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August 2nd, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Clips From Last Night: Rep. Mack on debt back-stabbing; Dave Ramsey on what deal means for you

Last night's "Piers Morgan Tonight" looked at all angles of the debt deal, which was voted on by the House. Piers Morgan talked to Rep. Connie Mack IV, who voted no, about going against Speaker John Boehner. "I think the Speaker's done as good a job as he can," said Mack. But when pressed about whether he stabbed Boehner in the back, Mack responded, "To continue to let Washington, whether it's Republicans or Democrats to spend more than they bring in...that is the problem."

Morgan also talked to Dave Ramsey about what the debt deal means for you:

Said Ramsey: "The average American Joe actually is the economy – it doesn't come from the top down out of Washington."

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  1. James Delheimer

    Piers Morgan looked like a fool when interviewing Connie Mack.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. WMD

    Mack is correct; Piers Morgan and his show is a joke.
    The Dems have had nearly 900 days to submit a constiutionally mandated federal budget-they have failed to do so.
    The Dems have known that this country is fed up with the 'tax and spend' policies of Congress since the elections of November 2010.
    The Dems–for the only time in modern history–wanted the debt ceiling resolution to extend beyond one year-i.e. beyond the 2012 Presidential election.
    If Piers Morgan and CNN do not understand that the vast majority of Americans are fed up with the polices of bigger government, uncontrolled spending, and re-distribution of wealth then the joke is on them.
    We cannot wait until November 2012.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dan Kelliher

    Wow, two whole comments on last night's show. An indicator of how many fans he has. Were the 95 Dems who voted against the debt deal stabbing Obama in the back? You can't even comprehend the principals that the Tea Party folks stand for.
    Mack wasn't correct, the show was already a joke. Piers, can you please have Grover Norquist on again. I love to see him school you!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mike

    PM exposed himself as a lefty hack last night. What a ghastly joke he has become in his short stint @CNN.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. D. Wilson

    Mr Morgan, I thoroughly enjoy your contribution to our talking heads the media serves us daily! You offer a perspective that is fresh and seems to come from a type of first impression of cultural shock, a candid curious approach with substantial facts to backup your inquiries. I think the most important question that is not being asked is; Where are the jobs and increased wages that have supposed to have been "TRICKLING DOWN" from the Bush era tax loopholes for the wealthy? They say they are affected by "CONFIDENCE" in the economy that drives them not to hire or raise wages.. well they are being paid thru deductions by the american taxpayer to create jobs and stimulate growth thru TRICKLE DOWN economics.. there is NO PROOF that anything ever trickles back down.. that should be the defining mechanism as to whether the wealthy can claim the Bush Era Deductions .. they must show proof of hiring and increased wages and growth, to coincide with the reported profit margin of same year, or they get NO DEDUCTIONS from the tax loopholes that are supposed to create jobs and growth thru the trickle down economic "THEORY". Please ask that question.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Indigant

    Here is an e-mail that I sent to my two Republican Senators from Texas and my representative in the House.

    Senator/Congressman - you and all of your colleagues in the US Congress should be embarressed and ashamed at the fiasco that has been the debt ceiling debate. Both sides of the aisle have missed a perfect opportunity to address in a very significant manner the budget and finacial crisis that our country suffers.

    Why?

    Because of the rancour and shrill nature of politics that is Washington today.

    Because our representatives fail to rise above this and fail to do their jobs in looking out for what is best for the country.

    Because both sides of the aisle refuse to learn and implement the art of compromise.

    And as a result you, sir/madam, and all of your collegaues have allowed a fringe element of the Republican party (a/k/a the Tea Party) to control the debate.

    America is best governed from 'the middle' not from fringe elements.

    As a result of this failure by you and all of your colleagues, the American people have to suffer a "dog's breakfast" of a bill that does not solve the problem at all. You ,sir/madam, and all of your colleagues from both sides of the aisle bear responsibility for this.

    This is one Republican who has had it with the dysfunctional representation that exists in the US Congress.

    In the next election when you come up for re-election, should you choose to run (and I truly hope that you do not as you do not deserve to be in the Senate/House), I will be voting in the primary for the best candidate who runs against you. Should you win the primary, I will be voting for the Democrat.

    This will be the case for all of my votes for Senate and House of Represenatives.

    I have come to the conclusion that the only solution is a wholesale house cleaning of the US Congress - both sides of the aisle.

    What comes next might not be better but I will take my chances because it cannot be any worse.

    I fully realize that this does not make a bit of difference to you as what is clear is all that matters in the US Congress is partisan politics.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tony Seymour

    Piers:
    Please ask these dumb Reuplicans who keep insisting Obama and the democrats in the Senate had no plan if the only plan that passed both house and the senate was the one they (GOP and Tea Party) did not provide. Please teach these clueless republicans that a plan that cant pass is as good as a ZERO plan!! I wonder if these dumb people were awol while Bush and Cheney were in charge and plunged the Country into a senseless war with Iraq that has continued to cost billions of dollars in cash and human lives; ask them what they expected the outcome were with the war and tax cuts for the rich.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • common sense

      First. If you are going to call a group of people dumb, you should at least spell the name of the group properly. They are "Republicans". More to the point, your brilliant Democrats controlled the congress since 2006 and the presidency since 2009. When they had control of both houses and the presidency, they failed to even adopt a budget, let alone deal intelligently with our burgeoning debt. Our Democratic President didn't even have the courage to come before the nation with a plan that could be critqued or vetted, but cowered instead and fought only for one and only one principal; to make sure that this issue would not be raised again until he is safely re-elected, Between now and then, he will vilify Republicans for wanting to hurt old, poor and sick people and engage in class warfare. Fortunately for him, so called "journalists" like Piers Morgan will claim that the 66 Republicans who voted against the compromise are idealogue back stabbers, while conveniently not commenting on the 95 far left Democrats who voted against the bill.

