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The clock is ticking louder, less than 2 weeks till Election Day. There's a widening gap between Barack Obama and John McCain. Our latest CNN Poll of Polls shows Obama now leading McCain by 9 points nationwide, 51% to 42%, Obama’s widest margin to date. Both candidates will continue to slug it out till the bitter end. Today, McCain joins Sarah Palin in Ohio and Obama campaigns in Virginia. Joe Biden is in Colorado.
Wolf Blitzer sits down with McCain today for an interview which we’ll feature tonight. We’ll find out what his strategy is for gaining ground in the homestretch. Yesterday we featured Palin after she sat down with Drew Griffin. What did you think of her interview? Clearly we are also trying to get Joe Biden and/or Barack Obama to deliver fresh interviews on the heels of the McPalin speaking out, but neither have bitten just yet.
This morning, Sarah Palin’s staff is answering claims that she charged the state of Alaska for travel expenses for her children. Palin’s camp indicates “Like spouses and children of Governors across the nation, Alaska’s First Family make public appearances, attend events, and perform ceremonial duties in their role as the family of Alaska’s Governor. When members of the First Family participate in events, the state provides for travel to and from those events.” Do you guys think this is a big deal?
Another doozy for the Palin camp this morning: some media reports that the RNC has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize Palin since her pick to be running mate. I will leave to y’all to weigh in there-I'm sure you will have plenty to say.
On Wednesdays we release poll numbers from battleground states, today we’ll see figures from W. Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada and Ohio. John King will get in front of the Magic Wall and illustrate how these fresh numbers shift the electoral map.
We also have polls today related to how you feel about the bailout. The bottom line is Americans don't like financial bailouts, they don't like the government having an ownership stake in banks or failing businesses, and they don't like Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. But they do like government assistance to homeowners who are having trouble paying their mortgages. Check out those specific numbers on our site later today.
Markets continue their seesaw, this time they are all down overnight globally. I want to steal a colleague’s line from one of our internal notes this morning: “It’s like investors around the world are doing the wave… and today, they’re on the down side... will NY stand or sit?”
Last night we didn’t bring you our Most Wanted report because we ran out of time due to the Palin intvw, tonight Tom Foreman will show us the latest Culprit of the Collapse and continue the series.
See you 10pET!
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