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September 24th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/24/08

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  1. Ann

    Jon..Good idea!! Let the crooks go public and ask for the $$ I would like to see that..

    September 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Liz

    Gotta love the gorilla and banana!

    The over-reaction by the admin. = bad – it's not like the kids were nekkid or anything.

    September 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Frances

    McCain can't make a decision, can't commit and is totaly erractic. I hope the American people can see through this ploy.

    September 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Tom, California

    You showed Palin responding to conflicts of interest in the political campaign. That's nothing compared to the conflict of interest that exists now that Hank Paulson is asking for an unprecedented sum of money to give to his buddies at Goldman Sachs, where he was CEO and Chairman of the Board until he resigned to become Secretary of the Treasury. How come he wasn't saying the situation was so dire before Goldman Sachs admitted that they were in trouble? Is it unpatriotic to examine Paulson's real motives here?

    September 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Jim in Calgary

    I note that McCain tried to get out of most of the GOP convention becasue of a storm. It was also a good way to keep Dick and George out of Minn.. they could have shopped at the big mall down there..

    Jim in Calgary

    September 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Lisa --MI

    Are you kidding me? Every time Palin is faced with a follow-up question she just restates her previous point. She has no DEPTH of knowledge on any topic!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Marian

    I think it would be great to see some of those fat-cat investment bankers in the Hamptons mowng their own yards considering what they have done with their investors money.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Juan

    I don't think there will be many more interviews with after seeing ho she did there.
    Palin won’t talk to the press, McCain won’t debate. They’re spoiled. If they don’t want to be heard so be it.
    Let those who do want to present their platforms do so!! Provide coverage to the other candidates and forget about McCain/Palin.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Paul in CT

    I am one of the majority that were not subprime loans, and have kept paying my mortgage even as my house's value and 401K plummet. What gripes me about the "rescue" is that we will be paying for clearing the bad loans off the balance sheets of Financial Institution, and by continueing to pay our mortgages putting more profits back into the coffers of these same greed institution. Sounds like we get the short end of the stick twice!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  10. john

    Anderson, our government knows how to make loans. let's give the $700B to the Fed where we can keep an eye on it. They can make all the loans necessary to prevent our country from self destructing. Then we can watch these financial firms, who believe that we can't live without them, twist in the wind......self inflicted.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Jacqueline, NY

    Oh, and the debates should be about me, America. I Jacqueline Howell AM AMERICA, and want the debates to be about me and everthing about me: healthcare, employment/ unemployment issues, education, war and inflation and how they are joined at the hip, civil rights, affirmative action, etc.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  12. Clarence

    Sarah, Recuse yourself from the interviews... they are not in your self interest with answers like that.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Palin can't give a straight answer just like Mccain can't

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Terri - Central Coast, CA

    SNippet of Palin interview on right now....is she wearing an earpiece in her left ear??? Is that why they always show her from the right? Is that why she has to pause before every answer?

    SCAM

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  15. dennis

    no debate? get it together mccain!

    this country is slipping and we need to hear what kind of changes are going to be made.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Bill and Ruth Illinois

    Sure, I agree in bailing out wall street. I think we should grant banks the same opportunity they grant us. A collateral loan with 16% interest that goes straight into the taxpayers pockets not the treasury. That will in turn boost the economy, because we will actually be able to afford to drive to work.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Jill

    Of course Obama wants to continue campaigning since that is where the bulk of his experience lies. If he goes to Washington now his performance will be watched closely by the entire world. Is he afraid that performing the duties he was elected to fulfill might cost him votes?

    September 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Jeanne Hartley

    Bravo !David Gergen. The best Obama and Mc Cain can do is to stay out of the way of negotiations. You explained well why this should be.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Jane Toms

    The republicans are getting blamed for this mess, maybe rightfully so, but wasn't there a single Democrat who could have cried Fire if they saw this coming? 8 years of silently watching people wreck the country is criminal... time for democrats to fire their crew in washington.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Sharon

    I agree with Paul Begala, and the others that think the debates should go on as scheduled....if McCain can't multi-task, how can he hope to lead this country, particularly during a time of crisis as we are experiencing presently....we NEED to hear what they have to say, especially NOW

    September 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Aaron Hargis, Fayetteville AR

    I commend Bush on his effort tonight, but I don’t think he can sell something this long lasting in 20 short minutes. We may have to face the possibility that some of our leaders are panicking.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  22. J-Y in Montréal

    It sounds like it' s the late1920's all over again, History does repeat itself, HMMMMM!

    What do you think!

    It was the same predicament back then....!!!!!!

