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. allxdreamer

    CNN is making a lot of Hillary supporters mad when they are continously negative with Hillary and Positive w/ Obama no matter what. Obama is always asked the soft questions and he still steers off the subject. Hillary has a lot of supports too. It is really tit for tat here. So I would suggest CNN to keep the possiblity of losing viewers in the future would be a little more Hillary friendly as they are Obama lovers.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  2. Lesli

    Hey MPM in CA

    You must not be an AC360 or CNN regular. It is well known that Roland Martin supports Senator O'bama in his run for president.

    Unfortunately it seems neither candidate will take the high road anymore.

    It makes me laugh when I hear people say that Clinton is splitting up the party because she won't drop out. This is exactly why states like Florida and Michigan wanted to move up their primaries. They wanted to have a voice in the election of the delegates before people started saying that the race was already over.

    And by the way, what is wrong with having a brokered convention. It all seems pretty interesting to me.

    I'm always so surprised to see how many Americans spout out who they vote for. Many Canadians see this as a private matter like your salary or your age. The thought of standing in a room and publically stating who you support seems really unusual.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  3. Ram

    Whoever comes out with most delegates should be nominated. Obama & Hillary both are good. But, I do not like Hillary trying to bend the rules in Michigan & Florida or playing politics of bad mouthing Barrack. Barrack has already shown that he has superior judgement & has been a fine Gentleman. There may come a time for Hillary to concede & she should gracefully do so. Keep in mind Al Gore. If he gets drafted, I believe he will be a Great President.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  4. Illinois

    The endorsement by Richardson is for political purposes only. There is no real loyalty in politics, unfortunately, though there should be. That's what forming good relationships with others is all about. People who were close to the Clintons aren't jumping ship for no reason. Obama's promising them something so that they will do it....and sooner or later that will backfire on Obama. It's a virtual guarantee.

    It's also very intersting to see that Obama has surrounded himself with many of Clinton's previous advisors. Had she kept her own advisors, Obama would be nothing but a distant memory. Any particular reason for why he has so many of her previous advisors....other than the self-serving answer of "they like me best"? No, what happened is that Obama made some backroom deals with her advisors and then went to town. Does anyone know that Hillary was Obama's mentor, gave him money and put on fundraisers for him so that he could get elected to the Senate....and then he backstabbed her by running against her?? Even Hillary has stated that she would not run against her own party, and hasn't. While it's true that anyone can run for office at any time, HE'S actually the one who is causing problems in the party by choosing to run right now in the first place. And does anyone know that Obama engaged in unethical behavior, which prevented his opponent's name (in Illinois) from being listed on the ballot....and of course Obama won that election. Anybody noticing a pattern here??? Betrayal, corruption, lies, oppression of others, ethics issues,...????

    March 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  5. rk

    Carville is right. Richardson is a fare weather friend who goes where the wind blows. He used the Clintons to get ahead and he will use Obama to get a position. I guess birds of a feather flock together. Seems that Obama and Richardson are suited for each other neither one can make a commitment.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  6. lee from Treasure Island Fl

    Bill Richardson held off on his decision as long as could, many of the Clinton former 'friends' are no longer close friends...
    As a reporter, a good reporter that you are, I am sure you know this.
    It's their way or the high way, there is no give and take with them, no compromise, a very very tough crowd. Hence, the Clinton Machine.
    Bill emtiped for Change, for the candidate who is calm, cool and upfront, brings something different to the table. Not perfect, but still presidential. I do not understand all the buzz talk about Richardson state being won by Clinton, and therefore Obama being a flip flopper with the going with voters voices. Clinton lost in Maryland, Minnesota and Maine(just to name a few)by double digits...and has more superdelegates from those states than Obama. How come no one from CNN talks about that...but jumps all over Bill Richardson for his choice of endorsing Obama and Clinton only won by 1%!
    I just dont get it... I just dont get it...

    March 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  7. David

    Let be honest! Could any body but a Black person get away with having a relationship with a racist, then run for president. They play the race card the minute you say anything a Black person disagrees with. Could a candidate who had a relationship for 20 years with a racist be president? Wright can be heard arguing that HIV-AIDS was a U.S. government plot to wipe out "people of color," and that God should "damn" the United States. When that image is juxtaposed to Wright's outbursts comparing the United States to the Ku Klux Klan, among other things, voters will wonder if they misread Obama and his true character, he said. Obama because his political success is built on his image as a uniter and almost messianic figure who eschews divisive strategies, this shows a totally different person. As a Hispanic I could understand the racism part, I’ve been discriminated by both Black and White people. But I love America and would never associate with any body that hated America. No matter what good you do for people, if you preach hatred then you’re a racist. Obama could never, should never be elected president of this country. As a father I would never introduce my daughters to preaching of hate.

    David Proud Hispanic American, Veteran

    March 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  8. Steve C.

    I believe Obama will be one of the greatest presidents that ever lived.

    I don't think that any of this coverage about Obama and Wright makes any difference at all, about anything, in particular "how" Obama will run this country. So what difference does it make in regard to what anyone's pastor has to say? I might be concerned if it was Obama up there making the "God Damn the USA" speech but it wasn't him, it was somebody else who is not running for president. That is the only significance. I'm a typical 56-year-old white guy who understands what is really important.

    Hillary is trying her hardest to polarize, divert, and dissect, the Democratic Party. If super delegates snatch Obama’s candidacy from him, every democrat I know, including myself, will vote for McCain. In particular if Mitt Romney runs with him. I don’t think pollsters are considering that enough when they analyze electability.

    Obama could then run again in 4 years, and maybe by that time, America will grow up just a little bit more.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  9. Kim

    I want to know where Vicki Isleman is, since the media likes to sensational news about democrats only I think we the people have missed the piece ran on Mccain and Vicki Isleman, time to stop the biased reporting and get to the bottom of this. Also is Mccain having an onset of alzhiemers, he seems to need correction from Lieberman twice last week and also he has made the same error of confusing al-queda and Shia Iran as partners on four occasions already, get on this medical records so we know.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  10. Janelle, WY

    Please follow-up on this. Hillary is calling for a summit to deal with the foreclosure mess, but one year ago Obama proposed that very thing! His letter is posted on his website.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  11. CAC in OK

    You (and others who make the same false argument) are intentionally mis-quoting what Obama said in his speech on race. In the speech, he never said he was present during the sermons played on the video clips all over the internet. He simply said he had been present when Rev. Wright had made comments that could be considered controversial. Obama was asked to clarify and he did. So there is no "lie" to cover up. There is no story there. If you want Anderson or anyone else at CNN to do a negative story on Obama, please pick something legitimate.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  12. Sabina

    So far this blog has posted such HATE ~~

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    Make a meaningful difference by beginning to make a change* – share your LOVE passion.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  13. deb in az

    well personally if i had a friend like richardson , judas is too kind. im still betting that richardson will be asked by obama to take the vp position.......i can only see him making this move for his own political gain.......what about someone else? he should have said what about me for president.......what a child.....i have no idea why nm elected him

    March 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  14. carmen

    Carville... mmm... I don't know if I can bear to hear that pitt bull Pontius Pilate speak about Judas.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  15. Clark

    Can anyone tell me why news like the torture and murder of a mentally diabled pregnant woman in Mississippi is going unnoticed nationally while we are still taking about Rev Wright? Where are our priorities?

    March 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  16. VRM

    As many have said, lets get back to the issues and I do think the campaigns are getting very ugly from BOTH candidates. Seems democrats are only saving the republicans money by trashing each other nationally.

    I know everyone is entitled to their opinion...but I find concerning all this hate and resentment supporters express for the opposite candidate...when on the important issues...they are basically on the same page.

    If the democrats really want to win...they have to start working as a team instead of seeking individual interests.

    Bottom line is that they are wasting time trying to win a race...that is far from guaranteeing a win of the presidential election. The toughest fight hasn’t even begun…

    March 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  17. MPM, CA

    Would it be possible to ask everyone in CNN that reports anything about Hillary or Obama to state who they support during their introduction or when reporting.
    (i.e. We welcome our CNN analyst and Obama supporter Mr. John Doe...)
    This way, your listeners are not fooled as to thinking that this person is supposed to be a fair CNN Political Analyst and not an Obama spy.
    I love watching your shows but, I get mad when a reporter is supposed to report something about Hillary Clinton (good or bad) and ends up glorifying Obama. What gives!!!
    Perfect example would be that fool Martin dude...

    March 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  18. Ayse

    The problem with Hilary is not that she is a Clinton. It is because she is using Bill's old team. So though she tries to come across as an individual on the verge of taking America forward, Hilary is actually walking in the same footsteps as she did 15 years ago. Only difference now is that Hilary Clinton is seen as the woman in charge as opposed to the woman behind the man who was in charge.

