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Republican Convention Coverage Part 1

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Radio Row at the Republican National Convention in Tampa (Paige Cowett)

The Republican convention officially begins after losing Day 1 to severe weather. Coverage continues live from radio row, featuring:

  • John Sununu, former Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff under George H. W. Bush
  • Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator of Washington Week and a senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour
John Sununu on the Brian Lehrer Show, live from Radio Row at the RNC in Tampa
Gwen Ifill of PBS on the Brian Lehrer Show from radio row in Tampa at the Republican National Convention

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Comments [82]

@GOVT has, CAN and should create jobs! from CONFRONT THE MYTHS

And think of the full employment "go-go" years from 1940 thru 1945!

Aug. 28 2012 01:06 PM
PUNISH JOB DESTROYERS from Sununu's good point


Sununu makes a good point. He says - if taxes are
too high people will not think it's worthwhile to
invest and create jobs...

So govt should actively PUNISH JOB DESTROYERS
and those who sit idle on wealth. Here are a few
simple ways :

1) Higher capital gains, withholding and bureaucracy for
offshoring investments (or simply make non-US capital
gains taxed as ordinary income).

2) Annual asset tax on assets over 5 million.

3) Inflation - this will fix the housing crisis and punish
banks and other businesses who do not invest their
wealth productively.

Aug. 28 2012 12:41 PM
GOVT has, CAN and should create jobs! from CONFRONT THE MYTHS!


BRIAN,

Please CONFRONT the MYTHS! DONT let the Republicans
(and a sad number of Democrats) simply repeat the Myths
by route without challenging them!

Of course, Government can create jobs!
In the previous depression, it created MILLIONS in a MATTER OF MONTHS.
It was called the WPA - which you and your guest have often highlighted.
There works still add value to our nation - TO THIS DAY.
NEXT TIME ANYONE SPOUTS THE ERRONEOUS MANTRA THAT GOVT CAN'T
CREATE JOBS, CONFRONT AND EXPOSE IT - don't let it be accepted
merely by repetition!

What is INEFFICIENT is BRIBING Businesses to create jobs.
(RATHER TAX THOSE WHO DESTROY JOBS OR OFFSHORE THEM - SINCE
THIS CREATES A NEGATIVE EXTERNALITY (eg. harm and expense)
to the rest of society).

Indeed, government has recently created a great many jobs -
after all the INTERNET was created by government funded research.
Govt funded programs - including the space race and DARPA research
also played a key role in the development of most of the electronics
and computer industries in general, and plays an ongoing role in
medical and other innovation. In fact, GOVT creates industries and
jobs, businesses USUALLY just follow.

FInally, I'd add that the DEMOCRATS' BLIND ACCEPTANCE
of the false Mantra that GOVT can't create jobs has lead
to a PROLONGING of our current depression, AND to
GROSSLY inefficient spending on weak give-aways to bribe
business to create (or pretend to create) a few stray
jobs on the margin. Meanwhile widescale layoffs of local
and state govt employees further drags down our economy.

BRIAN, PLEASE CONFRONT THIS IGNORANT AND MISINFORMED MYTH.
IT IS HARMING OUR COUNTRY!

Aug. 28 2012 12:04 PM
Eve from NJ

I have now heard Romney's handlers state he misspoke on two separate occasions when he actually showed his true colors and wasn't pandering to Republican extremists. The GOP should realize that they would probably get more votes if Romney was allowed to speak his true mind.

Aug. 28 2012 12:04 PM

The Republican Party has proving themselves not to be the party of the future but the past both demographically and technologically. The RNC has got be the whitess gathering outside of a NHL game. Their fossil fetish I find disturbing. Oil, gas and coal are FINITE resources not the fuels of the future. Do they think our children and grandchildren can depend on those forever?? Do they think that oil and coal will be be powering the USS Enterprise in the 23rd Century??Even if they said regarding nuclear let's do more research into nuclear fusion change our nuclear fission reactor towards thorium. I would feel a litle better. They don't even mention the ground balls of wind and solars like to them they are some exotic unprover technolog! They fanatically insist on adhereing to old 19th Century technologies and is proud of it.

