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March 17th, 2008
09:51 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/17/08

Soledad O'Brien is in for Anderson tonight. Some of the topics:

– Florida state Democratic leaders said they've given up holding a do-over primary. So what next?
– The government is helping bail out Bear Sterns, the investment bank that became the latest casualty in the mortgage crisis.
– John McCain makes a trip to Iraq – his first since becoming the probably Republican nominee.

We'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.


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  1. adreen/Canada

    As an impartial observer I have to say ENOUGH! Enough describing people as black , white, male, female or any combination of the aforementioned, I would have thought that this many decades after Martin Luther King's speech "I have a dream" this dream would have been realized.
    The american people would be offended by how the news media has fed their own pocket books by playing the race card for ratings. Why is it Senator McCain is NEVER described as the " white male republican candidate"? The answer is simple it doesn't boost ratings!
    How about we just call them "the senator from illinois and the senator from New york"? Get over it!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  2. EJ - Ohio

    McGreevy should be ashamed of himself. He only threw that out to get back at Dina. He already caused her enough trouble. His excuse is "she should've known I was gay" – gimme a break

    He's just slinging mud now over the divorce

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Chuck Alabama

    Anyone else remember the 80s S&L debacle? Wasn't Neil Bush a major player in that fiasco? Where's he been the last 7 years anyway? Seems the Bush family has a terrible time with their, excuse me, OUR money.

    ARM loans never should have been allowed in the first place. People who gambled on those loans lost the bet. I'm sorry for them, but, I don't think the lenders or the borrowers deserve a bailout.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Cathy in VT

    Soledad, good to see you back. Agree, Obama needs to personalize his explanation. You know I am looking forward to seeing what he says tomorrow but at this point I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt at this point as Obama's "own" actions are not consistent with the small blips we've seen from Rev. Wright. Happy St Patrick's Day!!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  5. alex parson

    Good Evening

    I know Senator Obama will be a great President and he will stand and be firm on the controversial comments of his former pastor wright.

    I am a ordain minister,but Senator Obama is running for President of the United States and I am sure once again he will stand firm.

    Thank you

    Alex Parson

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Erica,
    What's that crazy guy doing in the grocery store? What a NUT!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Julio

    Cnn, keep playing Wright's video. Do not give an easy pass agin to Obama. He is been laying all this time. For example, he said that he did not know that Mr.Renzko was involved in any wrongdoing, but the media found out that it was a lie. Also, he said that he never heard about his pastor statements, but it was a lie as well. If someone is running a campaing of hope, well we hope he stops telling lies.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Audra C.

    CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS -get over Jerimiah Wright!!!!! Go to a Black Church yourself and see first hand; or better stil try being Black just one day in America. Focus on things that matter to most to Americans. Trust me, it's not about Obama's minister!!!

    You news people are making too much of something that doesn't matter! You are more racially divisive that Jerimiah could ever be!! You only want ratings and viewers. Stop hating on Barack and get over it for God's sake and our sakes too!!!!L!!L!J@J@KJ

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Terri - Canada

    That's hilarious! Then again, heard a story at work where an 8 yr old makes Powerpoint presentations for school. Since when are kids THAT grown up? yikes lol.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Joe VA

    We need to know more about Barack and the Trinity Church. He has not been vetted we need to know who he is. Anyone can stand up there and so how great things will be.

    I am concerned there are more skeletons in the closet. We need to learn more.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Melissa

    I personally would love to have primary do-over. The only reason I did not vote in the primary was because I knew the delegates would not be seated. To seat 50 % of the delegates according to the votes that were cast would not be fair to the entire voting population.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  12. erica hill

    happy st patrick's day, 360 bloggers! hope you all had a good wkd

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Dr. Naomi Ramer

    Give Hiliary 50% of the delegates in Florida and Barak obama 33%. In otherwords Hiliary got almost 900,000 votes as compared to Barak Obama's 500,000. There were 2 other candiates on the ballot (17%). She won fair and square. Neither Candidate campaigned. Stop cheating Hiliary!!! Why was John McCain awarded delegates in Florida? Whats good for the Republicans is good for the Democrats.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Dwayne , CA

