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Steve Schmidt, left, and Mark Salter, senior advisers Sen. John McCain, talk to the traveling press corps in New York, Sept. 24, 2008. (Gerald Herbert)

By Michael D. Shear
NEW YORK -- McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt said the GOP presidential nominee had begun to take his television ads down unilaterally and said the Arizona senator is hoping that Sen. Barack Obama will do the same.

"Senator McCain made a decision today to suspend his campaign to return to Washington," Schmidt said. "He had a very good conversation with Senator Obama, who also understands the severity of the economic crisis."

Schmidt said that if an agreement is not reached by Monday, "there is potential for an economic calamity the likes of which has not been seen since, potentially, the Great Depression."

Sen. John McCain's aides said the Republican nominee had become convinced that Monday morning's opening of the markets represents a major deadline that, if breached without a deal from the Congress, could wreak worldwide havoc.

Schmidt said that McCain still plans to debate Obama three times before election day. "There are 40 days left in the election.There are going to be three presidential debates and a vice presidential debate. Senator McCain has been looking forward to the debate."

McCain's stunning statement came in the middle of what began as a packed day in New York that included meetings with a team of economic advisers and with the presidents of the nations of Georgia and Ukraine.

The senator's top aides said planning for the announcement began late Tuesday night, as McCain began to receive word that Bush's rescue plan was faltering in Congress, and as Democrats began to demand leadership from McCain.

"We got a good sense last night, even more so this morning," one top aide said. "Got in a position where Democrats were warily circling McCain -- not going to commit to a deal unless McCain does. It was just a time for leadership. So he just stepped up."

The aides said the concern mounted Wednesday morning, as McCain met with a panel of economic advisers and made phone calls with the Congressional leadership, including Sens. Hillary Clinton and Mitch McConnell, and Reps. Roy Blunt and John Boehner.

Obama had placed a call at 8:30, but McCain did not talk to him then, the Republican's aides said.

"What is clear from all of these conversations is two things -- first this is a dire situation," said Schmidt.

"The economy is in deep crisis, and there is risk of financial collapse in the global financial markets if the Congress does not act. The second thing that is clear is that the administration proposal had lost all momentum. It did not have enough support to pass."

McCain continued his schedule Wednesday morning as if nothing was going on. He traveled through downtown New York to the Morgan Library and Museum, where aides told reporters that he was doing debate preparations.

In fact, as Schmidt and senior adviser Mark Salter later said, the debate preparation was cut short as McCain made more telephone calls and huddled with all of his top advisers behind closed doors at the library.

"There was a lot of activity. It became clear to him over the course of the afternoon that the bill had stalled," Schmidt said.

One of the people McCain called was President Bush, according to McCain senior adviser Mark Salter. He said that McCain told the president that he planned to suspend his campaign and that he wanted the president to convene a meeting of top congressional leaders, including Obama.

Salter and Schmidt referred all questions about the President's response to the White House.

At about 1:30 p.m., Schmidt said that McCain called Obama back and talked to him directly, the first conversation between the two candidates of the day. Schmidt said that the pair talked for about 10 minutes. An Obama statement had put the time of the call at 2:30 p.m.

"Senator McCain said to him we need to work together," Schmidt said. "I'm going to suspend my campaign and go back to Washington. He said I think you should suspend your campaign and come to Washington. It was clear from the conversation that both candidates fundamentally understand the gravity of the situation."

McCain left the Library around 2:10 p.m. and traveled back to the New York Hilton, where the press were quickly gathered for a statement. McCain's top aides tinkered with the teleprompter, a first for what aides said would be a brief statement.

McCain spoke for under five minutes and took no questions.

"You didn't hear a hint of a partisan attack or posturing in that statement," Salter said. "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."

The fate of the debates remained open after McCain's conversation with Obama, who did not commit to postponing the Friday meeting.

Salter and Schmidt dodged questions about whether McCain is certain to skip the debate, only indicating that they doubted a major deal could be reached by the time candidates would need to leave for Mississippi.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 24, 2008; 5:05 PM ET
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Hey republicans!

When you want to dictate Mr Obama's schedule, you need just remember your own campaign's manager's words:

"The republican party is running this campaign. Not the media."

Those words were spoken when asked about Palin's accessibility to the media.

Your utter disregard for the American people's intelligence then was astounding.

So, don't be trying to dictate to Obama's campaign what they should do today. Clearly, it is the Democratic party that is running the campaign. NOT YOU!

I feel for you & your team, having such a lame ticket to promote, but them's the breaks.. stew in your rot.

Posted by: zabbadu | September 25, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain is still running ads in Nevada this morning at the rate of every 30 minutes or so.

Posted by: SAC | September 25, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

McKeating5 and Steve ScHmIdT are doing stunt work.

The McKeating5 campaign is nothing but meringue, looks solid until something touches it, then Pffffftttt!

The polls and economic crisis is showing just how hollow the McKeating5 campaign truly is. "There's no there there," with apologies to Gertrude Stein and Oakland, CA.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | September 25, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama & McCain should have the debate. They could fly from Washington to Mississippi for the debate and back to Washington together to save gas. They should not cancel their campaigns. There are so many people working on them besides the candidates.

Posted by: Sharon Kangas | September 25, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

How does pulling millions of advertising dollars out of economy help the economy?

Posted by: Dallas Mike | September 25, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

This is of course why Reid told McCain NOT to come to DC - they didn't need the least present Senator of the last year there to help with something he knows nothing about.

Posted by: limach | September 25, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

This in the same day in which Palin appears with Couric as does Mccain. I can't wait for the OpEds and political roundtables this weekend.

Wake up America.

Posted by: dan | September 25, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Did Schmidt leave out the all important meeting with Lady Rothschild? This timeline and story is a load of crap and I'll bet a little snooping will find this out. This is a completely political trick. He knows nothing about the economy and the Dems don't want him anywhere near Washington. He has shown no leadership on this crisis and this little narrative by Schmidt is complete smoke screen.

Posted by: DWHarper | September 25, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

700 billion will buy enough time for the big players to unwind their market positions and get their money out.After that the market will go into free fall and the American Treasury will be in the worst shape that it has been in at least 100 years.If the depression arrives there will be little funding left to help the common people survive.

Posted by: it's a scam | September 25, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

McCain may suspend ads, but will he call his "Swift Boat" groups that are running vicious anti-Obama adds to cease and desist?

Unlikely.

Posted by: Charles | September 25, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a liar.

And a principal promoter of the very fiscal and regulatory policies that spawned the present crisis.

Posted by: mnjam | September 25, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Leon, McCain continues to get most of his money from lobbyists, at every bit the volume of Obama -- it's just that McCain gets it through the Republican party, in accordance with a loophole he wrote into the campaign finance law.

Which, of course, is the sort of finagling that is second nature to the fellow to whom McCain sold his soul -- that thug Steve Schmidt in the picture up above. Lies? Intimidation? Deniable 527 groups? You think Palin and this "call to duty" were McCain's ideas?

No, you should be thanking Steve Schmidt for your amusements.

Posted by: Helen | September 25, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Someone call Mike Huckabee!

Posted by: Longgone | September 24, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

here's youtube of obama stammering

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqBFVixqQ5s

and a plus, his horrible housing policy

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, that picture at the top of the column says a thousand words. They look like thugs, from their white collars and pin stripes down to their stiletto heels.

Posted by: scpato | September 24, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain's "Stunt" is the repugnant equivalence of voting against anti-crime bills for 26 years and then showing up at the last minute to get your picture shot with a rape victim to garner political votes.

Posted by: SWMissouri | September 24, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain is not on any of the committees who will introduce legislation to the full senate regarding the bailout. Only after the bill is written and presented to the full senate will McCain have any input regarding the legislation and his will be only one voice among fifty. It is disingenuous for him to suspend his campaign when he only needs to be present for the vote. Knowing the arrogance of McCain, he will take credit for this legislation. It's amazing how delusional one man can be!

Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

barney frank is guilty of causing this problem!!!!!

chris dodd is his mortgage loan buddy!!

Posted by: cfc | September 24, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

bailout stinks...corrupt politicians bailing out bad wall street executives...

Posted by: cfc | September 24, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

this bailout stinks and we have not sunk to socialism, what next do we bailout....

no bailout no way no wallstreet...

Posted by: cfc | September 24, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I have always supported the Dems and would never vote for McCain or any other Repug-

I just want to say, however, that McCain has made this the most interesting election a political junkie could want- he bucks conventional political wisdom constantly- it feels like he is without a game plan- but obviously he is being advised to do this stuff and so far- it has kept him in it in a year when no Repug should be even close- they keep changing the focus- we are all talking about this now rather than anything else- it evens the field for him among nonpartisans.

I firmly believe that Barak should and will win- he supports the better policies. McCain, however, has put on a great show- and perhaps actually changed some of the game far more than Barak has- for example- Barak does his whole antilobbyist thing- but takes bundled money (52% of his primary money) which is, in essence, special interest/lobbying money- HRC and John McCain took less than 1% of their funds from lobbyists- lobbyists are capped by McCain-Fiengold in direct lobbying money- so this was never a real argument. Obama ran a brilliant game for the primaries- knowing how to get the delegate lead he needed early and then having advocates push HRC out so that even though he won by ~115 delegates out of some 4000+- she still looked like she was clinging. He is a great standard politician. McCain is also a total politician- this stuff is not out of some great humanity on his part- he is just an interesting pol in that he really takes some bizarre chances that buck conventional wisdom.

This is not a partisan post- this is just an observation.

Leon

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

This bailout stinks
vote barney frank out
vote chris dodd out
republicans should oppose this!!!
bush has ruined the republican party!!!
but more importantly the democratics are ruining this country and will ruin it.

Posted by: cfc | September 24, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The person on here calling themselves, "hillarysupporter", sounds very uneducated, not to mention racist!

Posted by: Sher | September 24, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

vote all of the congress members out!!! giving away our money...it sinks...

Posted by: cfc | September 24, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

MOVE THE DEBATE TO DC!

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

"The economy is in deep crisis, and there is risk of financial collapse in the global financial markets if the Congress does not act. The second thing that is clear is that the administration proposal had lost all momentum. It did not have enough support to pass."

So, if McCain is rushing to Washington to help Bushie get this plan passed, as is, without the 6 requirements the Democrats are asking for, then, I would love to see him justifying why it should pass, as is. If he is going to do the bidding of his "twin", let him. That proposal will not pass without the restrictions that both Democrats and some responsible Republicans in Congress are asking for.

This is nothing more than political posturing. These candidates are not needed there. Congress is doing just fine on this without them. He is turning this dire situation into a political strategy and the "sick" arm of the Republican Party is enabling him. We see right through this. Johnny Come Lately should suspend his campaign permanently.

Posted by: TJW | September 24, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The real JakeD here

I see that there are many poseurs out there.
The main poseur has still yet to answer my question:
Is JakeD a man or a lady?
From yesterday, we learned that main poseur JakeD doesn't wear knickers.
So, the question today is,
Is main poseur JakeD a man or a woman who wears boxers or goes commando?


Enquiring minds want to know.


Enquiring minds do know that main poseur JakeD does suck
at the teat of the Palin/McCain ticket.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Bob,

As has been pointed out, McCain's urgent business is passing the most socialist bill ever seen in America. Also, I note that Denmark, Sweden, and Norway do not appear to need to pass a bill taking $20,000 per man woman and child of their taxpayers and future taxpayers and giving it to the very people who caused the crisis just to save their stinking economies. I'd say this is not time to be acting superior to those who have sanely managed and regulated their economies to produce middle class security of a kind we may never know again.

Posted by: Nomo Stew | September 24, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh - that explains it...

At first it looked like you were a pack of defeatist cowards.

But - nevermind. Now I am 150%-Gates-of-Hell behind your take on the bailout.

Posted by: Goombay | September 24, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The presidential debate should go on and be turned into a debate about the bailout. The Wall Street criminals that looted our economy should be punished. The members of Congress that allowed this major embarrassment to happen to our nation should be identified and asked to resign their committee positions. Now we know why seniority in Congress does not work well and there should be term limits.

Posted by: Eddie Zalez | September 24, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Will someone point me to ANY footage of Obama stammering because he does not have a teleprompter? This is a comment I see over and over in comments regarding his candidacy, and I have yet to ever see him at a loss for words.

Posted by: bontster

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They can't but notice McCain stumbles even when he DOES have a teleprompter.

Posted by: usa3 | September 24, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

To: Real facts for educated people (ignorant people please go stick your head back in the sand)

Since you cite Jerome R. Corsi as if he's some great authority on Obama's past dealings with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, perhaps you may also want to consult Mr. Corsi's scholarly comments on John McCain, published on the same website on March 2, 2008 (© 2008 WorldNetDaily):

"Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has enjoyed strong support from a lobbyist group that backs the Kosovo Liberation Army despite allegations the KLA is a Muslim terrorist group with ties to criminal drug networks and al-Qaida."

So which is it? Are Corsi's "facts" wrong about McCain's ties to al-Qaida, wrong about Obama and FM/FM, or is he just some racist, anti-semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, anti-everything America-hating malcontent who is trying to make money selling his venom-filled books/publications to whatever suckers will purchase them? After all, he is the brilliant mind (not)who published the lies of the supposed "swift boat veterans" that were debunked by Navy records and statements of men who actually did serve with Kerry. Sure, Corsi is a scholar - he has a PhD in hate and will say anything to spread his message.

If you consider yourself "educated", God help us all.

Posted by: emm2 | September 24, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain's lies are catching up with him.

Meanwhile, Palin can't answer the most powder puff questions that Katie Couric gives her.

Both are pathetic examples of the best that the Republicans can offer.

Posted by: Continuum | September 24, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

What, does McCain think the Senate will still be working at 9 p.m. Friday?” Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said in an interview, referring to the scheduled start time of the debate. “I think this is all political — 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.”

Posted by: BNC | September 24, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The headlines for this story write themselves:

"McCain Concedes"

Posted by: devbost | September 24, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

During the taping of tonight's show, Letterman told the audience that McCain had called him personally to apologize for standing him up and said he was rushing to the airport to get back to Washington. The late-night host called McCain “an honest-to-God hero,” and questioned why he needed to halt his campaign. Couldn’t his running mate, Sarah Palin, take over while he was in Washington? Letterman asked.

“I’m more than a little disappointed by John’s behavior,” he said. “Is he suspending the campaign. because there’s an economic crisis or his poll numbers are sliding?” “You don’t suspend your campaign,” Letterman added. “Do you suspend your campaign? No, because that makes me think, well, you know, maybe there will be other things down the road if he’s in the White House, he could just suspend being president. I mean, we've got a guy like that now!” And guess who would replace him?

Things got worse for McCain when Letterman, in the midst of interviewing substitute guest Keith Olbermann, learned that the GOP candidate was actually still in New York, about five blocks away at the CBS News headquarters, sitting down for a last-minute exclusive interview with Katie Couric.

Incredulous, Letterman interrupted his chat with Olbermann to show the audience a live shot on the internal CBS news feed of McCain getting touched up by a makeup artist as he waited to talk to Couric. “He doesn’t seem to be racing to the airport, does he?” Letterman said, shouting at the television monitor: “Hey John, Do you need a ride to the airport?”

Posted by: jack | September 24, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Will someone point me to ANY footage of Obama stammering because he does not have a teleprompter? This is a comment I see over and over in comments regarding his candidacy, and I have yet to ever see him at a loss for words.

Posted by: bontster | September 24, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing that McCain has chosen such a competent running mate. She will need to be ready to assume the presidency at a moment's notice, should McCain die or lose (the rest of) his mind while in office. Thankfully, she can shoot moose from a safe distance, would know just how to use her office to further personal vendettas, and is clear on the location of Russia.

We have nothing to worry about.

Posted by: Chief Moose | September 24, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

A clever stunt, but a stunt.

Does John McCain really think that - given his own admitted lack of economic knowledge - his perspective is what's missing from an appropriate solution?

Maybe he's just hoping to find a way to make himself seem like a leader on economic issues. If he's got a brilliant idea, he should let us know. Otherwise, don't duck the debates.

McCain's campaign has been based on misinformation and I'm sure he's in no hurry to face Obama.

Posted by: tsdc7 | September 24, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
What "Suspending My Campaign" Actually Means

From the Chicago Tribune:

John McCain's sudden "suspension'' of his campaign and his call for a postponement of the premier campaign debate Friday night has sparked a round of criticism from people asking why the presidential candidate cannot manage a financial crisis and a debate at the same time.

"Among them: "Late Night's'' David Letterman, who told his own audience in taping at CBS today that he was hoping to see the Republican nominee for president but McCain called him to say that he had to rush back to Washington to deal with the nation's financial crisis. Then, as Letterman told it, he got word that in fact McCain was down the hall sitting for an interview with his colleague at CBS, Evening News anchor Katie Couric, which aired this evening."

And the Top 10 most cynical methods for avoiding a drop in the polls tonight are...

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/what-suspending-my-campaign-actually.html

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 24, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

There is no debate that will resolve the burning, itching sensation of my hemorrhoidal tissue. So I have chosen to take it out on all of you.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The house majority leader has said today, that McCain does not need to be in Washington. Due to the potential political fallout, McCain should sit this one out and offer direction....instead, he pulls this VERY DANGEROUS STUNT that could completely sideline the process..and send global confidence into a tailspin. He already did enough damage mouthing off about firing cox and presenting his plan BEFORE receiving any data or proposal from Bernanke and Paulson. He put the country at risk last week with his irresponsible statements, and now his presence is threatening to further politicise what is to be a bipartisan affair. This presidential campaign is getting eerily dangerous for America...and McCain is acting VERY irresponsibly. His presence in Washington does not make a difference....he is ONE VOTE...and he is NOT THE PRESIDENT YET. Clear political stunt...this is what's going to happen. He is going to show up in washington...and the senate is going to pass the bill...and he is going to claim credit for it.

Posted by: AndyT | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

JakeD--Yeah, Charles Gibson did ask some serious questions. She flubbed them all.

Since she can't even handle the questions of handpicked interviewers (nice attempt to change the subject, by the by, but toughness of questions has nothing to do with whether or not the forum was handpicked, nor with the fact that she would very easily be able to rearrange her schedule to fill in for the absentee McCain on Friday), small wonder McCain concocted this whole "suspension" stunt to give her extra time to cram for her debate!

Posted by: Sara | September 24, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Some one asked how do you hold a debate if one does not show up. There are three easy solutions:

1. The 'no-show' sends in the second. In McCain's case that would be Palin;

2. The one who shows-up, simply quotes what the 'no-show' has said about the topic in the past, and then provides his responses. After all, One must assume that McCain knows and means what he says;

3. Point out that the 'no show' cannot handle two events at the same time (akin to he cannot walk and chew gum), and then hold a press conference.

The world does not come to an end simply because one fellow cannot understand economics.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

JakeD , Welcome to the light brother.

Posted by: Joedon | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry John,
I respect your service, i like your position on roe vs wade but C'MON!!

This week has been a disaster, youve been lagging behind Obama in every way, but the final straw for me was that you said yesterday that you hadn't yet read the 3 page briefing about the bailout.

How can you defend that?

How can you help the ecomony discussion in washington if you dont understand what is going on?
I want a president that takes all of the information available and makes informed decisions.

Thats not you.

PS Palin doesn't help I just cant see her being of any value in an economic crisis.

Posted by: helen | September 24, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I need McCain to clarify something for me: One of his financial advisers called us a nation of whiners. Another, on 9/14/2008, published an article telling us what great shape the economy really is in. Why, McCain on 9/15/2008 told us how sound the fundamentals are.

All along they were planning to suspend the campaign because of the financial crisis? Are they taking truth-telling lessons from Bush/Cheney?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 24, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

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 8:25 PM | Report abuse

What a bizarre political stunt!

This guy needs new advisers who can talk him down when he gets silly.

Posted by: DHall | September 24, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it McCain who said that the "fundamentals of the economy were strong."

Wasn't it McCain who, last Sunday on 60-minutes when asked whether we were in a recession couldn't even answer that simple question?

I think that judging by how McCain is acting, you'd have thought that he was all along mentioning the severity of the crisis. But nothing of the sort came from him.

I frankly think it's quite offensive and unsportsmanlike to cancel a debate without informing the other party that you are about to issue a press conference suggesting the same.

Posted by: McCain + Palin = A Bridge to No where | September 24, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Poor babies on this user posting site. All this whining and moaning. They have to smear John McCain and cannot debate on the merits. They haven't got a single legitimate political argument left - just, "you're ugly, and your mother dresses you funny."

John McCain has done it again. He's put the welfare of this country and the people above even his presidential ambition.
This is what real courage is all about.

Posted by: waynepet | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks...even I can't take this stupid BS any longer...I'm voting for Obama. McCain has lost his mind.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

JJ wrote...

"I mean, look at the average McCain supporting comment - it is always a yawner, involves fantastic curses about liberals and socialists, might hint that Obama is black or Arab, depending on how many pills Limbaugh took before his broadcast, then ends in some self contradictory defense of today's lie."

This is because independent voters are gone and McCain's support has dwindled to the most ignorant, racist, dregs of the Republican base.

Posted by: Charles Warren | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

KEATING FIVE: Looks like McCain's past is catching up with him.

McCain wants to look like he a leader, but remeber he was the one who said he will follow Osama to the gates of hell.

Only Satan leads you to hell...

Posted by: dfortruth | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain wants to now suspend the VP debate too, gee do you think it's because his daughter couldn't name one regulation McCain supported in 26 years? One more minute to meltdown.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

What a bizarre political stunt!

This guy needs new advisers who can talk him down when he gets silly.

Posted by: DHall | September 24, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

John Quimby: Cute, but unfinished. Continue, please.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

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 7:47 PM | Report abuse

adrian:

Sorry, but I was busy single-handedly defending BOTH First Lady Laura Bush and Gov. Sarah Palin over on another thread http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/24/first_lady_palin_lacks_foreign.html

If anyone else is still here who thinks a debate on FOREIGN POLICY is more important than actually passing the $700 billion bailout bill, please let me know if you also wanted Obama to accept McCain's offer months ago to WEEKLY townhall meetings where all these topics could have already been covered in detail? I will try to catch up asap.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS A PUNK! WHY WASNT PALIN'S PUPPET SPEED DATING FIASCO IN NYC CANCELLED IF HE CANNOT DEBATE...

PS PALIN TANKED ON HER CBS INTERVIEW SO NOW THEY WANT TO USE THIS AS AN EXCUSE TO POSTPONE HER DEBATE AS WELL!!

MCCAIN IS UNFIT TO LEAD!

Posted by: BEKA | September 24, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

TommyF:

Once I built a railroad
made it run
made it race against time.

Once I built a railroad
now it's done.
Hey buddy, can you spare 700 billion dollars?

Posted by: John Quimby | September 24, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Hot Damn! This is just TOO Damn FUNNY! I'm expecting Mel Brooks or Allen Funt to jump out from behind something any minute. These GOP guys should have their own show...

LoL - I can't take it anymore...WHAT NEXT?!?!

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

And the final word is: SO DON'T VOTE FOR (McCain)(Obama)(McKinney)(Nader)(Barr)(me)

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse


McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..McCain is a COWARD..

Posted by: JJ | September 24, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It's plain as day..Come on my right wing, neo Conservative friends...

McCain is a coward..if you believe he's backed out of the debate to help solve the current economic crisis then you are truly naive...truly fooling yourself...he scared.

Palin is HIDING...she's an empty shell..
why is she being sequestered? The American people have a right to vet her she has a 40% chance of becoming President...why won't she answer questions? Because she don't know squat...McCain picked he over many other qualified Republican women leaders....Mavericks such as Susan Collins, Olympia Snow, etc...he's needs a dunce I guess and he got one..

Palin is another Dick Cheney, vindictive (Troopergate), uses non official e-mail for official business, and narrow minded, muy way or the highway like Bush...

Looking back over the past 8 years, 6 of which where the Republican's had complete control you've got to be absolutley STUPID to vote for McCain..

Posted by: JJ | September 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The final outcome will be:

(a) McCain will go to Washington, Obama will not.
(b) McCain will vote, Obama - ?
(c) McCain will be there Friday no matter what and debate, and probably "win."
(d) Obama will be left holding the bag.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh, Bob?

McCain is going to Washington to work out a bill that will allow the government to buy private banks and financial institutions.

That's kind of like - socialism.

Posted by: yellerdog | September 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

So much for a peace offering. I'm in Michign and I just saw a comercial in which McInsane criticizes Obama for being silent on the market meltdown. Does he really think people are trhat stupid?

Posted by: RKelly | September 24, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Sara:

I never said that Charlie Gibson wasn't handpicked -- that's what you call a strawman argument -- in addition, you never answered my questions:

1) Were Katie Couric and Maria Bartirolo were "hand picked"? (Follow-up: how is that even possible when Gov. Palin gave Bartirolo that interview BEFORE McCain even "handpicked" Palin?! Is there someone HIGHER UP at CBS News you wanted to interview Palin?)

2) They couldn't possibly ask a serious, difficult question? (I haven't seen either interview yet -- I live on the Left Coast time zone : )

3) You don't think that Charlie Gibson asked any serious, difficult questions? (Hint: I do)

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The "adviser" that McCain had to meet with today while not returning Obama's phone call as Lady de Rothschild, a former Clinton supporter who is an expatriate financier who married into British royalty.

I think the economy he is worried about is the economy of his campaign.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/219444.php

Posted by: Ashley | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain is laughable. What EXACTLY does he plan on doing when he's in Washington? HE is not a part of any of the committees meeting, and HE is not the President? And now MONDAY is Defcon 5 for the economy??? COME ON!! People WAKE UP!! This is a distraction - nothing more. He doesn't want to debate Obama, and he sees this as his only option out. McChicken...

Posted by: BlueBear | September 24, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

So McCain's campaign is taking their ads off the air - The old fool probably ran out of money! McCain is acting like the debates are going to take place on Pluto. They're being held in friggin Mississippi! McCain's trophy wife owns her own friggin' private jet! If any legialtion is passed, which I doubt because the whole thing is another piece of #&@* from the Bush White House, it won't matter because all the markets are closed on the weekend! The Finance Committees, which he is not a part of since he doesn't understand the least thing about economics, is doing all the work so all McCain can do is showboat. Can't McCain handle two things at once - hint John, it's called multitasking and it's something I do everyday. Wake up America, all this crying "Wolf" is coming from the Bush White House who has sold us so many fake crisis. If this "crisis" is so "dire" that the country can't get by without McCain's "help" then our goose is cooked.

Posted by: dre7861 | September 24, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

rod: Then I feel very badly for you.

ODE TO AMERICAN POLITICS:

I wish there were minds,
as I remember them back when,
when I was a boy,
possibly ten.
And Buckley was fierce,
and Susskind was rough,
and all of the pundits
knew their stuff.
But today we have panderers,
beggars, and thieves,
and those I would happily
bury under the leaves.
And so we shall suffer,
but not much longer I think,
Soon we'll be Muslim,
and the red sun will sink.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

So McCain is afraid the bailout is stalled? Cry me a river! The bank robbery is going ahead as planned.

Well, McCain is going to find that he is on the butt end of the anger of the American people, who have suffered from the delinquincies of the Bush party quite long enough. I mean, look at the average McCain supporting comment - it is always a yawner, involves fantastic curses about liberals and socialists, might hint that Obama is black or Arab, depending on how many pills Limbaugh took before his broadcast, then ends in some self contradictory defense of today's lie. But even the most ingrown Red State denizen can read a headline, look at a 401K, and realize that the Bush adminsitration, with McCain's help, has been one of the great economic disasters to befall this country. Hoover, at least, was smart, and had to deal with events that were unprecedented. This was all too predictable, Bush created the events that are hitting us - for instance, a deficit that we don't need as we head into a recession, which is the direct result of his two trillion dollar tax giveaway to the wealthy - and is trying to leave with in a kleptocratic orgy.

Liars, having no sense of honor, and a certain rodentlike intelligence for short term gains. Bush's fan club is very much like him.

Posted by: roger | September 24, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

B.HUSSAIN OBAMA is all about himself, a self centered egotistic maniac. For crying out loud do something substantial for this Country. This is the time for action not campaign and speeches. Show what you can do by going back to Washington.

All you Obama maniacs Obama does not even come close to serving this Country. He is more for himself and his Liberal jerks.

Posted by: hillarysupporter | September 24, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

No, Tommy F, I work in the Twilight Zone. This is not the Twilight Zone.

Posted by: rod | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Depressed Said -

"Come on guys, 700 billion dollar bail out vs politics that can wait a week. You tell me which is more important."

The bail out is more important. That's why nobody should be in a hurry.

Yes, the market will go down a thousand points on Monday. So what? It will go back up after reforms are implemented.

It makes no sense to bill the taxpayer and hog-tie the next government. And saying that we have to act by Friday is nonsense.

Posted by: John Quimby | September 24, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous: Before you attack, read my posts, which are filled with various answers. None of which have you answered. Is McCain the coward, or are you?

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The hit squad in full force today, as the election draws nearer, with sweat on their brows.

Interesting.. we conservatives can live our lives peacefully with Obama, as long as he keeps his mitts out of our bank accounts. However, liberals are deathly afraid of McCain, one of the most centrist Republicans. Very weird. Twilight Zone.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I wish people would actually come up with intellgent remarks... "obama is not qualified to organize my wardrobe" ... "Oh dear, oh dear, what will the skinny professor do now?"

Is that really your point? You've not read, thought, or understood any of this have you? Things like that just make me sick.

And as far as, "I guess harvard law didn't teach him about the demands of leadership"... They did, actually, part of leadership means you handle more than you'd like; means you show up for a debate AND save the world. What's more, Harvard taught him how to think and if you'd learned you would realize that OBAMA initated the talks about dealing with financial crisis through bi-partisan action and McCain ambushed him not minutes later with his own Unilateral announcement

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I must say that Mr. Obama has been blessed with totally incompetent opponents in every race he was run.

McCain is no exception.

Posted by: willow76 | September 24, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

This just in:

MCCAIN JUST LOST THE ELECTION!

copyright: Blog News Previews

Posted by: BlogNews Co. | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

To reiterate: simply use the "Find" feature on this page and see what I have already said about McCain multi-tasking.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Behind in the pols in August, McCain throws a hail mary pass by suspending the opening of the GOP convention. Next hail mary pass he throws to Sarah Palin to salvage his pol numbers. Three hail marys (strikes) and McLame retires to the old folks home.

Posted by: Tom in Alabama | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

David Letterman BLASTS McCain tonight.

"coward" "weasel"

Posted by: McCain is yellow | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

McMansion's whole idea, which he told to the press, is to postpone, perhaps forever, the VP debate by rescheduling the prez debate for the VP debate time. Sarah can't take her muzzle off.

Posted by: firstdoodle | September 24, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

MagicDog: Thank you for loving me. BUT.. I don't HAVE to come up with something new. The NEW YORK TIMES in 1999 criticized the Clinton move to deregulate FNMA/FRE as a baaaaad move. Throughout the 2000's, mainly Republicans have called for the withdrawal of this license to socialize. Clinton had GOOD INTENTIONS... and now we are in hell.

Don't get me wrong. I like Clinton. But take the blame for the origin.

If you can take the blame for the origin with Clinton, then we can discuss what Bush did afterwards.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Mc Same is afraid LOL ROTFLOL HAHAHA

Posted by: hotwhitechick | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

He's toeing the Bush line, once again. Where is Dick Cheney-who's minding him these days?
It's called Disaster Capitalism-look in to it. McSame is just doing as he is directed to do. Vote Obama.

Posted by: Dave | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

We have 100 senators 2 for each state and a full House of Representative. Why would McCane want to stop the debate because he and Obama are not there? Why was he doing all week long?
He made the decision without waiting for Obama's response. He just wanted the bad press of Davisgate to go away.

IT is a political ploy only a weasel will use.

Posted by: Omidal | September 24, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is yellow.

He was a coward in Viet Nam and a coward now.

Posted by: bob Rhode Island | September 24, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Come on! They have plenty of time after the debate to go back to Washington. The presidential debate is on Friday. Mccain himself said in the statement that the bailout decision would probably come out Monday morning.

So, there should be enough time for both Mccain and Obama to go back to debate with Congress.

If Mccain cannot handle the presidential multi-task , he should resign.

Posted by: Mike A. | September 24, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Here is a link for you, its called a dictionary.

http://dictionary.reference.com/

Maybe you can use it to form phrases, and wow, perhaps a sentence. Maybe one day you will be able to think for yourself and not copy things from a democratic playbook.

Seriously, why do the democrats focus on getting the most uneducated people registered to vote for them as democrats?

I think its because they can get them to do their bidding with the least amount of convincing of educated arguments.

It is sad that most democrats all they care about is killing children via abortion, having sex freely, giving the poor money from the richer educated folks, and raising taxes.

Posted by: For the person saying Stunt... | September 24, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

This might be called fiddling while Rome burns. But what are you going to do? Call your congressman?

Posted by: Nero | September 24, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain has missed more votes in this Congress THAN ANY OTHER SENATOR. He has MISSED 65% of votes.

All of a sudden he thinks he is going to solve the problem on a Friday night?

STUNT.

He is a coward and commited to further upsettng and dividing us who are actually affected by all of this.

GIVE ME A BREAK and Sell me a Bridge to Nowhere...

Posted by: mamabear | September 24, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

So this Is how Big John will play things. Time Out Iran I think I need to LOOK good. Hey Putin, I'll get back to you when I figure out how to LOOK Presidential! Hey Senator Obama, thanks for the call at 8:30 am but its so important to the nation that I won't talk with you until I've got everything lined up so I Can Be Leader!!! Stay on hold for hours until I'm ready, when I'm done deciding I be the LEADER.

This seems to be more of the special treatment that the 'crown prince' wants to have. In Vietnam he was able to hold out for four whole days, now he's slowed and it takes him a whole week to betray his country's principles for personal gain.

I'll vote for Barr, Ron Paul, or anyone, even Obama, anyone, but this self serving "PATRIOT"! MAY GOD SAVE US FROM THIS KIND OF DEVOTION TO SELF. This is just more of the same, to hell with honor, to hell with common sense, to hell with democracy, to hell with any election I might not win.

He leaves me wondering was he the kid who always told his mommy "I would have scored the winning touchdown and been the HERO but Timmy cheated and tackled me. He cheated, I should be the hero. I know it. I know it."

Yeah, Give us a break McCain. Put it to rest, grow up and be a man for a change, be a man with Honor.

Who knows you might even learn to like it, once you make its acquaintance!

The United States has had Elections during Wars before when far more was at stake than money. We, as a nation, have not only survived but thrived. Now McCain is too nervous to debate the issues. I guess we should wait until he's calm enough to be a LEADER! JVH

Posted by: JVH | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

TommyF, the reason no one commented on your pithy remarks is that we all know that Republicans will do anything they can to blame every problem on Bill Clinton and credit every success to Ronald Reagan. Come up with something new.

Posted by: Magic Dog | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"I'll vote McCain even if the polls say he only has a 1% chance. I'll vote for him even if it turns out that all his staff are gay, not just the one. I'll even vote for him if he votes for the socialist bailout before congress. and I'll vote for him even if Sarah Palin shows that she doesn't have a thing going on inside her head. I will not vote for a socialist, Ive seen what that can do to a country" Look at Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and those other content socialist countries mostly in Western Europe.

I hate socialism!

Posted by: bob | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not even qualified to "organize" my wardrobe.

Posted by: Heidi Fleiss | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, oh dear, what will the skinny professor do now?

I guess at Harvard Law
they didn't teach him anything about the demands of leadership. Oh dear, oh dear. Who are the ones we are waiting for?

Posted by: professor obama is puny | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The five senators, Alan Cranston (D-CA), Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ), John Glenn (D-OH), John McCain (R-AZ), and Donald W. Riegle (D-MI), were accused of improperly aiding Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of the failed Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was the target of an investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB).
After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, and Donald Riegle had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB in its investigation of Lincoln Savings. Senators John Glenn and John McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised "poor judgment".

Posted by: Facts are facts | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

And, yes, I would LOVE to see Sarah Palin in a debate with Obama! Down-home vs. law school. Git 'im!

Anyway... the debates will resume. John will wipe the floor with Barack. Then, the New York Times and MSNBC will opine about how wonderful Obama did.

The polls will vacillate. The people will vote. The Republicans will win.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

LETS HOPE TO GOD THAT OUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AREN'T BEING AS PARTISAN RIGHT NOW AS SOME OF YOU ARE.

YOU PARTISAN POSTERS ARE THE *WORST* EXAMPLE OF AMERICA RESOLVING A CRISIS. THE *WORST* EXAMPLE


Posted by: FRED | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

STUNT (Said brainlessly, for dramatic effect, no less...) STUNTY STUNT STUNT.

Posted by: STUNT | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"I'll vote McCain even if the polls say he only has a 1% chance. I will not vote for a socialist, Ive seen what that can do to a country"

Well, looks like voting for McCain is out for you! You do realize that McCain dashing to the rescue of what, no matter how it turns out, is a fairly socialistic action -do you not??

Posted by: plaza04433 | September 24, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama is nothing but a puppet for the ignorant minded. Reminds me of Hitler, seriously.

Posted by: Palin has more experience than Obama to be President | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Who wants to bet that NObama votes "present".

Oh wait...he won't be there.


BILL RICHARDSON in 08.

At least he has coherent thoughts.

Posted by: Vince Foster | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

All of this calls into question McCain's mental stability. It's a very erratic move that makes no sense at all.

There is nothing they can do in a policy sense by skipping the debate, which would require, at most, a six or seven hour interruption in their schedules, including the round-trip flight from Washington.

Politically speaking, the debate on Friday is very much in McCain's interest to have, given that he's running slightly behind and foreign policy is his strength. Yet, he bugs out.

I think it's a medical issue. Someone probably found McCain talking to a coffee pot and panicked.

Posted by: Magic Dog | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

No one has really said anything about my pithy remarks, but that's OK. These comments of mine will be here for all to see. Individuals with minds of their own who are merely curious what is in this blog will have a little more information to digest.

I have done my part for humanity.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Stunt. Perhaps John McCain should do the sensible thing and retire with dignity. Palin would no doubt tittilate "the base" were she to vault to the top of the ticket. Huckabee would be the perfect VP choice for Palin. Praise the LAWD! Stunt.

Posted by: McFunnyAsShizzle | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

ELECTION 2008
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac execs now offering advice to Obama
Senator's links to mortgage giants also include campaign contributions

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Posted: September 17, 2008
9:10 pm Eastern


By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington, D.C.
NEW YORK – Campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made to Barack Obama may backfire if the Democratic presidential hopeful wages an aggressive campaign to cast blame on rival John McCain and the Republicans in Congress for the mortgage-related losses that forced the U.S. Treasury to take over the quasi-governmental mortgage giants.

A review of Federal Election Commission records back to 1989 reveals Obama in his three complete years in the Senate is the second largest recipient of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae campaign contributions, behind only Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the powerful chairman of the Senate banking committee. Dodd was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

Posted by: Real facts for educated people (ignorant people please go stick your head back in the sand) | September 24, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The team got courage! Looking forward to see what they have in store if Monday does not turn out to be that important as a deadline at all. McCain compared the Russian action in Georgia to its invasion of Czechoslovakia, and proved wrong on that one, too.

Posted by: Gerald | September 24, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama bin Laden
Change we don't want

Posted by: fishcrackers | September 24, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama and McCain should just vote present and show real leadership.

Come on guys, 700 billion dollar bail out vs politics that can wait a week. You tell me which is more important.

Posted by: Depressed | September 24, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

RUN AWAY JOHNNY! RUN AWAY!

Where's Sarah? She can debate Obama on foreign policy.

She IS ready to be president, right?

Posted by: Yellerdog | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I think both should show their support for the American people and put politics aside. Use their clout to push the right plan, unfortunately it takes two.

P.S.
Obama reminds me allot of Jimmy Carter when he was running for office. He too was a good organizer. Hopefully history will not repeat itself here...

Posted by: kcpost | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a crazy old man. How does cancelling TV advertisements that ahve aready been recorded and scheduled have a damn thing to do with whether he and Obama travel to Washington to vote on the bill?

Posted by: Fed Up | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain wants to cancel the debate because he didn't realize it was on a Friday evening. As a maverick, he will relinquish his Friday evenings to no man!

Posted by: ted stevens | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

To "cfc"... Raines was never an advisor to Obama... get your "facts" strait idiot.

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

If Barack called for a short suspension of campaigning he would be "demonstrating economical leadership" but since John did it it's a "stunt". Unbelievable!! Barack doesn't need to go back to DC to vote. He can vote "Present" from anywhere.....

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Clearly worth a guffaw. Nay, a chuckle. I CRY SHENANIGANS! STUNT!

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The Bush Administration, not Congress, is holding this up. Section 8 of the bailout bill, which gives the Treasury Secretary complete autonomy with no oversight, MUST be removed. This is another attempt to use fear tactics to increase the power of the executive branch. Whoever controls the purse strings untimately controls the nation. This is a dangerous situation.

