On Monday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to the program as he brought along his trademark blend of passionate rhetoric and candid perspective.
Joining Piers Morgan 24 hours prior to the second presidential debate, the Democratic supporter of Barack Obama pulled few punches in his description of the incumbent's GOP challenger, Mitt Romney:
"His record as governor of Massachusetts was terrible. He went from 35 to 47 in job creation. He left the state with $1 billion in debt and he left with less than a 37 percent job approval," said Reed. "He would not have been re-elected governor of Massachusetts."
As part of a fiery exchange with the host, Reed crunched the numbers, and closed with a quotable parting shot:
"Mitt Romney has run for office a total of four times. He's only won once. So that means he's got about a 25 percent chance of winning here. If he were an IPO he would not bet on himself."
In addition to Reed, Morgan moved from the economy to social issues, as Franklin Graham joined the show for a face to face discussion that touched upon some of the most-polarizing issues that American's will face as they go to the polls this November.
The son of well-known minister Billy Graham, and A CEO of two Evangelical Christian organizations, Graham was asked to detail his stance on same-sex marriage:
"God instituted marriage. And for the president to now back something that is against God's position and - is a big problem for him with not only Evangelical churches, but African-American churches across this country who are very conservative."
Pressed for his personal opinion, Graham stayed consistent:
"Listen, I cannot accept gay marriage. I'm not homophobic. I'm not against gay or lesbian people. They are free to live however they want to live. But I believe God makes it very clear that marriage is between a man and a woman," said the 60-year-old North Carolinian. "There's no discussion about it. And for me to support any other definition other than God's definition would be wrong."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Reed and Graham each touch upon issues that figure to play out prominently in Tuesday's debate.
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