Coming up tonight at 9, Piers Morgan hosts a very special Washington, D.C. edition of his program, as the British television presenter is in America's national capital for Tuesday's annual White House Christmas Party.
Prior to the evening's festivities, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host spent the morning with a trio of Senators – John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham – who have affectionately been labeled the "three amigos."
Adding his own friendly banter to the mix, Morgan renames the group the "Four Amigos," and listens attentively as the Republican from Arizona offers up a whimsical tale about his colleague from South Carolina:
"Can I tell you one quick story about Lindsey? We were on this trip and we were going to this country, which will remain unnamed," begins McCain, as Lieberman can only mutter "Oh, no – not that one."
Moving foward with the memory, McCain continues:
"So Lindsey asked the person when - how much time we had. And the person said 30 minutes. Lindsey somehow misinterpreted that to take three Ambien."
The film world has a version of "¡Three Amigos!" And the world of politics has a friendly triumvirate too, as Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham have also been categorized in similar fashion to that of their silver screen counterparts, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. This evening, in an interview that features nearly as much drama and humor as the 1986 western comedy, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the three Senators for a face to face interview from Washington, D.C.
Seated across from political trio, Piers Morgan asks each of them to share their personal perspective on the definition of marriage and gay rights:
"In my state, we’re not going to change the traditional definition of marriage and I would support the traditional definition of marriage not out of hate but out of that I believe that’s just best for society," says Graham, a Republican representing South Carolina. "At the end of the day states will come out differently on this issue and I think that’s the way it should be."
Talking about separate states that have different views – and using an example of New York and South Carolina as provided by Graham – Morgan attempted to further the discussion on freedom:
"Can they both be equal? Can they both espouse equality if actually in one state you can’t get married and in another state you can?" asks the host. FULL POST
Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" navigates to the nation's capital, as the host sits down with a trio of Senators for an hour-long exchange of insight and opinion.
Joined by John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham, Piers Morgan turns the topic to Susan Rice and Benghazi, referencing the September 11th attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations who initially supplied false information to the public and the press as part of the White House's response.
Extremely outspoken in his criticism of Rice, and the Obama administration in general following the violence, McCain offered his feelings on Rice's political future, as the 48-year-old has been regularly mentioned as a potential replacement for current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
"I don’t know if she’s even nominated or not. She deserves the process that every nominee goes through," says the Republican from Arizona. "But the fact is, she not only gave wrong information, but she gave the party line, that ... Al Qaeda is decimated – Al Qaeda is not decimated. That our embassies and consulates are secure – they are not secure. So ... we’re all responsible for what we say. So we’ll go through the process if she’s nominated and we’ll see."
Turning next to Lieberman, Morgan asks the Independent from Connecticut if he shares McCain's sentiments, and would object to President Obama choosing Rice. FULL POST
In the aftermath of recent tragedies to have stricken the National Football League, on Monday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited sportscaster Bob Costas to share his unique insight on the culture within America's most popular sport.
On Saturday, a Dallas-area car crash resulted in the death of Cowboy's linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., an incident that came on the heels of a December 1st murder-suicide involving the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher.
Referencing the Florida gun death that divided the country last Spring, Costas pointed to gun legislation that he finds to be far too lax:
"It's ridiculously easy for someone to purchase a gun online or multiple guns or at a gun show and then those guns wind up in the hands of people in Washington, D.C., or Chicago, or New York, which may have stricter gun controls but it's so easy to get around those gun controls. You could literally be a felon, walk out of jail, and it would be very easy for you to purchase a weapon without any kind of a background check," Costas explained.
"George Zimmerman had an arrest record and he had a restraining order for domestic violence taken out against him in his past. Now that restraining order had expired. I'm not commenting on the exact whys and wherefores – that will play out in the court of law – about what happened between him and Trayvon Martin. But what does common sense tell you about the likelihood of that confrontation ever taking place in the first place if George Zimmerman was not carrying a gun?"
Speaking specifically about the NFL, the eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year described what he classifies as a "gun culture" within the league: FULL POST
On Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Charlie Crist to the program. The former Florida governor recently left the GOP and joined the Democratic party.
"I didn't leave the Republican party. The Republican party left me," said Crist. "What I mean by that is issue after issue, they seem to get more strident and more difficult - if you will - less tolerant, less welcoming, whether it was immigration or education or voter suppression that we saw recently."
"And the Republican leadership - I really don't think the Republicans," continued Crist, "the leadership of the party today has moved in a direction that even Jeb Bush said not long ago, that probably it would be difficult for Ronald Reagan to succeed in today's Republican party."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Crist shares with Morgan how the Republican stance on certain issues are "counter to my values."
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