October 27th, 2008
08:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Robin Getting Mad at Batman

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

The candidates are throwing muscle into the last full week of campaigning in this highly charged Election period. They didn’t let up on each other this weekend-McCain saying Obama “started out in the left hand lane of American politics and has remained there”. McPalin both warned that electing Obama would give the Democratic Congress unchecked power and warned folks to grab hold of your wallets. Palin went on to say that he is practically measuring the drapes at the WH, but that her side is not taking any votes for granted, but respectfully asking for them.

Meanwhile Obama jumped on McCain’s words that he shares a common philosophy with the Republicans. Obama told his rally that finally McCain was offering some straight talk and owning up to the fact that he and Prez Bush have a lot in common. He went on to say that McCain criticizing Bush is like “Robin getting mad at Batman”.

Reportedly, more than 100 thousand folks gathered to see Obama in Denver, (that's a lot of people). His campaign is spending big money on new TV ads attacking McCain’s economic plans this week. They certainly seem to have lots of dough to throw around, our own Tom Foreman will look at Obama’s fundraising methods and how both candidates’ piggybanks compare.

Our latest polls show Obama holding a 51-43% lead, and the candidates are hitting similar states in the Final Days. Today they both start in Ohio, and then move onto Pennsylvania, w/the economy squarely at the center of their msg. No wonder, as we woke once again to markets tumbling globally and Dow Futures down. Fears of worldwide recession and concerns over US econ reports expected later this week could mean another rough ride on Wall Street!

McCain’s camp received unnecessary distractions this wknd w/reports emerging of finger pointing going on in the GOP camp and some senior advisors indicating Palin is going rogue, acting like a diva, and going off msg. Apparently this push and pull was triggered by the tension stokes partly by the wardrobe controversy. People close to Palin apparently say she has been ill served by McCain aides and trying to bust free. Her spokeswoman says she is only focused on winning with McCain next week, dismissing the idea that she is setting herself up a party leader in 2009. We’ll try to get to the bottom of this tonight and find out what's real/what's not. Today she campaigns in Va. Joe Biden is in North Carolina and Florida.

Candy Crowley, Ed Henry and our fab political panel will have all these stories for you later, and more.

See you at 10pet!

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Suchi, Minneapolis, MN

    I wish one of you guys at CNN would try to find out from the McCain campaign as to how McCain plans on affording everything that he's promising. His "spending freeze" WON'T include major programs such as defense, health care, social security, etc. How much money is this "spending freeze" going to save then? Where will the money for the $300 billion rescue package for homeowners come from? What about the $5,000 tax credit to purchase health care? They charge the Obama campaign of spending, spending, & spending. They also say that raising taxes is not the solution. Well, how are THEY going to come up with the money? I get a strong feeling that IF Sen. McCain gets elected he will end up raising taxes as well.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  2. Katie

    At least Batman and Robin are the good guys. What role does Obama give himself as their opposition – the Joker?

    October 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Johnny in South Carolina

    Thank you John McCain. Selecting Sarah Palin was the best thing that has happened to Barack Obama. If he had of chosen a better known or qualified running mate; chances are the race would be much closer. But the pitbull, Joe the Unlicensed Plumber, Acorn, Ayers, and all the other tactics he has used. Nothing has worked because people want real solutions.... not propaganda.

    October 27, 2008 at 11:58 am |
  4. Carol, CA

    I wouldn't put anything past the Repubs, though. They will sink as low as they can to try to win this thing. Halloween time: trick or cheat! If they can't trick the public into voting for McCain, they will try to cheat to win.

    October 27, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  5. ralph

    Just saw part of McCain stump speech. He fails to identify the spending problem. His tax cuts. All of the money for bush tax cuts has come from the national debt. He promises to control government spending but fails to point out all trickle down tax cuts do is spread the debt to those of us that pay taxes. This is socialistic. Tax cuts just spread the debt around maybe even to our great great grandchildren. This has happened in 4 other times with republican administrations and policy. Nero-Con's do not get it. There torching the country but blame everyone else but the kitchen sink. When was the last stock market crash or bail out. Oh Yea on that B movie stars watch. Wish he would have picked someone besides HOOVER to base his exact copy of his trickle down on.

    October 27, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  6. Lilibeth

    I can't believe the election is next week! We've been talking about it for 2 years and it's almost here! I can't wait!

    October 27, 2008 at 11:09 am |
  7. Bob Hileman, Jr.

    Picture caption:
    Don't step on my toes! Those are very expensive shoes!

    October 27, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  8. EJ (USA)

    The whole "diva" description cracked me up. I think that’s the 1st time I have heard that word used in a negative sense.

    Or maybe the source meant that Sarah Palin is going to release a new album after the election?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 am |
  9. Alli Jackson

    With all the talk about "Small Business", at what point is either candidate going to define to the American people what they consider is a "Small Business". It appears to me that the definition is being broadly misrepresented, evidenced by John McCain's news conference this morning with his advisors.

    October 27, 2008 at 10:56 am |
  10. Joanne, Syracuse, NY

    McCain had a good chance of winning this election...and then he picked Palin as his VP running mate...poor man!

    October 27, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  11. Ravi Shah

    With the way the Republican campaign has been operating im not surprised that it has reached the point of finger pointing and blame throwing. Palin has never helped the McCain camp and now reports of her acting like a "Diva" are not surprising. Wouldnt Mitt Romney have helped McCain better as a VP candidate in this financial situation with his REAL EXECUTIVE SKILLS and business background?

    October 27, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  12. Cindy

    I want to know why everything that CNN does on McCain is negative yet on Obama it is positive? A little double standard is going on! And PLEASE...change your post here. If you start calling McCain and Palin McPalin...then you better call the other side Obiden, whats fair is fair. That kind of talk just wreaks of biasness. A news station shouldn't even go there! Aren't you supposed to be unbiased!?

    In Tom's piece I hope he tells the truth on where Obama's money is truly coming from. In fact he tries to say most of it comes from small donations online but the reality is that most of it comes from huge donations from companies and individuals that are rich. So that blows his "I'm for the small guy" persona out of the water. I hope you all will be truthful on that.

    And why aren't you all telling about Biden getting interviewed and asked hard questions over the weekend and he threw a hissy fit? Guess they are not supposed to get asked anything hard huh?


    October 27, 2008 at 10:03 am |
  13. Michelle,fonthill,ont, canada

    Good Morning Anderson and staff at 360

    I can't believe it's the last full week of campaigning before the election.I't's interesting to see the repulican party self distructing from within.The finger pointin as Sarah Palin's diva like mentality has driven the party apart.She is trying to upstage McCain and emerge as the head of a party she has no expirence dealing with. This will be interersting to watch as the election date draws closer.

    I look forward to the show tonight
    thanks for the buzz!
    Michelle D.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  14. J Ponder from MD

    I am puzzled. McCain said on Meet the Press yesterday, that he would Veto bills he voted for. That makes no sense at all. Why would you vote “Yes” on a Bill you would veto. What does that say for his record? Is that not news?

    October 27, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  15. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Robin and Batman? More like Abbott and Costello.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 27, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  16. David W., Florida

    The only heartburn I have with Obama's comments is the comparison of the dynamic duo to the diabolical duo.

    October 27, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  17. Moe NY

    Will be so happy when this presidential race is over and done with, it has been going on forever, or at least it seems that way to me! Hopefully Obama/Biden will get elected and Americans will get the change that is so badly needed in this country. As for McCain/Palin, I hope McCain just has the grace to fade into the sunset and Palin will return to Alaska...and stay there! I certainly hope Palin has no intention of returning to the national political scene ever again...once was too much for me! Make sure to get out and vote come Nov. 4th.

    October 27, 2008 at 8:58 am |

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