November 4th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/04/09

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Tonight, raw politics. A look at how Americans voted and what it means for the right, the left and independents. Plus, we're keeping them honest in California. A scathing report describes how authorities dropped the ball – big-time – and failed to keep track of accused rapist and kidnapper Philip Garrido while he was on parole. The missed opportunities and mistakes that may have cost Jaycee Dugard years of freedom.

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  1. Jan

    I keep listening to conservatives saying that the government should run the government the same way families are running their own economic situations. Is that why most families owe on credit cards?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. gretchen

    Anderson, Please ask the question as to what these republicans who won in virginia and new jersey,what will they do to gain jobs for their states or make improvements on health care? It is striking that no one is asking that question.Republicans caused the majority of all of our problems now they speak about fiscal responsibilty,have everyone conviently forgotten the pass 8 years? The only reason why republicans won was the democratic base ,did not come out as they should have.Liz Cheney forgot that america's tax dollars was spent to start a warin Iraq on a lie,and her father was the most resposible for all the american tax dollars going to hallaburton.Anderson tell her to get real.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Lori from IL

    People can spin last night's election results any way they want to - but let me ask this question - If you are President Obama trying to get legislation passed in the coming year, would you rather have two democrates in congress or two deomocrates as governors? The 2010 elections are a year away. if the WH gets some key legislation passed, the voter outcome could be much different.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The discussion clearly indicates pressure from independent voters, yet Liz Cheney still refers to only Republicans and Democrats

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Joan in NC

    Anderson, why didn't you correct Liz Cheney when she said that Pres Obama is raising taxes?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Ron,SC

    Russ, then Washington will be a ghost town.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  7. gail

    @ Jane
    Right there with ya!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Sharon Olathe, ks.

    It is not a vote on our president because people love President Obama, even if they don't really like his policies.
    The people of America are sooooooooo glad to have a friendly president who truly cares about people unlike the last administration!!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There are two types of conservatives, social and fiscal. The people getting energized aren't the religious right, it is those who want fiscal responsibility and small government.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Lauren- Boston,MA

    Im not sure if anyone asked these questions but im wondering how many people that voted last night voted for President Obama last year? and also How can one look at 2 of our 50 states to make judgement on how the rest of the country feels.... i don't get it???

    November 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Jane - Vt

    I'll be back when Liz is done.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Russ

    I think the first change we need is to get all of the crooks out of Washington on both sides of the fence thats change we all need and want.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Cassandra

    Bush made such a mess of this country, it's going to take years to clean it up! Give Obama some time to clean it up!!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. danny

    the polls show that the public is not upset with the dems for the economy. But we are worried about their direction, especially with health care. Hence, the election results last night.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Well Tom Foreman's numbers don't note the trend of more people feeling better about the economy that Soledad O'Brien referred to as a silver lining on election night. True frustration, but where are things heading, what's the movement of the public's feeling in the polls?

    Yes a chaotic process in the upstate congressional race in NY as Liz Cheney pointed out, but aslo I think Ms. Scozzafava was sort of pissed off too.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Ron,SC

    The Republican candidate selling out to the Democrats is proof positive that the two parties collude to keep elections under their control and an either/or issue rather than a best person wins scenario. No outsiders allowed. But they still fail to get the point of the independents.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Emily

    @Martina Ilstad,
    Glad to see you here on the AC360 Blog! 😛
    You've been missed!
    Hope all is well over there in Germany!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Jane - Vt

    Hello everyone.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Bernard Harrison

    President Obama will win a second term know matter who wins these small elections until 2012. Millions and millions of kids who were 14 15 years old in 2008 will be of age to vote in the next Presidential Election. Most of them will be minorities. He's in for two terms without a doubt. It's already a national GOAL.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Big HUGS to you

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Holly

    Hi all.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Craig

    Let's Be Real! This was not a vote against Obama. The majority of my friends who are "Independents", are Republicans and were actually registered that way when we were back in college. Also, you must consider the turnout in these elections? Who showed up? Was it just the people who are "ticked" or the people who are "pleased" ? If more people showed up than normal or in an overwhelming number, then yes it was a vote against Obama. But if the people who normally do not vote, did not show up like they did for the Presidential election, then you really can't say this was a vote against him.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers .

    I knew there would be nothing but spin about these eleections...i am glad about up state NY.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I like Tom Foreman talked about these votes on magic wall! Thanks Tom!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I still think there is alot of optimism still alive since the elections, its been a year since the elections but only 9 months since Obama took office

    November 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  26. danny

    these election results have nothing to do with the economy! Everything to do with the the publics' views on the health care bill. They are against it!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    Good Evening Everyone 🙂

    This is what i feared about Obama winning the campaign, I feared that people would lose interest in him because he promised so much but havent fulfilled any of those promises

    November 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Rou-Jhen Su, Taiwan

    Hello Anderson, Erica and all !!!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Devna AC360°
    Nice see you on Live Blog tonight, I agree!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Jennifer - AZ

    @Gloria, Brooklyn

    Here Here

    November 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  31. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Wheres the thinking when you have failures promoting winners the republicans needs to get rid of the loosers

    November 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Emily
    I am so sorry,that i missed the lasts AC360 shows.I really missed the bloggingfamily.Thank you,that you dont forget me.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Russ

    If we keep spending the way we are it is going to get oh so much worse. If we keep printing money our dollar we be worthless one day.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Emily

    Nice to see you on the blog tonight....
    the year went by quickly, however, much more has to be done!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Jennifer - AZ

    Evening everyone. Sad for Maine.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    You're welcome, HUGS!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    How does that sound "It not about the change we need; it about the change we want!" For the last eight years, Republicans have been getting the change that they want. That's why we all need the change that is needed.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    So if this was a vote on Obama's policies how can it not be a vote on Obama?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Hi! Anderson and 360 staff. I hope everyone is doing great!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Devna AC360°

    Thank you for joining us! I cannot believe it has been one full year since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States.

    We're not only looking at what has happened since one year ago, but even the voices heard during yesterday's elections.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Megan
    Sorry i missed the last shows,busy days,and i have to sleep really thank you,that you dont forget me.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    After last night I'm looking forward to the 2010 elections.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    What percentage of those 77% of Virginia voters are just plain bitter?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Emily

    What are the odds that the economy is going to get much better?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Ron,SC

    Evening folks

    November 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Good evening to you in N.Y. from far away in Germany
    Sleepless in Germany,a good reason to watch your show.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina and Bloggers!

    sounds like an interesting news evening...

    November 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Wednesday Night!!!!! HUGS!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone. Two more days until the weekend! (Not for me though)

    November 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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