AC360 Senior Producer
12 days to go, and Barack Obama is busting out some moves. Even when grooving to James Brown he had a dig for his opponent, joking w/Ellen DeGeneres “I’m convinced I’m a better dancer than John McCain.” That sounds like a challenge to me. McCain should brush up on his moves and hit back. A good old-fashioned dance-off may be just what we need at this stage in the election.
Obama begins his day in Indiana. He holds an early rally and then jets off to Hawaii to visit his ailing grandmother, a woman he calls “the rock of the family”. He won’t be back on the trail until Saturday. We will have Suzanne Malveaux following him to Hawaii, but he’ll likely be out of sight though we can be sure Joe Biden and Michelle Obama will keep hammering home the Dem messages in his absence.
John McCain is in Florida today. This trail has been very crowded as the candidates vie for those hot 27 electoral votes. We saw Obama and Hillary there early in the week, and now McCain engages in his Joe the Plumber tour (Minus Joe), targeting those middle class voters. Florida, like many states around the country, has been hit hard by the economy and those retirees have seen their savings dwindle.
We can expect the candidates to go back and forth today on economic issues, particularly taxes. John McCain telling his supports that Obama wants to ‘spread the wealth’ and insisting he won’t raise taxes while Obama accusing McCain of giving tax breaks to the wealthiest, not Joe the Plumber but Joe the Hedge Fund Manager.
Our CNN Poll of Polls this morning shows Obama with a 50-43% advantage. Meanwhile, new CNN/ORC/Time battleground polls show McCain trailing in four states he must win: Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia. Obama yesterday told supporters in VA “I feel like we got a righteous wind at our back.” And McCain asked voters in New Hampshire for another comeback. In the state where he saved his primary campaign, he said “I know I can count on you. I’m asking you to come out one more time. Get out the vote…and we’ll win". Candy Crowley and Ed Henry will give us the latest tonight.
Sarah Palin is in Ohio today, and Joe Biden hits 3 key cities in North Carolina, the usually red state where Obama now holds a slight edge. Gary Tuchman will be on Biden’s trail today and give us the latest.
Asian markets slid over night, European markets were mixed, let’s see what happens on our side of the pond. Job reports and corporate earnings are all affecting the market cycle this week. Ali Velshi will help us make sense of it all tonight. And last but not least, our Most Wanted series continues. We won’t stop at 10, because there are more ‘names to be named’. I’ll let Anderson tell you the rest.
Have a great day and see you tonight!
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