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October 26th, 2012
06:53 PM ET

Cory Booker reacts to John Sununu's comments on Colin Powell: "There's no wiggle room whatsoever ... It's extremely offensive"

As Thursday evening's comments made by John Sununu continue to ripple through the world of politics and media, this evening Piers Morgan invites Cory Booker to share his candid reactions.

When asked about Colin Powell's recent endorsement of Barack Obama, the former New Hampshire Governor implied that it may have been based upon something other than simply the issues:

"Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being President of the United States," Sununu said Thursday. "I applaud Colin for standing with him."

After watching a video clip of the remarks from the evening before, Booker who, like Powell, is an African-American and Obama supporter, condemns the claim on every level:

"Look, there's no wiggle room whatsoever. It's extremely offensive. This is the kind of just patent disrespect the president's had to endure a lot," said the Newark Mayor. "To think that somebody with Colin Powell's depth of experience, with his wisdom, and with his intellect, is going to support somebody just because of the color of their skin, is ridiculous, is offensive, and is in many ways, just despicable."

With the general election only 11 days away, Booker feels that Sununu's commentary speaks volumes for the Republican Party and for the direction that the GOP presidential campaign is heading:

"I think Mitt Romney needs to begin to continue to clarify where he stands and get back to the issues," says the former Rhodes Scholar. "For me, I don't care if he's black, or what have you. The reality is, he stands for certain things that I believe will be detrimental to the country. And that's where I wish we would be focusing on. Because at the end of the day, Sununu has no wiggle room. What he did was, to me, unacceptable, and very revealing about the way he thinks."

Tune in tonight at 9 as Booker further explains how Sununu "dismissed" and "reduced" Colin Powell with his comments.
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  1. DCD

    Sununu should stay off of TV and you reporters that interview him and John McCain should be ashamed of yourselfs! This guy is nutty and you reporters/interviewers who have him on your shows feed the fire. It is hard to believe that these are people that were elected officials. I can't comprehend how anyone would vote for Romney when they are part of his campaign or are supported by him. We wonder why this country is divided, well these hacks are the primary reason. Someone needs to knock some sense into these guys and vote them out of office.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • venetia

      I agree. McCain should be the last one to talk, given that he was willing to risk the United States of America on the gamble that choosing a female VP would help him to win - even though he knew her incompetence. THat is not putting country first. and aside from Sununu, Anne coulter is ridiculous and is actually trying to argue that it was okay to call the POTUS a retard, If the Obama side raised any of these assaults, we wouldn't hear the last of it. why WOULD the GOP, though aspiring to the highest office, think it's okay to insult and disrespect the President of the US in this manner. they are simply showing their small-mindedness. But even more telling is Mitt Romney's silence. he is the leader of the party, yet he thinks the incendiary language is okay, so long as it will help him win. by any means necessary? they have called this president - an intelligent Harvard Law Graduate and leader of the free world (who just happens to be Black) - a retard, a schucher and jiver , lazy, a liar, a socialist, , not one of us (i..e a foreigner notwithstanding his birth certificate), a Muslim , and on and on) This is ridiculous and reflects poorly on the GOP and its leader, Mitt Romney. Focus on the issues and end the ad hominen arguments. Our children are observing this process and learning how democracy works, for goodness sake.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Joseph Rodgers

        Hear , hear-Coulter is gross beyond belief , and Sununu. like the Romney campaign in general, is loading our political dialogue with bigotry and racism ( Everybody knows their "coded" language and sees through their hypocritical, smirking denials) –I guess CNN does us a service in presenting them as they are and ( like Piers Morgan, at least, with Coulter ) exposing them as disgusting creatures whose political success would be disasterous for all that is decent in our country.

        October 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kenney Tuten

        Where were your thoughts and defense of the office of the President when Bill Maher and many others called President Bush a "retard"?

        October 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kali

        This R-word topic is so blown out of proportion! Piers could have done a week of shows on OBAMA's insult to the Special Olympics....Remember OBAMA said he was A BAD BOWLER...like it's the SPECIAL OLYMPICS, he said on a late night talk show! Our President said such an offensive thing! Ann is not a spokesperson for our country! Ann clearly stated she would not insult someone with special needs and I believe her. As for the President, now that was truly offensive!

        October 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • QB

        Very well spoken. It is quite hilarious to me Sununu made such a statement. It shows how far this country has come when it comes to racism. Colin Powell endorsing him because he's black and your typical white male opposing him because he is black. I don't understand the difference.