Aug. 28 2012 11:52 AM
wanda from nyc

The BEST thing Gwen Ifill did was to explain how she listens to public commentary -- and how politicans and others avoid difficult questions by responding on a different issue than what was asked
Most people do not realize how pervasive that tactic is.....

Aug. 28 2012 11:51 AM
licnyc from queens

This show is sounding more like fox news. To provide a balanced coverage, doesn't mean presenting democratic facts and republican lies. I can't listen to this garbage anymore.

Aug. 28 2012 11:50 AM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

Oops - that's THEY'RE both puppets, not their.

Aug. 28 2012 11:39 AM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

I wish a semi viable 3rd party candidate would run - maybe if such a person garnered a significant share of the vote, the republicrats (they talk differently, but in fact their both just puppets for the monied class) would get their acts together.

Aug. 28 2012 11:38 AM
fuva from harlemworld

WHY implement this new ID requirement for non-existent voter fraud RIGHT BEFORE A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION when it could potentially lead to the much greater evil of preventing so many citizens from voting? Why not start such a campaign, if necessary, the day after the election, in preparation for the next one?...

Aug. 28 2012 11:36 AM
Nancy Breslow from Manhattan

Yes, having our own choices and not having the government telling us what to do is important -- such as the decision whether or not to bear children! Hypocrites!

Aug. 28 2012 11:31 AM

Yo Joe from nearby:

The site you cited
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/24/who-is-the-smallest-government-spender-since-eisenhower-would-you-believe-its-barack-obama/
is indeed printed by Forbes. But it is somewhat disingenuous to try to put
a Forbes "imprimatur" on what is essentially an re-cycle of a prior Forbes "op-ed" piece
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obama-spending-binge-never-happened-2012-05-22?pagenumber=1 ,
that had the veracity of "3 Pinocchios" according to the Washington Post's "fact checker"
" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-facts-about-the-growth-of-spending-under-obama/2012/05/24/gJQAIJh6nU_blog.html?wprss=rss_fact-checker "

It would be similar to attributing the views of a William Safire, Ben Stein, or James Buchanan to the New York Times because it printed their "Op-Ed" pieces.
in the same way that columns by

Aug. 28 2012 11:29 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

Sure it's about the economy for women, but the Republicans' tired old trickle-down economics plan has been shown in our experience to be a LOSER. All it does is further enrich the rich. And there's no way an informed woman who cares about women's issues would vote Republican anyway, considering the party's highly anti-women platform.

Aug. 28 2012 11:28 AM
Calls'em from McLean, VA

Whether or not 0bama was born in Kenya or Hawaii, 0bama himself has documented the 5 years or so he spent between the ages of about 5-10 when he lived in Indonesia when his Mom married a Muslim Indonesian man for her 2nd marriage. 0bama has acknowledged in his own writings and spoken words that his name at that time was Barry Soetoro and that he studied the Koran, ate dog and had a transgendered nanny and cook who, I believe he still occasionally communicates with.

His friends and teachers remember Barry as very interested and scholarly about the Koran. His experience has been independently verified by numerous sources including the AP which published photos of some of his school records. "Barry" was listened as Muslim citizen of Indonesia in those records.

When he and his Mom moved back to Hawaii in 1970 or so he could have reestablished his US Citizenship, since he was a minor. I believe he had until age 18 to do so. One of the many questions or issues on the "birther" side is whether or not he kept his Indonesian citizenship and applied to Occidental College as a foreign student and received tuition aid as such; and also whether he traveled to Pakistan (then restricted to Americans) under an Indonesian passport.

The bottom line is that when someone lives in America at the ages of 5-10 they learn about American history, culture, values, sports, etc but, when someone lives overseas as part of a foreign culture (not a military or oil brat living in an all American compound), they presumably don't learn the values of America during that period of their life. It's just the way it is. These are all facts and legitimate questions to raise. The answers to these questions are more important than seeing Romney's tax returns from 10 years ago.

Aug. 28 2012 11:21 AM
fuva from harlemworld

I mean, the income divide ballooned and the economy crashed after 8 years of Republican rule. Like, WHY are the Republicans not asked to account for this? What is Romney going to do different? Simple question. Is it EVER asked?

