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August 18th, 2008
07:40 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Bracing for the storm...

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Morning folks...Grab some coffee because there are lots of headlines this am....

First, Tropical Storm Fay moved over the western end of the Cuba Monday morning on its march toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys.... Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said Fay could increase to near hurricane strength by Monday evening when it should reach the Florida Keys, and it could become a hurricane before making landfall on the Florida peninsula sometime Tuesday. The storm will become a Category 1 hurricane ONLY if its winds reach 74 mph.... As of writing, it's path? Florida: Key West, Tampa and Clearwater. John Zarrella is in Key West and Gary Tuchman is heading to Tampa.... We will keep you posted as the forecasts come out...

Mother Nature is also torturing residents and tourist in the Grand Canyon...Rain breached an earthen dam at the Grand Canyon. Rescue crews in helicopters evacuated about 170 people Sunday after water poured through Redland Dam, sending water down two canyons and threatening several hundred tourists and residents. A few hundred others - perhaps as many as 400 - remained in the area of concern. Most are permanent residents of Supai village, located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The problems started when water breached Redland Dam and poured into Cataract Canyon and Supai Canyon, which was heavily flooded, ....Earlier, a private boating party of 16 people was stranded, but uninjured, on a ledge at the confluence of Havasu Creek and the Colorado River on Saturday night after flood waters carried their five rafts away. Kara Finnstrom is en route to the Grand Canyon and will bring us the latest....

AND this just in...Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will resign....after weeks of pressure to relinquish power. Musharraf told the nation in a televised address that he would step down - nearly nine years after he seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999. "I don't want the people of Pakistan to slide deeper and deeper into uncertainty," Musharraf said. "For the interest of the nation, I have decided to resign as president," he said. "I am not asking for anything. I will let the people of Pakistan decide my future." Musharraf has been a keen ally of the West in the fight on terror, receiving billions in military aid from the U.S. and launching attacks on militant groups near the country's border with Afghanistan. This on the eve of a bomb killing at least nine outside US base in Afghanistan. What does this mean for the war on terror in Afghanistan? Peter Bergen joins us tonight to discuss....

Onto politics...Barack Obama and John McCain spent the weekend talking religion...From their views on abortion to their greatest moral failings both candidates talked openly at Rick Warren's forum on faith. We will recap some of that tonight, BUT a day after Barack Obama and John McCain exchanged an embrace, Obama called the U.S. economy a disaster thanks to "John McCain's president, George W. Bush," and chided his Republican rival's campaign for trying to make him look unpatriotic and weak. I guess he is rested after his week off in Hawaii and is coming out swinging...

Today, John Mccain is in Orlando, Florida while in Obama spends the day in New Mexico...and yes, the VP speculation continues. Obama meets with Bill Richardson and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. spent the weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia, meeting with the country’s embattled president, Mikheil Saakashvili...interesting...John McCain ends his day in Atlanta where he is expected to meet with Ralph Reed...Reed will appear on our show tonight...

BUT in my opinion the biggest headline in politics today is a NEW PEW POLL... One week before Democrats gather to nominate Sen. Barack Obama to be president, polls show the Illinois lawmaker locked in a dead heat with Republican Sen. John McCain, who now leads among white voters overall and has gained among Republicans, evangelicals and white working-class people. Although the Pew Research Center survey was largely conducted before Russia's Aug. 8 invasion of neighboring Georgia, its findings underscored the mostly favorable reviews that defense analysts gave to Mr. McCain's response to the crisis. The poll showed that voters trust the Arizona senator more than Mr. Obama to "use good judgment in a crisis" by 51 percent to 36 percent.

FINALLY...a huge round of applause for Michael Phelps...EIGHT GOLD MEDALS...a total of 16 medals overall, 14 of them GOLD. Just incredible!! AND can you say "show me the money?" Phelps already is collecting about $5 million a year in endorsement checks from companies like Visa - payments that came after he won six gold medals during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. NOW after his performance in Beijing, where he won a record eight gold medals, puts him in line to earn much more.

"He may be at $30, $40, $50 million a year in endorsements after all this is said and done..." HOLY COW....

ALL for now...


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  1. Annie Kate

    Its good for Pakistan that their President is resigning since the people did not like him or trust him. I wonder who will replace him and if they will be more proactive on running the Taliban and al-Queada out of their country so they don't have a place to run to where our soldiers can't get them after one of their attacks. bin Laden might have to find himself a new cave.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar

    Good Afternoon Anderson, staff 360 and best bloggers.....
    Finally! I am so glad Musharraf resigned!!!!!! Whew!!! He made lot of his mistakes of terrorism...... I hope that he already learned his lesson!!! I thinking he will not come back home anymore.
    My hearts go to Florida states, I hope Topical storm or maybe hurricane will be pass few days. I can't wait see Gary Tuchman in Tampa, Be careful Gary, where are you standing your guard and hold on reporting from Tampa...... I hope Gary Tuchman will be safe high places.
    Last Friday, I am so exciting for Michael Phelps got 8 times row got 8 gold medals!!!!! I am so thrilled for him. what athlete is most amazing race!!! that is almost miracles!!! I am so proud of him as his mom proud of him too. I am so really honor to him that during ceremony our President Bush gave a award for him, I am so happy and crying my face....... what race for him!!!!!! also most world record 8 times. I am thinking maybe guiness world book this year!! 😉
    I will see you soon on AC360 and Live Blog tonight........
    Megan D.
    Shoreline, Wa

    August 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  3. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Hey There Anderson wow holy copw is right ! The hurricane is in full blown disater poor Gary Tuchman heading right for the eye of the strom hold on tight!
    Lots of great show to get to
    see you later
    Michelle

    August 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  4. Heather

    Michael Phelps mom did one heck of a job raising three kids all by herself! Everybody loves him.He is so nice and modest.I remember the last Olympic games when he decided to sit out one of the events so one of his teammates could try for a medal.He is amazing! He is what any olympic athlete should be.Watching him with the rest of the guys on the team they really care and respect each other.Its wonderful to watch and I cant wait to watch the interview on CNN.com!

    August 18, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  5. Rose from Southern Calif

    It doesn't take commen SENSE that God give us to run a country.

    For one who VOTED FOR THE WAR! Senator McCain, not Senator Obama.

    President Clinton never served in the military, he did good for this country, right?

    And President Bush did served, right?
    Well, look how Bush will be leaving our country? BROKE!

    Bush and Chaney will be leaving with more MONEY in their POCKETS then the people they suppost to serve.

    What is wrong with this picture?

    Can you say you are better off now, then 10 years ago?

    We need a fresh start let do it with a new and fresh idea's.

    August 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  6. mark hoffman, Phoenix AZ.

    Hey AC. Why in the world would anyone live in Florida? It seems like nothing but bad news ever emanates from that state. Scary stuff in the Grand Canyon. Can you believe I've lived here for more than 15 years and have never been up there to see it? I also think it is only a matter of time before Pakistan just simply dissolves into a constant state of civil war. Saw some of the Rick Warren show and kind of found it hard to believe that McCain didn't know of at least some of the questions. I also thought Mr. Warren wasn't going to dwell on the wedge issues. Oh well, so much for that. Finally, I'm glad that Mr. Phelps did so well over in China, but I'm kinda sad for his teammates that helped him win his golds, I doubt they will be "rolling in the dough" like Mike.

    August 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  7. Susan

    It will be very interesting to see who becomes the next President of Pakistan. It appeared that the Pakistani military seemed to be doing the most fighting against the anti Musharraf forces then they did in the war against terrorism.

    Susan
    Phoenixviile,PA

    August 18, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  8. Annie Lee

    Good afternoon Mr. Cooper.
    "HOLY COW" is right! He deserves all the fame and fortune. I am very Happy for him and his family.

    Comment on Wendy On Canada, True, economy and domestic issues are important. But I truly believe terrorism must be defeated first. Do you remember every time after an attack, it is also an attack on the economy. That's what the terrorists want, kill civilians and economy. Also, think about this....whats more important.....human life or economy. Whats good about a steady economy if thousands get killed time after time.

    Annie Lee
    El Dorado Hills, California

    August 18, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  9. Kelly

    We here in Naples are disappointed that you are not here for the storm – it won't be the same without you standing on the beach. Send an email if you need someone to stand in for you.....

    August 18, 2008 at 12:24 pm |
  10. Vicky, Ontario, Canada

    Watching the news updates about Fay with interest and concern. Family timeshare on Sanibel was hit a few years ago from Hurricane Charlie, with a great deal of damage. That whole area is still recovering, and it looks like we're going to get hit again! Hopefully, it will only just reach hurricane strength.

    August 18, 2008 at 11:47 am |
  11. Julie San Diego, CA

    Hey Gary,

    Bring your hipwaders. My husband is based out of St. Pete and was told not to fly in this morning.

    Interesting little factoids: Some residents of St. Petersburg claim that it's the only major town in Florida that's been spared by hurricanes. If Fay continues on its path, this might be "the big one" for Tampa/St. Pete as these guys aren't as hurricane savvy as the rest of Florida.

    Another factoid: St. Pete is a penninsula that forms the breakwater for Tampa bay. It's flat and very close to sea level. Much of the housing in St. Pete is lower income, effectively making it the Lower Ninth Ward of Tampa/St. Pete. If Fay hits, some of the most economically-vulnerable people in the area will bear the major brunt of the storm.

    Stay safe. Stay dry if you can. You ought to buy one of those collapsable fishing poles for all the time you're spending in those hipwaders...

    August 18, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  12. Crystal, Clearwater, FL

    I hope this hurricane doesn't do to much damage and we aren't forced to evacuate. I thought the forum on faith was very interesting. It was nice to see them talk in plain one on one and answer some touching subjects.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  13. Rahni, Connecticut

    I feel that the questions were pretty much in McCain's favor not Obama. Here we go! The rules for presidential nominations are changing due to an African-American running for president. Most blacks are with Obama and mostly whites are with McCain. Split down racial lines once again and how we can pull our selves from this divisive sitiuations. Unfortunately, they're still a great deal of people here in this country can't get over an African-American might run this country.

