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October 9th, 2008
08:24 AM ET

Morning Buzz: 10 Most Wanted

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Good morning peeps.

We are interested to see what today brings from the trail. Last night we reported that the GOP campaign was drawing fire for what they’re saying about Obama and what’s being said on their behalf in the rallies from folks shouting out things like ‘terrorist’ or ‘kill him’ and charges of racism, code words etc. John McCain and Sarah Palin continue to try and paint Obama as unprepared, but Joe Biden called some of Sarah Palin’s comments against ‘mildly dangerous’.

What do you think of McCain and Palin’s strategy? Are they desperate attempts to win this election with less than a month to go or legitimate concerns about his ties to Ayers and overall readiness to become President? Do you think Obama and Biden are hitting back fairly themselves?

Today McCain/Palin hold a rally in Wisconsin where they’ll have a joint town hall meeting. Then Sarah heads to Ohio to woo more voters there. She won’t be alone, Obama is also hitting Ohio and holding rallies in this battleground state. Meanwhile Biden is visiting Missouri. We’ll be right on their tail, and Candy Crowley + Ed Henry will bring us the latest tonight.

Last night you saw us kick off our series 10 Most Wanted: Culprits of the Collapse. Anderson is ‘naming names’ and offering a list of who may have played a significant role in getting us into this financial mess. Tonight you’ll catch day 2 of this series, Ali Velshi will take a closer look at Lehman Brothers. Who do you think got us into this financial crisis? Let me know!

I guess things are bad when the National Debt Clock in NYC has run out of digits to record this increasing figure. For now, the digital dollar sign has switched to a figure to make room until next year when the sign will be updated by adding 2 digits capable of adding up to a quadrillion dollars. A quadrillion, eek. Too many zero’s than I want to count, particularly with regard to debt. Ali, of course, will also bring us the latest on the markets today, last but certainly not least! See u tonight folks!


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  1. Eric

    So, where exactly can I find this list?

    1) Obama
    2) Pelosi
    3) Dodd
    4) Reid
    5) Schumer
    6) CEO FMae
    7) CEO FMac
    8) CEO AIG
    9) Bush Jr.
    10) Dope smokin', wife cheatin' on, draft evadin', none other than "Slick Willie" Clinton!

    Punish Pelosi by sewing her eyelids open and punish the rest by locking them up with her in the same cell for life!

    October 10, 2008 at 12:33 am |
  2. Eva

    who ever was auditing these companies that went belly up was profiting too. If auditors can't find inconsistencies especially with such a big blow out then they are either stupid and incompetent or they were in bed with these den of thieves!!!!!! I bet my bottom dollar – yah bottom! that they were in bed together. Can u, Anderson, investigate these guys too – u will find your list of most wanted getting larger. some one on another blog mentioned the auditing responsibility was the feds! if so then I guess I don't want to know!

    October 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  3. Art

    I hope you are going to include Franklin Raines, Barney Franks and Chris Dodd on the 10 most wanted list, because they started this financial meltdown!

    October 9, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  4. Jose Aquino

    I really enjoy watching AC360. It is one of my favorite CNN shows. Thanks to Anderson for naming names and attaching them to faces in this crisis. This series will help people understand the reasons and how we got in this crisis. Anderson and everyone who works on AC360 keep up the great job you guys are doing.

    October 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  5. della

    i would like to know why in this day and age we have to listen to all this neg. talk. i am a 65 year old woman who lost my husdandand do not want to hear all this crap about obama .all i want to know is who is going to get us out of this mess and i don't think that it is the John MCCAN 'S OF THE WORLD. Palin is even more scary than ,mccan because i fell that she is bringing out the worst in people by inciting them at these rallies. lets get back to the facts before thy go to far and we end up going back to the 1960.we have come a long way .the more i hear mccan and palin the more i say vote all republin out off ofice. we can;t take 8 more year of this . this is why so many people don't like what's going on . they have been in office for all these year and we are in worst off than we were yesterday .what they are saying just is not working . as for palin i think we should look in to her back ground and her husdand and also mccan background not just obamas.thank you della in nevada

    October 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Your segment last night on the 10 most wanted was
    very interesting. Only I was left with a question : what
    were the schemes used by AIG and others. It good that
    we are getting to know the culprits but I would like to
    know how they pulled off the heist.

    October 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  7. Biggs

    Do you think that Accorn could have helped Obama win over Hillary? The voter registration for the dem race had "record" turn outs. Pick one state most likely to go Hillary and check the Accorn registrations.

    October 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm |
  8. Ann

    I applaud CNN for posting the 10 Most Wanted as the average American wants to know exactly who is most responsible for the current economic debaucle. Our frustration has been that no one has been held accountable nor charged with any criminal acts. It seems to me Wall Street has been one huge pyramid scheme where only the top profit.

    True Capitalism only works if you have ethical, honorable, and moral people. Unfortunately, we seem to have very greedy and corrupt executives who need to be prosecuted and regulated in the future.

    These executives are criminals, they should be prosecuted, jailed, and their ill-gained assets seized to help pay for the bailout. This is the usual penalty for robbers. Thank you for your bravery to out these companies and executives.

    October 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm |
  9. Anna Littlebear

    Two issues I see with McCain and Palin's attack of Mr. Obama.

    1. McCain and Palin trying to divide the Natiion with patriotic speeches filled with underlining tones of racism after we have gone thru so many years of emotional, mending. I think it would be good for those two to remember that, "United we stand – Divided we FALL"

    2. Using the terrorist approach just to win an election! Have they not forgotten that by bringing this up... it only makes Americans like me relive the fear and anxiety of 911.

    October 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm |
  10. Scott .......California

    As we all know we are in the midst of a economic crisis. I see some of the most influential banking and insurance companies requesting and receiving assistance from the government in order to stay in business, the very same government that many wish to have little or no involvement in capitalism. The government receives their money from taxpayers. The taxpayers are loaning money to the very businesses, that in turn loan the money back to the taxpayer with interest, something doesn't quite add up. Those very same companies have extremely wealthy CEO's that pay themselves disgustingly large salaries. In the real world where most people live, if you manage a business and that business is threatened with bankruptcy, you loose your job as CEO. I see on the news , that we as everyday people are being asked to cut back.....bring a sack lunch, don't go out to dinner as much.....but the CEO of a company that receives help from the government, goes on a spa retreat. The spa retreat was meant to help them deal with the stress managing the corporation, that they have failed to manage properly. I don't hear of spa treatments provided by our government to our troops who have to deal with the stress of being shot at, or bombed. I think the nation is crying out of justice. Can the next President have the courage to lead the nation in a new moral and just direction. Should it be a man who has been there for quarter of a century that is in league with current fiscal policy, or someone that represents hope....

    October 9, 2008 at 12:03 pm |
  11. John McPherson

    I think that the tactics of the McCain campaign are disgusting. Clearly loosing in the polls on policies, he and his team have stooped to name calling, lies, inuendoes and smear tactics.

    America is a great nation and when our so called leaders lower themselves to these tactics, it brings shame on the whole nation. Are people like that the best this country has to offer?

    To link Obama to Ayers in the way they are doing is just shameful..stating that he was "palling around" with him is clearly a lie. Obama and Ayers were on the boards of some community groups, does that mean that they hung out, does that mean that Obama agreed with his way of thinking, NO..it meant that they supported some of the same community groups...also, lets not forget Obama was under 10 years of age when Ayers and his bunch of terrorists were doing thing. Also, lets remember that Obama said Ayers was "somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago"

    The McCain campaign is brining shame on our nation as a whole, with tactics like these.

    October 9, 2008 at 11:42 am |
  12. Mary

    TOO MUCH OF TODAYS POLITICS ANYMORE IS NOTHING BUT DECEIT AND LIES. THEY WILL TELL YOU ANYTHING TO GET YOUR VOTE, BUT WHEN ELECTED, DO THEY COME THRU, NO........... BUT THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED. THE AMERICAN ARE TOO GULLIBLE ANYMORE, WE ARE DESPERATE RIGHT NOW AND McCAIN WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET HIS WAY INTO THE WHITEHOUSE...................PEOPLE--REMEMBER GEORGE BUSH, THE GUY WHO PUT US WHERE WE ARE NOW!!!!!!!!! REMEMBER HIS PROMISES OF LOWER TAXES? ahhh, MINE ONLY WENT UP, HOW ABOUT YOURS? AND NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, ANYONE HAVE KIDS OUT THERE, IF SO YOU KNOW THAT WAS ANOTHER JOKE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
    PEOPLE WAKE UP, GO TO THEIR WEBSITES, READ THEIR IDEAS AND PLANS AND BASE YOUR VOTE ON THAT.
    IF YOU ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO BELIEVE WHAT WILL BE SHOWN ON TV FOR THE NEXT 26 DAYS, NOTHING BUT POTSHOTS AT EACH OTHER WITH NO TRUE POLITICS, THEN THIS NATION IS IN REALLY BIG TROUBLE.
    THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR NATIONS HISTORY. PLEASE, PLEASE, DO SOME RESEARCH, NOT WATCHING THE TUBE (ALTHOUGH SOME OF IT IS REALLY A LAUGH, PALIN IN PARTICULAR.LOL) AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF WHAT THEIR IDEAS ARE.

