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June 30th, 2008
09:38 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/30/08

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  1. Cynthia

    Does Senator McCain wear a flag pin?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Grace Afridi

    A lot of us do noble things everyday, but those noble acts would not necessarily be qualifications to be president.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  3. john

    James Carville,
    I am with you 100 percent on this, General Clark has the right to call out Mc Cain qualification.
    james you should be the spokes person for the Obama Campaign going forward......

    June 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  4. mike

    Mr Bennet stated that america wants a person of honor in the White House. Has he been there lately to see who resides there?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Lisa

    It's a fine line to walk when you are talking about McCain's war record. I understand James' point. I do think Clark was only answering the question, however, perhaps he could have said it in a different way. In this day and age you have to watch every word that comes out of your mouth.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Richard Mojica

    As being a formidable member of the Armed Services, Clark has every right to bring up a simple truth about McCain

    June 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  7. MikeLo

    I don't understand how saying that flying a fighter and getting shot down is suddenly an attack on someone's patriotism or record. Gen. Clark was right, and he didn't imply anything about Sen. McCain's patriotism. What's wrong with that?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Maureen T

    Enough said, James Carville is right.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  9. ericacnn

    Happy Monday, everyone

    June 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Each candidate has been and will continue to be attacked. It's all a part of it.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Brandon

    I agree with Carville. Obama doesn't need to apologize. If you watch the tape, the interviewer was being rude himself and Clark was only making an "observation", not an attack.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    McCain's camp is often selling his military experience as if it is interchangeably foreign policy experience and that is not the case.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Heather

    Im curious about what the grand jury did have to say about that shooting.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Kathy, Chicago

    Wow, that might be the first time I've ever agreed with Bill Bennett.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar

    Anderson,
    I agree with Clark, but he don't have to say apologize for McCain.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Anna Washington

    If the whole comment by Gen Clark was played, it is quite obvious that he was not down playing John McCain's service. He just made the point that his having been a POW doesn't qualify him to be president. And it really would be helpful to note that Bill Bennett is a financial supporter of John McCain and has been for a long time.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Heather

    I agree with Carville.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Tracey - Boston

    I don't think Obama should apologize for Clark's opinion.

    Does either candidate have any leadership experince?....that's what I would like to know

    June 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Anderson, I disagree. Clark needs to apologize. His implication was that McCain is rnning solely on his POW experience. He's not.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Stacy

    I agree with Carville (and I don't usually). In this HIGHLY politicized culture, Clark should have been more careful with his words, but there is nothing wrong with the gist of what he said.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    How many other Presidents have there been who was not in the military – I'm sure a number of them.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Sara, Oklahoma

    I don't think Clark should apologize. It may have been a "snide and nasty comment", but this is when the mudslinging goes on. Get over it, I think. I'm sure there's going to be a ton more things to get upset about later on.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    Anderson, Clark has absolutely nothing to apologize for. He was not disrespectful, or rude. Sounded it like an excellent assertion to me.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Minou, New York City

    I agree with James Carville.
    Tho I do think Clark's comments sound harsh and the timing is just so awkward. But in the end, Clark's right.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    I have to say I agree with carville.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I disagree with John Carville. Apologize. Our troops past and present should be given respect.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Getting shot down doesn't qualify McCain, but 22 years in the military, including command, plus over 20 years in the Senate does.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Bonnie/St. Louis

    I like James Carville–but he is sooo wrong on this issue!!

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Mechelle-- Oklahoma

    i think he does, especially since obama prefaces his speeches with his honor of mccain's military record. with the question of qualifications, then what qualifies obama?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    Mike, Clark's point is that military records should not automatically qualify you for President.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Tracey - Boston

    Gen Clark gave his opinion.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  32. EJ (USA)

    Well, Carville is right.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    James Carville is right! He is the only one talking sense!

    June 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Cynthia

    I think having a military record or the lack of one does not determine who is the best person to be President.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Cindy

    Mike...I totally agree with you! If McCain served all of that time and it means nothing then Obama is really in deep trouble!

    Cindy..Ga.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Hannah Storm

    I don't disagree with Clark......McCain is a war hero no doubt but that is not the only thing that would make a person qualified to be president

    June 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar

    Thanks Bill Bennet, I agree with his comment, McCain need calm down without problem.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  38. andersoncnn

    james carville says wesley clark has nothing to apologize for. what do you all think?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If McCain's record isn't good enough, what does that say about Obama, who has no military record?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    McCain is going to say anything to win. I don't think he is a very "live" wire for President. What do you think?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Cindy

    Obama says he won't attack anyone's patriotism but he won't say anything to his cronies who attack McCain. So he really doesn't have to. He has others do it for him.

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  42. EJ (USA)

    Guess it didn’t take long for then Dems to start attacking McCain’s military record.

    I guess the same way Republicans are attacking Obama's patriotism.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Minou, New York City

    Hi all.
    Clark is right. McCain derserves to get recognition, but his experience in the battle field does not guarantee smarts in the White House.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Mechelle-- Oklahoma

    hey fellow bloggers! it's good to be back after being at a conference last week.
    what has happened to general clark? has he gone off the deep end?

    June 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    I completely agree with Clark. McCain needs to calm down. His camp has been anxiously waiting for somebody in Obama's camp to say something like this since tObama's "losing his bearings" comment.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Cindy

    Hey Anderson and all.

    Guess it didn't take long for then Dems to start attacking McCain's military record.

    Cindy..Ga.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  47. EJ (USA)

    Good evening Mr. Anderson Cooper

    June 30, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, I am really anxious to see your report on the murders of the mountain gorillas. I have been following this tragedy since it happened.

    June 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Hannah Storm

    looking forward to a great show.....hope everyone had a great weekend

    June 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. andersoncnn

    good evening everyone... hope you all had a good weekend.

    June 30, 2008 at 9:55 pm |
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