AC360 Senior Producer
We had quite a weekend of insults flying back and forth on the campaign trail. It’s getting nasty isn’t it? Barack Obama said that John Mccain is running the sleaziest, most dishonorable campaign in history, and John Mccain chastised Barack Obama right back for showing ‘zero restraint’ in his remarks while the nation was dealing with Hurricane Ike.
Even Karl Rove weighed in, saying both candidates need to ‘be careful’ about their attacks on each other. When Karl Rove thinks that they are both going too far, well, that says it all doesn’t it? We have 50 more days to go, oh boy.
However the candidates’ nasty remarks over the weekend can’t compare to the even more gruesome news this morning on Wall Street...
Lehman Brothers will file for bankruptcy protection, and Merrill Lynch will be sold to the Bank of America. Traders describe the situation as ‘utter chaos’. What happens on the campaign trail today may be largely shaped by what happens at the opening bell on nervous Wall Street. We’ll be watching for additional comments from our politicians today on this situation as it unfolds, they have both already released statements this morning.
The economy is squarely the top voter concern in these elections and how both candidates’ continue to react to this news is important. Candy Crowley, Ed Henry and Dana Bash are following the candidates today and one or all of them will be offering reports on all this tonight.
Joe Biden is expected to step up his attacks against John McCain today, and our reporter Joe Johns will be following his moves closely, and offer more insight into Joe Biden’s background.
Randi Kaye is still in Alaska, she has a TV exclusive with an informal ethics adviser who warned Sarah Palin back in July that the trooper probe was turning into a serious problem for her and gave her instructions on how to handle it, which she didn't follow. This ethics advisor thinks if she had listened to him this situation would have been put to bed a long time ago.
Anderson is back in New York tonight, and we left Gary Tuchman behind in Texas to continue following the aftermath of the hurricane for us. He is trying to get Crystal Island which got hit very hard by Ike and apparently no one has been there yet. One can only get there by boat. There are rumors that many people who tried to ride out the storm are there so Gary is going to see if we can make it out there and we’ll see what he finds.
Lastly, Ted Rowlands is in Vegas today covering opening statements from the OJ trial. It’s like ‘déjà vu’ isn’t it? Hmmm.
That’s where we are starting today… tune in at 10pET! See you later.
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