August 19th, 2008
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/19/08

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

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 11p ET.

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  1. Shannon

    I suspect McCain will continue running only negative ads. The only things that I can tell he is for are the surge and off-shore drilling. You can only run so many ads about those two topics.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    McCain's quest for the nomination was all but dead a year ago. People forget the comeback he made. He's doing it again.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Kenny in NC

    I admire Senator Obama for not getting in the mud with McCain but I suspect it may become necessary sooner or later if McCain does not self destruct.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Shannon

    See Obama always has a plan, he is a strategic mastermind!! He knows how to win and McCain and all the pundits are underestimating him again as they did in the primaries until his strategy succeeded.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  5. James Dylan

    The reason McCain's ads work is because they're true. Obama has no experience.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  6. ericacnn

    i love the "revealed" pieces – and i found it interesting and refreshing that the candidates and their wives answered some of the questions asked, ones they have seemingly avoided in the past

    August 19, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Elaine

    The only reason McCain's ads are being effective is the media's unwillingness to keep him honest. You slap McCains hand if he does something wrong, but you slap Obama upside the head. The media needs to stop selling the American voters a bunch of propaganda.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  8. Shannon

    All the pundits turning against Obama sounds good. Last year, in December they had written him off right before he took Iowa away and then won 9 straight primaries. It is better to underestimate his strategic planning. McCain has not shown himself to be strategic in much.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  9. larry

    For Obama V.P, choice, i have the feeling that, Catherine Kennedy may also bring in some excitment to the ticket as well as appealling to the women voters too.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  10. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    At 3AM, I'd rather have the level-headed community-minded organizer and Law Professor, rather than any of the "old boys club" answering the phone and throwing us into more ego-generated global chaos.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Shannon

    Frank, I would absolutely rather have Obama answer the call. John McCain is trigger happy, he is going to have us continuing war in Iraq, Afghanistan, then include Iran, Russia, and soon Pakistan.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Heather,Ca,US

    The difference I see is Obama can't communicate well unless it's from a speech.McCain communicates best without a speech.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  13. Frank, El Dorado Hills CA

    Honestly, who would you rather have answering the 3 a.m. call? The former Naval Aviator-War Hero or the Community Organizer -Law professor?

    August 19, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hillary waited too long to go negative. Had she started sooner, she would be the nominee. Georgia has been a real wolrd 3 AM call. It's making people think that Obama is too much of a lightweight to handle it.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Michael

    I think the buzz about Joe Biden and Evan Bayh is just a smoke screen. I think that Barack Obama will surprise everyone and pick Hillary Clinton. I was doubtful at first, but when the DNC announced that Bill Clinton would speak before the VP pick it set off a red light that seems to make sense that he would introduce her when everyone in the media has all but written her off.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Shannon

    McCain should definitely not cater to his base, picking a pro-choice V.P. would really help his campaign 🙂

    August 19, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  17. MaryBeth

    Questioning America and where the country is going is not unpatriotic. In fact, it's the definition of patriotism. You want the best for your country. You want to represent the best country. Wondering what happened to this great idea our forbears came up with, is exactly what they would want us to do. They questioned their own government, and decided it was not working. In Britain you can't get rid of the royal family, they are for life. But here, in an elected government, you can. And that's patriotism. Fighting for the best of your country to be the best it can be.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Steve - southern Illinois

    I think Biden would be a great VP but won't appeal to so many people who are looking for an American Idol as VP.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  19. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Questioning and speaking one's mind is VERY patriotic and American. It's one of our fundamental rights in the United States.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Heather,Ca,US

    Sen Clinton is a moderate Dem.Sen Obama is a Marxist.Sen McCain can easily use her material and Rove's.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Larry

    I really do not see Joe 'xerox' Biden as a capable POTUS in the event of a something happening to Obama; plus he seems to project the appearance of being superior to Obama.

    Mitt Romney for McCain, meh just can't see it. I'd have preferred the Gov. of Louisiana but he's just getting his feet wet.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  22. chris, Baltimore, md

    @CasyJ, Wesley Clark would be a good choice

    August 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Wesley Clark was basically fired from his last 4 star job. He was forced into retirement because he was a loose cannon who almost had us shooting at the Russians in Bosnia.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  24. David, Indiana

    Hi Campbell, Erica, everyone blogging. I'd be really surprised in John McCain picked Joe Lieberman, I think he will probably try to balance the ticket his maverick image with someone solidly republican. But I am sure I don't know who either Obama or McCain is going to pick. Still pulling for Sen. Clinton.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  25. MaryBeth

    I'm so sick of the Republicans attacking personally. Of course, it's the only thing they have, since they can't compete on the issues. This should not be a popularity contest..it should be an issues contest: who handles the issues better?

    August 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Steve - southern Illinois

    I think Obama should have announced his VP pick sooner.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Heather,Ca,US

    We all can guess all we want.I don't think anyone will know till they want us to.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Frank, El Dorado Hills CA

    Obama is supported by a group in the Democratic party who view the United States as oppressive at home and imperialist abroad. Mrs. Obamas 'mean country' statement and Senators Obamas 'America not what it once was' statement seem to echo that sentiment. Does questioning America and her role mean someone is not patriotic? It depends on who you ask.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Sheree (Columbus, Ohio)

    I voting for Obama anyway...but Hillary is the person I want to be president in 2016 and the best way for that to happen is for her to be VP

    August 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  30. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike-You don't think Wesley Clarke would be "exciting" or interesting enough?

    August 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Marie

    obama needs to be bold and pick lugar

    August 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hillary is really the only one who would add excitement, except perhaps Gore. The rest are all ho-hum choices with more negatives than positives.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    happy tuesday, bloggers

    August 19, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  34. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Sara-I agree with you about wedge issues, especially Marriage and abortion (decisions and issues which should be nobody's business to begin with).

    August 19, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  35. chris, Baltimore, md

    Obama don't need Hillary anywhere near his campaign.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  36. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Selecting Hilary might put me back on a train, so to speak. At this point, after last weekend, I just don't care as much anymore.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  37. MaryBeth

    Sara: they use everything as a wedge issue: abortion, religion, patriotism, taxes, war, peace, etc.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Doug, Hermosa Beach CA

    Biden would be Obama's best choice

    August 19, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Sara

    I'm so sick of politicians using abortion as a wedge issue.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  40. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    It's very smart to pick a running mate that appeals to independents. Independents are a large block now and could provide the swing needed.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Lou

    I think that Obama is going to have no choice but to go with Hillary for VP

    August 19, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Sheree (Columbus, Ohio)

    Hi...everyone, I hope that the VP pick is soon so we start talking about the issues

    August 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  43. chris, Baltimore, md

    Joe Biden would be a bad choice.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Stacy

    So much talk from people who have no idea who is going to be VP.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  45. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Please not Joe Biden.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Mike, Vietnam

    Hello Campbell,
    good to see you on show again tonight!

    August 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Kenny in NC

    Good evening Campbell, Erica and all bloggers. Ready for another good night tonight. I suspect that tonight everyone will be telling us who will be the VP picks for McCain and Obama. All the candidates will have to do then is join the blog and see who they are to pick.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Shannon

    I definitely think that Joe Lieberman would be the best V.P. for McCain, he definitely should choose him.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  49. MaryBeth

    Why is it no one wants the job of VP? Is it that much of a career killer?

    August 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Gina - Missouri

    Can't wait to find out who the VP picks are!

    August 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
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