    Agreed Sophie. It feels like backlash for the Sen. Clinton comments earlier about the media giving Sen. Obama a pass in the media.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Chas

    Florida no vote? Once again, the Democrats are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Sophia

    Great show tonight, Soledad.
    Did John Edwards ever announce who he was endorsing and to whom his delegates would go?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Brendan

    Your intro said that the government used out tax dollars to bail out wall street, but what are they doing for you. This implies that tax dollars are being wasted to do this and don't help average people. You know better. You know that if these banks fail, average Americans will be the most hurt.
    I agree that that bailout should not allow the executives to get huge payouts as result though. That is disgraceful.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  18. Mary in Oklahoma

    In the race in Florida, if Senator Obama has been leading in the vote and then these votes and delegates would not count at the convention, ever y equal rights attorney in the country would be marching down to the courthouse to protest, yelling UNFAIR. And one way or another, Senator Obama would get his delegates.

    But since Senator Clinton received the votes, they will be ignored and her Florida delegates will not be seated or heard. HOW FAIR IS THAT? It was the Republican Florida Legislators that changed the date.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Paul

    No we shouldn't leave the Obama pastor story – this is about the character of a man we are electing president. I for one don't want a president associated with a church that preaches hate and lies !
    What about the new minister who thinks this is ok ? And Sen. Obama is going to contimue with him and this church ?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Erica – Love the green. Hope your friends in Atlanta are doing better after the weekend

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Janelle, WY

    Come on people! Wright made some bad comments during TWO sermons...it's not like every sermon was like that. Look at tapes of other sermons, and the live broadcasting on the internet from the church...the church preaches God, love, unity, etc. You can't tell me that a Reverend, preacher, priest, etc. has never made an offensive comment in other churches? I'm glad Obama is addressing race tomorrow...this whole uproar shows race is clearly still an issue in America.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Andrea in FL

    Obama's speech tomorrow will be very important. Up until now I would have easily voted for him in Nov. but now I would have trouble doing that even the idea of McCain winning scaresme to death. Every message board I go to and every face to face convo I have had about this matter as followed the same course... people who previously supported Obama are now at the very LEAST are torn. Most say they now feel he is a racist if this the pastor he follows. Whether it is true or not, Obama has a problem now and a big one. Too bad the media has been so soft on him up til now. It would have been better for this to have been heavily reported much sooner.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  23. bill ingram

    hi soledad how can anybody vote for obama after listening to his mentor of 20 years spewing hate mongering anti- american rants? his explanation is not credible. plus there are new contradictions in his explanation with regard to rezko. is his candidacy imploding?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  24. Bob

    Obama's 20 year close relationship, still a parishioner, and doing I never heard these many anti-USA, anti-white staements, are beyond belief.
    Your guests are trying their best to not give this away. Great spin, that is out of control.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  25. kev

    Has anyone did any research on what the minister was talking about ?I'm sure some of it is true but we don't have to hate each other if it is plus he's not running for office anyway!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  26. joe Borsuk

    i think that you are judged by with whom you associate. voters are smart enough to know the difference between a casual aquaintence, and a close associate.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Kay

    Is anyone familiar with the expression, “agree to disagree”? How many of you on this blog have family and/or friends with whom you have extremely different opinions and ideas ? Will you be cutting any of them out of your life? Give Sen. Obama credit for being able to maintain a relationship with Rev. Wright in the face of extreme differences of opinion. If you look at how the Senator has lived his life as a public servant, bringing people together to achieve common goals, it is obvious that he is his own person. He has no problem following his own mind, while keeping the lines of communication open to those of a different mindset. A quality that could come in handy during foreign relations as Commander In Chief. Here is another expression for you…”keep your enemies close”.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Rose, San Bernardino, Ca

    Who is going to bail the people out of trouble? Let Bear Sterns bail themself out see how they like losing their family homes ect?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Pam

    Please think about the fact that the majoirty of the American people are not interested in anyones pastor or where they go church. Certainly, it is important that Barak Obama insure everyone that what his minister says are not his words or beleifs. Most of us do not follow every word that a minister speaks. Look at Mike Huckabee! What is important is to have a President that cares more for We The People than he does for himself. I think that we all have a right to that decision.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  30. soledad o'brien

    when you're seven you dont want to be an individual. what's an individual at 7? haha

    March 17, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  31. rob

    I'm afraid if they ( the DNC) does not find away to seat the Florida and Michigan delegates, I will be voting for John McCain.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  32. Dwayne , CA

    I am really amazed how willing people blogging and pundits on the show are to attribute so much of one's persona on those that have advised them. My parents have probably had more impact on me as a person and I don't agree with nor follow a load of the things they've conveyed.

