May 18th, 2010
09:43 PM ET

Primary elections and why they matter to you: Join the live chat

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We have 2 hours of live coverage tonight of key Senate primary races and what the political ramifications could be come November. Plus we'll be giving you the latest news on the Gulf oil spill and the BP fallout. And more from our landmark pilot study on kids and race.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson!!! Great show!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  2. Libby

    Good Night Everyone, Congrats again to Joe Sestak! 😀

    May 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you and good night Anderson & Team 360 and especially panel members-terrific and insightful show tonight.

    Good night to All, and i wish you a safe and pleasant day tomorrow.

    These are primaries where the party faithful vote. Admittedly there were some changes as expected, however, with more to come and so much time to the election, anything can happen.

    Good night to Wolff too (and I bet that Paul B. does know Pamela Anderson).

    May 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    nite all – happy tuesday!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Ed Henry, David Gergen, John King, Wolf Blitzer, CNN Political team, Martina Ilstad, Emily, Nicole, Kim, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Heather, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Nancy, Miranda and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you on Thursday night! 😀 🙂
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Thanks for coming in, for join us tonight! 🙂
    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you on Thursday night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  6. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! I enjoyed every minute that we shared!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton,OH

    Good night Anderson and bloggers Emily, Mike, Nancy, Starr, and Megan.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  8. Joe

    It would be very interesting to see how the outcome of this study would be vastly different if they used pictures of real children as opposed to cartoons. I believe these kids would be much more reflective on their answer when seeing a real child not a cartoon. I do not believe they are associating these cartoons with real children. If you drew a blob of white paint down and a blob of black paint and asked which was good or bad, what do you think the answer would be?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  9. shelly, Alaska

    The oil companies get a slap on the hand and fined a drop in the bucket compared to their profits and we as consumers pay for the oil spill etc., and their ignoring upkeep, safety etc for the environment. People die and it doesn't matter., the judges and surpreme court overturn and sides with the oil companies like they are being paid off to do this for the oil companies. Look what happened the 1989 Exxon spill in Alaska. WE NEED TO GET AWAY FROM OIL., not just talk about it. when it is election time.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  10. Eric B.

    I am a republican in U.S. congressional PA district 12. The man on your panel with the mustashe was right. I voted for Critz because he supports a lot of the republican values that matter to me. Burns' problem to me is that he had no charisma and that he just wanted to vote down everything the democrats put up for vote. For me, a major turn off for republican candidates is when they just run on the fact that they want to take the government back from Nancy Pelosi. I want a legislature that wants to work together and get the job done and not a bunch of hardheads unwilling to compromise and bring new ideas to the table. If candidates don't show solutions to problems or spin what they accomplished in a previous office in a vague way, I'm not voting for them.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  11. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David, Megan, Nancy, Starr, Casey & Bloggers...

    Congrats to Joe Sestak & Rand Paul!!

    Great blog tonight, wonderful show! Good night Moderator(s)!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton,OH

    @Nancy in Oregon, "How do the big corporations who deal in potentially major realms not have to do some equivalent?!!"

    It certainly didn't help that the Obama administration gave BP a "categorical exclusion" from the environmental impact study last year.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  13. Miranda Fountain Valley CA


    spectacular sustainability of leadership on the show tonight.

    alright peeps night again


    May 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  14. Diane Berube Canada

    Another amazing show, thank you, and with an additional hour too. Also i am so grateful for the honesty; especially when so many, it would seem, would rather we not know the truth.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  15. Libby

    Also – in regards to the oil rig in the Gulf... Rick Sanchez said earlier that BP didn't have the required emergency shut-off device on it that the countries of Norway and Brazil make mandatory.

    I sure hope that changes!!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  16. Didi

    I love Soledad O'Brien. She's my hero! Kids follow their parents lead.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  17. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Jo Ann....we almost can't add a deck onto our homes without a permit, an impact-study, etc. How do the big corporations who deal in potentially major realms not have to do some equivalent?!!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  18. Didi

    Children are influenced by adults and the media. All you have to do is look at the the videos on MTV. The entertainment world prefers fairer skin. I cringe everytime I hear a black person talk about good hair and light skin. I just cringe.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  19. Nancy in Oregon

    I hope he can too, Emily. I think he deserves the time to put it all in perspective.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  20. Emily

    The parents reactions are going to be Very interesting and revealing!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  21. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    It is being reported that BP has not sought, nor has it accepted offers from other oil companys, other scientists, oceanologist, and on and on to assist with ideas to get this pipe closed and the oil stopped from pouring into the Gulf.

    Further, it seems quite clear that they have no real concept of the ecological damage that has been done and that will continue for years to come.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton,OH

    @Didi, "Can you believe we can send people to the moon, but no one has the technology to manage this spill?"

    I don't think there has ever been an oil leak at this depth. They have no business drilling that deep if they cannot fix these leaks. I don't understand how the government could allow this.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Oh cool, BP's representation will be on AC360 tomorrow! Cool!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  24. Libby

    Emily, you're right about Tony Hayward of BP.

