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March 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Joyce Lammey

    Rush Limbaugh is the Jeremiah Wright of the Republican Party. He makes says extreme comments which sound like "blasphemy" to al but those on the extrame right.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  2. dean

    If AIG pays the refinery’s when the hircine hit them why do they double dip and charge more for gas this has been going for rp years and now they charge use for it know. After the insurance pays them.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Eric walker, Miami Fl

    i Steal 50 billion, but don't touch my wifes stuff. If she worked for Mr madoff any money that she was paid was stolen money.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Don't ask, don't tell. Can we just focus on constitutional rights (or civil rights–however you want to frame it), period?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Barbara Pacheco, Gaffney South Carolina

    Why can't the IRS seize all Madoff's property and auction it so he can make restitution to all the people he ripped off? The government has done it to celebrities> Fair is fair

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  6. charlie

    Stop giving Rush all this free exposure.Its what he feeds on.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Emma

    Is that legal? I didn't know it was OK to film people in their homes like that......ABC must have some really good cameras.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    If she gained from her husbands business (criminal) then it should be subject to loss as fruits of the criminal activity of her husband.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Dianne

    It's time for Madoff to be in jail. What's with this penthouse stuff? He's charged with fraud ~ jail him! Enough is enough.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Todd

    Will you PLEASE be specific about what Limbaugh wants Obama to fail at...... destroying what American stands for. Thanks.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Kay Ashbrook

    I've just left a message for my son. It's the same my depression-era dad told me: buy property. And yet, does that make sense? Only if you can afford it. But with EDUCATION under his belt, he can. The old adage still proves true. Those with education are better off because they have better jobs.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Darrell

    First how is Rush Limbaugh the most influential radio host when only about .2% of black people like him and only about .02% of any other minority likes or knows who he is?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  13. Glen Up North

    What happens to the people insured by AIG if AIG goes under?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  14. Greg, Austin Tx

    Dang, that Madoff guy is good. I wouldn't put it past him to not only weasel his way out of a jail sentence but to also successfully sue the government for confining him to his multi-million dollar mansion.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Esma

    @ Brandi-I was just doing my civic duty, ma'am!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  16. Maren in Oregon

    Madoff will return about 15 cents on the dollar. It's almost not worth prosecuting him, unless we can watch him rot in jail.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  17. steve

    Limbaugh is an easy target for the Democrats, but the Democrats are so caught up in advancing their populist agenda that they're blowing it on the economy. You can demonize Wall street and the fat cats as much as you want as a pretext for your agenda, but Wall Street matters whether you like it or not.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Maureen T, Canada

    Penthouse arrest!! That Bernie Madoff should lose his penthouse! This is outrageous! The Madoff's should not be able to keep anything related to the fraud!! Now I know that there are rules for the filthy rich and rules for everybody else! Where is the fairness!?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The football players my heart goes out to thier families i hope they are found soon.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Howard Ridgefield, CT

    Why is the Republican party in the wilderness? They are on the wrong side of the argument. You cannot solve the current economic crisis without a major stimulus, financial bailout and strong new regulations. A balanced budget and lower taxes for the wealthy won't get it done. That is what the vast majority of economists would tell you and conservatives are arguing against it.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Renee

    Reuters reported Mrs. Madoff wired $15 million from Madoff investor funds the night before Madoff was arrested.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  22. Kimyang

    I think Rush is having a rush. Someone better call his psychiatrist, the knuckle bumping, chest slapping, the deaf leading the blind, come on, he may have popped to many pills.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Anderson, can you find out how many square feet the Madoff penthouse is–I think most of us can relate to that more than by a room count?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  24. David

    Should Madoff be able to hold on to his apartment? Sure! why not? I just wonder when a 18 years old kid makes a shop lifting for a $2 candy bar, he is in deep trouble. But Mr. Madoff is a respected man who has ripped off people for a small amount $50B. You are right, with a B. But what do I know? I am just a regular person, not even a plumber.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  25. Lori from IL

    I think David Gergen is right - Rush is not the leader of the Republican party - but he's speaking out and his followers are many - look at his radio show ratings and his contract amount.

    This Madoff story is crazy - is he delusional?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  26. David Y

    Maybe a way to create coinfidence in the market is to have some of the corrupt & greedy wall street bankers come out and ADMIT their errors, maybe even point fingers. We need more acceptaance of responsibility on Wall street and some intelligent NEW CAPITALIST leaders on Wall street. We keep giving the existing management more and more money but they don't seem to say anything, not even a THANKS FOR THE HELP!!! Let throw this greedy clan out!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Tracey - Boston

    Hi Glen up North -

    I had PC issues... wow a lot of opinions tonight. Another bail out for a company that should know better, an entertainer that believes he's the leader of the republican party, and an actual GOP leader that doesn't have the chuztpah to stand up for his own opinions on Rush.