        October 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toni Haley

      I agree that many of these comments by both parties are not good for society, however the ads and the attacks by
      the Obama campagin are far worse. I think American is losing its moral consciene.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Calamus Nomen

        You must be kidding.

        October 27, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
      • jody

        example? what ads are you refering too?haven't ssen or heard of anyone working for obama attacking romney on his religion or personal issues-These attacks are not on policy they are on PRESIDENT Obama's race and they are by the people he supports and they are part of his campaign–I guess he approves of racists!

        October 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • american1st1776

      why does evryone have double standards? majic johnson stated the same thing in his interview with erin burnett?

      why dont we all try harder to rspect each other, rather than attacking??

      October 27, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff.

    "Don't you dare, but I would just love to know! Should Lizzie keep her head on the Pond, or is it really time for Sterling to join Europe??"

    October 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Name*anne

    I think Peirs likes to incite negative and distructive conversation.......Sununu comments were racists.......did Peirs call him on that,,,,,!!ooker is well spoken and an up and coming leader...Sununu is a has been and needs to stay out of the limelight

    October 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • armand

      There was nothing racist about the comment. What he said is true. Why not be proud if your black that the president of the United States is black. Morgan knew it was not racist and therefore no follow up. Your a racist by trying to use this as a racist excuse. As a independent voter I am sick of all this social and race nonsense that won't mean a thing if we run out of money

      October 27, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • GIGI

        We all know that the Republican party is racist!!! They are so angry and jealous that an African American WON the presidency over a white man! The GOP is doing every sneaky thing they can think of to TRY to defeat our legal President. Isn't it illegal to deny people the right to vote?

        October 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • american1st1776

      johns comments were unfortunate, however the are many unfortunate comments on both sides of the aisle.

      a case in point is when majic johnston commented on the voting block and the president. all of us need to work more on getting closer together as a nation. one of the best things we have as a nation is the two party system with a third as independants. other countrys are not that lucky. the have dictators

      October 27, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • None None

      100% of blacks vote for Obama. The brain dead whites don't see that or know that but will vote for Obama. Congratulations all ye white men and stupid women. I suspect the white ws are thinking of "some thing else" when voting Obama. Looks like a basketball player , doesn't he???

      October 27, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • jody

        Do you wear your white hood out in public? probably too chicken-karma is a b______–

        October 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mogol_gr

    Berlusconi has been sentenced Colin Powell can be democratic Condoleezza Rice no.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. sally meiers

    Gov. Sununu is a bully .... and frankly he slipped and said what he really feels !!!!!!!!!! Hello !!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. B Filling

    Why doesn't Piers tattoo a big D on his head although he cannot even vote in this country...and ask something with substance and ask about 4 Americans in Libya being slaughtered and this administration either avoiding any conversation on it or having the liberal media tip toe around the President. Disgusting....my heart is broke for the familiies who have to endure this White Houses lack of responsibility.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • maggie

      Yes I guess your heart is "broke" The correct english would be" My heart is broken" but you're obviously a republican so you're excused for your incorrect english (it goes with the territory)

      October 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Linda

        And you are obviously a liberal and excused for your arrogance!

        October 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kim Saner MSG USA (ret)

        A comma should be placed after after the word "Yes." Mulitple failures to add proper punctuation at the end of your sentences. You should use periods, question marks and so forth. A couple of other coma's missing as well, as a result of very poor sentence structure. However, I'll allow you to find the remainder of the errors and self correct, as would my 6th grade teacher. I suggest diagramming the sentences as a means to find your faults. My other suggestion is to exit the glass house prior to casting stones in the future.

        October 27, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
      • armand

        I am an independent voter Maggie and it is people like you that make me want to not vote for Obama. How about we try and help each other rather than be critical of other people.

        October 27, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Calamus Nomen

      Maybe it could be arranged for you to go on Piers Morgan's show and ask him about the 4 Americans being slaughtered in Libya. Then, Morgan can ask you about the 4,488 American soldiers killed in Iraq, or the 33,184 American soldiers wounded, or the 320,000 American soldiers that have suffered traumatic brain injury. The calculated and systematic lies perpetrated by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and a boatload of inept neo-cons are the "legitimate" lies that need to be answered for. Want to go first?

      October 27, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • armand

        Well Calamus, this is interesting. Speaking of lies, I wonder how you feel about the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the Pentagon Papers.

