October 10th, 2008
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/10/08

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  1. Dan


    About your 10 Most Wanted, why don't you identify the ones who sponsored and voted for the bills that resulted in deregulation of these institutions. They are the biggest culprit. List them all so we know who we need to kick out of office.

    October 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Derrick Moore

    I'm a 39 year old black man and I support Obama . After seeing McCain defend Obama tonight I have a lot more respect for him. Way to go McCain you have a heart after all

    October 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Denny

    Good for McCain in defending Barack Obama, but is anybody going to point out that "Arabs" and "Moslems" should be defended as well? Even President Bush has pointed out that our Arab and other Moslem Americans are essential in the war on terror.

    October 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Josh

    That was not a soldier greeting his two dogs. It was a US Air Force Tech Sergeant.

    October 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  5. chris KC


    Can you imagine if Senator Biden had been found guilty of abuse of power during this campaign? Obama would be crucified. Hypocricy! The press has spent nearly a week on the ethicas of the Republican attacks on Obama (and that is exactly McCain's crew knew would happen) and have ignored the fact that Govenor Palin, the one who began these attacks, could be impeached in her own state.

    Journalists, quit allowing the Republicans to wag you by your tail.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Robin (Hawaii)

    Abuse of power by Sarah Palin; abuse of power on Wall Street ... What's the difference between a hockey mom ... and a corporate pitbull?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  7. EJ (USA)

    The top ten list is kind of cheesy too. There's no way you can name the great number of people involved unless you did this segment for over a year.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    Sarah Palin has been pushing the "trust" issue with regards to Senator Obama. Now with the release of this finding that she (Governor Palin) abused her power with the citizens of her state, she is now silenced on the issue of trust.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  9. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - as always, it is bracing to read your comments. Several of you made an important point that the commission that investigated the Sarah Palin/trooper incident was made up heavily of Republicans - a 10-4 majority, you wrote. I should have known that but didn't; thank you for informing me. It does give the report extra weight.

    I don't know about you but this whole controversy about William Ayres is becoming very stale. Yes, he was a Weatherman and some of those Weathermen were responsible for a bombing that killed people. By the time Barack Obama met him, however, Ayres seems to have been largely rehabilitated - or certainly become an acceptable member of society. After all, the University of Illinois - hardly a radical hothouse - had named him to their faculty; Mayor Daley - one of the country's best mayors - sought out his help on reform of public schools; and in the late 1990s, he was named citizen of the year in Chicago. For Obama to serve on a couple of non-profit boards with him and to be hosted at his home for a coffee that helped to get his legislative race to get started hardly suggests that Obama is a radical. These Republican attacks don't seem to be working, and for good reason.

    Final point: good for John McCain today in taking on his own voters, trying to calm them down. We need a lot more of that calming.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  10. ERT

    I believe that Sen. Obama's lead as per the poles has shifted the strategy of Sen. Mccain campaign he realizes that discrediting and aligning Sen. Obama with terrorists, etc is not mainly the voters concerns. He now has to play the "nice guy" to contrast Gov.Palin's "bull dog" behavior which is a "turn off" to many voters. ERT

    October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  11. shelley

    Give McCain a break. It had to be difficult to have to come to Obama's defense. His comments were completely honest and in keeping with his normal manner of speaking.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    My dog greets me like that when I just leave to get the mail. Dogs are truly "Your Best Friends". Great selection on pic for the shot. Have a good weekend everyone!

    October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Cindy Lou

    Hi Anderson,
    It is troubling to see all the anger that the repubs are generating. It can't be good for our environment or their mental health. Let's hope that calm and reason returns to the race.
    have a great weekend

    October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Thomas in Arizona

    Senator McCain probably just realized that he has a political career outside of the Presidential Election, and since more people are paying attention to the process hes more accountable for his actions. If He loses he may find a hard time getting reelected back here.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Maureen T

    How sweet! You've got to love those dogs!! 🙂 Thanks Andy for sharing that! Good night and have a fantastic weekend!! See you next week!!

    October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That is such a sweet video! Those darling dogs were so happy to see him! 🙂

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    The World econ holds its breath, every time you have a Bank Holiday Monday, and the Stock Exchange is closed.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Fay, CA

    Aww, what a sweet greeting by the dogs for that soldier.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Good night Anderson, Erica and best bloggers.......
    Have a great night.........Sleep tight!!!
    Have a great weekend!!! Anderson, get rest this weekend.....
    See you next week..........
    Day of the shot with welcome home troop to see his 2 dogs!!!!! Awww!!! That is so cute.....

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  20. Kathy, Chicago

    Aw AC, my goldens greet me each day like that! Have a great week-end!

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    Great show tonight Anderson and Erica. Have a great weekend and pray for the market this weekend. We do not want Ari to pull his hair out on Monday. Oh he does not have any LOL OK.

    Take care and good night.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  22. Gary

    It's funny that everyone is on the "Dump Palin Bandwagon" Did she abuse her power as Gov? Yes. Is it really that big a dang deal? No. Name me one politician that HAS NOT abused there power while in office. Politicians ALL lie to get elected. I think the country is screwed no matter WHO wins the election.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  23. Sandra, Georgia

    Hi Anderson and Erica.

    Senator McCain should be commended for speaking up for his colleague, Senator Obama, at long last. I hope Ms. Palin will take notice and speak to the people in a way, as not to cause strife; we do not need that in these trying times.

    Thanks for keeping them honest, Anderson. I am afraid your "top 20" may increase to a higher number.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  24. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    The Shot of the Day? Thanks for a Good Friday evening of some happy world news. My thoughts are with all the troops tonight..Night all

    October 10, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  25. Barbara -- in California

    Troopergate results: Funny, do you suppose the McCain campaign would have been so quick to continue their condemnation of the investigation & the report findings if they had found in favor of Palin.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  26. Ken in NC

    Anderson after filling the ten most wanted list can we put them up in the US Post Office.

    Just a thought.

    Someone needs to held accountable for this massive failure of our economic system. I mean held accountable big time like prison time. BIG PRISON TIME. No country club prison.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Anderson, I don't think any one person is to blame on this economic mess so no one is going to take sole responsibility, but, I agree, they could at least admit to and feeling some type of remorse for their behaviors and actions that contributed to it.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    Thank you for the 10 Most Wanted List. Pity nothing real will actually happen to them. The law doesn't have teeth, when it comes to the absurdly rich.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Melinda

    Anderson – I agree. What is most concerning is that nobody in power seems to know whats going on. Come on! Maybe it's time for women to be in charge of the financials.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Ezra

    I am not surprised Sara Palin abused the power given to her by the people under oath. We have seen how abrasive this woman is since the convention.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Myrtle

    It’s foolish to even consider electing a president who is so scattered; leading a crumbling party in a nation that is falling apart financially. We must elect Barack Obama, a calm, cool and collected leader of Democratic Party that’s in one accord and ready to take the helm.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Paula in NC

    Sarah Palin and the McCain political machine has made her the poster child for ethical behavior and she has shown that she is not above abusing her power as governor to go after a former member of her family and was not truthful about the situation.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Azul Trevino

    Gov. Palin is killing her party. The economy, the war(s)!, and now the Republican Vice President Candidate would definitely make the country worse. This will only helps Barack Obama clinch the White House in November.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  34. karen

    John McCain is honest, he could have let the comment that lady made about the arab go, but he didn't, just think of the cheering that would have happened if he would have just smiled and went on. John did a good job on that answer and did what he thought was ethical

    October 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Sylvia

    As you identify the culprits, please identify to which party they belong. I am sure they are all Republicans. In fact I feel it is absolutely necessary that you do so. this no time to cover up the truth.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Robin

    David Gergen you ALWAYS hit the nail on the head.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Bob Hailey

    On your ten most wanted list I would vote for George Bush as number ten.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Colleen


    What's up with Mcain defending Obama??

    October 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, What about those representatives and senators that protected these guys? Are you going to give them a pass?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Sylvia McNeil

    Ok, one more thing. McCain and Palin are 'goin to change
    Washington?' Palins' claims of being an outsider are hilarious- she runs Alaska like the current Administration runs Washington!

    October 10, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Mike Wishnowski

    Does anyone not see how that whole McCain defending Obama might seem a liitle racist to people of Arab persuasion. I think a true candidate of the people might have also mentioned that America is a melting pot, of many great people of all stripes and colors. Hmm. Mr. McCain reacted as if someone had called Mr. Obama a rascal or scaliwag or some such thing. Not very presidential, very devisive.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  42. Tom

    AC,, I can not wait to see Barney Frank and Chris Dodd on that list.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Something tells me the top 10 culprits could be expanded to the top 100. So many people had their hand in the treasure chest.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  44. seth, VT

    I would have done everything possible to help my sister, however I'm not a VP pick and I certainly wouldn't be wagging my finger at anyone else, no matter how Holier-Than-Thou that finger may be.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  45. teresa

    for the first time in a very long time i respect mccain again....i give senator mccain a huge round of applause, i respect him again.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  46. Christian W.

    This is the John McCain I expected to run for president; however, it may be too late for him to turn the tide with the economy being the prevailing issue.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  47. Cindy, DC

    Good evening Anderson and Erica-I have a question...do you think a Special Prosecutor will be appointed to investigate some of the members of Congress and CEOs of the companies bailed out by us taxpayers??? The people who allowed this financial collapse to occur should be held accountable. I appreciate you identifying the "TOP 10".....continue to keep them honest! Great show.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  48. Ruth

    I think John McCain continued to show his true colors when he could not bring himself to say "No, ma'am, Barack Obama is not an Arab. He is a decent..." He appeared to hesitate a moment and then to leave off the only part that mattered.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  49. Susan from Atlanta

    Question for panel: If John McCain can't control his campaign, or the comments of his VP nominee, how well would he be able to control the office of the President?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
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