Aug. 28 2012 11:20 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Great criticism of the media here. (Including my dear, dear Gwen Ifill.) They cozy up to the powerful and fail us, continuously. We need to put them on blast, and somehow fill the void.

Aug. 28 2012 11:09 AM
jawbone

Thanks to the person who brought up the lack of "job creation" by those with greatly increased wealth during the Bush years. (I haven't read all the way down yet, so I may have missed others.)

And that nice little economic crash brought about by lack of regulation of the Big Banksters and their misuse of mortgages? What about that? Sununu is down with that? Well, that's his perogative, but I don't have to accept his snide comments about those who don't have large amounts of capital to invest.

I'd been hoping Brian would bring that up because there was such a nice, clear comparison between Clinton's years and Bush's. Clinton: tax increases, job increases. Bush: taxes on the rich especially greatly decreased, job decreases. But, maybe that's a feature, not a bug of the Republican transfer of wealth. Maybe Romney can outsource citizenship...or at least ship the poor off-shore?

(And, yes, I realize Clinton did eventually signed the odious Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act fully repealing Glass-Steagal; however, it would have passed over his veto. The tearing down of regulations was bi-partisan, and the worse for it. As is often pointed out now, we have two sides to one party, the Corporatist Party. There are small differences among the two sides, but not all that much. Hence, the close tie of Obama and Romney. Do you want your Corporatist takeovers merciless and fast, or a bit slower with some of the sharp edges rubbed down?)

Aug. 28 2012 11:08 AM
Jeff from Brooklyn

Brian missed the opportunity to press Sununu on his assertion that the Obama administration is killing the coal industry, when in fact, the natural gas industry is killing the coal industry.

I'm concerned that WNYC's coverage of gas industry related issues, such as fracking and the Spectra pipeline, and our mayor's push to bring fracked gas into our city, is compromised by a relationship between NPR and the oil and gas industry.

Noting today, that your "Never Turn It Off" promo has swapped "fracking in the Catskills" with "pink Slime." Everything else about the promo is the same, and the "pink slime" reference is clearly an over-dub. Where did this decision originate?

Aug. 28 2012 11:02 AM

Faux incomprehension is no answer.

Your unease with Obama's "foreignness" in outlook and values
is a sign of your xenophobia.
The superficially polite, upper west side kind, of intolerance,
so recognizably insincere as to be the fodder for comedy shticks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj3VphK9AMk

Aug. 28 2012 10:55 AM
Calls'em from McLean, VA

You guys are a joke. You know that the leftist coup is over, Mitt will win in a landslide. He is eminently like-able, charming and polished as opposed to 0bama who is described by many who know him as aloof, arrogant and entitled. Americans are seeing this with increased frequency as his personality shows up in his speeches and policies. And when it comes to Ann Romney versus Michelle, the disbarred attorney who lived well on high paying no-show patronage jobs, there is no contest. Ann will get Mitt an extra 10 million votes. The party is over for the left and the elections of 2009, 2010 & 2011 have clearly shown the writing on the wall. Bye, bye Barry.

Aug. 28 2012 10:52 AM
Sona Mason from pearl river

hasbeen gov "Snide Disdain" needs to educate himself with a little travel: What Pres Obama is referring to, having gone to see the poorer parts of the world for himself, unlike most (if not all) obese suited wingnuts, is that people in underdeveloped countries are severely hindered from creating a successful business/farming enterprise etc BECAUSE there is no decent infrastructure to market/transport their goods/ bring customers/expand in any way. Thus, for one basic example - local farmers in Kenya cannot get their produce out to the cities before it rots, and thus their cities import foreign agricultural products for urban dwellers, because its easier to fly the stuff in since their own roads aren't adequate to transport the goods.
In developed countries - it is precisely because the govt has built roads, bridges schools, hospitals that we can get our businesses running in a timely and thus ultimately competative and thus successful fashion. He's defending the reason why business relies on govt (incl the giant subsidies it gets), and would not be successful if it got rid of govt.
For one thing - everything would get horrendously expensive as private businesses bought up competition and charged monopoly prices for basic necessities

Aug. 28 2012 10:45 AM
Robert from NYC

Well Brian, they were probably listening to the show and picked up on that issue because you mentioned it. I'd bet that's the case.

Aug. 28 2012 10:45 AM
The Truth from Becky

Maybe Ann will share her horse's experience at the Olympic's with all of you blind followers as part of her speech tonight!

Aug. 28 2012 10:44 AM
Peg

Larry A - why would anyone not in the top 1% vote republican? Because they like to shoot themselves in the foot and them blame the dems for the pain they suffered (while they have the nasty gov'ment pick up the tab - because THEY deserve it).

Yes I know that logic is twisted, but it's worked out just fine so far.

Aug. 28 2012 10:43 AM
Carol Messineo from Brooklyn

How would Romney implement the rape/incest exception he would allow? Would he accept the word of the woman? Set up an extra-judicial review process? Wait for the rapist to be convicted, which would take more than 9 months? Because the window for abortion is only a few months, talk of exceptions seems quite empty and geared to mislead the electorate.

Aug. 28 2012 10:42 AM
Chriss from Montclair

Brian, your odd idea that any position taken must stay that way does not allow for anyone to grow or change.

It seems when one changes a view to a more "progressive" position, that's growth, courageous. But if one changes from a progressive point to a conservative position he's a flip-flopper and changes with the wind.

Aug. 28 2012 10:42 AM
jacob

It is not the media's job to stop pols from lying?

We have a very different understanding of the media's role.

Aug. 28 2012 10:42 AM
Janos from Manhattan

Gwen's answer is very troubling. If she knows Romney is lying, or "changing his position again", she has to be loud and clear about it. People just tuning into the election now would have no way of knowing what his position was during the Republican primary. If journalists with real audiences like Gwen (or Brian) don't call him out, who will?

Aug. 28 2012 10:41 AM
Joe Boris from Manhattan

Actually, Gwen Ifill, it IS your job, as the journalist you purport to be, to recognize lies when politicians utter them, and to call them out for lying.

Aug. 28 2012 10:41 AM
Dan

Actual Romney quote:

"I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love." (January 2012)

How stupid does he think we are??

Aug. 28 2012 10:40 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Sununu is partially correct, but not wholly so. I agree that low capital gains taxes do encourage people to take risks and invest in businesses. But do they all create jobs in America? Most countries do have low capital gains taxes. I know Israel, and it is zero in Israel. But the average Israeli pays well over 54% of his income in taxes versus some 44% in the US, though that country has a defense budget of 8% of GDP. But then Israel has very highi VAT (18%) and other taxes, and the difference between rich and poor there today has become as wide as in the USA.

Aug. 28 2012 10:39 AM
John A

"Why would anyone not in the 1% ever vote GOP?"

Because tax practices that are unfair, to a sound economy, benefit more like the top 35% than just 1%.

Aug. 28 2012 10:38 AM
fuva from harlemworld

...safe, FALSE, equivalency...

Aug. 28 2012 10:38 AM

Brian it really is embarrassing to keep harping on the racial intent of the slogan...Repubs are racist as mych as Demos. Talk issue please...maybe Auditing the Fed, repealling NDAA, repealling the Patriot Act, bringing the troops home, stop executing American citizens...

Aug. 28 2012 10:36 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Yes, love Gwen Ifill. Still, disappointed that she also goes the safe equivalency route...

Aug. 28 2012 10:35 AM
Amy from Manhattan

It's not just whether Catholic (& some other) institutions would be required to provide contraception. Some of the far-right Republicans have actually said that some forms of contraception are, in effect, abortion & should be outlawed. There's also a question of who would be able to obtain contraception, even barrier methods like condoms that no one claims are abortifacients.

Aug. 28 2012 10:34 AM
Tom Crisp from UWS

Rachel Maddow reports on her blog today that a Romney spokesperson said after his interview that he "misspoke" about the "life and health of the mother" ... so when Romney says he's been "very clear", we're allowed to rub our eyes a bit.

Aug. 28 2012 10:33 AM
Larry A

Why would anyone not in the 1% ever vote GOP?

Aug. 28 2012 10:32 AM
Joe from nearby

Flip Flopney doesn't know what his position is from day to day.

