AC360 Senior Producer
It is Debate Night in Nashville, the 2nd time John McCain and Barack Obama face-off. It will be a 90 minute ‘town hall’ style event, moderated by Tom Brokaw. The candidates will take questions from Brokaw, but they’ll also answer q's from uncommitted voters in the audience and Internet participants. We are 28 days from the Elections, and there is pressure tonight on the candidates, particularly within all this dire financial news.
Yesterday the markets had a rough ride, they did not get a lift from the passage of the bailout bill. And it’s not just limited to the U.S., far from it, as most of the world’s stock markets are hurting. Barack Obama made a point of underlining his economic messages yesterday, and McCain/Palin questioned Obama’s ties w/William Ayers and continued to try to paint Obama as a ‘risky’ choice. Obama more or less accused the GOP of trying to ‘change the subject’ from the economy because this subject works to his advantage with voters. (and he released a 13 minute documentary on Keating 5).
Our polls show more voters trust the Dem candidate w/economic issues, and this has given Obama the lead recently. Our national poll stands at Obama 49%, McCain 43% and 8% undecided. We also have poll results from Indiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin coming out today-all show Obama gaining. Tune in today and you’ll see how these results change the Magic Map (that’s what we like to call our snazzy Electoral Map internally).
McCain has to shine tonight if he is going to break this momentum. Town halls cater to his strengths. That said, the debate will be divided between domestic and foreign policy issues, but most likely voters will want to talk about the economy so McCain will have to show that he has concrete and inspiring plans on the issue against Obama.
Anderson, Wolf Blitzer, and Campbell Brown will moderate from our NYC Election Center at 8pET till 9pET when the debate kicks off, and then they will pick things up again at 10:30pET w/post-debate analysis.
What are you looking for in the debate tonight? Is your mind made up yet? And what do you think of all the back and forth on William Ayers, Keating 5 etc from Obama and McCain. Do you think this is appropriate or they should just be speaking to the issues at hand rather than digging up skeletons from the past?
And what do you think of Palin’s ‘pit bull’ strategy? Our new poll shows her favorability rating is at 52%. Is she winning you over vs. Biden? (Biden is out of the mix till tomorrow, fyi, his mother-in-law died and he has no public events till Wed).
Let me know! And see you tonight.
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