Congress Political Leaders

  • Who Will Pay What in Taxes?

    If elected, who will pay more in taxes and who will pay less? "The Bush tax cuts should expire," says Vice President Biden, adding the "middle class tax cut is being held hostage." Rep. Paul Ryan counters there are not enough rich people and small business to tax to pay for all their spending."

  • How Do We Save Medicare & Medicaid?

    Medicare and Medicaid are going broke; how can the U.S. reform these programs? The best way to do it is to reform these programs for people in my generation, explains Rep. Paul Ryan. Vice President Biden says this administration has strived to protect and provide more benefits for seniors. "We will not privatize Social Security," added Biden.

  • Can US Get Unemployment Under 6%?

    Can you get unemployment to under six percent and how long will it take? President Biden says "the other side" has to level the playing field for the middle class and have the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. "We are going in the wrong direction," counters Rep. Paul Ryan.

  • Will Military Strike Against Iran Be Effective?

    How effective would a military strike on Iran be? Rep. Paul Ryan says we must not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons. Vice President Biden counters that the administration is very confident it could "deal a serious blow to the Iranians."

  • Was Libya Terrorist Attack a Security Failure?

    The question is asked if the Libya terrorist attack was a massive failure of security. Vice President Biden defends President Obama's foreign policy record. Rep. Paul Ryan responds we need to keep our country safe.

  • Countdown to the Vice Presidential Debate

    CNBC's Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla, provide a preview of the vice presidential debate, with Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist to V.P. Biden and Sara Fagen, Republican strategist. Also, CNBC's John Harwood and Larry Kudlow share some final thoughts on why the candidates need to get across a strong message.

  • The Politics of Debt & Deficits

    CNBC's Scott Cohn explains how his team of fact checkers will analyze every word the candidates make in tonight's debate. Also, Steven Rattner, Willett Advisors chairman and Carly Fiorina, former HP chairman & CEO, discuss why the nation's current debt problems are not sustainable.

  • Defending Business Made in the USA

    CNBC's John Harwood takes a look back at past vice presidential debates; and discussing what business wants to hear from the nominees tonight, especially on tax reform, with Paula Boggs, former Starbucks general counsel, and Doug Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum president.

  • The Election and Your Portfolio

    CNBC's Jim Cramer weighs in on energy stocks and what each candidate and each political party means for stocks in this sector.

  • The Debt Clock and Facing Fiscal Cliff Fears

    David Stockman, OMB Director under President Reagan shares his views on why each candidate is "wrong" on the subject of the nation's budget, with CNBC's Larry Kudlow.

  • How to Upgrade the American Economy

    CNBC's John Harwood sets the scene for the vice presidential debate, and CNBC's Larry Kudlow, explains why the debate tonight is a game changer. Also, John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable, weighs in on the key issues facing the nation's economy.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Nat Gas Futures At Highest Level for 2012

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Former Verizon Wireless CEO on Sprint Deal, VP Debate

    Dennis Strigl, former President & COO of Verizon Communications, weighs in on the deal between Softbank and Sprint, and discusses what he expects to hear at tonight's vice presidential debate.

  • VP Candidates Square Off Tonight

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest presidential poll results, and weighs in on what to expect to hear from Vice President Biden, and GOP challenger, Paul Ryan in tonight's debate.

  • Will VP Biden Come Out Swinging?

    Former Sen. Ted Kaufman, (D-DE), discusses how he has prepared Vice President Joe Biden for tonight's debate with GOP challenger, Paul Ryan.

  • Altman Focuses on Darkened Global Outlook

    "I think the Federal Reserve and the ECB are exactly in the right place," explains Roger Altman, Evercore Partners chairman & founder, weighing in on Europe's economic crisis, Fed policy, and the worsening outlook on global growth.

  • GOP Preview of Vice Presidential Debate

    Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, discusses what to expect to hear from GOP vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, at tonight's debate.

  • Altman: VP Biden 'Will Be Very Aggressive'

    "I think it is going to be a very interesting debate--and an important one," said Roger Altman, Evercore Partners chairman & founder, discussing what to expect from tonight's vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Paul Ryan.

  • Swing State Poll Shows Presidential Race Close

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the results from the latest NBC News-WSJ poll, and explains why the stakes are high in tonight's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Paul Ryan.

  • Pre-Market Report: Earnings Keep Markets Down

    A look at U.S. markets ahead of the open, with CNBC's Kelly Evans, including a report, JPMorgan's CFO Braunstein may leave his position at the firm.