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>> gretchen: we're back with candy coburn. she'll stick around for the after the show show and sing us another song. >> brian: she just found that out. >> gretchen: no. she did know that. the other members of the band knew that. >> steve: because she's got a great big bus in front of our building that has her name on it and now it's got a ticket. i'm kidding. see you tomorrow. bill: everybody, good morning, here we go, a democratic pollster calling it, quote, nothing less than a category-4 hurricane. a new wall street journal poll showing republicans not losing any steam on the road to the 2010 midterms and a lot of data popping out of our ears, and data to chew on. martha: i wondered what was popping out of your ears this morning. bill: trying to put it back in! good morning, i'm bill hemmer. martha: good morning, everybody i'm martha maccallum. well, according to a new poll, republicans hold a 50% to 43% edge right now. among likely voters, that is up 3 percentage points from just a
month ago. bill: i mention this, we have 8 hours worth of politics packed into the next two hours, will nancy pelosi be replaced as speaker, even if democrats retain the house? a growing chorus of democrats not showing confidence in her leader, first, the clash of candidates. martha: so true. let's start in the red-hot race for the senate in florida. the man in the middle here is independent governor charlie crist. and he's trying to distance himself from president barack obama after months of reaching out to democrats and the former republican, slamming the health care law, crist calling it obamacare and his democratic opponent, kendrick meek not buying it. >> i'm shocked to hear, now the new lingo from the governor talking about obamacare, i wonder if he said it to the president when he walked with him on the... >> no -- >> you have to know you have a leader that will stand up regardless of what the polls say, when it comes down to standing up for floridians. and it is really --
>> thank you, mr. -- your time is up. >> mind-boggling to me, how, governor you can throw out accusations saying, obamacare and -- >> very, very quick rebuttal to the attack. >> thank you. >> when we're on the beach, we were protecting florida and that is what i talked to him about. >> you were for offshore oil drilling. >> no, i'm opposed to it. >> now you are, now you are. now you are. martha: that was very interesting, wasn't it? that is what we call a debate. okay? the democrat kendrick meek, governor crist going at it, in last night's debate and both of them, struggling to make up a lot of ground against marco r b rub rubio, and the active back and forth was between those two, the race, the rear clear politics average, what, 12 days to go now, right, showing the republican with a commanding lead in florida, ahead of crist by 12, who used to be a
republican, now an independent, 12.5 points and meek is trailing a distant third at 21 points. bill: that is florida and now from illinois, fighting for the open seat once held by president obama, talk toing it out in the heatd -- duking it out, when giannoulias challenged kirk. >> "meet the press," david gregory asked him, whether or not he was shot at and the congressman, never answered the question. the question, congressman, is, why with the record, would you not tell the truth and make all of the stuff up, congressman, simple question. were you shot at or not. >> the ultimate irony, a man who spent most of his campaign criticizing my military record and never served a day in uniform. >> were you shot at. >> and when we see -- i put my life on the line for this united states, as many of my fellow
veterans have done but your entire campaign is about a military record in which i served. i put it on the line. you were back in the rear, with the gear and i understand, you made that decision. >> again, no answer to the question. bill: there is where that story went. now, this race, look at any of the polling, tight as it can be. he is facing accusation of embellishing his military record while serving in afghanistan, and one of the nastiest in the country and both men want to fill president obama's old seat illinois. >> and now to joe biden's old seat, democrats look to keep the most powerful man in the senate in his job, vice president joe biden is in nevada today, he will be delivering remarks at a rally for senate majority leader harry reid. and later this week, president obama also scheduled to hit the campaign trail for harry reid, and this is a very important seat for them and the senator is in a bitter fight for re-election now with republican tea party favorite sharron angle and that is very tight.
let's go to this for a moment. could it happen mere? let's look at what is going on in france with the protests. over raising retirement age to 62. it has become violent on the streets of paris now, you see riots and tear gas, to clear blockades at fuel depots and stop hooded protesters from smashing store windows. at least 40% of the french gas stations have run dry. incredible. demonstrations are popping up on the continent, a big concern that anger over cost-cutting measures that sarkozy wants to put in place to put the financial conditions back in gear in france, could oil up all over europe and different places and, stuart varney joins us, astonishing to see what is happening on the streets of paris, 40% of gas stations are dry and over raising the retirement age to 62. >> the riots you see in france have relevance for all of europe and even for us here in the u.s.
in france, the unions organized massive demonstrations and the teachers union closed a lot of schools, freeing up the youngsters, to go out on the street and riot, it is ironic these youngsters don't have jobs to go to when they leave school, and they are demonstrating in favor of their parents being on welfare at the age of 60. be that as it may, if the president of france, sarkozy, backs away, that is -- backs down from this the austerity programs retreat from european socialism across europe goes into reverse. so there is real meaning for the whole of europe on the outcome of the demonstrationses an ri e demonstration and riots, and could it happen here? it is different here from europe, and if we get austerity programs in states like california and new york and i believe that is coming, they are running huge deficits, and have
to cut back government services, what will be the response of the unions in the u.s.? there will be mass demonstrations, probably but whether they get violent is another story entirely. martha: unions have been active in the elections, trying to hold on to benefits, if they lose the election, and what comes down the pike is what you are anticipating in places like new york and california to begin there will be a lot of tension into tension, for sure, definitely. martha: thank you very much. important story, stuart varney. bill: a new twist on a 20-year debate, the wife of clarence thomas, supreme court justice, reaching out to anita hill in a voice mail asking her to apologize for accusing him of sexually harassing her, you remember the allegations, nearly derailed his confirmation for the high court and sparked a national debate on workplace harassment. >> i have suffered immensely as these very serious charges were leveled against me.
