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Friday, November 9th, 2012

CIA Director Petraeus Resigns, Cites Extramarital Affair
The news of the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus began to break just as guest host Mark Simone took the Hannity microphone. Petraeus told President Barack Obama of the affair yesterday and offered to resign. Obama accepted his resignation in a phone call Friday afternoon. Bernard, from the Imus in the morning radio show, stopped in and confirmed to Simone that the resignation was indeed official. "You're the Director of the CIA and you don't know how to keep this quiet?" Simone quipped. "You would think you'd need to find another line of work if you weren't able to cover this up," Bernard joked. "A simple affair, as wrong as that is, is that a reason to resign from the CIA?" Simone asked. Bernard speculated that perhaps the unfolding controversy surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya might have had something to do with it. "This is shocking though, that Petraeus, who many believe is a straight arrow and a hero, should do such a thing," Simone added. Read Petraeus' resignation letter here.

Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee
Peter King joined Mark Simone and discussed the breaking news about Petraeus' resignation. "I'm sort of in shock," King explained. "I can tell you as far as I know, and I'm on the intelligence committee, there was not a hint of this. Even back in 2008 I urged Petraeus to run for president. I know him, we've gone to dinner and have worked with him. He's a true patriot and will go down as one of our outstanding military leaders. What he did in Iraq, as far as turning the war around, was phenomenal. As far as him as the CIA Director, I've had some differences with him, especially on Benghazi, but having said that, he was absolutely committed to the job. I really feel badly about this, but I can see why though, if you're the head of the CIA that you can't be in a position like this because you could potentially become subject to blackmail," King concluded.

Sean's Message To The GOP
The presidential election was not the only race lost by Republicans on Tuesday. There were also a number of disappointing outcomes in Senate contests as well. In particular, opportunities were missed by conservatives in both Missouri and Indiana, two states that Mitt Romney easily carried. It was a series of inexcusable missteps, especially Missouri, made by the Republican candidate in the race that allowed a Democrat to win. Of course, those infamous comments that he made about, "legitimate rape" that kicked open the door for this incumbent to pull out a victory. Although both candidates ultimately apologized for their comments, it was simply too late. The damage had already been done. Everyone makes mistakes, but in the days leading up to the most important Election Day in the history, thesis missteps, in my view are simply inexcusable. I have a message for the GOP and it's pretty simple. That is, it's time to start nominating disciplined, principled, conservatives; men and women will who will defeat their opponents, not themselves. Because at the end of the day, if you cannot answer a simple question on issues like abortion, what in the world are you doing running for office? Come 2014, the Republicans will need to usher out their A-team -- and that is people who ready for prime time. If they don't, you can say goodbye to the House and the Senate will remain under the control of Harry Reid. It's time to look in the mirror. To watch all of Sean's comments, please click here.

Show Guests

Peter King

Peter T. King (born April 5, 1944) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of New York, currently the United States Congressman for the state's 3rd Congressional District. Along with Chris Lee, who represents New York's 26th congressional district, King is one of only two Republicans to represent the state of New York at the federal level. King was considered a possible candidate for United States Senate in 2010, but has decided to run again for his congressional seat. However, in January of 2010, King said he was reconsidering a Senate run.

Pat Caddell

Patrick Hayward Caddell (also Pat or Patrick H., born May 19, 1950, in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is an American public opinion pollster and a political film consultant.

Doug Schoen

Douglas Schoen is a political analyst, pollster, author, and commentator in the United States. He appears regularly on Fox News. He partnered with political strategist Mark Penn and Michael Berland in the firm of Penn, Schoen & Berland. Schoen graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and attended Horace Mann High School in New York City. He has worked on the campaigns of many Democratic party candidates including Ed Koch and Bill Clinton, as well as on behalf of corporate clients. He also did work for Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. His opinions are carried by media covering the Barack Obama administration.