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I love the first line of correspondent Ed Henry’s story: ‘it’s like speed-dating with world leaders, in the span of just 30 hours in NY, Sarah Palin will meet with 9 heads of State or VIP's on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Meetings.’ Some analysts say the purpose of these meetings is for the GOP to show she is capable of holding her own with world leaders.
Today, Palin links up with the heads of Afghanistan and Colombia, and more meetings to come in the next 2 days. Talk about a crash course in foreign affairs? Ed Henry will bring us that report tonight.
Speaking of studying, Barack Obama spends the day in Florida prepping for the first big presidential debate Friday night. He has no public events, though we’re sure he won’t be too quiet today.
John McCain spends the day in Ohio and Michigan touring factories and we can expect him to keep talking about the economy and try to play up Mr. Populist image. Joe Biden campaigns in Virginia by day; addresses the National Democratic Council in DC by night. Correspondent Candy Crowley will bring us the highlights later tonight.
And then there is the financial crisis-the $700 billion dollar bailout, gulp and Wall Street as we knew it, gone in a matter of one week? I’m burying the lead here, but of course the day’s news will be dominated by these negotiations as they unfold, with both parties trying to weigh into the package that the all-powerful Henry Paulson is pushing. From Wall Street to Main Street, everyone is feeling the urgency to do something and fast. Correspondent Ali Velshi will be following this story for us today, and try to help us make sense of it all.
Interestingly, this financial crisis appears to be giving Dems an advantage. Our CNN polls show that most Americans hold the Republicans responsible for this crisis, and specifically we found that 53% of Americans think Obama would handle the economy better, while 43% of Americans said the same for McCain. With 42 days to go until the election, how will this financial turmoil play out on Election Day in terms of who is voting for who?
We have 2 investigative stories for you tonight focusing on the Veeps. Abbie Boudreau went to Alaska to check out the Road to Nowhere, as it’s called, which was supposed to connect to the Bridge to Nowhere that never came to be. This road has been built to the tune of $26 million dollars, but some locals say it doesn’t serve a purpose. Drew Griffin brings us a report on Biden’s record on earmarks, as he has been criticizing Palin’s own record, we decided to check out which projects he supported.
That's where we start today, see you tonight at 10p ET!
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