July 31st, 2008
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 7/31/08

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

Wolf Blitzer fills in for Anderson Thursday. And Erica Hill is back and will be blogging! Check them 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 start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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  1. Nick S. N.

    I have to be honest and say I'm not very familiar with McCain's past experience in wars and his achievements other than being a POW. So when I hear McCain say that he knows how to win wars and that he guarantees a victory and so on... I wonder how getting shot down and being held a prisoner for a few years is experience on how to win a war? Instead how about focusing on experience and judgment on how to avoid a war?

    July 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. lynn

    McCain isn't saying how the states have to decide on off shore drilling. California has already saud they won't and Florida is iffy. If it depends on a referendum it could take a very long time and is definitely not a done deal.

    Many experts are calling this whole thing a gimmick.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar

    Good night Wolf, Erica and best bloggers!!!
    Have a great night!!!! Sleep tight!!!!
    See you tomorrow!!!!!!
    I love the shot!!!!! day of the shot with Wolf Blitzer!!!!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good Thursday evening..Good discussion tonight. The Shot of the day? Wolf has been fast forwarded into a soundbite? Very funny..night all

    July 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Ken

    Great show tonight Wolf and Erica. Lots of good input and that is what you call HYPER WOLF lol. Good night bloggers. Have a good sleep and be ready for David Gergen in full tomorrow night. Bye all.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. CaseyJPS

    I continue to learn and I love learning others perspectives. Thank you for providing this platform, 360. The blog coupled with the show is soooooo cool. Good night bloggers!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I wonder if farmers feel bad when they get more for a bushel of wheat, or plumbers when they get more for a house call. Anyone one in business wants to get more for their goods or services. The oil companies have a product everyone needs and can cahrge accordingly. That's capitalism. if you want socialism, well, vote for Obama.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Heather L.

    That John McCain "celebrity ad" is right on target. Paris and Britney are all style and no substance and so is Obama. They are known for doing nothing and so is Obama.

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the ad.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Sheree(ohio)

    Did I hear McCain say that he stood by the ad...and in the same breath say he want the race to be about the issues...was there anything about the issues in that ad?

    July 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar

    I love cats!!!!!! he is so cute!!!!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  11. Melinda

    Your religion should not matter at all. This is America, right? This is our foundation. I am tired of scare tactics. Time for change.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Carlton Greene

    The problem with Hillary on the ticket is that she and her supporters still have that air of inevitability. David has just reinforced that view. If Obama cannot win those battlegound states on his own then he will lose with anyone as his VP. People don't vote for VP.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Jan - Oklahoma

    Drive less is a wonderful idea if you live on the East or West coast. Most of the country does not have subways, trains or even buses. People have to drive to their jobs! My town does not have any of the above and the jobs are in the city.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Shannon

    If McCain thinks they should base the campaigns on what they can do for America then why is he mud slinging?

    July 31, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  15. CaseyJPS

    Mentioning Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears is NOT about substance. John McCain is negating his own example.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  16. Linda, Los Angeles

    Obama makes a great point. What does Paris and Britney have to do with my mortgage??? I know they are paying for the paparazzi mortgage but not mine. McCain wasn't talking about substance, that's the problem. He is proud of talking about Paris and Britney?

    July 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  17. Aelo

    It seems that all the questions seem to be aimed at obama's campaign, his background, his family life and even upbringing. It"s almost like he's being analyzed under a microscope. I don't see that same attention being placed on McCain, it seems like the only thing I hear about him are his complaints and criticism of the other candidate. I would love to see a debate, just to clear the air for "both" candidates

    July 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Amardo Wesley Pitters, Esquire (Montgomery, AL)

    Paris Hilton and Britney Spears juxtaposed with Barak Obama is no coincidence but rather a calculated race baiting design reminicient of Willie Horton & the ad against Tennessee's Harold Ford.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  19. Mikael H, Sweden

    I don't know whats worse; people lying about Obama being a muslim, or the fact that everyone seems to think that's a bad thing.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Lou (Canada)

    I think that what Obama had to say today about the Paris and Brittaney ads was hillarious. It was also to the point that it was not going to lower your gas prices or keep you in your houses this winter. It is time to focus on the issues that count in this election.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Nick S. N.

    McCain says that we absolutely must start off shore drilling to bring benefit to citizens as soon as possible because its so important... but lets just sit on the land we have ready and able to drill for another time when gas prices reach $15. What? This is getting down right silly.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  22. Bradley Sumner

    David Gergen makes a case for Hillary
    Instead of Hillary and all the Clinton baggage how about Obama selecting someone else in the Clinton camp who is highly respected?
    That would pick up the votes without the Clinton two for one baggage

    July 31, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Lou (Canada)

    Isn't Exon Mobile doing what is supposed to be done in the US= capitalism. They buy the oil at the same price of everone else= on the world market. They then have to refine the oil and make it in to gas

    July 31, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  24. david

    good evening Wolf and Erica. I liked what David Gergan said early about Hillary Clinton.. I do agree Obama camp needs to take another look at Hillary for VP again. Obama going to need her more than ever to win the presidency and I'm one of those 18 million voters who voted for her.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  25. CaseyJPS

    Energy policy should be centered around promoting behavioral change. Whether it's taxation on in-efficient vehicles or maybe special licensing (and fees) required to drive vehicles that weigh more than 3000 lbs, there ARE creative answers which we're not even considering.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  26. Rick in Az

    Sadly Erica, I have to disagree with you. Hate is unfortunately a big part of American society. Unfortunately if it wasn't the Muslim community then it would be another group. A perfect example is the fact that every since McCain went negative the media on all stations seem to be extremely happy to exploit it.. How much coverage would these campiangs have if both canidates ran positive campains and just discussed the issues.. My guess is not alot

