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July 31st, 2011
02:20 PM ET

No Talking Points

Republican Senator Rand Paul appeared on CNN Newsroom to discuss the debt ceiling, and Don Lemon insisted that he push beyond the platitudes that have become so common in this debate. Here, Lemon explains why direct answers are the only acceptable answers in this conversation.

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  1. rev dan herring

    we amercains next year should fired everyone of them in washington they are all out of there minds to let this great country go down in flames

    July 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  2. Ann

    Thank you Don Lemon for politely but firmly insisting that Rand Paul give up the talking points and have a real conversation. It was obviously very difficult for him. The talking points on both sides of the conflict are making us all sick. Please keep it up. After all, he has no right to control the interview. Also, please call people out when they are spewing out and out lies or at least put them on the spot about it. IF a lie is repeated often enough, well, you know what happens.

    July 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  3. Manan Reese

    I really appreciated the that Don Lemon kept his guest, Se. Ron Paul, on point. He maintained a respectful tone but was firm in insisting that the question asked be answered. Bravo Mr. Lemon

    July 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  4. Ross Burke

    While it's nice that the two senators are talking, the only way I could make my voice heard today was by giving yo the Obama campaign,, and AARP. The problem is, I don't have as much to give as David Koch, so a lot more people are listening to him.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  5. Marvin

    No talking points is one of the best ideas for a segment, I have seen on television in a long time. I get tired of hearing the same thing everyday from both sides.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  6. shaun

    Why isn't the Candian Debt Ceiling being covered? Apparently our vote will help you with paying whatever back. I believe the deadline is tuesday I may be wrong. Is it not covered because it's showing Canada helping USA in one way or another? Or is it just our newsrooms trying to make it more important then what it is?

    July 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  7. Naresh Patel

    As per my understanding, both parties are right. Means need to cut all major expenses which is highly require as well as need to raise taxes on who makes more then $250,000/- at least 10%. This is the best way to save our USA and if possible we need to impose 35% of anti dumping duties on all China's products, means our manufacturing units again getting in better shape so we get settle down our unemployment ratio. Also need to control crude oil price with immediate close future trading of crude oil.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  8. Pat Thompson

    This isn't dialog this is McCain dusting off the normal speach about which side is right or wrong. At what cost is this mess leading to for those of us-"We the people..." that are forced to look for yet other ways to cut our pennies.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  9. j. hoglund

    Just some food for thoughts – I would like to suggest a quick solution to the Debt Crisis. Furlough all of the Congressmen and women involved, stop all of their pay and benefits, load them on buses, take them to an undisclosed location and have Dr. Phil speak to them either all as a group or on an individual basis. Perhaps, just perhaps he could talk some sense into them. This is about the only thing that has not been tried. None of them are listeing to the average American, they haven't a clue to what is going on in out lives. All of them are wealthy and spoiled. Let's give each and every one of them what we have to live on and see how fast this is settled.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  10. Stevie Love

    How did the conversation about reducing our debt get off of increasing taxes on the wealthy? The Republicans keep erroneously saying that they are not going to allow raising taxes on the job creators. Even though theoretically this should be true, everyone knows that this is not the case and is indeed false, and people do not challenge Republicans to prove what they are saying is true. Of course the Republicansprove that can't because their premise is entirely false! Just take our recent examples over the last twenty years. President Clinton had the tax rate on the wealthy at approximately 39%. The economy flourished and President Clinton created 23 million jobs and left Bush a surplus. Bush took that surplus and divided it up among his wealthy friends by lowering the rate to approximately 36%. What happened? Only 1 million jobs were created and together with the wars thrust the country into debt and a recession!

    July 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  11. Lisa from PA

    Everyone's talking about unemployment but no one's talking about all our jobs being outsourced to India, Israel, Germany, etc... When is this going to stop? The unemployment numbers are never going to drop until something is done.

    Also, the company's with job openings are making it way to hard for the unemployed to gain work and racism in the job force has never been so blatant. Has someone taken a really good look into this???

    July 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  12. Jeffrey L. Allen

    I've been a businessman for over 30 years and I can't come to terms with how it is the self proclaimed "party of business" can justify it's condemnation of individual Americans for considering strategic defaults on their home mortgages when by virtue of the Republican Congress hitching the debt ceiling to the budget it forced America to consider doing virtually the same?

    Can Congress please explain to us, its constituents, why the purported "party of business" professes to love America, but so despises nearly half of all Americans?

    July 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  13. Migell Carattini

    In my opinion the 'Debt Crisis DeadLine' debates lack a very important capitalism leverage tool. Which would be a great -Financial Advantage- in times like these ones precisely. It just simply consist it in get the top 50 main corporations and bring them to the negotiations table in capitol in order to check how and what they can share as a booster for the 'Uncle Sam' energy needs. It's does surprise me that so far no one touch up this very important tool during all this time. Tax Payers alone can't bring big heavy guy Sam back to work.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  14. Miguel velazquez

    Hey Don.I love this how you conduct this show.Everybody forget about the finantial crisis,big companies almost collapsing,deficit hugh,to start new presidential period,factories closing and going away,how we can have more good jobs if they are gone to another countries,big corporations having big breakes,and billions of dollars in help,republicans are very obvious what they want,finish with unions to terminate the monetary help for democrats.create a country like those of the,low pay,no benefits,sweat shops,old people leaving to die,to save mony,for rich people.what about the rest of the people that deserve better.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  15. Donald Crum

    I feel that IF the U.S. Government are TRULY SINCERE in cutting spending, them the first step is to BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME from Iran/Iraq and Afganthastan. The amount of MONEY that is being SPENT there is outrageous and needs to STOP. In fact just look at the amount of MONEY that has been spent there and the number of LIVES that have been lost or mangled. The U.S. Government could put that money to BETTER USE here in the United States.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  16. robert

    Why medicare, medicaid & social security were cut but the riches are not touched?
    Mortgage, car loans, student loans and the likes will be affected but tax loopeholes, cortporate taxes will not if we're in default or not. That's unamerican !
    Why debate on the default now or we have nothingelse to do i.e. unemployement, home foreclosure, wars etc?
    Are we in the pursuit of happiness or chaos?
    Where is sacrifice from all walks of life?
    Please tell me.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  17. Patricia Singleton

    This is my personal opinion regarding raising the debt ceiling. There is a lot of [prejudice and disrespect being aimed against the President because he is black. The Speaker of the House walked out on the president and wouldn't return his call. Name another house or senator who has done this. The republicans are trying to sabotage his re-election.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  18. Tom Smith

    I have been following the ongoing back and forth on the need to either cut taxes and or raise the Debt limit. There is one thing I have not heard and I think it is critical in this discussion. It's Jobs - that is the real reason for the problem with our Debt Limit discussion Jobs = tax revenue= prosperity

    In the last 10 years a significant amount of good jobs, manufacturing, research, accounting, etc have left our country. The Corporations that have taken these jobs off shore and made increased profits while paying less taxes - since they can Park their profits in a foreign country with a lower tax rate and effectively smack the American Worker in the face. I read just yesterday that Microsoft made a significant increase in revenue and profits and at the same time PAID only 7% taxes to the US Treasury. This same company invested 1 Billion in new manufacturing plants in India –pay lower wages –and make greater profits and worst of all leave Americans without job. Why didn't that invest 1 Billion in new factories here at home?

    As long as our Representatives in Washington continue to pass Tax Policy that makes it attractive and legal to PARK Corporate profits in other countries and pay lower taxes –we will not have jobs, we will not have needed tax revenue but we will have every increasing wealth building by these corporations that is not making its way to the American worker. The International nature of business is taking the standard of living in the United States down the drain.

    In the last 2 plus years with all the unemployment and deficits that have been part of the American Landscape, Corporations have flourished. Look at the profits of many or our largest Corporation, they are continually higher than the prior year. The Stock Market prior to this debt discussion was riding very high -Corporate profits drive the market -

    Its time we look inside and put the efforts of Political Leaders and Corporate CEO's in a direction that will benefit the American people.

    Senior Citizens, children with disabilities, poor families, average workers all losing ground financially -The American Dream is fading away.

    The Debate needs to be about how do we restore good jobs to American - how do we start to raise the standard of living to the majority of Americans and not just the wealthy -we don't do it by cutting Social Security and other programs designed to help the average American citizen.

