October 22, 2008


Posted: 06:59 PM ET














Here are my thoughts on some of the things you have to say.

Dear Larry, king of interview:
it is not very surprising that education and academic achievement of the candidates or that of their running mates is ever discussed. in my opinion it is simply because education has never been more important than the slogans used to define it. for the young generations of Americans, this election will play an important part, but never for educating them about the importance of education in achieving higher goals in life...or using it as an invaluable asset.

~ Farhafd Mahdabi



I couldn’t agree more – the word education is rarely used in political campaigns these days. The fact that we don’t concentrate on the education reached by our candidates is abominable. I salute you!

~ Larry



And Finally, here are my thoughts on the best sporting event in the world...I can't wait

The World Series gets under way tonight and as many of you know I am a die hard baseball nut. Even though I’m a National League fan and root for the LA Dodgers, I’m going to root for Tampa because I love the whole story of the Rays. And one of my sons lives in Tampa, which is another reason to root for them. I like Charlie Manuel, the Phillies manager a great deal, but you have to pick one and I’m going with Tampa in 6 games.

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Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 7:12 pm ET

i dont really think the clothing issue is important, but i can see why people would think it is kinda hipicritical. If you claim you are a hockey mom and you are appealing to joe the six pack and joe the plumber, I dont believe they are shopping at neimon marcus

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:12 pm ET

ok larry i wish that everyone would stop putting down palin and let me ask you this you dont wont palin because you think she is not qualified for v.p right well then why are you or everyone else voting for obama when he does not have half the exsperiance then she does he has never ran for mayor or gov like palin and he has not run a town a city so what makes you think he can run our nation everyone is saying she is not qualified but yet you wont him to run or nation and he it not qualified can you answer me that

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 7:14 pm ET

I dont believe obama is doing a premature victory dance. He reminds everybody daily not to count there chickens before they hatch. There are to many variables in this campaign but i am very proud of the campaign he has run

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:14 pm ET

i think that everyone needs to back off mcain and palin because you say he is running mean adds about obama well the shoe does fit the other side to you know you guys make it sound as if obama is not doing and it is all mccain come on get your heads out your butts and lets get back to the real issues

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:14 pm ET

angle but do you see my point

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:15 pm ET

i mean the media is making mccain and palin to be the only bad guys it is wrong and sad to

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:17 pm ET

so if you are proud of his campaign then why not be proud of mccains to why put them down when obama does the same thing makes no since

Leonard   October 22nd, 2008 7:18 pm ET

Here is something interesting...

On the show Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC he specifically played a portion of a Sarah Palin interview in which she stated that the role of a vice president was to be in charge of the Senate and shape policies...Was she not given a copy of the U.S. constitution? The only thing a vice president can do is to vote in the senate when there is a tie and steps in to fill for the president when the president can no longer serve. I knew that since 8th grade civics class! Sarah Palin scares me!!!

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:18 pm ET

i mean am i the only one who sees this i hope not if so then im afraid we are more lost as americans then i though

Harry Jaspon   October 22nd, 2008 7:19 pm ET

My question is ...If a married couple makes over $250,000 together filing jointly under Obamas plan their taxes will increase but what about filing indiviually and each person's earnings are well under the $250,000? Does this mean taxes will not go up?

Thank you

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:20 pm ET

no but as v.p she can still give her thoughts and help run those to so not it in not just to vote she backs the president all the way and she has her own job as well so i dont know were or who told you that

carol   October 22nd, 2008 7:22 pm ET


Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 7:23 pm ET

Bidon got plenty of bad press in the last few days

victoria weaver   October 22nd, 2008 7:24 pm ET

Please please Larry can you have just one person on your panel tell me whats wrong with spreading the wealth? I made less than 14,000 last year and because of some wacky law i cannot even get student loans to cover my full tutition bc I don't have any kids and I make too much money. It is not a bunch of people with no jobs that need the wealth spread, its us young people who cannot afford to go to college who work full time and get no forms of public assistance. I can't even get an education to get a job to spread the wealth and Joe the Plummer is thinking of buying a business? How nice it must be not to live pay check to pay check. When will the wealth trickle down?

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:25 pm ET

i look at it this way if all that voter fraud is real witch it is they say that allmost all the votes put in were for obama so when voting come the ones with fake name and the ones who voted twice will hurt obama because there wont be that many voters as he thinks the polls are showing

50yrChristian White woman   October 22nd, 2008 7:25 pm ET

Palin has allowed McCain to manipulate her every move, every word and now I find out he dresses her too? How could anyone possibly believe that Palin is an independant, strong-willed woman? In Alaska Palin's husband was allowed to destroy a man's career; Palin doesn't appear to have any backbone.

Jay   October 22nd, 2008 7:26 pm ET

Its funny that John McCain talks about helping small business owners when the Republican put a stop to small business loans almost a one year ago.-Is McCain not a Republican?

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 7:26 pm ET

carol, i just turn off people like lou dobbs anymore, furthere more, wolf blitzter has had McCain on twice in the last week and a half and sarah palin on tuesday. When will bidon or obama be on to anwer these comments those two have been making. obama has to pay for all his campaigning these two get free press. Meanwhile McCain and palin will also being doing a spot with brian williams tonight

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:27 pm ET

but look this man said that his own state and he is mayor there that the are racist and they are all rednecks so why would you vote for the dems if you are one after that makes not since

Sherry   October 22nd, 2008 7:28 pm ET

I have a comment concerning Joe the Plumber. I saw the web site that helped him come up with the money to pay his back taxes, isn't that spreading the wealth. Did he accepted the money? American people helped him but, if he is earning 2500,000 yearly he don't want to pay slightly higher taxes. And not to mention Sarah Palin spent all that money buying clothing, what is wrong with J.C.Penney or some store that does cost as much to help the budget since John McCain is complaining about money. The money she billed Alaska for bringing her kids. Is she any different then the Good Old Boys.

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 22nd, 2008 7:28 pm ET

neather does obama they said that his team will need to be there if he ie elected because they dont think he can do or say the right thing and yet you vote for him go figure lol

themommie   October 22nd, 2008 7:29 pm ET

A candidate's wardrobe does matter, because the way they are groomed reflects the care and concern they have for themselves. It's an old saying, "first impressions are lasting ones." I don't mind seeing either party's candidates "dressed to impress"; however, my concern is where the candidates get the money for to dress. Ordinarily, that would probably never be an issue; but due to all of the rhetoric from Sarah Palin about accountability and being a "maverick" and a "reformer"; I'm really disappointed to find that she has spent over $150,000.00 on her wardrobe over the last two months during these economic times. Then, she used a "photo opportunity" at WalMart to purchase diapers for her infant. Wow! That's true reform. Way to go Sarah! You betcha!

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 7:29 pm ET

i seen the palin interview about what a v p does, the sad part is that i have seen 4 different clips where she said the same thing. It is not simply that she said this to a third grader, she believes it, and i beileive she also wants to expand her powers, she as much as said so during her debate with joe bidon

Evelyn Steen   October 22nd, 2008 7:40 pm ET

I would like to know why did Senator John Mc Cain signed off on the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, which caused serious health problems to millions of U.S military personal and civilian personal? I have the letter to prove it.

a Rose from Iowa   October 22nd, 2008 7:42 pm ET

The issues matter most! The economy is a mess and people are in their deep fears. That is no time to pick a candidate because she is entertaining. We need a well educated VP with law, history,or political science degrees...not merely a undergraduate degree in sports journalism. Palin is a well dressed entertainer. How would her cult church and small minded biases have her expand the VP powers anyway. She is one scary and over confident right wing nut.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 7:44 pm ET

it is not the experience issue that bothers me, george washington and some of our first presidents had no prior executive experience. It is like colon powell said, he is tranfomational figure and believes he has the ability to be a great president. Leadership is leadership, and i am sure that he will surround himself with other great minds. If you dont even know what a v p does at this stage in the game , and its also some of her methods of campaigning that i take issue with. She devides people that is not what a leader does

Leonard   October 22nd, 2008 7:47 pm ET

Honestly, I try to look at why "spreading the wealth" is a bad thing. Isn't the Republican mindset that money is suppose to trickle down from wealthy business men and women to ordinary people the same thing as spreading the wealth? I mean you can't just change your words around and make it your argument. I think the difference is that Obama's tax on the wealthy will actually have that "trickle down effect" to give money to people to buy that home and car and most importantly use their credit cards to get the credit market flowing again.

Tom in Iowa   October 22nd, 2008 7:49 pm ET

How can you claim to be "a hockey mom" and to be in touch with "the real Americans" when you spend that much money on clothes. Most Hockey Moms don't see that kind of money in a years.

That is so OUT OF TOUCH it is sickening.

BTW, who are these real Americans she keeps talking about?

I get the impression that the only citizens who live in the USA that she believes are REAL Americans are the ones who are voting for her. Everyone else is UNPATRIOTIC and thus not a "real American".

(And yes I did see her lame excuse as she tried to cover her ass after she said it, and frankly I am not buying it at all).

As far as charging the taxpayers for her children's travels. That does not surprise me at all, shows that she is just like any other politician out there and there is nothing different about her.

I was a devout supporter of John McCain in 2000 and was excited that he decided to run again in 2007, but the way he has SOLD HIS SOUL to the far right makes me sick, plus, choosing a totally UNQUALIFIED running mate after his bashing of Obama about being unqualified shows a lack of judgement that is also sickening, Therefor I will not support him now and I will never support him in the future.

Ingo   October 22nd, 2008 7:50 pm ET

Hi Larry

as an independant still looking for some 'honest answers", I would like to know if the Republicans on your panel still believe that Sarah Palin was the "best" choice for VP on the Republican ticket?

As an undecided voter I sense that while Mccain's continued support of her is admirable, It doesn't come across as being sincere.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 7:51 pm ET

i dont think spreading the wealth is a bad thing, People need to have money to spend in these small business, from the gound up, not the other way around. Look how far that has gotten us   October 22nd, 2008 7:53 pm ET


Bras, Girdles and McPalin are out!

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 7:54 pm ET

Tired of Palin twisting the words of others to suit her. She is truly a republican. Just plain tired of her altogether. She's made a joke of this election. America will go down in history for having a fool for a presidential candidate and a joker for VP in 2008. McCain/Palin. Obama all the way. At least he's for the people.

Kabeer   October 22nd, 2008 7:55 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a joke! The average hockey mom doesnt know how to get earmarks. The average hockey mom doesnt have one of the biggest homes in Wasilla. The average Hockey mom doesnt need to spend $150,000 on clothes. The average hockey mom is looking for the ways to save money on clote and other things that will keep her house running. Why dont people just get it that the McCain/Palin ticket isnt for the average person. They are for the people who are comfortable with everything going on right now. McCain not mentioning the middle class is not by chance. The middle class is not part of his agenda. I think when we look back at this election from a far, we will see how much of a joke it really was. McCain/Palin was a joke from the beginning.

McCain says he has been tested? Not as a national leader with hundreds of millions of peoples lives at stake. With McCain in office the world will continue to look at the USA as idiots, we will continue to lose friends and gain enemies.   October 22nd, 2008 7:56 pm ET

The poor judgement of McCain picking Palin just confirms that neither McCain or Palin is qualified or fit to be President. (period) It's almost unbelievable. . . . .

Northport, NY

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 7:56 pm ET

To Mike Jacobs
Obama has the knowledge, and that's all I'll say. Palin is a joke. McCain is the fool for choosing Palin. What is this election, a circus.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 7:58 pm ET

Clothing allowance is not the issue.

The issue is the message its sends to the common Americans who exceed 200Million of the population in the USA. Tell me one of these people who could not feed a family of 5 for 10 years on what she has just spent on clothing. Was her old clothing as Governor not acceptable to the GOP and the RICH. Standing beside McCains wife who spend the same on one dress.

This is a slap in the face to the Joe the plumber my FRIENDS. He could have bought the business for less then that.

The issue here is Rich getting Richer and knowing the right people not being of the true working class of America that spans from poverty to middle class workers.

The Barbie doll is now a fashion model. When I saw her wearing the red leather jacket on the interview on CNN I knew a smart person would ask the right question.

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 7:59 pm ET

To Ingo
You're right, McCain chose Palin for the wrong reasons and he now realizes that his "woman" choice didn't work. He claim, country first, what the hell was he thinking when he chose her to possibly have to replace him as president of the United States? Was that country firt? I don't think so. Well his strategy bit him in the ass.

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 8:01 pm ET

To Leonard
Right, when are the republican going to finally admit that Palin is NOT qualified. I think she go back to coaching hockey or maybe she should pass her time by trying to find Russia.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:04 pm ET

Mike, do you honestly think this is about clothing and putting someone down or calling them on their behavior. The truth is that actions speak louder then words. In Sarah’s case her words and intellect seems to be lacking in common sense. Even I would know better then to slap Joe the plumber in the face as she is. Imagine yourself trying to get a leg up in this world and her jumping on your head by taking hard earned money to look like a fashion model.

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 8:04 pm ET

To Justice
When will she ever get to the heart of this election. What about the economy and the war. I never hear her speak of any of this. McCain must have put lipstick on his pitt bull. All she does is trash the democratic party and the government. I wonder, if McCain hadn't been as foolish as he was to chose her for the VP spot would she now be still trying to make Alaska seperate from the US?

masha   October 22nd, 2008 8:08 pm ET

people who are giving negative comments here are just jealous of sarah palin just because she is a beautiful intelligent, well experienced, ready for a high office who happens to love her family. Of course, she should present herself well everytime because she represents her country all over the world. We thought these people posting negative comments about mccain palin ticket wanted to talk about the real issues? My friends said who cares about the clothes or make up she wears?
My friends said why not talk about the fraud? And they said going to hawaii is another political strategy to show off some pictures.

Luis - Connecticut   October 22nd, 2008 8:11 pm ET

Sarah Palin statements have damage the Republican Party once again. But before I get into this topic I would like to express my concern for the Republican Party (RNC) look alike behavior as the AIG wasteful spending. The (RNC) are now stating that they could not comment about the $150 thousand dollars that were spent on Sarah Palin's clothing and beauty supplies. This amount was spent out of the Tax payers money in a 2 month period. Let me get this right. The McCain campaign hits on Sen. Obama for the redistribution of wealth and calls him a Socialist. Well, may I remind you that Sen. McCain was for the tax hike for the wealthy when he was running against G.W. Bush Jr in 2000. To call him a Flip Flop is totally wrong in my part, so I will call McCain erratic.

Back to Sarah Palin and her statements. She was interviewed recently and the interviewer asked her "What is the role of the V.P?" Her answer to this question was so ignorant that it made me wonder if she was paying attention during her Civic Class in High School. She stated "The role of the V.P. is to be in CHARGE of the Senate". This is really upsetting. As an American and one who could honestly say that I am not equipped with the knowledge to preside over any nation can say that it is Sad to know that a potential candidate does not know the Constitution of the United States of America. Any human being that does not question her motivation to try to control the Senate like Dick Chenney must look inside of them before casting a vote for the Republican Ticket. The Constitution of the United States of America is very clear. The V.P. does not implement policy, the job of the V.P is to cast a vote only in case of a Senate Tie, and to take the job of the President in case of an extreme emergency such as Death. THAT IS IT! Any one that tries to change the Constitution in that shameless manner should be ashamed of themselves. The Constitution was created so that cronies like Sarah Palin do not empower themselves as Dictators. Then again one must realize that a Dictator was born in December when Directive 51 was signed by President Bush! Shame, shame, shame!

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:12 pm ET

Mike the Voter fraud you refer about is GOP trying to discredit the working class, elderly and new voters. The systematic efforts of the GOP to suppress new voters who the majority seems to be Democratic or independent… Yeah there is and effort to create a voting system that will benefit the GOP and try and keep the GOP in a majority in key states. Example is how the republican and the Senators of Texas were taken to court for election manipulation and reorganizing the system in Texas to control the power there but is there voter fraud. Only when it benefits the Democrats and threatens the republicans not the other way around like oh lets say Bush getting elected.

Barbara Bennett   October 22nd, 2008 8:13 pm ET

Back to those AIG executives who seem to have gotten away with the over-excessive spending junk-it to the tune of $440,000. What message are we sending to our young working people of this country? They EACH should be FINED FIVE TIMES the amount of the entire bill, freeze their assets until they do 2 years of community service in middle class america. This may not effect them as much as us who are stuggling right now, especially single mom's who's are trying to raise our children with good moral values. It may even restore the policy that crime doesn't pay, and bring back the work & reward values which have disappeared along with doing the right thing!

Barbara Bennett
Laguna Niguel, CA

Marvin Powell   October 22nd, 2008 8:14 pm ET

I am an Independent, 22 yr. old college student in North Carolina, and I'm wondering why is there so little media coverage over the fact that the potential "first dude," Todd Palin was part of the Alaskan Independence Party until 2002 when Gov. Palin ran for Lt. Gov. I am also wondering how could Sarah Palin begin to make remarks about Obama being un-American if her husband was part of a seccionist party? Isn't it a little strange now that election season is nearing a close and the McCain camp is behind in the polls that she would make such comments knowing her husbands past?

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 8:16 pm ET

omg that is rediculous, there are plenty of beautiful inteligent women who do not like sarah palin. He hateful speaches and devicive nature is what i dont like about her. Some people need to grow up and talk about issues and not playground nonsense

curious   October 22nd, 2008 8:17 pm ET

yeah like mickey mouse

Sue the teachers aide   October 22nd, 2008 8:17 pm ET

I am so turned off by the fact that my husband and I who work hard, and own our home, while supporting of our four children under age eight, also going to school full time, living well below the poverty level is being looked at by the McCain campaign as Americans that don't count. Under Obama's Tax plan we would get a well deserved cut. I work for the school district in my city and make a little more than ten thousand $ a year!!!! Still I love my job. It seems there is this misconception that people who are poor do not work hard, and we both do just that. When I graduate, I have this terrific country to pay back (for government grants) through my public service, and contribution to help others who are less fortunate get a piece of the pie, because I believe that real Americans lift each other up and stand strong together. McCain and Palin seem to think because I do not own my own business that I do not count.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:21 pm ET

Lulu, I do not want to be to negative but if she is such a great canidate, have her do unscripted interviews where she has to think and give valid answer on the spot. To date I do not feel she has been able to do so and there for I have to discount her ability to do so.

I do not consider someone who falter a bit and then recovers even if its later but not to be put on the spot and not being allowed to be put on the spot just tells me I can not trust her of she had to be president and no matter how much people want to push that issue aside I can not. McCain is not a spring chicken and I would imagine if you tired to get life insurance on him you would be denied as well if he tried to get a new health care plan he would be denied.

Just my thoughts on the two.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 8:22 pm ET

i have heard that there are some new and very interesting story about MCcain ties to voter fraud. It was spelled out on msnbc last night, actual voter fraud. look it up, in case you where wondering why McCain stopped the acorn talk, that is why

Evelyn S.   October 22nd, 2008 8:25 pm ET

Every women likes to look good and by her being a public figure she should have had the clothing to be presentable anyway. Besides there are more serious issues that need addressing right now like the economy and jobs. I believe that Gov. Palin needs to stop all of theses petty comments.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:31 pm ET

Let’s consider that the ACORN organization helped people in poverty get jobs. Were some doing things wrong, yes they were and the organization at ACORN filtered those out as best they could. One of many organizations that try and get voters out to the polls legally.

My twist on the ACORN issues are that the GOP has as they did with Joe the plumber. Planted people to try and ensure the working class, new voters of America and the elderly who need help registering would be blocks because most are Democrats. The tactic ties up voter registration in state like Ohio and Nevada where the turn out for new Democrats will change the state from Red to Blue.

Thus to cry wolf allows the republicans to maintain control as they did in Florida when Bush stole the election over having thousand of votes thrown out as they did in Ohio as well. Facts are republicans went to jail over it so who is creating this problem????

Consider the GOP and republicans; they stole more then one election this way.

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 8:31 pm ET

Larry,Good evening.Just a few comments.Sarah Palin has her own agenda & it doesn't include John McCain...2012.John Mccain is tried,but not true..check his record in the senate & you will see he is for BIG BUSINESS not JOE THE PLUMMER.With Sarah Palin,you either love her or hate her...oh,wait...HATE seems to be the word she she incites @ her rallies.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 8:34 pm ET

there is a story on cnn home page about a guy who was convicted of voter tampering on behalf of the gop. He is now telling his story and it is dispicable what has been done . I am glad that he is telling people the truth. If is also very sad what can be done when you have to much desire to win, i shutter to think what we dont know about, or what might be done this time around

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 8:35 pm ET

To Mike Jacobs in Mesa,Az.,You need to go back to school & learn proper english.Oh,and by the way,while you are in english class,LEARN TO SPELL!!!!

linda   October 22nd, 2008 8:35 pm ET

Will someone tell Campbell Brown we are not interested in her assessment. Look they not only paid for Sarah Palins clothes , BUT HEAR THIS CAMPBELL, THE KIDS CLOTHES TOO, the younger daughter in one of her campagianing was carrying a Louis Vuitton bag, NOW IS THAT MAKING SARAH LOOK PRESENTABLE TO THE PUBLIC, sometimes you need to check all the facts and just SHUT UP.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:39 pm ET

How about McCain, has anyone noticed how he is getting confused on his messages and answers of late.

He tried to put down a badly stated comment of one of the Democrats who made a comment about racism in PA. McCain agreed with him. Then did not then did but as I listened I could not even be sure he actually had a clue of what he meant.

During an interview with CNN, McCain did the same thing. He became very confused and could not make a coherent argument on Obama and taxes.

People: Sarah is one heart beat always and I am honesty scared she will be the president.

What is Palins current popularity rating in Alaska???? Does anyone have a clue. I think it just took another dive.

Andy F   October 22nd, 2008 8:41 pm ET

I agree with the angle of education for our candidates. Barak Obama is extremely well educated, as is Joe Biden. I don't have this feeling about McCain or Palin. Both are dedicated, but if I am to take a leap of faith that anyone can get us out of the mess we're in, I will take my chances with the Harvard graduate. The ability to see beyond the methods and beliefs of yesteryear are what I believe might be the right thing for this country. It's time to be proud of our country and our leaders again.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 8:42 pm ET

i saw that justice, i didnt laugh it scared me, one time he addressed the crowd as my fellow prisoners. God help us if these two get elected. Did sarah Palin give he med. records yet, and why not   October 22nd, 2008 8:44 pm ET


Can McCain replace Palin with a new VP choice this late in the campaign?

That's probrably the best move he could make!

At this point his credibility and judgement are worthless – he'll still lose the election because he doesn't have the will of the people behind him – like Obama does – or the intelligence to make important decision's which will affect the lives of the majority of voters.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:45 pm ET

Has Palin convinced you she has integrity, honesty, cares about the common folk and the working class of the lower 48. Her and her husband are separatist are they not? Do we really want her to be one heart beat away?

When people say she is the most popular governor… Does McCain mean she is a celebrity and that people like her or people just now know she exists?

Did you hear that in WV when people were voting for Obama the machines are changing it to McCain. They say its a calibration thing. I worked on Computers and yes it may be but I think to do so it would take a machine so far out it would have to be intentional.

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 8:47 pm ET

McCain was interviewed by Wolfe Blitzer today & failed to answer several questions asked of him...of course going off on Obama with his negative usual.He seems to think he has been tested,wrong!I can tell you that i certainly don't want McCain,with his temper,answering that in the white house..He & Palin should scare the heck out of all Americans.

lorraine - washington state   October 22nd, 2008 8:47 pm ET

What do clothes REALLY matter – what really matters is who people are on the INSIDE – we don't seem to see that very much!! Yes, Sarah is beautiful – yet the hate, prejudice and ignorance she spews out is appalling!! Yes, she is pro-life and parades her downs syndrome baby around as a prop – yet when the cameras are off and the lights go down – who is the real Sarah Palin?? Personally, I feel sorry for her – she is in way over her head – she made some really stupid decisions as governor of Alaska and got herself involved in ethics violations. I bet her ex brother-in-law was no saint, but she did abuse her power.

Actually, I wonder if the real Sarah Palin is scared – scared when she KNOWS she does not have the experience or knowledge to lead the greatest country in the world as vice president or president – if McCain were to be elected and God forbid something happened to him she would become president of the USA!! In her heart, she has to ask herself if she could really do that – she's stuck where she is and the election is just 2 weeks away. As a Christian, I have been shocked and appalled at the hatred, prejudice and ignorance she has spewed out. Maybe she has not had the time to even think about all of this. She has a family that is hurting – her oldest son and daughter have been quite a challenge to her and the campaign has tried and been successful at covering it all up, and now she has this dear little one, Trig, who has downs syndrome. That is not easy – for all us moms, grandmas, greatgrandmas out there – we can look at this and say, honey, put your family FIRST!! She had a good life in Alaska and maybe she would really like to go back there. She has to really search her own heart – if she makes that decision to go back, there are many people there in Alaska who would welcome her and be delighted that she is back – I talked to a person in Alaska that told me they really love their Governor Sarah and would love to have her back.

. Our second oldest granddaughter is autistic and trying so hard to reach out to us from her world. She will never be able to marry, have a family or a job that even pays more than minimum wage – if she is lucky!!!! Trig will be the same – God bless him – hope they can do a tremendous amount of work with him – these days they are constantly trying to do better to help these forgotten ones – our granddaughter has just been put on medication that has been seeming to work better – I asked her what she wanted for Christmas – at 18, all she wants is chocolate and gummi bears. We need to look out for our disabled, senior citizens, veterans and the youth of America – none of us has been mentioned much in this election – yet we are out there and DO matter. God bless America and all of you!!

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:47 pm ET

I think she is slowly giving poison to McCain. He is slipping and maybe too soon.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:48 pm ET

sarah that is.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 8:49 pm ET

palin faverability has gone down in alaska from 80% to like 60% last time i heard, guess they didnt know that much about her either

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 22nd, 2008 8:50 pm ET

I think the best think that McCain could do to win at this point in the race is to ask his good friend President Bush to endorse Omaba.

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 8:51 pm ET

Larry,Senator Ted Stevens should go to jail for what he did & he can take that Palin chick,who also broke Alaskan law,with him.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 8:53 pm ET


Your are so on the money about Lou Dobbs the man is so biased. He is full of it. It's all because Obama criticized him a while back and since he has always attacked him. Have you noticed he only reads the emails that are positive towards his show. I have written so many negative emails and know so many viewers that have the same feeling. He is republican under the cover of an independent. Even when he was announcing the polls tonight he mentioned the ones that shows the two candidates are in a much narrower race

L Matte   October 22nd, 2008 8:54 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I have found myself looking for a job. My wardrobe is out dated and needs financial assistance. Wonder if the McCain folks would consider donating a couple HUNDRED dollars to help me out?

Joseph from the World Series TAMPA   October 22nd, 2008 8:54 pm ET

Good evening Larry from World Series, TAMPA FLORIDA!

Quick note: I actually feel bad for Sarah Palin. She lacks the intelligence, depth, and understanding to be Vice President of the United Sates. My sense is her entire life, she has been able to either smooth people over with her looks and personality. When that no longer became an option her true nature came out which is abuse of power and bull people over. That is not politics, that's Jack Welch and she lacks lights years of education and experience before she is even near his level.

Unfornately, the America public are having real hard issues; loosing their careers, their homes, and their childrens future. The American people need straight answers and for the canidates to appear as frequently as possibly on Larry King and CNN for unbaised reporting. The American people can handle the truth. What they cannot handle is more deflection or delay tatics from answering questions. Our parents, our children, and our loved ones deserve better. And with a future now more uncertain than ever, we need straight answers form our Polticians. NOW GO RAYS!!

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:54 pm ET

Lorraine, I don’t think clothing is an issue but the amount of money was.

If she did all her shopping at WalMart or JC Pennys and spent $30,000 or so no one would even blink

Has anyone here ever spent that much on clothes in less then 10 years or many 20 years?

I use to buy 5 suits a years with all the little extras and never spent more then $10,000 a year for sure and probably not more then $5,000 a year.

So you tell me is $150,000 in a month to cover mmmm 2 months of campaign time

PS: Who cares what Arnold S. Has to say about politics.

J Q Public   October 22nd, 2008 8:54 pm ET

Mc Palin, for a conservative she seemed very liberal, when it came to buying clothes. I don't think anyone expected her to buy off the rack, but the fact that she chose designer outfits at about $5,000 – $6,000 apiece just shows that she's really not all that conservative.
Like many politicians she's in it for the perks.
And yes I listened to Cambell Brown speak on this subject. but I don't agree with her. She talked about Obama's $1500 suits. Well at that rate Mc Palin could have had 3 or 4 very nice outfits Tailor made.
It isn't a big issue, it's just another reason why McPalin was a poor choice.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 8:56 pm ET

Thanks Angel. I suspect it might drop more. Wonder if her visit at the end of the week will leave her in jail there for abuse of power. 🙂

One can only hope. I think McCain might try and have her put away as an excuse to take her off the ticket.

Andy Johnson   October 22nd, 2008 8:57 pm ET

Could Lou Dobbs have possibly done this?

At the Values Voter Summit this weekend, vendors sold an item called “Obama Waffles” featuring a racist cartoon of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) on the box front — with “popping eyes and big, thick lips” — and another image of him wearing an Arab-like headdress on its top flap. Its creators, Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, said it was meant as “political satire,” and sold the box for $10 from a booth at the Family Research Council event. CNN’s Lou Dobbs stopped by the booth and exclaimed, “My wife will love this!” A photo shows Dobbs with a box of the mix in his hand.

carol   October 22nd, 2008 8:57 pm ET

Does McCain not read his own rhetoric? He decries and demeans Obama regarding being 'tested', yet has chosen a running mate who might well end up in a position of being tested herself – with far less promising results. John, John, how can you expect us to take your statements seriously when your own choice only demonstrates that you don't take them seriously, or worse, that you believe version of reality only applies to the opposition.

Vivian   October 22nd, 2008 9:00 pm ET

Absentee Vote –
In a change of subject matter....I'm an American citizen living abroad. this is my 2nd election voting absentee. When does the Election Board count them – as they feed in? I heard that absentee votes are not counted...

P KENDLE   October 22nd, 2008 9:00 pm ET


Sue   October 22nd, 2008 9:01 pm ET

If Sarah Palin didn't have the proper wardrobe for the job, I don't have a problem with them springing for new clothes. But, $150,000 worth of shopping at stores like Neiman-Marcus seems elitist to me. Of course, $150,000 wouldn't cover accessories for Cindy McCain (remember her pricey outfit a few weeks ago?). Proof positive the McCain's have no clue what the real world is like.
Here are the questions: McCain's been complaining all week about how his campaign doesn't have the funds that the Dems. have, so why did they blow that much money on her clothes? How much has been spent on his clothing from campaign funds? How come Cindy couldn't dip in her rather deep pockets and spring for the clothing? That money would have caught up the mortgage payments for many American families, but maybe that would have been 'spreading the wealth around' and we wouldn't want them to share!   October 22nd, 2008 9:01 pm ET



Republicans are very, very, very SPLIT over PALIN and McCain!

Smart republicans of which there are many will distance themselves from this campaign...

Linda from Chicago   October 22nd, 2008 9:01 pm ET

McCain keeps saying he's been tested–in exactly what way? I know he was a POW, but I don't think that's the same as handling the issues a president of the US will face.

MrZinFL   October 22nd, 2008 9:02 pm ET


I don't think that America wants buy another GOP 'product'. Lable it worse than 'made in China"

Sure, this does matter and just goes to show how clueless they are to the plight of real Americans.

That display of wealth could have saved one person's home.

I was open to hear JM's message but they've lost me!

mikki fink   October 22nd, 2008 9:02 pm ET

how about michele obama room service bill of$444.63 in the waldorf astoria oct 15 suite 29m–lobster, champagne, caviar
how many times does she order like that–at least palins wardrobe will go to charity

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:02 pm ET

Palin shopping spree should not be an issue but it is important to show that spending $150,000 is an outrageous amount to spend in a matter of few months . Campbell mentioned that women get scrutinized for the way they look, true but you can look great with a lot less. If she was a good candidate maybe they didn't have to spend so much to distract their supporters with her clothing.

Ahmed-the-realist   October 22nd, 2008 9:04 pm ET

Hi Larry, what I find fascinating is that the Mccain-Palin camp a while back tried painting Senator Barack Obama as an elitist while trying to make Sarah Palin as the reformer/fiscal conservative/Maverick etc. I just saw a picture of Senator Obama's shoes and they had holes in them while Palin is hereby going on a shopping spree in the upwards of $150K. So my question is who is the real elitist here, the real britney spears/paris hilton? Also, as for the Socialism claim and the whole spreading the wealth, isn't Sarah Palin doing the same thing in Alaska by taxing the oil companies and then sending checks to Alaskans? Isn't that Socialism?? Thanks Larry.

john w   October 22nd, 2008 9:04 pm ET

it doesnt surprise me that paylin has spent all this money. i bet all these joe six packs and soccer mom's wish they could waste this sort of money. she is the governor of alaska didnt she already have clothes to wear? but of course that wouldnt have mattered early voting has already started and my vote certainly go for the mccain campaign.


Bob Bullington   October 22nd, 2008 9:04 pm ET

Larry, I'm more concerned about the Alaskan taxpayer money that has been spent on Gov. Palin's children to travel with her as governor of the state. If the republican party wishes to spend $150,000 on her clothing, etc. I couldn't care less.

Chip Russell   October 22nd, 2008 9:05 pm ET

The wardrobe complaint is so lame. Get to the real issues, but perhaps you believe that the American people are not able to handle the real issues.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm ET

mikki that was proved to be a false story, she didnt even stay at the waldorf and they had to retract the story

Sue   October 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Is Sarah Palin unAmerican because she doesn't wear a flag pin?

suneet sikka   October 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Should she not be known as Sara Joe Palin? She is clueless about the VP position.

Jatovi, NC   October 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Why could she not pay for her clothes herself? Or better yet, Mr 9 home McCain?

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Re. the Republican calling Michelle Obama an elitist for having a dressmaker. Now we all know that no Republican woman on earth ever in the history of the planet had a dress made. But Larry, if you could ask, had a Republican woman had a dress made, would that mean Republicans are elitist?

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm ET

Alaska allows the deductions... nothing wrong there.
Regarding clothing .... breaking news.... seems this week we just have clothing being paid by the RNC.

Why can't She Pay?   October 22nd, 2008 9:07 pm ET

Hi Larry, Why can't Sarah pay for her own travel expenses. She should also be paying for her own clothing, that's just my opinion, please share your thoughts.

Warmest Regards,

Mark from Billerica, Mass.

robyn johnson   October 22nd, 2008 9:07 pm ET

i have a question since she travels with her kids what happens if she goes to the white house the vice president travels alot and in not so safe parts what is she going to do. say sorry can;t go without my kids?

Kenisha from Florida   October 22nd, 2008 9:07 pm ET

I contributed money to the Republican party, I didn't intend to pay for Palins Clothes! Thanks I'm voting for Obama tomorrow!

Beth   October 22nd, 2008 9:07 pm ET


How come all Republican woman on your show are so ugly?

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:08 pm ET

That's twice Red has played the elitist card. Please, please, please ask!

Myra   October 22nd, 2008 9:08 pm ET

Why can't Cindy McCain with all her money GIFT Palin and her family all the clothes if she did.t have the right clothes?

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 9:08 pm ET

Talking of Money, why is there no backlash of the record amount of cash the Obama campaign is using/raising. At least Palin's clothes can be auctioned for charity. Obama's money used on blasting the airwaves is gone forever.

bridgett jones-short   October 22nd, 2008 9:08 pm ET

as it relates to wardrobe....does it mean you are not patriotic if you don't wear an american flag lapel pin on the final night of the debate? i'm just asking, will you pass the question on to senator mccain.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:08 pm ET


Why is Georgette on your show, they are a lot better republicans guest.
It is amazing if Joe Biden didn't explain what the job of a VP is, they would have destroyed him

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:08 pm ET

I was so afraid Larry would get dull without Michelle Bachman, but the Cat Lady is a definite contender for her chair.

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Larry,Stephanie is right,smart women,who are not elitist as the redhead suggests,will not support Sarah Palin for anything.Most smart women in America are way out ahead of Palin!!

DON   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET



Jamie   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

How is it that now Republicans are saying that any mother would want their kids with them in regards to her misuse of Alaskan taxpayer funds? So, now it's ok to use her sex as a benefit? How is it that we've never heard these types of excuses for any male? This just goes to show, how Republicans will spin everything in their benefit even if it goes against their prior beliefs and statements

Jamie, Illinois

Brad   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Would the panel discuss Campbell Brown's observation on the sexist double standard related to appearance and women, especially in the election.

Melinda from California   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Larry- Why don't we focus on the achievements of the political candidates. I am talking about Education and Service. Where did they go to school? I know where they shop. I should not have to search for the should be what the media speaks about. AWARDS, SERVICE, MERIT...not their shopping bills!

Bushdrools   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

She can take her kids. She should pay for them herself.

When I attend conferences with my husband, only his expenses get reimbursed.

She is an unethical slag!

MrZinFL   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

She does where a flag pin except that it looks like it's made from daimonds. Republican values in a nutshell!

Why can't Sarah Pay?   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Hi Larry, why can't Sarah pay her own family expenses, and why can't she pay for her own clothes? We are heading for a depression, and her acts simply aren't following the "joe six pack" tradition the McCain and Palin campaign are trying to sell.

Warmest Regards,

Mark from Billerica, Mass.

Sarah   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Do you think the educational differences between the candidates are relevant? Obama and Biden both with doctorates and McCain and Palin with Bachelor's? I think this demonstrates their value of education and desire to learn more.

John Crane   October 22nd, 2008 9:09 pm ET

Who is the President of the Senate? And, is not the person who is the President of the Senate resides over the Senate if they wish?

TC   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Question for the panel:

If it's such a big deal that the RNC spent $150k on clothes for Palin, shouldn't it be just as big a deal that the Obama campaign has spent $400,000+ on food? Would we rather Palin go out there in her sweats and headband? Isn't this all a bit trivial?

Sheikh   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

What do you think about CNN's Campbell Brown saying that it is okay for Sarah Palin to spend $150K per month on a new wardrobe because women have to dress for success but on the other hand our first African-American President should take a picture because it would cost taxpayers a few thousand dollars to place his portrait in history?

Ricky   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Do you think there will be a backlash from either of the candidate's supporters in the event of a close race?

Suneet Talpade   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Sarah Palin stated that she is the head of the US Senate....isn't that completely wrong. All she can do is vote when there is a tie. How does that make her in charge of the US Senate?

Daniel   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Why did the CNN interview of Palin misquote, saying a conservative magazine called Palin stupid, unqualified, or ????

Gerianne Wettstein   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Hi Larry, Great show. Any speculation as to what type of wardrobe Ms. Palin will need when she "gets in there" with those senator types??
Leather comes to mind:) Peace, Go Obama.

Manjusha   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

The female siding with Sarah Palin represents Sarah'slevel of intellect. If Sarah Palin represents the true America, then I must say it is pretty scary America.

Kevin   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

McCain said he would cut wasteful spending. How about cutting Palin's wardrobe wasteful spending: 150,000? He cannot do it now and manage his own campaign. How is he going to manage the financial crisis?

Tim Woodall   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Has anybody disclosed the cost Obama's, Biden's, wardrobe?

chris   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Campbell Brown said earlier this evening that she thought it was OK for Palin's clothes to be paid for since females are more closely scrutinized and need to look their best; during the campaign; she also mentioned Hillary Clinton, but she did not mention, however, if Clinton's clothes were paid for or whether it is common for other female candidates to have their wardrobes paid for by the national committees; is this practice common for all female candidates or is Palin the exception? If so, why?

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Except, Jane, everybody who donated to Obama knew he was gonna be blasting the airwaves. I'm not sure Republican donors knew they were ponying up for Sarah's new duds.

scott   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET



Monica   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET


Since when is being "intelligent" considered being "elitist". Since when should americans celebrate "ignorance". If we keep this up, our children will be the most "ignorant" in this world

Lacey   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Mosbacher is as silly as the candidate she supports. I was ready to vote for John McCain until he picked Sarah Palin. As a military widow, I could not risk having Sarah Palin as commander in chief. Actually, I still don't know whether she is capable enough to park my car.

Nick   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I thought an election was supposed to discuss issues relevant to the American people. When will the media devote more time to the issues and less to Sarah Palin and her waredrobe?
Nick, London, Ontario, Canada

FANNIE   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET


OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!!!

Michael   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Are you serious? That is truly shocking? A Vice Presidential candidate who does not know what the Vice President actually does???
Is this Saturday Night Live? Was that Tina Fey??? I is offensive but feels totally hilarious!! She is NOT QUALIFIED!!!! AT ALL!!!!


Kelly   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET







Using all caps is considered yelling!


Jamie   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

By the way Larry, I love Stephanie!!! Please give her my love

Alan   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Larry, seriously, who the hell cares about this? With all the money both candidates spend on flying all over the country, I suspect the $150K is a mere drop in the bucket. Cut the crap and start talking about real issues, like who the hell is going to fix the economy, deal with the war and address the terrorist threats facing this nation. No one gives two cents about Sarah's wardrobe. You are grasping at straws and wasting everyone's time.

Sean Vaandering   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Considering the USA has over 280 million people, in the big picture, is $150,000 for clothes for a VP candidate really that much of an impact? Let's put this inperspective, a $700,000,000,000 legislative bill was recently passed and were talking about $150,000? A drop in the bucket considering the issues the country is facing – let's get back on track and talk about the economy again.

T. Thomas   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

The information provided by Georgette Mosbacher regarding Michelle Obama's wardrobe was incorrect. Also, why was Michelle Obama brought into the conversation when you asked a question about Sarah Palin's wardrobe? The Obama campaign isn't using the money they have raised to provide clothes, shoes, make-up, and hair stylists for the Obama family so the comparison to the Obama family was not relevant.

marie   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

If Hilary had run as obama's vp would we be doing the same thing ? How much has obama spent on his clothing? Or how about MCain is this all b/c she is a woman.

Lori   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

If Ms Palin is a hockey mom and just like us, why are her children running around with her and NOT in SCHOOL???

Karen   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I understand Mrs. Palin kept the funds for the bridge that didn't get built, also that she gives the money back to the people of Alaska. Is anyone besides me in the lower 48 curious to know if we paid for the refunds given?

Martin Raft   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

If the vice president is in charge of the senate, why is it that the only time V.P. Cheney has appreared at the senate is when a tie-breaking vote is needed or on ceremonial times such as when the state of the union address is given.

Laurel   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

"Plain Talk"???? Is this a new euphemism for "just plan wrong"??

-Laurel; Oakland, CA

Mark   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I'd like to know how McCain can continue to support someone who has no idea what a VP's role is within the government, How can he?. It's a joke and it's also very worrying, does she even know what the role of the President is? I have a hard time accepting that anyone could trust her with the keys to the country should something happen to McCain.

Steve Coffel   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

I only have the following question, after Mccain & Palin lose the race to the White House, does the Gov. get to keep the clothes?

Steve the Painter
Independence, Mo.

Kevin   October 22nd, 2008 9:10 pm ET

Dear Larry and guests,
Why is it that everytime you bring up actions of John Mccain or Sarah Palin every Republican immediately gets defensive? I feel as if every republican is auditioning for a position as the next Rush Limbaugh they/re becoming so sensitive.

Sue   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Sorry. All I've seen is a Polar Bear pin.

Richard R   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I'm sorry to disabuse the nice Republican representative on your show tonight, but many Alaskans question Governor Palin's dipping into the public till to finance family expenses while living at home and to take her kids on paid vacations.

Gary   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET


St. Louis has been abuzz for several weeks now about the Palin shopping spree at Plaza Frontenac. While Sarah was being fitted with a new wardrobe at Neiman Marcus, her husband Todd Palin was at the other end of the mall at Saks Fifth Avenue getting suited up in a new wardrobe as well. Wonder who paid for that shopping excursion???

Beth   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

If any of you travel for work, do the place of your work pays for your children to travel with you? Mine sure doesn't.

Raj Bhandari   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

My question is :
We saw Gov.Palin in SNL. Is there any way we could see Gov.Palin soon in "Are you smarter than a third grader?". I bet she can answer a single question?

jf   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

i think they should have spent less money on clothes and more money some more ignorant robo calls..

Sarah (no relation)   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

How do criticisms of Sarah Palin compare to those of VP choice, Dan Quayle, 20 years ago?

Jonathan   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Did McCain choose Palin because he felt like she was would be a better President (if McCain's spot became available) when compared to her GOP peers... Or did he pick her because he wanted to win the Presidency?

nick   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

do you thing that Sahara Palin could be president if John McCain Is unable to?

Bryan   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

How did Levi Johnston get a job on the slope, quitting high school? Everyone, QUALIFIED most ,would take that job from a company not hoiring. Does Palin Owe the OIL COMPANIES a FAVOR?

James   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Why does this stephanie on this show so jealous for Sarah Palin ?

Chris   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Would it be possible for the Repblican representitve to answer a question without using the word "Elitiest"? Honestly, I could train a parrot to give a republican answer because they are all code words and talking points and don;t require any thought to compose.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Why are all the republicans questioning how much Obama has raised?
I have donated to his campaign many times and that's how he got his money , many small donors like myself

Myra   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hockey Mom? NO – Opportunist? Yes! – Qualitified for Governor of Alaska? – If that is what Alaskaians want and need – Qualified to be VP or perhaps President? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!

Ronney   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

When are Sara Palin kids in school if they are always on the campaign trail.

Kate   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I am so embarrassed to think that Sarah Palin, even if she and John McCain lose this election, will become the "standard bearer" for women in American politics. Is she really the future face of the Republican Party? Please say no.

Julia Massaro   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I'm in 11th grade and we're learning about the executive powers right now in class and I'm pretty sure my teacher was right when he said the vice president isn't in control of the Senate. What else doesn't Sarah Palin know?

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry ... after Drew Griffin sandbagged Governor Paling with his lie... don't you think CNN owes someone an apology.

Matthew Modesitt   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Sarah Palin and John McCain have said Obama is a socialist. May I ask how is taxing my health care insurance that my employer kicks in and providing it to the rest of America for a $5,000 tax credit to get health insurance not socialist? Why wouldn't they get taxed on the $5,000 tax credit?

Kyle in Mobile AL   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I don't understand how everything is suddenly and apparently "elitist". Going to a private tailor to get a custom made and proper fitting attire for $58 is "elite"? Knowing how the government works is "elite"? What ISN'T "elitist" now? And since is being "elite" a bad thing?

Steve Perzan -Philadelphia.,PA   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

So some of you still think Obama is a Muslim. Well guess what? Obama, also called a socialist by McCain-Palin, proposed a tax-plan calling for "spreading the wealth around," and this happens to be the most Christian of economic theories. Check it out in any bible with a New Testament in it. Read the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 4: 32-37. In that passage it calls for the followers of Jesus to "share the wealth around"" by selling their possessions and laying the money at the Apostles feet - in this way it would be given to anyone in need. So if you are an Evangelical bible reader and a faithful Bible Christian you should be jumping from the selfish non-Christain tax plan of John McCain who only wants the rich to build bigger barns to they can store up more of their money, while the middle class and poor end up with foreclosures!

laura berkey   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Question: do you think John McCain chose Sarah Palin to throw the election to the Democrats? Perhaps he is that bitter about the Republicans supporting W eight years ago instead of him.

Dev   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Dear Larry, would you be kind enough to ask Palin's crony about Palin's first dude role in Alaskan Independence Party and Palin's address for seccionist (sp?) group? Why isn't that a fair question? Also, she increased taxes on oil company and sent a check to all Alaskans. Isn't that socialism? Please Larry ask these tough questions.

Ed from Iowa   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Are you kidding me?? VP in charge of the Senate?? Does she or any one of your talking heads from the GOP understand that a VP is NOTHING but a figure head and presides over the Senate just to fill in the President on what's happening?? This is down right SCARY Larry!!

Nancy   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Sarah couldn't correctly answer a question from a third grader and the Republicans gave her the job of "attack dog?"

She is a drag on the ticket and need a "transformation."

Cindy   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

I do think Gov Palin is a drag on the ticket. I find her very annoying, as i do John McCain. All they do is rip on Obama/Biden. They repeat themselves constantly, they pick up one point and criticize it constantly–enough already! Give us some serious talk on the issues and what they are going to do to help us and for pete's sake STOP THE ROBOCALLS!!! I am sick of having to delete them from my answering machine!

Debra Wonderlin   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Sarah Palin continues to demonstrate how ill informed she is. When is she going to talk about the issues?

Ellen   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Georgette said that Maria Pinto designs for Sarah Palin. I thought Maria Pinto designed for Michelle Obama? Michelle's purple dress was a Maria Pinto design.

Gurender Sahani   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I am 1st generation immigrant, US citizen and independent. What I don't understand is that how come RNC, Mr. Cheney and their surrogate talk about modifying their Job profile and think citizen are ignorant. It is just unacceptable,

Edward Dreslinski   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

How can she get away with making speeches about womens' rights and empowerment when her own personal views and domestic policies completely contradict that and actually want to limit the amount of control a woman has over her own body?

mario lekovic   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Hey Larry I have a question for Georgette. I understand you are a conservative but will you ever admit when McCain or Palin do wrong; such as Palins answer on the role of the vice president?

Ankur   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

How can so many intelligent Americans look the other way at such bad and negative comments from Saan Palin and waste of Tax payers money for promoting Sarah Palin RNC?

Justin Bowser   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

i dont think she should be spending 150 thousand dollars on her clothes from tax payer money at all...could that be the reason why she cut special needs funding in alaska? so she can fund her shopping list instead?

James   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET


Is there anything that Sarah Palin has done wrong?

jackie from Texas   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Perhaps the VP does contact senators for various reason, but SHE said "IN CHARGE"....wrong wrong wrong... oy!

Laura   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

Larry, I would like to know how Sarah Palin can be anything because I dont think she really knows who she is or what her part is to do. She stands in front of everyone everyday and tells nothing but lies!!

Kevin   October 22nd, 2008 9:11 pm ET

McCain said he would cut wasteful spending. How about cutting Palin's wardrobe wasteful spending: 150,000? He cannot do it now and manage his own campaign. How is he going to manage the financial crisis??

Ricky   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

The ethics displayed by Sarah Palin...and for that matter, the Republican party disgusts me. $150,000 spent on clothing is atrocious. The Republican party has changed for the worst.

Tawonna   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I live in Little Rock...and I think its crazy that the cost of Sarah's clothes could be a $150,000 house!

Forrest - Olathe, Ks   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Georgette..............why are people like yourself STILL refusing to see and admit that Palin is clueless? All she is doing is being more "cheerleader" and "agitator" than really saying anything of subtance. What has REALLY said that isn't written for her to say?

LaQuita   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET


Why is it so diificult for conservatives to just admit that Palin was the wrong choice? Are they scared of the backlash, like what Buckley received when he endorsed Obama? And especially a woman conservative... don't you think you're setting women back 100 years by saying that a bumbling, fumbling fool like Palin is considered "qualified"?

Ahmed   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Hey Larry !!
I just wanna know did she ever read the US constitution ?

evan carnes   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I think the reason why the RNC dressed Sarah up was so she could match Cindy McCain! Both of them should be ashamed of themselves flaunting such disgusing displays of wealth when the economy and the middle class is in such serious trouble.

Bryan   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I'm unhappy with the representation on your show of Palin's comments about what the Vice President does. Two of the participants made fun of her statements, but they seemed to ignore the fact that the Vice President is the President of the Senate and holds the tie-breaking vote in the senate. Why was this not stated?!

Israel   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Why hasn't McCain or his supporters (such as who you have on tonight) been able to give straight answers to what should be easy questions of clarification? Is this the type of leadership we should come to expect if he should make the presidency?

Lauren   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

This is at least the third time that Sarah Palin has responded to the question of what a VP does, and she still gets it wrong! Has she even read the constitution? The fact that not only doesn't she get it even after all this campaigning, but wants to expand the role of the VP is downright scary. Haven't we learned enough from Cheney??

Fran   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

If I was a resident of Alaska, I would not be happy that my tax money was going to fly Palins family around with her. All of us working mom's would love to have our children with us when we are working, but in the "real" world that is not how it is.

James   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Stephanie is trash talker and I dont know why she comes on the show. She is totally biased in her thoughts.

Nick   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Im 17 a senior in high school, and i really think im smarter then Sarah Palin. What do you think her IQ is??

Greg   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Why hasn't someone pointed out that Sarah Palin believed that it was God's will when the terrorist bulldozed the Jews in Israel?????

What about her associations with wanting to remove Alaska from the the Union.

jason   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

i am from canada and have been following the race closely, I thinks Mccain lost the whitehouse when he chose palin

Jacques Anderson   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Mr. King, I have a question for your panel tonight since you're talking about Sarah Palin: how can she spend more in a month on clothes than most americans make in a YEAR and still think she can identify with "Joe Sixpack and "Joe the Plumber" and the rest of everyday americans?

Linda Graber   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I it's fine for Palin to have the state pay for her kids to go with her, is it then fine for all state governor's to have their family go with them anytime & have that state pay for it? I Think not. What is the difference whether it is a male or female?

Mimi from Philly   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

If Michelle Obama's wardrobe is elitist, what does that make Cindy McCain? Michelle Obama is spending her own money that she worked for, not someone else's money that she inherited. I'm amazed that the Obama's are called elitist, when they embody the American dream. coming from very humble beginnings, doing their homework, earning an education and a living.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I think it will be a very clothes race.

GILBERT MATTHEWS   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET


Mario Henry   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I don't understand how this lady can call herself a Maverick and a Reformer, question Obama's agenda where the media has dropped the ball by not really educating small town America about the Alaskan Independence Party! Amazing

Linda   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I understand why the RNC would want to help out a woman since there is a double standard with a woman's appearance meaning more than a man's - but my question why does it take $150K to make a former beauty queen and governor to look great? She's in her mid-40s, did she not have any decent clothes already? Did she only wear jeans and parkas in Alaska? Did she request only designer clothing? I think she could've been outfitted for $25K (or even less) and that other $125K could've been spent on advertising.