    October 9, 2008 at 11:27 am |
  13. Thomas

    Please forward to Dog the bounty hunter for collections.
    What a great idea for a TV show.
    Greedy boys Greedy boys, where you gona run too.
    " The CORPORATE COLLECTOR "
    " REPO SQAUD of WALL STREET "
    " POROL OFFECERS OF THE RICH AND FAMES "
    " CEO CSI "
    What you gona do when they come for u !

    October 9, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  14. Paul Santi

    Towards the top of the list you MUST include PHIL GRAMM. Without his legislative malfeasance none of this would have happened.

    Paul Santi, Queens, NY

    October 9, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  15. Paul T

    One can only hope that the McCain/Palin team learn the error of their way. Stop with the negative attacks. The American public does not want to hear this stuff anymore.

    And my complete and utter disgust with Cindy McCain is indescribable! This is NOT the kind of person I want representing the nation as First Lady. Her behavior and comments this past week are so far from what a First Lady should be.

    Contrast that with Michelle Obama on Larry King Live last night. Classy from start to finish!

    October 9, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  16. David W, Florida

    Americans are upset about the economy and even more regarding the lack of oversight that got us here. But none of this is an excuse for the "Klan Rallyish" McCain-Palin campaign speechs. A true leader would call out these types of hecklers and tell them that under no circumstances do such attitudes have a place in America's future.

    The growing hostile nature of the republican campaign stops are disheartening.

    October 9, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  17. Craig Rigg

    I've desperately wanted someone to compile a list - naming names and identifying financial sins - of those responsible for what has recently taken place in our economic world. I contend that 30 top American executives have done more to damage our country and the world than any set of airplane bombers on Sept 11, 2001. Thank you for pointing out the economic terrorists in our midst.

    October 9, 2008 at 10:17 am |
  18. Karleen Sanders

    It's about time we hold someone responsible for this mess! Why is the government trying to protect these people instead of prosecuting them?

    October 9, 2008 at 10:13 am |
  19. Mike in NYC

    We're all culprits of the collapse in one way or another.

    Looking for specific villains is juvenile, intellectually dishonest, and a waste of time.

    The American Lifestyle brought us to this. Big changes are coming, whether we like it or not.

    October 9, 2008 at 10:03 am |
  20. Jeannette

    The more I hear about this economic crisis, the more afraid I am of wear I stand. I'm graduating from college in May, and I am scared to death. I feel as if it is barely addressed what we should expect ENTERING this work force with so many people without a job and so many people without homes. Where do younger people stand? What should we expect? It's so much to take in. I wanted to go to graduate school next year – is that a good idea? Should I enter Americorps instead? This is heart breaking that people are losing their homes, everything they have... but what if you have not even started to gain anything of your own left? What should we expect?

    October 9, 2008 at 8:50 am |
  21. Deb Coleman

    Please have someone look into and report back to us (the public). We want to know if there are any safe guards in place in the loan language? Is there anyone watching/monitoring how AIG and others, who have been made loans, how they spend this money the US Government has loaned to them? AIG certainly seems to be unable to distinguish between sound business decisions and complete folly. AIG's seems utterly incompetent in managing money, as evidenced by the most recent "SPA" outings. We don't care if they were top producers, they should have been told the trip was canceled due to economics. Heck , there are many top producers in many jobs throughout this U.S. and the spa treatment isn't even a remote thought in these difficult economic times.

    October 9, 2008 at 8:47 am |
  22. Lacee

    McCain and Palin are doing whatever they can think of to TRY to take over the election. Palin continues to state that Obama is't ready. Well I would think that if you are running for president you would at least know what the Bush Doctrine is. Palin is not ready. She rambles and tries to avoid questions. I am voting for Obama, but I do agree with some of McCains views. I just dont agree with his VP pick.

    October 9, 2008 at 8:42 am |
  23. marie

    Thank you for "10 most wanted". it is time to point the finger and name the names...but is also time to do something about the greed and corruption. Can we as citizens do something else besides write to our congressmen? With today's tecnology, I hope we find ways to be more effective than writing to congress. CONGRESS IS NOT LISTENING.

    October 9, 2008 at 8:40 am |