Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Anderson Cooper 360 Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Tuesday night's AC360 consisted of post debate coverage from the Sands Convention Center in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. If you are interested in Anderson's moderating of the Western Republican Leadership Conference we'll have a few clips up at All Things CNN later tonight.

Candidate Herman Cain spoke with Cooper at the beginning of the hour and explained his platform and defended his 9-9-9 plan.

Clips of the debate were shown and discussed by Donna Brazille, Erin Burnett, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen, Gloria Borger and John King from Vegas and Dana Loesch via satellite. Tom Foreman was also on board with 'Keeping Them Honest' candidate fact checking.

AC360 Transcript

AC360 Podcast


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judy said...

In between DWTS, I did watch portions of this debate and I really like Ron Paul.
He speaks his mind and not in forked tongue the way some of the other candidates do.
And Rick Perry comes off as a sleeze, and not a very intelligent sleeze at that. Terrible debater.
IMO Herman Cain did not excel but received most of the attention from AC and it was favorable attention, although he was not satisfied with his answer about GITMO vs terrorists.
This debate could have ended one hour earlier and we didn't need 8 pundits to dissect it either.
Did we really need Erin Burnett's wisdom? Duh

Claire said...

I like Erin Burnett, always enjoyed her on MSNBC and I hope her new show does well.

I thought last night's debate was the most interesting one so far. I'm so glad Romney/Perry took on Cain's 999 plan. I have to believe people that are supporting him just don't know the facts in this plan, or they've lost their minds. I live in a Chicago suburb with a sales tax base of almost 8%, paying an additional 9% on everything I buy is ridiculous. Also doing away with exemptions and deductions would raise my income taxes over $5000.

I'm glad the majority of the time was spent on the top tier candidates. I find it really irritating when the ones who don't stand a chance suck up most of the time.

All that being said, I thought Anderson did a terrible job of moderating. No control over the debate at all. He exerts more control over pundits on 360. When the debaters have to call out for help, no one's running the show. His questions and follow-ups were good, but the moderating was inexcusable.

Anonymous said...

I watched the debate -- first one this election cycle and mainly to see how Anderson handled the moderator position.

The first hour was very entertaining, although it was pretty clear Anderson didn't have control from the beginning. About half way through his disposition seemed to change from kind of rolling with things to seeming rather ticked off, IMO.

While some of the questions were good, it was clear Anderson doesn't understand the OWS movement -- and when Donna tired to tell him that is was important to listen to these people he basically ignored her. I was very disappointed. He seemed more interested in talking about himself and how he teed it up for Cain.

The other thing that bothered me was that he clearly misspoke about 47% of people not paying taxes. I'm not sure who let that question through, but there was enough chatter about it by the time 360 aired that he should have corrected himself. Paul Begala called him out on Twitter right away, so it's not like no one knew... Maybe he'll address it on tonight's 360?

All in all, I wouldn't have moderated that debate for a million dollars -- what a bunch of immature candidates who clearly had no intention of following the rules; so I give Anderson kudos for showing up!

Anonymous said...

I liked that Anderson let them fight it out. They showed their true colors. I liked it a lot.