April 3rd, 2008
09:53 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/3/08

Tonight we have a special edition of 360. It’s called Race and Politics: Black in America and we’re going to spend the hour talking about race on the campaign trail. We’ll show you new polling data that offers insight whether or not America is ready for an African-American president. And we’re going to look at the impact race has on black superdelegates, and how it affects their decision on which candidate to support. All that and more tonight at 11p ET.

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We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 11p ET and stop at 12a ET.

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  1. Bea

    Senator Obama is so motivating and has such wonderful judgment. He has shown it over and over. There is no doubt that he can handle all of the problems the USA is faced with today. He will make a great President and will restore the respect that our country has lost during the past 7 years.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  2. Bob Hiner

    Let's grant that Hillary is "tough," "a fighter," etc. No question, she is good at politics. That has always been useful in campaign battles. Her problem for me, and I think millions of others though, is she is sooo unlikable. Maybe it's because of how her team, including Bill, is managing how she projects herself. Whatever, her style is a big turnoff. And don't give me the explanation that this is the only kind of persona, i.e., leadership, that can succeed in this country. One of the rough and tumble boys, from the old school. Surrogates notwithstanding, when you put them side by side, Barack towers above her not only in his likability but his ability to inspire, too draw make us want to do something with him. She is a loser. Bob

    April 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  3. Jolene

    As Martin Luther King III spoke in his blog post today, perhaps another issue we can discuss is poverty and what can be done to end it.

    Great discussion tonight!

    I don't like hawks, they are scary and they are always killing the little birds in my yard!

    Nite bloggers.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  4. James Masters

    It's not whether or not Obama is black or is affiliated with Reverend Wright, or whether or not he can take Pennsylvania...it is the complete and utter indignation that someone relatively untested such as Barrack Obama would have come along to not only challenge Hillary, but quite possibly capture the nomination. How dare he!!! The Clintons have viewed this nominationfor for quite some time as an opportunistic power-grab for the "heir apparent"...it just hasn't worked out that way. It was hers to lose...and she's most likely lost it...through her own nasty and devisive politics and lies... the Clinton's behavior through the last several weeks of this campaign has been disgusting to say the least...I can't wait for Hillary to finally lose so they can get the hell out of town. In the end, Hillary is as narcisistic as her husband, which explains why she's stayed with him for so long.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  5. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    oh my gosh that poor girl......that bird totally attacked her

    April 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  6. Jennifer - Michigan

    Good night, have a good one. Good show tonight.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  7. Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois

    Have a great night Anderson, Erica and the rest of the 360 staff. Great show tonight! I thought that you did a great job of presenting some of the most important aspects that go along with the conflicts surrounding the race in America issue. Missed you on the blog tonight, but hope computers will be up and running tomorrow. Have a fantastic night.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  8. Hutch


    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the MLK clip a moment ago. Maybe now folks will understand what Wright was trying to say. He's just more vehement than MLK.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  9. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Thanks for the civil conversation on the live blog tonight. It proves we all don't need to beat each other over the head, to have our differences expressed.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  10. Elle

    Kevin Leo,

    While I am a Hillary supporter my choice has not been driven by race but rather whose experience and compassion to lead the country I can fully believe in.Sen.Obama lacks good judgment and holds a big share in negativity in this campaign.Through it all though he has had great media support and played the race card through them quite well.
    It is not just to put the blame on Hillary or others who speak only what is commonly said in standard practices of elections.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar

    wow! that is so bad tornado in Arkansas including fire too.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  12. Lilibeth

    I hope the people in Arkansas will be OK. They're in my thoughts and prayers...

    April 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  13. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Hope Anderson and Erica are able to blog tomorrow. We missed you guys!

    Great show Anderson! Good night and hope to see you tomorrow.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  14. Slater

    Great show tonight, lots of heated issues. Thanks for the special on MLK.

    Colorado just had a terrible storm that is moving south...watch out! run for cover!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:55 pm |
  15. Phil from Boston

    Anderson, Erica, et al:

    I usually post to ask a question or react to some specific segment of the show, but I am moved by tonight's show to sincerely voice my appreciation for the exceptionally high caliber of the program this evening. Every single panel discussion was thoughtful, civil, and illuminating, even when the speakers disagreed, I could say more about specific moments in this regard, but I'll keep it brief. Congratulations!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:55 pm |
  16. Lesli

    While the words of Dr. King are now acceptable, and even right, I can't every see the words of Pastor Wright being considered acceptable.

    As a Christian I am ashamed to be associated in any way with a Pastor who would stand behind a pulpit in God's house and damn any nation and its people in His name!