i have been racking my brains and eating my insides out, trying to think of what i could have said or done to anita hill to lead her to allege that i was interested in her in more than a professional way. bill: that was from 1991. and those hearings gripped the nation, julie kirtz in d.c., good morning. why did mrs. thomas make the call now? do we know the answer? >> reporter: her office has not said anything about the timing of the call. when she called anita hill, 7:30 a.m., a few saturdays ago, our office says this morning that she was, quoting extending an al live branch after all of these years in hopes they could get past what happened long ago and remember, you saw on the video, virginia thomas sat behind her husband, during that dramatic testimony, for her part, anita ta hill said at first she thought the message ways prank and turned the tape over to brandeis campus police, and, also tells "the new york times"
today that she has no intentions of apologizing because her testimony was truthful and she says, remember, she accused clarence thomas of sexual harassment at the workplace when she was his assistant at the education department. making inappropriate sexual comments at work. now, on the voice mail, we should read the transcript so we can listen to this and see for ourselves, virginia thomas says this: first, identifies herself and says, i wanted to reach across the airwaves, and the years and ask you to consider something i would love you to consider, apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband, she goes on to say, so give it some thought and certainly, pray about this, and come to understand why you did what you did. okay? have a good day. anita hill says, she thought about it and, she does not nnd to apologize, and she did nothing wrong. bill: intriguing, 19 years later, julie kirtz, out of washington, when there are developments we'll get to them. what is next. martha: what you strive for, why
you go to work every day, and try to buy a house and, raise a family in this country and now a new poll shows a shocking number of people in the united states now think that the american dream is beyond their reach. more on that. bill: also, he's a third party candidate with a chance to take a coveted governor's seat. what if tom tancredo wins on november 2nd? he'll join us live in a matter of moments and why the race is getting tight. martha: going after the stimulus. this is central to a lot of the debate we are seeing in this election, how republicans are using a major average to remind voters how much money was spent in the stimulus and where it all went and whether it worked. >> this is the stimulus bill. billions in spending, mountains of foreign debt, and countless regulations congress didn't even read. the only thing missing? jobs. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement
bill: most democrats consider it too politically toxic to mention, but republicans cannot get enough of it, the stimulus bill, $800 billion of it, here's part of one ad that is being run by the florida senate candidate marco rubio in the sunshine night this is the stimulus bill. billions in spending, mountains of foreign debt and countless regulation congress didn't even read. the only thing missing? jobs. washington has it backwards. politician don't create jobs, and government spending won't create prosperity. we have to stop stimulus. balance the budget and keep the tax cuts. bill: ads like that are popping up all over the country, what about it, rich lowry, editor for "the national review" and, a fox news contributor, good morning an advisor to the clinton-gore and gore-lieberman campaigns, good to have you back, i want to show viewers what we have found, what is happening across the country when it comes to
stimulus, on the screen, the number of ads that have been sponsored by the republican party. 52 of 112 ads, feature the stimulus, that is just the first part of it and there are 170 total ads that use the word, stimulus and when they talked about stimulus they used it in the following phrases: failed stimulus. wasteful and massive stimulus. so, rich, are they running toward it or running against it? >> it shows what a failure, both politically and substantively, the stimulus is and the obama administration was headed for trouble when they oversold it from the beginning and said it would keep unemployment below 8% and unemployment as we know, steadily climbed towards 10% and they have democrats running from it and republicans running on it and, this is supposed to be one of their main accomplishments, bill and they cannot even speak the word. bill: peter, can you explain why that is happening or provide a rationale? do you accept the democratic strategy? >> you know, the rationale is as follows: i mean, the economy, obviously
has not kicked back into gear as anyone expected it to, unemployment is stuck at a very high level but from a factual standpoint, the stimulus did create jobs and small businesses have received tax credits an unemployment benefits have been extend and student loans have been easier to get since he came into office -- >> if is the case, to get through it here, that is lost in the -- if you want to sell yourself and your candidacy on those ideas it's not coming out. >> exactly right. the rubio ad is effective and plays to the notion, anything the government does must be bad and there's a mountain of paperwork here and here's the bill and you are right. the democrats need to go out and talk about what i said, and if they can't do that the next two weeks, they -- >> you wonder, rich, i mean, is it too late to adopt the strategy. >> no, it is too late. look, the problem is, bill, the recession official an ended, before the spending even
started. and the theory was, you get a hole in demand in the economy, fill it up with government spending and everything is fine and we see that it is absolutely false, you can spend as much as you want but it will not make private businesses higher, and not make banks any likelier to lend, and will not heal the housing market, and, is not going to make people any less likely -- >> you are saying... >> the balance sheet and, huge irrelevant, it helped democratic constituency groups and democratic priorities, but, in terms of the private sector economy, it was a -- >> you say it is already baked in the cake is your point. >> absolutely, people know what is going on and see the unemployment rate and the economic devastation in their communities and will not buy any salesmanship, that is piling on more debt, actually helps. >> rich, you are talking -- your talking points are great, with the economy were it is, it is difficult to sell anything that people would perceive that's government fixing the problem.
but the fact of the matter is, people want answers to these problems and the democrats need to run on their record, and they need to talk about what they have done and -- you mean it took 8 years to get us where we are and we will not turn it around in two years. >> you call them -- factually rebut anything i said, did the recession end before the stimulus started, and did it make private businesses more likely to hire, heal the housing market and -- >> the stimulus create jobs. >> what do you mean by created jobs on the margin, temporary jobs and, that have nothing to do with the private economy. >> the fact of the matter is the republican platform has no prescriptions for curing the economy other than -- >> yes, i know goods we'll not do what the democrats did. bill: that will be a focus, a focus on november 3rd, stay on line here. blanche lincoln is in the fight of her life in arkansas, this is an ad run against her, and, again roll this and one democrat is running on the stimulus,
first out of arkansas. >> she votes with obama's liberal agenda, 95% of the time. she was the deciding vote for obama care, and support the stimulus and speaks for obama, and his job-killing policies, not for us. bill: and, the democrat out of minnesota is the only democrat in the house, or maybe in congress, for that matter who has a tv spot where he shows a truck driver and says, he told me how the recovery act put her back to work, that is the only positive ad running in favor of stimulus on behalf of democrats and that is stunning, peter. >> i agree, bill. look, the fact of the matter is, there is a front page story in the "new york times" two days ago and talked about how the tax cuts, people don't even acknowledge them, aren't aware of them though they've gotten them and taxpayers in the middle class have seen their taxes go down, unemployment benefits, and the administration has done good things.
and, it does get lost in the cacophony -- >> you hope some of it gets through and now it doesn't appear to be that way. we'll find out in 13 days, peter, rich, thanks and we want to know from our viewers, go to foxnews.com/"america's newsro " newsroom." what is the most important issue this november, employment, taxes, health care reform or something else? you get four options, not a scientific poll though we are scientists, martha and me, a way to gauge what you folks are thinking. martha: working out here in the lab. bill: mixing up potions! check it out, on-line. martha: americans across the country are already casting ballots in this election, but some are coming across a few problems and we want to tell you where they are and why some are concerned that their vote, early votes may not counts, what you need to know. bill: this incident caught on camera, there's another side to the story, we'll explain in minutes. jaguar platinum coverage is not just a warranty. it's a belief in everything we do.