      August 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. King

    Piers: Remind the folks in the U.S. what you in the UK are paying in taxes? Who the hell are you to question anything we do? Didn't we kick you ass 235 years ago? GET OVER IT! So, go sit next to Sharon and Howie and judge crappy talent, you moron.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. jhonny zday

    our problems are not political but all our problems today are technical democrats or whatever political party or leader do not know how to solve problems and they prove that every day

    August 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ethel

    Whenever is CNN going to get rid of Piers Morgan? He has no business commenting on air on our Politics. He is rude and very ignorant. Can't you send him back to the UK?

    August 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. mgmgmg

    Wow, Piers was actually able to do the impossible: he got me to agree with a Republican about something!! Way to go, Piers! Your show IS a joke! My favorite part is Piers' look of righteous-indignation as he goes after Mack for "stabbing him in the back". Ah, the nits we pick!

    August 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. common sense

    Piers apparently believes that his (pretty cool) British accent qualifies him as an expert on world opinion. Thus, last evening he repeatedly noted that people all around the world were simply aghast at how the tea party Republicans were playing with economic fire regarding the debt ceiling, etc. Isn't it interesting, though, that Putin was quoted today as calling the USA an economic parasite because we have repeatedly spent more than we had and borrowed to maintain an unsustainable lifestyle? Did Piers also miss the fact that the Germans (who have been the true "adults in the room" for quite some time) have also warned us repeatedly of the dire consequences that will result from run away inflation resulting from printing money and unchecked borrowing? Does Piers remember Weimar Germany where you needed a wheelbarrow full of marks to buy a bussel of apples? This crisis was not made by tea partiers, and it won't be solved by pandering politicians who are afraid to tell our people some of the harsh truths they need to hear. (But I really still love Piers' accent, and think he is pretty cool, when not being so thoroughly biased regarding our nation's economic policy).

    August 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bill M

    Why don't you invite a Justice department official on your show, Morgan, and ask questions in that manner about Fast and Furious? Something that got an American agent killed? Better yet, take your condescension and rudeness back to the tabloids and hack some cell phones. One more thing, Krugman quit being an economist years ago, about the time he worked for ENRON.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. carol cole

    I have tried to like your show! Larry King could be bothersome with his interruptions after asking a guest a question but YOU not only do that constantly!! (re: Governor Romney) but are SO unbelievably RUDE that I will no longer tune in to
    CNN......it's amazing to me that you often have guests I would like to see interviewed but NOT treated so rudely! Go
    away!

    August 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. sara

    Mack,Paul and Ryan are the only 3 members of Congress that have offered up real detailed plans to resolve the very real problem of the deficit. So why didn't Piers discuss Mack's plan in more detail?? I guess it didn't fall in line with CNN's anti-Teaparty, Pro Socialist,Pro Obama agenda. I tried to give Morgan's show a chance but after watching his ridiculous interview with Rep. Mack, I'm finished simply because I refuse to waste my valuable time watching predictable CNN propaganda garbage.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. carol

    You owe Rep Mack an apology!!! how rude!...."stabbed in the back" accusation............incredible!!!!!!!!!
    the only redeeming feature of that interview was that it made Rep Mack look SO much more mature than you!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. ROSEBUD

    PIERS, YOU ARE SUCH TERRIBLE TV SHOW HOST. I DON'T KNOW WHO WRITES YOUR QUESTIONS BUT IF YOU WERE HIRED TO BE THE CNN ANTAGONIST, THEY DID IT RIGHT. YOU WON'T WIN ANY POPULARITY VOTES IN THIS COUNTRY DOING AN INTERVIEW SHOW THE WAY YOU DO IT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT MOST OF THE TIME SO MAYBE YOU ARE LEAD BY A PROMPTER. IN ANY CASE, YOU OUGHT TO GO BACK TO JUDGING JUGGLERS & DANCERS BECAUSE IN AN INTERVIEW SHOW, YOU STINK! I THOUGHT LARRY KING WAS BAD, YOU ARE TEN TIMES WORSE. YOU JUST MAKE SENSATIONAL STATEMENTS FOR SHOCK & AWE. GO BACK TO THE UK, WE DON'T APPRECIATE YOUR KIND OF RIDICULE HERE. TRYING TO PROVOKE OR DIMINISH ONES ABILITIES & EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT IS INSULTING & SOMETHING YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, IS A WASTE OF THE VIEWERS TIME & THE SPONSORS INVESTMENT. GIVE IT UP, QUICKLY!

    August 4, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse | Reply

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