July 22nd, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/22/08

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  1. Dave CA

    Bottom line is that if we had pulled out like Obama wanted we would not be in this position. A position that is rapidly stabilizing. Imagine what Iraq would like now if all our troops had pulled out. If you think the economy is affeceted by oil prices imagine the state of both Iraq and our economy with the irresponsible withdrawal and emergence of more emboldened enemies causing chaos in the region.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Kathy

    One news person asked Obama if the surge worked three times today and Obama would not answer.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Rey

    Let's face it, I used to like McCain too, but he start flip-flopping on issues that I care the most. Now look at him, he would say anything to sound like he got some "fresh" idea. Without a doubt he is playing catch up with Obama.

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

    good evening Erica

    I understand the whole success of the surge..but I wonder sometimes if that was inevitable..I mean you're putting in more troops to do the job..isn't it guaranteed success..was there ever a possibility of failure? I find that unlikely...

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  5. steve yelm,wa

    These mistakes will not effect anything in this election process.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Kathy S

    How do you measure a Win? Obama does nothing but praise the troops.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Vickie

    McCain is as bad as Bush. Ignorance and arrogance are dangerous. This country can't survive another four years of incompetence.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  8. elaine, atlanta

    MCCain s camp need to keep him away from reporters,hes making one gaffe after another. He pushed Obama to go on this tripand now that hes there MCCAINis crying like he was stood up for the prom.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  9. ED

    I often wonder how you keep making mistake after mistake with what is supposed to be your strong suit. But the argument is fatally flawed when the convergence of Sunni Awaking, then later the surge of troops worked then why are we still there. Why is Osama bin Ladin still alive sending tapes. I don't agree with David this is not about age it’s about his a lack of inexperience by someone is who's touting his vast knowledge about foreign policy.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  10. steve yelm,wa

    Today is McCain's gaffe, but how quickly we forget Obama's gaffes.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Lauren

    McCain would start another war with all his mistakes. McCain has issues and he prefers to lose lives in a war, just to say he was right. Somebody answer me this if the surge is really working why are we still there and now have to fight in Afganistan ?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Shannon

    I think McCain's reaction to Obama on a personal level is a sign of his poor and unpredictable temperament. This is not a good thing.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama is there just for the photo-op. He knows that only serious voters listen to what is said, all the others make their decisions based on images.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  14. Judy

    Joe Klein is right on. problem is how McCain always talks up the war in stark, and frightening scenarios. It's just such an old world point of v iew.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Melody

    Good evening Everyone. Another McCain Gaffe!!!! Too Old???? Nope, McCain is just clueless and proves he will say anything if he thinks it sounds good.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Timothy Nelson - Hopkins, Minnesota

    Good evening, Erica.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Beth

    Hello Erica

    July 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Lois

    Hi Anderson,

    im sorry but McCain does not even know what day it is,he has made plenty of mistakes.I am grateful he served his country but he does not know everything! we need young blood like senator Obama to get us out of this mess.My son is serving in Iraq for the second time and let me tell you McCain knows diddley!

    July 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    For someone on a listening tour Obama is sure doing a lot of talking. Anyone see any signs of the other two more senior senators who went too?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Natalie

    Poor McCain, shouldn't his aids or whoever brief him on timelines and places better. Too many more gaffes and people will start to panic about him.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Rose from Southern Calif

    Why does this news doesn't suprise me? Warren Jeff have been sexual abusing children since he was a child. This man needs to be punish just like every one else. I know for one thing he is not PROPHET because he would of seen this coming.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Kevin-Washington DC

    I find it amazing that McCain is harping on the surge. If there had been no war to start with, we wouldn't be worried whether Obama supported the surge or not. The issue is not the surge it is the criminal war.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Kimberly

    It isn't "gotcha" journalism. When Americans have difficult decisions such as choosing leaders we need all the facts. We need to know who is more knowledgeable about Iraq, if their is evidence to the contrary. It is the medias job to allow us to decide for ourselves. Thanks for keeping them honest. The coverage has been fair. McCain shouldn't get a fair pass.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  24. Sarah

    So, if McCain is elected, we're going to have to deal with his gaffes on a daily basis?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Marilyn

    1 mistake, 2 mistakes, no big deal. But continuing to get it wrong is just plain scary. I can't believe McCain said that Obama would prefer to win an election and lose the war

