May 30th, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/30/08

Tonight, you'll hear former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan in his own words. He'll answer his critics and explain how his book "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" came to be.

What's going to happen to the delegates in Michigan and Florida? The democratic party's Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting to figure that out. You'll remember that both Florida and Michigan defied party rules and held primaries earlier than allowed. As punishment, both state parties were told they would not be represented at all when the party officially nominates its presidential candidate in Denver in August, and they are challenging those sanctions. Will there be a compromise?

David Mattingly has the latest on the FLDS. What's next for the state and the kids? Take a look at David's blog about possible payback.

And be sure to check out our live web camera from the 360° studio. It shows 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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  1. Angel Manners

    Anderson is giving some nice verbal one-two punches

    May 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Karen--Leesburg, VA

    Hi Folks! Anderson, Great job of sitting down and grilling McClellan when he has committed to telling the truth rather than repeating the Talking Points. Notice he still tends to just repeats himself when he doesn't want to admit something, but stutters when he has to say something real?

    May 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  3. scott


    What would you recommend for the next president to do to eliminate the spin/marketing of hidden agendas for his policies? How can we get a change in current washington politics?

    May 30, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Cynthia Ayers

    I think this is McClellen's apology... his book... He would be smarter just to be forthright and claim his own responsibility. He really needs to juswt admit his wrongdoings and then he should receive the credit he deserves for blowing Washington wide open. He needs a tougher stance.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  5. ericacnn

    hi, everyone – happy friday

    May 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Will Atlanta

    Scott is an American Hero. Speak the truth and let us know what went on. THANKS

    May 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    I have not watched any other interview with McClellan but this one has been very good. You ask tough but fair questions

    May 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar

    Wow! I never seen Anderson interview Scott....... Good job Anderson!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Melissa G., Iowa

    I'm enjoying watching the interview although I think Scott McClellan is giving as good as he's getting. I think you do a good job of sensing what your viewers would want you to ask in counterpoint to his responses. Again, well done!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Sheri

    No I do not believe that Scott owes the American people an apology. I would like to thank him for writing this book. It took a lot of nerve. I'm glad that he is tellng us the truth. It takes a special person to do that.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Steve from California; That may be true, but turning off the TV because you don't want to be swayed by the truth is a little bit different. If you are manipulating information you are deliberately trying to deceive someone.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Kim

    Although this is happening long after the fact, this story reminds me a little of the book "The Wave". It takes a lot of courage to stand up and speak out against a powerful group that you are part of. I wonder if he is afraid now that he has done it.

    Bob Dole's response was way out of line in my opinion. We should all try to treat our fellow human beings respectfully, even if we disagree with what they are saying. Otherwise be all become Michael Pflegers...

    May 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  13. andersoncnn

    hey everyone, thanks for joining us tonite... we have two more chunks of the McClellan interview... i hope you find it interesting.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Janna

    You didn't let him walk away from that "white house bubble" comment, Anderson! Tough interview...I am loving it 🙂

    May 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The whole war rational was based on belief that WMD's existed. McClellan is now saying everyone believed they existed. So how they chose to 'sell it' is irrelevant, as long as the basis of the argument was true as they knew it.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Shannon

    I think this interview raises questions as to whether the White House is trying to spin Iran. How can we believe anything they say?

    May 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Jana, Indiana

    Great interview Anderson. You are really grilling him and not letting him get away with anything.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Stacy

    @Kim–You're right. He does seem more relaxed than when we saw him back around 2005.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar

    Joanne in Ohio
    I think so, he was lying on the at the podium during brief at white house......

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

    No, he doesn't owe an apology. He did what he was supposed to do. The Bush Team needs to apologize to the American people.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Michelle in Cali

    I believe McClellan over Ari. Disgruntle does not mean wrong.

