September 11th, 2008
07:55 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Political Truce

Penny Manis
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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  1. Annie Kate

    Anderson covering hurricanes again – I've missed him doing that because he does the on the spot reporting so well. I appreciate him going there because this hurricane sounds dreadful. I hope it does not surpass the hurricane Galveston suffered in 1900 that just about wiped it off the map. I'm hoping most people have evacuated and that its just property that gets damaged – property can be replaced; people can't.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm |
  2. Roman

    What in heavens name is going on with your coverage of the eletion process?
    The stupid nit picking of out of context comments by both Republican and Democratic candidates is making your newscasts into a comedy show instead of educating the voters to the real issues.
    By focusing on irrelevant nonsense you are just confusing the voters.
    What a waste of time.
    No one with an ounce of inteligence should listen or watch this pathetic commentry which is designed just to boost your numbers.
    You want people to vote in the right candidate for President?
    Then give them information that will help them to decide.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar

    Good Morning from Shoreline, Wa
    Hello Penny,
    I hope Anderson Cooper will be safe coverage hurricane Ike in Houston, Texas, I can't wait see him in Texas..... My heart goes to victim all people in Houston. Please stay safe Anderson!!!! keep away from derbis. I hope he will be dry for now.
    And I remember that time I was waking up turn on tv, I was shocked and sadden.I never forget Sept 11, 2001, when 4 planes crashed into 2 towers, pengton, and Pennslyvia..... Made me cry who died many deaths, My breaking heart is for many victim people who lost love ones! I am thankful for fighters, volunteers, and people look for some people who trapped. Please remember that never forgotten who lost love ones.
    Megan D.
    Shoreline, Wa

    September 11, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  4. Cindy

    So Anderson is headed to Texas to meet up with Ike huh!? I hope he is prepared for that dance! LOL So is he not going to be on 360 tonight!?

    I can't wait to see McCain and Obama in the forum tonight. Let's see who really does the job explaining their stance and plans on the issues that matter and not the other crap.


    September 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm |