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September 21st, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Newt Gingrich on Mitt Romney: "He's not in a competition to be likable, he's in a competition to be capable"

As Friday afternoon sees Mitt Romney release his coveted tax returns, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites fellow Republican Newt Gingrich to offer his unique brand of campaigning insight and political perspective.

With less than 50 days until the general election, and with Romney and Barack Obama running very close in the polls, the former House Speaker believes his former opponent [Romney] needs to become less polite, and more polarizing:

"He has got to stand up, he's got to be very firm, and very aggressive. And the country's got to look in and say 'Ya know? This is a guy who can be president. He's tough enough, he's clear enough. I get it,'" explains the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. "He's not in a competition to be likable, he's in a competition to be capable. We need somebody who can turn America around."

Even as economic struggles continue across the country, with unemployment rates on the rise in some states, the incumbent has actually grown his lead, a fact Gingrich attributes, in part, to failures within the GOP candidates camp:

"Of course, there's this 47% statement which is, I think, not accurate, and was not a very clever thing to say, so Romney's had a bad couple weeks," the former presidential candidate tells Piers Morgan. "Part of this is the Romney people haven't gotten used yet to the fact that in a general election, if you're the conservative, you are running against a headwind all day, every day. And you've got to just stick to your guns, be very clear about what you're going to do, and not let the media distract you."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in tonight at 9 p.m. as Gingrich offers his evaluation and interpretation of Mitt Romney's recently released tax returns.
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September 21st, 2012
04:14 PM ET

"Big Kenny" on which way he leaned in 2008: "I don't think that's proper for you to even ask that"

They hail from Nashville, Tenn., but earlier this week, country music's Big&Rich made it's way from "Music City," to "The City That Never Sleeps," for a primetime interview with Piers Morgan.

Sitting together face to face for their first interview together in more than five years, the topic quickly turns from vocals to voting, as the host attempted to label "Big Kenny" a liberal.

"I don't even know what that is," says the 48-year-old singer and songwriter. "What I know is I'm a farm boy, raised in Virginia, to a dad who is a hard-working man and a mother who taught me music and gave me great lessons in life."

For John Rich, meanwhile, there is no gray area within his political identity:

"Yes, I'm a conservative," he states emphatically.

As for his his partner? FULL POST

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September 21st, 2012
02:12 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Norquist and Reich on paring down the national debt; Mukasey on the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya

On Thursday evening, Piers Morgan sat down with Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and Clinton labor secretary and University of California at Berkeley Public Policy professor, Robert Reich. The three engaged in a lively debate over tax reform and what it will take to bring the U.S. out of it's $16 trillion debt.

During the interview, Norquist, who is adamantly opposed to an increase in taxes, was skeptical that President Barack Obama would only raise taxes for a certain tax bracket. "Sixteen days into his presidency, Obama broke that pledge and raised taxes on millions of people," said Norquist.

"There are eight taxes on the middle class in Obamacare and of course one thing that has been very interesting is the president's changed his promise. Four years ago, [he] wasn't going to raise any taxes on anyone who earned less than $250,000."

Reich quickly noted "You're going to have to increase taxes," in order to pare down the debt. "We're going to also have to cut some spending. Spending that is unnecessary, corporate welfare, some military spending."

"We do a lot of spending that doesn't actually help average working Americans or the middle class or people aspiring to be the middle class," added Reich. "And that's going to be hopefully the topic of conversation and action by Democrats and Republicans."

Michael Mukasey, attorney general under President George W. Bush, also joined the program and shared his thoughts on the recent findings of al Qaeda ties to the U.S. Consulate attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. FULL POST

Need to Know News: Apple fans scoop up iPhone 5;  Pakistan protest against anti-Muslim film turns violent
September 21st, 2012
09:42 AM ET

Need to Know News: Apple fans scoop up iPhone 5; Pakistan protest against anti-Muslim film turns violent

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

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