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McCain's Gamble

Republican presidential nominee John McCain suspended his campaign yesterday so he could rush to Washington to help solve the financial crisis. That may (or may not) mean that his long-scheduled and much anticipated first debate Friday with Democratic nominee Barack Obama will be delayed.

As Dan Balz writes in his analysis, "if things don't go as he hopes, " McCain risks "a judgment by voters that his move was a reckless act by an impetuous and struggling politician that hardened partisan lines in Washington at just the wrong moment..."

At this early hour, I have rarely seen our Readers Who Comment so one-sided in their remarks, which for the most part criticize McCain. It is possible that this is an organized effort by Democrats to dominate the message boards, but voices from both sides of the political aisle are usually more evenly divided than we're seeing here.

Several readers suggest that McCain felt he had to do something, noting that recent polls show Obama opening up some space. Some pro-McCain comments note that McCain -- in the early days of the campaign -- proposed eight town-hall style debates, an offer Obama declined to accept, and ask what's the big deal.

We'll start with alexadav, who asked, "How is McCain going to "solve" the bailout bill? He isn't in the majority, he isn't in the executive branch, he isn't in Republican leadership, and he isn't on the relevant committees... I frankly don't want a man who thought the fundamentals of our economy were sound 8 days ago directing or even giving input on how to fix the very obviously broken economy."

ChrisDC wrote, "...I think this will be a win-win for both Obama and McCain, but it's risky for McCain because Republicans are holding up this bailout, and if McCain can't bring them together, or if he brokers a compromise that doesn't implement serious oversight, he comes out as a failure, or as another Republican who refuses to 'regulate' ANY aspect of the government..."

abc3 said, "If McCain were serious about suspending political activity to work on the settlement, he would not have blindsided Obama by issuing his press statement before he and Obama had agreed on their bipartisan statement. At that point, he chose political advantage over bipartisanship."

GoHuskies2004 wrote, "...He blindsides Obama, and then he talks about bipartisanship out of the other side of his mouth. Even this conservative can see right through this ridiculous effort..."

rubenlruiz said, "Senator McCain has a 26-year record of disdain for oversight and regulation of financial institutions. He calls off the presidential debate as to offer his personal oversight to the bailout of said institutions that have crashed due to lack of political oversight and regulation from hacks like himself! Does anyone see the sick irony here? Shakespeare couldn't write this stuff!..."

birdaa wrote, "this is nothing but a transparent stunt. where the hell was McCain's concern about the economy while he was pushing all the deregulation that caused this mess through the senate?..."

But MarkFoxenberg said, "John McCain is a bold leader, and a man who has the vision to lead America in a time of crisis. Obama is an amateur and a radical with no new ideas, except to re-hash 1960's radicalism. Every day I love John McCain more and more!"

And ToddHK wrote, "This is exactly what we need, a man who is willing to put country first ahead of politics. I admire McCain's decision and hope Obama will follow his lead in working to out America's interest ahead of his own."

However, Annie11 said, "Mr. McCain is not looking for a bipartisan plan. He is looking for a miracle. He hasn't done enough homework to debate Obama on the economy and he is hoping to postpone and while he is at it find some way to keep the Palin debate from happening as it is clear they don't want her talking off script..."

Kansas28 wrote, "Both Senators McCain and Obama should be in Washington. This is a crisis and it needs to be addressed now. Senator McCain did not ask to cancel the debate; he asked to postpone it until the financial bailout details are worked through."

inthehood said, "Let's be realistic: Obama and McCain do not need to be in the room to work out the details of this economic mess... Either [McCain's] looking to bailout his campaign by stalling for time, or swoop into Washington and try and take credit for a deal being brokered by others. Either way, it's pathetic."

ann_shannon wrote, "The interesting thing is just how Presidential and thoughtful Barack was tonight in his comments. And so dead on, that the American people need to know where both candidates stand on this now, but NOT in a manipulative way. Barack is so good at being grounded, and clear and exercising real leadership, when all McCain has is manipulation. It is quite the contrast, really."

We'll close with LisaWhite1, who said, "Neither Obama or McCain is president yet so the proper forums for them to express their views on the economic situation are press conferences and the long anticipated presidential debates..."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  September 25, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Economy Watch , McCain , Obama , Presidential Politics  
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Gas prices


I would like all reader to not fill up there cars and put gas into your tank daily, 5 gallons

Why, if we can get 2/3rds of all drives to do this where will the gasoline and oil companys stor all that extra gasoline

someone can do the math thanks

100 cars 20 gallon tank = 200 x 20,000 car = 4,000,000 gallons of gas @ 3.89 per gallon you do the math

now if we can just take five minutes per day and only put in what we use each day were will they stor the rest of that gas .

I would like to start this movment for six months

Please spreed the word, if we are lucky american will at least have better control on gasoline stortages.

we will be getting lower gas prices or the oil companys will spend more money in storage, I think we will have a win win

so please help send this to 20 of your friends and ask them to sent it to 20 more till we hit 20mil

add anything you can to help suport this

Thanks Victor

Posted by: victor feeney | September 28, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Off topic, but there seems to be a problem with some of these blogs. If this comment shows up, then your's is working correctly.

But other blogs are sometimes not showing the large "comments:" text box, where the comment is actually entered, or the smaller "Name" text box.

Often, nothing but the red "Post a Comment" text appears along with the instructions for posting, e.g., "We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even ...".

I've tried switching browsers and the problem is still there. Other people report seeing the same thing with different use names and coming from different IP addresses.

Posted by: Comment Tester | September 27, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Haha Give me a break! Obama is good at debating, I'll give him that. But, anyone can have their debate team write lines and have a leader read them. Obama agreed with almost everything McCain said, Obama kept loosing his cool, "Oh, please America, don't believe that, it's not true!" Sure Obama knows about the crisis now, but Republicans idea? And also, Obama...how can you spend three more deals? WE ARE IN DEBT ALEADY!! That's the mess we are trying to get out of! And plus, all Obama can say about the war is, "Oh dear, we shouldn't have done it!" Ok, yea sure why not? McCain has the experience...Obama is just a smooth talker, plain and simple!

Posted by: thadude | September 27, 2008 3:57 AM

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It sounds to me like you got your panties in a bunch. Obama smoked McCain big-time last night. I loved it when McCain started getting on Obama about nuclear power, and storing nuclear fuel. When Obama said, Yeah john, tell everyone what you said about storing spent fuel in your state, McCain flipped out and cut Obama off. McCain should take a look at the problems France has with their nuclear waste instead of looking at the profits that can be made. Also, ya see the way McCain kept on saying I'll take care of our veterans, and they know me. I don't know why Obama lets him get away with it. McCain has voted against our Veterans and soldiers needs for years. He'll keep them on the battle field, but if they need anything more than bullets forget about it. Why do ya think our soldiers gave more money to Obama's campaign by a margin of 6 to 1. And then ya got his "PORK BARREL" spending that he's gonna ve-tooo with his old pen. Somebody needs to ask John where all that saved money goes to. It goes to the same place as the money he saved form cutting our soldiers needs,,,, to the war profiteers. John should've told the American people about Neil Mallon Bush, William H.T. ("Bucky") Bush, Marvin P. Bush, and the rest of the Bush family members that are making millions of dollars in Iraq with their dummy companies at the expense of us dummy American tax payers. Can you believe the press doesn't have anything to say about this. Does anyone see a conflict of interest here? Bush and McCain will stay in Iraq forever building things that weren't even there before the war because we're to stupid to say anything about it.

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Posted by: Hemi | September 27, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Haha Give me a break! Obama is good at debating, I'll give him that. But, anyone can have their debate team write lines and have a leader read them. Obama agreed with almost everything McCain said, Obama kept loosing his cool, "Oh, please America, don't believe that, it's not true!" Sure Obama knows about the crisis now, but Republicans idea? And also, Obama...how can you spend three more deals? WE ARE IN DEBT ALEADY!! That's the mess we are trying to get out of! And plus, all Obama can say about the war is, "Oh dear, we shouldn't have done it!" Ok, yea sure why not? McCain has the experience...Obama is just a smooth talker, plain and simple!

Posted by: thadude | September 27, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

"Face it Obama has never done anything concrete in the Senate, never took a real stance on anything unless it was politically expedient and how many times did he only vote "present" when he had to vote on important issues because he could not make up his mind.

It is CLEAR that all he can to is talk and make speeches (and not even talk well when he is unscripted and without a TelePrompter)..."
Posted by: Rachel | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM
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Rachael,
You really should do a little research BEFORE you open your yap. However, I doubt you have any real interest is using facts. But, for everyone else's benefit, here is a little background on Sen. Obama's legislative history.

Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.

Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.

Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate.

His record is, in fact, quite impressive for a junior Senator from Illinois.

Anyone who is INTERESTED in getting the facts (Rachael excluded for obvious reasons), go here:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/2/21/164117/783?new=true

If you don't trust the facts listed on this site, then go to www.thomas.gov and do the research yourself.

I don't mind someone disagreeing with the opinions or accomplishments of someone. I do have a problem when someone LIES about a person's opinions or accomplishments.


Posted by: LewA | September 26, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Seeing how McCain is after all the maverick., least thats what they keep telling us. It shouldnt surprise us that he would be willing to take big gambles>? Wonder if he knows when to hold them and fold them. http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 26, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

If only Mr. Obama had been there, the result would have been immediate reconciliation. The problem would have been solved, and if Mr. Obama didn't prefer the outcome, he could have voted "Present". Or "Disinterested". Or "This Job is Really Beneath a Man of My Talent".

Posted by: Lynn | September 26, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

So, McCain shows up and the agreement collapses! Nice bipartisan work. He cannot even work with his own party!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 26, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Mr. Obama wins the Mr. Arrogance title, while Mr. McCain takes home the "Let's work the problem" title. Mr. Obama is like the fireman who, when the alarm rings, goes back to sleep after telling the rest of the guys on the shift "call me if it gets really bad. I'll shower up and take a cab right over."
McCain showed up to his actual job, ready to learn and to help. Obama acts like he already knows everything, including how the problem will be resolved, and so prefers not to do the job for which he was elected.
"Senator" seems not to be a sufficiently significant title for Mr. Obama. So let's all begin referring to him as "Your Wonderful Heroness".

Posted by: Lynn | September 26, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

McCain is flailing about in desperation. He doesn't know what to do about his campaign, about Palin, and about the financial meltdown. So he lurches around, slashing in every direction, making things worse. He gives every indication of being unstable. We can't have this man in the White House!

Posted by: Liam | September 26, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse


Nuff Said


Posted by: Jesus-Wants-Obama-To-Win | September 26, 2008 5:15 AM | Report abuse

McPhony has one last card up his sleeves. Now that he has gone to Washington to cause a rukus, he will wait until Friday evening and try to make a deal during the time Obama is waiting in Mississippi at the podium for the debate. McCain will anounce from Washington that finally there is a breaktrhough and the parties have signed on the dotted line. Where is Obama during that time? Waiting at the podium for McPhony to show up.

Posted by: Markus | September 26, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit, the McChicken one made me chuckle.

Honestly, it's all the -vote with the party liners- have. They are uninformed, except by what their friends (who are typically uninformed as well) tell them or what they see on TV. They realize they could not possibly speak intelligently about the issues or where their own candidate stands on them, much less the opposing side.

Even though they tend to quote party line media sources and blogs as sources of "news and fact" from time to time, they usually go with the always ammusing name change game to make their point rather than joining in on a logical conversation about the election.

Posted by: MikeVA | September 25, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

McLiar
McChicken
McShame
McSame
McFeign

Above is the real point of these "Readers Who Comment". They hate John McCain, and they have almost unlimited time to waste in getting that point across.

Posted by: StopThat! | September 25, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

So McCain's limo comes screeching around the corner of the White House and slides up to the front portico and McCain jumps out, blathering incoherently as he stumbles through the front door as fast as the Marine guard can open it. He runs into the conference room screaming and yelling "You haven't signed anything yet have you? My friends, please tell me you haven't signed the agreement yet!"

"Well, no John, we haven't. Are you okay?" says the President.

"Yah George, I'm fine. I just wanted to be sure I got in here before you guys all had your picture taken by the photographer.

"I have to look Presidential you know. Put 'America First' you know. Part of my campaign strategy. You might have seen my posters? Those things cost me some serious change. Oh well, Im all about change!"

"Oh hello Barack. I see you beat me here. I would have been here before you but I have been busy suspeneding my campaign just for this event. Takes time to suspend a campaign, you know, Barack."

"Well I wouldn't know John. I have never ever considered it. Wouldn't know where to begin, you know?"

"Well George, if you and Barack don't mind, I'd like to get this dog and pony showing going. Let's get the pictures so we can show the taxpayers we are on top of things as usual. Besides I got a huge campaign I need to un-suspend so I need to leave asap and get this airplane off the ground, you know what I mean?"

"Sure John, whatever!"


To quote the comedian Gallagher (seems appropriate!)....

"Now WTF was that all about back there??"

Posted by: Humpty Dumpty | September 25, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The media (owned by Obama supporting liberals) reports

This is considered a very closely held secret the Obama owns the Media. TAnd that it secretly supports the left wing of the Democratic Party.

How did you find out? Who told you? We need to to know so that we can plug the leak.

Please don't tell anyone else as this will weaken the Obama strategy.

This was NOT suppose to slip out. Dammit!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

They will end up canceling the Palin Debate. They would do anything to keep her quiet.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Its time for McCain to be tested for Alzheimer's. He cannot debate in the same day he participates in the bailout considerations.
That would make more sense if he had been in on the negotiations.

They already had an agreement before he got to town.


Posted by: Bruce | September 25, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

China and Venezuela Wednesday signed a dozen agreements, including one on doubling a joint investment fund to $12 billion and another on extending energy cooperation.

Russia will lend ___ billions of dollars to Venezuela to buy Russian arms…

Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost, south of our borders.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for the Senators heading back to DC to "help", but what does that have to do with having a debate on Friday night, long after the Market closes for the weekend?

Posted by: I still don't get it | September 25, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

(LA Times)
"Democrats had hoped to reach a framework agreement with Republicans before the White House meeting, which would rob McCain of an opportunity to claim credit for the deal. The Arizona senator suspended his presidential campaign and returned to Washington this morning."

In doing so, they released a statement earlier today that a deal had been reached, as a result the markets responded well, and no such deal has actually been reached, but everyone agrees that progress has been made. Who is stunting now?

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

rachel: No he didn't, sweetie. He actually said "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" first, then came back a day later and added the workers line. YOU need to check the facts and get it straight. Or, maybe you need to stop watching FOX and start reading up-to-date reporting without the GOP filter.

Yon McSame supporters have got NOTHING to run on, just like your old man in Arizona. Start reading some facts that might make that mush you call gray matter actually matter.

Posted by: evie | September 25, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

It is really incredible that the Mccain campaign has so little regard for the intelligence of the American people. His ultimate choice of Sarah Palin instead of his own choice of Joe Lieberman showed the crass political strategy that he and his advisors really have-say and do anything to be President and treat the opposition candidate with disdain and disrespect. Now the twn moves to "showcase" Sarah Palin speaking with leaders in New York but barring the press and any questions and the latest move to postpone his campaign and the debate to descend from Mount Olympus to cure the economic problems-which he showed little interest in reforming during his long tenure (See Keating Five)-is not even a good plot for a TV sitcom! Please give the American people more intelligence and run a pre-2000 campaign!!!

Posted by: martin shapiro | September 25, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Ben- Florida: Tough to "fix" something when you aren't in ANY of the negotiating, aren't on a single relevant committee because you know nothing about the subject, and not actually welcome by ANYONE doing the negotiating because you have a habit of grandstanding like you did during the immigration negotiations. Look it up. The old man completely lost control during those negotiations and caused the whole thing to shut down after he arrived, months after they were under way, to take credit.

McCain has always been handed everything, without ever working for it. His entire life history is a case study in someone who never had to actually work hard for anything. The only exception was when he was shot down and held as a POW. And the last time I checked with my Dad, a former Vietnam POW, that doesn't entitle you to anything except lifetime VA benefits and a hearty "thank you" on veterans day.

Posted by: doug | September 25, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Robbyne: So where's he been since April, the last time he voted?

Posted by: Jebus | September 25, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN WILL WIN - YOU ALL KNOW IT

Half the country is republican. Some Hillary supporters are going to vote McCain/Palin. Some tree-huggers are going to vote Nader. The Democrat's half is being split up too much.

The media (owned by Obama supporting liberals) reports that this thing is so close. Just wait...McCain is going to win and there will be no need for a re-count.

It won't even be close.

MCCAIN WILL WIN - YOU ALL KNOW IT

Posted by: McCain 2008 | September 25, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Now all you sh*& talkin' liberals. Watch Obama get spanked in the debate tomorrow. He is a lightweight pansy.

Posted by: j | September 25, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

(AP)
Democrat Barack Obama studied and practiced privately with aides in a Florida hotel Tuesday in the first of three days of intense preparations for his upcoming foreign policy debate with GOP rival John McCain.
Obama is planning to venture outside the hotel to get local media coverage while he's in Florida. He began his visit with a news conference, has a rally planned for Wednesday, and aides say other outings to meet locals are possible.

This is multi-tasking and still campaigning, give me a break :).

I've stated numerous times on here that I think this was a bad political move for McCain, but I'm also not mindless.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

To all the Obama/Biden supporters:

At the end of the day, we must be looking for some other country to live in if they do not get elected, and let the McFeign and Ms. Adulterous-Pal-lies supporters pay the taxes for the bail-out-of-jail white-collar financial criminals. No Taxation without Representation. We the People will have a Boston Tea Party on Main Street USA.

Posted by: mzbond | September 25, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

McChicken want's to President?! We don't need a coward in the Whitehouse!

Feaver mentioned that there might be an "organized effort by Democrats to dominate the message boards," which made me laugh because of how ridiculous a statement that is. Dems aren't sheep like the Repugs, Feaver.

Posted by: miknugget | September 25, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain is trying to dodge the preverbal bullet that would be inflicted during the debate with Sen. Obama.
I think his actions show cowardice and lack of confidence in his ability to preform under pressure.
Bad for McCain, good for Obama.
Neither candidate is so important at this time that they would be missed at the round table with Bush. They need to continue on with their task at hand, which is to prove their ability to run this country.

Posted by: Riswest | September 25, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Worldflier,

I was not aware of the followup bill you, but having actually looked at it, one thing stands out just like the others, they were introduced and cosponsored by Republicans. Thanks for bringing it to my attention though.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Dear Senator McCain: Thank you for your valiant military service and sacrifice. Now go the fuuck away.

Yours truly,
American Voters

Posted by: ThanksEnoughJohn | September 25, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a feeble old senator, who is starting to appear a little senile. He doesn't know the first thing about economics. What exactly is planning to do in Washington that will help the current economic situation? What can he do?

Nothing. There is absolutely nothing John McCain can do in Washington to help this economy. It's out of his hands. He is dodging the debate while trying to look like a leader. This will backfirem just like keeping Palin away from reporters has backfired.

Posted by: Ha | September 25, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

No one has put forth a single reason why dealing with the the financial crisis requires the debate to be cancelled.

Posted by: ObviousSmokeScreen | September 25, 2008 4:30 PM
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Because there is no reason. McCain knows it and the rest of America knows it also. The only people that don't know this is......RIGHT you guess it, DUMBAZZ REPUGS!!! LOLOLOLOL They know it's over for McCain now!! And oh by the way, I can see Russia from my porch!!! LOLOLOLOL

Posted by: McCain blows the presidency! | September 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

No one has put forth a single reason why dealing with the the financial crisis requires the debate to be cancelled.

Posted by: ObviousSmokeScreen | September 25, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems to have forgotten that he is a Senator too and has certain respon sibilities while he holds the position.
Looks like he has been running for President since he was born. He never finished any term, he was elected for.


Posted by: pshamim | September 25, 2008
3:56 PM
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First Pshamim, learn AMERICAN POLITICS before you make dumbazz remarks like yours. Obama does have responsibilities, HE is a senator and the only thing he could do in Washington right now is vote if there is a vote. He might have wanted to be president since he was a kid but that is an AMERICAN dream for a lot of kids you buttmunch! You didn't mention not one policy or anything you disagreed with so for you, you get the dumbazz post award! Come and get your sign dummy.

Posted by: pshamin is another dumbazz | September 25, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's the latest results of a quick Newsday Poll. Stupid move John

Do you think McCain was right postponing the debate?

Yes, Wall Street is in shambles. (488 responses)

13.4%

Probably, the US economy is more important than politics. (573 responses)

15.7%

No, voters have to elect a new president in two months and now they will be less informed. (871 responses)

23.9%

No, McCain is just trying to dodge debating Obama. (1646 responses)

45.2%

Don't care, debates are boring anyway. (66 responses)

1.8%

* 3644 total responses

Posted by: Timothy Crocker | September 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Postpone, NOT cancel. The state of the economy is far more important than keeping a debate on schedule. The debate will be just as important next week as tomorrow night.

I somehow have a feeling if it were Obama heading back to Washington during this crisis, all of his hip and cool liberal lemmings and the media would be praise him and McCain would be selfish for continuing his campaign.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

George Bush is an utter embarrassment to the human race. Does anyone else find themselves, as I do, hiding their face from the lower animals for fear they will recognize you as being of the same species as Bush?

Posted by: ElephantMan | September 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

No MikeVa, Obama was preparing for the debate AND campaigning. Why are you defending McCain's shameless political ploy?

Posted by: Go Barack! | September 25, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't see McCain's unsettling behavior is a result of fear but confusion. He is being told by Karl Rove's best student (Schmidt) what to do and how to do it except times are different and McCain is not W. I would call this a stunt . . . to make it look as if McCain was thinking of the country first except he wasn't.

The bill was sent to Congress by the President (Paulson) and went straight to the Banking Committee. Neither Obama nor McCain is on that committee. Dodd (on the committee) said Obama kept in close contact with him on a daily basis to talk pro/con about the situation. Dodd does not believe anyone on the committee spoke with McCain (he didn't call them) but I'll grant someone on his staff probably did keep in contact. Still until the bill was ready to hit the floor of the Senate there was no reason to change the campaign schedule. McCain had to do something, he was getting beaten up in the news, Palin was coming off as less than stellar and the campaign decided this was the method. Bush saved his backside by saying OK yeah, we'll have a meeting but instead of a small working meeting Bush pushed it to the afternoon and invited more people -- a photo op nothing more.

This goes back to a line in Obama's speech in Denver -- questioning McCain's temperment and judgment. Obama has looked and acted presidential, he can't be the expert on everything nor can he stop doing what he's doing -- the people need to see their leaders being leaders, acting the part even if they aren't sure what the end result will be. McCain is not sure of his position, changes from speech to speech and seems (at least from this last gaffe) to be unable to handle more than one thing at a time.

All that had to be done was to announce they were in constant communication with the party leaders writing their version of the bill, that they were up-to-date on what needed to be included. Both have big private jets and both would keep themselves available, their schedules fluid to fly back to DC for the vote. Both have been out on votes -- Obama back for a vote or two but McCain hasn't been there even for votes since April. The debate is for 8 p.m. on Friday night -- the bill if still in committee means nothing for them to do. If the bill is being voted on then think about postponing a debate but more than likely if not signed on late Friday they will stop and reconvene in the morning (Saturday) and again with planes Mississippi is 2-3 hours from DC. This was a political move that shows McCain is running around like Chicken Little (the sky is falling) while Obama looks steady and a leader to trust. I realize those are intrepretations of actions but McCain is hardly a newcomer to the political scene and should be well aware of how to act . . . that he isn't makes me wonder why and if reporters should have found something last Memorial Day weekend when using their 3 hours only to review the 1000+ medical records he released for review only. If that's the case the truth should be told -- we would be voting for Obama-Biden and ____-Palin, hardly fair to the American voter.

Posted by: MarleneS | September 25, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

LMFAO at the lIBERAL MORONS FLAMING a message board.

So, how much is Obama payng you brainless idiots?

LOL, it really is unreal.
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Jorge -- you sound just like the Malkovitch character in "Burn After Reading." How sad. Like Jon Stewart said in defining American conservatives who say they are patriots: "They love their country -- they just hate half of the people who live there." Seems to define you pretty well. LOL indeed. LOL while the rest of us struggle with the real issues.

Posted by: mountainman | September 25, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It's all a big smoke-screen for this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/24davis.html

While Freddie Mac was "adjusting" people's mortgages and companies loans... McCain's Campaign manager was getting paid $15,000 a MONTH to be on "retainer" to these... the people who were the FIRST to get "bailed out". If that gets more press then McCain is $crewed. Enter Bush and the "crisis" smoke-screen!

Posted by: a guy with at least half a brain | September 25, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I still see people towing the line about multi-tasking. Which one of the two candidates stopped campaigning to study for the debate?

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed that our "free market" president nationalized the investment banking industry last week? And you all have the gall to call Obama a socialist? Sounds like Bush and Venezuela's Chavez have a lot in common.

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

MikeVA, Joe, note this line in McCain's Senate speech of May 25, 2006 regarding the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S.190:

"I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation."

The bill was introduced in January, 2005, sponsored by Sen. Hagel, with Sen. Dole and Sen. Sununu as co-sponsors. It was assigned to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

At the time the Senate was controlled by Republicans. Sen. Shelby of Alabama chaired the committee and the committee membership was 11 Republicans, 9 Democrats.

On July 28, 2005, the Republican chaired, Republican controlled committee ordered the bill "reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably." This indicates the bill was an amendment that changed a substantive part, or even most, of the bill was drafted and approved by the committed and the bill was forwarded to the Senate leadership for further discussion or debate.

Nothing further happened regarding the bill and it died when the 109th Congress ended.

S. 1100, a similar bill, was introduced with the amendments from the prior bill in the 110th Congress (the current Congress). It is still pending.

So, McCain becomes a co-sponsor of the original bill on May 25, 2006, 16 months after the bill was introduced and 10 months after the bill was reported out of the committee.

Obviously the bill mattered so much to him that he used his position and skills as a senior Republican leader of the Republican controlled Senate to get the bill passed. (Oops, not quite!)

On an issue so important to him he must have jumped at the chance to be a sponsor of the bill when it was reintroduced in the current Congress. (Nope!) And he's certainly put a lot of effort into getting it passed through the Senate. (Wrong, can't find even a single Senate floor speech from him supporting the new bill.)

Oh, and Obama never voted against the bill. He was not on the committee that handled either the previous or current versions of the bill and the bill never came up for a vote on the Senate floor.

Another bit of BS bites the dust, eh?

Posted by: WorldFlier | September 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Kimo in Alaska - true. But nobody is listening. Therein lies the problem. He successfully took the electorate's collective eyes off of Frau Palin's miserable performance against that journalist giant, Katie Couric (she ain't mike wallace). He also successfully distracted everyone from the fact that his campaign manager's company has been paid by Freddie/Fannie up until last month. I don't like it, but politically it worked.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems to have forgotten that he is a Senator too and has certain respon sibilities while he holds the position.
Looks like he has been running for President since he was born. He never finished any term, he was elected for.

Posted by: pshamim | September 25, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Jorge, shame on you for disadvantaging your kids in the gene pool. Now Darwinism is going to get them early.

Posted by: Charles Darwin | September 25, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Fox News interview with John McCain on March 13, 2008, in which McCain said, "I didn't really love America until I was deprived of her company."
Gee, too bad it didn't work with his wife!"

Posted by: mary lou brown | September 25, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It's all a big smoke-screen for this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/24davis.html

While Freddie Mac was "adjusting" people's mortgages and companies loans... McCain's Campaign manager was getting paid $15,000 a MONTH to be on "retainer" to these... the people who were the FIRST to get "bailed out". If that gets more press then McCain is $crewed. Enter Bush and the "crisis" smoke-screen!

Posted by: guy with at least half a brain | September 25, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

LMFAO at the lIBERAL MORONS FLAMING a message board.

So, how much is Obama payng you brainless idiots?

LOL, it really is unreal.

Posted by: Jorge | September 25, 2008 3:38 PM
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Jorge, you're the reason abortion is legal.

Posted by: Jorge is fuukin stupid! | September 25, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris in Texas, why don't you explain exactly how McCain's "calculated political move" has worked. Seems to me it's backfired. Every single respectable journalist with a column has exposed McCain.

Posted by: Kimo in Alaska | September 25, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Jorge, what are you doing wasting your time on a "Liberal media outlet"?
your candidate is a chicken , all he can do is panicking every time he sees his number tamking and come up with some bull s&*t that only the people in bad faith like you or the gullible believe.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Jorge it is indeed true that it would only take an idiot to outsmart you.

Posted by: JorgeIsADumbFuuck.Really. | September 25, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain said he wants transparency and he go it. Everyone can see right through this ploy. There's only one reason he has to go to Washington and deal with the 'crisis' and can't debate: It is complete window dressing. He thinks that by doing this people will look at him and say, "wow, he has the interest of 'country first.'" Meanwhile, his inability to deal with more than one issue at a time is showing him to be inept and old. In a way I feel sorry for him because Bush fuucked him in the a-s-s in South Carolina in 2000, then spent 8 years trashing the constitution and defiling the country, leaving people to lump McCain in with the imbecile.

Posted by: McCainACrackedFacade | September 25, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

So jorge, did you manage to get all 3 of your brain cells to fire at once to vomit up that last post of yours?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

LMFAO at the lIBERAL MORONS FLAMING a message board.

So, how much is Obama payng you brainless idiots?

LOL, it really is unreal.

Posted by: Jorge | September 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a chicken

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

AMAZING...Congress came to fifnancial agreements without Senator McPalin. On with the debates whether he wants to or not. Nice to see President Bush becoming a
Socialist in his old age.

Posted by: dkmich | September 25, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

MikeVA

Of course McCain isn't afraid of a debate with Obama. He's a pretty good debater by all accounts. To make that assertion is inane. However, McCain's heralded return to Washington (crossing of the Rubicon? Potomic?) was a calculated political move to put Obama back on the defensive (a la Frau Palin). It was a brilliant move and has worked just as he hoped, apparently.

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain being "mum" on whether he'll debate?

Posted by: HoistHimOnHisOwnPetard | September 25, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Parrots. Even Clinton reminded people that McCain is not afraid of debates, he in fact has been asking for more of them all over the country. Obama has refused, he chose to do canned speaches in front of Obama only supporters because that's what he's good at.

They are both pretty decent debaters, but to claim McCain is scared to debate, while Obama refuses a bunch of debate invites from him is just silly.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 3:23 PM
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Puppet: So he's good at debates cause Clinton said it? You a repug agreeing with Clinton? Wow you guys are desperate!!! John McCain knew he was going to get his head split by Obama so he did what every little scared byotch would do, RUN!!!! You say he's a great debater, so if YOU know this, why doesn't he debate Friday and don't come with that lame azz town meeting invite crap! No one in their right mind would agree to a schedule from their OPPONENT, CLOWN! What was John going to do in Washington? He isn't part of the Majority party, he doesn't sit on any Banking committees, he's not part of the leadership.

Posted by: McClame is a byotch! | September 25, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

MikeVa -- McCain may not be afraid, but he's trying to defer the inevitable: being exposed as a fraud with respect to most of the positions he's taken as a presidential candidate (which contradict his past 26 years). Obama will be able to bring that home without being nasty. That's also why McCain a few days ago started telling the media he's not such a great debater. He wants to lower expectations, because he knows he won't be able to meet expectations other than low ones. So you're right, McCain's not afraid. Still, he would rather avoid it if possible, not because of fear, but for the reasons stated.

Posted by: MikePA | September 25, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Parrots. Even Clinton reminded people that McCain is not afraid of debates, he in fact has been asking for more of them all over the country. Obama has refused, he chose to do canned speaches in front of Obama only supporters because that's what he's good at.

They are both pretty decent debaters, but to claim McCain is scared to debate, while Obama refuses a bunch of debate invites from him is just silly.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

A DESPARATE MAN NEEDS A DESPARATE MOVE! Mcsame calls-(KARL ROVE "WHAT SHOULD I DO AND THE NUMBERS ARE TANKING"?) and Rove answers("JUST TAKE THE LOW ROAD CALL THIS THING OFF! AFTER ALL YOU ARE THE MAVERICK"!)The conversation continues- "YOU KNOW WHAT JOHN THE STUPID PUBLIC WILL BUY THE GIMMING JUST SAY AFTER ME COUNTRY FIRST"!!YOU KNOW AS I DO JOHN,ITS OUR PARTY WHICH HAVE MESSED UP BUT KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM BUSH and then roves puts the phone down.

Slash and burn, cut and run!, hide behind a beautiful ladies skirt!. When every move fails, you go for the Joker " COUNTRY FIRST" Why because most of us are the most stupid creatures on earth!. Listen, if you pay taxes, love thy neighbor, whistle blow mistakes! you are a partriot! who put his/her country first!!. There is a difference here, putting admirals names first then calling it country first!. Many Veterans who fought along side Mcsame! never got caught! yet nobody talks about them!. When the son of admiral returns the media made him a hero!! so don't expect the same madia to destroy their by-product. WAKE UP AMERICA! AND REALIZE HOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TANKED EVERYTHING! IF WE DONT BAIL OUT! WE GONNA HAVE ONE BIG NATION WITH THIRD WORLD ECONOMY!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Free Sarah Palin!
Free Sarah Palin!
Free Sarah Palin!
Free Sarah Palin!
Free Sarah Palin!
Free Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Mav"er*ick\, n. In the southwestern part of the United States [where McCain lives], a bullock or heifer that has not been branded, and is unclaimed or wild. Yes, McCain is wild!


Posted by: NationalMaverickSociety | September 25, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Just like Palin is hiding from reporters as much as possible while getting a crash course in foreign policy (is such a thing possible?), McCain is now running from a debate and from Letterman.

Who will MCain run from next? The voters?

The voters certainly should be running from McCain & Palin.

McCain doesn't have the cajones to show up for a debate while his running mate is trying to learn about foreign policy without her mistakes showing.

McCain is too old, tired, and out of touch and new ideas while Palin doesn't know anything except how to preach to others how they should live.

If this doesn't wake up the American voter, what will?

Posted by: abby | September 25, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, McCain's a maverick. No presidential candidate has ever chickened out of a debate before. Maverick. Yep.

Posted by: McCainThePussy | September 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin -- dumber than shiit and proud of it! We've already established the precedent for electing an imbecile: the national embarrassment that now occupies the White House. Why not lower the standards a bit more.

Posted by: John&SarahGoin'Down | September 25, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain is desperate and ill prepared for the debate so a typical Rovian tactic is to change the argument. Use this crisis to deflect attention from the debates and to this crisis so he can slide by like a magician. It's rather pathetic if it wasn't so blatant

Posted by: Paul | September 25, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

There is definitely a crisis! McCain has to make damned sure that his buddies get bailed out! Wake the fuuck up!

Posted by: SaviorJohn | September 25, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Jaa,

Your post is filled with nothing more than a bunch of talking points that have already been regurgitated all of these and many other boards. You're mostly uninformed or only partially informed.

McCain is not wanting the rich CEOs to get rewarded, and it was not Obama's position that he disagrees with (by the way, it's not Obama's plan, it was brought up by other democrats and McCain before he weighed in), they actually agree for the most part on their conditions for support, which is why Obama wanted to do the joint statement in the first place as I understand it.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Jorge, you're a fuuckin dumbass, just as delusional as idiot McCain.

Posted by: JorgeIsADumbass | September 25, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

When is the news media going to show video of Obama's crazy pastor laying hands on lil kids and preaching about hatred toward USA?? REPORT FAIRLY!!!!!!!
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Hey idiot, that's the video of Palins preacher! If you had this video, YOU WOULD HAVE PROVIDED A LINK OR SUMTHIN YOU BUGEATIN NEEDLEDEEK AZZMUNCHER!

Posted by: McClame is a Byotch | September 25, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so if Obama said "ok, let's go to Washington, it ceases to become, by anybody definition, a pollitical ploy.

Obama has made this pollitical, by refusing to go.

Posted by: Jorge | September 25, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Never thought I'd be quoting Clinton, but worth mentioning.

Of McCain's decision to suspend his campaign and go back to Washington.

“I presume he did that in good faith,” Clinton said on Good Morning America, recalling that McCain had “asked for more debates to go all around the country.”

“I don't think we ought to overly parse that. Just let's deal with this issue,” the former president said. “We know he didn't do it because he's afraid, because Senator McCain wanted more debates.”

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Neither McShame or Barack are on any of the committees working on a solution to this mess; they've been asked to stay away; McShame has admitted himself several times that he's illiterate when it comes to economics (so how can he possibly contribute to the situation). He spent the last 10 days putting his foot in his mouth and making one blunder after another; he's dropping in the polls; he has been the one clammering for debates. Now he suddenly has to halt his campaign to rush back to Washington to help with something he admittedly knows nothing about? He needs to cancel the debate because.........? Because he's trying to divert America's attention away from his blunders and senior moments. He's losing the race right now and needs to shake things up and is using this crisis for his own personal gain. Doing it for the country? Hardly. This man is all for himself and no-one else. I'm sorry, that's not quite right - he's for his rich friends. Maybe that's why he really wants to head back to Washington - he needs to make sure Barack's plan of not rewarding the CEO's for putting us in this mess doesn't make it into the proposal. He wants all his rich friends on Wall Street to get their big bonuses and golden parachutes.

We're not stupid McShame, no matter how much you wish we were. We see right through you and your lying, cheating, underhanded, back stabbing ways.

Posted by: jaa | September 25, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Here's a quote from those actually doing the negotiations taken from AP.

""We're going to have to interrupt a negotiating session tomorrow between the Democrats and Republicans on a bill where I think we are getting pretty close, and troop down to the White House for their photo op...." "I wish they'd checked with us."

COUNTRY FIRST!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The man didn't bother to read the THREE-PAGE bailout proposal for the first FOUR DAYS after it was released.

Then, on the fifth day, he decided the bailout proposal was such a huge emergency he needed to drop everything else to save the day.

This would be "management by putting out fires," which is bad enough.

In McCain's case, though, it's worse than that because there's no indication that he has any special powers that would enable him to put out this fire.

In fact, the worst problem the real problem-solvers are facing on this issue is the Bush administration's strategy to label the problem a fire in an effort to force Congress to give the administration carte blanche without proper oversight (again!).

McCain has already reinforced the biggest obstacle to solving this problem in a responsible, effective way.

What next?

Posted by: DoTheMath | September 25, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"Are you denying the existence of Obama's 400+ paid bloggers?"

He pays 'em? Dumb. I'll slam commie dems for free!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"McCain didn't appear on LETTERMAN, so he is running away."

I wouldn't go on Letterman either. Letterman's a slimy, liberal, Hollywood cockroach. They put that big-mouth loser Oldermann in McCain's place...hahahaha. Goodby to your gutter ratings Letterman.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) mocked McCain's rushing back to "save the day."

We care what he has to say why? Here's an interesting quote from this obviously intelligent person from 2003.

”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee." -posted previously by Joe

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

Who said the debates would be canceled?

No one. The debate is on Obama will be there for sure and maybe even Bob Barr will fill in!!

Hahahaha McCain.

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

McCain exposes his own game in trying to float a delay of VP debate also to some unspecified future data.

Delay the VP debate because of the financial crisis?

This makes no sense on any level.

He is simply trying to postpone - or avoid - debates that he apparently has good reason to fear.

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

1992: "it's the economy, stupid"
2008: "presidents need to be able to do more than one thing at a time..."

Posted by: ucanthandlethetruth | September 25, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Say Anything McCain" is at it again. So who and what will he be tomorrow? A Conservative? A Democrat? A Populist? A Maverick? Or maybe just aptly, Bozo The Clown?

McCain is too frantic, jittery and erratic. Too reckless and political. He make me feel very uneasy.

Posted by: laura | September 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is a selfish bastard. I would love the opportunity to tell him he's a f***head to his face.

It doesnt matter though because all the defected Hillary upports are already reflected in the polls.

This weeks Clinton stunts will seal him permenantly loosing support of 1/2 of the democratic party should Hillary ever decide to run again.

If Obama should loose I cant wait until he decides run against her again just to break their stones like they did to him.

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

A GAME WE CAN ALL PLAY

Given that the present election campaign is generating a lot of heat but providing very little light, I would like to propose a new game for all candidates, campaign organizers, journalists, columnists, talk-show hosts, pundits, spin doctors and bloggers. It’s called:

T R U T H O R S P I N ?

It’s a game you are required to play BEFORE you open your mouth or write anything on the election topic of the day/hour/moment/immagination. There are two easy ways of playing:

1. The MORON test. Before you shoot off your mouth about what an idiot, fake or weasel the other candidate is, ASK YOURSELF: if the candidate you support had said or done the same thing, what would your reaction be.

2. The GENIUS test. Before you express your undying adoration for the incredible and amazing person you re supporting (who we all know is the very GIFT of God to humanity), ASK YOURSELF: if the other candidate had said or done the same thing, what would your reaction be.

Obviously, playing the game requires that you be honest with yourself, before you even begin to demand honesty from others. It is designed to eliminate your personal (and probably substantial) B…S contribution to the miring of the American political landscape, reduce the collective daily frying of brain cells across the country and allow you to actually contribute something of substance. Hey, it may even reduce global warming!

WARNING: This game may be detrimental to the health of those media forms, which thrive on the witty (euphemism for “offensive”) and insightful (meaning “one sided”) statements made by its contributors (Sorry about that, Jack Cafferty!).

(FINE PRINT RULES: This game may be played by all residents of the fifty Unites States of America, its territories, as well as by U.S. citizens living abroad. Foreigners can apply the game to their own elections, but as far as the U.S. is concerned, we are trying to eliminate foreign sources of energy, so your heated opinions are not required or welcome. My family members are prevented from playing since shooting off our mouths supplements the heat we need for the winter months. Enjoy playing!)

Posted by: Andrew O | September 25, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

With McCain's latest stunt, I have lost all respect for the man.

To inject campaign politics into an issue so serious smacks of the worst antics of the Bush years.

Nothing ever was or is too important to be politicized.

Anyone who would trust running the country by voting for such a madman should be tested for mental illness.

Posted by: Ethan Q | September 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

McChicken farm

McChicken ranch

McChicken coup

McChicken cordon bleu

McChicken wine (I made that up).

McChik Fil-A

Tyson McChicken

Purdue McChicken

I love McChicken

Posted by: McChicken | September 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain appears to me to be an addicted gambler.
He gambled when he chose the un-vetted Palin to be his running mate. Now he is gambling that the American people will believe him, when he says he wants to postpone the debates to 'help the economy'.

What McCain, and other conservatives, really want to gamble with is your Social Security. And McCain wants to gamble on another war.

Do you want to gamble your future on a gambler? Do you feel lucky?

Posted by: Frank US | September 25, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

McChicken sandwich.

McChicken Nuggets.

McChicken tenders

McChicken salad.

McChicken noodle soup

McChicken salad sandwich

BBQed McChicken

Baked McChicken

Kentucky Fried McChicken

Grilled McChicken

Fried McChicken

McChicken in a biskit (but not in a debate).

Raw McChicken

McChicken Little

McChicken legs

I love McChicken

Posted by: McChicken | September 25, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Joe,

Dig the post, I knew about the McCain in 2005 sponsored bill. I was unaware that Bush had made an attempt to address this in '03.

Regardless what factual information you present some to some people to demonstrate that they tried to address it, some people are so invested in what they want to believe that they will continue to dispute it. They've said it so many times that they actually believe it, and no amount of proof will change their minds.

The most intersting piece of the whole thing from the 2003 Bush proposal add regulation was:
"Among the groups denouncing the proposal today were the National Association of Home Builders and Congressional Democrats who fear that tighter regulation of the companies could sharply reduce their commitment to financing low-income and affordable housing.”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee.

To an independent this is probably interesting, for democrats it will be denial, and for republicans it will be I told you so. With the media we have today, it will never get a mention.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

WHY CANT MC BUSH GET "SWEETIE PIT BULL " TO REPRESENT HIM AT THE DEBATE. CHENEY CAN ALWAYS PUT A MIKE DOWN THE BACK OF HER JACKET SO SHE WILL KNOW JUST WHAT TO SAY. HE DID IT FOR STUPID GEORGE BUSH . HE CAN DO IT FOR ANOTHER IDIOT - NAMELY PALIN. SIMPLE-MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Posted by: lynn parker | September 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I think America just got a box of McChicken nuggets.

Posted by: That guy | September 25, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Both McCain and Obama should have been back in Washington a week ago. After all, they have a paid job. I doubt that McCain will need any kind of stunt to win the election ...

Posted by: HaveItYourWay | September 25, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Who said the debates would be canceled?

I don't see that anybody said the debates would be canceled.

Why do people keep saying the debates are being canceled?

By insisting this, you lose all credibility.

Posted by: Kim | September 25, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

With all the resources of Washington DC, paid for by us taxpayers, two men cannot be spared for 48 hours to talk with us?!

Thats absolutely crazy!!!

The leadership in Washington is in effect saying we are a traffic or airplane accident away from the destruction of our country and total anarchy!! The United States of America!!! Even the World Wars didn’t have this impact on the presidential debates!!!

I want to hear the candidates debate! Yes they are senators, but they are senators running for the highest office in the country!!!

How is it we are not worth 48 hours of their time??!!

Have we not a functional government in Washington DC??!

Posted by: theantibush | September 25, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain didn't appear on LETTERMAN, so he is running away.

Do you even realize how RIDICULOUS you sound?

LMFAO

And let's also qualify something else.....did McCain suggest canceling any debates?

Or did he suggest moving the dates

Or are you making it up.

Posted by: Jorge | September 25, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Media and libs, keep throwing everything and the kitchen sink at the wall, and see what sticks.

You have the public so bamboozled at this point, the strategy is working.

keep up the good work!!!!

Posted by: Jim | September 25, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain is clearly running away. He dumped the Letterman show and now he wants to cancel the debates. He asked W. to invite them both to Washington for a pow wow so he could play the hero leader and to trap Obama into agreeing to a plan that simply MUST be passed in the next two days or Obama will be blamed if it isn't and the American economy tanks or people believe that it will. W. had everyone cowed into thinking the US would face an immediate WMD attack by Iraq if we didn't invade. How many times can he cry wolf and people flock to believe him only to be roasted on a spit like the stupid sheep they are? As many in Congress are saying, this proposal needs proper deliberation and we need to determine if this bailout is even necessary.

Posted by: from Idaho (an Independent) | September 25, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Make Obama Vote!: Well, maybe McCain can join him, since he hasn't voted in the Senate since April.

Funny how the polls are reflecting what every expert said, months ago, would happen after the convention bounce. Yet, all you GOP hacks are claiming media bias is fueling it.

Posted by: Chuckles | September 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"It is possible that this is an organized effort by Democrats to dominate the message boards"...

ya think?

Are you denying the existence of Obama's 400+ paid bloggers? The Post gets more and more ridiculous with each passing day thinking the voters are stupid.

McCain is the one with a record of bipartisanship. Obama doesn't even know what that is. This is a REAL crisis, and there is only one person running who has shown leadership and the willingness to put politics aside to help the American people. I notice Obama is still running commercials and playing politics. It's all about HIM.

Posted by: Real Voter | September 25, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so now McCain being there is to RUSH the process..

Oh.

A few posts back, him being there was going to be an interuption and delay the process.

Which is it libs?


Which is it?

Posted by: Jorge | September 25, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

parachute into the week-long negotiations at the cusp of an agreement and make a feckless claim that it's all about being a patriotic leader?


What agreement. According to the democrats, and many republicans, the alleged agreement was on the verge of falling apart mid week....WTF, why keep making up stuff.....

Posted by: Jorge | September 25, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to show up. This is ridiculous. He is inflating the "crisis" -- once again. This bill should not be rushed. And McCain should not be rushing it or being alarmist about the need to have it Monday.

Posted by: cmnsn | September 25, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Nobody on the democratic side EVER, EVER, EVER, ADDRESSES THIS!!1

New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

By Stephen Labaton

September 11, 2003

The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.

Under the plan, disclosed at a Congressional hearing today, a new agency would be created within the Treasury Department to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that are the two largest players in the mortgage lending industry.

The new agency would have the authority, which now rests with Congress, to set one of the two capital-reserve requirements for the companies. It would exercise authority over any new lines of business. And it would determine whether the two are adequately managing the risks of their ballooning portfolios.

The plan is an acknowledgment by the administration that oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — which together have issued more than $1.5 trillion in outstanding debt — is broken. A report by outside investigators in July concluded that Freddie Mac manipulated its accounting to mislead investors, and critics have said Fannie Mae does not adequately hedge against rising interest rates.

”There is a general recognition that the supervisory system for housing-related government-sponsored enterprises neither has the tools, nor the stature, to deal effectively with the current size, complexity and importance of these enterprises,” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow told the House Financial Services Committee in an appearance with Housing Secretary Mel Martinez, who also backed the plan.

Significant details must still be worked out before Congress can approve a bill. Among the groups denouncing the proposal today were the National Association of Home Builders and Congressional Democrats who fear that tighter regulation of the companies could sharply reduce their commitment to financing low-income and affordable housing. ”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.” Representative Melvin L. Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, agreed. ”I don’t see much other than a shell game going on here, moving something from one agency to another and in the process weakening the bargaining power of poorer families and their ability to get affordable housing,” Mr. Watt said.


OR THIS!!!
Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005

The United States Senate May 25, 2006 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]: Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac. The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay. I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole. I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

OR THAT OBAMA OPPOSED REGULATION!!!

Why is that?

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Calling all concerned Americans to join McCain/Palin Campaign to make Obama vote Yes or No on Bailout legislation!

Make Obama vote Yes or No this week before you give him your vote.

Unless of course you plan to vote present in the election.

Posted by: Make Obama Vote! | September 25, 2008 1:03 PM

-------------------------------------------

McCain hasn't voted for anything since April.

Here's the stats on the attendance record of both men:

John McCain: Missed 374 votes (61.8% of total)
Barack Obama: Missed 263 votes (43.5% of total)


Do us a all a favor and STFU.....

Posted by: Hyprocrite.... | September 25, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

parachute into the week-long negotiations at the cusp of an agreement and make a feckless claim that it's all about being a patriotic leader?

right.

Country Club First.

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I am definietly voting for OBAMA!

Posted by: Virginia Beach | September 25, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

It is an absolute fact that the message boards are overwhelmingly infiltrated by Obama campaign "volunteers" who troll the internet 24/7. In fact Obama PRIDES himself on being thc computer and internet saavy One.

So despite the Obama campaign blogsphere Noise and the usual in-the-Obama-tank media blitz...most of us independents are waiting this one out. As astonishing as McCain's move is, it's unwise to second guess him after the amazing Palin pick that pulled the rug from under Obama. Obama is still reeling from that one and he's hanging his hopes is a tanking economy where there's blood in the streets. And at this point, the more blood the happier Obama is.

Posted by: Dr. Danna | September 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Look where we were after two terms of Democratic leadership, and compare it to where we are after terms of Republican leadership. It's embarrassing going overseas these days, where people have ZERO regard for the Republicans, Bush, or McCain. People in Britain are absolutely stunned that such an obvious dullard as McCain even has a chance in this election, and many of them are coming to the conclusion that the U.S. is a very dangerous nation because it is too powerful to be controlled by a citizenry that doesn't have enough common sense to understand that McCain should be kept as far away from the White House as possible.

Posted by: me | September 25, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

What kind of "leader" freaks out and impulsively cancels something as important as a Presidential race? Way to keep the American people calm and rational during a banking crisis! McCain is old and tired and sceeered of goin' up against a smart guy. Do we really want a "leader" like this?

Posted by: Lydia | September 25, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm let's see: the same guys who lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq are also warning of a dire economic meltdown if a $700b bailout package isn't approved by Monday.

The same guys who also ruined the economy by deregulating the financial market.

And yet somehow, Republicans want to reward these guys with 4 more years of power?

History will go down showing the fall of America wasn't by terrorism, the Cold War or anything but sheer stupidity.

And if you're don't agree, you're one of the sheeple that history will remember as being an idiot.

Posted by: Mike Hunt | September 25, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Recall the final lines of the Pledge of Allegiance: "With Libery and Justice for All."

We all swore to that, year after year. Sometimes with our hand over our heart, sometimes too bored to bother, but mumbling it anyway. Sometimes I got so sick with the ritual that I just ran over it in my head. But still, every day, in one form or the other, I said it or thought about it.

"With LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL."

Nothing we pledged ourselves to has suffered so much as this. Look around. Look what Mr. Bush is asking for with that pained expression: Is there anyone reading this who actually thinks that the American taxpayer, i.e. "The middle and lower classes" will actually profit from this bailout? Watch limo sales in the New York metropolitan area in the coming weeks and tell me that Wall St. was "on the verge", the only thing the Financial chaps were "on the verge" of is being forced to move from 5th Avenue to the Avenue of the Americas. That is the length and breadth of their "recession."

For eight years, "JUSTICE" has meant "Just US" due to the promotion of an ideology that seeks to replace our founding principles with "a more stimulating approach", a "safer" approach, for "All"...that is, if you happen to be one of the 5% who can survive its economic principles or one of the 39% who back its social agenda.

And here's what that Party brought upon us. Even they don't deny it. Ask Newt Gengrich. Ask Sen. McCain, and stop-watch how fast the conversation shifts to his imprisonment and a cross that was never drawn in the sand but lifted from the pages of The Gulag Archipelago.

Gitmo. A media bullied and cowed for over three years by the word "unpatriotic", a war no one but the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue sought, "sold" to us at the expense of stature in the world and expressed in the vaguest of terms for tangible gains no one can define on a time scale that is apparently without end, our liberties nibbled away bit by bit, a "twist it in and out until it fits" definition of "justice" that forced the Supreme Court into passing bad law in order to defend the concept of justice itself, the seizure of a Republic dedicated to the seperation of church and state by one of the most radical interpretations of Protestant "Heartlander" Christianity, so insistant upon itself that it exists nowhere else in the world and is losing one out of every two children born into it to more moderate interpretations.


A political ideology the driving force of which seems to be the segmentation of Americans into easily digestable categories, croneyism, and fear mongering necessary for allowing the Executive Branch to bully the
Legislative, a prejudicial cleansing of the judiciary system by way of weeding out our federal prosecutors according to their personal political beliefs, a Treasury Department that behaves as if it were The Bank of England and a surrender of government oversight which has created more millionaires using the sleaziest anti-free market tactics in the name of the so-called "free market", and the unlimited spying of the government upon its own citizens.

And now this charade of "racing off to Washington" because a certain Party handed the keys to the liquor cabinet to a bunch of their friends and then left to do a little bar hopping of their own. And when that Party returns and finds the place a wreck, it turns to the American people and starts swinging the word "Depression" around like a baseball bat to the psyche of a nation already battered and bruised by all of this, and insisting that WE pay to clean up the mess because, by God, the drunks who did it would have to be dragged kicking and screaming from their apartments on 5th Avenue to the pallid squalor of an apartment on the Avenue of the Americas.

Posted by: David K. | September 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain has outlined the points that are important to him in the bailout & for the most part they agree with the Democrat led revisions vs. siding with the original Paulson plan.
With some minor differences he agrees with Obama's ideas on this issue.

This bill will have opponents on both sides and might be a close vote. Neither McCain or Obama have significant credentials in financial committees, but like it or not they are the current leadership of their respective parties. If the Democrats want to muster the Republican votes needed to pass a clean bill here, the support of McCain will be helpful. Calling it a political ploy is fine - although that is also just a political ploy. Who cares - each side is naturally going to try to claim a bigger share of credit and throw a bigger share of blame at the other side.
McCain believes the bailout is necessary & believes he can influence some Republican votes. Good for him.
Obama looks petty when he indicates his job as a Senator of the United States is not important enough for him to use his considerable political talents to get things done. McCain beat him to it, but he can still come out looking good if he can show leadership here and get the bill to look more like something that matches the goals of his potential administration.

McCain is always going to move first over Obama. It's his style, but Obama's more deliberate style can work too. He just needs to prove to us that when he does act it is worth the wait.

Posted by: JS | September 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Other anonymous,cant you think of anything on your own?Sorry I forgot your a republican!!you cant.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain is sacrificing himself for the country? Bwahahahahah!!!

McCain is sacrificing the country for McCain. Last week he didn't even know there was a crisis. This week the crisis is so dire that he needs to suspend his campaign. Talk about being all over the map.

Posted by: view from the couch | September 25, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

So, we should just leave Barney Frank and the rest of the morons DIRECTLY involved with fostering this mess......

alone...


because meeting with McCain and Obama would cause SO MUCH of an interuption.

And you fools accuse MCcAIN OF GRANDSTANDING??

ROLMFAO!!!!!

Posted by: JOE | September 25, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

How can so many people be so stupid all at once?Easy they call themselves Republicans!!They voted twice for George Bush,now see where we are at?Bad thing is,they are going to do it again and vote for McCain!!Dah

Posted by: Forrest Gump | September 25, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama=Idiot=Stupid is as stupid does!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain=Stupid is as stupid does!!!

Posted by: Forrest Gump | September 25, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

A lady in Mississippi said McCain should keep in touch with Washington from Mississippi through Internet Access instead of using bailout solution as excuse. She probably doesn't know that McCain is a technology illiterate. I bet he also has serious problems understanding the economic jargons that goes with Wall Street problems. His only credentials to be President of a highly technological and sophisticated economy America is "ability to fight war". The guy cannot even use a PC and performed poorly in high school. And the vice candidate is all beauty and no brain! It's insane that anyone will put those two in charge of today's America. If they were running in 1974, maybe... but we need more than candidates who can lie, manipulate and play dirty politics for today's US Presidency! Obama and Biden 2008! The difference is clear as day!!

Posted by: Ayo Abraham | September 25, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

When is the news media going to show video of Obama's crazy pastor laying hands on lil kids and preaching about hatred toward USA?? REPORT FAIRLY!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

At some point the American people will wake up and realize they do not have any choice in this election. Both parties' candidates are for controls ...
What does it matter if the debates are canceled, the questions asked during the debates do not address the issues of the day...
I have yet to hear any talk about the cause of this mess being the private banking system... the FED ~ fractional banking system.
What we are seeing is no different than what we have seen in the past ... well to those of us that can see ...
A crisis is created, WE the American people do not except responsibility for our actions and ask for someone to save us. Instead of taking the pain for our actions we look for help from our government. Our government's solution to the problem they created is to enact more control over the citizens ....
google Military Industrial CONGRESSIONAL Comoplex ...
we get the government we deserve.

Posted by: JEP | September 25, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain was opposed to the bail-out now he wants to cancel the debate and be part of what he was against?Make perfectly good sense to republicans huh?But according to him just last week,our economy is sound huh?sounds like he knows exactly nothing!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama has proved yet again what foolish man he is.Its all about himself and not this country. This latest just secured my vote for McCain

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

When is the news media going to show video of Palin's crazy pastor laying hands on her and preaching about witchcraft?? Rev. Wright was on a continual loop for days... REPORT FAIRLY!!!!!!!

Posted by: Bridget of VA | September 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama's judgment is really questionable. He'd rather debate than do something for Americans. He was actually elected to legislate rather than debate. To note, he has done nothing significant as a legistlator coz he's been campaigning and debating instead of legislating. This I think is more of the old politics. Mccain is ready to sacrifice himself for this country. Think now of who really stands for the American and who really has spent most of his political life trying to be elected president of this country. He was still in Illinois senate but he already has plans for presidency. Obama should never be trusted coz he will do everything to get elected. If anybody remebered what he said on his press con... I will be in DC if needed. You are needed senator and that is what you are paid for.

Posted by: Jeri of TEXAS | September 25, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain has proved yet again what a risky. foolish man he is. He is not on the committee that decided what happens and really has nothing to offer except a vote. This latest political stunt just secured my vote for Sen. Obama.

Posted by: Laurie | September 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

If Obama really wanted to do service to his country(Obama to do service to this country LOL) ,he would drop out of the race!We dont need another Idiot like Obama!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

What? Mc Cain can't use a phone either? He was never a player on finances before. Now, he sees himself as indispensible. Both candidates are to meet with Pres. Bush and his top economic advisers today. That's pretty involved isn't it? Obama will be "suspending" his campaign too to attend that meeting. He just won't make a big phoney theatrical event out of it. In the meantime, McCain just wants time to "get up to speed," so he can try to talk intelligently when they do debate. In addition, both men are in constant contact with those in DC. The matter is being handled by all the experts (not that they can see the outcome of all this either) But, let the debates go on and let the finacial negotiations go on.
What is McCain going to do? Listen and scowl? Or, will he only be in DC to "campaign" in a different way? He admitted that he doesn't know much about the economy. Is that what we need? His big head in this thing? Don't let Mc Cain's grand-standing distract the voters again from the important issues facing our country. This is truly an emergency, but Presidents must deal with all sorts of emegencies. Maybe 2 at once.

Posted by: Pete | September 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

On second thought lets just cancel the whole elections and keep George running things because thats probably really what the masterminds want...

Come voting day lets not show up, just like it seems McCain wants to do to us on Friday night.

Serious? yes, but what a ploy...

Posted by: sutu | September 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Calling all concerned Americans to join McCain/Palin Campaign to make Obama vote Yes or No on Bailout legislation!

Make Obama vote Yes or No this week before you give him your vote.

Unless of course you plan to vote present in the election.

Posted by: Make Obama Vote! | September 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

If McCain really wanted to do service to his country ,he would drop out of the race!We dont need another Bushie!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Please enough of the crap!

Obama and Liberal Congress brought this economic crisis upon us.All Lamobama can do - cheap talk

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"So I'm curious. All these McCain sheep who say the debate should be postponed, what backstepping crap are you going to say when McCain show up tomorrow?

Then it will ok right?"

It will be ok as long as he sticks to what he said. If they have the endorsements of the people necessary to get a bill passed he'll be there. If he shows up without that, I'll be dissapointed.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

'IF YOU LIKE MCCAIN YOU ARE ONE OF THREE PEOPLE'

- well put. enough said.

Posted by: Jay | September 25, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

IF YOU LIKE MCCAIN, YOU ARE ONE OF THREE PEOPLE.

1) You are wealthy and powerful. If Obama becomes president you may pay more taxes. This annoys you because you are selfish and you want all the money in the world to yourself. Screw the poor people, if they want food they should get a better job. You have been voting for a while, and you are use to this process.

2) You are completely ignorant to the policies of each candidate. You sit at home watching football and get annoyed at the commercials you see. Your education ended when you stop taking classes, and you refuse to be open to learning new ideas. McCain reminds you of someone you would hangout with. You probably will not vote, but if you do you will vote without actualy knowledge of what you are doing.

3) You hate Obama. Not because you know anything about his policies, but because he is not like you. His religion, race, skin color, drive to succeed, wife, kids, home city, favorite songs, or life choices piss you off. You could care less what he plans to do with the country because you are sure that the flaw that pisses you off will not allow him to be a good president. You are the worst American voter.

WHICH ONE ARE YOU?!?!?!?

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain might indeed be putting "country first", just like Bush put country first when he hit the button on Iraq.

Great if he can help the financial crisis, but he also needs to meet with Obama to debate. These upcoming debates are not optional or invitational to the candidates.

The people of America must tell McCain that we hope his newest stunt improves the crisis but he MUST also come before us all on Friday night to go through the debate so he can be vetted by this country as to whether we want him or Obama to be president.

Even if WW4 erupts we still need to vote for the right man (out of the two on offer).

Posted by: sutu | September 25, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"Again, it REALLY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE that the debate take place on a Friday or Wednesday, right?

Why is that? Why is it SUCH a big deal to move a freaking debate, that NOBODY IS GOING TO WATCH ON A FRIDAY NIGHT, ANYWAY!!!

you are all manipulated WAY too much by the moronic media. SERIOUSLY!!!

Nobody ever said cancel a debate. Not a single debate would be canceled. They would be moved, slightly.

So what is the problem?

The problem is....Obama didn't think of it first.

PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!!"

I will be watching the debate on Friday, just like every other American that loves his country. Where will you be?

Btw, I am postponing my birthday drinking at bars bash on friday to watch the debates instead.

And it is not that easy to reschedule dumbass. It took over a year to decide on the time and date of Tomorrow's debate. They have less then 50 days to find a new date? Stop being ignorant.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Sue,

I don't care about the polls, they are not very telling. They are based on a small sampling of people and can be skewed to support one side or the other.

For the record, I think this will cost McCain the election and I think given the largely favorable coverage Obama has received up to that moment, McCain knew how this would play out in the media as well. He did it anyway.

May and will, you're splitting hairs. Ok, so he knew of his possible intentions, it's still not a blindside.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

It is preposterous and disengenious fro obama campaign to say that sen. mccain is afraid to debate obama. the mccain campaign actually asked the obama campaign for a series of town hall meetings at the start of the presidential campaign and the obama campaign refused to do so and nobody questioned obama. sen. mccain is doing a service to the country by suspending his campaign and possibly the debate to help stave off the effect of possible recession is nothing is done on this current economic turmoil. the obama campaign always gets away of a lot of things. maybe now, i am starting to believe that most of the media are for obama.

Posted by: Jeri of TEXAS | September 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

What else this chatterbox fake Obama going to say?Lets debate even if there is a war, we can do two things at once.What an idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

REGARDING THE IDEA THAT McCAIN PUT COUNTRY FIRST....NOT....

HE WAS A CHICKEN AND IS A CHICKEN.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MUY9S6iCvk

All those families who could not find out what happen to their sons because McCain had all records sealed so no one could discover the truth about him....

This clip is from George Bush's campaign which had access to info hidden from the public.

COUNTRY FIRST MY WAZOOOO.. HE IS AS LOYAL AS HE WAS TO HIS FIRST WIFE.

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fiber by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam and to demonstrate his commitment to family values. The truth is somewhat different.

The first Mrs McCain casts is the mother to McCain’s three eldest children. Carol, who was a famous beauty and a successful swimwear model when they married in 1965, was the woman McCain dreamed of in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news.

But when McCain returned to America in 1973, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered and she suffered massive internal injuries, doctors werer forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter.

When John McCain came home from Vietnam, she had gained a lot of weight and bore little resemblance to her old self. ‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens...it just does.’

Some of McCain’s acquaintances portray the politician as a self-centered womanizer who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons. McCain was then earning little more than $40,000 a year as a naval officer, while his new father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was a multi-millionaire who had impeccable political connections.


Posted by: basementfrog | September 25, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:45 PM

http://www.cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/usdebt.htm

This is an excellent analysis of who is responsible for the current federal debt situation. Everyone should read this. Actually, I was surprised to find that the "fiscally responsible" GOP bears most of the burden for this mess. Can't argue with the data.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Is McCain afraid of debating Obama ?

Dumb-dumb its not McCain is afraid, it McCain doesnt want to debate about the economy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please enough of the crap!

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Go McCain make Obama vote yes or no!!!!!!!!!
Present won't do it this time around Saint Obama.

Posted by: Make Obama Vote! | September 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Again, it REALLY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE that the debate take place on a Friday or Wednesday, right?

Why is that? Why is it SUCH a big deal to move a freaking debate, that NOBODY IS GOING TO WATCH ON A FRIDAY NIGHT, ANYWAY!!!

you are all manipulated WAY too much by the moronic media. SERIOUSLY!!!

Nobody ever said cancel a debate. Not a single debate would be canceled. They would be moved, slightly.

So what is the problem?

The problem is....Obama didn't think of it first.

PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!!

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Bush has certainly used the trickle down theory and trickle down our whole country,and McCain will continue the republican way,of trickle down economics..Yep MORONS

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

IF YOU LIKE MCCAIN, YOU ARE ONE OF THREE PEOPLE.

1) You are wealthy and powerful. If Obama becomes president you may pay more taxes. This annoys you because you are selfish and you want all the money in the world to yourself. Screw the poor people, if they want food they should get a better job. You have been voting for a while, and you are use to this process.

2) You are completely ignorant to the policies of each candidate. You sit at home watching football and get annoyed at the commercials you see. Your education ended when you stop taking classes, and you refuse to be open to learning new ideas. McCain reminds you of someone you would hangout with. You probably will not vote, but if you do you will vote without actualy knowledge of what you are doing.

3) You hate Obama. Not because you know anything about his policies, but because he is not like you. His religion, race, skin color, drive to succeed, wife, kids, home city, favorite songs, or life choices piss you off. You could care less what he plans to do with the country because you are sure that the flaw that pisses you off will not allow him to be a good president. You are the worst American voter.

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

"War hero" chickens out on first debate.

sunrise@up.net


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

700 Billion dollars. 700 Billion Dollars.

I can swallow the fact people voted George Bush the first time though was a bad partisan decision. To have him relected was a blind, ignorent and inexcusable decision that will have lasting negative effects for us over the next 20 years or better. After all this, to vote for someone who has anything remotely connected to that ideology or subscribes to Bushes policy by voting 90% with him is nothing short of deliberate treason.

Thanls for the going away present Bush F-U too.

Posted by: laura | September 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Is McCain afraid of debating Obama ? LOL Is Lance Armstrong afraid to compete against kindergarten bicycler?"

I think McCain would argue that you should not underestimate kindergarden bicyclers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

For Lamobama its all about "Politcs First"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

What will be the next transparent claptrap that Old John will try.

"No Bailout!" is the message being sent by the public and most commentators. Doesn't matter what Old John wants, the bailout is a bad idea.

McCain want to supend campaigning, eh. He might not like rainy weather either.

And for the good of the country we should all agree not to pay attention to the fact that he and Pitbull Puckerlips are getting kicked around badly in the polls.

Posted by: roboturkey | September 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

So I'm curious. All these McCain sheep who say the debate should be postponed, what backstepping crap are you going to say when McCain show up tomorrow?

Then it will ok right?

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Xander,

I respectfully disagree. Senators who don't sit on the specific committee that a bill comes from influence legislation all the time. Just like right or wrong Lobbyist not in the Senate influence legislation all the time. Just like the President, who is not a legislator at all influences legislation all the time.

I'm dissapointed in the position many are taking here. The one fundemental idea of democratic side is that I whole heartedly agree with is that one person, big or small has a voice and the ability to INFLUENCE change. However, in this case, it does not suit your position, so principal does not apply.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"GiMmE 700 BiLliOn DoLlaRs Or ThE CoUnTrY GeTs It!"
- G W Bush

Posted by: Yossie | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

IF YOU LIKE MCCAIN, YOU ARE ONE OF THREE PEOPLE.

1) You are wealthy and powerful. If Obama becomes president you may pay more taxes. This annoys you because you are selfish and you want all the money in the world to yourself. Screw the poor people, if they want food they should get a better job. You have been voting for a while, and you are use to this process.

2) You are completely ignorant to the policies of each candidate. You sit at home watching football and get annoyed at the commercials you see. Your education ended when you stop taking classes, and you refuse to be open to learning new ideas. McCain reminds you of someone you would hangout with. You probably will not vote, but if you do you will vote without actualy knowledge of what you are doing.

3) You hate Obama. Not because you know anything about his policies, but because he is not like you. His religion, race, skin color, drive to succeed, wife, kids, home city, favorite songs, or life choices piss you off. You could care less what he plans to do with the country because you are sure that the flaw that pisses you off will not allow him to be a good president. You are the worst American voter.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain afraid of debating Obama ? LOL Is Lance Armstrong afraid to compete against kindergarten bicycler?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Chew, step, chew, step, chew, step. Attaboy, you can do it gramps. Whoops, need some help up there buddy?

Posted by: hesingswithfrogs | September 25, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Politcs First" - Palin/McCain

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

This is a reckless and dangerous stunt by McCain. As Senator Barbara Boxer noted: "he is engaging in political theater."

But Representative Barney Frank put it best: "We're going to have to interrupt a negotiating session tomorrow between the Democrats and Republicans on a bill where I think we are getting pretty close, and troop down to the White House for their photo op. I wish they'd checked with us."

McCain runs a serious risk of increasing partisanship by putting the focus of the presidential campaign on a negotiation that desperately needs non-partisan cooperations. He's taking a gamble with his campaign and he's staked the future of our nation as collateral.

Posted by: This is terrible. | September 25, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

WHO SAYS OBAMA IS A COMMIE...

HE CAN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO THIS CHIC.....

PALIN OR PUTIN...ALL SOUNDS THE SAME TO ME.

Over the course of 2007, Palin fought to raise taxes on oil companies. Alaska gets about 85 percent of its state revenue from oil taxes, and as fuel prices skyrocketed, Palin complained the state wasn't getting its share of the windfall.

She successfully pushed for a law that raised taxes on oil profits. The increase amounted to an estimated $1.6-billion annually more for the state. Thanks to the addition of these new taxes, that is double the amount it received the year before.


We've already checked her claim that she sent "a large share of that revenue directly back to the people of Alaska."

On Aug. 7, 2008, the Alaska Legislature approved a measure she promoted that would send $1,200 to every Alaskan who qualifies. That comes to about $741-million for state residents.

The administration of Alaska's governor Sarah Palin now gives $1,200 to every single Alaskan to help them pay for gas. In addition, each resident will receive an annual dividend of $2,000 from an oil-wealth savings account.

Think what a family of 7 could do with that money (Gov. Palin has 7 members in her family) that means for every family an additional $22,400.00. WOW, who needs a job! Back to the trailer, Billy Bob!

That's a fancy way of describing wealth redistribution, i.e., downright communism. And that is real change we can believe in. Will she do the same for the Lower 48 states?

Posted by: basementfrog | September 25, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

IF YOU LIKE MCCAIN, YOU ARE ONE OF THREE PEOPLE.

1) You are wealthy and powerful. If Obama becomes president you may pay more taxes. This annoys you because you are selfish and you want all the money in the world to yourself. Screw the poor people, if they want food they should get a better job. You have been voting for a while, and you are use to this process.

2) You are completely ignorant to the policies of each candidate. You sit at home watching football and get annoyed at the commercials you see. Your education ended when you stop taking classes, and you refuse to be open to learning new ideas. McCain reminds you of someone you would hangout with. You probably will not vote, but if you do you will vote without actualy knowledge of what you are doing.

3) You hate Obama. Not because you know anything about his policies, but because he is not like you. His religion, race, skin color, drive to succeed, wife, kids, home city, favorite songs, or life choices piss you off. You could care less what he plans to do with the country because you are sure that the flaw that pisses you off will not allow him to be a good president. You are the worst American voter.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Jeremy is right

Posted by: dmansfa99 | September 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

>Yes Obama contacted him first, to release a joint statement about the importance of the issue. On that call, McCain suggested that they postpone the debate. To suggest that this was a blindside is a political stunt. He got off the phone knowing what McCain wanted to do.

Nope sorry! McCain suggested he MAY suspend his campaign. Obama and him agreed to work further on that issue. 5 min later McCain gave a press conference. Why didnt McCain wait so Obama hand him could do it together? McCain blindside Obama! Wait for the polls! wait for the polls!

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

IF YOU LIKE MCCAIN, YOU ARE ONE OF THREE PEOPLE.

1) You are wealthy and powerful. If Obama becomes president you may pay more taxes. This annoys you because you are selfish and you want all the money in the world to yourself. Screw the poor people, if they want food they should get a better job. You have been voting for a while, and you are use to this process.

2) You are completely ignorant to the policies of each candidate. You sit at home watching football and get annoyed at the commercials you see. Your education ended when you stop taking classes, and you refuse to be open to learning new ideas. McCain reminds you of someone you would hangout with. You probably will not vote, but if you do you will vote without actualy knowledge of what you are doing.

3) You hate Obama. Not because you know anything about his policies, but because he is not like you. His religion, race, skin color, drive to succeed, wife, kids, home city, favorite songs, or life choices piss you off. You could care less what he plans to do with the country because you are sure that the flaw that pisses you off will not allow him to be a good president. You are the worst American voter.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

People got to give McCain a break. What you see now is not the real McCain. The real McCain is a hero, this one is only the puppet of the political machine. Just look when everytime he says "I prove this message" on those negative ads, his imprssion says "I am really old and tired, I do not want people to remember me like this..."

Posted by: TheRealMcCain | September 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Both of the candidates are still Senators, and while they still hold those positions during this particular crisis, they should be in Washington doing the job they currently HAVE, not out wandering the country trying to get the job they WANT.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Some people do put "Country First". A liberal will never understand that though.
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So what if Mcain just goes to Washington for a few days to work on the economy? After all he still has some senatorial responsibility so who would say a word?

Why the big showboating about suspending his campaign? Its very dramatic and almost unheard of and frankly doesn't mean a damn thing.

This is an interesting stunt to say the least. His faithful finatics heap all sorts of praise and adoration on his decisive leadership during times of crisis although they can offer no reason his actions over the next few days would be any different had he not suspended.

And the other side squeels with delight watching our favorite maverick careening off into another unexplainable direction with a unique if not bizarre rationalization for his odd decision making.

By doing this stunt he isn't putting "America First" as you want so much to believe in. He has actually inserted "McCain Above All" this week so the news of his grandstanding has overshadowed even the economic crisis.

Give him credit. He may have pulled off another "my pick for VP is Sara Palin" move by shocking the election.

But like the choice of Palin, if there is no follow through, no evidence McCain was key to resolving this crisis, then it will be dismissed as just another flash in the pan gimmick.

So Senator, you 3 or 4 days to sound impressive and presidential. The ball is in your court. But remember, 3 strikes and your out.

Posted by: Amused to say the least | September 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

With McCain's rationalization for his sleazy ad campaign being that Obama didn't agree to doing town halls with McCain, Obama had better watch out on Friday now that he's insisting that the debates go forward when McCain wants to cut and run from his campaign. Like McCain did with the sleazy Paris Hilton/Moses/Obama doesn't support the troops ads, I fully expect McCain to throw another temper-tantrum on Friday because he didn't get his way.

Posted by: hesingswithfrogs | September 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Remember, McCain is not confident about computers and electronic telecommunications so he thinks that he has to be "on the scene" to give input. But Obama is very familiar with the use of technology for communication and as Chris Dodd said Obama has been talking with him and also Paulson on a daily basis. In today's world you don't have to be in the same place as the group you are working with to make a difference. I want a Pres. who is aware of how the world is changing and can do more than one thing as a time. Obama for President. McCain is just unhappy that the polls are down for him and he's got to get on top of the daily communications cycle to keep his name in contention.

Posted by: Eileen | September 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Palin is following Obama's strategy of limiting the press to tightly scripted speeches and talk points in controlled media events. I haven't heard Obama talking in an open press environment. When have you?

Also, let's not forget McCain like HRC asked for more debates/town hall meetings and Obamas handlers preferred to stick to what works for him tightly scripted speeches and talk points in controlled events...

Obama doesn't want McCain to go back to Washington because it forces Obama to vote something other than present, which wouldn't be good for his political career.

McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: Palin 08' | September 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain can travel anywhere to speak,he has a house in every state,he just doesnt know it,Cindy keeps hiding them from him!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Yea, the current crissis had NOTHING to do with the Clinton and democratic doctrine...and it had NOTHING to do Barney Frank and the dems BLOCKING oversite of Freddie and Fannie....quite clueless we are today...
"Add President Clinton to the long list of people who deserve a share of the blame for the housing bubble and bust. A recently re-exposed document shows that his administration went to ridiculous lengths to increase the national homeownership rate. It promoted paper-thin downpayments and pushed for ways to get lenders to give mortgage loans to first-time buyers with shaky financing and incomes. It’s clear now that the erosion of lending standards pushed prices up by increasing demand, and later led to waves of defaults by people who never should have bought a home in the first place."

http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/hotproperty/archives/2008/02/clintons_drive.html

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

>Yes Obama contacted him first, to release a joint statement about the importance of the issue. On that call, McCain suggested that they postpone the debate. To suggest that this was a blindside is a political stunt. He got off the phone knowing what McCain wanted to do.

Nope sorry! McCain suggested he MAY suspend his campaign Obama and they agreed to work further on that issue. 5 min later ge have a press conference. Why didnt McCain wait so Obama hand him could do it together?

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Obama get filleted by Hillary in the debates?

I highly doubt McCain is afraid of debating Obama. That is why McCain asked for 10 additional debates that Obama agreed to then backed out of on advice from his advisors.

Listen to the response from the two campaigns on the crisis. McCain offers to go back and lead while Obama said, "if they need me I'll come out and help". A true leader doesn't sit around and wait for a situation to deteriorate to the point where people have to ask for help.

Posted by: Hillary | September 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

But the main thing is-obama is the muslim communist with a communist agenda for this country.Ask yourself - do we need MUSLIM COMMUNIST Obama in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

So I'm curious. All these McCain sheep who say the debate should be postponed, what backstepping crap are you going to say when McCain show up tomorrow?

Then it will ok right?

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Wake up, Americans!!!


United States National Debt

An Analysis of the Presidents Who Are Responsible for the Borrowing

http://www.cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/usdebt.htm

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sue,

Yes Obama contacted him first, to release a joint statement about the importance of the issue. On that call, McCain suggested that they postpone the debate. To suggest that this was a blindside is a political stunt. He got off the phone knowing what McCain wanted to do.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, McCain is not a Road Island Red, those are white feathers on that head.

If Palin is incapable to stand in for a debate, can she stand in as President?

Letterman did have the question of the day.

Can anyone speak for the republicans?

Posted by: basementfrog | September 25, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Listen up republicans who think McCain wants to save you.

Gramm wrote the bill that destroyed you and is now working with McCain who is not interested in you but only the big banks.

He is not in Washington, he is with Katie Couric on TV.

There is only one party responsible here - the party who held the congress from 1994 to 2006 and that is not the democratic party.

It is scary being in Australia reading this sort of redneck stuff as we had just the same last year - the old man who buggered everything up over 12 years promised to fix it.

He is now retired - lost his seat even.

Posted by: Marilyn | September 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain was proving his bipartisan leadership by attending the Clinton event is the answer. Meanwhile Obama just waits and waits and waits and waits hoping his inaction and the cloud of BS his supporters put out will carry him into the White House.

Posted by: Economy over Debate | September 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"Let's see Obama has similar lack of experience as Palin, but he can be President because he's a man and she couldn't possibly be Vice President because she's a woman... Makes sense. The young inexperienced guy (Obama) can get in there and make it happen, but the young inexperienced woman (Palin) would be a disaster. I see your logic on this one.

Palin 08'"

You vague say that Obama and Palin are similar by stated that they both are inexperienced.

Lets compare education.

Harvard verse ?
Top of the class verse ?
Law Professor of the Constitution verse ?

Come to think of it, we know nothing about Palin because SHE IS AFRAID OF INTERVIEWS.

Obama is not afraid.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Neither McShame or Barack are on any of the committees working on a solution to this mess; they've been asked to stay away; McShame has admitted himself several times that he's illiterate when it comes to economics (so how can he possibly contribute to the situation). He spent the last 10 days putting his foot in his mouth and making one blunder after another; he's dropping in the polls; he has been the one clammering for debates. Now he suddenly has to halt his campaign to rush back to Washington to help with something he admittedly knows nothing about? He needs to cancel the debate because.........? Because he's trying to divert America's attention away from his blunders and senior moments. He's losing the race right now and needs to shake things up and is using this crisis for his own personal gain. Doing it for the country? Hardly. This man is all for himself and no-one else. I'm sorry, that's not quite right - he's for his rich friends. Maybe that's why he really wants to head back to Washington - he needs to make sure Barack's plan of not rewarding the CEO's for putting us in this mess doesn't make it into the proposal. He wants all his rich friends on Wall Street to get their big bonuses and golden parachutts.

We're not stupid McShame, no matter how much you wish we were. We see right through you and your lying, cheating, underhanded, back stabbing ways.

Posted by: Jaa | September 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Atruegoat: Cut the crap. Matt was making a point. I didn't agree with it but I understood it. If you want to attack something then argue his point. Don't put people down. All that does is polarize us further.

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

well,Its sure not Conservatives that put their country first,Arent we over there freeing some other country right now because of Georgy's lies about WMDs...Thats why we are in this shape..Consevative?How can you call yourselves conservatives Bush has spent more money than any other 3 president combined..Haaaaa haaaaa,Conservative thats a joke!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

O, Boy:

Don't sleep too much!! That's wasting time. Take the time for the debate! Don't be coward!

Posted by: a person who is watching the performing | September 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I would think that if you are about to take over the White House, you would want to be in the middle of things. If it me, I would want to help so that when I took over things are already in place. To Mc Cain is showing that he does care. Obama on the other hand would rather talk about it on TV. How about you be a part of the solution not a part of the problem?

Posted by: Tex | September 25, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"You cynical liberal morons just don't get it.

Some people do put "Country First". A liberal will never understand that though."

What is McCain doing that is putting country first?

By saying, "I want to put country first." prove that he is putting country first?

A conservative will stick his head in the sand and chant LA LA LA LA LA while he is being raped by another conservative.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Once again, McCain put "Country First". Give him some credit. The debates are not important. We will hear the same canned material that Obama reads from the Teleprompter. Have you ever notice how he uses so many "Ahs" "Uhms" and Long "Ands" when he isn't reading from the teleprompter. This is either a bad habit or he is very insecure. For sure he failed Speech 101.

Posted by: David | September 25, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Read all the comments to this article. Sort them into 2 categories. 1 - thoughtful and rational 2 - angry and poorly written .... then compare who they support. My point will become clear.

Posted by: Jeremy | September 25, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's see Obama has similar lack of experience as Palin, but he can be President because he's a man and she couldn't possibly be Vice President because she's a woman... Makes sense. The young inexperienced guy (Obama) can get in there and make it happen, but the young inexperienced woman (Palin) would be a disaster. I see your logic on this one.

Palin 08'

Posted by: Palin 08' | September 25, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"McCain has the ability to influence the GOP's compromise (or lack of willingness to do so) on the very issues that he supports associated with the bill, which happen to be the hold up to steps to repairing the situation. I don't understand why that's hard to understand. Key word again is influence."

Mike, McCain has NO influence concerning these proceedings. He is not on the Senate Committee for this mess, and therefor all he can do is sit around and listen to the committee talk and then cast his vote at the very end. He has no sway over anything that pertains to this.

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

McCain waseled his way out of a tight little jam. His ploy to "suspend campaigning" and "cancel the debate" was done in part because of some news that surfaced on Wednesday -- that McCain campaign chairman Rick Davis' business was well ino the pockets of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. His company continuted to receive monthly payments to the tune of $15,000 months after McCain said this was not the case.

What better way to dodge this political bobshell thean to head back to DC seeking bipartisan consensus for this thing we call a "bailout". Hard to attack a guy for being part of the problem when he is trying so darn hard to be the solution.

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

Joe:
"Mike,

Your imagination is a lot stronger than your logic. They are trying to repair decades of bad policy in a week. The policies McCain supports had the power to break the economy over many years. McCain himself has no power to repair it in a matter of days. I don't think this is hard to understand, but you clearly just don't want to understand it."

McCain has the ability to influence the GOP's compromise (or lack of willingness to do so) on the very issues that he supports associated with the bill, which happen to be the hold up to steps to repairing the situation. I don't understand why that's hard to understand. Key word again is influence.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess Matt doesn't know how to use a computer Just like McCain. Suggestion to Matt: Write your paragraph in Word first, do spell check, then cut and paste to website. What is a presidant? Sufferin? Adminustrasion? I will give you one piece of credit, you did spell stupid correctly. What a great adjective for youself and McCain. Must I explain what adjective means to you?

Posted by: Atruegoat | September 25, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If McCain was already president,he would have already privatized Social Security,allowing you to invest it on your own,then he would have done nothing to help you keep it,because he was against the bail-out.Now he want to cancel the debate and be part of what he was against..Brilliant!!Where is this guy from?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama afraid of? WTF?

He isn't afraid of anything. Remember it's McCain who decided to suspend his campaign. McCain who wants to not show up Friday night. And McCain who wants to ice Sarah Palin by stepping into her debate and hoping hers won't be rescheduled.

So what you call brave leadership in times of crisis may appear as wacky maverick running amok to the rest of us.

I remember 6 months ago McCain trying to pin down Obama and him responding by saying he would meet McCain anytime, anyplace. How about Friday night?

"McCain Mauled In Mississippi" Film at eleven.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse


You cynical liberal morons just don't get it.

Some people do put "Country First". A liberal will never understand that though.

Posted by: reason | September 25, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

By McCain suspending his campaign activities shows how much he really values our country and it health; placing himself at political risk in the face of adversity. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! MCLIAR STILL HAS HIS AIDS ON TV LYING ABOUT OBAMA. HE DID A STUMP SPEACH THIS MORNING. HE LOOKS LIKE A OLD FOOL.

Posted by: Hey Fools | September 25, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

By the time the next scheduled (or, as McCain would have it, "first") presidential debate takes place, 16 states will already be voting with early mail-in ballots.

Posted by: crawlg burtfon | September 25, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Can a McCain supporter explain why it was so pressing to suspend his campaign and delay the debate but found time to pander by speaking at Clintons Global initative?

Shouldn't he have raced to resue Washington instead? Funny thing isn't it.

Posted by: me | September 25, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"Say Anything McCain" is at it again. So who and what will he be tomorrow? A Conservative? A Democrat? A Populist? A Maverick? Or maybe just aptly, Bozo The Clown?

McCain is too frantic, jittery and erratic. Too reckless and political. He make me feel very uneasy.

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

"Why are so many Dems in favor of a freaking debate over VITAL policy making?

Your missing the point. Policy making is vital. what McCain did was a political stunt. That a fact.

Yesterday was factually documented. He blindsided Obama and tried to to scoop credit when Obama contacted him first.

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Next thing you know,Palin will cancel her debate because she will have to rush back to Alaska and kill a rampant moose!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Anonymous sez: "Yes! No one should have nuclear weapons. Simple as that."

Can't argue with that one. Dang! I hate when that happens! :-)"

That's OK. I forgive you. ;)"

Whoa...a glimmer of civility and common sense! Congrats!!!

Posted by: Mr. Haha | September 25, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I have a plan. I am the one. I am the one who will do what ever it takes. Does that sound right? Dam I forgot my plan hurry up someone give me a plan to my plan.that darn Mccain is doing something hurry someone give me something to do.I know I will keep on this campaign trail thats a plan. Man the people love me. Mccain will lose because I have a plan.

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

Wow, who would have thought the best question of the day would be asked by Letterman?

If Palin is capable of being President on a moment's notice then why didn't McCain announce that Palin was in charge of the campaign for a week while he was off doing the heavy lifting in Washington, D.C?

Is Palin on sabbatical for the next few days? They should be showcasing her ability to step in during a crisis and begin making executive decisions for their campaign.

Oh I am being silly, this is all a joke and we are getting a good chuckle out of Grandpa's dramatic comeback attempt this week.

Maverick? Sure, why not. Maybe saw "Top gun" too many times. Wacky old guy running for President? Looks like it. Trained, experienced back up President waiting in the wings? If you believe that it isn't really funny anymore.

As Hunter Thompson always says: "It hasn't gotten strange enough yet."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Why are so many Dems in favor of a freaking debate over VITAL policy making?

Get a clue...the opportunity will be there to debate, NEXT FREAKING WEEK!!!

McCain did not say cancel, he said move the date.

What is Obama afraid of? That the idea was McCain's, and not his? REST ASSURED, if he thought of it first, it would be LAUDED by the media and dems....

What is not to get? "

Joe, do you even read these comments? I mean honestly. Once again, McCain is NOT on the Senate Committee in charge of this. All he can do is sit in and listen to them while they make the decisions and then vote on it in the end. He could just as easily do it all over some sort of communications device (read "internet, phone, blackberry, email), but instead he wants to shack up in a hotel room in Washington and shunt the debate. He is doing nothing more than grandstanding, and it's sad how you are falling for it.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Anonymous sez: "Yes! No one should have nuclear weapons. Simple as that."

Can't argue with that one. Dang! I hate when that happens! :-)"

That's OK. I forgive you. ;)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Can a McCain supporter explain why it was so pressing to suspend his campaign and delay the debate but found time to pander by speaking at Clintons Global initative?

Shouldn't he have raced to resue Washington instead? Funny thing isn't it.

Posted by: lori | September 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous sez: "Yes! No one should have nuclear weapons. Simple as that."

Can't argue with that one. Dang! I hate when that happens! :-)

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

As our enfeebled and squinty-eyed King exits from the stage, he threatens us with ruin, and at his heels, leased like hounds; famine, war and fear crouch for employment. And if we hide the last of our national treasure, even in our hearts, there will they rake for it. And if we refuse? Bloody constraint!

Posted by: Edward de Vere | September 25, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"As President, I expect someone that can deal with multiple crisis simultaneously."

He's not president yet and a debate does not constitute a crisis.

Posted by: No-bama | September 25, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Cheney can take McCain bird hunting!!
Funny,none of the republican party has worried about our economy for seven and a half yrs.,thats why we are in this mess.Now all of a sudden McCain has to cacel the debate and rush off to Washington and worry!!whats that about?He just said our economy was fundementally sound! What an Idiot..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

MaCain is doing the right thing; placing the country first. Afterall he is a Senator and should be in Washington to study the bill before that body. Yes, he is risking his chances of election should he fail to bring a bipartisan solution to this terrible problem facing our country. By McCain suspending his campaign activities shows how much he really values our country and it health; placing himself at political risk in the face of adversity. He is living what great leadership is all about. Obama and Biden are also both Senators. Perhaps they should do their current jobs in Washington as well.

Posted by: Dave | September 25, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Why are so many Dems in favor of a freaking debate over VITAL policy making?

Get a clue...the opportunity will be there to debate, NEXT FREAKING WEEK!!!

McCain did not say cancel, he said move the date.

What is Obama afraid of? That the idea was McCain's, and not his? REST ASSURED, if he thought of it first, it would be LAUDED by the media and dems....

What is not to get?

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"Mccain has gone from being a hero to an idiot in most peoples eyes now,HES SIMPLY AWFUL AS OUR CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT "

Thanks to the liberal media. Don't you know that anyone but a holier-than-thou leftist is an "idiot".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

o my. If Mccain didn't go you would put him down.He went and you can't wait to jump on it.

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Allow me to point to the last two weeks of *absolutely nobody* complaining that McCain was not in Washington working on this problem as evidence that you're wrong.

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

well its one thing to fool onesself but its another to think that you can fool others,nope mccain can not broker the miracle he so desparately needs,anymore than Obama,even though Obama is in the majority.

I think the republican voters need a better leader than this guy,how selish can a man be,WITH ACTIONS TO suspend his campaign without considering Sarah Palin as an option to carry on with THE FIGHT,what a rotting coward,why didnt he give her the opportunity to step up as his VP

He has lost my vote for sure now republican I maybe but not this time for Mccain I feel sorry for Palin.No wonder hes down in the polls selfih selfish selfish,he had no intention of letting Palin come forward.And we all know hes trying to avoid the up and coming Debate with Obama,Mccain has gone from being a hero to an idiot in most peoples eyes now,HES SIMPLY AWFUL AS OUR CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT

Posted by: willing111 | September 25, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"Last week Palin had her picture taken with Darth Vader."

On a completely different note, I saw the strangest bumper sticker yesterday. It said "Republicans for Voldemort". So, dig at the republicans or just a joke? Discuss.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Using your own analogy to make my point, I'm certain that you can't fix the computer that you broke, but you can influence the fix of the broken computer by calling Dell.

My logic is strong.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 12:09 PM

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Mike,

Your imagination is a lot stronger than your logic. They are trying to repair decades of bad policy in a week. The policies McCain supports had the power to break the economy over many years. McCain himself has no power to repair it in a matter of days. I don't think this is hard to understand, but you clearly just don't want to understand it.

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"Aren't you thinking of Dick Cheney, that Wascally Wabbit hunter?"

Nah...he's more of a Daffy Duck.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

o my. If Mccain didn't go you would put him down.He went and you can't wait to jump on it. wow. what is Obama doing? He is sitting back and campaigning because he doesn't know what to do. he wants to win so bad he can taste it.What would happen if we got attacked again. would he just sit there to see the outcome like he is now? We need someone who will act and i don't see that in Obama. He can't just talk his way out of this one something has to be done now.And i don't see him doing a thing right now.Obam is a God in his own mind and he is to good to help unless it helps him in some way. I do hope he win's so the next election the Dem's will have to eat it when the country falls apart under him and we have terrorist living next door to us because everyone should be allowed to live in America.You guys worship him so bad its embarrassing to America. He is just a man you have put up so high and mighty that when he falls witch he will you will cry its the rep fault.I am a independent and you guys have problems.

Posted by: wonda | September 25, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I think McCains suit must be made out of feathers.He will probably start to cluck before long!!Run John Run,before your fried.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

“I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.”

John McCain

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

“These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis, the more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.

Barney Frank 2003 in response to Bush administration overhaul plan


for those of weak and feeble memories....

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

As President, I expect someone that can deal with multiple crisis simultaneously.

I'm sorry, but look at John McCain's actions. His actions right now are all okay while it doesn't direct effect YOU directly.

But if McCain becomes president and there is an issue that MATTERS to you and he deems that it doesn't want to handle it RIGHT NOW and abruptly goes into another direction -- because he deems that direction/decision is more important to him. YOU WILL BE VERY UPSET THAT HE DROPS HIS OBLIGATIONS LIKE A HOT POTATO!

Look at how this man is acting. Don't believe for ONE second that this type of behavior will change if he becomes President.

Know that THIS is what to expect if he's voted in. You should beware!

Posted by: Lola Sanderman | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

dot.Comments is calling this article: "Readers don't buy it". Well, that's because your reporting which is blatantly biased towards Obama has pushed even us readers who are centrists in our political views to the FOX website. I cannot believe that I, once a supporter of Howard Dean, have been reduced to going to sites like Weekly Standard, FOX news to get the other side of the story. I think you are making a grave mistake by persisting with cut-McCain-at-any cost type of reporting.

Posted by: UM | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

And Biden makes Elmer Fudd look like Socrates.

Aren't you thinking of Dick Cheney, that Wascally Wabbit hunter?

Standing next to Palin, Perino makes her look like chopped liver.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain didn't just "harden" my political line, he crossed it! Break the china! tear the drapes! Ashes and sackcloth, quick! Please. I've seen better dramatists in high school. Those who are now looking for ways to excuse McCain's shameful and immature stunt have woefully "hardened" their good judgement. How can anyone with common sense view McCain's action as other than a raw, destructive and ill conceived political tactic? I hope Obama stands on the stage alone tomorrow and tells the world he is obviously the only--and lone-- candidate for change in America.

Posted by: americanactive | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Last week Palin had her picture taken with Darth Vader."

Oh, she's stepping across party lines for her photo ops?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't see this move by McCain as a sign of great leadership, it strikes me more as panic.

What happened to you McCain?

Posted by: Fred In Fargo | September 25, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"No, you are both absolutely wrong."

Yes! No one should have nuclear weapons. Simple as that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Jill opined:
"It saddens me to see that so many Americans seem to have lost their common sense. If this is one of the biggest challenges our nation has ever faced, don't you think it makes sense for McCain and Obama to help out?! McCain has the backbone to get in there and stand up for the people. He's willing to risk the election to do the right thing. I think that speaks volumes of his character. Meanwhile, Obama is willing to just sit back and watch the proceedings. Do we want a leader who goes in and tries to fix problems, or someone who is just going to sit around and think about them."
Jill, do you realize that Sen McCain is not President yet? Bush is the President.
Sens McCain & Obama are Senators. Neither are on the committees that are negotiating.
Up until now, the negotiating has been refreshingly bipartisan.
So, what exactly will Sen McCain do in Washington? Correct... nothing. Then, he'll take credit for instigating a deal, that was close, before this McCain charade.

Posted by: baz | September 25, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

MAYBE McCAIN IS TAKING TIPS FROM PALIN...WOW!!!

Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.

Ms. Palin and aides use their private e-mail addresses for state business. A campaign spokesman said the governor copied e-mail messages to her state account when there was significant state business.

As Ms. Palin’s star ascends, the McCain campaign, as often happens in national races, is controlling the words of those who know her well. Her mother-in-law, Faye Palin, has been asked not to speak to reporters, and aides sit in on interviews with old friends.

I was thinking, I don’t remember giving up my First Amendment rights, Ms. Woodruff said. Just because you’re not going gaga over Sarah doesn’t mean you can’t speak your mind.

Their secrecy is off the charts, Mr. Steiner said.

Armed with an army of Republican lawyers from Washington DC, Todd Palin has announced he will not comply with legislative subpoenas which the law prohibits for one simple reason -- because nothing can be done about it until after the election, and it's unlikely much will be done to punish him for breaking the law. Sarah Palin has similarly ordered all of her aides to refuse to comply with these subpoenas.

It is illegal in the State of Alaska to fail to comply. There is no doubt that the Legislature has the right to investigate and that these Subpoenaas are lawfully issued.

Ignoring a legislative subpoena is punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail under Alaska law. But courts are reluctant to intervene and the Legislature is not scheduled to convene until January.

Supporters as well as detractors of the Republican governor generally agreed the legislative investigation is needed into the circumstances leading up to Monegan's dismissal.

Before Palin was selected as McCain's running mate, virtually everyone in Alaska agreed that the Legislature could and should investigate these allegations.

All of this unmistakably signals that a McCain/Palin administration would mean a continuation of the worst abuses of the Bush/Cheney administration.

BUT WHAT WILL HE DO WHEN THE PARTY TELLS HIM TO SHOW A LITTLE LEG, BABY??

Posted by: basementfrog | September 25, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

This inept campaign is falling apart at the seams! McCain tries to make Obama's bipartisanship effort his own, blindsides Obama in his call for suspending the campaigns AND debates, meanwhile declaring it necessary in the name of bipartisanship! Who does he think he is fooling, besides JakeD?? On top of that, Team McCain sill apparently doesn't have the confidence that Palin can handle day-to-day questions about the issues and the campaign (as she has yet been allowed to host one press conference), let alone in her ability to debate against Biden! Bring on the debates, which will no doubt expose the incompetence of the GOP 2008 ticket.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

He is out on a fishing trip. The seas are getting rough and no he wants the coast guard to come get him because he forgot to unplug the toaster. Who does he think he is to just change the whole direction of the election process, debates and the financial committees we already have in place.

Posted by: Martin | September 25, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

ex-conservative:

Flex your reading comprehension muscle for just a second. The argument was whether or not he could influence the situation if he supposedly created. Hint: Influence and Fix are not the same thing. Using your own analogy to make my point, I'm certain that you can't fix the computer that you broke, but you can influence the fix of the broken computer by calling Dell.

My logic is strong.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

One of these candidates will have to live with the repercussions of the financial crisis, once they take office. They ABSOLUTELY need to be in Washington while this important and unique bailout is hashed out. Remember, BOTH Dems and Repubs had their hands ALL OVER this mess over the last 15 to 20 years...whether it was Barney Frank and the Dems blocking the 2003 oversite bill of Fannie and Freddie proposed by Bush in 2003, or the repubs subequently easing Wall Street regulations.....

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is sincerely compelled to be in Washington on Friday to whip his fellow Republicans in line, let his Vice Presidental candidate debate Obama if she is so ready to lead in McCains place.

I would really like to see a show like that after Palin's deer-in-the-headlights reply to Couric about Rich Davis's lobbying conflicts of interest.

Posted by: Roy | September 25, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"I don't have the money to right a check to a charity to feel good about myself. I donate time and effort. "

Amen to that! It's about time we all got off of our collective butts and helped our communities instead of turning to government for our salvation. But then again that would mean we'd have interact with real human beings in need instead of watching them on TV.

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was a genius. He voted for the deregulation that led to this crisis, but as the #1 most absent Senator, he's missed well over half the votes and therefore was doing his part to help the economy.

Now that he's on the case I'm really afraid.

BTW: Isn't dealing with two things at once pretty much SOP for a President?

Posted by: Nick | September 25, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

So I'm a contemptuous old fraud, hey, at least I'm white.

I'm John McCain and I approved this message.

Posted by: John McCain | September 25, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

My father worked all his life and when hard times came for him, the government didn't bail him out. He lost money. But he took it like the proud working man that he is.

Now the US government want to save some rich guys. Why? Because they are gonna lose some money? So what? This administration can tell me all day that we need to give these bankers $700b; but I will not believe them. They have no more crediblity.

So now, my father who always paid his taxes and enver got bailed out by the government is gonna have to send his money for some fat cats?

Fuch that!

No taxation without representation!

We should all be appalled. This is elite socialism to insulate the wealthy. Citizens like you and me; regardless of ideology, don't mean shat!

Know that, and vote accordingly.

Posted by: Hang Em High | September 25, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I seems that a plan was worked out last night, and this morning, McCain was still in New York. I don't often watch Letterman, but it should be good tonight.

I am now joining all the people who keep saying..."how stupid do they think we are?" If nothing confirms that it was just a McCain dodge to avoid the debate, this does. We all know McCain has to have contacts in DC giving him minute-by-minute updates and that he knew darn well that he wasn't needed and not invited because he has nothing to offer. Amazing.

Posted by: kathy j | September 25, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous wrote: "No, you are both absolutely wrong."

Have anything to back that up other than a simple declarative? I'd be interested in the reasoning behind your statement. Why do N. Korea and Iran want nukes?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is actually WORKING to solve the financial crisis. Remember, folks, these candidates are still in our employ as legislators. Count the days Obama has actually ever done anything in office, between campaigning, not voting, and you get nothing,

Obama never takes a stand or votes on anything, now he's FOLLOWING McCain to Washington where they should be working right now. Obama abandons his platform constantly when it serves his personal ambition. He will not enact his pledges and will break his platform one by one. America is in for deep heartache and remorse if Obama gets in.

Obama is secretly relieved as he's terrified to debate. He stinks at it because he fears he will be exposed as a fraud which is why he never speaks off-prepared-speech. He has run from doing challenging interviews.

We are Dems and absolutely can't stand Obama. That slimebag Burton makes us loathe him even more - the guy thinks he's so clever and sneaky.

The only hope is McCAIN now and then Clinton in 2012.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, get your sweet tush over here. We're both say we're mavericks and we both say we're both about reform. We've got so much in common. How would you like to be VP? You'd like that, wouldn't you?? I bet you would you dirty little vixen. Ok, here's the plan: You show your face, but keep that pretty little mouth of yours closed. I will do what I can to keep my name in the papers while avoiding debates and appearances and maybe we can steal this baby.

Posted by: John McCain | September 25, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Last week Palin had her picture taken with Darth Vader. Now she has experience with politics in a galaxy far, far away....

Posted by: Marcus | September 25, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

your right Bush has to clean up someone else mess.Caters bill and clintons bill.They are the ones that gave permission for these company's to do what they did by passing their bill's.

Posted by: frank | September 25, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry GOPers, this year is ripe for a democrat to take office."

Heh...gloating over our downfall.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Despite the political gain either candidate may get as a result of helping in Washington, they are the two politicians that have the most influence right now. They have millions of supporters, an amazing platform to speak to the whole world. It doesn't make sense for two people with such influence to not get directly involved in the crisis right now.

And in response to this:
----Please, speak for yourself. I proudly will call anyone supporting McCain factually stupid. Stupid. Dumb. Selfish. Blind. Idiodic.----- posted by laura

Despite what polls show this country has been pretty much 50/50 for a while. Just look at how tight the it is now and how tight it was for Bush/Kerry and Bush/Gore. It is your right to call half the country stupid. I don't agree with your political views, but I respect your opinion and do not make judgments about you that do not pertain to politics. I don't know anything about you or your education. It wouldn't be right for me to make assumptions, not knowing all the facts.

I am also tired of hearing that people who support McCain are all Ivy League silver spoon rich people who don't care about the poor.

I back Bush and McCain. I do not come from a rich family. I went to a state university. I work hard for everything I have. I work hard to support organizations that help people with disadvantages. I am talking hours of work. I don't have the money to right a check to a charity to feel good about myself. I donate time and effort.

We are all Americans who have different views. Let respect each other.

Posted by: dmansfa99 | September 25, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"Bus will look every bit as stupid in 50 year."

You mean school or Greyhound?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

If you have said, at any time in the past 6 months to a year, that the economy is "fundamentally strong", then I don't want your input anywhere near this bailout. Comments like that show how completely out of touch these people are (or that they are blatantly lying). In the only words seems to be spoken by Sarah Palin - "thanks, but no thanks."

Posted by: Robert | September 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I was really irritated with McCain for taking the whole focus off the financial problem and the president's speech. By suspending his campaign even before the president had made his speech, McCain was grandstanding, stepping in and putting the focus on himself rather than on the problem or the president. Neither Obama nor McCain is president. The president is still in charge. By calling a meeting of the two men and other leaders, GWB has taken control again, and that's as it should be. Now McCain should let the president be president. The debate should go on.

Posted by: JAB | September 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

For everyone asking, "Why hasn't Obama been questioned on this or that"

Obviously the conservative right does not watch interviews with Obama, read articles about Obama, research much of anything about Obama. If they did then they would know where and how Obama plans to fix the economy.

I read all I can about McCain and Palin, I want to know where they stand on the issues that matter to the economic future of this country. I don't really care if the conservative right doesn't want to learn about Obama, luckily there are more people who care about the issues and who are going to vot Obama than not.

3 weeks ago Obama was hammering the campaign trail about what he was going to do about the declining economy. Guess what folks, his 'hammering' is paying dividends now. Obama has consistantly stayed above the fray, and it shows. The minor pimple in polls the republicans got from selecting Palin is gone.

She clearly cannot open her mouth and say much of anything with any substance in it. I hear things like She has heart! and She's a fighter!

Well maybe so, but she knows nothing about presiding over the Congress [which would be one of her duties as VP in case you didn't know] And has no clue about foreign policy.

Sorry GOPers, this year is ripe for a democrat to take office.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Palin makes Dana Perino look like Einstein"

And Biden makes Elmer Fudd look like Socrates.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain needs to fix this or he will not be able to start his war with Russia.

Posted by: NotABanker | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain needs to fix this or he will not be able to start his war with Russia.

Posted by: NotABanker | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Who's stupid sez: "Claiming intellectual superiority is elitism.:

This country is the only nation in the world in which mediocrity is the highest qualification for public office. Intelligence, education, experience, and capability are considered to be elitist, and elitism goes against the small town values and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" mythology to which we adhere so religiously. While American corporations recruit the "best and brightest" to fill their executive ranks we are being asked to consider a presidential candidate who was at the bottom of his collegiate class and a VP candidate who's sole claim to international experience is living across the Behring Sea from our primary global adversary. Other nations, such as the UK, have Oxford and Cambridge educated leaders who are schooled in banal subjects like law, economics, social policy, and international relations. Does anyone remember George Bush and Tony Blair making the case for the Iraq war in a joint press conference in 2002? In comparison to Mr. Blair, Bush came across as an illiterate buffoon barely able to construct a complete sentence. A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for continued mediocrity. We deserve better.

So Who's Stupid? I'd say you are.

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has lost his last shred of credibility.

First he claims he must return to Washington as if cell phones and teleconferences don't exist. He says that this crisis is too important and the debate takes him away from it, but he can address the Global Initiative conference.

McCain says he will suspend his campaign and put country first and yet his speech at the Global Initiative was pure campaigning, including the words, "If I am elected president..."

Grandstanding doesn't begin to describe this stunt. If one is going to grandstand one should be consistent at least.

Posted by: Adrasteia | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has lost his last shred of credibility.

First he claims he must return to Washington as if cell phones and teleconferences don't exist. He says that this crisis is too important and the debate takes him away from it, but he can address the Global Initiative conference.

McCain says he will suspend his campaign and put country first and yet his speech at the Global Initiative was pure campaigning, including the words, "If I am elected president..."

Grandstanding doesn't begin to describe this stunt. If one is going to grandstand one should be consistent at least.

Posted by: Adrasteia | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, McCain won't show up for the debate.

Palin has been told by her party to shut up and just look cute and show some leg, baby. You are too dumb to talk, darling.

Will anyone speak for the Republican Party this year??

Do any of you have the courage to ask a few questions about what you have been doing, oh, these 27 years?

Can we still privatize our Social Security, Mr. McCain? Maybe that will solve Wall Street's problem.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I take no pleasure in typing this, but John McCain, you are hereby promoted to coward.

I was not voting for him, but he had my respect. Since he "selected" Palin as his veep, his campaign has sunk to lower and lower depths.

I hope he decides to salvage what is left of his reputation and his dignity...and debate Senator Obama. Win, Lose, just show up and be man. The debate should not keep you from Senate work.

Posted by: Donny | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Palin makes Dana Perino look like Einstein"

And Biden makes Elmer Fudd look like Socrates.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Palin makes Dana Perino look like Einstein"

And Biden makes Elmer Fudd look like Socrates.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama makes kindergardten child look like Einstein

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Seems pretty obvious. If you put yourself in his place. If you don't know what to do. If you aren't strong in the one thing we need, beg off!. What I see is another somebody that wants the power and doesn't know what to do with it. We can't afford another idiot in office.
Bush was handed this country in great working order. He trashed it through stupidity and mismanagement. McCain can't even run his campaign. How's he gonna run the country and supposedly make it better. Let the Democrats have a crack at it. They did a good job last time!!
Every time the Republicans get in there they spend us into a huge hole. They increase government. They intrude on our privacy and decrease our rights. Then they leave and somebody else has to clean up their mess.

Posted by: Marcus | September 25, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

This crisis has been brewing since the Bear Stearns fiasco and now
it's important we hand over 700 billion to the people who stood around and watched all this take place and do so "quickly" or else.
That's like the fox asking for 10,000 more chickens after the first
10,000 went mysteriously missing.
To solve this mess you simply need to put a freeze on foreclosures,
and allow time for the bank and creditor to work out a package that is affordable for both. The fed then needs to "penalize" it's member banks for not making loans available to credit worthy clients at reasonable rates and terms. They borrow at the discount window for 2% that leaves a lot of room to work with clients. Use the threat of expulsion from the system if they don't cooperate. Finally, let THEM eat their mistakes. Maybe they will know better next time. Henry Paulson is suppose to be a smart guy, throwing in another 10,000 of OUR chickens is not the answer.


