AC360 Senior Producer
Good morning folks, TGIF.
Last night, we saw Sarah Palin and Joe Biden face off. The candidates covered everything from the economy to energy policy to foreign policy in the only Veep debate of this elex season. Our early CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll numbers of debate watchers show the majority thought that Biden won the debate, but that Palin also exceeded expectations.
51% though Biden did a better job, compared to 36% for Palin, but those surveyed though that Palin was more likable than Biden. Bottom line, both candidates held their own and then some. How do you think they did last night?
In other news, our show tonight will feature the bailout latest. Yesterday evening there were various House converts who jumped aboard this $700 billion bailout as they get ready to vote a second time. Remember they shot this down on Monday, and then the Senate made amendments, voted, and passed it Wednesday night, so now this hot potato is back on the House floor.
House Lawmakers appear to have responded to voters complaining about the road ahead if stability doesn’t enter the financial markets soon, and some $110 billion in additions, such as a tax credit for research and development and an increase in insurance for bank accounts, may have had an impact also in getting more House congress folks on board. But by no means is this a done deal today and anything could happen.
We’ll be following the bailout news closely, as the debate/vote is set to begin at mid-day and our own Jessica Yellin + Ali Velshi will have the latest for us later tonight. There is also some pork tucked into this bailout pkg and Joe Johns will take out his magnifying glass and have a closer look at exactly what is in this latest version of the bill.
As for the candidates, John McCain remains in the increasingly important state of Colorado today where he conducts a town hall at 130pet. Barack Obama begins the day in Michigan and then travels to Pennsylvania for a rally. Ed Henry and Candy Crowley will be watching their moves today, as they react and feed into all of the above.
See you at 10pET.
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