October 6th, 2008
09:41 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/6/08

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  1. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good Monday evening..hope tomorrows debate is a good one..night all.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  2. dotty from Florida

    It looks like Palin will say anything to avoid the real issues. I believe that we need a change away from the Bush years and do not hear anything that would make me even consider voting for them. Palin turned me completely off with her behavior. Mc Cain is looking and acting desperate and ready to do anything to try to get votes. They are not the best candidates.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  3. Maureen T

    Look it, there's no way those jurors separated what happened so many years ago!! The masses are getting their way..possible life for O.J.!

    October 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Yvonne

    Something doesn't seem right about having an all white jury with 9 women. God knows whether OJ is innocent for his wife's death, but this is a separate case. It doesn't speak well of our justice system.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Ginger Penner

    First off I have to tell you I look forward for your show everyday, you guys and gals are great. Does Mccain and Palin know that people who likve in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
    They make such a big thing about Obama not fighting in a war, do they realize that there just was not one going on at the time he was of age. W.Stone on Larry King tonight said that MCcain didn't see much of the was
    as he was either in the sky or a prisoner. Stone said that Mccain missed seeing the bodies and the injured solders and the gore that went with it.
    Hi Erica.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Jacqui Chan

    nah nah nah nah!
    nah nah nah nah!
    hey, hey, hey,
    GOOD BYE!!!

    Good bye for good this time! Now the Brown & Goldman families can finally sleep in peace!

    October 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  7. kim

    I find it deplorable that in this day and age, when terrorist is a 4 letter word, that the McCain campaign would stoop so low. These personal attacks on Barack Obama only show that Senator McCain's policies/plans have no substance and, therefore, he has no choice but try and confuse the issues with these attacks. The American public is smarter than he believes.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  8. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - really pleased to see how many of you tonight want these candidates to leave aside the mudslinging and deal with the serious issues surrounding the economy. I have talked with many business leaders in recent days and to a person, they believe we are heading into a nasty recession - the big question for them is whether we can stop this from snowballing downhill.

    One of the big reasons the stock market started tanking today, it appears, is that the financial crisis here in the U.S. spread so heavily into Europe, and that has raised additional questions about restoring confidence.

    One of the biggest demands on the winner of this election will be the restoration of economic confidence - and that is one of the biggest reasons why these candidates need to stay out of the mud and act like leaders who can help us rebuild.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Joe T

    If the verdict fits, you must convict. In New Orleans there is a saying, "What goes around, comes around". No sympathy here.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Clarence Albuquerque

    Is the OJ coverage given as a distraction? or Is it the Human interest story we could all use at this time of economic and political meltdown?

    October 6, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Whoa!!!!!! That so scary for police........ he put backward against police 's window!!! He got a ticket.
    I am so glad O.J. Simpson found guilty and stay jail for 5 years.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Trina

    Does it bug anyone except me that it doesn't matter which cable news channel you turn to, every day it is the same old thing that they are playing into the spin of the campaigns instead of searching for real facts or doing real stories? The same talking heads on each news channel saying the same thing. Don't we deserve better from our leaders and our journalists?

    October 6, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  13. Greg

    A comment,

    Drew Griffin needs to tone it down a little. He tends to over dramatize every report he makes. The piece on Bill Ayers was like a McCain campaign ad. This was supposed to be a neutral take on a 1960's radical. Instead he interviews some hack from the biased National Journal who spews his own opinion.

    So much for the true facts

    October 6, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  14. hengam

    Good evening Anderson & Erica.
    Can you guys have some reporting on the Todd and Sara palin Alaska "independence Party" . I think that is more important than 20 years old issues.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Jane Toms

    how about the Georgia congressman saying he voted yes to the bailout because he got a call from Obama and he assured him when he is president, he will address the issue of bankruptcy judges altering mortgage terms for struggling homeowners. That is kinda scarely, deal making.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Karin - Canada

    Gov. Palin is doing what she is asked to do. Unfortunately, she thouroughly truly seems to enjoy herself, which is what scares me.

    CNN never picked up on Gov. Palin comment regarding the constitution in which she made it quite clear how she would like to expand the power of the VP position. Having seen Cheney during his years in the Bush administration I believe Gov. Palin would be his true equal. At least we have the reassurance that Sen. Obama has studied the Constitution and will act accordingly.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  17. Jermaine

    Wow that Drew Griffin piece was incredibly biased. How are you gonna interview some right wing person with no balance. The way Drew reported it, I thought I was watching FOX NEWS. He was even stumbling when asked if Obama denounced the charges. I expected better Anderson.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Both sides of the aisle have been calling each other a liar. I'm so tired of each camp and their supporters being so out of control. Republicans and Democrats are Americans. Have we forgotten that..

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  19. MaryBeth

    I think Ali Velshi was right: ppl are feeling on their own….we need the govt or the candidates to say “listen!! This is the plan, we know you’re hurting, we will try to stop it and this how….please be patient…things will get better.”

    It seems that during the Depression they were able to get things going fairly quickly, with all the agencies and job creating ideas…why can’t we do that now? The govt is the same size…

    Erica: I think that people have decided the govt is pretty useless in solving or helping to solve problems. They are too busy taking potshots and backstabbing the other party to pay attention to us.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  20. James

    Does anyone have the cuts to explain to the american public??
    people are broke and unwilling to change their ways. you cant buy everything you want, show some restraint

    October 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  21. Jen

    Who are the real terrorists here?.....Wall Street are you out there?...Are you listening? Ever since 9/11 this is what "they" have done to our country. We let them win you guys. They said their attacks would be far-reaching.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  22. MrIndependent

    Hi Anderson and the crew.

    Good job! Stop talking about the enconomy and issues that matter to the public and keep the focus on politics of personal distruction.

    I guess afterall McCain and Palin are smart. They set out to change the topic of the campaign and talk about worthless issues. With help from news shows the like of AC360, they have managed to achieve their objective so far (30 minutes and still going ...).

    Please, give us a break and talk about the real issues.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  23. Steve - southern Illinois

    Whether anyone thinks Obama or McCain will be the best possible president, one of them is going to be our next president. So if you want to affect America's future pick one and vote.

    To me it's a clear choice for Barack Obama.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  24. Phyllis (from Montreal, Canada)

    Hi Anderson,

    I usually enjoy your show. But since last week you have been advocating that John McCain should start talking about Jeremiah Wright because he is down in the polls. I don't know why you are acting like a hypocrite tonight with Sarah Palin digusting attacks on Barack Obama. You spent all last week giving them this advice which had me so disgusted with you and others. I see you and some of the other CNN journalists are getting very nervous that Obama might win. There is so much prejudice amongst all of you, it shows. And I can name some other names like Wolf Blitzer, Rick Sanchez and John King. Jack Cafferty seems to be the most impartial one in the whole group. Obama will make an excellent president, one of the best.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  25. Michelle Brown

    Why isn't more attention being given by AC 360 to the state of the economy with regard to the candidates positions and remedies (or lack thereof).

    It is extremely disappointiing to see CNN (like MSNBC and Fox) being drawn into these Ayers/Wright/Keating distractions when the American people are suffering (folks killing themselves b/c of unemployment and foreclosures) and need to make an informed choice about who to vote for regarding real issues....including the economy, healthcare, education, security, etc

    BBC America seems to give more relevant and grown-up coverage of the candidates than CNN!

    October 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  26. Don, WA

    It's time someone puts the gloves "on" – and performs open heart surgery on this country.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  27. Emma

    Now that the media is actually reporting something negative about Obama, all of his supporters cry foul. Where were all of you when the press was totally out of line reporting on Sarah Palin's daughter and other completely irrelevant and downright inaccurate stories about her? My how the tables have turned. How do you like it Obamabots?? When the GOP goes negative, it is unacceptable. When liberals do it, it is all fun & games. You people are such hypocrites.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  28. jr

    your show and blog are so pro obama i think i will have to find another 10 pm news show i want the good and bad about both sides not the good of one and only the bad of the other

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  29. Courtney Jones

    The ReTrublicans, despite what they say, are desperate to cover up the dirt they've tracked across America's carpet for the past 8yrs so they want to once again deflect the public from what's really important to US.
    As Long as they keep their malicious focus on Barack they continue to prove just how Out Of Touch they are with the real world of ISSUES like the Economy, Healthcare, and the crumbling Infrastructure.
    The Republicans have done more in 8yrs to destroy this Country then Bin Laden could ever hope to and they want us to believe that Barack and his associates are Domestic Terrorists!?!? America Wake Up!

