April 14th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

U.S. less safe under Pres. Obama?


A U.S. Coast Guard machinery technician patrols New York Harbor. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Sperduto/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Most Americans disagree with Dick Cheney when he says President Obama's actions have increased the risk of another U.S. terror attack.

A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows 72 percent of those surveyed disagree that the new president has made the country less safe; only 26 percent agree with Cheney. The poll shows a pretty significant partisan divide; 53 percent of Republicans agree with Cheney while more than 90 percent of Democrats are behind President Obama.

Cheney recently suggested that the Bush administration's anti-terror policies were "absolutely essential" to preventing any further attacks after 9/11. He called it a "great success story" and added that as President Obama rolls back some of those policies, he is increasing the risk of another attack.

The current Vice President, Joe Biden, fired back at Cheney... calling him "dead wrong." Biden insists the country is safer now. He says the Bush administration left the U.S. in a weaker position than we've been at any time since World War II, less respected and stretched more thinly. And, it seems like most Americans are on the same page as Biden when it comes to national security.

Here's my question to you: Is the U.S. less safe under President Obama than it was under President Bush?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


April 14th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Confidence in Pres. Obama to fix economy?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"By no means are we out of the woods," said President Obama in a warning to Americans regarding the economy. In a speech today, the president once again talked of "glimmers of hope," yet balanced that by saying there's no doubt that times are still tough.

Despite economic woes, the U.S. majority places its trust in the president.

President Obama says a full recovery depends on a new foundation for the economy. He also blamed politics as usual and the media for making the situation worse. Nonetheless, even as President Obama warned that tough economic times and choices lie ahead, it looks like he has a majority of the country behind him.

In fact, Americans place more trust in the president than anyone else when it comes to fixing the economy. A new Gallup poll shows 71 percent of those surveyed have confidence in the president to do or recommend the right thing for the economy. Compare that to 49 percent who have confidence in Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; and 47 percent who have confidence in Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

We're talking here about people who are specifically tasked with fixing the economy, yet the president rates much higher.

Mr. Obama also kills the Republicans on this issue. A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll shows more than twice as many Americans say the president has a clear plan for solving our economic problems than Republicans in Congress - 58 to 24 percent.

Not even Republicans are confident in Republicans - only 36 percent of them think the party's leadership has a clear plan.

Here's my question to you: How much confidence do you have in President Obama to fix the economy?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Economy • President Barack Obama
April 14th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

5 months after election, still no winner in Minnesota

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Minnesota has become a joke - unless you live there and would like your voice represented in the United States Senate. 161 days after the election and they're still trying to figure out who won the senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.

Franken (L) has urged Coleman (R) to let him "get to work as soon as possible."

A three-judge panel has now ruled against Coleman, saying that "Franken is entitled to receive the certificate of election" after defeating Coleman by 312 votes. But it's unlikely that the Minnesota secretary of state will issue that certificate until all legal challenges are exhausted.

I'm exhausted watching this... looks like a Three Stooges movie. Coleman has 10 days to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court; and if he loses at the state level, there's always the federal level.

Coleman's lawyer says they'll appeal to the State Supreme Court because the lower court's order "wrongly disenfranchised" thousands of voters. I wonder if they'd be appealing if Coleman had 312 more votes.

Franken says he's confident he'll eventually be certified. He's calling on Coleman not to appeal and to "let me get to work as soon as possible." He added it's time for Minnesota to have 2 senators like every other state.

Minnesota is starting to look like a third world country - the land of 10,000 lakes and a dysfunctional democracy. We send people to monitor elections in foreign countries. Maybe next time we should send some to Minneapolis.

Here’s my question to you: What's wrong with Minnesota if 5 1/2 months after the election they still don't know who the winner is?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman