March 11th, 2008
09:20 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/11/08

Anderson will be joined in the Election Center tonight by the best political team on television to talk about Mississippi primary results.

We'll also look at the Eliot Spitzer story.  New details about his alleged meetings with prostitutes emerged today, but New York's Governor has still not resigned his office.

Tuesday night bonus: Two live hours of 360°. And two hours of the live blog. We'll start posting comments at 10p ET and go through midnight ET.

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  1. Mary

    Why is the bank just NOW getting around to reporting the money if it has been a "long term" dealing? Not to defend his actions, but it seems it is ALWAYS wise to look for a bigger snake behind the snake. It's always politics.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  2. sharon

    How can you continue to have Candy Crowley on as a supposed unbiased commentator???? She parrots the Clinton spin, no matter what the situation is. Big win in Mississippi? No big deal, it was expected, just wait till Pennsylvania. Ferraro racist remarks? No big deal because Hillary's campaign says it isn't. It's positively nauseating to listen to her.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Tom in New York

    Nobody knows what Obama stands for anymore so they have to focus on his race

    March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Laurel MN

    I guess I don't understand something as far as a caucus vs a primary. CNN has said that Obama does well in one and not the other...whats the difference, and why does make a difference per candidate?

    I have been watching for months and I can't seem to find it anywhere!

    Can someone explain? Please?

    Also , AC love the show, and the giant billboard out front off CNN center in Atlanta!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Michael in Eugene, Oregon

    I'll jump on the bandwagon.

    Why's Candy now saying that Hillary Clinton won Texas, when in fact Barack Obama took the state on total delegates? I think it's deceptive and unfortunately shows a preference for Clinton over Obama.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Janelle, WY

    I love the double standard of Hillary. Geraldine can say whatever she wants,, including using the race card, and Geraldine stays, but yet Hillary was asking for Powers to be ousted after her comment about her.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Robert Hussein Sheldon

    Would it be called a Michigan Mulligan?

    Florida State Motto: We Count............over 🙂

    March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  8. heather

    The escort service he used reminded me of the Mayflower Madam. The fact is he broke the law.He's been doing this for years. He of all people knows the law. There is nothing to argue about. He should resign and get some serious mental help.I'm sure he's angry and sorry that he was caught. That's alot of multi tasking not to mention having any extracurricular sex life. The deception the lies betrayel. Of course he has only himself to blame.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Erma

    Dershowitz is really off the mark. How come no one has challenged him?
    Prostitution interupts and can distruct a committed relationship. And, thats just one reason why its wrong, it doesn't matter what's in it for the prostitute. He may believe that its accepted in other countries, but that does not mean that it's not painful to those close to the client. He's your average man who's protecting his buddies and accepts prostitution as a way of life. Whose client is he?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Tracy

    Why not just reduce the total number of delegates that would have been awarded by Florida and Michigan primaries from the total number of delegates needed to earn the nomination. This would be the safest, wisest, and best way to deal with this any other arrangements or procedures will cause serious problems for the nation’s black and white citizens because if Hillary wins black folks will say they stole the elections and if Obama win the white folks will say they were disenfranchised.

    Marshall, Texas

    March 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Mrs. D

    People are excited about Obama because of what he stands for, not the color of his skin. Duh!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  12. Melisse

    back to fox this sucks so boring fair and balanced......that is why you are #2 so sorry

    March 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Amy, Philly, PA

    Don't forget, the deadline to register to vote in PA is March 24! Only registered democrats can vote in the dem primary, independents cannot vote!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  14. Joan

    Anderson, Dershowitz's comments are embarrassing. Does he have a connection with Spitzer?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  15. Patricia Dumas Fair Haven,NJ


    If the voters knew their votes wouldn't count, why did they vote?
    Seems to me that the Fla. officials didn't explain things to their people.

    Hope you can explain this..

    Pat in Jersey

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  16. JJR Georgia

    re;ric...if you think Cnn is so pathethic switch to Fox, that oughta make you puke!

    Cnn is and always will be the best.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Nicole

    I think that Florida and Michgan should have a chance to vote again and the people that made the decision to have the dates moved up should foot the bill for a new primary

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  18. David C, New York, NY

    Obama's win is quite small in comparison to Ohio.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Ty Alexander

    I am confused, neither candidate can win by pledged delegates.
    "IF" it goes to superdelegates, chances are CLINTON wins.
    "IF" they choose to do a re-vote in Florida and Michigan, the senior citizen demographic is high in both states, once again CLINTON wins. Yet, listening to all your experts Obama is in the drivers seat? Please explain this to me as if I was a three year old!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Lilibeth

    Whatever solution they find in Florida, some people will be upset. I do hope this is resolved soon so we can focus on uniting as a party...

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  21. Stu

    Dershowitz is right as usual! Private matter,only victim is his family and his ego. It's selective prosecution by the Feds! If his name was Joe Averagecitzen there would be no prosecution! Why are'nt we hearing about all the other '"johns" that pratonized the same escort service? "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!"....

    March 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Charles

    There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the Governor is unethical and possibly committed a misdemeanor. It is equally true that he has lost all credibility and struggling to remain would be preposterous at this point. However, it is equally true that if his investigation and potential prosecution was politically motivated, then there should be two simultaneous investigations.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  23. Janelle, WY

    Why is the main stories about the NY Governor and the FL revote? What about Obama's win tonight....that should be the focus!!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  24. EJ - Ohio

    There is no way the Mrs. can stick by him if all of this is true. She's a beautiful woman and she can move on to someone honorable and loyal who will respect her and her daughters.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  25. Mrs. D

    They can't seat the delegates as they are now, how many people didn't vote because they were told it didn't matter. Seating the delegates is not an option.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @John 10:28PM; Strangely enough Dershowitz was also Jeff's professor. I guess he encouraged Jeff to think independently!

    "Good job Jeff!"

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  27. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    I feel sorry for his family. Can you imagine how embarrassed his daughters have to be at school and among their friends. Of course I'm talking about the Spitzer story.

    On to the election. Get the redo of Florida and Michigan over with. With the race this close, it is going to have to happen..

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Carl Yeakel

    It is a sad! sad! man who pays 80,000 for sex,with a beautiful wife at home. I dont want him making any decisions for me, He must resign!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Michael, NC

    @ ric
    they have mentioned that they are getting to the presidential politics later. as of now, the scandal is all over headlines, so why not milk it for what it's worth? Its not biased and its not underrepresentation...its politics.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  30. regina ericson

    the idea that 500.00 per hour is poor pay is about as ridiculous an argument that could be made out of this...
    fact is, perhaps spitzer's defense should be that he was victimized by the exhorbitant fees he paid....
    and i assure you, there is a whole lot that many folks would be willing to do for 500.00 an hour......

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  31. LL Barra/ Woodstock,NY

    Shame, shame and double shame...that we are all so freaking interested in this. Has this nation gone totally tabloid. We are at war, the planet is in crisis, we have candidates for the biggest job on the planet that are covered like a popualrity contest instead of what their ideas are and how they would manifest those ideas, instead we are looking into the lurid expose of what the oldest profession in the world is up to in 2008. Spitzer messed up so badly it is pathetic but to spend so much time on this when people are dying, starving, killing each other is totally irresponsible. And shameful.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Becca

    Why is it that governmental officials endlessly think they are above the law?? The are still citizens of the United States of America, are they not? Scandals and dirty tactics seem to follow politicians wherever they go. Can power really cloud judgment that easily?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Austin from Texas

    I think this is only relevant news for the people of the state of New York. Let them figure out what should happen to their governor. National media: please cover some issues of national significance! We certainly have no shortage.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  34. Eric

    Scott... in a perfect world that would happen. That and legalizing marijuana. It won't ever happen. Too many important people in the "moral right" for that to ever happen.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Adina

    The difference between Clinton and Spitzer is that Spitzer broke the law in this. Bill Clinton didn't spend $80,000 + of his own money or he governments money to cheat on his wife. Breaking the law when you supposed to be the one entrusted with it is the problem here.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  36. Chris

    Anyone else feel like they've been watching a bad episode of Jerry Springer every time they see Gov. Spitzer on television the past two days?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  37. ric

    Anderson, where is the news about Obama winning tonight? CNN, shame on you. if Hillary was winning tonight or even all along, you would be screaming at Obama to drop out. Very pathetic news network.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  38. scott

    I believe we should legalize prostitution and tax the hell out of it. that's what they do in nevada!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  39. John

    Dershowitz was Spitzer's teacher. They have a personal relationship that is why he is defending him. Spitzer appears to have pumped tens of thousands into a criminal organization that may have had ties to the mob as many prostitution rings do. He also put himself at risk of being blackmailed. It doesnt matter if he received sex or a simple massage, he funded crime and potentially the mob.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  40. Lisa

    As a lawyer (and former Criminal Law student of Dershowitz's at Harvard Law), it is obvious that if Prof. Dershowitz read the Affidavit, it blatantly states that the women who were working as prostitutes were each only paid $500/hr, regardless of how many thousands the "clients" were paying. For two nights on 360, Dershowitz has stated that these women are making thousands of dollars and therefore they are not victims and there was no crime. In fact, the money is going to the pimps. By characterizing the conditions inaccurately, it ignores the cruelty these women are subjected to, and it allows everyone to refrain from questioning how screwed up it is that so many "normal" men are taking advantage of women in these ways.

    Anyway, Anderson, if you read this, you are the best!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  41. Brent, Roseville CA

    It definitely seems like Alan Dershowitz is defending Spitzer a bit much. Is there a reason behind that?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Melisse

    well if the president of the usa (clinton) can get away with it why not the gov of Ny

    March 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Renee

    Did he use taxpayer dollars or just his own private money?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Ricky


    Spitzer needs to be treated like everyone else who breaks the "LAW". Why should any deal be made and he gets to walk. Lock his butt up and throw away the key. But, I guess this is "Politics" as usual.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Helen

    Professor Dershowitz, Spitzer is not your average John. He is the Governor of a State and the former Prosecutor. He must be held to a higher standard. How many people did he send to jail by using some obsure law to get them when he didn't have enough evidence on the more relevant law.

    I know he's your friend and former colleague, but come on, law enforcement did exactly what they should have done. They should be commended.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Shelma

    Very good point from your panel.... Why phone tap????

    March 11, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Katie

    Please Anderson, lets not have this Professor on anymore. It seems Spitzer is paying him more than 'Kristin'.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Don

    Every decision, signatue, pardon, payment, receipt while involved with this malfeasance needs to be investigated for undue influence as this man was clearly and knowingly compromised – and it is almost certain he was influenced.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Amy

    Why should a governor resign because of a sexual impropriety, when a President of the United States did not? At least the governor paid cold hard cash for what he got. Granted, Monica was not a hooker, but I'll bet she was "reimbursed" quite sufficiently. BTW, I love(d) Bill, but not so fond of Hillary.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  50. chubby hubby

    professor doesnt get it. we dont need double standards. gov spitzer is no common garden variety criminal

    March 11, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
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