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November 4th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

The $200 Million Myth: Join the Live Chat

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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.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Sue from Syracuse

    @ Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    Democracy is working fine IF and ONLY IF "All men and CORPORATIONS" are created equal.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Kelly

    The GOP conversation has confirmed for me what I feared to be true. The real agenda is power, not progress. If one of the top goals is removing President Obama from office, no matter how justified that goal is, that speaks volumes. There are many other problems that should be priorities other than who occupies the White House.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  3. lisal -canada

    oh mr bush – avoid the swamp – it is a nasty place unless you are a big ole croc

    November 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  4. John

    I believe that $200 million is a far stretch but I can understand if citizens are mad that he is staying at a pricey 5 star hotel funded through tax dollars. People should not forget about the terrorist attack that occurred in 2008 on the hotel thus explaining his large entourage. Enough lies and exaggerations.. Good thing AC360 retrieves fact from fiction!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  5. R. Campbell

    The thought that anyone takes Sarah Palin seriously as a candidate is a very scary one.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Sharon Hastings

    Lets try to minimize any talk which puts Sarah Palin and president in the same sentence. I get quesy easily.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Joe

    Put Ron Paul up there and lets see what the polls say!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Adi

    Mr. Anderson
    They keep talking about spending or how much money Barack is spending and just forgot that this country is sliding down or I should say is being saved of collapsing just becuase of Obama is in the White House today. Where were they for the past 8 years before Obama was elected?.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Kaybee,many Republicans have repeatedly said to cut spending across the board to 2008 levels. That's an answer isn't it?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Liz Harrison in Montana

    Great job Anderson. Stay tough!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  11. Carolyn

    James Carville is right in saying let's give the Republicans 2 months to balance the budget, re-create a new healthcare bill, create 8 million jobs. John Boehner stated they will offer a bill a day for 100 days. I hope you report daily the new bill submitted and we the American public hold their feet to the fire.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  12. j Woods

    What did the Republican's Plan for America cost us taxpayers to produce and distribute? And how many pages must we pay for to learn absolutely nothing. There isn't a fact or recommendation in it they are willing to quote or defend. This is the group that will ring in spending? Right!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  13. karola

    Thank you Anderson, it seems if I want or need news, you seem to be the only REAL truth.

    :o)

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This Republican isn't reluctant to say cut everything. Roll back the 20% increase in discretionary spending that has happened since 2008. The government lived with less then, they can again. This isn't that hard.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Nina

    @ Amy Smith

    Well stated posts. The one thing President Obama did not do and President Roosevelt did was express the true mess the USA was in. Pres. Obama's unwillingness to play dirty politics might end up going against him.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Minnie

    Lets get real, if we the people of the United States really want to get rid of the depts we have created, everyone in government the President congress and senate needs to take a major cut in pay, put that money back into the depts, add an extra tax on the very rich, the poor can not take any more, we have given all we can speaking for myself and other poor people I go to bed hungry. I hope our government can really open their eyes and realize it is just not fair for Americans to go hungry and not able to buy needs let alone any wants.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Donna D. San Antonio

    Will they ever stop and listen? Keep up the good work Anderson and take it to them. It looks like Andy wasn't up for your fair and balanced approach.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  18. troy

    Great show tonight, AC. Mr. Card was quick to chastise you for fanning flames of ridiculous story, but failed to admonish the millionaires who started story! How lame and transparent!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Sue from Syracuse

    Palin simply does not measure up. She has lost credibility with what she has done... and revealed her flippant and calculating bully character.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Sorin

    Thanks Anderson for calling out the kook Bachmann on this ridiculous and absurd claim. Being independent does not mean being blind and deaf to everything that's going on. Sometimes things have to be called what they are.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Rich, CA(an actual part of America)

    Wow, CNN is actually worth watching again. Good job AC keep it up.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. melissa collins

    I agree

    Sue from Syracuse November 4th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

    Dr.Marc Lamont Hill is spot on. Palin's base is likely not taking it as a joke... It is party of how she plays with her base...
    Inciting anger is not a mark of a leader.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Kaytee

    Obama didn't have a plan to fix the economy on day one either. Or as evidence has shown on day 500. Why do you expect all the answers before the new Congress is even sworn in?

    Why not? They have had two years to whine and complain, are you trying to say they haven't come up with ANYTHING??