    These are not the actions of a Christian.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  17. Linda

    I think that Rev. Wright just mis-spoke . You know he's more than just a preacher, he's human , he made a mistake. This about Rev. Wright should just go away like Hillary mis-speaking about being in a life and death situation when under snipper fire went away.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  18. Deborah Johnson

    On the eve of Dr. King Jr.'s murder, you show "the loop," over and over of Rev. Wright. Some of us remember growing up in those turbulent times – in a large part of our country, black men and women could not enter a white person's home from the front door - they could not drink water from any public drinking fountains, they could not eat at the same restaurants as white people and black men and women were being lynched, beaten and put in jail. Maybe Rev. Wright knew some of those people. Maybe Rev. Wright was one of those people.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  19. Shirley

    First off, as an African American Republican, I think that people are much too sensitive. The comments made by Rev. Wright were inappropiate by any standard, he was preaching racism and against his own country. If people think for one minute that a person is going to bring unity in this nation, they have to first start with themselves. Most of the time, African Americans complain about racism out of one side of their mouth, and then they make racist comments against others out of the other side of their mouth. We cannot have it both ways. We all need to stop looking for some person to bring unity in this nation, and start in our own homes.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:53 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar

    oh no! Pooor Anderson!!!!!!
    I am sorry about your computer!!!! hope see him tomorrow night....

    April 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  21. Julia Glennville, Ga.

    Anderson and Erica, missed you on the blog this evening and the pictures! Have a good night.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  22. EJ - Ohio

    "While Barack is multi-racial, the facts are that when a bi-racial man is pulled over by the cops…if he looks white, he will be treated one way. If he looks Black, he will be treated another way. This goes back to the days of slaver when if a child had 1/8 African-american ancesrry in them, they were considered Black. While we have progressed to some extent, we are not where we should be just yet."

    Yes – I am surprised that people do not know this!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  23. Jolene

    Oh, so it sounds like CNN is having computer problems tonight. Bummer. Can't live with them and can't live without them!

    Thanks for letting us 360 Live Blog Moderator!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  24. Karen

    Being from California I have not been around much racism. But seeing Pastor Wright, makes me feel like I am hated just for being white,. Now since the election started I am finding out how alot of white men have no respect for women no matter what color.. I read a blogg, I can't remember what site but it said we are not ready for a woman president, maybe in 100 years or so.
    Looking at the job chain I see White men first, Men of any color 2nd,
    white women, then black women. I feel women are at the bottom of the hiring chain black women especially. I do not seen men of any color trying to change that. Past, present or future.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  25. Andy


    If one studies history, one lesson seems to be that a leader's inner character is a major differentiator between success and failure, even more so than philosophy. With this in mind, it's easier to overlook any other flaws Senator McCain may have.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  26. Renee

    @ Moderator: Where's your little thumb nail photo? Seems like you need one like a spinning graphic globe or a little cartoon figure. Hum..just thinking what about the little animal video hamster that you all show all the time?

    April 3, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  27. TOCB

    Hillary Clinton did not make Barck Obama stay at Wright's church for 20 years and listen to his doctrine. No black person and many white people would vote for a white person who listened to White Liberation Theology for 20 years and defended it even today.

    Most Ameicans will not vote for Obama because of the Wright issue. Obama can try to make it a race issue. It is not. It is a judgment issue and for most people a patriotic issue. Obama cannot win the general election with Wright around his neck. Period.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  28. Julia Glennville, Ga.

    TOBC.. excellent. I agree with you.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  29. Kevin Leo from Jonesboro, GA

    Misty O.

    While Barack is multi-racial, the facts are that when a bi-racial man is pulled over by the cops...if he looks white, he will be treated one way. If he looks Black, he will be treated another way. This goes back to the days of slaver when if a child had 1/8 African-american ancesrry in them, they were considered Black. While we have progressed to some extent, we are not where we should be just yet.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  30. Marjorie

    Terri, I would respectfully ask you to remember the other Senator from Ill. who became our President. He did not have the heavy resume that you are looking for in a canidate. I do think that sometimes other things have to be considered. Ability to motivate, willingness to work with and talk to everyone regardless of their point of view, and many more characteristics that do not belong on the standard political resume. Remember Jack Kennedy did not have much experience before the Presidency also. There have also been really bad Presidents with big resumes. Think it over. Not asking you to change candidates just reconsider some of your criteria.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  31. Jean, NJ

    Well, I guess eventually America had to come face to face with the race issue. I guess black issues vs. white are addressed because they are so obvious and still so fresh. I'm with everyone else, I wish we didn't even have to talk about race but unfortunately we do. I read this awesome article by a man name Tim Wise on race in America. As a white woman, it was enlighten. You guys should check it out. But the future got to be better for ALL our children. He made a really interesting point about why Black people voting for a black candidate makes sense while white voting for white is different. I was amazed by the argument since Tim is white.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  32. EJ - Ohio

    Rendell's statements ARE politically motivated – just in line with the tactics the Clinton campaign has been using all along.

    It's a bit strange for a Governor to say that (and then be strongly behind Hillary).

    Soledad's special was also very interesting and well done. She is wonderful.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  33. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Erica and Anderson, At least you can still wave to us during commercials. Too bad about the computers.

    April 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  34. Maureen T

    Whether we want to admit it or not, there are many whites who will not vote for Barack Obama because he is black. For that matter there are some blacks who will not vote for Barack Obama because he is black!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  35. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    oh the computer problems are all around tonight.....at least we have web cam

    April 3, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  36. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Please make it clear to this country that Ed Rendell does not speak for most of PA. He infuriates the vast majority of the people in my area.

    Perhaps he is better left to his sports reporting. Nice side job for the governor of our state, huh? Real classy there Ed!

    April 3, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
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