April 2nd, 2008
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  1. Alys

    love the painting elephant. 🙂 Elephants are extremely intelligent.
    This isn't the 1st elephant with artistic talent, many of the zoo elephants paint. Many zoo great apes do so as well.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  2. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Thanks for the explanation Anderson. Fascinating sutff – that has to make you feel very powerful! I want to write on YOUR laptop! Linked to the prompter – how cool is that?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Kathy, Chicago

    Thanks Erica! I think the candidates will dance around the Fla. and Mi. issue as long as they can. Obama and Clinton need to agree on something and stop wasting everyones time.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Diane N.

    I noticed NOW Howard Dean is rearing his ugly head "trying to help fix" the problem. He didn't have to make a big deal out of FL and MI dates being a little bit early. I can understand if it where to close to convention time or at the last minute, but a little early? Why can't there be some sort of revision or some liberty with the dates within reason? I don't understand all the fuss about the DATE being early within reason. They act like it was an imposition on the whole process. Dean only made it that way.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Becca

    Thanks Anderson, I was wondering about the teleprompter.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  6. Dave

    regarding the elephant story coming up: i saw that earlier today and was amazed at how the elephant painted but then started to wonder "what do they do to the elephant to train it to paint like that"???That's a concern.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  7. Chuck in Alabama

    Hate to say it, but, the current autism"scare" might make those who are getting sperm and eggs at the clinic think twice and go adopt a poor orphan.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  8. laura, NYC

    what a coincidence! i found the video of that elephant painting on youtube like an hour ago. i wasn't expecting it to be so incredible. the elephant is able to do exactly over his lines from before, even adds shadow on the legs. and the flower!! with leaves!! incredible.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  9. Zing-Zing, Canada

    I think that elephant's drawings are already better than my stick figures.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  10. Alys

    they already said that there is not test for autism for sperm

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  11. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    Here is how it will go. Everyone will continue to argue over the FL and MI delegates until the remaining primaries are concluded. Then, they may seat those delegates based on a compromise which won't allow whoever is behind to overcome the leader. The superdelegates will finally (in June) be forced to back one over the other. One will be happy and one will not.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  12. Marie Rose; Maryland

    Very interesting about autism and the father of the three boys. I read in one of my medical journals two years ago that a father's age may be one of the factors in autism (similar to how Down syndrome is related to the mother's age).... I guess it's still under investigation, but an interesting thought.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  13. Melinda

    That's cool, Anderson. I didn't realize it was so easy to change what was in the telepromter. I guess it seemed like it would be a hard thing to do once it once on there. Thanks for the inside info, you learn something new every day.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  14. Terri

    Autism is very sad. I read the articles on CNN about Jenny McCarthys son. I found it very interesting. Especially about the vaccines, in the 80's it was around 10 vaccines and now it is 36...most before the age 2!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  15. andersoncnn

    Hey Jonathan.. i dont think the report we did last night was "harsh speculation" at all. Its a sensitive subject, granted, but the health of a candidate is certainly something they have to address, and is certainly fair to report on. The fact that the campaigns release medical records show that they take the subject seriously and know people care about this. just my two cents.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  16. Lisa M

    Lisa, the voters and the democratic party in Florida DID speak up. They pleaded with a republican party that was controlling the date of the primary. It had no effect. I say again, no vote should ever be taken away from an American who stands up to vote.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  17. Saera El Paso, TX

    aww, a self portrait, how cute!
    that's some cool talent on the elephat's part

    April 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  18. Chuck in Alabama

    Anyone else here think that superdelegates who announce their preferences prior to the convention ought to be in the same boat as states that hold primaries out of turn? They are obviously affecting the vote out of turn as much as those primary states.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  19. Mike Rodrigues

    wow crazy!! An elephant w/ artisic talent?? Huh!! Hard to believe

    April 2, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  20. kate YALE

    I used to coach tennis for a group of autistic children and I think that was a wonderful way for them to work on their social skills (which tend to be stunted) and their coordination.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  21. sandi

    when miss hillary "steals" this election as bush did before they should just quit having elections.. what good are they if the popular vote doesnt count anymore. how can she be given anything even 50/50 when obama didnt campain and wasnt even on the ticket in Michigan.. with the news of how they are secretly meeting with super delegates and pressuring them and promising them who knows what. she has proven she and hubby will do anything to win .

    April 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  22. Lisa I

    Actually Lisa (the one responding to April) all of the democratic candidates chose not to be on the MI ticket except for Clinton and Kucinich. They did this because the state was clearly violating DNC rules.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  23. Theresa - Minneapolis

    The entire mess with FL and MI and their delegates IS unfair. It's absolutely insane that we are looking for a "fair" way to seat them. What would have been fair is if the states had followed the rules in the first place! Having a total re-vote would be the closest thing to fair. The states that broke the rules should pick up the expense. They caused the problem!!

    What kind of an example does this set to children with the importance of following the rules and having concequences when we don't? Or what does it say to the world about this country and our values? Don't follow the rules and we'll find a fair way to "fix" it later" That is what we're doing. How is it different for non violent or white collar criminals who break the law? Should they get a re-do or is it fair that they pay the price and go to jail?They knew they were breaking the law/rules of society. How is that different?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  24. Lesli

    While I feel for women and families who use sperm doners, I would like to point out that people who have children the old fashioned way likely have no way to screen out what problems their natural children should have. Is it justifiable that because you use a sperm doner you you should only have a "perfect child"?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  25. Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA

    Actually, Obama won more Texas delegates, so Clinton should stop counting Texas as one of her wins.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  26. Lisa M

    Armod, my parents live in Florida and are furious about their votes not being counted. So while I'm sure some Florida voters don't care, many do.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  27. Ratna, New York, NY

    Honestly, In reaction to Randi Kaye's reporting on Autism:
    No scientific study has proven this, but I think that Autism is genetically inherited.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  28. Brian Persaud

    So if you are autistic you can't donate sperm? Is that the policy?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  29. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    how could the bank screen for something when doctors don't even know what causes autism????

    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  30. Zing-Zing, Canada

    I think that with these "designer babies" (where you can choose eggs or sperm based on personality characteristics and other things), comes unknowns as well. It's sad that these children are autistic but is this just an unfortunate byproduct of the entire process?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  31. Christy from NY

    Thank you Thank you Thank you CNN and of course everyone at AC360, and definately Larry King for your courage in presenting the topic of Austim and uncovering the mystery. We all need to realize there is much much more to it than just no eye contact and non-verbal. Now we also have resources.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Sheryl

    I think that Michelle Obama is so great – did anyone hear her speech today. She is amazing – this country would be so fortunate to have someone of her caliber as First Lady.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  33. armod

    David Gergens is an excellent Analyst and has on many occasions been positive about the Clintons. He was the one who told us that Ms. Clinton did not like NAFTA (behind the scenes) at the time when President was attempting to pass the bill. However, lately the Clinton whitehouse records clearly show that she fully supported NAFTA she should have had the courage to stand up for her belief. David is the absolute best.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  34. Tiffany in Dednver

    What is the purpose of setting DNC regulation when if states do whatever they want they are still seated? Anyone else confused....

    April 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  35. slater

    What the heck are they doing with the 50/50 split, trying to end up in court again?? Truth is the Party can do what it wants. If it wants to exclude the two states it can.

    My question is, why are they doing this again?

    Autistic kids from the same sperm donor...very interesting. I have always believed it was genetically driven. Wow, and 2 different women! Amazing! What are the chances!

    This blows inoculation as the culprit out of the water.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  36. Genevieve M, TX

    That 5 year old memorized the subway system? I am an adult and even I sometimes still get lost in the NYC transit system!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  37. Billi

    If you were an Obama fan in Florida....wouldn't you have voted????? The idea that voters didn't vote because they thought it woudn't count just doesn't make sense. Can't you Obama fans just admit that Hillary WON FLorida?????