    Obama is at present coming across as a bit slow in interviews but great during big speeches – but he needs to be quick on the game when being interviewed – as this is where the stuttering and slow responses can be viewed as him being un-sure, and unprepasred.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  19. SAMO


    Why did you not remind Obama on the fact that he claimed he was no where in church when his pastor spewed out the venomous sermons to condemn America, then in his speech a few days later he seem to be admitting that he indeed was in church when his pastor gave the sermon.

    What is it hat makes programs like yours and CNN so timid to confront Obama with the truth. Are you guys afraid that you will be tagged with the label "racist" just like Ferraro was?

    What is going on?

    March 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  20. Tell theTruth

    First thanks for posting more of the sermon online so I can read for myself and form my own opinion, now please play more of that on television instesd of the fiery two minute snipets.

    I've witnessed the pastor being labeled as unpatriotic and racist for the statements, but if you look at the words of the statements they are mostly factual. This country is controled by rich white men. America has been indignant in it's foreign policy, we have an imperialist attitude and it breeds resentment. Even the AIDS comment, the hosts and guests on these shows act like it's below America's moral compass, look at the Tuskegee experiments, or the small pox infected blankets to kill off indians. It's speculation but please don't act like it couldn't be the truth.

    One more thing, people ask why have the Black Value System. When Africans were brought over here as slaves, their languge was destroyed, their culture was destroyed, their history was destroyed. A black person today couldn't tell you his origin (Angola, Zambia, or Nigeria) as a white could; their last names are not even their own they are that of their slave masters. Values are passed down with language, history, and culture; so what's wrong with having a value system that attempts to progress thier people in a country that has historically tried to hold them back?

    March 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  21. xtina

    Im sick of hyperbole on this blog such as "Ozzy, nyc" saying 'Hillary and Bill are attempting to move the party to the right'. If someone is going to make broad statements such as this, give specifics please?

    March 24, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  22. Yvonne

    How come James Carville did not call Ted Kennedy a Judas? It seems the old friends of the Clintons are a little smarter than the Clintons thought.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  23. cary

    another week, another distraction. when are we going to talk about issues with the Presidential candidates?!

    March 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  24. Jay Patterson

    Does anyone else feel like they have had it with American Politics? Never before, in ANY election, was so much attention given to the PRIMARIES. You'd think this was the actual elections, rather than just the candidate selection process. With the war in Iraq reaching critical mass, is this the government, and media's, attempt to distract Americans from the horror show Iraq and the entire MIddle east is becoming? Add to that the disgraceful way Howdy Doody Dubya is acting: He knows his term is over, everything he made a mess of someone else has to clean up. I don't hold ONLY Dubya responsible, nothing he did was accomplished without Congress looking on, and most times assisting. America's political system is crumbling under it's own inner rotted, scandal laced weight. Sadly, it's going to take the economy with it. Pundits should be screaming over this like a Red Bull twitchy James Carvell, ranting about conspiricies and plots by whichever wing they don't support.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  25. Lee, WV

    I have said all along that the democratic party thought this race would not go past the first "Super Tuesday".They thought the mess with Fla. and Mich would not make a difference as well as the "Super Delegate" mess.The old government in Washington are scared to death of the changes Obama would bring about.They are into a "no win"situation now as whether to steal the nomination from Obama or to face the much needed changes that Obama would bring about.In the mean time the democrats are putting McCain into office.Suits them right.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  26. ron Klemp

    Okay, taking a little break here and paint a bigger picture here. Democrats, let's do something intelligent so that we don't get a third Bush term. Let's stack all of the delegates up and give them to Al Gore, put Barak in as VP, let Hillary do what she does in the Senate, and let's have a sixteeen year Democratic run to clean up the mess the last eight years has produced. Barack, you can get all the experience you need working with Al as VP and you'll have sixteen years to do it.....Al, your country, not just your party, needs you! I know everyone is saying, "Where's that lock-box now???" Oh, and let's not forget the war and the planet in the meantime!