    This is not a time for more tax cuts –it is time to create a Tax Policy that will bring the jobs back to the US -work for the many is the answer to the revenue problem we are faced with -we can work ourselves at of this problem if employment returns to pre-recession levels

    Its time to stop talking at each other and time to listen to each other and the American people.

    Thanks for listening

    Tom Smith
    River Edge, New Jersey

    July 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  19. Kathy

    I am so tired of the Tea Party holding the Republicans hostage.

    This Boehner bill is no deal for the American people. Except the elite rifh and the oil companies. The Republicans won't include tax increases.

    July 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  20. Kathy

    There needs to be serious tax reform for those not paying any Federal taxes, big business included.
    Also removal of subsidies and companies doing business overseas and paying little, they need incentive to bring jobs back here to the USA.

    July 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  21. Lori

    Frustrating that the crazy to the right Tea Party and most republicans only care about protecting big business and the wealthy, they want to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, middle class and the working poor.

    July 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  22. Cee.La.

    Don I watched the interview with Rand Paul and I am so glad someone in the media has more talking points.... just answer the questions.....and they dont like too......but I dont care about their talking points....

    July 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  23. Greg noble

    Your primary goal on the interview was to try and put blame on the tea party. How is a senator supposed to know how a group of congressmen "feel". A lot of people feel the government is spending too much and can't continue.

    July 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  24. Roger k

    It's is funny how Nancy pelosi has to read this debt bill before she votes on it,but on heath care she said you have to pass it so you can see what is in it.

    July 31, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  25. robert davis

    Please keep insisting on answers to the questions asked. You did a great job with Rand Paul. Please encourage your fellow anchors to do the same so we may actually learn what these people think.....the whole purpose of the interview!

    August 1, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  26. Richard

    Net time any guest says they support “Cut Cap and Balance” or they need a balanced budget amendment to support any extension of the debt limit ask them what their vision of a balanced budget looks like. With no additional revenues what they would cut to get to a balanced budget.

    August 1, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  27. Mickey

    Thank you Don Lemon for insisting on a direct answer to a direct question. It seemed like Sen. Paul had trouble doing this. But interviewees from all sides are almost always given a pass on answering questions. Why is this? How do they get off so easily? As you have shown, one doesn't have to be rude to keep asking a question until it is answered. The party "talking points" and scripts are useless

    August 1, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  28. Barry

    Frustrating that the crazy to the right Tea Party and most republicans only care about protecting big business and the wealthy, they want to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, middle class and the working poor.

    August 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  29. Daphne

    Rand Paul was right on!

    August 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  30. joshua

    thank you tea party patriots who are standing up for the American Principle, of the people, by the people, for the people. Anyone with half a brain would call their congress representative and tell them to solve the spending propblem with cuts and not off the back of the working middle class through tax increases. What we are seeing is a con game being played on the stupidity of the mindless robots who follow lock step with the talking points the get from the main stream media. It is a shame how these patriots are treated by the main stream media. Calling them all kinds of names and for what, trying to restore common sense in washington? 2012, just say no to the republicans and democrats who are destroying any future our kids might have by borrowing us to the brink of financial ruin.

    August 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  31. shakeh

    I wish there was a way to fire them all and start this country over. They betray the public trust over and over again. Is there anyone in the government that is on the job to protect us instead of their own benefits? The only reason Republicans don't vote for higher taxes is because they are protecting their own assets. They are the ones with higher income. Better us then them. It's disgusting.

    August 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  32. Rene'

    Funny, Don but you and the Democrats sure didn't seem to "hear the people" when they told Washington in overwhelming numbers and a loud and clear voice "NO" to Obamacare! Selective listening I guess?!

    August 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  33. Charles

    The only problem with Senator Paul's responses is they weren't the ones Mr. Lemon wanted.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  34. Frank - Ohio

    I saw this interview live this weekend. I was disgusted! Don Lemon was extremely rude. Do not invite guests on to your show if you do not wish to hear their answers. Just because you are an Obama supporter, you should still be respectful to all of your guests!

    August 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  35. Louis Pagan

    Hi Don, I believe that each representative of congress takes an oath to protect the US Constitution and to protect the USA of all harm and danger to the USA. Why have these Tea Party Representatives have made the deliberate act of Espionage and Criminal betrayal to sabotage the USA economy. US Attorney General should file criminal charges looks innocent what they stated but is it?

