April 1st, 2008
11:10 AM ET

An early look at 360° tonight

Good morning all...  What’s on your mind?  We’d like to post a quick thought from you on the blog..

Tonight, as John McCain yucks it up with Letterman, and holds a Town Hall in Virginia, Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at his health. McCain has battled melanoma and says he has "more scars than Frankenstein." We'd like to hear, to what extent should voters consider his age and health in this race or... has he already proved himself more vigorous than the rest?

Tom Foreman examines why–despite predictions that this is the Dems' year, and complaints that McCain is old, inexpert on the economy, and out of touch with voters on Iraq–he's winning!  Yes, the latest poll shows him beating Hillary Clinton AND Barack Obama in one-to-one contests. Is he that good...does he have some magic that people haven't fully recognized? Or are the Dem candidates hurting each other more than people have fully recognized?

Dana Bash interviews John McCain today. We'll see what he has to say.

Candy Crowley tracks Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, as Clinton says calls for her to quit the race give all the more reason for her to stay in it.

Sean Callebs is Keeping Them Honest, as a Congressional hearing examines whether the CDC failed to protect the public's health when FEMA sent toxic trailers to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

And, we watch for severe storms threatening the Mississippi Valley.

Thank you for your thoughts.

-Barclay Palmer, 360° Senior Producer

Filed under: Barclay Palmer • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Theresa

    My beef is the Media haunting Rep. Nancy Pelosi:

    How long is this going to go on, you people have been harping on this story like pitbulls. I wish you and the rest of the media did this before we went into a war of lies! It's amazing that now the media is all over the speaker of the house for what, we all know that the Bush/Cheney Administration lied about not torturing, and still denied it after Abu Graub broke the airwaves. You guys act like it just happen yesterday....well it didn't!

    So please Stop!!!

    I want to see the perpetraitors of the Iraq War prosecuted and thrown in Jail.

    May 22, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  2. Sandra Reddy

    Most of us in the Medical community think John Edwards to be sleeze ball, so why is every one surprised at Elizabeth Edwards tell all book, She is an educated intelligent women who has been delt a bad deal in life and coping the best way she can!!

    May 11, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  3. Sandra Reddy

    why are families of US soldiers not outraged and aggitating to have DICK CHENEY tried for treason punishable by hanging in a public place for fabricating connections of 9/11 events to IRAQ , He and his hoodlum repulican friends have devastated so many men and women in uniform that they have committed a worse crime than 9/11 yet he continues to flap his mouth as to how safe he kept America. He must be on some kind of hallucinogenic drugs or a plain case of schizophrenia . I would like to see him thrown into Gauntanimo prison and let the prisoners decide his fate,

    May 11, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  4. Lanny

    I don't care what interrogation methods are used on terroists and most of the American people also don't care. The main issue is to protect the American people. Terroists who randomly kill innocent women and children don't deserve rights. Obama needs to let this issue go.

    April 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Tracey

    Dear Anderson Cooper, I really admire you and the footage you do on different topics but I have to comment on tonight's program. You had a Rev. Mel White on your show and the other individual name Tony(sorry, I forgot his last name) but I really admire his standing on the Word of God. As for Rev. Mel White, I feel so sorry for him because to carry the title of Reverend brings even greater condemnation on himself as well as those that follow him. He commented to Tony that nowhere in the Bible that goes against being Gay but for him to be a reverend, has he forgotten what God did to Sodom and Gomorrah because of immorality. Yes God is a God of Love but He must punish Sin, God Loves Mel White and has no desire for him to perish but if he continues to be decieved, he will not only face Hell's fire but will cause others to go with him. Please Anderson beg Mel White for me to repent so he would not have to stand before the Great White Throne Judgement and please tell him to read about Sodom and Gomorrah. Thank You So Much From Tracey PS: All who are curious about this comment ,please also read about Noah when he tried to warn the people but they did not listen and they all drowned.

