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. Tony

    The lawyer seems alright

    April 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  2. CaseyJPS - California

    I don't for a moment believe the women are acting on their own. We really haven't ever gotten much of a clue about the posturing or viewpoint of the men other than a few sound bites here and there (and, of course, Jeffs). I really want to know how much control, even mind control, is going on. From my perspective, it simply looks like methodical brainwashing from the moment a child can process words.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  3. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    the web cam went black.....whats up with that?!?!?!?!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  4. ericacnn

    Megan the pilot of the plane in Congo told UN officials engine failure and the shortened runway were what caused the crash

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Jen in Mex.

    Stepford wives meets little house on the Prairies. (no offense to either author). It would be funny if it weren't real. Bizarre.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Gary in Kent, Ohio

    The mother in your polygamist story seemed as if she was in pain. The pain of losing her child was real. Everything else she did on the "tour" was very unnatural. She is in my opinion a pawn used for a public opinion compaign. Where are the men! Their disappearance is questionable in my mind about the true role of this community. I feel bad for them all........their world is coming down around them.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  7. Saera El Paso, TX

    it must be terribly frustrating to interview guests like Mr. Parker...
    poor Anderson

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Ramone Diaz, Venezuela

    Hi Anderson Hello Erica Hola moderator and bloggers
    I am waiting to see the 360 covering on the historic visit of the Pope
    to America

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Fay, CA

    I find it difficult to believe that the FLDS women make ANY of their own decisions–they seem completely subserviant and docile–the men are controlling them.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  10. JP

    I agree totally with what a few woman have said earlier in the blog- the mainstream media mainly CNN trashes Hillary. I am a conservative, been a staunch critic of the Clintons for 16 years and I actually feel sorry for her. Today, I donated a small contribution to her campaign to keep it going and encouraged my other conservative friends to do so. I think she would do alot less damage than Obama. He scares me. I believe wholeheartedly that if Obama were not in this race Hillary would be CNN and the mainstream media's little darling. It is so blatently obvious the media is infatuated with Obama.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  11. Taylor- Chicago

    I just don't understand why this group who was so secretive is now willing to go on the news and talk about their lives. I get that they miss their kids but honestly.. all those moms seem pretty crazy. And not even having birth certificates and 16 year olds pregnant?! That whole situation is disgusting and unacceptable!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Minou, New York City

    Anderson: so what if the men came up with the plan?
    They have multiple wives. Clearly it's the women only caring for those kids. They have different family structures then we do. Seems like rural Afghanistan to me....

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Brian Persaud

    Rod Parker, I agree with you in brining up the point that some mothers would consent. But I think the FLDS members are indeed using the women to deal with the media to gain sympathy. Its too bad for them, that it comes off more "creepy" than "sad".

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It is obvious that these women have been trained to say what they are saying. They say exactly the same thing no matter who interviews them. They never deviate from the script.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Kathy

    The woman decided on their own to talk to the reporters! Ya right.

    Convincing "OK" there Anderson!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Abby

    Anderson...we ARE hearing from the men. It seems like the men are sitting behind all the cameras when these women are being interviewed.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Yen

    Wow, 400+ cases...it's going to be total chaos tomorrow.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Sahira

    Rod Parker~
    "How do we know if the women don't make their own decisions there?"


    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Shane, Kentucky

    Isn't it easy to say she doesn't exist when the birth certificates are all inaccurate? Didn't they say it was difficult to figure out the names and ages of the children?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Slater

    Exactly. Without substantiation, it is going to incense the public when these kids go back.

    Because they do not have corroborating evidence, they cannot arrest any men until they have evidence, in DNA or testimony form, to prove they are raping underage girls.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Jolene

    You go Anderson! However, I don't think the men are taking a back seat in all this. They are influencing these women to talk.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Kelly

    The privacy of this issue is rather creepy. Everything feels so hidden.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  23. angie tn

    have they found sexual or any other abuse on the children??? If not the children should go back with their mothers

    April 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Saera El Paso, TX

    um... i don't really believe Mr. Parker
    at all

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Abby

    The attorney is trying to relate the removal of children from a normal home when abuse is suspected, but this case is different b/c it seems like all these people live together. So what is the actual home? The compound itself? If that is the case then the State can remove them all from the compound.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Sahira

    What action, if any will the state take against all men in the sect if they talk with the media?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Jennifer NC

