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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.

"Of course it was a terrorist attack," said Mukasey. "The fact is that Eastern Libya is a hotbed of these kinds of folks. And when you combine that with the fact that this took place on 9/11, that these folks came with RPGs –they weren't there to demonstrate about some obscure film."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Mukasey explains more on why he considers it "ridiculous" that the U.S. Consulate attack was ignited by an anti-Islamic film.
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  1. Roberta L LeGalley

    Piers Morgan
    No different than all media people. Always give the last say to the democrats. If you could vote we know who you would vote for. Glad you can not vote. One less vote for a President who has done nothing for job creation, foreign policy, or the economy. I am tried of the democrats, the media and especially you, continuing to bring up President Bush. After four years the mess we are in is on the President shoulders. I have never been in more anguish over an election than I am this time. The media would never have spent a whole blessed week on what was said if the President had said it. You and all media claim they are not bias, but you have proven yourself and all media wrong.

    September 22, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DemsAREsmarter

      Waaaahhhh buuuuhwhaaaahhh sob sob buwhaaaahaaahhhh. Get over it.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. jan falk, LCSW

    I think its about time to detain, drug and put Grover in a locked ward, he sounds crazy and looks crazy and makes no sense. Time for America to demand that he go away with Rush and Karl.

    November 10, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse | Reply

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