May 21st, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/21/08

We start tonight with fighting words from Sen. Hillary Clinton and perhaps a new endgame. Today she told the Associated Press she'll take her campaign all the way to the convention. She's now talking about a floor fight to seat delegates from Florida and Michigan if she loses a party ruling late next week.

Down in Eldorado, Texas, child welfare workers were turned away from Warren Jeffs' Yearning for Zion ranch. They were trying to investigate reports that children remain inside the polygamist compound but sect members said the agency didn't have a search warrant. David Mattingly was allowed in through and he's keeping them honest. You can read about what's going on in court in this dispatch.

Forty dead young men across the country. Smart, popular, promising students found drowned and at place where they fell into the water a smiley face. Is it coincidence or the sign of a team of serial killers? Randi Kaye investigates. Check out her blog for a sneak peek.

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  1. CaseyJPS - California

    Mike, Syracuse>
    "It seems to me that the Democratic Party has always been just a little smug about being the party of inclusiveness. It seems that things have degenerated into playing the race and gender cards on each other. How much is the inclusiveness is just PC vs true feelings?"

    You are so right. The Dems come-off as being the "Do AS I Say, Not As I Do" party.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Chuck in Alabama

    I'm pretty much thinking the General Election is going to come down to the VP choices.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Mark

    Who is Katrinia Heuvel? She is an Obama supporter so we must view anything she says as "SPINNING FOR OBAMA".

    If Heuvel ever suffered from "sexism", then she will better understand what Hillary has gone through during this election.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Vange Toronto Canada

    Clinton does'nt want the rules changed ! Think people! All she wants is everyones vote to count ! Thats democracy...CHANGE, thats want she wants. REAL CHANGE...Actions speak louder than words.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Sarah in Tampa

    Why wouldn't McCain pick a current Govenor?

    As a democrat (who may wind up voting for a McCain in November if Obama is the nominiee), I think McCain would be smart to bring in a current Govenor who is more middle of the road.

    I would love it if he picked Crist.....

    May 21, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  6. marylouzambrano

    Hi anderson,1st time on the blog,watch your show every nite,great show.South Texas loves you

    May 21, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Chuck in Alabama

    Obama never had to say anything about being black. For some "magical" reason, 85+% of blacks have voted for him.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  8. EJ

    I do think that Huckabee would be the best choice for McCain. He would add so many in the bible belt that do not really support McCain.

    Jindal is too young – 36 – c'mon. Even if he had the experience his age just screams "no experience."

    I thought Crist would be good but some say McCain would already have Florida locked in.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Jolene

    What I'd like to know is why some candidates chose to remove their names from the ballot while other's didn't. If MI was to be punished for moving up their primary, then all candiates should have removed their names from the democratic ballot.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Chuck if I remember correctly, Senator Obama said that he would go along with whatever the DNC decided.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Erica!!!!
    I agree with you!!!!! I hope so glitch free.......

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Fingers crossed Erica 🙂

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Kris Kuhlmann

    If Hillary Clinton had been treated fairly from the beginning, and not ignored and run over by the Obama supporters and political pundits, he wouldn't have the Superdelegate lead. The Democratic Party is in love with the idea of Obama, an African-American man. But what they are not getting is that HE CAN'T WIN. Sorry, guys, but it is your mother who knows best and can put this country back in proper order. Obama represents just an echo of her platform, with an addition of some dangerous ideas about foreign policy.

    P.S. Why doesn't Gloria Bolger admit her support of Obama- it's SO obvious- and frustrating for Clinton supporters, or anyone who has no dog in this hunt.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jason-R. Good point. Obama should tell his black supporters that if they are voting for him due to race, he doesn't want their votes. It's interesting that the exit polls seem to only ask the white voters the question about 'does race matter'. I'd like to see the same statistics on black voters.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Ariston, Miami Beach I FL

    It was great seeing Hillary and Obama in Florida tonight. I can appreciate HIllary's effort to fight until the end. At the same time, I hope she will do it tactfully if it comes to that.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Linda, Los Angeles

    I think the point that most are missing is that they signed this pact in 2007, ample time need for the MI and FL Democratic party to adhere to the rules and reschedule the primary. The fault lies with the FL and MI Democratic party.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Mike

    If the white working class voters who vote for Clinton are racists what are the 92% black voters who vote for Obama (many of whom are working class)?

    May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I have a feeling no matter what is decided the Dems are going to have a big mess on their hands. Dems are so divided right now it is actually really sad. This election is the Dems to loose and from the looks of it that is very possible

    May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  19. CaseyJPS - California

    Super delegates will not vote contrary to pledged delegates. There would be a revolution in the ranks of the Democratic Party, especially considering he's African American. No, super delegates don't dare step outside the will of their "constituents," at least not this time.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Yvonne

    No matter who McCain chooses as VP, he will still lose. If he picks 36-year-old Governor Bobby Jindal, they won�t be able to criticize Obama about being young and inexperienced. If he picks Governor Charlie Crist it will be a lot of white hair in the White House. If he picks Romney or Huckabee, case closed. It�s a good year for the Dems.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    I would hope that after the FL & MI delegates are seated and all the other primaries held that we will have a nominee and can come together to prepare for the Republicans.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  22. mark

    I have to give to hilary she is a fighter, and I believe both of these candidates are well qualified and will be good commander in chieafs

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Kimberly

    I hope Hillary stays in... If Hillary is not the nominee I will be voting for McCain. I hope he picks Mitt Romney as his VP, he needs some one younger to compliment him. I thought back in November it would come down to Romney and Clinton as the nominees... it has been a strange race. Choose Romney!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  24. EJ

    Well if isn't the one & only Erica Hill!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  25. David NC

    Sure there was sexism in the race against Hillary. Obama address the racism he faced in Philadelphia and still there is racism against him. Hard working blue collar white men not voting for him. I think racism was a consideration in his not campaigning in West Virginia and Kentucky.

