August 20th, 2008
10:05 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Obama's Shrinking Lead

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/08/20/race.tightens/art.obama.reno.gi.jpg caption="Obama's lead is down to 1 point over McCain."]
Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

When you don't see 360° at 10pm ET tonight don't worry. We're coming to you live just an hour later. So we hope you'll stay up late with us.

We're following several developments on the campaign trail. The biggest headline: Barack Obama's shrinking lead. In the latest CNN poll of polls, Obama is ahead by just one point. If you're keeping tracking (and I'm betting you political junkies are) that's down from a 3-point lead yesterday and 8-points since last month. What do you think has fueled the decline? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Also today it was revealed that Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman will speak at the GOP convention next month.Yes, the same Lieberman who was the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee. In 2006, Lieberman became an Independent after losing the Democratic primary in his Senate re-election bid and has been in the spotlight as a surrogate for McCain. Lieberman, who won re-election to his Senate seat, has hinted at what he'll talk about at the convention. "I'm going to go there really talking about why I support John McCain and why I hope a lot of other independents and Democrats will do that," he said in a recent interview on NBC's "Meet the Press." Take out your crystal ball. Do you see Lieberman inspiring Independents and Democrats to back McCain?

Tonight we're also tracking Tropical Storm Fay. It's not over with Florida. The storm is stalled in the Atlantic near Cape Canaveral, where it's dumped more than 20 inches of rain. Forecasters expect Fay to come ashore in Florida for a THIRD time in the new few hours somewhere between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. 360's Gary Tuchman is on the east coast of Florida tracking Fay for us. We'll check in with him for the latest.

All that and more starting at 11pm ET (remember, we're starting an hour later).
Hope you'll stay up and join us.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Once again CNN shows they are biased in favor of McCain.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  2. Marleny

    ITS AUGUST!!!! Everyone's on vacation. Bush was just raising the roof in CHINA!!!! The candidates are doing their jobs but no one is home to answer the phone or take surveys for the polls. Come on guys! There's real news out there to report. If you ever want to know what it is ask yourself, "What would John King report about now?"

    August 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  3. Betty Deere

    Hey! John, Why are you giving more talking time to McCain's supporters??? I perceive a slight "slant" in the McCain direction...Joe Klein doesn't get to talk or answer the "spin" of that Republican jerk, er, I mean, supporter. I've been perceiving this shift for the past few nights.

    AND, has anybody thought that the polls being taken use land-line phones...not mobile. And most young people and many adults (including Me) us cell phones. So the polls cannot be accurate...why doesn't someone think about that?????

    August 20, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  4. donna sherman

    McCain's performance at the Rick Warren church on Saturday night was a total farce. It was obvious to me on the second question that he already knew the questions, and his swaggering statement on when life begins was extremely disturbing. Of course, these old men think that life begins at conception, that's the only time they're involved. What they've never acknowledged is that the pregnancy process is not the beginning of life, it is the preparation for life.

    We consider death to be when the breathing process has stopped, then obviously the birth is when the breathing process starts. To say a baby has been alive in the womb would have to concede that no-one is dead until their body has decomposed. Life requires breathing the air of life, not being attached to its mother inside of her womb.

    I am amazed at the arrogance of a man who is neither a republican nor a democrat. He is only what is needed for his own ambitions, and that goes to saying whatever the moment demands.

    God help us if he gets elected!!!!!!!

    Donna, Scott City, Missouri

    August 20, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  5. Jeanine McNail

    Lieberman is such a pathetic suck-up, trailing around like the submissive male in a species.

    Obama will roll up his sleeves and get in the game, don't worry. It seems that the general uneducated public believes all the very obvious lies that McCain spews all over every media outlet, so, to refute those lies Obama will have to get down and dirty, a tactic which is repugnant to him. However, I have faith he will come up slugging and win in spite of McCain's lies and trash talk.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  6. Tim -Henderson, NV

    the Republican guest fails to understand that Barack spent quality time working in the S. side streets and neighborhoods. Speaking to real people, poor people and later w/ all people regarding what matters most, the economy. Economy 101, is 101million middle class families that have been essentially victimized by the Republican political/economic agenda.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  7. NCHillBilly

    On CNN, they seemed to think Obama did not have the experience and tried to show him as someone who is not a solid individual. I believe that they are wrong. If anyone lacks a solid foundation, it's John McCain. He has a temper and I am not sure what he might do. He left his first wife and has admitted that he has lied.
    Obama certainly has shown that he can bring people together. When in the East and Europe, he was met with friendliness and high regard. He has drawn huge crowds and has a positive message of hope for the US and World!

