September 8th, 2008
09:38 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/8/08

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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. David, Indiana

    Angel, I think the campaign is headed in the direction of discussing politics and experience of Sarah Palin, just where things are going, you can dare to say it.

    Praying to be right with God, I can see that for a person of faith in public office, praying for a natural gas pipeline...I don't know, sometime you just do your best.

    I've never understood the O.J. memorabilia case because you can always get more stuff, autograph it, and sell it as memorabilia

    That's an excellent point by Jeffery Toobin, maybe there was no crime, just some guys arguing about a bunch of stuff.

    Triumph seemed really happy to get a note from you Anderson.

    Way to ask the tough questions about the beat 360 T-shire Erica.!

    Good night everyone!

    September 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Kay, California

    I just want to say that I think David Gergen always gives a fair analysis of each issue. I can always count on him for an unbiased view of all sides. Thanks.

    September 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Saima-TX

    Great show Anderson 🙂 Good night everyone!

    September 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Renee

    Mr. Gergen, as usual, thank you for your serious and enlightening comment about the economic challenges being voiced by the Peterson Foundation. I will be sure to check it out. My husband and I appreciate your insight very much. Continue to keep it real. Thanks!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. James R.

    David Gergen, you are right. I agree completely with you. I hope our fellow Americans do not destroy our country because they like the look of how cute the VP is. This is not the high school prom. We are trying to turn our economy around and we need the right person. Oh okay great she is the Governor of Alaska. WOW!!! That means nothing to me. I was a Mcain supporter before Bush became President. When I saw him become part of the old guard and support Bush in almost all his policies, He lost me. He did not fight the system he went along so he could at one point or another become President. I will say one thing. Pray!! because if people are going to elect someone because their VP is a Women, God Help us all!!!!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Amen Mr. Gergen! Let's get back to real issues. Those of you in the media can help to take us there!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar

    Awesome!!!!! Day of the shot with Anderson Cooper with insult dog !!!! that is so funny!!!!! Anderson wrote a note!!!! LOL!!!!!
    Good night Anderson, Erica and best bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night!!!! Sleep tight!!!!
    See you on Wednesday!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Genevieve M, TX

    I am impressed that Anderson managed to respond to Triumph. If I was in the same situation, I would have been speechless while blushing at least 30 shades of red!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    I love Anderson & Erica. More funny exchanges are always welcome.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Angel Manners

    Anderson, don't pretend that you don't know. You know you have a closet full of those Frankie shirts

    September 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Jacqui Chan

    or Duran Duran remember thoose shirts

    September 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  12. JImmy in California

    WOW Anderson, you get all the great interviews. LOL. Great show tonight. See you all tomorrow night.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Peter Arnott

    It is time for OJ to finally serve in his own way. He and Scott Peterson should have cells next to one another! Now there's a visual!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton

    Anderson, I can't believe you are showing Triumph on 360! This was hilarious!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  15. JImmy in California

    David Gergen, as usual, you are right again but I must say that as a nation we must not allow a President candidate to slip someone into office pass the vetting eyes of the nation and the media. We must feel comfortable with the people we vote into office.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Jacqui Chan

    Hey DG, glad to see you blogging with us. I am not tired of the Palin coverage, just scared of her extremely conservative ways. Thanks for the recommended read.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Barbara in NC

    Ha Ha Erica – the OJ case is OLD – that man needs to fade away – somehow.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  18. EJ (USA)

    While I do not support McCain/ Palin, I must say that what was said or preached in her church should not be considered to be her opinion or belief unless she says that she supports the preaching’s and beliefs of her church.

    Or unless she's the one preaching them, right?

    September 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Audrey

    Jimmy, I agree. If we're willing to give Obama the benefit of a doubt regarding Rev. Wright, then we should do the same for Palin.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  20. mollie

    i didn't think she was praying for war. seemed to me she was praying that war was the right thing to do. i used to be pentacostal. i don't care what any of the canidates USED to be.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar

    Not good day for OJ Simpson!!!! But I am glad he is back to court!!!! I hope he would stay in jail.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  22. EJ (USA)

    Yes – great job Randi! Keep digging for us.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Louise

    Why oh why are you covering OJ. does anyone really care anymore?

    September 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  24. ericacnn

    This OJ case is so odd...I remember when this broke, and the non-stop hearings...all very, very strange. What a group, too!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  25. JImmy in California

    While I do not support McCain/ Palin, I must say that what was said or preached in her church should not be considered to be her opinion or belief unless she says that she supports the preaching’s and beliefs of her church. Then there could be a problem with her and her church.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  26. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - good to see you up and blogging at this hour. It is especially interesting to hear from those of you who are getting tired of the Sarah Palin story - that suggests it may crest over time and we will get back to talking about the candidates at the top of the ticket and the huge issues facing the country. Did you see the two page ad taken out by a group of economic heavyweights (Paul Volcker, Bob Rubin, Pete Peterson, George Shultz and others) arguing that the campaigns are avoiding the big, big challenges that are crashing down upon us as a nation? If you haven't, urge you to check in with the Peterson Foundation, which is the spark behind this effort. The country is going to be in deepening trouble unless we act soon.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Lets hope this time OJ Simpson will not walk, once again.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  28. Fay, CA

    It is ridiculous that Palin is expecting "deference" from reporters before she agrees to an interview–it is not the job of reporters to make her feel comfortable–it is their job to make sure the right questions are asked so that the public is getting pertinent information about the candidates.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  29. deborah, OH

    Please keep investigating Palin. There is just something about her I don't trust or like.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  30. EJ (USA)

    Shouldn’t we as a country expect no less that treating someone with respect and deference? That is what I’m teaching my children. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.


