May 22nd, 2008
07:32 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

If Obama is the indeed the Democratic nominee, he has his work cut out for him among a few voting blocks...In Pennslyvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and in the lastest contest, Kentucky, he consistently has had problems with "white" working-class voters. Nearly half of the state's Democratic voters said they'd either vote for Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, or not vote at all in November if Obama is on the ticket. NOT GOOD..

Today Obama spends the day in Florida, courting the "Jewish" vote, potentially yet another big problem for Obama. Many Jewish folks don’t like him or don’t think he will represent their interests well. AND John McCain isnt helping. Yesterday he started running ads attacking Obama on the topic, and keeps reminding people that Obama wants to "talk" to Ahmadinejad, and the points out Ahmadinejad ants to wipe Israel off the map, NOT helpful. Candy Crowley has the raw politics...

AND exit polls from Tuesday's contest ALSO show that Democratic Christians are NOT huge fans of Obama's either. Why? Tom Foreman digs deeper into that

The NY Times reported last night that the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain will meet this weekend with two governors (Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal) and a former primary rival long rumored to be on his vice presidential shortlist, Mitt Romney...though senior advisers insist the visit is just a social one. BUT the headlines coming out the McCain camp today and tomorrow are not about VP choices, but his health. Senator John McCain is set to release 400 pages of medical records, including documents related to his melanoma surgery in August 2000, to a tightly controlled group of reporters, and our Sanjay Gupta will be there....Reminder, if elected, McCain will be the OLDEST man to take the office of the President in our nation's history...

ALSO TONIGHT...Drew Griffin is Keeping them Honest on how easy it is to get prescription drugs on line...A CNN investigation into just how easy it is to purchase prescription drugs, online, without a prescription reveals a growing and largely ignored new battle in the war on drug abuse. Carmen Catizone, the executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy says prescription drugs are the new crack and heroin, and internet sites that sell them are the new drug dealers. "You can order virtually any drug in the world by simply clicking a mouse and going to various websites that exist out there," Catizone told CNN. To prove it, Drew Griffin logged on to the internet site linepaharmacy.com, a site that advertises a long list of prescription drugs for sale and was able to purchase some...FRIGHTENING!!!

And after getting a tour the YFZ ranch last night, David Mattingly has an EXCLUSIVE interview with one of the 18 year old "legal" adult mother currently being held by CPS in Texas. There are dozens of "girls" who Texas authorities say are underage mothers and evidence of systematic sexual abuse at the YFZ ranch. But attorneys say all but 6 of these "minors" are really adults and the case that began with a shocking number of underage moms is a complete exaggeration. David is Keeping them Honest, too...

Wow, I just realized we are keeping a number of folks honest tonight...so definitely tune in...

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  1. L Daniel, Loganville, Ga.

    If Sen Obama and Sen Clinton's roles were reversed Sen Obama would have been forced out for the good of the party long ago. Give me a break!!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 22, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  2. steve O

    This guy is a joke Obama all i hear is how he will work hard to make sure that the Florida delegates and the michigan delegates will be seated. People dont realize that Obama nad his team are the ones who fought to keep them from a re-vote. people will not stand for this if i was Hillary i would replay his speech during the meeting next week. And hold him to this it will cost him the Nomanation.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  3. David Salmon

    How many gallons does the normally reported barrel of oil contain and what unit of measure is this based upon?

    Oil is normally bought and sold by the ton. How many gallons and what unit of measure is used here as well to get back to the barrel?

    Seems like there is a very significant difference if my information is correct.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  4. Tai

    I am just too dissapointed about what is going on in this election season. What started out as the most exiting election year ever, seems to be turning very bitter and ugly. I hope Mrs Clinton is happy with her latest creation. Or how do you explain what people in Kentucky are saying about race? Thanks to Mrs Clinton who has said emphatically that hard-working white people vote for her and will not vote for Obama. The result of what she said is what we have seen in W. Virginia and Kentucky. I hope someone will sit her down, bring her back to Terra-Firma so she can see how much damage she is doing, not only to the democratic party but to the whole nation as well. It seems to me that racial tensions are rising again.. What is wrong with a white man supporting a black or colored person and vice-versa? What gives Hillary the audacity to think that only white people are hardworking in this country? I doubt her claims to her support for civil rights. What is happening now shows that she "supported those causes because she had nothing to lose or gain. But now that there is something at stake, her true color is coming out. She is showing everyone by her attitude and pronouncements who she really is.
    When some people say that Bill(then president) actually stayed in the dog house during the Monica Lewinsky episode, I believe them. I can imagine how she did it.
    Finally, I can only pray for a time when politicians will quit lying to Americans for political gains.

    May 22, 2008 at 9:55 am |
  5. Kennyb

    To the Democrats who say they won't vote for Obama if he is the nominee: Wake up and get a life- stop being ignorance and vote for change. You are the same type of whining people who elected the current administration and complain about the problems you are having now. Don't judge a person by the color of their skin, age, gender or use the excuse lack of experience when actually you mean one of the others I've stated. I would rather have someone who uses common sense and good judgement and appoint knowledgable cabinet members to the post commensurate to their abilities. A president that threatens to use force and don't talk to enemies, is a fool. Always keep your enemies closer than friends and when you are the most powerful country in the world, you do not have to broadcast your intentions to the world, let your military speaks when all other options fails. So the choice is yours- choose the same course as now and enjoy paying $10 a gallon for gas, no health insurance, struggling to save your home, etc. or give change a chance to make things better in our country. It is time for us to come together as one nation under God for peace and liberty for all.

    May 22, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  6. Diana from Pembroke Pines, FL

    If Florida's and Michigan's votes would have counted, the outcome would most likely be quite different. Unconstitutionally, we were cheated of our right for our votes to be counted. (What else is new here in Florida?) I support the Democratic party and, in this instance, Hillary. If people are saying that they would rather vote for McCain than Obama, they are not thinking clearly. Does the American people still want 4 more years of war, of more economic distress? Because, if they do, then by all means, vote for McCain. Think clearly America! Think about the middle class - the lifeblood of America, we hard working Americans. We're all getting poorer. McCain, like the current administration, administers to the interests of the rich, not us. Get it straight!

    May 22, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  7. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    So is Hillary right? Is she really more electable? Sounds like it from what you're reporting. I don't believe this road to the Obama White House is paved in smooth gold. Time will indeed tell. We only have six more months to watch this unfold until the general election. The Dems might want to get it together soon.

    Bobby Jindal is saying this meeting is a chance to discuss Louisiana. That's what state news is reporting this AM. This is old news about Jindal being on the VP short list, though. We've been hearing rumors for a while. Man, for America's sake, I hope the rumors are true. He's young, highly intelligent, politically experienced at the state and federal levels, a good family man, Roman Catholic, ethical, and part of immigrant America. He also is about bringing business home and working for the working man and woman. Think of the voting blocs he can reach. He could be the DNC's worst nightmare demographically. I've been a Jindal supporter since Governor Foster first appointed him to state office in the 1990's. I think he's one of the sharpest people to come out of Louisiana in a long, long time. There's my JIndal bias.

    The prescription drug story is one I definitely want to watch. It just amazes me that these meds are so easy to obtain. And it scares me, too. It's bad enough some pain med specialists and other MD's are nothing more than legal drug dealers. Who needs them when there's the internet apparently? Personally, I'm afraid to buy meds online. I don't know where they are from or if they are good. If I were an addict looking for an easy high, these things probably wouldn't be issues. So when do the DEA and FDA step in to stop this insanity?

    May 22, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  8. Debbie, NJ

    I wonder what category the CWA, Truckers Union, Steel Workers Union, and Mining Union come under. I thought they were blue collar workers. I also would think that every state, including the 33 that he has won would have some blue collar workers. Anderson one of you news reporters need to change the headlines to "Obama has problems with Appalacian voters". Be the first to do it Anderson, every other news channel will pick up on. That's what you guys do, follow the leader. Put it under your "keeping them honest" broadcast. Somebody on MSNBC almost said it. It is a problem from the 70's when some whites felt that they were slighted because of certain gov't programs leaning towards inner city blacks. The Presidents were Nixon (1969-1974), Ford (1974-1977), and Carter (1977-1982).

