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. Melissa Pine ridge, KY

    Also while we are on the topic. Can I just say it's hard to get votes in rural white communities if you don't even bother visiting them?
    As you can see I am in KY. We have not seen hide nor hair of Obama in the entire state. However, Hillary, Bill, and even McCain have all been here.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Connie from Ohio

    Dennis from Va. don't bet on it. The Clintons are in fighting mode.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Billi

    Anderson, the media means to most of us all those persons who have a pulpit – on TV, the radio, the internet, newpapers, magazines. Please, please do not deny that the media has influenced this primary. The TIME cover so obviously proves that. There is no winner at this time.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Mike from Syracuse NY

    McCain will have broader appeal than most Republicans because of his maverick image and track record of trying to work with the Dems. The Dems need someone with broad appeal too. They will get 90% of the black vote with eithr HRC or Obama. Who gives them more of the rest?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Terry G. from Canada

    Obama's comments about his mother were so touching. How could someone that speaks that reverantly about his mom have deliberately taken a cheap shot at McCain?

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

    @Yvonne, it has also been said that Hillary won't get the African American votes because +90% of them support Obama.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Luke

    Good Point about Lincoln –
    He had as much experience as Obama and had to handle the Cival War – and I think he did a pretty good job.

    Enjoyed the Obama interview with Wolf –
    I once thought Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama would be a great Dream Ticket,
    but I think that ship has sailed – that is not going to happen now.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Raymond

    Good point, Anderson. The meaning of "the media" has changed quite a bit in recent years, and my guess is, that trend will continue.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  9. Chuck

    Why is it such a horrific thing for Hamas to favor Obama? If one (or more) parties to the ongoing conflict in the middle east believe they are on some level being heard, is that a bad thing?

    While we certainly should not in any way condone terrorism, working to find common ground and put an end to the violence seems like a good thing, yes?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Matt

    I think a Clinton and Obama ticket will come without question. If both always talk about uniting the party after the primaries, that ticket would be the best way to do it.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Connie from Ohio

    You can see in this interview that Obama would make a good President.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Roy from Texas, President Bush surrounded himself with excellent people..That's what everyone said at the time. The buck stops with the President. He or she will make the final decisions.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Dennis v., Alexandria, VA

    I think it's great that Clinton is still in the race. I hope she stays in it to the end. She and Obama will be able to concentrate on how the vision and policies of the Democrats differ so much from the vision policies of John McCain. They won't be spending too much time and energy attacking each other.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Jolene

    Obama said some nice words about his mother. Speaking of mothers, I would love to hear from McCain's mother, she's a spit fire.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Manouela A., MI

    I like the interview and the idea of replaying it. And I also agree with Billi. We really do need to hear more from him and the issues he stands by. It seems like all he is talking about is change, but does not justify what it is to be changed and who, over what period of time...

    May 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Christina, Windber, PA

    That Time cover shows there is a media bias for Obama; at least some media. He hasn't won anything yet.

    When was the last time you saw a footbal game called off in the third quarter because one team was ahead?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Betty Ann

    On day it looks like Obama is ahead the next Hillary. Where will it all end? This is so exciting!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  18. andersoncnn

    Jo Ann. Im not a spokesperson for anyone. As i recall the typical white person remark was also widely covered and discussed. I know we talked about it on this program. In fact i believe it was at the top of our broadcast. I cant speak for "the media" in fact, im not even sure what "the media" means anymore.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Alan

    Yvonne, excellent point. It's called politics as usual in the Clinton campaign.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  20. cory,fl

    what she said wasnt wrong, she was saying the truth, thats all

    May 8, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    There is a percentage of the electorate that will vote based on prejudice – but I think the same "working class" blue collar workers that may not vote for Obama, would probably vote for McCain before they vote for a woman also. Anyone who lets prejudice guide their vote is not likely to have only one prejudice...

    May 8, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Phyllis

    H. Clinton is saying that Obama is not winning the blue collar vote. Obama is winning the African-American vote. Are there no longer any blue collar workers among the African-American population? Where did they go? Maybe she really did mean only white guys.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Manouela A., MI

    I agree with you Tommy, as much as I want to know who each of the candidates will pick as their running mates, I would much rather wait and see, because it just seems like they are getting irritated with all of that!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Maria

    Hilary is too proud of a woman to take the VP position she needs to be number one to change what the Bush administration has done. Barack is certainly more lovable and that is only do to the fact that he represents everything that the country has fought : racism. Barack can show that America is a different world full of hope and understanding unfortunately, republicans can only be beaten by strong fist and a dirty game.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  25. Raymond

    Hillary has already said she is in until there is a nominee, so unless Obama works out a deal for her to be VP, this thing is going all the way to the convention. Obama doesn't have enough delegates to prevent that right now....

