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Time Flies! And, John’s Q&A

Saturday, 12.01.07

Is it December already?? My goodness, it doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was sitting in a park watching 4th of July fireworks sparkle and pop through my spiffy 3-D glasses, and now here we are, already at the end of the year! 2007 has gone by incredibly fast… or is this swift passing of time just a result of older age? When I was young the years used to drag, but now at 35 every year seems to go by faster than the previous one. Whew!

But I digresss…

Monday, we have something special to look forward to: John’s Question and Answer session with All Things Anderson! Whoo-hoo! Phebe included a note at her site that she received his responses and will be posting them on Monday. Be sure to swing on by ATA next week to find out what he has to say. Judging from our own Q&A, as well as previous ones over at All Things Anderson from other CNN reporters, I’m sure that we won’t be disappointed.


I’ll leave you today with an interesting time-lapse video of how the YouTube debate set was built from the ground up, this past week in Florida.

Have a great weekend everyone!



Filed under General Discussion

The Dust Has Settled… Or Has It?

Friday, 11.30.07

Now that Thursday night’s activities are over and the debate dust particles have settled somewhat, a new dust storm is visible on the horizon because it is only a few short weeks until the first Primary in Iowa. The candidates will definitely be kicking it up a notch, especially on the Republican side, where there is still no definitive front-runner.


Last night’s AC360 show opened with Anderson remarking that Thursday night’s debate was “the most watched of this campaign by far”. He then tossed it over to John for another look back at the highlights of the evening.

John next appeared on a round table (or should I say Hollywood Squares) discussion with Tom Foreman, Hank Sheinkopf, and Ari Fleisher. Judging from the background, it looks like he was still in Florida last night:


Cooper asked John how much anger is seen on both sides of the aisle.


He explained, “There’s anger at the Democrats that their candidates and their Congress haven’t been able to end the war. There’s anger among independents, maybe, that they don’t see either party talking to the middle.

But, right now, Anderson, the campaign is not about that. The campaign is about, especially on the Republican side right now, Iowa and then New Hampshire, two very different campaigns. Iowa is culturally conservative, so you’re going do see abortion, same-sex marriage, and immigration dominating the debate.”


“Pretty telling that, the morning after the YouTube debate, when abortion, immigration, same-sex marriage not mentioned last night, but mentioned in the mail in Iowa. Those are the debates — issues in Iowa. What does Rudy Giuliani do? He launches an ad in New Hampshire on taxes, a very different Republican Party in the state of New Hampshire.”


“So, both parties right now worrying about the nomination. Then they will worry about trying to bring the country together and reach out to independents. “

Iowa is about a month away. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of John on the road. He will certainly be all over the map during the month of January… and February… and March… all right, you get the point. “Campaign-O-Rama” at it’s finest.

Ok, now this is going to be very cliche, but what the heck, here’s Willie Nelson singing “On The Road Again”. Happy Friday to all!!


Filed under Election 2008, Election Debates

“Expect Some Spice”

Thursday, 11.29.07

When speaking with a Texas news anchor yesterday, John predicted that the debate would be “spicy”. After all was said and done, he sure wasn’t off the mark. Last night’s debate was indeed a flavorful mix, with a little heat and some real kick.

Before I get to my little review, I wanted to share some links and videocaps of John during the day as he made a few rounds with local Florida stations and also a Texas station.

Here he is being interviewed yesterday in the wee morning hours by WTSP in Tampa Bay:


And later on in the day by cable news station BayNews9: (Thanks Mebz for this videocap)


And also by KCDB in Lubbock:


He joked with Mario Diaz of WTSP about how he has been covering politics since the Reagan administration. “I am a dinosaur. I covered politics when the dinosaurs were still roaming in the mud pits,” he quipped. lol!

Also, while speaking with anchor Sharon Maines in Lubbock, John revealed he was not involved in the question selection process – something I had been wondering about. He mentioned that since he was going to provide debate coverage, it would not be appropriate for him to know ahead of time what the questions are.

Now, what would a YouTube Republican debate review be without plenty of YouTube videos?!? Let’s start off with a YT video voiced-over by John, shall we? Here is his report about the debate, dubbed “The Raw Moments”:

I thought the evening’s questions were a mixed bag. It appeared that CNN’s selection team decided to be a bit more “safe” this time around: no snowmen, no Jackie & Dunlap, etc. I thought the questions ended up being pretty straightforward for the most part – and in some ways, a bit predictable. With a few exceptions, I can’t say that many of the questions stood out at me, really. The opening song was a nice touch, though.