    April 14, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  6. Alhad Kothare

    SUB: AIG & other bigwigs

    Wrt global economic crisis: The only reason why the world was caught napping, was the conspiracy between the bankers & the politicians in keeping the disaster tucked under a carpet. This hand & glove relationship will keep protecting their mutual interests, while the whole world remains victimized.

    They should be subjected to a Neuremberg-Style hearing and should be hunted like the war-criminals – till they are brought to justice.

    March 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  7. John

    A very quick question regarding AIG. It is said that they're "too big to fail." If they have so many customers, touching nearly every gloabal business segement (off-shore oil rigs to actors/actresses), I would have to image they have competitors who sell the same products and services that they do. Wouldn't those competitors simply capture the business AIG lost? It's not like if AIG failed, there's no one else who offers those products/services, is it?

    March 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  8. Yvonne Woods

    Why does certain members of the CNN news staff refer to the Prsident as "Mr. Obama or Barak". Isn't the proper address "President Obama"?

    February 25, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  9. Nick

    Note to Republicans:
    Bobby Jindal should not be the face of your party. He is a cross between Mr. Rogers and someone I for sure would vote against even if he ran against Bush. His response to President Obama's address to Congress was ridiculous, I felt he was telling a story to a group of school children. Jindal, listen to the people that are in need in your own state and take the money, I can't believe your going to pass on money to help your state. Have you ever thought that voters will remember your actions next election?

    February 25, 2009 at 2:50 am |
  10. Jim Carroll internet free press


    You can call it Free Enterprise if you like, but the banking system controls the faucet for the life blood of all enterprise. It can put the economy on its back, and it can put people in soup lines. Interest rates should always be low and stable, and money should always be available to exchange the goods and services that the hands and minds of people produce. There is no need ever for a roller coaster economy of booms and busts. The medium of exchange is too important to all enterprise to be in the hands of private enterprise.

    February 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Rosamaria

    in the comments about racism it seems that the only colors that are seen and spoken of are black,white ,sometimes latinos & less times asians
    what of the first americans the native americans yes we r a racist nation
    & cowardice is a way to avoid rather than to participate
    native wisdom speaks of oneness & inclusion let us look at the whole
    story in all we seek to understand thanks for ur work much love

    February 19, 2009 at 1:53 am |
  12. Pankaj Parikh

    Stimulus Package:

    we all are trying to find way that the federal money provided in form of check or tax cut or any other form should be spent in desired the time period. why not provide debit card with expiry for a desired period and non cashable by any mean. this will force people to spend the money in buying commodity and due to expiry period all the proposed money will be circulating in the economy in desired time period. the federeal agency can see the effect of the stimulus package and take
    corrective action.

    Pankaj Parikk

    February 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  13. len eline

    It is my beleif that the republicans are being obstructionists because of their embarrassing defeat in november and that they realiize that when the dust settles the truth will come out that their policies of laissez faire, trickle down economics is the reason our economy is on the brink of complete collapse.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  14. Bernadette Glover

    yes why do all of you have a hard time saying President Obama.Mr Cooper just said mr Obama. Just wonderingHe is elected ad deserves the title of the office.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  15. Nicole Amelung

    Good luck for the Interview tonight! As a (German) Journalist, I really envy you for this opportunity. I would love to hear the President answer following question: Will You encourage the Attorney General to go after Donald Rumsfield and George W. Bush for crimes against humanity, for violating the Geneve Convention ( like the UN wants you to do)?

    February 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  16. Joan Grady

    President Obama says that he wants to help middle class Americans. President Obama wants to stop E-Verify. Illegal immigrants came into America illegally and used undocumented papers to take middle class American jobs. Legal Americans are loosing their jobs and everything that they have worked for (homes, insurance, retirement and savings). Illegal immigrants are not Americans.Why not put E-verify in the stimulus package to help legal Americans find jobs so that they can take care of their families?
    Joan from Iowa

    February 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  17. Ron

    Hey Anderson,

    What a great opportunity to meet with the President so early in his administration. Two questions I'd like to see asked (and answered):
    1) Why was his administration not aware of the tax issues / problems of so many appointees prior to the nominations of these individuals?
    2) Mr. Obama campaigned on a promise of transparency. if he truly means that transparancy will be one of the hallmarks of his administration why will he not share documentation proving that he is in fact eligible to serve as President with the people who elected him?

    February 3, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  18. Martha Krafton

    Today I thankfully remember Susan B. Anthony and all of the suffragettes who worked so that I could proudly vote.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  19. Jamie

    Republicans think Ayers is an American terrorist – AC's ten most wanted list, tonight adding Phil Gramm are financial American terrorists and McCain was very closely associated with him for a long time. OY VEY!

    October 13, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Lisa Weiser

    Why isn't anyone demanding the names of the senators who added the pork to the bailout? America deserves to know who the bums are and toss them out. If John McCain is such a maverick, then he should expose the names of the abusers. The House, the Senate and the President are the only people who can make decisions to create financial woes and they pretend they don't know how it happens. When is our government going to end the ear marks? If they are not important enough to be voted on on their own merits, then they don't belong attached to anything. Ear Marks should be voted on by the general election... not the senators. Senators also need to be put on the Social Security system... then they would have an interest in it.

    October 5, 2008 at 8:12 am |
  21. Nicky

    I am a republican and am a little embarrassed by Palin's performance at the debate. It is true, Palin did well. However, the problem is that she did well only because we had low expectations of Palin. If you can't answer direct questions and instead give answers because that is what you want to do, you fail the test. It does not matter how much charisma you have especially when Palin knew how the debate was going to be conducted weeks before the debate.

    October 4, 2008 at 1:31 am |
  22. Suhan Suahg

    It doesn't matter what Sara Palin say or do, the media and Obama networks will be after her. Racism has a totally different meaning now. It used to be define as when white feel negative about black; now it is the other way. If somebody says or makes any negative sound people will say oh, he/she is a racist. John McCain is a war hero and Sara Palin is the second women to be nominated to run for Vice Presidency of the U.S. You want to talk about change this is a change. In the history of America, this is the first time we have a black candidate, after debate night media ask some blacks so called undecided voter who they are going to vote for? Oh please, spare me this baloney; you all should know Black will vote for Obama this is the bottom line. You want to talk about experiences then compare McCain to Obama and be honest about it, you will find the answer. My question to all the women why you are so away from Sara Palin, just see what press is doing to her and you will see connect with her more than you would imagine. If there was no men ever elected for president of US, and I see there is a men running, I can assure all the men will vote for that men. I ask everyone just give her a chance and you will see what this woman is made of and I am a life long MAN Democrats. Oh, In case the media forgot “it’s not a sin to talk about Obama’s shortcoming

    October 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Gt

    About a comment of Sarah Palin re. Russia just in her backyard, and consider it as a foreign experience, it is not fair for her to downplay what she said to anchor Katie Couric that she has a foreign affair experience with Russia. If you will replay again her interview about seeing Russia from Alaska, it is true. But her very delicate contact with Russia, when a plane of Russia got lost and crossed the restricted Airspace boundary between United states and Russia in Alaska's region, don't you feel that that is a very serious foreign policy she must keep and watch?.

    Interviewing some people on Alaska's side, what do they know what's going on in their airspace? I'm sure they are not aware of Sarah Palin's contact with other countries in their own land.

    A president has the VP and all secretaries of the departments and ambassadors to other nations of the word. If she is the president, she will be surrounded by brains in serious decision making that i would not be worried of her.

    thanks for the privilege to post my comments.

    God bless.

