Alexi Giannoulias (D-Illinois Sen. candidate)
Mark Kirk (R-Illinois Sen. candidate)
Gregory: Alexi did Obama bring change to America?
Giannoulias: he inherited a true mess and now
we have to get a trillion dollars off the sidelines and in the game
Kirk: Obama added debt which Nixon, Reagan,
Bush I and Bush II and Republicans would never do
Gregory: do you really want to stand by the Republican record on debt?
Gregory: how do we add jobs?
Kirk: this Congress is viciously anti-business!
Gregory: your answer is more tax cuts
Kirk: not only that - crush the unions!
Giannoulias: I’m the only one here who has
worked in the private sector
Gregory: so how would you create jobs?
Giannoulias: people can’t get a loan so we need to get liquid
Gregory: you said the stimulus should be
bigger which is amazing!
Giannoulias: damm right
Gregory: but they promised unemployment of 8%!
Giannoulias: Look moron the stimulus prevented another Great Depression
Kirk: the Democrats want to impose a 900 billion tax increase on December 31 which is terrifying
Gregory: but I thought your big fear was the debt and now you won’t even raise taxes on
the richest Americans
Kirk: I want to limit our military jets to one engine each
Giannoulias: he says he’s fiscal hawk but he voted for the Bridge to Nowhere, all of Bush’s budgets, Congressional pay raises, and to lift the debt ceiling - how will he pay for tax cuts for the rich??
Gregory: Captain Kirk?
Giannoulias: I would give Obama a line item veto
Gregory: Alex what would you cut?
Giannoulias: wasteful spending
Gregory: you misunderstood my question - I want you to say ‘raise the Social Security retirement age’
Kirk: sell the Tennessee Valley authority
Kirk: we can’t be like Europe with declining unemployment, social services and strong infrastructure - that’s just not the American way
Gregory: would you repeal the health care
Kirk: yes - replace it with tort reform
Giannoulias: and people think I’m an idiot
Kirk: the health care reform bill cuts spending
for old people!
Gregory: what about health care reform
Giannoulias: it banned pre-existing conditions
which was good
Kirk: no it cut Medicare
Gregory: Alexi you say you are a financial expert but your family’s bank went bankrupt and you appear to have mob ties
Giannoulias: My father came here as an immigrant and someday soon the family business will be completely legitimate
Gregory: but when did you stop working
for the bank?
Giannoulias: never ask me about my business Fluffy
Gregory: but you loaned money to criminals
Giannoulias: that’s where the money is
Gregory: you have strong ties to crooks
Giannoulias: so I’m perfect for Congress
Kirk: He’s Tony Soprano without the charm
Giannoulias: look we were a bank and we loaned money to people - you have no idea how a business works
Kirk: it’s true I don’t have experience lending
money to members of organized crime - it’s all his family does!
Giannoulias: Congressman we’re all a part of the same hypocrisy -- but never think that it applies to my family
Gregory: Captain Kirk-
Gregory: Kirk you exaggerated being under fire, lied about being Intelligence Officer of the Year and claimed falsely that you ran the Pentagon War Room
Kirk: true - but I did see ‘Saving Private Ryan’
Giannoulias: people may be unsure what he believes but they will always know where I stand - I will
lend money to mobsters
Gregory: Facebook wants to know how you two would buck your parties
Kirk: I support stem cell research
Giannoulias: I oppose TARP
Gregory: brave stances indeed
[ break ]
Gregory: Obama is tied to Giannoulias who is tied to crooks and Kirk claimed he single-handledly defeated Khan
Klein: it’s an extraordinary election
Noonan: people are turned off by all the negative campaigning which is why it works
Gregory: does Obama help candidates?
Klein: of course he does Fluffy
Gregory: oh noe
Klein: people don’t want to hear endless debates about who lied - they want results from Washington
Gregory: you make it sound like people don’t like
Klein: that’s true - they also hate Wall Street
Gregory: it’s seems like the little people are very upset
Noonan: people are finally realizing America had a nice ride for 50 years and now the party is over
Gregory: Please bash Barack Obama for me
Noonan: if you insist Greggers - but I must tell you the people blame all of Washington
Gregory: Joe Klein will you please bash
Klein: no - the people out there respect Obama but they don’t admire him because they don’t understand the health and financial reform bills
Gregory: I see
Klein: the American people are obsessed with China
Noonan: the Tea Party hate George W. Bush and the Republicans
Gregory: speaking of that let’s look at this clip of Sarah Palin on a local community access tv show
Klein: The American people know the Republicans have only bad ideas like needless wars and the Democrats have only ridiculous ideas like for forced breastfeeding by men
Noonan: people want to crush the government
Klein: yes but it’s a conundrum because the people I talked to out there want big spending and they don’t care about the debt
Noonan: those may be the facts but my gut tells people feel spending is out of control
Gregory: and my gut tells me that’s another episode of Meet The Press
Audience: [ vomits ]