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. Emily

    Jo Ann,
    It will be interesting to see what happens now that the Republicans in power. I hope that they will come to the table with ideas, etc. Clearly, the people were not happy at all. At least in 2012, then they can show that they tried.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Lori

    I am not blaming Obama. I see the election results as a shift toward balance in our government.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  3. JC-Los Angeles

    As an Independent, it's harrowing to continually see loveable losers embraced; Palin lost but somehow that's excused; the Democrats loved Terry McAuliffe and he lost everything he touched.

    Our nation will only rebound when we fall in love with a winner.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Michelle Bachmann said roll ALL spending back to 2008 levels. That is specific.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Sara

    Also, Obama's biggest mistake was failure to rally his team. When the Dems took office under Obama's leadership many came in with their own agenda. The first news clip I saw of the majority Dem congress, they were saying they were not going to rubber stamp everything Obama handed to them. Shouldn't that have been the most important benefit of having an all Dem majority?

    The Dems lost big yesterday mainly because they wasted opportunity. A golden time in history. He walked into office with a sweetheart deal.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Tina, NY

    Does President Obama get it? Do our elected officials get it? We have people coming in the door saying they aren't going to work with the President so I guess things will be the same.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Kevin

    One way to control spending will not be a very popular move with those who feed at the public trough. Salary and benefits of virtually all federal and state workers has to be cut at least 20-30% as a start. Eliminate departments such as Dept. of Education and others to be able to cut the number of employees. It must be done. This alone would save some $300-400 billion.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  8. Jane - WI

    We always hear the question asked of Republicans how they will "pay for" extending the tax cuts for the so called "rich". What I never hear, though, is Democrats questioned about how they will pay for the extending the rest of the tax cuts. Those tax cuts will cost the government $3 trillion dollars, far more than the $700 billion for the "rich". If the cuts for the top tier have to be paid for, why not the rest as well?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Phil Amuzu, Memphis TN.

    Mr. President listen to the Republicans and the American people for the sake of the American Dream.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Michelle

    I am very upset that everyone is not giving the President a chance to do what he needs to do. The bailout didn't start with him it started with Bush! What will happen is the children, seniors, and hard working people will lose out. The rich stay rich and the poor will be poor! Just remember you have to answer to a higher power in the end.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Franz Safford

    Barak Obama told the country what he would do when he campaigned. Then we elected him. And he proceeded in spite of the catastrophe handed to him by the Bush team, to execute what we elected him to do.
    Now, with the house half built, we are complaining that it isn't what we wanted. What gives???We need to calm down and let the process play out. We have a first class team on the bridge. Stop listening to the absolute bulls___ flying around from the same crowd that steered the ship for 8 years and ran it aground. A tree takes time to grow. Once it does it is able to withstand the strongest of storms. We need to ride out the recovery and bite the bullet. Hold the course. We voted for it.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Connie

    This election was bought, lock stock and barrel, by corporate America. I hope you will look into how many of the Republican candidates are multi-millionaires! While millions didn't guarantee election, the number of Republican millionaires winning is unprecedented. Republicans want to cut costs? They should propose cutting their own salaries to zero and being paid by their campaigns. They've been bought already. With the millions being poured into the campaigns by special interests, the Congress doesn't need to be paid by ordinary Americans.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Robert - Bethesda

    I am an Independent and I voted for the DEMS. They needed an opportunity to see their plans through. Oh Well..Back to business as usual.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Richard Sutton

    Let's face it white middle class America panicked they wanted president Obama to fix in 2 years what bush destroyed in 8. Where was the Tea Party at when Bush drove this country into a recession.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Linda

    I really enjoy the panel...but I LOVE David..the voice of reason and experience..thank you Anderson!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  16. James

    I hear Bachmann talking about spending but she spent so much money on her election campaign. Her campaign funds could have kept a community hospital open for 1 yr.
    I do not think she is really interested in saving money but in preserving her benefits and privileges as a member of the House.
    She does not want to end the Bush-Tax cuts. If she was serious this would not even be a question. It is a sad day for the middle class.

    Thanks Jim

    November 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  17. chet

    there are so many things added to each bill that if the bill they sign into law could stand on there own...but alot of nonsense gets added to them....cut those out..

    November 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Dale

    Sorry I am not sure why it is so hard to figure out.
    Most of us voted the way we did because those elected where not listening to what we told them.
    We do not want Heath Care we do want higher taxes.
    We do not need larger goverment.
    The Goverment is it to work for the people.
    Not for themselves.
    I guess you could say we fired them and if they do not get again.
    We will fire the next ones also

    November 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  19. robert szukhent

    term limits for all legislators–no pensions or health plans for life or any other benefits return to your "OLD" job and like the rest of us watch from the sidelines !!!!

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

    Someone is going to have to get it right. We handed the baton to the Democrats and said fix it but we have done nothing but spend. I pray the republicans can redeem our position. The American people have lost confidence in Washington as a whole. That is the reason coporate America is sitting on their hands. Too much uncertainty and bickering in DC. Heads should have rolled for what went on in predatory lending of the housing crisis.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Richard

    read the blog and hear what the people of America are saying. This group as usaual are a very smart and informative bunch, maybe you should have them on your panel.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    I love poll tea party are not factor. I agree this polls.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Charles

    My vote was cast for the President and his policies.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Karin

    Politics is not unlike Sports.. if you score three goals during one game, you are a "hero"... if you don't score in the next day, you are a "bum". If the unemployment rate would have been around 5% during yesterday's election very few people would have said the country is going in wrong direction and Mr. Obama would have seen a better outcome for the Dems. Let's not forget circumstances play a role on the outcome of any race. Let's see how the Republican will do when they slash and bunr all kinds of programs that directly effects the average voter.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  25. Janis

