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October 17th, 2012
10:37 PM ET

Piers Morgan interview four of the people who asked questions at Tuesday's "Town Hall" debate

One night removed from the election season's second presidential debate, on Wednesday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited four of the undecided voters who had been chosen to ask questions to the candidates as part of the evening's "Town Hall" format.

Joining Piers Morgan in studio for a live face to face interview, Kerry Ladka, Carol Goldberg, Jeremy Epstein, and Nina Gonzalez all enjoyed an opportunity to review their national moment from the evening before, providing some insight into the specifics of the experience.

After having raised a question about gun control during the event, Gonzalez revealed that she then met with both men later in the evening.

"Did either of them give you any glimmer of hope," wondered Morgan.

"I was anxious to hear President [Barack] Obama's reaction, and then we were cut off, because someone redirected his attention," she explained. "I had a fantasy of asking him to meet with me again so I can hear his response."

"Well, I'm sure he's watching, so I'll try and arrange that," joked the host.

Goldberg, meanwhile, who had focused on the issue of outsourcing, explained her interaction with the incumbent:

"President Obama came by and thanked me for the question, said it was a good question. And he said he was going to work hard at it, and then we left it at that."

The honor of asking the night's first question had gone to Epstein, a 20-year-old college student, who inquired about improving the job market for himself and his peers.

"Jeremy, either of them personally say, 'look, you can come and work for me'?"

"I talked with a little bit of Barack Obama's campaign people. But I feel Barack Obama is a lot more personable than Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney did spend a lot of time with us, but he did leave a lot earlier than the president did."

"Is it quality time, though?" asked the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.

"I guess so," admitted Goldberg.

Watch the clip, and listen to the interviews, as the four American question askers – who had initially described themselves as undecided – reveal whether or not Tuesday's debate did anything to help them make up their mind.
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  1. Rhonda

    Why can't the undecided make a presidential selection already?????

    October 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • andy

      I know, Imagine standing behind one of them at a Baskin Robins? Flip a freekin coin alreay...it isn't that hard.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. newdist

    "Kerry Ladka, Carol Goldberg, Jeremy Epstein, and Nina Gonzalez"

    Wait, so 3/4 were Jews?

    October 18, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. beverly wheeler

    Pierce did bot get prepared for tonite. He swallowed what Romney wanted him to believe. Romney did not go looking for women. They were already there in the prev administration as a MA womens focus group and were ready for any Gov with women to fill the admin. The top 19 positions were filled by 17 men he had been in business with at Bain. Only 2 were filled by women. Pierce should have gotten the facts. I am very disappointed in him. I thought he did background

    October 18, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pro-active

      He chose not to and has switched sides, which is okay but at least be objective for the sake of one's integrity, which is what the problem is with Gov Romney & Congressman Ryan. They distort, embellish their records and deceive voters into believing whatever it is they want them to believe which is rather sad and a shame. What people utter most times, is a reflection of their inner thought process and ideals.

      Although the binder issue wasn't a big issue for me and my husband and we didn't even hear it during the debate until it broke out, Gov Romney as many noted didn't answer the question he was asked about equal pay for men and women for equal value of work. Instead he ranted off about diversity and flexible working which is great but they were based on non-factual information to embellish his record. We now know the truth!

      As Piers Morgan stated, I wouldn't even bother with Binder and Big Bird if I were President Obama and VP, Joe Biden. I will attack his not so great/good record including the economic ideas which by the way are not policies because he doesn't have one but sad and a shame.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Joyce

    I have said before that I am NOT interested in hearing Piers Morgan's opinion. He has done it again, I will no longer watch this program.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pro-active

      Joyce, you are not the only one feeling that way. Many have told me the same. He and Andersen Cooper have been stoking the seeds of discord regarding the Libyan Issue and interviewing former Bush aides who have an agenda and are advancing them on behalf of the Republican party. As for Piers Morgan, I am seeing a repeat of the Daily Mirror. That's the quickest way to kill one's career and the behaviour of people who experience instant success, have made contacts and enjoyed popularity (which could be very well be short-term) and think they nothing of everyone else. No wonder, President Obama is not too keen to grant him an interview and I would do the same. No condition is permanent in life.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jaker, Dublin