    May 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Jennifer - Michigan

    Wolf did a very good job with the interview. He asked some tough questions.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Yvonne

    First Geraldine Ferraro says Obama is winning because he's black. Now Hillary is saying he will lose because he's black. They're confused.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Billi

    We all really need to hear a whole lot more from Obama on taxes, abortion, and much much more. His views have really not been explained well at all.

    We all really need to know what Obama would do if Iran threatens Israel. It is fine to say "he would not have gone into Iraq" ..........heck, I said not to go into Iraq too........does that make me qualified to run for President? He wasn't in the Senate at the time. No one asked him?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Rachael (San Rafael, CA)

    Considering the fact that Senator Clinton seems to already believe that she is the presumptive nominee, I doubt that she would ever accept a Vice-Presidential position, even if she were offered it.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  30. andersoncnn

    we thought it worth replaying the interview in depth tonite.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Roy Mason Hudgens , San Antonio, TX "Go Spurs Go"

    Miss Lorie Ann just let me have it! Romney was stating his opinion of Obama's experience. But isn't the job of the President to surround yourself with the best team possible. Does a President really make any decisions without consulting his team. I guess he or she is as good as their team.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Kenneth Turner

    Anderson it not is the wording But the perception that one cannot say anything about race if you're not obama

    May 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Terry G. from Canada

    Anderson, the same might be said about Obama's choice of words in his response to McCain's comments. It could have been a poor choice of words and had absolutely nothing to do with McCain's age?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Anderson: Why is that any different than the "typical White person" remark by Obama? The media let him talk his way out of that.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Manouela A., MI

    I don't know about that..Obama and Clinton being unstoppable. I used to feel the same way, but as the race is going on, I'm starting to re-think that..

    May 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi Erica, Glad to be with you tonight on the blog. Good show.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Rebecca

    It's heartbreaking here in Washington State hearing "and the winner is..."

    May 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  38. Tina

    Hi back Erica

    May 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Kevin Leo from Jonesboro, GA

    As an African-American who has supported the clintons over the years, I do not believe that they are racists. However, I do believe that they have shown greater racial insensitivity than I would expect from them.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Jessica

    Anderson -

    As the primaries drag on, Clinton seems to be getting more and more ruthless and cutthroat. I see the opposite from Obama. I see his campaign staying strong – even through the "Wright controversy" – and that is a huge part of why I'm voting for him.

    I work for barely over minimum wage. I live paycheck to paycheck. And I am an Obama voter. Who says he can't win over blue-collar, white women? I'm living proof the stereotypes aren't true.

    Thank you for your non-biased coverage of this process. AC360 is THE place for election coverage.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Terri

    We have to remember that both Hillary and Barack is being monitored. Every single word that comes out of their mouth is anaylized by the media and it is spun by the media, not them. I've stopped listening when the media speaks about this one said this and what did they mean by it? Hillary, Bill and Barack are NOT racist in any way.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  42. Manouela A., MI

    This is a pretty intense interview with Barack Obama, Wolf is getting pretty intense with the questions!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  43. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone

    May 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  44. Melissa Booth Pine ridge, KY

    I also am a little suprised at the thinking that she is being racist. We have heard time and time again that Obamas core is the African American community. Isn't that basically the flip side of this coin?

    May 8, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Tina

    Laughing more at Wolf asking Obama if he is ready for the "GOP attack" but hasn't mentioned the fact that the DNC is running false ads against McCain....why didn't Wolf ask Obama if he will denounce those false ads (the 100 year war statement for example)????

    May 8, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Tommy, Sumter SC

    Please STOP IT! It's obvious the man has EARNED the right to choose his running mate at HIS discretion. Why insist on making him select her JUST to please her and her supporters. There are other much more viable candidates out there for him to choose from...AND be successful at it. Believe it or not...Hillary is NOT the only candidate in America!

    May 8, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Alan

    I'm disgusted at the language and innuendo now being dug out from under the rocks of the Clinton campaign. Why doesn't she just come right out and say that the super delegates should give her the nomination on a platter because not enough white people will vote for a black man. First it was Geraldine Ferraro, now it's the candidate herself. Unbelievable.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  48. Jared - Minneapolis

    If Obama and Clinton team up, they will be unstoppable against the Republicans come this fall. The Republicans must be cringing at the thought of this possibility.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Yvonne

    Tell Mitt Romney that Abraham Lincoln spent 8 years as a State Senator and 2 years as a US Senator before he became President. Obama has spent 7 years as State Senator and 3 years in the US Senate. Obama is as qualified as Abraham Lincoln was before he became President.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Does anybody really believe that Obama would even consider Clinton for the VP? For starters, his arrogance would not allow him to share the limelight. He is just pandering to the Clinton supporters.

    May 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
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