August 20th, 2008
07:37 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The VP wait continues...

Morning folks...

Tropical Storm Fay just won't go away...Fay moved just off the east coast of Florida early Wednesday after spawning at least SEVEN tornadoes that ripped across sections of the state... The storm is expected to hug Florida's Atlantic coastline and maybe even strengthen slightly before making a hard left back into northeastern Florida..."This storm is going to be with us for a while," said Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. "Looks like it could be a boomerang storm." Gary Tuchman continues to watch Fay for us and will bring us the latest if it warrants...

BUT all are on pins and needles waiting to see who Barack Obama picks to be his Vice President... In the run-up to the vice presidential announcements, a campaign stop is less about what's said than where it is; geography and choreography are clues. This week's schedules for Barack Obama and John McCain take them through states home to some of the top VP contenders..Yesterday, McCain was in Louisiana, today he will be in New Mexico. Obama in Virginia today, home to Governor Tim Kaine. These stops are fodder for the guessing game, but they provide no concrete answers about who the No. 2 picks will be. On the Democratic side, the VP speculation should come to an end soon: Sources said Obama will announce his choice this week via text message.

BUT what is causing some concern in GOP circles is that John McCain is seriously considering choosing a pro-abortion-rights running mate despite vocal resistance from conservatives, with former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) very much in the mix, close McCain advisers say. McCain men Joe Lieberman (a rumored veep choice) and Lindsey Graham are leaving today for a two-day tour of Poland, the Ukraine and Georgia, where they will meet with President Mikhail Saakashvili. Another clue? We will have to wait... McCain has said he will announce his choice on Friday August 29....the day after Barack Obama accepts his parties nomination... We will continue the VP watch tonight...

In what could be an ominous sign for Barack Obama just days before he is formally named the Democratic presidential nominee, a new CNN poll of polls out Tuesday shows the Illinois senator's lead over John McCain has been cut in half in recent days. According to CNN's average of several recent national surveys, Obama's lead is now a slim 3 points over the Arizona senator, 46-43 percent — half of his advantage in a CNN poll of polls one week ago, and down from a high of 8 points in mid-July.

BUT maybe Obama read the polls, because it seems he has gotten the message about his lack of message.... TIME magazine reports that in the past few days, amid growing concerns among Democratic allies, Obama has begun campaigning in a different gear, one that is more aggressive in attacking John McCain and more focused on the economic concerns of struggling Americans. In a town-hall meeting on Monday, where nearly 2,000 people packed a high school gym, Obama acknowledged the worries within his party about whether he is up to what promises to be a brutal general election campaign. "Everywhere I go, people have told me, 'Oh, I'm getting nervous. The Republicans – they're so mean. What are we going to do?' " Obama said. "They did it to John Kerry. They did it to Gore. They tried to do it to Clinton; they did it to Dukakis. That's what they do. That's their politics. They don't know how to govern, but they know how to run a negative campaign. But I'm here to tell you in Albuquerque that it's not going to work this time." Jessica Yellin looks at this for us tonight...

Also tonight CNN presents McCain & Obama REVEALED from 8 to 10 pm, we take to the airwaves at 11 pm with members of the best political team on TV to talk about the candidates and what we learned from the CNN documentaries...

BUT cannot leave you until we clear the air on BIGFOOT... It turns out the Bigfoot in the freezer is MADE OF RUBBER. I know you are shocked... The initial promoter of two hikers' claim that they found the body of Bigfoot in Georgia said he has determined that the discovery was a hoax. The body turned out to be rubber, and the two men who claimed that they found it, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, have admitted that it was a costume....Surprise...Surprise...

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  1. Megan Dresslar

    Hellooo Staff!!!
    I agree with bloggers, Poor Gary!!!! He is so tired his reporting from Florida during Tropical Storm! I hope he is doing great job in Florida.... I wish I have his job reporter for hurricane or tropical storm......
    I know that Fay won't go away for while. oh well!
    I feel that I got tricked from them who did send to news and isn't real bigfoot to me, I have believe them, no! I am really disappointed with them that is so fake or hoax bigfoot!!!! yes you're right it is costume! I don't think is not funny at all............ I hope that they have to learn their lesson and never happen again.
    Megan D.
    Shoreline, Wa

    August 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  2. lois in NY

    Bill Mahar said last night on Larry King, the best the Democrats could do would to have Obama/Clinton ticket – they would have an easy ride to the White House. I agree – she is very bright person and really has the experience – sorry she wasn't name for Presidential spot – she would have been a great President.