        I agree; Anderson Cooper thinks he'll earn his way to be Romney's Press Secretary by his appalling sticking-uppitus (I decided to create a new word) for Romney especially regards the Libyan Terrorist attack, do none of the media there know if this was only a lone on his own perpetrator, it would still have been an "Act of Terror". As regard Medicaid...Romney is alike to a doctor who know all the cures before he even knows the symptoms. He has many noon known-about symptoms in his idiotic non known-about 5 point plan, that's for sure!

        October 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Albert

    Am greatly disappointed with your comments with regards to 'binders full of women'.
    First of all, Romney did not address the issue of wage inequality as that's the question.
    Secondly, its so Duh for a person like Romney to need help to employ qualified women.
    Maybe you will understand better if you read this article that really articulates what's the big fuss about the Binders :
    http://news.yahoo.com/romney-and-the-“binder”-blunder-45646812684.html

    And lastly, you should not take side and do your research, Romney did not look up the women Group, they approached both candidates!

    October 18, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pro-active

      Albert, that is true and it has been confirmed already on other sites and blogs. Piers is playing a game!

      October 18, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robyn123

      Yes he did not mention that the women's group approached mittens and not the other way around!

      October 18, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Robyn123

    Pierce needs to transfer to Fox News. He is soooooo anti Obama. Pierce do us a favor and just go to fox and take Mittens with you! I'm glad the President doesn't come on your stupid show! Racist cow!

    October 18, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ranger555

      Robyn, You are in denial. As a Brit, he is a leftist and his recent comments are an example of the Media refusing to keep on covering for the savior. obama lied, people died. Benghazi is the beginning of the end for his dysfunctional administration.

      October 18, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Retiree07

        Support for the last administration was fierce after 911- it did not end that administration – they are still in denial that they dropped the ball -thousands died then plus those in the Iraq war. Is this a political issue because this President is not "one of us" and anything to get him out of office will do? Mr Romney and his "advisers" need to present a good defense why his campaign is using this for votes. We need answers but not this way – and two families of those heroes don't want their sons to be used that way.either.

        October 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pro-active

      Actually Robyn, he wasn't anti-Obama until after he met the Romney boys and interviewed them so perhaps that changed the way he feels about their Dad and that's fair. Plus, the Media's conclusion of President's Obama's performance at the first debate which I thought was personally good because he talked about issues and substance as against style/bullying tactics. President Obama was just being respectful which I agree with and you could see how disrespectful Gov Romney was during the last debate when he quickly retorted and shut the President down stating " let me finish...... . Piers is free to support any candidate that he wants to support. I have no issues with that but what he must not do is to become devious by playing each side against the other. Americans are one and should be united to denounce terrorism.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Robyn123

    And take Anderson Cooper with you!

    October 18, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Muddah

    A note to Piers on the issue that he repeatedly said he does not understand. Binders of Women....
    Piers, think Binders of Blacks ....do you get it now...it dehumanizes the "bindered" group.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sissy

      That's exactly right, Muddah. Thank you for making that very clear and powerful statement. It is a lot easier to see the condescension when you put it that way!

      October 21, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Caritogal

    I watched Jeremy Epston yesterday morning at msnbc http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-daily-rundown/49447265. He then seemed very satisfied with the debate answers and looked much more optimistic. A completely different guy was talking to Pierce Morgan just 10hrs later. Really? Sort of brainwashed? Sad this election depends on people like him.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Retiree07

    CNN is now leaning heavily Right instead of being the network that you could watch for straight news and no bias. Piers -great pal of Trump. You come across like you share Trump's ( he'll never be POTUS) disrespect towards Mr. Obama. As an outsider (?) you would do better to look into and give an unbiased investigative report on voter suppression, voter fraud (Romney's side did get caught) and hater Trump, as head of the " Birthers"

    October 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Linda Lisherness

    Please bring Kid Rock back for another interview!