    Angelique, when Larry King interviewed the FDLS women they are showing earlier tonight he asked repeatedly where their husbands were (the fathers) they completely ignored the question over and over.
    They clearly have a set list of things they can discuss and that's it.
    They all continue to claim they were 20 or 21 when they got married. The woman giving the tour certainly didn't look old enough to have had that girl after she was 21.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Sue

    It is interesting that these women look identical -their dresses, their haircuts...it reminds me of this really old movie with Rock Hudson.....can't remember the name.
    Sue Canada

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, Ohio

    If the court determines that the searches were illegal does that mean that the authorities have to forget they ever saw the pregnant 13 year old girls?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Adam

    Excellent questions, Anderson!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Kim

    They want people in the compound to be seen as victims of government intrusion into peoples' privacy, so it makes sense for them to just send forward the mothers, play for the viewers' sympathy and hide the men.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Terry, Texas

    the attorney is being very careful to choose his words...I hope that the police have the girl safely hidden away to only use her if necessary.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Niliad

    Kim in Texas...right on!!! Talk about doing anything to get elected!
    Talk about not respecting the people of Florida and Michigan!
    What does he care... he acts like he does...Obama does not care!
    He is a child of Wright his mentor of Twenty Years!
    Telling us today he did not know how Wright felt..is an insult to the American People's minds!

    April 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Erica.....will your John McCain piece be on during the second hour. I am really looking forward to it

    April 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Brandi down the bayou.

    alright, I believe the mother's are hurting, but the children are going to be continuously hurt over the years. as a mother, im disgusted that they let their children be abused in that manner.

    yes the women are victims too, but they are adults and can make a choice. the children cannot make a choice legally. they must be protected and the situation must be investigated fully.

    does anyone really believe they are going to admit this caller exists? they say it is impossible, i say it is easy to blend her in with the rest and hide her.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  36. ericacnn

    Carmen, I've been wondering the same thing about the fathers - why arent they speaking up and voicing concern? It's interesting to only offer up the women to speak.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  37. EJ - Ohio

    After these women see Anderson Cooper report their story, they are going to flee so far from that lifestyle. They all are going to let their hair down and start chasing Anderson and even "live blogging" every night.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Sunae, Jacksonville, Fl

    @ Peb, I agree they sound like the stepford wives.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Brian Persaud

    Angela, Virginia>"Maybe it was her powerbrow that hid the tears."

    Oh snap! I was wondering if someone would mention it..:P

    April 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, Ohio

    If these women go to court to demand the return of their children how will they prove which ones are theirs? I doubt that the chiidren even know who their birth mothers are. All I can say is that they are going to keep a lot CSIs busy.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Maureen T

    you sound like you`ve got a frog in your throat. You aren`t catching a cold are you.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  42. Edana Popp

    What can we do as citizens to help shut these compounds down and to send the pedophiles to prison?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Sunae, Jacksonville, Fl

    @ Pat Sims,Obama didn't lie about his bitter comment. What debate were you watching. But Hillary clearly lied about Bosnia. Sleep deprived my foot. Once maybe but not 3 times.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar

    @ Erica,
    do you know what cause that plane crash? I think maybe plane takeoff and crash on the ground......... maybe engine?

    April 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  45. Teresa, Kent, OH

    @ greg: you're too smart, you're genious might be wasted on me.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  46. ronnb

    First they refused to talk with anyone from the outside world, and especially reporters. Now that they feel they have to, they are trying to use the very medium they have criticised as the devil.

    The 3 or 4 polygomists I've heard on CNN in the last few days all sound completely scripted, and unfortunately for them, they sound like they are reading and they are terrible actors. I believe their going on television is only hurting their case. Hearing them read their scripts is almost comical until we all consider the tragic allegations of mass sexual abuse of teenagers and children.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  47. Jennifer

    The fact that these women are so emotionally/socially distant seems to be more a result of living in such a radical environment compared to ours. They sound so similar and like each other, more like a pastor or clergy than an individualized person...

    April 16, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  48. Angela, Virginia

    These mothers need to be deprogrammed. They speak like robots, hollow and without emotion. It seems like a planned and programmed dialog. You know, in case of invasion: say this...

    April 16, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  49. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Is their proof that all 416 children were abused? Or is the states case charging the parents with abuse in allowing marriage between children and adults.

    April 16, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  50. EJ - Ohio

    I think most of the women will get the children back who are under 12 or so.

    The children in the 12-16 age range would need to be monitored...

    April 16, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
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