AC360° Senior Producer
First order of business, you will see your favorite anchor Mr. Anderson Cooper heading to Texas tonight, in place to start offering you coverage of Hurricane Ike which is barreling its way towards Texas, serious business indeed. At the moment forecasts show this bad boy aimed towards populated areas of Galveston-Houston and hitting in the late evening hours/early morning hours of Friday into Saturday. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations are planned or underway in several Texas counties. CNN correspondent Gary Tuchman is also arriving to Texas and will offer analysis from a different location than Anderson. We’ll brace ourselves for this storm, it’s not looking good.
On the political front, we’ve had a pretty nasty week on the campaign trail and today we see this mood ease up for the remembrances of the 9/11 attacks seven years ago. A compelling picture today will come at 3:30pmET when John Mccain and Barack Obama head to Ground Zero to lay a wreath together. We will see them together again later tonight, when they appear back to back at the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum at Columbia University. The two will share the stage briefly to shake hands when one finishes the Q&A session and the other begins. Other events today include ‘Moments of Silence’ and the readings of names for those who perished 9/11. It’s not really the kind of day for political mud-slinging.
As all you fabulous fans know, AC360 airs at 10pET so we are on air right after the ServiceNation event, we will plan to have our sharpest producers on hand watching John Mccain and Barack Obama respectively take the stage, tuned into what they are saying and turning all that sound around to digest in our hour so that our viewers get the best highlights from the event. Our sharpest guest panel and dedicated CNN political correspondents will be on hand to digest each candidate’s remarks as they lay out their visions for service to the nation. We will also take the opportunity to explore the candidates’ positions on national security and the war in Iraq.
Of course, we are also anticipating hearing from Sarah Palin as she conducts her very first media interview from Alaska. Thus far, we have heard her speak only in the context of the campaign trail, in a scripted format. We will see what more we learn about her in the more candid atmosphere of a one-on-one interview.
See you at 10pET.
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