October 27th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/27/08

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On the program tonight: with only a week of campaigning left, Barack Obama is trying to close the deal, and John McCain is trying to stop him. The battlefield, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Two campaigns on the same turf but in very different circumstances. We'll have reports from the field and talk over today's developments with the Best Political Team in Television.

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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Brandi-bottom of the boot

    goodnite!!! thanks for interacting so much tonite Anderson!

    October 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. EJ (USA)

    I think Anderson should be Seth Myers on friday….Seth cracks me up…

    He's pretty cute too.

    October 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Jane in Mass

    Have to run, but on a serious note....if you conspire to harm the president I assume that is treason. What are you charged with if you conspire to hurt a presidential nominee?

    October 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    Michelle Obama actually seems a little shy sometimes...

    Good night everyone

    October 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  5. jen rose

    I hope everyone has a goodnight.

    October 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Jerry D

    So, Michelle Obama can discuss her wardrobe on Jay Leno, but Palin can't dedicate one minute out of a long speech to crack a joke about it.
    That's pretty one-sided, don't you think?

    October 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  7. Deb

    Why all the fuss about how much more money Obama has to spend, the Republicans do it all the time, not this year though. This is what Bush did to Kerry...and what Bush did to McCain in the primary where he trashed his own! And outspent...boy the Republicans like to live the double standards...NOW they are worried aobut a one sided congress...and a rubber stamp...where were they for the first six years of Bush's term?

    October 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  8. nubi bill,atlanta

    david Gegens costume would no doubt be complete with a halo. A genius voice in a sometimenot so smart world.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Jen In Mex

    The Thriller event is a hoot. It's this sort of thing that really is soooo American. Crazy, silly, fun, and a way to forget our troubles for a little while. Ya gotta love it.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Liz

    Ashley – you're right! Seth Meyers would be a perfect character for him!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Lou Dobbs? I thought that dude looked more like Joe the Plumber!

    Oh Erica and Anderson, you guys make me laugh. Thanks! Nothing wrong with chuckling at the end of your show. Nite all.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Maureen T

    I love Michelle Obama!...Thanks I'll tape Jay Leno's show now...More dancing! So Andy, when will you dance?? Thanks for making me smile! Just what I needed today! Good night Andy and Erica!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Denise

    I am with Joe Biden with that journalist asking him that question, quoting a Marks statement.

    Is she for real

    Half the people don't even know what markism is, they just be repeating what the McCain campaign say.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Deb

    I love Michelle Obama and her down to earth manners. She speaks like the neighbor lady next door and shares the funny antics of her kids. Who couldn't love a lady like that?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Thriller of a Shot...Orange is the new thrill, if you're locked up..Night all

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  16. EJ (USA)

    didn’t realize this blog was about your Halloween costumes. I thought it would be about some “issues” other than more “dress-up” talk. guess I’ll look elsewhere.

    Hey – you can blame Anderson for that.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Winnie

    Anderson-Why are you making fun of Lou Dobbs?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Lou Dobbs and Michael Jackson? Who knew? hehe
    Oh, yes Erica you trumped Anderson! TEE-hehe

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    Too funny... Lou Dobbs.. Awesome... have not seen the prison dudes in awhile. LOL.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Fjola, NC

    It's been real ya'll! Thriller is still the best thing ever...I still know that dance..Goodnight

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Jane in Mass

    very cool Geno. A nice tribute.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Marcus, California

    Lou Dobbs! HAHAHAHAH!! Soo Funny!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  23. jay-toronto

    Anderson have michael jackson on the show for halloween,wow that would be a thriller...lol

    October 27, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  24. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh,boo I'm still wanting the t-shirt.
    Michele will be a great first lady! I like her conservative wardrobe!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  25. Roweena D'Souza, Seattle

    Michelle is so funny, so real 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Good night Anderson, Erica, and best bloggers!!!!
    Have a great night...... Sleep tight!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  27. Beth from Alberta, Canada

    The "Spread the Wealth" and "Socialist" issue is no more than a fear tactic encouraged by a Presidential campaign party who needs to be reminded that the majority of Americans are no longer wishing to play this type of game.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  28. Glen Up North

    Betty Ann: LOL! As hilarious as that would be, I'd be afraid McCain would be using it in his campaigning to try to detract people from voting for Obama. (Drum roll.)

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  29. irina

    It seems that Anderson is remembering all laptop passwords.
    Great touchable show.
    Condolences to the singer , maybe next time , in future this kinda bad stuff would be avoided

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  30. Debbie Kline

    I watched your show tonight because I was interested in the news of Jennifer Hudson's family. I was upset when finally at 10:49 you had the information and it was done by 10:53. I realize this Presidental Election is a Historical Time but, don't you think that a women that has lost three of her family members deserves more then 5 minutes, and it could of maybe come at the beginning of the show? After all, the election has been going on for how many months.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  31. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Oh, that gigantic beachball thing looks fun!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  32. June from Jax FL

    I pray the secret service keeps Senator, soon to be President, safe.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  33. Kayli, KY

    That skinhead story made me cry earlier today when I first read about it.
    I forget sometimes that this country does not live up to the rhetoric.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  34. Jane in Mass

    October 27th, 2008 10:48 pm ET

    "i like the idea of dressing up as our favorite cnn analysts"...............Well, you cant ALL dress up as David Gergen.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  35. Veronica, NV

    Goodnight Anderson, Erica, and bloggers!

    I end my day with the Hudson family in my prayers.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  36. Benny

    Who might you become AC, for Halloween? Liked the special this w/end. Great work as always.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  37. Dulcie - Denver

    Anderson – I think I'd pay money to see that!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  38. June from Jax FL

    Jennifer and her sister will be in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the rest of her family. What a terrible tragedy.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  39. ashley - willis, tx

    I think Anderson should be Seth Myers on friday....Seth cracks me up...

    October 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  40. Ursula

    If I dressed up as Palin, someone would probably beat me up.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  41. Yolanda

    I have so much respect for David Gergen. I continue to learn from him every time he is on your program. You talk about fair and balance....this guy actually gets it. And he says it even if it's not popular, but it's always the truth. I am an african american woman and I want to thank you Mr. Gergen. You've said things on CNN that most of us scream at the television, but can't get anyone to hear. Please don't go away after the election regardless of who wins. Your experience and wisdom will always be needed on CNN (but mostly Fox) You are truly unbelievable. And we can't get enough of you.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  42. Asvita, ma

    I agree with John King..Its the boss who is always responsible!

    Anderson, a staff costume day is a great idea...looking forward to seeing you guys on friday 🙂 I was in New York today and saw many people in halloween costumes already!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
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