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martha: other top stories fear following, five families affected by the fatal gas pipeline explosion in california, are now filing lawsuits against the utility company, their claims allege pb & e knew the pipeline was defective before the blast killed 8 people and destroyed 30 homes, pope benedict xvi announcing the nomination of the 24 new cardinals, for the roman catholic church. two of them are americans, and, they are supposed to advise the pope but the key job is to choose the new pontiff. bill: back on the campaign beat, no criminal charges said to be filed against an alaskan reporter detained during a campaign event for joe miller, handcuffed by his own security
team. alaska reporter, seen in the amateur video said he was detained after trying to question the republican candidate and private security guards placed him under a private persons arrest, which they say was trespassing and assault. martha: it has been six months since bp's oil rig exploded in the gulf of mexico, killing 11 men and setting off the worst oil spill in u.s. history. for 87 days, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil, flowed into the gulf waters. devastating coastlines, and the livelihoods of hundreds of people in that area. kris gutierrez joins us live from dallas, what is the latest phase and how is the clean yup going there. >> reporter: it is still going on, 16,200 people are still taking part in the cleanup operation, 10,000 people alone in louisiana and the biggest issue now, seems to be the oil that was pushed up onto the land, onto the shore and now,
crews are digging up to two feet deep because of the changing tides and surf action, buried much of the oil and actually they are using the heavy equipment to dig 18 to 24 inches deep, and each people with shovels to try and get oil off of the beaches, of course, there is also oil in the marsh lands and those areas, that is time consuming work and continues today. six months later. martha: i understand there's a new survey that came out on the health of the gulf, before and after the spill. how does that look. >> reporter: it is really interesting, a survey conducted by the ap, who researched and interviewed 35 researchers and found before the oil spill they gave a rating in terms of the health of the gulf of mexico at a 71. barely passed and after the oil spill failed at a 65 grade, again it's not a big margin, 6 points dropping... they say the gulf -- this is their words, is already a beleaguered body of
water, tainted for years by farm run off from the mississippi river and oil from smaller spills and even the natural seepage made the gulf of mexico already not healthy. martha: interesting. all right, chris, thank you very much, in dallas this morning. bill: there's a move to stop a -- the anchor babies, citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants, a constitutional test and 12 states are trying this, an update on that and also, do you remember this scene. >> when this debate ends, you will notice that i will not be shaking his hand, tonight. i will not shake hands with someone who attacks my religion, and attacks my christian beliefs. [applause]. martha: walking off, blowing right way jack conway, no handshake there. that is rand paul. he refused to to shake hands with jack conway after the democrat questioned his christian faith. now, rand paul is out there,
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urging latinos to skip the vote as a protest for lack of reform by democrats. here's harry reid: >> running the ads on hispanic television, telling people not to vote, she's trying to keep people from voting. but can you really think of anything less patriotic? or more offensive than telling people not to vote? bill: the ad has been yanked off the air waves. angle leads reid by a few points but within the margin of error. hispanic votes will be critical if harry reid wants to keep his seat in the senate. martha: early voting is underway in north carolina, there are reports of trouble at the polls, people are complaining the voting machines are not registering
the votes correctly. one voter raised his hand for help but nobody came. the county election director is insisting everything is under control but everybody is watching that situation closely. meanwhile at least one candidate is raising the red flag about how the early vote is going, republican congressional candidate pantano, apparently sending a message to reporters and claim ago glitch caused the machine to count votes for him, but count thunderstorm for mcintire instead. bill: i put my hand up every day and nobody comes. go figure. voting is underway in washington d.c. and 29 other states, that makes a total of 31 states, plus washington, d.c. a few other states will also join the early voting before election day. you know what they call this now? they call it a rolling election. election day is november 2nd. so many people have voted prior to that. martha: it's a long process. bill: yes. martha: speaking of that, there is a new poll out on early voting and absentee
ballots. as you probably know many states cast their votes election of -- ahead of election day. according to the "wall street journal," 74 percent of americans will vote on election day, on november 2nd, but a fifth of people have already voted early, or are in the process. another 5 percent plan to cast that early vote, haven't done it quite yet. bill: there is new reaction this morning now, a bitter battle, after this debate in kentucky. republican senate candidate rand paul, squaring off against democrat jack conway , paul called on conway to apologize for a tv ad that seems to criticize paul's christian faith, conway refused and after the debate paul refused to explain -- refused to shake the opponent's hand. last night he explained on fox. >> people in our state, when they see someone who viciously attacks another man's faith and says i'm not a christian, really, does that have any place in civil discourse? i think a hand shake is
something that honorable men do, before we had contracts, we had hand shakes that expressed from we were making an arrangement that was based on our honor, and i don't think i can shake the hand of someone who shows and lacks honor by attacking a man's faith. and really, i really think that i can't imagine that i can shake his hand. i'm not sure if i can appear on the same stage as him. bill: he's going to have to make up his mind soon, the two men are scheduled for another debate, only days from now. martha: and speaking of the south, nearly two dozen seats are up for grabs for republicans, in this election. now, several political analysts believe that democrats are looking vul tph-able in these states, in about 24 places, from virginia all the way to texas. in florida a big lead for marco rubio in the senate race there and it has democrat kendrick -- kendrick meek and democrat charlie crist going at each other, meek accusing crist of changing his tune on a major issue.
let's replay this before we bring in our guest. >> the new lingo from the governor talking about obamacare, i wonder if you said that to the president, it he was -- when he was walking on the beach. >> when we were on the beach, we were protecting florida, and that's what i'd talk to him about. martha: former south carolina democratic party chair and long-time, very instrumental person in the democratic party in the south, welcome, dick, it's good to have you here this morning. >> thank you. martha: we have a little delay in our conversation. i want to let the viewers knee. i want to read to you, from "the new york times", this was written yesterday, the southern white democrats, long on the endangered list, is at risk of being pushed one step closer to extinction in this election. if that's true, tell me if it's true and how did we get to this point in the democratic party? >> well, i don't think it's necessarily true in georgia, roy barnes is going to win the governorship down there, he's going to beat the republican, in south carolina we saw a debate
between nicky haley and vin rent sheheen in the governor's race and i was there an nicky haley got caught in the press with lie after lie, we can tell she got a physical affectation when she gets ready to lie, her lips are moving. martha: that's a line we heard from rand paul the other day. >> so he's going to win here. [laughter] >> well, in all seriousness, what's happening in the south, i think you can track it back 30 years, the republicans, my old friend lee atwater, in the late '80s they used a voting rights act to resegregate the house, the senate districts, they take african-americans and pack them into huge black majority districts so what's left are the whaoeus majority districts so race continues to play a big role and unfortunately folks that would be moderate are drowned out -- the white folks drowned out in the all-white district.
in south carolina, for instance, the big issues has been whether the confederate flag still remains a big issue. with the economy where it is, with the war overseas, all sorts of things, we're still debating the confederate flag in south carolina because it suits republicans to do so. martha: talk to me about this. because back in 1994, there was a lot of parallel themes going on between this election and that one, democrats lost 19 seats, johnny fowler, your friend in the carolinas there, says that 18-20 losses would be absolutely catastrophic for democrats, and for their hold on the south. do you agree with him, 18-20 would be a huge indication? >> i mean, i think that this is going to be a tough year for incumbents, we have a lot of democratic incumbents. i think it's a bad year with the economy where it is. i'm not sure it's catastrophic. i think don is prone to hyperbolize if you will what's catastrophic or
successful. i do think as we go through reapportionment and the supreme court's new decisions apply you're going to see a mellowing of the south, a moderation in the south, where for instance in south carolina, the confederate flag won't be an issue because the districts will been gone -- will be gone so you're going to see much more moderation. martha: with all due respect, you're talking about redistricting and con fod receipt flag issues. -- confederate flag issues. i don't think this is where voters are. i think they look at the stimulus package, pw*fplcare, health care reform, i think those are nine issues -- those are the issues hurting democrats and it seems like you're ignoring that as a factor here. >> no, no, no, no. i don't ignore them. what i'm saying, though, is that if you, in ut so, you've got an african-american president, and resegregate the south so for instance in south carolina, we have one with a state, almost 40 percent african-american by population, one african-american congressman because they lumped all the african-americans in the
congressional district so somebody like john spratt is dealing with a constituency that's whiter and more conservative and it makes it much more difficult for him because the republicans of obamacare, the stimulus plan -- what they're trying to do is take people that are scared and panic them even more and it worked -- it's worked throughout history and it's working again this year. martha: i don't know. i think there is more independent thinking than what you're giving them credit for. we'll see what happens 12 short days from now, because john, you have a lot of experience in this and i appreciate your being here. >> thank you. bill: there was like a videophone in tikrit there, wasn't it? over! wall street is on the move right now. we saw a triple digit drop yesterday. take a look the a the big board, i guess the dollar came up and surprised everybody, what it was doing, so we're going to see how stocks react today, just about ten minutes into trading.