        October 27, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
    • GiGi

      I wish you republicans would get your facts straight. Pres. Obama did talk about that attack, and said it was terrorism.
      Our country will be in so much trouble if Romney steals the office like Dubya did.

      October 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • american1st1776

        GiGi, both sides are stretching facts to their advantage. we as americans need to start coming together for the sake of our country, whomever is our leader.

        October 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jody

      Have you seen Piers interview with Ann-Mitt or the Romney boys?? He basically kissed their behinds and asked about their romance-He has never asked them any tough questions-so I don't think he is pro-Obama-i wish there really was an unbiased news interviewer-Can anyone recommend one/Piers just wants to get ratings like the rest!!

      October 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Pah0470

    What is really offensive is our government not sending aid to our people in Libya, then covering it up and the media ignoring the cover up. Really what has Obama done as president?

    October 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • donna

      Good luck with ROBMEEEE is money is in the CAYMAN.....

      October 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • donna

        O by the way that his not is.....my bag...

        October 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • armand

        How about Debbie Wasserman Shultz who has millions in overseas investments. Let us talk about Nancy Pelosi who has over $5,000,000.00 in overseas investments and is worth 72,000,000.00 and who also had laws passed in her district passed so her husband could have a business advantage. Now we should not forget John Kerry who he and his wife are worth 136 mil and wanted to park thier yacht in RI to avoid Mass taxes. The there is John Mc Cain and his wife worth 300 mil. Who are the rich?

        October 27, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaker, Dublin

      He has most likely done more good in 4 years as President; than you have done in your lifetime. And I wouldn't be surprised if I was right about that.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Linda

        Why don't you tell us specifically what he has done instead of saying "most likely has done more"!

        October 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      At least he killed Bin Ladin. If you are not making more than 10 million and you support Romney, you must be out of your mind!

      October 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Linda

        NEWS FLASH! He didn't kill Bin Laden, our brave Navy Seals did. The president did however take full credit by announcing that Seal Team 6 executed the mission which put a target on their back!

        October 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabrielle

      Still catching up on evhiyterng from being away sure looks like you've been busy. Seems every image is better than the last!This one's so cool, and I reckon it's likely mostly in the processing you've done here. Rather a mundane image, but somehow you've managed to create a very striking scene with it.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jennifer

    What Sununu said is what probably many Americans are thinking. It's not like Colin Powell is a Democrat supporting his own party. He's a Republican going against what he would normally support to publicly endorse a Democrat... I don't think it's racist to suggest he might want another African American in office as President. I know I would have voted for Hilary Clinton in 2008 had she been on the Democratic ticket... and I'm a registered Republican. I have no qualms about saying I would vote for her largely because she is a woman... granted she needs to be a qualified woman... but her being a woman would be the biggest factor in my decision. I would overlook other policy differences to get a woman in office. There is nothing outrageous about suggesting this may be the case with Colin Powell. It's human nature.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • venetia

      So does that mean that all whites who endorse Romney are endorsing him solely because of their shared skin color? GENERAL Colin Powell outlined his reasons for endorsing this president. he is well-positioned to understand the issues, by the way, given his decades of military service and service as SEcretary of STate. So because he's black, we are to ignore every other quality about him and the reasons provided? Unbelievable! This is 2012 for God's sake. Black persons can actually think, and analyze and decide issues based on merit. For these kind of words to come out of the mouths of supposedly intelligent leaders - leaders of mitt's campaign - simply reveals that one cannot buy intelligence. this is so sad . PS - Anne Coulter appears to be among the most ignorant; I can't imagine anyone would buy her book.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jennifer

        What's so controversial about thinking that we need minorities in the office of President? That IS a political issue. It will will pave the way for others. It is possible to put aside disagreements on other issues to support an intelligent and well-spoken minority individual, in part because he is a minority. Your not being real if you think Obama's skin color has not been a factor in many people's decision to support him... not for negative reasons, but because they want this office to be for every skin color. Obama is clearly qualified, but if you are a true Republican his stances on most issues, would not be ones that you support. That is why Colin Powell's endorsement indicates he might be taking other issues in to consideration. Why is this suggestion taken with such offense... anyone not stuck in a world of over-political correctness would think the same thing.

        October 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      For ur info he gave detail information to y he his endorsing the prez get the transcript.......

