The Dow suffers a massive sell-off before recovering a bit before the close…Congress starts investigating the Wall Street mess…and Obama’s connections with a former terrorist and McCain’s Keating Five days are front and center on the campaign trail. We cover all three of these major stories as we bring you the biggest headlines from Monday, October, 6, 2008.
Over the past few days, both campaigns have gotten more personal in their criticisms of the opposing ticket. The McCain campaigning is blasting Barack Obama for his connections with unrepentant 1960s terrorist Bill Ayers. In response, the Obama team is highlighting McCain’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal from a generation ago. Why are we seeing this now? Are these legitimate topics? Are these good strategies? And what impact will this have on Election Day? We ask longtime Democratic activist Michael Lewan, former Chief of Staff for Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Most eyes are on the presidential campaign, but what do the Congressional races look like? Will Democrats hold their majorities or do Republicans have a shot? Which seats do GOP officials think they can win back? Which issues do they see as winners? And how will Republicans overcome the mountain on retirements among House members? We ask all these questions to Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Virginia has emerged as a major battleground state in this year’s presidential race. Democrats haven’t won the Old Dominion since Lyndon Johnson carried it back in 1964. So how big is the Obama lead in the latest Suffolk University poll? Are we seeing a momentum shift or are the numbers all over the place? And what do the numbers show in some of the most decisive parts of Virginia? We ask pollster David Paleologos of Suffolk University.
John McCain is enjoying a pretty healthy bounce out of the Republican convention. According to Gallup, McCain leads by five points but the big story may be the swing of independents to McCain – at least for now.
Listen to Greg’s interview with Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport on the McCain bounce.