That way, if he's elected & reveals his true agenda, and the American Peolpe become outraged that they got snookered, he can act all innocent.

Think I'm kidding? This is exactly what certain Republican governors already have done. "If you can dazzle them with brilliance...baffle them with BS."

Aug. 28 2012 10:31 AM
g in staten island from staten island

re John Sununu's comments:

He "forgot" to mention that while the Chinese do depend a lot on coal, many of the people spend their days wearing face masks due to the smog.

When China had the olympics a few years ago, they shut down much of the smog producing coal use for several days so the athletes could have cleaner air to breathe.

He has no problem with the "little saver" paying so much income tax on the pitance of interest he gets for his savings account (way less than 1% interest on most accounts). This interest is considered "earned income" as are wages. But Sununu has a problem with the wealthy being asked to pay more than 15% income tax on their capital gains which is not considered "earned income" (like wages). For capital gains you just sit around and wait, not go out to work. Acknowledged, you can lose money on those investments, but you should be investing only if you can afford to lose it-- it should not be your rent and food money.

Aug. 28 2012 10:31 AM
John A

OMG, Mitt Romney simultaneously on-script and off-message. THX for pointing this clip out.

Aug. 28 2012 10:30 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

If you supposedly come down on the side of "life" - then abortion should NOT be legal in the case of rape and incest.

Aug. 28 2012 10:28 AM
BL Producer

We've removed a few comments for violating the WNYC posting policy - please refrain from personal attacks. Thank you.

Aug. 28 2012 10:28 AM
jawbone

Oil Voice, an industry publication, has an article about research which is raising questions about the safety of fracking.

http://www.oilvoice.com/n/Evidence_of_fracking_risks_grow_in_Texas_and_other_states/9a1b907f8bc3.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+OilvoiceHeadlines+%28OilVoice+Headlines%29

"Scientists and the government do not yet know the full extent of the hazards of hydro fracking, but increasing evidence suggests that fracking is not as safe as was once thought."

But Repubs like Sununu, Romney, Ryan et al don't base their opinions on research and facts.

Aug. 28 2012 10:27 AM
The Truth from Becky

mitt is smug and not credible.

Aug. 28 2012 10:27 AM
Calls'em from McLean, VA

Be fair in 2012. WNYC was and has been despicably biased against Republicans since 2008. Your license can be taken away in the next admin if you operate as a propaganda machine. Gwen Ifil - lol. She, by her own admission is one of the most biased "reporters" in America. PBS has no credibility as a news organization, until it fires her. Edward R. Murrow spins in his grave when he listens to you guys.

Aug. 28 2012 10:26 AM
Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

Can you fit into pants that are too small, by just smoothing out the wrinkles??

Growing healthcare won't fit a shrinking budget, not by just "cutting the waste" as everyone seems to mindlessly promise. You need to study the system to understand what made it bloated.

It was assuming limitless wealth, and not noticing that "good healthcare" would grow the populations of the unhealthy.

Those are both natural phenomena, controlling our present choices, but not being discussed.

Aug. 28 2012 10:26 AM

Ron Paul points out that Hemp gives a higher yeild as far as bio fuel than corn or sugar.

Aug. 28 2012 10:25 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Oooooooh, how I LOVE Gwen Ifill!

Aug. 28 2012 10:25 AM
Randi from NYC

Here's a question for Mr. Sununu:

Mitt Romney, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Kelsey Grammar are all generate $10M a year. They all go to work each day. But they all pay different tax rates. Romney pays 15% because his income is classified as "capital gains" but Jackson and Grammar pay 40% because their income is classified as "earned".

How is this fair???

Aug. 28 2012 10:23 AM
JD from jackson heights

That was just awful to listen to. It's not news, not journalism, not enlightening. It's simply handing the mic over to a GOP tool. And I'd say the same if the guest were from the left. And now we're going to have to listen to more empty punditry from Gwen Ifill.

Aug. 28 2012 10:23 AM
jawbone

Ugh, listening to Sununu upset my stomach.

Why do so many Republicans seem to like and support people who sneer when they're talking to them?

Do the Powers That Be think he's not using that tone at them, but only at the little people and the opposition?

Yuck.

