September 10th, 2008
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/10/2008

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  1. Valerie

    I'm just wondering why is it that the tax sample that was displayed did not show how sen. obama's plan will affect people who are earning 110-200. I think that is part of the middle class. Why was it not shown?

    September 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Dale

    I applaud CNN for putting out the facts,such as the tax breaks that both candidates are talking about.The piece by Joe Johns was excellent, more of this and less Palin ! This ahs substance she does not.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Jeff in Michigan

    Why do people ignore the fact that those who earn more money pay more in taxes. It only seems fitting to me that a proportional rebate apply as well. Those who earn more money get more of their money back.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Will - Michigan

    Can somebody help me be one of the 3 people out of every 100 that EARNS at least 250K a year? I would gladly give my country more tax!

    September 10, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Denise

    it is turning me off!! We need to get back to the issues!!!

    September 10, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  6. gary

    ok. Based on the numbers you just gave I'll be 700 ahead if I vote for obama. Let's see that turns into a little less than 2bucks a day. That's big change alright........thanks obama

    September 10, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Tammy - Homer Alaska

    The tit for tat is distracting us all from the issues. But, for Obama to mention lipstick... he had to be thinking Palin. Not necessary calling her a picg or liking her to a pig but referring in some manner to her speach.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  8. Quincy

    finally. i was noticeable that the "a-word" abortion was not mentioned during the convention and has only been mentioned in praising her for her personal *choices*. thank you anderson for getting to the facts!!

    September 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Tenisha

    Thank you for asking that Anderson! Really why haven't we heard from Sarah Palin. Is she the first person to be voted into office in this day and age without speaking to reporters? If she is a go getter then let's hear her. Or is the McCain camp to busy preparing her on issues!

    September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Derrick

    McCain has ceded his position to Palin. She has the power now and McCain is tagging along. The ticket should be Palin/McCain.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Shannon

    Sarah Palin is a big joke! Her not talking to reporters only highlights how scared the McCain campaign must be of her ability to answer intelligently questions. Seriously, what if McCain had something happen do we want this to be our President.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Louis

    I have no problem with women in charge. Why not refer to Sarah Palin as a Person instead of as a woman? All Leaders need a right hand person. Who say that could not be a woman. I am still voting for Barrack Obama.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Kathleen Shellady

    Way to go Anderson....they need to be questioned about Palin's interviews! Why hide her if she is so equipped to lead?
    They should have her out there all the time if she is so ready.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  14. EJ (USA)

    Bay Buchanan is being dishonest. It's not ok for a VP candidate to not talk to the American people or just do as little as talking about possible. Crazy.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  15. julie, lee's summit, MO

    thanks for showing the break down on the taxes. obama needs to make posters of that and hang them everywhere.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Kurtis

    I for one am sick of the mudd slinging and I wwish they would get back to the issues because there is when Both Republican candidates will be uncovered for what they really are.

    a band of crooks.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  17. Monica - Virginia

    The debates should show us the real deal...we ned to get out of this rut of mud-slinging.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Rose

    If Palin is such a remarkable achiever, how come Americans did not not know about her until a few days ago?

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Margaret Wilson

    Absolutely right .The media needs to stop the focus on non issue clips. Show us the issues being discussed and how they plan on instituting change.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Jesse from PA

    I just saw the piece on McCain vs. Obama's tax plan. Where can I find the CNN internet link to this information?

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Penny

    The mudslinging is going both ways.

    Obama needs to get over Palin and be his own candidate. He is too focused on worrying about Palin getting a lot of attention in the media.

    McCain has him upset and it is working because the polls are starting to go toward McCain.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar

    Me too.... I will vote Obama.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Phyllis

    It's ok for McCain to make the comment lipstick on a pig but when Obana makes the comment it's the lead story. Give us all a break get back to reporting the issues.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Joe

    Good one Carville! All Sarah can do is read a teleprompter! And to think Repubs have gotten away with saying the same about Obama!

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Hilda

    Mudslinging is not turnng me off....I am going to still vote for the candidate who will take the country to the direction it needs to be and that is...BARACK OBAMA!!!

    September 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  26. gina

    the mud slinging is ridiculous. it's demoralizing to the public and the media commentators as well, frankly.

    palin is repeating the same stump speech rhetoric again and again, and she has not directly answered any question challenging her positions, her ideas about where she wants to take the country...

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Victoria, AR

    McPalin is a gimmick!

