September 15th, 2011
07:46 PM ET

Rick Perry's Money Man: Join the Live Chat

Tonight we're Keeping Them Honest on Rick Perry's money man. The Texas governor's former chief of staff is now a highly paid lobbyist with ties to Merck, the same company that tripped up Perry on Monday at the CNN Tea Party Republican debate. And a millionaire charged with murder in Florida. He admits to shooting his wife on a call to 911. But his defense is now claiming she shot herself. That's crime and punishment. Plus, a surprise addition to the RidicuList and more.

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. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! "Sleep Tight!"

    September 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  2. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Good night Gumbey and Pokey. And a fond goodbye to the Howdy Doody show!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Nooooooo Anderson..... Leave Isha alone........Not ridiulist!!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's it........ Bob Ward already have been guilty for sure murder his wife....... I don't believe Bob said!!!!!
    I hope 2 men will be free as soon as possible from Iran!!!!!!!
    Good night Anderson, everyone and my friends!!!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    That's so silly I like ridiculist man who wear as gumby the robbery into the store, LOL! So funny Anderson, Thanks Anderson!!!! I agree with you, I love his funny expression face!!!!!! LOL!!! He is right! 🙂
    Have a good Friday!

    Thanks for coming in, for join us tonight! 🙂
    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  5. Janis

    Goodnight everyone. Have a safe and happy evening.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  6. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    The Ward case is weird.

    Thank you and good night Anderson & Team 360. I'll catch the entire show at 10PM.

    Good night fellow writers, i wish you all a safe & peaceful day tomorrow.

    Oh Boy Gumpy! Woops, guess not. Either way the Ridiculist will be highly entertaining as always. Smile

    September 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  7. Nina

    Good Night everyone. Have a wonderful evening

    September 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  8. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The man said, "She Done!"

    September 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  9. Janis

    Like Anderson, I was surprised at Jackie Kennedy's thoughts on Charles DeGaulle as well as all the people of France in general after the fantastic reception she received from them.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  10. Cathy

    It would be very interesting to hear the other tapes of Jackie which won't be released for another 50 years or so.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  11. Paula, Colorado

    It's fascinating to hear the recordings of Jackie Kennedy–not only for the content, but for being so used to only seeing her in photographs.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  12. Gretchen

    Yeah Jackie O,I love her honesty.She said what she was feeling and you could hear in her whispery voice how her emotions for her husband and children the love the passion the worry,it's compelling.I hope that no one is offending by what she said about martin luther king,he wasn't jesus, and by him being a man always traveling,there were spies and he did things that were not morally good for his family,and this has been widely reported through out the years.I think she spoke on what she knew and what she was told,fascinating.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  13. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Hello Everyone! Sorry i'm late, but just got back from Santa Fe.

    It is facinating to listen to Jackie Kennedy's voice and feelings!

    I still remember her trip to Frane (with Pres. Kennedy & his famous remark about the trip).

    September 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Hi Starr,
      Nice see you join with us so late!!!!! I agree with you!

      September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  14. Janis

    The JFK era was a whole different world for women. She idolized JFK so much that I don't know if it would portray an accurate history of political times during his administration. Very interesting to hear her perspectives.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh wow!!! I was surprised Jackie Kennedy was revealed their tapes right now.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  16. Lori - CA

    Good night Anderson! Sweet dreams. Good night Everyone. See you tomorrow.......

    September 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  17. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That's a wild cat which that cat have seen the world!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Congrats for Sgt. Dakota Meyer medal of honor,
    Wow!!!!! Williow the cat alone traveled for 5 years in NYC????? Owners worried about her/him!
    I love "The Shot" my favorite horse licked dog so cute, I love it!!!!! Thank you choosing horse. Anderson!!!!! 🙂

    September 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Starr, formerly know as vincent

      Fully agree on Sgt. Dakota!! Beyond heroics! What a truly amazing account of what he and his companioin did. I understand the man who assisted is up for the medal too!

      September 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  19. Paula, Colorado

    Cute, mysterious cat.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  20. Sharon Hastings

    Willow will have a tell all book out soon chronicalling her 5 year story on the road–quite a tail, err I mean tale.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  21. Lori - CA

    That pony is so cute!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  22. Cathy

    That cat is beautiful and lucky. I'm wondering if she remembered her owners when they were reunited; didn't see all of Anderson's earlier show today.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    A loose cat!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  24. Gretchen

    Anderson ,I agree with james,it is obvious that the people surrounding this intelligent,charming president is not helping him.The media attention is all on the republicans right now,where are the democratic rallies and gatherings.the constant e-mails asking for donations and will you canvas might have worked in 2008,but now people want fire,want to really feel that the president is really putting up a fight for them,to be out front of the story.Also it is strange that a lot of reporters and political talking heads are wondering why the president didnt get a bump after his jobs speech,was anybody watching,right after his speech came breaking news a credible terror threat for 9/11 that took over all media,and we all know it.So while I think that the president should be reported on whether negative or positive,I just think it needs to be fair .I think that if there was no terror threat on that night the main subject matter would have been his jobs bill.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • mike