    Hopefully, besides gas prices it won't touch Canadians

    September 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  23. JON, CONNECTICUT

    Where are the people who are asking for government help? Are they going to speak in public and ask for the money? Lee Iacocca went personally to make his case. We could put a face, name and make a judgement about the value and risks of giving money to him or not. Who runs these companies?

    September 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Caren in Los Angeles/soon-to-be-Boston

    I'm glad John King did all those interviews in Montana. I have to say, I've spent the last 10 days so far driving from Los Angeles to Chicago on my way to Boston, and all over the country, I've asked people everywhere about their opinions on the economy, the campaign, and this whole mess on Wall Street. Whether they were R or D, they all say the same thing really- they just want a change that will positively affect their families. I haven't heard anyone yet that completely hates either candidate

    September 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  25. Lisa L

    He will suspend his campaign. He is trying to sound like he is already the President what gives John McShame. I really think McCain is trying to Bail himself right out of this Presidential Campaign altogether, good he should.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  26. Orin

    What you see from McCain on the campaign is exactly how he's going to act in office. Very impulsive doesn't seem to think anything through.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Rob in Denver

    McCain's action today is pure politics, and it's a brilliant strategy to bring back his "maverick" image. If the bailout package is approved before Friday night, McCain can take a bow and say, "Thank you, thank you. My threat to skip tonight's debate worked: the rest of Congress got together and got a bill passed." If the package doesn't pass, McCain can say, "I am the maverick, the true anti-politician, and I will not play politics until we solve this crisis."

    Either way, he wins (he thinks). Hopefully the populace is smart enough to realize this is just a political tactic.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  28. patrick

    Just sitting here watching the news and it makes me want to scream. I thank if we really look into this problem you will find that it all started with the new Bankruptcy law that the Mr. Bush wanted so badly. We as people can get no help but Mr. Bush wants to give his rich friends $700 Billion to help them out of there mess but I have issues paying for health care because my Wife was very Sick had to go into the Hospital and now I have over $75,000 in bills and because I can pay $100 per month I can not get any help from the Bankruptcy court. Keep in mind that I make over $48,000 a year and my insurance at my work cost me and my wife for the 2 of us $876.00 per month so I could not afford it. But because Mr. Bush wnats to make sure his Rich buddies on Wall street are taken care of he wants $700 billion to help them wheres my help? How much of this $700 billion will go to pay CEO's who was in charge of these failed company's.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Jeff

    Hello Erica
    Are we supposed to now believe that if this bill, which has been submitted for at least, is not passed that "WE THE PEOPLE" (yeah remember us washington and why we put you in office) will be hurt even more for something we didn't do... Whats the purpose of the constitution..."Fear Propaganda 2008"

    September 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  30. NancyFromWellington

    Obama and McCain should go on with the debate. They should focus half of the debate on Foreign Policy and the other half on the Economy. This way we get to hear about both important issues. Also, they are the Presidential nominees. They can multi-task. It's now 3AM.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Amanda - Alabama

    Why do we need a debate? Haven't we heard all of their lies already? Every time we turn on the news we hear them daily. I work full time and go to school full time, I think I have heard them all in just the short time I watch tv. Both are rich and for the ones just like them. They say what they think we want to hear. Then they get elected and do what they want to anyway.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Shannon

    I am surprised that John McCain let Sarah Palin talk to a reporter. I saw part of the interview and understand much better why they are trying to keep her isolated.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  33. Lee

    No bailout! If we have an extra 700 billion to jump start the economy, give it to those who made good decisions, make their mortgage payments, and pay their taxes. If people are willing to speculate, they should be willing to lose. Wouldn't it be more responsible to give this money to those who have demonstrated they can act responsibly to begin with?

    September 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Theresa

    My son goes to Ole Miss, and canceling this debate will cost the university 5.5 million dollars. I guess McCain has proven once again that he doesn't know or care much about the economy.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  35. Pat WA

    Debate! This is another ploy to change the subject, I'm afraid that if the subject is changed to the economy mcCain will have an emergency trip to AK to save the Moose on Friday.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  36. Alan Harkleroad

    To me this says that McCain is ready to be a leader. Country before one's self. As a member of the Armed Services this resonates with our moral core. Politically motivated or not I think it speaks to the dedication for the people. Also these Men are senators first. So why should they not be there leading the charge on a solution rather then campaigning on it. Yes there goal is to be the next president but they are being paid by the people of their respective states to represent them to the best of their ability. And that is all I have to say.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  37. reverendike

    I am offended that, considering the technical innovations in communications over the last 100 years, Web Conferencing, Video Conferencing, Telephones to name a few, that McCain can't find another way to work with his colleagues in DC and continue his campaign. What does it say about his leadership abilities if he has to drop everything to run back for "face time".

