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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. Imani from Maryland

    What is the likely-hood that every democrate will even vote for Barack Obama anyway, even though that is wonderful optimism.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  2. missyh50

    the auto execs could have carpooled! at least they are driving, though

    December 2, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  3. William Borders

    Your commentator just misspoke. He stated GM just sold Volvo, Land Rover and Jaguar. FORD owns Volvo still and is considering selling them. Ford used to own Land Rover and Jaguar and sold them both this summer to Tata Motors, Ltd.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Minou, filibusters have been around forever and things still get done. The Dems will have to stick to things that make sense with broad centrist support rather than far left agenda items. Rather than all or nothing, sometimes 80% is all you can get.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Melanie

    I am a GEORGIA voter!!
    It was very important that Saxby Chambliss be elected to represent GA in the Senate. We are a democracy...and that is a VOICE of all the people. If the Democratic party...had the only say in our policies...that would not be representative of "WE the People". But wouldnt it be nice.......if the 2 parties can put aside "party politics and ideas" and focus on the UNITED STATES of AMERICA!!!! It isnt about Republican or Democrat.............it is us,,,,,US the UNITED STATES!!!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Lori from IL

    Naissa - don't feel alone. I'm more than a little disappointed that Saxby won, but rather expected. Georgia is definitely a red state.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Sara

    there will always be checks and balances.

    @Minou, this would not be true if they were abled to secure 60 seats.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,Tx

    Hi Erica!
    I think I want a bailout too! 😉

    December 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  9. MaryBeth

    Why does GM need double what the others need? Are they in worse financial shape than Ford and Chrysler?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Ouch, I have no idea Ford need bailout......... I perfer Toyota my car in the future...........

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Pat Bentley

    No, disappointed but not surprised. Georgia has such a strong
    republican base.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  12. John Mata

    Why are we bailing out Chrysler? It is a private company and can raise capital by going public and doing an initial public offering. This make no sense.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    So the big 3 now have a plan. 34 billion will do the trick? I'm not sure they should get all they are asking for. It seems like a huge amount for bad business practices.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Naissa, South Texas

    Phew! I was slightly worried Chambliss would lose tonight. Giving complete control to the Democrats would be disastrous.

    Why do you say that? I mean, I am more of an Independent, but calling it disastrous is a little harsh don't you think?

    On another note, ugh, hearing how these men from the auto companies think 'roughing it' means not taking the private jet disgusts me! >:O

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  15. ericacnn

    happy tuesday, all. what do you think of the auto makers' bailout plans?

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Well, it will be interesting to hear what the Big 3 have to say at the hearings, especially more details about their plans. Especially, Chrysler because they are private. Wonder what alliances they have in mind.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Marianne F

    Georgia is predictable. A firewall @ this time is a ridiculous concept. Obstruction by the GOP will ensure a continued slide in popularity.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Stacy

    I don't know why everyone is acting like if the Democrats got 60 seats they would just ram everything through. Democrats rarely agree among themselves. Getting 60 votes still would have been tough. On the other hand, it's still possible to get the votes even now because Republicans could cross over. I don't think this loss is as huge a deal as some of you are making it.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  19. willie Birmingham,Al

    But will the american automakers close down plants outside america or will they funnel bailout money to them.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  20. MaryBeth

    No Saturns! Great...they're a horrible car anyway.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Sara

    Phew! I was slightly worried Chambliss would lose tonight. Giving complete control to the Democrats would be disastrous.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  22. MaryBeth

    Mike: I just hope all those negotiations won't slow things down. Congress needs to remember who they are working for: us!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Lori from IL

    Lynn - I agree with you. Obama is looking at the bigger picture, rather than playing partisan politics. What a refreshing idea.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Bea

    Mike. Democrats never cram anything because they don't have the guts. You have nothing to worry about. It's why I left the party. They have no guts..

    December 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I think Obama had good polling numbers, knew Chambliss would win, and didn't want to be embarrassed by backing the loser.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  26. David, Indiana

    The luxury of a 60 seat majority as Dana Bash says, maybe not, but dems have the luxury of a majority of both houses in congress, and a democratic president, that should do for a while. I tend to think we'll see dems and republicans getting along better, I hope so anyway.

    If repubs are disposed to talk first before starting a fight, as John King says, that's good. Probably a good idea for me too. Maybe a lot of people.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  27. CurtisJo

    "I still think things will get done."

    Dulcie, based on the past four years, I'm just not sure things that will help consumers and our country, directly, will be the things that will get done.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Fay, CA

    John King's analysis of the impact of the Chambliss win was first-rate.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Naissa, South Texas

    Hey y'all!
    Hi Anderson, Hi Erica!
    Am I the only one who is a little disappointed that Saxby won? :/

    December 2, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse NY

    This will force bipartisan negotiations rather than Dems cramming their agenda down everyone's throats.

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

    Mike: there will always be checks and balances. but filibusting kills bills that should be voted on!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  32. lynn

    Obama had a transition team to work on, a cabinet to appoint and needed to stay above the political fray. He wants to unite this country, not cause more division and media speculation.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Lesa, TN

    Why are all the complaints falling on President Elect Obama by not going to Georgia? Couldn't Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton have campaigned for Martin, also?

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

    Jolene,
    I agree with you...... I knew Sarah Palin help Saxby to win......

    December 2, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Dulcie - Denver

    Good evening everyone! I don't think falling short of the magic 60 will hurt all that much. I still think things will get done.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Bea

    Obama should have done more. He missed the point of Georgia. There are folks down there who broke their necks for him when he was up. He could not step up to the plate for them when they needed him. Apart from democrat v repub., Chambliss' win ensures more years of struggle for minorities in Georgia. Thanks Barack.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  37. CaseyJ - Las Vegas

    Saxy Chambliss. More of what's wrong with "our" government.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello Bloggers! So the big question is whether Sarah Palin really helped Chambliss get this win. Doesn't look like it was even that close of a race.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Brady

    Thank God for Georgia! Giving complete control to the Dems would be a disaster for America....

    December 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Imani from Maryland

    Mike you have a point... never thought of it that way.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Oh yeah.... too bad for Democrats not enough for seats!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  42. lynn

    Now it is up to the Senate to work in a bipartisan way; as PE Obama says: it is not about ideology but what is best for the country. It will be the death of the Republicans is they just obstruct!!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  43. maureen from apple valley,ca

    Hi Anderson and everyone! Great day today.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Jim,

    Instead of giving the Big 3 a bailout how about a swift kick in the rear end
    & give the money to the poor who lost their jobs & homes.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It's good there is no 60 seats. There needs to be checks and balances.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Imani from Maryland

    Hello Everyone! Hope everyone had a great day!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I think it's good for Congress to not be totally controlled by any party. The Chambliss win is a good thing in the long run.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  48. Monica Chapman - Milford, CT

    I'd hardly call on extra republican Senator a "firewall" against Barack Obama's policies. No, the Dems won't have the 60 seats, but they still have a pretty comfy majority.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  49. MaryBeth

    Hello everyone. Darn, no 60 seats...oh well...we'll still get stuff done.

    December 2, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica and best bloggers........
    Oh boy! what day for Saxby Chambliss won tonight.......... Congrats!

    December 2, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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