    May 22, 2008 at 9:14 am |
  9. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Good morning Anderson: like I said before, it's quite obvious that the Latino and Anglo vote is very important in this race, Barrack Obama is just not getting those votes and he isn't going to without Senator Clinton. He's starting to get way to arrogant in this race, yes, he may have more money than she does but if he gets elected as the Democratic candidate, he's not going to beat John McCain, that's really scary folks.
    Awe Anderson, my Spurs lost night, oh well I guess you can't win them all, but it's still early. Anderson, you have a wonderful day. GO SPURS GO!

    May 22, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  10. David

    As a naturalized American, I am appalled on what I am witnessing during this election year. Many man and women DIED to insure our right to vote and the democratic process. What are we teaching the rest of the world about our values and the system that we want them to embrace? When I hear voters saying that will not vote for a candidate for personally reason such as race and religion. I thing it’s humorous. Being in the most powerful country in the world where knowledge is everywhere, why these people in America not doing their research. Does the candidate have their interest in mind instead of what is their race, religion, and why they don’t wear a flag pin, etc? You (we) have bigger problems!

    When a large share of people coming out of the polls stated that race is a factor in why they voted for a particular person, that is disturbing being an American and further more it is insulting that in a time when these same people might be loosing their home, jobs, and significant amount of their rights, they are more worried about race. People, please note that whoever is elected President, they cannot touch your religion and your guns. For the sake of this country and the rest of the free world, pick up a copy of the Bill of Rights right away and read it, study it and make sure you understand it; it’s very important because you are telling the rest of the world who we are as a people and I don’t like the message being conveyed right now. It’s not pretty!

    May 22, 2008 at 9:03 am |
  11. Eileen

    Hillary Clinton has used the good people in West Virginia, Kentucky, and even Florida and Michigan in her shameless "Us Against Them" strategy to gain the nomination. Everywhere she has gone, Hillary has said everything she could to spread fear, mistrust and division among Americans. That is not who I want to lead my country.

    By the way, when HIllary touts that she is "winning the popular vote" she is ignoring the will of 30.9 million Americans who live in Caucus states. Talk about disenfranchised!

    Eileen, VA

    May 22, 2008 at 8:59 am |
  12. R Ford

    If Hilary is to offer the USA the leadership style she is embracing currently:

    1.deeply indebted to a losing campaign
    2. operatiing with a strong sense of arrogance and entitlement
    3. changing the rules to suit her own self interests while at the same time justifying her actions as righteous,

    Then, as an outsider looking in, where is the change??
    It sure looks like "Bush in a pantsuit" Hey!! sounds like a good name for an alternative Rock band and America to be-The Giant Mosh Pit!!
    Good Luck America!!

    May 22, 2008 at 8:41 am |
  13. Cindy

    It seems to me that Obama has so many blocks of people who do not like him that it seems insurmountable that he can court them all and get them to turn and vote for him in time for the general election. I mean really he isn't even through with Hillary yet! And it doesn't help that McCain is out there hyping up Obama's problems. Obama better get used to that I can see a whole lot more of that in his future!

    It's going to be interesting to see who McCain actually picks as his VP. I bet it will be one of the ones invited to his little BBQ over the weekend. Too bad Huckabee opted out.

    And maybe by John releasing some of his medical records it will shut people up about his health and age. You really can't go by age as to how healthy a person is. People have heart attacks and die at all ages teens, 20,s 30s, 40s, etc! Obama could be the pres and have a heart attack or get cancer. I mean that is just an unknown thing with anyone. So has Obama put out his medical records!? If McCain has to to quell the questions why doesn't Obama?

    May 22, 2008 at 8:23 am |