January 19th, 2010
07:04 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Rescued from the Rubble, Counting Votes in Mass.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

It's a busy night here at AC360°. Anderson will be reporting live from Haiti on an amazing rescue operation. A woman in her 70s was pulled alive from the rubble near the national cathedral this afternoon, one week after the earthquake hit. Rescue teams believe two more people may be trapped alive in the same location. A CNN crew is on the scene and we'll bring you the latest.

We're also tracking the votes in the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Polls just closed at 8 p.m. ET. If the GOP candidate, Scott Brown, wins it could deal a blow to Pres. Obama's health care fight. That would mean Democrats would lose their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

The winner gets the senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for 46 years. Kennedy died in August of a brain tumor. The so-called "liberal lion" of the Senate fought for years for health care reform.

Democrats chose Martha Coakley, the state's attorney general, to carry on Kennedy's health care fight.

Her opponent, Brown, campaigned against reform.

Asked last week in a debate if he would the block health care bill in Kennedy's old seat, Brown said, "With all due respect, it's not the Kennedy's seat, and it's not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat."

Join us for these two big stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. JoAnne Tichenor

    Great job covering the situation in Haiti and thanks for asking the tough questions..who is making the decisions?

    I would like to present a question about the donations. Are all the funds donated to the Red Cross for Haiti going to go to Haiti? I recall that was a question after the 9/11 disaster.

    People were sending in money for the families and survivors of that disaster only to find out that the Red Cross considered the donations as "general funds" and that they would pass on a portion of the funds as they considered necessary, keeping some of the funds for use in possible/inevitable future disasters.

    I would be interested if that is how the Red Cross is handling the Haitian contributions.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  2. Debra

    I want to give Mr. Cooper and Dr.Gupta my graditude of thanks on behalf of the Haiti community. Many need to follow you guys humanitiarn spirit. Dr Gupta didnt say it better have "Common Sense" especially these government officals when it comes to these poor countries because I am so upset that Bill Clinton has frequent this country as much as he have, he should have assisted to have some type of infrastructure in place especially knowing this was a country of Hurricanes but he was blind sided to the fact, the US is a country that put bandages on correcting issues such as this. We must do better.
    God Bless

    January 20, 2010 at 2:26 am |
  3. Jeff az

    About tonights election in Mass. I cannot think of a more tragic event following Ted Kennedys death than this man taking his seat in the
    Senate at this historic time. Talk about rolling over in his grave.
    However ,i will sleep well tonight knowing there are places in this country where everyone has health insurance, no one looses their home,
    everyone can afford a college education, and everyone has a retirement plan. Now i can tell my three children that work full time jobs without health
    insurance or the dream of owning their own home that we can pack our bags and move to a place called Republican Land!!!! Please forward me the address.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:57 am |
  4. Sue Wood

    On the return flights back to their own countries, why are the planes (I assume with empty cargo space) not transporting the most critically ill Haitian patients for urgent care in that country?

    Safe journeys to all...

    January 20, 2010 at 1:55 am |


    January 20, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  6. melissa jacobs

    The irony of these two stories, the desperate rush to get much needed medical supplies to the dying people of Haiti juxtaposed against the win by the Republican Senaterfold-elect Brown, nominated specifically to take away any chance of survival for America's medically uninsured, dying at the rate of 40,000 a year, is too pathetic. On one hand, commenters cheer the great fortune of finding a survivor in the rubble of Haiti and bemoan the time wasted in getting help to them; on the other it is considered a great day that the legacy of Senator Ted Kennedy who worked his whole lifetime to see all Americans have that same chance at LIFESAVING medical care thrown away to a rich, woman-hating Playgirl bunny. Caught in between both of these stories is a President we elected to bring us change who is criticized by his opponents for trying to get healthcare for all of us, and also criticized by his opponents for trying to bring humanitarian aid to the Haitian people. Thank God for Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Soledad O'Brien and all my other heroes at CNN. Without your humanity this madness would drive me over the edge! Thank you for the reality and kindness of your reporting ! You are complete spirits who have returned to teach the rest of us how to be!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:45 am |
  7. Pat

    It is so hard to tear myself away from the coverage of Haiti, so compelling, so much heroism, stupidity and cruelty all at once. Don't understand why they are so worried about even distribution of food, even if it is not even at least it's out there. Even the biggest jerks might share with their own moms, kids.

