September 16th, 2008
09:48 PM ET

ON THE RADAR: Wednesday

Lisa Ort
AC3560° Producer

Happy Constitution Day…and other stories on our radar:

ON THE TRAIL: Sen. Obama spends the day in Las Vegas while Sen. McCain does an interview in Ohio and hosts a town hall meeting in Grand Rapids, MI with Gov. Palin. Sen. Biden spends the day at rallies in Ohio. 

TORRIJOS VISIT: Panamanian President Martin Torrijos is scheduled to meet with George W. Bush.

FBI OVERSIGHT HEARING: The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” FBI Director Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify.

RUSSIA-GEORGIA CONFLICT HEARING: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on "Russia's Aggression Against Georgia: Consequences and Responses."

CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT FORUM: The theme of this forum hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace is “Children and Armed Conflict: Child Soldiers as Combatants, Victims, and Survivors.”

CONSTITUTION DAY: This day celebrates the signing of the U.S. constitution in 1787.

NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS BOOK RELEASED: The newest version of the Guinness Book of World Records is scheduled to be released.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Peter Berg

    Hi Anderson and Crew,
    I don't know how does McCain says "we have a strong economy" when we are in a serious recession than ever, big banks falling and real estate making us going to bankrupt... McCain for president? No Way man...

    September 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  2. mykoz1

    Anderson, I change from another station and CNN every night to make sure I’m receiving the true “keeping them honest” and last night you had Candy, David and someone I don’t remember live making comments on McCain and you had someone in the studio elaborating on the True/False McCain comments. You mentioned several times you would do the same with Obama. Tonight I listened to a recorded segment with no comment from you or anyone else on Obama. This is from someone (me) who wants the truth form a company (CNN) that will provide the News. Please, I’m looking to vote for the best candidate. why is it so hard to get the true news?

    September 16, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  3. james Utah

    Who is it that thinks the economy is so great, must be a neighbor of Cindy and John with 6 homes to choose. Americans are hurting. You must be very fortunate, but think of all those who are not so lucky. Your statics are a cruel indication that dismisses he plight of so many in critical times. Hope your good fortune holds.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Ricky GA

    How come "Frank El Dorado hill, CA" gets his post but I never and I mean never see my blog up ?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  5. Teddi Ohio Ashtabula. ohio

    Hey, Anderson,
    Since our bankrupt government has so much money to throw around we the people better start demanding a bailout for social security. You remember social security. Our earned employees benefit that the U.S. congress and President's have been stealing from since Ronald Reagan stold 240 billion for his tax cuts. You wait Anderson, after all these banks and corporations have been bailed out our politicians will start bashing us again that all the economic ills in the country are our fault.
    As far as oil and natural gas goes, we should be yelling, Nationalize, nationalize not drill, drill. We need our mixed economy back just like most democracies in the world that have a mixed economy, not just free market corporatism. Corporate America looks more and more like organized crime everyday.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  6. catester

    Has anyone else noticed that Carly Fiorina isn't capable of running a large corporation like Hewlett-Packard, either? If she was capable of that, she wouldn't have all this swell spare time to advise the McCain campaign.

    I don't support the McCain/Palin ticket, but holy smokes, news guys, would you stop taking everything at face value and start asking some probing questions?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  7. james Utah

    Frank El Dorado -fight with me, fight with me, or drill baby drill is not critical thinking but definitely gives you a boost in the polls. Critical thinking does not win elections. Obama , with clear thought out answers has proven this time and time again.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Frank Goodman

    About economic bailouts by government. It must be remembered that money has no intrinsic value of its own. As a medium of exchange it functions primarily as an incentive to productive labor and production in general. It is a financial crisis when labor cannot be kept working to produce goods and services needed by the public. Secondarily money is a measure of value in terms of what the money could buy in a productive economy. The banking, insurance and investment services keep money moving from labor to consumer and then return the trip. All the money must purchase all the goods and services while paying all the labor and investment risk. Inflation and depression are risks of mismanagement of money flow between production and consumption. They must be avoided at all costs even if the entire banking scheme has to be changed to keep it moving. Taxes going to Washington and state houses are not the only taxes on working people. Disturbances of the money system tax us all, but the workers pay the higher tax in lost jobs and wages. Affluent people can call up their fake money to bail them out; workers cannot do that except with huge debt at high interest rates. Even workers with home equity can call up fake money on that equity to get them through, but that does not generate goods and services any more than winning the lottery does.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Amy

    Thanks for "keeping 'em honest" in your explanation of the Obama campaign commercials in the last segment... how about telling everyone the lies the McCain campaign perpetrated with the "Obama advocates sex education for kindergartners" ad?? And how Palin said she opposed the "bridge to nowhere" when we now know that isn't true? Let's "keep 'em honest" on both sides, shall we?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  10. William Ponder

    The issues must be the central point of this presidential campaign. The drop in the DOW and Wall street show that america free market economy bailing out AIG, Fannie mac, etc..but the facts are that if the government is putting money into these institutions..what is the real deal with our country.

    So if you're living the good life and can pay your bills and go to wal mart and get your Chinese made products dirt cheap then everything is alright with america..but the truth is that people are losing their homes and unemployment rates in most states are greater than any other time in our history. So if you're benefiting then everything is just fine...and let's just keep those rose colored glasses on...and keep listening to the guy who doesn't know how many houses he owns...

    Oh, yes its' america and most of you folks don't know what is happening here..start listening to the BBC, the real news...

    September 16, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Don Roskam

    You completely glossed over McCain's role in reducing regs that facilitated the current crisis. Phil Gramm, his past campaign manager, was the architect of the Enron type disasters we currently enjoy.

    This is reduces your program to more than just slanted but misinforms the public on one of key issues of our time.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Teddi Ohio

    The most decorated war hero is maj. general Smedley Butler, a marine, I believe. This man also stopped the only coup against the U.S. government in 1933 against FDR by CEO's and corporate heads. These CEO's and corporate heads wanted a fascist government in the USA. Look it up before you disbelieve. It looks like corporate America finally succeeded in the late 20th and early 21st century to accomplish what they started in 1933. But they couldn't have succeeded if it weren't for an incompetent press and both parties adhereing to a free market corporatist ideology. The secret congressional hearings were declassified this year. Also look up general Butler's book, "War is a racket".
    In modern times it was Audey Murphy who was the most decorated..

    September 16, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Patricia Alexander

    I would really like the public to know each and every time you speak of tax cuts which candidate's plan gives the middle class the better deal in savings. I believe it is Obama's plan. Under McCain's plan, the wealthier taxpayers would receive a higher return. Put up the chart, we can not only understand McCain's plan, we can feel it. Americans are having very difficult times and we depend on you to keep these politicians honest.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  14. Nisey

    If African Americans make up only 12 percent of the population, then who else voted for Sen. Obama in the primaries to garner him the party nomination? Had to be more than the African American voters. Who else then? Think about. Candy Crowley says he's not connecting then who voted for him?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  15. LJP

    I am seeing stories that the situation in Houston and other areas of Texas hit by Ike is not good. They are trying to move 15,000 people out of Galveston. There are thousands without power and water. I have read that media access to sites is limited. While there aren't people dying in a convention center, the American people need to know how FEMA and other agencies are meeting this challenge, and how the government is dealing with yet another area that has been made uninhabitable because of a natural disaster. Step up and hold people accountable. This, too, is a "meltdown."

    September 16, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Gabriel

    So, as an educator my sole retirement funds are locked up in a fixed account in AIG Retirement, have been earning interest only, not invested in the market.

    Are my retirement funds safe from AIG's taking money from its subsidiaries??

    September 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  17. LB

    We ARE already in a horrible economic picture, so why not be honest and say it? It shouldn't matter if the Dem's, the Rep's or rocket scientists said it.....anybody who thinks any differently hasn't been to the gas pumps, food stores or heard about the poor people who are losing their homes and jobs. We are already in a PANIC and we will continue to be in one, IF, the GOP wins in November.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Deb

    Now that we, the People, have assumed financial responsibility for AIG's $85 billion bailout, I am curious as to the compensation package , and terms, for Robert Willumstad, CEO, and other board directors (Stephen Hammerman, former vice chair for Merril Lynch, included) who contribued to the debacle.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Missy

    WHOA, you guys stil airred that guy saying that what obama said about 100 YEARS was wrong. Whoa. whoa

    September 16, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Ron partaik

    this is my fist time blogging my partner bruce and and i ron watch ac 360 every day as well as Larry king CNN junkies
    we are from Vancouver canada we watch all of your u.s. politics. we hope all is well the the citizens of Dallas. We have many u.s. friends and are buying a retirement home in Arizona. Yeah McCaincounty. we are proud Democrats if we could vote. bought a place in the the states so at least we can post a democratic sign

    September 16, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Eward

    Hi Anderson love the show, im a first time voter and im open to both candiate but so far im leading to Obama because at the moment he is say the things that are affecting people both here and abroad . McCain is a great American WAR hero but that all he is talking about until Obama says something and then he talk about it. The true is that McCain just dont get it in my mind . Obama still need to be more clear

    September 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  22. ephesian

    Where will the fed get the money from to bail out AIG?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  23. Anthony

    Its obvious that Obama has a better understanding on how to reverse the present economic downturn. However the only reason why McCain still feels competitive in this election is because even the media has joined the many others that strictly refer to Obama as a black man. What could be more sexist than disregarding anyones maternal race as irrelevant? I would have thought that Obama who has both a white and a black shade in his very existence will be in the vantage position of uniting this country by virtue of the fact that he has a feel of both sides of the racial fence. This economy needs someone who does not look down on anyone or protect any special interests to be able to stick to the strict regulations and guidelines that will get us out of this doom.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  24. kathleen

    Is 401K, FDIC insured?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Nisey

    I truly enjoy the segment where you keep the candidates honest by fact checking statements and comments on the campaign trail. Great job! I also appreciate journalist who truly try to maintain a semblance of objectivity and not show clear partiality toward any one candidate. Journalists need to be kept honest as well and have their facts check.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  26. T

    Anderson, will Govenor Sarah Palin have to release her medical records? It has been reported that she will release her tax returns when she is ready, but what about her medical records! Also, great job on the fact checks, keep up the great work!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Henry

    Ok, I've been too negitive. I will try to be open minded toght...

    September 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  28. Michelle, Washington, DC

    And honestly, I do not want to be referred to as a fundamental. John McCain made up that fundamentals referred to people. He was referring to the "basics" of the economy but he is so out of touch, especially when he says the middle class is that group of people who make under 5 million dollars. ha. I redefine middle class as those making between about 50,000.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  29. rob

    In considering who to caste a vote for in this election, especially with all of the needless mudslinging between candidates, issue focus and overall character seem to get lost. Why don't candidates ever divulge who their cabinet will be if elected president? Isn't this a crucial element of a presidential term, and is it unreasonable to want this information when deciding on which candidate to vote for?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  30. Rick Somers

    Again, please give just a few incredibly important details about the differences between Obama's and McCain's Tax proposals.

    If you make $40,000. a year - Obama's plan will save you THREE TIMES AS MUCH as McCain's.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  31. S. Terrell

    What's going on with Palin's investigations into firing the police official in charge over the ex-brother in law. Also what really happen with the librarian who Palin made work a living hell. I believe where there is smoke there is fire. I would like to know what people she appointed in key positions in Alaska and what were their credentials. I wouldn't be suprised if she placed semi qualified candidates in positions were better candidates qualified? Lastly, I heard that some of Palin's email files are being withheld. from the public–when originally there was nothing to hide. Her computer files are no longer an open book. I think there may be some unflattering or questionable information that the public needs to know. Why was her husband "cc" on emails related to official business?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Anthony

    Frank, if you stick by your analogy, what if the un-employment rate was 49%, does that mean the economy is in good stading since 51% of people have jobs?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  33. LB

    ummmmm, AIG asked for $20 Billion last Fri. and were told NO, but, they ask for $85 Billion today (Tues) and are told YES....and the Feds will help AIG out but not Lehman Brothers....something fishy here, don't you think?

    Like Mister Rogers always says: "What a wonderful day in the neighborhood"...

    September 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  34. David Smith

    Why is race always brought up. I watch CCN and all the others but I like CCN better. But all I hear is about white working class men an women. The working class is made up of all culture of people, so why is it that the white working class is the only class who's vote is going to make a difference.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  35. Joyce Buchanan

    I think the political experts on both Obama and McCain's teams under-estimate the intelligence of the American people. The people I discuss the world at large with, have been paying close attention to this election for over a year. We actually get quite a chuckle when we are told what we are or aren't thinking about, because they aren't even close.

    Part ot the problem is that, here in Michigan, we feel that our election was stolen from us (because of the democratic party and our Governor's poor decision making) and we had no say in the candidates. Therefore, we find ourselves in the position of having candidates that we have no stake in and quite frankly, we are actually going to be voting against someone, rather than FOR someone.

    I find this very disturbing, and it shows how very out of touch all of the campaigns are.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  36. patti ljungdahl

    Can someone please tell me why Obama is now using a telaprompter at his appearances? Are his handlers that nervous? If he can't keep on point now, how on earth will he be able to as President? This needs to be addressed.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Bobbie L Steele

    I beleive Sarah Palin is given too much attention for a vice presidential candidate. It looks as if she is running for president not vice. She needs to take a lesson from Vice President Cheney and get lost.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Antonio Kilo

    With this huge problem with the economy, I don't understand how some voters don't even take the time to think about the real issues. These past few days were all about this hole new Sarah Palin vibe. It's obvious what the republicans are trying to do in this race.. they don't wan't to change Washington, they just want to do whatever it takes to win this race. On the other hand, Barack Obama and the democrats are really trying to bring change and at the same time win the race. When you look at what the two candidates are proposing to us, people should really take the time to analyse the situation and think about which solution would be right for them.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Bob House

    When you talk about the mortgage crisis why haven't you focused on Congress. The lenders who offered the loans that made it affordable to lower income people to purchase homes were doing so at the behest of the Democrats in Congress who kept screaming that the lenders had to somehow make it easier for low income people to get a home of their own. The Democrats argued that owning a home was part of the American Dream and everyone was entitled to it. So why not focus on the real culprits of this financial mess...the Democratic congress.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  40. burnett

    How is it that no one is saying anything about the Democrats position on supporting the idea to repeal D.O.M.A. Is it not important to this country?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Paul C

    What is so maddening and frustrating is that neither candidate is willing to be truthful with the American people about what is needed deal with a country that is essentially broke. When we run a nearly a $450 billion deficit, which is really much greater when you exclude the Social Security Trust fund and the war on Terror, something has to give. I guess what is means is that my children will never enjoy the standard of living that I have or my father did.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Anthony

    I am so fascinated at the media and poll takers that always say that Obama needs to capture the "White, Working Class Vote". Why do they not feel that McCain has to capture the "Black Working Class Vote"? Does the Black Vote not count? Anderson, I challenge you to bring this up on your show. If you do, you'd be setting a trend because no one ever talks about this.

    Anthony, Philadelphia, Pa.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Henry

    I have a thought, about palin firing the dude, who woldn't fire the dude. I think the avg Voter would fire the dude. What if her brother in law drank and drove and killed someone down the road? and no one fired him..you don't think Palin would get more crap for doing nothing? This brother in law taser a kid and was caught drinking in his police car (twice!!!)

    September 16, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Jacqueline

    Anderson, why do you keep asking all the participants about Obama connecting with Middle-Class White men? No one ever ask about McCain connecting to middle Class African Americans, Latinos or Asian Americans. Please, please explain.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Rob from Salt Lake City

    Anderson & crew…In the Banking world today with banks failing & mortgages being sold off in fire sales raids… Would it not be better for the consumer to be able to buy back the paper at the fire sale price of 50c on the dollar for there mortgages. Either they could then pick a bank that could stay in business and under-write the loan or even better to take money out of the 401k and use it to good use rather than watch it dwindle away. Either way this will generate better activity in the economy then what we have been force to bare for the last few months…

    September 16, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Denise

    I am tired of listening to CNN quoting McCain's comments on the economy and only airing Obama's criticism of McCain's economic plan. What is Obama's plan to get us out of this economic crisis? I hope he is not relying on capital gains tax in these markets!

    September 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Mike

    For the debates, do the canidates get to preview the questions prior ?

    September 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  48. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    So Barack Obamas position is that the fundamentals of the economy are not strong? Remember that a 6.1% unemployment rate means 93.9% are employed. 95% of mortgages are paid on time. It is completely irresponsible for any politician to overstate the situation and create a panic. America is in a rough patch but don't be fooled. Democrats want to paint the worst possible economic picture thinking that is the path to win in November.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  49. marcus sutton

    Why don't we just bail out the people in foreclosure. We are doing it for the companies that screwed up

    September 16, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Frank El Dorado Hills, CA

    Wall Street is not clear on what to do! What makes any politician think they know what to do now? Take some time, gather some wisdom and make a considered decision.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
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