August 18th, 2008
09:42 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/18/08

For what’s in the program at 10p ET take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

At 11p ET we’ll have an in-depth look at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency.  You’ll hear what the candidates were asked and how they answered.  We want to know what you think so we’re keeping the live blog open until 12a ET.

Anderson is off tonight.  Campbell will be filling in.  You can get a behind the scenes look at her on our live web camera from the 360° studio.   LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

And don’t forget to watch Erica Hill’s webcast.  LINK TO THE WEBCAST

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 12a ET.

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  1. Mary

    The people of Pakistan need to find a leader who has the interest of the people in the fore front. Too much chaos in the world.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Frank, El Dorado Hills CA

    The role of the military in Pakistan, without Musharif, becomes a bigger unknown then before.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Whitney (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

    Anyone notice how McCain disregarded the question abot what middle class is? Or, who the rich and wealthy are?

    August 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mick, It was obvious that McCain was joking about the five million, everyone in that venue was laughing. He actually even said that it would be distorted and used against him.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar

    Jana in Indiana,
    You're right, I agree with you...... Gary Tuchman is his job to be there the coverage in Florida during hurricane Fay...

    August 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  6. Saera El Paso, TX

    My father and his family are from Pakistan, but they don't seem worried in the slightest about this new situation.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Tyler M

    The men and I around the firehouse are fired up that true issues that effect us and many of those issues we care strongly about are finally being presented to our candidates...it's ironic that it had to come through a pastor. Were's the media been through all of this? Debate's are counter productive. We need more of these "forums"! Kudo's!!!!

    August 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Don Rives

    The Three Tenors we're not!

    August 18, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  9. kim-chicago

    As a woman I think Obama has at least looked at all sides of the abortion issue. I find the analysis by men on this issue very interesting. We've worked too hard ladies for too long to let these rights slip through our fingers. Although I think abortion should be the absolute last option the choice should be ours. I don't think John McCain cares how most women feel about this issue.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Mary

    I would hope that Pakistan has some plan to prevent chaos?

    August 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Lou

    I am outraged by Tony Perkins comments. He says that if Barrack Obama cannot answer the question of "when a baby gets human rights" he should not be president. This is a question that mankind has been trying to answer for all time. It is a personal value and there are many opinions on this. Perhaps John McCain should not be president as he clearly has no resect for a womans right to choose. If you look at his argument then McCain does not beleive in birth control for women either. Now that is a very scary thought

    August 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Shannon

    @Frank, this is exactly why Obama did great. He went to this forum knowing the crowd was in McCain's favor and that they were not with him on these issues. Nonetheless he was not afraid to give thoughtful and respectful answers to these sensitive issues.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  13. Gina - Missouri

    If we hadn't streched ourselves so far in Iraq, we might be more convincing in our support of the poor Georgians...

    August 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar

    Last night I turned on CNN, I found out where tourist were trapped in the river, dam brusted or broke its cause raining too much....... In Arizona...... my thoughts and prayer with Arizona state.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  15. Mick

    Shannon, he took it out of context by saying that this shows McCain's policies and his character about being rich, despite McCain making a joke.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Jana, I agree with you, but Gary does an excellent job!

    August 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Shannon

    I am finding it interesting how McCain did an admittedly much better job than normal and now everyone is thinking that us Obama supporters are worried. I am not. I don't agree with any of McCain's policies or voting record. How he conveys this or talks about it is irrelevant to me. Obama is simply right on the issues.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Mary

    That whale story reminds me of that children's book "Are you my Mother?" I hope they find his mom soon.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Donny


    I agree. McCain had a war story pretty much after every question that was asked that night. I found that very interesting.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Joe

    I agree with Shane regarding Biden, Clinton or Clarke. They would be great VP candidates and would be great to battle the Republican attack machine. Hillary would be my first pick. She has been on the receiving end of all the Republican attacks and she is still standing. The Obama team maybe scared to have Hillary as the VP, because she may do a better job of handling the attacks and responding. It could then make Obama look weak if he can't come back with strong responses to the attacks.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Jolene

    The baby whale story is heartbreaking. I hope he survives.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  22. Kevin in Michigan

    I watched both parts of of the Saddleback Forum twice. I think Obama stammered and hesitated a lot. His VP pick for me now is critical. As a registered Repiblican, disappointed with the current administration's performance, I am back to wavering

    August 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Saera El Paso, TX

    poor baby whale

    August 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Jolene

    As far as the forum questions, there aren't any right or wrong answers, IMO. It was really a way to get at their values. As a voter, I either respected their answers or I didn't. It is not a test with someone getting an "A". Does it really matter who did better? Geez.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Gavin Griffith

    You look great, keep up the hard work.
    Gavin Griffiht

    August 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Frank, El Dorado Hills CA

    How 'good' can Obama be expected to do in front of an evangelical crowd? Obamas views on abortion, traditional values, and gay marriage are not in tune with his audience.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Gina - Missouri

    I think the abortion responses were equal Obama/McCain. The moral failure question on a personal level I liked Obama's explanation better than McCain's answer.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Whitney (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

    McCain used the forum as a commercial. He was clearly about his agenda and did nothing to connect more voters with him personally.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Shannon

    Mick, Obama said that this was said by McCain as a joke – how was this out of context?

