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April 16th, 2008
09:34 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/16/08

Tonight, the last Democratic match-up before the Pennsylvania primary.  Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama debated in Philadelphia and by the second question Obama had to explain, yet again, just what he meant when he told campaign donors at a San Francisco-area event 10 days ago that small-town Pennsylvania residents are "bitter" over their economic circumstances and "cling" to their guns and religion.  Who won?  Who lost? And what impact will it have on the primary next week?  The best political team in television will dissect the debate for you.

And we’re continuing our series on the top contenders for the White House with Sen. John McCain.  It’s an in-depth look at the presumptive Republican Nominee including what drove him to attempt suicide.

 Plus, tomorrow there’s an unprecedented custody hearing in Texas.  What will happen to the 416 children removed from the polygamous compound?  Anderson’s going to talk to a spokesman from  FLDS and a former member. 

We’ll be blogging for two hours tonight.  We’ll start posting comments at 10p ET and stopping at 12a ET


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  1. mona

    Hi everyone,
    I wish CNN did the debate; it mass failure, those guys spent 40 minutes talking about tabloids issue. Anderson I think you a true journalist.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  2. Pat

    Obama is a fantastic speaker – I don't see how people get so upset about a statement that is mostly true

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  3. Jean Meyers, Atlanta, GA

    I'm bitter and I vote. And to pretend that there is nothing wrong economically or socially is condescending to voters, their intelligence and their feelings.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  4. Maureen T

    That's right Andrea from Canada, eh?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  5. Alys

    Hey Anderson,
    good job on yesterday's show interviewing Kathleen from the polygamist community.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  6. kathy in ohio

    bev
    it had everything to do with the election it was about obamas claim to superior judgement thats what his whole platform is

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  7. EJ - Ohio

    Hello Anderson.. It'll be interesting to watch the results come in next Tuesday.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  8. Sue

    Hilary Clinton is all about old politics. I also am concerned about all her anti-NAFTA rhetoric.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  9. Brandi down the bayou.

    Whats wrong with the webcam? u guys boycotting it tonight? do we have to look at some guys head all night?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  10. Kevin Leo from Jonesboro, GA

    Tonight's debate was a joke!!! George and Charlie were totally in Hillary's back pocket all night long!!! You should read the blogs at ABCNew.com...without any misstatements or exaggerations, the vast majority of posters were disgusted with how the debate went tonight!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  11. Maureen T

    Good evening all! 2 hours of AC360? 🙂

    April 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  12. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I did not get Hillary's point about Obama being on the same board as Ayers.....great point by Obama who said Pres. Clinton pardon people closer to this guy

    like Candy said on LK.....the answer is yes, yes, yes and HRC finally spoke some truth.

    I wish Obama could run for Prime Minister of Canada.....he would have my vote

    April 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar

    So who won during the debate? Obama or Clinton? I want to know.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  14. Sara, Oklahoma

    What is the special occasion for two hours? Too bad I can't participate longer, I have a study session soon. Boo. :[

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  15. Slater

    So far so good. Please keep the nails retracted, Hillary. So important we hear about the important issues affecting the little guy, like gas prices, health care and the overall failing economy.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  16. Jacqui Chan

    Though I am empathetic towards the mothers involved in the raid because the were raised in this society and don't know anything else, I would like to hear how a mother would respond if someone where to ask, "How would you feel if your son(s) were to become one of the lost boys and you would never hear from him again!"

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  17. Brandi down the bayou.

    yay us! 2 full hours, omg, AC overload!! lol

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I like George Stephanopoulos so I enjoyed the debate tonight and I look forward to an interesting discussion.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  19. Andrea from Canada

    There are a lot of Canadians on this blog!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  20. Deann "I'd Rather Not"

    If I were lving in rural PA, I would take Obama's comments as being somewhat true

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  21. Charles

    Looks like Barack still has a whole lotta 'splainin' to do.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  22. Lori, Boston

    Hi Anderson & Erica. Sounds like another great show!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  23. Doug, Florida

    Kathy in Ohio.
    What debate were you watching? Obama is clearly the winner. He was about the issues not throwing dirt

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  24. Marcia

    But neither of them talk about the issues its just what the other does wrong or doesn't do.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  25. Stacy

    Yeah Kathy, ahead in the delegates, ahead in the polls, Obama's in big trouble.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  26. Bev

    The debate was ridiculous. Spending ALL that time asking Obama about things that have nothing to do the election. I can see them being asked about those things, but not for half of the debate! They should have debated on CNN.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  27. Brandi down the bayou.

    Hi Erica, Anderson, and crew! looking forward to tonight's show. Did you guys get a heater for Erica? 🙂

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  28. Kathy

    It's amazing how long Hillary can talk and still not answer the question.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  29. Melinda

    I've been so into politics this past year but I'm starting to have enough of it. It seems like the talk about actually issues is so little of what is talked about anymore.

    Every story about each candidate is blown out of proportion and it's really grating on a lot of people, I believe. I'll be happy when it's down to one Dem and one Rep.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  30. andersoncnn

    hey everyone, thanks for joining us... we'll be bringing you the best of the debate tonite.. and some remarkable images from the polygamist compound.. and yes we are on for a full two hours tonite..

    April 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  31. Erica D

    Dish Network just added CNN HD today. I am very happy to finally get to see 360 and other CNN programs in HD. Looks awesome so far!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar

    It will be fun blog in 2 hours! cool!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  33. Carla Ontario Canada

    Hi Ac, just watched the debate with HC & OB. Wow, did they ever ask tough questions , maybe CNN needs to start asking tough questions also. just my 2 cents.
    By the way I believe Hillary did an excellent job and Obama did alright but he did look uncomfortable facing Wright, Ayers and bitter issue.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Slater

    I hope we can be civil during this debate, we really must get through this mean politicking.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  35. Zenta, New York, NY

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, and all!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  36. Doug, Florida

    Hello Everyone

    April 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  37. Terri

    Hi Anderson, Erica and bloggers...I just watched the debate and thought it was the biggest waste of my time. ABC should never again be allowed to have a debate, they obvisously do not know how to do it.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  38. Yen

    Hi everyone. Looking forward to the show tonight – 2 hours?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  39. kathy in ohio

    hillary just talks circles around obama ..........................he is in big trouble

    April 16, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Alexander

    Good evening, bloggers. Good evening, Erica. How are you? Hey, your piece on John McCain is finally going to be aired tonight, isn’t it? I’ve been looking forward to that piece.:)

    April 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  41. Paul, Alexandria, VA

    Good Evening everybody! Hope it's a great show!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    The debate has yet to air out here in Calif. I guess I'll hear the after debate talk, before the debate. Then I'll have to decide if the second hour of ac360 is worth missing the debate. Oh that Pacific time zone..

    April 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Jacqui Chan

    -ha Anderson, you told Larry King great show, as if you were awake to watch!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Zing-Zing, Canada

    Happy Hump Day, Everyone!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Jolene

    Wow, 2 hours tonight. Thanks for the treat!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Brian Persaud

    Looking forward to the show as always. Little disappointed to still see the FLDS making it to the lineup, I'm a bit tired of blogging about it.

    Ugh polls.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Anderson, Erica, and Bloggers!
    Happy Wednesday!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and Blogger. Happy Hump Day! Blogging for two hours....oh happy day! Will we get web cam for 2 hours too?

    Anderson are you watching the debate on the tvs in the desk? The debate was quiet interesting.

    Erica hopefully your alittle warmer tonight in the studio.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Sarah, Atlanta, GA

    Hi Anderson. Looking forward to the polygamy segment.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Andrea from Canada

    Good evening Anderson and bloggers!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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