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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) makes a statement in New York September 24, 2008, announcing he is suspending his campaign because of the economic crisis in the United States. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Updated 6:36 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear and Robert Barnes
NEW YORK -- The financial crisis on Wall Street overwhelmed the 2008 presidential race today, as Republican presidential nominee John McCain this afternoon said he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return to Washington to work on the proposed $700 billion bailout plan. Democratic rival Barack Obama declined to follow suit, saying he would return only if congressional leaders requested his presence and said there was no reason to suspend the campaign or delay Friday night's presidential debate.

A president, Obama said, "is going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time."

The dramatic events on the campaign trail began after Obama called McCain early this morning to seek a joint statement on on their goals for the bailout measure now being negotiated between Congress and the Bush administration. But before that statement was issued, McCain went before television cameras to say he was putting the campaign on hold and wanted to delay Friday night's presidential debate on foreign policy. Among other things, McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt said McCain would begin unilaterally pulling down his campaign ads and cease fundraising.

"It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration's proposal,'' McCain said in a brief statement to reporters. "I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.''

McCain said he is calling on President Bush "to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."

President Bush said he welcomed the gesture. "We are making progress in negotiations on the financial markets rescue legislation, but we have not finished it yet,'' said press secretary Dana Perino. "Bipartisan support from Sens. McCain and Obama would be helpful in driving to a conclusion.''

But Democrats blasted McCain's action as a political stunt, delivered as the economy has surged to the forefront of voters' concerns, and to Obama's advantage.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said McCain's move was "the longest 'Hail Mary' in the history of either football or Marys.'' The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, which was holding a hearing on the bailout, added "I'm not particularly focused on Senator McCain. I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I'd ask Sarah Palin."

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada had a similar reaction. "It would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation's economy," Reid said. "If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."

He added: "If there were ever a time for both candidates to hold a debate before the American people about this serious challenge, it is now."

McCain's surprise announcement caught the Obama campaign off-guard -- officials were still waiting for McCain to return a call Obama had placed this morning seeking a joint statement on the bailout plan.

"At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. "At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama's call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details."

The McCain version: "Sen. Obama phoned Sen. McCain at 8:30 am this morning but did not reach him. The topic of Sen. Obama's call to Sen. McCain was never discussed. Sen. McCain was meeting with economic advisers and talking to leaders in Congress throughout the day prior to calling Sen. Obama. At 2:30 pm, Sen. McCain phoned Sen. Obama and expressed deep concern that the plan on the table would not pass as it currently stands. He asked Sen. Obama to join him in returning to Washington to lead a bipartisan effort to solve this problem.

Unlike his Democratic supporters, Obama declined to say McCain was playing politics. He said he wanted to go forward with the debate. "That's what I'm preparing to do. My general view is that the American people need to know what we intend to do."

He added: "Senator McCain is running his campaign, I'm running mine," though he noted the "the fierce competition of this election and the enormous stakes involved."

Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs was more direct. The scene at the debate site in Oxford, Miss. Friday night, he said, would consist of "a stage, an audience, a moderator, and at least one presidential candidate."

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said that it is "moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS this Friday, September 26," despite the McCain announcement. "We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled," the Commission said.

McCain aides acknowledged that McCain called Bush before he returned Obama's call, but they denied playing politics.

"You didn't hear a hint of a partisan attack or posturing in that statement," said McCain senior adviser Mark Salter. "He really wants he and Senator Obama, leadership, throw in the chairmen, the administration, lock themselves in a room for the next 100 hours or however long it is between now and Monday morning and achieve some kind of consensus on something that will have the Congress's support."

Shailagh Murray, reporting from Clearwater, Fla., and Paul Kane, Anne E. Kornblut and Dan Balz in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

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I think
McCain want to make noise so ppl can put atention no him.
there are alot of ppl on the congress to work on....


politics tricks!!

or does bush wants to stay like fidel?

Posted by: minimini | September 26, 2008 1:57 AM

Come on people.... do you really think that McCain pulled this just bc he is scared of debating with Obama? Seriously people. This is a guy who has faced physical tourture and not only survived it but went right back into service knowing he could end up right back in that position... and you think he is actually scared of voicing oppinions with another person. Really???? please ...if you don't like McCain thats one thing, and you are entitled to your opinion. But don't take cheap shots at him bc you don't know enough politicly to say anything truely damning against him.

Posted by: thorne502 | September 25, 2008 8:20 PM

What a Drama King.

Posted by: Charles Lewis | September 25, 2008 12:37 PM

We are watching the HOUSE OF CARDS fall apart. The Neo-con con is over. 40 some days to go!

Posted by: Glen | September 25, 2008 10:52 AM

We are watching the HOUSE OF CARDS fall apart. The Neo-con con is over. 40 some days to go!

Posted by: Glen | September 25, 2008 10:51 AM

What is Obama doing for you while he is campaigning? He is not even present to give his great financial wisdom that he and the Democrats say he has. If he is such a great leader why is he not focusing on the greatest issue at hand since the great depression? Why is he not putting his wonderful debating skills to use bringing the democrats and republicans together to figure out a way to better the American public, the middle class, and the working people? So Obama is telling all of use that the issue of the economy; which the media has taken hold of and has pushed onto people as the next great depression in which the American public has been feeling the pinch and whom are scared and frightened about, is the fears of Americans are not important. That he has been working on this debate so much that he needs to put it on because he didn’t waste his time on learning foreign policy to worry about what the American public is worried about. He shows that he is only worried about himself and being the president. Just as the media is only worried about their programming schedule; "Every network in America has that time laid out," Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said on the air Wednesday. "There are thousands of people en route to Oxford, Miss., at this point. For seven months they've been working on this." Who really cares about what you want…

Obama says that; “It's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess”. The problem is Mr. Obama the debate is not about the economy…it’s about foreign policy! In my opinion that is the Presidential stage and McCain is coming out ahead because he is putting the American public first and is trying to force a truce between republicans and democrats. Weather you like his tactics or not is put pressure on the Democrats to work more with the republicans to move this issue along. The Democrats do not want to look as if they are stalling this issue. Plus, they don’t want this debate to be put on hold and have it on their heads.

"He then said I would actually also like to look at us potentially suspending campaigns and pushing debates off. What I suggested to him was, well, why don't we get the joint statement out first and our staffs will discuss this," Obama said. "I think the only -- the only possible miscommunication might have been how quickly there was an announcement [by McCain] and somebody was on television. I think probably my assumption was that the joint statement would go out initially," said Obama.

First things first, Mr. Obama…everyone knows what happens when you assume something. Secondly, to be completely honest; who care who came up with the idea? It’s not who thought it up, it’s about who took the initiative to go out on a limb and take the bulls by the horn to try and solve the problem. Barry Obama is acting like a grade school kid who needs attention and praise. Grow up and do the job you think you deserve!

Posted by: custerjs | September 25, 2008 10:12 AM

ALERT - THEY HOPE WE'RE TOO DISTRACTED TO NOTICE!!

If the Senate fails to reauthorize E-Verify THIS WEEK before the session ends, the entire program will expire in November!

E-Verify has been touted by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security as "...one of the nations best and most effective tools for ensuring a legal workforce." And according to the General Accountability Office, "E-Verify is 99.5% effect."

Senator Menendez (D-NJ) has placed a hold on the E-Verify bill and is trying to hijack it by insisting on an increase of over half a million visas for foreign workers next year.

"The E-Verify Program MUST be authorized before it expires in November if U.S. Citizens are to believe our Congress is serious at all about restoring the rule of law," per Senator Sessions.

E-Verify is one of the governments most successful programs targeting workplace enforcement of our immigration laws and is now in danger of being eliminated.

The federal government has breeched its Constitutionally required duty under Article IV, Section IV to protect citizens and states from foreign invasion, instead choosing to play politics with the law and mislabeling the invasion (of an estimated 12-20 million armed and unarmed Mexican citizens and another 4-8 million non-Mexicans) as merely unfortunate--ignoring the $300+ billion yearly impact on local and state governments and landslide of negative impacts on Americans.

The leaders of this Democratic Congress are hoping U.S. Citizens won't be paying much attention as they try to betray us yet again regarding enforcement of our immigration laws and using programs that work against illegal workers. They are hoping We are too busy with the Presidential election and the meltdown of our economy, which illegal immigration has contributed greatly to, as our lawmakers still continue to pander to corporate america.

Dash Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reids hopes that Senator Robert Menendezs' attempts to block E-Verify will work! Menendez is putting his personal views ahead of our national interests.

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS NOW - TELL THEM TO AUTHORIZE E-VERIFY!

Posted by: calumonit | September 25, 2008 9:02 AM

McCain the master of the Keating 5

Posted by: brock101 | September 25, 2008 8:58 AM

McCain master of the Keating 5

Posted by: brock101 | September 25, 2008 8:58 AM

People are facing falling housing price every minute of every hour of every day. This is a national crisis. Nobody interests in Mr. Obama!

Bush won the war in Iraq.
But it will be McCain who will win the war at home.

Vote Sen McCain/Gov. Palin

Posted by: pete | September 25, 2008 8:45 AM

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 25, 2008 6:51 AM

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 25, 2008 6:51 AM

And somewhere in rural Virginia, a fat lady is singing.

Good one, McCain. But your Hail Mary pass was knocked out of bounds by the American people.

Take it like a man. Do the debate, and let your running mate deal with the press like every candidate before in American history.

You can run but you can't hide from America. We're kind of like Santa. We see you when you're sleeping, we know when you're awake.

So be a good boy and maybe by Christmas you won't be completely ruined by your own shenanigans. And btw, if you don't want all this, call it off. It'll save you a lot of trouble.

Posted by: WouldntYouLikeToKnow | September 25, 2008 5:15 AM

I think its very funny after reading the post that democrats feel very threatened by McCain since he is "losing" so badly. That is because he is not. Both are tied in a statistical dead heat as of 09/24/08. Oh, the poll that shows Obama up by 9, that was thrown out for bias polling in demographics and race issues. McCain pointed this mess out in 2006 and co-sponsored s.190 that would have averted this mess. McCain will get the deal signed by Monday with no thanks to Barry the Kid!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:19 AM

Another McCain Political Stunt (TM)

...at least it wasn't Another McCain Lie!

http://www.mccainpedia.org/index.php/Count_the_Lies

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:10 AM

Debating is downright unpatriotic right now and anyone who disagrees is a terrorist who hates freedom and wants to see our economy in shambles. Sean Hannity said so, darnit, I think. Is anyone else a little sick of EVEN MORE diversionary tactics by the Republican Party? Is 8 years of this b.s. not quite enough? McCain, face the music, your oratorical beating is coming no matter how long the delay. And it isn't because Obama is a gifted speaker or for any other reason than the fact that you can no longer run from your own mistakes or those of your party. These debates actually do matter; more American citizens than ever before realize the monumental importance of this election. Be a man already.

Posted by: jfragghianti | September 25, 2008 2:09 AM

If Obama pulled a stunt like this, McCain would be HOWLING!
This is a gimmick. Plus, McCain has released really nasty tv commercials in Michigan, about AAyres and Wright.
McCain is linking Obama to Kilpatrick???
Obama refused to SPEAK to Kilpatrick!
McCain and his campaign thinks everyone is stupid!
Bush told him Americans are stupid, and they have been, UP UNTIL NOW!
8 YEARS OF BUSH IS ENOUGH!
CAN YOU IMAGINE A MCCAIN ADMINISTRATION!!!
OBAMA IS SURE AND STEADY. wE NEED A STEADY HAND TO LEAD US THROUGH THESE DISASTERS!

Posted by: Cookie100 | September 25, 2008 2:04 AM

From Australia, I saw on TV Mr McCain stating something like, "This is what happens when Wall Street is used like a
a Casino...? i.e., gamble it away? And now wants to bail out, hyperthetically, people he considers just mere compulsive
gamblers?

Mr Obama stated that he would want to see
that tax payers who are faced with bank closures on their homes and businesses
protected in any bail out.

And your head bookkeeper in Congress, reckons any bailout as suggested could make
the financial crisis worse?

I don't know what either candidates input
will do to avert a complex situation, other
than avoid debating foreign affairs?

Politics Mr McCain is what you are in.
And if you can't handle a debate on foreign
relations, etc., and become informed re
the financial situation at the same time
God Help You. It's going to get worse if and I say if you become President. Send in Guv.Palin to sit in for you while you debate with Sen.Obama.

If she takes her handy calculator with her
she might solve the problem in no time? LOL

Posted by: bush-bunny | September 25, 2008 2:02 AM

lbbob46,

Obviously you really don't understand what is the root cause of this crisis. It cannot be explained in a 100 words or less sound bite so there isn't much point to try to explain it here. I suggest you do a bit of research, there are plenty of general circulation papers on line. Go read the Wall Street Journal for another source.

Ok, so maybe it can be summed up in one word, greed.

Posted by: usa3 | September 25, 2008 1:55 AM

Mr Franks and committee should all be forced to resign and give up their pensions...they are the culprits that caused this crisis...they traded houses for votes and have ruined our financial system.

Posted by: lbbob46 | September 25, 2008 1:44 AM

McBush needs his nap first, then he needs more tuition to know the difference between SEC and FEC, then he needs to remind himself which of his numerous flip-flops he is now on, and then he needs more medications. Then he may be ready to debate and talk about the economy. BUT at this rate, McSlime and Pain will NEVER debate before Nov. 4th. After all, the Repub camapign said the vote is not about issues but about personality. Like who has "racial misgivings," who is more of a celebrity, who can see Russia and skin a moose and kill wolves from helipcopters better. And the media is letting him get away with this crap. Just like his wife let him get away with calling her a "CU*T" in front of strange men. We are all going bankrupt because this bottom-of-the-class 20+ years Senator voted to regulate every time

Posted by: lin | September 25, 2008 1:42 AM

Obama is still waiting for axelrod to type something into the teleprompter before he knows which way to go on this one.

Posted by: NOBama EVER | September 25, 2008 1:31 AM

OH I'M SORRY. WHAT WAS I THINKING THAT OBAMA SHOULD ACTUALLY GO TO WORK. DOESN'T MATTER, HE WILL JUST SHOW UP AND VOTE PRESENT.
OBAMA NOT AN EXPERT ON ANYTHING BUT RUNNING SMEAR CAMPAIGNS.
BUT HEY MCCAIN ACTUALLY RECOGNIZES THAT OUR FINANCIAL SECURITY IS HEADED TO THE TOILET AND WE NEED TO CLEAN IT UP AND SAVE IT BEFORE IT IN DOWN THE TUBES AND SOMEHOW LIBERALS HAVE CHALKED IT UP AS SOME KIND OF POLITICAL PLOT. GET OFF THE CRACK PIPE!

Posted by: OBAMA IS A CLOWN | September 25, 2008 1:23 AM

Taken in isolation, McCain's decisions to 'suspend' his campaign and postpone the debate might be seen as selfless gestures intended to reassure the citizenry that he's putting this present economic crisis, and our country -- first.

However, I remember George W. Bush negotiating down the number of debates in both 2000 and 2004. I remember McCain's thinly disguised request to change the format of all debates to 'town hall style' settings. I remember George W. Bush holding a fraction of the press conferences any other modern president has held while in office. And now we are learning that Governor Palin is basically on press lockdown.

The old saying, 'what you don't know can't hurt you' is totally false. Despite a constant effort on the part of the political machinations of the G.O.P., what we haven't known has hurt us very much over the last 7.5 years.

Senator McCain, go to Oxford.

Posted by: billducks | September 25, 2008 1:09 AM

TALK IS CHEAP. IT'S OBVIOUS THE CLOWN IS CLUELESS! FIRST HE SAYS NO TO MCCAIN NOW HE SAYS "OH SURE, MR PRESIDENT, I'LL COME MEET WITH YOU"
SO SOMEHOW THE VERRY PERSON HE HAS BEEN HATING ON THE LAST 2 YEARS CONVINCED HIM TO CHANGE HIS MIND TO COME TO WASHINGTON? ARE YOU SERIOUS! HE KNOWS HE WAS WRONG FOR DECLINING TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND DO HIS JOB!
FOR THE MORONS WHO CAN'T SEEM TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES, HE IS NOWAY CLOSE TO BEING READY TO LEAD.

MCCAIN/PALIN 08 ALL THE WAY

Posted by: OBAMA IS A CLOWN | September 25, 2008 1:08 AM

It's ironic that Republicans accused Obama of coming across as self-important, yet here's McCain saying that he (who by his own admission is weak on economics) will step into this "fray" over the bailout bill and get the two sides to come together to save the day. How's that for chutzpah?

Posted by: cabd | September 25, 2008 1:03 AM

Obama is not the clown here...YOU ARE!

McCain hasn't been in the senate since April. If he can't multi-task, then he shouldn't be President.

Obama '08!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:02 AM

And McChicken is a coward! He knows he will be beaten in the debate.

Posted by: OBAMA IS A CLOWN | September 25, 2008 12:59 AM

WHY MCCAIN SHOULD NOT BECOME PRESIDENT

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hzKch7oo69rIHFkesZT2Akm6h3iAD93DBF601

Giants got 'access insurance' to McCain aide
By PETE YOST – 6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pay a lobbying firm $15,000 a month for several years to do no lobbying. Pay a former campaign aide to John McCain $30,000 a month for five years following the senator's failed bid in 2000 for the presidency.

At any other time, it would be business as usual in Washington.

Not today. The money came from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two failed housing giants that are a huge part of the financial crisis imperiling the economy.

And the recipient of most of the funds is McCain's current campaign manager, Rick Davis.

"The payments are for 'access insurance' with the Republican Party and with someone very close to McCain," James Thurber, director of American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, said Wednesday.

Thurber, who teaches lobbying and spent seven years looking into the conduct of political campaigns, says the money to Davis is especially instructive with regard to McCain, who bills himself as the candidate who will change the way Washington works.

Good-government groups say Washington's money trail goes a long way in explaining why the country finds itself having to hang its future on a financial bailout that may or may not work.

Over the years, the hated "r" word — regulation — came up frequently in Congress with regard to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but not often enough, financial experts say in retrospect.

McCain was among those who said more regulation was needed, a point his campaign emphasized in lambasting The New York Times for writing about the payments to Davis and his lobbying firm.

In the end, the idea of reining in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac always got buried under a cascade of dollars that went to both Democrats and Republicans, concludes a report by Common Cause.

Before this month's inconvenient crackup, Fannie Mae gave more than 60 percent of its $916,000 in campaign donations this election cycle to Democrats in Congress, since the party broke Republicans' long grip on Capitol Hill. Likewise, Freddie Mac gave 54 percent of its $478,000 in donations to Democrats, according to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics, a private group that tracks money in politics. Overall, the financial sector has contributed $1.6 billion to federal candidates and their parties since 1997, the center says.

The money game in Washington is played in a myriad of ways and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played it to the hilt. Campaign contributions, fundraisers and hiring the well-connected are all part of it.

In Davis's case, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set him up to run an entity they created and paid for called the Homeownership Alliance. It promoted Fannie's and Freddie's achievements and discouraged any changes to the wide-open road on which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac operated.

Everyone — Barack Obama's campaign included — profited, at least until now.

On Wednesday, McCain's campaign pushed back.

"Mr. Davis has never — never — been a lobbyist for either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac," the McCain campaign said in criticizing the news media's focus on the payments to Davis and his lobbying firm.

Robert McCarson, who was director of corporate relations at Fannie Mae from 1999 to 2004, said it is "ironic that the campaign that bills itself as the campaign of reform would give such a legalistic answer.

"The reality is that Rick Davis didn't have to register as a lobbyist to do his most powerful lobbying, which was to be the person that John McCain staked his future in as his campaign manager," said McCarson, a Democrat who was an aide in 1990-91 to then-Rep. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Posted by: McCain | September 25, 2008 12:55 AM

WHAT A SCUM BAG OBAMA IS! WE HAVE A HUGE ENORMIOUS PROBLEM AND HE WANTS TO JUST SIMPLY KEEP ON SCHEDULE. IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM AND HIS CAREER. HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY. WHAT A BUM!
FOR THE PEOPLE ON HERE WHO HAVE THE CAJONES TO TRY AND JUSTIFY WHY THIS IDIOT OBAMA WON'T DO HIS JOB, I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. YOU POOR PATHETIC SOULS. STOP DRINKIN THE KOOL AIDE!

Posted by: OBAMA IS A CLOWN | September 25, 2008 12:55 AM

"John McCain looks like a President today."

I agree 100%. And that President's name is Bush.

Posted by: GOP DOA | September 25, 2008 12:51 AM

The John McChicken Retreat Song

He is packing it in and packing it up
And sneaking away and buggering up
And chickening out and pissing off home,
Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge...

(kudos to Monty Python)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

John McChicken knows Obama will beat him in the debate.

Posted by: JohnMcChicken | September 25, 2008 12:51 AM

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/09/obamas_fannie_mae_connection.html


The Facts

The McCain video attempts to link Obama to Franklin Raines, the former CEO of the bankrupt mortgage giant, Fannie Mae, who also happens to be African American. It then shows a photograph of an elderly white woman taxpayer who has supposedly been "stuck with the bill" as a result of the "extensive financial fraud" at Fannie Mae.

The Obama campaign last night issued a statement by Raines insisting, "I am not an advisor to Barack Obama, nor have I provided his campaign with advice on housing or economic matters." Obama spokesman Bill Burton went a little further, telling me in an e-mail that the campaign had "neither sought nor received" advice from Raines "on any matter."

So what evidence does the McCain campaign have for the supposed Obama-Raines connection? It is pretty flimsy, but it is not made up completely out of whole cloth. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers points to three items in the Washington Post in July and August. It turns out that the three items (including an editorial) all rely on the same single conversation, between Raines and a Washington Post business reporter, Anita Huslin, who wrote a profile of the discredited Fannie Mae boss that appeared on July 16. The profile reported that Raines, who retired from Fannie Mae four years ago, had "taken calls from Barack Obama's presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters."

Since this has now become a campaign issue, I asked Huslin to provide the exact circumstances of the quote. She explained that she was chatting with Raines during the photo shoot, and asked "if he was engaged at all with the Democrats' quest for the White House. He said that he had gotten a couple of calls from the Obama campaign. I asked him about what, and he said 'oh, general housing, economy issues.' ('Not mortgage/foreclosure meltdown or Fannie-specific,' I asked, and he said 'no.')"

By Raines's own account, he took a couple of calls from someone on the Obama campaign, and they had some general discussions about economic issues. I have asked both Raines and the Obama people for more details on these calls and will let you know if I receive a reply.

The Pinocchio Test
The McCain campaign is clearly exaggerating wildly in attempting to depict Franklin Raines as a close adviser to Obama on "housing and mortgage policy." If we are to believe Raines, he did have a couple of telephone conversations with someone in the Obama campaign. But that hardly makes him an adviser to the candidate himself -- and certainly not in the way depicted in the McCain video release.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Over the past week Team McCain has perfected a new kind of political attack that should offend the sensibilities of campaign junkies everywhere--simply because it's so counterproductive. First, McCain chastises Obama for committing a sin that he himself has committed. Then Obama points this out, distracting voters from his own foibles and refocusing the spotlight on McCain. For Obama, the impact of the attack is immediately negated. But for McCain it's doubled: he ends up looking both a) guilty of whatever he accused Obama of and b) totally hypocritical.

Posted by: Mike | September 25, 2008 12:46 AM

WHY MCCAIN AND THE PRESIDENCY SHOULD NOT COMINGLE!

The real problem here is that McCain's campaign is swarming with 26 advisers or fundraisers who have lobbied for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac--including nearly a dozen who lobby right now. As the Washington Monthly's Steve Benen wrote last week, "one of McCain's top policy advisers, Charlie Black, was lobbyist for Freddie Mac for 10 years, while his campaign manager, Rick Davis, lobbied to help Fannie and Freddie steer clear of additional federal regulations [and earned $2 million in the process]... Tom Loeffler, who serves McCain's campaign co-chairman, also lobbied for Fannie Mae. Aquiles Suarez, a McCain economic adviser, was a Fannie Mae executive. Dan Crippen, a McCain adviser who helped craft the campaign's health-care policy, lobbied for Fannie Mae (and Merrill Lynch). Arthur B. Culvahouse, who helped lead McCain's VP search committee, also lobbied for Fannie Mae." According to former Fannie Mae executive William Maloni, "photographs of Sen. McCain's staff... loo[k] to me like the team of lobbyists who used to report to me." Without these ties--which are far more extensive than Obama's--McCain would have every right to say that associating with officials from troubled financial institutions is a sign of bad judgment. Again, it's not like Obama's hands are spotless. But with them, McCain offers Obama an otherwise unavailable opportunity to remind voters that McCain's own judgment--at least by McCain's own standards--is worse.

Posted by: Mike | September 25, 2008 12:33 AM

Cluck, Cluck, Cluck
Cluck, Cluck, McCluck
Cluck, McCluck Cluck!

Posted by: Arjuna9 | September 25, 2008 12:32 AM

j:
"The debate should be postponed.
John McCain looks like a President today.
In his announcement to temporarily suspend his Presidential campaign to return to Washington D.C. to work toward a bipartisan solution to the nation's economic situation, Sen. McCain is demonstrating what real leadership is.
John McCain is putting our country first and politics second. It's the right thing to do.
Sen. Barack Obama should follow Sen. McCain's lead
visit
RealDemocratsUSA.org
Taking back our party, one neighborhood at a time
Join us!"

No thanks, not interested.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:32 AM

McCain reason for wanting to delay the debate with Obama - The Pit Bull ate his notes...

Posted by: citystreet | September 25, 2008 12:32 AM

no he has not got druping jaws because he has had a stork. He has been trying out for a movie called "the God Father to the Rescue" I thought he had tried out for the duet part with Fontella Bass with the song "Rescue Me" then someone I know said those were all lies and that he was going to sign a bill for more war. But when to assended on the mob at D.C. they all laughted and said we knew you would fall for it. those knots are getting bigger with each passing day ,he is gritting and grinding his teeth because he is falling behind in the polls.

Posted by: George | September 25, 2008 12:29 AM

Ok Mike, we'll take your word for it and vote for john McCain.
not.

Posted by: tom | September 25, 2008 12:27 AM

I was leaning McCain, but not after this stunt.

Posted by: GTG | September 25, 2008 12:24 AM

THIS IS WHY LIBERALISM AND GOVERNMENT DON’T MIX
We’re in this financial mess because the realities of economics trumps the liberal social programs every time...thank Democrats.
Banks use to require an income appropriate to the debt undertaken. Democrats called this "Red lining" and "encouraged"(with a big stick) lending institutions to relax these discriminatory practices.
Frank Raines the Obama financial adviser today was the CEO of Fannie Mae when this payment began. Frank Raines was Clinton's
Budget manager and fired for Fannie Mae in 2005 for failure of leadership!! he left making almost a 100 million dollars!!

Top Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008

1. Dodd, Christopher D-CT $133,900
2. Kerry, John D-MA $111,000
3. Obama, Barack D-IL $105,849
4. Clinton, Hillary D-NY $75,550
No wonder Obama doesn’t want to go back to Washington

We’re in this financial mess because the realities of economics trumps the liberal social programs every time

Posted by: Mike | September 25, 2008 12:21 AM

Brave McChicken ran away.
Bravely ran away, away!
When Obama told him to drop dead,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave McChicken turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
Bravely taking to his feet
He beat a very brave retreat,
Bravest of the brave, John McChicken!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Kudos to Monty Python (Search for the Holy Grail).

Posted by: WylieD | September 25, 2008 12:20 AM

mcCain is not Able .

Posted by: George | September 25, 2008 12:18 AM

all the people that I know are a little embaressed to let it be known that at one time they were for McVanish. Obama is liked for his steadfastness, cool, ability to think.

Posted by: George | September 25, 2008 12:13 AM

McCain needs to delay the debate long enough to come up with some really good "sound bites" about the economy. That is typical Republican thinking.

Posted by: Arjuna9 | September 25, 2008 12:10 AM

mCvanish muckVanish mickvanish mickeymouse. the mcsame. he just vanished into the clouds .maybe he is the assending lord of spin and majic. did you see that ,oh that was john going to get more depends.

Posted by: George | September 25, 2008 12:09 AM


Harry Reid and Barney Frank have made it clear that Obama has nothing to add to their deliberations on the bailout and so can continue his campaign.

An interesting vote of no-confidence in their party's candidate,


Posted by: WylieD | September 25, 2008 12:07 AM

In a time of crisis, everyone does what they do best.
McCain goes into action and looks for resolution to a serious problem...a leader

Obama goes to speeches and platitudes and looks for his teleprompter...an empty suit

Posted by: Mike | September 25, 2008 12:06 AM

that dropping jaw is not a stroke it a bore.

Posted by: George | September 25, 2008 12:04 AM

The debate should be postponed.

John McCain looks like a President today.

In his announcement to temporarily suspend his Presidential campaign to return to Washington D.C. to work toward a bipartisan solution to the nation's economic situation, Sen. McCain is demonstrating what real leadership is.

John McCain is putting our country first and politics second. It's the right thing to do.

Sen. Barack Obama should follow Sen. McCain's lead

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Posted by: j | September 25, 2008 12:02 AM

McCain says that he has "suspended" his campaign for obvious reasons; but instead, he has "ABANDONED" it. Obama's actions have shown Americans that instead of "abandoning" us as McCain has, he will stick with us and stick up for us during this critical time. Thank you Obama!

Posted by: jackdana | September 25, 2008 12:01 AM

POOR OBAMA
He had his teleprompter and platitudes all ready to go.

Posted by: Mike | September 25, 2008 12:00 AM

mcVanish.

Posted by: George | September 25, 2008 12:00 AM

This just in: McDonalds to sue McCain for giving the McChicken sandwich a bad name.

Looks like I'm right on something...AT LAST!

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:58 PM

Obama is a man and a good one says the truth. he will not leave you for phoney postureing and make up silly stories for silly people to fall for. you my friend are a kookkist -krazy- koolaidist. Obama for 2008 as far as I am concerned Obama has my vote he has been instrumental in helping me and others keep our pensions.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 11:55 PM

As someone who absolutely despises GW Bush and the horrible mess he and his cronies have made over the last 8 years, it pains me to say this, but Bush is actually looking more dependable and clear-headed when compared to McCain. McCain is obviously a man who refuses to play the hand that's dealt and tries to change the rules whenever things aren't going his way. This isn't the sign of leadership, but rather a pathetic little boy who always wants to have his way. It's time he go back home to his mama, and let the adult (i.e. Obama) take care of this country!!!

Posted by: jh1401 | September 24, 2008 11:55 PM

How is McCain going to "solve" the bailout bill? He isn't in the majority, he isn't in the executive branch, he isn't in Republican leadership, and he isn't on the relevant committees. As far as I know, there is no plan for Congress and the exec branch to meet from 8-9:30 pm on Friday night to work on the bailout and even if they were, McCain isn't needed there to figure it out. I frankly don't want a man who thought the fundamentals of our economy were sound 8 days ago directing or even giving input on how to fix the very obviously broken economy.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:54 PM

So... if the economic crisis is not resolved (or a least satisfactorily addressed)by November 4th, we just won't have any debates? Scam, scam, scam.

Posted by: fausthaus | September 24, 2008 11:52 PM

LeeHInAlexandria, I apologize. I see now you are a *parody* of Republican posts.

Man, it's hard to tell the difference between Republicans and parodies of Republicans.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 11:49 PM

yes Obama is a Markzist and yuis a kookist .clanist and olive oilist.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 11:47 PM

So when would be a good time to hold the debate? I know, November 5th. Face it, mccain mcchicken will never debate Obama. And by the way, Mooseburger will never debate Joe Biden. After all, when was the last time any republikan had anything worthwhile to say to working class Americans? Financial crisis my foot! Let those rich crooks fail. I wouldn't postpone lunch to give them the time of day.

Posted by: winterfield55 | September 24, 2008 11:47 PM

LeeHInAlexandria: "I don't like McCain, but the alternative is Marxism."

Wow. That's breathtaking.

So Marxism = Not McCain?

And yet you believe in the party that is asking for $700 billion to nationalize the financial sector? That's not Marxism? But anything else is?

I'm at a loss to imagine what exactly you think Marxism is.

Wow. I really can't even think of how to challenge such a deep, profound, limitless ignorance.

But let me repeat your post so everyone absorbs it:

"I don't like McCain, but the alternative is Marxism."

Wow.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 11:46 PM

Here is my update on a child's poem I learned years ago about your man, McCain. We are probably all familiar with the children’s poem about Chicken Little (McCain). This rather "dumb cluck" was struck on the head with an acorn (bailout plan) and she immediately concluded that the sky was falling (financial crisis). She quickly gathered her friends, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Lucky and Turkey Lurky (Paulson, Bush W, Bernacke), sharing her alarming news with them. As the panicked group ran off to tell the king (the American People), the cunning Foxy Loxy (Obama) had them all for lunch (Friday debate), literally.

John McCain was a prisoner of war for 5 years, and he can't hold up to the pressure of attending a meeting in DC on Thursday and going to a Friday debate in MS with Obama. How can he stand up to Iran or North Korea when they call him out to debate their nuclear weapons program--I guess he will fly to Crawford, Texas and be with Turkey Lurkey (bush W). E-mail John McCain and tell him to meet Obama in MS on Friday so the American People can hear them debate!

Posted by: benjaminparks | September 24, 2008 11:43 PM

Alright, some "debate" is proceeding as scheduled. Wonderful. That's what I had marked for Friday, and that's what I intend to see from these political figures. One can be tuned in on the issues, informed, but also address the people as well. I need that in a president. I find it important.

What's 45 minutes each going to do, out of a whole day? Why not meet before and after the debate?

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 24, 2008 11:43 PM

he acts like a neocon, he smells like a neocon, he talks just like a neocon,he dresses just like a neocon he crys like a neocon, he leaves and vanishes just like a neocon and he hide behind a little girl.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 11:43 PM

by Friday afternoon, the McCain staff will issue the following statement:
"..that the Campaign was never suspended, as the media had misquoted, yet again, their intentions. In fact it was Obama's suggestion, to hold a joint meeting on the economy, and they assumed that meant an all day summit on Friday in Washington, thus making it impossible to hold a debate on the same day. Obama should be ashamed of putting politics first....". -end of statement.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:41 PM

All you can do against Obama is come up with Racist BS.. think!!

Posted by: AMT64 | September 24, 2008 11:15 PM

I've called Senator Obama for what he is: A liar and a Marxist. Is that racist?

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:17 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And prior to our government turning this country into the United Socialist States of America, I called Obama a socialist. I'm qualified to be a John McChicken supporter because I can flip-flop just as good as John McChicken can.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:40 PM

it pretty plain and simple mcvanish has left the room . mcVanish.lol lol just like a neocon.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 11:39 PM

Obama's right. This is the time to face each other.
Why delay? What is McCaine hiding. Another surgery?
Another illness. Another testosterone shot?
Lack of courage. Lack of confidence. Lack of knowledge
on the issues without a teleprompter?

Posted by: Blake Southwood | September 24, 2008 11:32 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I think McCain may be getting near another stroke and needs this as an excuse to get to a hospital!

Have you seen the left side of McCain's face? He's had a mild stroke!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:36 PM

Obama is a marxist? Can explain exactly what marxism is and how Obama has shown himself to be one?
thanks

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:29 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

No I can't because I don't want to open myself up for honest criticism of a man who just gave the McChicken sandwich at McDonalds a bad name.

McDonalds should sue John McChicken.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:33 PM

Obama's right. This is the time to face each other.
Why delay? What is McCaine hiding. Another surgery?
Another illness. Another testosterone shot?
Lack of courage. Lack of confidence. Lack of knowledge
on the issues without a teleprompter?

Posted by: Blake Southwood | September 24, 2008 11:32 PM

Pogo: we have seen the enemy and he is us.

Democrats, Debates are not won or lost by logic, but rather on the emotional reaction of the audience to the candidate. Therefore don't count your chickens yet.

Republicans, you know this is political games-manship. The question is how will it play with the public. Honestly, I wanted to hear their answers to our current crises. And how they react under the glare of TV lights. Thus, I think many undecide will resent McCains suspension of his campaign.

Posted by: The Enemy | September 24, 2008 11:32 PM

I'm not hurling insults, I am only speaking the truth as I hear it on Fox News.


Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:31 PM

Songbird rides again. The man who sold us out as a POW is now running away from the Presidential campaign. This is a democracy. Even Hoover didn't call off the election of 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression.

mccain is a

COWARD.

COWARD.

COWARD.

COWARD.

Posted by: mnjam | September 24, 2008 11:30 PM

poor ole boy all those medals are weighing him down ,showing them all the time is exhausting. talking about them is tiring and hearing about them is boring. it is a good thing he will not be president because he would need to halt the state of the union address to get more depends and polish.

.. huh.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 11:30 PM

Obama is a marxist? Can explain exactly what marxism is and how Obama has shown himself to be one?
thanks

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:29 PM

Now that the republicans in Washington have turned us into a socialist country, we should give them four more years to turn it into a third world socialist country. then we won't have to worry about socialism, marxism, or any of the other garbage lies that I am spewing to take the heat off of John McChicken.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:29 PM

Just the time we need leadership and Obama stands up to the plate and McCaine wants to hide just like Bush and Cheney.

There are a lot of swiss bank accounts growing in size by
the second and being converted into gold bullion.

The Great Depression cometh.

Posted by: Blake Southwood | September 24, 2008 11:29 PM

I am prepared to debate any Republican willing to debate real economic issues. Those of you hurling insults are chasing independents away from McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:20 PM

I'm not hurling insults, I am only speaking the truth.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:28 PM

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Posted by: Chickenhawk_Choker | September 24, 2008 11:24 PM

American voters are paying attention and McCain's stunt-making is being seen for what it is. There is NO WAY he can avoid the debate without looking stupid. It takes 2 hours to fly from DC to Oxford, MS in a private plane with traffic escorts.

75% of people want the debates and campaigns to go ahead. We must be able to assess how the people who will be left with this mess will handle it.

McCain will need to explain how he'll cut the average CEO's taxes by $700,000 and only cut the average nurse's tax by $435 (while making her employer subsidized health care fully taxable) build nuclear power plants, pay for the bailout and still balance the books.

I am prepared to debate any Republican willing to debate real economic issues. Those of you hurling insults are chasing independents away from McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:20 PM

Is something wrong with McCain's eye...or is this just a strange photo?

Posted by: Not a doctor, but play one on TV | September 24, 2008 11:20 PM

A president has to be able to do MANY things at any given time. McCain just can't drop everything to attend a crisis. The whole country is in crisis on many fronts! This smells of injecting Presidential politics into an already barely bipartisan effort - what chance is there now of crafting a successful bailout agreement with McCain running around and poking his finger into things that are moving along with relative speed? Not much. In fact, now by inserting Presidential politics there is even a greater chance that the bailout will come to nothing! This is not only unpresidential - it's irresponsible by causing even more fears in the market.

Posted by: woody | September 24, 2008 11:17 PM

All you can do against Obama is come up with Racist BS.. think!!

Posted by: AMT64 | September 24, 2008 11:15 PM

I've called Senator Obama for what he is: A liar and a Marxist. Is that racist?

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:17 PM

______________________________________________________________________

Before you start calling me or other patriots neocons... you might want to understand what you are calling us.

NEOCON

The current usage of the term by far left socialists who use the term as a derogatory term to decribe conservatives has a comical result. Ironically the term did not orginally and still does not decribe in any understandable way the beliefs of the opposition party that the current users of the term intend. Given a vocabulary of 1000-2000 it becomes obvious why socialists want to label conservatives something derrogatory. The humorous side comes when educated readers quickly see how inadequate the attempt becomes.

From Wikipedia:

The term neoconservative was originally used as a criticism against liberals who had "moved to the right".[3][4] Michael Harrington, a democratic socialist, coined the usage of neoconservative in a 1973 Dissent magazine article concerning welfare policy.[5] According to E. J. Dionne, the nascent neoconservatives were driven by "the notion that liberalism" had failed and "no longer knew what it was talking about."[1]

_______________________________________________________________________

So before you use the word neocon as some kind of "cut" on a republican, you might want to know the term is really the definition of a Democrat who doesn't believe in socialism. So if you are criticizing those Democrats who don't believe in socialism, does that mean you are a proponent of socialism?

Unfortunately for the free and proud of the US of A, that is most likely the case.

Posted by: NOBama EVER | September 24, 2008 11:17 PM

This is another s. Palin move by mccain. have you noticed when things dont go his way he does DRASTIC things? Think about this type of logic in a National emergency! This man could have us in WW3 just because some country did not do what 'he' wanted. Come neo's or Rebuplicans can't you see he is already showing signs of 'stress' which means you think s. Palin should be President.. Think about the Country(our Country). All you can do against Obama is come up with Racist BS.. think!!

Posted by: AMT64 | September 24, 2008 11:15 PM

McCain lost my vote.

Posted by: Janet McCabe | September 24, 2008 11:15 PM

LeeHInAlexandria, so it's ok for you and your kind to sink to the level of the I Hate America liberals as you call them?

You are no better, in fact I expected more out of the republicans than this. I have to wonder just how much you love America if you're so willing to swim in this filth.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 11:09 PM

Hey despair,

I don't like McCain, but the alternative is Marxism. McCain is not a Reagan Republican anymore like he once was and neither are many of his co-Republicans in Congress. What we need is less government not more.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:14 PM

Senator with 26-year record of disdain for oversight and regulation for financial institutions calls off presidential debate as to offer his personal oversight
for lending/insurance institutions that have crashed due to lack of voting for political oversight and regulation!

Does anyone see the sick irony here?
Shakespeare couldn’t write this stuff!

Mccain are you strong enough, are you mentally fit and is your health capable to endure the demand for the job?
Evidentially not!

Posted by: rube | September 24, 2008 11:14 PM

This is what McCain removed from Obama's proposed joint statement. So I assume he doesn't believe in any of this. Who do you agree with?

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First, there must be oversight. We should not hand over a blank check to the discretion of one man. We support an independent, bipartisan board to ensure accountability and complete transparency.

Second, we need to protect taxpayers. There should be a path for taxpayers to recover their money, and to turn a profit if Wall Street prospers.

Third, no Wall Street executive should profit from taxpayer dollars. This plan cannot be a welfare program for CEOs whose greed and irresponsibility has contributed to this crisis.

Fourth, we must help families who are struggling to stay in their homes. We cannot bail out Wall Street without helping millions of families facing foreclosure on Main Street.

Fifth, we both agree that this financial rescue package should move on its own without any earmarks or other measures. We have different views about the need for other action, but this must be a clean bill.

This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. This is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem - this is an American problem. Now, we must find an American solutions.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 11:14 PM

McCain's left eye looks droopy, like he's sick. It looks kind of dead, like the side of his face is falling. Is it a stroke coming? Is he ill? I don't remember him looking like this. Maybe that's why he's taking time off.

Posted by: Mika | September 24, 2008 11:13 PM

Obama should attend and respond to the questions Leherer will ask, then open the rest of the time to answer questions from the audience.

We benefit by knowing Obama's position. Senator McCain benefits because his confusion and lapses remain hidden. Besides, what more can Senator McCain say which President Bush has not already said?

Posted by: Oscar | September 24, 2008 11:12 PM

even people who are non-partisan are shaking their heads at this one. I have respect for some things about McCain. This move...is scary. He has no role on the finance committee. He is not an economic expert. He has not been part of ongoing discussions. What exactly does he think his presence accomplishes? Moreover, what does his presence during the day have to do with his debate at night? More than just being blatantly political, which I expect from all politicians on both sides, this is just blatantly reckless.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:12 PM

McCain has proven himself to be a shallow, oppurtunistic headline grabber in this election.
And he is not done yet.
Watch the headlines and follow John McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:12 PM

I have heard there is a poll showing Obama in lead in Virginia.

Maybe that is why McCain is doing this. If he loses Virginia even if he wins Florida and Ohio he loses the election.

Bold move when you know you are losing is not a risk. Its all about changing the dynamics.

You have to wonder though. With all this running from scrutiny of the McCain Campaign does McCain believe in freedom of the press.

Posted by: guytaur1 | September 24, 2008 11:11 PM

LeeHInAlexandria, so it's ok for you and your kind to sink to the level of the I Hate America liberals as you call them?

You are no better, in fact I expected more out of the republicans than this. I have to wonder just how much you love America if you're so willing to swim in this filth.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 11:09 PM

People really don't care about any stupid debate right now. The most important thing right now is the bailout of the illegal's home purchases. Depression is pretty easy to understand.

Posted by: Joe Bloise | September 24, 2008 11:08 PM

TO "Posted by: Dianne72" are you a IDIOT or just play one on the BLOGS'?

Posted by: AMT64 | September 24, 2008 11:08 PM

John Boy,

To quote the immortal Joe Louis, "You can run, but you can't hide."

Not behind Sarah's skirts, and not in the Oval Office with your mentor.

Both you and that Polar bear-hating bimbo have to face the American public before November. You might as well come out Friday and take your whuppin' like a man.

You'll regret it if you don't.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:07 PM

Let's cut this BS by Republicans. We have a President in office already and we have an elected Congress. They should be working on this. It's not like McCain is the guy who is in charge that he needs to postpone the debate and rush to DC.

Posted by: RJ | September 24, 2008 11:03 PM

RJ, when you are President or running for President, you are essentially the head of your party. Also, Senator Reid was telling people around the capital today that he really needed John McCain here in DC to get a deal done.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:07 PM

by a margin of 3 to 1, the public wants the debate to go ahead with focus on the economy and some foreign policy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:06 PM

McCain and company are in a panic. Encumbent presidents manage crises and campaigns all the time, if he can't multi task he has no business running and should not be elected. If you want to know the real reason for this panic reaction, take a look at the softball interview of Palin by Katie Couric - after all this preparation she is still incapable of getting out of the talking points. McCain and company are terrified and this call to stop campaigning is nothing more than an attempt to change the subject.

Posted by: leew | September 24, 2008 11:06 PM

Man you can smell the desperation in these McCain people here today. They've gone from Palin Mania to actual hysteria. They're throwing mud as fast as they can.

You have to wonder though, they're not all insane, not all of them are morons. What are they going to do tonight when they lay down to sleep, how many of them are going to be able to admit what's happened here today?

How many votes did McCain lose today, how many of his supporters are just not going to bother voting because of what they've seen their candidate do.

I know he's lost a lot of the independents. I was only going to vote for Obama defensively, to keep McCain out. Now I can vote for whomever I wish, there isn't a chance that McCain will win.

Posted by: loki | September 24, 2008 11:06 PM

So Part II of McCain's strategy of
distraction to his campaign when you have an appalling track record with his close pal, George "Mission Accomplished" Bush
and have nothing sensible to say because he is completely clueless on how to deal with this massive crisis.. = abandon the presidential debates...

Prologue (Part I strategy of distraction)= shock the electorate with a gun-totting, moose hunting, "can see Russia from Alaska" hockey mum with lipstick. The shock has dissipated and the despair has now set in on this part.

So guess what is the Part III of his strategy of distraction? Postpone the Presidential elections for at least another 4 years or until this mess is all sorted out, and have his close pal continue as lame duck, globally discredited president.

Part IV: .... your guess.

Posted by: Patriot | September 24, 2008 11:06 PM

McCain is probably stalling for time - so that he can deal with his upcoming Keating 5 scandal. Do you want to know more about the Keating 5 scandal? It's one of McCain's more dishonorable moments. To learn more about McCain and the Keating 5, you can visit a helpful website -

http://mccainkeatingfive.com

It explains why McCain isn't the best candidate for president. I think we should stop the Republican Culture of Corruption before it gets any worse.

Posted by: Allen6 | September 24, 2008 11:05 PM

look at Dianne72 John McCain, look at the people who claim to be your most devoted followers.

These are the kind of people you want on your side?

I'm becoming ashamed of you John McCain.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 10:57 PM

And what about all of the 'I Hate America' posts on here from the left side of the aisle.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 11:04 PM

the way to have averted this mess is to not be in Iraq spending billions of dollars. That impacted our economy. Houses are not selling. Yes the lenders screwed up, but if the housing market had not dipped, they could have recovered...however, due to our trmendous DEBT...due to... THE USELESS WAR in Iraq...here we are...

focus, focus people...focus!

Posted by: doctorlily | September 24, 2008 11:03 PM

Let's cut this BS by Republicans. We have a President in office already and we have an elected Congress. They should be working on this. It's not like McCain is the guy who is in charge that he needs to postpone the debate and rush to DC.

Posted by: RJ | September 24, 2008 11:03 PM


"And now McChicken doesn't even want to have one!"

No, Grasshopper.

McCain wants the three debates agreed to. He simply asked to reschedule Friday's debate.

Perhaps Obama is fearful that he'll forget the cramming he's done over the last few days and will have to relearn his talking points once again.


Posted by: WylieD | September 24, 2008 11:02 PM

Obama
Go on with the tv show debates and answer questions
from people and bathe in the limelight and have experts
ask questions with you and have professors and experts
ask you question also. That would be great.

McCaine is AFRAID. VERY AFRAID.

Posted by: Blake Southwood | September 24, 2008 11:01 PM

WOW ARE THE DEMOCRATS IN DEEP DODO.
Yes the man Obama picked for his experience and wisdom and foreign affairs ability said this:
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"

-- Sen. Joe Biden, in an interview with CBS News.

Of course, as Reason points out, Roosevelt wasn't president in 1929 and televisions were still experimental.

Yes could you imagine if Palin or McCain said this? The WP parrots couldn't contain themselves...their feathers would be flying and want McCain sent to an institution immediately and Palin back in beauty contests.
Yes Democrats and WP parrots, so sorry your STUCK WITH TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLEDUM.
The only choice you have have is which one is TWEEDLEDEE and which one is TWEEDLEDUM
Yes, you can start debating that now

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 11:01 PM

Okay, I actually am a shrink. I like the idea that McCain is controlling. Most people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress do tend to exhibit such behaviors. I wonder if McCain has ever been treated for PTSD, as many war veterans returning from traumatic experiences have.

Having said that, Obama showed a real strength in not letting McCain manipulate him. Remember when Katrina hit, Bush hemmed and haaad... not sure what to do.

McSame is also using stalling tactics because he knows Obama will eat him for lunch when it comes to FACTS, intelligent debataing, hello Obama is a Harvard Law man... pleeeeeeeease... McCain is dust.

and Palin is dust too once Biden gets his teeth in her.....

Posted by: doctorlily | September 24, 2008 10:59 PM

McCain need this deal to be done, so he can get more campaign funds!

Posted by: SLW | September 24, 2008 10:59 PM

I had heard that Obama was insisting Bob Barr (Libertarian Party Presidental Canadidate) be in the debates and McCain didn't want to debate a REAL Conservative, so he is taking advantage of the BUSHCO BIG SPENDING Disaster on Wall Street to get out of it.

If McCain debated Barr, Americans would see that the GOP is NOT "Conservative" at all, rather the NEO-GOP has become BIGGER SOCIALISTS than the DEMS, case in point, the "BAIL-OUTS". Those concerned about the economy would see that the LIBERTARIANS are the ONLY REAL "Fiscally Responsible Conservative" Party in this race and that could be a BIG problem for McSame!

Yep, McCain is probably wise to CUT AND RUN, although it makes him look like a COWARD!

Posted by: JDJ | September 24, 2008 10:58 PM

look at Dianne72 John McCain, look at the people who claim to be your most devoted followers.

These are the kind of people you want on your side?

I'm becoming ashamed of you John McCain.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 10:57 PM

McCain is shaking in his boots because he has to debate Obama, the Bush presidency is at an all time low in popularity, the Iraq war is costing us $12 billion a month, ober 4,100 US soldiers have died in Iraq since '03, and now Bush wants the tax-payers to bail-out the WEALTHY Wall street Executives by spending the tax-payers' $700 Billion. What are the Republicans thinking? The Republicans really don't know how to run a government, do they? I am so glad that the Republicans will be out of the White House soon. President Obama will do a much better job (after he cleans up the Republicans' mess).

Posted by: Allen6 | September 24, 2008 10:56 PM


Banking Crisis, McCain and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild.

Am I the only one smelling a rat here?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:42 PM

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Good Post ,but a lot do not understand who the Rothschild family is. I do and so do others who have been doing a little investigation into why the fed is causeing the crises. the fed the neocons and the central banker along with the globalist are a busy bunch of money masters. mater over my tax and my prosperity and the master minds of the tanking of the middle class. you repucks need to study and show yourself aproved just like you silly religious gang.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 10:56 PM

I don't want to take advice from the economy from a man who admitted that he did not know the details of his advisor's severance package -- isn't she an example of why we're in an economic crisis? The VPs of companies get huge severance packages, while the workers are laid off by the thousands?

"John McCain has been quick to criticize the lucrative payouts for the heads of bailed-out mortgage lenders at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. But for the second time in as many days, the Republican presidential nominee declined to apply the same principle to his campaign’s high-profile economic adviser.

After touring a solar power panel factory in rural, Freeland, Mich., a reporter asked McCain Tuesday if his campaign economic adviser, Carly Fiorina, who once led Hewlett Packard Co. but was forced to step down, should give back any portion of her golden parachute. McCain quickly drew a distinction between HP and the mortgage lenders he singled out, calling them quasi-governmental lenders.

“Carly Fiorina is a role model to millions of American women,” McCain said pointing out that she rose from working as a part-time secretary to heading HP. He added: “I’m proud of her record.”

McCain had been asked about Fiorina’s compensation package in an interview Monday on NBC-TVs Today Show. “I think she did a good job as CEO in many respects,” he said, adding: “I don’t know the details of her compensation package but she is one of many advisers that I have.”"

Posted by: Evelyn | September 24, 2008 10:55 PM

McCain to the rescue!
Go get 'em Sarah!
Hurray for our team!
Puke!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:53 PM

why on earth would McCain manufacture a "lack of consensus" on the bill as submitted, when everyone is just about to reach a deal on all the modifications necessary to the bill as submitted?

simple, 'cause someone told him he could look like the cowboy who rode in to town on a white horse to save the day.

only a couple problems

1) there was no lack of progress in reaching a consensus to begin with, so there's no "day" to save

2) the folks in DC who know what they are doing and are working on it would absolutely agree that McCain is the last person whose help they would want, and

3) McCain is so busy lying to Letterman about needing to cancel his appearance to get to Washington (watch Letterman tonight calling out McCain for lying to him - somehow McCain didn't think he would be caught down the hall taping an interview with Couric and not leaving til tomorrow) that his horse won't even get to Washington before the deal is done, at which time he will look like the complete fool he takes the American public for.

2)

Posted by: JoeT | September 24, 2008 10:52 PM

It's over McCain. I look at your image on top of this thread and it makes weep.

You should never have consorted with Jerry Falwell, you should never have listened to Karl Rove, you should never have picked the religious fanatic trollop to be your VP.

You should have listened to your own mind on these things, you should have kept your soul instead of selling it to these people in a vain attempt to win the presidency.

I would have voted for you, proudly. But this, this?

I'm sorry John McCain, I can't vote for you any more.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 10:52 PM

For the memory impaired, McCain wanted 10 debates. Obama's handlers were so terrified that their candidate would screw up (a safe bet after his weak performances in the primary debates) they agreed to only three.

Posted by: WylieD | September 24, 2008 10:38 PM

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And now McChicken doesn't even want to have one!

McChicken needs to retire; he's too tired for the presidency.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:50 PM

Way to go with the cute campaign gimmicks John. First the lies about the cone of silence at saddleback, then the miracle of Saint Sarah, now this ploy to game the debates (nice coordination with GW in the whitehouse).

I have an idea for you John. You and Obama meet at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and answer questions from Rev. Jeremiah Wright about the Bail out Bill. We will call it "Putting Country First - A Very Special Political Forum About the Financial Crises."

Seeing that you trapped in side your rovian bubble of lies we will not make you pretend like you are in a cone of silence this time.

Posted by: del3 | September 24, 2008 10:49 PM

In all seriousness, McCain's action is a terrible idea. The last thing this crisis needs is partisan presidential politics injecting itself into the situation. It's already happening...the bailout negotiations have become a circus since this afternoon. The last two people I want to see in DC right now are McCain and Obama.

Posted by: Tom | September 24, 2008 10:49 PM

I liked that the campaigns have laid low while paulson & co. have tried to sort out the way forward. Congress needs to pass legislation. And McCain needs to stay out of it. Electoral politics will not make the situation better. McCain shouldnt be allowed to politicize this further by trying to score points and dodge the debate with Obama.

Posted by: Former Republican | September 24, 2008 10:48 PM

I can't imagine why McCain consulted with Mitt Romney today, instead of Sarah, can you?

He sealed the deal today. He's done. Thank goodness.

Posted by: Smiling1 | September 24, 2008 10:48 PM

This is a huge publicity stunt.

What can McCain do?

Didn't he say, "“The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should... I’ve got Greenspan’s book”?

Posted by: Shari | September 24, 2008 10:47 PM

Yes, Obama shows his multi-tasking skills. He has himself holed up in a Clearwater, FL hotel all week to prepare for the debate. Sounds like cramming for an exam. Does he know his way around DC yet?

Posted by: Falc | September 24, 2008 10:47 PM

To the person who blames Republicans for the financial mess...Uh...who is charge of congress? Oh yeah, the DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably too busy spending all that money they received from Fannie May and Freddie Mac to worry about the average tax payer!

Posted by: shania | September 24, 2008 10:38 PM

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Gee, too bad the sleazeball RepubliCONs in the Congress and the Senate (the RepubliCONs still hold that), not to mention the sleazeball RepubliCON president and vice president stonewall everything the Democrats have tried to accomplish.

The Democrats don't have a 2/3 majority to override a Bush veto.

Yes, it is the REPUBLICANS fault.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:47 PM

I think we can all agree - that McCain is putting on a "little show". The thing is - Obama has been surging in polls again - because Palin's luster has worn off. Now that people know that Palin "can see Russia from her house" - the voters are realizing that John McCain made a bad choice. So, McCain is now being dramatic - and making a spectacle of himself. He's going to say that the economy deserves his undivided attention - but you know what - McCain and his party should have been paying more attention 6 months ago. So hey McCain! It's is a tad LATE to start caring about the economy now.

Posted by: Allen6 | September 24, 2008 10:47 PM

You just can't make this stuff up!

McCain's doing the right thing. No-answer Nobama is doing the Obama thing. Obama is afraid if he goes to D.C., somebody's going to make him vote; and somebody will actually RECORD it.

McCain is taking care of the country. Obama is taking care of the empty-suited Obama.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | September 24, 2008 10:47 PM

McCain has risked his career before to do the right thing. He'll get more votes by being in Washington, shown doing what he is being paid for, than appearing at shopping malls and preening for the cameras like Obama.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | September 24, 2008 10:45 PM

i agree we should NOT delay the debate, either. i was the one who posted that i agree with bernie sanders. write your legislators and tell them we don't want to give our tax money away to those who gambled us into this mess. also, we want to bring back regulatory safeguards that mccain's friends gramm etc. convinced us to get rid of in '99 and before.

Posted by: saracooper | September 24, 2008 10:44 PM

It seems like day to day damage control in his campaign requires moves like these.

He goes to Washington, the conservatives put together another quick fix proposal and tag McCain's name on it, saying he was instrumental in putting it together.
It also gives him a perfect exscuse to get a lesson in the current economic crisis, get the info and names down pat, hopefully making him sound like he knows what he's talking about when they do debate.
Then all he has to do is come back, attack Obama for not going with him and make himself out to be the patriot who cares about our economy and how it affects you and me.
As if patriotism has anything to do with wall street and corporate greed.

McCain to the rescue!

Posted by: tom | September 24, 2008 10:43 PM

What a dumb, stupid request. I'm glad Obama told him no.

Posted by: djk | September 24, 2008 10:43 PM

Banking Crisis, McCain and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild.

Am I the only one smelling a rat here?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:42 PM

This crisis didn't develop over the course of a few days, and it won't be solved in a short time either. Th market is not going to totally collapse just because we take a few days to reason through things. Lawmakers owe it to us to carefully consider what should be done, and not to jump to swallow wholesale the "solution" proposed by the party in power that is also in cahoots with the powerful people who caused this mess. I support Senator Bernie Sanders's recommendations. See his well-written petition here: http://sanders.senate.gov/petitions/?petition=Financial_Crisis_1

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:42 PM

Obama has been touting all week long, that this financial issue is the worst thing since the great depression.

However its not an important enough of a issue, for Obama to stop campaigning.

Can any of you Bots explain that ?

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM

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John McSame can't multi-task, which is a requirement to be President!

Can you explain why McSame doesn't have the nads to debate Obama? He spent a lot of time squawking that Obama wouldn't debate him; now McSame uses this as an excuse to get out of the debate that he's been begging for? How convenient!

Does "I don't understand much about the economy" McCain think he can add anything of value by postponing the debate. What's next, he's going to ask for the election to be postponed because Palin is on her period? Does McCain think that only he will be able to fix the financial crisis that he and Gramm created?

An hour or two for a debate will not hurt the economy anymore than it already is.

I never thought that McCain would reinvent himself as the McChicken sandwich at McDonalds.


Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 10:41 PM

Here's the number--Commission on Presidential Debates: 202-872-1020...call and demand the debate on Friday...if we can hold an election during the Civil War and right around D Day, I think a debate can be held on Friday evening.

Posted by: fadelff | September 24, 2008 10:40 PM

Report about the David Letterman show:

"You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right," he said. "This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."

And another: "What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

Posted by: ma.shie | September 24, 2008 10:40 PM

McCain is trying an old control trick. He thinks he is wielding his power by not attending the Debate. I am glad Obama told this childish little old man that No as Far As I am concerned the Debate goes on. McCain is used to being controling if someone is ahead of him. and that is a very bad trait for a president. Bush is also a controler Both of these two ole boys are foot stomping ninnies. fist shakers and crybabies. control issues are very hard to stop when you are as old as McCain. He looks Very tired his control issues have about got the best of him. look at him . He does not want to be President for the good of the country He just needs to control. like bush this is bad when it comes to being president. control issues are hard for some to detect but if they go to a good shrinke they can start to see why they behave like a little kid. control issues are the #1 problem with criminals of all sorts. a lot of control freeks beat their wives , do great bodily damage to others and control conversations and start fights steal,connive,contrive issues,smile and talk sweet and caring and all sorts of things are caused by the need to control. personally I like the predictable people like Obama,not a Drama artist,calm and relaxed and poised. takes time to focus, leads instead of drives. listens to others , weights things , senceable , not hecktic, not theatrical,has his own mind and yet will take other peoples thoughts into view and add his own and he will build a relationship. controlers are not relationship types. they run others off. controlers set up their own rejection. that is partly why bush has failed the people the people do not like him , and the lure of mcvain is leaveing the people as well.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 10:40 PM

P.S.

And, Obama's votes of "present" mean "No, with reservations." It is a shorthand way of indicating openness to negotiation, rather than a solid "no."

This idea that it's wishy washy isn't true. Look it up yourself.

Posted by: bethechange1 | September 24, 2008 10:39 PM

Hey John Boy,

Come out and take your whuppin' like the man you want us to think you are.

No more hiding behind Sarah's skirts or behind your idol, GWB.

Get out here and talk to us, you gutless wonder. NOW!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:38 PM


For the memory impaired, McCain wanted 10 debates. Obama's handlers were so terrified that their candidate would screw up (a safe bet after his weak performances in the primary debates) they agreed to only three.


Posted by: WylieD | September 24, 2008 10:38 PM

To the person who blames Republicans for the financial mess...Uh...who is charge of congress? Oh yeah, the DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably too busy spending all that money they received from Fannie May and Freddie Mac to worry about the average tax payer!

Posted by: shania | September 24, 2008 10:38 PM

Bishop TuTu!
This crisis is 2 weeks old. the president wants the deal done tommorrow. McCain just realized how serious it was WHY? No wonder he could'nt find the eject button in his jet fighter. No intellectual curiosity. Worse than bush Maybe he's possesed and you can get Sarah's pastor to lay hands on him and exercise the curiosity back. Or maybe Sarah can find some and bring it to im' Your just being CUTE.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:37 PM

Yet again this move by McCain demonstrates his true priorities as a politician - country first! Anyone who believes that this financial crisis is just storm in a cup of tea is dreadfully mistaken. McCain knows it and is giving his due attention. To Obama, this clearly is the best opportunity for scoring easy political points. Forget about the economy and people's life savings. Obama is willing sit and do nothing and hence sacrifice few tens of millions of US families who will undoubtedly loose their jobs and their 401K plans, because of the unresolved credit crunch. It's a worth while sacrifice for Obama to make - cause it doesn't cost him anything and he could win a lot.

Posted by: AlexZ | September 24, 2008 10:37 PM

I agree about the picture of McCain above - he looks like he's about to croak. But don't worry, Sarah Palin is just a heart beat away from the presidency! And Palin can see Russia from her house! And you know, Palin's extensive observation of Russia can really help Americans. You might not know it - but all the best American presidents - also saw Russia from their houses too! Being able to recognize Russia from afar - is a true test of presidential ability! Just ask John McCain! He picked a real winner.

Posted by: Allen6 | September 24, 2008 10:36 PM

Sue, Sue, Sue: You wrote:
"Obama is a Marxist puppet of Soros with very close ties to Terrorists, Racists and South Chicago Political Thugs and has a very angry Racist wife. Plus a voting record that has him voting for tax increases on everybody every chance he has ever had or taking the bold choice to vote "Present". He is a deceitful shady street punk.

What's not to like? ."
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Your racism is showing! "Shady," "street punk?" Really? A Columbia and Harvard graduate and first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review? Maybe you don't agree with his politics, but your adjectives betray your rage that a handsome, inspiring, eloquent, intelligent, calm and confident biracial man with european and african ancestry dares to succeed against the white male and white female. Underneath all of the emphasis on Sen. Obama's supposed "foreign-ness" or "exotic-ness," much less your more obvious choice of words betrays how much work we still need to do to combat racism in this country. I don't pretend that this response will change yours or others' like you, but I will not sit by and not respond.

Think about it: if Sen. Obama were white, would you come up with the description "street punk," especially when there is NOTHING in his biography to suggest that it is accurate. It's not even worth trying to have any discussion of black liberation theology or the fact that white people are members of Sen. Obama's former church.

Bottomline, you listen to too much Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter - the narcissistic personality disorder, partisan, talking heads for the GOP.

Posted by: bethechange1 | September 24, 2008 10:34 PM

McCaine has invited Obama to debate on many occasions. Obama always declines. Now you want to say McCain is afraid to debate? Ridiculous! Even more ridiculous...Obama without his telepromptor. Check out you tube for the actor without a script!

Posted by: shania | September 24, 2008 10:33 PM

Wow, just what I want in these uncertain economic times: someone who interjects more uncertainty! Someone who denies that things are a problem, then yells louder than anyone else that the sky is falling. Because that's SO helpful in restoring confidence to the markets.

Yes, I want change. But what McCain is offering is constant drama and instability.

Posted by: YHW | September 24, 2008 10:33 PM

McCain and handlers, the 73 lobbyists who advise him knew before he "suspended his race" that the deal had already been struck.

K-Street's lobbyists were discussing the documents publicly so who here possibly thinks McCain's Lobbyists were not privy to this?

The suspension is a cut and run gambit from his dropping poll numbers, the lack of confidence in his running mate screamed from GOP rooftops

.... and his terror of debating this weekend since as he admitted numerously, he's clueless about economics which were surely going to be brought up.

Posted by: Augie | September 24, 2008 10:32 PM

I see that you're posting that crappy Bloomberg column about SB 190 again. That bill wouldn't have done anything to prevent the present crisis, because it was designed to protect institutions against interest rate fluctuations, and actually would have accelerated their investment in mortgage-backed securities, which is the root of the present problem. Try reading the actual effing bill, instead of committing a copyright violation.

Posted by: Patrick | September 24, 2008 10:32 PM

1929, Republicans destroy our economy. Democrats fix it.

1992, Republicans destroy our economy. Democrats fix it.

2008, Republicans destroy our economy.

You want to see the economy really tank? Democrats should not "suspend the campaign" but withdraw from the race. Let the Republicans clean up their own mess this time, while trying to claim they aren't socialists and are the only party that believes in the free market.

The whole world knows how this story goes. If Democrats refuse to play this time, guess what happens to the dollar? Guess what happens to you?

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 10:31 PM

McCain’s “I can’t debate you now” gambit may still be, like the choice of Miss Alaska 1985, a stroke of political genius, but he from many angles he looks like the fighter who spits his mouthpiece far, far away from himself at the count of seven so that he can get a “free” 90 second rest period while everybody mucks about finding his mouthpiece–unless the referee calls him on it. McCain and Obama fly all over the country and conduct serious business after brief interruptions all the time. This is Wednesday. If they debate in Oxford for two hours on Friday night, can’t they go to work saving Western-Civilization as-we-know-it again on Saturday? It seems painfully obvious that McCain doesn’t want to debate the economy as-is. Tough.

Posted by: pb | September 24, 2008 10:30 PM

Is John McCain afraid to debate Barack Obama? Or is John McCain just trying to stall for time - so Palin won't have to debate Biden? I used to have *some* respect for John McCain before this election - but he's just sinking fast. I think Ezra Klein said it best - "You don't get to call time out when you're president." And that's what McCain is doing - calling a time out. Who is running McCain's campaign and why are they such idiots? You don't bail out on a debate!

Posted by: Allen6 | September 24, 2008 10:29 PM

Tell McPalin to suit up and show up Friday night. It's time for him to show us just how much he knows, and how much is hot air. No more hiding, Johnny boy!

We'll be waiting.

Posted by: loulor | September 24, 2008 10:28 PM

What's not to like?


Posted by: Sue | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

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Obama is not four more years of Bush like McSame.

Other than that, the rest of your post is the same garbage that comes from Steve Schmidt, the Rove employee who's working for McCain.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 10:28 PM

Like Muhammad Ali

Obama can float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee.

And McCain does not want to get embarrassed -- in front of 100 million people,

On National TV.

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And McCain is Cleveland Williams.

Posted by: PA-VA | September 24, 2008 10:26 PM

what a wimp... !!!!

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | September 24, 2008 10:25 PM

Sue, your rant is getting old. It is too bad that you didn't follow your mom's advice. Or maybe, your whole family has a personality disorder.

Unless I miss my guess, you might as well get ready for this "street punk." At least he is an intelligent "street punk" who does not believe that war is the first option. For Obama to survive southside Chicago when he was a young man, he has some skills which will definitely help him with the Republican thugs he'll see on a regular basis.

Sue, I pray for your health when Obama becomes President. You may need some blood pressure medication.

Posted by: EarlC | September 24, 2008 10:25 PM

I lost a lot of respect for John McCain after the announcement today. I think it is just a political stunt and if he believe Americans will fall for it, then he is foolish and stupid.

Posted by: Mineral, VA | September 24, 2008 10:25 PM

1) He is repealing the Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 & 2003. What does that mean? It means my payroll taxes are going back up at least 40-45% (so will yours).
2) If you look on BarackObama.com, the people who are truly going to benefit from the tax cuts for the middle class are those who pay nothing into the system (on avg, the Obama plan will pay $1000 to those who pay no tax whatsoever). That is called wealth redistribution one key component of Marxism. Exactly how much will Senator Obama have to raise taxes on those making over 250,000?
3) Senator Obama will raise taxes on those making over $250,000 and who have a small business. How? Their personal income tax rate will rise to 39%. The payroll cap rate will be raised to 6.2% on employer Social Security and 6.2% employee Social Security. He will also raise the Medicare payroll cap on Small Business to 2.9%. This equates to a 54% tax rate for small business owners. It is also called wealth redistribution and a key component of Marxism.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 10:11 PM

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I am going to try to outline this is clearly as possible with information from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

If your taxable income is:

$0-$19,000 (20% of population)
You would pay $567 less under the Obama plan and $19 less under the McCain plan.

$19,000-$38,000 (20% of population)
You would pay $892 less under the Obama plan and $113 less under the McCain plan.

$38,000-$66,000 (20% of population)
You would pay $1,042 less under the Obama plan and $319 less under the McCain plan.

$66,000-$112,000 (20% of population)
You would pay $1,290 less under the Obama plan and $1,009 less under the McCain plan.

$112,000-$227,000 (15% of population)
You would pay $2,300 less under the Obama plan and $3,200 less under the McCain plan.

$227,000 and above (5% of population)
You would pay $23,000 more under the Obama plan and $15,000 less under the McCain plan.

Obama's plan would also:
not tax seniors who earn less than $50,000 per year issue a $4,000 credit per child in college issue a $500 per worker credit for those who make $150,000 a year and do not itemize change inheritance tax to 45% for those estates over $3.5 million
continue to withdraw Social Security tax on those who make over $250,000 per year, but keep the moratorium for those who earn between $102,000 and $250,000; the current tax is taken out up to $102,000

McCain's plan would also:
double dependent credit from $3,500 to $7,000.
set inheritance tax at 15% for all estates over $5 million.
cut corporate taxes from 35% to 25%
The overall impact on the federal budget is that Obama's plan returns $700 billion to the budget and John McCain's would cost $600 billion. To be fair, these figures are muddied by assumptions that we cannot make, like the cost of war, government spending and the world economy.

For comparison, here are tax bracket from 2007:

You pay 10% if you:
file as single and and your taxable income is $0 – $7,825.
file as married filing jointly or qualified widow(er) and your taxable income is $0-$15,650.
file as married filing separately and your taxable income is $0-$7,825.
file as head of household and your taxable income is $0-$11,200.

You pay 15% if you:
file as single and and your taxable income is $7,826-$31,850.
file as married filing jointly or qualified widow(er) and your taxable income is $15,651-$63,700.
file as married filing separately and your taxable income is $7,826-$31,850.
file as head of household and your taxable income is $11,201-$42,650.

You pay 25% if you:
file as single and and your taxable income is $31,851-$77,100.
file as married filing jointly or qualified widow(er) and your taxable income is $63,701-$128,500.
file as married filing separately and your taxable income is $31,851-$64,250.
file as head of household and your taxable income is $42,651-$110,100.