    Would love to know what happened to the bloody boy Anderson carried to relative safety.

    Re: the election would be interested in gender breakdown and David Gergen's comments

    January 20, 2010 at 12:17 am |
  8. vickie

    ...Brown will go done in history as the man who ruined healthcare for millions of americans....I think he is a smart man......he may not vote for it now but I bet with a little tweeking...he will............

    January 20, 2010 at 12:05 am |
  9. Judi

    Anderson, Sanjay and the CNN team are doing a stupendous job. I'm in awe of Anderson and Sanjay. They are going above and beyond, yet they are so humble about their amazing feats.

    Re: the election. How ironic, the issue Ted Kennedy worked so hard on for all those years is in dire jeapordy. In hindsight, his wife should have run for his seat.

    Stay safe everyone.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  10. Roberta Cruz

    CNN, you guys are the bomb! Keep up the good work! Your reporting is top notch! Stay well!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  11. richardson

    That was fascinating to see that woman pulled from the wreckage after 7 days. As far as that election unbelievable. This guy will never live up to Ted Kennedys legacy. Why don't these people want National Health Care why are they so selfish? How could these people have such short memories. They forget the last 8 years. Why do they want these Insurance companies to stay rich and Corporations to do as they please? How could anyone in his right mind vote for a Republican, whiny little sniveling ...

    January 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  12. Crystal

    That is just amazing is there any one else still in that building? How do the rescuers know when to move on to the next building? Good luck Anderson and god bless

    January 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  13. Audrey

    I think the election of Brown in Massachusetts is a clear message to everyone in Washington that the public wants to be heard and represented. "For the people, by the people". I have started encouraging everyone to change the way they vote. No one should be re-elected to public office until they understand that they are elected to represent the people. Public officials have gotten far too comfortable in their elected positions and I think it is time to change the number of years a person can serve in office. Less time to develop personal debts and favors and more time to get busy with the real problems involved in running this country. So "Citizens of the US" every time there is the opportunity to elect someone new to office please do so and lets see if we can straighten out this country because if we don't take the time to care "who will"??? Thanks for listening.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
  14. JoAnne Tichenor

    Great job, thanks for asking the tough questions..who is making the decisions? I would like to present a question about the donations. Are all the funds donated to the Red Cross for Haiti going to go to Haiti? I recall that was a question after the 9/11 disaster. People were sending in money for the families and survivors of that disaster only to find out that the Red Cross considered the donations as "general funds" and that they would pass on a portion of the funds as they considered necessary, keeping some of the funds for use in possible/inevitable future disasters.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  15. ronald

    if a 73 year old lady can get out from the rubble and be alive, why would others think anyone else think that after 7 days, that on the 8th day, some more may not be freed from the rubble.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  16. brinckley

    A few thoughts, wow! Amazing the woman in the rubble survived! Very beautiful lady and uplifting. One thing that has nagged me for the past week, there was coverage about reasoning why no food and water was for example, dropped by helicopter to people for fear the women and children wouldn't get it, or fear of pushy and violence with respect to supplies dropped. What confuses me, is why not take the chance, trust at least most woul receive food and water, instead of wait for a more organised distribution. It just doesn't make sense. Too much planning, too much air flight control planning only delays the common sense basic needs.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Cecil

    It's not about Democrats and Republicans but it's all about a government that doesn't listen to the American people. We are fed up with politicans that come hell or high water are determined to do what they think is best. We need term limits for Congress!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Robert Dorko

