AC360 Senior Producer
We opened the show last night with breaking news from Washington, D.C. after we got word that the Senate is ready to act on the financial crisis. A slightly modified version of the bailout bill will be voted on tonight after sundown (the sunset Wednesday brings an end to the Jewish New Year). Our guidance is that this vote could occur between 730pm-9pm ET, so we will have the latest by the time Anderson hits the set.
Wall St had already closed when word from the Senate got out last night, but still stocks had already rallied. The bailout plan has some new provisions in it which the Senate will vote on, including a hike to the FDIC insurance cap from $100,000 to $250,000, and additional tax breaks. We’ll be watching how this vote goes tonight.
John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden all confirmed they would be present in DC for this vote. Yesterday we saw the candidates try to sound like problem-solvers and stray slightly from partisan politics. It seems they figured the nation didn’t really want to see further finger pointing and name-calling following the House rejection of the bailout bill. More Americans are becoming nervous about this financial crisis and the candidates’ struck a different tone accordingly yesterday.
Candy Crowley, Jessica Yellin and Ed Henry will be watching all of the above for us.
Our Chief National Correspondent John King will be NY in front of what we like to call our ‘Magic Board’ on the Election Set, which illustrates the electoral map. New polls release at 4pm ET showing candidates’ standings in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia and Missouri. John will guide us through these polls and show us how the results affect the existing map.
We are one day away from the Veep debate. Sarah Palin continues her preparations at McCain’s Sedona ranch, and Joe Biden prepares at his home near Wilmington (before he goes to DC to vote on the bailout bill later tonight). Our correspondents will have more tonight on what is at stake for both Veeps as they get ready to face-off. In a race that is so close between McCain and Obama, the Veeps could make a real impact on the overall results come Election Day.
See you tonight folks!
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