    July 31, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar

    I am sad for her mom, who (dad) own kidnapped his daughter. I hope police and FBI will be caught him anytime, and she will be safe with her mom.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  28. Troy Landry

    I am a big fan of Roland, but for once i have to disagree with his take on the Obama vs. McCain issue. I'm not sure but i didn't hear Obama mention McCain as being the one who would try the fear tactics.He said they. They being the 547's whatever the number of the attack dogs are, and he(Obama) is correct. He shouldn't backdown from his statement, not one bit . Everything he(Obama) said was dead on., and besides why is it okay for everyone else to speak of Obama's race but not Obama.Give me a break. This is McCain's attempt to do a Hillary.Go negative ,hope it sticks ,because it's all he's got. He's desperate. Obama people don't fall for the bs ,stay focused.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  29. Claire

    Exxon Mobile made the highest profits in corporate american history last quarter. They certainly aren't hurting.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  30. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    Remember the 80's (the last round of demonizing the oil companies)? That rational led to lower supplies and higher prices. America needs to produce more oil domestically in order to stop en riching countries that hate us and keep more dollars at home (leading to a stronger dollar). This is basic economics.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  31. Jan

    I agree with David Gergen's comments tonight. As a Clinton supporter, my vote in November hangs on Obama's choice for VP. There is no reason for 18 million Clinton supporters should be ignored. The is no reason for Obama supporters to think their objections to Clinton are any more ligitimate than our objections to Obama. My opinion is that they would make a very competent and complementary team in the Whitehouse.

    Quite frankly, I'm tired of hearing Obama supporters speaking of her weaknessness, including commentators on your panel. No one should take my vote or any other Clinton supporters' vote for granted.

    Do they not understand that Obama is vulnerable? I do.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  32. Hopeton Austin

    Being from the Caribbean, it scares me if McCain wins as all I hear him talking about is war and winning a war that the world considers to be illegal anyway!!!.

    If McCain wins then it is my opinion that the world will continue to hate the USA and what it stands for......illegal war and messing up other countries!

    The only way the world will look at the USA differently and change their perception is if Obama wins......time for a change!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Janna

    Erica, I thought that the piece was highlighting the ignorance of voters. Of course, the further ignorance or misunderstanding of the Muslim faith goes along with it...I believe the real concern is that people aren't voting with the basic facts. This concerns me regardless of the candidate

    July 31, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Kelly K Jordan

    If people drive less, then the prices will go down. We need to teach ourselves to car pool or ride the bus. More oils means more driving and, then, distance other types of enegry.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  35. CaseyJPS

    @Gary, there is no reason you should feel bad about investing for your future wisely. If Exxon is making bundles of money and you're enjoying stock appreciation and solid dividends, you wouldn't be very smart NOT to invest. As a stockholder, the company's values are not your concern.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Marilyn, Houston, TX

    How about we take responsibility for the fact that we live many miles from where we work and we drive big, gas gussling vehicles. The big oil companies are only making record profits because we keep buying gasoline. I just don't think we can drill for more oil when we don't have the rigs to get to it or the facilities in which it can be refined. $4/gallon gas is a bummer and I hate that some people really have to choose between putting gas in their cars and feeding their families, but I just don't think we can really solve this problem unless we stop blaming everyone/everything and decide that we will have to live very differently.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar

    We can't pay a gallon lot of money like oil price too high, keep them honest!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Jacqui Chan

    I agree fully with David Gergan. I am undecided but if Hilary is w/ Obama he has my vote and I know many of my friends feel the same way/ I think his chances are muck higher with Hil on the ticket.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  39. Joe

    I have said this all along- both candidates must not really care about Americans and their struggles to pay for gas and goods because if they truly cared both Senators would have been working in congress to do something now and not just play politics and wait till after November.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Norma

    Its amazing they think Obama is a muslim and its a bad thing.

    Who do they think the U.S soldiers are protecting in Iraq???

    July 31, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Gary

    If anyone thinks the Oil companies made a profit, consider this: the taxes on the gas we buy far exceed the oil company profit. Congress gets to spend that money and they have recently talked about increasing it by 10 cents.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar

    Wow! That is so lot of money to pay 8 billion oil price!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  43. ericacnn

    A few of you make an interesting point about being a Muslim – what is so bad about it? Sadly, a few very bad apples have tainted many Amercans' views of Islam and its followers.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  44. Alexis Nistico

    Even if Obama WAS a Muslim I don't think Americans should hold that against him. Who says a Christian or a Catholic is the only type of person that can run a country that has dozens upon dozens of religions. DOes America not realize that there are probably Muslims voting in this election? Give Obama a break and just let him run for President.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  45. CaseyJPS

    Wow, David Gergen. That's a great history lesson about the JFK presidency. I honestly didn't know that. It seems perfectly logical. I think there is a bigger problem relative to people voting according to their emotions without clear thinking (i.e. someone who won't vote for a ticket with HRC in 2nd position).

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

    This is what I do not understand. If gas is so expensive, how is it that the oil companies are making larger and larger profits? I don't knock them for make a profit, I just question how it continues to grow.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  47. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @gary. I agree. Isn't the American Dream to become rich? Microsoft has a profit margin 2.5 times that of exxon's. No one bashes them, except to say how much they hate Windows.

    July 31, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Ebony

    I hear what you're saying David! But I don't think he can trust her! She wants the Presidency too bad and she may undermine him! He will have to always watch his back!

    July 31, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
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