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. Jo

    Yes let's judge Obama for his actions, not his words.

    His words: I'm about change. I'm about hope

    His actions: Sitting in the pews for 20 years with a pastor who clearly hates this country and blames whites for most everything.

    Yes, actions do speak louder than words.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Anthony Williams

    Soledad and Erica......this is the TRUE winning ticket!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  3. soledad o'brien

    finally–i forget who was asking–here's your bill clinton segment !

    March 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Kathy, Chicago

    Michael Ware is always on target. I'm not so sure that the Dem's can pull out the troops like they are promising.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Stacy

    Ticked, Michael Ware is not anti-American. But he is a great reporter.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  6. Gino

    Thank you Laurie for you insight.

    As a Catholic I went to church regularly.
    I sat in churches and listened to pastors support birth control, communism and Fascism. I can show you a Catholic church that to this day has a Fresco of Mussolini on a horse in the church.
    I have never supported birth control; communism or Fascism does that make me a hypocrite??? I still consider myself a Catholic.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  7. Jolene

    I agree with Michael Ware, you can't just walk away from this war without consequences. Regardless of whether we should have went to war or not, we cannot just leave the Iraqi people high and dry. BTW, Arwa's SIU this past weekend was excellent. I enjoyed it.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  8. EJ - Ohio

    " Frankly, Obama represents a chance for all Americans to be honest to ourselves, recognizing the short comings we all have, and move toward a better society. If some folks don’t want to support Obama solely because of Rev. Wright, then I say they deserve what they might end up getting in November."

    Hear hear!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  9. Lesli

    This past weekend CNN reported that the Whitehouse said that Iraq was involved in Al Qaeda prior to war being declared. Now it has been announce that this has been found to be false.

    I can't believe that this whole fiasco which has cost so much money was based on lies and innuendo. Lies and innuendo have cost almost 4,000 US service lives and countless Iraqi lives.

    That is the saddest thing I've ever heard. If Bush is the Commander in Chief – shouldn't he step down for perpetrating such a bunch of lies. Isn't that where the buck stops.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Jason, Riverview, FL

    Why are we being sold this SURGE? We never wanted the SURGE... and I am a US Army Soldier...Active duty. The surge was designed to help the Iraq Gov. Oh thats right...they HAVE NOT done that. How is GEN Petraus going to spin this one to the US people? President Bush got rid of Admiral Fallon, Petraus's Boss; for being out spoken about our involvement in these countries.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  11. ticked

    is it only me, or does mick ware seem anti-american and thus makes our military out to be the bad guys?

    remember 9-11

    March 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  12. jessie mclelland

    boy in reading these blogs i wonde where some of you guys are coming from. do u really think that obama did not know about his pastor of 20 years. give me a break this is racial and obama is the racist. wake up america if u elect obama the party will not win in the november election. i for one as bad as i hate to say it will vote republican, god forgive me.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  13. skm

    Why does Gloria sound like she is chairing Barack's strategy committee? Is CNN on his payroll? Oh, yes, he has a lot of money.
    Is he paying for his airtime tomorrow? The fact that he is on the news is OLD news since when.. So, why are you giving him so much airtime?

    We dont want to see him anymore. We are SICK OF HIS LIES.

    I feel naucious thinking of how much damage he has done to the civil reform in this country. I dont need to see him defend/shed tears/say mia culpa/I forgot/didnt know.. GUILTY! We dont need any more of this. PLEASE STOP GIVING HIM AIRTIME AND BEING PARTY TO HIS SELF-SERVING HOODWINKING BUSINESS.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  14. Lilibeth

    Soledad...I love your sarcasm! Too funny!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  15. Bern -Mississippi

    Another thought. I continue to be amazed when some white folks get all offended because somebody reminds us of this country's history. We are the only nation to ever use atomic weapons on civilians. Twice. We are a nation who systematically and institutionally openly discriminated for centuries against any person who was not white and male. Our country did sanction slavery and tolerated Jim Crow. This stuff happened folks and the hurt and pain are still there for many of us. Remember, we are not even a full generation removed from segregation. Frankly, Obama represents a chance for all Americans to be honest to ourselves, recognizing the short comings we all have, and move toward a better society. If some folks don't want to support Obama solely because of Rev. Wright, then I say they deserve what they might end up getting in November.

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

    I'm always glad to see Mick Ware and Peter Bergen- the voices of reason in all this!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  17. d VA

    obama still is going to win because its his time and no medea or haters going to stop him

    March 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Fred

    Niiice... To see Soledad and Erica in the same show; what a dream. I enjoy watching both of you. Erica your facials are a trip when y'all read the "what were they thinking" segments. I've learned a lot from watching all of you anchor during this election cycle. Keep up the solid work.

    Durham, NC

    March 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Patricia Robinson

    Obama !
    Before his time
    I ask what kind of heart and blood did God give these men-for them to bring hope to the masses today and back then.
    This kind of man only is birthed every now and then, in this life-stepping forward with unconditional courage and might.
    I can bring up Moses, Lincoln, J.F.K-trying to show the world there’s another way.
    Strong men staring in the face of death-making they’re way, in spite of the mess.
    MLking stood up marched and was killed-because he wouldn’t let the naysayer’s brake his will.
    Strong men and women rise up when there’s a need-special people God sends to cushion the blow and lead.
    Obama is one of those standing tall-even though those who want to hurt him keep his back against the wall.
    Obama is trying to show us that black isn’t only about ghetto and crime-remember there’s only a few that served before they’re time.
    Obama is trying to show us, life isn’t about fusing and fights-its about pulling together to make things that are wrong right.
    He is here to show the other side of the black man-not that others haven’t strengthened up enough to stand.
    Its just that some people shine and some don’t -some people lead and some wont.
    This is why when the call comes its time to do-because what Obama is doing, is to help me and you.
    Putting his life on the line-remember! to many Obama is way before his time.
    Obama is stepping out in peace, gleaming with faith and might-trying to bring us together in spite of the under dogs hype.
    In spite of the fact that most associate blacks with drugs, filth, and crime-I say Obama, came just in the knick of time.
    By: Patricia Robinson-3/12/08-3pm

    March 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Janelle, WY

    Judge Obama by his actions. There is nothing is his history to show he is racist- quite the contrary! Let's not forget his mother was white, and he was raised by his white grandparents. Obama is in a unique position to see race from two perspectives...

    March 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  21. janice

    Lou Dobbs for President – Bear Stearns, bail yourselves out – War In Iraq, get out and if things get worse let them get worse, things will get worse whether we pull out today 5 years from now or 20 years from now......Erica hope you had a great weekend too - Is Anderson on assignment??

    March 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Terri - Canada

    I agree Cory.
    Are either of Bush's daughter's in the military?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  23. ender

    why do some think we should have war in Afghanistan but not iraq. Got news for y'all – there's terrorists in both places as well as many other countries and we have to go get them

    March 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Brent

    I noticed neither John Mccain nor John King didn't mention a few facts about Baghdad as to why the situation is better.
    1. The city has been ethnically cleansed
    2. There have been security walls put up blocking different groups off from each other.
    3. Al sadr's ceasefire (he's still anti american and anti occupation)

    With all due respect what does Gloria Borger add to a discussion on Iraq and Foreign policy.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Darrell Joyce

    Governor Spitzer cheating on his wife while in office is no different than Bill Clinton betraying Hillary. Bill made Hillary one of the most disgraced women in the world with his behavior, yet the media choose not to link them to the story of Gov. Spitzer. Former Governor Macgreevy, Hugh Grant, and Charlie Sheen, among others had their names mentioned, but the media carefully left Hillary Clinton out of it. I find that odd.

    20 years of sermons, but you take several sound bites? If your child robs a bank, or joins a cult. Does that mean you share his views since they lived under your roof for the time you knew nothing of it? Senator Obama should not, and cannot be held responsible for the words of another man. Many of us have or still work for companies with racist hiring practices. Do we just up and walk off the job with mortgages and other responsibilities once we get a hint of it?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Anthony Williams


    Do you have your own show? If you don't you deserve one......Tell Lou he has another Independent voter here. I have been a diehard Democrat , but ever since I moved to Florida from Philly, more than ten years ago I'm finding out that being a Dem down here is a JOKE! You dont see the state of Pennsylvania pushing their election date up because they want to be FIRST! Florida and the DNC need to get a grip and start thinking about the voters and the issues

    March 17, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  27. ticked

    Most people don't have a clue what Bear Stearns does, and most aren't economically savvy, but people do know fear and that's what the sheep mentality thrives on. Relax and keep working – you all still have a job!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Dwayne , CA

    Well said Monica.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Gretchen

    Erica–I think the big problem happened when the federal government abdicated responsibility for banking regulation to the States. It led to states making completely unworkable banking policies to attract the industry. States like North Dakota had an easy avenue to finally attract business–make really high maximum interest rates, functionaly deregulate lending and the banks will come be your states biggest employers. Now we have a massive credit crisis. If the Feds had done their jobs years ago, we would have a very different picture today. While sloth doesn't trump greed as a sin, let's not pretend it's innocent either.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  30. Mavis - Stone Mountain, GA

    Has anyone listened to more than just the 30 second clips that CNN, Fox5News and others continue to show? Probably not. Some of us enjoy basking in the negative and not looking at the entire picture. African-Americans and other cultures have attended churches for years where the pastors preach social and political gospel. However, that does not mean that the congregation always agrees with the way the pastor views a particular subject. Barack Obama is a unique individual and if you think about it, there must be something outstanding about Rev Wright because (according to those who know all) he befriended, mentored and guided Mr. Obama into a god-fearing, unifying, compassionate, trustworthy (not like some others), hope inspiring and awesome man. He's different and some people in this country still don't like people that are different from them. As Julie stated earlier.....let's move on!!