      I agre he is so intelligent and charming – i cant believe the people he chose are not helping him. and i cant believe that his 3rd jobs bill and his latest jobs speaches didnt get him a bump in the polls, people are getting more demanding every day.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  25. Lori - CA

    That dog looks scared.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  26. Janis

    When cervical cancer can appear later in life, can you imagine how your daughter would feel if she had a lethal form of cervical cancer at 38 and it could have been avoided if you had just thought ahead and did the right thing. How could any parent even think to risk that kind of future for their children!! Science has given us a gift through research and hard work, don't ignore it.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Cathy

      Also, physicians are seeing more throat and mouth cancer caused by the HPV virus, and seeing it in younger patients now, 30 years old or so.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes!!!! Good point there!!!! I hope ladies will hear this very important message!!!

      September 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes!!!!! You"re so absolutely right, Please show us your proof HVP vaccine, Michelle Bachmann!!!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    She did say, "Retarded!"

    September 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Cathy

      Yes, she did. She said mental retardation.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
      • Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

        Yell, "mental retardation" that what she said!

        September 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Yes, She is!!!!

      September 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  29. Lori - CA

    We already knew that she is not a scientist or a doctor.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  30. Nina

    Bachmann doing damage control

    September 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Mr. President , you are not in the business of being nice to the Republicans that is not why you are there. Forget them!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  32. Lori - CA

    She shouldn't be making statements like that as a politician......

    September 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  33. Lori - CA

    Hi Anderson! Hi Everyone! Good evening.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  34. Paula, Colorado

    Interesting conversation with James Carville, Anderson–more a call to action.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  35. Janis

    In my mind, Obama is still the leader. He has inherited very difficult problems. If people get more and more unhappy all they will want is 'change', the very thing he campaigned for initially.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  36. lisal -canada

    i usually find that james carville has something interesting to add to a topical conversation – don't always agree, but find it thought-provoking

    September 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    And next time Mr. President give any speech at any time of day!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  38. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Think the President should change those routine advisers, and do it his way!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    James is perfect right about our president Obama....... We need him re-election for sure, I will vote for him, He is best commucation as well!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  40. Sharon Hastings

    I don't know if James Carville is right. I'm not sure firing people and stomping around will change anything. Nothing anyone does is going to turn things around instantly. All plans will take time. The President has a Jobs Act he wants passed and the Reps say they have a plan they will reveal soon. If parts of each can be adopted that's great but even that won't produce overnight results.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  41. Janis

    I think if some of these candidates would start qualifying their 'jobs' rhetoric with something like 'American jobs' instead.
    I hear create jobs this and create jobs that, but where will the jobs be created – most likely overseas in the economy of yesterday. I want to hear I will create American jobs. American jobs!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  42. Nina

    "Moreover, Mike Toomey, an Austin lobbyist that represented Merck during the Gardasil decision, has promised to raise $55 million to back Perry’s presidential bid using an independent so-called SuperPAC. "

    September 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooooo everyone and Anderson!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Thursday night!!!
    Oh no! I can't watch republican debate.......: Perry lied to me over and over again! 🙁

    September 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  44. Janis

    Hello everyone. Toomey sounds like he has alot of influence in Texas. The underbelly of politics is a little scary.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • mike

      yea, sort of like Solyndra ?

      September 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
      • Janis

        Who knows on that one, Mike. Over eagerness without researching the market or what the company had been doing in the past. Wait for more info.

        September 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
        • mike

          that sounds good, but Over eagerness without researching the market or the company with taxpayer funds – couple that with close ties to the investors who happens to be a bundler for the president. i would think cnn would want to spend a couple of minutes looking at that.

          September 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
          • Janis

            Agree with you there. I'll wait and see. There are lots of eye-openers to come if enough courage to investigate and start prosecuting exists. Smell corruption all over.

            September 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
      • Chris

        True, Mike. A big investor in Solyndra was a major contributor of President Obama's.

        September 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. I think this issue will hurt Rick Perry but the question is how much. If he becomes the popular front-runner it might not matter. If I were a Republican which I'm not, I would rather vote for Mitt Romney. This whole Merck thing smells bad.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

      Good point, I agree with you, Sharon!!!!!! 🙂

      September 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Janis

      Presidential candidates should come across as an individuals with power and determination to get their vision done, not puppets for big-money.

      September 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
      • Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

        Yes, Janis...... I agree...... You have good point there.

        September 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
      • mike

        how about presidents, to what standard should we hold them

        September 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  46. Nina

    Good Evening everyone

    . Merck raising around $55 million to back Perry’s presidential campaign

    September 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That's the reason why she refused to look at him.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  48. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on. I'm still getting used to watching you several times a day.
    Sounds like a fascinating program tonight–still much fallout from the debate.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm |