September 17th, 2008
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/17/08

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  1. Janice, Mi

    I think that if Sarah want to be in the big league she needs to start being question by the press just like the other ones. She also needs to quit answering for McCain all the time.You would think that she was running for Pres. not McCain.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  2. KevinH.

    We the people are charging AIG 11% interest on the money we loaned them, does that really sound like a bail out?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Does McCain really expect us to believe that he will go against his own party after he said that he will follow through with Bush's policies into his own presidency?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Veronica, NV

    I just saw a speech from Mccain, I believe it was from April of this year, where he states that he is not for regulation, he is more of a 'deregulator'. I think that this tells me all I need to know about where he stands, eventhough he is trying to "change" his position on this.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  5. arne vanderburg

    You're asking the wrong question in your viewers' vote, "who would make a better VP...?" You should be asking, "who would make a better President, Joe Biden or Sarah Palin?" That's the core issue here.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Congress needs to take some responsibility. This didn't just happen over night, where were they?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Shannon

    It is very obvious that the town hall questions were pre planned.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  8. David C. Newton NC

    It is about time that North Carolina is in play for both candidates. North Carolina usually votes Republican, and as an Independant I feel my vote and other Independant voters wil be heard for the first time in a long while.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Robert Lucio

    In your program tonight, the McCain/Palin campaign show home-school students on the phone banks in Florida calling people. Are these students need to be in classes? Additionally, some of these students looked under the voting age and some looked even younger. Has McCain/Palin stooped to child labor? The caption should have read "McCain/Palin Sweat Shop"!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  10. ebony

    McCain is a Washington insider! And McCain has been one of the main ones supported no regulation on wall street!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Lynda C. from KCMO

    After watching AC360 tonight, the first thing that came to my mind is this; if the questions asked by the town hall meeting to McCain and Palin today then why are they all written on paper. As an example, the older lady who asked about the ecomony and women could not even read the question. So how in the world are we the public who were not there to believe that these questions are real? to me it sounded like the Senetor and the Governor wrote the questions that they wanted to ask and then just handed them out to different people. Does this really happen?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Robin

    McCain can't focus on the economy he's too busy training Palin on how to side step questions.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Brendan

    Seems like it will be a good time soon enough to dump as much money as you can into the market. Good thing Im in my early 20s instead of being scheduled for retirement at the end of the year.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Bruno - Dacula, GA

    After 8 years of failed policies of the Republican that left most of us bankrupt, I am praying that American will not let race stop them from embracing the future..

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Jackie S

    I admire Candy Crowley's political reporting and always look forward to her reports from the field. Keep up the good work, CNN. We need information in these turbulent times.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Preston - Puyallup WA


    President can do a lot to affect legislation. The power of veto is strong.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Claire Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    The more that I watch Palin, the more that I think she is the expert politician on the McCain/Palin ticket.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  18. Dave

    it is a tight rope that the Obama camp has to walk in order to not appear to be taking advantage of the pit falls of the economy, and the personal repercussions that has for the average voter.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Mike , Flint MI

    John McCain goes to Grand Rapids to talk about job losses in michigan. What a joke why not come to Flint or Detroit where the only jobs here involve running from the cops. That doesnt Pay minimum wage.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Sonia

    Why didn't Sarah Palin answer the questions when she was asked what foreign policies has she put into place and of course as a typical Republican she danced around the question and didn't answer.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Barbara in NC

    Gergen – McCain got a boost from the georgia skirmish – now repubs are claiming Obama is bad because it's turned back to Obama? What gives?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Nice report by John King, a little calmer than other reports of voters that I've heard this year

    September 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Dianne

    You heard it right here just a few segments ago.

    There are countries with money, they are: China, Russian & the Middle East. All countries that have loaned the USA money to fight the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.

    Fight Wars on credit & you eventually have to pay the piper!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Margaret Wilson

    Stock market is at times manipulated and these recent events prove that. I tried investing in stock I warned people stay away from AOL....lol....I was right! Luckily they never got to start the investment club when I was employed there! They would have lost all their money. I was the only one to read the thrown out wall street journals :0

    September 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  25. Scott

    Who within the govt. (department and person) decides which companies will be bailed out /taken over/invested in and which will be allowed to fail?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  26. PhilCa

    I thought S. Palin was speaking in tounges answering questions today. Perhaps with forked tounges.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Denise

    at 50 should I be scared to death, with this big fall in the stock market, my dreams of retiring in 12 years seems unreal or gone down the drain.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Joanne

    It looks as if we are all in for a ride. Am I wrong, or has the economy in the past taken a nose dive before each election in the past and then improve after ? It is, however,much worse this time around than in the past. and yes.. alot of it is due to the greed in corporate America.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Tamarra

    When Sarah Palin was asked about the equality for women economically. She stated once again title 9, She didn't go to college on a scholarship so what in the world is she talking about? Next, that doesn't have anything to do with equal pay for equal work.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Cassie

    Obama is the only one who is giving us politices about what he will do. I have not seen anything come from the McCain camp at all. Anderson have you seen anything from the McCain camp about what they would do?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Heidi, Lou.Ky

    because of wall street , more people ,will be working on street, on corners

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Ann-CA

    I can't believe the race is so close! McCain and Palin are so sleazy its hard to watch them on your show.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Leslie

    Something I think about when I watch the market ticker as giants in the financial sector crumble. What about accountability? It angers me that "we" get to foot the bill while CEOs, officers, directors and the likes from these companies walk away with multi-million dollar compensation packages at our expense.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Julius Scott

    Everybody is talking about money! Money, Money, Money! Ok – how can Obama support all his programs plus tax cuts when America is in debt...4 trillion??? He is giving people false hope and the America people is falling for them. Everybody is scare of him or her but they should be scare of the fact - America is BROKE!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  35. Melanie

    89 billion! Why doesn't Congress just give us "regular, hard working Americans" the money, have us promise (like politicians always promise to us) to pay off all of our debt. Doesn't that solve all the problems with one stone? Oops, I forgot, that doesn't help the powers that be to "promise" jobs and trickle down economics for us hard working folks.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  36. lynn

    The government had to print the money to lend to AIG because other countries are not lending America money...they have lost confidence

    September 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Preston - Puyallup WA

    David Wiggins – the problem is that history has shown no matter how 'fired up' the youth vote has been, they typically fall short of the expectations for turn out.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Tommy - Albany, NY

    To dispute David's point, I've got to tell you i think he is wrong, I go to the University of Albany in the HUGE liberal state of New York and most people I know my age will be voting McCain come November 4th. So if the polls are close in November I think the Democrats will be in for a long night

    September 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Taron Young

    Why do people say "the country's economy is falling" last I check we make up the country....and we need to adjust our individual market strategies and how we manage our individual business of money management....this is what happens when greed is the motivator and not enterprise

    September 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  40. jason

    In our economic times, It is an insult to the American people that John McCain would pick such an unqualified vice presidential candidate. As a republican or a democrate peope should look at what kind of judgement the man has, it's reckless and dangerous. I'm also embarressed for any republican that defends this type of action and this ignorant republican ticket..

    September 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Lisa Murphy

    I don't know about anyone else but I did not hear a single straight answer from either McCain or Palin on any issue during the town hall meeting. They side-stepped the question about what McCain and Palin would do to improving the status of women, economically, etc... by mentioning how Palin was a point guard. What? They also spun the question about her military experience. I can honestly say I am sick of getting the run around. Just answer the question.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  42. Patricia A. Graham

    You know folks its very scary this economy and we really need a change. I was a Hillary supporter and I was enticed by Palin. But, after looking at the issues I'm now thinking this over very closely

    September 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Polls are adjusted for cell phone demographics. That's a bogus factor. More relevant will be the Bradley Effect.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  44. Claire Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    It's only gonna get worse on Wall Street. I say let 'em all fall. All these banks and firms stole most of their money, anyway.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Kathleen Pulici

    On Palin's fiirst unrehearsed question/answer session, she responded to a question directed to McCain. She is beginning to seem like Dick Cheney. Her true colors are showing. Scary!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  46. Brianne

    I am a bit worried about the market but I am focusing on paying off my credit card bills first and then zeroing in on my student loans - I don't want to be owing the federal goverment anything in the upcoming years!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  47. LaVelle from Atlanta, GA

    John Mccain and Sarah Palin will work together to help the economy? Ridiculous. Mccain STILL does not know how many houses he owns.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar

    I want to save my money in the bank without bailout, I want change to vote Obama's plan stick.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Nancy S.

    Watching Sarah Palin, I am scared. Should McCain die in office, this woman would be the leader of the most powerful country in the world...God help us!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Jan, FL

    It's painful as a Republican to watch McCain try to back pedal on his quotes and record on the economy. I have no choice but to cast a vote against giving four more years to the GOP. This Florida Republican is voting for Obama.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
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