October 21, 2008


Posted: 06:27 PM ET





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Marty Salvato   October 21st, 2008 6:37 pm ET

Hi Larry~

What I would love to see some reporter or analyst or specialist or strategist or whatever the spindoctorin' moniker is for this week would be for one of them, PULEASE, to finish Senator Biden's comment on this supposed testing of President Obama in his first six months:

"He will show a spine of steel."

Right? I think I found it just once in one of the many online resources I must turn to for news.

Marty Salvato
ex-pat abroad and enthused to vote early AND absentee for the first time in eight (too long) years.

LHunt   October 21st, 2008 6:56 pm ET

Obama vs. McCain Tax Plan

I want to know when will someone tell small business owners that if you do not have any customer making under $250,000 dollars with a job or working and getting a tax break , you will be going out of business?

How many small businesses have customers that buy from them that make over $250,000 per year.

Dave Feldstein   October 21st, 2008 6:57 pm ET

Let's examine the real record not the hype The Republicans platform is about less government, free market and supposedly cutting costs.

Every war was started by a Republican President. There were no terrorists
in Iraq when we started the war. Hussein would never permit it. He was a bad guy but in the history of the world far from the worst. Syria and Iran were the biggest terror sponsors in the world, if wanted to do something about terror why didn't we go after them? Bush thought he could get away with it because no one liked Hussein. The war was about money, billions for the Industrial Military complex and oil.

The government is the biggest always under Republican administrations the deficit is bigger always under a Republican Administration. All of the market controls have been removed short sales on an uptick, circuit breakers, limits on interest on credit cards, the amount money a bank can lend based on their assets has gone up to dangerous levels.

Major corporations pay their executives hundreds of millions of dollars. No one is worth that kind of money who do you think pays for that, the stockholders, those are profits that don't stay in the business nor are they used for dividends. When through greed and mismanagement the big guys get in trouble we socialize the problem and they go right on doing what they always do.

So the Republicans are socialists to the very rich, screwing all the taxpayers and investors. So they do the opposite of what they say every time and wrap themselves in the American flag and patriotism as they average American is too dumb to realize that if you tell a lie often enough and do the opposite no one notices.

The way we got out of the great depression were public works projects creating jobs building infrastructure. We would never do that today when we can award big companies the work at rip off prices.

Have you ever noticed that the price of a barrel of oil has dropped by 50% but gasoline prices have not been halved yet no one says a word? This is called sticky pricing.
So if you want to vote for John McCain you are voting for the sheriff of Nottingham a socialist for the rich.
Obama at least cares about what happens to the rest of us. Did you ever notice that whenever there is a war the Republicans vote down things like studies on the effects of Agent Orange and Health Care for Vets is poor and they vote down any funding that might be too expensive?
Democrats never spend anywhere near what the Republicans do and the deficit spending is less and the economy for all is good not just the big companies who outsource everything and cut quality, service etc.

Republicans have just pulled off the biggest rip-offs in the history of the world.

So you can vote for what never works or vote for someone who couldn't possibly do any worse. Bush was a joke around the world. The country was run behind the scenes by George Senior and Cheney. President Bush couldn't even form English Language sentences.

The Democrats try and do more than the Republicans for the average citizen.

Cam   October 21st, 2008 7:01 pm ET


To any and all guests on the tired question of experience: why bother? Is it not possible that no amount of experience can prepare someone to be President? Why has the campaign coverage not focused instead on personal capacity for learning/understanding, visionary ideas, and the ability to understand American political and social culture?

Many thanks,
-Cam, Toronto Canada

Ruby Coria   October 21st, 2008 7:04 pm ET

Hi Larry, I think that those polls are way wrong.. it's going to be super close. In my household of 6 hispanic votes go like this: 3 for McCain, 1 for Ron Paul, 2 for Obama (Hillary supporters).. so it's going to be real close.. even if the polls have Obama by 99% ahead. see you.

Kim Rexing Ashby   October 21st, 2008 7:08 pm ET

I watched your show last night about the SNL show with Sarah Palin and the responses from your 4 comentaters(guests). I am a born, bred, reard, and raised Democrat. I took off on Nancy Giles comment that Palin raising her hands in the air during the song offended her as a "Black Woman". What is this about? I do that with my teen-age girls, dancing and having fung. I am voting for Obama for sure, will pump my hands in the air when he wins.

lorraine - washington state   October 21st, 2008 7:11 pm ET

Hi Larry!! Most important of all – how is Obama's grandma doing?? She can be so very proud of raising a fine grandson like Obama – what a thrill it would be for her to see him elected as president of the greatest country in the world. Joe the Plumber does not represent my husband and I – we are white senior citizens struggling to make it with hardly any money left in savings. Yet, through the years we have struggled to raise our family the right way – and we are so very proud of our children (unfortunately we lost our beloved youngest son) and 4 grandchildren – one is autistic. Yes, I remember when all I had left to wear was 2 things – one was a red dress with a very tattered hem – but all I really cared about was that my kids were okay and had clothes and food in their mouths and a roof over their heads. I remember digging into the couch to find forgotten change – many years of hot dogs and hamburgers – but that's okay – we survived!

We lived during the 60's when hatred and prejudice was so rampant and we agonize when we still see it today – the hatred, prejudice, pettiness, anger – this is tearing down our beloved country. People, we can do far BETTER than this – we have so much going for us – let's thank the good Lord for what we have left and go on from there – it won't be easy but it certainly will be worthwhile. It will take hard work and dedication and UNITY – our country has been badly divided and needs to heal- this won't happen overnight but we have to start somewhere!

To Obama's grandma I say, God bless you honey – you hang in there and be strong and get well – you have much to be thankful for and we love you!! Thank you so very much for all your sacrifices and for giving us such a wonderful person like Barack Obama! God bless America and all the many wonderful parents, grandparents and greatgrandparents ( and maybe even a few great great grandparents!!!!!) out there who are sincerely doing the best that they can – maybe for some of us we are too old to ever realize the "American dream," but we still have so many other blessings to be thankful for!!!! We want to live out our remaining days in peace and love, and are so looking forward to seeing all the wonderful young people coming along with their hopes, dreams and visions!! God bless America and all of you good people out there!!!!

bill TX   October 21st, 2008 7:22 pm ET

hi larry
why don't you pull out the records of senator mccains first two years in senate and compare them with senator obamas.

bill TX   October 21st, 2008 7:27 pm ET

the accomplishments by senator obama in his 3 years of political life are far more greater than senator mccains 25 years if you compare the ratio.

Margo-Idaho   October 21st, 2008 7:29 pm ET

I have a question for you, Larry.....

How can Obama's tax plan to "share the wealth" be accused of socialism and not the bank "bailout"? One taxes the rich more than the poor, the other staight up steals from the poor to give to the rich! The irony of this has been in my craw since the McCain-Palin campaign started throwing around the "S" word!

Thanks for the answers, Larry!

Angel M.   October 21st, 2008 7:33 pm ET

people have been saying for weeks stick to the issues, talk about your plan but all palin and McCain wanted to do was divide people. With the internet available people are smarter, they are actually fact checking things. So the old fear and smear tactics didnt take hold this time, and i hope it stays that way. God speed to obama and his grandmother. Joe Bidon take care of your campaign while he is gone. I think it was a fair discussion bidon was trying to have, people will take from it what ever way suits them politically. It is fair to say that both candidates will have there hands full no matter who gets in because they have been dealt a raw deal from the last 8 years.The american people also have had a large price to pay. I dont think we need bidon to tell us the obvious, but i do believe he was saying as a team that they are more then up to the challenge.

Dokun-Ayeni   October 21st, 2008 7:39 pm ET

Hi Larry, Isn't it obvious that McCain's experience at the Senate is not synonymous with experience as President? None of these candidates have ever been President. This contest is not for a senatorial seat for which McCain's oft-touted oft-mouthed "experience" might make some sense. Obama showed better judgment on Iraq and McCain's vote with GW Bush landed America in the mess its in today. Anytime I hear McCain or any of his supporters chant the "e" word, I bristle. What is experience without good, well reasoned judgement?

Angel M.   October 21st, 2008 7:45 pm ET

can you ask one of your republican guest why in the past McCain and palin said obama was basically going to tax anyone who make 40k or more, and when obamas message of tax breaks exposed that as a lie, it is now socialism. that has got to be the highest range on anybodys spectrum. This is worse then the kitchen sink, its called a sinking ship

marina   October 21st, 2008 7:47 pm ET

Hi Larry
I hope you have some of your regular, more civilized, and respectful guests on tonight (that racist, ignorant congress chick not included). And could you bring up the fact that Cindy McCain is wanting someone to look for Obama's drug dealer from back in the day that he certainly did not try to cover up like someone we know. Maybe he's flipping burgers with the "no longer licensed thanks to Cindy's drug habit" doctor. hmmm...if she can't take it she should not dish it out...typical spoiled whinney bratt!

Lannie   October 21st, 2008 7:52 pm ET

I think it's funny how reps in the midst of this economic disaster keep reffering to the carter disaster when they talk about obamas plans. I'm guessing they go back that far because they know hat for midleclass people like me times were never better than when bill clinton was in office ( financially speaking). If obama could get this country e3ven half as good for the middle class as clinton then I would say he did his job. Reps give the credit to the fact that clinton had a rep congress for his last six years, but ignore the fact that bush had a rep congress for his first six years and they let him spend money like a trust fund baby.

Sherry   October 21st, 2008 7:53 pm ET

The working Americans that call themselves republicans do they realize it’s their money that the rich people are taking on Wall Street and through their 401k’s. Poor people don’t have these types of investments, so basically they are supporting the people that are taking their money everyday and they don’t even know it. People are not educated enough on the economy and how it works

Mark Willis   October 21st, 2008 7:55 pm ET

I would really like an answer to this one. Has anyone noticed that at every McCain or Palin Rally there is one solitary black face in the crowd strategically placed over either their left or right shoulder. Is this a plant? What do you think?

Joanne   October 21st, 2008 7:55 pm ET





PAT   October 21st, 2008 8:02 pm ET


Angel M.   October 21st, 2008 8:05 pm ET

hey pat, news flash! the last 8 years have been hard on everyone, especially the familys left behind with there loved ones at war .

anna from ohio   October 21st, 2008 8:18 pm ET

Sarah Palin thinks the vice president is in control of the senate? Is she insane? This lady has no clue on her role she is trying to play. I am loving every stupid thing she spills out of her mouth because it is bringing MCcain down-LOVE IT!

Michael Gehret   October 21st, 2008 8:22 pm ET

Sarah Palin said she took on the Big Oil Companies in Alaska and spread the wealth....why isn't anyone recalling this ? She said it ...
Isn't sending checks to everyone in Alaska ..spreading the wealth?

David   October 21st, 2008 8:22 pm ET

Hello Larry
Well enough is enough I sent A e-mail to anderson copper three weeks ago and to him Gov Palin was going to cost Senator McCain
the election. Look this woman don't even know what the purpose of the second job in the United States. Talking to a 3rd grader please larry get out there this woman abused her power and her flies free all around the country like a lobbist. These are facts look them up if you don't believe me. And do you honestly this the first woman to be a vice president of the bank of Hawaii. Senator Obama is trying to say to the fake joe the plummer guy! Look I will tax those business that take there jobs out of the country. for one. Two whats wrong with taxing the
1 percent. Look the fat cats are the 1 percent I was speaking with a lady today in a resteraunt she told me that is Welfare for the rich!
Man i thought you would to know what a 85 year old woman thinks.
Its to late for McCain and his choice for vice president to me he acts like he is crazy! This woman does not have the experience and if Pa wants to vote for him boy what a mistake. She is not qualified and If she does pull it of I guess she will need On the job training God forbid!

Larry you are a real cool kat!
Dave L.

Karen from Washington State   October 21st, 2008 8:27 pm ET

My 10 simple questions:
1. If McCain will tax insurance plans, how will that affect seniors?
2. Will he tax other employee benefits?
3. Can we buy insurance like what congress has for $5,000?
4. What was the goal of the Iraq war in 2003?
5. What is the goal of the Iraq war now?
6. Why did my friend have to buy her soldier son protective gear because what was provided was a joke?
7. Why is gasoline so much cheaper per gallon elsewhere than in Washington state? We were $3.34 last week, now it's $3.05.
8. What college help will McCain provide?
9. What college help will Obama provide?
10. Why did my overall expenses go up in food and energy about 25%, and my salary didn't change?

Hugh Carpenter from California   October 21st, 2008 8:31 pm ET

Larry, do you think Sarah Palin shined in her interview on CNN today, or do you think she was groomed by McCain's team? Basically memorizing certain responses and using the old gimmick of remembering lots of key phrases?

David   October 21st, 2008 8:40 pm ET


I am sorry larry I have to say this: I take that socializm word personal I served our country for over 18 years during the cold war standing at the ready. Does she know what bulldog, redeye , or grazing grass means. I don't think so! Obama is no Socialist if so then my pension and my back and leg aches are in vain. Get off the socializm kick then she is one because I served to protect her and others like her then I stood at the ready for nothing! She has no clue what is to serve when the cold war was on!

Val M   October 21st, 2008 8:42 pm ET

Larry, I think all her answers are cliche. "That one is really something else. She keeps on using "Socialism" I don't think she even knows the meaning of socialism. Just for her info:
Asking income-earners of $250,000 plus is not socialism by any stretch of any definition, as the tax paid is not distributed as "handouts" or "give-aways" as Sen. McCain claims, What it does, which what Sen. McCain conveniently omits, is it allows EVERYONE, including Sen. McCain and every "joe-the plumber", not just those earning under $250K, to reap and enjoy the benefits of lower costs of education and medical care, infra-structure projects and job-creation, to name a few, to which the paid tax is applied. If it is, the McCain campaign ads and rhetoric’s suggest, any plan to increase the tax of big corporations, such as Exxon, would also be "socialism" as the tax they pay are also used for the same programs. People have to understand that if they earn more, the increase in tax is not equal to the money that you earn additionally but only to a percentage of it. That has always been the case. If "Joe-the-plumber's" "American Dream" is thwarted by the fear of paying more tax, his dream is probably un-realistic and, I dare say, perhaps, his attitude un-typically "un-American". Really, if Joe-the-plumber or Jack-the-bricklayer, or Jean-the-seamstress, has the realistic opportunity of adding to his/her income of more than $250k, would he/she stop pursuing the American dream of being more economically comfortable, even wealthier, for fear of paying more tax and, therefore, contributing to the country's well-being in terms of the benefits the additional tax brings home to ALL? Americans are absolutely not selfish and un-American like the "Joe-the-plumber" and McCain-Palin campaigners and supporters represent. The Americans I know and admire are not socialist. I do not characterize being community-conscious, unselfish, neighbourly and being brothers-and-sisters-keepers as a fault or un-American. I call it as being simply, yet nobly, being Americans.

linda   October 21st, 2008 8:43 pm ET

Pat Bauchann was on another show saying when Palin was talking about the role of the VP, that she was only talking to 3rd graders, like the incorrect information she was giving to a question a 3rd grader posed didn't matter. Are we not suppose to be teaching and educating our chldren with correct information about the government and its role in America. Come on how many times can they make excuses for this woman who doesn't know basis government history. Maybe instead of hauling those kids around everywhere she goes she needs to put them back in school so they can learns some of the of things she missed out in school and college

Ernie   October 21st, 2008 8:44 pm ET

Please ask your guests regarding the AP Report indicating that Sarah Palin charged her kids travel as official expenses. Would this new item being investigated by the media and the recent charges of abuse of power renders her unfit for the VP post?

Don Swezey   October 21st, 2008 8:44 pm ET

Why is it that the "news media" can bring up Obama's association with Ayers and his pastor and use it among other things to attack his judgment, but the fact that Sarah Belin's husband belonged to an organization that preached for Alaska's secession from the U.S. and that she gave the keynote speech at one of their meetings in 2006 isn't used to question McCain's judgment in picking her as a running mate.

Country first! Is that the country of Alaska?

Beth   October 21st, 2008 8:46 pm ET


Palin's first interview with CNN = More of the same.
Come on CNN; was that the best you could do? Pathetic questions and then allowing her not to even answer most of them, just going off into lala land like she always does. Why even bother anymore? Don't bother for any more interviews, the less we actually know about her the better.

Sara S.   October 21st, 2008 8:47 pm ET

Sarah Palins interview today about the job of VP was the same response she gave early on. Since when does the VP have any control over policy change she has two jobs one is to vote in the Senatein case of a tie, and the other is to be totally prepared to fill in for the President if she or he is needed. Prepared and rehearsed answers just don't work.
Why is no one bringing up voting machines in WV, you vote Obama and McCain comes up as your vote the touch screen sensor was lowered so if you press Obama as your choice it still lights up for McCain.

atoosa   October 21st, 2008 8:48 pm ET


You are right, but I am sure you know that how long it took Palin to finish college and how many times she changed schools

Bert   October 21st, 2008 8:49 pm ET

Hello Larry,

Isn't it strange that Gov. Palin (ladies first), has struck on the socialism comparison while Sen. McCain is using a statement out of contex which Sen. Biden made about the economy to show some kind of invitation of a foreign military threat?

That's my problem with the Republican Party. They seem to look at everything from a military perspective and then act on it. Have you read the Market Watch article, "America's Outrageous War Economy" by Paul B. Farrell, 8-18-2008?

If the Republican ticket is comparing the Democratic ticket to socialism, then wouldn't it be reasonable to compare the Republican ticket to communism?

JS   October 21st, 2008 8:50 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Joe Biden,well he says whats on his mind,I like that about him,and you know what, its probably true,look at history,JFK ,FORD,NIXON, CLINTON,& BUSH and i am sure i missed a few, We lived through it then & will again. The point is its not only Obama but also Mccain that Biden was talking about,only Obama is calm and cool & has Joe,McCain is angry & hot tempered & god forbid has Palin, need i say anything else?

Hesham Al Noaimi   October 21st, 2008 8:53 pm ET

I would like to know what you think larry or any insight from anyone on the show about comments that have been thrown at Senator Obama that he is or was a muslim, and the way such comments have been handled by saying 'so what if he is a muslim' ? Do you think such questions raised strike americans as what has this world come to when a presidential nominee can get away with being a muslim?
I hope i made sense,

David   October 21st, 2008 8:53 pm ET


I will make this short and sweet I was on of the most stressful times in my life to serve in the Army during the cold war.
Please Larry understand I don't have no personal issues with the woman she would be a very scary Vice president in the cold war. I lived out of a duffle bag for over 15 years standing at the ready!

Larry you are a cool kat
I like you show
Dave L.

Janet from Virginia   October 21st, 2008 8:57 pm ET

I did not perceive Sarah Palin's CNN interview to be either decisive or defensive. I felt it was probably an attempt at defense, but came off as divisive as all of her stump speeches. She did not attempt to sincerely defend her comments regarding visiting “pro-American” areas of the country. In fact, her ingenuous attempt at an explanation made me feel even more alienated.

I'm the wife of an active duty member of the US Army. I know there are many mothers, fathers, wives, husbands and children, and members of the armed forces, who do not all live in small towns, are not all Christian, are not all Republican, and are not all in agreement with Sarah Palin. There are many fine people in big cities, both Republicans and Democrats, all patriotic, but with differing ideas and worldviews. And for her to insinuate, that only those people attending her rallies, that "Get It", are real Americans, is insulting and troublesome to all of us. We don’t have to agree with HER to be REAL Americans. She is not of the character of someone fitting to be on the ticket with John McCain or in a race for the Presidency with Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

And on another note, can someone make this woman read the constitution? You think it would be a prerequisite to running for national office. .. I've heard two comments from Governor Palin in the last few days that makes it completely obvious that she has either one) not read the Constitution, or two) has no respect for it. John McCain, if elected, is going to have quite a job ahead of him in trying to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution..." with Sarah Palin as his Vice President.

Kurtis   October 21st, 2008 8:57 pm ET

Where Do I Apply?

I’d like to apply for Sarah Palin’s “pro-America” status but I don’t know if I qualify. Since I live in the Indianapolis city limits and send my children to public schools, I assume I am not “pro-America” like the residents of Sarah Palin’s stump speech communities.

However, maybe my family history will allow me to qualify. I served 21 years in the US military, including all of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and my father served 20 years in the military, including time in Vietnam. During World War II, my uncle served aboard US Navy submarines chasing Nazi U-boats and my aunt was one of the first “Rosie the Riveters” building navy ships at Norfolk/Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Maybe such service will equate to Track Palin’s recent Iraq War service and thus allow my entrance into the Pro-America club.

Here are more factoids for my Pro-America application: neither I, nor anyone in my family, were members of or endorsed any political party convention that sought independence from the United States. I own legally registered guns and I hunt and fish regularly, although I’ve never shot an animal from a car or helicopter. And, unlike “Joe the Plumber”, I paid my current taxes and I owe no back taxes to the US Treasury. Oh, and I am a non-ACORN registered Independent voter.

So, would Gov. Palin qualify my family and me as Pro-American? If so, I’ve got my application and a SASE ready to send to the Palin Pro-American Qualification Committee. Just need the address.


hernan from orlando   October 21st, 2008 8:57 pm ET

Can you ask ms. Palin how she thinks she will add knowledge and value to mccain's administration when she barely has traveled outside of the states and thinks she knows about global issues by reading books and watching tv? She said this on her mnsbc interview.
Can you also tell me how in a third world country like argentina the education and health are paid by the goberment and USA does not have this opportunity?
Thanks a lot. I love your show.

Paulette -LA   October 21st, 2008 8:59 pm ET

Hi Larry, I listened to Sarah Palin's interview. My question is ,how do one get experience unless given the opportunity ? Senator Obama may not have the experiece as governor,but neither did Sarah Palin until she was given the opportunity. Senator Obama has the knowledge,wisdom,and understanding of All American's needs not just Pro Americans. Senator Obama is an educated man that surrounds himself with people that have experience,and are willing to work with him because they belief also that America needs to be steered in the right direction. With all the experience going around ,why are the American people suffering?

s.keys   October 21st, 2008 9:00 pm ET

Could someone help me find the names (and the transcript) of the 3 republican women that were recently interviewed by Larry. One of them was the daughter of a respected Republican Senator. I think at least 2 of the women were most unhappy about the "tactics' of the campaign. Thanks.

steven from boston   October 21st, 2008 9:00 pm ET

what confuses me is why people who support mccain are so concerned about him being a socialist? that IS a concern of mine but then again i do not support a candidate that voted FOR the bail out... who supports ANY government involvement in healthcare or, any kind of welfare including corporate welfare. however i cannot say the same for mccain supporters whose candidate also wants to spend another 300 billion dollars buying up bad mortgages and INCREASE government regulations on the private market. the most dangerous thing a real conservative can do is disguise these policies as free market practices because they are socialist and they wont work! after they fail the democrats will point to this and say see if it wasnt for your "free market" we wouldnt be in this position and they will have no means to defend themselves or real free market policy. conservatives should be saying its big gov and corporate favoritism that got us into this mess

Freda Hall   October 21st, 2008 9:00 pm ET

Hi, Larry , I am so sick of all of this lying and character assassination from the Republicans. Now I have been around long enough to know that facts are some times slanted in order to entice the voter to come to your side, but this is ridiculous, I have heard the same lies over and over again from McCain and Palin. No matter what you or any other reporter asks them they answer with how Obama is going to raise your taxes. Give me a break. How do these people think that the services that we both demand and need are paid for. How do they think the bail out will be paid for or the ill thought out, bogus war in Iraq is going to be paid for. Now I don't like paying taxes any more than anyone else but they are necessary. I agree with Obama if you make more you should pay more. You may not like it but that is reality.

The only reason I can see why Obama has not just run off with this thing is that so many out there have not yet figured out that we are, all in this together and making the greedy rich even richer while doing nothing for us average folks is only going to make things worse.

The very idea of Sarah Palin as fill in president causes me to quake in my boots. She claims to be a born again christian and I see nothing Christ like in her or McCain. In fact it is people like them who give the rest of us a bad name.

Janice   October 21st, 2008 9:02 pm ET

I have two questions tonight. Is the media going to take Sarah Palin to task regarding "Troopergate" since intelligent people have taken the time to read the 263 page report? She continues to state that the trooper threatened the lives of her family yet the report proves that she reduced the size of her security staff substantially. My second question is regarding the 26 year military history of John McCain. If you read the portions of the military record that has been released, he really only had one command for one year. Coming from a military family of officers, his military record seems to reflect just enough to keep him active and not quite enough to pass him over and out! Doesn't appear to be much of a leadership history!

JJ   October 21st, 2008 9:03 pm ET

Lets see if I have this straight. ?
1...She thinks that if Todd Palin gets upset at things people are saying or doing that might hurt his wife in her role as VP...he has the right as her husband to directly interfere?
2...She wants to ammend the constitution to give her more power as VP?
3...She;'s not sure what the role of VP is?
4...She loves all Americans even the un American and un patriotic Americans who don't support her ticket?
5...She is just being unfairly picked on by the media?
If Barack Obama or Mike Biden had been as protected from the media as she has there would be hell to pay.
The only reason people speculate about her is because they have had such limited access to her. Which is probably just as well or John McCain would be much further behind in the polls.

Bert   October 21st, 2008 9:03 pm ET

America is seeing the McCain / Palin ticket grasping for straws trying to get it under the wire.

A lot of Republicans have followed Gen. Colin Powell.

Gov. Sarah Palin interview? A little slighted by the interviewer.

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:04 pm ET

Why won't someone tell Palin that CNN did an piece today in the Sit Room and the Pentagon says it IS HISTORY!

Then she was allowed to distort Biden comment!

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 21st, 2008 9:04 pm ET

I am 63 and make around $35,000 a year. It will take me almost 30 years more of work to earn $1,000,000! I would pay about $600 less a year in income taxes under Obama' s Tax Plan. Under McCain's Plan a person making $1,000,000 a year would pay about $45,000 less in taxes a year - that's $10,000 a year more then I earn for working 40 hours a week all year long. In the Saddleback Compassion Forum McCain said that he would consider someone making $5,000,000 a year rich. In that case it would take me 150 years to earn as much as McCain's Rich Person makes in one year. That's even longer then McCain has lived. Yet McCain says he's for the Middle Class. Come on now!!!

Tom, Coarsegold, CA   October 21st, 2008 9:04 pm ET

Larry: at the debate Tom Brokaw moderated, I think I heard Sen. McCain say solving the Social Security problem is easy, everyone knows that. Well everyone doesn't because I don't.

How does candidate McCain propose to solve the Social Security problem?

Thanks, Tom – Coarsegold, CA

Ron   October 21st, 2008 9:05 pm ET

I am worried with all these misleading and negative ads that both parties are putting out there. IS THIS NOT A PREVIEW OF HOW THEY ARE GOING TO RUN THEIR ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY GET ELECTED? I am a democrat and voting for Barack Obama, so I hope that Barack Obama stops running misleading and negative ads. As for the McCain/Palin party, I think that their ads are more desperate and misleading. BE VERY VERY SCARED PEOPLE!!! OPEN YOUR EYES!!! Senator McCain and Gov. Palin are already giving you a peek on how they are going to run the country.

Marco   October 21st, 2008 9:05 pm ET

Is it true the RNC spent 150,000 on clothes for the Palin as reported by Politico

Betty Mackenzie   October 21st, 2008 9:05 pm ET

I am white and a democrat and I am not against a muslim president
but Obama says he's not muslim. If he is lying then that is what I'm
against. He dances around too many issues instead of facing up to
them with some straight answers. I won't feel safe with him until he
Still undecided....Betty

born-again-american   October 21st, 2008 9:05 pm ET

Thank you Larry for reading my comment,

Being a independent voter, I have watched both candidate talking, debating their points and character of how they view the responsibility of leading our country, I have come to a conclusion that what I have seen with both candidates are two very extreme views that are divided to the shades of positive and negative!!!!
on one side;
seeing people in crowds rallying, screaming, chanting terrorist, kill him,
Dividing us into labels as socialist, communist, telling us that were we live either in a pro or anti American towns, cities or states.
judging us making us believe one person is better and more responsible than another!
Questioning us of who is a real American!!!

Those rallies I seen on TV resembled the look of a kkk and Nazis of
Germany rallies shown in historic videos,
A evil time in our history.
adding that with black propaganda in robo-calls, and misleading character attacks, was similar tactics that those kind of organizations used!

The other side shown to me;
the inclusion of all people, ideas and searching for solutions.
they talk about us working together as one country,
not labeling us or dividing us into labels but telling us we our all Americans we our all people no mater how rich, poor, color, race or age!
and if we want to make this country a better a stronger place we ourselves must help each and one another to make this our country!

I have made my decision that I will support the running candidate that includes instead of excludes labeling us into stereotypes,
That inspires hope and unity instead of fear and hate .
that shows us what could be our future instead of a discriminatory past!

I did not expect this election to change me as it did,
changing my views on how I view this country and this world,
Inspiring me to become involved helping my community,
Wanting me to help and try to make a difference while trying to become a better person.

This is the embodiments of how a campaign should be run and how a president should lead!
This is why I will vote for Barack Obama
and not John McCain!
a born again American.

Cathy   October 21st, 2008 9:05 pm ET

Explain what the Alaska Independence Party is and what Todd and Sarah Palin 's association with it.

Frank   October 21st, 2008 9:06 pm ET

LARRY ,,,,, please,,enough of bay , she is an old broken record ,, at least her brother speaks the truth sometimes

Bette   October 21st, 2008 9:06 pm ET

So Sarah Palin was interviewed on CNN. I think it could better be described as a get-together with Drew Griffith. She was given a platform, free air time to say whatever she wanted. Drew Griffith sat and fed her questions from which she’d go off on a speech. True, she was still not articulate, or made very good sense, but she was spewing her stump lines. NO follow-up questions. Particularly when she distorted Joe Biden’s words. He was certainly not saying that Obama’s election would bring on a disaster. He was noting that whoever takes over the presidency would be tested. But Drew certainly is a novice who has not developed any good interview skills. He didn’t dig deeper so the audience was left with whatever she said. He certainly wasted the opportunity to really go in more deeply. Outrageous to call this an interview! I thought CNN is supposed to be known for the “best political team on television.” I have to assume Drew is not part of that team. So my question is why didn’t CNN insist on having Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown or a real interviewer do the deed? She didn’t show for the usual VP interview on the Larry King show, did she? Joe the Plumber was subjected to a many more and much better interviews by the press.

Bryan   October 21st, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Upon seeing Bay Buchanan on your show, I quickly turned the channel. I don't enjoy her. She's way too argumentative, and it's annoying to watch her. She needs to learn how to make her point without getting so emotional.


Melissa   October 21st, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Just call me Melissa the bookkeeper! I make almost $35,000/year. I know from the Obama campaign how his plan will affect me. How will the McCain policy affect me?

Linda   October 21st, 2008 9:07 pm ET

I, along with several of my colleagues, am sad to say are very disappointed with the obvious and consistent bias in the news coverage that has developed within the last six weeks or so of the election coverage. There was a time when people looked to the news as a means of enlightening oneself, but now, despite the claims of bipartisan reporting, the majority are promoting their own political beliefs. Soundbites and clips are certainly not chosen to reflect the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate fairly. No longer can I turn to the news looking for unfiltered, unbiased truths from which I can judge for myself ... No wonder the independents are still largely undecided: a distasteful and self-defacing presidential campaign combined with unfair news and media coverage leaves many voters feeling deceived–that is if they have a mind of their own.
Take a look at CNN Politics webpage right now and see for yourself how easy it to contribute to Obama's campaign, to gaze upon the warmth of his face, or to see the rage in the hardened face of Sarah Palin–now that's unbiased coverage at its best! BULL!
A very disappointed viewer.

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:08 pm ET

Ask Sarah Palin to define Socialism?


I bet she WON"T be re-elected as Gov., because McCain will lose this election!

Bert   October 21st, 2008 9:08 pm ET

She's wrong about the GOP Senate seats. Maybe she's forgetting about the millions of newly registered DEMS who will probably vote a straight ticket.

anna from ohio   October 21st, 2008 9:08 pm ET

LARRY- Please tell me why in the heck to you always have BAY BUCHANAN on your show ?Is it to raise my blood presure it's working. This lady lives in la-la land. Get her off now!!!

Eric   October 21st, 2008 9:08 pm ET

I think you should have less Bay Buchanan on your show and more reasonable Republicans. News could break out that Sarah Palin or John McCain has hit a dog and ran and she would justify it somehow and say it was a good move on their part. I think you should have partisan guests that can at least give the other side a little credit and admit when their side is wrong sometimes.

victoria   October 21st, 2008 9:08 pm ET

obama health care system is NOT for the average hard working american. !1st. I will keep my insurance...however, I would bet more then anything with people that keep their work insurance, that rates will go up for the employee... ,Your employer most likely will say .....look at the insurance we are giving you ..compared to the government insurance .u should pay more for our insurance. Therefore Obama can't be blamed for the employer increase in insurance; however, he will be an indirect cause.
thank you for reading

Gerry   October 21st, 2008 9:08 pm ET

Question for Bay:

Is the base of the Republican Party less relevent than previously thought?

While Palin has energized this segment of the voting populous, moderate Republicans and and independents seem to be moving toward the Democratic candidate. I'm not convinced the economy has been the primary factor in this movement, and it may be that Governor Palin has turned off these voters.

NJVote08   October 21st, 2008 9:08 pm ET

CNN please get rid of Bay Buchanan. She is such an idiot!

David Eisen   October 21st, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Hi Larry,
It would be interesting on your show if you asked if Joe Biden would debate John McCain and Obama debate Sara Palin. would they
agree to another debate before the election. It would be a block
buster show.
David Eisen – Lincolnshire, IL

Ben   October 21st, 2008 9:09 pm ET


I just watched the Drew Griffin interview of Sarah Palin. I am deeply concerned that Drew did not call her on any of her misstatements around Sen Biden's comments on Sen Obama being tested after the election. Her comments that Biden said "Obama is untested" is totally false. Why didn't Mr. Griffin call her on this. I thought your network this was supposed to be "No Bias and No Bull". The same goes for her comments around Socialism and Obama's support of such policies. I was offended that Drew did not call her on any of her lies.

Gary   October 21st, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Palin's comment of what Sen. Biden said about his running mate being tested, that if she had said that she would have clobbered by the media is ludicrous. Its not for her to say and has some truth to it. McCain/Palin are obsessed with and terrified of the beaten by Sen Obama!

Liz   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Why is Obama's economic policy "socialism" and George Bush's recent enormous bail out to the banks not? McCain voted to pass the bail out. Is sharing the wealth ok if it is shared with wealthy corporations and not ok if shared with people who are financially less fortunate than us?

Greg Long   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

First Sarah Palin sounds like she thinks taxes are socialism and that somehow adjusting the percentages changes between capitalism and socialism.

second the economic crisis has a LOT to do with oil prices!

Beth   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I agree with NJVote08!!! Please don't invite Bay to the show anymore.

L Jay   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

It's not Obama that were leary about it's Michele and here radical views.

tiff of Lithia Springs   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

To the repubicans on the panel. With a McCain apparent lose. What will you as a party do restore respectability

James Wetzel   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I agree that the Republican Party needs to be very careful about the enduring damage they're doing to their brand.

It seems that they care so much about maintaining power that they've forgotten what they stand for. Bay – it this what the Republican Party has become about?

Mike Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

David Frum is spot on. The election is over. Mr. McCain would be best served to try and save senate seats and his good reputation. While Mr. McCain is not a bad man, this was simply not his time. Any Republican would have had a profoundly difficult time getting elected after the last eight years.

Jack from Minneaota   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Did you notice that Sara Palin thinks that Fidel Castro still the president of Cuba ?

Delly - Brooklyn, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

What would happen in case of a tie college electoral between the candidates?

Pam   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I would rather have Obama for President and pay taxes then have McCain and not!

Anthony Palazzo   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Larry – what;s so wrong with some socialistic concepts- the Europeans have full medical benefits, paid for education and 4 weeks vacation – what do we have- living paycheck to paycheck?

Ken-Long Island   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

George Bush ran on this same economic formula in 2000 and 2004 and where has it gotten us? A look the other way government let Wall Street rob us of our retirement and savings. There tens of millions without healthcare and a deficit that has spiraled out of control. Why not try something better?

Don   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET



That is the only way to describe this years election. I am an independent that has voted Republican in the past but not this time. What I am hearing and seeing from the McCain campaign and the Republicans in general, scares me more than Obama's alleged palling around with William Ayers and insinuating that he is somehow responsible for Acorns’ actions. I don’t know if the Republicans realize it or not, but they are driving a huge wedge in this country with their terrorist, communism, socialism, liberals are anti-american, and ‘real america’ comments. At a time when we need party unity and all Americans pulling together to rebuild this ‘great’ country, they are tearing it apart by sending us back in time. I thought we were beyond this.


Richard   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Incidentally, where is Senator Joe Biden? It almost seems as if the Democratic Party is hiding him away somewhere for fear he may embarrass the party and bring Senator Obama down to earth.

Dawn from Michigan   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I would like to know, what is the difference between Bush, and McCains economic policies. I know they will say spending but what else? Why isn't it more like the same? Please don't spin answer briefly and clearly ty

Bill R from Michigan   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Hi Larry,

It still seems as though Palin is parroting the words of the campaign gurus. Why is she continuing to talk about Joe the Plumber. I am an independent and could care less about what Joe the Plumber thinks. It is obvious the he is a closet republican anyway. Why continue this?

Michael   October 21st, 2008 9:10 pm ET


I would be interesed in seeing your guest define socialism. Sociology teaches that socialism is the government ownership of the means of production. I would also be interested in your guest talking about what Sociology calls convergence theory, which tells us that socialism and capitalism are growing similar.

It would be interesting to see how they can relate Obama's economic plans to the theory of socialism and convergence theory.

Joseph A. Hugh   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Obama wants to practice socialism like Palin does in Alaska by tacking on fees to oil and then cutting checks to her constituancy????


Jennifer Adair   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Obama wants more gov. control of business, schools, health care and leveling of income through tax redistribution. If that isn't socialism–what is?

Steven   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Can't all of the Republican Party's problems be attributed to their unfailing support of George W. Bush for the last 8 years? From social issues to national security to the economy, the Republican's transition from a political party to a cult of personality is the main reason the McCain has had such a difficult time.

PJ Brennan   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Does Bay Buchanan like anything about Barack Obama AND can she answer this question without the "spin"?

Barry Morris   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

What is that woman talking about? Socialism ended with the cold war? That was communism and in case she hasn't heard, that's still alive and well . . . just like socialism. Check the world governments!

tom oxnard   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Question for Bay Buchanan:

If Obama is a socialist, why is he being supported by Warren Buffett,
Bill Gates and the chairman of Google? Are they socialists?

Kurt, Minnesota   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

When will the Republican party realize that people like Colin Powel and Susan Eisenhower did not leave the party, but the party left them?

Mike in Studio City (CA)   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Bay Buchanan is such an enthusiastic support of Sarah Palin. But Palin's negatives with the American people grow higher each week, as the polls show us. Why does Bay believe that the rest of America does not share her positive view of Sarah Palin?

Justin   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET


We have seen in the last few weeks the attacks by both parties increase. The MCCAIN/PALIN ticket seems to be attacking Obama's personal life other then the real issues that America is facing. When are some of these attack going to go into the category of "desperate"?


Tiffany in Warner Robins, GA   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I am absolutely SICK of Sarah Palin. She is pulling at strings and looks for ANYTHING she can to pull the Obama-Biden ticket down in promoting the VERY racist McCain-Palin ticket! She is truly what is promoted to be . . . a DOG!

Lisa the engineer and mom   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

To everyone – please read this…..

People need to wake up and realize that the republicans are just trying to keep the biggest scam in world history going – trickle down economics! Can't people see they are being scammed?? The trickle down economics plan that McCain and Palin are pushing will just make the rich even richer and the middle class poorer just like it has been doing for the last 8 years. Nothing trickles down and the rich get fatter bank accounts. The rich and big corporations are not paying their fair share now. They have the bush tax cuts and have so many loop holes and ways to get around paying it isn't funny. It is not like Barack wants them to pay more than their fair share he just wants the rich to pay their fair share. Under Barack’s plan Joe the plumber who makes $42,000 a year will have much better chance of realizing is his dream and if he really does net more than $250,000 a year then he will pay his FAIR share in taxes not more. Under McCain’s plan Joe can kiss his dreams good bye because if he isn't already rich his will only get pushed down lower.

Please people, for the entire middle class's sake and for the future of our children, don't fall for this trickle down scam anymore.
Please make things right and vote for Obama. Please, Please, Please vote for Obama so we have our chance to succeed.

Thank you.
Concerned middle class mom

Amanda   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET


Wasn't it Sarah Palin herself who said that when she sees women who complain about being treated differently in politics (or otherwise) she can't help but think to herself "try harder, prove yourself more!" I'm thinking of a clip I saw on the Daily Show a while ago. I think it's a little inconsistent of her to now complain that Biden can say certain things about his own running mate that she can't and not be reproached for it.

Lori   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry – If we're going to spend days talking about Sarah Palin's version of what Joe Biden said about the potential for testing our next president, PLEASE provide the exact quote. It is clear he is NOT saying that if Obama is elected, we are in store for some crisis that we wouldn't face if McCain were elected. It is crystal clear to me that Biden was going on the premise that Obama would be elected, which is what VP nominees do, when he said his mettle would be tested – the mettle of the next president will be tested. Somebody needs to say this out LOUD! Please. If anyone can shine a light on this, you can, Larry....

Jane Toms   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Susan on the show calling Palin's comment embarassing? She is the real embarassment, so partisan she cannot see anything wrong with what Biden said. That was a scary comment and he should be held accountable.

MsLindaLee   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Linda – CNN is actually a Ted Turner company and Obama had to pay big bucks to advertise on this site. CNN is very much a right leaning news source and MSNBC is more left.... we have to pick apart the sound bites of every 24 hour news cycles. Its more like propaganda lately than news.

Nagendra   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I see Sarah Palin's children accompany her in her campain trail. Are they not exoected to be in the school?

Mickie   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hi Mr. King!
The socialism doesn't float my boat. We're already partially socialist by definition. Look how much of the government owns Wall Street Corps. now. Mrs. Palin needs to learn much more about Government.

An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise, and in which cooperation rather than competition guides economic activity. There are many varieties of socialism. Some socialists tolerate capitalism, as long as the government maintains the dominant influence over the economy; others insist on an abolition of private enterprise. All communists are socialists, but not all socialists are communists.

Sanjay Narula   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Ms Buchanan is soooooooooooo biased, She needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Blindly supporting McCain and Sarah and bad mouthing Obama and Biden is not the way,

Dave   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Why cant the McCain camp get of Joe the plumber? The made him a big celebrity and for what, misreprsenting himself on public TV

PLEASE READ/RESPOND   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Bay, do you really think Sarah has a grasp on the role of vice presidency?? Please tell me the truth!

Thank you,

Mark and Bob

Ron   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Why is it that when Gov Palin increased the taxes of the gas companies in Alaska and then gave the 1.5 billion to her citizens..that isn't socialism?

zaphod2000   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hi Larry, I just want to know what your panel has to say about palin's lies about Obama palling around with a terrorist as opposed to her husband being a member of the Alaskan Independence Party who would make him, what I consider, a traitor to the US.
I would think that is the pot calling the kettle black.
A REAL American in MD

Matt   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET


Sarah Palin and John McCain are accusing Barack Obama of being socialist just days after the Bush administration nationalized the banks! Why is it that no one is calling Republicans on enforcing socialism for the rich?

Kathryn Scaglione   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hi Larry!

My question is for Bay ... why should I vote for someone who doesn't have a clue what her job will be. There is no denying in the interview she just did, she did not have a clue what the actual job of the VP would be ... after three months ... shouldn't she know that by now? I can see why she is John McCain's achille's heel.

nichole   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I want to know why the McCains are running such a nasty campaign. Then when someone says the truth about them, they get up in arms and act so innocent. Why hasn't Cindy Mccains drug problem come up?

linda   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I find it interesting that Governor seems to be so intelligent..or is that all memorized cause she has no understanding of basic civics. Her comment about taking over the Senate...and running it. when I have to apply for a job I am suppose to understand what job I am applying for...and her as a VP ...she doesnt even understand our constitution...

John William Gardner   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry, the guy in the middle window tonight sounds like a partisan Republican hack. He needs to stop trashing the other guy and look in his own house. I'll be glad when you and all the other news people realize that we're flat out tired of the hate and back biting. Give us news, not sniping.

Drew Meyers   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I still cannot believe the McCain campaign lets Sarah Palin talk. They turn comments upside down and use them to attack Barack Obama. There are many things in Palin's history that could be used as attacks against her such as her ties to the Alaskan Independence Party... she has a video in support of this group. Is this part of the the pro-america she is talking about. Is this what she considers patriotic?

Sara S.   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Not Bay again what a joke now she's saying McCain better choice than Obama when she said early on she would never vote McCain that was until Palin came on the ticket. David Frumm read yesterdays article from Associated Press, which pointed out Rep. lobbying group gave GOP 2 million to quash a Bill that would have put regulations on Fannie Mae. The 2 million was to give 17 Rep. representatives a reason to quash bill guess what it worked, bill died that was 2005 Rep. held majority then.

Jayne from VA   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Sarah Palin needs to realize that Joe Biden has given over 100 impromptu interviews since he was chosen as Obama's running mate and has made less total verbal blunders than she has in just a small handful of meticulously coached interviews.
No comparison here!She has to know we all excuse normal human faux pas but not repeatedly consistent errors.
Also, when you look at the total population of Alaska, she hasn't really managed that much compared to someone like, say, Arnold Schwarznegger in CA. It's like comparing experience being the manager of the local Tastee Freez with being the manager of AIG.

Lawrence LeBlanc   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

How does Barack Obama's platform and values today compare to that of Dwight Eisenhower? What are the commonalities?

Gayle Dean   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Pitting Susan Eisenhower against Bay Buchanan is a battle of wits against an unarmed person...Bay being the unarmed person.

Lauren   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET


Your guests have touched on some of theri opinions and what Mc Cain or Obama shooud say- Id like to know why Mc Cain isnt being advised to speak about ACORN not as some voter fraud situation topic, but as a para-military group who has bullied banks and PARTLY caused some of the SUB-PRIME mortgage loans that have couased us to crumble? When it comes down to it, who cares about the minimal voter fraud issue, how about the BOTTOM falling out of our economy re:ACORNS TAcTICS???

Pauly in Nevada   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Why does Gov Palin get a pass with her accusations of socialism in the Obama platform, when under the moniker of "reform" she increased taxes on Big Oil in Alaska to give each and every citizen of Alaska (including non-tax paying children) tax rebates.

Please have you guests explain how that is different from Obama's plan? especially when both Obama's and McCain's plans feature Robin Hood economics.

Carlos from Housto   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry, if Barack Obama and John McCain are true candidates of change, then why do they exclude third parties from the debates or honest discussion. I feel America is much more than Republicans and Democrats.

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

@ Betty

I don't understand your reasoning..Obama is a christian....he has said it repeatedly, but you rather listen to others, instead of getting it from the horses mouth?

Obama explained his tax plan CLEARLY IN THE DEBATE, yet McCain and Palin keep say he is raising everyones taxes.

By your logic, you believe McCain/Palin. I comprehend your reasoning

Melissa   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

A leader that will fight for me. Hmmmmm. Guess that's why I'm voting for Obama!

Marquis   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry Palin mentioned that she has more experience than Obama. That's ludicrous! What has she done? You can't even compare a governor to a senator>

glen tampa fl   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry are we witnessing the slow demise of the Republican Party?

Peter Cruise   October 21st, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hello Larry,
2 weeks from elections and Palin still struggles to get into the details about her comments. Once she is asked about why she made a particular comments she start generalizing and moves away from the question. At this point in the race, republicans have to admit she is unprepared that's why we are starting to see more and more republicans jumping the fence.
I'm independent and thanks to Palin I will now be voting for Obama/Biden.

On another topic, when are you going to start interviewing Biden? I believe he should be running for President and Obama for VP.

Ryan in Florida   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET


I would like to hear what you and others have to think about Palin's Joe the plummer strategy. She quotes this person in order to say things that she does not want to say directly. does anyone else notice this?

Christine Byvick   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I am very concerned that McCain and Palins rally's are dividing the nation. I become even more concerned about People jumping on their band wagon and not doing their homework. This election scares me.

Diana   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Please explain how Bush tax cuts during a time of war financed only by borrowing and increasing the deficit and the debt is NOT SOCIALISM iN REVERSE – FOR THE RICH.

Our money via debt was used for those tax cuts. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black (no pun intended).

chris   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

When the John McCain signed the second bailout package, why didn't he make famous those individuals that added the pork?

Robin   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I happen to like Bay. She is intelligent and insightful. You go Bay

Mark Thorson   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

To David Frum:

Good point about salvaging some sliver of Republican reputation, David. Too late though. Should have thought of that when erasing White House emails, hiring Alberto Gonzales, torturing at Guantanamo, losing two wars, and stealing from the poor so that government handouts could be given to Republican campaign contributors, ie. drug companies, energy companies, no bid contractors, et al. RIP Republicans. By the way, I'm an independent voter.

Rachel   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I am tired of McCain/Palin refering to everyone as Joe the plumber and Joe six-pack. I am not either of those and I think it alienates many of their possible voters by refering to them as that. First off, I'm a woman and all the Joe's leave us out. Where's Jane?

Al Scaife   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Larry, I do believe that both candidates can and would be excellent leaders of our great country. However, McCains advisors keep him addressing issues that are beneath the desired information that we want to hear and I think it also brings Obama down to have to spend time answering those distractive issues. I would love to see more of them stepping away from the politics of the race and just answer real questions about solving problems

James Olson   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I want to know how either candidate cannot be considered a socialist? They voted for a 700 billion dollar stake in our private economy? It seems both a utterly useless, and they will be a 4 and done president.

Brandon   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I would like to know what your panel thinks of the comments made by Rep. Hayes at the McCain Rally

Victor   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I would like to know why Americans are afraid of social programs such as government run health care?
Many European and even Canada provide this very important service to their citizens and it works very well.
And please, don't let people with special interests that it doesn't work.

You can always have several social programs and not be a socalist country.
Everyone should have the right to be healthy and it's the base for a strong Country.

joe aliotta   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Excuse me Larry, but taking money from one tax payer and deciding WHO gets it is above ANYONE'S PAY GRADE.......

Gerard   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I just heard on the show that anyone who lived during the cold war knows what socialism is. The lady who said that obviously didn't know herself, the Cold War was against COMMUNISM.
for example

alex   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Please can you ask your panel.. especially the one who is supporting Palin that "How they tolerate her.. isn't it clear enough that she is so dumb."

Don   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

1.)Why do you continue to have Bay Buchanan huge dike on your show?

2nd) Why are 90% of your guest JEWS?

Freda Hall   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

By the way "Bogus Joe" (the plumber) does not speak for me.

gflynn   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Is Sarah Palin as a Vice President candidate, smarter and more experienced than Joe Biden? If not, why should we vote for John McCain??

Sean Gerrin   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I want to know why Joe Biden is not criticized by the media? I hear so much how Sarah Palin is hurting John McCain, but I have not heard anything about Joe Biden, and the effect he is having on Obama. Good or bad?

I think Sarah Palin is awsome and she would be great for this country. I am 20 years old and this is the most important election. Vote McCain.

Joe Amato   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Let's admit it... our country is filled with an overwhelming and significant portion of the population that is, simply, ignorant.

I have come up with the ideal definition for Evil:

...When the arrogant exploit the ignorant.

This is the essence of the McCain Campaign.

David of Los Angeles   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Larry I have question for Bay..
Does she think that Barak is a socialist?

Charles the College Student   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Why is this idea and definition of Socialism Mccain and Palin bad? They say taking from the rich and giving to the poor is wrong but the United States does on a global scale all the time to help other nations. So why can't we do it to help ourselves. It's okay to ask our soldiers to put their lives on the line to protect us but not our wallets to help one another. What kind of nation are we?

Julie   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Didn't Republicans call FDR a Socialist?

I guess I am not the "salt" of America Bay since I don't live in a small "pro" America town. Thanks.....

Gerald Sherman   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

During an Obama rally today he cut off people who started "booing" McCain, saying, "we don't need that. We need you to vote." McCain and Palin don't do that. In fact, Palin seems to relish it or get people fired up. What do you think that says about their campaigns and themselves?

Bill   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

What % of whites do you think will vote for Obama?
What % of blacks do you think will vote for McCain?
Now tell me who the racists are.

I'm sure this won't get aired because you're a Liberal show that supports Obama.

Jim carter   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

The keep talking small business. What to they consider small business.
In gross sales or income

Alecia Dowdy, CA   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Obama is a socialist and has a hidden agenda and will only cause our country harm with his tactics.

Dan   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Larry – how can McCain/Palin suggest Obama/Biden are moving America towards socialism? Many of our programs that every American depends on are already based on socialism – social security, medicare, welfare, the economic stimulus payout and the most recent Wall Street bailout. I'm sure McCain supports all of these and Americans wouldn't hesitate to cash their next economic stimulus check.

Charles Dobbs   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Please look upi the definition of socialism. You will find it is exactly what Obama's camp is about. See below
Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.
The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.

Christopher   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET


I am a staunch Democrat who would could see myself voting for McCain if he had not picked Palin.

I supported Hillary in the primary and even contributed to her campaign. However, I have serious reservations about Obama's extreme lack of a record of accomplishment.

I do not like the Republican party but have always been a fan of Sen. McCain and would trust him.

However, I can't get past Sarah Palin.

Los Angeles, CA

ron w   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Can someone on this panel define victory for me. McCain continuously talks about Victory-but he never tells us how it is measured--can someone tell me?

Terry Pavey   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET


I am from Canada. How do your pundents think this negative campaign impacts the reputation of the US abroad?

Charlene   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Please ask- Why does Sarah Palin keep dodging the question that she abused her power as governor in Troopergate. Does she really think she has done nothing wrong?

Ashraf   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

How you can claim the GOP candidate is better for the country while he support George Bush 90% of the time?

Ricardo Benitez   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Can you add to Biden's speech on how Obama will be tested shortly after the elections that Obama will show a "spine of steel" when tested.

Dayle Vantrease   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I live in a small Iowa town where on a daily basis I hear the n- word used against Obama and dont even know why this still exsist in our country.

I come from southwest missouri and all of this stupidity was over years ago, and it seems funny that even the towns top people have the notion that blacks and others are in some way not even close to being consider the same as others, it seems to me that these people are totaly out of touch with the real world because they are wealthy and want to keep everyone out of the city because they are in some way better than anybody else then, maybe the real problem is them not the blacks or other races and I do hope Obama gets in there and does make it to where these people have to truly pay their share and quit robbing from my family.

My name is not Joe, but I have worked since I was 13 and always had to pay my way, why not them, why shouldnt they have to pay the same percentage.

JJ   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I'm so glad that Barack Obama has put aside campaigning and gone to see his grandmother. I would not expect any less of a man of his calibre. My prayers are with him.

On another subject, If a teacher was feeding 3rd grade kids false information, as parents we would be demanding he or she be fired. This is the candiate for VP and some people are defending her by saying "she was just talking to 3rd graders!"

