May 2nd, 2008
06:45 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks.....It is Friday!!!

There doesn't seem to be a ton of news out there today...so with the North Carolina Primary and the Indiana Primary ONLY FOUR days away, we will do a lot of politics tonight. Candy Crowley will cover the democrats for us from Indiana today. Hillary spends the day in North Carolina, BUT Obama splits his time between Indiana and North Carolina...the race has tightened up in the tar heel state...

Here are few of this morning's political headlines for you to chew over...

USA TODAY: Obama Narrows Superdelegate Gap...The Democratic nomination race is murkier than ever. Hillary Rodham Clinton is rising in the polls while Barack Obama is gaining ground among superdelegates who will decide the winner.

WASHINGTON POST: Clinton Defends Gas Tax...With polls showing signs of erosion in his candidacy, Sen. Barack Obama sought Thursday to shift the focus of the Democratic campaign away from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and back to the economy and his dispute with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton over her proposal to suspend the federal tax on gasoline.

WASHINGTON TIMES: Mccain Sets Sights on Moderates...Faced with a crumbling Republican Party image, Sen. John McCain is gambling on a general-election strategy that relies on winning over conservative Democrats and independents, breaking with President Bush's 2000 and 2004 game plan of focusing on the party's core voters.

NYTIMES: Clinton May Be Hopeful, But Barack Rolls On...Have Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination improved as Senator Barack Obama has struggled through his toughest month of this campaign?

INDIANAPOLIS STAR: Some Refuse To Budge From Candidates' Corners..It's voters that say if their candidate is not chosen as the Democratic candidate they may not vote or may vote Republican - and they're easy to find not only in Indiana but across the nation - that have some Democrats worried that this long primary battle between Obama and Clinton could leave the party divided and defeated this November.

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Some Blacks May Sit Out If Obama Loses Nomination...Some black voters are making it very clear: They're concerned that Barack Obama is going to be denied the Democratic presidential nomination that they see as rightfully his, and if that happens, a lot of them may stay home in November.

WSJ: Democrats Scramble for Indiana...Determining the victor in Tuesday's presidential nominating contest in Indiana could very well be left to that most elusive of Democratic primary voter: the Republican.

NY TIMES: Minister's Comments Hold Little Sway in Indianapolis Enclave...In the cafes, gift stores and the gourmet dog biscuit shop in this city’s neighborhood of Broad Ripple Village, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s name draws all sorts of responses — sighs, rolling eyes, laughter, grim silence.

ALSO, Soledad O'Brien takes a look at blacks and whites and how they learn? Roland Fryer at Harvard Did a study on 10,000 9 month old babies-and found no innate differences between black and white kids. By age 3 differences appeared. But clearly they're not innately different, via his research. Fryer says the takeaway is all kids learn differently, its not race based difference.

AND FINALLY... A new poll suggests that President Bush is the most unpopular president in modern American history. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush is handling his job as president. NO president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup Poll; in fact, this s the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark...OUCH!!!

I guess it is time for a new President...

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Yes We Can

    Rev. Wright was invited to the Clinton Whitehouse. There are pictures of the Clinton's greating him at a black tie dinner. Hillary has no morale values, 60% of the people can't trust her, she lies, she had no idea what was going on in the Whitehouse before – how can she possible run the Country? Barack Obama is a leader that you can trust. Barack made the right choice not to go to war in Iraq – Hillary didn't. Barack is making the right choice in the "holiday gas rebate". Again, Hillary isn't. She would do anything for votes. Desperate people do desperate things. All of her supports are going to Obama. I can hardly wait to see what James Carville says about them. Bill & Hillary don't own the superdelegate they just think they do. Hillary has to win 70% of the remaining states to go ahead of Obama. That is impossible.
    Obama 08

    May 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  2. jay

    Speaking of news....What ever happened to the Congressional hearings that were supposed to occur in mid-April regarding the $300 million military contract awarded to the company in Florida headed by a 22-year-old?

