November 2nd, 2009
08:28 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Election Day Testing the GOP?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Don't forget. Tomorrow is election day. Cast your votes. There’s plenty of buzz, but not quite as much as the 2008 presidential election.  Though, here is one race of several  we're following closely for you on Tuesday that could have an impact nationwide on politics:

A wild political move was made over the weekend in New York's 23rd Congressional District race. GOP candidate Dierdre Scozzafava suspended her campaign on Sunday and announced she's endorsing the Democrat in the race – not the Conservative Party candidate that's got the backing of fellow Republicans.

The move has led some to question whether moderate Republicans have a bleak future.

The race has attracted the attention of some big name politicians: Vice President Joe Biden, former Alaska president Sarah Palin and many others.

What do you think of the political battle? Sound off below.

We'll have the raw politics and whether this all could spell trouble for GOP moderates nationwide.

Tonight we're also looking at the gender gap at the office. Women now make up half of the U.S. workforce, yet still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man takes home. We'll talk it over with personal finance expert Suze Orman, former White House Press Secretary and author of "Why Women Should Rule the World", Dee Dee Myers, and Dr. Katrina Firlik, author of "Another Day in the Frontal Lobe" and world champion poker player Maria Ho.

Also on our radar is the money trouble for actor Nicolas Cage. He's one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, yet he owes $6.3 million dollars in back taxes. Cage has filed a lawsuit claiming his business manager sent him down a path of "financial ruin."

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m ET.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. hoang tran, md

    I am a fiscal conservative but I don't agree with conservatives stance on abortion and gay rights and many other social issues. I would be considered a moderate republican and to restrict the republican party to just conservatives would hurt the republican party.

    November 3, 2009 at 2:14 am |
  2. Conserve' for USA

    Starting today we will see if the country is already tired of what's going on with our government!

    November 3, 2009 at 12:13 am |
  3. Michael

    Even as Nicholas encounters the same requirements of paying taxes, there's only two clear cho ices...so choose wisely.

    Litlle Alex's display on the NBC Today Show... Halloween costumes of Ewoks moon walking kept the attention of the viewing audience. As this Ewok became excited to grab Al Roker's leg for a comical display certainly created a FCC condition of interest.

    Laugh it up Fuzzball!

    November 3, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    The NY 23rd district fiasco says it all about the Republican party.
    It is pure Ideology driven and if you even remotely drift off ideology within the party you are dead. Even if as in this case Scozzafava had the grass roots ( within the 23rd district) party support, but the RNC put up another candidate.
    If that does not equal one middle finger up in the air to any and all right minded voters I do not know what does.
    She did to the Republican party what they deserve based on Palin and others actions = I support the democrat or better still = one middle finger up in the air figuratively at least to the Republican party.
    The issues the RNC decided were critical to not backing her are frankly going to be decided ( abortion and gays) etc via many state votes and more than likely seem to be going the opposite way in most cases to current Republican ideology. They are clearly out of touch with todays people and voters thinking. = huge problems, and worse still people and voters are losing respect for the party of No, and No real alternatives or solutions.
    It's God bless America, but only if it is the Republican way!

    November 2, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  5. Gilby

    "Testing the GOP", This is about the Independent in the 23rd District of New York. This is about a Health Plan that can provide the best medical treatment in the world. You just might have to work to get it. Union members have it. Civil Servents have it. This in not a lucky or unlucky issue. President Obama is not helping the poor he is keeping them there for a voting block. ACORN keep the Obama voters living the poor life style by promoting the lifestyle.

    November 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  6. Ruby

    I don't understand why people are holding President Obama responsible for the economy. The economy was worse off when he took over and had been that way for a while. You need togive him time to fix it. Be realistic, 8 years of mismanagement got it there.

    November 2, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  7. Shaun

    As a Canadian conservative growing up in a multi party environment, it always baffles me how Americans are pushed towards one strict party line or another with tertiary party options and independents being looked upon as idealogues and/or crackpots. Is there no room for someone in your countries party that like myself believes in the democrats ideas towards social issues and the republicans ideas about small government and fiscal conservatism?

    November 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Dr Gregory

    I'm sure healthcare access is on of the divisive issues in this race. It should not be. Something that could be changed to the best advantage of most Americans should be a unifying battle cry for universal basic health care access – not health insurance for all – there is an important difference. I would really appreciate an oppurtunity to present just such a plan.
    thanks, drg

    November 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  9. Concerned, Very Concerned

    Where did the Moderates come from? Liberals call them Dems. On the other side, the side where the light is, there are Conservatives and Republicans. Why are Dems trying to create a third party on the Right?

    November 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  10. N. P. Day

    The Mississippi River divides the country by more than geography.
    Generally, a liberal in the Northeast is far more liberal than a liberal west of the Mississippi, while a conservative West of the Mississippi is far more conservative than conservatives East of the Mississippi. Generally, moderates West of the Mississippi would be considered conservatives in the East.

    In the West, one tends to NOT classify people by groups, but rather as individuals.

    November 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Raj Bains

    Republicans seem to believe that "moderate" means someone who doesn't always agree with you, but will still always vote as you do.

    Dierdre Scozzafava's views were in line with the typical Republican mantra on everything from the wars and health-care reform to the economy and the size of government. But because she dared to support abortion rights and same-sex marriage, the party core couldn't stand the thought of her winning.

    She is the very definition of moderate, and the Republicans wanted nothing to do with her. Her reaction is similar to what the reaction of moderates throughout America has been: "So long, GOP."

    The sad thing is, her views on those issues don't really even matter. Roe v. Wade is not going to be overturned with the Supreme Court we have now and same-sex marriage issues are (rightly) being decided by voters at the state level. Who cares what her personal beliefs are?

    November 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  12. Annie Kate

    Nic Cage unfortunately is not the first nor will he be the last to be taken advantage of by his financial manager. I just hope he can recover enough to pay his taxes and get started again; after all the hard work over the years it really stinks to be find that you are in deeper financial straits than you were when you were young, unknown, and just starting out.

    It will be interesting to see tomorrow if the election turns out to be a death knell for the GOP or a vote of no-confidence in Obama by changing the dynamics of the Congress, putting more GOP in there. Either way I don't think much will change; as large and as ingrained as our government is already it would take a lot to move it to a different direction. Will be interesting to see how the vote goes this year. Looking forward to seeing the show tonight and what the political pundits expect to happen.

    November 2, 2009 at 9:38 pm |