      October 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jody

      Thanks for making women sound stupid-Colin Powell endorsed President Obama in 2008-he has made it very clear why he is endorsing him again-I don't think anyone needs you to "not find anything wrong with it" Like you know him??Do you vote for some one because you think they are cute too?Maybe I am misunderstanding you but this type of comment goes well with Romney's stance on womens rights-to the dark ages!

      October 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. joe amore

    as a Newark, Nj native, I luv Mayor Booker. I also am a big fan of Piers. But let's cut out the politic speak and tsop insulting poeples intelligence. No one in the USA could deny Gen. Powell his due, I would vote for him for Pres. But he did a real diservice to the country he has honored and served. The truth is that Gen. Powell would never have made one of the decisions that Obama has made and Powell cannot defend the intentional sacrifice of the Americans in Lybia. Obama is not an American and Powell knows that. His motives are suspect. We lost a great General, formerly an Am
    erican.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • donna

      WHAT THE "HELL"......

      October 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • armand

      Joe, I cannot agree more. I am a white person and have the upmost respect for Gen Powell. He is a hero. It is not about color (which the democrats always use), it is about the man!!. In my view the democrats have used the Blacks for votes. I am an independent voter and we need to face facts. Remember it was the Republicans that brought the civil rights bill over the top when the democratic senators voted against it.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • monty

      Again with the "not american"-please go to trump towers and take a nose dive-can't you dimwits come with anything better?

      October 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mary in Alabama

    I look forward to watching your show most nights. I'm turning it off right now because your interviewee is Ann Coulter. I will not watch or listen to anything about her!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jaker, Dublin

    Coulter...looks like a retard herself...& you can add moron, imbecile, eejit (Irish slang for thick) cretin & the rest. I think she & most Romney ilk, think they're free to say what ever they like, no matter who they offend. They're wrong!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Linda

      You can't be serious! You obviously live under a rock if you only hear Ann Coulter and Romney supporters say offensive things! You are a total hypocrite and have done exactly what you just attacked her for. What a joke! Liberals are just attaching any little thing someone says in an effort to avoid the real issues going on in this world. Where is your outrage for 4 dead Americans and this administration's cover-up? I would love to hear your outrage about that!

      October 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jaker, Dublin

        Isn't it amazing, Linda, you're angry with me for calling someone a retard, (in this case, Coulter) & you're not angry at her in the sense she was offending all the disabled people in the country/ Isn't it amazing, Linda, that you & Romney & Co., know more of what happened in Libya than even the CIA know? You probably know as much as I do, & that's not everything there is to know by a long shot. Do you think the President would if he had the intelligence not try to do whatever it took to save those lives. Maybe Mr Steven's & his staff felt safe among the Libyan population – that they felt they didn't the need for extra security as you know he was a well liked man in Libya, as the Libyans portrayed after his death.

        But at the end of the day, it was a terrorist attack, not anything else, in Ireland we all know the saying, "How the security of wherever it is, have to be lucky all the time. while the terrorists only have to be lucky once. ...even your own George Bush said that, some years ago, in Libya they were lucky that once, Obama or no-one else could do anything about it. You I am sure a re a person of God, well, you should know God knew about Mr Stevens & his colleagues death's even before they, you, or I, were born. It couldn't be avoided, because it was his/their time, (RIP). Now if you believe in God knowing everything, he knew about this, so there could be no other outcome.

        But you can be sure the President will do as he promised & bring the one/s responsible to justice. Because regards catching them, he has a very good record, wouldn't you agree?!!

        October 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • monty

        Linda-alot of the comments come directly from Romneys people-I sure don't recall any conspiracy coverup when "terroists" attacked us on our soil-Where was all the blame for Bush? Terroists that were allowed to train to fly the planes in the USA? intel showed that they should have been stopped and what could have been prevented-No one blamed Bush -we came together as a country and blamed the terroists(except bush -who invaded Iraq without cause0We weren't told much then and were lied too long after-Does that upset you??? Romney lies so much you wouldn't know when he is telling the truth-I doubt he even knows anymore.

        October 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeriMatt19

      I agree- She is a terrible person! Ann you have no right to speak the way you do. You are an embarassement to women.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • armand

      You see Jake, this is the problem. Although I agree we should respect the office and names like retard are not good. On the other hand why would you be disrespectful to a lady. A lady is a lady no matter what. Something we men should always remember. It is part of manners. When was the last time you opened a door for a lady?

