October 27th, 2008
08:41 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Eight is Not Enough

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

8 days to go until the election and the latest CNN poll of polls shows Sen. Barack Obama with an 8 point edge. But, Sen. John McCain says don't count him out.

"We're a few points down. The pundits they've written us off as they have several times before. My opponent is working out the details with Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Reid of their plans to raise your taxes, increase spending, and concede defeat in Iraq. He's measuring the drapes. And he's planned his first address to the nation for before the election. You know, I guess I'm old fashioned about these things. I'd prefer to let the voters weigh in before presuming the outcome," said McCain tonight in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Both Pennsylvania and Ohio got visits from the candidates today, and with good reason. Both states are in play this year. Each side wants to claim victory in the battleground states.

In Ohio, Obama warned his supporters against claiming victory.

"Don't believe for a second this election is over. Don't think for a minute that power concedes. We have a lot of work to do. We have to work like our future depends on it in this last week, because it does depend on it this week," Obama said.

Tonight on 360° we'll have the latest from the campaign trail.

CNN's Miles O'Brien will show us which states are in play in front of the magic map.

And, 360's Tom Foreman is tracking Obama's record cash flow. He's the first candidate to raise $660 million dollars. That's a million for every day since he announced his campaign. So, where is the money coming from? We're keeping them honest.

All that and more tonight on 360°.
Hope you'll join us at 10pm ET.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Stormy

    Are Republicans ears and minds on vacation? McCain has not provided one concrete plan for Americans, except for to continue to lose thousands of lives in a war that has nothing to do with America. Each time he has addressed his supporters he has made negative comments towards Obama. The Republicans should feel insulted that their candidate neglects to provide them with plans for their future.

    As for him needing to oppose Obama's taxation policy, do not the Republicans know that taxation is, and has always been, a way to spread the wealth. Everyones taxes goes to the pockets of government officials, housing convicts, feeding the needy, paying the welfare system. Please understand, Obama is for ALL middle-class and will give us a tax break in an effort to provide us the same opportunities as the rich; the less the tax, the more we can save. NOT TO DIG IN THE POCKETS OF THE RICH.

    As for the small businesses. If you are one that makes LESS than 250,000/yr, your taxes will get a CUT. So for teachers, nurses, nail shops and hair salons etc... please tell me why in the world are you opposing Obama's plan?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Ron , West Coast

    McBush needs to take his nap..... He can send Ms. I betcha` back to Alaska.
    He`s run a terrible campaign. But thats what happens when he chose to use Geo. W.`s low-down , dirty co-horts , to manage his campaign ......

    OBAMA / BIDEN , 08`

    October 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Betty, Virginia

    I'm amazed folks want eight more of the same. But of course this is America and they can vote as they wish. IMHO John McCain was a maverick and as a liberal republican I really admired him. I so wanted him to be president eight years ago and would have gladly pounded the pavement. But eight years ago he was a different man. He talks about standing up to his party but doesn't stand with his friends when it stands in the way of power. Perhaps Cheney and McCain weren't good friends but Bush and McCain certainly seemed to be. Palin wasn't a "maverick choice" but a desperate choice. His anger comes through loud and clear but it's not anger for the state of the union. He's angry because he's losing and there's nothing he can do about it. It makes me sad to see but I must put country first and because of that I'll be voting Obama. EIGHT IS ENOUGH FOR ME!

    October 27, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McCain doesn't know what is going on, he just wants to say he's president. McCain appears to be mentally exhausted because he's too old and set in his ways, he's not about to change. You can't teach an old dog new tricks not when everything is run by technology and he can't use a simple thing like a computer.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:40 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    In 1960 JFK was accused of having bought the election with his father's money – sounds like Obama has a lot more money he is throwing at this election. With this much money why is the race still so tight? With the issues we face, the last 8 years of Bush and his policies and this much money Obama should be miles ahead.....not just a few points.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  6. lampe

    There is no way Obama, is going to win this election legally. The only way for him to win , is with the helpp of ACORN. American People, are not dumb enough to put their lives in the hands of a one-term senator. It's pretty bad, when your running mate says you are going to be tested, and that he wants the people to stand behind, because it will look like he is doing the wrong thing. How much more do you people need to hear and see, before you wake-up. Congrats Pres. McCain, and V.P. Palin.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  7. Teresa Chicago

    Country First – so MC Cain should find his balance and go for retirement All world is praying that Obama will be next president.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:19 pm |
  8. Mike *Florida*

    Hoping the debates would reveal each candidate's specific plans for this Country, I tried to remain undecided. But when McCain picked Palin and she opened her mouth, my mind was made up. Given a choice, Joe Biden is far better qualified to serve as President if needed.

    Thanks to people like Colin Powell, who is smart enough to speak the truth, our Country still has a chance to emerge as a leader in the world. I never thought the VP candidate would have such an impact on my vote for President, but it does and Obama has my vote.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:14 pm |
  9. Lmitche

    this isv history being made i expect the largest turn out in century for obama

    October 27, 2008 at 9:05 pm |
  10. Max

    Please GOD let this be OVER.


    October 27, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  11. Mike LeClair

    Michael Moorer suggested that Republicans are smarter than the Democrats on Larry King the other night..After the events of the last couple of days I grudgingly agree with him.Tonight I witnessed Campbell Brown defending Sarah Palin.I believe the fact that The Republican Campaign has accused Mrs.Palin of being a "rogue" canditate is a well thought out plan to garner sympathy.Immediately,sexism has reared it's ugly head.What better way to gather support amongst women(Democratic and Republican) than to suggest that Sarah Palin is a victim.The most disheartening thing is that it is working,and,perhaps even the wisest Democrat is oblivious to the lastest strategy.Every angle possible has been pursued by the Macain/Palin ticket and finally suggesting that Palin is a "rogue" within her own partymight just bang home the maverick status she has been portrayed to be.Wow,they are very smart...

    October 27, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  12. Larry

    Everyone in America sent him $2.00

    October 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm |
  13. Ron Westminster Colorado

    If McCain would have stuck to the issues, or given at least a hint at a good plan maybe it would be different and he would not be in this position. He said he would fix the deficit during his first term but did not say how. There are so many issues and he did not give a real plan to fix anything. What is really sad about this right now is hearing what is going on in the McCain camp and seeing not only campaign advisors trash talking Palin but also how many politicians will now start saying Obama is a good choice for America. Talk about Rats jumping a sinking ship. Please remember all these politicians that switch their view of Obama and Palin at the last minute.

    October 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm |