August 19th, 2010
08:32 PM ET
August 19th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Things get worse if Dems lose control of Congress?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Things are pretty bleak for millions of Americans these days... but President Obama says they'll be worse if Republicans take over the reins.
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That's the message coming from the commander-in-chief as he hits the campaign trail for Democrats - in a midterm season that could be a real bruiser for his party.

The president says that the GOP wants to "go back to doing the same things... if we give them the keys back, they will drive this economy back into the ditch."

But experts aren't so sure this message will resonate with voters. Blaming President Bush and the Republicans for what happened in 2008 may not work when many Americans are still hurting badly today - worried about finding a job and putting food on the table.

Meanwhile, polls indicate the Democrats may have reason to worry about November.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Republican candidates have a three point advantage over Democrats in the :generic" ballot question... that puts them in almost the same exact position as in August 1994 - months before the GOP took control of the House for the first time in 40 years.

What's more, President Obama's disapproval rating of 51 percent matches his all-time high.

This poll also shows Republican voters are feeling an intense amount of anger over the direction this country is headed in... much like they did in 1994.

When you add all of this to the fact that Republicans have held a significant edge for months when it comes to voter enthusiasm... it doesn't seem to bode well for the Democrats and President Obama.

Here’s my question to you: Will things get worse if the Democrats lose control of Congress in November?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Congress • Democrats
August 19th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Real reason Muslim community doesn't want to relocate mosque?


The building which is poised to house the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center in Manhattan. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sometimes no answer can be an answer. When asked if a portion of the $100 million needed to build the mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero might come from either Saudi Arabia or Iran, the developers refused to comment.

This only adds to the already heated controversy surrounding this project. Remember 15 of the 19 hijackers responsible for deaths of nearly 3,000 people and the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11 came from Saudi Arabia. And the U.S. considers Iran a sponsor of terrorism.

Nonetheless - New York Governor David Paterson tells CNN he's still working on finding a compromise site for the mosque and Islamic center away from Ground Zero.

The developer, Sharif el-Gamal, has said the proximity of the planned mosque and center is not an issue.


If the people behind this project are sincere about community relations, you'd think they would do something about improving community relations - and talk to the governor about a compromise.

This is not about freedom of religion - no one is suggesting Muslims can't practice their religion. This is about insensitivity to what happened on September 11 and an affront to this city and country. The murders of 3,000 people were committed by muslim extremists.

That's the reason for the outcry from families of victims, rescue workers, and New Yorkers in general - 2/3 of them are opposed. It's simply unrealistic to think you can build a muslim house of worship two blocks from where this awful thing happened and not get a negative reaction. But then I think the developers probably know that.

Here’s my question to you: What's the real reason that the Muslim community doesn't want to relocate the mosque and Islamic community center planned near Ground Zero?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Religion • September 11