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December 12th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/12/08

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  1. Edward

    Southern senators voting against the auto industry bailout is putting their state's interests ahead of the national interest. They weren't elected to represent the national interest.

    Their sole responsibility in Congress is to represent their own state's interest. If we want all 100 Senators to represent the national interest than everyone should be able to vote for all 100 national senators and then they would be our Senators and not their state's Senators.

    I don't agree with their decision because I support the bailout but that doesn't mean they didn't have the right or duty to vote against it. Any Senator who would put the national interest ahead of their state's interest should not be their state's Senator instead they should be the President.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Paul Williams

    How about saving our tax dollars by asking the southern republicans to take the same benefit package and percentage pay cut that they want the UAW to take? Seems fair to me.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Steve

    The Gov` bailout out Plan didn't pass, But not to worry.....

    I have a Bailout Plan! Let these big Mega companies close, file bankruptcy or whatever. Give the 700 billion to the American People (that are laid off or will be laid off from closing businesses) and lest start over…. We’re not loosing nothing, We’ll just be spending in other place, the mom and pop stores, small business etc….

    This may be far fetch, but nothing else is working!

    December 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Kevin Howard

    How can we logically give billions of dollars to the wall street fatties, when millions of "little" people will suffer if we don't help out the auto industry?

    December 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Maureen, Georgia

    Why are they determined to involve Obama's team in this scandal?
    They can't involve Obama now they're trying with the rest of the team.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Dan

    Regarding the big-3 bailout, for many years American auto makers have failed to live up to the quality and reliabiity of the foreign auto makers. The UAW has done a wonderful job in causing the big-3 to turn out poor quality automobiles. They have drained the companies with the high-salary demands and outrageous benefit plans. In summary, the UAW has created this problem and they should step down and share the same benefits and pay as those of the U.S. assembly workers for the foreigh auto makers.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    I agree with David Gergen, the longer it takes for the Obama admin to make a statement, the more suspicious it looks.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  8. LisaL - Canada

    ...well, there are mooses and mices and geeses, so perhaps "Starburstses" ???

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Scott P

    When did running a sound business model become a crime. The south and foreign car companies have their act together. Partnerships strive and survive. This includes overall cost structure, labor and product that is superior or at least perceived better than Detroit. The last time I checked, nobody was mandating the big three stay in MI……

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  10. xtina, chicago IL

    does there HAVE to be winner in the candy debate? Can't one person call them Starburst and another person call them Starbursts? Are you that jolly today Anderson, that THIS is your main concern?

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  11. CAROLYN JONES

    no disrespect joe but organized labor works very hard, i use the word labor. you dont do hard work. you just sit behind a camera with words someelse has written for you good you can read.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  12. ashley - willis, tx

    maybe because starburst are individually wrapped, unlike m&m's...and you can pass out just one, unlike m&m's...

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Renee Y

    Happy Friday Anderson and Erica.

    Concerning the Starburst question. The package calls them Starbust because that is the name of the candy and not related to the quantity. one starburst = startburst, two starburst candies = starburst, etc...BTW my favorite is the strawberry!

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Mahesh Bhattacharyya

    The Senators who voted against the automotive bridge loan donot deserve to be where they are. This is the dirtiest of politics which places their local interests before the lives of millions of people who depend on the auto industry. I am sure the rest of the world which helps its industries is watching in amazement.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Faith

    First we were red states and blue states, now we're north and south what is happening to us? Is the economy and all the bail-outs getting to us? We should be better than this, especially our poloticians. I hope after January 20 Washington will regain a conscience!

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Luis Gonsalves

    Unfortunately, the companies invited politics into their business by asking for money. I think the government should help. However, I also think that the UAW should match the wages of other workers in Southern States. Every American taxpayer will be paying this bill and the Detroit autoworkers, no matter how this is spun, will be the biggest beneficiaries. Thus, the UAW should also pitch in and share the sacrifice, and even risk its own existence to save the companies and the jobs.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I think the crew should just eat the darn things. A starburst, doesn't melt in your mouth, not in your hand..So the M&M theory is zip.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Stacy

    Starbursts or Starburst? I believe that and the meaning of life are the philosophical questions of our time.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Jen from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Hi All – I don't know about all of you, but my family is emotionally drained from all the ups and downs with the bail-out. I hear that we are poised on this side of border to pitch in once things are sorted out on the US's side of things.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Terry

    Start at the head. Whether their is a bail out or not, why should those who drove the companies into bankruptcy keep their jobs. First, get rid of the leadership that drove the companies into the ground before considering saving them. If they did that sorry of a job, FIRE them.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If there isn't anything incriminating why wait?

    December 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Mike Sullivan

    Why shouldn't the southern Senators vote against the Big 3 bailout in support of the workers in their own states? Isn't that what senators are supposed to do– represent their constituents? Since when did voting in the best interests of your constituents attain the pejorative mantle "politics as usual"?

    December 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Anderson, 8 Democrats including Biden, Kennedy, and Kerry either voted against the bill or didn't vote. That's the 8 votes they needed. Why are the Republicans getting the blame?

    December 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Emily Drennan

    it would be grammatically correct for it to say starbursts on the package but then again, this is candy we're talking about. their top priority probably isn't obeying the rules of the english language.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mike, You are so right! They are going to hold out as long as they can.

    BTW, Why didn't the Big 3 try to restructure when they saw they were going down the "you know what?" Why wait until now?

    December 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Mary

    I am not in favor of forking over money to irresponsible businesses, but the automakers and the auto industry seems to reach and impact more than just Detroit. What is really going on and will we ever know? Also, a great Friday to all!

    December 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  27. missy

    one package of starburst is starburst, more than one package is starbursts.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  28. ChuckO

    Most republicans would love to bust the unions once and for all. The southern governors are putting their own pocketbooks and the foreign owned car manufacturers ahead of what is best for the country as a whole.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Diane - IL

    I hope Emauel and Jackson aren't involved with Blagojevich. Obama has too many more important things to be worried about. The sooner Blago is removed the better.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  30. mitchell

    52 yes votes, 4 dems voted no and 4 dems didn't vote = 60 don't blaim the south

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Mike U

    No bailout for the automakers. As we can see they are really run by the UAW who is unwilling to make any concessions! Maybe being out of a job will mean something to them.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  32. Joe in Cali

    Yes, I do think that local politics is playing a part. We got a lot of space out here in California to build cars and we drive a lot. So Detroit could export it's job to California, oh, that's right, the UAW's in the way. Give me a break. I want to know what perks all those "Vice Presidents" that were standing behind Gettlefinger get.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  33. kathleen sauer

    You have just mentioned that the union autoworkers make about $3 more per hour than the non-union autoworkers. I am interested in knowing how the executive pay for the big 3 compares to the executive pay for the Toyotas and Nissans in the US.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  34. MaryBeth

    Good point. Because it's one Skittle....not one Skittles...

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Billy Presnell

    Why dont the banks loan the big 3 the money? They do have it now right?

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Lisa L

    Starbursts.

    Lisa L,
    Sydney Australia

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  37. Gary

    After Duke Cunningham, I thought politicians would be careful about the bribes they take. Apparently, Gov. Blog doesn't follow the news and how corrupt politicians can go to jail

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Dulcie - Denver

    Are the reps with foreign car manufacturers protecting their own interests? Almost certainly.

    On the other hand, they'll get hurt also, but much less than the Big 3

    December 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, WA)

    i think the starbursts scattered would be plural but remain singular if still in the package. lol
    Brandi.....
    You are so funny!!! LOL!!!! You made me laugh!! I love your joke!!! 😉

    December 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Bridget

    Starbursts

    December 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  41. J.C. Alexandres

    What bailout? It is a LOAN, the american people deserve it, that's what the autoworkers are ... American People! This is really a failure of the government not the auto-industry.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Minou, New York City

    I love the floor crew!

    December 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Bea

    Don't say Blago has mental problems that gives him too much credit. Someone once told me if you want to kill someone slice em up real bad and they'll think you're crazy. He's crazy like a fox. Slammer for him.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  44. J

    I suppose it is like pronouncing tomato. Everyone has different thoughts.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @naissa, they were having some type of heated debate on the webcam prior to the beginning of the show, i assume it was the starburt debate. lol

    December 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Marcia Warren MI

    Starburst candies

    December 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  47. anderson cooper

    ok, if one starburst is a starburst.. why is the package of them still called starburst. shouldnt it be called starbursts.. it doesnt say that on the package.. m&m's has an s on the package... this is now being discussed quite heatedly on the webcast.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  48. Lizzi Davis

    Well obviously they are now Starbursts since they are all scattered out, instead of in one collective group.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Lori from IL

    Anderson -

    In answer to your question - I'd say Starbursts, the plural form of Starburst. That's what we call them. Used to carry a package in my purse for the kids!

    December 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  50. ashley - willis, tx

    Starbursts plural, but i've never called them starburst i always added the S...man...i want some now...

    December 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
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