      October 27, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jody

        She is a lady? Women don't need you to hold the door open-you sound like Romney-if that's what you think women care about

        October 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. maggie

    Theres also a word for Ann Coulter and its not retard it starts with a b and rhymes with witch

    October 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jaker, Dublin

    She (Coulter) is the worst representative of womanhood I have ever seen, on TV or in reality. She should flush her book in the nearest sewer.

    PS. Retard...means, a person of subnormal intelligence (that's the offensive meaning). Now to be serious, a person can be mentally retarded or physically retarded which means thhey have a disability. She should have known that!

    October 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. vicky

    Ann. You are a smart person. You need to swallow your pride and admit that you were wrong to call a President retard. An apology is needed.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jennifer

      I agree!

      October 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Linda

        Agreed! She should have called him an incompetent liar instead! And please don;t preach to me about a civil tone due to a sitting president when he and his campaign slander those they don;t agree with on a regular basis!

        October 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • pembabec

        The word "regardless" was important here.

        October 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • TeriMatt19

        You know everyone in this country needs to start showing respect for the office of President. Just because you don't agree with the current President doesn't give you the right to insult him and call him names. Calling the President or our leaders names is showing how low this county and the people have become. We shouldn't call Romney names either. These are people who deserve RESPECT! There is NO respect in this country anymore. I would like a respectful country instead this hateful/name calling country that the US has become.

        October 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • pembabec

        Oh thank you for that comment. Just because you can say something, doesn't mean you should. And if I mourn the loss of one thing in this world, it is civility.

        October 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pembabec

    Mr.Morgan
    Being smart has never been a prerequisite for being civil. Ann Coulter can't possibly believe that the word "retard" is still not being used offensively. I am a teacher, and every day we battle children using this deplorable word against disabled children. Where do they learn these words? From their parents, their peers and yes, from shows lke yours. I can't believe Ms. Coulter gets the airtime she does and I would think if she were not so pretty, she would not. She is a shock jock, selling books for her own gain. I am always miserable that this type of person and so many others, seem to lead our nation as bullies. How dare anyone call the President of the United States, regardless of who is sitting, a retard, or anything else offensive. Shame on you.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Marie

    Piers Morgan is a retard

    October 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. TeriMatt19

    Piers, You showed alot of class by putting up with Ann tonight. She is so out of line in her thinking about most subjects. I can't imagine anyone ever buying any of her books. I think our country has become a hateful/racist country. I live is a State that is probably 100% supporter of Romney-Most everyone in my State would not like her. Ann is not a good example of an educated woman. Don't have her on your show anymore. She doesn't deserve your professionalism.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • pembabec

      I gree, and when he didn't give it up, she knew she had said something deplorable. this part of the show I liked lol!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. TheTeacherThePreacher

    I hate to cut n paste, but sometimes there's just no better way to make a point:

    Sununu angered some when he was the only governor of a U.S. state not to call for repeal of the controversial UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 ("Zionism is Racism"). He later reversed his position on this issue and supported the Republicans' pro-Israel 1988 platform.[13]

    As White House Chief of Staff, Sununu reportedly took personal trips, for skiing and other purposes, and classified them as official, for purposes such as conservation or promoting the Thousand Points of Light.[17] The Washington Post wrote that Sununu's jets "took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston."[17] Sununu had paid the government only $892 for his more than $615,000 worth of military jet travel.[18] Sununu said that his use of the jets was necessary because he had to be near a telephone at all times for reasons of national security.[19] Sununu became the subject of much late-night television humor over the incident.[17] Sununu worsened the situation shortly afterwards when, after leaking rumors of financial difficulties in his family, he traveled to a rare stamp auction at Christie's auction house in New York City from Washington in a government limousine, spending $5,000 on rare stamps.[20] Sununu then sent the car and driver back to Washington unoccupied while he returned on a corporate jet.[20] In the course of one week, 45 newspapers ran editorials on Sununu, nearly all of them critical of his actions.[21]
    Sununu repaid over $47,000 to the government for the flights on the orders of White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, with the help of the Republican Party.[22] However, the reimbursements were at commercial rates, which are about one-tenth the cost of the actual flights; one ski trip to Vail, Colorado alone had cost taxpayers $86,330.[23]

    -Wikipedia

    October 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Joanie

    John Sununu calls MY President lazy and CNN is talking about how the storm affects campaign perceptions on the East coast. Are you kidding me?

