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October 10th, 2012
11:22 PM ET

RNC Chair Reince Priebus on Barack Obama's performance at the first debate: "He didn't have a bad night, he's got a bad game"

Exactly 24 hours prior to the vice presidential debate, on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited high-ranking members from each campaign to share their perspectives, and offer insight, into the state of the race for the White House.

Joining host Piers Morgan for a live interview, Reince Priebus pulled few punches when describing Barack Obama, and his supposed struggles in the first debate:

"This president's record is a record of making promises, and breaking promises, and that's really his problem," said the chairman of the Republican National Committee. "That's why he can't stand in front of debate moderator for 90 minutes, and make the case to the American people. That's his problem. He didn't have a bad night, he's got a bad game. He's not capable of bringing a game, if you don't have a good game to bring."

Moments later, Morgan then welcomed Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was equally critical of the incumbent's Republican challenger:

"This isn't Etch A Sketch, this isn't an evolution, this is simply Mitt Romney being utterly deceptive, and trying to hide the ball," said the chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention. "Mitt Romney has campaigned as a severely conservative candidate for president, now because he knows that those policies were headed towards making sure that he wouldn't have a chance of being elected, he's trying to hide who he really is, and what he really stands for, and we're not going to let him get away with it."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interviews, as Wasserman Schultz and Priebus each make their most compelling cases in support of their respective candidates.
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  1. JAY

    Piers, For yet another night, we viewers were subjected to your rude, constant interruption of guests as they attempted to answer questions. Equally frustrating and annoying, you frequently answer your own questions either in the middle of guests' responses, or shortly after, clearly indicating that you are more interested in hearing your own views vocalized than listening to the perspectives of others. Why even have guests on your show? Just perform a monologue every night and spare your "guests" exploitation for your own self-interests. I have turned you off on many occasion I can't bear to hear you continue to talk over your guests or treat them so poorly. I have also noticed that women are more often the brunt of your rudeness than men. Your behavior is a sad commentary on being raised as a Brit.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael Delarmee

      Totally agree with you JAY.. Piers was a total bully

      October 11, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • amber taylor

      Thank you for saying more eloquently than I could what an insufferable bully is our Mr. Morgan. I was initially charmed and thought perhaps the smirk was only a personality quirk and not as it turns out a manifestation of a superiority defect. Mr. Morgan needs desperately a personality adjustment. His treatment of Wasserman-Schultz was pathetic and his hubris at preaching about what is and what is not 'American' is offensive.

      October 11, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marc

      It's time for CNN to pull the plug on this poor excuse for a reporter and send him back to judging third rate talent shows.

      Who the hell does he think he is to be lecturing anyone about being anti-American anyway? He gets under my skin like no other person on television!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MarkE

      Spot on! He's a condescending bore....

      October 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Gary B.

    Wasserman Schuktz, DNC Chairwoman is an idiot. She comes on your show to say all the talk about the assassination of our Ambassador being the result of a video is because they were waiting for the facts.

    What about keeping your friggin' mouths shut until you have facts.

    You're a liar!

    October 11, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Speaking of facts, have you seen the WMDs? Do you know a million Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the civil war GWB and the GOP ignited when they destabilized Iraq? And do you know that 11 years later, we are still suffering casualties in an Afghan war the GOP deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged to invade Iraq? Have you seen the FACTS on the WMDs?

      October 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. CitizenAJ

    Wow! I just watched Piers interview Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, and he sounded like a spokesman for the Romney or republican campaign. I mean, does he understand what an investigation mean? When the Libyan attacks happen, it occurred at the same time as the protest against the idiotic film. So, you can see where it was not clear that it was an organized attack. The whole muslim world was in uproar. Investigations Mr. Morgan, reveal new evidence, so facts and statements change. So he follows up with the next guest saying that the administration jumped to conclusions. He might as well ware his republican bias leaning pin. I think this has become way to politicize, to the point where the mother of one of the lost had to tell the Romney campaign to stop using her son in his campaign rhetoric. Ridicu-List! Piers, you just lost a viewer, that was pathetic and bias.

    October 11, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jordan

      I agree with you AJ. I have been noticing the same thing. I just turn the channel. He just lost another viewer here too.

      October 11, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Steve

    I agree with Jay: I listened to this pair of interviews on XM. Morgan mostly let Priebus make full statements in response to questions, no matter how far afield from the question (what is Romney's position on abortion) but then contstantly interrupted and badgered Wasserman-Shultz when she was trying to respond - on point - to questions about attack on the consulate in Libya. I don't listen enough to posit whether the clear bias is due to politics or gender, but it was clearly evident, even striking. This is why I don't listen to a lot of political shows and CNN in particular: its bad journalism.

    October 11, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joey

    Peirs showed his true colors when he attacked Debbie like a total Bully he is and yet gave Reince P. free rein with his talking points and on and on rants. Peirs you are an ex-phone hacking suspect who worked for Murdoch who owns FOX news.. make the jump Peirs to your old employer and move to FOX. Your behavior tonite was reprehensible and disgusting and embarassing.