Cole   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Larry, can you ask the GOP supporters why they are so quick to dismiss the bailout plan as a socialist movie? The party line from Palin is that it was an emergency situation that required it. Are we suddenly out of an emergency situation after November? Obama's plan would help many struggling middle class families that are being hit the hardest from this crisis.

Daniel Garcia   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

If John McCain promises change, why has he not answered the question of why he voted with President Bush 90% of the time?

Ken - Palm Beach Florida   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I am so glad to see Bay & Pat Buchanan supporting McCain/Palin . If not for their support I would have nothing to laugh at.

rick brenner   October 21st, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Please discuss Rush Limbaugh's statement that General Powell supports Barack Obama because he is Black and what it says about the right wing of the Republican Party

Angel M.   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

here here linda, i so totally agree, wolf blitzer had john McCain on last week sarah palin today, and is going to have John McCain on again tomorrow. I asked if he will have bidon and obama on to answer all these false statements the two of them make on a daily bases.Why would John McCain have to spend any campaign dollers all these news people give them there voices

Joe the airline employee   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Many of my co-workers who usually vote republican are (and some already have) voting for Obama.

CeeCee   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

John McCain and Sarah Palin heard there are a lot of racists in PA and they rushed to put on their sheets and join them. Rather than refusing to give them a voice.

DJ   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Mccain and Palin have let Joe the Plumber redefine socialism. Do they listen to everything Joe says? Why not correct Joe the Plumer and explain the real defenition of socialism.

Irène Morin from Québec (Canada)   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

This Palin woman is a farce and to me a real disgrace for women. She should take care of her children FIRST and LATER GO IN POLITICS. Timme might put some good sense in her head. As of now – she only irritates me.

She only after taking McCain's place in the Republican party – and poor McCain and his wife only do not see her manigance and opportunist ambition. Poor Republicans.

ann   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I have from Canada....this election has created great discussion at our work....Governor Palin, I am sorry this woman is a lose canyon, she has no clue what she is talking about...

Why hasn't anyone made comments about why the baby wasn't in bed at time during these conventions...

Carl   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Hi Larry,

John McCain's and Barack Obama's plans are both going to cost enourmous amounts of money, and their economic recovery plans are BOTH socialist in nature. Why doesn't Barack Obama reflect this these smear tactics back at McCain by illustratin that he's calling for the same thing?

jason   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

what is mcain going to do about secure more jobs for ex convicts and getting there civil rights restore

Dr. Judy   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

With all due respect to Gov. Palin and Joe the plummer, I would like to ask each one to discribe and explain socialism. I doubt either one knows, they are just using the word to scare people.

Just a reminder: Gov. Palin does not know what a vp does.

Nola Latta   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Why in the world don't Republicans consider Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans a "redistribution of wealth"? Why is it that only Obama's plans to level the playing field for the poor and Middle Class are labeled by the GOP redistribution of wealth? Makes zero sense to me!

Sue Billings   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Larry, I want to comment about the new proposed stimulus package. If the package isn't at least $10,000 or more to help us pay off "real debt", then it is a waste of money. If the President thinks that $800 will stimulate the economy, he is really out of touch. Why not bail the people out like they have bailed out the banks? I'm appauld that the President can be this deceptive to think that we the people are dumb enough to believe that the little chump change that last stimulus package given us helped do anything. At most you could only buy something that you really didn't need. Give us the money back.

Dick Rensch   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Presidents do not raise or cut taxes. Why does the media not remind the public about "Civic 101" and let them know that legislation begins in the House of Representatives and not the White House. We are also electing individuals to deal with issues, and not the issues themselves. By the time the next President takes over, those issues could all change again.

Lex   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I found absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing that McCain and Palin are actually quoting a "plumber" calling Obama a "socialist". As a republican it just completely does not good to our party that we are depending on the comments of "plumber" to win a presidential campaign!!! Ask a plumber about plumbing not presidential politics!

Janice   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

For Betty McKenzie.....take some time to visit FactChecker to help you to sort out fact from fiction. This is a nonpartisan site and should provide you with the answers you are seeking.

Good Luck!

bunmi   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

As a Nigerian on holiday in America, Am absolutely loving it all.

I am hoping and praying that I see this kind of election in my country soon.

Micheal Stone   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I want to know why McCain and Palin continue talking about/ attacking Obama personally? Why want they just talk about the issues that the American people want to hear about?

Shan   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I am a Muslim American and am so happy that a prominent American figure finally stood up against the discriminatory tactics by the GOP. Im sure Muslims in American truly appreciate Powell's remarks and are grateful that not all members of the US Government link Muslims to terrorists automatically.

Michael   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Susan Eisenhower is so right on, great show! Does Ms. Eisenhower have a blog or website with more about her opinions please? Thanks, Michael

NHK   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Why is Barack Obama a socialist based on his tax plan? How is what he is proposing different that what we do now? Yes the percentages of taxes we pay may be a little different but do we not have a progressive tax system right now?!

Lourdes   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Why Sara Pailin keeps saying that senator Obama's economic plan is socialist. How do you call what the government just did to save the banks? Does she even know what socialism is? Or is it that it's OK as long as you save the rich?

Pape Bathie Pouye   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I think that America is the best country in the world, the politics of anything go doesn't have it's place. I'm glad to see some republicans going against their own party.

Sharon   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Palin talks about the media giving Joe Biden a pass...give me a break! What CNN did in their interview with Palin today was nothing less than a pass. Simple question & answer format, Scripted and memorized responses, and no further discussion on her responses. Where were the tough questions? Might as well have been Sean Hannity in the interviewers seat. Very disappointing.

Barry   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

This is the way the republicans work create fear and smear the opposition, it will be over in 14 days for all the mean spirited republicians.

Shawn   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Has anyone heard how much they are thinking for this new stimulis package?

Cassandra Garry   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

While "Socialism" has recently become a bad word, it reflects the social justice that protects our own while not suppressing our ideals of "Capitalism"!

Lin   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Every time I see Sarah Palin I cringe. With so many intelligent Republican women McCain had to chose from, why her? It lowered my opinion of McCain – caveat I am a Democrat. He would have had a much better chance with Kay Bailey Hutchison, Olympia Snowe. Maverick is chosing someone with whom one disagrees.

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I say the same and feel the same, Larry, why must you have Bay Buchanan on? she believes McCain is never wrong and makes it out that he is perfect. Can you address this please. Listen to her its always positive and she always putting down Obama. Omg I want to change the channel.

The Mugwump, Victoria BC   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

In Canada the right to bare arms is the right to wear short sleeve shirts. The world needs a US leader who will make a preemptive peace, with love baby.

Derek R   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Being 23, this is the first time I have really had the opportunity to engage myself in this election. I think a major reason for my following and campaigning is my care for the future of the country. I have worked for two green companies and a tech company, and I see and understand where our country needs to go to succeed. The failing economy and the negativity that America draws from the rest of the world is something I'm not proud of. I believe we need someone who can engage the young people – something Obama has done.

I want to believe in my country, and I feel like I can if I can look at someone like Obama as a leader.

America needs to regain its character and stature. What would McCain do to help this and how would Obama fail?

terrance   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

hey larry, i have a question?

i have made less than $20,000 every year of my working lif except one. Every one of those years i had to pay income taxes of about $800 each year, so what i want to know is if 40% of america makes less than me?

kebe khadim   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

isn't being smart enough to be a president? and beside the president is just part of the system wich as many available experience

sarah jackson   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I am a republican...who went and voted for Obama today. These last few weeks of the election have been an embarrassment for the Republican party and I think that Palin has ushered in most of this outrageous and quite frankly some ignorant behavior. To throw out a term like socialism is irresponsible. I truly doubt that she would be able to give a technical definition of socialism. Maybe she can call "Joe the Plumber" and ask him. McCain has done a disservice to himself, his true supporters, and the American people. I love John McCain and I still cannot believe that he is a part of this ridiculous campaign. I feel truly sad for my party...

vicki   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I want 2 know why i it that Sarah P. always talking about Obama's character but no one on Obama's team is bringing up the fact that she is under investigation for trying to get her brother in law fired. That shows me that the Obama team is taking the high ground during all of this. Does anyone know the outcome of those accusations?

donna   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Mr. King,
I am the mother of a 19 year old "autistic" young man. Frankly, I was upset by the idea that "Sarah Palin" has been put out as a great representative for parents with disabled children. Here's why. Her child is only five months old and she has not and will not have to navigate the county and state systems to try to get benefits for her child. She has no experience with disabled kids except for having birth to one. While I understand that she will eventually learn about the trials and tribulations, She cannot stand up for something she does not understand. Also, I would like to know how much experience she really has relating to people with disabilities?????

Enrique Delgado   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


Question for the panel; Is it possible that the election be closer than anticipated due to the "Tom Bradley-Doug Wilder" effect?


Sean   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I am personally willing to pay more tax and still vote for Obama. If we want something good we have to pay the price. Nothing good comes cheap. If we want to have a wise president that can prevent another disastrous war to happen we have to accept to sacrifice. How come we are willing to pay more to buy a better car but not pay more to have a better president?

Brad   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


On the topic of the republican camp calling Obama socialist, Do you think we are already a socialist society just calling ourselves capitalist?

Shelley in Las Vegas   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Is "Joe the Plumber" the best advisor the McCain campaign can quote? Why should I pay any attention to anything he says. He is not a plumber; he is unlikely to buy his boss' business; if he does, it does not earn >250K, so would not be taxed in any eventy. Why are we letting this go on?

Jerry Miller - Columbia, MO   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I am curious. If Barack Obama's tax cuts for working middle class America is labeled Socialism then what are we to label the Bush/McCain tax cuts for the wealthy. Elitism comes to mind.

Natasha from WV   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I think Sarah Palin is trying to state that only people who agree with her are true Americans. Her answer on CNN, she is just trying to cover up that she feels those who support Obama are un-American and those who support McCain are pro-America.

Parminder   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I think the Palin pick sealed McCain's fate in this campaign. McCain's biggest asset going into the election versus Obama was his depth of experience – an argument which was removed from the campaign after the Palin pick.

Dave Marley "Dave the Pharmacist"   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I own a small business pharmacy. I make more than $250,000 per year and I support Barack Obama. The truth is lower taxes will not cause me to hire more people any more than, higher taxes will cause to fire people. My operating costs are fixed, lower taxes means higher income for me and maybe a new boat. It has NOTHING to do with who I hire and fire, those decisions are made based upon demand in my pharmacy, not on my income.

john   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

hi larry.,
i just want to know what's going on., most of us know what sarah palin says is utter nonsense., why are u putting her on the limelight all the time-cant you find some intelligent conservatives like colin powell to put on your show

Jimmy Mak   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

The problem with the McCain campaign is that they have no theme. Each week we hear a new wave of attacks but nothing that promotes why their plan is better. They even tried to steal Obama's theme of "Change."

Everyone I know is sick of the attacks. Terrorist? Socialist? Ultra-liberal? Please. Do they really think we're that stupid.

He has better plans for America. Sorry, McCain. Deal with it.

ron cavaliere   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

for bay buchanan, if obama's tax policies are socialist than what would palin's taxing the oil companies in alaska and re distributing the money to the citizens of alaska be called?

Pradeep Tanwar   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I have been following this presendential rally for a long now and at times I believe I am a citizen of this country and want to do something about the situation here, which I am not. It is just common sense people can't see which party is better...IT IS THE DEMOCRATS!! and I say it even when I know they coming to power is hard for immigrants but I still Obama is an intelligent guy and would surpass Bill Clinton. People say India is conservative but we have elected A Sikh, a woman as Prime Minister and even a Muslim as a President.


pbdenver   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET


Sarah Palin keeps saying "joe the plumber said He thinks Obama's plan sounds like Socalisim

1) Has anyone asked Joe the Plumber if he knows what Socialisim is?
2) Why did the CNN interviewer not ask her if SHE thinks the plan is socialisim & why can't she speak for herself vs talking through Joe
3) The interviewer did not ask her if her husband loves the country or is truly a sessionist...
(sorry for spelling)

Jerry   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Banks and mortgage companies make loans. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buy loans made by the banks don't they? Am I wrong? Freddie and Fannie are involved but they didn't make the deceptive loans.

steven from boston   October 21st, 2008 9:13 pm ET

my response to liz's question... the only difference is along with other neo con policies you might call it facism

S,Rao   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I just cannot believe that Bay Buchanan is soo blinded by her hard core views!! this is unreal!!!
I had never thought, I would see such a tunnel vision person in my life!!

James from Vancouver, WA   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

The Republican Candidate's rallies all have thousands of people in the audience that I'm assuming imagine aren't making $250k annually. Yet, they 'boo' when Obama's Tax Plan is being bashed. Wouldn't they get a tax break too?

bill   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

i ask you this, why does cnn insist on putting one of the most sickening person they can find to go on the air so often? that being Bay Buchanan..........tell her to slow down when she talks, and come up for air once in a while, the one who speaks the fastest does not make them the most right....she is like a child afraid she will not get as much candy as the others... her comment about Obama being the very worst thing for this country and mccain being so much better, quite a large bias statement wuoldn't you say? corre4ct her, the worst thing for this country we already had, the name being G.W.B.... have we all forgotten about him?

Ray Williams   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I've been a Republican for over 20 years. Actually on of the few black republicans they have. It took this election and the Buchanan lady to make me realize that the party has no place for me.

Terry   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET


In the event that Obama/Bidin does McCain and especially Palin work to bring the country back together?

John Politano   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Hey Larry, I wonder is it so absurd to allow for the possibility for Biden to drop out and Hillary Clinton to step up as a last minute VP run. After all, if there was any doubt whether Barack Obama could seal the deal, this would almost certainly be the nail in the coffin.

noel from Maryland   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Why are the Repubs so fixated on Rev. Wright when they conservative types like Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchannan, etc. spew all kinds of divisive rhetoric?

Kathy from Tampa   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Bay is a bright woman. A college graduate and an accomplished woman. Can't she see how "uneducated" Palin is? How Palin is an embarrassment to American Women?

I want someone who went to Harvard to represent me!

Not a wolf killer!

David Crine   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Socialism? Why does it matter? I've been busting my ass for close to 25 years, not unlike Joe the plumber. I'm closer than ever to getting to that $250k level. Why should I give up my 'hard' earned investment of time, sweat and money in taxes for Obama to distribute as he see's fit? Why should I want to break the $250k ceiling???

Smiley   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Why can't the GOP, get it that Sarah Palin is hurting there campaign.

Jeff Hovis   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET


We have to stop the lie that some how Fredie Mac and Fannie Mae are at the core of the lending collapse.

Fredie and Fannie were LATE ACTORS in this drams. The "good old boy" Republican investment banks created and promoted the toxic dept instruments for years before Fredie and Fannie became involved.

This lie is as toxic as the debt. The Republican investment bankers need to pay.

James   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Will you please ask your panel to explain why it isn't fair to have the surplus that our current president frittered away on an unjust war repaid to the hard working tax payer, and to have us reimbursed for the loan the president gave on our behalf to those in the 2% highest tax bracket?

Thank You,
James Foley
Kamiah, Idaho

P.S. Please tell Bay that the vast majority of the American people find her arguements entirely disingenuous and that even her own party is sick of her.

Les Mann   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I wonder why no one tells the truth about the economic meltdown. From where I sit the current regime squeezed the middle class to the point of not being able to pay their bills. The banks may have made bad loans, however the exact same thing goes on every day in the auto industry and no one has ever said anything.

Ingo   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I want to know why the Republicans can't see that running an issues based campaign would revive their cause. Isn't it obvious that what they've been doing is not all.

atoosa   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET


Bay B. is such an annoying guest, do you have to invite her

Jim Cole   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

How can McCain and Palin deny saying things when asked directly (McCain doesnt care about Ayers and Palin didnt say Obama is a Socialist) and then turn around and continue to say it in public? It's rediculous and actually embarrassing.
I am a Canadian and I do not think Americans realize their current standing in the world. You guys are almnost in teh dumpster. What good is a world class aircraft carrier if China owns it.
And McCain (who I greatly respected) has let his campaign run him. it is unfortunate that he was forced to pick Palin and unfortunate that they keep chenging their tactics.
Very sad Larry. Even if Obama wins, you guys have a LOT of work to do

Gerry   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

It's been stated that Governor Palin is the new face of the Republican Party for the 2012 election year. How will this be accomplished?

The abuse of power investigation was headed by committees that were primarily Republican. If she loses credibility and popularity in her home state, that leaves the national scene as her only (without changing residency) politicall option. I find it hard to believe that she could see any success on the national level again, on her own merit.

Irene   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

What's with the Neandertha "fight" message from McCain and Palin? Fight for this, fight for that... The U.S. needs to move beyond the Fight Club – we are citizens of a world that desparately needs peace. Obama is right on target with his notions of diplomacy.

kathy   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Do you think Palin has confused whining with winning? I certainly hope this woman doesn't have a chance to prove us right ..... she's not ready to serve our Country ... not today, not next week ...not next year ... very scary ...

I love my Country ... and truly am frightened by her rhetoric ...Palin seems to use political jargon without much substance .. her script is getting old ...

If she's a hockey mom with lipstick .. it's time for her to get the puck out of here!

Bob Hendricks   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Freddy and Fanny were bailed out by the government before the passage of the $700,000 billion bail-out bill. So if they were simply the problem, how come our economy isn't fixed??

ruby gethers   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Larry, the CNN Sarah Palin interview is a joke! Where did you all find this guy? He didn't ask her a question, he framed a question for her and allowed her to recite her numerous talking points. Please CNN do not bow to the pressure. Many of us rely on CNN to keep us informed in the most unbiased manner. That was postively pathetic.

tina   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

anna from OHIO!!!!! WOOTWOOT! I was thinking that very thing!
Seriously! What happened to her? She acts like Sarah Palin is running on the top of the ticket! UGH! Larry get her off I agree!

carrie   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I think in my opion that mccain is showing his egrots. he was a very respectful man before palin got hold of him. this joe the plumber really needs to STOP as do mccain has the scares we have heard enough that stupity. get down to the issues and stop being stuip and spitting. you remind me of children on the playground, in the sandbox. just because mccanin in loosing he is throwing sand and screaming

Dux   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Can you please ask Bay if she is "proud" of the way the Reps are running their campaign. Is winning at any cost really worth it..
Absolutely disgusting rhetoric..

Jesse   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

My family came to America from a socialist country Cuba. The reason was because Field Castro felt he should “spread the wealth” and take away what my family had built.
Sound familiar?

Phil Reiner   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I was leaning to vote for Mccain, but after seeing his choice for vice-president, I am voting for Obama. This women is a complete idiot and should not be anywhere near the presidency. She has no clue as to what the vice-presidents job really is.

Mike Higgins   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Why do Republicans feel like they have the right to trash Obama on his patriotism? His associations are less egregious than McCain who also associated with "domestic terrorists".

Bernard Chung   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Although what Obama is suggesting is not socialism, what is wrong with socialism? We are talking about democratic socialism like the many successful countries in Europe, who care about the wellness of the society. Nobody's talking about socialism that resembles dictatorship nor communism. I don't think its such a bad idea that the government should do something about the inequality in all aspects of the society including social and economical. Obama's "spread the wealth" is much better than tax cuts for oil companies and other corporation who only cares about profit.

lou   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Hey Larry. Sarah Palin made a big deal about how she taxed the oil companies in Alaska and took the surplus and gave it to the citizens of Alaska. Now does that mean she is also a socialist? Because that is exactly the sort thing Barack is talking about doing.

Bill in Virginia   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

When Sen. Obama says he wants to raise taxes on people making over $250,000/year, doesn't he include the inheritance tax as well as taxes on dividends as well. If so, where's the incentive to save? If I've paid income taxes, why tax my estate because I die? That's extremely unfair.

Ben from Michigan   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Why is it ok for the wealthy to recieve tax breaks for the last eight years and the middle class to pay for them, but when Obama wants to give the middle class a tax break and let the wealthy help pay for it that we call Obama a socialist?

Dev   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Dear Larry, Please ask your Republican guest if they would be responsible for any harm done to Obama? I strongly believe McCain and Palin have had such despicable attitude that has instigate open hatredness. This is absolutely wrong and worthy to be condemned. Can you please ask Bay Buchanan – the champion hate bater. -Dev

Jonathan   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

For Ms. Buchanan:

To be honest, doesn't the most valid hope for victory in the Presidential race for the Republican Party lie in an appeal to the most reprehensible of voter qualities: racism and xenophobia? Isn't that the murmuring beneath the present message out of the McCain campaign?

Greg   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

It is amazing that this deep into the campaign McCain/Palin ticket continues to focus on ideas and solutions offered up by the Obama/Biden ticket, rather than offer up real solutions for the working class. This is a clear case of side stepping the real issues that I can relate too. Bay can you inform the viewers of the McCain/Palin platform? I am sick and tired of hearing, "Country First." Everyone involved in this campaign, I believe has the country's best interest at heart.

Rob   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

How can the Republicans say promoting Corporate Facism for the last 8 years has been a good policy by adding over 4 trillion dollars in debt? Facism is socialism for the rich. What about Keating and McCains ties to Iran Contra that is worse than anything Obama has done. Republicans are also had direct ties with Saddam Huessin and Osama Bin Laden. How about Cheney's Energy Plan? How come everytime we have a Republican Administration we have banking collapses? In 2005 weren't the Republicans in charge of all three chamber of Congress. How the Lobbyists on McCain Campaign?

greg from frewsburg ny   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

who does susan eisenhower think she is. i"m frank jones' grandson and i'm one vote. please discuss who she is and what she has done for the republican party.

Virginia Mann   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Please explain why ANY ONE, ANY MEDIA, ANY WHERE is giving any credence to the M/P campaign suggesting the O/B campaign is advocating a socialist government? This is all so patently absurd and so far off the point of what we need to be addressing that I am embarrassed for America. Comment?

Keith   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I am a democrat, but I totally agree with David. These last day comments by republican representatives are very, very hurtful. Their accusations of Obama being anti-American, socialist and even a communist is unfortunate and I am certain it does not fairly represent their constituents.

Margaret Leicester   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

For Pete's sakes, Larry, finish Biden's quote! "...He will show a spine of steel.”

Obama is the one!

Margaret, New Mexico

Natasha from WV   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

If the Republicans care about Ayers and Wright, then why doesn't McCain answer any questions about Keating and Liddy?

Samuel Gevorkyan   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Helo ,

The republicans keep on talking about our country being less safe if a Obama is elected, didn't we get attacked during a republican leadership?

Mary C. from Maine   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Hi Larry! Love your show!
We keep hearing about the "Palin Factor" – If I could have one wish it would be to have a "Pinocchio Factor" where everyone who lies or "stretches the truth" would have their noses grow a foot! That would certainly settle this election.
Thanks for letting me add a little levity to so much frustration.

Kevin, Fayetteville   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

So Palin doesn't want to "call him a socialist." But she's happy to throw the word around when she's on the stump. And yet the Republican party gets so incensed when they get accused of stirring things up. A word of advice for the GOP from an early voter: either use the word if that's what you mean, or shut up about being accused of lighting the fuse. Own up to one or the other.

Blanca Gonzalez   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

If the Obama-Ayers ties are so important to Republicans can they please explain why they don't find anything wrong with Gov. Palin's ties to the AIP. A secessionist party in which her husband was a member and she spoke at their convention several times! This is what I call pallin around with terrorists!!!! And let's talk about her preacher who spewed hatred about Jews!
And can someone please explain to Gov Palin that the consititution DOES NOT allow flexibility to rule over the Senate as a Vice President. The VP attends ceremonies and breaks ties if there is one in the Senate. THAT IS IT!
She's an unethical Governor and will be the same as VP.

T-GREENE   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET


Joan Lewis   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Why do you show Ms. Palin's pictures continually. For those of us who do not favor this candidate, it becomes offensive to have to watch her pictures flash in the slit screens continually. The only reason she may be successful is not because she is ignored by the press, but because she is continually in the press. More of her speeches are aired then Joe Bidens, and we are constantly having to watch her and listen to her. I have more and more switched off CNN because of this fact.
ENOUGH on Sarah Palin.

Henry   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Looking at your election from Canada, why would your Presidential candidates require "attack dogs". Surely to goodness, as a world leader, your politicians should show greater respect for each other.

Drew from Gainesville   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Hello Larry,
Why does Palin seriously think that the media is out to get her? Must I list all of her spoofs: contradicting John McCain by saying she would like to invade Pakistan to stop terrorists rather than being diplomatic with them, the Katie Couric interview, speaking of paling around with terrorists, speaking of socialism, not calming her rallies after hearing things such as "terrorist", "kill em", etc., implying that she was justified in firing Monegan because she felt threatened yet she reduced her security! I'm sure that there is more but I want to dedicate my attention to your show.

Chris   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Where have all the moderate Republicans been? Perhaps if McCain attempted to be a "maverick" and go after Democrats, and Independents instead of pander to the base of the Republicans Party he'd be in a better position now. This just shows McCain's lack of understanding and lack of strategy.

Grace Smith   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Sarah Palin is campaigning for herself. There are things she doesn't even agree with McCain. Bay is so pro-Sarah Palin, she can't see the danger of having Sarah as president. Sarah character is the one that should be in question

steve   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Larry, dont let david frum get away with framing the economic crisis as something john mccain could have prevented. paul krugman stated today that it would only take a few minutes to show that fannie and feddie and improper lending were not a major reason for the crisis. Deregulation and changes in leveraging are the biggest reasons.

Alice   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

How would you compare Obama with past presidents?

Linda from Chicago   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I can't wait until the election is over and we are no longer subjected to Bay Buchanan. She is unwatchable.

Len, Petoskey, MI   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

On the subject of Obama being a socialist for redistributing wealth via tax cuts:
George Bush is redistributing wealth via tax cuts, tax cuts I believe McCain said he would keep in place. Doesn't that make them socialists too?

Ray Nado   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Susan sounds from another century. The Democrats can say anything but it never is considered negative, but if it is from the republicans it's negative....Listen and see....

Kevin Mangold   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Socialism. The irony is not lost when McCain, who also voted in favor of the Bailout Bill, the most socialistic peice of legislation in our nation's history, accuses Barack Obama of socialism. Moreover, will the McCain camp please explain to me how taxing Big Oil's windfall profits, reversing the tax cuts for the wealthy and the big corporations, cutting government programs that drain much and produce little, and putting that money to use for strenghtening our nation's middle-class and infrastructure is in any way socialistic? I am waiting to be amazed.

Rob   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Larry, I think Bay takes strong drugs before she comes on your show.

Kevin   October 21st, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Forgive me, but aren't all taxes inherently "socialist" in the way McCain and Pailn are using the term? Don't we pool money (more from the rich by way of their higher income) to build roads and bridges, run public schools, pay GI's, give out Pell grants for college students, cover Medicare costs, and on and on?

I'm just not sure what the Rebulicans' point is to begin with.

The US has always balanced a "socialist" system with the markets and with capitalism.

Rose   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Never has an election been so disheartening. To listen to Palin and McCain constantly referring to Joe the Plumber and invoking socialism comments just makes them sound ignorant. All of the games and name calling and finger pointing has become extremely distasteful because it is all so useless and unhelpful in the real world with all of these hard issues that we are facing.

Joshua   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry King, I am a 19 year old male student and to tell you the truth I am fed up with the media and reporters who cant keep there bias opinions to themselves and just report the news and what is right.

I really do not care about what people think of Palin or Biden but for your reporter to say that Palin is out of line, is rediculous.

Obama has a terrible economic plan. The worst thing you can do in a recession is RAISE TAXES, and also how increase government spending, which even you liberals at cnn agreed that Obama will be oustpending Mccain 3 to 4 times.

REDICULOUS that you are all so biased, you controlled this election.

And another thing, stop with saying that race will effect this election. I think it will to, but in a way that helps Obama. Obama gets ALL the black votes and the ignorant college kids are voting for him as well.

I use to be pro obama, but McCain actualy has better ideas, and has done more then just run his mouth.

-Thanks, im sure you wont put this on your show because its the truth, and you refuse to believe this.


herman jones   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET


Why do Republicans believe that Democrats are unamerican? We all have passion for this country. Thank you for having David a Republican who truly believes the best strategy would be to insure the Senate has some increased Republican exposure.

Bill Dungey   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Why hasn't the news media jumped deep into the Palin's involvement with the Alaskan Indepence Party? What the hell is the agenda of this group? Ayers? Wright? What about this?


Todd   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

The Republicans have defected to scare tactics now, and it's so sad. As a conservative Democrat, I am questioning whether or not I will ever vote for any Republican ever again. Character comes out in tough times, and John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the Republican party have gone away from inspiring Americans and instead they are turning into immature children who can't come up with ideas of their own. Since when did helping those who cannot help themselves turn into socialism? I think that's the most American quality that exists in this country!

mike from lakewood   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry- can you please explain to bay buchanan that blind faith helps no one. there is no reason for someone making a quarter million dollars a year to pay the same taxes as me (47,000 a year) in all honesty people feel it is fair for people who are rich to have to pay more. if you hit the jackpot in a casino your taxes will most certainly be higher than if you won a couple thousand. make more pay more. the middle class has had enough with wealthy people getting all the breaks. And please question Mccain on G Gordon Liddy and Palin on her husband being a member of the Radical Alaskan Independence Party.

thanks Larry

Virginia Hammon   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I'd like to see you clarify 2 things:
1) What is socialism?
2) When the candidates are talking about taxing small businesses that make more than $250,000, they are talking about $250,000 in TAXABLE income, which for businesses, means taxable PROFIT, not gross income. (It appears that many people misunderstand this.


Mike Wishnowski   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Why is it when Mr. Obama or Mr. Biden mispeak, Ms. Palin suggests they have sinister motives and when Sarah Palin mispeaks, (pro-american areas) she is sorry if the wrong impression was made. By the way John McCain said today western Penn is the most patriotic area of the country. Why isn't anyone question that statement?

Linda, Omaha   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry, why is it that what Mr. Obama wants to do to "redistribute" the wealth any different than what Sarah Palin did in Alaska when she took the BIG OIL money (taxes) and give it back to the alaska people??

Wlhite Female Over 65   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry, I am amazed that all pundits, reporters, McCain/Palin – ALL have made no comment on the statement made by McCain that Obama's tax plan will give tax credits to those who are not required to file returns. In order to get ANY tax credit, one must file a tax return and have EARNED INCOME. Even the stimulus package required SS or VA benefits to get the rebate. Those with earned incomes under $3000 and not on SS or VA benefits got nothing. How dumb is this pair? I really think someone in the media should raise the issue; as the fact checkers are also ignorant or so Republican they cannot bring themselves to mention the FACTS. Will you mention this?

Phil   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Eisenhouser's granddaughter should be VP – what a mature, eloquent, and centered person who understands what the issues are – ones not be discussed in the mud slinging ongoing on both sides. If Palin ever became President, I would love to Darfur.

Sarah   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I;ve been thinking and thinking about this, and I just can't figure it out. Which part of the McCain-Palin ticket is attractive to people? McCain's temper? His focus on an irrelevant acquaintance of Obama's decades ago? His age? His inability to think quickly on his feet? His ineloquent speech? His confusion about basic foreign policy facts (i.e., Sunni vs Shiite)? Palin's lack of political intelligence? Palin's inability to articulate a cohesive answer to any question? I'd love if it someone could answer just what is it about these facets of McCain's campaign that make his politics sound like a good idea. What's the draw?

Jane Toms   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Does the Panel think other issues are not important? Dont they know another attack on this nation would cripple us? We cannot put all our eggs on one basket only. Susan is completely blind.

Brian   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Sarah calls "Wealth distribution" socialism, but this is EXACTLY what she did to raise taxes on the oil companies to provide big fat checks for all of the citizens of Alaska – not a bad idea, but, don't do the "holier than thou" when you have done exactly the same thing – actually far more directly.

Additionally, all the people that she is saying will be hurt by this are actually the people that will be helped most by Obama's tax policies. I am assuming that Joe the Plumber, Tito the builder and Sally the waitress don't make over 250K.

Finally, socialism is defined as government ownership of business, production, and distribution rather than tiered tax rates based on earnings.

Alice in NC   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Please ask the Obama supporter to explain why she has chosen him. What does she see in him as a person, his competencies? What does she like in his policy plans?

I hope you give her equal time compared to the McCain side.

Rufus in 29 Palms, CA   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Dear Larry, Wow, Eisenhour's niece endorsed Obama. I'm supposed to care because?

Rob   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Bay Buchanan says that those who see the flag at Palin rallies get "chills down their spines." What gives me "chills" is seeing the fanatics at Palin rallies who suggest that we should "kill" Obama. THAT is what we should be concerned about in this country. Perhaps soneone should question Buchana about that.


alex   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

The Obama campaign has been hammering McCain-Palin ticket on important issues. It seems as though many undecided voters do not even know what the McCain-Palin ticket stands for. through all of the wrangling and debating I still have no clue as to what the McCain-Palin ticket offers different than what we have seen over the past 8 years from the bush administration.

For over a month we have seen a campaign of desperation from McCain, one that seeks to falsely paint Barack Obama as something to be completely scared of. Many americans I speak to are turned off by the message of this campaign that John McCain is the only one that can save our country, and anything liberal or democratic is evil.

He has largely cowered to his base. what used to be an empowered moderate republican maverick has been toppled by his parties conservative establishment. he is not only alienating democrats but independant and undecided voters as well.

People would rather hear issues that matter and affect them. Barack clearly has a huge fundraising advantage, grassroots backing, and able to hone and tailor his uniform message of change and bipartisanship in a big way.

With more and more well known republicans jumping on to support Obama each day, it will be harder and harder for McCain to chip away at Obama's real message of bipartisanship and dramatic change in America.

The peices of the puzzle are starting to fit together, and should these conditions remain over the next two weeks we will see massive democratic senate, and congress gains as well as our first black democratic president.

There is no amount of negative campaigning John McCain can muster, or advertising dollars that wont be outspent or outdone by Obama. It is time to accept change and accept that he lives up to his change and bipartisan message.

I am ready for change!

Jack   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Question for David Frum:

You blame the current financial crisis on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. What role did republican deregulation of the financial system for the last 8 years have in the crisis? What about AIG? Bear Stearns? Lehman Brothers?

TODD ALEXANDER COONROD   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET


Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

@ Jane Toms

Biden was citing HISTORY, CNN just reported on this from the PENTAGON today in the SIT ROOM,

You are listening to Sara Palins paraphrase, not EXACTLY what Biden SAID!

Sheldon Cooper   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

In the last debate Sen. McCain stated that he was "proud" of the supporters that attended his rally. How can one be proud of the supporters that has keep stiring the negative arguments of Sen. Obama instead of keeping to the policies that "we" the aqmerican people want to hear about?

mark   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I am an Independent currently leaning towards Obama. Two things about McCain that I can't figure out is why he feels his message is of change when he has been in the Senate for 26 years. Most of my friends feel he is old establishment. The second is the cost of the War in Iraq. Eventually, don't we have to pay for that? If not taxes, then how? And couldn't we use some of that money to solved some of our domestic woes? FYI I am a 45 year old male, mid to upper class who resides in Detroit. Most of my leanings would be Republican except with regards to moral issues which I feel the Democrats show more concern and depth.

Don Williams   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I am so tired of McCain/Palin saying that Obama wishes to raise taxes. What do they not understand about "no increase on taxes for those making less than 250,000 dollars a year"? Obama is clearly showing how is in touch with the middle class and trying to bring relief to those that need it the most.....not the large corporate companies....

aaron in NH   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Why doesn't anyone call McCain on "code" speak. The "share the wealth" comment gets re-cast as wealth redistribution.

What Obama was talking about is REDUCING the burden on the middle class – LOWER TAXES; so that they can participate in the good times when we are creating wealth, rather than waiting for the "trickle down" of wealth that has never actually happened.

Instead the Republicans use fear mongering to plane a subliminal code message that "if you elect a black man, he will redistribute YOUR wealth to his "friends"" ie- welfare. These are dangerous sentiments and perhaps all that the Republicans have left. But this kind of talk leads to the kind of race hatred that motivates idiots to attack people who are trying to register voters.

rick brenner   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

What does Rush Limbaughs statement about General Powell say about the right wing of the Republican party

Dominick of West Chester   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Why aren't the republicans saying:
1-Which party decided to start taxing senior citizens social security annuities?

2- Which party decided to start giving annuity payments ot immigrants?

Louise   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Could you just ask Bay if perhaps she's the one who doesn't get the character question? Don't the polls show the character tactic just isn't playing? She's arguing from the Rove playbook and it just isn't working.

Jim Cates   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

It seems to me that John McCain had no chance from the start. He is campaigning against the democrats and the republicans.

Josh   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

What about everytime you hear mccain talk about taxes, all he says is " hes gonna raise your taxes" Who is he talkin to.. thats all i have thought the whole time. hes not talkin to me.. im only 26 and i still havent made 250,000 in my life., let alone a year..he never talks about US (the Middle Class).

Bobbie Haynes   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I think Sarah Palin is making herself look ignorant by taking what Joe Biden said and twisting it around. He said when Obama becomes President he will be challenged just like young John Kennedy was by a crisis. She makes it sound as if he said IF IT'S OBAMA WHO IS CHOSEN AS PRESIDENT. Is she really that stupid ? No wonder SNL is having a great time imitating her.

Paul Reinwald   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

You showed a clip of Palin saying "Joe the plumber speaks for many Americans." I, myself resent this assumption!

Cam   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

What makes Bay tick? She seems like the cheerleader with the pom poms that has no clue what is really happening in the game.

Randy Frails   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

How does McCain and Palin get away with this joe the plummer issue. I am a small business owner with six employees and gross about $550, 000 a year.
After payroll, and overhead expenses, I net about $110,000.00 I would not pay more taxes under Obama's plan, so how would Joe the Plummer pay more taxes? What is so socialistic about that?.

Bruce   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

It's funny to hear Bay Buchanan talk about Obama sitting in the pews of Jeremiah Wright, why doesn't she talk about Sarah Palin sitting in on meetings with the Alaskan Independence Party?? You can't tell me those people don't trash America

Gary Bartanus   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

As a Canadian who has felt nothing but disdain and scorn for the GOP since the fake impeachment of Bubba, I must say that Susan Eisenhower and David Frum are doing their part to earn back some of my respect. Bay Buchanan–like McCain, Palin, and all the rest of the extreme right–is a relic from the recent past who need to change their thinking or run the risk of being wiped off the face of the political map.

Ron French   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I am tired of the Republicans dwelling on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae like they are the only culprits of this economic crisis. Do they think for a minute that all the institutions on Wall Street have no blame? Why do you not challenge them on the credit default swap excesses that will be the second wave of the economic crisis?

Peter Cruise   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I support Richard's comment. Bay Buchanan make's as much sense as Palin.... none...

Jeanne   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Dear Larry,
The gerntleman on your panel stated that in 2005, McCain voiced concerns about Fannie and Freddie. At the time, the senate, house and the White House were controlled by the Republicans, so why didn't McCain get something accomplished!!!!!!!!!
Thank you

George from Virginia   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I currently don't make $250,000, but aspire to do so. Shouldn't the message in this campaign be work harder and stop looking for government to give hand-outs? Is the American dream getting lost in the shuffle?

Barry Keiffer   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Why doesn't someone tell Sarah what her job description is on the position she is running for. This is getting embarrassing!

Carolyn   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Thank heavens for the CNN fact checker but here is a thought for all those poor American voters. The campaigns should be forced to put their advertisements and their speeches into a fact checker BEFORE they are allowed on the air, BEFOREThis would save hundreds of millions of dollars and tons of confusion. As it is now, who knows what to believe?

Dee Olson   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

While I am a supporter of Barack Obama, I pride myself in being open minded for either side...but what I have seen and heard from Sarah Palin frankly scares me, just the lack of knowledge she displays has helped me make my decision of who to vote for. We really do need to think about the fact that who we vote for as VP is a vote for who could serve as our President at any time.

DivaCoach   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry, Something does not quite add up. If the percentage of homes in foreclosure in America amounts to 2% of all homeowners, how can it be that this small percentage is singlehandedly responsible for the global meltdown of late? I think the Republicans are hiding something and are diverting all attention to slandering Barack so that we will not 'think' more deeply about the real domestic financial terrorists in this country, the Bush McCain administration of the past 8 years.

Ian Shipps   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

When Republicans are stuck on the question of, "Who really is Barack Obama" it seems as if they haven't been paying attention.

They've had 20+ months to figure out who he is. If they're really concerned about who Barack Obama is, I'm sure they'll learn a whole a lot about him

Jim   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I have been a registered Republican for the last 30 years, like my father and his father and the bitterness of this campaign has made me change to my affiliation to independent and will vote for Obama and so will my dad. If Rush Limbaugh speaks for the Republican party, WOW.

hensonb   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Hi Larry:

The question was asked of Sarah Palin, if she was considering running for president in 2012?

Puh-leeez!!! President of what ? - the PTA!

In her own words - 'thanks, but no thanks!

Cheryl L Dickason, M.D.   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

So Obama is a “socialist” now. I guess the Colin Powell’s distain for slapping Obama with the label of “Muslim” has caused such a big backlash they needed to find another “bomb” to tie around his neck. The greatest “Liberal” didn’t work either. So now he is a dreaded “socialist.” Call Karl Marx!
I am glad that trying to use “Muslim”, as if it was something derogatory to be Muslim, has finally come home to roost! “The correct answer is ‘what’s wrong with being a Muslim?’” I really like Col. Powell, perhaps he should have run for President and McCain should have stuck to his guns as stayed away from the backwards-ass racist tactics.
As for socialist or socialism, the Republicans can’t talk! Who just instigated the biggest takeover of our banking system by the government and is turning our financial organizations into federal government lackies who use our tax dollars for their screw-ups? That’s right folks, it is this REBUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION!
The next time I hear someone call Obama a socialist I’ll just say “Welcome to the U.S.S.A—the “United Socialist States of America” –all bought to you while under the watchful eye of the Grand Old Party!

Charles the College Student   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Why is this idea and definition of Socialism Mccain and Palin use bad? They say taking from the rich and giving to the poor is wrong but the United States does it on a global scale all the time to help other nations. (Iraq is a perfect example) Maybe Mccain is really the one who promotes socialism.} So why can’t we do it to help ourselves. It’s okay to ask our soldiers to put their lives on the line to protect us but not our wallets to help one another. What kind of nation are we?

Gary Whitaker   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET


I am a republican who will be voting for Obama. The main reason is the despicable nature of the Republican party. From the "Hussein" reference, to talking about his religion, "terrorist" ties, Rev. Wright, etc. It reminds me of tabloid journalism and Obama isn't Britney Spears. He is a respected well educated man that does not deserve to be treated this way. I think America is just sick of the name calling.

Houston, TX

BobT   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

And I have a question for Obama supporters. He is going to let the Bush tax cuts lapse which means me and my wife get a tax increase. Will his magic plan give me more back than bush did? Or is this just double talk?

Donna McDonald   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry – Is this entire election process really getting us anywhere? Our country is in shambles, folks losing jobs on a daily basis, health care soring and has sored for the past 8 years. We need a change. We need Obama. By the way....neither campaign has been totally fair, but at least Obama is man enough to admit it and not try to hide behind it like McCain. Vote Obama – save the US a lot of grief.

M. Greyhound   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry, will you all please explain to the Republican idiots the following? No one who has been tortured in a small cage for five years should have his finger on "the button"!

• The emergence of Joe has allowed the state of Ohio to locate the man it says owes $1,182 in back taxes, leading sharp-tongued liberal commentators to say he was not so much concerned about rising taxes as paying taxes at all. (A state spokeswoman said Wurzelbacher may not have known about the lien.)

• According to public records, a hospital filed a now-settled 2007 lien against Wurzelbacher for $1,261.

• The plumber's union and the city of Toledo are on Wurzelbacher's tail after he acknowledged that he did not have a plumber's license.

"Joe the plumber really isn't a plumber," said Thomas Joseph, business manager of UA Local 50 of the Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics Union, whose national membership has endorsed Obama. (Joseph said Wurzelbacher applied for an apprentice program in 2003 but never completed the work.)

Wurzelbacher said he did not need a plumber's license to do residential work with Newell Heating & Plumbing, but David Golis, a Toledo building-inspections official, disputed that. "We were just discussing that we will send a letter to the owner of Newell reminding him" of the city's requirement that all who do plumbing work be licensed or in apprentice or journeyman programs, Golis said.

Linda Conlee   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Sarah Palin, representing the McCain/Palin campaign, is using fear tactics just like George Bush has done in the past. She uses buzz words/phrases like 'pals around with terrorists', 'Obama's economic plans sound like socialism to me' and others to feed off of fears that some Americans have.

Dawn   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Sarah Palin is dangerously ignorant and John McCain is dangerously erratic and irresponsible for allowing these accusations to be a part of the campaign. They are inciting fear and without concern for Obama and his family or for the American people!

carol kesling   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

hi larry, please BAY lay of the mcsame koolaid, PLEASE SOME ONE SPIKE IT AT LEAST !!!!!!!sarah is a big cry baby, she slams obama every chance she gets and then when someone calls her on it she crys foul , enough !!!!!!!!!! TELL BAY TO LOOK AT THE RALLYS AT ST.LOUIS, AND KANSAS, NOW THOSE ARE RALLYS... and tell bay they never get to even ask sarah ANY QUESTIONS .... SO ENOUGH ABOUT OBAMA BAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! GO HOME YOU ARE BAD FOR THE LARRY KING SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Is anyone going to comment on the fact Obama's tax plan will be the same as the Clitons admisistraton? He even said so while answer Joe the plumbers question to him Clinon only saved money through smoing mirrors and slide of hand, why was the miitary in such poor shape after his 8 yrs at the helm? What America needs is Jobs, nt tax cuts. I've done taxes and peole make money on taxs, some more than they have paid in, how could that be? We don't need tax cut we need jobs!

steve   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

laryy, why does the middle class have to continuosly make less and pay more in taxes than the rich?

gil anderson   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

If John presides like he flies, he'll need three more countries to crash.

wendell neufeld   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

we have had a socialist gov here in saskatchewan canada most of the last 50 yrs . we just voted them out last year finally. our province has been run by the unions and we have had this tax the middle claas to give to the have nots. the problem is too soon the have nots have to reason to go to work but just draw welfare . also our socialist province has lagged way behind the rest of canada because of this philosophy. obama seems to be taking the exact route that we have finally voted out because it does not work . be careful America in who you vote for. Wendel N

James C.   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET


Obama promised to take public finance.... and he didnt.... why does no one call that ticket on their lies!!!!

If Obama wins, the media elite like yourself handed him the election!

Lawrence LeBlanc   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

for the last 8 years, the Republican's strength was their understanding and connection with rural Americans. What does your panel think about this today?

Tony   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

1. When McCain announced Sarah Palin as his choice as vice presidential running mate, the choice seemed desperate and not well-thought out.

2. Palin is destructive and irrational. It seems like she'll say absolutely anything. Her irrational behavior reminds me of past eras when false accusations were made publicly that destroyed the lives of others–namely, McCarthy.

3. McCain should muzzle Palin–calling Obama a socialist actually shows how uninformed Palin is. She doesn't seem to have any intelligent understanding of history, economics or politics.

dave lugli   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

david frum dodged the question concerning bidens "test of obama" comment he also said name calling was passe-this from the guy who coined the phrase AXIS OF EVIL.

The question for frum is what do you think of the character and strenghth of barack obama.

Emma   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

If Joe the plumber still hasn't bought the business nor does he have a plumbing license and makes no where near $250k.. and even owes back taxes.. Doesn't that make him a made up character? There are actual plumbers who own their own business who don't make over 100k a year.. One living in California who owns the business name "Joe the plumber" and works at a retail store on the side to make ends meet? Doesn't that prove Obama's point??

Frank Lipsky   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry : A graduated income tax is wealth redistribution by definition
Is that socialism or fairness?
?A real " joe the plumber" works for the rich greedy SOB"S
Bring on Barack
Test Republicans :ask them if they will support a ten per cent increase on anyone making over one million dollar annual income

Juanita   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Could you ask Bay why other countries prefer Obama over McCain?

LARRY V   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET


Craig Wendorf   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

As an independent voter living in Indiana, I think the Republicans are their own worst enemies. They can't possibly expect to convince people to join their side by making these outlandish exagerations and deceptions.

Joycelyn Bennett Oja   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

What I don't understand Larry is how Sarah Palin gets a free pass on her comments regarding having Alaska being seperate from the rest of the United States. Has anyone been paying attention? She doesn't want to be a part of America and that is profound

Lee Chikafsky   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET


Why have the Republican encited personality attacks? This is not how the Republican canidates like, Ike, George the first Gerald Ford their canidacy's were based on issues.

Debra Gartner   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Please! I am so tired of hearing, "she's [Palin] just like us." If I wanted someone just like me, I'd be running for President.

Mark C   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

why...why.... do we still hear about evrything but the issues from McCain?? I along with many people are sooo tired of the B.S!! We need new blood, new ideas, new direction...McCain seems to want to do business the same old way! This is the 21 century..McCain is "old School" he part of the problem in Washington...he's been there too long, too many back room deals over the years! We so desperatly need new 21 century thinking.

Larry   October 21st, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I am 61 years old and have voted in every election since I was 18. I've paid taxes since age 16 and a registered Republican. I was born in Boston. Am I not a real American because I don't speak with a southern accent? I believe Republicans should talk about issues and not personalities, and not seek to divide the country by section. John McCain is not so pristine to foment lies and innuendo against Barack Obama.

Kurt Nelson   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Joe the Plummer just received $1800 from supporters (I'm guessing from republicans) to help him out of debt. That means people with more money gave to someone with less money. Isn't that "spreading the wealth?" Isn't this just a smaller version of what Obama wants to do with all of America? What is so wrong with that concept? Republicans call that socialism. Is it?

CAROLYN   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

gen powell tried to spell it out for all voters, that for our economy to return to a positive taxes must be raised. we the people need to pay down our nations debt. taxes from joe the plumber or me carolyn the bus operator im for sen obama what ever it takes to get us the usa back on track.

Bert   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET


Has CNN has afforded the McCain / Palin ticket more face time tonight in an attempt to affect the polls?

frank   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

by using gov. Palin as an attack dog, is the McCain campaign doing irreversible damage to any chance of her having a political future on a national level?

Windy Godley   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I'm voting for barack obama because he's the most qualified candidate by far, regardless of race. To date John Mcain hasn't given specific answers regarding his plan for America. I watched the last two presidential debates as well as the vp debate. He and Palin have played an excellent game of dodge ball. Whether I agree with Obama or not, he's given me more insight regarding his plans than Mcain. Mcain is full of soundbytes and slanderous comments. Barack is a true grass roots politician while Mcain is a military man trying to be a politician. During the primary the buzz was that Barack is not qualified to fill the office, but how is Palin qualified.

S. Rush   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Sara Palin is currently "complaining" that Joe Biden demeaned Barak Obama in his speech. What is so demeaning about being compared to John Kennedy? Has anyone compared her to any public official of any significance? We could get a better picture of her if she would actually answer a question thoroughly and actually be able to elaborate on a thought. She consistently shows a lack of ability to dialogue off the cuff. She's scripted. We can't get a clear picture of who she is, because we're not hearing her words. She is always being caught ina compromising position. She's caught on camera speaking her mind, then having to go back and clean it up. Who really would have been a better Republican, female candidate? I know there's someone else McCain could have gone to. Why her?

Aggie   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry, today on Wolf Blitzer Jack Cafferty had a report from the Pentagon that stated that they were and have been working on plans regarding them knowing that whenever a new president is elected to office within the first year there is always a major disastrous world event that happens.

The report stated how many months each different president had been in office that a major event that Biden mentioned happened...Biden was right...the different events with each president was mentioned from Ford to Clinton to Bush etc. Did you or your guests see this report?

Danny   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Up in New Jersey, the obama campaign now has a robot voice that calls you and says... "hi i'm BOB the PLUMBER..." i think you're getting my drift. obviously JOE the plumber showed REAL weakness in the obama economic plan, and he is frantic to get the socialist label off his back. could it be because this fear and socialist name is true to fact?

mr. independent   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

above all else i am proud to be an american, i was leaning towards mc cain but i have been convinced by palin to vote for obama, simply because truth and honesty does not trancend from the gestures or words that she exihibits.

Kevin, Fayetteville   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Oh, and by-the-by... could someone PLEASE tell Bay to stop using the word "remarkable"? I've stricken it from my vocabulary.

Justin Ramirez   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

If you believe Barrack Obama is a Socialist and will bring about Socialism, then you must believe we are already in a Socialistic society. Government has their hand in cable, healthcare, and bailing out our financial companies. If you feel otherwise, as I do, these comments are just outright nonsense!!

Elizabeth   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Obama often has remarked that the McCain campaign is trying to
'HOODWINK' you. Exactly what does that word mean and if it means
lead you astray, then why did he not adhere to his promise to use
the federal funds allotted for the campaign. Did he not "HOODWINK"
John McCain into a lie? The exhorbant amount of monies that Obama
is pouring into the TV media to last minute overpower this election
is not at all favorable to him as a man, who is supposed to be taking
us to a better America. Buying the media? Or is the media giving
it to him?

Dr. Leslie Ann Nichols   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Just weighing in on your panel. Is there a way to get some new voices, I am so tired of this Bay woman who keeps singing the praises of Palin even interpreting her remarks in ways that Palin probably never intended. Let's get some new faces, please! Thanks.

Tammy   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I was extremely frustrated by the lack of follow up questions in the Sarah Palin/Drew Griffin interview. She contradicted herself several times, she dismissed the Troopergate ruling and he just let it go. Why are the candidates in general getting such a pass in one on one interviews?

Thank you.
Tammy S.
Toronto, ON

kathy brockmeier   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry-will you please not have Bay Buchanan on every night? She is soooo annoying and always says the same thing night after night. She is very negative and makes me want to turn the channel when I see her on. Come on Larry, love your show, not crazy about your one guest-night after night.......

Voka   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

David is absolutely correct. The republican party needs to focus on keep republicans in the senate and the house.
McCain and Palin are going to take down the republican party .

Darras   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry, great show.

Why would we not see the Palin hour on Larry King before Nov. 4? The make up with Letterman is fine, but what about what we all need to see/hear? I don't want to hear about the Joe the Plumber talk again, but it's not true so why talk about it.

My real question is about the divide of religion, politics and even government (socialism versus capitalism). Palin is being fed words bottom line so we need her stand on issues unfiltered asap. Why does the GOP ticket have such a hateful campaign? Muslim Americans may also be either Republican or Democrat, with others even Independent. Talk about the veterans and patriotism? They also need healthcare and tax breaks since many are on fixed incomes well under $250k. The "followers" of this side are, at times scary and only hurting other (quiet) supporters of McCain. To this day I am still waiting to see "extremists" at the Obama camp throwing hateful words around about McCain. I will stop waiting as I know this will not happen.

We all have the RED WHITE AND BLUE we honor, and McCain has just not done better than Obama, so he should go out with at least a fight on what HE will do and not add on the mud pies.

