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>> hello, i'm kimberly guilfoyle and this is a fox news alert. tonight, with only one week until the midterm elections, both democrats and republicans have brought their big guns to the campaign trail. president obama rallied voters in minneapolis this afternoon in an effort to retain democratic control over congress. while former alaskan governor and tea party darling sarah palin stumped for the g.o.p. in orlando. we'll have much more on the ever tightening races coming up. but, first, let's head out to geraldo rivera who is at army base blessing with the troops of the 101st airborne. >> kimberly, hi, welcome, everybody. this is fob blessing. men entrusted with keeping security in the pesh river valley and strong point for the taliban enemy. the commanding officer, good morning, colonel, of the entire
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first brigade of the 101st airborne this long, this valley long colonel, a sanctuary, a strong point for the taliban, is it still? >> no. and i disagree with your characterization. they operate with impunity. i think you have seen from our most recent operations we have thrown off the mystic of these values. we have proven that we can go anywhere at any time of our choosing and attack the enemy back where they feel they are safe. >> are you saying there are no more sanctuaries for the enemy. >> there are no sanctuaries. there is nowhere we can't go and we have proven that over the previous months not only in the pesh river valley but throughout the whole neuro stan, kandahar. >> no safe havens? you will chase them into the valleys chase them up into these mountains. >> not only are we going to be that. that's exactly what we have been doing. you were on patrol yesterday and saw our brigades community. get in with the insurgents where they think they are safe and can
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prepare for their future operations. we have not only chased them. we have come in behind them and infiltrate by ground and there is nowhere we can't go. they know that now. >> there is talk that there are some negotiations going on between the taliban and the government in kabul, afghanistan, the capital. is it because of the pressure units like yours putting on the enemy? >> exactly. the military operations themselves are going to take us and set the conditions which will actually end up being a political engagement for the end state. >> and you have how many battalions now in the 101st airborne in your brigade? >> we have 9 battalions operating in this battle space which gives us the capability of getting after the end state intent. that's what the surge provided us the ability to not only hold these areas, engage with the population in the villages, but then get after and hunt down the insurgents so they think that they are safe. >> when we look out on these historic mountains where armed forces have engaged each other for centuries, you're saying
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that your men of the first brigade of the 101st airborne can control these mountains, these spaces? >> we have already proven that as we speak here today, they are out there right now hunting down the enemy. keeping visible observation of every aspect and every piece of terrain that's out there. you can see it's treacherous. think it's safe out there. it's not the case. it's proven. we have done it before. as we are here this morning during coffee and discussion. you know tomorrow morning we will be out there in their backyard. >> ladies and gentlemen, we have a full hour from afghanistan to show you whether or not the surge is working. what the conditions are here on the ground. in the meantime, kimberly guilfoyle in our new york studio will be giving you latest on the political ramifications of the war in afghanistan, an issue that has virtually disappeared from the dialogue as we approach the election. here is what else we have for you tonight.
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>> live and at large from afghanistan. where the rockets red flare. >> what is out there specifically that you are illuminating right. >> there we call that area taliban hill. so, we almost -- put illumination over the enemy's head. >> the afghan surge is fully deployed. south of this war ravaged country fresh brigades of u.s. and allied troops are pressing the enemy. >> there is no such thing as a safe haven. >> tonight with war correspondents reporting from battle fields across afghanistan, we bring you the latest on the surge. and probe whether the battled taliban is already secretly negotiating with the afghan government. >> let me just say that we support the afghan government as it responds to outreach from taliban leaders. plus, with the red hot election going on back home, what do our soldiers in the field think of their boss in the white house? >> bill o'reilly and i argue over this point continually but
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i will ask you flat out is the president and his politics are they popular with the troops or in o'reilly's view not so much. >> still upfront tonight, the real deal in afghanistan. beginning with the explicit interview with the best and brightest. >> the man widely considered by myself and others the greatest general of his generation, general david petraeus, commander of all international forces here in afghanistan and of course of all u.s. forces general, thank you for the time. the surge is fully deployed. how are we doing? >> well, we are beginning to make progress and obviously we have got to continue that. indeed there is a lot more work to be done that our troopers are as always just doing magnificent work and some very, very tough and very complex fights around the country. >> geraldo: violence still sparking casualties. 101st old command when you just had two stars suffered
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north of 60 killed in action. it's a lot. why so many? >> well, because we're on the offensive. because just about all the division is on the ground because we have had a tough fighting season. and because when you take away areas from the enemy that matter to them, they fight providing safe passage for certain taliban leaders to come to kabul to talk with afghan national leaders. is that true? >> well, let me just say that we support the afghan government as it responds to outreach from
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taliban leaders. all counter insurgency campaigns, include some aspect of reintegration of reconcilable elements of insurgency. president karzai has established very clear red lines for any of those who might seek reconciliation. they have to lay down their weapons, renowbs their ties to al qaeda or other transnational extremists agree to live by the afghan constitution and so forth. >> geraldo: yet, you don't have a lot of time to get that process going if, indeed, the summer is the deadline for the beginning of a draw down in our forces here. president obama made very clear the point at which a process begins. the pace of which will be determined by conditions on the ground. >> geraldo: i started by saying you are the greatest general of this generation. i firmly believe that but do you worry that your reputation and your legacy are, you know, all
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out or all in, i should say, in what may be a stalemate? >> given the difficulties that you describe? >>. no that's the last thing on my mind. and, you know, when the president turns to you in the oval office and asks you as the president and as your commander in chief to take on a task there is only one response. it's not yes but -- it's yes. >> geraldo: bill o'reilly and i argue over this point continually but i ask you flat out, is the president and his policies, are they popular with the troops or, in o'reilly's view, not so much? >> well, i don't think it's something for a senior military commander to vote on the president's policies. our job is to contribute to the development of policies, to provide our forth right military advice. try to do it quietly by the way. and then to support the president's decision. and we do that. and that is our constitutional duty. now, i happen to think that -- i
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not only support this policy, i agree with it. >> geraldo: last night i interviewed the former foreign minister who ran for president unsuccessfully. he believed he was robbed in the election. be that as it may, he believes that he is more pessimistic today than he was two years ago. that the situation with the negotiation with the taliban, the corruption in the karzai government is worse than it was a couple of years ago. what's your response? >> there is no question president karzai is the first to state that afghanistan has to come to grips with the challenges of corruption which undermine since the of legitimacy of the government in the ice of the people. not everywhere, not every ministry, not every province and district. but certainly in enough to cause concern. in a counter insurgency campaign at the end of the day it's all about the people supporting the
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legitimate government, the word is legitimate. and that has to earn legitimacy in the eyes of those people. and if it can't do that, then all of a sudden the taliban actually starts to appear as an alternative to it, even as the people recall how brutal the taliban were when they ran a substantial part of the country. and the very oppressive, beyond oppressive social practices, of course, of girls not allowed to go to school. women banished from public life. no music, no smoking. you name it. >> geraldo: not kite flying. >> no marbles. again, people remember that there is no love loss for the taliban, unless the government is predatory in its actions, rather than serving of the people. president karzai is keenly aware of that. >> geraldo: if you pull this off, as you did in iraq, not a
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perfect ending there but certainly better than we were experiencing then will you contemplate seeking a stateside command in 2012. >> oh no, no, never. again, i mean, how many different ways can you say no? how many different country songs can you quote that say what about no don't you understand? there is one focus right now in my life. and it is this mission, and doing everything that we can as a team in this extraordinarily important endeavor to try to achieve progress and to try to build on that progress to accumulate more and more and ultimately to make it irreversible. >> geraldo: i don't mean to pry but so much riding on your shoulders. how are you fairing? you had the experience with prostate cancer. we just -- you kind of are a public person now. you lose some privacy. i just ask because we have to know. >> we're all doing fine.
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>> kimberly: welcome back, everyone. as this very important midterm election approaches, it seems that the war in afghanistan is slipping further down the list of important issues on voters' minds. for example, in september, a fox news poll showed that 27% of likely voters said the war would be an important factor in how they cast their ballot. but, five weeks later, that number dropped to just 7%. today, both president obama and sarah palin were out rallying support for their respective parties, yet, both of them only mentioned the war in brief sound bites. so have the candidates and voters simply forgotten about the war? joining me now for a fair and balanced debate, democratic
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strategist and fox news contributor susan estrich and political science professor at occidental college carolyn heldman. thank you for joining me this evening. susan, i begin with you. are both sides intentionally not mentioning the war in afghanistan? why has it dropped off the radar? >> well, because who is going to say what the issues that dominate campaigns and not necessarily as you know the most important issues, they are generally the most divisive ones. and at this point in time, you have got, you know, the president doing his best to improve the situation in afghanistan and at the same time promising to bring home troops later and what is sarah palin going to say? i agree? >> that's the issue. is there really a much contention in terms of what we want to hear is going to happen with the war? what can they say differently, carolyn? >> they are not going to focus on this because the economy, right, is the biggest issue facing the country. 50% of people say it's one of
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the most pressing issues followed by the deficit and a third of the nation saying that's an issue. the war in afghanistan, depending upon the poll is somewhere between 3% and 7%. they are looking at that and saying it's not on the agenda. six out of 10 americans are in favor of us pulling out of afghanistan. the president has said he will start doing that in july of 2011. so at this point it's simply not going to be a campaign topic. >> but, susan, this is also the fact that this hasn't been something that's been positive to talk about with the american people? they're upset that we're continuing to lose lives in afghanistan. we have telegraphed to the enemy when exactly we are going to be withdrawing our troops. i things appear to be getting better there overall it's a touchy subject. not as important to the american people right now as the economy. >> well, it certainly is not as important as the economy. i think the number one rule in campaigns is, you know, listen to voters. so if voters are telling you they want to talk about the economy and jobs, it's probably not the right day for giving a
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speech about afghanistan. i don't think that means the people have forgotten about the soldiers. i think the rubber will hit the road next august if the president doesn't begin withdrawing troops. if the military comes out and says actually, we're not ready to have troops go. but, until and unless we get to a moment like that, i think you are going to see the continued laser like focus on the economy. >> carolyn, i will give you a brief wrap on this. go ahead and tell me your final thoughts. we will speak to you ladies later in the program. >> i think with modern warfare, it's easy to the american public to not feel the acute, whether economic effects or effects of, you know, people coming home in coffins because so few people are actually in the service compared to the numbers in the population. we tend to not feel the direct economic effect anymore. it's easy to forget about this. it's important given the fact that some tens of thousands of soldiers are sacrificing or
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putting their lives on the line. >> right. it should matter. ladies, please stand by. craig live in afghanistan with the band of brothers. [ male announcer ] to equip the lexus es
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>> geraldo: as hotly contested and as bitter and bloody as the
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fighting is in these mountains high above the pesh river valley it is even more intense near kandahar the traditional home near the taliban. that's where the big push is in this surge offensive. that's where we find craig rivera. brother craig patrolled with the band of brothers. here is craig. >> american patrols are frequently escorted by either the a and a. the afghan army national -- the a and p, the afghan police. always going through towns now. we are in a province where in the town of sharia is going on a patrol. this was once a hot bed of the taliban. right now we are going into a bizarre. but with the first battalion 506 regiment there, part of the band of brothers famed unit. getting to and from these villages is often very dangerous for the military. those roads are often lined with
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ied's. many times the ied's used against our military are made with some pretty crude devices. pressure cookers and fertilizers and a lot of times you can see the pressure cookers stored in market beside the -- store. a vehicle destructive device. they blow up a car or a bus or whatever it may to be injure soldiers and then they come and attack the soldiers with small arms fire. sometimes rpg's so these fires are on the ready. >> when the 506 are not on foot. patrols are conducted in heavily armed vehicles called m wraps which are credited with saving many lives. [explosion] >> soldiers survived this attack. but within the last two weeks, the 506 lost two soldiers when taliban snipers set their deadly sights as they exited the crippled vehicles.
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>> we're just told that we have to get inside the security perimeter. there is some kind of situation. i'm going to find out what it is. you see that we have gunmen in the ready position. soldiers from 506 looking down every alleyway. trying to cover any area where they could be sniped from. what is the situation? >> [inaudible] possibly in the back side of this alleyway. right now we are confirming with the a.p. exactly pinpoint which vehicle is in question. so this is intelligence that you are getting? some information from the street. >> that is correct. >> the joint investigation between the 506, the band of brothers, and the afghan national police sound that the suspected car bomb had been removed before they were able to locate it. but they said the point had been made to the people that the 05 band of brothers and the afghan national police were there to serve and protect them and to keep them safe.
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geraldo, back to you. >> i'm here. craig, thank you. we're looking at the men and women of the 101st airborne. this is the brigade. we will be showing you more of their exploits as they press this fight and take it to the taliban enemy. working hard to reverse of the momentum and create conditions where peace or something like a peaceful negotiation is possible. we'll be right back after this. ♪ where'd you learn to do that so well. ♪ ♪ where'd you learn to do that so well. ♪ the new cadillac srx. the cadillac of crossovers. cadillac. the new standard of the world.
