Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Monday, October 20.

  1. Watch to see how much the press remains focused on Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama. The Republican former Secretary of State endorsed Obama on “Meet the Press” yesterday and the fallout from the endorsement continued to dominate Monday morning broadcasts. Does that story dominate cable all day and the network newscasts tonight? If it does, it’s not good for John McCain’s attempts to attract undecided voters.
  2. Watch to see what kind of message the McCain campaign tries to drive today. They can’t just play defense on the Powell endorsement — they need to get on the offensive to improve their chances of winning two weeks from tomorrow. Watch to see which attacks and messages they try to drive this Monday to get this week off to a good start.
  3. Watch Cindy McCain. The New York Times published a profile of the potential first lady that the McCain campaign called “gutter journalism at its worst” and that her lawyer protested with a letter to the paper’s top editor. Watch to see what her performance and her statements are like, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
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