October 8th, 2012
11:30 PM ET

Sandusky denies guilt in jailhouse tape

In an audio statement made while he sits in a jail cell awaiting sentence, convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky says that while others make him out to be a monster, he is a falsely accused man who will continue to protest his innocence.

"They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," the former coach at Penn State says. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."

Sandusky co-counsel Karl Rominger confirmed the audio statement is legitimate.

"If he wants to say that, God bless the First Amendment," Rominger said.

Penn State University's ComRadio first aired the audio clip on its website Monday evening.

Sandusky, a 68-year-old former defensive coordinator who ran a charity after he retired from coaching, faces up to life in prison. He is scheduled to be the final speaker at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.


October 8th, 2012
11:30 PM ET

Sandusky's lawyer reacts to jail tape

On the eve of his sentencing hearing, convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky releases a taped statement proclaiming his innocence. Anderson Cooper speaks to attorneys on both sides of the case.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jerry Sandusky
October 8th, 2012
11:02 PM ET

Pressure on Biden and Ryan in debate

Ahead of the debate, Gloria Borger and John King compare differences and similarities between V.P. Biden and Rep. Ryan. The generational divide is a factor, but they both have blue collar backgrounds.  And both have an eye on the 2016 election.

As for who has the bigger advantage, the case could be made for either of them. "You could say Paul Ryan is younger, he has more passion, he has more energy. You could say Joe Biden is more experienced, 36 years in the Senate, he's the sitting Vice President, he's been on the stage before," says King.

The pressure for Ryan comes with the goal of maintaining the campaign's momentum after last week's debate between Mitt Romney and Pres. Obama. But as King points out, "Americans pick presidents, not vice presidents."


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Filed under: 2012 Election • Gloria Borger • Joe Biden • John King • Paul Ryan
October 8th, 2012
10:26 PM ET

RidicuList: People who dress like pandas

Why are people dressing up in panda costumes at work? The RidicuList investigates!

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October 8th, 2012
10:21 PM ET

Gergen: Mitt Romney is finding his voice

David Gergen, Cornell Belcher and Ari Fleischer discuss Mitt Romney's gains in the polls and the post-debate boost.

October 8th, 2012
09:52 PM ET

Memorable VP debate moments

Before the upcoming debate between V.P. Biden and Rep. Ryan, Anderson Cooper looks at contentious and unforgettable exchanges in vice presidential debate history.

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October 8th, 2012
03:32 PM ET

Letters to the President #1358: 'Surprise tactics?'

Reporter's Note: Each day I write a letter to President Obama. I have done this ever since he was inaugurated, and yet he does not seem troubled by it. That’s kind of odd, I think...

Dear Mr. President,

I was surprised to read that some of your campaign folks are implying that you were surprised when Mitt Romney tacked hard to the political middle during your debate last week. The suggestion seems to be that this is what resulted in your less than blazing performance; you were thrown off by him not standing more squarely on the right.

First: If that is the case, here is a hint. Any good general can tell you that the enemy rarely just stands in front of your cannons waiting for you to fire.

Second: Really? If it is true that you were surprised by Mr. Romney’s positioning, then I am I surprised as well.

Everyone one knows that this race is coming down to a fight for the middle. Sure, you and your opponent both need your bases to turn out in force, but without the middle, victory is probably impossible. So of course he is furiously driving stakes into the middle ground. And you can bet he will continue to do so, because after all, you are doing the same thing.

I’m not sure a room full of accountants could add up how many times you’ve said “middle class” in the past month. Your concern for their welfare shows up in every speech, every ad, and every interview with campaign surrogates. But here is the thing: You don’t own that concept. Your challenger has every right to claim that constituency for his own, even though your side accuses him of rank dishonesty for doing so.

Taking a tactic that is working for the other guy is one of the oldest tricks in the book. You’ve done it yourself. Back when you were battling Hillary Clinton it was wildly clear that your team was triangulating every issue she had working her way, and appropriating it for your own campaign. So if you’d do that to a fellow Democrat, how can you be surprised if a Republican does it to you?

On another note, did you see that my Saints finally won a game last night? Huzzah! And Drew Brees breaking the old passing record was just great.

Call if you can.