You pay 28% if you:
file as single and and your taxable income is $77,101-$160,850.
file as married filing jointly or qualified widow(er) and your taxable income is $128,501-$195,850.
file as married filing separately and your taxable income is $64,251-$97,925.
file as head of household and your taxable income is $110,101-$178,350.
You pay 33% if you:

file as single and and your taxable income is $160,851-$349,700.
file as married filing jointly or qualified widow(er) and your taxable income is $195,851-$349,700.
file as married filing separately and your taxable income is $97,926-$174,850.
file as head of household and your taxable income is $178,351-$349,700.

You pay 35% if you:
file as single and and your taxable income is $349,701 and above.
file as married filing jointly or qualified widow(er) and your taxable income is $349,701 and above.
file as married filing separately and your taxable income is $174,851 and above.
file as head of household and your taxable income is $349,701 and above.

An individual pays tax at a given bracket only for each dollar within that bracket's range. For example, a single taxpayer who earned $10,000 in 2007 would be taxed 10% of each dollar earned from the 1st dollar to the 7,825th dollar (10% × $7,825 = $782.50), then 15% of each dollar earned from the 7,826th dollar to the 10,000th dollar (15% × $2,175 = $326.25), for a total of $1,108.75. Notice this amount ($1,108.75) is lower than if the individual had been taxed at 15% on the full $10,000 (for a tax of $1,500). This is because the individual's marginal rate (the percentage tax on the last dollar earned, here 15%) has no effect on the income taxed at a lower bracket (here the first $7,825 of income taxed at 10%). This ensures that every rise in a person's pre-tax salary results in an increase of their after-tax salary.

Approximately 2.5 million filers fall into the top two brackets listed for 2007 out of over 100 million plus filers and only the wealthiest 5% of America's households make over $174,000 per year. Obama is certainly appealing to the masses in this case while McCain joked that you are middle class if you make less than $5 million per year (yes, this was a joke). However, while McCain ran against George Bush in the Republican primaries in 2000, he said "I don’t think the governor’s tax cut is too big–it’s just misplaced. Sixty percent of the benefits from his tax cuts go to the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans–and that’s not the kind of tax relief that Americans need. … I don’t believe the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans should get 60 percent of the tax breaks. I think the lowest 10 percent should get the breaks." He continued his objection in 2001 and 2003 when he voted against these same tax cuts before finally agreeing to pass them because he felt it would hurt the economy if tax laws were changed. Now his plan is just a continuation of these same tax laws.

I fall into the $38,000-$66,000 group.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 10:24 PM

No more gimmicks Mr McCain. We want to see who is fit to lead us. Show up and face the people or hide like your piece of monkey dung VP pick. We've had it up to our pocketbooks with government for the rich. No more. Stand and deliver or get out of the way!

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | September 24, 2008 10:24 PM

Obama has been touting all week long, that this financial issue is the worst thing since the great depression.

However its not an important enough of a issue, for Obama to stop campaigning.

Can any of you Bots explain that ?


Posted by: Bishop TuTu | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM

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And what are they going to do when they get there? Neither one of them are on the committees involved, so the only thing they can do is wait to vote!

Please!! Stop making excuses for McCain! He want to change the terms of the game, WE'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE!

Posted by: Angryman | September 24, 2008 10:24 PM


From MSNBC:

"McCain also met with the moneyed former Clinton fundraiser Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who recently threw her support to McCain."

Why is McCain meeting with Rothschild?

Is there a link between the Rothschild's and the current financial crisis?

Why is a 'democratic' fundraiser supporting McCain now that Hillary lost?

Could Hillary and McCain both be Neocon puppets who are dead set against losing their grip on American government?

What's going on here? Inquiring minds want to know.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:22 PM

>>McCain: nine days ago, the fundamentals of >>our economy are strong.

>>McCain campaign today: we could be in a >>depression by monday if this doesn't pass.

Overall, the fundamentals of the economy are strong the mortgage piece is only one piece of the puzzle. The depression will be because the Democrats have so screwed up the credit system and the financial system in this country that no one will be able to get any credit whatsoever.

You think this is bad? Wait until they get to Social Security and Medicare two bigger components of the economy (which overall is around $14 trillion dollars). Those two will be even bigger bailouts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:22 PM

Look at McCain. He's a walking corpse. Classic dementia....Slurs his words, forgets little things when he was list in Washington (April), so now that the polls are looking (very) bad, instead of change, what we need is more of the old boys club fixing all this between the gin and tonics and bimbo (oh, sorry, that was Gov Palin).

Posted by: Charlestown | September 24, 2008 10:21 PM

McCain spends $5,000 on make-up for each TV appearance.

Dang! Comming out of the shower -- he has got to look like:

(a)...Zombie.
(b)...Night of The Living Dead.
(c)...Leprechaun.
(d)...Freddy Kruger.
(e)...The Mummy.
(f)...Dawn of the Dead.

Ewwwwwww!

This is one ugleeee dude,
shedding skin like a snake.

Posted by: Truth | September 24, 2008 10:21 PM

You can't call a mulligan in the middle of a tournament. If you're unprepared or think you're going to lose, concede defeat. That's the honorable thing to do.

Nice quote, btw.

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, which was holding a hearing on the bailout, added "I'm not particularly focused on Senator McCain. I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I'd ask Sarah Palin."

Posted by: ma.shie | September 24, 2008 10:21 PM

John McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time.

Posted by: jellybean | September 24, 2008 10:19 PM

Repeat after me: "John McCain is the weakest Republican presidential candidate since Bob Dole, and Bob Dole was a much more likeable man
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posted by someone else but I like this post and thought it need to be said again.

Posted by: George | September 24, 2008 10:18 PM

Karl Rove has turned your paper hero McCain into a dodging COWARD! Excerpts from Sarah Palins foriegn policy swing @ the UN: "You're even cuter in Person" "I almost want to hug you" "Thank You Sweetie"
Women should be outraged. Sad day for American strength abroad.

Posted by: Martin | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

Pathetic! The McCain campaign is imploding. As they say, "A day late and a dollar short." McCain just reacts. He is no leader. If anyone has been following Obama for any period of time now, you would know that he leads, usually out of the limelight. Apparently, McCain can only pretend to lead when he calls attention to himself.

Yes, Obama can be at the meeting tomorrow. Obama is a team player and a gentleman. Obama has the one trump card that can beat McCain's supposedly superior experience: practical intelligence. Personally, I have been very impressed with Obama's press conferences, especially since he must think quickly on his feet without the teleprompters that the Repubs always talk about.

Yes, Obama can multitask. It is ashame that both McCain and Palin demonstrate each and every day why they are not scholars. This may appeal to the average Joe, but we need brainpower on the international stage. One stooge for 8 years has been too much for me to have to suffer when I hear other world leaders sound much more presidential than our own. All we need is another President who pounds his fist and yells, "bomb, bomb, bomb," as his answer to a world crisis.

May Obama ride a wave of approval into the White House.

As Chris Dodd said tonight, Obama has been very engaged in the economic crisis and McCain has been AWOL. McCain is all show and no action. He is all cowboy and no cattle. McCain and Palin need to take a nice stroll down the Road to Nowhere after they pay the toll. What a joke!

Posted by: EarlC | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

But does Sarah Palin still get to collect her per diem while the campaign is suspended?

Posted by: Ross | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

Obama is a Marxist puppet of Soros with very close ties to Terrorists, Racists and South Chicago Political Thugs and has a very angry Racist wife. Plus a voting record that has him voting for tax increases on everybody every chance he has ever had or taking the bold choice to vote "Present". He is a deceitful shady street punk.

What's not to like? .

Posted by: Sue | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM

This was an unusual and poorly chosen tactic by McCain. The Republicans, including uberderegulator and McCain insider Phil Gramm, let the economy tank and Wall Street pig out, made a mess, and now pretend that poor old man McCain can't meet for an hour and debate foreign policy for the position of, yes, President of the United States? Let's face it: if he and Bush cooked this up in a phone call, we're talking Dumb and Dumberer. He handed Obama a huge gift. Checkmated himself into his own scaredy-hole. Thanks, McNasty!

Posted by: Plutonium57 | September 24, 2008 10:15 PM

McCain: nine days ago, the fundamentals of our economy are strong.

McCain campaign today: we could be in a depression by monday if this doesn't pass.

Incredible.

And by the way, did you see the Palin interview with Katie Couric.

I mean, people. Please. This woman cannot put a coherent sentence together. It was squirm-inducing watching her, she appeared so airheaded. I just can't even fathom the notion of this woman being a heartbeat away.


Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 10:14 PM

Even if McCain suspended his campaign, he legally cannot control any of the 527 groups that support him. They could continue running political commercials and ads for him.

It is just one big sham.

Posted by: Maggots | September 24, 2008 10:14 PM

chicken sh*t McCain and his puppet from Alaska who know absolutely enough economics to run a lemonade stand won't debate. That should tell you something: HE IS UNFIT and INCAPABLE to be president.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | September 24, 2008 10:13 PM

LeeHInAlexandria and his kind are showing a fine example of the state of the republican faithful, even though I don't suppose that is their intention.

They're dragging out all the old "hate democrats" reasons used throughout history, they're lifting garbage from rush limbaugh and directly channeling fox ... they have run out of anything they can say FOR McCain, all they have left is bashing the opponent.

These are the kind of people McCain is counting on to carry him to the whitehouse, the same kind of people who brought us George Bush and 12 years of uninterrupted republican control of the congress.

That's too bad.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 10:13 PM

200lbs of pressure per square inch. The only pit bull I see is Obama, taken a bite out of McChicken sandwhich.

Posted by: The Truth | September 24, 2008 10:12 PM

McCain is grandstanding again, aided and abetted by Bush. Another shameful stunt by a disorganized, hotheaded, unqualified, out-of-touch old man. He did the same thing with the fake Georgia crisis. He probably stops at car accidents to hold a press conference and take charge. Lame!

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 24, 2008 10:12 PM

And yea "concerned citizen" - Obama DOES know what real work is. He has done more work and thinking just today than you have done in your entire lifetime.

Also, do you have any idea how long this debate takes? Do you seriously think not having the debate will help? If one night could solve this problem, why didn't your hero G.W. have this puppy whipped already?

Posted by: Haha | September 24, 2008 10:12 PM

Tell us how you come to the conclusion that Obama is a Marxist? Before we became a socialist country under this REPUBLICAN administration, republiCON pukes like you were calling Obama a Socialist.

But before you answer that question, tell us all why John McSame doesn't have the "nads" to debate Obama? Is he too tired? Has his thought process grown slower with old age? If McCain can't perform more than one task while running, he can't be president.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM

1) He is repealing the Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 & 2003. What does that mean? It means my payroll taxes are going back up at least 40-45% (so will yours).
2) If you look on BarackObama.com, the people who are truly going to benefit from the tax cuts for the middle class are those who pay nothing into the system (on avg, the Obama plan will pay $1000 to those who pay no tax whatsoever). That is called wealth redistribution one key component of Marxism. Exactly how much will Senator Obama have to raise taxes on those making over 250,000?
3) Senator Obama will raise taxes on those making over $250,000 and who have a small business. How? Their personal income tax rate will rise to 39%. The payroll cap rate will be raised to 6.2% on employer Social Security and 6.2% employee Social Security. He will also raise the Medicare payroll cap on Small Business to 2.9%. This equates to a 54% tax rate for small business owners. It is also called wealth redistribution and a key component of Marxism.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 10:11 PM

Remember when George F Will said "McCain has lost his head?"

Well, if you find it please PUNT it back to the Mississippi debates on Friday.

Posted by: Please Punt it Back | September 24, 2008 10:11 PM

Here is the real reason McCain is running scared:

In a world exclusive The NATIONAL ENQUIRER names GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin's secret lover!

No less than three members of the man’s family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with hus¬band Todd’s former business partner, Brad Hanson.

These sources have named Hanson as Palin’s secret love, and say their affair nearly wrecked both their marriages.

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/national_enquirer_world_exclusive_sarah_palins_secret_lover_revealed/celebrity/65481

Posted by: jneill7854 | September 24, 2008 10:10 PM

Anyone for chicken? McShame size it please

Posted by: jd | September 24, 2008 10:09 PM

Mccain can not suspend his campain, the campain is on and will be until the election. Mccain actions are just the product of campain strategy however poorly thought of.

Posted by: obama2008 | September 24, 2008 10:09 PM

McCain is pulling stunts. A classic strategy when you are weak. I think the truth is he is running out of money, Palin is not ready to debate Biden next week, and McCain wants to look like the Knight in shining armor.

The truth is he is a knight-errant...a wanderer looking for adventures to prove himself.

McCain = McSame.

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 10:07 PM

Well said, Obama! Don't let the cheap trick get played by McCain or his people. It's not like McCain adds anything noteworthy to the conversation since he does not understand the economy. Heck, Phil Gramm, McCain's then-chief economic advisor, called it a "mental recession" and the American people have become "a nation of whiners."

So McCain, save the jet fuel and keep hitting the hustings. You might learn something from the future President Barack Hussein Obama!

Posted by: McCain's Pain | September 24, 2008 10:07 PM

Obama lost my vote

Posted by: Jack McCabe | September 24, 2008 9:56 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And "Chicken John" lost my respect, and my vote.

Posted by: FormerRepublicanWhoWasConnedByMcCain | September 24, 2008 10:07 PM

McCain is pulling a political STUNT! That's all it is! He can't take out an 3 hours to debate (Travel time included)? What is he going to bring to the table? He's NOT on the Finance or Banking Committees! He REALLY NEEDS TO QUIT!! And why does everybody think that McCain gets to call the shots on Obama's campaign? Not to mention that Obama called him first!!

Posted by: Angryman | September 24, 2008 10:06 PM

I guess McCain didn't do his homework and study for his debate. He had to call George and see if uncle Dick would arrange a meeting to delay the debate. Can McCain get anymore pathetic? Probably not. As we will see in the next month, nothing is too low for McCain. Why don't you bring up being a POW...wait, he has tried that a million times. Too bad your fellow POWs think you would make a horrible president.

Posted by: Haha | September 24, 2008 10:06 PM

Where did McCant get all this Economic Wisdom from, anyhow? I thought he was , again for the umpteenth time,quoted a week aga sayin" i Dont have a solid grasp of ECONOMIC matters, but I will get the best and the brightest to help me figur it out" i guess that means all those lobbyists on his payroll will be going along with him too.
Bush is out of his mind if he thinks Anyone in this country TRUSTS him to oversee 700 billion Bailout, even if it is for only a few months.I think article 1 of the proposal should be to arrest, and hold WITHOUT BOND all of the CEO's, EXECUTIVES, and supposed MANAGERS of this debacle, and hold them accountable for their Crimes.
Unfortunately, Bush would be among them ,so it would be a Hard act to get anything past CHENEY, who im sure has had more than a hand in on this mess.

Posted by: Mullett | September 24, 2008 10:06 PM

Swap the Friday Pres debate with the VP debate. Let's see who's really ready to lead with Biden and Palin on Friday.

Posted by: JohnD | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM

So Obama is still putting politics first. He is showing the American public that it is Obama first, the rest of us be damned. Push the debate and forget about this mess. I guess that when we have a foreign policy crisis, he will ask to debate the opposite head of state. Does this man have any clue how the world works? Does he know what work is about?

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 10:00 PM
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So if Obama and McCain spend an hour or two debating their approaches to this issue on Friday, the crisis will get worse? Do you really believe this?

Posted by: Obama '08 | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM

Let's see McCain began an affair with his sugar momma Cindy while his first wife's health was failing and in a wheelchair. She waited for and supported him while in Vietnam. Deserted his children and married Cindy without getting the divorce first. Real Moral values & compassion. Speaks well of you conservative religious wingnuts and your commitment to the teachings of the Bible. Could'nt have suspended his campaign monday while the fundamentals of our economy was strong heh? You don't need any of the 700 BILLION? I guess. We get absolutely NOTHING!

Posted by: Martin | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM

I played hookie a few times in college when I was *UNPREPARED* for the next day's challenges... BUT -- I was 20 years old, not trying to run a country in dire trouble, and ONE DAY, I actually grew up.

This is despicable, pandering, and cowardly behavior that just further proves that it's not just Palin sho is NOT READY to lead...

Posted by: k_dreams | September 24, 2008 10:04 PM

Well, my friends I may not know jack about the economy and I damn sure don't have a clue what we're going to do with this so called financial melt down, because as you know I maintain the economy is still fundamentally sound. Just ask Phil Gramm. But I really need to get out of that debate Friday nite, so I pulled a fast one on Barack. Don't you love it, my friends?

Posted by: JohnMcCain | September 24, 2008 10:04 PM

Obama is a Marxist. He will destroy this country even further. You think this crisis is bad? Wait until they have to bail out Social Security and Medicare (Government run health care). Only a fool would vote Obama.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 9:51 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Tell us how you come to the conclusion that Obama is a Marxist? Before we became a socialist country under this REPUBLICAN administration, republiCON pukes like you were calling Obama a Socialist.

But before you answer that question, tell us all why John McSame doesn't have the "nads" to debate Obama? Is he too tired? Has his thought process grown slower with old age? If McCain can't perform more than one task while running, he can't be president.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM

Like Muhammad Ali

Obama can float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee.

And McCain does not want to get embarrassed -- in front of 100 million people,

On National TV.

Posted by: The Poet | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM

After reading most of these comments, it amazes me that no one is remembering about McCain being involved in the SNL scandal. The Keating 5. A leopard cannot change its spots, Mr. McCain, no matter how hard it tries.

Why isn't the Obama camp bringing up Keating 5, especially now?

Posted by: KarenMarie | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM

little John doesn't want to have

his pants pulled down around his ankles


in public...


he's got some "serious shrinkage" about meeting O ba ba man


in public, to talk about "his work," and the result of backing bush...

and having the bush kampe working for him....


bush is John McCain, they share a brain or another way of putting is is


they each have half of a diseased brain...


together they make a totally diseased team.....

your country is proof....look around, corruption walks talks and just gave a wooden speech

telling you that "the dog ate my country."

"it's not my fault," "it just happened."


it just happened on REagans and George H.W.'s stint too....


it's call CORRUPTION

foad

Posted by: Mc Cain | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM

Next thing you know they'll want to delay the VP debates too...Oops! Too late.. they're calling for that too now.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM

What a political stunt by McCain. No need to suspend his campaign, it's already self-destructing.

Posted by: SMC | September 24, 2008 10:02 PM

What gall! Has anyone asked for his assistance? Has the Senate put out an SOS call for McCain? Is our whole government and economy dependent on one of the Senators from Arizona? I had no idea.
Since he's Superman, why didn't suspend his campaign to go fend off the hurricanes?

Posted by: woody2471 | September 24, 2008 10:01 PM

The only thing that is fundamentally strong is the Obama campaign!

Soon the grumpy old man who can't remember how many houses he owns and his Homecoming Queen VP pick will soon be a fading memory, thank God!


Posted by: Dean | September 24, 2008 10:00 PM

So Obama is still putting politics first. He is showing the American public that it is Obama first, the rest of us be damned. Push the debate and forget about this mess. I guess that when we have a foreign policy crisis, he will ask to debate the opposite head of state. Does this man have any clue how the world works? Does he know what work is about?

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 10:00 PM

Look on the bright side. If you elect 72 year old John McCain, White House interns of both genders will likely go unmolested (and intelligence briefings will likely go unread).

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 9:59 PM

Let the financial institutions crumble.

Let the American people see the truth. We are in a Greater Depression. It amazes me that all the analysts and politicians can openly cloud the minds of the people. Americans need to tighten their belts and stop being so wasteful. We are broke,poor and the dollar is worth notebook paper. Put away the plastic and get a second job.

Posted by: The Truth | September 24, 2008 9:59 PM

NOW this is a "crisis" McShame? I thought the fundamentals of the economy were strong? your words - last week.

You just don't have what it takes.

Oh, BTW some peers of yours are in town from Fl talking about Carol and their disgust with you over the way you left her.

Then the subject turned to Wall Street and your connection to it. It seems they want their money back... They're all meeting in DC.

Overheard at the Marine Corps League.

Posted by: SueMVeteranforObama | September 24, 2008 9:58 PM

One more time from the good SENATOR Obama: PRESENT!

Posted by: Joser | September 24, 2008 9:58 PM

Here is why McCain wants out:

In a world exclusive The NATIONAL ENQUIRER names GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin's secret lover!

No less than three members of the man’s family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with hus¬band Todd’s former business partner, Brad Hanson.

These sources have named Hanson as Palin’s secret love, and say their affair nearly wrecked both their marriages.

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/national_enquirer_world_exclusive_sarah_palins_secret_lover_revealed/celebrity/65481

Posted by: jneill7854 | September 24, 2008 9:57 PM

Obama lost my vote

Posted by: Jack McCabe | September 24, 2008 9:56 PM

Anyone who thinks McCain is putting country first needs therapy. China is going to put up the 700 billion. So we won't be able to complain about lead paint in our toys, or poison in our food, expansion of China's ICBM nuclear warheads. The trampling of human rights. Copyright infrigement, peddling of weapons on the Black Market, etc. We'll be afraid to say anything because they own us. Country first my A$$!

Posted by: Martin | September 24, 2008 9:52 PM

Martin has a point about China. If you haven't seen the movie I.O.U.SA yet, this should be on everyone's to do list. Visit iousathemovie.com for more.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:55 PM

Let Obama debate himself. He's used to taking both sides on every issue.

Posted by: WylieD | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Kudos to KevinSchmidt for the bulk of these.

* McCain said the fundamentals of the economy were sound, but changed his mind.

* McCain chose a Veep who let her husband Todd (member of the Alaska Independence Party) make most of the decisions for her. She is a risk to National Security and should NOT receive a security clearance.

* McCain actively talked about bringing back the jobs in America then he told us that the jobs in Detroit are NEVER coming back?

* McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

* McCain said he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

* McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed.

* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks.

* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

* On a related note, he said 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were “too tilted to the wealthy.” By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and insisted he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

* McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.

* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

* McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he’s against it.

* McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

* McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

* McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

* McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn’t.

* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

* He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

* McCain said he would “not impose a litmus test on any nominee.” He used to promise the opposite.

And these come after these other reversals from April and May:

* McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration’s warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

* McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain supported moving “towards normalization of relations” with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

* He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party’s policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn’t.

* He wanted political support from radical televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. Now he doesn’t.

* McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn’t.

And these are the flip-flops I’ve noticed earlier:

* McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”

* McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

* McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004.

* In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won’t commit to supporting a regulation bill he’s co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris’ former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

* McCain has changed his economic worldview on multiple occasions.

* McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions.

* McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

* McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off than they were before Bush took office.

* McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

* McCain believes his endorsement from radical televangelist John Hagee was both a good and bad idea.

* McCain’s first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn’t be “rewarded” for acting “irresponsibly.” His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

* McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal.

* In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

* McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty’s behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

* McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. Now he’s against it.

* On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.

* In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving “feedback” on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

* McCain thought Bush's warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

* McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite.

* He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

* In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

* McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

* When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

* McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

* McCain supported moving "toward normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

* McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

* McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

* McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

* McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.

* McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

* McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

* McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

Domestic Policy

* McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

* McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.

* McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

* He argued that the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

* In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

* McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

* McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

* McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.

* McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. before he supported it.

* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

* In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

Economic Policy

* McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

* John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated," and "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a "very strong" understanding of economics.

* McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

* McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

* McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

* McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

* McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling; now he's against it.

* McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

* McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to be voluntary.

* McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

* McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

Immigration Policy

* McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

* On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

* In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders "before proceeding to other reform measures." Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he'd never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his "top priority."

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

* McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.

* McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

* McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.

* In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

* McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

Politics and Associations

* McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn't.

* McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.

* McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.

* McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

* McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the honorary co-chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

* McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was "corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff's gay lover." McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 9:54 PM

Obama isn't needed in Congress. He isn't a senior senator and has no record or clue on how to work bipartisan.

McCain is a senior senator of his party and is a central figure in bipartisan efforts. His presence is needed in Congress right now in a way Obama's is not useful.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 24, 2008 9:54 PM

"McCain Calls for Debate Delay to Focus on Financial Crisis"

You gotta love that title. Anybody who isn't sucking McCain's little guy, from part of the republicans through the center, all the way to the lunatic obama fringe - all of us can that McCain is calling for a delay on the debates because we wouldn't bother with the original focus of this debate, foreign policy.

No, McCain doesn't want to stand in front of America and be assaulted by the intense anger we all feel at his party and his president.

McCain is is on a negative slope, accelerating.

Posted by: asdf | September 24, 2008 9:54 PM

NEOCON BOY TOY McCain, we are not going to let you get away with ANYTHING. Do us all a favor and resign your senate seat to spare the shame to the good citizens of Arizona.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:54 PM

I know John McCain doesn't want to talk about it, but what was the deal with him and Charles Keating during the last big bailout? Didn't the bailout get done, and wasn't McCain investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee?

Was he cleared?

Posted by: Douglas L. Barber | September 24, 2008 9:53 PM

Up is Down, Down is Up. The Republicans, the party of personal responsiblity, the party of trickle down economics, are pushing to tax the common-man for $700 Billion to pay for the financial irresponsibility of a few. Imagine if it were the democrats asking for $700 Billion to pay for education or health care or transportation for the porrest Americans. Bloody Murder!!!!

No to the Bailout! No to 4 more years of the same policies and politics that got us into this mess. Say no to the Fossil and Beauty Queen!!

Posted by: Joe M. | September 24, 2008 9:53 PM

Why would John McCain need to "suspend" his campaign when he is in Washington as a US Senator to address the bailout proposal?

He has a running mate, Sarah Palin, on his ticket who is supposedly ready on day one to take over, if necessary. Why can't she step in and take over campaigning while he is in DC?

Apparently, John McCain doesn't even believe Sarah Palin is qualified.

Posted by: VAreader | September 24, 2008 9:53 PM

Anyone who thinks McCain is putting country first needs therapy. China is going to put up the 700 billion. So we won't be able to complain about lead paint in our toys, or poison in our food, expansion of China's ICBM nuclear warheads. The trampling of human rights. Copyright infrigement, peddling of weapons on the Black Market, etc. We'll be afraid to say anything because they own us. Country first my A$$!

Posted by: Martin | September 24, 2008 9:52 PM

Let hussein debate himself!

Put him onstage in his Styrofoam Greek Temple and let him talk and talk and talk - about the one he loves most - himself of course - and the major issues. Since his flop-flops and endless doubletalk has put him ON BOTH SIDES OF EVERY MAJOR ISSUE, that should be quite an interesting and lively debate.

Here are some of the debate topics:

I will take public financing for my campaign-----I will NOT take public financing for my campaign.
Clinton's NAFTA is BAD-----Just kidding, NAFTA is GREAT.
I will get the troops home immediately-----I will NOT get the troops home immediately.
"I could no more disown him (rev. wright) than I could disown my ... grandmother."-----I DISOWN rev wright. (Look out grandma, you may be next!).
I support total gun control-----I do NOT support total gun control.
NO on offshore drilling-----YES on offshore drilling.
End bush tax-cuts for the rich-----Well, maybe NOT.
The surge is BAD-----The surge is GOOD
NO on tapping the strategic oil reserve-----YES on tapping the strategic oil reserve.
I don't need no stinkin' flag pin-----I NOW WEAR a flag pin since I'm now patriotic (wink, wink)!
No immunity for illegal wiretapping telcos-----I vote YES on Bush's immunity for illegal wiretapping telcos.
To people in rural Pennsylvania: "I'm one of you"-----To people in San Francisco: those rural types are "bitter people clinging to their guns and religion".

Then the American people will see what a shallow, arrogant, platitude-spouting, inexperienced, elitist, drug-addicted, narcissistic, flip-flopping gas-bag the d-crats are trying to foist on them!

Posted by: ALEX H. | September 24, 2008 9:51 PM

LeeHInAlexandria,

This is what we call a political stunt that McShame is pulling.


OBAMA ROCKS!!! Rock the Vote!!! OBAMA OBAMA
OBAMA OBAMA

Let's change the world, these views.

Can we get your vote?

Posted by: jd | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM

Obama is a Marxist. He will destroy this country even further. You think this crisis is bad? Wait until they have to bail out Social Security and Medicare (Government run health care). Only a fool would vote Obama.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 9:51 PM

My motherinlaw suggested that Obama magnamously withdraw from the Friday debate and have Biden debate with Palin in that time slot.

VP's always have to be ready to step in the shoes of the President.

Posted by: Bill | September 24, 2008 9:51 PM

Help!

I'm John McCain and I approved this message.

Posted by: John McCain | September 24, 2008 9:50 PM

Hey, fellow Americans. Please see my previous post and do the RESEARCH. I promise you, there is a rat in all this bailout.

Confusion hides sin. My previous post provides the trail.

Any journalists here tonight????

Posted by: there isn't any anonomous anymore | September 24, 2008 9:50 PM

Repeat after me: "John McCain is the weakest Republican presidential candidate since Bob Dole, and Bob Dole was a much more likeable man."

Posted by: Democrat | September 24, 2008 9:48 PM

A light from CBO! Bailout Bad Idea?

Hey FBI, RESEARCH THIS - These are the rats I sniffed out!

THIS IS AN ASSET GRAB, and we are being asked to finance it.

Go here to read how foreclosed homes can be purchased by towns and faith
based non-profits for $1

http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/reo/goodn/dhmabout.cfm

Is the $700 Billion bundle really bad news? It probably has many duplicated assets.

The mortgage transfer orgasm happened electronically via MERS.

Mortgage Electronic Regisration Systems is the holder of many foreclosed properties
listed in your local newspapers. That's how I learned about MERS.

While your at it,
notice how the MERS rules
for each state
"How to Handle a MERS Foreclosure"
were written in 1999,
the year Phil Gramm
changed the rules and
opened the floodgates
of unregulated capital.

http://www.mersinc.org/Foreclosures/index.aspx


WHY IS IT NO ONE EVER LISTENS WHEN THE TRUTH IS SCREAMING:

HERE IT IS!!

Posted by: there isn't any anonomous anymore | September 24, 2008 9:48 PM

If McCain was really putting "Country First" he would not have embraced those very same policies that got us into this mess to begin with. [ Like deregulating the banking industry. ]

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 9:43 PM

The reason why we're in this mess is the uber-regulation of the banking industry. Do yourself a favor and google the 'Community Reinvestment Act'. In short, this was an act passed in 1977 by Carter then uber-enforced in 1995 under President Clinton. Under threat of lawsuits, the Clinton Administration essentially forced the banks to begin giving homes to people who couldn't afford them.

The repeal of the Glass-Steagall act in 2000 was a deregulation bill aimed at allowing banks whose credit lines had dried up to merge with other institutions over this mess.

Do yourself a favor and look stuff up before you make accusations.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM

LeeHInAlexandria,

This is what we call a political stunt that McShame is pulling.


OBAMA ROCKS!!! Rock the Vote!!! OBAMA OBAMA
OBAMA OBAMA

Let's change the world, these views.

Can we get your vote?

Posted by: jd | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM

Well this shows McCain Partisan approach and more excuses to run from scrutiny.

The partisan? The insistence by Bush administration that its our way or the highway.

Scrutiny? Running from Presidential debate. After all he is not in charge of anything in this area yet. So the only crisis is the pushing through of the Bush plan without any chance of oversight allowed. Let alone think about people with incomes less than $250 000

Palin has avoided Press Conferences. I wonder what excuse they are going to come up with for her to avoid debates.

I did expect McCain would at least turn up to the Presidential debates. Not try and run the other way. After all he was a POW

Posted by: guytaur1 | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM


McCain's rashness, always a concern, is truly frightening.

When Russia invaded Georgia, McCain rushed to rattle sabers.

When it appeared Barack Obama had done well at his convention, his response was to throw the ultimate hail mary pass and chose the deeply unqualified and unprepared Sarah Palin.

His response to this crisis? Fire the head of the SEC – in the middle of the crisis.

Now? He suspends his campaign and postpones the debate.

How would you like four years of this?

George Will, of all people, nailed it:

McCain is "behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high."

The Wall Street Journal, one of the most conservative voices in America, editorialized McCain as "untethered."

Obama's response? Mature, reasoned, calming:

“It’s my belief that this is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible with dealing with this mess," he said. "In my mind, actually, it's more important than ever that we present ourselves to the American people and try to describe where we want to take the country and where we wnt to take the economy as well as dealing with some of the issues of foreign policy that were initially the subject of the debate."


Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM

Obama has been touting all week long, that this financial issue is the worst thing since the great depression.

However its not an important enough of a issue, for Obama to stop campaigning.

Can any of you Bots explain that ?


Posted by: Bishop TuTu | September 24, 2008 9:47 PM

Rick Davis threw another "Flash Bang Grenade" I told you in previous posts that he would do this. Here is the reason for todays grenade.


NEW YORK TIMES 9/24/08

"...The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years...


"....As president of the Homeownership Alliance, Mr. Davis received $30,000 to $35,000 a month. He, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have characterized the alliance as a coalition of many housing industry and consumer groups to promote homeownership, but numerous current and former officials at both companies say the companies created and bankrolled the operation to combat efforts by competitors to rein in their business. The companies dissolved the group at the end of 2005 as part of cost-cutting in the wake of accounting scandals and, at Freddie Mac, a lobbying scandal that forced out its top Republican lobbyist....

On Monday, the McCain campaign attacked The Times for its account of those payments to Mr. Davis, saying the paper was “150 percent in the tank” for Mr. Obama. Mr. Davis said that he had worked not for the two companies but for the advocacy group, which included other organizations as well and, he said, was focused only on promoting homeownership....

..After the Homeownership Alliance was dissolved, Mr. Davis asked to stay on a retainer, the people familiar with the deal said. Hollis McLoughlin, who was chief of staff to Richard F. Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive, arranged for a new contract with Davis Manafort at the reduced rate of $15,000 a month, they said..."

The unintended victim is...well, remember George F. Will's comment "McCain has lost his head"

Posted by: Rick Davis threw another 'FLASH BANG GRENADE" | September 24, 2008 9:46 PM

How un-original! Mcain now has Bush doing his dirty work!!!! How low will this man go? Just a plain user and an unworthy choice for leadership!

Posted by: voter | September 24, 2008 9:46 PM

I think I've figured this out. John McCain - son and grandson of admirals - graduated 5'th from the bottom at the US Naval Academy because....

Between 1954 and 1958, that outfit was overrun by leftist Zumwalts, who punished honorable McCains for diligent service.

Besides, McCain was busy during those years encouraging "abstinence only" education.

Posted by: Suddenly Intelligent | September 24, 2008 9:45 PM

If McCain was really putting "Country First" he would not have embraced those very same policies that got us into this mess to begin with. [ Like deregulating the banking industry. ]

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 9:43 PM

Neither McCain or Palin are ready nor informed enough to handle a prime-time debate.
Since McCain's announcement of "suspending the campaign" didn't do the trick to get the debate canceled, George Bush has now personally invited Obama to try to lure him away from the campaign and debates.
THE VOTERS NEED TO HEAR THE DEBATES. THIS IS A CRUCIAL ELECTION.

Posted by: c wood | September 24, 2008 9:42 PM

This 'Anonymous' post must be from an 'I hate America' Obama supporter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:31 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You really hate yourself and this country, don't you. Imagine, posting garbage and then trashing yourself.

You're an idiot!

Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 9:41 PM

I never thought McCain would cut and run.

It's just a debate and I guess his staff of writers can't get him ready in time.

Posted by: Bushes and Leaf | September 24, 2008 9:41 PM

As we have lost 3 million high-paying jobs, 1 million homes ( this year ) to foreclosure, and an economy straddled with war debts... it completely surprises me why the imperative on the economy is "all of a sudden so dire".

It's only dire, because now it effects them and their friends.

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 9:41 PM

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, which was holding a hearing on the bailout, added "I'm not particularly focused on Senator McCain. I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I'd ask Sarah Palin."

Posted by: gumagay | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

Rep. Frank, who is a Democrat said that and he is one of the real culprits. The Republicans (President Bush included) have tried to institute some real reforms covering the Community Reinvestment Act since 2003 and Barney Frank has helped block it since saying the Republicans "shouldn't exaggerate the problem". Well, it is a problem now isn't it?

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 9:41 PM

No vote mccain waits until this wallstreet crisis then he wants to vote and on top of that hes trying to look like hes having to drag Obama in to vote to,Very clever but not clever enough.Obama/Biden08

Posted by: sharon | September 24, 2008 9:40 PM

I shudder to think what would come of our economy were John McCain to continue campaigning.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 9:39 PM

Anonymous, you really ought to explain how McCain graduating near the bottom of the class in the Naval Academy in 1958 demonstrates a "country first" orientation. I'd venture to guess it demonstrates a "me first" orientation, but I'm just a liberal democrat, what do I know?

Posted by: MissHogynist | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

All watch as the Queen and King of the democratic myrmidons allow this country and it's citizens to plunge into the abyss in order to cease power. They will stop at nothing...nor will their "candidate". The man who was not there... who doesn't exist. Watch them as they attempt to blame all the others... oh... what a price they shall pay at the hands of the American people. The congress is worthless and are traitors.

Posted by: CRETIAN | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

I can't believe this. WTF is McCain thinking???

Posted by: Tetris | September 24, 2008 9:26 PM

Because Senator McCain is putting Country (that means you and I) first before party or the elections. There is a financial crisis that is about to occur. The credit system in this country is almost dried up. What does that mean? That means that you and I won't be able to buy anything on credit. Try saving up 500,000-600,000 for a house. It will take you a lifetime.

Kudos to Senator McCain for the courage to try and help get a deal done. Personally, he should call the real culprits (the Democrats who started this mess in 1995) on the carpet and shove this deal in the President's face as well as Senator Reid's. All Obama can do is say "if they need me, they know where they can call me."

That doesn't sound very Presidential does it?

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, which was holding a hearing on the bailout, added "I'm not particularly focused on Senator McCain. I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I'd ask Sarah Palin."

Posted by: gumagay | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

So, John McCain has reportedly paid more than $5,500 to Tifanie White, the makeup artist who works on "American Idol," for similar cosmetic services. It is yet another incident of a politician -- regardless of ideological stripe -- coughing up a lot of money for the sake of good looks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/24/mccains-5000-makeup-will_n_128973.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM


Let Obama debate himself. He's used to taking both sides on every issue.


Posted by: WylieD | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM

Anonymous ... IQ = 12

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yeah, you do have an IQ of 12, but the rest of the Anonymous posters who remind us why Republicans should not get another four years in the white house are a lot smarter than you. Besides, you make your RepubliCON buddies look like Einstein.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | September 24, 2008 9:35 PM

This is just McCain’s way of trying to avoid the fact he holds personal responsibility in this mess. He voted to allow them do what ever thy wanted by deregulating them thanks John.

Posted by: carrie | September 24, 2008 9:35 PM

The last thing McCain wants to do is debate in the middle of the economic implosion that he and his party engineered to further enrichen his obscenely wealthy pals, the financial core of his party and campaign, at the expense of the little people. As more and more of his connections to those responsible for pillaging the economy come to the light of day he's now scrambling to appear as the concerned statesman when he is neither.

McCain's fingerprints are all over this economic crime scene.

I find it amusing yet sad that both McCain and Palin are working overtime to avoid the media and thereby the public as the heat continues to increase surrounding their policies and actions as well as their personal affairs.

The last thing we need are another inept, misguided (if not corrupt) president and vice president that take cover when they might face fire for their failures and/or malfeasance.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | September 24, 2008 9:34 PM

The most important role of a vice-president is to step in for the president.

McCain is not available for the debate, therefore Palin should step in and debate on behalf of McCain.

Posted by: Patrick Le Floch | September 24, 2008 9:33 PM

Great. John McCain has no honor and is a disgrace to this nation. Add coward on top of that. Go Team. This is pathetic

Posted by: teh internets | September 24, 2008 9:32 PM

Until the next president is sworn into office, McCain and Obama are candidates and senators. They play a role in this financial crisis as other senators, but more importantly, they need to provide the American people with the closest thing we have to presidential job interviews, i.e., the debates.

Posted by: advmedia | September 24, 2008 9:32 PM


"I wish McCain had shown the same concern when he didn’t show up in the Senate to vote on the extension of the renewable energy tax credit.”

- Penn Gov. Ed Rendell

renewable energy tax credit = $700 billion bailout proposal????

Put the pipe stem down, Ed. Step back from the turbo bong.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:31 PM

>>Obama....Harvard graduate top of class
Thanks to affirmative action at one of the most liberal schools in the country
>>McCain...Naval Academy...bottom of class
Country first!

>>Obama..born poor,lived on food stamps, put self through college
Thanks to affirmative action.
>>McCain..born rich, admiral daddy got him >>into academy even though he didn't deserve >>a place there..handed everything on a >>silver platter.
Actually, he was not born rich. At least look these things up.

>>Obama...left lucrative law firm to work >>with churches in poorest nighborhood in >>Chicago
And left them poorer and much worse off when he left.
>>McCain...alcoholic, cheating then left >>first wife (crippled) to marry his >>mistress with $100 million in bank...what >>a guy!
I'm an alchoholic, but didn't go through the torture that Senator McCain went through as a POW. Maybe he had some issues when he got out, ever think of that?

>>Obama; served honorably in Illinois Senate
Voted 'present' more times than not. For those of you uneducated, disadvantaged people voting for Senator Obama, that means he voted neither yes or no. Now, we find out the Illinois records have been 'scrubbed'. You couldn't get them if you tried. What is he hiding. What a coward Obama is.
>>McCain: almost served time for Keating >>Five scandal
Actually, he was found innocent because most of the money in the McCain household is tied up in trust and he can't get his hands on it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:05 PM

This 'Anonymous' post must be from an 'I hate America' Obama supporter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:31 PM

I find that McCain's idea to get out of the Presidental Debate is the albsolutely the worst tactic he has tried. Either McCain is scared to debate Obama, or McCain knows he cannot remember all the lies he has told and is unable to meet anyone outside his town Hall environment. So I will be glad to see Obama and Biden in the white house next January, but they will have to clean it well to get rid of the stench of Bush.

Posted by: Duncan A. Talley | September 24, 2008 9:30 PM

Let's see, McCain campaign manager takes 15,000 a month from Fannie and Freddie, Palin is blest by a witch hunter in Africa (a practice that gets innocent women killed), Republicans are in a melt down, polls come out showing Omaba is leading by a wider margin and there is more.

I guess it was time for McCain to change it up in the hopes the Republicans, who value party over country, would perk up even more.

From some of the posts I am guessing it worked, but does any educated person think this is something other than a hail mary pass and after listening to Palin talke to Couric tonight I am wondering, W T F is really wrong with the right and who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would really believe it and still come out and support it.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | September 24, 2008 9:30 PM

David Letterman likes and respects McCain. But he svaged the old man on his show today, so hard, that I doubt McStoopid will ever be on the show again.

Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjkCrfylq-E

Posted by: jeffp | September 24, 2008 9:29 PM

One word comes to mind re. McCain's rationalization for pulling out of the campaign in the face of plummeting poll numbers and the continuing embarrassment of his VP pick:

SKEDADDLED.

Yep! As in McClellan SKEDADDLED from the battlefield at Bull Run....

Posted by: History Buff | September 24, 2008 9:29 PM

A sound proposal for economic recovery, from Christopher D. Andersen (2)

I believe these proposed changes embody a “win-win” for all constituencies and for the United States of America, while limiting the potential for unintended consequences. Specifically, I believe they would result in the following positive developments:

First, the changes would provide for the genesis of a limited new group of first time home buyers, thereby allowing the current glut of housing stock for sale to return to normalized levels without causing a tectonic shift from one asset class to another. In turn, this would help to restore the supply/demand balance in the housing market, thereby stemming the ongoing decline in the value of all homes. Of course, these developments would have positive implications for the regional banks’ balance sheets insofar as they are exposed both to the primary mortgage market as well as the home equity loan market. Existing homeowners would also benefit as the value of their homes would cease to be negatively impacted by the “neighborhood” effect.

Second, since regular and Roth IRAs are mere investment vehicles, no one type of fiduciary institution or market would be unduly affected by the implicit withdrawal of funds inherent in my proposal. Some of the withdrawals would come from bank CDs, some from money market funds, some from the bond market and others from the equity market. In essence, this temporary “burden” would be diffused and, in the end, I believe the resultant improvement in the underlying economy and equity markets would more than offset this temporary shift in asset allocation.

Next, since withdrawals from regular IRA accounts would be taxed at the capital gains tax rate, the Treasury’s current funding needs would be bolstered at a time when the federal deficit is increasing at an alarming pace. The resultant increase in marginal revenues from my proposal may actually lower the deficit’s overall cost to the taxpayer by concurrently lowering the yield on Treasury securities due to the implicit improvement in the federal government’s balance sheet. Also, to the extent that the Treasury acquires mortgage related assets within the parameters of the legislation currently being considered, the resultant improvement in the underlying housing market will help to mitigate the final cost to the taxpayer under this program.

Finally, it is clear that a rebound in general economic activity can not be achieved until the current dislocations in the housing market and resultant negative effects on our nation’s financial system are reversed. I believe my proposals would go a long way to help turn the tide in this respect. Ultimately, this reversal will allow the Federal Reserve to free itself from being held hostage to the cascade of falling asset values and permit it to pursue monetary policy in a manner which is truly balanced between the dual objectives of full employment and price stability. In addition, our nation’s trade and foreign policy initiatives will regain strength. Bolstered by a vibrant economy and a sound financial system our representatives will no longer be hamstrung in their response to the specter of the Chinese balking at the rollover of debt at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or Russia’s aggressive incursions into fledgling democracies and the potential disruptions to the supply of natural resources inherent therein. My proposal will also allow many of our nation’s wounded financial institutions to repair themselves based on improving economic fundamentals, not questionable recapitalizations by foreign sovereign wealth funds.

As they should, many irresponsible financial institutions will fail in coming quarters due to their past mistakes. The more prudent institutions will benefit through increased market share and pricing power in the future. In the same respect, by allowing them to participate in the American dream of home ownership I believe my proposal would benefit those Americans that did not overextend themselves. To the extent that these same American taxpayers will be burdened by the costs of irresponsible parties’ actions of the past, and to the extent that they have been further penalized by the erosion of the value of their savings in recent years as measured by the true rate of inflation, I believe they deserve the opportunity inherent in my proposal.

Finally, in a politically charged election year, legislation designed to address the current financial/economic crisis must be politically acceptable on both sides of the aisle. Since my proposal encourages home ownership, does not have “moral hazard” implications, is targeted to middle income citizens, is immediately revenue positive, can be viewed as a tax cut, rewards responsible lending and borrowing practices, and is a temporary action, I believe it should be enthusiastically embraced by both political parties.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Christopher D. Andersen

Kenosha, Wisconsin

cc: President Bush
Speaker Pelosi
Representative Frank


Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 24, 2008 9:28 PM

JUST QUIT ALL TOGETHER INEPT C CLASS SAILOR BECAUSE YOU ARE DEAD MAN WALKING

Posted by: just me | September 24, 2008 9:28 PM

Biden is training with his hairdresser to clean up his young head!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:27 PM

John McCain rushing back to Washington DC to save the economy, and incidentally missing his first debate with Barack Obama, has just had his "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford Administration" moment. Or was it his Dukakis in a tank moment?

The polls will be brutal, as they should be.

Posted by: MissHogynist | September 24, 2008 9:27 PM

A sound proposal for economic recovery, from Christopher D. Andersen (1)

September 21,2008

Mr. Henry M. Paulson Jr.
Secretary
United States Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

Dear Secretary Paulson:

I am writing to you with a proposal which I encourage you to consider within the context of the legislation currently being drafted by Congress regarding the Treasury’s reverse auction purchase of mortgage related assets by an amount of up to $700 billion. My proposal is politically neutral, revenue positive, limited in scope, avoids “moral hazard” at both the individual and financial institution levels and directly addresses the current overhang of new and existing single family homes held for sale.

Before briefly outlining my proposal, however, Mr. Secretary, I would like to state the following: I have been a student of and professional engaged in capital markets for more than fifteen years. As such, I know that last week’s developments, if left unchecked for a matter of only a few hours more, would have led to a total systemic failure of the global financial system. Your efforts to halt the then ensuing “death spiral” are sincerely appreciated. You have spared the American people from untold hardship, the likes of which have not been seen since the Great Depression.

The outlines of my proposal are as follows:

Mr. Secretary, I applaud your efforts to avoid the “moral hazard” of baling out both individuals and institutions that made irresponsible decisions in the past. I believe the authority you are currently seeking from the Congress to purchase mortgage related assets largely avoids this problem as those institutions which tender these securities will still be forced to take the necessary marks to their portfolios. I do not believe my proposal in any way presents a “moral hazard” issue either.

Current law allows first time home buyers to withdraw up to $10,000.00 from a Roth IRA account without taxation. I believe the same relief is extended to monies withdrawn from regular IRA accounts. This tax relief was recently enhanced by the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 which included a $7,500.00 tax credit for first time purchases. The tax credit in this Act, however, phases out for individuals with incomes exceeding $75,000.00 and the credit is “re-paid” over a fifteen year period.

I propose that the tax exemption limit for withdrawals from Roth IRA accounts be raised to $150,000.00 for first time purchasers. Income tax on these monies was already collected by State and Federal governments. In addition, I propose that monies withdrawn from regular IRA accounts be taxed at the fifteen percent capital gains tax rate for first time purchasers, again, up to $150,000.00. This legislation should be limited in duration to July 1, 2009. ...

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 24, 2008 9:27 PM

I can't believe this. WTF is McCain thinking???

Posted by: Tetris | September 24, 2008 9:26 PM

Sen. Todd. on McCain flying to Washington to take care of the economic crisis:

"...I think it's more of a rescue plan for his campaign rather than a rescue plan for the economy..."

Great line.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:25 PM

McCoward

Posted by: kurt hunt | September 24, 2008 9:25 PM

Palin is a religious moron....Creationism...dinosaurs chasing cavemen, mammoths roaming the earth when pyramids were built, Grand Canyon created in a few days during Noah's Flood.....just a heartbeat from the Presidency folks.

Posted by: D. Thoreau | September 24, 2008 9:25 PM

Most of our Nation top economists are a bunch of ideologues!

They are as overvalued as the real state market!

Where were they 2 weeks ago?

Posted by: Old cat | September 24, 2008 9:25 PM

"I'm not particularly focused on Senator McCain. I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I'd ask Sarah Palin." --Rep. Franks, D-Mass.

That sarcastic snipe pretty much sums up the Democratic attitude toward a Senator who wishes to set aside politics, roll up his sleeves and get to work on this bail-out plan.

For those who don't know, these bipartisan negotiations on great matters of state can easily run 16 hours a day, seven days a week. This is no trivial matter, and I respect McCain's wish to postpone the petty, selfish slugfest they call a presidential campaign and try to do something for the American people. Clearly, Obama doesn't see it this way and would rather posture in front of a camera than do any real work in the chambers of Congress.

For all the people in this talkback who called McCain a loser, coward, incompetent, alcoholic, etc.--you are merely persuading those of us who respect his courage and record of service to set aside whatever doubts we have and vote for McCain-Palin. If you are Obama's constituency, I sure don't want people like you running the country.

Posted by: Terry Traub | September 24, 2008 9:24 PM

Larry Craig joke? David Asstoorough will just have to get used to the fact that his ilk's constant employment of propaganda and condescending sneerage towards liberalism has seen its day. It's like the GOP has to keep jumping back 2000 years to a mythical time and hop scotch right over the first and greatest Republican President. Obama not qualified? Can you name the 2 politicians whom were lawyers, known for articulate speech, both served 8-years in the Illinois State Senate, both served one term in the US Congress out of Illinois, and both were in the decided minority that opposed the wars of their day? Hint - observe pennies or $5 doallr bill in your wallet or largest monument on the Washington Mall. And then tell me Obama has no training or experience that might prepare him to lead this nation in a time of crisis. You nut jobs have had your run of picking losers - time for the educated realists to carry this election.

Posted by: ed smith | September 24, 2008 9:24 PM

What do you expect from the rookie? His sleazy party's hacks who ran and looted Fannie and Freddie, aided by Chris Dodd and Barney Frank are largely responsible for the debacle. Obama knows it, and he received a lot of money from Raines and Johnson, but he still tries to blame Bush. Typical democrat corruption.
They have no shame and no integrity.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 24, 2008 9:24 PM

Why does McCain want the job any way? He's just going to be sleeping on the job. While the his gender card choice VP shoots bears.

Is there longevity in McCain's family? Then what happens the hunter with no experience takes over? Why she gets spoon feed her speeches. America doesn't have time for this. Come on people open your eyes

Posted by: jd | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM

Note: . .

1)Both Paulson and Bernanke were appointed by George W. Bush -- beware of the Bush-wack.

2) McCain is all about gietie-up hurry-up. Watch the Tenderfoot, who is so quick to shoot from the hip, bring some small changes to the program and then brag how important they were . . . . . He will stay close to the GOP herd.

3) Most of our Nations top economists are urging us to go slow, and not hurry-up.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM

Anonymous ... IQ = 12

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM

Dougie - I'm not especially interested in the polls but I am concerned about a terrorist associating pawn of Axelrod and Soros teaming up with a Pelosi Congress to have fascist show trials of political opponents and stamping out free speech for anyone who dares to disagree with them.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 9:21 PM

>>I have a good idea- let's put Palin and Biden in this Friday slot and see what McCain says about this.

Posted by: Westmichigangrandma | September 24, 2008 8:57 PM

I'm a McCain/Palin supporter and believe your suggestion is a very good one.

Posted by: rpatoh | September 24, 2008 9:20 PM


"...there are times for politics and there are times to rise above politics and do what’s right.... Part of the president’s job is to deal with more than one thing at once."

- Barack Obama, rejecting McCain's proposal.

Apparently Obama does not believe this is a time to do what's right.


Posted by: Wylie | September 24, 2008 9:19 PM

Enough of posturing and superficiality!

The Obscure Candidate has been talking for what seems like centuries and never gave us a hint of what was coming on the economic front!

We don't need more debates to figure out that the Federal Reserve and the Treasury will be calling the shots for a long, long, long time!

Posted by: Old cat | September 24, 2008 9:19 PM

In 2003, the Republicans wanted to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac... and the Democrats refused!


Here's the New York Times article from September 11, 2003.


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123B F932A2575AC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1


There you have it.


Proof!


The Democrats DID NOT WANT to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.


Note the Barney Frank quote on page 2 of the New York Times article from September 11, 2003. It's very revealing!


It was the Democrats who pushed for this deregulation -- because the liberals feared that regulations placed on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac would deny home loans to poor minorities.


A vote for Obama in November is a vote for unprecedented financial DISASTER. You ain't seen nothing yet!


The Democrats caused this financial mess with their stupid deregulation of the mortgage industry via liberal policies of forcing lenders to lend to poor people... who can't possibly pay back.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 9:19 PM

Obama vs. McCain......
YouTube vs. Feeding Tube

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:18 PM

I guess Senator McCain never heard of the term multi-task.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:18 PM

Listening to the President and one thing is clear to me. Average Americans will not receive a dime! No stimulus, not lower but higher interest rates, tighter restrictions on borrowing, but lots of flag waving and fear mongering. Things are so dire he spoke for less than 5 minutes. The Conservatives are not even going to kiss you first, just shove it!

Posted by: Martin | September 24, 2008 9:17 PM

I'd vote Republican if I qualified. I don't make enough money, can't tap dance (especially in public toilets), haven't hit on interns, am not a gay evangelist, am not greedy, didn't kill any of my fellow servicemembers while I served, my daddy wasn't an admiral nor was he in a position to be able to influence anyone, did not apply for deferrals because I had better things to do, did not support the Bush administration over 90% of the time, and do not have foreign policy experience because I can't see Russia from my back yard.

So, I guess I'll be voting for Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:16 PM

Country first means facing the press, dealing in good faith with the opposition, and being frank with the public.

Posted by: Bullsmith | September 24, 2008 9:15 PM

Mccain is trying to use this wallstreet crisis to somehow turn it to his advantage by his rush to Washington and trying to delay the debates and he may fool the easily fooled but many see right through this political stunt.No Mccain No how No way.No more bush policies.

Posted by: sharon | September 24, 2008 9:15 PM

Palin is not a moron!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:15 PM

I give you Exhibit A, a Republican who feels the polls going against him:

David Astroturf wrote, "It's your Jesus Obama who partners with people who intentionally blow up and kill people. Intentionally."

Posted by: Douglas L. Barber | September 24, 2008 9:14 PM

Anonymous ... stupid & moron!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:13 PM

John McCain and Sarah Palin.....
Incontinent and Incompetent

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:12 PM

Obama doesn't know anything about anything aside from running for office and writing books about himself.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 9:12 PM

McCain if you scurrd say you're scurrd

He can't debate, they won't let her(Palin) debate. Uhhhh noooo experience?

Throw in the towel now. That young guy Obama is gonna knock you out.

It'll take another gimmick to put another GOP president in the white house.

You're going down suckers.

Posted by: jd | September 24, 2008 9:11 PM

So, let me get this right, McCain, who has publicly admitted that the economy is a weak area for him, wants to cancel a debate that is supposed to be about foreign policy, one of his declared strong suits to go back to Washington and get involved in the latest economic debate? Let me unspin this one for you, McCain was planning on playing the 'we are winning the war in Iraq now' card during fridays debate but now is afraid that with the current economic situation, that lots of folks might say, "yeah, thats right, but, considering the cost in dollars and lives was it really worth it?" As Tip O'Neil once said "all politics is local" and the state of the American economy currently trumps the American adventure in Iraq.
McCain wants to reshuffle the cards and (like our friends on Wall street) get a do over. This is about him trying to change the subject from the money down the Iraq rathole to him being some kind of proactive leader, but, the flaw in the scheme is that HE HAS ALREADY ADMITTED THAT HE DOESN'T KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT ECONOMIC MATTERS. So, I think that is fair to conclude that this just a McCain Campaign DOG AND PONY SHOW!!!!!LOL

Posted by: rkerg | September 24, 2008 9:11 PM

Drama,Postureing,Pandering,Panic,Hysterics
Drama,Postureing,Pandering,Panic,Hysterics
Drama,Postureing,Pandering,Panic,Hysterics==============McBush,McVain,McCaint======================McBush,McVain,McCaint=============================

Posted by: George R Sands | September 24, 2008 9:10 PM

usa3 - Woo! Time for a Larry Craig joke! It's your Jesus Obama who partners with people who intentionally blow up and kill people. Intentionally. And you want him to be president. Like vwcat, I'm sure you'd be "down" with murdering people too as long as you had a big enough mob behind you.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 9:09 PM

McCain's greatest moment was not being born to a 4-star admiral who was born to a 4-star admiral which allowed him to get his underachieving behind into Annapolis so he could distinguish himself as smarter than 4 other midshipmen out of a class of 899. And it isn't his ability to look serious when calling Obama elitist who never had any silver spoon in his mouth and daddy and granddaddy opening doors for him. His greatest strength is not the legion of conservative crazies out there some of whom honestly think Obama is the anti-Christ and that Fred Flinstone could have handled the brontosaurus ribs if he only had a hummer fueled by ANWR oil. His greatest gift is steering his plane (substitute campaign) into enemy fire and getting shot down. Once on the ground and crippled up he works his magic.

Posted by: ed smith | September 24, 2008 9:08 PM

he's just trying to postpone Palin's debate next week...she needs more prepping.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:08 PM

Obama....Harvard graduate top of class
McCain...Naval Academy...bottom of class

Obama..born poor,lived on food stamps, put self through college
McCain..born rich, admiral daddy got him into academy even though he didn't deserve a place there..handed everything on a silver platter.

Obama...left lucrative law firm to work with churches in poorest nighborhood in Chicago
McCain...alcoholic, cheating then left first wife (crippled) to marry his mistress with $100 million in bank...what a guy!

Obama; served honorably in Illinois Senate
McCain: almost served time for Keating Five scandal

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:05 PM

Gosh David Astroturf, I thought it was Cheney who liked to shoot people?

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 9:02 PM

Anonymous what does your last posting have to do with the subject of this article? Stay on topic or troll eslewhere.

Posted by: Romstewa | September 24, 2008 9:02 PM

Uhhh, Johnny;

This whole mess was caused by Phil Gramm and you!

So get your Punk-A SENIOR Senator butt in gear!

And learn to if not "Respect WE THE PEOPLE!", At least your Moral Superiors, and your Betters!

In other words John McSame;

Senator Obama would like both sugar and cream-IN HIS COFFEE!

So get it diaper boy! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | September 24, 2008 9:01 PM

John McCain has a campaign jet for his personal use, I don't understand why he can't multi-task. Crisis often don't come one at a time. The President of the United States is going to have to be able to manage not only domestic issues, but international crisis all at the same time.

You can't suspend the Executive Office of the President.

This is shameless politicizing of a very real American economic dilema.

John McCain, who admittedly, does not know much about the economy, wants to interrupt the ongoing negotiations on Capital Hill, for a political photo-op and to save political face.

Unforgivable, QUITE unforgivable...

Posted by: Debate NOW | September 24, 2008 9:00 PM

Hey, all you righties!

Why is the GOP SOCIALIZING WALL STREET!!!

ROBNNIE IS ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE!

Posted by: Cookie100 | September 24, 2008 9:00 PM

vwcat - Why settle for tickets? Get yourself an AK and be one of the murderers. As a typically compassionate, high-intellect liberal Democrat I'm sure you'd get sexually aroused by killing unarmed political opponents and rolling in their blood. And remember, you're not alone. There are many just like you in the Democratic Party.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 9:00 PM


The Era of Republican Disasters....
1. Electing George Bush President (twice)
2. Ignoring terrorist warnings month before the 9/ll attacks.
3. Financial Crisis I: Enron & Bush's friends.
4. Unncessary, costly, immoral war in Iraq.
5. Incompetent reconstruction of Iraq
6. Incompetent FEMA response to Katrina disaster with 1,800 dead.
7. Financial Crisis II: Great Depression II

The end of an era is approaching...change is coming to Washington and his name is Obama!

Posted by: A.Lincoln | September 24, 2008 8:59 PM

Nobama is all about stealing the white house and personal ambition; never mind he has no resume, no background, no experience, no quals, no nothing. He stole the nomination from HRC, now he wants to steal the election.

So what if the economy goesinto the tank. Never mind, it is about him getting into the WH, that's what matters. His gutter rat groupies wil ofcourse not even know what is good for them, and will jumpinto the river for him.

So, of course, he is going to reject the McCain offer to work together on the bailout plan, because that is a variable he is not prepared for. He can't go to DC to discuss, cause he is too clueless to discuss or negotiate anything. The economy is not a topic he has any knowledge of, it is not the topic of stealing nominations, for godssake.

So, he is grandstanding, and he will make some drama by going to MS to the debate site and score some cheap points, the economy be damned.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:59 PM

Maybe they can sell ah..."put" the debt on eBay!

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 8:58 PM

I just read that McCain wants the VP debate to be postponed and he and Obama take the spot. Now we know the real reason he created a stunt for the debate. Palin is not ready. I have a good idea- let's put Palin and Biden in this Friday slot and see what McCain says about this.

Posted by: Westmichigangrandma | September 24, 2008 8:57 PM

Orderly markets take comfort from orderly processes. Say what you're going to do, and then do it. Markets hate surprises. (Remember Alan Greenspan and his nuanced slowly evolving language about interest rates?)

Right now we are in the orderly process of picking a new president. There are 3 presidential debates, one VP debate and on Nov 4th we vote. Throwing that all out the window and "winging it" will *NOT* reasure the markets.

There is a fine line between a Maverick and a Loose Cannon. I think McCain has crossed it.

If anything, he will just add to the chaos in Washington and help spread a sense of panic.

What's next if we suspend the debates?
Why not suspend the entire election and declare martial law?

Posted by: Common Sense | September 24, 2008 8:57 PM

McCain woke up 2 days before his prime time first debate and knew he was underprepared. What to do? Call in sick? Too obvious. Call in a bomb threat a few hours before the debate? No go - Secret Service watching over his shoulder. Best bet - yell fire in the movie theatre and lead everyone over to the fire department to help load the hoses, help firemen dress, show them how to jump down the pole and where to stand or sit on the fire engine.

Posted by: ed smith | September 24, 2008 8:56 PM

McCain to the rescue!!!!!!!! Here comes the calvary!!!!!!!!

Posted by: okjoel | September 24, 2008 8:56 PM

McCynical has not voted in the Senate since April. I wonder if he still knows where his office is?

I wonder what McSame will be doing in Washington on Friday night at 9PM when all the other members of Congress have gone home for the weekend?

Perhaps he could hang out in his hotel room and watch Obama debate McCutNRun's empty seat on TV.

Posted by: KEVIN SCHMIDT | September 24, 2008 8:55 PM

Uhhh, Barry;

A Congressional LEADER, HAS asked you!

So get your Punk-A JUNIOR Senator butt in gear!

And learn to if not "Respect your Elders!", At least your Superiors, and your Betters!

In other words Barack O'Bomba-Nation;

Senator McCain would like both sugar and cream-IN HIS COFFEE!

So get it! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | September 24, 2008 8:55 PM

Who is hijacking our democratic process. Delay debates? Suspend campaigns? Give away our tax money for Wall Street and war in the middle east? Something is very wrong with the way America does business. Did soldiers die for this kind of limp democracy? Democracy may not be free, but it wasnt intended to be this weak kneed with no risk and just give from the public.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 24, 2008 8:55 PM

This is a great article, its unfortunate that no other outlet has focused on the timeline of phone calls/announcements.

If Obama's version of how things developed pre-McCain withdrawing from the debate, I would like to hear any Republican supporter seriously argue that this was nothing more than a desperate political move.

For an added bonus try to justify moving the presidential debate to Thursday and moving the VP debate to an undisclosed later date.

Good luck.

Posted by: Romstewa | September 24, 2008 8:55 PM

Maybe someone has already posted this, but check out McCain's left eye in the clip where he says he wants to postpone the debate. Does he look right to you?

Seriously, what's wrong with him?

Posted by: tellthetruth | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM

Let me get this straight. The economic situation is so dire that McCain believes he must suspend his campaign, cancel the presidential debate, and no-show for tonight's program on David Letterman. But .... he's available for an interview on CBS tonight and can attend the Global Initiative conference tomorrow. THEN he'll head to Washington to solve all America's economic woes, even though he doesn't "know much about the economy".

On the other hand, Senator Obama is capable of multi-tasking: monitoring and participating in the bail-out negotiations in Washington while managing his campaign operations AND preparing for Friday night's debate.

Let the debate go on. Perhaps McCain's very qualified second-in-command, Ms. Palin, can sit in for her boss. That's her role after all. So is she ready or is she not?

Posted by: Barbara Campbell | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM

McCain hasn't been to Washington since APRIL!

APRIL Since he's shown his face to vote against the G.I. bill, and like the sissy he is, he is running away. He's incapable of doing more than one thing at a time. Thought everyone would call Obama unpatriotic! Ha,
Voting AGAINST the G.I. bill is unpatriotic!

Get a grip Senator McCain, you are confusing everyone. now you say, if the bill doesn't pass by Friday, WE'LL BE IN A DEEP DEPRESSION BY MONDAY!
Geeze, Just a week ago Monday, you said the fundaemental of the economy were SOUND!
Now, by this Monday we'll be in a deep DEPRESSION, OVERNIGHT!

ALSO WHY DOES SARAH PALIN HAVE A WITCH DOCTOR LAYING HANDS ON HER AT CHURCH, WHY WON'T SARAH TALK ABOUT TROOPERGATE?
WHY DID RICK DAVIS, YOUR CAMPAIGN MANAGER TAKE $2 MILLION FROM FANNIE AND FREDDIE, EVEN THOUGH YOU SAID HE DIDN'T?

YOU ARE VERY CONFUSING OLD MAN, GET A GRIP!

Posted by: Cookie100 | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM

Can anyone stop the name calling long enough to confirm the rumors that Biden is planning on dropping out Oct. 3 after the debate?

Posted by: EmilyP | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM


I am very relieved Americans get to see McCain's "leadership" style: hysteria and panic!

Gee...I think I'll go with Obama, thanks. McCain is not up to the job.

Posted by: Shawn | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM


The Era of Republican Disasters....
1. Electing George Bush President (twice)
2. Ignoring terrorist warnings month before the 9/ll attacks.
3. Financial Crisis I: Enron & Bush's friends.
4. Unncessary, costly, immoral war in Iraq.
5. Incompetent reconstruction of Iraq
6. Incompetent FEMA response to Katrina disaster with 1,800 dead.
7. Financial Crisis II: Great Depression II

The end of an era is approaching...change is coming to Washington and his name is Obama!

Posted by: A.Lincoln | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM

Hey Anonymous "white privilege" - Couldn't you have just shortened all that to screaming "Raaaaacist!!!"?

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 8:53 PM

David Astroturf, why in world would we give the criminals in the White house right now any trial.
I think just lining them up would be fine.
I am hoping to get tickets to the event.

Posted by: vwcat | September 24, 2008 8:53 PM

Jesus was a radical Socialist.

Posted by: sequoia

-----------------------------

Yeah and he was also one of those swarthy Sephardic Jews. Y

So remember all you good Christians, you are following the teachings of one of them dark skinned fer-rin types if you believe in Jesus. What? Did you somehow think Jesus was a white European?

Maybe you should do some serious soul searching before you succumb to your racist instincts in who you are voting for and why.

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 8:52 PM

MCCAIN IS A JOKE IF YOU LOOK AT HIM HE LOOK CRAZY I'M SHAKING MY HEAD HE LOSING HIS MIND.NOW HE WANT TO CANCEL THE VICE-PRESIDENT DEBATE.IF I WAS OBAMA I WOULDN'T CANCEL AGAIN. MCCAIN KNOW THEY ARE LOSING HE LOOK SO PATHETIC. THE CRISIS HAPPEN LAST WEEK NOW HE THINKING TODAY IT NO. 1 ISSUES.HE HAVEN'T BEEN IN WASHINGTON SINCE MARCH AND NOW HE THINK THEY NEED HIM.BARAK CAME OUT LOOKING PRESIDENT WITH LEADERSHIP SO PROUD OF HIM. MCCAIN LEFT THE STAGE LIKE SOMEBODY AFTER HIM. LOOK AT THE TAPE.

Posted by: charlotte of memphis | September 24, 2008 8:51 PM

Mark - Don't confuse the true believers with facts. ObamaJesus is pure as sunlight and when the Dems are in office they're going to give Bush, Cheney, Rove, etc., a fair five minute trial then line them up against a wall and machine gun them just like their other idol Che Guevara would. Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn will be on hand as consultants.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 8:49 PM

The mere fact that John McCain voted for and supported Bush's nightmare war in Iraq is enough evidence that his foreign policy decision making ability stinks! Taking a few junkets to Iraq doesn't cut it John. You couldn't even keep straight the difference between Sunni and Shia...time to retire to one of your dozen homes John.
It will all be over soon enough. Get prepared everyone....for President Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:48 PM

Hey MARK

THE GOP IS DOING IT, NOT THE DEMS.

AMERICA HAS HAD ENOUGH! YOU ARE ALONE IN YOUR

ARGUEMENT, GO TO DRUDGE

Posted by: Cookie100 | September 24, 2008 8:48 PM

Excuse me sir!
I'm your President of World.
Presidential Question #72h:
Why American Woman is nomber One in the World? (If you got the wrong answer I fire you Sen.Obama & Mccain.)
1) American woman is Beautiful.
2) No money Easy & Free Xex.
3) Strong & tall.
4) Honest,Afort,Beautiful,preservrance.

Posted by: Yelowshxtman | September 24, 2008 8:47 PM

Looks like Obama is going to do his job as a senator for once, that's what he is going to do in Washington.
Looks like Obama is afraid that McCain will show up and keep the debate on topic.
What a scam obama is.

Posted by: Todd | September 24, 2008 8:47 PM

If McCain pulls this off, then he will not have had to talk with the press at all. And the press may be duped

Posted by: john | September 24, 2008 8:47 PM

This whole mess screams Shock Doctrine.

Shock Doctrine: The privatization of an economy under the authority not because it is democratically popular, but because ideals are pushed through while the citizens of countries were in shock from disasters or upheavals. It is also claimed that these shocks are in some cases, created with the intention of being able to push through these unpopular reforms in the wake of the crisis.

Posted by: JN-Michigan | September 24, 2008 8:47 PM

"The One" would have to debate himself even if mccain showed up. The mccain campain knows that, of course, and that is why they are trying to run from the fight or should I say the beating?
After all, what is he going to say? "the basics of our econmy are good"?

Posted by: obama2008 | September 24, 2008 8:46 PM

This nation has suffered eight long years with the "War President"...isn't about time we have a "Thinking President" instead?.
________________________________________
No we need an action president like McCain.
We're tired of platitudes and we believe Biden
"Obama is not ready to lead" Yes Biden we know, more and more people are finding out every day

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 8:46 PM

Hey! Obama! Why not get involved with your responsibilities as a US Senator?! Heck, getting involved with this mess and voting for a resolution will FINALLY give you something to put on our resume! So far you pretty much have a blank slate.

Posted by: DahktaD | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM

Since Johnny has "suspended" his campaign to get back to Wershington I can't help but wonder if, God forbid, a "President" McCain would suspend elections in time of emergency too. Only 117 days left folks but its still way too long and they will come up with other mischief and un-American activities. "Don't be distracted by the ground noise." Fight fight fight!

Posted by: American 1st | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM

...anybody else see the video of Sarah Palin being "blessed" by her witch-hunting "pastor"?

LOL!

Way to pick 'em McCain!

No wonder you want to cancel the VP debates.

Yes, we can see through it all.

Posted by: MoniqueC. | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM

Dear McCain,

What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!

Posted by: David Letterman | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM

McCain pondered Friday’s debate and rightly realized that he would be whipped. So, he pulls his second political stunt in 4 weeks. The first fizzled out in 2 weeks. This one lasted about 2 hours.

Friday’s debate should proceed as planned. If McCain chooses to “eject”, Obama should attend and frame McCain as he chooses.

Showboating in the skies of Vietnam is over. This time, McCain has crashed and burned.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM

This nation has suffered eight long years with the "War President"...isn't about time we have a "Thinking President" instead?.
________________________________________
No we need an action president like McCain.
We're tired of platitudes and we believe Biden
"Obama is not ready to lead" Yes Biden we know, more and more people are finding out every day

Posted by: mike | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM

...just like a Marine to imply that their branch of the service is more important than any other branch. We may not all agree, but we're all on the same team.

Posted by: Former Air Force | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM

I didn't say that. Maybe you should have learn to read while you were "in the rear with the gear."

Posted by: Former Marine
-----------------------------------------------
He didn't say you said it, he said you implied it - which you just did again. Maybe you should have finished getting that GED before choosing a career just so you could wave it in everyone's face.

Posted by: Someone who thinks you can serve your country without killing people | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM

This nation has suffered eight long years with the "War President"...isn't about time we have a "Thinking President" instead?.
________________________________________
No we need an action president like McCain.
We're tired of platitudes and we believe Biden
"Obama is not ready to lead" Yes Biden we know, more and more people are finding out every day

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 8:44 PM

The Democrats created this mess.


In 2003, the Republicans wanted to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac... and the Democrats refused!


See this New York Times article from September 11, 2003.


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1


There you have it.


Proof!


The Democrats DID NOT WANT to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.


Note the Barney Frank quote on page 2 of the New York Times article from September 11, 2003. It's very revealing!


It was the Democrats who pushed for this deregulation -- because the liberals feared that regulations placed on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac would deny home loans to poor minorities.


A vote for Obama in November is a vote for unprecedented financial DISASTER. You ain't seen nothing yet!


The Democrats caused this financial mess with their stupid deregulation of the mortgage industry via liberal policies of forcing lenders to lend to poor people... who can't possibly pay back.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 8:44 PM

For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay..

White privilege is when you can call yourself a "f*ckin' redneck," like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their f*ckin' *ss," and talk about how you like to "shoot sh*t" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don't all p*ss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you're "untested."

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words "under God" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me," and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the "under God" part wasn't added until the 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you. White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was "Alaska first," and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she's being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you're being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college--you're somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don't even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a "second look."

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn't support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to h*ll, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God's punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you're just a good church-going Christian, but if you're black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you're an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a "trick question," while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O'Reilly means you're dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a "light" burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren't sure about that whole "change" thing. Ya know, it's just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Tim Wise is the author of White Like Me (Soft Skull, 2005, revised 2008), and of Speaking Treason Fluently, publishing this month, also by Soft Skull.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM

Mark,

Are you really and ignorant fool or are you just pretending? The Democrats created this? Who was it that controlled both chambers of congress AND the presidency?

Share what you're smokin' dude, because we could all use some.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM

Marc,

Give it up bro. No ones buying it except your people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM

I can't believe Obama accepted the Presidents invitation. Who's going to be debating on Friday if Mccain is still in Washington.

Posted by: Tina | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM

Um, Mike:

Have you READ the Bible?

Jesus was a radical Socialist.

Posted by: sequoia | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM

Bishop Tu Tu.....that was McCain's plan all along. It's not going to work. The American Public smells a rat and McCain needed a "time out".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:42 PM

Bush should not be inviting candidates to Washington for this. Bush is still the elected president and he should stay out of the next election. Neither McCain or Obama have authority at this point conferred by the people beyond their Senate seat. This is wrong, and its antidemocratic. There is a real danger here to our democratic process.

Posted by: :Paul Nolan | September 24, 2008 8:41 PM

Preview your Comment


The country is being duped again by the Bush administration who wants to hurry up and give a possible $2 trillion to bail out corruption on Wall Street. Just like there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there is no reason to bail out Wall Street. This thing needs to play out. The stock market has been highly volatile for two-years or more and the last few days is the same as it has been.

FYI: McSame chose Alaska, not Palin. Alaska is an oil state and McSame has been bought and paid for by the oil companies. If McSame gets elected, forget about getting off of our dependency on oil.

The truth is that the USA will be doomed if we do not quickly change to using renewable energy and fuels. Mexico just announced that its oil production has dropped 26%, which means that their liquid oil reserves are essentially depleted and they will be pumping out sludge before too long. The same thing is going to happen in the Persian Gulf any time now. The USA will be completely crippled when oil runs out. Forget about drilling for more oil because it will take years and trillions of dollars to find anything but sludge. It costs too much to refine sludge. It won't be long before the price of gasoline is $15 per gallon.
If McSame gets elected, all of the protected wilderness areas and coastal areas are going to be invaded and drilled, with tax payer money.


Posted by: mee | September 24, 2008 8:41 PM

Looks like McCain is a CUT AND RUN Marine. Obama should proceed to the debate podium with or without McCain. McCain can either show up, send Sarah as a stand-in or leave his podium empty. In any case, Obama and the mediators should proceed as planned with the televised debate.

Posted by: Dr. Fudador | September 24, 2008 8:41 PM

McCain is literally incapable of dealing with complex issues. This is obvious.

Posted by: Shawn | September 24, 2008 8:41 PM

Only fools will fall for McCain's ploy.
Everyone knows mcCain is in trouble. He doesn't want Palin to debate next week and his campaign manager got caught with his hand in the Freddie/Fannie cookie jar.
McCain needs to do something to as well to stop the bleeding in the polls.
He is in trouble and a month and a half out.
Too bad, so sad. McCain is going to lose and Obama is looking presidential.

Posted by: vwcat | September 24, 2008 8:40 PM

WHITE PEOPLE! WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YA'LL!!! YOU'VE BECOME THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD. THIS IS A SHAM! AND YOU GET NOTHING! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! STAY AT HOME DADS UNITE! TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY!

Posted by: Martin | September 24, 2008 8:40 PM

This nation has suffered eight long years with the "War President"...isn't about time we have a "Thinking President" instead?.....4,100 US Soldiers dead, 32,000 wounded, 95,000+ Iraqi civilians killed, 250,000 wounded....number of Iraqi's involved in 9/11.................................0

Posted by: A.Lincoln | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM

Obama and the democrats look bad on this one.

Obama makes $160,000.00 a year, when is he going to start earning it ?


Posted by: Bishop TuTu | September 24, 2008 8:26 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And McSame earns so much more after he accepts all of the payouts from his lobbyist buddies that he will be protecting from us horrible taxpaying Americans if he becomes President.

Oh well, McSame will be letting Palin write policy while he catches up on his sleep. Palin, in turn, can let Todd write policy and tell her how she should vote.

All hail the next RepubliCON president...Todd!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM

McCain was going to get his hat handed to him on the economy this Friday. He knew it. He couldn't risk a bad performance so close to a sudden drop in the polls. It would be political suicide. He needed to buy time. He needed to do something. He did.

That's all there is. Ray Charles can see through that.

Posted by: headscratcher | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM

The Democrats created this mess.


In 2003, the Republicans wanted to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac... and the Democrats refused!


See this New York Times article from September 11, 2003.


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1


There you have it.


Proof!


The Democrats DID NOT WANT to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.


Note the Barney Frank quote on page 2 of the article. It's very revealing!


It was the Democrats who pushed for this deregulation -- because the liberals feared that regulations placed on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac would deny home loans to poor minorities.


A vote for Obama in November is a vote for unprecedented financial DISASTER. You ain't seen nothing yet!


The Democrats caused this financial mess with their deregulation of the mortgage industry via liberal policies of forcing lenders to lend to poor people... who can't possibly pay back.


Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM

Its 10 TRILLION now? Checks inflation. uh oh the ghost of President Nixon!

Posted by: John L Foster | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM

Looks like another Oboma flip-flop.
First I don't need to go to washington, now he's willing to go (according to CNN)when he has a seat at the adult table instead of the kiddie table

Posted by: Todd | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM

There's a lot going on that the media is not reporting.

See the Casper Reports:
http://fourwinds10.com/

See here:
http://worldreports.org/news

Also see this CNN report:
http://money.cnn.com/2008/09/23/news/companies/fbi_finance.ap/index.htm?cnn=yes

Posted by: cb_brooklyn | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM

Empires, while teetering over collapse, go temporarily and almost utterly insane. People cannot wrap their minds around what is ACTUALLY HAPPENING, so they adopt REALLY STRONG, nonsensical beliefs; any perspective by which they may perceive themselves as righteous and furthermore safe.

So, the "kool aid drinkers" jab is more apt then you might expect.

This ship is crashing, the least Republicans can do is get out of the pilot's cabin.

Posted by: DCspawn | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM

Are we living in a communist country? Stop the debate? Suspend the campaign? Take 700 billion for an elite?

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM


Republican are masters of WMD, ie, Weapons of Mass DisTraction.

they are doing it again...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM

and now Bush completes McCain's stunt by in fact inviting he and Obama to meet with him to help resolve the crisis. they'll have to hurry, because news out of capitol hill is that they may finish the bailout bill before the meeting to help resolve the non-existent stalemate.

it just gets sillier.

Posted by: JoeT | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM

Obama's comments about the president has to do more then one thing is a bunch of blarney. McCain chose to do what he was elected to do as Senator even if it ruins his political career. He definitely has put his country first. Obama was also elected a US Senator why isn't he working with congress to solve the problem? no he isn't for change he is me first then country. This shows me that Obama is all talk & no do. I don't think he has a clue what to do. McCain chose to do something about the economy instead of just talking about it. The 3 am call has come & who is doing something about it? McCain. Obama? Lets just debate about it. We need action now not later. Obama has just proven to me he cannot lead. Win or lose my vote is for McCain.

Posted by: caa98626 | September 24, 2008 8:37 PM

Jesus was a liberal?
I don't recall one place in the Bible where Jesus took from the rich and gave to the poor.
As a matter of fact He believed in trickle down. He told those that tended to the fields to not pick the fields clean and leave some for the poor to come by pick up.

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 8:37 PM

So this is what the collapse of a Presidential campaign looks like.

Can't wait to watch Letterman tonight, and Palin's interview with Couric should be standard viewing for all undecided voters!

"I'll try to find some and I'll bring 'em to ya!" with that creepy culty grin.

It's over. O-V-E-R.

Posted by: MoniqueC. | September 24, 2008 8:37 PM

c'mon Former Marine, you don't have to be that way. There's lots of room for a big boy like you.
call me at 1-800-EAT-SIHT
Posted by: FormerHomo | September 24, 2008 8:30 PM

That’s what I figured. Do you know who Ahmadinejad is? Probably not, but that doesn’t surprise me.

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:37 PM

Guess who's going to washington:
Breaking News >> Bush Proposes Meeting With Obama, McCain and Congressional Leaders on Bailout Bill

I guess that's change

Posted by: Todd | September 24, 2008 8:36 PM

More "hide the ball" politics from John McCain. He can't come up with a consistent storyline on the economy, freaks out when everyone realizes McCain's campaign manager has been on Freddie Mac's dole right up through last month, then hits the mondo panic button when he goes down by nine in the polls. McCain keeps pulling crap out of his a$$ and the media treats it as if it were real (like they did with Palin) instead of calling a gimmicky stunt a gimmicky stunt. McCain's flailing.

Posted by: Jackie | September 24, 2008 8:36 PM

This is just a republican political stunt. McCain now wants the debate to be moved to the night of the vp debate and then have that on rescheduled.

They do not want Palin to debate Biden. The republicans are afraid Palin is going to choke like she did today with Katie K.

Posted by: Janie | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM

"Obama makes $160,000.00 a year, when is he going to start earning it ?"

The McCain's raked in over $100 MILLION last year, and don't even know how many homes they own. John has 13 cars in his name. Cindy has 11, however the Lexus she prefers is actually in her daughter's name. Obama owns ONE car - a Ford Escape Hybrid. They cost about $25,000. The McCain's pay $130,000 a year just for their maid service and a nanny for a teenager. Grandma watches the Obama girls. . for free. Obama's $160,000 is NOTHING in comparison. McCain can't relate to the little people, but Obama can. Its awfully fun to read about the tax returns. Too bad Sarah Palin refuses to make hers public.

Posted by: genuine risk | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM


soemthing tells me, McCain is running scared.
Physically, he is old, intellectually he is feeble.

What a sad way to tell on his self.

Posted by: center | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM

Like Obama could possibly contribute anything. His South Side Chicago district is a tangled mess of corruption and poverty with rich contributors raking it in. His Finance Chair is Penny Pritzker, the subprime princess, whose bank was seized by the government. Rezko was in court yesterday facing mortage fraud charges. Franklin Raines from Fannie and Obama's big bucks from both Fannie and Freddie.

Guy doesn't have a clue what's right, what's wrong.

Posted by: ewwbama | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Until the next president is sworn into office, McCain and Obama are candidates and senators. They play a role in this financial crisis as other senators, but more importantly, they need to provide the American people with the closest thing we have to presidential job interviews, i.e., the debates.

Posted by: advmedia | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Dear McCain,

What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!

Posted by: David Letterman | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Preview your Comment


The country is being duped again by the Bush administration who wants to hurry up and give a possible $2 trillion to bail out corruption on Wall Street. Just like there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there is no reason to bail out Wall Street. This thing needs to play out. The stock market has been highly volatile for two-years or more and the last few days is the same as it has been.

FYI: McSame chose Alaska, not Palin. Alaska is an oil state and McSame has been bought and paid for by the oil companies. If McSame gets elected, forget about getting off of our dependency on oil.

The truth is that the USA will be doomed if we do not quickly change to using renewable energy and fuels. Mexico just announced that its oil production has dropped 26%, which means that their liquid oil reserves are essentially depleted and they will be pumping out sludge before too long. The same thing is going to happen in the Persian Gulf any time now. The USA will be completely crippled when oil runs out. Forget about drilling for more oil because it will take years and trillions of dollars to find anything but sludge. It costs too much to refine sludge. It won't be long before the price of gasoline is $15 per gallon.
If McSame gets elected, all of the protected wilderness areas and coastal areas are going to be invaded and drilled, with tax payer money.


Posted by: mee | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Preview your Comment


The country is being duped again by the Bush administration who wants to hurry up and give a possible $2 trillion to bail out corruption on Wall Street. Just like there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there is no reason to bail out Wall Street. This thing needs to play out. The stock market has been highly volatile for two-years or more and the last few days is the same as it has been.

FYI: McSame chose Alaska, not Palin. Alaska is an oil state and McSame has been bought and paid for by the oil companies. If McSame gets elected, forget about getting off of our dependency on oil.

The truth is that the USA will be doomed if we do not quickly change to using renewable energy and fuels. Mexico just announced that its oil production has dropped 26%, which means that their liquid oil reserves are essentially depleted and they will be pumping out sludge before too long. The same thing is going to happen in the Persian Gulf any time now. The USA will be completely crippled when oil runs out. Forget about drilling for more oil because it will take years and trillions of dollars to find anything but sludge. It costs too much to refine sludge. It won't be long before the price of gasoline is $15 per gallon.
If McSame gets elected, all of the protected wilderness areas and coastal areas are going to be invaded and drilled, with tax payer money.


Posted by: mee | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Preview your Comment


The country is being duped again by the Bush administration who wants to hurry up and give a possible $2 trillion to bail out corruption on Wall Street. Just like there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there is no reason to bail out Wall Street. This thing needs to play out. The stock market has been highly volatile for two-years or more and the last few days is the same as it has been.

FYI: McSame chose Alaska, not Palin. Alaska is an oil state and McSame has been bought and paid for by the oil companies. If McSame gets elected, forget about getting off of our dependency on oil.

The truth is that the USA will be doomed if we do not quickly change to using renewable energy and fuels. Mexico just announced that its oil production has dropped 26%, which means that their liquid oil reserves are essentially depleted and they will be pumping out sludge before too long. The same thing is going to happen in the Persian Gulf any time now. The USA will be completely crippled when oil runs out. Forget about drilling for more oil because it will take years and trillions of dollars to find anything but sludge. It costs too much to refine sludge. It won't be long before the price of gasoline is $15 per gallon.
If McSame gets elected, all of the protected wilderness areas and coastal areas are going to be invaded and drilled, with tax payer money.


Posted by: mee | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

branch of the service is more important than any other branch. We may not all agree, but we're all on the same team.

Posted by: Former Air Force | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM

I didn't say that. Maybe you should have learned to read while you were "in the rear with the gear."

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

...just like a Marine to imply that their branch of the service is more important than any other branch. We may not all agree, but we're all on the same team.

Posted by: Former Air Force | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM

I didn't say that. Maybe you should have learn to read while you were "in the rear with the gear."

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAH
McCain, you've done it again!

Posted by: Don | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Stop insulting Sarah Palin! I'm sick of it! Of course she believes that dinosaurs once chased cavemen a couple of thousand years ago, that the Grand Canyon was created during "the Flood", that this immense universe with countless trillions of stars was painted on the sky. Of course she believes that our occupation of Iraq is part of "God's Plan". Of course she believes it's sporting to shoot bears and wolves from helicopters. Of course she believes that global warming is just a natural occurance... oops! Go right ahead and insult her, she deserves it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Stop insulting Sarah Palin! I'm sick of it! Of course she believes that dinosaurs once chased cavemen a couple of thousand years ago, that the Grand Canyon was created during "the Flood", that this immense universe with countless trillions of stars was painted on the sky. Of course she believes that our occupation of Iraq is part of "God's Plan". Of course she believes it's sporting to shoot bears and wolves from helicopters. Of course she believes that global warming is just a natural occurance... oops! Go right ahead and insult her, she deserves it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

CNN is reporting that the McCain campaign is negotiating with the debate commission to move Friday's debate to the night of the VP debate. So is that what is behind this in the first place?

And the lie to Dave Letterman? And then caught red handed in that lie? Make sure to see his show tonight.

Talk about desperate and low. Shameless.

Posted by: PerfectTiming | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

CNN is reporting that the McCain campaign is negotiating with the debate commission to move Friday's debate to the night of the VP debate. So is that what is behind this in the first place?

And the lie to Dave Letterman? And then caught red handed in that lie? Make sure to see his show tonight.

Talk about desperate and low. Shameless.

Posted by: PerfectTiming | September 24, 2008 8:34 PM

Wow, I just read the National Enquirer story. Sounds pretty credible, and I certainly wouldn't find it surprising. The NE actually has a decent track record for being out ahead on some of these stories. Maybe that's one of the reasons the McCain campaign is shielding her from the Press. The Palins are just one big redneck family. I'm sure all the Republican sycophants will defend her to the hilt, just like they did with the unwed pregnant teenage daughter.

Posted by: spicegal | September 24, 2008 8:30 PM

c'mon Former Marine, you don't have to be that way. There's lots of room for a big boy like you.

call me at 1-800-EAT-SIHT

Posted by: FormerHomo | September 24, 2008 8:30 PM

Please, leave poor, abused Jesus out of this. Jesus is Jesus - so sick and tired of everyone claiming He's on their side, wondering when someone's going to be concerned whether they're on HIS side.

Trying to drag God into something as self-serving as politics is literally taking the Lord's name in vain. Cut Him a break and don't do it; He doesn't want any part of our mudfight.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 24, 2008 8:29 PM

E pluribus hokum: McCain The Time Bomb That Would Be President: Why did Cindy McCain become a drug addict who, phoenix Doctors claim at least three times sought medical attention for injuries consistant with physical violence.? Why did Ron and Nancy Reagan shun him and try to derail his political career? Under the terms of the 14th Amendment is McCain actually barred from ever sitting in the Oval Office? To many unanswered questions.

Posted by: hankomatic1 | September 24, 2008 8:29 PM

Palin should debate Biden on Friday instead...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM

Hi Former Marine, say, you're not going to be in Minneapolis any time soon are you?

Posted by: FormerHomo | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM

Is that where your club meets? Maybe you, Obama and Ahmadinejad could have a meeting to discuss whether homosexuals exist.

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM

...just like a Marine to imply that their branch of the service is more important than any other branch. We may not all agree, but we're all on the same team.

Posted by: Former Air Force | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM

McCain just wanted to steal the news cycle with this stunt.

How pathetic.

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM

McCain and his rich corporate CEOs and lobbyists are desperate....after eight years at the trough their days of screwing the public may be coming to and end. What do we do now McCain asks? Sarah Palin and her "bullsh*t narrative" didn't work...let's see....time out!! time out !!! I need some time for the public to forget about my contribution to this financial crisis! That's it...now I'm Mr. Regulator....at least until November 5th.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:27 PM

After reading all these posts, I’m glad that McCain cancelled — this was supposed to be the foreign policy debate — now it is clear that Obama was going to sandbag McCain on the economy. Much better that BOTH SENATORS go to the Senate and pass legislation than simply debate in Mississippi.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:27 PM

come on, anyone can see he's trying to push back the debate of Palin-Biden next week. she hasnt been coached/prepped enough...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:26 PM

Obama and the democrats look bad on this one.

Obama makes $160,000.00 a year, when is he going to start earning it ?

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | September 24, 2008 8:26 PM

"You need to learn that Jesus was a liberal:"

And Obama = Jesus, right? The One. The High Holy Uber-Christ of the Universe.

You libs and your media enablers are a bunch of cult-of-personality, "all for the state", state media lunatics.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 8:26 PM

The only reason McSame is trying to delay the debate is because he knows he can't win and Obama's lead will grow to double digits.

And if Obama would have pulled a McSame, McSameiacs would be posting the same thing.

Posted by: mcsameisbush | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM

Too funny-John Mc Cain, sinking in the polls and praying for a snow day!

Between Mc Cain and Palin, the GOP ticket might as well be in the witness protection program.

Posted by: LH | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM


soemthing tells me, McCain is running scared.

Posted by: center | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM

Hi Former Marine, say, you're not going to be in Minneapolis any time soon are you?

Posted by: FormerHomo | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM

I think you've met your match this time, Former Marine, whoever you are.

Posted by: Former Sailor | September 24, 2008 8:17 PM

By the way, your response had nothing to do with the debate. Typical Squid.

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM

What better time for the American public to hear from these two candidates about what they think caused this crisis, what the government should be doing to help, why that is fair or right or in the public good and what can be done to prevent it from ever happening again? That McCain who was for deregulation pre-disaster might not be quite prepared to explain his sudden epiphany or to deal with the political fallout from the bailout he might have to say it will take to clean up his mess is no real surprise. Whether McCain shows up to debate or not, Obama needs to sock it to him.

Posted by: jelly bean | September 24, 2008 8:23 PM

McCain served his country admirably...but being a POW doesn't necessarily make you qualified for the high office of President, anymore than someone having been mugged on a city street any more qualified to that city's mayor.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:23 PM

Letterman mocked McCain during the show's taping Wednesday afternoon.

In the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?"

Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."

"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sarah Palin. Where is she?"

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

Posted by: Gregg | September 24, 2008 8:22 PM

Can someone please tell me what fabled financial expertise this senator who "do[es]n't know that much about the economy" will bring to bear on this crisis?


Anyone?


??

{crickets}

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 24, 2008 8:22 PM

Now they want to cancel the VP debate!
Also, why didn't McCain do this last week, what's different this week.
NOE MCCAIN IS SAYING, IF THEY DON'T REACH A DECISION OF ABOUT THE PACKAGE, WE WILL BE IN A DEEP DEPRESSION BY THIS COMING MONDAY!!!

McCain has fallen apart. MCCAIN HASN'T BEEN TO WASHINGTON SINCE APRIL, he has lost the rest of his mind!
Scary
What a gimmick, they seem like the biggest confused, inconsistant dopes in the world!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 24, 2008 8:22 PM

I think you've met your match this time, Former Marine, whoever you are.

Posted by: Former Sailor | September 24, 2008 8:17 PM

Anytime you wanna meet to “discuss”, let me know.

I like you Sailors; you always gave us a ride when we needed to fight somewhere

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:21 PM

This is an attempted triple play by the McCain camp. First, they try to dupe some Americans into thinking McCain helps achieve a bailout bill. As Representative Frank said this afternoon, he is "optimistic" a bill will be passed "within a a few days." McCain is merely trying to bring favorable political attention to himself, all the while pretending to "suspend" his campaign.

Secondly, he realizes Palin has not received enough tutoring to be ready for her debate with Biden, so he seeks an excuse to postpone her debate. How about the day after the election?

Third, he may not want to answer questions this Friday about the economy. The McCain camp wants the bailout enacted before the first debate so it may be entirely about foreign policy issues, without economic issues being raised.

While a majority of people realize McCain is hardly an agent of change, it is sad about 40% of voters believe he would represent change if elected president, despite voting for Bush policies on over 90% of occasions.

McCain camp presents itself as bold in choosing Palin, yet is arguably sexist in largely keeping her away from reporters. They seem to think Palin is incapable of presenting herself in a coherent way if she had a press conference. This seems to be an implicit acknowledgment she is not qualified to be president or vice-president.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 8:21 PM

Check McCain's Senate committee memberships. They are the Armed Forces Comm., the Indian Affairs Comm., and the Commerce, Science and Transportation Comm.

HE IS NOT ON ANY TYPE OF BANKING COMMITTEE OR FINANCE COMMITTEE. Thus he has no role in DC at this time as the BAIL-OUT issue is in the appropriate committee where it is being discussed.

McCain will have no role until the final bill comes out of committee to the Senate floor for vote. Then, he will have a role. He can vote.

This was a ploy to delay the VP debate because Sarah is not prepared. Gees. Who knew?

Posted by: dcinnercity | September 24, 2008 8:20 PM

danmonkey....sure that wasn't McCain's speech?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:20 PM

McCain is all over the map. First the economy is fundamentally strong, then he goes looking for heads, then he makes the comment about 400k limits on compensation, now he is suspending his campaign in the face of this national emergency.

Where is his head? Every day he looks less reliable and his staff/supporters appear more angry (at the press) and disoriented.

Is there a McCain plan for anything? Or, does this guy spend all of his time running around putting out--or starting--little fires?

the more I see of McCain, the more he reminds me of "W".

Posted by: jfp | September 24, 2008 8:19 PM

ARRON:

You need to learn that Jesus was a liberal:

JESUS FED THE POOR AND HEALED THE SICK.

Posted by: dcinnercity | September 24, 2008 8:19 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Let me say that again:

LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER.

You people need a doctor, badly.

Posted by: Arron | September 24, 2008 8:14 PM
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HA! I agree!

Posted by: The Real Obama for President | September 24, 2008 8:18 PM

"Republican presidential nominee John McCain this afternoon said he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return to Washington"
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Right, but the crisis could wait until tomorrow because Sen. McCain had to do an interview with Katie Couric in New York today.

Catch Letterman tonight if you want to hear some straight talk.

Posted by: JohnD | September 24, 2008 8:17 PM

Former Marine wrote:

"Isn't the debate about foreign policy?

"What is Obama talking about? I think the country can wait to hear how he is going to disgrace the nation by losing in Iraq on purpose. “I oppose the surge…”"

Uhh, yes, the debate is about foreign policy. I personally would like to see the son and grandson of admirals, who managed to graduate 894'th out of 899 at the US Naval Academy in 1958, debate.

I'd like to see how he does against the black son of ordinary people who won admission to Columbia University and Harvard Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the latter.

Your man, after his party years at the Naval Academy, crashed two multi-million dollar Navy planes and flew another one into power lines before finally crashing a third plane that landed him squarely in North Vietnam, and he accomplished this all within 9 years of his less than illustrious graduation.

I'm not sure what qualifies that man to be president. Was it his association with Charles Keating? Is it that he's some kind of royalty, being the son and grandson of admirals? Is it that his reckless irresponsibility culminated in his loss of a third US fighter jet and his brutalization by his captors, our enemies?

Or is it just that about 30 per cent of citizens of the USA are diehard republicans, and another 19 per cent are white racists?

I think you've met your match this time, Former Marine, whoever you are.

Posted by: Former Sailor | September 24, 2008 8:17 PM

Obama is p-ssed because he's been totally focused on prepping for the debates, and like always he couldn't care a rat's @ss about doing his job and earning his salary as a Senator, or attending to the needs of this country before the need to feed his ambition.

McCain would rather save the country than save his election. That's why I am voting for him, and am now writing my first check of this campaign.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | September 24, 2008 8:16 PM

Look republicans, we know you have to slant this the best way possible, you have to scream loudly that this isn't what it really is, that it is in fact something honorable and worthy of a great man on his way to the presidency.

And the democrats, of course you're right there to dig your thumb into their eyes and stick out your tongue.

This independent sees it for what it is. McCain just lost my vote. Selecting Palin wore my support to the last nerve, and this action broke it off.

I'm pretty sad that about that.

Ok you republican and democrat children, resume the mud.

Posted by: haveto | September 24, 2008 8:16 PM

Where's Waldo and Biden in this time of crisis and congressional hearings?

Posted by: Todd | September 24, 2008 8:16 PM

what a shock! John McCain spend 26 years of his life working on legislature. Barack Obama, in his more or less 11 years of elected office, has done little more than write his memoirs and then promote them as well as his celebrity status. And this is surprising to people? please.
the choice this year is between public service and self service. simple - vote mccain/palin 08!

Posted by: steve | September 24, 2008 8:16 PM

Yes McCain is action, Obama is all words.
Biden was right on when he said that Obama is not ready to lead.

Posted by: mike | September 24, 2008 8:16 PM

The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution.. If the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. -Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: Founding Father | September 24, 2008 8:15 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Let me say that again:

LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER.

You people need a doctor, badly.

Posted by: Arron | September 24, 2008 8:14 PM

Look out here comes the kitchen sink!

We have suffered through recessions before, I don't see this getting to a Depression, but the fear is there, of course it doesn't help when McCain and Palin are politicizing it in the blatant way they are. Her Couric interview shows she is not ready for a debate let alone the vp position. Heaven help us if she would accidentally become president.

There are enough politicians in Washington to handle this, McCain taking the low road and going there to "look" like he can bring the Republicans together where Cheney couldn't is a contrived kabuki show where everyone loses.

Let's have the debate Friday, only change it to one on the economy. Then let the American public decide for themselves.

Decide without all the false assertions, without trying to divide, without political gain, without trying to make something look good when it isn't.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | September 24, 2008 8:14 PM

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. -George Bush Jr.

Posted by: danmonkey | September 24, 2008 8:13 PM

why would we stop determining our next leader in a time of crisis?

Sean Kursawe

Posted by: sean Kursawe | September 24, 2008 8:13 PM

McCaine and Palin are the biggest JOKES in US History.

Posted by: Blake Southwood | September 24, 2008 8:12 PM

Posted by: teres e | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

So clearly your an idiot and dont know how to post!!!!

Posted by: JohnnyM | September 24, 2008 8:11 PM

I hope Carl Rove and his minions in the McCain campaign finally get it -- the public is not as stupid as you think we are. We see right through this as the gimmick it is.

You guys are doing Sen. McCain no favors. You are taking a good man and honorable public servant and making him look like a putz. Shame on you.

Posted by: TruBluz | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

I hope Carl Rove and his minions in the McCain campaign finally get it -- the public is not as stupid as you think we are. We see right through this as the gimmick it is.

You guys are doing Sen. McCain no favors. You are taking a good man and honorable public servant and making him look like a putz. Shame on you.

Posted by: TruBluz | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

Loulor wrote:

At least she (Sarah) has got some cojones. Maybe she stole yours (McCain).
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That just about sums it up, loulor. McCain is gutless and panic-stricken. It's not going to be pretty Friday night for the old one.

But the real Republican train wreck comes October 2, when that bimbo has to come forward and stand accountable to the American people. McCain's despicable, totally unpatriotic attempt to scam the American public with that ignorant evangelical nutjob is finally going to be exposed.

Then, just maybe we can start some serious attempts to put Humpty back together again. God know he's broken.

Posted by: CharlesL | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

It's funny, if Obama actually could find his way to Washington and talked about postponing the debate, you would be saying how patriotic he is, how he puts his country first, what selflessness, and this shows his leadership to run this great country.
You also would be bashing McCain for having a debate with himself, how he should be in Washington doing the first job he was elected to, not the job he wants, President.
Real leaders solve real problems, others hide in Mississippi.

Posted by: Todd | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

Wow what a liar! McCain was to be on David Letterman today (airs tonight). He called Letterman to cancel apologize that he had to go to the airport to go back to washington. Letterman found out that McCain went on another interview for the news instead. Letterman will air it tonight.

Posted by: GeopoliticalGaffe | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

let the debate go on as planned. send that little she-maverick sarah palin to washington to help congress draft the bailout; she is, after all, the one with all of the financial expertise, as exemplified in her running the great state of alaska (into the ground). this would be a great chance for her to prove her critics wrong.

Posted by: giveitarest | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

how exactly, does McCain suspending ads and fundraising help the nation focus on the bailout? what the heck does that accomplish? I'm not distracted, and I don't have a role in the bailout. I can follow his ads and the news at the same time. if it overtaxes his brain, he should drop out of the race as unfit to serve.

and the folks doing the work on this haven't asked for his help, haven't suggested that there's any sort of deadlock or problem like the one McCain has invented so he can pretend to be involved in the solution that looks like it's already on the table without him.

what a complete joke the McCain campaign has become.

McCain just told Letterman he couldn't appear on his show because he had to return to Washington to work on the crisis, but he lied to him because he stayed in CBS studios to tape an interview with Couric.

no one on capital hill has asked for his help or perceives any need for it. and since he doesn't know anything about the economy, let alone credit default swaps, he should stay out of it. he's pretending to be bipartisan, above politics and statesmanlike, but he is doing the opposite since he has no role to play and would just muck it up

Now his campaign manager is caught in a lie about being paid by Fannie Mae as late as last month even while they are inventing ties between Obama and Fannie Mae

Posted by: JoeT | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

let the debate go on as planned. send that little she-maverick sarah palin to washington to help congress draft the bailout; she is, after all, the one with all of the financial expertise, as exemplified in her running the great state of alaska (into the ground). this would be a great chance for her to prove her critics wrong.

Posted by: giveitarest | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

let the debate go on as planned. send that little she-maverick sarah palin to washington to help congress draft the bailout; she is, after all, the one with all of the financial expertise, as exemplified in her running the great state of alaska (into the ground). this would be a great chance for her to prove her critics wrong.

Posted by: giveitarest | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM

So, McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time? Washington says they don't want him there anyway. It seems what this is really about is buying time before Palin has to face Biden, or just getting that debate cancelled.

Indeed: "time outs are for losers!"

Posted by: inthehood | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

It's funny, if Obama actually could find his way to Washington and talked about postponing the debate, you would be saying how patriotic he is, how he puts his country first, what selflessness, and this shows his leadership to run this great country.
You also would be bashing McCain for having a debate with himself, how he should be in Washington doing the first job he was elected to, not the job he wants, President.
Real leaders solve real problems, others hide in Mississippi.

Posted by: William | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

It's funny, if Obama actually could find his way to Washington and talked about postponing the debate, you would be saying how patriotic he is, how he puts his country first, what selflessness, and this shows his leadership to run this great country.
You also would be bashing McCain for having a debate with himself, how he should be in Washington doing the first job he was elected to, not the job he wants, President.
Real leaders solve real problems, others hide in Mississippi.

Posted by: William | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

let the debate go on as planned. send that little she-maverick sarah palin to washington to help congress draft the bailout; she is, after all, the one with all of the financial expertise, as exemplified in her running the great state of alaska (into the ground). this would be a great chance for her to prove her critics wrong.

Posted by: giveitarest | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

This is so clearly political gimmickry that it's laughable. All of a sudden, Congressional leaders need to hear from John McCain, a man who claimed to know little about the economy!!! Does he honestly think the electorate is this gullible and stupid? His poll numbers are tanking, so he's trying to appear "Presidential". Sadly, all that he has done is to cement people's opinions of him as one who makes on-the-run, hasty decisions about very complex issues. Same type of thinking lead to his selection of the woefully unqualified Palin as his running mate. This is the type of man we want running this country? God help us all if that were to happen. John, time to retire to your many homes.

Posted by: teres e | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

This is so clearly political gimmickry that it's laughable. All of a sudden, Congressional leaders need to hear from John McCain, a man who claimed to know little about the economy!!! Does he honestly think the electorate is this gullible and stupid? His poll numbers are tanking, so he's trying to appear "Presidential". Sadly, all that he has done is to cement people's opinions of him as one who makes on-the-run, hasty decisions about very complex issues. Same type of thinking lead to his selection of the woefully unqualified Palin as his running mate. This is the type of man we want running this country? God help us all if that were to happen. John, time to retire to your many homes.

Posted by: teres e | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

This is so clearly political gimmickry that it's laughable. All of a sudden, Congressional leaders need to hear from John McCain, a man who claimed to know little about the economy!!! Does he honestly think the electorate is this gullible and stupid? His poll numbers are tanking, so he's trying to appear "Presidential". Sadly, all that he has done is to cement people's opinions of him as one who makes on-the-run, hasty decisions about very complex issues. Same type of thinking lead to his selection of the woefully unqualified Palin as his running mate. This is the type of man we want running this country? God help us all if that were to happen. John, time to retire to your many homes.

Posted by: teres e | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

This is so clearly political gimmickry that it's laughable. All of a sudden, Congressional leaders need to hear from John McCain, a man who claimed to know little about the economy!!! Does he honestly think the electorate is this gullible and stupid? His poll numbers are tanking, so he's trying to appear "Presidential". Sadly, all that he has done is to cement people's opinions of him as one who makes on-the-run, hasty decisions about very complex issues. Same type of thinking lead to his selection of the woefully unqualified Palin as his running mate. This is the type of man we want running this country? God help us all if that were to happen. John, time to retire to your many homes.

Posted by: teres e | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Isn't the debate about foreign policy?

What is Obama talking about? I think the country can wait to hear how he is going to disgrace the nation by losing in Iraq on purpose. “I oppose the surge…”

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM
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I think that's true. Looks like the GOP one upped the libs again... to bad.

Posted by: MikeD | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Obama's Lead just rose to 12%

McCains action is being seen as capitulation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Obama's Lead just rose to 12%

McCain's action is being seen as capitulation.

Posted by: walker1 | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Isn't the debate about foreign policy?

What is Obama talking about? I think the country can wait to hear how he is going to disgrace the nation by losing in Iraq on purpose. “I oppose the surge…”

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM
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I think that's true. Looks like the GOP one upped the libs again... to bad.

Posted by: MikeD | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

I think it's an outstanding idea.
Congress NEEDS someone who has stated. "“Even if the economy is the, quote, No. 1 issue, the real issue will remain America’s security, and if they choose to say, ‘Look, I do not need this guy because he’s not as good on home loan mortgages or whatever it is, I understand about that, I will accept that verdict. Someone to tell them "the fundamentals are strong" that there should be no bailouts. Wait. There SHOULD be a bailout.

That kind of leadership is really needed right now in Washington. LOL.

Posted by: FrankD | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

COUNTRY ABOVE POLITICS !!!
Both candidates are U.S. Senators.This financial crisis will be decided in the U.S. SENATE. Currently, the brilliant plan is that after this 7 hundred billion dollar bail out ... Pelosi and Reed will be in charge of picking who will be in charge of ongoing oversight for continued spending. God help us! This is another example of how Senator John McCain puts country first. All Obama cares about is winning the election at any cost. Obama neglected his duties as U.S. Senator before running for President, and especially after he began running for President. This 'bail out - quick fix" will negatively affect Americans for decades. Many of the bloggers who are criticizing McCain for this decision wouldn't recognize responsibility, or integrity if it bit them on the ass. Keep America strong and safe ... Elect McCain/Palin in November.

Posted by: Howard | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

McCane has demonstrated himself to be such an unstable loon this campaign that every single thing he says or does tests the bounds of reality.

All I can say is that I am SO glad the Democrats went for the unflappable, mature, intelligent, PRESIDENTIAL Barack Obama!

We're in for some very, very rough years ahead, cleaning up the horrendous mess the Republicans and their culture have left us with, but in the hands of President Obama, we will do fine. He will be our F.D.R.

Posted by: TerryOakland | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Isn't the debate about foreign policy?

What is Obama talking about? I think the country can wait to hear how he is going to disgrace the nation by losing in Iraq on purpose. “I oppose the surge…”

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM
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I think that's true. Looks like the GOP one upped the libs again... to bad.

Posted by: MikeD | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Simply stated, McCain is worse than a quitter. If he is afraid to spend 90 minutes stating his case to America, and the world for that matter, why he believes he should be president, then that's proof enough he is unqualified to confront a difficult situation face-to-face.

Posted by: Greg Ebert | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

parrot, oops, I mean 'patrot' wrote:

Did someone actually compare this fiasco to Pearl Harbor?

To which I reply: yes, and it was the most famous value investor of our time, Warren Buffet. This is NOT McCain's choice of metaphor. So why are you trying to make so much hay out fo this? Do you have an ax to grind?

Pay more attention to what we all need to do to prevent this financial crisis from turning into the worst Depression since the 30s.

We are running out of time.

Besides: even Democrats in the Senate have picked up on Buffett's metaphor.

Posted by: Syllogizer | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

I want someone to assure US that neither Obama or McCain are
wired to any listening devices,

well, other than McCain's hearing aids.

If I wanted Obama to debate Rove, why would I need to have McCain on the stage?

There is more brain power in Obama's camp, by far!

Posted by: There isn't any anonomous anymore | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

"So if you want change, put both the executive branch and congress under Democratic control, or give both houses of congress veto-proof majorities."

Great idea. Like Biden suggested, let's let the Dems try their political enemies as they've been screeching about for several years. A Dem White House and a Dem Congress means the arrival of American fascism.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM

Brave McCain ran away.
Bravely ran away, away!
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.

Yes, brave McCain turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
Bravely taking to his feet
He beat a very brave retreat,
Bravest of the brave, Sir John!

He is packing it in and packing it up
And sneaking away and buggering up
And chickening out and pising off home,
Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge...

Posted by: sir robin | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM

Here's what McCain REALLY said to Bush:

"( . . . heeeeeeelp . . . . )

Posted by: wardropper | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM

Cowboy up John???
Attitude like that is what elected Bush TWICE!
Put the Maverick out to pasture

Posted by: Danmonkey | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM

Isn't the debate about foreign policy?

What is Obama talking about? I think the country can wait to hear how he is going to disgrace the nation by losing in Iraq on purpose. “I oppose the surge…”

Posted by: Former Marine | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM

LennyJazz wrote, "Nader should be in on these debates."

That would be the Nader who stopped production of the most innovative, fuel-efficient GM car of the 1960's, eh?

Isn't that the guy who fell asleep on an airplane with his face against the window and sued the airline because his face felt funny afterward?

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM

Typical of "The One" - ME ME ME ME

Posted by: PJ | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM

The twisted reasoning and the double-standards of the the McCain criticsin these Comments is just amazing!

No, McCain did the right thing, it is Obama who is being sly and partisan. As the Bloomberg news article: "How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: " by Kevin Hassett points out, Obama was one of the Deomocrats who resisted sound regulation for Fannie Mae back when it was still timely. Now we are facing the results of his neglect, and he makes this dishonest plea that the President has to be able to do two things at once.

And this really is dishonest: if Obama had done the right thing back then, we would not HAVE this big mess! But now that we DO have it, it really does demand the full attention of the Senate and President -- except that the current President's attention might hurt more than help:(

If Obama really cared about the economy -- as he keeps saying he does -- he really would welcome McCain's invitation, drop everything else, and concentrate on getting a suitable modification of Paulson's original "blank-check" proposal passed THIS WEEK.

It really is that urgent.


Posted by: Syllogizer | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM

what a silly stunt. McCain wants he, Obama and the President to negotiate the deal. who asked him to appoint himself the chief negotiator? since when is Bush leading this anyway? Paulson and Bernanke are busy with the Senate Committee that has jurisdiction, and a bipartisan team of leaders is working on it. McCain just doesn't want to be left out and is insinuating himself into a process that doesn't need any more leadership, let alone his. no one wants him to get in the middle of this by prematurely declaring it in need of his help.

what a joke

Posted by: JoeT | September 24, 2008 7:59 PM

Well, why not have Ms. Palin fill in for McCain this Friday
and McCain can fill in for Ms. Palin next week.

We ARE supposed to believe they are interchangeabe, right.

Or maybe we could throw the 4 names in a hat and have which ever two are drawn first debate this Friday.

THE GOP REALLY DOESN'T WANT TO LOSE THEIR POWER.

Look what they are doing to our eonomy.

Shameful

Posted by: There isn't any anonomous anymore | September 24, 2008 7:59 PM

Did someone actually compare this fiasco to Pearl Harbor? Not really! Grab a history book sometime and check something called World War II. This is a disaster, no doubt. But the last time I checked, Bush is still President and no one attacked us last week. McCain keeps forgetting that little nasty detail. Maybe Caribou Barbie can straighten him out, so to speak.

Posted by: patrot | September 24, 2008 7:58 PM


"Mainly, they've listened to a lot of Republican fillibusters, and chafed under a number of presidential vetoes. Next question."

People miss the point on this. Without a supermajority the Democratic majority has to listen to the stupid Republican filibusters and has to accept the presidential vetoes. The result is gridlock. So if you want change, put both the executive branch and congress under Democratic control, or give both houses of congress veto-proof majorities.

Next question.

Posted by: Spatula | September 24, 2008 7:58 PM

Normally when you get on a plane, the one like Obama is the pilot, the one like McCain is the funny guy behind making jokes and flirting with the female crew.

I usually take a seat near McCain and have some fun while the pilot brings me safely home.

The reverse may end up being quite problematic.

Posted by: stearm | September 24, 2008 7:57 PM

In the teaching biz this is known as a strategic absence, as in coming down with a whopper of a cough the day of the big exam.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:56 PM

This is BS!...Be a Senator AND debate your opponent.

When they agreed to debate, they knew the economy was already in the toilet, we're fighting two wars! Gimme a break.

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 7:56 PM

War hero McCain is chicken-hearted when it comes
to presidential debates.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM

Dear Boss,
I can't come into work tomorrow. My representatives, senators need me to solve this crisis. I'm sure you understand.

Posted by: Tim | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM

treetopflyer - Ah yes, "what about the children." Look, one administration (Slick Willy) had no response to multiple terror attacks ('93 World Trade Center, USS Cole, the African embassies, etc.) and set up the Community Reinvestment Act that infected and destroyed the whole system. Who left the US well and truly screwed?

Posted by: D | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM

Daman1 wrote, "I hope Bush tells everyone tonight where this scandal started....Clinton, Franklin Raines, Cuomo, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer. The autopsy on this one is not going to be pleasant for Democrats. Granted there will be a few Republicans too but this is a Democratic cesspool."

You know Daman, I think that's going to be a hard line to sell after 8 years of Republican government, which turned Clinton surpluses and peace into Bush deficits and war.

Good luck.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM

McCain and Palin are RUNNING scared:
Repubs should be ashamed.
Cowards!


"McCain surrogate Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday."

Posted by: McRumi | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM

Uh oh.

North Korea is barring inspectors.
Postpone the debates.

Actually, they are not debates. They are controlled joint appearances with both candidates mouthing basically the same garbage.

Nader should be in on these debates.
Then it would be a debate because an alternative (and deeply American) point of view would be presented.

McBama or O'Cain.
Who cares.

Posted by: lennyjazz | September 24, 2008 7:53 PM

This is truly insane. Andrea is right, McCain wants to bag the Veep Debate now. If our estimates are correct, Bush will address the American people and postpone the election indefintely.

Its not his fault, Cheney is behind it all!

This crap is BAD for the country.

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 7:52 PM

John "Sir Robin" McCain bravely runs away. What, with the hurricanes, economic calamities, and photo-ops with those guys at that building in NYC, the Republicans may be able to pull off never having to show up at anything where people can actually have a chance at hearing something beyond bs sound bites.

Posted by: daweeni | September 24, 2008 7:51 PM

I hope Bush tells everyone tonight where this scandal started....Clinton, Franklin Raines, Cuomo, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer. The autopsy on this one is not going to be pleasant for Democrats. Granted there will be a few Republicans too but this is a Democratic cesspool.

Posted by: daman1 | September 24, 2008 7:51 PM

Thanks for making my point.

"Mainly, they've listened to a lot of Republican fillibusters, and chafed under a number of presidential vetoes. Next question."
And yet the Democratic leadership has done nothing! Obama will do nothing! I guess this is the kind of change you all want. A do nothing congress and a do nothing president.

Posted by: Todd | September 24, 2008 7:51 PM

Wasn't it John McCain himself who admitted he really doesn't know jacksquat about economics? So why does he think the Wall Street bailout ballyho needs his guidance? Give me a break. All he's doing is making sure his Bridge to Nowhere gets bailed out.

Posted by: Cymric | September 24, 2008 7:51 PM

McCain was never the brightest bulb in the bunch. But now that dementia has obviously set in we must see that he gets into a nice, quiet rest home. Fortunately Arizona is full of them.

Posted by: Rafterman | September 24, 2008 7:50 PM

I think the whole issue of who loves and hates America should be determined by the shape they leave America in once their time is over (and that goes for the supporters, too). One party left the White House with America at peace, prosperous, with budget surpluses and lower crime and abortion rates. The other party is leaving (most certainly) with America at war, the economy teetering on the verge of collapse, with skyrocketing debt and deficits and higher crime and abortion rates. Plus the Constitution has been assaulted on all fronts, including this latest one. Based on this, who would you say loves and hates America? The one whose kid is all beaten up and starving, or the one whose kid is unbruised and well fed?

Nolo contendere.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 24, 2008 7:49 PM

"And if we get a Obama White House combined with a Pelosi Congress the state might start doing it for you."

If ... IF! Thanks to you lunatics we're almost assured of it!

If you had told McCain early enough not to pick Kelly Bundy for VP and he had listened, he might have had a chance with the independents. Now there's no chance at all.

You can scream your mutual hatred at the democrats, neither side is going to change their mind nor their numbers. The independents will decide this one.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 7:49 PM

"Mainly, they've listened to a lot of Republican fillibusters, and chafed under a number of presidential vetoes. Next question.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 7:46 PM"

"The war is lost." "Drilling is a hoax!"

Wow, great leadership. Let's give them the White House, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:49 PM

This is an effort to postpone Palin's debate with Biden, plain and simple. Postpone Friday night's debate until October 2 and then postpone the Palin Biden debate to a later unspecified date. This is the latest news.... After watching Palin's interview with Katie Couric tonight, I can see the problem She's worse that I thought. Maybe not quite as teachable as the handlers thought, I reckon. What's going on here?

Posted by: Patryot | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM

Look John Boy,

If the debate is just too scary for a tough guy like you, you can always send Sarah. Granted, she's dumber than a rock. But then, you're no rocket scientist, either.

At least she's got some cojones. Maybe she stole yours.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM

Every day something new. First Gidget gets to play world leader. Now Pop Pop gets to play economics wizard. Boy are WE LUCKY to have a brain like Pop Pop's in Washington solving the CRISIS for us. They better fix this fast because they can't attack Iran with this crap coming down. Maybe tonight the Moron in Chief will say he is anxious to "confer" with Pop Pop about the big CRISIS.

Posted by: PJTramdack | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM

Another day, another political gimmick by the McSame Team. NO leadership. NO plans. NO honor. No Way, No How, No McSame and definitely NO abuse of power Palin!

Posted by: Women for Obama | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM

Cowboy up, John! I like the leadership! Where is Obama in a time of crisis? Preening for the cameras by chance? "Pleeaase debate me". McCain will clean Obama's clock whenever they end up debating. Barry is a fraud.

Posted by: daman1 | September 24, 2008 7:47 PM

Someone needs to remind McCain that he is not president. George Bush holds that office until January. McCain is clueless on the economy and would be useless, if not a hinderance in the sort of session he is suggesting.He has missed so many votes that one more will make no difference. He and Palin make Bush/Cheney look wonderful and if anything can give Bush a great legacy it would be that pair in the White House.

Posted by: txajohnson@yahoo.com | September 24, 2008 7:47 PM

"What have you Democrat's done in the two years you have been in control? "

Mainly, they've listened to a lot of Republican fillibusters, and chafed under a number of presidential vetoes. Next question.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 7:46 PM

Thank you everyone. I am always happy to share my wisdom on substantial matters.

Posted by: Dianne72 | September 24, 2008 7:46 PM

so john mccain, who knows jack sh*t about the economy, is essential to getting this bailout bill passed? laughable. nice stunt.

Posted by: americanandproudofit | September 24, 2008 7:46 PM

Whoah! Straight out of a 60's cartoon. Magoo's campaign is coming unhinged. All that is left for the national press to drop the other shoe about Caribou Barbie's malfeasance, and it is GG!

Posted by: the_Dude | September 24, 2008 7:45 PM

"McCain may not want to debate financial stuff right now is my guess."

Oh no. This particular debate was to have been about international relations. No, the problem here is that Caribou Barbie's debate tutors have given her an "F." She's not ready to lead, it seems, despite all declamations to the contrary. Hence the proposal to bump the veeps from their time slot next week to make room for a postponed debate.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 7:45 PM

What have you Democrat's done in the two years you have been in control? Barney Frank was asleep at the wheel of the House financial Service committee.
Wait, Frank is Bushes fault, after all, its his fault the dems took control and appointed do nothing types in charge to watch.
It funny, even the comments here don't say what obama is going to do, instead you all follow the party line of telling what others are doing wrong but not about how you will solve any problems
God save us from Obama and the Dems!

Posted by: Todd | September 24, 2008 7:45 PM

"To David Astroturf:
We don't want to talk to you....You are not welcome at the table of rebuilding our nation.
Posted by: Shawn | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM"

LOL, no kidding. Again, thanks to another leftist for proving and highlighting my points. You hate-drenched psychopaths are about an inch away from murdering people who disagree with you. And if we get a Obama White House combined with a Pelosi Congress the state might start doing it for you.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 7:45 PM

Now, McCain wants the VP date called off, that's what this is about.
Why can't the man do more than one thing at a time? HE'S NOT ON THE COMMITTEE, BANKING AND FINANCE, AND

**HE HASN'T BEEN IN WASHINGTON SINCE APRIL**

NOW HE'S RUNNING BACK, FOR WHAT? THEY DON'T WANT HIM THERE, THERE'S NOTHING FOR HIM TO DO, EXCEPT WAIT AND VOTE ON THE LEGISLATION!!!

Posted by: Mike from Augusta | September 24, 2008 7:45 PM

THATS BECAUSE PALIN TANKED ON HER CBS INTERVIEW...SHE COULDNT GIVE KATIE A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF WHAT MCCAIN HAS REFORMED!!

IS SHE COULD MEET WITH THE NEO-CON PUPPET LEADER SET AND BONO THEN THEY CAN DEBATE.

Posted by: BEKA | September 24, 2008 7:44 PM

Andrea, YOU gotta be kidding me! Stop it, your killing me! LoL - What next, McCain calls for election to be postponed indefintely?

This is TOO MUCH!

LoL

Posted by: Free "Hussein" Donny | September 24, 2008 7:43 PM

Am I the only one who sees Obama's explanation for not going back to Washington to solve this "immediate" problem as political doublespeak. He says that a President must be able to "multi-task." Does this mean that when Pearl Harbor was attacked that President Roosevelt should not have cancelled other events to address the "immediate" crisis. Look, Obama and McCain can always debate later on next week, the public is not concerned about their debate as much as this immediate "crisis." One of these guys is going to have this problem on his hands within 40 days and it behooves both of them to have a 'hands-on" policy to ensure what comes out of congress is something that is for the good of the nation. If this is a portend of the Obama presidency, look for a disengaged President who hands off the ball to subordinates because he does not have the guts to get into the fight.

Posted by: Joe M | September 24, 2008 7:43 PM

Cancelling the campaign is a great opening act for cancelling the election.

Don't put it past Bush to do that.

Posted by: My Way or the Highway | September 24, 2008 7:43 PM

Ofcourse McSame wants to postpone the debate! He has a tainted campaign manager who has been accepting 15,000 per month from Fannie/Freddie. Caught red-handed with their hand in the cookie jar while preaching something else on the campaign trail. Unfortunately, someone who is vying for the highest office in the land should know that ***t happens! McSame is showing his weakness. Time-outs are for LOSERS!!!

Posted by: Michigan for Obama | September 24, 2008 7:43 PM

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada had a similar reaction. "It would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation's economy," Reid said. "If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."

How Odd yesterday Mr. Reid said:
Fearing a political backlash against Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told the White House that it must serve up support from Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) if it hopes to ensure bipartisan backing for a massive economic bailout package by week's end.

Full article here: http://www.cfo.com/article.cfm/12288264/c_12287342?f=home_todayinfinance

And then this.
NEW YORK -- The financial crisis on Wall Street overwhelmed the 2008 presidential race today, as Republican presidential nominee John McCain this afternoon said he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return to Washington to work on the proposed $700 billion bailout plan. Democratic rival Barack Obama declined to follow suit, saying he would return only if congressional leaders requested his presence and said there was no reason to suspend the campaign or delay Friday night's presidential debate.

I guess Mr. Reid did not request Obama's presence. Guess Reid knew Obama's vote of present and lack of bill writing experience coupled with his inability to cross party lines to get any thing done would be a draw back.

But McCain showing up has blocked the Democrats from getting out of DODGE before getting any work done.

Well Mr. Reid you asked for it you got it now deal with it. McCain is coming to work and you can't leave until you get some work done for the people.

Posted by: jace1 | September 24, 2008 7:42 PM

C
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OR, it's all a scam to cancel the VP debate which is understandable considering their nominee. LOL!

Posted by: Cecille | September 24, 2008 7:42 PM

Obama...always trying to politicize everything for his own interest. What a selfish egotistical nobody!

Posted by: NOBAMA | September 24, 2008 7:42 PM

McCain's had 26 years to "fix" the government. If he's so full of angst over this "crisis" why isn't he in Washington NOW. This is a joke!!! Could this be anything but posturing??? This is a tactic. Nothing more. Now that Caribou Barbie has lost her shine, he needed another gimmick. Reminds me of Gypsy Rose Lee: You gotta have a gimmick.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:41 PM

***UPDATE**********
McCain campaign is calling for the VP debate to be called off, I AM NOT JOKING!

Posted by: Andrea D Hussein Davies | September 24, 2008 7:41 PM

McCain wants a time out. Time outs are for children who can't get their acts together. McCain is looking more and more like a joke. The man is unfit to lead. He needs to be put to pasture, and he can take Palin with him. Obama is dead on correct when he says a president needs to be able to handle more than one problem. You don't get to put the world on hold.

Posted by: spicegal | September 24, 2008 7:40 PM

If you were Senator McCain, would you consider giving immediate attention to this financial crisis MORE IMPORTANT than staging an unrelated debate on foreign policy with the empty headed Barack Obama who relies on a teleprompter and is dependent on the ideas of others?

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 7:40 PM

Miss Hogynist - That's what you've been saying about Bush for EIGHT YEARS. Remember?

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 7:40 PM

I'm sure there's some POW/Hanoi Hilton excuse that explains all of this.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM

McCain the tough guy wimps out of an hour and a half debate. And Sarah Mooseburger won't answer any questions. And half the public still supports these frauds.

Posted by: rbauer5 | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM

Why not just suspend it indefinitely? Or, better yet, assign Palin the task of debating against Obama, a person who doesn't have have as much experience as Palin doe?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM

McCAIN CAMP WANTS TO POSTPONE VP DEBATE

John McCain's campaign now wants to suspend the VP debate?

CNN's Dana Bash reports that McCain officials are "trying to negotiate with the Obama campaign and the presidential debate commission" to change next Thursday's planned vice presidential debate into a McCain-Obama affair. The VP debate would be postponed to another date.

"That is what they are proposing," Bash reported. "[McCain officials] understand very well that both the Obama campaign and the debate commission have no intention of delaying Friday's debate, but...if there is no bailout deal by Friday, McCain has no plan to go to debate."

==========

Now the "real reason" comes out!

Posted by: FYI | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM

To David Astroturf:

We don't want to talk to you. YOU are killing our country. Look what your "leadership" has accomplished! You are the true enemies of America, and have done more to hurt us than terrorists ever could.

Your entire worldview has been dumped into the "distbin of history" where it belongs.

You are not welcome at the table of rebuilding our nation.

Posted by: Shawn | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM

Now McSame wants to postpone the VP debate, too.

You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: ccatmoon | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM

DavidAstroturf,
"all egged on by the most left-wing, biased, dishonest media in American history.
All of these hate-filled lunatics lined up together and in power. THAT…is scary.
If you think things are bad now, you ain’t seen nothing yet."

I don't know which country's newspapers you have been reading, but in America, the MSM are strongly RIGHT-biased, simply because they are owned by strong right-wing supporters.

The current support for Obama is just the logical result of there being no plausible excuses left for the GOP to hide behind.
The media have been FORCED by events to acknowledge the truth, after seven and a half years of the same denial in which Bush and his fellow freaks are still stuck.
If you think things might get bad with Obama, get back to me after four years if McCain wins (I can't even believe I just wrote that), and tell me how that is working for you.

Or are you just one of those trolls the Internet is always warning people to stay away from?

Posted by: wardropper | September 24, 2008 7:38 PM

VAvoter - On our knees is where you want all of your political opponents. A Dem president combined with a Dem Congress will mean political show trials reminiscent of Red China in the '60's. The new Democratic Party combined with the one-party, leftist American media equals pure, unvarnished fascism.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 7:38 PM

David Astroturf wrote, "There is no hope for dialogue with the left. None. You are America-hating psychopaths who sometime soon are going to begin murdering people who disagree with you. Especially if Jesus Obama loses."

I think it's more likely that, if John McCain is elected, the 2012 presidential election will be cancelled due to some national emergency.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 7:38 PM

Rick Davis threw another "Flash Bang Grenade" I told you in previous post that he would do this. Here is the reason for todays grenade.


NEW YORK TIMES 9/24/08

"...The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years...


"....As president of the Homeownership Alliance, Mr. Davis received $30,000 to $35,000 a month. He, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have characterized the alliance as a coalition of many housing industry and consumer groups to promote homeownership, but numerous current and former officials at both companies say the companies created and bankrolled the operation to combat efforts by competitors to rein in their business. The companies dissolved the group at the end of 2005 as part of cost-cutting in the wake of accounting scandals and, at Freddie Mac, a lobbying scandal that forced out its top Republican lobbyist....

On Monday, the McCain campaign attacked The Times for its account of those payments to Mr. Davis, saying the paper was “150 percent in the tank” for Mr. Obama. Mr. Davis said that he had worked not for the two companies but for the advocacy group, which included other organizations as well and, he said, was focused only on promoting homeownership....

..After the Homeownership Alliance was dissolved, Mr. Davis asked to stay on a retainer, the people familiar with the deal said. Hollis McLoughlin, who was chief of staff to Richard F. Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive, arranged for a new contract with Davis Manafort at the reduced rate of $15,000 a month, they said..."

The unintended victim is...well, remember George F. Will's comment "McCain has lost his head"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:38 PM

LIARS never seem to tire of justifying McCain's stances. They've helped bullies in suits rip this country off for the last eight years with everything from "national security" to "the fundamentals are solid." Liars always, always, always recognize and support one of their own. No matter what Obama suggests or posits, you can count on McCain's lying supporters to rip into whatever Obama says just because he's not (a) a Republican, and (b) a white male.

I guess this country's going to rip itself in two rather than listen to an intelligent African-American candidate.

Posted by: wpreader2007 | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM

Yes we need an expeditious solution, however, we need to understand the Candidates' positions and ideas for the next four years. We cannot keep relying on ads or media reports, we need to have some information to help us vote!

Posted by: Concerned "Prev middle class" citizen | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM

In his desperate attempts to appear DECISIVE! and SHOW LEADERSHIP! McCain just looks more and more the doddering old fool.

He has lost all credibility.

Posted by: Becca | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM

"...don't you want congress to fix the confidence in our monetary system...?"

Oh dear. There goes another one. I mean another former small government enthusiast, who now desperately wants Congress to fix everything and make his portfolio okay again.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM

TRICK TO POSTPONE PALIN DEBATE!!!


(CNN) — McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

Graham says the McCain camp is well aware of the position of the Obama campaign and the debate commission that the debate should go on as planned — but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout.


http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/24/mccain-camp-to-propose-postponing-vp-debate/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:36 PM

Thats the thing about Iran... They don't hold of making Yellow Cake Uranium for nuclear bombs and launching test missles just because the US is in a state of internal fincial turmoil... If anything, that energises them... You would think its important for a president to be able to handle many serious issues in one week, why can't McCain?

Do you want a president that uses tactics like this? He has a Chartered Jet and he can't come to DC to vote and speak on Wednesday and Thursday, even Friday morning, then make it back by Friday for the debate? I could drive there myself for cryin out loud?!?

Sheltering a 3 week old VP pick from the press and from outside the circle interviews? You're supposed to elect them now that they've tried to dodge this debate we've waited so long for?

Cmon... Seriously. If you fear black people that much, you should move to Alaska, you'd probably like it there, Palin will still be there for you to idolize next year and the Klan is at the gator lodge waiting for you to come to dinner.

As for McCain, this is completely spineless and underhanded, and its media manipulation to the highest degree once again... Imagine how he will deal with issues you face in "Outlaw Bush Term 3[tm]"? Now he's a public liar and a cheat... McCain thinks you [The American People] are stupid, vote for him and prove him right, don't vote and prove him right, 75% chance of misery!!

VOTE OBAMA.

Posted by: jack5 | September 24, 2008 7:36 PM

McCain doesn,t know how to keep track of things,how on earth is he going to remember the important things if he is elected read this big flub-up by his side today:
http://coloradoindependent.com/9151/oops-colorado-mccain-camp-sends-internal-e-mail-to-reporters

Posted by: grdn_nell | September 24, 2008 7:35 PM

Hey David Astroturf:

Your rant reflects the typical right-wing lunatic stupidity that is almost entirely responsible for the meltdown of this country.

YOU hate America if you want to continue off a cliff. You failed. You are killing America, and we reject you and your mock patriotism.

Down with the Republicans and up with America! We want our county back, freaks.

Posted by: Shawn
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Well said. We are NOT going to let these America haters pretend to be patriots. Facts are facts. They had 8 years and look what they've done! They should be on their knees apologizing to the American people who love this nation.

Posted by: VAvoter | September 24, 2008 7:35 PM

Daman1 wrote, "Thank God at least Sen. McCain cares enough to put country first. I hope he calls for the immediate investigation (jailing?) of Schumer, Dodd, Barney Frank and Franklin Raines, the perps in this scandal. They raped Fannie and Freddie (and why has Obama gotten so much money for Fannie and Freddie in only 2 years???)."

This would be the McCain who wants to fire the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and replace him with Andrew Cuomo, right?

When he was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo was the person directly responsible for overseeing Fannie Mae - and the person directly responsible for ordering Fannie into the subprime market.

Mario Cuomo I like a lot. Andrew, who now makes his living nailing scalps to his wall for doing the sort of thing he did to Fannie, not so much.

And McCain, not at all.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM

The "DECIDER" will ask DIck Cheney what to do.

When he gets "THE PLAN" he will tell McCain.

Then, at the "meeting" W will offer a DIFFERENT PLAN.

McCain will argue against W's PLAN and offer up what is the REAL CHENEY PLAN.

IF Obama were there, he would disagree, and get steamrolled.

Then they will adopt the "MCCAIN PLAN" and say "Oh! He's so wise!"

So McCain will get kudos and props for what CHENEY DICTATED ALL ALONG.. AND THE BEST PART?

JUST AS CHENEY DICTATES:
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

AMERICA TAKES IT ON THE CHIN. OUR CONSTITUTION IS GARBAGE.

BUT - Here's the real NEWS: CHENEY IS ABOUT TO MOBILIZE AN ARMY REGIMENT AGAINST THE PEOPLE.

SO WHAT'S DEAD?
1. Habeas Corpus
2. Posse Comitatus
3. The Constitution
4. Thousands of protesting U.S. Citizens, reacting to the theft of the election.

Posted by: Tomhere | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM


.....aaaand it's over. Let's just cancel the election and McCain can take a nap.

Posted by: dAVE | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM

McCain should be able to find the time for the debate, working around helping to save the country from financial ruin - multi-task, you're going to be President, right?

McCain may not want to debate financial stuff right now is my guess.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM

I think we are all missing the tactic behind this decision. I was just listening to David Gregory and that Jean(?)woman that took Carly Fiorina's place just said that McCain would not debate unless this bill is passed. So here we have it. The Administration wants this bill passed tomorrow and McC doesn't want this economy thing to be dragged out ( because he's better at lipstick on a pig campaigning). That is what this is about. The administration has been doing all they can to get this passed by tomorrow and this just appears to be the latest tactic. It just so happens McC would benefit if we quit talking about this bailout.

Posted by: lynne | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM

McCain has admitted that the economy is not his strongest area. He does not sit on the committee that is working on this issue. His "expertise" is neither needed nor wanted in hammering out the details. On the other hand, we need the debates - we need to see what the candidates have to say. If McCain is President will he say that he can't deal with international crisis A because we have domestic crisis B to deal with. I'd love to see Obama show up for the debate and McCain not be there.

Posted by: Liz | September 24, 2008 7:33 PM

Shawn - Thanks for proving and underlining my points. There is no hope for dialogue with the left. None. You are America-hating psychopaths who sometime soon are going to begin murdering people who disagree with you. Especially if Jesus Obama loses.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 7:33 PM

Is this a joke?

Now McCain is trying to "postpone" the VP debate? Republicans are stupid, but not even they can buy into this charade.

They are SCARED to go head-to-head against Obama/Biden!


mc ca

Posted by: MoniqueC. | September 24, 2008 7:32 PM

To Dianne 72
I appreciate your valuable input into this debate. A mind is a terrible thing to waste! But you might not know this.

Posted by: clark.w | September 24, 2008 7:32 PM

Note: . .

1)Both Paulson and Bernankie were appointed by George W. Bush -- beware of the Bush-wack.

2) McCain is all about gietie-up hurry-up. Watch the Tenderfoot who is so quick to shoot from the hip will bring some change to the program -- but not much. . . . . He will stay close to the GOP herd.

3) Some of our Nations top economists are urging us to go slow, not hurry-up.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | September 24, 2008 7:32 PM

Seriously, folks - McCain by his own admission "do[es]n't know much about the economy." Now suddenly it is absolutely crucial for him to be in Washington to weigh in on a bailout package that obviously so desperately needs his expertise? You'd think he and he alone held the answer to all our problems, and that if he doesn't get to Washington to present it we'll all DIE, DIE! Is there anyone here who was asking, "Where's McCain? When's he going to save us? Where is this last, best hope of our financial system? Come to Washington, McCain, before it's too late!"

To quote an ex-president:

GIVE - ME - A BREAK!!!

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 24, 2008 7:32 PM

He's clearly afraid of debating Barack. Barack is a Ferrari, John McCain is a horse and buggy.

Posted by: GeopoliticalGaffe | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM

Damn. McCain chickened the hell out of the debate and used this financial mess as an excuse because he didn't want to get criticized on national television about knowing anything more on the economy. Man. and everyone See's it for what it is.

Hes a wet fart of a coward. OBAMA should go on and talk to the nation one on one. Don't need McCain.

Posted by: llewis40 | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM

How much time would McCain need to come up with a solution to fire Hank Paulson?

Now if only he could come up with a way to put Bush/Cheney in front of a firing squad!

Posted by: Hello | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM

COWARD. There's not enough lipstick in the world for this

Posted by: McShame | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM

Mccain is just one crazy loon.

First the Palin Hail Mary. That has fizzled as the economy has tanked.

Now he's off to D.C. to rescue Bush?

McCain was at the center of this nations' last financial debacle, the savings and loan bailout, remember? He was the one on the inside> He should have resigned in disgrace back then. But instead he continues to hold on for dear life.

It's over, Johnny.

Please, will someone get McCain to a rest home where he belongs.

Posted by: dylan | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM

Call off the election! Call in the Supreme Court - let them decide once again. In the unlikely event that they NOT decide for Mr. McCain then he can call for a “do over”. This smacks of caviling cowardice unbecoming an officer and gentleman, to say nothing of a supposedly straight talking war hero. What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! He has strayed so far from the “straight talk express” that he lacks any credibility whatsoever. A once upright maverick has mortgaged his soul to Mephistopheles and is facing spiritual foreclosure. While he’s apparently lost all sense of honor must he lose all sense of shame in the process? What a conniving codger he is!!!

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM

I'm so sorry that there probably won't be a debate on Friday, now you will have to spend time with your wives instead.
Why is everything politically motivated, don't you want congress to fix the confidence in our monetary system, so that banks will loan money to business, students, car buyers.
Remember, it was Obama who ran away from Mccains offer to do up to 10 townhall and debates. Were you calling oboma chicken then...

Posted by: EmilyP | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM

I think Senator McCain's suggestion is bizarre and irresponsible. At this level, you just don't get "timeouts." Whoever cancels debates that have been scheduled for some time? Sitting presidents, busy as they always are, have long agreed to hold debates, so why can't a candidate keep his commitment to do so? McCain's suggestion isn't statesmanlike; it is absurd to the point where I almost question his fitness to run. Moreover, pretending to be "above politics" during a political campaign is the worst sort of political scam. Not that both parties haven't been guilty of it on occasion, but the timing here is way out of line. I've also just read that the McCain people are also trying to put off the veep debate, which, if it's true, would be even more bizarre. But that needs verification.

Posted by: fordebate08 | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM

EPIC FAIL GOP!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM

McCain now suggests postponing the VP debate and having the Presidential Debate next week. This could cost Ole Miss 5.5 million dollars. This is all a PLOY to prevent Sarah Palin from speaking to the public.

Posted by: Stephanie | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM


Hey David Astroturf:

Your rant reflects the typical right-wing lunatic stupidity that is almost entirely responsible for the meltdown of this country.

YOU hate America if you want to continue off a cliff. You failed. You are killing America, and we reject you and your mock patriotism.

Down with the Republicans and up with America! We want our county back, freaks.

Posted by: Shawn | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM

McCHICKEN goes QUACK QUACK QUACK


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM

jt: Poor thing. Using a right wing rant in support of whatever your position is (you obviously don't have one of your own), is so sad. McCain is a joke. I can just see McCain and his handlers huddling in their hotel room coming up with this little ploy in attempt to manipulate Obama and at the same time appear to be the savior of our economy. I love Republicans: They create the disasters and then they want credit when they are rescued. It's amazing. With 8 years of George Bush, the electorate is not quite as gullible as they used to be. And, by the way, don't you suppose that the "crisis" is already in the last stages of management? Come on. It's a done deal. Now that's a real fact. McCain is too late. He wanted the deregulation and he got it. It due to McCain and his party that we have this bailout. Yeah. Let the market fix it. Sure.

Posted by: patryot | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM

This is a pure politically motivated move by McCain. does he think he is a superhero....and now.....the continuing adventures of Economy Man...

I am totally floored...does anyone else see this for what it is... a ploy

i was undecided...now i am voting for Obama

Posted by: Bill Foster | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM

I love watching the cut-and-paste desperate comments some of your GOP wingnuts trot out. You're like the borg.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM

Look John Boy,

If the debate is just too scary for a tough guy like you, you can always send Sarah. Granted, she's dumber than a rock. But then, you're no rocket scientist, either.

At least she's got some cojones. Maybe she stole yours.

Posted by: loulor | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM

McCain is all bark and no bite. He talks tough but runs from the fight.

Posted by: GeopoliticalGaffe | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM

Good, at least now McCain will have to explain his free market principles. And explain what would have happened if Bush's ploy to privitize social security had been successful.

The guy knows he falling in the polls and that he's on the wrong side of this issue. Obama can just quote his previous statements about the economy all night.

What a pathetic attempt. Funny thing is that most Americans see it just for what it is. He must have re-hired the fools who were running his campaign when he was tanking during the primary.

Posted by: Hacksaw | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM

Late breaking news:

Charles Keating and Michael Milken have agreed to suspend sunning themselves in Aruba in order to rush to the nation's capital in an effort to solve the financial crisis.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 7:26 PM

So now CNN is reporting that McCain's camp wants to postpone the first debate until October 2nd--the date of the VP debate. And that they want to move the VP debate to a later (as yet unspecified) date.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! EPIC FAIL GOP!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:26 PM

As soon as things aren't going his way, McCain wants to call a timeout. FREAKING PATHETIC.

And to top it off he is willing to bring his freakshow circus of a campaign to Washington and screw around with the most important legislation in a generation.

McCain is willing to throw our economy under the bus in or to win an election. MCCAIN HAS NO HONOR.

Posted by: oscars2212 | September 24, 2008 7:26 PM

I have been looking at both candidates carefully for a long time. I leaned towards McCain because of his experience, but I liked Sen. Obama's vision for this nation. I now know, Sen. McCain can't handle a crisis. This is clearly a political stunt, and I won't fall for it. My vote is going to Sen. Obama.

Posted by: VAmom | September 24, 2008 7:25 PM

I think he is allowed to call him a chicken at this point.

Posted by: lwps | September 24, 2008 7:24 PM

A comment worth sharing;

Our Troops Don't Get a Time-Out for the Financial Crisis

Jon Soltz

So, because there's a financial crisis, Senator McCain cannot take 90 minutes to address how he will face challenges around the world, including how and when he will send American troops to fight, and possibly die.

Wow. Troops would sure love that luxury.

Unfortunately, though, insurgents in Iraq don't stop shooting at us, or setting IEDs, because our Commander in Chief needs a breather to figure out Wall Street.

Al Qaeda in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region don't send our troops notes that read, "Hey, I hear you guys are tied up with Wall Street. Your President needs to concentrate on other things, so we'll give you a break. So, to make things easier on you, here's our coordinates."

Nor do our troops get a few days to figure out how to hold onto an area we've secured, if there's an unexpected attack. Sometimes we need to deal with multiple flare-ups at once in any warzone. We'd sure love a time-out, but sadly, the world isn't such a nice place that it gives us that kind of pity.

When you're Commander in Chief, I don't think there'd be a worse signal to send to our troops in harm's way than to say, "Hey, hold on guys. I know you're getting killed over there, but I have to get a time-out here to deal with Wall Street."

If troops need to multi-task without a break, is it so wrong that we demand that a potential President-in-waiting prove that he can manage a financial crisis, and still address crises around the world for 90 minutes? And, if a potential President-to-be can't manage that, is it wrong to think that maybe he ought not just suspend a debate and the campaign, but move aside and get out of the race?

Just something to think about.

Crossposted at VetVoice.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:24 PM

Dianne72 - is that your IQ?

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM

It's easy for McCain to TALK about giving up campaigning in order to deal with a problem which concerns Americans.
It's quite another actually to do something which would help us.

It's pretty obvious that the man has no intention of giving up anything at all.
He is certainly not giving up campaigning.
This IS his campaign - a cynical vote-scrounging ploy, just like Bush and his Katrina photo-ops.

Quite apart from the fact that McCain has every reason to fear a confrontation with Obama after the failure of his inane choice of V.P. nominee.
I'd run away too, if I landed in the same excrement in which he has landed.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM

It looks more like a delay for Palin. McCain wants next Thursday for The Presidental Debates, and move Palins debate with Biden to a later date. Truth be known I'm sure McCain is feeling a little unprepared as well. I find it so very weird That Palin is allowed to attend the UN meeting, but won't meet the press. Last Sunday it was, Kissinger, Albright, Powell, Baker, and I can't remember the last one who said they felt Palin was not experienced enough to handle VP, or becoming President. Especially with the serious condition that the American citizens are facing, and the global turmoil occurring. It's obvious to me this woman will do anything to stay away from interviews. Why? The republicans have made a big enough mess, and it's time to put the Democrats into office, and get the diplomacy starting with truth, and addressing the issues that have been ignored for the past 8 years. We need to earn the respect back in our Nation, and say we have had enough of this Party. McCain cannot even be original. He has to steal Obama's campaign slogans. Pathetic. I heard about "Change" and "Enough" way before mcCain took it a few days later. McCain/Palin are two of the strangest candidates I've ever encountered.

Posted by: Fran | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM

Thank God at least Sen. McCain cares enough to put country first. I hope he calls for the immediate investigation (jailing?) of Schumer, Dodd, Barney Frank and Franklin Raines, the perps in this scandal. They raped Fannie and Freddie (and why has Obama gotten so much money for Fannie and Freddie in only 2 years???).

Posted by: daman1 | September 24, 2008 7:22 PM

If this were the John McCain that ran in 2000, I would believe him. But after all his lies, shennanigans, and idiotic statements in the last few days, and seeing how obvious he is being controlled the freaks in the right, this is nothing more than cowardice.

He's sinking in the polls, Palin is beginning to smell like a tird for hiding from the press, and now this stunt.
No McChicken, No Failin.

Posted by: McChicken 2008 | September 24, 2008 7:22 PM

I’ll tell you what is truly, legitimately scary.

America is looking at the very real prospect of Barack Obama as president - a man aligned with domestic terrorists like Ayers and Dohrn, whose campaign is being run from the playbook of a fascist rioter like Saul Alinksy, who is managed by David Axelrod and George Soros (who’s stated openly that he wants to cripple America) and who had Jeremiah Wright as a “spiritual advisor” for twenty years, a man full of racial hatred who loathes America.

Add to that a vindictive and bitter Pelosi Congress, a Vice President (Biden) calling for the criminal prosecution of the current president, hate-filled borderline insane lefty partisans running the Democratic Party who threaten violence and speak frankly of prosecuting political opponents, all egged on by the most left-wing, biased, dishonest media in American history.

All of these hate-filled lunatics lined up together and in power. THAT…is scary.

If you think things are bad now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Posted by: David Astroturf | September 24, 2008 7:22 PM

John McChicken-he's behind in the polls and can't take the heat. His running mate won't talk to the press. Neither of these two people are fit to lead.

Posted by: spicegal | September 24, 2008 7:22 PM

How can the (D) and Obama the head of there party say one day that this is such a big economic issue for the country right now, but then not want to hold his campaign for a couple of days to do what he is paid to do as a senator of Illinois. Instead he'd rather "talk about it" give a joint statement about it. Now come on I thought everyone was about action. By the way the debate the all (D) think McCain is scared of is on the topic of foreign policy and national security. Wow I guess McCain should be scared of that topic. More action less Talk - Independent Voter

Posted by: Sean Maurice | September 24, 2008 7:22 PM

McCain is calling for a "postponement" without a new date for the debate. In other words, an indefinite postponement.

From this we may conclude that McCain probably won't find time to let Obama slaughter him in a debate withing the remaining 40 days before the election.

So McCain isn't really "postponing" the debate, he is canceling it.

Word on the street is that McCain was a spoiled little coward who sang link a canary for the North Vietnamese. Watching McCain duck tail and run from Obama sort of confirms this image for me.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 24, 2008 7:21 PM

Beyond all the other points made here, what exactly does a senator who by his own admission doesn't know much about the economy hope to be able add to the current debate on the bailout package? The best he can hope for is to take credit for somebody else's idea and make sure his picture's taken with the people who are actually doing the work on this. McCain's the jock who just discovered computer nerds are cool, so he's busting into the lab offering all sorts of "help" trying to impress the "girls" (voters), while the geeky kids with glasses and pimples are trying to shoo him away because he's interfering with the development of the next killer app. Give it up, McLame. Face the public and admit to them you don't have what it takes - that when the 3 AM call comes you'll fire someone, try to do their job and then wonder why nothing works.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 24, 2008 7:21 PM

Last week McCain was saying the "fundamentals of the economy are strong". Now he has to shut down his campaign (right after he meets with Lady de Rothschild, Katie Bell Couric and the prime minister of India) to return to Washington where he has not cast a vote in 5 months. What a political stunt. McCain gets my vote, though, for running the "Most Gimmicky" campaign in the history of presidential politics.

Posted by: Jackie | September 24, 2008 7:21 PM

Mr. McCain,
We do not need you....
not in the White House, not in the debates, not at all.

Go home and cry
like the little girl you've become.

Posted by: veep | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM

I can hear O'bamajinedad now:

"It's not fair. He should uh,uh...debate with me Friday. He... uhh...he can't help Washington with the...uh...the...the, uhh..situation we're, ya know, that we're facing right now. It's...uh...it's just not fair."

Posted by: viejo1 | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM

I want to commend McCain for understanding that his JOB is as a senator and his ambition is as the President. Do your job first. Why doesn't Obama do his? He wasn't planning to even vote again on this issue like he didn't on so many before.

Posted by: tahoeadvocate1968 | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM

You would think both Senators would want to go to Washington and handle the business of what they were elected to do. The "Bad News" Bores of the Obama camp have given him some bad advice, and that is, to say someting stupid like "call me if you need me". Or maybe, the Obama camp is afraid for Obama to actrually commit to a vote and speak in front of the Senate and state their position once and for all.
So, Obama looks helpless and avoiding responsibility, as usual, and then do his hindsight criticism of someone else's vote.
The empty suit!

Posted by: WallyG | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM

Proud of Obama saying no to McCain latest tricks out of the bag. McCain only has one vote (I hope) and the is any indication, he has abused that one. Twenty six years of working against the best behalf of the American people can't help us now just playing pretending lip service with the people feeling. The last great big lie was about Davis(Sunday) and willing to lay his hand on the Koran by it until Monday when new information surface to the public. Is this the type of man the people need in Washington? More lies of the same.

Posted by: floridaihamp | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM

Obama is a fraud.

When a crisis arrives, Obama wants to stage an unrelated debate (or vote "present").

McCain wants to act!

McCain is a leader.

McCain has America's priorities in order.

Obama does not.

Obama said, "Call me if you need me."

Obama is a follower, not a leader.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 7:19 PM

John McCain cant chew gum and handle the economy at the same time. Sarah Paliin cant chew gum and handle an interview at the same time. What a joke!

Posted by: GeopoliticalGaffe | September 24, 2008 7:19 PM

OMG--what a bunch of KOOL AID DRINKERS you GOP wingnuts have become!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM

Guess McChicken can't get a message together.

Good for Obama to forge ahead.

I hope that McChicken doesn't show up, an empty chair would speak volumes that this guy is totally incompetent and tone deaf.

OBAMA/BIDEN 08


Posted by: smtpgirl | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM

Talk about playing defense, LOL! Neither Mc Goo nor his trailer trash VP will put themselves out there before the American people. Could it be because they are dropping in the polls and know that they will just embarrass themselves?

If you want to be president, you have to be willing to debate your opponent and answer questions from the media.

These two GOP nitwits should just concede right now.

Posted by: LH | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM

McCain puts America first, obama put himself first...if it's not good for obama it's not good for obama...and we can't have that...

Posted by: Dwight | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM

"It never occurs to them that McCain in concerned about our country's future, after he's dead and gone."

Truly it is said, actions speak louder than words. McCain's last big legacy to the future was Caribou Barbie. I could give a fig for his concern for the future of this country.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 7:17 PM

I thought this first debate was between John McCain, Republican Senator and John McCain, presidential candidate running on a Democratic platform and away from Bush as fast as he can.

Once he decides who he is, we can decide if we're going to vote for him or not.

They can always stand in a cardboard cutout and mike it like they did with Bush 4 years ago. No need to hide it under his suit coat, just duct tape it to the cutout of McCain.

Posted by: haymarketbill | September 24, 2008 7:17 PM

So Sen. McCain wants to show up in Washington for the first time in months, declare himself the leader, and dictate terms to Sen. Obama and everyone else who has been working on the problem?

That's Bush-style leadership for you.

Posted by: JohnD | September 24, 2008 7:17 PM

I work for my city's Humane Society, and I know dog tricks. McCain is not necessarily trying to dodge a debate with Obama. His strategy is for Palin to dodge a debate with Biden. If you push back the Presidential debate into the VP's debate, you give Palin more time. I believe that McCain is seeing that all of this is very overwhelming for Palin, and it's a lot to ask for her to get up to speed so fast. I really feel sorry for her.

Posted by: shu | September 24, 2008 7:17 PM

Teach, umm...I ain't my term paper isn't done for Friday's deadline.
Could I have an extension? Please.

Remember, this bozo was something like 695 outta 700* in in his
college class rank.

And his opponent is a University of Chicago Law School Prof.

Maybe McCain can convince Sarah to sub for him.

*numbers are approximate

Posted by: jatox | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM

My fellow Americans and ladies and genlemen. McSame is at it again. with his uncontrollable temperament. If you are losing the game and have no chance of winning; you can either try to change the rule in the middle of the game or simply quit. WHAT A SORE LOSER! MCBush has no answer for the current economic fiasco and he has seen his popularity suffers. Therefore, he did what a decent loser would do, quit! My fellow Americans, is this the guy you want to be your president? God help us all.

The only response any sensible American should give; if and when ask for opinion on McLiar’s latest action; simly say: RUN JOHNNY RUN.

Posted by: lavillager | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM

Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, it's time for you to stop blaming Bush, and solve the problem. You can debate another day, but the economy is more important than a debate.
Obama is not change, just part of the old, do nothing congress.

Posted by: EmilyP | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM

I assume from your racist comment that you mean to disparage Obama. Unfortunately, that's precisely the point. Even hardcore Repubs like my brother are outraged by this stunt because they expected McCain to do very well Friday. Thinking Republicans are mystified and furious. Can't wait to read George Will's and Richard Cohen's next columns.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM

Here we go, the Obama supporters who say anything that when someone who is opposed to Senator Obama says anything against Obama is a racist.

I am against Senator Obama because he is a liar (fact),he believes in marxism (fact),he considers terrorists friends (fact), and he believes in letting babies who have been born alive after an abortion that it is okay to let them die (fact). That is why I am against Obama.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM

How is Obama's "fuzzy" head considered racist? Fuzzy is fuzzy...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:15 PM

McCain is a total coward. The chips are down, so he's taking a time out to regroup. It's so transparent. Just goes to show there's no crisis a Republican won't exploit. Is this really a guy you could trust as president. A president should be able to juggle more than one ball, even though I realize we're not accustomed to that with Bush. Obama looks far more presidential. Obama is right when he says this is the time when Americans need to hear from the candidates. I totally agree.

Posted by: spicegal | September 24, 2008 7:15 PM

So who is Obama "the wonderful" going to debate? I guess he can stand up there and give a press conference or something about his vast foreign policy experience. Who gives a HOOT about this foreign policy debate anyway until this financial crisis is over - Obama does "only" because McCain is going back to do his "real job" in Washington and Obama has to "not appear" to be following McCain's lead. What a joke Obama is - always checking the political wind and NEVER putting the country first!! Of course since Obama has never really done ANYTHING anyway in congress (expect run for president) not having him there now won't make any difference. Obama is THE WORST excuse for a presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter. For crying out loud Obama, go back to Washington and do your job FOR ONCE!!!!

Posted by: Dave H | September 24, 2008 7:14 PM

The desperation in the McCain supporters here today is clear, and loud.

You know Rove wouldn't have made this kind of decision lightly ... I meant McCain of course.

Rove is a calculator, he adds up the benefits vs the consequences and makes his move. He has to know how this is going to look to the independents (me) ... so this is the best stop-loss he could come up with at this time.

It sure does look like the end for McCain doesn't it? Well, he's lost this independent's vote. He already told us he doesn't know sht from applebutter when it comes to economics, and he can vote by internet. So what good is he going to do in Washington other than appear there as a political maneuver?

I meant McCain of course. Why do I keep thinking that Rove is making all the decisions for McCain these days.

Posted by: despair | September 24, 2008 7:14 PM

There is no way to understand the american public.

McCain decided to STOP advertisements, to stop the political non sense in order to pay attention to what most American have being demanding from their "representatives": to work together and find a solution. And now the public wants to fry him up for doing exactly that.

His Highness can't do that. He is too afraid of the consequences for his ambitions if he were to stop for a moment the political noise to take care of the people.

It takes galls to do what McCain is doing. Not advertising could hurt him, but he cares more about this crisis. Whether i will agree with his solutions or not is to be seen. But one thing is for sure: I do appreciate his courage and boldness in stopping political advertisements.

The reason the MSM is attacking him is simple: no advertisement, no millions of dollars in ads for them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:14 PM

So the man who understands economics not quite so well feels he can't attend a debate on a Friday night? Interesting. His campaign has been so weird it scares me.

Posted by: Grammy | September 24, 2008 7:14 PM

McSame tried to pull a political stunt and it's backfiring on him.

Obama's account of what transpired today between his campaign and McSame's campaign rings true. McSame's account, like that of all liars, contains TMI. No matter how many years McSame has been lying, he's still not very good at it.

Posted by: ccatmoon | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM

My fellow Americans and ladies and genlemen. McSame is at it again. with his uncontrollable temperament. If you are losing the game and have no chance of winning; you can either try to change the rule in the middle of the game or simply quit. WHAT A SORE LOSER! MCBush has no answer for the current economic fiasco and he has seen his popularity suffers. Therefore, he did what a decent loser would do, quit! My fellow Americans, is this the guy you want to be your president? God help us all.

The only response any sensible American should give; if and when ask for opinion on McLiar’s latest action; simly say: RUN JOHNNY RUN.

Posted by: THE VILLAGE MAN | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM

DIVERSION called here by McCain: coward and dishonest.

Posted by: florida | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM

Obama takes time out of his debate cramming session to hold a news conference to explain why he can't take time out of his debate cramming session to return to the Senate to work on the financial crisis.

Posted by: lure1 | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM

Where are all you loons coming up with all this nonsense?

A few weeks ago at Saddleback, McCain took Obama's fuzzy head and mopped the stage with it.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM
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I assume from your racist comment that you mean to disparage Obama. Unfortunately, that's precisely the point. Even hardcore Repubs like my brother are outraged by this stunt because they expected McCain to do very well Friday. Thinking Republicans are mystified and furious. Can't wait to read George Will's and Richard Cohen's next columns.


Posted by: abqcleve | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM

McCain talks with Bush and now wants to participate in the "stalled" discussions. McCain is doing Bush/Cheney's bidding; proving true that he's one of Bush's people and would continue the failed Bush policies of the past 8 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM

The decision seems like a good one for McCain. He needs a strong position on the rescue package to have a chance of resurrecting his candidacy. Its easy to see why Obama would prefer to continue his campaign without any disruption. But there is a danger to him in that course. It is obvious that the rescue package is a very big deal to the electorate. If he allows McCain the position of appearing more concerned and more central to the outcome, it could wind up costing Obama dearly.

Posted by: dnjake | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM
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Agreed. It was a well calculated move on the part of McCain. It could blow up but it was a very calculated move.

Posted by: sonia38 | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM

When a crisis arrives, Obama wants to debate (or vote "present").

McCain wants to act!

McCain has America's priorities in order.

Obama does not.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM

McCain is too important to the Senate to let him leave. He needs to stay and work in the Senate. He realizes that. Let McCain continue to do his good works in the Senate where he's best. Vote for McCain to stay in the Senate, Vote Obama for President. (apologies to JFK)

Posted by: babar1 | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM

Excuse me, McCain hasn't voted in the Senate since APRIL 11th.

Too bad you wingnuts keep having your flimsy arguments knocked down with FACTS!

GOP=JOKERS

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:09 PM

Way to go Obama! Americans want to see a debate!

I agree with McCain that he and Obama should be involved with the bailout talks, and I hope they have been all week like Obama says. But to cancel/postpone the debate? Come on. Is McCain scared?

Posted by: lajollajule | September 24, 2008 7:09 PM

Rasmussen Markets shows Obama getting a bigger bounce from this, than the 3 pointer he got from the democratic national convention. The trading is heavier in McCain than Obama. Are you there, Larry Kudlow?

Perhaps McCain's moral preening coupled with his resort to every low-down-dirty gimmick in the book is coming home to roost?

I hope so, even though I don't look forward to 8 years of ear-beating by Joe Biden. Then again, maybe he'll be busy attending the funerals of obscure foreign statesmen.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 7:09 PM

"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

Developing...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM
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Thanks, anon! Very interesting and much appreciated. The hardcore right will complain about Letterman, but the independents watch him and will agree: Songbird McCain blinked. He's done.


Posted by: abqcleve | September 24, 2008 7:08 PM

Saddleback? Who cares about a wingnut palace like Saddleback? Palin locked in the looney evangelicals. McCain is welcome to them now that HE HAS BECOME A JOKE!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:07 PM

Fine. Let McCain run and hide. Obama can appear alone and answer Jim Lehrer's questions by himself. I'm an Independent and I'm growing sick and tired of McCain's tactics and posturing.

Politicians everywhere: Grow up and lead!

Posted by: Calif. mom | September 24, 2008 7:07 PM

Think about the politics of this AFTER the deal is done. (a) Voters are gonna hate it because it bails out the plutocrats, (b) McCain has just positioned himself so deeply involved that the deal will be thought of as McCain's deal, and (c) Obama, by staying away except to vote for it (which he'll have to do) will be able to say, "I voted for it 'cause it was necessary, but I coulda done better." McCain made the pain from this much worse for himself than he needed to.

Posted by: Think a minute | September 24, 2008 7:07 PM

This is a time for real leadership, McCain goes to Washington to do his current job, Obama runs like a little girl from his elected office.
Now we know who the real leader is...
The debate is rhetoric and the stage is set for the democratic lead congress to fix the problem or be part of the economic problem that will cost many their jobs in November.

Posted by: EmilyP | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM

Brian,
Which of McCain's homes do you think he will sacrifice for the greater good?

Do you think he might let YOU pick one?

Posted by: wardropper | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM

McCain to send cut-out of his self to the debate.

Posted by: hankomatic1 | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM


Where are all you loons coming up with all this nonsense?

A few weeks ago at Saddleback, McCain took Obama's fuzzy head and mopped the stage with it.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM

Here's the Drudge "exclusive:"

EXCLUSIVE: LETTERMAN MOCKS MCCAIN CANCELLATION
Wed Sep 24 2008 17:41:58 ET

David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.

Then in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?"

Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."

"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

Developing...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM

It's just like David Axelrod Puppet supporters to see everything McCain says or does through a lens of self interest; after all, that's what Democrats ALWAYS do. It never occurs to them that McCain in concerned about our country's future, after he's dead and gone. Nope. A 72 year old man thinks he's gonna live forever and make wads of cash on autobiographies, consulting contracts with foreign companies, and speaking tours. No-siree-bob, a guy like McCain must be in it for ego and profit. On the other hand, Puppet, with decades to go, has no interest in all the fun of being an ex-US president making tons off endorsements for cash and running victory laps for being America's First Black President. But given the state this country will be in after he's done leading it, he'll be about as important in the history books as Romulus Augustus.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM

http://www.straight.com/article-163365/senator-bernie-sanders-billions-bailouts-who-pays
September 24, 2008Login or register to post comments email print
America's wealthiest should pay for the billion-dollar bailouts
By Senator Bernie Sanders

The current financial crisis facing our country has been caused by the extreme right-wing economic policies pursued by the Bush administration. These policies, which include huge tax breaks for the rich, unfettered free trade and the wholesale deregulation of commerce, have resulted in a massive redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the very wealthy.

The middle class has really been under assault. Since President George W. Bush has been in office, nearly six million Americans have slipped into poverty, median family income for working Americans has declined by more than $2,000, more than seven million Americans have lost their health insurance, more than four million have lost their pensions, foreclosures are at an all-time high, total consumer debt has more than doubled, and we have a national debt of more than $9.7 trillion dollars.

While the middle class collapses, the richest people in this country have made out like bandits and have not had it so good since the 1920s. The top 0.1 percent now earn more money than the bottom 50 percent of Americans, and the top one percent own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.

Posted by: steppin | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM

OLD McBUSH,age72 IS OUT TO KILL TIME AND OUT TO PROTECT SARAH DUH FROM THE PRESS. BEAR IN MIND THAT OLD McBUSH's VOTED AND ADVICE IN THE SENATE FOR LESS GOVERMENT REGULATION. SEND SARAH DUH BACK TO ALASKA TO WATCH RUSSIA IN ONE OF YOUR 13 AUTOS.

Posted by: usapdx | September 24, 2008 7:03 PM

McCain is finished.
Obama did the only thing possible in insisting upon the debate going ahead.
For Pete's sake, McCain has been needling him for weeks for not having the courage to debate him.

Who's afraid now, McCain?

I almost feel sorry for the guy, but I know he'd shoot me in the face if I got in his way.
Sympathy tends to melt away under those circumstances.

Posted by: wardropper | September 24, 2008 7:03 PM

McCain on the economic crisis: Drop everything and going to Washington to make sure that ordinary citizens won't lose their jobs, their homes and their life savings. Country First!!!

Obama on the economic crisis: "Call me if you need me." Obama First!!!

Posted by: Brian | September 24, 2008 7:03 PM

Oh sure. Government can just fix the problem like that. McCain just needs to get back there on Friday and it'll all be taken care of. Then we can get back to the unimportant issue of not changing which direction the country is headed in.

Get real. They will still be panicking on Wall St. after Friday, no matter what the Congress does. We've just begun to see the bad doo doo coming our way. The next fun stuff will be a further plunge of the dollar in response to the long new steps into debt that the government is taking. Then the new inflation numbers will come out.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM


McCain runs away!

Is there a better ending to anybody who was ACTUALLY questioning who was the better man for the job?

McCain is not capable to be President. PERIOD.

Posted by: sequoia | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM

Wow you wingnuts are prolific! Far more pathetic attempts to defend the WUSS MCCAIN move to "suspend his campaign" for nakedly political reasons than your 19% (of people who still think W is doing a good job) would suggest. I guess that's what happens when you spend all day in front of the PC trolling Post message boards.

NEWSFLASH GOP: YOUR CANDIDATE IS OFFICIALLY A JOKE! GO CHECK OUT DRUDGE!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM

The Republicans, once again, are running against themselves. Several of the top core beliefs of republicans include: Let the the market run its course. Personal responsibility. Deregulation. John McCain doesnt want a debate because the Republican party is on its heels and this is the final blow. Say goodnight!

Posted by: smates | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM

Has the pressure finally got to him? Has he lost his freaking mind? Is this is a crack?

George Will, columnist, put it this way—yesterday:

“Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.”

I guess he knew things brewing in McCain’s camp!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM

Way back in 1907 Morgan locked the leading bankers of his day in the is library until the came up with a solution to the economic crisis of the day. Apparently, someone from the McCain campaign read this on a plaque in the library.

Now you know where McCain is getting his ideas: robberbarons who fleeced the country in much the same way McCain and the GOP is fleecting us now. Shades of the Keating 5.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM
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I think this is fascinating: hadn't heard this. In all seriousness, it doesn't quite jibe with the NYT chronology, but could still stand. Would you source this, please?

Thanks!


Posted by: abqcleve | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM

This decision on giving Bush's thieves $700,000,000,000 severence should wait till the "ELECTION"! If the public can stand being made a fool by Karl Rove...well, so be it!

Posted by: harried | September 24, 2008 7:00 PM

Obama is just an empty suit. He is looking presidential someone said. He might be looking presidential but there is neither leadership nor substance under this glossy suit. Sen. Obama should report back to work that he was elected to do. Sen. Obama should take the leadership of the Democrat-led do-nothing Congress to deal with this problem. I personally do not agree with the bailout proposal and expect Sen. McCain to come out strongly against it through the leadership meetings and negotiations. Sen. Obama decided to avoid the leadership call and concentrate instead on his debate speech. That’s the leadership that we do not need. We do not need empty suits making empty speeches while missing in action. Sen. Obama, let’s get to work.

Posted by: Wiel | September 24, 2008 7:00 PM


David Letterman mocks McCain:

Update: Drudge reports that Letterman mocked McCain during the show's taping Wednesday afternoon.

"In the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?"

Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."


"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"


"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 7:00 PM

99% of the job is showing up! McCain is trying to hide from the American people. Obama should show up and debate an empty chair if McCain doesn't show.

Postponing this debate is the same as shutting the American people out!

It's on a Friday night for Pete's sake! What is McCain going to do in Congress on a Friday night?!
Most of congress probably won't even be there.
McCain is running scared!

Posted by: Be there! | September 24, 2008 6:59 PM

Both McCain and Obama want to talk about the financial crisis.

They have a debate scheduled in MS on Friday on foreign policy. As most people in Mississippi can't even point out the US on a world map why not just change the topic to the financial crisis and move the foreign policy debate to a later date?

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 24, 2008 6:59 PM

Where are all you loons coming up with all this nonsense?

At Saddleback, McCain took Obama's fuzzy head and mopped the stage with it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:59 PM

Palin/McCain08

--the moosehunter and the geezer

running scared for all the world to see

just what we need...

Posted by: jjchicago | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM

Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.

George F. WIll.

Posted by: Stunt GOT BUSTED! | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM

So let me get this straight...

McCain has simply decided to unilaterally cancel the debate on Friday? Is he insane? What is WRONG with this man?

This may seem like "leadership" to that 25% lunatic Bush-deadender fringe, but to normal Americans, this bizarre tantrum/stunt is completely unacceptable!

Bye Bye McCain. Enjoy hiding in the Senate where you will be for a long time!

Posted by: MoniqueC. | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM

A McCain spokesperson says, "He really wants he and Senator Obama, leadership, throw in the chairmen, the administration, lock themselves in a room for the next 100 hours or however long it is between now and Monday morning and achieve some kind of consensus on something that will have the Congress's support."

This is neither an original thought or quote. McCain was in the J. Pierpont Morgan library when this scheme was hatched. Way back in 1907 Morgan locked the leading bankers of his day in the is library until the came up with a solution to the economic crisis of the day. Apparently, someone from the McCain campaign read this on a plaque in the library.

Now you know where McCain is getting his ideas: robberbarons who fleeced the country in much the same way McCain and the GOP is fleecting us now. Shades of the Keating 5.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM

Some idiot on this board called McCain "poll-challenged".

If that opinion reflects the WaPo/ABC poll, let me interject a little reality for you:

"Chevrolet Announces Clear Lead Over Ford"

In a poll conducted by GMC/ABC today...

Biased?

WaPo and ABC are O'bamadinejad WORSHIPPERS.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM

Ever heard of "voice activated e-mail " programs Moran."???

It's called technology...apparently you and McCain are both not up

to speed.

Posted by: bnoz | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM

Actually, the reason Senator Obama has refused to appear at any townhall with Senator McCain, is that Obama does not come off as very smart when he is not using prepared remarks and not using a teleprompter.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria

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And McCain does? Dude, share what you're smoking!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM

umm why can't they just change the subject of the debate to the financial crisis?

Posted by: Am I missing something | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM

McCain pondered Friday’s debate and rightly realized that he would be whipped. So, he pulls his second political stunt in 4 weeks. The first fizzled out in 2 weeks. This one lasted about 2 hours.

Friday’s debate should proceed as planned. If McCain chooses to “eject”, Obama should attend and frame McCain as he chooses.

Showboating in the skies of Vietnam is over. This time, McCain has crashed and burned.

Posted by: Tariq From Iraq | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM

Oh! I see the evening shift of RNC/Palin-McCain off shore paid trolls have arrived! Let's make sure they feel welcomed!

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM

dmarchuleta,

Obama was under no obligation to accept McCain's town hall proposal. In fact I bet you can count on one or two fingers how many of these hallowed town halls McCain has had since selecting Palin. Gee, wonder why that is?

On the other hand McCain DID agree to the scheduled debates. Both he and Obama have made clear what they feel needs to be included in any bailout, what more can they do but get in the way and usurp the actual negotiations? It is a political ploy plain and simple. I hope it backfires on him because it is yet another cynical move by this sellout. If it truly was as important for him to be there as he says he would leave immediately, not wait until after the photo ops and sound bites he'll get tonight.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM

Actually, the reason Senator Obama has refused to appear at any townhall with Senator McCain, is that Obama does not come off as very smart when he is not using prepared remarks and not using a teleprompter.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM

What was McCain thinking????? His first debate is a no-show and the next one is the notorious bloodbath of Sarah Palin live in front of America.
Suspend it????? End it already.

Posted by: joneshn | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM

On Friday Obama should go to the debate alone, even if McCain does not show up.

Same for Biden, go to your debate alone on Oct 2, even if Palin does not show up.

Presidents show up for the task at hand.

Posted by: Yoink | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM

Obama rejected McCain's STUNT!!!

Why does John McCain suddenly want to suspend his presidential campaign and postpone Friday's debate? His campaign surrogates are saying it's a typical "maverick" move, that McCain is simply "putting country first." Let's look at the evidence:

1) As Ben Smith notes, McCain's move "is a mark, most of all, that he doesn't like the way this campaign is going. ... The only thing that's changed in the last 48 hours is the public polling."

2) The idea of uniting the campaigns to find a bipartisan solution to the Wall Street crisis wasn't even McCain's idea. A few minutes ago, Obama spokesman Bill Burton emailed to reporters:

"At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal. At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama's call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details."
3) John McCain has skipped more votes during this session than any member of the Senate except for Tim Johnson, who had major brain surgery. He has cast a single vote in five months, since April 9. All of a sudden, McCain is demanding that the presidential race shut down so he can return to Washington?

4) A reminder: President Bush was able to debate John Kerry while he was president. For all of his sudden urgency, McCain acknowledged just yesterday that he had not even read the administration's three-page bailout proposal.

5) It's not clear at all that having McCain and Obama back in DC will actually help. "What does seem apparent, though, is that putting the two candidates in the negotiating room is far more likely to distract--and derail--negotiations than having them out on the hustings," Jonathan Cohn writes at the New Republic.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/24/mccain-wants-a-time-out_n_128991.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:53 PM

McCain is a scared old man well into his second childhood. He can't handle this but he expects to be able to handle being president?

What a joke.

What's even sadder (or actually funnier) are the gop hacks defending him with a straight face.

Posted by: jjchicago | September 24, 2008 6:53 PM

Only problem with McCain joining as co-sponsor of S.190 is that he did so 1 1/2 years after it had already died in committee. A committee in which Obama was not a member.

Posted by: Liz | September 24, 2008 6:52 PM

He has really put Obama in a corner.

Wake up Democrats, you're playing with the big boys now.

Posted by: David | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM
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David, and others apparently applauding McCain's move. Don't kid yourselves. My brother, a diehard Republican, called me from LA this afternoon after he heard of the stunt. He is livid with the McCain campaign. He's an extremely intelligent man (despite supporting the wrong party) and I guarantee you: if he feels this way, many, many other Republicans do, too.


Posted by: abqcleve | September 24, 2008 6:52 PM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/lets-move-palins-debate-to-this-friday.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Let's Move Palin's Debate to This Friday!

McCain wants to cancel the first debate and move it to the Vice Presidential debate. Moving that debate into the future.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone--in addition to McCain's avoiding his debate in the face of falling poll numbers, after Palin's day of near-silent photo-ops at the U.N., attempting to also give Palin more time to prepare.

As suggested by Dana Milbank on CNN, there's an easy solution--just let Palin debate this Friday night!

The fundamentals of the debate are strong!

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/lets-move-palins-debate-to-this-friday.html

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 24, 2008 6:52 PM

Obama is going to look awfully petty and awfully small if he is standing on a debate stage all by himself and Congress at the same hour is trying to hammer out something to fix this mess.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:52 PM

Incumbent party should be changed in White House, if its govening lead to crash of stock market. Everybody knows it, starting or, at least, including McCain. His current cheap tricks could not and would not change this fundamental fact. This current crash simply means that Obama is running unopposed. McCain could (or should), of course, suspend his campain, at least, the senseless waste of money would be stopped.

Posted by: aepelbaum | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM

aepelbaum, this whole mess started under President Clinton. President Bush and the conservative wing of the Republican party have been trying to stop this since 2003 but have been foiled at every turn by the Democratic party.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:52 PM

McCain is a senate leader and needs to be in DC to help ram-rod this legislation through. Obama is not a leader and isn't needed in Washington, therefore, they are both correct in their decisions.

Posted by: HawaiianGecko | September 24, 2008 6:48 PM

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"Ram-rod" - absolutely the most appropriate term for that move. Thanks for that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM

dmarchuleta,

Obama was under no obligation to accept McCain's town hall proposal. In fact I bet you can count on one or two fingers how many of these hallowed town halls McCain has had since selecting Palin. Gee, wonder why that is?

On the other hand McCain DID agree to the scheduled debates. Both he and Obama have made clear what they feel needs to be included in any bailout, what more can they do but get in the way and usurp the actual negotiations? It is a political ploy plain and simple. I hope it backfires on him because it is yet another cynical move by this sellout. If it truly was as important for him to be there as he says he would leave immediately, not wait until after the photo ops and sound bites he'll get tonight.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM

Multi-task, multi-task, as president the world will have multiple issues going on at once. George W, debated Kerry as a sittinf president.

Also, the real issue is THEY WANT TO PUSH THE VP DEBATE out to the future. That is the issue - pay attention folks, this is a classic banana in the tail pipe moment.

Posted by: Huh | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM

Now McCain wants to pre-empt the VP debate with a Presidential debate???? Yep, he's running scared. He knows he will get creamed and that it will be a LOT worse if Palin is forced to like... answer questions.

And just this morning Mccain was touring New York like nothing was on his mind. That is until he got the news that TWO polls show Obama has already shot ahead of him in a big way.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM

You do not LEAD by giving speeches, saying that I will do this I will do that.

You do not LEAD by debating an unrelated issue during a time of crisis.

You do not LEAD by standing by taking ORDERS from your PARTY as a politician.

You do not lead by putting SELF, and ambitions ahead of your Country.

I do not want a PRESIDENT that can not LEAD that would rather sit on his hands and WAIT for others to tell him what to say and what to do.

You do not LEAD by putting your POLITICAL PARTY ahead of your Country.

That is exactly the things that THE ALMIGHTY OBAMA is doing. He is again sitting on the fence, playing lip service to Main Stream America's problems. wanting to campaign and debate DURING WHAT MAY be the most important financial crisis since the Great Depression.

His Democratic cronies have already met behind closed doors to pass funding for the War.. adding about 6.9 BILLION dollars in PORK to the Bill..

This comes this week...

The democrats seem SURE that they will be able to put OBAMA in the White House in November... thus they are doing everything crooked, foul, illegal, dirty that they can to insure that he is ELECTED.

Obama has not educational plans, no infrastructure plans. not health care plans, no new plans at all... BECAUSE GET WHAT... there is not MONEY available to fund anything.

IF HE IS ELECTED, We will have a 10 Trillion Dollar debt to the WORLD, by the time he is sworn in. Talk about a poison pill.. The taxpayer will owe over 1 trillion dollars in CREDIT CARD DEBIT.

And he preaches about what HE IS GOING TO DO TO CHANGE WASHINGTON.

Best thing he or anyone could do.. anyone over two terms in office.. Put them on board a moth-balled ship... take them to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and then shuttle the ship. Because these same individuals have shuttled the American Taxpayer by not BALANCING THE BUDGET.

OBAMA is worst than that.. pig in the pen.
He is putting a dress on that pig and adding a dress and it will be the same Democratic agenda as always.

Take from the poor, give to the wealthy and spend, spend on social programs... WITHOUT a care for balancing the budget.

Posted by: Miller51550 | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM

GEEZ, is there a black man in politics that doesn't have his dead anscestors' emancipation records, because I have the same problem going into politics and I'm white.

Posted by: John L Foster | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM

Relax everyone, ain't gonna be no election anytime soon. W's not goin' anywheres.

Posted by: NOV 5TH | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM


Obama is going to look awfully petty and awfully small standing on a debate stage all by himself while Congress at the very same hour is trying to hammer something out to fix this mess.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM

Funny thing happened on the way to the debates: O'bamadinejad ran into a real politician.

This is the Big Leagues, junior. Street jive won't cut it.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM

Incumbent party should be changed in White House, if its govening lead to crash of stock market. Everybody knows it, starting or, at least, including McCain. His current cheap tricks could not and would not change this fundamental fact. This current crash simply means that Obama is running unopposed. McCain could (or should), of course, suspend his campain, at least, the senseless waste of money would be stopped.

Posted by: aepelbaum | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM

They need to have the debate, but switch topics. Discuss domestic policy Friday, then foreign policy during the second debate. Or at the absolute worst, have the VP debate Friday.

What exactly does McBush think he's going to do? Throw open the conference room doors, drop is vague and obvious 5 point plan on the table and let everyone bask in his brilliance? Let the Banking Committee, with both Dem and GOP representatives hammer out a deal first, then evaluate it. We don't need 100 cooks in the kitchen on this one.

Posted by: Dan | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM

Let's just imagine that it was Obama and not McCain calling for this debate postponement. The Right would be all over him for supposed cowardice and fear of his performance.

If Obama were to get solidly behind the bailout he's then pandering to greedy Wall St. If he doesn't then he's not putting the interest of the country first.

But in the end none of this silliness matters. That's because only the Rasmussen poll now shows McCain with the 270 electoral votes he needs. Most of the others give Obama at least a plurality if not the 270. And if no candidate gets 270 then the race gets decided in the House under U.S. Constitution rules.

Do you catch my drift?
President Obama!

Posted by: CynthiaD | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM

One suggestion / option: Have the VP debate first. I'm sure Joe Biden would be ready.

Posted by: DJK Michigan | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM

McCain is a senate leader and needs to be in DC to help ram-rod this legislation through. Obama is not a leader and isn't needed in Washington, therefore, they are both correct in their decisions.

Posted by: HawaiianGecko | September 24, 2008 6:48 PM

after all nothing is more important to lil hussein than himself, let the country be darned.
its what we can always expect from lil hussein, always looking out for his own self interest and screw America.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:48 PM

Poor, poll-challenged McCain tried a little one-upsmanship on this one, but everybody saw straight through it.

I'm glad the Obama campaign decided to go ahead with Friday's debate, and it's true now more than ever it's time for such a debate.

Posted by: Binkynh | September 24, 2008 6:48 PM

McMoron obviously doesn't have the judgement to be President. First, his knee jerk reaction is to fire the head of the SEC, as if that was relevant, now he goes back to Washington and do what? He just want to dodge the debate with Obama because Obama will clean his clock.

Posted by: Carl | September 24, 2008 6:48 PM

Game, set and match.

Ronald Reagan could govern into his 70s because he was athletic, active and vital. McCain isn't. He's proving too old to handle the rigors of the job. You can't say he's more ready to take that 3AM call if he's too old and weak to handle it. Sad, but that's the way it is.

Posted by: gbooksdc | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM

Maybe if McCain knew how to use e-mail, he could figure out how to multi-task, work on the financial crisis and have a debate.

Now he wants to cancel the debate, no wait, he jsut changed his mind again, now he wants to re-schedule the debate to 10/2, gee, wasn't that supposed to be the VP debate....guess Sarah's not quite up to speed yet or for that matter it appears that McCain isn't either.

They can't keep hiding forever. Where's Sarah ??? We need answers, don't you think. An honest press conference or two would be helpful. McCain needs to answer the American people.
The debates must go on...all of them..on date, on time. Period.
Country first...it appears as if it's politics first,last and always.

Posted by: bnoz | September 24, 2008 6:43 PM

Senator McCain can't use email because he can't type on a keyboard because of his war injuries you moron.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM

Did anyone read the piece in the Post today
Posted by: havener938 | September 24, 2008 6:40 PM
_____________________________________
Hey 938, anyone still reading or listening to Murdoch ( NY POST,FOX, etc, ) is now classified as "A FRIGGIN IDIOT"

Posted by: harried | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM

They're supposed to debate foreign policy during a domestic crisis. Ya think the voters will be sitting there yelling at their screens, "I don't care about Armenia, I care about whether my house is still my house or my retirement fund still is solvent". Talk about that. I think this is a stroke of genius by McCain. There's a crisis, Obama and McCain are US Senators, they ought to be on Capitol Hill earning their paychecks that you and I are paying.

Posted by: genericrepub | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM

Hold up, O'bamadinejad, you'll get your shot when Mac decides it's the right time.

The good news? The delay will provide you with time to brainstorm with Bette Midler. I'm sure she has loads of suggestions! Why, you and she and Nancy "Don't Blame Me!" Pelosi can literally save the planet while McCain fixes another Democrat SNAFU.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM

If McCain realy is waiving the White Flag, then he needs to get behind the Obama plan and accept the controls on this bailout that the Democratic Party are putting forward and the US Tax Payers are demanding.

Posted by: walker1 | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM

This bailout, being led by the Democrats, is about the Congress not only stealing 1 trillion dollars from you and I, but letting them regulate the credit industry. This is socialism pure and simple.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:45 PM

First, Sen. McCain is calling for a POSTPONEMENT, not a cancellation of the debate, so he's not running from anything. Second, he's asked Sen. Obama to join him in one-on-one townhall meetings for MONTHS, and was continually rebuffed. Third, Sen. Obama states that he would work in a non-partisan manner if elected President. Well this is a perfect opportunity to prove it. There are 40 days left until the election. We have plenty of time for debates. Let's get our priorities in order. They are after all STILL sitting U.S. Senators. They should both be in D.C. doing the job they are paid to do. Lastly, for the ones calling Sen. McCain a coward or worse....well just ask Bill.

Posted by: dmarchuleta | September 24, 2008 6:45 PM

McCain: deal by Friday, or no debate!

See ya, John. Not even congress would swallow this pig in lipstick without cooking it first.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:44 PM

Maybe if McCain knew how to use e-mail, he could figure out how to multi-task, work on the financial crisis and have a debate.

Now he wants to cancel the debate, no wait, he jsut changed his mind again, now he wants to re-schedule the debate to 10/2, gee, wasn't that supposed to be the VP debate....guess Sarah's not quite up to speed yet or for that matter it appears that McCain isn't either.

They can't keep hiding forever. Where's Sarah ??? We need answers, don't you think. An honest press conference or two would be helpful. McCain needs to answer the American people.
The debates must go on...all of them..on date, on time. Period.
Country first...it appears as if it's politics first,last and always.

Posted by: bnoz | September 24, 2008 6:43 PM

that's what you get when you let a dirty oldfag mind the store

Posted by: dick cabesa | September 24, 2008 6:43 PM

I agree with Obama.

I do have a question.

The plan that the administration wants the congress to approve right away, that's the administration's plan? As in George Bush plan?

If so, why would W be balking at CEO compensation that all of congress and citizens agree with?

Is he crazy?

Posted by: say it ain't so, Johnny | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM

RUN, JOHN, RUN...ALL THE WAY BACK TO ARIZONA!!

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM

The more I think about this, the weirder it seems.

There is no policy reason for McCain to be in Washington, nor is there any logistical reason for not having the debate. Not in the days of airplanes. Notice that McCain didn't suggest moving it to a TV studio in D.C., but rather dropped out.

Politically, the move makes no sense, either. Friday's debate plays to McCain's strengths, at a time when he's slightly behind in a see-sawing race and needs to catch an updraft. Going to Washington to be photographed with a bunch of Republican senators is not a move calculated to win friends or influence voters.

No substantive reason, no symbolic benefit. That puts this in a different category, which is personal problems. Medical, psychological or both. This is irrational and erratic at best. I really hope the media will ask some meaningful questions, for once.

Posted by: Magic Dog | September 24, 2008 6:41 PM

Keep posting, LeeHInAlexandria. Your sophomoric logic and simplemindedness perfectly complements the whining and the foaming-at-the-mouth of your party. Your pit bull may have lipstick but it also has rabies.

By the way, it's a good thing no one listened to Jimmy Carter 30 years ago when he warned we needed to develop alternative energy. Yeah, Reagan put a stop to that foolishness. We'd never have had the pleasure of $4 gas.

Posted by: Edd | September 24, 2008 6:35 PM

Edd, if you were actually educated, the Republicans have been trying to get us on many forms of alternative energy for years but have been stalled at every turn. The Republicans, and I am talking about true conservatives, not the left wing socialists that have infested the party, have wanted to lift the off shore drilling ban for years. All of these measures have been in part to keep gas prices low.

FYI. If you take the price of gas in 1920 and adjust for inflation today, the price of gas should be somewhere around $3.21 a gallon.

FYI. One reason (out of many) that gas prices are high is that Congress mandates that the oil companies MUST refine 26 different grades of gas. Why not pick the top three grades and be done with it?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:41 PM

Why does'nt someone just kill this old angry bomb dropper! Are'nt there any BRAVES left in AMERICA?

Posted by: harried | September 24, 2008 6:41 PM

Did anyone read the piece in the Post today about how Obama's economic brains trust is guiding the Dem leadership in Congress through this mess? Obama - through his advisors (who, btw, as experts in markets and economics actually know something about this stuff) - is totally in the middle of this, but in a constructive way, without injecting himself or the campaign into it.
Seems rather presidential to me. You don't see Bush huddling in the back rooms on the Hill. He sent Bernanke and Paulson, precisely as he should have. For Obama to take the same tack (sending advisors and emissaries)seems rather more presidential than McCain's inclination to revert to his identity as a legislator.
I think that when this perspective sinks in with the public, that'll be it for McCain. The final example of Obama keeping his head in a crisis and McCain flying into a panic. Election over. This is the audition - today, and only one candidate is passing it.

Posted by: havener938 | September 24, 2008 6:40 PM

McCain is just TRASH EXPRESS TALKING AGAIN!
McCain is NOT sitting anything in this WALL STREET crisis and is just out to triangulate AND hopes the "dopes" will raise his poll numbers BECAUSE McCain is posturing as though he has a little bit of CLOUT. Last week or so he wanted to fire Paulson, right?
Debate must go on as scheduled.
McCain with Obama can throw out a joint-statement, if they like but a McCain pretense of stopping the RACE for the WHITE HOUSE to solve what McCain does NOT even UNDERSTAND is too ludicrous. Yes, McCain if NOT doddering and faking on this, should MOVE ON with his CAMPAIGN and tell everybody out of McCain mouth what McCain can do!

If MCCAIN is not just trash express talking again, and he is!

Posted by: Victoria3 | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM

"You didn't hear a hint of a partisan attack or posturing in that statement," said McCain senior adviser Mark Salter. "He really wants he and Senator Obama, leadership, throw in the chairmen, the administration, lock themselves in a room for the next 100 hours or however long it is between now and Monday morning and achieve some kind of consensus on something that will have the Congress's support."

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Did he really say this? Doesn't this strike you as back room wheeling and dealing? I'd rather transparency myself, in full public view.

Yup, Palin-McCain are sure gonna' do some shakin' and fixin' all right by golly! Don't forget the Hot Dish and the Jello mold with the little marshmallows!

Give me a break!

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM

David123456,

Right, Obama's dumb. That's why he graduated magna from HLS and was editor-in-chief of the law review.

How did you manage to count that high in your handle?

You're worried about Obama not releasing his academic records? What about Palin's academic records from her six schools? How about her "lost" emails?

You are a pathetic automaton hypocrite.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

McCain is coward.

Posted by: Phxflyter | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM

The nerve of that Senator Obama, actually wanting to debate and discuss the issues in front of the American people during a time of crisis...

Posted by: Guy B. Jones | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM

David123456,

Right, Obama's dume. That's why he graduated magna from HLS and was editor-in-chief of the law review.

How did you manage to count that high in your handle?

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM

If McCain realy is waiving the White Flag, then he needs to get behind the Obama plan and accept the controls on this bailout that the Democratic Party are putting forward and the US Tax Payers are demanding.

Posted by: walker1 | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM

Senator McCain suspended his campaign to reduce the partisan rancor until this crisis is controlled. The primary engine driving the partisanship, that could destroy the quality of life that we enjoy, is the presidential campaign.

Most of the previous posts prove that this is true. TRUTH - why bother? FAIRNESS - You've got to be kidding!! Unless we can have a more civil discussion and join to protect our common good, our country may not survive as we know it.

You will still be able to write your vile partisan rhetoric but may not be able to post it when IP s are unable to get loans and shut down. You will have a lot of time on your hands since most of us will be unemployed.

If we solve this crisis, we will be able to survive with either Obama or McCain as President, we survived Carter and Nixon.

If we allow the crisis to overwhelm us, the election won't matter. The loser will be the candidate that is elected.

No nation or ideology can destroy our country, but we can. The statements by congressional Democrats and Republicans about the crisis are scary. It is clear that we have elected partisan Republicans and partisan Democrats in recent years instead of Americans who happen to be Democrat or Republican.

I call on all Americans to set aside our differences and partisan rhetoric until this crisis is resolved and to demand of their elected officials that they do the same. Those who will not deserve to be punished at their next election regardless of their political affiliation.

Warren Buffet said that this could be a financial Pearl Harbor. We can see the airplanes on the horizon, but we are given 1000 excuses for not taking action.

Posted by: Xdem | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM

obama thinks he's running for president of the reacharound club. this jerkoff can't find his owndick to pee without the help of aunt esther

Posted by: dick cabesa | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM

Deregulator McCain

McCain Supported A Banking Bill Because It Eliminated "The Tremendous Regulatory Burden Imposed On Financial Institutions." While speaking in favor of bank deregulation on the floor of the senate, John McCain said, "This legislation takes a small but important step toward eliminating the tremendous regulatory burden imposed on financial institution... One principal reason banks are unable to make loans is the bewildering array of statutory and regulatory restrictions and paperwork requirements imposed by Congress and the regulatory agencies. While a case can certainly be made that every law and regulation is intended to serve a laudable purpose, the aggregate effect of the rapidly increasing regulatory burden imposed on banks is to cause them to devote substantial time, energy and money to compliance rather than meeting the credit needs of the community." [Congressional Record, 11/19/93; emphasis added]

McCain Supported A Bill To "Takes A Small Step Forward Toward Eliminating Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens Imposed On Banks." While speaking in favor of bank deregulation on the floor of the senate, John McCain said, "While a case can certainly be made that every law and regulation is intended to serve a laudable purpose, the aggregate effect of the rapidly increasing regulatory burden imposed on banks is to cause them to devote substantial time, energy and money to compliance rather than meeting the credit needs of the community.... This bill recognizes this fact, and takes a small step forward toward eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens imposed on banks." [Congressional Record, 11/19/93; emphasis added]

McCain Said The Best Thing Government Can Do For Business Is "Stay Out Of Its Way." While speaking about the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act on the floor on the Senate in 2000, John McCain said, 'I am convinced that the best thing government can often do to advance the fortunes of the private sector is to stay out of its way. I support this bill because it makes progress toward that end, by improving companies' flexibility to hire the talent they need, while providing for the regulatory framework and new educational opportunities to protect and promote American workers." [Congressional Record, 10/3/00; emphasis added]

In 1999, McCain Supported Phil Gramm's Banking Deregulation Bill. In 1999, John McCain voted for passage of the Senate version of a bill that would eliminate current barriers erected by the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act and other laws that impede affiliations between banking, securities, insurance and other firms. The bill also would exempt small, non-urban banks from the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), revise the Federal Home Loan Bank system and require that owners of automated teller machines (ATMs) provide notice on the ATM and on-screen of any charges imposed for the use of the terminal. The bill passed 54-44. [S. 900, Vote #105, 5/6/99] McCain Missed The Vote For Final Passage Because He Was Campaigning In New Hampshire. John McCain missed the final vote on Phil Gramm's banking deregulation bill because he was campaigning in New Hampshire. [NPR, "Morning Edition," 11/5/99; S. 900, Vote #354, 11/4/99] --Progressive Accountability

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM

Stop the presses!!!! John McCain is going back to Washington to single-handedly rescue the country from financial disaster. He is going to lend his formidable fiscal expertise and expert knowledge of economics to help out. What a selfless and noble man!! What a maverick!! What a straight-talker!!! Not.

Look, this is a transparent ploy. McCain is trying to sell this stunt as consistent with his "country first" campaign slogan, but all it shows is that he needs more debate prep time and wants to hide behind the financial crisis.

Posted by: Aaron Burr | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM

Great quote from Barney Frank.

Poor leadership from John McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM

Barney Frank is part of the problem. In 2003, he said ''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis," said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing." - from the NY Times (9/11/2003)

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM

John McCain is 72 years old...and a VERY BAD 72 years. He's Senile, and ANGRY, and dilussional!

BOMB , BOMB , BOMB IRAN...he sung to the quitars of this mess. The sooner he dies, the sooner 99.99% of the human race rejoices!

Posted by: harried | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM

What a charade by the McCain campaign. Bipartisan means joint statements, not oneupsmanship.

Posted by: Mike O | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM

Keep posting, LeeHInAlexandria. Your sophomoric logic and simplemindedness perfectly complements the whining and the foaming-at-the-mouth of your party. Your pit bull may have lipstick but it also has rabies.

By the way, it's a good thing no one listened to Jimmy Carter 30 years ago when he warned we needed to develop alternative energy. Yeah, Reagan put a stop to that foolishness. We'd never have had the pleasure of $4 gas.

Posted by: Edd | September 24, 2008 6:35 PM

I thought of this tactic on Monday and suggested to my husband that whoever went to the Hill would look good (not the bailing on the debate part). But that was Monday morning, not Wed afternoon, when these guys have been in heavy negotiations for 6 days now and nearing an agreement.

Remember when McCain and Bush took credit for Webb's GI Bill they both previously opposed????

I hope the Republican leadership in Congress doesn't let McCain disrespect them like this.

Without McCain the House Republicans are impudent????

Bitter pill to swallow even in an election year - bleck!

Posted by: Debi B | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM

Ugh... People who post the same content more than once should have ALL their posts deleted.

Posted by: mobedda | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM

I'm Sarah Palin. Just smile, wave, and pose.

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:32 PM

All of you Obama lovers ask yourselves one question ... what happens IF this is ACTUALLY as bad as the secretary of the treasury says it is? Oh of course the secretary is just exaggerating and things will just go on as normal in your sunny little towns across American. But really, what IF this REALLY is a crisis of historic proportions do you want to listen to some lame debate on foreign policy or do you want your elected officials in Washington? So if time is critical then personally I could care less about hearing a bunch of "hot air" from either Obama or McCain on Friday. You can alway reschedule the debate ... you can't can't reschedule a bank from closing its doors!!! If Obama refuses to come back to Washington and the bill doesn't pass... Obama is toast!!!

Posted by: politcal stunt or financial collapse? | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM

Here's another great quote from Barney Frank:

"These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM

THERE IS NO FINANCIAL PROBLEM MERELY A MANUFACTURED CRISIS! EVERYONE SHOULD WAKE UP AND STAND DOWN.

Posted by: hankomatic | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM


"Call me if you need me."

Obama thinks he's running for president of the sophomore class.

Got news for you, Obama.

We don't need you.

Go back to community organizing.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM

Apparently, the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Senator Obama's suggestion.

Having McCain back in DC will inject presidential politics into the process. This is just another case of horrible judgement.

We need leadership, not a campaign photo op in DC.

Posted by: orahovats | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM

McCain Trys To Escape Debate Like Hanoi...

McCain Trys To Escape Debate Like Hanoi...

McCain Trys To Escape Debate Like Hanoi...

Posted by: James T Shirley.blogspot | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM

Should Sen. McCain have ignored the call from the Senate leadership???

“We all understand the seriousness of the financial crisis,” Reid added. “We also understand that it's the Republican philosophy that has been adhered to totally by Sen. McCain that has gotten us to this Republican crisis that we now find ourselves. We have a Republican proposal they've given us. And we now need some Republican votes to help us with this.”

http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2008/09/23/reid-calls-out-mccain-on-bailout-measure/

Posted by: dmarchuleta | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM

Regarding that crack about "Community organizing," "Anonymous," why don't you take that white hood off and identify yourself?
Another political stunt from McCain, just as Sarah Palin was a political stunt. I thought he'd be a formidable contender, not a pathetic liar. This is an embarrassment to our country- his motives are transparent to the world, and should be an embarrassment to conservatives and republicans as well.

Posted by: auramac | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM

Maybe some of you should listen to former President Bill Clinton who says if Democrats want someone to dump on John McCain, he's not the guy.

(From AP)

Some members of his party have been complaining that Clinton has not been enthusiastic enough in his support for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who defeated Clinton's wife in the primary campaign, and heaping too much praise on McCain.

But Clinton told CNN's "Larry King Live" on Wednesday that he doesn't think "dumping" on McCain or his running mate, Sarah Palin, is a winning strategy. He said undecided voters aren't interested in attacks but solutions for the problems they face.

"I just don't believe that getting up here and hyperventilating about Gov. Palin, or Sen. McCain for that matter, is a productive use of a former president's time and is not a vote-getter," he said, adding that he admires McCain even though he disagrees with several of his positions.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM

The presence of McCain in Washington will politicize this issue even more and probably hurt far more than it would help...

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM

Great quote from Barney Frank.

Poor leadership from John McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM

Credit NEEDS to dry up.

That's the problem now, too much credit.

My Mom always said, "you can't borrow your way out of debt"

WE NEED GOOD PAYING JOBS!

Posted by: OneFreeMan | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM


Given that McCain is behind in some of the polls, it seems to me he would want to be in as many debates as possible--especially one about foreign policy.

"Country First."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM

I-DON'T-GET-IT MCCAIN

John McCain Admits It!

At a recent Wall Street Journal board meeting, McCain states, "I know a lot less about economics than I do about military..." Huffington Post

John McCain Asserts It!

At a recent town hall meeting in Florida, on the day that the Dow dropped over 500 points in consequence to Lehman Brothers' demise and Merrill Lynch's takeover, McCain states, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong. Newsweek

John McCain Doesn't Get It!

Regarding the Unemployment Rate
Inauguration Day 2001: 4.2%
Now: 6.1%

Regarding the Budget
Inauguration Day 2001: $281 Billion
Now: $357 Billion

Regarding the National Debt
Inauguration Day 2001: $5.7 Trillion
Now: $9.7 Trillion (CNN)

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:28 PM

"The Bamboozle Express"
LMAO!
McCain is looking like a wimpy waffler!

Posted by: d_in_laurel | September 24, 2008 6:28 PM

I have no read through a small portion of this thread and have to shame on all of you that attack each other, McCain or Obama. Dear God, can you please discuss this like adults?

I understand that it is a Senator's job to vote on these issues, but two Senators that do not have financial experience and that are both running for president in a volatile environment would not help going back. As the son of someone who has run a company I feel obliged to say something that I learned from my dad. An executive's job is to DELEGATE responsibilities to experts in specific fields while at the same time making sure to INSPIRE and LEAD with decisions that they make after CONFERRING with experts.

McCain and Obama should have released a joint statement, sent their financial brains to Washington to work out a deal and made sure that they could leave for DC in a moments notice. I actually think that the debate should be moved to DC, then everyone wins. The debate is held (the vote will not be held during the time they are on the stage) and both can be present if they are needed.

Posted by: Kullman | September 24, 2008 6:28 PM

John McCain is 72 years old...and a VERY BAD 72 years. He's Senile, and ANGRY, and dilussional!

BOMB , BOMB , BOMB IRAN...he sung to the quitars of this mess. The sooner he dies, the sooner 99.99% of the human race rejoices!

Posted by: Harried | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM


Posted by: harried | September 24, 2008 6:28 PM

>>>I don't know where you get your facts but Obama got into Harvard on scholarship. There was no quota filled because he left the part about race on his application blank.

That is a LIE. Barack Obama has refused to release any of his transcripts from Columbia where he majored in the fluffy subject of "political science", and WITHOUT HONORS. He was not Harvard material without a boost from Affirmative Action.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 6:26 PM

Well, it's official, Comrade McCain and Socialist Sarah have now proclaimed themselves to be cowards.

Turn them over, they're done.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | September 24, 2008 6:26 PM

Handling many things at once is called A.D.D. Leaders are ones who focus on a singular issue when something is in crisis to see it through. All Obama can say is "if they need me, they know where they can call me."

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM
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ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? DO YOU THINK THAT OUR ENEMIES WILL LET THE PRESIDENT TAKE A TIME OUT? THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE MULTIPLE ISSUES AT ONCE...IF HE CANNOT THEN HE IS NOT FIT TO LEAD.

Posted by: McCain is an idiot. | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM

This will work wonderfully for McCain for one reason and one reason alone: you rabid libs are frothing at the mouth with rage over it lol!!!!!!!! That's historically the best indicator for a move that will play well with the portion of the American public that does not suffer from rabies-induced-liberal-derangement.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM

So, the one Senator who admits he doesn't know much about the economy has to rush up to Washington to forge a bipartisan solution? The Bamboozle Express takes yet another detour from reality. Am I the only person out there in the ether who would love to put a combat boot up Lindsey Graham's butt. What a weasel.

Posted by: maxfli | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM

I understand that this is a huge crisis that this country is facing but yes having both Obama and McCain in Congress would be a distraction because of the political impact this Presidential race has become. McCain hasn't been in Congress missed a huge amount of votes just in the past year why now? Was the other votes not important enough for him to show up especially the ones for the Veterans? The debate is about foreign policy not economics and I for one would like to hear their debate. You can't be a part time President one who decides which votes are important enough to show for and which ones are unimportant enought to have a BBQ in your backyard doing a fundraiser.

Posted by: karen | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM

Mr "Change" Obamba is stuck is his unchange world..... Good night Obamba.. you are truly an idiot....

Posted by: robinhood | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM

"McCain has a pattern of using a crisis to avoid unpleasant situations such as Gustov to avoid Bush/Cheney from showing up live at the convention and now this." I see. So that's why he stayed in the cockpit of his crippled fighter bomber until after he had finished his mission of dropping bombs on Hanoi. Sound dishonorable to you? rcc_2000: you are a vile insect.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM

It's funny, I emailed the Obama campaign yesterday to suggest that they invite McCain and his advisors to join Obama and his advisors to work on a bipartisan message/plan. It sounds like the Obama campaign had the same idea because Sen. Obama called Sen. McCain at 8:30 this morning to make this suggestion. It took Sen. McCain until 2:30 pm to respond - one can only think that his counter-move to post-pone the campaign and debate is a power play to try to take away the focus from Sen. Obama's gesture to work together. Like Sen. McCain's other actions lately (e.g. choosing Gov. Palin so suddenly and without vetting; calling for firing of Cox; etc.), this seems impetuous and politically motivated.

Sen. Obama and all Americans should demand that Sen. McCain specify just exactly what he would be doing in Washington that requires him to pull out of the debates. My guess is that he is not needed in person . He has missed many important votes this year, so why now? I'll tell you why - the more McCain and Palin have unscripted time in front of the cameras, the more their poll numbers go DOWN.

Sadly, McCain is following the Rove strategy for protecting the country from knowing W's weaknesses - hide your candidate in plain site and only bring him out in front of GOP-friendly crowds....

I hope Sen. Obama and the bipartisan commission on debates hold their ground and keep the debate schedule. Then, watch McCain go on the "unpatriotic" attack mode. So predictable.

I wonder how they'll get Palin out of her debate with Biden? Maybe another weather calamity?

Posted by: bethechange1 | September 24, 2008 6:24 PM

Johnny McSame is a fraud. There is absolutely no need for him on Capitol Hill right now unless we assume that every other Republican Congressman is totally incompetent (maybe not such a far fetched assumption). McSame saw the same poll numbers we did this morning and knew his only hope of preventing a disaster was to come up with some gimmick that might trick the American people into believing he cares more about them then winning the election. Unfortunately for Johnny, no one is buying it. A CNN poll right now shows that 75% of the participant think that Johnny's request is nothing more than a political gimmick. Give it up Johnny, change your Depends, and wait for your inevitable defeat. 6 more weeks and then no more Republican BS to put up with. Obama/Biden 2008!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 24, 2008 6:24 PM

People here in these comments are asking what crisis. If nothing is done about this situation, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, every corner of our country will be impacted.

This cannot be allowed to happen. Doesn't this sound like something Senator Obama should be addressing in Washington?

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:24 PM

At least Obama has bothered to show up in the Senate this year, unlike McCain who hasn't voted on anything in the Senate since April 8th. In fact, his voting record the past two years is worse than any other Senator, even worse than the South Dakota senator who had the brain hemorrhage. And now he wants to go to DC?

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 6:24 PM

McCain's "suspension" is a cheap political stunt calculated to raise his personal political fortunes out of a nosedive. (See also, Palin, Repub. Convention.)

Don't fool yourselves, McCain means four more years of radical, extremist politics.

It's time to elect Obama, the one candidate who working people can count on in this election.

Posted by: greenjeans | September 24, 2008 6:24 PM

"Call me if you need me."

Obama thinks he's running for president of the sophomore class.

Got news for you, Obama.

We don't need you.

Go back to community organizing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM

Gimmick. McCain is clueless and desperate. The debate will go on with or without McCancel.

Posted by: HonestAbe | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM

At least Obama has bothered to show up in the Senate this year, unlike McCain who hasn't voted on anything in the Senate since April 8th. In fact, his voting record the past two years is worse than any other Senator, even worse than the South Dakota senator who had the brain hemorrhage. And now he wants to go to DC?

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM

An independent voter/thinker:

I highly doubt that McCain is "scared" to debate Obama on Friday debate when the topic is on foreign policy and national security.

Posted by: Sean Maurice | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM

People here in these comments are asking what crisis. If nothing is done about this situation, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, every corner of our country will be impacted.

This cannot be allowed to happen. Doesn't this sound like something Senator Obama should be addressing in Washington?

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM

At least Obama has bothered to show up in the Senate this year, unlike McCain who hasn't voted on anything in the Senate since April 8th. In fact, his voting record the past two years is worse than any other Senator, even worse than the South Dakota senator who had the brain hemorrhage. And now he wants to go to DC?

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM

This is typical Obama. Since McCain was the one to call for the halt to the debate Obama didn't want to be seen as following MaCain's lead so he opposed the return to Washinton request. Obama is always looking for the poltical benefit and by the way ... who cares about the financial crisis because Obama wants to just point fingers at the Bush Administration to cover his partisan tail. This guy makes me sick. Obama has ZERO leadership and is ALL about political posturing. All I can say is he better PRAY that this financial mess gets resolved before the debate because NOBODY is going give a hoot about some lame foreign policy debate when the nation is on the verge of financial collapse. Obama (for once) needs to stop running for president and actually "act" like a US congressman.

Posted by: typlical Obama | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM

Of course McCain is willing to suspend democracy (and probably the elections too) for the Wall St crisis--the Bush/Cheney administration attempted to suspend democracy for the "war on terror."

Posted by: Tom Yates | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM

No running away from this one, McCain!

Posted by: mobedda | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM

Seems to me this was a pure political move on McCain's part. If he was really interested in putting country first and quickly passing a bailout bill, then he should have made sure both presidential candidates agreed to suspend the debate and their campaigns prior to any candidate making an announcement. I am already furious about the financial crisis and the lack leadership in Washington from both sides, so the last thing I want is for one of the presidential candidates to try to reap political gains while risking the passage of a bill that protects taxpayers and worsening the financial crisis.

Posted by: Daniel Flynn | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM

JaxMax you must know, work with or be AsperGirl. You have the same writing style.

Your statements are sophomoric, emotional and poorly presented. You use rhetoric as a a way to present your case but it simply comes across as... As... Well ignorant.

This was a dishonorable and unpatriotic move on the part of McCain. The electoral process is THE foundation of the United States. The candidates have a responsibility to go before the American people and explain why they think they are the best choice. McCain has a pattern of using a crisis to avoid unpleasant situations such as Gustov to avoid Bush/Cheney from showing up live at the convention and now this.

McCain is a wimp and a dishonorable man.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM

McSame sounds more like a scared old man than a maverick.

I bet he'll have forgotten all about this by tomorrow.

This may be the first debate where one candidates' wardrobe was provided by Depends Adult Under Garments.

Posted by: Dr. Dunne | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM

McKeeting5 is just one of 100 senators, but he's trying to be 1 of 1 POTUS. I'd rather he and Obama meet and debate the issues than he duck-out of the debate because he's putting "country first".

The financial problem(s) will not be resolved in the 40+ days between now and the election nor the 115+ days until the inauguration. But the next POTUS will have to face the problem(s) and he can tell us now, via the debates, how he will address these issues.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM

Why the sudden rush back to the Senate, Johnny-boy?

There have been 643 votes taken in the current Senate session: McCain has missed 412 of them.

McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8th. Since March, he has missed 109 of the last 110 votes.

