Will Democrats Lock Up a Supermajority?

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This is a rush transcript from “Hannity & Colmes,” November 3, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: The Diageo/Hotline polled voters about the congressional election and found that, as of today, 44 percent plan on voting Democratic. Thirty-nine percent will cast their vote for a Republican. The poll indicating Democrats may be losing some support, as their lead is now only 5 percent as opposed to 8 a week ago.

Mike Huckabee - Will Democrats Lock Up a Supermajority?

Mike Huckabee - Will Democrats Lock Up a Supermajority?

Joining us now is the host of the red hot “Huckabee.” By the way, you had Lorne Michaels. You had Bill Maher — who by the way, hates me; I don’t know what it is — on your program. It was a great show this weekend. Mike Huckabee, FOX News contributor, host of “Huckabee” right here on the FOX News Channel.

What do you make of the brand issue, and that is that the Republican brand isn’t as well? But it was like 20 points before, and now it’s down to five. Is that — is that a sign something’s going on? Maybe people not liking Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?

MIKE HUCKABEE, HOST, “HUCKABEE”: I think when they start thinking about having a Democrat president and then Pelosi and Reid, all being able to virtually do whatever they want to do, I think it gives people pause. What we ought to do is postpone this election for about five more days, and those numbers will get even closer and may surge the other way.

HANNITY: And listen, would you recommend that — that Democrats, by the way, listen to this program to vote Thursday?

HUCKABEE: I think that’s a great idea. What I’ve been trying to tell the Democrats is that the election has been postponed until Thursday or Friday. Tune in to FOX and we’ll tell you exactly where to come.

HANNITY: By the way, the most humorless people that absolutely have zero sense of humor, that is a joke.

HUCKABEE: You know what? I’ve got to tell you something, Sean. When I interviewed Lorne Michaels, he told me that he gets a lot more grief from Democrats and liberals than he ever does from the Republicans and the conservatives. He says the Republicans have a great sense of humor, and this is from a guy who lives off parody and satire. I thought it was a very interesting point.

HANNITY: I thought — I thought that Governor Palin was terrific, on the show. And I thought — I was watching. I thought it was a really good…

HUCKABEE: I thought she did a great job.

HANNITY: And then Senator McCain did a great job this weekend. We’ve always known that about Senator McCain. He’s come on this program for years. He used to call me. He goes, “You and Colmes are doing pretty good for a bunch of former homeless guys.” You know? So he always had a good sense of humor, as you have.

HUCKABEE: Well, let me talk about something that isn’t funny. It’s not funny to think about the Democrats getting total control of the House, the Senate and the White House.

HANNITY: No, that’s frightening.

HUCKABEE: It really isn’t.

COLMES: Hey, Governor, by the way, Hannity has offered to finally give me a ride in that new hybrid car of his Thursday to the polls.

HANNITY: I bought a new — I bought a new hybrid Escalade this weekend. I’m doing my part for the environment.

COLMES: But you said I could get a ride if I go to the poll to vote on Thursday.

HANNITY: OK. It’s a deal.

COLMES: Governor, look, do you really think when people go to the polls they’re thinking of Harry Reid and they’re thinking of Nancy Pelosi? Or are they thinking of their local commerce (ph) person and senators? They’re not thinking of, “OK, I want Obama, but I hate my” — you know, people are not thinking about divided government when they’re going to the polls. They’re thinking about their local races. Right?

HUCKABEE: They are thinking about that, but let me tell you one of the things that’s hurt the Democrats the last few days. I don’t know if there’s time to catch up.

But the fact that these numbers keep changing. You hear 250, 200. Then it’s 150. Now it’s 100. You know, the fact that all the surrogates and the Obama people can’t settle on where the tax break and where the tax increase is going to come. My gosh, Alan, it sounds like an auction, not a proposal.

And it’s very obvious that what ultimately is going to happen is that most of Americans who make money are going to have to give some up to finance this give-away, new welfare institution to other people.

COLMES: But this is a giveaway by a Republican administration. This is a problem that people perceive.

Obama is outpolling McCain on where — who would be better for the economy right now, according to the new FOX poll out today. And so people don’t want to reward the party that they perceive as having gotten us into the mess.

HUCKABEE: Well, there’s a lot of fault. And you know, if Barney Frank and Maxine Waters and some others would have reined in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when they had the opportunity, but they stonewalled.

But this is not unique to the Democrats. Look, I’ve been as harsh on Republicans, especially on the bailout. Nobody beat them up more than I did, because I think it was a dumb idea. But what we’re talking about is a long-term issue of who’s going to be most likely to raise our taxes. And I think that that’s a pretty evident issue here.

COLMES: All right, Governor.

HUCKABEE: Not going to be the Republicans.

COLMES: I know you’re familiar now with hard breaks. You’re a big TV star, so we’re going to take a quick break.

More with Huckabee after the break. Plus, our final thoughts on the candidates, the campaigns, and what we expect to happen on election day, coming up.


HANNITY: Now, just a reminder: our Freedom Concert tickets are back for the summer of 2009. Now, at all eight performances we’re going to have our good friends, musical stars Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels. And by the way, I may sing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

COLMES: Please.

HANNITY: Just for charity. Michael W. Smith, Lee Greenwood and much, much more. Colonel North is going to be there.

And as always, the net proceeds will go to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund for the children of slain heroes.

And by the way, our cities are Houston, San Diego, Vegas, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Dayton, Atlanta, and Dallas-Fort Worth, and the New York-New Jersey area.

And Governor Huckabee, by the way, is going to be joining us.

And by the way, we have Christmas gift boxes. The only place to get your tickets is at Hannity.com. And we’re only going to sell it definitely this week. I don’t know if we’re going to sell it beyond this week. And – – because demands are pretty strong.

COLMES: But can I just say one thing? It’s great to raise money, and it’s a great cause, but wouldn’t you raise — wouldn’t you raise more money if you didn’t sing?

HANNITY: Governor — Governor, will you sing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” with me with Charlie?

HUCKABEE: I won’t sing, but I’ll play bass on it. How’s that?

HANNITY: You’ll play bass on it?

HUCKABEE: I’ve played with Charlie Daniels, and he’s an amazing human being. I would love to be able to do that.

HANNITY: Well, we’ve got another star in here. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say he’s here. Am I allowed to say you’re here?


HANNITY: Are you sure?


HANNITY: Brad Paisley is sitting out here. He’s a good friend of ours. And hopefully, he’ll come to one of our shows.

But Hannity.com, Freedom Concert, eight cities. Mike Huckabee will be there.

Mike, good to see you.

HUCKABEE: Thank you.

HANNITY: Thanks for being with us.

HUCKABEE: Nice to see you, Sean.

HANNITY: Go vote.

HUCKABEE: Alan, take care.

HANNITY: We’ll see you back here tomorrow for special election coverage.

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Third and Final Presidential Debate 2008 – Full Video and Results

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UPDATED WITH FINAL RESULTS: As in the previous debates, CBS News and Knowledge Networks have conducted a nationally representative poll of uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight’s presidential debate.

In the first presidential debate, second presidential debate and vice presidential debate, more uncommitted voters said the Democratic candidate was the victor.

And tonight’s results have, by a wide margin, made it a clean sweep. Here are the final results of the survey of 638 uncommitted voters:

Fifty-three percent of the uncommitted voters surveyed identified Democratic nominee Barack Obama as the winner of tonight’s debate. Twenty-two percent said Republican rival John McCain won. Twenty-five percent saw the debate as a draw.

More uncommitted voters trusted Obama than McCain to make the right decisions about health care. Before the debate, sixty-one percent of uncommitted voters said that they trust Obama on the issue; after, sixty-eight percent said so. Twenty-seven percent trusted McCain to manage health care before the debate; thirty percent said so afterwards.

Sixty-four percent think Obama will raise their taxes, while fifty percent think McCain will.

Before the debate, fifty-four percent thought Obama shared their values. That percentage rose to sixty-four percent after the debate. For McCain, fifty-two percent thought he shared their values before the debate, and fifty-five percent thought so afterwards.

Before the debate, fifty percent said they trusted Obama to handle a crisis; that rose to sixty-three percent afterwards. More uncommitted voters trusted McCain on this – seventy-eight percent before the debate, eighty-two percent after the debate.

But more trusted Obama than McCain to make the right decisions about the economy. Before the debate, fifty-four percent of uncommitted voters said that they trust Obama to make the right decisions about the economy; after, sixty-five percent said that. Before, thirty-eight percent trusted McCain to do so, and forty-eight percent did after the debate.