    Madoff.... ugh.. I have to turn off the TV

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Marde

    Sooner or later the Republican Party has to reconcile the Charlie Crist's and Arnold's. That is where 60% of us are. It's the fringe, Dobson's and Rush that cost McCain the election. Less of Rush is still too much!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  29. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Madoff NEEDS to go to jail.....grrrrr..

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  30. rick

    Rush speaks for me! All 4 of my kids listened to him as they grew up, are "graduates" of the EIB Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, are all employed, pay their bills, are honorable citizens, etc. Yes, they had very good parenting, but they also learned very much listening to Limbaugh, and didn't always agree, and continue to learn, even today. That is called tolerence, gents! I am proud to be a ditto head, as they are.

    President Obama picked a fight with the wrong guy, and he knows it. So does his staff; hence the damage control

    And, people, get out of Washington and take a tour of the cross section of the other places in the nation

    "Drive be media" hits it right on the mark!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Shelley

    Yeah a person wouldn't probably want to be related to Madoff right now.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  32. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Anderson "The Mole" Cooper, this Madoff story is crazy. How can he actually keep all this stuff, while he took from so many?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Dodie from CA

    This kind of crime should be treated the same as a the drug dealer crime... everything is sold!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Bea

    Who owns the Madoff property isn't the question. Who paid for that penthouse is the issue and whether she aided him by affording him more money for his ponzi scheme.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Bridget, TX

    Wow, I'm totally loving Roland and David's view points on the Rush issue. So different but both sides make sense and they are so respectful of one anothers views. CNN has an awesome political team.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Paul

    I am a conservative and still a Republican (even though I am seriously reconsidering my party affiliation). I do not believe that Rush Limbaugh speaks for conservatives. He speaks radically to keep the debate fiery because that is how he makes his living. Without the controversy they generate . people like Limbaugh, Hannity, and the likes of Jesse Jackson and his ultra liberal counterparts have no way to make a living. We need to wake up and quit letting these kinds of people influence our thinking.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  37. John Ripberger

    Rush needs to back off on his comments and let the political business to the GOP.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  38. gill - north of 49

    The fact that crooks and swindlers can make demands, and HAVE THEM MET, is a true reflection of how out of control the whole financial, and legal system has become.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Mike Syracuse, NY

    So where did Mrs. Madoff get all her assets, bake sales?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Maddoff 7 miilon dollar partment he could use that to help tax payers .

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Sharon S

    OMG! Is this a bad joke? who does this crazy Madoff man think he is?

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  42. cindy

    I think you should stop talking about a party that didn't win the election.
    Rush who? Who cares...

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  43. EJ (USA)

    That is simply not right – what Madoff is allowed to do.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  44. Carmella

    Rush keep on keeping on. Keep on sowing seeds of division, keep your party looking divisive and exclusive very inclusive. Rock on while the rest of the world moves on. Rush is just want the Democrates need.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  45. emilio and marie difeo

    why so much time being dedicated to discuss Rush? he has no power, no elective office... lets use the time and your guest to discuss important issue like the econony and credit and as I stated earlier, focus on the economy daily and force the issue with the white house and congress... thanks Anderson and Erica

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Jim M

    Why should we not believe that the extreme conservative element, as represented by Limbaugh does not want the Obama efforts to rectify the economy to fail?

    That element likely thinks that such a situation would suddenly bring back to power those who have created the failed economic policies of the extreme right.

    Just what they think the country needs, National Conservatisim on the order of National Socialism.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    The upcoming Madoff story is crazy – the details are… well, I’ll let you be the judge!
    Erica,
    I agree with you....... Madoff must stay in jail right...... he is so bad guy steal our money........ I hope he had learn his lesson!

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  48. Pat

    Frankly, Rush Limbaugh "is" a headache.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  49. Samuel

    rush limbaugh should not have to apologize. president obama and his vice president biden has both made fun of president bush when in fact they were both not president and vice president. when they were both campaigning for republican failure. i find it hyprocrital and hurtfull that democrats should want bush to fail and yet call people out like rush limbaugh when in fact the democrats have been doing this since the beganing of our american political system.
    if they see a need to do this. they should take a lesson from it and keep positive when a repulican president in office. we have freedom of speech. we all have freedom of speech. president obama has spent more time critizing the past administration instead of focusing
    on the american issues.

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  50. brennan

    What would happen if interest rates were set at 4 %?
    It just might work !

    March 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
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