    August 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  36. doubleday10

    Those who ask the questions should be separated from the talking points. It doesn't matter if it is President Obama, Rand Paul, Harry Reid, John Boehner just ask for their position on the matter. When you take a "Talking Point" parameter in which your question is derived from talking points it lacks credibility in the question.

    The problem is that the watchdog has become a family government pet. A good watchdog will seek for the truth with the same zeal a watchdog will defend the area in which he/she is too defend. I may prefer one view over the other, but to prefer a false statement over the truth should never be tolerated.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  37. John

    I agree, I'm tired of talking points, BUT, I am just as tired of Democrat talking points as Republican. Hold ALL of their feet to the fire on this issue. Now for the debt crisis, If there is not some restraint on the ruling class in Washington, this nonsense will go on until we go the way of the Roman Empire. A balance budget amendment is the only way to control their appetite for our money (taxes). Is there anyone or any business that does not have to reasonably live within their means, NO, why shouldn't our government. Senator Marco Rubio said it best, "we do not need more taxes, we need more taxpayers", solve the jobs problem and many of the other issues begin to solve themselves.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  38. Bob

    Mr. Lemon would have never talked to a Democrat or a mainstream Republican like he did Mr. Rand. I am not from Kentucky so I did not vote for Mr. Rand. His voice of reason of insisting that the Federal Government live on a balanced budget like most states do and we the average citizen must – we do not have a choice. At the end of the day, nothing will change in Washington until we have term limits and require a balanced budget amendment from what we call leaders in Washington..

    August 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  39. Adam

    Don, you gave the senator closed questions. The only proper response then is either yes, no, maybe or I don't know. Senator Paul seemed to be giving genuine answers and explanations (whether right or wrong) to your questions, not spouting rhetoric. What would you have done if the Senator would have given a simple yes and nothing more your question about whether the Tea Party felt the need to compromise? You either could have awkwardly moved on or asked him to explain/challenged him for evidence. Whether from the left, right or middle, I think Senator Paul answered your questions appropriately but you were not hearing what was actually said. I appreciate your effort to navigate through the rhetoric and I encourage you to improve your ability to discern between talking points and valid explanations.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  40. Scott

    Feelings, nothing more than feelings. That's all Democrats pander to are feelings. Feelings of despair!

    Feelings - whao whao o feelings. No facts just feelings. Feelings of despair!

    What a bunch of hot air!

    I'm waiting for Don Lemon to interview Obama and ask him, "What did you mean when you said that you wanted to fundamentally change America and how/why are you wanting to do that?" And let's see how much Lemon lets Obama just spout his talking points.

    If you want to watch how someone doesn't let any spin happen you need to watch O'Reilly. He hits everyone, but Obama, with the same 2×4.

    Feelings? That's what we are worried about is feelings? LOL LOL LOL!!!

    August 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  41. Joe

    I thought Don Lemon was very rude and condescending when talking to senator Rand Paul. Personally I felt very angry that he would talk to a senator with such disrespect. I feel Rand Paul has the true pulse of the nation and has my complete support. The republicans just want to be fiscally responsible but they're label radicals when such things are brought up.

    August 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  42. Jim

    Great Job Don!!! About time somebody started making the talking heads actually answer the question asked! Keep it up, very refreshing.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  43. Been there

    I watched your interview and, frankly, I found you approach to be very tacky. I am not a real fan of Paul, but he didn't fall back on talking points as much as you did.
    As of the citizens you claimed to speak with, I found your characterization of us to to be lacking. I expect my representatives to stick to the Constitution; represent us realistically; and to be honest and forthright in their own behavior.
    While compromise is often necessary, it is not always the best thing for the country. I was not looking for anyone to compromise; I was looking for them to do what is necessary to reduce spending, reduce the debt and provide for a long term recovery.

    We cannot continue spending like drunken sailors. Just like other countries, we have to learn to live within our means.

    Most economists agree that defaulting would have little effect and is more theater than anything else. There are worst things than defaulting.....and that would be to continue to spend in the manner of the past few decades and to continued massive government growth.