Rhonda   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

These republicans who defend Palin they should really quit. The may as well call it as they see it. She doesn't even know what the VP's job is.

Rodney Davidson   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Mr. King,

I watch your show religiously, however having Georgette on your show scares me. I wish today you had a radio talk show.

Love Your Biggest Canadian Fan,


watcher   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

VP DOES have influence in the Senate>>>

The Vice President of the United States is designated by the Constitution as the President of the Senate. The Vice President holds a tie breaking vote in the Senate

Rosemary   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

The Repupublicans were complaining about sexism regarding Sarah Palin but the spending big bucks to "doll her up" in designer clothes. Sounds sexist to me, kind of makes John Edward's $400 haircut chump change. Did they have a Saks or Nieman Marcus on Main St Wasilla???

Carole   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Does anyone know how much Hillary spent on her wardrobe when she was campaigning? – did she donate the clothes or take them, just like the drapes?
Does your panel know how much Michelle Obama spends – or are we not allowed to ask?
Just curious.

Virginia Hammon   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I'd like you to confirm that Georgette is saying that it does not matter to her whether the Vice President of the United States understands the Constitution and can speak accurately on its contents.

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Hats off to Georgette, what a beautiful lady with a great mind.

adam   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

if palin spends all this money to fly her kids here and there, and the republican argument is that "anyone could sympathize and want their family with them", then isnt that whole thing an argument against allowing mothers or peoples with families run for office?

Tanya   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Did I not read Obama has his children taken to school in Motorcade every day. Man with the price of gas and SUV's and driving all over and hiring the drivers-that costs more than Sarah spent during the whole campaign, kids clothes etc. I think it is great she did not show up in BLUE JEANS. I think driving the kids in a motorcade a bit showey and a waste of money. 1 car instead of 6 would have been sufficient. So we now know Obama's distribution of Joe's sweat. Extravigant family spending? I don't even know why anyone would want to live in a country handing out foodstamps instead of jobs like McCain would like.

Mesha   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Here's what I don't get, why is Palin failing at accurately answering questions that she's been given before? This will be the 2nd time she's incorrectly answered the question about the role of the VP. Did they not school her the first time she made-up an answer to this question?

Kenny   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Ms. Palin really gets under my skin, but I think the mainstream media needs to really highlighting these little trivial issues. The more that news programs and papers focus on these, the more the uneducated viewers think these are real, determining issues.

Lee   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

$21,000 to cart her kids around the country! Paid by taxpayers!
Give me a break! Whether or not Alaska has any laws regarding expense limits, the fact that Palin can take advantage of Alaska spending does not say much for how she intends on spending all of our money if she were to be voted in!


Wanda   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Who is the female siding with Palin. God help us all.. Gorgette, that's it. Again, God help us all if there's an upset and Palin becomes VP.

Mrs. Sutton   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I think that it is CRAZY for these Republican supporters to keep defending the outrageous comments made by Sarah Palin. Why can't they just admit this woman is ignorant and abuses every system she is a part of to the fullest. She is so unprofessional. Her record is being called out and that is what she does not understand. Additionally, she defends taking her children on unvited trips, but when the trip ends for her, and her daughter remains for 4 additional days, go figure.

suzanne   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

With all the talk about "socialism" and with SP implying and supporting other views that BO is a socialist, will anyone actually consider that there is a place for "socialist" thinking in any country? Canada has socialist principles and it is weathering this latest capitalist collapse much better than the US.

Will anyone dare rebut what SP is saying? Socialism is not a dirty word.

Rupesh Hari   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

As a foreigner living in the US, I am so enjoying this election prcess. What I find amazing is the quality of one of the VP candidate – Palin. Does she know what socialism means? Tax cuts have happened all the time. Does that mean that US has had socialist presidents and VPs before? Is she saying Bush is a socialist for bailing out the financial services which she agrees with. The thing is that capitalism to communism is a continuum and some people are more socialists that others but all these people's views are within the acceptable free market policies.

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

As bad as it is, we now have another Sarah Palin in our midst. Michele Bachmann. The same ideas, the same views and the same mouth that niether of them can keep shut. Did anyone see Michele Bachmann on Hardball. Claiming Obama may be anti-American. I think not. If anyone is anti-America it's Sarah Palin. Wanting Alaska to stand apart from America. And Palin's husband isn't any better. When will someone tell her to just stop talking.

Adam Gold   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

I wonder if Sarah is buying her husband clothes as well, the hockey dad? No matter how great McCain is, picking Sarah Palin and dressing her up to look cute and attract the American audition is just like what Bush did years ago dressing up the Iraq with mass destructions weapons to justify the war. both are wrong choices and Mccain proved his poor judgment and ability to lead America.

Charles E.   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Isn't it kind of self defeating to the feminist movement (which theoretically should be Sarah Palin's forte in terms of voting demographics) to say that we would want any woman to bring her kids on trips of political business? Wouldn't we want a father to be just as responsible for their kids? It seems to me that Palin is re-entrenching the idea that women belong with her kids at all times by bringing them around the country with her.

hyperbilly   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Gov Palin is obviously under-qualified though Sen McCain speaks to the contrary. With all the thousands of guests you've interviewed Larry, how are politicians able to make decisions they know, deep down, aren't in the best interest of the country?

greg   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Who is Gorgette anyway? If McCain's FIXED. America can't be that Dumb.

Yosh   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

Hey Larry

The whole country is now dumber for having heard Sarah Palin speak. It's no surprise that people overseas think Americans are stupid.

Beth   October 22nd, 2008 9:12 pm ET

How can you possibly make an issue out of the fact that the RNC spent $150 K on Palin's Wardrobe, when Obama spends at least $10 million a month on his campaign! Talk about a waste of money! Why doesn't he give his money to the poor directly, rather than waste it on the campaign? How much is spent on YOUR wardrobe, Larry?

And you make fun of Palin's vocabulary when Biden says that JOBS is a 3 letter word???

Lets be honest like Geraldine Ferraro, a member of your own party. If Obama was white, he wouldn't even be in the race.

Robert   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Why aren't more established Republican women in politics like Susan Collins, Christine Todd Whitman, or Kay Bailey Hutchinson coming to Sarah Palin's defense?

Brian in Tennessee   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I don't know what scares me more, the thought of Palin as VP, or the fact that some people defend and support her no matter what.

JJ   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

A question to the panel:

I'm sick of people saying that the economic meltdown gave Obama a big break. Don't to think that his rise in the pools has more to do with how he handled the crisis and the fact that he handedly won all 3 debates. After each debate I heard some analysts say McCain won the debate on points but that was a big disconnect with what I heard and saw.

Josephus   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I cannot understand what one of you panelits meant by Michelle Obama being an elitist by wearing a $56.00 dress from a designer who works by appointment only. It takes no more than 5-10mins to make an appointment to get a $56.00 dress done and way less then $15k. Did I miss the point that math that $56.00 + appointment time is way less than $15k?

Brian H   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

The snide little comparison earlier between Obama and Palin at Rays and Phillies events carefully ignores one thing: Sarah was scrupulously careful not to imply she was a fan of those teams specifically, but congratulated them on their underdog surprise achievements.

Obama implied he was a booster of each. Sort of like Biden was a hard coal worker, when it's doubtful he's actually ever seen a lump of coal.

ozzie vieira   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Whit $150.000 Sarah Palin could pay health insurance for at least 5 kinds that have sindrome and can't afford insurance.

kathy d   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

How about Michelle Obama ordering lobster, caviar and champagne from her hotel room while Barack attended the Alfred Smith dinner? Guess she's not too concerned about appearing to be thrifty in these trying economic times.

Tim   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I agree that Governor Palin has probably had a negative effect on John McCain in the eyes of many American voters. But switching gears just a little bit, has Joe Biden had a negative effect on Barack Obama with his recent comments about the Senator being tested by our enemies in the first six months? Just wanted to get your and the panelists input

faizel khan   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Does Palin know She is inciting racism and Division? The economy is in the worst condition and people need help, not Welfare.

Ruby Jones, Salinas CA   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

What is Palin's policy on education?

Jayanta Das   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Sarah plain – I say is a 'symbolism' for what half of america is. And are we not 50/50 here since 2000. We perhaps on the other side of the half – where we respect some sort of intellectual maturity and desire to become again respectful in the world. Can someone please explain how else we can make sure that we hand-off a secured, respectful and strong americ to our children!

Doug Young   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Hey Larry, just want to say you really handle bizness love your show, but about Sarah Palin what is her education? -She was a hockey mom got on the P.T.A and there found.

Kowlasar Misir   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET


I wondered if the governor's salary is not enough to pay for her own children's expenses. In the business environment, do you think CEOs should be allowed to use company's money to have their children and spouse travel with them?

Chris Hatcher   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I find it ironic that the McCain-Palin ticket is reframing Obama's economic and tax policies as a redistribution of wealth when the state of Alaska has been redistributing wealth for quite some time in the form of oil subsidy payments to its citizens.

Bushdrools   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

mikki fink – You should check your facts. That report was retracted the next day because the TRUTH is she did NOT even have a room at that hotel.

Ashwin Sundar   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Georgette –

Do you think that Sarah Palin could run a successful campaign in 2012 for President, considering the fact that she is negatively viewed by the majority of the population as a vice president?

Julie (from Detroit   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET


Please ask Georgette what about Obama and Michelle makes her continue to call them elitist. The definition of an elitist because they graduated from Ivy league schools which they paid for with student loans. How many of John McCain's kids paid for school with loans? and who is more elitist than Cindy McCain, with her $300,000.00 worth of clothes at the RNC.

neil robinson   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Larry One Question WHY Dose SARAH say our country first with energy when she sign a bill in june to sell the naturel gas from alaska to japan . What is wrong with the United States First...she lost my vote

Anthony   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

As an independent voter in the battleground State of Ohio, I have the following comment.

Sarah Palin has tried to tout herself as the Miss Joe Sixpack. However as a member of the middle class, I know of no one that is wearing 150,000 dollar outfits or spending that much on clothes. This speaks exactly to the point of hypocracy. Why couldnt she shop at Kohls or Macys?

Also on the subject of wealth redistribution. Adam Smith had the following comment:

The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. . . . The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. . . . It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.

~Adam Smith

anthony snyder   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

why is it that rich people hve to have gov money to buy them clothes when they have there own money to pay for them sarah palin should spend her own money not the tax payers

Hi from NY   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

As a professor from Europe , I have a question for Americans : do you really think that is right for kids in school age to travel in the political campaign and not going to school??? At their age is distructive not having a disipline and be in school and study with other students . I find it very irresponsable and immoral. In Europe the priority is EDUCATION,, not the ambiotion of the parents.

Joel   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

The wardrobe issue is significant, and in general, Palin is a drag, because she (and the wardrobe issue) exemplify the worst kind of rhetoric in the American political landscape: the "Joe 6-pack," "hockey mom," "vote for me because I remind you of yourself/your grandparents/your neighbor" line of thinking. Not only is it a terrible argument for why we should elect someone, but this wardrobe thing goes to show that it's all just a well-thought out facade.

Larry, it's past time we as a country awoke to the fact that we have elected positions so that we can fill them with the best among us – that was the intention of the authors of our Constitution (who Governor Palin would no doubt call "elitists;" last time I checked, they were the leading intellectuals of their day.

Sue Pittman   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

So, Larry – I await SOMEONE to discuss a reported $2 million payment from Freddie Mac to a Republican consulting firm (DCI) to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed Freddie & Fannie THREE years before their collapse.
According to the report I read, DCI spent a year trying unsuccessfully to get Bill Frist to bring a vote on this.
So,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,can you dig into this? \

Chris in Wisconsin   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Politicians that I've seen, male AND FEMALE, but their own clothing out of what they earn. Doesn't a Governor make enough money to buy decent clothing, etc. I'm sure Obama uses his own money for clothes.

McCain says he's been tested, but I don't recall him being a president, before, unless I'm missed something.

Cheryl   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

It is no wonder John McCain doesn't appear on your show. Every time the McCain supporter tries to answer a question you cut them off. Let the lady answer the question. You said that a 3rd grader had asked the question about what the Vice President does so Sarah asked it on a 3rd grade level.

Tonda J   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I have been following the campaign and I am constantly hearing about Barack Obama and Ayers but no one has said anything about Sara Palin's husband and his affiliation with the Alaska Independence Party. Why hasn't the media placed a spotlight on this?

Brian   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Hey, Larry

I was stuck in the middle of who I wanted to vote for. Then John McCain chooses Sarah Palin and I was unsure of his pick. Then later in the vise president debate she said she agreed with Chenys view of the vice presidents role and I switched to 100% Obama. I mean now this with her answering a 3rd graders question. As far as im concerned the constitution is very clear of the role of the vice president, im 18yrs old and even I know she’s wrong.

Sarah   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I work for the government and I am not allowed to take my child with me on business trips. I wouldn't ask to use the tax payers dollars that way! Georgette saying that people would want this mom to have her children with her – not while she's on business. If she wants to keep her family out of this, they should not be attending "official" buisness events.

Evelyn McElroy   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

i am one of those "average" voters who believes that it was ok to spend the money on Gov. Palin's wardrobe. If the media were to report everything that is questionable about Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary would have won the democratic nomination. And yes I have contributed to the republican campaign. Go McCain-Palin

Patrick   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Does the panel know what powers the VP really has? If so what are they?

GR   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Larry, you are a weiner. Of course, Sarah Palin understands the constitutional role of VP. And if you would listen, both she and McCain have outlined the role McCain wants her to play in his administration. Which, by the way, includes a similar role Obama wants Biden to play if elected – to ramrod his legislative program – which is very appropriate for a president to assign the VP. And you are still a phony, left wing, in-the-tank for Obama, liberal that I used to respect. You narcississtic phony!

P.S. Palin has more 'experience' (and better judgement) than Obama, if you would only admit it.

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Larry why do we have 2 people calling the Governor names and you don't pull them back to the question.

Nasir Ellis   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I think that it is impossible to pass judgement on and a candidate when you know nothing about them. Sarah Palin is not as bad if a candidate as media presents her to be.

Jatovi, NC   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Why does she say, "it is not negative campaigning to call into someone decisions and policies into question," but when someone calls Sarah Palin's decisions into question "we are bashing her?"

Sean   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I really don't understand how a sane person would be for Sarah Palin. The Mexican lady that cleans my house and hardly speaks English was able to name 3 newspapers right away! How can we put the control of the country who has won most Nobel prizes in hands of a woman who can not name one paper?!

Billye smith   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET


Why does the VP need to be very smart when McCain, when ask about running for VP, said the vps
only job was to get up each morning and check on the president and go to state funerals!!!

melissa   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET


Gordon   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Mr. King,

It is probably more telling that McCain/Palin raised Alaska taxes on oil used by the lower 48 in order to increase dividend checks to Alaskan residents. Did Alaska as a State purchase all mineral rights under the ground?

Can Kentucky and West Virginia own all of its coal? Or other such state mineral taxes?

elton nnamdi   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

how can someone represent the conservative party,and spend $150,000 in less than 2 months on the campaign trail,how much is going to spend in 4years in the white house

Robyn   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Oh my gosh,stop picking on Sarah Palin, there are 2 wars, a horrible mess and all you can do is try and pull Sarah Palin down so much she will feel insecure and the way you treat John McCain, I have grown to hate the Democrats and I was one for years but your favourable treatment of a first generation American that has planned this Presidency for every and we hardly really know that much about him and excuse him for all his transgressions but gosh don't be a woman or a hero, just be a novelty.
American you will regret voting for Barak, mark my words. Sad to say as he appears to be a great speaker.
People call me a witch as I always predict things and have been doing so for years and years and something will happen – if Barak is elected.

Yvette   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

I'm a MOM that is seating here wondering how to get my son home from college I she spends $150,000 FOR CLOTHES, MAKEUP, HAIR–FAMILY TRAVEL– I have Grandchildren I have not seen in 3 years Give the middle class mothers a break

Reg   October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET

Larry – Every Woman – Middle Class, Younger and Older – I know loves Gov. Palin. She is smart, she has run 2 successful political campaigns- how many Americans can say that- She is a wonderful, dedicated, Wife, Mother- a dozen jobs in itself – and a successful Mayor and Governor. Don't be fooled by the elite intelligentsia – in Middle America – We love her. I am a lifelong Democrat, and working Mother – and am votiing for McCain Palin. Media Gotcha Games – don't play well on Main Street and in the Kitchens and Living Rooms of Americans. Thanks Larry.

Donna   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Palin is this election's Dan Quayle. Georgette, get your VP facts straight. I am sick of all this stupidity.

Chad   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Seriously? I think the media speads way to much air time talking about pointless things like Sarah Palins wardrobe budget. With the economy over 500 billion in debt and millions of americans losing their jobs..give us something we actually care about, something that will help us make the best decision.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

"Why aren’t more established Republican women in politics like Susan Collins, Christine Todd Whitman, or Kay Bailey Hutchinson coming to Sarah Palin’s defense?"

Because they're jealous of her outfits.

Moose   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Just a question about the $56 suite that Michelle Obama wears.
Please tell the lady that said this comment that we all have $56 only suite and we are from hard working class that nothing to be ashame off.
Obama all the way

Warren   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a joke. The only reason McCain chose her was to redirect the disgruntled Hilary Clinton supporters to his side. She does not know what she is talking about half the time. Maybe that's the reason why the RNC is shielding her and asking her to give limited interviews. The more she opens the mouth, the more damage she does. One final point. To call Obama a "Socialist" is ludicrous. What was the 700 billion dollar bailout? You're taking the money from the real Joe the Plumber and giving it to the John McCains who own 7 (or is it 8) homes so they can sleep better at night and go to executive leadership retreats and spend 400, 000 dollars on massages. Obama is basically giving the power back to the people. The McCain Palin ticket will mess up this country more than it already is. I know it may seem impossible for that to happen, but if anybody can mess it up more is McCain Palin and the RNC.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

me too altoosa twice i made small donations. and maybe i will do it again

Rob   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Having two Queens of plastic Surgery that are on the Radio discuss spending money on appearance is a bad choice. A little of the pot calling the kettle black. How much did you spend on plastic surgery Stephanie? Let's stick to the issues...

Question to Stephanie : What do you call it when a Vice President meets with the Party Caucus and points them in the direction the President wants on legislative matters? That is called Doing the Job of a Vice President in my opinion.

Marilyn from Houston   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

The clothes story is a non-story. She left Alaska with 1 bag and its not surprising the campaign needed to buy clothes for her and her family. They are on the road everyday for town hall meetings and interviews. She always looks nice as far as I'm concerned. It may look bad to most Americans because they can't go out and spend that kind of salary. Don't vote for McCain/Palin because you don't like their policies, not because she wears nice clothes.

rickey   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

This race would not be close if Obama name was Joe Smith.

Leslie   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Will the Palins be responsible for reporting the wardrobe costs on their taxes as income?

Timothy   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

The $21K spent on Senator Palin's family traveling along would have been easier to "digest" if it had come out earlier "in time" from the McCain/Palin campaign, not "later" from the media.

Kathy   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

How would you explain the dynamic of middle class outrage over a 3% tax increase for the wealthy?? Isn't it a bit like serfs fighting to keep the lord of the manor in jewels?   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET


How much TIME did it take Sarah to pick out her new wardrobe?

trent michaels   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,

PLEASE pose this question, "How much does Mr. Obama pay for his taylor made shirts, and those really cool suits" PLUS, the expensive shoes and let us not forget the really nice ties"


hernan leon   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

i think Gov. Sarah Palin does not need to wear a expensive oufit because she does not show how conservative she is about how to manage a budget. I think does not show how mothers in home are more carefull how to manage their budgets in moments like nowdays where money is hurting their tables.

Bill Wilson   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Sarah Palin has commented numerous times during the campaign that Barack Obama does not wear an American Flag lapel pin...hmmm...wonder why John McCain was not wearing a flag lapel pin for the last debate?

Tara Hall   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Can you say SEXIST? The current discussion I am veiwing regarding Sarah Palin is sexist, plain and simple. Even if the comments are being made by women. Calling Gov. Palin "Caribou Barbie", discussion whether she is "hot" and her wardrobe is appaulling!

Joseph from the World Series TAMPA   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Sarah Palin should be given the same questions in the same location for the remaining days of the campaign. My sense is that the answers will be different and she will be $250,000 richer.

Steve Benstowe   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Could it be right to say Sarah Palin misled the third grader by not answering the question of the role of VP correctly?

JJ   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

A question to the panel:

I'm sick of people saying that the economic meltdown gave Obama a big break. Don't you think that his rise in the polls has more to do with how he handled the crisis and the fact that he handedly won all 3 debates. After each debate I heard some analysts say McCain won the debate on points but that was a big disconnect with what I heard and saw.

Stellaaaa!   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

why does that cracked out lady keep tossing around the elitist word when she herself doesnt look like she'd be hanging around joe the plumber on a regular day

Steve   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

$150,000 for clothes isn't much if you consider that the RNC spends $75,000 on staging, lighting and sound systems for each one of those 3 times a day rallies - not to mention the 75,000 a day they spend on Palin's plane...

mary Anne Calabrese   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

The cost of Sarah Palin's clothes? What about Hillary Clinton? When she was running I never saw her in the same outfit and I saw her on the news every day. What about all the millions of dollars that are being spent on this election while people are losing all their savings. You should be talking about putting all the CEO's in jail.

Amy-Texas   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Mr. King-
I am apalled at the viscious attacks by the media against Sarah Palin. I think it shows a lot about this country and how rude, cruel, and elitest our country is. People are attacking a decent woman because she is a republican, if she were a democrat she would be praised. I am disgusted in the democratic party along with the media and how they go after people and attack them simply because they have different views. It just goes to show you how they are not for everyone only people who share their same views and I've got news for them our nation is conservative not liberal.

Matt W   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I am taking a Political Science class this semester and I have learned that the VIce President is only there to break ties in the Senate... also, the Vice President is not the leader of the senate, nor is their purpose to press the president's agenda on the Senate. Most legislation does not reach Senate debate until the House has passed a bill.

Her answer to the question "What does the Vice President do?" confirms my thoughts that this journalist major has no business in the national government!

Lori Block   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Why would the McCain camp bring up Rev. Wright, when Sarah Palin belongs to a church that believes that Alaska will be the only land saved during Armagedon and other rediclious beliefs?

sam fresno, ca   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I dont think its a real issue besides the fact that it goes against the whole image she so desperately tries to project, regarding herself as a maverick and a reformer. The truth of the matter is that there's plenty of other items to criticize Palin about that are quite more substantial.

Celeste   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Come on, $150,000? Even on the popular TLC show, "What not to Wear" They give $5000 dollars to purchase a whole new wardrobe in New York City. What a great closet she'll have after all this!

Lanre   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I think Sarah Pallin urge wardrobe allowance call for consern. You say something and act differently.if she so consern about American tax payer as she claims. she should have rejected that urge allowance or betterstill reduce it.

Cheyenne Miranda   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Article I of the Constitution states that "The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided."

Part of the responsibility clearly identifies the role as "PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE". Just because most V.P.'s choose to sit out of their responsibility, does not mean that the elected V.P. cannot actually direct the debate on the Senate floor, strictly within parliamentary and constitutional boundaries.

However, the radical left, including your extremely biased and quite condescending guests, seem to think the V.P. need only show up to vote and break a 50/50 tie. No wonder our country is on the decline.

Bryan   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

It would be highly interesting to me if someone were to research the earliest congressional records to see just how involved the Vice President, as the President of the Senate, was involved in congress.

Delphia   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I am an RNC contributor and have no problem with the VP candidate having a clothing allowance. I think it speaks to her true middle class standing that she didn't have such a wardrobe coming into the race. Has anyone questioned the cost of the suits worn by Obama or Biden? What a sexist issue!!

Eddy Lahens   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Should the Republican loose the presidential election, may be they
should nominate Mrs Palin as a Senator. Make her minority leader. And let see how she can reform her party in Washington. Then in 2012, she can run again as head of the ticket.
What do you think Georgette?

elliott ater   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

So was palin one of the republicans criticizing john Edwards for his $400 haircut? I'm sure out of $150,000 she had her fair share.

William   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I cannot believe how one of your quests can defend Sarah Palin when she does not even know what the job entails. How many of us regular Americans would be hired for a job after going into the interview and telling he interview that I am not sure what the job would entail. Give me a break she is a JOKE! Why can't America see that fact.

Ronney   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

When Powell endorsed Obama McCain said he was not surprised. Why not?

Katie L.   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Why does Sarah Palin need more clothes? She already has outfits from being governor of Alaska. The people giving her the money, do they not realize there are better ways to spend their money? Especially during our hard economic times. Our country doesn't have money to just waste like that.

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I heard the Biden 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. Talking about a crisis affecting the market again…might be a Fair Media Topic.

He didn’t leave the campaign trail for a Financial meltdown and wouldn’t delay the debate for a financial meltdown. He calmly handled everything by cell phone?
Why hasn’t he visited his grandmother before and why now?

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. No need for left and right opinions.

The media needs to demand Biden and Obama explain this and explain it now. No left and right contributers opinions. None are needed.
If the media cannot protect us by going after this ...the media will be responsible for fluffing this over instead of screaming from the top of their lungs.... and in short can take responsibility for what may happen… and it could come back to haunt you.

Sara   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Joe sixpack, Joe the Plummer, she's a "Hockey Mom". This lady is spending money like water to clothe herself and bring the family along – if I did that in a work related event, I'd be fired in a second!

Somebody please explain that she's no longer in a beauty pagent. This is serious business. This is government, a nation is in the balance.

How is it that this woman can in any way represent any of us?

laura   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Your guests need to familiarize themselves with the constitution and brush up on US Civics. The Vice President presides (is president) of the US Senate. It is possible many people would be surprised by this I know many times when I see the Senate Chambers shown on TV,
Dick Cheney is not present. It is very sad that Gov. Palin is being
bashed so much. Everyone, especially mainstream media is forgetting she is in charge of a State, and deals with many financial matters,budgets etc....The bashing is really awful, I am so glad she has a thick skin as is required by all in politics. By the way I am not a registered Republican. I am just fed up with all the negative bashing.

Milca   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

On the wardrobe budget thing...I am not a Palin supporter, AT ALL but honestly, $150K for image and $$ for travel with her kids make perfect marketing sense. She is being positioned as a "hockey mom" women and familes can relate to, so having her family in tow is part of the Palin branding must. Given she is light on experience, and light intellectually at least looking the part matters, so from a positioning standpoint is worth investing in. Politics is now the other hollywood, so hey, she's got the look. The brains? One word: Bush. It sometimes works unfortunately.

Ralph Spencer   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Appearance of any political figure is critical. Spending money to make Palin look her best is simply smart strategy. Maybe it could have been done for less, but so what.
Larry, your agenda is coming across loud and clear. Maybe I was expecting a little less bias from your show.
By the way, it is obvious that you spend very little on your appearance. Maybe you could take a page out of her book?

Yellowroseheart   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

I thought she looked a bit made over. I too love the red leather jacket, but 150,000 in clothes, makeup and the works. It seems that she had conformed more than being a reformer. So when she claims others should be called out, well I am calling her out. I would question the fact that she accepted the makeover. If she is such a reformer then she should have said, Thanks but no Thanks.

Laura   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Larry –

If Governor Palin insisted on taking her children as uninvited guests to events that involved airline travel and overnight hotel stays, then why didn't she pay for their travel expenses? If you can't afford to pay for your own children's travel expenses, perhaps they should stay home. And you can't expect taxpayers to foot the bill.

Jeff Hill   October 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm ET

Ask your panel but it seems that it is a good thing for the distraction of the wardrobe, she obviously cannot discuss the issues. All she says is either polemic or dog attack. What a sorry excuse for a VP candidate.

Jocelyne Duras   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry, please stop inviting that Stephanie . She is disrespectful, unpleasant, pretentious and her sarcasm is silly. Her opinions are not constructive. By the way, I am not for Mc Cain, nor Obama, I am tired of politics and the way media is so biased to the left.

Andrea   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Hey Larry,
Here's a question for Georgette.
How are the Obama's elitists? I believe it is the McCainfamily that owns 12 properties, and when asked how many houses they actually do have, it suddenly doesn't matter because it doesn't have to do with the elections. How is Michelle Obama an elitist for having a designer when Cindy McCain spent thousands of dollars on an Oscar de la Renta dress for the Republican Convention.
Stop beating around the bush and admit when Republicans are wrong.

John Goldwyn   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

The larger question to which Colin Powell alluded is Sarah Palin's complete ignorance of the critical foundations of policy and the Constitution. How can anyone view McCain's choice as anything but a failed hail mary.

Brandon   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

How does one use fifthy- dollar dress and elitiest in the same sentence? Please help me understand because I try to see both sides of an issue,but I,m giving myself a complex trying to understand her train of thought

PRINCE   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET


henry stolow   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

What is it that the American Public does not get here?Sarah Palin is a angry,simple minded,uneducated woman who is overly ambitious and will say anything to get herself and her equally uneducated badly dressed family into the White House.God save us from this disaster ,and if there really is a god he will do that.

Bob in Washington DC   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I don't think it was necessary for Georgette to mention about Michelle Obama's fifty six dollars dress. It is a shame of her.

David Huntley   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Isn't this a case of a woman having to meet a higher standard than a man? After all less hoo-hah was made over a $500 hair cut on one Democratic candidate.. who was male.
But somehow buying homes from criminals, having a pastor (for years) who hates America, having less experience in executive Government than Palin are all 'off' topics for Obama. Never mind Biden and his son being in the pockets of credit card companies who helped the meltdown – and today he says electing Obama will cause an international 'incident.'
Somehow, Palin's hairspray and blouse bills seem to be immaterial compared to real issues like those...
Get real! If your Dem supporter on there thinks makeup is a real issue, then she is stupider than a 1st grader...

James   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Where is Biden who called Barak unfit to be president? Why is not being put to the same standards as Palin? What a biased world!!!

olivia   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be Vice President because she doesn't know anything. If she knew something, anything at all she would appear on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, or Campbell Brown, alone.

Ericka909   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

What is the role of the VP? This is the second time Palin has been asked this question and she still can't get it right. McCains advisors need to advise her to look it up on Wikipedia.

bill   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

will Sarah palins first legislation she tries to pass through congress be the AIP ideas of making alaska its own country Hmm 49 states again .........................seriosly she see the vp job the same as Dick Cheney saw it not by the constitutional law it was brought up in the BIDEN_PALIN DEBATE remember her answer

Mary Jo   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Hello Larry: I want to know when, if ever do the Palin children
go to school? We don't even know if her son graduated from
high school. What did he do for the years before he joined
the armed forces? I cannot believe the money that is spent
on new clothes for the girls when they are wasteing tax
payers money for every day they miss school. I know Levi,
her soon to be son-in-law has quit school, and we all know her
oldest daughter has not gone to school in 2 years. What
is the deal with this? Thanks, MJ

diane   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

The real issue is that $150,000 is chump change to that crowd. If they spent $150K on Sarah in a month ,can you imagine what Cindy spends on her back. This is indicative of how out of touch they(McCain-Pallen) are to the financial issues that are besieging the American public right now. Do I hear anyone saying "Let them eat cake"?

Carmella   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET


The purchase of clothing is not the issue. It's the idealogy that is the issue. If you are for the people and of the people then position yourself as a candidate that truly identifies with the people. The same people that McCain wants to continue the Bush McCain tax policies for are the same people that spend $1500 for one outfit. This only speaks to who the Republican party really identifies with and it's not the Middle Class.

Connie   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Wow...why is that when she (Palin) is asked a direct question, no matter what political issue it is, she diverge from providing direct answers???? I suggest for Obama Campaign to continue listening to "THAT ONE" dig deeper holes..Thank you Soccer mom

Amara   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Why do people care so much about what Barack's religion is? Why does it matter whether he is a muslim or not?
He is not a muslim but if he would have been, why should people care? He is a great leader...isn't that enough! What does it matter if a person is white, or black, a christian or a muslim? Why do people make such a big deal out of it!. It's a great leader we need! We should probably leave him alone with his personal life and concentrate on what his great policies are not what his race or religion is!
What do you think?

Jean Ciroalo   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET


I see Sarah Palin's children with her on the compaign trail. How are they being schooled? I would think that they would be home in Alaska in a normal routine.

Jean Ciroalo

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

JOHN McCain is a real live Hero and deserves our respect, lets give John a year in the White House for each year he spent as a prisoner of War.

Everett   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

You are talk about the money spent on clothing< how much money is it going to cost tax payer on health cost to support Obama’s smoking habit

Greg L.   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I am a Republican who was going to write in Ron Paul because I was against the bailout, but now I am voting for McCain because of the Palin bashing like you have had almost every night now for a week. It is disgusting watching these women showing so much hatred because a woman has a different point of view! Go Palin! You have WAY MORE class than any of Larry King's guest. Don't let Larry interview you! He doesn't deserve it.

Mike   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Excuse my ignorance. I thought the vice president's only job was to inquire on the president's health on a daily basis and preside over the legislative body. I guess I need to look up "preside" so I don't get a wrong buzzer.

KathyinFlorida   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry, it is people like Stephanie Miller that has turned me off the Democratic party.

tom   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Larry, maybe your panelist should brush up on the constitution. According to it, the vice president serves as president of the Senate. Maybe we should ask them who serves over the House of Representatives and what "her" duties are??

Edmund   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Does this make Palin a Elite-billy?

gina   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I wouldn't mind all the scrutiny on Palin if it were 2 sided. If $150,000 were spent on Palin, why don't you tell how much was spent on the wardrobe for the Oboma side? Of course, no mention of it. Cnn is sooo biased. I hate it, and would not watch it if we could get another news station.

Don Gaess   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

The purpose of choosing a running mate is to insure the integrity of the office God forbid something happens. It appears John McCain used this choice as a publicity stunt. Do you not agree? Does the general public truly agree she is ready to be President?

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

no to mention people being turned off by all there go nowhere hateful speaches that help no one

Gurender Sahani   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

oops. I meant RNC, Cheney, Sarah Palin & their surrogate changing VP's job profile

Tramaine   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a discrace to women. I was recently at her rally in Loveland, Co, when I saw pins symbolizing sex in order to get into the white house. The Mccain/Palin campaign is promoting sex to get peoples vote instead of speaking the truth. I would never vite for a campaign that promotes sex.

Jessica in Atlanta   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Clothing an issue? The real issue is why in the world is Sarah Palin potentially months away from being V.P.? She's already brain washing three year olds. She's so audacious that her education reform will literally change the constitution. I don't care what she wears just as long as I don't have to see her wearing them for much longer.

Cheryl   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

She acts more like an actress playing a role, and does well with her script. Did this woman ever study civics? ecomonics?
Her clothing at $150,000 is that conservative? More like elite.

Question: Would this be considered "earmarks" on our contributions?

Carey   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

The State of Alaska collects taxes from the oil & gas industry and then distributes the money to its citizens in the form of annual rebate checks. Isn't this a form of Socialism? (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

Evan Bredeweg   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Hi Larry,

As one of first women to have the chance of going into executive office, if Gov. Sarah Palin performs as poorly as we all fear. Could she unfortunately become the model to sexists of why women should not be in office? Could she ruin the future prospects of women in executive office?

Dorothy Fannin Tucson Arizona   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

With all of the talk about Socialism from Gov. Palin is she opposed to Medicare, Mediaid, and Social Security? As a senior I'd like to know. Thanks.

I enjoy your program.

D. Fannin
Tucson Az

betty   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

I think there are more important issues to be talking about than how much money Palin spent on clothes, where was the media during the build up to the war in Iraq and when Wall St was and is pocketing millions!!

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:15 pm ET

Yes Palin is a drag for McCain. It time for a change and we are going gto be much better off without having the Rpublicans in the White House

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

You're worried about Nancy Pelosi? Let's get through this election and the next four years. I don't think 4 years is a hearbeat away.

Debby   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry... Why is it that your obviously Democratic panel tonight think that it is terrible for Sarah Palin to spend $150 thousand on clothing for herself and her family members and yet these same women see nothing wrong with Obama spending $145 MILLION so he can see himself on TV?

Daniel Gomez   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

It is unbelievable to see how Larry King Live and the rest of CNN can waste SO much time on Sarah Palin – who after all is second on the Republican ticket behind John McCain. As a lifelong Democrat, I find it disgusting how the media has lived up to the bias tag that conservatives on the right end of the Republican Party had long been espousing.

As for Sarah Palin's wardrobe – YAWN. What about Joe Biden's or Barack Obama's wardrobes? And, the new Jackie Kennedy's wardrobe?

And finally – YES the Vice President does hold a special role in the United States Senate – albeit mainly symbolic. But, the VP is the President of the Senate and can attend votes to break ties etc and gets to name a President Pro Tempore. So, Sarah Palin wasn't entirely wrong in her assertion.

It's sad to hear even Larry go down this bashing road as he's been doing in recent weeks.


CAROLYN   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET


Greg   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

When will someone question the logic behind McCain believing he has been tested????

McCain claims WAITING FOR ORDERS in a Jet Fighter equals that of a president WAITING TO GIVE ORDERS.

McCain logic is really screwed up and please tell the republicans to be a little more like democrats. They at least admit mistakes. The republican guest cnn have just sit there with a fake smile and pretend nothing was wrong.

Joe   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Of course Palin is unqualified, not knowing what her job duties as asked by a third grader. She is completely out of her league. She has failed to live up to the role as needed, and I wish people would see through this charade act she presents, as a Maverick, Yeah right. Palin is a self centered politician out to use people for her own gain, as using taxpayers money to schlep her family all over, at their expense , reformer, for the people, OK in what respect?.

evan carnes   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

The reason why the RNC dressed Sarah up was to match Cindy McCain. Both ot them should be ashamed of themselves in flaunting such displays of wealth when the middle class is suffering in this economy.

Mary   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I fail to understand your guest that agreed with Sarah Palin about the duties of the vice-president. Apparently they did not read the constitution. By the way, just because a person say something, it does not make it true. Please understand, the mass majority of the population do not believe Sarah Palin or John NcCain.

Lisa   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Your show is so one sided. Everytime I see your show theres always a panel full of Obama supporters bashing and twisting Palins words. Why don't you discuss the fact that Obamah called small town Americans bitter and too attached to their guns and religion? Too busy discussing Palen's wardrobe? Try some real issues, like Obama's church he belonged to for 20 years.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET


Can you please invite Scott McCullan come to your show, I would love to know who he is planning to vote for. Last interview I saw of him, he was undecided.

J-M. Chevallier   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Why are not women offended that the V.P. candidate Palin compared hockey moms and herself to a female dog in lipstick?

Kelley   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry can you ask your panel about Palin's association with the Alaskan Independence Party..I would rather hear more about that in light of McCain's argument about guilt by associations..Clearly, understanding Palin's ideology would be more helpful than talking about her wardrobe

maripil   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Why is Palin so ignorant of the constitution as to suggest that she will head and lead the senate is outright being an ignoramus!! This is the second time she gave the same opinion as she repeated herself in the debate with Sen. Biden!

mel   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

The heck with Sara Palin spending $150,000 on clothes. What about Cindy McCain's 2007 release of income tax. She worth $100 million personally (not the beer company) per the media and she only had a taxable income of $4.2 million and paid $1.1 million dollars in taxes. Gosh, simple math says that her $100 million may only have less than a 5% return on her investments. Some how this doesn't look like trickle down economy to me. Where the rest of the beef (the $100 million... the other 95% she worth personally) in some tax shelter? Please tell me how trickle down economy is working when John McCain's own wife's income tax looks like when your really rich you just stock pile it somewhere, not producing taxable income, and not producing jobs.

AUGUST HEMINGWAY   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET



Justin Madden   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

The $150,000 spent on Palin's wardrobe should've been spent on a crash course on the job of VP. She was asked this question several months ago, and still can't even guess right.

L. Nanez   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Sarah Palin – Oh my. How sad it is to see a woman on the world stage who can't name a newspaper. I would be a better VP candidate because I read newspapers.

Don   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 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.

Paula in Michigan   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I would like to tell the women, that I would love to have $150,000 for clothes. I would use the money to buy clothes, food, pay my house payment, car payment, health insurance, house insurance and everything else that I need to pay for for FIVE FULL YEARS. It is a shame that she can't shop at Salvation Army like we do. IT IS DISGUSTING to waste all that money, just it seems like the RICH ONE Cindy McCain is guiding her. WHY DIDN'T CINDY BUY HER CLOTHES?? I'm angry. They cut out all spending HERE in MICHIGAN and they have now lost the state.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Well I don't think she should have to naked, Jessica, just because she's in over her head.

shaunita   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I wanted the ladies view on Mrs. Palin saying to the u.s that her daughter and the boy she's pregnant by would be getting married three days after the story came out that she was indeed pregnant. And why was his myspace page taken down the same day the new let it be known he didn't want a child and was not getting married. Do you think our government is putting pressure on the child to get married, and do you think they will get married after the McCain-Palin ticket don't win. Who would really put their children future in the hands of the "show girl barbie."

Thank you


Marie in Montreal   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

My goodness – where have you all been. This woman is being exposed to the whole country – of course she has to be well dressed and well presented. This is a given!

Really – people are being ousted from their homes – people are living in depression – people are desperate about their financial situations and your speaking of a how much RNC money is being spent on Sarah Pallin and family's wardrobe.

This, once again, shows the bias on US television when it comes to John McCain and Sarah Palin.

I'm a political junkie – I watch it all – I love it – but I am appalled at the bias. Actually, I'm really shocked!

We've just had our election – six weeks – five candidates sitting around a table answering questions with a moderator. Very civil, thought provoking and informative – none of these continuous slurs and innuendos.

Perhaps you could learn something from your neighbours to the North!

Footnote: I think that your guest, Stephanie, spews more bias and hatred (strong word, but I can't really think of another one) than the McCain campaign has all along.

Dee Braun   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

When Palin was first chosen as a running mate for McCaine – the 'buzz', the media talk, was all about how she could relate to 'every woman,' to 'walmart moms', to independent female swing voters.

I would think that the McCain campaign powers that be intended for her to reach those women (like me) as well as, as we've heard with every other Replublican breath, to 'energize the base.' What happened?

1) I'm a 'Walmart mom' – and an independent, working woman who is a single mom. I've never stepped foot into Sac's Fifth Avenue, much less been able to spend my (or anyone's) money there for clothing.

2) I travel for business several times a year and my children do not go with me – and I have six children to see about making sure they are taken care of when I do travel. I'm sure my boss would love to be able to let me have my kids, but that doesn't mean it is fiscally intelligent for his business for me to bill him to take them with me on trips.

3) And frankly, I'm quite tired of being a 'target' of the Palin/McCain campaign. I'm in many of their target groups – registered Republican, mother, independent working woman, walmart mom and probably several others. But the key word in that group of labels is 'intelligent'.

To assume we will vote for his ticket because he got someone with a pretty face who can wear a skirt in broad daylight without a media heydey is insulting. I pay attention to issues, my own bank account, my own job security and my kids' potential futures.

This registered Republican Walmart mom will be voting for Obama because I'm smart enough to see what we have isn't working, I remember Reagan and I remember Clinton and McCain/Palin hasn't given me one good reason (yet) to trust either of them. At least Obama gives me HOPE for change – and ya know, there's nothing so powerful as hope, or the loss of it.

steve   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Larry why does the republicans always agree with there party, Everyone know Sarah palin in not ready. John mccain picked her for the wrong reason.Please stop it republican' you are killing OUR PARY.

Jones   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Hello, Sara Palin is a embarrasement to the McCain campaign, if i were a republican i would be embarassed to have her on the ticket that i would have to vote for. She is completely out of her league, and hypocritical in her beliefs. she talks about relating to the American people but yet she spends $150,00 on her wardrobe, She used her power in Alaska to influence her former brother in law to get fired, she used money to get her children to travel with her. She is speaking out of both sides of her mouth. Republicans need to run fast to the polls and vote democrat, her life is worth talking about. It's a shame. It's scary to think that she could be President, SCARY. And i predict that the race will not be close at all on that final day and i've been right on my prediction thus far. Watch my word.

Gloria Burton   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I don't believe Sarah Palin's clothes nor hairstyle should be paid for by the Republican Americans. But, the more important issue to me is why did "we" redress her family? Come on! Can't McCain give her credit for any sense of style? Who in their party thinks about the "normal" American when they flaunt their clothes, hotel stays, etc.or, as Bush does, do they think they can hide this? I thought he claimed to be different than Bush and against pork barrel spending. This is obvious pork barrel. Does he choose the lipstick too?

Dolores Gullatt   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Why aren't Gov. Palin's children in school? Her furture son in law has dropped out of High School to go to work, Her daughter not in school( pregnat teen's do go to school), What kind of roll model is she?

jonny   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

All this Palin bashing has just won the Replicans the Presidency again. Palin is no smarter than Bush. LET'S KEEP THE CAMPAIN ABOUT THE ISSUES.

Pam   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I have one question. Why is it that republican especially Sarah Palin and John Mccain always keep complaining about the media, that the media is always into Gotcha journalism and yet their entire campaign is about Gotcha attacks.

Be it Joe the plumber and Obama's answer which they dont quote fully anyway ot what Joe Biden said or something else. They latch onto every word that works for them

Isnt that gotcha politics and dirty politics on their part, using their own analogy.

debbie   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I am a 41 yr old business woman in New York city.
I own businesses, I have travelled extensively and I KNOW I AM NOT QUALIFIED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT
i know more about foreign policy than she does and i am an everyday "JOE ann"
IF SHE WAS thinking about the best for our country, she would not run at all because she is not qualified.
She might be a great mom, she might be a smart lady BUT SHE IS ONLY THINKING ABOUT HER EGO, not this countries future.

Lonna   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

It is surprising to me that in lou of the economy it is hard to conceive a person excepting 150.000 for clothing and a mother are father my not be able to put food on the table. Just food for thaught. I was out done because we are asking everyone else to watch your money and we see how the repubicans have messed up so many lives

MSgt Roxbury   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

What is the REAL reason the GOP is supporting the GOV? It’s obviously that she doesn’t know what her duties would be if elected VP and don’t the GOP realize she would do more harm than good to the country in which she claims she’s part of the real America?

Nadia   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

I'm now growing tired of Sarah Palin putting Americans down. I was raised in a city so I'm feeling like I must be the fake American she's talking about. I wish I could tell her that she should completely drop Joe the plumber now. JOE THE PLUMBER DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME!!
I initially liked her, but she and McCain make Obama seem more and more like a stand up guy.
I would like for McCain to talk about HOW HE WOULD BE DIFFERENT FROM THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. So far he just says he's different followed by negative campaigning.

Georgia   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET


Please ask the your panel: How can a Christian (supposily Sarah Palin) continue to bear false witness against another? Please ask them if they know how Sarah Palin can justify her continued lies against Obama, when it has been proven that she is wrong.

Thomas   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET


As I listen to your program tonight I just realized the problem with the Republican pundits. They have no concept of the content of the US Constitution. To suggest, no less state out right, the Vice Pres. runs the Senate is ludicrous. I suggest we have discovered the central problem with the past 8 years of the Bush administration.

Martin Raft   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Senator McCain keeps referring to how bad former president Hoover's term was, in 1929-1932,that lead to the depression. Does he not know that president Hoover was a Republican just like McCain?

Justin deGuzman   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

If the McCain-Palin ticket claims they are not being negative, just fair, the what is the image of their campaign? Are their policies that much like the Bush administration that all they feel they should focus on is why Obama should not be elected. Every speech I hear from McCain-Palin negative on Obama and their rebuttle to the Obama campaign is just, "we won't do that." They don't seem to say much of what they will do to make change.

Brian H   October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET

Since youngest childhood, Obama has been mentored, sponsored, and funded by some of the most vociferous Anti-American leftists in recent history. But somehow it had no effect, or he didn't notice, or it all washed off?


Cheryl   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I am a small business owner. If required to make a substantial contribution to my employees health care or get fined how do I afford to hire more employees? Something no one seems to ask Obama. If I am required to buy health insurance instead of feeding my child or be fined how can afford to feed my child. Someone ask the Loud Mouthed dark hair woman on your show that.

Sarah   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Your guest tonight says she speaks for all women, when saying negative things about Sarah Palin. She does not speak for me or many other women. I've seen her before, can't remember her name, but I find her annoying. Thank you.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

"Sarah Palin isn’t qualified to be Vice President because she doesn’t know anything. If she knew something, anything at all she would appear on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, or Campbell Brown, alone."

But I gather she will be on What Not To Wear next week.

Tanya   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

P.S. Larry you have had more shows cutting up McCain/Palin than positive. You had the comedian (I never liked him in the first place), you then had the talk show host (stopped watching him after his first year as he sucked) and Now you pick on Palin. Is it safe to assume you are Democratic or pro Obama. I suppose you will find you regret that when McCain wins. AP polls are more honest and say it is 50/50 today with more whites moving to McCain although he has many black supporters and more support from his own party than Obama.
I think your bias is not acceptable so after many years you have lost me as a viewer

Danko Gulsoy   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I don’t really understand republicans! Palin spends $150,000 and Mccain’s wife put on $300,000 worth jewelry. Like most people around me say-there is no poor republican! They are for sure no socialist!

Greg   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

They did the same study and no similar spending was found on Obama's side.

Ed in VA   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Sarah Palin does not even know what the role of the Vice-President is. I cannot think of an interview where she has made any sense in her answers. She needs to go back to Alaska and take care of her state. I am sure she was not picked for the electoral votes she could bring for the republican ticket. Once McCain pick here as his VP, I knew I was notvoting for him.

Montessori works   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

After listening to the disgusting media coverage over the past 2 months, I keep wondering how intelligent people don't have even a little bit of common sense to be able to see through all of the "smoke screens". Who really cares about her wardrobe? When was the last time we worried so much about a VP candidate? Good Lord people! Sarah Palin is not the issue here. Wake up! We are not the only country in this unstable world. People are dying in other places. We are such a spoiled bunch of brats!

Steve   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I understand her family her flying with her to some events. Not a problem... But please explain why she had a meeting in New York that was 5 hours long. Yet her daughter stayed on the taxes payer dime for 5 days and 4 night. Again the meeting was 5 HOURS?????

Chris O-O   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Thanks for bringing Stephanie Miller to your show, we will like to see her take a more prominent role with CNN.

gramma crystal   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I was so offended by Campbell Brown's "All Bias All Bull", and ready to change the channel but caught a some of Larry's little group, and tell whoever honks (laughs) in the background every time a negative McCain Palin comment is made, needs to put a muzzle on- how annoying! Just keep her on the show because she is irritating enough to push voters over to the other side!

Liz   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

@ Steve Perzan – THANK YOU!

Sinan   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Sarah Palin is not qualified as a VP or a chance to be the president of the United States, she does not even know the roles of being a VP. We need more debates, I do not think three presidential and one VP debates are not enough, I am not a supporter of either candidate, I will not go to a rally and hear one candidate trash the other, I need more debates!

dibya   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

why isn't someone talking about the possibility of Palin in maternity ward and McCain on a bypass Palin planning to have more babies? Voters need to know this.

Kortney Redick   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I find it very presumptions that we as Alaskans shouldn't mind paying for Palin's kids to travel throughout the state with her as your guest said today. Why shouldn't we mind? Palin goes around calling herself a maverick, boasting economic reform and transparency, meanwhile she is taking her kids on fun trips on the state's buck. It is ridiculous. There is a reason her approval rating has dropped so much in Alaska; she hasn't been transparent with us, she spends money unnecessarily, and she acts high and mighty.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Oh no not Karen again!

pat napolitano   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Larry: Since Sarah Palin kept the money for the bridge and then she gave it to her people...doesn't that sould like "socialism" taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor?

Deb Fjetland   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

With each party declaring themselves better prepared to fix the economy, why isn't anyone talking about the fact that as mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin left the town of 6,500 with $20 million dollars in long term debt after only six years? Is that fiscally responsible? That's about $3,000 per resident. Can she handle a budget? And she hired a Washington lobbyist for a town of 6,500. How many communities in the U.S. with less than 10,00 people have their own Washington insider?

Kalen F   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

The McCain camp constatnly calls Obama eloquent in the way he speaks. Are we supposed to be afraid of smart? Should our presidents wink, and say "awe shucks"? Education is so important and apparently the McCain camp wants us to be afraid of well educated people that are adept in wordcraft and public speaking. Frankly I am glad to know that my president is smarter than me, actually I want my president to be smarter than me. Dont you?

kim   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Sorry Stephanie ... Sarah Palin seems to talking way above your head..... I do not remember anybody on the Larry King show ... including Stephanie Miller .... making any remarks when John Edwards got $400.00 dollar hair cuts ... or when Hillary purchased her high cost suits .... for her campaigning ... !!! Stephanie Miller seems to think that everybody agrees with her.

Greg, Atlanta   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

As an independent voter, I need to know that the people who I get information from, who influence my vote, make good sense in their explanation of the merits of the campaigners. How can someone say to me that Palin and Obama are equally prepared for the world stage, when Palin's answers usually provoke cringes from all us undecideds?

Maria A.   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Having Sarah Palin in the Republican ticket constitutes a true hazard which can make an enduring damage to our country if Mc Cain ever wins this election.

Maria, Bridgewater, NJ

Joe from Burbank   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

She is a drag and I think she has ulterior motives. She did not misquote the role of the Vice President once, she's done it 3 times!!! Makes you wonder what she has in store for us once she slides her way in . . .