    July 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  26. David

    Good evening Anderson and Erica – I'm so happy you have David Gergen as a contributor. The two of you bring such balance to the news, for which I, and others, are so appreciative - and Mr. Gergen just adds such an additional sense of balance and fairness – he is so erudite, as just evidenced by his comments on Sen. McCain's statements today.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Dele Onile

    Obama seems to be doing great on his trip and Mccain on the other hand seems intimidated. I think mcCain should focus on the issues rather than promoting obama's trip and trying to create a media attention.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  28. ericacnn

    Evening, bloggers

    July 22, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Lisa in Miami

    McCain is really not having a good week. David Gergen points are all good about age, the politics of age, how opponents can use the age factor, and how the impromptu interviews that made him the darling of the 2004 campaign, are now backfiring.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Linda

    A question....what is Obama's actual voting record on funding add'l troops to Afganistan? I'm hearing that he voted against such in Maqy 2007. What's up with that?

    July 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Beth

    Mike: Some may see it as putting his political future on the line.....someone might also say it is more of the same Bush "stay the course" no matter how many US troops are put in danger.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Carolyn Phillips

    John McCain is complaining about Senator Obamas' media attention.
    but if the media covered all of his blunders, his campaign would be greatly compromised; he is displaying signs of dementia.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Bob VA

    McCain was the darling of the press only because he was opposite and opposed more consevative people like Bush. Now the fix is in, or out against McCain.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Rick K

    I think you guys are underplaying this – it would be a simple gaffe, but this was his ANALYSIS – an aimed attack at his opponent's understanding in which he got the facts wrong!

    July 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Sara.Ro

    Even a gaffe will catch the media and the public; a simply modest strategy until a better one.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don't think that it was right for Obama to suggest that the drop in violence had more to do with al-Sadr's pull back than with what the military had accomplished. That was an insult to our troops.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Patrick

    Hey if the McCain camp wants more media attention i say give it to them.It's time the media put the spotlight on all is mistakes..

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Susan

    Did I miss something – like Election Day? Obama is setting himself up to look like he is already the commander in chief. I thought this was to be a fact finding mission. He is sure waging quite a political campaign over there.
    If it hadn't been for the success of the surge, which Obama cannot admit, he wouldn't be able to travel in Iraq today.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Bill

    Why does the media just toss out the two campains talking points without questioning the validity of the statements. McCain just makes random statements and their varacity is not challenged at all.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  40. kim-chicago

    It seems like McCain is confusing a few too many facts these days. I don't get why people let him slide...and what he said about Obama today was outrageous.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  41. teresa

    Again, David Gergen makes absolute sense!

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Shannon

    I want to know why McCain is often given a pass on serious issues with his "facts"

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Eli, Ohio

    McCain dared Obama to go to Iraq and it looks like Obama's trip has been flawless, he looks like a commander-in-chief and sounds like one too. Obama couldn't have had a better week. McCain has been asking for more media attention, and now when the attention is on McCain, he starts making false statements about the history of the Iraq Surge. This is a lesson in being careful what one asks for.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Paula, Colorado

    McCain was so recently criticizing Obama for not visiting Iraq, etc.
    I think it's funny he's now "opposing" all the positive attention Obama is getting.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Franco

    McCain might be a little confused, but it's no big deal. Once he gets in the White House he will have plenty of aids to help him out and make sure he understands the facts correctly. You guys should take it easier on him, all of us lose some of our abilities as we get older.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  46. steve yelm,wa

    If Obama can over come Rev. Wright's comments. Then McCain can over come this slip up.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    The only reason Obama can walk around in relative safety is because of the Surge, which he refuses to acknowledge 'worked'. There is no end to the arrogance of this candidate.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  48. Stacy

    Exactly Minou. The real question is why is it that McCain can't talk about the war unless it's in soundbyte form? It's a war, there's nuance!

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Jack Dermody

    Senator Obama will not budge on his "no" vote on the surge - even now - because the war remains illegal and unnecessary. It's like a teenager stealing hubcaps, then insisting it's okay because the hubcaps look great on his car.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Shannon

    Cindy, Obama never said he would disregard what the Generals say. He said that the would factor in their insight and put into the overall context of many factors and objectives that are outside their purvey.

    July 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
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