August 22nd, 2008
09:26 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/22/08

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Anderson is off tonight.  John King is anchoring from Denver while Erica holds down the fort in NYC.  Take a look at her webcast during the commercials.  LINK TO WEBCAST

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  1. Billy Sutton, Springfield, MO

    No one was teased it was going to be Clinton. He has never made it sound that way. He has only said, "She would be on anyone's short list." I am sure it won't be Hillary and everyone knows that.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  2. ericacnn

    Yes, back in the WH, MaryBeth, but would a cabinet spot be better for Hillary? Potentially more power, more fulfilling and could set her up better for her political future.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Denise

    Excellent point Erica – and also why would anyone have to vet a former First Lady and Senator ? I don't think Hillary wants the VP slot and discussed that with Barack when they met.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    There are a lot of other important positions that he could use Senator Clinton. Everyone might be surprised where he plans to place her.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mike, You are right he did and if Biden is the choice you will see those words repeated over and over again in a McCain ad. It will be interesting to see how Biden tries to explain those remarks away. It will look like a flip flop no matter what he says.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Debbie

    It pains me to read comments such as "if he doesn't pick____, well I won't vote"

    Come on! We need Obama!! REGARDLESS of who he pick for VP.

    Please... VOTE!!!

    Waiting "patiently" for my text! Have a good night, everyone!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  7. Emma

    Erica, that's quite possible. However, I remember Hillary saying she would take the job not too long ago.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Erick-Bloomington In

    I would like to see Evan Baye as Obama's running mate.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  9. Lee

    No Erica, Nobody wanted to carry all her baggage. But to learn that she was never vetted, flies in the face of Obama always saying, "She would be on anyone's shortlist!"

    August 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  10. JImmy in California

    Erica I am on the text and e-mail list but turn my mobile off when I go to sleep at night. I figure his choice will be the same choice in the morning. No reason for me to lose any sleep over it. I can assure you that whoever he chooses will please many and anger many. Probably by doing it on the weekend the time to developed the anger and dig up dirt on the chosen person is limited. The convention is going to be one big bang. Sure glad I will not be there.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Heather

    I am on the text alert list.Of course I am on the west coast and I figure it will be between 3am and 4 but at this point Im sleeping in till 6.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Tony, Georgia

    I think the only way she is not interested in the VP position, is if she plans on having some role in his administration and I can't get past the bounce he would get in such a close race if he were to choose Hillary. This pick could cost him the election.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Christy

    Erica Hillary doesnt need to be vetted I cant believe that she wouldnt want the VP spot One thing about the Clintons they are democrats and will do whatever it takes for this party thats I whats I believe

    August 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Connie

    If Hillary voters keep saying they wont vote if she is not on the ticket and lose this election for us (democrats) then I and probably many others will NOT vote for her if and when she runs. God bless this country if another republican wins.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Denise

    email alert here – not text

    August 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  16. MaryBeth

    Erica: good question! But what's even better is, why wouldn't she want the VP slot? At least she gets back in the White House.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Jolene

    My opinion is that if Hillary is saying she never wanted the job, it's just to save face that Obama didn't pick her. I can't imagine her turning down the job if offered to her.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  18. Deon

    Erica, no way. She wants it.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  19. carole

    If that is why she was not vetted, it doesn't help him out much. He will have to explain alot. We here in Scranton, PA really wanted Hillary.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Jordan Lowrance

    At the start of this race i wanted Sen. Joe Biden to win the nomination but when he pulled out i had to find another candidate to pull for, so I met with Hillary Clinton and I quickly made my decision, she would be the one. It kills me how anyone could not put hillary on their v.p short list i am going to support obama but i very disapointed.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  21. sue

    good point Erica!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    How can Biden, who has been in the Senate for 36 years, be considered change? Obama's ads right now are saying McCain has been there too long, but Biden had been there a lot longer.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Steve - southern Illinois

    I'm on text alert. And although I am an Obama supporter I think he has blown this VP announcement totally by waiting so long. People have been teased into thinking it was going to be Clinton. Now it looks like Biden and will be no surprise. Unless...