    August 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  3. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Good Morning 360
    The tension is mouding who will the VP picks be ? I hope thier chioces will be strong ones and get the to the issues at hand so they can fight thre good fight in this election .

    That's all for now see you on 360!

    August 20, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Ruthie Ayesha Muhammad

    I am a crossing the aisle Republican who will be voting for Obama. No this is not a joke, if the Dems, want to walk into the White House and Obama does not pick Hillary, all efforts should be extended to get GORE in the VP slot. No joke!!!!Been VP, Ready to be President, and some say should have been President. Thank you.

    August 20, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
  5. Julie San Diego, CA

    Barack's going to announce his VP via text message....love it.

    It might be more fun if he puts something up on YouTube.

    August 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  6. Marlon

    It would probably be a good thing if Obama chooses someone from way across the aisle. Some one who has his values in common but from the other side. Then both of them can combat the negativity from the McCain camp with the truth and more comparison of McCain to Bush.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  7. Dan Lerner (Toronto)

    Apparently Obama is "Biden" his time before making his VP announcement.

    August 20, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  8. Presley

    "The Republicans – they’re so mean."
    This made me LOL.
    So, they're not sending baskets of kittens? Color me shocked.
    I'm make no apologies, but some of us out here, myself included, like the mud slingin', cage rattling, down and dirty campaigning.
    It's POLITICS. I would be more shocked if it was civil and glitter rainbows.
    It all tickles my Cynic bone.

    Have a Lovely Day Everyone.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:55 am |
  9. Sandy, Arkansas

    Speculation mounts on VP picks. I, personally, think we should be able to vote for our choice for V.P. If that were the case we all know that the Democratic ticket would be Obama/Clinton. It is the people's country not the nominees. The best case scenario for Barack Obama would be to wait until the convention on Wednesday night and annonce his nominee and then let Bill Clinton introduce that nominee – Hillary Clinton. I think after the roll call vote and an electrifying anticipation and then a uniting of the two candidates the Democrats would win the White House in November. It should happen...but it won't.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  10. Bill

    It all sounds like a conspiracy, including the Bigfoot results. There is one thread throughout this story though, between the election progress and the gorilla outfit. It's all about rubber – the rubber round of competition.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  11. Gail Ellis Duncan

    This abortion issue really makes me ask the question if all those against are doing anything to support the many children born without healthcare, support and services needed for them to succeed including parent assistance? Are they adopting these children, caring for these children? Are you also against sex education in the schools? It appears to be soo easy to sit behind nice surroundings with everything in place not see the other side. We need a working governement that is truly about ALL the people not just the few.

    August 20, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  12. Annie Kate

    If Obama really wants to have an exciting ticket that isn't made up of Washington insiders but who has name recognition, legal training, and experience meeting with foreign leaders, etc. he might look at his own committee to help him pick a VP – Caroline Kennedy would be an even better addition to his ticket than Hillary would have been plus the symbolism of the pairing of Obama and Kennedy would be daunting. Michael Moore actually makes a pretty persuasive argument for her on his site. If you are interested you ought to go have a look. For people who lived through the JFK years but who are resisting Obama for one reason or the other might have second thoughts with Caroline on the ticket. Maybe its a way out suggestion but I found it intriguing to say the least.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 20, 2008 at 9:23 am |
  13. Ann Cunningham Baltimore