Shirley in VA   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

John McCain lost this election when he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate and assumed that American voters would buy his team of "mavericks." Since she was selected she has done nothing to improve her image, traveling around the country shouting one ludicrous accusation after another. Her current theme that a revision of tax policy, which is sorely needed, is socialism is a ridiculous statement. Does anyone imagine that she could even define socialism?And this followed by her attempt to make an issue of Joe Biden's statement about Obama being tested – of course he will be, again and again. Every time she opens her mouth it's a reflection on John McCain's judgement and he set himself up for the drudging.

joie seligsohn   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I used to respect senator McCain, but his choice of VP, and his inability to run a respectable campaign has ruined his image. Our country needs unity, not empty words.

ann frey (fry)   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Thanks for having Susan Eisenhower on your show. She is just terrific. If her ideas were represented in the GOP, I would still be a republican. I am 60 years old and as a little kid my Dad had me out campaigning for her Grandfather. I still have an" I like Ike" button. I have been a Democrat for over thirty years. The Republicans lost me when they started caring more about money than people.

Susan is right there is nothing wrong with Barack's character. He is a wonderful man. I think he will be a terrific President.

born-again-american   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Thank you Larry for reading my comment,

Being a independent voter, I have watched both candidate talking, debating their points and character of how they view the responsibility of leading our country, I have come to a conclusion that what I have seen with both candidates are two very extreme views that are divided to the shades of positive and negative!!!!
on one side;
seeing people in crowds rallying, screaming, chanting terrorist, kill him,
Dividing us into labels as socialist, communist, telling us that were we live either in a pro or anti American towns, cities or states.
judging us making us believe one person is better and more responsible than another!
Questioning us of who is a real American!!!

Those rallies I seen on TV resembled the look of a kkk and Nazis of
Germany rallies shown in historic videos,
A evil time in our history.
adding that with black propaganda in robo-calls, and misleading character attacks, was similar tactics that those kind of organizations used!

The other side shown to me;
the inclusion of all people, ideas and searching for solutions.
they talk about us working together as one country,
not labeling us or dividing us into labels but telling us we our all Americans we our all people no mater how rich, poor, color, race or age!
and if we want to make this country a better a stronger place we ourselves must help each and one another to make this our country!

I have made my decision that I will support the running candidate that includes instead of excludes labeling us into stereotypes,
That inspires hope and unity instead of fear and hate .
that shows us what could be our future instead of a discriminatory past!

I did not expect this election to change me as it did,
changing my views on how I view this country and this world,
Inspiring me to become involved helping my community,
Wanting me to help and try to make a difference while trying to become a better person.

This is the embodiments of how a campaign should be run and how a president should lead!
This is why I will vote for Barack Obama
and not John McCain!
a born again American!

Jessica   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Hi Larry!.. I want to congratulate you for your show!
I want a republican to tell me how I can trust McCain after the Keating 5 scandal. What is the experience McCain has, that one?
Explain to me, how does breaking the law and doing something so illegal prepare somebody for the presidency?
Thank you,

JUDE FROM CT   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

The Republican party should be careful not to divide the country. They have already lost this election, and I think their focus should be about the future of their party and the unity of the country.


Carl   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry, I would love to hear someone talk about whether "Joe the Plumber" needs to be concerned. If he is making the $250,000 plus that will trigger higher taxes for him, isn't he a plumber whose "faclities" are truly flush? –Carl in Knoxville TN

Don   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

At the root of Socialism is the concept of egalitarianism. What is the panel's thoughts about how egalitarian Obama is? Shouldn't the voters and the media focus on the egalitarian attitudes of Obama and have a real discussion about Obama's true philosophy for our economy?

bill   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

larry, get rid of bay buchanan and i'll kiss your butt on both main street and wall street

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

How come they don't interview Biden about what he said, now he disappeared or is the media just making it out to believe he is hiding, the media has to much control over what is said and what is not said, its not fair to the American people.

mike long   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Any new president is liable to be tested. The question is, who do we want at the wheel: a steady, reassuring presence like Obama or someone with serious anger management issues like McCain?

Harshal   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Obama is being labelled as a socialist due to his tax plan. However by that definition any society which collects taxes from people is socialist. Sen.McCain mentioned that under Obama plan, people who do not pay taxes will get cheques from the government however even Gov. Palin renenegotiated oil contracts in Alaska and sent cheques to people. What really is the definition of socialism?

Melissa   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I want a president who has served in a war and knows what it is like for our boys in Iraq. John McCain is an american hero and I believe would protect our country. How we all forget that Bill Clinton could have had BinLaden, but no we blame it on Bush. McCain is not Bush and he has the experience and Obama does not. Also has Obama showed us his birth certificate yet? I want to know where he was born.

Lawrence LeBlanc   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Who does your panel feel will make a better First Lady and why?

Michael Kavinson   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET


If john McCain is not George Bush, why didn’t he run against Bush four years ago?

NJVote08   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Bay, please stop beating a dead horse. You are all about dirty politics, why not listen to Susan Eisenhower? She made a great point tonight. Give it up and go home.

Mark B   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I am a new voter (recent citizen) and was frankly hoping that John McCain would win me over. His ready, fire, aim approach on a number of issues, especially the nomination of Sarah Palin, turned me over to Mr Obama. This country needs clarity of thinking: Mr McCain in his interview for a job with me, did not pass muster.

Georgia   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Why do Sarah Palin and John McCain misquote what Joe Biden said?
He was saying that the next president (no matter who) will be tested by other countries, and since Obama will be that next president, then he will be tested. If by some chance McCain is the next president, he will be tested. Why do they misquote everything, even Joe the Plummer? Do they not know that the American people know the truth.

Joel Friedman   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I will take my definition of socialism over Joe's or Sarah's, both of whom apparently do not understand that the government's current investment in the financial and banking industries, a policy promoted by the Republican administration, is closer than Obama's tax policy to socialism. The problem with the debate seems to me that socialism, supposedly a step to communism, did not necessarily provide an option for private financial markets and referred principally to ownership of the means of proiduction/productivity – there is no production nor productivity in capitalit activities, so no socialism.

Julie   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

How about you ask Bay what she thinks of the AIP and the fact that Palin sleeps with a Dude who belonged to a group that thinks Alaska should leave the United States.

Nancy   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I am a resident of NYC and feel particular outrage at the suggestion that I might not feel "chills" when I hear, or sing along to our National Anthem. It shows Sarah Palin's small mindedness to suggest that US citizens residing in urban areas are less patriotic.

vdcmm   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I am a registered democrat, who has already voted (Obama-Biden). I must add my voice to the chorous. I have lost a lot of respect for John McCain for the type of campaign that he is conducting.

Jessica   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I didn't realize that I was less patriotic than someone who will vote for McCain.

I'm deeply offended by your guest comments. Should we not ask our selves if our country is going in the right direction. Yeah, the pastor had a lot more passion then other people but we should speak about the problems of our country.

I'm not angry with the republicans and that's not why I will vote for Obama. I'm a long time republican but I believe that McCain is what was and Obama is what we could become. I believe this country needs to come into the 21st centry and McCain doesn't understand enough about my generation to do that. Obama is my generation and he understands the new challenges that we see.

Ian Shipps   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

When Republicans are stuck on the question of, “Who is Barack Obama” it seems as if they haven’t been paying attention.

They’ve had 20+ months to figure out who he is. If they’re really concerned about who Barack Obama is, I’m sure they’ll learn a whole a lot about him if they go to his campaign website.

Dave Montebello   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I wish the candidates would stick to the issues. The silly name calling and characterizations of one candidate or another would stop. I think the republican candidates have by enlarge been much more negative. I fail to see the logic in their argument that tax changes for "joe the plumber" is socialism and bailing out banks is not.

I also don't see the logic in continuing the tax policies that have amassed the largest debt in the contries history. All I have heard lately is that we need to spend more; the republicans are saying the same thing except their not willing to step up and pay for it.

Natasha from WV   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Not only is Bay Buchanan blinded by her views there are many others out there who do not see that the Palin pick was the wrong choice. The GOP picked on Obama for not having experience and then McCain chooses a women who doesn't even know what she will be doing if she becomes VP.

Brian   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Why would you even put Bay H on TV? Is this paid time? It is like watching a commercial or maybe just a person with a very low IQ

Melissa Croad   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Why isn't anyone talking about McCain's post-traumatic stress syndrome? As far as we know, he was NEVER been treated for it after 5 1/2 years as a POW! His PTSD could explain his reputation for his temper, his anger, and his outbursts, and as of late, his perceived "erratic" behavior. The country reviews the medical records of all the candidates, EXCEPT, one of the the MOST important aspect, especially in McCain's case, mental health? I think we are overlooking a potentially very serious condition!

Melissa Croad, RN, BSN, SRNA

Michelle Davis   October 21st, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry I have always voted but I never watched and followed the debates or the politicians. I'm glued to CNN lately and am shocked at the way things are done. As for as I can hear Obama is the only one talking about how to fix things. All I hear from the Republican ticket is negativity. They can't wait to pounce on anything negative.... to me they don't care about the people only about lying to win. Makes them in my opinion SHADY.........

christina wettstein   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I want to know why Democrats do not bring up the fact about Palin's husband being a sessionist, which is fact is a group of domestic terrorsim..

who wants a VP whose spouse thinks their state should break from the union and become its own country?

I sure do not...

DENNIS   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Sarah Palin when asked is Obama is a socialist... she couldn't say yes or no but said Joe the Plumber knows....and speaks for many Americans!!! I don't know who gave Joe the Plumber that authority...and honestly he has no qualifications to represent anyone but himself.

Mike Santos   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

If we are going to throw out labels like socialism why don't we describe Gov Palin by her comments as a fascist. She is trying to bring back the Republican party of senator McCarthy with help from the congresswoman from Minnesota

gayle   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

John McCain has repeatedly stated at his rallies that Barack Obama will raise taxes. Isn't John McCain being hyptocritcal in this regard because he is planning to tax an employees health care benefits. That to me is an instant tax increase considering that the value of my health care benefits are $9500.00 per year. John McMain states that we would get a $5000.00 tax credit I will be still be paying taxes on the additional $4500.00 per year.

john sullivan   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

all these accusations and other charges against the democratic ticket,by McCain, are nothing more than scare tactics unlike thiose used by the current administration on WMD's.

Mark Church   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I'd like to ask David if he still thinks John McCain is the proponent he says he was in 2005 and how he had the insight to prevent the crisis after having voted in favor along with the rest of the 52 republicans and one democrat if the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which lead to the deregulation that McCain so strongly supports now?

It sickens me that they think our memories are so short that we don't remember where they were on the issues 10 years ago.

shannon   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

MOST of this country supports Obama, are Republicans saying that most of the country has it all wrong?

Joe the barber   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

The bailout was the most socialistic form of government that we have seen in a long time. With the way the administration of the last eight years have been going, the American people are ready for anything else. Keep in mind that McCain supported that administrations policies 9 out of 10 times. It's time for change, the American people won't settle for anything less.

Carolyn   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

When did it become out of fashion to be bright and professorial?
Why is it that the Republican Party continues to focus on "the average Joe" Do we not want the best and the brightest leading our country? I don't want someone just like me running the country, I want someone who was at the top of the class. I'm the average Jill and know I'm not qualified!

Bobby   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

By question is why every political pundit, like Buchanan and even the other Democratic supporters feel the need to not only "support" their candidate but practically campaign for them.

Does Bay Buchanan and everyone else understand that all of us will be fine regardless of who is elected president? I don't know if these pundits actually believe everything they say and agree with their party on all the issues or whether they have to say bold and outrageous remarks for ratings...probably the latter.

What will all these Republican/Democratic supporters say if Obama/McCain win?

Let's be realistic here. Political pundits, both campaigns and the media have to stop fueling and start addressing this idea that one candidate has all the answers and the other doesn't.

Kaushik Desai   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Mr. King:

Governer Palin is confused and seems to understand "Progressive Tax System" as "Communism". In other words, Obama is suggesting imposing realistic Progressive Tax System and Governer Palin is interpreting this as "Communist" action which is ridiculus.

Thank you.

RadianChalant   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Larry, why is John McCain and Sarah Palin trying to divide this country? Barack Obama is trying to bring this country together. The Republicans keep bring up Rev. Jeremiah Wright. You can bet that Rev. Wright did not bring up much other than speaking about God, Jesus and other bible-based sermons. Rev. Wright did not spew out racial slurs and anti-American during 20 years of church services that Obama attended. Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church sermons were broadcasted on television for everyone to see. I watched some of them and he never spoke about racism or American; he spoke of religious subjects. So there. Barack for president.

Patricia Adams   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Comments made by Palin are unparalleled and bewildering. She brings no substance to the forefront, only disparagement. She will go down in history as a political ear-head. Politics is really a dirty game. Shame on the highly intellect.

Mary   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

It is becoming very difficult to watch your program that I always enjoyed. The analysis of Palin's every word provides no redeeming value in making a decision on our next president. It really does not matter what all these people feel ... it matters what the candidates are proposing that seems impossible to learn from the news.

James   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Wow, David Frum is the first Republican supporting McCain that I've heard on TV who actually speaks like he knows what is going on. Four years from now the Republican party will look back and wish they had listened to David.

Rich L   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET


Mr. Obama voted for every wall street deregulation policy that came to him, Mr. McCain cautioned us and tried to get the Senate to hear his concerns.

Mr. Obama is a naive 47 year old, he is not ready to lead this country. John Kenedy was my president, Mr. Obama is not even close to the maturity level of Mr. Kenedy.

You dont raise taxes, in a depression.......... yes get used to the idea, if we put Mr. Obama at the helm of this great nation, he will steer us to the most liberal socialistic policies in our history, he follow Europe, he will follow, he will follow, he will never lead.

Mr. Obama is a talker....he talks the talk, he has never walked the walk and voter that will look at his record can see.............

God Help the USA, if Mr. Obama is voted in............

Martin, GA   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

McCain's idea: Isn't buying ( bad)mortgages from Banks and therefore taking over as a lender of private homes not more then socialism? Basically the government is controlling the ownership! I don't like this idea. I think the government should guarantee loans between lenders.

Robert   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Larry – The Republican Party is splitting the country in two with the bs they are spreading and the personal attacks on Barack O'Bama – this country needs specific solutions to very difficult problems. All the Republicans are doing is inciting anger and borderline riotous behavior from their supporters. I hope that Barack wins by a landslide on November 4th – maybe then we can get past this and start focusing on what's really important.

bobby galebi   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

why doesn't anyone understand that this country is broke, i'd rather pay 40% taxes on a million dollars than 20% on 300.000, another words if everyone is making money so am i and vise versa. so lets stop with this socialism none sense and get this country back on track and all make money and live in peace and harmony rather than who's next on our hit list and what jo the plumber thinks is best for our country.

HYoung   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Why hasn't Phillip J. Berg, Democrat, ever been mentioned during the campaign? I think the American people should be aware of what he is trying to prove with Obama's birth certificate.

MIKE   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET


Jason Heard   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I am a Libertarian voting Democratic in this election. However this does not change my stance on the issues, but why is everyone attacking governor Palin. In the heat of her attacks CNN repeated her interviews over and over and had several segments every day about her credibility and her potential damage to the Republican Party. This is disturbing, and creates sympathy in my case. Will somebody please repeat over and over Joe Biden's political gaffes. Please.

george ca   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

How is making health care coverage a right, and giving tax refunds to people who don't pay tax (aside from fica – social security), not socialism?

Joe Dakota   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET


Have McCain and Palin finally split the Republican Party?


sasa e.   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

as a caveat, i must admit i am not bay buchanon's biggest fan. on the contrary, i think she often argues and defends the republican ticket just because it's the republican ticket, and not because what she's arguing for is logical. what i am angered by, however, is not her relentless support for mccain/palin, but by the ease of which she criticizes the democratic ticket and calls a potential obama presidency 'disastrous'. i believe this is the opposite extreme of patriotism (a value that the republican ticket stresses); what if obama WERE to win the presidency? why encourage a divided population by calling it 'disastrous'? is the point not to divide this country but to unite it to move forward successfully over the next four years?

marlon burlock   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Well Larry when i saw Barak Obama today i cried , i have not heard a man speak like this sense M L King.i had given up on america but now i think that there is hope.sarah is an outsider,a seperatist and a hater of american laws.she's a part of an organization that wants to ifiltrate america for there own personal gain.she has violated her position as govenor,and she should be prosecuted.john served his country but his own party does not represent him.he only took sarah because he could not raise money on his own,check out how hard it was to raise money before her. PLEASE ADDDRESS THIS LARRY!!!!!

Frank in NH   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Question for David Frum

I learned a lot of what I know about politics from David's late mother's show on CBC radio.

What would she make of the major part of Powell's critique that Obama has an intellectual heft that mcCain lacks?

Mike Wishnowski   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Also-Why does Ms. Palin insist on talking about terrorists when her own husband was a seperatist . These people believe it is okay to take lives. Did anyone notice the AIP logo-it says Alaska First. When did McCain change his slogan. Hmmm

Stephanie Ein   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

If the US ever finds itself sliding down the path of Socialism, it will find itself in the company of such proud nations as Great Britain, Canada, France and Spain. With so many US citizens losing their homes, jobs, pensions and health care, Americans could do a hellava lot worse than to join such company.

Joe Toronto   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

With all due respect to your panelists, do they sincerely believe Ms. Palin can be the US VP? I read a few weeks ago a good article on how much this woman hungers for power that she is willing to sacrifice her children, including a 17 year old getting pregnant with a punk, and in the process forcing her to marry the punk. If she really believes in God and parenthood, how come is she laying out the life of a 17 year child to marry and have a child that will perhaps diminish her ability to have a future...

Jose Nzau   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Larry Hi to you and to all,

I thing the the Republicains have to change the subject because the issue of Socialism will not change our minds and we are tired of your criticism and gossiping campaign against Barack Obama.

Believe me take MacCain and Bush have the same doctrin and nothing witl change.

Please, your subject is out of coverage in this remaing election race.

Tks please,

James C.   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Biden is a has been

Robert   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

The so called PROMINENT REPUBLICANS are nothing more than Blue Blood Republicans. If they want to sacrifice to country to keep their elitist status so be it. Take care Blue Bloods Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Rosevelt are not happy with your choice.

Mich   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Why the association of the Palin with separatist Alaska Independent Party never comes up?Talking about being unpatriotic how unpatriotic it is wanted separate Alaska From USA? Can we some clarification on this matter?

Jack Karako   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Bay Buchanan's explanation about how some parts of America is less patriotic is really insane. Instead of bringing the country together, Sarah Palin, and other McCain surrogates like Congresswoman Bachmann are hurtful, it unfairly depicts all urban dwellers as somehow unpatriotic. Are NYers who have elected Republican Mayors and suffered through 9-11 less patriotic?

Yonathan   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Hi Larry, why does McCain and his endorsers look always sad and talk agressively.

T-GREENE   October 21st, 2008 9:17 pm ET




Curley   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I am amazed by the comments from Bay Buchanan in that it is NOT the responsibility of the Republican Party to give support to the senators and representatives running for office. A political party has a responsibility to all levels of candidates by providing both funds and presence. If the GOP takes this attitude during elections then they will never keep control or regain control. She should be ashamed and GOP supporters should be appalled at her comments.

Joe Amato   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I wonder if Sarah Palin can intelligently answer the following question:

"Govenor Palin, what is the definition of socialism?"

Watch her turn to dust.

Max   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

McCain/Palin ticket continues to incite and stir up crowds at their rallies.This is very dangerous because it will certainly cause a serious split in America in the months ahead if Obama is elected as president.
I don't think that McCain and Palin are concerned about the damage that will come about.
As Biden said it divides the country

Lisa L   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Yes I agree with NJVote08 : Pleas get rid of Bay Buchanan don't really know who is worse her or Pat Buchanan, Palin is a looser and so are you.

Tena from Dallas   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Gov. Palin constantly talks about patriotism, but what about her husband, Todd, who belonged to a group that wanted Alaska to succeed from the United States. Why hasn't anyone questioned that?

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET


I am so sick of the "black voting for Obama" comments

History has shown that BLACKS ARE NOT REPUBLICANS. There are some, but they ALWAYS VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

Stop spreading lies and injecting race, this country has enough problems with race, without you or McCain/Palin adding to it.

Robin   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I am a 47 year old middle class white woman. I am voting for Barack Obama because I truly believe HE is going to be one of the best presidents this country has ever had, not because I don't like John McCain.

Robert   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Please ask your guests aren't social security, medicare, and public education are socialistic programs. And if they are, did not Palin benefit from Title IX of the ed code.
Don't we all pay taxes for the benefit of others.

Matthew Greene   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

The comment made about the pews in black churches is very disrespectful to Black Americans who have worked as slaves in this country and now work in our society and die in our wars. The pews are part of black history.

Evelyn, Saskatoon, Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

The Republican party is desperate – that is why there is still so much mud-slinging taking place. They just don't seem to get it – that this is a new generation, who believe that the Creator made ALL people, not just Caucasian "Christians" (aren't they supposed to love their neighbours as themselves?). The majority of the world wishes to put past prejudices aside and we look to Obama and his more open-minded view of the world. I am also sick and tired of hearing Palin say he will sit down "unconditionally" and speak with North Korea, etc. How many times does Obama need to clarify this? After Custer's defeat, the Indian women poked sticks into some of the dead soldiers ears. Why? So that in the next life maybe they could hear better in order to keep their word and promises. Maybe the same thing needs to be done to some Republicans once they leave this world.

BobT   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

With the selective comments like the Spine of Steel covered by every
news channel its no wonder he is ahead in the polls. Its a 24 by 7 news media.

Biden is a joke he cant even count

tiff of Lithia Springs   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Betty M. ,

If you go to numerous fact checks MCCain and Palin have been doing a lot more dancing that Obama. And since they are out of touch that makes them off rhythm.

James-Dallas, TX   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

The Republican ticket does not get it, Joe the non plumber should not be quoted he's not running for office they are, they need to stop using gadgets and talk to the people about what they can do for them and not why they shouldn't like personnaly like Barack Obama.

brian mullan   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Please ask Babe Buchanan to ID the percentage of American small business that make more than $250,000 per year and thus would be affected by Barack Obama's tax increase plan?

From everything I have read and heard it is only about 12-13% of ALL small businesses...

Heck, Joe the Plumber keeps being mentioned regarding the above... yet he doesn't even pay his taxes. What an example?

Everyone wants Schools, Highways, Hospitals, Police, Military.... but listening to the Republicans - no one should have to pay for it..? Well then... who does?

Isn't that how the USA as a Country has gotten so DEEPLY in debt???

Lynn   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry and guests,
I am from Lindsay Ontario Canada and I find your election very interesting , but somedays I find myself yelling at the television because I just don't understand how anyone could think that Sarah Palin is ready to run the country!!! Would someome please explain it to me!!!

Joe Buonassissi   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Ms. Eisenhower objected to Sarah Palin referring to socialism by just denying it had any merit without supporting contention–just flatly dismissing it out of hand. She said that she lived through the cold war and knows what socialism is. I lived through the cold war too and think the analogy is valid. So then, Ms. Eisenhower, please explain what socialism is and how it is any different than what Barack Obama is suggesting? How can "re-distributing the wealth" possibly be any different than socialism?

Shamim   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

All the analysts and other very well known people are explaining what "socialism" mean on CNN. Is Sarah Palin or John McCain not understanding the term? Can't their advisors suggest them not to make a huge deal out of some non-sense? It's about time to stop using that term and really talk about the economic crisis and how they can fix it. If Joe the plumber makes more than $250K, it shouldn't hurt him paying a little more taxes. How is it that John McCain and Sarah Palin not understanding that over 95% of the people will be getting a tax cut?

Mark Zagorski   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Larry – ask Ms. Eisenhower what does she really knows about socialism. She obviously does not know what she is talking about. I lived through it and experienced it first hand. This is exactly what Obama is planning to do to this country. I my opinion Obama is a communist, socialism is not enough to describe his terrible plan for this country.

The same people who bet on th estock market in the 90's, the same people who bet in the real estate market in the the early 2000's TODAY make another bet for the very fabric of the USA – Obama is a wrong bet. He will bring a taste of Europe to the USA at its best.

Thank you,


Yiri from NYC   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I would like to know why does Sarah Palin need to be Vice-President in order to do something about children with special needs? Has she done something for children with special needs when she was mayor or governor? And, regardless of title, because there are many people involved in bringing attention to the needs of children with special needs, what has she done?
Yiri from NYC

Helonh Hammonds   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

How many or what is the percentage of American that make over $250k a year that make Obama tax plan not work? The average middle class worker make $30 to $60 thousand a year. So what country is the GOP talking about? It is not America unless your death, dumb, and blind.

T   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Palin comment about does she think Obama is a socialist
Palin states that Joe the Plummer is speaking for americans. If he is speaking for americans then, he is speaking for Palin also. So she agrees with Joe the Plummer that Obama is a socialist.
Palin should answer the questions because when she try to work about the questions, she is really agreeing.

Republican in Jamaica   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I do not plan to vote for Obama. But, why couldn't we fielded more educated candidates? I keep getting knocked on their poor academic backgound which ties into their performance? The campaign has now lost substance and has begun sound very parochial and sniveling. I am not proud.

Is this true? I got a email with the following:

Educational background of candidates:

Occidental College – Two years.
Columbia University – B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

University of Delaware – B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)

United States Naval Academy – Class rank 894 of 899 (almost the bottom of his class)

Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in journalism

High School

Pat from Ohio   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry,
What more do your panelists need to know about Barack Obama that they have not dug up in the last 18 months? I would like to know more about Sarah Palin's association with AIP. She talks about patriotism! One has to question hers considering her and her husband's involvement with AIP!!

Kathy   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET


Ms. Buchannan keeps bringing up patriotism, Ayres, and Wright. Please ask her how patriotic is a seccessionist, and Senator and Mrs McCain's association with Keating and G. Gordon Liddy. I believe if your married to a successionist and go to the meetings, that is un American.

Michelle   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry, I voted early today, for Obama. I feel that the next 2 weeks are going to get so ugly from the McCain campaign because he's a desperate man and desperation breeds hateration, and will cause a mad rush of Obama voters to rush to the polls on the 4th. Palin has does little more than bring out the ugliest, most racist crowds at their rallies, it's sad to think that this is modern day America.

Because McCain has years of experience just polarizes the fact that he has been involved with everything wrong in Washington for a very long time.

It's time for a change, the change that will bring people together, repair some of the hurt in America so we can be a more all inclusive society as we're promised in our Constitution.

Everytime McCain/Palin says there's something wrong with spreading the wealth it makes me see how afraid they are of losing one of their 13 homes (McCain). If 95% of Americans will get a break then the other 5% can afford to help mend the country they claim to love so much.

Let's all come together for Obama. Vote early, it's such a relief!

JJ   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

larry...I'm thinking there might be a reverse "Bradley Effect"> What if some of those people shouting racial epithets at Palin/McCain rallys are really going to support Obama but are afraid for their familes if they let it be known to the racists who live in their neighorhoods?
I works both ways.

Lisa in SC   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

1. I agree with Marty. Please show the entire Biden comments, not just a clip !
2. Sara Palin is obviously simply programmed. She and JM both say exactly the same thing. Does she know anything "on her own accord." I am sooooo tired of hearing her repeat the same stump speech, word for word, and then hearing "Bay" and other republican strategists/supporters say how incredibly smart she is, singing praises to her. Had Obama chosen someone like Palin on his ticket, the republicans would be all over that, questioning his judgment. Neither Sara Palin nor John McCain can think standing on their feet. We deserve so much more than that.

dave in pa   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Palin and McCain want to talk about the redistribution of weath if Obama is in office and that this is socialism, but as stated many times over the past several days it is simply a change in tax policy to correct the lopsided distribution of wealth which has occurred over the past eight years. Now the lower class and middle class is footing the bill for the upper class financial mistakes. Isnt it fair that when the economy comes back around the lower and middle class get a something in return for it.

De   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Today we're hearing so much from the McCain campaign hinting that Barack Obama's tax plan is promoting socialism and "spreading the wealth. My question to you and any of your guests is, shouldn't McCain's proposal for the government to buy bad home loans essentially considered "spreading the wealth" by asking taxpayers to take on that economic burden?

For him to try to drive this statement home as if he is making a significant point is futile and petty because he contradicts himself once again.

Martonio   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET


Why didn't McCain pick a sure winner for the ticket Gov. Mitt Romney?

Bunny   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I'm a registered republican and wanted McCain to be president back in 2004. I believe McCain would be a good president. But after listening to the plans proposed by Obama, I am voting for Obama. I even like the spunk and fresh face of Sara Palin, but her negatisum campaing comments against Obama has convienced me even more that Obama is the better man for president.

DRZ   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

The attacks on all Parties should stop as I believe everyone is to blame for what has occurred in our ecomony. Where was the President and all in Washington while the downfall was occurring for many years? Why aren't they demanding that the CEO's return back at least 50% of their enormous bonuses? There is too much greed and it must stop!

Pape Pouye   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry

The republican party needs more more people like David, he's a republican but he understand that he's an american first.
We don't need to hate each other.

Northampton Massachusetts

Margaret Leicester   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

What is McCain's vi«oting records on veterans? Please reveal...Obama's too

Bill   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

The comments by Joe Biden on America being tested somehow, and in someway should not only be taking very seriously it should be investigated by the goverment to find out exactly what he meant. This comment is very scary to many Americans that I have had the opportunity to speak with. Especially in a post 911 world that we now live in.

kathleen   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

The other day my sixteen year old daughter made a comment that upset me. She said "it sucks to live in this century." I told her that the United States will get back on track and with Obama being elected as President he will understand the needs of the middle class and the less fortunate.

Francisco Balagtas   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

It is so heartwarming to hear about Republican party members who are now going to vote for Obama and expressing their desire to do so because they have had an "awakening". I just find Bay Buchanan very pathetic: I do not kow if she prides in herself being the laughing stock by truly supporting her candidates who the whole world knows (and even some of the brave republicans acknowledge) to be nothing more than another team/extension of the failed incumbent's policy! Poor bay Buchanan - I think you should shed yourself of your racist, very so long ago American traditions that you believe is still a welcome sight in the 21st century. Gov Palin is nothing more than a woman with hidden secrets and lies, or do we turn a blind eye on the Troopergate scandal and the Alaska Independe Party? How about the REAL domestic terrorist (abortion clinic bombing supporter/s) who funds the McCain/Palin campaign? Come on - if this is a choice between lesser evils, definitely THAT ONE is the lesser one!

Loyd Mack   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

If the Republicans are so worried about Obama knowing Write or Ayers, Why aren't they equally worried about McCain not accepting his Black relatives?

Jeremy Duncan   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Question for Bay: With the McCain-Palin ticket talking about patriotism and Joe Six Pack, I want to know why are the Joe Six Packers of the world the only population that is being targeted by this ticket? What about the hard worker rural African American Voters in this country. Why isn't this taken coming to our communities and trying to reach out to us for votes? Ultimate, their lack of attention to our vote will prove to be their down fall. There are more citizen's in this country besides Joe Six Pack. I was a republican, but now I'm with Obama. I think he gives us the best opportunity to bring both white and black together. Simply put, his birth, his life, and his values represents the best of both worlds.

Sharon   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

On a news show I saw a piece about a road that was approved by Sarah Palin and built to this "bridge to nowhere" at a cost of about 26 million dollars. Now this road sits, unused. I have never heard anyone talk about this on any Larry King broadcasts. Does anyone know if this is true and why has it not been discussed?

Merry   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET


Real Socialism is recorded in the BIBLE! Christianity is according to the Bible socialism. Jesus says that we should see to each others need. The problem is all these suppose to be christians are mixed up with CAPITALISM.

Get real. Give the man a chance and if he does not deliver vote him out. But we do need a change.

Thom Mathis   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Palin is discussing socialism. Taking monies (taxes) from the middle class Joe and redistributing it to Americans that are out of work, out of school, and "down on their luck" This seems more reasonable to me than taking the taxes that I pay in as a single educator with no dependents for 20 years and sending it to countries that are at war with America. So which would we prefer - help fellow Americans or help warring nations stockpile our funds to use against America?

Pete Geiger   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

An important contributor to the economic crisis was the securitizing of mortgage loans by packaging them, absent the creditworthiness ratings of the mortgagees. Yet neither Republicans nor Democrats are leveling much criticism at the Securities and Exchange Commission during this campaign. The SEC seemed to promote the securities industry by its inattention. Why should it get a pass?

Dee in atlanta   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Larry, mrs. buchanan is the eternal optimitist and a die hard repub. she has to realize that the country has moved past the negativity. the truth is the active use of the internet has made this utterly difficult for the mccain campaign to pull the dirty tricks Bush and Karl Rove did to the United States in 2000 and 2004. The truth is finally setting us free.

Juanita   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi all:
When McCain & Palin stoops as low as to call Obama is Socialist, it just helps those undecided voters to go for Obama. These scare tactics don't work and are insulting to thinking Americans!

Sarah   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

If only more Republicans were like Susan Eisenhower. Larry, I'd like to see more of her and much, much less of Bay Buchanan.

Calvin   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

With Obama you can feel unity and hope for all Americans, but with the Republican's negative tactics and accusations of Socialism and Inexperience, the divide is becoming greater and greater between the parties and the mood of the country. By chance should the Republicans win how would they even begin to repair the damage and bring the country back together.

Tom in CO   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

? If Sarah Palin is the great oil administrator of Alaska, how come 40% of Alaska's oil oes to China and 20% to Japan?????

Natasha from WV   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

McCain has a history of canceling abruptly. He did that to Letterman and then didn't even leave NY until the next day.

terrance   October 21st, 2008 9:18 pm ET

hey again larry,

i just wanted to know if 40+% of america makes less than $20,000 a year. every year that i made less than that i had to pay income taxes of about $800.

Charles Dobbs   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

When the government raises my already very high tax rate on everything over 250K, it is de-capitizing my business. When my business grosses 400K, I get taxed at the high rate and yet most of the time I have to leave at least half of that 400k in the business as working capital.
I think it would be fair to say this share the wealth idea is actually a simple way for politicians to ensure themselves a voter base of paid voters. How sick

D Riley, Vancouver Wa   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

How can Bay Buchanan sit there with a straight face criticizing Obama patriotism because he sat in the pew of Rev. Wrights church, when Palin's husband was a member of the Alaska Independance party, a Party who has "No use for America or it's institutions. Bay needs to pick an arguement she can defend.

Michael   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Why is it OK to give hundreds of billions of our tax dollars to the wealthiest 2% of corporations and individuals but cry socialism when our tax dollars go to the 95% of our middle class. Don't we all pay taxes?

Leo   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

What about Sarah Palin's assertion that they will balance the 10 trillion dollar deficit within their first term. Please discuss this.

Karen From Texas   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

John McCain and Sarah Palin look like sore losers who will do anything at this point. Sarah Palin is not qualified to be VP much less President no matter how much the Republicans try to say she is. Read the Troopergate Report–she did abuse her power. She needs to read it.

If McCain/Palin are elected, America is in deep dodo.

Cal Rogers   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Don't the Democrats have to win 10 new Senate seats as Joe Lieberman becomes a Republican? He can't caucus with the D's after this campaign.

Amos Williams   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET


Explore why Palin will not face reporters other than one on one with hand picked journalists.

Why is the McCain campaign is engaging in hate mongering– appealing only to the extremist on the right - who would never vote for Obama under any circumstances.. Decent republicans and moderate conservatives MUST be turned off by this.

Amos Williams
Viet Nam Combat Veteran
Retired Police Lieutenant

Dave, IL   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Every time you have Bay Buchannan on – I wretch. She's obviously what Bill Maher calls a "wingnut". The other guests are level-headed and civil – Bay is toxic on so many levels! She makes Republicans look bad.

dave   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

why McCain and palin keep putting joe the plumber in their messages, dont they know this dude is not an lincencse plumber and he dosen't even pay his taxes,

Dennis L Gump Jr   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Larry, I am so tired of people speaking for me. I am aware that there is a dirth of misinformation out there about both candidates but really, it's ok I can think and speak for myself. Mr.Obama'a charachter, what I am really worried about is having a VP that thinks she is the LEADER or the Senate! Hello, talk about character, what about inteligence.

Sharon   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

I don't understand the character assasination Senator Obama is receiving, because of Reverend Wright. How can you then persuade me, an African American female to vote Republican? After all, you are saying, the Republicans are saying you are the company you keep. How about those with the monkeys at rallies, the noose with Sen. Obama posters, the food stamps with watermelons and fried chicken. So if we follow through, what does that say about Sen. McCaine and Gov. Palin?

Sally   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Who is running for president – McCain or Sarah Palin? I am so tired of all the attention she is getting because she is "cute" and "feisty." She has hurt the Republicans with all her negativity. The interview is a joke. It's just another stump speech. She says she won't call Obama a socialist in her interview but makes the implication all the time in her speeches. She has been on CNN ALL NIGHT and I am tired of it!!

steve, TX   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Why does Sara Palin want to be V.P. of The United States of America when she supported Alaska's cessession from The United States? Isn't that unpatriotic? Anti-American?

Carolyn   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Thank heavens for the CNN Fact checker but here is a thought for all of our confused American friends.........Make it mandatory that all campaign advertisements and speeches be submitted to the fact checker BEFORE they are aired. It would save hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and give the American public the ability to make a decision quicker. Good luck to you all.

Ron Ganley   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

We have been distributing the middle classes taxes upwards to the rich, making them richer. What is wrong with the rich finally pitching in instead of getting all those tax breaks wile the middle class spirals into the lower class?

Darrell Eugene Gray   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

American's are suffering and everyday hardworking people like myself, that at this point are just trying to SURVIVE and pay the bills, are looking for someone that is IN TOUCH with how we feel and what we want. I could care less what either candidates geneology is or what religion they are, I only care about what they can do to help me make a future for my children. This constant smearing of Obama, in my opinion, is detrimental not just to McCain's campain but the conservative base as well. Historically aren't Republican's and conservatives christian based? How do these attacks portray anything but unchristian like and hypocritical values and thinking? McCain and his camp are desperate to close the gap and are trying to SCARE up votes.

Uraina Pack   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Why aren't intellectual Republicans rejecting Sarah Palin's rampant and deliberate de-intellectualism? By de-intellectualism I mean her complete lack of knowledge about history, politics, race relations be they Muslim or African American and the women's rights movement in our country? By de-intellectualism I mean her ability to play to a sector of the population that obvious lacks the resources to receive a higher education or the emphasis on critical thinking skills?

Many Republicans are well-educated and hard-working. Why would they tolerate this kind of pseudo-showmanship of the knowledge necessary to work in the second highest office in the country?

Marcus   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Larry, Please discuss the educational backgrounds of the presidental canidates? Please...Obama is far more qualifed than McCain. Please discuss that....

Andrea'   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

I really don't know what world Bay Bucannan is in, but she completely one sided. According to Bay, nothing that the Obama Biden campaign has done is good, and everything that the McCain Palin campaign is great. I am so tired of her bring up the Jerimah Wright issue. In Black churches, we talk about issues because we still live in a world that is racist. It is sad but true. She or any other white person will ever relate to what we go through because you will never be black. I'm not racist, but I am sadend that race is always an issue.

Rachelle   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Good evening,
I am curious about the whole trooper issue which Sarah P was asked about. In the findings she was found to have abused the public trust. John McCaain commented a while back that the treasury secretary or someone similar needed to be fired for "violating the public trust." Can the panel discuss the implications of having a VP that has already abused her power as govenor and the chance of her doing it as VP?

Dan   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Bill Maher coming up....yaaaaaaaaaa!

Candace Young   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

It is extremely aggrevating that when people are speaking, that Larry is interviewing, CNN feels it is necessary to constantly show Sarah Palin. In the last few minutes, CNN has shown Sarah Palin over and over-during the conversation. Very distracting and concerning–what's up with CNN?

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET


How come you do not invite OBAMA back on to your show, why only MCCAIN?????????????????????

Theril Andrews   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET

A few days ago Rush Limbaugh asked Sarah Palin about her approach to which she responded "I have nothing to lose". She went on to indicate that she would keep on talking...

I haven't heard anyone ask her to explain what she meant. It seems she is not really committed to the McCain campaign but putting her own ambitions first, leveraging her "popularity" for a larger future role.

Rob Ruder   October 21st, 2008 9:19 pm ET


Why is it that the Republican's and John McCain can throw around buzz words and everyone debates them like it is gospel. Let's put it into real perspective here, when a person who makes over a million dollars gets say a $50,000 tax break how many washing machines will that person buy? On the other hand, if you take $50,000 and distribute it to 50 people I'll wager that some of them will buy a washing machine and then we have factory orders and we have demand and new jobs...

Socialism is about government directing everyone's lives. A tax break for middle income earners is about giving the largest number of people an amount of money that they can spend on things that we need to produce to drive the economy.

noel from Maryland   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry –

Ask Bay why an endorsement for Obama from Ret. Gen. Colin Powell a black thing? Are the endorsements of Senator McCain from the likes of Kissinger, Haig, etc. is that a white thing? Can the Repubs. please quit bringing up RACE as issue or reason? It's annoying!

moshe   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET


Pam from Pennsylvania   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Larry, I was very happy to see Bay Buchanan on your show. She has a mind of her own. HOW REFRESHING!

Farzana   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I don't understand why Governor Palin keeps quoting Joe the plumber? Is he such an important analyst so that a Governor and Vice president nominee can quote him no matter what he says? Does she has no judgement of her own?

SHERRY IN IOWA   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET



Karen   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

How in the world does The Palins call themselves patriots when they wanted alaska separated from the United States. Her husband was a member in alaska independent party who rallied to succeed from the United States. I don't call them patriotic. And from what I have read she herself have agreed with and what the independent party stands for. How come anyone is not talking and questioning their patriotism.

Trina   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I am a student at Smith College. As a future leader, educator and aspiring principal, I have not heard McCain or Palin discuss their views on education. I think Barack understands the need for more qualified teachers.. Do they stay away from this subject because of their limited educational background? Do they not see the future of education as an important issue? I think they both need to stop with the negative campaigns and talk about their plans to move America forward. At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter because Obama is going all the way!

Bill Anderson   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Joe the Plumber who
Here is someone that does not even exist and no one can say it.

Kim W   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I would luv for both candidates to call a truce and only speak on WHAT they will do once it office, what their policy is and lets see how that adds up – that is what America want to hear. I do not want to hear McCains policy from Obama and I do not want to hear Obama's policy from McCain. Hey guys – man up and toss out the gauntlet.

Dorothy Fannin Tucson Arizona   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

With all of the Senator Palins talk about Socialism It makes me wonder how many Republicans are receiving Social Security and are on Medicare.

James Godley   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

If Mcain is saying no more spending/taxes, then where's the money going to come from to support his so called plan? Will he ensure that we don't continue to borrow from other countries to restore our economy? Also, why hasn 't the media revealed Mcain's support of ACORN in 2002?

Jaz Akerele   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Thank you for taking the time to reveal the truth in the socialism cry out by Governor Palin and the Republican party directed towards Barack and the Democratic party. At this point I feel Sarah Palin has transformed her image from people believing she was getting a bad rap to people feeling as if Sarah Palin is destroying the Republican party on the way out the door. It's obvious when a Republican, Susan Eisenhower jumps ship to support Barack Obama that the negativity has gone too far.

Continued Success Larry...Your a true blessing...

Jacob Goldberg   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Can somebody please explain to me why is it that because I live in los angeles i do not make America tick I am as patriotic as anybody in kansas anybody in alaska anybody in washington dc because I live in los angeles and dont farm it makes me less patriotic i do not need to watch my favorite show larry king and hear people saying that I am less than republicans democrats are just as patriotic as republicans democrats are not better than republicans and republicans are not better than democrats we are all americans its time for all people to stop thinking one person is more patriotic than another should i question your patriotism would you like that i highly doubt it...

Liz   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I think McCain/Palin (appropriately) use the word "socialism" to describe Obama's tax plan because, even if the American public can't understand his tax plan, they can understand the meaning of the word...or google it for clarity. It's not name-calling. It's educating your public. Go McCain/Palin!

Ralph Patterson   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Is it just me or does anyone else see how obvious it is that the reason Sarah Palin hasn't been interviewed early on in this campaign is because she didn't know how to answer the questions asked and had to be coached first, and now that she has been coached she now all of a sudden can answer questions more freely and better than she has in the beginning?

Dave from Western PA   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry,
On the "redistribution of wealth" accusation, I'd like to know why the Obama campaign hasn't responded forcefully that during the past 8 years the Bush policies have done exactly that, but in an upward direction, and if McCain wins the redistribution will continue. I've seen the point made by commentators but not in the form of commercials or by Obama or Biden.

Lailas   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

The real America and pro-American parts of the country? Did Palin and Bay Buchanan forget about 9/11 and the firefighters who lost their lives during that very American crisis, in a very American city, New York City? Do those people not "make the country" tick?

Harold   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

The American people will no longer tolerate being lied to and divided for political gain. We want real answers not scripted excuses. It's time to face the facts start rebuilding our country.

Alma Kellam   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

McCain always bring up something when Oboma was 8 yrs old.What about McCain was hanging around with Libby back in the years and Libby went to prison for selling gunns to other counties. what about that?

Michael Piri   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Larry, please stop giving Bay Buchanan a voice on your show. As far as I – and many other Canadians – are concerned, she has lost all credibility, unable to see the Democratic forest for the Republican trees. If the Republican candidate was Big Bird, and the VP nominee Tweety Bird, she'd claim they are great, absolutely stellar candidates who need to focus more on the benefits of bird seed and rust-proof bird cages rather than other key issues to make up ground on the Democrats. Please, Larry, do us a favour – no more blindly biased Bay Buchanan!

christina in MN   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

why dont the Democrats talk about Palin's husband being a sessionist?

They talk about Obama "pailing around with terrorist" heck she is sleeping with one.

I dont know about you guys, but I dont want a VP whose spouse wants their state to secceed from the union and become its own country..

its called a maltia..hello..

Steph Cassano   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Susan Eisenhower, please explain what socialism is to those who didn't live through the Cold War. What exactly is Obama's views on socialism? What countries, if any, does he aspire to emulate?

Grady Aplin   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

What is McCain so afraid of? If he is so much of a leader, then why doesn't he try to lead and quit following Barrack Obama's speeches so closely that they hammer every word but have nothing to say about getting us out of the economic mess. If you take the back door all the time, you will leave the same way.

James   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

It's ridiculous to make such outlandish comments, speaking of Palin's suggestion that Obama's plan is socialist. Both candidates should focus on the issues and run ethical campaigns. Attacking on a valid stance or voting record is certainly acceptable. Running a sensationalist campaign or using scare tactics is inexcusable in this time of crisis.

Karen Grant   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Larry, Tell Babe to stop the stump speech and answer the question.
Can she say anything other than the LIES about Sen. Obama?
Support your candidate with the truth.

Chas Davis   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

It is bad enough that Sarah Palin gives third grade answers, but Drew Griffin should not indulge her as the conservative talk show interviewers have done. He did not ask her about Powell's endorsement. He let her use the word "socialism" without challenging her as to how her imposition of higher taxes on oil companies related to any definition of socialism. Todd Palin does not have the right to use the governor's office simply because he was only trying to be a "husband." What 3rd grade history book discusses the geography of our 50 states such that some are "pro-America" when others are not? The governor has not really been challenged on the elephant in the room–executive experience notwithstanding, she is woefully lacking in the intelligence, judgment, ethics and character to lead the greates country in the history of civilization.

Chas Davis


Mark   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Why are we entertaining questions about the republicans attack on Obama's character? I think the question should be pressed upon Maccain/Palin to answer what are their plans for our ecomonic situation. (specifics).
Let's hope Americans take to time to validate comments made and not just take them at face value

George Bassias   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Larry, Obama is running the cleanest, classiest campaign I have ever seen. John McCain and Sarah Palin are doing nothing but misleading the facts and manipulating statements to make a point that is not supported by the facts. I am surprised how many people are deceived by the laws. A couple of months ago McCain was campaigning on a message of strength in our economy and success in the war in Iraq. Now he is duplicating Obama's message while attacking Obama's character with lies.

Diane   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I am so sick and tired of "Who is Barrack Obama". I want to know "Who is John McCain? He is certainly not the John McCain of 4 years ago. I used to be a fan of his, but he is definitely not the John McCain of a few years ago. He is erratic, angry, bitter and petty. Not the John McCain I knew. So I repeat...who is John McCain?

Don Gaess   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

What is completely astounding is the lack of good judgement the McCain campaign has shown. The American public is tired of negative campaigning which attacks the oposing candidate. That lack of good judgement gives the voter ammunition to expect more of the same.... which is precisely ... lack of good judgement down the road with other issues facing this country.

The US economy is in shambles, and John McCain and Sarah Palin resort to name calling.

That is clearly not leadership.

bill   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

what is it with this Bay Buchanan? is it possible to dislike anyone more ?.....did she catch your producer doing something bad and is holding it over his head? that would be to me the only explanation as to why she is on sooooo much...msnbc is starting to look better and better each night.. at least they don't sit there and just let the fools run off at the mouth with stupid statements, give me a break

Phil   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Larry is fired up about being dissed by McCain to be on the show. What McCain doesn't know is all those old, Jewish, retirees in Florida, and Ohio (swing states) will side with big Larry. So, thank Larry for Obama winning those swing states as long as McCain stays away! Just the truth.

Neil   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Im totally offended by the McCain campaign, I really think that this is not a true dipiction of Sarah Palin's character but actually scripted by the handlers of the campaign, If she's not careful that campaign could possibly hurt her future political ambitions because the way she is be used as a pawn. If you notice she is the one who is saying all of the controversial statements, while McCain sits back and see what the reaction of the public is. The campaign manager should be held accountable for the tatics used and the focus should be on retaining the integrity of the republican party and the seats in the senate and congress. Gracefully bow out . Live to fight another day!

Taylor   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

As we all know America has been turning in to a socialist nation for the past two years now. Look at what our markets looked like two years ago before the Democrats have taken over Washington. The Dow was 12,500 and climbing now its 9,000 and falling. Can America take anymore of Democrat's Socialist ideas? To me it looks like socialism is failing. Can we really afford Obama and all his socialist friends to pal around in the white house?

Dianne   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET


It will be a CRISIS of CONFIDENCE in the LEADERSHIP of the USA if Senator McCain is elected President.

Check out the Worldwide Gallup Poll released today on:

The only countries around the World supporting a McCain Presidency are Georgia & the Phillipines!

Wake up, America! Stand up! And vote OBAMA!

Leadership, Vision & Intelligence for the FUTURE!

Don Williams   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

What's the big deal about Biden giving the warning about there being a crisis in the months after the president takes office. Colen Powell said it has been proven throughout history that there has always been a serious crisis that test the judgement of the President. Look at history. This is only a tactic of the McCain/Palin party to distract and sidestep the real issue....the current economy....boy are the just desperate!

Jo Robison   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I take issue with Bey's language tonight as she sounded like a real "spin" doctor as she said, "We need to make them think he's (Obama) the wrong guy for the job." You don't sound too convinced of that yourself. And please let us think for ourselves, based on the facts, not on your spin.

Judith   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Bottom Line is no matter who would get in as President they will be tested here in the USA with the economy along with other Countries.
Bottom Line who will be the best person to take the American People to the next step by cleaning the mess up with Bush and the Rep Party?
Who would be the Right one to have talks with World Leaders?
Both answers would be no other than Barack Obama.He knows it will be hard here in the USA and I'm sure most Americans that have brains know this too.He also has the ability to sit down and try to work out problems with World Leaders for Peace.
McCain and Palin on the other hand have changed their ways each day by flip flopping by not knowing which hand is what.McCain certainly isn't President Material with his temper,interrupting when one talks like what happen at the debates along with making his faces and eyes.I can just imagine what the World Leaders would think (if ) they would have to deal with McCain with all the above.We would be a laughing stock here in America.Both McCain/Palin would have us in a 3rd war.Just because McCain was a POW Hero doesn't make him President Material along with the True Fact is 'All POWs are War Heroes'.
McCain couldn't win against Bush in 2000 and he won't be the winner in 2008.He seemed out of touch and did wrong in picking Palin for his VP.Who has been her shadow now during this campaign,her 1st Dude like he's been at the Gov's Office???
Palin should look in the mirror and ask herself with all the dangerous word calling that she and her boss are doing how can either one of them call themselves Christians!

Hillary   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

What % of whites will vote for Obama?
What % of blacks will vote for McCain?
Now tell me who the racists are.

Ada Torres   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

John McCain's inability to lead is reflected in his choice for Vice President. My grandmother used to say that the worst blindness is that of the person who refuses to see. Sarah Palin is clueless but neither she nor McCain see it. Fortunately , most of us do.

Dale Huffman   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Only Kay Buchanan makes sense on your show tonight, the other two are brainwashed towards Obama. Ms. Eisenhower has totally missed the critical exhibitions of Obama's lack of character–the point is, he never admits mistakes, but only seeks to advance his own position, as when he defended Rev. Wright until the latter harshly criticized him, then disowned him, after twenty years with one he called his "mentor". I am hearing Biden rant now, and he is as egregious as anyone in this election season. The Democrats, beind Obama, are to a person merely self-righteous bullies, and yes, cowards. I am an independent who assured myself I would never vote for a Republican again, and yet I find it is the Democrats this time who are simply beyond serious consideration–and it's all a reflection of Obama's fundamental lack of character.

Dale Huffman, Gallatin TN

Brock Gleba   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

im 15 years old and even though i cannot vote i can still support barack obama i think there is a strong chance that obama is going to win the race because it will be hard for mccain to catch in time for the election

abqbob   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I'm not sure why the republican party isn't focusing on a message people will respond to, especially independents as myself. I'm pretty much decided and will be voting for Obama, Mcain's vp choice pretty much solidified that decision for me.
But I'm going to do what I believe is my duty as a responsible voter and american. I'm going to vote for republican's for congress, so that we have what this country should have, a balance of powers...a check and balance.
That message I think would resonate with independents and even democrats. that under clinton with a republican controled congress, the country was doing well. or if they're voting for obama, but still have doubts, then vote republican on the congressional side to put in that check on the presidental powers.
if obama really is a uniter and can cross party lines, he'll still be able to get things done, and with that check, he can get things done that both sides of the country have a say in.

ron berry   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

it looks like we might have another election deceided by the supreme court

Al Gabsi   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I do not understand how Serra Palin is American and Obama is not specialty that was a member of group that is calling to Alaska independence. Actually Sara Plain should not be able to even get the security clearance. She is against the unification of the united state, she wants Alaska to be independent therefore she is un-American.

rose bompadre   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Ask Bay something for me...
Does she know that one of the greatest Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt, also proposed and enacted the same tax plan as Barack Obama is proposing? He felt that rich people should pay more taxes because, "The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state, because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government. Not only should he recognize this obligation, in the way he leads his daily life and in the way he earns and spends his money, but it should also be recognized by the way in which he pays for hte protection the states gives him."

McCain himself mocked President Bush's across the board tax relief back in 2000. He stated, "I don't think Bill Gates needs a tax cut, I think you and your parents do."

As the Philadelphia Inquirer commentary (by Jonathan Zimmerman) stated today, "Demand progressive taxation in 1907 and you get your face carved into Mount Rushmore. Advocate the same thing in 2008, and you're an enemy of hardworking plumbers...go figure!

Barbara Bedard   October 21st, 2008 9:20 pm ET

McCain is okay with gov giving and bailing out does who help themself he is not with gov bring help to main street lets not forget that there is a class after middle in the US!

Bob   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Bay Buchanan shows the true colors of the Republican party. She shows no understanding of what America needs or what Americans care about. I understand why McCain is losing if it is people like Bay Buchanan who support him. Look at the contrast between Bay and Susan Eisenhower. Ms. Eisenhower shows intellect, caring, healing, reasoned thought, and great character. I have watched Bay Buchanan for the past six or seven months, and have appreciated little of what she says. I am an independent voter. A white, 57 year old male who is enthusiastically supporting Barack Obama for what he stands for and his character. The negative ads of McCain turn me off.

Jack Silver   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Get it straight people socialism is not communism even if the Soviets used the term. Whenever you have even minimal goverment support/ regulation, whenever you have public funded libraries or schools or hospitals you have a degree of socialism. Is Obama a socialist. Unfortunately he is not. But we need a system like Germany, or France, or Sweden so we will not have to risk going bunkrupt to finance our health care or educational needs. Enough with the propaganda. Enough with the ignorance and manipulation. Enough with the polititians that serve special interests. Enough wioth politics of international aggression and crookedry. Enough with the republicans.

Ron   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET


While I respect Ms. Eisenhower's opinion on character, My question is why is it nothing had been pursued about Senator Obama's school records or his birth certificate? I have seen blogs on it and it has never really been answered or shown. It only takes a few minutes to show a birth certificate. We all talk about character and what character means but I do not see anything being said about this issue.

John   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET


Obamma believes that taxes on businesses making more that $250000 per year should be increased. If it is true that increasing taxes on businesses decreases employment, then why does Obamma favor higher taxes on business?

Debbie - Arkansas   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Surely I'm not the only one who sees that Palin has gotten the 'presidential political bug', and LOVES the attention, and is buying into her own 'starpower'. I bet she thinks she COULD run with 'the Big Boys'...and win!!! I think her ego is being fed beyond belief, she's loving the limos, the secret service, and all that this 'race' has (by some fluke), brought her way. I think she will now have her eye on being the next [Republican] "big thing" !! People please, let's REALLY put 'Country First'...and elect the man who is meant to be our next President...Barack Obama! P.S. God speed and good wishes to Senator Obama's grandmother. (His taking the time to visit her, shows tht he understands that 'family' and honoring the people who've helped you be who you are...matters more than any 'spotlight'.

Andrew Feagan   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Am I the only one who feels sorry for women all of the county? McCain has selected an under qualified running mate just because she is a woman. There are many qualified women that can aspire to be a vice president or president, but by using Sarah Palin as some political gimmick the republicans are setting women back instead of helping them to claim a rightful place in the White House.

Anthony B.   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Hey Larry on that issue of "income distribution" let me comment on that: Senator McCain and most Republicans think of “income distribution” as giving more tax breaks to the rich, the 2% of the upper scale of the tax bracket, so that they can get all the benefits of being rich, and then what ever is left, “it can trickle down (Reaganomics)” to help the middle and poor classes. Well during the eight years of the Bush administration major contracts in Iraq have gone to big contractors such as Halliburton and Blackwell in the private sector, while salaries for the workers have been flat, jobs have gone overseas, more than 600,000 people have been left unemployed, and the continued talk of privatizing and undermining Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare (including Prescription Drugs) is known to be part of the Republican agenda. Senator McCain identifies well with these ways of thinking. For someone living high on the hog, he is claiming now to be for the “little guy” and the regular Joe? Republicans like McCain and Palin expect the American citizens, hard working and tax payers’ individuals to receive what “trickles down” from the protected upper class? In Florida during Gov. Jeb Bush after he left office, there was money left in the coffer, but at the expense of outsourcing, downsizing, and reorganizing Florida State Government to the point of not providing for the hard working civil servants. And now, under Gov. Charlie Christ, the Republicans are asking again to cut 10% of agencies budgets while overlooking the benefits of special interests, and not funding or cutting needed programs to Floridians. Do you get the picture of what government is all about under a Republican administration? I hope you do.

Janice   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I would like someone to about Sarah Palin's Husband beloning to the indpendence party of Alaska where their leader said he hated everything American stands for. Sarah Palin said she shares their views?

pbdenver   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Please stop Bay Buchanan from saying "Barack sat in the isle for 20 years listening to anti american comments" when she has only one instance when Jeramiah was quoting a republican...

I was at the polls in Denver early voting and a man with a McCain t-shirt and hat came in screaming about Obama was a muslim and the people at the polls had to remove him and they said it was the second day he was there...

GOD when are these people going to give up on that... STOP THE HATE... can't they see what is happening at their rallys? Or don't they care? McCain will lose just like Hillary and regret this for the rest of his days... SO SAD...

janice   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

John McCain stood a chance until Sarah came public. The John McCain of yesteryear would not of tolereated some of the remarks that are coming out of her mouth. But thank you Sarah. You've brought racism, fear, hatred and ignorance not to mention a fountain of misinformation back in vogue. I know Senator McCain at least twice a week puts his head in his hands and thinks what the hell was I thinking. Anyone chosen for this job will face some challenges. We live in some very disturbing times, but with the way America is feeling it probably won't be a terriost attack, how about it might be Joe the Plummer, Joe six-pack or Jane the pole dancer. Someone please save this party from self-destruction. Sit her down and let's find the real John McCain. Can we get back to the issues? Please!

Liz   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I agree that the McCain campaign is using scare tactics in desperation. Instead of focusing on the real issues that Americans care for they insist on attacking Obama's character. It is truly offensive for us Americans – to think that those tactics will work as a distraction from the real issues.

mark flowers   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Hello Larry,

Why do Sarah Palin or her surrogates insist on claiming that Joe Biden is given a free pass for his remarks? He is not given a free pass. Why don't they bother to quote Senator Biden in his entirety instead of taking the parts that they want to elaborate on. Also, she does not deserve any passes. Let's all remember that this woman majored in journalism. Therefore, she should be more prepared and able to answer any question thrown at her. The only time that she comes across as being ready to say anything is when she goes into that little high school most popular cheerleader snipey mode. And when that happens she comes across as having the attitude of "yeah, I said it and what are you going to do about it?"

r.sivarajah   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

hi everone, I travel to friendly countries alot, but fr the past few years I think twice when i wear T-shirts with a U.S logo on it. After I saw what happened to Barracks visit to Germany and the polls around the world, I cant wait to wear those T-shirts again that display a U.S flag. America on Nov the 4th we will take back our position that the Bush/Rebublican manifesto took away globaly. Sorry to the opposition groups that have won elections just by saying "we are not with America" Oppotion parties around the world will begin to say "we are with the United States again' Americans will wake up on Nov 5th feeling its again teh United States that we visioned.

Randy Boothe   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

With Obama being a candidate of the people (which I am very cautious about), how can he raise over $600M and not give any of it back? If you want to attack and tax the rich, where does he put this aburd amount of money to work for the people that supposed came from the common person? There is something wrong with this formula.

Obama will not bring this country together because he will not come clean on his background. Why not? If I hire someone, I want to see their resume and do a background check.

Obama asked a great question in Orlando yesterday. He wanted to know how many people in the room made less than $250k a year and said everyone in the audience raised their hand. The irony, Obama and Hillary did not raise theirs!

Gloria Ransom   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Susan Eisenhouwer is exhibiting the spirit of America that most of us know and want for our country. Frankly, I am disgusted at the actions of the McCain campaign and the support it gets from the Republican party. I expect more ethical behavior from fellow American citizens.

Richard   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I have not been a long time viewer of your program but it is refreshing to see and hear an unbias program on the facts. Too many times people want to promote their own agenda but your guests tonight add spice to a dull night.

Thanks for interviewing people that speak from the heart and openly say what most Americans are afraid to say. Obama has the best ticket. If you really think that the Mccain ticket is better somthing is very wrong with us and I mean Americans. Will should all rally for what will be best for America when we vote and I pray we all make our decision for the best ticket.

Thanks so much for your program tonight and thanks for all you do.

Sheila Smith   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

It is a farce that Republicans/Conservatives are for low taxes and small government. It was Ronald Regan who placed a tax on umemployment benefits while fighting for lower capital gains taxes. The tremendous deficit that has been created in the last 8 years is proof that the Republican Party does not mind spending money. They just don't want to spend it on us, the American People.

Ian   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET


American hegemony is over. America is no longer trusted internationally – and never will again be in my life time.

You do not have government for the people by the people and it shows. When special interests can determine the fate of the entire world, the entire world will shut you down.

This is just the beginning. Good luck!

An American in Canada,


BobT   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

When will the news media stop being an advertisement for Obama and the democrats?
Guess that was a sumb question.
You have Biden who cant count,
You have Obama who talks about gun nuts.
Did anyone in the media as about Obamas position on
Gun Control?
How about Estate Taxes that effect farmers.

Biden said we will have a test like Kenedy does everyone want a
cuban missile crisis? That was a very scary moment.

Elis   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I have watched Larry King for a long time. Watching his show last night and now tonight he seems one of the many who just want Obama to be president. Most of the media has their own agenda. It seems that no matter what Sarah Palin does she is ALWAYS WRONG. Even a stopped watch is right 2x a day. David Frum is saying McCain should give up...that is so crazy. Maybe he should give up and keep his mouth shut. He claims he is for McCain.....REALLY???? Can't tell by his comments. GO MCCAIN-PALIN. Oh, Larry King, just in case you are not aware of it, there is a double standard for McCain and Palin. Larry, I will not be watching your show anymore. I can tell who you are voting for. Oh, yea you are McCains friend, ,,,,

njquadarella   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Barack Obama is "going to bring us together"????? Will someone please explain to me what that means? Is Susan Eisenhower in grade school? Can't she come up with a solid reason why someone should vote for Obama? How about why we SHOULDN"T vote for him. For example, he will be learning on the job. In these dangerous times, that is the last thing we need.

mamie   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Why has the issue of Barak's birth certificate completely gone away. He has never proven anything about his birth place. He showed us a Certificate of Birth that did not even look official, and had no resemblance to an authentic one side by side.

Amanda   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I wonder why everyone is criticizing Sarah for her comments... I have the same questions about Biden's comments. I also have my questions about distribution of wealth... I do not want more government in my life... I already pay enough taxes, even though I don't make nowhere near 250K a year. I do not need the government's help, as Biden said... I help myself. My husband and I liquidated all our credit card debt... and we are not defaulting on any loans because we know how to be conservative with our income. We cannot stand for actions such as Democratic Frank's with Fanie and Fred... We need accountability not only from the one's we are bailing out but also from out Senate and Congress...
I don't necessarily get enthusiastic with McCain... but Obama scares me...

Catherine   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I agree with Susan Eisenhower when responding on Obama's character. He has tremendous character along with intelligence. Bay Buchanan just talks to hear herself talk, hoping to see the Republican product win. I am a registered Republican and I would not dream of voting for McCain. He has lost ALL character and honor in this campaign. He can't think of anything but winning so he can be commander in chief – and he would be a poor one. He has no military leadership. Did everyone forget he was just a pilot!! Being a jet pilot and a POW does NOT qualify him to be president. His temper – we've got a more serious problem with that, as well.

Rita Crocker   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Would you as a parent allow your teenage child to associate with other teenagers who are known to be in trouble with the law? You are judged by the company you keep. It is very important to consider Mr. Obama's associates.

Lawrence LeBlanc   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Thanks for taking my questions Larry. You don't need them, because you're the best ever, but it does make me feel very connected to your show. Keep doing what you've been doing for a long time.

Your long time, faithful viewer,

Lawrence P. LeBlanc

Larry Wine   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

The taxes charged to businesses making over 250000 will be added to the services which they provide to the middle class. All of us that work for a living will be the ones to pay for Obamas gift to the lazy left wingers. Get up and go to work and dont expect a free ride in life. We have so much work in this country that is why we have the imigration problem.

den butler   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I am confused that the Governor of Alaska has the audacity to have a problem with her perception that spreading the wealth is socialism.Is not Alaska a socialist style government with its hold over the oil companies? I am not complaining i like that model when dealing with natural resources. and is not the Obama idea to make everyone pay their fair share rather than the almost Feudal model used by the republicans of take from everyone and give to the rich?

SUNDAY   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Mcain/palin keeps referencing joe the plumber;s opinion that what obama said sounds like socialism, does this mean that joe the plumber is an authority on the economy, what credentials make his opinion a fact. .
Tha was an opinion, not fact

Annika   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET


Bottom line. We need a change. everyone needs to put their feelings to the side and recognize the fact that Barack Obama is a great man for President. He has showed nothing but compassion and concern for our country. Regardless of all the lies, "dirt," and accusations they throw at him, he remains calm and cool, and address the situation as needed. He has a heart. And so does his wife. They will be perfect!

And as far as John MaCain........ I enjoyed his speech at the memorial dinner........... Other than that, he's to concerned with what he can say bad about Barack Obama next........... Only two weeks MaCain, u better start talikn about something else...... Here's something........ Why are so many Americans BROKE!

Gerry   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Question for Bay:

In the game of political hardball, do you believe that the AIP is fair game? If not, why?

Governor Palin's husband, as we know via the abuse of power investigation in Alaska, had been quite involved in her decision making. He was registered under the AIP party for some time, and one would be led to believe that he and perhaps Governor Palin are sympathetic to the agenda and underlying philosophy of AIP. Following through with this thought, I wonder if the rhetoric about Ayers is not casting stones when one lives in a glass house.

Orian   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

John McCain keeps stating he has been tested to lead and he is correct, but the only thing is that when tested he failed the test. It should be clear that he should not be the choice in these difficult times.

Barack Obama over his campaign has demonstrated his profound abilities as a leader and a uniting force in restoring America to its leadership position in the world. Recent polls of world leaders indicated that 22 out of 22 countries prefer Obama over McCain that speaks volumes.

Rev. Wright, Acorn, and Aires are nothing, but a smoke screen that is used by a desperate McCain to distract the votes from his lack of dealing with the real issues. The clear choice once again is Obama!

Orville Morris-Jarrett   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Why does she keep bringing up character? If that were the case, then thnk about Mccain dumping his wife for a millioner heiress. Devorcing and before the nk is dried, marrying one month later.

Deb   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Hi, Ms. Eisenhower: I, too, had to leave the Republican Party. This is not the party that I joined in '73 as an idealistic 18 year old. I don't even remotely recognize what it is now. I never thought I would cast a vote for a Democratic candidate, but I will be again for the third time in my life. I couldn't vote for Bush either time, and I refuse to vote for McCain and Palin. How sad, huh? I admire you and your ideas, btw. Thanks for being on LKL!

John Kowal   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

As a well-informed Canadian, watching the Presidential run-up with great interest, I am shocked and awed that the race is still as close as it is. The McCain/Palin ticket has immersed itself in minutia and character assassination rather than providing answers. Palin is a GW Bush clone, complete with "yep" and "we're gonna get'em" and a penchant for using "socialism" in the same breath as Obama. McCain is preoccupied with "Joe the Plumber" and demanding an apology for a remark made by a second-tier democrat. What's wrong with you people down there?? When are you going to get it right? It's as plain as day to us up here, watching the Republicans self-destruct on non-issues while the Democrats have spent their valuable media time on the real issues.

Tara   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

David Frum chooses to vote for McCain, eventhough he thinks Palin was a mistake. You can't just dismiss Palin, when she could become the President if something were to happen McCain. That is a scary thought and people need to really think about this.

I hear a lot of Republicans argue that Obama doesn't have the experience that McCain does in foreign policy and various issues. As Powell best explained it, he will surround himself with advisors that will give him the information needed to make the right decisions. That is the difference: Obama will make a well thought out and researched decision, and McCain will simply go on what he thinks he knows.

Remember, McCain agreed with a lot of Bushes policies and look where that left us.

Lovejoy   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Larry we need to ask Sarah Palin to go to Zimbabwe and see the defination of Scocialism. when is one going to start talking about Zimbabwe and HIV AIDS

Arvind   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Why is Sarah Palin hiding behind "Joe the Plumber"? If she really believes that Obama is a socialist, why not say that? Or is it that she doesn't know what Socialism is?

Rob   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

How can the Republicans say promoting Corporate Facism for the last 8 years has been a good policy by adding over 4 trillion dollars in debt? Facism is socialism for the rich. What about McCains ties to Iran Contra and Keating that is worse than anything Obama has done. Republicans are also had direct ties with Saddam Huessin and Osama Bin Laden. How about Cheney's Energy Plan? How come everytime we have a Republican Administration we have banking collapses? In 2005 weren't the Republicans in charge of all three chamber of Congress. How about the Lobbyists on McCain's Campaign? Asking the Russians for money? How come McCain and the Republicans didn't have an energy policy in place when they controlled all Congress and the White House? McCain doesn't even understand the War on Terror has never left the Afaghanistan and Pakistan border. Palin is a joke liar and a fraud.

Carolyn Foland   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

In the last debate, Obama seemed to address the questions of his association with Ayers and to state his disagreement with Lewis, yet McCain keeps saying that he needs to be clear about the association and for Obama to repudiate Lewis. It's as though McCain has an answer he wants and Obama hasn't said it yet. There's all sorts of suggestion that Obama hasn't been truthful. What's left?

Bert   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Awesome statement by Sen. Joe Biden. He's right about the GOP ticket splitting the country. When this is over, we will need unity more than ever; whoever wins.

Mojdeh   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

McCain claims that he's being tested. How that gives him credit, when both Iraq's war and economy have been such failures for all the politicians involved, those who agreed to the policies behind them.

Bob   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Biden firing up like that really does give Barack Obama great reputation I'd say.

JAMES   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Hello Mr. King

My question is: Sen. Mccain latest desperation or hail mary as the media call it, shows to me that sen. Mccain has no real agenda to really help the america people but rather to further his political ideology and to brand the Mccain name like KENNEDY, BUSH, AND CLINTON. In my opinion, Sen Mccain is trying to finish what his grand father and his father started; after all, the were great American war heroes.
What do you think larry, am i on to something? lol

Kevin in Portland, Oregon   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Please, no more Bay. She has the inability to look at anything objectively. David Gergen, yes. Bay Buchanan, no.

Sorry, but I had to turn off my television.

Kerry from California   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Why does'nt the Republican party just throw in the towel and preserve what little dignity it has left?

They are alienating independents who may "consider" voting for them in the house or 2012. Are Republicans willing to sacrafice "everything" for a "stronger showing?

If so, then they should look no further than their own agenda, to find the rationale for the poles.

Republicans are out of touch, and out of time.

Shola Olaleye   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Inclusion is the key to survival.
Cooperation’s are diversifying their workforce, so is the military, sports teams, name it! They all realize that racial bigotry and racism is a cancer that will make their organizations less competitive and less appealing to the masses. If the republicans party leaders do not start actively promoting diversity in their party, they will perish.

Marissa   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Can you please ask some of the conservatives on your show what McCain means by his "Country First" slogan? He might say "Country First" but he would leave this country in a lot of trouble if something (God forbid) ever happened to him if elected president. I wish more people would admit that Palin was picked strictly because the campaign thought she would generate votes instead of being the best person for the job. Can you imagine her as a VP? She would make W look good.

Paul   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Obama and Biden......Steel and Fire!

Republicans will say or do anything to stop them!

Rosa   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Larry, first I need to say I LOVE YOUR SHOW.
Now to the point. Enough about Joe the plummer, Joe six pack and Hockey mom's.. Oh yes and let's not forget about pigs with lipsticks.
Come on people grow up!!!
All I care about is Our Pockets, health ,and Main street . This is our future at stake. So Please, Please, Stop acting like childern and let's stick to what is really important, Is WE THE PEOPLE. Cause so far it doesn't like it's for US THE PEOPLE, but for WALL STREET THE FAT CATS..

Linda from Chicago   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Larry, I would like to know if anyone on your show agrees with Sarah Palin, that it was acceptable and understandable for her husband to use the governor's office to pursue a personal agenda. Her rationale for this position (that other governors did worse things) was juvenile.

Steve Coffel   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

...Speaking as an "average guy"....and I'm friends with alot of "Joe the Plumber" type average guys....I just wish Gov. Palin would stop being a puppet for Sen. McCain, speak her mind, and go with a winner, BARRACK OBAMA !!!!
the Painter

Ken   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Larry, why is it when Sen McCain and Gov. Palin talk about Sen Obama's "redistribution plan" or so to speak "spreading the wealth plan", they do not indicate the figures and where in his plan they actually apply. You hear them speak about it all the time, but do not mention the meat of the plan.

Val   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I am so sick of the broken record about Senator Obama being a socialist, or any other names some of the republicans are trying to attach to this man. It only goes to show whom the ignorant, bigotted people really are. Once again, racism is rearing its ugly head, and some don't have a problem about letting it be known. If we really search our hearts, there is only one clear choice. Senator Obama is about bringing us as a whole, both black & white together. United we stand, divided we fall. It's unbelievable how some people hate African American so much that they would rather destroy him, than to to what is best for majority, as well as themselves.

Mike Park   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I am more concerned with John McCain creating an international incident than I am with Barack Obama dealing with one. McCain wants to expel Russia and China from the G8, takes a militaristic position with Iran and North Korea, and generally engages in sword rattling rather than diplomacy.

Ryan R.   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry and guests,

Why do politicians continue to market attack ads when the majority of Americans are so disgusted by them? It seems to me that “clean ads” would be much more appealing and, perhaps, effective.

Ryan R.,

S. Jackson   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Larry, I do not understand why no one see that McCain cannot hold his own as a so called maverick, but has to depend on Sarah Palin to set standers. It appears he has no backbone to stand up for his own morals nor his own tarnished character. He cannot even get people to come out to see him on the campaign trail without Sarah. Does this mean that he can only rule behind a woman. What a sad statement for him as a MAN who wants to lead our country.

Larry Aiken   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I would think that the Republicans would not want to use the "S" word much, since the banks are being socialized under their leadership. So I don't see how they can say we will end up any worse under Obama. Being a Navy veteran and a registered Republican for 28 years, I have to agree with Colin Powell – OBAMA in 2008.

Michael Cullen   October 21st, 2008 9:21 pm ET

How refreshing to see the contrast between a reasoned and sensible individual like President Eisenhower's granddaughter, who is able to assess what is best for our country and put aside mindless partisan politics as compared to the rabid comments of someone like Bay Buchanon, who is simply interested is shoving her vitriol down peoples throats. It is clear she is not interested in considering anything other than her own shallow and bitter political position.

More guest like the former who make us glad to watch your show, as opposed to the latter that makes me want to turn off the TV.

Good job Larry!


Beth   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Ron W,

I don't really think anyone can explain how McCain defines victory, since I'm sure he himself is not sure what he thinks every minute.
But I think for him victory in Iraq (that was invaded by the US) would be when Iraq will do exactly as the US says, when when all Iraq oils is flowing into the US free of charge. That would be victory for him.
I beg the American people; don't let him win. Go and vote, help others to get to vote.

Bob Evans   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Iam so sick of Sen McCains tactics in this campaign. I used to think of him as a very honerable man, but with his constant ranting about Barrack Obamas character it is a real turn off. I question his character in this presidential campaign and his selection of a one term Gov. of Alaska
a heart beat away from being The President !!!

4Truth   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Most Repubs believe like Hayes "liberals hate real Americans" and Palin says "parts of the countrty are UNAMERICAN" or they just spew division. Sarah Palin's connection to the unAmerican secessionist organization which wants to break from the country Palin wants to be VP. WHERE is the PRESS on that?????? The LOW LIFE tactics of Republicans is truly UNAMERICAN. SCARE TACTICS just like BUSH going to WAR. Remember the MUSHROOM CLOUD.

Matt   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Hi Larry,

As a Canadian, I fail to understand how this race remains even marginally close. In any other Westernized nation, Obama would be selected over McCain in a landslide.

Two-hundred thousand people attended an Obama speech in Berlin and on the (admittedly unscientific) website, 87.5% of respondants, totaling over 300,000 votes, chose Barack Obama as their desired presidential candidate.

Knowing the worldwide respect Barack Obama has, my question for the panel is: what are the reasons Americans remain uncertain who the best candidate for President is, while the rest of the world has already made up its mind?


Maria   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Hi Larry. I will vote for Obama. It is nice to hear som Republicans speak with sense. So far they have all seemed to me like five year olds calling names and living in their own little world, totally out of touch with the rest of us. When I took a semester of American Sign Language, I went to a pre-school and it was very cute to see the children cover their eyes if they didn't wan to "hear" what another child was saying. That comes to my mind listening to McCain during the debate. Like I said, it is good to hear some Republicans talking with sense.

Jane Toms   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Eisenhouser’s granddaughter for VP? she sounded so ignorant, just another pundit.

atoosa   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Obama did not promise to take public finance, but that he would sit down with McCain to discuss public financing. I will pull up the exact words which was discussed in another news media.

Also, I disagree with you regarding why he would win this election. It is not because of the media but because a big majority of people who want change who were very involved in his campaign.

McCain is still campaigning in the past, and Obama is all about the future.

abqbob   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

everyone do your duty as an american and do not vote for the same party for both branches!!!

Brent   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Susan Eisenhower is impressive. Obama needs her in his administration.

Dino Furgiuele   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Who is the congresswoman from Mn that is making some really wild comments?

Larry she has been on your show a number of times.

Who is paying for her appearances if any and who does she represent exactly.

Alexandra Johnson   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Why isn't anyone commenting on John McCain's character. I'm of the first families of Arizona and have always known that Cindy McCain's father was a bootlegger – right up there with Joe Kennedy...
John McCain had an extra marrital affair with Cindy McCain
Cindy McCain, while working for a charity stole money and then blamed it on a drug addiction

Why are there no comments on John McCain's associations?

Steve Kenney   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Stop the ridiculous new commercial schedule!

Is this Larry King, or Nancy Grace?

I tuned her out from the start with her barrage of 60 second segments followed by 60 second commercials.

Respect your audience or we'll TUNE OUT!

Alan Sibert   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I've rerun the Palin comment (thanks to DVR) several times, and it now seems that although Sarah Palin has aplogized for suggesting some parts of the country are more "pro-American" than others, she has now taken the line that the people coming to her rallies are more "pro-American" than those who (by implication) go to Obama rallies. I find that very upsetting and distasteful. We can agree or disagree but we are ALL PRO-AMERICANS!

Natasha from WV   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

What is so bad about "spreading the wealth." Isn't it being a Christian to help those who are less fortunate than you?

Dane Todd   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Good night everyone
It is very clear that the republican party is very divided because now a few occasions Sarah Palin has disagreed with the top of the ticket on position and strategy.A real united party is the Obama ticket they obviously have a great bond and there words and their own rallies are almost in sink with each other.Biden knows what his job is and that is to support the president not disagree and make people know it.

sharon   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET


I am soooo sick of the innuendos regarding Obama's "true character" and who he palled around with. At this point in the election don't you think if there was any REAL evidence out there someone would be spilling their guts about it? This doesn't help Americans and the issues we face today and what tomorrow may bring. The McCain campaign has lost my respect and John McCain is no longer seen as the honorable man with his robo calls and the statements about Obama which are lies over and over. I have become a huge fan of Fact Check, both have been misleading but McCain is winning the race of FALSE claims- hmm think he's proud of that !

stephanie wilson   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Where in the world is Cindy McCain? Short of shadowing John she has no presence. Can you see her on the international scene? This is scary!

Chris Zylstra   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET


Mr. Frum, a fellow Canadian, whose fiscal conservatism seems to be losing favour with the GOP, suggests that the desperation shown by the McCain campaign as they careen from one tactic to another shows a lack of understanding of "issue number one", the economy. He is dead on. The contrast alongside the unflappable Obama is stark... The result? The McCain campaign is handing the Dems the presidency.

Doone Watson   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I find it interesting that Joe the Plumber seems to be Sarah Palin's economic advisor and that he speaks for most Americans – hopefully if she becomes VP she will try to obtain a slightly more elevated level of economic knowledge and not confuse socialism with what is happening today – History will repeat itself if we do not learn from our mistakes.

Kimberly   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Can Bay go away? The time for the religious right is over. Besides, I'm tired of the "r" in Washington.

Jamie Chiles   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I would love to hear what Bay Buchanan has to say about Todd Palin's association with an organization dedicated to promoting Alaska to succeed from the United States, especially as she describes the Palins as really being part of the "pro-American "groups found in small towns. Please ask her on this show.

Don de Vlaming   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I may seem a bit prejudiced, but after weighing all the information, criticizm, political opinion, prejudice for and against each candidate, I can only observe that the only logic that rings close to sand is the following. Pehaps a stint in Korea in the 50's clouds my judgement but I feel what the world needs to look at in the next four years from the USA is the following:

Fellow Americans
Remember, when you go to vote!

It is the VETERAN , not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN , who served under the Flag,

It is the Veteran who “will protect” the Flag
the Country for which it stands.

May God Bless America!

George Bassias   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I meant Lies, not laws

Sandi-NC   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I think having Bay on the show demeans the program. This woman is NOT rational, spreads "hate" in a way that I'm surprised CNN allows. If all Americans shared her twisted views, this country would be in huge trouble. Thank God, most Americans are not like her. I vote for her to be removed as a panelist at CNN...get another Republican on the panel that will stand by their beliefs, without resorting to questionable slander tactics. Your show is better than this Larry.

Paul Gohranson   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

question for MS Eisenhower, one question I have wanted to hear any one reporter or commentator ask of any of the candidates as they state that our son's and daughters die in Iraq for no clear reason is this. What does she think that dying in vain means? would she think that her Grandfather would think they are dying in vain. If they aren't how does a soldier die in vain? I also keep hearing from the republicans say we need to achieve victory in Iraq? What does victory mean? when will we know we have achieved victory in Iraq? I haven't found any program that would ask these questions and have someone answer these straight questions?

Ravi Shah   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I think Sarah Palin's assessment of Barack Obama's economic policies as SOCIALISM shows her absolute incapibility, lack of knowledge and understanding on the economic front and makes her the worst candidate for VP and GODFORBID President of USA.

Chris   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I havn't heard anything about the "Keating 5" in this election. McCain has been investegated for taking money before.His actions aided in a
bailout of 3.4 billion in 1990 .Same thing thats happening now.

Shawn Bishop   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Hi Larry,

America is facing a half trillion dollar deficit this year and the prospect of of even worse deficits hangs over everyone's head. The country is paying an obscene amount of interest to service this debt. How in the world will cutting taxes for anybody help deal with this crippling debt load?

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Hey Charles Dobbs,

Your making 400k a yea, yea share the wealth and pay more taxes, be happy u have 400k in business capital, all u middle class people barely have 2 pennys to rub together.

Dennis L Gump Jr   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Instead of barking up the wrong tree with attacking Mr.Obama's percieved character flaw's, why not question a VP nominee's toughts on being the "LEADER" of the Senate. Inteligence should be a greater concern for those who may still be undecided.

Amy Caison   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Love you Larry!!

I was really moved by Collin Powell's no- nonsense explaination. He really made it clear what is at stake here. McCain is too "old school" for me and all my friends, and we are all 38 and live in Texas. I am a soccer Mom and a Conservative Democrat.

I was particularly insulted by McCain the other day with his comments about Palin being the Republican answer to Liberal Feminism. GFAW. That is very telling. NO way I would vote for him now.

I like Obama, he is good for the country.

Greg Long   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Bill you are an idiot what % of black are Democrats? nuff said!

jim   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Wasn't it John McCain who was pushing for a flat income tax just a few years ago? Why hasn't he brought that up this year.
It seems the only people who don't want a flat tax are the people who abuse the loop holes. A flat tax would help all the people I work with. But then we don't make enough to worry about any loop holes.

dennisclatham   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

The republicans are only giving america a taste of what they will be like if they win the election.

Lies, deception and corruptness.

The Democrats are showing you truth, honor, patriotism.
Dem's are not lying to Americans.
They are not twisting their opponents words and repeating them over and over.

Dems are tlaking about the issues.

Do you think the rep's care about Americans?
NO !!!

They only care about getting into office.

Jim Woods   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

If wanting good paying jobs, health care, and and an education for my family makes me a socialists then so be it.

In 1997 it took something like 550 million to make Americas top 400 wealthiest in 2007 it takes 1.3 billion, wages and benefits for working class families haven't followed suit.

Doug In Alabama   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

My question for Bay Buchannon is: Since you and the right wing neocons are so concerned about Obama's associations with Ayers and Wright, how do you reconcile the fact that Sarah Palin's "First Dude", Todd is a member of the group that wants to secede from the United States and Governor Palin spoke before that same group. How "Real America" is that?

julian   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Sarah Palin has become the shame of the Republican party. Although she gathers supporters because of the novelty of her views and the eccentricity of her character, she has become a stone in the Republicans' shoe. She does not lack experience, but lacks the sense to decisively confront ruthless world leaders without resorting to "cute gimmicks" and soft disagreements. I do not see her, unlike John McCain, as the representative of the American people to the world, or the leader that herds the American spirit.

Reagan E. Fair (Due West, SC)   October 21st, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Just want everyone to know that I voted early today because we have early voting here in South Carolina. And yes, I definately voted for the Obama-Biden Whitehouse Ticket. There are a lot of us in America that have made up our minds a long time ago. As far as many Republicans "changing horses in mid-stream", I think these are the people who actually see their party affiliation for what it really is!!!

And what that "really is" is: WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING!!!

Hooray for the clear-thinking and open minded perspectives of these persons who have left the Republican Party!!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BobT   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Why is it OK for Obama to hide his Donors?
I thought big money in politics wasnt good.
How many forgien donors there are?

Donald Tierney   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Hey, Larry: it's interesting that Senator Obama's tax plan has been considered "socialistic" by the Republicans for only the last week. When he first came out with it, it was considered a viable, exciting plan by many people. But now, with Senator McCain trailing in the polls with only two weeks to go, it is now hailed as being evil and socialistic. I make half as much as Joe the Plumber (who incidentally, lives just down the street) and I think Senator Obama's plan is just great.

Cherring   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Hi Larry,

The McCain/Palin political attacks are victious and thoughtless to say the least. They have totally forgotten about the impact that their words of fear and division are having on thousands of voters. Competition is good; however, they have gone beyond the normal competitiveness that often exists among candidates.

McCain may have been a prisoner of war while serving our country. However, I no longer beleive that McCain can even be considered a hero or a man of honor. No hero goes to the length that he has gone to secure the presidency. He has used his military service as a shield to excuse his awful behavior. I am not surprised by Palin's behavior–as a matter of fact–I expected base behavior from her. However, I never expected it from McCain. His thoughtless remarks have taken this country back 40 years and has stirred up a new climate of racism.

Janet McCrory, Arkansas   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Larry, My question> John Mccain, has always said the he is a uniter but all I have seen and heard how bad Obama is. What happens after he election? What will happen to this country with all the division?

Bob   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

All Americans pay taxes. Taxes are a mechanism to "spread the wealth around." What is Medicare and Medicaid? What is social security? Wealthy people pay more taxes (percentage) than other people, so we spread the wealth around. McCain doesn't understand.

Matthew Pierce   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Any candidate that voted for the bailout is a Socialist. Any candidate that supports the nationalization of our banks is a Socialist. Any candidate that supports a centrally planned economy through the Federal Reserve system is a Socialist. Your question completely avoids the issue. Obama and McCain are both guilty for perpetuating the cycle that has destroyed our once great free market system.

The foundation of this country is dissent from one's governance and fighting against tyranny not blindly supporting it. Intended or not, Sarah Palin's comments implying certain citizens are more patriotic than others is abhorrent.

Juan Ulloa   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Larry, I am a Democrat looking to launch a business in this diffcult economy. My parents immigrated here, became citizens and paid their fair share from day one. I would LOVE to be wealthy. If I ever am I should expect to pay more in taxes than someone that makes even one dollar less than I. Common sense is not socialism.

The GOP touts America's strength, now I love this country and would die for it, but I know we lag behind other nations in terms of math and science education, and manuafaturing prowess. We have issues to resolve and when Obama brings them up the GOP leans on Ayers, elitism, veiled implications that Obama is "not like us," or is somehow less proud of this nation.

I see the problems in this nation daily. I don't want candidates to point fingers, I want them to provide solutions and proactive action. Sadly, McCain points more than any candidate I've seen in recent memory. In 2000, I seriously thought about voting for McCain. I don't recognize the man running this negative campaign in 2008.

Juan in DC

Shavonne   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

To Bay Buchanan: Why is it that Sarah Palin's remarks about the "real" America get passed along as patriotism when most people know it is code word for White America? The point in bringing up Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama being a member of his church for 20 years does not apply in this case. When you are Black and have seen what Blacks have gone through in American (our home too) then you will understand not only what Mr. Wright was trying to say but also Michelle Obama's comment. I do not condone all of Mr. Wright's views but when you live in a country where you are judged solely by the color of your skin, it makes you see things differently. It is shameful that even now, this presidential race has to come down to race. We are being forced back into one of the most hateful times in our history.

keisha   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Why isn't Sara and Todd Palin's patriotism questioned? Todd was/is a part of an organization that want(ed/s) to separate from the USA. That doesn't strike me as patriotic.

Attacking others and referring to them as Muslim is anti-American because it is Unconstitutional, all Americans are valued in this country–regardless of race or religion.

And saying that white Christian and veteran Americans in rural American are REAL America is unpatriotic and divisive. What about me? Am I not a REAL American because I am African-American and live in the urban area?

Linda   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

First of all, I can't believe that Senator O'Bama is even in this race. The media focuses so much on the inexperience of Sarah Palin, but guess what? She is not running for President – O'Bama is. This is an inexperienced man. Does not anyone see that Senator McCain is so much more qualified for this position both for national security and the economy? I feel such a force against the very team that wants to preserve decency and freedom in our country. The media trashes the McCain/Palin team and ignores the many suspect things about Obama/Biden ticket.
The McCain team keeps on bringing up the suspicious associations of Obama, but no one listens or even investigates. If the media would spend a little energy investigating these things, and report the truth, then the McCain team wouldn't have to keep repeating them. They keep saying them, hoping that someone will hear and heed the warning. It is like a bunch of people with earplugs, not wanting to even listen and consider what is really going on. I respect and love John McCain – he is a real hero and would make a fine president. As for Sarah Palin, I don't think it was a mistake to choose her. I am proud of them and still will be, even if they don't win the race. They will be winning the REAL race of standing for what this country stands for and UNDER GOD. If everyone would listen to her and not ridicule her, they may find out that she can learn and lead just as well as Obama. Why is the media so afraid to be fair to both parties – are they getting some benefit from being one-sided?

Jennifer Zuri   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Bay Buchanan couldn't be more wrong when she said tonight that the reason why people are voting for Barack Obama isn't because they're attracted to him, but because they're mad at the Republican party. I'm a voter from Illinois (who voted for Reagan back in the day), and ever since Obama made his famed speech at the Democratic Convention to nominate John Kerry I've been waiting for him to announce his candidacy for the 2008 presidential campaign. The majority of us Obama supporters are intimately familiar with his stance on important issues and embrace his political philosophies.

Robert   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

If Sen Obama is elected we all understand he can only get accomplished what Congress approves.Since she brought up Ayers and Wright I believe the citizens would like to know what is the extent of Gov Palin and her spouse is with the AIP.

gflynn   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Why is it that McCain does not want to spread the wealth around – why is that a bad thing???

marie   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Your guests tonite are not in touch with Main street america. Ms. Eisenhower sounds like an elitist. the man in the center has thrown in the towel, and the lady on the right is the only one who makes any sense. I worked hard for forty four years and I paid taxes and the amount each year supported two families . I don't need government giving my money to people who don't pay taxes or don't work for a living as I have. And since the government couldn't manage the economy I can't believe they can manage health care any better.I was in health care my entire career and worked for private as well as state agencies. Private was less beauracratic and things were done more efficiently.

Arshad   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

If the republicans definition of capitalism is to let half a percent of top wealthy people to steel 80% of the united states wealth than we may need to look in to republicans definition of socialism.
I was Republican supporter until 2004 election. Republican present leadership leveraged the fear of unknown for 8 years & used it for their personal benefits. It is the time to put a stop on it.

Jasmine   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

America is in sorry need of a change – both from its internal politics, and more importantly, from the perception the world has today of America as a nation. Sarah Palin, who loves to discuss patriotism and her foreign policy experience, has no clue about countries and cultures outside of her border, and the damage that the Republican politics of Bush and McCain have done to the reputation of what was once a great nation. Barack Obamas character, integrity, eloquence and civility has shown a complete change from the politics of Bush and McCain. America is in need of an elegant figure. Obama is certainly that. The most eloquent leader since Kennedy. The only question is whether Americans have the courage...

Evan   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

While I lean towards Obama on many issues, it is unreal that people think Obama has a better economic plan. Especially now. Everyone knows credit is shrinking. Both personal and business lines.

Many small businesses rely on lines of credit to make payroll. So what does that mean? Employers cannot meet payroll and they have to lay off employees or go out of business.

Now Obama wants to raise taxes on small businesses.

Are you kidding?

If he wants the depression, that is how to do it. Suck them money out of your employer to force even further job loss.

What good is a tax cut if you are unemployed?

I wish these two could morph- because they both are bright guys, it is a shame that most only see red or blue. A mixture of both is what we need, especially now.

Gus Flores   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET


Finally, a Democratic supporter says it!!! Thank you Susan!!! Let's talk about ALL the issues. Dems avoid talking about anything outside our borders. Why not talk about the big picture? Not speaking about our economy on the world platform only proves how limited Sen. Obama really is.
And what about the rest of the pie? Things like the looming confrontation the next president is going to face outside the US. Iran, Venezuela and Russia are huge pieces of that pie!
Obama is not prepared to deal with the world issues!!!

Gus Flores
Mt Vernon, WA

Zack   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET


The Palin and McCain attacks on Obama's character are more an indication of their character. Slander and innuendo are not indicators of high moral character.


Teresa   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Does anyone think that IF the McCain/Palin ticket wins, it would be like having 2 very loose cannons in the White House? If Ms. Palin abused her power as governor, what would she do as VP?

Jason   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET


Canceling to the Larry King Live show with no apparent good reason, is synonymous with conceding the election, In My Opinion. Why would you do it? He's scared...he's running scared. God bless him and his service, but we need drastic change.

A message to Obama matter how big the lead not become complacent.

Vote!! Vote!! Vote!!

Paul Mauriello   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

If the American people have no questions about Barrack Obama's character - why is his lead still only 4% in the latest Rasmussen (and many others) Poll? Shouldn't he be leading by 15-20% if he's so wonderful? Clearly many people still have their doubts. Why don't you consider that? This election is very far from over.

In 2004, the polls seemed to indicate that Kerry was surging in the swing states and even the exit polling said Kerry was the winner. There are lots of polls, yet you choose to show only one.

Camille   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Liberal Media give me a break... I am a single parent that just this March was put in the Warren Buffet category during stimulous package time ... a whopping 92 k a year driving a 9 year old car... I fear Obama as everyone should ... We are not his middle class.. His middle class is be lazy get more... Seriously people wake up !!!!!! Need I remind you famous campaign promises "no new taxes" kind of sounds like 250 k !!!!!!

angela   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I am a registered democrat and I voted early today. I vote split ticket normally. With so much bickering in the republican party, I voted straight ticket and even when there was a repub unchallenged, I didn't choose them. McCain/Palin have destroyed my opinion of the Republican Party. I'm literally tired from their divisive tactics. I thank those individual Republicans who have come forward with voices of reason. They are the ones who have stood against their Party/good ol' boy network.

Fred   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Senator Biden the other day said " I am tired,tired, tired tired.
When asked what he really meant, He said those darn doctors, I told them it wasn't my prostate that I wanted enlarged"
Humor injection now and then always good.

Jack Silver   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Get it straight people socialism is not communism even if the Soviets used the term. Whenever you have even minimal goverment support/ regulation, whenever you have public funded libraries or schools or hospitals you have a degree of socialism. Is Obama a socialist. Unfortunately he is not. But we need a system like Germany, or France, or Sweden so we will not have to risk going bunkrupt to finance our health care or educational needs. Enough with the propaganda. Enough with the ignorance and manipulation. Enough with the politicians that serve special interests. Enough with politics of international aggression and crookedry. Enough with the republicans!!!

Gloria Burton   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

With Republicans going on and on about OBama's relationships and reputation, why isn't anybody bringing up the fact that Sarah's husband is a member of the group wanting to secede from America? I saw a video on-line of the speaker of this group denouncing American. Why isn't that a fair comparison of Sarah's relationship with and judgement of these people? She even spoke at a meeting of theirs and wished them well in their cause!

Tim Shira   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I would like to explain something to the democrats and the republicans.

Whether taxes are high or low for a BUDGET to be successful the items in the BUDGET need to be somewhat PREDICTABLE. In my personal budget the one component that is completely UNPREDICTABLE is healthcare. I get what I call mystery bills all the time. I know they are coming but I am never sure how large they wll e and I know that until I spend $7500 per year they are all mine. I love it 🙂 The idea that a LOW COST HIGH DEDUCTABLE HEALTHCARE PROGRAM WITH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS makes any sense for the typical American goes directly against the idea of BUDGET. Budgets almost demand predictability. What we have now is what I call PRAYER PLANS. That is pray to go that we never get sick plans. I am voting Democrat because I am hopeful that someone will finally address healthcare. I don't understand why we think it is a RIGHT to send our kids to college but not a right to go and see the doctor. I do think it is a right that our children have to the best education in the world but it should also be a right that if they get sick we should be able to take them to the doctor without fear of personal financial crisis.

I actually have a masters degree in business, a great job, and I well educated. I also haven't been totally crushed by the economic pressures that have been applied to the working class of this country. I would like to see all americans paid well and be able to afford at least the basic necessities. Whether educated or not.

My question is that if we are to deal with healthcare how can you expect competition and deregulation to fix the problem? Six years ago gas and electric were deregulated and now it is just more complicated and twice as expensive.



Rob   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Among national (U.S.) candidates, do these remind you of one?

-an outstanding ability to charm and seduce followers.
-glibness/superficial charm:
-captivating storytellers that exude self-confidence,
-they are persuasive
-they have the capacity to destroy their critics verbally or emotionally.
-they never recognize the rights of others
-they see their self-serving behaviors permissible.
-they appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering,
-they feel entitled to certain things as "their right."
-craves adulation and attendance. Must be the center of attention
-as the "spokesman for God," "enlightened," "leader of humankind,"
-creates an us-versus-them mentality
-pathological lying has no problem lying coolly and easily
-extremely convincing and able to pass lie detector tests.
-lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
-sees others around them not as people, but as targets and opportunities.
-the end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
-shallow emotions; warmth, compassion is more feigned than -experienced
-outraged by insignificant matters,
-unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person.
-since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
-while they talk about "God's love" they are unable to give or receive it.
-expects unconditional surrender.
-callousness/Lack of Empathy
-unable to empathize with the pain of their victims,
-have only contempt for others' feelings of distress
-their skills are used to exploit, abuse and exert power.
-believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish,
-no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
-The followers only see them as near perfect.
-problems in making and keeping friends.
-not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams.
-oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause.
-does not accept blame themselves, but blame others.
-blame reinforces passivity and obedience.
-highly sensitive to their own pain and health.
--------------------------– Other Related Qualities:
-Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
-Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
-Only rarely in difficulty with the law
-Incapable of real human attachment to another
-Unable to feel remorse or guilt
-Extreme narcissism and grandiose
-May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

Remind you of someone ? If so ...Do you believe it is important to not have a sociopath in high office?

The above are from: "Profile of a Sociopath"

Kevin P. Smith   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

First of all, I think the winner of this election, whoever it may be, may well demand a recount!
For the past month, I have heard nothing from the Democrats without the comment, "John McCain and Sara Palin are running such a negative Campaign" – even from Gn Colin Powell. Wow, that is pretty incredible for a group of individuals who do nothing but complain! For the last eight years I have come to the conclusion that Democrats I know are some of the most negative and "trash talking" individuals that have ever walked the streets of America! For the past 20 years I have avoided my Father during election time, because I grow weary of his negative trash talking rants! And he is probably the most liberal Democrat I know – talk about a trash talker!

I changed my party affiliation this year from Republican. But, I can tell you there is no way I am voting for Obama! So he is eloquent, big deal!But, he is in no way qualified to lead our country, when it comes down to it, even Sara Palin is more qualified than he!

This whole campaign of calling McCain and Palin negative, has had the absolute opposite affect on me – I will vote for the most qualified individual, in economics, foriegn policy, and domestic issues. i will cast my vote for John McCain and Sara Palin.

Marius Povilaitis   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Talking about Obamas socialistic ideas, we don't need socialism in our country, we all know, that socialism leads to comunism . I lived in Soviet Union and i know what is comunism.

Dexter   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Hello everyone,

The statement Biden made wasn't neg. in any sense or content. What I interperted was, Obama in his first term, wouldn't be any different handling or experiencing a major situation than Carter, Regan, H.Bush, Clinton or W. Bush during their first term in office!

Look back in our President's history it's almost like a "right of passage"! So why are the Republican's trying to make this out as though it's an attack on his lack of experience!

Kevin from Michigan   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Mr. King what do you think of the comment made by Obama that Israel will no longer be " number 1 " when it comes to mid-eastt policy . I do believe you arer jewish . My personal opinion is Israel has to be " Number 1 " when it comes to who we support in the Mid-east . What do you or your panel think of Obamas' comment ?
Thank you ! kevin

Carl Ferguson   October 21st, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I find it very difficult to believe that people of otherwise good character like Mrs. Buchanan believe the scurrilous lies propagated by the McCain campaign. Can the Republican Party be so desperate to keep control of the White House that will TRULY say anything they think will help them win? What has happened to America? I fear we have lost all moral authority in the civilized world.

Michael from MO   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Hi Larry,

It seems to me that Republicans are angry that any benefit that goes to the middle class will improve the lives of minorities. Many of the angry Republicans in their rallies are scared and shocked that a black man will be president. Isn't Obama 50% white?

Hugh   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET


Do you have any worries about giving Sarah Palin a top secret clearance, knowing she is a member of the AIP? Should her husband be allowed the same clearance, so he can continue to sit in on his wife's day-to-day business meetings?

Lorraine   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

You and your guests repeatedly talk about McCain's negative campaign & ads yet I have not seen any of this. On the other hand Obama's negative ads appeared 5 times in less than one hour last night. It was the same ad over & over again. In regard to your waiting for McCain to appear on your show – why would he? Your bias is showing.

DivaCoach   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Sarah Palin is what is wrong in this country and why so many people are turned off by Christianity. Hypocrisy at its finest. As an Evangel of color, her attitude and her abilty to distort the truth, turn a lie into the truth, and hide behind the words of others is why so may Evangel leaders are exposed by their hidden lives on a national platform. They live in glass houses and are all more eager to cast stones at their supposedly 'Chrisitian brothers and sisters' who do not share their views.

Melissa   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Im in Pennsylvania and im voting proudly for John McCain! Thank you.

Keesha McCoy   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I believe the tone of the McCain/Palin ticket took a turn for the worst with their ads and rallies. As a teacher, I teach all the children of all the people. I feel that McCain Palin ticket is dividing the country... now rural America against big city America. When will they begin to think before they speak? It seems that they do not understand the power of division. I watched Obama's convention and it seemed to bring all different types of people together. I truly felt the American pride. The McCain/Palin rallies do not seem to reflect the America that we speak about. I love that I teach all the children. I just wish that the McCain/Palin ticket would or could reflect the diversity of our country.

saud   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Mr. King

I think you had mentioned this issue on your show!

“According to some rumors and the United States economic condition now abysmal, the stage is set to realign and redesign how our national business is conducted. It has been suggested the U.S. Government nationalize the mortgage and banking industries. It has long been suggested our medical system be nationalized. Higher taxes, fewer services and wider borders.

The Security Prosperity Partnership of North America is a U.S. State Department reality. The proposals include mineralizing borders between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, creating a continental perimeter border for defense, technologies reducing the necessity to inspect inbound import cargo and tolling the superhighways on which we and the mystery cargos will travel.”

So, since Gov. Palin doesn’t know what the job of a VP is, I beat you that she has no idea what’s Amero? And if the senator show’s up for the interview on your show I would like you to ask him the same question and if this kind of plan does exist within the Bush administration or and Republican Party??


Veronica   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Hi Larry!

This has been a very disappointing campaign in many respects but what comes to the forefront is the lack of support of the media for McCain/Palin. Even you appear to have an axe to grind because McCain cancelled his appearance on your show.

Obama has had the consistent support of the media as well as millions of dollars to support his campaign. In fact, it surprises me that McCain is even in the race at all given all the negatives.

Is the media so angry with Bush that they have decided to block any possible Republican candidate from becoming President? I feel that this whole campaign has been about Bush (which McCain has clearly demonstrated that he's not associated with).

Why won't the media give McCain a break?

SUNDAY   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I am wondering if what joe the plumber said is even right, what is your opinion larry, is mcain/palin wrong in quoting joe the plumber as if he is an authority in this field

Louise Strain   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Larry, watch you show regularly. What I don't understand is why the person interviewing Sarah Palin lets her get away with lying about Barack Obama's tax policies. She says he will tax small businesses and people making small amounts of money. I haven't once heard Senator Obama say that and neither has the interviewer. Are you guys just afraid of this lipstick wearing pitbull or what?

James from Texas   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I am from India, lived under socialism. Palin and McCain are ignorant about socialism,and they assume that Americans are ignorant as they are.

Clara Rebecca Stratton   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I wish that commentators would complete the statement that Biden made about Obama being tested after he takes office - the end of the statement was something to the effect that they would test him, but find him to have a spine of steel. Nobody completes this - especially not Palin and McCain, but also not the news media.

Already Decided   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

My concern is with Bay Buchanan. I am young and intelligent, and for the most part have been watching CNN since Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama announced their candidacy. It was historical and I was not only impressed but amazed to see a woman and an African American running for president. Since then, I am may be not as equally proud but somewhat impressed that a woman, Sarah Palin, is on the vice presidential ticket. It’s all history to me and I am proud to be an American. But I am concerned and confused with how Republicans, and Ms. Buchanan, always appears to be agitated and angry with Barack Obama. Sometimes I cannot tell if it’s politics or personal. No, I am not a politician with years of “experience” watching CNN, but I believe I speak for most people that your tone and harsh criticism is not welcoming and more than likely a turn-off to those voters who are currently undecided. Just stick with the issues and dismissed the personal attacks.

Washington, DC

Grace   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I am a registered Republican and consider myself conservative. I have spent the last several months absorbing all the information I can on both candidates.I am voting for Obama. I was still undecided
until the day Sarah Palin was introduced.She is unqualified and unprofessional and an embarrassment to not only women ,but all Americans.The Republicans say that we are voting for McCain,not Palin. How come every time I turn on the news I am hearing her and not McCain?I am sure she is probably a very nice person with high standards and morals. But so am I.The country would fall apart if I were to be elected,just as it would if she were put in such a position. McCain made a huge mistake.

Charley   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Is Bay seriously going to question Obama's character without doing the same to McCain? How about running the negative campaign he said he would never do? Using Palin as a negative mouthpiece is either manipulation or he has no control over his own campaign. I was an open-minded,undecided independent until shortly after the RNC. As each campaign continues, I become more assured in my selection of Obama.

ncEngineer   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

To Bill's question:

McCain doesn't want to help the middle class or anyone except the rich.

What % of people who make more than $250,000 are white and what % are not?

That is why minorities will vote for Barak Obama and not McCain!

Harjit Singh   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Can someone ask Sarah Palin to define socialism? Also ask her to map Obama's core policies to the definition? Most of what she talks is hypothetical and subjective. She needs to find an objective argument before she opens her mouth to criticize Obama. Picking a word from Joe the pumbler's conversation with Obama that suits Republicans and run with it blindly is not the smart thing to do. I think, she will be causing a long-term latent damage to the GOP because of her behavior and lack of knowledge, experince, and judgement.

God bless this country!

Kevin McNulty   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Larry, can you ask your panel their thoughts on the one issue that truly sets apart their candidate WITHOUT attacking the other candidate based on his response to the same issue.

Kevin   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I glad to see that everyone seems to be involved in this election, regardless of whether they are informed or not. But the thing that worries me the most is how will the country react after Nov 4. If we continue to be divided we are headed for disaster. There is one clear message coming from Obama "Change", something that everyone can be a part of, and this is the message that rings true to me. With so many negative comments coming from McCain how can he expect to bring a nation together after Nov 4.

Jay   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Can someone please put Bay Buchanan out of her misery. She's obnoxious and annoying. It's embarrassing that she won't just speak honestly. John McCain has lied over and over in the last few months, and toed the party line that he once abhorred. Palin is a train wreck. She may have ignited the base, the base that McCain used to hate, but she is unbelievably unqualified to be the dog catcher in NYC never mind VP. I don't know what they do in Alaska, but I cannot imagine her running any other state in the Union. McCain must be burning and seething inside at the thought of "if only." If only he has chosen Mike Bloomberg, or Mitt Romney, or even Joe Liberman. This economic crisis would be a non-issue. Barack would be where he was in August, behind... But Obama someone has incredible luck or amazing foresight. In choosing Joe Biden he has made most people secure about his governing ability. Not to mention the reaction John McCain had to the crisis, but I do think that was more to do with Palin and not having a sidekick with a brain. He had no one truly experienced to offer advice other than lobbyists and campaign people. He's done, it's over... if he's not it's a bigger upset than the Dewey/Truman race! WAY BIGGER!

Dana Puopolo   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Does John McCain and the Republicans' inability to 'connect' with the needs of a majority of the American public reflect on his possible inabilty to 'connect' as President?

In simple words, does the fact that he's unable to run an effective campaign to win the presidency make him a bad potential president? This is an interesting question, especilly in light of the fact that G.W. Bush, an incompatent idiot was able to win-twice-over others that were probably more competant then him.

Edward Bonn   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Why is no one commenting on the gross-miss quote Sara Palin gave of what Senator Biden said regarding Barack Obama being tested. She lied by saying "If Barack Obama is elected America will be tested". Sen. Biden simply said that "like JFK, Barack Obama will be tested". She is down right devoid of morals and honesty and would have us believe that if you don't follow her and McCain's ideologies that you somehow are not a "real American". Would somebody give her a REAL INTERVIEW. Not like the "mamby pamby" interview your correspondent in Reno did.

She is dangerous!

tony   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Hey Larry, I have to say that the McCain camp thought they could use
Palin as a secret weapon and steal voters(especially females) from the Demoncrats. Unfortunately, they forgot to establish a comprehensive package to get the country back on track and convey that sense of urgency to the American people. I think it's a sad day in American politics that we have a Repulbican campaign that has literally embarrassed its own party. Bottom line, the secret weapon "Palin" back-fired.

Barb   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

From Canada, We are so impressed by Barack Obama and if we lived in the U.S. he would be our choice. John McCain may be a good man but Sarah Palin is a joke and is only adding to material for comedians and every talk show. GO OBAMA

Celia / Texas   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I with you Bryan the Buchanan's are so, blah! They don't see anything good about anybody else only their Republican views. When Obama wins I going to see how they react and what comments they have to say blah! I am so, glad Collin Powell and the other Republicans see that Palin was a mistake as a V.P. Way to go Joe Biden with the message to the McCain campaign stop the negative and separating the voters by slamming Obama .

Clarissa   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I would like to know what McCain's "executive experience" is? He and Palin continualy talk about it but he has only been a Senator just like Obama.

Is it considered executive experience since he was in the military? And if so, how does that related to being president?

AL LEMAY   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET


Pape from Massachusetts   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

David, if all republicans were just like you i will vote for them.
America have to set Example for other countries, we are one nation even if we don't have the same vision, let's stop the politics of division

Lynne in Indiana   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I did research through the Library of Congress website and found that the bills authored by Obama for the year of 2007 were substantial, dealing with green energy, equal rights, help for the poor, etc. John McCain authored bill about trail cleanup, a bill about crafts, but none which seemed to be substantial. Also I noted that McCain always votes in the case of military issues, but less about social ones.

This is part of why I will be voting for Obama. I did the research and feel that given their records in votes and authored bills, Obama more represents what I want to see in our government. I want to be an informed voter.

Also, I feel that Obama has gotten so many non-voters (like me) ready to vote and excited about the effect votes can have on our government. It will take Americans pitching in to help with our current crisis.

Marie   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

While the McCain/Palin ticket is beligering Obama about his economic plan, comparing his plan to socialism, they forget that the real, working, struggling to make ends meet Americans, are really hurting right now and McCain/Palin truly have no sense of how the other half lives. I work in a hospital where one of my patients is a 71 yr. old single woman, possibly facing cancer, who receives $725 monthly of social security retirement and paying over $1000 for rent. She "makes too much" according to human resources department to qualify for any rental assistance or other public assistance. She is on the verge of homelessness every month and while she has worked hard for 40yrs and has payed her share of taxes, she is still unable to to make ends meet. Should that be the case in America? I myself, although a "professional", after spending over 50K in student loans for college educations, make no more than 50K yearly and cannot even think of saving for a home to achieve the American Dream. Where is my tax break under McCain/Palin?

Mary - Lakeland   October 21st, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Obama is outspending McCain because people believe in him...a lot of people!

Republicans give it a rest already! I will be glad this is over so I hopefully do not have to listen to Palin anymore!

Joe the barber   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I am a new small business owner and would benefit more from Obamas tax plan than McCains. I own a barbershop, employ about 8 Americans. Like most other small businnesses, I do not make more than $250,000, and neither do most of the plumbers around this country.

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Bay is not rational at all Larry, what is the deal with that. It is obvious none of you viewers like her so why have her on, we are just going to change the channel in the future. If you really care about yours fans you should consider what we ask.

Dawood Patel   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I am an independent Muslim American and until I watched CNN Headline News Issues program at 7, I was undecided. I am going to vote Anti-republican because Republicans are anti-Islam, Anti-Muslim dividers. Republicans are suggesting that my grand children cannot be the president because we are Muslims. This is not the path I would America to take so I am voting straight anti-Republican.

brian   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

hi lARRY
Why don't the media say what every one is thinking. This race is going to come down to race and I think that the GOP " republican party" is sending out a very racist msg, which will effect this country for years to come. I listen to my parents talk and the describe whats going on has the same ugly ideas of the sixty's.

Seymore Butz   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I want to know about Obama's drug dealer in Chicago.

Martin Collins   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I 'm suprised at the reaction of pundits who probalbly wouldn't have Sarah Palin round for dinner, but are quite happay to say that she is fit to be vice president.

dj   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

The Republican party act as though this is there Country and the rest of us are here just for the RIDE!

O by the way R party don't even think of cheating.


Clinton   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I think that the McCain campaign and its surrogates should not shy away from stating the underlying conclusion of their Ayers argument, which is that Obama holds anti-American views. Look at the line of argumentation:
(A)Obama has a close association with Bill Ayers.
(B)People who are closely associated with each other share the same views.
(C)Bill Ayers has anti-American views.
(D)Therefore, Obama has anti-American views.

I understand that some premises aren't stated because they are either widely accepted or too awkward to incorporate with the larger argument. But such bold accusations should require a boldness on behalf of the person delivering the argument to carry it out all the way to its ultimate conclusion. Like Gov. Palin mentioned to Limbaugh, they've "got nothing to lose."

Steve   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

As our great president Lincoln brought the country together to eradicate slavery , I feel that Obama will divide the country with his class separtiaon ideology. Those who work hard are fed up with those who look for handouts. I feel the Obama doctrine will punish those who work hard and support those who dont make the efforts. Don't get me wrong, all those greddy CEO's should have checks and balances on how they siphon large sums of money from their companies. Both candidates promise alot when the economy is bankrupt. We need creation of jobs, not more loans and stimulus checks to push more consumption, and more debt.

Kaushik Desai   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Mr. King:

This electin is war of "Words" with one party on "correct and wise" track and other party on "Wrong and Follolish Track". I American Voters have reflected throgh the recent pollls, who is correct and who is wrong .

andrew ray   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry, McCain/Palin hold that Obama's "spread the wealth" comment
is Socialism. Our current tax system has been used for the rich to get richer. There are corporations that pay no taxes, while their CEO(s)
get outrageous payouts and McCain wants to keep things as they are.
Secondly, McCain takes about associations(Obama). What about
McCain's Transition Team(Chair). He was paid by the Iraqi dictator to lobby the US Government to lift sanctions.

bobby galebi   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

will someone please tell jo the plumber that the more people loose their homes the less plumbing work he'll have and the less $ he'll make! we can't have 4 more years of lies and bogus wars just to prove that we're still the biggest bullies in the world while we loose jobs homes and lives in our own country.

Anna   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry –

Thank you for always bringing the Republicans back to the real issues.
We all know that when Obama said we should "share the wealth" he was not suggesting income redistribution but the opportunity for all to be "wealthy," not just the top 5% of the country. Why do the Republicans stoop to such levels? Their dishonesty and manipulation is so harmful to the country. "Country First?" Who are they kidding.

Louise   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Face it, they need Bay. Michelle Bachmann is otherwise occupied!

Robert Griffey   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

If social programs are so bad, I guess the social security program is bab, but it has been a life saver for so many people, so does the republicans think that the social security program should be repelled. you can't have it both ways, you can't be for something and against something .

Sheldon Strauss   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

John McCain is The Manchurian Candidate. Why else would he had spent two extra years in Hanoi wen he could had left. Why else would he had picked someone as uncapable to be his running mate. This is really scarey.

carol kesling   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

larry, whats wrong with these panels especially the reps, dont they think that people MIGHT ACTUALLY LIKE OBAMA???????? john mcsame is a angry,angry man and we do not NEED ANGRY in the white house !!!!!! p.s. BIDEN WAS GREATTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

CHIEF PAUL NWOKEJI   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hi Larry:

Keep up with the good job CNN icon!!!!! I must tell you that the days have been numbered. Obama will be the next President of the United States. He will deliver the U.S. to the Promise Land. More important, the reason why top Republican leaders are jumping the sinking ship to support Obama is because McCain picked an inexperienced VP. She can see "Russia from her doorstep". She does not understand the economical needs of this country. People need jobs, healthcare, college tuition for their children, food and shelter. NOT needless attacks from Sarah Palin. She is killing the Republican party.

With much respect,
Chief Paul Nwokeji

DHR   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hey Larry
Help me understand back in the 1980”s the Republican Party supported and funded Iraq to fight agency Iran and Bid Laden agency Russian with money and weapons hmmm how soon American forget!! Republican Party really supported terrorism.

Giovanny   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

hi Larry
I would like to know why the media has not focused more on Sarah Palin's ties to the alaskan indepence party and whether her husband supported the secession of Alaska.

Bill   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Unions spend millions of $ telling their members to vote for Obama.

hanna   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I just read an article on Governor Palin. Isn't it illegal to make changes to travel forms, after the trip? She has taken her family on an unbelievable number of trips – where they were not invited or expected. How can a leader, at any level, get away with that? She is unethical and should bow out for lack of knowledge on too many areas of national concern – she continues to recite bits of nonsense and I'm stupified that people believe her nonsense.

Owen Carryl   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry - the world will blame the violence-provoking rhetoric of McCain and Palin if one of their adoring fans attempts to hurt Sen. Barack Obama.

Tim Starr   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Palin calls Obama a Socialist when Alaska is the largest redistribution of wealth state there is. Ever citezen recieves $3,000 a year.

Sofie   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Here are a few questions:

If Gov. Palin wants fair treatment from the media why has she been so reluctant to give interviews like all the other candidates?

If Gov. Palin wants the government "out of her way" why does she support government "intrusion" when there's a crisis? You can't bash regulation and then say it's needed in a crisis.

I hate to break it to ya, Sarah, but you can't have it both ways!

Allie69   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry and viewers,

Joe the plummer has a problem with Obama's concern for the middle class and calls his plan "socialism" yet he may be taking money from a radio station to help pay for his back taxes. Maybe Joe needs Obama's help more than he cares to admit.

Rhonda Alexis   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry, I am extremely offended as an American at the selection of John McCain's VP, to put the American people at such a serious risk with the world at hand was the act of a desperate individual. Outside of Mrs. Palin's attacks, there is nothing else she offers America or the Republican Party. She is an ordinary woman, like most Americans. What we need is an extraordinary person who understands ordinary people like myself. I sure want someone in the White House who is smarter than me. She has given the presidential campaign very low standards as a Republican. Mr. McCain DID NOT PUT HIS COUNTRY FIRST! LIAR!

John from Kingston, Ontario, Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Can you imagine that Bush is going to have a better legacy than McCain when this is all over? Bush beat him for the nod in 2000, 2004, and now McCain is going lose several states Bush carried. Just the final kick in the false teeth for the old guy

kjs/alabama   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry do Bay have to pay you to be on your show......thrash constantly comes out of her mouth......she wants to talk about associates..lets hear her discuss the Keating Five, Gordon Liddy and oh Cindy stealing from her own charity........sorry I had to go there but Bay is relentless on her lost put down ones character............Can she find where Obama was ever charged with the mishandling of funds as the McCains were......and we all know the Palin story, obstructions of justice I think its called......My prayer is that we can all come together and get these United States to where it should be and stop the petty character attacks just to win an election.

Sera   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hello Larry:

Where does one begin? First of all, as I've stated before on one of these blogs, I'm a caucasin, middle-aged, high income, former Republican voter, but will be voting for the Obama / Biden ticket this time around. My husband and many family members who were also Republicans will also be voting for the Obama / Biden ticket.

We think Colin Powell summed it up quite well. McCain showed extremely poor judgement in his choice for a VP running mate, his attack tactics have been divisive and untrue, and Obama has displayed poise and remained on task / focused throughout this hoky poky campaign. Palin needs to bow out and go back to Alaska where she came from. It wouldn't hurt her to find out what The Constitution says about the office of VP and many other matters before she even considers running for anything again. She'll be lucky if she's not impeached. Would someone please explain Socialism to that poor child? She is preying on vulnerable people again to sway them over to the McCain side, but does not realize or maybe just doesn't care about the lasting damage she could be causing in the process.

Enough said, but for what it's worth, I never thought I would vote for the Democratic ticket, but drastic times call for change and I / we believe Obama will bring that as well as great leadership to our country.

p Burns   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

How can the gentleman in the middle of your panel absolve himself of mudslinging when he was a major contributer to it and an accomplice to dirty politics as a member of Bush/Chaney/Rove Republicans who set the tone 8 plus years ago. He is trying to come off as Mr. Clean when he is a part of the slime.

Sonny Edwards-Muscle Shoals Al   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Why won't someone in the legitimate press/media ask one question:
Why did McCain iead the legislation and vote to seal ALL records and information on POW-MIAs in Vietnam? Was he trying to hide parts of his own record? We have a right to know what the Government knows about our soldiers and loved ones. We will never forget!

Dawna Guloien   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hi Larry

I watched the interview today wuth Sara Palin, I am beginning to feel sorry for her. We are all interested in her and what she has to say, but mostly it is because we are laughing at her and can't waite to see what stupid thing she is going to say next. The way that McCain is running his campaign is so wrong, this hate, is just breeding more hate. I have 3 daughters and I can tell you that young people feel so different about these topics than anyone over 40. They are just not willing to put up with racist campaign. They care about the world, and the people in it and are worried about what will be left for them, when they are older. Obama is on the right track, more power to him.

Thanks Dawna Guloien

Oortiz   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Here is my question to the infamous Joe the plumber. He talked about how how he thinks the wealthier should not be penalized for being sucessfull, but does he not realize he will never be anywhere close to making enough money under the Mccain adminstration. We do not need four more years of really being penalized ,that is us the ordinary American that need and deserve a better future and opportunity.

mimi/New York   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I can't believe Our country is making history, a black man becoming president, a woman ran for president, a woman running for vice president, millions of new registered voters. Voters who are close to dying never thought they would see this country make such progress and all the republican party can do for all the people who worked to bring us to this point, is to divide the country; and they wonder why over 90% of countires outside of America wants Obama, shame on the republican party, stick to the issues, we are suffering out here.


Jerry   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET


I keep waiting for someone to ask a follow up question that requires Palin to give a thoughful answer. She is a paper doll stood up by a toothpick. You see the front then walk around to the back and there is nothing there.

Dianne   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

In a pout about McCain?

Why not have Senator Obama on your programme?

How about Monday, Tuesday next week!

You want to treat the future President with respect, Larry.

Lina coretti   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I think that the Republicans have lost a lot of young votes for the simple fact that younger people are more exposed to diversity, they have more information on hand helping them to see objectively, and they are not as religious as their parents were 40 years ago. The republicans have to change their message. Young people of today are smart people,they dislike a candidate who puts down the other,they dislike a candidate who shoots animals and do not care about the environment. They are more progressive and interested in what is happening in other countries.All this are interests also shared by the democratic party.

Lina Coretti, an Italian who lives in the Usa

AJ   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I am listening to the show and I just heard Bay say that character is important. I beg to disagree. We knew Pres. G.W. Bush and his character. He comes from an all-American family; his dad, a former president and his brother, the former governor of Florida. Look at where a person of so-called good character or what the Republican Party considers good character, has gotten us. I have been laid off from my job. I want to hear about how the McCain Palin ticket will fix the economy or what their plans are for job growth, healthcare and taxes. I don't care about Joe the Plumber or Joe the Cop, Joe the Baker, Dot the maid, I am worried about my household. Focusing on the negative does not answer any of my questions. I don't care if Obama was still sitting in the pew listening to Rev. Wright; if his presidency makes the economy better, provides healthcare for me and my family and most importantly provides job growth, then I will vote for him. Focusing on the negative, means that the McCain Palin message does not get out.

CitizenAJ   October 21st, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Why is Larry inviting Bay Buchanan on the show? He points make no sense. Lets talk about an issue NO ONE WANTS to hear about. She sounds like Palin. No wonder Mitt Romney exited early. The country is being divided in order to help another SAD republican candidate win an election but he CLAIMS he puts country first.

Earlier Campbell Brown aired a piece where a guy was at a McCain rally selling bumper stickers that painted Senator Obama as a Muslim and a communist. The people were disagreeing with the guy and it seems Mrs. Brown aired the piece to support McCain's comments that he repudiates this behavior when it happens on his side of the campaign. The problem is if McCain and Palin stop hinting that Senator Obama is unpatriotic and un-American, these nut cases would not show up. So you can air your little video Campbell but it does not change the fact that the republicans, all of them, campaign by painting their opponents as anti-American, unpatriotic and recently, "socialist".

Tom Powell   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

How much overtime should I work this week ? I know there are plenty of people riding the goverment check roles that need a raise. Chris Dodd and Barney Frank also need to suck alittle more outta the GSE's.
All the monies donated to any politician from the US Chamber of Commerce, Freddie Mac , Fannie Mae and any other Taxpayer funded entities should be refunded immediately regardless of Party Affiliation. Any and all who took taxpayer money from any goverment source is a thief! INCLUDING MCCain and OBAMA

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

McCain lost the election when he chose Sarah "Airhead" Palin.The smart choice would have been Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney...

Teresa Vine   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

I am so sick of the republicans and their whining. All McCain and Palin do are blame everyone else and distort what Obama and Biden are really saying. Do they truly believe the American people are so stupid. that we can't see what is really going on. I am voting for Obama because Palin is not competent. I believe she has made this race as low as it has gone. I wonder how she would be if she did not have a child with a disability. I have a disabilty from a car accident 10 years ago, but you can either blame everyone else or you can take responsibility for your own life. McCain is a disappointment and Palin is just shameful. I am very sick of their lies. Some people will do anything to win. I am proud that Obama has higher standards.

Nick, an ex-democrat from West Texas   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

I have a few simple, straightforward questions. When did Obama first became aware of the nature of the Rev. Wright’s controversial rhetoric? Perhaps, more importantly, why hasn’t the mainstream media asked this question? I personally find it hard to believe that he wasn't aware of the more controversial elements of the Rev. Wright's rhetoric for quite some time.

Vanessa   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

I have been watching CNN exclusively for information about the presidential election. The most recent comments about "socialism" that have been brought up by the Republican VP candidate have sparked me to make my first blog. Taxes are the way of life in America and are used to help a number of initiatives in which the government taxes the people and distributes the money "according to its priorities". It fascinates me how the candidates don't see that when it is so obvious to others that real socialism is a far cry from where we are. I am a member of middle class America, and if there was something to protest as socialism, it would be the governments bailout of these multi-million dollar companies that have so heavily contributed to the demise of our economic status. I really wish the candidates, both Republican and Democratic, would deal with the real issues. Bailing out big business is not going to save America, what about the rest of us???

Robbie Weiss   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Whether you’re a republican or democrat, we should all be concentrating on the core issues and not attacking each other over character. No one is prefect on either side but a new vision and direction is an issue we all should be embracing. Either candidate will do a good job when it comes to the economy and national security, they will both surround themselves with intelligent people to help make some of the most important decisions that this nation will be faced with.
Both candidates preach unity…….McCain needs to practice what he preaches.

Lornie - Aurora, CO   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Good evening Larry

Just wanting to know why is Rush Limbaugh is saying negative things about Gen. Colin Powell? Rush always praised him when he was in office w/Republicans, but since he endorsed Sen. Obama, now it is because of his RACE? Is Rush Limbaugh a RACIST?

Val and Don M   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

My question is... "is it true that Sarah Palin and her husband tried to petition to separate Alaska from the United States? If so, wouldn't that be anti-American and socialism according to the definition of these words?

Kevin   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Funny how the broken economy favors the Democrats in polls. Every news cast, every pollster understands this reality.

It's no wonder since Democrats policies favor the poor and middle class. It is common knowledge that Obama would be better for the average "joe".

Uraina Pack   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Will someone please ask Joe the Plumber to explain what a socialist is? He would benefit from Obama's tax plan. He should not receive any media time because he is like most McCain supporters, ignorant of the facts of their economic place.

Shawn ( Canadian )   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Hi Larry I am amazed that Sarah Palin has the audacity to attack Barack Obama on everything from his religious affiliation to his faith, when she herself is affiliated and blessed by a witch doctor , she has been found guilty of abusing her office for personal gain.

This woman is very ambitious but at the same time thinks everyone is gullible enough to believe she is competant to to President , and the worst part is she actually beleives herself.

Larry if by some act of faith she actually becomes VP I wish to ask her if I could join the United States astronut program because I feel qualified as I can see Mars from my back pourch and by Sarahs own admmision that should give me intergallatical experience .

As a Canadian I hope Barack Obama wins and personally when I listen to Sarah Palin I feel like I am watching an 80s movie called Valley Girls

angela   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

what about the people that has a felony , why can't there be a change .
I think that we should get a second chance. So people do change but we are still looked down on because of others that don't want to change. How do we get good jobs , how do we feed are children . What about us whatdo we do . They shouldn't make it hard on the ones that change. I hope Obama does win cause I think he will change the way the us is ..

Dave   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Listen lets not get off on the wrong tack with the whole "Joe" the non Lisenced plumber .
Since Ronal Reagan they've (Republicans) have been tearing apart the controls that protect the little guy in life AND in business.Now you get some wanna be business owner who isnt even lisenced in his trade and his comments become the basis for attacking Obama's ideas about taxes C'mon be serious..why shouldnt Exxon Mobil pay more..they've been gouging us all for years !! Joe the plumber isnt Exxon Mobil..or Tyco,or Enron et al need I say more?
Right now they've got guys who have 25 employees feeling liket heir going to be driven ot of business..BS Obviously the whole thing is being mis characterised! Republicans have no new ideas they just play on fear ..fear of taxes fear of diversity,fear of finding new sources of energy !!!
If we put the same efffort into getting ourselves energy independent that we put into bringing home some moon rocks we'll be able to create more jobs and get out from under the domination of the big oil companies and their cronies in foreign governments..isnt that what we really need to do? Obama's tax plan isnt the whole picture and need I remind you that under Republican George W Bush we've seen more govt not less..And lets not even talk about the ineffectiveness of the Homeland Security Department ! Our ports are still unprotected for the most part and we're pouring money and lives into two wars that should have only been one.Lets stop looking through a tunnel and see that Obama is a big picture guy and McCain is still trying to live out a failed Reaganesque dream.As for Sarah Palin..I will only say this Marketing choice!!! Elizabeth Hanford Dole,Condeleeza Rice,Ann Rihards the lsit of qualified Republican women stretches long and wide enough to silence that argument before it even gets started..Can you say MILF?

Brenda Senanayake   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

I have forgotten the lady's name who was speaking for McCain/Palin but everytime I see her, she is so bitter and looks like she has bitten into something sour! I find her extremely annoying as all she can harp on is nothing positive just old news in attempting to slam Senator Obama's character.

Now because of all the hate the McCain/Palin folks have generated and indeed inflamed, I truly fear for Senator Obama's ilfe and pray constantly for his safety and that of his family.

Jane Toms   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Obama is promising the whole world to people, free health care, tax cuts, where is he going to get all the money from? We will just have to wait and see. I hope he will bring people down to reality after he wins, government will not solve all our problems.

banff   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Palin's explanation of TrooperGate: I thought it weak and shows that she doesn't get the core issue of abuse of power. As a leader, her and her family have to meet a much higher standard than an ordinary citizen. If the Palins were concerned about safety, then they should have filed a complaint to the police as anyone else would. There was a serious lack of judgement and impartiality. Would she exhibit the same lack of judgement as a national leader?

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET



Bob Shea   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Thank God for people like Susan Eisenhower! She is clear, level-headed and intelligent. Ms. Buchannan can't hold a candle to her. The Republican strategy of late has been an embarrassment to anyone who is an intelligent American.

Deborah Adams   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

I have been for Obama since his campaign for the Demoncratic nomination, as I think he can bring about needed change in this country and lead us out of this mess the current Republican administration as gotten us into. However, I have talked to many people where I live, (at the western end of the I-4 corridor in Florida) who were McCain supporters, but are no longer because of Sarah Palin, she is not ready to be vice president, let alone president, she would make our great county a laughing stock in the world, Lastly, I would advise the McCain campaign to attack Barrack Obama's policiesi f they must for that is what elections in this country are about,but leave his character alone, He is an articulate, intelligent American with definite,clear ideas of the direction this country should go in and I thinkhe has proven his strength of character.

pete leblanc   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

What a bunch of bloody fools! America, if you make your choice of barack hussein obama, you will get what you deserve. To the idiots that say" so what if the president is a muslim?" ; what do you think fueled the killing of 3000 Americans on September 11 2001, or did your liberal minds choose to forget about that? What do you think will happen when Mr. obama decides to capitulate? Cnn is an enemy of the nation!

Already Decided   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

My concern is with Bay Buchanan. I am young and intelligent, and for the most part have been watching CNN since Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama announced their candidacy. It was historical and I was not only impressed but amazed to see a woman and an African American running for president. Since then, I am may be not as equally proud but somewhat impressed that a woman, Sarah Palin, is on the vice presidential ticket. It’s all history to me and I am proud to be an American. But I am concerned and confused with how Republicans, and Ms. Buchanan, always appears to be agitated and angry with Barack Obama. Sometimes I cannot tell if it’s politics or personal. No, I am not a politician with years of “experience” watching CNN, but I believe I speak for most people that your tone and harsh criticism is not welcoming and more than likely a turn-off to those voters who are currently undecided. Just stick with the issues and dismiss the personal attacks.

Washington, DC

Trevor   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Thanks for reading.
I'm Canadian, not invioved so to speak in your election, but watching with interest.
It amazes me how your process works, truly amazes me.
How Sarah Palin can begin by calling Obama (in essence) a terroist, then turn to saying a solcialist. Sorry, the woman needs a tuning.
In Canada we have a health care system that by her rule I guess is socialist, but it works, needs some tweaking sure, but works. European countries as well as many others are the same.
By Sarah's standards, you need to rework your police and fire depatartments as well, after all, they are solcialist as well, by her standards.
You have 2 good men running for president. I think you'll do well by either, certainly better than your previous choice.
I feel John is between a rock and hard place now though, he has chosen a partner who not only has her head lodged where it should not be, he cannot ask her publicly to remove it.
That being said, I feel your future with either will be better, although Mcain has shown some poor choice at the outset..
Trevor Corbett

Ilya Aksenov   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

That one mentioned socialism during the cold war. Now during the hot war history recycles. The question becomes "Who benefited from this disaster labeled Mission Accomplished?"

Kelly   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

PLEASE DO NOT BOOK BAY ON YOUR SHOW. She is irrational and irritating. I was forced to change the channel.

GreenNC   October 21st, 2008 9:26 pm ET

John Mccain should, even though his chances of winning diminish daily, should himself and his VP start talkin about policies, plans, and procedures, and let go the argument of socialism, Ayers, Acorn, and Joe the unlicensed plummer. These past few weeks have strengthened and justified my vote for the Obama/ Biden ticket. Even if I did not agree 100% with all of Obama's policies I would still vote for him because Mccain/Palin have no sense of what's going on in the working class American's day-to-day life.

shannon   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I think it is so interesting that Joe the plumber decided to take $1800 to pay his back taxes from a group of people who decided to "spread their wealth" in order to help him. Hmmmm sounds like socialism huh?

Tamar   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I am not able to vote because I only have a green card but if I could I would vote for Obama because he portrays everything you want in a leader.
About his "relationship" with Ayres... How many times does the Obama campaign have to repeat the story? Are they thick in the head? Why aren't they questioning the republicans who were in that same committee???

Brad   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Bay Buchanan is representative of everything that is wrong with the republican party and their politics. She is a disgrace.

Mary   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Biden is an idiot!

Oh yeah, race was injected to this whole thing when Obama decided to run, plain and simple. It's just a fact, Sonia.

Tim   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

CNN is always touting themselves as being 'unbiased'. It is self evident this in totally untrue since this agency repeatedly subverts issues in their reporting. Always, ALWAYS, clouding issues surrounding Obama and attacking McCain. CNN even has a link to the Obama campaign website. If that is not biased, an attempt to influence, and irresponsible jounalism, I do not know what is. Shame on CNN. Address issues that are real: irregularities in donations (let's have FULL disclosure on Obama's foreign donations (illegal) and over-limit donating and unreported (illegal) redistribution of over -limit donations without approval from the party donating. Why is the media so blind and biased with this election. We will be doomed and is this all a big plot, who OWNS the media these days and how will THEY benifit from having the likes of Obama in the White House. A side point, he and the media, always call him a 'black man' which is, again, an untruth. He is a half-breed, a mulato, half black, half white. Why can't he say he is a 'white man' as well? Is he ashamed of his white heritage? CNN and Obama constantly say race is not an issue yet you and he both have used the race card from the beginning of this race. Further, what about Mrs. Obama who is "finally proud to be an American" now that her husband is in this positiong. Love it or leave it, maybe they both should have left long ago.

steven from boston   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

i think one of the scariest words ive been hearing is bi partisan and this idea that the parties need to come together... we are supposed to have choices it was a disgrace no major candidate opposed the bailout... this republicrat merger is terrifying and represents the takeover of big government as in 8 years we have relinquished one freedom after another... the two biggest examples being the patriot act and the bailout

Todd   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I see Americans, the media and the politicians pointing to problems and the problems they're referring to are not the problems at all, they're the symptoms. The problem that needs to be addressed is the fundamentals of our society. Our internal structure is built on more is better, no matter how you get it. Measuring ourselves based on wealth, titles, occupations, material ownership and having more than the others to single ourselves out – is a recipe for failure as a country. Soon we'll have to evolve or realize our extinction.

This the fundamental problem that we suffer from and until a presidential candidate stands up stating this issue and a plan to move us in the right direction, we will all continue to suffer to greater and greater degrees as time moves on. So far in this election I can't honestly support either of the candidates as they dont even hint to what I feel is the REAL issue.

Vanessa   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Good evening I am Vanessa a british born Black women who now lives in Jamaica for the past eight years. I have always been interested in politics. I watch CNN when ever I can which is most of the time. Some of the things that have been and still are being reported makes me laugh, now I know why the British use to laugh at the America and call them up tight and naive. Your expectations of these two candidates are alarming. And why when I white Governor come's out and says that there are some red necks in some part of Pennsylvania, why is that NEWS that is a fare judgment and given America's history what is the big issue here. You say your Keeping Them Honest, No Bull Just Facts so I don't why this comment is news this is prove that you are a nation that is very naive. In closing I think Barack Obama is to good to be the President of the very mess up United States of America. Barack should leave it to Grandpa McCain and his kindergarden cop Sarah Palin. I also think that Sarah should define Socialsim and stop with this jargon
Blessed Love to you all I will be in Jamaica watching what happen's. Jamaica has been in ` Financial Depression since the 60's I want to warn you that you will all need a visa to come here and share our food when it all runs out in America.

Ike   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Great show tonight Larry.

Obama was 8 when bill Ayers did his thing. I 've watched and heard how the republicans slimed his character for having served on a bord with Ayers, didn't John McCain serve in the senate with S. Thurman and Jesse Helms?
Also, he has been around for quite some times; didn't he (McCain) pall around with many radicals, bigots during his youth adding that he voted against MLK National Holiday?


George Bassias   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

As an American of Greek Descent, Joe Biden has done more for Greek Americans than even Spiro Agnew and Michael Dukakis. He's got my vote.

Mary - Lakeland   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Many presidents did not have "executive experience". I believe George Bush was experienced though.

Do you feel better now?

Faye   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Hi Larry,

In response to Sarah Palin's comments about Obama being a socialist, I'd like to say that it has always been the GOP policy to redistribute the wealth; "to the top". Starting with Ronald Reagan's "trickle down" failed policy. This form of reverse Socialism has lead to a widening gap between the rich and poor and over the last eight years has nearly bankrupted our economy. Call it what you will, it's time for a change. The GOP tax policy has not worked. True patriotism allows for all citizens to bear a fair share of the burden of running our economy. Even more so today. No more tax "give-away" to the wealthy.


Lisa   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

If the McCain campaign is wanting to take the positive road for the remainder of this campaign, why does Bay Buchanan to demonstating the negative side of the Republican party? Few of those who come on your show to representent the Democratic party has gone negative thoughout this campaign. That shows that Barak is an awsome leader to lead by example of being positive and keeping a mild temper due to the negative attacks from the John M and Sarah P. With in the time of crisis of this economic magnitude, no runner for the "Chief in Command" should be negative. Also, after the last debate, it shows that McCain has no originallity to his campaigning of this presidential election. His focus has changed too many times within his campaigns after the primaries. Obama has had a steady focus on what his view will be about within his term in the presidential office "Change".

Michael from MO   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Why doesn't the Republican party want people who make under $250,000 a year get tax relief. What group do they target for tax relief?

Betty Noonan   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

[1]Taxes an important item- [2] IRAQ we are there, lets talk about making it work instead of WHY WE DID IT...[3] BUT the most important person to resolve all our problems... BELIEVE .. TRUST.. AND KNOW WHAT THE COMMANDMENTS ARE. The United States has forgotten about our commander... JESUS.. Put God back into our daily lives and find out HOW THINGS GET BACK TO A NORMAL LIVING.[4] THE PRO LIFE .. let God's children live... [4] MCCAIN IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT CAN GET US [U.S. & US] back to following the commandments.. BELIEVE... IN GOD WE TRUST ... hAVE wE fORGOTTEN..

Jane   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I have never sent an email or written to the media before, but now I feel compelled to give my opinion. I think the Republican Vice Presidential candidate is creating so much hate among Americans that someone should question HER loyalties. Shame on her.

Has anyone asked why American companies move out of the country and get tax breaks? Who is responsible for this and WHY? Common sense tells us that when jobs move overseas our workers suffer.


M. DePaiva, Issaquah, WA   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

It appears that the McCain campaign isn't interested in discussing the issues at hand any more, but would rather focus on attacking Senator Obama's personal character and trying to twist what Senator Biden said during the heat of the primary campaign when he was also trying to get the Democratic nomination. This kind of strategy is typical of what the GOP stoops to when it has its back to the wall. They used similar tactics against Senator Kerry back in 2004. It makes me sick to thing that these people want to run the government. Look what happened in 2004, we got Bush.

vicki   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I want to know why no one is asking about Sarah trying to get her brother in law fired? She is always bringing up Obama's character but hers is not good! I want to know what's going on in Alaska with that investigation. Does anyone know or are the Republicans keeping that info. private?

nwyt   October 21st, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Foreclosures are NOT the biggest problem in Florida!!!!

Dean Gibney   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET


McCain proposed using federal tax dollars to buy up mortgages that are underwater and give them a reduced principle, reduced rate mortgage at taxpayer expense. Now doesn't that sound like socialism?

Lori   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Did Sarah Palin, in her CNN interview, really refuse to say that she thinks Obama is a Socialist, but say that "Joe the Unlicensed Plummer-Like, 40k/year guy" said it kind of sounds like he is one? I could scrape up someone to call anybody pretty much anything at any given moment. Is the McCain campaign really basing their argument on a guy who is delinquent on his taxes and is practicing his trade without a license? The McCain campaign is in more trouble than anyone can imagine if that's the best they can do.

VB, FL   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Bay Buchanan keeps attacking Senator Obama's character. What does Senator McCain's admitting to committing adultery during the last seven years of his first marriage say about Senator McCain's character? Where's the moral outrage from the Christian conservatives?

Virginia   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Everyone is talking about Obama and Rev. Wright, what about McCain. He still have a living wife so he committed adultery. If I am not mistaken...Wasn't he still married when he started dating his present wife? Why didn't he stay with his first wife? People need to read the Bible before they talk about others.

karen bakken   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I am Canadian from what I see I have to agree with Biden. Mccain is setting the country back fourty years

Suzanne & Rick, Bloomington, IN   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

1. Sadly, many of us will be voting for what the candidates are not ... rather than what they are. I will be voting for those who are not supporting abortion ... my husband, a recent vet, will be voting for those who are not abandoning our troops.

2. How can anyone justify the insane amount of money spent on campaigning? Personally, I would like to have the choice of voting for a candidte who donates 10-20 million to feeding the hungry, and broadcasts from a picnic table in his own back yard.

Nick from maryland   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I think republicans are taking a particular case of Joe the plumber to generalize the american population's issues which is not true. Mathematically, it does make any sense to come up with a general conclusion with a particular case. Republicans still don't get it. Right now, people are concerned about what they will eat tomorrow and Democrats are doing a better job dealing with the actual economic issues. I also think that Governor Palin is hurting Senator McCain campaign.

factory worker from Michigan   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

So that dangerously-unbalanced-old man McCain canceled on Larry also. He will say whatever he thinks we want to hear, even tho he has no plans to follow thru.

Obama '08!!!!!!!!!!!!

xkater   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Here is a good question. Ask any of your experts this: Assuming that there were no term limits. Would any of these people want Bush to remain in office? After all, HE HAS 8 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE! I am not trying to suggest that McCain =Bush, although the difference is dismal.

Sheila   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Has anyone asked Sarah Palin about her abuse of Alaskan finances concerning the travel reimbursements of her children accompanying her on political trips and having the state pay for them? The state only pays when a person is involved in the affair or has been invited. Sarah has asked that her children be included on the invitiation, or just lied about it, has misled Alaska about these trips, and has gone back to doctor her own records about these trips when she made the vp ticket. Isn't she the kind of politician she is complaining about? Believe me, I don't have an issue of bringing family along, but I will pay for them. I won't find a way to rip off the state. Tony Knowles paid for his kids to go. How does she get away with it? By fixing the records and afraid of being found out.

Aziz   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET


I wonder if any of your guests (or yourself for that matter) could explain why it is that the Republican campaign seems to be mostly attacking the ideas and character of Sen. Obama rather than clearly presenting their own policies. It seems to me that we hear more of Obama's plans for our country than that of Sen. McCain's. If he is indeed running on the superior platform, why can he seem to express that to the "real American" public?

Aziz from Vermont

Fran   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

It seems to me that the Republican Party is sooo desperate that all they can do is slam Barack Obama! Like who he has been associated with, how the Country will be a Socialist Country if he was elected, etc, etc. What has McCain done for us in this Country, with all of his supposed experience! If he hasn't done anything for us by now, than what makes anyone believe that he would do anything for us in the next four years! The Republican Party doesn't want to own up to the catastrophe of the past eight years of the Bush Administration! What about the Bush's association with Bin Laden Family? Why shouldn't we want to know about that! Bush should have been impeached! No one even tried! This President should go done as the worst President in American history! My comment to the Republicans is this; We not all as stupid as you think we are, and we can not and will not be brainwashed by you any longer! THIS MESSAGE WAS APPROVED BY FRAN

KShemwell   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I am a middle class, hard working woman that has had a solid work history working for large partnership. I'm so tired of hearing about "Joe the the plumber" and "small businesses" People like me have not had a "break" for 8 years. The cost of my medical insurance has risen, gas prices have soared, and the value of my house has dropped. I can't afford "MORE OF THE SAME".

There's nothing in John McCain's plan that will benefit people like me. The thought of my employer being taxed on my medical benefits is frightening. What is McCain thinking?

Obama has my support and my vote as he reaches out to the middle class. I don't think McCain even knows we exist.

Blaise Paglia   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

We have tried 8 years of "Trickle down" economics and has been neither relief nor growth for our economic troubles. I believe I speak for many people when I say maybe it's time to try economic policy that dares to explore other strategies for spurring growth and prosperity...wait, we did during Bill Clinton's seemed to work then.

Gefo   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Senator John McCain talks about "winning the war" in Iraq? Is there really such a thing? If so, what is his definition of winning? Isn't the Iraq war similar to the Vietnam war?

Please respond–

Thank you,


Edith   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

As an American and Democrat, I will be so glad when this election is over. I am sick and tired of the rhetoric that is Sarah Palin. I am sick of hearing of Joe the plumber. And I am tired of the Republican ticket using any means necessary to incite fear and divisiveness in this election. If McCain realoly wanted to win, he should have chosen a VP candidate other than Palin. Gov. Palin tries to slaughter Sen. Obama's character, when hers doesn't look so good. I am glad that the Democrat ticket has taken the high road as opposed to the Republicans. If Gov. Palin thinks things will be bad if Sen. Obama is elected President, I shudder to think what things will be like if she get i!!!

Myra   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET


although I have not seen all of it, I did see some parts of the Cnn interview with Palin and I found one of her talking pionts curious. She was speaking about what Biden had said about how there may be an international crisis and that Obama would be tested and she said that Obama is not ready to handle this. But, Why was she not asked, that if the McCain/Palin ticket wins and something were to happen to McCain, won't she also tested on the international scene and what makes her ready to respond to an international crisis with even less knowledge of foreign affairs then Obama?

Yvonne   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

Has any one seen the Hannity and Combs? You would think they were campaigning for McCain. The are calling Obama a terrorists, radical, socialist and making a hero out of Joe the plummer. Hannity gives republicans a bad name. Shame on you Sean!

Anthony mitchell   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

McCain has said many many times that he will bring out troops home in victory. What constitutes a victory for him? I know he and many others yell our troops are fighting terrorism but reality is terrorism will be here for many years to come.

oleschool   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I am so tired of all these negative campaign tricks. Let's get on with the real issues.

John McCain(t) focus on the real issues we're faced with, and

Sarah Pal(es)in comparison to what American needs in a Vice Presidential candidate.

That's my take on the Republican ticket.

Smiley   October 21st, 2008 9:28 pm ET

I have one question for the GOP and the people who support him. What policy does McCain have different from Bush? I have follow his campaign for months and still haven't heard anything different from him. Only hat he is not Bush. It say s alot about his chracter he is doing the same thing that Bush did to him in 2000, running a dirty campaign. With Lies that is a turn off

Madlyn Ruch   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Hello Larry–It is hard for me to believe that McCain cannot see the embarrassment Palin has caused to our country, the Republican Party and the office of President of the United States. In the beginning, I thought that possibly McCain would be a fairly good President. But after watching the nasty politics from both of the team on the Republican ticket i would never consider voting for them. Barack and Joe have been professional and very Presidential in this entire campeign and I am sure they will do a great job in bringing this country back on track.
Frankly, John McCain scares me. His anger issues are not the qualities we need in our President! Thanks.

steve hedges   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

I feel that turning america over to any minority is kicking every man and woman who gave their lives for their country right in the face. You could make the case that obama is a plain clothed hippie.

Rick in Florida   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

One advantage of living a long time is that I have lived through a good bit of history. I say that to say this: It looks to me as if the McPalin campaign is channeling Joe McCarthy and as a result they look more like Charlie McCarthy

Mike Finneran   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Is it true Sara Palins husband is a member of the Sucessionist party which calls America the most hated and evil place in the world ? and Sara palin spoke in front of this group and agreed with all their doctrines.
Why isn't anyone speaking about this ? Palin is less than a heartbeat away from the presidency. ..Forget about Rev.Wright !! She's married to the guy who is a member of this sick group.

carol   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Does Bay have a CLUE how much damage her strident defense of Palin is doing? I was a fiscally conservative, socially liberal Republican, but the influence of the religious right and this rabid defense of Palin has pushed me to the opposition. I'm an older, single, unemployed woman who is paying dearly for what is transpiring in our current economy. These personal attacks on Obama/Biden while trying to justify the ugly tactics being utilized by the Republicans simply don't work. Grace under pressure – singularly missing from Bay.

Mary   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Gov. Palin's "character" should be a role model? Her methods of "exciting the base" is to encourage bitterness and hate at her rallies. My daughter will be voting for the first time on Nov. 4th and I'm proud to say she finds Palin's tactics despicable.

Dianne   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Campbell Brown is in the 'Brown Bag' for McCain, always has been! Heck, she even suggested on the weekend for Barack Obama to donate his fundraising to charity!

Judy Patterson   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

No, I did not go to Obama just because I am angry with Republicans, as your guest, Bay, dogmatically stated. Barack Obama is exceptional and this country is lucky to have him. Biden is extremely competant and could handle the Presidency, if neccesary. McCain is elderly, erratic, has a propensity for war, and lacks good judgement, as evidenced by his eagerness for the U.S. to invade Iraq and his choice of Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Palin is obviously and painfully inadequate.

Wayne McNamara   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Hi Larry and panel. Greetings from Canada.
I wanted to comment on the issue of raising taxes. Why are Americans so fearful of taxes? In Canada , you might say we pay alot in taxes but I will never lose my house or life savings due to some major medical condition. Our taxes have paid for "free health care" since the 60's. It's a very small trade off for peace of mind. That to me is spreading the wealth, don't fear taxes, if govt. is responsible in spending your hard earned dollars. Let's face it, this billion dollar bailout , that money has to come back somehow, I think Americans have to stop thinking of just themselves as individuals but as a whole. There is no reason Americans in a country as rich (well a little less richer now 😉 should not have free health care. Thank you for your time.
Oh, if I could vote, i would be voting for Barrack. Sincerely, Wayne

Swift Boat   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Despite graduating in the bottom 1 percent of his Annapolis class, McCain was offered the most sought-after Navy assignment - to become an aircraft carrier pilot. According to military historian John Karaagac, "'the Airedales,' the air wing of the Navy, acted and still do, as if unrivaled atop the naval pyramid. They acted as if they owned, not only the Navy, but the entire swath of blue water on the earth's surface." The most accomplished midshipmen compete furiously for the few carrier pilot openings. After four abysmal academic years at Annapolis distinguished, according to his own books, by mediocrity and misdeeds, no one with a record resembling McCain's would have been offered such a prized career path. The justification for this and subsequent plum assignments should be documented in McCain's naval file.

Jasmine   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

How lucky the United States of America will be to have Barack Obama as their elected leader. An educated, eloquent, and elegant figure, alongside Joe Biden, who is much of the same. Obama has youthful vigour, alongside decent, quiet intelligence and his hopeful, positive view of his country and the world will be a welcome change to the war mongering, destructive and negative politics of the Bush and McCain regime. It is about time that America starts to practise and believe in peace and positivity – and McCain has surely shown he is not qualitifed to do that.

Karen   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

How in the world can the Palins call themselves patriotic "country first" when Todd Palin was a member of the Alaska Independent party that wanted to seperarte from United States. Now since she is a vice presidental candidate they all of a sudden are patriotic.!!!!!!!!GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why isn't the media calling them on this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

deb   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Re Buchanan's comments about patriotism and that Palin "gets it", and that Obama's past associations show a lack of deep patriotism. Hmmm. What about Palin's association with the Alaska Independence Party? And the fact that she's married to someone who was a member for several years. AIP's founder was no patriot, in fact, he loathed the US so much he preached secession.l have doubts about Palin's true feelings toward the lower 49 states and the federal government and wonder why the media has never delved into this issue. Especially since she has questioned Obama's love of country. What does Ms. Buchanan think about this?


Dan - Dallas, TX   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

I'd like to salute Ms. Eisenhower for crossing party lines and voting for the person and not the party as it's the right, fair and just thing to do!
Bay Buchanan should do the same. I'd be embarrased if I had voted for Bush and she should be! Undeniably, he's been at the helm for 8 years and the Republicans have controlled the Senate and Congress for 6. In all fairness, more blame – not all – goes to the Republicans mainly for a lack of oversight and controls.

John Kowal   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

I can't believe what I'm now hearing!! Palin is the Republican front-runner for 2012!!?? Are you Americans nuts??? How about substance, experience, intelligence and a sophisticated political skill set? Are you guys after fluff, good-looks, star-power and more fodder for People Magazine and the Enquirer?? Don't forget, being the Governor of Alaska is pretty much the same as being the Mayor of a small, no-name city.

Terry   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

The fat lady has not sung yet.... I submit that the polls, groups wired to the computer, squiggly lines, rolling blogs...

well I maintain you wouldn't know a democrat, a republican or an independent .. if they walked in with a donkey, and elephant or question mark tattooed on their forehead.

One think I do know... people are lying to media deliberately.

Why .... again they resent our one person one vote being called by anyone.... especially the media ...

You spend so much time on polling white... men, women, young, old, Jews, Catholics, Evangelics, rednecks... You guys are not respected at all. By the way what is exactly the polls on the Black vote. Fair Topic wouldn't you think ... I see no numbers.

I believe you just might be surprised.

Smiley   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

I have one question for the GOP and the people who support him. What policy does McCain have different from Bush? I have follow his campaign for months and still haven't heard anything different from him. Only hat he is not Bush. It say s alot about his chracter he is doing the same thing that Bush did to him in 2000, running a dirty campaign. With Lies that is a turn off.

Carol S.   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Larry, thanks for being strict with the people who keep interupting
on your show. It drives me nuts too.

Mr. Mc Cain is being judgemental in everything he says and then
he smiles like he is crazy. Sorry.

Obama has been a gentleman and no matter who he knew years
ago, he is not a criminal and we can tell he wants his girls and all
children to turn out to be good people and get a education.
He has never left his wife and he seems really honest, I think.
I will not judge him for a past connection to a professor who at one
time went along with the times of the day. Many young people were
evil in those days. I was in my 20's in the 60's and so many teens ran away and then free love started and criminal acts by many. DOPE ruined so many and that started America's downhill road and I am sure it won't get much better as the end will come someday.

Spreading the weath around is not socialism if you know what he
means by that and I do. He wants some breaks for the poor and
middle class. Why not. Why not give them a little help. Mc Cain has never been poor or middle class and always got what he wanted,
even his pilot licience which was what he got so his father would be proud of him!!! He wanted to fight in
the V. war.

Thanks Larry, old man.
I watch you all the time.

nancy   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

The people that yell "Socialist, Socialist, get out of here" and refuse to shake hands or the ones that yell "kill him" or "off with his head" etc. etc. are supporters of Palin and McCain. Are these the Patriotic Americans that Bay Buchanan and Palin speak of? The ones that just love their country so much that they simply can't fathom Obama's preacher?

Kerry from California   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Mit Rhomney should "not" have conceded the Republican nomination. He is clearly the right person at the right time given his economic experience. But McCain's quest to stick to the old political gimmicks with respect to his random Palin pick illustrates, very "poor judgement." McCain put "politics" before "country" a demonstration of win at all cost, even if it is at the expense of "Americans."

msj from LA   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET


Question, "Everytime you question Bay Buchanan on "any" issue she manages to bring Obama's character into play, Please ask this question of your panel, Why did Palin and her husband endorse the AIP organization, which is on tape with Ms Palin acknowledging this, it's in her own words!

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Jane Toms,

Go to Obama website and you can read where he is getting the money from, also if we are spending $10 billion a month in Iraq we can spend that money here if and when the war ends.

JeanOhio   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I love Eisenhower. Remember that he warned us about the military industrial complex and now we have more than 40% of our government run by corporate contractors. What about the corporate socialism that we have had the last eight years? For 8 years all we have heard from the free market republican party is run our government like a business and privatize government services.
Lets talk about MCCain stating that he is the biggest free marketer in America. Deregulated free market economics has destroyed and bankrupt America and most of the world. Will McCain continue to privatize the federal government with corporate contractors instead of public employees? Will McCain put markets before the American people as Bush has done? Thank you.

LAVAGA Robinson OF ANTIOCH TENNESSEE   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET


MJ   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

How can American citizens participate in a reasonable debate about the future of our country when the public figures who are supposed to be leading the discussion are complacent liars, even as they claim to be such devout Christians? If it's not obvious already I'm referring to Sarah Palin, who appears to be completely devoid of any gene that would cause her to self-reflect on her comments or her (in)ability.

Bridgette   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

What is amazing to me is that the McCain camp is suggesting Obama is promoting socialism. Who was the candidate who suspended his campaign to go to Washington to "do something" about the bailout for Wall Street. If his campaign doesn't like the idea of government intervention, why suspend the campaign? Why not tell Wall Street, "You created this mess, fix it." Common sense it that there has to be intervention and regulation or you encourage disaster.

It's funny how the McCain campaign makes the idea of "the rich" paying higher taxes and spreading the wealth sound like a bad thing. I'm from the middle class, work hard, and deserve a bailout as well. I'm actually offended that McCain mocks "spreading the wealth." I contribute to this country and deserve to share in the wealth. If McCain cares so much about the people in this country, how come he can't address the middle class or want to see us reap the benefits of being Americans. There are more middle class than wealthy, so why not want everyone to be successful and not feel punished because they don't bank what the undeserving Wall Street giants do?

Clarence Canty from Georgia   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

In Palin's interview she talks about "the test," recent history indicates that an international test will come in the first year. She needs to focus on an answer for her ticket to that test. A student asked me today "what war did McCain win?" I didn't have an answer.