    August 20, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  8. Tina Savoie

    I don't think Alex knows what he is talking about. He state Mccain is more solid and knows who he is better than Obama. Well lets first look at the fact that Mccain is almost 100 years old, if he doesn't know who he is by now something is wrong. Second of all he speaks of Obama like he's a child. Obama is almost 50 he is as solid as it get. Obama is young enough to handle the pressures of being a president. McCain is already feeble.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  9. Jessica

    I was told along time ago by a reliable source, that the reason John McCain did not leave the POW camp was because he hated his Dad and would rather die that have him interfer in his life. Who knows??? I was just a kid when the war was going on... Also, how come the Keating 5 never comes up any more??? Does John get a pass on this??? Every single Senator involved is now richer and more powerful or dead. What's up with that??? jn

    August 20, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  10. Miguel Martinez in Jamison, PA

    McCain time is long past. The only thing that has kept him current is Obama's reluctance to engage him aggressively. Obama must name his VP pick and immediately start pouncing on McCain. He has all the issues in his favor, just get out there and talk to the issues and as any good boxer, keep that jab going into McCain's face.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  11. Tim

    I keep hearing about the experience John McCain has over Obama. This might be true. But l have two issues l will like people to consider; since when does length of time represents experience. Take any sport for example, usually tired, old and long playing athletes akways gracefully give way fro fresh, virile and strong ones. Can't you sense this in this race? Secondly, has it occured to a lot people that it was people with expereince like that put this great country in the mess we are in now. I will rather advise America vote for fresh foresight above experience. Foresight anyday is better than experience. You can't fall back on what you have failed in all the time. Or can you?

    August 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  12. michael

    People should see beyond the TV sets and know what happened at the saddle back church. McCain was not in any cone room, on motorcade listening to questions and practicing what to say. He his not as smart as Obama his cos he actually made it know by asking Rev Warren when they gonna get to the Supreme Court question. I know no one want to say anything about it. The only evils McCain sees now is bin laden, Russia, Iran, to mention a few you cant defeat evil you can confront and oppose..that is what the bible says too..resist the devil and he shall flee from you....

    Obama needs to go as negative as possible on McCain so everyone will know what he his up to we the middle and the lower class needs relief and definitely not from McCain or McSame, McBush
    mike Chicago

    August 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  13. Sonia Guha

    Hillary Rosen is absolutely right about McCain, he has changed his position in almost every position. He is unpredictable and he is also known for having a bad temper and crazy outbursts. We cannot have a president who could abruptly make a decision that could have great consequences. Obhama can give us the change we need to at least start heading towards the right direction.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  14. Bill Tampa Fl

    McCain has resorted to lies and gutter politics...it's sad..But what goes around comes around....good profiles tonight. No doubt McCain has perosnal issues that are not poplar..Can you say Wife Cheater!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  15. Julie Richardson

    Regarding your current discussion the guy who said that Obama didn't look like he had lived long enough to know what he believes, I think that is absolutely absurd. In that saddleback forum you saw a man who thinks and was reflective, mature verse a man who espouses short tag lines that are simple and hollow. Yes McCain knows that EVIL is "bad". But his response was fight evil where ever it exists was stupid. That response may get a cheer but does very little to combat the actual conditions that make most people behave in an evil way. I wish you news people would stop trying to influence what and how the people in our country should think and judge the candidates. I'm turning my channel to C-Span where you can see the candidates and make your own mind up. Julie Richardson

    August 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  16. C. Roberts

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    If the young can traverse the planet to wage war, being led by other young men and women of principle, Then Obama’s age is not the argument or so called lack of experience is not the issue. McCain’s experience of 25 years in the senate and congress has not yeilded anything of substance, nor has it reflected any direction to make the country whole, reclaim the moral high ground lost. McCain has been running on the same issues he has had the power to place accross the floor of the senate to initiate debate and discussion, to begin the change on health care, energy, or other issues he is running on.

