shelter her from the press and reality. We all would like to hear her talk without a script.

Kathy   October 21st, 2008 12:33 am ET

Why do the Republican's keep bringing up Joe the Plumber? Here is a man that is doing plumbing without a license and did not even do an apprenticeship. I can't understand why they would bring up this man who is not who he appears to be. I would never listen to a man who is essentially living a lie. It makes me question John McCain's judgement even more than before.

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:33 am ET

Your guest Stephanie whats her name should never be allowed on your show. She is an embarassment to women. She has no class or credibility. She needs to go to the Sarah Palin school of how to be classy and intelligent.

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:33 am ET

Who is Frank Marshall from Hawaii? He was in Obama's Memoirs in 1995, but he's been removed. Is it true that Frank Marshall, a father figure to Obama, is a communist?

mollie   October 21st, 2008 12:34 am ET

Has anyone considered....John McCain is the Republican canidate because most folks knew the Republicans most likely would not win this year? Does McCain really want the job? is that why he nominated Palin? just something to think about. Maybe he's just doing a soldier's duty for the party? interesting thought.

a Republican

john   October 21st, 2008 12:34 am ET

If McCain is so proud of Sarah Palin why are they hiding her from CNN and just about everyone else.
I myself only hide things I'm ashamed of.
Joe Biden will talk to anyone who will listen. He isn't hiding from the media.

Janet Alexander   October 21st, 2008 12:34 am ET

It's appropriate that Sarah Palin was on Saturday Night Live. This woman, who conceivably could become president, can find the time to appear on Saturday Night Live but can't find the time to be interviewed by serious journalists or appear on shows such as Meet the Press or Larry King Live? THAT'S the joke.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 12:35 am ET

Palin is scary unqualified and uneducated...she simply doent understand the issues...she is defintely more hollywood than a vp canindate

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:35 am ET

What is socialism? What's the dictionary say? Distribution of wealth?

Bill   October 21st, 2008 12:35 am ET

How can anybody say that the Mcain-Palin camp is putting up a smoke screen/fear factor about the issues. If you would watch the real media you might understand that. The media will tell you that Obama is the man we need for President. How can a man with such a disturbing past (association with terrorists, cocaine use etc.) like Obama even be considered for the office of President. If Obama tried to be part of any President's cabinet it would be impossible because he would be unable to pass a security clearance. My opinion is that a persons past is very important Obama has everything to run and hide from and Mcain life has been out in the open for many many years.

Bonnie Reid   October 21st, 2008 12:35 am ET

Palin wants what's best for her (fame and fortune starting with Saturday night live?) and her career, not what's best for the country. Get her out of here.

Tina   October 21st, 2008 12:36 am ET

I just watched your interview with Stephen Baldwin and another woman, whose name I didnt catch. I am quite perturbed about Mr. Baldwin's response to the woman stating that she was offended to Sarah Palin's "audition" on SNL.
As a woman of color, I was immediately offended when I saw Palin "raising" her hands on SNL. Of course anyone that is not of the minority wont think anything of it, but someone of color would. If she is trying to attract independent voters or sway Obama's supporters, this is not the way to do it. In addition, Palin needs to let go of the "Joe Sixpack, and Hockey Moms" thing – I know she isnt speaking to me or my husband, thats a fact and I know many others that feel the same way.
As a woman, I am disappionted that McCain selected someone of Palin's capacity. I do not feel that she represents women in the right way – like air heads. She needs to go back to Alaska and finish her bridge to nowhere.
One last thing: Lipstick or not, pitbulls are still very dangerous.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 12:37 am ET

to sandi

If Stephanie Miller went to the Palin school..she wouldnt learn any thing...

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:37 am ET

Is Fox News a real news station? Why do all the other channels have different news?

Dee   October 21st, 2008 12:37 am ET

McCain was born in Panama. Apparently no one's talking about that.

Debbie   October 21st, 2008 12:38 am ET

Larry....stephanie needs to learned manners.....Larry your biased behavior is becoming so abhorrent.....the show needs a new refreshing face...don't you need to be home at this are needed there look to old for the television viewers....

LH, Victoria, BC   October 21st, 2008 12:38 am ET

Sarah Palin could be a female version of Herlaldo Rivera

diana mogenson   October 21st, 2008 12:38 am ET

i feel like i'm in mid-century american during the mccarthy era...when calling someone a socialist is the ultimate character assination....obama a socialist\?...hey america grab a brain, and some perspective...the bail out of wall street last week supported by both parties looked pretty socialistic from this vantage point.....xoxox america...

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:38 am ET

Do you think Larry King wants Barak Obama more or less than he wanted John Kerry to win? He and the rest of the broadcasters has a lot invested in this one.

Noey Keys   October 21st, 2008 12:38 am ET

How can Sarah Palin's image change because of her appearance on Saturday Night Live? Ho-hum. Her smiling face and innocuous attacks only betray her own lack of confidence despite her carefully crafted image.

Gov. Palin's nasty attacks on her opponent is fear based: look at her eyes. they betray a woman out of her depth and on the attack. Any psychologist can verify that fear thrives on atttacking what it fears.

Conversely look at Sen. Obama's eyes : hopeful, confident, sincere.

Marissa   October 21st, 2008 12:38 am ET

I had respect for Palin until she decided to go on SNL and I personally feel that this act did nothing but put her campaign in jeopardy. This will not help her reach out to young voters in America because I am personally a young voter. I am twenty years old and I have recently been laid off from work for several medical conditions. I am striving to find a new job while seeking unemployment and I can only find a job that will benefit me with health benefits due to my conditions. Starting this job when I was 18, I was a full time employee and I would work approximately 57 hours a week on average. I would get an average of 400 taxes taken from my paycheck every two weeks. I am also currently a full time student taking on 15 credits and maintaining a 3.85 GPA in Phi Thetta Kappa with hopes of scholarships being the only way I can pay for college. As a young voter I don't find Palin's efforts to mix with the media as effective but rather they are childish and only show that a woman so eager to portray herself on a comedy network is not ready to take on the role of a high office. If in fact she were to become the next President of the United States, would she then too find efforts at seeking comedy in a serious situation? Politics is serious and as an "average joe" there is a time for laughter, however as a politician in charge of millions and heading a government, one who is in the middle of warfare – there is not alot of time for joking. I have many friends and many family who are struggling to survive with mortgages and with health care apart from myself, and my best friend as well as others are currently fighting the war over seas. I don't find going onto SNL to higher one's ego due to psychological comical belittling during a campaign is "socially" acceptable. She is a woman..her feelings were hurt, she tried to prove that she can laugh with them. Politics is not a laughing matter. Sorry Palin.

minkyadoo   October 21st, 2008 12:39 am ET

JD if OBAMA is a socialist what is the Palin family when they are card carrying members of an organization that wants Alaska to be independant of the United States of America......Does that make the Palins communist?

John   October 21st, 2008 12:39 am ET

Okay, a nine month pregnant Amy Poehler doing a Sir Mix-A-Lot style gangsta rap was so hilarious that I was in tears.

The icing on the cake was at the end of the piece, Palin was trading roles and doing an impersonation of Tina Fey in Weekend Update. Judging by some of the comments, a lot of people didn't get it...Too funny!!!

Sarah, you ROCK!!! 🙂

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:39 am ET

"The fact that the republican base is so taken with Sarah Palin concerns me about the future of the party."

Conversely, the fact that the Democratic base is so taken with Egobama, is disturbing. The man has no expeirence except for running a campaign and maybe on the economy he has balanced a check book. The fact that the man has shaky associations is disturbing. The fact that the man believes in redistribution of wealth is disturbing. The fact that the man is going to raise taxes on small business or anything in a recession is disturbing. NEED I GO ON.

Governor Palin is far and away a better VP than Obama would be a President.

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:40 am ET

Yeah, I looked it up it is socialism. I swear. Look it up. Distribution of wealth is socialism.

Henry   October 21st, 2008 12:40 am ET

I really respect Colin Powell, but my respect for him has slipped down a notch. How can he now claim he is not a politician when this move to endorse Obama was timed for maximum political effect.

Hugh Sawyer   October 21st, 2008 12:41 am ET

Larry... love your program.