    For Hillary it is her way or the highway. I wouldn't be surprised if she takes this to court.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Bonnie

    I wish John McCain could get Colin Powell as his running mate.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Jacob

    The rules MUST allow all 50 states to vote. No ONE knew that we would have such a close race so it is absurd for us to hold the candidates to anybody saying that FL and MI shouldn't have counted.

    FL and MI are very very large states and they would both vote for Hillary by a majority. So Obama obviously doesn't want to count those. BUT WE MUST count them. Forget about who broke what rule by holding their primary early... So what if they held their primary early. What does that matter?????

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  28. April in Texas

    Hillary's math and logic is so confusing. She says she wants to count every vote yet she is excluding those who voted undecided in Michigan ( they were told to vote undecided if for another canidate) and then to disfranchise some caucus votes as well. Her math is fuzzy and delusional.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  29. ericacnn

    Hi, bloggers – let's hope we stay glitch-free tonight !

    May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Minou, New York City

    Megan O: yeah, well, how much would we see Obama fight if it were the reverse situation? You can hardly blame Hillary for fighting...everybody would.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Phil

    If the DNC changes the rule of the contest It will go a long way to enforce the dual standards in America. Did't she sign off on this before the campaign began when she thought she would win.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Jennifer - Michigan

    I really like John King's Magic Board. The name is fitting also. It's fun to watch him using it being that he's so proficient.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar

    Good job John!!!! he is best his hands on magic wall last night and tonight!!!!!!!!! Cool John!!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  34. Rose from Southern Calif

    As a women i am mad by the way they have treated her, she's a candidate just like the other's. The only differents is she a women.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  35. EJ

    There are MANY saying they will only vote for Barrack Obama because he is BLACK… Why doesn;t SEN Obama tell these people NOT to vote for him

    Same reason it would be silly for Clinton to tell women not to vote for her because she's a woman.

    Your argument would be comparable if you said "Why doesn't Obama tell the men who would never vote for a woman that he doesn't want their vote."

    (Like that's going to work. I don't think either tactic would work. People will vote for whomever they want regardless of whether or not the candidate wants their vote.)

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  36. Billi

    Death Valley IS an interesting way to put it.

    Watch out, CNN, you are using the term "white voters" now -- race baiting?? Hillary will be accused if she quotes you tomorrow.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    I love JOhn and the magic map!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  38. yassine from morocco

    how can hillary claim she's an honest candidate she's cheating on primaries rules!i wonder what she would do with the veto if she becomes the president.:)

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  39. CaseyJPS - California

    McCain cannot beat Obama on issues. I see his personal story as being (maybe) the most appealing thing about him.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Mike Syracuse, NY; I would be interested to know if you would also like to see Obama say the same thing to the black voters who support him?

    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  41. Jennifer in DC

    Anderson, I'd be curious to know how "the best political team on television" thinks Michigan and Florida would have gone had they had their primaries later and they would have counted.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Missy

    By taking this to the convention, is Hilary trying to ensure Obama loses so she can run again in 4 years?

    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  43. Eric

    Stop making Obama the bad guy about FLA and MI.!!! The govs made the decision to move the date–where is their responsibility in this??? Talk about this Anderson, PLEASE!!! Tired of the whining!!!!

    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  44. mark

    I do agree with cynthia regarding MI and FL, and I do have to dissagree with all people who say they wont vote for the other candidate since no one wants a third bush term in the white house

    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  45. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It seems to me that the Democratic Party has always been just a little smug about being the party of inclusiveness. It seems that things have degenerated into playing the race and gender cards on each other. How much is the inclusiveness is just PC vs true feelings?

    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Kevin Leo from Jonesboro, GA

    There is such an ugly double standard at play here...Hillary is praised for going against the boy's club, rallying women behind her, and constantly talking up the fact that she is a woman running for president.

    If Barack were to ever attempt to say something along the same lines about being a Black man and rallying Blacks to him, he would be marginalized and criticized as the "Black candidate" or playing the race card.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Chuck in Alabama

    Obama's overture about the votes in FL and MI is just as "pnadering" as any attack he threw at Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  48. Rick

    It is my understanding that even with MI & Fl. Obama still has the lead in pledge delegates.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  49. Lisa

    I live in Florida and blame only the powers that be who decided to move up the primary election. The rules should not be changed now, either in FL or in MI. If Clinton will not play by the rules now, when?

    May 21, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  50. Elle

    The sensitivity in the campaign towards racism and the protective messures were always in force by the media and respective party.
    However there was no protection,defense nor respect extendend to
    put a stop to the horrid sexism Hillary had to endure.

    May 21, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
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