Nasir Ellis   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

If the topic on Sarah Palin's expenses is so irrelevant why is this a concern within the political world?

zach   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

we all know the issues the so called undecided dont exist maybe people change their mind but stuff like 150000 wadrobe is somrthing to talk about the so called undecided are people like joe the plumber who know too much are the people who are wasting our time claiming to be undecided

Donna   October 22nd, 2008 9:17 pm ET

I have been 'on the fence' daily because both PRESIDENTIAL candidates are excellent. However, I am so fed up with all of the women bashing (Hillary all of the way to Sarah), that I'm now voting for the one Presidential candidate who is smart enough to understand the value of the U.S. economy and what women contribute to that economy. I am shocked that women are the ones bashing the women. Isn't the U.S. a country run BY the people (including women), for the people (including women)?

Debbie   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I think Sarah went over board with the wardrobe..
as a mother and trying to be a home owner. That 150,000 dollars
could buy me a couple most people it would.

I have to wonder if while she is Gov, of Alaska how much of their money she Took for clothing or other selfish things she wanted....

Unless you are Paris Hilton we just can't afford to dress like that....

Debbie in Pennsylvania

kathleen   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

How can I as a single parent mother who lives on a very tight budget, relate to Ms. Palin. I recently took my daughter shopping over the weekend and we had to shop at a discount store. I had a budget of sixty dollars to buy my daughter some clothes for school. "My hard working." My money doesn't go as far as it use too, as everything has gone up in price. Gas, food, clothing, etc. Is there anyone who really is concern about the fading middle class? In closing, hearing how much Palin has been spending on travels, clothing, etc. It is wasteful spending.....

Zoie, Park City Utah   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Are you kidding me stay to the issues!!! Who cares about Palin's spending habits. I feel sorry for Alaska.

Obama/Biden 2008!

Rosemary   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

How many six-packs could "Joe" buy with $150,000?

SELWYN FIGUERAS   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

For "tried and true" read "tired and over the hill." Obama may well be tested, as any new President might, but at least, when the test comes the tested will have a new and fresh approach which will hopefully help solve all the issues the American nation faces today as a result of the last eight years of failed Republican policies.
"If you continue to do what you've always done you'll only ever get the results you've always got." And a $150,000? What financial crisis?

Dan   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry, I live in canada and am not directly involved in American elections. I am neither a Democrat or a Republican but having watched both conventions and paying close attention to the election trail, I have to say that I am disgusted and apalled by Sarah Palin and John McCain's dishonesty and hypocrisy that is on display on a daily basis. What is more disgustiong to me is that they call themselves Christians and being a dedicated Christian myself, I can only say that this doesn't represent real Christians. Thanks.

Niki   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Women's clothing is more expensive than men's clothing. No shock there. Barrack Obama, Joe Biden, and John McCain can all wear the suit over and over again and no one will care because we really can't tell. If Sarah Palin or Michelle Obama came out wearing last weeks suit or dress, people notice because most people aren't colorblind. This is more an issue for People Magazine rather than major new networks, don't you think?

Johnny Boom Boom Freeman   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

This word "Elitist" keeps getting batted around. Are the republicans that said it was elitist to have a 400 dollar haircut saying the same about the money spent on Sarah Palin's hair?

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Jessica in Atlanta
I agree, I don't want ot see her any longer either. SNL really topped it all. Another joke of this election.

Mary Edwards   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Why don't the candidates tell us exactly what they can do instead of promising what they can't? Also, the negative adds are not helpful.

I would like to know how they can help on the health care crisis? I work four days a week ($15 per hour) and my retired husband'sand my health insurance takes half of my wages, plus another $150 for the supplement for medicare.

What is the plan for health care?

Mary Edwards
Milwaukie OR

Len   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

As a non-American (Canadian), I find the negative comments about the cost of Sarah Palin's clothing dumb. In fact, the massive over-kill of Palin's competence if over-the-edge .

I think it is time to look at Joe Biden and his statements to the press. The guy should be put in a back room someplace.

If McCain wins this election, Palin will have a lot to contribute (government reform, energy independence, and special-needs children). If, however, Obama wins, Biden will improve his golf game.

Tonda J   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi From NY,

I truly agree that children should be in school however they probably have a tutor and receiving assignments like children who are home schooled but then again their mom is the governor so they will get a high school diploma even if they don't attend school.

They cann't have it both ways   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Larry, they can not have it both ways. First they say you can it is unfair to ask Palin the "what kind of Mom does this and that questions(which I agree, was wrong) but on the other hand say it is okay that she charged her state for travel for her family because" as a mom she would want her kids with her." They can not have it both ways.

James   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

I dont know what kind of experience Barak has. He hardly has any experience but then he got backing from rich folks like Warren Buffet.
This man cannot be trusted and he has flipped flopped many times.
I dont understand how we are going to have a guy with no experience( BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMMA) the next president of United States. God bless this country.

Heather, Honolulu, Hawaii   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

$150,000 for 2 months of clothes = $2,500 a day. She says she's a hockey mom and shops at Walmart. Can you even spend $2,500 in Walmart every day and not buy every color of everything? Did they not hear that we are in a financial crisis and people are losing their jobs, homes and 401 k's while she's spending on clothes what 4 Joe the plumbers make in a year. Looks like she got a wardrobe BAIL-OUT from the RNC. Do the parties buy the clothes for all the candidates? The real question though is if elected, will she be charging the taxpayers for wardrobes, family travel, per diem for working at home, government e-mails on private accounts, etc. I don't think we can afford her and her family. She will suck the taxpayers dry!

John Sawyer, Rocklin, CA   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Palin said, "The Vice President is in charge of the Senate". The Constitution says : "The Vice-President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided." So, the President of the Senate has no real power there, except to break ties on Senate votes–hardly being "in charge of the Senate". Palin should have known that–unforgivable.

jimmy   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET


John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin has turned out to be a hail marry pass after all. She started out as a shock to the political specturm and has lived up to that streak so far. Nothing shocks me about Palin any more. Wheather it's something petty as her wardrobe or her spin on a major policy issue, she has been a continued distraction for John McCain..

Jackee Lewis   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry –
$150,000 wardrobe! What happened to the McCain/Palin position of putting a stop to wasteful gov't spending? Sen Obama also has small children that he probably wants traveling w/him, he hasn't made it the financial expense using state funds. Lastly, Sen Palin is a great Mom, but I don't see her talking to Moms like me, single, in an urban cmty, just getting by. Our seniors here have to chose between food & medicine, can't afford skates, kids need at least 1 pair of sneakers for school. McCain is knowledable on war....he hasn't talked about the war on my street....the gang & drug wars. I don't see me represented in this ticket & I don't hear them talking to folks like me; I don't see folks like me at their rallies.

Mark   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

it was reported that sarah palin will donate her clothes to charity at the end of the campain. Won't she need them as vice-president, or is she conceiding defeit now?

VK, Florida   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Why the "hype" by all the conservatives about Palin. Before even the voting begins, two scandals, the power abuse and the excessive spending on family trips and hotels even uninvited. She couldn't articulate anything in any interview, clueless on many issues especially international, doesn't know what the role of the VP is?
Wake up people if we only know about her for 2 months at best and all these issues are present, imagine if they win what will surface and happen the next 4 years. Ignorant people and especially "moms" that think that her winking and talking about all kinds of Joe somehow relate to them...Grow up and open your eyes, there's nothing about a politician that relates them to an average person. I am not saying that Obama is right on everything but given the choices I can't see why people would choose McCain/Palin over Obama/Biden....

hernan from orlando   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

How a person like ms palin that does not understand the role of a vp and thinks that she knows about global issues by reading books and watching tv Is running as vp?
This is a shame for USA. She needs to go back to school

hector   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

speaking of the wealth, last year I made $125,000 and took home $75,000. I paid over 30% in taxes each year. You can call me Joe the wealth spreader. However, I'd rather vote for Obama. I don't trust McCain and his flip flopping nature. He's desperate and will risk anything to get elected. So much for being an honorable man.

Mike   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

You know who'd be the president in a perfect world? No one.

"I like the puppet on the left.. I like the puppet on the right.. Hey wait! It's one guy holding up both puppets!!" – Bill Hicks

fletcher field   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry – interesting guests at the start of the evening discussing Sarah Palin's wardrobe... nice combination of seriousness with a touch of levity. However, news of spending incredible sums of money on clothing, news of using Alaska money for family travel combined with Palin's lack of understanding of say, socialism, or of the ways the senate operates, or of fundamental economic theory all suggest yet again that she was not the ideal choice for VP candidate. On a positive note, Sarah looks great in those clothes and if she ever pursues a career in entertainment/broadcasting, she will surely be the recipient of lots more where they came from! And thanks for keeping that part of the show brief! Fletch

Jake   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

What do you expect her to where then? If everyone is holding her to a standard of "Hockey Mom", then do you expect her to go up on the stage with a Hoodie on or her favorit Jersey? Why is it that only Palin's clothing amount is the topic? There are lots of expenses that both parites have. Talk about all of that.

carol kesling   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

john and sarah are both CLUELESS.. they are boyh STUCK ON STUPID. she is a big hipocrite and needs to home to alaska, if they will take her back !!!!!! and take your little house boy todd with you...

D Lehman   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

According to the Constitution Sarah Palin has it right in regard to the role of the vice president. It states "The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided." How can she be getting beaten up for saying that!!!

Phil Ft Myers   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Why do republicans think it's so cute when Sarah makes up the constitution, also known as the law of the land, and so terrible when someone else say's it amazing that she could be a heart beat away and hasn't a clue. It's not because she's dumb, I don't believe she is, however she is out of her league.

Bushdrools   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Roux – Biden did NOT get the question wrong.

Article 1 Section 3 outlines the ONE specific job of the Vice Pres. to preside over the Senate and cast a tie breaking vote.

Article 2 Section 1 outlines the powers of the Executive Branch.

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:18 pm ET

Sarah comes from the Land of the Midnight Sun, its cold up there and all people wear is heavey jackets and woolies, lets quit nit pickin and get back to business.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

JOHN McCain is a real live Hero and deserves our respect, lets give John a year in the White House for each year he spent as a prisoner of War.

Interesting idea, Fred. Should we just have every living POW be President until we run out them?

Neal Conner   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

I was an early John Edwards supporter and believed what he said about there being two Americas. When the $400 hair cuts were made public and his 6 million dollar home, it was obvious he was right. He lived in the other America, just like Sarah Palin and McCain with his 8 homes does. Do this people really understand America or pretend to, just like John Edwards, but still living in the type of glass houses they talk about.

T   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

I cannot believe that with all that is going on, that no one has nothing better to do than discuss/debate Sarah Palin's clothes!

ds   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Who are the three ladies you have on tonite???Why??Gee, they are not only quite boring, but no substance; also, Karen Harper seems like 'old times', not sure where the show is going, but when you have diverse talent i.e.: your show earlier this week, and some different faces, gee MOST PEOPLE WANT TO BE ON YOUR SHOW, SO WHY NOT GO AFTER THEM?? MOST ANYONE IN THE WORLD YOU COULD BOOK...........PLEASE DO!! WHEN YOU DO, YOU SHOW YOUR WINNING NAME 'MR. KING'! 'KING OF INTERVIEWS' 'KING OF PRIME TIME'!
Thanks so much! 🙂

Steven   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Palin is definitely the one that is going to cause John McCain to lose this election. This is a race for the highest office in the world. It is not for class president at the local high school. When she refuses to have any interviews with the media, it reminds me of George Bush and his answer to a reporter: You should have told me that you were going to ask that question. I was not ready for that one.

The country is definitely at risk and the world is at stake if something happens to McCain if he ever becomes president.

john w   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

well way to go stephanie!!!! caribou barbie i loved it!!!! now for georgette i think the money would have been better spent on giving it to her. the first thing that came to mind was street walker. i like the saying that was said on cnn last night. " put a fork in mccain he is done""

Charles Stokes   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

why is Hank williams Jr getting so much photo footage behind Sarah Palin. I live in South Carolina and if you walk into alot of these country bars that don`t favor my ethnicity too much, you`ll find his poster up. his slogan on this confederate flag poster is; " things would be better if the south would have won". this the equivalent to the democrats having G- unit on camera at their rallies. how blind are we america.

Ashwin Sundar   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Sarah Palin cannot possibly help McCain. The purpose of choosing her for VP was to attract some Clinton voters or at least some female voters, and attract the "common man". Insofar as that has not worked (more woman have turned to Obama and the common man can associate with Obama better), Palin only negatively impacted McCain's chances of becoming president.

Judith Condon   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Reg: Sarah Palin. When mayor in Alaska she had a very large ice arena built there. The same contractor who built this arena built the Palin home. Did the Palins get any of theses costs free. It seems Stevens did and is on trial.
Has anyone checked this out??

Shelly O'Brien   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

I want to comment on the issue of race in this election and in general. What I don't understand is the fact that you nor I are responsible for our skin color. I did not make the decision to be white or black. So why is Barack Obama in some spheres, being seen as black. We all have an outer skin protection to cover our internal organs, despite it's color. We need to move beyond this issue as mature adults. Life is too short to focus on things we can't change and had no decision in, and focus on things we can change.

Melissa   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

With all of the talk of comments on sports, wardrobes, etc., I find that I am still confused on what each candidate plans to do for America. As a first time voter, and excited about the upcoming election, I still am not conffident in chosing a candidate based on their issues. If I needed to vote for best dressed – Palin hands down. Best Dancer – Obama. Are we so desperate to focus on the small things because, we all know that no matter who takes office – little of the policy that they proclaim to make happen is rarely adopted or passed. The terrible thing is I know I am not the only American confused with the choice in candidates we face, and many people will make decision based on the above instead of the real, current issues this country faces.

Chief   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Do Sarah Palin understand the complex process of policy making? Is negative campaigning her only strength?

John Martin   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

On NBC tonight Sara palin said that Obama would talk with foreign leaders without preconditions. She was then asked directly what a precondition is. Her answer clearly showed that she has no idea what a precondition is and has mistaken the word precondition for the word preperation.

Mimi from Philly   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

Harry Jaspon – "My question is …If a married couple makes over $250,000 together filing jointly under Obamas plan their taxes will increase but what about filing indiviually and each person’s earnings are well under the $250,000? Does this mean taxes will not go up?"

My understanding is that it must be individual net income of over $250.000. Though I've only seen it once, Joe the Plumber said, the day after he asked Obama if his taxes would increase as a small business owner, he said that his taxes would not increase until he made $250,000 as an individual in net, not gross income.


Alicia   October 22nd, 2008 9:19 pm ET

The choice of Sarah Palin proves once again that Republicans do not believe education is important in this country. Why does this party continue to try to "dumb down" the most important job in this country? You need someone with critical thinking skills to tackle the problems of this great nation. Frankly, I don't want to have a beer with the President of the United States; I want the President to "get to work!"

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Sarah Palin can't save McCain.She needs to go back to Alaska & take a small kyak to Russia,which by the way<she says you can see from Alaska.

Mary Bonavia   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Since Sara Palin's daughter is planning to marry next summer, she will be having a child out of wedlock. She would be entitled to state paid medical bills for the birth of the baby. Because Sara claims she favors cutting entitlements for the indigent, I think Sara and Todd Palin should pay the medical bills for the birth of their grandchild.

laurel   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Paiin is a drag on the ticket because she just doesn't have a real depth or reflectiveness that one wants to see in a leader. Yes, I could buy into the whole "energetic" fresh voiced candiate but she must have the intelligence to back it. I don't mean strong command and public appearance but real substance.

If she were to really study and develop a sense of who she is in relation to serious issues, people would take her more serious in terms of VP. She is suitable for politics but not the VP because consititutionally the VP must be able to act as President. We cannot put her in serious situations because she could very likely put us at risk accidentally. Smart gal but just now way suitable for this job.

Barry Pearce   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

in the third debate Sen McCaine mentioned using returning troops to fill schools as teachers without training prior to entering the profession. This I found to be a little strange. I checked with CNN vidio and transcript of the debate and it was there.

Is this the way your children will be educated to take on the world?

Shelley -   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

How much did and does Hillary spend on her hairstyles, clothes, etc.? How about Senator Biden? The bottom line is Senator McCain is the best qualified for the job, including Sarah Palin who has more executive experience than Senator Obama. The truth is Senator McCain has the one thing that Senator Barack Obama does not have, Integrity. How many times has Senator Obama been caught in lies during the campaign, a lot! I think the $150,000 is a wise investment in someone who may be the first female president one day, and is definitely a huge asset to Senator McCain. Senator Biden has foot in mouth disease.

Joao Mendes   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Palin doesn't have a Law Degree!!!!!! I cannot imagine Palin presiding over the Senate.

Mark   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

A direct quote from the U.S. Constitution: "The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided."

She was talking to a third grader.

Your guests are the ones who need a class on their Constitution.

Havelock, NC

Alvin   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Given the current economic melt down and the fact the the DOW drop again today, McCain and Palin should speak to the American people on how they would handle the economic crisis and stop the personal attack on Obama. Sarah Palin is not helping the McCain campaign, she more of a liability to the ticket. The American people deserves better than that. It is clear that John McCain is not in tune with current economic crisi that the American people are now facing. "Get Up and Smell the Coffee" Mr. McCain

Leesa, Queens NY   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Do you think that Sarah is a shopaholic?? Do you think that Sarah may not have had a diverse enough wardrobe so she may have needed the new clothes??? Don't you think she wants to look good for all of those Joe six packs in Pro-America who might want to vote for her. By the way who is Todd Palin??? Why hasn't anyone vetted Todd Palin yet? Why is he under the radar??? We know everything under the sun about the McCain family, Obama family, and the Biden family. We come up short on the Palin family tree. A closer look into this guy should be done…Was Todd Palin vetted???? I heard he is affiliated with the Alaskan Independence Party. We need more information on Todd Palin and not “Joe the plumber”. Look how much the media found out about this Joe guy today….not even a licensed plumber. We need to know about Todd Palin before November 4th.

Chris in Wisconsin   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

John McCain says he would not negotiate with democrats if they have preconditions. Does that mean he'll meet with Iran, et al, without preconditions?

Suzi Homemaker   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Hey Larry: \Palin is a total embarrassment to American women. From her Couric interview to her thinking she ran the Senate....oh, it makes me shudder that she is a candidate for vp. I cannot believe that the McCain chose her as his running mate. Is McCain getting senile? Must be. Her ignorance is astonishing to say the least. Hey, I know more than Palin and I am just a homemaker.

Obama, on the other hand, chose wisely. Biden may stumble over his words now and then, but he does have the experience needed to be a vp or even President if need be.

Julie (from Detroit   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

She said she would be the head of the Senate and clearly that is not the role of the Vice President, no matter how bad you Republicans want to make it so.

Michael Daigle   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

This is the most absurd conversation. I'm an educated guy, I'm a successful lawyer, and until watching the first 15 minutes of this show, was undecided in the presidential election. It's people like Stephanie Miller who think they're so superior and who criticize anyone who isn't of like mind that drive me up the wall. I'm no longer undecided, and if John McCain wins by 1 vote, you can all thank Stephanie Miller for pushing me over the edge. I've had enough.

hopeful   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

you betcha !Sarah Palin hurt McCain. It's not experience–Sarah does not even know what the job of V.P. does. Also, all the uproar she encouraged in the country in a really nasty way is not good for the America I know. And by the way;Socialism? what is it when Sarah taxes the oil com in Alaska and supposedly gave some of the money back to the people?? This woman changes her mind worse than McCain.

Cindy, Gulfport, Ms   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry, With the economy the way it is and people losing their homes, how dare Palin wear 150,000 in clothing. And for the one lady on your show to say that she had a problem with Mrs. Obama $56. dress on the View, is utterly stupid. Mrs. Obama $56. dress shows she understands that most of the public can not afford thousands of dollars in clothes. Palin has steady showed a lack of education and common sense. If McCain is elected, Palin has a chance of being our President, Thanks But No Thanks. Give me someone, understands Joe's wife has to shop at Walmart.

Shirelle   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET


If that's what i knew my donation was going to i could have used it for myself. My question is now do I get a refund. I'm a hockey and soccer mom and could have used it for my kids.

Julien   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Ok Miss Sarah go money to look good i have not problem with this get over it. I don't think that any so called Hockey mom should not look good but i want them if they are running for any position be it the driver for the hockey team or the Vice president of the United states to be qualified. when comes to that there is no Correct video clip Miss Palin in just not ready.

Rhonda (Toronto, Canada)   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

If this money came from the tax payers, then I'd be outraged, especially when the average American is struggling to provide food and shelter for their families. Can they take thier families with them when they travel for work on the company's tab? I think not!

Kate   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Why isn't it considered socialism when Sarah Palin distributes oil revenues to Alaskan citizens?

Victoria Bolling   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

The fact is that McCain tried to gain the support of women by picking Palin, plain and simple he chose the wrong woman. She abused her power as Governor, she doesn't know anything about her role as vp. So why should anyone vote for McCain????

Theo Fleckles   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Can you tell us why the media is not questioning or reporting Sarah and Todd Pallin's association with the Alaska Independance Party? From everything I have read about them, from their own website, they are extremely unpatriotic, conceming the United States of America. It has been stated as fact that Todd Palin is a member and that they have helped Sarah become elected.

Why are we not hearing more about this very compelling issue? I find this association very troubling.

Theo Fleckles

karen   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I don't care what she wears but they need to take more intrest in what she is saying and how misinformed she is regarding what her job will be .

Mary   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Palin's clothing.
Why is this such a big issue, in fact why is it in the news. I'm pretty sure men spend a lot on their clothes and grooming and it doesn't make the news. This sounds so sexest to me.

Mary – Tacoma, WA

Jason Yarborough   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

I would just like to say that it seems everyday we hear about something Sarah Palin has did that contradicts what she is suppose to stand for. I agree that money should be spent however they want but why so much for clothes for her when you have people out here in the US who wear the same clothes every week that can't afford them. It also seems there are more important issues that should be discussed.

Michelle Brown   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Sarah is an insult to intelligent women. If she was black,they would rightly accuse her of speaking ebonics, and label her an idiot, and throw her out so quick, your head would spin.

Where are the intelligent Republican Women that would admit they Sarah again did horrible in an interview, and she is not-qualified?.

McCain is allowing "HIS" campaign to trash is reputation as a decent person. If he was smart, he would cut the crap, and end it gracefully to save face.
Oh, and the Republican Party needs some Diversity, not male, female, but race, sex, etc.

janet schwimer   October 22nd, 2008 9:20 pm ET

The clothing is an issue because it speaks to the excesses that McCain/Palin claim they will eliminate. Sarah Palin could look very well dressed and well heeled in less than $700 Laboutin shoes that she wore at the convention. More importantly McCain previously championed the revision that said wardrobes were not to be part of expenditures. Maybe Sarah is trying to be in the Cindy McCain wardrobe league at others expense. As far as Mosbachers comment on Michele Obama wearing a modestly priced dress by a Chicago upstart designer, "Go Michele" for support American designers and upstarts.

Ed from Iowa   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Here's a question Larry. If John McCain is such a big supporter of veteran welfare, why in the 26 years that he's been in the Senate, hasn't he EVER forwarded any legislation to help me and my fellow disabled vets. If he was such a big proponet for veteran welfare, ask him why 100% disability pays $2500.00 a month and 50% disability is $728.00 a month? With that kind of math, our deficit would be gone in 6 months.

BEN - 27- JERSEY CITY   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET





Jared Storms   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I am a Canadian and i have been following this ellection very closely and I hear all the time that their should be tax cuts and how each candidate wil do this but would not be easier to shorten the election process from a year to say half or a quarter of this time and then with the money saved the politicians could use this money to help those in America that really need it. Or they could continue to spend it and what hundreds of thousands Americans struggle to survive each day!

Wendy Shrove   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Larry, are you kidding? How much airtime will you spend discussing the cost of Sarah Palin’s wardrobe? When have we EVER talked about the cost of a male candidate’s clothes? By the way, HOW MUCH has Obama spent on clothes while campaigning?

john   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I have seen it all in this country, just when we could not seem to do or be more foolish to the rest of the world, how can we show or teach another country about coming together, when we are still divide ourself, what a joke we must appear to the world, what has happen to us, we should be focus on this failing economy, putting american back to work, and helping save our face to the world.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET


You are racist and your comment has nothing to do about experience but about race. It is a shame that you have such narrow way of thinking

Ashwin Sundar   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Georgette makes absolutely no sense. She is blindly following Palin and defending her actions, as opposed to having her own opinion. She defends Palin's actions after she makes them because she arbitrarily likes her.

Richard Fox   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Is she going to declare her "contributed" wardrobe as income?

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Marvin Powell
You are so right. You must have watched Bill Mahre also. He made a very good point. The media is too interested on reporting petty things instead of the issues.

guy   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

if you americans stand back and listen to how you hold your elections it would be clear why your country is in big trouble. Who can tell the best lies wins.

nwyt   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

If (God Forbid) McCain was elected, and something happened to him which left Palin in charge- I am moving to Tahiti!

Jim Antoniou   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I would like to hear some discussion about Sarah & Todd's envolvement with the separtist movement in Alaska. I can't understand why this subject hasn't been all over ther news media. If aynthing is UNAMERICAN that certainly is and should be persued.

Jim Antoniou
North Carolina

Mesha   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I do believe that we need to get back to the issues.
I personally think Palin is just a scary reality, however I think that most sane people know that already. No one really cares about her wardrobe. Now the funds used to transport her family in Alaska is concerning. What does that mean about how she spends money in the White House, especially given the findings for the Trooper situations which questions her use of power. I think the bigger question is why didn't they use the money for advertising?

Edmund   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

For those who say Lou Dobbs is racist I got two words for you.
Rush Limbaugh

Debbie   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

and one more thing...

Why wont Sarah do the View....

They have been asking, and she is avoiding!!!!!

Tom Smith   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

You bet its fair game. Why would someone vote for someone that is going to "spread the wealth" by taking federal income taxes that I pay, and give them to people that dont even pay them. That is such a joke. And yes, We have really got way away from the issues. I hope that people need to open there eyes in this election. Palin has just as much expierence as Obama and yet he is running for President??? I think that when its crunch time come election day, you'll see that these polls dont mean a thing. I mean really, Larry, ask you guests on the show if they think that you can go by what these polls are saying???

Jim K.   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I don't feel as though I have good handle on Governor Palin's outlook on important issues facing the country. Instead, It seems as though she is simply regurgitating superficial answers that her handlers have provided her with.

For example, without some depth of understanding of the history of the Palesitinian-Israeli conflict, which it does not seem that Governor Palin has, her proclamation that she is a friend of Israel doesn't say very much.

Kim in NC   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

To answer the question if money would used for Michelle Obama...NO.

They looked through the records. They also tried to say she stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria, called room service and ordered lobster hors d'oeuvres, two whole steamed lobsters, Iranian caviar and champagne. Which was a complete LIE. Why is this election like a elementary school playground? Let's stick with the real issues.

Diane   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I fully understand that the RNC has discretion about how to spend campaign funds. My question is what kind of message does it send to working class men and women who have to buy their clothes at Wal Mart or Target that $150,000 is being spend on Governor Palin's wardrobe? For me it's a matter of judgment, especially for someone who bills herself as an ordinary mom.

patti   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I have a question I've not seen addressed anywhere. Do Sarah Palin's kids go to school? Who teaches them on her campaign trips? Do they have a nanny and a teacher? If so, who pays for this?

Without an education her children will grow up to be as uninformed about the constittution and history as she is.

Robert   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I believe that Gov. Palin does not know the duties of a VP. Ever since the 1st VP, John Adams, tried to get involve with the Senate, he was told that he was not authorize to interfere since according to the Constitution the VP all he does is break tiebreakers and succeed the President. VP Cheney and President Bush ignore the constituion and did whatever they wanted.

maripil   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I'm very concerned of the the McCain campaign's negativity. How does one relate Palin to the Walmart mom or Hockey mom when she is spending taxpayer's money to dress herself up so ostentatiously with Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth wardrobe!! This is outright outrageous!!

Daniel   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

The constitution states: The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

A president of any organization has some power and influence over the organization even if he or she only votes in the case of a tie.

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I think the question of the century is why is CNN fluffing over Biden's audio..thank God I finally heard the entire audio...because that's where it's at.

However, when you gently question your Democrat media contributors on CNN ...

they refer to the economy... and start spinning. Even Obama referred to it as Biden's "frivolous rehetoric" and spun off into the economy standing in front of his white guys.

his is security..this 4 scenarios.. this is Obama's response will not be seen as positive. He' talking to financial DONORS... not the normal American. Don't give me a history lesson...we have been attacked on our soil... don't fall asleep at the wheel.... don't play this party politics... . if one American is hurt as result of the media playing politics.. this will backfire on the media.

Pam (Columbus OH)   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

October 22nd, 2008 9:16 pm ET
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
Hi Larry,

I have one question. Why is it that republicans especially Sarah Palin and John Mccain always keep complaining about the media, that the media is always into Gotcha journalism and yet their entire campaign is about Gotcha attacks.

Be it Joe the plumber and Obama’s answer which they dont quote fully anyway or what Joe Biden said or something else. They latch onto every word that works for them.

Isnt that gotcha politics and dirty politics on their part, using their own analogy. Where are the real issue and what they stand for, what Sarah Palin stands for, for instance. And why is it that they think that its their duty to bring up all the questions about Obama and yet they cry foul when things are asked about their own (and their family's) associations and the troopergate issue for instance.

clive Rankine   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Amazing!!!!!!!! That the question about what the vice president job is was the fourth time sarah palin was asked that question you would figure by now she would have the answer........I guess she missed that in prep class..

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Does Karen Hughes really believe we're just giving money to people, as she suggests?

lorraine - washington state   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Hi Justice – you are so right – the amount of money spent on clothes is shocking!! I can remember when I had 2 outifts and one was a red cotton dress with a very frayed hem!! We had 3 little kids and the money was better spent on food and a roof over their heads than on me!!!! If only all this money could be spent helping the poor – you can dress so much better these days without spending more – we even buy clothes from Value Village – hey, we have bought some really neat clothes there!!

You take care – God bless you – glad to see all of you great people out there in the blogs!! Love, GRANDMA!!!!

Anakin Ginger   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

I would like to see gays have the rights on everything and specialy get married like any one else i saw ellen show talking about it and shes right I am living in Illinois.

Myra   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

Why is Palin on the stumpt talking about Obama not being qualified on national security in reference to the Biden statement? She is bringing to light her inexperience and if something happened to Mccain, based on what the world view about her is she of all people would be tested!

Antonio Williams   October 22nd, 2008 9:21 pm ET

seening joe the plumber has a tax bill of $1000.00 that outstanding
it would appear that the obama tax cut would heip him since current gop taxes has him in debt

elton nnamdi   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

how can palin represent the conservative party(GOP) and has spent $150,000 in less than 2 months on the mccain ticket,how much money of tax payers is she going to spend for 4yrs if about pork barell spending???

Ravi K   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Larry, Could anyone get the candidates or their representatives to answer the following question:

Name the top 5 criteria by which you chose your respective running mates. Thanks. Ravi

Nita   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I believe the clothing issue is very important, especially in this terrible economy. Sarah Palin can not be reffered to as a "hockey-mom", because hockey moms do not use $150,000 of tax money for THIER expenses. Many Americans actually work two jobs two save enough to buy their children new clothes from Wal-Mart and then pay their taxes. If she truly is a maverick, the way she says she is, she should act that way, rather than just talking. Remember, she is running for the Vice Presidential seat and possibly be the head of state, every aspect of the way she acts must be carefully analyzed.

-Nita Bhojwani (6th grade)

James   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

i am truthfull and if the truth hurts so be it atoosa

Diane   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

I think that the clothing issue is irrelevant; but flying the family around on taxpayers' money is. I feel very sorry for that little baby not sleeping in his own crib. What I have seen is him being passed back and forth between family members. What a life, uh?

I would like to know why she is so special not to be required to release her medical records. She is the only one in history that has not made a full disclosure. And I read somewhere her husband and kids have stock in that oil company, and that it was listed on her financials. Is that so, and wouldn't that be a conflict of interest?

andrea   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

according to news reports, Sahara & Todd Palin have accepted "gifts" of free construction on their home, gotten paid for staying overnight with there children, & had the state pay travel expences. Also, when Gov. Palin first came into office as Gov. of Alaska...she asked for more "ear marks" and funding then in other states.

Rose   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

carol October 22nd, 2008 7:22 pm ET

I feel your pain and agree with you. He is a over-bloated buffoon who cannot stand Obama. I think it stems from some comment that Obama made relating to illegal immigration. Dobbs calls himself "Mr. Independent" but he hates the ground Obama walks on. Considering they were both Harvard graduates, I would think he would have some respect for Obama even if he did not agree with his policies. But, his dislike goes beyond Obama issues.

Amara   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Dear Larry,
I think that this issue regarding Sarah Palin's wardrobe simply shows how smartly she is going to use the money of the taxpayers. We need a smart leader who doesnt care if he/she is wearing a Gucci blazer or not! We don't care if our leader is wearing just a jeans and t-shirt. As long as, he can lead our country and make us number one again, we shouldnt care whether he is wearing just a jeans and t-shirt. Also, wearing expensive or chic clothes will not change our opinions about a person. It's their policies and their thinking that will help us decide who we want as our leader!

Grace MacMillan   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

What about the free pass that Palin has gotten on being found guilty of abusing her power as Governor?? She's completely been let off the hook on this serious offense!!

maegan Pussilano   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Sarah Palin is dumbing down the entire Republican party and election process. I am completely baffled why Republicans are coming to Palin's defense. Clearly it's too late to abandon her, but please spare us the excuses.

It is not an elitist wish to want a VP candidate to UNDERSTAND the vast array of world and domestic issues. Palin doesn't even understand the job description.

Palin is a poser.

Darwin, Seminole, OK   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Larry – If people think $150,00 is to much for Sarah Palin's wardrobe and hair, which by the way I think is a prime example of how she would handle her job responsibilities if, GOD Forbid, McCain would get elected as President – they should check out the $15 million dollar professional size hocky rink and sports complex that she built at the taxpayers expense in Wasilla, AK., for her novice hocky playing son and her sports minded family. This family extraviganza left the city more than $20 million dollars in debt (the city had no debt when she took office) and in litigation over the land it was built on, that is still going on, when she left office as Mayor of Wasilla.

Dee   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

It is very interesting to me, that as a Federal Employee, when I go on travel for my government organization, the Federal Government does not pay for my family to join me on my trips. So, my question and concern is this; It is not about Sarah Palin taking her children with her, she ran for office, and she should have known the sacrifices she was going to have to make if she won, but if she wanted her family to go with her, why didn't she pay for them out of her own pocket. That is what I would have to do, so as a supposedly everyday hockey mom (comparing herself to the average everyday mom) she should have been willing to pay for her family to go with her and not expect the state's tax dollars to pay for it. She's a hockey mom, so she states, and hockey is a very expensive sport, one I could afford to put my children in. I just don't understand why we would want an average everyday mom to hold one of the highest offices in this country. I fear what she would do if she had to step in and be President! God please help and save the United States!

Jocelyne Duras   October 22nd, 2008 9:22 pm ET

Agree with Bob's comment, 2 bad surgeries talking about Palins clothes. Who speaks of what male candidates or who pays for their outfits.
Larry, please improve list of guests!

Bushdrools   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Karen Hughes is WORTHLESS!

When Bush took office he had a SURPLUS and that's why he was able to give a tax cut.

Now we DO NOT have a surplus and McSame wanting to extend Bush's tax cuts would be an unfunded special interest earmark for the wealthy.

Bennie   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I'm not concerned about the money, why are her kids not in school?

victor etefia   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Are you kidding me?$150,000.00 on wardrobe is totally at variance with the economic realities out there.She is trying to buy class-nothing but casting pearls at the swine and the" fallacy of relevance" to explain it is pure nonsense.

Jeanne   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

In response to Cheryl: look on Obama's website for more details but...what he has said is, during the last debate, there is no fine. I repeat no fine. What he will do is give you financial incentives to give your employees health care. I believe it is actually in the form of a tax cut. But check the web site to be sure.

The fine question as been asked and asked, there is NO FINE.

Wanda   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

McCain keeps YELLING he’s been tested.

Not for president, unless he's including that "more than 90%" vote with President Bush which would make him a "future tested potential president".

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Karen, stop it. Stop the inflammatory politics. Say something genuine and substantive.

Sandy   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I was wondering. Is John McCain considering changing his running mate at this late date as he sees his last chance at becoming President slipping away down Joe the Plumber's drain?

Lyn Wik   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

$ 150G on clothes ? Just add this to the list of things that, if it was happening on the Obama side, Republicans would be screaming bloody murder about.

M Maloney   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Is this a reasonable amount? It's hard to tell when you don't know what other candidates spend on accessories.

It's back to equality, though. Don't women's clothes usually cost more than a man's? Isn't it expected that women will wear something different every day?

Let's get back to the issues.

jay comti   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Sarah Palin is my reason I am running not sprinting away from the McCain camp. I am offended that the Mccain ticket would endorse a vice-presidental canidate they will not even let be interviewed without guard dogs around 2 stop her in her tracks, when she makes her inevidable mistakes on policy & job qualifications regarding her coveted job.

Jason Brown   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Have you noticed how often Hank Williams Jr. appears with Sarah Palin? What does it say when a man who sang "If the South Would Have Won" several years back – referring to the civil war – has taken such a prominent role in the campaign against Obama?

Martin Kautz   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Under which stone did you find Georgette Mosbacher, this Republican activist, to defend Sarah Palin? Sorry these explanations and dumb attempts to defend Gov. Palin’s incompetence, ignorance, selfishness and bad taste in spending 150.000 in clothes, spending tax money to transport her children, the bad judgements and abuse of power...
Georgette Mosbacher was not convincing, neither is Sarah Palin!

Dennis   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET


Wouldn't Palin automatically become president of the senate if she becomes vice-president of the US?

Vincent   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I've had enough of Sarah Palin, her character gets worse and worse everyday. The media will have a field day if she becomes vice president. I think that Stephanie is very smart, she should be running for vice president !

Grover   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

Dear Larry,
More than the wardrobe, I have a problem thinking that if McCain wins, Palin is next in line to take presidency if something happens to McCain. God forbid if such a day comes, I am leaving this country. It is a great joy for me to see a woman running for vice-president; however, I would rather have no woman running than Palin running. I would love to see a strong, smart and “intellectual” woman running at such a serious moment in history. I find this sad!
Coming to the question of wardrobe, I think she deserves $150,000 wardrobe because that is the only thing that is keeping her and McCain in the race “her looks!” I wish she used this money to buy books and gain some knowledge about politics, and foreign affairs.

Beth   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

CNN and Larry,
You refuse to post what i said because you know the truth hurts! Typical liberalism...just put up what you feel like, and delete what hurts! What ever happened to the first amendment?? You are so focused on ushering in "your" candidate that you won't even let the american people exercise their freedom of speech!

Jim   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

How come when Brittany Spears' sister got pregnant the whole country booed and called her mother a bad mother, but when Sarah Palin's daughter got pregnant the whole country cheered?

Dev   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

You know, why cant we discuss the issues and the bailout and not Sarah Palins Clothes.

The country is having real economic problems and all we care about are her clothes and whether or not that are backing the right baseball team.

Neither candidate has made an actual stand

Betsy Faucette   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I am wondering if Gov. Palin will have to declare these clothes as gifts and pay taxes on their value?

Liz   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

I think the clothes are a non-issue. People who give to political parties do so with the hope that their candidates will be elected. Presumably they think it will be used to fight for issues they believe in, but once given, it's a gift. That said, I personally think it is a waste, but then, I have no fashion sense.

Besides, you can dress her up, but that still won't make her qualified, and people can see that without too much trouble.

Obama/Biden '08!!!!!!

Paula   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET


CAROLYN   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET


Ed   October 22nd, 2008 9:23 pm ET

The RNC must be confused in spending over $159k in clothing and accessories for Sarah Palin. The RNC was probably thinking about a beauty contest and not a presidential election. That's a disgrace!

patria   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

that comment that georgette made about the alaskan taxpayers not minding chipping in to pay for sarah palin's children to be with her is such a double standard.republicans are constantly talking about obama's tax plan that is asking people who make a net income of over $250,000 to chip in pay a little extra.i dont know but i think that most taxpayers would prefer to help out families who cant even put food on the table over someone who can clearly afford to pay for their own airplane tickets and hotel stay.i am a woman and i completely understand wanting your kids to be with you all the time but i wouldn't expect someone else to pay for it.

tony, michigan   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Hi Larry,
How come if McCain speaks that he is tried and tested and claims he was there during the cuban crisis and in vietnam how come he voted to go to Iraq didnt he learn the lessons of the Vietnam war, or is memory fading with his age. Sarah Palin is Bush + skirts, we made a mistake electing Bush we cannot afford another one having Sarah Palin as Veep.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Karen is so wrong, he did not talk about a foreign attack.

Jim   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Wardrobe and travel spending.


I do not see an issue at all with her expenses. Take a look at Anderson Cooper a very respected news anchor, I would like to know what it cost him to travel around, get his hair cut, etc. We should be prepared to allow her expenditures as to when she is Vice President it will cost us allot more for her travels. These are benefits she is entitled to for her position. Movie stars have to do it, Look at Brittany Spears on her down side, would you want a Vice president spending $20.00 on an outfit to represent the United States Of America or should she dress as a Queen and wear gold while treating her family to luxury travels. I do believe AIG spent several thousands of taxpayers’ money to be pampered at a resort. As a Military man I think that the Vice President should be allowed family benefits, travel, expenditures, etc. If anyone else disagrees please stand up and run for the job yourself. She should be treated the best. This is America not Iran.

Jim – Indiana

dr   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Sarah Palin is definitely not a drag on McCain, in fact, she is what the United States needs in order to get back to our Christian roots. She represents the values and beliefs of our founding fathers and for sure America needs a good reminder of that.
Also, What makes you think a hockey mom shouldn't have good taste in clothes?

Alaina   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

McCain keeps talking about Obama's eloquence, and Palin keeps talking about the Elite intellectuals, when did being intelligent become such a bad thing in this campaign? I want my president to be smarter that the average not just the average.

Advisor   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Dear Larry,

How can Palin spend $150K on clothing and be an advocate for the middle class? How many middle class do you know who can afford this? How can McCain have 8 houses and be an advocate for the middle class? McCain/Palin use the word "Socialism" to describe Obama's policies. I am surprised that Obama doesn't use the word "Corporitism" to describe McCain's policies.

Nieka   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I think Sarah Palin shows the true colors of this years Republican ticket. First she is convicted of unethical abuse of power and then the Republican machine releases a statement basically saying her conduct is of no consequence. Then she incites racial bias at her rallies and the Republican machine says it is ok. Then she puts her families life in the public spotlight talking about her son in the military and her newborn child born with disabilities while at the same time she wants her family left alone. Mcain and Palin then go on to ask about the character or moral fiber of the Democratic Nominee. Does the Rpublican party think that character and values should only apply to their opponent while at the same time stating their own moral superiority within their "REAL AMERICA". This says a lot about this years Republican party in and of itself .

Tope Ojetunde (Bklyn. NY)   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET


Please, I need to know   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Please tell me what is this; when you tax the oil company and then give the money to all the people in that state? Am I missing something here

Thanks for your answer

shelly   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

my question is why does obama think that i should vote for him. i have great respect for mccain he has served this country and sacrificed more than any of us could imagine. all this for the love of this great country . the only thing that i keep hearing obama say is that my grandma gave us so much for him. maybe he should thank john mccain for that freedom that he has. personally i dont think that he has enough experience for the job . times are hard and he is keeps saying the bush administration but isn't the congress democratic or am i all wet. as for sarah palin i dont' think that it would matter if she was dressed in cloths from walmart someone on the other side would find something wrong with it. maybe they should look at the pictures of the obama's in the people magazine. looks to me they live awful nice. but of course lets not talk about them.

janette   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I know that they question is talking about Palin's wardrobe, and some have even questioned Michelle's wadrobe, but please what about McCain's wife. Her dress attire and entire wardrobe is pathetic. What can she do about that? Please show some clips of her compared to Michelle. Furture First Lady Wardrobes.

Noreen Belton   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I think that Georgette Mosbacher tries to make up for Sarah Palin stupid answer to the 3rd grader "What is the job of a VP?" I think it's wrong to give our children the wrong answer and make light of it. This is a problem with the Education system that we have. This is why our children are not as smart as some other nations. We have to give our children the tools and everything it takes to make them smarter. So Georgette, I say "Don't be so much for your party that you are willing to lets our children down". Sarah Palin should have known that answer. You are suppose to know what the job you are trying to fill intails

Barbara McClain   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

I just want to comment that as a middle class registered Independent – I don't think Sarah Palin is a drag on the ticket. In fact, I voted here in Florida today and voted for McCain-Palin. I think you don't hear from many of us who are planning to vote Republican, because we have to put up with the "well you are just racist" comments. I am sick of it! What is worse is the fact that I hear people say that they are definitely voting for Obama because he is black! Without reseaching his record!

I had problems with both candidates, but found McCain to be the most experienced. I know much has been made of the fact that Palin doesn't have the experience to be Vice President, but she has copious amnts compared to Obama. There have been other vice presidential candidates who had less experience than Palin.l

(As far as her wardrobe and travel goes)....I am an Alaskan and as most of my family and friends agree – we are happy that a regular mom from Alaska who worked her way up the political ladder because of her love for the state of Ak and the people has the chance to run for VP. She has done so much for our state and given monies bk to the Alaska people. I think because she is basically a middle class American, the RNP paying for some of her expenses is a good thing. There is a standard as far as the way we expect a candidate to present themselves and if she dressed in a lesser fashion – people would gripe about that.

Instead of asking the question about Palin's wardrobe....let's talk about where Obama's $$$ come from both for political campaigning and personal expenses through the years....

Yvonne   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

To me Joe Biden’s statement makes people realize how important it is for us to elect Obama, Biden, Powell, Buffet and all the intelligent people supporting Obama to the White House. We cannot have Palin near the White House in the coming years.

Kelley   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET

Larry can you ask your panel why Palin would be considered more qualified than Obama? Clearly Obama has the education coupled with his time in the senate along with the judgement needed to run an effective campaign and become our next President. Given this premise I would like to hear why the Republicans are emphasizing that Palin is more qualified, when she clearly does not even understand the position or the role of the VP..wouldn't that be at least an important qualification? What experience do they feel a president should have and Why?

Linda J.   October 22nd, 2008 9:24 pm ET


Since John McCain & Sarah Palin have tried to make such an issue about Barack Obama and his association with Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers, I would like to know more about Sarah and Todd Palin's association with the Alaskan Independence Party and its leader "Joe Vogel." I have seen it quoted that "Joe Vogel" has said: "I am an Alaskan, NOT an American. I don't have any use for America or her damned institutions." Also, it seems this "Joe Vogel" would make Bill Ayers or Rev. Wright look like Ronald Reagan. I would like to hear more about this.

Theresa   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I would like to know when does Sen. Palin kids attend school if they are following her around? I think as a mom I would put my kinds education first.

Nick   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

I'm appalled that your Republican apologist du jour brushed off Palin's latest gaffe as merely "plain talk" - as if it's elitist to be intelligent and patriotic to be stupid. By encouraging the idea that it's bad to be smart, we send a crippling message to our children and undermine the ability of our nation to compete in the global marketplace.

Michael   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

It's very clear that Sarah Palin was used as a token and not qualified to be Vice President and in my opinon not qualified to be any government office. It is very clear as well that the best interest of this country was not John Mc Cain's first priority when chosing her, but rather a desire to win at any cost.

Why isn't this fact discussed or taken into consideration when evaluating John Mc Cain and his judgement's or lack of?

He has put this country at risk by nominating Palin and made this country a laughing stock throughout the world with her nomination.

Claudia   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Please, whom ever is defending Sara Palin for the money she spend on clothing, should be a shame to do it, and to even stated that people is glad on the way she spends our taxes or donations, when she was making victims of sexual abuse paid for their kits! That is a low blow for everyone, specially for victims of sexual predators, shame on her and the people that supports this type of personal expenses, especially when even her daughters where enjoying luxury trips and victims were suffering.

Greg, Atlanta   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

As an undecided voter, I need to know that the people I depend on for political information make good common sense. How can a serious pundit who values his integrity tell me that Palin and Obama are equally prepared to lead this country, when palin has made gaffs of even the most simply answered questions?

Peggy   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

We are Middle Class Women. We love Gov. Palin – and the head of the Ticket – an American Hero – John McCain. They are both authentic Americans. And that's the key Larry. We love Authentic Americans – from Eleanor Roosevelt, to Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter to Ronal Reagan. Tested. Experienced. And the McCain Palin policies and ticket – has the vote of most Bucks County, Pennsylvania women I know.

elton nnamdi   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

mccain claims to have experience, i would like to know how many years experience he's had as a president,even one of the best economic presidents in U.S history said"being a president is a learning process" said Pres. Bill Clinton....

Lorraine   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry: I am so tired of WOMEN, especially, being so negative about Governor Palin. She did not ask to picked as McCain's running mate. She was very content as Governor of Alaska, and might I add she did a good job. I feel these Women are jealous. Did she ask for $150,00.00 t o be spent on clothing etc. ? She left Alaska to run with McCain and to appear on all the political discussions throughout the states. She is educated and she does know about a lot of topics. Issues that are important to her and to McCain. She should have her family with her. She needs support also. She does not need on the job training. It must be nice for all these people to be so critical. People in glass houses should not throw stones. Put themselves in her shoes.

Chris in Wisconsin   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Every president has had SOME kind of crisis in the early part of their administration. My problem STILL is that McCain says he's been tested, but I don't remember him ever being president ANY time in the past!

Greg   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Larry here is a good question about guilt by association.
They claim the LITTLE time spent on a board makes Obama bad correct? Ok.

Obama has spent how many hours now with our senators including John McCain. So I guess by their association, the same as Ayers, they too are bad then correct????? THKS!!!
I know it makes no sense, but neither does their analogy.

Biden DID NOT say that.
He was stating the same thing Lieberman stated before.
EVERY president gets tested so it doesn't matter who becomes president. McCain is NOT GOD. He too will be tested. He has done NOTHING to bring fear to the world. LOL

R. Epps   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Thank you for having such an informative show. In these last two weeks I don't want to hear about Ayers, Wright, $150k wardrobes, or a plethora of non-sense on Joe the plumber. I am a recent college grad and what I want to know is how can McCain and/or Obama save me from inheriting a disastrous economy. Give me updates on Wall Street, the war, the world bank and all the other issues that matter. I can count on one hand the number of people who make more than $250k/ yr. Actually I can use on finger! lol Seriously, stick to the issues. By all means please quit scripting Palin and tell McCain be original and quit waiting for Obama or Biden to give him a "clue" for his next speech or bashing!

Nancy   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

If Sara Palin hadn't taken her kids on the road with her, then she would be deemed "a bad mother" . As it is, women (a broad term) already think that she is not making the right choice-"too much on her plate" with family/being governor, a child with a Down's syndrome. The same women who think equal opportunity for all women, working outside the home and raising a family can be done. But just not by Sara Palin? and this latest issues-grasping at threads (no pun intended) about her wardrobe-do we really care? why do we care? should we be asking how much her haircuts are too? what about Barak? I'm sure he isn't shoppping at KMart either, nor is Michelle. What if we asked if they shopped at the Salvation Army? would that mean we were racist (because ( black/minorities/poor) have to shop there for used/cheap clothing? these are NOT the issues of the presidency. This is just fodder for Palin haters and the left wing media. This makes me absolutey furious.

Frank Vargo   October 22nd, 2008 9:25 pm ET

Hey Stephanie, according to THE US Constitution, the VP is the PRESIDENT of the Senate (i.e. person in charge).

Toni   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Thanks Stephanie for calling Palin "Carabou Barbie". I was feeling sick earlier today but I have laughed so hard that I'm feeling much better now. I also agree that she is a total embarrassment to McCain and the republican party. I often wonder did they put her in the race to purposely sabatoge the election so McCain could blame her when he loses. How could he pick someone undergoing an active investigation for improper handling of firing her former brother in law and teen daughter is pregnant? I have to say that although I am a working mother with a full time career and believe woman should work if they want to work, She is totally going to have to give her many children suboptimal attention during the most important years of their life. I really can't respect her for her decision to run at this time. The children come first.

Shawn   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Tell Karen for me that if she read Obama's tax policy she would see that people that do not pay taxes don not get tax cuts on nothing under Obama's policy. Get your facts straight please Karen
Thanks Larry,

Jo   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Why is nobody talking about Palin's husband "Palling around" with people who think America is so imperfect to the extent that they do not want to be a part of it?

Elaine Hendrix   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

I want to know if people REALLY think it's ok for a governor, that has been proven to be worth over a million dollars, to use the tax payers monies to fly her children with hers? Would they REALLY feel good about "chipping in" for that? Especially when there is 5 of them? My guess is going to be a big fat NO. Sarah Palin is no reformist. Bridge to Nowhere, $150,000 make-over, ethic violating, flip-flopping "cooperator" hypocrite.

Wanda   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET


I agree with you. I want my president to be smarter than a 5th grader too. Oppsy, 3rd grader.....:-)

Andrew J. Czernik   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Obama wore a hand-tailored custom-fit suit for the acceptance speech. How much do you think that cot? Do anyone think he personally paid for that? Clothes budgets are a ridiculous topic. Get back to the economy and to Joe-the-VP's comment on the dnger of attack if Obama gets elected.

AStar   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Bush: The economy is under attach. Sarah, what should I do?
Sarah: I don't know....let me call Joe.
Joe: I don't know....I think you should call Obama.
Obama: Let me make this point, first. I layed out my plan and you called it socalist. I thought you had the right plan. Why don't you call Bush.

Yvonne   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Sarah Palin could not even represent America in a Miss Universe Pageant. It amazes me that Republicans would dare the compare Sarah Palin’s knowledge and experience to Obama’s. Obama is a Lawyer from Harvard, Palin is a dunce. Why do the Republicans ignore that Obama was an Illinois State senator for 7 years and a US Senator for 3 years, just like Abraham Lincoln. Palin was a state Governor for less than two years and she was on maternity leave for a large portion of the time. I'm insulted by the continual lies and manipulation of the Republicans to even compare Obama to this ignorant woman. They must really think Americans are stupid.

zodwa fl.   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

to Jane Toms
The reason there is no backlash is that Obama's campaign never complained about less money they have to the media as a disadvantage to close the gap between the partie's polls. get it?

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Outrage because her clothing bill is paid by the RNC ...

How about this ... on education.

I don't owe anyone in this country a college education...

Obama wants you to join the Peace corp, community programs and the military to pay back for college…he didn’t go to the Peace Corp or military. Oh yeah, community organizer..I think I would remove “community organizer” from my Presidential candidacy resume.

Well who do you think he wants to pay the tuition to the colleges and universities…they have to get paid…when he says the Govt. he means the taxpayers.

Taxpayers already pay for public education from kinder to 12th.

You want me to pay for college too, your houses, your insurance.

You want college get good grades, grants, scholarships, a job, family help. You will be a better citizen for it… enough of the “pity me” party,

Oh by the way P Diddy and Madonna’s kids go to private schools.. they won’t be in the Peace Corp.

That was in his debate ... socialized college ...but only for the middle class.

Glenn   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

With all of the problems that the United States is facing now, when will Americans start supporting politicians on their knowledge and plans for helping than the way they look, or their cloths, or the color of their skin. All I hear from the Replicans are how unfair they are being treated by the media and how terrible Obama is. Heven't we had enough of a leader that we can have a beer with.

kamal from minnesota   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Come on America lets be serious here
When McCain has accused Obama over and over for being too young and inexperienced, and then goes on and picks someone I or most people have never heard of who is younger than Obama and has just as much experience has he does, then there must be an underlying agenda. That agenda was all political, and he wanted the women votes. But the United States is smarter than that. I don't care whether you are a republican or a democrat if you woke up tommorrow and Palin was our president you would crap your pants. I'm not worried about how much money they spend on her wardrobe as long they throw a couple extra dollars in their to put her in a class to learn about what the role of a vice president is.

Trish   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Guilty by association:

As Sarah is campaining on stage with Hank Williams Jr. telling the crowd that Obama should be judged by his associations, she needs to be aware that her associate on stage still proudly waves the Conferderate flag. Pathetic and embarrasing for you, Palin.

Lola Brooks   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Palin is definitely a hinder to McCain. There is no middle ground; either you’re an asset or a liability and a scripted puppet is not an viable asset in serious matters affecting our nation.

Lola Brooks of Tampa, FL

Neil   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Can you not get unbiased people on to discuss the issues truthfully and intelligently? It's the samething night after night. Barrack is great, no John is great, no way Barrack, no way John. It would be nice to listen to adults instead of little children discuss health care, education, Iraq, Afghanistan and the economy, not how much a dress costs. I'm going to go watch the World Series.

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:26 pm ET

Your guest can say what ever they want to say , but Larry it comes down to this America needs a change . Its whaqt the people want We can no way take 8 more years of the same Look Larry at and please tell your McCAIN GUEST that have they been kepping up on what is going on at the early voteing places. McCain is running out of town

Linton, Atlanta GA   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

McCain's biggest mistake was picking Palin, he threw away the race!

Jay   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I don't believe that the cost of her clothing should be of concern because it is only normal for politician at this level to be dressed accordingly. My issues are: why would they let information as such hit the media which would only insult your common Joe. My second issue: "people, what is important, the party that wins or the best leader to get us out of this situation?" Larry King: What's important are the american people their jobs, education, healthcare and bringing our troops home.

MB in Georgia   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Talk about Sarah Palin being smarter than a third grader, Obama couldn't even get John McCain name correct in the first debate, would that be smarter than a first grader. Get real, someone whom cannot remember who he addressing during a national debate, could he maybe with foriegn diplomats get their name wrong. That looks real good for our country. However you heard nothing from the press in regards to this. Dah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

robert erwin   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Larry, Do most of your McCain supporters not feel, that this race. To the point that they do or say anything to down Obama?

molly   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

I am sorry for john McCain and Sara Palin because they have no real agenda to bring this country back up all they talk about is Obama. I do not know why eveybody is asking how John McCain could catch up, don't you think because he has no idea how to run a country, he certainley had his time to proof himself and he lost.

Linda Braid   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

What about Palin calling part of your country anti-American, or saying the rural, low-population areas are "real America"?

Lindy Smith MN   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Let's just face it! Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are a very BAD mix for our country. To me this seems so much like a novelty more than anything. He is in Pres. Bush's back pocket and she is far too starstruck that her head is in the clouds!! This is a serious race and they are not serious enough to make real differences that matter today and right now.

James   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

Let me tell you this Barak is a secret muslim and if Americans want to elect a guy with his bendings towards this religion, so lets go for it.

Maureen   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

A lot of hard working Americans out there do not earn $21K let alone $150k for a whole year's work, how does Gov Palin plan to reform government and get the government to work on the side of the people when she can't seem to get it that Americans are struggling? This sort of reckless spending can be equated to exactly what the Mcain-Palin ticket is against! Double standard??What's the deal??

Carmella   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET

While I respect Karen's position, Republicans are very self deceived. They will find it very hard to be objective because they are extremely right.

Tonda J   October 22nd, 2008 9:27 pm ET


If you do your research you would know that Sarah Palin's educational background is far inferior to Michelle Obama so if you placed these two ladies in a pulpit then by far Michelle Obama would blow Palin out of the water. Palin was a weather girl for crying out loud, and attended approximately 4 different colleges before getting a degree. She lucked up on being in the political arena and her Alaskan Independence Party husband spent so much time in the governor's mansion he probably ran the state or atleast his party probably did.

bobbie   October 22nd, 2008 9:28 pm ET

John McCain keeps saying he's been tested. I would like to know how. I've served 12 yrs in the military and I don't believe that qualifies me to be President of the U.S. So someone please tell me where his tests came from?

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:28 pm ET

So, Terry, that's definitely neither a hand out nor a hand up, yeah?

Casey Schilling   October 22nd, 2008 9:28 pm ET


150,000 is that what mavericks spend on clothes? How can he claim to be in touch with american families, they spend 150,000 on clothes and then profess that the tax returns that my family has gotten in the past are eqivalent to welfare checks? For several years I made 45,000 a year and my wife worked part time so she would have time with our beautiful children. We got a substantial refund, including all we paid in. Was my family on welfare?

casey schilling

Vince   October 22nd, 2008 9:28 pm ET

How are Gov. Palin's family travel expenses different than NYS's Hevesi who
according to the NY Times on 12/22/06 reported: "State Comptroller Alan G.
Hevesi today quit his post and pleaded guilty to a single felony charge
after arranging a deal with prosecutors that will spare him prison time. His
decision to step down came as Albany prosecutors were preparing to ask a
grand jury to indict him on charges of defrauding the government and on
other felonies stemming from his use of state employees as chauffeurs and
aides to his wife, a law enforcement official said, charges that could have
yielded a prison sentence had he been convicted."

John Cumings   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Georgette's answer to the question about Sarah Palin taking her kids on trips paid for by the State of Alaska disturbs me a little. What was her husband doing that he couldn't watch the kids while she flew to New York for a five-hour event that became a five-day "vacation"? In this day and age, fathers can take care of their kids just as well as mothers. Seems like the kids got a free vacation at the expense of Alaskans. That's a very different image from the money-saving governor she portrays herself to be.

Susan Metcalfe   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

There are people world wide,myself included, who would love to have a voice in this election. You are the world's current superpower.When you sneeze the rest of us catch a cold. Get it together already with your priorities. Your myopic,self serving trivialization of the gravity of this election is precisely why your once Great Country wears chains instead of wings.
Susan Metcalfe
Prince George,BC

Heather, Honolulu, Hawaii   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

The kids need to be in school. Home tutoring is not working, Palin can't even tell Piper & the 3rd graders what she would do as a VP. She asked the question herself in June or July and has subsequently answered the question "What does a VP do?" wrong the four times she has been asked the question! It's quite frightening to think that she thinks she can disregard the Constitution like she disregards the questions posed to her!

Renaldo Works   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

The RACE question. If Obama was not a dark skin man would this be a contest?

trina   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

sarah palin has been dargging mccain down from the beginning I watched her cnn interview and she stated she had more experience than sen obama and sen mccain sounds like shes campaigning for 2012 ....

Everett   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

I’m a Democrat and when you take money out of my pocket or any person’s pocket after they have work like I have worked 60 hours a week for the last 20 years to give my family a better life. Call it what you want Its not right in any from and is down right stealing.

John T.   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

Please give the complete quote by Joe Biden and then ask the panel whether or not both President Clinton & President Bush were tested in their early months of their 1st presidency. After all, 911 happened just a few months into Bush's 1st presidency.

Anne   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

... I can't help but think how truly exciting this campaign would have been if McCain had chosen another VP candidate... I had a lot of respect for McCain until he introduced her ... is it possible that this was the best choice he could have made?... What's happening is a shame.

Brian H   October 22nd, 2008 9:29 pm ET

About wardrobe: McCain, Biden, Obama, and Clinton were/are independently wealthy, and can afford to dress impeccably, as required for national full-exposure live and TV campaigning, on their own dime. The Palins are not. Campaign contributions are intended to help the party and candidates do their best to win popularity and votes.

This is entirely sensible spending, and entirely within the purvey and discretion of the RNC.

Get a life.

dnafarm5   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I wonder why Sarah Palins family has to be clothed by the RNC. I thought her husband was a stay at home dad. He needs to stay home with the kids and save the tax payers money. Sarah Palin no matter what she wears she is not VP materal.

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Why are you still undecided, you know John McCain is the Man for the Job, not only does he deserve it, Mr McCain has EARNED it.

Velma   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Yes, Sarah is a drag on the Party. Yes, it matters that $150,000 was spent on her wardrobe. I could pay off all my bills with that amount of money. After all, she was a governor, didn't she have adequate clothing. I listen to criticisms made of both the Obama's and consider them so distasteful. Then some of the same people defend Palin and McCain for literally anything and everything. That is what I consider ignorance gone to seed.

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Theresa how do you know they dont have a teacher travelling with them. There are alot of homeschooled kids in this country. You dont need many hours to cover what teachers cover in day's work. If you have kids, you should worry about them and leave Palin to make decisions about her family.

Clark   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

What the RNC chooses to do with their money to sell their campaign is their business. Look at management of taxpayers' money. She did use Alaska taxpayers' money for the trips and amended the statements afterwards which looks suspicious. She left Wasilla with a 22 million dollar deficit having spent money on a 15 million dollar sports complex while still leaving antiquated roads and water. Those are more telling issues when talking about her fiscal policies.

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

The republican campaign has been run exactly as republicans run every campaign...full of lies & hate,although I have seen much more negativity in Mccain's campaign.It's probably because he has no agenda,so what else can he do but go negative.

Allan   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I feel that the issue about Sarah Palin's family is not relevant since she should be allowed to be a mother as well. We tend to think that kids should be neglected in these situations, unless the expenses are excessive then this should not be a "campaign issue". I think we should stick to the real issues in this election, that of education, jobs for someone like myself who is living in another country because I was unable to pick up a job after becoming extremely qualified(read between the lines). The issue of Sarah Palin's wardrobe is important since she is the individual who talks about being conservative. She seems to exude hypocrisy about this particular issue.

Alicia   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Why is the press afraid to ask Sarah Palin about her secessionist ties in Alaska as she talks about "pro-Americans?"

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

did anyone hear the story on rick sanchez this afternoon about the terrerist webb site that wants MCcain to win the election because he will keep the wars going in irag and afganistan. I think bidon might have had it backwards . I dont think anyone will know what will happen , but i am going with the guy with the level head. Obama bidon 08

sandi   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET


Are you people out of your minds discussing the amount of money spent on Gov Palin clothes. Its just more smears by your network of Gov Pallin. Your network should be ashamed of your selves for the ongoing SEXIST comments and stories about Gov Palin. Your network has lost all credibility and I encourage others to boycott your station.

If you think you are such a fair station then why aren't you combing Obama's records to see what he has spent on various matters. What did he spend on his ROCK CONCERT in Germany, which was an outrageous use of donations.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Obama has already started bringing Governors in to learn about their Economic issues and what the next steps would be, or today he met with many of his foreign policy advisors.

Can you tell me what McCain has done? beside those rallies !

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET


CNN broke the news within the last week or so that Sarah Palin belonged to the A.I.P (Alaske Independent Party), whose sole purpose is to have Alaska seperate from the U.S. and their other agenda is to go undercover in other parties to further their own political goals. How can John McClain and Replublican party miss that and pick her to run as vice president knowing her involvement with this party? There is video tape and documented proof showing her involvement with this party. How come the media has not picked this up and televised it more?

laurel   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

To Karen,

When biden stated what he did; he was actually speaking about factual events in history. 3 months after entering office Clinton had world trade center bombing. 8 months after Bush entered office he had 9/11. biden would have been more appropriate if he had stated that any candidate that gets in will be vulnerable to attack because historically our enemies like to attack us when we have a "changing of the guard". Speaking frankly isn't always comfortable for the public but we live in a time where we must recognize that we do have enemies who like to test us. If McCain were harmed would all of us feel confident in Palin's ability to understand what to do in traumatic situations? We might as well send Tina Fey as her stand in.

Riley   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

The Vice President of the United States is the President of the Senate and votes only in case of a tie.
VP Richard Cheney made the statement that the VP is paid by the Legislative Branch of the Government

Carolyn   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Larry, can you please get some repubs to admit that Palin was a very bad choice. I do not want some average gal, running the white house. I want some one smart who surrounds themselves around people who are even smarted. We have an average joe running the white house now. Also are'nt the McCains and the Bushes Elites? Mrs. Palin talk about the economy, or talk about trooper gate, travel gate, I thought you were a reformist. Try reforming yourself first.

Bea   October 22nd, 2008 9:30 pm ET

I don't understand when Republicans say that Obama will tgive tax payers' money away to those who don't pay taxes. Isn't a stimulus package given to tax filers? Please explain

Don in NJ   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Did anyone at CNN ever provide a graph off the poll results for McCain once Palin was added to the ticket? That would be an interesting graph.

Odds are the graph dipped once she was included.

DougO   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Um Excuse me, but didn't anybody watch the HBO miniseries John Adams or read the constitution? Or learn their history? I would think you "elite talking heads" would know better and want to tell the truth. Obviously not. The VP is under Article 1 Section 3, "The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided". The actual rules governing the senate were actually written bp Vice President Jefferson I believe. If you look at the history of the office, the VP actually can have great influence over the senate. If I weren't stuck here in Canada, where they only show CNN.......

Sally Hayward   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

It was reported today that Sarah Palin has spent thousands of dollars on transportation for her children and charged it to the state of Alaska. Isn't this a form of embezzlement? How could we ever trust her with our own personal finances at her mercy?

Beth   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET


Put ourselves in which one of her shoes?
Come on; she is playing the same game that Obama, McCain and Biden is playing. Because she is a woman we should treat her differently? We are not trying to elect a PTA Mom, but a VP for the United States of America. If she did not want to play, she should not have gotten into the game.

Brian   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Frankly, I'm tired of the republicans talking a bunch of rubbish every day. Why do they feel to call Democrates Elitists. Do they really want a person so unqualified as the VP just because she is a "hockey mom"? This is the the President of the U.S...highest position in the world. Wouldn't you rather someone in there that is well spoken and well education or someone that says cool and joe six-pack. A normal person wouldn't move up the chain in their job if they acted like that. Would you hire someone like Palin or Obama if you looked at their resumes rather than them just "Dem" or "Rep" Absolutely ridiculous. Furthermore, Sarah Palin getting $150,000 isn't elitist i don't know what is. I can't believe someone needs that much money for clothes. Mrs. Reformer and tax cutter better watch what she says because it just is contradictory.

Theresa   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Correction to previous statement:

I would like to know when does Gov. Palin kids attend school if they are following her around? I think as a mom I would put my kinds education first.

Michael Daigle   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

How many American families or hockey Moms are campaigning for vice president, appearing before thousands of people daily, not to mention all the cameras? Get real, people? Like her or not, she's not, at least not at this moment, a typical American citizen. This whole discussion is insane.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Sorry there Fred, I don't give a rap about what a candidate has done, although I respect Sen. McCain's service. I care about what they think and what they believe. I don't owe John McCain a vote because of his past. I vote on ideas.

sandra machleit   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Never underestimate the power of a VP, afterall, Dick Cheney has been the most powerful man in the USA over the past 8 years!

Sandra from Knoxville, TN

Annie   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

The relationship America has created under the Bush administration with our global neighbors is the reason Bidens comment was made. America is being tested as we speak...who has failed more at these tests than the Republican party over the last eight years? McCain included...If he is "the maverick" why did he watch our credibility in the world slip away under his nose?

Tom - Canada   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Hello Larry:

I find it interesting that the comment made by Sen. Biden continually gets ammended. Sen. Biden never used the word "untested". He said simply that a President Obama would be tested. It is my opinion that it really doesn't matter who is elected President they would be tested early, and often. Seems to me that is the nature of the job. If it weren't there would not be any discussion of qualified or not in the selection of President.

Mesha   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

I believe the W movie proves that VP candidates matter in the White House. Maybe they don't matter on the ticket, however they do matter in the White House. That is way Palin scares me. Seriously people, Palin speaks to McCain's judgement or lack off. Why her? I don't care what no one says, there are other Republican women that would have been more appropriate for our country, but he choose to execute a tactic over a strategy.

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

Larry ...... Read the Entire Biden Audio....

Larry ...... Read the Entire Biden Audio....

Larry ...... Read the Entire Biden Audio....selective CNN quoting

Charlotte Gray   October 22nd, 2008 9:31 pm ET

It appears that majority wins....Sarah Palin is not helping the McCain ticket. I understand that she is news, however, I believe the daily news reports on her keep us off the issues that are important to America and the election. The RNC should have better judgment that spending $150,000 on a Palin....what a waste of money. I noticed she No, and No thank you to the bridge to nowhere, what was wrong with saying no to dolling her up like Barbie.

J from KY   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Woud we as tax payers be required to continue the upkeep of Mrs. Palin? This is a 150K for a few weeks, what will the bill be for 4 years? I believe the money could be spent better else where.
Michelle Obama made that $56.00 dress look classy and she will make a potatoe sack look classy.

Trish   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Guilty by Association:

As Sarah is parading around on stage with Hank Williams Jr., trying to convince the crowd that Obama should be judged by his past associations, she needs to be keenly aware that her associate on stage still proudly waves the Confederate Flag. Shame on you, Palin.

Vince   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Why aren't you also saying that Biden said that Obama has a "...spine of steel?"

Helen Godfrey   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

It's all nice outfits that she's wearing, but OK! $150k for clothes? I think it's totally ridiculous!!!! There are Americans (your people) on the streets who are starving, no money for clothes and don't even have a pot to pee in, and Palin who preaches for the people are dressed in the best. How about getting a nice outfit from K-Mart?
Oh yeah, she should swing by the hardware store and buy some ductape!!!

Myra   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

I am confused why McCain can say he has been tried ? yes, he served in Viet Nam and he was tried as a POW, but how has he ever been tried as the President of the United States? And if being a Sentor has made him tried then so has Biden? Last I heard Obama is also a Senator maybe not as long as McCain or Biden but since none has be President as of yet then all is equal? I certainly do not have any idea what McCain would do if he was teated as President.

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Maybe Sarah Palin should have kept the private jet .......................


katy davis   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

hooray for wexler! love that guy!

richard carter   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

I have some concerns about this years' election. The early voting has brought out a lot of people; people that are not able to read, write, or speak and are mentally handicapped. The person that brings them in registers them, and then fills out the ballot for them. They are being brought in to the polls by the busload and someone else is filling out the ballot for them, how can this be fair? Does this mean that the person filling out the ballot gets two(2)+ votes while the rest of us are only allowed one(1)?

Richard Carter
Michele Worley
Concerned NC Citizens

Michele in Maine   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Sarah wasn't on maternity leave. She actually hid her pregnancy until the 7th month, then during the 8th month she flew to Dallas to give a speech. The mornin of the speech her water broke, she went ahead and gave the speech, then she got on a plane and flew eight hours back to Wasilla because she didn't want her baby (which she knew had Down Syndrome) to be born in Texas. I don't support her, but just wanted to correct the error.

There are plenty of reasons to be against Sarah, we don't have to make up lies like the other side does.

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Obama mocks "Joe the CEO". If he wins, he is going to need the hard working CEO's to make the money he needs to distribute. Not all CEO's are bad.

VK, Florida   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

It is true that Palin energized the republican base by her hate comments and by stirring up stuff that is not true(after all that's what they wanted to hear), I swear I would be intimidated to go to her rally, there is just so much anger and anti-democratic, racial, faith hate....that alone should turn people off....McCain/Palin- mavericks? yes...mavericks for dividing the country and stirring up hate...

Sunshine Rivera   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Well, ofcourse we are going to have many crisis for Obama because of Bush and Mr McCain and all of his experience. Senator Obama will learn and get experience. Cut the Bull, Obama is President Obama

Ravi K   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

What decisions has John McCain made that puts him ahead in matters of National Security other than being a pilot? I am confused?

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:32 pm ET

Bama will be laughin and dancin weaher he wins or loses. He really doesn't know for sure if he still wnats to be there.

Scott Truman   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Haven't Senator McCain and Governor Palin overplayed the "Joe the plumber" bit. After all, hasn't it been confirmed he's not a even licensed plumber; doesn't make $250,000 a year; won't make $250,000 a year if he buys his employer out; doesn't really work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day and so on. In reality, doesn't he benefit from Senator Obama's tax plan now or later? Am I the only one who thinks its a remarkable coincidence that "Joe" apparently misrepresented portions of his life to Senator Obama only to meet with Senator McCain a short time later? Does anyone think Senator McCain may have again acted a irresponsibly for not vetting "Joe" first? And also for his and Governor Palin's continued misprepresentation of "Joe's" circumstances even after the real truth became known?

Mimi from Philly   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Robert – October 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm ET – "Why aren’t more established Republican women in politics like Susan Collins, Christine Todd Whitman, or Kay Bailey Hutchinson coming to Sarah Palin’s defense?"

Robert, Why weren’t more established Republican women in politics in the running for VP? Hello!!! Sarah Palin took 5 years and 4 colleges to graduate. I think it will take very intelligent people to come up with new solutions to these new problems. I'm 58 and can't remember things. I am not an age bigot, but come on, 72 years old?


Amara (15 years old)   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Do you know that George Bush had an interview with some journalists about 6-8 years ago. He was given a globe in front of him and was asked where Pakistan was. But he didn't know where it was! If we vote John McCain and Palin, we are gonna go through the same thing for 4 more years. God forbid, if something happens John McCain and we have Paling left as our President, I think we are going to be left with a leader worse that George Bush! I don't think we deserve 4 more years of an unqualified leader like Sarah Palin. Please, we are worried about our economic crisis not whether Sarah Palin is a hockey mom or not! Give us a break, Palin!

Bushdrools   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Mark “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate"

Do you know what the Pres of the Senate does? Perhaps you should watch some C-span.

Beth   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Don't understand how has McCain has been tested. Being a POW? What is that have to do with being a president?

laurel   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

For Karen Hughes,

McCain would be just as likely to be tested. No one wants this of course, but the truth is anyone who takes that role will be tested. It is part of the job which is sad but very true in our world today.

Shawn   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I can't understand why the right tries to deny the middle class the chance to move their lives forward and in turn, fix the economy. Obama has said nothing about giving money to people that do not pay taxes. How can you get a tax cut if you do not pay taxes? Spin, spin, spin.
Shawn, New Hampshire
P.S. It's gonna be a landslide!!

Andrew Clyde   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

This is for all of the panelists. There is already talk about Palin being the new voice of the party. No matter what Karen says, and while it may be a close race, but Obama shows signs of winning. What would a Palin/Obama race look like in 2012? Are we talking a mud slinging extravaganza?

willie   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Biden din'nt say mccain because mccain is not going to win the election.

Brian H   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

error above: "entirely within the purview", not "purvey".

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

McCain and Palin are both jokes. Neither of them let along together will be able to run this country right. We need Obama in office to correct the mistakes from the present idiot in office.

jessica   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Dear Larry,

i just wanted to say that sarah palin is the most unqualified person to be vp escpesially if she doesnt even know what to do if she is vp. the fact that she spent 150,000 to look good in designer clothes is ridiculos. earlier in the show the lady mentioned that michelle obama wore a 56$ dress and that wasnt good enough, well if sarah palin is the non washington hockeymom/average person, why in the world would 56$ not be good enough for her is she better than regular hockey moms? cause is it sounds like to me that she is just another corrpt person in washington who is better than the average joe the plumber i think john mccain is an excellent man and i honor him for serving his country and being a pow , but the fact that he has constaley said obama's ticket doesnt have enough experience and then he chooses some one like sarsh palin, i can only think of him now as a hipicrit.yes, obama doesnt have alot of experience, but if anybody knows what it is like to be a average person, it is definitly not sarah palin. another thing that bugs me is that she keeps mentioning that she has a sun in iraq, well news falsh sarah if having a son in iraq means that you can be vp wel, my grandma could be vp.i respect your family and wish your sun the best of luck but there are tons of people who have sons in afganistan , are hockey moms, skin there own meat, and hunt and if i know one thing is that those average people dont spend 150,000$ in clothes. and for the sake of this countries future being in the economic crisis it is in i just hope to god someone that spends that kind of money on things that yes are important but not that important would be a heartbeat away from the leader of this nation.

Brenda   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

How can any smart american person think that Sarah Palin has enough experience to be the vice president of the United States of America......please get with the economic problems and get back on track!!
Your economy is affecting the Canadian ecomony and my retirement savings.

Yosh   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I think the question of whether or not she's qualified is too broad. She just doesn't have the intellectual curiousity, she's doesn't know basic things that people in politics should know. She has the same experience as Obama, but Obama has a super intelligent mind. His Harvard education shines through.

amy   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Sarah Palin, ah where should i start? she is definitly a drag on the republican ticket. the woman does not know what a vp does, number one. number two, she is unqualified to be a vp nomine, i think i speak for all women when i say she makes all women look stupid, and that is the best word i can come up with. she is being graded on a curve i believe. i mean why is she not doing interviews , i know the answer to that question but i want her to answer it. if any she does interview, mccain is there looking like a concerned grandfather. how about the mccain campaign give her more words to use and drop "also". her vocabulary need to be more diverse than that. you can run as a vp based on your looks, sarah! i agree with ms. arianna, ms. palin needs a reality show and go away.

Wanda   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

Lynn Swan? Are you serious!!!

Julee   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

I am very concerned that a woman that doesn't understand the position or duties of a vice president is a heart attack away from running this country. I am not comfortable with Sarah Palin at this point and believe it was a huge blunder on John McCain's part to have her as a running mate. I am an Independant and really did like McCain but now, I will vote for Obama. Hands down, he's the best of the two and having Sarah Palin would be detremental for our county. My other concern is why isn't being Govenor of Alaska enough at this point having the family responsibilities she currently has?

marina   October 22nd, 2008 9:33 pm ET

OH MY GOD! Would someone please show this idiot the full clip of Joe Biden's remarks about being tested, she's just babbling. Whoever is elected is going to be tested.

MrZinFL   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Sarah: "Can I call you Joe?"
Joe: No, but you can call me DADDY!

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Jane Toms, name some of these CEOs of whom you speak.

Tope Ojetunde (Bklyn. NY)   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET


Carmella   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET


Please give a specific example of what test McCain has endured? McCain is nor more tested that Obama is tested. He has not had to make a hard decision in the chair as President for an international crisis. Whatever her example it in no way equates the the actual experience of being President and sitting in that capacity. Let's be objective.

Anna Swanson   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

It is somewhat interesting to me, that no one has yet discussed, that throughout all past presidential elections (besides the 1st election ever, obviously not having any parties) that only once in history have we had more then two terms of the same party (which in that case scenario was three terms) run our country. Being that we have been under a republican rule for the past 8 years or 2 terms, its probably time for change.

Vicki from NJ   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

I think Sarah Palin is ready for Vice President and I hope she runs for President in 4 years.

Senator Obama's wife and kids travel with him and on the campaign trail so who do you think is paying for their fares, meals and clothes? Sarah needs to look her best since she's on stage but Michelle is not always on stage, but still has her clothes made, so let's stop picking on Sarah Palin all the time. I wouldn't care if my tax dollars paid for any females clothes that are running for office.

Let's face can wear one suite a week and change their ties and shirts maybe once or twice a week and no one would even notice, but for a woman it's totally different. Everything she wears and what she looks like from day-to-day is always scrutinized. Also, she has every right to have her family on the trail with her...Obama does it too.

Let's all grow up here.

Leslie   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

I agree with Matthew Dowd. When McCain ran on the premise that he was more experienced and would be ready on day 1, he at least had a premise to run on-then he picks Sarah Palin, and that was the polar opposite of what he had been saying-she wouldn't be ready on day 1 should something happen to him, which is a real concern at his age and with his medical history.

Robin   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Obama has crossed the threshold where people feel comfortable with his ability to lead. This is why when you look at the polls Obama's numbers have not changed for the past few weeks. John McCain on the other hand is relying on his old record, but his performance during this election has been incredibly poor and his VP pick has become a significant liability.

I doubt the race will be close.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

i agree give the whole quote, cant we get some real journalism, not sensationlism, and agenda filling spin

Debera Penman   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

Has anyone considered the Republicans are attempting to subliminally lose this race because they do not want to inherit the Bush legacy ? Question 2 The RNC disclosing their attempt to upgrade Sarah Palin to a classy diplomatic envoy is a slap in the face of any intellectual and has been an insult to the republican parties intelligence if I were a registered republican I would be insulted by his choice, because it questions the intelligence of the average or any American.

Vanessa Tobar   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

It is upsetting to hear so many women bashing on Palin. I am tired of it and I have to admit I have changed the channel because such talk takes place. But let me say what I do agree on, Palin would look just as good in a paper bag, but let us not forget that we judge people by what we see. I like her clothing and could care less how much it cost. If I could afford a high price clothing item, I would! She looks great and I am a proud mother that will support the Republican ticket. Palin has locked my vote.

Beth Popadynetz   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

I have never made a comment on any blog .... who would have thought that as a Canadian my first one would be commenting on the American Election! I can't help but think that the selection of Sarah Palin as VP scares even me in Canada. I mean no disrespect but I am astonished at McCains VP pick. Maybe she's a nice lady from Wasilla that reformed a small community or ann a state like Alaska but I can't imagine her dealing with world leaders in the event that something should happen to McCain. How is she qualified to sit across the table from the likes of Putin, Castro etc. Frankly I don't think she is the least bit interested in world issues. Clearly she has been insulated and is capable and comfortable in small town Alaska. Nothing wrong with that but as a VP No Way!

gramma crystal   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET

What a bunch of sniping harpies! What does Sarah Palin's wardrobe have to do with this? She is running for a very important position, and needs to look her best. Michelle Obama might show up on TV in a frock from TJ Maxx, but she's also hold up in the Waldorf Astoria muching on lobster. Doesn't take long at their prices to equal what Sarah spent on clothes. I know we will be coming up with prices of Obama's suits, quite sure they are not off the rack!

Big 'O"   October 22nd, 2008 9:34 pm ET


Please tell the people on the panel that Biden never used said that Obama was untested. Please ask them if they are to speak on TV they should read a quote before rambling on about it. They shouldn't put their own words in someone else's quote. Since they cannot get the jest of what Bidens, as well as many others have made, was that the next president would be tested by the countries that don't like the US very much. Another thing, McCain is saying that he has been tested. When, Where and How? He has never been president before, nor has he ever been VP before. He has never been a General in any branch of the military, he has never even led a platoon or anything else. If he think that just because his so-called capture during the Vietnam war, qualifies him as being tested, is just plain bull.
He flew his plane and was shot down, landed in a lake and was pulled out and he laid in a bed in Siagon, telling the US secrets. I don't but his version that he gave them the names of football players.
The enemy was not stupid, they wouldn't by that, plus he was ordered to give only his NAME, –RANK- AND SERIAL NUMBER. If he gave any more than that his is a TRADER.

Mr Williams   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Karen hughs is supposed to be a seasoned professional. Her insistence on misinterpreting Joe bidens comments on the "testing" of the next presdident is exactly why the republicans will loose the white house this year. They lie.

Linda Flury   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

At the end of the Biden comment he said "they would find out he was made of steel", refering to Obama. Why hasn't that been mentioned?
Love the show from British Columbia.


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Mary   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Sarah Palin is not a drag on the ticket. She has sooooooooooooo very much more experience, morals and intellect than Obama. She would be 1000+ better President than Obama or Biden. McCain is the man who is qualified and has earned a right to be President. He has fought for our country and put his country first for 55 years. Obama has earned nothing. His qualifications are 0 or minus something. He's not even Patriotic. He is a disgrace to our country and it would be disastrous if he were President. All his policies are against the Bible, God, the U.S. & it's people.

Paige from Oregon   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Please tell me HOW McCain was tested, when they say he was tested in foreign policy. He's got the scars, but those were from being a POW as a Navy soilder... a soilder who was given commands. He was never in a position to make decisions that affect a country...

kathryn   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

I am an Alaskan. Palin's narcissism is evident in recent reports of her abuse of power and misuse of state funds. She's marketed as a someone who represents the middle class, someone who has cleaned up corruption, and a good christian. In reality she has problems of her own in all these areas. She is corrupt, a racist, and will undermine her running mate for self gain. Hopefully she will be impeached when she returns to Alaska.

Mary   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

I have trouble buying Sarah Palin's fake concern about Joe Sixpack based on 3 words – Little Diomede Island. The conditions that those people live in are atrocious, yet all the media focused on was poking fun at the fact that you could see Russia from there. There was no running water and they lived totally in poverty. Do those Alaskans love, or even, know her? What would the $21,000 she used to pay for her family to be with her have done to improve their quality of life? Shame on you guys for not pointing out the human suffering that existed on that island.

Would Sarah Palin care about America the way she cares about them? Ain't that scary.

ando   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

honestly, why should we respect karen hughes opinions? by closely advising george bush & his policies she is just as responsible as he for the divisiveness & serious problems we are in now facing in this country..

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET


I should have wished for something else instead of Scott M. endorsement ! Thank you any ways I can't wait to see the show tomorrow

sandi   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

No matter what the Democrats think of Gov Palin, she has brought
excitement to the Republicans. The media smear has been so outrageous and that is why all of you closed minded people have not looked into her accomplishments.

Additionally, the guest Stephanie whats her name is a true embarassment to women. She is smug, nasty, self absorbed and should go to the Sarah Palin school for charm. What a joke she it,
oh yes, she is a comedian so nothing she says has any intelligence behind it.

nwyt   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

Knowing that Republican's spent all this money on Palin's wardrobe is an insult to women. We all know McCain was trying to pull in the independent female vote...does he really think that women are that stupid...that we would vote for their ticket because she was a fashion plate? Republican's are clueless. Their intentions are so obvious I am almost embarrassed for them.

LuLu   October 22nd, 2008 9:35 pm ET

August Hemingway
At least Obama is spending dollars on his campaigne to address the public and make his VIEWS known. He's not spending it on clothes so he can go out and trash another party. When is Palin and McCain going to start talking about plans for the future of this country. Or are they going to leave that for the next guy to fix.

Amiel   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Where is Arnold? No one has commented as to the reasons why the Governor of California hasn't even made a cameo appearance on behalf of the McCain/Palin ticket. He's obviously distanced himself from the Bible-thumping right-wing Reps, but isn't he being compelled to show a modicum of public support, even though California will surely go Democrat?

PERRY ADELEYE, SR   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

It was good that RNC made over their Carabou lady to fix into big cities/town in America. Nobody wants to see the red Carabou leather jacket she wears daily.
Sarah Palin said that small American towns are more patriotic, , hard working and they're "THE REAL AMERICANS". I agree with her because she's been living in the jungle where the ONLY thing she sees are the Carabous, bears and elks. She needs to graduate from that jungle to small towns and finally come to big towns and cities in America.
From her naive knowledge of the American melting pot, one could see that she hates foreigners since foreigners dominate big towns and cities in this great country. She needs to come out of her enclave and see the world.
Lets I forget, she likes big town/ city fashion which was why she went on shopping spree like a kid in a candy store.

Perry New York City

Nadia   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

McCain doesn't have any experience. He is a guy who is always kissing up to the "elite". This is the USA now UK!
I used to respect him because he served the nation. While I still do as I would to all of our soldiers. He lost a big part of my respect with his negative campaigning. Every candidate is allowed some negative campaigning, but he crossed the line. He forgot some of the things he was saying was about a presidential candidate of USA. I don't like the obvious, I'm better than you, attitude..and the anger issues he has got, is a scary thing. We need a calm, intelligent, quick thinking leader.
Palin is a weak VP (we can't afford her as a president..and I'm not talking about the personal expenses she'll charge to the US); whereas Biden seems like a strong VP.

Rhonda   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

The point isn't that they are spending time on what Sarah wears, it's the fact that she used tax-payer dollars to buy it. Would you not have preferred that money in your pocket to go shopping at all those exclusive shops? Are you allowed to take your children on business trips across the country on your Company's expense account?

She is wasting hard working tax-payers money, when the average American is struggling to keep thier homes, food on the table and pay for Health Care (which is privately owned).

Eileen   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

McCain and Sarah Keeps hammering, spreading the wealth around, They are underestimating the intelligence of the American poeple, Obama did not say he would take money from the rich to to those on welfare.Sarah Hughes knows exactly what Obama meant, when he spoke to Joe the Plumber. It is time they get off those rehtoric. Joe the Plumber is now sounding like a stuck record. We need to hear about jobs, work, social security, education and healthcare. McCain team is just petty, petty, petty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had enough of their garbage.

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

America!!Do you want your social security dictated by the stock market,as Mccain proposes..if so,I'd like to see you buy groceries on what you'd be getting each month if Mccain wins!!!

IH   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

I cannot believe that red headed lady called Michelle Obama an elitist!!!?!?! SARAH PALIN is the one spending crazy amounts on her shopping sprees!!!

Ashihs   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

Larry can you ask one question why bashing other candidate is more important then current issues we are facing

Clarence   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

$150,000 on clothes, make-up, accessories? $21,000 for staying at or working from home? You Betcha! It's important. Ask the people who lost their homes to forecloses. Ask the people who have lost their jobs. Ask the people who lost all their money in retirement accounts. Ask all those people who have had surgery and medical problems. Ask anyone who is struggling financially, looking for a job, can't make ends meet. ASK ME how important $150,000 is and spent in less than three months. Palin has a job and uses Alaska's tax payers money to pay for her family's whatevers. Everybody in America should get a tax stimulus of $5000 per household – I bet that will stimulate the economy! If Palin rates $150,000 (actually nearly $200,000 combined), I think the rest of America should get a stimulus. I forgot, we're probably not REAL AMERICANS.

CAROLYN   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET


Art Demlong   October 22nd, 2008 9:36 pm ET

We see Obmana's wife actively campaigning for their husband. Why don't we see McCain's wife out campaigning for him?

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Sandi, list some of these accomplishments, please.

Nancy   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Hey Larry,
That Democratic lady you now have on your show is quite smart. Hope to see her on the 2012 ticket. She is can bring transformational ideas to the table.

Andrea   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Isn't it somewhat hypocritical for Sarah Palin to call Obama a socialist when in Alaska residents receive a percentage of the oil profits? Isn't that closer to socialism than your basic Democratic economic plan?

mike, virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Larry, ask Rep Wexler if he actually lives in the district he represents and how many days per year he spends in his home there?

Debbie - Arkansas   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Don't you know that dear 'ol Senator McCain wishes he had a 'crystal ball' to see what his future WOULD NOT HOLD (i.e., the Presidency), when he chose his 'experienced' female running mate? I do believe that when she decides to critize 'spending public funds' on personal matters...she needs to look to her own household!!

I KNOW that mothers would love to have their children with them, but not everybody CAN take thier children 'to work' with them, and use somebody else's money to do so? If only all of us could afford that luxury...but maybe this just means that what she preaches for US (and I do mean the United States) does not hold true for her.

Her 'makeover' is ridiculous... why can't Palin dress for success more along the lines of 'Mrs. Joe The Plumber"? I doubt seriously that they are able to shop at Neiman-Marcus, ya know.

Michelle Obama is lovely, and dresses beautifully, and practically...the dress she wore on The View was an 'off the rack' ($56) creation, and she looked great!!

Though discussing this 'fluff' news filler, is totally nuts at this stage of this historic is nontheless today's 'ITEM', ergo, we discuss.

Unfortunately, McCain's choice has bitten him in the backside, and I'd be willing to bet, he'd like to kick his own backside for this LOSER choice. Though our great nation is hungry for change...McCain/Palin is not the change that will put our COUNTRY back into the FIRST position we once enjoyed.

The Republican destruction of our beloved country is about to end...literally THANK GOD!!! Let's get past the fashion discussion, and get to HOW the next President WILL be tested...considering the MESS we are in...President Obama will most certainly be 'tested' digging us out of the ditch we've been put in, he'll need ALL of us backing him, and Vice President Biden. I'm already praying for them, and thanking God for them!! God speed and God Bless all of us!!

GR   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Larry, regardless of how hard you and your liberal, left wing guests try to change what Biden said, you can't. Biden has you sweatin' doesn't he!! He was talking specifically and actually about Obama's inexperience when he predictied Obama, not "any president", would be tested in first 6 months – because Obama, not "any president", is INEXPERIENCED. (And for that reason would be a dangerous choice.)

Ofelia   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

For Sarah Palin who is so concerned about children!!! Why is she dragging all her kids in almost all political events? I am concerned about the youngest child. The young boy is being exposed unnecessarily for the sake of politics!!! The stage is not the place for a young child like him. Does she really care for her children or she is using her kids just to win and gain voters' sympathy. To make herself look good & to get votes-the little boy has to be sacrificed???? In my personal opininon, this is not right....

Shirley   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

I'm So Disgusted w/the liberal prejudiced media because what they report is so distorted when it comes to McCain & Palin. It's obvious to those of us that have an open mind & care to hear both sides in order to weigh the pros & cons of each candidate. McCain/Palin are Always left with a negative note. Obama/Biden are always reported about & end in a Positive Twist Focusing on How the McCain campaign is distorting the truth...that's just not Right! Obama is never cornered & held accountable to answer the questions about his unsavory associates, pastors, or beliefs. He is excellent at changing the focus and not being honest, as is the liberal media. Biden says the craziest things like Obama will be tested within 6 months if elected, & That's the Truth because He Has No Real Experience! And of course the media is not Interested in our Nat'l Security, our Integrity, or the Truth!

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Well Larry .... by not reading the entire Biden quote .... you down played the seriousness of his words and the fact the money donors are more important than Americans.

What are the four scenarios.

Why will Obama's response be unpopular with his financial donors.

Why was Obama allowed another pass ..."frivolous rhetoric"..... What does Obama call serious ..... spinning his answers back to the economy and platitude?

I think the Ellen is getting more cutesy time than National Security. I don't want any more terrorism on our soil.

Carol A. Monnot   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

I want to know how McCain has been tested. He states that during the Cuban crisis he was on an aircraft carrier waiting for orders. How is that being tested when in fact it was young, inexperienced JFK who was on watch. I remember that time & it wasn't McCain who was tested, but young, inexperienced JFK.

Have I missed something that McCain has been so tested? If he is talking about his POW experience or his piloting experiences, then each one of us are tested . The situations just change. We are all subject to the emotional pain of the death of loved ones, failing health, abuse, family trauma, job losses, etc. So does that mean that if I have emotionally survived the death of a 21 yr. old son, and now the decisions that need to be made regarding a special needs seriously injured daughter that I can join McCain in saying that I have been tested? I simply did not realize that just surviving life's curveballs makes one a tried & tested presidential candidate. Wow! I'll be 72 in 2012, so look out as I've been tested!

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Larry, you have it right. Biden was saying whoever gets elected will have a crisis. Ms. Hughes just sees a McCain talking point and is playing the role of a good soldier.
He was speaking to Democrsts and trying to say the Democratic team will be ready for the challange.

Shawn   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

When will McCain say "middle-class"? Ever?

MaryK   October 22nd, 2008 9:37 pm ET

I am a registered Republican but that will change after this sad moment in our political history. I wholehartedly will cast my vote for Barack Obama as I am totally turned off by the negative campaign. The only camp that speaks to UNITY is the Obama camp. I don't need to know the fine details of Obama's plans because I know his view of America and it is the America I want us to be not the one that the Republicans have left us with.

There is too much being made of Joe Biden's remark about Mr. Obama being tested. He spoke out loud what others have discussed long before him. Like the elephant in the room. Enough already!!

Palins clothes the other candidates get a clothes allowance or is this an example of a double standard? Sarah Palin for president in 2012? Does anyone remember Mad Magazine?

bernard welch   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET

the constitution of the united states of america states a presidential candidate must be a natural born citizen of the united.barack obama was not born in the united states.please explain how he is a candidate.

Kathy Uzzle   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET

My husband works for the government and I have always thought it was nice when his daughters and I could join him on work trips – but the government didn't pay for us to go. We paid, or we stayed home.

I'll bet Michelle pays for her own clothes. So, it is nobody's business where she buys or how much of her own money she spends on them.

Charles Smith   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a very beautiful lady who is running for the second highest office in the greatest country on this planet!
Anyone representing this country in that capacity should wear
the finest clothes money can buy!
Sounds to me like some of these women are jealous!!

pierre   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET

I live in Canada. It's socialist. There is no Canadian dream because taxes are what keeps us down and looking to the government for handouts or as we call them "benefits". I made just over 250,000 last year and paid 110,000 in income taxes. Americans do not vote for any tax increase on anybody. Canada can not afford itself. And the politician are addicted to tax increase. Obama will not aim his tax plan at those making 250,000 he will have to tax those making a lot less probably those making 50,000. Just look North to you and you will find your answer. Canadians are tired and broke.


Mike Smith   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET


Are you an Obama supporter? Are you using your show to campaign for Obama? Your comments tonight on what Joe Biden said inferred something other that what he said. Why are you doing this? You said he could have been talking about any president. Joe Biden wasn't talking about any president except Senator Obama. You know it, America knows it, Obama knows it. Obama addressed this subject today at a news conference.

The Larry King live show should not be used to support either party (unlike how it currently appears)

Larry, let each side equally present their side.

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Seems all the girls are infatuated with Bama, I thought you were intellectually ahead above the rest. SORRY LOUISE

Ingo   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Hi Larry

when is someone going to have the fortitude to ask the question why when polling by race, whites support MCCain by a significant margin?

Teresa   October 22nd, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Hi Larry
Regarding the comment from Biden on something happening to test someone.
I thought he was referring to the 2004 election 'incident', when Osama did a video tape on the internet.
I thought he was saying watch for what 'they' will try this election to sway the americans to vote for Republicans over Democrats.
I thought he was saying this in reference to all the ugly, irrevalent comments made by Senator McCain, Sarah Palin and other Republicans.
Teresa in Canada

Joey   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Sarah Palin can't be a average hockey mom because average hockey moms don't allow someone to spend $150,000 on a waredrobe. Maybe the RNC should have paid the Alaskans back their tax dollars. She is without question a drag on the republican ticket.

Charles   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

How can Senator Obama get a security clearance being an associate
of Bill Ayers?

Senator McCain was question about being born in the Panama Zone on a U.S. Navy Base.

Can you say where Senator Obama was born with any a certificate of proof?

Debbe   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I just wanted to add that who ever is elected President had better not spend any tax payer dollars being treated to the royal inaugural ball and parties at our expense! This would be one of the most two-faced, pork barrel spending mistakes that they could make. People complain about wardrobe spending etc., but what about White House personnel, staff, chefs, gardeners, etc........ Why doesn't the President live like the rest of the world for awhile? All of the candidates are out of touch with the true reality that I live through everyday. There are so many positions within the Federal government that could be eliminated that we could wipe out the national debt by just cutting these!!! I believe that if people want to serve their constituents, they need to volunteer their service and not collect a salary for it. They also should have to pay their own medical expenses and not be treated to these benefits for life!!. If they have such a passion to serve, let them volunteer. We would certainly see Washington clear out quickly if this were the case.
Thank you

Valerie Emmons   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

This is ridiculous that you are saying the constitution gives no powers to the Vice president over the senate.....according to the constitution section 2 executive powers , the Vice president is in fact THE PRESIDENT of the are supposed to be your job!!!!

Text1 of the Constitution of the United States
Section II

[4] The Vice-President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.

[5] The Senate shall choose their other officers and also a President pro tempore in the absence of the Vice-President, or when he shall exercise the office of President of the United States.

2: The Executive Branch

Article 2 creates the executive branch of government headed by the President, elected, along with the Vice President, for a term of four years (see president; electoral college). The Twenty-second Amendment (1951) provides that no person may be elected President more than twice. The Twenty-third Amendment (1961) permits District of Columbia residents to vote in presidential elections. Since the adoption of the Constitution there have been two conflicting views of Article 2. The first is that the powers of the President are limited to those enumerated in the article. The opposite view is that the President is given executive power not limited by the provisions of the rest of the article. Every President has had to make the choice of interpretations for himself.

Junior   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

I have heard Senator McCain and his republican supporters say time and time again that he has been tested... how? I know he has served his country in the military, in the Senate, as a prisoner of war. As a soldier he is required to follow orders as all good and trained soldiers should and do. He was on a ship during the Cuban Crisis but the test then was not of the leadership ability of Senator McCain but of President Kennedy and the government in power at the time. He did not have to decide what needed to be done. He was required to follow orders. He has not been tested as a President.... If and until he has been elected as President, he has not been tested in the position. I hope Senator McCain is not saying the job is the same as it was when he was a soldier or as a Senator.

guy   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

As a Canadian if McCain Palin win it will hurt my country as well as yours GOD HELP US ALL.

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Are we still talking about Collin Powell, who cares who he endorsed. The last thing most people remember about Powell is at the UN. We know how that went.

lorraine - washington state   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Hi Justice!! Wish we could talk to you – you sound like you have so many opinions similar to ours!! This election has been so frustrating hasn't it? WOW – In my 68 years I have never seen anything like it – did you ever read the story of the Emperors New Clothes? Wow, everytime I hear from McCain-Palin I think of that!!

Well some people don't seem to REALLY GET IT, do they? Yet we can get out there and try our best to make sense – you take care and God bless you and your family !!!!

Edith   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

You need to personally listen to the remarks Joe Biden made, off the record, because he specifically mentioned a 47 year old who he thinks will be tested if he is elected president. Last time I checked John McCain is not 47. You tend to be rude to guests who do not share your democratic views. I had not noticed that about you until this election and am very disappointed.
I understand why John McCain and Sarah Palin will not come on your show.

Alfred Grieshaber   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Could Borack Obama pas a national Security test for a Top Secret security clearence. Questions like have you any unsavory Acuaitances. (The Terroist) I held a Top secret for most of my career at NASA, I dont think I would have passed if I had a friend like that.

Louise - Missouri   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Much is being said about Sarah Palin's $150,000 wardrobe, etc. Why not just let her keep it as a reward for putting herself out there for the Republican Party. It really isn't a large sum of money considering what she has to do. I bet "Joe the Plumber" wouldn't do her job for that amount. The lady doesn't know the duties of the vice president or the term Pro American. It takes a lot of guts to go on national television and spout out what you really don't know. and try to sound intelligent. So let the lady have the clothes, she has earned them. Maybe one day each one of us can earn a new wardrobe if we vote McCain/Palin. By the way, I am a Democrat.

Kevin Perry   October 22nd, 2008 9:39 pm ET

Education can and will not be more important than lies and smears from the McCain ticket. Everyone can see it. Palin is not the brightest star in the sky, that is very obvious. Its just a shame that some AMERICANS buy into this nonsense. How does being a 'Hockey Mom' qualify you for V.P? They are pulling the wool over Americas eyes!!!! With all of that said, this means nothing compared to the issues of today. When can we finally rid ourselves of this mess???

Sandra C   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Let's cut to the chase...Palin is not qualified to be McCain's running mate. Frankly it's disappointing that he buckled under pressure and believed that American women would vote for "any woman." We are not that stupid.
Secondly, I appreciate that McCain has served his country, however being a POW does not qualify a person to lead a country.
Finally, isn't it time for this country to walk the walk and talk the talk. We state that we are not racist and we are a "melting pot, and yet people would choose to not vote for the most qualified candidate, just because of his color or that his name is too ethnic? Please people, make the right choice.....choose OBAMA!

Sunshine Rivera   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

That is because Obama is the man...........President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Renee   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET


When the story broke last night on the Sarah Palin wardrobe spree, it was said that she outfitted her entire family. Not only did it show her with her children but with her husband, her father and her daughter's beau. No wonder the price tag was $150,000. I think Joe the Plumber would liked to have taken his family along, too. I believe McCain's head was turned when he saw a pretty face and he didn't take the time to check her out, otherwise, I think she would still be making mooseburgers which is about the right speed for her as I don't believe she will make it on Capital Hill, especially if she has to go through a lot of interviews.

Keith Whitaker   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

It is appearing more and more each day that the Republicans are in trouble with everyone. They are off message and talking from within a very limited voice and frankly Palin is shooting for a staring role in something with her new clothing; I mean really could'nt McCain and his wife buy a few things for her does this have to be coming from the RNC? The McBush/Palin ticket is really becoming a loud embarrassment and is excessive in every way and in my opinion is at the heart of why the Republican party is going to be in intensive care for years to come.

