December 2nd, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/02/08

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We're following breaking news tonight, Senator Saxby Chambliss holds on to his long-contested Senate seat. We'll tell you how his win will affect the balance of power in the Senate, and affect the Obama presidency. How do you think the new Congress and the new President will work together?
And the Big Three automakers ask Congress for even more money. They presented plans that include job cuts and dollar a year salaries for CEOs, but will it be enough to convince lawmakers to give them billions? What do you think?

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  1. Don, WA

    Don't women usually throw the drink at the man's face? Maybe the ex-bodybuilder is getting in touch with his feminine side.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,Tx

    Bea~ I stand corrected!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Good night Anderson, Erica and best bloggers......
    Have a great night!!!! Sleep tight!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!
    Day of the shot with ugly politics fight!!!!! Ouch...... LOL!!!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Candace from Canada

    Well again I missed most of the show, darn!

    I need my AC360 fix! 🙂 I just feel so out of the loop!

    Have a good night everyone, lets hope the economy looks better in the morning.

    *lol* great shot of the day! 😉

    Have a good night All!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Tuesday night Shot? It appears it was more than a shotglass full of water thrown around. It's amazing how adults can be so much like infants. Water fight! Night all

    December 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Minou, New York City

    Bea: the dif is, they have no cause they're fighting for. all they want is money.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Bea

    Betty, despaeation does not cause crime. Laziness and disrespect for other human beings cause crime. There are many folks who are desperate who would never harm or step on others to advance themselves.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Jim,

    The big 3 forgot to make their product affordable & of high quality .
    even if they are bailed out I'm not buying a new car.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  9. CaseyJ - Las Vegas

    It almost seems like the show just started. All the topics were really interesting tonight. Thank you!!! Have a great Wednesday Bloggers!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Naissa, South Texas

    OMG, lol, The Shot is hilarious!
    That's some good TV!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Wow! that is so scary people in the cruise...... I hate pirates!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Jane

    This pirates problem is a classic example of what can happen when a country has no real government. It is time the world gave Somalia some thought, again.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,Tx

    Desperation causes crime. What a shame we have modern day pirates ;-(


    December 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Bea

    Why aren't these "pirates" called terrorists? What's the difference?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Minou, New York City

    For as long as companies pay ransom to the pirates, there will be hijackings. I don't have solution, but paying money isn't it.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Tyler, NY

    One of the points a lot of people are over-looking is the layoffs... GM losing (another) 31,500 jobs? where are these people going to go?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  17. Robin - Texas

    I want to get a copy of Bill Bennett's book. It sounds like a winner.
    I've been wanting something like that, and now it appears as though I have the opportunity to obtain it. Hats off to Bill Bennett. I like him so much.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Margie

    What was the function of announcing the $1 yearly salary and getting rid of the jets? Was it supposed to induce sympathy from taxpayers? Why aren't these auto companies approaching the oil companies for a bail-out loan? Why is the money from the taxpayers their goal to get? It seems they are not very confident that they will make a profit, so the government might be more forgivable than another corporation, if their company doesn't make it. And, if oil companies were approached and they chose not to invest in these companies, then why would the government want to make an investment in these failing companies?

    If the Big 3 are unable to produce profitable business plans, then the money shouldn't be given. The government needs to re-direct those funds to those who will lose their jobs and provide services to get people back on track. Rather putting money into a failing company, how about giving money to profitable companies as incentives for the creation of new jobs?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Well, since David Gergen said his bet is that the Big Three will now get help from government and since he's always right :), then, the big question is how much help will they get....the whole $34 million?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Naissa, South Texas

    Goodnight y'all.
    See you tomorrow, Anderson and Erica!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    I want know..... I thought India police are not aware that terrorists came in Mumbai, no warning for people... it is so scary for people.... How come they are no idea or not aware of problem terrorists hijacked or else?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Candace from Canada

    Erica – so true. American automakers have ignored consumer trend by building big cars and ignoring the luxury market.

    An overhaul will definatley have to be made in all 3 companies.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Minou, New York City

    Curtis Jo, it would be a disaster if a cruise ship were hijacked. It means hundreds of ppl that could get killed. who's going to rescue them all without losing some of them?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Dana

    Erica, did the analysts also note that Nissan just built a huge plant in Mississippi and Toyota built a $2B plant in Texas to build trucks to catch up to the Big 3 because that is what the consumers wanted?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  25. CurtisJo

    Betty Ann, cruising is a HUGE value and (now) very cheap, especially compared to hotel rooms. It's not for the very wealthy anymore.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  26. lynn

    David Gergen: Surely there has to be some compromise on the Republican side as well; voters showed they want action on the war in Iraq, on health care, education, the environment, etc. All the things the Republicans did nothing about when they were in power!!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  27. John Bergquist Newtown, CT

