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March 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Cessy, Chicago

    60 minutes had a segment on Madoff yesterday as well–interesting story...

    Hi Erica! Anymore surprises for Anderson this week?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Dodie from CA

    He should be treated the same as a drug dealer. Sell off Everything!!!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  3. gerald mcchesney

    This Maddoff clown will cause more suffering in our society than Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson, and the Green River Killer. Why is the media toying with this guy? He is the Devil ! Please take him out and shoot him ......now! Why are they debating what he will keep? Please???

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  4. tim oklahoma city

    you know i hate to say this about madoff. i said this to a friend the other day i have heard "if its to good to be true it probably is" enoungh to have learned that the probably should be changed to ALWAYS!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Dee F

    Apt. and all money should be taken away. He should be in a federal prison awaiting trial. He is getting off too easily!!! Now he is making demands!!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  6. andrew

    anderson depression is defined i thought when we have three quarterd in a row that are in decline! are we that shy that we can't say the word???? i think the american people can take calling this mess what it really is,a depression!
    andrew,ottawa,canada

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Hanh

    Oh Gergen, your frankness when describing Limbaugh's delivery "ugly" is refreshing. Made me laugh. Thanks!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Jen from CT

    I guess Rush "Redneck" Limbaugh will never feel the economical crunch as the average American since igorant supporters of his kind keep supporting him! They spend money to entertain his ignorance rather than helping families in need!

    Michael Steele is no better, he can kiss up to the GOP all he wants, but DL & Chuck D had his you know what, up against a wall! If Steele didn't honestly feel that what Rush said wasn't "ugly", which was the truth, he wouldn't have said it!

    Why do Republicans keep skating around two important questions: 1. What if Obama plan does work? 2. Their buddy Mr. Bush got us where we are? No one questioned Bush, so why is Obama under fire?

    ...does anyone think Bobby Jindal talks too much, and he never answers the questions asked. I bet Larry King needed a DRINK after that interview!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  9. joe

    the three men that are missing / what is the third guys job ?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  10. Leslie Wetter

    Hello Anderson,

    Listen I voted for Obama, I had the same wonderful yea change, great. However something inside my New York mind said multi tasking will not help. Yes we have war, school and health care problems, we have alot of problems to weed our way through; however economy is desperate. Please do not ignore the desperate investors on wall street who don't know what to do since everything is crumbling. Not everyone is a Bernie Madoff. People have been putting a blanket of mucus on wall street. Well enough, is enough. Every 1 in 4 honest middle-class people invests. Obama's health plan shocked people so much that pharmaceuticals went way down. I say center on the economy, and not on jobs that won't come to fruition until probably 2011.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Jeff

    There are 3 men missing at sea. Not just 2 NFL players as stated. Lets not reduce the life of the other just because he isn't privey to millions of dollar.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  12. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    If Bernie Madoff does one more thing to ANYONE, i swear there will be a revolt in the size of the July Revolution, don't know what it is? Took place in France after Napoleon.........

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Dulcie - Denver

    I do have to agree that the GOP really has nothing to offer. They're in total disarray with no really viable leaders.

    but Steele apologizine to Rush? Very, very weak. Total failure of leadership

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Esma

    @ Erica-Ah, yes! Dear old Madoff the Mattoid! I can't wait!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Dodie from CA

    Awe come on Erica... give us a hint!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Shelley

    Brent, no offese, but we cannot ever give social projects a rest. People are in dire straights right now.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Maddof has done so much damage and stolen so much money he should be forced to eat dirt, live in a cardbaorad box in the cold outside!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mike, Syracuse, NY, I agree completely about Rush. He knows how to get everyone worked up and then just enjoys the big ratings.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  19. crystal

    i am so tired about all the bailout and GOP stuff our president onlly been in office for a month give his programs a chance. American people need to stop crying and take this time to look at the good that would come out of the bad

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Little Edie

    Politics is ridiculous.
    Politics and media types argue and bicker about nonsense.
    What upsets me is the economy.
    I am disappointed with Congress and the President for these distractions.
    I voted for Obama for help and money, not for bickering with cheap radio hosts!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  21. Tim Fahey

    Can't they get our money back from these corporate executives or even Madoff?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  22. james

    lol i can't beleive the big deal people making out of rush, but no one jumping on this obama 3.6 trill spending spree . its time too get reel words don't get us in dept but obama pen will.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Bea

    Ok Erica, but on the onion thing last week, I hold you responsible for putting a knife in Anderson's hands. I think that was really negligent.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Amanda Walton--Fort Erie, Ontario Canada

    Bernie Madoff makes me so sick, it will be hard to sit and watch that segment without wanting to curse him.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Sharon S

    Ridiculous! I cannot believe this is an outrage about Madoff HE IS A CRIMINAL!!! What part of that do they NOT get?

    And I'm outraged that this man is out and about much less having the audasity to ask to keep some of the things he STOLE? OMG!

    Where is the justice in this country?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Alex (Aliso Viejo)

    IMHO, Republicans need to look for a fresh voice who will stand out, say clearly what Republicans stand for and who is basically inclusive. As for Mr. Limbaugh, it is time for him to run for a government seat to make his ideology more legitimate. You can't be more effective if you are cheering at the sidelines.

    Good evening all!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Rebekah Jensen

    That is a pretty scary Party when you aren't allowed to criticize an over the top extremist radio host out of fear that he might destroy you if you do. .

