September 9th, 2008
09:01 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The Palin Push

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Well, as we know not all marriages work out, but this Political marriage between John Mccain and Sarah Palin is turning into a match made in heaven.

This woman knows how to inject some juice into a campaign. The GOP must be riding high following the Republican National Convention, CNN poll numbers since then are pointing to a bounce in the Mccain/Palin ticket, so much so that this pair has been glued at the hip on the campaign trail.

No doubt Barack Obama will continue to hit back hard, trying to get his groove back because thus far he has been the main rock star on the political scene. Sen. Obama’s campaign will continue to challenge Sarah Palin’s record on earmarks, her decision-making in reference to the now well-known Bridge To Nowhere etc.

It may seem somewhat like Palin-mania in the coverage, but let’s remember Sarah Palin is new to the national scene, relatively unknown until she was picked as VP running mate, and since we have little time till the election, we are trying to get to know her, particularly given the impact she’s had on the election in such a short amount of time. Today we hear about her love of hunting and how it sheds light on her environmental policies, our correspondent Randi Kaye will go moose hunting in Fairbanks and follow in her footsteps.

Meanwhile, the Mccain/Obama campaigns continue to battle it out in the battleground states today, they will cross paths in Ohio, while Obama then heads to Virginia later in the day, and Mccain/Palin end up in Pennsylvania. Joe Biden will spend his day in Missouri. Our correspondent Gary Tuchman will head to Michigan to profile another battleground state and tell us why these battleground states are important to watch.

Our CNN polls will focus on respective VP’s Sarah Palin and Joe Biden later today. We’re going to keep close tabs on how all this continues to shake out… Can Mccain/Palin keep their momentum going? Will Obama/Biden find a way to get on the offensive?

Grab your popcorn (after you have your coffee) and see you at 10pET.

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  1. Paul

    The Democrats need to get back on message:
    The real question: What is the difference between Palin and Cheney? .... Lipstick
    The follow up: What is the difference between McCain and Bush? ... Nothing (OK, maybe a cowboy hat.)

    September 11, 2008 at 10:41 am |
  2. Gus

    Time to take the protective bubble wrap off Palin and let her answer some media questions. Elections are not about mystique, they are about issues. lets hear what she has to say...I have watched her campaign trail and she is giving the same tedious speech over and over. Like a chatty cathy doll, pull the string, 'I said 'no' to the bridge to nowhere'...Give me a break!

    Why is McCain so afraid to let her speak alone? They whisk her away after any public appearance. Can she not answer a question without her speechwriter? Will she unveil herself to be just a prop for the evangelicals?

    She compared herself to a pitt bull yet the republicans cry like babies if they hear soemone say soemthign negative coming from the democratic camps. grow up! They dragged Hillary Clinton through the mud, if Hillary can take it, so can Palin

    enough of the scripts! She said she stood up to the good old boys, let her take it like everyone else.

    September 10, 2008 at 9:15 am |
  3. Donald McDonald

    Every 4 years the abortion issue seems to come into play. I'm a 52 year old Gay male, who could NEVER tell a woman what to do with her body. I bet if you asked men to get a vasectomy, they would cry into their Viagra bottles. Abortion issue aside; How are parents going to explain that Sarah Palin, a woman running or Vice President.... killed Bambi, Rudolph and Bullwinkle???

    September 10, 2008 at 6:57 am |
  4. EP

    Oh! please this woman is a witch. Sarcasm, lies...isn't she wonderful. The only reason the old guy picked her was he can't give a speech, he can't excite a tree and he's old, boring and out of touch. Get real people, we need real change. Let 's rally around a young strong thinker who has great ideas for change.

    September 9, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  5. Barbara

    I feel that the media is turning Sarah Palin into a celebrity. The press appears to be intimidated by the Republican Party. Ms. Palin's speech was sarcastic and mean-spirited as well as filled with inaccuracies and lacking in solutions. Unfortunately, the press was totally taken in by her theatrics and all I hear are raves from supposed expert political analysts. This woman is an extremist with dangerous views and as she herself admitted in the past year, she knows very little about Iraq – not to mention any other foreign policy issue. As mayor and governor, she has been intolerant of and unresponsive to people whose views differ from hers. Isn't this the kind of politics that has gotten our country into so much trouble? I am a married working mother of four and most of the women I speak with are horrified at the thought of her becoming vice president and possibly president. The media is doing a great disservice to this country to allow this charade to continue.

    September 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
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