Posted by: billy7 | September 25, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It's more FACT than OPINION that George W. Bush is the WORST PRESIDENT in US history.

The facts bear this out:
Worst favorabiliby numbers of any president

Was in office during the worst security failure in US history (9-11)

Resided over the worst disaster response (Katrina)

Orchestrated the worst restriction of basic American freedoms (Patriot Act)

Ran up the worst amount of debt (took Clinton's record Surplus and turned it into a record Debt)

Implemented policy that led to the worst financial, housing, inflation, economic crisis that will be resolved by the worst tax hike in history (Trillion dollar bail out for Wall Street, paid for by US tax payers)

The list goes on and on.
So in 50 years, what will change?

Perhaps he will not be seen as merely the worst president in US history, but the worst leader in World history!

Posted by: History lesson | September 25, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: xxx | September 25, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Suggesting we "put the campaign on hold"--this is a slight step toward "suspending elections", which sounds like something they would do in, oh, I don't know--RUSSIA???
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It also sounds like its a ploy to keep Bush in there another 4 years! hmm

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

McCain is presenting as worn, tired, and well, kinda sickly looking . . . and not stepping up to the plate, backing down . . .not very Presidential--

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"No wonder Iran and North Korea want nuclear weapon protection. Who could blame them?"

You are absolutely correct Laura."

No, you are both absolutely wrong.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

matt scribbled - "people will look back at bushs presidancy 50 years from now and say he was a great presidant."
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matt - first get a dictionary, second, get an original thought. Bus will look every bit as stupid in 50 years, 100 years and 200 years. I'm sure you would relate to "Stupid is as stupid does."

I hope you are getting paid for posting this drivel, otherwise you're looking stupid for free.

Posted by: ex-conservative | September 25, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

For 27 years the Republican Party has been supporting deregulation and privatization ideas of Reaganomic, a self-serving mass of voodoo economic ideas that put money in the hands of the rich for 27 years, creating the biggest grap of political power and wealth in American History.

And guess what? McCain has been their voting lock step with his pals all along.

McCain confesses he's never had an original thought. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg


Now we are suppose to trust Henry Paulson (Daddy Warbucks)who was the CEO of GoldmanSachs during the heyday of this whole mess!!!

GEE...think he has our interets at heart? NO..if you can't figure it out.

We, the people of the USA, are getting a raping no matter what these people in Washington come up with. The worst of it has already happened. When Daddy Warbucks let GoldmanSachs (his company ironically) and Morgan Stanley merge and assume the status of bank holding company with access to the Federal Reserve window.

that means we are now at the state we were in 1920 before the Great Depression. We have just set ourselves up for the coming fall that will end it all.

NO SHEEET, folks. That is the death nail and its already happened before this week's debate began.

The rest is meaningless...a bandaid for the moment over a massive bleeding wound.

Paulson is there to make sure him and all his cronies excape without taking any blame or penalty.

Posted by: A former Bear Stearns employee | September 25, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh man, the vitriol. You people crack me up.

Politics and the internet each on their own are evil, but combine them and it's armageddon for civility and common sense.

Posted by: Mr. Haha | September 25, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I admired and respected John McCain, at one time.
Then came the tryst with Jerry Falwell, the affairs with the other religious fanatics. Then Karl Rove joined the campaign.
Then Sara Palin.

Now this. My original feelings about McCain's candidacy, the admiration and respect I once had for the man. all subsumed now in a vast and overwhelming contempt I didn't know I was capable of feeling for anybody other than George Bush.

Posted by: opa | September 25, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Just incase no one has noticed, this urgency over the economy should have happened in august 07. But now that the rich are being affected now its time for action. I wish the americans who have to clock in every day would wake up! We need real changes and the democrates are offering that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Palin makes Dana Perino look like Einstein

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Goodness Peg you sure got that wrong. We forgive you your a republican and don't know any better.

Posted by: Barb | September 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it can be both is only logical because it supports your candidate's position. Which also applies to the insane logic that you can pin the economic situation on a single person or party. If you start with a desired conclusion, it's easy to find supporting evidence to support the conclusion, because there will always be plenty of small picture small minded people who will agree. However, if you look at this situation objectively, its incredibly easy to find fault in many places.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

MikeVA writes, "If he was able to create it, then logically it makes since that he has some ability to influence it now. "
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That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard (well, maybe in the top 10). What leap of logic leads you to believe that just because someone can BREAK something, they can FIX it? I can BREAK my computer, but I can't FIX it! Bush BROKE Iraq, but he can't FIX it.

Maybe McSame can bring his mutt Palin and she can "stare down" the crisis.

Have another cup of coffee and take your meds, you are embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: ex-conservative | September 25, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

What is up with John McCain?
He can't stand on anything but war hero status and being a "maverick".
Bush was a true maverick and look where that has gotten us...more isolated than we have ever been and now we our economy is tanking and threatening the global economy.

Welcome to the 21st century Senator McCain, where the world is a much smaller place. We don't need a self-styled grandstanding cowboy maverick making choices on his own shooting from the hip of his deluded ego.

McCain continues to hamstring himself with "maverick" choices such has tapping Palin as his veep. Now he's all alone with no backup to help thanks to a short sighted choice.

McCain has proven he will do anything to win. Perhaps he is desperate for a last chance to shine as bright as his forbears.

Risking it all to score a hit in an aerial dogfight might be admirable but when the most powerful nation in the world is at stake, it is arrogant and irresponsible.

McCain says he is a leader, but he needs to prove it. A lone maverick is an appealing fantasy in Hollywood celluloid but it is absurd in the role of President of the United States of America.

Posted by: citizenshane | September 25, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"Sen. Obama would rather win an election than fix the economy."


Please. Thats why McCain pulled this and the Palin political stunt? Convince yourself fool.

The American People.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Suggesting we "put the campaign on hold"--this is a slight step toward "suspending elections", which sounds like something they would do in, oh, I don't know--RUSSIA??? Seriously, I don't want to exaggerate, but we can't put the election off, so why put the debates off? We NEED to hear these debates, and have enough time following to ruminate over what was said, and make an informed decision. The idea to put the debates off is ludicrous.

Posted by: Another independent | September 25, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Good point.

Someone inform McCain of an invention called: the telephone.

Posted by: xxx | September 25, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Rather, I should say REPUBLICANS LIKE YOU AND MCCAIN WHO THINK WE ARE STUIPD, ARE STUPID.

The McSame/Failin' campaign virtually came out and stated that they will win because Americans, in general, are stupid.

They think we're stupid enough to believe that the party who got us into this economic mess is the party that should be trusted to fix it!

They think we're stupid enough to believe Obama will raise taxes, when it's a FACT that Obama will give the middle class (anyone making under 250K) a tax cut 3 times greater than McCain!

They think we're stupid enough to believe that the "surge" in Iraq was a more important decision than deciding to start the war in Iraq in the first place!

They think we're stupid enough to believe that we should live in a theocracy where extremist views of Christianity should be forced upon the population!

They think we're stupid enough to believe in the same Karl Rove style politics that delivered us 8 years of Bush/Cheney and corrupt Republican congressmen!

They think we're stupid enough to believe a McCain/Palin white house will work for women's rights, when the womanizing John McCain has a long record of sexist remarks, and Sarah Palin strongly believes that a woman does not have the right to choose and, as governor of the state with the most rapes per person in the US, made a law forcing rape VICTIMS to pay for rape kits!

They think we're stupid enough to believe that John McCain and Sarah Palin are 'mavericks,' when the truth is McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time and has voted for $150 billion in earmarks. Palin has raised taxes on everything from groceries to income and follows the Bush governing model of cronyism, corruption, and secrets!

They think we're stupid enough to believe that a VP candidate with a shrill tone and pretty smile, paired with zero experience and legitimate ethics issues, can be trusted to be within a heartbeat of the presidency!

They think we're stupid enough to believe Sarah Palin will work for special needs children, when the fact is she slashed the funding for the Special Olympics in her state!

They think we're stupid enough to believe anything coming out of the mouth of Sarah Palin, after she has been exposed as lying about everything from earmarks to firing her personal chef to selling that plane on e-bay to teleprompter malfunctions to her support for the Bridge to Nowhere!

They think we're stupid enough to believe that just because McCain is a veteran that he will support our troops, even though he has voted over and over again AGAINST bills that would help our service men and women!

They think we're stupid enough to believe that McCain is a foreign policy expert, despite the many times he confused the Sunni and Shiite factions in Iraq, and forgot that Czechloslovokia is no longer a country!

They think we're stupid enough to believe that the "John McBush/Dick Cheney in a Skirt" ticket can adopt the Obama/Biden campaign theme of "CHANGE" without having us wonder what, exactly, they will "change" when they are clearly offering the exact same policies of the current Bush administration!

Posted by: YOU'RE STUPID | September 25, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I have alway thought republicans as group were vitriolic, underhanded, cowards etc. McCain's latest schizophrenic tactic confirms they are also looney tunes.

Oh yeah, he's what I want in the White House...NOT!!!

Posted by: Barb | September 25, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

o my God maccain didn't go on Letterman the sky is falling.He should have stopped everything for Letterman.So now Obama went instead
Letterman; Obama why didn't you got to Dc to help with this matter?
Obama: Well from where i sit i think i can do better by staying here and watching what is going to happen.Then i can make a clear decision on what to do after talking with my partners.I also think it is better for me not to get involved right away untell i understand it more.
Letterman; You don't understand it yet?
Obama: Well sir. I know we are in trouble and i do have a plan.My plan right now is to see what happens then make a plan depending the outcome.
Letterman; Sounds like a good plan to me. What do you think about Mccain going to Dc?
Obama: Well i do not see what he can do now. He could help with a bill but that to will fail.Mccain is old and he has been in D.C for to long and knows to much to help out.I look at Mccain as a leader but not a leader you know what i mean.
Letterman: Obama who do you think will win?
Obama: well Letterman i am know as "the One" i have a plan to make a plan for this country witch i think is a good plan.I know many leaders from other country's and also terrorist. This makes me a man of interest.
I am black incase you can't tell and that makes me even more of a leader.I am 44 years old with at lest 2 years in congress so i think i have the know how . I have a brother in Kenya who is trying to make ends meet so i know that country well. I talk to my God everyday and he tells me i will win. So i think i will win.
Letterman; Well don't forget you housing dealings.
Obama: Yes i did well i got a good house for over a million and got a heck of a deal with the land next door. almost half prise so yes i would say i am a expert in housing.
Letterman: Well good luck and i pray to God you win
Obama: Thank you Letterman i know i will win I do have a plan and you will see my plan when my plan is planed. Thank you

Posted by: peg | September 25, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The Palin/McCain ticket is dead. Stick a fork in it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

people will look back at bushs presidancy 50 years from now and say he was a great presidant. presidants are hardly ever popular when then are in office. mcain will show right away that he is great and that obama is stupid and only getting support because he is young and black. mcain didnt chose palin because she is a hot woman but because she is a solid politican and she will be able to lead as well as bush or mcain if something were to happen to mcain god forbid. people need to stop looking at obama like he is a rock star and see that mcain and palin are better and that bush is great and not as bad as the media makes him out to be. dont fall for the glitz of obama choose the solid mcain and palin.

Posted by: matt | September 25, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The ruse is obvious: "Sen. Obama would rather win an election than fix the economy."

It's called a telephone, Senator McCain. A Blackberry. An email. An IM. A text message. Tell someone who tells someone else who tells someone else.

Transmitting McCain's thoughts to his friends in Congress takes less than 60 seconds. Mr. Smith no longer has to "go to Washington", as the hundreds of PR conferences and thousands of telephone calls McCain's staffers have made on his behalf can testify to.

P.T. Barnum once said that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the average American. Mr. Barnum's business was to amuse. Senator McCain, we are NOT AMUSED.

Sincerely,

The American People

Posted by: David | September 25, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Say Anything McCain" is at it again. So who and what will he be tomorrow? A Conservative? A Democrat? A Populist? A Maverick? Or maybe just aptly, Bozo The Clown?

McCain is too frantic, jittery and erratic. Too reckless and political. He make me feel very uneasy.

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama continually refers to the American people as "not stupid" whenever he attempts to argue his position against McCain's. Watch CNN, read the NY Times and you will see that these Obama "news" outlets time and time again attempt to bolster their argument with claims that the opposition is stupid. Claiming intellectual superiority is elitism and I'm sorry if Xander just discovered this word during the election process. You can thank a Republican for enlightening you.

Posted by: Who's Stupid? | September 25, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"Which is it; it's his fault or he has no ability to influence it? Can't be both."

It's not his fault, it's his party's fault. It's on his head because he supported everything that brought this disaster to a front. And yes, it can be both.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

To have voted for Bush the first time was a foolish mistake that has set this country back 20 years or better. To have voted for him the second time was blind, selfish ignorance. To vote for McCain is nothing short of deliberate treason.

Posted by: laura | September 25, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"Everyone does realize this Fannie and Freddie mess started with the Clinton administration, we are just left holding the empty cup."

And then Bush deregulated the companies, allowing the CEOs to practice unregulated plans to increase stock prices. This led to vary risky lending, which led to the fall of the companies.

So the Bush administration passed te deregulatory bills that allowed it to happen.

QED

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Merle opined:
"Everyone does realize this Fannie and Freddie mess started with the Clinton administration, we are just left holding the empty cup."

So, you're saying that the Bush Administration, in 8 years, and Congress under GOP control for 6 of 8 years, were unable to fix Clinton's *mess* until now?
What were they doing these past 8 years?
Obviously, you must agree how incompetent the GOP must be, that they never fixed the problem, OR, weren't aware of it until now?
Right?
Or maybe, they were a large part of the cause... ya think?

Posted by: baz | September 25, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"No wonder Iran and North Korea want nuclear weapon protection. Who could blame them?"

You are absolutely correct Laura. History has shown that the US will attack/invade anyone we feel like unless said country has a nuclear deterrent. The leaders of these countries may be unstable but they aren't stupid. They see a nuclear capability as the only guarantee they have against US intervention. And it doesn't help the cause when a presidential candidate sings "bomb bomb Iran" on TV. What an idiot McCain is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Bush just wants credit lines open with China so he can keep borrowing for wars and to offset tax cuts to the wealthy.

No passage = troops come home.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

May God bless!

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Frank V -
"The startling fact is, McCain is going to win this election because of one overlooked,important part of elections. That is the "Bradley effect".Dwell on that a while!!!!!"

Translated - We are not big enough people to tell the truth when asked where we stand. We'll cower in the voting booth and hide what we feel.

This election certainly has made me think twice about how my white coworkers and neighbors REALLY feel.

I pity those who are so ashamed of their ignorance that they hide it that way.

Posted by: Subliminally | September 25, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"....LET ALONE A HARVARD LAW SCHOOL GRAD.."
All that means to me is that he's a rich, lawyer/vulture and another PC, America-hating, Ivy-league twerp.


I'll take that over a blind, ignorant, uneducated, unmannered, backward thinking, blue collar bigot any day!

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

700 Billions dollars. This is a joke right?

Sadly...it's no joke. And I've heard they are discussing another stimulus package. Thank god I don't have kids to have to pay off the national debt this is going to create. The government is an out of control monster and can't be stopped.

Posted by: Mr. Haha | September 25, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Xander:
"As stated many times before, McCain is NOT on the Senate Committee that is in charge of this. All he can do is hang out and listen to them speaking and then cast his vote at the end. He will make no real difference to the whole proceedings."

Obama has no economic clout whatsoever. Every reputable economist on the planet agrees his plan as it's been told so far will make the economy slow more, yet he leads in the polls on the economy simply because he has people believing that McCain and Bush created this problem. If he was able to create it, then logically it makes since that he has some ability to influence it now. Which is it; it's his fault or he has no ability to influence it? Can't be both.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

the most amazing thing about McShame is his ability to transform cowardice into heroics.

McCain supports Bush

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg

VETS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MUY9S6iCvk

What in the world is this caped crusader going to do? Fly into Washington an single handedly solve the proble?

That just might be how his party will portrey it, and his facist supporters like FOX news or Bill Kristol will portrey it, but that fact: he can do nothing that isn't being done by others.

His cheap trick is an act of cowardice. Send Palin instead, Johnnie.

Oh, that's right the Republican Party finds her too dumb to talk.

Just shut up and look cute, darlin. Show us some let, baby.

A bunch of dirty old white men and nothing has changed.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Excuse me, I dont think many Obama supporters are calling McCain supports stupid."

Of course not...it's not politically correct to call a spade a spade.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Jill what should sadden you is the fact that your current presidant and your presidential candidate cannot come up with a plan to get us out of this crisis without the Brilliant mind of the NeXT PRES OF THE USA Barack Obama

Posted by: really sad | September 25, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

McCain is afraid of the debates. Political stunt going to Washington, to try and stop his free fall in the polls. Nothing more.

McCain should allow open access to his running mate, and should have transparency. He has been trying to stop the troopergate investigation, and has changed the rules for the vp debates.

If you have nothing to hide, you cooperate with investigations. If you are aren't afraid, you participate in debates. By stopping his campaign, he is displaying "McCain First".

My mind is now 100% made up. Obama all the way.

Posted by: Joseph | September 25, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"....LET ALONE A HARVARD LAW SCHOOL GRAD.."

All that means to me is that he's a rich, lawyer/vulture and another PC, America-hating, Ivy-league twerp.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is a sell-out and exposed he is just a typical Republican politician by picking Palin. He picked her to appease his base, poach Hillary votes and stoke a culture divide. Even Britain and Europe know Obama is the better candidate.

The only people who don’t get it are the brainwashed right-wing puppets who think that just because someone has a speech draw and likes to fish that somehow makes politicians just like them or the best candidate to run the government. I like Tina Fey too, that doesn’t mean she should run the country. Are we really this foolish? Palin wasn’t the best or most qualified, it’s because mcCain knew she would be a draw to small town America whom they are duping (Sara Palin ain’t like you, folks).

How is this being a "maverick"? How is it ‘Country First”? How is this “I rather win a war than loose an election”? I’ll say it again, John McCain is a sell-out. Obama said it pretty accurately too - Lipstick on a pig, is still a pig.

The most important metric for picking a VP is they are ready to step in from day one. His judgment is reckless and he gambled at our expense. The mere fact Palin is being educated on foreign policy and is avoiding the press indicates she wasn’t prepared on day one. She is running for the second highest office, but can’t answer questions from the press or public? This doesn’t alarm anyone?

I lost all my respect for John McCain. He's not the hero today he was 35 years ago. McCain is nothing without Palin.

What does it say about a campaign that has to "mimic" what and whom Obama is, not to mention hijack Obamas core message of Change from day one just to poach votes? Is that all they view Obama as, a "product" a "formula", a “personality”? It makes McCain look weak and more importantly, the American people stupid if they fall for it.

Now all these puppets are willing to just get behind her without even knowing anything about her and try to convince the American public she is prepared to be VP or President? Not even uncertain objectiveness, caution, pause or question just because she has an "R" in front of her name? How can anyone make a honest, clear determination reasonably in less than 60 days.

Bravo America! We look like complete idiots once again while the world watches. I am truly embarrassed of my country. I guess all isn’t lost, at least many will have Palin’s eye glass frames while our country crumbles economically. We are such tools.

If Palin/McCain win I'm leaving this country. I’m not paying for a war that should have never happened or failed Bush policies any more than I already have.

British Prime Minister Backs Obama
http://waugh.standard.co.uk/2008/09/brown-backs-oba.htm

World wants Obama
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/09/2360240.htm?section=world

Posted by: Sue | September 25, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

700 Billion dollars. 700 Billions dollars.

This is a joke right? 2 1/2 page poorly written document requesting 700 Billion dollars? No warning? No time to work out the complexities?

What the hell has happened to us. Have we lost our sanity here? Who the hell is running this country?

This is the Iraq war times 2.

To have voted for Bush the first time was a foolish mistake that has set this country back 20 years or better. To have voted for him the second time was blind, selfish ignorance. To vote for McCain is nothing short of deliberate treason.

No wonder Iran and North Korea want nuclear weapon protection. Who could blame them?

We've lost all sense of clarity. Get Bush the hell out of there!

Posted by: laura | September 25, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

>Excuse me, I dont think many Obama supporters are calling McCain supports stupid.

Please, speak for yourself. I proudly will call anyone supporting McCain factually stupid. Stupid. Dumb. Selfish. Blind. Idiodic.

To have voted for Bush the first time was a foolish mistake that has set this country back 20 years or better. To have voted for him the second time was blind, selfish ignorance. To vote for McCain is nothing short of deliberate treason.

Posted by: laura | September 25, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It saddens me to see that so many Americans seem to have lost their common sense. If this is one of the biggest challenges our nation has ever faced, don't you think it makes sense for McCain and Obama to help out?! McCain has the backbone to get in there and stand up for the people. He's willing to risk the election to do the right thing. I think that speaks volumes of his character. Meanwhile, Obama is willing to just sit back and watch the proceedings. Do we want a leader who goes in and tries to fix problems, or someone who is just going to sit around and think about them.

Posted by: Jill | September 25, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

>Excuse me, I dont think many Obama supporters are calling McCain supports stupid.

Please, speak for yourself. I proudly win call anyone supporting McCain fatually stupid. Stupid. Dumb. Selfish. Blind. Idiodic.

To have voted for Bush the first time was a foolish mistake that has set this country back 20 years or better. To have voted for him the second time was blind, selfish ignorance. To vote for McCain is nothing short of deliberate treason.

Posted by: Laura | September 25, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

By the way Where is Mccain going I mean..Arent the fundamentals of the economy string.VERY STRONG haha this guy cracks me up!hahaha What a joke

Posted by: Barbara | September 25, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

You're right Matt, you're "not the best typer or speller in the world." That doesn't make you stupid. Voting and supporting the candidate who helped cause this gigantic cluster _uck makes you a bit of an idiot though. Misspelling the same lousy candidate's name doesn't help much either.

Posted by: Rocko | September 25, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I would give my left nut to have my son or daughter graduate at the top of their class at harvard law school.

I would look at that as obtaining a part of the american dream.

Why is that so vile to the uneducated morons here?

Furthermore, Obama picked himself up by his bootstraps for everything he has - no one gave him squat, unlike McCain, an almost flunkie at annapolis. Seems he and W have a lot in common in that regard, and probably plenty in common with the retarded rightie posters here.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line - CAN WE HONESTLY AFFORD A PRESIDENT THAT CANNOT MULTITASK? What will McShame do if he gets that phone call at 3:00 a.m.? "Oh, sorry, I have something else going on right now, can you get back to me in a couple of days? Besides, I'm old and need my sleep; and my VP isn't qualified to handle this call." Trying to cancel the debate is just a sad political ploy. He sees himself dropping in the polls and has to do something to divert peoples attention away from his stupid blunders and mistakes of the past 10 days. This man is a liar, he's too old, erratic, indecisivie, sneaky, underhanded, and just too damn self-serving! Not to mention, he obviously thinks we're all stupid and going to fall for his tricks. We need someone who puts this country first - and putting the unqualified nutjob from Alaska on his ticket shows just how much he's for himself and NOT this country. I'm an independent who's proud to say she's voting for Obama/Biden!