    As one of the citizens, I see the Tea Party folks as a bit naive. That is to be expected. The advantage they have other the those who have become too comfortable in politics, is that they can learn.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  44. Tim

    Don Lemon, You went into that interview with one thing in mind, To try to put as much pressure on Rand Paul and the TEA PARTY to sign off on this stupid bill, The bill doesn’t cut anything and everyone knows it. It’s amazing to me that the media goes after anyone that stands up for America. Explain to me why it’s such a bad thing to cut spending. If we don’t get serious about spending cuts it won’t matter who you are or what side of the debate your on.. It won’t matter if your black or white, live in the city’s or the country, We will all loose and we will all be broke. We don’t need to raise taxes on anyone, Times are hard enough.

    August 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  45. roy

    I have never posted before but I have to post this time. Thank you Don! It was so refreshing to see an interviewer make a politician actually answer a question. I have never seen this before. I hope other interviewers take note and begin doing the same. I'm tired of politicians using an interview for political reasons rather than providing information to the voters. Do this for Democrats and Republicans. Again, thank you Don!

    August 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  46. Steve

    As a voter who helped elect Senator Rand Paul, I would like to remind Mr. Lemon that the senator does not represent the people of the United States. Senator Paul represents the people of Kentucky and is acting in that capacity. We elected Rand Paul instead of the Republican-elite's hand-picked candidate and want him to do exactly what he is doing in Washington. I wish there were 59 more in the senate just like him to bring some commons sense to the supposed "greatest deliberative body" in the world. Mr. Lemon asks simplistic and slanted questions and obviously cannot follow a logical and more complex answer and explanation.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  47. Jane

    Thank you Mr. Don Lemon and CNN for allowing Mr. Lemon the courtesey of expressing his opinion. For the first time in YEARS I shall once again watch CNN.

    August 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  48. Chris

    I have never read CNN postings before now, but I was interested to see if Lemon was getting fired. I guess not. I don't think that Republicans wanted to hurt the disabled and the poor, but I do think your readership is relatively uneducated. Basically, I don't care if people who don't try to find work live in small houses. Go find work. I just don't want to live next to people who aren't educated, liberals. Sorry. Life isn't fair.

    August 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  49. Kelly R

    Thank you Don Lemon! I would love to see all journalists insist on direct answers to direct questions. Along the same lines all journalists need to insist on the truth – politicians can have their own personal beliefs, but they do NOT get to have their own set of facts. Call them out each and every time – please!!

    August 2, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  50. Red Beard

    Yeah, Don Lemon! If only more reporters would get those politicians in Wasington D.C. to stick to answering the questions we might get the real story instead of doublespeak! Thank you Don!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  51. Michael

    No talking points? Interesting, and hilarious considering the amount of times the Democrats on this network are allowed to voice talking points. From the Situation Room to Anderson 360 the Dems can talk their points all day. I have no problem with the Segment but of all people to try to be a big boy to like Rand Paul who did answer his questions when he wasn't interrupted is dumb. Sen. Paul answered him but Lemon was trying to maneuver him into answer what he wanted to hear not what Americans wanted to hear. This practice better be used on the Left as well and not just on the right

    August 2, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  52. Derek

    Finally!!! A news reporter who has some guts to stand up to these windbags and demand that they answer the question directly! Way to go Don, you're the best!! Keep up the good work.

    August 2, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  53. Stephanie

    Is it the end of civility? Maybe my age is showing but there are supposed to be times when we "grown ups" act that way. It is time for a news agency to go "old school" and start reporting the news. I watch the different news channels and they insult each other, relay the news with their opinions even on so called not opinion shows. I guess that makes more money or each channel wouldn't have all these opinion shows.
    We need a new Cronkite! Professional, educated and dedicated to the highest standards of journalism. Give me a news channel that will actual report the news without theatrics or melodrama or opinion. I have plenty of my own opinions, I don't need theirs.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  54. SD

    Don Lemon...

    Keep up the good work sir. It's good to see someone who is not satisfied with politicians hiding behind their empty words and constant deception. This is a huge service to our country, who needs and deserves the truth, regardless of how it may effect their future votes.


    August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  55. David in Delray

    Don Lemon is the hero of the day. he was polite but to the point. keep those Dems and Repubs in their place. MAKE THEM ANSWER THE DAM QUESTION. Kudo's for Dom Lemon

    August 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  56. Red Rose

    Once again CNN doesn't understand people that think differently than their left point of view. Where is neutral interviewing and why does Mr. Lemon think he needs to straighten anybody out. I am not a tea partier but i thank God that we have a diverse country and a government that is set up to allow for this diverstiy and force compromise. I think the people on the left are upset because (which is apparent to us all who have our eyes open) they are being forced to stop spending. I have respect for the people who stood firm for no more spending beyond our means. Personally we are all held accountable and must only spend what we have. Why is the government not held accountable?

    August 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  57. Linda

    Don Lemon....I always thought you were a great on air presence, but you elevated my opinion 100% with your gutsy interview with Rand Paul. Keep up the great work and attention – we need more journalists like Mr. Lemon.

    August 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  58. Ron

    The interviewer has an obvious agenda, he is the one with the talking points!

    Republicans have to run against both Obama and his left wing media puppets!

    August 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  59. Mary

    I think Senator Paul knows exactly how the public feels. It is you sir that do not. Have you forgotten last November? No worries, I am sure a refresher a year from November will open your eyes.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  60. MRD

    To be honest I like the concept of "No Talking Points". However, throughout the entire interview Mr. Lemons continued to interrupt Rep. Paul. I found it completely disrespectful when the Congressman was attempting to be respectful to Mr. Lemons. Why do I get the feeling that if it were a Congressperson with a "D" after their name, they would have been allowed to speak. I believe that Mr. Lemons allowed his political leaning to show through that interview.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  61. Bill Frank

    A thank you to Don Lemon. His demand for direct answers instead of non-responsive talking points from politicians is what I want out of TV journalism. If they want air time, let them answer the question, not give us more spin. Here's a question Mr. Lemon might want to ask all politicians: when are we going to stop kicking the can down the road and take a position in the national interest, even if it hurts your incumbency? Why not start analyzing the number of times elected officials vote without regard to their own interests as an incumbent vs. the times they do just that, look after themselves? There is a basic question to ask viewers that might get you interesting feedback: did the Founding Fathers intend our government and our elected representatives to act purely out of self interest, or in the interests of the deepest pockets in their districts? Or did the Founding Fathers also intend that a degree of disinterestedness be part of what representation in our democracy is all about? Finally, should politicians be required to sew on their suits patches that indicate their donors and sponsors, like NASCAR drivers?

    August 3, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  62. Bill Frank

    Also, I don't think it was partisanship that made Mr. Lemon treat Senator Paul in that manner. It is about time all politicians got that treatment, regardless of their party affiliation. But in this case I think it particularly appropriate for a TV news anchor to keep on point and stop being manipulated by politicians. Sen Paul is part of a group of ideologically extreme people in the Congress that held this country hostage, not only threatening to damage our economic system, but in fact doing actual damage to our economic credibility. They degraded this nation. Any politicians who acts in such a manner deserves the treatment Sen Rand to from Mr. Lemon. Do it to all of them, I say. As for "respect," they traded that away during this last debacle of a debate. Let them earn it by doing what is in the national interest, not goose stepping to some extreme "ism."

    August 3, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  63. mary71

    I every seldom watch CNN. Having said that I found No Talking Points today and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this program and the moderator. Finally a black man telling the truth about what is wrong in the black community. It is within the black community to improve their neighborhoods and take the responsibility for raising your children, teaching them right from wrong, insist on getting an education, and quit trying to excuse their behavior. Joining gangs, dropping out of school, turning to drugs for use or selling is because of society's behavior toward blacks and black men. What ever happened to personal responsibility? Is this something that only non-blacks must do? Does this not only apply to blacks and the black communities? Certainly blacks have been victimized and have experiences racial bias. But you can only use this as an excuse for the bad behavior instead of turning it into a desire to overcome these negatives and succeed in spite of them. Rappers are doing nothing more than glorifying drugs, out of wedlock births, gangs, shocking treatment of women, etc. The black communities need to embrace those black men and women have overcome poverty, etc. and made themselves better than what their environment imposed on them. Self-respect, education, work hard, determination to overcome, etc. is the salvation of black men and women.

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