    October 11, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      October 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Fred

    I can't believe that Morgan would attack Obama on Libya and completely ignore blatant debate lies by Romney on green energy. Romney claimed that Obama had spent $90 billion on green energy and that half the businesses had gone out of business. The MIT technology review says the true figure is $23 billion and others have said the failure rate was about 5 percent. Did Bain Capital have a 95 percent success rate on the companies they invested in or did they reap great profits while driving a larger percent of companies into bankruptcy? Morgan better not call himself a journalist with this disregard of fraudulent claims. No wonder Obama was bewildered in the debate.

    October 11, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Agree. At least under four years of President's leadership, our homeland hasn't been attacked. Its unfortunate that GWB and the GOP cannot say the same because they failed to defend and protect us on 9/11/01.

      October 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Bill

    Where did the Wassermann Schutlz video go!! Why is it edited!!!

    October 11, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      It was edited because they only want to show negatives on Romney. Not the real truth that the Obama Administration is in the middle of a serious cover up on the attack in Libya. I don't like Piers but he was right on with this one.

      October 11, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bruce Trudell


    While viewing your segment on Keeping America Great with Lynn Forester & Laura Tyson, I found their comments repugnant, the idea that there is not enough Engineers and Information Systems Technicians is false. I can point out to them that there are about more than hundreds of people I know who are unemployed or underemployed in those industries. Why? Companies place such a stringent hold on qualifications and they are not willing to invest in human capital to train individuals on the specific niche needs in the jobs market. Why? It costs less to promote from within, it also drives the cost of education up in the marketplace, and they do not want to recruit talent unless the individual matches the exact job posting requirements (I.E. all preferred qualifications). Even then with all of the preferred qualifications businesses get in their own way from hiring someone new because of my first point that it costs less to promote from within the organization and once again we have a dilemma because the person who is unemployed or underemployed has no choice but to give up searching for better employment because they’re discouraged due to a loss of security or choice. So businesses have to take a moral responsibility to pay fair wages instead of driving wages down and creating a volatile job market. By creating more apprenticeships that intrinsically is great but does not create an inclusive society. Why? Apprenticeship systems only keep poor people poor. Why? Because we keep them in a community college system that creates more debt for them because the poor cannot afford the apprenticeship, or they have to borrow more money to complete the apprenticeship, and when they finish the apprenticeship the technology or degree they choose is obsolete. My final question is what is the definition of insanity? Objectively, the only attempt to create an inclusive job market is to have businesses like Apple, Microsoft, along with others is to invest in human capital. By hiring more people outside of their organization, train them properly, and encourage a more centrist approach in the hiring practice. I find that the job market has a dogmatic approach to finding talent. Another factor I could address is to recruit young men and women while they are in colleges and offer adequate jobs before graduation.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ninja

    When will you invite Paul Craig Roberts to talk about the " Prison Planet" ?

    October 11, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. ray

    I commend Piers for questioning Wasserman Schultz on what is an obvious cover up effort by the DNC. It is a deliberate attempt to mislead our Nation and is inexcusable. I also wonder why I cannot locate this video on your website and had to go elsewhere to locate it when this took place on CNN.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    A coverup. Really? A coverup of what? Let's face it, President Obama did NOT tell a lie that led to the deaths of the four Americans in Libya. But GWB clearly TOLD a lie about bogus WMDs in Iraq and that LIE led to the deaths of over 5,000 US troops in Iraq and a million Iraqi civilians and his LIE has also led to the deaths of over 4,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan because GWB and the GOP deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to invade Iraq. Eleven years later our troops are still dying in Afghanistan and thanks to President Obama, the illegitimate Iraqi war is over. The only problem there now is that innocent Iraq civilians continue to die in a civil war GWB and the GOP ignited when they destabilized that country. And by the way, do you know how many Americans died when GWB and the GOP failed to defend and protect our homeland on 9/11/01? perhaps you're too busy blaming President Obama.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    There was no cover up, our responsible president didn't want to jump into conclusions with out having accurate evidence. Dubious remarks would only alienate minorities. He is the president of the United States, not a governor of some state, he should never say anything that may cause further loss of allies. We in the united states set the stage; we set the example of democracy, how democratic would we look if he had defined them as terrorist attacks and then later it proved wrong??? The president would of looked like he is prejudice and hateful to a minority...

    October 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. kevin

    He had a bad night? I suppose considering his day job is probably one of the worst in the world.

    October 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Joan

    With all due respect CNN, the poll you took after the vice presidential debate is in direct contrast to the polls taken periodically throughout the debate by your online viewers who I assume were in the thousands. Every poll by the online viewers had Biden in the 60's and Ryan in the 30's. The CBS poll had Biden winning by a large margin. Your online poll of a few hundred landline people seems to be the opposite of what thousands of people actually saw and thought. That's why people are getting so weary of listening to your polls. It is interesting that the roles seem to be flipped last night. Last week Romney interrupted a lot and was very "in your face" yet he got praised for it. VP Biden got slammed by some of your pundits last night for doing the same thing. Last week the President was more subdued, thoughtful and stuck to facts and got slammed. Ryan tried to do that last night and got praised. Perhaps you need to take another poll today with a larger sample and include cell phone users because you know that land line users are usually older Republicans. Anyway, the people who watched the debate all seemed to really enjoy it and can't wait for the next Presidential debate. You can bet it is going to be much different than last week..

    October 12, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Tyrell

    The whole point of posting this exchange was to mock the way Priebus pronounced "GAME"

    October 16, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse | Reply

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