    October 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. John Lavery

    SO no one wants to admit that there are still racial issues in the US? Of course there are, and it's not just white discriminating against black, it works both ways. If you look at what Powell said in 2008 when he first endorse Obama it was thinly veiled, with flowery words, but you could imagine there was more to it that "style and substance" (especially comparing what he said then, and what has transpired in the last 4 years) let's read what Powell said, and here you go: ""I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities - and you have to take that into account - as well as his substance - he has both style and substance," Powell said. "He has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president." Does that sound like the Obama that has served the last 4 years?

    October 27, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • monty

      YES! it does-considering the mess he walked into-and the determination of the republicans to block every attempt he makes-I think he has done a great job-We don't deserve him-the hatred he has had to endure as POTUS-I can't believe he would consider giving this country 4 more years!

      October 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Carolyn

        You're right, we don't deserve another 4 years! I can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would vote for a president who thinks creating racial divide is a campaign strategy. Please do us all a favor and get the heck out!

        October 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. M Maring

    Announces the 2012 launch of African Americans for Obama.

    http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/BdjoHA5ocwU?rel=0

    Congregation Captains??? What happened to their mantra of Separation of Church and State?

    What do you think would have happened if a Caucasian president had ever produced and published a You Tube video for ALL WHITE PEOPLE to unite for a WHITE PRESIDENT.

    This is the MOST SIGNIFICANT DEMONSTRATION of INTENTIONAL DIVISIVE RACISM by ANY PRESIDENT in the history of our country.

    Obama announces the 2012 launch of African Americans for Obama.

    This is what racism smells like. It can't be explained away. Would you vote for a white person who did this? I wouldn't, and I think they would be run right out of town if they tried it.

    This is just some food for thought if you're pondering your vote in November.

    Can you imagine Romney putting out a call for all the white brothers and sisters to vote for him because he's white and so are they?

    If this video is not alarming to you, simply delete. If you are offended by what's taking place, please pass it on.

    http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/BdjoHA5ocwU?rel=0

    Why can Obama play the race card? Can you imagine Romney asking for Caucasians for Romney?
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    October 27, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jody

      You are off balance-This was an old video for Black History month and both sides have "groups" Women for Romney-Mormons for Romney etc(they like to keep that one quiet)Romney has told ceos of wealthy companies to tell their employees they will lose their jobs if they don't vote for him-I guess that would be" Old rich white dudes group"But Romney gets caught behind closed doors saying this-he then trys to deny it-President Obama was not hiding-only encouraging African Ameicans to be involved-good for him!

      October 28, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Doug

        Jody, great comment, however i believe it is time to view us as Americans. not black or white or latino. not rich or poor, not north. south east or west. we are Americans. to speak of any other way is divisive

        October 28, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. Roma Frusha

    Colin Powell IS racist, as are more blacks than I want to count. Blacks were for Hillary until Obama got into the race. Then, they all switched candidates. Would Powell promote a Private to a Colonel? Obama had NO experience doing anything but a half-way job as a Senator (missing many votes.) and as a community organizer. He is now, and has been for 2-3 years, a campaigner. Look at what he has chosen to do – No. 1, get our ambassador to Libya killed (will Hilary's help.)

    October 27, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jill

      Thanks for identifying yourself as one of lhe planets lower life forms-"The question is-How high can you count-? don't use your toes-they are busy being shoved in your mouth!

      October 28, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Linda

        When you don't have anything intelligent to say, you must attack. Great form Jill. I say keep talking because it's people like you that turn voters off. Thank you for helping voters see what has become of the Democratic party.

        October 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  23. DivaDownUnder

    Yes Piers, I watch your show all the time, but please don't have that deplorable woman, Ann Coulter, on your show again. Don't waste your time or breath on her! How disgraceful that she should refer to the President that way.
    Oh, and for everyone who is disgusted with America...move to Australia...heaven on earth!! You had better be a liberal though...we have health care for all, and guess what , it works!!!

    October 27, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Kim Saner MSG USA (ret)

    I would hope that Piers would read this though I am not under the illusion that he would take the chance to read any responses that may be anything but far Left in nature. I was fortunate to listen to his show this evening for a short time for the first time. I will not make that mistake again. When there are real issues at hand such as the obvious murder of 4 Americans through blatant neglect by the President, Piers chose to focus on a comment by Mr. Sununu with allegations of racism. How pathetic the Left has become. Indeed there is an increase in racism in America and it is perpetrated by the Left in an attempt to re-elect an inept president. Piers, turn to FOX and listen to an interview with the father of Ty Woods so you can observe what a real interview might look like instead of beating a political drum that only causes more racial tension. Talk to the father of a true American hero whose death was not only caused by the President but then coverd up for political purposes.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Linda

      Amen! Thank you for your service to this country. A president's most important role is to protect the American people and those that put their lives on the line to protect us. He has failed miserably and we must unite to make sure that he is a one-term president!