    As far as him not being in a dungeon, everyone knows implicit beliefs and first impressions are difficult to change.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  22. Rene - Miami, FL

    wow the best interview i've seen so far with McClellan great work Anderson

    May 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Maybe that's part of the problem. Washinton should never have become a game. Our country should not be a bunker of political sides, no matter who is in office.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Steve from California

    During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy's kept a great deal of inside information from Press Secretary, Pierre Salinger. They were afraid he would compromise secret negotiations with the Soviets.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Lisette Chicago, IL

    I don't care at all about Scott
    He should have quit-he didn't shows no character or integrity, Bah!
    So now he will make a profit on a book about Bush on the blood of thousands of people-I have no mercy for you, Bush, Cheney, Rove or Rumsfeld or Candoleeza Rice

    May 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Kim

    Well, Ari basically said that you shouldn't be press secretary if you are not prepared to lie for your administration. Whether you call it spinning, embelleshing or miselading, it's always a form of making things seem more favorable than they would otherwise be. However, I do believe him when he says that people mostly start with good intentions, believing they can make a difference

    May 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Vincent

    Im glad you grilled him Anderson ...... id expect this kind of interview for anyone from either party or any kind of situation. Fox would try to smear him, and MSNBC seemed to be coddling him yesterday.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Great follow up Anderson! I guess McClellan was O.K. with the Washington "game" as long as it didn't touch him. I can't respect that.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  29. La Mar Allen

    Bob Dole clearly your time has past please go quietly into the night.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse NY

    This guy sounds like he's splitting hairs. If they didn't lie, then it becomes how you interpreted the intelligence. It sounds like the Administration did it in a plausible way.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Love that you are really trying to get answers out of him Anderson

    May 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, Ohio

    So did McClellan know he was lying when he was standing at the podium during the White House Briefings giving out that, less than truthful, information?

    May 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Maureen T

    It's interesting that now we finally get a look at what may go on behind closed doors in the White House...

    May 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Kim

    Actually, McClellan seems very relaxed and confident in what he is saying, keeping up eye-contact, unlike some of the video footage I've seen from his time as press secretary. He seems to be comfortable with what he's been saying, even though he is enemy no. 1 for the White House right now.

    If he is right, though, about President Bush acting with the best intentions, but ending up with overselling the war, than our commander in chief was dangerously and fatally naive...

    May 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar

    Alana Matheson,
    Welcome to live blog 360! Have nice you be here tonight! 🙂

    May 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Steve from California

    Put on your attorney's gray flannel suit and ask if Scott McClellan was lying then, how do we know he's telling the truth now?

    May 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Minou, New York City

    woah, you're relly grilling him, Anderson.... good job!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  38. La Mar Allen

    Good for Scott better late than never.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  39. deborah,OH

    Hi everybody! Looking forward to tonight's show. Is the webcam not working? Yeah, Kim, let's have a great blog!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Michelle in Cali

    Happy Friday 360 and bloggers

    I have always thought the people at the podium are lying or as the news like to be nice and say spinning the truth

    May 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Bonnie

    Maybe the White House is in shock because someone actually is speaking the truth!!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Lisette Chicago, IL

    Bob Dole should save his defense for someone worthy
    Bush is not, so BOB the blood of the war is now on your hands

    May 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Anderson, Erica and Bloggers!!!
    Thank God It Friday! I am forwarding to see your program!!!!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Hi Anderson and everyone! Judging from the little tease on the blog this looks like it is going to be a great interview!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Jana, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers.

    Looking forward to your interview with Scott McClellan.

    May 30, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Kim

    Looking forward to a very exciting show tonight. I just finished reading the interview transcript and it'll be great to see Anderson and Scott McClellan interacting.

    So hi everyone, Anderson, Erica and bloggers, let's rock the blog tonight 🙂

    May 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Zenta, New York, New York, NY

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, all contributors and all bloggers!

    May 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Missy

    The webcam isn't working. It's stationary and is showing Campbell Brown on the back wall.

    May 30, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar

    Hi Anderson, Erica, and Bloggers!
    Thank God Its Friday!!!!!!
    I couldn't wait see Scott McCellan getting ready for interview Anderson!

    May 30, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  50. Alana Matheson, NewBrunswick,Canada

    waiting for my first live blog...exciting...

    May 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm |
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