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September 9th, 2008
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/9/08

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  1. sam, GA

    This Campaign is getting ridiculous. facts are facts! we'll see in the next few days who can bring change. i don't know but Obama is likely the one to trust ... McCain's plan is not really change... Sarah's story is fishy...!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    Crocdile tears, I agree with that point by Mark Halperin, but when Sara Palin talks she's a republican, conservative republican, the democrats should know how to deal with that.

    But give John McCain credit for picking a star running mate.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Fahim

    Everyone should stop the nagging at Sarah Palin.
    Obama is now showing his immaturity by going after a successful governor.
    He needs to grow up.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  4. shellon

    what's really crazy is that the american people are falling for palin, when we don't even really know who she is. i'm frankly tire of her, and ready to move on

    September 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Quincey

    I am sick of hearing about this Palin character. She is nowhere near presidential or vice presidential material. This is a big joke. I've decided to turn off the news until after Nov. 4th!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Jake

    If McCain has to walk on eggshells in the context of racial implications how is being cautious of sexism not fair?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Louise

    I agree with David Gergen, Obama should not be talkng about Palin as he should be taking on John McCain and also she is not worth talking about

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Debbie Lewis

    I agree with Jacqui Chan. The continued spotlight on Sarah Palin has for the moment energized the republican base and closed the ethusiasm gap - as demonstrated by McCain's rising poll numbers. I can only hope that her extreme right wing views and thin-ice resume will ultimately energize the democrats to show-up for Obama in November.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  9. kayne - kentucky

    Anyone hear about Palin attempting to fire the librarian in her town because she was not willing to remove books at palin's request? What's the deal on that one?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Chuck Owen

    The media should put as much time on Biden as they do Palin. Obviously, to me anyway, Palin has skewed the media and the opponents. You make too much of Palin. Talk about Obama and McCain.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Tracey - Boston

    David Gergen has hit it on the head...Clinton to Obama and now Palin. it is interesting

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Sonia - Texas

    What happened to integrity. McCain and Palin are blatant liars. David, nothing is taken from Obama. It doesn't lower Obama, it gives his supporters a little fun too.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Melissa, FL

    Obama needs to just stick to telling us his plans of how he will change this country for the better. McCain and Palin have yet to tell us their real plans for change. All they know how to do is bash Obama and keep reiterating the same tired half truths. Take the high road, Barack!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  14. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    The Obama campaign needs to focus and stay on topic (facts and issues) and keep away from the political smoke screen/detour that the McCain campaign is leading.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Robert Alexander

    The McCain campaign has stolen Obama's theme of "Change" or at least hijacked it. Why shouldn't Obama start a Country First and Maverick theme based upon his and Biden's records? Maybe even take on the "straight talk" theme and put McCain in his place so that the ISSUES take precedent over personal stories and rhetoric.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Raechel , Ohio

    This whole Palin situation is absurd. Are we honestly concerned with comments about lipstick when we have people dying everyday in Iraq, millions of people without healthcare, thousands of people losing jobs, and families struggling to put food on the table? Lets get over it and get on with the real issues in this election.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Jo

    I would like to know,if Palin is not ready to answer questions from the media,how will she be ready to run this country ?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Mike

    I agree with Teri. Why is it that Palin has yet to leave the roost so to speak. McCain is riding her coat tails right now. I also believe that the McCain group is also afraid of what she will say or do when pressured with questions.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Mike in Cali

    As long as she continues to dodge the media, we will never know how smart or dumb her ideas turn out.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Sharon

    If the media would stop hyping Sarah Palin like she is a great politician, maybe there wouldn't be this ludicrous idea that she would be qualified to lead our country. The Republicans are trying to fool the American public on her credentials and trying to hide her from real interviews because they know she has no substance. If this is the best respresentative the Republicans can offer as the next in line for the presidency, God help our country.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Rob Brunt

    Hey Anderson,

    I justed wanted to agree with your guest this evening..you have less than two months left and we hardly know anything about Sarah Palin or her political views..I can almost repeat her convention speech word for word.. I've heard it so much. For instance, I heard somewhere that part of her foreign policy experience is attributable to a refueling stop in Ireland, is that true?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Julianna Koster

    Good Evening Everyone,

    Why are the democrats not fighting the new battle put to them? Please shut down this Palin situation quickly so this campaign can be about the issues.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Tracey - Boston

    CHANGE back to the issues would be nice.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Reuben

    I know that the family is suppose to be off limits but what about pictures on the net that shows her daughter with guns and alcohol. What is her take on under age drinking and guns in the hands of minors? I think the press is ignoring a lot of information and giving this woman a pass. A pass was never given to Obama or Hillary!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Lisa

