April 24th, 2008
09:38 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/24/08

Tonight, for the first time since his words nearly derailed Sen. Obama’s campaign, Reverend Jeremiah Wright is speaking out.  He responds to critics and comments on how Obama handled him.  We’ll have extended clips so you get the full context of his statements. 

 Also, we’ll put Sen. Hillary Clinton’s math to the test.  Is she really ahead in popular votes like she says she is?  And how will that impact the superdelegates? 

And heartbreak in Texas as the children of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous ranch were bused away to foster care.  Should they be separated from their parents?  And who actually made the call that triggered the raid?  Gary Tuchman has new details on the woman who may be responsible. 

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  1. Chuck in Alabama

    NIght All! Enjoy sharing with this "civil" group. Nice to hear other opinions and concerns in a well moderated forum.

    Good Show Campbell and Erica.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    Great CJ. Most people will have a different perspective if they listen. I have learned when I view things with an open heart I make the right decision. The article in the Chicago Tribune really tells a lot a the man.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Jolene

    Cute dog! Anything with a dog in it, works for me.

    I like Erica's reference to it being Friday Eve. It gets you that much more excited for the weekend.

    Nite bloggers!

    April 24, 2008 at 10:58 pm |

    Lots of questions . . . As for alien culture, what I meant is that the return of Rev. Wright and the repeat of his sermons on the air might suggest to some voters that Obama comes from a culture that is alien to many Americans. Wright is a good spokesman for himself, but the subject is probably not one that Obama would like to be discussing now.

    Religion vs. "a bunch of nuts." There is nothing wrong with being nuts or having eccentric views. You can only lose your children if you subject them to abuse or neglect. And incest, as another viewer suggests, is clearly a form of abuse. What's more interesting is whether all the kids should be taken away if only a few have been abused. I don't know the answer to that question, but I bet it comes up.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Good show and conversation tonight. See you all tomorrow

    BTW – Erica, LOVE the red pumps 🙂

    April 24, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. deborah,OH

    I agree with Karen. These kids are damaged now, and it's going to be a long road which ever way it goes for them.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Tracy, Colonial Heights, VA

    Goodnight, all! Happy Friday Eve, and congrats, Erica and Teresa on your excellent captions!

    April 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  8. CJ

    Is there any more word as to how many parents actually left the compound for parts unknow? Thats what I heard reported yesterday that many are thought to have fled the area already leaving their kids behind, is this true?

    April 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  9. Jacqueline

    Wow! this FLDS situation is just too sum up in these talks. But my gut feeling is, that the children sholud stays with the MOTHERS, UNTIL it is sorted out..

    CONGRATS, ERICA!!! and Teresa!!!

    April 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Fay, CA

    It's so bizarre that Rosita Swinton's mental issues were the catalyst for bringing down FLDS–she needs help, but her actions will ultimately help some girls who are in trouble there.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Jacqui Chan

    if this girl was smart she would have gotten a pay by minute pone so it could not be so easily tracked...

    April 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  12. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Maybe all these kids should be sent through a deprogramming program and then be given a choice if they want to go back or not.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Carmen, Marina, CA

    Jeffrey....Thanks for your perspective on the FLDS issues this evening. Your legal mind always rounds out the other issues on any topic. (I am not usually an outspoken fan of anyone, TV folks or not, but I have admired your contributions for a long time and glad for the opportunity to tell you so in almost real-time!)

    April 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  14. CJ

    Erica, have they said if they are going to persue a case against this lady in Colorado?

    April 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  15. Chuck in Alabama

    Gary is always knocking on doors and getting no reply. Poor man.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  16. Jolene

    Well, after seeing the video of this 33 year old woman, it is apparent that she has a problem. So she's on probation, what was the plea deal? I hope it is to go get some help.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  17. CJ

    Cynthia, I have listened to two complete surmons, and after having done so, I changed my mind as to my thoughts on the whole issue. I was at first pretty livid about it all, but not any longer. If you listen to it you have to do so with an open mind and really listen to it all, you will really gain a greater insight at what he was saying

    April 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Jacqui Chan

    what is this woman's motive??
    do you think she is trying desperately to help in her own way or is this some weird desperate need for attention??

    April 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Lesli


    The children had to be removed from the compound or they would have been taken away to another location by their parents. That's how these people opperate.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Michael, NC

    So, how did this woman find this information on the FLDS ranch anyway?

    April 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Steven-Hixson,TN

    As a foster parent,my feelings are mixed about the removal of the children of FLDS.They are accustomed to their family unit and being thrust into a world with questionable social values such as America has,could be very damaging.On the other hand,if abuse is proven then removal is the only way to protect them from predatory older males.
    If it turns out that there is no abuse in the homes,rather only the disgruntled opinion of former church members who have an axe to grind,then even so,this damage done to these young hearts and minds is un-do-able.If this is a hoax,then the perpetrator needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law will allow.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Melinda

    Reguarding David Gergen and the other commentators insight to church leaders comments. I was a member of a totally white Southern Baptist church in Kentucky. It was preached weekly that races do not intermarry or become involed in personal relationships. It was also common practice to remind you to vote for the current Republican candidate. I believe racism and politics are more prevalent than we may want to admit. Maybe we should be willing to attend each others church before we comment . Because it is in church , that we learn "not" to judge one another.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Jacqui Chan

    this is sad for Obama on a personal level that he pretty much stood by his pastor atleast at first and now he is making him look bad. Most poeple were looking for Obama to diown him ...

    April 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  24. Mischae Locke

    I think what they're doing to the kids is unfair. Maybe they should have counselors go into the compound to continue counseling the children but to just snatch them away from the lives they know is unfair. I know there are problems within the compound but there are many ways to go about solving this problem

    April 24, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
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