The last week in December is supposed to be a slow news week, but with the Iowa caucuses only days away, we knew that this year, things were going to be different. The assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto has turned this into an international breaking news week.
Much of tonight’s AC360 appeared to be recorded earlier in the day with both Anderson and John King. Anderson was in New York today and spoke with Peter Bergen and Wolf Blitzer in the studio. Earlier this year, Wolf Blitzer had interviewed Benazir Bhutto in the Situation Room and we found out today that she had emailed Wolf through her US spokesman back in October that stated that if anything happened to her she would hold President Musharraf responsible.
The pictures that John Moore of Getty Images took of Benazir Bhutto’s final moments and the chaos that followed her assassination were incredible. Journalists always amaze me with their ability to focus on capturing the moment even during the worst possible situations.
John King provided the 360 Bulletin and also talked live with Shahan Mufti of the Christian Science Monitor who was in Pakistan.
Anderson talked with Ed Henry who reported on the President’s reaction to the situation in Pakistan. With Presidential election campaigning going full throttle these days, Bhutto’s death was bound to have an impact. Candy Crowley had the Raw Politics from the campaign trail. Anderson was even able to get Mitt Romney and John McCain to talk about how they would respond to this if they were President. The importance of foreign policy has been a recurring theme during this election cycle and the flip remark that Romney gave Anderson on the subject left me shaking my head.
COOPER: So foreign policy experience, per se, is not essential, just experience?
ROMNEY: Well, if -- if foreign policy experience were the measure for selecting a president, we'd just go to the State Department and pick up one of the thousands and thousands of people who've spent their whole life in foreign policy, and frankly, becoming a United States senator does not make one a foreign policy expert, either.
I admit there was more to the discussion than the above remark, but this is the sound bite that really stood out.
The second hour of AC360 was preempted with Nic Robertson’s Special Investigation Unit’s Pakistan: Terror Central.
Tomorrow, Anderson will be reporting from Pakistan tomorrow night to cover the funeral of Benazir Bhutto.