    March 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  27. Dolores Austin Texas

    Afternoon Anderson, I am really disappointed with Governor Richardson's decision to indorse Senator Obama, I'm anxious to hear what James Carville has to say, I wonder Anderson if the Governor was promised a little something in return for his endorsement, Oh well, I guess we will see. As far as March Madness goes my fighting Texas Aggies were eliminated on Sunday by UCLA, better luck next time.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  28. Robin Smith

    For the life of me, I can not figure out what is wrong with all you reporters, and your mission to bad mouth the democrates. If there is any hope for the future of this country, it lies with the democrates. war, health care, education, housing, quality of the food we eat, gas prices. The great American screw is going on. Lets talk about what has been going on in this country for the last long 8 years, who has benifited and who has not. I don't care who the democratic canidate is, they have my vote, along with all my fellow democratic friends. (and there are alot of them, be very afraid)

    March 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  29. Tom Storm

    I am so over the Clinton – Obama coverage. Enough already! A couple of decades back one NY radio station pledged to play no more Bee Gee records. What a relief that was- this is the same. Could you please have a 'No Clinton Obama news day?'

    Westport CT

    March 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  30. Cynthia

    To answer KDH – I believe Senator Obama told you that he wasn't there for those particular sermons but that he had heard him say other things that he did not agree with. I also saw on your show where some of the political analysts said that the sound bytes that were played did not give the true story of what was said. An example of this is about the chicken coming home to ruse – the Reverend was made a quote given by someone else. Maybe people should hear the more of or the whole sermon. As I see it we need to get about doing the business of the Democratic Party – electing a nominee.

    March 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  31. JB

    JUST TO BE CLEAR: Obama did not lie. For the umpteenth time he has been attending the church for 20 yrs but was not present at those particular sermons we keep seeing OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN- Geez people get a grip-

    March 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  32. April in Texas

    Answering KDH... First let me say I do understand the confusion but Obama has made it clear he was not present during the 3 sermons which have been aired though the loop and by the media but was there when other controversal sermons were made. I would guess those controversal ones were nowhere near horrific as those we have seen on the air. I hope this answers your question.

    Now as an Obama supporter I am confused on an issue in regards to the fact that it was said she had to win Ohio and Texas to have a chance or to stay in the race (well she won Texas but also lost Texas in regards to delegate count). Is this why the race has become even closer and more of a fight? I will say I was on the edge as to weather to vote if Obama wasnt the nominee but with all the negativitiy and what I would call childish behavior and changing the rules as you go has done more harm IMO if she were the nominee.

    Would it be too much trouble for CNN to post where you can participate in all these polls the media keeps refering to as I would be interested in participating. I am one of those who as suggested by those polls should be a Hillary supporter. I am a 39 white female and my husband 40 white male contract worker.

    I have done tons of research and its to the point that my husband and children look at me as one who knows more about politics than some of the media. Its as you say "what were they thinking" I tend to say that alot due to which media comentator I am watching. I applaud the fairness of CNN as well as MSNBC. I tend to laugh and yell more of "what were they thinking" when I am watching FOX .

    Austin Texas
    Obama 08

    March 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  33. Aimee

    Why not think about talking about the delegates in a way that makes sense? The 2025 number that keeps getting mentioned is a simple majority of ALL delegates, super and pledged. The media keep presenting it like that number is JUST pledged delegates, and it's not.

    Also, let up on the Reverend Wright stuff unless you're going to spend an equal amount of time talking about McCain's religious wackadoos, Ron Parsley and John Hagee; or Clinton's religious wackadoo, Doug Coe. The only reason this is a story is because the mainstream media have made it one. There's no attempt to show Rev. Wright's comments in context, even though the videos are widely available on Youtube.

    I'm one more patently biased story from boycotting CNN and all of its sponsors, and doing everything I can to get others to do the same. You're supposed to be journalists. Why not try some journalism? You might like it.

    March 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  34. Al, Lawrence KS

    Something I have noticed in the polling results that might make an interesting story. Every Monday, we seem to have new polls showing a bump for Hillary Clinton. The polling sites I frequent really show this factor for every week except the first week in March (TX and OH primary week). I first noticed this over the holidays when Clinton led, but a late poll in IA showed that Obama had a lead the day before the caucus. I suspected that since Obama tends to get support from more affluent and younger voters, that his voters would tend to travel during the holidays, and be less likely to be home for polling. It seems to me that this dynamic also tilts weekend polls. Almost every Monday poll shows Hillary closer than she is on Thursday or Friday. Perhaps her voters are more likely to be home over the weekend. That's why I always try to weigh the polls for at least a week before jumping to a conclusion every Monday when a new poll comes out. It appears to me that the type of voter each candidate appeals to, will influence their "best day" for poll results.

    March 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  35. Bill F. Fayetteville, TN

    Mr. Palmer,
    You asked whats on my mind so take no offense in this, but how many stories are we going to see between now and June on the delegate race. We all know Hillary doesn't have enough pledged delegates and must rely on the super delegates and the same goes for Obama. No matter which cable news network you watch, we get the same commentators saying the same thing about the delegate count. Seems to me like the media is just spinning their wheels trying to fill up air time with the same story line. I love politics but repeating the same story line day after day is a real turn off. Thanks and have a nice day and tell Anderson he makes a real bad soccer goalie!!

    March 24, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  36. Ozzy, NYC

    Good Morning to All,

    I would like to ask that why the mainstream media do not mention Hillary's and Bill's attempt to move the party to right and to a more conservative place. I was also wandering why on earth she did not support her fellow democrat who was under the attack of FOX republican attack machine of Insanity and Colmes. She lost all the credits she had among the democrats like me. Time to drop out for her, otherwise she will not have chance to run for the senate again in NY.

    March 24, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  37. Allen Farrington

    Moving in the right direction, but seriously, let's move off the who said what about who and back on the issues. How about some serious comparisons between Hillary/Obama and McCain on healthcare? How about a non-sensational, professionally reported version of "Sicko"?

    March 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  38. globaljunk

    Bill Richardson's endorsement of Senator Obama looks to me like a desperate attempt to ensure that he (Bill Richardson) remains in the limelight so he can get his message across - whatever that message might be - other than peace, love, and "can't we all get along," - as I, for one, am not sure he has said much of any substance as to other issues during the debates or elsewhere during his campaign. It also looks like an attempt, let's hope an unsuccesful one, to positon himself for a possible vice president nod if Senator Obama is the nominee. I say unsuccesful because I, for one, certainly do not want two men in the oval office with their heads in the clouds! Oh - I almost forgot - I am still waiting for Senator Obama to apologize for his divisive and offensive remark about us "typical" white folks. I guess its okay for Senator Obama to nullify all the hardwork that white folks, like myself did, during the civil rights movement, which, I believe helped to get him where he is today. Am I still offended - yes! Did he explain the remark away - no!

    March 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  39. FG

    I hope this is the week that we finally close the chapter on Rev Wright...For Hillary and Obama I humbly suggest that you both stop trying to destroy one another and seek a consensus that puts the democratic party on the path to victory in November......For the press, stop acting like vultures and use your pulpit to build a better nation....for those people dissing Bill Richardson for supporting Obama....look at yourselves, you made a decision too and no one is beating you up over it......politics only smells worse when we get closer to it. After this is said and done, who will really want to stand up and lead this nation....only the crazy and the extremely vain.

    March 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  40. Michelle

    America loves a train wreck. I hope you all also
    do something on Detroit mayor Kilpatrick. it seems
    like another week another political soap opera.
    " I make my living off the evening news just give
    me something I can use people love it when you
    lose they love dirty laundry." Boy Don Henley is
    dead on.

    March 24, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  41. Andrew IN

    Bill Clinton is coming to West Lafayette, Indiana tonight. I plan on going. Should be interesting to see what he as to say about everything that's been going on... if anything..

    March 24, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  42. thasan/ohio

    what's on my mind today is this...I am truly sick and tired of hearing these clips played. And i am not happy about the way CNN is down playing the fact that when his sermons are played in an ENTIRE fashion..it does indeed change some of the minds of people who would still like to believe in Sen Obama, but are afraid to because of this distorted view they've been given. I call CNN out in specific because i do not watch(nor do I want to) any other news station or its affiliates. Mr. Martin has attempted to do what needs to be done, but has fallen short apparently. I would like people who are undecided or who needs light shed on this to go to Youtube for themselves..search under FOX LIED for Wright..make your own judgements.. then put it to rest..if the media will let us..I really do hope CNN post THIS one this time.. i am not trying to be ill-willed towards you Anderson you are not alone in this conspiracy.. i just want my say..Thank you

    March 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  43. Carol Clevenger

    I agree with Roland Martin and that listening to the full sermons of Rev. Wright helps put the excerpts into context. I wish I could listen to or read the full sermon regarding Clinton and her lack of knowledge on what it is like to be called a “N_____.” I would also like to ask the question “Is this a sermon a parent, black or white, would want their child to hear?”

    Obmama says he is the candidate for change, the candidate who can bring unity to America, and that we will need future generations to really see the change. Where children in the congregation when this sermon was given? Where his children there? It’s hard to imagine that children, listening to Rev. Wright sermons on race, are going to hear a positive message on race relations.

