AC360 Senior Producer
Good morning everyone! Talk about getting your 15 minutes of fame. Joe Wurzelbacher (he’s actually a real person) got 90 minutes of it last night, as John McCain and Barack Obama referred to him no less than 26 times in last night’s 3rd and final debate. Joe the plumber had met Obama on the campaign trail last weekend and told him he was not impressed with his tax plan.
Joe talked to our affiliate already following the debate, further explaining his position: “Quite honestly you're taxing someone for being successful, that's wrong, because you're successful you have to pay more than everyone else – that's what it comes down to, Obama says he'll do that, it's a very socialist view, and it's incredibly wrong. If it's 250,000 dollars now, what if he decides, well, 150,000 dollars you're pretty rich too, let's go ahead and lower it again, you know it's a slippery slope, when's it going to stop.”
John McCain attacked Obama’s tax plan using Joe’s weigh in, and also brought up his relationship with Ayers. Obama pushed back, saying when it comes to the economy, John McCain=George Bush. The two candidates continued a feisty back and forth on all issues related to health care, education and other topics, and our CNN opinion research poll shows that 58% of debate watchers though that Obama won, and 31% felt McCain came out on top.
With 19 days to go till Election Day, it’s a race to the finish as both candidates will make final pushes in key states. John McCain will attend a rally in Pennsylvania today, Obama attends a rally in New Hampshire. Palin will also be in New Hampshire, then Maine and North Carolina, and Biden conducts a couple of interviews later this evening. Candy Crowley and Dana Bash will be following all of the above for us tonight.
Our second topic du jour outside of politics is of course the economy. Asian markets plunged overnight, and European markets traded in negative territory. Our own markets had a 733 point drop yesterday, so Ali Velshi will be keeping a close eye on all of this for us tonight and we’ll see how our markets fare today.
Last but not least, you may notice tonight that we will drop the ’10’ from our aforementioned series: 10 Most Wanted: Culprits of the Collapse. Fact is, we felt there should be more than 10 folks on this list, it didn’t feel right to cut out a couple in order to hit exactly 10, so we are going to continue with the series based on who we feel should be on the list instead of sticking to an artificial number.
Make sure you tune in at 10pet, see you then!
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