    Sheesh, I have a headache.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Emma

    I think it would be wise for Obama to pick Hillary for VP. If I'm not mistaken, close to half of her supporters still will not vote for him. If he picks someone else, it's going to get ugly.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  25. Heidi, Lou.Ky

    text messaging is about to show people that he cares about there opinion, that is argument for Obama ,later on , but I believe , he will pick Hillary ,plus , he is buying time

    August 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Heather

    It sure would have been nice to know that the text message wont be sent till early Sat am.I think we all would have liked to have been told oh days ago.I guess it's back to maybe a 3am text message for those of us west coast time.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  27. gregory

    What's the game? Why is he waiting so long into the weekend? Who else thinks he is going to lose publicity and momentum? If this is a strategy going into the convention, I think people will reconnect on Monday morning, instead of having everyone talking already throughout the weekend.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  28. ScottY

    chris, good point regarding hillary neg. ads! hard to explain that away.
    i blog 2morrow the time i get my text

    August 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Louise

    Hope it is Joe Biden, he offers great experience and is very respected on both sides of the isle. Save Hilliary for Supreme Court.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Renee

    Not Me! I'll turn on Erica in the morning and get the details.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Christine

    Hoping for HRC Women for Obama/Hillary ticket
    This is the winning ticket

    August 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  32. ericacnn

    what if HRC wasn't vetted b/c she told the obama camp she didn't want the job...?

    August 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Tony, Georgia

    I am

    August 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Barbara in NC

    Hi Erica – you and Anderson are so good together – watch all the time. John, love you and your magic map.

    I'm on the txt alert list – know Barack will make a wise choice for VP and all his cabinet positions – USA onward into the 21st century !!!!! I'm so excited.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Jolene

    Erica: I didn't sign up for text message. Was afraid it would be a 3AM deal. No thanks! I'm glad I didn't now that it's going to be in the morning anyways.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Cynthia

    Mike, Syracuse – McCain and Romney dissed each other and it looks like he will Romney as well.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  37. jeff

    Erica you are great on 360!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Janna

    @Chris, your comment gets me wondering...Does anyone know if candidates who fought against each other EVER teamed up on the ticket for a general? Has that ever been a success? seems awkward

    August 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Heather

    I have always liked Biden.He is one thing you don't see in Washington he is honest! I remember the CNN debates .Biden was always honest.Even Hillary would say if he was right.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  40. jarious

    I thick its hillary she's been playing dumb lately

    August 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Greg, Los Angeles

    I am a avid Hillary Clinton supporter and if Obama chooses a nobody like Joe Biden. If he picks Biden over Hillary tomorrow there are so many of us getting ready to protest and condem Obama. Senator Obama will either divide us or unite us with his choice. I hope Hillary will stop supporting him if she is not his VP. I will not support Obama and vote for McCain. We put up with a president who never listens to the people like Bush. This will be a slap in the face to all of us who supported her and want this dream ticket.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Carly,AL

    erica , i just signed up for the text like today...ok 15 min. ago

    August 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  43. robert

    how do you get on the tex list?

    August 22, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  44. carole

    I think Hillary should have been vetted also. Big mistake not to do at least that. Really affects my voting in November.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  45. Cynthia

    Erica, I am on the text list.

    Wesley, do you think that the Clinton's could really survive the vetting process – there is the Clinton Library donors among other things that I don't think that they would want delved into.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  46. Nicholas

    Erics not me how do you get on it
    Hoping its HRC would be the smart choice

    August 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  47. Mike - Chicago

    I am waiting for the announcement that Joe Biden will be the VP. There is even a charter plane going to New Castle, Delaware. My personal favorite Kathleen Sebelius is out because of the Hillary Clinton outfall. Chet Edwards? Obama has a lack of experence, then you add someone with not enough experience in Chet Edwards. Carville is absolutely right Obama will only win if he stops acting so wimpy. Thank God for Obama's pitbull – Biden.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  48. sally

    I think it will be Chet Edwards, but it really doesn't matter, Obama will win now matter who it is.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  49. jeff

    Obama has said he wants someone that can challenge him....(hillary) also he has started using her strategies. hence the comment (i will wake everyday thinking of you) he restated a comment from her campaign.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  50. sandra-california

    Hi! john and Erica, cannot wait for this to be over !!! people put to much attention on Obama's VP it just shows that he is inexperience and they need someone to fill in the huge gap!!!! I just HOPE that the people will CHANGE there minds about Obama his not ready to lead!!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
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