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Charles

    Sarah Palin's husband is a registered traitor. The "First Dude" as the traitor likes to be called is a member of an organization that wants Alaska to secede from the Union.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Fay, CA

    How about getting Drew Griffin to investigate Sarah Palin and her husband's involvement in that Alaskan separatist group? She's not one who should be throwing around insinuations Obama's supposed lack of patriotism.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  32. tony

    My 401k is tanking like not bottom and the Mccain camp has us all confused again on attacks. Why are we even talking about associations. The financial crisis panel was so much more helpful when we actually need it and instead we are spending time in this stupid attacks.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  33. George Robinson

    Mr. Cooper, Just watched another Wall Street Bailout segment on your show with some Wall Street type, I believe he was a writer for Fortune or Money magazine or at least had some direct interest in a Wall Street who was telling the public again to stop blaming Wall Street and to just get on with fixing the problem. Fixing the problem Anderson is by getting Wall Street to straighten out its act, by getting rid of as many of the bad actors on Wall Street as is possible the crooked, greedy, and grossly over paid CEO's, Bankers, Stock analysts, manipulators , inside traders, Media, politicians, etc. In other words to first assess the blame then to take action by kicking the offender out of the game so that the markets return to some semblance of fairness. Only then will credibility and confidence really return to Wall Street. And also Anderson when will CNN bring on "experts' who don't have a vested interest in the outcome of your topic such as in this case don't bring out a Wall Street insider with a vested interest in the outcome of the crisis for his constituency to lecture us on how to react to this crisis.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  34. sara

    Anderson my grandmother (Alice Richardson) 70, nephew (Brandon Richardson) 14 and great uncle (Jimmy Lee Crowell), from Texarkana, Texas have been missing since 9:45yesterday. My grandmother has been suffering with a little dementia, my uncle is disabled/sickly and my nephew is severely Autistic. The reason I am telling you about this is because any publicity can help… No one has heard from them since yesterday and they aren’t answering the cellular phone. It’s getting late and cold…and God only knows where they are or what could have happened. My nephew could have wondered off from the adults, he could have been taken advantage of by strangers, or ran off the side of the road. The longer they are missing the worse thought are getting. Anderson someone could be severely sick or stuck somewhere with no help. Time is precious and time is ticking. They all have health issues. We are scared and torn up. The local police haven’t even sent the case to the local news and I know this, because I called the local news. It’s been long enough, it doesn’t make any since the news has no police report yet.We are frustrated and disappointed. Please Anderson, any mention could be helpful.


    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  35. Bobby Browdie

    You ask what caused the financial melt down. It started with the
    affirmative action agenda. Some of our politicans pandered
    for their votes and the process of applying pressure on the lending
    institiutions for lax standards took hold. Mix that in with Greed and
    you have a recipe for failure.
    I know this doesn't seem politically correct, but the facts are hard to deny. Everytime I hear them blame George Bush for everything that
    doesn't go well, I get ill – someone please get me an air-sick bag!!!

    I'm sure this email has a very good chance of going directly into the
    delete trash bin.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Debbie, SC

    I somehow feel that BinLaden is somewhere out there smiling tonight, feeling as if 9/11 has finaly served its purpose and watching our economic dynasty crumble before our very eyes and our future leaders engaging in smear tactics to avoid the real issues. We cannot let Bin Laden continue to feel so validated. We need to elect Obama and get this country moving in the right direction. I've voted republican my whole life... this year I am not looking at parties...I'm looking for change and leadership. McCain and Palin have not represented change for me...only more of the same old same old!

