AC360 Senior Producer
Happy Friday people. I'm channeling Pat Benator today.
Words mean a lot on the trail, and Joe Biden’s comments that Obama would be tested by the world in his first months in office live on with the GOP. They released an ad this morning using audio of his comments over images of tanks, terrorists, etc, you get the picture. The ad ends with an announcer saying “It doesn’t have to happen. Vote John McCain’. With the economy playing to Obama’s strengths, McCain is hitting the national security theme to gain ground.
Biden has defended this comment: “Barack is much better prepared to deal with an upcoming crisis whichever they may be than John is. Secondly, John, we have a crisis on our hands already. It's an economic crisis and John is nowhere." Yday, McCain used Joe the Plumber(s) to illustrate that Obama’s tax plan will hurt small business. Obama criticized McCain for favoring “tax cuts for companies that ship American jobs overseas.”
McCain spends the day in Colorado, a battleground state the GOP is trying to hold onto. Obama landed in Honolulu overnight, he is visiting his ailing grandmother and will resume campaigning Saturday in 3 states that went for Bush in 2004 but where he now leads. Michelle fills in for him today with 2 stops in Ohio so we’ll hear a lot from his wife. Obama’s camp landed another supporter yday, as Scott McClellan announced on CNN that he is endorsing Obama for President. Last spring, McClellan released a memoir criticizing President Bush.
Palin will hit Missouri today where she drops the puck at the St Louis Blues game tonight, (will she get jeers or cheers?) and Joe Biden is in VA and W.VA today. An interesting line from Biden yday: “What worries me most is the McCain campaign seems to have gotten a little loose’. What do you think he meant by that?
He didn't see it coming. That's what former Greenspan told Congress about the nation's economic crisis. But he says he did make one mistake-believing banks would have been more prudent in their lending practices because of the need to protect their stockholders. He was one of our 10 Most Wanted Culprits of the Collapse. What did you make of his comments? And ps: this series will live on, even though we’ve reached the #10. We’ve got more down the pipe for you next week.
The markets are wild this morning. It’s too depressing to write about, I haven’t had enough coffee yet to bring you that news, but Ali Velshi will be right by Anderson’s side tonight reporting on what the heck is going on?!?! We are also very excited about a huge chunk of our show tonight related to Race and Politics. This election season has seen some of the most heated and controversial statements brought on by the candidates themselves. Was it a matter of race or a divided nation? Tom Foreman and Joe Johns sat down with American voters, black and white, to see what they had to say. Their findings were very insightful so make sure you tune in!
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