Rhonda   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET


Don't the American people realize that if anything happened to John McCain (god forbid) if he was elected President, that they would be left flailing in the wind with a woman that refuses to answer questions, spreads horrible rhetoric about the opponenet and has absolutely no experience. You do have to question McCain's judgement on this one.

Americans need CHANGE, they need to look to their children's future and where they will fit in with the rest of the world.

Good point on , where is the rest of the Republican Party and why aren't they out there fighting for thier Party?

adkjac   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Amazing how the all the talking heads on all channels have concentrated on "how will McCain win?"

I would like to hear half the questions be to do with "How Obama will win?"

David   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET


I will give you an insight maybe I might be wrong but my guts tell me different. Senator Clinton is Obama teacher she she has taught him a lot. I see a lot of her in him! See a lot of people forget she put walmat on the map. That woman is smarter than a whip hats off. That why I am not worried about him winning her gudiance and the elders of the party will help him on both sides of the ile. But I thing Bush was just a fall guy I don't trust Chaney at all. Look at from the wide angle.

StevenG   October 21st, 2008 9:29 pm ET

How many times will I hear the names Barak Obama and Rev.Wright metioned in the same sentence. Rev Wright has been a pastor for over 20 years and I am sure that during the course of that 20 years he has had more than a sermon that condemns the United States. I have heard my share of sermons that I did not wholly agree with but I did not move to a different church because of it. The public was and is very wrong for questioning Sen.Obamas association with a church and a pastor that on occassion have may have delivered a message that some may fine offensive. I am sure that Rev.Wright has also preached on love, tolernance and peace. Why don't we search for those sermons on YouTube.

Chris Zylstra   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

As a liberal who believes in checks and balances I agree, and despair, that McCain is scorching the "swing state earth" as he finishes this campaign is "crisis reaction" mode. He's laying the groundwork for a Democratic house and presidency that ultimately will self-destruct in four years after pining for power for so long. Talk economy Mr. McCain – you were never a social conservative, give fiscal conservatives in the tradition of Buckley a foothold on your way out!

Balance people, balance!

Elizabeth Dailey   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET


Thank you for excepting my comments. First I would like to say that I have been in sales for over 12 years, and the one thing that I have been consistently taught when selling to a customer is WIIFM, what's in it for me!!!!" So many Americans ( Republicans, Democrats, Independents) are all asking..."what's in it for me"!!!!! We don't care about Palin's "opinion" of whether Obama is a Socialist or not. We have a system that is founded on "Checks & Balances", not to mention a Constitution that is not based on Socialism! HELLO, McCain's campaign need to start talking about things that are RELEVENT to the American People.

We the Americans want to be able to enjoy our quality of life by having free (or at least affordable) healthcare, we want to have a quality education for our children, we want jobs that will enable us to pay our bills.

All I can say is McCain & Palin needs to re-direct their focus onto the people of the USA, and MUCH LESS on Obama...because He's getting his message across, and it says "American people, this is what's in it for you!!!"

Unfortunately McCain didn't learn from Hiliary's "Attack Campaign" see where it got her, and she's a CLINTON!!!!

Isn't it amazing how she began to come back once she got her eyes off of Barack and onto the American People? But unfortunately she waited too late to turn things around.

Carole Simon   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Does Bay Buchanan think that Colin Powell, Sam Nunn, Warren Buffet, Joe Biden, and a host of others are all wrong to endorse and believe in Barack Obama, that these people would endorse someone of suspect character or motivations?

The Republican party's only tactic is "he's not like you, He doesn't understand you, you can't trust him, our guy understands you, he's like you, you can trust him." By demonizing the other they are serving to polarize the country and take us down. We either rise or fall together.
The Republicans are so power mad that they will destroy themselves in their ruthless attempt to have power. It is truly pathetic.

Bay Buchanan must be being paid alot of money by someone to spout such ridiculousness!

Maha   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

What of all this talk about the Federal Reserve from Ron Paul. It seems that there's a lot of hype out there that it's a privately held corporation. That most if not all the Federal Income Tax is used to pay interest to the Fed Reserve for printing money. No one ever talks about Federal Reserve as an issue on TV but on the internet it seems to be a big culprit.

Sara S.   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

If Biden is a has been, then what the hell is MCCain?

ANDY AMES   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET


Sarah   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET


Barack Obama is 47 years old. What has he actually accomplished in these years to be qualified to be President? He was a "Community Organizer" in Chicago. If one checks out who is known as the "father of community organizers"; then one that this distinction goes to the radical Saul Alinsky. The Alinsky Methods fall right into Obama's techniques and speeches. JUST LISTEN TO HIM!!! VERY, VERY SCARY FOR OUR COUNTRY!!!


Richard A. Schultz   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Sarah Palin justifies her husbands use of her office for personal use. If Sarah Palin becomes VP, will her AND her husband be Vice President or one or the other. Who would the VP be?

F. Bickerstaff   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Since Bay Buchanan is so concerned about Obama's character, WHY does CNN keep ignoring the fact of Sarah Palin's association with people from the Alaska Independence Party and the fact that HER political career was (at least methaphorically) launched in the living room of some right wing extremists from the AIP? Why doesn't CNN spend at least as much time on Palin's very recent association with people who advocated her state's secession from the United States as it has over the Rev. Wright or over Obama's passing association with a now respected university professor who was, like many others, a radical in the 60s? How about at least making a gesture toward equal character assassination? And what about John McCain's character being questionable: gambling, huge donations from casinos, and choosing someone like Sarah Palin for a running mate?

Carroll Reynolds   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

The McCain campaign's constant calls to fight, fight, fight are most disturbing to me because that so reflects the combative policies of the neo-cons who John McCain was happy to follow into an unjustified war with Iraq. We hear ad nauseum that John McCain is the only candidate who has fought for America. To love America is to fight for America. Fighting is proof of one's patriotism, love of country and someone who truly puts country first. Palin talks about the patriotism pouring from the faces at rallies. It took the economic crisis only a few weeks ago to force McCain-Palin to talk about something other than his war record. I have come to the conclusion that if McCain wins the Presidency our confrontational and bellicose foreign policy will continue and lead us into endless conflict with the world. No more.

Celina   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I was really disappointed with the interview Drew did with Sarah Palin. That was no real interview. Drew just let her do a stump speech, without asking her any real hard questions and without really asking her meaningful questions about her answers. He let her get by completely with the questions about her husband conducting business in the governor's office. I don't know where Drew came from, but I cannot appreciate his work. He did a horrible job with the Acorn project and this interview was twice as bad. Campbell Brown should have been the interviewer, or you Larry.

amy   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Larry==I'm a HISPANIC female and I don't WANT any handouts from my hard working fellow taxpayers. I won't be voting for OBAMA. He just doesn't get it.....he is enabling a lazy working force.. Obama will win d/t the Elite media,not the people. No there will be no reuniting, in fact I feel theres a rough 4 years of divisiveness coming up. So get ready for a bumpy ride.

XAVIER   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET


Gerry   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET


that is awesome

clyde   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Why should John McCain come on your show or DNN (democratic news network) It is really obvious to me that your just apart of the liberal media.I wish i could find a netwok that is for the people.

thanks clyde the pallet man

Semon S Mitchell   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I love you show, Palin need to go home to take care of her & Todd
children . She is not vp material..


G. White   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

With all due respect it is because the American public does know what socialism means and that raises the concern over Barack Obama's agenda. When did we decide that "character" is not a part of the Presidential office.
Take off the "rose-colored" glasses and see Senator Obama for what he really is, a manufactured "messiah".
Remember, if it "looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true".

Cathy from Toronto Ontario Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

The USA election consumes numerous months and millions and millions of dollars.

Why does it take so long to finally select two people to run for you presidental office? Secondly, US citizens want universal health care; would it not be better to shorten your country's election battle and use the funds/donations/ tax money etc. to finance health care for all your citizens.

It just seems that the USA wastes billons of dollars on useless media advertisement every 4 years.

Who on your panel can answer this series of questions.

Fred   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

We hear so much about John mccain and Joe Bidens relatives and ancestery. Why is there little or no mention of obamas ancestry , background and service or LACK OFF.

connie a.   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Whew! Finally, another rare few minutes with Susan Eisenhower, who should be given more time on CNN. Her voice, her sensible, common sense, no-nonsense presentation of why she supports Barack Obama is such a relief, amidst the madness, the triviality, not only of the McCain campaign ads but the low level of the Republican insult to the electorate. CNN offers enormous time day after day to the same partisan operatives: why not more reasonable people such an Ms..Eisenhower. Or is she the only reasonable Republican who doesn't have a career on the line willing to speak?
Also: amidst all the madness, CNN but should raise the bar and reign in its most partisan correspondents.
P.S.I've had enuf of Bay Buchanan and her realilty defying reasoning. New people! There have to be smart new young policy people in New York that CNN can bring in for this election, no?

CAROLYN   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

larry if the mccain campaign can pay almost for clothes and other needs for sarah palin he can afford to pay and stop getting all this free media.

Libby   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I really don;t undestand how the chacter of Omama is being question by Palin and the fact that Palins husband Todd remained an AIP party until 2002. ..., this is not something that happened when she was eight! !!

So when Palin accuses Barack of "not seeing the same America as you and me," maybe she is referring to an America without Alaska. In any case, isn't it time the media start giving equal time to Palin's buddy list of anti-American bombers and other radical associates?

I thought we were the United Staes of America not the divided states of America as Palin would have it...

Palin has really given me a huge desire to vote in this election and believe me my vote will not go to the McCain Plain ticket !!!
I'm saying it loud & clear... MY VOTE IS FOR OMAMA

JK   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

What is the matter with this country...can't people see how divided we are with all this dirty politics...Joe Biden was right on the money...we are a laughing stock to our European neighbors...Let's argue about REAL issues...

roger allen   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

A responsible national energy policy would redistribute the wealth in this country and set us free of foriegn oil.
Where is the socialism in that?
Sarah Palin like so doesn't get it. Come back when you grow up.
The american people now have an investment in so many banks in this nation. Is this socialism?
It means that taxpayers now have an equity stake in the future.
We need a president who knows how to capitalize on a new opportunity for the people of this country.
The american people now have the chance to direct bank money into new markets and share not only in yhe jobs, but also the profits it can generate.
Who's ready to get to work on this problem?
John and Sarah doen't even see it as an opportunity. They're to locked into old thinking.
Obama seems so far out ahesd of them.
Love ya Larry!

Billy Rebel   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Yes. The McCain/Palin Ticket still has a chance...all they have to do is change stragedy...stop with the petty negative attacks..and concentrate on the main issues.

Singer/Songwriter Billy Rebel

george washington   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Why is Barack Obama inexperienced to handle a crisis situation if it would arise, and John McCain not? Barack has serious experienced foreign policy behind him with Joe Biden and the endorsement of Collin Powell and his advisors, while John's got Sarah Palin with all of her "governorship" executive experience. Let's not remember where "governor's experience" has led us in the last eight years.

Ilsegret Brebach   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Dear Larry,
I would like to know why this woman Bay Bucanan is allowed to say what she says about Barak Obama.

She is disrespectful, she addresses him as "that guy". I wonder what the other side would say if John McCain would be addressed like that. In addition she distorst the facts all the time and nobody calls her on it.
The same is true for Mrs. Palin......why is not anyone question those things as soon as they are being said.
It is so very frustrating!
I see Bay several times over the period of an evening, she truly gives me a headache and should not be such an intricate part of the CNN political team. She is a pain and nothing else.
I. Brebach

DFrasure   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Here you go again! Now for the rest of the story, show the rest of the Biden blooper, he goes on to doubt his on running mate. Now why are we looking at Palin for comments on Biden’s bloopers.

I am one of those “cold war” adults that remembers USSR well, my husband having served in the military for part of those years, and if I’m not mistake USSR (Russia) was Communist not Socialist. The Communist believed that everyone worked and shared the wealth. The Socialist spread the wealth weather you worked or not.

My husband has worked in the coal mines of Kentucky for 30+ years, I myself am a secretary at a hospital and I for one am tired of seeing those that don’t work living off my family’s hard wages.

And don’t you all realize that if you tax the big companies, they just increase the cost of goods. So get real. And also I for one connect with Palin and see her as a GREAT assess for McCain.

HAROLD KINLAW   October 21st, 2008 9:30 pm ET








atoosa   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET


It is incredible that Obama is not getting more credit on how he has managed his campaign and how he has changed this election. He has shown that he can attract so many people to help him with his goal and bring change.
He is a man of smart strategy which is a great character as our next president.

Mike   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

The real factor in this race is the v.p. candidates. Palin can't handle one on one interviews on her own she has to get Mcain to be by her side. Cause Katie made her look like a fool on tv. Biden is the one that is going to fire up this country by making us dwelling on the U.S. problems not some gossip to just win an election. I just cant trust Mcain and Palin with the nuclear missle codes. Did I spell newclear right!!

Diane - Dallas, tX   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET


I could not agree more with Susan Eisenhower! I, too, am a Republican voting for (actually voted for, yesterday) Obama because of his ability to bring people together! I am so disgusted with McCain and Palin for trying to divide this nation and outright lying to and scaring people by implying Obama is a socialist. I look forward to President Obama turning this country around. He gives me so much hope!!

I love your show!!

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Bill Maher said something so funny today on the Chris Matthews show, funny but true, he said "its a toss up on whos dumber Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman" I thing we need to throw Bay Buchanon in that category...

Billy J. Mahoney   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

My father is a dedicated Republican, I'm Democrat.
I was with B.O. up until he started saying J.M. was giving tax breaks to people that don't pay taxes. (these are poor people that will run to there favorite mart and buy cloths for there kids. Poor people) This also stimulates the ecconomy.
NOW I keep hearing J.M. saying what B.O. was saying he is giving away money to poor people.
I want to vote Democrate, I am strangelly drawn to his karisma, every word seems perfect. Everything ,everybody wants ,seems to be in his words. It's like he's going to take care of every body. The perfect canidate, Then he leaves the screen, and I shake off his hypnotic effects, and I relise he is saying everything we want to hear.
At this time I'm voting J.M and S.P. they are discuting with there cry baby tactics, BUT they don't seem to be false. Just hypnotised.
I feel bad for everyone voting before they shake off the hypnotic effects. Both way's. Slow down, we have time.

will   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Will Sarah Palin be able to win a re-election in Alaska? Let alone running at the top of the ticket in 2012.

Kwabena Antwi   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

For me as an African, I find it rather disappointing that the politics of America is decorated by personal attacks and an overwhelming sense of triviality which by all standards is an affront to democracy.The politicians in particular and Americans in general must be mindful that this election is not only about America but about the world. A lot of countries like mine look for inspiration, direction and counsel from the U.S.A and if America wants to preserve the kind of respect and honour that other countries have for it, it must pursue decent politics.

Mark Zagorski   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET


I got a new name for your network

CNN – Communist National Network

Most of your programs support the notion of a new socialist movement with Obama at helm. This movement is called CHANGE, which in translation means that when Obama is the President people in this county will have nothing left but 'change' in their pockets.

I am very disappoited with CNN.

Thank you and good luck,

Mark Zagorski

terrance   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

i am half blk/white, and not untill this year have i ever heard anybody refer to the white half of any mixed race person

George   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Larry a point which I think should be made when talking about polls and margins of that if the margin or error +/- 4 and Obama is 4 point can mean that it's a dead heat or that Obama is actually 8 points up...

Michael from MO   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Republicans preach supply side economics which say we should make the rich richer to get money to trickle down to the middle class. Why can't Democrats do the reverse and see how the economy improves from the bottom up?

lazaro gonzales   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

if mc cain supported affirmative action and had chosen a different person for VP, he could count on my vote. i agree that race and gender do not have a place in opportunities for americans. this is precisely the reason we need affirmative action; so some of us can get in. why should some of us have to work and try harder for the same opportunity because of the color of our skin.
as for the economy; the sooner we accept the notion that buying only what we can afford even if it means learning to do without, stop rewarding those that put the country in this terrible financial mess, and understand that pouring more money into this mess is not the answer, the sooner we can get our country back on financially sound foundation.

thank you

dave lugli   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET

david frum

was he waving the white flag of surrender.???

how much does bay buchanan get paid by CNN to spoil rational discourse.She has the same tired, worn out , canned, boring comments night after night. can she just mail it in so we dont have to look at her.


Maurice   October 21st, 2008 9:31 pm ET


Senator Biden is right, this country has to be above all things going forward is a united country as Americans. John McCain has broken his word to not run a negative campaign. How can you be President of the American people when you can not keep your word, John McCain said country first but it looks like he really cares about his campaign first. For John McCain to be an honorable man of 21 years of military service like myself, he has clearly decided to dishonor himself and the Republicain party.

Jacksonville, NC
Africain-American Republician

Linda   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

NO MORE BAY! I can't stand watching her. I expect her head to start doing 360 degree rotations any second. She has the inability to be logical about anything.

Sorry, Larry. I have to turn the channel.

Pape from Massachusetts   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

70% of the rest of the world prefer Obama, that tells you everything.
The world needs him, he will spread peace around the world.

Bert   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET


I am less worried about who is elected and all of the political fuss about getting there than the high potential for inaccurate voter tally, the electoral college reaction to the tally and the international opinion of America if we end up with another Y2K election debacle.

Rick   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

The creditbility of this republic that our forefathers established is in crisis. The far right wing of the republican party has shown the world what liars we are to everyone internationally. How can we speak of human rights in trade agreement when such blatant racism is being shown by our angelican right. I am embarrased that the country that I live in after the dealth of the Kennedy's, Martin Luther King, and nine eleven that we still argue race. The canidates are wrong for making the comments and the media is wrong for pushing it in the news cycle. I love my country. Members of my family have died for this country why do I have to feel like a second class citizen because Im black. I remember black and white water fountains and racism in the south where I live and I thank God my parents did not teach us racism.
We are a embarassment to ourselves and the world with the behavior of these campaigns. Why can't we love one another? Why does my neighbor has to be afraid of me because of my skin color? What is conservative America afraid of?

michael schmeltzer   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Dear Larry
Old school is a good thing when dealing with motorcycles and cars but not in the 21st century, bomb now and find out the truth later is not the way to run what should be the most respected country in the world, its time to repair. Also Palin did not answer if she and John McCain were briefed on the 5 or so crisis any new administration could be tested on ? I think they were.

David   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Listening to Biden's comments about five minutes ago, it occurred to me that is it the height of hypocrisy for Democrats to get upset over the tone of the campaign when their tone toward President Bush has been equally harsh every single day for the last eight years. They've done more to undermine national morale and eliminate the potential for national unity than the McCain campaign ever could.

Herbert   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

On the spread the wealth comments I would like to say that at one time the republicans, (I used to be one myself and for the right canidate still am), called it trickle down effect. Senator McCain and several other republicans pay homage to President Reagan and at the same time pay him no never mind. Congress and this presidency have stopped up all the trickle. I hope the next does not start a flood.

L Melones   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

I now understand why the Republicans kept Sarah Palin away from the public for so long. John McCain had my vote until after the Vice Presidential Debate. I will not be voting 'for' anybody in November – I will be voting 'against' Sarah Palin. I am terrified to think that she would be just a heartbeat away from being President. She said she has "nothing to lose" – how about losing the Presidential race for John McCain.

Michelle from New Jersey   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

While not a "prominent" Republican, my husband has historically been a staunch republican, however we are both in full support of Barrack Obama. We believe the recent endorsement of Colin Powell is representative of the sentiment of republicans who are truly putting country first. Regarding Sarah Palin, we continue to be amazed by McCain's poor decision to bring such a neophyte to his ticket. Today's CNN interview underscores her inability to focus on the real issues facing the American people, while she continues her rhetoric attacking her opponents ineffectively.

Frank - Virginia   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

There is lots of talk about the Bradley effect (whites that say they will vote for an African-American but vote for the white candidate when they get in the voting booth); what about the Republicans that are not willing to admit to friends and pollster that they support Obama and end up defecting to the other side when they get in the voting booth. Could this make it a landslide??

Lynn   October 21st, 2008 9:32 pm ET

You don't have to go as fa as Sweeden or France, we in Canada have a socialized medical system that is far from perfect but it IS practically free of greed and no Canadian will go broke or die because they can't afford medical care. If socialized medical care is socialism, what is dictating that you must have an unwanted pregnancy or that you can't have the same rights as anyone because you're gay? dictatorship? MUCH better!!!

Mamadee   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I have struggle with idea of calling Obama black. Is that in anyway offensive to the parents of his mother who happens to be white? Who brought about such classification that leaves no room for someone whose parents are of mixed race to determine the race they belong to. Why is it that someone with mixed race can not be called white?

Doyle   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

A Man that work for a living don't want here what a Man did when he was Eight years old. But how are you going to fix the mess the country is in.

Peter Quinones   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

McCain is jumping over Sen. Biden's comment about Sen Obama being tested within six months if elected, Wasn't Bush tested on 9/11/ ? His response was to attack a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, spend 10 billion dollars a in month in a war, that's at the core of our economic crisis, and has the world hating America.
McCain sees victory in sight? whos he kinding? When can we anticipate the enemy signing the articles of surrendr?
Peter Quinones

Guillermo A. Birmingham   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET


Can you get one of your analyst explain exactly how the Republican economic plan is going to work? They say they want to lower taxes so that we can create more jobs. Isn't that we we have just gone through for the past eight years? Hmmm, how did that work out? This year alone we lost 750K jobs and still counting. I guess they will continue to mortgage the country by obtaining more loans for our kids to have to pay off.

Joe Mamma   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

The Media, liberal or otherwise, has bought or was bought into the whole Obama phenomenom with his popularity, and multiple millions in campaign money. The two most objective commentators on CNN are you Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and sometimes Wolf Blitzer, at least in terms of those who bill them selves as objective reporters or anchorman. I don't like Campbell.. I like John King and the more moderate based anchors you have. Report the news and allow your guest to make the arguments. Seems like these days in order to be Main Stream Media, you have to be liberal. But be fair and balanced.

This Eisenhower lady.. and the rest of the republican turncoats like Collin Powell seem smug with their holly than thou attitude and that Obama is the best thing since sliced bread. Its easy for them to take this high road and join the mass media with this overwhelming wave of Obamania.

You know the Democratic party was heavily divided in the beginning with both Hiliary and Biden making the same arguments McCain is now about Obama. McCain's campaign just sucks in comparison and can't match the 3 times campaign spending the Obama campaign has.

I'd like to know how Clinton and Biden actually feel about Obama when they were running against him. Ironic but lots of truth to the notion that the Democratic party is more divisive in regards to race and economy than the Republican party in general. Its just a matter of perspective and how the media relies the message.

You know there are a lot of minorities supporting McCain and I think that's where his campaign needs to target and allow other minorities to be ok to support his campaign purely based on ideology. He's underusing them.

Its very easy for any politician demo or otherwise to say spread the wealth, raise taxes, increase government, make it fair. They're all rich and in the elite upper class if not monetarily but influence and power, so how can any of them relate to our struggles.

Its all politics and their repetitive words are get tired. Tired of Biden's bull, Obama's I can take two more weeks of bad mouth, but you can't take 4 more years .. blah blah.. tired of the Palin stumbles, and reps turning against their own party ... tired of McCain not being smarter than this up and coming potential antiChrist..

God bless this country... we'll need all the help we can get no matter which joker gets elected...

it'll most definitely be Obama at this point.. it's like a price fight where there's no way the McCain can knock him out. he's neither got the strength nor stamina to do anything...

Dave_in_Cambridge   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET


I find some misinformation and bias in points made by two of your guests this evening. Bay B. was the only honest and totally on target guest.

One guest made a comment about Sacco and Vanzetti relative to FDR in trying to say something about relevance of some facts. He undercut himself. Sacco and Vanzetti were were charged with robbing a Braintree Massachusetts bank and killing a police officer. They were executed and later exonerated. FDR was Governor of NY from 1929 to 1932. The two had nothing to do with one another; just like your guest comments were off the factual history, so the present Presidential campaign is off the track. If McCain tried to curb Fannie and Freddie excesses and yet people support Obama, there is no fact that makes any difference and no rationality that governs the behaviors of many Americans. "Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing ... When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?"

Kathy Davis   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Everybody has forgot what the real problem is, and that is our economy and as Obama says. \ Whether people will be able to retire when we are qualified or not. I have almost 30 years of work in state government and another four years with McCain and his Bush policies will make it most likely impossible for me to be able to retire with my 30 years. I need a candidate that would show more help to our economy and hopefully I will be able to retire in three years or so. Also, I have a college student and I need to worry about his being able to finish his college and find a good job to be able to pay off his college loans. Obama also has the best ideas of helping with college loans and Governor Palin is just a joke. I have more experience with my 28 years in government than her as a small state Governor and former Mayor of a tiny town. She needs to continue working at that capacity as she is totally unqualified for VP

Fluther Good   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Please stop shooting those noisy stars out of the scene every time the director wants to switch cameras. They are very annoying and distracting enough to turn off viewers

endashaw   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I am just wondering which is more devastating, admitting that Mccain has made a mistake in taking Sarah Palin as a VP choice which is disrespecting to Hilary Clinton’s supporters or the controversial statements that Sarah Palin is making when ever she addresses her supporters??
from VA

Ibrahim   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I'm a US Army Veteran of approx. 10 years. I never served in any conflicts or wars. But John McCain isn't the only Veteran POW serving in the government, nor was he a POW that endured the most torture at the hands of the VC. He just happened to be the son of a very high ranking US military officer, otherwise his story would of never been told. So my question is the fact he was unfortunately a POW during the Vietnam War, It doesn't make him more qualified to be the president of the US States more then anyone else. Can anyone explain how this unfortunate event make him qualified to be president? Does that event make him an intellectual or a true leader?

Linda   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I agree with Mrs. Eisenhower,
I am a nurse, and I am working two jobs to make ends meet and get my daughter through college. I wonder Ms. Bay, have you ever stood in a gas line for 20-30 mins, and had to decide if you pay a home bill, or a college bill, and or food for the week. Ayers, or Wright did not cause this economy crisis, why are we talking about them. The american people want honest answers. I can tell you John McCain health policy sucks, his economy policy sucks, when you think about the working class people, it does not help us at all, Stop being so right winged, if you really care, you would look at americans like me and say we have had enough. Wake up lady, you are two definsive, you don't always have to have an answer in favor of McCain, be an american.

George Bassias   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Palin is right that Biden should be feared. He is feared and respected by everyone in Congress because he tells it like it is and votes for truth.

Reshma Lakhiani   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

You know what has been a repeating pattern through out this election? It has been John McCain using two prominent tactics. One, is looking out for what the people want to hear and then attempting to show that he understands and is active in delivering results, and the second is seeking out any slips with the Democratic party and playing on their weaknesses rather than highlighting his own strengths. Pay close attention and realize McCain really does not have any key strategies in the actual political issues, but rather spends his time sharpening his election strategies and refuting the opposite party. McCain is weak, I think that is very clear, but what worries me about America is that I have repeatedly heard people say that they will vote for Obama because they just do not like McCain. Please understand, Obama is not the lesser of two evils nor is he better by comparison. He is exactly what this country has needed for years now, the real slap in the face America has needed to wake up.

joe tello   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

i know this may stupid but are you airing from the west or east coast..i want to know so i can ask questions at the appropriae times


IndieNYer   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

The generalizations by your pundits are predictable and boring.

Voters want change and Al Gore will win, and John Kerry will win, and Barrack Barrack Hussein Obama will win.

I pray that everyone will keep thinking that way and enough Barrack Hussein Obama supporters will stay home and he can go back to being an empty suit in the Senate.

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

@ Mary

So because Obama is Black, he shouldn't run?

My comment was to the HATE that I have seen in the past few weeks.
As a Black person in this country, I had actually thought we were getting past it, I see there is STILL SO FAR TO GO. McCain/Palin is NOT helping.

tony   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I dont know where Joe the plumber lives, but if a plumber from the St Louis area made enough money per year to consider buying the bussiness he works for and could make $250,000.00 per year or more he would be a happy man. The middle class does not have to worry about this (they wish they did). Also, it does not take a genious to realize that shipping jobs over seas will have an effect on our economy. I cant even buy a pair of pants that fit right any more- the same sizes are all different. Make it in the USA and buy it in the USA!

niro   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Good Evening Larry ,
Its always a pleasure to see you at 9.00.
Larry, my comment is that Obama is winning in the polls is because majority of the black population is turning out in droves because they see it as a historical event........a black man in the white house... Millions of blacks who had never voted in they lives will be hitting the polls, and it is not because of saving the country in this time of crises. Example, a 106 year old who never voted, is heading to vote. Another major reason the black see it as an opportunity is because.....majority of blacks are living below poverty line, on welfare, no jobs........liveing a life of crime and drugs.....can see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They can now live an even better life on other's taxpayers sweat. That is what he meant....."sharing the wealth ".
Why should an average hard working individual continue to support these free loaders.
Thirdly, the political corruption within the democratic Party..not to say there is none in the Republican party contrbutes to all those political senate members jumping doing so to secure their own hides, now that the polls are indicating Obama is ahead.
Collin Powell ........announcement was not a surprise, if Obama was Not black his support would definately be different.
I hope you call read this comment on your show.
Thank You.

Charles Cooke   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

As I sit back, watch and listen to all the lies and misrepresentation of /in this campaign since the primaries started over a year ago, I am appauled at how the so-called Washington insiders(republicans) are portraying Barack Obama. What I think is that this is designed to down play the character and intellect of all black americans. That's sad! Because this 61-year old black american, like thousands of others, also fought for this country in vietnam at the same time John Mccain was there. In fact, my destroyer battle group help save the air craft carrier his mishap set on fire, killing 134-sailers.
We are giving the the rest of the world more amunition to condemn us, and call us hypocrites, and send my sons, who also serve in the military, abroad to fight and not be seen as liberators. John Mccain use to be one of my biggest heroes, but now I'm not so sure. The choices he has made at this late date in his life, does not serve our best interest!

TL Thomson   October 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Will eithert candidate pardon Campen and Ramos?

Decorated combat veteran fort Obama.

Dianne   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Bay Buchanan is just like her brother, Pat Buchanan.


Look at their backgrounds, both Bay & Pat Buchanan.

Dennis L Gump Jr/Pittsburgh, PA   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Being from SouthWestern PA, I feel I must say that Rep.Murtha's comments, while crass, are very true. Most of the "salt of the earth" "pro-Americans" I know are fearing that their Pres. will be a man who 50 years ago would have had to drink from a different water fountain.

Gary   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

As a military member, the process that led to a change in how we are fighting the war was developed by some "outsiders." It is not conventional warfare anymore. McCain is the last person we need in a time when the military option needs to be re-evaluated.

We need a new approach and the GOP is condctin business as usual, they need to transform as we need to move into the future. This campaign shows they are not ready, and stuck in cold war era politics.

thomas   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET


i wander how many americans kow that the democrats already have plans to pass laws on day one to force big companies to allow unions into thier businesses is this part of the democrtic spreading the wealth around?

Bobby   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

You would think that in the year 2008 in the USA that a perosn in contention for the most powerful job in the world would not be so negative.How Palin amke a statement abot any person when she herself is casting a lot of doubt as to her leadership.McMain made his biggest mistake when he selected her as his running mate.I myself would even think about voting for him as long as Palin is involved.

jusme   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Hey Larry,
How about this for confusion?
I am a registered democrat. I work for an optometrist in an optical shop that in my opinion is in the "over $250,000 a year income bracket". My heart is with the democratic values. The economy is in such a confusing state right now as far as MY JOB goes. If my employer were to have his/her tax bracket increased, I worry about my job security. I can't afford to wait for 2, 3, or more years to pass for the economy to settle down and be able to find another job. I'm being paid well. To worry about having to find another job in my field right now is absolutely frightening.

Do I vote for my boss so I have a little bit of job security, or do I vote my heart, and risk losing a paycheck as well as trying to find a new job in this struggling economy??

Al, West Michigan   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

John McCain and Sara Palin's campaign IS... in the same style by the Republicans reign from the last eight years …


"We The People" are sick of it!!!

It is not working against Obama.

Why are there still some people out there that cannot see through these fear tactics from the past eight years and now within the Republican campaign?

Colston,Y   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET


What about all these Pastors getting in the pupit telling people not to vote for Obama? What about McCain cheating on his first wife and having several affairs and getting engaged while still married to his first wife? A "M" you say, I say not. Yet this is the type of person some want to be our next President? What about the facts that McCain is who? What about McCain that qualifies him beside being in the military, family ties and marrying rich? Why do christian leaders say he is the best of two evils? So,if you are red it is ok to do anything and it is okay?

Please help me understand.

Small town USA

Nola Shepardson   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

I am a 53 year old women, pro-choice, owner of a small agriculture business owner. I was a supporter of John McCain in 2000. I had hoped that he would rise to this election, and prove to be the Maverick that he used to be. Both my husband, (age 55-engineer) and I would have been happy to vote for him. His choice of Sarah Palin, and his refusal to campaign on any concrete, positive information, have moved us to the Obama side of the street. The insistence of the McCain camp to appeal to the lowest common denominator of our society is an embarrassment on an international level.

Anthony mitchell   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

The question of what does McCain need to do to win is asked a lot. Can you tell me where Obama could make mistakes that would cost him the election?

karen-phoenix   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Larry: Thank you sooo much for having Susan Eisenhower on tonight!! She is a true lady and sooo many of us republican are backing Obama/Biden!!! (I've been a rep. for 40 years but no more).
About character–Bucahana has nothing else left but to lash out at Barack and Joe but Susan was a lady and nothing about how awful McCain's character is!! He lost 3 airplanes because of trying to be a hot shot, committed adultry numerous times destroying the life of his first wife, married for money the second time and she acts just like an abused women. McCain got envolved with Keating 5, was head of the Commerce commission and deregulated all the standards that were put in place after the crash and he has an awful temper!! He is way to old to make decission for a 21st century global technological world. McCain will go to war for any reason and I want OUT of this war and any other wars!! He refuses to talk to our enemies which is diplomacy and that is what it is going to take to bring our image back and Obama can do that and do it well especially with Biden and the highly educated people Obama has around him. I do NOT want to even get into Palin–she is not even qualified to be a mayor of a small town in the lower 48-she lives in socilist society in Alaska+$3500 per person per year so she better keep her mouth shut!
Thanks again Larry for Susan Eisenhower! How about Chuck Hagel's wife, Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffet, Colin Powell on you show!!
If Palin or McCain are on I just will not watch!
Good show–God Bless Obama/Biden and the great American Middle Class!!!

CitizenAJ   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

By-the-way, the Palin interview today with CNN was better than her Katie Couric interview but it was still telling of a person who is WAY OVER THEIR HEAD. During these pressing times, we don't need her playing the role of VP, we need a REAL VP supporting a REAL President. This ticket would be an absolute disaster for America. The current administration has been imagine this one with a clueless VP. And John McCain has not said anything that leads me to believe he would be a good President, even foreign policy wise. I truly think Obama would make a better President than McCain on all fronts.

Anita Ashtakala   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

As a Canadian, and a country cited as "socialist" by the McCain Palin camp, we have just been cited as having the world's safest banks, the strongest economy in the G7, and have not experienced the housing foreclosures and bankruptcies that have plagued the US economy. Call it whatever you want, get hung up on labels, but we are doing okay. I wish the best outcome to our American friends. You deserve better.

Melvin   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

what make Mccain different from bush?Seem everything the same

S. Eastman   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

No one seems to ask whether Gov. Palin plans to continue having her spouse shadow her ( whether she goes back to Alaska or if she were to win the McCain/Palin ticket)?
An educated guess is that most US citizens would not have their spouses show up at their work site, attend meetings or get involved in their job decisions.
Though she appears to feel that his involvement is justified as " a concerned father/spouse"/etc.., there should be clear cut limits on his involvement in her elected position(s) both influence wise and/or financial benefits to prevent conflict of interests.
OR should all our spouses/significant others go with us to our jobs?

Jasmine   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Hi Larry! One would think that America would be excited to have the youthful vigour of Barack Obama, combined with the experience of Joe Biden.... Certainly more sensical than what would be one of the oldest world leaders elected alongside a clearly blundering, inexperienced VP..... What an embarassment that would be...

SO   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Both candidates have used the phrase "The time for change is here". The differences are in the need, the want and what to change.

Some people are trying to label Obama as a Socialist because of the financial issues he has presented, but please note that the electoral party he leads is the Democratic party, in a Democracy. Perhaps the endorsement of Colin Powell comes from the understanding that the sacrifices of a few can save the masses.

ray paulin   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

i feel bad for s. palin, she tried to stir the issue of socialism, qouting jo the plumber. but i guess she should be intelligent enough to know where to get information about the real meaning of socialism

Jose   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET


I'm a OIF veteran, current college senior student, first time voter and I have been following this presidential race very closely, and have come to the conclusion that the Republican Party has lost a lot their credibility by allowing the racial/religious issue to become a priority instead of focusing their time and energy in the real issues. Also, Sara Palin has and keeps making ridiculous conclusions and twisting comments that, to be honest, are nothing but fallacies. Thus, I believe that McCain will not be able to turn it around.

sherri   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET






















Cmovement   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

1. For Bay// Why do you try to bash Obama when you have no claim against his policies?

2. For Bay// Which of Mc Cain economic policy can you say will help the middle class not encluding your claim about jobs?

3. For Republican// Do you now that Washington D.C. has one of the worst school systems in America? Do you feel McCain School Policy will help the school system our just a few kids.

4. For Republican// If we have another Republican in office what will be done regarding the trillion dollar drug trade that only cost American,s more money daily for the small change so call hustler that has been jailed and we are taxed for their life and for their new home.

5. For Republican//And Dem If Obama is spending more money in different states do you feel the money is helping him or the message.
(The Message America is moving on let it)

6. For the lOW/MID CLASS world // Can you really tell me anything Obama has offered that will not help you if you can I can explain(Read)

7. For the lOW/MID CLASS world // Can you really tell me anything McCain has offered that will help you if you can I can explain(Read)

8. America Please understand this election is bigger than Obama it's about us.

American Please understand it's another youngman and/or women who share the same view as Obama.

We as a generation has spoken and it's about us let not let any push this hate in our way we have walk along way from it.

Only look back to understand why some people said a black man could not play QB and now they are in the hall of fame.

Good Night.

Yiri from NYC   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

I also want to know why hasn't anyone brought it to Governor Palin's attention that Senator Biden has been very kind to her. Actually, she and her spurious comments and mentality have gotten away with too much. She needs to understand that because she is no Hillary Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro or Nancy Pelosi – just to name a few. These are women of substance, intelligent, well-educated, and with a strong fundamental grasp of freedom and what people need. And, because Governor Palin is such a weak candidate journalists, politicians, and Americans have been very nice to her. You just have to turn to the "interview" on My 9 News Sunday, October, 19th. What a waste a time - they consider this an "exclusive interview"? This was a joke. This woman needs to get real and not expect "girly" treatment from her male political counterparts.
If Joe Biden was debating or running with a male counterpart, there would be no holds bar. Sarah Palin is getting away with too much!
Yiri from NYC

Blair   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

The McCain Palin campaign, with it's knee-jerk idealogical responses, has become little more than a pathetic characature of a serious bid for the U.S presidency. Surely the players in this performance run the risk of forever being percieved as pathetic characters

Tony Woodruff   October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Okay, I have been listening to the Republican calling Obama a terriost/socialist and other negative adjective. I have two questions 1) what do you call a man that fought hard not to have the MLK a state holiday in his home states as well as siding with senator thurmond and other south carolina republicans about not taking the conferdate flag down in south carolina 2) Sarah Palin have welcome anti-american groups into her home state for convention, not only did she welcome them (CNN has the video) but she also attended the conferences twice. The leader of this group stated that he would not be buried under an American flag. Before both raise issues of socialism and terrorism they should explain their action on these two issues. The American people have the right to know. I would like you panel to response to these.

G. Mays   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Senator Obama successfully lays the blame for the financial crisis at President Bush's feet while totally ignoring President Clinton's role in the sub prime business.

In the year following Senator McCains fight against Freddie and Fannie, on 9/11/2006, Business Week's cover story predicted the sub prime melt down. This story hasn't gotten any notice in the press and one tends to wonder why. Where are the investigative reporters. Where were the briliant leaders of the Banking and Financial Services Committees; they were having hearings-all the way up to the financial markets melt down. Coincidently, in the last two months prior to the election.

Administrations come and go and much of Congress stays. We so need term limits for Congress, just like the President.

Mary - Lakeland   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

As to character, anyone who has lived in Chicago knows that in order to accomplish something good, you have to rub elbows with some characters. Fight them and you are finished, at least in politics.

Wake up people! Obama could have written his ticket out of Harvard and chose to help the less fortunate. He was not forced to..

Stephanie Ein   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Can anybody, after two years of intense verbal bloodshed, still question Sen. Obama's leadership skills, strength, and courage under fire? These past months of racist slurs , petty gossip, innuendo, and just plain nastiness– from Clinton, McCain, and now Palin– are a disgrace, and have lowered America's reputation worldwide, as if such a thing were possible.

Just plain gut-churning.

Julie D. Olympia Washington   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Why are so many women against Sarah Palin. She is doing everything that I have dreamed of all my life. She is strong in her faith....which is a freedom that we should all be happy to have available, and not be persecuted for. She is a working mom of 5....the Gov. of Alaska no less. I find that incredible. She is married to a man who seems to adore her and allow her the freedom to have a career and raise her kids. The kids "she chose" to bear.

Growing up in the 60's and 70's.....that is what women wanted....the freedom of choice. Not to be told by men or some ultra liberals that what I think is wrong.

I don't want women dissing me because I made the choice to remain married for 30 years, raise my kids, and have a career.
I want the "freedom of my choice" not someone elses choice.

Whether or not McCain/Palin win or lose....I am proud to support them, and I support McCain's freedom to choose his running mate.

Thanks for allowing me the freedom to use this internet tool to voice my opinions.


Proud Mom of a Marine
Deploying to Iraq in the near future

Karen   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Senator McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin continue to show their lack of respect and disdain for the middle class by insulting American voters with the rhetoric.

When they insinuate that Senator Obama is a socialist, because he truly cares about the people in America and wants to make it a better place for us all, unite us, bring back our sense of honor, and put us back in the highest esteem of the world, they show us how much they really do not care about these things.

Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator McCain must not know that the world is watching and waiting to see how smart the American people really are.

Darren   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Who really would have been the best Republican Veep candidate? We all know who it's not, especially since she still doesn't know what her actual job is.

James   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Palin is a never will be

Amanda   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Hi Liz...

What are the real issues? The economy? neither have shown me a plan which I think would work.
The economy was going fine till we started seeing the collapse on the real state market... the collapse started way long ago... it was a domino effect... Analyze the root of the problem... and lets ask Barnie Frank why he said Fannie and Freddie were fine...
As for how this supposed colapse of the American financial market has affect me??? The price of gas went down... This is the only consequence I felt... I have a job, my husband has one now... and we are doing fine...
Before we blame George Bush and the Republicans, lets analyze the crisis...
Do your research...

Ta Ta!!!

sidney   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET



David Tietje   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

To Betty Mackenzie,

Barack Obama's father was a muslim, but left the family when Barack was very young. I'm sure people believe that Barack is a muslim because they think he went to a muslim school in Indonesia. This is not true. He did go to school in Jakarta after his mother and step father brought him there. Indonesia has the biggest muslim population of any country and Jakarta is it's biggest city. The school he attended happens to be the best school in Jakarta, so that's where his mother sent him. It is a public school and since the population of Jakarta is mostly muslim, it makes sense that the majority of the school children are muslim, but it is not a muslim school. Barack has said that his mother exposed him to many religions so that he would be informed. He has also said openly that he is a Christian.

In case it matters, my coworker grew up in Jakarta and informed me about the school Obama went to.

Jeff S.   October 21st, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Ms. Eisenhower and other devout Demacrats should address the Republican comments about Senator Obama's relationships with those in question instead of ignoring them. If they do, maybe they will go away! To say these are not the issues Americans want to hear about is wrong. Either candidates character will affect all other issues. Why hasn't your network tried to interview Ayers and the others?

Howard   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET


Based on John McCain's response to Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama, I believe that General Powell may have been on McCain's short list of possible v.p. candidates. Do you or any of your people think this was possible?

Sandra   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Hello Larry,

I am so disappointed with the fact that people place more emphasis on popularity than intellect. Sarah Palin-is as cute as a button, but as far as the knowledge needed to run America, she does not have it. Vice president's do not run senate, something we all learned in grade school social studies. God forbid McCain does not make his entire term-s the thought of her as president is scary while Joe Biden would make me more secure if something did happen to Obama! Everyone makes mistakes, but if you can not maanage your own home effectively, what good are you tothe millions of Americanswho will rely on you to care for them. McCain is even more scary! He has a temper and his desire to "win" in Iraq a war that no one has won makes me fearful for the young people who sacrifice their lives to serve this nation. Needless wars is not what we need. We need peace and a direction that will lead America back to prosperity for all Americans and the international community. McCain is way too far removed from the middle and lower working class with the nine to ten homes he owns. I think the tactic used to "scare" Americans into believing that Obama is going to raise taxes and negatively impact America is only because McCain is part of the class that will greatly be affected by Obama's tax plan. What happened to the more we have, the more we should be willing to give? If you have it to give why not give it?

mary baird   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

and why is it that everyone is wrong and negative if they do not agree with a democrat. i turned the station and hear democrats saying very negative things about republican, but that is ok with you larry king?
I dont see negative, nasty remarks about democrats when they have negative non american comments. Like acorn, i want my tax $ back since they support Obama. the republicans do spend their time on economy issue and global and taxes and etc. you just don't listen. good night.

Bill   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET


Matt   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Why must you have THAT WOMAN ON YOUR SHOW? Bay is a bad, bad woman. Sooooooo negative... constantly.

Whenever she's on your show, Larry, I won't be watching. She's poison.

Tracy From Texas   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Hey Larry, Do you think there is a chance in turning Texas BLUE?

Gene Hoppesgshoppes   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Mr King Why is absloutly no one talking about or giving their views on emigration pro or con are they afraid of losing votes.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Sarah Palin is to dumb to run for vice president. There should be a mandatory test you should have to pass to run for higher office. Palin would flunk soundly..

S,Rao   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Mark Zagorski: Did u lose ur remote by any chance? SHouldnt u be watching FOX News????

Chuck P   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Regarding the McCain party statement on socialisms vs Capitalist economy:
For years we have had trickle done economics where the premise was that business owners should pay less taxes. With less taxes paid, businesses would re-invest this money to create new jobs. Part of this same logic was used to deregulate businesses i.e. Wall Street.

It would appear to me that McCain’s idea of a capitalist economy is one where when times are good the business owners / shareholders or executives reap the benefits and when times are bad the capitalist economy should change to a socialist economy where the full United States Citizens can then bail out the wealthiest executives and protect the shareholder. (While executives take a $400,000 weekend to a spa.)

McCain made big deal about postponing his election to help solve this crisis. How was the crisis solved? It was solved through asking the citizens of United States to cover the banks mistakes. If this is the Republicans idea of a capitalist economy I don’t want it.

Ray   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Larry,Im from Ohio and recieve the robo-calls and the hate mail about Barak Obama story with william ayers....I was voting John McCain and my mother-in-law a die-hard Republican is now voting Barak Obama b/c of all these hate going on barak will get my vote too Ohio is tired of these hate letters and calls

Celina   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

I think that we need a sign that says:

And What If I am a Muslim"

Carmella   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

John McCain wasted alot of time during the Democratic primary when Obama and Clinton were battling it out. He could have been framing up alot of states for victory. Instead he was going to other countries, doing speaking engagements. McCain had alot of time on the front end that he did not take advantage of, now he running out of time on the back end. Just food for thought.

Karen Hudson   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET

I live in Reno, Nevada, where the work of thousands of Campaign for Change volunteers have led to a majority Democratic registration in our county, Washoe. I don't know where your expert, John, got his figures-he should check current polls. We are AHEAD by nearly 5 points in Nevada and expect to bring in the state for Obama. Please, Larry, vet your "experts" so that they provide correct and current info! Thanks!

PRINCE   October 21st, 2008 9:36 pm ET


Sofie   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Why is it so off limits to criticize and question Sarah Palin? For the first time this weekend I heard Obama finally make a statement against Palin (that it takes a lot to violate Palin's standards on running a clean campaign). Why shouldn't Obama and Biden go after Palin (and the ridiculous comments she makes) in the same way they probably would have if she were a man? For example, Palin accused Obama of not being patriotic. Why hasn't anyone pointed to Palin and blasted her for "palling around" with SEPARATIST ALASKANS like her husband who wanted to secede from the USA. What could possibly be more un-patriotic than wanting to leave the United States of America? If Gov. Palin wants to play with the big kids, it's time to take the kid gloves off.

Anthony B.   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Little guys (and gals too) like me have put Obama fund raising over the top because we believe in him. To be able to harness $150 millions from 600,000 individuals from nickle and dimes, and yes change, is phenomenal to want and to cry for new direction on this country we all love. Senator Obama has a real plan and he knows how to deliver his plan to the American people...because for the first time some one is fighting for the middle class left behind under the Bush admininistration. Is this the "income distribution" we have been waiting? Perhaps, but it is all about "fairness" for the little guy in our capitalistic market–we are not the great investors of Wall Street but the Main Street guy that is hurting badly in these economic time. How could I vote Republican for this election when I already have seen enough of Reagonomics and Neo-conservatism policies that are not working for the last eight years!

Gefo   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

When will Palin and McCain get the information straight... "Joe the Plumber" is really "Joe the Fake the Plumber"?

Thank you–

adkjac   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Reading all the comments and seeing all the people asked about taxes.... seems 1 person in a million understands that they do not make $200,000 after deductions let alone more than that nor do they understand the tiny amount they are taxed in addition for making huge money.

No plumber or tradesmen makes $250,000 after deductions, not 1 does in world with 2 employees as Joe's bosses situation.

Amazed at how talk radio has all the sheep in this country voting for lower taxes for the few corporate officers, talking heads on tv and sports stars, etc. And all of the very rich aren't complaining at all. Show me one interview with an actual rich person saying their taxes need to be lowered!

Doug   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I admire your candor and love your show!

Here's one for you to think about–Ms Palin is the only candidate of the four who has refused to disclose her medical records. Why? My wife and I both came to the conclusion that that poor down syndrome baby is NOT Ms Palin's–it belongs to her "supposedly 5 month pregnant" daughter!

Staying on Ms Palin for the moment–I hope that if by some very slim chance she were to become the Veep that her high school educated husband, the first "Dud" would not be helping her make any executive decisions!

Lastly, If you want to keep me as a loyal viewer, PUH-LEEZE get that nut job Bay Buchanan off of your show-she is polarizing, annoying, and gives me a migraine!

kathlen fitzgerald   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

As a healthcare professional it is against the law for me to deliberately
misleed my patients. Lawyers cannot deliberately misleed their clients,
and bankers cannot deliberately misleed their customers.
My question is why is: Why is it thatJonh McCain is allowed to deliberately misleed the american people with absolute lies and there is no legal accountability. He is running for The highest public office in our country.
It is normal for candidates to debate and have different interpretations
of each candidates policy. The american people expect that. It is
criminal that the blatant lies are tolerated. I would like to file a civil
suit against McCain due to gross deception of his campaign and
seek reimbursement for all the time I spent researching these lies.
Larry you have numerous attorneys on your show. How about the american people get together and file a class action suit demanding
that candidates who deliberately lie to american people be prosecuted. How about that. An election where A politician actually
has to tell the truth.

Park City Utah   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Why do you continue to have the Right Wing Conservative Bay Buchanan on your program. She's a clone of Sean Hannity. Apparently their message is not making ground. They continue with their smear campaigns and frankly we are sick and tired of it. They continue to put themselves ahead of the American citizens and they are creating a division among the American people. Stop supporting people like Buchanan, Hannity and the extreme Right Wing Conservative!

Obama 2008!

Louinjax   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Larry -

In the Biden clip earlier, I notice that the concluding point Biden made is ignored..."and it will be clear that Barack Obama has a spine of steel, as he responds to such crises." (paraphrasing)

You don't usually default to selectively quoting people to make a point other than that made by the speaker (Biden), but by leaving out this very important point Biden was making, you appear to be slanting Joe Biden's message to something he didn't intend! Why is this?

Darretta Newman   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

I wish someone would tell Joe the plumber that $250000 income is completely different than $250000 revenue. A successful plumbing business of $500000 is usually filing a Sch C and has overhead of 50% or more if he funds his employees insurance benefits, vacations, bonuses, ect. By the time the employer's "net" profit hits the 1040, he is entitled to adjustments such as half of his self-employment tax, 100% deduction for his health insurance. After all the adjustments, he then gets a standard deduction, which most people have plenty of deductions to file a Sch A which usually amounts to twice allowed by the standard deduction. Joe would then get his exemptions. Do the math Joe, you'll be getting a tax break. There is way too much talk by people who don't know what they're talking about.

Willie   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Hello Mr.King:

First i would like to say what a great job you and cnn are doing with respect to covering this election. Mr. king, approx. 3-4 months ago Governor Palin didn't know what the job of vice president was and now she is ready to lead America as the second in command. i think it's a sad day in America when Senator Mccain says country first then places America in jepody by chosing Gov. Palin to Attract the female vote.

Suzanne - Pasadena, CA   October 21st, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Hey Larry! Love your show...Why are the Republicans using negative attack advertisments in their campaign? And, why do they continue to attack Obama's character. We Americans are more interested with being "INSPIRED" by our leaders, not "SCARED" into voting in either direction. By running a campaign that divides a country like America is a sign of what's to come, if McCain is elected.

I'm supporting Obama because he inspires me and everyone we know. That's a true leader. Colin Powell, another great leader provided America with his opinion or perception on how the Repulicans are running their campaign. Colin Powell does have the power to INSPIRE and motivate people. If Colin Powell had of said anything negative about Obama leadership skills, it would have impacted our decision to vote for Obama.

Its important that all American's get out and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE -

JUDE   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I am an independent voter and paid close attention to both campaigns. In observing these two parties, all I have seen the Republican Party truly accomplish during this entire election period is to vibrantly cause further segregation in our country. Through their constant dissemination of erroneous facts. I will be voting for Obama.

Grady Byrd   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

While Cindy McCain and some Republicans are questioning the patriotism of Michelle Obama, why not question the patriotism of Todd Palin who led an Alaskan secession movement from the US?

Disgusted by Politics in NY   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I agree with the insightful guest's perspective on Palin's use of the word "socialism" to analogize to Barak's economic plan. Palin on this point is at worst disingenuously seeking to deceive the "less informed" Americans and at best just plain irresponsible.

But this makes me wonder – who is Palin speaking to and convincing? The uninformed, the easily swayed and generally the less educated I would think.

Can you blame Palin for trying to pander to voters who will fear that word and do not have either the reasoning skills or access to information to recognize the ill-conceived comparison? What's even scarier is that perhaps Palin is among the camp of people who believe that Barak's plan is akin to real Socialism.

Palin is trying to get votes, and there are many ill-informed, easily fooled/swayed folks out there whose vote depends on what they fear most (i.e. an erroneous concept of "socialism") or just what they are told they should fear.

Regardless, can you blame Palin for pandering ro such ill-informed voters and trying to sway them toward her "side"? After all, an ill informed or educated vote still counts equally for your side.

