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May 22nd, 2008
09:34 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/22/08

Another pastor and another political problem. When evangelical minister John Hagee endorsed Sen. John McCain it was no secret that was Hagee is controversial. He's called the Catholic Church "the great whore" and a "cult." But today, after a recording of Hagee saying Hitler had been fulfilling God's will surfaced McCain rejected Hagee's endorsement. What impact will this have on his campaign? We've got the raw politics.

Also tonight, a huge victory for the parents of Warren Jeffs' polygamist sect. A Texas appeals court said there wasn't enough evidence to support the initial claim of abuse and the state should never have taken children from the ranch. So what happens to them now?

CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin has been following this story from the beginning and he blogged about the ruling. Jeffrey will be on the program tonight along with Rod Parker who is an attorney for the FLDS church. David Mattingly interviewed a young woman who gave birth while in custody of the state and Anderson will interview a former FLDS member who lived through the 1953 raid.

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  1. Larry

    McCain never referred to Hagee as his spiritual mentor of 20 years nor as how Obama claimed the personal relationship of Wright to his family.

    Obama is going down the wrong road if he wants to take on McCain in that theatre.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Chuck in Alabama

    In this age of instant information, politicians are being forced to alter the old game. We are the benefactors.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  3. carmen

    This Hagee thing is as ridiculous and the Wright issue was, but I must admit I love the retribution.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Derek in PA

    What hurts me is that McCain knew of Hagee's ramblings about the Catholic Church and McCain side stepped that. Why couldn't he reject Hagee then? Whats the difference?

    May 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Kathie,Ontario. Canada

    Nice try by Obama to compare his relationship with Wright to
    McCain's relationship with Hagee.. McCain never said Hagee
    was like a member of his family like an "uncle" to him like
    Obama did with Wright. It doesn't fly Obama

    May 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Fay, CA

    It's hard to believe that these "religious" figures have so much influence–their views are so completely ludicrous.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Claire

    Oh he's not anti gay but he thinks God would bring a hurricane to punish "them"? Please. This is really sickening.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Carmen; McCain didn't look any less sincere than Obama did when he renounced Wright.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Yvonne

    I knew the unfair attacks against Rev. Wright would open an area that politics should not be in. The Republicans are getting a taste of what they've started. None of these ministers should be pulled into the political race. I believe evangelicals like myself are going to flock to Obama, because he's the most truthful, honest candidate.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Kathy S

    Momma was sooooooo right Chuck!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Chuck, I agree 100%. Obama sat in Wright's church for 20 years, and called him his mentor.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Carmen, Marina, CA

    McCain is cleaning house, early enough in the general election cycle, to get the dust-up under control, before people march to the polls. Smart move. Maybe. These issues may still come back to bite him, especially if he goes after Obama on similar issues. Watch out, America...a political explosion is on the horizon.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Kimether, Atlanta

    McCain, once again, is making a situation all about Obama; he was very quick to say how he was not a member of the church, or attended the church for 20 years. Really a low blow.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  14. Kayle, CT

    I don’t get how Hagee and Reverend Wright are any different. I have heard Hagee say some of the most agonizingly offensive things I have ever heard, there's no exception for racism.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Chuck in Alabama

    Momma always said "Politics and religion just don't mix."

    May 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  16. DeniseGA

    What a flip flopper!

    Sought out their (Hagee,Parsley) endorsements, now denouncing them! That is purely political!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Claire

    It always boggles my mind when so called men of God preach hate. It really makes me shake my head. Who is he to judge others?

    May 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Claire in Birmingham, AL

    I swear, you guys... we Christians are not as crazy as the evangelicals you see on TV. Honestly. I'm sickened by his comments and I'm glad that McCain dropped him.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Genevieve M, TX

    I agree with Megan, Erica should sit at the big desk tonight! After all, she is "subbing at home base" for him. 🙂

    May 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Linda, Los Angeles

    I think the big difference is that McCain want after these endorsements. If you are going after an endorsement, shouldn't you vet them first?

    May 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  21. Kathy S

    Lisa – I agree
    And there has been a lot of stupid things said this primary season!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  22. carmen

    Denise, I think Hillary's pastor deserves equal time – LOL

    May 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Kimether, Atlanta

    Hello everyone!
    I am very excited to finally hear that the Hagee endorsement is finally catching up to McCain. I new it was stupid when he accepted it, and was just waiting to see it blow up.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Chuck in Alabama

    It's a lot harder to believe McCain believes what Hagee said than it is Obama believing in what Wright proscribes after sitting in that church for 20 years and then claiming Wright as a "old uncle."

    May 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Obmama refers to the guy as 'his Hagee'. Hagee was never McCain's pastor.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar

    I disagree with John Hagge commments!!!!!!!!! not good news for John McCain.....

    May 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Fay, CA

    Hagee has long been known for making outrageous statements–McCain should have never accepted his endorsement in the first place.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  28. DeniseGA

    Maybe now we will move past the "pastors" of the candidates, and talk about the real issues this country is facing!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  29. CaseyJPS - California

    Thank goodness Obama is taking the high road.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  30. carmen

    fact is McCain first accepted this bozo's endorsement

    May 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Rose from Southern Calif

    McCain should of rejected his endorsement a long time ago. Took this long? McCain is that your age creeping up?

    May 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    This whole campaign is going down in history as the "reject and denounce" campaign – every candidate has had to rush out and reject and denounce a supporter every time that one of them said something stupid...

    May 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Chuck in Alabama

    Anyone else thinking Hagee will be gone from his church before the General Election? Other Christian religious leaders are going to have to denounce his comments.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Tracey - Boston

    Hey everybody...here we go again.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Erica I hope you're sitting at the big desk since Anderson is not there

    May 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. EJ

    Finally – McCain has gotten a free pass all this time as the Dems fought it out.

    It's about time McCain!!!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar

    Hi Erica!
    Nice see to you........ 😉

    May 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Linda, Los Angeles

    Glad he rejected it, but taking a dig at Obama was unnecessary and petty.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Chuck in Alabama

    Evening All.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Good evening Anderson! Although I think McCain should have done this sooner, it was the right thing to do. Hagee is a dangerous and hateful man.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  41. carmen

    The more of McCain I see, the more insincere and weak he appears

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Greetings from America's Desert Playground 360 Bloggers!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Kathy S

    Those pastors sure seem to get a lot of people into a lot a trouble!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Kim

    Hi Anderson, Erica and bloggers!
    Didn't McCain sound very reluctant and uncomfortable while renouncing the endorsement?
    What are you doing in DC, Anderson?

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hello Bloggers. McCain makes a good point about not belonging to Hagge's church.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. ericacnn

    evening, bloggers!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  47. carmen

    Good evening AC, team and fellow bloggers. Looking forward to program tonight. When do we get to see Hillary's pastor? LOL

    May 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and bloggees.

    Looking forward to a great show

    May 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Anderson, Erica, and Bloggers!!! (all!)
    Happy Thursday!!!!!!
    Wow! I was so surprised John McCain reject his endorse John Hagee. Oh Boy!

    May 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Rose from Southern Calif

    Hi Anderson looking good and Erica pretty as always, so much to cover tonight...like always you guy's are always on top of the news when they come out.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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