Just a comment from an outsider (outside the US A -Canada) regarding the presidential candidates. The majority of people I have spoken to here are just astonished that Sarah Palin could be the USA VP, not to mention President should something happen to John. The words spoken by Powell reflect the view of the majority of Canadians I know.

As a Canadaian and close ally of the USA we wish you success in your selection prosess, but Sarah is just so far in over her head that we shudder at the thoughtof a Republican victory.

clint largent (Oklahoma)   October 21st, 2008 12:41 am ET

John,-Sarah Palin has not appeared on cnn because she hasn't been invited–uuuuuuuuuu wake up–they don't want to give her anymore chances to be charming, after all cnn IS a democratic news station.

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:42 am ET

Larry King mis spoke, he said the powerful women, Maria Schriever.

margo   October 21st, 2008 12:42 am ET

I don't think anyone was surprised by Colin Powell endorsing BO. I myself expected him too. I think all the JOE THE PLUMBER's out there has hurt BO alot. Maybe people will wake up & know what BO is all about. He will not be good for America.
I think Palin being on SNL was great & will help people see her in a better way, especially the young. I think she is doing awesome for McCain campaign.

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:42 am ET

I haven't heard of that, what organization? Sounds like sepratists, but I haven't heard of this one. Fill me in. I'm still trying to make a decision.

Ola   October 21st, 2008 12:43 am ET

The Powel endorsement is not about race. At the recent interviews of previous secretaries of state he had openly said he loved John McCain to death and that he had not yet decided who to vote for. He had always been consistent about wanting to endorse after hearing fully what each of the opponents had to offer. Colin Powel did the right thing by coming out with the views that were being expressed privately by many senior republicans. Sarah Palin has no depth. It would be a shame if she became the president of the world; she would be ridiculed, flogged and thrashed when serious issues come to the fore. I am a woman myself ad also a Pentecostal Christian the choice of Sarah for me meant that the country was not first on the list in this choice, but it was driven more by a need to choose some one who would deliver the Christians on a plate of porridge so there could be a repeat of George W's success with the Christians and see where it got us. Just think of how prime ministers in Europe and I say even countries in the third world would not regard Sarah Palin as an international leader if anything were to happen to John Mccain. It would be a continuation of the end of the American leadership era.
To Christians I would say that everybody who has God, the people and the country in their hearts know who to vote for in this election. God would use anyone even unbelievers to achieve its purpose. The issue is what type of leader and what types are policies are needed in this country now!

Michael Moore   October 21st, 2008 12:43 am ET

It seems awfully strange to me that the republicans can talk about obama's association with Ayers and it makes mainstream media, calling him an associate of a terrorist, but noone is talking about mc cain's association with G. gordon liddy. He was a convicted burgular who hosted mc cain's re-elections party in 1998

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 12:44 am ET

clint largent

Larry King has invited Sarah Palin to an interview...Last time I checked his showed aired on CNN..

Glenn   October 21st, 2008 12:44 am ET

We talk about Barak not being ready is sarah ready. How do the Macain camp promise to balance a budget in 4 years and because you play ball doesn't make you coach a team.

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:45 am ET

Could Barak Obama overturn the 22nd Amendment, and extend the term of the presidency? Doesn't it just have to pass a Democrat house and senate? Does anyone know the answer? 2nd Amendment? right to bear arms?

John   October 21st, 2008 12:45 am ET

AJ, you forget that a govornor is higher up on the food chain than a senator. 😉

Glenn   October 21st, 2008 12:46 am ET

We talk about Barak not being ready is sarah ready. How do the Macain camp promise to balance a budget in 4 years and because you play ball doesn't make you coach a team.

Hugh Carpenter from California   October 21st, 2008 12:46 am ET

Joe the Plumber. Thank you for the correction. It only proves one thing, I'm human.
I thought it was O'Bama because I'm Irish.
"To err is human, to forgive is divine."

Chris Costanza   October 21st, 2008 12:47 am ET


sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:47 am ET

Marissa ,

I assume you lost all respect for Obama when he danced with Ellen Degeneris or went on Oprah. I get it, it doesn't work both ways does it?????

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:47 am ET

Does anyone have footage of McCain supporters acting unruly? I've seen a lot of footage of Obama supporters "disturbing the peace" on youtube and on Fox News. Has there been the same kind of thing? I haven't seen it. What's the deal?

Bruce   October 21st, 2008 12:47 am ET

Larry: Bruce From Orlando Florida!
Palin? This women, who has come on to the national screen what alot of feel was only to steal the the "Votes of Hillary Clinton, that was what she implyed in her introduction by Sen. McCain for the first time! (She told the Women of this country that they had a second chance to case their vote for a women) Give me a brake, who is she to take hard earned votes from a women who has really paid her do's? Colon Powell knows it and the voting public is alot smarter then the GOP gives them credit for! God help us if the GOP convinces theose of us who can't think for our self! Bruce Orlando Fla.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 12:48 am ET

Sarah Palin is uneducated and unqualified for the postion bottom line...

Greg Casadei   October 21st, 2008 12:48 am ET

Larry, don't know why you don't just come out and endorse Obama/Biden. Your recent tease, "Will this campaign continue to be nasty? See what Sarah Palin is saying now. .... or something to that effect reeks of favoritism. Seems to me there are four people talking on the campaign train, yet you continue to focus on what poor old John McCain and Sarah Palin said now. Let's be fair and get off the Obama/Biden wagon. Let's be balanced and look at everybody's negative comments. It cuts both ways.

Donna   October 21st, 2008 12:48 am ET

This campaign has got to be the nastiest one I've seen yet. Not only on a national level, but state level as well. I'm from Minnesota where I've seen some rather nasty and ugly ads. Just recently Norm Coleman stated they should stop smearing each other after he's ran some very unpleasant ads aimed at Al Franken. In my opinion, too little too late. I'm not amused by the smearing from any politician and will change the channel when it pops up.

As for who's too blame the most for the negative campaigning...while I've seen more republicans (including John McCain) run outrageous ads, I think anyone can pull a statement made by someone and turn it into something appalling. Ask Norm Coleman about the anger issues Al Franken supposedly had when the video displayed was him retelling a funny story.

I'll be more than glad when this campaign is finally over.

Dee   October 21st, 2008 12:49 am ET

Folks, for years the Republicans have been spreading the wealth...from the poor to the rich.

john   October 21st, 2008 12:49 am ET

Obama is going to roll back the taxes to be more like they used to be when Clinton was in office. Is Clinton a socialist?!

sue dawson   October 21st, 2008 12:50 am ET

does stephen baldwin realize that under obamas health plan,more women will be able to be detected early for breast cancer-or if they already have it insurance companys will be required to treat them?what are his thoughts?

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:51 am ET

Is the rumor true about a third candidate joining the race promising NO taxes, legalizing marijuana and using cannabis tax revenue to pay down our deficit?

Janice   October 21st, 2008 12:51 am ET

Larry, just wanted to point out that your guest had his information wrong. Rasmussen Reports (10/17-10/19) shows Obama 50% and McCain 46%. Check out which covers all of the polls.

Sherry Leonard   October 21st, 2008 12:51 am ET

As things get down to the last few days and the McCain campaign plans on resurrecting Reveran Wright, can we PLEASE revisit John McCain's health!!!!
He has had multiple skin lesions removed that weremelanoma–both malignant and metastatic. McCain is 72. With malignant cancer, his chances of survival even for a few years are in doubt. He will not release his medical records. The people in this country need to know about the health of our president. Sarah Palin could be president and that is a very SCARY possibility. Why will McCain not be honest with us or at least reveal the state of his health? He should be asked on a major news program-and soon!

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 12:51 am ET

McCain should have picked Romeny or Pawlenty..the race would have been much closer, McCain could have even been ahead..but instead he picked palin and hands the election to the dems...nice pick McCain

brad   October 21st, 2008 12:51 am ET

You need super-majority in both houses to overturn an amendment. that's 2/3rds in both parties
Something like that will never get overturned.

Mark F -NC   October 21st, 2008 12:52 am ET

I hear about all of these polls going up and down, who are they polling? 40 million voters and they "poll" 1,!!!

McCain/Palin? Christian until they reach the podium?
Trying to gain the world with any means necessary. so sad.

margo   October 21st, 2008 12:52 am ET

yes.... FoxNews is actually the best news station that is not in the tank for just BO. They are fair & balanced. I am hooked on foxnews. The trouble is the BO is too scared to go on FoxNews. They have invited him & Michelle but no bite. I think that is hurting BO also. If he can't handle foxnews how the hell can he be president. He is too naive & inexperienced. Maybe in 4 or 8 yrs he can try again.
NoObama & no socialism

Independent Dee   October 21st, 2008 12:52 am ET

I would REALLY like to know how PALIN can possibly get the tough SECURITY CLEARENCE to even get in the White House & allowed to view top secret documentation, with her association with the ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY? ETHICS ISSUES?

He has been thoroughly investigated & IS a member of the UNITED STATES SENATE, & has visited the White House by INVITATION for SENATORIAL INPUT!!

OPPS!!! There goes the republican/MCcain/Palin:
Senator Obama associating with terrorist claim!!! Muslim claim!!! And everything else they've thrown at him that doesn't seem to stick!

doug   October 21st, 2008 12:52 am ET

I find it very disturbing that all that the Obama supporters can talk about is the negativity of McCain's campaign, but when I watch your show, or other show's like The View, the Obama supporters get very negative, and even rude. I would also like to point out that all the poles have Obama in the lead, no one has asked me or any one that I know who they are voting for, and let me tell you it is not Obama. I received an email that brought up a case against Obama stating that he may not be a U.S. Citizen, and that he will not submit his birth certificate to prove it. What is the deal, if he is a U.S. Citizen what does he have to hide????

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:52 am ET

Larry, what is your problem with Gov Palin. You show her sound bites
more than any other candidate. You must be a sexist.

Remember her title: GOVERNOR


ps It is not a big deal at all that Powell endorced Obama. Only the media makes a big deal. But then of course anything for Obama is made a huge deal. THE MEDIA HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY.

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:53 am ET

I'm all about pro choice, but isn't legalizing abortions at a federal level and socializing medicine forcing the American people to pay for other people's abortion even when it's against their religion. That's not fair.

Hugh Carpenter from California   October 21st, 2008 12:53 am ET

Joe the plumber–

What were you trying to say when you wrote,
"do you actually think Powell did not know? Naivety."
Of or about what?
I don't get. If someone else can figure out this question, help me out here.

clint largent (Oklahoma)   October 21st, 2008 12:53 am ET

[n] – an economic system based on state ownership of capital.

What would you call taking from the rich and giving to the poor ??

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:54 am ET

Does anyone actually watch this stuff?

Distance viewer   October 21st, 2008 12:54 am ET


You have not being fair on your show.

For consecutive 3 nights, I noticed that you gave people who supports Republican so much more "talking time" than the ones who support Democrate. Tonight, you cut off the two Obama-support women but let the two McCain- support men babbling away.

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:55 am ET

"yes…. FoxNews is actually the best news station that is not in the tank for just BO. They are fair & balanced. I am hooked on foxnews. "

I totally agree. I only watch CNN when I have already watched all the Fox shows. Then after watching CNN for about 2 minutes, I just get mad and frustrated. I will NEVER watch MSNBC.

Rob from MI   October 21st, 2008 12:55 am ET

Here we have an African-American man running for president...

Larry, your guest Nancy Giles is part of what's wrong with race relations.

Paraphrased: 'As a black woman, it hurt to see Sarah Palin raising her arms dancing'.

How racist can a comment get? I've seen that dance move many times by many races. Nancy is what, offended if white people dance? What's next? The race card needs to be put back in the deck if we're to respect Nancy Giles as a person and not view her and others with comments like hers as racists.

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:56 am ET

Did anyone see Hannity's show on radicals? Amazing insight into the secret life of Barak Obama.

minkyadoo   October 21st, 2008 12:56 am ET

Thank you Dee for keeping it simple... when it goes from the rich to the middle-class and poor it socialism.... Just tricks

tom   October 21st, 2008 12:57 am ET

People need to decide if they want 4 more years of McSame, after all john McCain has voted at least 90% of the time with President George Bush on his failed economic policies. that tells me that John McCain was right 10% Of the time!

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:58 am ET

"no one has asked me or any one that I know who they are voting for, and let me tell you it is not "

Me either. I have never been polled. I don't believe in them anyway.