    Rahni, Connecticut

    August 18, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  14. Megan Bliesner, Greensboro, NC

    In reponse to "Wendy On Canada" ...

    The choice in this election is anything but clear. Some questions to spark discussion.. Can anyone truly understand ALL the concerns of the country? If so, what do they need advisors for? Also, can an inexperienced senator (yes, I said it) say he understands everything?? Can he even fairly claim to understand more than his opponent?

    August 18, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  15. DianneB TN

    McCain did his usually stump speech Saturday at the Forum. He only talked ABout WAR and his war stories. He was talking to the people seating the seats directly instead of telling America about him. The sory about the guard drawing a Cross has been told before but he did add "Just two christain worshiping together" was new." The economy was not really that important to him. On the other hand Obama answered the questions on the issues truthfuly and take time to explain the answer. McCain answers shooting from the hip and Obama doing a little thinking about the question before he answer. Totally different styles. Sometimes McCain did act like he knew the question were going to be ask.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:34 am |
  16. Lou

    Wendy, I could not agree with you more I watchd John McCain this morning and he sounded like he was ready to go to war with Russia. The faith forum, I thought was very biased in favour of Mc Cain. After all he was in a room full of "like minded" people. I also find it fascinating that McCain was not in a "cone of silence" like Rick Warren said. Mc Cain says he did not hear any of the questions, but if you listen close when McCain came out for his portion of the forum he said that he was trying to listen through the walls. I think that the worst disaster for the US would be to elect John McCain president.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  17. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    i hope jou enjoed your weekend.i think there will be a week with many storrys to tell.in a way you do it,hornestly.let poeple making their own minds.so ,have a nice day,from far away in germany.

    August 18, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  18. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    I liked the format of the Rick Warren forum. But, McCain was allowed to talk about whatever came to mind and that was a negative to the event. Obama support will not change and we will elect him President in November.

    Phelps........you are terrific and I wish you all the best................

    August 18, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  19. Wendy On Canada

    There is definitely a clear choice in this election. McCain even at the "faith forum" went back to War time & again. Every answer seemed to revolve around the subject, very little concern for the economy or other domestic issues. Do the Americans really want a President that would shoot first & ask questions later? From all the previous polling it was clear most were tired of the way things are going but with McCain will get more of the same. His focus is on foreign affairs, not the economy, health care or taxes. Can the U.S afford another war? It is clear that McCain only wants to be POTUS to gain control of the military. I would want a President that understands ALL the concerns of the country not one that just wants to be in control of the troops.

    August 18, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  20. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Morning Anderson, happy Monday, we sure could use some rain here in Austin Texas, everyday our forecasters have been predicting us to get some rain but so far just a few drops here and there. Have a wonderful day and I am looking forward to watching your show tonight.

    August 18, 2008 at 9:22 am |
  21. deborah, OH

    Morning, Anderson,
    That was a mouthful!
    Looks like Mother Nature isn't happy again–sure hope Fla. is ready for Fay. And my prayers are with the people at the Grand Canyon.

    So Musharraf has resigned–about time.

    I don't trust polls, but that IS an interesting result in the Pew Poll. Hope somebody is paying attention. (Of course, this is most INTERESTING to you, you political junkie! lol.)

    And Michael Phelps is truly EXTRAORDINARY!

    Have a good day, Anderson, & all.

    August 18, 2008 at 8:54 am |
  22. Cindy

    I guess mother nature was not in a good mood this weekend. I saw the flooding in the Grand Canyon yesterday. I hope that everyone got out safe. You'd think that after all of the flooding that has gone on this year that they would be looking extra close at all dams everywhere trying to prevent this from happening again.

    I can't believe that Musharraf has decided to resign as the pres of Pakistan. That surprised me for sure. I thought they'd have to force him out. Maybe they had some dirt on him and they actually did. I just wonder who will take over and if they will be anyone willing to work with us on the terrorism thing?

    I saw Rick Warren's forum with McCain and Obama and to me McCain came out ahead from the answers that he gave. His experience just makes him way smarter on a lot of subjects where as Obama isn't. I can see now why Obama won't do the town hall meetings with John. Obama may give great speeches where he can't be grilled on issues but when it comes to debating his true colors come out. He is not good at it at all. He bumbles around the question and tries not to answer because most of the time he can't.

    I am not surprised at all that John McCain has now caught Obama in the Pew Poll. Like I said before his experience is now being shown and Obama's lack of any is coming out also. He may give good speeches but people are beginning to realize that behind those speeches there is no substance. He just isn't presidential material...not yet.

    Cindy...Ga.

    August 18, 2008 at 8:49 am |
  23. Mary

    I am anxiously awaiting the VP picks. I heard that Senator McCain may choose someone pro-choice. Hmmmm.
    I think that a big round of applause should go out to Rick Warren also. What a great way to conduct that forum. I think that the question on when life begins is tough for someone in politics. Trying not to offend anyone by avoiding the question doesn't work. When life begins can be as difficult to pinpoint for politicians as when it ends. Looking forward to the show. Have a great day.

    August 18, 2008 at 8:10 am |

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