August 5th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/5/08

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

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  1. Jan - Oklahoma

    Don't believe the polls. It is much too early and after the conventions, people will start paying attention. McCain is going to clean up! Obama and his left wing radicals will be crying before this is over.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    The point with Obamas 'tire pressure' comment was that properly inflating tires could REPLACE oil imported from the Middle East and Venezuela. The comment was absurd and Obama should know that.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Gary

    Experts do not say it wil take ten years for the oil to start flowing. So many people believe the Democratic talking points. It is interesting to see the many anti-McCain comments and the excuses for Obama on this blog.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Mary, Knoxville, TN

    I am interested to know who's getting polled??? How are the people doing the polls determining who to contact and what are are they polling? Also, are the polls being done when most working class Americans are at work? Seems to me that the MSM needs to pay more attention to State to State polls rather than using these so called National polls.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Kathy Murphy-Waterford, MI

    Hiya Erica! How's it goin'?

    August 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Cindy

    @ Stan...Obama is negative just in a sly way. Everything McCain said has been true on Obama.


    August 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Anna - chicago ,il

    I agree with you Norma ....I think McCain lost many voters with his recent negative ads.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Jared

    I find it sad people are supporting McCain on this offshore drilling. First it won't do anything for 7 years, secondly the Arabs will make sure we still buy from them. Lastly all that money and effort should be spent on alternative sources. It'd be like in 1920's investing money into a faster horse than the car; its time to move foward. But of course alot of people are gullible, one huge reason why Bush got two terms.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Shannon

    Attacking Obama on the tire inflation things is typical on the lack of substance campaign that McCain is running.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  10. sylvia chicago

    I have nothing but the outermost respect for McCain and all he has endured and accomplished. Having said that, I believe this county is ready and in desperate need of a leader who does not owe any favors to the Washington insiders and the money that drives them...

    August 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  11. kenn

    i bet john mccain will pay for the early negative adverts...i dont think that negativity is vital to the present economic and other predicaments that the country is facing right now...its only issue-oriented and honest campaining that the American people are looking for. so "shame on you, john mccain" for being too negative

    August 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  12. ericacnn

    Hi, bloggers

    August 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Anna - chicago ,il

    McCain's recent negative ads are very misleading especially about oil drilling ...why doesn't he mention that the effects will take in about 10 years...all he says is the word "immediately"...that is misleading

    August 5, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Destini

    Even though it is 2008, lets be real. Of course race is a factor in this presidential race...Sad, but true.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Stacy

    @Cindy–McCain has been loved by the media for years. I agree with Fay.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Norma

    As an Independent voter McCain lost my vote with his stupid ads.

    As for Paris Hilton ad I could not stop laughing. I thought it was a good comeback against McCain. Old wrinkly dude!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Gary

    Senator McCain has a viable energy policy, will not tax retiree's investment income, will be assertive in foreign policy initiatives, and keep honor in the Oval Office.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Stan

    Why does the media think McCain has to go negative and define Obama with false or misleading statements. If Obama did that it would be non-stop criticism.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Kathy Murphy-Waterford, MI

    I find it interesting how that the closer the gap gets, the nastier the Republican Ads get...hmmm. Fear is a powerful weapon.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Marcie. Whitby, Ontario

    Obama has been bringing excitment into the political race, he has the unknown factor. I think he against the grain to the common politcal scheme.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Anna - chicago ,il

    The polls may not be completely accurate but they do show that people feel Obama can take this country in a different direction...I don't think McCain's recent tactics are doing him any good...I'm not falling for it

    August 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  22. Heather Spokane, WA

    If all of these polls are going on, then why arent the rest of us involved in them?

    August 5, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Jolene

    Hello bloggers! I'd prefer a close presidential race, it makes the election more exciting. Makes you wonder what the polls will show once VP's are announced.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  24. kenn

    lets wait and see what happens after vice presidential pick as well as the party conventions ...then we can start listening to the polls...we are still early judging by the history of presidential elections

    August 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Shannon

    John McCain lost his shine because he has not been honest on his positions or on Obama's. He is playing politics and not very well.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    MccCain has a record in 2 careers (Naval Officer and Senator) to look at. Obama is a blank slate, who keeps changing positions. How can anyone know him?

    August 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Frankie

    It is really too early, most people in the country do not pay attention until after the conventions anyway. Many paying attention now are more interested in politics more than most. Besides, how are these polls taken. If they are just land lines, this is not accurate. Most young people do not have land phones. I think all of these polls are inaccurate.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Gary

    The Republicans are not playing any dirtier than the Democrats. It is silly to suggest that the American people can be frightened into voting for anyone.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Shannon

    Obama is doing great!!! However, he is going to pull ahead once the conventions are over and the electorate start to realize the differences between these candidates. John McCain is wrong on every issue.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Cindy

    @ fay, Ca...PLEASE!! Obama has gotten off long enough. McCain and Hillary both were badgered by the media and Obama wasn't. It's about time he is!


    August 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Richard Zimmerman

    All the polls contact people on a landline. i would argue that a great deal of Obama supporters don't even have landlines. I haven't had a landline in nearly 10 years.... There is no way for me to even be polled! I am not alone.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Anna - chicago ,il

    Good evening Anderson..
    Just because Obama is getting a lot of attention doesn't mean he is out of touch...

    August 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Jacqueline, NY

    Caught you on Regis and Kelly this morinng, what a ham!

    August 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Hannah Storm

    in the end, polls should be looked at with a grain of salt

    August 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Maureen T

    Barack Obama's values are more similiar than folks realize!!

    August 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I think Obama should join McCain in some town halls. It would be good to see them together in an informal setting, minus all the back ground buzz of each other's camp.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Vincent

    Neither candidate seems to have any real plan for any of the problems facing the country. Some of the plans seem pretty grand and could work in never-never-land, but will they work in the real world ?

    August 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Norma


    Its because hes unknown but also I don't trust the polls its too early.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    Democrats have put up the most liberal left wing candidate in a generation and they wonder why McCain is close?!

    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Linda31

    Good evening all! The gap can't really be about his age, because we have had 5 Presidents younger than Obama.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Maureen T

    I feel the republicans are playing dirty and that's how they scare the masses into voting for McCain!

    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Fay, CA

    If McCain would get the kind of close examination and scrutiny that Obama has gotten, it's likely that he wouldn't be viewed as favorably–I think he's gotten off a little easier than Obama.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Cindy

    Hey...so John McCain now is tied or maybe even leading in the polls!! LOL It seems no one is buying Obama's rhetoric now!


    August 5, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Gary

    What poll says the public is unimpressed with Iraq success?

    August 5, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Sarah Atlanta, GA

    Hi Anderson, sounds like an interesting program tonite.

    August 5, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Maureen T

    Good evening Andy and fellow bloggers!!

    August 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Cindy

    Evening Anderson and Erica.

    This whole Caylee story just doesn't sit right with me. The mom is just not too forthright with her answers.

    BTW Anderson...you were TOO funny on R&K!!


    August 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Hannah Storm

    good evening Anderson, Erica and bloggers!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Jacqueline, NY


    August 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. andersoncnn

    good evening everyone... thanks for joining us... hope you all had a great day...

    August 5, 2008 at 9:57 pm |
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