August 4th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/4/08

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  1. Renee

    John McCain is the one who first ran an ad with Obama's face on a dollar bill. I think it was supposed to be a funny. He did this in an ad in June. No one made a big deal about that. He also placed his face on Mt. Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty to mock him. How shameful and disrespectful.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  2. William

    Obama acts like a Republican and McCain acts like a Democrat....

    August 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Bill Clinton was right when he said that Obama was using the race card against him. As it turns out Obama and his supporters are using the race card against anyone who doesn't support him.

    Obama always knew that he could resort to using the race card as a weapon against anyone who got in his way and that is exactly what he is doing.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Jolene

    That was a great panel discussion!

    August 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  5. David, Indiana

    I disagree with Ed Rollins here. Bill Clinton got in trouble sticking up for his wife. It's a complicated situation. He did get in trouble, though. I think the democrats will work things out.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Jack

    Proper tire inflation can improve mileage by 10%. If i offered you a 10% salary increase what would you say?

    It was very good free, easy to do advice !

    August 4, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Peter Derouin

    Carl Bernstein says McCain was at his best in 2000 when he lost and that the way he is campaigning now is terrible. I wonder who he supports.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  8. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica, everybody. Nice to see you back Anderson. Enjoyed the reports from South Africa.

    Those McCain ads make me laugh but I don't like them as politics. Leave that stuff to the daily show.

    At least the candidates have thoughtful positions on energy like Ed Rollins said.

    I love this discussion about Hillary Clinton as vp. She's awesome.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Heather Spokane, WA

    I think Hillary would be a great VP for Obama because she has the experience and the knowledge of the White House and knows what needs to be done and what doesnt.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Gary

    Senator Obama's record clearly shows him as a far left liberal. If he is elected he will be advocating far left liberal policies despite what he is telling the American people today. We cannot trust this man.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Lewis

    I don't understand why a Hillary supporter would vote for McCain, aside from being sore about the primary lost. I think the Hilary supporters want her to run in 2012.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Maureen T

    How does Roland Martin know that Hilary Clinton will not be chosen as the VP?

    August 4, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Karin - Canada

    It's realize it unrealistic to expect the media to call a candidate out when he presents "untruth" about the other candidate, which is greatly lacking as it used to be. Where does that leave the average voter ... either believe everything they hear ... bad choice ... or do they own investigations.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Amina from TN

    welcome back AC
    about clinton, i know he is not racist its just that the campaign has brought out the worst in him, besides he didn't do himself any justice by having meaningless fueds with journalists.

    sylvia chicago i totally agree

    August 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Victoria

    McCain's adds only make me question his leadership?

    August 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Cindy Kawa, Obama is acting like an errant child throwing the race card at everyone because he is faltering in the polls.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Sheree(ohio)

    Sorry JoAnn but the last time a dem ignored a rep attack ad he got clobbered...plus I think that a US sentor as a star deserves more repect then the images he was paired with

    August 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  18. maggie

    Good Evening Anderson and all.

    I really hope that Hillary is the VP. She would be great.

    If she's not the VP then I'm just staying home.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Chelsea

    I feel that Obama's willingness to compromise is another reason why he is the stronger candidate because he is willing to work with the America Public and policy makers already in office to improve our world.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Gary

    I don't doubt that increasing your air pressure in tires, tune-ups and driving slower helps. But it is not a plan. Fact is that I just drove from Texas to upper Michigan and got 40 mpg in a Honda Hybrid by drving 55 mph for 3 hours each day. Unfortunately everyone including semi's were passing me. We need a plan, Obama doesn't have one.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Rey

    McCain for him to look like he make some sense, he has to go negative and that's the only way he can level with Obama - too bad.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Joe T.

    It is common knowledge that proper air pressure in your tires and having a tune up done to your vehicle's engine on a regular basis will save energy and money. In fact, if we all did this, we would save FOUR times the amount of energy that will ever be generated from off shore drilling. Those that think that off shore drilling will solve our problems are mis-informed and apparently easily swayed by oil company propaganda.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Janna

    Nice work evading the sharks and making your way back to us Anderson...we missed you!

