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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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soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Yolanda S. Memphis, TN

    Good Evening fellow bloggers,
    Mr. Cooper you are speaking quite clearly. The GOP can point out how much our President or our First lady spends on any trip or vacation they take or where they eat, but when you ask a simple question like "What would you cut in the budget to help decrease our nations deficit?"; it's like your speaking in a language they choose not to understand.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Cecelia Espinosa

    When Card says that it's too early for the Republicans to have any specific plans for cutting the budget, it sounds like the Republicans' only focus was to gain control, not spread what policies they thing would be best. If their goal was to improve the country, they would have made plans long ago before even thinking about midterm elections.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Russell

    Anderson,
    I am glad you specifically asked your guest about what the Republicans will "cut" in this new election cycle. I think you should get Ron Paul on and ask him. He will give specifics. We should cut the defense spending in half. That would still give us plenty of funding for our military and we could save alot of money.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Nancy in Oregon

    Interesting to hear an international POV, Jean Toronto. I did wonder how all this threatening and plotting to remove ObBama sounds from a more removed viewpoint.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Brian

    If the republicans think they are now in control they and the democrates should worry about fixing this country or the next round of elections some of them may get voted out too.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Jerome

    Republicans won't answer the question- How they are going to cut the deficit, because they don't have an agenda. Their agenda is to let the country fall apart and come back and use the old boy network and blame everything on President Obama. They are scared President Obama will and is taking the country foward.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    Also shame on Mitch McConnell and others!!!!! get together and grow up!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  8. Leigh

    Once again, the right spins their lies. It's fun to watch Mr. Card do what all of the conservatives do when called on their baloney. Change the subject, redirect, bend the truth. Long on rhetoric, short on facts. Forget about any answers. The right does not have any.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Janis

    Hang in there Anderson. They're trying to turn the tables on you. Great interviewing.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  10. John

    How about cutting ALL foreign aid. Terminate both wars. Eliminate just about all federal departments except DOD, SS and Medicare. Cut DOD spending by 50%. That is a start Anderson....

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Monica M. Williams

    This guy needs to stop snipping at Anderson. Anderson has to be polite...I wish I were on the panel tonight to politically bite back. I have no problem taking sides, kicking tail and adding Curd's name to my DONE list.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  12. Alex

    The Republicans are united on smokes screens whenever you ask John Schuler, or the fibbing congresswomen from yesterday to specify what cuts they recommend be made.They change the subject. You would think this Republican party who claims they know where we need to go as a country, and solve current issues would have a ready and able plan to present whenever called upon.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  13. Lisa in Louisville

    Ditto what Melissa said. You've got class – AND a brain!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Brandi Gibson

    did anyone look at voter turn out for dems. Has anyone taken into consideration that the dems were not energized and failed to vote.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Those complaining about specifics aren't paying attention. Many Republicans have said that the first step is cut ALL spending back to 2008 levels. An across the board cut.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Carolyn

    I hope we hold the Republicans feet to the fire about creating jobs, cutting spending while balancing the budget. James Carville is right we should only give them 2 months. John Boehner stated they will submit a bill a day for 100 days to do it, so lets give them 100 days and I hope we count it down.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  17. james

    anderson why do the rep. blame dems for bigger govt when their actions caused our ecnomic misfortune. they cause the problems then blame someone else when that person is cleaning their mess!! the reason for stimulus spending is to cover what the republicans have already spent(iraq war which was a lie). they spend it and the dems. are always left holding the bag. take responsibility for failed policies and move on!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  18. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I absolutely love James Carville. He is great with the GOP pundits and reps. I do have to chuckle thinking about what the conversations must be like at home with his wife ;)lol

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Janis

    I like being an independent voter. I vote the issues and the candidate for a specific period in time. Maybe we should just have a no party system in this country and we'd all be better off. Fund raising is sure not what is used to be since it's all slanted towards special interests anyway.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  20. Linda Wasserman

    Here's an idea for saving medicare & social security; these dollars from tax payers should be put into their own accounts, not added to the general fund. I believe it was former president Reagan that put these funds into the general fund. That was a big mistake. If put into their own account, these funds would not be used for supporting the war, etc!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Nina

    @Paula, Colorado
    The Republicans appear not to know what is being spent on what–in order to be able to be specific.
    You are correct! They are talking in circles on purpose to confuse everyone. Its called rhetorical syllogism

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

    The lies about the alleged presidential trip costs are shameful; but not nearly as shameful as the mindless people who choose to believe them . . .

