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July 22nd, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/22/08

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  1. MaryBeth

    Personally, I think the surge worked for a couple of reasons: General Petreaus and his plan for the surge troops and the softening of the Shia and Sunni animosity. I don't think the surge would have worked if the troops hadn't gotten the cooperation from the Iraqis as they did.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Miles in Texas

    The surge was really only ancillary to the major steps towards lower violence, the Madhi army cease fire and the so called awaking councils.

    Throwing more troops at a situation is the lowest form of military problem solving.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  3. North Carolina

    McCain and his followers complained for weeks about Obama's last visit to Iraq. On many ads McCain showed how many days since Obama's last visit to the region. He even offered to go with him. Now that Obama has taken the trip you here nothing but criticism about why he is in Iraq. I'm starting to think McCain just wanted a free ride to save his money.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  4. William

    Good evening everyone my question is what would happen if Obama had made the same gaffes that McCain has made in the last couple of days.

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

    So they both mess up? It proves neither one of them has perfect judgment. A nightly gotcha doesn't help Americans one single bit. No one candidate is perfect. Not one.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Timothy O'Rawe

    Why is CNN making McCain's "gaffe" a bigger story than Obama saying he would NOT vote for the surge again? It's saving soldiers' lives and he would NOT vote for it again? Isn't that bigger news than a timeline mix up?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Mike Canada

    The reason Obama's trip is of such interest to the media is because of the VERY warm reception he is getting. The world community wishes he could start the job of President tomorrow.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Anderson, I find it amazing that after one day in Iraq, Obama is ready to ignore the commander's advice that a withdrawal is a mistake.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  9. Kalayna

    yes, there is many other factors, like the lives of 4,000 men and women, no one is forgetting that, but the unflex of the surge is making a difference and is a continuation of what has been done up till the surge

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  10. Lynn, Vancouver

    What is the timeline really for McCain supporting the surge.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Terri, Dallas

    I hope all the networks put all of McCain's gaffes together in a piece and show that his mental health may be an issue after all.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Cindy

    Mike, Syracuse...Obama will never admit that the surge worked because he thinks he is never wrong. You know the arrogance.

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Last July Maliki said that Iraq was ready to "stand up" and that the US could leave anytime they wanted. He is just pandering to his base and is using Obama against Bush to get what he wants.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Gary

    Did anyone notice Obama's gaffes today? He said "Israel was a friend of Israel" and the Palestinians lived in Afghanistan.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  15. La Mar A llen Mn

    The surge did not work ther was a slow down in violence long before the increase of troops

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Hannah Storm

    I think Obama's trip has been going well so far

    July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Anna - chicago ,il

    I don't understand why people are saying Obama is too "presidential". He has a lot of media coverage..he is speaking to the Iraqi PM on Iraq and everyone expects him to make a statement. If he didn't say anything, people would say..why did he go? Does he have nothing to say?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Ken

    Senator McCain prompted Senator Obama to make his overseas trip with the idea he would really foul it up and now McCain must now find another way to discredit Obama. Now McCain is getting frustrated at all of his campaign work against Obama back firing on him.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Heather

    The reason why Obama is always getting press is because he is getting out and showing that he is going to do what he said he is going to do instead of just talking about it. He is walking his talk.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Marlon from Canada

    Hi Anderson,

    What I don't get is why McCain asked him to go to Iraq and now that he's gone there McCain is jealous of all the media attention he's getting

    July 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Bob VA

    Let's be correct. "The War is lost", Harry Reid, "The surge did not work", Sen Obama, How about Obama's remarks to ABC. McCain is right, votes over victory has been the Dem platform, now Obama's lead.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Michelle, CA

    McCain thought Obama was getting too much media attention... so he put a video about Obama on his own website... so the media can talk about the media's love for Obama?... Interesting..

    July 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Natalie

    I think it is good that Obama is carrying himself like a president. If he carried himself any other way, the argument would be he doesn't look like or carry himself like a presidential candidate.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Shannon

    McCain can not define a win, so I don't know how he can say the surge worked.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Kalayna

    I think Obama is just there for the media, he is not listening to what the advisors and generals are saying.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Minou, New York City

    Mike: because it wasn't the surge that brought down violence. It was A part of bringing it down, but not the reason for it.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Jo Anne Cummings

    I agree with Shannon, things are getting confusing, we need clear and accurate reporting as to who said what and is it fact.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Anna - chicago ,il

    McCain is trying to put on the success in Iraq on the surge, Obama and many others want people to understand that there was a combination of factors and instances that have created success in Iraq in addition to the surge

    July 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  29. teresa

    Sounds like Obama's wihdrawal plan isn't really different than McCane's (except semantics)

    July 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    McCain is right. He took the position in favor of the surge when no one wanted one. He laid his political futiure on the line.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Linda, Los Angeles

    Obama seems to be doing well on this trip. And McCain...not so much. Obama always condemns McCain, but McCain is now attacking Obama's character.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Shannon

    I think Obama is doing an excellent job in presenting himself on this trip. I find McCain attacking him on foreign ground disappointing and telling of McCain's character.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Natalie

    Hola, Anderson and Erica.

    I think Obama visit is going very well, but what's next. Is this just something he is checking off the list so his opponents can't use that he hadn't traveled in those areas before.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Heather

    I think McCain just has a problem with good change. He wants everything to stay the way it is and everyone else is thinking differently. At least Obama is making an effort towards bringing an end to something that should have ended a long time ago and making peace at the same time.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Rose from Southern Calif

    McCain is just in a hurry to make the news because Obama is getting to much air time.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Gary

    Good Evening...People are saying Obama negotiated a deal with the Iraqi's and Afghanistan...We only have one President who speaks for us and I think Obama is acting like he is the President. Even one of his staff called him a President today.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Cindy

    So Obama will disregard what the generals say and do what he wants in Iraq. Yeah that is smart seeing as he hasn't been there every day.

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Kenny in NC

    Good evening Anderson and Erica. I know there are a lot of topics tonight but I hope we will all keep the people of the gulf coast of
    Texas in our prayers as the hurricane churns it's way toward them.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why can't Oama admit that the surge worked?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Maureen T

    Mr. McCain should think before he speaks...

    July 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Larry

    Did the years as a pow have a lasting neurological affect on McCain?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  42. sara. Minneapolis

    Oh, another McCain gaffe on Iraq? I don't understand why people continue to cite foreign affairs as his strong suit!

    July 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Stacy

    I am so happy to see the media finally FINALLY calling McCain out on his Iraq mistakes.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Norma

    McCains gaffes are getting bad.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Michelle, CA

    Sounds like McCain has a problem with timelines in general

    July 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Shannon

    Anderson, thank you so much for reporting this mistake by McCain. He seems to get away with misstatements far more than Obama would ever be allowed. I appreciate you being balanced.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Cindy

    Evening Anderson and Erica.

    Well Dolly finally got hurricane status. Let's hope that when it hits tomorrow that it is barely at that speed and not much stronger.

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Sarah Atlanta, GA

    Sounds like a good program tonite, Anderson. I am especially looking forward to the segment about Warren Jeffs that was mentioned in the evening buzz.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Anna - chicago ,il

    Good evening Anderson, looks like another busy night

    July 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Sarah

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica, and bloggers!

    Exciting show tonight!

    July 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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