July 7th, 2008
09:46 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/7/08

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Be sure to check out Anderson on our live web camera from the 360° studio. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET.

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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  1. Tom

    I think Obama having the speech in a stadium is a good idea. It will get people excited about voting. He’s making it more interesting so that a more diverse group of people embrace voting than just the typical people who usually vote.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Tracey - Boston


    very good point about all the money going to Iraq!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  3. MaryBeth

    Sorry..correction. He's not increasing taxes on the wealthy, he's taking away the Bush tax cuts.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Cindy

    @ MaryBeth...if you think that Obama is just raising taxes on the wealthy then you are kidding yourself. We all will pay the price! The only difference is the wealthy can afford it.


    July 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Shannon

    It is important to realize that Obama is running to be POTUS for everyone and not only those on the left. As a post-partisan candidate he is showing that he understands all perspectives.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Ed Martinez

    At this point in the game, I've already decided I'm going to vote for Obama.
    I probably won't change my mind.


    July 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Sounds to me like McCain wants to try the ole "trickle down economics". The problem is that is never trickles down far enough. The Rich and the major companies always get the tax cuts.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Stacy

    Wait, you're fact checking the Madonna break up? Hahaha.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    Please let A-Rod know that I am available. He can forget about that Madonna chick.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  10. CaseyJPS

    I will always wonder why John McCain (and others) put his life on the line to defent our constitutional rights and can't support equality for everyone. It makes absolutely no sense.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Cynthia

    John McCain can't buy charisma and is definitely not smooth.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Mechelle-- Oklahoma

    i just want a candidate to lay out his position and stick to it. i don't want to see them cater to one side or the other. i don't have a problem with adjustments in their positions, i just don't want those adjustments to be because one group feels "left out"

    July 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Shannon

    Obama did not back track on Iraq and has always stated the position that he will listen to the generals on the ground. McCain's team just said flip flop and the media believed them without checking out his clearly on the record position.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    @ Mike in Syracuse. I agree 100%. When you hear him speak you think wow... he is going to solve every issue out there but does not seem to have much substance behind how he is going to solve the problems.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Kaye, Pensacola & Chattanooga

    How can McCain also promise what he is promising without raising taxes?

    July 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  16. MaryBeth

    Mike: with all the taxes from the wealthy that he's increasing. They will be paying LOADS more taxes than they are now.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Victoria

    If we aren't sending billions to Iraq every month then maybe he can pay for everything he's promising.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Jolene

    Do we really blame the candidates for moving center? Perhaps they can get more swing votes by doing that.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Maureen T

    Barack is a very smart man and knows just what he needs to do to make his way to the White House! Keep your eye on the prize Barack!

    July 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  20. Tracey - Boston


    Welcome to the real news program...Generation AC

    July 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  21. MaryBeth

    Why all this fuss about ppl changing their minds? If you learn new info and it effects what you thought before, you should be able to change your mind. We've had 8 years of an unchangeable mind...we need someone who can think on his feet and change with what develops.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I think Obama will shift to the center to win. What he'll do after, if he wins, will be unknown.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I don't see how Obama can pay for everything he is promising without raising middle class taxes.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  24. Joe

    I love it! John McCain has charisma. He is smooth

    July 7, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  25. Robin

    John McCain may be having a "makeover", but the video doesn't lie.
    He still looks like a very old man - someone too old to lead the country in these perilous times.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Claire in Birmingham, AL

    Okay, seriously. What's so wrong with 'going to the center'? Wouldn't a candidate *want* to try and pull support from the majority of the population? The majority of the people are moderates and those of the 'center'...so much so that they feel alienated when the candidates are so far left- and right-wing oriented. I think its fantastic that Obama is trying to reach out to the masses.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Tracey - Boston

    I don't think Obama back-tracked on Iraq... i's just common sense.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Tiffany (San Diego)


    I like that word "fibbin"

    July 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Larry

    Who did Obama beat in the 'landslide victory' in Illinois?

    Is the only shout out from the dems that McCain is just a 3rd Bush term? Do they have nothing else to say? Can the dems find nothing positive in McCain? Can the Reps find nothing positive in Obama?

    The next 4 years can't fly by fast enough:)

    July 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  30. Lisa in Miami

    I plan on taking McCain's advice and voting for Obama!

    July 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I suspect there will be a lot of changes in both camps, for at least a few months.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Kurt

    Your show is excellent. I was waching that other show, but I had to get away from the celebrity gossip news. I went to your show, and you are talking real news. Thanks

    July 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  33. CaseyJPS

    95% of taxpayers (lower and middle class) would be benefitting under Obama's economic policies. Thos making more than $250,000/yr would pay more.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Shannon

    Those that think Obama is moving a lot to the center, never listened to him in the primaries or read his books. I don't understand why no one is reporting his positions accurately

    July 7, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  35. kathy

    i really dont care what changes are made with obama and mccain. i am voting mccain in nov. and now all the political news seems so boring,

    July 7, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Cynthia

    It is my understanding that if you make over $200,000 your tax rate will increase, but if you make under 50,000 you will get a tax cut of about a $1000.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    Hi Mr. Gergen!
    McCain was in desperate need of changes and thus far, it appears the changes made have been helpful for him. He is in desperate need practice though, and alot of it, preferably in front of a mirror.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Shannon

    How can John McCain say Obama is going to raise everyone's taxes when he is only talking about raising 5% of the public's those making over 250,000. It seems he risks seeming disingenous

    July 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Norma

    McCain has mojo? Hmmm ...he just puts me to sleep.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Hannah Storm

    Hey david can't wait to hear what you have to say on the topic

    July 7, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Katina

    Happy Monday after a long weekend! Maybe it's just what I see in these clips, but McCain is looking very stiff, even with the scripts gone.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  42. EJ (USA)

    Hi David Gergen, what did you do over the weekend?

    July 7, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Kyle from NE

    Good evening I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful 4th. I am really looking forward to the report about the atheist soldier. As someone who has served in the Armed Forces of this country, these reports/stories always grab my attention.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Kimether - Atlanta, GA

    Politics are crazy! McCain says Obama will raise taxes, Obama says he's giving ample tax cuts. Both say the middle class is the #1 priority. Both say the other is wrong. Both say your choice for President will be starkly clear. Somebody is fibbin!

    July 7, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  45. david gergen

    Hello everyone - Would welcome your views on the changes underway with both McCain and Obama campaigns. More in a few minutes.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Sarah Atlanta, GA

    Hi Anderson!!! I am looking forward to hearing what the former hostages have to say

    July 7, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Cindy

    Hey Anderson. Hope everyone had a great 4th!

    I was glad to finally hear from the hostages.


    July 7, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. MaryBeth

    Happy Monday everyone! Why does everyone need a makeover? First Michelle, then Obama, and now McCain.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Maureen T

    Good evening Anderson! Welcome back! Looking forward to the show tonight!

    July 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Lisa in Miami

    Hey Anderson, hope you had a great weekend.

    July 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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