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August 15th, 2012
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Starting Point live blog for Wednesday, Aug. 15th, 2012

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We've opened a live blog for "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning, to talk about Vice President Biden's 'back in chains' remarks, the new 'deferred action' program and fact checking Democrat and Republican claims about Medicare cuts. Soledad and our Starting Point producers will be moderating.

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  1. Jesse ramon

    Goodmorning Soledad, I'm so disapointed in you!! Just like jack CAFFERTY and Wolf Blitzer yesterday!! On the same subject and using the same method of twisting the truth!! You call Congessman (Dem) Emanuel Cleaver (African American). And do the same thing that jack and wolf did yesterday!! You asked Congressman Cleaver how he felt about Vice President Joe Bidens remarks yesterday The ridiculous accusation about the Chains) and while Congressman Cleaver is explaining to you that he didn't feel tha VP Biden said anything to insult the African American people or try to twist their views for a vote you attacked the VICE PRESIDENTS REMARKS AGAIN BY THROWING IN A NEW QUESTION IN A DIFFERENT WAY!!! YOU PEOPLE AT CNN NEED TO GROW UP!!! WE AREN'T STUPID!!! ...HONEY, IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN TO LET GO OF A DEAD SUBJECT, YOUR IN THE WRONG BUSINESS!!! REMEMBER THIS!! WE ARE THE ONES WHO WATCH THE NEWS!! YOU GUYS NEED TO STOP MILKING THE COW WHEN THERE'S NO MORE MILK!!!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • goodcitizens

      Mr. Ramon Please go comment to FOX NEWS website if you don't have your spirit together. Soledad is one of the most intelligent person, she actually does some research.

      August 16, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Brian Steeves

    Good evening,

    Solidad, I watch your program from my home in rural Ontario, Canada. I enjoy it very much.

    Sometimes it's like watching children in the school yard. "You did this." "You said that." "My dad's better than your dad."

    Little children speaking with no content to their words.

    People blame the President (of any stripe) for the poor economy, the price of gas and unemployment. You don't honestly believe that any one person can control, or is responsible for the failing or rising economy?

    Through two companies I do business with several countries around the globe; the United States is no different than any of them. Perhaps your debt is higher, but then so are your expectations and military.

    I speak with various people and we all want the same thing....a good life. When I talk with Americans and when they find out I'm Canadian, they want to know about our Universal healthcare system, how much it costs and the level/quality of care we receive.

    Well, on top of my taxes I paid $600.00 for the year. Period.

    In Canada, the people own the health care system, we own the hospitals, and we negotiate with the doctors to set their charges for their services. There is a private system too, if one wants to avail oneself to it.

    We have The Canada Health Act which is a federal Act. This is administered by the various provinces...for the people.

    We operate a nonprofit system. I can go anywhere in Canada & receive top notch healthcare. A homeless, unemployed person receives the same level of health care. Our health care is among the best in the world and we do not and cannot deny anyone health care in Canada.......all at no charge.

    My wife just received her final five year clearance for cancer. All of the care, the operation, the six months of aggressive chemo, the week in hospital and all of the other care that went along with this cure cost us nothing, zero, no charge. We have universal health care.

    What would this have cost in your country?

    I'm not being critical or judge mental (I am Canadian after all), but I wonder why a country as cool, neat, diversified and populated with nice people doesn't have universal healthcare. Why is it important to make a profit from the sick and the dying?

    Any way, I really like your show. Keep up the good work.

    Best regards,

    Brian Steeves

    August 16, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Matt

    where is sharpton? why is he not denouncing this racist comment?

    August 15, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesse ramon

      Actually Matt, I slammed CNN yesterday for being so right sided irt the same subject, it was Wolf Blitzer and Jack CAFFERTY who were doing the same thing on our Vice President. I got angry and turned the Channel to MSNBC TO NO SURPRISE THEY WERE INTERVIEWING SHARPTEN AND TO NO SURPRISE HE WAS FUMMING TO SEE THE RIGHT STUPING SO LOW IN THIS REGARD!!! Watch MSNBC!!!

      August 16, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • goodcitizens

      This was not a racisct comment, it was the TRUTH, period; and you don't like it. The Big banks are just running the show.

      August 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ed E

    Hello Soledad, for your information, regarding Senator Wyden's official position on the Ryan/Wyden Medicare plan, please see link below (to his official website) as to his actual official position and his official rebuttal of the attacks on "their plan"

    http://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-spokesperson-responds-to-criticism-of-wyden-ryan-plan

    I think that you will find this to be useful for getting yourself informed and prepared for your next Q&A that you may have with others on this matter.

    Respectfully,
    Ed E

    August 15, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Renata Kimmerly

    This comment is to Ms O'Brien. I think you should have your own show – where you can give your views, your opinions. Until then – please stop being argumentative (too early in the day to see that), talking over guests, being biased, partisan, not objective – and just spewing your agenda. I would fee the same if you were a Republican doing what you do to Dems. Either way – very unprofessional, very unpleasant to watch, and frankly – CNN – bring back real anchors – that give the news not slant the news. thank you

    August 15, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jesse ramon

      Thank you Renata, if you notice, everyone is telling Soledad the same thing in different ways!! CNN NEEDS TO GROW UP AND REALIZE THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE FOX CHANNELS FOOTSTEPS!!!!

      August 16, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    I agree with vice President Biden,if these racist liars win they will put in place a law to prevent blacks from voting,infact they doing it now

    August 15, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    That ugly racist sununu & his party should be ashamed of themselves,i can't believe they call Obama hateful,they are the most hateful,racist,liars,evil etc,why are they stopping blacks from voting?their margority they going to loose it

    August 15, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Lareese Jackson

    I really like the way you Soledad is handling her interviews. Dont accept the standard stum answer, make them clarify their position.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mark Newsom

    Come Soledad, please stop being so ridiculously bias. There is no comparison to "...unshackle the economy..." to "...put you back in chains..." in fact, did you pick up on Bidens attempt to sound black when he said it? And all this spin about a budget plan the someone previously submitted: how many different variations of a budget has President Obama submitted? Or did he simply resubmit the same budget over and over? We all know budget ideas change all the time. Not to mention, any budget any President submits cannot go through without being passed by both the House and the Senate. Let's assume a worst case scenario and say your candidate looses: what would it take for this budget you fear so much, to actually get passed as law?

    August 15, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse | Reply

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