November 3rd, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Who Voted & Why: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight we're getting a much better picture of how the votes broke down for each party in the midterm elections. John King will show us who voted for whom and why. Plus, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Keeping her honest, see how Anderson tried get her to be specific about how she'd cut the deficit.

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  1. Nancy in Oregon

    I think you can be assured, Stefanie, that every President works. Probably pretty full-tilt. I really think they work more than most of us do and with more critical (and sometimes scary) realities. I do not question whether a President works or not, personally. And they all go put on strange clothes and hobnob with different groups, so that is not new to me either.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Nina

    I would like a definition of her word "Reform" Thank You Anderson for continued asking for clarification.

    If we closed over 700 bases around the world, we could take care of Social Security.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I am not sure any republican/democrat can have a straight answer about spending cuts. They will have to touch one of the choices (social security, medicare, defense etc) that will kill their political future forever...

    Some of them cant even explain what the difference between discretionary and non-discretionary spending is...

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Gary

    Its easy to chant stay the course when you have a job, isnt it?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  5. Karen, MN

    I have to live with Bachman representing my area. I think I'm going to move.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Carol Sutton

    Re: The Election

    The people did not not not speak.

    Only the republicans spoke.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  7. Jo

    Yes, we know jobs are the problem, now would some one say, how they would creat jobs! Do you know of anyone who has gone to work??? I do! My grandson got laid off, two years ago, he was 86 th on the unions list, he had to take a non union job, to survive. He signed in with the electricians union, he is now 50th on the list, they are getting hired back.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  8. Teresa F.

    I was called a communist yesterday because I am a registered Republican yet voted against Rand Paul. I'm sorry, but most educated voters in the larger populated areas voted against Rand Paul and his extremest views. Republican or Democrat, I don't care. I just want someone to fix the insurmountable mess we are in and I don't see Rand Paul helping matters, but hurting them. As a state, we (KY) failed ourselves yesterday. Also, from watching the live election updates, it seems most of the newcomers don't have a real answer as to how they will fix things. They just danced around the questions and tried to sound smart while looking incredibly dumb. Lord, help us!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Thomas Gordon

    I voted because it is my duty to hopefully change the direction that this administration is taking our country. The democrats simply don't listen to the people.
    I just want someone to tell me why we can't get the military absentee ballots to the soldier and back to be counted. It is pure and simply criminal to disenfranchise a most important voter for our country. Count their vote regardless of when received back to the country.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  10. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Don't understand what Rep. Bauchman is saying,,ALL Presidents do travel.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Robert

    It is unfortunate that the "Voters" forget the Economic mess and war the Republicans created.

    It is also unfortunate that the "voters" do not see that President Obama has done the best anyone could do under the circumstances inherited.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. maria

    when we, Americans, accept to be held hostage by the 2% of the population...nothing will ever be done.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Stuart in NC

    I am ready to see real plans, programs, and change directed by Repubs. The ball is in their court.

    They had 6-8 years and stood by doing nothing. Are Repubs saying that healthcare is fine as is?

    Ask the panel, if healthcare was fine as is?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    She does not have a plan.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  15. Steve

    Is it just me, or is fear mongering and paranoia a major component of political campaigning today?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Kurt

    The president is clearly in denial. It's not terrible for him that this happened. It could actually result in a re-election as it did for Bill Clinton.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  17. victor mcclain

    Dude, whats up w these ppl thinking that the Republicans r going to make a difference? I'll tell this much if the "RED" dont deliver i promise u its gonna b a change again in 2012. Actually this could b a blessing in disguise for the President. There r no jobs out there period, the demand is low rite now.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  18. lisal -canada

    does the military budget fall under things that can be cut? (heard that mentioned briefly last night – but rarely does it come up) – i had wondered the same

    security is never something to be scrimped on, but we rarely hear about the defense budget even in terms of being examined for waste – different part of the pie??

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. CindyM

    The spending by the red was not the first. How could we forget how much went to the Democrats two years ago. The most money ever.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Bashan

    Did she really just say the president flying overseas will fix the trillions of dollars we are in debt? She won an election!?!?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Martha Quiroga

    The Republicans don't get it, the Democrats don't get it, the Tea Party doesn't get it. Everyone is so egocentric that they think their party's view is the only right view. The real issue isn't one or the other party view, it is how can we together get this country working better, not who wins and has power to push their single issues through.
    Lets work together, not brag about winning cause it ain't gettin' us anywhere.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Louise

    America doesn't get it. We live in a microwave society and we want things NOW. The average American doesn't get that change doesn't happen overnight. I think President Obama has done a great job and I will continue to support his agenda. Has anyone considered that perhaps this is a challenge and an opportunity to lead from the middle?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Nan

    I think you all have missed the boat on this election. Bottom line the President has said,"Americans don't care about process, they just want results." Well, we do, we care "how" things get done as this speaks to the character of a person. If someone believes that the end justifies the means, then how can they be believed. Neither a "friend" or "foe" can be sure of faithfulness of the person if they disagree with them. The issue though not specifically expressed is trust. How can we trust a President who believes that any means available to him are justified to accomplish his goals. Case in point the Senate health care vote.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Ben