Before the debate, sixty-six percent thought Obama understands voters’ needs and problems; that rose to seventy-six percent after the debate. For McCain, thirty-six percent felt he understands voters’ needs before the debate, and forty-eight percent thought so afterwards.

We will have a full report on the poll later on. Uncommitted voters are those who don’t yet know who they will vote for, or who have chosen a candidate but may still change their minds.

(from CBS NEWS).

Barack Obama with Joe the Plumber – Video

Obama with Joe the Plumber

Obama with Joe the Plumber

“This weekend,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said today, “a plumber concerned that Senator Obama was going to raise his taxes asked him directly about his plan. The response was telling. Senator Obama explained to him that he was going to raise his taxes to quote ‘spread the wealth around.'”

Is that what happened?

Judge for yourself — here’s the exchange.

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Outside Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was approached by plumber Joe Wurzelbacher, a big, bald man with a goatee who asked Obama if he believes in the American dream.

“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year,” Wurzelbacher said. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”

Obama said, “First off, you would get a 50% tax credit so you’d get a tax cut for your healthcare costs….. if your revenue is above 250 – then from 250 down, your taxes are going to stay the same. It is true that from 250 up – from 250 – 300 or so, so for that additional amount, you’d go from 36 to 39%, which is what it was under Bill Clinton. And the reason why we’re doing that is because 95% of small businesses make less than 250. So what I want to do is give them a tax cut. I want to give all these folks who are bus drivers, teachers, auto workers who make less, I want to give them a tax cut. And so what we’re doing is, we are saying that folks who make more than 250 that that marginal amount above 250 – they’re gonna be taxed at a 39 instead of a 36% rate.”

Responded Wurzelbacher, “the reason I ask you about the American dream, I mean I’ve worked hard. I’m a plumber. I work 10-12 hours a day and I’m buying this company and I’m going to continue working that way. I’m getting taxed more and more while fulfilling the American dream.”

“Well,” said Obama, “here’s a way of thinking about it. How long have been a plumber?”

Wurzelbacher said 15 years.

Obama says, “Over the last 15 years, when you weren’t making 250, you would have been given a tax cut from me, so you’d actually have more money, which means you would have saved more, which means you would have gotten to the point where you could build your small business quicker than under the current tax code. So there are two ways of looking at it – I mean one way of looking at it is, now that you’ve become more successful through hard work – you don’t want to be taxed as much.”

“Exactly,” Wurzelbacher said.

Obama continued, “But another way of looking at it is 95% of folks who are making less than 250, they may be working hard too, but they’re being taxed at a higher rate than they would be under mine. So what I’m doing is, put yourself back 10 years ago when you were only making whatever, 60 or 70. Under my tax plan you would be keeping more of your paycheck, you’d be paying lower taxes, which means you would have saved…Now look, nobody likes high taxes.”

“No,” said Wurzelbacher.

“Of course not,” said Obama. “But what’s happened is that we end up – we’ve cut taxes a lot for folks like me who make a lot more than 250. We haven’t given a break to folks who make less, and as a consequence, the average wage and income for ordinary folks, the vast majority of Americans, has actually gone down over the last eight years. So all I want to do is – I’ve got a tax cut. The only thing that changes, is I’m gonna cut taxes a little bit more for the folks who are most in need and for the 5% of the folks who are doing very well – even though they’ve been working hard and I appreciate that – I just want to make sure they’re paying a little bit more in order to pay for those other tax cuts. Now, I respect the disagreement. I just want you to be clear – it’s not that I want to punish your success – I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you – that they’ve got a chance at success too.”

Wurzelbacher said it seemed as though Obama might support a flat tax.

Obama says, “you know, I would be open to it except here’s the problem with a flat tax is that if you actually put a flat tax together, in order for it to work and replace all the revenue that we’ve got, you’d probably end up having to make it like about a 40% sales tax. I mean that’s the value added, making it up. Now some people say 23 or 25, but in truth when you add up all the revenue that would need to be raised, you’d have to slap on a whole bunch of sales taxes on. And I do believe for folks like me who have worked hard, but frankly also been lucky, I don’t mind paying just a little bit more than the waitress that I just met over there who’s things are slow and she can barely make the rent.”

Obama said, “My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re gonna be better off if you’re gonna be better off if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

That’s the key moment McCain is jumping out…”when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.”

