Here's a special treat for you: We're less than 100 hours from election day. If you're tired of all this campaign talk you're likely saying, "HOORAY!!". A confession: We will miss covering this election. But, hey, it's not over yet.
Tonight on AC360°, the final countdown. See how Senators McCain and Obama plan to battle it out until the end. They each have quite a ground war attack in mind these last four days. We'll have the raw politics. And, there's also the fear factor. Tonight, we'll look at why some African-Americans are worried about a possible Obama victory. We're uncovering America.
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Here's my advice: Grab some of your kids Halloween candy (don't worry I won't tell them) and snack on it as you watch AC360° tonight. The sugar-high may help as you face the final days of the battle for the White House.
There are some new developments on the trail tonight.
Team Obama has kicked off an advertising offensive in these states:
- North Dakota (which last voted for a democratic president way back in 1964)
– Arizona (Gasp! John McCain's home state)
Obama campaigned in Iowa today where he won the first democratic caucus back in January.
"John McCain says we can't spend the next four years waiting for our luck to change, and he's right about that, but all of you understand that the biggest gamble we can take is embracing the same old bush/mccain policies that have not work and expect a different result. We've got to do something different," Obama said.
Meanwhile, John McCain is using star power on the trail. Today California's GOP Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was on the stump with McCain in Ohio.
The former bodybuilder had some pointers for Sen. Obama.
"He needs to do something about those skinny legs. We are going to going to make him do some squats," Schwarzenegger said. "But as if we could only do about getting some meat on the ideas. John McCain on the other hand, he is built like a rock," he added.
Schwarzenegger quickly got the crowd fired up, with this line:
"John McCain has served this country longer in a P.OW. camp than the opponent has served in the United States Senate. Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, I only play an action heroes in my movie, but John McCain is a real action hero."
We'll have the raw politics and more tonight on AC360°, starting at 10pm ET.
Editor's Note: Happy Halloween! We asked some of our favorite CNN personalities to share with us their Halloween memories. We asked them a few 'Trick or Treat' questions.... here's what they had to say:
Favorite Halloween costume as a kid?
Was this true where you grew up?: Halloween costumes were mostly of the plastic/vinyl kind, where you just slipped into these plastic sheaths that had some cartoon characters body printed on the outside of it... along with the ol' plastic face-front only masks that you couldn't see or breathe out of very well. (Don't forget the rubber band that always broke about halfway through your school costume parade). You had to wear clothes underneath this little plastic jobby, because it was never meant to be worn alone, (it's the equivalent in thickness of the paper vest the doc gives you now so you don't feel "naked" during your exam) and because it was usually like 17 degrees in Ohio by Halloween.
I didn't grow for a few years in elementary school. So I had to wear the same vinyl/plastic Snow White costume a couple of years in a row. The injustice! Talk about the elementary equivalent of a buzz kill. But the neighborhood candy and ensuing sugar high made up for it, I'm sure.
Favorite scary movie?
The Shining. Those little dead kids who'd be standing in the hallway would freak me out.
Best Halloween memory?
The candidates can talk taxes, national security, even a little healthcare but can they talk football? Get ready for a side of last-minute politicking with your Monday Night Football. Did I mention this week’s Redskins-Steelers match up is on Election Eve? Hmmm… Think the Senators will choose a team? With Pennsylvania votes increasingly important, would they dare shun DC to shill for votes? Do a little half-time analysis?
I think it would be nice to mix this one up. Sure, it’s a hugs audience and a major opportunity to reach voters, but if they don’t know what you stand for les than 12 hours before the polls open, they’ve got bigger issues. I say these two lighten up and talk a little football. Grab some wings, a beer and settle in with America for the night, and leave the stump speeches behind. Yeah, like that would happen!
There’s a squirrel problem in northern California, one that could give the rabbits a run for their money. At the University of California-Davis, the squirrel population has surged from zero to 400 in seven years, and now it’s time for action.
CNN National Desk
They watch the Best Political Team on television in the nude. They get their sample ballots from the mailbox in the nude.
And some nudists in Pasco County, Florida want to go the next step-they want to vote in the nude.
People living at Caliente Resorts, a clothing optional resort in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, recently met with the county supervisor of elections to see if they could get their own polling precinct for the upcoming election.
Angye Fox of the resort thinks it’s the perfect place. She says there are an estimated 12,000 nudists in Pasco County-the largest concentration of nudists in the country.
They want to become the first nude polling precinct in the United States.
“We have our freedom of choice to vote, and our freedom of choice to be nude. It would be nice to have them together,” Fox said.
The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, Brian Corley, says that they won’t adjust the polling places for the upcoming elections, but when they redistrict in 2010 the county’s polling locations, he will take into consideration the groups suggestion. There are now 294,000 registered voters and 154 polling locations in the county.
And the secretary of state’s office says there’s nothing in the law that would stop a polling facility from allowing its voters to cast in the nude.
CNN Political Ticker
The lingering aftermath of Hurricane Katrina looms large over New Orleans residents this election season. CNN’s Voter Hotline has received several calls from New Orleans residents wondering where to vote, whether former evacuees are still registered, and how to vote absentee after being displaced.
Joseph Harris of New Orleans was confused about whether his temporary displacement after the storm would affect his registration.
“I was calling to make sure I was on the list. I want to make sure my information had been changed back now from Houston where I was evacuated during Katrina, and I just want to make sure I’m able to vote on November 4,” Harris asked on the Hotline.
According to the Louisiana Secretary of State, Katrina’s lingering impact doesn’t extend to the voter rolls. “There has been no purging because people were displaced by Katrina. Basically, they can vote if we have a good address,” said Jacques Berry from the Louisiana Secretary of State office. “If you live in a homeless shelter and have an address, you can register to vote in Louisiana.”
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