Congress must hold the line on this issue, as its ramifications may reach far beyond the financial shockwaves that this debacle is going to inevitably create, deal or no deal.

Posted by: stee1962 | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

It's official. McChicken agrees complex issues and mulit-tasking have no place in Washington. Tell that to your boss and see how fast the pink slip hit's your inbox.

Posted by: Singletaskwhat | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I will now upend more disinformation from the hit squad:

(1) McCain NEVER said that he wouldn't do the debate. He ASKED Obama to be part of a plan to POSSIBLY drop the debates on Friday IF the "bailout" were not completed by then. There is NO reason why the debate couldn't be rescheduled for Sat, Sun, or Mon. It's not like McCain will get any more time to "cram." Nor does he need to.

(2) WHO is responsible for the financial mess? CNN and MSNBC AGREE that this started with Bill Clinton in 1999, the New York Times WARNING in 1999 that what we see today would come to pass. In 2003, Bush and Elizabeth Dole, and John Sununu, and others, spoke out against FNMA/FRE abuses. In 2005, John McCain, Elizabeth Dole and others did the same. In 2007, AGAIN. VERY FEW people spoke out against FNMA/FRE, and nearly the entirety of both Republican and Democrat Congresses were against it. Barney Frank is a fraud. Chuck Schumer is a fraud. Hank Paulson is a fraud.

I would NOT give him control of the money, and neither would McCain or Obama. So, GET A LIFE. Obama says they're on the same page. And, BY THE WAY, McCain came out with his proposal first.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The conservatives sure like to gamble:
Invading Iraq
Sarah Palin
Suspending Campaigns

Instant success to suddenly failing... they longer you stay the more you pay... The GOP would be Las Vegas's best friend.. Just tell them they have to use their own money and not mine...

Posted by: erik | September 24, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you guys have something there... there is the guy that simple and brainlessly says "STUNT", which may truly be the totallity of his ability to utter phrases, much less sentences.

Posted by: Stunt | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Evidentially, you can't fool all the people all the time.

Posted by: Karl | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe everyone's arguing about Tweedledee and Tweedledum's debate while America is on the verge of economic collapse - a collapse Ron Paul frequently and with ever increasing urgency warned us of.

Bush, McCain, Obama were/are clueless and will do just what the money-lenders tell them.

Posted by: J Richards | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHA Mc afraid to debate what a pussy cat LOL!!!!!

Posted by: lolzatron | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

a president should be able to multitask.

Posted by: Thom | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Harumph! So many imposters today. The real JakeD would never stump to such shallow theatrics. STUNT!

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

to Jake D: people like you are the reason that the global community hates this country; intolerance, stupidity, and arrogance. I'm sorry for you.

MCCain may genuinely want to solve the economic crisis (and I, for the record, think that it does require immediate bi-partisan attention) but this is as much an opportunity for rescue as it is a political ploy.
Why else ambush the press after agreeing with obama to issue a joint statement. A.) not very bi-partisan, and B.) Obama is forced to go to washington and LOOK like he's following suit even though HE INITIATED the talks,and if he doesn't go - idiotic republicans will keep calling him and all democrats "narcissistic" despite the fact that it is McCain is the one who self-gratifies, who refuses to answer our questions, who chooses to bail on the debate when he's losing in the polls and call it heroism. Yes: they both need to go to washington. This crisis is paramount...But there is more need now, than ever, to have them debate. we need to know what they can do under pressure.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is just a little shock & awe machine - with Palin, with false ads, now with this "no debate" stunt. Heaven forbid that people actually settle down and pay attention to what and who he represents. He has no policy other than a slight variation from the Bush policies (see his voting record, support for uber wealthy tax cuts, privatized social security, no health care) and is suddenly making noises as though he's a populist reformer. He has a Freddie Mac lobbyist running his campaign, paid through last month, the Sen. Phil Gramm slimebag who helped cause this financial crisis by deregulating banks as his close friend and advisor. This guy does not want people to understand anything real about where he has been coming from for the past decades, so why not shock & awe and distract?

Posted by: kelvinator | September 24, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Even though you used bad grammar, you should have used 'these' instead of 'this', your comments are indeed very accurate. I suspect some may try to slam you though for saying they are uneducated while you goofed on grammar. But this just would show some more how they can't think for themselves besides basic thought, cheap lines, and put downs.

Posted by: Yes Democrats are Ignorant | September 24, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain has dodged the press for weeks. Sarah Palin has dodged the press for weeks. Along comes the debate and ooooboy! an excuse to dodge the press, a CRISIS -- the one time I truly WANT a candidate to address America with his opponent and tell me what he plans to do. This man was a legitimate hero ... 40 years ago. The sad truth is he's a frightened old man, and now he's behaving like it.

Posted by: Trueblue | September 24, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Shaddup. STUNT!

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain should just send Palin in his place

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Nice going, Johnny! You knew the economy was going sour and yet you never picked up the phone. You had your chance to ask me to be your VP--someone who knows something about finance. And instead you take that moose hunter!

But hey, I like your campaign suspension! I can just imagine if you become President: "My friends, the weather outside is really bad, so I am canceling Christmas!" Or more likely: "These are dangerous times, so I'm suspending the election and granting martial law powers to Sarah!"

Posted by: davidyeargin | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Imposter! How dare you. Have you no sense of decency, sir?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I love reading this comments and seeing how uneducated and ignorant democrats really are - they can say cheap things, and repeat party line, but they can't think for themselves. It is obvious when the democrats target the most uneducated and ignorant people of the nation to get votes.

I just didn't know they could actually type.. maybe its just cut and paste...

Posted by: Michael | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

What's next? Is President Bush going to announce tonight that we are calling off the elections and he and Cheney are going to hang on for awhile? Come on, how long does it take to debate? About two hours? Surely we can get through that. It's a Friday night. Is he afraid of missing reruns of Golden Girls?

Posted by: Christopher | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Political Posturing?? Or , Just maybe, Is McCain and his divisiveness with his own party hurting his Campaign.I would bet McCain,amid all this GOP driven Turmoil, might be a Little short on cash himself.He's doubled, actually tripled staff since Palin came on, launched AD campaign after ad Campaign, andi ibet he might be coming up a little short in the Math.Sounds like a common problem with the GOP, no accountability.
How could anyone want to back out at a time like this , especially with the financial "crisis" that just so happened to drop, a month before elections???????
A little funny how all a sudden the Bottom fell out of the Market, crashing all around us in this big STINK up.Sounds like more SMOKE AND MIRRORS from the RIGHT Wing ,who couldnt have been in office for 8 years without a crisis.Its a sad ploy to get votes, but i think this ones backfiring.

Posted by: mullett | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

A financial house of cards that took decades to make cannot be fixed by throwing money at it. To even think an appropriate solution could be THOUGHT THROUGH in in a short period of time is foolish. If McCain feels like he has to help bail out the sinking ship he helped sink then GO JOHNNY GO!

Posted by: JimB | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

well heck... I'm sure McCain would LOVE if ads which rightfully place the blame of this deregulation-fueled economic disaster would stop.

Hopefully, the Obama camp continues the ads and makes sure the truth gets out on "Deregulator" John and his chief economic advisor "Foreclosure" Phil Gramm.

Posted by: JSG | September 24, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

No matter what that stupid idiot that calls himself our President says tonight, just remember one thing, HE CAUSED ALL OF THIS ALONG WITH McCain and every other Republican calling for deregulation. The Republicans got everything they wanted to make this economy what it is today, and this is the result, the fruit of THEIR efforts. This IS a time for finger pointing alright! what ever happened top being RESPONSIBLE for your actions Mr Bush? Mr McCain? YOU ARE THE BLAME FOR OUR DISASTROUS ECONOMY. How about some more vetoes Bush? YOU did this.

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Did you see any tough questions from Katie or Maria? I sure didn't.

Gibson was specifically selected by the McCain camapign to be the first interview...and you're trying to claim that's not "handpicking"? Please.

The campaign itself has said that it will only allow her to talk to reporters who they feel will "show her proper deference." That's a pretty clear statement that they will only let her talk to reporters that they HANDPICK.

Seriously, kiddo, your powers of observance are underwhelming.

Posted by: Sara | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mdk | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

There's going to be an election - or is McCain going to try and "suspend" democracy?

If he really felt he was absolutely the best candidate, he'd be working for the future.

There is not going to be a workable solution to this mess in the next week. We've had too many quick fixes turn to crap in the last eight years - Iraq, Katrina, and now this. The plan as it stands is laughable - pay off the rich criminals with the sweat of the working class.

CHEAP STUNT

Posted by: Rick | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Obama/Biden.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: McCoward | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama reminds me allot of Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: Ken | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

cfc:
Fact: McCain campaign manager, Rick Davis, continued to receive payments from Freddie Mac up until last month when it was taken over by the govt.

Posted by: Pru | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to Politco -- I am not a paid, Republican troll -- I'm just retired with plenty of time to waste here in between tee times ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic GOP stunt.

Posted by: Dave-o | September 24, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

To quote (Presiden) McCain: "Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.

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."

However, Obama will not agree to this, he is far more interested in garnering points for himself than what is good for America.

Communism, oooops I mean change is in the air.

Posted by: Truth | September 24, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

If you want change, vote Obama/Biden.

Posted by: hillarysupporter | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Does this not show McCain's loyalty to the banks (ensure their golden parachutes) and not to we, the people.

Posted by: Doc Spenser | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: McWha? | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain, knows he will radicalize himself with the answers he'll provide when the argument begins on Friday, therefore he decides to runaway. We don't need a cripple mind president...a wanna be, our beautiful country needs a man with brains and cojones!!! Maybe he still believes that the fundamentals of our economy are strong. I believe the fundamentals of his incompetence are strong.
why not to have the debate in Washington D.C. After the meeting of the congress?
Mr. McCain, Please Quite the race, if you love the USA please do so.

Posted by: Walter | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

From where I sat today, I thought this looked liked a political stunt by McCain. And after hearing that it was Obama, who called him this morning to come together and release a statement...I was convinced. His wheels started turning. He knows he will tank in the debate...especially with the state of the economy right now.

It appears he is running scared and he should be. Obama is beginning to look very presidential and is, as always, handling himself with such grace.

Posted by: A white, middle class woman from Florida | September 24, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

There's no reason they can't do both; their Washington business and the debate on Friday.

McCain/Palin are facing serious accusations and assertions... this is simply a delay tactic and is pure BS. The President of the US must be able to multitask... I'm just seeing spin and delay tactics from McCain/Palin. Consider, they wouldn't let Palin be questioned after/during speaking with those at the UN... do we look that stupid?

Posted by: Bh2o | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Sara:

Katie Couric and Maria Bartirolo were "hand picked"? They couldn;t possibly ask a serious, difficult question? You don't think that Charlie Gibson asked any serious, difficult questions?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Republican sheep at it again! C'mon folks, you are sounding soooo desperate. Give it a rest with your propaganda.

Posted by: VOTE DEMOCRAT | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know what McCain thinks he's going to do? They have a committee working on this already...that he's not on. So what's he gonna do? Stand there and pester the crap out of everybody every five minutes: "You made a decision yet?!!!" Maybe he'll wave his flaccid McCain wand and make everybody agree!

And they talk about Obama being arrogant. Apparently the US can't handle this...all the other congressmen and Senators can't handle this without McCain. Here's come John to save the Daaaaaayyyyyyy!

But that's the $5 dollar questions, what's he gonna do to help? Anyone? I guess he could send Gramm to deregulate some more. All of his Fannie Mae folks can hold their hands out for their piece of the pie. And John can lead the Senate in an old, wrinkly rendition of Kum-Ba-Ya.

Posted by: SWMissouri | September 24, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

NEWSFLASH: Obama has finally made a decision! He's having a cheeseburger for dinner.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: But You Can't Hide | September 24, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain cosponsored S.190 Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 to address concerns about Freddie and Fannie. He can probably make a significant contribution to solving the mess which was created by Congress to begin with. Obama voted against that bill and, with so little time in Congress, likely has nothing to contribute to the current debate. McCain has made the right decision, he is after all still a sitting senator with a job to do.

Posted by: Joanne600 | September 24, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Facts: Bush and Secretary of Treasury Snow warned of problems in 2001 with GSE.

Fact: Obama advisor Raines made 90 million cooking the books.

Fact: In 2005 McCain co-sponsored bill that was stopped by democrats in the senate banking committee most especially by Dodd, Schumer and in the house by Frank.

Say what you want, where was Obama on this.

The problem stemmed not from the Grahm Leach bill signed by Clinton but rather from the loan practics of the of fannie mae and freddie mac and cheap money from the Fed. Both sides are to blame but mainly congressional democratics who blocked reform.

Posted by: cfc | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Just in!
Obama: 99.2

McCain: 00.02

Posted by: Note the zeros | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: You Can Run | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Last week McCain responded to some reporter who asked him about Sarah Palin's readiness to be president as such. "She is more than ready to be president. In fact I might even put her on top of the ticket."

McCain is clearly debating in his mind whether he should even continue to run for the presidency. Fixing the mess Bush has created is not an easy task for the next president. The next president is inheriting a really bad financial market, worst mortgage crisis ever in the history of this country, two countries North Korea and Iran working towards the next nuclear war, Russia invading soverign nations as well as using its influence on Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, & Cuba to belittle United States, China fast becoming a major powerhouse financially and militarily. Does McCain want to really solve these problems in his old age or just enjoy the 7 houses he has and go on a vacation to Bahamas.

If he has a choice he would reverse the position of himself and Palin on the ticket and say Palin/McCain. At least history will write he made the first woman presidential candidate instead of the second woman vice presidential candidate.

McCain knows he has no balls left to play.