    April 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  38. andersoncnn

    someone asked about why i may be reading a teleprompter during commercial breaks.. im not exactly sure what you saw.. i may have been talking to someone behind the camera and not reading. occasionally during the breaks we fix mistakes that were made for later broadcasts.... i also tend to re-write scripts during the commercial breaks, so maybe sometimes the prompter is just scrolling or "fixing" itself once ive entered my changes in the computer. my computer is automatically synched with the teleprompters.. so any changes i make, and i make them all evening long, are immediately made in the prompter..

    April 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  39. EJ - Ohio

    I don't think I trust the whole sperm donation thing.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  40. Eric L

    To Dave:

    a 50/50 slpit is just when the rules were broken.... letting FL and MI have the biggest impact on the election is not abiding by the rules and that brings about the morality of the process.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  41. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Wouldn't you think that sperm banks would check these people out for everything and anything that they could pass on to a child? This is really unsettling.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  42. Lisa

    People knew going into the polls that those delegates would not be seated due to the violation. As stated previously MI didn't even have Obama on the ticket. This should stand as an example for people to realize that they need to take an active part in their state's politics if they want their vote to stand for something. The voters should have spoken up when this was decided months ago.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Sunae, Jacksonville, Fl

    50/50 is fair.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  44. D Brown

    I am not sure I understand the why there is so much ignorance in this matter.
    The ONLY fair way to handle the FL and MI Primaries is to establish a date for a complete do over now. Anything short of this is a "compromise" of the voter's rights.
    What part of this is difficult to understand. I am an Obama supporter, but know that this decision should not be made for any other reason than to give all citizens of this country an equal opportunity to hear the candidates and to vote.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  45. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    I can't believe Michelle Obama said that Barack has won big states, let's see, the biggest states (population wise): California (53), Texas(32), New York(29), Florida (25)-sort of, Ohio(18), Michigan (15)-sort of, New Jersey(13). These are 7 of the top ten big states. PA (19) is #6 and has not voted yet. He did win Illonois (19)- surprise, surprise, he won his home state, and Georgia (13). Wow, 2 out of 10 big states. Clinton has won states that would make up 185 electoral college votes as compared with Barack's 32. With PA, Hillary would have 204 ecvs. Wow 204 v. 32. Or if Barack somehow oulls off a miracle in PA, 185 v. 51. There's a comparison. This is why we have superdelegates people. If this was the head-to-head in the fall general election, look at who would do better in the fall. Check my numbers if you do not believe me.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  46. Maureen T

    What a brilliant little boy Dylan is!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  47. River

    I'm African American, mixed heritage, very well educated, from Chicago. I support Clinton for many reasons, chiefly because I am confident in her ability to run the country. I don't support Obama because he only served one year in the US Senate before he abandoned that to run for president. An opinion on the war doesn't qualify you to be president. I was against the war and spoke out. but like Obama I wasn't in the Senate. On the Rev. Wright, replace the name Louis Farrakahn. Then tell me that this doesn't matter. Minister Farrakhan has done very positive things for the African American community he serves, but would you all consider his being Obama's spritiual advisor a none issue? Listen to some of the language from Rev. Wright. It's the same or very close to things the Minister Farrakhan has said in the past. I've never been to a Black church where that kind of hate was expressed, especially not by a pastor. This is not typical of Black churches!

    April 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Billi

    To April.....Obama withdrew his name from Michigan but Clinton was NOT the only name on the ballot. Even Dodd – Obama supporter- left his name on the ballot. So did a few others. Obama withdrew his name to be certain he did not jepoardize his standing in Iowa.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  49. Lisa

    April, Obama CHOSE not to be on the ballot in Michigan. He did is as a political move because he knew he wouldn't win. This way he can say he didn't lose because his name wasn't on the ballot. But he and John Edwards DID tell everyone who wanted to vote for him to vote uncommitted in the hopes the number would be higher. Hillary Clinton still won.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  50. kate

    i think they should just wait to seat the flordia delegates

    April 2, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
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