April 2nd, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/2/08

Breaking news tonight – and only 360° has it. Exclusive new information about your safety in the air. Congress is investigating but tonight, a pair of whistle-blowers talk only to CNN's Drew Griffin, telling us the FAA is more interested in protecting airlines than protecting us.  We're keeping them honest.

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

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  1. Jonathan YALE

    After taking his travels around the world and holding up pretty well, I don't think Senator McCain should be subject to such harsh speculation about his health.
    -Your Yale Bud

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  2. rj

    50/50 is the same as no count, it make the numbers insignificant.
    Why should Hillary agree to this nonsense.
    It is simply stupid to even tolerate this on prime newscast.
    Shame of the people who think this up.

    Sorry OBAMA mamma it wont work.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  3. EJ - Ohio

    "I don’t like how Hillary is painted out to be the negative nominee, when Obama’s campaign definitely hasn’t been flawless. Why do we criticize someone for trying to get what they want? "

    Oh lighten up, Twilight!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I am glad that an autism piece is being done on 360. Today coverage for world autism day from CNN has been top notch

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Lesli

    Hey Billy Burke

    This is a really scary story because I believe that pilots are always doing calculations on the weight of the plane and the amount of fuel it is burning. They use complex charts and calcuations to determine the amount of fuel they need to make it to their destination. Apparently this really is important – and you say there are planes with broken fuel gauges. That's outrageous.

    Its against the law for teachers to know about child abuse and not report it. Shouldn't there be a law for pilots to know about this stuff and ignore it or continue to fly when their planes are not in tip top shape?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Melinda

    No matter what the outcome of the Fl/Mi debacle, it's obvious that there will be a lot of people not happy. Seems to me, at this point, it's not important how they are divided. Whoever is ahead after the rest of primaries will probably be the nominee and having Fl/Mi delegates won't put either one over the 'finish line'.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    These airline stories remind me of that old joke...

    A pilot wrote up a deficiency report "Engine missing"

    The mechanic wrote on the report "Found it. It was attached to the wing." 🙂

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  8. armod

    The Florida delegates will be seated but the votes in Florida will not count in accordance with the rules the Florida DNC made knowing that they would not be seated but broke the rules any way. Millions in Florida do not feel disenfranchised, I live in FL and those of us who have no problem following the rules are not being represented fairley. All you hear about is ALL of FLORIDA feels disenfranchised, not true. We knew the votes would not count. The only reason many went to vote was because of Admendment 29 proposed to lower property taxes for all Floridians, they knew that would draw a large crowd. Unfortunately the state had no budget to fulfill the promise and they still don't. Millions did not vote period knowing their vote would not count and because they did not want the Admendment 29 to pass knowing the adverse affect it would have on our schools, teachers and loss of jobs in Florida. "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul"

    April 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  9. Independent in DC

    Uhh...I've heard Obama say on several occasions that the FL and MI delegations should be seated...but in a fair manner. I don't know, maybe I hallucinated it....

    April 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Hillary may have won votes in Florida but many people did not vote because they were told that there vote would not count because of them moving the date up

    April 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Elle

    Yes I agree with some posts here as well.Why refer to Mrs.Clinton as the Clintons when the same can not be said of Obamas.Does each segment need to be getting David Gergens " I really don't like the Clintons view",because it is rather clear his standpoint on his feelings that are never positive.Who is he to judge what Mrs.Clinton says privately .For him to judge her as a cold person is a personal view that he should not share for the sake of spreading negativity.
    Is there ever a time when you state the Obamas when you refer to Obama and wife and is there ever a time for David Gergen to say anyting objective or negative regarding Obama.Of course not !
    It would not steer straight with is anti Clinton agenda that meets the criteria of so much of the media in this election process.
    Free pass once again for Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  12. Michael, Chattown TN