    August 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Donny

    Hey Erica,

    I personally think that Obama needs Hilary to put him over the top. But at the same time I do believe that Obama is further ahead than people think. He's going to bring a lot of voters to the polls before its over.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Marcus

    I feel Obama has to be careful. "We The People" can't wait until he makes a mistake. McCanin has taken off the gloves and waiting to swing low. I would not be suprised if the next blow dosen't come after the VP announcement by Obama.

    M.McCoy ATL

    August 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  32. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Kudos to Obama for going to the root of the problem with abortion, as opposed to talking about the act of abortion itself.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I agree with you David Gergen. McCain is not out of this race. Obama can't coast the next few months.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Jana, Indiana

    Gary be careful down there in Florida. You seem to be the "go to" person now for covering hurricanes, since Anderson doesn't seem to be interested in covering them any longer.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Shannon

    Too me the most telling responses was the question related to evil. It was clear that Obama has a much broader and wiser perspective of its existence and was not using his standard stump answer to this question.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mike, Instead of trying to defend Obama's responses, his supporters are tying to find an excuse for why he did so poorly. That tells you a lot about where the election is right now.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  37. Frank, El Dorado Hills CA

    Obamas position against rendering medical assistance to children born alive in botched abortions must give even the most hardcore pro-choice advocates pause.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  38. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Is there a difference between a "church" and an "evangelical church?"

    August 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Mary

    I hope that there are more forums like this. I think that it allows to get the real answers instead of them talking over each other.
    Great info on Faye

    August 18, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Mick

    Obama is now showing his true colors by making McCain's 5 million dollar being rich comment out of context, just like McCain said he would.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Lesli

    I found McCain to be very direct and likable and his interview was extremely interesting.

    Obama spent most of his time stuttering and trying to frame his answers which were often not well thought out.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Rick in Az

    Personally I haven't met one person that's been polled and I'm here in McCains home state so, I'm quite miffed at the poll numbers. I also got a different interputation of the forum on Saturday nite. It appeared to me that John McCain Is making his base abit stronger however when he mentioned his pro life thoughts and How his administration would have prolife policies, I thought he just might have lost a few Clinton supporters that were leaning in his direction.. It also appeared Obama vacation made him look abit rusty.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Shane O'Sheeran, Las Vegas, Nevada

    I Obama picks either Bhye or Kane he is giving away the election, the first helped co-write the war reolution and Kane is two years in office...how stupid could he get, so the only choices are Biden, Hillary, or Wesley Clarke...lets get real.

    If he does choose either of the first two he will lose the general election, also given the fact the neither is the kind of real attack dog he MUST have as a running mate to fight against the Republican lie machine. As to McCain, why would wnyone care who the old dementia stricken guy picks?

    August 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Stacy

    David, I have to disagree with you. First of all, though I hope you are correct that the McCain camp did not cheat, I lost respect for McCain years ago and no longer believe anything the man says. And second, I'm not sure how you can say it wouldn't have made much difference–obviously anyone who's had time to think about a question beforehand is going to come off better. We all saw how McCain did with the surprise Viagra question.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  45. David, Indiana

    I agree David Gergen, John McCain's campaign was eventually going to kick in, the Obama campaign needs to get on it's game. I think it will.

    I agree too with your point in the discussion, Obama does need a nominee that puts some bang in the ticket, esp. with McCain coming on strong.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar

    David Gergen,
    I agree with your blog comment I hope you are right..... you have good point.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Whitney (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

    Why is everyone so bent on McCain doing well in the forum. Go back to the tape, he left questions unanswered. Yes, he was to the point but, that's about it. Be truthful, listen to everything – all of it.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Kevin C Arlington, VA

    ...can't believe speculating on the VP pick which we'll know in a couple of days is considered news.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Jay

    Mr. Gergen, why is there so much talk about how close the national polls are? We know that those polls are no more an indication of how the race is going than the popular vote elects Presidents. The states are where the real battles are, but no one is talking about the states.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Meredith, SLC Utah

    I don't know David...if I'm caught with the answers when taking a test in college, it doesn't matter if I used them...I'm still getting the big old F!

    August 18, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
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