    March 24, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  44. Nadeem

    I know the media wants to keep this race going, it is good for ratings, but have some integrity here.

    When this race started it was not a race for big states, it was not a race to see who could get more nasty it was a race for delagates. That's it that's all.

    All other spin is either Hillary or the media wanting some excuse to team up the country and keep it divided for the sake of ratings. Shame.

    March 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  45. Donna R.

    Good afternoon, I hope that your Easter was an enjoyable one. I wish that the negative spins would stop, the American people can see the truth of what is taking place. Obama's campaign needs to says anything they can to put him in a positive light again. I do not know if that can be done, to many questionable things are following him. They once claim that the Clinton campaign had to much baggage that would bring a negative feel to the White House. Sen. Obama and his camp need to realize that the questions that the American people have about him, not only could have negative consequences for the White House, but also in the eyes of other countries. As for Richardson's endorsement, I feel that this was only a political play on his part, it is very interesting how this came right after he had learned that Florida was no longer in play for a re-vote and that it is not looking good for Michigan. I feel that he did this so that he could have a position in the White house again. If he had done this because he felt that Obama is the right candidate he would have endorsed him long before now. I feel so bad for the thousands of families who have lost their loved ones in Iraq, this war should not continue much longer. It is time that the candidates focus on what this country needs and stop the nit picking.

    March 24, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  46. Concerned in FL

    Can we get another perspective(other than Michael Ware's) on what's happening in Iraq? Ware's version sounds suspiciously one sided, as if he was somehow impacted by McCain's visit.

    March 24, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  47. Sam

    First question for Mr. Cooper:

    Why is Roland Martin parked in all the CNN program doing all the spin for Obama all day long? Why doesn't CNN just give him his own show?

    Second question:

    When is A360 going to offer HRC the same warm and positive 2 hours of coverage as it did for Obama last week?


    March 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  48. T homas Littleton

    Dear Mr. Anderson I find it had to understand why thier is a big problem seating the Florida delacate .Since the florda Govener and the people that control Florida and changed the voting date are republicans pass the law that changed the voting date .They must have understand that they cause the problem . I think that they new this would change the rules of the DNC. the people of Florida had know say in this problem. I'm a independent but think they new what they were doing when they vote in house and senate. tyo change the date this was a conflict to control the out come of the voting sytem in this conutry.
    please see if this was done for that reason

    Thank You

    March 24, 2008 at 12:30 pm |
  49. KDH

    I am curious why the fact that Obama lied is getting swept under the rug. On a personal level, aren't you upset with him since he told you to your face that he was not at the sermons and a few days later, he tells the world that he was at the sermons?
    I suppose reporters are used to that but I would like your personal take on that.
    Thank you.

    March 24, 2008 at 12:29 pm |
  50. Christine Spruston

    Recently the Hillary Campaign brought up some interesting points!
    At this point, it’s no secret that the Obama campaign is in political hot water given the news stories of the last few weeks and is desperate to change the subject.
    The ground is shifting away from them and their response?
    First, disenfranchise voters – Prevent new votes in Florida and Michigan. Stop voting in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia and Indiana.
    Second, peddle photos of President Clinton shaking hands with Reverend Wright less than 48 hours after calling for a high-minded conversation on race. Well, President Clinton took tens of thousands of photos during his eight years as president. Stop the presses.
    Third, accuse our campaign of having something to do with Senator Obama’s passport file being breached, a reckless charge that has zero merit.
    Fourth, continue attacks on Senator Clinton’s character in an effort to implement what the Chicago Tribune called a full assault on her ethics.
    Fifth, stonewall the press: no tax returns, no state records, no answers about the inconsistencies in the Rezko story.
    So it’s not a pretty sight – it’s all part of a pattern of just words.
    Senator Obama talks about voter participation while actively disenfranchising millions.
    He calls for high minded debates while practicing lowdown politics.
    He promises a different kind of campaign while attacking Hillary’s character.
    He promises transparency while hiding basic info and stonewalling the press.
    It’s no wonder that Americans are coming to see that for all of his lofty rhetoric, Senator Obama’s candidacy is really just words.
    It’s no surprise that Americans are expressing serious doubts about his ability to answer the 3am call.
    It’s no wonder that top journalists are calling the Obama campaign desperate, saying that it’s amateur hour in Chicago.

    March 24, 2008 at 12:17 pm |
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