    November 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Tam

    Sarah wouldn't get irony, sarcasm, humor on any sophisticated level. So saying she's in on this joke just doesn't work. She took the sign at face value and "favored" it. God help America if she gets any further in politics. But can't wait for a debate between her and anyone! What entertainment!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Audrey (Connecticut)

    When the republicans are saying they will disagree with all decisions that the president makes. This is only showing other country that we are country that is divided. We need to come together and find a way to get the country back on track, where people can find jobs to feed there families, get the medical help they need, fix the immigration status, and find a way to get the country out of debt. Instead of bickering at each other.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  26. edward - wi

    Republicans have NO idea or clue what to cut. All they will do is keep lying about the prez. The party of hell NO!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  27. karen swanson

    i dont understand why people think the midterm election was a vote against obama, it was against polisi,and the house, and in the past 18 months the house has not helped obama do anything.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Mary, in NH, usually blue lately, the Republican senate candidate won with 60% of the vote. that's not squeaking through, and not unusual around the country.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Teresa

    Hi, Anderson

    There isn't enough space and time for everything I want to say. It is very sad when people have to spread lies to make their self look good. We have a wonderful president who is very humble and has faced more opposition from day one than any other president. There are a lot of childish adults running our country and they do not have the American people's best interest at heart.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    Nancy,
    Yes! Mitchell is very hateful, That's true, I know.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @Sue from Syracuse,,I agree with your comment regarding Sarah Palin and her credibility. She certainly needs to thank McCain for her claim to fame and $$$.It's alright to not agree with our President. I love our country,,but it's real concerning to see the direction thats its going in.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Yes, but her fans are going to let her down, she will be standing in the cold. Notice, I used fans not people.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Helen

    Michelle Bachman surely has a staff that can check out facts before she spouts rumors from Fox News pundits and Rush. She has done this before as have other right wingers. True patriots check out the facts whether they are right wingers or liberals.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  34. Nancy in Oregon

    Quite the opposite, Lori. She courts it, revels in it, fans it...because (wisely) she knows there's a huge audience for it. There are people who thrive on flames and controversy.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  35. June

    Still with you Mr. President!!.....Will the republicans please present via an action plan as to how they will cut.(remember Mr. Perot with charts)(he wasn't wrong on that) this way all Americans would see (known as visual) what you plan or want to cut...Because no one is saying what they want to cut...Remember, it was the republicans in Congress who were always saying No to the President.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Lucas Holt

    I would rather see Donald Trump run for Office in 2012 than Sarah Palin. Something just seems fishy about Palin, especially with this recent Twitter controversy.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Sue from Syracuse

    That is how she operates.

    She attacks LSM - but she does not face them in person.

    That is a bully, by definition.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  38. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Excellent explanation by Jim regarding Sarah Palin. It is Sarah vs. The Establishment. Well spoken.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  39. ruby

    Thanks anderson for giving us real american the truth about our president. we voted him in and they are not giving him a chance. lets remember it took bush longer than two years to make this mess and it will take more than two years to fix it.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Claire

    Re the 200 mil – thank you for exposing these lies. There hasn't been enough refuting of lies and rumor so you are quite right to be very clear and strong in setting the record straight.

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

    Palin's middle name is controversy... she loves the attention

    November 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Sue...it is far, far from leadership behavior. And since the US President is in many ways the 'Leader of the Free World', the leadership bar should be even higher.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Lori

    She definitely does not avoid controversey

    November 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Obama didn't have a plan to fix the economy on day one either. Or as evidence has shown on day 500. Why do you expect all the answers before the new Congress is even sworn in?

    November 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Sue from Syracuse

    Mike, formerly from Syracuse - I think the original whoever said 200 Million dollars erred in saying dollars. That number in rupees would make sense.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Janis

    Don't ever underestimate the power of celebrity. Sarah Palin is a celebrity. Also, remember the old Andy Warhol quote. 2 years can be a long time for fame.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  47. Meera Srinivasan

    I am a second generation Indian American. I am extremely sorry that this story originated in India that has caused more problems to President Obama. I would suggest that it was perhaps 2 million rupees a day. Be realistic people he is not visiting the world’s expensive counties and neither is on a spending spree. Republicans I am ashamed of you, you just want drama and do not want to take responsibility. You won with the help of Palin and tea party. Wake up be original. I am disgusted with you attitude. I do not like big spending or big government, but I wish that we had more mature polities. Good Job Anderson, you just caught all the lies.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Jim

    I've been waiting - for what, 10 years now? - to hear how the Republicans are going to pay for their tax cuts.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  49. linda

    The republicans don't want to talk to much about cutting social security, some of their followers may start realizing that their fixed income will be smaller every month...just so the rich republicans don't have to pay taxes. The republicans have helped ship alot of American, small and large businesses to China and Mexico. The pay checks are going to people in other countries, while the owners live here.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  50. lisal -canada

    WHY do i think we are going to hear about sarah palin and her family almost daily for a few months and then she will be back in alaska and not hear her name for a really really long time ...

    November 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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