September 9th, 2008
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/9/08

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  1. Karen

    Obama's comment is being taken out of context. I don't think he meant any harm. Calling him a racist over a comment ,that is just plain ignorant. There is more concern going on in the world instead of worrying about a comment.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  2. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Thanks for writing in tonight and for your many comments. Eough with lipstick on both sides. How can we best get back to the issues in this campaign?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  3. David L

    Let's get real. This election is turning into a side show. Palin is obviously not ready to face the media. She's being coached, and cannot stand on her own at this point in time.
    John McCain's judgement is definitely in question not only due to his selection of Palin, but also for his proclamation of being the "change" candidate. Anyone that looks beyond the 24 hr. news cycle sees him as a chameleon, willing to change his tune to get elected, plain, pure, and simple, and he's not shy about it either.
    I'm holding out for the Disney Party candidates. Daffy Duck and Minny, or Micky, are looking better every day.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Laurie

    They have got to be kidding me that Obama talking about change by saying lipstick on a pig is insinuating this is meant about Palin. It means: still doesn't 'change' anything, it's still a pig. How about this one "what's the difference between a soccer mom and a pit bull?" ....a $600 pair of glasses (not mine, I stole it).

    September 9, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Lorna


    I respectfully disagree with Mark Halperin's calling Hillary Clinton, "not the most formidable woman anymore." An equality sign can never be placed between Palin and Clinton. Sarah Palin has gained celebrity status because of the public's curiosity (and arguably her charms), not her 35yo experience. Clinton, sadly, is not the VP candidate and evidently, it's not her time for publicity. This cannot erase her story and her campaign.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Jerry, Canada

    McCain's ad about Obama and education was hilarious, if americans fall for that, than they deserve to have McCain and Palin running their country.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Brad Hembree

    It seems funny that the we see very little from the media about Senator Biden. The fact is that both Vice-Presidential candidates should be scrutinized. I want to know something about Senator Biden's 32 years in the Senate.....I am quite sure he has many things in his career to be looked at.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Will Thomas

    Is it true that since Palin made a statement about lipstick and a pitblll that she now has a copyright on saying anything about lipstick? Get real, the statement that Obama used is a well used phrase from years ago.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Tom

    Has Obama ever had a week where he received as much negative coverage as Governor Sarah Palin has had during this past week?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Betty Mabry

    Why are we not seeing more clips from Joe Biden on the campaign trail? It's not fair for complete shows to be done on Palin and not give Joe Biden equal time.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Leslie Miller-Brooks

    All's fair in love and war and politics. Good for Obama. He's coming out swinging and made a terrific analogy to the McCain campaign.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Michael

    Enjoyed the first 20 minutes. I think the guest speaker was correct about holding Palin accountable. If not the news, then who?

    We have 8 weeks to find out about her. Crocodile tears notwithstanding.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Chris - Miami

    David Gergen is 100% correct with regards to Hillary Clinton not anticipating Obama and here is Obama not anticipating Sara Palin – confims the saying – Paybacks are Hell.

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

    The panelists are right. Obama needs to get back on message of linking the Republican ticket to Bush. He's getting rattled and not looking very Presidential. If he loses this for us.....

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Cheryl

    I am confident women voters will see right through McCain's feeble attempts to gain their vote by selecting a woman "maverick."

    September 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  16. steven

    Why has nobody figured out that Palin is currently being GROOMED on the Do's & Don'ts when finally meeting the REAL Washington press ? Strange how that political faux pax continues to go unnoticed.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Madai

    I agree the attacks have gotten dirty! It's sad to say. But let's please get back to the issues, anyone concerned about healthcare can not be for McCain! I don't think he's mentioned it at all, especially during the convention!!!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Jay

    If Palin is throwing Obama off track, then it's just a small hiccup that the media is blowing up. At the end of the day, when campaigning picks up speed, and the debates start, Obama can just ignore the VP candidate, and Biden, with his superior knowledge of how the rest of the world works will put Palin's policy positions, and real argumentation skills to the test.

    Perhaps when she finally says something relevant to issues, her hype will fizzle out on its own.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  19. Cheryl

    Well then Biden should make the case that Palin is liken to George Bush. He was a governor who purported executive experience to be qualified as commander-in-chief and we see what the country thinks of Bush's judgement and leadership. Do we really want to elect McCain facing the possibility that this would put Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  20. david

    Lipstick on a pig has nothing to do Palin. Even if it did, my wife thinks there's nothing wrong with painting her as she is, – a liar, religious extremist, anti-enviorment, anti-woman's choice, and someone who has flip flopped almost as much as McCain. This is more Republican smoke and mirrors. They even said it's not about the issues. That's because they have no solutions, just personal attacks.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  21. Danny

    Is it just me, but ever since the McCain camp made a threat about not giving any interviews to CNN because they were "partisan", everyone is walking on eggshells when they talk about Palin. If I recall, Obama was getting pounded for months and McCain got an easy pass during this whole time.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  22. Margaret Wilson

    I think they should have Hillary deal with the Palin's experience or inexperience through carefully placed facts when she speaks of the election campaign.Come out swinging and keep jabbing .Show our party the fighting spirit we have and that we won't back down.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Did anyone ever think that by delaying Palin's press debute the Reps have kept the news cycle? How long did Obama sit on Biden's pick as VP to buils suspense? It's good strategy. When she does get interviewed, she'll have a huge audience.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Will Marietta, GA

