Sen. John McCain On Myanmar

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., laughs during a town hall meeting Friday, May 2, 2008 in Denver, Colo. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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CBS News anchor Katie Couric asked Sen. John McCain about issues ranging from the situation in Myanmar to the Democratic field in the first of a two-part interview. McCain's 96-year-old mother, Roberta McCain, also joined them. She spoke candidly about her marriage to another distinguished senator, their lives during WWII, her son's captivity in Vietnam, and coming up Friday, her thoughts on the "age issue" her son might face with voters.

Watch more of the interview Friday on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric at 6:30 EDT.
Thursday, Couric asked McCain what he would do about the situation in Myanmar. He said he'd enlist the help of the Chinese.

Sen. John McCain: I would start putting some pressures on ... appealing to them to have this junta - at least allowing aid to care for these people. This is a very bad government. And right now I think that we should ask the other countries in the region, as well as China, that they have close ties to, to really put some pressure on them for humanitarian purposes.

Couric: Do you think enough is being done now?

McCain: I don't know. The Chinese have an image problem right now, as we know, over Tibet. I think we could tell them that it would help their reputation if they weighed in heavily to ... get the - I use the word government loosely - to help in this; let assistance come in in this humanitarian effort.