    That said, it is possible to receive counsel and to pick and chose what one takes away from the encounter. I haven't attended this church and agree that the delivery was difficult to hear. However, let's judge the candidates on their own statements and words.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Liz - Ontario, Canada

    Have I ever seen Obama with two American flags behind him, or this is the first time?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Sophie Jones

    The economy is in the toilet, lives and resources continue to be lost in a sensless war and all you can talk about is Obama's crazy preacher. The MEDIA is helping the Republicans destroy this country!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Katie

    I can't say I'm shocked to hear about this wall street bail out, but I'm still outraged and disgusted. I'd love to get a government bailout for taking my company into the ground. Everyone loves to tout the free market until they're the ones who are on the receiving end of a hand out. What ever happened to the free market being the best solution Bush?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Paolo

    Hi Soledad,

    I have a feeling Florida and the Democrats' relationship will work this way unless either one will lift a finger to solve this: Florida says to the Democrats "you punish us in the primaries, we will punish you in the general election."

    Who agrees?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  37. tommy upton

    they campained in florida..we watch you and other national shows and watched the debates. thats bull that they did not campain here.
    florida voted and it should count.hillery won. and she should get all the delegets. if she dont and oboma gets the nomation then it will not be a true account of what the country wants.and she will have been robed by oboma. and why did you cut the blog off about oboma ???
    what is it with the meida...why dont you want the american people to here the truth about oboma.???
    what is going on ???If oboma gets the nomation then McCane has my vote..I just cannot vote for a fake like oboma.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Grammy Barb

    How can you disenfranchise the voters of 2 states because of the assinine moves of some top level "leaders" in the Democratic party? Since when does any American feel it's OK to punish the many for the sins of a few?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  39. ender

    Oh sorry HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY – everyone's a little green around the edges today, eh?!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  40. soledad o'brien

    julie–obama (o'bama) is giving a major speech on race–and i agree with gloria, clearly there's more to be said and more he wants to say. so i gotta disagree with ya.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Liz - Florida

    Seat Floirda -If not, I am sitting out in November. Neither candidate campained in Florida so there was no advantage. Mich. should redo because all names were not on the ballot.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Gretchen

    Soledad–too funny! Sorry for you both...

    March 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  43. Shane, KY

    Florida didn't get a do-over. Wonder if the same can be said about the execs at Bear Stearns?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  44. Stacy

    Soledad, oh, I hope your daughter didn't get pinched.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  45. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Soledad just tell your daughter she was being an individual and not following the crowd. That may work 😛

    March 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  46. ender

    candy- what do U think of a national primary day for all states. let the politicians campaign in jan and feb,since not much is going on in those months 😛 ... then early March all the states weigh in on the same day . Do U think it would work?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Bob

    Good job of not even showing the viewers Reverend Wright on video, how safe and biased.
    Obama and Dem supporters like CNN may try to wash this over, but look out for the tidal wave.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Brian Persaud

    I agree, Obama really does need to "personalize" his explanation. If he ever wants to get past it he needs to give clear and specific answers. If he doesn't I think this slip up definitely has the potential to hurt him.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Dan

    Does the media verify the legitimacy of the polls? Especially the polls by CNN. The timing of CNN polls seem suspicious. They always come up with the polls contradicting other polls. All these polls end up supporting Obama. The timing of the polls are questionable as well. CNN does its polls much ahead of the primary, so they can claim the swing by undecided voters. CNN was the only one to put Obama leading in California. They were the first ones to put Obama ahead in Texas as well. Both the states eventually went for Clinton. But these polls do shift the momentum.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Gretchen

    I agree with Julie. Let's move onto the Weather Underground story. Why drag it out? Just get all of it out of the way now.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
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