November 4th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

The $200 Million Myth: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, the 200-million dollar myth. The made-up claims that President Obama's trip to Asia is costing taxpayers 200-million dollars a day. More than the daily cost of the war in Afghanistan. Who's spreading such a false story? We're keeping them honest. Plus, Sarah Palin's latest twitter controversy.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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  1. Yen Pham

    Republicans have got to stop the stupid way they talk about President Obama. They say he spent 200 million a day in his asian trip. There is no way it would cost that much there.If they want to canpaign they should tell the truth instead of all there lies.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    Look, the republicans continue to say they want to cut spending, but why won't they say exactly what they would cut. They are not going to do anything to help the American economy. I wish they would stop lying on our President.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jeff, Obama has increased discretionary spending by 20% in just 2 years. that's why there is more passion than in 2008.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. laurolyn

    Why are they blaming the president. They for got when the president take office, there were death waiting for him. They president did what he could. The american people still not satisfy. These people are so hardto pleas. Changes takes time. it does not happn right away. the republica take office to do the same thing bush did.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. milton of virginia beach, va

    when you look at the nations budget does it reflect the cost of two wars? the stimulus monies that was paid out has any of it been returned to the tresury?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    And I am tired of Republicans what they did to me... I also disagree all of republicans voted against me.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Dick Robinson

    Its not tax cuts or cut spending. It should be tax reform. The US has the most convoluted tax code in the world. Both parties have it wrong

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Roslyn Yearwood

    Republicans are in the majority get to work now. We need jobs. Do spend money on reversing things that are in place. Jobs Jobs. If you don't produce don't expect people to vote for you in 2012. The ball is in your court, make it work our get out. And stop dumping on Obama and the Dems. because when you need help there will be no one to give it.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Mike

    20% cuts but they have no specifics? How do you vote for that?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. melissa collins

    I would love to hear ONE just ONE republician say what they would cut, I for one have a dad on medicare, that needs the 50% off meds. to fill the hole he gets in at the end of each year. I also have a son in college and he needs to be covered by my husbands insurance till he finishes. Tell us Rep. what will you cut. If these are some then I will campaign against you come 2012!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Democrats' only bipartisan move the last few years was to invited a few token Republicans to the White House Superbowl Party. Now they'll have to do it for real.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Carlos

    Keep keeping them honest
    The fact is that USA government budgets and expending has increase in this country since FDR
    The fact is that Republicans if the republicans care to read their own history is that they have increase government and expending more than democrats have in the history of this country.

    They do not seem to care reading their own history.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  13. awilson

    I love your reporting style Anderson! You never back down and you keep people on subject!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Bruce

    The Republicans are inferring a mandate that does not exist. The voters are a fleeting bunch. The Republicans only got elected because the voters think they "suck less" than the Democrats...right now. If they over-infer their mandate, voters can turn very quickly, say 2012.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Leon

    I think all these congress people are full of it. I think, if possible, the president should use his executive power and place term limits on those serving in congress just as they did with the presidency when Roosevelt was in office. This would go a long way in making sure those serving in congress – get in, handle business, then get out. Today, all congressmen do is play games, lie, and waist time.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Robert

    I don't follow politics enough to be able to give a great comment but in a simple view, is it not better that we spend money, whether good or not, domestically, as compared to the billions that were spent on the Iraq war?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Janis

    I sure like James Carvell. He's a very smart guy. Political street smarts.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Sue from Syracuse

    Let's return tax cuts to Clinton years level first.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Sue R. Canton MI.

    It's frustating to see our politians in Washington so divided that as a common citizen ,,I wonder if the rest of President Obamas term in office will be spent trying to repeal the healtcare bill....I feel like their running for a position of Power and not to represent the People.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Tracey. "The American People" has been a co-opted phrase all of a sudden...like individuals who claim 'they all say' or 'Mom thinks'.... It's a dirty tactic and usually an exaggeration.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Jeff, Greenwood SC

    Let's see. By January 2011, do you think the "NEW" government will have us fighting Iran by then?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. RONNY

    obviously the elections fell on deaf ears – 200mm a day going to be spent on this trip w/ the sad economic state of this country

    November 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It is amazing how some women get into politic, and they are still asking the same age old questions in the mirrors. Come on can you think for yourself.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Brianna

    If the republicans got all the answers, show the American people a specific, detailed plan that will save us from this "tragedy" of recession-recovery...

    November 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Sue from Syracuse

    @ John C Schuler at 10:13pm
    Your math sound accurate. I think the Indian source said dollar instead of rupees. That number you compute makes sense.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Jim (Concord, MA)

    Andrew Card says it's too early to figure out how to cut spending?? They don't already have a plan??

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Monica M. Williams

    Cut spending – Apparently it is rocket science Mr. Boehner or else we would have a solution to our deficit problem.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. R. Campbell

    Seems to me that the republicans don't have a plan at all. They just wanted to win. Now that it's time to talk specifics, it's spin time and no one can answer questions.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Robert Landis

    Right on, Anderson! I commend your using this example of false information that extremists in this country convey to make a point against the President. Despite Mr. Card's accusation that you are making something of nothing....your focused attention to this false figure, particularly by an elected official in Ms. Bachman, demonstrates the numerous inaccuracies and 'fake facts' that are used by those who don't have any respect or appreciation for the truth to make a political point based of falsehoods that they know will prey upon those vulnerable Americans who are struggling economically and want honest answers from our government. "Keep keeping them honest!"

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. Amy Smith

    Republicans and Tea Party – remind me of the cannibalistic way people use to be before there was television. They have a very deep hatred for the president. It's all going to backfire for them. Because of their rooted hatred. 2012 Democratics are going to rock the hell out of the VOTE. Obama will serve a second term.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. Randy

    Of course there is no specifics. By being vague, they can only address "general principles" that do not equate to pragmatic solutions for the economy.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Sharon Hastings

    I need to cut spending too. But at least I know what to cut. Cut spending to them is more of a buzz word than any kind of specific plan. And it sounds good. Everyone would be for it UNLESS they are cutting something you want and need.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Daphne

    Ms. Bachman must feel completely ridiculous right now. She should. This is pertaining to a whole country, not merely girlfriend gossip. No "he said", "she said" here.Please get your facts together Ms. Congresswoman.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. lisal -canada

    you know, since listening to ms. bachmann speak about the $$ and the obama trip, and having that be "questionable" information, i am now listening to her in the rest of that interview from last night, and wondering ... "are the $$ figures that she is quoting factual"? i would hesitate, now, without getting a second verification.

    she is quite pretty and speaks like a very confident woman, but i'm not so sure i'm a fan...

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Card is right, I haven't heard many "specifics" by Democrats.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Amanda

    Shame on Michelle Bachmann. How can she expect to be taken seriously after causing such false turmoil?!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Stephanie

    I wonder if the people of India complained when their PM visited India. Every leader of every country has visited India as they are one of the fastest growing countries in the world. And they took business people with them..as has every other president.

    I thought Rep wanted to encourage business people to create trade and jobs.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Jerry Simon

    I like President Obama, and I think the goverment isn't spending 200 million a day for his trip to Asia. If I heard you right 3,000 people are going, and they only booked 500 rooms. 6 to a room sounds pretty frugal to me.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Nina

    Their argumentative style is 'Rhetorical Syllogism in paradox'‏

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Jason L. from Nevada

    Anderson, I think it's funny how you were attacked for "flogging" this issue. Glenn Beck talked about nothing other than this lie today. You have every right to correct it

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Carrie Beth

    Since the source was an Indian paper, is it possible the author was saying 200 million rupees per day? That would be about $4.1 million per day, which sounds about right???

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann, there has always been a double standard when it comes to how the press treats the two parties.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Rodney

    Why now do the republicans want to work together with the democrats and Pres.Obama?They have not in the last 2yrs.Why the big change now!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Mike Fryman

    I would love to find out what the democrats or rebublicans are going to do about a working man who is paying $750.00 a month out of a $60,000 a year salary for health care not counting co-pays? When will big companies stop lining their pockets and pay some of the tab?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Tabb Adams

    Both parties are out of control. Tell me one congressman or senator that lost thier job because of the economy. The President needs to be a manager beacause that is what the basics of the job are!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Kendria in Alabama

    This is why I tune in! Thanks for keeping them honest.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. nell

    Anderson continue to ask these type of questions, not only of the Reps, Dems also. This type of hype is ridiculous. your guest tonight appeared to get angry when questioned. If all of the msm would conduct themselves as good journalist and reporters, these type of lies would cease, Thanks Anderson for being fair and balanced.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  48. sara moseley

    My daughter travels with the president on his staff. There is no way that the people on his team that preceed him on his travels or the people that come with him for his events/meetings could spend that much money. EVER.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Alex

    Its really sad when an elected member of Congress does not take the time for due dilegence,when making a claim of truth about White House spending when it comes to the Presidents trip to Asia. Then this same lie is being piggy back on by members of the Republican party. Its all seems to be more about personal agenda rather than the good of the country.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Ashley

    About the 200 million myth: At this point conservatives will do anything to discredit our President. Regardless of where you stand politically, we need to be united. Unfortunately, the outlook is grim.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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