May 26th, 2008
09:18 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/26/08

Happy Memorial Day!

Bill Clinton was defending his wife this weekend saying Sen. Clinton has been handled disrespectfully and that "they are trying to push and pressure and bully" superdelegates. Who exactly is he talking about? And what impact will his remarks have on the campaign? We'll have analysis of that and the backlash from Hillary Clinton's RFK assassination comments and the fight between John McCain and Barack Obama over the G.I. bill.

Severe storms swept across the midwest this weekend spawning deadly tornadoes across several states. One killed six people in Iowa. Another, in Minnesota, claimed the life of a 2-year-old child.
We'll take you as close as possible to the sheer power of a tornado. We'll show you footage taken on Saturday in Oklahoma from a helicopter. It is some of the most dramatic images you will ever see of a tornado's strength.

According to the Army, as many as 121 active-duty soldiers committed suicide last year, an increase of 20 percent over 2006. It's an alarming trend that has many wondering what's being done to prevent more deaths. Randi Kaye is keeping them honest.

Don't' forget about 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.

We'll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Stacy

    I agree with Cynthia. At the beginning of all this everyone was talking like Clinton already had the nomination.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Carla Ontario Canada

    What will Obama do when Hillary wins BIG in PR??

    May 26, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Andrew P

    The guest on with Ed Rollins who is a Clinton Super Delegate mispoke, calling Puerto Rico a state. It is a territory.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Cynthia, you're right; and it was Clinton's overconfidence that was a strategic blunder causing her not to plan on a 50 state campaign at first.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Jacqueline

    Good evening! Happy Memorial Day to All– as happy as it can be. Today is the birthday of a Late- loved one who was a WWII vet.

    Very interesting weekend, uh?

    May 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Claire in Birmingham, AL

    Megan, it's because that anything in this country that has the tiniest ounce of logic is immediately pushed to the side for the more complicated, more ridiculous plan of action.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Penny

    I agree with Bill Clinton. She is winning in the states with high electoral votes which is not really being reported and is a huge factor in the outcome of the general election.

    Hillary has had to fight for recognition as a viable candidate for months and deserves more respect..

    There is a large group of people who are angry about the disrespect she has received through this campaign process.

    I hope she takes it all the way to the convention and wins the nomination.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Tracey - Boston

    Hi Erica, I hope you guys had a good time this past weekend.... it was definately too short

    May 26, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Jolene

    That tornado video was incredible to watch. Kudos to the team who performed a service to the public by following it and letting people know where it was going. I'm still amazed that no animals or people were killed when it hit that pig farm.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Cynthia

    Sorry to disagree with you Joann but I think they all thought that Senator Clinton would win this hands down.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I suggest that Ed talk to the Hillary supporters because from what I have heard around the blogosphere, they are never going to vote for Obama in November.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I don't understand why they let places that can't vote in the general election be allowed to vote in the primary season. Does anyone know why they do that?

    May 26, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  13. EJ

    Erica is working today too – how bout that.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jana, the news outlets get ratings from the drama. If they let the comment drop, no drama, hence no ratings. It will go away once the next blunder takes center stage.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Bonnie

    Why not let all the states vote? Makes sense–

    May 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Rekha Joy

    Hi Anderson,

    I hope you had a great weekend! Welcome back to the blog.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  17. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone - thanks for being on the blog tonight

    May 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  18. CaseyJPS - California

    I hope everyone spent some time to reflect on Memorial Day. The 360 Blog today was really amazing–a little tough to read through all of it for me because of the content but all of it eloquent and enlightening.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  19. sharon

    Zimmerman says it's not about spin as he almost rotates right off his chair. Give me a break.

    Nice of you to have an Obama supporter on to provide some balance. Guess that's too much to hope for.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Jolene

    Personally, I can't wait for 5/31 when, hopefully, a decision will be made on FL and MI so the Clintons can stop speculating about having those votes.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It was obvious that the Democratic Party wanted Obama as the nominee from day one and they were going to do anything they could to get that accomplished.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Jana, Indiana

    If Robert Kennedy Jr and Obama both say Hillary didn't mean anything, than why can all the news outlets let this go as well?

    May 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  23. EJ

    Happy Memorial Day Anderson & all! We shouldn't be surprised that you are working today!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Sarah, Atlanta GA

    Neither Hilary nor Obama have enough delegates needed to get the nomination so no one should drop out until a nominee is decided on.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    There was some talk awhile ago about black superdelegates getting lots of pressure to support Obama. It seemed to disappear as a story very quickly.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Cynthia

    I agree with Ed Rollins. It is all sorry to say Clinton spin.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Bill....thou does protest to much. Maybe Bill has been doing some bullying

    May 26, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Paolo

    Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

    I don't think superdelegates are pressured/bullied. It is logical and reasonable for them to follow the popular vote, pledged delegates and states won and counterproductive for them to go against these metrics.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  29. CaseyJPS - California

    Talking about being run out of the race, as Bill Clinton references, what about what the media has done to Ron Paul, cutting him off from virtually all exposure?

    May 26, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Jolene

    Hello Anderson and bloggers! I had a great weekend! Very busy but today was my time to "relax" and I did. It is interesing what Bill Clinton had to say today about this "cover up". I'm not sure I'm buying it.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    President Clinton doesn't sound like he wants Hillary to drop out. I think they both are in it for the long run.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Tracey - Boston

    How does Bill know the delegates are being bullied?

    May 26, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I wish we had Memorial Day in Canada.....we only have Remembrance Day in November. I think we should have more days to honor the vetrans

    May 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Happy Memorial Day Anderson and bloggers

    May 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Kathy

    Please, no more debates!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. CaseyJPS - California

    I was truly hoping tonight's show would be more reflective of today's blog, focusing on remembering our fallen troops and those who are still fighting.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Maureen T

    Happy Memorial Day people!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, Ohio

    The Obama campaign says that they have moved on, but the cable news channels refuse to let it go. What does that tell you?

    May 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. andersoncnn

    good evening everyone. Thanks for joining us tonite.. hope you had a great holiday weekend!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Penny

    God Bless America on this Memorial Day...

    May 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Kim

    Hi everybody, hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend!
    It sounds funny to hear Hillary chanting: Yes, we can! in Spanish...

    May 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Happy Memorial Day to everyone! My thoughts today are with the soldiers past and present. I thank them and their familes for their service!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Good Memorial Day evening...All 3 candidates are in overload. I hope we can all survive the brouhaha's that keep coming. 6 months left to go..

    May 26, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. jackie Chino Hills, CA

    Happy Memorial Day everyone =)

    May 26, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Cynthia

    Good evening everyone!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Jana, Indiana

    Happy Memorial Day Anderson and all bloggers!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  47. CaseyJPS - California

    Memorial Day Greetings 360 Bloggers!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and bloggees

    Happy Memorial Day to all!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Sarah, Atlanta GA

    Sounds like an interesting program tonite, Anderson.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Zenta, New York, NY

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, and all! Plus...Happy Memorial Day!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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