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Monday, May 17th, 2010

Snapshot Of The Conservative Movement
With just one day before voters cast their ballots, Sean talked about several key races which play an important role for Conservative Victory 2010. Several polls are showing a virtual dead heat for Pennsylvania’s 12th District spot – a special election for the late Representative John Murtha’s House seat. Republican Tim Burns is leading Democrat Mark Critz 48-47 according to a recent poll from Public Policy Polling. Democratic Senators Arlen Specter and Blanche Lincoln will be fighting for political survival. Spector switched from Republican to Democrat last year after he realized he couldn’t win a Republican primary. Spector’s 20-point lead over Rep. Joe Sestak has all but vanished. Sestak has been hammering away at Spector, questioning his party credentials. Sestak has been airing a television ad with the tag line: "Arlen Specter switched parties to save one job -- his, not yours." In Arkansas, two-term incumbent “Bailou t Blanche” Lincoln is locked in a heated primary race with Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter. In Kentucky, a battle between favorite Trey Grayson and Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, who has been backed by several Tea Party groups, is almost too close to call. Tomorrow’s elections will also test the depth of the anti-Washington outrage expressed by millions of Americans over the past year and may shed some light on what to expect in November’s midterm elections.

Teaching The Pig To Dance
Actor, politician and author Fred Thompson joined Sean to discuss his latest book, “Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances.” Thompson has enjoyed an incredible career in Hollywood and in politics, but the stories he found the most memorable were those that came from growing up in and around his hometown in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Thompson shares his influences - family, hometown neighbors and teachers, team sports, jobs, romances, and personal crises—that molded his character, his politics, and the way he looks at life today. The stories in “Teaching the Pig to Dance” are honest, warm and sometimes hilarious. Click here to read more about Thompson’s latest book.

Pennsylvania's 12th Race
Republican Tim Burns joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the tight race against his opponent Mark Critz. In recent weeks, Critz has begun to lean more to the right, trying to attract the conservative Democrats in the 12th district. “Here’s a guy who waited till after the health care bill was passed to say anything. Then his comments on the health care bill are ‘well, I would have voted against it but now that it’s passed I don’t think we should repeal it.’ Critz goes to Washington to raise money with Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden and then runs ads claiming he’s not liberal,” said Burns. Burns has vowed to help revive the slumbering economy in the depressed coal region and to also bring badly needed jobs back to the area. Make sure to check out tomorrow for the latest news and information on all the key races across the country.

Show Guests

Fred Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson (born Freddie Dalton Thompson on August 19, 1942), is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. He served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1994 through 2003. Thompson served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence. As an actor, Thompson has appeared in a large number of movies and television shows. He has frequently portrayed governmental figures. In the final months of his U.S. Senate term in 2002, Thompson joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch. In May 2007 he took a break from acting in order to run for the 2008 Republican... More >