Kingston Benjamin   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

In any organization one would expect to be a part of the Best of the Best! Why are we taken for granted to accept glamour and cheap enticement over inteligence and commanding leadership qualities that will define the tenure of elected candidates to the highest office?

Gov. of Alaska is no Hilary Clinton. The Republican command has gambled and lost with the VP candidate selection!

It is too painful each day to read and hear about the Gov. of Alaska respond to simple questions with what seems like complicated and ignorant responses that make elementary school students among others go into shock and awe!

Hello! this registered Republican is sliding over to the Democratic side and will vote for Obama and Biden Ticket.

Larry Lobert   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Let's get our facts straight. Palin may be the most popular ALASKAN governor in America but that surely doesn't make her the most popular governor in America. Sorry John McCain.

Lonnie   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

McCain has put himself before the good of the country by picking someone he thought a good majority of women would vote for just because she was a woman. Sarah Palin is a gimmick and a drag on McCain's ticket because she simply is not the woman for the job. As a woman I feel insulted that he has brought someone to run for this very important office without considering the future of the nation, should he expire. Sarah Palin is the person with the 150K wardrobe but she has the audacity to call Obama and his wife elitist because he feels that he can do the job of President better than McCain.

Lynda   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Larry, Larry, Larry

former Alaskan

You didn't finish quoting Biden – he said something about the challenges AND Obama having a spine of steel to deal with them..or words to that effect.

Sen. McCain’s narrow interpretation of Sen. Biden’s remarks about being “challenged” instill fear into people. Isn’t that leaning toward “communism” – government through fear? The Western world has been fighting these “challenges” and “crises” for some time now, thanks to lies and attempts to throw fear into the hearts of the American public, by a Republican President and his party.

After initial steps have been taken to stabilize the U.S. economy, please ask future President Obama to sit down with allies as soon as possible to discuss Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, the latter where our military are also shedding blood. The stronger the circle of allies, the stronger the chain links, the less likely they are to be broken. The Western World needs to be strong enough to collectively have “diplomatic” talks with those countries who disagree with us. Threatening and bombing obviously hasn’t worked, and innocent lives have been lost on both sides.

The world wants to see someone calm yet determined (Sen. Obama), someone who does not lose their cool and who does not retaliate with vitriolic rhetoric and threats of bombing (Sen. McCain)

If you read worldwide newspapers and watch international news programs, you will see they favor Sen. Obama and seriously question McCain’s choice of VP and other erratic choices he has made. Sen. McCain is constantly trying to instill fear in the hearts of Americans. He is an anchor dragging us down. Sen. Obama is a compass showing us the direction we can, and must take.

P.S. Palin popular? With whom I'd like to know. ALSO, she did NOT win over big oil by accepting a bid to build a PROPOSED gas pipeline, they are planning to build their own!!!!

Erin Arbelaez   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Hey Larry,

Just curious as to why everyone is so interested in Sarah Palin's wardrobe. Who cares. There are bigger issues at hand int his election and too many problems in the world as it is. Worrying about her wardrobe goes to show that Democrats will pull any card they can out of their back pocket. It's asinine and ridiculous and they should be bringing up the economy and life issues..not jackets and shoes. Please.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

"Are we still talking about Collin Powell, who cares who he endorsed. The last thing most people remember about Powell is at the UN. We know how that went."

Went just the way the Republican White House wanted it to, Jane.

Until the truth came out.

Still waiting for your list of white knight CEOs, by the way.

Joao Mendes   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Harry Jaspon, that is a great question for a CPA. If filling separately will help you in the end, then do it. If you make over $250,000, you will see a slight increase; but keep in mind that hopefully in near future, utilities will come down, transportation costs will come down, etc. As for Small Businesses: Small business owners hardly pay taxes. Why? Because they write everything off at the end of the year. Obama’s plan goes after the “well-to-do”. No names.

Marie S   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

I think John McCain picked Sarah Palin in the heat of the moment after Obama didn't pick Hillary as his running mate, thinking that Hillary's voters would support him if he put a woman on the ticket. At first it seemed like it worked a little bit, but after women got to know what Sarah Palin was really about, they discovered that Hillary and Palin couldn't be more different! I think Hillary's supporters may feel a little insulted by McCain!

Lola Brooks   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

If Palin could formulate an impromptu, direct and correct answer without a cue card or Clift Notes, perhaps the voters would not view her as a comedy act formulated as a distraction from the issues or a rating booster for SNL.

Lola Brooks of Tampa, FL

Ed in VA   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

Give me a break. Palin is NOT the most popular governor. She is just getting more media coverage. Former Gov. Warner of Virginia is more popular then she is and he is a former governor.

danielle brison   October 22nd, 2008 9:40 pm ET

larry – as a single mom and a struggling used to middle class and now i am impoverished how can americans watch sarah palin and not question her ability to lead when she never speaks of helping women and children never talks about reading with kids .... how can she lead if she cannot show she can direct at home .... while my children wear holes in their shoes and i eat minimal meals they cant talk about what is serious – obama is the only way to go .. i would like to have health insurance before 2012 and i work a full time job .. we need relief and republicans are killing us

stacy   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

John McCain keeps talking about helping the middle class. How can he know what the middle class needs. He has NEVER been middle class. His uppity wife has never been middle class either. Who is he trying to kid? Another thing, EVERYDAY in America WE ALL SHARE THE WEALTH with one another one way or another. Donations, Girl/Boy scout support, fund raisers, telethons etc...that is the American Way. Why don't the Republicans get a clue and for crying out loud...find another topic to talk about besides Joe the want-to-be plumber and instant celebrity.: mad:

katy davis   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

a lot of people really respect colin powell. he's a stand up guy. i know i do.

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Most popular Governor? What's the total population of Alaska? There are numerous cities with more people than tha whole state.

Sunshine Rivera   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a drag........She thinks that she is still a teenager and she is only good for SNL.........................

ROB   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Watching the show about Mccain and Obama is one sided
I think everything about obama is a joke. Every person ,I talk to is voting for Mccain. All the news station are leaning one way.
Obama will not win. The people don't want to pay or give their money away. People making under $ 32,000 a year, will get free money . Some people want free cash. The middle class is anypersons making under 200,000 a year.

Palin, is a good pick for Mccain. What has Obama done?
Conpair the two, who has done what? Palin has more, than Obama.

Larry, How much does your makeup cost you?


Alison   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

I find it unreal, in today's financial downturn, that anyone (group or otherwise) would spend that kind of money on clothing. I am lucky to spend 100 dollars for myself and 2 children for the year...I can understand needing appropriate clothes, however...she is a govenor and should have professional clothing already. Was this another way to "dress her up"? I actually can careless what she wears...just seems like a waste of money and as your guests clearly stated, that money could have gone pay for rally's in other states.

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

I would be better off running this country then McCain and Palin. If he is elected we are doomed like with Bush. We need Obama. Republicans ruined this country. I liked it so much better when Bill was in office. A little head and splift never hurt anybody.

Jo   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Just imagine, if Palin can't buy her own wardrobe/family airfare etc, how will she relate to the minimum wage mom who is trying to get back to work after being laid off ? Ofcourse we know where McCain stands, he is against raising the minimum wage, so this mom is really on her own. Next thing you know, Gov. Palin salary will be raised to accommodate her wardrobe needs!

dr   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

"I think that the clothing issue is irrelevant; but flying the family around on taxpayers’ money is. I feel very sorry for that little baby not sleeping in his own crib. What I have seen is him being passed back and forth between family members. What a life, uh? "
This demonstrates what a responsible woman Sarah Palin is. Choosing to have her little special needs baby with her merely shows that she is a very responsible and caring mother. This little baby as well as his siblings gets to enjoy mother's love and closeness even while mother is a working mom, unlike some unfortunate children who spend most of their waking hours in daycare centers or with numerous babysitters. Maybe Sarah only considered her career after she realized that she could continue to care for her children while doing so.

Clark   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Let's get off the band wagon of a Democratic controlled congress. It's 49-49-2. and we know where Joe Lieberman stands.

Ian Stewart   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Love to watch your show. I am a Scotsman Living in Maine and watching the politics.......gee I have never seen so many lies being told by the GOP. In fact I have only two words to describe the garbage that I listen to from Sarah Palin. VERBAL DIARRHEA.

Fab   October 22nd, 2008 9:41 pm ET

Why do Republicans keep calling Michelle Obama called an elitist, as Georgette did today? She came from the projects, and went to school on scholarships? Also, Barack Obama, who was raised by a single Mom and grew up on food stamps? He is living the American dream. Why label him an elitist?

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Thanks, Fred. You have my sympathy too.

Cindy Bonnell   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Please have more guests like Matthew Dowd. Guests who are willing to give his or her honest opinion about what's happening, not just a bunch of spin and talking points repeated over and over again.

Ronne   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Sarah Palin was asked by a reporter "What does the VP of the US do"? She stated" I dont even know what the VP of the United States does"? Wouldn't you think the after being vetted (for the one day she was vetted by McCain), accepting, and actively running for VP she would have figured it out instead of getting it wrong again. Amazingly, she still doesnt know what the VP job consists of.

nwyt   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

(Republican) Greed did more to destroy this nation than any terrorist could EVER HOPE TO.

donna dobek   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

please dont give my last name on air unless you require it . I just want to say that Sen Lieberman said practically the same thing as Sen Biden did regarding the next president being tested.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Sarah Palin doesnt even have a law degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Journalism from the University of Idaho..That explains why she is so dumb...

David   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

I did not make up my mind about Sara Palin just because Colin Powell said what he did. that facts are she don't even know what the job entails. come now this woman is not qualified. If they do win you bet the world is going to test McCain and Palin that is fact. She is not ready to lead and should step down!

Julius   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

why are republicans always trying to peg democrats as elitist when they (republicans) are the ones trying to give tax breaks to the richest among us while the middle class suffers. Between McCain's eight houses and Palin's extravagant wardrobe budget it’s hardly credible for them to say that Obama and Biden are out of touch with the American mainstream.

Bryan   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

I respect Collin Powell, but I am disappointed in his decision and the reasons for his decision to endorse Obama. It was obvious that he parted way with the Bush administration on bad terms. It seems to me that he is letting his feelings toward Bush and the Bush administration cloud his judgement with respect to his own Republican party and John McCain. Very disappointing.

Annie   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

nice point laurel

Stacey in Bellingham, WA   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Regarding the question posed to Governor Palin by the 3rd grader about what the Vice President's job is: One of your guests reiterated that the question was asked by a 3rd grader and the response was appropriate for a 3rd grader. Another guest said that she (Palin) was speaking to a reporter... Well, now isn't that part of the problem....the media is not the audience...from the looks of the snippet that was played, the question was asked on behalf of a third grader named Brandon. The response was correctly made on a 3rd grade level. – Proud to be voting for McCain/Palin!
Stacey in Bellingham, WA

Greg, Atlanta   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

We need visionary, inclusive leadership NOW. The 25% of the population of China with the highest IQ's is greater than the ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES. In India, it's the TOP 28%.
Our position as world superpower is slowly eroding, while we're discussing plumbers and washed up domestic terrorists. We need to educate our children, leave behind our short-sidedness and heal our country before we completely slip into self0-induced irrelevence. If we do, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

Marlene   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET


Paige from Oregon   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Larry, Please don't ask your panel of guests questions that are obvious, such as "Do you think Powell's endorsement was important" I don't want to hear anymore weak support statements for their candidates.

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

Colin Powell endorsement ..... anyone surprised ...

Powell wouldn't have had this inexperience apprentice on his war field staff or his White House staff.

Get real... I think the entire Nation knows why he endorsed Obama.

richard   October 22nd, 2008 9:42 pm ET

As far as the duties of the Vice President goes. Is it not a fact that the vice president is also the President Pro Temp of the Senate? Does the Vice President cast any votes to unlock Senate issues that are deadlocked? Is Ms. Stephanie Miller aware of this?
Thank You

Judith   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

If McCain was the man that earn being the man for the job why didn't he win against Bush in 2000?
Sorry McCain isn't the man for the job.Look at the way he talks issues with his voice and eyes.This is a man that looks like he's ready to flip because he looks too ticked off all the time.He isn't President Material to get our economy going nor to talk to World Leaders.John McCain and his VP Palin both seem they are the type "do first and think later saying oh my I didn't do the right thing'.McCain flip flops on everything.
He flip flopped on the bail out when he voted for it then turned around the next day asking Bush to veto it.No he's not the person to lead our Country.
Barack Obama is better suited for the job with his listening using his head first.He's more of a Leader that would 'Think First then act'.
Palin thinks her job as VP will be like her Gov Job that who ever doubts her she got rid of according to the Alaska People.
Now as far as Obama being tested.JoeLieberman said it first that McCain will be tested so Joe Biden then said it about Obama.
Every President has been tested,Bush,Clinton,Reagan with the Wall and John Kennedy so why is the Rep Party making such a big deal out of what Biden has said when one in their own Party said it first about McCain.
I'm so tired of the McCain's camp crying when someone says something while they themselves have gone out playing their dangerous games about Obama.
Now Palin is going to have an excuse of 'What does a VP Do'. No excuse for her because she already was asked at 4 different times.

Tessa Stewart   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

I'd like to know Lynne Swann's response to Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha's comments that his constituents are racist and rednecks.

mike, virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

I watched the Colin Powell interview. he is a bright man. I will note he said that both candidates would make a great President. Although he is endorsing Obama, he felt that Mccain would also be a great President. The country will be better no matter who wins this election.

sandi   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Carmella, Let me educate you. The best example is the surge in Iraq. John McCain fought against party members to put more troops in Iraq to bring stabilzation. This was a extremely difficult fight and really placed his reputation on the line. That decision worked
and now there is stability in Iraq. What has Obama done? Obama has no experience in such difficult matters and that is very scary. John McCain has 30 years of dealing with economic and military issues.

Ken   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Is it just me or am I seeing 2 Republican presidential candidates teaming up on Obama? Let me explain. All I see on the news is Palin acting as though she is running against Obama more than McCain.

Is this the sign of desperation as well? Since Palin has jumped on-board, I have yet to see any viable true plans or specifics come out on how a McCain/Palin ticket is going to help America. NONE!!

I am a conservative independent now, and I am extremely embarassed to even be associated with Republicans anymore.

Everytime I see a campaign speech by these two, and listen to the raw filth come out of them and the attendees, all I can picture is thier IQ slowly sinking in the double digits.

It's no wonder the world thinks we are idiots.

David   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

The Mc Cain campaign keeps announcing that Obama wants to redistribute the wealth of the American public; there is an erroneous presumption that this is class warfare. Obama's tax plan enables a fare and equitable distribution of taxes. Why should the poor and middle class contribute more to the tax system whereas the wealthy pay a comparatrively and disproportionate percentage relative to their income. There is nothing wrong with everyone paying their fareshare. The middle class has paid their fair share of taxes under Bush and I believe it is time for the upper class group of citizens to pay the equal share.

Mike Davis   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Well Larry, I'm not mad at Sarah Palin for taking the $150,000 makeover. Most people would have taken it too. BUT, it's sad that the RNC spent that money on the GOVERNOR OF ALASKA WHO SHOULD ALREADY HAVE A WARDROBE. Maybe the RNC think she may as well LOOK like she's ready to go to the White House.

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 9:43 pm ET

Shame on Meet the press for being so biased, giving so much time to Collin Powell to endorse the guy with the lead.

John Krickbaum   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Since it was the RNC who spent a reported $150,00.00 on clothes, hair-do's, etc. I think that they must have seen the need!!

Sunshine Rivera   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Go Obama.........get up off of that thing...............McCain..........Get up offf.........

AJ, Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

@ David

I agree if Sarah "Airhead" Palin steps down, she will do the entire GOP a big favor...

Alaina   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Like Whoopi says No one is prepared to be President because none of the candidates have been President, so what makes McCain think that he won't be tested when he gets in office? He has never been president either.

Steve   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

I'm an Alaskan, born and raised, and a resident for 31 years.

Sarah Palin's approval rating is all about the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, and this year, she lobbied to get an extra $1200 added to this year's amount. That brought the total to $3,269 for every resident of this state. And I can tell you, there are a lot of people in this state that care about one thing, the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend.

Does that resemble socialism to you? Watch it Sarah. I want you back. You are great for Alaska. But McCain has done you a disservice, and I hope when you look back and reflect, you'll realize that.

ina   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Sarah is just another token for McCain; she's not "the most popular governor in America"; McCain's campaign loves to place labels – just as your republican panelists do, and for some reason people confuse their assertions with a truthful assessment instead of what it is – McCain's last ditch effort to obfuscate the voters. WASP (Women against Sarah Palin) is right; she's no role model, and she's not breaking any glass ceilings; we have lots better role models than SP. She keeps mentioning Hillary: Well, SP, I known Hillary and Gerry and Sarah, you are no Hillary nor Gerry. Thank God!

Julee   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Okay, now I've heard it all! How can a woman, that even McCain hadn't met personally before adding her to the ticket, be considered the most popular Governor in the country. I guess if you figure she's now the VP candidate making her popular, I'll give them that but before Palin being added to the ticket....she was just some Govenor from Alaska. Now, had it been Pawlenty or Arnold (Schwarzenager), totally different. The Republicans will say ANYTHING to draw away from issues. Both sides do that and frankly, I am so thankfull this is almost over. We need to get back to taking care of our country and the people in it!!!

Monica   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

What about the people in FL that can not afford to make their house payments because the lied about how much money they make in order to get a loan? Should the people who lied and bought a rental property say it was their "primary" residence.
Is Mccain using a "blanket statement" for these types of forclosed properties?
If you lost your job that is one thing...however if you NEVER would have qualified for the loan if you would have told the truth, you shouldn't stay in the house.

crowe   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET

Hi Larry...can anybody explain it to like I am a six year-old how being shot down, captured, and tortured 40 years ago qualifies as experience to lead the free world through the tumultuous times of both foreign and domestic policies for the next four years, with a Tina Fey look alike as your back-up.

trina   October 22nd, 2008 9:44 pm ET


Bushdrools   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

VP Richard Cheney made the statement that the VP is paid by the Legislative Branch of the Government

The Legislative branch pays EVERYONE, they control the 'purse strings'.

John Sawyer, Rocklin, CA   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

If "Joe the Plumber" manages to buy that company he talked about, and he wants his taxes lower, he just needs to incorporate it (file as a chapter sub-S corporation, making himself an employee), rather than run the company as a sole proprietorship, so that the company's total income is not considered Joe's personal taxable income. This way, the total taxes on both his personal income, and the company's, will be less. I'm amazed that, as someone looking to buy a company, he didn't know that, and disappointed that Obama didn't tell him that.

chris   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

I believe Karen Hughes is incorrect that Palin's approval rating is currently 80%; that was some time ago after she ensured that every man, woman and child in Alaska received the $1200 rebate; there was an article in the Anchorage Daily News recently that her approval rating was hovering in the low 60's, which is still high, but if a vote was taken of state legislature members only, it would be in the 20's.

Sharon   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

McCain represents the past ... talks about the past ... experience of the past ... we need an evolving leadership and frankly we need an evolving citizenry as well.

Joan   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Does McCain REALLY believe that the qualifications he listed for Sarah Palin in his interview with Tom Brokaw make her ready to step in as President if something should happen to him? Puleeeez!

It scares me to death to think that the two of them might actually end up in the White House!

Yellowroseheart   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

I believe that all the people on your panels, have no clue what people in American think. It is so hard for the people of McCain's campaign to give credit where credit is do. They hate to say that Barack Obama is a very intelligent man. He has ran a magnificent campaign. Great ideas sound policies and keeping his focus on what is important and that is every person in the United States. I liked the Al Smith dinner and the Barack and Michelle dancing on Ellen. It shows the humor side of the candidates. I think that John McCain is capable of doing something but not running the country. I certainly think that Sarah Palin is not and never will be qualified to run this country.

Clark   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Actually Palin's bachelor's education was from four schools in five years.

Bryan   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Cindy, if you think Matthew Dowd was giving honest opinions without spin, I've got some beachfront property in Arkansas that I'd like to sell you. Please....

Michelle Brown   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

That guy for McCain must of had some cerebal damage while playing football. You did say he loss his run for office right? Listening to him, I can see why.

Dancing is not relevant but it sure was a good laugh, and anyone that makes us laugh is good.

mike, virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Voters should think for themselves...No single endorsement should be a deciding factor for a voter, but then again, voters can let other people persuade them if they choose to.

LBParker   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

So much ado about Biden's comment strikes me as Repubs grasping at straws. Can a reasonable person not realize that the next president of the United States almost certainly will "be tested" just as Biden predicts? Or should McCain prevail, does anyone in their right minds think the world won't rush to test the man who sang "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran"?

Cheryl (FLA)   October 22nd, 2008 9:45 pm ET

Please note that according to the Anchorage Daily News, Sarah Palin's approval rating as a Governor has droped from 82% to 68%. Sitll very good, but it's been said that Alaskans are finding out more about their Governor through this process than they ever knew before. Seems like she's hurting her future political career all the way around.

john   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Larry, if McCain was so much a leader, then why didn't he show his leadership along time ago, how can he state such facts, but his record show he follow the GOP party more than the american people needs, that's where the real proof is at.

Susan in Ohio   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

I would like to point out that John McCain does not have command experience since a pilot does not command a platoon of troops, his experience is in taking orders not giving them. Therefore he has no more experience than Obama.
I would also like to suggest that someone should ask Joe Biden how much he spent on his wardrobe for this campaign!!

katy davis   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

obama would definitely be a better dancer than mccain. and you have some pretty good moves to deal with all that we will face in the coming years. obama 08

Ruby Jones, Salinas CA   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

One thing I have to Colin Powell, when he saw how Pres. Bush was throwing people under the bus once he was done with them Colin Powell was smart enough to get out. Those who didn't see the writting on the wall and stayed got burned pretty good.

jimmy   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

A BLACK bear was displayed on a college campus in NC shot with 2 bullets through the head. The BLACK bear was covered with obama signs. Why did this not make the network news??? Do you all not know about this so called prank? One word for this "scarey".

friendfrommaryland   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

The GOP is the sniping harpies they are the one who disclose mcpain wardrode. BO could care less about what mcpain spend money on. They should have put it toward tv ads or something.

Rick Beaver   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET


No ones cares about the clothes politicians are wearing. Would you please stop asking irrelevant like stoking the fires dont you. Stop asking stupid questions.

anna from ohio   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

AH Obama looked so cute dancing on Ellen. I hope he dances like that straight to the White House.

Claudia   October 22nd, 2008 9:46 pm ET

Please, whom ever is defending Sara Palin for the money she spend on clothing, should be a shame to do it, and to even stated that people is glad on the way she spends our taxes or donations, when she was making victims of sexual abuse paid for their kits! That is a low blow for everyone, specially for victims of sexual predators, shame on her and the people that supports this type of personal expenses, especially when even her daughters where enjoying luxury trips and victims were suffering.

Wanda   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Come on Larry....

Ellen, TV "ENTERTAINMENT" SHOW, not relevant. They were having fun, and "if" that's an issue, oh well, Saturday Night Live becomes an relevant.

Not relevant Larry, again "TV ENTERTAINMENT SHOW".

Love you Larry!

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Ememies won't test McCain because:1.He is the enemy.2.He would fail the test.3.He says he's been tested..being a pow for 5yrs does not qualify as foreign policy experience

Shawn   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Have you ever tried to live on $30,000 a year in America? 50% of America do, try it sometime and your view of the pathetically unfair Bush tax cut's will surely change.

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

To Valarie, the only duty the VP has in the senate is to break a tie. He does not propose legislation, set the schedule , discuss current business or any other thing. Oh yes he does preside over the opening session each term.

CAROLYN   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET


Linton, Atlanta GA   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

McCain's biggest mistake was picking Palin. What do we do now? He can't unpick her.

Owen Rowley   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

The GOP panel members seem to run the clock every time they are given an opening. It's annoying

Clark   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

The surge is about money. They are paying Iraqis not to attack. It is not about brilliant military strategy.

Eric   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Larry, please help me to understand, who is tested to be President until they're President? Senator McCain has more experience than Senator Obama as a Senator but they're on level ground for President. I believe it comes down to who will be the better decision-maker; who has the better plan for the nation. I feel Senator Obama is more prepared than Senator McCain.

atoosa   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET


Please don't even mention that could end up in the white house! Can you imagine Tod in the White House

Troy   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Larry and all of the people at CNN, you really need to pass this on and get the correct information out to the world. I am involved in Nascar racing. and we have been taking our own polls at the track and Jon Mcain is 60% and Obama is 40%. I am not sure what all these people do that our giving you guys the wrong information about who is leading but they one need to get the facts straight and two it is a bunch of bull. We have also done surveys at the track where there are over 200,000 people each weekend and this is the truth. You guys have people out there wasting time saying that they are going door to door and calling people in which is nothing but a big lye. Please don't mess up the presidental election, all of you need to keep your mouth sout and let if play out at this time.
Thanks TW

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET


the Ellen show got attention fromObama ...and National Media time

...more than CNN on the Biden Audio t... all you got was"frivolous rhetoric" with regard to American security.... and spinning off to economy and party platitudes.

Oh year.... the donors heard the entire audio.

He does sound like a preacher on the pulpit.... good orator... thin to no resume.... but a good orator.

Glenn, Maplewood. MN   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Larry, please stop inviting that Stephanie . She is disrespectful, unpleasant, and her answers are silly. Also, I remember how everyone hit the roof when a male candidate had a $500 hair cut. I guess it is okay for Palin to spend at much as she wants. In fact she can say or do whatever she wants because she is a (Hmmm) cute white woman (and her comments are considered to be great, especially if she is talking negative about Obama). What about saving America. May God save us from the Republicans.

Sheila-NY   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Three Things:

1) Just because John McCain is considered a war hero, that does not qualify him as a foreign affairs or national security expert.
2) John McCain argues that Barak Obama would tax small business owner's. I'm a small business owner and even if a business took in $250K in sales, the owner, based on how he/she is structured with respect to taxes, may only receives a very small portion of the $250K, which would entitle most small business owners to Obama's 95% of America tax cut.
3) Could a Democrat majority house, possibly be the best thing for productivity and eliminating earmarks and pork barrel spending because there may be less of a need to "bribe" Congress men with getting their special interests pushed simply to get ther vote!!??

Middletown, NY

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Larry, I am from Western Pa. I would like to know why Lynn considers himslef a Republican and if the current GOP is a party he is proud of.

Being a Steller fan I hope the has a good answer.

Louise   October 22nd, 2008 9:47 pm ET

Oh, sitting for depositions.

Well, at least she'll have something nice to wear!

JULIE   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET


Nonni Walters   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Karen Hughes' figures for Sarah Palin's popularity in Alaska became outdated two weeks after she was nominated. Her rating was 80% favorable at the convention, but somewhere in the middle of the Bridge to Nowhere and the Ebay Airplane, she dropped to 60% in Alaska. What does it matter now? Her numbers nationwide are tanking daily, below those of President Bush.

Walter Lother   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Good Evening,

There are two points I would like to make. The first is about Joe "the Plummer", has everyone forgotten about Joe Six-pack?! I strongly feel that Joe the Plummer is a decoy to have the voters forget about the negitive impact Joe six-pack did to the McCain Pailen ticket.

The other point I would like to make is Obama's tax plan. If he does what he says and gives the middle class a break and raise the taxes of people making $250,000 per year by a mear 3%, how can the 5% of Americans that are so filthey rich complain about 3%?! I went to college and live in a small apartment and work hard every day to make sure I can pay my bills like many other Americans in this country, how can these people that in some cases own 7 large houses dare complain about a 3% increase in taxes?

Melissa Croad   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 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 MOST important aspect, especially in McCain’s case, mental health? I think we are overlooking a potentially very serious condition! Can we really risk having a president who is so volatile and erratic?
Melissa Croad, RN, BSN, SRNA

cheryl johnson   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Update on World Series...

Phillies 2, Tampa Bay 0
Top of 4th man on 2nd and 3rd.

I'm back and forth with your show and the game...

Ann   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Since Bush became president, I have clung to my guns and bible and been depressed the way the country has gone down..Senator Obama was right where I am concerned.
On Colin Powell, I have always respected General Powell, he is a great American who really cares about America...It hurts to see people cutting him down...

carolyn   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

My question is what tested event has John McCain had to deal with ?

It seems to me for him to say he is already tested is not true. He has not been in a posiition of authority to be tested

Jackie, Colorado   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

When McCain and others talk about experience, don't they realize that we can see experience as being good or bad? Is McCains experience, experience that would benefit the People of the Country? I see McCain as a war monger. Do I want that kind of experience? NO

Steve   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Karren Hughes again? She gave us George Bush, she is on Larry's show again lying with both side of her mouth. May God punish her and her cohoths, idiot

Diana A   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

I am presently watching Larry King live and just want to mention that there is a difference by Colin Powell of MENTIONING he supported Barack Obama at the Convention than ENDORSING Barack Obama now. Colin Powell could have changed his mind at any time and endorsed McCain if he truly felt Obama was not qualified to do the job of President and Commander in Chief.

lisad   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

I can't say how cute you looked last nite in the silver suspenders, red shirt and tie.

Please tell me no one would consider SP as a candidate for anything. Can't we please just send her back to Alaska, ouch, the poor bears and wolves. Is she still making victims pay for their own rape kits?

Lori   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET

Why is McCain concerned with Palin meeting with Powel? He needs to be concerned with having her on a program like Larry King or Meet the Press? I just don't get how the RP is concerned with her doing SNL or meeting with Powel, but she is obvious SCARED to death of honest speaking without a script.

I am 100% that if Obama was as shallow and protected as Palin has been, he would have been heavily criticized. It seems as though the RP has blind eye when and insists that she is handled with kid gloves.

Seriously, she is an embarrassment. Talk about being tested, Palin needs to watch out because she can’t even be trusted in front a mic, let alone as a rep. of the U.S. while working with other leaders.

mike   October 22nd, 2008 9:48 pm ET


winkster   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Palin is a hick and she needs to return to the northern slop of Alaska. We have very critical issues in the middle east that will need to be addressed. We don't need to have a brainless wonder sitting at McCain's side. We need a very knowledge individual sitting by either candidates side. Palin has little to know experiece.

They talk about Palin having executive experience. Ok, let's give her the respect of the office, however, Alaska only has a total of what...750 thousand people in total. So, what experience does she really have. The pipe line was going to open up without her support. it is congress that made the decision to move forward on the additional drilling. The govenor of that state would have never made the final decision in the first place. She needs to remember that instructions flow ...where down hill. Its called funding.

Palin is M.I.A. and she doesn't have a clue of what the role of the V.P does. this alone is extremely troubling especially when she has had several weeks to read the Constitution of the Unites States...this is scary to say the least

Hyde Park Mom   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Palin is not qualified and McCain showed very poor judgement in selecting her. Your guests tonight, Ms. Karen Hughes was commenting on Joe Bidden's quote about Obama not being ready, that he would be tested. Yet she didn't even quote him correctly. Bidden was correct, Obama will be tested, as will John McCain just like Bush was tested with the 9/11 attacks.

Ms. Hughes, go back to Texas and stay off the air. You are quick to forget that you were a part of this joke of an adminstration for 4 years. The public won't forget. You and other female republicans, such as Georgette Moschbacher and Sara Palin are not doing John McCain any good with the hate you are spewing. Try smiling, it will help your wrinkles.

Sarah   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Larry please check it out – Joe Lieberman made a similar comment to what Joe Biden said about testing the new President – Anderson Cooper had the clip last night on his show. Nobody made a big deal about it then so why now?

ellen   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

I am so tired of hearing that Sarah Palin is not quilified for president. In reality she is more quilified than either democrat running for president. she is a successsful govener of a state. A position that requires desions on employment,taxes, roads,medical and welfare help ect. she has been very successfull in serious decisions that effected her state. Obama and Bidin are senators that sit in meeting. make a speech and vote yes ,no or present. How how can you call this experience? I think America is far behind other countries when it comes to a woman leader. and I firmley beleive that women are jealious of her. Every time I hear the women on CNN such as Racheal, I am convinced that men are not the only one that are sexist

rickey   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Terry all black are not for Obama look at Swann

Simon Ferguson   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET


U guys are not fair at CNN and at the media when it comes to Mr Biden's comment. U ended the quote and the most important spot. U did not say how Obama would have handled the situation and that is important as to how the comment was made.

Dave   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Ms. Hughes
Oct 1 the Anchorage Daily News reports the governor's approval
rating is down to 68% not 80%

texasgreenacres   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Larry: John McCain was not tested on that aircraft carrier. he was a possible answer to the test of a earlier president John Kenndy

Bonita   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Wow, why don't we spend some time dissecting Obama's statement about how he is a better dancer than McCain, the man who has lost complete range of motion in his arms from enduring years of torture for his country? I mean you all are doing such a brilliant job at discussing such important topics as clothing and Palin hinting at Obama's socialist ideas. What about Obama's rude comments?

Frank in Des Moines, IA   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

John McCain keeps saying that Gov. Palin is the most popular Governor in America. Is this before or after she chose her as his running mate? I sure didn't know who she was before she was his running mate and I would say that a lot of Americans didn't as well. It seems like whenever Sen. McCain is questioned about his choice in Sarah Palin he always goes back to the "the most popular Governor" thing. Yah...maybe now, after all the press she has received. That's why we keep asking if she is experienced enough or ready to be Vice President or President and not because she is popular.

Dee f rom Canada   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Thank You Larry! Media folks are not asking for the exact quote from Biden as you just did. He said nothing about Obama being untested and not qualified. People are twisting Biden's comments. And does McCain think that being a soldier means he was tested and won't be again? Can he be that dense? I'm concerned. And the Pentagon has said ALL presidents have been tested and they are prepared for one, no matter who wins.

Jeff Haines   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

When is the media going to have the guts to ask McCain about his subtle racist statement when Colin Powell chose to support Obama?
He basically said that it was to be expected. This subtle racism that is worse than blatant racist.
Why was it to be expected?

Yvonne   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

why are Sarha Palin kids who are school age not attending school. Whay does this say about her values on education and the need for young children's desire to learn. While the travel with their mother is a learning experience, there are core subject they will need as well?

Maureen Childs   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Larry – I know Karen Hughes has a commitment to the Republican party and a job to do. She is also a very intelligent, compelling woman. That is why it's painful to hear her spew out John McCain's talking points. She also keeps talking over everyone. Does she think this is an effective startegy? As a woman who admires someone like her, I'd like to know how she honestly feels about a woman like Sarah Palin. As a conservative Republican, I'd like to know how she really feels about John McCain.

Valerie Emmons   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

I cannot believe people are asking whats wrong with spreading the wealth???? Why thats like doing a group project in class and everyone getting an A when one person did all the work....I am an unemployed single mother of 2..out of work due to the Mortgage Crisis two of the mortgage companied i worke dfor shut down this year...and no I was not doing arm loans or things that were bad for my clients!! But my point is this..when in fact i do get back to work...i do not want to be paying $10,000 in taxes for every $50,000 I make to cover people making 16000 a year that get 5000 back in earned income. IVE BEEN POOR BUT YOU HAVE TO WANT TO PULL YOURSELF OUT OF IT!!! If you get handouts you will keep doing the same and never change your life. Also now that Im on unemployment I cannot seem to get ANY other help for my family after Ive paid so much in taxes over the is that fair?????

Ann,Virginia   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Sounds like Karen is jealous of Obama's ability to raise money!!

Kaye   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

What RNC spends the money I've sent to them to use for the campaign is just fine – I'm wondering if the Obama people realize how much they could have been helped should he have diverted their money to them rather than 27/7 cable stations expounding his advertising. . . . nobody rails on HIS choice of spending the millions they have access to but HEY, that's our guy!!! You can't report THAT~

Get back to ISSUES and off the minor stuff Larry. You've so obviously "licked" every Obama supporter on your shows, you are really getting to old to fairly conduct your business honey. . . . hang it up already.

Maria   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

How come the RNC didn't use those 150K to get a tutor for Sarah Palin and teach her about the constitution? I am astounded to hear people defend Sarah Palin's record (of excessive spending on bridges to nowhere, hockey rinks leaving Wasilla in deficit, and ethical misconduct). She constantly contradicts herself, and her frivolous lifestyle cannot possibly make her understand the needs of the middle class. I know of no middle-class women who accept 150K handouts for their wardrobes, nor do any of them get to bring their family on the tax payer's dime.
Usually clothing allowances aren't an issue, but become one when the candidate accepting these enormous sums talks about being a fiscal conservative. Frankly, her pathetic rhetoric is a slap in the face, and has undone much of the progress women have made in the business and government fields.

trina   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

what did she wear as gov. of alaska that she couldnt wear while running for vp.. im sure ms palin owns suits and shoes that she has worn to important meetings she could have worn instead of wasting 150,000 on clothes.. and as far as spending money on travel for her family I dont think thats fair ..when they are not invited ..she should pay those expenses out of her personal funds not our taxes ..

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Larry, Karen is just reaching as does all republicans when the tables are turned she cry foul.

danielle brison   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

i would like to know how republicans can think that it is okay for our economy to be in the horrible state that it is and not think about the middle class finally needing a break

Steve   October 22nd, 2008 9:49 pm ET

Hey Sandy,

If John McCain is the military genius he proclaims to be, why did he vote for a war that had a bad battleplan. If the question is judgment, then I want the guy that voted against the bad battle plan in the first place. If the surge was the correct strategy, fine, but that means that John McCain initailly voted for the bad strategy, battleplan, or even the bad tactics. LOL.

Irene Dooley   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

At a time when our economy is circling the drain, Sarah Palan's $150,000.00 wardrobe allowance (in 3 short months) will amount to over 6 million dollars in 4 years if she makes it to the White House. Would someone please take away her tax payer funded credit card? I'm pretty sure she's already exceded her limit.

Robert Hill   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Why would you include a light weight intellectual such as Lynn Swann? Not really an intellectual heavyweight; Give us better Larry!
One Old Man's Opinion!

Angel   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET


I think Georgia is going to be the a BLUE STATE. That will be the story of the election. John McCain forgot about us.

ina   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Let McCain tell the world he's "tested". We don't mind; we won't have the chance to make the world's terrorists' list. It is unfortunate that he's just challenged anyone who may be listening to him, because he's not going to prove or disprove his words – he won't be in the White House.
I'm a Hillary Democrat. But there's no way I can vote for a Republican, much less for one who places so much at risk by choosing someone like SP – airhead is an understatement. Even my sister, who unfortunately for her, is a Republican, can make a better VP than SP. As a woman I find it thoroughly insulting – but not unexpected – that a redneck like McCain has chosen such a poor example of feminine intelligence and sophistication.

Clarissa   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

I was an undecided voter. I will not vote for someone as inexperienced as Obama. The President's position does not have on the job training. Get someone off the street with a well written speech if that's how you want to run our country. I did not like the fact that Obama would not until recently wear the American Flag or pledge to the American Flag! Obama's election would be a disaster for our country. Who Is Obama????What does he really stand for? He does not have Americas interest at heart! I will vote for McCain.

Jeff Stanley   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Hello Mr. King,

As a voter "still on the fence" I am left wondering why no media is addressing Senator Obamas' refusal to answer qeustions regarding his citizenship. There have been Supreme court documents filed TODAY in Hawai'i barring anyone from seeing those records. Why not just supply this information and make it go away?

I know I am just one vote, however, given some of the relations Senator Obama has had with certain individuals (i.e. Ayers, Rezko, Farrakahn) why is no one in the media willing to discuss this? Fear of lawsuit?

It seems awful coincidental that Senator Obama shuts down his campaign to fly to Hawai'i to see his grandmother on the same day there is a ruling regarding his birth certificate. What in the world is REALLY going on.


Judith   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Now about Obama and taxes.It is always the middle class that have paid more taxes.My husband had 35% taken out for 11 mons till he made a certain amount then it went down low.This is fact.It's always once you get to a higher class they pay less taxes.Now it's time for the ones that make higher pay higher and let the middle class alone just like Obama wants to do.These high class people don't care of all the people in American pay now for the bail out but the ones that make more like McCain are getting ticked off with the middle Class.We are not the Joe the plumber who lied about buying a plumbing bus.I have no idea why McCain still uses him.Joe makes only 42 a year with 2 liens against him and will never nor intended to buy his boss's bus.
Let's have facts here.....

Pietro Sirianni   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I have been hearing the Republican Party throw around the word "Socialism" quite a 'bit lately when describing Mr. Obama. To prove to me that this is not just a catch phrase aimed at scaring voters could you please have one of your Republican panelists describe the 4 basic principles of Socialism.

New York

texasgreenacres   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

or president of that era of time

Kristen   October 22nd, 2008 9:50 pm ET

Most popular Govenor?

Does anyone else find it odd that McCain was the one who gave Obama a hard time by calling him a celebrity but now he's saying Palin is the most popular Govenor? To me, it sounds like he's calling Palin a celebrity. If he wanted to prove how good of a job she has been doing, McCain should have phrased it differently. He should not by calling her popular.

I just think he's contradicting himself. Another ooops by McCain.

Nancy M.   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

I was on the fence on who to vote for until McCain put Sarah Palin on the ticket. Bravo to Colin Powell for pointing out the obvious.
Gov. Palin is NOT qualified to be Vice President and John McCain's
judgement is therefore questionable.

Big 'O"   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET



Socialism   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

What I am tired of hearing from Palin and the McCain camp is how Obama wants to tax people to redistribute wealth.

The question for them is how is Palin, levying a windfall profits tax on oil companies this year who were making record profits, and distibuting $1200 to every Alaskan citizen who didn't work for it, not Socialism, not income redistribution, and Obama wanting to roll back the Bush tax cuts to the top 5% of income earners to build schools, pay down the debt, support the troops and provide health care income redistribution?

AJ, Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Am I the only one that thinks Sarah Palin is the dumbest vp canidate ever??

Bethany   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

I have to say that the whole Sarah Palin wardrobe issue is ridiculous in two ones. For one, no one should spend that much money on clothes and secondly, with all respect its not an issue that should be making headlines 13 days before the election. Also, as for Barack Obama's dancing, well he definitely deserves to for the simple fact that he has been working so hard; however, I did not get him taking on an early victory in saying that he's a "better dancer than John McCain," I think that was just a harmless, light-hearted joke.

Liz   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

It really frustrates the GOP that "nothing seems to stick" doesn't it – that's because we want to hear aout REAL ISSUES! – duh.

Emily in NC   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

I wish the Republicans would stop touting the fact that Gov. Palin has the highest approval rating of all governors (80%). No offense to Alaska, but they rank near the bottom of the list with regards to population. Her extended family alone could skew the results! Folks should pay attention to her experience (TV sports reporter, Beauty Queen, etc., etc.). She has no substance. She is a well-dressed Howdy Doody with LIPSTICK.

S,Rao   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Karen seems desperate!! She is using Karl Rove's plan of throwing mud at Obama!! unfortunately, it doesnt work this time and she will stay in texas!!

As for Lynn... huh.. He is a no body!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Now McCain and his supports are crying about Obama supports giving money for the campaign!

Paul Carabine   October 22nd, 2008 9:51 pm ET

Mr King, with all the comments about executive experience needed to be a "ready President" could you answer the question exactly how much executive experience does John McCain Have? I am aware that he has been a senator for a long time but I believe that he has never held an executive position.

sandi   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Gov Palin had an 80% approval rating before running for VP. She was the most popular Governor before running for VP.

Like her or not, she is popular, smart, classy and has many accomplishments in her State. Obama came from nowhere and you people have given him two years to learn about the economy and foreign affairs. So give her a chance like you gave Obama. Your remarks appear to be straight out sexism or jealousy. She must be quite a threat since she gets so much attention.

Paige from Oregon   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

The qualifications of the VP was never an issue until Sarah Palin showed up... it's because all previous VP picks have shown to be knowledgeable in various areas of government, or at the very least had been educated in the political arena. I don't take anything away from anyone with a journalism degree, but it does say a lot when a news anchor like Katie Couric is more qualified to be VP than Sarah Palin.

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

AJ, You wrote "She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Journalism from the University of Idaho, That explains why she is so dumb…"
Are you looking down at all of us who did not attend Ivy League schools?
This is so mean spirited, and elitist.

Angel M.   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

charles you are insulting to women, some of us beatuful women do not support palin because she gives hate speaches,divides people into pro america and anti america. Please dont put your baseless opinions that have nothing to do with why people vote. I care about the issues that are important

Ellen   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

This comment is directed to Karen:

It scares me almost speechless to think of the possibility that this "Barbie Doll" could become our President.

Gov. Palin hasn't had an original thought thoughout this campaign....anyone can sling mud.

Enough said.

Michelle Long   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

I can not wait until this election is over!!! I am so sick of listening to the Republicans like Karen Hughes. She should hide since she had such a close affiliation with Pres. Bush. He will go down as the WORST president of all time!!! I don't care who the Republican nominee would have been – the results of what the Republicans have done for the last 8 years are what we are living through right now! Proof of how out of touch they have been and sending this country into incredible debt.

Ravi K   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Somebody please ask the panel what were the 5 top criteria used for selection of their running mates, please, please; I woul dlike to know more about the candidates decision making processes. Thank you. ravi

Ernie   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

how much more grandstanding has the world to take from US politics.
it is absolutely outrageous to think that any, and I mean any world leader would take the VP nominee of the GOP serious.
it is the lowest low of american politics in history.
heaven forbid a win for mccain, if a situation should arise for her to have to step in, we better be prepared to manage on our own.
and frankly, I don't know what the fuzz is all about. there are thousands of better looking and smarter women living all over america.

Everett   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden both with doctorates. Where did Mr. Biden get his degree because all the ignorant things that have come out of his mouth like Hillary is a better candidate then me and I could go on. I just want to know so I don’t send my kids to that college.

Obama sounds like a preacher telling us all what is wrong and he is like the dirty preacher just another version of Jim and Tammy Baker

jim   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

how come neither Obama or Mccain reaching out for the latino vote... considering the latino community is so large in the US?

John   October 22nd, 2008 9:52 pm ET

Larry, Ms. Hughes doesn't like it that the shoe is on the other foot. In the past its Republicans with deep pockets.
This year thousands of new voters have been inspired by Barrack. This has led to them scraping there nickels together and contributing.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

McCain knows nothing about Honor at All!

Amier Suliman   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Sarah Palin is a Northern girl living all her life in Alaska. I myself live in Arctic Canada....her neighbour, neighbouring Alaska. We customarily don't wear fancy clothes, we always think about keeping warm and comfortable. I believe it is legitimate exprense to be amoung the elite politician and the world stage. Thank You.

Myra   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

How Can McCain say 'they will not test me"? Isn't that arrogant? I actually think if he is the President they would test him most of all! They know, being a militry man, and his temperment they caould keep us in war for as long as they want! This is exactly what they want and this is exactly what he would give to them! "They" would LOVE him, and the continuous wars would disrtoy this fragile economy. That is exactly what "THEY" want. He has been tried and they want what he got to give! WAR and DEAD AMERICANS!

Michael Grubbs   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

The ONLY thing right about the republicans is they are on the right of your screen tonight !!!!!!!!!!!!

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Judith, Judith, Judith,

JOHN McCain is the man for thr job. Hes earned it.
He deserves the job for all hes given for us....almost his life.. Where can you get a more deserving person. Thank JOHN toofor picking a female for his vice president, instead of a washed out old senator ..soon to be retired Biden.

marina   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

I can't wait for this election to be over so we don't have to look at that TRUCK DRIVER (Karen) and that SCARECROW (Georgette) anymore.
Everyone else tonight was civilized and respectful...even the republicians

Fannie Butler   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

The campaign had rought out the ugliness of ordinary people, especially those who hate change. It's hilarious to hear the Republican party accuse the Democratic Party being the sleeziest of campaigns. The Reupblican party today represents a portion of Americans who are not a part of the diverse community. I am a registered Republican and I have received two communications from this party in 10 years. They are not inclusive and McCain has no agenda for diversity. Gov. Palin is a bomb ato explode. To think that she will be in a position to become president of the Nation is a disgusting thought and actually fearful. Alaska wants to leave the Union and where does she and her husband fit in this. She has stirred up a mess and if she thinks she has the backing of intelligent voters she is incorrect. I voted against Bush 8 years ago, 4 years ago, but it seemed that the backward people of America wanted Bush and look where we are today. McCain and Pailn will be no different because we have seen the ugliness of the nominated team of McCain and Palin and the whole Republican party.

Obama/Biden '08

nwyt   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

My best friend lives in Vegas, 2 doors down from some people that work for Lehman's....they are still partying everynight (drugs are involved) and guess who they are voting for? McCain...
And by the way,Nancy, I am a nurse and working on my master's degree and am a proud supporter of Obama.

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

I think that Joe the plummer is fair game in this debate. He has allowed the Republicans to use him for political gain. If I was Obama, I would stress the fact that Joe doesn’t have a license to do his trade. Then I would focus on the company that he works for and investigate other employees to find out how many of them are not qualified for the task that they are providing. Senator McCain is not exactly all ethics. While in captivity in Vietnam, he willingly signed anti-patriotic statements against the United States. It’s funny how a lot of people run around saying that he’s a war hero; what he did does not fit the script for a hero of any kind. I’m a 20 year army vet and I could never imagine me or my soldiers turning our backs on our country under any circumstance.

SSG Fredrick D. Hatcher Jr.
U.S Army (Retired)

elton nnamdi   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

hi larry
mccain said he won't be tested,this tells his desperacy and willingness to decieve people,let me ask;how's he going to stop the crisis in the middle east,how's he going to stop the genocide in darfur,how's he going to stop unforseen attacks by terrorist all over the world,these things are happening and what makes a president is how you can avoid them and how you can handle them not saying it won't happen when its already happening

Hank   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

the most popular Governor in the united states...... who really heard of her before JMC chose her for vice president no one in tke lower 48 knew her.the little respect i I had for jmc is gone

MTK   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Why is the link between Sarah Palin and her husband members of the AIP Alaska Independent Party never mentioned. This "terrorist wannabe" advocates for the succession of Alaska from the United States of America and he has been quoted as saying he "hates America". Why is there no coverage on this. It is relevant and is directly related to Gov Palin who recently sent a message from her Gov office to the AIP Convention which was also held in Tenn. It is also odd the Todd Palin is listed as undeclared, not a republican, but he was most recently an 8 years member of the AIP. Sarah Palin was also listed as a member. Her rush to have her baby on Alaskan soil. This seems to lend credence to their claim of sovereign soil.

Ralph Ginns   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

1) Biden's words are clear. It is not necessary to "guess" about what he said. Why don't you simply look at what he said word for word?

2) The US Constitution states, "The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided."

This wouold indicate a position of oversight and involvement up to the point of voting. In fact the position was considered important enough for the constitution to then add a backup position in case the VP is not present:

"The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the office of President of the United States."

Why then do you and others say that Palin's views are wrong?

RayT   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Obama is spending sometimes up to 4 times more than McCain on his campaign but this barely gets coverage – so what is really the big deal if Palin spends too much on her wardrobe? If anything this just shows that Americans are easily convinced by mass media and superficial things like looks and both parties know this and are taking advantage of the lack of depth the common American has...

As for Colon Powell, this has to be the biggest joke of all. He was the key person whom so many Americans trusted that convinced the nation that invasion of Iraq was crucial to the security of the nation. Now, years later, he supports Obama who opposed the war? Talk about a flip flop! One wonders if Powell supports Obama because of the issues or because of the color of his skin.

Finally, regarding racism, what does it say when the vast majority (I think its over 95%) of African Americans are voting for Obama? If that is not racism then I do not know what is...

Deborah Snow   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

I honestly believe what Joe Biden meant was this:
The United States will definitely be TESTED regardless of who becomes our next president. The USA has becomes such an embrassment in the worlds eye that many nations/people are ready to challenge us and ANY new president. Check your history and see how often a new president has been tested. It's natural to test any new adminstration, think about it , it makes sense.

Cheyenne Miranda   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

Does it bother anyone that Barack will spend close to $750 MILLION DOLLARS (3/4 of a BILLION) to get elected? And you libs are belly aching about a wardrobe and makeup budget, while at the same time critiquing her looks?

Try spelling HYPOCRISY for a change.

STU SILVER   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET



cheryl johnson   October 22nd, 2008 9:53 pm ET

I will say Colin Powell's comments on how he arrived at his decision was one of intelligence. Even though he contributed to McCain's campaign in the very beginning of the process, he took his time to decide which candiate was best in his eyes. He just didn't stick to his party of choice, but weighted the issues and made he decision on the facts... GOOD for HIM..

Sorry now.. its 3-0 Phillies...

Niki   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Campaign Financing:

As one of the many people who donated $25.00 to the Obama campaign, let me tell you all something. I am a stay-at-home mom and my husband and I are scraping by, but I found $25 to send to Barack. I frequently get emails from the Obama campaign so I know first hand how often they push for donations. They are very diligent and they keep in contact with people on their email list. I think this is just sour grapes on the part of the RNC. Try making an effort and maybe they could have gotten the donations and voter turnout too. Being organized will get you very far in this world. If I was able to donate, trust me, plenty of individuals have donated.

Arthur   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Just because McCain states that he's has the experience in handling a US crisis. Does not mean that he has the wisdom needed to deal with a crisis. Sometimes with experience, you can lack judgement.

Sue   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Has everyone tried the calculator on It computes a guesstimated tax savings for you based on both the Obama and McCain tax plans. For my family, we' save $1400 with Obama's, and just $60 with McCain's.

ina   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

I'm also not surprised that the Republicans had to try another tactic tonight: having to place a representative of the AfroAmeican community as a Republican spokesperson. Not only they did that with SP, placing their "token" female in the ticket, but now they have to find ways to get free publicity and coverage because they have no money, by playing on people's racial stereotypes. I wonder they don't have Castellanos also on, so they can complete the triplet: women, AfroAmericans, and so-called hispanics (Anyone's heard Alex speak Spanish?).

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Palin and McCain are supposed to be Christians but they way they talk about socialism in a negative way as if they did not know Christianity has a lot of socialism in it! So i bet they never give to their churches if they are against socialism because you would be giving to the church who will give it to others who most likely have not given themselves!

Valerie Emmons   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

And to all these people pointing the blame to BUSH on our jobs being over seas and the mortgage crisis....who was in office when NAFTA was signed????? CLINTON!! The Subprime lenders in emerged in the Mortgage market in the mid 90's who was in office??? CLINTON!! the sad part is this...I am a registered DEMOCRAT that is just now waking up to the fact that CLINTONS ideas were not as smart as I once thought they were....aAnd im not saying BUSH was a good president because he these 2 major issues fall in Clintons lap...we are just now feeling the reprocussions from it!

Yellowroseheart   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

It seems to me that the Republican party is upset that the people are supporting Barack Obama's candidacy and I am sure if Lynn Swan got that kind of money in donations he would not complain and that is why John McCain is whining. Again as I say in ever comment and every blog the Republicans are nothing but Whiners. Larry will you ask then when are they going to stop whining. Long after the campaign is over they will be whining about what Barack did right as if he did something wrong. So please tell the Republicans on your panel to stop whining and pay close attention how to run a successful campaign.

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Yeah... Obma's donors.... oh yeah

- big bank rollers

-big hedge funds & the market

-he started with Rezko who was his early big contributor.... you know the slumlord... threw his own South Side Chicago neighborhood under the bus.... then the rest of the time he was a "community organizer'.

Obama didn't clean up his own neighborhood... crime rate horrible...
and he's going to handle the Nation. Get real.

Barbara McClain   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Sarah Palin isn't a drag on the campaign. In fact, like many other Independents I know – we voted for McCain – Palin today (Florida).

To be honest, I am not totally thrilled with McCain (I have some worries), but I strongly feel that he is the most experienced candidate for the Presidency and we know he has shown his love for this country by his sacrifice/service. I have misgivings about Barack Obama to include his lack of experience, past associations, and anti-white/racist/non Christian views. I fear he is not the Messiah!

As far as Paln goes: she may be inexperienced to some extent, but other VP candidates have had less experience than her. Also, f she did wear clothes from Wal Mart she'd be picked at for that and who cares if they pay for her wardrobe – she is a middle class woman who worked her way up the political ladder and doesn't have the funds for this. Palin has done so much good in my home state of Alaska and has made sure Alaskans have shared in the wealth – that our state is fortunate enough to possess. I know that she may not be as polished a speaker as Biden and Obama, but I know she is a moral and fine woman who will fight for change and make right what is wrong with Washington.

Mich   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

little me retired and not well off at all, dearest Karen,Isend $130,00 to Obama campaign and i never did before for any candidate.... and I never both myself a dress at that price, but I made happily the sacrifice for Obama.

Julia Warren, Plainfield NJ   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Question for Karen,

If George W. Bush had selected a Sarah Palin-type in 2000 instead of Don Cheney would you have been able to support him for President.

yvonne foxworth   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I am an independent and a small business owner who was not sold on either guy at first, but I am definitely voting for obama now because there is nothing about John McCain that convinces me that he cares anything about peoples financial difficulties. His campaign has no focus he is just trying whatever works. He doesnt know what to focus on.

If he was really in tune with the middle class he would know what we care about like obama does. And him picking sarah palin really sealed the deal. She is one of the most negative people i've ever seen. And it concerns me that she gets so much enjoyment out of confusion and strife.

McCain and Palin are both so eager to go to battle, i'm afraid they are going to jump on the first chance they get to have another war. How many soldiers do we have to lose? McCain and Palin are both hair triggers!

And how much abuse of power is palin going to get away with?

Deb   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

CNN gave Palin an easy interview – she had free reign maybe even had pre-conditions so that she can rattle off all that she learnt the last 7 wks from McCain. Guess it was her saving face interview after the many blunders notably the Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson Interview. Now Mccain is resorting to robocalls from Rudy Guilani – this ticket will lie to win..AMERICA BE CAREFUL !!

NANA WILLIAMS   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET


Shirley   October 22nd, 2008 9:54 pm ET

If the media and entertainment/talk show hosts were honest and unbiased they would push the Democrats like they do the Republicans. Its disgraceful to the American people, because we stand for honesty, integrity, fairness, justice, freedom and should stand up for truth and honor as a nation under God. The media has basically come to be extremely deceitful in order to push their agendas and beliefs on the American people, and unfortunately, there are Many naive Americans that believe everything they hear especially if its negative. Sad, but true that many Americans don't know enough or care enough to question the media...they trust it ...and that's what the radical liberal media counts on. "God Help Our Country get back to the Truth and Integrity." We need McCain & Palin!

Noreen Belton   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

John MCCain stated on his interview with Wolf Blitzer that he has been tested. Just because he was a war hero, doesn't mean that he been tested.Who ever becomes the next president will be tested. It's like the changing of the guards. Let's see what this person is made of. John McCain don't have any more experience than Borack Obama, because until you become President, you don't know what the real job is.

S,Rao   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

What ia wrong in spreading the wealth?? Our combined income is greater than 250K and still am okay in paying more taxes and support Obama!!
I would rather have a job and make more than 250 K and pay more taxes rather than no job and no taxes!!

texasgreenacres   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

according to McCain is he's going to trash social security to end Gov. socialism?

Darlene   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Do you think that Colin Powel would have endorsed Hillery Clinton if she was the democratic nominee. My feeling is that he may have endorsed Barak because similiar racial component that they both have in common

elton nnamdi   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

hi larry
mccain said he won’t be tested,this tells his desperacy and willingness to decieve people,let me ask;how’s he going to stop the crisis in the middle east,how’s he going to stop the genocide in darfur,how’s he going to stop unforseen attacks by terrorist all over the world,these things are happening and what makes a president is how you can avoid them and how you can handle them not saying it won’t happen when its already happening

Vicky   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I am a 60 year old woman who has waited most of my life, to see a woman who might come to the position of President or Vice-President. I am now so embarrassed, Palin is the choice, of all the bright women in this country it's Palin. Embarrassed !!

Allan   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Hey Larry,

i am from the Caribbean and i am watching your programme and following the American politics.

I am amazed at the level of intellect of which some of your guests speak, Karen her analysis of a simple statement made by senator Biden relative to Senator Obama is pathetic. She is importing language that does not exist, that's poor.

Janean   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Think about it...we are told that Sarah Palin in 'like us'; the common hockey mom, Sarah the Same – as the rest of us peons. So, why can't her wardrobe be like the rest of us. I don't spend one hundred thousand dollars plus for a wardrobe...ever. And makeup? This is your typical Republican hulabalou! She is not like the rest of us. And somebody needs to give her a quick lesson about the duties of the VP...this is embarrassing.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Scorched Earth Tactics are the only recourse for McCain! Along with his Psychological Operations against the American people are the only thing keeping him in this race!

Clarissa   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Stop blaming republicans for the economy. Prove that there was not a greedy democrat investing or profiting. Dig in and you will find the truth. This is not about one party or the other! This is about our country and our president! I will vote McCain!

Dr. Leslie Ann Nichols   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Hello Larry: thanks for your wonderful program! Colin Powell;s endorsement was extremely pivotal in giving America confidence in Obama's calm, cool headed approach to world affairs. It is extremely dangerous for any one to speak about "an attack on America if Obama is president" because it sounds like an invitation and nothing could be further from the truth. The world is waiting for a president that is open minded and intelligent as well as not using his own agenda as Bush has stubbornly done for 8 years.

Marylou   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

it makes me sick to see Karen Hughes on any panel...she was part of the most corrupt campaign in American history, and there she sits, casting dispersions on Obama. I never heard the Repubs complain when they were AHEAD in fund raising (every cycle), but now that the Dems have them beat...OH IT's SO UNFAIR....go back to Texas Karen, and get your hair done will ya? Maybe the RNC will chip in for you.

Alaina   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Okay McCain has been VOTING for the last 30 years so what about that tests him for becoming president.

ken stewart   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET


Getting really tired of the Liberal spin! Powell made his announcement on Sunday. Polls taken since then show a tightening of the race, with the AP poll showing the race a virtual dead heat.

Obviously Powell's endorsement has not had any effect!

Regarding Palin and the $150,000 clothing issue:

1) The liberal mainstream media would have ridiculed her for showing up dressed as a typical mom, stating she didn't look Vice-Presidential or Presidential, and now they're creating a rhubarb over the money spent on her wardrboe! She can't win for losing with the liberal mainstream media!

2) I notice you are not talking about Michelle Obama spending $447 for an afternoon snack at the Waldorf Astoria! Would you like to see a copy of the receipt because I have a copy of it! She spent more on one snack which consisted of several lobsters and room service than half the people make in a week and yet we don't hear anything about her spending habits!

Also, are you going to talk about CNN reporter Griffin's total misrepresenation of Byron York's article in his interview with Governor Palin? York's quote pertained to what the media was saying about her, not what Republicans were saying about her!

The media is in the tank for Obama as evidenced by their constant reporting of polls that show Obama 12 points ahead when the reality is the race is much closer than that, but by constantly talking about a 12 point lead, it creates the impression that McCain has lost the election already.

In addition, Palin has been called far worse names than Obama. Personally, the connection with Ayers, their activites together on the Woods board, his getting his house at $300,000 less than market value in a shady real estate deal with a convicted felon, Tony Rezko, who received millions of dollars in funding for housing projects in Chicago thanks to Obama, his relationships with Khalidi, a former member of the PLO who Obama has associated with, all these are far more troubling than what the RNC spent on clothing for Governor Palin or her husband trying to protect his family from the trooper in Alaska who was getting divorced from her sister, which led to the Troopergate situation, which had no ethics violation of any consequence. (Any husband would have done what her husband did and anyone who says they wouldn't have is lying.)

FazilM   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

I don't think Lynn Swan listened to Colin Powell carefully. Powell said that he specifically refrained from any mention of endorsements until he had had a chance to listen to both candidates and viewed their performance. While he obviously had some admiration and loyalty to his fellow Republican, he could not in all good grace give him an endorsement. He felt that Obama has the thoughtful and even-handed temperament to deal with the problems that America faces.

My own feelings is that McCain is not the foreign policy man that he thinks he is. The world would not tolerate another belligerent person like McCain. With his temperament, it would be guns at dawn rather thoughtful diplomacy. He thinks that listening to someone else is weakness. He is out of touch with the world beyond the American border, and his belligerance would lead to more isolation of America.

Will, in Richmond, VA   October 22nd, 2008 9:55 pm ET

Mr King,

Regarding campaign finance: I am one of those small donors. I've given a total of about 225 dollars to the Obama campaign. In $25 increments. And I know I am not alone. However if one wealth person can give the maximum amount of $2000 or so, they are equal to ten of me.

But our vote counts the same.

So these big donors are out there. The real telling number should be how MANY donors the candidate has.

ron   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

both candidates really stink considering this troubled time in our lives. i've never heard so many people in mi. say that they're not gonna vote at all.....

Carolyn Della Malva   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET


A question you asked on your show just now made me feel inclined to comment. You showed a clip of Senator Obama on the Ellen show and asked if it was relevant. The reply you recieved was "no," however I have to disagree. I am 20 years old this year and this is my first election in which I am of age to vote. I have to say from the perspective of the generation which will be inheriting the economy this next president leaves behind, these clips of Sen. Obama kissing babies, dancing, joking and basically just being a people person are very effective in getting my attention as a young person. I don't think they will sway someone who is on the borderline, but I think this new voting generation is looking for someone to identify with, and finding that in Barack Obama.

Roc   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

I have been watching your panel and I just wish the McCain supporters will just give straight talk. They undermine the intelligence of the viewers and its sickening. Albeit, I am an Obama supporter but I wish they would give me a reason to actually like the Republican party. My frustration is how these folks twist words or statements that come out of the Obama campaign. If they would simply make their argument without doing that, they would instill trust. As an example, why are they taking Joe Biden's comment about the NEXT president being tested in foreign affairs? And if I have to hear 1 more time how Palin is qualified to be president because she is a governor, I'm going to be sick. I could go on and on but will stop here.

Abayomi Ibrahim   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Karen-you of all people should have an opinion about Obama on issues of experience when the President that you served showed no experience at all when it comes to the security of this country. How much more damage can you cause that your old boss had not. We need a steady, reasonable head to leads the world again.

Dan   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

GR....your statement holds no water since many Presidents have no previous experience being President unless they are 2nd term. Which means they still started their 1st term with no experience.

Lauri   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

On the donations to the Obama champaign, I think that it's better to receive contributions from individuals than public financing. Now I think that's how all candidates should raise their money. People will not give you their money if they do not believe in you and support the platform that your running on. I think it shows the number of Americans that agree with your ideas and believe that you will help them in their daily challenges. I must admit that I am not familar with the public financing and wish that you Larry would explain it to those of us that may not fully understand it.

Canadian EH!   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

As a Canadian even I knew the VP'S job was not to head the Senate and get right in there with them! Palin is way in over her head (wink) and the cracks are starting to show from McCain. I wonder if she received SAG or ACTRA rate for her appearance on SNL? If so, ske ought to give it to the RNC to defray the clothing allowance. And just in case this VP gig doesn't work out for there a Hooter's in Alaska "cause" she would fit in there well...dontca think Larry?

Carmella   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET


McCain could have changed his mind and and denied public financing. If MCain can be less than forthcoming on every other issue then he could have changed his mind on how he financed his campaign. The RNC has more money then the DNC anyway and the DNC is not accepted lobbyist money like the RNC is accepting. Let's be objective. What everyone fails to understand is the Democrats are conducting a campaign of the people financed by the people. The Republicans are conducing a campaign for the government financed by the taxpayers the motivation is totally different.

Andi Carroll   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

What about the possibility of:

AP: Palin children traveled on state expenses
VP hopeful charged state for children's travel, amended expense reports

This I feel is far more important and goes to the character of the person. Also, I am concerned about the seeming large activity of her husband in the use of her office.

I would like to know the thoughts of your guests on the over $21,000 dollars ued for personal use.

Thank you very much - Larry, keep up the good work and your wonderful program.

cheryl johnson   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Barack campaign money came from citizens who believe in him and contributed the money for the cause...

Campaign contributions are for campaign spending...

Maria Cress   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

I am a proud contributor to the Obama campaign!!! I try to give $30 at least every month!

PLEASE, GOPers, don't even bring up finances as there is NO justification for $150,000 for the WARDROBE of a candidate...not to mention the reportedly $300,000+ outfit of Mccain's wife at the RNC convention...disgusting!

leo   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

My comment is.How did she spend so much money and she has not been with Mccain more than three months.I gave been working for the school system for thirty two years. I still gave to shop at thrift stores.

AM   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

Easy to make an attractive stupid woman intelligent, then the other way around...that was what McCain was thinking.

Alison   October 22nd, 2008 9:56 pm ET

I do believe it is too soon to declare a democratic victory- as much as I see it coming, I was also one who thought Gore had a chance years ago.
I am sick of hearing about Joe plumber–I wish the guy luck, but I prepare taxes and with the amounts of money that businesses can write off he will be one of the very few who will see 250k in profits (and doubt he will)! It isn't rocket science to see the little opening when you forget to mention that small peice of info...

It isn't the time to be complacent–make sure to go out and vote–these polls don't count in the end.

Go rays!

wnw0031   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

I personally think that if McCain wants to bring up Obama's associations then the democrats can make a big deal out of anything they choose. The McCain camp is just sitting by waiting for an opening to say a few words. McCain doesn't know what he's talking about. He doesn't have my back. He's not trying to help me by making the economy better so that i may get a better job to pay my bills and support my child. He just want to support the big business.

McCain and the republicans have been supporting the big businesses. Its time they start supporting the little people. I pray and hope he doesn't win, especially when he has an incompetent vice president like Palin.

Valerie Emmons   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

TO the blog from:::::REAL MAVRICKS ARE INDEPENDENTS::: The Churches are not making it law to give your money to them ...there is a big difference in giving to charities and a government TELLING you that you are going to do it whether you like it or NOT!!!

Hoku, HI.   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

I don't care about Palin's outfit. But what I do care about is the character of the person that wears the outfit! What bothers me is that she cannot honestly answer a simple question like, "what is the responsibility of a vice-President?" She shouldn't waffle around question even if the question was asked by a third grader. If you going to be the 2nd most powerful person in government, then you better know your role and the Constitution of the United States. Wait, I wonder if she knows the first 7 lines of the Preamble? Hmmm....

sandi   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

What is Salon. Are they a political magazine. If not, what is she doing on this show? Any talking head without political experience should stay off TV. Including all the Hollywierd fruitcakes.

Joshua   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Though I am an Obama supporter, and something like this does open the opportubity for a gut punch to the McCain campaign, we honestly don't need any help exposing the McCain campagin and their shady-ness. Hey, she's been identified as part of the reason as to why McCain may not win. She can keep feeding the media, it may clear up some finances for Obama to give some of that marketing money to some of us struggling Americans....

rickey   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Why is Lynn Swann on here.

Abayomi Ibrahim   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

Karen-you of all people should have an opinion about Obama on issues of experience when the President that you served showed no experience at all when it comes to the security of this country. How much more damage can you cause that your old boss had not. We need a steady, reasonable head to lead the world again.

Tracy Sheets   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

I read somewhere on this sight that a man from Oregon has already voted and that they mail in there votes there. How do you stop election fraud in a state that you mail in your votes?

Dan   October 22nd, 2008 9:57 pm ET

GR....just in case no one has told you...McCain has no Presidential experience and can hardly hold a candle to the education that Obama has.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Hi Larry!

Why is McCain using Scorched Earth Tactics? Are the only recourse for McCain, Along with his Psychological Operations against the American people, and are the only thing keeping him in this race!

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Who cares what party Todd Palin was in? No Topic There.

I am more interested what idealogy a future President has...who has no executive experience.

How about the shady characters....
I’ve listened Ayers, Rezko, Khalidi, Rev Jackson’s remarks, Farakahn referring to him as a Messiah, , 2 advisors stepping down due to Hamas connections, representatives showing up at a radical meeting a few weeks ago. Rev Wright's Black Liberation Theology. His references are ancharists, radicals... etc...

All I hear from Obama is either nothing or I was eight, he was rehabilitated, or he flips it to the “economy.” How can we trust Obama when his mentors of his early years and current times are anarchists and Marxists? Look up Black Liberation Politics…excuse me ….Theology….it’s all there and Obama listened to that philosophy for 20 yrs.

-Now the Biden audio ... he fluffs away today with "Joe sometimes speaks in rhetorical flourishes" then spins off to the economy.

What do you want... The government (taxpayers) to take care of you from birth to the grave.... socialism ... marxism... look it up.

Sheryl   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

What's with all this talk about experience? Didn't the current President George Bush start his first term with a "boatload" of experience? A ton of good all that experience has done to help our us!!!! We're one of the biggest messes in the history of our great country!!!
We need a new fresh, perspective with a sound approach to address our economic, health care, education and environmental issues.
BTW- I'm gonna be a hockey Mom so that I can shop at Nieman Marcus too!

friendfrommaryland   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

When its time to vote a lot of peole who said they were going to vote for mcpain just wait when they hit that button. That is when they think about the big mess america is in.

Michelle Davidson   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

what is funny is throughout this whole campaign Obama has remained focused, his message has remained the same despite all the challenges he has had with addressing his personal character and most recently the comment by Biden. He has stayed calm, focused and I think has learned that when something comes up you must act, this is what i look for in a president, he has also addressed the average american in away's that I can understand with out the political Jargon. As for McCain, he deserves much respect in his accomplishments as a honorable vet, but that does not mean he is qualified to be a good president, and if he is qualified then I have yet to hear exactly how he going to be different then Bush, he dodges the questions when it comes up, for instance his interview with Wolf Blitzer regarding S.S and the 10% he refused to answer. As for Sarah Palin, If she is as good as Mc Cain says then she should of been introduced in the media more with better questions. Although when she was asked substantial questions her answers where WHAT!!! can you talk to me like i am a 2yr old, because i did not understand it.

love your show, Larry
35 mother of 2 young kids and a Obama supporter

Cera   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Larry, while stattioned in the Philliphines, I got up 3:00 am back in 1976 to watch Lynn Swan and the Pittsburg Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys. He was a great wide receiver, but as a politician, he sucks! It's no wonder he lost his bid for governor. He seems bitter and taking it out on Barack because he is a democrat and sits there and refuses to acknowledge the gravity of potentially having the first Black president. I feel he has forgotten where he came from and does not realized the idiocy of his portrayal to the nation.

tammy   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

"Spread the wealth" – I grew up very poor – my parents were 15 & 19 when I was born. We saw very tough times and required public assistance. Although we were poor – I learned the value of work and I worked 3 jobs while going to college, I applied for loans because I could not get grants. But hey, Obama says he was poor but obtained a Harvard degree! so for some of the bloggers who complain about no money for college – have Obama share his strategies! I didn't get a Harvard degree – Harvard was beyond my meager, I have struggled to get where I am – I have been in the lower class and I think everyone in the USA have the same oppurtunities. Some choose to succeed while others look and expect others to get them there. I don't know why I should be punished for working hard to become successful!

Nancy   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Valerie Emmons-may God bless you with his peace, comfort and the light at the end of your tunnel... you get it. Your analogy of the "group project" was perfect. I pray that this fork in the road will be your beginning of a wonderful journey, and that God will bless your family.

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Judith, Joe the Plumber can buy the business, this is America. Stop belittling him based on his circumstances today.

John Sawyer, Rocklin, CA   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Again: being President of the Senate does not mean you're in charge of the Senate. The Senate has people who are in charge of it–Senators that the people elected–and that doesn't include the Vice President. The Vice President "presides over" the Senate, which technically means that she sits in one of the chairs behind the podium, looking Vice Presidential, and says nothing on the floor of the Senate, ever, unless he/she is needed to break a tie vote in the Senate, at which point, at most, she's allowed to say "Yes" or "No". Where she does talk with the Senate, it's in private conversations where she talks up the President's positions. Again, this is not even remotely called "being in charge of the Senate".

J Q Public   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Palin , Wow the most popular governor ever!!

I'm sorry I just don't see it.

How tuff can it be to be the governor of Alaska?

With a population of less than a million people, all of which receive a $1,000 check every year from the state (that's every man woman and child) ANY governor would be popular in that situation. How popular would she if she were governor of Calif. or New York. States that have the full spectrum of executive issues?
I'm sorry I'm not trying to pick on her. I just don't see how She and McCain can keep claiming her experience and popularity.

Michelle   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Please don't have Karen Hughes on the show again! She and Elisabeth Hasselbeck should go ride into the sunset together.

connie from IN,and I don't talk like Palin, Thank God   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Larry, palin is less than 2 weeks from trying to fill a job she still doesn't know the description of,scares me to death. Is she unteachable?Surely someone has tried to explain the VP's duties since she admitted early on she had no idea what the VP does.Maybe she was out shopping during that prep,you betcha.

sofia brener   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Just a moment ago it was said there is a big money behind Obama. So what? A applaud to those big money people that support him knowing that their taxes will be raised. Don't you, Mr King? :)))
Sorry for my English – I'm a new citisen and not going even to make the spell check – too lazy.

Sherl   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

I would like to know why everytime someone gets ahead , like for instance the money for the campaign funds, the other people act
like sharks ready to attack . So what if obama has more money
than Mccain, maybe he needs to get out and try harder and quit
bad mouthing all the time. Poor people like me look for the kind
of person that is on my side instead of against me all the time.

Stefanie   October 22nd, 2008 9:58 pm ET

Who cares where the money came from that Obama has raised.

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

What about the voter inWV where they vote for Obama and the machine spits out McCain?

Pattie   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

I am a Pittsburgher, a steelers fan, a former (and still Hillary supporter) who fully supports Obama and has even donated time to his campaign. I am disgusted by Lynn Swann's comment re: Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama. Colin Powell obviously anguished over his decision to make a public endorsement but I feel he TOLD THE TRUTH. Not the republican truth or the democratic truth but the truth as he see it. We do not need a loose, erratic cannon running our country with all the extremist factions pushing us. We need the voice of reason, who speaks quietly and carries a big stick. I will watch Swann on reruns- a great athelete but not someone I will EVER vote for for any office. How dare he criticise such a great American hero who had was driven by his love OF COUNTRY, NOT PARTY to endorse Obama
VIVA POWELL & OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Brent   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Everyone talks about John has to be the "OLD MCCAIN" of 2000. I find it highly ironic that his platform then was the same tax system Obama is planning to use.

How things change when your seeking power...

Theresa   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Do you think that Karen can get any facts correct about the Obama/Biden ticket? Let's stop twisting the truth to be her interpretation.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Why is that lady mean mugging in the leopard jacket!

Guna   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

If Obama's policy is not good for small business then why are so many small businesses donating money for his campaign which amounts to 75%

Wanda   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Dear Larry-
I would like to know why is it so hard for Republicans to refer to Sen. Obama as Senator. This is rude. To Karen's question the Obama campaign persons are smart when it comes to raising money, and he nor any candidate should take public funds, these dollars could be spent in helping our economy. I think if your supports want to support you then they should. Karen and Lynn should refrain from saying Gen. Powell voted for Sen. Obama because he is black; have you noticed he was always black, and this could he could have done this months ago. I watched the interview and it was painful for Gen. Powell. Lets face it we the American public are feed up with the top 5% getting the tax breaks waiting for wealth to somehow fall down. This method have felled due to greed.

naphalm   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

I used to love Lynn Swan until now. I know everyone has the right to support any candidate they choose but I don't see how anyone who came from nothing and knows what goes on in our in city communities could support the Mccain/ Palin ticket. Lynn Swan seems to have forgot his fans, so now I shall forget him.

Carmelita , WA   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Ok Larry get up off of that thang and show me your moves , lol A little humor never hurts go ahead show us your moves tiger.

All humor aside , it's my oppinion that its not the clothes that make the person its their morals , priorities , beliefs and standards . With all our concerns about the economy and deficit I dont think its a good statement Palin's making about how her and McCain are gonna save us money . Heck she just spent more than I make a year on her outfits. Im Carmelita the In home care provider for a disabled son. She wants me to believe she cares the middle class. If she does , wear Kmart , tell us shes wearing it because she cares . I dont care about designer clothes . Like she said if your gonna do the talk do the walk. And Im not talking runway!

alberto   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

if obama got more than $600.000.000,00 in private donations and only 1/3 was small donation... $200.000.000,00
Q: how many people can get small donatiors and get $200.000.000,00 in a very short time??
only obama
go obama..

Corey   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

In Obama's book "Audacity of Hope" he comments that he will support the Muslims if there were to be a political storm" Is a muslim support the appropriate person to be leading the United States of America? Americans should know this about Obama.
Thanks, Corey

Marylou   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

McCain was TESTED and he FAILED...he CRASHED the PLANE!!!

Ladyblack   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

All of the supporters of John McCain site that he has more experience than Barack Obama. Having more experience does not translate to making the right decision. All of the CEO's on Wall Street have alot of experience, but do we want them to keep running wall street?, or do we want them prosecuted for their mismanagement, fraud and illegal activities? Barack may be the new kid on the block, but I am more encouraged with the leader he has presented himself to be than with the lack of leadership that McCain has displayed on the campaign trail. Barack has proven to be disciplined, guided, focused, determined, energized, hard working, calculated, informed, balanced and so much more. McCain has proven to be scattered, indecisive, and desperate.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

@ Jane Toms

I am not elitist..

Im not talking down the University of Idaho, its just not that well reconized around the US, I couldnt name the city University of Idaho is in to save my life, Its not my fault all the highly skilled and educated people are Ivy League Alums...

Big 'O"   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET


R Bach   October 22nd, 2008 9:59 pm ET

Many smart people, including Matt Simmons author of "Twilight in the Desert" thing the work it near maximum world oil production and that oil production will begin to decline due to oil field depletion. I haven't heard either candidate address the problem of falling world oil production. I would at least like them to address the Boone Picken's energy plan or the Google $4.4 trillion energy plan. I think the next crisis the next president will face is peak oil.


sandi   October 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm ET

I agree 100% with Shirley.

Rich Kski   October 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm ET

Obama's Black? Let me get this straight because, I've been payin close attn. to reporters comments...His Dad is black, mom is white so isn't classifying him as anything except a Presidential Candiate just encouraging racist division amongst all people both white & black??

elton nnamdi   October 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm ET

hi larry
mccain said he won’t be tested,this tells his desperacy and willingness to decieve people,let me ask;how’s he going to stop the crisis in the middle east,how’s he going to stop the genocide in darfur,how’s he going to stop unforseen attacks by terrorist all over the world,these things are happening and what makes a president is how you can avoid them and how you can handle them not saying it won’t happen when its already happening.....

Gary D. Slone   October 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm ET

How much do you think Obama and Biden's suites cost? $$$

I'm an independent and not really thrilled with either candidate. That said, it is absolutley amazing how much this show and every other i watch are pro democratic. At this point it's not even reporting...all of you people that are in the "media" should be embarassed.

Fox news is also crazy-

Valerie Emmons   October 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm ET

to HOKU, HI::::::: read section 2 of the constitution on executive powers..or I have posted it above...IT STATES THAT VP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE>>>>>i cannot believe you people cannot do a simple thing like look up the constitution!!!!

Ann   October 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm ET

I resent paying for John McCain's campaign...
He ..and Palin are spreading hate and bigotry

lkinopfl   October 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm ET

It is true Larry, Obama is making most of his money I'm sure from the small, $5-$25 contributions from many people in the middle and lower classes who can't afford to contribute a lot. But the pennies add up you know what I'm saying? I am one of those people. Everytime I had an extra $5, $10, I would go to the site and give what I could when I could. Because I want to see Obama our next President. I feel so morally strong about this. I think he would be a great and inspirational leader for our country and lead us in a new direction that we need to go in. We need new ideas and honest leadership. We don't need the same "good ole boys network" running our government. And with McCain that's what I think we'd get and I am 41 years old and as long as I've been voting I am ready for the next chapter in American history and I want it to be positive, innovate and put us back on the World leader map. Not by forcing other countries to adopt our views and beliefs, but by being a shining example of what a great country looks like!

Liz   October 22nd, 2008 10:01 pm ET

Rickey: He's a GOP candidate for Gov. in Penn.

Deb   October 22nd, 2008 10:01 pm ET

DEar Arthur
re "Just because McCain states that he’s has the experience in handling a US crisis. Does not mean that he has the wisdom needed to deal with a crisis. Sometimes with experience, you can lack judgement"

I totally agree – Don't forget he suspended his campaign and threatened to cancel the debate during the bailout /economic crisis talks in DC. That was a test all article why Obama is ahead.

Niki   October 22nd, 2008 10:01 pm ET

Regarding Todd Palin:

I'm sorry, but wouldn't a group that wants to separate from the U.S.A. be committing treason?

To this day the GOP attacks Michelle Obama (a descendant of slaves) for daring to "mis-speak" that she was proud of her country for the first time in her adult lifetime. And yet Todd Palin is given a pass for being part of a group that doesn't even want to be a part of America? Isn't that anti-American? Doesn't that show the greatest lack of pride any person can have in his country? Should Democrats say, which a smug affect, "I've ALWAYS wanted to be a part of the U.S.A...." at campaign events?

mink coat   October 22nd, 2008 10:01 pm ET

That was not true about Mrs Obama The person who wrote that peice of trash in the paper had to retract it. She never even stayed at the Waldoff.

mike, virginia   October 22nd, 2008 10:02 pm ET

McCain made the wrong choice for VP....if he picked anyone else that had less popularity then the attention of the media would have to be on Obama. Instead, liberals hate Palin and love to talk about her. The media is of course liberal and must continuously go after Palin wasting a lot of air time. With a low profile VP candidate, the media would be bored and would finally start asking hard questions of Obama. Great choice McCain, you gave the media and other liberals something to chew on everyday.

Michelle   October 22nd, 2008 10:02 pm ET

I think that Colin Powel's endorsement of Barack Obama says it ALL!!!

Yes Barack has the temperment needed for the job of President of the United States. I am counting the days until 1/20/09 – Bushes last day on the job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James   October 22nd, 2008 10:02 pm ET

Hi Larry:

I see nothing wrong with Barack Obama having a little fun on the Ellen DeGeneres Show dancing. I see nothing wrong with Sarah Palin having fun on SNL. What I do see wrong is night after night you have a panel of political analyst who comes on Television and do nothing but look for flaws in Senator Obama and then throw darts at him. Why can't they stick to the issues at hand such as the economy, healthcare, taxes, and what he is capable of doing to put this country back on it's feet.

Senator John McCain is the leading go-getter when running negative ads at Senator Obama. How can a POW have experience in running this country when he spent a lot of time being held captive.

Ronney Lee Meadows   October 22nd, 2008 10:02 pm ET

I keep hearing about John's leadership in the military. John is a war decorated service man, however, he is not a military leader. He was a pilot that was shot down. He never lead a squad or and number of men in combat. I have more experience of leading men into battle, because, did that during the war in Nam. Flying a plane and running through the jungle is a big difference. John needs to get off his ablity of having the experience of directing the services in the future. Spending years in prison is not the experience to be above those that did have charge of men in the field.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:02 pm ET

When Palin goes back to Alaska she will face impeachment and jail time for stealing the peoples money!

Carmella   October 22nd, 2008 10:02 pm ET


I can't accept your example. It has recently been reported that fighters are nowt fleeing to Afgh. because of the surge. As Obama has indicated you can't fight a terrior that is occuring in 80 countries by only focusing on Iraq.

Tony Ford   October 22nd, 2008 10:03 pm ET

It's a shame to see the republicans sit on your show and bring up everything that matters to them and not what matters to us. They are just like McCain nothing else to talk about. The truth is we are not falling for the POLITRICKS!!!!!!

jesse   October 22nd, 2008 10:03 pm ET

your disscussion panel is behind, there was an in depth analysis on Obama's use of the internet and how he was able to raise the monies
that his campaigh has raised.

David G   October 22nd, 2008 10:03 pm ET

We all know that Sarah Palin is in favor of her 17 year old daughter getting married, why is is it not publicized that Sarah was in fact pregnant when she "eloped" with her husband?

Barbara Bisel from Moraga, California   October 22nd, 2008 10:03 pm ET

Regarding Obama's record-setting funding donations, your guest criticized the campaign fund because 75% of the donations are from large donorations, and she wondered why the media did not make more of that. How does she define large? Personally, I have given a large donation, not because I have a lot to give, but because this is such a critical election for our country and our planet,, that I have only myself to blame if Obama doesn't win - and I say this as a former Republican who voted for Bush the first time, and one who has never given to a presidential election before.

I think a more interesting question would be, how many TOTAL different donors are there for Obama's campaign? If, as I suspect, the other 25% is composed of many, many small donors, that is very significant in that it demonstrates a deep commitment across a broad economic spectrum of our country. My church teaches that the size of the gift is not as significant as the fact that you are giving as much as you are able.

Norm   October 22nd, 2008 10:04 pm ET

With all due respect to Senator McCann's military service and political career – I do not believe being in the war translates into the ability to make foreign policy and serve as commander in chief – in some regards his personal war histry may work against his ability to be clear and objective when dealing with military crisis – his performance in the debates did not speak well to his ability to stay cool and clear thinking.

Sabrina   October 22nd, 2008 10:04 pm ET

Larry, Why do you focus so much on Sarah Palin and her family, leave her alone, she is beautifull, smart and on top of all she's a Governor of a very imprtant state in US, Why don't you make a change like Obama and question some of his associates like: Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright and maybe his background that he's hiding. Larry I'm sorry to tell you but you're nothing but a sexist to attack Sarah Palin over and over with your guests, shame on you Larry, I thought you were a fair and respected show host, shame on CNN as well,

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:04 pm ET

McCain is crazy he is against tax cut for 95% of Americans!

Ralph Ginns   October 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm ET


I can see it now. the founding fathers got together to draw up the constituion and decided to declare the Vice President of the US as the president of the Senate for the sole purpose to "sit in one of the chairs behind the podium, looking Vice Presidential, and says nothing on the floor of the Senate, ever, unless he/she is needed to break a tie vote in the Senate". Yeah that was what they were thinking.

What do you think the position of "President" is in any organization?

tammy   October 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm ET

As for all the money the Obama campaign has raised – how many of the low income families being courted to register to vote and vote for Obama contributed to his campaign and the millions of dollars that has been raised? And advertising cost – he has spent 4 to 1 the amount of money of McCain for negative ads in many states. What promises did he make to the providers of all this money?????

Sabrina   October 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm ET

Tell Karen Hughes if she is going to be a speaker on your show supporting McCain , she should research the latest gossip and have the facts before going on a live television program. Also tell her Joe Biden was not implying if Senator Obama was elected a crisis will occur. He simply ment if Obama or McCain became president they will be tested

ken stewart   October 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm ET

The primary reason Democrats want to get people to vote early is because they fear many voters will change their mind! Let's get real!

Obama isn't qualified to be candidate of the Love Boat, let alone commander in chief. He has no experience, no extensive track record of any major legislative achievements, and no record of bipartisanship on controversial issues as he has voted with his party 97% of the time!

He announced his campaign after just 143 days of being in the U.S. Senate...You can't be a doctor after 143 days in med school....You can't be a general after being out of boot camp for 143 days...You can't be a district manager for McDonalds after 143 days of employment. You can't even win American Idol after 143 days!

Furthermore, he's never been tested, and Biden is right. He's another Kennedy type figure and we all know what happened with JFK due to his inexperience! He got his lunch eaten by Krushchev in Vienna and made some huge mistakes which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war!

Finally, there's no way that Obama can deliver on his promises! He's either going to have to raise taxes on everyone, and if not, then his only other choice is to run up huge deficits...By the way, we've seen Obama's promises and program before! Clinton ran on the same platform in 1992 and within 30 days of entering office, he had to announce that not only was he not going to be able to deliver on the tax cuts he promised, he was going to have to raise taxes!

Thanks but no thanks! I'll take John McCain!

J Q Public   October 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm ET

Actually I do know How they can keep claiming Palin's executive experience and popularity.

It's their STORY and their STICKING TO IT!!!! LOL

MTK   October 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm ET



Courtney   October 22nd, 2008 10:05 pm ET

Why is John McCain calling his VP candidate the most Popular Gov.? She has a 80% approval rating only in Alaska and like the political polls now that has a possibility of being off which is likely or not.

Michelle Do   October 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm ET

I was dying to vote for John McCain since 2000 until he chose Palin. She's underqualified (I would not vote her as the mayor of my city, San Jose, CA), abusive of power, and not honest.

I don't know what the RNC thought when they spent $150,000 for her and her children's clothes. If she wore inexpensive clothes (from Wall Mart, Sears, JC Penny . . .) people would have more respect for her.

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm ET

You sound like your jealous of Sara and nothin to do with politics...jus touchie feelie boo hoo girlie stuff.
Wheres your loyality for you state JUDITH..

Noreen Belton   October 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm ET

Mr. King, if John McCain ever keeps his word to appear on your show, Please ask him the question:What is his thoughts on the minimun wage? Is he for raising the min. wage or leaving it the same? And Why?

dr. zaidi   October 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm ET


I feel comfortable and confident with obama as president while living in this wonderful country but i fear we might go into another war in afghan-pakistan border and spend another 8 yrs on war.


AlO   October 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm ET

I do not believe this election comes down to experience – neither candidate has any experience at being president. I think it comes downto who can learn the job quicker and who will do a better job with the huge number of domestic and foriegn issues that they will face once in office. While both men appear to be intelligent, Barack appears to be thinking on a much higher level. Whenever I have seen him confronted he has handled it in a very patient thoughtfull way that did not instantly antagonize people with opposing views. John Mccain appears to have much more of an emotional reaction and is prone to using attacks and belittle people that do not have his views. This is the approach that has alienated the US from so many foreign countries. While no candidate can knw everything, Mccain seems like he falls back on panels analyzing and comming up with solutions while Barack appears like he will actually understand and be able to more readily distinguish a good plan from a bad plan. hIs negative campain also shows that he is willing to risk dividing americans to to win this election. This was a big mistake in my oppinion and may well lead to a landslide loss with a very angry losing minority.

Kenneth of Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm ET

Since when has "spreading" the wealth become such a bad thing? Think about it. Spreading the wealth, spreading the wealth, spreading the wealth. How can this be a bad thing? Crime would go down, people would be happier and smiling. How can spreading the wealth be a bad thing? I guess it would be if you are greedy!

NANA WILLIAMS   October 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm ET

shirley, who do you think mccain/plalin will be representing if they are elected? THE REAL AMERICA OR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

James Smith   October 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm ET

Larry, where did panelist, Ms. Hughes recieve her information of Gov. Sarah Palin having an 80% approval rating. It seems that the Republican supporters have a pattern of stating "whatever" true or not. Would love to see the poll of the approval rating 🙂 She's under investigation for two seperate incidents of corruption and abuse of power in her own state, doubt the poll was conducted in Alaska.

Stefanie   October 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm ET

I agree Sherl.

Ralph Ginns   October 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm ET


Don't show your ignorance. McCain was tested in Vietnamese prison camp and throughout his military career as commander of troops.

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 10:07 pm ET

Yes... Bush was Governor of Texas... We were experiencing attack on our country .... in three deliberate areas. The man done just fine.

You want know what caused this meltdown .... Google .... 2006 Congressional Hearing Fannie and Freddie.

That explains the housing meltdown.... and where it was discovered the credit standings had been lowered. Then look up 2006.

Do your homework... that's why I am Independent ... who has made up her mind.... with actual, factual, observable.....

I really think people should listen to all the material that's there .... and base their vote on that.....

it never works to be mesmerized by anyone to the point you are unable to critique.. history has proved that dangerous.

Niki   October 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm ET

McCain: Tried and True?

I respect John McCain and I always have. Recently, my respect has been tempered somewhat by disappointment. But, I still respect his service to this country and his work as a senator. However, when interviewed, even about what he will do and his experience he never gives specifics. It isn't enough just to say, "I can do this, I've done it before"..."I'll get everyone together and fix this"..."I'm tested." Well, no one has been "tested" to be President. Neither Barack or John have been the President of anything so neither has been tested the way a Commander in Chief will. John McCain has to be less "take my word for it" and more specific...its like he is annoyed when asked for the one would let Barack Obama get away with that.

I'm 31 years old and I don't "know" John McCain any better than Barack Obama. I just see what they have done as candidates over these months and it seems that Barack always passes the tests of a candidate with flying colors, but McCain can't even do that? How can I vote for him to be President and run the country if I'm not sure he is capable of running his campaign?

Collin   October 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm ET

Sarah hughes is not a real person...get her off the air.
Obama-08!!!! Holler

Alison   October 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm ET

I saw the movie "W" friday night. I thought Powell was going to come out and support Obama after seeing it–much to do with how he was treated while in office IMHO. I think it does help him [Obama]...Powell is still fresh in the minds of many. There are not too many 18 year olds who know who McCain keeps speaking of when he has the support of 4 other sec of states, etc....and you don't see any of them speaking out on a prime time news station either.

with daily news bits coming in on spending too–clothing, flights, etc at tax payer expense, makes me cringe. I would understand is that trip to New York was more than a 5 hour seminar–it didn't last 5 days and 4 no reason to stay for 5 days and 4 nights. And with teleconferencing the way it is need to travel at all to NY IMO.

Nancy   October 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm ET

I don't think that anyone knew who Sarah Palin was before John MCCain announced her for his VP. However, how many other governor's does anyone know about-some people don't even know who their OWN state governor is! There are many unsung people doing extraordinary things we never know about. . . . .and ask any Alaskan if they sent back that $1200 check because "it wasn't fair to the oil companies". how many of us sent back our "economic stimulus check?"

Jane Toms   October 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm ET

@AJ, Minneapolis
"Maybe" true the Ivy League alums are deemed smart, but look at the fall of wall street, they are the ones that came up with all these crazy structured products that cant be sold anymore, the american tax payer has to step in and help.
Not a good idea to look down at people based on the school they attended. May be you agree with Bush based on the schools he attended!

Gary   October 22nd, 2008 10:09 pm ET

Here's what I resent. Paying for all the deadbeat bleeding heart liberals who have their hand out and don't want to work a day in their life to support themselves. Get a grip, Americans. Those of us who have worked all their lives and have made a decent living better wake up, smell the coffee, and get to the polls in droves! Socialism may be alive and well under an Obama administration. I REFUSE to pay welfare for the 40% of "Americans" who don't pay any taxes in the first place. I for one have had it!
Go McCain/Palin ! ! !

Ray   October 22nd, 2008 10:09 pm ET

First of all, I respect Colin Powell's leadership experience and his military achievement. However, he knew that the reason for the Iraqi was questionable. I do feel that he did enough to prevent the war, which causes him to lose credibility for me regarding his endorsement for Barak Obama.

Norm   October 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm ET

I am disappointed with the McCain campaign, it is one thing to go negative, but the clear miscommunication with regards to Obama's fatih, associations and policy's violates the the boundary of good taste and fair fighting.

Kenneth of Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm ET

McCain has never held a leadership assignment in the Armed Forces.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm ET

McCain is not going to be tested because he will not be President! Even in the bible we are all tempted aka tested, does McCain live in the real world or not, or is he just lying to us again!

Isis Kopel   October 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I don't quite understand how McCain states that he's proven and tested and "has the scars to prove it", insinuating that he is better fit to be president. Honestly, neither he or Obama have been proven as a president. McCain has only be proven as a soldier and a prisoner of war, and he's not running for that! So whether Obama or McCain wins the presidency, they will both be "new" to that job and face the learning curb that comes with "any" new job!

crowe   October 22nd, 2008 10:11 pm ET

Mr. Obama didn't spend the 750 million dollars on the campaign, it was the millions of people across the country that spent the money, and I am sure there is even more to get rid of this Bush /McCain government,... I have to give Karen credit, her and Bay Buchanan are hanging in there regardless of how foolish they look....kudos for their good American stick-to-it-iveness.

Shan   October 22nd, 2008 10:11 pm ET

Larry, it's sad that the republican party picked a VP candidate that doesn't have a decent wardrobe. I have a question, "Should she be allowed to keep the clothes?".

Mike C   October 22nd, 2008 10:11 pm ET

AJ, re is SP the dumbest vp candidate ever. Do you remember
Dan Qualye? And G. Bush Sr. won in 1988 w/ Qualye. I think the
question is, do we vote for an inexperienced presidential
candidate (Obama), or vote for a qualified candidate such as
McCain and hope to heavens that his health remains intact for at
least four year.

Joyce Teves   October 22nd, 2008 10:11 pm ET

Larry: My husband and I make about $30,000.00 a year with his teacher pension and our social security. I figure that the amount S. Palin spent on clothing is equal to five years of our salary!!! My sister and I went to our beautician today. We discussed our contributions to Mr. Obama. Mine was $10, my sister $35 and our beautician $150. Karen Hughes, please don't tell me that Obama's money doesn't come from the small people. I was a former Republician. Thanks, Joyce Teves

Pierre-Hugues Archambault   October 22nd, 2008 10:12 pm ET

To see a President candidate dancing in these hard times and hard times everybody knows is coming is a demonstration this candidate is optimistic and believe in the future of America. A short dance during a long hard campaign shows his strong personality and… that he is in a very good shape.

Maybe this candidate could win ?

Pierre-Hugues Archambault

m brown   October 22nd, 2008 10:12 pm ET

Has any first term president ever had the experience of being the president?
Sarah Palin's wardrobe need not cost more than the annual salary of so many plumbers named joe.
John McCain does not get it, any American President can// will be tested.

Judith   October 22nd, 2008 10:13 pm ET

Fred,I'm not in alaska I just go into their news online and if you would have read it right you would have saw it was from a True Alaska.
I'm from the sunshine state

Ralph Ginns   October 22nd, 2008 10:13 pm ET


Wrong my man. In 1976 he became commanding officer of a training squadron stationed in Florida.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:13 pm ET

Now the Palin's must give affidavit in Alaska finally!

NANA WILLIAMS   October 22nd, 2008 10:14 pm ET


Niki   October 22nd, 2008 10:14 pm ET

Yes, Sabrina – his comments were based on a Pentagon report that shows that every President of every new administration in the last, however many years, has faced a major crisis the first year in office. Being as knowledgeable as he is I guess Joe Biden took it for granted that this was information your average person has. So, it came across as a gaffe. But, the point he was trying to make was that when some crisis happens Obama will have the judgment and sensibilities to deal with it best way possible. He certainly never said that a crisis will happen BECAUSE Barack is elected.

sandi   October 22nd, 2008 10:14 pm ET

Sorry, but I can't even stomach this network anymore. The most disgusting treatment of Sarah Palin I have ever seen.


christelle   October 22nd, 2008 10:14 pm ET

I think the Obama`s tax cut is a good thing for the middle class and the upper class. middle class because they will have more money to spend and; where the middle class spend it? in goods and products of the upper class .That is why the rich invest in Obama campaign. In a period of crisis the increase of the consumption of the middle class is one of the most important stimulus for the economy's growth.

Everett   October 22nd, 2008 10:14 pm ET

I'm a former solider and you have no idea what you are talking about I’ve been there! Have you? My bother just returned and we both would do it again to defend the US and to give Obama the right to be against American and hang out with terrorist. If you would like to work on a government project or to fight for this county and had any association with the folks Obama has been around you would not get the clearance to work for the government and you want to Have Obama as President you my want to rethink your comments

I would like to know that if President Bush is doing so badly –Be fair and honest
a. When was the last time we had an attack on a US Embassy US property or US Citizen (R)
b. How many Embassy US property or US Citizen where attached Under President Clinton (D)
c. How many Embassy US property or US Citizen where attached Under President Carter (D)
The economy is not going to matter if we are not free or dead from terrorist attacks and yes I’m a democrat vet. I would fight under McCain but not for Obama that would sell our troop out

Cynthia Dyer   October 22nd, 2008 10:15 pm ET

I keep hearing that McCain knows how to win a war, and that he
has been tested. He finished 5th from the bottom of his class in military school, he was disrespectful & a rules breaker. He broke under pressure as a POW and made statements that the Vietnamese
wanted him to. Several of his fellow POWs talk about him stating that
they will not vote for him because of his temperament. He still believes that we should not have come home from Vietnam until we won. He has flip flopped on many important issues. He has been wrong about Iraq & Afganistan. And his pick for VP shows very poor judgement. Yes, she was mayor, and had $1.2 million debt when she took office, when she left the city had a debt of $24.8 million – a $23.6 million increase. She raised taxes. She built a sports center that cost $14.7 million, and road projects, $5.5 million. Palin proceeded with the sports complex even though the city didn't have clear title to the land, triggering litigation that continues to this day and costing the city an extra $1 million-plus. And she has not completed the gas line that keeps being mentioned. Yes, she went up against the big guys and because of her lack of diplomacy she is unable to complete or perhaps even start the line because she has alienated the big guys & now needs them for completion .
Palin has spoken out against pork-barrel projects. Gov. Palin currently has an outstanding request to Stevens' office for $160.5 million in earmarks for 2008 and $198 million in 2009.
I could go on. I'm especially perturbed that nothing has been made of
McCain's friendship with G. Gordon Liddy. There is a youtube of Liddy's radio show with McCain telling Liddy that he is proud of Liddy and Liddy's principals. Liddy has donated $5000 to McCain and hosted a fundraiser for him in his home. Only David Letterman has had the guts to grill him on it. By the way, William Ayers did NOT say he wished he had bombed more....he said he wished we as a nation had done more to end the war in Vietnam.
Sources: and VietnamVeteransAgainstMcCain

Valerie Emmons   October 22nd, 2008 10:16 pm ET

To John Sawyer, Rocklin, CA::: well in that case I guess the president of the US just sits in the office and has no real power that what your saying, becuase his title is as President of the Country. The President can interprit the constitution to his liking as it suits him and If he wants sarah paling as VP to clean up the Senate I for one am all for it!!! If I were to bribe a congressman to vote a certain way by waiving funds his way for his special interest groups it would be a federal offense, but a Democrat can bribe a Republican or vice versa, to sway the vote and its legal....WE NEED REFORM IN CONGRESS!!! More than we need tax increases and socialism...Govt needs to learn to live on a budget just as I have had to since ive lost 2 jobs this year!!!!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:18 pm ET


You are wrong, I served in the army and i have an Active Top secret Security Clearance!

AJ, Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 10:18 pm ET

@ Jane Toms

You are somewhat correct..

What college did u graduate from?

Fab   October 22nd, 2008 10:18 pm ET

If it was so important for Sarah Palin to have her family with her at the functions, where they were not invited, why did she not pay for it herself, instead of passing it to the taxpayers? Maverick? No. Reformer? No. Just the usual run of the mill crooked politician.

Fran   October 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm ET

Why are you so one sided. In the past, you did a good job of hiding your party, eventhough I knew you were a Democrat. You certainly don't leave any doubt this election. You are so anti McCain/Palin. Obama/Biden can do no wrong with you. Why have Wexler on your program, he hasn't resided in Florida for several years? He used his in-laws address so he could qualify. I for one will not watch when you have Michael Moore on your program. Personally, I don't care what that "fat slab" has to say. I used to enjoy your program, but no longer. I will no longer watch. You are toooooo one sided!!!!!!

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm ET

Read it again, very interesting article...
You do agree JOHN MCCain deserves the job and our never ending respect.
g'nite and Thanks Judith,

Phil B   October 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm ET

It's maddening to see the reporters and pundits fall back on the convenience of going to the polls early as the reason for the turnout.
One of the driving forces behind the early turnout is an attempt to avoid another stolen election. For those paying attention, more than 1 million votes (70+% Democrat) were hijacked by the Republican machinery in 2004.

Valerie Emmons   October 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm ET

Thank you Everette, finally a point that makes sense on here!!!!!!

Barbara McClain   October 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm ET

I've already voted as I said, but wanted to make one more comment.
Please, please people no matter whom you are voting for – get informed on the issues.

Vote for whomever you think is the most qualified candidate, but take the time to learn their record – it is a sad, sad state of affairs when you are standing outside the polls (in the parking lot) and people ask you to vote for the candidate they are supporting, but when you ask them about a certain issue – they haven't a clue! Don't vote for a candidate just because of their skin color, because you like their personality, whatever...

john w   October 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm ET

how stupid to compare anderson cooper to sarah paylin. anderson's expenses are not paid for with donated money or tax payers money. so really it isnt anyones business how much he spends.

Rich Dewey   October 22nd, 2008 10:19 pm ET

I'm a Republican who has always voted Republican until now. Barack Obama gets my vote by virtue of tone and substance. How many other Republicans have reasoned that Barack Obama is our best candidate for President?

Terry   October 22nd, 2008 10:20 pm ET

McCain ... never said he wouln't be tested.... he said he would be ready ...
5 years under torture ..... his rear end strapped to a Jet on a Carrier in a nuclear crisis. .. 22 years in the military ...his time as a senator.

Please McCain IS more qualified that an apprentice senator who has 300 days under his belt and managed to blow $900,000 in pork barrel. McCain has never tied pork to his state.... he has spent ZERO.

I would rather have McCain as my boss.... than a man who has "community organizer" on his resume.

Laurie gruell   October 22nd, 2008 10:20 pm ET

I'm really fed up with all of the Mcain-Palin talk of redistributing the wealth, how about raising the minimum wage to $30.00 an hour? After all, we are doing all of the work that makes these millionaires rich. When a vast amount of Americans work two jobs, can't afford health insurance, live a poorer quality of life because of lack of health care, employees are undervalued as a "dime a dozen," wages are stagnant because the boss needs 6 vacations instead of 5, 7 houses instead of 6, when employees can't afford a home, or are losing their home, can't even think of taking a vacation, SORRY Mr. Mcain I can't feel sorry for the rich paying taxes that benefit themselves, as well as their costomers and employees! Thank you Mr. King

Henry M. Telo, Jr.   October 22nd, 2008 10:20 pm ET

I just have a question for Sen. McCain. He often talks about having experience, experience in what? If he can explain his experience for me, it will better help me to make my voting decision.

Henry M. Telo, Jr.

Judith   October 22nd, 2008 10:20 pm ET

Nanna Williams I saw the same thing and I thought I wonder how Joe the Plumber thought after he lied to Barack Obama.
Now let's get to Palin.
WASILLA, Alaska — The camera closes in on Sarah Palin speaking to young missionaries, vowing from the pulpit to do her part to implement God's will from the governor's office.
What she didn't tell worshippers gathered at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown was that her appearance that day came courtesy of Alaskan taxpayers, who picked up the $639.50 tab for her airplane tickets and per diem fees.
Republican vice presidential candidate's record as mayor and governor reveals her use of elected office to promote religious causes, sometimes at taxpayer expense and in ways that blur the line between church and state.

Now for you Everett
Ok since it's obviously ok to discuss Ayers can we also discuss The Alaska Independence Party and Palin's witch doctor pastor who prays over her to protect her from witches? Can we discuss her husband's membership with the AIP until 2002? Can we also discuss how Gov. Palin has not come out and denouced the AIP (Obama did denounce Ayers actions btw)? Can we discuss troopergate and how the McCain campaign has come into Alaska and taken over the Governor's Mansion since Palin started running as VP? Since Gov. Palin is all for transparency in government, I'm sure she's more than willing to discuss these topics, after all, she doesn't blink.

Reynaldo Benitez   October 22nd, 2008 10:21 pm ET

Larry I'm from New York and I'm so sick by people in a republican party continue to said that Sara Palin is the most popular mayor in the USA. Reality is that Alaska have less than a million people living there in the entire stat. The County of the Bronx NY have close of 2,000,000 people what is it what they talking about it. Please can anybody make the comparison.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:21 pm ET

McCain 894 out of 899 in his class. Awful!

Palin five colleges to earn a BA. Awful!

Who among you want these two to be leading America?

Let’s be real no company in the world would hire two of the worse students for a job so why would Americans hire these two dummies!

AJ, Minneapolis   October 22nd, 2008 10:22 pm ET

@ Sandi

Its not CNN fault that Palin is unqualified, uneducated, and not a fit vp canidate.. Is it CNN fault that she doesnt know what preconditions are or the role of the vp...If anybody owes someone an apology its the GOP for rolling out a complete "dope" as their vp canidate...

Ramon Ramos   October 22nd, 2008 10:23 pm ET


When this election is over, the country can start to move forward. You all must sit around just laughing hysterically. Palin continues to provide comic relief to such a trying time. Your Republican pundits, in such a desperate state, continue to slam Obama on such trivial B.S. I do believe that every time these pundits open their mouths, they truly believe that they are speaking to a bunch of Joe’s with six-packs. The truth is that many of us watch this program with a six-pack knowing that most Americans are not a bunch of idiots so easily influenced by such nonsensical rhetoric. There is a percentage, I am sure, that buys into the republicans’ desperate attempt to win. But, not this time. America needs this change now more than any other time in our history. Obama/Biden will be faced with the toughest challenge ever, but we as Americans will unite in a way that we never have before. This is my humble, optimistic opinion. Where is my bottle opener? Click! My opener hums the fight song for one of the founding fathers (T.J.) of this great country….Auld Lang Syne…Go UVA! Obama, Virginia will bring us back to our senses! There goes number six!

Larry, please, please, please ask one of the republican pundits, before the end of the election, what my parents would always ask me when I was saying something really dumb or if I wasn’t being true to myself:

McCain and PALIN, are you serious? NO, I AM SERIOUS!..... ARE YOU SERIOUS!?


Ramon/ Bealeton, Virginia (alotta six-packs down here…git, git, git!)

Fred   October 22nd, 2008 10:23 pm ET

Colin Powell was late endorsing anybody BECAUSE he was reacting to the POLLS. Colin wanted to endorse a winner, for who, for Colin.
You have to be kidding, if John Mccain was ahead in the polls, COLIN would have endorsed him, his old friend, what a turd.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:23 pm ET

The Republicans do not care about families, we have military families on food stamps! How real is that! How honorable is that!

Stefanie   October 22nd, 2008 10:24 pm ET

Go Obama!

RayT   October 22nd, 2008 10:24 pm ET

What would happen if you let some elementary school children choose a president? More holidays, free candy, more play time etc. Ultimately, the education of those children would suffer.

In many ways, most Americans are just like children. They know little about the issues, and choose leaders based on what they want to hear versus what the nation needs. This stems from the fact that most are uninformed and therefore easily manipulated by the media.

It is incredible how much people feel passionate about things they really do not understand. Sorry but the vast majority of Americans have no idea what ails the economy, they have no idea about world issues, history etc. What can one expect from such people? What kind of leader will such people choose?

Thats why when people like Ron Paul or Ross Perot step forward they never have a chance. It does not matter that both were proven right by time, it does not matter that both predicted the economic crisis now facing the nation.

Sad reality of American Politics.

Laurie from New York   October 22nd, 2008 10:24 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I know the show is over for tonight, but I hope you still read this, and maybe bring it up soon.........why doesn't ANYONE at CNN, (we watch every day/night – during work, then at night after work.........I repeat, why doesn't anyone at CNN tell us WHO CNN is get the continual Democratic slant on everything. I think you are one of the least biased, normally, but CNN in general is subliminally trying to influence people to vote Democratic. Every show is way more critical of McCain / Palin than of Obama/Biden. And Palin is continually hounded about everything she does, is Biden? Is anyone even watching him and checking into HIS background? NO.
I have friends all over the country, as I'm a freight broker, and no one I know, friend or customer, has been polled by CNN. Who are you polling? How many poeple ? We would like to know.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:25 pm ET

George Bush has very close ties with the Ben-Ladins, and they have funded an oil business that George Bush failed at! The Bushes have vacationed with the Bin-Ladins too; no one calls George Bush a Terrorist! Bush allowed the Bin-Ladins to leave the country when all other planes were grounded across the U.S. after 9-11!
Now who is the real Terrorist!

J.D. Foster   October 22nd, 2008 10:25 pm ET

Let's ask the intellectual Senator Obama. "How many states are there, Senator Obama?" He said, "I've been to all 57 states except for Hawaii and Alaska."

Google it for yourself.....he said it.

Duh, that's a real intellectual, don't ya think?

Theresa   October 22nd, 2008 10:27 pm ET

Jane Toms

Yes I’m a mother and have grandkids. I have been in the corporate American field for over 40 years and traveled over half of the time in the 40 years. When I suite up for work ,and for business matter and business duties’ it doesn’t include my kids. And If I had taking them with me, It would have been paid for out of my own pocket, not the tax payers money. It's about doing the right thing.

Yes, there is such a thing as “Home School”, understand the phrase “Home”, being in a stable setting. Oh, and by the way, did you see the dropout rate for Alaska?

And because I worried about my kids, they too have degree in the Medical, Accounting, and the Criminal Justice field. Because they were at home and in school. I would think she would want her kids to have a higher education then what she has, just in case they someday want to run for VP or even for president. And most of all, know what the job description is.

Desiree Garcia   October 22nd, 2008 10:27 pm ET

Hello Larry,
Well I'm a 19 years old and I've been following this race thru the news like crazy. I belive that Sara Palin is just a joke for the Republican campaign. I don't agree with the fact that taxpayers are paying for her kids traveling as a matter of fact that upsets me, becuase it just makes me wonder what would she do with tax money if she makes it to the white house. Second of all she is not even able to repond questions because she doesn't know the answer of. She didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was and now she doesn't know what the job of a VP is. Sarah Pailin is just a joke who is well dressed and pretty. But that's all she is just pretty.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:28 pm ET

I like Ron Paul too that is who i voted for at least he cares about the Constitution!

I wrote him in!

I served in the Army for years but the way that McCain is acting is if he is the only person in the world that can lead our great country, this guy made many videos against our country during his stay in that POW camp. John McCain did not love his country until he was in that POW camp.

I don't like every thing that my country does but as a solider we were taught that you fight to escape from POW camps and aid others to escape from POW camps, not make videos against our country or give any information other then name rank and social security number! Even if you give fails information you may be putting other soldiers in danger who are on OPS that you do not know about!

I for one can never vote for McCain because he sold our country down to save his own life, in my eyes he is not a Hero he is a traitor! How many of my fellow soldiers have died for our country while McCain only thought to save his own life! All I see is a sellout!

John Tampazopoulos   October 22nd, 2008 10:28 pm ET

I am so appalled at the amount of time CNN is spending trivializing the republican candidates. So many issues to discuss, yet you spend so much time in an effort to discredit Sarah Palin and Senator McCain – a totally one-sided perspective. Larry, I have given up on you and CNN to present the current political news objectively.

Alison   October 22nd, 2008 10:28 pm ET

I see convo's going on about spreading the wealth...I am so in aggreance with some of what I have read... I just don't know what people think when they call it welfare. Paying taxes at different levels is spreading it out already. All the collected money goes towards everything we do here–including paying for this bailout. [roads, schools, public offices, etc people who make the most money probably use these infrastructures more than the next–just an assumption]... welfare is a hand up for those who need it, and in no way can be lived on for any period of time. Medicaid/medicare are a form of welfare, yet none of us would be willing to just have it cut off. Too many people we know need it {at least that I know and am related to-grandparents, great relatives etc). And I am comfortable paying my share to make sure they are taken care of and the programs are covered financially.

Roy   October 22nd, 2008 10:29 pm ET

IF McCain argument is that he has been tested, I would like to know when"specificaly". Being a POW 30 years ago doesn't qualify you to handle a stressful situation as President. And "NO, Navy Pilots aren't in charge of any suborninate soldiers, so where's the leadership development ? The most apt opponents are those that remain cool and composed under pressure. They will look you in the eye, smile and then break your neck. I don't see and composure in McCain, and because he was a POW I don't even know if he's ever been treated for PTSD. I go with Cool Hand Luke

Cheyenne Miranda   October 22nd, 2008 10:30 pm ET

How about the amount of money Obama spent on his lavish set and renting the stadium in Denver for his acceptance speech, in excess of the facilities already rented for the Democratic National Convention. I didn't hear any of you complaining about the waste.

Excerpts from NY Times 7/6/08 At last count, plans to renovate the inside of the Pepsi Center for the Democrats are $6 million over budget, which may force convention planners to scale back on their original design or increase their fund-raising goals.

Some of the Democratic missteps started soon after planning for the event began. The Democratic National Convention Committee decided not to take cheap office space and instead rented top-quality offices in downtown Denver at $100,000 a month, only to need less than half the space, which it then filled with rental furniture at $50,000 a month. And in a costly misstep, the Denver host committee, early on, told corporate donors that their contributions were not tax-deductible, rather than to encourage donations by saying that the tax-exempt application was pending and expected to be approved.

The Democratic convention is already running behind in its fund-raising. At last count, the convention was about $11 million short of the $40.6 million needed to stage the event — even before cost overruns were taken into consideration. This has prompted local newspapers to suggest in editorials that the Obama campaign should step in and begin to raise money for the committee.

Rose   October 22nd, 2008 10:31 pm ET

Angel M. October 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm ET
mikki that was proved to be a false story, she didnt even stay at the waldorf and they had to retract the story


Ditto, Angela. And, I was surprised. I don't see many Blacks eating caviar. I love raw oysters and most other shellfish, but I don't see the whole thing with caviar, as does many of my brethren.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:32 pm ET

Republicans never help families’ period! They talk about family values, but if a family member does not have a job to support their families, they will fall apart, because they have no finance's to speak of! Without Jobs families have no money so businesses suffer too because families can not buy there products! Trying to have the Top 5 per cent have all the money is stupid, and I wish the Republicans would learn that someday, stop being so greedy!

There is plenty of Socialism in this country and Republicans are fine with that as long as it aids them solely! Most of our system exists because of socialism, like the police, firefighter, bridge construction, road construction, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Workman's Compensation, Insurance, and many, many more!

D C. Mangola   October 22nd, 2008 10:32 pm ET

J.D. Foster

Yes he did say it. He just had a "Sara Palin" moment.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:34 pm ET

Palin is for socialism, she took money from oil companies and gave it to the people of Alaska, socialism spreading the wealth to the people, government owned!

Lora Olsthoorn   October 22nd, 2008 10:35 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Amid all the scrutiny about Sarah Palin, who understandably must have been overwhelmed by it all. Why are Joe Biden's flip flops going relatively unnoticed?

During the debate with Sarah Palin, Joe Biden said Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage. However, on Ellen Degeneres he said that if he lived in California he would vote against Proposition 8, which is an initiative that would secure marriage as an institution that is exclusively between a man and a woman.

Also how can he profess to be a Catholic if he supports abortion and same sex marriage. This troubles me.

The American public need to know the truth on his position.

I would like to hear about this on your program Larry.

Sincerely & concerned,
Lora Olsthoorn

Pamela Corbin   October 22nd, 2008 10:35 pm ET


v. wright   October 22nd, 2008 10:35 pm ET

Hi Larry – ALWAYS watch your show – you're the best!

However, I don't understand your tonight's guest Karen Hughes' problem with 25 % of Obama's campaign donations – totalling $600 million dollars or whatever – being from individuals on internet with $5 or $10 donations. So? That is a LOT of individual donations. Has Obama ever said that ALL of his donations are $10 donations from individuals on the internet? Or has he said any other percentage? Is this all you can come up with now to criticize Obama? In fact, I 've never donated to a Presidential campaign before this election and last week I donated $60 to Obama - and by the way, I am also a REAL AMERICAN from Indiana and also a REAL small business owner. My point is if you do the math, then 25% of the total campaign money reflects a LOT of small individual donations no matter how you look at it! In fact, that adds up to 15 million people donating $10 – And I highly doubt that McCain's number of individual people donating can come close to comparing. So what, if the other 75% are large donations? The bottom line is he has raised HUGE sums of money – because apparently MOST Americans want him to win!

Like most Americans, I am sick of negative campaigning – and just reminds me of that saying.....when a finger is pointed at you, note that 3 fingers are pointing back at the "finger-pointer" - The McCain/Palin speeches and campaign ads all illustrate this old saying PERFECTLY.

It's also a bit ironic that a former "White House spokesperson" who has certainly "hidden" a lot of information in her career – note I didn't say "lie" – while performing her duties - is now also somehow implying (falsely) that Obama is hiding this info re his campaign donations. I simply laughed out loud when I saw this woman almost screeching while desperately reaching for any straw to grasp in criticism of Obama – and it is almost sad to hear this stuff from someone who has little or NO credibilty anymore herself.

How can she appear on your show spouting such nonsense with a straight face – and especially when she and her former boss and good friend President Bush – have been key to making this the most disasterous administration in presidential history? it is surreal........

Peu Family   October 22nd, 2008 10:36 pm ET

Hello everyone,

A few more days until election day!
We need to focus on what we believe in as a "Christian Nation"

I feel that this election is going to be the key factor of the future for all Americans!

Many of us do not realize that many things will be at stake with this election and we must act quickly to preserve our rights and family values.

Many of us do not realize that our freedoms we have will be at stake if the wrong person is elected into office!

What will be at stake: "Religious Freedom" freedom to worship God the way we want to and not to have the government tell us how to worship.
"Family Values" the freedom to believe in and do things the way we want to in our own households without government interference.
These are the ones along with many others that will be on the table for change.

Many of us need to beware of who we elect to be the"President of the United States".
We need to focus on who will preserve our freedoms in this country!

My family and I have researched both candidates to find the only candidate that will protect our freedoms we cherish so much is "John McCain"!
He fought for our freedom when he was in the war and he will still fight for what is right!

Obama wants "Change". He has not explained himself clearly on this issue on how he is going to change this country.
We have found in our research that Obama is "not" for Religious Freedom in this country. He does not say"God Bless America".
Many of you reading this may not realize that our freedoms will be at the mercy of this candidate.
Obama does not care about family values since he made a remark to a plumber about taxes that he is going to have to pay more if he is elected.

We do not know if John McCain is aware of what Obama will do with our Religious Freedom and Family Values.
We do know that John McCain is a strong supporter of our Religious Freedom and Family Values!

We,as Americans need to be thankful for our freedoms we have and vote for the one that will protect them for the future to come.

Remember "In God We Trust"!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:37 pm ET

The Noe- Conservatives have totally trashed the Constitution, they have said it is okay for the government to enter your house without a warrant take anything they want to see if you have committed a crime or not!

Sabrina   October 22nd, 2008 10:37 pm ET

Lynn Swann what are you doing? Karen Hughes you are a another case of a former blonde. Larry tell these unintelligent Republican supporters to please research the latest news before appearing on your show. It is a total embarrassment, just like Sarah Palin and John McCain. I f Barack is a celebrity (like McCain said) what is Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live? We need strong administration and leadership in the White House and i really think Obama/Biden are what we need.

Norm   October 22nd, 2008 10:37 pm ET

I find it interesting that when Palin's credential's are questioned, the republican reply is to appeal to her popularity – once again, popularity does not translat into leadership – if this were true Oprah should be running for election – of course, Oprah is wise enough to recognize that Obama is better qualified and that her popularity is not enough.

Linda   October 22nd, 2008 10:38 pm ET

I still find it interesting that Joe the Plumber has a history in Arizona. He had two undisclosed court appearances, over $700 in unpaid parking fines and a suspended you think McCain might have made a little deal here?? I mean after all, Joe the Plumber sure became the poster child of his campaign a little too quickly. Although the McCain campaign is not known for vetting anyone they bring in to their inner circle very well......i.e. Palin! WOuld be nice if someone looked into this since he is a daily topic of these campaigns.

Judith   October 22nd, 2008 10:38 pm ET

Let's face it McCain gets ticked off fast and ones can see that with his expressions with the head moving or his eyes.Can you imagine him talking to a World Leader and he would do that?They would get up be ticked off and try to come after us.
Bottom Line,Obama is President Material and I'm sure he's the one that will try to keep peace.He talks from his heart and did that during the debate while McCain takes all kinds of notes and getting up walking around like Ross Perot's VP,Admiral James Stockwell when he said 'who am I,why am I here'? That's exactly how McCain looked.

Rose   October 22nd, 2008 10:38 pm ET

Real Mavericks are Independent October 22nd, 2008 10:25 pm ET
George Bush has very close ties with the Ben-Ladins, and they have funded an oil business that George Bush failed at! The Bushes have vacationed with the Bin-Ladins too; no one calls George Bush a Terrorist! Bush allowed the Bin-Ladins to leave the country when all other planes were grounded across the U.S. after 9-11!
Now who is the real Terrorist!

Excellent point. When Michael Moore tried to make that connection, the Republicans booed him. Now, they want to tie Obama to Ayres.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:39 pm ET

According to Sarah Palin anyone who was taught by Bill Ayers is a terrorist just like Obama! How many of the kids that went to college are now considered terrorist by Palin, McCain and their supports, for just going to college and earning a degree. If McCain and Palin get in office will they all be investigated for just going to school

Debbie   October 22nd, 2008 10:40 pm ET

Palin's 150K wardrobe and beauty expenses has illuminated the excessive spending Republicans think is ok- She is a drag to the ticket-no educated answers- and attacks on Obama pure fear mongering.
Republicans could have made huge mileage by NOT spending huge dollars on her makeover...and now they all look like total hypocrites.

By the way, the hubbub about Obama's plan to raise the tax on the middle class ....those earning over 250K...I don't know any plumbers, teachers, or average Joes who do. I am a teacher, and they pay scale DOESN'T go over 60K in most cases for career teachers even if they are at the very top of the earning scale.

And, how can McCain lead the country in a different direction when he hasn't shown any ability to do so in all his years in the senate? ...when he can't even lead his campaign in a respectable fashion...oops!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:41 pm ET

TY, Rose your sweet!

Diana Cowden   October 22nd, 2008 10:42 pm ET

Larry: Someone needs to tell the McCain campaign that they need to explain to the American people that it was not Bush and the Republicans that got us into this financial mess we now find ourselves in. I think it is clear that the reason for McCain's drop in the polls over the past few weeks is due to the financial mess and the public is blaming it all on Bush and Republicans and this blame is being transferred to McCain. The current financial mess was is rooted in the subprime problem. What caused the subprime problem? For as long as I can remember, a person had to put 20% down and have good credit to buy a house. How did this change? It is my understanidng that during the Clinton administration, Democrats led by Barney Frank if I'm not mistaken, led the movement to weaken the requirements at Freddie and Fannie so that everyone could buy a house. Once Freddie and Fannie lowered their requirements for a loan, other institutions had to follow suit to compete. Plus I am told by a bank official, that banks were actually required to make a certain percentage of their loans to low income people. People who had no business buying a house were being encouraged to do so by these policies that were put forward by Democrats. Then in 2005, Republican Chuck Hagel attempted to introduce legislation to address the subprime problem that was beginning to become an issue, and John McCain was a co-sponsor of this legislation. However, Democrats killed the legislation. I trully believe that the public does not understand this and is blaming all the financial mess on Republicans and this is the reason why McCain has dropped in the polls these last few weeks when the financial news has been so bad. McCain needs to be talking about this instead of all this socialism stuff. Diana Cowden

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:43 pm ET

I wish McCain would let go of Joe the plumber who is not a plumber! The man could not pay his own taxes and he only makes 45k per year! So he was only a plant by the McCain campaign to change the issues! This guy has on money for a business so he is a complete lair! Now he cry's for being investigated by the press! Some times being in the spotlight teaches people to be humble!

Judith   October 22nd, 2008 10:43 pm ET

Linda I'm sure Joe was dug up so McCain could use him at the debate along with still using him.Maybe someone forgot to tell John and Sarah that Joe isn't really the guy everyone sees he's not.Too strange how McCain brought him up during the 3rd debate along with the fact telling Obama he's not Bush.Let's face it,McCain couldn't win against Bush in 2000.He used Bush's speech writer for Palin at his convention and hired the same people to go after Obama that Bush hired to go after him in 2000,so go figure

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:46 pm ET

If America ever grow up its people would realize that most countries have free health care and education. Only the so called riches nation in the world is still force its citizens to go broke, lose their home, their cars, and their since of self respect! What good does it do to have 10.4 trillion dollar debt and call your nation the riches in the world, what a joke we are Plus we have a 4 trillion dollar debt with China, so the U.S. is really has a 15 trillion dollar debt and we call your self rich!

kaye   October 22nd, 2008 10:48 pm ET

An old man walking in my hood would be tried. It does not matter who is President they are going to it anyway because they are afraid to die.

Gary   October 22nd, 2008 10:49 pm ET

Real Mavericks are are so right, the "executive" experience of Palin is really showing. Both McCain and Palin are dangerous jokes and a sorry excuse for GOP nominees. I have no choice but to vote for the candidate that doesn't support shooting wolves, moose and no telling what else from low flying airplanes. Someone please tell McCain to reduce his daily 2000 mg dose of Viagra, it makes him look to stiff. Also please tell Palin to at least read the constitution and the Alaskan State travel and ethic regulations, maybe if she did she would realize the errors of her way and resign as the GOP nominee and as Governor of Alaska.

James Smith   October 22nd, 2008 10:51 pm ET

JD Foster, do you believe anything posted on Google.? shouldn't it at least make sense..does it make sense that Obama was raised primarily in Hawaii but would state that he's never been there? he'll be there tomorrow to visit the Grandmother that raised him, he took his vacation there this year to visit his Grandmother...come on man

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:51 pm ET



Dee   October 22nd, 2008 10:52 pm ET

Will someone please ask Mc Cain to explain how his character, judgement and experience are so superior to Obama 's?
I know that he was in the Vietnam war, was taken prisoner, was in the navy, was a pilot, was in 6 plane crashes...2 caused by pilot error, 2 caused by mechanical failure and 2 inconclusive.
He cheated on his sick wife with a rich young debutante, married her a month after his divorce became final, used her money to launch his political career, was involved with a few shady characters along the way ,including Liddy.
Has run one of the greatest smear and fear campaigns in recent times, gamble with $100 chips, voted against increasing benefits for veterans .... and this man is a hero?

John, Aurora Ontario   October 22nd, 2008 10:52 pm ET

I underestimated Sarah Palin. She is the quickest-learning hockey mom out there. She took up the challenge and blew $150,000 on a shopping spree on the Republican credit card. As far as I'm concerned, she has now earned the right to run with the Big Dogs in Washington.

Fran   October 22nd, 2008 10:53 pm ET

57 states says Obama!!!! Need I say more!!! What if Palin had said she visited 57 states?????

Nita   October 22nd, 2008 10:53 pm ET

McCain and Palin are both idiots. However, Bush is even worse. And you wonder what has happened to our Country.It is time for change. We all know that Republicans are all about self. Of course they will not spread the wealth. Cindy McCain spends 350,000.00 on her ourfits. The average American is only earning 15.000.00 per Year.
We have had enough!! Enough is Enough!!

Judith   October 22nd, 2008 10:55 pm ET

Let's face it.McCain was a POW Hero but All Pows are heroes Period!
Like it was said here he received his wounds from the plane crash.
He's a desperate man that lost to Bush in 2000 and thought he would be going to the White House using us as cards playing each card to see which ones work.1st the pow card then he went on and on than he dis his own party when he said he was going to pick 1 of 3 for his VP.He said he was going to wait to see who Obama would pick that's when he dug Palin out.Palin and her husband have enough in their own closet that's coming out more and more.Both McCain and Palin run their rallies getting ones all upset with lies about Obama and Palin who says she's a Christian when she hears one yelling out 'kill him' about Obama she's smiles.So Sickening.She's too radical to be a VP and if McCain and her get in we will be in a 3rd war because McCain doesn't think and stays with his thinking.He flip flops too much.
How about talking about ones that lost jobs,took wage cuts,lost homes along with healthcare.McCain wants to tax healthcare for the 1st time in History.He's going to trim medicare and medicate.We all know when they say trim is cut alot.
The middle class has paid and now it's time for the big guys to pay.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:55 pm ET

I wonder if McCain and Palin will attack Obama while he is see his near death Grandmother just like Palin did Biden during his Mother-in-law funeral?

You know McCain and Palin have no tact at all!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 10:58 pm ET

Way to go DEE! so true!

Kris   October 22nd, 2008 10:59 pm ET

Hi Larry Please say something about the Sarah Palin and Dr. Dobson Interview.

I'm American, I Love my U.S.A. & I want OUR Country to Survive   October 22nd, 2008 11:01 pm ET

Okay, enough of all the bashing! All the dirt, dividing our country even more-so than before is out there. It is OUR choice as Americans!!! I'm voting Democrat OBAMA/BIDEN because of the REAL ISSUES we are all facing... I don't care to hear any more smearing from either side. MY mind is made up. I've done my research and it was very time consuming to gather all the information on each of the Presidential Candidates rather it be past, present, or their future policies. One point I would like to make it simple: When Republicans are running the White House, & history proves my point, the RICH get RICHER, the MIDDLE CLASS are CUT OUT, & the POOR go into EXTREME POVERTY! Do the research yourselves... I have nothing to prove to anyone. The Candidates do!!!


Justice   October 22nd, 2008 11:01 pm ET

Real Maverick, your statement is as idiotic as it is stupid.

I am sorry but you can not make such and assumption about students.

Is McCain a terroist for supporting a government that trained BinLaden. Simple answer will do.

The USA has many times supported leader much worse the Saddam, oh they did at one time support Saddam.


Think again before you act like the donkey you have proven yourself to be.

Doxie Mohin   October 22nd, 2008 11:01 pm ET

For the record,I'm an Independent. Personally,I think it's ludicrous to attack Palin's wardrobe ,when Sen. Obama has spent over $150,000,000 on his campaign,and I can tell you,he doesn't buy his clothes off the rack from Sears,or Walmart !

Seeing his spending now shows me,what type of president he will be,
if elected. A president ready to spend my tax dollars without a second thought ! No one seems concerned about where he gets his money,and who he'll owe favors to later ,if elected.

I don't see Democrats,or Republicans making an issue about
Obama's fund raising by entertainers who charge $5000 a plate to eat, and then spend thousands of dollars on tickets to watch Barbara

Also,there is the issue of Obama not making all his records,and credentials public,as did McCain. Where is Senator Obama's real
birth certificate,and medical records ? I highly suspect Sen.Obama
was truly born in Kenya.

It's also an insult to question Governor Palin's experience,when
she has more experience than Senator Obama ! I want a person
in office,who is not going to vote present ! What a cop out ! Also,
if you're ashamed to salute the American flag,you have no business
running for any office in America.

I have followed this race carefully as an independent voter,and the real bottom line is Senator Obama just does not have the experience
to be president of the United States ,and the position of President,
is no place for on the job training !

It is very clear to me now, what Senator Obama's agenda is.If he
is elected president,it is clear that it is a presidency that he bought.

I will vote McCain /Palin ! Doxie Mohin

mystro-JA   October 22nd, 2008 11:03 pm ET

Why are republicans such liars, Larry? Contrary to the BIG LIE told on your show tonight by Bush loyalist Karen Hughes, the $150mil raised by Barack Obama in September, was mostly from small donors! Please research in the Washington Post editorial pages.

Gary   October 22nd, 2008 11:03 pm ET

Joe the plumber is not a plumber , he is hiding from the Navada police who have now found him. Ohio will now suspend his license and he will have to answer to the Navada courts for skipping out on over $700. in unpaid traffic fines. He, like his loser best buddies McShame and "lips" Palin are so full of it they can't even fool each other.

MJ   October 22nd, 2008 11:03 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I'm Canadian so my comments are unbiased about the American campaign.
However, since we just had our own election, I watch yours with great interest. My remarks regarding your programme tonight concerns the comment made by one of your regular political analysts, a Democratic supporter, when she described Sarah Palin as "dressing like Barbie".
I was appalled that in this day and age a woman would describe another in such a derogatory manner.
If any man had made such a remark she and other women would have tarred and feathered him.
How can women hope to break the glass ceiling and expect equal treatment when we can't even respect each other?
It's fine to criticize someone's political point of view but it must occur within an atmosphere of respect.
I believe she owes Sarah Paln and women in general a huge apology.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:04 pm ET

Doxie Mohin

Be real, it cost over a million dollars for just a thirty second spot on television, you must not live in the real world!

J Q Public   October 22nd, 2008 11:06 pm ET

One has to think that if and (God Forbid ) McCain does win.
I mean being the Maverick that he is. Who in the Republican party still supports him?

Does Any body know who will be in his Cabinet? Will we be OK with who he chooses?

Another scarey thought about the McCain/Palin ticket

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:06 pm ET


lol nice one!

Judith   October 22nd, 2008 11:07 pm ET

Peu Family,You know this is how Bush got in and look at our Country
McCain was for pro choice in 2000 when going against Bush and now he's pro life.Just remember if McCain and Palin were Christians like they say their campaign would be run cleaner then what they are.
McCain and mostly Palin are too radical

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:13 pm ET


That is what I am saying if you look at the tone i wrote in, it is stupid for the McCain and Palin ticket to talk about associations since we funded so many people in the world with questionable connections! We aided the groups that fought the Soviets which Ben-Ladin was apart of!
Does that make America a Terrorist Nation just because we once worked with those people to force the Soviets out of Afghanistan!

donna   October 22nd, 2008 11:14 pm ET

Aren't we all tired of hearing about this "joe D plumber" an idiot who was obviously planted by John McCain and his fellow idiots. When would we realize that John McCain and his lame campaign are incapable of running an intelligent, constructive and productive campaign. Both Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin are proven to be quite an embarrassment daily. They are unequivocally not Presidential material.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:16 pm ET


learn how to read before you judge!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:17 pm ET


And learn your history!

D C. Mangola   October 22nd, 2008 11:18 pm ET

Doxie Mohin ,

Do your home work. It seem like all you do is read what's on the internet. For everything you said, do the research! Then look in the mirror, I'm sure the person looking back at you will say "Idiot

But, it's ok. Just say I had a "Sara Palin" moment. That's the excuse I use when I fumble.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:20 pm ET

D C. Mangola

lol why to go!

Everett   October 22nd, 2008 11:20 pm ET

Real Mavericks are Independent,

so do I with combat do you? sitting back in the states do does not count

Sharon   October 22nd, 2008 11:23 pm ET

I have two things I take issue with at this moment – Palin's clothes budget does matter. It's not that they dressed her up to reflect a VP nominee, I have to problem with that but it's the amount they spent. If you take the time to think about it, isn't this amount almost as unfathomable as CEO compensation? The amount they spent in 55 days is more money then the average family makes in 3 or 4 years.

Second, I'm tired hearing about McCain's experience to be president. The truth is no one has experience to be president, unless, of course, he is running for a second term. Experience as a fighter pilot and POW is not experience that matters. Furthermore, experience does not always translate to success. I think someone who has the education, steadiness, charisma and humbleness to solicit the most knowledgeable people is actually a better candidate.

Lehuna   October 22nd, 2008 11:24 pm ET

Hi Larry I live in Maui Hawaii and I want to share just how far the McCain/Palin rallies have reached. The other day my husband who is of mixed race and is born and raised in Hawaii was walking down the street from our small apartment and came upon a man that was standing on the corner holding a Free-Rent sign for our complex. He said you should be holding an Obama sign also and smiled. The guy said "I hate that guy from Kenya he should be assassinated". My husband got very upset because for one thing Obama is a local like him and would not be able to run for the White House if he was born in Kenya. This ignorant man also made a quote about Joe the Plumber. My husband responded to both these things with anger. First he said about the assassination comment, like they did with JFK our other great President and to the Joe comment he said what Plumber makes $250K a year. The guy couldn't say anything after that. My husband John the stay at home Dad felt like popping him in the teeth but held his restraint. As he was walking back home past the guy he told the guy I hope you are making $250K a year holding that sign and the guy shot back that he made $70K last year. My husband responded then why the hell are you holding that sign. He couldn't say anything. This all happened on a busy street in front of Denny's where everyone was looking. The guy is no longer holding that sign.

My whole point is on how far the hypocrisy of the Republicans has reached. Hawaii is a Blue state where every one is accepted no matter what nationality.

P.S why does every one focus on Obama being Black when he is also White? My husband is 1/2 Filipino and 1/2 White but he prefers to be called Local or American. Local is born in Hawaii. Can't we just call Obama American or a local boy?

Thanks for your ear. Awesome Show!
Lehuna and I'm full white

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:25 pm ET

the thing about angry people is that they never blame themselves for what goes wrong around them, they always say it must be their fault!

McCain does not live in the real world we are all tested aka tempted each and everyday, are people are in real trouble and all he can do is talk about dumb stuff, no solutions and blame other and not himself for any of the trouble that his votes have caused!

Bernadine   October 22nd, 2008 11:28 pm ET

Alaska has a total population of 670,000, which makes 80% approval rating of 536,000. That is not even the popluation of any BIG City in the UNAMERICAN part of our Nation's 50 states!

The new mayor of Wasilla told an interviewer only two things that the mayor does. (A 10 am staff meeting and paying checks on Thursdays)
Please give the experience of Palin over Obama a rest.

I for one want a candidate that will:

1) Support our troops not with automobile ribbons but with a living wage for them and their families, proper protective equipment, the best in MENTAL and Physical health care. Why is it that our elected officials have their own special health care plan and not medicare like the rest of OUR SENIOR CITIZENS.

2) Restore our standing in the world.

3) Reunite the United States of America as our pledge states: "Indivisible" which means our 50 states can not be divided.
"Republic" which means WE have the responsibility to VOTE.

4) Health care is the number one reason for a family going bankrupt.
Health care should be a RIGHT that everyone has NOT JUST OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!

5) Education for all including college.

6) NEW Green energy. We have a prototype car fashioned after the Boxfish which gets 70 mph. (Look it up in Time for Kids) For 30 years we have been saying cars should get better gas mileage in 10 years, then another 10 years then another ten years. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY, LETS DO IT!!!!!

7) Fixing Global Warming, which could be done in 10 years, IF WE WORK WITH THE OTHER NATIONS OF OUR GLOBE!!! It's the only globe we have.

8) 11 Plus Trillion dollar debt

and many more.

This GrandMA is for ObaMA!!!!!!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:29 pm ET


great story 🙂

Everett   October 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm ET

Real Mavericks
Please tell me where I'm wrong I asked you to do the research i allready have.....
I would like to know that if President Bush is doing so badly –Be fair and honest
a. When was the last time we had an attack on a US Embassy US property or US Citizen (R)
b. How many Embassy US property or US Citizen where attached Under President Clinton (D)
c. How many Embassy US property or US Citizen where attached Under President Carter (D)
The economy is not going to matter if we are not free or dead from terrorist attacks and yes I’m a democrat vet. I would fight under McCain but not for Obama that would sell our troop out

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:31 pm ET


You got it, i was in the first gulf war!

Linda Stonk   October 22nd, 2008 11:32 pm ET

I would recommend all racists, rednecks, and value voters get out and vote for McCain. The liberal elite are running our country at this point and are taking advantage of the people who are in need to accomplish their goal for power and control of our money. The media has been absolutely disgusting toward two people who should be honored and respected. John McCain has contributed a lot to our country and Sarah Palin is a capable conservative woman who scares the hell out of the liberal women in our country. Wonder why? Maybe they would have to question their constant fight to be able to kill innocent babies and face the fact they have wasted their lives on the wrong values. I sure see a lot of angry, unhappy liberals around. Maybe they need to question their lives. Vote McCain/Palin

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:32 pm ET


I was a 19D, before I change to a 31Q!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:37 pm ET

Linda Stonk

Join the rest of us in the real world! I hope one day that you all let go of these parties and chose based on abilities, and not let other divide you based on hate, fear and not being knowledgeable about our history and current events!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:38 pm ET

No one should want to learn from just one source because you will be deceived very easily!

Everett   October 22nd, 2008 11:38 pm ET

You are talk about the money spent on clothing< how much money is it going to cost tax payer in health cost to support Obama’s smoking habit—I hear iron lungs are expensive, its folks like him that have made the cost of health care unaffordable. While Obama was in office what laws did he work on to get health and other items done for the working joe? Do you think if he did not do anything as senator what makes you think he will do it as president

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:45 pm ET

Why do you assume that i have voted for Obama when i did not i voted for Ron Paul he believes in our Constitution! You know that paper that George Bush said that was just a piece of paper! the one used to say that illegal search were wrong, now with Bush and the Noe- Conservatives have totally trashed the Constitution, they have said it is okay for the government to enter your house without a warrant take anything they want to see if you have committed a crime or not!

Linda Stonk   October 22nd, 2008 11:46 pm ET

Everett – Check his record – Everything he said he would do in his campaign for Senator was quickly forgotten. He is part of the rich elite who want our country to think the government will take care of them when they really want to have power over the average "joe", that gives them such an important role, then they can feel in control of us. If they didn't have our tax $ who would they be???

Beth   October 22nd, 2008 11:50 pm ET

The negative campaigning has affected me personally now. I live in a southern white neighborhood in a conservative military town. I had the only Obama/Biden sign on my street along with half a dozen McCain signs...until today, when someone took it. I feel violated of my freedom to express my American patriotism. I really liked that sign.

mercy   October 22nd, 2008 11:50 pm ET

Why most of the media are so critical of Gov. Sarah Palin? they are looking for any mistakes is not fair at all.Are they jelous because she is pretty and it happen she is so good to be a public servant. I vote for Hilarry now i vote for maccain because of the way they treat Sarah Palin. Anyway, i quit watching "The View" show also they are all democrats except Elezabeth...what happen to there republicans audience?

D C. Mangola   October 22nd, 2008 11:52 pm ET

Linda Stonk


The racists & redneck they had you, should have aborted you. Just because they know you would say something so STUPID!!!!!

Better yet, they should have flushed you.

carolyn   October 22nd, 2008 11:53 pm ET


I think that the testing issue also covers McCain..In what role has he been tested for the job as President

I watch CNN most of the day. I live in Canada and find most of this election process interesting.

I am retired now and enjoy it. As a note in regard to Health Care and the snide remark from McCain abount Canada. My annual cost for health care coverage, which is provided by the provicial government is only 648.00 . This covers all doctor and hospital visits

Linda Stonk   October 22nd, 2008 11:54 pm ET

Dear D.C. Mangola – Whoa that's mighty harsh!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:54 pm ET

Are people are going broke and you are okay with that, many nations do not pay for insurance they pay a little more in taxes so that they can have health care and education. that mean anyone can go to the hospital to be treated for their illness, and not waste months and years fighting with insurance companies, to get the care they need. They have education paid for so that their people can go to college if they want, no need to drain you whole families resources or take out loans that put you in debt. It is stupid for us to live under this current system of debt, our business are in debt, our families are in debt, our country is in debt, how much debt is enough for you or do you really want this nation to fall completely apart. If families do not have the resources that they need to live day to day what good is it, and why do the people listen to the top five rices people in the U.S. while the rest of us will never become rich! They are playing us against each other and our people keep falling for it!

Linda Stonk   October 22nd, 2008 11:55 pm ET

Are you an angry liberal?

Justice   October 22nd, 2008 11:58 pm ET

Everett , Wow what a bright observation.

Driving you gas car is killing children and the environment..

Roy   October 22nd, 2008 11:58 pm ET


I find it interesting that, Republicans talk about Obama not having experience in an international crisis if it happens. Sounds like they know what they are talking about because a Gov from Texas who "stole" an election and was immediatley "TESTED" with 9-11. and we see how his inexpierence and willingness to go to war has cost this country many lives and now as he leaves office, the economy is in shambles, just like it was when his dad left office.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 22nd, 2008 11:59 pm ET

Some people will never learn until everything falls apart!

Jim   October 23rd, 2008 12:00 am ET

Why is it that Obama is so enamored with the idea of taking hardworking americans money and giving it to those who haven’t been as successful either by choice or by ability? Most americans cheerfully give to help those disadvantaged but they want to be able to control who they give to.

Obama is eager to take my money and give it to someone I don’t know (yes I make less than $250,000 but don’t believe the hype about any making less getting a tax break because the numbers don’t add up) but why doesn’t Obama do the right thing (the Christian thing) and start with taking some of his fortune and helping his brother get out of poverty?

Why doesn’t Biden spread his own wealth by giving to those less fortunate, voluntarily, like the vast majority of americans.

Every dollar given by the government is taken from someone else. To believe otherwise is mindless.

By the way, lets nationalize healthcare since the government has done such great job with Social Security, Medicare, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc.

J Q Public   October 23rd, 2008 12:00 am ET

Just wondering, Thinking back when Reagan ( republican) was in office There were a few key issues that went on in the white house and when he was asked about them, all he could say was " I don't recall what happened". Who could argue with someone that old.
I think Reagan was around 68 when he took office. I got a feeling the GOP wants to give us another " I don't recall " president.

Everett   October 23rd, 2008 12:01 am ET

I believe it’s all open for discussion, that’s how we debate and come to a decision on who we will vote for. I’m an open minded person wrong is wrong. I can understand being associated with one wrong group, but not several organizations. My real gripe is that I have worked hard for over 20 years and stated a business just before 911 and have almost lost everything in doing so, but failure was not an option. I worked countless hour and still do and feel that I have lived conservatively and now have passed the point that I can live better and feel that I should be able to give my money to who I want and that no one has the right to take money from my pocket that I have worked so hard to earn. If everyone worked hard and took the chances I did could have had the same results I had. My hard work should benefit me and my family not be taken from me and given to people that have not worked or put there family at risk as I have. If my business failed are you going to give me all the money I could have lost?

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:01 am ET

Do any of you think Obama will do anything to get us health care? If Hillary Clinton couldn't make changes why do any of us think Obama will be able to change anything?

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:03 am ET

If the House and the Senate are taken over by the Democrats there is a chance he can get it done!

Misty   October 23rd, 2008 12:03 am ET

What is wrong with you people. Do you honestly think that people hate Palin. She is a wonderful woman. Just because you don’t like pres bush you have to take it out on her. I think she is great. It is sad to see so many people hating so much in America, What have you kids been taught in school. What is wrong with our country. Sarah Palin has done allot of great things and you guys won’t be happy until you destroy her. I used to like to watch Larry, but not anymore. You people are blind and have only one set of views. It hasn’t been that long ago that a lady could not even vote. you think that America all agrees with you. That’s why we don’t watch the media elite. Because they are bias. The only thing on their mind is Getting Barak Obama elected. No they don’t remember when they liked John McCain. He is a good and honorable man. I Sugg that you go to his web site and research him before you take the medias advice.

Allen   October 23rd, 2008 12:04 am ET

I'm a Canadian watching all your election coverage, nervously and was wondering how it is that in all of Governor Palin's accusations only Bill Mahar has brought up the governors very real association with the Alaskan Independence party. These people are separatists and admit they hate your country. That is disturbing, only matched by the thought of someone as insane as her having access to your nuclear command codes. Never in my life have I had so much doubt about the future of the world. But I have the answer... Larry King for President. All jokes aside every American who cares about the future vote for Obama or vote independent anyone but her.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:06 am ET

Palin need to read the Constitution about what her job is! It is only about three sentences long!

Dr. Sam   October 23rd, 2008 12:07 am ET


SO MUCH for tax-cutter, COST-CUTTER, "maverick", reformer propaganda! When you add her $150,000 wardrobe expense in seven weeks (paid for by the Republican Party, donors and taxpayers) to the issue of her per diem and travel expenses, it becomes clearly an eye-popping scandal. Can someone save us from Gov. Palin? Very embarrassing! Governor Palin said she would reform Washington. How? By continuing to use government as her piggy bank! Reformer? Just words! Words! Words! While she preaches reform and prudence, she will be laughing to the bank with taxpayers hard-earned cash and accessories. To add insult to injury, she would be musing that she has fooled us once more. Beyond government and the big-spending allowances it can conjure, the Palin family has very little money. Dude Palin earned about $40,000 a year on his own; but his wife can blow $150,000 in seven weeks on Party and public donations pampering herself. Palin’s high-class shopping spree were at top-notch stores: Barney’s New York ($789.72), Bloomingdale’s New York ($5,102.71), Saks Fifth Aveneu (nearly $50,000), Macy’s in Minneapolis and Atlier. In one outing, she spent more than $75,000 (Politico, 10/21/08). Add $13,200 for her makeup artist in September. And she is still able to talk to us about out of touch “Washington elites.” All vanity! Where is the humility, especially for a woman who shouts her Christian values? The woman who came to reform Washington, ended up taking advantage of Washington. Working class values? No! America—wake up and see this charade for what it really is. Interesting that Sara’s personal shopper is Jeff Larson, a Kark Rove protégé.

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:08 am ET

Boy Jim I sure like your message! Our family gives to others, but we chose to help our family first. We all work hard and help each other. Everyone has been so mean to Sarah Palin, but she and her husband combined make $160,000 and donate quite a bit to charity. They have 5 children to raise and that's a lot of $ going out.

Tom   October 23rd, 2008 12:08 am ET

Sounds like Palin isn't the only one who doesn't understand the role of vice president... Georgette, please go back and read a basic political science book or something!

michy from nyc   October 23rd, 2008 12:08 am ET

Could you please objectively point out that Sarah's clothing is being auctioned as I write...and at a PROFIT?

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:09 am ET

The U.S. has partial Socialism already, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment insurance, Food stamps and many others. Our taxes are part of the Socialism system by taking from everyone and paying of social services like Police, Firefighters road construction, bridge construction, electricity distribution, and many others we all pay into this socialist system in America!

Yvonne   October 23rd, 2008 12:09 am ET

Sarah Palin would not even be able to understand the bills being passed in the Senate. What would she talk to Senators about? Moose Hunting? The thought of Sarah Palin having a higher position than Obama, Biden and Hillary makes me nauseous.

Matt M. - VT   October 23rd, 2008 12:10 am ET

I just don't understand why this amount needs to be used. I understand looking good, but imagine what an emerging American business on bio-energies could do with these funds...

mike jacobs from arizona in mesa   October 23rd, 2008 12:10 am ET

Wow...maybe I should just vote for Obama...Palin really is not qualified I guess.

D C. Mangola   October 23rd, 2008 12:10 am ET

Linda Stonk


Charles Thomas   October 23rd, 2008 12:11 am ET

Do we really want a president of the US that is ashamed of the flag and what it stands for? Do we really want a president that does not like our national anthem?
Do we want a president that made the oops in the attached clip?

My answer is NO!!!

whatever you think of McCain, you should consider whether you want Obama
to be the "Leader of the Free World" Love, Mary Ann

Obama 'explains'

On Sat, 22 Mar 2008 18:48:04 -0400, 'LTG Bill Ginn' USAF ret. forwarded
the following:

Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no
longer wears a flag pin, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was
forced to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem
is played.

According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter
10, Sec. 171, During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is
displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at
attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

'As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be
perceived as taking sides,' Obama said. 'There are a lot of people in the
world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem
itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and
all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose.
I like the song 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.'
If that were our anthem, then I might salute it.'

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this could possibly be our
next president!!
I, for once, am speechless. He has absolutely NO
pride in this country!!!!!
This is outrageous!!!! He doesn't deserve to be

(Oh, sorry dogcatchers, I mean you no disrespect.)


Forward this to EVERYONE YOU KNOW

If the President of the United States doesn't want to
be perceived as taking sides - then he shouldn't be the president......I
certainly want the President to be on the side of the United States........

Charles Diggs   October 23rd, 2008 12:11 am ET

Ok... On a real note.. I dont care what you wear to run the US...but spending that much money to "look good" shouldn't happen

Mary   October 23rd, 2008 12:11 am ET

Sarah Palin is not qualified. But who put her in this spot? It's embarrassing every way you look at it. Her clothing/make up allowance is just and extension of the insanity of her as a VP Canidate. I was going to vote for McCain but now I cannot. I cannot vote for a man who would put the USA in jeapordy. Sarah Palin being a heart beat away from being the Pres of US is one of the more irresponsible things I have ever seen done.

Brian Rushfeldt   October 23rd, 2008 12:11 am ET

Larry , I cannot belive you get involved in the sexist cap like running a program about Palins wardrobe. Have you asked how many suits Obama owns, has had made and at what costs.

CNN seems to be fixated and obsessed with discrediting Palin.

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:11 am ET

Obama will make a great president!

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:11 am ET

Dr. Sam Why are you so angry about Sarah Palin? As a doctor you probably make over $250,000. Conservative christian women sure take a wrap in our world today. So much resentment. Our world would be much better off if we had more women who fight for what is right.

Von Lono   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

Aloha Larry,

It's bad enough that Palin doesn't understand the duties of the Vice President. But do we have to listen to the pundits that don't know these things either? Georgette is a drag on this panel.

Justice   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

McClatchy: Palin's Approval Ratings Tumble - In Alaska

By E&P Staff

Published: October 01, 2008

NEW YORK Since she was picked for the Veep spot, the press has often noted that Sarah Palin has "80%" approval ratings in Alaska. Just yesterday, John McCain told the Des Moines Register editorial board that she is "the most popular governor in the United States." But that may be outdated.

McClatchy reports today that her approval rating in her home state has tumbled to 68% - still high but surely not the country's best. The poll by a local firm that works for both parties was taken Sept. 20-22. McClatchy writes: "Palin’s popularity has swooned as new information about the local abuse-of-power investigation known as Troopergate has trickled out, and as national and local media pick over her track record as a governor and small-town mayor.

ChRIZ   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET


what does she call this???

She said she's a REFORMER but she's FOUND abusing her Politicals POWERS?

She's a TOTAL DORK!!!


Asghar   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

Gov. Sarah Palin is a poor lady and she cannot affor to buy clothes to dress herself up. So DNC bought her some clothes with its own money. Why this should be an issue for the conscientious citizens of the country?

brian   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

concerning the 3rd grader's question of what the vice-president does, sarah palin conveniently sidesteps what's really on americans' minds. the real function of the vice president is to take on the responsibilities of the presidency if something happens to the sitting president – similar to a backup quarterback, if you will.

the 800-pound gorilla in the room is this – if something happens to a president mccain, america (and myself, for that matter) is uncomfortable with the concept of president palin.

Greg   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

If it is an issue what William Ayers did when Barack Obama was 8 years old shouldn't it be an issue that Sara Palen and her husband attended the Alaska Independent Party meeting in 2006 where Joe Voegler expressed his disdain for the U.S. A. and spoke of succeeding from it? Incidentally she was reported as saying she agreed with their agenda.

Laurie   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

During this election REPORTERS are not smarter than a 3rd grader

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

I'm an angry liberal!

celia   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

BE FAIR! LET'S TALK ABOUT MONEY! Let's talk about how Barak Obama raised $150 MILLION dollars for his campaign just last month...and I don't see him doing anything particularly 'noble' with that money...AND the media has the nerve to pick on Palin's wardrobe?

It seems as though you have nothing else to complain about because she is such a great person, you look at her and envy her – and complain about how much money was spent on wardrobe...

Why isn't the media talking about the over $600 million dollars Barak Obama raised and how he will be puppeteered when in office by all those 'special interests' that have supported his campaign??!!!

Joe Galvin   October 23rd, 2008 12:12 am ET

Why does it seem that when Sarah Palin is interviewed, John McCain is by her side? He is often interviewed alone, but he always seems to be with her when she is asked questions by reporters. Is the campaign trying to show what a pair they are, or is he there to keep a handle on things.

Everett   October 23rd, 2008 12:13 am ET

Why do you feel the need to attach me…Because I have worked hard put myself in a good finical position and maybe have not made the best choices in your life so I have to bail you out or are you looking for a handout to? I do not know you choices but from your comments to me I’m thinking so…..Why don’t you just research and answer the questions I asked earlier….I so surprised that everyone is bashing McCain for his bashing and look at the comments on this site shocking –the pot calling the kettle black

Dolly Jackson   October 23rd, 2008 12:13 am ET

I enjoy your show Larry. It is discusting how they pick on Sarah Palin from the beginning. Some people are so jealous of her – she has strength, courage and intelligence . What do the younger children think and the people from other countries think when listening to all the negative comments about her. They would be wise to stick to the issues.. they don't pick on the Oboma ... shame shame.. Do unto others as you would like to be treated yourself. Come on USA get to the issues. Thank you for this space.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:13 am ET

didn't a leader have like 2k pairs of shoes but no one brought up sexism then!

Randall Cole   October 23rd, 2008 12:13 am ET

interesting, the redhead just said people of the state want her children with her, would that also apply if it was a man having his children with him everywhere, are we talking double standards yet again ,cause she is a woman.

Alecto   October 23rd, 2008 12:13 am ET

This is the kind of negative coverage that McCain Camp gets. If anyone even suggests that an episode of Larry King Live should be centered around Sarah Palin getting funded for wardrobe by the RNC, then they are very wrong to do so. I mean, the media shows Omaba doing a random dance and meanwhile makes a huge segment about Sarah Palin using money to get clothes, these little things are what turns the race sour.

Cassie from California   October 23rd, 2008 12:14 am ET

seriously...Palin should never have accepted McCains offer to be the vice president...Perhaps in about 8 years she would have been a qualified candidate..but for her to accept the position a vice president is premature on her part and I question her wisdom as an american and a mother...her personal and professional life is all over the place and for her to open her life to the american public at a international level confirms my opinion that she is not ready to be vice president

Von Lono   October 23rd, 2008 12:14 am ET

Michelle Obama isn't running for office. I don't care who her designer is or how much she spends on her clothing. Georgette shouldn't care either.

Joyce   October 23rd, 2008 12:14 am ET

Why all the talk about Palin's $150,000 wardrobe when no comments about the $4.5 MILLION that Obama is spending on advertising for crying out loud? He says he cares about the common folk. It that is the case, why doesn't he give half that money to some of the people who are losing their homes? He'd still be spending twice what McCain is spending.

Nancy -TX   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

Her selection turned my vote that day. When my hopes for her abilities faded, interview, interview and then another interview, the coffin was nailed.

Therest capers   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

I am now convinced that the Republicans will twist a turd into a pretzel if it serves their agend, i.e. Sahara Palin.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

John McCain lost the election when he picked Sarah "Airhead" Palin, he should have picked Mitt Romeny or Tim Pawlenty, the base would have been even more energized, and we could have whooed over many more dems and independents, JOHN MCCAIN PICKING SARAH PALIN WAS THE WORST DECISON YOU EVER MADE..

BR   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

I love Stephanie Miller! Thanks for having her on the show.

When are you going to finally point out that Sarah Palin and George Bush are two of the same characters. How is Sarah selling herself as "new to Washington" when she's almost a mirror image of W? His approach to the public, his policies, his incomprehension of the issues.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

it's campaign many all he can use it on is the campaign!

emil   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

How can someone running for president ONLY be down one point in the AP polls, when his vice presidential candidate has had FOUR tries to define her future role and FAILED miserably all four times? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE!? More importantly, why are people supporting such a candidate? What is the link that holds people near and dear to the republican ticket?

Oh, I know... Convservative ideals.

These people ignore reality. It's so obvious that there are a million cliches to this type of behavior, let's go with the Nazis to be most contrived. We look and wonder why no one stood up to the pure and utter BS that they were being fed. Is it not similar to the BS we're being fed today by the GOP????????

Ryan   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

I have to say that I was a McCain supporter until after I saw Palin as the VP choice. In good judgement McCain should have picked someone who could advise him and assist him in the white house. Obama made that choice.

Palin is a rogue on her own campaign and to see McCain using her to say the things that he will not makes me sick. A maverick she is, to her own ticket.

Palin is ignorant and quite honestly and misinformed. Our country was founded on a system of checks and balances and to assume that the VP should be pushing the agenda of the president through the legislative branch of our government frightens me.

I would like to add one thing. I have seen Georgette on your show before and neither time was throughly impressed with her. For her to state the job of the VP is to be calling senators and pushing the president's agenda tells me there is a problem with our system of checks and balances.

J Q Public   October 23rd, 2008 12:15 am ET

I have two Questions

1. If you have Bay Bucannan on your show again. Will you please gag her?

@. Is Georgette a Bobble Head?

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:16 am ET

No way Obama will be a great president! He'll be taking care of all those who do not want to work and using our money to accomplish it. Please don't put words in my comment!

Bruce   October 23rd, 2008 12:16 am ET


What an uninformed host and panel.

The RNC paid for Gov Palin's clothing allowance. This is not the taxpayer. The taxpayer is paying for Acorn from federal budget funds which are being channeled into voter fraud which is being investigated by the FBI.

The constitution states that the VP will preside over the US Senate which also includes casting tie votes. Preside means call the senate to order which could easily be called "run the senate" .

Joe   October 23rd, 2008 12:16 am ET

Leave Palin's wardrobe alone.

(a) it's not fair. I costs more to dress woman candidates well because of double social standards in society (HRC couldnt wear boring male suits all the time)

(b) It could make her seem the victim and distract from the fact that SHE IS IN NO WAY QUALIFIED TO BE VICE PRESIDENT!!

Dont tell me about her executive experience vs Obama. Obama is inspiring the nation and world toward our better natures and thoughtful progress. What's her excuse?

Dont tell me about Biden. We know Joe. He's a nut but we know him. That's why he doesnt get any of the positive press either!

todd harvey   October 23rd, 2008 12:16 am ET

I am a reliable republican vote but please drop Palin and pick up Kay Bailey or better yet Joe Leiberman please...Is this allowable at this point?

Bobbi   October 23rd, 2008 12:17 am ET

The Ladies on Larry King are so snitty tonight, I had to turn off Larry King. Let's get back to the real issues this country is facing instead of what Sara Palin is spending on clothes and make up. How much is an Obama suit or a MCain suit? We haven't talked about what they are spending on their clothing or Bidens. I'm totally disgusted with the media. Any chance to rip Sara Palin... You two Democratic woman should be ashamed of the way you are acting.

Cindy Smith   October 23rd, 2008 12:17 am ET

Are we actually serious. This is a huge election and the American people for the most part could care less about Sarah Palin's accessories budget. We have serious issue in America. She is a strong confident woman she is on national television everyday right now she needs to look her best. This should not be big news. We have a war going on and are in finacial crisis atleast she is putting money into the economy. I would be curious to know what possible 1st ladies spent redecorating the white house or what the cost are for the dishes for each president for the china room?? Come on get back to the issues. This is a non issue we have bigger fish to fry in our country right now.

Josephine   October 23rd, 2008 12:18 am ET

Palin makes me sick to my stomach. It amazes me that in this day in age someone who knows so little about what a vice president or president does can be one heart beat away from the presidency. Wake up America! We need a real leader. There's enough crisis to worry about. We do not need to be worrying about whether our president knows how to do their job or not. Spending $150,000 of campaign money on wardrobe during a recession where people are suffering all over America is not your average understanding hockey or soccer mom. Spreading a smear campaign and bending the truth is not a great example of a good Christian either.

Luis   October 23rd, 2008 12:18 am ET

Wow Georgette you remind me of Sarah Palin...and no that is not a compliment! Aren't political analysts supposed to be versed in these kinds of topics? If u dont know something atleast Google it ..please...

Anthony   October 23rd, 2008 12:19 am ET

I m not rich or poor, but were I shop for clothes if I spent 150,000.00 dollars on clothes they would have to close the mens shop. they would be sold out. I dont know if I spent that much in my life and im 52.

Niss   October 23rd, 2008 12:19 am ET

Sarah Palin...where do I start??!

I findi it interesting that Republicans feel it's acceptable for Palin to charge back expenses for her children to travel with her.

Yet millions of mothers are forced and encouraged to do work related travel everyday and are expected to be away from their children!

REFORMEER??!! Charging back expenses to taxpayers because you want to be with your children while you work? Gosh...maybe every company in America should start letting women travel with their families when they go to meetings and conferences??

I won't even discuss the clothes! Can you say DECADENT?!

Laurie   October 23rd, 2008 12:19 am ET

Men don't care enough about their children to take them with them. No double standard just fact. Kids cramp their style in this type of arena.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:19 am ET

Even our kids have the Constitutions, so should Vice Presidents!

Yvonne   October 23rd, 2008 12:19 am ET

Canada has publicly funded health care which is not considered socialized medicine, and Canadians do not have to worry about health care bills or purchasing their own insurance. They are covered. I think the Republicans should take a field trip to Canada and learn how they do it. We are so behind the rest of the world when it comes to health care and it’s all because of greed.

billyb   October 23rd, 2008 12:19 am ET

Palin is running for VP. She's in front of the camera 24/7 and is traveling around the country in hopes of landing the 2nd most important position in the world (/me shivers).

C'mon Larry ... 125 grand ... that's peanuts these days.

Make up, hair, shoes, Channel suits, gowns, glasses, hair 'n makeup, sportswear, Jackets, undies, travel, hotel, luggage, hair clips and hairspray and on and on ... multiply that by the whole family.

$125,000 almost seems like a bargain.

Swapneel Mahajan   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

It was amazing to hear the republican strategist describe Palin's obviously incorrect job description for the VP as "straight talk" and everything else as elitist. It seems to me that Republicans like to characterize anything that requires an IQ of more than 35 to understand as "elitist" or "liberal". Like for example, evoluation and other scientific mumbo-jumbo is part of a liberal conspiracy but intelligent design is just plain straight-talk.

Manjit   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

Is Sara Palin appealing to the American who is strugling to pay his bills and keep his job in this economic crisis, while she chosses to spend $ 150,000 on campagne dresses and make up?

Ryan   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

I would like to add, I do not care about the money spent on her wardrobe. It seems excessive and I am sure the people who gave money to the RNC will have something to say.

Jon Whichard   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

Weak, I see where CNN stands. If the issues are so important why is Cnn misquoting the National Review and why are the democrats so afraid of Sarah Palin. Could it be she is effective?

John McCain has no problem here and should not apologize for Governor Palin. By the way look up socialism in the Webster's Dictionary it describes Obama's plans pretty well.

Give my best to your friend Mark Barrondess.



randy   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

I fail to understand why Sarah Palin is being cut out for spending this amount of money on her clothes when Barak Obama spends several thousand dollars on one Armoni suit, how many times does he wear THAT one suit? Does he wear it more than one time? Why dont you elitist people spend more time on the REAL issues instead of trying to distract from what is really at hand?

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET


lol nice one!

Walt Q   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

Most definately, Palin already did the damage as far as I'm concerned. She changed my voting status 180 Degrees. Obama and Biden gets my vote on Nov. 4th.

sandra whitmab   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

I know for a fact that the dress MIchelle Obama wore ton "The View" was under 200.00. In fact there was a run on that dress because she looked so fantastic in it!

Pat Carrasco   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

May I add. I do believe spending $150,00.00 on clothes is as big a mistake as Cindy McCain's gold lame sweaters. They are so out of touch with the average American it is pitiful. My intelligence over McCain's decision of Sarah Palin as his running mate is so very insulted. She is a very grotesque stand-in for Hilary Clinton.
The word from Montana.

Angela P. Johnson   October 23rd, 2008 12:20 am ET

Larry, your show tonight about the RNC buying Sarah Palin clothes is so bias. If the committe used some of my donations to outfit Palin for the race, I have no problem. What has the democratic national committe bought for the Obamas?

Your show has become obbiously very pro democratic.

I feel you need to focus on both parties. Not just the positive for the democrates and the negative for the republicans.

Stop nit picking Palin. Or at least share the nit picking with the Obamas.

Asghar   October 23rd, 2008 12:21 am ET

Sen. McCain claimed that he was "tried" during the Cuban Missile crisis when he was sitting in the cockpit of his plane on the deck of the USS Enterprise. The question is:

-was he tried as the president of the United States or as a fighter ready to start a new war?

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:21 am ET

Doxie and Diana – You have the information on this financial mess. I'm glad the women on this comment line have their facts straight. Yeah!

Ron   October 23rd, 2008 12:21 am ET

I just saw a news report stating that Sarah Palins clothes are going to charity after the campaign. I hope they put them on eBay and get $500K for them and shut the whiners up...Let's get down to the fact that Barack is a little "wet" behind the ears (as he stated in one of the debates), noy qualified for stated Biden...and isn't the VP candidate. COMPARE apples with apples!

Mineral, Va.

Justice   October 23rd, 2008 12:21 am ET

PS: the Carabu abstained for fear of the high number of helicopters at the polls.

Rocky the flying squirrel did vote positive to help protect his friend BoWinkle

So McCain should check his facts. She once may have been the most popular with in the state that is 47th in size ....

hmmmm when your family makes up 90 % of the voters 80% is not so good is it?

Just kidding folks

Von Lono   October 23rd, 2008 12:22 am ET

Can we stop talking about non issues? Why aren't we talking about John McCain's flight records? His many crashes were seen as unusual, and caused by risky decsions according to the investigations and his superiors.

AJ, Minneapolis   October 23rd, 2008 12:22 am ET

Sarah Palin is the dumbest VP canidate ever,.It baffles me that Palin doesnt understand the duties of the vp or the meaning of preconditions...That fact is stunning...Thats common sense, you learn that in Junior High Civics..That shows for her lack of a law degree and graduating from the University of Idaho....

Diane Sanders   October 23rd, 2008 12:22 am ET

RE: Palin's wardrobe
Your guest just said – everyday we focus in this issue is bad for John McCain... Well, Larry – YOU are choosing to focus on this issue – which is drivel. I would not want to conclude you are bad for John McCain....

Anke Raue   October 23rd, 2008 12:23 am ET

Why doesn't someone tell the public whether the Palins have enough money on their own to pay for her clothes? I have the impression they are pretty well off !

cheryl   October 23rd, 2008 12:23 am ET

Hi Larry,
First great show. I have watched you daily since the beginning of this election cycle.
Second, I would like to address this issue of clothing for Sarah you know it is ridiculous, $50 thousand would have been enough monies spent for 8weeks not $150k. The RNC should be shame of themselves. Of course John McCain is out of touch with fashion and its cost, perhaps Cindy helped. You know Cindy would think that it's normal to make her look pretty as Barbe (mesmerize them with beauty then they will vote for John). This is the oldest trick in the book used by man. Surely, Cindy would think that $150k was feasible for a Vice President candidate (out of touch) because it is sure less that wealthy women spend.

Third, I would like to add that Michelle Obama is waiting to become 1st Lady before she goes on such an extravaganza. Evidence is on the View the girls asked about her dress, her response: I purchased it on line for less than $150 bucks, know that is smart shopping for anyone. She is in touch with the American everyday women, no not Sarah.

Next, why is everyone calling her Barbe she is no Barbe, her image has become more like Ellie Mae of the famous TV show The Beverly Hillbillies. You can dress her up but you can't take her home, that is, to the White House or shall I say she is pretty just make sure she is coached (reading from a prompter) on exactly what to say and she will not mess up, or keep her mouth shut then no one will notice her ignorance. She is a joke for the American Women perhaps even a little bit of a set back. It's obvious what their plans were (that is the McCain campaign). This reminds me that they still use women to sale all sorts of ads even presidency's because after all sex sales. Women see her for what she is, a 2ND place beauty contestant.

Finally, Just listen to Pat Buchanan he fell for her fabricated beauty and charm. Most of the other guys woke up, after the convention, and Sarah (Ellie) began to speak. Go figure he is stuck on this 2ND rate beauty queen even if she didn't win the pageant let's give her another chance as Vice President.

All women thinking it,


JuanaMaria   October 23rd, 2008 12:23 am ET

The Republican Party seem to be the only ones that love the emperor's new clothing (Palin) and refuse to acknowledge the truth.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:23 am ET

Canada and France have a awesome Health Care and Education System, in which any of their citizens can go and use when they need it unlike us in the U.S.!

Brian   October 23rd, 2008 12:24 am ET

Hi Larry,

I've been watching your show for many years and feel that you help to round out my opinions on the issues. I typically watch a combination of CNN and FOX news so that I can hear both sides.

One thing that I would like you to weigh in on are the comments that Biden made regarding the major incident that will happen when Obama takes office. This was really a shocking statement for a running mate to make and I heard about it while watching FOX, but haven't seen any coverage on CNN or any other news source. It was brought up during the press conference as Obama was meeting with his advisors for Security.

Can you please discuss this during your show tonight? Your opinion is important to many of us so I'd like to hear your view.


S.Clark   October 23rd, 2008 12:24 am ET

I cannot believe all the hipe on Gov. Palen's wardrobe. Has anyone asked what Mrs. Obama has spent on her wardrobe? Gov. Palen is making several speeches and appearances on a daiily basis.
As to her responses on foreign policy, I'm sure when she has logged as many hours as Sen. Obama has in the course of his campaign, she will be schooled enough to satisfy the media. She is a smart, assertive woman who isn't easily cowed. She will learn what she needs to know as Obama did
The question of her travel expenses as govenor of Alaska... I believe she has spent less than half of what the previous govenor had spent during his term in office. I just wish the media would state all the facts and not just the negative. I am sick of the bias reporting...

celia   October 23rd, 2008 12:24 am ET

I wonder if CNN would take me up on the suggestion to find out how exactly Barak Obama is spending money in his campaign the same way they scrutinize the McCain campaign's spending?

I doubt it – the media is CLEARLY one sided and is not interested in finding out the truth but battling for Obama to win on a hunch that all their contributions will payoff once he's in office.

I don't want a president that will be in office to 'pay off' his 'special interest' debts.

Scott Gifford and Meg Scherfee   October 23rd, 2008 12:25 am ET

We are outraged to hear that the RNC has spent $150K on Sarah Palin's wardobe in this campaign. As two elementary schoolteachers in California, this sum represents more money than we made together in our two best years of teaching! Your Republican panelists need to understand that this is a perfect example of why we will NEVER be Republicans, and why the RNC is completely out of touch with people like us.

Will   October 23rd, 2008 12:25 am ET

The fact that the RNC spent that wouldn't be a problem if, and I could be wrong, but didn't the McCain Campaign Finance Reform Bill make it illegal for the campaign to spend money on clothing. And if so McCain feels like jumping through a loophole, buy having the RNC pay for it, is what the right way to conduct this race?

Ron Jacob   October 23rd, 2008 12:25 am ET

No wonder you "journalists" have the reputation for being totally liberally biased. You are now making a national issue on prime time t.v. out of the RNC spending money to make the v. p. candidate look good in her clothes in public appearances. How trivial can you get? You totally avoid the really substantive issue wherein your candidate is proposing to make this a socialist country, against all that this country has stood for since it was founded, in favor of such trivial drivel as how much was spent on Sarah's clothes. Give me a break. You guys do not deserve your positions. But, you should be thankful for them, now, and the free speach doctrine that allows you to speak your drivel, no matter how unjust or ridiculous it is. Once the socialists take over, you may not have that freedom much longer.

Bob Gill   October 23rd, 2008 12:25 am ET

Dear Larry:

I can't believe that McCain had to stup this low to bypass MANY QUALIFIED AND Statesmen/women in his core group to select "Palin" as his running mate. What a shame.

Message to Mr. McCain:
Your scars from spilling blood in Vietnam now have deeper scars by selecting an incredibly uncredible mate. Your ongoing fear mongring is nothing ut a sham and STOP scaring the american public. YOU are NOW beginning to look like "WEAPON OF MASS DECEPTION". Man up and fight for the people inside the country. Charity begins at home not in other countries.


Von Lono   October 23rd, 2008 12:26 am ET

Shall we go down the list of US Presidents who some thought weren't ready for the job? Truman, Teddy Roosevelt, .....George Washington!

Ashley   October 23rd, 2008 12:26 am ET

October 23rd, 2008 12:17 am ET
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I feel like Palin make women around this country look in a simpler term uneducated….I mean can she really lead this nation if something was to happen to McCain. I also feel like people are shielding anyone from really taken a stab at her because she is a women. Hilary Clinton took every negative and positive aspect of running for the Democratic tickets, but now here comes Palin and no one can really say anything to her. I think a lot of women are so impressed that McCain took at women as his vice, that they think that she is going to give women a step up is the world but what she is really doing is go backwards. She believes that it should no longer be a woman’s choice to choose, then whose should it be? What about her policy and agenda are to benefit the woman of this nation? But I think the true question is was she qualified to run on anybodies ticket for vice-president?

cheryl   October 23rd, 2008 12:26 am ET

Hi Larry
The John McCain strategy ,

John McCain says "I have them right where I want them".. HUMMMMMM maybe the RNC is smarter than we think. Perhaps John is using all the attention from the media to focus on Sarah Palin to distract us from the real issues while he prepares for his October surprise..
McCain says that he likes being the underdog!!!!! Wonder why maybe the following is true:

1. Sarah won't release her medical records because she is pregnant (speculation)?
2. All the media attention killed the Collin Powell support of Baraka Obama?
3. Continue to use the media and SNL as his devices to focus on the would be vice president?

This will allow all the focus to return to John McCain with his up coming October surprise of the Go Green interview with Time Magazine. He may have a greater plan the we give this underdog credit for, the world in his eyes maybe saying oh poor Sarah and John they (the media) are so unfair to them I'm going to vote for them and show the media what I think of their attracts, after all his October surprise is the newest or last thing we heard.
Sounds like a soap opera.

Some people thing it,


yamil rosado   October 23rd, 2008 12:26 am ET

my opinion on all of this is that sara palin' role in all of this mess from the republican party was and will always be a portrait and a answer to obama not picking hillary as his vice but little do they know the hole thing blew up in thier faces why you saw the actions past her nomination plus this now 150,000 clothing makeover ,what she does not have a big wardrove at home i bet she has nice clothes at home, McCain create this mess now and sara palin will be left out once obama wins thats what politicians do thats the american politics.

Francesca Richardson   October 23rd, 2008 12:26 am ET

In all my years of teaching children in school, I have never experienced such absurdity as the communication style of Sarah Palin. The children I have encountered processed information much better than the Republican VP nominee. I have 15 + 18 year old daughters and they continue to get very irritated when they see and hear Sarah Palin on the television. I think Sarah Palin does not represent intelligence in the eyes of our nation's children.

Terry Munday   October 23rd, 2008 12:27 am ET

If the RNC wants to spend their money ($150,000!!) on a wardrobe for Sara Palin and her familiy that's their business. However.....I really don't see how she can go out 'stumping' and purposely mislead people into thinking she is just an ordinary hockey mom and what's even sadder is that many people can't see through her facade.

I am female, age 53 ,college educated and an independent voter (I admit I generally lean democratic.) and my husband and I together do not earn $150,000 in a year. So, for her to spend that much money on her and her families appearance just solidifies my low opinion of her. I think she is the proverbial '...wolf in sheep's clothing...'.I do NOT feel she is in any way qualified for the VP job, and the more I see and hear of her I doubt she is qualified to be govenor of Alaska. There are more people within a 40 mile radius of my home than in the entire state of Alaska. So, I think they have greatly over rated her experience.

JP   October 23rd, 2008 12:27 am ET

Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution states that the role of a VP, "...shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be evenly divided"

Considering Palin has children and seemed to have felt on the interview that she could directly address the third-grader asking the question, she was probably just addressing and simplifying the role for the student. Listen to her tone; she may have been with a reporter, but anyone who addresses any member of the media in that manner would be considered offensively condescending to them. Given, the VP has little to do with the actual decision unless a tiebreaker is needed, but I'm inclined to throw this under the same umbrella as the clothing issue–it's silly. Our economy is in a negative direction and we're bickering about clothing and petty things. Personally, I haven't fully decided my vote, but if the same were to happen with any other candidate, I would understand either situation. For the clothing situation, it makes sense–the left dresses to appeal to the right, and the right dresses to appeal to the left. At least, it would seem that way with current events.

Just my two cents! 🙂

Angela   October 23rd, 2008 12:27 am ET

Sara Palin is far more than a drag to the republican party – she has become an embarassment and a joke as a VP running mate and a govener. Only days left until the election and she still does not understand the VPs role.
John McCain did not pick Sara Palin as his running mate because she is the most qualified person! He picked her because he thought this would bring in votes from woman and the people that supported H.Clinton. This really shows that Mcain winning this election was more important to him than picking a person that would be an asset to our country and the people in it. This year Obama will be getting my republican vote and many other people's!

Brad Krembs   October 23rd, 2008 12:28 am ET

while I remain confused on the rising issues and candidiates' positions other than their bickerings, I believe VP candidate Palin scored a hit since Keith Olbermann's postings the other night about his former professor Schellenger's 1991 guest " Barack Obama" and his comments about the rising youths needful to embrace socialism while the marxists were conducting their pro-marxist campaigns upon US campuses from the mid 80's to early 90's. I have thought that more items currently affecting the agenda of the Nation are addressed under Nader's presentations and hope that interviews and debates will arise before the Nov. 4th elections to better inform everyone. Thank-You.

Tori   October 23rd, 2008 12:28 am ET

Sarah is NOT a drag at all!!! The republican campaign managers are the ones to blame for bad strategy and over spending on her wardrobe. Besides they are "spreading the wealth" and "helping stimulate the economy" through her wardrobe, at least with donated money at will...

We need more Sarah Palins in politics and less smooth talking big government, big spreading politician who act on behalf of special interest groups...and how many will Obama owe favors too after the campaign funds are spent and he's in office...

Stephanie Miller has NO place talking about people looks and how much time they spend on their appearance. Is there anything real about her? She's been in LA, LA land way too long- wonder what Alaskans would do to her. Moreover, she has no brains to back up her "fake" look. Get her off your show- why do you have her on so often- I change the channel every time she opens her mouth.


todd harvey   October 23rd, 2008 12:28 am ET

I honestly am very concerned that we are talking about clothes when it directly stimulates the economy i mean $150,000.00 does go to help families at the dinner table. but again someone please answer my question that knows the answer if we are as they say and i dont want to beleive this but if we are behind and it is for the palin effect do we have to keep her.. can the republican party take on a new vice president and shake this thing up. come on people we need Kay Bailey or Joe Leiberman is anybody agree??

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:28 am ET

I hope people will watch other than the liberal media. They have twisted the information on McCain and Palin to the point that it is ridiculous. The interviews were set up to make Sarah look stupid and she is not. Somethings to consider – Since Pelosi and Reid want to join with Obama and take more of our money to use as they want and Dodd wanted 20% of our tax money to go to Acorn in the bailout bill – what does that tell you about how responsible they will be in caring for anything that is important to the average person in our country?

If they get control of all branches of our government we are in for big trouble!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:28 am ET

Palin put her son in danger to have him born in Alaska soil as if the rest of the U.S. is not good enough, after her water was broke; she did a speech, next an 8 hour flight, then a 45 min. drive. How many mothers would put in danger their child to have them born in Alaska? She cares nothing for America if it is not about feeding the hate deep within her soul!

Dale   October 23rd, 2008 12:29 am ET

If Sarah (the hockey mom) has to drag her kids around with her to what I would consider "at work", on the campaign trail; what will happen if she is VP and she is needed promptly. Dose the country wait till she finds a sitter or do they (the kids) attend the meetings with her? It looks like "hockey mom" takes precedence. This campaign is more like a pageant that a campaign. Miss America, she has my vote. VP, I'm sorry but no.

joyce Jones   October 23rd, 2008 12:29 am ET

Hello Larry,
First of all, I enjoy your show at ALL times and you do a great job. According ot the Associated Press(AP), Sarah Palin's children were not invited to state functions, but brought them anyway. Now, her husband Todd has repeatedly stated he was the stay at home dad to keep the children when his wife had to travel.
Palin ordered the children's travel expense forms changed in August to add language claiming that they performed official state business on the trips and they had no role on the state business trips. Now how is Palin going to handle the same situation in Washington when she is bashing Obama's spending and she is cheating the taxpayers as a governor?

Steve   October 23rd, 2008 12:29 am ET

Mr. King why are the Republican sorogates defending that big mouth representive from Minnesota who now is trying to retrack from her original rant? Never a day I have heard them(republicans admitting anything that their sorogates had said to be wrong, but Democrats have always done the opposite.

DD   October 23rd, 2008 12:31 am ET

How was McCain tested.

Laurie   October 23rd, 2008 12:31 am ET

Let's ask Larry how much his wife spends on clothes. BTW WHERE IS ALL OF BARACK OBAMA'S MONEY COMING FROM? why doesn't he share the wealth with us??????

DAN JONES   October 23rd, 2008 12:31 am ET

Obama may be tried during the first weeks of his presidency, but more likely, Palin would be tried during the first weeks of her presidency, should something happen to McCain. Her response, or lack thereof, would scare me more than an Obama response.

emil   October 23rd, 2008 12:31 am ET

the new buzzword for conservative ignorants...


The real version of that word "knowledgable"

Change is here and you guys can't do anything about it. There is no way to protect the old segregation and elitism that you people are hanging on to with dear life.

This country has become too diverse, we're now looking at the next frontier, a female president, a gay president, a Muslim president, the list continues, and conversative neanderthals can't do anything about it!

Therest capers   October 23rd, 2008 12:32 am ET

Complete the qoute, Obidin continued to say that, "they will find a spine of steel."

Von Lono   October 23rd, 2008 12:32 am ET

Karen and other Republicans hear what they want to hear. Everyone knows Joe Biden speaks his mind. His intention was to bring the country together in a crisis, everyone knows is on the way.

Dan - Dallas, TX   October 23rd, 2008 12:32 am ET

Georgette, I highly commend your hair and makeup but not your politics! The former Republican Party use to look sophisticated like you but close examination of the convention and especially the McCain/Palin rallys, it has unfortunately gravitated to a majority country hick, redneck fest. Most Palin supporters that I've seen carry signs reading "babies, guns and Bibles". The 'lovely, high fashion lady' who told McCain "I've heard he was an Arab" was typical of what I've seen and heard. Laxalt, Eisenhower and Powell have done what you should have done if you were truly going to put country first! You and Cindy are not typical physical examples of the new, extreme right, narrow, devisive Republican Party!

Fernando   October 23rd, 2008 12:33 am ET

150,000 is nothing for Republicans. Miss Glorieta had 150,000 dollars worth of make-up caked on her face.

Nancy Gualtieri   October 23rd, 2008 12:34 am ET

I watched your program long enoght to observe that if the sky is blue the democrates can twist it to gray: especially Obama. He has no executive experience. He isn't qualified to be the next president of the U.S. He says whatever the people want to hear not what needs to really be said; especially on international affairs,security for the U.S. ,the Iraq War and the complexities of Middle East.

Sarah Palin represents the working class women in this country. She deserves to look professional while on the road while running as the future Vice-President.

Give me break! There are more important issues than talking about her wardrobe. I think she looks wonderful. I am proud of her.

Peter   October 23rd, 2008 12:35 am ET

I’m an independent who has grown increasingly wary as I’ve noticed how Gov. Pailn shapes the ‘truth’, apparently just as she shapes her wardrobe: to meet her needs. She Talks the Talk – but when it comes to the Walk, she’s business as usual for the last eight years. Some people downplay this as unimportant, but it's elitist behavior, and more importantly, a casual attitude towards tax payer’s dollars that smacks of ‘young lady’, but ‘old school’. At least I know who I’m going to vote for now!

Angie Franks   October 23rd, 2008 12:36 am ET


Will the citizens who don't pay taxes and receive a check from Obama have to claim it as income on the next year's return?

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:36 am ET

Ron – the fairness doctrine could be passed in an all democratic legislative branch. That is scarey.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:36 am ET

Palin should be up for Child endangerment chargers!

Palin put her son in danger to have him born in Alaska soil as if the rest of the U.S. is not good enough, after her water was broke; she did a speech, next an 8 hour flight, then a 45 min. drive. How many mothers would put in danger their child to have them born in Alaska? She cares nothing for America if it is not about feeding the hate deep within her soul!

Bruce   October 23rd, 2008 12:37 am ET

Senator Obama states that his tax plan will reduce taxes for 95% of the US taxpayers. What Obama doesn't point out it that 40-45% of the tax payers do not pay taxes. Many of these people receive earned income credit (EIC) payments from the federal government. Obama doesn't point out that his plan is not for tax cuts but rather for tax credits so that those people that currently do not pay taxes and get EIC will get larger EIC. Most of Obama's tax cuts are not tax cuts for the middle class, but are increased EIC payments which is federal welfare payments which could be called socialism

celia   October 23rd, 2008 12:37 am ET

Anyone care to comment on Obama's campaign spending? Better yet, anyone care to analyze who is contributing the millions of dollars to Obama's campaign? That is a very interesting topic! After all he did raise over $600 million dollars for his campaign...I

WAKE UP PEOPLE! The donors to his campaign are expecting something in return!! What are they expecting? Anyone care to investigate? If you all complain about 'oil interests' supporting Bush, let's nip this in the bud before hand and find out what Obama will HAVE to do to 'pay back' all these 'fine supporters' (or do you all actually believe the people donating money are doing it because they are patriotic!! HAHA)

Bridget Robertson   October 23rd, 2008 12:37 am ET

Just a comment......I'm so tired of hearing guest make excuses for the candidate that they support. They just lie and act as if no one can see through what they are doing. For instance, why make excuses for Gov. Palin? Just admit the she was wrong in her reply to the 3rd grader on what a Vice Pres. does. Instead of saying the Vice Pres. calls Senators and and helps to get the Pres. agenda passed. Why try to explain why it's okay to spend $150k on clothing and make-up for her personal appearances......she did it, case closed. My favorite dumb comment this week is Sen. Biden's comment about Sen. Obama being tested if becomes president. Although it may be true, he did'nt need give Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin more 'campaign bullets' .
I can't wait until the election is over, I'm so tired of hearing about things that don't matter and people making excuses for the stupid things that the candidates say and do.

Kathy   October 23rd, 2008 12:38 am ET

Newsflash to your panelist *(stepford wife deer in the headlights look) not sure of her name....the one who said she thought it was great that Sara Palin could bring her kidseverywhere on the taxpayers dime and they would not Alaskans don't pay income taxes. And she has done nothing to help with working mothers and day care costs or anything remotely resembling allowing mothers to bring their kids to work like she can or take them anywhere near a "public engagement" or have staff to help with the kids....Don't be fooled – Alaskans are furious with this information and in no way think that the average working woman supports this action. Especially those who bring home a pittance after paying for day care.

Everett   October 23rd, 2008 12:38 am ET

Listen to yourself
‘’Don’t tell me about Biden. We know Joe. He’s a nut but we know him. That’s why he doesn’t get any of the positive press either!’’
Do realize that Obama could die of lung cancer sooner then McCain could die of old age and you want Joe in as president a person you call a nut. Please explain this to me you might want to reword that you are sounding like joe. I would rather have Palin

Von Lono   October 23rd, 2008 12:39 am ET

Karen, a statewide approval rating and the most popular governor in America are not the same thing. Please, enough of the double talk. All the Republican pundits and candidates need to get back to straight talk. Does McCain remember straight talk?

Dee   October 23rd, 2008 12:39 am ET


Stephanie should really stop it with the Barbie and excesssive sasrcasm. She's beginnig to sound just as mean as the Republican analysts.

ari   October 23rd, 2008 12:39 am ET

I used to love and watch your show....think you are an honorable and
dignified man. But now my opinion have changed. Most of your panel
and guest have been pro Democrats. You never go in depth
about the real background of Barack Obama....his drug used and
his association with unsavory people. Plus most of your guest
are from the left. Also you just love to pick about the flaws of Sen.
Palin and John McCain in your discussion every night....Now I
watch FOX because at least they are more fair and balance. Never in
your show did you discuss the many mistakes and gaffe of Sen. Biden. If you did probably just in passing.....You always invite people
who likes Obama for example Joy Behar, M. Moore,Bill Maher....
No wonder Bill Oriely is number one....for he is not biased and
he explore all angles...The only person who is respectable in CNN
is Lou Dodds no wonder he is not a part of your so called best
Obama political team ......

Von Lono   October 23rd, 2008 12:41 am ET

thanks for the double talk. You just showed us all why you lost. Stick to the gridiron buddy.

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:42 am ET

I think Sarah represents the working class women and hard working segment of our society too. Most of us are everyday people and couldn't afford to go to Harvard (Not sure where Obama got the money for that). She went to the University of Idaho. I think Obama has been groomed for many years to be in the position he is in now. Not sure who has been involved in the grooming, but I suspect they aren't the regular everyday people. Peter – just because someone is an eloquent speaker doesn't mean they are always telling the truth.

niky   October 23rd, 2008 12:43 am ET

Of course the clothing line is important , that prove to all of us she bogus, she only thinking about being the barbie doll she was when she was miss Alaska , she also proved that she doesn't have no brain,(as you could see her husband have to be by her side in other for her not to make any mistake: like the one she though the crowd was protesting). i' m sure that Joe the plumer will help Sara shop more and taking more vacation with her family with his dream bussiness money..........................................................................
dream, dream.

brian   October 23rd, 2008 12:43 am ET

i'm so done with hearing about obama not being experienced enough for the job of being president.

the fact is that A CLEAR MAJORITY OF AMERICANS believe sarah palin isn't qualified to be vice-president, let alone president.

i hate to bring it up, but let's face it – john mccain isn't getting any younger (i believe that he'd be the oldest elected president), and if something were to happen to him if he won, sarah palin is GROSSLY UNQUALIFIED to be our president.

it's not just me that feels this way, but MOST AMERICANS. my father, who's voted republican his entire life, is voting democratic for the first time based on this alone.

Dan - Dallas, TX   October 23rd, 2008 12:43 am ET

Dearest Karen, I use to be a Republican but had to switch parties because I could no longer tolerate the narrow minded hatred. The party is now controlled by the extreme religious right. Rove's tactics of deviseness, as exhibited by your Congresswoman Bachman, ever so recently. Short term, 4 years ago, it worked but it is going to backfire with a vengence this time. Even Dallas, Bush's retirement city, is trending Democrat as well as Dallas County. Your former boss was at the helm and this economy just can't get any worse. You should do what Lexalt, Eisenhower and Powell did if you really put country first! While a long shot, I hope Texas with Dallas and 'your Austin' would go Democrat to put icing on the cake! I've had my fill of "folksy talk" and would like a President that can correctly pronounce the word education!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:43 am ET

Fox News is a Racist Channel, and Bill O'Reilly is a complete nutcase!

Shelley   October 23rd, 2008 12:43 am ET

What is the big deal over Sara Palin's clothes? If she didn't dress professionally, people would criticize her for that. She's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't. What about Jackie Kennedy who wore gorgeous clothes and was admired for them? And Hillary Clinton is always dressed VERY nicely. Why aren't people criticizing her? Why is everyone out to get Sara Palin? The old double standard is rearing its ugly head. Fairness has gone totally out the window with regards to Ms. Palin.

Angie Franks   October 23rd, 2008 12:43 am ET

I want just one liberal to address the free money promised by Obama to those who don't pay taxes in regards to the "socialist" accusation and stop dancing around the issue.
What's it for? Why? They don't even have to go into a social program office and apply for it. I don't get it.
There goes $300 billion or more down the drain.

Everett   October 23rd, 2008 12:45 am ET

I hear how Palin has no clue on the constitution but can anyone show me where it states the government has the right to take money out of my pocket and give it to someone else. The constitution states We pay taxes to support the government heat, lights, general operations of the government. Not lazy or those that have made bad choices. During the depression welfare was formed to help people survive not to live off.


Will Arizona   October 23rd, 2008 12:45 am ET

I think it is sad that the mainstream media is so unbalanced in their focus on Sarah Palin vs Joe Biden. Why does CNN not report on McCain/Palin education? Education is part of the assessment of entry level government position. Why doesn't the public know the educational background of McCain/Palin ticket? It's a double standard for such an in-depth inquisition of Obama/Biden ticket and practically nothing on McCain/Palin. This is an outrage! How can we trust the media to present an objective balanced perspective?

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:46 am ET

Linda Stonk

School loans, Grants, and Scholarships, you must have gone to college before?

everett   October 23rd, 2008 12:46 am ET

hey larry could please ask lynn swan why now when general powell was putting his faith in president bush he was such a hero and now that he has made his endorsment not he is wrong and as rush say a traitor, and this was all about race

Jon Colon   October 23rd, 2008 12:47 am ET

Dear Mr. King,
I just wanted to say that when I first saw Sarah Palin, I thought she looked like a soccer mom. She seems very unprepared for the responsibilty of VP of the US. I don't think she knows what she's getting herself into. I'm afraid that if John McCain gets elected as President then this country is going to go down the toilet in a violent flush of irresponsibility.
As for John McCain, he needs to get his views STRAIGHT. Who wants a president that can't make up his mind about things?!

thanx sir! keep up the good work on the show!

g maddox   October 23rd, 2008 12:47 am ET

Tell your producers to delete that fast talking KAREN HUGHES from their electronic rolodexes. She adds nothing. She's just a propagandist who dodges every question to shill for the right.

She's insulting to us... bring on smart people, not propagandists. get RID of her!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:48 am ET


It called taxes, look at the 14 Amendment!

Dee   October 23rd, 2008 12:48 am ET


Dale   October 23rd, 2008 12:49 am ET

Good question Todd Harvey. Can John change his VP pic. I would say yes but would do him no good at this point.

Keith J. Thompkins   October 23rd, 2008 12:49 am ET

How is it that Gov. Sarah Palin can stand behind a sign saying country first when she tried to make Alaska a independent country?

Anthony   October 23rd, 2008 12:50 am ET

Is it just me or were you shocked by Mr. Swan's comments. I mean come on, yes I'm sure General Powell's endorsement was calculated. The race for President of the greatest nation in history SHOULD be calculated, unless you can't intelligently speak extemporaneously on topics of public interest). If General Powell had endorsed the elder Senator, would he still say the endorsement was calculated? Here's my humble advice for Mr. Swan... stick to football.

Linda Stonk   October 23rd, 2008 12:50 am ET

Real Maverick and Independents – Don't be so hard to Sarah – as a woman I know we want to get back to the doctor we have had handling our pregnancies. Women have to be strong to be mothers, wives, confidants, nuturers, etc. Today the demands on women are really great. Not to say the demands aren't great on men too. Times are tough for all of us!

DAN JONES   October 23rd, 2008 12:50 am ET

So John McCain was a 5yr prisoner of war; he sat in a plane on the deck of a ship with a target in mind; he claims to know how to win a war (what wars has he won?); he claims he knows how to fix the financial problems, etc. What role do any of these claims have to do with his qualifications to be president?

Angie Franks   October 23rd, 2008 12:50 am ET

What about Obama's campaign spending, hello?!?!

It's no wonder we don't hear about any of that.
New polls say the media is covering McCain in a negative light, three times more than Obama.
I'm not surprised we don't hear more of what exactly Obama is spending his money on.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:51 am ET


Article 1 of the Constitution!

Dan - Dallas, TX   October 23rd, 2008 12:51 am ET

Karen and friends have their panties in a wad because the Democrats have finally raised substantially more money than the Republicans. How does it feel Karen to be massively outspent for once and get a taste of your own medicine. We've really rebounded this time. Enough is Enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

R. Meadors   October 23rd, 2008 12:51 am ET

i think sarah palin should have stayed at home if she didn't won't people in her personal business and for her to be picked was a slap in the face to all women because i think she was picked just to get hillary votes

Angela F. in Wisconsin   October 23rd, 2008 12:51 am ET

It is terrifying to imagine something happening to John McCain and Sara Palin becoming president?!! She has no idea what the vice president's job entails. Palin may have been able to skate by during her life with her smile and looking nice but that alone is not going to fly with the american people and she is not getting my vote!!!!


Kathy Halvorson   October 23rd, 2008 12:51 am ET

Sarah Palin is your worst nightmare which I'm sure the republican party is realizing. Hope to never see her on the political scene again. So tired of all the negative ads – very afraid the election will be stolen as indicated in Robert F Kennedy Jrs article in Rolling Stone Magazine. If it happens, will we have another president not elected by the people? So frustrating – would like to have a president who for a change can put together a coherent sentence.

Everett   October 23rd, 2008 12:52 am ET

Linda Stonk
Well Put

Keith J. Thompkins   October 23rd, 2008 12:53 am ET

Why does Gov. Sarah Palin can stand behind a sign saying country first when she tried to make Alaska a independent country?

terry   October 23rd, 2008 12:53 am ET

Please get over it, Obama has the right to raise money as he sees fit the fact that he has other fundsoruces is known to all of his supporters including me who has given $10;.00. I am glad he has recieved as much money from anyone because he represents the need of the donors. Swan is not a culturally competent to even speak against an esteemd statesman like Powell. Is it me or are the peopel tralign using an enormous ampount of Spin to alarm the everyday voter wih fear?

David Grayeagle   October 23rd, 2008 12:53 am ET

I travel all over Alaska, as well as live here. Everywhere I go I ask if anyone has been asked how they feel about Sarah, I have not found any one that said that they were asked. So where do they come up with, she has an 80% favorably rating here in Alaska? Who are they asking? The lower 48 don't count, just here in Alaska is where I'm asking about.

Brenda from Tampa Florida   October 23rd, 2008 12:54 am ET

On the service it would seem that what one spends on clothing is not important, but I believe it is a core value issue which, again, reflects judgement. Like Wallstreet who believes it can spend loosy goosy, but Amercans tighten their belts. Similarly, she says that she and McCain represent middle class, but what middle class family do we know, any of us, who would or could spend outrageous amounts on clothing? It's more than she earns as governor. Could that money be better spent? It's reflects poor judgement. I just expect better examples from those who press the point that they represent me.

Linda Baker   October 23rd, 2008 12:54 am ET

Larry, I don't understand what is up with RNC? How can they spend $150,000.00 for Palins Family clothes. I can see spending money for her clothes, but why the kids and husband?

Dan - Dallas, TX   October 23rd, 2008 12:54 am ET

The Republicans have their panties in a wad because the Democrats have finally raised substantially more money than the Republicans. How does it feel Karen to be massively outspent for once and get a taste of your own medicine. We've really more than rebounded this time. Enough is Enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keith J. Thompkins   October 23rd, 2008 12:54 am ET

Why does Gov. Sarah Palin stand behind a sign saying country first when she tried to make Alaska a independent country?

cheryl   October 23rd, 2008 12:54 am ET

One of the bloggers say somthing about Michelle Obama spending $447 for lunch at the Woldolf. The difference is that it was not campagin frunds. Also, Sarah or shall I say she reminds me of Ellie Mae from the TV show The Beverly Hillibillies, should just wear the wardrobe and stop talking it shows her ingnorance. This is John McCains battle not hers.So be quite Sarah, go away and maybe McCain can enjoy these last days in the spotlight and redeem his title.


Bryan   October 23rd, 2008 12:55 am ET

hey i'm a huge fan and i wanted to say that i am very disappointed that that one afrian american on your show is voting republican he must make 250,000 or more.

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:55 am ET

Under the Constitution the people are not supposed to have Income taxes, only companies!

C. Gonzalez Jr.   October 23rd, 2008 12:56 am ET

Why is anyone claiming that Mc Cain is tested and has passed? Let us compare apples to apples, He has been tested, speaking on the political arena. But I have seen Mc Cain himself say that he has choosen to vote with Bush something like 90% of the time. I thought that everyone was in agreement that Bush has been tested and has been found wanting? Do we Americans want to continue to do the same thing expecting different results? That is the defenition of insanity.

Yvonne   October 23rd, 2008 12:56 am ET

In a time when the world is producing first class students fluent in the English language, who are more knowledgeable about our 50 states than a lot of Americans, some members of the GOP are glorifying mediocrity. For the sake of America’s future I hope their children do not follow in their footsteps.

celia   October 23rd, 2008 12:56 am ET

To all Palin haters:

Let us focus on Obama – where is his money going? Anyone? Anyone? What is he doing with the money he is receiving? Anyone?

$150,000 is exactly 1% of Obama's total fundraising last month; and exactly .02% (or less) of Obama's total fundrasing this entire campaign

If each contributor gives about $150,000 to his campaign (which isn't the case, many give MUCH more), Obama will owe 'something' to about 4,000 (or little less) special interest groups to whom he had to PROMISE something in return for the mula$$$.

If Obama is such a 'Good, Honest, Loving, Caring' person, why isn't he setting aside campaign funds (just last months) to help people who are having trouble paying their mortgages by paying down their loans! C'mon Obama!!! Show me some love!!! Give me some of your campaign money!!! Then, just maybe, I would consider thinking about considering to give you a chance to meet me in front of my house so I can ask you a question too!

Real Mavericks are Independent   October 23rd, 2008 12:57 am ET

Lynn Swan is dumb!

colette Toomey   October 23rd, 2008 12:57 am ET

Perhaps, if the Republican Party had taken all, or even some, of that $150,000.00 and spent it on the "Education of Sarah Palin" it would have been money well spent. You can put a monkey in a suit, and that doesn't give him substance. I, for instance, would not want to hire someone to do a job, such as VP, who cannot, after so many opportunities, even define her own job description. If own a restaurant, I don't want my dishwasher to think he or she's going to cook. This woman is dangerous and delusional, despite the wardrobe. And this is, unfortunately, only the tip of the iceberg.

Ron   October 23rd, 2008 12:57 am ET

Barack will hide all of his money in corporations...just so he'll be his $250K cutoff for increased taxation. Who does he think he's kidding? Everyone, in the business communities, will simply create spin-off businesses to stay below the cutoff. Not to mention those wealthy that have already left the U.S. for a "tax-friendlier" environment. ANy one having the where-with-all will simply pack up their bag of marbles and leave.

Once everthing is said and done...Obama will have rescinded the Bush tax cuts in 2010...then everyone gets a tax much for that promise! What effect does Obama think will happen when taxes on dividends, estates? I know I'll have made arrangement to pull any investment out of Wall Street by then.

What effect will our economy have when he tries to give amnesty to 12 Million plus (families) illegal immigrants...many of them suffering from our economic downturn as well? They typically are in the lower scale jobs. I guess those tax increases to the upper 5% of earners will cover the medicare, welfare, SSI ad nauseum for them...This amounts to nothing more than vote buying...and shaking down the "job makers" ala ACORN thug arm-twisting.

So...If the upper 5% shield themselves from this purported ceiling (which undoubtedly will have loopholes a semi could drive through) then who is left to tax??? Certainly the 40% at the bottom that pay little or no tax. Hmmmm...I wonder how many people can figure out who's left to tax???

Yes...The United Soviet Socialist States of Amerika...what a country!

lynn wilson   October 23rd, 2008 12:57 am ET

10/22/08 larry, karen know good and well that she is upset you are lying about Obama's fund raising so what if so many people are supporting Obama. L-O-L he had a great idea and it work. lynn swan whats the problem you support someone who change his campaign sloggan every week showing a eratic state of mind and you know as good as i know that Sarah Palin is not ready for president what a joke"

brian   October 23rd, 2008 12:58 am ET

some anti-welfare folks might like like hearing this, but you can't have it both ways.

you're defining socialism as giving YOUR money to someone else who somehow works less hard than you do, and that's fine...that seems to be the sticking point for many. i've seen plenty of lazy people in my city living off welfare, not making much of an effort to get off it. however, what's your opinion on how many govt. subsidies are being given to big business? to oil companies? to defense contractors? it smacks of wealth redistribution, all right...but going upstairs, rather than sideways.

given the choice on where i'd want my money to go, i'll side with people rather than corporations.

and when did 'elitist' become a four-letter word? personally, i want the smartest, most intelligent people running things around here...

"i can see the end of your VP candicacy from MY house..."

terry   October 23rd, 2008 12:59 am ET

Swann is an culturally incompetent embarassmment to other African American Republicans and Democrats...God help him ...he is another assimilated man without a clue

JOSEPHINE   October 23rd, 2008 12:59 am ET


judy mccracken   October 23rd, 2008 1:00 am ET

I don't care that Barack does not have 26 yrs of experience. Look at what years of experience have gotten us so far.... Bush..Cheney????
I know that Barack will stop..look...listen..then act. Not get us into another unwarranted war like the very experienced Bush..Cheney..McCain.........

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