Posted by: JMA | September 25, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I was a McCain fan. But lately McCain hsn't been acting like a sane man. I can understand all the misspoken words about the economy, selecting a beauty queen as a running mate and all that. But what broke this camels back, is McCain lying to Letterman. If McCain wants to be on Katie Courics show instead of Letterman's he could have rescheduled Letterman's show for another day and told him the truth. But don't lie about where you are going to be especially if you are going to be taping another show in the same building. Letterman showed that this war hero has no clothes. At the time when the American public's faith in any politicians word is at the lowest, McCain showed that he cannot be trusted for even the simplest of things.

Now this raises the question. If McCain lied to Letterman about being in Washington when he was actually powdering his nose in Katie Couric's show, we wonder where he is going to be during the time of the debate, which he wants to cancel. Is he going to be making out with Sarah Palin in a car in some empty parking lot. Given the way he looks at her derriere and the lovefest that they have developed in the recent weeks, anything is possible.

Posted by: Jeff Littlefeet | September 25, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

This isn't an election, it's a reality TV show.

Posted by: Derek B | September 25, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

McCAIN NEEDS TO FIRE HIS ADVISORS AND HIRE A PSYCHIATRIST IMMEDIATELY. THIS 1OO% INSANITY!!!!!!!!! HE'S GONNA RUN OUT OF STUNTS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Genie | September 25, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Does this whole election seem contrived to anyone else? Old war mongering rich whitey vs. the hard working rolled up sleeves minority blend? It is a show. We have no real candidates. God help the working poor. I will vote for Obama, and hope I suffer from paranoia. Oh, and seriously, who wants Evangelicals in Office? Ew.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The debate is at 9PM and runs for 90 minutes. How difficult would it be to participate in Congressional activities during the day and fly into Oxford, MS for the debate, then back to DC? Is McCain too old and feeble to handle that? Shouldn't the President be capable of something so simple?

Posted by: Frank D | September 25, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Clinton cracked down on dead beat dads, so do you think he will allow no regulations to wallstreet? Come on, Bush is all up in this! Merle

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

My response to >Posted by: Who's Stupid? | September 25, 2008 11:16 AM

Excuse me, I dont think many Obama supporters are calling McCain supports stupid. What they are saying is that those McCain supporters who make ridiculous statements about Obama and some hateful tones, they are stupid. Get the fact right frist before saying stupid things like Obama is a ... or that...

For those who hate or dislike Obama, it is more presonal than politics. Right! For those who dont like Obama's political views is another matter, because you have all the right to disagree with him, but dont say he is what he isnt....

Posted by: RIGHT ON | September 25, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

If the Friday Pres debate is to be postponed then bump up the VP Candy debates to Friday. Hold the Pres Candy debates in their spots next week.

Posted by: Bump up | September 25, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

mcshame is doing what he did with palin. Throw out some outrageously stupid gimmick and hope it diverts attention away from the issues. Does ANYONE think they were sitting around DC the past few days wringing their hands and lamenting that john mc "I don't understand economics" wasn't there to show them the way? Get real. mcshamless has nothing to offer in this debate except perhaps appologies for his role in creating the disaster and an explaination of why his campaign hires people like phil gramm, who is even more culpable, as economic advisors.

Posted by: Brandon | September 25, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"The aspirational elitism of some Obama folks (he went to Harvard blah, blah, blah) is just plain annoying. I went to an Ivy League school and I am voting McCain/Palin. Does that make me stupid? I guess this is why Obama is having such a hard time connecting with the regular folk of this country. It's hard to ask those same folks for their vote when Obama supporters spend so much time telling them how stupid they are."

It cracks me up how people such as yourself keep using the buzz word of the day being used by Republicans all the time. Elitism was not commonly used in vocabulary until the Repubs started flaunting it. But lets talk elitism shall we? Obama owns 1 house and 1 car. McCain owns 8 houses, 13 cars (most of which are foreign, despite him being 'for the automakers of the US'), and a Corporate Cessna jet. So really, who's the elitist? To say someone is elite because of their education is just dumb, especially since I would take it as a compliment.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

here we go with the elite comments again are you another billionaire or a rich kid calling someone elite like the rest of Mccains new supporters! Come on give it a rest. Obama is more representative of the average American than Mccain..coming from humble roots and realizing his potential by hard work and determination.NOT JUST MARRYING MONEY AND Abadonng your first family

Posted by: ELITISM | September 25, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm a McCain supporter, but this move was risky. I hope everything works out just right.

It is also a test for Obama. If he doesn't act in some way other than just a statement and McCain's move works out, McCain will come out looking like the hero and Obama will come out looking like the failure who took too long to act.

McCain has done a good job setting it up. Let's see how it works out.

Posted by: dmansfa99 | September 25, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Veitnam is in McCains dreams every night. He will get his revenge! McBush tactics are contagious!

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

We're Saved!!!!! John McCain is going to Washington!!!!! WOOPEE!!!

I wonder if he can remember where Washington is considering how long it's been since he was there last doing the job we hired him for.

While the news pundits continue to show Arizona as a red state, I can tell you, speaking as a long time Arizona resident, that when John McCain gets shot down in his presidential attempt this time, he will also NOT be getting re-elected to his Senate post either.

Of all seated U.S. Senators, John McCain has the worst individual record for actually voting. He sucks as a Senator so why would he be any better as a president?

Posted by: R. Rowley, Tucson, Arizona | September 25, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign suspension and trip to Washington is a brilliant political move, nothing more. He is no more a "GOP leader" than I am. His GOP confederates in the Senate can't stand the man (he's a "maverick", remember?). All he will do during the bailout negotiations is stand around looking important, and maybe posture for the cameras.

Rather than rail about debates we all need to be looking very closely at what our elected "leaders" are doing. This "bailout" will not "save the economy" or help joe sixpack pay his mortgage. The $700 billion is designed to bail out huge banking institutions who made incredibly bad decisions. It will transfer the responsibility for the bad loans to the US taxpayer while allowing said companies to hold onto the good loans. We take on the risk, the banks receive the rewards. And where will this money come from? Higher taxes? No, that would mean that we are actually PAYING for something. No, we will borrow this money from China and Russia. In fact, Bush made a call to the Chinese premier just the other day. Do you think he was calling for take out?

The future of our country is being sold down the river so that the 1 percenters can keep their homes in the Hamptons. It looks like we have learned NOTHING from the run up to the Iraq war. We still fall for Bush's scare tactics.

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 25, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Everyone does realize this Fannie and Freddie mess started with the Clinton administration, we are just left holding the empty cup.

Posted by: Merle | September 25, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

McCain, via Rick Davis, has inside knowledge about the causes of the crisis. He needs to protect his friends and his investments in his multiple homes.

Posted by: NotABanker | September 25, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

This is simply commonsense: Can anyone tell me what difference will it make having Obama and McCain in Washington working on this issue? Can anyone tell me why both candidates cannot contribute to the debate in Washington and campaign at the same time? All leaders know that there are times when several issues have got to be death with at the same time. Come on, while both candidates have been campaigning there have been many other important isues which they impacted without their physical presence in Washington. It is simply a 'commonsense' stunt which McCain tries to pull off hoping that Americans don't have the 'commonsense' to read into this.

GOOD TRY McCain, but try another one that might work.

Posted by: Max | September 25, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"ok i am not the best typer or speller in the world but that doesnt mean anything it is just like obama followors to look at the outside of things and not the content. mcain is solid and good and obama is all glitz and no fowndation and it would be a mistake to vote for him. mcain will stick with bushs stragidy and bail us out of the mess clinton left you will see."

WOw, JUST WOW.

Matt,

Do America a favor and do not vote this year. You have no idea of an policies. You are obviously voting for flashy colors instead of content.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Remember Harry Reid asked for the candidates help and opinions, until he got McCain and then he flips. I wonder if that was politically motivated because once again McCain took the lead and left Obama in the bleachers?

Good for McCain-Country First is a way of life not just a slogaon for some !

Posted by: Merle | September 25, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"That is because Matt is one of the few people who is dumber then McCain."

Well if you know anything about statistics, and John McCains college career, you would know that 894/900 people are smarter then McCain.

If that was a national poll, 99.33% of the people in America are SMARTER THEN McCain.

Kinda scary. Why do people vote for someone who is stupider then they are? I thought leaders were supposed to know the answers in order to lead.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Frank V. my friend, I am an Obama robot that equals a democratic robot and proud, very! I can hold my head up high and thank God this did not happen on our watch. And that Bradley crap is code for good old boys in my book. But not this time! Trust me! Those votes have swung, I know I live in South Carolina!

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The aspirational elitism of some Obama folks (he went to Harvard blah, blah, blah) is just plain annoying. I went to an Ivy League school and I am voting McCain/Palin. Does that make me stupid? I guess this is why Obama is having such a hard time connecting with the regular folk of this country. It's hard to ask those same folks for their vote when Obama supporters spend so much time telling them how stupid they are.

Posted by: Who's Stupid? | September 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

ok i am not the best typer or speller in the world but that doesnt mean anything it is just like obama followors to look at the outside of things and not the content. mcain is solid and good and obama is all glitz and no fowndation and it would be a mistake to vote for him. mcain will stick with bushs stragidy and bail us out of the mess clinton left you will see.

Posted by: matt | September 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The first debate is on Foreign Policy. Democrats should be ecstatic that McCain is giving Obama more time to prepare.

Posted by: Jim | September 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"McCain is asking for a delay to handle a more important crisis."

As stated many times before, McCain is NOT on the Senate Committee that is in charge of this. All he can do is hang out and listen to them speaking and then cast his vote at the end. He will make no real difference to the whole proceedings.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

McCain is slipping in the polls and growing desperate.

Now he's trying to leverage the Republican WhiteHouse to boost his own standing with the public.

Cheap political stunt that the American people aren't going to buy.

Not this time McRove !

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Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 25, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

That is because Matt is one of the few people who is dumber then McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I can see why Matt can relate to Mccain? Can anyone else lol..wow

Posted by: LOL | September 25, 2008 11:12 AM
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Haha...absolutely!

Posted by: Jessie in Ohio | September 25, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

McCain is asking for a delay to handle a more important crisis. A campaign is pretty insignificant in light of what is going on. But, of course Obama does not think so, and lets not forget the debate is on foreign policy NOT the economy. The facts are there are not enough votes to pass it because the Repubs and the White House are not on board with the package or the changes. So, if McCain can deliver the Repub party and the White House so this bill passes more power to him. Obama needs to spin it, because he has no pull on this particular problem. Leaders do not wait until they are asked to lead as Obama suggests (call me if you need me), they see an issue is not going well and they lead as McCain is doing. Obama is just proving he is small and his 'wait and see" approach helps none of us. Country First

Posted by: Merle | September 25, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"....LET ALONE A HARVARD LAW SCHOOL GRAD..

Riiiiight. And your cap-lock is stuck."

Twice now, TWICE someone has a made a great point and all you can do is complain about font.

You are the best example of the McCain campaign. You are wrong, but that is ok because the other person spelled something incorrectly.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I can see why Matt can relate to Mccain? Can anyone else lol..wow

Posted by: LOL | September 25, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"Riiiiight. And your cap-lock is stuck."

Obama graduated with a Juris Doctor with Magna Cum Laude honors from Harvard in 1991. I'd like to know what your education history consists of.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"Nobody wants a President that waits for which way the wind is blowing and then still doesn't act, but sits around and criticizes the actions of others. Lame game."

I want a president that waits to see which way the wind is blowing. The rest of this statement doesn't apply to Obama. He criticizes McCain on issues that everyone agrees are bad. (Gas tax holiday, economics)

McCain will wip it out and start pissing without taking into account the wind.

When you do that you have a chance to piss on your own leg. Ask Bush about making rash decisions and pissing on his own leg.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. anonymous, my spelling is fine thank you.

Really? Where is Veitnam?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Do you really need the debates to decide your vote? Who are you kidding? You know who you will vote for reguardless.

Posted by: MN nice | September 25, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. anonymous, my spelling is fine thank you. Besides, stick to the topic or are all of you McCain followers skilled at ducking the issues. Any way , to answer your question, this guy is unstable!

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain has pulled a series of stunts since getting the nomination, and each one makes him look more and more foolish. Sarah Palin was the biggest stunt, followed by canceling his Letterman appearance at the last minute and trying to get out of debating Obama, also at the last minute, to run to Washington for photo ops. He has proven to me that he is too scatter-brained and irresponsible to be president. Note that I am not a Democrat. I am a Libertarian. I tend to lean towards moderate Republicans when there isn't a good Libertarian choice to vote for. At this point, the only candidate running for president that appears capable of handling the job is Obama.

Posted by: Lynwood | September 25, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

obama is stupid and mcain is smart. mcain know that he is needed in washington to solve the econimy problem so he will go there and fix things while obama will do nothing and that shows that mcain will be a good presidant. bush is really a good presidant but he is sufferin cause of clintons adminustrasion. mcain is already fixing the problems of the country and he aint even presidant. vote for mcain obama is stupid

Posted by: matt | September 25, 2008 11:01 AM
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Wow, matt, where do I even start with this one? First off, the correct spelling of "econimy" is ECONOMY. Second, the correct spelling of "presidant" is PRESIDENT. And Bush is NOT a good president--do you REALLY think it's Clinton's fault? I mean, our nation's economy was so strong when Clinton left office and we had a record-low budget deficit. Look where we're at now. And no offense, but I don't think you should be calling Obama (who has a Harvard Law degree, mind you) stupid when you can't even spell or make coherent sentences.

Posted by: Jessie in Ohio | September 25, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Who is dat scawy old man? Don't let him be pwesident!

Posted by: Baby Huffington | September 25, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

....LET ALONE A HARVARD LAW SCHOOL GRAD..

Riiiiight. And your cap-lock is stuck.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

To all you Hussein Obama robots. Most of the negative comments about McCain come from you ignorant parasites. Most of you have the brains the size of a nats rear end.Listen up you Obama robots and the "in the tank" media, this election is not over yet.From what you think the polls say, think again.The startling fact is, McCain is going to win this election because of one overlooked,important part of elections. That is the "Bradley effect".Dwell on that a while!!!!!

Posted by: frank v | September 25, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Personally I'd rather see McCain and Obama as the leaders of their respective parties attend to the bailout. We've all heard Obama's talk points and speeches before and we can find this information online if anyone cares to hear it again. What I find of increasing concern is that Obama can't make a decision without a focus group. Obama's wait and see approach and then criticize McCain for acting is played out. Nobody wants a President that waits for which way the wind is blowing and then still doesn't act, but sits around and criticizes the actions of others. Lame game.

Posted by: Economy over Debate | September 25, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Lindsey Graham told CNN that the McCain campaign was trying to negotiate it so that, instead of debating Friday, Obama and McCain debate when the Biden/Palin debate was supposed to take place--and that Palin's debate would therefore have to be postponed indefinitely.

Hmm. Things are starting to make sense.

But, hey, since she "has that readiness," as she keeps reminding us, why not have Palin and Biden debate Friday while Obama and McCain do their photo ops in DC and then Obama/McCain can take the VP slot fot their debate? Problem solved.

Posted by: S.L. | September 25, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

"Actually, considering that your comment made no sense, I'd have to say that you are the one who is deluded."

Hey Xander, you left out the first part which was this ("The truth is it is now all over for McCain.") like a true lying pro-socialist media type. And you apparently were playing video games when Amadidajad spoke at the UN this week. How does that not make sense?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO CALL SOMEONE STUPID....LET ALONE A HARVARD LAW SCHOOL GRAD..MY SEVEN YEAR OLD HAS BETTER GRAMMAR AND SPELLING ABILITY THAN YOU

Posted by: @ MATT | September 25, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

"So, someone tell me how this helps McCain no matter how it turns out?"

Well, it's a double-edged sword that has no real affect. For his supporters, he's just solidifying his "Country First" claim. For those who support Obama, it's just solidifying his "Out of touch" status. It is having no real affect on the undecideds. So really, this whole ordeal is pointless.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"obama is stupid and mcain is smart. mcain know that he is needed in washington to solve the econimy problem so he will go there and fix things while obama will do nothing and that shows that mcain will be a good presidant. bush is really a good presidant but he is sufferin cause of clintons adminustrasion. mcain is already fixing the problems of the country and he aint even presidant. vote for mcain obama is stupid"

Wow. Did you fail out of english class?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Botton line: Do you want to pay or not?
I don't.. I have no credit issues.. I don't want to pay for guys that have bonuses that are up to 32,000,000,000.00 a year.
We can not fight, we have to be united.
Do you want to pay or not.. that is the question we should be answering.
Politics are last.
My kid's future is first!!
Wake up America! Don't get distracted!

Posted by: Cristian | September 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

What is so reckless about delaying a debate? Can't they do it next Wednesday, instead? What will be the dire consequences of that? On the other hand, if this financial mess isn't addressed immediately, Obama might have to hit his friend Tony Rezko up for a loan when his stocks tank.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 25, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

It's funny to watch the media and frantic liberals act so predictably like cornered scared animals, grasping for straws while sweat beads and adrenalin of fear set in.

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Yes, they are terrified of their lead in the polls and the prevalence of economy, where Obama polls much higher than McCain, as the issue of the election.

Goodness, I can smell the fear from the left as McCain suspends his campaign and postpones the debate to fly to DC and try to seem competent on economic issues.

It is palpable. Palpable, I say!!

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"No but he is a serving senator and being paid to do that job before he is a presidential candidate. That is where he should be. This bailout is hung up in the senate and needs all hands to push it through so that America doesn't become some poor, backwater, third-world crap hole like the rest of the world.

How are Obama's constituents being served while he is on the canpaign trail, doing nothing but making PR appearances and lobbying for MORE campaign funds. Multi-tasking my big arse."

Obama can learn EVERYTHING on the road that McCain learns in Washington, BECAUSE OBAMA KNOWS HOW TO USE A COMPUTER AND THE INTERNET.

In order to do his senate job, Obama just has to know the bill(check) and show up to push a button.(which doesn't take a friday night)

Obama > McCain.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Mr. President I hate to bother you but I need a favor. The debate is friday and I know absolutly nothing. Can you call me to Washington as though we are in a huge economic crisis. Thank You, sincerely McCain(ex p.o.w.) Pathetic!

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

YES I AGREE...MOVE UP THE VP DEBATE TOFRI IF MCCAIN CANT MAKE IT.SARAH SHOULD BE READY TO LEAD

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Quite honestly, I don't see any upside for McCain coming out of this transparently dumb and cynical move. The GOP base--the conservatives--are furious about the whole thing and really don't want anything to pass. If the bailout passes, they are going to be very angry and disenchanted with McCain. And the independents may be happy at the bipartisanship but they will give both McCain and Obama equal credit for that.

If the bailout fails, the conservatives will be happy but everyone else will still be miserable and uncertain. And McCain will be seen to have failed. And his threatening to duck out of the debate is certain to be seen as the actions of someone who is not at all confident he can answer questions about all of this should they come up.

So, someone tell me how this helps McCain no matter how it turns out?

Posted by: Jaxas | September 25, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

obama is stupid and mcain is smart. mcain know that he is needed in washington to solve the econimy problem so he will go there and fix things while obama will do nothing and that shows that mcain will be a good presidant. bush is really a good presidant but he is sufferin cause of clintons adminustrasion. mcain is already fixing the problems of the country and he aint even presidant. vote for mcain obama is stupid

Posted by: matt | September 25, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"You are writing off McCain and Amadidajad of Iran are writing off America.

You are both deluded and stupid.
"

Actually, considering that your comment made no sense, I'd have to say that you are the one who is deluded.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"If McCain becomes prez how long will it take him to go after veitnam? The crisis is thousands of innocent lives being lost in an unneccessary war. Has he stop his campaign for that?"

WTF are you talking about? And learn how to spell.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"Obama, his cronies and blind surrogates are having a meltdown because PRESIDENT BUSH invited Obama and McCain to Washington... if Obama doesn't consider his participation in this crisis important, the People of this country will certainly take notice and remember his most demonstrable illustration of weakness not only as an aspiring candidate for Presidency, but as a man overall."

I really can't belive how much of an idiot you are.

McCain wants to "suspend" campaigning to talk with Bush. Why would Bush ask advice of the candidates for president? Please, tell me why the president of the united states would want to talk to a few senators about this crisis? Why wouldn't he talk to a few senators closer to the economic crisis?

The fact is the only reason for bush to talk to these candidates is for them to get some free CAMPAIGNING in. So McCain is "suspending" his campaign to go campaign with his buddy Bush. Hypocritical.


If McCain really wanted to suspend his campaign, he would shut up, go research the bills that are being proposed, and vote as a senator.

If he can not do that, AND run a campaign, he will have SERIOUS issues being president.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Why do some of you think Senator Obama isn't doing his job as a Senator if he doesn't drop everything he's doing and rush to Washington, D.C. just so he can sit around (with McCain) for the next several days, watching the relevant committees hash out a compromise on this bill? You do realize we're now living in the 21st Century? We have things like computers, cell phones, the Internet and e-mail, text messaging, fax machines, and really, really fast planes. NEITHER HE NOR McCAIN NEED TO PHYSICALLY BE THERE. Neither candidate is on any of the relevant committees currently working on the compromise. McCain riding in on his horse DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO CHANGE WHAT'S ALREADY IN MOTION. I think the only reason McCain went to Washington is because he doesn't know how to operate electronic devices such as computers and PDAs.

Senator Obama stated that he is willing to assist in whatever fashion his party leaders deem is necessary, and he promised to be there in person to vote for the bill when it is ready.

What's the big deal? Must everything be symbolic?

Enough grandstanding - let's get to the debates and the election.

Posted by: pfallsgirl | September 25, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"The truth is it is now all over for McCain."

You are writing off McCain and Amadidajad of Iran are writing off America.

You are both deluded and stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

If McCain becomes prez how long will it take him to go after veitnam? The crisis is thousands of innocent lives being lost in an unneccessary war. Has he stop his campaign for that?

