AR : How would you summarise the past 60 days?
Gerald MC : Every day is incredibly hard without Madeleine, but there have been a number of plusses as well. Everyday without Madeleine is incredibly difficult.
AR : What is your daily routine?
AR : What kind of campaigns do you have planned for the future?
AR : Will you spend Christmas in Portugal if Madeleine is not found?
AR : What about your jobs?
AR : Do you believe she might still be here in Portugal?
AR : What did you tell Sean and Amelie when they ask about their older sister?
AR : Why do you think your ordeal has attracted more attention than possibly any other child abduction in history?
AR : How do you perceive latest developments in Spain linking Madeleine's disappearance to an illegal child abduction network?
AR : What has been your hardest moment since Madeleine's abduction?
AR : Planning any other visits to other countries?
(2) Pourtant début juin 2007, Gerald prévoyait un événement marquant avant le premier anniversaire, un propos maladroit qui avait été effacé..
(3) Gerald MC reconnaît quand même que, sans les médias, on ne parlerait plus guère de Madeleine. Il est douteux que les médias en auraient parlé tout court s'ils avaient appris immédiatement et non bien plus tard que les enfants non seulement étaient seuls dans l'appartement, mais qu'une des portes n'était pas fermée à clef et l'autre carrément ouverte.
Diffusé le 24.07.2007
Jeanine Pirro : Little Madeleine McCann — she has been missing for more than two-and-a-half months. Police say the four-year-old British toddler was kidnapped in Portugal on May 3rd. Her parents are waging an international campaign to find Madeleine and to stop child trafficking. Madeleine's father, Dr. Gerry McCann, is in the United States now. And yesterday he went On The Record with Greta Van Susteren.
Greta van Susteren : Welcome to the United States. I wish you were coming under different circumstances.
Gerald MC : Thank you.
GVS : When did you arrive?
GMC : I just got in late last night. So it's a short visit. I will be here until Wednesday evening, and then flying back to Portugal.
GVS : I suppose we should tell the viewers where we are.
GMC : Yes. We are at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children here in Alexandria, just in Virginia. The main reason for my visit was to come and see what is regarded as, I would say, the world leading center for missing and exploited children.
GVS : It is not exactly what you did your study in cardiology for, is it?
GMC : No, no. But with what's happened to us, we are trying to make the most of it, and do everything possible to try to get our daughter back. And both for my wife and I, our lives are on hold, at the minute, until we find out and, hopefully, get her back.
GVS : And obviously you are here at this organization. Anyone else you will be talking to in our government?
GMC : I'm very pleased to say that the Attorney General took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to meet with us today. And we had a 40 minute meeting, and we talked about these very issues, about how we can advance legislation. And I think importantly, Madeleine's disappearance has already created some discussion at the G-8 summit recently. So it's becoming more topical. At least the public will know consider the issues, and that's something that we need to capitalize. There is a window of opportunity here to affect change for the better. And, of course, Kate and I are both hopeful that the publicity surrounding this and our tie-ins with the National Center and International Center for Missing and Exploited Children keep Madeleine's profile high and increases the chances of us finding her.
GVS : Did the Attorney General Gonzales, did you get the sense that he knew about your daughter's disappearance before the meeting was set up?
GMC : Yes.
GVS : He knew about it.
GMC : He is, obviously, at the very least been briefed prior to the meeting, but he certainly gave the impression that he knew about Madeleine's disappearance. And we know that the publicity around Madeleine really has been global. It has touched almost every parent who has seen it in the news. And Kate and I have had tremendous empathy from all over the world. Everyone knows that feeling, that when you think your child is missing, even if it's for a few seconds, a few minutes.
GVS : Do you believe she is still alive, or is that just the survival mechanism in you, in a sense, that you want to believe she is?
GMC : Of course we want to believe it, but I will not accept that Madeleine is dead until I get concrete evidence that assures us that she is dead. There is no evidence of serious harm, and there has been a very extensive ground search from quite a large radius around Praia da Luz, from where she was abducted. I'm not saying it's impossible, but, actually, I think she is probably more likely to be alive than dead. We truly believe that.
GVS : Meeting with the Pope, did that help bring some sort of comfort to you?
GVS : Any theory why Madeleine's case got publicity? You are very unfortunate that your child is missing, but fortunate that at least some of the spotlight might help.
GVS : She is cute, very cute. But all these missing children are all adorable. We want to help them all.
GVS : We certainly hope we can find her. We hope we can find every child. Good luck, sir. Thank you. Welcome to the United States.