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August 12th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/12/08

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  1. Hannah Storm

    that poor little Chinese girl......I bet she was adorable

    August 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Kevin, Michigan

    Biden for Obama.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Mike, Vietnam

    Erica-
    I have so many problem with my laptop every single day, I am surprised I have not thrown it against wall. Dont do that to yours or we will see it on webcam!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Saera El Paso, TX

    it's Singing in the Rain all over again

    August 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Caren in Los Angeles/soon-to-be Boston

    Sarah, David Gergen once reminded us that Kennedy didn't like Johnson, but he chose him anyway because he knew it would be easier to win the presidency. It could always happen again.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Erica, is it time for a Mac?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Jolene

    That's great news Erica! I hope Anderson gets a new laptop too. It's about time.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think that both candidates will pick someone who will help them win the election, not necessarily someone who would do the best job.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  9. andersoncnn

    interesting discussion.. which vp candidate really would give either presidential candidate a bounce?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Mary

    China was and is under a lot of pressure. They were covering their bases. Too bad.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Hannah Storm

    don't you just feel so lost when your laptop doesn't work Erica......I know I do

    August 12, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Tracey - Boston

    Yeah ... China can you say Milli Vanilli??

    August 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  13. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Steve had a great point. We need to keep in mind that whomever is chosen for VP could end up as President. Yikes! Frightening!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  14. ericacnn

    word on the street here is a new laptop is on the way, and i can't wait for that day! i'm back online now after being booted off in an odd technolgical light show 10 minutes ago... this little computer has worked hard, but i think it's time to say goodbye

    August 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    Hillary's problem is that Bill is a former two term president, if that weren't the case, she would be a shoo in for vp. She's still a possibility. That says a lot. Good point about where the candidate's gut feeling takes him by Jessica Yellen.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Shannon

    I hope Obama announces the pick at the convention!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Susan

    Great discussion on the VP...something Obama should keep in mind, there are many people that will not vote for him if he doesn't choose Hillary as his VP....I have never voted Repbulican in my life, this may be a first...or I might just not vote at all.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Not all presidents and VP's have loved each other. So it really doesn't matter if McCain likes Romney or Obama likes Hillary. All that matters is if they can get the job done together.

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  19. Sarah

    I don't think Obama would ever pick Hilary. They worked against each other for so long, why would he bring back for another 4+ years?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  20. EVE

    Hillary will do nothing to advance Obama. All she could do is energize the Republicans.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  21. brandi

    so Obama likes a guy which is keeping him in the running for VP? is there anything else to that? great respect i understand, but not consideration simply because he likes him.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Roweena D'Souza, Seattle

    Steve is very eloquent today. Great conversation.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  23. Dee Stevens

    The European Union should apply serious discussion to soften the tensions of the Russian-Georgia conflict. Somehow the Unite Nations should step in and offer security measures. All those thousands of people in Geogia today in the streets waving their flag was quite a sight. I hope th situation will improve. A new era of detente is needed.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I dont think Obama will ever pick Hillary. It would be a good team with her experience and his ideas, but with all of the stuff that went on in the primarys, I think it ruined her chances.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Janna

    Are there any Obama supporters who would not vote if Clinton was on the ticket? I don't see how he could lose the election if she was VP. of course, then he would have to live with his choice for 4 years.... I think they'd be a great team but I don't think he agrees

    August 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Jolene

    Mark Page Halperin has a great point. We really don't know who is on the short list do we? But we do seem to have fun speculating....

    August 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Mary

    I think that the VP discussion is very important. It is news, everyone is so critical of the current administration. We do need change its just what kind and by who. Hillary is going to make some noise. I think it is going to hurt the dems.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It would be a lose/lose situation for Hillary Clinton to take the VP spot because if Obama wins and he does a good job she will not have a chance in 2012, if he does a bad job she will be associated with his mistakes.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Maureen T

    Thanks Jessica, but don't count Hilary out just yet...

    August 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Any choice for Obama other than Hillary will be a ho-hum choice. Someone else will also not unite the party.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Let's hope the vp choices will be what's best for the country, not best for winning.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar

    That is my choice to pick Hillary Clinton will be Vice president with Obama....

    August 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Shannon

    I personally think it would be a huge mistake to bring on Clinton as VP. Obama wants and has to win the presidency for himself. If he were to bring on Hillary his entire presidency would be overshadowed by people saying she won it for him or he couldn't have done it himself. He can do it and he will win it without her. The POTUS has to be able to stand on their own.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Larry

    Mark Sanford, is he on obama's short list of gaffers?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Cindy

    I don't think Obama will ever pick Hillary for his VP.

    Cindy..Ga.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Andrew, Lafayette IN

    I agree with you Fay. If Hillary is picked, she'll fall into line and be a good VP.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  37. EJ (USA)

    How are you doing tonight Anderson?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Its funny that the Republican VP wannabes are the ones doing the serious kissing-up and the Democratic ones are just staying in the back.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  39. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Good Evening Anderson. Great conversation so far. When are we gonna get our surpirse? LOL.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  40. James

    The Russians are almost daring us. Do you know how close Iraq is to Russia? All our leaders can do is talk tough. How many countries told us not to go into Iraq? Did we listen? So who are we to tell them not to go into Georgia? That's how they view this whole situation.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Fay, CA

    It's difficult to imagine another potential VP candidate for the Dems who'd bring as much buzz and excitement as Hillary Clinton would.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  42. andersoncnn

    evening everyone.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  43. David (Atlanta)

    Good evening bloggers let see how long Russia really will leave Georgia alone.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  44. David, Indiana

    Good that Russia and Georgia are stopping hostilities. You end up seeing in all of this that President Bush isn't all that bad in some respects. McCain and Obama both have a ways to go.

    Are those Rockettes?

    Discretion...wooing...passion...coy...serious auditions.

    Good moment in the campaign, though Mark Sanford not being able to come up with a difference between McCain and Bush.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Jolene

    Great segment from Jessica Yellin. Had to giggle about the bad Santa wanna be rockette though!

    August 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Rekha Joy A

    Hi Anderson,

    Looking especially cool today. Nice tie! I hope the cease fire stays for good.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I wouldnt be able to tell the difference between the Bush administration and McCain's either. I do not see any difference at all so I cant blame that senator for not being able to tell the difference.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  48. anthony

    Mccain's comments on the situation sounds like he is the president, this is the same thing Obama was accused of after his tour. Obama on the other hand stayed within his place as a presumtive nominee. Sound to me like someone needs to remind Mccain that he is not the president.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Cindy

    No one knows who the VP for either candidate will be. So why does everyone waste our time trying to guess? We could be getting actual news stories.

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Shannon

    You can't blame Mark Sanford for not being able to name one difference between the Bush and McCain economic policies. There are none 🙂

    August 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
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