Andrew Dixon   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

John McCain and Sarah Palin is running a blind campaign! This talk of socialism is so ridiculous, its ridiculous! If socialism does not already exist, then raising taxes by 3% on the rich is not going to make it socialism! Is there a limit to the amount of taxes one pay's that separates socialism from capitalism? Sarah Palin and John McCain, are using the television to try to excite undecided and republican, based on the enthusiasm they may see in the crowed!

They keep trying to put a negative spin on everything that comes from the Obama camp, and then turn around and say they don't know enough about it to be upfront with the media when they are Questioned! How do you make an attack, when you haven't made a solid decision on weather someone is a socialist or not, but you make that claim at your rally's! They never talk about what they are going to do better than Obama, but what they feel Obama is doing wrong! And they think everything Obama says is wrong, where as Obama sometimes agree with McCain!

That shows you Obamas openess to others ideas and does make adjustments where he feels it necessary! McCain is very what I say is the one and only way. Unlike Palin who recites the scripts she's been handed, Joe Biden Speaks the words of his heart! His comments are now being taken out of context, when he said: If Obama become president he will be tested. His point was to say that he see it coming, and Obama will be ready with all the support that he will need to handle it, and he will need the support of the American people and Washington! He need not speak for John McCain who would also be tested; we already know how he feels about John McCain as President.

I believe McCain does regret picking Palin as VP, he just cant say it now, it too late, and it would go against his judgment. I think Palin's mentality is that of an 18 year old high school girl! They talk about Obama being tested, while neither Palin nor McCain have been tested on a Presidential level. Their past experience at this point does not count. No one really care what they did as senate, mayor, or governor. What we care about is who has the right Judgment to be President! An Obama has done that many time, and one example of that was his pic of Joe Biden! Don't ask what picking Palin, says about John McCain!

Thank for allowing me to blog with you!

Have a great night Larry!!!

Gary Shelton   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

The suggestion that I am not patriotic or from a patriotic part of the country is absurd. It has tipped the scale that and the economic mess that our county is in had me convinced that the Democratic ticket is most in touch America for "08" I would vote for anyone against MCain and Palin.

Mike from CT   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

John McCain always talks about how he supports our troops and our veterans. If this is the case, why doesn’t McCain sign the new GI Bill introduced by Senator Jim Webb?

Dave   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I'm an active duty military member and a 15 year Republican party faithful. While stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Az, one of my duties was to stand the Command border control duty in which military members were deployed to the Mexican border to assist the border patrol and customs agents in their daily duties. My comment is that: If Gov Sarah Palin has foreign policy experiance because of her location to Russia? Then I'm un-doubtably running for the top spot (presidency) of the country of Mexico. And while I'm at it I think I'm gonna put Gov Palin as VP on that ticket as well. Our chances to win the nomination for the Presidency of Mexico would be far better than the chances that she and Sen Mccain have at this point.

Mary   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Oh, and the trickle down wealth in Obama's plan? Excuse me, trickle down poverty. You people do realize that the President doesn't even run the country, don't you. He's just a figure head.

Terry   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

For those who question McCain regarding policy.... look up the 2004 congressional hearing video....Google it.... Rep. Maxine Waters.... McCain and several people were demanding Fannie & Freddie be regulated... they talk of the housing meltdown that would happen and then look at our representatives who backed Fannie & Freddie. Then in 2006 they tried again.... guess what Obama voted this time for Fannie & Freddie.

Now the meltdown is not Obama's fault.... but he was too inexperienced to vote for the country and to understand approving of dumbing down credit standards for home buying. McCain knew ... why... because he has experience.

We need to do our homework and research and not go through life just mindless groupies. Anyone listen to the mindless voters that Howard Stern interviewed.... proves my point.

Lisa Lange   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Regarding your guest's statement just now about the Republican party being interested in what they are interested in, rather than what their constituents are interested in: Two years ago a Republican candidate, Phil Kline, lost the KS Attorney General's race by a very wide margin. The Republican party immediately appointed Mr. Kline to the esteemed position of Johnson County District Attorney, even though it was quite obvious that Mr. Kline lacked any voter base. Mr. Kline, like his fellow Topekan Fred Phelps, stir up very passionate responses around here and after his appointment in Johnson County, it was very obvious that the Republican party couldn't care less what the voters were interested in. The Republican party is interested only in promoting their own agenda, without regard to constituents. Two years ago I made a vow NEVER to vote Republican in the State of Kansas again. I am an Independent, but it seems to me that the national Republican party is no different than it's Kansas counterpart and will, therefore, make my decision for me! GO OBAMA!!!!!

ANDY AMES   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET


Billy Rebel   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET's an interesting turn of direction....for the panel....What can happen/or may happen that would enable theObama/Biden ticket to lose?

Billy Rebel Singer/Songwriter

Bill   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I'm a long time Democrat but will be voting Republican for the first time in my life, because Obama has no experience and no accomplishments.
Also, I don't like Obama taxing the heck out of Capitals Gains and Inheritance.

ron w   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET


For a future show can you discuss religion and the military and in our political settings (see Sen Cardin comment). For example, many prayers at military events are geared to one religion-continuously ends in the name of JC..... The Air Force Academy which is situated in Colorado Springs–home of many evangelical groups has created a religious atmosphere. The Naval Academy has a noon day prayer at lunch. The Constitution covers this scenario. Even Senator Cardin states many political affairs he attends are geared to one religion when prayers are given. We are a diverse nation and I am tired of attending events in which prayers are geared to only one religion...what about the Jews, Muslims, etc in attendance who serve in the military and in our political arena.

george ca   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Kevin: "The US has always balanced a “socialist” system with the markets and with capitalism."

Always? The founding fathers are rolling in their graves.

Socialism was most significantly introduced during the great depression and has arguably caused more problems than it solved. Are there more or less a percentage of the population on the dole now as then?

A social program's success should be indicated by dwindling enrollment (as a percentage of total population). By this definition what modern social program is successful. If you are banking on Social Security good luck to you – I'll be making other arrangements.

IMO we are socialist already, the least we can do is avoid slipping further as there is a tipping point when more people take than contribute. Kiss the greatness of our country goodbye once we cross that line.

Keep asking your candidates to make you promises, give you handouts – that's how we all become enslaved.

The line between the receivers and the producers will move further and further, each movement disincenting more and more of the working populous. How do you stop that cycle?

Who is John Galt?

Debra Moebes   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I'm a school psychologist working with children with developmental disorders, I am concerned that Sarah Palin's priority is not taking this time in her child's early development to establish a strong bond and to ensure her child is supported and nurtured to the utmost of her ability. I've read that McCain's aides are impressed with her strong work ethic, but is this at the expense of her child? Is Mr. Palin going to be a stay-at-home Dad? I can't understand how any mother with an infant with pervasive needs could choose to run for the vice-presidency of the United States. Perhaps she should have been more involved in supervising her older daughter or have supported the use of birth control, but clearly one would question the values, judgement, and -character--of someone making such choices.

Gary Chandler in Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

For justice sake >>> dont forget the bridge to somewhere!!! NOT the bridge to nowhere,,, the reformer, Palin, is presently in Support of a bridge to Wasilla!!!!!!!!!!!!
her Alaskan spokesperson says she can still oppose it - SHEESH
her 35 minute drive is a good use of pork money

linda   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I have to agree that David Fraum is being honest about what the end stage of this election is going to be like for Rep, will McCain leave in in shambles or try to restore some dignity.
Sarah Palin has the nerve to promote Socialism rant in her speechs, and that Obama will be giving the taxes payers money from small business people who make over $250,000 , spreading the wealth as she calls it, but in Alaska she gives everyone a tax refund, so what is THAT.
Also Bay she is a idoit and a deserve to her party. I ALSO HATE WHEN SHE IS ON, SHE IS BRAINLESS.

Cmovement   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

October 21st, 2008 9:34 pm ET
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
1.For Republican// Why do you try to bash Obama when you have no claim against his policies?

2. For Republican// Which of Mc Cain economic policy can you say will help the middle class not encluding your claim about jobs?

3. For Republican// Do you now that Washington D.C. has one of the worst school systems in America? Do you feel McCain School Policy will help the school system our just a few kids.

4. For Republican// If we have another Republican in office what will be done regarding the trillion dollar drug trade that only cost American,s more money daily for the small change so call hustler that has been jailed and we are taxed for their life and for their new home.

5. For Republican//And Dem If Obama is spending more money in different states do you feel the money is helping him or the message.
(The Message America is moving on let it)

6. For the lOW/MID CLASS world // Can you really tell me anything Obama has offered that will not help you if you can I can explain(Read)

7. For the lOW/MID CLASS world // Can you really tell me anything McCain has offered that will help you if you can I can explain(Read)

8. America Please understand this election is bigger than Obama it’s about us.

American Please understand it’s another youngman and/or women who share the same view as Obama.

We as a generation has spoken and it’s about us lets not let anyone push this hate in our way we have walked along way from it.

Only look back to understand why some people said a black man could not play QB and now they're in the hall of fame.

Good Night.

Debbie   October 21st, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I am so sick of the republicans talking about rev wright Obama being a product of his association. What about all of the racist people who attend their rallies? What about John McCain's family plantation and the slaves his family and many other people in america owned? What about the hate that these people harbor? According to Palin and McCain, these are the people that are true americans...they are the salt of this county...they are patriotic!!!!!!!!!!!! What about McCain's and Palin's associations? If your family owned slaves, does that mean that you think less of anyone that is not of your race? What does that say about you? For many of them that hate is still there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cynthia   October 21st, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Larry, I am really sick and tired of the republicans talking about Jermiah Wright and what he said from the pulpit. I live in Mississippi, and white america no darn well how their own pastors preached segregation and hatred from the pulpit. Ross Barnett stood at the door of Ole Miss and denied blacks entry, and Barnett was the governor of Mississippi. Now you mean to tell me white America is shocked by Jermiah Wrights words. Come on America (white) you taught black people how to talk like that. Now you trying to perpetrate a fraud on Barack Obama and Jermiah Wright.
My grandmother always told me "God don't like ugly and he ain't to fond of pretty. The same fingers you are pointing at Obama and Wright the other three fingers are pointing at White America.

Pape from Massachusetts   October 21st, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Mccain will be remembered as the angry man with the Negative campaign, Al Gore and Kerry lost but didn't try to divide the nation.

Tracey   October 21st, 2008 9:39 pm ET

I'm registered republican and believe John McCain is a strong candidate but considering the state of our current economy, John McCain really needed to gear his attack ads toward George Bush rather than Obama. It's McCain's inability to separate himself from the current administration that has caused him to be so far behind in the polls.

Ralph Patterson   October 21st, 2008 9:39 pm ET

If you ask me, the republicans are beating a dead horse. Obama is ahead by a big margin, and unless McCain is some kind of magician, then he needs to secure his seat in the senate before he blows that also.

NYCgirl56   October 21st, 2008 9:39 pm ET

McCain needs to stop running his campaing by attacking Obama and just speak on the issues and what he's going to do for us.

John from Kingston, Ontario, Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:39 pm ET

McCain playing the fear card again ... I love the strawman arguement that BECAUSE Obama is going to be the president you WILL be attacked ...


Alex   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Why no one is saying this. I found it at yahoo news

Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.

In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.

Alaska law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. The law allows for payment of expenses for anyone conducting official state business.

As governor, Palin justified having the state pay for the travel of her daughters — Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7 — by noting on travel forms that the girls had been invited to attend or participate in events on the governor's schedule.

But some organizers of these events said they were surprised when the Palin children showed up uninvited, or said they agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend.

Several other organizers said the children merely accompanied their mother and did not participate. The trips enabled Palin, whose main state office is in the capital of Juneau, to spend more time with her children.

"She said any event she can take her kids to is an event she tries to attend," said Jennifer McCarthy, who helped organize the June 2007 Family Day Celebration picnic in Ketchikan that Piper attended with her parents.

State Finance Director Kim Garnero told The Associated Press she has not reviewed the Palins' travel expense forms, so she could not say whether the daughters' travel with their mother would meet the definition of official business.

On Aug. 6, three weeks before Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain chose Palin his running mate, and after Alaska reporters asked for the records, Palin ordered changes to previously filed expense reports for her daughters' travel.

In the amended reports, Palin added phrases such as "First Family attending" and "First Family invited" to explain the girls' attendance.

"The governor said, 'I want the purpose and the reason for this travel to be clear,'" said Linda Perez, state director of administrative services.

When Palin released her family's tax records as part of her vice presidential campaign, some tax experts questioned why she did not report the children's state travel reimbursements as income.

The Palins released a review by a Washington attorney who said state law allows the children's travel expenses to be reimbursed and not taxed when they conduct official state business.

Taylor Griffin, a McCain-Palin campaign spokesman, said Palin followed state policy allowing governors to charge for their children's travel. He said the governor's office has invitations requesting the family to attend some events, but he said he did not have them to provide.

In October 2007, Palin brought daughter Bristol along on a trip to New York for a women's leadership conference. Plane tickets from Anchorage to La Guardia Airport for $1,385.11 were billed to the state, records show, and mother and daughter shared a room for four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House hotel, which overlooks Central Park.

The event's organizers said Palin asked if she could bring her daughter.

Alexis Gelber, who organized Newsweek's Third Annual Women & Leadership Conference, said she does not know how Bristol ended up attending. Gelber said invitees usually attend alone, but some ask if they can bring a relative or friend.

Griffin, the campaign spokesman, said he believes someone with the event personally sent an e-mail to Bristol inviting her, but he did not have it to provide. Records show Palin also met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs representatives and visited the New York Stock Exchange.

In January, the governor, Willow and Piper showed up at the Alaska Symphony of Seafood Buffet, an Anchorage gala to announce winners of an earlier seafood competition.

"She was just there," said James Browning, executive director of Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which runs the event. Griffin said the governor's office received an invitation that was not specifically addressed to anyone.

When Palin amended her children's expense reports, she listed a role for the two girls at the function — "to draw two separate raffle tickets."

In the original travel form, Palin listed a number of events that her children attended and said they were there "in official capacity helping." She did not identify any specific roles for the girls.

In July, the governor charged the state $2,741.26 to take Bristol and Piper to Philadelphia for a meeting of the National Governors Association. The girls had their own room for five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for $215.46 a night, expense records show.

Expense forms describe the girls' official purpose as "NGA Governor's Youth Programs and family activities." But those programs were activities designed to keep children busy, a service provided by the NGA to accommodate governors and their families, NGA spokeswoman Jodi Omear said.

In addition to the commercial flights, the children have traveled dozens of times with Palin on a state plane. For these flights, the total cost of operating the plane, at $971 an hour, was about $55,000, according to state flight logs. The cost of operating the state plane does not increase when the children join their mother.

The organizer of an American Heart Association luncheon on Feb. 15 in Fairbanks said Palin asked to bring daughter Piper to the event, and the organizer said she was surprised when Palin showed up with daughters Willow and Bristol as well.

The three Palin daughters shared a room separate from their mother at the Princess Lodge in Fairbanks for two nights, at a cost to the state of $129 per night.

The luncheon took place before Palin's husband, Todd, finished fourth in the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race, also in Fairbanks. The family greeted him at the finish line.

When Palin showed up at the luncheon with not just Piper but also Willow and Bristol, organizers had to scramble to make room at the main table, said Janet Bartels, who set up the event.

"When it's the governor, you just make it happen," she said.

The state is already reviewing nearly $17,000 in per diem payments to Palin for more than 300 nights she slept at her own home, 40 miles from her satellite office in Anchorage.

Tony Knowles, a Democratic former governor of Alaska who lost to Palin in a 2006 bid to reclaim the job, said he never charged the state for his three children's commercial flights or claimed their travel as official state business.

Knowles, who was governor from 1994 to 2002, is the only other recent Alaska governor who had school-age children while in office.

"There was no valid reason for the children to be along on state business," said Knowles, a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. "I cannot recall any instance during my eight years as governor where it would have been appropriate to claim they performed state business."

Knowles said he brought his children to one NGA event while in office but didn't charge the state for their trip.

In February 2007, the three girls flew from Juneau to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines. Palin charged the state for the $519.30 round-trip ticket for each girl, and noted on the expense form that the daughters accompanied her to "open the start of the Iron Dog race."

The children and their mother then watched as Todd Palin and other racers started the competition, which Todd won that year. Palin later had the relevant expense forms changed to describe the girls' business as "First Family official starter for the start of the Iron Dog race."

The Palins began charging the state for commercial flights after the governor kept a 2006 campaign promise to sell a jet bought by her predecessor.

Palin put the jet up for sale on eBay, a move she later trumpeted in her star-making speech at the Republican National Convention, and it was ultimately sold by the state at a loss.

That left only one high-performance aircraft deemed safe enough for her to use — a 1980 twin-engine King Air assigned to the public safety agency but, according to flight logs, out of service for maintenance and repairs about a third of the time Palin has been governor.

DivaCoach   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Richard of NY, Yes it does register, but unfortunately race relations will not allow him to stand on his white side because they cannot see past his dark skin. By the way, Senator Obama is not the exception, he is the rule for most African Americans, black folk, etc in this country. I am Black, cherokee and anglo, but all you see is my blackness.

Richard B   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Colin Powell & Joe Biden has brought up a good point. I watched the movie Thirteen Days and we my be test. I feel we need a president that will have the ability to make sound and strong decision. Obama may not have experience in War. but he shows the ability to souround himself with smart people that does and he has displayed a person with good sound leadership skills. McCain & Palin show a lot of irrational decisions and show that if we were in the same situation that we were in the Movie Thirteen Days right now the world would be all over by now. McCain & Palin says McCain has been tested, but in reality he was just a soldier that was receiving orders not giving orders that would make a difference wheather all americans live or die.

Dolly   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Why would you even wonder why Senator McCain would not appear on your show? The bias that you have shown toward Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin is inexcusable. I started to keep track of the number of times you asked your different panels if Gov. McCain was qualified. I bet if you go back over your programming for the past 3 months, you will find that question being raised 40-50 times. And yet, Senator Obama who has less experience than Gov. Palin - you never ask your panel about whether he is qualified. You called Senator McCain an old friend -- strange way of showing friendship. If Sarah Palin were to make some of the stupid remarks that Joe Biden comes off with, you would have used her comments for a week. Your old buddies Paul Begala, Lanny Davis and James Carville would have made fun of her for weeks on end - but Biden gets a pass for his stupid remarks. I've been a loyal fan of your show going back to the Chandra Leevy and Monica Lewinsky days, but not any more. Fox News does a really good job of reporting without bias. Check them out - you will see.

IndieNYer   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Rasmussen's National Poll shows Barrack Hussein Obama with only a 4% lead on John Sydney McCain. BHO's lead is going down, not up, in their polls. Hmmmm! Perhaps if you consider more than one poll, you might see that the American people do have concerns about this candidate.

Swift Boat   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Robert Timberg:

"[A]fter a European fling with the tobacco heiress, John McCain reported to flight school at Pensacola in August 1958.... [H]is performance was below par, at best good enough to get by. He liked flying, but didn't love it. What he loved was the kick-the-tire, start-the-fire, scarf-in-the-wind life of a naval aviator. ...One Saturday morning, as McCain was practicing landings, his engine quit and his plane plunged into Corpus Christi. Knocked unconscious by the impact, he came to as the plane settled to the bottom....McCain was an adequate pilot, but he had no patience for studying dry aviation manuals.... His professional growth, though reasonably steady, had its troubled moments. Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines, which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral.... [In 1965] he flew a trainer solo to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy game. Flying by way of Norfolk, he had just begun his descent over unpopulated tidal terrain when the engine died. 'I've got a flameout,' he radioed. He went through the standard relight procedures three times. At one thousand feet he ejected, landing on the deserted beach moments before the plane slammed into a clump of trees."

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

McCain/Palin presidency would be worst than the Bush/Cheney years....

Professor Linelle LaBonte   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Gosh,Larry! That woman you had on again tonight (on the right side of my screen – I can't even remember her name she makes me so mad) is so pretentious, mean-spirited and not very intellectual is so boring and so not "in touch" with even her own Republican colleagues, why do you continue to call on her for a review. Please keep her OFF your show.
She is so ga-ga over Palin, she can't even see over her spectacles and her myopic views are worn out and repetitious. Thanks for having contrasts like Huffington on to level it out – at least a little.
Love your show. Thanks for all. PULEEEEZE, take thisd to heart!

Dee in atlanta   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

every president who comes into office is tested. Kennedy in 1961...Reagan was. Papa Bush and most recently W. was with 9/11. If we go by history, which I think Biden meant. it should not be misread and turned around.

Curtis jarzab   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

My question is "Why if John Mccain is on the money with the PROBLEMS of the Economy he doesn't stop attacking Obama and present some debatable solutions for the crises?" Seems like he's just trying to tread water or run out the clock, i'm not sure which. lol

George Bassias   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Larry, McCain is quoting Obama out of context. I heard Biden's message. Biden said that we are heading for an international crises, and Obama is a highly intelligent person who will be tested during the crises. I can't believe that even Ariana dis not understand what Biden said. Biden meant that the crises is coming regardless of who is in office. He was actually complimenting Obama

LI   October 21st, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Here is the definition of the Vice Presidents job... From Scholastic – a KIDS company...

The Vice President

The V.P.'s Job: The only duty the U.S. Constitution assigns the Vice President is to act as presiding officer of the Senate. But the Vice President also serves as ceremonial assistant to the President and is an important part of the President's administration.

The Second Highest Office: The Vice President is only "a heartbeat away" from becoming the President. He or she must be ready to become President or Acting President if anything happens to the President. Thirteen Vice Presidents have gone on to become President, eight because of the death of a President. (Gerald Ford became President after Richard M. Nixon resigned, and the rest were elected to the office.)

Adapted from Scholastic News.

SharonE   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Finally proud to be an American??-a black american??with the historical background of how blacks were treated in America ,what up to now would we be proud about?–racism long gone??why would america be so bold enough to say that they won't vote for a good man just because he's black??We voted for all of the "white" candidates that you have put before us all of these years without incident, name calling or hesitation. If McCain should happen to win, america should pray for him a long life because if he should die soon after elected ,International crisis would be on our door step on the same day Palin would take office instead of a predicted 6 months if Obama should win. This presidential race has just brought to the surface what many people "really" think about but never actually say about their fellow americans of color. What a sad state of affairs that we still live in. We need 2 more generations to die out to get this "cancer" out of our hearts!!!

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Larry, i like this lady Ariana. Imagine her in bed!!

Billy J. Mahoney   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Both canidates are hypnotic, Don't get in a hurry with your vote.
Anti predudice, Some will vote B.O. just to prove they arent predudice. Everybody wants to be in the now, and big enough to accept ANY nationality. Keep racisum out of it and don't be hypnotised by perfection. Neither canidate can please everybody. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

jason sechrist   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

larry , do you think bussiness ceos are stealing back 401k paid in to employees by taking advantage of the low stock market prices and banking on the _fact _ that the market will go up at some time!!! IT IS STEALING!!!! They got loopholes for 401k for years and now are replaced with others such as the SUV loophole or one of many others.

Tracy From Texas   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Mccain is not reading what Senator Biden said correctly. He also said Kennedy was tested. Bush was tested by with 911 9 months after he got into office. Being tested seems to be trend .. You can be tested internationally economically, warfare, etc.. Some of your quest need to think outside of the BOX

jolly from alberta   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Would a shift toward socialism be a step toward bringing North American together under the UN? What are Obama's plans with reguard to his stance on a coalescence between america, canada, and mexico? This union is best course for all concerned in the long run.

Personally, I look forward to calmer times with less strife between nations and a greater progression of unity.

Ralph Patterson   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Is it just me or does anyone else see how obvious it is that the reason Sarah Palin hasn’t been interviewed early on in this campaign is because she didn’t know how to answer the questions asked and had to be coached first, and now that she has been coached she now all of a sudden can answer questions more freely and better than she has in the beginning?

Mamadee   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Your comment is awaiting moderation.
I have struggle with idea of calling Obama black. Is that in anyway offensive to the parents of his mother who happens to be white? Who brought about such classification that leaves no room for someone whose parents are of mixed race to determine the race they belong to. Why is it that someone with mixed race can not be called white?

Vicki A Farries   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET


I am sick of Bay Buchanan and her postering about Barack Obama and his relationship with Rev Jeremiah Wright. Wright is not involved in Obama's campaign. What he preaches, he preaches to his church masses. However I have not heard her say anything about Pastor Arnold Conrad, who in Davenport IA said a prayer at a McCain Rally intimating that millions of people of the Hindu, Buddha, Allah faith are praying that McCain's opponent wins. Is she saying that all of us who support McCain are not Americans? Does she find that appropriate at a campaign rally to instill prejudice in the hearts of Americans? She is certainly accusing Rev. Jeremiah Wright of instilling violence and prejudice? Is this not a double standard?

Dianne   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

There will be a CRISIS in the WORLD on DAY ONE!

It will be a CRISIS of CONFIDENCE should John McCain win the Presidency.

The WORLD supports OBAMA!

Check out the poll done by Gallup over 3 months, results released today:

There will be a CRISIS of CONFIDENCE in John McCain should he be elected!

Look at the CONFIDENCE your neighbours to the North, CANADA have in BARACK OBAMA!

Carol R   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

I am tired of hearing about "Joe the Plumber". If he is voting for McCain and "Obama tax package will not help him" then why is a radio station raising money to help with his back taxes. If he makes over $250,000 he should pay his share. Evidently he does pay taxes anyway.

We,middle class tax payers not business owners, need all the help we can get. $250,000 is more money than my family will make in the in the next four years.

Ian Shipps   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

I find it interesting and disappointing that for the most part, the messages used by Republicans are those that seek to pit "us" against "them." This has proven to be a formidable and successful tactic in the past, but I think, and I hope that Americans are tired of being thrown into conflicts with one another rather than coming together to work on the issues that matter to most of us as a whole.

Joni IL   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

In all the news reports about the "association" between Obama and ACORN, why hasn't there been any reporting on the "association" between McCain and ACORN?? After all, he was a strong supporter and the key note speaker at the ACORN ralley and dinner in February of 2006. The only place this has been reported that I am aware of is on the Frontline Candidates 2008 report.

It was also pointed out on that same show that McCain was unable to manage a $24 million campaign before it was all spent and he was left with nothing prior to the New Hampshire primary. How can he manage our country in the current financial crisis when he can't even manage his own campaign?

Michael from MO   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Does Rush Limbaugh think Colin Powell should no longer be respected just because he endorsed Obama?

Dee in atlanta   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Ron Reagan said it so well.

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Thank you for saying it was and accurate comment by Biden.

It was foolish, but AT LEAST IT WAS TRUE!

jean, Ashtabula, Ohio   October 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Larry, Biden was right. The military said they are preparing for a possibe attack.
Also read this headline.
"Chertoff Says Change in Presidency Fuels Terror `Vulnerability
' By Jeff Bliss Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the U.S. may be vulnerable to a terrorist attack during the next six months, with violent groups more likely to try to take advantage of a new president and administration.

Obviously your guests need to read the news more.

MJ   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Like the person from Antioch, TN, we also had Obama signs stolen from our entire street in Dallas, TX; the person(s) left the McCain/Palin signs in place. Silliness, indeed... but it doesn't foster good will and constructive dialogue between citizens who already are so far apart. Foolish actions born out of the hateful speech put forward by the leaders of the Republican ticket. They can only hope that they don't foster more serious and disastrous behaviors by their supporters. What a shame and a shambles they are making of their party.

Mary - Lakeland   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber...and they are questioning our associations?

How is the Alaskan Independance Party Senator Palin?

Adrian (Canada)   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

I don't know about the rest of America, but I am appalled that a country in such utter turmoil is going through ludicrous television interviews and commentairies with people who distort fact so prudently.
The founders of the nation would be as disillusioned as I am.
PS: Please remove Bay Buchanan from your show, she is as mediocre as she is ugly.

John   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Hi, Larry.

why this candidate getting away with all lies to get vote I am talking
about republicans, this country need help for batter hope not to
create division,


Karen Hudson   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Why is my comment still "awaiting moderation" while many others, some which could be considered somewhat objectionable while mine is not, have been published??

Kevin   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET


Biden made a stupid comment, but he did NOT say "If" Obama is elected "then" we'll have a crisis. He said there would be a crisis and the next president, Obama, would have to deal with it. Why he would say this is beyond me, but he did not say that an Obama presidency would _result_ in a crisis.

Mary   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

I think it's the Bradley effect..............

Todd in SD   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Any new administration is going to be tested internationally! Bush was th 9/11 eight months after he took office. Clinton was with the WTC bombings a year after he took office. GHWBush was with PanAm 103 a month before he was inaugurated. Reagan was two years after he took office with the Beirut embassy bombing.

Come on guys, don't act like it's something NEW! McCain or Obama will be tested. Biden said what was very true – stupid politically, yes, but that doesn't mean we have to be stupid and just look at his comments just on the surface! Let's be more educated!

Africa   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

the truth of the matter is that obama is more qualified to be the commander in chief. right from the get go, the mccain camp said obama was inexperience and not ready to lead but it took john mccain three debates to get some of his message through to is supporters, he struggled in all three debates.
Talking about sarah palin, i think she is a joke. john mccain must think all Americans are stupid for picking her. the only reason why he picked her was because he wanted those clintons supporters to vote for him but it backed fire on him. People all over the world are watching this election and we all knows she is not qualify to run this country, even sarah palin knows she is not qualify to be the vice president because she has no idea of what she saying, no clue on how john mccain should go about handling the economic situation. if by now the citizens can't see for themselves that she is not ready and qualify then their is a big problem in america. people tend to forget that john mccain is 72 or 73yrs old and he picked a vp that is not qualified to be in that position.
In the last debate mccain said he knows how to run this country, he can't even run his campaign better. when listening to mccain and palin speak i don't hear anything new on which direction they are taking the country too. all i hear from both of them is how to attack obama. all what mccain camp is doing right now is to distract the american people from the real issues that are affecting the people.

Mile High   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

I don't get it. Why is McCain still pitching to the far right? Their going to vote for him no matter what. He needs to sell independent moderates like me, which he has utterly failed to do so far, and that is why he is going to lose Colorado.

Allen   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

I think the the Gop is losing a great amount of votes,Losing: defintion ,to cause to go astray, become bewildered because they are focusing all their energy on Obama. This makes Obama stand out more if it 's all you hear from the Gop. I have a fine understanding what Obama is going to due for our country and our people. I have no ideal what Mccain stands for, I know he is called a Maverick. Definition,a strayed Calf. Which he has done in his campaigns strayed what he stands for. Second definition: person refusing to conform to that of a party or group.He can't evening make balance in his own party. Is that why the Gop party is narrowing. Sound like a wild card to me. I'm voting Obama . Obama is smart an focuses on the fundamentals of the of our economy.Liberal.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

@ Dolly

Your rhetoric is just as dumb as Sarah Palin..I see why you support her..

larry   October 21st, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Looking back on this election, John McCain will be able to see that what has caused him to lose has been the RIGHT WING MEDIA! Republician voters selected him at a time when his OWN party was
attacking his policies and the RIGHT WING MEDIA was out to destory
his credibility; once he was chosen, that same MEDIA has acted as
if they were for McCain all along, calling others not sincere or truthful, his wanting to be ACCEPTED by these same folks has caused him to compromise the very things that got him the Republician nomination, and now is costing him the election; these EXTREME BIGOTS and self righteous elements that really believe that they have THE only solutions to America's problems, not undrstanding that THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. They are a POSION that only fair minded
and UNITED AMERICANS can cure..this has become a POLITICAL
CIVIL WAR with RACISM at the core! History will be our judge, choose well, and above all be fair, be fair, our future depends on it!!

nwyt   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

McCain and Palin are a disgrace. RR. is probably rolling in his grave.
Their blatant racism is appalling. They incite hate and racism. How many more days do I have to hear their obnoxious voices on TV?...14 and counting down!!!!

John from Kingston, Ontario, Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Why is Rev Wright in play but the witchdoctors up in Wasilla are off limiits ? There is footage of PALIN WITH THESE WACKJOBS? Why is this not vetted like Wright?

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

The race is over, whoever is going democrat and whoever is going republican have already decided. There is no unsure and even if there are it is not going to matter, come on now it 2 weeks away. Its done, put a fork in it.

Swift Boat   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

John Karaagac:

"In his memoir, everything becomes a kind of game of adolescent brinksmanship, how much can one press the limits of the acceptable and elude the powers that be....The [fighter jocks'] ethos of exaggerated, almost aggressive sociability becomes an end in itself and an excuse for license. There is a tendency for people, not simply to believe their own mythology but, indeed, to exaggerate it.... Fighter jocks, like politicians around their campaign contributions, often press the limits of the acceptable. It is a type of mild corruption that takes place in a highly privileged atmosphere, where restraints are loosened and excuses made....McCain gives some hint in his memoirs about where he stood in the hierarchy among carrier flyers. Instead of the sleek and newer Phantoms and Crusaders, McCain flew the dependable Douglas A-4 Skyhawk in an attack, not a fighter squadron. He was thus on the lower end of the flying totem pole."
The genius of McCain's mythmaking is his perceived humility amid perpetual defiance. Having been a rebel without cause, and often a rebel without consequences, McCain apparently was not surprised when his Vietnamese captors went relatively easy on him compared to his fellow POWs. The Vietnamese military secretly and frequently filmed the American POWs to learn their propensities. Col. Pham Van Hoa of the Vietnamese People's Army Film Department was in charge of the filming. Asked recently for his dominant impression of McCain, the now-retired Van Hoa said that McCain "seemed superior to other prisoners." How so? "Superior in attitude towards them."

Hans Petter Moland   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

As a foreigner who has worked and studied in the US earlier in my life I find it fascinating to follow the 2008 US election. This election is far more important to the world than I believe Americans are aware of. It is a chance for the United States to reassert itself in the world. The American constitution and the sophistication of the construction of the founding ideals of this nation are a powerful tool in US foreign policy. They are not what the US is associated with at the moment. Obama has struck a cord with people abroad with an intelligence, a willingness to engage in complex discussions, and displaying a sincerity that is unusual in the theatre of politics. It also appears that this is part of what attracts Americans to him. McCain and Palin are using the innuendo and scare tactics that scared people away from politics in the past. It seems to me that the genuine political interest now evident is perhaps a desire for a public discourse that takes place on or a higher level, that allows people to disagree without resorting to character assassination and slander.
Even if you disagree with Obama he is a symbol of something great about the USA. In spite of a modest and unpriveleged background, he has receieved the finest education the world has to offer, he has become a US senator, and is now leading the presidential race. That is in itself a great testament to some of the finer qualities of the United States., a nation capable of recognizing excellence, integrity, and a bright mind. Good luck with the election.

R. Wallbank   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

What a crock!! I'm pretty sure the real reason Obama is rising in the polls is because McCain's sleazy smear campaigns are not lost on the public. We're sick to death of it! Not to mention a wonderful endorsement from Gen. Colin Powell.

Marques   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Why is it so hard to grasp the fact that Barack Obama is the canidate that should be the President of the U.S. after we have seen eight years of problems since the Bush era. McCain would be another four years of failure. I don't expect change right away but I am ready for change. GOOD CHANGE!!!!

Michelle   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

For Melissa the bookkeeper who asks how the McCain policy will affect her...if your company can afford to provide health care, you will be taxed on it. If your company doesn't provide health care, McCain will give you a $5000 credit so you can take it somewhere and supposedly buy your own health care. Just one problem, $5K won't buy you a policy. Your company is probably paying $8K or so to cover you and your co-workers. A family policy will be out of reach on your salary. That's how you'll be affected.

CAROLYN   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

hi ron good to see you , i hope your mother is getting better she has been in our prayers, she was a great first lady i met her once at gelsons market.

Ryan   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

I think it's funny that McCain's argument against Biden's recent comments are that he was there during the Bay of Pigs crisis. He was on a navy carrier and did not have to make ANY executive decisions. All he had to do was follow the orders of his superior officers, but those men followed the orders of another man; a man who was inexperienced at this level of office and never had to make such important decisions before. He made those decisions with a calm temperament and critical judgment, considering war as a LAST RESORT. That man was John F. Kennedy. What Joe Biden was trying to say was that whoever gets into the oval office will have to face some new kind of crisis and Barack Obama will prove to the country that he has what it takes to handle it appropriately. I am 20 years old and it is my opinion that if John McCain were in charge at the time of the Bay of Pigs crisis, we would not exist.

Joyce   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

I think both parties have taken things out of context and all this negative campaigning has realy truned a lot of people off to BOTH canidates. I wish they would stop the negitivity and get down to the real subjects that concerns all of us. Also, I am so TIRED of hearing about Joe the Plumber; who is not a plumber and does not have the name of 'Joe'. Joe the Plumber does not represent me because most middleclass Americans make $45 – $75 thousand a year, and all the talk about Joe is grating on my nerves. I still feel politicians dont understand all of us middleclass people and I dont trust everything that is in the newspaper or on the TV because both sides only let you see PART of the canidate not the whole of who they are. As far as Obama and Macain, I think they BOTH are able to run this country, but I do feel that Obama would make the better President for he resembles John Kennedy in his presence. I feel more countries will be willing to sit down with him, without pre-conditions, and thus get our popularity back to a higher standard. How would we like it if China set pre-contitions on us, we wouldn't! So, why would we set them for others? Two men should be able to sit down and discusss all matters at hand without the other preceving it to be a punishment. I love my Country very much, and I dont want to see us always having to go to war over how another Country chooses to run their own. There is an old saying: " Charity starts at Home." Lets start taking care of our homeless, veterans, and elderly. Making sure every american never goes to bed hungry. We have all the problems other countrys do, only we are neglecting them. And in my mind that is not right.

Thanks Larry, I love your show.

Jimmy Mak   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I'm from Columbus Ohio and believe strongly we will not mess this one up like we did in 2004. Even many of my Republican friends are going for the guy who seems to think about how to deal with things instead of constantly "following his gut." Haven't we had enough of that?

I mean, if things get too tough is John just going suspend his Presidency in order to deal with them?

Myra   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET


PLEASE! Ask about Palin ability to handle our international security or a "CRISIS" if something happens to McCain! PLEASE! Have someone answer this?

Fletch - Florida   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Good evening!
The Fact is that America is not getting younger but it is in fact getting older.
Lets address a real issue – with so many Baby Boomers retiring or wanting to retire and the stock market gone south what has become of our retirement savings or retirement plans.
Why is it that the GOP still believe that a defined contribution retirement plan is better that a defined benefit plan for our U.S. residents.
Was this not the George Bush’s' plan and idea of the last eight years – Privatization of Social Security?
Senator Mac Cane has not come up with anything new or anything different for our retirement except to try and push the privatization of Social Security.
A defined benefit plan will always pay out way more dollars over the retirement years than one can ever save in a 401k, 403b or 457 plan.
A benefit of $3,000 a month equates to $36,000 per year for 25 years pays a total of $900,000 dollars.

Senator Obama will protect and preserve our defined benefit retirement plans like Social Security and continue to see that it is sound and remains funded.
This is just another REAL issue to bring to the forefront.

Delores McLaughlin   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

This question is for those who keep harping on Michelle Obama's statement about being proud of her country, especially Bay Buchannan. Why would Barack and Michelle take the abuse of this campaign; why would they put their children through this, if they were not proud Americans? It wasn't long ago, in the 1960's when African Americans were being hosed down and beaten while protesting for the right to vote...was Bay proud of this period in America? For anyone who lived through that period and has lived to witness the first serious African American Presidential Candidate in 2008, it is time to be proud...that's progress that we never thought we would see. That's not a negative statement, that's a positive statement. I am a 54 year old black American woman, proud American...but would I have said that in 1964? As a black woman, my perspective may differ on the topic of being an American because my American experience has been different. We can't rewrite history and act as history doesn't play a role in shaping our opinions about our country and our heritage. When its all said and done...I wouldn't want to live anywhere else and I would guess, neither would Michelle and Barack, otherwise they would ...because they can.

xkater   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Larry, please ask your pannel this: George W. Bush has now 8 years experience. Assuming there are no term limits, would any of them want him back?

Terry   October 21st, 2008 9:43 pm ET


He didn’t leave the campaign trail for a National Financial meltdown and wouldn’t delay the debate for a National Financial meltdown.l.... he didn't look calm and collected. He looked unconcerned. He calmly handled everything...what by cell phone?

I heard the audio.. it was frightening … if Obama and Biden know something about the security of this nation and potential crisis when he becomes President... and he’s talking to donors about it and not the Nation. We are in trouble. We need specifics…. No giving this topic a pass.

However, what Biden knows Obama knows. Could this just be his way of letting time pass and he not be questioned about it… put Michelle on the pulpit and nobody gets to ask her the hard questions.
This is not an election issue .... this is security... and it was in Biden's own words. No need to translate.


Elaine Ragon   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Biden's next words were "but Barack is Brilliant" etc. ... play the tape of what Biden said ... I cannot believe none of your guests listened to the entire speech.

ANDY AMES   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET


Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

@ Tracey Texas

True and Clinton was tested with the first trade center bombing.

Biden will be there to support Obama, after all he is the chair of the foreign relations committee.

Gary Chandler in Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Breaker !!! Anderson Cooper BLOG just posted about Palin charging taxpayers for her childrens' and husbands' travels and activities while Governor... ethics!?

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Democrats are more civil the republicans that is why we do not have to vette like then donkeys.

Veronica   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Mr Reagan....Do you really think Obama was calm cool and collected during the financial crisis? Don't you think he demonstrated his weaknesses while dealing in a crisis? He sat on the sidelines waiting for his next cue which actually came from McCain.

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

McCain stated in the second debate said on finding Osama bin Laden: "I'll get him no matter what, and I know how to do it." If McCain knows how to "do it" that is, to get Bin Laden, then why doesn't he tell Bush "how to do it" so there are no more wounded or killed American service men and others in Iraq? That would be putting "Country First," wouldn't that be true? And if he has already told Bush "how to do it" then why hasn't it happened, that is why hasn't Bin Laden been caught? I believe he is just talking and stating as "truth" something that he really does not know as being absolutely true. In that case McCain is really not being honest with the American voters.

Eric Mattson   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET


You ask if the republicans are divided. I say that they absolutely are. How can I say that? I am a republican, 15+ years, and I am voting for Obama.

I questioned some of McClain's decisions early in his campaign; however, his selection of Sarah Palin was the straw that broke my donkey's back. What happened to all of the other highly qualified republican females McClain could have choosen?

Not being in the "know" only leaves room for speculation, which allowed me to speculate the following:
a) He received a number of "No" responses from those more qualified than Palin;
b) McClain's advisors misguided him; or
c) McClain just "flat-out goofed."

No matter the answer, the damage his been done. And, more is being done everyday McClain and Palin attack and suggest.

I guess It is evident I am not a "toe-to-the-line" republican.

Dave   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

By the way....I'm not a latin nor do i speak spanish....

Monika Brennan   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

October .21.
Hello Larry,-as Canadians,my husband and I are not able to vote in the American elections, but we have been eagerly watching the progress of the campaigns on CNN. If we had a choice, we would vote for Obama
without hesitation. Sarah Palin is a joke and making a fool of herself and all Americans,not just in the opinions of Canadians,but also in the eyes of the European nations..If America really wants to change it's image abroad, then my God,I call on all Americans to open their eyes and vote for Obama. Canadians are always in some way effected by what happens in America and most people here are scared about what would happen if Mr.McCain and Sarah Palin would become President and Vice President..Sarah Palin is in no way able to be Vice President or President of America. She is spreading lies,deceit, and hatred.Good people have turned into hateful fanatics.
The people at her rallies are overshadowed by an evil force because of her evil speeches. And Mr. McCain should know better than to play along with her. Mr.Obama will surround himself with the best advisers
when the time comes.He is highly intelligent and will do well.

Pape from Massachusetts   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

How in the world Sarah Palin can be a VP in a the land of Lincoln, Washington, Roosevelt. America deserves better

Paulene   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Funny how NONE of the CNN reporters are saying the WHOLE line by Biden. He finished it off saying " when they come to test Obama they will see he has a spine of steel"!!! Now why do you think they only tell the half story here??:????

Judy Patterson   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Executive experience?! George Bush was a governor of a much more densley populated state than Alaska, and it sure didn't help him. Palin always says "I have executive experience and Obama doesn't." Well, neither does McCain. What qualifies Obama is his intelligence, temperament, inate ability and understanding, and character. I give Palin low scores in all these areas. I disagree with both she and McCain on the issues; they really are too much like Bush.

Grady Aplin of Florida   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Sara Palin needs a new writer and script. Does she make comments without Republican coaches? She doesn't talk about the economy, why?
As far as Joe Biden's speech. Barrack Obama is well qualified to lead and I feel confident that he will lead the USA to more respect around the World and in all probability increase trade with US Jobs!

Moe Notkin   October 21st, 2008 9:44 pm ET

The most important issue for republicans right now is to keep up the support no matter what the main stream media infact most media outlets keep relaying which is that Obama has this in the bag and that the polls show its almost impossible for McCain to win the popular vote etc. McCain and Palin are the best ticket in this election and can still do this.

Julianna Franklin   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

I've read in a foreign newspaper that McCain asked for campaign contribution from the Russian Embassy and he was rejected . Is it true?

Doug Kari   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET


I would love to focus on the pressing issues being discussed on your show, but I'm being distracted by these stars that jump onto the TV screen at random intervals, accompanied by an annonying noise. Whose bright idea was this? It reminds me of the famous "more cowbell!" skit on SNL. Larry, some things work and some things just plain don't; jumping stars and annoying noises don't work. Can you please do something before me and a lot of other people change the channel??

William   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Maybe Joe Biden should have ended his comment with 'But rest assured I as well as others will be there to get through it'. Just my two cents.

Shrivathsa Ballal   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Hey Larry

In your live show why are you not showing the portion of Bidens comment that says at the end that" You will find that this man [obama] has a spine of steel". It was shown yesterday and today all politicialns and press reporters are only quoting partial comments from Bidens speech at a democrat meet on Sunday.

Please use the full quotation from anyone for a debate/analysis etc.,



James   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Hey Larry!* WHY is it that CNN is so completely biased towards OBAMA and is completely TRASHING the MCCAIN Campaign since the very start of the election?! Obama may seems like "he cares" about the people, but the fact that his life has little experience//character to be a president should mean something should it not?!

Swift Boat   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

One possible reason: After McCain had returned from Vietnam as a war hero and was physically rehabilitated, he was urged by his medical caretakers and military colleagues never to fly again. But McCain insisted on going up. As Carl Bernstein reported in Vanity Fair, he piloted an ultra-light, single propeller plane - and crashed another time. His fifth loss of a plane has vanished from public records, but should be a subject of discussion in his Navy file. It wouldn't be surprising if his naval superiors worried that McCain was just too defiant, too reckless and too crash prone.

Nancy   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

The Republican's campaign has nearly incited riots among our countrymen.

Record attendance at Dem. rallies and unprecendented financial donations to the campaign is what assures me that Americans want change and given the "riot-like tone of the Republican ticket, we thirst for a change that ushers in a Spirit of Peace and Unity, the stuff which makes one "transformational"

Joe Knoth (Average Joe Six-pack)   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Larry, I consider myself, a middle of the road Independent your "Average Joe" and I love to watch CNN for it's "fair and balanced coverage of this election. One thing that really bothers me is both parties use of the "Joe_______(insert your favorite phrase here)". How can either party say they know what the average American "Joe" thinks or feels? I have tried to keep an open mind and have watched all of the quote LIBERAL MEDIA ELITE as well as the FIXED NEWS CHANNEL and I have to be honest, Barack "Hussein" Obama has finally achieved my support and vote and I'll explain why. I have all the respect in the world for Senator McCain's exemplary sacrifice to his country, but I am totally turned off by the constant negative attacks and the vicious not so subliminal inferences to Barack's "associations " and past. I am almost 50 years old and have voted both Democratic and Republican in past elections, but I must vote for the future of my "COUNTRY FIRST" and that means voting for Obama to lead this Country in to a new direction. Forget about his associations with former domestic terrorists who happen to live in his neighborhood and his Pastor of 20 years who has not been afraid to voice his personal opinions, not those of Barack's( let's not ignore Gov. Palin's witchcraft preacher). There are so many things that the McCain campaign has twisted and contorted to serve their purpose first as opposed to Country first that I cannot begin to address.
Therefore, as a true representative of the "AVERAGE AMERICAN JOE", who happens to have grown up in a big city and proudly display my American flag and am totally "PRO AMERICAN", even though I have never lived in small town America, I am throwing all of my support and enthusiasm to the Obame/Biden ticket and pray for a new, united and respected United States of America. God bless us all !!!!!!

dick allison   October 21st, 2008 9:45 pm ET

why would john mcain want to appear on your show . you have come across clearly as a obama supporter.

George Hanus   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

The only person I cannot stand to listen to more than Sarah Palin's kackeling, hen-pecked sounding, nagging voice, is Bay Buchannon's colligin filled face. I only watch to wonder when I am going to catch her drool.

Other than the WAY she sounds, is the blatent denial in her voice. If she would at least face the facts that the ROC has been using destarate tactics and how to realistically aleviate it, I could put up with her irritating voice. I dont mind hearing all views, but geez, is that al the ROC has to represent?

John Peterson   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Sarah Palin's reasoning is so contrived it requires a real streeach of imagination to agree with it, unless you already want to agree with the idea. regularguy68

Zara   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Palin agitates the people by using very simple words and a very provocative style. This style is used on purpose by McCain-Palin campain. The opponents also should choose their words against them without being very selective or intellectual, the people should understand the democrats very easily.

Stephanie Skyles   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Hi Larry,

The McCain camp seems to prey on the ignorance of their constituents which is very sad to me. They are now accusing Senator Obama of Socialism because he desires to distribute the wealth.
I would like to know how Senator McCain plans to pay for his tax cuts for everyone (especially the very rich), continue the war in Iraq at surge levels, send more troops to Afghanistan, reduce the billions of dollars in the national debt, and the trillions of dollars in the deficit? And don't tell me by freezing programs . . . there is not enough ice on the planet.

Debbie   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

I am voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin. Why? Because John has spent his entire life in public. He knows how to handle our economy and international issues.

Sarah Palin is correct. If she would have said many of the things that Senator Biden has said, the media would have a field day. For example, last week Biden was at a rally. Yelling as he does, he said "What his election is about is a three letter word." "JOBS"
This speech must be something he actually wrote.

What about the plagerism that Biden has done in the past? Again, if Governor Palin had done that, she would be been run out of the United States.

Look into Biden's past. Sarah is a smart politician. Do not count her out!!!!!!

What do we know abourt Sen. Obama? NOTHING!!!! He reminds me of Jim Jones and is getting his message by practically hipnotizing people. He denies that he has had no dealings with Ayers. In fact, he has had a lot of it. Obama's name is in the Ayers book. There are other shady people that he has had contact with.
Before anyone votes for him, they should listen to the facts. For pete sake Obama will not possibly be able all of the things that he has said he will do. Anyone of us could say, "We need this and that."
Then the crowd goes wild. For what?

It used to be that the networks could not say the results before the polls close. Now, the networks have the election decided. CNN even has the red and blue states on the map already. What is wrong with you bunch of liberals?

It makes me sick that most of you have Obama in the White House already. It is bad enough that Obama is already choosing his cabinet, and picking out colors for draperies.

The media has made this election a JOKE!!!!!! You all are biased against Senator McCain and Governor Palin!!!!

Dianne   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

You are also leaving out the rest of the quote from Biden: "These guys are going to find out that this guy (Barack Obama) has STEEL IN HIS SPINE".

And, so do his supporters around the WORLD.

Valorie, TN   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

I have never been so taken aback by the choice of a vice-presidential candidate than I have Sarah Palin. The woman cannot even understand what the true role of vice-president is and she's been allowed to tell 3rd graders this false information. It's no wonder our children are falling further and further behind in the world! Good grief! As for what Biden said, I've been thinking about this and I believe whoever ends up as President will be tested. As a matter of fact, with McCain being so pro-war I would think a country would be spoiling to try to start something with him sooner than they would with Obama as they will try to see if he really would be so inclined to take on another war which I believe he would. Actually, I believe that an Obama presidency would be the one they would be afraid to test too much because our allies would be quick to back him where I don't think they would so much with McCain. McCain is viewed way too much by our allies as just more of George Bush. As for the name calling, I'm sick of it! I'm tired of being made to feel as though my beliefs and ideals are not worth anything because my views are liberal. This is just more of the divisiveness the Republicans have been exploiting for at least the last 8 years. Enough is enough! We are ALL Americans and that is what counts! How about we all learn a little tolerance for a change? How about learning a little civility for a change? How about we act like grown-ups instead of little kids for a change? I could go on and on but you get the idea.

rayburn   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Larry, it appears that the female representative with the black glasses tonight is just as angry as McCain and seems brain washed. It appears most of your quest that are Republicans seem clueless that everytime they open their mouths to defend or support McCain that their judgement comes into question as well. It's my hopes that for those that are running on the REP ticket, the voters from their respected states are listening.

Why has no one raised the issue of McCains push back on Obamas tax plan is due mainly because it effects McCain and his wife paying more....

Majority of us as Americans fall in the less than 250K range and could really care less about the continued character issues, they still seem so clueless even after Powell stated it so eloquently. Several of us that were prior republicans that have common sense have voted early for Obama and are spreading the word daily to all our friends as well

John T.   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Larry, wasn't both Bill Clinton and George Bush also tested very early in their 1st presidency? Is it possible that Joe Biden was referrijg to past history with no malicious intent toward Senator Obama?

Wanda, Toronto,Ont   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Can anyone answer this question? Michael Ware quoted on Anderson Cooper360 recently that " The reason the US was gaining in Iraq was because a great majority of the so called enemy (radicals, etc.) are on the US payroll now". Is this really a fact and if so why has it not been mentioned on the campaign trail?

tony   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

This is a race between rich and poor. Do you want Republicans that are for big corporations and are union busters and are against the working man, or do you want Democrats that are for the working man, support unions, and are tired of corporate welfare and tax breaks.So take the number of registered poor people against the number of registered wealthy (less the simple minded poeple) and thats how much the democrats will win by.

Sonny Schofield   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

It's apparent that the McCain campaign will say or do anything to discredit a person that is extremely intelligent, prepared, calm and confident. Other countries will be drawn to his personality and commitment to bring folks together. Obama is much more positive and focused, not just badgering and whinny. The things he says and does seem to be in much better taste. I guess the word is class. See the man not the color of the man.

Ruth Villalonga   October 21st, 2008 9:46 pm ET

I think both McCain and Palin are taking what Joe Biden said out of context. He said that Obama will be tested by an international crisis just has it happened with Kennedy. However, that does not mean that Obama is not ready to face that crisis successfully. I believe he was trying to suggest that there will be challenges and that we need a man like Obama to be the one to respond to those challenges. International crisis does not necessarily means a war, it may be an economic international crisis for which Obama is evidently more prepared than McCain.
Secondly, if McCain and Palin think that they won't be tested as well if they win..well they are again out of touch with reality because you can mark my words as Biden wanted the audience to mark his, and be absolutely sure that if McCain wins, Hugo Chavez will make him face a great international crisis. I
t's naive to think that whoever wins is not going to face a time of crisis or more so an international crisis in a time when we have all the indicators reflecting that at least an financial and economical global crisis is approaching.
I believe that this take of Biden's words is just another desperate attempt from McCain and Palin to keep their rhetoric within the personal criticism without talking about ISSUES for which they don't have the answers than the America public wants to hear.

