March 24th, 2008
12:08 PM ET


Good afternoon all.. Tonight, the presidential race: Obama spin: Hillary is near death.. Hillary spin: she's got the big-state muscle needed to win. The truth: neither is close to enough delegates. Joe Johns outlines the electoral map, and what increasingly looks like a slo-mo train wreck..

We'll talk with James Carville about his comparison of Gov. Richardson to Judas–and about the governor's motives–after Richardson dumped longtime Clinton allies to endorse Obama. Also, Greg Craig, Bill Clinton's defense attorney in the impeachment hearings, vehemently endorsed Obama.. what gives? With friends like these....

Also, as the U.S. death toll in Iraq passes a number never predicted in war planning, Michael Ware reports the U.S. still can't trust anyone there, with Iran and al Qaeda planting roots faster than the US can eradicate them.. Plus–conflicting visions–what happens if/when the US pulls out as the Dems promise... Or... as Fractured Fairytales might put it, who lost Iraq?

Drew Griffin breaks an investigative exclusive: the much-vaunted federal air marshals are on far fewer airline flights than you might think. Did someone say security?

And back in la-la-land, Randi Kaye checks out to Greenwich, CT, where police announce a major break in a mystery: who gagged, bound and murdered a multi-millionaire real estate developer just days before he was to plead guilty to fraud-and why?? Hello! Police say the chauffeur and his cousin did it, with the candlestick in the library.

What's on your mind? Please send us your thoughts.. thank you!!!

-Barclay Palmer

360 Senior Producer

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Demi

    Hillary "deceitful" Clinton would be further behind in the campaign if it weren't for the lopsided coverage by the media. The media continues to hound Obama on Wright's comments, which were taken out of context, while Hillary gets away with murder – undisclosed tax returns, Nafta, Whitewater, Bosnia trip to name a few. Unfortunately, America media is 70% of the reason why "The world hates Americans" – a country choked full of bias, racism, and hate against its own (Black Americans).

    March 25, 2008 at 7:40 am |
  2. Ken from Michigan

    Thank you Cnn for finally putting up my post. I also wanted to say something positive about Hillary. I know she has many faults, but I have never in my life seen a women fight like she does. I give her a lot of credit. If she gets the Dem. Nom. and wins the general election and puts 50% of that energy into fighting for the American people this country will thank her. We really need a fighter in the White House, not someone with great speeches and way, way too many words. I just cannot get out of my mind Reverend Wright or the new Reverend Otis giving a Sermon in the Rose Garden, and William Ayers or Rasco in the Lincoln bedroom. That thought is just too scary for me. The walls of the White House would tumble. I just really hope America takes off the Blinders and sees the truth. Also CNN as I stated in my last post lets see some Hillary time on CNN already. Also CNN you really do need a new Political team - not one that is so-so-so in the tank for Obama. Tina Faye on Saturday Night Live was correct in everything she said. Another thing that really bothers me is many people that I know and talk to who used to be in the Obama Camp have stated if Obama gets the Dem. Nom. they will vote for McCain. I cannot believe how many people have said they do not want Obama in the White House. Ken from Michigan

    March 25, 2008 at 4:18 am |
  3. David

    I would love to hear more about FL & Michigan- No candidate can win the popular vote without including FL and Michigan- if the party does not allow them to revote what will happen? The Obama camp can not say they won the popular vote because that would be a false statement. Hilary cannot loose the popular vote because not everyone’s vote was counted. Why don’t you report on this issue rather than of Rev. Wright or the Bosnia trip?

    March 24, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  4. Judi Smith

    If Drew Petterson thinks that it is lonely with out Stacey he shouldn't have killed her! If the mayor of Detroit thinks he should not go to prison then he shouldn't have had Strawberry (Tamera Green) killed. Thanks, Judi from Warren, Michigan

    March 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  5. lee from Treasure Island Fl

    Don't know where else to post this, but check out any of the comment sections – where Obama is mentioned. In no time there is close to 300 posts! Mostly negative. This is new, this is not on any other blogs, TV media blogs, newpaper blogs, or internet. I could be wrong but I suspect you have a bunch of Republicans playing games, to throw a wrench into the game.
    Not fair...but when have Politics...especially Republicans been fair.
    I just dont like it. Cause I have always played fair, even when I am losing...just raised that way. What's your take on it? Is it just my imagination? I dont think so.

    March 24, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  6. cheice

    The word , from a man who worked at Princeton when M. Obama was a student there, is that Michelle Obama's thesis was a hatefilled racial diatribe. Anderson, can you get a copy of that paper? I am sure the country should see what she wrote.