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>> keep going. him down over he. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i borrowed from somebody else. >> whose weapon did you borrow? >> she is a nurse. >> name? [speaking foreign language]
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>> geraldo: what did you find? >> chest rack. normally the insurgents are using these, especially if you start to see well worn ones. ones that are in good shape. got his knife, got some batteries in here they could possibly use for ied's. got pretty good shape ak-47. and a shotgun that's like a multiple round magazine fed shotgun. >> geraldo: so what do you think about this location and what you found so far? >> so basically we have confirmed that this location is probably associated with some insurgent activities. the individual we are looking for as of right now he is not here. i'm still interviewing to see. but this is definitely indicators that they use this home at least as a safe house. so, this is a good find. >> geraldo: this is a tough fight. it is a grinding fight. this is the kind of war where
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you don't charge up a mountain with six bayonets and plant your flag and declare victory. it's very very difficult. let me go the to commander of the first battalion of the brigade here. this is lt. colonel joe ryan. aside from defeating the insurgency. it seems you are also trying to build a nation here. try to win the hearts and minds of the people in this valley behind you. what's the tougher fight? >> they are both absolutely essential. we have got to do both simultaneously. we are trained to do both. so it's what we go after every day. >> geraldo: general petraeus told me that you guys have both wrenches and rifles. you never know when you are going to use which. you know, you are fixing, you are helping. you helped out with that flood, the devastating flood. now you are fighting a bitter enemy who wants to kill you. you really have to be all things. this is a different kind of army. >> we have historically trained for the first part of that, the more kinetic side of it but lately the army has been able to
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shift and train more towards the other pieces of it which make it more wholistic approach to what we are trying to achieve here. >> geraldo: granted but how do you know how to be vigilant it seems to me these guys want to kill you. >> we are vigilant every day and we don't know what we are going to encounter so we are both prepared to do every day. >> geraldo: i want to go to kandahar on the other side of this country where a lot of hammer is falling in the surge. let's go to conor powell who reports from kandahar. >> one of the a and a informants let us know that one of the grenade throwers is at the bizarre. he is going to be at the tailor shop. >> geraldo, about 20 u.s. and afghan soldiers are pushing out trying to find this insurgent that they believe threw a grenade just a few days ago. short distance only 2 or 3 city blocks away from the base. you can see how tight the alley ways are and in the past few days insurgents have been throwing grenades as u.s. agents
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patrol. >> the other day we got hit by a grenade. a kid right here in this alley way. threw it across. we got lucky it actually went off the ledge a little bit. and nobody got hurt. but, you know, all along here it kind of reminds us we are always under a threat that there is going to be grenades coming at us. >> hold up. hold up. >> who do you know who knows where this guy lives? someone else here know where this guy lives? >> so the man they were talking to turns out to be the suspected insurgent. they have now arrested him and he will go into the custody of the afghan national army. >> we went to the shop where we knew he was going to be. found the kid. and we were able to arrest him just now. so we're taking him back to the school. still doo a little questioning. find out who he really is yeah, that's a good find today. >> geraldo, the suspected insurgent was arrested there were no ied's. this is a successful patrol. back to you.
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>> geraldo: connor, thanks, ladies and gentlemen, you can see this is war at the retail level. the grinding process, trying to sort the good guys from the bad. with captain peterson here. we went out with charlie company right here in the person valley in the city of nongalam how do you say it? >> nongalam. >> we will show you what they did charlie company on patrol in this morning. >> as charlie company patrols the mainstream along the person river and under pesh mountains. it reveals itself to be an ancient place where children still serve as beasts of burden. and the rhythms of life from the bakery to the black smith. haven't really changed much in centuries. built by americans, sustained by the french. the local health clinic is the only one around for miles. and today as usual, it is
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packed. mostly by children in need of care. charlie company commander captain john anderson has led the battalion's efforts to keep the clinic supplied despite the neglect or incompetence of the local government. but today, he has another mission. last night there was an attack on coalition forces. one of the three attackers is thought to be wounded. captain anderson asked the clinic administrator if he has seen anyone suspicious. >> i'm just trying to figure out if you guys yesterday had a patient that came in with any sort of a gunshot wound. >> nobody came in with a gunshot wound. >> later a road block was set up. a wounded man appears. he claims to be another cop. but lacks identification. the soldiers question him closely. then decide to investigate. whether he is the man they have been searching for. >> what type of injury?
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i noticed, captain anderson, that you were doing all the new biometrics, taking pictures of that fellow. you also can fingerprint him, right? >> yes. we have mobile biometric tools that allow us to fingerprint and photograph. >> isn't that a big part of defeating this insurgency? using modern technology, historic live i you would have no idea who you were fighting. i mean, you know, i hate to use the old expression everyone looks alike. everyone could be a taliban. you know, how do you sort the good from the evil? >> well, you know, tools like that, you know, when you register somebody in biometrics, it allows you to help out other units around the battlefield because it goes into, you know, central data base that they can all access. you know, sometimes we see people that we identify on there, the other units have arrested or committed crimes in the past that were able to identify. would we would have never known about had it not been for those
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tools. >> so far your preliminary investigation is that fellow one of the three attackers who try to, you know, to kill you all the night before? >> right now we don't have any evidence to actually say that he is one of those guys. but, you know, that's a great thing about this country right now. geraldo, is that there actually is rule of law. so, you know, if we don't find evidence, then, you know, we release the guy just like we did on the u.s. >> you are not going to be keeping him in some awful dungeon some place? >> no. >> let me ask colonel ryan here. i notice as captain anderson was dealing with the head administrator at that clinic, that but for the 101st airborne, it would be no medicine. there would be no supplies. those children, who so desperately need would not have the care that they need. i mean, did you ever figure that would be a big part of your job here? >> well, we were prepared for it. it certainly is something we try to reach out and help them with.
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i can tell you though that they are building their own capacity to do it on their own. i have been relatively impressed with their ability to do it so far. >> are these people relying more on the united states army than they are their own government? >> in some areas, yeah. those are the things we are trying to bring them out of. but the government is growing. we have got to give them a chance to stand up on their own two feet. they are not going to get it if they don't get a little help. >> geraldo: colonel popas, that looks like purple heart. that's a pretty grim tool right there. >> it is. as we have just discussed, you have seen the nature of this fights the terrain are pretty treacherous. many have been wounded. they haven't given up the fight. below it are the valor awards. giving above and beyond what is expected. >> geraldo: we have a live purple heart awarding ceremony. kimberly will be back to tell you how tight some of these election races are in this usual
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>> kimberly: welcome back, everyone. electric day is fast approaching. many races are still too close to call. in some cases the dark horse candidates are making a comeback. in the race for colorado, governor democrat john hickenlooper leads tom tancredo 45% to 39.3% while dan maes
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comes in at 11%. joe sestak trails republican pat toomey by just two points 46.5% to 44.5%. and in nevada, senate incumbent harry reid and sharron angle are virtually deadlocked. 45.6% for angle. 45 pulp 2% for reid. very interesting tight races across the board here. back with me is fox news contributor susan etheridge and science professor. susan, what are we going to see from the candidates in these close races that are too close to call in this final week? >> oh, desperation. i mean, everybody is going to be going all out. if you are bored with the tv commercials already, you are going to just get more bored. i do think those races are interesting, kimberly, because, you know, angle has raised a ton of money. she has had everybody in there i think at the end of the day people in nevada who have got 15% unemployment may decide that
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it's in their better interest to stick with harry reid. so,. >> why? >> that one looks pretty good to me. >> why do you say that? >> because senior senator who potentially senate majority leader brings a lot more home to his district than the most junior republican. >> kimberly: because he has been around for a long time a lot of pull, connections, therefore he doesn't have to go up hill like a knew newbie would. >> you know how the house and senate works. very difficult to get things through. also the case that as much as everybody damns pork projects when it comes to 15% unemployment a lot of people depend on harry reid to bring bacon to nevada. i think that might ultimately save him. >> kimberly: a lot of people are tired of all the pork coming out of washington and they may want to change things up. there seems to be a lot of that sentiment as well. look, things are still bad,
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unemployment, et cetera. maybe we need some new fresh blood in there. carolyn, can anything be done this late in the game to sway voters. in these tight races where it's just like this. what do you do to be compelling to get the people to come out for you and put your, you know, put your candidacy over the top? >> well, kimberly, think you it comes down to what happens with the get out the vote on election day. republicans are more likely to turn out than democrats this election. the democrats need to step up their game. we all see this massive tied coming where there is little question that the republicans will get at least the 39 seats that they need in the house in order to take it the big question is in the senate and, you know, i have to disagree with susan on the harry reid situation. he may well win, but it seems strange to me that he has this much power and, yet, is being seriously challenged by such a -- well, basically a flimsy candidate. she is very gaffe prone. she is not very good on the
