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

    Isn't that something to see?
    All that blue turned red!
    I don't think that Sarah Palin running in 2012 is something that the GOP wants to see.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Mike

    I don't think Obama can use that metaphor about Republicans driving the car off the road and the Democrats are getting the car unstuck. Apparently it's been decided that the Republicans will winch out the car and get it back on the road themselves.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  3. George Tichy

    How long will it take for the GOP to start " unveiling" their magic plans to create jobs and to rebuild the economy?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  4. Sue

    It's hard to question the republicans on facts when they are on payroll at one network and refuse to speak to any other. Between corporate America's money and their refusal to talk to anyone with a question no one else stands a chance. Voters need to be a lot more willing to do their own research or we'll keep getting the same mess.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  5. harry

    i agree with you michelle i was off in 2009 of april and im still jobless the presidents increase on unemployment helped out for a year now it totally ran out and im still unemployed and there worried about healthcare i need a job or i lose my ends here im a proud parent trying to raise for people here with my wife income prices go up but not our pay checks i was making aliving now im poor barely making aliving

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  6. Seymour Sussman

    I think that it is obvious that the electorate did not get the Obama message. The Democrats have been penalized for failing to communicate, in a meaningful way, the significance, benefits, costs and consequences of the programs. When all is said and done that is the only reason for the results. The people didn't get it!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  7. Atiyah

    Im so sick of Sarah Palin she is just so determined to become first woman president she wouldn't care what party she ran with. She saw the tea party as opprtunity to get back in the race. She's no brighter or appealing than before. Like where did you come from?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  8. Jules

    Pres. Obama did not acknowledge Americans discontent with his policies today in his speech because that is really not why so many americans voted Republican. It was also not because of bad communcation. It is simple due to the american people's ignorance. This is why we are falling down as a great nation, lack of education to understand basic issues. None of the republican who won told the voters how they would solve any of the current issues..yet they were voted in????

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  9. chet

    there is no we the people when it comes to the governement just the middle class because were the only one paying taxes........seems like we work hard just to have our money givin to people who don't want to work....and we should give tax cuts only to corporations who employee more than 25,000 in the united states and or at least 51% of there work force

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    John having fun; go to bed, John!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Charles

    I will continue to fight for President Obama. Republicans and Tea Party activist back by big companies is trying to kill progress. I will not be desuaded and it is time we all wake and fight back against nonesense. Republicans will never tell us what they will cut because they just don't know.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  12. virgil

    i hope that the GOP will work with the president with out saying no no no all the time.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Nancy in Oregon

    Only in a brief crisis will people do that Gary...only in a brief mining-type crisis.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  14. Bonnie

    Careful what you assume from this election – the assumptions of the past no longer apply. The balance of power rests with those of us who are too liberal to be republican and to conservitive to be deomcrate and we are paying attention!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @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.."

    Boy do I agree with that! That is what keeps a lot of good legislation from being passed. If you have to sneak something into another bill to hide it it doesn't deserve to be passed.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't think you all want to hear; what I have to say!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Abby

    Why? People only want an easy answer to their economic woes, and the Tea Party supplied them with just that; in one simple slogan "cut spending". For the past 8 years the middle class scarcely spoke about spending it was all about the war; again, the agenda was set by the Republicans. Now that we are in an economic crisis they need someone to blame other than themselves; namely, the middle class voting against their own economic interests.

    In my opinion most middle class people who voted for the Tea Party are the same ones who voted for Bush; they still do not get it and will not until they too are unemployed and homeless.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why is cutting spending to 2008 levels 'draconian', but 20% growth in two years isn't extravagant?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Frantz Aristyl

    My Question is ? Republican talking about cuts..... What is the budget they are going to cut. just say the names..

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

    Anderson, please ask ur panel how much they think the Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling impacted this election. Thanks. Aloha. Bob in Hawaii, now truly an island of blue surrounded by a sea of red.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Anthony

    Why is it that the newly elected republicans can't answer a question? Do they not know what they are doing? Or do they think we like useless information? Did we make a mistake? The message I would like both parties to take from yesterday is jobs and economy should be the prioriy. Show us your fighting for us and explain how what you're doing is going to help us. Dems did some good things but lost us in the translations.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Lori

    Most people were really hoping that President Obama could fix everything fast; because, our problems, such as joblessness, foreclosure, etc. are breaking fast.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Emily

    "Do you think Nancy Pelosi will stay?"
    I won't be surprised if she leaves.
    I'm also surprised that Harry Reid managed to win back his seat. That was another surprise.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  24. Nancy in Oregon