    September 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  38. Ann

    Erica....Yes the debate should to on
    Yes the subject should be Foreign policy...it has a lot to do with the economy..since foreign banks/countries will be buying the bad debts, our national debt over 9 trillion is owed to foreign countries for the most part...kiss America goodbye..thanks Mr. Bush/Cheney...

    September 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  39. Bret Peters

    What ever the result of the election may be, I am just so glad that Americans are taking more interest in our government. New voter registration is at an all time high. Politics are discussed in all place, and aspects of our lives. We are starting to realize that "We the people" was written for us, and the rest of the world is watching us, to take their next cue.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  40. Clarence

    Interesting that the rural American view of the bailout are "held at considerably less then high esteem"

    September 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  41. Pete in Virginia

    We keep hearing about how this $700 B bailout could end up getting paid back to tax payers over time. This evening Bill Clinton referenced how the US ended up making $600 M off of the Mexico bailout in 3 years and how apparently the US maid money over time with the Chrysler bailout. While I don't agree with the bailout, and given the severity of the situation, I feel like something is going to get approved along the lines of a bailout. I would be very interested in what the payback really means to taxpayers in the way of timeline and real probability. How exactly would taxpayers get paid back?
    Regardless, the golden paracutes must stop immediately.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  42. Russell_ Asheville, NC

    McCain... What is he afraid of? He wants to tie Obama to this mess by canceling the debate. He doesn't want his party to look half as bad as it does now. All that deregulation. Wow! Whodda thought that these high and mighty Wall Street exec's would've been responsible? Time for them to get out of town. I'm tired of bailing these bums out every time things go south on them because of greed. They are lucky we don't have old western style justice. My kids will be stuck with this mess and it ticks me off to no end. What makes me sick... I was a republican for 30 years. Never again!!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Matt J.

    How many other people noticed, I wonder? Obama got his facts wrong in his famous quip, "the President has to deal with more than one thing at a time". He said that one of them will have to deal with it in 40 days. But wait a minute! Has he forgotten his 7th grade civics? Neither one will have that chance in 40 days. The incumbent doesn't get it until January, when inaugurated. Until then, they are both still Senators. At least one of these Senators will be there to vote in time to save the economy.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  44. Katzr

    These posts are ridiculous. Anyone pretending to understand what is happening to this economy just likes to pretend to be "in the know". I have not heard one "detailed" explanation. You really think Bush explained it? Give me a break he just took the "scare" tatic route and told the American people, if we don't spend billions now, you'll lose your job. Scaring people is his way, whether it be with terrorists or our domestic economy. I really don't think a few more weeks is going to matter that much. Why the freaking rush now? Bush was saying our economy was peachy just a few months ago. I can't believe a word he says.

    I just wish we could start over with the presidential candidates as I don't like either choice. REALLY, this is all we can find in American!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  45. CM Wilson, Jacksonville, FL

    As a homeowner in foreclosure, a payment increased by 67% during the past year, and home value decreased by almost as much, I believe we are in a crisis–a crisis that warrants the subject of the debate being change on Fri to the economy. The debate should go on as planned, and if McCain refuses to participate, he should forfeit the campaign. Enough politics! Let's get down to the BUSINESS of change!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  46. Gail

    I just listened to Ms. Buchanan try and sell the merits of Sen. McCain suspending his campaign because he and Sen. Obama should physically travel to Washington to discuss the bail out proposal. My question is; what century is she living in? Has she heard of telecommunications? Multi-tasking? She's out of step with most Americans.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  47. Shane O'Sheeran, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Gary, the debates and the two presidential candidates have no bearing on the negotiations going on now just as a fact and it will be resolved anyway, and all McCain can do is whip votes, which is right now entirely the Republicans problem, and Obama is absolutely correct, a President will need to multitask, not vapor lock on every national crisis... which is what McCain is doing!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  48. EJ (USA)

    I agree with Paul Begala on McCain's statements & decisions being erratic.

    McCain would have been better off without this drama of suspending his campaign and trying to postpone the debate. All it is is high drama.

    September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  49. marcus

    I am highly offended by the comment by David Gergan (sp?) who said, in regards to John McCain suspending his campaign, "Everyone thinks this is weird" and your comment stating, "Everyone wants this debate except John McCain. " Who is everyone?!? You have not had time to take a meaningful pole & I doubt you have even asked a sufficient number of interested parties to make these conclusions. I believe the cadidates answer to the people & everyone I have spoken to today belives McCain is showing true commitment to this country by stepping off the meaningless stump speaches, Obama's included, & placing all his energies into preventing a financial crisis in this country!

    September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
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