it is early. we'll see as we go. martha: early in every way. we have 12 more days to hash this out, folks, and if republicans do find big gains on november 2nd, a lot of credit, you can wet -- you can bet, is is going to go to folks across the notion, fired up tea party followers. what will their strategy be if things go their way on november 2nd? sal russo is going to join us live. bill: there's a three-man race for governor, where the third party candidate is stealing the show. >> there is an 800-pound gorilla in the back of the room that we must address. mr. tancedo, stop your -- stop your campaign. bill: that's the plea of the candidate not running as a republican or democrat, and is in striking distance of a major upset. tom tancredo is moments away [ o in colorado.
bill: we have on tap a wild showdown in the purple state where democrats and republicans would love to claim it come november. in the state of colorado one of the contenders in the race for governor is not affiliated with democrats or republicans. a new fox news poll shows that it's down to a 2-man race between the american constitution party candidate tom tancredo and john hickenlooper. >> i'm john hickenlooper and everybody tells me i have to roid a horse. i've been a businessman, a mayor, i've created 1000 restaurant jobs, eliminated $200 million in deficits and turned the city around with innovation, jobs and cost cutting. these are hard times, and we need a governor who with help all of colorado get back in the saddle. bill: you heard his theme, creating jobs. tom tancredo, congressman,
is also running for governor there. thank you for your time. we noticed the polling. you're within striking distance. you could be the jesse ventura of 2010 if you pull this off. the republican in this contest has had a difficult time, he's dropped down to about 12 percent of the votes. why are you ascending the way you are, what's moving among colorado voters that are attracting them to your candidacy, despite the fact that you've got pretty good name recognition in colorado? what is it? >> well, it is the fact that there is a strong dislike of the idea of john hickenlooper, the most liberal politician certainly in colorado, darn near in the western states, there's a certain -- there's a lot of people here in colorado who say i -- say i just don't want john and i know tancredo, he's a solid tv, what do i care if the letter behind the name is american constitution letters? i was a republican, i
changed because in time of the -- because of the term limitations i couldn't run as a republican and it didn't happen that way and i was trying to save this seat and am still trying to save it for conservatives. bill: you've got some work to go. what does your party stand for, what is your mission? >> my mission is simply a mission that really has been the same that i've had in every race that i've ever run, regardless of the party label i had, and that is less government, less taxes, a focus on individual liberty, the idea that we have been taxed in colorado and it has cost us the ability to get out of this recession. we haven't done it. we're not progressing, and we're not progressing because we've had a tax and spend governor and a tax and spend legislature, and the fact is that the mayor, mayor hickenlooper, would be exactly the same thing. bill: we heard a clip from nevada, he's talking about jobs. that seems to be the theme that people want to hear.
>> yeah, he created 1000 jobs in his restaurant. i don't remember how many hundreds of letters he got from the social security administration, suggesting that, you know, there were a whole bunch of those thousand jobs that went to illegal aliens, one of them, by the way, ended up killing a denver policeman, a guy that works for mayor hickenlooper in one of his restaurants, killed a denver cop, had been stopped two or three times. mayor hickenlooper has been running a sanctuary city for the last eight years and we're paying the price for it. bill: we're reaching out to his office to get him to come on and respond to a lot of this stuff and we hope that happens. if dan maize, the republican, does not get 10 percent of the vote, what happens? are you set to kill off the republican party in colorado if that happens? >> listen, the republican party better hope that i am elected. they know i will governor as a republican. the chairman of the republican party, get this,
the chairman of the republican party said two days ago in a newspaper quote that we have from him, he said dan maize, the republican candidate, is the worst candidate that has ever run in colorado and they're hoping -- i know they are hoping against hope that i can win this race and save it essentially for the republicans. bill: we're going to see what happens, in 12, 13 days from now. again, if you win, it will be a stunner. we'll see what happens. thank you, tom tancredo, and the invitation for mayor hickenlooper stands, we hope to get him on soon. martha: the party divided ahead of the big vote, new questions about the future of house speaker nancy pelosi after election day. what will happen to her? even as the -- even if the democrats retain the house, could she still be the speaker? big questions there. bill: for generations we've been the country where dreams come true but is the american dream now out of reach for americans?
bill: so a business note for you right now, several major investment firms from the federal reserve bank of new york are demanding that bank of america buy back billions of dollars worth of bad mortgages. it's being accused of cutting corners when it was issuing mortgages during the housing boom and it's been foreclosing they say on struggling borrowers during the bust. bank of america's ceo says the company will not buy back those mortgages.
martha: well, an inspirational scene unfolding in israel today, ten wounded warriors taking part in an 1146 day bike tour of the country and their escorts are wounded israeli soldiers. this is something to see. it's quite a story. leland vitter is joining me from central israel. lee land, welcome. >> these guys just finished up a tour and when you spend a day with ten wounded american heroes and see how they're going about their daily lives despite missing an arm or leg, it truly changes your perspective. >> these rides are anything but easy. so far we put in 17 miles with these wounded soldiers. a lot of them don't have an arm, a leg, it's -- 90 degrees plus out here and there has not been one single complaint. they were brought over by the wounded warrior project to do a soldier side. they're meeting with israeli soldiers who are wounded in the very same way. >> in july 2003, my team was
hit by an improvised explosive device and that's where i lost my leg. ride ago bike is the big part in my rehab, the camaraderie, we're sharing this camaraderie with israeli soldiers who have similar stories to ourselves. >> is there a pwraorhood among you guys? >> absolutely. it figures about 20, 30 minutes and i think after about that point, an outsider would be hard pressed to identify who was israeli and who was american. >> the wounded warrior project, this is about three things: first of all, letting these guys who have lost an arm or leg understand that there's still life ahead. the other main goal here is to try to show the american public what sacrifices these soldiers from iraq and afghanistan have paid for our freedom. the third thing is they want to send a message to the guys who -- who just lost on arm or leg in afghanistan, is that there is a road ahead, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and if they're wondering if they have a future, this is the future, they say, and with
good friends and two wheels under them, anything is possible. >> these wounded war years will spend another couple of days here in israel touring around and then they head to the united states where they say they are inspired even more to share their stories of success and survival from these injuries with other wounded american soldiers and to try to continue the tradition on with more of these rides. >> we'd love to meet them, thank you, leland vitter in central israel. if you ever spent time with the wounded warors, they are extraordinary people and their spirit is just, you know, unquenchable, it's extra ordinary. bill: and the programs that have been set up in the country, it's inspiring to watch them, and the iad and what it's done for veterans is so great, out of iraq and afghanistan, and they learn great veterans from the met rans of vietnam. martha: and we learn good lessons from all of them. bill: should babies born to illegal immigrants in this country be automatically given citizenship, anchor
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doing fine, russell pierce, out of arizona, somewhat tight-lipped on specifics but saying he's consulting with constitutional scholars, drafting a blueprint for overhaul american citizenship law, that is his position, martha. martha: there is a lock, very steep climb -- long, steep climb ahead, and the former federal prosecutor joins me now, doug, it is hard to undo something that is part of the constitution of the country. tell me about whether or not you think they can do it. >> first of all, i understand the political argument, and the rhetoric which is obviously, how can we reward those who have come here illegally by granting their children, citizenship, however, under the 14th amendment, the amendment provides that anybody born here and subject to the jurisdiction of the u.s. is a u.s. citizen, okay? the people who want to do this measure cling to this subject of the jurisdiction points, but the fact of the matter is, if an illegal alien commits a crime on
u.s. soil, they are subject to the jurisdiction of our courts and therefore, it is clear and the courts have held, under the 14th amendment, if you are born here you are a citizen and you made an interesting point, without specifically saying it, often wealthy people come here on the other side of the economic spectrum and fly into the u.s. to have a child here, so that child has the prestigious of being a u.s. citizen. and, now, as far as the legal argument, if arizona enacts a measure that says that, you know, tries to strip that away, it will be hitting the replay button on what happened with the recent arizona immigration legislation. first of all, scholars and lawyers are going to say, preemption kicks in, you cannot do that because immigration is a matter of mal law, and, number two, the constitution is clear, and the only real technical, legal remedy to be to amend the constitution, which we all know is very, very difficult. martha: takes 2/3 vote of both houses, which would be a steep climb for this. i want to get back to the issue,
because, they say legally, subject to the jurisdiction is the clause that people who are pushing for this change are clinging to. and, they are saying, well some of these illegal immigrants who come into the country or anybody who comes into the country illegally to have a child here, has allegiance to other countries, south america or anywhere else overseas and because the adults, the parents have those allegiances, the child is not solely subject to the jurisdiction of the country. that is the argument, right. >> that is well put and the fact of the matter is, it doesn't say solely anywhere and lawyers will interpret the clause the way it has been interpreted in the courts, which says, simply, quote, subject to the jurisdiction of the court. one quick, you know, history professor lesson, the 14th amendment was a post civil war reconstruction amendment. in 1868. which was designed of course primarily on this narrow point. to grants citizen to african-americans, particularly, those who were slaves. the proponents now argue, with some merit, that the original
incident of the amendment had nothing to do with the anchor baby issue. but, again, i think they lose, is my view, academically, because the language of the amendment is the language of the amendment. martha. martha: and, iron-clad, doug, thanks, doug burns, always good to get your thought on this, a little bit of perspective for folks at home, how enormous the situation has become, a cross-section of a five-year period, back in 2003, 2.7 million babies were born to illegal immigrants in the united states, in '03 and now, move forward to 2008, 4 million babies illegally born in the country, 1.3 million more babies each year that are born here, to illegal immigrants. that is a big issue. bill: getting more attention, too, and here we are, crunch time, the fight for control of congress and president obama, launching a full court press, president out west later today, starts a five-state, four-day campaign swing, washington state, california, nevada,
oregon, and minnesota. among the many stops, and all the polling shows democrats have work to do. president obama hits the road and we'll watch that, also martha. martha: how about this, an explosive night of politics, in the palmetto state. the race for south carolina's governor, a little bit steamy last night. the latest poll numbers show nikki haley with a double-digit lead over vincent shaheen, and, things got ugly when they questioned each other on voting records, and personal finances. check this out. >> representative, did you cut your pay. >> no, but i didn't make hundreds of thousands of dollars, through the state, either, so that is hypocritical, and again talking about cutting your pay and you made hundreds of thousands of dollars suing the slate and the 25,000, didn't -- you could have cut the whole thing and -- >> so -- you wants to tell all the other employees, cut all the bureaucrats' pay and you don't want to cut your pay.
>> you are doing political silliness and i will not get involved in that, you and i know you were obama's cheerleader on fighting to get the stimulus and you were the primary sponsor on the bill, to make the -- >> didn't you vote for that amendment. >> on the votes that affected the people in the room, died mott vote for the stimulus. >> did you vote for the amendment. >> i did not vote on the final vote. >> did you vote for the amendment. >> i get you are a trial lawyer but i am not one of the people in your courtroom. martha: don't you love the debates, when you get to the presidential debates, these are great, feisty, a lot of exchanges, haley is a three-term state representative and would be the first indian-american and female to be the governor of south carolina and that will be one to watch on election night. bill: every morning we wake up we watch this stuff, wow, they are mixing it up. it is arguably the tightest race in the country, too, and might be the deciding race in the balance of power in the senate. the race in colorado, republican
challenger ken buck slightly ahead, check that out, 46.3%, ahead of michael bennett, 45.3%, real clear politics average of all the polls together, carl cameron, our chief political correspondent is live in denver on the east range of the rockies, and, buck is way ahead at the ends of the summer and did he peak too soon? what changed. >> reporter: the beginning of the august he was ahead in the polls and up to a week-and-a-half ago and he has had a rough patch, a number of things happened. a 20-year-old case that he prosecuted as a district attorney, has come up, in which he suggested the reason it wasn't prosecuted was because of what he used the term, buyers remorse and that has gotten him into trouble and a recent interview he suggested homosexuality was a lifestyle choices and lots of things that allowed democrats to really attack him and mike bennett is the incumbent insert but never has run for any office before and is appointed to fill the seat of ken salazar, the interior secretary and very,
very vulnerable and the race is, by far and away, the most watched on both sides, they are utterly vexed by this, republicans and democrats don't know what to do, both candidates have been campaigning their butts off and cannot get any head way against one another and appears as if it will go down to the wire, is an absolute must-win for republicans if they hope to wind the senate majority and it is going to be a hammer and tong battle. bill: it could come in late into the night and maybe the early morning to get results. we describe many races nasty. but, this one especially so. why is that? >> reporter: well, ken buck is a sort of shoot from the lip social and fiscal conservative. very straightforward, he's got tea party support across the country and has been aggressive in going after michael bennett, the incumbent for supporting much of the obama agenda and bennett on the other hand, suggests that buck is too far in and extreme and we spoke with bennett yesterday and here's a sampling. >> he's a rubber stamp for the obama administration. for harry reid and nancy
pelosi's agenda. he has support of the -- supported the stimulus and the health care bill and supported various pieces of legislation, that the administration had high on their agenda. and, he has done very little independent work for colorado. >> reporter: that is republican district attorney ken buck, tied in the polls, mike bennett trying to cast him as outside the norm in colorado, a state with the youngest population, which is increasingly turning blue in recent years, and the consummate swing state and here's bennett's retort: >> privatizing social security, getting rid of the department of education, like getting rid of the 17th amendment, getting rid of -- which, by the way, to a number of people, in colorado, sounds like good positions to have. i don't think it is the vast majority of people in our state, that believe that. and he won the primary on that basis. now, that he is in the general election, he has shifted back and forth and back and forth and
back and forth and is kind of a merc mess, to be honest with you. >> reporter: it is a mess if you are a viewer and a voter, because when turn on your tv, nowhere else in the country are more outside special interest group ads running, independent expenditures, i.e. the vernacular of politics the spending is running now close to $20 million, no place else in the the country are that many outside groups on the air. it's an absolute blizzard. bill: which always follows the story when folks come out and say, i'm tired of this stuff! and they'll get their just due in 13 days, thanks, carl, live in denver. martha: this is a story we brought you this morning. anita hill well, have video of her earlier today. and, virginia thomas, the wife of clarence thomas, this is video from ms. hill going into work this morning, and saying that, you know, she was on her way to work and didn't want to talk about anything and all of this is coming... >> inappropriate what she did.
>> you still believe it is inappropriate? >>... >> you still believe it is inappropriate? martha: all right, that is from boston, massachusetts this morning and you saw a reporter, go up to the car of anita hill and we are seeing that, came in a little while ago and the reason that that is of note today, is because virginia thomas, clarence thomas's wife, left a message for anita hill, asking her if she'd consider apologizing to clarence thomas for everything that happened 20 years ago and saying it was an olive branch and that an open invitation to talks, and, to try to put it all behind them, so that was anita hill earlier today and we wanted to bring you that. all right, what is coming up in "america's newsroom"? this: they have rallied support behind candidates, coast-to-coast, alaska's joe miller and kentucky's rand paul are just two of the tea party favorites contending for a slice of washington, right now. so, where does the movement go
if and when some of these folks make to it washington, and they contend with what is in washington, we'll talk to the chief strategist of the tea party express, live. bill: a great question and a great theme, post-election. does nancy pelosi have a mutiny on her hands? why she may not keep her speaker's post, even if democrats control -- keep control, of the house. look at that. martha: do you still believe in the american dream? apparently, not a lot of folks do. shocking new numbers. next. bill: also wants to hear from you, what is the most important issue of the day when you head to the polls. we're on-line all the time, foxnews.com/"america's newsroom," send us a smidge. -- send us a message. zçç ápñlós8oúvt2
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martha: listen to this: a new poll shows that only one out of 4 americans still believe in the american dream. believe it is within reach for them. that is pretty sad, sentence it? these come from the hill, this morning, 41% say it is -- exists for some people, the american dream and 26% say it is for everyone and the number you would think would be a lot higher and 21% say it doesn't exist for most people out there, alan colmes, the host of the alan colmes radio show and joins me now. >> hi, how are you. martha: what do you think of that. >> that was mostly in swing districts. martha: battleground states. >> that is not everybody in the u.s., battleground states tend to be conservative and tend to be red and tend to be unhappy with incumbency, which happens when you have one party controlling all branches of government and so you are talking about a slice of the electorate, that is not everybody. martha: do you really believe that, alan? i think those numbers are reflective of what i hear people
talking about, out, everywhere i go, i mean -- >> i'm sorry, martha, those are battle ground states. martha: yeah. >> battle ground states are not representative of every state in the u.s., where there are different political philosoph s philosophies. martha: my sense is that poll is reflective of the way people feel out there. >> of those particular states but not reflective of 50 states and happen to be states, mostly red, mostly conservative, and there is light of fear generated by the right wing telling you how terrible it is, obama is going to change america and bringing in socialism and fear has been installed in people by the right wing. martha: i think people are smarter than that and look around them and look at their job situation, and look at their neighbors and look at the number of houses, on their streets, that have been foreclosed upon and, this is from a column, mort zuckerman put out this morning, talking about what he calls malaise and we remember that word, surfacing, back in the mid '70s, under jimmy carter, the malaise, okay? and these are from david rosenberg, excuse me, the
economist and cited in mort zuckerman's piece, 1 in 6 americans are unemployed or under employed, 4 in ten out of work six months and the numbers go on and on in terms of people whose mortgages are under water and look at this, in 1950, 30% of people's disposable income was household debt an 1970s, it was 60% of their income was disposable, went to debt and now 125% of people's income is encompassed by debt. >> we have had wars, foreign wars, we shouldn't be fighting, cost us trillions of dollars, and ratcheted up our debt and shouldn't have gone to iraq and lost all of those lives and american treasure and made bad foreign policy decision and had to do an economic stimulus bringing back, 9 months in a row of private sector job growth which is what you want and it would have been worse had there not been the stimulus plan. martha: and you know, you touched on something and that is exactly what the lead was, in the mort zuckerman piece, this morning, i looked at, and, it is that stimulus, you know, people have -- don't have confidence
that the stimulus plan works and look at democrats and they say, you guys are responsible for this plan, this is the plan that is supposed to pull us out of the hole, constructed by democrats and this president did not have a hand in it and a lot of people got their pork projects they wanted to see pushed through for a long time and i think people are reflecting that they feel kind of snookered by that and -- >> you are talking about -- martha, i will continue to repeat, you are talking about battle ground states and a slice of the electorate and i do not see that as representative of everybody in the united states, and, i think republicans ought to stop overplaying the hand about what will happen in two weeks. martha: you may be right and we'll be here and you will be here and we'll be able to see how it comes out november 2nd, alan, thank you very much, a disturbing issue, to think about, people losing that kind of faith and we'll see, maybe the numbers will bear out differently. we asked what you think. and here's what some of the tweets we got, and you can tweet us any time. renee says here in california, jobs, jobs, jobs are what they
care about and trust and gus said this week, an easy one, he says get rid of the spending spree. and, that is the message we see coming through loud and clear on a lot of the stuff. fed up. bill: and we put out our e-mail question today, what concerns you the most, voting on jobs, voting on... martha: health care. bill: taxes. martha: right. bill: and right now, overwhelmingly, neck and neck between jobs and health care. anecdotal evidence we are getting from more than a thousand viewers on-line, and check that out at our web site, "america's newsroom" and in the meantime, it might be a grassroots movement for now, but it is having a major impact on american politics, no denying that. what happens to the tea party on november 3rd? a chief strategist just ahead on the next stop of the express, in minutes. >> i will not shake hands with someone who attacks my religion and attacks my christian beliefs. these are something very personal to me, my wife, my
martha: oprah called her a warrior for the nation's kids. her name is michelle and he resigned as school clans shore, in washington, d.c. after the mayor who backed the cuts in the moves she made in the cuts in teachers of the district, he backed her and he was not reelect and now, apparently, governor chris christie likes her style, and he of course is an out spoken supporter of education reform, reportedly, he offered rhee the job of the new jersey state education commissioner, and reports say that rhee is considering that, there is no confirmation as of yet from the governor's office
and we'll stay on top of the story. bill: takes no prisoners, does she? changes in health care, we're learning several large insurance companies are testing ways to reduce the cost of treating one of the deadliest diseases to human kind. cancer. dr. manny alvarez, senior managing editor of foxnewshealth.com and a member of our medical a-team, what are they trying to do, these companies. >> united health care and many other insurance companies are basically looking at the cost of cancer treatment, you know, cancer treatment is very, very expensive and has been the sacred cow in the medical community many years and now they say to a lot of doctors and picking a handful of oncologists in the the country, to say, look, let's stick to standard treatments and not try to pay attention too much to new treatments that don't seem to be effective and if you do that, we will pay you more, this is all -- >> you would take on these cases, let me interrupt you and
put them into generic categories and if you have cancer a you get this and cancer-b, you get that. >> yes. but with more proven treatments there, are classic treatments for cancer, chemotherapy and what happens is, this is a bad thing en in my opinion, you're taking away the tools doctors need in order to find new cures and we did a cancer special at fox news and one of the things i learned, talking to a lot of oncologists is, individualized treatment for cancer is the future, cancers respond to different chemotherapies, now, they are even -- places where you can go and find exactly if the tumor is sensitive to certain drugs. if you eliminate that choice, and penalize patients and doctors, you don't reimburse the hospital systems, you will find that then patients are not going to have a lot of choice, unfortunately, cancer is something that is -- it is here, we have large numbers of it, and, people want to live, people
have hope and i think that is going down the road, where you begin to really restrain the choices people have and, it is all about the doctors and cents. bill: and that is -- to put a fine point on this, okay? what you are saying, you don't like the idea, i hear it loud and clear, the experimentation and cutting edge will not advance medicine in the way doctors like yourself have seen it advance, however, how do we bring down costs. >> that is another issue. i think if you... i read an article this morning and of course, you know, oncologists around the country, sometimes, are at fault because they really have not paid attention in bringing down the cost, a lot of oncological drugs are charged twice and three times what physicians pay for and everybody is to blame here. and what we have to remember, science has to be void of dollars and cents, and if you think about medicine from an
accounting perspective, we are in the going to move the pendulum forward. bill: manny, thank you for that. the study is out today and the report is, i should say. manny alvarez from our a-team. martha? martha: geraldo rivera is on the ground in afghanistan. just arrived yesterday. he's taking us behind the scenes for an in-depth sit down with the man in charge there, general david petraeus, his exclusive interview coming up next. bill: and you spell trouble for nancy pelosi? why a growing number in her own party, reportedly, saying they want to give her the pink slip, is that true even if dems manage to control the house after the election. back in a moment. >> jim marshall is a long away from nancy pelosi, he voted the same as republican leaders, 65% of the time and voted against the trillion dollar health care bill because we cannot afford it. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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behind me, a girder from the world trade center, a memorial the soldiers have here to remind them of what it is they are fighting for, and fighting they are, martha, there is no doubt, the level of violence here is incredible, it is intense and now, the surge is fully deployed and i asked the commanding general, you know, about the level of fighting here, and he told me in the last 90 days, there had been 300 mid-level and high level taliban commanders, who have been killed or captured, and you don't hear much of the good news, back home but i'm here to tell you that there is plenty of it. but i must also say, martha, as soon as i got off the plane, here in afghanistan, yesterday, all of the talk was of negotiations, with the taliban, and, perhaps, even more dramatic, the fact that there are reports that taliban representatives have been granted safe passage to go from pakistan to meet with the government of hamid karzai in afghanistan. so, i asked the general about that, and here was his response.
>> virtually all the counterinsurgency campaigns, there is some component of reconciliation president karzai established clear red lines for any of those who might seek reconciliation and have to lay down their weapons and renounce their ties to al qaeda or other trans national extremists, agree to live by the afghan constitution, and, so forth. and, again, i -- who can argue with that, i think, given an understanding like that. >> you don't have a lot of time to get that process going, if, indeed, next summer is the deadline for the beginning of a draw down in our forces. >> next summer is, indeed as the president made very clear, the point at which a process begins. the pace of which will be determined by conditions on the ground. the process by which we transition tasks to afghan forces, and officials, and, a process by which we begin the
so-called responsible draw down of the surge forces. >> reporter: they'll start the draw down only if conditions on the ground warranted it. he wanted to be clear on that. i alsos asked him whether or not the gi's here agree with the president's policy and he said they are not in the business of either agreeing or making policies, they are in the business of fighting wars and doing a damn fine job of it. the surge, i believe, martha, will work. back to you. >> great coverage, geraldo, thank you so much, we look forward to your reports from there. in the coming days, geraldo rivera, thank you, interesting sit down with general petraeus. don't see that every day. bill: and watch the deadline, too. right? martha: yes. bill: we are eyeing the next stop on the tea party express at america's election headquarters, 13 days and counting and a new "wall street journal" poll shows 30% of americans consider themselves supporters of the
movement but 59% say they do not, a chief strategist for the tea party express is in las vegas today, sal, welcome back here, do you see the glass half full, half empty when you see 59% say they don't support what you are doing? >> i think the glass is overflowing, it is amazing, in 20 months, the 30%, in this poll, 37% in the "wall street journal" poll, are now identifying with the tea party movement, and, the most telling -- excuse me. was the recent mousasmussen pol said do you agree more with the tea party movement or barack obama an 48% tea party, and 44% obama and that was back in april and i would bet you, if the same poll were done today a vast majority of americans would agree with our primary principle, of the tea party movement and that is people are opposed to this continued newly gross and intrusiveness of the federal government with accompanying higher taxes and
onerous regulation and higher annual deficit and the skyrocketing national defense and is the times, and a vast majority of americans think the big spending has to come to a stop. bill: in the "wall street journal" poll, to bring that up again, they asked likely voters who they are supporting on election day and 35% of likely voters say they would support the tea party. now, this is a poll i mentioned earlier and if you dig deeper into the likely voter poll 35%, ross perot got 19% of the vote, 18 years ago. >> it is remarkable, if you think back 20 months ago, when the movement started, people said the democrats would win senate seats and hold their own in the house and it is a short 20 months and now we're looking at almost a certainty to take the house and possibly the senate and has been a topsy-turvy political year and, great growth year for the tea party movement. bill: you have high profile candidates. and i'm just wondering, how you
address this, because, they were flying so high so early on, guys like joe miller in alaska, and now you have that issue about arresting the reporter the other day on camera and rand paul in kentucky, hit by jack conway about the aqua buddha thing he did back in his college days and you are facing the question, whether or not the guys, and women, that you support early on, did they fly too high, too soon, are lie like icarus, getting too close to the sun. >> the american people are sick and tired of the cozy special interests in washington, d.c. and will turn out in record numbers and our candidates and i wouldn't be surprised if they all win but i think a substantial number of them will win and we'll have a great victory on november 2nd. the democrats -- >> you think the voters are dismissing all the personal? >> sure, what are these liberal candidates offering, that is all they offer is personal in eff t
vektive and attacks and, the tea party is talking about how to get the economy moving and create jobs to get america prosperous again and that is the message people want to hear and we'll have a great election. bill: one more point, you say you will not be surprised if all of your candidates won, a whale of a statement and we'll see in 13 days. have you thought what happens to the tea party movement in 14 days? i mean, when you wake up on november 3rd, where does the movement go, sal? >> well, as i have said, i have declared victory already, we now have candidates from both political parties from the left to the right, all addressing the physical issues facing america and something that was not happening 20 months ago and regardless of the outcome we will see victories for tea party candidates in november but this is chapter one, we are ending our tour in -- on november 1st,