Posted by: Mel | September 24, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: McBush | September 24, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Another Feeble McCain Stunt (TM).

Posted by: AFMS | September 24, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Could be.. OR, could it be that John McCain decided that he couldn't wait for Obama's answer? You know, Obama takes a LONG time to decide things.

You have to ask, Why did he offer Obama the chance at all? Why not just fly back to Washington and say, "I don't care what Obama does." THAT would be callous to a fellow Senator.

No, I think McCain did the right thing.

Will it explode in his face? Maybe. At least he takes chances.

Posted by: Will | September 24, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

JakeD--you missed the word "handpicked"?

Anyway, the McCain camapign just announced that it wants to postpone the VP debate too. He doesn't think she's ready...and this whole hullabaloo is to give her more time to cram.

Yes, folks, we can officially declare this a stunt.

Posted by: Sara | September 24, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: The Show Must Go On | September 24, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Screw the Debates and screw the campaign. They both are senators first and they have a job to do.

Mr. Hussain Obama get your ass to Washington and earn your pay check and do something real. Put the Country first ahead of your selfish foolish narcissistic interest.

The truth you are self centered Radical who hates America, It is all about you Mr.Obama.

Posted by: hillarysupporter | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Eric, Cleveland, Ohio

_______________________________________

look at this hypersensative metrosexual. saying someone's legal name is now considered prejudiced ?

first you changed illegal to mean undocumented. Then you change anarchist to mean patriotic

whats next ? liberal means mature??

hahahhah

Posted by: deport_the_libs | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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: kd | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: Bush 3 | September 24, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Why do people keep insisiting that McCain said he "knows nothing" about the economy. He was on the Commerce Committee for 6 years, right? I'm sure when he said that he "didn't know as much about economics" as he does about foreign policy, he was being his usual humble self.

Thank you and go F yourself.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

By announcing this the way he did McCain has made it impossible for Obama to go back to Washington. Obviously no candidate can allow themselves to be ordered around by the other. If McCain was really putting country first he would have asked Obama privately about making the statement jointly statement. By secretly going it alone McCain must have been political grandstanding. Too late now for genuine bi-partisan action. I expect the market to react negatively to this news tomorrow.

Posted by: Will | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama's right. A President has to multitask. Historically campaigns go on regardless of domestic or foreign obstacles, ranging from the Great Depression to the World Wars. Certainly both candidates want to help with this crisis and should, but suspending a campaign is totally unnecessary and shows a lack of competency in balancing multiple issues.

Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: chris | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeD- You are an old racist who needs to find something better to do with his time. If you feel so strongly about McCain/Palin winning, then why don't you go out there and campaign with them rather than sit on your ass blogging all day every day and offending people. Your consistent use of Hussein when talking about Obama only succeeds in painting you as a racist, and only discredits YOURSELF in this forum, despite your intentions to discredit him.

Posted by: JakeDsucksMcCainsballs | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

STUNT.

Posted by: Oh McShame | September 24, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Fox News also did a poll showing Obama ahead... So much for republican lies that the WaPo poll was 'skewed'. LOL.

All we ever get from the republicans is lies, excuses and, of course, corruption. Both moral and political.

Posted by: FrankD | September 24, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

cta: I suggest otherwise, and pop you in the face for calling me a liar.

JakeD: Yep. Alluvasudden Harry Reid gets a call from Obama saying, "You gotta say it's a stunt 'cause I'm not gonna." And Obama did not say that. He was the ONLY Democrat not to say that. Schumer was just a JACKASS about it.

Why was OBama the only one not to call this a stunt by McCain? Because Obama has to look classy and the Democratic Senators and Congressmen don't care what they look like. But they will in November.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Dan -
"Who cares about a freaking debate! Do it next week or the week after."

Interesting. How about this:

The Bush appointee who runs the treasury is lobbying to bail out his former employer with a trillion dollars of your money.

Kick his 40 million dollar butt out of the capitol and convene a bi-partisan effort - AFTER November 4.

The Bush Republicans broke it. They can buy it.

Posted by: John Quimby | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

if it wasn't a political move, why did McCain make the announcement so dramatic and surprising. why didn't he inform obama and the media tuesday night that he was thinking of suspending his campaign?

Posted by: sharon | September 24, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What could McCain possibly do in D.C.? The economy is his Achilles'heel. If he has to debate the topic, he knows he will lose.

Make no mistake; this is not a case of "country first". This is simply an excuse for delaying the inevitable. Facing the economy and how little he knows about it.

Posted by: mcmurphy518 | September 24, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Simple question for all you "country first" McCain defenders:

Q: Which of these scenarios represents altruistic 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 brews while Rival "M" spends years pushing deregulation, then months telling us the bad economy is all in our heads, then a week claiming the "fundamentals" are strong, then most of yesterday deciding it's the worst crisis since 9/11 and pondering how to play it to his advantage in the press.

Resolved on such a plan, Rival "M" ignores highly unusual direct call from Rival "O", strings him along for 6 hours while coordinating with White House allies, then sand-bags 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 as arranged.

Tell us, please: which one is selfless and "bipartisan" again?

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Again one candidate acting in the interest of the country, the other acting failing to act. I'll vote McCain even if the polls say he only has a 1% chance. I will not vote for a socialist, Ive seen what that can do to a country

Posted by: Czar | September 24, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

And in other news the House passed legislation this afternoon for taxpayers to lend those "free market" auto makers $25 Billion. Who's next? And where is the end of that line?

Posted by: infuse | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

JP, you're an idiot. He's going to Washington and planning to stay there until a Bill that has a chance of passing is put together.

I call that LEADERSHIP.

Posted by: kj | September 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Here is McCain as President.

"We are under threat by the Iranian regime, therefore I have decided to suspend my presidency. I will now go huddle with my bros in an undisclosed location because I cannot handle everything all at once.....SOMEONE MAKE IT STOP!

Ahem! Thank you my fellow Americans"

Posted by: :-) | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

By his own admission, McCain knows nothing about economics so what good will his being in DC help? Especially when he hasn't voted on anything since April.

I hope McCain suspends his campaign indefinitely. Six more weeks would be just about right.

Posted by: LPLT | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Senator McNugget - 100% Pure Chicken

Posted by: rt | September 24, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

There are 97 other Senators, 435 Representatives, a sitting President and 2 real experts.

What does McCain think he can add they can't?

This is pure politics and to suggest otherwise is a bold faced lie.

Posted by: cta | September 24, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

From the article above:
"McCain continued his schedule Wednesday morning as if nothing was going on. He traveled through downtown New York to the Morgan Library and Museum, where aides told reporters that he was doing debate preparations."

THAT makes it obvious that McCain is lying again to try avoid facing tough questions and getting creamed. He also does not Obama to press his advantage while McCain's camp regroups to come up with new lies from the 'Truth Squad'...

Posted by: FrankD | September 24, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse


OXFORD, Miss., Sept 24, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- "The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. this Friday, September 26. The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half. The CPD's mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled."

SOURCE The Commission on Presidential Debates

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Why does McCain really want to postpone? The idea that he's out to save the American people is beyond laughable. So he must really want to postpone because he needs to do some financial wrangling.

Posted by: Death To Israel | September 24, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Anybody ever heard of technology. All that has to happen here is a participation via videoconference. I agree with the initial blog response...candidates can do both!!! The candidates are going to spend more time negotiating the terms of a suspension...so that one side doesn't feel like they have been duped. America better wake up and know that at the very least 700 billion in bailout is coming. Whether the candidates vote for it or not isn't going to make one darn bit of difference to the economy other than a b.s. facade that we're doing the right thing by printing more money just because we can! Whatever...increase the debt...pass it to our kids is what our american government is all about. Let's see we got socialized mortgages, socialized insurance...what's next??!! The sky is falling!!!? Newsflash folks it's been falling both dems and reps got us to this deep dark place for DECADES and now we're acting as if 700 billion or more is a major issue that some token appearance/vote on it says something about our presidential candidates? Government has been BROKEN FOREVER!!! Barack can't fix it...McCain can't fix it...we're going deeper in the hole folks...STRAP UP!!

Posted by: TechGuy | September 24, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

TommyF:

The latest from Reid (after speaking with the Obama campaign, no doubt) is that he doesn't want McCain in D.C. Too bad, Dingy Harry, he's coming back to town whether you like it or not.

Amazing double standard here at the WaPo, between McCain and Obama, don't you think?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Or Karl rove and Co were not able to hack for the questions before friday! Then cut and run Palin honey moon is over! no more hiding behind her skirt! whats next do you have on your sleeve rove? Its your party which has messed the economy through unnecessary war! God! anybody voting Mcain is insane! his party tanked the economy!contributed in the loss of over 4000 souls of the brave men and women. How many more does Mcain want to send?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is panicking. His campaign is slowly dying.

Posted by: FilmMD | September 24, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Is this a stunt from Mccain to help keep Bush in Office to buy himself more time? I kept hearing that Bush would try to Declare A “National Emergency” to stay in office.

I put nothing past the Republicans pulling a stunt like this. First it’s odd this happened now at election time, like they waited for the right timing for the bailout which looks like a setup. One thing is for sure, if Bush/Cheney tries that I hope they can be impeached, something that should have happened a long time ago.

What Bush/Cheney did to this country should be a criminal offence. Couldn’t you just imagine what the justice department would do if anyone else cause what’s happing to our country. No Palin and No Mccain, the Bush / Cheney Twins. We will be lucky to survive the few months of Bush let alone Mccain.

I used to swing both ways, Republican and Democrat I even liked Bush SR. but I would not vote Republican again, not only because of Bush but because of the way I see Mccain campaign.

He would sell his soul if he thought it would help him win, he has done nothing but lie. You expect some of that going on but not every word out of his mouth. I lost all respect for him and I am real tired of hearing about the POW thing, its like he thinks he is the only one who was ever a POW and we owe him the Presidency.

Posted by: TheSavage | September 24, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

To Serge Birbrair:

I like that! lol New nickname for McCain on election= 'Sssslow Potus'. But you need to annunciate all of the 'S's.

Posted by: Yokai | September 24, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about a freaking debate! Do it next week or the week after. This is a pressing matter. The current congress has proved that they can not get anything passed let alone something critical. This decision this week is the most important decision any of these senators and congressmen will likely make in their entire political lives. Lock all of them in a room until they figure out a compromise. I applaud both Obama and McCain for going to Washington to work on this, they are the only two politicians in our country that can make a deal happen. Let the debates over the next month focus on who gets the credit and who was grand standing.

Posted by: Dan | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to talk to you about "walk and chew gum."

What an odd thing for the Democrats to say. In fact, McCain is conducting his campaign, visiting the UN, visiting with Bill Clinton, going to Washington to hammer out the bailout, and he never said he wouldn't do the debates. So, where is the lack of multi-tasking?

So... Obama DOESN'T go to Washington DC and he is NOT questioned about why he can't go to DC, help with the bailout, and then get back to Mississippi? How strangely reversed.

Another point: the entire Senate is needed,.. this is not a "committee." Harry Reid has already asked for McCain's vote (you have to be there). And the Republicans have already stated that they want McCain's leadership. So, McCain is doing as he is being asked to do, and is his JOB. He IS a Senator.

Political motivations? Of course! You can't say that the man can't mulit-task and then say he had no political thoughts on the idea. If he had NO political thoughts on his plan, THEN I would be worried, because he's too single-minded. Good for John McCain that he can help the nation AND be a consummate politician.

Posted by: TommyF | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

/b/ 4ever and "J":

I'm not a racist or bigot -- I would vote for a pro-life African-American and/ot Muslim -- Alan Keyes, for instance.

Sara:

You missed Gov. Palin on Katie Couric and Maria Bartirolo?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I think all sitting GOP Senators and Representatives should follow suit and suspend their campaigns also. Or are they not as Patriotic as McCain?

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is REALLY winning as claimed in the inerrant WashPo today, why all the Dem hysteria over postponing the debate?

Obama's losing.

And he knows it.

Obama desperately needed a Media infusion of worship to shore up his campaign in crash and dive mode.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

if it wasn't a political move, why did McCain make the announcement so dramatic and surprising. why didn't he inform obama and the media tuesday night that he was thinking of suspending his campaign?

Posted by: sharon | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Not reassuring to see a President take a panicky timeout. I'd rather see McCain speaking to Americans as a leader than join the flock in the Senate.

Posted by: Bob L. | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Does McCain think anything through before he does it?

Injecting presidential politics into the negotiations on the Hill right now is ridiculous. Besides, most of the details of the deal are already ironed out. He's not going to add anything, just swoop in after it's too late and pretend to be doing something.

What a rash, irresponsible person.

Posted by: BB | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

What a load of crap ... a Liar, a Cheat AND a Coward. Now there's a trifecta for you. He stays in New York for THIS 24 hours but can't wait another 24 hours to debate? Give me a break! John McCain has done nothing but politicize already difficult negotiations over this bailout; the last thing anybody needed was an overt injection of presidential politics into the fray. Right. Country first. John McCain would rather lose his honor than lose an election. Pathetic.

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

He's Now Hero to the American People - HE IS A COWARD - Please pack up your lobbyists like Rick Davis and step aside to let real leaders lead - YOU COWARD!

Posted by: latinovoter | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

An old man saw the polls this morning and fudged his Depends.

Posted by: Hugh Briss | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

A picture is forming.

My Friends, the fundamentals of the economy are strong, but still we must drop everything (including the debate) ***immediately*** and head back to DC so Barack Obama and I can work together to save the country!

"Dropping everything immediately" will happen in carefully scripted fashion tomorrow afternoon, right after I continue campaigning for 18 hours as if nothing were amiss, blow off phone calls from the rival I'm proposing to 'cooperate' with, and get on the horn instead with my lame-duck ally in the White House so we can coordinate sand-bagging the nation with my surprise announcement.

