AC360 Senior Producer
Good morning people.
29 days to go until Election Day, and given the mud-slinging we’ve seen this weekend from the candidates, it’s not going to be pretty. Sarah Palin told a rally “the heels are on, the gloves are off” before launching into an attack questioning Barack Obama’s ties with 60’s radical William Ayers and telling folks “our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who target their own country”.
Obama countered by telling a rally yesterday that McCain is trying to distract voters with smears rather than talking about substance and hit McCain’s health care plan. He also had mud to throw around too, and highlighted John McCain’s role in the Keating 5 scandal.(Charles Keating had built an empire on the life savings of elderly retirees, he was a political patron who later went on to prison for fraud in connection with the collapse of the Savings and Loan Association).
It doesn’t stop there. Obama releases an ad today describing McCain as ‘erratic in a crisis’, and the McCain camp has its own ad ready to go this week called “Dangerous”, implying that an Obama vote is too risky for America. These politicians are pulling out all the stops in the final stretch to get those independent votes and Candy Crowley will be following this today.
Meanwhile, McCain and Obama are prepping for their Next Big Debate which is tomorrow night, the second time we will see them face off.
Sarah Palin is expected to hit the important battleground state of Florida, but Joe Biden lost his mother in law this weekend, so he has cancelled all public appearances until Wednesday.
We may kick off a new series tonight along the lines of ‘Who is to Blame’. Anderson is keen to start plugging more heavily into the Accountability issue within all the Wall Street mess/bailout we’ve been covering heavily. We have certainly offered snippets along these lines within our coverage in the past couple of weeks, but we will dig more heavily into this starting tonight.
Meanwhile, Gary Tuchman traveled to Alaska last week and one of the stories he focused on is why Sarah Palin is so popular in her state. She has gotten a rough ride recently, mostly on the heels of interviews which many felt fell short, but she does enjoy some of the highest approval ratings compared to other Governors and Gary will tell us why.
See you at 10pET.
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