      October 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Judy

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel like we are going backwards? Racism, removing the rights of women to make decisions for their own bodies and using the "R" word in 2012...seriously? I can't even believe we are discussing this, I feel like we are going back to the 1950's...simply disgraceful.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • armand

      Finally a person who gets it. These issues are being used in order to take focus off the real issues.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • monty

        Armand -she didn't say they were not important issues-She said we are going backwards and can't believe these are still issues in 2012-

        October 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pat

        Well Armand-you have decided womens rights aren't issues-It is people like you who will remind me just how important they are-thanks for your arrogance and ignorance-and helping me decide to vote for Obama-Your comment reminds me of Romney-another man that has no respect for women except birthing babies and being married to the boss!

        October 28, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Doug

        Pat it is great that we live in a land that lets you voice your opinion. there has been a lot of misleading information on both sides. much of it is designed to prey on our human emotions. the good think is while one voice can be heard in our great nation, sometimes one voice does not echo the sentiment of the all of us. not all republicans or democrats for that matter believe in all issues being advertised or portrayed in the media

        October 28, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  26. Brad Fregger

    Sooner or later people are going to realize the truth: Obama only got elected because he was black. He was much less qualified than Sarah Palin to be president of the United States, and the results prove it.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • armand

      Voters remorse. You so right.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • armand

      Voters remorse. You are so right!!!!

      October 27, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. M Lyman

    Colin Powell endorsed Obama both times because he didn't want to seen as a traitor to his people, period. In other words he took the pathetic, political correct way out. He judges by the color of the President's skin.
    Piers – I about fell off my chair when you said you weren't a liberal. You belong on MSNBC, you are their kind.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. M. Lyman

    This is for Jennifer, who made the stupid remark that if you don't make 20 million, you shouldn't vote for Romney. I make about 60K per year, and I will vote for Romney because he wants to lower the capital gins tax, so when I sell my houses, I will be taxed less, and when I sell my dividend paying stocks, I will get taxed less. Why, Jennifer are you taken by this class warfare? Read more!!

    October 27, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • armand

      That is the problem Lynn. Nobody reads. Paris Hilton makes a statement, more people know about it then if the White House does.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jennifer

      This is the other Jennifer who agrees with you. Woud not want to be confused with the other. ANYONE who care about improving the economy should vote for Romney! Having the government be the primary source of jobs in this country is not going to help anyone's economic situation long term. Romney wants to spur the private sector, which although it does have it negative sides at times, is essential to a vital economy.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • GiGi

        Ignorance is bliss! Who do you think has been KILLING all the job bills? Romney and the republicans!!! They don't want people to get jobs!!

        October 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GiGi

      This 87 year old is voting for Obama.There is no other choice. My $874.00 monthly social security barely keeps me going, but I am thankful that I am not one of you greedy republicans. Talk about being selfish!!!!

      October 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Carolyn

        I guess wisdom doesn't always come with age :) Once Romney is president you'll be much better off Gigi, so just be patient!

        October 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug

        Carolyn, don't give up. we need to get the money through building our economy in order to address your SS. If we do not put people back to work, contributing to SS then we cannot address your concern.

        October 28, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  29. Lee

    Liberals have a 2 sided way of looking at everything 1. Their way 2. Don't tell them how to do things. And Sununu hit the nail on the head, how else would a self described conservative republican who drew up the Iraq war plans, insulated them, backed them on the premise of WMD and the turned on his Predesessors and see every aspect of the American principle being turned on its head with negative results and then back! Sununu is right on!

    October 27, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. hunglikejesus

    Though this Sa New New dude needs to sit down and shut up, he also needs to grow some nuts. I hate people that say what they mean then come back with some weak apology. If it's how you feel then stand by it or keep that garbage disposal closed.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. joe

    Like Chris Rock say about the new republicain party " If it ain't white it ain't rught"

    October 27, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doug

      Thanks Joe, what do you think he means?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. barb wheeler

    I seem to remember about four years ago when Colin Powell pretty much let everyone know that he was changing parties because of "race." He had been a lifelong Republican, a leader in the Bush administration and then suddenly announced he was supporting Obama. Controversial? Seriously? Why can't we tell the truth these days. He can change or support or vote for anyone he chooses but why deny it–or is he??

