October 3rd, 2008
08:04 PM ET

Evening buzz: Sizing up the bailout; scoring the V.P. debate

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/03/bailoutbailout.copy.jpg caption="President Bush signs the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008"]

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

House lawmakers held their noses and swallowed a bitter pill today, approving a revised bailout bill, 263-171. Less than two hours later, President Bush signed the measure into law. The plan allows the Treasury Secretary to buy as much as $700 billion in troubled assets. It’s designed to kick-start lending by unfreezing credit markets – but will it work? We’ll spend a lot of time talking about that tonight. We’ll also look at how the bill’s supporters sweetened the deal to get the votes they needed. Just four days ago, the House rejected the original bill. Did lawmakers put lipstick on a pig? John McCain and Barack Obama gave their spin on the trail today. We’ll hear what they had to say.

Tonight’s other big story is the vice presidential debate, which turned out to be a blockbuster. An estimated 70 million people watched – the biggest audience ever for a V.P. debate. Did it change the race? Which candidate came out ahead? And who strayed from the truth the most? The best political team on television weighs in.

We’re curious about your take on last night’s debate and the bailout. Let us know what you think. See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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  1. jenny

    The most important topic today should be "why did John McCain sign the rescue plan laden with PORK BARREL SPENDING"in it. Is this the same John McCain that pulled out the sharpie at the first debate saying that he would write and make public of the names that endulges in "PORK BARREL SPENDING" ? Well John McCain you must put your name at the top of the list and please let all America know that John McCain is the biggest FLIP- FLOPPER in the history of flip-flopping. For the records,the pork barrel amount was one hundred and ten billion dollars--Way to go John McCain-–Preaching to Americans--DO WHAT I SAY BUT DON' T DO WHAT I DO. DISHONEST. SHAME ON YOU.

    October 6, 2008 at 9:15 am |
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