Yes, my friends, we're going to work together to Save the News Cycle^H^H^H^HCountry!

--John S. McGimmick

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, what's up with calling out the middle names? Scared of anyone that doesn't sound white and protestant?

People like you are gradually fading into the minority. Younger generations are replacing your backwards thinking and judging people based on their words and actions, not their racial background or cultural standing.

I hope you're ready in November. It's going to be a sad day for bigots and racists. But don't worry, the great thing about the rest of us who DON'T think that way is that we'll be there to wipe your tears and take care of you anyway.

Posted by: /b/ 4ever | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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 5:56 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

McLame gambled and had a short-term payoff with Palin. Being a risk taker he threw the dice again today--and lost.

Posted by: Dave | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama realized early on, and made clear in his comments that the last thing the economic crisis needs is two Presidential candidates politicising this crisis. By McCain stepping into this he has essentially made it impossible to come to an agreement.

But it is a no lose situation for McCain. He can see the writing on the wall in the latest pole numbers. If he continues as planned he knows he will lose. He realized this same thing when he picked Palin for VP. Everyone knows Palin was a Hial Mary play, but it worked for a couple of weeks. Now that the poles have again turned against McCain, this time even worse than before, McCain realizes that doing something, anything, is better than just running down the clock.

Here are the possible outcomes; McCain convinces the voters that he is the crisis guy, the guy who can get things done. He is the hero of the day and his pole numbers go up. 2. The whole thing gets so politicised by McCain getting directly involved that Congress can't agree on anything. McCain says it's just the same old washington politics that he is running against, and he at least tried to do something about it. 3. By politicising the issue McCain makes it impossible for Congress to agree, and the crisis does precipitate a great depression type of market crash. McCain says that at least he tried to do something about it. THat if Obama had been his boy and let McCain tell him what to do, we could have passed a bill and saved the economy. 4. Even if nobody buys McCain's fairly abvious move to politicise the issue, we are then in such financial turmoil that nobody even remembers that McCain passed all the bills to deregulate Wall Street, and the whole issue breaks down into bikering about who's fault was it in the first place.

At the end of all this we will be the pawns who get sacrificed to the political ambitions of McCain. He has made it clear with his pick of Palin that he doesn't care what happens to America, after all he'll be dead soon. If his latest cynical ploy to get more votes works, then he figures it was worth it. If it fails and America ends up falling off a financial cliff, what does he care, he won't be here to see it happen.

Posted by: captbilly | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

THEY'RE ALL A BUNCH OF MASS DEBATERS IN WASHINTON ANYWAYS. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO ALL DAY. THAT'S WHY NOTHING GET DONE.

Posted by: rpaulenich | September 24, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The 700 billion dollars "rescue" plan.

Bernanke and Paulson could not answer how the Main street would directly be rescued. My suggestion for Congress/Senate to pass a bill that would make the mortgage payments return to the initial year where it was affordable for the homeowners and not when the adjustable mortgage rates kicked in (that caused the foreclosures). The second part of the Main Street plan is to set aside the funds to replace the adjustable mortgage to a low fix rate similar to the first year of the adjustable mortgage. This action will put the low and middle class Americans on top of the rescue plan.

Thank you for your immediate attention to my comment to improve America.

EAA

Posted by: EAA | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

David Letterman on McCain's stunt today: "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves. 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!" -- David Letterman, September 24, 2008.

Posted by: Chris | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"good thing obama got that great deal on his mansion, what about the rest of us struggling to pay our mortgages.."

Posted by: country first | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM

Good point.

Obama's mansion is secure and I'm struggling to pay my mortgage. But just when I feel like whining, I think about how much harder life must be on McCain, struggling to pay 7 mortgages and 13 car loans and then I relax a little.

Don't post anything anywhere anymore, please. thanks.

Posted by: Yokai | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What a load of crap ... a Liar, a Cheat AND a Coward. Now there's a trifecta for you. He stays in New York for THIS 24 hours but can't wait another 24 hours to debate? Give me a break! John McCain has done nothing but politicize already difficult negotiations over this bailout; the last thing anybody needed was an overt injection of presidential politics into the fray. Right. Country first. John McCain would rather lose his honor than lose an election. Pathetic.

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

54 minutes ago:

Senator John McCain suspended his campaign and urged his followers to do the same "stop that typing in the computer big white box like thing and travel to Washington to help me solve this fundamentally sound crisis...my friends"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Jake D. you are a paid republican troll ... aren't you??

Posted by: Politco | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What a load of crap ... a Liar, a Cheat AND a Coward. Now there's a trifecta for you. He stays in New York for THIS 24 hours but can't wait another 24 hours to debate? Give me a break! John McCain has done nothing but politicize already difficult negotiations over this bailout; the last thing anybody needed was an overt injection of presidential politics into the fray. Right. Country first. John McCain would rather lose his honor than lose an election. Pathetic.

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Somebody remind Obama, they don't allow teleprompters in debate. Perhaps that will change his mind.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What a load of crap ... a Liar, a Cheat AND a Coward. Now there's a trifecta for you. He stays in New York for THIS 24 hours but can't wait another 24 hours to debate? Give me a break! John McCain has done nothing but politicize already difficult negotiations over this bailout; the last thing anybody needed was an overt injection of presidential politics into the fray. Right. Country first. John McCain would rather lose his honor than lose an election. Pathetic.

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps McCain's tumors are hurting, and he is too sick to debate, knowing that he is not good at anything but lies.

Posted by: Audrey Butcher | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What a load of crap ... a Liar, a Cheat AND a Coward. Now there's a trifecta for you. He stays in New York for THIS 24 hours but can't wait another 24 hours to debate? Give me a break! John McCain has done nothing but politicize already difficult negotiations over this bailout; the last thing anybody needed was an overt injection of presidential politics into the fray. Right. Country first. John McCain would rather lose his honor than lose an election. Pathetic.

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps McCain's tumors are hurting, and he is too sick to debate, knowing that he is not good at anything but lies.

Posted by: Audrey Butcher | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain clearly wants an excuse not to debate Obama. Coupled with Palin's refusal to take questions from the press, we have a campaign based on 'question nothing, just trust us.' Just like America trusted the last republican president about Iraq. Right.

Posted by: FrankD | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This is the beginning of the end. McCain and our country are doomed.

Next year at this time we'll all be singing the Internationale.

Posted by: info | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

THEY'RE ALL A BUNCH OF MASS DEBATERS IN WASHINGTON ANYWAYS. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO ALL DAY. THAT'S WHY NOTHING GETS DONE.

Posted by: ALL JAMMED UP | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

THEY'RE ALL A BUNCH OF MASS DEBATERS IN WASHINGTON ANYWAYS. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO ALL DAY. THAT'S WHY NOTHING GETS DONE.

Posted by: ALL JAMMED UP | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

too bad McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time. If he wins, will he be known as... "Slow President"?

Posted by: Serge Birbrair | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

If McCain cant handle 2 things at once he is not qualified to be President!!!

Posted by: Betty | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or are we on the brink of financial collapse here? postpone a debate and go back to Washington to get something done? that sounds like honest representation both candidates are still senators but Obama seems to want to not be directly involved with what he was elected to do and stand back and criticize any solution as to be outside the process. I don't believe he has the balls to be president.

Posted by: G | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or are we on the brink of financial collapse here? postpone a debate and go back to Washington to get something done? that sounds like honest representation both candidates are still senators but Obama seems to want to not be directly involved with what he was elected to do and stand back and criticize any solution as to be outside the process. I don't believe he has the balls to be president.

Posted by: G | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

If McCain cant handle 2 things at once he is not qualified to be President!!!

Posted by: Betty | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

If McCain cant handle 2 things at once he is not qualified to be President!!!

Posted by: Betty | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

What a joke! McCain isn't prepared to help with this. He doesn't know anything about it. This is posturing of the worst sort and fear mongering that toys with our economy. McCain's people need to take a break alright. Take a couple of days off and see if you can calm down. Then get back to running what used to be "the Straight Talk Express."

Posted by: Chuck | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or are we on the brink of financial collapse here? postpone a debate and go back to Washington to get something done? that sounds like honest representation both candidates are still senators but Obama seems to want to not be directly involved with what he was elected to do and stand back and criticize any solution as to be outside the process. I don't believe he has the balls to be president.

Posted by: G | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain asked Obama to join him, Obama and some of you fault him for putting his country first. Nice. This is why the democrats are the cynical party of HATE. They are the best and the smartest, at least that is what they tell you. Barrack sometimes you have to lead by setting things called priorities. nevermind, The rasmussen polls have them at 45-47, with 223 ev to BO and 202 ev to JM.

Posted by: the one | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

too bad McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time. If he wins, will he be known as... "Slow President"?

Posted by: Serge Birbrair | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Damon:

You have some source / link for McCain blowing through $85 million already?! LOL!

Everyone else -- how about this as a compromise:

Fly back to D.C. immediately. If there’s no legislation passed by Congress, and signed into law, by 4:00 PM Friday night, BOTH Senators should stay in the Capitol until that’s accomplished. If "The One" can get that all done by then, great, we can have our little debate (I will note, again, it wasn’t so important to Obama when McCain offered to do WEEKLY townhall meetings months ago ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Even more reasonable -- JakeD should get a life.

Posted by: Suzie | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: grandstreetfund | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

too bad McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time. If he wins, will he be known as... "Slow President"?

Posted by: Serge Birbrair | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This is just a big gimmick. McCain is 1 of 535 members of congress. The effect he is likely to have working on the economic problems is minimal. He is, however, 1 of 2 people who are in a position to be the next president. He would serve the country much better by partaking in debates with Obama so the US public can make an informed decision about our next leader.

Posted by: john | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Damon:

You have some source / link for McCain blowing through $85 million already?! LOL!

Everyone else -- how about this as a compromise:

Fly back to D.C. immediately. If there’s no legislation passed by Congress, and signed into law, by 4:00 PM Friday night, BOTH Senators should stay in the Capitol until that’s accomplished. If "The One" can get that all done by then, great, we can have our little debate (I will note, again, it wasn’t so important to Obama when McCain offered to do WEEKLY townhall meetings months ago ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, you misunderstand me. She should do the VP debate too, as scheduled. The only person who would have to rearrange her schedule is Palin...and she doesn't have any other media events that she would have to cancel to do so, since she isn't allowed to talk to non-handpicked press members.

Gee, I thought this woman supposedly had more experience than Obama...so why am I sensing fear from you at the thought of her debating him?

Posted by: Sara | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

From the article - "Salter and Schmidt dodged questions about whether McCain is certain to skip the debate, only indicating that they doubted a major deal could be reached by the time candidates would need to leave for Mississippi."

My comment - Why cant the debate take place in DC?? Obama is in a good position to simply say - that as of now, it is too early to cancel Fridays debate, but if a deal is not reached in time, then yes, by all means postpone. This will leave McCain appearing 1. to be in a panic - for not having enough time to review the "script". and / or 2. not able to multi task.

My honest perception, given all of the circumstances, is that McCains move was political... and it just might have the opposite affect that he was looking to achieve.

Posted by: Chaifuddagee | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

too bad McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time. If he wins, will he be known as... "Slow President"?

Posted by: Serge Birbrair | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

too bad McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time. If he wins, will he be known as... "Slow President"?

Posted by: Serge Birbrair | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, you misunderstand me. She should do the VP debate too, as scheduled. The only person who would have to rearrange her schedule is Palin...and she doesn't have any other media events that she would have to cancel to do so, since she isn't allowed to talk to non-handpicked press members.

Gee, I thought this woman supposedly had more experience than Obama...so why am I sensing fear from you at the thought of her debating him?

Posted by: Sara | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO DEBATE HIMSELF ON SCHIZOPHRENIC POLICY POSITIONS

The hysterical Obama reaction to postponing the debate tells the real truth--Obama is going down in his internal polls.

Obama can, however, debate himself since his positons are schizophrenic.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Most of these posters here just don't seem to notice that there is a dire reason for Mccain going back to Washington. And doing his job.

If Obama wants to make it the usual All About Obama, let him.

No sane person is going to fault McCain for doing his job. Everyone is going to get a better view of how Obama places Ambition Uber Alles.

It's pretty reprehensible that we are even having to have this discussion.

I am not voting for either one. But I think Obama is an even worse idea than the bailout. And so is Palin. But she is only running for vice-president.

-gala1

Posted by: gala1 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE.
PATHETIC.
TRANSPARENT.
HOPELESS.

GAME, SET, MATCH TO SENATOR, OOPS, PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA.

Posted by: pj45 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Waht a cheap political stunt. Is McCain such an empty candidate with nothing substantive behind him that he has to resort to such tactics. As a conservative woman, I am concerned that a vote for what I personally think is right will end up being a vote for chaos, instability and more problems.
Perhaps my vote is better spent on somewho who actually stands for something and seems intent on working towards improving this country, rather than someone who seems only intent on working towards getting elected.
Senator McCain, you should be ashamed of yourself and we should be ashamed for making you our parties' nominee.

Posted by: 1peevedchick | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE.
PATHETIC.
TRANSPARENT.
HOPELESS.

GAME, SET, MATCH TO SENATOR, OOPS, PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA.

Posted by: pj45 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Will the American really people believe that McCain has to ride in on a white stallion to save America from its sound economic fundamentals?

It's a cheap trick, a sideshow, just like trotting Palin around NYC. It gets the spotlight on the ticket, while both candidates avoid actually having to say anything.

Pathetic.

Posted by: Jane | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Most of these posters here just don't seem to notice that there is a dire reason for Mccain going back to Washington. And doing his job.

If Obama wants to make it the usual All About Obama, let him.

No sane person is going to fault McCain for doing his job. Everyone is going to get a better view of how Obama places Ambition Uber Alles.

It's pretty reprehensible that we are even having to have this discussion.

I am not voting for either one. But I think Obama is an even worse idea than the bailout. And so is Palin. But she is only running for vice-president.

-gala1

Posted by: gala1 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE.
PATHETIC.
TRANSPARENT.
HOPELESS.

GAME, SET, MATCH TO SENATOR, OOPS, PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA.

Posted by: pj45 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

From the article - "Salter and Schmidt dodged questions about whether McCain is certain to skip the debate, only indicating that they doubted a major deal could be reached by the time candidates would need to leave for Mississippi."

My comment - Why cant the debate take place in DC?? Obama is in a good position to simply say - that as of now, it is too early to cancel Fridays debate, but if a deal is not reached in time, then yes, by all means postpone. This will leave McCain appearing 1. to be in a panic - for not having enough time to review the "script". and / or 2. not able to multi task.

My honest perception, given all of the circumstances, is that McCains move was political... and it just might have the opposite affect that he was looking to achieve.

Posted by: Chaifuddagee | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Waht a cheap political stunt. Is McCain such an empty candidate with nothing substantive behind him that he has to resort to such tactics. As a conservative woman, I am concerned that a vote for what I personally think is right will end up being a vote for chaos, instability and more problems.
Perhaps my vote is better spent on somewho who actually stands for something and seems intent on working towards improving this country, rather than someone who seems only intent on working towards getting elected.
Senator McCain, you should be ashamed of yourself and we should be ashamed for making you our parties' nominee.

Posted by: 1peevedchick | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Most of these posters here just don't seem to notice that there is a dire reason for Mccain going back to Washington. And doing his job.

If Obama wants to make it the usual All About Obama, let him.

No sane person is going to fault McCain for doing his job. Everyone is going to get a better view of how Obama places Ambition Uber Alles.

It's pretty reprehensible that we are even having to have this discussion.

I am not voting for either one. But I think Obama is an even worse idea than the bailout. And so is Palin. But she is only running for vice-president.

-gala1

Posted by: gala1 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE.
PATHETIC.
TRANSPARENT.
HOPELESS.

GAME, SET, MATCH TO SENATOR, OOPS, PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA.

Posted by: pj45 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

From the article - "Salter and Schmidt dodged questions about whether McCain is certain to skip the debate, only indicating that they doubted a major deal could be reached by the time candidates would need to leave for Mississippi."

My comment - Why cant the debate take place in DC?? Obama is in a good position to simply say - that as of now, it is too early to cancel Fridays debate, but if a deal is not reached in time, then yes, by all means postpone. This will leave McCain appearing 1. to be in a panic - for not having enough time to review the "script". and / or 2. not able to multi task.

My honest perception, given all of the circumstances, is that McCains move was political... and it just might have the opposite affect that he was looking to achieve.

Posted by: Chaifuddagee | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO DEBATE HIMSELF ON SCHIZOPHRENIC POLICY POSITIONS

The hysterical Obama reaction to postponing the debate tells the real truth--Obama is going down in his internal polls.

Obama can, however, debate himself since his positons are schizophrenic.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO DEBATE HIMSELF ON SCHIZOPHRENIC POLICY POSITIONS

The hysterical Obama reaction to postponing the debate tells the real truth--Obama is going down in his internal polls.

Obama can, however, debate himself since his positons are schizophrenic.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

From the article - "Salter and Schmidt dodged questions about whether McCain is certain to skip the debate, only indicating that they doubted a major deal could be reached by the time candidates would need to leave for Mississippi."

My comment - Why cant the debate take place in DC?? Obama is in a good position to simply say - that as of now, it is too early to cancel Fridays debate, but if a deal is not reached in time, then yes, by all means postpone. This will leave McCain appearing 1. to be in a panic - for not having enough time to review the "script". and / or 2. not able to multi task.

My honest perception, given all of the circumstances, is that McCains move was political... and it just might have the opposite affect that he was looking to achieve.

Posted by: Chaifuddagee | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO DEBATE HIMSELF ON SCHIZOPHRENIC POLICY POSITIONS

The hysterical Obama reaction to postponing the debate tells the real truth--Obama is going down in his internal polls.

Obama can, however, debate himself since his positons are schizophrenic.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE.
PATHETIC.
TRANSPARENT.
HOPELESS.

GAME, SET, MATCH TO SENATOR, OOPS, PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA.

Posted by: pj45 | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TO DEBATE HIMSELF ON SCHIZOPHRENIC POLICY POSITIONS

The hysterical Obama reaction to postponing the debate tells the real truth--Obama is going down in his internal polls.

Obama can, however, debate himself since his positons are schizophrenic.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 24, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

you have to admit Ol'McCain comes up with some clever schemes, this beats Bush's WMD story.

Posted by: Kenny | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, do you realize that you're repeating yourself? The doc needs to cut the dose.

Posted by: Suzie | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why Congress doesn't just open up an open web based forum so all the young geniuses can make decisions for them. How easy it is to type words that have absolutely no consequences while never having to look another human in the eyes.

Posted by: hi-tech-old-guy | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Erik (9/24 5:45 PM) wrote:
"Glad to hear John McCain has a "Time Machine" where he seems to be able to press a button when things dont go his way and POOF!... Time stops.... We all need one of those fill us in John"

It's part of his "secret plan to catch Osama bin Laden."

Posted by: Skeptic | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama wins because the University will not have the debate without McCain. McCain looks foolish, even as he tries to appear concerned. Obama really doesn't have to do anything. He should just wait until the University calls off the debate. America has decided already. Everyone knows McCain is grandstanding, and his campaign is too connected to this economic tragedy to let any deals get made without their involvement. The whole lot of them are going to be thrown out in November in a landslide that will make the 1964 Goldwater disaster look like a success.

Posted by: Dan Rains | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama only cares about Obama. That's pretty evident when he ccouldn't bring himself to choose Hillary as his running mate. When the republicans choose a woman, he goes on the attack.

Again, he get's caught off-guard because he only thinks about himself. Actions speak louder than words, Obama's actions tell me more than any debate!

Posted by: tongsli | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

So now McCain is using a national crisis for more cheap political grand-standing? Every time I think he can't stoop any lower, he proves me wrong.

Posted by: JustAnnie | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It appears to be political suicide to stop campaigning at this stage of the game,including going forward with the debate. However, I do not believe that John McCain nor Barack Obama wants to inherit what the results will be if the financial urgency facing this nation, indeed the world, is not resolved speedily. Priorities--is the run-a-way train going to be stopped or do the speech makers stand on the stump and watch it wreck? I for one--hope they stop it.

Posted by: MaryLou | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Americans don't want these banks and moronic home owners bailed out on their dime. But Senator McCain notes the dire circumstances this puts our financial markets and the world markets in. It appears from at least initial reports, that Barack Obama might be more interested in continuing his momentum in the polls than solving the country's economic crisis. If you think about it, it makes sense. Why would Obama want the crisis solved when it is being identified as the reason he is moving up in the polls? Yeah, a "different" kind of candidate. Ha!

Posted by: Kevin D. Korenthal | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

So now McCain is using a national crisis for more cheap political grand-standing? Every time I think he can't stoop any lower, he proves me wrong.

Posted by: JustAnnie | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

So now McCain is using a national crisis for more cheap political grand-standing? Every time I think he can't stoop any lower, he proves me wrong.

Posted by: JustAnnie | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

you have to admit Ol'McCain comes up with some clever schemes, this beats Bush's WMD story.

Posted by: Kenny | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

you have to admit Ol'McCain comes up with some clever schemes, this beats Bush's WMD story.

Posted by: Kenny | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

you have to admit Ol'McCain comes up with some clever schemes, this beats Bush's WMD story.

Posted by: Kenny | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Gee.... if all my adds where lies and it was crisis I would take them down too.

DipStick/LipStick Karl RO\/E 08

Posted by: thejobsincountrymoveoverseasoverseasoverseas | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

So now McCain is using a national crisis for more cheap political grand-standing? Every time I think he can't stoop any lower, he proves me wrong.

Posted by: JustAnnie | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Shame Ron Paul didn't make it.

He's the only one in the race who understood economics.

Posted by: Ron Paul Fan | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Damon:

You have some source / link for McCain blowing through $85 million already?! LOL!

Everyone else -- how about this as a compromise:

Fly back to D.C. immediately. If there’s no legislation passed by Congress, and signed into law, by 4:00 PM Friday night, BOTH Senators should stay in the Capitol until that’s accomplished. If "The One" can get that all done by then, great, we can have our little debate (I will note, again, it wasn’t so important to Obama when McCain offered to do WEEKLY townhall meetings months ago ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Will the American really people believe that McCain has to ride in on a white stallion to save America from its sound economic fundamentals?

It's a cheap trick, a sideshow, just like trotting Palin around NYC. It gets the spotlight on the ticket, while both candidates avoid actually having to say anything.

Pathetic.

Posted by: Jane | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It's stunts like this, plus the lies and absolutely poor judgement, that's making me vote Democratic for the first time since Nixon. McCain wants to posture for a photo opportunity at the expense of letting the committee he and Obama aren't even on -- get serious work done. Keep the campaigning out of this, Mr. McCaine I'm a white 60 something southerner who's voting for intelligence and honesty, rather than hip-shot mediocrity (being polite) and lies. It's people like McCain, Bush et al who have made the Republican party morally bankrupt.

Posted by: RHinGA | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama only cares about Obama. That's pretty evident when he ccouldn't bring himself to choose Hillary as his running mate. When the republicans choose a woman, he goes on the attack.

Again, he get's caught off-guard because he only thinks about himself. Actions speak louder than words, Obama's actions tell me more than any debate!

Posted by: tongsli | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

You are still on here? Do you ever take a break? Are you on all the posts?

I guess I am too...damnit!

Posted by: CynicalGuy | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

You are still on here? Do you ever take a break? Are you on all the posts?

I guess I am too...damnit!

Posted by: CynicalGuy | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I think that McCain...being a senior citizen..and not wanting or needing(for obvious health reasons) to interupt his daily nap time,has suggested this out of necessity.I mean after all who really needs a president who can concentrate on more than one thing at a time.

Posted by: mvc224 | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to realize his current job function is a senator and he should be back in DC, working on the issues. But then again, with his lack of experience, he knows he would just be useless, so best he continue his rock star tour.

Posted by: Big D. | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Why do they want to stop running tv ads? It's not like they're doing them live, or the candidates have to show up personally at the network stations and personally pop the tape in and press "play". This either means that A) McCain's running low on cash, or B) McCain's afraid of a run-away victory, and he's trying to basically "ice the kicker". Either way, unethical lies...

Posted by: rrrich | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama only cares about Obama. That's pretty evident when he ccouldn't bring himself to choose Hillary as his running mate. When the republicans choose a woman, he goes on the attack.

Again, he get's caught off-guard because he only thinks about himself. Actions speak louder than words, Obama's actions tell me more than any debate!

Posted by: tongsli | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Three of our fab four candidates have a day job to do. Not to mention Harry Reid practically begging McCain to return. I was a little(very little) surprised that Harry didn't beg Obama to return though he did mention the need for them all to get to work on this. Personally I think this shouldn't even be done but I wonder whether even my current position would be able to weather the storm. Oh well, I could stand to lose a little weight and the kids are getting lazy...
Debates can be done at any time and certainly a foreign policy debate seems a little superfluous right now. I do expect some hyperbole and polemics from the lefties and I see them on WaPo posts ad nauseum. Too bad the party of parrots and potheads picked a poor presidential candidate who is,if anything even more egocentric and transparently ambitious than even a cynic like myself imagined. I do Not think he really wants the debate since "uh"pause..."uh"pause does not sit well with the people who aren't under his spell.

Posted by: uninterested | September 24, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Debating oneself in a Senate bathroom stall is a Republican thing. Actually, John McSame as Bush could debate himself since he has different answers to the same issue depending on the day and group he is speaking to.

Posted by: KenC | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain had no choice but to suspend his campaign since his whole staff of Wall Street lobbyists is in DC to get their hands on a piece of the $700 billion pie.

Posted by: iwantsome | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/23/paul.bailout/index.html

Read it before you listen to another word obama OR mccain says!!

EVERYBODY IS LYING ABOUT THIS PROPOSED BAILOUT!!!

Posted by: mateocafe | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing to debate. America is about what can be produced under the pressure of success and failure. To eliminate one of those things from the equation is blasphemy. That is not what America is founded upon.

Some may argue that there are reasons to significantly break from principle but I dont see that here.

Posted by: Silus | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Could it be that the McCain campaign is short on cash and wants a few days off to catch up?

Posted by: Blake | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's see - McCain is losing ground in the polls, the Sarah Palin bubble is bursting, and he can't afford to lose more ground - so he asks his opponent to stop campaigning and to cancel the debate. If he's lucky the crisis will last till November and he can hibernate till election day.

Posted by: valasekm | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

UGH I voted for McCain in the primary- but he makes me furious! This is a cheap stunt- win at all costs. Just like Palin. I'm now voting for Obama in the General.

Posted by: Andrea | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

http://theprogressivepost.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccains-walk-and-chew-gum-momemt.html

So, John McCain is suspending his presidential campaign because he wants to devote his full attention to the financial crisis. How convenient. Although, one has to wonder whether it isn't the Dow's falling numbers, but rather something else driving his latest desperate move.

To his credit, Obama is keeping the pressure on McCain, signaling his desire to move forward with Friday's scheduled presidential debate. It should go forward. Obama and McCain have dramatically different ideas about where the country needs go on countless issues including the economy. With the American public's attention tightly focused on the health of their economy, now is the perfect time for the two candidates to lay out their vision and plan for a return to economic prosperity.

Now more than ever, the country needs a President who can focus on more than one issue at a time. Our next President won't get any timeouts in the Oval office. By suspending his campaign, McCain is clearly showing he isn't up to the job's challenges.

Stick of gum John?