    I believe the focus should be on Sarah Palin's qualifications. Also, the press should be asking questions as to why they can't have access to her to ask her some hard questions. If she can't face the media, how is she going to face Putin, Chavez, and other leaders? She's only been out of the U.S. once. I believe her only foreign trip was to Kuwait, so it's clear she's not very wordly. It takes years for one to understand what is really going on in countries outside the U.S.. Let's stop pussy footing around and ask the tough questions that have to be answered by some one who could conceivably be answering the phone at the White House at 3:00A.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Sonia - Texas

    McCain can't afford to campaign without Palin now because her crowds would be larger than his and how would that look. She already upstages him now. She runs on stage before him and she shakes hands with the attendees and the cameras follow, but poor old McCain gets left in the wind. She is going to make his life a living hell if they are elected. She wants to run that show, it's just a matter of time before they clash, because McCain likes the head role.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Pat Richards

    i am tired of hearing about Palin and all the whinning from the McCain camp about petty stuff being sexist. Why not just get back to the issues and let McCain go off on his own and Palin on her own unless McCain is afraid of what she will actually say on her own

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Edgar Mièles

    The fact that Sarah Palin is being kept from speaking freely and spontaneously in press interviews reminds me of the film " Stepford Wives ". I hope this is just an impression...

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Renee NC

    Once all the celeb status is over for Palin we will be back to focussing on the issues. Can't wait for the debates.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Heidi , Canton, KS

    Why is everyone attacking Sarah Palin? It is very unfair. People have been attacking her for her inexperience harder than they have ever gone after Barack Obama's, and she has almost as much experience as he does. The only problem for Obama is that he doesn't have the time to "learn on the job" and Sarah Palin would. You would think she was running against Barack Obama instead of John McCain.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Deborah

    I have to agree with Cortez also. I don't want to see Obama and Biden getting "nasty" but it seems to be what the American people like and want. That's how Palin has gotten all this attention - by being mean and insulting. Obama and Biden can't come across as wimps. It's a delicate balance.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Nancy

    Why is it that Sara Palin can point out that she's a woman and everyone thinks that's great but, when Barack Obama barely mentions that he doesn't look like the other candidates – he's accused of playing a race card? Double standard? I think so.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Shaun

    I think that he should take on both of them it's dumb to allow her to through the punch and he attack her side kick McCain, also I'm not sure why all the lies that McCain & Palin have told aren't sinking in with the voters I find myself quoting Ray Charles Mother "scratch a lie find a thief"

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Troy

    Why is it that anything democrats do or say is wrong and everything republicans say or do okay? The republican party is the party of hypocrites. They live by the mantra: od as we say not as we do.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Miriam from Philly

    Oh, yes, a barracuda shouldn't be so thin skinned. Pit bulls aren't thin skinned either. If you can dish it out, you should be able to take it.


    September 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Leigh in Ohio

    About the Obama and Biden comments from today . . . perhaps the Republicans should have provided a list of phrases, words, and references that are off limits! What exactly are Obama and Biden allowed to say without being painted as negative?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Erica, I hope to see your webcast tonight. During the commercials right?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Batya Halpern

    Please continue to do your job and continue to ask hard hitting questions.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Jeff

    Obama needs to stop attacking others and focus on McCain.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Paige Blache

    I am so sick of Sarah Palin! I am sick of her name and her face. I want to hear about health insurance, soaring energy prices (winter is coming), college tuition costs, jobs, you know, the stuff that affects everyday Americans everyday! In the words of Sen. Obama, Enough!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Nancy

    The news media and the pundits have been so relentless in regards to Gov. Palin not being interviewed. It will come and I think she's going to blow everybody away–just like she did during the convention!

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Calvin

    Ms. Palin is not the kind of women that we need in the White House. I think we need to stick to the issues.....making decisions for yourself is one thing but making decisions for all of the women in the United States is not what we as American's need.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  42. Adriana

    I am not sure why Sarah Palin is so formidable, more than Hilary is...So far, I have seen only one speech from her, repeated over and over...

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Donna

    Let's keep the focus on the issues. Come on CNN, give us the facts, whenever one of the candidates says something verify it and report the facts right away. Facts are not about lipstick on a pig remark being said or not, but health care, Iraq, global warming, etc.,.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  44. Latria

    Why is it that the world is making Sarah Palin seem like a super star? I thought this was suppose to be a presidential election not a who is the hottest VP election? Palin seems to do more talking then McCain does. Who is running for president Palin or McCain?

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Sharon Everding

    Thank you for being the first one on cable news to note that Sarah Palin did in fact keep the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds originally earmarked for the "bridge to nowhere". While any governor, Republican or Democrat, would likely have done what was in the best interest of their state, it hardly fits with the "thanks but no thanks.." she has been endlessly quotoing.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  46. sarah B....Durham,NC

    Gergen is right....Biden should take on Palin...Obama take on McCain....that's where the comparasions should come from....

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

    Is McCain still running for president? When was the last time the press covered a VP candidate more than they did the presidential candidate? It just shows how unpopular McCain really is.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Kristi

    The lipstick comment is harmless compared to stating that Barack Obama wants to teach kindergartners about sex. That is truly awful. I really hope that the McCain campaign is held accountable by Obama, the media, and the public.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Michelle, MA

    I am so SICK of everyone walking on eggshells in regards to Palin...she was smug, sarcastic in her remarks about Obama and now they need to watch what they say about her because she is a woman?..please give me a break. The republicans disgust me with their empty promises and disingenious rhetoric to get woman voters. The educated ones won't vote for them. I can't even believe it has gotten to this. Everyone around the world is watching to see if we are going to vote the republicans back in office. How embarrasing for Americans to be even considering 8 more years of this mess.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Larry Dodrill

    I believe Palin is using a script written by the McCain group making false statements and so she opens herself up to more investigation. Our Country has a duty to seach her back ground and where she stands.

    Larry in Georgia

    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
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