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. Emily

    President Obama, from what I recall, is NOT for gay marriage!
    Am I wrong about that?
    I thought that it was the one thing that he had in common with John McCain; they were both for "Civil Unions", not for 'Gay Marriage'....

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Casey Jones, same sex marriage isn't a constitutional right.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  3. carolyn j

    It is not discrimnation..i wish gay ppl would stop equating gay to being black...or equality...it is a choose to be gay.. i love gay ppl but marriage no way.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Jerry

    marriage is not a constitutional right, it is bestowed on those who have the capacity to procreate.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Dodie ~ California

    @ Deborah in NM

    You are right on target! I completely understand

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  6. gail

    Thank God civil rights for blacks were not voted on by "the people".

    November 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  7. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Defeat for same sex is a win for populating our country this is a crazy issue whats wrong with the old fashion way of boy meets girl

    November 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Jerry

    It prooves there are more Christians in Maine than in Washington state

    November 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The "people" can't vote away the Constitutional rights of others.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Paula, Colorado

    Your election coverage has been great.
    Though I think the gay community has the right to pursue their goal, it seems a major weakness that the same-sex marriage law can succeed and be revoked without limit–there is no stability.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  11. Deborah in NM

    What happened to the grassroots movement is that people like me became disenchanted when health care reform became health care insurance reform. As someone who works in the public healthcare sector, I see all the dollars going to profit-driven insurance companies instead of the people I serve.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Mike C - Las Vegas

    @michael armstrong
    The Rushpublican's constant obstruction of anything President Obama proposes, particularly Health Insurance reform, will be their downfall now and in the future.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  13. gail

    President Obama said explicitly in the campaign that though he did not support gay marriage , he did support civil unions. The defeat for gay marriage is not the President's fault. Majority should never be able to vote on civil rights for minorities. To blame the President for their defeat is to fail to take responsibility for their own failure. Harsh , but true.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Jo Ann Same here, but the same sex bill here in Washington State passed, so one door for my friends may have closed but a window did open

    November 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  15. Jennifer - AZ

    I think the marriage vote in Maine could have benefited from more media coverage beforehand. I had no idea this vote was on their ballot. If I had, I would have donated to help counteract all the money coming from the religious right.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Anderson, Megan,Emily,and all thebloggingfamily, sorry but i have to leave you now,because tomorrow will be a busy day,and i really have try to sleep now.See you on friday
    Good night,from far away in Germany

    November 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Ron from PA

    Liz Cheney's claim that the Republicans didn't lose the Congressional election in New York is absurd. She is echoing the same GOP talking points as many of their other spokespeople.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Jane - Vt

    NY 23 is across Lake Champlain. Two weeks ago Vt and NY closed a major bridge. Many people cross that lake everyday to get to work. I did not hear one peep out of the conservative republican about that issue, which is really affecting "real" peoples livelihoods. Of course he doesn't live in the district so why would he care?

    I just flipped over to Nancy Grace while Liz was on, the lesser of two evils, lol

    November 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  19. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Health cre will be one of the biggest downfalls to the present administration

    November 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  20. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Lori -IL

    Your comment re: two more dem reps in congress is right on.

    David Plouffe makes good points of several issues. He's right about health care insurance reform, and the economy will return....but not in 9 months as compared to the last 8 years.

    I would say that we desparately need regulations for the banks & wall street soon.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  21. gail

    In Va they always vote the opposite of the party in the WH. In NJ the incumbent ran behind in the polls the whole race. He lost . 60% of NJ voter say Obama has nothing to do with their vote, Va voters said the same 56%. No story here.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  22. Emily

    @Lori from IL,
    I think that Anderson does a pretty good job trying to get facts/answers from the guests.

    There will never be another Walter Cronkite.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Ray Youtsey

    What are the republicans talking about? When the repubicans took office with Preisdent Bush there was no deficit. They are the ones that ran the deficet up and they are now going to tell me about responsible spending??

    November 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  24. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Healthcare reform is dead. Obama has squandered a historic majority on fringe issues.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  25. chrissy

    He has only been in office for 10 months. The impatience of this society is brutal. he isnt a wizard, he isnt made of magic. If people would stop blocking him from achieving his goals, things WOULD be done!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  26. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Anderson,good show tonight but you look a little bit tired.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Lori from IL

    @gail – well said. Like I said, it's all spin. To bad the news media doesn't just report the facts anymore. Oh, how I miss Walter Cronkite.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton,Ohio

    I am disappointed in Maine.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica!
    Nice see you live blog tonight! YUP!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Lori

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, and everyone. Happy Wednesday!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Emily

    I don't think that Obama could have done anything to prevent the people of Maine from the decision that they made yesterday....

    They should be ashamed of themselves for "blaming Obama" for this as Anderson just said that they are....as if he doesn't have other things to be concerned about!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Thank you for missing,but as you know its now 4.23 in the morning here in Germany,Here in Germany is everything well.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  33. Jerry

    Great job residents of Maine! Having a roommate who shares a roof and a sexual disorder does not constitute marriage!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think that the public embarrassment puishment is a good way to get people to listen and learn from their actions

    November 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Vinnett

    I wonder how many more CRAZY neighbors are out there to be discovered?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Dodie ~ California

    Very sad about the sex offender turned murderer. It shows that rape is an act of violence.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Emily

    11 victims! yikes!

    that is a great punishment!
    I hope that they never do it again!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Yesterday i got my H1N1 shot,and now my arm hurts,and a have sore throat and sleepless but no fever.Side effects.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  39. gail

    You are so right! There were 10 races last night. Democrats won 8. I think the lesson of last night is that our media decides on a story line and mold the story in the way they want it not the way it is. GOP lost a seat they had held for 100 years and a seat that is in a Republican district. Seats that actually come with votes on the President agenda. This is lax journalism.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  40. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Excellent question to Liz Cheney Anderson!

    I, of course, disagreee with her analysis, but appreciate your attempt to get her to clarify her message.

    @Jane in VT-if you're back, you didn't miss much (smile)

    November 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  41. Nancy

    So @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, what do you call someone like me who is fiscally conservative but socially liberal?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  42. Daisy21

    It's only been a year since Mr. obama was elected President.....it seems like he's already been in power for years!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  43. chrissy

    SIck of hearing Repubs blaming Obama for the deficit and and all our woes on him. What were they doing last 8 years in office?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Economy crisis was drop on the Obama's admistration. So what is she saying? So does have a clue!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Emily

    some of what Liz Cheney is saying here is SO out there!

    She doesn't sound like she wanted to accept that there is a part of the Rep. Party that was/is not at all happy with them....independents are going faster and faster!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton,Ohio

    Liz Cheney has a good point. Obama ran and continues to run on the mistakes of the Bush/Cheney administration, but has failed to produce any real accomplishments of his own.

    Sooner or later he is going to be forced to face the music.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with Jane. I second that too.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  48. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone. Good to have you on the blog tonight

    November 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  49. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The republicans will rise again we have only began to fight

    November 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Jerry

    Chrisitans were definitely energized in Maine where one-man one-woman marriage was supported by the people for the 31st time in 31 state elections.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
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