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. omecka

    Mr. Cooper I like your show, but when you have a lawyer advertising the Clintons on your show, I am forced to change the Channel. He is so annoying. Jamal Simmons is a polite guy, yet able to get his point across. I have spoken with many who feel the same way. Lawyers convince people that is what they do for living, if you want to be fair, get another annoying Obama supporting lawyer.. It is up to you Anderson!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Dana

    John King is right, these republicans will vote for Hillary in Nov just as they did tonight.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Billi

    I think Candy does a good job. I actually thought she was leaning more toward Barack a few weeks back. She is with the Clinton campaign and is supposed to reflect the perspective there. I think she speaks pretty fairly about both campaigns.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  4. D Jackson-Jones

    Is it possible that the Republican areas in Mississippi where Senator Clinton did so well are where Republicans voted for her based on instructions from Rush Limbaugh to vote for Senator Clinton. Does anyone really believe Republicans voted for Senator Cilnton without a motive?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Morgan

    With Florida and Michigan unfortunately it wasnt really the peoples choice to do the voting early was it? so who is to blame really here? the people or the ones in charge of making the dates?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  6. Aruna, Minneapolis, MN

    Obama clearly appeals to the majority for whatever reason. We can analyze it to death, and he'll still be favored.

    The voter turnout has been record-setting everywhere.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Brent, Roseville CA

    Wow! Lanny Davis actually got it right tonight by saying that Ferraro's comments were out of line. There is a first time for everything.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Kathy

    How can Ferraro say something like that? Was she listening to herself?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  9. Shavez,

    congratulations to Obama Any WIN is a WIN, thats why Hillary is not talking to the press tinight about her LOSS.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  10. Charles

    Ms. Ferrara was entirely out of line. What are the Clinton's trying to do here? They are running out of time, are they not?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Sophie

    You know what ? Geraldine Ferraro is being honest. Her statement has some truth to it. You can't completely write that comment off as being inaccurate. Maybe a little inappropriate but not inaccurate.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  12. Janelle, WY

    Wow, I was surprised Lanny Davis said Geraldine's comments were wrong!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  13. PJ

    Ferraro sounds like OLD sour grapes. She was totally out of line.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Lostfigs

    Florida was a CERTIFIED vote! It should count!

    Hillary 08

    March 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Dana

    Tell it like it is Candy! You are the only one who doesn't spin the facts.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Liz

    Hillary is a Republican dream candidate.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  17. Terry

    It is amazing that america lives in a glass house and is the first to throw stone. Governor spizter was elected on the job he had done as new york state attorney general,not what he will do or has done in his personal life. If americans were jugded by our personal activities or involvements when applying for or doing a job, many of us would be unemployed

    March 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Stacy, St. Louis, MO

    S, Minneapolis, I didn't notice the "Fight Music" was gone until I read your comment, but now that you mention it, yes, it is much more relaxing to watch.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  19. Dawn, NJ

    Before Spitzer became Governor, he was NY’s Attorney General for approximately eight years. My understanding is that some of the behavior in this latest fall from grace involving one of our elected officials occurred during this time period. Despite Mr. Dershawitz's ridiculous contention that what's involved in this situation is a misdemeanor (I guess he's concluded that there is no structuring, a federal offense), as New York state's Chief Legal Officer, his conduct was subject to a much higher standard than the average John. It goes without saying that serving as the CLO means adhering to the law even laws that are antiquated. The hypocrisy is merely icing on the cake for his enemies.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  20. Eric

    Ferraro's comments were NOT racist! Come on! All she said was that Obama's race helps him, and it clearly does. Why is it that if a white person says something that even has a hint of racial undertones it's automatically a racist comment? I am a white, Obama supporter, and I think for anyone to dismiss that Obama being black doesn't help him with the black vote is clearly in denial. If John Edwards was in Barack Obama's position right now, Hillary would have the nomination sewn up. THAT was basically what Ferraro was saying.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Joe M.

    Ty, Obama is ahead even if Clinton wins the rest of the way 65 – 35!

    Why would you think the supers would go against the pledged deligates?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Liz

    Maybe if we were kinder to our cheating, lying. law breaking leaders, we would have a better set of choices than Obama, Clinton, and McCain.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  23. Diane

    John King be real do you really think those republicans are going to vote Hillary in November!!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  24. Stu

    Whipee Obama won another miniscule state

    March 11, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Rod

    come on! how stupid do people get. michigan and florida were told that if they broke the rules on democratic primaries the delegates from these two states would not be seated at the democratic convention. now that they knowingly broke the rule they are whining about being disenfranchised if they are not seated. they cast their vote when they broke the rule. what kind of a precedent does this set for the future and what kind of an example is this for young voters. us older folks already know that it is lie cheat and steal to win in politics. all rules are made of clay. they can be formed to fit any situation.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  26. Brent, Roseville CA

    John King rocks! Love the big map!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Tom Dooley

    Victumless Crime? I would imagine that his wife and children feel victumized. How about the millions of New York constituents.

    How about the women who are degraded and viewed as just objects for men to use.
    The attitude that prostitution is no big deal is the moral climate that such horrid things such as the sex trade involving children.

    We are all victums. The high profile attention given to this is just another opportunity to pull the family down by leaders demonstrated such a low standard of character and morality.