    March 24, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  7. cheice

    Just think we we have to look forward to if Obama wins the white house- Dr. Wright occupying the Lincoln bedroom – How would you feel about that little news flash? Come on – you know that is the first invitation that will be sent out by Michelle.

    March 24, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  8. chanel

    Hillary supporters getting mad? what a surprise...

    March 24, 2008 at 8:46 pm |
  9. jimmy velman

    The Hispanic Vote is very much in the scales as a voting block.
    It is obvious that Richardson (for his selfish reasons) opted for Obama positioning himself for the VP spot on the ticket...I very much doubt that Richardson can pull the Hispanic vote over to Obama in the coming primaries. For one thing the Hispanic Vote went to Hillary in California, Texas, Florida and even in Richardson's home state of NM, which he disregarded in his endorsement of Obama.
    Richardson's sellout , Spelled Judas by James Carville is not only disloyal to the Clintons but detestable. NO One in History has ever liked a traitor, because they cannot be trusted to begin with, hence the Judas metaphor by James Carville, SO, Watch your Back Obama !

    March 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  10. jimmy velman

    The Democrats have the Presidential Election to lose and they are selfdestructing with all the negative attacks coming from both sides.
    I think James Carville is right on the nose regarding Bill Richardson's Judas act on the Clintons. I thought Richardson who was coy about endorsind any candidate after the debates really surprised everybody
    including his own constituents by endorsing Obama. I think he is an opportunist and fits James Carville's metaphor of a Judas.
    Obama's Pastor problem is the Albatross around his neck which will be his defeat by Mccain . Obama's 20 year association with an AntiAmerican , Anti white Racist bigotry which Pastor Wright loudly
    proclaimed from his pulpit is even now being supported by his successor. Pastor Wright's successor in the Church lauded Pastor
    Wright with praises.

    March 24, 2008 at 8:17 pm |
  11. Sam

    Please look into the Peter Paul vs Clinton law suit. Hillary should not be the nominee; she does not have the high road. Obama is by far the better candidate.

    March 24, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  12. Lana

    Are there any Obama supporters that support a FAIR ELECTION? Who support a re-vote in FL and MI so the person with the Most Votes wins the nomination?

    March 24, 2008 at 8:04 pm |
  13. Todd Arizona

    Why don't we EVER hear ANYTHING about Hillary Clinton and her religious views? What is the Fellowship? Can someone please inform me?

    March 24, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  14. Annie Kate

    It seems like the campaign of change has already derailed; we have change in a way – same old politics just different faces. That's probably all the change we are going to see.

    If Anderson could steer the coverage back to the issues it would be nice – although I know the candidates have to cooperate by talking about the issues.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    March 24, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  15. skip

    There's a trainwreck about to happen in the Democratic Party and the name of that train is big OOOOOOOOObama. Obama's collapsing in on himself, the hypocrisy of his rhetoric taking him down faster than he rose. Pledged delegates, popular vote, yada, yada. The whole process is now in question since Obama wants to disenfranchise Florida and Michigan voters. He's a sham, a total sham. If the DNC doesn't get its act together and support Hillary in her quest for a fair race, McCain's a lock. And I bet alot of other Republicans will win in the Fall if we have to listen to Obama's double speak for 7 more months if he get's the nomination. We'll be begging the Republicans to carry on their misguided ways rather than have to listen to Obama, the sanctimonious windbag for 4 years.

    Skip in Texas

    March 24, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  16. Kent Fitzsimmons,Illinois

    Richardson is right to say the mudslinging has to end. Obama is only sticking up for himself against the Clinton slinging machine.

    Richardson looks good for a VP candidate.

    Carville is brilliant but obviously WORKING for the wrong candidate. Carville................. Hillary's check is in the mail.

    March 24, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  17. Nick

    You are not going to post anything that is not in favor of Obama.
    CNN what is going on?...

    March 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  18. shirley

    Dear mr. Anderson,
    i am a canadian very much interested in your politics, and from what I see, too many people are looking at Obama through rose coloured glasses. He,s very young and a smooth talker with no experience. And I agree with James Carvill of what he said about Richardson, He endorsed Obama for his own personal gain. Hillary is a very smart woman with a lot of experience, I would say give her a chance, and maybe Obama next time around.

    March 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  19. Steve C.

    I agree with Karen, but not so much with David.

    My comment was that there is no place in politics for racism. David is right about not accepting a President "Preaching Hate" – but having some kind of personal religious association with someone who does or did preach hate, is none of our business unless these mindless comments start coming from a candidates themselves. We as a society should not judge anyone by what someone else does or says.

    My agreement with Karen is that Racism, Religious Implications, and the likes have nothing to do with the business of making America a solvent proactive nation. Lets talk about what will take America and our citizens back to the path of peace and prosperity. About the issues and what can be done to see them to fruition.

    Love you all,

    Typical White Guy

    March 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  20. philosopher

    Illinois...lol aare you sure you are not talking about the "MAN".......I see why the republicans hold office....because you can give a dummy a 40 second clip and he has already made a decision.......McCain have a nice presidency I am moving to Canada where they don't claim to be a melting pot.......they just respect people for there differences..

    March 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  21. Jolene

    Could we get an update on the person who was involved in the massacre of the mountain gorillas in Africa? I thought there was an arrest. Would appreciate getting some of the details. Thanks

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    March 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  22. Lawson

    Senator Obama joined the church of Rev. Wright 20 years ago. What church or religion was he before he joined Rev. Wright? Interesting question. One more for the smart people out there. If Senator Obama wins the White House, will Rev. Wright be a frequent visitor or permanent fixture. What a scary thought.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  23. Wounded Soldier

    David the war veteran .....we honor your service......you should have used your GI bill for the education....to love America doesn't mean you have to agree with everything she says or does.....we have all been discriminated against......as an african American.....you noticed hoe there is a capital A in American........because we are all Americans first......but reading...and the key is read ing it for yourself he (the Preacher) was Wright on everthing but the Aids comment.......so where is the hate.......on the race subject.....Latinos should talk......exploiting the system is in the genetic code.......name two significant contributions the latins have made to make a better America......latinos have piggieback the black man and I have no problem with that as long as they are appreciative....but I see no appreciation in those comments.....and for the Record he is half white....raised by whites ......it may be better if you read the whole sermons

    March 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  24. Tammy

    I am glad that James Carville will be on tonight to give his perspective. I think he's one of the best out there, and his insights are sorely needed in the debacle that has become this democratic primary race. I read an Op Ed piece in the New York Times this weekend that basically said the Dems were destroying themselves and were so caught up in the drama they didn't realize what they were giving away. Rarely do I agree with a lot in the NYT, but this time I even forwarded the piece to a history professor friend of mine because the piece was so profound. Look at yourselves tearing into each other on this blog, tearing into reporters doing their jobs (whether you like their spin or not), and tearing into candidates none of us really know a whole lot about if we're going to be honest about this. The candidates, their choices of weekly hoopla they want America to witness, and the lack of attention to the real issues all make for a massive train wreck on the democratic side of this race. The voters accelerate it along by joining in the mayhem. The media becomes the catalyst for disaster when they continue to cover issues for ratings instead of issues for the good of the country. And the Republicans laugh their way into the White House once again while the Democrats implode themselves due to party politics. Just my observations for what they are or aren't worth.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  25. Wounded Soldier

    Hillary supporters cry for nothing......it all seems to common....she crys and she gets votes......talk to all the parents who have lost their children in Iraq or all the wounded soldiers who are missing limbs.....for weapons of mass destruction......to me these are people who I could stand whining......Hillaries gripes are about "I always get asked the first question".......Shame on you Barrack Obama........these things seem so simple to me......Hillary is a smart person.....and so is Barrack .......but she has had an ample opportunity to a nominated and she blew it........kinda like George W.......I see resemblances.......they both blew it.......him with the war.....her with the nominee......finally I am glad the Obama camp showed the picture of Wright with Bill.......it is not to put Bill down.........but it does show that this Wright character is no Farikan.......Farikan didn't get invited to Bills prayer/I did Lewinski breakfast.......at the WHITE HOUSE......not everyone can get into the white house so maybe Wright made some foul comments but he is a staple in the chicago community....and they had him there for some good that he has done or just to use him to drumm up votes in the community......I don't know.......but maybe thats why Hillary didn't have much to say on the subject.....inquiring minds wanna know

    March 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  26. andy

    Im a mexican and yes maybe richardson made a bad choose but thats on him! For Mexican Americans and I hear alot of them in my days they insist that they will not Vote Obama so why does the Media continue to count us out of the chattter it seems it is still only a White and Black things which turns us off and makes us very very unhappy that you do not listen to our voices about who we will support in November and its not Obama!! and please we do not need roland speaking for us Latinos have a Latino who is strong in are communities speak for us ok!!

