AC360 Senior Producer
A key sound bite yesterday had to come from Rep Barney Frank who dismissed the idea that certain members of Congress rejected the bailout bill because they were offended by Nancy Pelosi’s so-called ‘partisan’ speech.
Frank said “And there are 12 Republicans members who are ready to stand up for the economic interests of America but not if anybody insulted them. I'll make an offer. Give me those 12 peoples' names and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them and tell them what wonderful people they are and maybe they'll now think about the country.” I suppose few have to find humor within this mess.
We received many viewer comments from you last night. Many had questions for Suze Orman and Ali Velshi regarding your own purses during this financial crisis. Hopefully we will be able to answer more of your questions tonight.
Congress is technically in recess today for the Jewish Holiday, but it’s hard to imagine that there won’t be any movement on this bailout bill today. President Bush is scheduled to make a statement in the 8amet hour, and we can be sure the Administration as a whole will take this bill up again today. Barack Obama and John McCain also have public events- each will likely pipe in and try to demonstrate leadership.
Sarah Palin and Joe Biden are in ‘debate camp’, prepping for a huge night on Thursday. Neither of them can afford to slip up. And while it’s true that some call Joe Biden ‘loose lips’ and he has been known to make gaffes on the trail, Palin’s recent interviews and statements have left eyebrows raised. (and given Tina Fey material to work with).
For his part, Joe Biden will have to find a way to attack his opponent while not turning voters off. We may have reporter Tom Foreman tonight look at Joe Biden’s balancing act debate night, as last night we brought you a report from Randi Kaye on Sarah Palin’s particular challenges ahead of Thursday.
A great story this evening will come from our own Gary Tuchman. We sent him to the middle of nowhere, literally. All this talk of being able to see Russia from Alaska…Gary became so curious he wanted to know where in Alaska this was possible, and discovered it’s an island called Little Diomede. The only way to get there is by helicopter in the summer and ice plane in the winter. Gary himself got there via a mail helicopter to shoot this story. He found a group of people there who live a difficult life: high prices, few resources and treacherous weather. There is limited contact with the outside world. And guess what? They’ve barely heard of their Governor Sarah Palin, because there is no TV there! This should be a good one tonight.
See you at 10pET!
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