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

    I wonder how many politicians would let their children go to war, I mean if the prince of England can do it why not some brat from D.C.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  32. Michael, NC

    bravo Sebbe, i agree 110%. It doesnt matter if we hear excellent news or terrible news, we owe it to them to know so we can react with joy or sorrow

    March 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Eva

    Erica, why aren’t you subbing for Anderson??? I love Soledad as well…i’ve just noticed that you haven’t subbed yet. You have done it before in the past.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  34. ticked

    Hey Lou Dobbs , isn't the stock market still the long term best return?We've had ten recessions in the past 100 yrs., but if you had money long-term through this whole period in stock market, you would still be ahead. If you just leave yr money and let it ride in the market you always win.

    Always trust the American econ. will come back !

    March 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  35. Monica

    Y'know about this Obama pastor stuff. It's a bittersweet controversy. Before this whole Pastor Wright media obsession, Obama was fighting a viral email campaign labeling him a Muslim. Now, everyone and their dog knows Obama's been a member of a Christian church for 20 years, was married there and had his two daughters baptized there.
    And I'm surprised that so many interviewers are asking Obama if he would've left the church had he heard these sermons. The huge majority of people who attend church know that there is a very social component to church membership. There are friendships with other congregants, volunteer projects, committees, youth groups, family ties. Church membership doesn't solely depend on what the pastor says from week to week.

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

    Hillary demanded that Barak not only reject, but also denounce, his pastors comments, and he did. I would like to see someone, anyone, demand that Hillary denounce and reject the abuse of presidential pardons, George W. Bush with Scooter Libby, and Bill Clinton with Mark Rich, the latter because it prostituted the judicial process since the pardon was granted even before Mr. Rich even stood trial. What a slap in the face to those of us who like to think that we are a nation of laws not of privilege. Or does Hillary agree with such behavior, and should she not also be expected to reject and denounce the immoral behaviior demonstrated by her husband while he was President, or is she one who condones such behavior, in which case her morals come into question.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  37. Janelle, WY

    "American casualties are way down" Come on McCain! Even one American casualty is too many! This war needs to end!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  38. erica hill

    I know a few of you have posted about the Bill Clinton piece - it's still in the rundown, coming up soon in the show. I was talking to Gary about this piece the other day... it's an interesting look, especially when you find out who wasn't talking.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  39. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    so what did we just learn from the poll....of all the combinations of candidates, Clinton comes in last when it comes to handling the war in Iraq. Interesting

    March 17, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar

    Ohhhh Soledad!!
    you are so funny!!!! Lol! Yeah, sometimes I forget to wear green!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  41. tommy

    well you lost a viewer

    March 17, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Sheryl, IL

    Great John McCain in Iraq spending our tax money.
    Think of all the gas we'd save if he stayed home.
    He could of called the generals and got a report of the conditions on the ground or talked with Cheney since he's over there too.
    Our tax dollars at work!

    March 17, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  43. Michael, NC

    its about time that someone is actually reporting some of the bombings going on over in Iraq and Baghdad. Some people dont know its going on. Unfortunately enough, we owe it to the soldiers to know

    March 17, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  44. Lesli

    Hey, when they bail out Bear Sterns they'll just end up paying a bunch of over paid CEO's more money anyway. Yes that's where the tax $$$ will go.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  45. Sebbe

    At least Iraq is making the news. If we are still at war or its over I can't keep track anymore. All the places that we have stuck our troops should be getting more attention good or bad.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Poole

    Do you feel we should be moving away from Iraq and focusing our attention in Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for Al Qaeda?

    Will this be a focus in the elections later this year?

    March 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  47. susan from bethesda, md.

    Both Erica and Soledad should be fired for laughing and making fun of the naked man in the supermarket, who obviously suffers from mental illness, and was very likely in the midst of a psychotic or manic episode. People don't walk naked into a market and destroy when they are drunk.. Their giggling and jokes about a sick person is ignorant, and very disappointing coming from a major news network. Having had a sister who suffered from schizophrenia before committing suicide at age 31, I am disappointed at CNN's insensitivity towards those suffering from mental illness. If you want to make jokes about sick people, go work for Saturday Night Live.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Dwayne , CA

    The Bear and Stearns mess does not concern me if it is truly as it is being billed, a way to stave off a larger financial crisis and further worsening of the overall American economy.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  49. Brendan

    Lou – Explain the moral hazard of Bear Stearns shareholders getting $2/share. So you want to punish average Americans for what Bear Stearns did? Your words mislead people.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Lesli

    Alison what worried me about the words of Pastor Wright was how the people in the crowd reacted and cheered as he spoke. This didn't show me a group of free thinking individuals. I would hope that many people would have left when they heard this sermon – yes even black people – because they want to move on past this. I would hope that black people can recognize the discrimination he voiced in his sermon.

    March 17, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
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