    I just heard Ari Fleisher compare this congressional election with Ronald Reagan when unemployment was 10%. The one thing that no one wants to address is the outlandish character assassination of this president. It is all about race and this country's inability to accept a Black man as president. It reminds me of the hypocracy of the Catholic church and its refusal to openly address the issue with child molestation and the priests. If Barack Obama wasn't Black, things would not be this bad for the democratic party.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The Democrats should say, "No!" on all of the Republican's proposals.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Jeff

    Two years ago both parties were big spenders, especially Bush. Obama said he would spend but also cut programs that didn't work. Where are those cuts? This election is a reaction to not coming through on that promise.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Willie Ervin

    Don't you folks get it? It is not about which party won how many seats. It is way past time to get our economy in good health and it doesn't matter which side of the aisle it comes from. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  28. Steve

    Watching the results come in last night I could only agree that President Obama and company did not understand mainstream America and voters showed this by voting out the Obama disciples out of Washington. President Obama must understand that being arrogant and scolding the American people for voting against the Democratic will not win support from the population

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Wendy

    I love how Michele Bachman just repeats herself over and over to make herself seem smart and knowledgeable. LOL

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Jenny

    There are several US companies actually moving back to the US (GE is a great example).

    Reform takes time. It takes time to screw up a system, and it takes time to repair it.

    Thanks Anderson!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Camayel Bootle

    Obama needs to get his 2008 mojo back. Stand for what he believes in, or fall as the person America did not vote for.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Ryan

    Perhaps technology has done us a disservice. We are a society who is in the NOW. Need it, want it NOW. They want a change – quick economic turn around. Politics don't work that way.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  33. Michael

    I am not happy about what happened with the house and not happy about the speaker. I don't think the republicans will work with the democrates to get things done. I think there was a lot of misinformation during the election and many people don't realize the level of propoganda in the media.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  34. John

    Why didn't the President explain where the country would be had the bailouts not happened?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  35. David

    Hallo AC,
    The reason dems kicked out is because they have a chance to do what they want to do but they failed.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  36. Diane Wright

    How can Americans actually vote for this person is beyond my comprehension.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Robert Svetlik

    Obama made a colossal mistake during his first two years. He campaigned to go thru the budget line by line but failed to follow thru. Had he done that, he would have found hundred of billion dollars of old subsidy programs that should be discarded. Many of these programs benefit only big business and constitute enormous waste. Dems would have been celebrating today.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    I would never vote Tea party anymore ever! it hurts my feeling bad, I wish I need bring my life back again.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    I don't think lots of Americans have it in them, Karen in BC. That's a sad statement to make, but I think it's true on many levels and takes many forms.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  40. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    The big problem is that most of the federal budget goes to mandatory spending, there are only a few programs that are "discretionary" spending... so programs like education and child care keep getting slammed.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Brian (Philly)

    Repubs want to eliminate gov't. If they had it their way, the unemployment extensions would not have happened, therefore most American's would be living on the street.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Carolyn

    Michelle Bachman doesn't mind the waste of tax payer dollars on the Republican investigation on President Obama but she is so concern about his doing his job duties at our expense. I hope she drives her car to Washington at her own expense for her gasoline. Congressman use to pay their own way wihtout a salary to Washington to do the people's work. Let take back American and go back to that year.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Christopher

    America overwhelmingly voted for Obama. He clearly told the country (and the world) it will take more than 4yrs to create the necessary economic and social shift in order to return the US to greatness. Don't get cold feet America. Do the right thing and stay the course.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Erica

    It saddens me that we have come to such a divided state in this country. When will someone stand up and say enough is enough with all the empty promises. We MUST work together for the betterment of all people in this country because what happens to negatively affect one segment of our population affects us all! Republicans don't get it, Democrats don't get it.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. harry

    why we worried so much about healthcare we should be worried about jobs with out a job how do we pay for this healthcare??

    November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Carole (VA)

    Carville's got it right. The Obama admin failed to promote what they accomplished v. what they promised (an arguably impressive list of accomplishments), and failed to point out that what they DID accomplish was in the face of GOP obstructionsim. And they failed to tout Nancy Pelosi's admirable support in those successes.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  47. john

    republicans just do a better job of mudding the water.. all the policies are good and benificial to the country

    November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Cassia H, Kentucky

    in ky, we elected tea party candidate rand paul. i fault conway and the dem party – national, state and local. he flip-flopped on issues and spent too much time trying to appear as a republican vs. standing strong on his views (whatever those were). i am a democrat and embarrased by the party bc there appears to be no organization or strategy to win elections and run the country...i'd like to ask the panel: what role the dem party overall had in the loss of the house?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  49. DAVID

    It seems to me this congress is going to a bunch of "patriots" who
    also don't have a clue how to get this country moving again. I"m afraid
    that nothing is going to change.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Jose

    Did James Carvell consider suggesting to President Obama, months before the election, to campaign along his line created for President Clinton "it's the economy stupid"?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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