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March 31st, 2008
09:15 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/31/08

Anderson is back in New York tonight.

We're going to launch a new way to take part in the 360° live blog. Tonight we'll debut a live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. 

LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA (sorry – no audio – talk to the lawyers)

As for the live blog, we'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.


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  1. Kim

    I don't think it's possible for any one of them to reach the 2.025 pledged delegates unless one of them starts winning at least 80-20or higher, which is not very likely...

    March 31, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  2. propstanne

    John in CA....nope. Neither one can win the magic number which makes us all wonder why Hilary is supposed to withdraw!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Steve

    Hillary is crazy to think she can change the rules in the middle of the game. If she was ahead in the polls she would resist any revote in Michigan and Florida also. Everyone knew the rules before this started and everyone proceded with that in mind. Her negative ratings are up because she is percieved as a sore loser. This is America where everyone loves a great contest, but bending the rules or changing them is not looked at favorably. She will win Pennsylvania and a couple other states, but in the end it will be clear that Obama is ahead in the popular vote and the delegate count. That will seal it. Hillary Clinton will have to live with the fact that she choked, she underestimated her opponent, was outworked by her opponent, this will go down as one of the great defeats in modern political history. How she bows out of this race will determine how she will be viewed from here on out. Let the process play out, hopefully she will retain her respect in the end by being a gracious loser.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Hey Anderson and Erica!

    The new live cam is pretty cool – just a question though. Is there someone that could explain some of the things that are going on behind the scenes maybe in a blog post later on down the road? Its interesting to see what happens on commercial breaks and such, but with no sound sometimes its hard to figure out exactly whats going on!

    Thanks for such cool interactive content!

    MODERATOR: Jamie, great idea! I'll work on that.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  5. Jim (Ohio)

    Rumor has it that Senator Edwards is leaning towards Obama, but Hillary and Bill are running throwing up obstacles to slow the nod to Obama or perhaps keep him neutral as-long-as-possible. Is this true?

    March 31, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  6. EJ - Ohio

    My little brother paid $55 to see that Wrestlemania event last night. Geesh – waste of money.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Kayle

    This whole 6 week delay in the primaries is so stupid. Everyone is worried about the Dems. falling behind in the general election, but in the past moth all the two have been doing is vacationing, bowling, and trying to get on Wheel Of Fortune. They need to move the elections all up because it feels like when this race started John McCain was young.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Really Concerned American

    Anyone see the person who asked the question of Chelsea at NC State. Look very closely next time CNN plays it. It will make you wonder planned or not? You be the judge!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Jen

    Nice little dance, Erica!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Obama and Hillary probably got a memo from big cheeses to cool the battle and harp on McCain. We'll see

    March 31, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Janice

    Ron,

    Its spelled c-o-n-t-r-o-v-e-r-s-y, and she has small children, and I'm sure being the great mother that she is, she's spending time with them.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Rick

    Shannon,
    Hillary is one of the most polarizing people in politics, she lose both houses just like Bill and nothing will get done.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Kim

    I'm a little torn here... on the one hand I wouldn't want to be reminded of my dad's extramarital affairs, on the other hand it's legitimate to ask about politicians' differences between what standards they say they adhere to and their behavior that contradicts it.... hmm...

    March 31, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Charles

    Florida and Michigan broke the rule. You can't have it both ways folks.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Jen

    Michael, I agree..though Chelsea handled the question better the second time compared to the first

    March 31, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Corinne

    Worked in Game Shows – the most popular ones draw a 33 share sometimes better so you have a huge audience base with an easy mild mannered host and a show where politics and opinions are not present. Wheel hits he broadest swath of working class wal-mart shopping America and works to a repetitive formula. That repetition and familiarity makes a viewer receptive to other information coming in – they're relaxed in their evening routine (in the case of Wheel) – passively participating in the puzzle – so that part of their minds are working – its the PERFECT time to influence the middle of the road demographic, and perfect for PA and NC upoming elections.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Jim (Ohio)

    John King: Obama picked up another SD today. Allegedly picking up 7 more. Is this impetus for Hillary to at least slow down the rhetoric of staying in for the long haul?

    Jim (Ohio)

    March 31, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    Sounds like another college student wants his 15 minutes of fame. Good job Chelsea!!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    Robert, I don't think the media is pushing one candidate over the other. The same road that goes north goes south – I'm sure there are people that are saying if Clinton get the nomination the will vote for McCain or just stay at home.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Dave Syracuse, NY

    It makes GREAT news to talk about an alcoholic doctor who worked under the influence!!! BUT, we are not talking about the real issue. Addiction affects 10% of the population, doctors are included. We are just as susceptible to the DISEASE of addiction as we are to diabetes and cancer. When we become addicted, we seek treatment. After treatment, we are monitored by state monitoring boards to ensure our sobriety. Treatment does work!! We go back to work, our medical records are protected through HIPPA, and we successfully return to work as sober, recovering physicians. Thats my story, and my patients are better off for it because I am sober, more compassionate, and a better person in my recovery. PLEASE look at addiction as a medical disease that requires treatment, not a moral weakness....

    March 31, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  21. JOHN

    Dear Anderson,

    When will Florida & Michigan come into play? I think that it is so unfair that the Obama people in Michigan will not let them do a revote. They continue to block the process. And I think it is also the same situation in Florida. Please let their voices be heard.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Shane, Kentucky

    I'm thinking there is going to have to be a "dream team" with Clinton and Obama now. It's the only way the Democrats can be united to defeat the Republicans in the general election.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Sof

    I don't understand why would Obama think about addinhgHillary to the tickets, given all the negatives and access baggage she brings along; let alone it will be in opposite to what he wants to do: new blood; future rather than past. she is the past. time to hang it up

    March 31, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Tom in L.A.

    Could your panel address the endless Florida / Michigan issue?

    There's so much blog chatter about Obama's campaign not wanting these voters to have their say, or "allowing" these votes to count, but that just isn't how it is.

    But what the heck IS going on with those delegates??

    Thanks AC

    March 31, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Jim

    Hillary should just get together with John Edwards and make him the running mate for her candidacy........that would instantly provide her with legitimacy for a continued campaign as well as the momentum that the super-delegates need in order to choose her over Obama.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  26. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    Twice Chelsea Clinton has said "None of your business" when asked about her mother's handling of the Lewinsky affair. She would have come across better if she had said how she thought her mother had held up well under the stress of having a philandering husband.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  27. Molly

    GO HILLARY !!!! This "scheme" devised by the obama "group" will backfire – big time! To even suggest Hillary get out is just crazy – why should she??? Has he WON – NO!!!! they BOTH will need the superdelegates – and you must count FL & MI – then Hillary will win.
    People do not like the general attitude of the obama campaign – thought he was going to be different . Nobody likes a bully and the voters will come to her rescue to show that, especially since obama has made his whole message about change.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Shannon Starkweather Burke

    Theresa, if Obama moves you so much, maybe you should elect his speechwriter to the presidency.
    Hillary gets stuff done. Warm fuzzy does not get stuff done. I would never vote for someone just because he seems like a cool guy and says a bunch of nice things that make me smile on the inside.
    McCain would rip Obama to shreds in the GE. Clinton is tough enough to withstand anything the Repubs will throw at her.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  29. ron

    where is michelle obama? she seems to have disappeared since the wright contravercy. why

    March 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Chelsea has been asked THAT question and answered it. None of your business is her answer! Asked and answered..period.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  31. erica hill

    Hi, Kim - youre up late in Germany!

    It *is* a little creepy to know the camera is there and live all the time... but then again, we are surrounded by cameras, so I guess another one shouldnt make too much of a difference 🙂

    March 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  32. Chuck in Alabama

    Anyone else wondering how much of Obama's contributions come from "federal assistance" recipients?

    March 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Rhiannon

    Hey, AC,
    Love the new web cam!
    I just fired off a letter to the DNC because the asked me for a donation. I told them to do their job and take care of this mess before they hand the election to the Republicans. This election is ours to lose and if they allow the continued acrimony to tear the party apart and hand the election to McBush, I am done with the party. It's time to get real already.

    Rhiannon in Little Rock

    March 31, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Julia Glennville, Ga.

    Kim, Cool reference to 1984!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  35. propstanne

    Agree with Slater. With a race this close, why are the newsmedia as well as the old boys club trying to force her outZ She could bring it closer and neither can reach the actual number. As a Democrat, we need a better process in the future. This is fuzzy winnings. How can we leave out big states that voted? Why are the Democratic boys allowed to push her out? This may be my first Republican vote. Not really comforting process.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Sarah, Atlanta, GA

    People need to stop asking Chelsea about Monica. That has nothing to do with her mother becoming president.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  37. wendy

    Anderson; women, including black women, didn't get the vote until 1920; they have been suppressed by both white and black men.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Tim

    Andreson,
    Does McCain have problem with his eyes? I noticed he's wearing dark sunglasses a lot and its not even summer yet.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Robert

    Anderson..
    Its unforgivable what the media has done to this election on the democratic side. To push one candidate over the other is reprehensible. And because of that unfair treatment-as a Democrat-if Barack gets the nomination-I will vote for McCain. Once again the Democarts would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory-congratulations!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Lesli

    I though USA was the land that believed in everyone having a vote. Why get out before everyone has had their chance to vote if its as close as it is.

    Let everyone have their say. Is it any wonder some states wanted to move ahead their dates for voting.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Don(San Jose, CA)

    Anderson:

    As a Democrat, I am not impressed with our choices for the Democratic nomination. Please get Al Gore in this race. He's the only TRUE Democrat left that represent TRUE Democratic values.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Theresa - Minnesota

    I am so confused by the way that Clinton supporters want "fairness". If someone says something about Obama, they jump and say "What about Hillary?"

    I don't dispute the fact that she has done good things or even the fact that she basically wants the same things that my candidate wants. I do not want to vote for her at all.

    I voted for Bill Clinton TWICE and used to say that if she ever ran that I would vote for her. Enter Barack Obama. He moved me. He makes me want to be a better person. I believe he can unite the parties and actually get something done. Hillary will be fought every step of the way if for no other reason than she's viewed as a pit bull. Which I agree with.

    Hillary is win at any cost and the end justifies the means. Come on Hillary supporters! Your candidate is still in it and has every right to be BUT if she loses, would you really rather support McCain who has views and agendas so TOTALLY different than hers? Do you think that is what SHE would want?

    Support your candidate and when it's all over, support the party. These two people have almost the exact same political agendas. They difference is who they are and how they communicate. How they unite or divide others. It is clear to me that Obama is a uniter and Hillary is a divider.

    Prove me wrong Hillary supporters! Support who ever gets the nomination.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Janice

    Why did the Clinton campaign try to DISENFRANCHISE so many voters in TX this past weekend? There are numerous eyewitness reports that her campaign challenged every delegate (more than 3000 at some precints) in an attempt to prolong the process. Why is the MSM not reporting this.

    Remember, it's Clinton's camp that's pretending that Obama is trying to disenfranchise voters in MI and FL, when they are actually the ones trying to do this.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Grace in Florida

    I live in Florida and as much as I would like my vote to "count," I understand that neither Obama nor Clinton are to blame for our mess. Our wonderful state has once again screwed up large! (Thank goodness I am originally from South Carolina ... )

    March 31, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Benjamin - DC

    There's another reason for both candidates to not even mention the possibility of the "dream" ticket. If either Hillary or Barack hinted that the other could be on their ticket, and then didn't follow through on that possibility after their opponent dropped out, the other side's supporters would take that as a fundamental betrayal, a cheap trick to convince their candidate to drop out. This would leave the Democratic party infinitely more divided than it is already.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Max

    John King and Chuck in Alabama: Where did you get that info? I've been trying to convince Anderson to let King show us on the map the states where polls are giving the electoral counts to Clinton, to Obama, and to McCain. I would like for Obama to win, but I'm thinking it has to be Clinton to defeat McCain in the big states with the electoral count.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Deloris Arnold

    The media has been pro Obama so women are going to make sure this is not over!

    March 31, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Rao

    If Hillary loses NC and wins by less than 10% in PA and less than 10% in Indiana she should step down. COnversely if Obama gets smashed in NC, PA and Indiana he should step down..

    March 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Fred Doss

    Will someone please make the point that even if a candidate should drop out of the race, the votes in the upcoming primaries will still count. I am weary of hearing from the Clinton camp that certain Obama supporters are suggesting that they don't want votes to count. It's a cheap shot that plays into people's fears.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  50. John

    Slater,

    Isn't it possible that people are trying to bully her out because she's losing?? Why is it because she's a woman? When people were trying to bully Huckabee nobody said it was because he was an evangelical.

    Anderson,

    John King just said that if Clinton can win 5 or 6 of the next contests that she might have momentum. If there's 10 contests left how does splitting the contests give her momentum?? It just doesn't seem to add up.

    March 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
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