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January 20th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 1/20/10

Editor's Note: Results from the Massachusetts senate election enthralled viewers on Wednesday’s American Morning, as many deconstructed the ill-fated loss for the Democrats. Some examined the election from a purely statistical angle, noting that almost 30% fewer votes were cast than in 2008, suggesting the “right was more motivated and showed it.” Others believed independents played the larger role in the election outcome, as the Republican candidate heavily courted the group. Democrats, though, remained steadfast in their support of the president, rebuking claims that the special election was a “referendum for the Republicans,” and against President Obama’s agenda.

  • Fred: There has been NO mention of voter turnout. Look at the numbers!! Compared to the 2008 election, 750K fewer votes were cast (almost 30%). Brown won with the same total McCain did in 2008. Obviously the right was more motivated and it showed.
  • Chris: The so called Independents that voted Republican are actually recent Republicans that became Independent because they were mad at Republicans. True Independents are socially liberal and conservative on defense, however prefer an intellectual association with the world and cordial relations with the EU.
  • Allan: Scott Brown won because the 'Geraldine Ferraro' look alike was weak. She didn't have a 30% lead because of own doing, but was getting the overflow of teddy's office. Massachusetts has their own health care. People everywhere are upset at the crap in the bill and at the end of the bill to appease a few votes. Although Democrats are the only ones pushing the health care bill, they screwed the pooch on it. The Republicans can't claim a win with this, since the Independents voted him in (choice between two opponents -lesser of two evils). But, with Scott Brown in the mix for health care, the Republicans 'might' be able to channel their voice regarding health care through Scott Brown. Right now, if he chooses to ride the fence between the two parties, and follow through with his pledge about the people's seat, then he will have to represent the independents that got him in there. this will make him the most powerful man in politics.....even more so than Obama, Reid, Pelosi, etc. People are pissed. Everyone is voting the incumbents out, no matter who they are. the shenanigans that go on down in DC and their own states, is horrid. Vote all the dip wads out until we get the right mix. People are not going to take it anymore. People realize they don't have representation down there, and too much lobbying, and back room deals have to stop. These politicians have the destiny of America in their hands, and they need to be upright people, not sharks. The recent independent support in Massachusetts should net the Independents a voice in the primaries. Why hasn't this been made a matter of fact.

Filed under: American Morning
January 20th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Desperate need in remote neighborhoods

Relief is finally starting to get to people in Haiti, but there are still entire communities and villages on the outskirts of the capital that are desperate for help. CNN's Jason Carroll visited one of these remote neighborhoods and reports on Haiti's forgotten survivors.

Filed under: Haiti
January 20th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

More saved from rubble over a week after quake

People have traveled from all over the globe to be a part of the rescue effort, and that job is far from over. Terry Dejournett, Los Angeles county task force leader and Dennis Cross, fire captain for a Los Angeles county team that's pulled several survivors from the rubble spoke with CNN's John Roberts Wednesday.

Filed under: American Morning • Haiti
January 20th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Strong aftershock rattles Haitians

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - A strong aftershock rocked Haiti on Wednesday morning just as much-needed medical aid was set to reach the earthquake-ravaged nation.

The 6.1-magnitude aftershock was about 6.2 miles deep, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It rattled people struggling to recover from the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that walloped the impoverished country January 12, killing at least 72,000 people.

Such a strong tremor can pose significant danger in a nation where damaged buildings are teetering precariously. The aftershock was the strongest to hit Haiti since last week's original quake, the USGS said.

The largest aftershock before Wednesday was magnitude 5.9, the agency said.

The 7.0 earthquake was 32 times stronger in terms of magnitude - or energy released - than the 6.1 temblor, said Carrieann Bedwell, a geophysicist with the USGS. That difference is what people feel on the ground, she said.

Patients at a hospital near Haiti's airport in Port-au-Prince immediately started praying as the ground shook like a ship rocking back and forth. They asked for forgiveness and protection, a nurse said.

Read the full story here

Filed under: Haiti
January 20th, 2010
09:38 AM ET

5.9 aftershock hits Haiti

CNN's Jason Carroll reports from Port-au-Prince after a strong aftershock rocked Haiti Wednesday morning.

Filed under: Haiti
January 20th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Democrats point fingers after stunning loss

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Republican Scott Brown shows off a headline touting his win Tuesday night."]

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - Even before the polls closed on Tuesday night, Democrats were distancing themselves from Democrat Martha Coakley and blaming her lackluster campaign for her stunning loss in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.

A top adviser to President Obama rejected assertions that Tuesday's vote was a referendum on the president or Democratic policies and instead took a shot at Coakley: "Campaigns and candidates matter."

For weeks, Scott Brown had been the underdog candidate, running behind in the race to finish out the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's term.

Trailing by double digits a little more than a week ago, Brown had edged ahead of Coakley, campaigning as the pickup truck-driving candidate, capitalizing on voter frustrations and vowing to send Obama's health care bill "back to its drawing board."

Coakley, the state's attorney general, had been considered a shoo-in in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, which hadn't elected a Republican to the Senate in 38 years.

But as Brown gained momentum and Coakley's numbers fell, Democrats rushed big guns to campaign for her, including Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

In the hours after Coakley's concession speech, though, Coakley's pollster Celinda Lake fired back at criticism that she ran a weak and misguided campaign and failed to recognize Brown's surge until it was too late.

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