He missed votes on the GI Bill, energy policy, and in 2007 he missed "all 15 critical environmental votes in the Senate" -- giving him a 2007 rating of 0% from the League of Conservation Voters.
Cheap stunt, just like the Palin choice.

Posted by: napperfat | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM

JaxMax you must know, work with or be AsperGirl. You have the same writing style.

Your statements are sophomoric, emotional and poorly presented. You use rhetoric as a a way to present your case but it simply comes across as... As... Well ignorant.

This was a dishonorable and unpatriotic move on the part of McCain. The electoral process is THE foundation of the United States. The candidates have a responsibility to go before the American people and explain why they think they are the best choice. McCain has a pattern of using a crisis to avoid unpleasant situations such as Gustov to avoid Bush/Cheney from showing up live at the convention and now this.

McCain is a wimp and a dishonorable man.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM

"Well I for one have had just about enough of McCain's antics. If he does not show up on friday to mop the floor with Obama..." Say, as a show of bipartisan spirit they can mop the floor together. It's getting a little sticky from all the bile in this campaign.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM

McCain must be tired, and not able to get ready.

Obama is right on this one. Any president must be able to multi-task and handle a variety of problems at one time. Frankly, though I am now an older guy (and a Viet Nam Era Vet) I favor giving a new generation of rulers--those with different approaches to old problems and the unlimited energy of younger years--the chance to right this sinking ship. After all, the presidency is a 26-hour-a-day job.

I am guessing McCain would like to cancel Palin's debate too.

Posted by: Bad Theater | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM

Of course McCain wants to delay (or cancel) the debate(s). What exactly does he have to relay to the American people? The republican party has systematically destroyed our economy, gotten us into an illegal war with no end in site, empowered corporate giants, and ignored urgent environmental issues, to name just a few...I can't believe any thinking person with a bit of conscious would even consider putting another republican in charge of the country.

Pure insanity. These debates better go on as planned, or many Americans, including myself, will be highly pis_ed.

Posted by: Mark Alan Parker, Nashville | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM

Given that John McCain is behind in the polls, it's entirely in his interest to have as many debates as possible with Obama. The fact that he's foregoing a much needed face to face with Obama shows where McCain's true priorities are-- his country. Obama, the nobody from nowhere, obviously only cares about his political career.

ps., to say McCain "is not ready" for a foreign policy debate with Obama is like saying Obama isn't ready to read his telemprompter. This is a debate McCain was widely expect to wipe the floor with Obama. That's why Obama's been downplaying expectations for weeks.

COUNTRY FIRST.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM

So Mayor McCheese cries about the press reporting his lies and then cries that Obama won't stop beating him and cries that hard things keep happening and he can't take his nappy nap.

And he want us to elect him president? If he and Palin can't handle the press and Obama and, you know, current events on the campaign trail, how can they handle the presidency?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM

What a joke! Palin is more sequestered than a cloistered nun, Rick Davis is in bed with Freddie and Fannie, the McCain polls are tanking, and now Johnny Mac loses his, er, nerve and wants to postpone or cancel the debate.

Don't vote for McCain. He is ready for the retirement home --- does that make eight houses?

Posted by: Indiana Pearl | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM

McKeeting5 is just one of 100 senators, but he's trying to be 1 of 1 POTUS. I'd rather he and Obama meet and debate the issues than he duck-out of the debate because he's putting "country first".

The financial problem(s) will not be resolved in the 40+ days between now and the election nor the 115+ days until the inauguration. But the next POTUS will have to face the problem(s) and he can tell us now, via the debates, how he will address these issues.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM

McCain is struggling with whether to go with the bailout. Obama has said he supports it.

Many Americans don't want the bailout -- they want to hang wall street greed out to dry, and use the money to help Main Street.

McCain is trying to figure out what to do by being on the ground to talk and figure out what is best for the American people. That is what leaders do.

Posted by: playitfair | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM

Let hussein debate himself!

Put him onstage in his Styrofoam Greek Temple and let him talk and talk and talk - about himself, of course.

Then the American people will see what a shallow, arrogant, platitude-spouting, inexperienced, elitist, drug-addicted, narcissistic, flip-flopping gas-bag the d-crats are trying to foist on them!

Posted by: ALEX H. | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM

Haha, oh McCain is going to add his immense expertise on the economy? I'm sure if congress needs an "almost last in his class" aviator's opinion on how to fix the economy, then his two cents is welcome.

Posted by: Art in DC | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM

I have decided there will be no debate and no campaigning. Remind you of someone?

Posted by: Rabid John (McCain) | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM

It's because McCain feels threatened by a young, intelligent, taller, black man, so he wants to avoid him by walking across the street." Intelligent? C+ average at Columbia. Did not graduate with honors in a school known for grade inflation. Young? 71 may be senior but 47 is no spring chicken? Black? He's a mulatto. Wants to avoid him by walking across the street? Maybe McCain wants to avoid the shower of spittle if the Puppet gets in his face.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

--------------------------

greg3,

I don't know where you get your facts but Obama got into Harvard on scholarship. There was no quota filled because he left the part about race on his application blank. He was also head of the Harvard Review.

I think people saying Obama performed poorly in school really have no clue what they are talking about.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM

Don't we already have a president in Washington who is supposed to be leading?

Posted by: HideFromtheDebate | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

The President is a socialist (read closet Democrat) on economic policy which is why John McCain should take the bill and shove it back in Harry Reid's face.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

You can put lipstick on a chicken, but it's still a chicken.

McCain know the focus of the debate will shift to the economy. He wants to know what Washington comes up with, so he get sez the right things. Debating now is too risky.

Posted by: lafranzo | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

GIMMICK ALERT!
GIMMICK ALERT!
GIMMICK ALERT!

What happens when Gimmick Palin doesn't work out, employ another GIMMICK...and make it DRAMATIC. Nice try, Repubs. Try again.

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

So McCain and Obama are senators and are supposed to be doing the job of senators. Why in a time of crisis is one of the senators more interested in a job interview than doing his job?
This is no stunt, it is recognizing work needs to be doing and rolling up your sleeves to do it.

Posted by: shutupanddoyourjob | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain is getting more pathetic everyday. What kind of leader would he be? He can't manage more than one thing at a time. Grow a spine! He's too feeble.

Posted by: Cheryl, Chevy Chase MD | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain hasn't been to the Senate since APRIL!
All of the sudden, he has to run away, he knows nothing about the economy, he has said so. Phil Gramm, his financial adviser and him, DEREGUALTION, well, between deregulating everything and TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY, SEE HOW GREAT EVERYTHING IS!
RONALD REAGAN SAID, GOVERNEMNT IS THE PROBLEM, WELL NOW RONNIE,
YOUR PRECIOUS GOP 9Greedy Old Pigs) ARE SOCIALIZING WALL STREET!
For all of you who say Obama is a socialist and a Marxist, TOO LATE, THE GOP TOOK THAT TALKING POINT AWAY FROM HIM ALSO.
Like Change
Pulling out of Iraq
well every idea Obama has, it's a couple of days later, McCain claims it to be is. Very flattering, but the difference is, MCCAIN DOESN'T MEAN A WORD OF WHAT HE SAYS.
FOR ALL OF YOU WHO VOTED FOR BUSH, especially in 2004, YOU OWE AMERICANS AN APOLOGY!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain loves his country--

Obama loves himself

Posted by: Matt | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

REPUBLICANS,

YOUR CANDIDATE'S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

STOP BLOGGING.

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain is struggling with whether to go with the bailout. Obama has said he supports it.

Many Americans don't want the bailout -- they want to hang wall street greed out to dry, and use the money to help Main Street.

McCain is trying to figure out what to do by being on the ground to talk and figure out what is best for the American people. That is what leaders do.

Posted by: playitfair | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"The voters will decide.

The candidate who dropped everything to go to Washington to try to keep everybody's savings from evaporating.

Or the ingénue who debated himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM"

---

First of all, he's not really needed there, he is not part of the group of experts who will be reshaping this bill, he'd be like the little dog following around the bulldog's legs. Secondly, he's going to find time to do an event with Clinton but not the debate?

Oh and, it was Obama's idea, McCain pulled a fast one.

on and none of Sarah Palin's kids play hockey either, she's not even a hockey mom.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

He should permenantly suspend it.

Posted by: alba | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McChicken is chickening out with master Bush at his side. Bush 43 is playing politics in this General election. Remember the Israili Knesett and his lecture there? McBush are synchronising their moves. Shame on BUSH. Can't even go out in peace without Karl Rove in his pants!!

Posted by: Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"McCain would begin unilaterally pulling down his campaign ads and cease fundraising."

OK, he got his $84 million so he shouldn't be fundraising anyway. But he's suggesting in a roundabout way that now Obama should also cease fundraising and stop campaigning to work on this banking mess? Yeahhhhhh, right. And if you fall for that I have a bridge in Alaska that I'll sell you......

Posted by: HankD | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Obama is completely correct here. McCain should not hide from the debate - focusing on the economic catastrophe created by Bush/Cheney will be part of being president and should be part of any serious contender's campaign for president.

I am beginning to wonder if McCain really has the stomach for the complexities and multiple focuses of the job.

He needs to stop listening to Rick Davis and Carl Rove..and just be himself. That way, even if he loses, he will be himself...not what he seems to be devolving into.

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

JaxMax you must know, work with or be AsperGirl. You have the same writing style.

Your statements are sophomoric, emotional and poorly presented. You use rhetoric as a a way to present your case but it simply comes across as... As... Well ignorant.

This was a dishonorable and unpatriotic move on the part of McCain. The electoral process is THE foundation of the United States. The candidates have a responsibility to go before the American people and explain why they think they are the best choice. McCain has a pattern of using a crisis to avoid unpleasant situations such as Gustov to avoid Bush/Cheney from showing up live at the convention and now this.

McCain is a wimp and a dishonorable man.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

No More Karl Ro\/e style adds running until the CRISIS is o\/er

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain could have avoided all hint of partisanship by making arrangements with Obama before speaking to the public and arranging a joint statement.

He chose instead to make a unilateral statement that is easily perceived as serving his own partisan interests.

If he is being misinterpreted now, he can only blame in on yet the most recent of his many recent misjudgments.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-trailing-in-polls-continues.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
McCain, Trailing in Polls, Continues Campaign By "Suspending" It

John McCain, trailing by 9 points in national polls, has announced that he is "suspending" his campaign.

Having lost significant ground to Obama on the issue of the economy, and facing a potentially defining and withering debate on Friday where he would be confronted on his statements on the economy that have led to this sharp decline, McCain has attempted to change the rules of the game, to erase many past errors through a putatively "unpolitical" move--something we have seen before.

A simple question: Under the same economic conditions, if McCain had been leading, does anyone believe that McCain would have "suspended" his campaign?

This is the ultimate in cynicism--using the current conditions in order to attempt to blunt a sharp decline and try to control the media dialogue, through a political act designed to avoid a potential political debacle. He is continuing his campaign--which was leading to loss in all directions--by "suspending" it. It is an attempt to silence media criticism and questions--and to prevent a debate on these issues that for him is sharply unfavorable. As such, it is impulsivity masked as statesmanship, as well as an attempt to control the media dialogue, as we saw yesterday at the U.N.,--factors we have seen all along. He wants to attempt to force media to avoid covering openly his flailing campaign, the cynically political masked as the unpolitical, as we saw in the VP pick. Don't be fooled.

McCain is attempting to avoid the debate in the face of this decline, through the type of evasion and lack of press access and communication that has characterized his campaign. It shows an extraordinary willingness to use difficult conditions to erase and avoid political errors, and serve political needs.

He surely would like to put off the debate, and attempt to create more favorable conditions for it.

This is just the time for a debate. We can work on solutions as well. Don't be cowed.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-trailing-in-polls-continues.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"The voters will decide.

The candidate who dropped everything to go to Washington to try to keep everybody's savings from evaporating.

Or the ingénue who debated himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM"

---

First of all, he's not really needed there, he is not part of the group of experts who will be reshaping this bill, he'd be like the little dog following around the bulldog's legs. Secondly, he's going to find time to do an event with Clinton but not the debate?

Oh, and, it was Obama's idea, McCain pulled a fast one.

Oh, and none of Sarah Palin's kids play hockey either, she's not even a hockey mom.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

At least there is one adult running for the highest office.

FACTS ARE FACTS --

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett

Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.
Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.

Take away Fannie and Freddie, or regulate them more wisely, and it's hard to imagine how these highly liquid markets would ever have emerged. This whole mess would never have happened.

It is easy to identify the historical turning point that marked the beginning of the end.

Back in 2005, Fannie and Freddie were, after years of dominating Washington, on the ropes. They were enmeshed in accounting scandals that led to turnover at the top. At one telling moment in late 2004, captured in an article by my American Enterprise Institute colleague Peter Wallison, the Securities and Exchange Comiission's chief accountant told disgraced Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines that Fannie's position on the relevant accounting issue was not even ``on the page'' of allowable interpretations.

Then legislative momentum emerged for an attempt to create a ``world-class regulator'' that would oversee the pair more like banks, imposing strict requirements on their ability to take excessive risks. Politicians who previously had associated themselves proudly with the two accounting miscreants were less eager to be associated with them. The time was ripe.

The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn't be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie ``continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,'' he said. ``We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.''

What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.

Different World

If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.

But the bill didn't become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn't even get the Senate to vote on the matter.

That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: ``It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.''

Mounds of Materials

Now that the collapse has occurred, the roadblock built by Senate Democrats in 2005 is unforgivable. Many who opposed the bill doubtlessly did so for honorable reasons. Fannie and Freddie provided mounds of materials defending their practices. Perhaps some found their propaganda convincing.

But we now know that many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years.

Throughout his political career, Obama has gotten more than $125,000 in campaign contributions from employees and political action committees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, second only to Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman, who received more than $165,000.

Oh, and there is one little footnote to the story that's worth keeping in mind while Democrats point fingers between now and Nov. 4:
Senator John McCain was one of the three cosponsors of S.190, the bill that would have averted this mess.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_hassett&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

GIMMICK ALERT!
GIMMICK ALERT!
GIMMICK ALERT!

What happens when Gimmick Palin doesn't work out, employ another GIMMICK...and make it DRAMATIC. Nice try, Repubs. Try again.

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

GIMMICK ALERT!
GIMMICK ALERT!
GIMMICK ALERT!

What happens when Gimmick Palin doesn't work out, employ another GIMMICK...and make it DRAMATIC. Nice try, Repubs. Try again.

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

So Mayor McCheese cries about the press reporting his lies and then cries that Obama won't stop beating him and cries that there are hard things keeps happening and he can't take his nappy nap.

And he want us to elect him president? If he and Palin can't handle the press and Obama and, you know, current events on the campaign trail, how can they handle the presidency?

Posted by: jjchicago | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Okay, this is getting into troll-feeding territory, but LeeHInAlexandria writes, about Obama:

"he needs a teleprompter in order to get his words out. When off the teleprompter, he is as dumb as a post. Dumber than Paris Hilton.

Watch even five minutes of this:

http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080115/VIDEO/80115026

Then come back and tell me, with a straight face, that Obama can't talk without a teleprompter. McCain, on the other hand....

Regards,
Beren

Posted by: Beren | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"The voters will decide.

The candidate who dropped everything to go to Washington to try to keep everybody's savings from evaporating.

Or the ingénue who debated himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM"

---

First of all, he's not really needed there, he is not part of the group of experts who will be reshaping this bill, he'd be like the little dog following around the bulldog's legs. Secondly, he's going to find time to do an event with Clinton but not the debate?

Oh, and, it was Obama's idea, McCain pulled a fast one.

Oh, and none of Sarah Palin's kids play hockey either, she's not even a hockey mom.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

JaxMax you must know, work with or be AsperGirl. You have the same writing style.

Your statements are sophomoric, emotional and poorly presented. You use rhetoric as a a way to present your case but it simply comes across as... As... Well ignorant.

This was a dishonorable and unpatriotic move on the part of McCain. The electoral process is THE foundation of the United States. The candidates have a responsibility to go before the American people and explain why they think they are the best choice. McCain has a pattern of using a crisis to avoid unpleasant situations such as Gustov to avoid Bush/Cheney from showing up live at the convention and now this.

McCain is a wimp and a dishonorable man.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

JaxMax you must know, work with or be AsperGirl. You have the same writing style.

Your statements are sophomoric, emotional and poorly presented. You use rhetoric as a a way to present your case but it simply comes across as... As... Well ignorant.

This was a dishonorable and unpatriotic move on the part of McCain. The electoral process is THE foundation of the United States. The candidates have a responsibility to go before the American people and explain why they think they are the best choice. McCain has a pattern of using a crisis to avoid unplesant situations such as Gustov to avoid Bush/Cheney from showing up live at the convention and now this.

McCain is a wimp and a dishonorable man.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Sounds like McSame is more a scared old man than a maverick.

I bet by tomorrow he'll have forgotten he did this.

This may be the first debate where one of the candidates wardrobe was provide by Depends.

Posted by: Dr. Dunne | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Obama is a real politician, he will never commit anything, take everyone views and add on it.
Does Fed Tresurary need this approval from the congress?.
When Fed bail out AIG and Fredi mac etc. all democrats were shouting that one person has so much power to use more than 800 billion doller(Nancy on CNN) What happen to those powers. Let him do his job and keep all the politician to concentrate about incoming election. Don't expect right decision from a politician who has to face election in two months.

Posted by: sudhirprannath | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

If McCain was not posturing he would have worked things out with Obama behind the scenes, like Obama tried to do.

I think Obama's line was perfect. Presidents need to multi-task.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

No More Karl Ro\/e style adds running until the CRISIS is o\/er

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

JaxMax you must know, work with or be AsperGirl. You have the same writing style.

Your statements are sophomoric, emotional and poorly presented. You use rhetoric as a a way to present your case but it simply comes across as... As... Well ignorant.

This was a dishonorable and unpatriotic move on the part of McCain. The electoral process is THE foundation of the United States. The candidates have a responsibility to go before the American people and explain why they think they are the best choice. McCain has a pattern of using a crisis to avoid unpleasant situations such as Gustov to avoid Bush/Cheney from showing up live at the convention and now this.

McCain is a wimp and a dishonorable man.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Chicken little cancelled, AWWWWWWWWWWWW!
He'll show up a day late and a dollar short but still take credit for it,you watch. Like the GI Bill he was so against and now uses it in speeches like he helped get it passed. Worthless he is.

Posted by: jime | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

No More Karl Ro\/e style adds running until the CRISIS is o\/er

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain could have avoided all hint of partisanship by making arrangements with Obama before speaking to the public and arranging a joint statement.

He chose instead to make a unilateral statement that is easily perceived as serving his own partisan interests.

If he is being misinterpreted now, he can only blame in on yet the most recent of his many recent misjudgments.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

At least there is one adult running for the highest office.

FACTS ARE FACTS --

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett

Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.
Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.

Take away Fannie and Freddie, or regulate them more wisely, and it's hard to imagine how these highly liquid markets would ever have emerged. This whole mess would never have happened.

It is easy to identify the historical turning point that marked the beginning of the end.

Back in 2005, Fannie and Freddie were, after years of dominating Washington, on the ropes. They were enmeshed in accounting scandals that led to turnover at the top. At one telling moment in late 2004, captured in an article by my American Enterprise Institute colleague Peter Wallison, the Securities and Exchange Comiission's chief accountant told disgraced Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines that Fannie's position on the relevant accounting issue was not even ``on the page'' of allowable interpretations.

Then legislative momentum emerged for an attempt to create a ``world-class regulator'' that would oversee the pair more like banks, imposing strict requirements on their ability to take excessive risks. Politicians who previously had associated themselves proudly with the two accounting miscreants were less eager to be associated with them. The time was ripe.

The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn't be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie ``continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,'' he said. ``We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.''

What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.

Different World

If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.

But the bill didn't become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn't even get the Senate to vote on the matter.

That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: ``It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.''

Mounds of Materials

Now that the collapse has occurred, the roadblock built by Senate Democrats in 2005 is unforgivable. Many who opposed the bill doubtlessly did so for honorable reasons. Fannie and Freddie provided mounds of materials defending their practices. Perhaps some found their propaganda convincing.

But we now know that many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years.

Throughout his political career, Obama has gotten more than $125,000 in campaign contributions from employees and political action committees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, second only to Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman, who received more than $165,000.

Oh, and there is one little footnote to the story that's worth keeping in mind while Democrats point fingers between now and Nov. 4:
Senator John McCain was one of the three cosponsors of S.190, the bill that would have averted this mess.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_hassett&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Sounds more like a scared old man than a maverick.

Posted by: Dr. Dunne | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

There is a crisis in Washington and we must suspend all the rules. Remind you of someone?

Posted by: Rabid John (McCain) | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Too bad Mac can't walk and chew gum at the same time... that's a job requirement!!

Posted by: Sarah | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"McCain would begin unilaterally pulling down his campaign ads and cease fundraising."

OK, he got his $84 million so he shouldn't be fundraising anyway. But he's suggesting in a roundabout way that now Obama should also cease fundraising and stop campaigning to work on this banking mess? Yeahhhhhh, right. And if you fall for that I have a bridge in Alaska that I'll sell you......

Posted by: HankD | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

No More Karl Ro\/e style adds running until the CRISIS is o\/er

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM


"Country First."

NOw....Obama.... you get your skinny butt to Washington AND DO YOUR JOB!!!

Not Berlin.

Not San Francisco.

Not Los Angeles.

Washington... AND RIGHT FRIGGIN' NOW!!

DO YOUR JOB!!

THE JOB TAXPAYERS PAY YOU TO DO!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Don't we already have a president in Washington who is supposed to be leading?

Posted by: HideFromtheDebate | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

The President is a socialist (read closet Democrat) on economic policy which is why John McCain should take the bill and shove it up Harry Reid's a**.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Don't we already have a president in Washington who is supposed to be leading?

Posted by: HideFromtheDebate | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

The President is a socialist (read closet Democrat) on economic policy which is why John McCain should take the bill and shove it back in Harry Reid's face.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

No More Karl Ro\/e style adds running until the CRISIS is o\/er

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM


"Country First."

NOw....Obama.... you get your skinny butt to Washington AND DO YOUR JOB!!!

Not Berlin.

Not San Francisco.

Not Los Angeles.

Washington... AND RIGHT FRIGGIN' NOW!!

DO YOUR JOB!!

THE JOB TAXPAYERS PAY YOU TO DO!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"McCain would begin unilaterally pulling down his campaign ads and cease fundraising."

OK, he got his $84 million so he shouldn't be fundraising anyway. But he's suggesting in a roundabout way that now Obama should also cease fundraising and stop campaigning to work on this banking mess? Yeahhhhhh, right. And if you fall for that I have a bridge in Alaska that I'll sell you......

Posted by: HankD | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

John McCain is arrogant. He confesses that he knows very little about our economy, and then presumes to run to D.C. and save it. I'm disappointed in him, primarily because I think he's "playing for time" to get it together to debate Obama. I give up! I'm not voting. I can't imagine Reagan or either Bush pulling this stunt. Disgusting.

Posted by: Shooby | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

A Republican congress and McCain can not get a bill passed. The Republicans ignored him then we should now.

Posted by: Jason Jones | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Don't we already have a president in Washington who is supposed to be leading?

Posted by: HideFromtheDebate | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

The President is a socialist (read closet Democrat) on economic policy which is why John McCain should take the bill and shove it up Harry Reid's a**.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

No More Karl Ro\/e style adds running until the CRISIS is o\/er

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

There is a crisis in Washington and we must suspend all the rules. Remind you of someone?

Posted by: Rabid John (McCain) | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM


"Country First."

NOw....Obama.... you get your skinny butt to Washington AND DO YOUR JOB!!!

Not Berlin.

Not San Francisco.

Not Los Angeles.

Washington... AND RIGHT FRIGGIN' NOW!!

DO YOUR JOB!!

THE JOB TAXPAYERS PAY YOU TO DO!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

greg3:

we're not all angry...
watching you make a fool of yourself on these boards while trying to upset people who disagree with you is fun for us too!

Posted by: laughing dem | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Poor Obama and his "bad news" advisors! You're a Senator and you should be voting on an important issue, or is it that you're afraid to vote on it and have that vote haunt you in the debates and on Nov 4th? That was a great response, Barry H Obama.."call me, if you need me"...I can tell you now, no one needs you. So Obama is afraid to commit to an answer again! Haha! What a total juvenile! I guess Barry's sitting in Florida saying to himself, "I wonder what George McGovern would do?"

Posted by: WallyG | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Let hussein debate himself!

Put him onstage in his Styrofoam Greek Temple and let him talk and talk and talk - about himself, of course.

Then the American people will see what a shallow, arrogant, platitude-spouting, inexperienced, elitist, drug-addicted, narcissistic, flip-flopping gas-bag the d-crats are trying to foist on them!

Posted by: ALEX H. | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

If McCain was not posturing he would have worked things out with Obama behind the scenes, like Obama tried to do.

I think Obama's line was perfect. Presidents need to multi-task.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"COUNTRY FIRST"

Gee, well if the hand-out, I mean "bail-out" is so important, maybe we should just postpone the entire election until the Dow comes back up north of 12,000? Then we'll know that the polling places are safe once more for Republicans, eh?

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Poor Obama and his "bad news" advisors! You're a Senator and you should be voting on an important issue, or is it that you're afraid to vote on it and have that vote haunt you in the debates and on Nov 4th? That was a great response, Barry H Obama.."call me, if you need me"...I can tell you now, no one needs you. So Obama is afraid to commit to an answer again! Haha! What a total juvenile! I guess Barry's sitting in Florida saying to himself, "I wonder what George McGovern would do?"

Posted by: WallyG | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

"And exactly why should the government be in this business of regulating this?"

Oh, for the same reasons there should be laws against fraud.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

greg3:

we're not all angry...
watching you make a fool of yourself on these boards while trying to upset people who disagree with you is fun for us too!

Posted by: laughing dem | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

greg3:

we're not all angry...
watching you make a fool of yourself on these boards while trying to upset people who disagree with you is fun for us too!

Posted by: laughing dem | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain overreacted again. The voters HATE this bill--bailing out fat cats at their expense. McCain knows this and tried to distance himself. Reid called him on it and said he HAD to vote for it, or no deal. So McCain's distancing strategy is a no-go. Obama offered him a low-drama way to take his lumps--a joint statement that said they both are on board. But McCain went for the Hail Mary pass. The outcome: When something passes at 8:00am Monday morning, McCain is going to be INTIMATELY tied to it, and voters agoing to HATE him for leading the effort to bail out the fat cats. He took a small problem and is about to turn it into a HUGE one for himself.

Posted by: Cabin John | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

First of all Sen. McCain is calling for a POSTPONEMENT not a cancellation. Second, Sen. McCain has asked Obama for one-on-one townhall meetings for MONTHS to discuss the issues and his invitations were never accepted. Third, Sen. Obama has said he would act in a non-partisan manner if elected President. Well, THIS is the perfect opportunity to prove it. Let's put our priorities in order. We have over 40 days until the election. Lastly, for the people calling Sen. McCain a coward or worse, you are only showing your ignorance.

Posted by: dmarchuleta | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Given that John McCain is behind in the polls, it's entirely in his interest to have as many debates as possible with Obama.. The fact that he's foregoing a much needed face to face with Obama shows where McCain's true priorities are-- his country. Obama, the nobody from nowhere, obviously only cares about his political career.

ps., to say McCain "is not ready" for a foreign policy debate is like saying Obama isn't ready to read his telemprompter. This is a debate McCain was widely expect to wipe the floor with Obama. That's why Obama's been downplaying expectations for weeks.

COUNTRY FIRST.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Why McCain went before TV cameras instead to follow up his opponent call regarding this crisis and seek a joint statement? He definitely needs new and shine ideas from his young rival.

Obviously McCain trying to fillup the gap and playing the poll. We understand his game.

Posted by: Anselm | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

And we thought the rookie moose-hunting Governor of Alaska was a cheap stunt?
This act of cowardice takes the cake. Where has McCain been the last 12 months? Certainly not on the Senate floor as he has missed 80% of votes cast. What a buffoon.

Posted by: napperfat | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

I think the WP/ABC poll results, rather than the economy, is what is behind McCain's desire to suspend campaigning and return to Washington for the bailout debate and vote. And that's bogus, because the technology exists so that Senators could vote remotely via a secure video hookup or they could postpone the vote until Saturday and that would give them time to get back into town vote. Meanwhile they can watch the hearings via C-Span and participate in the debate via a video conferencing connection.

McCain is just trying to grandstand 'cause the polls are turning against him.

Posted by: laSerenissima | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

I think the WP/ABC poll results, rather than the economy, is what is behind McCain's desire to suspend campaigning and return to Washington for the bailout debate and vote. And that's bogus, because the technology exists so that Senators could vote remotely via a secure video hookup or they could postpone the vote until Saturday and that would give them time to get back into town vote. Meanwhile they can watch the hearings via C-Span and participate in the debate via a video conferencing connection.

McCain is just trying to grandstand 'cause the polls are turning against him.

Posted by: laSerenissima | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

I think the WP/ABC poll results, rather than the economy, is what is behind McCain's desire to suspend campaigning and return to Washington for the bailout debate and vote. And that's bogus, because the technology exists so that Senators could vote remotely via a secure video hookup or they could postpone the vote until Saturday and that would give them time to get back into town vote. Meanwhile they can watch the hearings via C-Span and participate in the debate via a video conferencing connection.

McCain is just trying to grandstand 'cause the polls are turning against him.

Posted by: laSerenissima | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

I think the WP/ABC poll results, rather than the economy, is what is behind McCain's desire to suspend campaigning and return to Washington for the bailout debate and vote. And that's bogus, because the technology exists so that Senators could vote remotely via a secure video hookup or they could postpone the vote until Saturday and that would give them time to get back into town vote. Meanwhile they can watch the hearings via C-Span and participate in the debate via a video conferencing connection.

McCain is just trying to grandstand 'cause the polls are turning against him.

Posted by: laSerenissima | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

And we thought the rookie moose-hunting Governor of Alaska was a cheap stunt?
This act of cowardice takes the cake. Where has McCain been the last 12 months? Certainly not on the Senate floor as he has missed 80% of votes cast. What a buffoon.

Posted by: napperfat | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Several days ago Mr. Obama made his statement about the things that are necessary in such a bailout. They include, in part, that there be oversight, that the taxpayers get an actual stake in the companies, that regulations be put in place to prevent the banks from continuing to do the same thing that put us in this mess, that the people responsible not be rewarded for their negligence. This was issued before McCain ever came up with anything and should be enough to make his position known. Those who claim that Mr. Obama is negligent are just repeating talking points issued from the Rove undisclosed location and have no idea of what they are talking about.

Given that Mr McCain has absolutely no credibility in economic matters, I shouldn't have to point out that for him to mess with this situation will only make matters worse. After all, it is his advisers who set the stage for this fiasco and he himself who has been voting to deregulate. Furthermore, he can't seem to make up his mind even now about whether or not there should be regulations. How long ago was it that he last said that the fundamentals of our economy are strong? How can he blame Mr. Cox for not regulating when Mr. McCain himself did away with the regulations. And does anyone actually think that in a couple days he has all of a sudden learned enough about the situation to do any good?!

Anyone who believes that his action is not an attempt to flee from a confrontation with Mr. Obama believes that oil had nothing to do with the invasion of Iraq.

Posted by: dkmjr | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM

Well I for one have had just about enough of McCain's antics. If he does not show up on friday to mop the floor with Obama, he can forget about my vote. I'll stay home on election night.

Posted by: right is right | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM

Okay, this is getting into troll-feeding territory, but LeeHInAlexandria writes, about Obama:

"he needs a teleprompter in order to get his words out. When off the teleprompter, he is as dumb as a post. Dumber than Paris Hilton.

Watch even five minutes of this:

http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080115/VIDEO/80115026

Then come back and tell me, with a straight face, that Obama can't talk without a teleprompter. McCain, on the other hand....

Regards,
Beren

Posted by: Beren | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Did you hear? McCain has suspended his campaign! Obama really screwed up, McCain said country first, Obama said, I have no plan, no ideas, but if they want some coffee or something I'm sure they'll call me! I mean McCain may be over acting a bit, but Obama looks like an inept dolt... Ooops!

Posted by: LouDobbsForPresident | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Perfect decision by Obama. A president should be able to carry out multiple tasks and should not have knee-jerk reactions. Obama displayed correct judgement, confidence, maturity, and leadership.

Posted by: vp | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Exactly, and I want to see and hear how Mr McCain stacks up against Obama during a debate on this subject. While I question the term leadership when it applies to the White House, Bush is still supposed to be running this country, not candidates. So step up McCain, lets here how you do in a debate.

Don't we already have a president in Washington who is supposed to be leading?

Posted by: HideFromtheDebate

Posted by: Curtis | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

The election process is the process and parts of that process are the debates regardless of who thinks they are inconsequential. Sure some/most know who they are voting for at this point but that's beside the point. There is no justifiable reason to cancel the debate. If that's the case how about we just cancel the voting process all together? Not sure what McCain is up to but I know for DAMN sure it's not for the betterment of me or the economy. McCain FYI, this economic crisis is not new but you wouldn't know anything about that with 13 calls and all; or is it 14 seeing as though you don't know so spare me this latest bull crap you are trying to throw. Besides, what the hell do you think you are going to accomplish in 2 days? McDoofus!

Posted by: Andrea | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Mccain accepts Obama's plan to issue joint statement then claims it was his (Mccain's) idea! Then after realizing he is not ready to debate Obama on the economy after a one hour cram session in the library,he dares to pretend that he is delaying the debate for us!! please media sto saying it was Mccain's idea,Obama phoned Mccain six hours earlier to propose it.

_________________________________________

You obviously didn't read the timeline b/c you are absolutely wrong on the timeline. And the debate is on Nation Security and Foreign Policies, duh?

BTW Obama is a socialist!


Posted by: Oryan | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

A Republican congress and McCain can not get a bill passed. The Republicans ignored him then we should now.

Posted by: Jason Jones | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

John McChicken McCain!!!!

Posted by: AR | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Can you say Politics of Fear?

Last thing we need is a quick half baked "solution".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Yes, McSame is trying his best to alter people thinking. First, he doesn't know about the economy, he doesn't know how many homes he own and doesn't know how to text.

The economy is a long-term problem we citizens will fix. Therefore, McSame will go to DC and appear as if he really cares about the economy and learn everything about it in a few days. He may think that it is the taxpayers fault and not Wall Street after all (what a leader he will be) because were so call "WHINERS"

And, Bush, by the way, will address the nation and want American citizens support.

Posted by: Go-Go U.S. | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

A TRUE leader leads and leads others in getting things done. A leader is not very effective when he is far away.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM
__________________

As in out of touch. Lacking skills necessary to multi-task. McCan't just is a bit too old for the pressure and responsibility. He'll bail on responsibilities when in the White House too. His desperate gesture only works for those to dense to see through it. All of a sudden he returns to congress...after all these months. Go ahead fall for it. How embarrasssing

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

FYI, the word from the McCain camp is that they are suggesting the first P debate be moved to Oct 2, which is originally scheduled for the first VP debate. Subsequently, the VP debate will be held a week later in MS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

I wonder if McCain maybe has had a minor stroke, or a nervous breakdown.

Posted by: Magic Dog | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

David123456: Senate Bill 190 was typical Republican smoke and mirrors - it would have shifted oversight AWAY from the Federal government to an independent entity, i.e. no oversight whatsoever. And it died in a Republican committee.

Posted by: justathought3 | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

And exactly why should the government be in this business of regulating this? In '95, the Clinton administration essentially put a gun to the heads of the banks and lending institutions by enforcing the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) which started this whole mess. President Bush and the Republicans (the conservatives, not the socialist wing of the party) tried to institute some sort of independent reform, but were shot down at every turn by the Dumbocrats.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Perfect decision by Obama. A president shouild be able to carry out multiple tasks and should not have knee-jerk reactions. Obama displayed correct judgement, confidence, maturity, and leadership.

Posted by: vp | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

i think that is dumb!!!!!!!!!!!you suck...i hope obama wins

Posted by: blah blah | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Obama's right, a president has to be able to do more than one thing. If McCain is unable to do that, he should withdraw.

Let the debate go on.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

McCain should just send Palin in his place

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

John McCain is arrogant. He confesses that he knows very little about our economy, and then presumes to run to D.C. and save it. I'm disappointed in him, primarily because I think he's "playing for time" to get it together to debate Obama. I give up! I'm not voting. I can't imagine Reagan or either Bush pulling this stunt. Disgusting.

Posted by: Shooby | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Poor Obama and his "bad news" advisors! You're a Senator and you should be voting on an important issue, or is it that you're afraid to vote on it and have that vote haunt you in the debates and on Nov 4th? That was a great response, Barry H Obama.."call me, if you nedd me"...I can tell you now, no one needs you. So Obama is afraid to commit to an answer again! Haha! What a total juvenile! I guess Barry's sitting in Florida saying to himself, "I wonder what George McGovern would do?"

Posted by: WallyG | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Given that John McCain is behind in the polls, it's entirely in his interest to have as many debates as possible with Obama.. The fact that he's foregoing a much needed face to face with Obama shows where McCain's true priorities are-- his country. Obama, the nobody from nowhere, obviously only cares about his political career.

COUNTRY FIRST.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Don't show up McCain--Good idea.

It isn't going to be fun to have YOUR ASSS handed to you in front of millions of Americans, already clutching pitchforks and torches.......

Posted by: KA | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Don't show up McCain--Good idea.

It isn't going to be fun to have YOUR ASSS handed to you in front of millions of Americans, already clutching pitchforks and torches.......

Posted by: KA | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Don't show up McCain--Good idea.

It isn't going to be fun to have YOUR ASSS handed to you in front of millions of Americans, already clutching pitchforks and torches.......

Posted by: KA | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Don't show up McCain--Good idea.

It isn't going to be fun to have YOUR ASSS handed to you in front of millions of Americans, already clutching pitchforks and torches.......

Posted by: KA | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

Why McCain went before TV cameras instead to follow up his opponent call regarding this crisis and seek a joint statement? He definitely needs new and shine ideas from his young rival.

Obviously McCain trying to fillup the gap and playing the poll. We understand his game.

Posted by: Anselm | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

And we thought the rookie moose-hunting Governor of Alaska was a cheap stunt?
This act of cowardice takes the cake. Where has McCain been the last 12 months? Certainly not on the Senate floor as he has missed 80% of votes cast. What a buffoon.

Posted by: napperfat | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM

"McCain aides acknowledged that McCain called Bush before he returned Obama's call, but they denied playing politics."

________________________________________

So the lame-duck partisan ally gets a heads-up, and the supposed partner in "bipartisan cooperation" gets a take-it-or-leave-it "offer" announced via national press conference?

John McGIMMICK.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 6:05 PM

"It isn't going to be fun to have YOUR ASSS handed to you in front of millions of Americans, already clutching pitchforks and torches......." Sounds like a lynching. Which candidate are you talking about?

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 6:05 PM

Stop blogging? Hell no. P*ssing off the dull witted Demoroids in this comment section is an unqualified gas.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM

David123456: Senate Bill 190 was typical Republican smoke and mirrors - it would have shifted oversight AWAY from the Federal government to an independent entity, i.e. no oversight whatsoever. And it died in a Republican committee.

Posted by: justathought3 | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

And exactly why should the government be in this business of regulating this? In '95, the Clinton administration esentially put a gun to the heads of the banks and lending institutions by enforcing the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) which started this whole mess. President Bush and the Republicans (the conservatives, not the socialist wing of the party) tried to institute some sort of independent reform, but were shot down at every turn by the Dumbocrats.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM

Don't show up McCain--Good idea.

It isn't going to be fun to have YOUR ASSS handed to you in front of millions of Americans, already clutching pitchforks and torches.......

Posted by: KA | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM

So long story short, McCain can see Obama's leaving in the dust, so McCain pulls another "please let me win this news cycle" stunt, hoping to change the subject. In the end, McCain is terrified of facing Senator Obama.

Posted by: Marc Edward | September 24, 2008 6:00 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

He sponsored the bill but could not get it passed. Neither David nor the McCain camp realize they point out how ineffectual McCain is. Why keep repeating that? This is a reason for McCain to stay away from Washington, not go there.

Posted by: Jerry Mander | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

MCGIMMICK AT IT AGAIN!!!

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM


Don't we already have a president in Washington who is supposed to be leading?

Posted by: HideFromtheDebate | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

Unless you are not ready and are looking for a way to get a time out. Same old political tricks from John McCain. He's a muppet.

Posted by: Time Out McCain | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

The voters will decide.

The candidate who dropped everything to go to Washington to try to keep everybody's savings from evaporating.

Or the ingénue who debated himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM

"And he needs a teleprompter in order to get his words out. When off the teleprompter, he is as dumb as a post. Dumber than Paris Hilton.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM"
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I've watched Obama speak off- teleprompter and though he is not as dynamic, his answers are well thought out on some very complicated topics so they take some explaining. He does not give sound bites on serious issues.

At least he is not making these useless grandstanding proclamations like : "we need action, now!"

If you think Obama is dumb as a post then try graduating from Harvard.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM

He has time for the event with Clinton tomorrow morning but not 90 minutes on Friday night?

This is certainly not leadership.

Posted by: af | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM

The first reaction from the media is that McCain's campaign "suspension" and withdrawal from Friday night's debate is a gambit of some sort, a Hail Mary pass to take the focus off McCain's faltering campaign and seize the initiative by appearing to be rushing to help with the financial crisis.

Maybe so, but it sure seems too risky in a race separated by 2 to 6 points, depending on whose polls you watch. And the idea that McCain can't find a six or seven hours to fly from Washington to Oxford, Mississippi, have a debate, and fly back on Friday night is just preposterous.

So, here's another possibility: McCain is losing it. As in someone found him talking to a coffee pot and said, "Holy crap! The meds aren't working! We have to do something before he spazzes out in front of a crowd!"

Think of it: This "suspension" of his campaign will take McCain out of the public eye for the better part of a week. Why might they need to do that? "Nervous exhaustion?" It's not out of the question, given the candidate's increasingly erratic behavior over the last couple of weeks.

There is something really weird about this one. I wonder if we'll find out.

Posted by: Magic Dog | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

The world economic crisis is not going to be solved by two guys this Friday from 9-10:30pm. And it doesn't look seem like the Senate vote is happening this week anyway.

The crash started weeks ago. McCain's camp have been happily airing attack ads and parading Sarah Palin around during this time, while banks folded and world markets tanked. Now, two days before the debate, they suddenly say they need extra time to deal with the crisis?

The issue is not whether this is a major crisis that deserves the candidates attention (of course it is) or if they should be in D.C. working on it (they should.) But with private jets, these things are not mutually exclusive with holding a debate.

Come on, people. If McCain was the one charging ahead in the polls, do you think he'd stop campaigning and fundraising now? This is stalling, grandstanding, or both.

http://joycelau1.spaces.live.com/

Posted by: Joyce | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

McCain has seriously lost it in the last week or so... he's vacillating wildly from "fundamentals are strong" to "EVERYBODY PANIC!!!" over this economic situation is really, really unsettling. One day "we're all Georgians" and he's threatening the Russians over what turns out to be a minor flap, the next he's panicked about the financial market situation... It's becoming obvious who's got the temperament to be President and who's just kind've scary and fear-inducing in his erratic, "chicken with it's head cut off" approach to crisis management.

Why should John McCain run back to Washington? Is he really the right guy to do something about this situation? Would cancelling the debate over his situation actually be helpful? Or would it send more anxiety into the market, thereby making the problem worse? (hint: It's the latter).

Seriously... the more and more I see of John McCain under pressure, the scarier the thought of him being President becomes.

Posted by: crafty b | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

"McCain aides acknowledged that McCain called Bush before he returned Obama's call."

Right, the call from 6 hours earlier. The call Mr. Obama made to reach out to Mr. McCain. The call that McCain feared to return until he had spoken to his soul-mate, George W. Bush. THAT call.

Posted by: Preston | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM


Note to John McCain--


It is simply time to take your toys, and go on home. Get out of the way, so that Mr. Obama can proceed with the business of LEADING.......


Thank you

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

REPUBLICANS

YOUR CANDIDATE'S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

STOP BLOGGING.


Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

"It's because McCain feels threatened by a young, intelligent, taller, black man, so he wants to avoid him by walking across the street." Intelligent? C+ average at Columbia. Did not graduate with honors in a school known for grade inflation. Young? 71 may be senior but 47 is no spring chicken? Black? He's a mulatto. Wants to avoid him by walking across the street? Maybe McCain wants to avoid the shower of spittle if the Puppet gets in his face.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

McCan't!

Posted by: MJO | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

"Next suggestion from McCain: suspend the election.

Posted by: rusty"

No, that will be called Martial Law and it will be announced before the election by one of the Bush royal family.

Unless you are filthy, covetous rich (preferably from pollution or war machines) and thus pay little taxes you are one of the hosts these bloodsuckers feed on.

You shouldn't need to know anymore than the fact that a Rothschild came out from the shadows to endorse Dishonest John....never mind she flubbed it by 1st referring to "those people out there" then corrected her call to arms to the "rednecks," the point is your ubermasters are worried.

Make no mistake, this is not yet a class war. It can be remedied by an HONEST election excersizing the REAL INTENT of the Middle/Working class, the ACTUAL taxpayers. If the American public is cheated again our forefathers will expect us correct it by any means necessary.

Posted by: mot2win | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

A TRUE leader leads no matter where they are on the geographical map. McCain is no more needed in Washington than you are.

Posted by: just another reader | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

A TRUE leader leads and leads others in getting things done. A leader is not very effective when he is far away.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

>>>>Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent.... no wonder McCain is afraid to show up to the debate.

That makes NO SENSE AT ALL. The guy trailing in the polls ALWAYS wants more debates than the guy leading. That's a fact. So it's entirely in McCain's interest to have AS MANY DEBATES AS POSSIBLE. So thanks for pointing out just how more presidential McCain behaves than Obama.

COUNTRY FIRST

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

McCain is a coward. Why not send Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in his place?

Posted by: JMFulton, Jr. | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

rather than "smoke some pot" as Stan suggests, I think we should all sit and have some whatever Bernanke, Paulson, Bush and McCain are smoking. Clearly a far better grade of mind altering medication than we average people can get. And frankly we will need it... it may be the last time we smile in a long time.

Posted by: Mad as hell | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

David123456: Senate Bill 190 was typical Republican smoke and mirrors - it would have shifted oversight AWAY from the Federal government to an independent entity, i.e. no oversight whatsoever. And it died in a Republican committee.

Posted by: justathought3 | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

Translation: McBush no longer has the cajones to debate Obama. Smart move.

Posted by: Real reason | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

Someone said McCain should get behind the "Obama plan" -- what plan is that exactly? "Change?"

Obama says nothing, has nothing to offer but one word slogans. Get behind nothing? You folks need to lay off the messiah worship.

Posted by: colorado kool aid | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

Alex H. writes:
"hussein has NEVER enacted or crafted ANY meaningful legislation during his entire "career" as a senator."

I take it, then, that you're not familiar with the Lugar-Obama Bill? Or do you think that keeping nuclear weapons locked up and out of the hands of terrorists and rogue states is not 'meaningful'? If you're interested, of course, there's always google, but other places to start might be:

http://lugar.senate.gov/press/record.cfm?id=278019

or

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/07/15/1200047.aspx

If you're not interested... well, that's unfortunate.

Regards,
Beren

Posted by: Beren | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

I'm still trying to decided if this was good move or not...I guess it depends on the results. It the plan is reached before Monday, John McCain wins if not Obama wins.

I also think there is a lot of bitterness in this forum. Some of talks sounds like Europeans not like Americans. If you don't like you life, change it. If you have been hit hard by life, change it. Isn't that the American dream, you make life what you desire.

Everyone stop whining!!!

Posted by: Ricky | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

"Next suggestion from McCain: suspend the election.

Posted by: rusty"

No, that will be called Martial Law and it will be announced before the election by one of the Bush royal family.

Unless you are filthy, covetous rich (preferably from pollution or war machines) and thus pay little taxes you are one of the hosts these bloodsuckers feed on.

You shouldn't need to know anymore than the fact that a Rothschild came out from the shadows to endorse Dishonest John....never mind she flubbed it by 1st referring to "those people out there" then corrected her call to arms to the "rednecks," the point is your ubermasters are worried.

Make no mistake, this is not yet a class war. It can be remedied by an HONEST election excersizing the REAL INTENT of the Middle/Working class, the ACTUAL taxpayers. If the American public is cheated again our forefathers will expect us correct it by any means necessary.

Posted by: mot2win | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

The voters will decide.

The candidate who dropped everything to go to Washington to try to keep everybody's from evaporating.

Or the ingénue who debated himself.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM

I'm relieved that McCain stepped up to suspend the campaign. It gives me hope that someone is putting the breaks on to do their part in making sure our economy is steered in the right direction. Either candidate would be foolish to not slow things down and do the work in D.C. that's at hand. He didn't say he wanted to cancel the debate...only postpone it. Why won't Obama concede to that? It would do him good to put the breaks on as well for the good of our nation.

Posted by: carol | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM

This thing will be settled with or without McCain. McCain wants to give the impression that he is doing something. He simply is not on of the "experts" in this area. He would be much more valuable stating what a settlement should look like and get out of the get members of his party to move in that direction.

With insiders expecting this thing to be settled by 8/30/08 with more conviction today than yesterday, maybe McCain is looking to take credit for something he did not do.

In any case Obama has no reason to stop his campaign. This is noy 9/11.

I am concerned that McCain as president will see everything as a 9/11 and act unilaterally like he is now and try to stir up a frenzy.

Obama will be calm as he always is and after the drama is over the debate will be held and the distinction between McCain and Obama will be more apparent then in either of the two subsequent debates.

Posted by: Jerry Mander | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM

MCCAIN IS TRYING TO TAKE AWAY THE ONLY PROACTIVE ROLE THE EVERYDAY AMERICAN HAS IN SHAPING THIS COUNTRY. OUR ROLE IS TO ASK CANDIDATES DIRECT QUESTIONS AND VOTE BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS. DESPITE BEING FREE FOR SIX MONTHS, MCCAIN POSTPONED INTERVIEWING AND SELECTING PALIN UNTIL THE WEEK OF THE DNC CONVENTION. THEN, MCCAIN POSTPONED THE CONVENTION LEAVING NO TIME FOR BUSH TO SPEAK. THEN, MCCAIN POSTPONED THE MEDIA'S ACCESS TO PALIN SO THAT WE CAN'T SEE HOW SHE REACTS TO UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS. NOW, HE IS POSTPONING A DEBATE WITH ONLY A MONTH AND HALF LEFT UNTIL THE ELECTION. POLITICAL STALL TACTICS DON'T HELP AMERICANS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM

Three word for McSame:

Cut and run!

Posted by: elmerg | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM

Mccain accepts Obama's plan to issue joint statement then claims it was his (Mccain's) idea! Then after realizing he is not ready to debate Obama on the economy after a one hour cram session in the library,he dares to pretend that he is delaying the debate for us!! please media sto saying it was Mccain's idea,Obama phoned Mccain six hours earlier to propose it.

Posted by: william worrell | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM

MCCAIN=MCCHICKEN

Posted by: Ziadora | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM


** UPDATE - 5:52PM EST **
John McCain endorses Barack Obama for President.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM

eid to McCain: Don't Come Back to Capitol

September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

A Democrat tells ABC News that in a phone call late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that it would NOT be helpful for him to come back to Washington, DC, to work on the Wall Street bailout bill.

McCain this afternoon suspended his campaign and said he would skip the first presidential debate in order to return to Capitol Hill to work on the log jammed Bush administration legislation, which as of Wednesday afternoon was in peril.

When contacted, the McCain campaign did not have any comment.

---------------------------
Senator Reid has also told several Congressmen and Senators in private that he needs John McCains help to get this thing unjammed. Personally, I hope Senator McCain goes to Washington and sticks this bill up Senator Reid's a**.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM

After all, even Jimmy Carter was able to take time to debate Ronald Reagan during the Iran Hostage Crisis

He had the time because he didn't do anything about the hostage crisis...Just like obama hasn't done anything in the senate.

obama: I might as well run for president now - then I'll be on easy street the rest of my life. Accomplishing anything in the senate is too much work.

Posted by: Stan the Man | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM

Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent.... no wonder McCain is afraid to show up to the debate. He's rather go to Washington Parties and play tailhook while this mess his buddy Phil Gramm, Dubya and Greenspan have created is festering.

Posted by: GW Bush | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM

What exactly will McCain be doing in Washington?

The bailout proposal is still in the committee and the last time I checked McCain is not a member of that committee and he has not been invited to make a presentation or make a speech.

So what is he really going to achieve by going to Washington? Can someone please answer the question?

This is a political stunt by the GOP; he want people to think that he cares very much about the economy. It is just like the GOP deceived the whole nation during their convention. Before the convention, they said because of Hurrican Ike.."This convention will not be partican" it will be done with the spirit of the lost that the hurrican will cost in mind. McCain flew to the locations of the storm (despite the fact that he did not do anything to help while there). Well, we all know how the convention turned out; it was full of partisan attacks.

Now McCain poll numbers are in the dumpster and he want to make another political move! The America people are caught up the GOP lies and it is not going to work this time around.

Posted by: Jon | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

Straight Out of the Great One's Mouth:
"I have been in contact with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, if they need me, they know where they can call me."

Does that sound Presidential? I think not. A President should get back to Washington, get his hands dirty, and get a deal done.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM
=================================

You know why Obama can say that? Becuase since this crisis happened he has given his party leadership and direction. He has been on top of the situation and has been communicating back and forth so that the democrats know what he expects and know what the goals are. Why do think that the request that are comming out of the meetings mirror Obama's statements?

A TRUE leader leads no matter where they are on the geographical map. McCain is no more needed in Washington than you are.

Posted by: just another reader | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

CRICKETS CHIRPING...

Odd that McCain's many admirers here cannot answer this simple question. Maybe they're unreachable like McCain was when Obama called him this morning?
_________________________________________

Q: Which of these scenarios represents bipartisanship, and which represents political opportunism?

(A) Crisis arises. Rivals discuss matter privately, agree to cooperate. Rivals then hold joint press conference to present their plan. Nation sees united front.

(B) Crisis arises. Rival M ignores highly unusual direct call from Rival O, strings him along for 6 hours, then sandbags everyone with a unilateral announcement reneging on a prior agreement, and publicly dares Rival O to follow suit or look bad. Bush White House piles on.

Which is which?

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

McCain is going back to Washington to whip up GOP support for Bush's plan. (Even the GOP doesn't want it).

He will show up at the debate because the debate commission has indicated the debate will go on. "I would really rather not be here as the country is in crisis, the the commision would not push back the debate - till December 1!"

Maybe we can get a photo op of Bush hugging McSame again.

Posted by: toritto | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

If only JaxMax could write the speeches.....

"Obama is losing."

"We are winning in key states."

"Therefore, I will debate Obama only if his poll numbers improve."

"Otherwise, whats in it for me?"

"In the meantime I will actually serve the Country while Obama sniffs condescendingly at meaningless campaign stops."

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM


>>>>Obama, on the other hand, is a nobody who came out of nowhere whose only real interest has been running for the next political office.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

Wow - your disdain for the nobodies actually achieving something is astounding. I guess we're not all as fortunate as you to come up with a silver spoon in our mouth

Posted by: jcro | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM

"Once again, Obama is the grown-up. He can focus on a crisis AND explain where he stands" Just not in real time. He is a hologram and CPU running Word Cloud. When the news cycle changes new talking points need to be uploaded by the Axelrod Master of Puppets.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM

And he needs a teleprompter in order to get his words out. When off the teleprompter, he is as dumb as a post. Dumber than Paris Hilton.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM

This decision should finish McCain's credibility among the undecided. He is completely unstable; he reminds me of the captain in "Mr Rogers". Go crazy and watch your shipmates go down with you!
HAHAHAHA!

McCain is very close to being INSANE.

Posted by: madman | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM

It's because McCain feels threatened by a young, intelligent, taller, black man, so he wants to avoid him by walking across the street.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM

Reid to McCain: Don't Come Back to Capitol

September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

A Democrat tells ABC News that in a phone call late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that it would NOT be helpful for him to come back to Washington, DC, to work on the Wall Street bailout bill.

McCain this afternoon suspended his campaign and said he would skip the first presidential debate in order to return to Capitol Hill to work on the log jammed Bush administration legislation, which as of Wednesday afternoon was in peril.

When contacted, the McCain campaign did not have any comment.

------

September 20, 2008

Gallup Daily: Obama 50%, McCain 44%

Obama maintains lead

Posted by: ziadora | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM

I think the multitasking comments are directly on point concerning McCain's ability to lead. After all, even Jimmy Carter was able to take time to debate Ronald Reagan during the Iran Hostage Crisis. If the President can debate during a crisis, what does it tell us when a mere candidate for the job runs from debating?

Posted by: WEO | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

How exactly does Jimmy Carter, who was one of the worst Presidents in modern times fit into this? This is exactly why you don't focus yourself on too many things at once. Carter was a joke and so is Barackas Obamas.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM

Really? The person who 10 days ago said the fundamentals of our economy are strong is NOW saying that the crisis is so huge that he has to stop his campaign to focus on the economy. The person who said AIG shouldn't be bailed out and then a day later said it should? Who said his campaign manager didn't have ties to Freddie Mac when that was obviously NOT true?

I don't see this as putting country first. I see it as a desparate political move to try to stop the bleeding from the McCain camp and to get out of a debate where he knows he is going to get hammered.

Posted by: icposse | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM

McCain has waived the white flag, now he should get behind the Obama plan for the sake of America.

Posted by: walker1 | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM

Posted by: greg3-- "John McCain is obviously a serious adult, who loves his country. And he is US senator who, out of a deep sense of responsibility, is going back to DC to do the job he receives a monthly check to do." Oh god, do you actually believe this sanctimonious horse sh*t? Had Obama asked to postpone the debate, you would have argued that he is running scared, unprepared, etc. etc. Your spin just gets more and more incredible.

Posted by: oaklynne | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM

"Once again, Obama is the grown-up. He can focus on a crisis AND explain where he stands" Just not in real time. He is a hologram and CPU running Word Cloud. When the news cycle changes new talking points need to be uploaded by the Axelrod Master of Puppets.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM

You know these tactics get old real fast. I saw an obvious McCain supporter say he's doing this for the good of the country. PLEASE THAT'S BS. He isn't delaying the debate for the good of the country, he's delaying it for the good of his campaign. Last time I checked that's not country first. You know what's funny to, he claimed the reason for the smear campaigns were Obama wouldn't debate him. Now there's a debate and he wants to cancel. I heard Obama rejected McCain's plea. Good! Let Bush handle this crisis and let's see how these 2 react to the economy.

Posted by: a proud american | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM

JaxMax: "Obama is past tense and he knows it...note that no one in Washington seeks any of his input in the crisis."

On what planet does this statement make sense? Is this the kind of thinking that consuming only right wing news sources creates?

Good lord, Obama is beating McCain by 25 points on the latest economy handling poll. Economists say that Obama has the correct read on the situation. If he went to DC Republicans would accuse him of pretending to be the president (already happened once this season so it's not a stretch of imagination); he's not going, so Republicans say he's negligent. Republicans sure do say an awful lot. Unfortunately they also do some of it. The people will have something to say about that in November.

Posted by: Tim B | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM

As president, either candidate will have to deal with multiple issues at one time (they will not have the luxury of stopping one item to fix another).

This shows that a serious candidate with great multi-tasking skills will be needed to fix this fine mess over the next term.

I agree that Congress and the Bush administration will need to handle this issue while the 2 candidates continue with their campaigns.

(Besides, they should already know what the people want out of this deal)

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM

COUNTRY FIRST.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

I think the multitasking comments are directly on point concerning McCain's ability to lead. After all, even Jimmy Carter was able to take time to debate Ronald Reagan during the Iran Hostage Crisis. If the President can debate during a crisis, what does it tell us when a mere candidate for the job runs from debating?

Posted by: WEO | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

Is Mississippi still a red state. I don't think so. Getting stood up is harsh. Like about a million dollars and a lot of time. What happened to Jet air travel. If Obama handles this right, swear him in now, unless President Bush decides to run for a third term. Shhhhh! Don't tell him yet. You only get 3 strikes in baseball.

Rick

Posted by: rick boyer | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

What a slap in the face of the American people by McLame. We need to see these debates to help us decide who can get us out of the mess that Bush and his band of idiots have gotten us into. It's just as important if not more for Americans to get the information they need to pick a new and effective leader. McCain's fearful retreat from the debates under the guise of going back to DC to help, will do nothing but set the real work being done in Washington back weeks. What a pathetic coward he really is.

Posted by: NerkTwin | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

Hi, I'm BARACK, I'm running for President, Call me if you need me...........

Posted by: Peter from Dover NH | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

Maybe John Mcass has little to say

Posted by: ricardo | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

greg3,

mccain was not even born in the united states, he was born in the panama canal. obama was born in hawai'i, part of the united states.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM

"Posted by: James Carroll | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

John McCain has bigger cojones than you could ever dream of having."

Yeah - too bad they're attached to the side of his face.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

jt posts an article written by a McCain advisor under the guise of "fact".

This is typical behavior--feed the American people unadulterated propoganda and pretend it is truth. Hide from the scrutiny of the American people and take no questions.

Gorbachev could have taught McCain a thing or two about transparency. John--this is AMERICA!

Posted by: ldvisavis | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

Imagine if it was Obama who suspended his campaign and called for a mulligan on the debate. Rush Limbaugh, Hannity and the rest of the Nazis would get a hernia calling for a dismissal. Bizarre. WTF is going on with McCain...hare-brained gimmick, this is very unpresidential.

Posted by: mcastillo | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

>>>David123456 - So the other 109 votes he missed - what about those? Were those votes not important?

This is the most important vote in modern times. Makes sense McCain would feel the need to be there. Obama, on the other hand, is a nobody who came out of nowhere whose only real interest has been running for the next political office.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

Unbelievable! McCain should take my moniker. He really deserves it!

Posted by: Madman | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

Again John McCain shows that he puts country first, while Obama puts his own political career ahead of the entire country. Not a big surprise

Posted by: linda | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

This is such a brilliant move by McCain--he has totally flustered Obama.

I bet Gov. Palin came up with the idea....

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

Ok Matt - let's go to an article from the huffington post - there's fair, objective journalism...Why don't you go to the obama website - I'm sure the BS is even deeper there....What a clown...go smoke some pot and hug a tree.

Posted by: Stan the Man | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM

Charice:

Maybe you are the one who needs to revisit your high school civics textbook.
- The bailout bill (no matter what you think of it) could come up for a vote within the next day or so.

- Senators have to be on the floor of the Senate to vote. They can't vote from their 'cell phone'.

John McCain felt it was important enough to go back to Washington to, you know, do his job as Senator. Obama would rather just keep publishing half-baked "plans" and talking, instead of doing.

Once again, McCain makes Obama look like the career-campaigner-but-never-actually-do-anything politician that he is.

Posted by: dbw | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM

"I'm not particularly focused on Senator McCain. I really don't care," he said. "I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I'd ask Sarah Palin."

Barney Frank has always been a funny guy...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM

Why even let the people who created the problem try and fix it?

There is NOTHING that says we must do something this week.

That is the administration talking -- the same administration that is calling the shots on McCain's campaign.

Desperation - especially given today's emergence of three sworn affidavits about a Palin affair.

Posted by: Joe | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

The sooner we do something, the less of a chance the world markets start to suffer. Know the facts before you speak you moron. You think this is a crisi? Wait till they HAVE to bail out Social Security and Medicare, two items they have trashed even worse.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM

So, John McCain wants to inject presidential politics into Congress' attempt to come to a bi-partisan agreement on a bailout of the economy. Now that's a stellar idea, don't you think.

Posted by: Kate Henry | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM

hussein will never agree to stop campaigning and work on the economic crisis. The reasons are obvious:

1. hussein has NEVER enacted or crafted ANY meaningful legislation during his entire "career" as a senator. He isn't likely to start now. (That's called: "gross inexperience".)
2. hussein is an artificial creation of the loony-left liberal media with no more substance or depth than a Daffy Duck cartoon. Whenever there are no mirrors and no cameras, hussein vanishes. His existence therefore REQUIRES that he remain in front of a camera campaigning. (That's called: "chronic narcissism".)

It is best to let competent leaders work on solving this crisis. Let "sweetie" hussein do the only thing he knows how to do: promote himself.

Posted by: ALEX H. | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

McScared. He sure sounds scared every time he speaks.

Posted by: alfred jarry | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

McCain needs this time out to figure out how the Economy works and how exactly he's voted on it over the last 26 years.

Posted by: swalker3 | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

Well. Just some facts:

To those crowing about Obama voting 'present':

"Of all Senators, John McCain has been the most absent. There have been 643 votes taken in the current Senate session: McCain has missed 412 of them.

"McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8th. Since March, he has missed 109 of the last 110 votes."

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/senate/vote-missers/

And to those trying to claim that it was the Dems who were in the pocket of Fannie and Freddie:

"John McCain's campaign manager and Freddie Mac had what amounts to a secret half a million dollar lay-a-way plan. For almost three years and as late as last month, Freddie Mac made secret, monthly payments of $15,000 to Rick Davis’s firm for a no-show job, apparently in exchange for providing special access to a future McCain White House."

http://www.campaignmoney.org/pressroom/2008/09/24/davis-freddie-mac

Posted by: Beren | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

Recurrences of malignant melanoma, a savage tumor that can and does reappear after periods of hope-filled absence, are too common and serious to be cloaked for political purposes. - Theodore M. Cole, MD

Posted by: mot2win | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

McCain to the rescue.Even tho he has admited he knows very little about economics he's off to save the country.Who is it superman?,The green lantern?No it's super economist McCain.What profiling.The fact of the matter is the federal reserve bank is behind this just like they were behind the great depression and neither Obama or McCain are going to do anything about it.If this bailout does not collapse the dollar completly the only way we can save this country is by voting third party as they have not as yet been corrupted by the fed and it's bevy of corporations.

Posted by: pooty | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

Where has McCane been the last 26 years on this issue? Suddenly, he wants to go to Washington to get something done. Oh, and it just so happens it was on the day a bunch of bad polls for him came out.
What a coincidence!

Posted by: Arnold | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM

Oh, this is rich. Again, McCain is trying to avoid deadling head on with his campaign's positions. Sarah Palin was good for a couple of weeks' worth of distraction. Now, he's concerned about the economy. NOW he's concerned? For the next debate, will McCain's mother write him a "my son is sick" excuse note to get him out of that one?

Posted by: Jay | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM

John McStunt has a brain attack. I think he is working on the theory that if they are stupid enough to elect Bush twice they are stupid enough to fall for my stunts. One thing is clear John McStunt thinks Americans are stupid

Posted by: unclesam | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM

David123456 - So the other 109 votes he missed - what about those? Were those votes not important?

John McCain has been a United States senator for going on 30 years. It makes sense he'd want to be back in the Senate for the most important debate and vote in modern times. Barack Obama is a politician running for president. Makes sense he wouldn't.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

Posted by: jcro | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM

Please, please, PLEASE let Obama Lite try to pull some narcissistic stunt by showing up at his debate Friday night.

The article quotes a desperate Obama campaign programmer:

"Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs was more direct. The scene at the debate site in Oxford, Miss. Friday night, he said, would consist of "a stage, an audience, a moderator, and at least one presidential candidate."

RESPONSE: This hysterical blabbertells you the REAL story of that Obama's internal polls are documenting his defeat.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM

Ironically, if Obama had tried this obvious stunt (postponing the debate), the Repugs would be crawling all over it, gleefully shrieking that he wasn't prepared, couldn't handle the pressure, blah, blah, blah. Country first my a**, McBush is hoping to dull the momentum Obama has gained and will continue to gain, especially after Bush speaks tonight (a little reminder to the folks of this country just which Party led us down this merry path).

Posted by: oaklynne | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM

David123456 - So the other 109 votes he missed - what about those? Were those votes not important?

John McCain has been a United States senator for going on 30 years. It makes sense he'd want to be back in the Senate for the most important debate and vote in modern times. Barack Obama is a politician running for president. Makes sense he wouldn't.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM

What a joke! Leaders are supposed to be able to handle many things at once. McCain could never be President, he can't handle pressure.

Posted by: Jacob | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

Handling many things at once is called A.D.D. Leaders are ones who focus on a singular issue when something is in crisis to see it through. All Obama can say is "if they need me, they know where they can call me."

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM

The wheels are coming off this bus...fast.

Think: Ross Perot.

Posted by: Losercuda | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM

John McCain is obviously a serious adult, who loves his country. And he is US senator who, out of a deep sense of responsibility, is going back to DC to do the job he receives a monthly check to do. To date I haven't seen any evidence that David Axelrod Puppet is even a real US citizen -- or sentient, for that matter. I do believe he is a life form of some sort.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

John McCain has been a United States senator for going on 30 years. It makes sense he'd want to be back in the Senate for the most important debate and vote in modern times. Barack Obama is a politician running for president. Makes sense he wouldn't.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

Next suggestion from McCain: suspend the election.

Posted by: rusty 3 | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

Regardless of what McCain thinks, the issues are too important to not discuss them. Most people will see through this political gimmick as an attempt to improve McCain's image and avoid discussing the issues. I hope McCain does take his ads off...Obama should run this in all of the swing states (and the list is growing:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/24/john-mccains-keating-five_n_128807.html

McCain was part of the problem in the 1980s and he is part of the problem today. He doesn't want to discuss that on Friday and he is trying to buy time.

Posted by: Matt | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

It is a shame that the Obama supporters are so Brainwahed with hate that they would trash and dishonor John Mccain after all the sacrafices he has given this country...I guess that is a reflection of ignorance and gullibility in this country...

Posted by: Jerry | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM


Why even let the people who created the problem try and fix it?

There is NOTHING that says we must do something this week.

That is the administration talking -- the same administration that is calling the shots on McCain's campaign.

Desperation - especially given today's emergence of three sworn affidavits about a Palin affair.

Posted by: Joe | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM

Apparantly, Obama call McCain first re: a joint statement. McCain jumped the gun and issued his own statement. I don't want this guy as my president. He is the ultimate shrew.

Posted by: mzbond | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM

RUN JOHNNY, RUNNNNN!!!!!

....Because GETTING YOUR A$$ handed to you in front of a live address to the nation ain't no picnic.....

I believe Jack Cafferty sums it up well--

IS JOHN MCCAIN ANOTHER GEORGE W. BUSH??!!!!


....Sen. John McCain takes weekends off and limits his campaign events to one a day. He made an exception for the religious forum on Saturday at Saddleback Church in Southern California....

It occurs to me that John McCain is as intellectually shallow as our current president. When asked what his Christian faith means to him, his answer was a one-liner. "It means I'm saved and forgiven." Great scholars have wrestled with the meaning of faith for centuries. McCain then retold a story we've all heard a hundred times about a guard in Vietnam drawing a cross in the sand.

Asked about his greatest moral failure, he cited his first marriage, which ended in divorce. While saying it was his greatest moral failing, he offered nothing in the way of explanation. Why not?

Throughout the evening, McCain chose to recite portions of his stump speech as answers to the questions he was being asked. Why? He has lived 71 years. Surely he has some thoughts on what it all means that go beyond canned answers culled from the same speech he delivers every day.

He was asked "if evil exists." His response was to repeat for the umpteenth time that Osama bin Laden is a bad man and he will pursue him to "the gates of h***." That was it....

One after another, McCain's answers were shallow, simplistic, and trite. He showed the same intellectual curiosity that George Bush has -- virtually none.

Where are John McCain's writings exploring the vexing moral issues of our time? Where are his position papers setting forth his careful consideration of foreign policy, the welfare state, education, America's moral responsibility in the world, etc., etc., etc.?

John McCain graduated 894th in a class of 899 at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. His father and grandfather were four star admirals in the Navy. Some have suggested that might have played a role in McCain being admitted. His academic record was awful. And it shows over and over again whenever McCain is called upon to think on his feet.

He no longer allows reporters unfettered access to him aboard the "Straight Talk Express" for a reason. He simply makes too many mistakes. Unless he's reciting talking points or reading from notes or a TelePrompTer, John McCain is lost. He can drop bon mots at a bowling alley or diner -- short glib responses that get a chuckle, but beyond that McCain gets in over his head very quickly.

I am sick and tired of the president of the United States embarrassing me....

George Bush's record as a student, military man, businessman and leader of the free world is one of constant failure. And the part that troubles me most is he seems content with himself.

He will leave office with the country $10 trillion in debt, fighting two wars, our international reputation in shambles, our government cloaked in secrecy and suspicion that his entire presidency has been a litany of broken laws and promises, our citizens' faith in our own country ripped to shreds. Yet Bush goes bumbling along, grinning and spewing moronic one-liners, as though nobody understands what a colossal failure he has been.

I fear to the depth of my being that John McCain is just like him.

Posted by: McCain is a WUSS | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM

David123456, ah, the good old "McCain sponsored legislation" trick. Do you recall who controlled the Senate and the House back then? Hint, it wasn't Obama's party. If the GOP wanted this to go through, it would have done so.

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

Let's get the facts straight. The Congress from 2000-2006 was controlled by the socialists in the Republican party who infested us from switching over from the Democratic side. Much like there were many conservtives who switched parties (Jim Webb) in 2006 to win the election in 2006.

The true Republicans haven't been in power since 1994 and that didn't last long.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM

McChicken. Cluck. Cluck. Cluck

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM

Suspend his campaign? Isn't that what Hillary did when she knew she lost?
Bend over and kiss it good bye McCodger !

Posted by: jmsbh | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM

Thank you LPLT.
I hope all the McCain supporters are aware of that.
This way they can stop spouting about how badly McCain needs to get back to Washington and how noble it was of him to suspend his campaign.
There were 109 other things that were voted on since he last sat in the senate (including the GI Bill) but I guess he only feels responsible enough to get back to DC when it's politically expedient.

I'm not belittling this crisis, it's got be quite scared/enraged - I just find all McCain's supporters reactions ironic.

Why didn't anyone demand that he uphold his responsibilities sooner?

Posted by: jcro | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

What a joke! Leaders are supposed to be able to handle many things at once. McCain could never be President, he can't handle pressure.

Posted by: Jacob | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

Obama could never run this country!

Posted by: zazzle | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

Once again, Obama is the grown-up. He can focus on a crisis AND explain where he stands--and to the people he will represent, imagine that. When you're president, you don't get to call "time out."

It's going to be nice to have a grown-up in the White House again.

Posted by: tellthetruth | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

"McCain aides acknowledged that McCain called Bush before he returned Obama's call, but they denied playing politics."

Hmmm.

Posted by: Miss Hogynist | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

Why Do the Lobbyists Love Obama?
excerpt -

Let’s start with the top ten Lobbying firms in Washington. You can find them here. They are:

Patton Bogg
Cassidy & Associates
Akin Gump
Van Scoyoc
Williams and Jensen
Hogan & Hartson
Ernst & Young
Barbour, Griffith and Rogers
Quinn Gillepsie & Associates
PMA Group

The data covers activity since 1990. John McCain has been in the Senate for the last 18 years and he received a total of $221,754 from these firms and their employees. That works out to an average of $12,319.67 per year. Barack Obama has only been around for less than four years but he has already received more money than John McCain –$259,022.00.

CONTINUED -
http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/09/24/why-do-the-lobbyists-love-obama

Posted by: JoseyJ | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

McCain could never run this country.

Posted by: alba | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

This is a brilliant move by McCain.

The Dems do protest too much.

If the Wash Po poll today is accurate why would the Dems even care if McCain cancelled the debate?

Obama is past tense and he knows it...note that no one in Washington seeks any of his input in the crisis.


Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

Strange- how badly Obama wants a debate now.

When he was invited to debate McCain a couple of months ago, he was too narcissistic to share his spot light with anyone...even now --he is like a spoiled kid who wants things his way...he acts like he is "entitled." He'd rather win an election than to go to his "job" in the Senate--but don't worry, he'd probably vote "present" anyway.

--Debate his teleprompter-- I hear it once plagiarised a speech by Deval Patrick--and gave no credit. It was the teleprompters fault of course.

Posted by: pecanpii | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

David123456, ah, the good old "McCain sponsored legislation" trick. Do you recall who controlled the Senate and the House back then? Hint, it wasn't Obama's party. If the GOP wanted this to go through, it would have done so.

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

Looks like McCain is good and scared of what he will have to answer to at Friday's debate. BTW, since when was it a good idea to rush into one of the Bush administration's proposals?

Posted by: James Carroll | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

John McCain has bigger cojones than you could ever dream of having.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

If this is McCain's equivalent of financial 9/11 such that he wants to cancel the debate, then maybe the NFL shouldn't play any games this weekend either, just like after 9/11. What a joke!!

Posted by: Brian Wegner | September 24, 2008 5:35 PM

Come on, wingers, just admit it was a cynical desperation move, already. Your spines will suffer less if they aren't bent into pretzels trying to defend McCain's stunt as country-first altruism.
____________________________________

Q: Which of these scenarios represents bipartisanship, and which represents political opportunism?

(A) Crisis arises. Rivals discuss matter privately, agree to cooperate. Rivals then hold joint press conference to present their plan. Nation sees united front.

(B) Crisis arises. Rival M ignores highly unusual direct call from Rival O, strings him along for 6 hours, then sandbags everyone with a unilateral announcement reneging on a prior agreement, and publicly dares Rival O to follow suit or look bad. Bush White House piles on.

Which is which?

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 5:34 PM

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression and still all Barack can think about is himself. Has he ever done anything that hasn't benefited himself or his ambitions. The education board he served on came across the same problems that countless studies and reports have encountered - Obama came up with no answers. His platitudes are wearing thin.

Posted by: David | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

This is peanuts compared to what is coming (Social Security and Medicare). This is one trillion dollars (of your money and mine) that they are trying to steal from you. The overall fundamentals of the economy is strong. The US economy is around 14 trillion dollars overall.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:34 PM

HELLO, all you repubs who are saying McCain is doing a noble thing to solve this crisis. There is nothing McCain or Obama can do but influence the process. Go back to your GOVT 101 class. This legislation has to make it out of Committee first. Someone please tell McCain there are inventions such as cell phones, commuters, text msgs, etc. You no longer need to BE somewhere to BE somewhere.

Posted by: Charice | September 24, 2008 5:34 PM

jcro, I am certainly not a McCain supporter but the last time he actually voted on something in the Senate was on April 8th. He has missed 109 of the last 110 votes and nearly two-thirds of the Senate votes during the past two years, far more than anyone else.

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

Looks like McCain is good and scared of what he will have to answer to at Friday's debate. BTW, since when was it a good idea to rush into one of the Bush administration's proposals?

Posted by: James Carroll | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

We are witnessing McCain at his best, it is a beautiful sight, at this level he is unbeatable.

Posted by: InAwe | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

I find the complaints by Obama's rapid eruption team instructive-....blah blah blah

Bottom line: only McCain will be taken seriously when he returns to the Senate to work on a solution. Obama has barely figured out where the men's room is.

Posted by: Rick50 | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM


I find your entire existence non-existent. You pompous little sh*t.

Posted by: swatkins1 | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

So McCain is headed back to DC to show his support of the bailout. Since he helped cause it, I guess it's only fair he would try to help fix it. Although, his way is billions to lobbyists and campaign contributors.

Posted by: Joseph | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM

Duh. Political Theater 101. McCain is trying to change the subject from his sagging poll numbers and his lie about Rick Davis. How unpresidential. Now what does he do after Obama's very eloquent response? Go to the debate with his tail between his legs. His instincts are just awful.

Posted by: lsigalov1 | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

McCain wants to postpone his debates so long that there will be no time for vp debates.

Posted by: jsfwp | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

McCain don't want to go before the media just like Palin refuses to answer questions. They desire to delay talking to the real American People until after the election. They don't want us to see their real face and their lake of ability to run this country.------------Cowards

Posted by: Richard | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

OBAMA STUCK ON STUPID--DOESN'T UNDERSTAND DUTY OF A SENATOR

Obama Lite is outraged that Senator McCain would actually participate in the crisis solution.

Obama Lite--there is not "there" there

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

The thing is... McCain is now the de facto head of
the repug party... just like Obama is of the demo
party. They lead their Party, and what they say goes.
McCain could, as in COULD HAVE.... developed a
plan based on the next 2 day's of digesting the
President's speech and the ability of Congress
(getting a lot of mail) to pass the Bailout. Because...
BECAUSE, the entire Nation would be watching the
debate! This was his chance to be Presidential... to
pick up this biggest of all balls ever conceived and he
PASSED!!!! He has nothing. He is holding the ball
(football term). How anyone, any true American could
vote for the phony "War Hero" defies logic. he is a
coward and a groveling politico. Something Bush
would do.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

What this really shows is that McCain is too old and decrepit to deal with more than one issue at a time. The presidency requires a grasp of multiple and continually changing issues.. McCain is obviously not up to a job as demanding as the presidency. Obama obviously is.

Posted by: NerkTwin | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

No you moron, this shows leadership. What did the 'great one' say? "If they need me, they know where they can call me." At least John McCain is going to Washington to try and get something done.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression and still all Barack can think about is himself. Has he ever done anything that hasn't benefited himself or his ambitions. The education board he served on came across the same problems that countless studies and reports have encountered - Obama came up with no answers. His platitudes are wearing thin.

Posted by: David | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

America needs to get behind the Obama plan.

Posted by: walker1 | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM

Why not delay the campaign to help out with hurricane cleanup?
Posted by: RG | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM


Here, here!!!

Posted by: i8pixistix | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM

DEWEY BEACH, Delaware (CNN) -- Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.

Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.

And both voted for the final transportation bill that included the $223 million earmark for the Alaska project.

An amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, would have stripped the money appropriated to connect the Alaskan coastal city of Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island and diverted the money to Louisiana.

But Biden andObama and 80 of their colleagues rejected the measure, an amendment to a massive 2005 transportation bill that funded thousands of projects across the country. Video Watch how Biden has blasted Palin »

"That is probably the most disturbing element of this and the campaigning on the Bridge to Nowhere," said Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a taxpayer watchdog group. "Because, yes, they had a chance to vote specifically against the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska to redirect the money to people, to bridges and infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina going in to New Orleans, and they chose not to."

Palin, whom McCain chose as his running mate in August, has regaled crowds at the Republican convention and on the campaign trail with her declaration of "Thanks, but no thanks" for the bridge. But her conversion came after she became Alaska's governor in 2006 and after the bridge became a national symbol of congressional waste.

The record shows that she supported the bridge as a gubernatorial candidate, and Democrats have seized on the flip-flop, perhaps no one with as much relish as Biden.

"I got also a bridge I got to sell you here, and guess what, it's in Alaska, and it goes nowhere," Biden mocked Palin on the campaign trail last week in Maumee, Ohio. And in Canton, Ohio, he tied it to McCain.

"If you look at it John McCain's answers for the economy, and we're in such desperate shape, is the ultimate bridge to nowhere. It's nowhere," Biden said. "It takes you nowhere."

But while the applause line appealed to the Democratic faithful, it could come back to bite the Delaware senator.

This year, Delaware has requested 116 congressional earmarks through Biden, its longtime senator, at a cost to taxpayers of $342 million. In an appearance on CNN's "American Morning" with anchor John Roberts, Biden said that he had been open about those requests and that they all can be justified.

"Everyone has seen them, and we have no Lawrence Welk Museums and have no bridges to nowhere in Delaware. It's all straight up," Biden said.

Among his requests: $1 million for renovation of an opera house in Wilmington, another million for the construction of a children's museum and thousands of dollars for a water park renovation in Lewes.

"I think opera patrons generally can afford to -- you can raise money for an opera house; you can refurbish things a lot of different ways," Allison said.

"To have federal taxpaying dollars -- which is coming from people all over the country; low-income, middle-income people, as well as the wealthy -- to go to pay for the renovation of something that is really a luxury for Wilmington ... There are far more vital projects that anyone could think of that needs money. You got health care. You got education. You got all other types of things. Instead, we are redirecting money to refurbish an opera house in Wilmington or to build a children's museum."

And Biden's request includes a bridge that even the head of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says is not crucial at this juncture.

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is a vital link between two popular beachfront towns: Dewey and Bethany. Without it, the estimated 30,000 summer visitors would have to travel an additional 35 minutes to get to the towns.

"We need a new bridge, and we are fortunate to be at a place where it is finally going to happen," said Carol Everhart, the chief of the Chamber of Commerce.

The existing bridge has some erosion problems, and if it ever collapsed, Everhart said, it would cause an economic disaster in the community. But it's safe for now.

"The bridge, as it is, is perfectly safe," she said.

Still, Biden asked for $13 million to help shore up the existing bridge and begin construction of a new one. And that's what troubles the Sunlight Foundation's Allison.

"This bridge is not in any danger of collapse, and essentially what Sen. Biden is doing is saying, 'My state bridge gets the priority dollar even though it is not a priority project,' " Allison said.

He said the Department of Transportation, rather than U.S. senators, should be deciding which bridges get priority funding in the country. That way, the bridges in the U.S. that need immediate repair would be first in line for the dollars needed to do the work.

As he embarked on his presidential bid in 2007, Obama said he would no longer ask for earmark projects. McCain, who has been a longtime critic of the process, does not seek any for his home state of Arizona.
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CNN asked Biden's campaign whether it could ask the senator about his earmark requests and his votes on the Bridge to Nowhere.

In response, a staffer e-mailed, "You've interviewed Gov. Palin re: her completely made up position on the Bridge to Nowhere right?"

Posted by: Obama, Biden voted for Bridge to Nowhere | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM

Why not delay the campaign to help out with hurricane cleanup?

Posted by: RG | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM

Not a good move on McCain's part. People will see through this immediately.

Posted by: HTuckly | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM

I find the complaints by Obama's rapid eruption team instructive-but not in the way they intend. Let's see: "McCain should have said this Monday/or Friday/ or any day but today." Of course, it couldn't be that McCain could see the deal falling apart in the last 24 hours. Could it? He's only been in the Senate since 1982-he couldn't actually know how to read the tea leaves could he?

"McCain is a coward." Not worthy of a response except for amazement at the nerve of people who think text-messaging is the
same thing as real combat.

Note the Obamaniacs recycling of the same old shrieks without any sense of engagement with their opponents. Could it be that they don't CARE about telling the truth? Naw!

Bottom line: only McCain will be taken seriously when he returns to the Senate to work on a solution. Obama has barely figured out where the men's room is.

Posted by: Rick50 | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM

I am John McCain and I approve this message.
All of you who are against me are rather disrespectful. You should understand that I am 72 years old and I have lost my agility. Actually, if you have been watching you'll notice that I often forget stuff. I realized that Obama was pumelling me in the polls, so I thought of a quick gimmick to get him off my back. If you were in my shoes what would you do? I am sensible enough to fight and run away, so I can fight another day.

Posted by: JohnMcCain | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM

I agree, let Biden and Palin debate. Wouldn't it be fun to hear two candidates talk about the issues without weeks of preparation?

Posted by: amaikovich | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM

Straight Out of the Great One's Mouth:
"I have been in contact with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, if they need me, they know where they can call me."

Does that sound Presidential? I think not. A President should get back to Washington, get his hands dirty, and get a deal done.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM

McCain is toeing the part line. The GOP wants to make the most out of this crisis to push through legislation with a minimal amount of review.

Isn't this how we got into the Iraq war?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

Posted by: usa3
"Barney Frank said..."

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Did he have another man's tool in his mouth when he was talking?


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

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S'matter, doesn't he return your phone calls anymore?

Posted by: GWB | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

What this really shows is that McCain is too old and decrepit to deal with more than one issue at a time. The presidency requires a grasp of multiple and continually changing issues.. McCain is obviously not up to a job as demanding as the presidency. Obama obviously is.

Posted by: NerkTwin | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

Everyone has a relative who, because of their advancing age, eventually becomes a cliche of their former selves. This is certainly what has become of John McCain. Sadly, there are no elder statesmen in this country with the public authority necessary to quietly get him to shut up and be quiet. Instead of suspending the campaigns let's move the election day up a month and get this over with.

Posted by: Warren of Lincoln, VA | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld to stand in for Obama and McCain Friday Night as part of the new Microsoft advertising campaign debate.

Sarah Palin to moderate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

McCain is willing to tamper with this delicate process for his own political gain. He knows full well that his presence and/or Obama's presence will turn this thing into a circus. He cares about nothing but winning, and he can't even do that.

Posted by: mbv114 | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

JaxMax,

I love the fact that you can't answer anybody's questions of you.

NEWSFLASH - YOUR CANDIDATE IS RUNNING FROM THE DEBATE, NOT THE OTHER GUY.

Are you sure you are not Tucker Bounds?

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

Barney Frank is hilarious. The longest hail mary in the history of football or Mary's! LOL! This is such a punk move by McCain. He saw the latest polls and crapped his pants. He can't stand up to Obama and the press and explain his long term policy of being pro deregulation when it comes to financial institutions. He would look even worse trying to defend it before a live audience. Punk McNasty!!

Posted by: C-Dog | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

John McCoward

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

I would love for one of the McCain supporters here to PLEASE tell me the LAST TIME McSame voted on ANYTHING in the senate?
I'd like a date, the bill and how McCain voted.

Posted by: jcro | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

To Justine Smith: How can you go from being a Hillary supporter to a McCain supporter when they (and especially Palin) stand completely opposite on almost all issues? Please explain.

Posted by: katie Yeats | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

OK, then! lets just cancel the elections until we get the economy back in working order! I vote to have the elections held next year when McCain and Palin feel more UP to the JOB of Multitasking!

Posted by: Steiner | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

I read this as McCain is withdrawing from the Presidential race.

Posted by: more games | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM

Obama stated that this financial crisis, the biggest thing since the great depression.

However when it comes to manning up, and solving it, he leaves it up to someone else.

Obama, is a Rodent.

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

Wow...just reading comments here tells me what McCain followers are willing to believe, accept and follow -- no matter what he says. There is always some justification, isn't there?! Are we a nation of sheep? If McCain says all is well with the world, then why don't we all believe him?

Posted by: Jim | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

Dishonest John (D. J. you dirty guy!) lied when he suddenly remembered his little story about the POW guard who "drew a cross with his foot in the dirt" which DJ claimed gave him strength (and hopes serves as fast food for the hypochristains, talibangelists and evilgelicals).....this story only shows up in DJ talk in the late 90's.....more recently it is revealed that Dishonest John McCain was, understandably, a big fan of Gulag prisoner Aleksander Solzhenitsyn....and it is FROM that man's book that Dishonest John got his little parable.

Posted by: mot2win | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

Currently, both McCain and Obama have no official leadership role in the crisis except they are senators and they have to vote whether they will support the yet to be proposed legislature. Both of them have no standing in the senate and house committees. Obama's suggestion is correct, both candidates should work out an agreed guidance paper, which is not binding, but do reflect what the future president is willing to live with.

Posted by: Virginian | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

On Friday night, Obama should take questions from the American people and explain what happened and how he plans to lead the country out of the mess.

Let McCain hide, keep Palin under wraps from the press. Sooner or later, I hope, the American people will get it.

This isn't Syria. It isn't North Korea. It isn't Saudi Arabia. People who aspire to the highest offices in the land MUST be accountable and MUST answer questions from the press and MUST debate their opponents. McCain/Palin's smearing of the press and hiding from their questions is simply unpatriotic.

Posted by: trace1 | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

LynnW or VA_Lady2008:

If a couple nukes had been detonated over American cities by terrorists this morning, would you still want the FOREIGN POLICY debate to go forward? You realize it's just a debate, and we have a $14 trillion economy, right? Barack HUSSEIN Obama should have accepted John SIDNEY McCain's prior offer to weekly townhall meetings if this one debate was sooooo important to him.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

David,

Can you assure me that Carly Fiornia and Phil Gramm will accompany McCain to Washington tomorrow?

McCain says he doesn't know much about the economy and relies on his team of experts. Brilliant people with a track record of success.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

The democrats are completely classless. Name-calling, whining, complaining, blaming, and never helping or coming up with a solution. When McCain wins - hunker down because all hell will break loose. I would expect rioting. The left is angry, bitter, and disrespectful(we saw that with the stunts displayed in St. Paul). If obama were to win - the Republicans wouldn't be happy, but would deal with it. When McCain wins - the left is going to absolutely lose their minds(if they haven't already).

Posted by: Scrality Scral | September 24, 2008 5:25 PM

Has McCain been drinking? This is the stupidest thing I have heard during the whole campaign.

Posted by: reynolds | September 24, 2008 5:25 PM

OBAMA TO DEBATE HIS OWN TELEPROMPTER

(WASHINGTON DC) Obama has furiously promised to proceed forward with the debate despite McCain's absence to deal with the financial crisis.

"I will have a debate," Obama sneered.

"I will debate my teleprompter," Obama threatened.

"And my previous positions."

Other suggestions included just having the media skip the process of asking questions and simply attack McCain with Obama to add snipes in a condescending fashion.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:25 PM

I am so very sorry, I thought that McCain was the LEADER of the Republican Party, and that Obama was the LEADER of the Democratic Party.

Schumer sure showed us what a POLITICAL stunt looks like...

But Obama...oh right, he could NOT Chair his subcommittee on Afghanistan because he was too busy campaigning...and now he is too busy campaigning to go to WASHINGTON when the entire US economy might collapse?

I'm a Democrat. I am ashamed.

Posted by: Belle | September 24, 2008 5:25 PM

McCain is right. Both Obama and McCain are U.S. senators. They belong in the U.S. senate RIGHT NOW.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

Somewhere outside of Florence beneath the Tuscan countryside soil, a cheshire cat's grin graces Machiavelli's skull.

Posted by: Britt | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

I think the only fair thing to do is for Biden/Palin to switch debate dates with Obama/McCain and debate on Friday. This way all the preparation won't be lost; the McCain campaign will win points and not look like it's pulling another calculated stunt and Americans will hear from the VP candidates directly. Otherwise, McCain is comes off as unstable, not what you want in a president.
And since neither campaign takes a lot of off-the-cuff questions, the debates are critical to the process; they provide voters a glimpse into the candidates, their positions and their ability to persuade. Democracy needs debate. So let the debates begin!

Posted by: Sadtosay | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

Here's an idea: let's all criticize a senator for doing his job and trying to fix a problem right now.

Seriously, are you democrats all idiots? I am a resident of Illinois and to this day Senator Obama has not served my interests one iota. Instead, he has been campaigning from the very start. Even now, on the brink of the greatest financial disaster since 1929, he blasts Senator McCain for wanting to fix the problem now. No, Obama says, we don't need to do any work now, let's just let all of America lose money so that I can make someone else look bad while not actually doing anything to help myself.

Obama is pathetic. This is a crisis people. Crises need to be dealt with immediately, not 4 months from now on Innauguration Day.

Posted by: PK | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

With the election less than six weeks away, we should have more debates, not fewer. Talk about the financial crisis can wait for an hour or two.

I know that the GOP says this election isn't about issues but not answering questions during debates or during interviews or town halls is ridiculous. First Palin, now McCain. Unbelievable.

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

Oh Lordy. I think I'm gonna be a little sad when this campaign is over, 'cuz McCain is just so gosh-darned funny.

Suspend his campaign?? Does that mean that Romney can stand in for him?

Are we supposed to believe that McCain rushing back to Washington is going to fix this little mess we have here? Sorta like he did w/the Keating Five mess that he helped create? Is this how the man plans to govern?

He certainly has a flair for theatrics, doesn't he? And, in keeping w/that theme, I say that the show must go on! And shifting the topic to the Economy is a fabulous idea - one that I'm sure Obama would be happy to accommodate.

Posted by: CarolBG | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

A great political move... puts obama in a no-win situation. McCain just wants to look like a real fixer, nothing to do with being afraid of the debate, the foreign policy debate, which naturally he will win, because on perception because most people already are convinced that is his natural strength. The race pulls back to even.

Posted by: Brough | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

Of course he had to postpone the debate; his party and his life-long political philosophy are the root cause of the worst financial crisis since the great depression. He needs time to spin this. Debate now! Debate here! Debate baby debate!

Posted by: codexjust1 | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM

JaxMax,

I'm waiting to hear Sarah Palin actually say something that someone else didn't write for her.

Thanks McBush for the wonderful eight years. My wages have gone down, I work longer hours and I have no healthcare! Now that's the kind of progress Republicans can believe in.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM

Now we see that McCain can only focus on one thing at a time. If McCain's in office, what do you think will get his attention? Healthcare or the War? The Economy or the War? Education or the War?

Posted by: Charice | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM

This move is genius. McCain should say to Obama "That's fine if you want to debate, while you're on a stage in Mississippi I'll be in Washington actually getting things done." He has really put Obama in a corner.

Wake up Democrats, you're playing with the big boys now.

Posted by: David | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM

Well, whaddaya know? Songbird really is a cowardly little punk. I knew it.

Posted by: mnjam | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM

I'm sure his campaign staff thought this up; but still, I'm beginning to think he's losing his mind. Seriously.

Posted by: Pete | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM


Someone posted the following and it's dead on target:

I challenge anyone trumpeting the so-called altruism and bipartisan leadership of John McCain to answer the following question:

Q: Which of these scenarios represents bipartisanship, and which represents political opportunism?

(A) Crisis arises. Rivals discuss matter privately, agree to cooperate. Rivals then hold joint press conference to present their plan. Nation sees united front.

(B) Crisis arises. Rival M ignores highly unusual direct call from Rival O, strings him along for 6 hours, then sandbags everyone with a unilateral announcement reneging on a prior agreement, and publicly dares Rival O to follow suit or look bad. Bush White House piles on.

Which is which?

Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM

Does McCain think as a President he will only be facing one major issue at a time?


This is an obvious Catch-22 to attempt ensnaring the Obama camp. He can't agree or McCain is seen as the one reaching across the aisle, he can't disagree or the Republicans will make him out to be an elitist who doesn't care about America's problems. It's disgusting.

It reminds me of Sarah Palin: where Obama couldn't agree with the choice or she might appear actually qualified, but couldn't disagree with the choice without become a sexist elitist.

Posted by: Andy | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM

McChicken.

Posted by: rymer | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM

This makes Obama look petty and selfish -- which we all know he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM


Your comment is exactly what McCain wants you to think. Slander Obama. This is not about McCain being magnanamous, this is about McCain dropping in the polls and trying to make Obama look bad. McCain is a nasty, dirty loser. If he and Palin haven't drunk enough of the koolaid to be ready to spout off the neo-con talking points, then so be it. But the repubicans causing this disaster, and then trying to lay the blame on Obama is just disgusting.

Posted by: Dick Cheney's smelly gas. | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM

Remember, the country, we save from Saddem Hussien, and gave all that money.
The country that has all that OIL, the War that was going to pay for itself, the WAR we were going to Welcome as LIBREATORS, the country that now has a surplus of 80 billions dollars.
What happen to our friends, the countries we pay to join us in this FACITO in IRAQ.
AS my mother told me when I was a young kid, THE ONLY FRIEND YOU HAVE IS A DOLLAR IN YOUR POCKET.
In the 2008 Herbert HOOVER has return..

Posted by: Levario | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM

This is not a good ploy because most Americans are not very sympathetic to Wall Street. All they will see is McCain signaling his support for the bail out. This will just further associate McCain with the entire mess. As for McCain also trying to use this to claim he is concerned about the economy,again,same problem, most Americans see Wall Street as what is wrong with the economy. Not what will fix it.

Posted by: Joseph | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM

This is not a good ploy because most Americans are not very sympathetic to Wall Street. All they will see is McCain signaling his support for the bail out. This will just further associate McCain with the entire mess. As for McCain also trying to use this to claim he is concerned about the economy,again,same problem, most Americans see Wall Street as what is wrong with the economy. Not what will fix it.

Posted by: Joseph | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM

This is comical. Honestly, the campaign's financial advisors can meet with the administration's advisors if additional ideas are needed. Nothing will get done if both candidates are present disagreeing with each other. It would be like a meeting at work with high level directors discussing issues at a high level view when detail level analysis is really needed to determine a course of action. Only the hardcore financial guys will figure this out (i.e. the guys that make recommendations to their respective candidates).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM

Obama Agrees to Debate Postponement after Gov. Palin Agrees to stand-in for Sen. McCain. Gov. Ed Rendell of PA thinks Barack is a chickensh@t for not accepting the challenge of debating someone of equal political experience.

See full coverage tonight on HDNet.

Posted by: DanRather | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill to regulate Fanny/Freddie. Dems in Congress shot down the bill. Obama was Fannie's 3rd highest $$$ recipient:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aSKSoiNbnQY0

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

If the media doesn't call McCain on this nonsense, they are not doing their job. He really seems to think he can win this election by getting little bounces out of ridiculous ads, strange VP picks, and now this. I thought the Palin pick was the most transparently political thing I've ever seen. This is as bad, and possibly worse because it's a little bit pathetic too. I mean, if we take him at his word, that means he thinks he doesn't have the ability to work on the compromise and then hold a debate! Is he afraid of getting tired or something? Coach! Take me out of the game! I'm winded!

Posted by: LynnW | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

Bush fooled us on the Weapons of Mass Destruction ploy...and got 4,000 of our children killed.

READ MY LIPS! NOT THIS TIME!

Posted by: NO BUSH | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

Mr. McCain doesn't want to debate because there is NO WAY he can avoid having his rather large part as one of the fathers of this disaster come out. There's no way he can refute the fact that he wanted to "privatize" Social Security, which is about all a LOT of seniors will have left. There's NO WAY he can avoid being reminded that he was hip deep in the Keating 5.

Plus, and apparently and tragically, he must not have enough mental capacity to be able to focus on two important things at once.

Posted by: VA_Lady2008 | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

Liberals are a cancer in America and McCain is the cure. Grow up, stop playing politics and start doing this. Obama can't just vote "present" on this one.

Posted by: Lon | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

Liberals are a cancer in America and McCain is the cure. Grow up, stop playing politics and start doing this. Obama can't just vote "present" on this one.

Posted by: Lon | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

McCain comander in-chief we want to see you in action on Friday! Don't hide in Washington.
The country want to see you and hear your way out of the crisis.
This is your chance to tell the country that you are no coward but a safe pair of hands in crisis.
Show us how inexperienced Obama is with your best weapon your experience.

Posted by: darlington_peter | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM

McCain is a complete coward. This is not leadership. No one in Washington needs McCain. He hasn't even voted since April.

Posted by: agathias | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM

McCain is a RETARD! Worse even than Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM

McCain has 73 lobbyists running his campaign . . do you actually think when suspending his campaign they didn't know what other lobbyists are already publishing as per the following?

"The deal on the "bail out" is 98% done. Treasury has capitulated on almost every point. A draft is circulating on the Hill now. No one needs McCain to help do the remaining 2%....except the White House who has no standing on this matter on the Hill with either Democrats or Republicans."

Posted by: ROFLMAO | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM


The Post should just borrow the headline from Will's column today and slap it on this one: "McCain loses his head."

Come to think of it, that headline works for about every "decision" McCain has made these past couple of weeks.

Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM

I challenge anyone trumpeting the so-called altruism and bipartisan leadership of John McCain to answer the following question:

Q: Which of these scenarios represents bipartisanship, and which represents political opportunism?

(A) Crisis arises. Rivals discuss matter privately, agree to cooperate. Rivals then hold joint press conference to present their plan. Nation sees united front.

(B) Crisis arises. Rival M ignores highly unusual direct call from Rival O, strings him along for 6 hours, then sandbags everyone with a unilateral announcement reneging on a prior agreement, and publicly dares Rival O to follow suit or look bad. Bush White House piles on.

Which is which?

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM

It's official: McCain is Insane. This is the act of a desperate, unstable, dangerous man. He should suspend his campaign permanently and withdraw from the race, for his own mental well-being and the good of the country. Country First, remember, John?

Posted by: TruthTeller41 | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM

McCoward -- Not Ready for Prime Time.

Come a crisis McCoward comes a cryin'.

Posted by: Carl Lee | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM

The debate should be postponed.

John McCain looks like a President today.

In his announcement to temporarily suspend his Presidential campaign to return to Washington D.C. to work toward a bipartisan solution to the nation's economic situation, Sen. McCain is demonstrating what real leadership is.

John McCain is putting our country first and politics second. It's the right thing to do.

Sen. Barack Obama should follow Sen. McCain's lead

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Posted by: k | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

This is called "Pulling a Palin out of the Hat." Just as he succeeded in stunting Obama's post-convention bounce by picking Sarah Palin out of nowhere to be his running mate, now McCain comes out with this new political trick to stop his recent free-fall in the polls. What a convenient time to suspend the political campaign. Shamelessly, he does this under the guise of 'Country First' to pressure Obama into also halting his campaign and postponing the debate. I hope public opinion does not allow Mac the Magician to pull another fast one.

Posted by: rico4ever | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

SEND PALIN TO DEBATE DEADHEAD OBAMA

Since McCain is actually putting the Country first by returning to Washington---send Gov. Palin to eviscerate Obama in the debate.


There will be higher ratings....

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

McCain should be prepared to debate any one at anytime if he has confidence in his positions and his track record. I thought knew what congressional panic looked like earlier today. We'll see the stock market nose dive in response to this shameful lack of leadership.

Posted by: Jason McCabe | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

anything forwarded by the bush admin can't possibly be good for the masses ... they haven't done that yet ... why should it start now.

Posted by: bobnjersey | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

Didn't McCain whine on The View recently that he was forced to go negative because Obama wouldn't participate in any Town Hall forums? So now that McCain will actually have the opportunity to face Obama, he punks out claiming he has to get to Washington to mediate the financial crisis. Give me a break. The real answer is the polls are breaking Obama's way, the media is no longer McCain's base, the bloom is off Palin's rose and even McCain's aged eyes can see the writing on the wall. It's over, McChicken, over.

Posted by: heartprivacy | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

Easy fix. Hold the debate in Washington.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM

Just to enlighten you die-hard McCain supporters, Senator Obama reached out to John McCain at 8:30 this morning to come together and make a joint statement on the issue of the economy. Several hours later, John McCain took it upon himself to make a public announcement that HE was suspending his campaign, and made it seem like it was his idea because he cares so much about the economy that his campaign is not importance right now, and yada, yada, yada...Come on, we're not stupid. Stop running Johnny! What are you afraid of? Wouldn't it make more sense right now, to debate the issues and discuss gameplan for fixing this economic mess? If he was that concerned, he would have gone back to Washington way before now. Maybe it’s just me…

Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: 1rdyforchange | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM

"Good for him. At least there is one adult running for the highest office...."

Unlike jt who knows only how to copy/paste.

Posted by: zzzzz | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM

COUNTRY FIRST.

Posted by: David123456 | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM

Help me, I'm a confused old man! I'm confused by this stock meltdown. I can't remember the address to any of my homes, either. Can we debate next month instead?

Posted by: John C | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM

Groan! LOL what a gimmick. The idea of McCain leading the charge to fix the economy is hilarious. What's he going to do? Bomb, bomb, bomb it? Mmmmm the current administration already tried that. Not working.

There are other cooler, more qualified heads to fix this mess. The candidates need to stick to the debates. But McCain just blinked - and it is going to show that he is unprepared - all cluck and no meat. For all his mockery, could it be that McSame is a tad intimidated by the community organizer?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM

McCain is a chicken and a weasel.

Posted by: andre gill | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM

This makes Obama look petty and selfish -- which we all know he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM
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No, it actually makes Obama look like the only qualified candidate, which we all know he is.

If McCain is incapable of both focusing on a crisis and explaining his position surrounding it (or, in his case, his ever-changing multiple positions), he isn't qualified to be the president. Presidents have to be able to do more than one thing at a time.

Posted by: anonymousplusone | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM

Sarah Palin should take John McCain's place and debate Obama -- prove she's ready to step in should something happen to McCain. Obama won't be near as tough as Putin.
C'mon Sarah. Prove to us all that you're ready.
Get it now???

Posted by: bgreen2224 | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM

This makes Obama look petty and selfish -- which we all know he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM
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Actually
This makes McCain look like a lame-brain wuss.

Posted by: :-) | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM

Breaking News!!!
Michele Obama calls Sen. McCain a chickensh@t. Wants cage match instead of debate.

PA Gov. Ed Rendell to comment soon.

Watch Debate/Match in full-HD on HDNet

Posted by: DanRather | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM

One key thing will be what McCain does in Washington, so far he has not been (or Obama) any sort of key player in this.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM

I like that idea! Send Sarah Palin in to handle Obama!!! ----------

Posted by: PALIN FOR PRESIDENT | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis??? You've got to be kidding? It's time they all take ownership of the mess this country is in all in the name of corporate greed and profits.

McCain keeps trying every political trick in the book - I hope republican's start to see him for the "flip flopper" he is. Let him go back to Washington, it's about time he earns his keep.

Oh, If you're parent try this - Kids, I will let you self regulate with no consequences to any wrong actions. Let us know how that works out.

Posted by: Anthony | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM

The man is utterly without honor.

Posted by: xgy2 | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM

It may seem like McCain has put Obama in a corner. But there is a simple response.

Obama should demand that the debate go on. The presidency is a demanding job, and you must be able to handle many complex tasks simultaneously, especially in times of crisis.

If senator McCain cannot find an hour of time to go across the street to the studio for a debate, then he is not well organized and is not leading properly.

In times of crisis the president can't duck and hide, he must be visible and coherent.

Focus the debate on the economy and kill two birds with one stone.

Posted by: nnnooonnneee | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

Bob says - "Vote McCain, at least he does not inspire cult followings."

You're kidding, you've got to be kidding.

You must be one of the people who've made enough money over the past eight years that you've benefitted from Bush's policies, which McCain intends to continue - so you're fine with how things are working in this country as they stand right now.

You're happy with the lack of accountability, oversight and regulation? You're happy with the fact that the average tax payer is going to foot the bill to all these private companies whose share holders and CEOs have made millions while the average worker has seen their wages stagnate or fall?

Posted by: i8pixistix | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

The man is truly without shame. We want to know how both candidates will deal with the issue going forward NOW. DEBATE AS SCHEDULED! Don't jerk us around. We are already angry, no, enraged! Having worked all our lives, sacrificing, scrimping, saving, we thought we saved just enough. Now this. To make the matters worse, McCain is playing this such transparent desperate games. Explain your votes to deregulate, deregulate, R. Davis payment from Fannie, Freddie or whatever, your role in S&L scandal, etc. We want to know.

Posted by: pelohoki | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

McCain can't do more than one thing at a time? So if a similar situation arises tomorrow when he is the President, is he going to stop attending to other issues? He's been hopping from this end to the other end of the country daily but he can't hop back in time for the debate? What a bunch of BS he and his supporters are enacting? Obama was right in saying that the debate is the most important thing that the people needs to watch. The candidates owes it to the people. Yesterday, Palin was running away from the media and now McCain is running away from the debates. I just can't believe there are still some people who are supporting this fool.

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

go forit Mc Cain maybe you can keep the dem awake long enough to get a vote

Posted by: dragon40 | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

Call him Stuntmuffin.

Posted by: Bedford Falls | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

its like mccain is in school. he's not ready to give his presentation so he asks the teacher for more time.

Posted by: calboogie | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

Senator with 26-year record of disdain for oversight and regulation of U.S. financial institutions calls off presidential debate as to offer his personal oversight
for lending/insurance institutions that have crashed due to lack of political oversight and regulation!

Does anyone see the sick irony here?
Shakespeare couldn’t write this stuff!

Mccain are you strong enough, are you mentally fit, and is your health capable to endure the demand for the job?
Evidentially not!

Posted by: rube | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

Foomonkey, thank you. By the way, the proposal was only three pages long!!!!

HOW LONG COULD IT TAKE TO READ? ARE MCCAIN's EYES THAT BAD?

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

Could Bush and the Neo Cons have failed this country any more? One massive failure after another. Unbelievable.

Posted by: CRD | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

Oh no its not a gimmick....now are there any suckers..err...I mean true Americans out there who want to buy some Bear-Stearns stock..

Posted by: :-) | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

That's a good idea. We republican's never back down. Johnny Mac can go to DC and we can have Sarah Palin vs. Joe Biden. That will let us debate Friday and increase the VP Debates to 2!! Good idea.

Posted by: Republican Winners | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

This does not reflect well on McCain. While he might think it makes it look like he cares about this issue, what it really implies is that the man can't do 2 things at once. As president, he or Obama will have days where there are handling 10 crises at once. Do you mean to tell me that McCain can't handle a day of working on the bailout, and then do a debate at night? He'd better suck it up and show some fortitude if he wants to be my president.

Posted by: Gferr | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

McCain uses pre-Depression financial crisis, harkens back to Naval Academy boxing matches and proposes that McCain-Obama debates be reformated to be like a twelve round boxing match:

Demands that Sarah be the ring girl and that Hillary be Obama's cut man.

No response yet from the Obama camp.

Posted by: Patriot3 | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

This has been one long running comedy show. You can't make this stuff up! These republicans are giving comedian all around the world never ending material!

Why no send Palin to Washington to straighten out this while you are debating then the two of you can switch.

Posted by: Tanya | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

A McCain senior adviser said that Obama called McCain early Wednesday morning to asking a joint statement of "shared principles and conditions" for the bailout proposal.
An Obama campaign source confirmed the call and said that McCain returned his call six hours later, and accepted the concept and suggested the two of them return to Washington to join the negotiations. The source says that Obama told him that he would do that only if negotiators saw it as useful.
According to the Obama source, soon after they ended the call, McCain announced he was suspending his campaign and returning to Washington.

Posted by: Julie | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

Gary Seven wrote: "Palin is the one with the balls on that ticket."
_____________

LOL!

Little Miss Jesus Mooseburger is even scared of the press! What is Balls so scared of? She is such a phoney. I can't believe you admire that corrupt and lying piece of trash.

Posted by: sequoia | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

Dear President Obama, show up Friday and take the stage to answer the questions of the American People. Have the camera not take close-ups. Use the shot that shows the empty chair next to you.
If that crowd in DC needs you they'll call you.
YOU ARE NEEDED AT THAT DEBATE!!! He needs to hide. And that is why Rove is trying this scam. Now instead of backing Obama in a corner, McCain is in it. Carl, Carl, Carl, this was not your finest trick. You're slipping son. By the way, How's Scooter doing these days? Is he making a few bucks while he waits for GW to DISGRACE HIMSELF AGAIN ?

Posted by: IC CLEARLY | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

Muck FcCush

Posted by: H. Simon | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

Unfortunately, this is a run away attempt by McCain. He could have made this announcement on Monday or last week, but waited two days before the debate. Something sounds fishy. Senator McCain, I no longer support you as you and Governor Palin have shown no backbone and have never stated your proposed policies to Americans.

Posted by: Former McCain Supporter | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

Seriously - if you can't multi-task you can't be president. mccain is in over his head and he can't hack it - so he call a crisis after 8 years of his parties economic leadership.

And why can't he call on his VP choice to run the campaign while he's gone - because she can't do anything off script as the UN meetings clearly showed.

He's not a leader and he knows it.

Posted by: Sara | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

The deal is Congress is dead! The Republicans aren't going for it, they don't want any regular people to get anything.
They don't want to cut back on CEO salaries.
No bailouts for normal people, just the big co's!
Rethugnicans are all liars and thieves!
You voted for Bush, especially in 2004, YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR VOTING RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY.
THIS IS DEREGULATION AT ITS FINEST!

Posted by: Mike from Augusta | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

This is nothing more than a ploy by McCain who is particularly vulnerable at this juncture, given his laissez-faire approach to regulation which allowed this full-blown economic crisis to happen under the watch of his party. He is now trying to bully a proposal through Congress to reduce further damage to the Bush presidency(way too late for that) or to his prospects in November. By trying to delay the debate, McCain gets to buy time, help push through some half-baked plan through congress, and then turn around and proclaim his leadership on economic issues. There is nothing but selfish self-interest at work here. If the economy, or the well-being of the average American were of any concern to McCain has had more than enough opportunity to demonstrate that. Let's hope the Obama campaign, and the American people don't fall for this latest McCain subterfuge.

Posted by: Y. I | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM

This just in.
Obama Campaign threatens lawsuit to keep debate schedule.
Obama caught totally off guard by McCain move.
Gov. Ed Rendell of PA to comment soon.

Get the full story on HDNet

Posted by: DanRather | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

This makes Obama look petty and selfish -- which we all know he is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

Five days ago the economy was sound, now it's a crisis that mandates calling off the debate. Kind of hard for my head to spin that fast. If we are in such dire straights, I think a debate about the future leadership could not be more timely and if anything, the schedule should be moved up! He's not fooling me for a second. McCain's campaign and his inescable history of advocacy for deregulation and the wealthly is what is in crisis as this country wises up.

Posted by: espresso | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

Why doesn't McCain send Sarah Palin in his place. That's why he picked here - to stand in for him when he can't be there. That way he can handle Washington and she can debate with Obama or Biden, either one. I WANT A DEBATE FRIDAY!!

Posted by: Dunder | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

JaxMax,

Yeah, your candidate's positions haven't changed...I mean McCain has always been for regulation, right?

You're a sheep just like these other brainless Republican automatons that are too cowardly to accept responsibility for what they have done to this country.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

It was obvious that McCain was scared of the Foreign Policy Debate next Friday. But to use the financial crisis as an excuse for cancelling it was a stupid stunt. McCain admittedly knows nothing about economics and can not be helpful in the difficualt negotiations of the Banking Committee, the Fed, and the Treasury Secretary. He has no business introducing his campaign politics into the Senate.

Posted by: Bodo | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

"I think it will be the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once." THE END

Posted by: WTF | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

NEWS FLASH!!!!!!

McCain wants to delay the election to next year as a show that he really-REally-REALLY! cares about America.

Posted by: :-) | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM

Oh, I don't know, maybe because there are 533 other members of Congress who are more than qualified to debate and tackle this issue? And have been doing so for the past 8 months while Senators McCain and Obama have been campaigning? How about the hundreds of bills that were debated and passed/voted down this year that had a direct impact on daily lives of every day Americans and not just the wealthy and their investment portfolios.

Senator McCain can take a few hours out his schedule to travel to the Gulf region to snap photos and a throw out a few sound bites before hurricane Gustav hit, but he can't take a few hours to explain to the country his vision for the direction of our country in the next four years?

Astounding. Irresponsible. Again.

Posted by: cnor | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM

McCain thinks the fundamentals of the economy are sound, so why is this suddenly such a huge crisis that he's required to suspend his campaign? Oh, wait, could it be those falling poll numbers? He doesn't even understand what the problem is. Last week he stated that it was all Barack Obama's fault. Please tell me how McCain's presence in Washington is going to change anything.

Posted by: JLW | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM

What a punk way to avoid a debate, trying to grandstand as if he will save the day like the lone ranger. Still a hero wannabee.

Posted by: McCain Supporter...no more | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM

Anything to get out of a debate. Anything to get out of discussing actual policy.
Anything to avoid a discussion of McCain's involvement with previous banking scandals.

He's already behind by 10 points in Colorado and it's getting worse each day. He either needs to debate policy or he needs to pack it in because this smoke and mirror baloney isn't working.

What happened to straight talk? Now it's No Talk.

Posted by: hacksaw | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

Correction: McCain SAYS he Calls for Debate Delay to Focus on Financial Crisis

Meanwhile... Presidential Candidate Obama looked and sounded oh so presidential and reassuring at his news conference today as he took questions from reporters. The contrast between him and runaway McCain could not have been more CLEAR!!!

Posted by: Libratine | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

FEDERAL HOUSING ENTERPRISE REGULATORY REFORM ACT OF 2005
The United States Senate

May 25, 2006

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.
I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

Posted by: Prithi | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

I think it's appropriate for McCain's instincts to want to take him back to Washington. He is a public servant first and a candidate second.

However, this country will be better served by watching the two men, one of whom will lead us through the next crisis, debate their views on this one.

Therefore, Obama's counter-proposal should be to scrap the national security topic and have this Friday's debate focus on the economy, the most important issue in this country right now.

Posted by: tmartin02 | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

Obama says now is the time for the country to hear from the candidates about the financial crisis but the debate has been set to discuss foreign policy. Obama has said nothing about the possible outcome of the Administration's proposal but every news agency is reporting that the prospects for the propsal are getting grim. American families' futures are at risk and it sounds like McCain is trying to do something while Obama is trying to do nothing.

Posted by: Drew | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

Very Very Shrewd.
Traps Obama. Traps the Democrats.
Looks very Presidential.
Too Bad Barack hadn't thought of this first.

Get the full story on HDNet

Posted by: DanRather | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

OoPs!

I take credit for the Neocon-DINO-Fascist comment.

Posted by: KEVIN SCHMIDT | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM


The economy's being pushed off a cliff and Obama pretty much just said, "If you need me, give me a call."

He's just like Bush and that goddamned ranch.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM

Until recently I had planned to vote for John McCain...I have great respect for his years of service. But, he is not up for the job to be President. I believe his first mistake was choosing Palin for VP. There are many qualified women in the GOP. Palin is not one of them...Now he's playing politics with the economy. He and Palin refuses to answer questions from reporters...Obama shines over McCain in every area. We need a true leader, which we haven't had for 8 years...

Posted by: jh1949 | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM

re: Posted by: MJ | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM
McCain: Let's go to work and fix this.
Obama: I'd rather just talk about it, er, uh, duh, uh, call me if you need me, I have to prepare for the debate.

dude... obama made the offer for a joint release, and mccain jumps on six hours later as if it's all his idea.

he admitted the other day that he hadn't even read the proposal!

"As recently as yesterday, when a reporter asked him about his position on the Bush administration’s financial proposals, McCain said, “I have not had a chance to see it in writing. I have to examine it.”"

give me a break

Posted by: foomonkey | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM

That's a great idea. Why not relocate the debate to Washington? I hope Obama continues without him. I know he's keeping up with events, and being prepared for scheduled debates at the same time. This is irritating.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM

Mcdreamy needs to snap out of wonderland..

Posted by: kj | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM

The OLD FART can't do 2 things at once!
Have a debate, and try as hard as he can, to think about the economy!
Bush EVEN DISAGREES WITH THE SAD OLD SACK.
MCDOOM IS MORE LIKE IT!
Ric Davis, has no involvement in Fannie and Freddie, really? IF YOU DON'T CONSIDER $2 MILLION DOLLARS INVOLVEMENT!
WHAT A BUNCH OF ROVIAN LIARS
MCROVE, OR JOHN BUSH, IS TRYING TO LOOK PRESIDENTIAL. WELL, HIS GOOSE IS COOKED, IT'S ALL OVER T.V.!
EVERYONE KNOWS OBAMA CALLED MCBUSH FIRST, WHICH WAS A SUGGESTION FROM TOM COBURN, REPUBLICAN, OKLAHOMA, SO MCGOO IS AN IDIOT!
CHRIS MATTHEWS JUST SAID, MCCAIN IS IN DETERIORATING MODE!
MCINSANE, IS FALLING APART, BEFORE OUR VERY EYES!
HE NEEDS TO MAKE PALIN WALK AROUND NUDE!

Posted by: Josh | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM

He can do whatever he wants, but he is on track to be the loser in November and if he wants to drop out now, fine.

We're not going to miss him or his joke of a running mate.

Posted by: veep | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM

Hey Julie,
You said obama had a press conference and answered questions. Are you sure? Or did he talk in circles(barry clearly loves the sound of his own voice)and say absolutely nothing. And people keep forgetting that obama is running for Pres. - Palin is running for VP. Plus she's not speaking to the biased media because they treating her unfairly - while they are falling all over obama. Voting obama may be the popular to do, but not the smart thing to do. obama is all talk and no action. If you believe that he is going to do all the things he claims - you're crazy - look at his record, it doesn't add up.

Posted by: Stan the Man | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM

The media has an obligation to present this latest development to the public truthfully. I.e., it's a stunt. A very, very transparent stunt.

Posted by: HRC | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM

The media has an obligation to present this latest development to the public truthfully. I.e., it's a stunt. A very, very transparent stunt.

Posted by: HRC | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM

Don, get your facts straight and stop lying. McCain has missed more votes than Obama.

I guess lying has become a habit with you people.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM

Is McCain running for a Senate seat or is he running for the Presidency?

If he wants to be back in the Senate, then he needs to drop out of the campaign all together and get back to his day job.

There are enough folks in House and the Senate that can handle this problem. Johnny Boy is not going to make a difference by going to Washington.

Otherwise, he needs to get back on that campaign trail.


It has become clear that if he can't run his campaign while at the same time helping with this issue, then he does not need to be President of this country.

Posted by: Trinity | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM

Lets face it, neither Obama or McCain are the most knowledgeable senators on finance. I am sure in this day and age of modern communication that they can provide any input needed. Also as Obama pointed out they both have jets at their disposal to get to Washington as needed.

I suspect Obama was pushing a joint action only to have McCain jump at the chance to upstage Obama.

As several have said in the news the last thing this economic crisis needs is for it to be made more of a political football.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM

Though a stunt, it is a good one for a man who has no good ideas. He will find this gimmick to be favorable to him and he will stop obama's momentum.

Posted by: yar | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM

"It's funny. McCain was the MSM's darling until he began to pose a serious threat to affirmative action in the White House."
_________________________________________
Sorry, but no. McCain was the darling of the media until he hired Karl Rove's goons and went along with their plan to win the election by pitting 'reg'lar 'murikans" against the "liberal elite media".

When you've made unfettered access your political signature for decades, then freeze reporters out for over a month and start calling them names; when your vaunted "straight talk" express becomes the "no talk" express; there's a price tag attached.

McCain is paying it now.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

actually, mccain was called back only to pass *bush's* plan, which he now says he never said he would support. he's dancing in so many directions at once, the pratfall here is going to be simply epic. obama should just sit back and say, 'the guy's been out of his chair since april, and now he wants to go back? to set things straight in our economy, which has "strong" fundamentals? yeah, right.

Posted by: painterkim | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM


Once again, Senator Arugula is slow on the uptake.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

I love seeing people mention Rick Davis working as a lobbyist 3 years ago as evidence of McCain's "corruption" even as Obama accepted 125k from Fannie and his boys Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson are about to be investigated by the FBI for their actions while CEO of Fannie and Countrywide. The NYT and libs are grasping at straws while they circle the drain...

Posted by: Don | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM

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I lve how WRONG you are. I love how little informed you are.

Care to brush up on the truth?

The total listed for Obama is $126,349 — a tiny fraction of the approximately $390 million his campaign has raised, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The list shows McCain has received a total of $21,550 from Fannie and Freddie employees. The list includes donations of at least $200 from those who receive paychecks from Fannie and Freddie. It also includes donations from political action committees — pooled contributions from employees. Obama decided early in his presidential run not to accept PAC contributions, but the Center for Responsive Politics' list includes all contributions for members of Congress dating back to 1989 — including Obama and McCain's Senate campaigns.

The New York Times has published a separate list looking at contributions from "directors, officers, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" for the 2008 campaign cycle. That list — using figures from the Federal Election Commission — shows McCain receiving $169,000, while Obama received only $16,000.

And by the way Franklin Raines had nothing to do with ANY of the money from Freddy and Fanny to EITHER campaigns


OOPS!

Sorry
A list of employee contributions including lobbyists and directors shows McCain getting more.

And far more important is this....

One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through LAST MONTH

thats LAST MONTH
NOT TWO YEARs AGO

LAST MONTH

to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager. Mr. Davis’s firm, Davis & Manafort, had been kept on the payroll because of Mr. Davis’s close ties to Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who by 2006 was widely expected to run again for the White House.


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/09/obamas_fannie_mae_connection.html

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

The Neocon-Fascist Republicans and DINO-Fascist Democrats in Washington just don't get it.

WE THE PEOPLE are not going to let them steal our money anymore.

Trying to stifle debate including debate between the two leading presidential candidates at a time like this sends a clear message to WE THE PEOPLE. Our government is going to continue to do whatever the hell it wants to do.

It's time to break out the pitchforks and liberty torches. There's a revolution to be started! There are traitors that must address our grievances. There's a country that must be rebuilt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

"When you are commander in chief you do not pick and choose you resposibilities. Having a debate tommorrow is a responsibility. Go to Washington if you think you should. I think that coming in late will add to the confusion. But whatever you do show up in Oxford, MS tomorrow night."

This is the most ignorant statement that I have ever seen. Being a SENATOR and doing your sworn duty for the citizens of your state is your responsibility. Libs are soooo 180 degrees of phase...

Obama has shirked his duty as Senator for 50% of his Senate career, maybe he should try being one for a couple of days...

Posted by: Don | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

Yes Fred you are correct....and Democrats won the Congress 2 years saying they could fix all the problems and look at us now. Your Savior of a candidate says he can fix everything yet cannot even go back to D.C. and do hios job as a Senator

Posted by: shane | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM
____________

Shane, your president has vetoed every single good thing this Congress has tried to do. If you party was in power, this bailout bill would have been approved and signed on Sunday night with no debate.

Pull your head out of the sand and get a clue. When Bush took office we had a budget surplus and a 5 trillion dollar debt. Now our budget is billions in the red and we're borrowing money from the Chinese to bailout your buddies on WallStreet so they can keep their homes in the Hamptons.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

McCain is a tool of BushCo and their partner ChinaMart (and its outlet WalMart). Your traitorous leader Bush (with McCain help) sold or traded away the guts of the working/middle class savings and futures to the Commies who now demand that the dollar be devalued.

I understand the Chinese will YouTube the many videos they have of McCain when, during his stay at the Hanoi Hilton, he would bark like a dog, bray like a donkey or whatever they demanded, while crawling around smeared in his own feces.

Posted by: mot2win | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

Very Very Shrewd.
Traps Obama. Traps the Democrats.
Looks very Presidential.
Too Bad Barack hadn't thought of this first.

Get the full story on HDNet

Posted by: DanRather | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM

What a silly stupid stunt.

As "a" senator, McCain has far less influence than as a candidate for President. Barbara Boxer can shout all she wants but when Obama speaks, people will listen.

The purpose of President is to FACE issues, not run away from them. THAT is nothing but cowardice.

Posted by: Ethan Q | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

Obama can debate himself, his positions are already schizophrenic.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

We are facing crises on almost every front --- not least a leadership crisis. It's extremely important that both campaigns should proceed as scheduled so we can have a real change in leadership next Jan.

I don't see how a financial crisis disables a candidate from carrying on with his campaign.

This guy has already been given too much leeway in defining the terms (he has been saying experience matters until he chose Palin) and setting the tone of the election (which is nasty). Enough about his silliness.

Posted by: ChrisL1 | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

Obama has already replied, from a quote from Sarah Palin...Thanks, But No Thanks....I do not need your bridge to nowhere, now let teh debates go forward, McCain will do fine on the topic to be presented National Security and Foreign Policy.

So no need to stall, or turn this into a political item. This looks like crap, especially if it is true the Obama called him first this am and offered a joint statement, and then Johnny called a presser to announce his suspenders. Lame

Posted by: Swank | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

The debate is around 9pm, I don't see how that would have any conflict with what's going on. Even if it did the debate is just as important. Don't be coward get on the stage and get your whooping Mr. Maverick no need to run and hide you coward.

Posted by: Ryan | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

I just came across an excellent article in Science Magazine (the most prestigious scientific journal in US).

In short, the more a person is afraid of mice and spiders, the more likely he is to vote for Republicans.

It's not that liberals are afraid; all the cowards will vote for McCain.

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http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/321/5896/1667

Posted by: Max | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

McCain doesn't want to debate while his elevator is plunging.

Posted by: bill from TN | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

Give me a BREAK!!!
McCain hasn't voted on ANYTHING since APRIL and he wants to go back to Washington NOW?!??!
He's been absent from his responsibilities as a Senator for MONTHS - suddenly, when his poll numbers are dipping he starts to act?
He must think the rest of us are really that dumb.

Posted by: jcro | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

>>> In the grand scheme of things, the presidential debates are *much* more important than a mere $700 billion dollars

Yeah right! A debate on this Friday instead of next Friday is more important than throwing away 700 billions! Now I know what all the enlightened followers of The One are like!

Vote McCain, at least he does not inspire cult followings.

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM

Bravo Senator McCain for focusing on America first and putting aside personal ambition for a few days to do what is needed.

Sarah Palin is not a US Senator and need not be on Capitol hill to work out a well thought out solution to this financial crisis so she can stand in for John McCain at the debate on Friday night in Mississippi.

I see why Senator Obama does feel the need to put America first and suspend his campaign.

His goal is to continue the crisis and hope for it to worsen until November 5 then he knows the media who have been talking down the economy for seven years to prepare his way will suddenly become cheerleaders of the economy and suddenly proclaim "Wow our economic future is bright Americans please start buying again."

Posted by: Mike in Nevada | September 24, 2008 5:05 PM

Does Bush realize he is no longer a con man?

A televised lie is still a lie.

I say let Wall Street crumble.

Call their bluff.

Posted by: Foster | September 24, 2008 5:05 PM

McCain can't even spell finance.

Posted by: Dan | September 24, 2008 5:05 PM

McCain is a coward. He is running away from his responsibility to the American people. We want to hear directly from him in a live debate about the great issues of domestic and foreign policy that affect our nation's future.

If McCain is incapable of participating in an hour-long debate then he is unfit for the presidency. We need someone who is strong, confident, willing to act with deliberation and insight in a crisis.

In today' travesty McCain has revealed himself as a coward who puts crass political ambition above the needs of our nation.

Over the last month, McCain proved that he was a liar. Now we see that he is a coward too. What a dishonorable man.

Posted by: dee | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

McCain unable to multitask! Or, for that matter, do any task.

Posted by: G | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

Any time liberals get on a blog, they display for the world to see their compassion, tolerance for other views, and deep knowledge of national and world affairs. Do you people have any idea how ugly you look?

Posted by: enos | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

This is nothing but a cheap tactic. I am particularly pissed by his making this announcement unilaterally and not mentioning anything about the "country first" proposal that Obama has privately raised with him earlier. His public and unilateral announcement is in stark contrast with Obama's thoughtful and fair handling of the whole matter which is seek an agreement with your opponent first before you make any public announcement.

By not mentioning Obama's earlier gesture and making a unilateral announcement, it's so obvious that McCain is just trying to score political points; his so-called "country first" is once again a joke.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

Um, hate to break it to you, Johnny, but Congress is quite capable of addressing grave economic issues without your oh so wise input ("the fundamentals are strong", eh?). You might actually pay attention to what is going on - there is a bipartisan effort going forward at this moment and you aren't crucial to that effort.
_____--
Um hate to break it to you MEG but a top house Republican has told ABC news that the bailout won't pass unless McCain doesn't come out and support it.. Does that sound like McCain isn't crucial to you? Either McCain or Obama will be the next president of this country.. what is decided in the next couple of days will be the overriding factor on how they will be able to run this country.. and you don't think it is crucial that they be apart of it?

Posted by: rss | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

"Quick look over here look over here. Ignore the Palin interview tonight. Over here. Over here!"

johnTX for the win!

Posted by: Tim B | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

McCain is not a bright man. He literally can't handle two things at once. He is mentally and intellectually (and morally) incapable of leading.

How can we expect him to be president when he becomes overwhelmed so easily? He doesn't EVEN DO the job he was "hired" to do, and now he can't debate with Obama?

Hmmmm, I wonder why?

McCain is such a loser. Aren't you Republicans embarrassed?

Posted by: sequoia | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

The economy's being pushed off a cliff and Obama pretty much just said, "If you need me, give me a call."

He's just like Bush and that goddamned ranch.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

If we don't move in a new positive direction, and fast, this country is doomed. McCain needs to man up and take part in the debate as scheduled. We don't see Obama backing down now, do we??

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM

Anonymous writes: "Really! If the debate must be put off let Biden and Palin debate friday. They can fill in and we can see what Palin knows without having another week of tutoring. Surely McSame wouldn't object if he must make a show in Washington."
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Excellent idea! Yeah, let's move that one up. Oh right. Palin is busy speed-dating "world leaders."

Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM

"The topic of Senator Obama's call to Senator McCain was never discussed...."

No, that's not a complete lie. No way.


http://mentalshift.newsvine.com/

Posted by: James Andre | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM

Palin is the one with the balls on that ticket.

Posted by: Gary Seven | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM

Time for the old codger to ride the three-wheeler down to Dell Webs where he can get a shot or two of Geritol on tap, have Cindy set the TIVO to catch the rerun of Matlock so he won't miss anything REALLY important, and show up for his date with destiny after all on Friday night. Straight talk? Phooey! This is about as serpentine and Byzantine a load of malarkey as I've ever seen shoveled out of a horse barn! Who's buying it? Certainly not this voter and you shouldn't either!

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM

Obama AT 8:30 AM this morning, proposes a joint statement, McLame goes ahead and do it himself.
McInsane, HAS NO HONOR!

Posted by: Andrea D Hussein Davies | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM

Is McCain campaigning for a Senate seat or his he campaigning for the Presidency.

If he wants to be back in the Senate, then he needs to drop out of the campaign all together and get back to his day job.

Otherwise, he needs to get back on that campaign trail.

Posted by: Trinity | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM

Another cynical play from the Republicans. On with the debate.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM

Are you kidding me? Who does McCain think we are, Fred Flintstone? We are not stupid, Mr. McCain. You don't want to debate because you have nothing to say. if you do not show up for the debate, you will have shown this country your true character..you are AFRAID! Dont dare try to use this financial fiasco our country is going thru to your advantage!

Posted by: S. Thompson | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM

Hep me, hep me, Meester Obama. I've fallen into my bowl of corn flakes.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM

I love seeing people mention Rick Davis working as a lobbyist 3 years ago as evidence of McCain's "corruption" even as Obama accepted 125k from Fannie and his boys Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson are about to be investigated by the FBI for their actions while CEO of Fannie and Countrywide. The NYT and libs are grasping at straws while they circle the drain...

Posted by: Don | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM

Yes Fred you are correct....and Democrats won the Congress 2 years saying they could fix all the problems and look at us now. Your Savior of a candidate says he can fix everything yet cannot even go back to D.C. and do hios job as a Senator

Posted by: shane | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

------------------------
Umm you do realize that the Dems dont have the votes to get anything done right?
You do realize that in the last two years that filibusters are the highest in US history over the shortest period in time in US History?
You do realize that Bush only vetoed ONE single bill as president before the Dems got their slim majority in the house and senate?
you do realize that he now vetoes EVERY bill sent to him that manages to clear the house or senate?

You do realize that being a president requires being able to multi-task and that solving this crisis and still making yourself available to the American poeple to decide on an election are not mutually exclusive?

Do you realize anything?
Anything at all?

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM

MJ,

Your candidate did not even beleve there was a problem last week. Now he's going to solve it?

Is he going to bring along Phil Gramm too? If he does, I'll be liquidating my portfolio on Friday.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Representing: Arizona
Votes: 412 votes missed (64.1%), 231 votes cast

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
Representing: Illinois
Votes: 295 votes missed (45.9%), 348 votes cast

missing votes never bothered McCain before.

not to forget -
On 11/19/93, McCain took to the Senate floor to support an early financial deregulation bill and decry what he called "the tremendous regulatory burden imposed on financial institutions." The guy who now claims to be the trustbusting Teddy Roosevelt back then lamented "the rapidly increasing regulatory burden imposed on banks is to cause them to devote substantial time, energy and money to compliance rather than meeting the credit needs of the community."

Ten years later, McCain was bragging to the Associated Press that "I have a long voting record in support of deregulation," and to CNN that "I am a deregulator. I believe in deregulation."

And, during this year's presidential campaign taking place in the shadow of financial meltdown, McCain was only months ago insisting on PBS that "we need less government [and] less regulation" and that "I'm always for less regulation."

"The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should. I've got Greenspan's book." --as quoted in the Boston Globe, Dec. 17, 2007

"The fact is that I have agreed with President Bush far more than I have disagreed. And on the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day, I've been totally in agreement and support of President Bush. --"Meet the Press" interview, June 19, 2005

Posted by: ripley | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM

you got the verb tense wrong in your headline. he's no suspending until tomorrow.

Posted by: nope | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM

He is unfit to lead and unfit to debate and unfit to help out in a crisis.

Posted by: veep | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM

McCain is desperate. This smacks of political opportunism and showboating in all the wrong ways. If he was serious about this, he would have suspended his campaign days ago to make sure tomorrow's deadline is met.

McCain has pulled this straight out of the Bush playbook for starting the war in Iraq, and passing the Patriot Act before that. This is disgusting, vile, naked political ambition contrary to patriotic ideals. Bush's men, and McCain's actions today are nothing short of treason. A week ago there was no economic crisis according to them. Now there is, and it needs to be handled their way, right now, or America is doomed. That is tripe, and we Americans know it. Bush and McCain = Traitors to America.

The debate is the opportunity for the American people to see these guys outside of their political adds. They can take a few hours out of one day of the week to handle that; even relocating the debate to DC. McCain is dodging the debate, and exacerbating the crisis that he refused to acknowledge as recently as this week. He is a complete fraud. Millions of voters were hurt by this over the last year as their mortgages crushed them, and their jobs were shipped overseas. McCain clearly only cares now because Cindy's vast fortune, and the fortunes of his top aids/lobbyists took a hit this week.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM

Sounds like there's alot of angry lefties. I guess you're mad that once again John McCain made the first move on an important issue(unlike obama and his misguided poll driven responses).
Posted by: Stan the Man | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

Stan, are you illiterate or just so partisan you can't see? Obama made the first move, doofus, McSame sat on Obama's call for 6 hours then pulled this stunt. Honor? Integrity? Bi-partisanship? How about using this crisis as cover for McCain's lack of economic leadership and courage. Coward, cheater and Liar ... now that's a candidate to be proud of. In case you forgot, here's the quote:
"At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. "At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama's call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details."

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM

McCain's move wasn't "bipartisan", it was unilateral grandstanding--and you know it.

Rivals who sincerely intend to present a united front get together first behind the scenes and then make a joint announcement.

That's what Obama was trying to arrange by calling McCain directly at 8:30 this morning. Funny how he 'couldn't be reached'.

Instead, John McCain, having moved from "fundamentals of our economy are strong" to "worst crisis since 9/11" all by himself in the space of a week, figured he'd start off the 'bipartisan cooperation' by saying "here's the plan, take it or leave it".

Great stuff.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 5:00 PM

McCAIN HASN'T BEEN IN CONGRESS SINCE APRIL...NOW MCCAIN IS PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE ECONOMY...ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THE REPUBLICANS WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN THE WHITEHOUSE!!!

Posted by: DKH1954 | September 24, 2008 5:00 PM

thinkwithyourbrain,

I think your handle is a bit misleading to say the least. The last time McCain was in DC to vote was five months ago. Last week he thought the fundamentals of the economy were strong. The next day he said we were in crisis. Now he's going to swoop in and save the day?

Actually, I'd rather this self-professed economic genius stay away so that the plan doesn't get made any worse.

By the way, is Mac going to bring along PHIL "WHINER" GRAMM too?

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 5:00 PM

McCain is the true leader here.

Posted by: Kelly | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM
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You have got to be kidding. Leaders lead. McCain is not the senate president, he is not the speaker of the house, he is not the majority leader and thank God he is not the president.

There are atleast 400 people working on this bill from both parties. What is McCain going to do in two days? Whip everyone in to shape? The only thing he needs to do is be available to cast his ONE vote.

This is pure grand standing on his part and if you buy this then you are the fool!

Posted by: just another reader | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

The last time I checked, the debates are scheduled late Friday afternoon. Why delay? Can you not handle more than one thing in one week? Wow, the whole country should shut down because there is something going on Wall Street. Just think, would McCain be able to multi-task if we go to another war or have crisis hit the US?

All of this reminds me of someone faking a sickness to postpone an exam.

McCain presently you are only one voice of 100--you are not presently president. I really find it hard that you are going to add any clarity to the situation and the advisors you are looking into for this are already addressing the problem.

Similarly, Rubin/Summers and team of advisors are coming to the aid of the democrats.

I echo the call to stop grandstanding.

Posted by: late friday | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

Yup, Rome is burning and McCain was one of the one playing with matches.

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

This should be the real headlines:

" McCain RUNS AWAY FROM DEBATES "

Posted by: RJ | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

a real leader would be able to do both.

Posted by: ripley | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

McCain remembered he has a day job that he is getting paid for and sees that he should be there to work.
Obama hardly remembers his way back to the senate and wants to issue a statement rather than do anything, like say - lead?
The choice to vote for McCain could not be more clear.
Posted by: Pennsylvanian | September 24, 2008 3:46 PM


One of the candidates hasn't seen fit to vote since April. That candidate is not Barack Obama.

Posted by: Aleks | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

When you are commander in chief you do not pick and choose you resposibilities. Having a debate tommorrow is a responsibility. Go to Washington if you think you should. I think that coming in late will add to the confusion. But whatever you do show up in Oxford, MS tomorrow night.

Posted by: Delmar | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

>>> The PRESIDENTIAL election is SOOOO BIG right now, for anyone to suspend the campaign to deal with ONE of THOUSANDS of issues that the AMERICAN person faces today is just IRRESPONSIBLE!!!!!!


Yeah right throwing away 700 billions is just ONE of THOUSANDS of issues! Where do these guys come from?

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM

NWESFLASH OBAMA DID NOT FALL FOR THE THIS STUNT. GOOD BYE JOHN MCCAIN

Posted by: Belinda Jackson | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM

In the grand scheme of things, the presidential debates are *much* more important than a mere $700 billion dollars. Bush has wound up costing us four times that amount, by the time Fannie, Freddie, AIG and his vanity war are totted up.

Sure, Rome is burning, but the first thing to do is tackle the s**theads who are running around torching whatever isn't burning.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

McCain: Let's go to work and fix this.
Obama: I'd rather just talk about it, er, uh, duh, uh, call me if you need me, I have to prepare for the debate.

Posted by: MJ | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

CarlSanders - the only thing that McCain looks today is the same way he has always looked.

Dishonest.


(if it was not about politics, why didn't McCain make a joint statement instead of grandstanding?)

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

It's confusing when someone says that the Dems have "for years blocked any attempt by the Republicans to reform and fix this problem." Certainly it began before George W. Bush and there's plenty of blame to go around (not too many are talking about how much personal credit card debt, etc. is in this country - we're just told to "go shopping"), but Republicans had the majority of both the House and Senate for six years and the problem continued. The Dems could have talked a blue streak and still not stopped them, had the Republicans cared to act. Are those years and that power forgotten, or are such people just so biased that they can't stand reality? Debate is good, but let's debate the facts.

Posted by: jujones | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

After reading all the name calling I have to rethink why I wanted to vote for Obama. If this kind of hate is what I will be voting in the WH, then I think I will have to switch sides. I'm sure you will call me names too, but that is to be expected.

Posted by: Gman | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

It's funny. McCain was the MSM's darling until he began to pose a serious threat to affirmative action in the White House. It should come to no surprise how much of the anti-McCain catterwalling on this comment page sounds like hate speech. After all, Democrats voted for slavery before they voted against it. Now they are just for a new slavery: a peonage of the white middle and working class. To Demos I say get bent!

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

The Republican machine at work again. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

From Bailout to Cop Out

The Republicans are afraid to debate because just like 9/11, the Financial Meltdown happened on their watch

How dare Mclain compares 9/11 to the Banking Crisis.....its disgusting to do that

Posted by: Roism007 | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

If they had the plan written up 3 weeks ago and they knew that this fall was coming why did they wait until the last minute to present it to the Congress.. Smells like another smoking gun to me. The way they packaged it and implied that the it would be diasterous for the America..just like the mushroom cloud .. and now McCain is using this as a campaign issue to gain brownie points..just smells like a smoking gun to me..

Posted by: lg | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

This is the BIGGEST load of BS that I've seen in a long time. I mean, McCain (aka McBush!) this man will stop at NOTHING to try and dupe the country into thinking he gives a d*mn about us. The only reason he wants to halt the debate is he know that sooner or later inthat debate, even though its about foreign policy, the economy will come and he will have to answer for his years and years of promoting deregulation within the very industry that is crumbling right now due to lack of of oversight. He is such a little turd!! You know what he and his cronies are doing right now? Searching for every picture he ever took on the golf course or some junket to the Turks with the CEO's of all the companies about to walk away from this bail out with bags of loot like pirates. McCain is a trickster.