    Something I would like to know is how successful was Sarah Palin's stumping for candidates? It may be a big factor in wether or not she runs in 2012. I'm interested. Hope Anderson has that statistic.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Betty

    Bachman can never give a straight answer. Also throws out figures from nowhere. I don't know how people in her state keep voting for this woman. When these Tea Party people get to congress, it will be interesting to see how they find money to run the country, without taxing the rich. I am against renewing the tax cuts. All they have done is sit on their money . No jobs were created. They have put it all in their pockets.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Kenneth

    What does everyone make of over half of the Blue Dog Coalition being wiped out?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Gerry Puhara

    The numbers of lost seats, need to be graphically represented as a proportion of the seats gained two years ago. The losses are great, but the gains were great in the last election, often in districts who had never gone Democratic before. So, I would like to see the what was gained, less what was lost, and see where we stand.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Jeff

    Really good comments. It appears to me many people are blaming Obama from over 20 years of policies that lost high paying manufacturing jobs. We drove off the cliff came while Bush Jr was in office and we are still falling. Monopolies in business, free trade with China and other poor countries has hurt Main Street, but has helped Wall street temporarily. Where do we go from here?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Gary

    The Republicans did it again: Appealing to values, represented in emotions, feelings, and especially building on human fear. Democrats continue to make the mistake of trying to reason with people, as in "look at the facts"... like excessive greed, lack of empathy, lack of economic justice (as in lack of access to health care if you get sick), etc.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  31. Emily

    "Does anyone, care about the truth in campaign ads?"
    When was the last time that you received the 'truth' in advertising? (esp. political advertising!)

    November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    This whole rhetoric from midterm will soon evolve into 2012 election run! None of this is going away and we will have to live with the beast this way

    November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Lori

    I am optimistic about our future.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  34. john

    as i said before the Bachman interview is a perfect example just lie...200 million ..muddy the water and just sit back and watch the frenzie...simple research shows again that the policies for the most part are benificial to avrage americans

    November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  35. michael

    i cant believe we are talking about the tea party
    i wonder how many people that hate the health care added the kid in college back on their plan, or how many people in the tea party on gov health care

    November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Jannett

    Nancy in Oregon, No I dont know how many body guards the President needs when he takes his trip but 2 thousand seems very excessive and a waist of money.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Kaytee

    Yeah, she is a perfect example of the republicans that are being voted into office! Pitiful!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Agnes

    I find it so sad that people have such a short memory. To make a big mess and create deficits which is what happened during Bushes area is so much faster then rebuild anything substantial that will stir this country into better direction. To make this a election a referendum on the policies that protect people from deregulations that created this big mess to begin is just really sad. I guess people missed also the part that most of the jobs have been outsourced by Republican politics, and any effort to protect the jobs being outsourced has been blocked as well...

    November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Sue

    People don't vote because "none of the above isn't on the ballot. I'm too busy trying to pay the bills.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "Yes, I know. I wonder if there will be any changes over the next two years? Do you think that anything will get done?"

    Well the democrats had control of both the House and the Senate, but still got very little done so I am skeptical that much will be accomplished in the next two years. The biggest problem was that the Obama administration refused to listen to what the people wanted so they were punished.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Patrick

    AC That woman that was just on your show is the typical John Boehner Republican. They can't get specific with anything. More to the point. She has no idea what to do and when she gets in office she will be so overwelmed that she will do nothing.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  42. Ray


    The election is simple. It was not a DEM bash, it was a government bash. EVERY PARTY.

    Anyone that was within 10 years of retirement will now die on the job. I am worse off than 15 years, literally! Wages, pension, 401K, standard of living, blah blah blah.

    The average American is smarter than anyone sitting inside the beltway.

    It is simple common sense. The one class they don't have in law class LAW401.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  43. david

    and can we please get some leaders that understand we dont want more government...please a leader that has liberal social values but conservative economic policies

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Kaytee

    Believe me, the only reason so many republicans were voted in is because this was a mid term election. Let them run with Sarah Palin or whoever. Obama will be okay. There are more progressive minded people out there – they just don't show up at mid terms, sadly.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Betty

    I believe that america doesn't get it. we really got it wrong this time. bush spent 8 years creating this mess!!! how foolish to think anyone could clean it up within 2 years. now we put our trust into the republicians who created this mess in the first place.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Beth

    Everyone thought health care reform was necessary, but few think the reform we got was what we asked for. It has caused our employers to no longer offer health insurance to us when we retire. Really, what are we going to do? We had hoped to retire at 62, but will have to work until 65 (Medicare eligible) and that coverage isn't great! Sorry to all the college graduates, you won't get a job because we can't retire, we have to work to have insurance.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Michael

    As an African American (registered Independent) and a supporter of President Obama I feel he wasn't able to reach out to many Americans who are basically living paycheck to paycheck. Let's be honest here many people are one paycheck from being homeless and not to have directly dealt with the many abuses of banks and corporate giants contributed to the election climate of 2010. But, the one main thing I would like someone to answer is how on earth will jobs be created when almost nothing is actually made in the US anymore.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @Starr ,,, I agree with your comment. "That you hope both parties got the message from the voters and will work together for us."...I was thinking the same thing.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Paolo

    I wish your panel can discuss what democrats can do (or start with) to salvage whatever is left of their "majority" in the senate, as well as keep the president within reasonable reach of a re-election. We have been discussing the problems with the president and his party but not so much the steps they need to keep it.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Jim Handke

    We need to stop all the pork barrel spending, no more free rides. We need companies to stop sending jobs overseas. We need companies to stop shifting income overseas to get out of paying taxes. That would be a good start

    November 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
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