    If the young men can go off to fight the nations wars, then they can lead this country as Obama is attempting to do. Bush has surrounded himself with men with many years of experience, and look where experience has gotten the nation. Poorer, in pain, at war, with a loss of international respect.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  17. Jeff in IN

    Obama needs to hit and hit hard with the truth; nothing low road about that! Telling the truth, as ugly as it is, is not taking the low road, and the American people have the right to know that they should NOT elect a corrupted, womanizing, bigoted, warmongering hypocrite to the Oval Office in John McCain. Add to his voting record against Veterans and Alternative Energy his flawed character and non-existent morals, and we see that these elements of McCain’s persona have to be exposed, not because we want to drag some poor POW’s name through the dirt; but because it’s the TRUTH!

    5/2008: McCain voted AGAINST the Webb GI Bill. He actually didn’t vote against it though because he never even showed up to vote.
    9/2007: McCain voted AGAINST bill to minimize periods of time between deployment of units sent to Iraq.
    5/2006: McCain voted AGAINST $20 Million to VA for health care facilities.
    4/2006: McCain voted AGAINST $430,000,000 to VA for Medical Services.
    3/2006: McCain voted AGAINST increasing Vet-medical services $1.5 billion in FY2007.
    3/2004: McCain voted AGAINST increasing Vet-medical care by $1.8 billion.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  18. Franky

    You wann talk war, well then let's talk health. We'll see if the polls don't turned, LOL!!!!

    Be careful what you wish for...

    August 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  19. Talia


    Alex should wake up and smell the coffee. Obama may have no experience, but we all see what we have archieved with the experience.

    We need Change and not experience!

    August 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  20. Faith Campbell

    Ever notice that what we criticize in others are the same things that we are guilty of doing?
    McCain has the audicity of saying that Obama does not have good judgment. Obama was first at Harvard, McCain was second from last at the Naval Academy. McCain has changed his position on many issues based upon his parties interests. The man who was the mavarick has joined the crowds of moneyed interests.
    Give me Obama, a man of character and ideals, a man who can get people to work together, who knows how to get things done.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  21. K Curtis

    It is absurd to say Obama has not defined himself. He has been clear and articulate. All that is offered by McCain is shallow thinking masquerading as seasoned conviction. Obama has been thoughtful and thorough. McCain simply has been talking louder, and frankly, being openly misleading in hopes of shifting the focus from quality thinking to shallow posturing. If the negatives attacks are set aside and the issues presented, things become very clear. Sadly, from the polls, it appears that many Americans are too easily swayed by political spin than by solid content. Listen to the spokesmen for the different sides and quality of the content, it becomes clear with the thinking clears..

    August 20, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  22. Franky

    To be honest guys, all I'm waiting for is McCain's V.P pick. That's all I'm waiting for. And to tell you the truth, was up with the Dems?? Why are they worrying?? And I'm not gonna lie, I wished there were debates...that's where is gonna make a difference.

    I'm telling you guys, his V.P pick is one he has to learn....he has no idea what to expect and that's how I want it...

    And liten guys, I don't wanna be bogus but Senator McCain is old!! he's too damn old?? Who the hell wants to criticize him?? The damn media doesn't wanna hurt his feelings. I swear, if Senator McCain had an "unfortunate incident", I guarantee you that I won't give a s-!!

    I even curse myself because I know I will like it. We'll see if the GOP wants the tables turn. Just keep on talking, that's all I want...

    Is that easy GOP, you wanna talk about "unfortunate incidents", well then just today, one of Hillary's ardent supporters just passed away(God bless her soul). But if it happen to your boy(McCain), I would laugh at your face...TRUST ME!! You wanna play this game, well then you're gonna have to play my game...and sometimes is not nice...

    I can't wait to see you at St. Paul!!

    And by the way John, tell the Dems to shut their mouth!!! God is getting pissed!!!

    August 20, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  23. Tim -Henderson, NV

    the Republican guest fails to understand that Barack spent quality time working in the S. side streets and neighborhoods. Speaking to real people, poor people and later w/ all people about regarding what matters most, the economy. Economy 101, is 101million middle class families that have been essentially victimized by the Republican political/economic agenda.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  24. Randy in Seattle

    Please, Please, Please. I simply can't believe Americans are dumb enough to vote for 4 more years of Bushenomics through Mccain. Please America I beg of you as a Man who like you is struggeling because of the Republican Lie Machine. How much more doyou want to take? We have the chance to Take our Country Back With OBAMA Please let us not make another mistake by voting for Mccain. We all know OBAMA is the Man who has the ability to change our country So I ask of you to Vote OBAMA as PREDENT of the UNITED STATES so we can for the first time in 20 years we will be a TRULY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    August 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  25. Azeez

    Obama shrinking lead doesnt mean anything. Our next president will turn up heat. If the bald white hair want to play dirty politics; Senator Obama is ready.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  26. C. Roberts

    If the young can traverse the planet to wage war, being led by other young men and women, Obama's age is not the argument. McCain's perience of 25 years in the senate and congress has not yeilded anything good, nor has it reflected any direction to make the country whole. McCain has been running on the same issues he had the power to place accross the floor of the senate to initiate change on health care, energy, or other issues he is running on.

    If the young men can go off to way, then they can leade the country as Obama is attempting to do.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  27. Sacto Joe

    Let's not forget that Senator Obama has been on vacation for two weeks. Now, maybe that was a mistake, or maybe it wasn't. Certainly it's one of the reasons he's slipped in the polls.

    On the other hand, he's well-rested, and is now set for the long haul. That's the calculation he made, and only time will tell whether or not it was a good or bad idea.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  28. TW Stone

    Hi AC360! NICE work tonight on the '"revealed" docs.

    AS for Mr. Obama, he did more harm to his image on Saturday night by not sitting up straight than anything else. HE was a child answering a parent's questions.

    HE really is a kid, nice, well spoken, but way to young to be the Commander and Chief.

    Not this time Obama, and sit up straight!

    TW Stone

    August 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  29. Angela

    Would someone please tell the truth. The reason Barack lead is so close, is because he is black. Race is the real factor...


    August 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  30. Quin Dwyer

    Smear tactics, lies, subtly sponsored 3rd party hate tracts like "Obama Nation" that are never disowned: these are issues that should be seen as John McCain character defects.

    This is not a problem Barack Obama should be addressing. The issue is how the mainstream media gives John McCain free pass for behavior and tactics that do not belong in a democratic system.

    John McCain and his Rove lapdogs must be enjoying so much how the mainstream media is ignoring its responsibilities.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  31. Carol

    Obama cannot win w/o Hillary Clinton, plain and simple.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  32. Kenny in NC

    Hillary is right. We want more on the issues. McCain will take care of himself. He will self destruct eventually, I HOPE.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  33. Kenny in NC

    Good evening all bloggers. A bit late tonight but it was worth the wait to see the McCain and Obama Revealed. Both were most informative.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  34. lampe

    I don't think Lieberman, will have a hard time getting Clinton Supporters to follow him. I think Obama, is starting to lose some of his star power. Even Dem. Senators, are coming out and telling him he has to start telling exactly what this change is, and to stop giving these speeches, that are starting to get boring.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Lieberman knows he is all done being a Democrat or having his current seat. They will throw him out on is rear. A Dem backing a Repub. How foolish. The Dems and Repubs believe in completely different things............one old timer backing another WITH oldtimer's.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  36. AGM

    No surprise here. And if the DEMs had done a poll of the early states that voted for OB they would have seen the "Buyer's Remorse "once the truth started coming out, i.e., Resko, Wright,, Ayers, etc, etc. his constant flip-flopping. Instead they allowed themselves to be intimidated with threats of violence by the likes of Donna Brazzile and your Roland Martin. If the youth of America doesn't get their candidate and AA's feel robbed...well me too, I wanted a female and if I was going to think along those lines, she should be of Hispanic descent!!

    I would not vote for Bill Richardson because he is Hispanic...but I see 90% of AA are certainly voting color!! Nor would I vote for some pompous General because I am aveteran!. BTW perhaps Soledad O’Brien should do a story on the millions of Americans of Hispanic descent or do you guys still think we all came over last year. I know no one in MEXICO and do not support illegal immigration!!

    August 20, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  37. Annie Kate

    Obama's shrinking lead – may not mean anything. Polls are not sacred or 100% accurate. However, if we assume this poll is right then perhaps with all the foreign events lately people are realizing that experience is definitely needed to be the President.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 20, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  38. Larry

    As any obama supporter will tell you; John McCain should have been left to rot for the rest of his life in that pow camp. The world would have been much more serene without his presence.

    Now Barack Obama; here is a most gentle and caring human being. We are blessed to have him becoming our president. I think he should be rewarded with becoming president for life; no one can ever come along and solve our problems the way he has. There is not one bad bone in his body. His wife, Michelle, for whom Paul McCartney wrote a touching song, is the example that all women should strive for.
    God bless Barack Obama.

    May John McCain rot in hell; and that would be getting off easy.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm |