October 27th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/27/08

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  1. Cortez

    I agree with David Gergen the only ones still talking about clothes is Gov. Palin. To me it seems like the Palin/McCain campaign has always been behind the news cycle instead of making new ones.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Corey James

    The election came so fast...I wonder if CNN will keep the Election Center with Campbell Brown, even though there will be no election. I hope so, it's a really good show. my favorite on TV in fact.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Vivi Sanders

    This "spread the wealth around" comment is really getting tiresome. Why doesn't someone point out the fact that Sarah Palin redistributed the wealth in Alaska to everyone? I believe it's over $2,000/per person this year. Isn't this socialistic also?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  4. George


    You are wonderful and a fresh approach to News!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Ron from PA

    Sarah Palin has been trying to portray herself as a hockey mom and saying that she is running to help people like "Joe the Plummer" and "Angie the Waitress". Then it is found out that she spent $150k on her wardrobe. You bet this is newsworthy and if CNN didn't cover it, they would not be doing their job!

    Now that it has been found out, she is trying to defuse it by saying she will donate these clothes to charity. Do you really believe she would be donating this to charity if it were not found out? And does this really matter? If she is campaigning for Joe the Plummer, then why spend $150k on the wardrobe to begin with?!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Jason from Texsa

    The rogue behavior is something that will continue to plague McCain if he does win. I would not call her a Diva. She is a politician with no identity. The stories coming out are brutal. As compelling as she is percieved to be, she may not remain the Gov, of Alaska and then goes out the way of John Edwards.
    The repub campaign has turned into a mess. She started to believe the hype. McCain is showing judgement issues.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Larry

    I our neighborhood there is one private home that has the best display I've seen in 10 year years.
    On my nightly walk and admiring the display one of the twelve jumped out and I could have jump a foot off the ground (saved my my weight).

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Deborah Morgan

    Between Palin's rogue behavior and Sen. Stevens caught with his hand in the grift cookie jar, things don't look good for the GOP. My sympathies are with John McCain, a man who can't seem to get his feet under him these days. Although I will cast my vote for Barack Obama, I must commend McCain for managing to keep his lips above the political waterline and maintaining his status as a fighter.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    I am going to be hula dance for halloween this Friday.....

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Ameera

    If Sarah Palin is so damagin to the McCain campaign, I think it says far more about McCain's decision making abilities than anything else. The VP selection is the first major presidential selection and he made a bad one. It doesn't speak for future decisions of a potential president.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Dulcie - Denver

    Hey Erica (and yes, that's my real name)

    I probably won't give up AC360, but I'll probably scale back my interest in politics. At least not follow it as obsessively as I have been. It's been a fascinating ride, but I'm ready for it to be over.

    I'm interested in other people like me who have scaled way back and completely changed the way I do day to day things.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Anil Nagalla

    I agree how a Wal-Mart mom took so little can care before swiping the card at register. now that’s what I call republican carelessness.

    By refusing that expense she could have set herself as an example

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Erica: One year at work, all the women dressed up like the men in suits and ties. It was fun. The guys chickened out and didn't dress up like the women. You going as AC (bad wig and all) should be fun! 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Mike

    Well, I'm going to dress up as Napoleon Dynamite and go out with my girlfriend, but maybe I should go as Joe the Plumber and wear my McCain/Palin pin and talk about the REAL issues and how they actually can be solved, and not by spreading the wealth.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Debra Trzaskowski

    If Sarah is such a "maverick" why didn't she just say no thank you to the clothing? Obviously she can't stand up for herself. Her words do not match her actions.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  16. dorothy

    l issues than with what Palin is wearing. The issues are very important to the poor and working people like myself.
    ps I really like the show it's very informative and educational .

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Joe W., MI

    Very dissappointed with how the McCain Palin senior advisors have handled the campaign; it's filled with mistakes, errors and poor judgment.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Darrin

    Politics is not like normal life so I'm not holding anything against either party or candidate, but let's be honest, how can I not be insulted each time I hear some Republican defend how Sarah Palin is ready for a position like Vice President? If these people believe it, then I've lost faith in the Republican party, if not then they are trying to pull the wool over my eyes. She should quiet down and regroup for 2012.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Patty

    If I had waders I'd be Anderson. 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Cindi Abbott

    Sarah strikes me as being a person who respects no rules. Remember the debate, where she said, " I might not answer the questions aked by the moderator?" and now she is not heeding the advice of the campaign.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  21. June

    OK so big deal about Palin's comments about her clothes. I just get so tired of the news making a huge deal out of small comments people make. Aren't we all human? Sometimes I think the media is looking to hard for the 'Robot" in it all and freak out over something so normal like someone being "real".

    October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica, everyone blogging. The Obama campaign has been a stickler for voter turnout, Candy is right about that.

    I can definitely see how this election would make campaign staffs nervous wrecks.

    Very sad news about Jennifer Hudson and her family, they are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Susan, Washington

    I don't care about her wardrobe, I care that she was found guilty of ethics violations in Alaska and the abuse of power as Gov. of Alaska re: trooper gate. She was Gov. only 20 months and she's being investigated for ethic violations. That's what concerns me. Hasselback needs to just shut her pie hole.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Jason, Michigan

    So Sarah Palin admits that she will go back to wearing her old clothes after the election. Does it sound to anyone else like she is planning on losing, "going back" to her "old self"?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  25. nekko

    It's sad when "Barbie" didn't know what her clothes cost ... I'm tired of this "sexist" monologue blame and I'm a woman. I DO remember the Clinton haircut yada .... Palin is a total egoist and needs to be joined with Tony Robbins.


    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  26. lisa tx

    Did Palin she was at a fashion show or what?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Patty

    I have a sickening feeling that the 2012 election is starting watching Palin!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Will in California

    If it weren't for American Idol, would Miss Hudson still have worked at Burger King or possibly have been the fourth victim in the murder spree? She made the correct and life-saving decision to audition for the show. The talents she has been blessed with will help her through life after such a horrific tragedy.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Sonya

    I'm not sure what I'm going to do after the election is over but I'm really considering taking a vacation day on Nov. 4th so I can sit home and watch CNN 24/7. I've already voted!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  30. MaryBeth

    Erica: I think I will stay just as interested in politics after the election...I'm sure we will find plenty to discuss after the election: the bailout, the economy, war in Iraq/Afghanistan....plenty of fodder for the blog.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  31. ericacnn

    Hello, Bloggers!

    MaryBeth, I agree – it *is* cruel to take all of the candy away. Some I can understand, but all of it?! My Dad just used to eat a fair amount of ours, which I guess helped us...though maybe not him 😉

    PS: My son is being a fireman. I may bring back the AC look

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  32. Machada Smith

    I'm going as Wonder Woman, but the not the Palin version. 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  33. angel m

    now she is trying to tell us about all the frugal things she owns, nausiating, can we get to the issues

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Jason in Wisconsin

    Okay. I am a Democrat AND an Obama fan, but why are we talking about Palin's clothes? This is annoying!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Gary, Indiana

    Why can't journalists ask the tough questions of Obama and Biden, like Barbara West the Florida news anchor did? Her questions were substantive and on the issues, unlike questions about Palin's wardrobe... Obama and Biden have gotten a pass for too long – let them answer the tough questions.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Meda Saber

    I'm going to just save some money and have fun with my costume by dressing up like a friend and coworker of mine in my best dress shirt, pants and shoes. You know what they say, you imitate those you admire, so hopefully he'll get a laugh out of it.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  37. jerry

    I am glad that you are talking about her hidden agenda for running in 2012..
    she isn't fooling anyone...
    But she better start telling the truth about where she shops...cosignment my a–
    I have some waterfront property for sale as well

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Cindi Abbott

    In Hudson case, I think that the perp is someone who knew them. Why else would he have killed the little boy? My theory is that the child heard the shots ring out and fled the house. The killer obviously tracked him down. That is likely why his body was not in the house with Jennifer's mother and brother. So tragic!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Dana, NY

    Anderson, if it were a costume representing the financial crisis I would wear that...it will be the scarriest ever!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  40. M. E. Laine

    I am praying for Jennifer Hudson and her sister.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Bradley S (Knoxville, TN)

    Great Closing Argument from Obama!
    Go Obama.Biden 2008

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  42. Becky, Michigan

    No trick or treating here, candy gives my dogs cavities (no kids)! But I will be passing out treats and I bet the most popular costume will be "Joe the Plumber".

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Veronica

    I wonder what's going on inside Sarah Palin's head, does she have a clue of what's going on around her??? She seems to be more interested on herself than the real topics...She needs to come back to reality.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Candace from Yellowknife NT

    Thank goodness only a week to go in this election.

    Happy Blogging!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  45. adrian

    Palin is distancing herself from the debacle that is the McCain campaign...but doesn't to realize that she is part of the problem...

    It's not McCain's fault that she can't think on her feet, misspeaks, and is grossly undereducated on domestic and world affairs...which is kind of important when running as the VP...


    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  46. ashley - willis, tx

    Man I feel so bad for Jennifer Hudson, it's so close to the holidays. I hope they find out who did this so she can at least find some peace with this.

    As for Halloween I am wearing a Drindle dress that I'm going to modify to my taste, so I guess you can say I'm going to be a Gothic German Beirgarten Frau!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  47. Paria

    How is Paline going to return the 22k that was spent for a makeup artist?

    AC why can't you ask that on your fair and balance section?

    p.s. Love your show!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Jacqueline, NY October 27th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

    Oops, sorry! My bad. Forgot… you make the rules

    You are funny!!!! LOL!!! 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  49. JenS, OH

    No costume for me Anderson, but my two cats will be dressing as George Washington and Paris Hilton, respectively. 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Liz

    Court Love: That's funny!!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
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