    For FL, due to how much more important FL will be having an end vote do this: 50% pledge deligates get seated with NO super-d's and split the pledged to where Mrs. C get her % and Obama gets the rest. Simple and fair. This would help to account for those that simply didn't vote due to the "no status" vote,

    April 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Terri

    I can not believe this rep. from FL has the nerve to come on tv and say that the voters need to be counted. She is part of the problem to begin with. If they didn't change the date of their election, they would have counted. Don't these people have mothers? I remember my mom, telling me I needed to follow the rules or suffer the consequences when I was a kid. These are adults! Great role models.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  14. comfortablynumb


    Is there any way to have figured out the sperm doner's family history to see whether there was a history of autism? I mean, I fully believe genetics are a large part of this problem and could have easily been solved if the proper background checks were done...

    April 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Tony

    Florida! Florida! Florida!.... Both Hillary and Barack understood that the Florida delegates would not be seated if they changed the date of their primary.... My opinion is they should not be seated. Here we go again, Florida screwing up another election process.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  16. Heather

    You know it was bad enough having to go through the Florida thing eight years ago hanging chads and all. Then to have two govs decide they want change things. No we have this mess to go through. I hope for the next pres election all 50 states realize that rules are rules.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Billi

    Senator Obama DOES need to say something about Florida. What is he afraid of? Have him on Anderson and ask him to comment.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Lisa

    The delegates shouldn't be seated because of the simple fact that they violated rules that were set months before the election ever took place.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Twilight Sky

    Again, if you have rules and want the posters to follow said rules, why are you posting the – "nice pic" "handsome devil" and "love the red ink" "are you going to speak in Miami" comments. They have NOTHING to do with the show content or context. If you can't follow your own rules why do you make rules for the commenters?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Val

    But it is ridiculous to seat the Florida delegation as it is, candidates agreed not to campaign in Florida because it was in violation of DNC rules and therefore it is ridiculous to believe that the proportioning of delegates are the same as what they would have been had they been able to.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  21. slater

    Go Clinton!! The money wasted on Iraq could go to protecting and regulating our borders..the very thing our military was designed for.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Bonnie

    Didn't the republician party set the democratic date? Maybe they should be given a break if that is the case.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  23. Sunae, Jacksonville, Fl

    That's the problem a 50/50 split isn't good enough. I won't be disenfranchised I voted for Obama. Clinton wants in. We know our votes wouldn't count. We voted on a higher house tax exempt.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Yen

    My guess is both sides will never come to a compromise. Obama wants to maintain his lead so he'll probably never agree to anything that might jeopardize that.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  25. Phe

    Can't wait till November. McCain is not going to win. Go Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Sam


    They can not negotiate FL delegate in the media. 50/50 no go. Rep. Miss Debbie Wsserman says all the delegates agree on this

    April 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  27. tammi vancouver bc, canada

    hi everyone nices pics erica and anderson

    April 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  28. Susan, Des Moines

    So who's running the live web cam? Steering that is

    April 2, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Dave

    a 50/50 split is an insult to the intelligence of the democrats of FL & MI.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  30. April in Texas

    Record turn out because of a tax proposal was on the ballot in Florida and Obama wasnt on the ticket in Michigan

    April 2, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Jolene

    Love the "Hi Mom" sign from the camera man. Too funny! The Blog Cam is fascinating.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Chuck in Alabama

    As tiresome as this election seems to get sometimes, it's educating America about the process and, hopefully, will lead to some serious campaign reform.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Billi

    Congresswoman Schulz is a wonderful spokesperson for Florida – and a Hillary supporter! I credit Senator Clinton for pushing the issue of seating the delegates.

    A 50/50 split is NOT fair! Hillary won Florida and would win again.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  34. Lesli

    How can cutting the delegate count in half be right? How does this give the people of Florida a vote in electing the Democratic candidate for Prez?

    All it does is skew the numbers away from what the people want. Its the same as not giving them a voice! If this is all that is being done to get the number of votes to get a candidate then forget it.

