September 10th, 2008
09:10 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The politics of Palin

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Hey folks…

Since when did Lipstick become such a popular buzzword? Not that I have anything against lipstick, in fact, I’m a huge fan, but all this talk of pigs, pitbulls, and fish too…creative choices to add to our political dictionary. Anyways, I digress…onto real business.

Palin continues to dominate the headlines, she is the new gal on the scene and causing the biggest waves at moment, and there is so much to talk about. Today we see her split from the Mccain campaign trail and head back to her hometown where the Alaska locals await to greet their native daughter. It will be her first trip back home since she was introduced as Sen. Mccain’s choice for running mate. She will be back on her home turf long enough to see her son before he heads to Iraq to serve. Will it be a bittersweet parting for Sen Mccain who is benefiting from a healthy GOP buzz following her addition to his ticket? It will be interesting to see how he fares on his own later today. Our CNN correspondent Dana Bash travels with him on his plane today and she’ll offer good insight later tonight.

Candy Crowley will keep a close eye on the Obama campaign’s strategy to counter this Palin-mania and keep his own buzz going strong with such a short time till Big Voting Day, will our most popular basketball politician step up his game and get more aggressive on the court, so to speak? We can’t wait to see how it plays out today.

John King will report on the latest CNN/Time polls today in 4 key battleground states: Michigan, Missouri, Virginia and New Hampshire. He will also remind us that while polls make for interesting talking points, the outcome of the election will come down to a handful of battleground states and let’s keep that perspective too.

Gary Tuchman will touch on a hot button issue we know well, abortion. Sarah Palin’s strong anti-abortion stance is sure to continue to fuel the debate on this issue, and interestingly enough Sen Biden seemed to stray from party idealogy on abortion rights earlier in the week-as a Catholic he believes life begins at conception though he did go on to say he would not impose his personal view on others. Gary will give us a clear idea of where these two candidates stand on abortion, and how it could play out with voters.

Sen John Mccain’s camp has announced “Palin Truth Squad’ to counter what they describe as ‘smears’ of Governor Palin. You may see more reporting on that later tonight, just who is on this GOP Truth Squad and how will they execute their mission? Inquiry minds want to know.

Last but not least, we have Hurricane Ike planted squarely in our peripheral vision… it could be we are swept away by a real storm, and not a political one by end of the week.

Stay tuned.

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  1. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Morning Anderson, personally I'm sick of hearing about Palin, the media has makes her sound like she’s a Saint. I'm sick of hearing about her. These candidates should be concerned about the real issues, like our economy, the Iraq war and global warming. To everyone that reads this please say a prayer for the folks here in Texas; it looks as if Ike could be pretty devastating for our great state. Anderson, are you coming to Texas? If you are, please be careful.

    September 11, 2008 at 10:52 am |
  2. KAM

    Palins speech at the repub convention was corny, dry, and boring. Barack Obama is genuinely exciting and inspiring, undeniably smart and thoughtful. And despite the GOP's best efforts to make "community organizer" sound like "communist agitator," he's dedicated himself to public service and public policy since leaving law school and forgoing a corporate firm salary. He's brought millions of voters into the process who would other check out.

    September 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
  3. eric Walker

    I am concerned that the lack of push back by the media when they are clearly being manipulated and intiminated at a time when such reporting is as important as our Constitution. If the media fail at thier job, we all might get what we deserve for being complacement for so long. We need the media now more than ever to uncover the truth. Don't let fear be your guide.

    September 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
  4. Rose from Muscoy

    Who is the real Palin?

    TROOPER GATE–$95,000 that the taxpayers in her state is paying for her defense.

    TAXPAYERS–paid for trips and home plus rides to and back to school for her kids.

    Oct. 22, 2008 Sarah Palin approve of the bridge to nowhere.
    Oct 29, 2006 Palin said on her campiagn add she welcome the bridge again.
    when congress stop the money for the bridge Palin kept the

    TAXPAYERS money and used it for her state instead of giving it back to the GOVERNMENT.
    McCain/Palin have lobbyist working in their campaign as staff from the FANNIE MEA AND FREDDIE MAC.

    The LIBRARY of her home state Palin wanted some books removed she didn't agreed. Even FIRED THE LIBRARIAN!

    Even the group HEART doesn't want the McCain people to use their song"BARRACUDA", because the group feels that Sarah Palin dosen't represent the views as AMERICAN WOMEN.

    September 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  5. Renita Alexander

    Why is the media not taking the Republicans to task for such a blatant manipulation of Obama's comments? Instead of saying "that's not what he said", you are giving credence to the malicious claim and phony outrage by allowing every Republican surrogate you can find to come on and take Obama to task for something HE DID NOT SAY! Forget "keeping THEM honest' ; what about some integrity in what you're reporting?

    September 10, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  6. vincent

    Did everyone mis that she referd to soccer moms as female dogs. Not even the comedy news like daily or colbert piced it up,and misconstruding things is just what they do.
    Realy though, Bush/palin 2008 WOOOO!

    September 10, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
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