Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain dialed up their war of words today over Iraq.
Senator Obama called the war a “dangerous distraction” and said more emphasis needs to be placed on the battle in Afghanistan.
He also blasted the Bush Administration for missed opportunities after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Obama says part of his new strategy will be “taking the fight to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
A short time later, Senator McCain attacked his rival’s opposition to the surge in Iraq, saying its lessons can be applied in Afghanistan. McCain says U.S. troops should stay in Iraq as long as needed. The latest polling shows Americans split between a timed withdrawal from Iraq and staying indefinitely.
Tonight, we’ll hear from both candidates – in their own words – and let you decide who has the better plan.
Also tonight: the economy. Today, President Bush called it fundamentally sound, even as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress that worse days are ahead. Meantime, the Labor Department said wholesale inflation is the highest it’s been since the early ‘80s; GM announced massive payroll cuts; and the Dow closed below 11,000 for the first time in two years. Oh yes – and the dollar hit a new low against the euro. Tonight, we’ll look at which presidential candidate stands to gain the most from all these economic woes. Who do you trust most to turn the economy around – and why?
In Crime & Punishment, we dig into a new report by the ACLU that says the FBI's terror watch list is now one million names long – one million. What’s more, the ACLU says the list is so secretive and so shoddily put together, it’s hard to tell how it’s being used – or abused. One thing is certain though. If your name is on the list, it makes air travel hellish. CNN Chief Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is on the list. Tonight, he tries to uncover how he got there.
All that and more tonight on 360 at 10 p.m. Eastern.
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