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October 16th, 2012
06:34 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 2012

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We've opened a live blog for "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning. Soledad has a preview of the presidential debate tonight at Hofstra University, and she will also welcome guests Carole Simpson, Tyra Banks and singer Mika. Soledad and our Starting Point producers will be moderating.

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  1. Scar1

    My advice to Barack Obama for tonight's debate is be THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. LET PEOPLE KNOW WE CANNOT AFFORD TO FIGHT ALL OF THE ARAB UNION. LET THEM KNOW WE CANNOT STRIKE IRAN WITHOUT SOLID PROOF. WE DID LEAVE iRAG WHICH BUSH TOOK US TO AND AFGANISTAN AND PAKISTAN THE REAL PROBLEMS.PAKISTAN HAS BEEN THROWING ROCKS AND TWO-FACED A LONG TIME. ROMNEY WANTS WAR AT ANY COST. DIPLOMACY SHOULD ALWAYS BE FIRST RESPONSE. ROMNEY COULD HAVE CAUSED MORE PROBLEMS OPENING HIS FAT MOUTH IN THE MIDDLE OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE COURSE OF WHAT HAPPENED. AND CIA AND INTELLIGENCE REALLY SCREWED THINGS UP NOT YOU OR CLINTON OR RICE. RICE WAS USED AS A PAWN FOR GOP AND POLITICS. GO OBAMA!!!

    October 22, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Elizabeth

    Soledad, "Maybe you should ask for a binder of women for show guest".

    October 18, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kikakiki26

    Why are there always 3 republicans to 1 democratic guest, why, for instance did candy crawly mince words about whether she was back tracking, then you allowed the republican guest to give his comment and then cut off roland martin to go to break and then come back from break and go directly back to the republican guest, and then at the end of your program you gave the republican the last word. That was just today's unfair unbalanced programming. Generally if you have a democratic guest, you have 3/4 "unbiased" pundits responding to the one democratic guest. I stopped watching your program for a few weeks ago after you allowed an author to outright accuse the president of a criminal act without one word of rebuttal. I've only returned to CNN in the last couple of days and now I barely watch a full segment your show is so unbalanced, I don't watch fox at all and CNN mornings is headed to the same trash heap.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Patricia Reich

    I was very disappointed in the way Soleday O'Brien allowed John Sununu to treat her this morning. He behaved in a disrespecful and outrageous way. Soleday let him get away with it ; I felt like I was watching an assault, is this CNN policy or does she really think his behavior was acceptable? It seemed to me her attitude was boys will be boys or that's just politics. If John Sununu is a Romney surrogate; than I have no respect for Romney after hearing the manner it witch his surrogate addressed Soleday.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sha ivery

    CNN is just trying to get ratings. FOX got them running scared. Shut up Soledad , please you are annoying . Anything for your job smh.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Phil Hardy

    Hi Soledad. You are right – that Gov. Romney missed an opportunity on the Benghazi/Lybia attack. Gov. Romney should have focused on what the original question was – 'who's fault was it that several requests for heightened security PRIOR to 9/11 went unheeded?' – and what Pres. Obama, in his 'round-about-the-world' answer was... that it was HIS fault, b/c, as he put it, the buck stops with him. Romney missed an opportunity there. But unlike the President's failure to act, Romney's missed opportunity didn't cost us 4 American lives. Second missed opportunity was on the difference between 'acts of terror' supposedly committed by unorganized protestors, which is what the Obama administration really claimed, and terrorist attacks committed by organized terrorists, including Al Quaeda. Clearly, 2 weeks after the 'terrorist' attack, Pres. Obama is telling the American public via David Letterman appearance the 'act of terror' was the result of the youtube video, not the result of organized terrorism. Third missed opportunity was not stating Pres. Obama callously referred to the deaths of 4 Americans (due to his failure to act on repeated requests for heightened security and his failure to acknowledge the 'acts of terror' were actually 'terrorist attacks') was nothing more than a 'bump in the road.'

    October 17, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kym Nielsen

    Soledad continues to insist that President Obama did not specifically state the cause of the attack on Benghazi Consulate was due to Video and the protest, when clearly there are statements by President Obama that contradicts her statement. Obviously she or CNN did not watch his interview on Univision on Sept. 20, 2012, full 9 days after the attack, and he still is blaming the video and the protest for the attack!!! Full 9 days after the attack. I totally agree with Former Gov of NY, Gov Giuliani's statement that it is a cover up!!

    On a separate issue:
    Soledad tries to portray that she is a non biased journalist but who are you trying to kid? Quit trying to make us believe that you are a non biased journalist, because obviously you are. Everyone can see it by the way you interview everyone that comes on your show. You ask one question to your democratic guests and laugh it off, even when they don't answer the question and even when they are clearly wrong, you just move on to the next topic without even as trying to question their answers. Whereas when you have a republican guests you continue to dig and dig on their answers when you don't like their answers. You always try to put in your own point of views (democratic views) trying to contradict their statements. It's one thing to say that you are biased one way or another, it's another to state that you are non biased, when your viewers can clearly see your democratic views clearly leads your stories day in day out. I would have more respect for you and your show if you quit pretending that your are non biased!!!! I may totally disagree with the shows on MSNBC hosts but I at least respect their honesty and candor because they are not trying to hide anything, whereas you are!!!!

    Thank you for your time!!!

    October 16, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sharon (Tellin' it God's Way)

      Kym: The same thing that you are saying to Soledad, try saying to Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Orielly, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and all of the other right wing media people that never has anything positive to say about the President. Now... correct me if I am wrong. Give me 1 example where each of these people had anything respectful to say

      October 17, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve Griesel

      Thank you Kym,

      I don't think I could have said it better. The left bias displayed by Soledad is offensive. Sadly, I no longer watch CNN as a result. What ever happened to fair and unbiased reporting? It seems to me that Soledad would be more at home working for MSNBC.

      October 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ruth

    This morning on Starting Point, you showed a comment made by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Graham basically saying that the Obama administration dropped the ball and has lost control of our intelligence community with regard to the Bengashi attacks in which four Americans were killed, and that the buck stops with President Obama. I would like you to ask this questions: Did the buck stop with George W. Bush when 3,000 Americans died in the 9/11 attacks? Did the buck stop with President Regan when 200 Marines were killed in Lebanon? It seems to me that the Republicans in Romneyland along with the NEW CNN, which has become New Pro-Romneyland media source are only on a witch hunt that mirrors the witch hunt with regard to the Fast N Furious deal. CNN should take a good look at how fair and honest they are reporting the facts – afterall, that is what CNN proudly hails their news coverage – Fair and Honest!

    October 16, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Shogun

    The remarks about Al Quiada from representaive King is something he should clarify; i.e., There are many groups of Al Quiada who are going under the radar since key members have been killed. I believe Al Quiada has always been a group that has stayed under the radar until they were ready to attack or make there demands known. There have been other UN Ambassadors that have been much more controversial than MS. Susan Rice! Mr Bolton comes to mine and he is considered to be "Republican"! Need I say more?

    October 16, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maxine Tierney

      Regarding Ms. Rice, The Ambassador, a lie is a lie. And she flat-out lied. And lied with an attitude. The President admitted tonight that he knew the next morning after the brutal torture and murder of Americans on American Embassy soil were the results of terrorism. We all watched this story unfold and there is no doubt in anyone's mind that the White House staff simply refused to admit the incident was an Al Quieda planned terror attack until their own intelligence officers made public comments that the investigation showed a pre-planned terror attack. It was stunning to see Crowley correct Romney on what we all know is true. Obviously, Obama invited Romney to continue instead of using the kind opportunity Crowley gave him to explain. opportunity

      October 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Minnie Taylor

    CNN should take the mask off. Your news reporters and commentators remind me of the news reporters on fox news. You should just report the news and not show your personal opinions. Even the so-called Democrats, such as James Carville, dissapointed at how you acted after the debate. If people vote based on a 90 minute, this world is in trouble. The evening crew on MSNBC get my vote.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sharon (Tellin' it God's Way)

      I agree with you Minnie, for those people who claim that they are still undecided, after all of this campaigning and new reporting, they truly have a mental block and need to seek clinical help. There is no way, that an intelligent person in their right mind have not made a decision after all of this. They are people who probably dont like to make decisions in their personal lives either so that if things go wrong they can blame those who take the risk and make a decision based on thought, reseach and investigation. By now, these people should have done all of this. They are simply stated "DELUSIONAL"

      October 17, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mariane Hinds

    Please consider doing a special on "Disabled in America" similar to your "Black in American." As a population, disabled American make up a minority composed of all Americans. Their future impacts all of us if they remain disenfranchised when it comes to research for cures, housing, healthcare, and jobs. There are many success stories to spotlight, but the bulk of our disabled citizens are invisible to the government and to te rest of us as well. They need a voice, Solidad, and yours is a very powerful one. My son is a 34 year old quadriplegic with a spinal cord injury sustained 12 years ago this month. He has accomplished much, but is still living in subsized housing, battling pressure sores, and no prospects for a job even though he has a college education. I am happy to share my experiences with you. Thank you. Mariane Hinds

    October 16, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Good Guy

    Why is Soledad O'briend going out of her way to defend the Obama administration on Libya? Isn't there enough bias in the press towards the President's failed policies?

    October 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sharon (Tellin' it God's Way)

      Good Guy: Let me state the facts: 1. The term "failed policy" is a right wing taking point, that has been regurgitated so much it is no longer effective. 2. Yes, President Obama did state that he would work for bipartianship to do things that need to be done during his campaign. However, he did not think that he would meet the opposition that he did (e.g. Mitch McConnell, Newt, and several others planning his demise the very day he was being sworn into office.) Additionally, even his his own Blue Dog Collegues that put their personal interest before their constitutents by voting against good bills that would have benefitted ALL America people. With that said, NONE OF THOSE BLUE DOGS WERE RE-ELECTED!!!! Finally, everything that he has done which are so many to name (check out the website you will be surprised) he has done it FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE without the help of Republicans. If you are really a Good Guy you will look at the President's website so that you can learn the FACTS. If you want to know the truth. The truth will set you Free. So if you are as Good of a guy as you say, you would look at all of the thing the President.

      October 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jeff Stidman

    Unfortunately everytime I see Ms. Obrien interview someone she put her personel opinion on display. Why do journalist not just give us the facts and let us form our own opinion. I could careless what Ms. Obrien thinks about Obama or Romney. CNN has become very bias in its reporting and that's sad.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carl Williams

      She was just clearing up some lies

      October 17, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Winslow D Spady Jr

    Soledad. Please set the record straight about the the murder of Abs Stevens. The bottom line is that he thought that he has made a difference. He thought that he could walk around and speak to these people like they were his friends. Kinda like the pastor in Alabama who thought he could pet rattlesnakes until he was bitten by one of them and died. Also, this situation was his fault since he could have left anytime he got ready. Again he felt that he could trust these idiots and that he actually had influence on them. So if my boss tells me to jump of a bridge, am I going to jump? No. If I was in danger, I would have refused to stay on the job until I felt as though I was safe. Again, it was his fault.

    October 16, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carl Williams

      Your the first person, I have heard call a spade a spade. Thank you

      October 17, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse | Reply

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