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

    thanks Anderson....telling the Truth about the Real issues is what should be happening right now.....if all this Palin talk would be Stopped, which exactly what McCain does Not want....for ppl would look deeper and see what they are going to do....and that is what ppl should be informed about....NOT Lipstick comments....

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  29. Geoffrey

    Anderson, in answer to your question – the mudslinging is making me boil. I'm switching to Keith Oberman.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Linda

    when all the dust settle, we will finally see who really has our best interest at heart. smoke screens are only temporary, their there so we cant see the truth, the truth is the country is in Bad shape and most of it has happen in the Last eight Years. I'm really tired of all this petty reporting lets talk issues

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Melanie

    Anderson, thanks for breaking down how we will be taxed – this is how the people can see the actual facts. Great job – please break dwon the next promises they make.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Bonnie

    Thanks, Mr. Carville!! I was wondering if anyone was going to talk about the report today regarding the Department of the Interior and oil companies!! Please talk more about this issue. Thanks, Anderson!! I appreciate that you "keep 'em honest!!"

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Rose

    Choosing Sarah Palin as a running mate cannot be the most important thing that McCain does for this country, come on people!!! What about the issues? What about your homes and yur families healthcare? This is bigger than any of the politicians.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Bob

    The mudslinging is ridiculous! Let's talk issues!

    Energy, Economics, Deficit, Mortgage Issues, Health Care, Education, Foreign Policy, etc......

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Robert

    The tax analyst missed McCain's additional $3500 tax deduction for each dependent. I think there are many, many families that earn under $66,000 that will have further reduced taxes because of this deduction.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Jan from Iowa

    it's turning me off

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  37. Lisa

    Boy those tax breaks sure do break it down. For the low earners theirs not much difference, but for those making over 66k McCain starts giving big breaks. Who makes 220k and above in this country? I want to know what kind of jobs they have.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  38. Lisa S

    The candidates should have a "yo mama" joke contest instead of a debate.
    If any real issues were being addressed with any substance some occassional mud slinging would be tolerable.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Mark Lippman

    Mudslinging is a definite turnoff. This is a distraction from the serious issues facing America. It seems that the McCain has no ideas on the issues and can only divert the public's attention to trivia.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  40. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Good to see you here tonight. Isn't this starting to turn into a campaign from hell? As I said a few moments ago on air, I sense a growing number of you are frustrated - that Obama seems disoriented, McCain seems cynical and the media seems obsessed with Sarah Palin.

    She is a legitimate story in one sense: she is so new to the public scene that voters do need to know a lot more about her before entrusting her with one of the most important jobs in the world, and the media is our best means of uncovering a fuller sense of who she is and what she believe. So, there should be SOME coverage.

    But the sideshow is taking over the main stage. We need to get to the big issues of our time. And to do that, Obama in particular needs to refocus the campaign on the economy and the huge challenges coming our way. It is in the McCain camp's interest to keep attention on Ms. Palin, but if Obama can find his voice again, both candidates will begin to address the issues more seriously.

    In the meantime, I am cheering for tomorrow night when both candidates will sit down in New York and talk about their support for national service - perhaps that can begin to lift the conversation to a higher plane. Sure hope so.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Allison

    CNN just provided an excellent table breaking down how our (American) incomes and taxes differ between the Obama and McCain campaigns. Please do more comparison tables like this. Maybe these can be placed on your web site somewhere if this has not already been completed. Much appreciated.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Kenny G

    When comparing taxes please also include all of those hidden taxes to compare the two. What about capital gains, sales taxes, any comsumption taxes, corporate taxes that end up in the price of goods, please be more complete than just income tax which is one of many.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Cortez

    Wow with the tax break down it still amazes about how middle and lower class americans still support McCain even though media and tax analysis clearly say that Obama will give us a bigger tax cut

    September 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Juan

    AC: It's turning people to the other 4 candidates. Just look at Ron Paul.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  45. Emilio

    Look at that tax break comparison: Typical Republican Tax Plan for the wealthy and that middle class get hardly anything. Wake up people this actually affects your wallets.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Tina

    I would like to see a poll showing Palin's approval among african american women voters or african americans period. The only polls we hear about are the ones showing an increase in percentage among white voters.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  47. mary

    And tell me this. Who truly needs the tax breaks. Say it . Speak the truth.

    September 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Krissy in PA

    Tax cut information! Finally!

    September 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  49. Will

    when rich get tax break. it do not help the working man or woman

    September 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Lorrie Haner

    Obama has to win or we are in a heap of trouble. McCain is all about slinging mud and does not have a plan to fix our failing Country

    September 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
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