    Whoa, hold the phone, politicians work for the people don't they? It's time for them to do their job, healthcare that makes sense should be the goal..Let;\'s do it right, an open discussion and debate , come to a consensus and move forward. I

    f the President had any guts, he would go to the State of the Union, hand it to the congress, who created this mess in the first place and just plain tell them to fix it. And keep them in session until they do!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  19. hugh rector

    you do not have a JOB to lose, you are a SERVANT of the people. and we want the current JOBS replaced with those who are servants.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Patrick

    A great win for the Grand Old Party.......Congrats to Brown!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  21. Jay Parks

    I don't believe the media, republicans or democrats fully understand what just happened in Mass. vote. The real mandate is that all incumbents beware, not just dems. The revolution has begun and its time that Washington understand the people's wishes.


    January 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  22. rwd_1

    The state of Massachusetts passed an unwelcome law MANDATING that ALL citizens obtain and pay for health insurance! No exceptions!
    This is not Health Care Reform, this only guarantees payment to hospitals and doctors. Even if the patient dies from botched surgery the inept doctor and hospital get paid. That IS NOT the kind of reform Americans want.
    America wants the out of control cost increases under control rather than the spiraling upward increase in fees and expenses!
    Since when does healthcare reform mean mandatory insurance, at YOUR OWN EXPENSE. I'm a single working person in Massachusetts and I pay $250 a month for the cheapest plan available. Married folks pay more than twice that amount.
    Reform; YES but not by forcing me to buy insurance.
    America should look to the European health care systems for a realistic and "working" model!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  23. Isabel - Brazil •

    Hi Maureen!!

    t's so gratifying to know that there are people being rescued alive!

    It will be great to see the rescue.
    In the midst of so much suffering, these victories are wonderful!

    See you later

    January 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
  24. Vivien Wolsk, nyc

    Brown is not just again the healthcare bill, he is against gay marriage. This is a very bad omen.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  25. Carol Wright

    You guys at CNN are doing a great job in Haiti. I am really touched by Anderson, Dr. Gupta , Soledad and all the others. My heart was touched when Anderson took that injured boy and lifted him through the street. The boy was all covered in blood and put down his camera and had compassion on the boy.

    Dr. Gupta, wow. You are selfless. When all the doctors left you remained. Not fearing for your life you stayed to care for the injured. This is service. Soledad, your compassion for those children is admirable. May the Lord continue to proctect you. Great job.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  26. Sophia- Illinois

    Looking foward to the telecast. I hope the 70 year old rescued woman gets the medical attention she needs and she lives a long life. What a miracle that she is still alive!! As Anderson said, just stunning!

    I certainly hope many many more people get rescued. i also hope that more needed medical assistance has arrived in Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  27. Jack, Long Island, NY

    The only good news about the Massachusetts election is that now Joe Lieberman is irrlevant...

    January 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  28. Sharoon

    Why was the Isarel medical group in Haiti, by the second day, set up with tents and equipment, while the US still is not as equiped for our doctors and help? Why is the US Red Cross taking so long to get in to help the people, while other countries were in trying to help sooner. It seems to me the Red Cross and the US have learned nothing from New Orleans, the other countries are so much more organized, why????

    January 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  29. Dr. Ivan Gonzalez

    I understand hat the Israelis have been instrumental in establishing a substantial medic unit-would this be a viable option for the woman in her 70's rescued?

    You guys are doing a great job there

    I will hopefully be there soon.

    Be well and careful


    January 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  30. Annie Kate

    The rescue of the 70 year old woman was awesome. I look forward to seeing more of CNN's coverage from Haiti tonight.

    IF the GOP candidate wins the Massachusetts Senate seat, I wonder if this will be indicative of how the major 2 year elections for Congressional seats will go – if the GOP will gain more seats on the Democrats or not. Whoever wins I hope they stem the increase in the deficit and start reducing it. We owe too much money.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm |

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