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. pat del

    Can you find a better commenator than Jamal? He is an Obama strategist. So state that he is an Obama strategist. Feeding the flames of racism is playing into the Republican camp. Instead of celebrating Mississippi first African American victory it is torn apart by hate. Why is Obama dividing America? Talk about the poverty , lack of schools, jobs Katrina in Mississippi .It is discusting to keeps making comments about race.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Vincent

    AC, did you preview todays clip ? 😀 I hope its not like yesterdays 'near-miss' with the tree ? 😛

    March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  3. Michael

    Hmmmm..... this makes three – the governors of NY, NJ and CT – having been driven from office by scandal in the last five years.

    Seems to me there's a pattern here.

    Maybe Arlen Specter and Pete Stark ought to stop investigating purloined huddle signals or dubiously-earned trophies – and start investigating the breathtaking correlation between public office and corruption!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Lilibeth

    Hi Anderson, hopefully The Shot is better this time around, huh? LOL! Just kidding...

    March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Alice

    ANDERSON...Love ya, but you are letting Lanny Davis run the entire panel, the tone, and run roughshod over you.

    This is deplorable. Either have your producer replace him or pump up your assertiveness muscles. Lanny muscles away your control, and that is untenable.

    Remember YOU are Goliath and Lanny is David not the other way around. Moxie, man, moxie

    March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  6. Chandra

    What Governor did is private and it is between him and his family.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Brian Persaud

    Jo Ann> I totally agree. Both Hillary and Obama are pulling in huge supporters because either of them will make history. But in the end I think voters will always vote on the issues.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Kay

    sen. obama might be doing well because of the black vote. hillary might be doing well because of the female vote. what's your point? you could also say many people are NOT voting for sen. obama because he is black.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  9. Rapid


    You just hit the mark!
    Democrats do have differences on issues in most cases. It's the lack of those differences in this campaign that causes the personal attacks and political manuvering to deteriorate. Maybe if Clinton and Obama had some major differences between them, it would make for a good debate. Until then, the personal attacks and name calling will continue.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  10. Dana

    Oh but Obama did campaign in FL. He aired political ads. Hillary on the other had stuck to her pledge not to campaign and she still won in FL. FL should not need a redo based on his failure to keep his pledge. They should just seat the delegates and not waste the money. However, Michigan needs to do something since he was not on the ballot.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Megan

    People should not forget that Hillary had majority of all of the black vote until SC. That is when Bill Clinton thought he could be disrespectful and they lost the black vote. African Americans have always supported white politicians so race is not an issue. They are looking for change and Obama is bringing it. Let's not forget that Obama is is both White and Black America!!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Yen

    I agree with David Gergen. Both sides are guilty of personal attacks.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  13. lanie

    Why would a brilliant former state attorney general who created a situation where he has Joe Bruno on his tail willing commit a felony. If nothing else, he is guilty of gross stupidity.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  14. Tom F

    Do not let the sex angle of the Spitzer story obscure the bigger picture: bribery, influence peddling, money-laundering, and negligence in performing his job as prosecutor. Even if he did not have sex with anyone, he still neglected his duty to prosecute this prostitution ring because he was given favors. That is not a personal issue!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Brenda

    I disagree. Jamal repeats the same thing over and over again because he has nothing else to say. He is not experienced enough to be an analyst.

    Just a suggestion–but if this is going to drag out...we need to start getting other analysts to get different perspectives, from both ends.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Christine Mosley

    Jamal is absolutely right about the tone that is coming out of the Clinton campaign. It has to be addressed on a larger scale and covered on the news much more extensively. And Lanny, stop trying to whitewash Hillary's negativity. She is feverishly trying to attach herself to Obama's rising star in any way possible, and very soon, the country will see what she's doing.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Shavez,

    As a female middle class African American supporter of Barack. African Americans are voting for Obama because we see things the same as any other American voting for Barack has seen, he is the one with the message that ‘s most appealing and important to what American’s see as the next needed steps for our country to be turned around.
    Further more I find your racist rhetoric polarizing and demoralizing to all Americans; As Barack underlying and overlying message has been to unite this country.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Luna

    I am so sick of Clinton politics. Clinton should have DENOUNCED and fired her for these ridiculous comments.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar

    Oh boy! Brent, Yes, Me too..... I heard first time they are out of line their comments, I agree with you..... Brent.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Andrea

    how can clinton claim victory of texas when if you look here on cnn.com it shows that obama won the caucus with 38 over her 29. if you add that to the 71 he had and 77 she had this adds up to 109 over 106. obama wins. clinton did not win texas. so the night she "won" texas rhode island and ohio and he only had vermont where she decided that this was her come back, she really only broke even. and then obama won the next two.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Brent, Roseville CA

    And that's why I like David Gerghen. He is an excellent pundit and shows a true knowledge of the facts without sounding partisan. How smooth of him to thank Lanny Davis for getting the Ferraro issue right and calling out Jamal for skipping over the fact that one of Obama's aides recently resigned for making overtly divisive comments. One of the best political panelists on TV today!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Shannon


    can you talk about Spitzer's roll as a Super Delegate if he steps down as governor? I would be VERY interested in knowing if he loses his vote in the Democratic convention because of the scandal.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Gretchen

    Ummm...It took hundreds of years for black people and women to get the right to vote. Let's not speculate about going back to what it was before.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    If prostitution brings in that much money, let's legalize it and tax it.

    At first I was against a do-over in Florida and Michigan and I still think Florida, and possibly Michigan will go to Mrs. Clinton in a June primary. However, by the CNN count, Mr. Obama is 131 delegates ahead and Pennsylvania and the other remaining states have their primaries and it may be too late for the Clintons.......After all, Mrs. Clinton won "big" in Ohio and Texas and Obama had a couple of small victories in Wyoming and Mississippi, yet he was 109 delegates ahead before Ohio/Rhode Island/Texas and he is now 131 delegates ahead.

    Does anyone know if Florida is a proportional delegate state or a winner-take-all for the democratic delegates?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Morgan

    @ Jo Ann- i also have been thinking about that. if obama were white and hillary a man (not intended to be funny) i think this race wouldnt be as big as it has gotten. the interest wouldnt be as high and it would be like any other race in the past.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  26. margie virginia beach virginia

    I agree we should not be feeding off this mans prostitution involvment but on the fact that he broke the law. period.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Billi

    David Gergen is correct in saying that both campaigns are saying things that are "rancid"......but it is the media's role to not keep repeating the comments by discussing them over and over and over.

    Candidates, stick to the issue. Media, stick to the issues in your reporting.

    Lanny, I look forward to hearing your comments. I love Hillary too and you are doing a fine job trying to be fair.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  28. Michael, NC

    I just want to publicly congratulate Lanny for a job well done. I had my doubts, but he did a great job staying on topic and making good points.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Tricia, CA

    Nora, good point. If Obama was a white man OR a black woman, his/her race would probably have been over by now. a promising run, but not taken too seriously.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Vincent


    btw, it MIGHT be offensive to suggest that Obama is doing well because of the 'black' votes, and Hillary is doing well because of the 'womens' vote, but does that mean it isnt true ?!?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Lostfigs

    Megan Dresslar:

    Thank you! I thought I was going crazy!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Lilibeth

    David Gergen is right...both sides are saying things that they probably shouldn't say. One side is not "holier" than the other...

    March 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. JJR Georgia

    David Gergen just told it like it is. There has been personal attacks coming out of both camps.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Mrs. D

    no, please, no more Spitzer.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Kay

    i am sure spitzer is not the only government official who has broken the law. he took a gamble that he would not get caught and he lost.
    he should endure the consequences. don't feel sorry for his wife. she probably suspected it all along and is glad to finally have it out in the open so she can move on.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  36. Erin Hope

    It's such a sad commentary that we almost expect this kind of behavior from our political figures: dirty campaigning, mud slinging, scandals, etc.
    Most people on this blog don't even seem suprised at all of these things... Clinton and Obama cutting each other down so that neither looks great, Governors involved in prostitution...
    Is there no one we can trust anymore?
    ...Anderson, maybe you should run for office!!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Eric; I agree, Obama's race helps him just the same as the race of many if not all of the White men who ran for president helped them, but let's not deny it.

    I would be interested to know where Obama would stand in this race without the Black vote and where Clinton would stand without the women's vote?

    March 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  38. christelle

    Some People seems to forget that Obama has also won in all white states, we got to give the man credit for win the interest of all races.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  39. julie, ca

    Please, please stop this "dream ticket" noise. It is clear that Barack Obama is the frontrunner and HE WILL NOT BE ON A TICKET WITH CLINTON.
    The CNN article with Nancy Peloisi about the dream ticket that states: This possiblity is "Gripping the imagaination of Democrats nationwide". What a fallacy...who are you guys kidding?!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Brian Persaud

    All the campaigns have had slip ups with endorsers. How about we judge Obama and Clinton on what THEY say instead of what their supporters say.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Mrs. D

    Jamal is awesome, very well articulated and non emotional.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  42. ashanty

    To: Patricia Dumas Fair Haven,NJ...

    There was a bill to reduce property taxes (or something like that) on the ballot as well. That's why ppl came out to vote in Florida despite the fact their votes wouldn't count.

    Hope that helps!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  43. kevin

    I dont think race is a huge factor in this race. I believe that people are honestly wanting change. I believe age is more of a factor than race is and that people are wanting a younger fresher mind and not another puppet who is letting someone pull their strings. Great show tonight!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Kris

    I agree with Rod. FL and MI broke rthe rules and they knew the ramifications. They can't just change the rules now that it's close. That's crazy. Seems to me that the "miniscule" states should be offended to think they don't matter and it's all about the FL, MI and PA.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Red Cedar

    I am a non white. Everytime I see a candidate, I would notice his/her color of skin, his/her gender. This is just a human nature. I don't understand why African Americans get upset when the public talk about Obama's skin color. Instead of being proud of the color of skin of their candidate, they bring their criticism to the media. And the media buys their criticism. We also talk of about Hillary being a woman candidate. Why don't I see any criticism from the Hillary's camp about her gender? Come on CNN, be realistic and fair, and don't give in to the Obama's childis attitudes.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Amy, Philly, PA

    Ugh, I wish both campaigns would just move on from these surrogate wars....

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  47. Lisa from NH

    re: Ferraro comment

    How stupid the Clinton debate is. The ONLY reason Hillary is in the race is because of her name (CLINTON). If she was "just" a 2 term woman Senator, she never have made it to this point. Let's get real.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  48. Nora

    Geraldine Ferrara has a point. If Obama was a white male, the race would have between Clinton and Edwards right now. Obama is a talented politician, but a lot of voters are excited about the historic possibility, and they are not voting for him based on issues. He would have never received the amount of media coverage if not for his race, and would undergo a lot more scrutiny if he was white.

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar

    Yes, lost figs..... I agree with you!

    March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  50. Jill

    who gets to be the replacement superdelegate when Spitzer steps down? He solidly supported Hillary. Who will the replacement support???

    March 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
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