    October 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. jag

    Since last year or so issues have come up, gone away, come up again. People have gaffe, there was a primary, there has been flip-flops galore. Why is this even hard?

    October 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Why you?

    ASK ROMNEY

    MEDICARE and Private Insurance or Voucher.

    Private insurance is unaffordable for middle class people no matter the age. No one who is currently retired, can afford paying for a private insurance out off Social Security income. If you become the president, how are you going to guarantee that middle class people that their income from social security will stretch enough to afford the cost of the Private Insurance option you propose? Please give some specifics of how you are going to achieve this plan to benefit the middle class.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jaker, Dublin

    I hope they all get jobs...these 4 people..but I'd be a lot more hopeful for them if President Obama was allowed to carry on his programme as President. Even Bill Clinton needed 8 years...& even Roosevelt needed 16 years after the great Depression to right America. So guys, if you're going cut his Presidency up now, yous are doing no-one there no favours. The world is actually in a kind of "Depression, not just America, but America is going to rise up from it, but you'll do it a lot faster, if you keep the best man you got in the top job. Vote for "Barrack Obama.

    I read a great Proverb today. Proverbs17/27 that matches Romney to a tee re; the debates; it reads,

    Those who are sure of themselves do not talk all of the time, people who stay calm have real insight.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ninja

      What's wrong with our country ? we are to full of ourself. Living in a fantasy and our dream today is how can I lie, bully and get away. Bush started this the day he took office. Romney and his team will keep Bush's legacy going.
      We need to let Presidant Obama do his job.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. FRAN

    DOESN'T ROMNEY LIKE OR RESPECT WOMEN ?? HE SEEMS VERY SELF CENTERED & SELF ABSORBED..BIG EGO/STRONG EGO..HE WANTS HIS WAY & WILL DO/SAY ANYTHING TO GET WHAT HE WANTS ! VERY SAD,,A THERAPIST WOULD HAVE A FIELD DAY..THINK HE HAS MANY MENTAL/EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS...HOPE HE COMES DOWN TO EARTH SM DAY,,MANY POOR PEOPLE NEED HELP..HE SHOULD GIVE SM OF HIS MONEY TO THE POOR & ENJOY DOING IT...

    October 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. David in Raleigh

    Why is no one talking about the new 3.8% tax on Unearned Income which goes into effect January 1, 2013 to pay for the 2010 Affordable Care Act? This grossly affects Seniors as most of their income is Unearned like Social Security, Pension, Interest, Capital Gains, etc. So much for the under $250,000.00 income earners having their taxes go down..

    October 19, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ask Romney, Please

      Would the middle class people be able to paid out of Social Security a private insurance? How are you going to make sure that the private insurance premium, when health is declining, would be comparable with the one of Medicare?

      October 19, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Edman

    Has anybody seen the comparison of Military v.s. Mission service Ann Romney made on View TV show? Well it explains where the women in this family (Romney) stand and how connect they are the real world. She really thought that Mitt Romney doing mission service in France was serving his country and same for all their 5 sons. The real kicker was about how their oldest son who is a doctor and treats vets is like serving their country....So do we thing that her husband is pro women's or pro women to stay home and stay out of touch with reality.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jennifer

      Excuse me, but what branch of the military service did Pres. Obama serve. Romney served his Nation by working for the people of Mass. as their Gov.
      Funny that the View asked Ann Romney this question, but what question was asked of Michelle when she went on. What is Pres Obama favorite color, favorite food, etc...

      October 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Jordan

    You people need to stick with MSNBC. You don't want objective journalism.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Patricia Edwards

    Wow. John Sununu certainly is uuuugly and obnoxious.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Ove

    What the hell is wrong with you people, over there

    December 25, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse | Reply

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