    I wish I could believe it, Mike, but I don't think patience is in the repertoire much anymore.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Linda, about David G. Would that more of the world were like him....we'd be better off.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  26. Sharon Hastings

    I can't see Michele Bachman being a major player in the Republican Party.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Ray Harman

    I can't take it no more! It is obvious this President has not got a clue how to do the job!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  28. Tina, NY

    I agree with Lori, Im optimistic also. After all we are the greatest country in the World and I believe if we work together we will get better.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Dorothy

    I voted for President Obama, as an insurance agent, I have already seen the early reforms helping some of my clients. Stop the idiots that are putting up all the stupid negative campain adds. It is going to drive more and more people from voting. All I can say is liable lies = lawsuits.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  30. lisal -canada

    is anyone starting a 'days since midterms' count?

    since the public seemed to signal strongly to obama that he wasn't listening, perhaps tom foreman should assume that his letters to the president are not being read ...

    time to start a new sequence addressed to obama and the red house ...

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Scott Halliday

    We can only hope something positive gets done in Washington. Our present issues are challenging for the best economists in the country and unfortunately most politicians are far from economists. Hence, they try to accomplish things they feel they can get done vs. things which need to get done. The President and Democrats now know they should have spent more time on the Economy rather than Health Care over the last two years...

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

    @Patrick, "They can't get specific with anything".

    What have the Democrats been specific about? They have no real plans. They are throwing pasta against the wall to see what will stick.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Jim Handke

    Also maybe cutting taxes is not the problem so much as fixing the tax code and taking out all the loop holes

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  34. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't think they are going to get together.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Kerry, NY

    Well now that the Gop controls one of the houses they have to now strive for bi-partisanship because they can't just say no to everything anymore.. now they have a real responsiblity to help make laws. not like they been doing the last two years!!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Mike

    Commenter Ryan is right...the general public wants instant results in turning the economy around and Obama has not convinced the public that he has a sound plan. If the public is convinced they would have some level of patience.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  37. James Hastings jr

    The results of the election are certainly interesting however the state of American politics doesn't feel to me like anything is going to be achieved. The ads run here in Louisiana were absolutely pathetic. The mud slinging was so sickening I have barely watched tv over the past week just to avoid ads from these goofs. There is going to be a continous lock up in congress until these people look up the definition of transparent and figure out how to work together.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

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

    I agree, Gloria, I think I don't like Republicans will repeal again back to square.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  39. rodney

    I'm typically an independent voter but I voted straight-ticket Republican on Tuesday. My message to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi: I don't like your policies and I don't like the America you're trying to create.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Emily

    It's a great table discussion again tonight!
    Listening to David Gergen, I think that he is the only hope for Obama if he were to get a second term! (much like how he saved Clinton)

    November 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Gary

    This is all about the time honored clash between the "I&We", "Self&Other(Shared)-interest". The Republicans dig in on the "I" and the Democrats on the "We", and we get nowhere. What we need to look for is the synergy when we pursue both, jointly. The current election results just reflect the over-push back to the "I".... just like the last couple of years we pushed too far to the "We." When will we understand we need both?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Mark

    The voters are tired of having their money stolen by Wall Street Bankers and the politicians they have bought and paid for. Keeping interest rates at zero and diluting the value of the dollar does nothing but reward the bankers and hedge fund managers who created this mess. In the old west people who stole from others received a something other than a large bonus.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Nancy in Oregon

    Some people try to appeal to the lowest common denominator, Gary. I try to remember what my Mom always said, slightly cynically but so right-on: "Just be glad you aren't married to them and have to live with that everyday!"

    November 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  44. vic , nashville tn

    Still blaming president will back fire Michele Bachmann comments wont work no more now they won the election

    November 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Dania

    Ping pong session anyone? More blame President Obama game?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Karen, MN

    The republicans have the microphones. I can't wait to hear their ideas.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Why would anyone vote Republican. If you don't have a job, the Republican is not going to help you get a job unless they are getting 50 percent of what you make from you own creation.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Sue

    The founding fathers had a wide range of views. They were wise enough to start from the point they agreed on and debate, discuss and compromise to create the beg.of a dream. The world laughed and scoffed. Now our leaders are proving the world was right. We can't keep it up.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Jennifer

    In today's speech, President Obama praised the "wonderful public servants", the Dems who knew their constituencies didn't want what was being pushed, yet they voted against their constituencies wants. Either they didn't listen, or they listened and deliberately ignored the people they represent in order to push through an agenda, because they leave office with high pay anyway. What he said is a glaring contradiction.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Carmella

    I agree thr Tea Party doesn't have quality candidates. They are full of hot air, most of them are empty jackets. All they know how to do is campaign and play attack dog. They don't don't have any real solutions.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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