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Obama: The Fourth Best President In History?

Obama: The Fourth Best President In History?
Sean, broadcasting live from Iowa, the site of tonight's big GOP debate, kicked off the show by discussing Obama's 60 Minutes interview from this past weekend. 60 Minutes provides additional video footage from their website that doesn't make it to the traditional television airwaves. In this extra footage from the president's interview, Obama stated that he is the fourth best president in our nation's history. "I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president, with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln, just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history," Obama said. Sean was incredulous. "He actually said this! I think he really believes this, and that's the ironic part," said Sean. You can watch the 60 Minutes interview with Obama by clicking here.

Rove On Why Tonight's Debate Is Critical
"The Architect" Karl Rove joined Sean to talk about what to expect from tonight's debate. "Whatever happens from tonight's debate will mostly likely be talked about around the Christmas dinner table," Sean told Rove. Rove agreed and advised, "Most of the smarter campaigns have already thought ahead about the note they want to try and sound. They'll lay it out on Sunday and hit it hard on Monday leading into the holiday. This debate has the chance of helping that narrative along or making that narrative much more difficult," said Rove. You can listen to Sean's entire radio interview with Karl Rove by clicking here.

Would A Paul Win In Iowa Hand The Election To Obama?
We are just hours away from the biggest debate of this Republican primary season. And ahead of that all-important showdown, some new polls are shaking up the GOP field. And they are showing us just how volatile this nomination race really is. In a survey conducted by the left-leaning public policy polling group, Speaker Gingrich is leading by only one percentage point and surging now in to second place is Congressman Ron Paul with 21 percent of the vote. They are followed by Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum. Sean was joined by radio host Bill Bennett who discussed the possibility of Ron Paul becoming the GOP nominee what that might mean for the general election next year. Bennett didn't mince words and made it clear that he was not a fan of Ron Paul. "Look, he has no foreign policy. There's no commander in chief. Because his notion of foreign policy is impossible. There is also other stuff. Conspiracy theories about 9/11 and so on," Bennett told Sean. "So, the candidacy isn't going anywhere, except if he wins Iowa. And the reason that could be important obviously, he leaves things undecided. But he may then get a big hit and decide after several more states that he's going to go in to be a third party candidate. And then you're giving the election to Barack Obama." To watch Sean's interview with Bill Bennett please click here.

Show Guests

Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >

Rick Santelli

Rick Santelli joined CNBC Business News as on-air editor in June 1999, reporting live from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. His focus is primarily on interest rates, foreign exchange, and the Federal Reserve. A veteran trader and financial executive, Santelli has provided live reports on the markets in print and on local and national radio and television. He joined CNBC from the Institutional Financial Futures and Options at Sanwa Futures, L.L.C. There, he was a vice president handling institutional trading and hedge accounts for a variety of futures related products. Prior to that, Santelli worked as vice president of Institutional Futures and Options at Rand Financial Services, Inc., served as managing director at the Derivative Products Group of Geldermann, Inc., and was Vice President in charge of Interest Rate Futures and Options at the Chicago Board of Trade for Drexel, Burnham, Lambert. Santelli began his career in 1979 as a trader and order filler at... More >

Rick Santorum

Richard John "Rick" Santorum (born May 10, 1958) is a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Santorum is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Santorum is considered both a social and fiscal conservative. He is particularly known for his stances on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Social Security, intelligent design, homosexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case. In March 2007, Santorum joined the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. He was to primarily practice law in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offices, where he was to provide business and strategic counseling services to the firm's clients. In addition to his work with the firm, Santorum also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a contributor to Fox News Channel. Santorum is a prospective presidential candidate in 2012. He formed a presidential... More >