September 24th, 2009
10:14 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Anderson interviews Sen. McCain

Four people attached to a massive banner dangle from a Pittsburgh bridge Wednesday to protest the G-20 summit.
Four people attached to a massive banner dangle from a Pittsburgh bridge Wednesday to protest the G-20 summit.

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

The United Nations General Assembly continues today. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili are among the leaders slated to speak. Based on yesterday’s speeches, should we conclude the world is safer or crazier?

World leaders will begin to head from New York to Pittsburgh for the G20 meeting today and tomorrow. President Obama promises to push world leaders for a reshaping of the global economy in response to the global economic crisis. Protesters are already out in full force in the Steel City – four people attached to a giant banner protesting the meeting were seen dangling from a bridge.

Before he makes his way to the G20, Obama is chairing the UN Security Council for a session on nuclear proliferation and disarmament this morning. He’s seeking broad consensus to contain the further spread of nuclear weapons. Iran is in the limelight right now – it appears Russia may likely help the U.S. curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Iran says it’s willing to have its nuclear experts meet with U.S. and other global scientists. Is this a sign of progress? Libya is among the Security Council members – could we hear another soliloquy from Moammar Ghadafi?

Anderson will sit down with Senator John McCain tonight to discuss his thoughts on the current administration, Afghanistan troop levels and President Obama’s handling of healthcare and economic issues. What would you ask the former presidential candidate? Don’t miss this interview tonight.

And in our series on prime suspects, Gary Tuchman looks into a peculiar case involving a young man whose sister says he wouldn’t hurt a fly. Although his friends said he wasn’t capable of violence and he had no criminal record, he murdered four people. He was a high school dropout who spent most of his time alone in his bedroom chatting on online communities and recording songs that celebrated macabre killings. “Jesus told me to do it,” is what the man told TV reporters. Did his apparent addiction to this “horrorcore” music play a role in his ability to commit these murders? More from Gary Tuchman tonight.

It appears there may be some hopeful news regarding HIV prevention. Researchers have found that a vaccine to prevent HIV infection has shown modest results for the first time. The vaccine was tested on more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand and has protected a significant minority against infection – this is the first time any vaccine against the disease has even partly succeeded in a clinical trial. Does this mean there is a chance the disease that kills millions every year may someday be beaten? We’ll have more tonight.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you tonight at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Christie - Scottsdale, AZ

    What is Senator McCain doing to improve the poor quality of education in AZ? What is he doing to stop and deter the horrendous crimes happening in AZ? A child is molested almost everyday. Viloence and murder is out of control here. Home invasions are happening hourly. Our news is filled with unbearable stories such as men molesting and murdering their infants, women forgeting to drop their children off at daycare and leaving them in their car to die, border agents having their faces smashed in with bricks, a father bringing his child out to the desert and lighting the toddler on fire while he was still alive...and watching him run around and scramble while on fire and doing nothing while the toddler melted and burned to death. Lets not forget the meth and crack problem plaguing this state. Is McCain really the right person to be asking for expert opinions? You should reach out to somebody like Tim Pawlenty if you are seeking quality.

    September 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  2. Vicky, Ottawa

    CNN reporting on General McChrystal's requests for troops is focusing only on US forces, and seem to be forgetting his other role as current commander of US/NATO International Security Assistance Force. I would ask Senator McCain what his view is on the parallel command structures for Afghanistan and how much this is impacting the development of a coherent strategy. Why instead of seeking General McChrystal's counsel and recommendations are US admin officials developing an alternative strategy, when Canadian, British, and Dutch troops are also heavily involved in the fighting?

    September 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  3. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    I am also interested in hearing more about the indictment and investigation into the alleged terrorist plot by Najibullah Zazi.

    September 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Sharon, Contributions to Democrats have been about 40% higher than to Republicans the last two years.

    September 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Juli Carbonell

    I would like to know Senator McCain´s views on the close relantionship between Iran´s leadership and Chavez, the dictador of Venezuela. Caracas Venezuela

    September 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  6. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    The show last night was excellent, with sharp objective reporting and good moderating questions by Anderson. It would be great to see another knowledgeable panel discuss the UN Assembly tonight. I'm also looking forward to more on H1N1, as there is obviously a real threat of contagion, illustrated by Dr. Gupta's illness and the possibility that AC was infected. Happy they are both well now! Sen. McCain looks better and better in post-election months; we should listen closely to what he has to say. I continue to voice my opposition to the serial killer series, but Gary Tuchman's positive cheerful manner might make it more palatable.

    September 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  7. Sharon

    I would like to know the amount of political contributions the Senator and his colleagues have received from health insurers and pharmaceutical companies.

    September 24, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  8. Tony

    During the summer the Town Hall held in AZ was downright frightening to witness. Never have I seen ordinary citizens bearing arms in such close proxcimity to our president. There's bound to be a nutbar in the mix.

    Seems daily, somewhere in the country a family is being murdered. Any thoughts re reforming gun possession/licensing laws? Perhaps something similar to auto registration? Gun owner must present themself and their weapon periodically for inspection?

    September 24, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  9. John

    John McCain chages his opinions every other day. We never know what he is really thinking.

    September 24, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  10. Stacy

    I would like to hear McCain pressed on Afghanistan. How many troops does he think we need? As many as advocated by the classic counterinsurgency doctrine? Does he support having that many troops in country for decades? If Al Qaeda is not in Afghanistan, yet we're fighting for security reasons, does he also support adding troops to any country where Al Qaeda could organize? What is special about Afghanistan? Also, does he advocate for bringing tribal leaders onto the payroll as seen in the Iraqi Awakening?

    September 24, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  11. Lori

    I would like to know what John McCain thinks about healthcare reform as it is being proposed today. Also, I want to know his thoughts on how we will adress the deficit in the years to come.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  12. Enough

    McCain will prove – if National Security is important to you.........you should have voted for McCain. I trust someone with experience to handle these affairs, Not a community organizer who has never even had a REAL job.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:22 am |