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September 18th, 2012
07:16 PM ET

Joel Osteen on campaigning and attack ads: "From what I hear, the negative seems to work ... it's a shame"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the return of televangelist Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria, for a face to face interview.

Making a third visit to the program, the senior pastor of Houston's famed Lakewood Church tells host Piers Morgan he understands why political campaigns turn to attack ads, but that doesn't mean he has to like it:

"I would love for it too," says Osteen, when asked if he thinks the strategy should stop. "It seems like for as long as I can remember it's always happened ... from what I hear, the negative seems to work. It's a shame."

A man who leads services seen in more than 100 nations around the world, Osteen wishes candidates would play the political game in a more dignified space:

"I'd love it to stay on a higher level. I don't know if that's practical, but I think it'd be great if it would," says the 49-year-old. "I think things are taken out of context, and you know, amplified, and it's not necessarily, like you said, the full truth."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening, as Osteen shares his views on success, while his wife Victoria reveals the secret to his stunning six-pack and buff beach body.

If you're interested in hearing the Osteen's message in person tickets for "America's Night of Hope" in Miami April 20, 20113 go on sale via their website next month.
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  1. Ty

    I do not for the life of me know why you keep putting Donald Trump on your show. There are a lot more credible, intelligent, people than Trump. Half of what he says is wrong and the other half means nothing. I enjoy your show, but Trump really can't talk about anything with any credibility except the real estate market.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandra

      Donald trump is not a man for your show he has no sence of human see he is the same as romney no one could expect him to say noting better please do not put him on your show again
      may God bless you Pers

      September 19, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandra

      Joel Osteen has said the right ting we are looking for a President not a Pastor, America has enough of them but only one President to work on behalf of all Americans those who is on the highest mountain to them in the lowest valey to stand for all

      September 19, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • HSmith

      Amen. Trump is not a wealth of info on anything but real estate, and even that is only on his "turf." He's one of these people that's famous for being famous. I equate him with Paris Hilton.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. anne

    Why is Trump relevant to the political debate? He's a narcissistic blowhard whose major interest is getting publicity for himself. He has no credibility left.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. DJ Olivier

    I guess we need to know if Romney is part of the 47%? Willard needs to release his tax returns for the last 10 years?

    September 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      Rest assured that he is part of the 53%.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. John Coney

    After hearing your conversation with Donald Trump tonight, and hearing how he said "since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Super Pacs being able to spend millions of dollars, it's right". The question should be back to him regarding everything else the court HAS ruled in favor of including: abortion, "Obamacare, and countless other "left leaning" rulings that the Republicans have declared wrong.It seems to be typical Republican politics. If We like it it's fin, if not, the court is wrong! SAD

    September 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Chris

    Piers, since you are from a country of socialism, I can understand your far left leaning. I am listening to you right now tearing Mitt Romney to shreds. Why not just say that you are for Obama; after all, could you work for CNN if you were not.
    I miss Larry King who at least interviewed rather than using the platform for his own message. For this reason, I rarely ever watch the program now.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Get real.

    Joel Osteen's God is $$$$$$ and Netanyahu.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pam Neilands

      And wots your god? Joel is a wonderful man whom God would be proud of. I have watched him many times for free, and he has brightened up my life considerably. He is one of the nicest people in the world today. You can have your god, whatever it is or isnt, I am with Joel anyday, and our Jesus

      September 19, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • john shelley

      Thank you "Get Real". The Osteens just happened to be in the holy land and met with Perez. Morgan should have asked him if their Christian graciousness would include meeting with the Palestinian Authority head Abbas. An obvious question that would have gone a long way toward cutting through the evangelical BS of impartiality the Osteens beam at us. Israel and Biblical Prophecy is a cash cow for evangelists, and even the slightest hint of fairness towards the Palestinians, now going through their 45th year of Israeli occupation through conquest, would be scandalous and put a serious dent in the cash flow.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vands lacey

      Wow i feel sorry for the haters

      September 19, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mary

    Why would any God make one group " the chosen people " over the other?

    September 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • chicho

      The standard of god's chosen is the Bible, if someone don't live by it i am sorry to say it but he or she is doomed already remember ever since you born you have to live by someone's standards or rules

      September 27, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. TA Parker

    I'm a Christian and Olsten's answers, or non answers make me sick. He wants to make the morman faith the same as the Christian faith. He defends a man who insults the poor, even though Christ had a lot to say about how we should respect and take care of the poor. There's a reason why Christ said it would be very difficult for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. He sounds more like a politician than a honest man of GOD.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Pam

    I try to watch Piers to see who guests are but his time tonight with Osteen was bizarre to the extent he was determined to bash Romney and assure us Obama is just fine. Osteen was a wuss, remaining neutral for the rich Morman and for the so called Christian who favors gay marriage and partial-birth abortion. We turned the channel, too disgusted to ever have any respect for Morgan. He's a political hack. Shame on CNN.l

    September 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ray

    Why not ask Mr.Osteen why, while he was in Israel praying with a man who denies the divinity of the Jesus Osteen reportedly serves, he didn't seek a meeting with Palestinian Christians so he could pray with them? The secular state of Israel is just one of many idols to which so-called evangelicals have sold their soul. Osteen may not be political, but he knows an opportunity when he sees it. So did Judas.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mom

    Please let us know when Joel Osteen preaches to his members to go out into the world to help the poor, the needy, and the suffering.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maia

      What's his bank account preaching?
      Why do we need a preacher? We can find our God in diferant places, why does it have to be a church? You must be nuts to trust a preacher. Preachers are as outdated as Trump.

      September 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Keith

    Why do you keep having Joel on your show. This pastor has no opinion on anything. The next time if you must have this guy on pinch him just so he can say ouch! In other words this guy is so out of touch. If I told my people in church as a pastor what they wanted to here, I would have a thirty thousand member church too. My point is Jesus told the people the truth even if it was unpopular . Joel you are the Shepard of those people soul , not there motivating speaker.

    September 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • %#^%+}

      Because he can not find REAL people! Next will be Trump right ?

      September 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sue

      Borring, Borring, Borring.....

      September 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jo

      Keith, you wrote exactly what I was thinking. Joey might be a great motivational speaker, but he is a hypocrite to market himself as a Christian minister of God's Word. He takes no stand on any issue that would offend anyone. I can't believe he has such a following.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Engela Schemel

      Of course a preacher must motivate! What else do you want him to do, share the doom an gloom? That's what the newspapers and news programs are there for!! God bless the Osteens and Piers Morgan !!!!

      September 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Carol Shuman

    Where is Larry KIng when you need him?

    September 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Lawrence Beguin

    Piers, I wish you would have framed your questions for Osteem tonight more along the lines of "how" Romney made his wealth, rather than whether or not people dislike the Republican candidate "because" of his wealth. Romney has left destruction and despair in the wake of his path to riches. He appears to be extremely naivel, no doubt in part due to an "enabling" childhood.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. PEM

    Piers, you are killing me. I would have posted on your latest gaffe but it is NOT available now to post to. Anyway in your conversation with Donald Trump (SEPT 19, 2012), you asked him about the Supreme Court ruling on the SuperPAC's. He responded by telling YOU that they (The Supreme Court) approved it so his view on this was IRRELEVANT? And you gave him a pass on that? So much for investigative journalism or at least an interrogative.. Geez, after your fall down with Gov. Jesse Ventura, I am starting to think that you are a closet Republican. Oy. PEM.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. PEM

    Really? The Osteens? They deserve an hour of our time nationwide? Geez, Piers, you really need to have a chat with your scheduling crew. PEM.

    And don't get me wrong. I have watched many of your shows in the past and loved them. But you went off the tracks with Ventura, even more off the tracks with Donald Trump and you are completely derailed with your coverage of the OSteens.

    Come back to us, Piers!!

    Love, PEM

    September 19, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. PEM

    Once last thing... I heard that Bill O'Reilly is going to debate Jon Stewart. I would love to see you debate Bill Maher. Now that would be a show!! PEM

    September 19, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Krash

      Piers Morgan won't let Bill Maher get his last our. He will get the orange face Trump back on.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Krash

        Oops! Piers Morgan won't let Bill Maher get his last word OUT .

        September 19, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  18. James

    Really surprised at you Piers. I would have thought that you would have not only been disappointed in the daily apologies from the Obama Administration on the terrorist attacks on our embassy in Libya and the attacks elsewhere. That is a major gaffe. The other major gaffe is the Obama administrations continued insistence that the terrorist attacks are the result of some lame crackpot video,rather than the obvious hatred those individuals have towards the West, Western ideals and Christians and Jews in general. They committed the act because they are only concerned with carrying out violence. PERIOD!! And now the administration has pushed to have charges pressed against the film maker. What great smoke screens to take the heat off of the fact that they were aware of a possible attack, did not have any marines stationed there, and the appeasement of terrorists by giving billions to Egypt and apologizing.
    You also failed to mentioned the DOJ and Media Matters in bed with each other to sway propaganda in favor of the Obama administration. Shame on you Piers. I thought you had better principles.

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