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Preparing for the big debate

VP Cheney: Preparing For A Debate
Sean spent Tuesday with former Vice President Dick Cheney to get his thoughts on what it’s like to be in a high profile debate like the first Presidential Debate scheduled for tomorrow. “You had two Vice Presidential debates so you got to go through this process,” began Hannity, “What are these candidates going through?” “They’ll have a huge briefing book and they’ll rehearse,” offered Cheney, “I’ve found the best way to prepare that day is to relax, for example in ’04 I went fishing.” “You’re psyched for this but the important thing to do is relax so you can take advantage of the other guy’s mistakes,” continued Cheney, “You want to memorize good lines but you want to ad-lib as well.” “When I debated Lieberman, I had watched his debates when he won election for the Senate,” explained the former Vice President, “A lot of our debates were good-nat ured policy debates, unlike my debates with John Edwards where I didn’t have a lot of respect for John Edwards, I had a lot of respect for Joe Lieberman. “If you have the confidence and you know your material, you’re not afraid to debate,” recounted Hannity, “How do you assess this election now?” “You can look and get some idea of trends but to be able to predict forty days out, these polls are worthless,” argued Cheney, “It’s also important to note that nearly 40% of voters are going to cast votes before Election Day, I don’t like that.” “On this program, the exit polls were saying you lost the election in 2004 and you called this program and said you didn’t believe the polls,” praised Hannity, “I see these polls as the same thing.” “These polls are more an art form than a science,” concluded Vice President Cheney, “I used to be a political scientist; thes e are more of a feel.” To listen to Sean’s entire interview with the former Vice President, click here.

Rick Santelli
Sean was joined by CNBC’s Rick Santelli to discuss the future of the American economy. “Our GDP is weak, it was weak when we were at 1.7 and now they’ve adjusted to 1.3,” began Santelli, “If you look at what’s going in in Europe, and I’m not talking weak economies like Spain or Greece, I’m looking at France and Germany and things look weak there.” “Why does this seem like coming attractions for America,” quickly asked Hannity. “We know the reasons why these countries are failing and yet we seem to be using their playbook on so many levels,” an astounded and frustrated Santelli agreed, “That’s the most depressing issue of all.” “Here we are 35 days out of an election and you’d think the President would be asked about his failed promise to eliminate the deficit,” asked Hannity, “He’s never been asked that question.” “I agree,” said Santelli, “I don’t like politics but it intersects with markets and that’s why I get involved but I can say that President Obama has been dividing and not uniting and that’s where I would get political, he simply didn’t deliver on the promise he made to unite America.” The liberal media is in full force though trying to counter the economic numbers. The NY Times reported last week that President Obama is widening his lead in Florida but, as Sean discussed last Friday on Hannity.com, you can’t believe everything you hear.

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Herman Cain
Former Presidential candidate Herman Cain has spent time debating Governor Mitt Romney and he joined Sean to give the unique perspective of what it’s like to go head-to-head with the GOP nominee. “Governor Romney needs to point out the factually dishonest issues of the Obama Administration and he needs to relate with stories, around the kitchen table talk, and he’ll do fine, “offered Cain. “This is not do-or-die out of this debate,” continued Cain, “He will have more depth in his answers than President Obama can muster through all of his teleprompters.” “What was it like to debate,” asked Hannity, “Through most of this process you must’ve been dying to wait your turn.” “Governor Romney was one of the most likeable people on that stage,” pushed Cain, “The media was trying to push this unlikeable personality on Romney and it simply wasn’t true.” “Romney cam e out of winning New Hampshire and went through Florida,” began Hannity, “Romney went so harshly after Newt Gingrich and if that guy shows up tomorrow, it’s going to be a great debate.” “I agree,” said Cain, “We’ve seen that from him before and when you’re up there you can feel the momentum changing between candidates.” Don’t forget, Sean is going to be covering the debate tomorrow with live tweeting. For more on that and the schedule, visit Hannity.com.

Show Guests

Herman Cain

Herman Cain (born December 13, 1945) is a newspaper columnist, businessman, political activist, and radio talk-show host from Georgia. He is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. He is a former deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Cain's newspaper column is distributed by North Star Writers Group. He currently lives in the Atlanta suburbs. In January 2011, Cain announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a potential candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

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 >

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