    She should be treated the exact same way that Obama, Biden, and McCain have been. No different. (and no – when you are running for President or on the Presidential ticket – you certainly DO NOT always get treated with "respect & deference" nor should you expect to.)

    To quote Bill Clinton earler this year - "This is a contact sport. If you don't want to play, keep your uniform off."

    September 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  31. janet

    Lance Armstrong once said, "I'm not the next Greg Lemond, I'm the first Lance Armstrong."
    Couldn't you give McCain the same respect. He is not the next George Bush, he is his own person, and has a history showing that. As Lance says, "He is not the next George Bush, he is the first John McCain."

    As a side note: I haven't decided who I am voting for yet. I like to let things play out. I watch all the news networks so I can be educated about everything.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  32. Sandra, Ontario

    Hi Anderson...great job..Please keep it up, ie exposing this fraud, Palin. America needs to know her record which is not exactly picture perfect..corruption, earmarks, some of her questionable associations, troopergate, mantuska(sp) milkgate, her lies and distortions of the truth. Her extreme religious beliefs need to be exposed so Americans esp. women can get a clear picture of what she represents and advocates. You are one of the few journalists we can count on.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  33. kirk, DFW

    David Gergen is spot on with his comments. He shows intelligence in his well thought comments, reflecting both positive and negative comments for both parties. Jeffrey Toobin is clearly liberal and it's difficult to listen to biased comments. If I want biased, I'll watch FOX. Keep everyone honest and show us the facts!!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  34. Karen

    Lesli and others- spin it as you wish. But the woman clearly says the war in Iraq was "God's plan"...

    September 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar

    I am enjoy Randi Kaye's reports from Alaska, she digs up for Gov. Sarah Palin........ Thank you Randi!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  36. Carolyn Greer

    Carrie said: Why should Palen's personal religious views on what caused global warming matter as long as she believes in global warming, etc.? :
    Well..Palin does NOT believe in Global Warming and is not all that environomentally conscious as she maintains. Her main goal is to get that oil pipeline through at all costs. And she has sued the Federal Gov't to REMOVE the polar bear as an endangered species..
    Global Warming IS real and we don't need uneducated people in high office.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  37. Angel Manners

    Palin is welcome to her values, but does not mean everyone shares them. Values do not run a country, strength and leadership does

    September 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  38. Amina TN

    wow a vice president that prays for war? yeah like we haven't had enough of that already.

    call me old fashion but whatever happened to praying for peace 🙂

    September 8, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  39. Louise

    I so agree with the comments from bloggers who say open your eyes. You should be afraid, very afraid if he McCain/Palin ticket gets into office. After the piece on her reglion. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE>

    September 8, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  40. James Smith

    We should all be deeply concerned with Sarah Palin's religious views that are narrow minded. The video clip in which she asserts our soldiers are in Iraq as God's will. Her politics are reflected with this sort of religious view–just look at how she tried to have so many books banned at the public schools when she was mayor and how she tried to fire the librarian who refused. Ask her about these facts!

    I believe in God but do NOT share Sarah's viewpoint.

    I pray she is not elected and be a heart beat away from being President.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Renee from Denver

    Good Evening Anderson. Can the press please stress the difference between the Presidential candidate and the VP! Sick of the Palin Obama comparison – there is none!

    September 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  42. Genevieve M, TX

    I enjoy Randi's reports, she really digs into the subject to get all the angles.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Lesli

    So I'm listening to this religious description of her church and there is nothing there that isn't taught in any other bible based Christian church.

    Christians ask God to bless their actions every day. Its part of their faith.

    Is there something wrong with praying for our troops? For our government leaders? For our plans to prosper our state or country?

    This happens every week at churches all over the world.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Barb from Pa

    The fact that Palin is a woman isn't the problem. The problem is she supports the administration that is destroying this country. A vote for Mccain/Palin will be a vote for more of the same, plain and simple.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Jennifer - Raleigh, NC

    I often wonder what ever happened to separation of church and state, but what I'm wondering now as I see the faith report on Palin, is whether this helps or hurts Democrats. I would like to say help, but there are so many across the country who share Palin's, or similar views.

    I think I'm a little scared of the latter.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Eric - New Jersey

    This Sarah Palin craze will fade away when people start to learn more and more that she's just another pawn of the Republican party. Then when it comes down to the issues, they will also see that Obama will be the wise choice, afterall, this election is about the top of the ticket.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Stephanie Meier

    If we are 'One Nation Under God' – then why wouldn't we continue to pray that God be a part of our great nation? Sarah Palin should be applauded for her values! Check out History in the Bible to see what happend to nations when they turned away from God.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  48. janet

    Shouldn't we as a country expect no less that treating someone with respect and deference? That is what I'm teaching my children. I don't think that's a bad thing.

    September 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
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