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October 31st, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/31/08

Happy Halloween!!

Here's a special treat for you: We're less than 100 hours from election day. If you're tired of all this campaign talk you're likely saying, "HOORAY!!". A confession: We will miss covering this election. But, hey, it's not over yet.

Tonight on AC360°, the final countdown. See how Senators McCain and Obama plan to battle it out until the end. They each have quite a ground war attack in mind these last four days. We'll have the raw politics. And, there's also the fear factor. Tonight, we'll look at why some African-Americans are worried about a possible Obama victory. We're uncovering America.

Share your thoughts during tonight's newscast by scrolling down to the comments section.

We want to hear from you!

Though, keep in mind, we can be the "Gremlins" who won't post your comments if you don't follow our guidelines.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short
2) NO CAPS!!!
3) Stay on topic

Don't forget to watch Erica Hill's webcast during the commercials. LINK TO WEBCAST.

And take a look at our live web camera from the 360° studio. Maybe you'll spot some people in costume? We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA


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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Christopher Wagner

    The famous govenor from California who cannot even get his own state out of a no money crisis standing up for Jon McCain.. is that a joke! So they do have something in common

    October 31, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson!
    Happy Halloween!Thanks God is Friday!!!!! Election is running. Last election weekend.A good reason for some people to get nervous.The wold is waiting to watch what will happen in America!!
    Anderson i wish you a good night and weekend.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Pamina

    I know I'm not naive enough to believe that any political campaign can be completely "Clean", but, it is a pity that both candidates are predicting this will get nastier over the weekend.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Sam Sawchuk

    Hey Anderson,

    Your Reports are Fantastic!

    Sam

    Canada

    October 31, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  5. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    I am surprised and truly disappointed that Arnold Schwarzeneger would stump for McCain. Arnold has truly been a Governor for the people of California–not a hard line Republican but someone who can think for himself. Supporting McCain, which he would probably rather not do, is one thing but I'm certain he was cringing at the thought of supporting Sarah Palin. I guess sometimes you just don't have a choice...

    October 31, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Grant

    Hey erica.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Fjola, NC

    "Ahnuld" is a maverick too? Everyone is a maverick that McCain touches....And I know Ahnuld just didn't comment on someone's physique?!?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Pamina

    I still think the election is going to be very, very close. I am not so sure I believe the polls.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Hannah M.

    Evening all.

    Finally, some common sense today; thank you!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Linda

    I would love to be a fly on the wall in the Schwarzenegger household.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Pat

    Is Arnold serious? The Presidential campaign has become about the size of a guy's legs? Has he seen either of the two George Bush's? Give me a break. First Joe the plumber professing about Israel, and now Arnold can't find real issues so he insults Obama's physical appearance? Give me a break...

    October 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Damon Jones

    I'm so offended by Arnold Schwarzenegeer's characterization of a skinny man...OK, no I'm not. Barack is skinny...also brilliant, calm, cool, collected, and ready to be President. By the way, how do you know when you made a good pick for VP?...when they're almost never in the news. How you oding, Joe? Ain't seen you in a while.

    DJ – Detroit

    October 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Nasiha R.

    Happy Halloween Anderson, Erica, and the rest of the bloggers. Actually this halloween has been rather quiet. I am just waiting for Tuesday to come, it's very exciting!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  14. Lissa

    McCain brought out the big guns too late in the race. Arnold does know how to work an audience. But with 3 days left, seems like too much has passed – including too many attacks on Obama.

    Then again – Arnold criticizing Obama's "skinny legs"...this is all they have to throw at him? Politics = physical attributes? Puh-leeze.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Lesa, TN

    The comment Schwarzenegger made about Obama's physique wasn't nice at all. A terrible use of words ex-Terminator.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Karin - Canada

    This is the first time Arnold Schwazennegger has campaigned for Sen. McCain. Every candidate is pulling out the "big guns" to help their fight for the presidancy.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Deborah Morgan

    Happy Halloween, Anderson and Erica!
    I'm passing out candy tonight in Kansas City, and I've had more little Obamas at my door asking for candy. Two of them told me to vote.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Diane - IL

    Happy Halloween Anderson, Erica and Bloggers!

