Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Monday, July 28:

1)   Keep an eye on both candidates as they talk about the economy. Senator Obama is on tap to meet with some expert economists Monday to review and fine-tune some policies. The meeting will include major names, such as former Treasury Secretary Rubin, former Federal Reserve Chairman Volcker and billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Continue to watch to see how both candidates frame these important economic matters, paying particularly close attention to which candidate does a better job of going on the offensive about his economic plan.

2)   Expect to see lots of media coverage framed based on the fact we have just 100 days to go until Election Day. Watch to see how the race is discussed. Will it be described as a campaign either man could win, or will McCain be portrayed as the underdog? You can read my take on what Obama and McCain must do in the final 100 days to win here on The Page.

3)   Watch the ad traffic. McCain went up with his toughest attack ad yet this weekend, ripping his rival for deciding to skip a scheduled visit with U.S. troops in Germany. McCain also hammered the issue home in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. The McCain camp will air the ad in battleground states in the coming days. Pay attention to any new signs of where future TV ads are headed, from the candidates, from their parties and and perhaps from interest groups. Things may develop on that front before the day is over.

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