    May 2, 2008 at 9:20 pm |
  3. Charlie Jackson

    AC 360 and his buddies are trying hard for Senator Obama as usual. CNN simply committed to Senator Obama and CNN will make sure OBAMA will get more coverage becuase they are and they have been the mouth piece of OBAMA CAMPAIGN

    May 2, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  4. Marilen

    After all of the attention given to the comments of Rev. Wright this past week, it is only fair to also cover the recent YouTube video with comments by Mickey Kantor. The mainstream media has not given it any coverage even though it is all over the internet. I hope that you cover it as it deserves some attention. If it is true, it is paramount to the Rev. Wright controversy for Hillary Clinton.

    May 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm |
  5. xtina, chicago

    the problem with voting for someone based on what they WOULD do is that anyone can get up there and say the things they think most voters want to hear. Why don't we look at what a candidate has ALREADY done that is in keeping with what they believe. For example, what has Obama done in Illinois that shows change?

    May 2, 2008 at 8:26 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Will you guys be doing anything on the Mickey
    Kantor controversy?I don't know what to believe
    is it real or doctored. It has the most diggs for
    today. Because if it is not true someone is trying
    to stir up trouble in Indiana. Just take a look at
    vimeo. You create anything these days.

    May 2, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  7. Anders Scooper

    Obama is gaining ground among the superdelegates because he gives more money to them. The more money he gives the superdelegates the more likely they are to vote for him.

    May 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  8. JC

    As an undecided independent, it's very clear to me the Barack Obama and not his wife, needs to convince the general public that he has the strength to lead this nation; the Super Delegates will put him over the top yet in a general election, he has to convince people that he is not meek or weak; it's so obvious that he is a follower and that his wife is the strong person in their relationship; Barack followed her to Rev. Wright and then followed Rev. Wright for twenty years; he needs to now put his wife off to the side and be more demonstrative in his actions, rhetoric and positions; Hillary is actually doing a much better job of showing that she really wants the Presidency; this is a job interview and Obama isn't really showing that he wants the position; shelf the wife, shelf the Kennedys and come out swinging; if he can't knock out John McCain, then he's weaker than he's showing right now; which is saying an awful lot.

    May 2, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  9. shelley

    If Michelle Obama sat in the pews and took her children to hear Rev. Wright for their 10 years of formative learning what does that say about her judgement, beliefs, values, attitudes? Perhaps he was away and did not hear his sermons about conspiracy theories and continued anger and hatred about past abuses but his wife and children who he is now saying are his rock and strength did. Do they communicate?

    May 2, 2008 at 12:53 pm |
  10. Kate

    I hope this will get posted so as to clear up some misinformation
    that some bloggers have been posting.
    The pastor who was convicted of molesting a 7yr old was NOT
    and i repeat NOT the Clinton's pastor. He was a pastor from
    the TOWN of Clinton.
    So please stop complaining about a double standard for Obama
    and Rev Wright and the mistaken pastor from Clinton and the
    Clinton's not getting harassed about him . I'm sure you can
    see there is a good reason for it . He ISN'T their PASTOR.
    You'll have to find another unfair conspiracy theory to cling to.
    Geez I'm Canadian and even I knew this one.

    May 2, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
  11. Kathie

    The only thing Obama excels at is to criticize everyone else's
    solutions to the probems.
    Here's a thought why don't you try coming up with some of
    your own solutions. Ooops forgot you don't have any.
    Your solutions go the way of your votes on important issues
    you just say PRESENT.
    When will Obama supporters realize his lips move but he
    doesn't say anything productive.

    May 2, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  12. Ken Boehs

    Frankly, at this time I am very disappointed with your obsessive and unending reporting on Rev. Wright speech excerpts, especially with what I perceive as CNN's attempts (a la FOX News) to somehow directly associate Sen. Obama's campaign and objectives with Wright's rhetoric thus trying to poison certain elements of the viewing public. You try to make a judgement case against Obama for having Wright as his Pastor for over 20 years – his Pastor mind you, not a close member of his campaign or advisory group....well what about the judgement of hundreds of other politicians and millions of Americans in the Catholic Church and their relationship with their Priests – a scandalous and disproportionate portion who have been proven guilty of truly heinous crimes which pales in comparison to just some inflammatory sound bites. What about the Bush family association with Rev. Moon, what about McCain's association and active support by a questionable pastor....who is Hillary's pastor and what lies in that closet...where is the fair and balanced reporting particularly before critical upcoming primaries? With arguably the most critical time in the American experience before us with economic, global warming/environment, social, war/terror and international affairs issues....doesn't it seem paramount that the emphasis would be on HOW each candidate will approach, organize and gather the critical resources to address our problems....not the insignificant and unimportant drama that in recent nights you have been feeding the soap opera crowd.

    May 2, 2008 at 12:25 pm |
  13. Dee

    Anderson could you please look into a video that is playing on youtube about Mickey Kantor (clinton's camp) making remarks about
    the people in Indiana. I think that since so much was made of Obama that this should also be checked into.

    Thank you

    May 2, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  14. Vanessa

    Why do we have to wait till AFTER the conventions to see Obama, Clinton and McCain debate?

    I think we should break with tradition and start to talking NOW.

    How can we, as the nation's public, encourage that?


    May 2, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  15. Deboiona

    With all the talk about Rev. Wright why is it no one is commenting on the black lash on Hillary's comment on ABC's "Good Morning America program .

    She stated that if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel while she was president, "we would be able to totally obliterate them."

    What did she think would happen when she put that out there. Is she for stoping war or creating it. Now they know she said this what chance do we have creating peace with our allies when she is making treats!

    Obama has my vote now!

    May 2, 2008 at 11:39 am |
  16. theresa

    Hey Anderson, the other night when Obama was having a rally in NC you said (we're going to monitor what he says and break in if he brings up rev. wright).....this is why he can't put it behind him....the media continues to bring it up and weigh in....i love to watch your show, but i couldn't understand why you didn't say let's listen and hear about the issues....when the media is blamed, it appears to be awe whatever, but this is why the party is hurting...it's not rev wright...he's been preaching for 40 years and it took Obama running for president to expose his preaching and teachings?....why michael moore get's an oscar for making a movie on the same topics...why does other famous politicians, movie stars and activists get free rides for slamming the war and the government for all sorts of failures, but when rev. wright says it, it's BLOWN UP!.....i'm not condoning him, but it's clearly a fact that "controversy" is more important to the news than the issues....i will be happy when you get back to the real news. there's so much going on in the US and around the world, but out of an hour news, 55 minutes are dedicted to rev. wright...it's getting ridiculous.

    May 2, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  17. Louise Brien

    I do not believe that the Rev. Wright controversy will have that much of an effect on Obama's lead.....this is so minor in comparison with the Clintons' controversies over the years......Have we forgotten the amount of tax payers dollars spent investigating White Water, Impeachment hearings....etc......hope in the upcoming primaries, voters don't suffer a Hillary memory laspe and forget the past! Our country needs OBAMA!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 at 10:56 am |
  18. Cherisa

    Several newsworthy items have popped up since this early morning post – the weather and the release of Zimbabwe's presidential election results, to name a few. Is it possible you could devote some time tonight to something other than politics? The show is more engaging when it covers a range of topics, as it did last night.

    May 2, 2008 at 10:55 am |
  19. Annie Kate

    Gosh! If I remember my American history correctly even Lyndon Johnson in the midst of the unpopular war in Vietnam had a higher approval rating than GW Bush. Makes you wonder if that will be the summation of Bush's legacy – most unpopular president ever. He's definitely not been an asset for the US...

    While you all are at it today, pass the word to Candy Crowley that we miss her posts to the blog. I hope she will post again soon.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    May 2, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  20. Dee Stevens

    Anderson loves to report and broadcast all the polical news as it unfolds each and every day.

    May 2, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  21. Dee Stevens

    Tuesdays primary is getting closer. Something is cooking in this election today. Hillary will probably win in Indiana. AC 360 has the news.

    May 2, 2008 at 10:09 am |