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Rod McKinley

    I have been a lifelong Republican and Rush is not my leader and does not speak for me, no more than the chief of staff speaks for all of the American people. We as a people are able to speak for ourselves as individuals. To bad our Senators and Representatives seem to have lost their individual voices.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. Leslie in KY

    Why do all the newscasters let the Republicans get by with saying they want Obama's agenda or policies to fail? The natural follow-up question is, "Are you saying that if his agenda succeeds in bringing our country out of our difficulties that this would somehow be something you hope does not happen?" and "Are you saying that if he succeeds it would be bad because that would imply that his ideas are good, so you hope he fails just to show that your ideas are better?" Why doesn't anyone ever ask them that?

    You just let them get by with saying things like, "well we hope the policies or the agenda fail" and you don't take that to it's logical conclusion. You let them get by with shifting to a statement along the lines that they believe the ideas should fail because they'd be bad for the country. But if they succeed, obviously, they weren't bad for the country they were good for the country.

    Obviously the Republicans themselves are having trouble with logic at the moment themselves, but the media doesn't seem to be doing much better at illuminating the topic.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  30. David, Indiana

    Sean and Glen, I had a thought like that today, maybe prayer would help the economy.

    Maybe Republicans need to regroup a little. Seems like they shld be able to get through the argument that Rush is the leader of the Republican party. He's a notable, controversial conservative.

    I'd rather hear about specific problems with President's tax plans, than class envy. Seems like tax increases on upper income brackets are sensible not overly burdensome. Am I missing something?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  31. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Bernie Madoff should have to give up everything...actually he should be in jail and all his stuff offered up to those he stole all that money from!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  32. charlie

    Priority #1 Health care. All the money in the world can not buy your health!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  33. crystal

    i am so tired about all the bailout and GOP stuff our president onlly been in office for a month give his programs a chance. American people need to stop crying and take this time to look at the good that would come out of the bad

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  34. charlie

    On Rush:Just drop it you all are just giving him what he wants.....exposure...

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Erica, let me offer my thanks for that wonderful set up with Bobby Flay! Everyone credits you with this really fun moment at the end of a totally brilliant week of AC360.
    Maren in OR
    I agree with you..... It was so funny and awesome to set up with Bobby Flay surprise Anderson!!!! 🙂

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Rich

    Mitt Romney should put his money where his mouth is!! If he believes in capitalism he should have his company Bain Capital "buy out" one of the Big Three automakers instead of giving GM the $21 bil more they are asking for!!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Nancy

    President Obama has been in office about 40 days, he inherited an economic disaster that none of you reported about over the past four years as it was developing, and now you can do nothing but tear apart everything he is trying to do.

    Where were you when Bush lied us into invading a sovereign nation? Absent.

    So much for the "liberal" media.

    You are doing nothing to help increase the confidence of the American people.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  38. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Yeah Erica it was quite suprising trick you played on our Anderson tell us Anderson did you pratice chopping onoins this weekend?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  39. ericacnn

    The upcoming Madoff story is crazy – the details are... well, I'll let you be the judge!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    "Obama’s projected deficits for 4 years are greater than Bush’s in 8. It’s way more than $1 trillion."

    It doesn't matter, Mike. You're comparing apples with bananas.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Patrick Castronovo

    Is it me or did the stock market drop as low its been scince 1997?How many days has OBAMA been in office?WOW!!! So much for SOCIALISUM ideas, just ask the markets.Please take your money out of the market,we lost too much money and don't invest intill OBAMA is out of office because you will loose all your money.That's if we have a country left?!!! P.S. can some one tell me how spending all this money on DEM.PORK ,How is this is gonna stimulate the economy?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  42. Micci -Indiana

    Rush Limbaugh epitomizes the reason that the Republican party lost the election. Yelling, fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric seem to be the standard for that party. If they don't wake up and change their tone, they can plan on being the minority party for a long time to come.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Maren in Oregon

    Let's hope the two or three moderates left in the Republican Party still have life left in them. Maybe when the other idiots are wandering in the wilderness – they can build the party back to what it used to be.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Heather

    I am a republican, I may not agree with a lot of what our president is doing to change our country. However, I want our economy and our nation to succeed. Rush is not concerned with his job being eliminated, he is not worried about his deminishing savings, or how is going to pay for retirement. How is Rush able to relate to most of us who will be the real losers if Pres. Obama fails?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  45. Georgie

    Only another $30 Billion? Hey they need it more than we do, ask anyone (except anyone who pays taxes), it's all good! (if you're an exec at AIG).
    Seriously though, I'm with Obama, if he's ok with it, then I'm Ok.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  46. Daniel Ingram

    re the republican chorus echoing rush limbaugh,why on earth don't you point out that if obama had not only opposed Bush's Iiraq war but had expressed the hope that it would fail he would have most likely have been lynched rather than elected president.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Sharon S

    Sean I totally agree with you when has anyone on trial for such horrible crimes been able to make demands and remain out on bond to relocate all his money he stole? pathetic!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Christina

    i can't immagine my grandchildren with this economy. it'e getting worse day after no improvements from the market, DOW closing so low, it's unbearable. christina,Italy

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Lauren--NY

    Anderson, I don’t have a lot of time this evening but I wanted to shoot you a congratulations for the 60 minutes piece yesterday evening–well done, sir. I’m very proud of you. It was a great example of your work and your contributions to broadcasting! Good for you. Talk to you all soon! ❤

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Bridget, TX

    @Jane, I believe even the GOP would give this administration credit for being the hardest working administration this country has seen in years. They and others may not agree with their policies but to say they need to get to work is like saying the country need to start bailing out these failed big companies.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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