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Stephanie

    In other words the Republicans have no details so how can they know how much can be cut?? It was the same thing with Bachman last night.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Bruce Hoff

    Rename the party TEFLON!
    They want the office, but they want Anderson & Obhama to tell them how to fix the problems. Why are they being paid to sit on their backsides and do nothing to help our country get out of the financial blackhole they drove us into.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  25. Sharon Hastings

    We need to step up efforts to get out of Afghanistan. That will go a long way toward balancing the budget.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  26. Matt

    Republican tactics are so transparant and desperate. Cause media confusion, in order to try and sabbotoge one of the best governments the US has ever had.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  27. Rich

    Why do the Republicans keep refering to the Healthcare "Bill"? It is now the law. I smell a purposeful belittling and a presage to an all out attack on the 2010 Healthcare Law.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Specific is a dirty word with Republicans!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  29. August

    Do the Republicans really expect the President to bow to them and kiss the ring of the next Speaker of the House?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  30. melissa collins

    By the way Anderson, I believe that since this is your show......It is your airtime, How rude he was to you, I am proud you handled it in the way you did, shows you are a great person!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  31. linda

    good going Anderson...you are a reporter of the facts.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Sue from Syracuse

    We have to be worried for democracy.
    We have these hugely polarizing figures spreading falsehood, and their voice is fueled by PAC funds and big corporations.
    Where is responsibility and accountability of these charlatans?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Jacqueline, NY

    Evening All!

    Anderson, I can't stop laughing. For whatever the reason, you seem to be getting under a lot politicians' skin lately. And the look on your face... priceless. LOL!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Tinischa

    Anderson Cooper, Thank you! I truly appreciate the honest role you have played in getting the truth out and setting the record straight! God bless you!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. jerry

    With all the news lately about bullying, this seems to be the political version, do it my way or I we will ruin your life/career. As we are aware this type of conduct results in the american people being the victim.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Shaneka

    Please lets get rid of this Dem and Repub label. We are Americans and thats what matters.Lets kepp that in mind ppl.
    James Carville (demo strag) knows the facts.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Rich

    I too would love to hear one actual answer from the Republicants. WHY, why, why, can't they just give a straight answer??!?!!? Instead of their constant circular, self-serving logic.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  38. Moe

    Mr Card's credibility on govt spending and deficits is highly questionable, isn't it?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  39. Lisa in Louisville

    So, what Mr. Card is saying is that the Republicans made a whole boat load of campaign promises, but now that they've been elected they're saying that they need to make a plan? Which is it?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Eddie

    Even if it is not 200 million I am sure the trip is still costing too much. The "leader" of the country is staying in unbelievable accommodations and we are working 2 jobs to pay for his trip and we did not have the money to take a vacation this year. Why in the world would he travel like he does and spend the money he does when our country is sucking wind.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  41. Jim (Concord, MA)

    Why should the Republicans be believed? They were in power under Bush and did nothing but run up gigantic deficits.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @melissa, Backmann said it last night. Roll back ALL spending to 2008 levels. Cut everything. Spending has gone up 20% in 2 years.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Mike Fryman

    I can reccomend cuts! How about salary cuts,transportation cuts,party cuts, is it really that hard to figure out? Goverment is getting way to big and they are not listening...

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Joan

    It is very sad that the republicans and tea party have only one agenda and that is to unseat Pres. Obama. It is even sadder that people actually watch and believe Rush and Glenn. I have watched the Republicans refuse to cooperate with Obama on any level. It is a pity to have John Boehner now on that level. There is still a Senate to consider. And now, immediately following elections to come up with the Asian trip falsities. How can we get on track?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Paula, Colorado

    The Republicans appear not to know what is being spent on what–in order to be able to be specific.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Colleen

    I love it.... "I'm a reporter....it's not my job to take positions and shove them down ppl's throats". That's why we love you, Anderson.
    ...the guy still didn't answer the question as to where he'd cut.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  47. Brenda

    Anderson i get so tired of everyone talking about the president they never say the good he has done. when Bush was in there I didn,t here the republican talking about him. He,s the one who gotten us into this mess. We need health care and medicare. The republican are for the rich nothing but greed.And as far as palin she need to go somewhere and be quiet.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Jean, Toronto

    Republicans want President Obama to cooperate with them but they do not want to cooperate with President Obama who is the U.S. President. This will never work. There will always be divisions and prohibitions on the part of the Republicans. They expect President Obama to bow down to them.
    Republicans have made it clear that they are out to oust President Obama, to ensure that he is not elected for a second term. They have shown their true colors and to the rest of the world. Americans must wise up to the tactic of Republicans. It is disappointing that they were not wise to see through Republicans and the Tea Party when they recently voted. Time will tell further.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  49. mark Mattison

    lets start with cutting the pay, the health benfits and pensions of our politicians

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Drew

    SO why put a percentage out there without knowing what they will cut...

    America made a mistake...

    November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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