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spot. she stays out of the spotlight because of some of the things she says, yet, she is still a threat to this man. i think he is running scared at this point and will do everything he can to get out the vote on election day. >> she has been getting lot of money because i have been tracking it from outside of the state. people are really interested. it's more about just getting harry reid out and kind of attacking the reid, pelosi, frank, that kind of tri -- rather than attacking sharron angle. >> you don't have anybody over 50% right now in that race. look, where would you be angrier than if you are in a town like vegas or town like nevada where unemployment is 15%. where everybody is under water on the home mortgage situation, on these big buildings that we're going to be, you know, building your future. people are angry. and when they're angry, they turn on the people in power. and that is why harry reid can be so powerful and also be in
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trouble. he is in trouble in part because he is so powerful. but at the end of the day, in a race that tight, look, nobody is going to find out anything new about harry reid. in a race that tight, if you are voting your pocketbook, i think you vote harry reid. >> we will see. ladies, i have to leave it right there. susan and carol ann, thank you very m live from ofing an live purple heart ceremony honoring our wounded warriors. stay with us. i did. with ortho home defense max. guaranteed to kill the mouse. just push down the lever and it does the rest. nothing to see, nothing to touch. you just throw it away. no mess, no drama. ortho. defd what's yours. you just throw it away. no mess, no drama. mmmmmm. mmmmmm. wow! you have got to be kidding me. 80 calories? light & fit has 80 calories versus 100 in the other leading brand. light & fit. irresistible taste. fewer calories. i love light & fit.
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>> geraldo: welcome back live, everybody, i bet you there is nothing have you ever seen before from the front lines of the combat. front line commander is about to award the purple heart to his wounded warriors, his heros who have been wounded in action in
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service to their country. captain tim wheeler will read the citation as colonel popas and colonel ryan and the command sergeant major read the awards. >> attention, the following individuals are awarded the purple heart established by general george washington in newberg new york. 1782 for wounds received in action while serving with task force bull dog. during operation enduring freedom kunar province, afghanistan. signed 25 june 2010 john m. mccune secretary of the army. specialist alex annie stowy. private first class private becker. private first class glart wilson. private first class austin raheloi private first class wyatt williams. joshua censor. private justin you goer and specialest michael osa. >> geraldo: as the commanding officer of the first brigade gives the purple heart we also
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have the army commendation medal with the device for valor coming up. why don't you read the citation for that. >> the following individuals are awarded the army commendation medal with b device for valor for their actions with task force bull dog during operation enduring freedom in the person river valley kunar province, afghanistan. their service reflects great credit upon themselves 1327 infantry first brigade combat team, 101st airborne division air assault in the united states army signed 10 october 2010. andrew pete popas infantry commanding. first lt. alexander pruden. corporal robert snyder. specialist adam perry. specialist jesse bonds. private first class mark anderson, and specialist william coke. >> geraldo: thank you, captain wheeler, as the officers
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continue to give out the purple heart and the commendation medals. get some reaction from some of these fellows. tell me how you were hurt. >> i received a gunshot wound in the leg. >> thank you, sir. >> and do you know where the gunshot came from? tell me how you responded once you got hit. >> [inaudible] >> geraldo: did your band of brothers cover you? [inaudible] >> geraldo: the colonel continues to give out the medals of valor. how are you feeling now? >> pretty good. >> geraldo: where did you get hit? >> i got hit by [inaudible] >> geraldo: how come you didn't remove yourself from the battlefield and just go home. >> i have to stay and fight the enemy. >> geraldo: is that the way you feel to be with your brothers? >> yes, sir. >> geraldo: how about you?
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[inaudible] shap metal in my hand and back. cover fire with him. >> geraldo: did you want to go home and stay home. >> negative, sir. >> geraldo: lt.? >> we were conducting an air assault to clear a hostile village. myself and my -- >> geraldo: did you clear? >> yes, sir. you know, it was combined company efforts. in my platoon i was proud that myself and platoon to be a part of that. >> well, i have to say that i'm proud to be with these warriors. the best america has to offer. colonel, come on, in i just want to congratulate you and colonel ryan. >> thank you very much, geraldo. >> geraldo: you have got some real warriors here. we appreciate them and service to the country. thank you very much. here they are, ladies and gentlemen. the best, the bravest, the first brigade of the 101st airborne
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