Aug. 28 2012 10:23 AM
Henry from Manhattan

Nick from UWS
“Wow.....John Sununu has a tiny little rigid mind.”

I have to admit, I really do not care for John Sununu’s tone and rhetoric.

...

Under the eight years of Bush and conservative policies, why wasn’t the economy booming? Why did Bush pass on the economy to Obama in such a collapsed state?

Aug. 28 2012 10:23 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Whatever Sununu claims are the reasons for the monetary wealth divide, it happened during the period when the REPUBLICANS were in control the most. How does Sununu explain THAT?

We require a public discussion on the workings of monetary wealth -- who gets it, how, what they do with it...

Aug. 28 2012 10:23 AM
Joe from nearby

Snidely Sununu claims the President wants 'big government.'
Obviously, he hasn't read this Forbes article (that's right, Snidely- I said Forbes)-
"Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?"
forbes(dot)com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/24/who-is-the-smallest-government-spender-since-eisenhower-would-you-believe-its-barack-obama/

Aug. 28 2012 10:23 AM
Peg

Sununu - we are not envious of the greedy wealthy class. We are disgusted by them. They are addicted to money and need intervention and rehab to understand their self destructive behaviours that detract from the general welfare of our country.

Aug. 28 2012 10:22 AM
Mark from Westchester

Ask Mr. Idunno whether he'd like to live next to a coal-fired electrical generator. Unbelievable. Still thumping the tub of trickle-down economics, shamelessly.

Aug. 28 2012 10:22 AM
Tom Pinch

Martin, you have gone over the edge. I am really worried about you. Please make sure you are taking deep breaths. Have you considered seeing someone... professional help is not a bad thing.

Aug. 28 2012 10:22 AM
Nick from UWS

“This is the biggest fool thing we have ever done. The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.” — Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy during World War II, advising President Truman on the atomic bomb, 1945.

John Sununu, 2012, another big mouth who needs to shut his trap before he is humiliated by future trends in energy production.

Aug. 28 2012 10:22 AM
Guy from NYC

I guess I'd be defensive too if I was charged with pushing a bizarre evidence-less claim--that the uberrich need the incentive of paying little or no taxes to overcome their timidity about investing in this great land--to a country that is on the cusp of realizing that they've been fed some disgusting gruel for a long time now.

Aug. 28 2012 10:21 AM
Harvey Bernstein from Westchester NY (WNYC)

Sununu started the interview by humorlessly referring to New Hampshire as an island of sanity. By implication, those who disagree with him are insane or at the least, sadly deluded. I know Sununu believes that he loves America and the rest of us hate it. Well, not exactly. Keep it up John. Politicians like you are tearing apart the fabric of this country. It is unpatriotic and sick.

Aug. 28 2012 10:20 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

I'M BARACK OBAMA ....... AND I APPROVE THIS 2 HOUR MESSAGE FROM MY CAMPAIGN.

Aug. 28 2012 10:20 AM
Hanna from Nyc

Sununu is lying. This is madness to listen to. I have a small biz & have gone from 1 to 3 employees under Obama
. 2) I love the health care changes & hope for public option- has no impact on my biz but positive. Ps l now have 2nd home in VT where the liberals Keep unemployment LOW & local workers, economy & branding strong. Going over the border to NH is an unpleasant Shock by comparison. Overbuilt, unfriendly, run down state parks. No thanks!

Aug. 28 2012 10:20 AM
Nancy

Sununu? This guy's around the bend. Gilded Age-style income inequality's a good thing? Waaayy out!

Aug. 28 2012 10:20 AM
Steve from New York

Well it's good to know that the most successful businessman of our time, Warren Buffet, has it all wrong regarding taxes and regulation. I guess his success was all luck as Mr. Sununu clearly believes that he doesn't understand how and why businesses are formed and grow.

Aug. 28 2012 10:20 AM
Larry A

Can this man Sununu open his mouth without lying?

Aug. 28 2012 10:19 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

BRAVO, Mr.Sununu!!!

We have our first REVENGE President.
He hates business and doesn't much like this country.....and now he is showing his cards on this.

Aug. 28 2012 10:18 AM
Tom Pinch

"risk" risk??? - that means most will fail. What do we do with the risk takers who do not succeed??? Bail them out???

Aug. 28 2012 10:18 AM
JD from jackson heights

Our EPA is overactive in regulating coal and fracking? The government's "foot is on the neck" of small business? Brian is no match for this arrogant twister of the truth: he is simply not combative enough. I wish American media would be more like the BBC, whose reporters interrupt and challenge their guests when their facts are WRONG. That is their job.

Aug. 28 2012 10:17 AM
Scott

Could you ask Mr. Sununu about carried interest?

Aug. 28 2012 10:16 AM
Dan

Wait....so he's seriously claiming that the redistribution of wealth to the rich for 30 years is a result of 'over regulation of small businesses?"
Huh?
Did he even HEAR the question?

What arrogance. Let him keep talking- he's alienating everyone the more he goes on with this nonsense.

Aug. 28 2012 10:16 AM
Mark

I would like the Governor to address his energy independence stance, as Brian noted, fossil fuels may be drilled or mined here but that doesn't mean it will be used here, the Governor totally dodged the question and I would like to hear his answer

Aug. 28 2012 10:16 AM
Sunshar from AZ, MS in SW

re: Sununu -- Once and for all -- what are the regulations on "small business"?????

Oh, and who are the liars??? The air is cleaner now because business has moved to natural gas, coal is now the expensive and dirty fuel. Shale production is dirty, as is the oil. And oil is still subsidized, my not "alternative" energies?

I guess the global economy only works to move jobs from the middle class (what middle class) and energy back to the US!!!

Stock ownership without restrictions to the upper management, restricted stock options to the worker class.

Aug. 28 2012 10:16 AM
MC from manhattan

Come on Brian .. this fool sidestepped your question about the global oil market determining the price of oil to repeat his tirade . And you let him get away with it GET SOME GUTS and ask him why he will not answer your question AND GET THE ANSWER Thas what your listeners want ... not his tirade but his answers to the hard questions I don't want to hear propaganda from a hack I want him cornered on the truth

Aug. 28 2012 10:16 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"....aren't you concerned..../"

Brian, aren't YOU concerned that 53% of college grads 25 and under DON'T HAVE JOBS under the community organizer?

Aug. 28 2012 10:15 AM
Dez from Brooklyn, NY

He's a mechanical engineer not a chemical engineer. How does that make him an expert on energy?

Aug. 28 2012 10:15 AM
NIck from UWS

Wow.....John Sununu has a tiny little rigid mind.

Aug. 28 2012 10:13 AM
Henry from Manhattan

If businesses are being choked by regulations, taxes, etc, then how in the world did the economy do so well under Clinton’s administration?

Aug. 28 2012 10:13 AM
Joe from nearby

Why are you giving this chooch a platform to spout his typical GOP fear mongering? "THE SKY IS FALLING!! THE SKY IS FALLING!! OMG!!"
Wrong, Sununu- there are more coal & gas jobs now than under Bush.

Btw Brian- plz ask him about how he insulted the President: 'I Wish This President Would Learn How To Be An American'
Is he KIDDING??!
"In the span of one morning, top Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu referred to President Obama as dumb and stupid, called the Chicago political culture from which he came "corrupt," brought up Obama's admitted use of marijuana as a kid in Hawaii, resurfaced the name of Tony Rezko -- the jailed financier with ties to Obama -- and then questioned the president's Americanness."

Stop subjecting us to this loser's arrogant, vile drivel.

Aug. 28 2012 10:12 AM
MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT from Manhattan

LIAR, Brian

The new oil production is ONLY on PRIVATE land....and YOU KNOW THAT!!!

Put the TALKING POINTS sheet down !!!

You really are pathetic !

Aug. 28 2012 10:12 AM

Nice intro Brian.

Ron Paul 2012 Brian...woulda been nice to mention his name

Aug. 28 2012 10:09 AM
john from office

John Sununu, the son of immigrants should be ashamed of his behavior and that of the GOP. Will he again question Obama's Americaness.

Ask him about Ryan's intent to cut storm relief funds and the occurance of a storm douring the Tampa event.

Aug. 28 2012 08:53 AM

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