May 8th, 2008
09:34 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/8/08

Tonight, is Hillary Clinton injecting race into the race, again? We’ll show you what she said and you can decide for yourself.

We’ll also have Barack Obama’s first interview since his win in North Carolina. See what he says about Clinton and also what he said that upset the McCain campaign.

Plus, the latest news out of Burma where military dictators are keeping cyclone relief to a trickle while bodies rot and survivors go hungry.

And almost 40 years after Charles Manson and his twisted followers painted Southern California red with the blood of seven people there’s new evidence that the Manson Family body count may be even higher. We'll take you to the ranch where more bodies may be buried.

We want to know what you think so we’ll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET. Take a look at a post that may be helpful if you wonder why some comments get posted while others do not. LINK TO COMMENTS POST

And be sure to check out our live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

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  1. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    No matter your Candidate choice, Mitt Romney wasn't stating anything untrue.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Roy Mason Hudgens , San Antonio, TX "Go Spurs Go"

    Romney should check out his record before casting stones. OK, thats it, I'm now a democrate!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Mitt is right on! Obama cliams 20 years of experience. Does that count pre-school?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Lyn

    So the die is cast. McCain can cast Obama as Hamas' choice, but if Obama says McCain has lost his bearings, Obama is making an age slur. Losing one's bearings has to do with core beliefs, and nothing to do with age.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  5. andersoncnn

    Mike, Paris – i understand what you are saying, but i think the people who felt her comments were inappropriate were responding more to the wording she used, and what it implied – as some on the blog tonite have indicated. It very well could just be a slip of the tongue, or a poor choice of words, but i think it was the choice of words that upset some folks.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Diane

    Hillary was quoting an article. Give me a break. Obama is constantly injecting race. In fact, Obama talks about the country coming together, it was getting together before he came around and cause the race problems.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Jacqui Chan

    I don't understand how Hillary's comment is considered by some to be rasist; if 360 and many other news programs tell us on a daily basis the "white female vote" "the black female vote" and the the "65 and older vote" etc... Why can these surveys be held and discussed by media but not the candidates?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    Jo Ann, I agree... Also, can you imagine wanting and working so hard for something for months and then having to come to the realization that you are not going to get the party nomination. Also, she entered the race being the favorite. That has got to be tough...

    May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Sarah, Atlanta GA

    I can't see Hilary or Obama being each other's runnung mate. I think their egos are too big for that.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Janice

    Hillary knows that her best chance to damage Obama is to play the divisive "race" card. This is an indication that she knows that she can't win, but wants to try to damage Obama for the Fall Campaign.

    She has lost all clout within the party, and will lose the NY Senate race because she will have a contender next time because of her weakness.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  11. EJ

    He needs to pick a different VP than Clinton. I think his camp already considered it and ruled it out.

    I'm all for some new blood!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Jolene

    Obama did say he would put Hillary on the "short" list for VP. For some reason calling it a short list doesn't sound very good. I'm sure a short list of candidates is better than a long list but it sounds derogatory to me.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Yvonne

    What I don't understand is if Hillary has the "white vote," then she can help Obama win in November. Is she planning to leave the Democratic Party when Obama is the nominee? She can continue to stand on pick-up trucks and woo that demographic away from McCain and to Obama. She has to become a team player now.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    I think she would take the VP spot, but I think Obama does not want to offer it to her.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Everyone needs to look at numbers. If Obama is even saying she'll split states with him, she's viable for the general. People want her in large enough numbers that she can win. She has a definite argument for being more electable in the general. No one should delude themselves that she doesn't.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Roy Mason Hudgens , San Antonio, TX "Go Spurs Go"

    Does anyone think if Hilary was V.P. she would sit still and behave as a V.P or will she change the face of a V.P. and get more done.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Maria

    Can it be assumed that the republicans want Obama to win the democratic nomination so it will be easier for McCain to win in November?!!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Rick, NJ

    He IS smart and that's why he WON'T put her on the ticket! She represents the old way of doing things and she's a big fibber! She can go back to the Senate and chill!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Kevin Leo from Jonesboro, GA

    The Clintons will neveer admit that they were the cause of losing the Black vote. Their racially insensitive remarks during the SC primary were the breaking point. Prior to that, hillary was holding on to a respectable amount of Black support.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Paris: I have to agree. There are a lot of double standards going on here.

    Why is this any different than the media announcing the Black population areas during the returns? If Clinton is getting the White blue collar worker vote and it is true, she is just stating a fact.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I look forward to the additon of John McCain. I want to hear the Republican side of this election, before Time mag declares anything over.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  22. Kathy

    She won't drop out until somehow she can make it on her terms. Do you think she wants to be VP?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  23. Billi

    EJ, I think the Democratic party is seriously underestimating the weakness of Senator Obama as well as the voter intent of many Clinton supporters. Obama may very well havethis nomination secured but he is so far, far away from winning the election. Many Clinton supporters will not support Obama.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Roy Mason Hudgens , San Antonio, TX "Go Spurs Go"

    I wonder if and when He is the nominee, will we as a country embrace him as we did Kennedy? I am a republican (I think), but He is growing on me!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Ditto Paris. Obama only took 1/3rd of the white vote in NC, and 92% of the black vote. In the general election that won't win. Clinton is stating fact, not opinion.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Emma

    While watching the news today, I thought Hillary had dropped out and I had somehow missed the story. The race is not over....despite what the media says.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Melissa Booth Pine ridge, KY

    I agree. If it were me, I would not have gone this far to simply give up. Actually I like the fact she hasn't given up. I also haven't voted yet. 😉

    May 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Bonnie

    If he is smart he will put her on the ticket!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    I have been a strong Hillary supporter and I was insulted before when the Clintons were accused (I thought wrongly) of injecting race into this campaign. However, I cringed when I heard Hillary's latest statement, when asked about how she can still win, she cited statistics saying "hard working white Americans" are voting for her. I am very disappointed. To me, a lifelong democrat, it is plain wrong for any candidate to continue a campaign based on the fact that white americans won't vote for Obama. This is an entirely contrary to the principals of most democrats and I am sad that the first female candidate can't make a more positive case for herself at this point. I still believe that Hillary would make the better President, but I believe that Obama would be far better than McCain. I'll be voting Obama in November and I hope we Americans will demonstrate the best of our character this fall.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Sarah A. Thousand Oaks, California.

    Agreed, Paris. Honestly, given that Obama keeps saying that he's Mr. No Washington Games, it's rather funny that he had a big temper tantrum when it came to counting Michigan and Florida. I guess he doesn't play Washington Games until they might not go in his favor.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Jen in Mex.

    Politics is the U.S. are fascinating. Anything is possible. Hillary believes that, Obama knowes, that and that is what makes America great! Also, it keeps the viewers glued to the screens (tv and laptops!).

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Janna

    What would happen if she DID drop out and a huge scandal hit Obama? Not likely, but possible. For the party's sake, just let her ride it out without three weeks of speculation.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Zenta, New York, NY

    Even though the primary elections has not ended yet, it seems Mr. Obama believes and has strong confidence that he would be nominated to the presidential cadidate of the party, based on the interview...

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Betty Ann

    I'm for Hillary but I am a little weary of all the bickering.
    Time for a candidate choice~

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Clinton knows that she hasn't a chance, but she isn't just going to hand it over to Obama. I really can't really blame her.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  36. cory,fl

    how will obama do these things he says he is going to do, can anyone ever ask him

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Roy Mason Hudgens , San Antonio, TX "Go Spurs Go"

    I saw that interview with Obama. He did a great job. He showed his emotions about his mother. I like a "human" candidate.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Terri

    Perhaps the Clintons should not have overestimated themselves from the beginning.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Rhiannon

    Anderson, I had thought that Clinton couldn't possibly go any lower than she already has, but my jaw literally dropped when I heard her UNBELIEVABLY racist comments today. These comments absolutely have crossed the worst line ever not to mention openly insulting the MILLIONS OF WHITE AMERICANS WHO HAVE VOTED FOR BARACK.
    Since when are we not "hard-working" Americans? This is the most unkindest cut of all.

    Rhiannon in Little Rock, AR

    May 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Hey everyone,

    It's not over until he's declared the winner. And that hasn't happened yet.
    Don't count her out just yet.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Jolene

    Hi bloggers! Program sounds good tonight. Nice mix. Hillary's got 3 more weeks, then, I do think something will have to give! Hillary thinking she will get the popular vote with MI and FL is interesting. Doesn't make too much sense to me since those primaries were nothing but a beauty contest, nothing "popular" about them.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  42. cory,fl

    time went to far, why cant they just wait

    May 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  43. Paris

    Hillary is telling the truth.

    When Obama says the same thing you call it the real issues of this country.
    When Hillary says it, you call it injecting race?
    This is called bias, bias, and bias.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Kathy, Chicago

    Yikes, they can't drop out until I see Bill next week!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  45. EJ

    Perhaps the Clintons should not have underestimated Barack Obama from the beginning.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Rick, NJ

    Good 'ole Clintons. LOL! They just don't get it!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Saera El Paso, TX

    hello everybody
    looking forward to a great show!!!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Sarah, Atlanta GA

    Hi Anderson!!! Sounds like an interesting program tonite.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and bloggees.

    Hope everyone had a great Thursday. Looking forward to a great show

    May 8, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. andersoncnn

    good evening everyone. thanks for joining us on the blog

    May 8, 2008 at 9:54 pm |
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