Friday, January 11, 2008
The contenders, the convicted, and the dead
--Barclay Palmer, 360 Senior Producer

Good afternoon friends...

Tonight we look at how serious issues -- like what exactly to do about the economy and the war -- are threatening to elbow their way into a presidential race in which one side seems to be competing over who can say "change" with more conviction, and another side wrassling over who was first, a year ago, to support the surge in that war...

Which prompts the question, if we're deciding who has the most effective vision for putting our country on track, has each candidate given us a clear vision? Are we there yet? (No.) Are we there yet? (No! Please keep quiet in the back seat.)

We also cover the dramatic turn in the case of the missing pregnant Marine. The local sheriff says she is dead and buried. The suspect is a senior officer at Camp Lejeune who she claimed raped her. But he's missing, and so is her body. Quite a mystery unfolding.





We also tell the tales of two others who've tangled with the law:



1. The now-returned NJ prison escapee, who took a swing at our Jason Carroll, who proved qucker than the handcuffs flying in his face;






2. Eric Volz, the American convicted of murdering his girlfriend in Nicaragua, despite exculpatory evidence, and now returned to American soil.

We welcome your thoughts on any and all.
Posted By CNN: 1:33 PM ET
  4 Comments
Um. I'm pretty sure you didn't mean it that way, Barclay, but I don't think you should be equivalencing the escaped prisoner and Eric Volz, who provably did nothing wrong and was the victim of a grave injustice. Just saying..
Posted By Anonymous Arachnae, Sterling VA : 3:51 PM ET
Barclay,

I'm sorry to hear that the pregnant Marine is probably dead and buried. As close as she was to due date thats a double homicide isn't it?

On the issues and the candidates, I feel like I need a scorecard with each issue listed on the side and the candidate at the top, and then their stand on each issue in the body. I can't keep up with it all and there seems to be a scarcity of details on exactly what they would change and how they would do it.

The issues are so dynamic too - a different one each day it seems. The candidates may be having as hard a time of keeping up as we are.

One question I would love to know though - for the candidates who currently are serving in an elected office, who's minding the store while they are out campaigning?

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 4:49 PM ET
Barclay,
The show sounds great tonight. I've been listening all day to the new news on the missing military woman. It os sad that they now know she is dead! I hope that they can find her body for her families sake!

I am looking forward to hearing what Eric has to say about his time in Nicaraguan prison.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 5:28 PM ET
why, oh why, is there not a better description of the missing Marine? numerous photos of the victim are shown, but still the same one of the alleged killer. if there is a "manhunt", why not give out all the information on him????
Posted By Anonymous Mirra : 11:09 AM ET
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