in new hampshire and there's a reason for that. because, new hampshire is the first primary for 2012. so, we're going to keep on going and we will not take a break after the election. we will go on and have success... bill: you know, sal, people are going to expect results, starting november 3rd. how are you going to keep them happy? there will be expectations, and the bar is set high. >> in addition to finding candidates that are strong on the economic issues and opposed to the continual growth of the federal government, we have a lot of independent candidates that i think demonstrate the moral courage to stand up in washington, and say no. we have to stop the big spending, so, i think we'll be very proud of these tea party candidates once they are elected. >> we'll check in with you in a week's time. fascinating times in the political world and we'll see whether or not your projection come true or not. sal russo, thank you. martha. martha: certainly shapes the dialogue, you cannot deny that and the stunning claim they may
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or good policy? we'll get into it. also, football is a rough game but a $75,000 fine for a hit that was not even penalized? we'll get into that argument, is the game getting too rough on its players and joining our town hall segment, today, we'll be asking and answering your questions, the ones you would like answered, before the midterm elections, less than two weeks from now. join us for happening now. 15 mib. -- 15 minutes. martha: a lot of focus on nancy pelosi as we get ready for those elections several days away now. will she indeed make a third run for her term as house speaker? new reports are also emerging that now that more than a dozen democrats say they don't want her to be their leader anymore, don't want her to be the house speaker and they are running on campaigns that say they would vote to keep her out of that spot, even if they do keep the majority in the house, the card some of them are playing,
particularly in the south. bob cusack is with managing editor at the hill, what is her future? >> it is dice. martha: she staked it on retaining the majority in the house and even if she retains the majority, some of them will not vote for her for speaker, they say and she cannot afford to lose 39 votes, to lose the majority, but may lose 30 seats, to not continue to be speaker and people said that last election and he was unanimously elected among democrats as speaker of the house and this time it is different. the wind is at the g.o.p.'s back, different than two years ago. martha: and she was a very powerful person in washington, and a very tough person in those times, programs. to deny, if she wanted you to be brought into the fold and i'm struck by the fact, when you look at what is going on out there and the fact that none of the democrats are running on the stimulus plan. none are running on the health care plan, those are the two
huge signature plans nancy pelosi fought tooth and nail to pass. they are blazoned across her chest, right now and everybody is running away from both of them. >> that's right. i mean, she's also -- democrats were upset at her, she wanted to vote on climate change and, it died in the senate and they said, why would they take the tough vote, if it died in the senate and if they lose the majority there will be finger pointing at the white house and democratic leaders as well as nancy pelosi and she's crisscrossing the country, one of the post powerful speakers ever, but, unless there is a game change, our polling shows republicans are going to take back the house. martha: you know, you cannot blame her. she's -- one thing you can say about nancy pelosi, he's committed to the things she'ses committed to and drove the big plans through the house and got them through on health care and the stimulus and tried cap-and-trade as you pointed out. the question is, will she go down with those ideas and say that is what i stood up for, or
if she thinks to hang onto the speakership she'll have to change her tune, will she do that. >> i think so, she was more cautious when she had a smaller majority, when she was going up against president george w. bush. and if she has a small majority and is speaker, next year, then she's going to have to shift the way she governs and the flagship issue is cap-and-trade, though, and wants to move the bill. but there is no way the bill can pass next year and there will be a lot more republicans and the bill is basically dead and if they do anything on energy it will have to be radically different. martha: will she be minority leader if that is the situation. >> i don't think so, if they lose the majority a lot of people think she wouldn't run as the stop democrat, steny hoyer, maybe, the majority leader from maryland, if it's a narrow majority, maybe she would, a lot of democrats will lose who will be conservative democrats and she'd have a lot of support in the liberal caucus. but a lot of people think if she loses the majority she would step aside as top democrat.
martha: what a story, thank you so much, bob, great to talk to you, this morning, have a good one. bill: what is coming down. martha: i remember the moments, nancy pelosi the first woman speaker of the house taking the podium. so proudly and she has pushed through what she said she wanted to push through and stuck to her gans on the things she wanted to accomplish and now the american people decide if she gets to keep it. bill: with the economy the way it is, if you are a political party, not getting things done the heat is on and we are seeing it across the country and now, the president, what can he do to reverse the political fortunes for the democrats, where he is traveling today, tells us a little something about the tough and the tight races are, coming up. martha: and what about this? a troubling sign, what the queen of england is doing now to cut back in this tough economy. who isn't doing stuff, right? she is, too! to save me a boatload of money on my mortgage -- that would be awesome! [sarcastically] sure. like that will happen.
bill: a "fox news alert" from crime, out of detroit, we're hearing the carmaker is recalling 26,000 cars and trucks, because the power steering fluid can leak into a hot engine and cause a fire, you don't want that to happen, breaking now in detroit, 26,000 cars and pickup trucks, clarification there, pickup trucks and cars and we'll emt you when we get more, crossing the wires, martha. martha: the united kingdom revealing the largest budget cuts, it is happening all over, folks, including even military spending. is being cut now. in the u.k. as they try to get their financial house in order, in fact they are the big -- the biggest cuts they have seen since world war ii and because of the, quote, difficult financial circumstances, facing britain, queen elizabeth has also announced something, she is going to scrap the buckingham palace annual christmas party. state isn't so!
paul burrell joins me, the former butler to princess diana and the royal family, good to see you, good to have you here. this is a long-standing tradition, where the help gets to come into the palace and enjoy the christmas party. >> it is this first time in her reign it has not happened and it is sad, i have been many, many times, and, you are allowed to take a member of your family with you and every room of buckingham palace is open and the queen puts on a big show for her staff but not this year. martha: how much money will she say. >> 50,000 pounds. martha: that is not much money. i mean... look at the whole budget. >> it's a start. martha: it is a gesture, it seems and what is she trying to say. >> it's a way forward and is setting an example to everyone and saying, look, we are facing difficult times in our country and thinks of her people, first, always and so now is this time to tighten our belts -- >> i mean, it's an understandable gesture and
everyone still gets a gift and it is odd how you get your gift. listen to this. >> all the staff, every year, are able to look at catalogs and choose. martha: a price point, right? depending on your position. >> yes. and are allows to pick something, a tea service or china, and, you are only allowed to take a few pieces at a time and you are handed it by the queen, herself, and, 200 members of the staff actually are given the christmas presents of their choosing, by the queen, beside the christmas tree. martha: and you still get your present, if you work at the royal palace. buckingham palace, for the queen and i want -- just a minute, i want to squeeze it in. lots of talk, a lot of buzz about the future king of england and whether or not he's indeed about to take a bride. they've been together forever! ten years at least now. >> martha, they will get married. they will, i'll believe it when i see it. >> next year. martha: next year, i'll hold you to it. >> no date, a summer bride.
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