July 30th, 2008
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/30/08

For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

Anderson is in South Africa working on Planet In Peril: Battle Lines. Campbell Brown will be filling in for him.  Be sure to check her out 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. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

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

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  1. Cynthia

    Good night Campbell, Gary T, David G & all bloggers.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. allen

    Great show Campbell! GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE

    July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. gary tuchman cnn

    have a good night all.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  4. jackie Chino Hills, CA

    i hope everyone has a good night..bloggers, campbell, gary, all of the cnn/360 staff. til tomorrow. =)

    July 30, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Jennifer - Michigan

    The shot was cute. Princess Chunky, very funny. Good night.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Saera El Paso, TX

    how do you lose a cat that huge?!

    good night everyone

    July 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. jackie Chino Hills, CA

    i don't see it....i can't believe that there are large animals like this cat. how? why? crazy.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    My cat has the image of Joe Pesci.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Ken

    Great show tonight Campbell. Good night bloggers. Sleep well and see you all tonight.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. CaseyJPS

    Thank you for another night of education Bloggers and 360! I am fiercely loyal. Have a great Thursday everyone!

    July 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  11. mary jane

    Dear Mr. Gergen,

    Why do you say "both" candidates need to take the high road. I feel Obama has consistently done so. You are being unfair to Obama to group them together. Just my opinion.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Ken

    John McCain is coming across like a child in a temper tamdrum because he does not get what he wants. He's just a grumpy old man.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Joanne, PA

    I think when the debates begin, the polls will look very different than they do now

    July 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  14. gary tuchman cnn

    if you are a pet lover, you should watch "the shot!"

    July 30, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  15. kim-chicago

    I think this whole off shore drilling thing is a farce...we haven't even drilled in some of the areas that have already been designated for drilling...why don't we try that first?

    July 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    David G, I can't wait until they do start debating

    July 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  17. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - thanks for your follow-up comments, especially the way you are urging both candidates to take (find?) the high road. To Mike from Syracuse: we are supposed to have three presidential and one vice presidential debate, all starting in September and running into mid-October. I haven't yet seen an official confirmation that they will take place but folks in both campaigns are assuring that they will. They could be pivotal - and a great place for both of them to tell us in more detail how they would tackle the huge issues ahead of us.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    @ Gary, good point about the night Hilary is speaking and how that is an indicator that she will not be VP. The buzz about her being VP and the so called dream ticket seems like it was ages ago. It is a shame as I have heard several people say they will only vote for Obama if Hilary is on the ticket. Although this was awhile back, I wonder what they will do come Nov.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  19. Daniel

    I agree with an earlier comment that just talking about drilling off shore has helped bring gas price down and if it is approved it will continue to do so. Also according to expert oil people the lead time from offshore drilling to the gas pump is about 2 years.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Ken

    Megan Dresslar... Senator Stevens has not been founf guilty of anything yet. He was just indicted yesterday. He will go to trial and founf innocent or guilty. Until such time as a verdict is rendered he is presumed to be innocent.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    I'm not sure about the off shore drilling that Senator McCain is coming out in support of but am glad that he has stopped pushing the tax holiday because it would have taken money from infrastructure.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  22. Norm

    Oh sure, we are definitely NOT ready for a major earthquake (here in Los Angeles). I was here during the Northridge Quake and things went pretty well, unfortunately times, infrastructure and the money is no longer here. We are in trouble ... good luck and TAKE COVER!

    July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Shannon

    I would like to know why the Republicans in Congress just prevented the Oil Speculation bill to fail. If they are so concerned about energy, you would think they would support every measure. They only support the ones that benefit the Oil Companies. The oil companies are their biggest donors and the special interest they have to worry about and not the American People.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  24. kathy

    The commercial McCain is running shows hardly shows a desire for change. Let's face it Obama's personality outshines Mccain. Why is it such a bad thing to have a very intelligent, articulate man running for office ? He is a good speaker. I find it a refreshing change. Our current President can't put a complete sentence together.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  25. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    Earthquakes are scary. We had a little jolt here in the Midwest and it is a wake up call. I now have EQ insurance on my house which I thought I had but didn't. Due to the house's age was not as simple as getting an ins rider, had to get a total seperate policy.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  26. kim-chicago

    I think we ALL need to try to take the high road...the candidates, their supporters, the media...the issues are way to serious for this nonsense.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  27. CaseyJPS

    Arbnold Schwarzenegger–A republican I can trust! Go Arnold!

    July 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  28. gerry

    David Gergen-thanks for coming onto the blog. This ad is one of many McCain has run or is running. Personally I don't mind contrast ads. The problem with all the ones I've seen from McCain so far is they are factually in-correct.

    That smacks of desperation to me. I think the McCain camp is looking at different polls than the rest of us and don't like what they see.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  29. Joanne, PA

    Mr Gergen: Love your commmentaries!
    I would like to hear your thoughts on Senator Obama's meeting with the economic team this week. Do you think he's meeting with the right group of people? I think it shows that even if he doesn't have alot of experience, he is willing to pull together people from all walks of life to give and receive ideas and solutions.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Casey, how far are you from the coast? You may find yourself with beachfront property after the Big One.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar

    Wow that was so scary one big earthquake!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  32. CaseyJPS

    OK 360. I really have to object to the use of very old earthquake shots as a lead in on yesterdays quake. People are viewing these pictures out of context. This kind of reporting does HUGE damage to our tourism industry, and ultimately our California economy (jobs, etc.). This is really irresponsible.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  33. David, Indiana

    Beautiful pictures of Alaska in Joe Johns report about Ted Stevens. I noticed this in his report about Sen. Stevens last night, too.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Cynthia

    David G., that is what is so sad about Senator McCain – he said at the beginning that he would not run a negative campagin but it seems now that is all he is doing. All he is doing is sullying his reputation

    July 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Mark

    Why did we wait until July of 2008 to remove the Executive Ban on offshore drilling? Did politics come into play in front of the elections?

    How about releasing some of the strategic reserve... that would be a good strategery.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Tom

    I like Ted Stevens and I think most of this stuff is lies. Overall earmarks are less than 1% of the budget. Earmarks are one of the few good things the Congress and Senate does.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    The Stevens story is a compelling argument for term limits. Congress has an approval rating that is barely out of single digits. This Congress, with few exceptions, is a disgrace.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar

    Hello David Gergen!!!!
    I agree with you...... you have a good point......... I agree your comment.....

    July 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  39. Dom

    David where is the high road? in this election,I feel any hope for that has been lost a long time ago.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Mark

    David, keep up the good work and check out my earlier comment at 10:29

    July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    David G. When do you think we'll finally see a debate?

    July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Jennifer - Michigan

    Thank you David. Very good points you have.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
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