Posted by: BrandyHemlock | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

Realy! If the debate must be put off let Biden and Palin debate friday. They can fill in and we can see what Palin knows without having another week of tutoring. Surely McSame wouldn't object if he must make a show in Washington.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

Everyone Should Wake Up And Stand Down. More Politricks

Posted by: hankomatic | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

Stan the Man wrote: "Sounds like there's alot of angry lefties."

No, there are a lot of angry Americans.

And here you are, calling them names. Well done.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

Stigletz and Krugmen are Karl Marx clones in nice suits.

Posted by: feecd | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

pure political grandstanding

his polls are dropping because of his VP pick and his previous support of deregulation and he can't multi-task

he wants to take his campaign to washington and be some sort of hero?

b... s... pure and simple

DEBAT ALREADY

and while I am here, I cannot stand Palin's continual avoidance of the press, she cannot give a decent answer just take pictures, it's disgusting how stupid McCain thinks the American public is

he is no better than a pimp and treats women like objects - she's so feisty? she should have slapped him upside the head and said "get someone qualified, show some good judgement"

now - polls down - grandstand

i don't want him working on the very problem he helped create

Posted by: lndlouis | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

MY GOD, OBAMA THIS AFTERNOON ACTUALLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS...WHY DOESN'T MCCAIN AND PALIN REFUSE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS - THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE - THEY HAVE NO ANSWERS!!!

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

One candidate calls for issuing a "joint statement," the other suspends his campaign to return to WA and attend to the important duties facing the nation in this crisis. Least there be any doubt which man is ready to lead?

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

Good ol' Crazy Pants McCain! Cancel the debate? WTF? He's chicken!

Posted by: Shawn | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM


A cynical move by a man who is utterly without
honor.

Posted by: dd4 | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

When are you Obaby fools going to explain why Obaby flip flopped on the Town Hall Meetings' debates with McCain after Obaby said he would participate? You cult members don't have a leg to stand on and have brought hypocrisy to a whole new level. Everybody knows that Obaby wets his pants during debates. When there is no teleprompter, it's nothing but stuttering for Obaby.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM
______________________

Anonymous,

That's right - change the subject just like you guys always do when you screw something up. You are a joke - if Obama is so afraid, why is your candidate that doesn't want to show up. YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT HYPOCRISY? UMMM...OKAY. I think the last time I looked in the Thesaurus, Republican also meant "hypocrite", "liar" and "convenient and opportunistic socialist". THIS FIASCO IS YOUR PARTY'S DOING AND YOUR'S ALONE. NOT EVEN THE MEDIA GENIUS TUCKER BOUNDS CAN TALK YOUR WAY OUT OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS MESS.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

I applaud Senator McCain. The whited haired wrinkly guy has finally done something right. Now if he would only take the next and most important step of just plain quitting the world would be a lot safer.

Perhaps he could work with Palin and shoot wolves from light aircraft in Alaska and collect the $150.00 bounty for bringing in the severed leg of the "wild" beast.... Pitiful

Posted by: 12thmatrix | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

Quick look over here look over here. Ignore the Palin interview tonight. Over here. Over here!

Posted by: johnTX | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM

This is less of a crisis today than it was on Monday. The odds on Intrade that a deal will be done by Sept 30 has gone from 60% to 80%.

McCain sees an emergency in every situation and shoots off his mouth and acts alone. He did the same thing with Georgia.

Life goes on and McCain should take a deep breath and exhale slowly.

A four interlude to carry on the debate will mean nothing. Seems to me that he has a tendency to fly off the handle. He did that last week with contradictory statements on the crisis. I hope that Obama will not try to shy away from debate and the election commission will instruct McCain as to what are the responsibilities of a potential commander in chief.

Posted by: Delmar | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM

Obama please use this in your next TV AD. "We need a PRESIDENT who will NOT RUN when the going gets tough. Who will not side step the issues at hand, just because polls have you down for the day."

The PRESIDENTIAL election is SOOOO BIG right now, for anyone to suspend the campaign to deal with ONE of THOUSANDS of issues that the AMERICAN person faces today is just IRRESPONSIBLE!!!!!!

Not only will the President have to deal with the economy while MULTITASKING several other issues, but he'll have to do it while being able to address important things at the same time.

If John McCain can't handle an election cycle while at the same time dealing with other important issues, HE'S NOT RIGHT FOR PRESIDENT.

He won't be able to say TIME OUT when we're faced with WAR, or other issues as President!!!!

This just shows McCain is NOT READY TO LEAD.

Posted by: ThinkAboutIt | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM

There are over five hundred people working on this, this is nothing more then McKeating reading the polls and trying to hide Palin out and trying to find Rick the fifteen thousand dollar a month man. He wants to delay the debates, how pathetic, I say no way, this election is only weeks away and we've waited long enough, there isn't anything he's going to be able to do about the deregulation mess him and his croonies created. Let the chips fall where they may!

Posted by: sfilutze | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM

Look, if I really thought that McCain and Obama interjecting themselves into the equation more than they already have was going to be productive, I say yeah sure, suspend the campaign and postpone the debate, but it isn't. They have made their positions clear, they should be there to vote on the final package, but otherwise the appropriate people are working the issue. Let them do their job without trying to get the photo op or further politicizing any more than it already is.

Posted by: Dave | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM

I'm watching Obama now taking questions at a dignified press conference. Contrast this with Sarah Palin, who spent her time in New York yesterday running away from the press for fear of having to answer a question. Tell me who's prepared to lead and who isn't.

Posted by: Julie | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM

Wow! All the partisan hacks are out in force! Let's have the debate while 'they' are plotting to steal 700 billions of our money, money we don't even have!

Who cares about a 700 billion giveaway to the fat cats. Have the debate on time. Schedule the vote whenever convenient.

I have news for you, your so called Democrat leadership is just as keen to give away this money as Bush and company. They are just putting on a show for the hicks and the cultists on both sides. Just watch the final vote count.

Idiot is as idiot does.

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM

It is ashamed that a large segment of the voting public is so easily brainwashed by the media outlets..

Posted by: Jerry | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM

This is proper as this is the most pressing financial crisis to hit the US in a century. As the current leaders of their parties, both candidates are called to lead their parties and forge a compromise. What is clear is action is needed, not partisan politics, or stalemate. These men are immensely respected by their parties and others, they should take part.

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Posted by: www.honestjohnwade.com | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM

What is McCain going to do? I'm sure he can just swoop in there and run things and make it all better. Obama couldn't do anything either if he went. If anything was voted on it would only be one vote for each of them. Its not like McCain has a major influence. They can work together after the first major debate in TWO DAYS. On with the debate. Give those good people of Oxford a show.

Posted by: Carl Sanders | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM

John McCain looks like a President today.

John McCain is demonstrating what leadership is. His accouncement to temporarily suspend campaign activities to return to Wash D.C. to work toward a bipartisan solution to our nation's current economic situation is the right thing to do.

Obama should follow his lead.

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Posted by: K | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM

Obama said it best

A President must be able to do more than one thing at a time

They both have private jets

AirTran (or Delta) is ready when you are

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM

RUN ... HIDE.... RUN... HIDE ANyWAY YOU WANT TOO

Silent Sarah.. McSame
diPStick/LiPSTick KarL RovE 08

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM

Good move to listen to Bush now.

Misrepresented to the nation about the state of Iraq's capacity to develop weapon's of mass destruction. Plunged us into the worst deficit that this country has ever seen. Created an administration that is cloaked in secrecy and endorses torture.

I'd support anything he says. He's the kinda of guy you want to have a beer with!

Posted by: Dan | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM

It looks like moose burgers all around come November 4th. Senator Purple Lips will not have a chance. He has no morals and is a complete fraud.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM

Didn't the Republican Camp pull this with Gustav and Bush appearing at their convention? Notice we didn't see or hear Bush, Mccain, or Obama on IKE (but I digress).

Come on now McCain, you can't come to a consensus with yourself on issues such as Economy, Bailout or no Bailout. How on Earth do you think you can come to any agreement with anyone else.

Stall Tactic #2.

Posted by: Tanya | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM

What you are witnessing here is the entire Republican Party going up in a ball of flames.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM

He's CHICKEN!

Posted by: Anonoman | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM

Piana petarum lona lotarum. e jagam antha dimbacharam.... Setaram Setaram Setaram jai sri hariram

Posted by: S.N.Rao | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM

McCain probably wants to postpone the election. This is nothing but grandstanding.

Posted by: OneFreeMan | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM

Guys, don't fall for this. McCain is trying to shift attention away from the really damaging story of Freddie Mac paying $15K a month to his campaign manager's company. *That* is where he needs to be hammered as Freddie Mac was trying to influence his policies. And this came out after McCain said his campaign had no such ties -- a clear lie. Don't let him change the subject!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

The problem with the DEMS is that no one is allowed to fail. It is similar to youth league sports ---everyone gets to play and no score is kept. People neeed to take responsiblity for their actions . The DEMS dropped the ball on reform several years ago , and that clown Barney Frank was in the lead.

Posted by: feecd | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

Sounds like there's alot of angry lefties. I guess you're mad that once again John McCain made the first move on an important issue(unlike obama and his misguided poll driven responses). McCain may not be known to be a dynamic speaker, I'll take him any day over obama and his style over substance approach. I look forward to the debates. It will be hilarious listening to obama...um...um...er...um...stumble and bumble his way through it. Gimmicks and empty promises - that's your guy obama. McCain - honesty and integrity, Country First. No way, no how , NOBAMA!!

Posted by: Stan the Man | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

Schmidt, McCain's handler, is...well, a pile of schmidt but he's a freakin' genius. If this had happened 3 weeks from now this would have been the October surprise.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

So, McCain wants to skip the foreign policy debate to go to the hill, and he wants Obama to join him.

Fine.

We'll let the surrogates duel it out.

"Biden v. Palin: The National Security Debate."

Now this is Must See TV!

Posted by: Walt E | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

Hey McCain Morons,

YOUR President has been in office since January 2001 and YOUR Congress has been in office for 6 out of the last 8 years.

This is YOUR mess that YOU created. Where does the buck stop with you people? Shameless cowards.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM
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Yes Fred you are correct....and Democrats won the Congress 2 years saying they could fix all the problems and look at us now. Your Savior of a candidate says he can fix everything yet cannot even go back to D.C. and do hios job as a Senator

Posted by: shane | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

If he can’t participate in a brief debate while handling other matters, then he has no business running this country. A president needs to be able to multi-task and if he can’t do this then he has no business in the White House. His disrespect for the intelligence of the American people is simply disgraceful!!! Sorry McCain, but not all of us buy into your lame schemes.

Posted by: Jillian | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

It would be fun to watch Obama debate himself.

I miss Bill.

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM

Well, this election is also a part of solution to the financial problem. We are hoping new President will bring change and solve the problem. Why cant McCain tell us how he wants to solve instead of taking bed rest.

Posted by: aron | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM

Ah, if only the headline had read "McCain Halts Campaign, Bails Out of Race."

Posted by: flaxenrye | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM

When are you Obaby fools going to explain why Obaby flip flopped on the Town Hall Meetings' debates with McCain after Obaby said he would participate? You cult members don't have a leg to stand on and have brought hypocrisy to a whole new level. Everybody knows that Obaby wets his pants during debates. When there is no teleprompter, it's nothing but stuttering for Obaby.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM

i keep hearing mccain is really ill and that is why he is suspending and looking to postpone. anyone else hear that?

Posted by: rambler777 | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM

It should only take McSame is so Lame a couple seconds to fix the economy. All he needs to do is fire the head of the FEC or was that the SEC. He's so freekin' old he doesn't remember.

Posted by: McSame is So Lame | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM

Interesting that all the comments are pro-obama and con-mccain...I guess that makes sense given slant the Washington usually reports with. Don't get me wrong, I'm an independent and I DO read the washington post(and many others). Just find the comments from the readership interesting given the publication....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM

Coward McCain, whose brain was kneaded like silly putty by the communist chinese for 5 years, is figuring on hiding he and his hillbilly girlfriend from public scutiny in the hopes that the racists will feed their ambitions.
This is so transparently fraudulent that I'd wager even the imbecile base (those inexplicable intolerents who don't even profit from repuglicon scams) will see through it.

Posted by: mot2win | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM

But I’d urge Congress to pause for a minute, take a deep breath, and try to seriously rework the structure of the plan, making it a plan that addresses the real problem. DON’T LET YOURSELF BE RAILROADED — if this plan goes through in anything like its current form, we’ll all be very sorry in the not-too-distant future.
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How can you write this and not think McCain and Obama should go back to Washington and debate this plan? How can anyone think with the nations future at stake it's more important that the leaders of the respective parties remain campaigning instead of doing THEIR DAY JOBS!!!

Posted by: rss | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM

"McCain is the true leader here."

yeah, leading us off a cliff!

Posted by: mcLAME | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM

Why not have the best of both worlds - suspend campaigning, come to DC and debate on Friday @ GW?

Posted by: Bontster | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM

"Why would John McCain run from a debate on national security, which is what the debate is on Friday?"

Perhaps because Republicans following McCain's general inclinations have completely gutted national security by making counter-productive wars and stiff-arming our allies?

McCain doesn't have any safe topics for these debates.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM

WHY CRISIS IN USA? WHO IS AT FAULT?

This week the economist Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prise in Economics in 2001, said in an interview for Efe Agency that the common citizen would have to be very worried about the crisis in the financial market of the USA, therefore that is just the start and the country is sliding into a recession.
According to Joseph Stiglitz the bailout plan of large-scale intervention in the markets, announced by the government of the United States, is wrong because the origin of the problem is not only in the system financial. He believes that the crisis is a consequence of "Bad management" of the republican administration and the Federal Reserve, that they did not supervise the financial sytem and also they did not inject in Wall Street correctly liquidity before the crisis.
In the opinion of Stiglitz the program of intervention of the government in the financial markets is not enough, was not made of correct form and nor broach the problem basic that is the biggest amount of executions of mortgages in the country. The system is weak for the weight of the debt, and part of this if must be attributed to the Iraq War that has cost more than U$ 3 trillions to the country.
Stiglitz said that the war contributed to the weakness of the economy. The war contributed to the high of the prices of oil; The USA drained the economy to buy oil and it was the reason of the ample liquidity (supplied for the FED before the crisis), to diminish the effect of a so high an expenditure in Iraq. But certainly it created a problem for the future.
And still he said that the unemployment in the USA went up for 6.1% and probably it will rise. The USA is slowly walking for the economic derailment that will intensify the financial problems. As the income to fall, the prices of the housing will go down more and it will have ousting of tenants. Therefore, the USA is inside of a spiral and has a significant probability of recession in the country.
What the Government would have to make to brake the crisis? Stiglitz believes that the government must stimulate the renegotiation of the mortgages so that little people have to declare the bankruptcy. Why it not help nobody the fact of the people to be obliged to leave its houses. And the companies will not have how to sell them for fair price because the market is low. Then the companies will continue with the liquidity problem.
On the interview of the Teacher Joseph Stiglitz for Agency Efe, my point of view as a public accountant in Brazil, it is that the economist has listed all the reasons for the crisis in the USA. The war really contributed excessively for the disequilibrium of the public finances of the country and the measures taken by he government before the crisis had been inadequate, therefore the country was increasing its internal indebtedness.
The measures taken before the crisis had been also wrong, why it generated a false liquidity in the domestic market. The company had financed credits to people to renew, to rent and to buy houses without the due precaution and guarantee generating the called “risk financing”; The people had bought houses to pay in many installments and later they had not had as to assume its debts, because some factors had affected its lives as for example: increase of inflation, increase in fuel prices and other products, unemployment etc.
To finish the article it is important to point out that the bailout plan of aid to the financial sector that the American government tries to approve, of US$ 700 billion, that predict an increase of the limit of public indebtedness of the country of US$ 10.6 trillions for US$ 11.3 trillions. Therefore, the American congress must better fiscalize the management of the government on the economy and the indebtedness of the country.

Dalmo de Souza Gomes

ATENTTION: My view point on the cancellation of the debate of Friday: it's more one dirty tactic of the republicans to convince and win voters of undecided and stupid voters, mainly now when Obama opened an advantage of 9%. Why any intelligent person know that McCain and Obama haven't any power to solution something now. It there is job to economists and specialists in crisis convince the congress. McCain and Bush don't know anything on modern economy. This decision of McCain is more a game to win votes. Therefore Obama don't must to accept and go to the media explain this joke and game of McCain.

HUGS FROM BRAZIL FOR ALL CONSCIOUS CITIZENS IN USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM

Hey McCain Morons,

YOUR President has been in office since January 2001 and YOUR Congress has been in office for 6 out of the last 8 years.

This is YOUR mess that YOU created. Where does the buck stop with you people? Shameless cowards.

Posted by: Fred | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM

Let Biden and lipstick lola debate Frday if McSame isn't ready. Lets see what she knows.

Posted by: rick | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM

A note to all you uninformed folks who think this bail out isn't necessary and life in your sunny state will go on as usual if congress fails to pass this bail out bill - how about considering YOUR personal situation for a moment when banks start failing like domino's and your corporation announces layoffs. Next comes the loss of your home and your job at the same time. Gee whizz, I didn't think things were really that bad!!! Get a clue people, if this bail out bill doesn't pass it is YOU and YOUR FAMILY that will pay the biggest price !!!

Posted by: The truth | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM

Get a grip O Pods. McCain is not afraid to debate "the one" on Foreign Policy. After all, it was "the one" who said Iran was a tiny country that posed no threat and said we should negotiate with terrorist harboring countries without preconditions.

This is what bipartisan leadership looks like. Obama, the self-described "uniter" wouldn't know what bipartisan looks like if it stared him in the face. The financial meltdown is a lot more relevant to peoples lives than a foreign policy debate that can be re-scheduled. But Obama/Axelrod just want to play politics. Maybe he can debate Biden about whether they support clean coal since it appears he isn't willing to put aside politics in the best interest of the country by coming to work on a solution. He just wants to whine about how bad things are but not do anything about it.

GROW UP.

Posted by: 2008voter | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM

McCain is desperate. This smacks of political opportunism and showboating in all the wrong ways. If he was serious about this, he would have suspended his campaign days ago to make sure tomorrow's deadline is met.

McCain has pulled this straight out of the Bush playbook for starting the war in Iraq, and passing the Patriot Act before that. This is disgusting, vile, naked political ambition contrary to patriotic ideals. Bush's men, and McCain's actions today are nothing short of treason. A week ago there was no economic crisis according to them. Now there is, and it needs to be handled their way, right now, or America is doomed. That is tripe, and we Americans know it. Bush and McCain = Traitors to America.

The debate is the opportunity for the American people to see these guys outside of their political adds. They can take a few hours out of one day of the week to handle that; even relocating the debate to DC. McCain is dodging the debate, and exacerbating the crisis that he refused to acknowledge as recently as this week. He is a complete fraud. Millions of voters were hurt by this over the last year as their mortgages crushed them, and their jobs were shipped overseas. McCain clearly only cares now because Cindy's vast fortune, and the fortunes of his top aids/lobbyists took a hit this week.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM

Most of you seem to have forgotten that the topic of this debate was to be foreign policy, not economics. They can certainly debate the economic issues at the time that debate is scheduled. I think it makes a lot of sense for McCain to return to Washington to do what he does well--govern. He may not be on the committee, but he is a senator and has always been good at putting together bipartisan deals. I think this shows us who really cares about the country.

Posted by: valsarv | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM


Dave get your fact straight. How long it has been since the turmoil in our economy. It still has not collapsed. Had we wait a few more days for the inspections of WMD we would not have those two wars.


We can have the debate on Friday and vote on bail out on Saturday. Simple.

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Who is the leader and who is the politician here? McCain said he wanted to "RESCHEDULE" not cancel the debate people. Think for a second here. All you Obama lovers have to ask the question what is more important RIGHT NOW - the debate over foreign policy (which Obama has ZERO foreign policy experience) or the American financial structure. If you lose your job and your house because congress failed to act I doubt this debate or anything else will matter much at that point. Obama is always more concerned with politics than country and this proves it! If Obama were any sort of leader he would IMMEDATELY agree to work in a BI-PARTISAN manner to resolve this crisis. Funny, Obama talks a big talk about working across the isle and now the time comes for him to do just that and he is going to vote "not present".

Posted by: Dave H | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

Posted by: Omidal | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM


Based on the responses to this article, there is little wonder why people like Jerry Springer have such a large following. People, People, People . . . for once in you lives get your heads out of your big screens and "Crackberries", stop your political posturing and insulting behavior, open your minds and watch . . . You're about to see a TRUE AMERICAN LEADER in action.

Country First Mr. McCain . . . A PROVEN LIFE TIME OF SERVICE AND COUNTRY FIRST . . . What a Proud Moment in American History.

People -- It's your loss if you don't understand that.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVA | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM

As to the comment:

"Maybe now that Sarah’s met actual world leaders and SEEN Wall Street from her hotel room she’s prepared to debate foreign policy and talk about economics on his behalf."

That's the funniest post I've read all morning.

We need to send Palin to all the capitals and universities of the world. This would solve everything. Instead of "been there done that" it could be "been there seen that" while she snaps her fingers and signs away the treasury, rights of the people, and 200 years of freedom and respect around the world, all while accepting her Oscar for "Minnie Moose Goes To Washington."

Posted by: Dan Rains | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM

If McCain believes in Patriotism the way he professes, then he will show up for the Debate he wants to avoid. It is his DUTY to go before the American People and Debate so that they can gain insight into the Election Decision. Hiding from the Debate in the name of Saving the Country is NOT Patriotic.

Posted by: Arkansas Traveler | September 24, 2008 4:45 PM

Goto Washington..then get on that DAMN PLANE THIS FRIDAY to debate McCain. Freakin' WUSS.

Posted by: Patrick | September 24, 2008 4:45 PM

"Where were the DEMS several years ago when the Bush Admin proposed systemic banking and market reforms?"

What in the hell are you talking about? What market reforms? You mean further deregulation?

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 4:44 PM

Clearly, McCain is to old and dumb to multitask.

Posted by: mzbond | September 24, 2008 4:44 PM

And this 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll Says it all.
You Won't Believe These Results!
They even include a write-in for Ron Paul!

http://www.votenic.com

New Poll Just Started!
Instant Results!

Posted by: agheroph | September 24, 2008 4:44 PM


It's a shame McBush is ducking the debate.

Posted by: Slim2 | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM
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Ducking the debate? What planet have you been on. Why did Obaby chicken out of the Town Hall Meetings debates AFTER he said he would participate? This just proves that Obaby flip flops, is frightened to debate and is lying scumbag. Obviously you don't have a functioning brain and not a leg to stand on.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:44 PM

Aren't all of you who are saying "Obama's going to win, look at the polls" the SAME people last week saying...the polls don't matter when McCain was ahead?

Hypocrites.

http://www.hellnobama.com

Posted by: JakeT | September 24, 2008 4:44 PM

John McSame's politics are cheap and are now fairly predictable. He is going for the surprise element. I am sure he thinks this is the SHOCK AND AWE he needs to become relevant in this election.

Posted by: unclesam | September 24, 2008 4:44 PM

McCain is GOING TO GROUND to avoid
the scrutiny of the American people.

He is a celebrawannabe who still plans to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative!

Give up NAPTIME and your CAMEO APPEARANCE, McCain and show up to speak to us. We do not have the luxury of delay because we STILL have a CRITICAL ELECTION coming up.

DUCKING and RUNNING is not a good trait for a supposed Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: Lee | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM

If Obama agrees to this deal, he doesn't deserve to be President.

This is such a scam.

Posted by: Losercuda | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM

I guess most of the posters don’t seem to realize that both candidates are currently on the Congressional payroll. So that means performing the job they were elected to do. Right now they are interviewing for a job that we aren’t paying them to do. So McCain did the and honest thing which was to get back to work to perform the job he is being paid to do.

I bet your employers would expect you to do your job instead of interviewing if they were in financial straits.

I have felt when people are running for other position they need to quite their position so someone who has the time and energy can focus on the states needs instead of the candidates desire to move up the pay scale. Bob Dole relinquished his role when he ran for president doing the right thing.

Posted by: nonyourbusiness | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM

Obama supporters get a clue! Why would John McCain run from a debate on national security, which is what the debate is on Friday?????????? I can see your point if this first debate was on the economy but it is not, which just proves the point that McCain is not doing this to serve his self interests, he is doing it because he believes the well being of the US ecomony is more important at this moment than the campaign. You talk about multitasking???? Don't you want a leader who, during a crisis, drops everything else he is doing to concentrate on the crisis at hand and get it resolved??? I think you need to ask yourself why Obama does not want to postpone the debates. Maybe he already has his teleprompter loaded and doesn't want to forget all of the answers he has memorized. Get a clue!
McCain is the true leader here.

Posted by: Kelly | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM

Funny Reid says today they don't need photo ops because Congress has plans in place.

Really just a couple of days ago the Congress was all aflutter because "NO ONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO," said Senator Reid. "This is in no way our fault," said Speaker Pelosi.

And there was talk of Congress recessing and going home.

So something tells me they need someone to come by and hand hold them to a solution.

Posted by: shane | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM

You know, John McCain isn't very bright.

At a time when U.S. lawmakers and the white house are negotiating a resolution of this economic disaster, John McCain wants to inject presidential politics, with his and Barrack's presence, into the process.

That is the perfect way to NEVER reach a compromise.

They both need to stay as far away from Washington, D.C. as possible.

There are enough politicians on the hill to get this agreement done in the short term.

Lets not poison the process with presidential politics.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM


McCain has absolutely NO CHARACTER.

And neither does Palin.

I just made up my mind.

I will vote democratic.

Posted by: Judy | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM

So does this mean that if Obama shows up for the debate, he'll face an empty stage?

I can't believe that McCain is pulling another weaselly stunt. If there was ever a time the country NEEDED to have these presidential debates, it's NOW. "Country First," indeed.

It really sounds like McCain's stalling for time, for some reason. He was caught off-guard and has reacted to the financial crisis by lurching from one ill-considered, sputtering pronouncement to another, throwing up smoke and mirrors to obscure the fact that he always been all for deregulating the banking industry, along with his pal Phil Gramm:

"The economy is sound."

"No, we're in a crisis!"

"Let's get those greedy bastards!"

"The SEC chairman should be fired!"

"We must save Main Street!"

"This crisis is too important for Congress to proceed without me in Washington for a couple of days! Let's suspend the debate! Heck, let's suspend the whole presidential campaign (because, uh, I'm losing right now)!"

He's acting like a hot-head again. George Will sure eviscerated him yesterday (in "McCain Loses His Head" at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/22/AR2008092202583.html).

Frickin' unbelievable.

Posted by: editrix | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

Gee, if "president to be" McCain can't make the date, shouldn't his second in command debate Obama? Yes, let's have Caribou Barbie in there to hold up the Republican end of the debate.

Posted by: fzdybel | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

The Democrats ,as usual , have made the economy a campaign issue. It was bad enough to politicize the need for off-shore drilling and exploration , but now the DEMS wish to impose their socialist agenda on the stock market and banking industry. Executive pay limits are anti-capitalistic in nature .

Help prevent foreclosures is another cry from the self-appointed populists. No one forced these people to sign these mortgages. I did not read the entire document is a common defense . How did you get through elementary school?

Where were the DEMS several years ago when the Bush Admin proposed systemic banking and market reforms? The fellow travelers within the DEM Party were accusing the Republicans of denyinng people the right to own homes.

Warren Buffet supports Bernake's plan . What is the hold-up ?

Posted by: feecd | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

As others have said, the role of the Vice President is to step in if the President, for any reason, cannot fulfill his or her duties.

In that light, I call for John McCain to send Sarah Palin to stand in for him in a debate on Friday. Obama can send Joe Biden, freeing Biden to go help John McCain's endeavor to save America in its hour of need.

We need all of John McCain's economic know-how and focus on this issue, and cannot allow a debate to distract him. A perfect opportunity for Palin to step in and show her tenacious, shake-up-Washington ways. What say you, Senator McCain and supporters?

Posted by: bill | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

So not only is he desperate, he is a coward. How convenient, quitting when you're behind.

Posted by: normagene | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

The real reason the Son of Cain wants to return to Washington is because he thinks one of his buddies, Paulsen, is about to get his hands on $700 billion in unregulated cash. Way to big of a prize for Mr. Deregulator to pass on.

Posted by: Clay | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

First he picks Palin as his running mate, now he pulls this stunt. This guy is desparate.

Posted by: kurt hunt | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM

Send Joe Biden to Washington to work on the bailout bill, and recommend that Sen. McCain send Gov. Palin in his place. She can really "shake things up!"

We've waited a long time for this debate, and there's no reason to delay it for a grandstanding political ploy. They can both fly to DC on Saturday.

Posted by: Brent | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

Did he have another man's tool in his mouth when he was talking?

Posted by: Anonymous

Yeah well maybe...Buse's.

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

Why now and not a few days ago? Umm, couldn't be lousy poll numbers? Nah, that would be cynical and pathetic.
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Maybe the dumbest commment ever.. Why now because NOW there is a proposal before Congress that needs to be reviewed, and possibiliy changes made to it before acted on or there could be an economic meltdown.. THAT'S WHY NOW!!!

Posted by: rss | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

What crisis is McCain eluding too? Didn't he just say the economy was fundamentally sound? What on earth can he offer as a solution to this non-existing "crisis"? His attempt to make it seem he can lead this country is almost comical.

Posted by: justthetruth | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

DON'T BE BUSH-WACKED AGAIN

PAUL KRUGMEN AND SEBASTIAN MALLABY BOTH SAY “NO”

Cash for Trash

Some skeptics are calling Henry Paulson’s $700 billion rescue plan for the U.S. financial system “cash for trash.” Others are calling the proposed legislation the Authorization for Use of Financial Force, after the Authorization for Use of Military Force, the infamous bill that gave the Bush administration the green light to invade Iraq.

There’s justice in the gibes. Everyone agrees that something major must be done. But Mr. Paulson is demanding extraordinary power for himself — and for his successor — TO DEPLOY TAXPAYERS’ MONEY ON BEHALF OF A PLAN THAT, AS FAR AS I CAN SEE, DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

Some are saying that we should simply trust Mr. Paulson, because he’s a smart guy who knows what he’s doing. But that’s only half true: he is a smart guy, but what, exactly, in the experience of the past year and a half — a period during which Mr. Paulson repeatedly declared the financial crisis “contained,” and then offered a series of unsuccessful fixes — justifies the belief that he knows what he’s doing? He’s making it up as he goes along, just like the rest of us.
So let’s try to think this through for ourselves. I have a four-step view of the financial crisis:
1. The bursting of the housing bubble has led to a surge in defaults and foreclosures, which in turn has led to a plunge in the prices of mortgage-backed securities — assets whose value ultimately comes from mortgage payments.
2. These financial losses have left many financial institutions with too little capital — too few assets compared with their debt. This problem is especially severe because everyone took on so much debt during the bubble years.
3. Because financial institutions have too little capital relative to their debt, they haven’t been able or willing to provide the credit the economy needs.
4. Financial institutions have been trying to pay down their debt by selling assets, including those mortgage-backed securities, but this drives asset prices down and makes their financial position even worse. This vicious circle is what some call the “paradox of deleveraging.”

The Paulson plan calls for the federal government to buy up $700 billion worth of troubled assets, mainly mortgage-backed securities. How does this resolve the crisis?

Well, it might — might — break the vicious circle of deleveraging, step 4 in my capsule description. Even that isn’t clear: the prices of many assets, not just those the Treasury proposes to buy, are under pressure. And even if the vicious circle is limited, the financial system will still be crippled by inadequate capital.

Or rather, it will be crippled by inadequate capital unless the federal government hugely overpays for the assets it buys, giving financial firms — and their stockholders and executives — a giant windfall at taxpayer expense. Did I mention that I’m NOT HAPPY WITH THIS PLAN?

The logic of the crisis seems to call for an intervention, not at step 4, but at step 2: the financial system needs more capital. And if the government is going to provide capital to financial firms, it should get what people who provide capital are entitled to — A SHARE IN OWNERSHIP, so that all the gains if the rescue plan works don’t go to the people who made the mess in the first place.

That’s what happened in the savings and loan crisis: the feds took over ownership of the bad banks, not just their bad assets. It’s also what happened with Fannie and Freddie. (And by the way, that rescue has done what it was supposed to. Mortgage interest rates have come down sharply since the federal takeover.)

But Mr. Paulson insists that he wants a “clean” plan. “Clean,” in this context, means a taxpayer-financed bailout with no strings attached — no quid pro quo on the part of those being bailed out. Why is that a good thing? Add to this the fact that Mr. Paulson is also demanding dictatorial authority, plus immunity from review “by any court of law or any administrative agency,” and THIS ADDS UP TO AN UNACCEPTABLE PROPOSAL.

I’m aware that Congress is under enormous pressure to agree to the Paulson plan in the next few days, with at most a few modifications that make it slightly less bad. Basically, after having spent a year and a half telling everyone that things were under control, the Bush administration says that the sky is falling, and that to save the world we have to do exactly what it says now now now.

But I’d urge Congress to pause for a minute, take a deep breath, and try to seriously rework the structure of the plan, making it a plan that addresses the real problem. DON’T LET YOURSELF BE RAILROADED — if this plan goes through in anything like its current form, we’ll all be very sorry in the not-too-distant future.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/opinion/22krugman.html

Posted by: Coldcomfort | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

How much more arrogant can McCain get? He says: "I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."

Um, hate to break it to you, Johnny, but Congress is quite capable of addressing grave economic issues without your oh so wise input ("the fundamentals are strong", eh?). You might actually pay attention to what is going on - there is a bipartisan effort going forward at this moment and you aren't crucial to that effort.

Posted by: MEG | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

He's not suspending until TOMORROW afternoon??? And today he's scheduled to meet with BONO? And tape the David Letterman show???? And trot the Lil' Alaskan Lady around the UN to get more photo ops???? Are you kidding me???? Why doesn't the WaPo report ALL of these facts???? Please don't fall for this Barack .... this LIAR is chicken..... bwack bwack bwack !!! And is trying to further politicize the already difficult bailout negotiations. He should stay in NY with Sarah and help her meet even more "heads of state."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nb8Y9ojenM

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

McCain is making a cynical play to avoid having to stand up in front of the American people during a crisis caused largely his own party's handling of the economy over the past eight years. It's an outrage. If he had wanted to do something to avoid or mitigate this crisis, he's had eight years in which to do so. Now he simply wants to limit being held accountable. Well, forget it, Johnny. You're in this up to your eyeballs. Maybe you won't have to debate Obama on Friday, but you'll have to debate him sooner or later, and when you do, expect to be held to account for your tax cuts for the well-off, your massive deficits, your borrowing of money to fund an unnecessary war, and your total lack of oversight of the crooks and scoundrels in investment firms and banks who have made millions by fleecing ordinary citizens.

Posted by: Bob22003 | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM

The financial crisis is McBush's snow day when the calculus final is scheduled.

Posted by: Tom the Teacher | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

McCain is Tricky Dick Nixon reincarnated. Coward, Coward, Coward, McCain has no plan so he want's to steal someone elses plan and he needs time to do it. Where's Palin? Addressing the National Inquire about her affair with Todd's business partner? Reckless McCain - not vetting Palin and now the GOP right-wingers have an Adulterous on their hands to boot.
I say, go on with the debates and go on with the campaign. This just goes to show what kind of soldier he really was.

Posted by: mzbond | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

Delay the debates, delay the election, heck this is too important for that stuff! And leave the Republicans in power until the crisis is over! We don't need no stinkin' election!

Get rid of these clowns, NOW!

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

Scrap the canned format of the Oxford, Mississippi, debate, but instead let Obama and McCain agree to submit to a joint televised interview with Lehrer in normal PBS format, held in Washington, D.C. Let the question be "How did we get into this economic mess and how do we get out of it?" Nothing fancy, and no crowds in the studio.

Of course, if on Friday night a vote is being held on a bailout package, or if delicate negotiations are underway, then the two candidates should stand by and hold their debate on Saturday night, or within 24 hours of a definitive vote.

But McCain should not be allowed to weasel out of a debate, or to postpone it until he has more time to bone up on economics and to memorize his one-liners, which is what I suspect the real reason he's asking for this time out.

Posted by: jm917 | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

Who is the leader and who is the politician here? McCain said he wanted to "RESCHEDULE" not cancel the debate people. Think for a second here. All you Obama lovers have to ask the question what is more important RIGHT NOW - the debate over foreign policy (which Obama has ZERO foreign policy experience) or the American financial structure. If you lose your job and your house because congress failed to act I doubt this debate or anything else will matter much at that point. Obama is always more concerned with politics than country and this proves it! If Obama were any sort of leader he would IMMEDATELY agree to work in a BI-PARTISAN manner to resolve this crisis. Funny, Obama talks a big talk about working across the isle and now the time comes for him to do just that and he is going to vote "not present".

Posted by: Dave H | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

And this 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll Says it all.
You Won't Believe These Results!
They even include a write-in for Ron Paul!

http://www.votenic.com

New Poll Just Started!
Instant Results!

Posted by: Brandon | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

He just want to move the debate from NAP TIME

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM

Delay the debates, delay the election, heck this is too important for that stuff! And leave the Republicans in power until the crisis is over! We don't need no stinkin' election!

Get rid of these clowns, NOW!

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

McSame can't win debating issues and he knows it. He can only win as long as he keeps the focus of the country is on celebrity, lipstick on pigs or some other (could this be?)subtrafuse.

Posted by: rick | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

Another political ploy by McCain. McCain knows an economic question will be asked on Friday and he's not ready to field it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

See what I mean?

Posted by: George F. Will | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

The debate must go forth. Perhaps instead of talking about foreign policy, the candidates should talk about how they would handle the bailout and the economy in general.

Senator McCain, a president is supposed to find 90 minutes to talk about issues when so many of the citizens do care!

Posted by: AL | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

McCain's move here is as cynical as his choice of Sarah Palin. The polls show him losing on this issue, his advisor is under fire, and he wants to call a truce! Don't fall for it!

Posted by: Dave P | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

John McSame is pulling a STUNT. If Obama does not suspend the campaign he will call him selfish and unpatriotic. John McSame is a gambling again. He is desperate.

Posted by: unclesam | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

I'm hearing that Mccain is quite sick and that is why he's looking to suspend. any truth to that?

Posted by: tremble_under_foot | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

Here's how Obama should respond:

"We're in a crisis, but John McCain in Washington isn't the solution. It's the problem."

Posted by: mark | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

The WaPo is not censoring anyone.

And to 'suspend' a debate / campaign / whatever on a Friday night? No one watches TV on a Friday night, and the Senate is rarely in session on Fridays in general.

WHAT EXACTLY is Johnny Mac AFRAID OF?

The truth, perhaps?

That seems to always get in the way, especially for the Republicans.

Good night, Gracie.

Posted by: Captain John | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

Welcome Back, John McCain!

The prodigal son returns. John McCain has announced that America is finally confronting a crisis that he doesn't feel he can be absent for.

Some fun facts about John McCain: Of all Senators, John McCain has been the most absent. There have been 643 votes taken in the current Senate session: McCain has missed 412 of them.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/110/senate/vote-missers/
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McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8th. Since March, he has missed 109 of the last 110 votes.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/m000303/votes/
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He missed votes on the GI Bill, energy policy, and in 2007 he missed "all 15 critical environmental votes in the Senate" -- giving him a 2007 rating of 0% from the League of Conservation Voters. Zero percent? I don't think that's fair. I think they should have given him an "incomplete", and told him that he had to stay for summer session if he wants to graduate from the Senate.

http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2008/mccain_gw_record.html
.


So welcome back, John McCain. If I were the Senate Democrats, I would now completely rejigger the Senate schedule in order to put things up that America would really, really like to see John McCain cast a vote on. It seems the least we could do.

Posted by: DrainYou | September 24, 2008 4:38 PM

What a transparently desperate move by the McCain campaign. Obama should show up on Friday whether McCain does or not.

Posted by: billp | September 24, 2008 4:38 PM

Move up the Biden-Palen debate to Friday night.

Free Sarah Palin!

Posted by: K. Rove | September 24, 2008 4:38 PM

FREE THE DEBATE!
FREE PALIN!

Right on! Let our potential presidents-to-be stand up in the face of disaster. We ask that of our children when we send them to die in immoral wars that they never started. McCain needs to quit this facade of patriotism and accept the role of the President: to inspire the people with ideas that will lead them to peace and prosperity. So far all we've heard is "be afraid of Russia" and "postpone the convention" and now "postpone the debate." Since McCain must suspend his campaign and run to Washington, he should just send his brilliant VP candidate, Palin, to stand in for him. She can debate Obama. Or Biden. Or maybe they can just turn the debate into a moose-shooting contest and send Palin?

Posted by: Dan Rains | September 24, 2008 4:38 PM

I am actually leaning toward Obama for a variety of reasons, but I have to agree with McCain on this. The debates can wait. If the financial crisis is as bad as everyone says it is (still not convinced of that) than they should hold off on the debate - not cancel, postpone - the debate. If Congress has to act, the two Senators who want to run the country should be there to work with congress and the current administration to work on this problem and then be held accountable for their votes. I don't really care who had the idea of a joint statement first. I think this is the first good idea McCain has had in a very long time.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:38 PM

What does he think he'll get done on a Friday night?

Posted by: rf | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM

So, let me get this straight - McCain's crashing and burning in the polls and he wants a time out. . .

Why isn't this surprising. . .this man's behavior becomes more infantile every day.

He needs to learn how to multi-task.

Posted by: rkrenke | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM

I'm nor sure if I can't see the smoke for the mirrors...or I can't see the mirrors for the smoke!

Posted by: kcbob | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM

Have the debate on Friday with or without McCain.

Posted by: LJC | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM


You can't win the debate if I don't show up! That'll stop the poll #s from tanking.

Posted by: McChicken | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM

So look who else is crawling into the cocoon! It’s getting a mite crowded in there with both McCain and Palin holing up, hiding from the cameras, questions, and accountability. Our once proud happy warrior, and died-in-the-wool certified war hero doesn’t seem so heroic today. More like a caviling coward cowering behind Sarah’s skirts! Maybe now that Sarah’s met actual world leaders and SEEN Wall Street from her hotel room she’s prepared to debate foreign policy and talk about economics on his behalf. Give me a break! There’s not an ounce of honesty, integrity or a scrap of “straight talk,” left in the old goat. Perhaps it’s time for the geezer to throw in the towel once and for all!

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM

What a grandstanding, backstabbing ploy by McCain. When Obama suggests privately that they do something responsible together (which makes sense since one of them will inherit the mess), McCain responds with this cheap stunt.

That's the smell of desperation coming from Camp McCain.

Obama is too decent for McCain. Hopefully he's not too decent for America.

Posted by: Ann Arbor | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM

Ron Paul said he would sit in for McSame and SILIENT SARAH

Posted by: RONPAUL LAST GOP STANDING | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM

Smart mood McCain - but please be informed that we do have a sitting president (George W Bush) and please let him do his job. If you are really serious about the economy, the debate is the best place to talk about with the American people.

Good try; "yes, but no yes" according to Sarah Paling.

Posted by: Zaza | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

Is McCain is a coward and unprepared for the debate?? Or is McCain trying to run to cover up his tracts with the wealthy elite(what has he promised the billioneer owners/stock holders of ths companies --Is there a trail of personal complicity with the current economic situation with McCain? Both he and Palin are great at yelling at a crowd(so are cheer leaders)but to present in such a manner, that they unable to take any pressure!!!--just what we need right now in America--I hope Obama does not let him off the hook!!!I'm also scared that a big part of this "crisis" is a red herring!!!

Posted by: Liz1234 | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

Transparent in the least., Obama should press forward with the debate. McCain will get no traction on an Obama refusal. This walks and quacks like the gimmick that it is. The best thing McCain could do is not intervene in the fiscal crisis, as this is the product of all his good years in Congress. Better yet, let VP Palin spearhead the response. The crisis will not be solved in the hours of the debate so full steam ahead. Obama has the same constraints as McCain. A huge misstep by McCain and it will let Obama to continue to seize the momentum.

Posted by: First Dude | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

I'm not sure if I can't see the smoke for the mirrors...or can't see the mirrors for the smoke.

Posted by: kcbob | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

Posted by: usa3
"Barney Frank said..."

---------------------------

Did he have another man's tool in his mouth when he was talking?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

Obama supports don't think "putting the country first" is a trick. What people do believe is McCain is putting politics first and that IS a trick.

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

Let Sarah Palin stand in for John McCain on debate night and prove to everyone she's ready should something happen to McCain.
Let the Republicans show us what the 'BABE' is all about.
I'm sure Biden could stand in for Obama if necessary.
C'mon, show us Palin's ready.
Get it now?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM

This is such an obvious political stunt. The media needs to ask McCain every day what exactly he personally is doing on the crisis in order to show that. McCain is just 1 of 100 in the Senate, and he isn't the expert. The most important people in the Senate right now are Chris Dodd, Richard Shelby, and Harry Reid, in that order. And if you aren't on the Banking Committee (McCain's not), then you aren't important.

All this "we must meet as American, not as Democrats and Republicans" is nonsense. Has he not been paying attention? Congress has been acting bipartisanly for a week.

Posted by: Ugh | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

Senator, do you mean to say that all this time you've been spending in preparation for your Friday debate is not worth either your time or the nation's time? Are you saying Senator that your "Friday night special", the plan you pulled out with not a bit of data to back it up, is to be preferred to anyone else's? Or, that anyone not agreeing with your version of reality is unpatriotic?

Or that the Paulson Concept is the wrong one, because it doesn't have your name on it?

And why is it that you can't make it to Mississippi? Too costly? Too far? Wrong venue? Didn't have teleprompters?

When was the last time you voted in the Senate? If you can't make it to Mississippi, how can we be sure you will make it to the next cabinet meeting, assuming you were lucky enough to be elected?

Suppose, for the sake of argument, that you really couldn't make it - could the Obama Campaign provide an empty chair to represent you? Could you phone it in?

Must you denigrate others who may want to attend, or want to watch the debate? Do you expect to get votes if we don't know what your views are except through your surrogates?

You call yourself a Reagan Republican - follow his lead and get yourself a chair, even if it is an empty one.

It will all work out. After all, we are all "Georgians", I mean "Mississippians".

Posted by: John of Arizona | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

Gee, so he doesn't want to debate about the country's problems?

So we have no idea what he would do?

So we just have to vote for him because it's what he wants us to do?

Isn't that just what Secretary Paulson proposed with the bailout?

Good plan.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS DON'T FALL FOR IT. MCCAIN AND THE REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE YOU UP AGAINST THE WALL IF THE DEBATE IS POSTPONED. DON'T LET MCCAIN AND THE REPUBLICANS HIGHJACK THIS ECONOMY AND THIS ELECTION. THIS IS A RUSE!!! OBAMA FIRST INITIATED A DIALOGUE BETWEEN HIM AND MCCAIN. MCCAIN UNILATERALLY WENT ON TV CLAIMING IT AS HIS OWN. LIBERMAN IS ON THE NETWORKS RIGHT NOW USING THIS RUSE TO CAMPAIGN ON MCCAIN'S BEHALF. A TRUE LEADER WILL ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS DIRECTLY THIS FRIDAY. HE ONLY GAVE US 60 DAYS TO KNOW PALIN. NOW WITH ONLY 40 SOME ODD DAYS LEFT HE IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HE CAN'T MULTI-TASK AND DOESN'T WANT TO SPEAK TO US DIRECTLY. WE WANT SOME ANSWERS. HANDLE YOUR BUSINESS AND DO BOTH. MCCAIN, IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE POT!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

Why don't they just teleconference? Oh, yeah. The whole computer thing. Well . . . McCan't can use a telegraph and Obama can use his Iphone. Isn't this thing nearly resolved anyway?

Posted by: worldsfairdesign | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

The WAPO is now censoring comments before they are posted. If you are pro Obama your post is accepted. If you are pro McCain, your post is not acceptable. Is Putin running the WAPO? The National Enquirer has more journalistic integrity that the WAPO. In fact the WAPO has NO journalistic integrity.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

Hey greg3, did McCain ever drive through your town and meet your mom ? Reading your comment made the old saying " LIKE FATHER LIKE SON " pop into my mind.

Posted by: IC CLEARLY | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM

Poor McCain. Guess he feels the need to pull a stupid stunt after reading today's poll results.

Posted by: Sharon | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM

If I was leading the McPain campaign, I would oppose any thought process or televised event showing how ignorant the ticket is.

But I am not in 'their campaign,' and so I can say this:

JOHN MCCAIN, show up for a debate on the economy. Otherwise you will look like a wimp (which you are). Or have Sarah fill in for you. She has about as much sense (and worth) on the economy as a wolf does when she shoots it from a helicopter.

In other words: Bow out at your pleasure. It will be your undoing.

See You Friday, or Good Night Gracie...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM

First off Obama called McCain FIRST.. so he clearly doesn't know what to do either. They should get BACK TO WORK for a few days until they can figure what the heck to do. And besides there's going to be a DEBATE.. McCain just wants a DELAY for a few days until this bailout proposal is worked out first. What's the big deal anyway? The debate was about foreign policy like anyone cares about that now. It can certainly wait a week. This crisis NEEDS to be handled FIRST. Remember McCain canceled the first day of his convention because of hurricane Gustav.. Well this is a ECONOMIC hurricane that could wreck the whole country, isn't that a little more important than having a debate this Friday instead of next Friday or a couple of days of campaigning?

Posted by: rss | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM

I am surprised to see that so few people are recognizing that the debate scheduled for this Friday is on foreign policy, not the economy. While I'll be the first to admit there is certainly linkage between the two topics, it is not exactly the best forum to talk about how to solve the country's financial crisis.

Posted by: Seth | September 24, 2008 4:33 PM

Apparently, WAPO has deleted the
ariticle that was featured about
Fed Chair Bernanke. LMAO!!!

The comments were getting to hot-n-heated.

As I had pointed out very clearly...

Sen. John McCain is going to back
out of this upcoming Debate because
of his involvement with the Keatoning 5.

This issue accompanied with the
present problems with the crashing
markets hit too close to home with
Sen. McCains past transgressions.

Any Republican with a brain cell
rubbing against another brain cell
should know that McCain is a corp.
lacky... The problems we face today
will be faced with the same lazy
and deregulation that we've seen
under Bush.


There isn't a chance in the world
that McCain is going nose to nose
with his marble-mouthed excuses
and justifications against such a
well spoken and concerned Obama.

No Way!

McCain = Coward

Posted by: the.man_in_black (is back with a fury) | September 24, 2008 4:33 PM

Figures that Obama supporters think putting the country first is some sort of trick.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:33 PM

Put your country first, McCain. This political stunt stinks!! Stop manipulating Americans.

CHANGE NOW!! Obama 08

Posted by: LidiaM | September 24, 2008 4:33 PM

"Excuses-are the tools of the incompetent and they only benefit the user" Anonymous

Posted by: Why Wait | September 24, 2008 4:33 PM

You've got to love this!

Barney Frank said:

"I'm not particularly focused on Senator McCain. I really don't care," he said. "I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I'd ask Sarah Palin."

LOLOLOLOL!

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

I am surprised to see that so few people are recognizing that the debate scheduled for this Friday is on foreign policy, not the economy. While I'll be the first to admit there is certainly linkage between the two topics, it is exactly the best forum to talk about how to solve the country's financial crisis.

Posted by: Seth | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

McCain wants a time-out! This may have worked if he had not leveraged his honor on so many other lies and stunts. My advice: show up or be awol.

Honestly, the guy is simply unprepared for the debate, realizing this after spending an hour in the library this afternoon. Apparently he had not even read Bush's bailout plan until Friday, after he had made his comments and recommendations. This is a scary signal, a politician who would be president but doesn't prepare himself for to vote based on the evidence, as he did for the Irag war, or allow the American people hear his views in a debate. Scary indeed!

Posted by: Paul | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

Why now and not a few days ago? Umm, couldn't be lousy poll numbers? Nah, that would be cynical and pathetic.

Posted by: Old Pol | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

Having no balls never prevented a person from being a great political leader. Ancient China was often ruled by brilliant eunuchs. But David Axelrod Puppet has a wafer thin cerebral cortex, which is why he sounds like Zippy the Pinhead when he tries to talk off the top of his tiny brain.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

No need to postpone. DC, MD, VA have plenty of venues to choose from.

How about the National Press Club?


McCain is trying to run into his hole, we need to keep the foxhound on his tail to flush him out.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

McCain ploy is NOT going to work out. bad move senator McCain, you sound scared and insecure. It's Obama momentum and he is NOT going to give it up! DEBATE, DEBATE, DEBATE

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

Do ya think McCain might be a little late to the party?

He wants to focus on the economy? We just had the 100 year storm and all of a sudden he's wants to see what's up?

He might as well be going on tour of the Titanic.

Or touring New Orleans two years after the
hurricane.

It's the same as showing up in the locker after the big loss and offering your cleats to the nose guard.

He's a rash man.

He's quit in my book.

Posted by: Rob L. | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

The appropriate response from Obama is that the demands of the modern presidency are such that a president must be prepared to deal with more than one problem at a time.

If McCain is too old, confused, and tired to do that, then he should not only skip the debate but withdraw from the contest altogether. He is obviously in poor health, and this announcement only underscores it.

Obama should announce that he will be at the debate to answer questions, and that if McCain prefers to stay home and watch it on TV, that he'll have his campaign send over a glass of buttermilk, a plate of cookies, an electric blanket, and a sleeping pill.

Posted by: Magic Dog | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

McSame is SUSPENDED and SARAH is SILIENT OH MY

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM

Senator Obama: If John McCain doesn't want to debate, that is an argument I am happy not to have with him.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM

This only proves that McCain is too OLD to be president.

He can't even multi-task.

Posted by: SAM | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM

Posted by: Loren Karl | September 24, 2008 4:23 In reading some of this rhetoric - I am so very proud and honored to be a McCain, Palin supporter. It is obvious to me that the Obama supporters do not have a clue how serious this economic crisis is, and see the need to put aside the backbiting until a fix can be agreed on.
------------------------------------------
Loren,us Obama supporters no how serious it is. But us Obama supporters are mad as hell that the Conservative Base put this Administration in Office, not 1 time, but 2 times and allowed this to happen.

You know, it's kinda like being molested by your uncle over and over again, then when he is on his death bed, he ask you for forgiveness. At least for this Obama supporter that's how it feels to me.

Posted by: Trinity | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM

Please don't stop the debates!

Posted by: Ann F Baskin | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM

At least tell both sides of the story. 'The Great One' Barack Obama has taken more money from Fannie and Freddie than any US Senator since he's been in office. His two 'advisors', Franklin Raines and James Johnson (who was also head of Barackas Obamas' VP search cmte) raked over Fannie and Freddie for nearly 200 million dollars combined.

Let's be honest.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 4:21 PM

-----------------
as long as we are being honest...

The total listed for Obama is $126,349 — a tiny fraction of the approximately $390 million his campaign has raised, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The list shows McCain has received a total of $21,550 from Fannie and Freddie employees. The list includes donations of at least $200 from those who receive paychecks from Fannie and Freddie. It also includes donations from political action committees — pooled contributions from employees. Obama decided early in his presidential run not to accept PAC contributions, but the Center for Responsive Politics' list includes all contributions for members of Congress dating back to 1989 — including Obama and McCain's Senate campaigns.

The New York Times has published a separate list looking at contributions from "directors, officers, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" for the 2008 campaign cycle. That list — using figures from the Federal Election Commission — shows McCain receiving $169,000, while Obama received only $16,000.


OOPS!

Sorry
A list of employee contributions including lobbyists and directors shows McCain getting more.

And far more important is this....

One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager. Mr. Davis’s firm, Davis & Manafort, had been kept on the payroll because of Mr. Davis’s close ties to Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who by 2006 was widely expected to run again for the White House.

AND AGAIN

Franklin Raines has stated he never advised Obama about anything regarding policy. This has been fact checked. Care to read?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/09/obamas_fannie_mae_connection.html

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM

McCain has suspended his campaign. Bush speaks to the nation tonight. This is how coups look in their early stages. This is how bourgeois democracies die. Prepare to resist.

Posted by: wwwkings | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM

A vote for Obama is a vote for racism, poverty, slavery, and death.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria

----
and cats and dogs sleeping together!

That was a joke. Like you.

Posted by: bill | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM

McSame was one of the Keeting five and now he's Freddy and Fanny's sweethart. He was a Whor@ then and he's a whor@ now!

Posted by: rick | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM

Flubba dubba Mcdoo! Without even opening his mouth!

Posted by: Timothy Morton | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM

I'm sure that many many others are going to point out that the re-print of McCain advisor Hassett's article is total BS.

Hassett is an outright liar. The S.190 bill would have actually made the current situation worse. So, perhaps it is a blessing that the Republican chair and Republican majority in the committee killed the bill.

Never believe a politician! Do your own homework!

..

Posted by: DF in FL | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

OK...I am so upset with this whole situation that I have need to vent out my frustration with profanity. Let me see if the post will accept what my use to be boss always say it..."horse manure". He was so fond of saying horse manure when he smells something that is not right. Now I can agree when he says horse manure.
This postponement of the debate is truly a horse manure. After changing all our plans, gather all people to watch the debate, bought all the foods to serve the people, now we are left with nothing to go for.
We were looking forward to see where this two candidates has to say about the economic meltdown and what if any can they contribute to the resolution to the crisis. We know that Obama was in constant touch with Paulson, Bernanke, Cox, and the President of the United State. Obama understand the grieviousness of the situation. And his proposal to the bailout was clear...that unless he sees a clause benefiting the American public on this bailout plan, he refuse to give Paulson a blank check on that $700B bailout plan. Looking forward to the debate, Obama was to unveil his plan to the resolution to our economic catastrophe. All of a sudden, McStupid bailed out with an alibi saying that the priority here is to look for the resolution to the crisis intead of having the debate...calling out Obama on his bluff. Wonder how good McAncient is on Poker.

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

This is a farce wrapped in a bad joke wrapped in a ploy.

McCain floundered around last week desperately looking for a coherent position on the economy, and nothing stuck. Fundamentals are strong! No, I meant American workers are strong. We shouldn't bail out AIG. Boy, am I glad we bailed out AIG. We need a commission. We need to fire Chris Cox.

Now he is going to go work on the problem? Give me a break.

This is just McCain coordinating with the White House to ratchet up the financial crisis level to condition Blackwatch Plaid, so that the entire country will be so scared out of their minds that we will crap our pants and give the Administration $700 Billion to try to clean up their latest, greatest screw-up without asking any questions.

Senator Obama is ready to face America's challenges WHEN THEY ARISE, and not just when it is convenient. I hope Obama goes and stands at a podium in Oxford, Mississippi by himself if need be.

Posted by: AOS1 | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

What are you waiting for Obama?
What's wrong with doing the patriotic thing?!

Posted by: John H. | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

jdub: Yup, compare a man who received top marks at Harvard to a silver-spoon fed frat boy that got into Yale on his daddy's heritage. Compare a man that has proven he can actually lead a massive nation-wide campaign against the Clinton machine AND WIN, to a guy who called McCain's patriotism into question in 2000. Compare a man who has a degree in Constitutional law to a guy with a useless MBA who managed to go bankrupt twice, only to be bailed out of utter financial doom by a buddy with a pro baseball team.

I highly doubt someone with that level of intelligence can approach Bush's incompetence (now go shopping?).

So the debate is scheduled for this Friday, the perfect time for both candidates to address the issue and give details on what they think should be done to prevent it in the future, and McCain runs away. As if they need his input on what to do. Both can make it back in time for a vote, so don't play that card ever again. It's a bogus argument that holds no water.

Posted by: Celia | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

For a campaign that says this election isn't about issues, why should anyone be surprised that McCain is running from this debate? He won't let Palin talk to the press or to ordinary Americans and now he's doing the same for himself.

There used to be a party called the Know Nothings. That's what the GOP is turning into here.

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

greg3,

Are you innately such a fool or are you practicing at it? Yup, those republicans are sure fiscally responsible!

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM


"Country First."

Obama.... you get your skinny butt to Washington AND DO YOUR JOB!!!

Not Berlin.

Not San Francisco.

Not Los Angeles.

Washington... AND RIGHT FRIGGIN' NOW!!

DO YOUR JOB!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

jt is making his own story here and we all have to be very impressed...puh-lease!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM

Wow! The Republicans are propaganda masters. Obama calls McCain and suggests that they make a joint statement about the crisis. McCain waits until about six hours later, says he is canceling his participation in the debate (in which he knows he is about to get hammered), sets up an agenda that makes him look like the ultimate leader in bipartisan decisions and that all of this was his idea.

These guys are the ultimate image manipulators. McCain grabbed the news headlines with his withdrawal from Friday's debate (clever news grabbing) but I am sure that Congress will not be in session during the scheduled debate.

This ploy allows him to drop a few long legged phrases in future debates while delaying the debates until the public cools off (they hope). This ploy one-ups the Sarah Palin photo ops with foreign dignitaries - as if she actually learned something in her fifteen minute chats. The Republicans must think that people are total idiots. This is Richard Nixon at his best - image is all. RAISE YOUR TWO HANDED VICTORY SIGN JOHN.

Posted by: Peschew | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM

It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats, yet are still disadvantaged ... hmmm...make you wonder?
--------------------
Yeah, once the disadvantaged get a foothold, the damn Republicans come along and pull the rug from under them

Posted by: YES WE CAN | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM

I thought we had a President who was responsible for stuff like this.

Posted by: Jim S. | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM

Scam. He wants to divert attention from his fledgling campaign and his crooked campaign manager. Desperate move by a desperate, despicable man.

Posted by: dave | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM

It makes sense.
He appears uncomfortable with dealing with both at once (at his age?).
Besides, he needs to get back to DC to find out what his buddies are going to do and whether they are going to vote for any proposal, or whether they have a definite proposal crafted.
How else will he know what to say?
He might trip over his own tongue, trying to hew the party line.
Walking while chewing gum sometimes causes a sudden GULP.
Obama doesn't seem so worried ...

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM

Nice spin that McCain is the adult by quitting while he is behind to add his chatter to the debates in DC. Does anyone seriously think that when John McCain walks into the capital everyone will grasp at his sleeves for the magic solution to this crisis? The self-avowed economics ignoramus? McCain is just another senator where this issue is concerned. The American people are waiting to hear what he would do in the next administration, which is what a campaign is for.

McCain was in free-fall. This move is 100% about killing off the massive negative energy created by fumbling the response to the crisis (even George Will agrees), by quarantining Palin from the press, the disclosure that his chief advisor's firm is on the Freddie Mac payroll.

Posted by: dmw | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM

McCain's move may well be a political stunt, but it's brilliant. Just like choosing Palin.
As for being Rovian, I hope so. Rove never loses elections. Democraps are experts at failing.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM

McCain has no balls and he is really, really be joke.

Posted by: Arthur | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

Wouldn't McCain's and Obama's senate votes cancel each other out anyway?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

If you define the term "campaign" as shameless lying about your own and your opponent's records, and focusing on irrelevant ad hominem attacks (as you do), then of course you should suspend said "campaign."

But if you believe, as Barack Obama does, that this campaign is about us and not the two of you, and that it should be focused on issues affecting the future of our country, then of course there should be a debate. The debate can take place on the floor of the Senate for 2 hours, and of course it should be focused on the future of the economy. Both of you guys are supposed to be ready to be President on day 1, so you should be ready to go.

Posted by: Well Jonnie | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

If you define the term "campaign" as shameless lying about your own and your opponent's records, and focusing on irrelevant ad hominem attacks (as you do), then of course you should suspend said "campaign."

But if you believe, as Barack Obama does, that this campaign is about us and not the two of you, and that it should be focused on issues affecting the future of our country, then of course there should be a debate. The debate can take place on the floor of the Senate for 2 hours, and of course it should be focused on the future of the economy. Both of you guys are supposed to be ready to be President on day 1, so you should be ready to go.

Posted by: Well Jonnie | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

It's a shame McBush is ducking the debate. I fully expected him to pull a Lloyd Bentsen and tell Obama, "Senator Obama, I remember Charles Keating. Charles Keating was a friend of mine and you sir, are no Charles Keating."

Posted by: Slim2 | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

McCain is setting absolute records for political stunts and general tomfoolery.

The really weird thing is that it's all so unnecessary.

Posted by: RG | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

Suppose that this is not a political maneuver by McCain. If the debate is delayed then we do not get to see how he functions under a crisis situation. I want to know how these men react to foreign policy issues when a financial crisis is going on. Are their tempers shorter are they less able to focus. Forget whether this is a political trick or not.

I want to see them in action on Friday night and I do not want any excuse, even a good one, for the American people to see them in action.

Posted by: Delmar | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

Heck, why don't we put off the entire election for a year until Bush fixes this fine mess he has made. Or maybe we will wake up a year later and find out that no one shot the economy. It was all a dream.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

McCain is desperate. This smacks of political opportunism and showboating in all the wrong ways. If he was serious about this, he would have suspended his campaign days ago to make sure tomorrow's deadline is met.

McCain has pulled this straight out of the Bush playbook for starting the war in Iraq, and passing the Patriot Act before that. This is disgusting, vile, naked political ambition contrary to patriotic ideals. Bush's men, and McCain's actions today are nothing short of treason. A week ago there was no economic crisis according to them. Now there is, and it needs to be handled their way, right now, or America is doomed. That is tripe, and we Americans know it. Bush and McCain = Traitors to America.

The debate is the opportunity for the American people to see these guys outside of their political adds. They can take a few hours out of one day of the week to handle that; even relocating the debate to DC. McCain is dodging the debate, and exacerbating the crisis that he refused to acknowledge as recently as this week. He is a complete fraud. Millions of voters were hurt by this over the last year as their mortgages crushed them, and their jobs were shipped overseas. McCain clearly only cares now because Cindy's vast fortune, and the fortunes of his top aids/lobbyists took a hit this week.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

How can you not see this as a cheap political stunt? McCain will do ANYTHING to avoid talking about the issues - he is woefully unprepared for the debates, he used the selection of Sarah Palin as a smoke screen for weeks - let's talk about Sarah, not the issues. Well, the jig is up.

Now he's trying to bill himself as "the great unifier" and solver of economic crisis. Utter Hogwash.

Posted by: Jason Miller | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

McCain cannot multitask. He needs to stop doing everything else so he can focus on the economy. We should just put the war and health care and everything else on hold so the doddering old fool can concentrate.

The world is just WAY too complicated for poor old McCain to wrap his head around. He needs a rocking chair and a book of crossword puzzles.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

Here's a thought: move the Friday night debate to Washington, DC. Surely there's a large auditorium available somewhere.

If not, the Mississippi debate should take place as scheduled.

Posted by: Dupont Circle | September 24, 2008 4:27 PM

Palin would be a terrific replacement for McChicken on Friday night. Can't you just hear her debating Biden... trying to defend her interest in banning books and trying to recall what Kissinger told her during her 50 minute meeting with him?

Posted by: Soccer/Hockey Mommy | September 24, 2008 4:26 PM

PANIC! Cheap political stunt! Distraction! What the country needs is for the two candidates to get up there and debate the issues, not hide behind some committee. This is so ridiculous. Reckless, impulsive, and desperate. The last thing we need in the White House.

Quick! Obama's ahead! Do something!! Anything!!!

January 20, 2009. The End of an ERROR!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 24, 2008 4:26 PM

If Obama was smart he would say, "I am running for President to fix these problems....and I am going to keep on running."

-------------------------------------------

This is all that's need to be said!

Posted by: Commonsense | September 24, 2008 4:26 PM

McCAIN: PATRIOT or IDIOT?

"The economy is fundamentally strong"

Vote for REAL change Novemeber 4th.

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:26 PM

Let Palin do the debate instead. She can learn all that John McCain knows about the economy in a couple of hours I'm sure.

Posted by: The Oracle | September 24, 2008 4:26 PM

Awaiting Obama's Response:

I hope that Obama comes out blasting with both barrels. Why shouldn't the debate go forward? It's an opportunity to address the public in a time of crisis.


And all McCain has to do is show up for the 90 minutes I'm sure he's ready.


By asking for a time out, he once again is showing that he cannot handle a crisis appropriately. Neither he nor Obama are leaders in Congress. They are rank and file senators. He just wants to get in the middle of it and act the bully.


This is a fine opportunity for Obama to finish him. Is sure hope he does it.


Don

Posted by: Don Krieger | September 24, 2008 4:25 PM

LeeHInAlexandria it is the republicans who claim to be against roe v wade, yet we still have roe v wade, we have a republican supreme court, the republicans owned congress from 94 to 2006 ...

you are a sucker.

Posted by: af | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

AF, why should the government intrude in your life (Roe v Wade?). It should be the states call on that one except in dire cases (rape, incest).

Fact. The Republicans, true Republicans have not been in power. The party has been taken over and infested by Socialists. Case in point this bailout which is being steered by Secretary Paulsen (who is a Democrat) and the Socialist Republicans and the Leftist Democrats. They are ought to steal your money.

What appalls me most about McCain is that on Sunday's 60 minutes, he said he'd appoint Andrew Cuomo as Treasury Secretary who is a liberal.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 4:25 PM

Anyone who believes that this is not a huge wool-over-your-eyes, Rovian political stunt is a sucker of epic proportions. McCain knows Obama is about to clean his clock on the economy. Like the others, McCain now has to reap what was sown during all his Keating Five adventures and his huge record of deregulating everything in sight.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 24, 2008 4:25 PM

Heck, why don't we put of the entire election for a year until Bush fixes this fine mess he has made. Or maybe we will wake up a year later and find out that no one shot the economy. It was all a dream.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:25 PM

What?!?! You have GOT to be kidding me!

Can't he observe as it is happening and come up with a darn revision of plans? Why halt the entire debate? We only have just over 40 days. The ALL "experienced" John McCain is trying to buy time as a method to slide right into the White House, and I'm ticked. We've waited so long for this. Lets have the darn debate!

Well, one way to look at this is Obama was prepared. McCain looks off schedule and unprepared in the midst of events; he seems as though he's not keeping up or being ready during the events. Obama is. This is quite disappointing.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 24, 2008 4:25 PM

Completely agree with Mitch Ratcliffe.

Cancel your campaigning if you want to.

but the rest of us need to hear what you have to say if you want our vote.

politically convenient once again, McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:25 PM

Just like some of the comments, why is it that McCain did not give details of the full account of how he got to his campaign suspension decision?

He should have mentioned the communication he had with Obama earlier on today before his decision.

This all reeks of politics and as the saying goes, 'politics is a dirty game'. I bet McCain's decision is meant to make him look like he is more patriotic than his opponent Obama.

I suggest the Friday debate goes on according to schedule so that the candidates can get an opportunity to articulate their thoughts and suggestions on how to solve the current precarious state of the financial system.

Posted by: Outside Observer | September 24, 2008 4:25 PM

Two words: POLITICAL STUNT! This old man has no shame. He has decided that he will win this election come hell or high water, and there is no low to which he will not sink to do that. All of a sudden, the entire "W" administration and Congress can't do without him. He must postpone his losing campaign and the debate to come save us! What a loser! He's running scared and wants a time-out. He knows he will get obliterated on Friday night!

Posted by: Repubsux | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

I am right there with everyone else. The United States Presidential campaigns must continue; to include the debates. We have lawmakers from every state in the Union here in Washington D.C. to work on a response to the President's proposal.

Both the McCain and Obama camps have private jets that have managed to get the candidates all over this country, sometimes in different cities in diffent states. This is 2008, the candidates can work in washington and make campaign engagements as well.

I hate to say it, but everything that comes out of the McCain camp has been about politics and I honestly don't think that this is any different. Perhaps it is FEAR of having to answer tough questions. Perhaps it is a maneuver to avoid having to answer tough questions for as long as is humanly possible until election day. McCain has even suggested that this delay be indefinate.

Is this the new and improved "Let's grip the country in fear" maneuver of the GOP? If so, I'm not shaking.

This is a bailout, plain and simple, and it is going to stink no matter how the lawmakers try and spin it, they can put as much lipstick on this pig that they like, and it will still be a pig. It will still STINK, American's will still HATE it. There is no dressing this thing up. A campaign suspension is NOT going to fix this. There needs to be OVERSIGHT. No unelected official should have the authority to spend 700 billion tax dollars unrestrained. PERIOD!!!

On thing is for certain, come rain or shine, there WILL be a general election in November, AS SCHEDULED. Thus, considering the monumental importance of this election, the campaigns must stay on schedule and move forward.

BREAKING NEWS: The debates will go on as scheduled.

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

This guy thinks all Americans are stupid and he is the biggest coward I have ever seen. Amazing how one man cannot take few hours of his time to debate which of course will be prepared by bunch of advisors. What a scammer and if Obama falls for this trick, he doe not deserve to be in this race. This guy is worse than Chavez!

Posted by: mofares | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

BLINK . . . BLINK BLINK

Posted by: William Monaghan | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

So McCain would rather debate pressing issues behind closed doors with "my colleagues" than on national TV where voters might see him?


McCain is suspending his campaign due to Lack of Interest more than anying or McCain is afraid to appear at the debate without Palin.


All McCain's got are these cheap stunts. See "Sarah Palin."


In terms of the timing of this move: The only thing that's changed in the last 48 hours is the public polling showing McCain tanking.

Posted by: Paige Palmer | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

The debate should be moved from MS to DC so that they both can be in the Senate working during the day and have the debate Friday night.

Posted by: Chris | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM


McCain sinking in the polls = time out! That's all his desperate campaign can come up with. Sorry, but the American people won't fall for it. We know the financial crisis is a direct result of the economic "policies" McCain has cheered his entire political career!

Time Out?

NO DEAL!

Posted by: dAVE | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

Some fun facts about John McCain: Of all Senators, John McCain has been the most absent. There have been 643 votes taken in the current Senate session: McCain has missed 412 of them.

McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8th. Since March, he has missed 109 of the last 110 votes.

Welcome back Johnny Mac!

Posted by: John M. | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

All of you who think that John McCain is doing this because he cares so much, are a bunch of morons!!! He's using this as a political ploy and in the process using us!! He's not putting country first, he proved that the moment he chose Sarah Palin.

This is a Karl Rove stunt, nothing more, nothing less!!

Posted by: campr | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

I'm tired of 50/50 politics. Let's divide the country. All the financially responsible, intelligent, self-sufficient people in one half; all the Democrats in the other.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

Wise decision from mister Mc Cain not to spend his time on arguments or speeches- This is not about being Democrat or republication- this is a serious matter of financial and also political surviving- Business men Mr. Warren buffet who helped out today to calm marked made very clear statements about this situation- I am not an economist but definitely the idea of pushing money into the markets is partially right- from my point of few should be done this
1- putting only 400 billion into the markets and not full 700 billion- 700 billion would lead to asphyxia on other levels – like judge inflation (inflation strangulates markets because there will be less money spenders) and heavy loss of dollar value- bad luck but a few credits just have to get blow
2- introduction of sharp financial control on short term and legal base until the situation is stabilize – forbid all kind of trading which leads into high volatility like short term speculations on falling or raising stocks- even future marked trading has to be analyzed
3- financial control and punishment on base of law against all kind of harm makers by saying management which leaded into this kind of fail out has to be fiscalzed and harsh punished if there is mismanagement proved
4- Fast short term evaluation if it would make sense if Euro and dollar go together – if American financial system fails Europe will be heavily effected and money fusion might be help to avoid further damage and lead again to financial stability- eventual creation of Northern Hemisphere Democratic Super Value- “Supers “ and if Great Britain or Canada are interested they can join the club
5- The whole mass is not about being missionary but being visionary to think what can be done is EVERYONES responsibility-

Posted by: nice2 | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM

McCain to America: The Economy is asuckin'...the polls are a'rocking, no time for debatin' gotta jump my Corporate Jet an' my millionaire wifey and save America! It's just the way I am: a Humble HERO on the RUN! Busy busy busy...

Posted by: Chris Barrett | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM

I am beginning to thing that McCain ALLOWED himself to be captured to be a POW.

He is a coward...who is on the run.

You simply cannot say, "I don't understand economics," then suspend your campaign...because only you can save America from economic collapse.

Do you want a coward as Commander-in Chief? I hope not.

Posted by: Think! | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM

In reading some of this rhetoric - I am so very proud and honored to be a McCain, Palin supporter. It is obvious to me that the Obama supporters do not have a clue how serious this economic crisis is, and see the need to put aside the backbiting until a fix can be agreed on.
I am also convinced of one more thing, there is no fix to "stupid". I feel sorry for you, and totally understand why our nation is in the crisis it is in when politics as usual, is more important to you than our country.

Posted by: Loren Karl | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM

There are some pretty pathetic comments here from Obama supporters.

For them it seems to be politics, politics, politics and seeking political advantage. They just don't understand how a man like McCain can decisively put his country first. For them it's a trick.

For McCain, and the rest of America it's all about serving your country and putting your country first.
He did the right thing here. Politics can't possibly be as important as patriotism.

Obama not accepting his challenge, or taking so long to do it, is pathetic.

You go John.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM

"You liberals are sooooooo stupid. No one cares about polls"

LOL.

Is that why the McCain campaign called the Washington Post today to complain about their most recent poll showing Obama surging ahead?

Yeah, we are soooooo stupid.

Posted by: McRumi | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM

Another politics first decision from McSame. Running from the debate? I think he is still running from the Press. This move has underlined that McSame does not have the judgement to hold the highest land in the office. He picked a campaign manager that is DIRTY! He picked a running mate that is UNQUALIFIED! NO way, NO How, NO McCAIN and definitley NO PALIN!

Posted by: Indiana for Obama | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM

The debates should go forward as planned. However, if McSame would prefer, why not hold them in DC and allow both candidates to attend whatever meetings they'd like.

Posted by: capone1 | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM
___________________________________________
Excellent suggestion.

Posted by: Mille | September 24, 2008 4:23 PM

9 days ago McCain was talking very loudly about how sound the economy was. Like a broken record. Now he says it is in crisis, but it is a crisis he helped create by being a chronic de-regulator, and a crisis his chief economic adviser, Phil Gramm, is directly responsible for with Gramm-Leach. All McCain cares about is giving out $700 Billion in CORPORATE WELFARE so that the Treasury Department, unchecked, can buy these mortgages for 50 cents on the dollar, transfer it to other large corporations, and a few people get incredibly rich and the American tax payers get the bill. And no relief for American citizens, unless you are very rich already.

Why is it that McCain has been at the center of the last 2 financial melt-downs? The failed S&L scandal in the 1980s, and McCain as one of the notorious Keating 5, and now this?

Just when you think McCain can't go any lower, he cheapens his own cheap politics even more.

Posted by: Kat | September 24, 2008 4:22 PM

McCain should continue the debates, regardless of what he wants to spend his days doing. It is essential to our democracy that we hear from the candidates about all the issues.

If Senator McCain wants to suspend his campaign, he should drop out of the race and let someone who wants to answer to the American people run in his place. That would rule out Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate, as well.

Posted by: Mitch Ratcliffe | September 24, 2008 4:22 PM


palin dodges the press.

mccain runs from the debate.

not leaders. cowards.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:22 PM

The Bush administration has played every US crisis for its political and economic advantage.

Iraq

Katrina

Wall Street

sheesh.

The debate would require about 8 hours, start to finish (max - including round trip travel) approx a third of one day to participate in.

No excuses

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 4:22 PM

McCain looks very genuine and concerned. Again, he is willing to put his country first. Obama should do the same if he really cares - this IS a big economic crisis that needs to be solved.

Posted by: Voice2 | September 24, 2008 4:22 PM

McCain has been getting hammered on the economy and needs a time out. He's ducking the debate because he's not prepared to discuss the economy. This guy is absolutely pathetic.

Posted by: Julie W. | September 24, 2008 4:22 PM

Return to Washington to fix what problem Johnny? The fundamentals of the economy are sound, remember?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:22 PM

It ain't going to work, John, it ain't going to work!

Posted by: Formerrepublican | September 24, 2008 4:21 PM

After more than 25 years in the Senate, now McCain decides to do something about the economy. Nothing but a gimmick.

Posted by: Greg | September 24, 2008 4:21 PM

Hmmm. This could be a smart move on McCain's part. What's he got to lose? His campaign is tanking. Roll the dice - like he did with Palin. Keep her in containment. Avoid the scheduled debate. What a worm! The forked tongue express rolls on ...

Posted by: Tancred | September 24, 2008 4:21 PM

CAN'T YOU CHEW GUM AND SKIP ROPE AT THE SAME TIME, JOHN?

Posted by: drjillshackford | September 24, 2008 4:21 PM

Wise decision from mister Mc Cain not to spend his time on arguments or speeches- This is not about being Democrat or republication- this is a serious matter of financial and also political surviving- Business men Mr. Warren buffet who helped out today to calm marked made very clear statements about this situation- I am not an economist but definitely the idea of pushing money into the markets is partially right- from my point of few should be done this
1- putting only 400 billion into the markets and not full 700 billion- 700 billion would lead to asphyxia on other levels – like judge inflation (inflation strangulates markets because there will be less money spenders) and heavy loss of dollar value- bad luck but a few credits just have to get blow
2- introduction of sharp financial control on short term and legal base until the situation is stabilize – forbid all kind of trading which leads into high volatility like short term speculations on falling or raising stocks- even future marked trading has to be analyzed
3- financial control and punishment on base of law against all kind of harm makers by saying management which leaded into this kind of fail out has to be fiscalzed and harsh punished if there is mismanagement proved
4- Fast short term evaluation if it would make sense if Euro and dollar go together – if American financial system fails Europe will be heavily effected and money fusion might be help to avoid further damage and lead again to financial stability- eventual creation of Northern Hemisphere Democratic Super Value- “Supers “ and if Great Britain or Canada are interested they can join the club
5- The whole mass is not about being missionary but being visionary to think what can be done is EVERYONES responsibility-

Posted by: c schmidt | September 24, 2008 4:21 PM

One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager. Mr. Davis’s firm, Davis & Manafort, had been kept on the payroll because of Mr. Davis’s close ties to Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who by 2006 was widely expected to run again for the White House.

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

At least tell both sides of the story. 'The Great One' Barack Obama has taken more money from Fannie and Freddie than any US Senator since he's been in office. His two 'advisors', Franklin Raines and James Johnson (who was also head of Barackas Obamas' VP search cmte) raked over Fannie and Freddie for nearly 200 million dollars combined.

Let's be honest.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 4:21 PM

"Country First."

Obama.

Get your skinny butt to Washington AND DO YOUR JOB!!!

Not Berlin.

Not San Francisco.

Not Los Angeles.

Washington... RIGHT FRIGGIN' NOW!!

DO YOUR JOB!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

Correction to staggerlee's comment:

The last time McCain voted in the Senate was in April. The last time Obama voted was in June.

Posted by: sj | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

LeeHInAlexandria it is the republicans who claim to be against roe v wade, yet we still have roe v wade, we have a republican supreme court, the republicans owned congress from 94 to 2006 ...

you are a sucker.

Posted by: af | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

This is a cheap political trick devised by a desperate and down-in-the-polls McCain. If he uses this ploy to avoid the debate, he is a fool and a coward. I hope Obama won’t fall for this swill. McCain is drowning and he wants someone to toss him a life line? It’s time he paid for his mistakes. This little gambit is just another.

Posted by: riker | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

The last thing McCain wants to do is debate in the middle of the economic implosion that he and his party engineered to further enrichen his obscenely wealthy pals, the financial core of his party and campaign, at the expense of the little people. As more and more of his connections to those responsible for pillaging the economy come to the light of day he's now scrambling to appear as the concerned statesman when he is neither.

McCain's fingerprints are all over this crime scene.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

ACCEPT MCCAIN'S OFFER CONDITIONED UPON PALIN AND BIDEN SUBSTITUTING FOR OBAMA AND MCCAIN ON FRIDAY

Posted by: Venal | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

IT SEEMS THAT NOT ONLY S.PALIN BUT J.McCAIN AS WELL ARE NOT PREPARED FOR DEBATES ! HE ISN'T EVEN PART OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WHO DOES THE HEARINGS, BECAUSE HE DON'T KNOW ECONOMICS. SO HE THINKS THAT THE PUBLIC ARE STUPID ? IF GOP HAS ANY HONESTY LEFT,THEY SHOULD REPLACE "J.McCAIN & S.PALIN CLOWNS".

Posted by: Dick | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

Wasn't it just yesterday that McCain was attempting to lower the expectations (of him)in the Friday debate? Sure didn't take him long to try to stop the debate altogether!

I agree - let Joe and Sarah step in for their debate a little earlier than originally planned. Joe is likely well-prepared now and preparation wouldn't help Sarah anyway.

Posted by: queenie | September 24, 2008 4:20 PM

McWeasel! McChicken!

The American people need to choose a president in the next 5 weeks and need to debate the issues that will help them make the right choice.

Debate the economy instead!

You do not have the temperament to be president. Look at how you make decisions.

The debate takes 2 hours on Friday night.

Debate the economy and your plans for it instead or send your vice-presidential candidates to the debate on Friday with the same rules that were set for the presidential candidates.

You are going to shower, get dressed, give useless speeches etc.. over the next 3 days. If we see you so much as attend another event other than the crisis, you are doomed.

This is the week that McCain' campaign collapsed.
The only thing that changed was the polls and the revelation that his campaign manager was paid to lobby for Freddie Mac until last month.

This is cynical weasel politics.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

Hey, if things are that serious, let's just cancel the election! Why change leaders in the middle of a [terrorist attack/war/economic crisis] ?

The last person we need back in DC to "solve the problem" is "Cobwebs" McCain, who has admitted he knows nothing about the economy. Let's get this election over with so we can start putting the new leaders under the microscope. I am looking forward to watching The Senile Senator justify his choice of VP, choice of economic advisors and choice of campaign manager, under the glaring headlights of this financial catastrophe.

I'll bring the popcorn.

Posted by: dezoars | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

well, Bush will be free after he speaks for 10 minutes tonight, maybe he could fill in for McCain?

Posted by: rachelva | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

Man, I can't believe how many stupid people there are in this discussion who actually believe John McCain made this move for love of country.. Good Lord, we are in trouble if he wins this election.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

Yes -you're right 'Eric, Preston', & LPLT in yours & other great reactions to this garbage from the McSharpie Opportunist'Camp! Our ex-Keating crony (not to mention dumper of his car crash disfigured wife who badly needed you after waiting 5 yrs for you 'big hero' John I'll remember that longer than your so often repeated & dubious'Pilgrims progress'story of finding salvation from self-infatuation!) They need his input like a hole in the head in D.C! He & his pals in greed (beginning way back when that slime-bag Keating jetted him around on golf junkets!)strongly helped create the current situation! Perhaps you need time to go get the count straight on your luxury homes -before any debate! Which one do you want to make your Western White House??) Naaaaah!comeon lets get real folks! If you want another 'seat of the pants' Presidency by a hot-head reactionary with (in this case) a perpetually flip-flopping 'opportunistic' history (at least Bush/Cheney Axis of Purile is doggedly persistent)then go ahead & assist the anti-Obama crowd in -(lets be honest here folks)- their main under-lying 'racist' reasons for not giving Obama the well-deserved huge boost in polls he should now be getting!!

Posted by: neilo1 | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

McBush is hoisted on his own deregulating petard and hopes some of Obama's credability will rub off on him.

Posted by: rick | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

I do not know what a LIBERAL is anymore..
Seems the Neocons have co-opted the name.
Then SPENT far worse than any LIBERAL of their definition... but kepted bashing what they are ..right in front of their Supporters..

WOW do they have them fooled.
Guess it must be the super Strength KOOLAIDES.

NOT Voting Republican
Until they grow a pair
Integrity and Honesty

Republicans for Obama and Biden

ISA

Posted by: ISA | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

Posted by: Ken

"You liberals are sooooooo stupid. No one cares about polls. Obama talks about the economy and yet he wants to have the debates. McCain is temporarily suspending his campaign because the economy is more important than a debate. This shows why Obama is not fit to lead. John McCain is showing Presidential leadership while Obama is "studying" for a debate."

Well Ken, we know McCain isn't studying...remember he graduated 5th from the bottom of his class...hardly studious and Sarah Palin...6 years/6 colleges. Guess what Ken? Education matters.

Posted by: Why Wait | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

Alice P. you are simply clueless!

If you think this is the reason for you to vote for McCain-you are a prime reason why an IQ test should be required for all eligible voters!

Posted by: GIP | September 24, 2008 4:19 PM

Since when is McC a member of the Commerce commission? What's he going to do when he gets to Washington? He has missed 60% of the votes in the last year. Now he wants to change the rules: probably have Bush get him a seat beside Paulson looking like he knows something about the economy. Laughable.

Posted by: Lynne | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

This country needs to make it's most important decision and McCain decides to hide? Put your Country First McCain. Face the nation you think you're ready to lead. This is not time for stunts.

Posted by: JennyVA | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

Free Sarah Palin!

Send her to debate Biden on Friday night!

...and I'd like extra lipstick on that McChicken sandwich, please.

Posted by: BigRoy | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

Many of the polls show that Obama leads McCain in the electoral vote but is short of the 270 that he needs to win.

But no worries, under the Constitution in that case the House of Representatives gets to decide.

President Obama - you'll need to get used to it cons.

lol

Posted by: CynthiaD | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

As to the remark:

"The Senate Banking Committee said yesterday they don't want the presidential candidates in DC. Neither of them is on the committee, and they'd prefer to be left out at this time to finish the work with Paulson and Bernanke."

So stay away and campaign, guys.

A Palin/Biden VP campaign sounds perfect. Let's see... I bet Biden will jump on it, but Palin? Ha Ha Ha.

Forget it folks, there will be NO debate.

Posted by: Dan Rains | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

You coat-tail riding libs need to give
J S McCain a break. Cancelling 1 debate
to do HIS JOB is the right thing to do.
He asked B H Obama to join him in a dozen
town hall meetings where no-hype questions
could be asked by average americans and
B H Obama ran and hid.
Enough said.

Posted by: mcnotob | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

I just figured it out. McCain isn't into all this technology stuff. He still thinks you have to send a letter by pony express to communicate back and forth with Washington.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

I WANT TO SEE THE DEBATE ON FRIDAY. I ALREADY GOT MY POP-CORN, MY SODA, AND A FEW FRIENDS COMING OVER.

SOMEBODY PLEASE MAKE JOHN MCCAIN HAVE HIS ARSE IN MISSISSIPPI ON FRIDAY.

Posted by: Trinity | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

From the Chancellor's Office, University of Mississippi:

"The University of Mississippi is going forward with the preparation for the debate. We are ready to host the debate, and we expect the debate to occur as planned.

"At present, the University has received no notification of any change in the timing or venue of the debate.

"We have been notified by the Commission on Presidential Debates that we are proceeding as scheduled.

"We will keep you posted as information becomes available."

Posted by: Anon | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

II am really surprised at some of the comments. I do think McCain wants to stop the debate because he wants to strengthen his economic issues. But to say this mess is the blame of democrats is someone not doing all their homework. McCain is not for regulations. He has spoke out against them time and time again till this crisis. Now we need to watch what is going on. Where was this concern before? In the beginning of article you will notice it was Obama who called McCain in the first place. The debate needs to go on. It is not like a vote will take place Friday night or sessions then. I wish I could believe McCain but he flip flops policies to fit the times. I don't want 4 more years of Republicans!

Posted by: VIX | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

Obama should make a statement that he can handle both diligently, that he is ready for discussing the details of the bailout process as well as debate. Making a strong case to the US citzens about his vision and why he should be elected is also enormously important.

Posted by: vp | September 24, 2008 4:18 PM

This is an insult to the American people. It is more crucial than ever that we hear from our potential leaders what they think about the current economic crisis, and what they want to do about it. Once again, the American populace is ignored and disrespected by the politicians. We deserve better, plain and simple.

Posted by: SB | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

I HAD ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP! THE REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE A MESS OF OUR PARTY...TOTAL MESS OF OUR COUNTRY, GOVERMENT, POLITICS, ECONOMY, AND ITS PEOPLE....I HOPE OBAMA SAYS NO TO THIS, AND GIVE US " THE AMERICAN PEOPLE" OUR DEBATES....ENOUGH. I'LL BE VOTING FOR SENATOR OBAMA.

Posted by: DessapointedRepublican | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

I read these comments and I no longer need to ask myself how we arrived at the many messes we are in.

Partisanship, cynicism, paranoia and blind hate can only lead to ruin....and we are doomed.

Posted by: James | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

You coat-tail riding libs need to give
J S McCain a break. Cancelling 1 debate
to do HIS JOB is the right thing to do.
He asked B H Obama to join him in a dozen
town hall meetings where no-hype questions
could be asked by average americans and
B H Obama ran and hid.
Enough said.

Posted by: mcnotob | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

readabook,

Because it isn't relevant and it was back in the Illinois senate where it is used when you are there for the vote but when a bill stinks in its presented form but agree with many principles of it. Also it discounts the thousands of vote he did cast which is more important.

I know, the explanation is wasted, but I tried.

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

What a bizarre Hail Mary move. I can't quite figure it out. He would have been much more successful, politically, to propose a campaign suspension until the debate, a guarantee that he will vote one way or the other (not abstain) on the bill and request a change in the debate content to reflect the crisis. This would have made him look like he wanted to both work on the problem and address the nation as to the progress. Obama would have been forced to agree to these conditions and would also have been forced to vote on the bill.

I wonder if he isn't setting the stage for an attempted postponing or cancellation of the VP debate. He clearly cannot participate Friday and then attempt to change the VP debate. We should all be questioning the over-protection of Palin. Is she really so slow on the uptake as to need this cloak of secrecy around her?

This move, however, makes it look like he has joined the protective cloak surrounding Palin. Is he afraid? Do his advisers really think all is lost and that this Hail Mary is his only chance for a bounce under these conditions?

So strange. this is definitely the most bizarre election campaign of my life to date. I thought hanging chad was going to be it but this one has that passed by leaps and bounds.

Posted by: Sean | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

You liberals are sooooooo stupid. No one cares about polls. Obama talks about the economy and yet he wants to have the debates. McCain is temporarily suspending his campaign because the economy is more important than a debate.

Posted by: Ken | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

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Doesn't your argument assume McCain has any power whatsoever to improve the situation with the economy? Since he doesn't, isn't your argument pretty much pointless? I can tell you want to paint McCain as a hero very badly, but it just doesn't hold water.

Posted by: Joe | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

If our economy is "fundamentally sound" like McCain's been saying, then there's nothing to worry about and the debate should go forward. Unless, of course, he's been wrong all along.

No more sexism by McCain!
Free Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

So apparently, McCain no longer thinks the fundamentals of our economy are strong, so now he's "suspending his campaign"?

HAHAHA!!!

Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

You liberals are sooooooo stupid. No one cares about polls. Obama talks about the economy and yet he wants to have the debates. McCain is temporarily suspending his campaign because the economy is more important than a debate. This shows why Obama is not fit to lead. John McCain is showing Presidential leadership while Obama is "studying" for a debate.

Posted by: Ken | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

--------------------
and other bumper stickers......
USA!
USA!
Freedom
Justice
Apple Pie
And otehr bumper stickers.
Country club first.
Spare us your patriotism
Spare us your shortcuts to thinking wrapped in our flag.
Fit to lead means actually having an opinion on the bailout. Something McCain has yet to do. Fit to lead means being able to multi-task, like walking and chewing gum at the same time.
This is why McCain doesnt want to debate..

McCain wants to DELAY the debate on Friday. Why? Because of the economic crisis. You mean the crisis he will NOT comment on? The crisis he will not say one way or the other if he supports the bail out? The crisis his deregulation caused? The crisis that his supply-side economic friends caused? The crisis he is already very familiar with given the Keating five scandal? The crisis that shouldn’t exist because the "economy is fundamentally strong"
The crisis that according to Phil Graham is a figment of our imaginations?

Please by all means cancel the debate. God only knows we cant have a debate AND deal with this crisis. That would be like walking and chewing gum at the same time.

BUT MOST IMPORTANT
Why delay the debate?
Because it distracts us from this....

One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager. Mr. Davis’s firm, Davis & Manafort, had been kept on the payroll because of Mr. Davis’s close ties to Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who by 2006 was widely expected to run again for the White House.

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats, yet are still disadvantaged ... hmmm...make you wonder?

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 4:17 PM

The decision seems like a good one for McCain. He needs a strong position on the rescue package to have a chance of resurrecting his candidacy. Its easy to see why Obama would prefer to continue his campaign without any disruption. But there is a danger to him in that course. It is obvious that the rescue package is a very big deal to the electorate. If he allows McCain the position of appearing more concerned and more central to the outcome, it could wind up costing Obama dearly.

Posted by: dnjake | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

America sees through this cheap political stunt.

McCain is a coward who offers to suspend his campaign simply because he is falling further behind every day and wants to change the subject. The simpleton has nothing of substance to add to the debate in Washington and is merely hiding from Obama, the media, and the American people.

My suggestion for Obama's response: No to suspending the national dialogue on the pressing issues of our economic future. No to calling off the debates. We should change the subject of Friday's debate in Mississippi to the domestic economy rather the original topic of foreign policy.

Posted by: dee | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

You know what, McCain is running scared, in 1999 as commerce chief he deregulated the banking rules,HE DON'T WANT TO BE ASK WHY BY THE DEBATE PANEL,

now

McCain's aid paid by freddie mac $15,000 a month, Rick Davis when McCain said there was no money changing hands. McCain is fleeing to washington for cover !

Posted by: ggrant9170 | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

Upon reflection, nobody in their right mind is going to want a naive left-wing law professor in the White House during a crisis, financial or otherwise. It's a time for a grownup, not a gaseous poseur like the good professor. Let him go back to his navel-gazing, his planet-healing, and his puzzling over exactly who it is he has been waiting for.

Posted by: No way! | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

Anyone who doesn't smell the soiled and putrid hand of Karl Rove in this purely political ploy to cancel the debate should get some smelling salts or nitro pills immediately. You're obviously approaching brain death.

Posted by: Clay | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

Ask yourself this question: if racism and poverty ended today, what political party would be destroyed?

The answer is the democrat/socialist party that depends on the fear of racism and poverty in order to maintain control over their slaves.

A true conservative believes in the ultimate minority, the minority of the individual.

A vote for Obama is a vote for racism, poverty, slavery, and death.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

Oh well, that was the last straw McCain. Don't worry, I'm still not going to vote for Obama, but now I just as surely will not vote for you.

Posted by: craph | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

THIS BAILOUT SITUATION HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR ALMOST A WEEK. SO ARE WE SUPPOSE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR MCCAIN/PALIN TO ATTEND UN MEETINGS THAN TO ADDRESS THE BAILOUT SITUATION. IF THIS IS SUCH A CRITICAL MOMENT WHY WAIT UNTIL NOW. MCCAIN IS UNPREPARED AND THIS IS JUST A PLOT TO SKIP THE DEBATES. ARE WE TO SKIP THE ELECTION ALSO, IF MCCAIN FINDS ANOTHER ISSUE ON NOV 3RD

Posted by: April | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

McCain made a smart move:
break the momentum Obama is enjoying in the polls.

This will get him a few points. I applaud him for this move at the perfect time,
if he didn't do it, he'd be losing even more points in the polls.

Posted by: Serge Birbrair | September 24, 2008 3:55 PM
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Sorry but this move my McChicken will do nothing to help his points in the polls. They are going to go way down now.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:16 PM

Hey BruceMcDougall,

Obama issued a statement right after McCain. Allow me clue you in! Obama is ready to debate. Obama can work and take one evening to debate McCain! Imagine that! Hard to believe? A president that can deal with a crisis and be true to the people of this country. In just 8 years, you forgot that was possible.

Posted by: Andrea | September 24, 2008 4:15 PM

We have one President at a time. Bush is the one who has to take care of the economy crisis.

All plans should continue. Postponding one debate will also affect the other debates, and time is not in our side.

All in all the problem did not start today. If McCain was serious he could acted immediately when the problem started.

Putting a country in an halt is making every citizen feel paralysed.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:15 PM

I'm thinking about a chicken sandwich, some cheese, and lettuce and tomato to round out the average diet.

AS for Senator McCain ~ you're not even a chicken. You are a wimp.

What an ignorant idea: The economy is in trouble, and I am running for president against someone who is smarter than me. I should run. Run, Johnny, Run.

See Ya~!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:15 PM

Our savior is a C+ Polysci Columbia student who never published a legal article in his life despite all the time he spent pretending to be a lawyer? The guy is a cardboard cutout. Voting for him is like voting in the Bud bowl at halftime of the Superbowl.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 4:15 PM

As a Hillary supporter, I think John McCain did the right thing in putting his country first.
It's what Hillary would have done.
McCain issued his challenge a long time ago.
Why is it taking so long for Obama to make the same patriotic gesture?
He should be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: Alice P. | September 24, 2008 4:15 PM

Just another GOP trick. Desperate people will do desperate things. The Republican party cares about winning. The GOP Bus says Victory! Not Country First. Not A Change we can Believe In! They will do anything and say anything to keep power in the White House.

I don't see them changing their stripes. John McCain is losing his creditbility even among some of his voters. The Economy is not his strong point and he has to suspend campaigning and the delay the debate to concentrate on it?

It doesn't say Country First, it say GOP winning first! Don't be fooled people. Especailly you Hillary voters who still cannot get over her not getting the nomination. You are so not getting over it so much that you are supporting a person who in no way shares the Democratic point of view. And Sarah Palin is just a trick to pull you in and you fell for it.

This man is gambling, rolling the dice at whatever idea sound good. Somebody convince him to put the pitbull with lipstick on his ticket. Well that tricked worked for a minute.

But now they are keeping Sarah Palin under raps. Everyday goes by, the American people find out more and more about her. What we are hearing is not good. Even Laura Bush said her foreign policy was weak. She also said she was a quick study. I'm sorry we don't have time for someone to be a quick study. Meeting foreign leaders in the UN is crash course but not what we need for someone who God forbid if McCain wins may end up running the country. But people give no thought to that.

Again, people need to look at the issues. They need to ignore the color of someone skin and see who really has Americas interest at heart. I think if the Democratic nominee weren't an African American McCain would be further behind in the polls than he is. Because the Republican party is not popular with America thanks to President Bush. Those that vote GOP are the old party faithful that will blindly go for anything the GOP puts out. Why else would 8/10 people are their convention think that President Bush has done a good job? You must be among the 30% of America that approves of him.

Many Americans just are not ready . They are willing to risk our country to do have 4 more year of the same when we clearly need a change.

I'm sorry Republicans you all have had 8 yrs to get it right. Electing someone who votes with Bush more than 90% of time is not it.

We need a change. Obama may not have the experience. He has the intelligence to do it. If he didn't he would not be putting his reputation on the line and putting his wife and family in the spotlight.

People with experience have been running Washington for years including McCain. He has had over 25 years in Washington to get it right. Yet he asks the American people for 4 more years to fix what is wrong with America when he had a chance to fix before all of this started.

Now he wants to delay things, now he wants to delay the debate. I personally think the GOP is using this as an excuse to regroup and launch an attack. Do you notice this comes on the tail of the controversial Washington Post/ABC news poll that shows Obama ahead?

Obama stay on your guard!

The GOP and McCain is not giving up the White House without a fight.

Lord knows this country cannot survive 4 more years of them.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | September 24, 2008 4:14 PM

Who Got Next?

The people of Oxford have been preparing this for months at a cost of $8M

Given these days of air travel, instant communication and the needs of the electorate to choose the next leader - there is not a single good reason to cancel the debate.

If McCain doesn't want to attend the event - Send Palin to Oxford MS.

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 4:14 PM

As a former Richardson supporter, I respect John McCain for suspending his campaign for a few days until the peoples business is finished.
It is becoming more and more apparent who the politician is and who the leader is in this campaign.
Obama is 100 percent politician. He and Biden criticized Palin for the Bridge to Nowhere, when they had the power thru their Senate votes to kil it and they did not. I am finished with Obama. I flirted, i dated, I am breaking up. He is a joke.

Posted by: Democrat in Penn. | September 24, 2008 4:14 PM

WHAT A CHICKEN SH!T MOVE.


NEXT, HE'LL GET A NOTE FROM HIS MOMMMY AND STAY HOME SICK FROM THE DEBATE

AZZHOLE!

Posted by: Tom Renda | September 24, 2008 4:14 PM

McCain's campaign controllers have rolled the dice and it is a near Machiavellian game. They so callously tout McCain's superior credentials as a pragmatic statesman over Obama, run to join Republican Robber Barons to get a rushed bill through and pretend that there is just no ability to attend to Congressional work and campaign at the same time? Johnny Boy...hang it up! The BailOut is a SellOut of the American middle class and your running from a debate with a more capable leader is laughably sophomoric and incompetent. You are disgusting and Pallin needs to go back to Alaska and face court charges honestly; so does her dude husband. It is time to end both Republican and Wall Street rule. Screw the bailout.

Posted by: Chris Barrett | September 24, 2008 4:14 PM

Thanks Johnny Buzzkill! My portfolio was in positive territory on the day until you pulled this cute little stunt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:14 PM

If anybody thinks this is a smart move-they are likely part of the 53.8 million dumb voters that got us Bush the dunce!

McCain knows that he cannot stand toe-to-toe with Obama in a real debate on the "real" issues, so he is off to Washington to pretend to work as he has done for the last twenty odd years.

McCain needs to leave the problem solving to the young boys!

Posted by: GIP | September 24, 2008 4:14 PM

You liberals are sooooooo stupid. No one cares about polls. Posted by: Ken | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM
===========================
SURE you are KEN...?
Did you just wake up?

ISA

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

McCain and Bush have selfishly promoted corporate thuggery... and suddenly when it all comes crashing down, McCain claims he's not for large business - no... he's for the American worker... a middle class kinda guy. Talk about a flip-floper! ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED - ANYTHING!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

Today, Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain demonstrated real leadership in announcing the temporary suspension of his Presidential campaign to return to Washington D.C. to work toward a bipartisan solution to the nation's economnic problems. It's the right thing to do.

Sen. McCain looks like a President today.

What say you Sen. Obama to Sen. McCain's calls for you to do the same?

Sen. McCain, once again, puts his country first and politics second.

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Posted by: L | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

MCCAIN IS SUFFERING FROM FATIGUE. THE PRESSURE OF THE CAMPAIGN IS GETTING INTO HIM! THE 72 YEARS OLD MAN IS WORRIED ABOUT HIS HEART!

I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED THAT HE WILL BE TAKEN TO HAWAI TO RECUPERATE TO KEEP HIS HEART PUMPING FOR ANOTHER DAY.

ISNT IT IME FOR THIS OLD MAN TO RETIRE GRACEFULLY AND LET THE JOB OF A PRESIDENT TO A MORE COMMITTED DYNAMIC YOUNG COMPUTER LITERATE WHO IS WILLING TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS BEFORE IT WILL EROSE ANY FURTHER.

Posted by: IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

Why is it that the majority of ignorant and narrow minded people in this country always seem to support democrats? Plenty of dems on these pages and your comments are hateful and pathetic. Everyone know that Bush screwed things up, but where was your democratic Congress with the witch Pellosi at helm for the last two years? Trying to get approval rating over 20%? Before writing your hatred, you may want to tray to take an IQ test and see how many points you owe!!!

Posted by: fedupwithdems | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

why don't people who criticize obama for voting 'present' go google up why one votes 'present' in the illinois legislature? It is often done as a means of signaling disapproval of a bill you would support - ordinarily because someone has attached something objectionable to it. Oftentimes it is done by the sponsor of a bill to object to attachments and riders gumming up an otherwise good bill. Most legislatures don't permit 'present' votes, but illinois does - and there's nothing wrong with it.

Posted by: readabook | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

I wonder if Palin reads any of the blogs. Poor girl gets blasted on a daily basis. I would drop out if I was the laughing stock of the country. I don't feel any sympathy though, she is lying cheating nimrod who is in way over her head.

Posted by: Ryan | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

Brilliant move on McCain's part. Died in the wool liberals will say he is just ducking the debate, but those independents who will decide the election will see McCain as the maverick he is and give him numerous brownie points for putting America and the economy first and the election second. Just watch the polls. Very smart move indeed!

Posted by: Paul | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM


Mc Cain gets it!!!!

Keep on leading Senator!

Posted by: Paul | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

McCain hasn't voted in the senate since April, why so important now?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

infuse,

I like your idea! It would lead to a more intelligent and meaningful debate!

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM

Another cowardly political stunt by McCain. He's got nothing left. A week ago he was saying that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong." Today he suddenly needs to rush back to Washington to save the economy, and his VP running mate is yakking about averting another Great Depression. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so sickening.

Posted by: JLE | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

In the face of adversity... Hide.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Panic on Wall Street and Washington. Now panic by McCain.

His drop in the polls, the fading of Palin, and now McCain has a sense of urgency?

How about McCain suspend his campaign for good and concede defeat to Obama?

It's only a matter of time.

Posted by: dylan | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

he's ill-prepared and knows that barack obama will make him look like the tired, old man that he is.

let the massacre begin!

Posted by: glen | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

McStupid the coward is on sleuth again. Afterall the preparation we did awaiting this debate he got the nerve to ask for postponement. And leave us hanging high and dry. What a freaking stud.

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Emily wrote:: John McCain, trailing by 9 points in national polls, has announced that he is "suspending" his campaign.

Actually Emily, it is one poll (ABC News / Washington Post poll) which is so slanted in one direction that has McCain down by 9. Most other polls have it 48-46 Obama (average).

Fact. McCain will win 2/3 to 3/4 of the independent and undecided vote. This election is going to be a horse race.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Will these people ever quit playing politics with our lives? I don't believe for a minute that the 2008 version of John McCain is "putting country first" by suspending his campaign to work on the economic crisis. He is putting his own a** first. McCain is tanking in the polls, so he thinks he can put Obama back on the defensive with this move. As my son says -- this is complete bull****

Posted by: lennie | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

Here is a thought, postpone the debate and have Palin give her first news conference instead,

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM

With 11 states already doing early voting, we need this debate on Friday. That's exactly why McSame wants it postponed. They're hoping the sheeple will fall for Queen Sarah and him with no questions asked. This is plain stupid. Why would someone who admittedly has no knowledge of economics be a help to this process? Give me a break!

The debates should go forward as planned. However, if McSame would prefer, why not hold them in DC and allow both candidates to attend whatever meetings they'd like.

Posted by: capone1 | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

What a crock and a cheap political ploy! Where was McCain the past 26 years when he was championing deregulation which created this mess?

What could he possibly add which would be relevant to the negotiations.

LET THE DEBATES CONTINUE!

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

McCain is getting crushed in the latest polls, and doesn't trust his VP to have an actual interview with the media other than staged sit-downs with Charles Gibson of Dem Primary debate ignominy and moron hack Sean Hannity. It's not surprising that McCain wants to suspend a campaign that is going down in flames. I guess he never learned to multi-task?

Posted by: edsbowlingshoe | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

McCain's request is a gimmick. If Obama had made this request the Republicans would say he is ducking the issues, but if McCain does it it is Presidential. I thought that a president should multitask, so I guess that McCain cannot deal with more than one crisis at a time.
Obama should not blink. This is to defuse the polls and to regain a lead.
Obama do not blink, the country must go on. Everything is politics., Everything!

Posted by: PAC | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

Free Sarah Palin!

Let Biden-Palin debate on Friday night!

No McChicken sandwich for me, thanks.

Posted by: BigRoy | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

You liberals are sooooooo stupid. No one cares about polls. Obama talks about the economy and yet he wants to have the debates. McCain is temporarily suspending his campaign because the economy is more important than a debate. This shows why Obama is not fit to lead. John McCain is showing Presidential leadership while Obama is "studying" for a debate.

Posted by: Ken | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

Obama should put a cardboard image of McCain on the stage and go forward. This is nothing more than a desperation stall by McCain. He has no clue about how the economy works. He has no clue about what to do to fix it.

Even George Will and the Wall Street Journal noted the recklessness McCain showed when he said he would fire SEC Chairman Cox--without noting a single offense Cox has committed to draw McCain's displeasure. McCain wants to delay debating economic policies forever if he can.

Maybe his internal polls reveal the evidence that his Palin insult has faded fast and recognizes he is falling faster than a rocket leaving orbit altitude. Good riddance.

Posted by: infuse | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

And what would he do as President suspend the Iraq War and all other responsibilities to focus on this issue? Obviously he cannot multitask...

...Well actually it is obvious he is a coward.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 4:11 PM

I'm not sure a guy who said he didn't know much about economic matters would be that helpful...maybe to get coffee.

Posted by: Tim | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

If John McCain debates, it helps Obama. If he pulls a stunt to get out of debating, that helps Obama. What is left to try?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM


McCane is panicking.

Ok. He said he called Obama and Bushism + Congress to tell them that he wants to postpone the debate and return to Washington for the bailout bill.

Why the hell he did not wait for Obama's response until he made his announcement.

Is this the way you act Diplomatically.
Or.
This is just a political ploy.

Posted by: Omidal | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Gee, so he doesn't want to debate about the country's problems?

So we have no idea what he would do?

So we just have to vote for him because it's what he wants us to do?

Isn't that just what Secretary Paulson proposed with the bailout?

Good plan.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

McCain...biggest coward on the planet.

Posted by: playa | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

All of a sudden our "fundamentally sound" economy is front and center, huh. Funny how this timing coincides with today's Washington Post/ABC poll.

I just can't respect this man...this is pure political games at its worst. Please America, can't you see through this man? First Sarah Palin (a blatant and pathethic attempt to solicit the white female vote) and now this?! People are truly hurting right now and we need to hear what EACH candidate plans to actually do about it if we entrust them with our vote!

Posted by: Nick | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

MCCAIN IS SAD, PITIFUL AND PATHETIC !
He's scared and he knows he can't stand the debate heat. I, for one, would like to see them debate in Washington, DC....
ON FRIDAY NIGHT...ON THE ECONOMY !!!!!
It's time the country heard what these men have to say...NO EXCUSES....

John McCain...when ANY excuse will do.

Posted by: TJ IN LA | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

jt: Actually if you did a little research you would find out that mortgages aren't the only culprit in this mess. Those securities in question causing all this also have credit card and auto loans written into them.

So you should do a little research and stop your finger pointing. This is the result of ALL political parties being asleep of directly involved. You ignoring the deregulation drive by GOP lawmakers is absurd.

Posted by: Chuckles | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

ANYONE WHO CAN'T SEE THIS IS A PATHETIC PLOY TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS, IE, DISINGENUOUS, IS A FOOL.

PATHETIC!

Posted by: PATHETIC Ploy | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Polls are too close to call in this election. Without the monolithic support of the David Axelrod Puppet's dead-weight-on-the-economy constituency, McCain would be far out ahead. And if it weren't for Democrat mortgage deadbeats there would be no subprime mess.

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Herbert Hoover would be proud of G.Dubya and his Republican party for allowing the middle class to wallow and struggle while his corporate-fascist party allows big business to rape the government and steal from the people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

So you go to the debate and get your economic message to the public then. We don't care to be left in the dark by the GOP any longer.

Let the debates begin!

Posted by: Another Dem | September 24, 2008 4:09 PM

Obama should call McCain on this ridiculous stunt. Obama should be clear that the American people deserve to hear them debate and hear them this Friday. (Among other reasons for the need to debate now rather than later is early voting.) At the same time, Obama can suggest that they move the debate to Washington D.C. and, given the financial meltdown, change the topic to the economy. (Back at ya McCain!)

Posted by: FiftySomething | September 24, 2008 4:09 PM

Another one of McCain and Rowe tricks to give him more time. That look on John's face is not because he care but because old people get those from aging. He has more cronies on the payroll of thses failing comapnies then a high school band.
He has 26 years to work on the problem so hop on Cindy's plane, pick up Obama go to the discussing back to the debate and return again on the same plane. The taxpayer might know it yet but we are paying for the fuel anyway.

Posted by: floridaihamp | September 24, 2008 4:09 PM

The GOP and Bush Admin have know about this need for a bailout for weeks. Now all of a sudden right before the election they are in a hurry and want to dodge a debate? This is another trick play from the smear campaign of John McCain. Senator "I want 10 town hall meetings" McPalin is suddenly "choking".
Keep the debate on schedule and discuss the economy.

Posted by: Dan | September 24, 2008 4:09 PM

McCain is desperate. This smacks of political opportunism and showboating in all the wrong ways. If he was serious about this, he would have suspended his campaign days ago to make sure tomorrow's deadline is met.

McCain has pulled this straight out of the Bush playbook for starting the war in Iraq, and passing the Patriot Act before that. This is disgusting, vile, naked political ambition contrary to patriotic ideals. Bush's men, and McCain's actions today are nothing short of treason. A week ago there was no economic crisis according to them. Now there is, and it needs to be handled their way, right now, or America is doomed. That is tripe, and we Americans know it. Bush and McCain = Traitors to America.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 24, 2008 4:09 PM

This just shows that McSame cannot do two things at once. The pressure is getting to hot for him and the poll numbers are showing it. The lies are starting to catch up with him and he has no answers. We all know how much of an economic leader that he is, not! These are the games that socialist-republicans play to take the pressure off them when they are in the wrong.

Posted by: fallwalleyes | September 24, 2008 4:09 PM

Biden is a sitting senator as well, sounds like Palin is the only one with nothing better to do, if she doesn't mind missing some photo ops.

"Tim said it best:

//

*OK, so let's have a VICE Presidential *debate on Friday instead. Palin's supposed to be able to fill in for McCain if he's unable to serve, right?

OK, let's see some filling in, Sarah!

//

Enough said. Let's bring on the vp nominees~!

I like it!

Posted by: Captain John | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:08 PM

John McCain is also a half-truth teller also.

Obama contacted John McCain at 8:30 am this morning to come up with a joint statement on the financial crisis.

John McCain returned Obama's call at around 2:30 PM.

The two spoke and John McCain suggested that they suspend their campaigns. However, Obama did not AGREE or DISAGREE.

About an our later, John McCain was making announcement that he was suspending is Campaign. He is trying to make him self look like man of Truth and Convictions.

Posted by: Va Democrat | September 24, 2008 4:08 PM

Let's see...Phil Gramm was at the heart of the Enron scandal, McCain was at the heart of the S&L scandals...McCain gets his economic advice from Phil Gramm.

John McCain needs to be escorted immediately off any stage when he starts talking about the economy.

Posted by: Steve-o | September 24, 2008 4:08 PM

People, stop it! All this talk about chicken is giving me a taste for KFC.

Posted by: dcp | September 24, 2008 4:07 PM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-trailing-in-polls-continues.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
McCain, Trailing in Polls, Continues Campaign By "Suspending" It

John McCain, trailing by 9 points in national polls, has announced that he is "suspending" his campaign.

Having lost significant ground to Obama on the issue of the economy, and facing a potentially defining and withering debate on Friday where he would be confronted on his statements on the economy that have led to this sharp decline, McCain has attempted to change the rules of the game, to erase many past errors through a putatively "unpolitical" move--something we have seen before.

A simple question: Under the same economic conditions, if McCain had been leading, does anyone believe that McCain would have "suspended" his campaign?

This is the ultimate in cynicism--using the current conditions in order to attempt to blunt a sharp decline and try to control the media dialogue, through a political act designed to avoid a potential political debacle. He is continuing his campaign--which was leading to loss in all directions--by "suspending" it.

McCain is avoiding the debate in the face of this decline.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-trailing-in-polls-continues.html

Posted by: Emily | September 24, 2008 4:07 PM

jm said it best earlier, and Obama should us this line in his ads: "Will McCain want to postpone the election next?"

Posted by: sj | September 24, 2008 4:07 PM

Cheap political stunt by McCain. His poll numbers are plummeting, and he is desperate to try to seize back the initiative.

Posted by: Terabyte | September 24, 2008 4:07 PM

Shouldn't McCain's Vice-President stand in for him? Isn't that what Vice-Presidents do?

No more sexism by McCain!
Free Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM

Maybe soldier McCain went to and stayed longer at POW camp more willingly than we'll ever know!

Posted by: jefflowephotography.com | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM

This is nothing more than a bad political stunt.

McCain gets to play at being "bipartisan", at a time his campaign is getting pummeled.

And he has yet another excuse to keep Palin hidden away in Cheney's undisclosed location.

Posted by: sok | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM

... extra lipstick with that McChicken sandwich, please!

Posted by: BigRoy | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM

suggestion to Obama: Biden/Palin debate instead on Friday.
suggestion to McCain: grow a pair and chew your bubblegum and keep peddling the big wheel at the same time. you are a senator, not a financial wizard who needs a leave of absence. You can do two things at the same time.

Posted by: AZ Independent | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM

Tim said it best:

//

*OK, so let's have a VICE Presidential *debate on Friday instead. Palin's supposed to be able to fill in for McCain if he's unable to serve, right?

OK, let's see some filling in, Sarah!

//

Enough said. Let's bring on the vp nominees~!

I like it!

Posted by: Captain John | September 24, 2008 4:06 PM

Recent polls showed Obama trouncing McCain on the issue of the economy. This is another slick move by McCain to steal Obama's thunder, just like announcing Sarah Palin the day after Obama's nomination speech. It's very clever and cunning, and I am impressed. It's like the coach calling Time Out when the opposing team's kicker is already in stride to kick the game-winning field goal. John McCain would be legendary as Secretary of Defense.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

The Senate Banking Committee said yesterday they don't want the presidential candidates in DC. Neither of them is on the committee, and they'd prefer to be left out if the presidential campaign at this time to finish the work with Paulson and Bernanke.

Posted by: BAC | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

HA!
Here comes the fail-dozer!

If you can't win within the rules, try to change the game.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

It's now been over an hour since John McCain issued his patriotic challenge to Barrack Obama.

What is Obama waiting for?

How long does it take for his aides to write a speech and get it on a teleprompter?!

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

Oh please. Can McCain be anymore transparent. Can you say Keating Five. Can you say deregulation? Give me a break for crying out loud.

Posted by: murray | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

If MccCain were REALLY putting the country first he would've negotiated this with Democrats or at least given it a serious attempt.

Instead he did it as a PR stunt, in synch with the White House, clearly trying to grab headlines and harm Obama at the same time.

My friends, that's not patriotism we can believe in.

Posted by: Bullsmith | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

If Palin is ready to step us as she claims, let just let her fill in.

Posted by: Janie | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

Looks like McCain is afraid of the debate and facing his financial incompetency, so he is manipulating the issue to his advantage. What is he going to do in Washington about this that is not being done already? If anything, he is the last person needed to 'help' resolve this issue. As far as priorities, he should take his place in the debate, but then again, he WILL get hammered on how he thinks that the principles of our economy are strong!

Posted by: LMR | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

Once again john McCain is doing the right thing for his country.
Obama will have to accept his challenge.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

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Yeah, this is exactly the message his campaign wants people to repeat. It is, of course, a load of garbage, but you repeat it anyway.

What difference will McCain make in all of this? He's got no economic chops. The only thing he has to contribute is his one vote. Granted, he should be there to provide it and show bipartisan support, but to make this out as some kind of herculean effort by McCain to save the country from despair is utterly ridiculous.

Posted by: Joe | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

The debate should go on. What is it? McCain is not prepared.

Posted by: duh58 | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

WOW I am glad the public is not sp stupid to believe that Mr. Mccain wants to suspend his campaign and postpone the debate because he cares so much for the country, he has shown that to be a lie by his pick Sarah Palin. I wonder out loud if he was ahead in the polls would he suspend his campaign. I hope this stunt, let people see this man for what he is.I HOPE HE DROP HIS CAMPAIGN ALTOGETHER.

Posted by: Belinda Jackson | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

Once again, John McCain does the right thing!

Posted by: Juan | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

As a former McCain backer, this resent stunt by McCain just shows how devious and untrustworthy the man is. His campaign ads are full of distortions and lies. He has proven to me that he will do and say anything to get elected as president.

The good news is that he is self destructing on his own through his words and actions. It is becoming very clear that he is nothing more than a slippery lying politician.

I'm not thrilled about Obama either, but McCain is making him look like a saint.

Suspend his campaign for the "good of the country?" If you people really believe that, you are the same people that voted for Bush TWICE.

Posted by: Johnson | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

Well, Sarah has time to go gallavanting around meeting foreign heads of state, but can't talk to the press. Why should McCain debate? Right, let's cut the American public completely out of the loop. Shameful.

Posted by: Jackie | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

Regardless of what he does from this point, he's still a proponent of deregulation, as he has been for the last 26 years.

WE AMERICANS ARE NOT THAT STUPID JOHNNY BOY.

Posted by: McCant Deregulator | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

Every time something has come up during this presidential campaign, McCain has given specific steps and reasons for his actions while Obama talks in generalities about what should be done with no clear definition of how to do it.

Posted by: Doug
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Riiiiiiiiight...cause calling for panels, committees, and the firing of someone you can't fire is so specific.

Posted by: I think Doug needs a nap... | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

Obama should put a cardboard image of McCain on the stage and go forward. This is nothing more than a desperation stall by McCain. He has no clue about how the economy works. He has no clue about what to do to fix it.

Even George Will and the Wall Street Journal noted the recklessness McCain showed when he said he would fire SEC Chairman Cox--without noting a single offense Cox has committed to draw McCain's displeasure. McCain wants to delay debating economic policies forever if he can.

Maybe his internal polls reveal the evidence that his Palin insult has faded fast and recognizes he is falling faster than a rocket leaving orbit altitude. Good riddance.

Posted by: infuse | September 24, 2008 4:04 PM

I think it is phenomenal that McCain is putting "country first" ... this is real change we can believe in!
.... and all you obamacons who think he is afraid to debate Obama on foreign policy ... get real!!

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

Thank you, Sen. McCain, for your selfless service. You are a hero and an inspiration.

Posted by: Country First! | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

PUBLIC IS GETTING WISE TO THE PAULSON SCHEME TO :"STICK UP" the American taxpayer, so tonight , bush is yelling FIRE FIRE FIRE!!!!! PURE UNADULTERATED MANIPULATION!!! THE ARMED ROBBERS ARE SCARED!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

McCain needs to DEFER his NAPTIME and speak to the people!

Hey John! A Commander-in-Chief needs to MULTI-TASK!

The rest of America has to juggle priorities, miss a few zzzzs, and make a few sacrifices all the time, so man up and hop to, "my friend"!

Posted by: Lee | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

If McCain had any decencency, and wanted this stunt to be non-political, he would have discussed it with Obama first, and abided by whatever decision was reached. By throwing it out to the media, he has made this nothing more than a political ploy, since he is getting his butt handed to him by the polls. Maybe he could have Palin stand in for him? It is on foreign affairs, and she has seen Russia!

Posted by: Mike from the D | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

The current economic crisis came about because of the de-regulation of banks.
Banks had been required to obsere the regulatory rules of the New Deal up into the 1990's.

It was in the 1990's that a Democrat, Bill Clinton, signed the bill that de-regulated the banks.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

Well, Obama didn't take the bait. The debate goes on as scheduled.

The presidential debates will have a freewheeling format, so I'm sure there will be a discussion about this issue at some point.

Posted by: John M. | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

.

. . . WHAT MCCAIN ASK FOR . . .

Suspend the bickering for FOR THE TIME BEING, and join hands to solve a major problem affecting everyone.

Is this too difficult for you Obama supporters to understand?

.

Posted by: Billw | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

A week ago, Mr. McCain, you said that the fundamentals of the economy were strong----and now if you and Senator Obama take an hour and a half to debate---we'll be in a depression by monday? Change the focus of the debate to economics and the current crisis. Do the next debate on foreign policy.
The American people understand that you are the one being political here. Stop putting yourself and your campaign ahead of our country. Now more than ever the American people need to know where you and Senator Obama stand. Debate!!! And suspending your campaign, by the way, is a cheap gimmick.

Posted by: sueb | September 24, 2008 4:03 PM

AND, from here on out: It's John and Sarah v. Barack and Joe.

Who would you want to look after the cookie jar. It's obvious.

But let's make it personal - since the McCain campaign already has. It's first names only.

That is a game changer.

Posted by: Captain John | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM


McCane is panicking.

Posted by: Omidal | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

I hope nobody falls for this desperate publicity stunt. He knows he would not have fared well in the debates. Typical GOP - when things go badly for you, just avoid the press.

Go big or go home; looks like Johnny is going home. Let's hope he takes trickle-down economics with him.

Posted by: JR | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

How about Palin debating Obama instead? She's supposed to be ready to fill in for Granpa Simpson when he croaks. Let's see how ready she is for this.

Posted by: Roy | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

Let me get this straight: Bernanke and Paulson want us to believe there's a crisis simply because they SAY there's a crisis?

These guys have every reason to lie and Bush tonight will have every reason to lie to the American people. The Bush administration has run the biggest con game on America for eight and now it's all unraveling.

Posted by: Skeptical Observer | September 24, 2008 3:54 PM

The biggest liars are the Democrats as this problem started under Clinton in 1995. Try googling 'Community Reinvestment Act' and educate yourself.

The 'crisis' being referred to is the world markets. They need to act soon before the world markets begin to crash. Our economy is about $14 trillion dollars. The Dems, with this plan, are trying to take about a trillion dollars (of your money - mine too) out of it. That is stealing. Bush has been trying to rework the CRA and reform the financial system since 2003 (look it up) but has been blocked at every attempt by the Dems.

The Dems have trashed the financial system in this country and are now trying to nationalize it. That's the scary part.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

I am sick of both McCain and Obama. I am not voting for either of these idiots. I will write in the name of Moses from the Bible. McCain and Obama both are liars and will not do the will of the people. Both will give 20 million illegal aliens amnesty and citizenship. Both black and white citizens in this country will be finished, because Central/South Americans-Mexicans/Dominicans/Cubans have out numbered black citizens and they will out number white citizens by 2042. What a mess this country is in with too many foreigners.

Posted by: Disgusted Democrat | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

How come John McCains campaign is always putting things on hold.

Has anybody seen SARA PALIN,or is she still on hold too?

Posted by: Lisa | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

This crisis was started by the Democrats in 1995 under Clinton and now they're trying to blame any and all Republicans. The Community reinvestment Act FORCED banks and lenders to give loans to people who couldn't afford them in the first place.

Bush shares some of this blame but let's be honest. The US economy is around 14 trillion dollars and they're trying to take a trillion dollars(of your money!) of it out of the economy. That is stealing.

This is being directed by the Dems who have for years blocked any attempt by the Republicans to reform and fix this problem. They (the Dems) have trashed this system and now want to nationalize it. This is the scary part.

Just wait till they get around to bailing out Social Security and Medicare.

Posted by: LeeHInAlexandria | September 24, 2008 3:51 PM

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Ummmm SORRY

In 1999, former Senator Phil Gramm set out to completely gut the Glass-Steagall Act, and did so successfully, replacing most of its components with the new Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: allowing commercial banks, investment banks, and insurers to merge (which would have violated antitrust laws under Glass-Steagall). Sen. Gramm was the driving force behind the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, as he had received over $4.6 million from the FIRE sector (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate donations) over the previous decade, and once the Act passed, an influx of "megamergers" took place among banks and insurance and securities companies, as if they had been eagerly awaiting the passage of Gramm's Act.

Add to this the GOP supply side economics platform and you have the current disaster. Blaming the dems for this is not only ignorant its downright stupid.
DEREGULATION is the GOP party platform.

As for your "nationalizing" statement...
Oh i get it. Privitize the profits and socialize the losses. Guess what that sounds like?
Supply-side economics

Do me a favor. Show ME ANY source, any bill, anything at all to bolster your case that the Dems are responsible for the current crisis.
Guess being in power for 8 years has had no impact?

Posted by: feastorafamine | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

Dear Anonymous:

I am all for this proposal. I would even go one step further and let Palin debate Obama, LOL.

I got all the confidence in the world and oh yes, I sign MY name to my comments.

-Tim

*OK, so let's have a VICE Presidential *debate on Friday instead.

*Palin's supposed to be able to fill in *for McCain if he's unable to serve, right?

*OK, let's see some filling in, Sarah!

Posted by: Tim Singleton | September 24, 2008 4:02 PM

What a remarkably cynical ploy. The economy isn't McCain's strong suit. He's slipping in the polls. So what better way to try to salvage some semblance of the bi-partisanship he was once known for and try to neutralize the economically-based slips in the polls?

Smart politics. Doesn't make it any less obvious though.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

He had BETTER NOT fall for this trickery. Of course he doesn't want to debate given that he and his party members has put the country in such a sad state. There is nothing McCain is going to do in Washington.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

While you observe McCain's cowardice and naked political maneuvering here, recall that McCain is in constant communication with Washington and that McCain can even vote from where he is now.

Hence, there is absolutely no need to be in Washington. And if there is, McCain has a private jet and a limo that can get him where he needs to be in an hour or so.

McCain is just afraid to debate Obama. There is nothing to it beyond this.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

John McCain needs to go back to Washington as he is needed there to deal with Bush.
Obama doesn't need to suspend his campaign
because he can just send back his usual
"not present and not voting".

Posted by: anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

McSame is skerd. :) What a cop out. He basically quitting because he sees the poll numbers. Then he tries to get Obama to be just as stupid. hahahahaha!!

McShame is trying to quit!! What a punk. I can see if he were some expert on economics but, this idiot doesn't have a clue about the economy so why does he think he's the one to save it All By Himiself. Delusional...cop out. This should...should clinch it for Obama. But,..Republicans are so extreme and stubborn who knows.

Get out and vote folks.

McShame is sced!!! I hope Obama doesn't follow suit.

Posted by: Kenno | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

Doesn't any Pro-McCain person wonder WHY it took this freakin moron this long to make the decision...ummmm, ironically right BEFORE THE DEBATE? Anyone with a half a brain could figure out it's a stall tactic....slow people need more time to get ready for a debate...maybe the GUILTY PARTY is finally feeling GUILTY!!!

Posted by: Sonia | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

I'm sure ads are being prepared by the McCain campaign as I type this that will accuse Obama of trying to win an election over saving his country. The Obama campaign has all the momentum and what better way to let the dust settle than to rally a cry to tend to the needs of the country! How American! How patriotic! How Rovian!

Posted by: Jim | September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

McIdiot has no problem appearing on Letterman and doing his stupid old man jokes, but a critical debate....the chicken's nowhere to be found. That's what McCain thinks about the presidential election....a big fat joke.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

Let's be real here, McCain is sinking like the Titanic mired in this horrendous republican administration bailout proposal to give away $700 billion to corporate WALL STREET's Man in Washington now with absolutely no strings and NO BENEFITS FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS OR THOSE FACING FORECLOSURE RIGHT NOW OR IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND NO RETURNS ON OUR $700 BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT that no one can say for any certainty will work at all. Nothing McCain is going to do in DC warrants him shutting down his campaign because his people are already dealing with it, he just needed an excuse to slow down the uproar over this matter and hopefully get it over with as quickly AS POSSIBLE so that he can continue his campaign without this looming over his campaign and him having to face ANGRY, OUTRAGED CITIZENS EVERYWHERE HE GOES ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

Posted by: hotezzy | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

McCain is a beeyatch.

Posted by: V | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

McSames campaign mgr. got $2 million dufas.

Posted by: RICK | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

DEBATE!!!!

Wall Street, Banking Firms, Lenders, The Fed, no cost loan takers, and all those that have been stealing from honest Americans over the past 30 years are responsible. Their collective greed has brought this upon the economic markets.
Lets start with Reagan and move forward. Calls for deregulation in all forms have Failed. Please refer to CA energy crisis (deregulation my a-s!)

DEBATE!!!

Lest we forget that McCain of the 80s was so honest in his work in the Keating Five. maybe that contributed to our current crisis.

DEBATE!!!

Keep Democracy Alive.... DEBATE!!!

Posted by: Cashous | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

nice try mccain, but it won't work. we all know your numbers are down (according to the polls)and want to buy time. you'd better go and buy something else like wall street stuff, the ones you helped deregulate.

Posted by: frank rivas | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

Is it just me, or does anyone else see this as grandstanding by a cynical politician whose campaign is suddenly floundering?

Posted by: Chris | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

Who does McCain think he is kidding? Steve Schmidt has him running for cover.....right next to Sarah Palin.
McCain is a coward. Schmidt knows he needs to get his puppets off the campaign stage before either of them say something not scripted.

Posted by: JMFulton, Jr. | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM

and just how helpful is mccain going to be in this mess? somebody other than www.straightrecord.com ought to take a good look at just how mccain has handled these things in the past and what his role has been in previous meltdowns. not a pretty sight.

Posted by: jumpingelephant | September 24, 2008 3:59 PM

WIMP. W - I - M - P.

He's to scared to be stupid. Or is he?

He's in over his head, and Governor Moose is not ready for 'prom time.' Say Goodnight Gracie.

HOLD THE DEBATES, AND FOCUS ON THE ECONOMY JOHN.

Otherwise you are just a WIMP.

Posted by: Captain John | September 24, 2008 3:59 PM

McCain's worship of free market deregulation and privatization made this mess, he ought to help clean it up.

Posted by: espresso | September 24, 2008 3:59 PM

DEBATE!!! Face the nation you claim you can lead.

Posted by: Andrea | September 24, 2008 3:59 PM

Psyche! David Axelrod Puppet is cramming for an exam in a subject where he's really weak, and two days before, McCain postpones the test. All that info in the Puppets tiny short term memory will go Phut!

Posted by: greg3 | September 24, 2008 3:59 PM

What a letdown. When read the headline, I thought it was about McCain abandoning his runfor the presidency. I can dream can't I?

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeof | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

Once again john McCain is doing the right thing for his country.
Obama will have to accept his challenge.

Obama could keep making speeches on the campaign trail-it's what he does best.

If he accepted McCain's challenge and went back to Washington he'd probably just vote-
"present" again.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

I guess it's going to be hard for Obama to even vote "not present" on this one.

This is serious and they are both U.S. Senators and should be in Washington for this crises.

Posted by: tengam | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

Why does McCain suddenly want to start legislating? He has missed two-thirds of the Senate votes during the past two years, far more than anyone else, even the SD senator who had a brain hemorrhage.

The straight shooter McCain should call this what it is, a desperate attempt to boost his rapidly sagging poll numbers.

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

Aren't people "early voting" in some states? They'd better start having some debates, and sooner rather than later. Our next President will have to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Posted by: Master Debater | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

Earlier this morning I noted that Moose-Lady was losing her shock value and Obama was gaining momentum. I wondered what kind of circus act McCain would pull to to get the focus back on himself.

I thought he might announce that he would appoint Britney Spears as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

But instead, he ducks the debates.

I knew it was coming, but I just didn't know how it was coming.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

LOL @Neil Bush

"This crisis was started by the Democrats in 1995 under Clinton and now they're trying to blame any and all Republicans. The Community reinvestment Act FORCED banks and lenders to give loans to people who couldn't afford them in the first place."

...The Community reinvestment Act was put before Clinton as veto proof. He had little choice but to pass it as he wanted to get bipartisan agreement to kill the deficit spending.

Bush wanted to privatize social security just like everyone's declining 401Ks are. Putting everyone out of their hard earned money - or do you forget that we pay into it every paycheck?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

Good for Obama - call McCain to issue a joint statement that other people, i.e. Congress and the White House, to work together in a bipartisan manner! Wow! Obama - what an idea! He's the pathetic one. We can wait a week for a debate where Obama is going to ramble on with no clear direction and get people excited about his lack of ideas with any real substance. Blame McCain all you want - it's the Democrats who blew it as the previous article shows. Some of you posters should get more educated on the facts rather than blowing smoke like everyone else. At least McCain wants to put the priority of the U.S. economy in the forefront and deal with the issue rather than debate about issues. Every time something has come up during this presidential campaign, McCain has given specific steps and reasons for his actions while Obama talks in generalities about what should be done with no clear definition of how to do it.

Posted by: Doug | September 24, 2008 3:58 PM

John McCain is running Scared, he wants to suspend his campaign, because he knows NOTHING ABOUT OUR ECONOMY.

That is why John McCain wants to suspend his campaign.

John McCain is WRONG for AMERICA!

John McCain is a LIAR/DESPERATE

Barack Obama for President!

Barack Obama for Change!

Barack Obama wants to continue the Debates as planned, but Scared McCain doesn't.

Posted by: michelle63 | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

Unbelievable comments here. This is a crisis folks, and yes the sky is falling. Both McCain and Obama are US Senators. Their votes are needed to resolve this crisis and one of them is going to be the next President who will have to shovel out this stable. Put party politics aside.

Posted by: Charles L. | September 24, 2008 3:44 PM
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Under the circumstances, they do not have to be in Washington, DC to vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

WIMP, WIMP, W-I-M-P! Does McCain actually think not debating will solve the financial meltdown? Debate you washed-up coward!

Posted by: Chris S | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

What I want to see is this debate go off on schedule but be entirely about the crisis and the bailout plan. That is what matters to the American people right now.

Seeing as how neither candidate has been in DC dealing with the crisis so far, I don't see how them taking 90 minutes to debate on Friday would be an issue.

Posted by: Nissl | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM


This stupid stunt won't work John.

Posted by: GeorgeMcD | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

Grandstanding

McCain acted irrationally and alone, despite Obama reaching out this morning for consensus on the economic issue.

McCain has lost it.

It's not about the campaigns, it's about the voters.

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

Obama continues airing LIES about McCain.
McCain does support stem cell research!
Obama is very sleazy - and yet another reason our Dem family is supporting McCain.

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/09/24/obamas-stem-cell-lies-and-mccain/#more-5008

Posted by: JoseyJ | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

"Pennsylvanian is an idiot. McCain's been absent from Senate votes far more frequently and far longer than Obama this year."

Obama missed about 45 percent of Senate votes during this Congress, which is regrettable but understandable given the length of the Democratic primary.

McCain missed about 64 percent of Senate votes during this Congress, even though he sewed up his party's nomination months before Obama. And now suddenly, as he sinks in the polls, he gets the urge to be a productive member of Congress again?

Right.

Posted by: castanea | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

Posted by: ChuckB | September 24, 2008 3:53 PM

Country First Always...Go Macanin
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LOL.... i can't believe people are buying this... Slipping in polls.... Freddie Mac was paying McCains campaign manager.... McCain vs. Obama in a debate???? Something stinks....

Posted by: Independent Voting Veteran | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

Obama calls up McCain to handle this in a bi-partisan manner by issuing a joint statement. McCain goes out and makes it all about McCain instead, then says its not about politics...

Posted by: AM HV | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

1. "At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal."

2. This afternoon John McCain announced to the press that, "he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return to Washington and help reach agreement on a plan to solve the financial crisis on Wall Street, and called for a delay of Friday night's presidential debate."

My questions:

* Since Obama had the consideration to contact McCain, not the media, about joining together to solve the problem, why did McCain turn around and announce the idea to the media as if it had been his idea?

* Why is McCain assuming on Wednesday afternoon that working on the bail-out will preclude the Friday night debate, especially since McCain hadn't shown any signs of taking time out to prepare for the debate anyway?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 3:57 PM

Well, in 2005 Senator McCain was raising sand about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Obama refused to address the problem.

I suppose that is why Obama got $160,000 to McCain's $20,000 in contributions.

I'm sorry. Is that too much truth for you?

LOL. The sad thing about all this is you leftist Obama supporters DESERVE exactly what you say you want.

Posted by: Tim Singleton | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

GIMMICK!

Posted by: rick | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

I find it ironic that so many people here think McCain is running from a debate when many months ago he invited Obama to participate in a series of town hall meetings - a far more intimate discussion forum with the American public - and Obama flatly refused to participate in any. Had we had it McCain's way, they would have been in front of all of us discussing the issues much more often. Things are going to stick to both candidates during the mud-slinging ... but now really is a time to set aside politics and lead. This, to me, demonstrates that McCain still has the fire in his record I came to respect - a record he actually HAS that Obama can only talk about creating. He's willing to be unpopular and even not be in the limelight at a critical point in the election and his career. How many of US would actually have that sort of courage?

Obama wants to issue a statement and keep campaigning. McCain wants to quit campaigning and go get some work done. Gee ... words or results? A pretty clear choice to me.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

Besides Bush, John "the deregulator" McCain and his sidekick, Phil "Americans are a bunch of whiners" Gramm are two of the people most responsible for this mess. (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081006/sumner). Why would we want the people responsible for the mess to try to fix it? They should pay for it, then step aside as more-learned and more-ethical people try their hands at cleaning it up. FDR cleaned up after Hoover. Clinton tidied up after Reagan-Bush. Don't give these crooks and cronies another bite at the apple.

Posted by: edwcorey | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

The debate must go on as scheduled. There is no legitimate reason for postponing it. McCain and Obama are running for president.

Posted by: BarryOR | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

Interesting that Sen. McCain did not even want to talk economy in this debate; now it's top priority for action.

Solution: Move the debate to Washington and squeeze in a few hours for this important event.

Posted by: spence | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

this is not something you do from a postition of strength. His campaign is tanking, and the Palin stunt is wearing thin, so time for another Hail Mary.

dumb.

Posted by: fv | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

If the Obama campaign falls for this Rovian ploy he deserves to be sidelined.

Posted by: Ray | September 24, 2008 3:56 PM

Only once in the last century has there been a cataclysmic economic upheaval in this country. Since the Great Depression Americans have learned to weather a boom and bust cycle in our economy that mirrors the feast and famine nature of God's creation. Now, America, with millions of millionaires, is too wealthy to have another Depression.

However, because of the political risks of recession (and the corrupt influence of campaign contributions) we have become accustomed to the Fed and our lawmakers going to illogical ends to try to avert what is normal--an economic downturn. Greenspan's policies had nothing to do with compassion and the health of the overall economy. It was all about image, PR and the Dow Jones average. Too many have grown used to only making a lot of money and never losing it. The rest of us have forgotten what sacrifice is. Grow up and face reality.

After hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts, and hundreds more contemplated, this new mega-bailout is an ill advised travesty. So much for the culture of responsibility. Our leaders have flip-flopped, and flipped back again. What pigs. For a half a trillion dollars the Feds could just as easily buy the houses and then give them back to those who risk foreclosure. If the government can sit on these investments for years until they become viable, why can't Wall Street?

Whenever the poor in this country need help we are told there is no money available. Whenever children need funds for education we are told there is no money. Whenever we hear reports of America's crumbling infrastructure...no money. Perhaps more importantly, when many people propose dramatically increasing our foreign aid in order to have compassion on the world's poor (who are much worse off than here at home) with the possibility of significantly impacting the root causes of Islamic terrorism we are told that there isn't enough money.

Well, now we all know for sure that THIS WAS ALL A LIE. Our government and banks across the globe suddenly getting up off of hundreds of billions of dollars! There was, and always has been, plenty of money to "love our neighbor as we love ourselves." We just haven't wanted to . Now we are spending hundreds of billions at the drop of a dime, not to mention the money spent on this bogus "war on terror."

And are we doing this to help the least among us? Don't fool yourselves. The working class in America is tough, and they can survive Wall Street tumbling, this is for the fat cats and upper middle class people. They're always for the free market and the "invisible hand;" except when it's them that's getting swatted like a fly. These are people who will not have to depend on the social security program, which is essentially bankrupt.

Working class people do what they always do. They settle for less and they share more of what they have. Whole multi-generational families pitch in to save the homestead. Those that have one. Many in this country don't own homes, they don't even have credit cards or bank accounts even; and they already live paycheck to paycheck. They'll clean toilets, work at McDonald's and take second jobs if they have to. No, this bailout isn't for them.

So Congress, now that you are back in the game: DON'T FOLD AGAIN. Don't let this garbage be rammed down your throats before you have time to contemplate what you are doing. I don't care how much Bush whines for a "clean bill" or how they threaten you with elections coming up. If you are going to change bankruptcy rules FORCE judges to modify mortgages, don’t make it optional. If you don't stand up and get some concessions for the poor low income working man and woman, for the homeless, for the sick, for the children a