AC360 Senior Producer
Hello! Can you believe it? We are 7 days away from our 2008 Election Day. I don’t know that we at CNN can contemplate what it’s like to walk in the door and not have all the campaign developments to monitor and report. What was life like before Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin entered the fray?
Today our CNN poll of polls (a compilation of various polling out there compiled into one average that we use) shows that 51% of Americans prefer Obama, and 43% would vote for McCain. 6% are still unsure.
The candidates will battle it out in Pennsylvania and they start the day just 90 miles apart but you can bet they won’t be meeting up for lunch. John McCain teams up with Sarah Palin, this is the first time they are back on the trail together following reports of tensions between the Palin camp and McCain’s senior advisor group. How will they fare as a duet after 6 days apart?
Later in the day McCain heads south to North Carolina, a red state where Obama now holds a slight lead. McCain continues to hit Obama on taxes and warning that an Obama win means a liberal takeover in govt. His ad today called “Compare” underlines his point that Obama is ‘risky’ and he is “proven”.
Obama is trying to close the deal in Philly, a state where he holds a 10 point lead. He told crowds there yday “we cannot let up for day, or one minute or one second in the week’. His opponents say he is already measure the drapes at the WH but he insists that nothing can be taken for granted. Later in the day he moves south to Virginia to pick up there. He has a late rally tonight so in our newscast we’ll bump into it for you guys (every so often we get lucky with a late live event, yahoo). Of course, we'll feature the other candidates for you also as they speak earlier in the day.
Meanwhile his running mate Joe Biden takes a swing through Florida gunning for those 27 electoral votes. Candy Crowley, Ed Henry, and our political panel will report and analyze all of the above tonight!
Gary Tuchman is in Nevada today where officials say they expect more than half of registered voters to cast early. 30 states across the country have instituted this ‘early voting’ and in Las Vegas, you can go to your mall food court or JC Penney’s and choose the next President of the USA right after you buy a sandwich or new toaster. How about that? He’ll be live from one of these locations tonight and tell us who is coming out early and why.
I got an email from Gary very early this morning, he told me he ran into Sarah Palin's brother, John McCain's daughter, and the widow of Johnny Ramone all in the same calling center, trying to convince Nevada republicans to vote early. He insisted he wasn’t pulling my leg and really did run into them which would be a great part of his reporting- hmmmm I guess I’ll find out how gullible I am later tonight.
Asian and European markets bounced overnight (I guess what goes down must come up?) so maybe Wall Street will be in positive territory today. Let’s hope so as a poll we spotted this morning shows 9 out of 10 Americans say the economy is making them lose sleep, tossing and turning due to fear of paying bills, making mortgages etc. Eek. The stress of it all. We told Anderson the other day that we are counting on him to save the world and guide us through it all-at that point he ran back to his office and threw his cape on. Jes Kidding. Tune in at 10pet! See u then.
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