Posted by: shooter | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

JP (is that you, James Phelps?):

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? That's kinda McCain's strong suit, so I don't buy that he was "scared".

You do realize it's just a debate, and we have a $14 trillion economy at stake, right? Having that PhD in economics and all ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's the deal, folks: MCCAIN'S RUNNING OUT OF MONEY. HE CAN'T AFFORD TO CONTINUE RUNNING HIS TV ADS. The collapsing economy just happens to provide a convenient solution to his own financial problems. Amazing.

Posted by: Damon | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What is this stunt? I think by spooking the markets by firing from the hip, we may precipitate what we precisely don't want.

Posted by: Cc | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't he just give up? Desperate, or what? Waa! I'm losing! Can you spell P A N I C??? I guess the idea of an unscripted display of his recently adopted campaign persona freaked him out! Palin exposed. De-regulation exposed. Republican ideology exposed. There's always Fear and Hatred, that's worked for Republicans before.

No More Years!!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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 5:56 PM | Report abuse

good thing obama got that great deal on his mansion, what about the rest of us struggling to pay our mortgages.. I guess he'd rather win the election than win the war.

hey how come no one is polling me -

Posted by: country first | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

BOB, Sara, and Politicus:

The VP debate is only a week away -- no need to change BOTH schedules needlessly -- besides, you don't want to disappoint Gwen Ifill, do you?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Johnny Mac to the rescue! Swooping in and putting the hurt on global economic calamities with a host of strategic meetings in Washington! Hoo boy. The man's motives are so very transparent and all that I see is one who knows that Swooping in and... will be a hell of a lot easier than debating someone as knowledgeable, articulate and adept as Mr. Obama.

Posted by: luke | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

A president should be able to MULTITASK. McCain is dealing with the economy and participating in a debate too much for you to handle?.... And you expect to be President of the United States? Perhaps you should drop out of the election.

Posted by: JP | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

J:

No, I am not. I would vote for a pro-life African-American (for instance, Alan Keyes ; )

Beth in VA:

My apologies for offending your sensitive ears. As I understand the McCain campaign spokesperson, all of his ads are being withdrawn for the next two days, but some are in the pipeline and cannot be cancelled.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Let Palin take his place

Posted by: BOB | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

There's a very simple answer here, folks. If the President cannot fulfill his duty, the task is given to the Vice President. Same should be true of campaigns.

If McCain feels he can't or won't debate as scheduled, he can simply send Sarah Palin in his stead. She isn't a legislator, so she won't have to go vote on the bailout, and the campaign insists that she can hold her own.

So what's the problem? Let Obama and Palin debate!

Posted by: Sara | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to save his de-regulation face and try to appear to lead. Everyone knows his history is campaigning for deregulation and had mostly forgotten his close ties to the Keating 5 and the previous Savings and Loan Disaster.

Enough socialization of corporate and executive losses! I pray this debt will not be passed to the average taxpayer to save FAILED business models

Posted by: McPain | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Grand standing. A week ago the economy was sound now he has to stop the campaign, go hide in Washington D.C. and figure out what the Rovians will want to do to save his campaign. It is McCain/Rove politics as usual.

Posted by: Perspective | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Sarah Palin can fill in for John McCain at the debates. After all, she is qualified to assume the responsibilities as President if McCain is unable to perform. Obama, being much younger, can probably do both. That way everyone wins, the public, Obama, McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Politicus | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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Obviously, McCain is attempting to throw a wrench in the works as he is slip-sliding behind in the polls.
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Posted by: egc52556 | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

What a half-cocked, impetus thing for McCain to do. Haven't we had enough leadership of rash decisions?

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

BRAVO MCCAIN! This is twice now that the Rep. guy put HIS campaign on hold to take care of our country (once during the Rep. convention to see to the hurriance condidtions and today's decision). Works for me! McCain believes what he preaches....country before party! A much better choice than the clearly opportunist Obama who has spent a year proving he cares mostly about Obama (and his presidential win). He's beaten up the Clintons (remember Bill had the HIGHEST approval rating of any president leaving the White House since WWII - Obama brought his legacy down for his OWN sake) and he couldn't care less about the actual REPRESENTATION of Women and ignored us (the Dems.) when we said we wanted the "Dream Ticket!!!!"

Posted by: gaypastor | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse


My, my.

News cycle not going our way?
Reporters getting a little too close for comford?

Looks like we need a "time out"

When you're losing the fight - good time to run.
Just what we need in a president.

Posted by: dd1 | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ibelieve better reults are achieved by competition. Why should these guys work together? If any one of them had the guts to stick out his neck, it would show he has at least some presidential characteristic.

I want the plan killed and I want to see one of the candidates say so.

Posted by: ReformerRay | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ever been in a game when your team is losing and wish to reset the game clock instead of the shot clock. Well, Mccain wants to reset the campaign clock and tomorrow he may call upon postponing the elections.

Mccain - it is GAME OVER for you. Fire Rick Davis who put you into this mortgage mess with is ties to Freddie Mac by taking millions.

Posted by: tony | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Duh - move the debate to Washington so they can attend to the economy and not waste time travelling. Alternatively, have someone from SNL stand in for McCain.

Posted by: gph | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Independent Democrat and Lola Sanderman:

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? That's kinda McCain's strong suit, so I don't buy that he was "scared".

You realize it's just a debate, and we have a $14 trillion economy at stake, right?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Its seems that for Obama a debate is more important than country. Maybe Obama can debate himself in a Senate stall.

Posted by: Campbell | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow !!! McCain is stepping up. Where has he been during the Hurricane Katrina fiasco, Bush's WMD scam, and these fly by night homeloans, etc. that led to this economic disaster.
Yes, doing those false advertisements for his campaign.
I bet the Palin debate is cancelled because it conflicts with the opening of plane hunting for seals season.

Posted by: Skeppy Tic | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, the bill is stalling because it's a bad bill. Unless McCain is going back to DC to rewrite it, he should stick with campaigning. There's really no glory in helping to push through a bad bill that won't solve the economic problems.

Posted by: LearntoMultiTask | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This is another "war on iraq" 'emergency' with sole purpose for Bushism is to GRAB all the money they can BEFORE their term is over and to also DISTRACTS from the election. Don't discount that Bush wants to 're-elect' all the crooks involved on the basis of fear. McCain wants to 'deal' because he is DOOMED to loose. Obama needs to be VERY careful of not being fooled into a trap.

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

JakeD is a racist

Posted by: J | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, I just had to listen to another one of McCain's negative ads. McCain's actions are so erratic and non-sensical lately. Inconsistent. He wants to be non-partisan, but his campaign spokesmen are speaking poorly of Obama at the same time.

I don't see how inserting his very political self inton the middle of Congress will help at all. He's not President, and it seems very presumptuous of him to think he can not sent foot in the senate since April and then suddenly solve the problem alone. If McCain were a true statesman he would have worked out a statement with Obama first before going on the air.

Posted by: Beth in VA | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Neither senator has some magical well of expertise or consensus-building from which they can draw to solve this huge financial crisis--therefore, McCain's "country first" stunt of suspending his campaign and the debates is laid bare.

The presence of two people in Washington is not going to resolve the problem any faster, and in fact will probably hinder things as the media will continually clamor for remarks from the candidates and from other pols about the two candidates.

Posted by: Piter | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

PATHETIC!!! Every time McCain's poll numbers slip, he does something "BOLD" (read desperate and irrational). Sarah Palin - Hail Mary Pass #1... Suspend Campaign - Hail Mary Pass #2... What's next???


First, he admits he doesn't know economics. Then, he says the economy is strong. Now, three days later, it's such a disaster that he (in all his infinite wisdom) must run off to singlehandedly save the day? Please!


This is either a purely political stunt or McCain simply can't do two things at once - prepare for a debate and be a US senator - if that's the case, how on earth can he be our next President? The average soccer mom can multitask better than that!

Posted by: Mia W | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Debate can wait a couple of days.

Just because Obama sat around and crammed for it does not mean it should go ahead.

If the elections are more important, lets stock up on prozac and wait for the depression.

Action speak louder than words. Obama suspended his campaign during the hurricane, no one complained. Why should anyone complain when he is asked to do his job.

Posted by: Indep | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This is baloney. McCain doesn't know where he stands on anything anymore and is looking for a timeout to figure it out. Too bad. Palin's trying to use the tried and true GOP scare tactics, talking of a depression like she's an economics expert now too. I guess she can see a bank from her front porch as well. The debates must go on as scheduled!

Posted by: Carl C | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"John 'The Fundamentals are Strong" McCain Cries Uncle Like a School Girl"... More at 11... Yea, they should dedicate half the debate to economic crisis to see where they stand. I don't want to hear McCain explain how he's going to rekindle the cold war again... Of course his campaign is not trying to save money by not advertising are they. Folks, McCain will screw us, same way he did us in AZ by championing deregulation of electric...

Posted by: Justin McCarthy | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

the debate is 90 mins folks... I ask is there a better time then now to see these guys perform? This is actually the greatest moment ever to seen what these guys really can do!

Posted by: reasonable | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Neither of the candidates are on the Senate's Joint Economic Committee and neither one of them are experts on the economy. Their going to Washington will just be a distraction. In the meantime, the election is in 40 days and they haven't debated yet! Voters need to hear the candidates' positions on the issues (including the economy).

Posted by: Meeg | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising that John "I [heart] deregulation" McCain would want a locked-room meeting about this.

It's also not surprising that he'd want a timeout on the campaign, given how things are going.

Perhaps somebody should let McCain know that the campaign is *not* the hardest part of being President, and ask him if he still thinks he's up to it.

Posted by: Whippy | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

dd1:

Doing what SENATORS are elected to do is now a "cheap stunt"?! If there’s no legislation passed by Congress, and signed into law, by Friday night, BOTH Senators should stay in the Capitol until that’s accomplished. If "The One" can get that all done tomorrow, great, we can have our little debate (it wasn’t so important to Obama when McCain offered to do WEEKLY townhall meetings months ago ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is dumb enough to take any of this seriously, he shouldn't be running for President.

Give this 12 hours, and it will be abundantly clear that McCain's move is nothing short of a sign of desperation.

He is the second coming of Ross Perot.

Posted by: Losercuda | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I hereby suspend my car payments due to this crisis!

John McCain is pure genius... Why didn't I think of this......

Posted by: erik | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it. McCain knew he was going to be run over in the debate and found a way to declare a "snow day".

After seeing Letterman ask detailed questions of Obama he also cancelled his appearance on the show rather than have to answer questions. Letterman would not let Obama not answer a question....I have yet to see McCain answer a question.

We need to hear McCain in this debate without his campaign manager whispering the answers in his ear.

Let free speech rule....

Posted by: markscoular | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It's perfectly legitimate to continue to perform one's duty as a Senator during this crisis, but it is also perfectly legitimate to continue any political campaign. McCain is attempting to "redress" his image as someone who is concerned about the economy (when in fact it doesn't matter much to him, he's got his and the devil take the rest).

Posted by: Independent Democrat | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Something Mr. Obama realizes that Mr. McCain doesn't seem to realize is the power of modern communications technology. As this site, and many others demonstrate, it is possible to exercise leadership and be involved in decision-making at a very high level through web-based communication, through email, through Blackberries, etc. Mr. McCain is of an older generation which believes that physical presence at a meeting is necessary; a younger generation knows that it isn't, that web-conferencing and other technologies obviate the need for physical presence.

(By the way ... the candidates' middle names are irrelevant data; mentioning them and capitalizing them simply demonstrates ignorant prejudice.)

Posted by: Eric, Cleveland, Ohio | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

macine is not cool it is all about obama

Posted by: tomtom | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

It does sound reasonable that both senators go back to Washington for now and I also agree with Obama that it is vitally important for the American people to hear from their potential POTUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Why can't they do both the debate AND work on the economy?

I mean, as president there will be multiple projects and crisis' to be dealt with everyday.

You want the job -- you might as well show us how well you can do that job.

Do BOTH!

Posted by: Lola Sanderman | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear John McCain has a "Time Machine" where he seems to be able to press a button when things dont go his way and POOF!... Time stops.... We all need one of those fill us in John

Posted by: erik | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

What a cheap stunt.

The man is a coward and utterly without honor.

Posted by: dd1 | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe anybody still believes anything the Bush Administration says or does. This "crisis" erupted less than 7 days ago and now Congress has to make a flip decision to the tune of $700 billion dollars in 5 days? Give me a break. This is "weapons of mass destruction" all over again. Bush is trying to get one last piece of American taxpayers money before he leaves.

I'm not fooled by the chicken little routine one bit. This entire economy won't crash in 2 days. Give me a break. And if it would, it's not over a mortgage. It's because someone made a bet that has come due and now the loan sharks are moving in. And that's not the type of thing I think the government should be involved in anyway.

You people call yourselves fiscally conservatives, but Republicans are anything but.

Posted by: Here we go again | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I think if McCain doesn't show up Obama can fill in for him, just switch podiums and do your best impersonation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

How, exactly, does the “debate” go forward if one participant doesn’t show up?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

LateBreakingMuse:

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 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Will you accept the scripted Presidential 'debate' again?
Brought to you by your 'good friends' at Wall Street.

No Paul or Nader Main Street USA,
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Posted by: OPEN REAL DEBATES | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

While it may have been a political move for McCain to suspend his campaign ("Country First" after all) it is a good idea for them both to be in DC if needed.

That said, we have these things called airplanes -- they should both be able to to the debate and deal with this crisis. A president should be able to multitask.

http://latebreakingmuse.blogspot.com/

Posted by: LateBreakingMuse | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama and McCain should arm wrestle on the floor of the senate for the right to claim this one.

http://www.bop-o-rama.com

Posted by: I get Paid to be in Washington? | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Sounds reasonable to me that BOTH Senators go back to the Capitol at this point in time.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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