October 27th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/27/08

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  1. holly, overland park , ks

    evening anderson, erica and the rest of you bloggers! LOL @ david for your disdain on palins clothing, youd think such a avid shooter wouldnt have shot herself in the foot wouldnt you? thoughts and prayers for miss hudsons family, during this horrible tragedy, and as for the rest of the odd and horrible news today, the skinheads really take the prize for making such a horrible {and idiotic} plan.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  2. Linda P

    Palin is not going rogue and thinking about 2012. Just like the polls, the media is trying to shape public opinion because it's rare to see a politician who puts the people first before their career. Just look at the path she took to get here versus the other politicians......... but it gives you two more days of stories so you won't cover "that other one".

    October 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Marcus, California

    Oh Erica, Please do!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Becky in PA

    Just wondering if Ms. West was trying to "punk" Senator Biden during the interview. Was Ashton Kutcher lurking on the set somewhere?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Ingrid from Northern VA

    I love how Biden handles this reporter! What a stupid question..A good journalist doesn't 'speculate' and throw in 'opinion'...
    Turns out her husband is a Republican consultant...
    Please be fair to tell story about McCain canceling Larry King!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Janis

    Once again, David speaks with such clarity. The republicans are masters of redirect and distraction. This is clearly a manufactured distraction by the republicans to steer voters away from the issues. Don't be fooled! Palin and McCain know exactly what they are doing. Neither of them have an ounce of integrity and will do or say anything to win by any means necessary!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  7. MaryBeth

    Patty: Or Gary Tuchman!! 😉

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Sandra

    Anderson Is it just a coincidence that the Friday before the most important presidential election in history is a day we celebrate by getting ALL DRESSED UP and pretending to be someone or something that we are not? Don't know about you but Anderson I think Halloween started several months early this year. I personally will be glad when Nov 4 gets here so Halloween can be over.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  9. jermaine,NJ

    You and Erika should dress as McCain and Palin for Halloween. Anderson you already have the white hair and Erica can put her hair in a 50's bun and wear designer suits and glasses.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Dee, atlanta, ga

    I'll be dressed as sarah palin wearing the Michael jackson thriller RED jacket!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Dave

    i can't wait for the election. this is my super bowl 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  12. kim-chicago

    This morning I heard on the local Chicago news that they had found the missing white suv with a young boys body in it. This is so tragic. I felt physically ill.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Lissa

    And bless Joe Biden – his reaction to West's ridiculous accusation was priceless, natural, and on the money..!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  14. Max, Dallas, TX

    I absolutely loved that Biden interview. The guy is simply unflappable, even though anyone watching could tell how he really felt about those nonsensical questions.
    What I loved most about it was that he was genuinely unhappy about getting those non-issue questions. He wants to answer for the real problems facing America, because he's so proud of his and Obama's solutions. How often do you get that in politics?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Palin made have brought up the clothes this weekend but, IMO, it was a snarky remark only. No biggie to me, if she's firing back, she's only showing that she's a fighter and got some spunk, not afraid of anything.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Bill

    The discussion of Palin fails to grasp the essential point that both McCain and Palin have made about their characters – they are both mavericks. Unfortunately for McCain, mavericks make uncontrollable runningmates.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  17. adrian

    my son is going to be Batman. 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Omar Reyes

    I am from Puerto Rico. I always watch your show here in Puerto Rico. We can not participate on your election process but I watch AC360 because is the best. Hi to Anderson and Erica . I witch you the best...

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Ariane

    Hello all!
    I have two girls, ages 2 and 4. One will be Cinderella and the other will be Lil Red Riding Hood..
    I think they will be really cute.
    Can't wait until election day!!! Have a great week.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Ania S.

    Hi CNN with AC360,
    what is this a fashion show or an election? LOL

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Mary - Omaha, NE

    Amen, David Gergan!! It is absurd. Why do they keep deverting the talking points to issues that have nothing to do with our country. It was brought up to show how far from her "hockey Mom" persona she really is and it should now be over. If she's not trying to protect herself, Why is she STILL talking about it?!!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Jayne

    You are the ones who keep bringing up such sexist items as Sarah Palin's wardrobe. When you start "reporting" what the other candidates have been appropriated for their wardrobes, then we will have an issue!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Lissa

    I love David's honesty – he is right, this is absurd – but then, so was the Palin pick...

    October 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  24. Brandi-bottom of the boot

    oooh, was he fussing at you AC?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  25. Berry Oliver

    David Gergan for President! He is great!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Carmella

    Barbara West was out of order. Her job is be objective and the way she frame that question was totally partisan, you can tell she is a Republican.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Christine Mosley

    About Sarah Palin. No surprise she's going "rogue." All you have to do is read up on her governing style, and all of this comes as no surprise. She is notorious for listening to no one and reportedly, her husband is her one and only advisor. And unless the Republican Party decides to trend to the far left in the coming years, I think she has little or no political future. She shouldn't. I don't care what anyone says. She is not qualified and has nothing to do with her handlers, John King is right! She is responsible for her answers, and clearly doesn't know her stuff. And just to prove her stupidity, she has her mouthpiece Elizabeth bring up the clothing issue on the trail, bringing more unwanted attention to something the McCain camp is desperately trying to forget.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Jen In Mex

    I love David Gergen's clear, concise observations. So refreshing to hear someone speak what we are thinking. Palin and the absurd focus is just a glimpse of what awaits America if McCain is voted in.
    On another note; For Halloween I'm going as a fall tree. Why? So that I can "leave" the requisite party early. 😉

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Sophie MN

    THANK YOU D. Gergen. They can cry that every network is in the tank till the end of this thing, but it's so clear that the gaffes are home-made, the policy vacuum home-made, the myriad voter turn offs – home-made!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Lorna, NYC

    Good evening!

    I've never dressed up for Halloween, but this year I have a very "political" Halloween costume idea: Sarah Palin! I am not kidding. I have an extra pair of glasses like her and I intend to go shopping for Palin's signature red jacket. We'll see how successful I am....

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Jacqueline, NY

    Halloween costume... Hmm... let's see. For some reason, I'm feeling a little Joan of Arc-ish. I don't know why. Maybe I have some conquering to do.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Shannon

    I agree with David Gergen, this is an absurd place for a campaign to be. . . I am amazed at the McCain campaign and really quite fascinated.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Fjola, NC

    Hi ya'll and Anderson! I have 2 girls that are dressing up and going trick or treating in the neighborhood. My 6 year old is going as a Vampire Doctor (labcoat and all) and my 10 year old is going to be a skeleton. They both want to be "scary". I would like to go as the wise one, David Gergen 🙂

    October 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Candace from Yellowknife NT

    Exactly David Gergen!
    totall agree!
    Absurd to discuss wardrobe with an economic crisis.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  35. sue

    Palin is proving that she is an amateur, and has no place on the national stage.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    To be fair, the clothing issue was started by the MSM.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Karin - Canada

    Re: Sarah Palin... one either "loves" her or "hates" her. Either way, Is either solely based on emotions or on facts as we know them. I gather is its all a matter of perception.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Maureen T

    Good evening Anderson! What a day! So much in the news, good and bad. My prayers are with Jennifer Hudson and her family...With Halloween around the corner my daughter will be a sock hopper from the 50's! I'll be a witch, not too far of a stretch! :O

    October 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  39. M. McKinley from Austin, Texas

    erica ,aww! you should send us a picture of him in his costume!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Deborah Morgan

    and I will be dressing as the Statue of Liberty for Halloween, Anderson.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Will in California

    Where would Miss Hudson be now if it weren't for American Idol? She made the correct and life-saving decision to audition for the show. Thank goodness that she wasn't the fourth victim in the muders. The talents she has been blessed with will help her through life after such a horrific tragedy.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Adam

    If she had been purchasing the clothing JUST for herself...that may have been one thing...but Palin bought clothing for her family too. Is Todd Palin on the ballot? Willow Palin? She got caught with her hand in the cookie jar–and is trying to backpedal. Just when you thought it couldn't get crazier, it does. G.O.P. has got a lot to learn from this election...starting from day one.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  43. PortiaC.

    Palin says that the clothes does not belong to her. The RNC paid for them and she will go back to buying clothes from a consignment store in Alaska. What about the $22,000 make up person? She can't return used makeup.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  44. Veronica, NV

    Erica H,

    I would love to see the AC look. I missed it the last time you did it.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  45. John, NY

    I think Palin realized in the past few weeks that has the opportunity to emerge from this as the new Republican front-runner. She realizes that McCain's bid for the presidency is in serious jeopardy. I believe she is now setting herself up for a bid against Obama in 2012 should the Republicans lose this election.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  46. Mike, Syracuse NY

    David Gergen, so stop talking about Palin's wardrobe already. There have to be some real issues to talk about. Like how exactly will Obama 'spread the wealth'?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  47. Shalinni

    Hello Anderson! I cannot wait until Nov. 4th comes and goes. I am so tired of the misinterpreted statements that McCain is making about Obama. As far as Sarah Palin, I will not waste my draining energy on her. She is no Hillary! All this talk about her looking out for her political career is ridiculous. I would love to see her and Hillary Clinton debate! If she though Katie Couric was difficult (I loved that interview!!) she needs to try to run against a woman with real experience!!

    My prayers are with Jennifer Hudson and family. God help the person who did this!!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    It would be nice to hear what the republican party is actually going to do for us; the middle class instead of hearing that obama is a socialist or a marxist. Why are they not saying, maybe because they only plan to help the wealthy, and the big corporations. Lets aviod the questions that show us only thinking of ourselves. Have they forgotton that they are servent leaders? They need to remember who they represent. WE THE PEOPLE.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Melene

    Why is this so important still today about her clothing. She needs to be taking about more important issues. This is why their falling behind.
    Maybe she want to run in 2012.


    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Brenda

    I'm going as a red hatter – love those women – my heart goes out to the Hudson family – Jennifer is on her way and mom won't be her to be with her –

    So happy I only have 8 more days to hear either McCain or Palin's voices – they irritate me.........

    October 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
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