    Arnold has nothing better to say than to criticize Obama'a physique. Come on Arnold! Give us something on the issues.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Minou, New York City

    Hi Erica, Anderson and fellow bloggers. Happy Halloween!
    It's been a day full of tricks for me. Glad I have a good show to watch now.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Ingrid from Northern Virginia

    Arnold's big pitch was 'If you were locked up in a prison camp, who would you want next to you?'????? Now there is a strange way to pick a canidate!
    Also, they count the early votes on Nov. 4th..

    October 31, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  21. Pamina

    It's interesting that the California Governor attracted a larger crowd than the candidate himself. But didn't he get into trouble for personal jabs a few years back?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    I can’t wait too longer until Tuesday!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Lily from Miami, FL

    Happy Halloweeen!!!!
    Go Obama!!!!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Maureen T

    Come on Arnold, not everybody is supposed to be a body builder okay! Enough already! Sorry Arnold but at least Barack was born in America!...

    October 31, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  25. Pat

    Happy Halloween Anderson. we need to do better :8 hours to stand in line for early voting?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  26. Brandi-bottom of the boot

    Arnie?? a foreigner? seriously? lol

    October 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  27. AJ, Minneapolis

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica, and Bloggers...Happy Halloween....

    October 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Jana, Indiana

    Happy Halloween everyone. I am so ready for Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Lissa

    How is Arnold a true american hero??

    October 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Mike/MASS

    Well, I'm checking in early. Took our grandson Trick or Treating after a pizza party and my wife's birthday cake (it's actually tomorrow). It's going to be interesting to see what we all do next week once Senator Obama wins! But for tonight... Happy Halloween Everyone!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Linda

    I've been a political junkie my entire life (I am not young), and never in any election have I seen a ground game that comes to close to Obamas. I'm in Oregon and it is a sure win for Obama, yet organizers are working this state with intensity that I have never seen before in any election..

    October 31, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Brandi-bottom of the boot

    something is wrong with the webcam

    October 31, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    Happy Halloween, Bloggers! Hope it's been a day full of treats

    October 31, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Me too!!! Tracy,
    I can't wait too longer until Tuesday!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Robin - Texas

    Hi Anderson! Will CNN stay on the air deep into the night on Tuesday if need be? I just think it is going to be so close that it will take all night to get all of the results in. What say you?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Ken in NC

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and all Bloggers. A ghostly night tonight. Well it is almost over and maybe I can get some sleep.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. dorothy

    Hi Anderson, Erica and all Bloggers – Happy Halloweeen.

    Time is passing and I sure wish it would hurry!! Go Obama.....

    October 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Carol

    Hello everyone! Happy Halloween! Can't wait until Tues.!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hi Bloggers! Looks like the webcam is "tricking" us rather than "treating" us. All I'm seeing is a still picture of Campbell Brown!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Pamina

    Hi, this has been a long but exciting road. I'm glad it will be over on Tuesday. I do have a question though, when are the early votes being counted? Do we have any idea how those votes are leaning?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Lissa

    Good evening and Happy Halloween all!

    I'll miss the election excitement too – but look forward to transition and the excitement of a new administration and new historical moments.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Maureen T

    Good evening Anderson Cooper! Happy Halloween! Where's your costume Anderson? Three days to go!!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Candace from Canada

    Happy Halloween Anderson, Erica and Bloggers!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Ingrid from Northern Virginia

    Hi bloggers, happy halloween!
    I am getting more and more excited, hopeful, but nervous.
    I am fearful that there are the Sean Hannity's and like, that are spending every second of their time spreading lies and fear.
    I know that if Obama wins, I will be crying tears of joy for our country:)

    October 31, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Lisa L

    Dear Anderson,

    Thank you for giving fair commentary on the candidates and their policies through your show.

    I’m sure the Election Day will be great.

    I value all the awe inspiring reports you’ve done and will do.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    October 31, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Linda

    Happy Halloween!!! Anderson where's your costume?

    October 31, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Hello Anderson, Erica and best bloggers!!!!
    Happy Halloween!!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Imani from Maryland

    Hello Blogger, Anderson, Erica, and all those i missed, i have been waiting all day to blog.

    October 31, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. MaryBeth

    Happy Halloween everyone! Happy Friday!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Tracey - Boston

    It's Friday. Yea!

    Tuesday can't come sooner!

    October 31, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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