Deb Wallace   October 21st, 2008 12:58 am ET

Living in Midwest, we look at things differently that Mr. McCain, many of us only have 1 home. I have lived in my home for 31 years and I'm losing it due to having to file bankruptcy. Now however due to the changes in the bankruptcy laws and the hi-jinks that politicians and Men in authority can do, my bankruptcy was dismissed because leaving me hanging hi & dry. I have given up my home, cause the mtg co would not work with me, I have given up my vehicle. I tried for over a year to juggle. I am a widow, I work, but supporting my family and being there for them came first. But now again, I am at the mercy of dealing with actions of Men in power. We need to get the Men that have been running this country and our Financial institutions out and get some fresh people, new ideas. Someone that doesn't know how many houses he owns, and somone that doesn't think everyone in the country makes $250,000 a yr. If Mr. McCain wants to assist a US Citizen he can assist me in retaining my home, get the bankruptcy laws changed. Those of us that have to file don't do it as a joke, it's not a fun time. Lots of blood, sweat and tears goes into a decision of that nature. But then again, I'm just a woman that works for a living, and proud to say so. I just wont do it in the home my husband and I bought before he passed. But as my children have said " Mom, wherever you are is where home is."

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 12:58 am ET

Hasn't Obama voted like 90 times to raise taxes, and never against it?

sandi   October 21st, 2008 12:59 am ET

Are you kidding–Larry is a flaming liberal.

Yazz, Ann Arbor   October 21st, 2008 12:59 am ET

Karabu Barbie? (Sarah Palin)
After watching SNL I couldn't help but wonder why a senior politician
running for such an important office would at such a crucial junture in the campaign willingly turn herself into a comedian/entertainer.
Putting herself in the position of having to call herself 'Karabu Barbie' is incredulous. She must be hoping that this nickname will not stick. I can't help but wonder when and if the media and/or the public will pick up on this. If this happens she will struggle to shake off what this will mean for her political ambitions. How can/will one take a VP candidate called 'Karabu Barbie' seriously. The fact that millions watched her on SNL doesn't mean that it was a good thing for the McCain-Palin ticket. In strategic terms it was extremely risky – a hallmark of the McCain-Palin campaign. If she comes known as 'Karabu Barbie' she will only have herself and her campaign strategists to blame.

Lynn Leistinger   October 21st, 2008 12:59 am ET

Everyone is making note on your show about the out of bounds remarks that Sara Palin is making about "Socialism" Terrorist etc... all they have to do is to see who is schooling her, Sean Hannity... the office I work in has him on every day and he is alway degrading Barck Obama. He calls him a terriorist, the most dangerous man in America.. that if he is elected that America will end up looking like the soviet union during Kruschev. every day every day... it's bound to effect the uneducated masses and it does. why doesn't anyone mention him?????....

Barbara, Virginia   October 21st, 2008 12:59 am ET

I have learned that Sarah Palin's husband has belonged to the Alaskan Independence Party, a party bitterly hostile to the United States. I have also learned that Sarah Palin delivered a supportive speech to this vocally hostile cecessionist party. Both Palins have been giving speeches about patriotism and Palin and McCain are campaigning as the (Country First) candidates.

1. Alaskan bitterly hostile cecessionist group
2. Sarah Palin & Todd Palin's involvement with group
3."Country First" & Patriotism
4.Oxymoron–#1 & #2 in no way = #3 they're contradictory and Incongruous

JD Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 1:00 am ET

the polls are wrong

Mesha   October 21st, 2008 1:00 am ET

In regards to the Palin factor, I watched The W movie and it really reiterated the importance of the VP position. We can't undercut or let the importance of the VP position pass. Sarah would be next in line, and I'm sorry she's just not there yet. This directly speaks to McCain's judgement. Power confirmed that on Meet The Press.

john   October 21st, 2008 1:00 am ET

I dont know enough about Palin to attack her but it is obvious to me she is being hidden from the media. My guess is someone is afraid of us (voters) concluding that she is unqualified. Even the current VP didnt hide from the media until later on when he became burden to the republican image.

sandi   October 21st, 2008 1:01 am ET

"Sarah Palin can’t even spell socialism, did she get permission from her boss to use such a big word?"


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