Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Tuesday, September 30:
1. Watch to see how congressional leaders of both parties, working with the White House, try to come up with a legislative strategy to get the votes in the House to pass some sort of rescue package. Watch to see which of the many options they have they choose to employ and if they play their cards today — including trying to go with the same bill, a different bill, get it passed through the Senate first, etc. Watch to see how they try to resolve this while Congress isn’t meeting because of the Jewish holidays.
2. Watch to see what the markets will do today – the Dow and other things. Other indications, perhaps, could solve Democrats’ and Republicans’ problems if the market reacts in such a way (like the Dow tanking another 700 points today or another bank failure) that will make legislators feel pressure to pass the bill in the coming days.
3. Keep an eye on the two presidential candidates. Both of them know they must talk about this and pretty much only this today. Watch to see how they go out and decide to frame their arguments with McCain in Iowa and Obama in Nevada. Of course, another segment of McCain’s and Palin’s interview with Katie Couric airs on CBS’ “Evening News,” so watch that as well to see what comes out of there on this important economic crisis.