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October 16th, 2012
04:16 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Atlanta mayor on Mitt Romney; Franklin Graham opens up about his view on gay marriage

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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  1. AA - Mooresville, NC

    Pastor Franklin Graham said he and the Rev Graham have voted for Romney.

    Voting has not started in North Carolina.

    Is is speaking he truth?

    October 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nancy NY

      Lying has become and art with Mitt Romney and his friends. Is this what we want ?

      present participle of lie
      : marked by or containing falsehoods : false
      that lying son of a gun told me that the used car had never been in an accident
      Origin: Middle English leghynge, present participle of lien to lie.
      First use: 14th century
      Synonyms: dishonest, mendacious, untruthful
      Antonyms: honest, truthful, veracious

      October 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Diane

        Both canidates seemed to have misplaced some numbers in these debates, but asking if a liar is what we want to elect, it is too late to ask that question we already have a proven liar in the office of president. all he desires to do is to destroy this country. he seems so proud that we as americans struggle, it is almost like he enjoys saying that we work hard and do without, wow. such disgard for the one wh puts in over 50 hrs a week cares for a disable spouse, mother of 2 children and works 2 jobs so that we can pay our bills, and the idea that he thinks it is great that my kids and sick husband do without, not this time obama! he is fired as far as i am concerned.

        October 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Fact Check .... Mitt Romney Lies or misleads.
      Google or Bing Fact Check. Do you want a president who is lies ?

      October 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Proactive

    Yes, early voting has laready started. Michelle Obama has also cast her early vote just as some people have already done.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*AA-Mooreville

      He and his dad live in North Carolina. Early voting starts on Thursday. How could they have voted. Was he lying?

      October 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Proactive

    Noted a typo: should read .... already....... my apologies.

    October 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Charlie Potatoes

    They have so many illegals registered to vote in California, Pennsylvania, and Illinois they'll run out of tacos.
    Arlen Specter made sure to vote early for Joey B, and Hymie Obaba.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Isabella Yusuf

    This lying syndrome is becoming a recurring decimal with the Romney camp. Facts or mere innuendoes, question is can the American people trust this camp?

    October 17, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse | Reply

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