Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Fresh off the heels of his victory on "America's Got Talent," singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. joined guest host Mark Simone to talk about his first album, "That's Life" ( sample the album here). Simone invited Landau to the show, not only because he's a fantastic singer, but because his personal story speaks to the American spirit. Originally an aspiring jazz singer from Logan County, West Virginia he also washed cars at a dealership to support his family of four children. He would perform old Frank Sinatra songs at local charity events, such as the We Can Program, the Chamber of Commerce and the Children's Home Society. But Landau continued to work hard and refused to give up on his dream to be a headline act. He auditioned for "America's Got Talent" and eventually won the show bringing the live audience to their feet when he sang Sinatra's "My Way." Click here to watch Landau's first performance at "America's Got Talent." To buy Landau's new album, "That's Life," please click here.
Obama vs. GOP Nominee
Keith Boykin, author, editor of The Daily Voice, and a CNBC contributor joined Mark Simone on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss who would win the national election, Obama or the Republican nominee, if the election were held today. Boykin, a former aid to President Clinton, obviously felt Obama and Biden have the best chance of winning next November. Although if a Republican were to win, Boykin felt Romney has the best chance of the current GOP field. "The real challenge for the GOP nominee will be to appeal to the more moderate voter," Boykin explained. Boykin felt that moderates were the key piece to the general election next year. Whoever can appeal to moderates will most likely win the election. "Barack Obama has to [appeal to moderates] as well. I do think it's a challenge, but I don't think it's an insurmountable one for Obama or the Republicans," Boykin added.
New Hampshire a Must Win for Romney?
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney embarked on a non-stop media marathon yesterday as he attempts to take his message directly to the people of Iowa. As he spoke with citizens and reporters across the Hawkeye State, his focus appeared to shift from his fellow GOP contenders to the man he hopes to face in the general election, President Obama. Governor Romney continues to poll near the top of the field in Iowa. And his lead in the critical primary state of New Hampshire has increased in recent days. Many are calling New Hampshire a must win race for team Romney. New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte joined 'Hannity' with a view from the ground in the Granite State and discussed the importance of her state to Romney. Ayotte felt that Romney's support in New Hampshire is much stronger than it was when he ran for the GOP nomination in 2008. "He's really resonating with New Hampshire voters. He's been here a tremendous amount. He's working very hard. He's having those traditional New Hampshire town hall meetings. And so, I'm thinking when you see the broad support he has here, he's doing very well," said Ayotte. Citizens of New Hampshire are strongly against Obamacare Ayotte explained and is a key issue for voters. "Governor Romney has already come out and said that he would repeal Obamacare. As soon as he gets into office, he'll make sure that we do not fund Obamacare. And also, as we go forward with the health care act that we will work to repeal it and get it done as soon as possible," the New Hampshire senator added. To watch Senator Ayotte's entire interview on 'Hannity' please click here.