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  37. Bob Davis

    A whole show detailing mccain's attacks on obama. Not a mention of the Keating scandal video today. Yeah, that's fair.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Darren B

    The federal government and all of these financial sector companies have been "borrowing from Mastercard to pay the Visa bill" for many years now. Eventually, that practice combined with rampant greed will catch up to anyone. The bill has now come due and now they're looking for someone else to blame...and the taxpayer to fix it all.

    As I see it, most Republicans that are up for election have about 28 days of employment left. The American people are done with incompetence!

    Darren – Fort Worth, TX.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  39. Wendy, MD

    Robert from Ecuador,

    Well said. I feel exactly the same way. Quit sensationalizing the minutae of this election. Tell us abuot the issues and let us hear what the candidates are saying. Palin is clearly out of her league and the "mainstream media" should not even report about what comes out of her mouth.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Lakshmi


    I am in ohio and worried about the state of the economy, jobs, our 401K, healthcare and the future...I am tired of the McCain campaign theatrics and to accuse a Senator of being a terrorist or hob-nobbing with terrorist is a new low for the McCain campaign. And, Obama wasting resources retorting about some S&L fiasco might be necessary but I feel this is just too much attention away from the real issue....

    I dont care what Sarah Palin has to say about Obama. I think by now, we guys should have learnt our lessons from the last 8 years. If we elect someone who does not have the intellectual capability to understand issues, we will end up with an unending war and a sinking economy. The real losers would be middle class folks such as us and not the Palins or McCains of the world.

    I wish tomorrow's debate is more substantive and I am glad it is not a moderator driven debate lest we have McCain stating he is going to talk to the American ppl direclty and side-stepping issues.


    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  41. Yvonne

    McCain wanted to become president so desperately that he sold himself to Charlie Keating, the wealthy con man. The only reason that McCain is repentant of his actions is because he was caught.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  42. Rock A. Allen

    if Obama's relationship with Ayers was of national security why is the McCain camp only bringing it up now?

    Rock Allen

    Sudbury, Ontario, Can.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Robin

    The thing that worries me is that people were starting to call Obama a terrorist and were saying "Kill him" at McCain's and Palin's rallies. Calling Obama a terrorist is not just false but it is a very dangerous charge that the McCain camp is making.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Jen

    I looked at the history behind what the Federal Reserve and what it has done to us (middle class Americans). Please people you should all take a look!

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  45. Maria

    I think Feds gave green light for blind financing so people will not feel they are in War

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  46. Brent Barnhart

    Why is AC360 lending a platform to the McCain-Palin campaign? It's what we expect from Fox, not serious news analysis.
    Tonight's focus on the Bill Ayers issue repeated Palin's shrill attacks over and over. No mention was made of McCain's questionable participation in the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), his association with Pastor Agee, or his less than stellar relationship with Charles Keating. Keating, it will be recalled, was the poster boy for the savings and loan scandals - which cost American taxpayers billions.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  47. Keith

    In reference and respect to the Pastor, you should not pull your money from the market. The market has historically for more than 50 years made a 10% return on investments. If you pull your money now, you forgo all the opportunity that your dollars will ever have. I do agree that you will feel the pain if you invest, I know I have, but again to pull completely out is not a smart move. If you ride it out and but the stock of a company at a low, you can benefit from the rebound. Of course none of us can predict what is going to happen, but if you pull your money out, again you forgo the possibility. But remember, only invest if you are able to do so.
    Anyone who knows taxes knows this one thing. Cutting taxes is a good thing but is all for none if you give the tax break in the wrong place.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  48. anita

    In regards to Sarah Palins remarks about Obamas connection with terrorists. The issues should come up because his past decisions help us the American people form an idea of his overall character. This is extremely important given the current economic situation. We need to know what or who he is, so we the voter can make the best choice.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  49. Shannon

    I have little doubt that McCain will go off on Obama and start yelling at him in the debate. He has problems with his temper and it is very apparent that he can't stand Obama and treats him with disdain.

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  50. AJ, Minneapolis

    John McCain is John McSame..3rd term Bush

    John McCain has sunk to desperate all-time lows. He has no intensions on helping the middle class. McCain is behind the Palin attacks, she is just saying what McCain is afraid to say...

    October 6, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
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