September 23rd, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/23/08

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  1. Madeline

    So, Obama and Biden are hypocrites....why am I not surprised? They made fun of Palin for initially supporting the Bridge to Nowhere....yet, they also supported it. Drew, please keep pressing them for a response.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Clarence

    Wow...That Biden Bridge story was sure sobering

    September 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  3. James-Ohio

    Obama-Biden ticket has never said they don't accept earmarks. It's the McCain-Palin ticket claims that they are against earmarks. So they are the ones that should be accountable for the earmarks they have both taken for their states.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  4. Dianne

    Remember the $700 Billion has to be raised through Treasury Bills. The Government has to BORROW the $700 Billion, making the Total Accumulated Deficit: $11.3 Trillion. That $700 Billion is NOT sitting around in a bank account.

    The $700 Billion will be raised on the International market. The countries with money will buy the Treasury Bills & the U.S. Government will pay interest on the $11.3 Trillion DEBT.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I love it! Both Obama and Biden could have voted to fix a bridge destroyed by Katrina and voted for the bridge to nowhere instead! What hypocrits!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Gary Houston, TX

    We have to have the bailout! The longer the Congress takes, the more nervous I get. I can't imagine that people really think it is $700B; the real money will only be a fraction.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  7. martha

    the goverment should act fast before th whole market is down and than it will be a much more expensive bail out

    September 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Tracey - Boston

    Bridges, bridges....


    September 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    But here’s the bottom line: to get back to economic health, we not only need some sort of rescue from Washington

    David Gergen – Hi – What happens if the bailout is rejected?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Since the American people are the ones who supplied the money for the road to nowhere and they are taking money from people to drive on it, does that mean we get some of the money from the tolls there?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  11. moe p.

    the irony of the bailout is that Obama is all but promising lower income people that the fed. gov't will help them achieve the American dream. How can he do that if it's going to be so hard to get loans now?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  12. angel

    @john adams: applause applause !!!!!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Caren in Nebraska/soon-to-be Boston

    David Gergen, I agree with you. However, how long do you suppose that would take? No matter who wins, won't it still take quite awhile for these jobs to be created and for the economy to pick back up? I'd love to know your thoughts on this because people are getting excited for a change and for this election, but I don't think people are really aware of how much longer we really have to endure the economy the way it is before the new president's policies will take effect, whomever that may be.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Bob Freels

    congress took the bait but can Bush real in the big fish? let wall street fix their own mess. If congress is fooled again by Bush shame on them and too bad for us. Lies more lies and more lies from the slam dunk king. Does Bush hate America so much that he wants to bankrupt it? No bail out period!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Melinda

    Palin should be held accountable. Love you guys! Have a great Wednesday!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Patrick Esters

    I agree with the one lady, coroporate salaries should be capped at say 5 mil. a year, with no parachute, regular pension, standard capped, severances. All profits avove the 5 mil. cap be reinvested in the employees.


    September 23, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    So I guess the Obama and Biden ticket is not innocent in piggy bank robbing.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Colleen M., Duluth, Mn.

    We are also in a nation to nowhere lately. The WAR, financial markets, health care...I don't even know who to be mad at. It's a sad state of affairs when those of us who play by the rules are left...nowhere.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Clifford P.

    Why is the FBI investigating these failures "after-the-fact"? Who is monitoring our FBI actions....?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  20. Pam Lackey

    Anderson – Why if we paid 26 million for the road to nowhere do we now have to pay a TOLL to go nowhere?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Uma, Liverpool, UK

    Bless you for your good sense, Mr Gergen!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Liz

    Sara from WI and others who have commented on Palin not being accessible to the press – I totally agree – it's ridiculous! As someone commented earlier, she can be seen but not heard. Wow – that's progress. Maybe after all of the non-answers she gave to Charlie Gibson made them realize she needs more 'practice' before they let her loose again.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    These earmarks are getting everyone in trouble.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Jaya

    David Brancaccio – wow. Thanks. Have him back again and again and.....

    September 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  25. Michelle


    Thanks for being one of the true journalist, and thanks to CNN for having him. It's nice to know we can get real news from somewhere!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  26. William B.

    patrick, they will borrow but they will also print money and tax us through inflation

    September 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  27. Erik, Duluth

    Anderson hit it on the head: They don’t have money for healthcare, infrastructure, etc., but they have money for this?

    Where the heck is this money coming from? Isn’t this putting us further in debt. Doesn’t that make the problem worse? If these companies can’t pay back theas “loans,” then where does that leave us, the taxpayers footing the bill. And how many votes will I have at then next AIG stockholders meeting?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  28. Will

    I think we could use that earmark about this time.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  29. Eugene

    Way is a toll being collected when the road was paid for with earmark money? Sounds like double dipping to me.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Caren in Nebraska/soon-to-be Boston

    Wait, there's a toll for that road???? What happens when there are no toll payers?? How does the road stay in the good shape it's in? WHo pays for that now?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Federal earmarks are appropriation laws. The money has to be spent how the Congressional language is written. Blame Congress, not Palin. And Biden voted for it. Precious.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  32. S. Smith

    Sad but the best economists have said without bailout, what follows is recession then depression. No wall street no economy and we are truly bankrupt. What truly hurts is the little man bails out the govt. and and then because of the economy we get laid off and no one bails us out. FBI put all those guilty in jail and we the taxpayer foot the bill for their incarcaration. Is this the AMERICAN way.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Jacqui Chan,
    Me too....... I want to drive on the road!!!! Ha!!!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  34. sylvia, chicago

    it look like a truly beautiful and pristine environment; Alaska has a truly mystical air to it and their governor put a an asphalt slab in the middle of that beauty

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  35. Stephen Wilkerson

    Government contracts can always be canceled at any time. That's the hell of government contracts. In fact most of the time the Government can pull the money back. So I'm not buying it!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  36. ericacnn

    it is a beautiful spot out there on the road to nowhere...the woman abbie spoke to is right, it would be nice to give folks some incentive to use it

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  37. diane washburn

    It's about time these high powered banking CEO's be held accountable. Companies can only run so long with taking billions out in bonuses and perks year after year. I think if the Feds start looking at Swiss Bank accounts, and the banks in the Caymans etc, they will find the 700 billion we need to "bail out".....

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  38. Claire

    I do not believe that Gov. Palin couldn't have stopped that road. Please, another 26 million down the drain.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  39. Tiffany in Denver

    Maybe they can use the road for super-mini marathons, a driving course, little autobahn, or to remind us of where the government bailout will get us...nowhere. 🙂

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  40. kim-chicago

    She could say thanks but no thanks to the bridge to nowhere but she had no choice when it came to the road...this is idiotic.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  41. Emilio

    Man thats a nice road to drag race on. hehe

    September 23, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Donata from Amarillo, TX

    That is one expensive jogging track up there in Alaska.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Maureen T

    What a waste of money! The road to nowhere!!

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Jason - Saint Louis

    That is the nicest $24 million road I have ever seen. Way to go Gov't Palin! What's next a stairway to heaven?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  45. Clarence

    How much for the moose crossing sign?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Heather - Spokane, WA

    The road to nowhere....what a waste of our money. I could waste that type of money but at least I would make sure something useful came out of it

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  47. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Palin could have simply stopped the construction on the road., period. I guess it's better to destroy more of the wilderness, just so the money can be spent.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Caren in Nebraska/soon-to-be Boston

    Think of how far $26 million would have gone somewhere else in Alaska! Now, there's a just pointless expensive road just sitting there doing nothing.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  49. Terry Odelli

    Any person making over 250 thousand that doesn't want to pay more taxes under the Obama plan can switch with me. You can have my 50 thousand, one house, one car, lifestyle and I will take over yours!!!

    Terry from PA

    September 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  50. Patty

    Palin must have forgot, between jokes, to mention about that road at the Convention...

    September 23, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
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