We sure didn’t have to wait long, though, for the “spice” John talked about. Almost immediately, Giuliani and Romney were shooting barbs at each other over immigration.

And Fred Thompson’s 30-second ad? As Anderson Cooper said, “What’s up with that?” Apparently, according to the below interview, Thompson does not regret using that negative campaign tactic:

General Keith Kerr’s military question was controversial, not because he is a gay man who served in the military, but because apparently he is on a steering committee for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This little tidbit of information was actually revealed by Bill Bennett, who mentioned it live on air, catching Anderson Cooper off guard during a post-debate roundtable discussion. Whoops!

Here is a recap of Kerr’s question, along with a segment of that roundtable discussion and Cooper’s apology for the oversight. I thought he handled it extremely well:

I didn’t care for how Romney dodged Kerr’s question about gays in the military: “This isn’t that time. This is not that time. We’re in the middle of a war.

Even though I disagree with Republicans on their position with this issue, I nonetheless thought Hukabee was a bit more clear with his answer: “The Uniform Code of Military Justice is probably the best rule, and it has to do with conduct. People have a right to have whatever feelings, whatever attitudes they wish, but when their conduct could put at risk the morale, or put at risk even the cohesion that Duncan Hunter spoke of, I think that’s what is at issue. And that’s why our policy is what it is.”

The Mars question was interesting. Congressman Tacredo gave a flat and unimpressive answer of “We can’t afford some things, and by the way, going to Mars is one of them.”


I thought Huckabee was again more clear in his response: “I would certainly want to make sure that we expand the space program, because every one of us who are sitting here tonight have our lives dramatically improved because there was a space program — whether it’s these screens that we see or the incredible electronics that we use, including the GPS systems that got many of you to this arena tonight. Some of you were late because you didn’t have one, by the way. Or whether it’s the medical technologies that saved many of our lives or the lives or our families, it’s the direct result of the space program, and we need to put more money into science and technology and exploration. “

Without a doubt, Huckabee delivered some of the best lines of the night:

And at the very end of the debate, there was a Yankees-Red Sox question! I thought that was a nice and light-hearted way to wrap up the evening.

So who did I think fared well at the debate? Surprisingly, I was more impressed last night with Mike Huckabee probably than the other candidates. He was well-articulated and appeared confident on stage. His manner was a bit more easy-going and not so tense or attacking, like some of the other candidates came across as. He also had just the right dash of humor – funny but not to the point of being insulting. Maybe Chuck Norris is on to something.

After the debate, there was a little bit of a scuffle in the spin room when several reporters were clamoring to speak with Governor Huckabee. Someone remarked, “Where is Chuck Norris when they need him?”

If I had been there in the middle of that melee, I probably would have asked, “Where’s John King when you need him?”

It will be interesting to see if this format will be used again before the November election, or if it will spread out into future elections as well… who knows? However, maybe by the year 2012, we’ll have some other amazing new technologies which will impact the evolution/format of Presidential Debates.

Thanks for dropping by today!


Filed under Election 2008, Election Debates

JK Makes A Beeline From LV To DC

Sunday, 11.18.07

John didn’t waste any time getting back to DC after the debate in Vegas.


He appeared in a roundtable discussion with Candy Crowley and David Gergen the very next night, during Friday evening’s edition of AC360.


We were provided with additional analysis of how the candidates fared.


Soledad asked John what Senator John Edwards’ “missed opportunities” might have been during Thursday night’s debate.


He said that Edwards needs to “step up to the plate” and make his speeches and presentations more than just about attacking Hillary Clinton. For example, Edwards questioned Clinton’s record and position on health care. Although Edwards’ own team felt he made some strong points about NAFTA during the debate, almost everything else he said was an attack on Clinton.

John summed up with a question on the minds of opposing camps as well as democratic strategists: “When are we going to hear more about ‘President Edwards’ as opposed to ‘Senator Edwards attacking Senator Clinton?’


Where will JK be heading to next on the campaign trail? Your guess is as good as mine. Of course there is the Florida You-Tube debate coming up in about a week and a half, where he no doubtedly will be reporting from, but in the meantime I’m sure CNN will likely be sending him elsewhere to other hotspots along the campaign trail. That means John could be popping up soon somewhere in the states to watch.

(By the way, CNN has a great interactive map which shows upcoming key primaries. It’s presented in a manner which contains helpful information for us laypeople.)

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend everyone!


Filed under Election 2008, Election Debates