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Direct TV just added 1080p for PPV movies.

Swift Boat   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Give McCain the controls and he is going to crash the most of his planes!

Dana Mayo   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I thank you for the job you are do with the election. First I would like to remind The people of the USA that every president in the last 20 years has enter into the white house without much are little expreience. Mccain is to old to lead this country and Palin is so out of touch that my son can repeat her speechs. she should step down.

Sally   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET


Did i just hear Ronald Reagan's son say 'if there is a security crisis i would rather have Barack Obama than John McCain in the president's chair' . If that's not an endorsement, what is?

First there's Eisenhower's grand daughter, then Ronald Reagan's son. Did anyone ask Jeb Bush who is supporting (just checking) ...

Vimal Chowdhry   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

One of your guests blamed FNMA and FreddieMac for the current economic problems. Facts are somewhat different. The three major items responsible for the crisis are:

1. Mortgage originators not being regulated. Congress wanted Fed to regulate but Greenspan felt that Market is a better regulator. This is what happens whn you drink too much of the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

2. No regulation for the Credit Default Swaps. You need aState License to offer me a 100,000 Coverage on my car but you can insure $10,000,000,000 of Lehman Debt without any regulatory oversight. Another one for the people who are high on the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

3. Upto 2005 there was limit on the Leverage for th Investment Bankers and I think it was 12:1. It was removed in 2005 for investment banks with capital in excess of $5,0 billion. Look at the investment banks that got in trouble. They are the ones exempt from this limit. Another black mark for the "Free Market Capitalism Coolaid".

I think that republicans need to wake up to the fact that American Economy is based on Regulated Capitalism. In fact some of the things that happen under "Free Market Capitalism" will be totally repulsive to "Mainstream Americans". One such example that I heard was what happened in Hungary after the fall of the Soviet Union. Young women were going to job interviews with a certificate from their physicians that they have had tubiligation to prove that they would not get pregnant. They were doing that to improve their chances for getting the job. Do we want that type of "Free Market Capitalism"One of your guests blamed FNMA and FreddieMac for the current economic problems. Facts are somewhat different. The three major items responsible for the crisis are:

1. Mortgage originators not being regulated. Congress wanted Fed to regulate but Greenspan felt that Market is a better regulator. This is what happens when you drink too much of the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

2. No regulation for the Credit Default Swaps. You need a State License to offer me a 100,000 Coverage on my car but you can insure 10,000,000,000 of Lehman Debt without any regulatory oversight. Another one for the people who are high on the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

3. Up until 2005 there was a limit on the Leverage for the Investment Bankers and I think it was 12:1. It was removed in 2005 for investment banks with capital in excess of $5,0 billion. Look at the investment banks that got in trouble. They are the ones exempt from this limit. Another black mark for the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

I think that republicans need to wake up to the fact that American Economy is based on Regulated Capitalism. In fact some of the things that happen under "Free Market Capitalism" will be totally repulsive to "Mainstream Americans". One such example that I heard was what happened in Hungary after the fall of the Soviet Union. Young women were going to job interviews with a certificate from their physicians that they have had tubiligation to prove that they would not get pregnant. They were doing that to improve their chances for getting the job. Do we want that type of "Free Market Capitalism"One of your guests blamed FNMA and FreddieMac for the current economic problems. Facts are somewhat different. The three major items responsible for the crisis are:

1. Mortgage originators not being regulated. Congress wanted Fed to regulate but Greenspan felt that Market is a better regulator. This is what happens when you drink too much of the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

2. No regulation for the Credit Default Swaps. You need a State License to offer me a 100,000 Coverage on my car but you can insure 10,000,000,000 of Lehman Debt without any regulatory oversight. Another one for the people who are high on the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

3. Up until 2005 there was a limit on the Leverage for the Investment Bankers and I think it was 12:1. It was removed in 2005 for investment banks with capital in excess of $5,0 billion. Look at the investment banks that got in trouble. They are the ones exempt from this limit. Another black mark for the "Free Market Capitalism Cool Aid".

I think that republicans need to wake up to the fact that American Economy is based on Regulated Capitalism. In fact some of the things that happen under "Free Market Capitalism" will be totally repulsive to "Mainstream Americans". One such example that I heard was what happened in Hungary after the fall of the Soviet Union. Young women were going to job interviews with a certificate from their physicians that they have had tubiligation to prove that they would not get pregnant. They were doing that to improve their chances for getting the job. Do we want that type of "Free Market Capitalism"

Camille   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

It appears free computers must be a part of the welfare system now ... It can be the only rational reason for all the Obama supporters on this blog... Keep thinking its over..... Or better yet... Get a job and quit expecting me to pay your way or thinking you can elect someone to do it for you

Robert   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Please, stop telling me I live in blue state. I live in Illinois, USA. And I do support Obama. Which, by the logic of Republicans, makes me a socialist, and not real American. I did live in a socialist country, how can someone like Paulin call Obama a socialist?

Lucy   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

I guess that Sarah Palin and John McCain AND I guess other Republicans did not hear Barbara Starr's report on the Pentagon's preparation for something to happen after the election. It seems that after Kennedy, Ford, etc. – something big happened – i.e. one of the things – 9/11. Also, I guess that "Ole Sarah" and "Older McCain" still cannot understand Obama's tax plan and neither can Joe the Plumber. It's been out there for some time now – they just can't seem to get it. Sarah and John just don't get it – most Americans, inclluding Republicans know this country won't survive another 4 years with Bush policies. We are lucky to have barely survived up to this point.

? Who is running for President anyway – Sarah or McCain? We see her much more than McCain or Obama or Biden.

Ralph Musch   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

...I watched a piece on the pentagon saying they brief the president elect on watched threats for an update...why the big deal about Biden'c's the rigt thing to do

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Yes, Palin please make more mistakes, i love this....

Brent   October 21st, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Why are reporters allowing the republicans to take Biden's comments completely out of context. If you know anything from history most presidents have been tested in their first year, and Biden said whoever tests Obama will find out quickly he has a spine of steel. Sounds like a solid vote of confidence to me.

mark flowers   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Hello Larry,

Doesn't anyone else think as I do which is Senator Biden did not gaffe. Rather, he emphasized the inevitable of the new president being tested as a way to highlight the fact that he is serving with Obama as a partner with the experience to handle international affairs?

Olu ( Toronto )   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET


Terry   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Ponder this…. You are a hardworking person….let’s say working for
CNN news… a reporter.

You have been given the duty to train this new junior apprectice for the next year.

Then after his training…he’s on the job a total of 1 ½ years….then he becomes the CEO of CNN…after a short period of time.

Hmmmm… I wouldn’t want him to head my company…. The best bosses worked from the bottom up and had experience.

Michael Solovy   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

The Democrats are suggesting another stimulus plan costing more than $100 billion. With OPEC trying to raise oil prices, do you think that money is better spent on a stimulus plan or by investing in green energy (i.e. solar, wind, natural gas)?

Mike S. Eden Prairie, MN

dave in toronto   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET


the huffington post is a very popular site, how much are you involved in the day to day stuff going on there?

Jean   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Hope you are well tonight. I just want to comment on Governor Palin's interview with Drew Griffin. How can she possibly sit on nationwide TV and question anyone's patriotism or love for their country when her husband was a member of the Alaska Independence Party who hated America enough to want to secede from the United States? Also, since she spoke at their conference this year, she could also be viewed as having the same views. Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black? No one will question her on this issue. Why is everyone protecting her?

R. Wallbank   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Wow, was that an endorsement of Senator Barack Obama I heard coming from Ron Reagan? I would like to thank him sincerely for his kind words about Senator Barack Obama.

Ron if you read this, you're one heck of a good looking man!

Roseann   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

How does the Canadian Indians effect Sarah Palin's pipe line that runs through thier tribal land?

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Swift Boat

that was a good one, lol

Robert D   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

I am so sick of seeing Bay Buchanan on show after show spewing the same offensive rhetoric about the campaign. She seems only to know how to use her mouth and her ears seems strangely inoperative. Intelligent commentators (such as David Gergin) are able to take facts and events and put them into perspective. Ms. Buchanan's only goal seems to be obfuscation to serve her own purposes (whatever those may be). Ms. Buchanan always seems to be so angry–is this the impression of the Republican party she is trying to get across.

Bay–please chill out–stand back from the issues–think about them–I am sure that you are an intelligent person and have the ability to put forth well-reasoned analysis. Don't just continue to bore us with your diatribe. PLEASE!!!

ANDY AMES   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET


David   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

This is a question for Ronald Reagan I loved your dad a great deal and his love for this Country and does anybody know that the economic growth during the clinton years was because of President Reagan? second why would both parties vote for this bail out when later down the line it will be an economic disaster and do we really want someone as the commander and chief when all prior actions don't point to a man who would take care of our military responsibly?

Dennis Duffy   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

I'm a military veteran, 50 years old (1976-1980 82nd Airborne Division, honorable discharge at the rank of Sargeant), I almost always voted Republican because I thought that military vison/thinking was most important. However, I have realized that we must do much more for our own citizens and we must have a much more collaborative position in the world.

Rose   October 21st, 2008 9:48 pm ET

I'm a Independant vote and at this time i see OBama talking about the issue but Mccain is not addressing the issue all i'm hearing about is about who Obama Associate with and i'm tired of it and want to hear about the real issue

Marques Cook   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET


Marie   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Please ask the supporters of McCain are they not concerned that is Palin is not with Mc Cain he does not get the same huge crowds?
He is running for president not Palin

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Spread the Wealth, i only make 55k in NYC

Be Mor   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Thank God the humble and great people who chose Colin Powell to be the first black Secretary of State in America did not pick color. They picked the person. There were many people with equal credentials, but for some reason they picked Colin Powell and it went beyond his color. Colin Powell had to take some credit for the assertion of mass destruction in Iraq. The President was never over that, it was Colin Powell feeding the President information. We have to think McCain was in the Senate to help him be approved for the appointment, and we have to thank Senator McCain.

Now that Senator McCain needs his friendship thanks God that if Colin says he is McCain’s friend, thanks God McCain needs no enemies.

It is very easy to be a man and stand up for what you have been given or to be a boy and go with the big boys.

The President made great enemies for appointing Colin Powell, Secretary of State, but he decided to be a man. Senator McCain got Colin approved in the Senate.

Great men for great causes look beyond the color.

Everyone understands what the great people of the world have done to make Colin Powell great. And
It is not always a great thing to hurt those who help you.
He has only known Senator Obama one year. It would come to one’s mind that in order for Colin Powell to retain his greatness and how he got his greatness, perhaps it would have been better for him to remain quiet at this late time in the campaign. He condemned the party who looked over his faults and made him Secretary of State of the United States of America.

Good bye, Colin Powell, you did the wrong thing to cut up the Republican Party. You used it for your convenience and then cut it up when you were through with it. You were a democrat most of your adult life. You became a Republican for a reason and became Secretary of State. Now you look like a good independent.

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

Ben Morrison, D.B.A.

Amy Caison   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Love Arianna!!! Have her on more and Bay less:) Her accent is so pretty!

How do these two feel that the international community will react to Obama and or McCain?

Jacques , Houston Tx   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Arianna, Why isn't the Huffingtonreport doing a story on the RNC spending $150,000 on clothes for Gov. Palin and her family since August.

Including $75,000 from Neiman Marcus

$50,000 from Sak's Fifth Ave.

Will this become a major story?

Seems if we go after John Edward's for a $400 haircut we should go after the $150,000 taxpayer shopping spree. More money than her combined income last year... That's an abuse of power!


Marc in New York   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Please, please stop allowing every pundit to keep misquoting Biden. The transcript says (as does the audio) that Biden predicts the NEXT PRESIDENT will experience an international crisis, he NEVER says that Obama's ecetion will somehow cause the crisis. By the end of tonight, if it is repeated enough, all of America will believe that Biden was somehow linking the two. PS If Joe Biden is warning us to look out for on coming international crises, I think with would be wise to give that some consideration. Isn't it refreshing to hear a candidate who is brave enough to talk about the difficulties ahead and even the difficulties that are bound to come along with trying to solve them, I really recommend reading the whole speech

Ryan, Indiana   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET


My question is how come the media isn't hammering John Murtha more on his comments about voters in his state? I mean go back to Trent Lott and what he said with Strom Thurmond. They crucified Lott for that and he ended up resigning from the majority. So why dont you crucify the man and be fair and balanced?

Maria Gomez   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Hi Larry,

John McCain's struggle as a POW is unimaginable to most of us Americans. No one has touched upon the result that such an experience can have on a person's mental health. Has anyone investigated what sort of assistance McCain received returning to the states after being a prisoner or what effect that has had on his mental health?

Thank you!


Alec Maire   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Hi, Larry
Well, over the past couple debates i've decided to go obama. My question is do you think that the personal attacks will get worse as election day draws closer?
Thanks for your question

Jennifer   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I believe that Sarah Palin is a fake and that she should reconsider being vice president. Obama has a vision for this country. His tax plan is brillant and I think his views are just what the United States of America needs in this day and time. He is the true Maverick just for considering change.

Tiesha Peal   October 21st, 2008 9:49 pm ET

With two weeks to go one has to worry about the overall unity of the country after all of the dirty politics. How will the future President unite this country and make it one America? Also I want to know how do we as a country say we welcome all but others condemn Obama because they believe he is Muslim?

PW   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I am not sure why everybody is talking about Biden's gaffe(??) if at all. I mean Biden put out a statement that the "next president wil be tested". But so what....Its true. He never indicated that Obama would fail this test. I think the pres is just reading too much into this and the Republicans or Obama's opponents are just using it up as "..hey se se..Bident says Obama is not ready". That is desperation.

I pity McCain now.

Delicia   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Why is it that the media doesn't bring up the fact that McCain "palled around" with convicted, domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy?

I'm American, I Love My U.S.A. & I want us to SURVIVE!   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

My question is regarding the supposed 'test' of America's security once our new President is elected. Isn't that what happened in 2000 just 9mos after Bush took office? And Bush brought us into a war in Iraq where we didn't belong in the first place. Now we are in the biggest crisis & deficit ever in my life. Please bring this issue to the public that does not have the privilege of having internet access. Thank You!

Blanche   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Talking about Character: McCain cheated on his first wife with his present wife and he doen't have a college education and he wants to run the country. His Character is not the best.

Bette Crapser   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Why don't any of your guests understan that all of our Presidents ,Kennedy Ford, Clinton Bush etc, were all tested within 8 or 9 months after taking office, that is what Biden was saying and I bet if you check with the Pentagon, they are preparing for that no matter who gets elected and McCain with all hias!!" experience" should understand that, They are thinking so far ahead of McCain, they will leave him in the dust!

Lawrence Adams   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Hi, I would like to comment on the statement made By V P Biden, and yes Presidents do get tested But I would Much Rather Have Obama tested than. If something happens to Mcain and Palin has to go through the test. That is a Scary Thought.

Rich   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Hi there,

I just have a quick question, I own a construction company. Last year my books showed around 750,000 dollars for the year. Out of that money 630,000 of that was materials and after that was insurance, paid the employees, ECT. Needless to say there really isn’t much left. My question is under Obama’s new tax plan would I have to pay more taxes because I brought in 750,000 in checks or will he take into account all the expenses that had to be paid?

Thank you

lisa   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

I think the characterization of Obama by the John McCain and Sarah Palin is irresponsible. By painting a bad picture of this canditade can his life at risk. Charactorization is very dangerous. John McCain should focus on the issue of the American people. His this his best game?

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET



Add to the fact that Politico, has an article that the RNC has spend 150,000 on Clothes for Palin since the beginning of Sept.

Benz Man   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

why doesn't someone explain how taxes work:
if you cut federal taxes and remove pork barrel spending

state and local taxes will rise

we have huge debt and two wars, income must be generated somehow. in order to lower taxes we have to lower the debt, very simple

Amy the American (not Joe the Plummer)   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Hi Larry, My question: Has anyone stopped to realize how insulting the McCain/Palin campaign is to the American people? Americans are very vulnerable right now and McCain is focusing on their weaknesses to scare people into voting for him! Sarah Palin needs to either stay in Alaska or be a regular on SNL!

Amy the American
(not Joe the Plummer)

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Yea Larry, more Arianna, i love her accent. mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Frank   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Hello Larry,
With regards to the comments made this week about Obama being tested by an international crisis, it was confirmed this afternoon during Wolf Blitz's (Situation Room) that most of the last presidents were tested either during their 5 or 6 or 8 months of being in office. So I don't see anything wrong with such comments. By the way I am McCain supporter.

jan mullen   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

When Colin Powell said there are too many issues not being addressed in the republican campaign, that led me to believe he knows things...I put my faith and trust in what he says. I'm shutting off all these commercials/attacks; we all need to think positive for the benefit of OUR (not THIS) country!

ANDY AMES   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET


adkjac   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Huffington is exactly right about Rove

Jerry   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET


It is my understanding that Biden finished his statement by saying

"He will show a spine of steel.” Why isn't that on the air? This type of spin by CNN bothers me.

Katy Gibson   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

McCain's only chance is if Palin leaves the ticket. Of course, it would be framed as Palin's choice - she needs to take care of her family (her special needs child, pregnant daughter, etc) or her duties as a Governor. I believe this was considered an "Out" before she was even announced as the running mate. The replacement would need to be a figure with enormous economics/financial credentials as well as security knowledge (as a plus). Someone like Mayor Bloomberg would be ideal - but it is unlikely that someone like Bloomberg, who could run for President himself next year, would want to join McCain. So it would probably be a strong Republican business figure - maybe Mitt Romney (but he would probably not sway independents enough)... I have some good choices for McCain - but that is for another time... By the way, I am NOT A REPUBLICAN. I am an independent.

Lynn   October 21st, 2008 9:50 pm ET

I see an America that has forgotten to say "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." (JFK democrat)

I believe even JFK would not be elected today. This generation of voters is looking for material gain for selfish reasons. This generation of voters wants to blame the president and his party for any hardships or sacrifices we have to make.

The USA of my childhood did not blame the president for international trouble. WWII was not blamed on a president or a party. We honor those who gave their lives to keep us a free nation. We are proud that we stopped the holocaust and saved Jewish people in concentration camps. We do not criticize the decision to stop genocide or those who torture civilians.

The USA of earlier years sacrificed for the good of all. People pooled metal resources for the war effort. Praying people on their knees was the way to get change.

Amanda   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Hi Yiri,

I am in Kansas and we hate Nanci Pelosi here... We think that before she saves the world she should save some of our low income families who struggle to buy groceries...
Yes... I think we should drill everywhere for oil and keep our dollars here... but I also agree we need to invest heavily in alternative fuels... and I am not talking about bio fuels which are competing with food...
When we start using food for fuel the whole world will fill it...
When we started using soybean oil for biodiesel, there were many families in India without cooking oil, a major source of nutrition for poverty stricken folks...
Tell Nanci to stop starving the world's poorest people... and stop saving the polar bears... Tell her there are hungry children here in America too...


Avry Wilson   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Good evening Larry and guests,

On Govegnor Palin's view of Joe Biden's comments concerning Obama being 'tested' by an international issue:

Palin has assumed Biden's words meant that an international crisis will be the _result_ of Obama's election to the Presidency, while this is not what Biden said. Biden commented that the next President would very likely have to deal with a difficult international situation in the near future. He in no way 'attacked' Obama.

Q: What are your or your guests opinions on the consistent misjudgment Gov. Palin displays when trying to offer up an assesment of her opponent(s) statements?

Alberta, Canada

Rich from Syracuse, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

How can McCain even raise the issue of being "tested" in the first months of the Presidency? Remember that the candidate of his own party was "tested" 9 months into his first term and failed miserably in getting the job done properly!

Jim and Joanna   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Why do Palin and McCain continue to misrepresent Obama's tax plan? Why do people continue to believe them?

Ruth Villalonga   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET


If an international financial and economic crisis explodes who will be more qualified to respond and be successful in dealing with it, McCain or Obama?

Paige Melancon   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

I wish you could ask this question.
Why can't Obama produce proof that he is a natural born citizen of the United States.

Michelle from New Jersey   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

our brilliant strategist is suggesting that McCanin used the failed tactics of Barrack prior opponents, including Hillary and Joe Biden...

Maybe we should remind her that Barrack Obama is the Presidential candidate...

Adrian (Canada)   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Please restore your good will and admiration from all others throughout the world by eliminating the engagement of such poor comentators. It looks like the US is filled with drunken hockey moms & dads ???
Since when has mediocrity risen to the point of praise and intelligence has become a demeaning characteristic?

amy   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Ronald reagan, you are sooooooo wrong. I don't want any handouts, I make 30,000/yr. SHame on you. People like you and Arianna are the ones that are divisive. Its going to be a bumpy 4 yrs among conservatives & liberals.

julian   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

It is extremely outrageous to call obama a socialist candidate. the republican party has been outmatched and they resort to McCarthyism in order to gather support. Apparently it shows the lack of knowledge about true socialism. Is this not true? Can you seriously believe democrats' economic policies are socialist?

janet e murray   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET

The Media spin is what is dividing this country not campaign tactics . Imagine how much better this country would be if Americans actually didn't have to sift through all the subterfuge that the Media throws at us. The predatory media is almost as bad as the predatory individuals in the government, banking and Wall Street.. Why don't all of you do us a favor and stop being so self serving? If Barack Obama were a Republican, you would have had a feeding frenzy. Please tell me what actual value you serve?

MARY IN NC   October 21st, 2008 9:51 pm ET



Jim in SC   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

McCain/Palin ticket doesn't seem to respect anyone, including theirselves!

They seem to have done more to divide this country rather than Unite it in these troubling times. I thought their campaign said "Country First"

I am disappointed in their ticket as an American that wants things to CHANGE. I would not cast my VOTE for them regardless to what they do now. Their actions has shown that they do NOT put the "Country First"

What is being done to correct the madness? Why isn't the Republican Party done anything to STOP this mess from McCain/Palin ticket?



Robin   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Cindy McCain made $4.1 Million dollars and payed less than 25% in taxes compared to me who makes around $40,000 and I payed over 30% of my income in taxes.

Now you tell me is that fair?

bob   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Its only race for those who do not choose Obama.
He has the best plan and the best ticket
I'm a Redneck but I'm not STUPID!!

Gene   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

So taking my money and spreading it amoung wall street is not spreading the wealth ....I think we are already involed in this so call spreading the wealth and McCain voted for it so how can he then turn around a blame Obama for spreading the wealth when they both voted for spreading my money around to wall street

Troy   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

is it good too run for United states office and do not know any of the constitutions

Quiera Cantrell   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Why do Senator McCain and Governor Palin insist on calling senator Obama a socialist? Saying that he plans to take money from struggling families and small businesses? When Senator Obama has repeatedly responded and explained that he will not raise taxes for anyone making less than $250,000 a year. Do you feel that McCain and Palin are sticking to this out desperation? Hoping that they can make voters believe this is really what Obama intends to do? If so is it effective?

Brian Anderson   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

How is McCain unifying the country with campain rallies that are alienating religion and people of color by making race an issue?

Brian Anderson

JJ   October 21st, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Ariana..ask Kelly Ann if she thinks Tony Blair was a socialist? He was the leader of the most left leaning party in Britain. I grew up in Scotland and if you voted for the "Labour Party" you were called a Socialist.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 21st, 2008 9:53 pm ET

@ Camille

your just as dumb as Palin..

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:53 pm ET


Is that so, i didnt hear that part, wow.

CNN is grimy i knew it. CNN does not play fair at all.

marie   October 21st, 2008 9:53 pm ET

If mccain/Palin got elected. God forbid if something happened to John Mccain wouldnt Sahara Palin be tested also? I would think so , maybe she could use her magic wand.

Jeff   October 21st, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Independent voters Can not win

Democrats have a chance

Republican look angry

We all lose if McCain Wins

And will some one tell me what percentage of americans pay their taxes and why Joe-the-plumber who dose not pay his taxes can speek for all americans

Amol   October 21st, 2008 9:53 pm ET

In her interview with CNN, Sarah Palin is saying that no one is covering Sen. Biden's gaffes with the same vigor as hers. What she is really trying to achieve here is putting herself at par with Biden. Biden's mistakes are gaffes while her mistakes aren't – her mistakes are LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. Please don't get fooled by this... this is a very sly and smart move on her part to change her image from a uninformed person to a person who just makes accidental gaffes.

Jens Dahmani   October 21st, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Why is it bad to share wealth.
It is good for buisness
It is good for public services
It is good for the nations health
It is good for the World

Best to all americans but you should elect Mr. Obama

Best regards
Jens Dahmani

Dan - Dallas, TX   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Why does the DNC and Obama campaigns continue to “ignore” with resources and man power Louisiana (9 electoral votes), Arkansas (6 electoral votes) and Georgia which I feel are the 3 “Bible belt states” that are most likely to swing Democrat? For example, Louisiana is at least 38% black which votes primarily Democrat. So if we could get some of the Caucasian vote coupled with the black vote, why can’t Louisiana go blue? I just don’t understand the problem demographically which is never explained on CNN. Louisiana and Arkanasas went for Clinton twice. Please explain as I think they are a better bet than West Virginia.

Bill R from Michigan   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Is Ron Silver ok? I didn't recognize him at first..only by his voice. I hope he is ok.

L. LeBlanc   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

How is Ron Reagan's Mom doing?

Pape from Massachusetts   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

America one nation, one vision no division

Ted Gerard   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET


We have had 8 years of republican rule, and John McCain was in the thick of things. He pushed for deregulation as almost all conservatives did. They pushed for more privatization. Bush listened and look at the mess we are in. Now all of a sudden the conservatives are saying lets get government on the side of the people and with regulations in place let private business run things. I don't know about you but this is absolutely crazy. What we need is a balance between government and the private sector. I hate to say this but the conservatives remind me of the mafia. Take control away from the government so they can run America, (as they didfor 8 years) and pad their pockets. Americans cannot allow John McCain in office. The rich will get richer and the middle class will disappear.Remember the middle class is the last stand. Get rid of the middle class and the rich will have total control.
On the part about socialism. Of course the conservatives will try to make any attempt to distribute wealth to the middle class as socialistic. They cry murder whenever an attempt is made to put money in the hands of the middle class. The stimulus packages were just an attempt to keep everyone quiet. I have saved all of mines and will be sending it back in the form of a tax payment.
I am curious. The ceo's that left with huge severance packages. What are their party affilliation?

Greg Long   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

if you have to go back to the 1800's to make the attacks seem ok then you deserve to loose. we have gotten past a lot of our social hang ups since then!

Terry Weeks   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Hello Larry Im a swing voter who voted for Bush on his first term.But this election Im voting for Obama.For the last 8 years the rich has had their tax breaks but wheres the jobs,Mccain preaches the same laws as bush give to the rich and listen to americans private phone calls and lie about wars we dont have to be in.I made a sandwich today ham,chesse tomatoand mayo.But I knew that something was missing so I spinkled some smoke red pepper on the sandwich and it tasted 50% better Its something how a sandwich can change your vote.For some americans its hard to vote for a black man because having had family from the south you learn to fear things that you shouldnt because Obama seems to really care about america.All I can add is America believe who you are and how great your country is and dont fear have faith and no matter what you will prevail.

dorothy   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

hi larry, first time blogger,.First, i want to thank you for the small people like me a voice to vaent against the hottest issues in the race-the economy and jobs not race and scandale. I would like to ask the pannel what do they think about the race issue being used in the race?
ps...a BIG fan of larry king live and cnn

Lynnda Reed   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

I keep hearing about not knowing who Obama is. Prior to this campaign, I had no idea what McCain's background was or the state he represented. I still don't know where Hillary grew up or what her parents did for a living. I've heard nothing about Palin's youth either. The candidate about whom I've heard the most, is Obama!

Robin   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

I always thought politicians were suppose to be thick-skinned.

Barrett   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Is McCain spending to much time on attacking Obama’s economical package instead of informing the voters his economical package. By the way what is it !!!

amy   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Hey Adrian from Canada , 50% of us don't care what you Canadians think. You couldn't even guard your own borders. You guess can not trusted soooo Zip it.

Dee, Topeka   October 21st, 2008 9:54 pm ET


Just a few words for "Gladys" (aka Bay Buchanan, because that's who she reminds me of....a loud, big mouth ding-bat without a clue). Stop defending John McCain and Gooooooo Teeeeeemmm....Sara Palin for pete's sake. Are you serious lady? When I hear you defend them with such vigor, you remind me of a wild woman on a mission from hell. Stop trying to convince yourself, let alone the American people that Sara Palin and John McCain are what our country needs to move forward. You know they're NOT!! Get a grip and stop throwing a hissy-fit when other panel members call a spade a spade.

Debbie Kersner   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I am a Registered Republican woman and for the first time I am faced with voting against my party, or having to decide to not vote at all. I like John Mccain however, I will not vote for that woman Sarah Palin. She is airheaded and flightly, not very intelligent at all. If Mccain just wanted to pick a woman as a running mate there is a long list of well respected, intelligent republican women to choose from. I cant even watch Mccain rallies anymore because I cant stomach watching that woman. she makes american woman seem stupid. Makes you wonder what did she do to get the Govenor position in Alaska.? Go figure..If I dont vote she may get into office by default because I would be helping by not voting. Therefore I will be voting democrat this election year just so this woman does not have a chance to get into office because God help us all if something should happen to MCCAIN America will be screwed.

Dorothy J. Martin   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I am terrified about Barak with so much hate in the air. Is the secret service giving him enough protection? He is a wonderful gift to us all. He just needs to stay alive!

Nathan   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Yes Larry, I have a small favor to ask of you, the time you have Bay Buchanan on your show, please ask her how many times had she visited Sen Obama's former church. Since she is so adamant that Sen Obama sit through 20 yrs of negative sermons. Because if she hasn't been a member, she really needs to stop her rhetoric. That situation with Rev Wright has already been discussed. It's people like her that keeps this country divided and ignorant to the truth. Thank you Larry.

CAROLYN   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

mr silva stick to comedy, were not not in the 1800s this the 21st please dont predict what sen obama is gonna be up against he has all ready won that battle.racisim.

Dan   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Bill.....2 university degree's...head of the Harvard Law Review...12 years teaching constitutional law...State Senator...U.S. Senator and you say "no experience"??

marlon burlock   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Larry , joe the generic does not know Obama's tax plan works for him and not mccains. also paying taxes is patriotic but tell joe not paying taxes is un-american.we need his tax dollars to support our economy.

Richard, NY   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Honestly, Obama already WON.

These news channels just need something to talk about for the next 3 weeks, i added a week for post election talks.

Halima El Jack   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Palin with no experience as commander of chief / military / foreign policy and with John Mc Cain's health condition and (if and that's a big IF) will president Palin not be tested by a foreign crisis???

Florence   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

My question is for McCain's supporter. Do you care about economy or the quality of the person. McCain said before that he did not know anything about the economy. USA now has a deficit, what do you think about that. Do you have any kids? what plan he has for our kids? We need someone who know what education mean. American need change

Richard   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Larry, sounds like Mr. Reagon (independant) is endorsing Barack Obama. What would Ronald Reagon say about this?

Dee f rom Canada   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Does it not vindicate Joe Biden's statement that the Pentagon came out today and said they are prepared that they new president (no matter who wins) will be tested internationally in the first year?

David   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

people keep saying that character issue is not really important, well they are mistaken because how other nations view us is very important with respect to our morals as a country and a people what does the panel think?

Hossam Haridy   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Why do the Americans consider religion as an important issue in spite of pretending that they are FREE to choose their believings? does this sound hypocritic ? Please, discuss this important point.

Judy Patterson   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I am so tired of republicans referring to Biden and Clinton questioning Obama's qulifications WHEN THEY WERE RUNNING AGAINST HIM. Of course they did, they wanted to win! You don't see any prominent democrats doing that now but there are several high level republicans endorsing Obama!

Clarence   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Regarding Joe Biden's comments today about Obama being tested. Whyis it that everyone is playing the first part of the comment, but leaving out the end where he states that he will pass the test?

Omar   October 21st, 2008 9:55 pm ET


Will you have you guest actually explain to the public what subprime lending really means? It is an exploitative practice of predatory lending more money at a higher interest rates to a person who could afford a lesser mortgage at a fixed rate. In addition, can you discuss the role of Chris Cox, the head of the SEC, changing the debt-to-income ratio from 12-to-1 to 40-to-1, which widely opened the door for the lending and credit crisis with the maturation of these loans? Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are not the real culprits. Why don't the real estate brokers and lenders step forward and explain to the country what the real issues are? ....Greed and excess, which has plagued the country the last 8 years!

adkjac   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Exactly, Government's job is to set the rules and make sure they are followed.

Also, government has to keep up to date and look ahead to coming problems and needs to adjust!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One law making ARMs illegal and I only allowing fixed rate interest on any product sold along with requiring downpayments on all purchases that equal any depreciation..... would cure what has happened. The law could be written on less then ten pages I bet.

Mary - Lakeland   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

McCain stalled his campaign to help out the fat cats on Wall Street.

Obama stalled his campaign to sit with his critically ill Grandmother.

McCain chose Palin, regardless of experience and qualifications, to win, while he could have chosen someone with high economic skills to better serve our country. Country first?

Obama chose Biden with the strong foreign policy skills to round out his talent and better serve our country.

Now, lets talk about character.

Sandi-NC   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Adkjac... you said name ONE wealthy person that says their taxes need to be lowered...I can name many. But ONE person said he was not paying ENOUGH in taxes, as reported in Forbes Magazine...and that was Warren Buffet, who actually endorsed Barack Obama's tax plan, even though it will cost him millions of dollars personally in additional taxes.

Meg Suermondt   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Larry and all,
I have NEVER blogged in my life, but I feel strongly about Biden's comments about the president being tested in the first 6 months. I think that the President, whether it is Obama or McCain, will be tested for sure, why would anyone think a new president wouldn't be? ANY new president. The world, good and bad, will "push the envelope" ( and maybe push McCain moreso than Obama, since he doesn't have Obama's 'cool') to see when he will blink.
Meg Suermondt

Mark Weaver   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Haven't we had enough of the idocracy of the last eight years. Palin 40 something and McCain 70 something have resorted to name calling and false charges to divide Americans and their own party. Really if Obama is socialism then sign me up because I am sick of being robbed by the current government. Between the name calling, voter fraud scandals, government socializing banking losses I think American people are just a step away from saying forget it all and start over. That maybe means serious changes which I don't think we will get with McCain.

Jodye   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

A point to make regarding this campaign ...i believe that it is obvious to all, that what happens in the united states affects the world, (Our economy, and its effects) ... thus how can anyone ask me to vote for a man and woman, who are always biting at their opponent, and suggesting that if I don't agree with their policies, views and beliefs, I am less than them ... UNPATRIOTIC and NOT A REAL AMERICAN. Our country needs leadership ... and someone who looks to not only mend our broken fences, but tear down others in the world. We need a spokesman that speaks for America as ONE NATION ...

dean   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

the economy is the prime issue obama has bought 30 minutes of air time

If mccain wants to win he should buy 1 hour of air time and have a round table with the top 5 economics people in the country and talk facts and solutions and he will win thanks Dean

Rebecca Cannon   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

I would like to ask the panel this ... John McCain is running on a "Country First" motto. Why does it seem that his campaign is doing more to devide this country with character assassinations that they make at their rallies, ie: "socailism". But when they are put on the spot by the media, as was Sarah Palin on CNN, they deny that they would say that ?

neil rosenfeld   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET


"AIR UP AMERICA" is a visionary plan that could quickly and easily create around 2 million "green collar" jobs and dramatically reduce fuel consumption, global warming emissions, vehicular accidents, and petroleum imports.

American drivers waste billions of gallons of fuel due to neglected vehicle maintenance. We forget that under-inflated tires, dirty air filters, and low fluid levels continuously rob fuel efficiency from our 250 million vehicles and cause countless traffic accidents and increased harmful emissions. Tailpipe emissions from American vehicles are one of the largest single sources of man-made CO2 emissions that cause global warming!

The solution to this overlooked tragedy is mandatory full-service gas stations with pump attendants who could ensure that we maximize vehicle fuel efficiency and safety at our 200,000 gas stations nationwide. Much needed jobs could be spread across America within our pre-existing infrastructure of gas stations. Pump attendants could constantly help drivers squeeze every drop out of every gallon of fuel sold in America and prevent countless breakdowns, accidents, injuries, and deaths by inspecting tires, belts, and hoses. Drivers and convenience store clerks would be protected from "carjackings" and robberies by the presence of pump attendants. Fuel savings would offset the wages of the pump attendants! This plan is a "win-win" deal for America!!!

Self-serve fueling is a relatively new concept adopted in the 1970's that saved drivers around 5 cents a gallon after the OPEC embargo boosted fuel costs. Drivers were unprepared to properly maintain their cars. We drive without checking tire inflation or air filters or engine oil while ignoring the tragic results: increased breakdowns, accidents, injuries, deaths and emissions. Now is the time to return to full-service fueling!!!

"AIR UP AMERICA" could jumpstart our economy by creating around 2 million jobs, while slowing global warming and preventing accidents and crimes. American drivers could save over a billion dollars weekly and cut petroleum imports by conserving fuel. Please consider this patriotic "quick-fix" that could create enough "green collar" jobs to stave off economic recession and show the nations of Earth that America is leading the way to combat global warming!!!


Neil Rosenfeld
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Woodstock, GA 30189
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jean, Ashtabula, Ohio   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Our government has been run by a free market Bush ideology for 8 years; i.e, as a business. Corporate contractors run our government, military and the intelligence community. McCain has stated that he is the biggest free marketer in America. Will he continue this free market Bush free market policy of running our government?

Charlie   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Has GW Bush endorsed McCain?Do you have a video clip?

Fred   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Your panel tonight seems a little biased in favor of Democrats.. Wheres the Balance Larry.

Terry   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET


– I don't owe anyone a college education...I already pay from kinder to 12
-spread the wealth...go to work
-your houses, your insurances, to pay for party voter registration
– again look at 2004 congressional hearing ....Maxine Waters and her groups
-then when she used the words "socialism" when grilling Shell Oil

PW   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET


Someone actually suggested that "...Clintons and Biden's statements be replayed to indicate Obama's inexperience". Now I am confused. Obama WON the primaries, because PEOPLE voted for him, over Clinton and Biden.
Well, going by that Obama needs just ONE SINGLE ad- a clipping of John McCain saying "I voted with President Bush 90% times". I think the lady is grossly underestimating the Americans' intelligence.


Allex R.   October 21st, 2008 9:56 pm ET

It seems very clear to me why John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. It was to try to sway the women/hillary vote and to solidify the support of the base. Now John McCain states other reasons as to why he did it (i.e. she's a reformer, a maverick, has executive experience, a Washington outsider, small town values....etc.) Do you think that long after the election is over, like a few years down the road, that John McCain will admit as to the true reason why he picked Palin? At a time when it wont hurt him politically.

Tanesh Revankar   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Why can't people see that McCain has changed his message to match Obama's? That he has continuously misrepresented the truth and turned people against others through the concept of Muslim. People in this country do not seem to be educated enough to know the difference and that is a shame!!

DARCY BOGGS   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Media goes on and on about McCain being erratic by putting his campaign on hold when he was willing to give his life in combat for his country. So why is it erratic to suspend campaigning for a couple of days for the country he loves to assist in keeping it from failing world wide? Obama suspends campaigning for a couple of days for personal reasons and the media doesn't call him erratic, instead they a sympathetic and are fully supportive. The media has totally been biased throughout this campaign for Obama.

Dianne   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET


Arianna is right, it is the Age of the Internet. Google!

Voters can find out alot of information about your guests and their political bent and where they are coming from.

Voters can turn to the internet for the news of the day. Hardly anyone anymore tunes in the evening news.

The WORLD is connected. You can see that by the interest in this Election around the WORLD.

Gone are the days when you can say something that's a "goof" and get away with it.

Gone are the days of the radio or the stump!

Gone are the days of TV!

You say something and it will be on "You Tube" forever!

The McCain Campaign doesn't realize that!

Sam Minnesota   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET


Are we Better than the 1800 politics? if we are why don't politician campaign to the better of their character?

David   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Question for your guests:

How would you like to serve your country during coldwar and have the
republican party acuse the democrats of Socializm? They are attacking Obama what the other democrats? Do any of them really know what they are saying?

Mary - Lakeland   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

McCain stalled his campaign to help out the fat cats on Wall Street.

Obama stalled his campaign to sit with his critically ill Grandmother.

McCain chose Palin, regardless of experience and qualifications, to win, while he could have chosen someone with high economic skills to better serve our country. Country first?

Obama chose Biden with the strong foreign policy skills to round out his talent and better serve our country.

Now, lets talk about character.

Will   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

First of all I think that ARIANNA HUFFINGTON is finer than frog's hair. Second of all this election is turning ugly and the Republicians are like little school children calling Obama names and clinging on to the "Joe the fake" like it's their slogan. I love you ARIANNA I have your book and if you come to Ann arbor Michigan to Shaman Drum bookstore would you sign it for me?

Clara Rebecca Stratton   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

I would really like to see the media report the complete statement that Biden made in regard to an event to test Obama - only once did I hear the ending of that comment, which was something to the effect that "they would find that (when tested) he has a spine of steel". That seems to be to be the true purpose of his statement, and is completely missed, especially by Palin and McCain but also by the media that play only the first part of his statement.

RAG IN RAYMOND   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET




NYCgirl56   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

I haven't heard anyone mention that McCain was one of the "keating five". Wonder how many young people today know about that being that it took place it he 80's.

maureen   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Today on the news I heard a military person speaking about how the pentagon was preparing for any problems that may be associated with the next president. They did not specify republican or democrat president just that since 1961 a major incident has happened within the first year of a new president. I believe Joe Biden was referring to this fact when he talked about Obama being tested.

Jean   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Obama complains that Sen. McCain only talks about him. Sen. Obama spends time at his rallies talking about McCain.

Ron Reagen:

What do you mean that the McCain camp is spreading things and hope they will stick? The Obama camp is snooping into Gov. Palin's past. You think Obama is the man for the job? Why? He is a smooth talking, with nothing to back it up. Now Ron, don't just say you are "present." Obama has been afraid to vote for numerous bills by just saying, "Present." That really tells you about the "man for this job." Oh, Ron, how would you like it if you had your very considerable wealth spread around? How do you know anything about what has gone on in Gov. Palin's home?

Larry, who cares about the kids coming along.

Yehudah Freundlich   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Should Obama Address the two areas that still leave the undecided queasy: Making government work and the role of ideology? 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. Shouldn't Obama 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. Should'nt he inject them into the campaign.

Ulyana Pivovarova   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

it seems now that it comes to the last two weeks it seems that McCain is running out of opsitions and hes just spiting out what ever he can to get by it, my question is.. will we ever know who is right for america.. i think we should have a regular billy bob ho know whats going on with us and a vice president who knows whats going on in washington, i think this election is so important that there should not be he sad this and he sad that it should get to the point andstart helping not only us but washington.. i think we are so dipandent on washington that we dont even think about what we did to get us here... debts on credit cards, and what is with sarah palin she is regular jo.. stop putting her under the microscope ..

dave   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Mr. King,

this is just another abuse of power, Then to ammend expense reports is that not questionable?

Omar   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Will you have your guest actually explain to the public what subprime lending really means? It is an exploitative practice of predatory lending more money at a higher interest rates to a person who could afford a lesser mortgage at a fixed rate. In addition, can you discuss the role of Chris Cox, the head of the SEC, changing the debt-to-income ratio from 12-to-1 to 40-to-1, which widely opened the door for the lending and credit crisis with the maturation of these loans? Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are not the real culprits. Why don’t the real estate brokers and lenders step forward and explain to the country what the real issues are? ….Greed and excess, which has plagued the country the last 8 years!

JJ   October 21st, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Right on Robin! Good pont. But that's the Repubiican way. Finally The Awakening of America! John McCain is just trying to do right for Cindy's millions.

Bert   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Yes Larry,

It's happening again. The various blogs are showing that there are a lot of closet Democrats out there trying to get out of their "crusty old Republican shell". Amazing.

Katherine Harris   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Why doesn’t John McCain ever appear alone? Have you noticed he always has someone (his wife, daughter, Palin …) with him?

titi tampa fl   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

hey Larry. i wonder how long is it going to take before any of the Mccain adviser realize that this race is over. He needs to stop digging the republican party down the drain. It aint hard to notice that he knows that he's loosing. When you start throwing cheap shot at your opponent to win a match, let's hope it's someone that you not trying to make up with in the long run. My message for sen McCain is to call it quits and stay united. Unless he's on the road to retire

ElvisM   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Hi Larry/Arianna

I think Biden remarks about Sen. Obama being tested is so bang on. I really think that what Biden is actually doing here is saying to the world (people who wish to do America harm) that we are not going to allow another 911 to occur. And is serving them notice. Not because of the fact that with the current economic crisis, and everyone is so focused on the pocket book issues, that we will be caught off balance as in 2001. I think the fact that we are talking about this now is good a thing. This is very strategic on Bidens part. I applaude him.

What do you think.

Gary   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET


Let's question each candiate qualifications, not just Obama's. and McCain against Obama and Palin agains Biden. What is ironic in the McCain camp is that Palin is the focus as if she is the Presidential candidate, even being compared agains Obama, no comparison...a shame. Please tell Bey and all the other radical republicans that she is the VP candidate and cannott be compared to the Obama.

adkjac   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Palin is delusional. How can she compare herself to a Harvard Graduate?

Really, Insane.

I want someone way smarter than Palin or myself to be President.

Pape from Massachusetts   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

I have solution for Mccain, drop Sarah Palin and take Hillary and i'm positive he will win the election

Ralph   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Great show!

As a 51 year old gay American, who just married my partner of 27 years, I do wonder if I am part of the Americans that Palin and McCain consider "One of us"? I pay taxes and realize that I have to pay taxes. I vote and participate in our democracy. But I do not feel that my life is valued by the right. I am not a single issue voter. The environment, the Iraq

Lissa   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Larry et., al – the story just breaking re: Palin's expenses...Mr. Reagan has it spot on. She fudged a report. She has already been found to have violated an ethics law. What more is in her past and – more seriously – in her FUTURE as a politican with the trust of the people who voted for her?

John Peterson   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Sarah Palin turns out to be an insult to the American People. She is good at being an attack dog because it is her nature. She is not qualified to be president. The Presidancy is not about being an attack dog.

Jovan   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET

What is Ron S. talking about????? He is talking about ancient history – please tell the guy to comment on more than 1800's politics. Can someone remind him that this is 2008 and we need references relevant to the 21st century.

Terry   October 21st, 2008 9:58 pm ET


Fahad   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

why isn't the war in Iraq the central topic of this election? it is after all one of the most important reasons why the economy is a mess!

vee s   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

It seems to me that in recent weeks as Obama is pulling away from McCain, the media and press are interested in airing events that would tighten the race instead of reporting objectively. I see more and more reports about incendiary and inflammatory comments by unwise McCain campaigners. I see less and less of events and comments that bring this country together, which tend to aid Obama. Should we leave Palin and her lack of vision, lack of maturity, lack of understanding alone and let the campaign alone and not call her on her inadwquacies.

mark   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Hi Arianna,

Don't yo think that Sarah Palin gets a free pass on a lot of things considering that she was a journalist major? And with that question I mean that this woman has absolutely no excuse for not being able to answer questions that any candidate should be able to answer at this point.

G Settles   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

I'm concerned about what I'm seeing and hearing (in OH). a coworkers Dad (a Republican) is scared to death every time he hears McCain's campaign. It's all about fear. socialism, terrorist, muslim, black man, etc... She's so frustrated b/c even her wealthy older brother is falling prey to these attacks and keeps emailing her with all of this vile stuff. It's causing a rift and stress. What a mess.
I visited McCain's website ( I'm registered Republican) and you call tell there's a big difference in the atmosphere. It's too thick in there for me!

Joan   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

I wonder how your guest feels about John McCain's scare tactics. He hasn't really addressed the HUGE issues we are all facing. Just throwing the BULL S- around. I have an aunt who is a Korean Vet, she is proud to have served our country. Now she hears these accusations about Obama and his ties to terrorists. She is frightened and worried about the future of our country and the young people. I am very angry with McCain and Palin for the low and ugly gutter fighting that worries our senior citizens. McCain/Palin are becoming very UGLY to me. I am considering moving to Canada if they are elected.

Katherine Harris   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Why doesn’t John McCain appear alone? Have you noticed he always has someone (his wife, daughter, palin …) with him?

Joe Knoth (Average Joe Six-pack)   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

I must add that I have been a member of the Carpenter's Union for 31 years and if more Americans would band together in collective bargaining agreements with their fellow workers of similar occupations, the health care crisis and retirement crisis could be avoided. If more Americans would join together in collective bargaining agreements(UNIONS), you can force your employers to mcontribute to quality health care plans and pension plans and less Americans will have to worry or rely on the Government to provide for us, we can ALL provide for our own healthcare and retirement without relying on Medicare or Social Security. It all falls back to the old but true saying UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. Unite Americans and force employers to provide SAFE, SECURE, working enviroments for ALL!!!!

Nina Broyles   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

This election is not about Obama, or McCain.
It is about us, WE THE PEOPLE.

I think McCain has shown the WORLD, not just America, what kind of leader he will be. The people who continue to publicly support McCain after all we have witnessed should be ashamed. They are betraying this country. They will not be forgotten on November 5th.

Dale Huffman   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

More bilge being spouted by Arianna Huffington about Obama's "reason and judgment." A one-sided rant, itself lacking in judgment.

linda   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

if Obama was white do you think it would be a higher percentage of his gian compared to mcain in the polls today due to the crisis we are going through and the link of mcain and george bush?

Israel Williams   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET


The thought that I am not as american as a person from another part of the country, or that the part of the country I'm from is not as real as another part of the country (as suggested by Gov. S. Palin) is offensive, inflammatory, and divisive.

Ron   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Hi Larry: I think Bay Buchanan crossed a line tonight and became less of a CNN analyst and more of a Republican hate monger. With all of the calls to reduce the inflammatory rhetoric, why is Bay allowed to perpetuate desparate Rovian efforts to discredit Obama's character? Can't this amazing spin doctor (Bay) focus on real and substantive issues?

Carmella   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET


Obama has done a very good job pushing back the attacks. Obama has revolutionized how character attacks will evaluated by Americans in campaigns in the future. McCain is running a 20th Century campaign. Obama is running a 21st campaign. A campaign of the past versus a campaign of the future. An Obama presidency will be ideas of the future versus ideas of the past.

Barrett   October 21st, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Larry please ask the group if Palin starting her bid 2012

JJ   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Oh Kelly that the best you can do? Everyone thought George W Bush was a guy people wanted to have a beer with.

Olu   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I think the comments that were made by Ron Silver were some of the most astute I've heard. I've been saying for a while now that the Republicans need to re-group and come up with a new conservatism that relevant for the modern times. I do however think that something good may come of it, as an advocate of a true multi-party system. It seems to me that those who are more of the intellectual variety of conservatives (i.e. less swayed by values issues) are more and more becoming independents. Therefore the independent party could emerge to take part of the fractured Republican party and begin to become a legitimate third party. What does the panel think?

Dana Mayo   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

If john mcCain really wanted to will he should donate some of that money his wife just got for the sale of her families beer company or donate one of seven houses the own. by the way palin is a crazy.

Terri   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

I get so tired of the Republicans claiming that the only reason Obama is ahead or gaining Republicans on his side is because McCain has "gone too far". 26,000 people showed up to see and hear Barack Obama in Virginia. I think that has more to do with the hope and inspiration Barack inspires than it says about John McCain. 26,000 people do not show up to hear you speak if they're just riding the fence. Just once I would like to hear someone who is pro-McCain give credit where credit is due. The truth is people haven't been this inspired by a presidential candidate since John Kennedy and that's hard to beat.

Hoku, HI.   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Palin has shown her true color. Her family travels on state per diem? What? The maverick? Oh my god! She's like the Washington fat cats!

CNN. You have an obligation to go after her on this issue because she created this aura of Miss Goody two shoe.

John IL.   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

THANK YOU LARRY!!!!!! Inteligent people!!!!

kurt   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Didn't Obama reveal his tax plan months ago. If it's socialism now why wasn't it socialism then? Is this what you call "Gotcha Politics"

Michelle from New Jersey   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

great show as always Larry... have a good night

Ralph   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

war, the financial mess we find ourselves in are all important to me. But so is my freedom to live my life – freely. All of these issues are important to me. All of these issues influence my vote.

So do I count?


Bill R from Michigan   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

I really respect Ron rock!

Leslie M.   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET


Ron Silver is one of my favorite actors, and god bless him for having a brain and not being afraid to demonstrate it. He does not look well, he okay?

Leslie M./Austin, TX

ps...Go Obama! I went to vote today and had to wait 1 hour in line to do so.....what a great thing!

amy   October 21st, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Adrianna, Judgement of OBAMA,=palling around w/ terrorist. You guys are so blind. VIVA MCCain.

van joyner   October 21st, 2008 10:01 pm ET

I am a Viet Nam vet also,McCain has been talking as if he was there all alone.We were on the ground,in the jungle,24/7,a year or longer,we faced death everyday with out any international rules of war to protect us as P.O.W.s had,why hasnt he told us vets what he has done for us since he has been in office?He and other officers had support after the war, but, still yet, he suffers from P.T.S.D.,like so many of us do. Any Vet, if he look closely,and listen will come to the same conclusion.The tell-tale sign is once a Vet can talk about that war it is hard for them to stop,it some how ease the pain and guilt for coming out alive.

shannon, Ga.   October 21st, 2008 10:01 pm ET

im so tired of tit for tat, its a turn off. thats why im voting for Obama

Michael Jones   October 21st, 2008 10:01 pm ET

Below is part of story on Obama and his ex-pastor. He was perfectly OK with these remarks about the U.S. Didn't quit church til he felt like he had to. Who cares about Palin travel. How bout a presidential candidate that is OK with cursing U.S. and saying U.S. responsible for 911 attacks. Y'all are ridiculous on what you think is important.

Sen. Barack Obama's pastor says blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God damn America."

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has made a number of controversial statements.The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side, has a long history of what even Obama's campaign aides concede is "inflammatory rhetoric," including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own "terrorism."

In a campaign appearance earlier this month, Sen. Obama said, "I don't think my church is actually particularly controversial." He said Rev. Wright "is like an old uncle who says things I don't always agree with," telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.

Sonia   October 21st, 2008 10:01 pm ET

@ Paige

Obama was born in Hawaii

McCain was born in the PANAMA CANAL

You draw the conclusion, No one is questioning McCain's citizenship, it was on a Naval Aircraft carrier. At LEAST OBAMA WAS BORN ON AMERICAN SOIL!

Juanita   October 21st, 2008 10:01 pm ET

What about the Alaskain Independence Party issue? Why is this not discussed? Is it true that Sarah Palin and/or her husband are member(s) of this party?

IRIS   October 21st, 2008 10:01 pm ET