    Why don't nations that have shipping interests off the coast of Somalia provide naval escorts. These pirates should not be that difficult to stop. They are boarding and capturing vessels using speedboats and small arms.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  28. Lori from IL

    Glad to see David Gergen on the blog tonight. Alway enjoy your insights. I agree about the Big 3 bailout. I don't think we can afford not to do something. But it was nice to see Congress say come back with a plan.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Peter Bergen is amazing! The terrorism in India is deplorable! This is madness!
    Yup! he does! he is best analysts terrorism tonight!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  30. CaseyJ - Las Vegas

    John, it is MORE critical that we bite the bullet and follow the free-market system, where those who can survive, do so because of integrity, smart decision making and a competitive spirit. It's absolutely wrong to reward bad decision making and an outdated business model. It doesn't happen for small businesses (who create 90% of jobs in this country) and it shouldnt happen for big business.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Candace from Canada

    David Gergen – Love your comments!
    I agree – now the big 3 will get their help.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  32. David, Indiana

    If our foreign policy pays more attention to hot spots that might help avoid vacuum of initiatives that could lead to terrorist attacks...but seems like we have stay on the offensive, too

    December 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    tyler, it's true that the economy and consumer spending play a very impt role, but there has also been significant criticism of the big 3's products for some time.

    i remember speaking with analysts more than a year ago who said the issue in many cases is that american automakers missed the boat years ago by sticking to big cars and ignoring a growing market for luxury touches and finishes - things that don't have to come with a luxury price tag but that go a long way with buyers.

    sadly, there are a number of factors here and the worst part is the number of people who will be affected by this

    December 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  34. trent

    if all they want is a loan. why dont the car makers borrow the money from the oil companies since they have been making trillions of dollars of the years off the cars thebig 3 has made.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,Tx

    Pirates attacking American cruise ships. Isn't it amazing that enough people can afford cruises? Wow! It's all those bailout people~

    December 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Dulcie - Denver

    Curtis Jo:

    The pirates are looking to get million dollar ransoms. A cruise ship would be quite the catch with a bunch of innocent passengers. Several countries have paid ransoms to just these pirates.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  37. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    David Gergen, I have the feeling that the big 3 bailout will be the first of many. When does the bottomless pit of government money dry up for good..

    December 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Hellooo David Gergen!!!!
    I am glad to see your blog tonight...... Yes, that's true I agree! You have good point.......

    December 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  39. Bea

    Get rid of luxury models? I don't think so! People will buy exclusivity! Unfortunately, Europe has that locked in.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  40. John Bergquist Newtown, CT

    It is critical that the auto makers receive their bailout. Their failure would have profound implications for the economy. However, they need to be run more efficiently. Dropping underperforming brands is a good start. Plus, they need to build higher quality, more fuel efficient vehicles.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Minou, New York City

    What? Biological weapons don't kill masses of ppl? Um, how about those pox viruses? I can't believe P. Bergen just said that!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Bea

    The big 3 fed excess. Now they have to feed conservatism. They have to reinvision themselves. I don't see any new ideas. But yes, they will get help I think. They should if Wall Street gets it, sad to say.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,Tx

    Peter Bergen is amazing! The terrorism in India is deplorable! This is madness!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  44. Gee Delgado

    They can begin by getting rid off all luxury models and introducing a single model system that benefits consumer which will create a higher demand from consumers.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Hey Megan! I like your comments too! LOL!
    Hey Betty Ann! Thanks!!!! 🙂

    December 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  46. Nikesha

    The government should bail out the auto companies but they need to put forward significant concrete plan and also restructure their management team.

    Government need to think about the innocent employees who are going left without jobs and punished for a bad judgment/strategy of the board of directors. God says lend a helping hand when it is needed and he will reward 10 times more.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  47. Jack Luft

    Regards the Chambliss win: Given the really big decisions that must be made and the high risks involved, Obama does not want to force them down the Republicans throat (60 vote cloture) and then take all the heat when things don't quite work out. He needs to have a modicum of bipartisan support and never wanted to use the 60 vote majority hammer. If the Republicans become obstinate, purely partisan obstructionists in a time of great need, you can count on several moderate R Senators to switch sides. He man even need them to offset Blue Dog Democrats that could defect. The Chambliss win is not the big loss for Obama or Repubican victory some make it out to be.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  48. Raj

    Pakistan is denying any State invlovement. How do they explain that they have not honoured the interpol red corner alert against Doud Ibrahim for last 15 years. He is the suspect and living openly in Karachi.

    It is similar to Pakistan haing diplomatic relations with Taliban whle they were plotting 9/11 here in US and the government of Poakistan denying that ISI had nothing to do with creation of Taliban.

    It will be good for CNN viewers to know that only 3 countries recoganized Taliban before they caused 9/11 and these were – Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
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