    August 4, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Bernstein is absolutely wrong. McCain has hit the nail on the head in these ads and that is why so many Obama supporters are upset about them otherwise they would just ignore them.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  25. sylvia chicago

    I am extremely disappointed in Obama in regards to his latest statements on the offshore drilling. If he continues down this path, he will loose the support of the environmentalists and we are a strong group. Our numbers are growing daily and we actually VOTE!

    August 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Shannon

    I disagree that compromise is a bad thing, I think it is essential to vote for a POTUS that will have bipartisan support otherwise it will be reliving the last eight years where nothing gets done.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  27. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlie Christ and Nascar have all publicly advocated proper tire inflation for some time. McCain needs to look inside his own party!

    August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  28. janet

    Obama is playing the "same old politics" too. In fact, he threw out the first jab months ago when Hillary was still in the mix

    August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Jolene

    I thought the C. Heston ad was humorous but I agree with the pundits. McCain is going negative and I don't think Obama will take the bait.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Ken

    Gary, balancing the air pressure in your tires and proper tune-up maint. to your vehicle will increase your fuel efficiency more than you can imagine. That along with driving my SUV at 55MPH has increased my MPG by almost 28%. Try it. Obama is not as far off base as you may think.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Cindy Kawa

    After listening to John McCain tonight, he sounds like a father
    belitteling an errant child. It would be so refreshing to hear both
    candidates talk about the issues only, and not about each other.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Larry, I disagree. There are people who vote party no matter what.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Cindy

    @ Marybeth...Drilling is drilling no matter what plan you use. He said he was totally against it so what happend!?


    August 4, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Pamela - Holland, OH

    Hey Anderson, good to see you back safe and sound.

    McCain really needs to pay more attention to who's giving advice about gas efficiency, does he know one of the guys on his VP list, the Florida governor gave the same advice that Obama was giving?

    c'mon, people are tired of this kind of politics.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Larry

    GOP als wants more nuclear power as part of their energy plan, obama wants no part of that.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Heather Spokane, WA

    Im disappointed, but not surprised, that McCain is playing the same old politics by jabbing at Obama when he said that he was not going to run an 'old-fashioned' campaign like that, then saying later that he is proud of the jabbing that he is doing.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  37. janet

    Welcome back Anderson. I really enjoyed "the next 4 years" show you did.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Hannah Storm

    I did not like the McCain ad with Charleston Heston. Totally turns me off to McCain

    August 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  39. MaryBeth

    Larry: I totally agree! People's minds are set.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Cindy

    Hey...Obama has always used subtle words to down people! He did it with Hillary!


    August 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Larry

    Folk have already decided on who they're voting for; party has nothing to do with it, its all about the candidates. Nothing will change peoples minds now, no matter what is revealed about them.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Shannon

    David Gergen did a great job on ABC this weekend! I thought it was spot on.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  43. MaryBeth

    Why is agreeing to a compromise flipflopping? He said he would be ok with drilling IF it was a part of a bigger plan..not THE plan, as the GOP wants it to be.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Welcome back AC! Hope your ears are dry!

    August 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Gary

    Good Evening, Senator McCain has a viable energy plan including using our own resources, using American ingenuity to develop new energy alternatives and getting off of foreign oil. Senator Obama says we should put more air in our tires and tune up our cars.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Maureen T

    Welcome back Andy!! Glad to see you back behind your desk!! You were missed! Another exciting show...

    August 4, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Hannah Storm

    Welcome back Anderson!!!!!

    Great job on the Early Show Saturday Erica!!!

    Looks like a great show tonight

    August 4, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Cindy

    Welcome back Anderson! We missed ya!!

    So Obama is flipping again huh? This time on offshore drilling! Go figure!
    What's next!?


    August 4, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Heather Spokane, WA

    Welcome back Anderson! From the looks of the video, you had quite the adventure.

    August 4, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Saera El Paso, TX

    hello everyone
    happy monday

    August 4, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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