    Gt of Montreal Quebec

    September 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  24. Jerry in Idaho

    Would you ask any of your financial guest the following question? Is it possible that not only the lenders got out of line but do you think it may also be a market correction in the realestate values that have been spiraling out of control for the last 20 years? I bought a piece of realestate 15 years ago and sold it 5 years ago making $49.00 for every dollar I paid for it. That seems to me to be a little excesive dosen't it?

    September 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  25. edward

    Rather then bailing out wall street, wouldn't it make sence to spend the money on the lower income familys. It seems to me you take all the forclosed homes give them to families based on there income and needs. It just seems silly to give my tax money to companies where ceo's make millions a year. We are spending over 300 billion dollars for these mortgage companies and insurance companies. When we could divide that up on 100 million families and really stimulate our economy. Basic math but then the average Joe could get on his feet instead of the rich fat cats getting more money. Polititians would argue that the little man should have cared for his credit what about the big companies why do they get this huge huge break. They fleece the country and we pay them again and again.

    September 30, 2008 at 3:58 am |
  26. Dick Yates

    I understand the frustration of the people about the "BAILOUT'.

    But failure to pass it cost me, a SENIOR, real money today and it was part of what the nation's $1,200,000,000,000 total loss was today.

    Those who oppose the 'Bailout' do not seem to understand that we are still losing, 'AS TAXPAYERS', even as those people are thinking that the 'Bailout' is just for Washington and Wall Street!

    Call, fax, email your congress person to get their ASS IN GEAR and pass the bill, maybe with an inclusion that additional controls will be added later

    September 30, 2008 at 1:28 am |
  27. Dick Yates

    There is not enough information on how SENIORS (there a lot of us out here) should handle this crisis. We know the FDIC stuff, stay out of the stock market, etc.

    But what do we do if we have to rely on the investments (IRA money markets, bonds ), paid for homes, paid up credit cards each month etc.

    September 30, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  28. Kevin

    What I don't understand is how Congress can talk all they want but at the end of the day, nothing about today was positive for not only the United States markets, but the entire global economy. A solution needs to come out asap and politicians need to be honest with the American people.

    September 29, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  29. Peter

    I believe the rescue plan can easily get a pass in congress if a legion of Wall Street executives vow to get paid based on their performance only, just like other workers. The performance based pay is true spirit of free market. I think a lot of republicans misunderstand what the free market is all about.

    September 29, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  30. Alexis

    I'm very interested why not one single person from the media isn't telling us that they used 0ver $600 billion dollar to either pay or give to the World Banking system. I would like for someone who knows or have some more light to this please let me know or give me some information as to what is going on with my or our money.. somebody out there must know...

    September 29, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  31. Chris Massey

    Being a government employee, I contribute 15% in the Thrift savings plan (TSP). Should I reduce my contributions down to 5% since the agency matches up to 5% and take the other 10@ and invest in bonds or in real estate or what? I only have about $40,000 in debt

    September 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  32. Peter

    Hi AC360,

    We're in serious crisis. But the congress won't resume working on the rescue plan tomorrow because of Jewish holiday. I'm confused. Am I living in Isareal or in the United States. I don't think congress understand how urgent it is to resolve this economy crisis which can severely affect every one of US.

    Could anyone on your staff help me understand why it is so important for Congress to observe Jewish holiday instead of working on rescue plan? Do U.S. Congress observe other nations' holidays besides Jewish holiday?


    September 29, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  33. Aroon

    Hi Anderson! I'm an independent and not a big fan of McCain, but I think media is not fair to Palin. You are fair most fo the time but I don't see as much criticism of Biden although he has more dirty laudry. Also I didn't see Obama criticised like Palin when he first came on the scene.
    You are doing a got job

    September 29, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  34. Tony Boutwell

    I was shocked to hear Suse O., profess support for the bailout, while she always postures to her listeners for nothing less than financial responsibility.....Please no support for the bailout...let the market fall where it may...it will recover. And to your financial spokes guy, who is must be personally tied to the market,.the banks are still writing loans...but to only those who qualify . True somebody that was marginal last week, could possibly sqeaked by,,,,but not today. 401Ks, what did people do with their money before they existed. But today these people buy, take out second mortgages, credit cards to the hilt, gambling that their 401ks will pay for their future.
    Please no bailout with my tax money for the greed of Wall Street and Washington.

    September 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  35. Paul

    Sitting here feeling completely betrayed by my own government. This isn't about Republicans or Democrats – it's about all of them. We've worked hard, payed our bills, our mortage and educated our children. We saved for our retirement. and were looking forward to that retirement, in about a year, now it's all at risk and we don't know where to turn. It's a terrible thing when you can't even trust your government. It's completely apparent, they don't care about us. I'm running out of words, sorry!

    September 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Jennifer

    Is it Legal to Bailout failing Financial Institutions that are under investigation for Fraud by the FBI ? Isn't that Collusion ?

    September 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  37. Bob Crawford

    One of the things that I have not heard much about, since I live in Gilbert Arizona, is that of McCains involvement in the "Keating 5 and also why he voted againts the Martin L. King holiday. I believe it is important that people need to be aware of his past history as they did with Obama. I have lived in Arizona since 1979, have never been a fan of McCain because of the above. Thanks, Bob

    September 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  38. Janet

    Hey, Palin is governer for Ak. and Geroge Bush was governor of Texas
    We know what kind of president he 's been for the last 8 years. Now
    we have Palin,I think we have exactly the same.!!!! Lord help America, if Mccain and Palin win in November.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Aelo

    I am seriously losing hope on the republicans, it seems that every other speech or comment by the Mccain and Palin camp is either about ridiculing their opponent in some way or twisting and exaggerating any coment that Obama says. it seems like they shy away from the real issues plaguing our country today. Each day it seems like the McCain camp is getting more childish and ridiculous with their political strategy, All I hear from them is the same circular rhetoric mixed in with how personally great the republican candidates are in with vague almost non existent references to plans for the future of our country. I just don't like that, I might go democratic for this one.

    September 10, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  40. Demi H

    Palin is not in the same league as the other candidates and she scares me with her previous abuse of power. I'm voting for Barack and Biden.

    September 9, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  41. Murli

    Doesn't Obama+Biden sound as "Osama Bin Laden". No matter what great story he may have, he is just another politician, who does anything to win. What is he asking us to believe in ? – when he doesn't keep his word on public financing of his campaign, which he promised he will if Mc Cain does.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:35 am |
  42. nicholas andrews

    why is it that all the big company's attacking obama, why haven't we seen any company attacks on mccain,as a democrat this is just showing mccain is an aggressor and we dont need that for america.offense or defense u choose.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  43. Mr.Krueger

    Hello Anderson. Wow this cool to write to you and share my views on many topics but where to start. The world is going way to fast. And war seems to show it's ugly face again...I'm from Montreal, Canada and I listen to you on a daily basis when I can get the time....I hope that the next President can make things better for America...I can't stand the one who is there now! But I wonder if the 2 senators can make the difference.And with the war in Georgia I'm worried....Well I can only say 2012.....Thank-you Anderson for your share.

    August 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  44. angela

    Anderson – Don't sweat the Lohan thing – I occasionally watch the Denise Richards show – with her father living with her and all the animals, what's not to like – I think it's a sweet show, ecxept for her profanities, but I can live with that since I use a few myself and anyway it's bleeped.

    Dena Lohan – what a moron!! Agree with you 1000%, Anderson –
    Go, baby – you tell it like it is!!

    August 8, 2008 at 5:38 am |
  45. Ted in Portland

    You keep bringing up the idea that somehow Hillary Clinton would suddenly make the Democratic ticket some sort of "Dream Team". In my humble opinion, it would all but guarantee Obama's defeat. The antipathy between these two people is almost palpable. The subtext of putting her on the ticket would be nothing less an abject admission that Obama believes he couldn't win without her, and in so doing, he would cease to appear 'Presidential' in the eyes of even his most enthusiastic supporters (this Republican included).