    October 27, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • GiGi

      Colin Powell is NOT racist. He supports Pres. Obama because he is sick of Romney's continuous lies. Romney would be a "BOSS", and not a President!

      October 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Carolyn

        It's about time to get a leader (or boss as you like to call it) back in the white house! I'll take someone who can lead over Obama any day. You might want to actually listen to what YOUR president says and do a little fact checking GIGI and then we can talk about who lies continuously.

        October 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • jill

        Thanks Gigi-absolutely correct! not to mention try to take away women's right to chose-which is an economic issue as well! I can't believe any woman would vote for him-

        October 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug

        GiGi, there has been so much divisive rhetoric from followers on both sides of the aisle. we really need to move toward working together as a nation. maybe we can become leaders again, together, and not followers. i will try hard to accept new ideas from where ever the source. will you join us?

        October 28, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  33. ines

    is J Sununu a big part of the DEVIL ??? does he wear a hairpiece? & Romney keeps quiet..so he must approve..so maybe Romney & the Mormons are racists ?? go figure...

    October 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. bodylanguagesuccess

    Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2168:
    John Sununu's Comments on
    Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama –
    Anger, Anxiety and Contempt ....

    http://www.bodylanguagesuccess.com/2012/10/nonverbal-communication-analysis-john.html

    October 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. does it mattter who I am

    I am not a republican anymore; the only bright spot I have seen in the Republican Party in my memory is when John McCain defended the president in the face of the ignorance of a woman claiming th president was a Muslim. – That’s it , otherwise all is see are a bunch of old misogynist men that put money, corporations, and their party before the needs of the people they swore to represent.
    I never thought I would vote along party lines , but honestly I just finished my ballot and I voted not as an independent like I usually do but I voted from the top to the bottom of the ballot as a democrat loyalist.
    The republican party has lost its integrity, the party needs to evolve to embrace the diversity and new world order or honestly I do not see it surviving

    October 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • joseph rodgers

      God Bless ^^^^

      October 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Linda

      New World Order...are you serious???? No thank you!!!!! The democratic party is absolutely pathetic. You talk about diversity but the democrats do nothing but slander those that don't agree with their position. I can't believe the arrogance and ignorance.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. M. Lyman

    For Gigi – Get educated! Stop with the Dem's talking points. Republicans are not racist, ask them if they like Clarence Thomas, or Col. West, they just don't like radical leftists who happen to be black like our President. I make less than 60K a year, and I vote Republican because I am able bodied, and don't need welfare, and I don't need some stupid people making my decisions for me. Obama is the continuous liar. He stood before the UN on 9/25 and lied to the world by saying the video caused the attack in Benghazi. Don't let these facts get in your thinking!

    October 28, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. worldcares

    This has nothing to do with race.,
    There is so much trivial sarcasm and snarky comments that veer from the actual subject, which CNN allows on this
    website.
    Alot has been accomplished the last four years.
    Recovery takes time.
    Society, today, wants immediate gratification.
    It started with the computer.
    Live and learn, a computer can be unplugged and turned off.
    The mass of society has become conditioned, now, by their cell phone addiction.
    "I can get it NOW and I want it NOW."
    Society does not unplug or turn off a cell phone.
    They recharge and continue to be a slave and allow their children to do so.
    It it no wonder , the middle and lower class cannot exist. They are living beyong their means.
    Cell phones are expensive.
    You want a life or a cell phone?
    .

    That is the demise.

    October 28, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  38. NOBAMA2012

    Romney must link Obama's premature reaction to a looming Hurricane Sandy with a press conference on Sunday, a full day before the storm made landfall, with that surrounding the attacks in Benghazi. He needs to ask why the response this time was so quick. He must be the one to ask that question! He needs to make the point that Obama looks like a guy with a poor grasp of two different situations.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  40. Azkat1954

    Obama has not been presidential ever. He is a career tourist!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Marvin

    I have to laugh every time naive white people jump up and wave the racism banner every time a white guy says something a little racially offensive. I'll bet you jump up and cheer Al (racist) Sharpton and Jesse (racist) Jackson. I don't need to read a Larry Elder book to know how racist blacks are toward whites. White leaders have been openly criticized by blacks for at least 50 years. I guess the standard has changed now that a "brother" sits in the white house. Wake up!

    November 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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