    Wow. All he does is spin, spin, spin. Saturday Night Live did a good job of portraying him this past Saturday!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  25. Libby

    Sam, if the president really wanted Specter to win, don't you think he would've stumped for him instead of heading to Ohio today?

    The President and other top Democrats realized that Admiral Joe Sestak was the far better candidate.

    Nothing against Senator Specter, but it's time for him to retire. "Senator Sestak" will rock! 😀

    May 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  26. Joe

    The race study is so flawed. The children are not given the choice of "none of the above" when asked who is the "bad kid" or "mean kid". Also the cartoons faces are expressed with black ink so as the cartoons color gets darker the big smile becomes less noticeable. These kids are not answering based on what they think of an african american person. They are answering the questions based on what all humans think of "light" and "dark".

    May 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  27. Emily

    I don't think that Spector was very clear as to what he wanted to be...
    (a moderate voice, etc)
    Hopefully he can focus on his health alone now.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  28. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi Emily!

    I think that you might be very surprised by what BP has to say, i know i was.

    And, it's been a terrific show tonight and a 2 hrs. blog.

    I notice that you have been late getting on the blog. It will soon be the same for me as DST in MNT Time will mean i will have to walk the dogs later due to heat. That time will be during the blog time.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  29. Miranda Fountain Valley CA


    i would be highly interested in a story that solicits information and input from the other major oil companies who would have ideas as to how how to deal with this bp oil spill in the gulf that would be a very swell investigative report for cnn...


    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  30. Didi

    Can you believe we can send people to the moon, but no one has the technology to manage this spill? Does anyone think the government has this capability? Can Exxon help? Why are we just relying on BP?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  31. Nancy in Oregon

    I hear you, Didi...send people home who don't want to work together.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  32. Emily

    I can't believe that statement by Tony Hayword...
    He's not said anything, and when he does, that's the best that he can do?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  33. Didi

    I think the President is more supported and stronger than people think. I'm assuming that alot of this shake up has to do with sending people to Washington who will work with the President. All the Republicans want to do is say NO. What on earth are they up there for, just to block votes? That's how it feels. I say get rid of any incumbent who is not there to work. As far as I'm concerned Specter had to lose. He only switched parties because he couldn't win the Rep primary. Well those liberal Dems in PA showed him, they don't trust him. Case closed.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  34. David, Indiana

    @Starr Yes we don't know the impact of the spill yet and the potential for huge environmental impact continues even now. I do wonder about previous spills from wells in deepwater. Can you tell me a bit about what you're saying about BP not accepting help from other scientists, specialists?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  35. Emily

    Wow, check out that photo!
    has it made it's way into the Atlantic Ocean yet?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  36. Sam

    Sestak may not be able to win against republican rival in November elections if the democrats won't listen to the general public.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's right, I agree with Senators slammed anti-terrorist who was on plane since christmas! Yay!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  38. Emily

    It's a great 360 show tonight...so much happening...looking forward to what BP has to say.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  39. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Wow. Those are some accusations against the former captain of the Maersk Alabama.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  40. Didi

    Thank you Paul Begala for speaking truth to power. No place in America did a Republican beat a Democrat tonight. News media and pundits please stop spinning the truth. The one race where a Dem faced a Republicans the Dem one big.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  41. Stephanie

    Sue: Sestak has already worked with the President as he is presently a Congressman!!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  42. Libby

    You're right Stephanie about Paul getting all the media.

    I wonder why Alex didn't mention that Paul has received (with all but one county reporting) so much less than both of the major Democratic candidates?

    WIth 119 out of 120 counties reporting, it shows:

    Paul (R) ... 206,812
    Conway (D) ... 228, 531
    Mongiardo (D) ... 224,989

    May 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  43. Stephanie

    Over 800 000 voters in the Democratic primary with 79% of the precincts reporting...taell me how that points to a lack of enthusiasm!!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  44. Nancy in Oregon

    Or-Emily and others-maybe he wanted to 'hold onto that seat' so he could continue to be a moderate voice in a time of such great polarity.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  45. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I am not so sure that the Dem party is as fractured as the Rep party.

    You go Paul Begala, go!

    Anderson, terrific panel tonight!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  46. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    "Glad that turncoat Spector is gone."

    I think that many felt that Spector just wanted to hold onto that seat...that he was willing to do anything to do so, and clearly people want someone who will be there for them.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  47. Nancy in Oregon

    Thank you, Emily and Mary Catherine....I commented on that last night at the tail end of the show. Dark vs light, black vs white, is fairly archetypal....'go to the light!' etc. I don't think it's just about race, I think kids internalize a lot of what we teach them about fearing the dark, preferring the light, etc. (I even hear people talk about it with weather!! Clouds and darkness are 'bad', 'sunshine' is the 'good' thing, etc.!)

    May 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yup! Arlen Specter already lost to Sestak one hour ago! 🙂

    May 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  49. Libby

    How will Republicans (the establishment Republicans) deal with Rand Paul being anti-war, pro-pot, etc?

    He's going to shake them up a bit 😀

    May 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
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