“But listen,” Obama said, shaking Wurzelbacher’s hand, “I respect what you do and I respect your question, and even if I don’t get your vote, I’m still gonna be working hard on your behalf, because small businesses are what creates jobs in this country and I want to encourage it.”

“Guys I gotta get out of here and go prepare for the debate,” Obama said, “but that was pretty good practice right there.”



Jake Tapper – He is ABC News’ Senior National Correspondent based in the network’s Washington bureau. He writes about politics and popular culture and covers a range of national stories.

Second Presidential Debate 2008 – Full Video and The Winner

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With no major gaffes, stumbles or snafus made by Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain during the second presidential debate, neither candidate won hands down.

There were no fireworks, no major water cooler moments. Even though the debaters traded testy jabs over the economy, the Drudge Report went so far as to label the debate “boring.” At first glance, it might seem this duel was a draw.

Nevertheless, there is a growing consensus among the pundits that McCain lost the debate, not because of what he did but because of what he didn’t do: He didn’t create the game-changing moment his campaign needed to alter the trajectory of the race.

With McCain lagging in the polls, Politico’s Alexander Burns sums up why Obama gets the “W” next to his name:

Obama didn’t deliver a knockout punch tonight. But he denied his opponent the chance to rescramble the campaign, and that was enough. The day goes to him.

The Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post all concur, in their own way. This snoozefest created a winner because no one won at all.

There were a few in the media who focused more on the apparent tie. Mark Halperin at Time gave McCain a B and Obama a B+. Of McCain, he wrote:

The Republican nominee was by turns aggressive, sensitive, conservative and conversational. Successfully presented a negative case against Obama with an upbeat, optimistic smile.

Ultimately though, Halperin echoed the general consensus:

[Obama] played it typically cautious and safe, and thus avoided major blunders, knowing if he commits no errors for the next 30 days, he will be the next president of the United States.

Even if you don’t put much stock in the talking heads, consider what non-media types said. Each candidate stood his ground, looking comfortable in the town-hall setting, yet the insta-polls showed the same opinion: Obama won.

In the CBS poll, 40 percent of uncommitted voters said Obama won. Twenty-six percent said John McCain won, while 34 percent said it was a tie.

Over at CNN, Obama fared even better in the poll: 54 percent said he did a better job, 30 percent gave it to McCain.

Despite those numbers, this isn’t all bad news for McCain. The CBS poll did have a silver lining — respondents still see McCain as more prepared for the job (83 percent to 58 percent).

The other good news for the Arizona senator: there is about a month left in the campaign. That’s enough time for him to find the game-changer he is looking for.

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(from yahoo.com)

Grading of First Presidential Debate and Full Video

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2008 First Presidential Debate Full Video

First presidential debate
Friday, September 26, 2008
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi.
Jim Lehrer
Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour, PBS

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Several positive reviews for Obama.

A CBS News instant poll finds:

    40% of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Barack Obama was the winner. 22% thought John McCain won. 38% saw it as a draw.

    68% of these voters think Obama would make the right decision about the economy. 41% think McCain would.

    49% of these voters think Obama would make the right decisions about Iraq. 55% think McCain would.

Ted Kennedy’s speech at Democratic National Convention – Video

Ted Kennedy makes surprise speech at convention

Aug. 26 2008 (source: CTV.ca)

Sen. Ted Kennedy made a surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver Monday evening, sending the party faithful into a frenzy.

The ailing Kennedy recently underwent surgery and is suffering from brain cancer.

“It is so wonderful to be here and nothing was going to keep me away from this special gathering tonight,” Kennedy said, his voice strong and clear.

Despite his bleak prognosis, he said he had this to say: “I pledge to you that I will be there next January on the floor of the United States Senate.”

Kennedy spoke out strongly in support of Barack Obama, comparing the presidential hopeful to his brother, slain U.S. president John F. Kennedy.

“We are told that Barack Obama believes too much in an America of high principle and high endeavor,” he said. “But when John Kennedy thought of going to the moon he didn’t say, ‘It’s too far to get there, we shouldn’t even try.'”

“Today an American flag still marks the surface of the moon.”

A video tribute was planned for Kennedy but it wasn’t clear he would be able to see it in person. He flew to Denver Sunday but doctors were said to be worried about his exposure to crowds because of his frail immune system.

Kennedy has been at every convention except two in the last 48 years.

Click here to watch the video of Ted Kennedy’s speech