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April 24th, 2008
05:28 PM ET

Why has the govt. refused to secure our borders?

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Dusk falls over a section of the US-Mexico border fence near Campo, California. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush once called it "the most technologically advanced border security initiative in American history."

He was talking about the "virtual fence," a twenty million dollar hi-tech detection device along the Arizona-Mexico border designed to keep illegal aliens from coming into this country. Trouble is it doesn't work.

Now the government is scrapping the prototype, just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff approved it. The system is failing to alert border security agents of illegal crossings.

Agents began using the fence in December and it has been responsible for more than three thousand apprehensions. The problem is more than 3,000 illegal aliens enter the United States every day.

Time for Plan "B." The government will replace the virtual fence with a series of towers with communications systems, cameras and radar.

In case you're keeping track, 9/11 happened six and a half years ago. And since then in the name of national security the Bush administration has spied on Americans without a warrant, approved torture of terror suspects, ignored the Geneva conventions, made airline travel more complicated than going by covered wagon, invaded a sovereign country that had done nothing to us, and bankrupted the treasury. But they haven't secured the nation's borders.

In fact, illegal aliens with torches, hacksaws, ladders, and bungee cords have come right through miles of existing border fence. Holes in the fence are big enough for an average-sized woman to squeeze through.

And border agents in Texas, Arizona, and California often have to repair the same sections of the existing fence every day.

Here’s my question to you: Why in the years following 9/11 has the government refused to secure our nation's borders?

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Filed under: U.S. Border Security
April 24th, 2008
05:16 PM ET

What is McCain accomplishing with his “touring”?

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Sen. John McCain tours New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, Thursday on his "It's Time for Action" campaign Tour. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the Democrats slug it out for their party's nomination, Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is spending the week going where Republicans fear to tread. McCain is on another tour. This one he's calling his "Time for Action" tour- and it's taking him to parts of the country that have never seen a Republican.

He wants to convince voters in these areas he says have been "forgotten" that he cares about them. He said earlier this week quote "There must be no forgotten places in America, whether they have been ignored for long years by the sins of indifference and injustice, or have been left behind as the world grew smaller and more economically independent." unquote

Monday he was in Selma, Alabama; Tuesday, it was Youngstown, Ohio; yesterday was Inez, Kentucky; and today he toured the lower ninth ward which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

He told the residents of New Orleans that if Katrina had happened on his watch, he would have immediately landed his plane at the nearest Air Force base and come over personally. It took President Bush more than a week to get to New Orleans after Katrina.

Touring seems to be McCain's activity of choice while he waits for the Democrats to get their act together.

He just completed his "Service to America" biography tour earlier this month. That one was designed to help voters get to know more about John McCain and his family. The Rolling Stones don't go on tour this often.

I mean it's not as though John McCain is unfamiliar to us. Besides being a famous war hero, McCain is now serving his fourth term in the United States Senate. And he spent some time as a congressman before that. And he made an unsuccessful run for President in 2000. We know who you are.

Here’s my question to you: What is John McCain accomplishing by all his "touring”?

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Filed under: John McCain
April 24th, 2008
02:09 PM ET

Is Clinton deluding herself?

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Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"I won the states that we have to win." That's Hillary Clinton after winning the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday. She also said it would be hard to imagine a Democrat winning the White House in the general election without winning states that she has won like Ohio and Pennsylvania. True enough, but she's not the only Democrat who can win those states.

And at the end of a six week bruising battle for Pennsylvania, Hillary gained a grand total of ten delegates.

Barack Obama still leads Clinton by about 130 delegates and will likely get those ten right back in North Carolina regardless of what happens in Indiana.

The New York Times points to surveys showing that Obama could draw the same majorities from blue-collar voters against McCain as Clinton would in a general election. National polls also show that Obama does slightly better among groups that have typically voted Republican in the past like men, those who are wealthy, and independents, suggesting he might actually do better in the big states than Clinton.

Some analysts even suggest that Obama is better poised than Clinton in the general election to win in states that typically go to Republicans. State like Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, and Virginia- all of which he won in the primaries.

These ideas are surely not lost on the remaining uncommitted superdelegates. Clinton trails in pledged delegates and popular vote, not including Florida and Michigan, as well as number of states won, and she is rapidly losing her edge in superdelegates. Recent polls also suggest more than half the country doesn't trust her.

Here’s my question to you: Is Hillary Clinton deluding herself about her chances for the nomination?

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton