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August 16th, 2012
02:29 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Dan Rather on "one of the nastiest campaigns" of his lifetime; Cory Booker on the "silly season" of Congress

On Wednesday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Dan Rather to weigh in on the current climate of the presidential election. "It's already one of the nastiest campaigns in my lifetime," said Rather.

"Each of these campaigns is in a mode to be meaner than a mama wasp," continued Rather. "My own personal opinion is that the public wants to hear more substance than it does the vitriolic, you know, he said, he said that accusations. But it's not the kind of campaign we have."

Newark Mayor Cory Booker also joined Piers Morgan on Wednesday and proposed that Congress is currently "in a silly season" where they are "doing nothing and where frankly people like [Paul] Ryan are part of the problem down in Congress."

"And so to suggest that we can now move on gun legislation in this Congress is ridiculous," said Booker. "What we need to do is you and I, and others, need to start raising the awareness of the real problem in America. And that is every single day dozens of Americans are shot by criminals who have easily obtained illegal guns."

Later in the program, professional boxer and television personality Laila Ali sat down with Morgan in studio and talked about her father, the legendary heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ali. "I have a lot of pride just being his daughter," said Ali. "Just as simply who he is as a man, to stand up for what he believes in, not care what anyone else has to say, not worry about what's going to be taken away from him."

"You don't come across that anymore, not with these athletes and not with most of these men nowadays. People are all only concerned about money and power. And that wasn't my dad, even though he had so much power."

Also on the program, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, was on hand to explain Paul Ryan's proposed budget plan which Norquist noted was "passed by the Republican House and got most of the Republican votes in the Senate, which gives you a very good outline of where Republican thinking is."

Meanwhile Michael Linden, the director for tax and budget policy at the Center for American Progress, criticized Norquist's explanation saying that Norquist omitted the fact that "Ryan and [Mitt] Romney have so far refused to explain how they're going to pay for the five trillion dollars in tax cuts they have promised the wealthy over the next 10 years."

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  1. tonka1

    Reblogged this on tonka1 and commented:
    This is more than Nasty, it is un American and takes us back to a place with should have left.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. vince

    Please spare me the Dan Rather commentary which is out of date and he is too stayed in his ways. Rather is biased and boring. Add to this a biased and confrontational reporter like Pierce Morgan and you have a looser all the way around, I wouldn't miss Morgan.. Send him back to England where they were obviously happy to get rid of him .

    August 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. NOBAMA2012

    A provision of ObamaCare is set to punish roughly two-thirds of U.S. hospitals evaluated by Medicare starting this fall over high readmission rates, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News.

    Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates – which refers to patients who return within a month – by as much as 1 percent. The maximum penalty increases to 2 percent the following year and 3 percent in 2014.

    Why isn't MSDNC and CNN not reporting this!

    obamacare is throwing the seniors and middle class under the bus!

    obama wants seniors to die!

    August 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    There is no recovery. Dont let the numbers fool you... they have been cooked for a long time now. Obama has wrecked the economy and added over 5 trillion to the deficit with nothing to show for it. In the first two years he could have passed any bill he wanted but didnt even think about jobs. His "laser like" focus was on the golf course and lavish vacations while Americans lost their jobs. He is the biggest clown to ever sit in the Presidency... and he is done come November. I just hope there is something left to recover.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jacob Hernandez

    Amazing what a SUPER PAC WILL BUY YOU! Do you guys really think where that stupid? I am not WHITE!

    September 8, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply

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