    March 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  27. Karen

    These comments from the Hilary and Obama supporters need to stop – (Judas comparisons now?) it is becoming so ridiculous! The nation wants a return to hearing the candidates in their own words debating the issues – 4000 now dead in Iraq, more home foreclosures, educational system in shambles, passport breaches, health care out of reach for many Americans, High Oil prices, immigration issues etc.....Both these candidates are good candidates and they are beginning to lose their way from the inspiring environment we had in early February. The Democratic Leadership needs to do three things:-

    Pull the candidates aside and demand it be toned down and return to the issues
    Find a solution for Florida and Michigan
    Meet with Superdelegates so they can make a decision before July and focus on a strategy for the general elections in Nov

    March 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  28. Change 08

    MPM....what is funny is that if Obama was Clinton today he would be on the trail promoting Clinton because he would have no chance without breaking up the party.....but the Clintons don't give a damn about the party...they give a damn about the Clintons......Hillary has overstep her boundaries alot lately.......and Obama has stooped alittle ....but to me it is a reaction to the kitchen sink........for all you "Typical Whites" if you are offended you should check yourself......he is half African and half White.....raised by whites not Africans so.....explain to me what is the problem.? UUUUUHHHHHH
    Ok I may have figured it out.....the one drop rule....in the racially injust south.....if you have one drop of black blood equal black no matter if the person is mullatto.....to me (I ain't from the south) it sounds pretty recist to conform to that train of thought......so I wouldn't ytake it too personally white people .......Obama was raised on an island.......he seriously considers himself part of the fraternity.........if Clinton or McCain said this and their grandparents were Typical Blacks....it wouldn't be a problem because with the only drop rule he or she would be black and everyone would feel comfortable with it...........so there it is he wasn't trying to belittle whites he is realative in his eyes and no matter what we think....if you haven't sat in his shoes ....it isn't for us to judge
    Obama08....PS check out the pastors whole speech.....I dont agree entirely but the man is less offensive than the U-tube has him...........God Bless everyone except Celtic fans

    March 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  29. Kathy, Andover

    So does James Carville think Hillary is Jesus? Or would that be Bill? Or maybe James Carville thinks he's "JC"?

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  30. Kathleen

    Frankly, I only wanted to read these blogs to see how others respond to you. I used to love watching your show before the election news took over. I really thought you were a fair minded reporter and found your topics to be very interesting, educational and entertaining. However now I can't seem to breeze past your show without seeing something about Obama being mentioned. Its so transparent who your choice is. But not everyone supports Obama as President, obviously. It would be so nice to be able to switch to your show and see a non-biased piece on the Presidential candidates every once in a great while!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  31. janis beckford

    As I have watched the drama of this 2008 presidential campaign, I've
    once again been struck by6 the state of the media industry in the USA.
    I'm accusing the media of throwing fules on the fires of this campaign.
    The media is perpetuaitng the hype that has made these campaigns
    veer from the main points which is that in spite of our racial problems
    Americansociety as we know it is in deep trouble. As bill Moyers
    laments, the media has really become the servant of the corporate
    interest- and any self respecting journalist( as opposed to a sensationalist) ought to really be ashamed. Journalism used to be
    a vechicle for truth and justice. Now its – well and handmaiden of
    corporate interest. Clearly corprate America has a vested interest in
    the outcome of this election and they are making it known.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  32. William Robinson

    Senator Obama has stated that he believes those who vote for Senator Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president in the primaries would vote for him if he became the candidate in the presidential election, but, some who vote for him in the Democratic primaries would not vote for her if she became the candidate for president. This statement has very disturbing implications.

    This statement implies that Senator Obama believes that those who vote for Senator Clinton want a Democrat to be our next president. It implies that he believes that some who vote for him in the primaries want him to be our next president, but don‘t necessarily want a Democrat to be our next president.

    This statement implies Senator Obama believes that voters who vote for a woman in the primaries would vote for a man if he became the Democratic candidate for president, but some who vote for him in the primaries would not vote for a woman if she became the Democratic candidate for president.

    The implication that some who vote for Senator Obama in the primaries would not vote for Senator Clinton if she became the party’s candidate for president is that he might not support the party’s presidential candidate if it is not himself or that he would not have enough influence with some who support him in primaries to get them to vote for the party’s presidential candidate. All the other candidates from both parties have stated that they would support the candidate of their party.

    With the implications that this statement has, and there are others besides those mentioned here, it is surprising that it was not scrutinized more carefully before it was said. To me it shows inexperience and poor judgment, ironically coming from someone who claims superior judgment.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
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