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Right out of the gate tonight… a breaking story from the campaign trail. Barack Obama has decided on a running mate. He’s not saying much more than that. Until he sends that promised text message to his supporters, speculation is all we’ve got. We’ll be taking a close look at exactly what Obama told a reporter today – and looking for new clues between the lines. In other words, we’ll be serving up seasoned, informed speculation – straight from the best political team on television.
Beyond the veep stakes, there were plenty of other sparks on the trail today. When a reporter asked John McCain how many homes he and his wife own, he came up blank and said he’d check with his staff. The Obama campaign grabbed the gaffe and ran with it, cranking out a television ad painting McCain as out of touch, an elitist. The McCain camp fired right back, saying Obama is the real elitist. (Watching this, we flashed back to a playground rumble from yesteryear: “You’re an elitist!” “Am not – you’re the elitist!” “Uh-huh. You’re the elitist!”) We’ll be looking at how much damage, if any, McCain’s gaffe inflicted on his campaign – and also whether Obama’s attacks could backfire.
Then there’s the so-called August Curse that’s torpedoed many a Democratic presidential candidate. Will Obama be its next victim? Or will he rally in Denver and deliver the fire that some voters are demanding? What does he need to do to seal the deal with voters who are on the line? So many questions. CNN’s John King has some answers.
Finally, we’re following a new development in the story that’s rocked the Olympics. Are China’s gymnasts as young as they look? Tonight there are new claims of proof that China lied about some of the girls’ ages – and the IOC has launched an investigation.
All of that is coming up at 10 eastern. See you then.
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