    Of course its what Obama wants – he lost. It is not fair, and does not reflect what the voters wanted. If its 50/50 then its as if there was no vote at all.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, Ohio

    If they don't seat those delegates in Michigan and Florida McCain will win them in November. If you are going to split the delegates 50/50 it is the same as not seating them at all. What is the point?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  36. bill burke

    I worked at refueling planes here in upstate, ny. You should see the planes that come in with no fuel guages working. the piliots would ask us how much fuel they had in their wings and center tank. They would have to adjust the weight according to the densitity of the fuel. 3 months down the road the same planes came in with the same fuel guages broke! Wonder why I don't fly anymore... Thanks Bill-Syracuse, NY

    April 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I don't think your guests are on the same page with the 50/50 split of delegates.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  38. comfortablynumb

    Ok for real, I thought the whole FL thing was figured out, why are they being seated, why can't they figure out a solution to this so we can stop hearing about it. They broke the rules, they should not be seated, but if they must be then figure it out. Seriously Anderson, lock this up.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Chris

    Airline safety since 9/11 has been compromised by several factors. The most damaging to airline safety has been airline exec's who have taken the money and have left the airlines bankrupt. This shift in management has left a void, previously held by experienced maintenance decision makers, open to inexperienced new guys at the helm. The bottom line since 9/11 is to get maintenance done as cheep as possible. Do you realize that US Airways has a large portion of its aircraft maintenance performed in Costa Rica and has even tried their hand in allowing China to overhaul their engines. Executive greed and the public’s demand for a $60 flight have driven safety concerns to standby coach class. In years past, the FAA could trust the airlines who’s safety was driven by the airlines own maintenance programs. Now, inexperienced management and low cost labor is catching up with the industry.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  40. Erica Hill

    Kathy, a very interesting suggestion... somehow I dont think the DNC will bite, but I like it!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  41. Eric L

    It is interesting that Dean is getting more invovled since being criticized to his "stand-back" approach. I think that is the best way to handle FL. A split of the delegates will be the best solution to the problem as there was no campaigning in the state and Clinton is only pushing for FL since she needs it desperately.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    Obama is over 100 delegates ahead. He might as well be magnanimous and allow the Florida delegates to be seated. Clinton would only gain 38 delegates on him.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  43. R

    I hope the FAA maintains safer flights. I fear for the frequent flyers that fly frequently because of their careers or their pleasure trips.
    Our very own AC is a frequent flyer. Wake up FAA! I also want to feel safe in the skies. Why such a complacent attitude. Power politics? Get down to basics.
    The FAA needs to feel the verve to bring about change in order to ensure safety to the passengers as well as the crew. Empowered people are depended on.
    Anderson, I always pray that you have safe flights and feel safe on your journeys.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  44. Andrew, Lafayette IN

    yeah, we're fixing another countries infrastructure right now.. sad, but true.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  45. RicanRene`, South Beach -FL

    clinton and obama will not agree on this new deal to count florida, I live here and this is a backward state when it comes to voting.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  46. Susan, Des Moines

    That wild man Howard Dean. . .I still remember his freaky, overly excited speach in Iowa . . .still have nightmares about it....yikes!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Yvonne

    If the State with the Liberty Bell, and the City of Brotherly love comes through for Obama, that would be a big step for America. Right now the difference between Clinton and Obama has come down to truth, promise and preference. Their policies are basically the same. But the truth is important in that if a person tells the truth on a regular basis, they are more likely to keep their promise to fulfill their policies. So we are left with preference.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Sunae, Jacksonville, Fl

    That's what they should do split the delegates in half.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    Poor Barack will have to whine and cry as FL and MI are seated. He will lose out on a lot of votes in FL, while I do believe that MI should probably go 50-50. I hate to say that, especially since Hillary would have probably won there.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Kathy, Chicago

    Why don't they put Clinton and Obama in a room and not let them out until the figure what to do with Fla. and Mi.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
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