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December 17th, 2008
12:00 PM ET

How Can GOP Help Pres.-elect Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee voicing his disapproval of a three-minute video they put together aimed at linking President-elect Barack Obama to allegedly corrupt Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Gingrich wants the video pulled and says this is the kind of attack ad that voters rejected in 2006 and again this year. He calls the ad a "destructive distraction." Instead, he suggests the RNC focus on helping Obama successfully meet the serious challenges that face the nation. Now there's an idea: bipartisan cooperation. Gingrich says the Republican party should offer better solutions instead of just opposing Obama.

Sen. John McCain also called for the ad to be pulled during an interview and said his party should, instead, focus on the financial crisis.

Most Americans might agree. According to a Gallup Poll, Republicans in Congress are getting lower approval ratings than President Bush. Only one in four approve of the job Republicans are doing in Congress. That's the worst rating they've had since Gallup started keeping track in 1999.

Here’s my question to you: What should Republicans be doing to help President-elect Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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December 15th, 2008
01:32 PM ET

Global warming: What priority for Pres.-elect Obama?

Apparently, the world is rapidly running out of time to curb global warming. There is a sense among many in the scientific community that global warming is accelerating and becoming a crisis much earlier than expected.

After a meeting with former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore last week, President-elect Barack Obama said, "the time for delay is over, the time for denial is over." He went on to say that global warming is a matter of urgency and national security.

Arctic ice is melting so fast that some scientists predict the Arctic waters won't have any ice left during the summer of 2013. Some species are becoming extinct, carbon dioxide levels are already exceeding safe limits, according to some scientists, and the list goes on. What was predicted to be years and years away is now apparently just around the corner.

But in the midst of an economic crisis there may be limitations to Obama's urgent actions. And he has to get Congress to sign on too.

Here’s my question to you: Where does global warming stand on President-elect Obama’s priority list?

December 9th, 2008
02:30 PM ET

Liberals right to be upset with President-elect Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll, 79-percent of Americans approve of the way President-elect Barack Obama is handling his transition to the White House. And those are pretty good numbers, 14-percentage points higher than President-elect George W. Bush received and 17-percentage points higher than President-elect Bill Clinton.

Some are voicing concerns about Barack Obama though, many of whom campaigned for "change" alongside him, but feel they've ended up with something quite different. Specifically, some Liberals are not happy with his cabinet appointments from the political center as well as his change of mind on things like rolling back the Bush tax cuts, taking on big oil and hedging plans to pull out of Iraq.

In Sunday's Washington Post, David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief of the liberal non-profit magazine Mother Jones, said: "Sure, Obama's appointments do represent change - that is, change from the widely unpopular Bush-Cheney status quo. But do these appointments amount to the kind of change that Progressives, who were an essential part of Obama's political base during the campaign, can really believe in?"

Here’s my question to you: Are Liberals right to be upset with President-elect Obama's cabinet appointments and tax cut plans?

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