    How can we trust our leaders if they will betray those who they supposedly love most?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Ann


    I have a lot of respect Dana Bash, but do not agree with her when she states “the Clinton’s feel they have a definite WIN over Sen. Obama in Florida and Michigan”. Sen. Obama did not campaign there. Put them both on a level playing field and lets see what happens!?!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  29. EJ - Ohio

    As a politician, Ferraro should know better than making such a dumb statement – because no matter how she explains it she KNOWS how people will take it. You would have to give her the benefit of the doubt in order to interpret it in an innocent way.

    It is even MORE offensive to me if the Clinton campaign have not repudiated her comments because of a deliberate attempt to further divide the races as PA primary comes up.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Terri

    Melisse .. if you would rather watch something as biased as Fox then go ahead, true supportors of CNN know where the truth lies and where to get the best news coverage, every day, all day, but especially on AC360!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Jonathan

    Perhaps Spitzer should have spent the last 6-7 years of his career fighting to legalize prositution in New York-at least then he would not be such a big hypocrite!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  32. Aval

    Why are we deeming Hilary Clinton the victor in Texas? Although she narrowly won the primary in Texas, Obama won the caucus by a wider margin. In fact, he won more delegates in Texas than Hilary did. The media needs to credit Obama with the win in Texas, not Clinton.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  33. marie

    Why only focus on non-essentials ( Spitzer has nothing to do with the rest of the US)- serious editing going on on this "unbiased blog". Why not post all comments that aren't crude and offfensive – even if it doesn't fit your agenda?Ha, all you care about are headlines – what about comments more pertinent to what really affects peoples lives?
    By the way, Ferraro's comments are outrageous!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I think that the media is fooling themselves if they think this election is not about race on some level.

    Every time John King is at the "magic board" he always talks about the heavy Black voting in the urban areas and that they must wait for those to come in to call a state. Ohio was a good example when they held off calling it for Hillary Clinton because the heavily Black areas of Cincinnati and Cleveland had not been counted. What does that say to the voters?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  35. DJ

    I was wondering why there are still republican primaries being held since McCain has the required deligates to be the nomine. The other republican canidates have conceeded. This seems like a waste of money since Flordia and Michigan have to rasie money to hold their primaries again.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Jill

    I think that a lot more of this story will come out in the coming days. There seems to have been a well established pattern of paying for sex on the part of the Governor. This will likely come out... I wonder what "Kristen" is thinking right now. On the DL, no doubt!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Lostfigs

    Obama won 91% of the black vote in Mississippi; why do his supporters say the Geraldine Ferraro is being racist?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  38. S, Minneapolis

    Anderson, et. all, I'm really enjoying tonight's show! You guys seem so relaxed for some reason. I prefer this enormously over stress-inducing dramatic music. Thank you. 🙂

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  39. JJR Georgia

    Just curious, why is Candy Crowley now traveling with the Obama campaign instead of sticking with Hillary? All the other correspondents stayed with the guy that brung em.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Adina

    Actually, I think 360 has been beating FOX in the ratings, Melisse. But if you think their tabloidy "news" is better then go ahead and watch them. 🙂

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  41. Liz

    Do prostitues pay taxes on their income? Did he pay her social security? How about her health benefits?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  42. Joan

    Anderson, What's with Dershowitz?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  43. LL

    While it may have been a setup, Spitzer still committed the crime. It still happened. Can he bounce back from this? I don't know. It's everywhere now. Politicians are an easy target because they are well known and they are constantly in the public eye. There is and should be a level of accountability for our leaders. And because it specifically concerns sex, people are going to be very, very upset. Our leaders are not perfect. When all is said and done, yes Spitzer is just a man. But we must hold that man to a higher standard because he is a leader. It is unfortunate but it is the price you must pay when you represent a state. Please retire the gray ties!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Mollie

    I believe superdelegates will go for who is ahead in pledge delegates, which would be Obama.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  45. shon


    You are hedging! This is not a "back and forth". If Barack or one of his surrogates made this kind of statement about Hillary, you would be questioning him, as Tim Russert questioned him about Farrakhan supporting him. This is ridiculous. The Clinton campaign is engaged in base attacks of the worst kind and because of a Saturday Night Live skit, the media is afraid to call a spade a spade!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  46. Michael, NC

    melisse, and others.
    why do you bash CNN and complain about it on the BLOG? obviously, there are other channels...please don't complain and state obvious solutions to your own problems...it takes away from good discussion. :+)

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  47. Cathy

    I see that Americans have become complacent about misbehavior/illegal acts by people in high positions. Unfortunately, I have become one of them but I still think it is wrong and they should not be allowed to continue to hold that high position. When I hear of another sex scandal or another CEO stealing money from their own company, it just doesn’t surprise me anymore.

    Maybe Congress should be focusing on these problems about the integrity of public official and leave the steroid problem to the sports people. Oh…maybe it’s because half the congressmen/women are cheating on their spouses right now as we listen to this story. What a shame!!!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  48. Kathy Chicago,Il

    Is it just me or is race the 900 lb gorilla in the room?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  49. Renee

    @Janelle: Elliot Spitzer is one of the most powerful men in the DNC. He was the next best hope for the party.

    This story is VERY important. He needs to resign ASAP and CNN must stay on this story until this happens.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  50. Maureen T

    Geraldine Ferraro should apologize to Barack Obama for her remarks! Why does it always come back to Barack's race? Quit playing the race card.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
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