    These dynamics seem obvious to me, and you (Anderson) appear to be one the smartest guys in the village. So why do you keep bringing this up? I see no evidence of an organic constituency for the idea, so maybe it's just a convenient talking point. Next time, I have a couple of suggestions as alternatives:

    1. What happened to our commitment as a species to repairing the damage we're doing to the climate and the ecosystem upon which we depend? The damage is getting worse, faster than predicted, but as the price of gasoline has gone up, our only priority appears to be to find more and burn more. If Obama is the leader for change that he claims (and for which I am currently supporting him), why can't he stand a little near-term heat on the absurdly frivolous issue of offshore oil-drilling?

    2. We've been told that the war on terror is a critical threat to our national security. Both Obama and McCain say we need two or three more brigades in Afghanistan, but Secretary Gates can't seem to find the 15,000 troops it would take to back up our guys over there, and shore up the real front-line against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. My question: what are the 100,000 troops we have sitting in Germany, Italy and the UK doing right now that is so critically important? Why can't our military deploy regular Army troops who are a few hundred miles away to help out the predominantly reserve army troops who doing most of the fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    I have a theory as to what the answer is, I just can't understand why the news media seems to think this topic is off-limits. So instead of speculating about Hillary Clinton as VP, try asking some tough questions of those who are responsible for perpetuating a status quo which is ruining our environment, and decimating our reserve military.

    August 6, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  46. Ken Welk

    I would like to suggest that CNN post a countdown clock on screen until the olympics start. Maybe not on all programs but when ever there is discussion, stories or news about the olympics.

    August 5, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  47. Ann (Myrtle) Kearney

    McCain is dinasauric.......That's my take. I,too am forever grateful for your presence in Waveland in the last three years. We are now ready for the open house we have been waiting for for all this time. Call for your appointment"' We are Obama all the way...

    August 4, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  48. Jeremiah T. Nimely, Sr.

    It is the right of the people not to look at the age but the winston. One who will and shall be willing to go everywhere at anytime , that will not be represented by or for. One who is strong in flesh and is able to collect that phone call between 2:A. M.-5: A.M..

    July 31, 2008 at 12:33 am |
  49. Barry

    Anderson, the Walmart case is not unusual in auto cases, this issue is called "Subrogation" or reimbursement.
    You did a show on how people are victimized by insurance companies when they are injured in an auto accident.
    Both of these stories should be linked in one segmment regarding a broader perspective of what people experience when they are involved in an accident.
    The issue is the law does not allow companies to seek reimbursement unless it is contractual. Here is the problem after a case known as Kaiser all health insurance companies and companies that furnish health insurance include unconscionable clauses in the health plan book which gives them this right against the unsuspecting insured.
    I have personally represented a client whos ins. co actually sent be a request for reimbursement of $60,000. When I ask for a copy of the language in their plan which gave them this right they actually sent someone else plan language.
    To their dismay I called the adjsuter and stated I had an actual copy of the plan which did not give them the right in this case and they must have sent me the wrong policy, 10 mins later I received a fax from the company waiving the $60,000.
    But in most cases the victim gets screwed.
    I am disappointed in the Supreme Court not taking this issue on. The law is somewhat unsettled and favors insurance companies.
    Walmart made a good decision but self serving and this story is not over for future injured parties who may seek a claim for damages. This story goes on.
    Barry J. Sherman,

    April 2, 2008 at 6:12 am |
  50. Rob, Arvada, CO

    I guess moderating political attacks beats covering hurricanes. I still remember when you (Anderson) were out there in the middle of those storms in 2005, incredible courage and bravery. Americans were comfy in their homes, while you battled the storm. Props to you, my man.

    April 2, 2008 at 1:08 am |
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