    Just like the bully in school, the Republican Campaign Machine is dominant in the bullying and meanness during a National Campaign. The tactics of referencing McCain's glorious military history brings tears to my eyes every time. Very effective. But folks have tears in their eyes when their child wants a little more for dinner, but there isn't any. Or they need new shoes for school and mom has to decide on gas to go to work or the child's shoes.
    The most compelling response for me was McCain's answer in the forum to evil. DEFEAT it. He has no idea of the evil that exists and manifests itself in so many different ways that affect his "fellow Americans" everyday. He is so out of touch with the typical American family. The trickle down effect of the evil that has been perpetuated by the Bush administration from the Iraq War is unbelievable and just starting to rear its ugly head. We have not seen the worst. Families destroyed due to a soldier's death or maiming. The economy on a downward spiral and folks losing everything. Most of our military resources is there, and we could have used these men to secure our borders and ports, and fight the war on drugs in this country; we are still not safe.
    The evil of the rich folks who have been made multi-millionaires from the War because they owned stock in companies that were paid the billions to support the war. Maybe McCain should follow them along with Bin Laden to get the taxes that they evade every year.
    Don't count out Obama yet...don't be fooled by his thoughtful responses to the Civil Forum of Rick Warren. Like Eisenhower said, "It is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, it is sometimes the size of the fight in the dog". The regular American, which I consider myself to be (my father was in WWII and I lost an uncle in WWII) still has a lot of fight left. I will be heard too!

    August 20, 2008 at 9:09 am |
  14. Sandra, Wadley Ga

    Good morning Anderson:

    I look forward to Suzanne's revealing report tonight on the candidates. Hopefully this report and the VP picks, will help me in determining the best man for the people.

    My thoughts and prayers are with our Floridian neighbors. Looks like Fay could reach further inland, as well.

    In regards to Bigfoot, I was so hopeful, as I am most gullible. These guys are not representable of the Georgians I know. They should hide their faces in shame.

    August 20, 2008 at 8:50 am |
  15. Cindy

    Poor Gary...he is still out there chasing that hurricane!! I hope that he and the Florida residents are OK after all of those tornadoes. And now Fay is getting stronger again. I guess it'll be round two with her and Florida soon. Lets hope Florida wins again!

    I guess now the VP wait is in full swing this week since Obama is supposed to announce his pick before or on Saturday. My guess is it'll be no one that all of the pundits have been saying it would be. And definitely not Hillary Clinton.

    And McCain is and always has been the maverick so him picking a pro-abortion VP wouldn't surprise me one bit. But his party won't be the least bit happy!! LOL

    AWW...you are kidding me, Bigfoot was not real!? Oh and I bet my house on it! I just knew we finally got a hold of that mythical creature! LOL Really...who thought it was real? I mean come on! It looked fake as heck in the cooler thing. I can't believe anyone bought it enough for it to be reported on CNN or 360! LOL


    August 20, 2008 at 8:41 am |
  16. Lou

    John McCain says he would rather lose an election that lose a war. I for one hope that he gets his wish. Given the poll numbers I wonder if Obama will be forced to pick Hillary Clinton for VP whether he wants to or not.

    August 20, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  17. Cora Pitmon

    I am so tired of CNN thinking that they are fair with this election. All I ever hear is Obama. I do not like him and know many people who are waiting for election day to vote Republican to keep Obama out. If you want to give news, be fair about it. Mc Cain is right when he said that all the media only talks about Obama. I do not trust him and never will. So please, CNN be honest with the news. You are all pushing Obama down peoples throat. Thank you for your time.

    August 20, 2008 at 8:30 am |
  18. Martina Ilstad

    Hey Anderson
    Wish you a nice day,from far away in germany.Are you on tv today?maybey i will watch your show,but its midnight here in germany,so we will see if have sleepless night??i just watched news,and saw pictures from gerorgia.the russian have to leave this area now.than russian,gerorgia,eu usa nato have to talk,and there must find a way to make peace in this war.

    August 20, 2008 at 8:02 am |
  19. Mary

    The VP picks are so important this time. I would have a very difficult decision to make if Senator McCain chooses a "pro-choice" running mate.
    I also don't think that whining about the Republican "negativity" is a good move by Senator Obama. I hope that they pick VP's and get to the issues soon.
    Have a great day!

    August 20, 2008 at 7:59 am |