The polls look good for Democrats, but do Republicans have a not-so-secret weapon? We look at Republican and Democratic strategies for getting out the vote, including the Republican "voter vault," a huge database of personal information on individual voters. Also, President Bush signs the Secure Fences Act and the last Ford Taurus is set to roll off the assembly line. Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.
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Americans once purchased over 400,000 Tauruses a year, but Ford says it expects to sell less than half that number in 2006--and there won't be a next year. Taurus made its debut in December, 1985. By the early 90's it had became the best-selling passenger vehicle in America. But Taurus' sales have plummeted in recent years. This week marks the end of an era as the last Ford Taurus rolls off the production line in Atlanta.
John McElroy, Host, 'Autoline Detroit'
President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act today, authorizing the construction of 700 miles of new fencing along the US-Mexican border. While many Republican praise the new law, Bush has renewed calls for a greater overhaul to the nation's immigration policy, one that would include a guest-worker program and provide a path to citizenship.
Dave Montgomery, Regional Correspondent, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
National polls show the Democrats poised to take over the House and possibly the Senate. Yet, despite everything from Congressional scandals to Iraq, President Bush insists he is still confident the Republicans will win. What makes him so confident? Does he know something we don't? Will the "voter vault"--a huge database of demographic, financial and other personal information on individual voters that is the driving force behind Republican get-out-the-vote operations--control the outcome of congressional elections around the country? Will micro-targeting voters deliver the winning margins Republicans need to hold on to congressional power? Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.
Jano Cabrera, Democratic strategist
Jared Craighead, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party
Michael Cornfield, Vice President of Public Affairs for ElectionMall.com
Eli Pariser, Upworthy (@elipariser)
Peter Wallsten, Washington Post (@peterwallsten)