    A secretive vice president who sequesters him (her)self and lies with a straight face to the American public...hmmmm...if McCain/Palin gets elected I guess things really won't have changed even in the VP spot.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Rita

    I'm going to print up a t-shirt that reads:

    john mccain:

    another man using a woman to get what he wants.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Jeannette, CT

    I am sick to death of the speculation around Palin. I want facts. Period. I don't care whether or not she's a woman. Makes me nuts that they twisted Biden's comment into some sort of sexist comment. It isn't. It wasn't. Palin made it a part of her statement–that SHE will be a friend to parents with disabilities. He is pointing out the fallaciousness of this argument.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Ahmad

    Hi Erica.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Lisa

    Mark Halperin is absolutely right on tonight. We still don't know Ms. Palin. This is ridiculous. The press has to ignore all the phoney playing of the "gender card" and keep digging the facts out on this woman.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Renee NC

    Hey Erica! Glad your a part of this team!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Lesa, TN

    M. E. Lane, you are right. Palin compared herself to a dog. But really Obama wasn't referring to Palin. I think he was using an old saying to compare McCain to Bush.

    And what couldn't be more sexist than the buttons worn by the GOP party at last week's convention: "The Hottest Governor in the Coldest State".

    September 9, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Nancy

    Obama was not talking about Palin, he was talking about McCain's polciies of "change". This is an old fashioned expression that McCain, himself, has used in reference to Hillary Clinton's health care plan.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  33. sarah B....Durham,NC

    i thinik Pailn was put on the ticket for Hype...media Attention...they knew this would work...but they dont want her to answer how she is going to Change Anything??>>

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Karen

    It Palin can't take the heat she should get out of the kitchen...oh no wait can't say that. This is absurd. Sarah should come of hiding and take a live interview. Not hide behind her Rove trained speech writers.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Lee

    I also agree with Mr. Halperin, let's get back to the issues. And let's hear from Ms. Palin. She calls herself an attack dog. Yet when people attack her its another story.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Jody

    I have to agree the remark was aimed at Sarah. She mentions lipstick–now Obama mentions lipstick!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Mike

    Why is Todd Palin always on stage? I never see the other wives 'ALWAYS' next to the candidates on every stump, but Todd is always there, waving, like he is running for (V) President. Shouldn't he be home watching his kids?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  38. Pat Richards

    I would like to know why Palin hasn'ttalked on her own? I think it is rather pathetic that the Preidential nominee John McCain needs her to draw crowds that he can't seem to get on his own

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  39. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @ Jo Ann..."No matter what context it was in it was an insult against Palin."

    And how insulting that McCain and the Repulicans think Americans are stupid enough to think Palin is an intelligent fix. The right VP choice could have swung me to the Republican ticket–they blew it and insulted me in the process.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  40. Cheryl L

    I knew this was going to happen. This election has turned into a circus which proves that McCain is not ready to lead. He has effectively moved this away from the real issues and now we are going to have to possibly deal with 4 more years of Bush.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  41. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone

    September 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Louise

    @jo ann- I heard Sarah Palin start the topic of lipstick. Why does it have to be used in the campaign prior to this. People can say new things on the campagin trail you know. At least they should- in the case of Sarah Palin she has been saying the same speech for 12 days now

    September 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  43. JImmy in California

    This campaign is getting funny, sad and ridiculous all at the same time. I want to hear about issues. Both sides need to stop this childish back and forth tit for tat. We are on the verge of another world war so this is no time for crap.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Jay, Texas

    Bravo to Mark Halperin, on today's show he is a voice of reason surrounded by familiar blowhards.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Cortez

    I would like to see the campaign get back to the issues but this is how McCain wants it not about the issues cause he knows he would sure lose. I dont want to see Obama go negative with his campaign but it seems like that is what the American people recognizes more so I guess he has no choice but to go negative if it will help him win the election.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Mike, Syracuse NY

    There have been many blatantly sexist comments about Palin. For example, the questions of whether she can balance 5 kids with being VP. If someone said that about a liberal woman, NOW would be all over them.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  47. claryssa

    Sarah Pallin might be consistent with her principles, but, at the end of the day, a Vice President has to be consistent with the rights that the Constitution of the United States provides to all its citizens, not only those with Pallin views.

    This election has turned into an religiousl meeting, thanks to Sarah Pallin...

    September 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Erika, Miami

    The saying is you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig – not you can clean up a pig but its still a pig.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  49. kriselda jarnsaxa

    Um, so Palin calling herself a "pitbull with lipstick" is perfectly fine, but for Obama to refer to one of their POLICIES (not either candidate, but one of their policies) "lipstick on a pig" has them all bent out of shape. Double standard much?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Adriana

    Should they start talking more about issues and less about lipstick? Democrats would win on that debate...

    September 9, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
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