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December 14th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Rudy Giuliani on Amb. Susan Rice; Howard G. Buffett on the fiscal cliff

On Thursday evening, on the heels of the announcement of Ambassador Susan Rice's withdrawal from consideration as secretary of state, Piers Morgan sat down with the always vocal Rudy Giuliani to give his perspective on the decision. "For me she's unqualified to be secretary of state," said Giuliani. "She doesn't seem to have the independent judgment to make analysis like these talking points don't make sense."

"A bright young woman wouldn't have made that statement." said Giuliani on Rice's statement to the public immediately after the embassy attack in Benghazi. "A bright young woman would have had enough independent knowledge, enough independent judgment to realize she was being fed a load of 'malarkey', in the words of our vice president."

Also on the program, Howard G. Buffett businessman and philanthropist who shared with Morgan his take on the fiscal cliff saying, "It's the result of poor behavior. No one should be surprised. You know, on the other hand, the world doesn't end tomorrow if we go off the cliff."

"I think it's all relative," continued Buffett. "And the world doesn't end. And I'm not even sure that going off the cliff isn't the slap in the face we need to say, folks, we need to do better."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Buffett jokes with Morgan that he's not happy about his father, legendary business magnate, Warren Buffett voicing his opinion on tax reform because "I hear from all my Republican friends who don't like it."

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  1. max

    you don't see a line of thinking happening here. the foot ball player the mall and now the school. odd isn't it.
    Hollywood puts out movies and games and songs so hateful so nuts you can not be okay after watching this stuff. The FCC lets it past.
    The two little girls that were just taken and than months later there body’s found by a hunter. Not much was said on the news.

    This kind of shooting makes them infamous, as nuts as this sound the kids today that were killed were luckier, than the two that were kidnap. the hours they suffer were more painful more evil than being shot. Wake up they keep taking morals and God out and standing up for evil. This is not a good idea. This is not about guns this is about mental illness.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Pam

    What does Rudy Giuliani have to say today about the shooting in CT? Based on the comment he made last night with Piers Morgan, about the Mall shooting....that if more people were armed with guns, then the gunman may have not been able to kill anyone in the Mall. That is the stupidest thing i have ever heard in my life. That is not a guarantee, and it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that a problem is never solved with more violence.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • PAUL

      I SALUTE PIERS MORGAN ON HIS STAND ON THE GUN-MADNESS IN THE USA. BUT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY HE KEEPS INVITING RUDY GIULIANI TO TALK ABOUT THINGS, HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND. HE JUST SHOWS, WHAT AN UNIFORMED AND STUPID IDIOT HE IS. JUST ONE EXAMPLE: THE SHOOTING GIULIANI TALKED ABOUT, WAS NOT IN FINLAND, BUT IN NORWAY – AND THE KILLER OF COURSE USED HIS GUN TO KILL HIS 69 VICTIMES. GIULIANI SAID, HE DID NOT USE HIS GUN TO DO THIS. DO YOU THINK, HE USED HIS BARE HANDS OR A KNIFE OR A SWORD TO KILL ALL THOSE PEOPLE ? PIERS NEVER CHALLENGED HIM ON THIS, BECAUS HE NEVER CHALLENGES GIULIANI AND HIS FRIEND TRUMP ON ANYTHING. MAYBE YOU NEED A GOOD FACT-CHECKER ON YOUR SHOW

      December 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. sharper802

    A bright mayor would not have put the terrorist response center in the twin towers against recommendations to do so. Giuliani is a cross dressing buffoon who did nothing to protect NYC citizens and only profited from 3000 of their deaths. He is a hired consultant for security firms and spends his time on the lecture circuit doling out idiotic commentary. He knows nothing of national security and never will.

    December 15, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ANDRES CASTRO

    Giulliani represents the Ugly of our country , the Right wing SOB's, so nice that he is out of the picture. The only good thing he did in his damn life is CROSS DRESSING ! It seems that everytime we have the Republicans in office all hell breaks loose and they always find a way to get us into a WAR ! over an over again under false pretenses.
    And about the killings in Connecticut
    DEFINITELY > GUN CONTROL G. DAMMED >> WHEN IT WAS CREATED ? <<< IT HAS RAINNED A LOT SINCE THEN.
    ENOUGH ! NO MORE KILLINGS

    December 15, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Thomas Hartley

    Why does Piers have such non-contibutors on so often? Giullani, Trump, Norquist. Not one of them adds anything of value. Andres Castro has hit it on the nail. If you used Giullani's thinking there would be less children killed in Newtown had they been armed with their own guns. What an embarressment he has become. Trump-nothing to say about him except if I had to be like him and be rich, I'll stay as I am. Norquist–should be arrested for attempting to influence congress and blackmailing congress. He should be made to run for office himself. Gun control-Dems and the President should get a proposal and then vote...I'd like to see the names of everyone who voted against a law which would cut out this Newtown like incidents. Guns out of hands of mentally ill, mothers of mentally ill, gangsters, thugs, and yes maybe a few NRA types. 2nd Amendment-past the need. The Queen / King could care less-no longer a threat to us colonials. Everyone could get a zapper to protect themselves if needed. Could you imagine-get angry, zap your boss instead of shooting him.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Thomas

    And another thing on Piers--CNN get rid of Piers. I try to watch but he 's tiring. Guests seem to be last minute fill-ins. Can't he get anyone relevant?

    December 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. LEN

    piers take your happy butt back to britain you love it so much. get out if you don't like our laws

    December 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. tinaam

    Shooting 2012
    act 05
    (too many previous heinous acts have already taken place to count correctly)
    Grammer school children shot down in cold blood – with adults-total loss 26+
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control
    • Congress wispily agrees with NRA

    Deaths 2013
    act 06
    bloodbath at government building – multiple deaths
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control, pushes congress
    • Congress wispily agrees
    • Less restrictive weapons control

    act 07
    white male goes amok in shopping center; multiple deaths
    Suspect has semi automatic rifle, hand guns, etc
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control
    what is hope?

    act 08
    white male goes amok in theater; multiple deaths
    Suspect has semi automatic rifle, tear gas, full armor, etc
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control
    • Congress
    i am slowly losing hope

    act 09 man goes amok in grocery store center; multiple deaths
    Suspect has rocket missile, several semi-automatic weapons
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control
    My hope is gone altogether

    act 10 white male goes amok in shopping center; multiple deaths
    Suspect has semi automatic rifle, hand guns, etc
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control
    • Congress

    act 11 bloodbath in government building; multiple deaths
    Suspect has ground to ground portable missiles, several semi-automatic weapons
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control

    act 12 massacre in school; multiple deaths
    Suspect has panzer-vehicle, runs over school premises with vehicle, shoots 1000 rps
    • Population says they are going to take action
    • NRA promises the answer lies in less weapon control
    • Congress cowardly approves

    Last Act
    While young male goes amok
    • nukes the congressional buildings (NRA and Congressional approval saw to its lawful acquisition)
    • extensive fallout
    • no survivors in Congress
    new sign of hope?

    December 16, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Eric

    Mr. Morgan, your interview with Pratt was sad. You acted like a 5 year old kid that needs his mommy to teach him manors. You calling Pratt names and talking him down, all while interrupting him was unbelievably wrong. I can't believe you have that job. Need to turn all those comments around to you. Your the stupid one with no manors no respect at all. If gun laws are changing or guns outlawed. All that does is strip law abiding Americans of there protection for them self's and there family's against EVIL. Now how about the evil ones, that have to get guns illegally now. Well what makes the difference between now and after guns or clips are outlawed. Right, the good guy and family have no chance, while the bad guy kills lots and lots of people, with no worries about some one having a gun to stop him from slaughtering innocent people. Maybe if there was a law about,( if you have guns or weapons of any kind, you have to have a safe that can't be moved. If small enough to move, it needs to be anchored down. ) needing gun safes and about training a person after they buy there first gun. 1 training for first hand gun and 1 training for first long gun.
    If a criminal want's to kill, they will kill no mater what they have. If guns get outlawed then crime and murder rate will go thru the roof. The bad guy won't have to worry about breaking in to find a gun pointing at him.

    December 19, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D.

    I'm honestly torn between additional gun laws, gun bans and the 2nd Amendment. So consider the following a comment from someone who is neither for nor against either side at this point in time.

    My problem with this countries death by gun vs other countries is that it's not a ligament comparison. The U.S. is much more highly populated than some of these countries we're being compared to. So if you're going to compare facts, make them ligament.

    According to the World Bank
    The U.S. Population 311,591,917 – Jul 2011
    Australia's Population 22,620,600 – 2011
    Britain's Population 62,641,000 – 2011

    Even combining these other countries together you barely get half the population of the U.S.

    According to the U.S. Census 2011
    The Metropolitan area of New York City 22.1 million

    So use that area as your comparative between countries and the U.S.

    Of course the U.S. is going to have a vastly larger number of deaths by gun, there is a vastly larger number of people here. So making this kind of comparison to support your argument isn't very intelligent in my opinion.

    Do the math and make fair comparisons. Then you might be able to take your argument for gun
    control or against it farther. And to be fair, gun advocates must stop making blind comparisons between legal guns and non-legal. Those too must be taken in context. Not every gun crime is the result of an illegal gun possession.

    I suggest reading a recent article that looks at gun violence and death in the U.S. by geography in The Atlantic magazine (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/12/geography-us-gun-violence/4171/)

    Something has to be done. I'm not sure what, but I do think it's more than one aspect. Gun laws alone will not stop this from happening again. Our culture toward guns and violence is also a factor. So is our culture toward mental illness. All these things must be looked at in a complete package, or we will get no where in protecting the innocent from future tragedies.

    December 19, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. frankie

    why weren't the guns locked up ?...

    December 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Clif Carter

    CNN...please relieve Piers of his duties as a reporter. The likes of which I have never before seen in America. A liberal politician would have more heart and sensitivity to those across the nation in mourning over such a horrific incident. None of which can be blamed on the laws, but more over needs to be blamed on the assessment of a Mother about her child. This time of year it is one of the holiest ideologies we have. Piers...resign. Your views are slanted, though I empathize with your emotions and it may have spilled over in this interview...you are none the less not an adequate controller of your opinions. opinion is a small part of reporting my dear British antagonist. Facts and logical level headed conversation to initiate and proactively engage the NRA in a time when they are compelled to agree that something needs to be done. I cannot imagine anyone who would not engage in rational talk at this time, those who are serious about making changes would be....but not you...you are obviously wanting the chance to belittle those who have had good stead with our politicians. You do realize that’s why we are "America" don't you...? Because we had guns that rivaled what the military had at the time we spilled that precious British tea.

    December 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. astreet85

    Piers,

    Hello! I am a university student, veteran, military spouse, parent, and proud global/American citizen. Can you please find out why discussions among the democrats, the republicans, and conversations between John Boehner and President Obama are not aired on any of the CSPAN channels available? I have not seen one open debate between the speaker, the senate, and the president. It is clear that all conversations are conducted behind closed doors. At what point did the national economic affairs require a top secret clearance or a position in the white house? According to the Open Government Initiative proposed by Obama, and in his words, "My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government." I can contact the white house and they will receive this same question. However, having studied history and development of multiple modern and developed nations, it is more suitable for the media to handle and publicize such an issue and has proven to serve a basis for the enlightenment of citizens. I feel you can provide some fantastic input to this matter. With attention to the recent negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff, all talks between Speaker John Boehner and President Obama are conducted behind the steel curtain, leaving politicians with bloviate remarks and finger-pointing for the media to scrutinize or purport. Place someone on that mighty frightening throne of inquiry and press for some form of transparency. This could compell our national leaders to work more ethically by being exposed to the public. Make Washington work for the people, and not for whatever they support behind the vail of uncertainty. Thank you!

    December 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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