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

you people are the worse people to represent America with all your awful things you say. If you wily want to blame someone Blame cater he started this stuff then Blame Clinton for passing another bill that helped all this mess.Bush went into office with this stuff already happening. He tried to pass a bill that would have helped but the dem's blocked it.Now its all Bush and Mccain.Maybe some of the blame also need to be put on the people. Taking out loans that a lot knew they couldn't repay and some who got blindsided being told they could.Maybe you should also blame the ceo's witch i really don't see any of you blaming.It didn't matter who was in office it was going to happen anyway.If Obama was in office you would be blaming someone else.Obama is not God. Did he do anything in congress to stop this no he didn't. At lest Mccain tried but Obama and the dem's blocked it.Now Mccain is trying to help in some way to fix this problem and you put him down. Obama doesn't even want to be there he said so.He could help from afar.So now what?I am so tired of how you people act like your God in some way or form. you know all the facts witch most of the time your wrong.Obama can't do no wrong witch he has.Mccain is old. So what. He is not Bush like so many say he is wow you are smart. Mccain has his faults to just like Obama.Obama has been caught not telling the truth on things but for some reason thats ok with you dem's.You so into Obama you are being blindsided.He flip flops i think more then Mccain. He is made because Mccain picked a women to run with him He got blindsided there. Now she is dirt.Mccain is old and will die. Boy what a thing to hope for.Mccain was a pow so he deserved to be there for years. His dad was a officer so he is no good. Obama has dealings with terrorist but thats ok.Biden thinks president R was on tv in 1929 so you all believe it.what is wrong with you people.

Posted by: KARL | September 25, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Now you can see clearly: McCain is a no show.
He wimps out when it comes down to the crunch,
just like in his campaign against Bush in 2000.

Posted by: Gareth Harris | September 25, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"The idea that John McCain is going to selflessly return to Washington for the sake of all manking is so laughable it doesn't even bear further comment."

No but he is a serving senator and being paid to do that job before he is a presidential candidate. That is where he should be. This bailout is hung up in the senate and needs all hands to push it through so that America doesn't become some poor, backwater, third-world crap hole like the rest of the world.

How are Obama's constituents being served while he is on the canpaign trail, doing nothing but making PR appearances and lobbying for MORE campaign funds. Multi-tasking my big arse.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

another thing lets cancel the presidential debate and have the VP debate on Fri..I mean isnt Sarah Palin ready to lead!!

Posted by: Barbara | September 25, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The truth is it is now all over for McCain.

The polls that had Obama ahead by 4-5% will now have him ahead 7-8% because we are not that stupid.

McCain is proving that he is another president that will retire to his ranch and play golf while a great American city drowns.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

It's funny to watch the media and frantic liberals act so predictably like cornered scared animals, grasping for straws while sweat beads and adrenalin of fear set in. Obama, his cronies and blind surrogates are having a meltdown because PRESIDENT BUSH invited Obama and McCain to Washington... if Obama doesn't consider his participation in this crisis important, the People of this country will certainly take notice and remember his most demonstrable illustration of weakness not only as an aspiring candidate for Presidency, but as a man overall. Perhaps enticement is all that's needed and the White House should call Hollywood studios to FedEx for same day delivery, those lovely styrofoam Greek Columns so Obama can step down out of the clouds of his airplane to descend upon the people, like the Second Coming of Christ... "Oh save me, Obama! Lord Obama, Save me!"

Posted by: shameOnObama | September 25, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Pres. Bush and Mccain really need Obama in Washington , They are too dumb to come up with a solution.............Please Barack go and help those two idiots solve the problem. At least we would have someone intelligent trying to solve the problem

Posted by: barbara | September 25, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

You say atleast McCain is doing something? What is he doing? Seriously? Stopping a campaign is doing nothing. I will tell you what he is doing, sitting around twiddling his thumbs until a deal is reached. And then he will take the credit. And then you will say he did something. PATHETIC!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"Hey! Your cap-lock is stuck"

Nice, the only thing wrong with my comment was that I had too many capitol letters. Thanks for the support!

Obama 08

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"This is really sad. McCain returns to Washington because there is a serious national situation and Obama wants to talk and talk and talk. McCain had to drag his ass to Washington. And then Bush playing fairy fascist godmother on the tube on a deal that has zero over site and Obama wants to debate about foreign affairs. The time for talk is over instead looking at Obama standing around waiting for a photo op."

So when McCain gets to washinton, what will he do?

Dance?

Sing?

Put on a play?

NO, HE WILL "TALK TALK TALK."

Somepeople are just dim.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Neither McCain nor Obama are on the critical committee (Senate Banking Committee) that will decide how this final package looks. They will only be able to vote on the final product. As far as influence goes, McCain isn't very popular on Capitol Hill and the amount of influence that he can lend to the process is minimal. Chris Dodd (Committee Chairman) says that since this crisis emerged, he hasn't heard from John McCain.

This is an elaborate stunt to avoid speaking to the American people. He must really think we're stupid (or republican lap dogs) to fall for this bizarre attempt to hide his ineptness when it comes to economic issues and his vice presidential candidate's complete lack of grasp of issues by cancelling his debate tomorrow and hers next week. Time to bring her out of hiding. Whether or not the republicans like the press, they owe it to the American people to put her out there and show us what she's got.

Even if I don't vote republican and they win, she will be my vice president, too. I deserve the chance as a citizen to know who she is. This sounds like something they do in Russia.

Posted by: Subliminally | September 25, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

...ERYONE "I WILL FIX THE ECONOMY, JUST DON'T DEBATE ME."

AND EVERYO...blah..blah...blah...

Hey! Your cap-lock is stuck

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The idea that John McCain is going to selflessly return to Washington for the sake of all manking is so laughable it doesn't even bear further comment.

I really hope that this little stunt blows right up in his face. I really don't know how he managed to keep a straight face whilst he made his ridiculous announcement.

In less than 40 days America needs to decide which candidate is fit to run the Executive for the next 4 years. To make this decision they need to see the two of them go head to head in a substantive policy debate.

What we don't need is more of McCain's idiotic and utterly transparent political grandstanding.

Posted by: Simon H | September 25, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous: I can tell right off the bat that you're a conservative because of how hypocritical you are. You say Obama's speeches are scripted and that he won't debate McCain in town hall meetings, yet your little Palin has spoken to the media, what, 3 times? The campaign is hiding her from any reporters because they know she'll make a fool out of herself without her scripted points, as was evidenced in last night's interview with Katie Couric.

The Republicans are making a mockery of this campaign and just digging the hole deeper and deeper and I can't help but sit back, watch and laugh. It's a slippery slope from here and your party is going into a downward spiral. McCain's been slipping in the polls, claims he will solve the crisis--even to the point of suspending his campaign, has lobbyist ties ALL OVER the place...I could go on and on, but I don't want to make you feel bad for the constant slip-ups of the Republican party.

Just face it--you Republicans are scared. And you should be.

Posted by: Jessie in Ohio | September 25, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"For the third election in a row, we are left with no real candidates for President.
God help our Country."

Amen brother...amen.

Posted by: No-bama | September 25, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

McCaine has in the past shown a penchant for these dramatic moves to recapture the initiative.The increasingly restive American public are looking for someone to blame and at the moment the incumbent Republican outfit (to which McCaine is joined to at the hip)will have to take responsibility for this gigantic mess. After all it happened during their watch.Just another increasingly eye catching gimmick by McCaine.

Posted by: Brian Musah | September 25, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

OK EVERYONE, BOW TO MCCAIN.

HE TELLS EVERYONE "I WILL FIX THE ECONOMY, JUST DON'T DEBATE ME."

AND EVERYONE COMPLETELY AGREES WITH HIM?

He must be a the new messiah for everyone to not even ask him, "WHAT EXACTLY WILL YOU BE DOING AT 9PM ON FRIDAY THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ECONOMY?"

YOU LEMMINGS SIMPLY ASSUME THAT HE IS HONEST AND THAT HE CAN DO NO WRONG.

THAT IS EXACTLY HOW BUSH GOT ELECTED. AND LOOK HOW THAT TURNED OUT.

STOP BEING COMPLETE MORONS, OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THAT MCCAIN IS NOT ABLE TO HAVE A DEBATE AND HANDLE A CRISIS.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE ARE TWO CRISIS? ARE YOU IMPLYING THAT A DEBATE IS HARDER THEN A CRISIS? IF SO YOU ARE EXACTLY THE MORON THIS COMMENT WAS MADE FOR.

You call Obama supporters "kool-aid drinkers" because we follow Obama no matter what he does right? Well Obama hasn't proven to the world that he "is weak on the economy" like McCain has, and you still follow his every step expecting him to be perfectly right without question.

I say to you, you are a lemming, who follows the oldest lemming right off the cliff.

McCain will not, and can not, do anything to help the crisis we are in. The fact is most of his campaigners are the very people who caused the crisis.

You are looking to the arson for help putting out the fires.

You are looking to the drug dealer, to help fight the drug war.

You are looking to the lumberjack, to save the forest.

You are looking to the criminal, to help fight crime.

You are looking to the anarchist, to help create a government.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

there is absolutely no need to suspend the campaign or postpone the debates. gosh, how many high school quarterbacks actually take a midterm on Friday then go on to play the game that night? John McCain's stunt is political grandstanding, nothing more. after all, it was his promotion of deregulation that was a big factor in this mess; it's unlikely that a couple of his hours in a closed room will correct what took 26 of his congressional years to create.

Posted by: bajacalla | September 25, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I am sorry that an American crisis has put a damper on Obama. I know how hard he must be studying up for the debates since it is well know he is not a very good debator when there is no script for him to look at. I do however, expect a paid government representative, (which he is) to be there doing his job when a crisis is occuring. He says he is multi-tasking. Does he consider studying for his debate and working the campaign trail his form of multi-tasking. Gee I thought his first concern should be for the American people and the financial crisis they are in. I guess HIS priorities are apparent. I will not be voting for him in the upcoming election. Democrats are the main cause of the problem and he has not only bailed out on them but he has bailed out on the American people.

Posted by: Rosalie Sherbourne | September 25, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

MikeVa, you say you dont care how many times a Senator votes only what they vote on. Thats a very convenient position for you to take as a McCain supporter.

But the guy has missed 64% of the votes. Including votes on critical economic and energy issues. Look his voting record up for yourself.

So all of a sudden showing up to vote at the 24th hour is some great thing to you? Its an obviously transparent political move.

And again, what is it that McCain is going to do besides bringing in a political distraction? The issues in the deal are being worked on by members of the relevant committees and economists who actually know about the issue.

And you really think that McCain is any more concerned about the economy than Obama because of a political stunt? Get real.

There are precious few days left until the election and the American people should get the opportunity to see the candidates side by side in a debate forum as scheduled. Presidents cannot put things on hold simply because a potential crisis comes up. They have to deal with the crisis as well as other things. Thats one of the things that makes the job kinda important and kinda difficult, you know.

Posted by: VaTerp | September 25, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

After reading the comments on this board, I think it's safe to say that both the left and the right sides are completely brain-washed and delusional. The sad, simple fact is: For the third election in a row, we are left with no real candidates for President.
God help our Country.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Business Week published a study two weeks ago that said USA Today was the newspaper of choice for McCain supporters, with Obama supporters reading the Washington Post.

And this column informs us that WP readers are critical of McCain.

Gosh...who would have thought.

Posted by: JD | September 25, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

What's more urgent -- the economic plan or the Debate One of Three? The Debate One of Three is more than five weeks from the election and the first of three. No big deal if it's delayed a couple days. If anyone was willing to entertain the possibility that McCain believes this proposal would light a fire under the bailout process, you'd see it's a pretty good idea. If Obama had agreed to McCain's proposal, it would have really highlighted the need to wrap this up. Even with Obama playing 100 percent politics by dispassionately defending the start time for Debate One of Three, the McCain proposal has still amped up talk of getting something done.

Posted by: bri | September 25, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! Aren't BOTH of these guys just CANDIDATES for president??? Why do either of them have to go to Washington to show leadership? Where is President Bush? What a weak, lame excuse for a president he is. I am almost embarrassed for him. He will surely go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever, and yet Americans voted for him twice.

Posted by: KHellmann | September 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This is really sad. McCain returns to Washington because there is a serious national situation and Obama wants to talk and talk and talk. McCain had to drag his ass to Washington. And then Bush playing fairy fascist godmother on the tube on a deal that has zero over site and Obama wants to debate about foreign affairs. The time for talk is over instead looking at Obama standing around waiting for a photo op.

Posted by: Campbell | September 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"Lord forgive me, but I am going to put country above party and cast the first "D" vote of my life."

First time I voted I voted D thinking I was putting country above everything else...and got Jimmy "worse failure as a president than Bush" Carter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Me, my friend, at the age of 25 you have not lived long enough to have worked hard to earn your money. Obviously, your parents gave you that money. A luxery many of us don't have. We really do have to work. What you are really saying is "Im rich and want to stay that way, so I will vote for the rich guy"! Shame on you for being selfish.

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This whole thing only works for McCain if it is a monumental crisis. Not just a garden variety crisis. The more of an emergency it can be couched as, the more McCain believes it favors him. This is political strategizing at its best.

Politicians are political what's the surprise? Obama didn't take the bait, on to the next move. It's as simple as that. He made a bold move but it faltered. This didn't help his cause but if he moves on it probably won't hurt him much either.

If he doesn't show up on Friday though, he will be toast. Next week, the MLB playoffs will have the prime time spot on Friday. Saturday will be consumed with college football and Sunday will be all about football. The networks and their news organizations won't be happy if he's a no show on Friday.

Posted by: DougH1 | September 25, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry McChicken! The Economy is fundamentally sound.

Posted by: Anna | September 25, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

And McCain is going to part the seas,walk on water and cure cancer!

Posted by: Maya | September 25, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a nutcase. He's reckless, impulsive. He panics an acts without thinking. This is a desperate and blatant attempt to change the focus from how 30 years of extreme Republican anti-government ideology has led to the collapse of America's economic system. The last thing the Senate committees need is a politician who admits he doesn't know much about economics, grandstanding during negotiations. What BUNK!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 25, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh for a few moments and actually view things with your own eyes."

You mean through the eyes of the pro Obama main stream media, right? because where else would you get news from? Unless you are an insider in Washington you need to get news from somewhere. Maybe YOU should open your eyes.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Tim:

The notion that McCain is chickening out is laughable. He's asked Obama all along for more debates and more town halls, Obama has refused. Obama is better at canned speaches, he chose to do that instead.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

All the voters, even all you Hussein Obama cool-aid drinkers, need to read Tony Blankley's piece "The man who never was". It is the most truthful piece ever written about that empty suit, Obama.The media, his advisors, etc. have created this phony, and is selling him to the American people.Everything he does is scripted and written for him, just like an actor.That is why he won't debate McCain in town hall meetings. He would look like the true fool he is, without a script or a teleprompter.It is beyond belief why the media is protecting this guy. I guess it is because they want a black President to be elected. When he forces socialism on the country and it turns into a disaster, how will they act then.How are they going to report when his friends start walking thru and sleeping in the White House. Friends like Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Phlegher,Winfrey,Farakhan,Sharpton, Jackson,P-Diddy, Ludricrous, Spike Lee, Striesand, Sarandon, Penn,Moore,Clooney,etc. Then maybe the leaders of Iran, Russia, Syria,Venezuela,where he will appease them.Just think of the fun some of them will have playing basketball on Obama's new basketball court.God help America!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Call me if you need me????? That is a leader who is muti-tasking? O.K. he is woring on his public appearance and that is one task. What exactly is his other task. Oh Yeah. The economy, which of course he is so good at and has the answers to, except that he is not involved in any of the lesgislature... is he. So is HE multi-tasking. Call me if you need me??????? I am a democrat who NOW will DEFINATELY be voting McCain. Call me if you need me?????? He needs to look up the meaning of MULTI-TASK because he obviously doesn't get it!!!

Posted by: s Denecker | September 25, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"I appreciate the fact that McCain is at least doing something. Obama hasn't done anything.."

WHAT HAS MCCAIN DONE?!?!?!??!??!?!

He is not doing a few things, namely campaigning and debating, BUT HE DOENS"T HAVE ANY PLANS TO HELP THE ECONOMY.

Obama has already done more by creating a economic plan that will help out America. Obama understands that a president should be able to balance the economy and have a debate.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

McChicken!

Posted by: Anna | September 25, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"And McCain is going to do what again?"

No, I think the question is what is Obama doing?

Posted by: No-bama | September 25, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Xander:

"B) McCain has no real power or authority to make any real difference when it comes to this whole situation. All he can do is stand there and nod. So why waste everyone's time, including ours?"

The left side is confusing me big time, If he has no power to change the situation, that also means you can't blame him for the situation, right?? I'm sure once you think about how flawed the Dems logic is on this one, I'll just be called a big stupid poo poo head, because that's usually how my arguments go with most far lefties.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I would like to think (or, at the very least, HOPE) that the American public will be savvy enough in this instance to see through McCain's obvious gamesmanship. While on the surface (a very thin one I might add) it may appear to be a moving gesture on his part to set aside the campaign to focus on the economy's impending demise, this is so blatantly a cheap attempt to use the financial crisis as a political vehicle for his own gain that it's difficult to find words strong enough to deride it properly.

While I think it necessary for both candidates to make themselves available IF NEEDED and/or CALLED UPON, there is absolutely no reason for either of them to shoe-horn themselves into an already ongoing negotiation, when neither is a member of the commitees involved, nor a member of the leadership on their respective side of the ailse.

This needs to be seen for exactly what it is: A desperate move from a campaign that is taking on water faster than they anticipated, and one that I strongly believe will turn around and bite them if 1) McCain is unable to bring his party together, while at the same time reaching across to the Dems to get this thing done, thereby exposing him as a devisive force, 2) The final bill passed turns out to be a failure (his signature thereby being the most high-profile bit of "lipstick on the pig") 3) Depending on the final make-up of the package, it is decided in the court of public opinion that McCain has completely contradicted himself in putting his stamp on something which guarantees a great deal of government oversight to the very institutiions he spent the majority of his political career trying to free from such regulation.

Posted by: Dave912 | September 25, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

"Who cares about a debate that can be postponed and resumed later?"

REALLY? WHEN? WHEN CAN IT BE RESUMED LATER?

It took over a year to decide on this date. We have less then 50 days to decide on a new date and have the debate.

Stop making excuse for McCain chickening out.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

So everybody is arguing that 2 senators won't make a difference in this situation - but obviously the President does because he invited them to the White House to try to help fix this problem.

Posted by: Joy | September 25, 2008 10:23 AM

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Joy,

Not to poke holes in your theory or anything, but Bush endorses the McCain campaign and wants it to win the election, so it doesn't mean anything to me that he wants them to suspend their campaigns and come to Washington.

Now, if he could offer some reasonable rationale *why* he thinks they make a difference, that might change my opinion. All evidence is to the contrary at the moment, though. They are no different than any other senator right now, and all of our actual economic brainpower is already working on this problem. What are they going to contribute?

On the contrary, just by being there, they politicize the process. Democrats will be disinclined to support a McCain-led proposal, and Republicans will be adverse to any Obama-led proposal for fear of giving the other party a boost in the general election. The process is far better off right now with both of them away from it rather than near it.

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I personally really like McCain, I get that Obama supporters are louder and more vocal, but seriously shut up. Stop acting like everything done is evil and sinister. I appreciate the fact that McCain is at least doing something. Obama hasn't done anything..

Do people realize that most of Obama's term and "experience" he has been campaigning?.. I think he's a liar. I don't trust Obama at all.

Palin I love. McCain I like. Obama I dislike severely. Biden I could careless about.

Posted by: KrisB | September 25, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I honestly think dealing with $700billion dollars of tax-payer money (our hard earned money) is more important than all the business as usual campaign BS.

Has anyone stopped to put $700billion into perspective? With that money you could make millionaires out of 700,000 people and you could rebuild Katrina's hurricane damage to New Orleans eight and a half times over. Every time I think about what a few greedy, fat-cat a-holes have done to the people of this country, I get a lump in my throat like I'm going to puke.

Posted by: No-bama | September 25, 2008 10:01 AM

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And McCain is going to do what again?

Posted by: rottnkid | September 25, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"The other is too busy interviewing for a new job... while getting paid to not do the other job.

Walking out of your job in the middle of a crisis and telling the people you leave behind to "call if you need me" is something that should be rewarded with termination."

I think Obama can do a better job on a public platform debating about the economy and how he will fix it, then spending friday night sitting in a hotel room in washington.

If you disagree, then you obviously want a president that can only handle one thing at a time. You probably like Bush.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Why do I get the feeling that the people that view McCain heading to Washington to offer his 'expertise' and 'suspending' his campaign are the same ones that voted to re-elect Bush?
Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh for a few moments and actually view things with your own eyes.

Posted by: Anti-Everything | September 25, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about a debate that can be postponed and resumed later? There are plenty of days left before the election for debates. We need ALL of our country’s politicians to be completely focused on this HUGE crisis our country is in. A narrow mind might argue that the debate will only take an hour or two to prepare for, but the reality is that the candidate will spend days preparing for the debate. Do you want your elected official rehearsing for a debate on why they are the best politician or do you want them 100% in the important fight to be the politician they were already elected for. The bills they create now will complete affect the next president’s term. Obama and McCain need to be focused on the problem that is here and not the problems that will come up months from now. Anyone who thinks otherwise is being completely selfish and is merely McCain hating. BE AN AMERICAN FIRST AND GET OVER YOUR PARTICIAN POLITICS BEFORE WE ALL GO HUNGRY.

Posted by: Joshua | September 25, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"Imagine that you are a major political leader and there's a huge crisis that may undermine the economy of your country and impact every citizen. Do you sit on the sidelines and prep for a public appearance on a matter that doesn't relate to the crisis? Or do you head to Washington to do what you can to build national consensus to solve the problem? Obama chose the former and McCain the latter. McCain obviously has his priorities straight. In times of crisis, I want someone to be in charge who will roll up his/her sleeves to solve the problems. Obama would apparently rather run the other direction and let someone else take the heat for any decisions. Obama is definitely no Harry Truman. "

Now imagine if two crisis hit at once, say the Iraq war and Katrina. Does the president have the right to tell Katrina victims to pause and wait till we figure out the war first? NO.

Obama is ready to be president, because he is confident that he can debate AND fix teh economy. He is confident that he can muiltitask.

McCain is afraid.

McCain is Herbert Hoover.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

This seems to me to be just more of the same Pres Cheney / VP Rove scare tactics of the last 8 years. These people have ruled through fear of one thing or another. It's just too wierd that all of a sudden the economy is "creatoring" (McCains word). This should have been addressed months if not years ago, not weeks before the election. It is a total scam. I'm shocked more people don't see it for what it is. The republicans are not going to leave quietly unfortunatly, but they will leave.

Posted by: eel pie | September 25, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Two points...the first hardly needs addressing but since I see so much ignorance displayed I felt compelled to state the obvious.

The debate is on foreign policy and every single poll ever taken has shown the majority of Americans knows this is McCain's strong suit and Obama's weakest. So to claim McCain is doing this to duck the debates is simply idiotic.

Second, McCain as does Obama, truly believes in the need for a conditional bailout. But many conservatives like me is totally against a bailout of any kind. Those like me have expressed our concerned to our senators...this has caused fractured support among republican senators.

Even though I don't support the bailout...I understand why McCain feels compelled to go to Washington. He will lobby the reluctant republicans that are listening to people like me, to accomplish a bipartisan plan he feels will save economy from the consequences of doing nothing.

The democrats control the Senate Banking Committee and the rest will support it... so Obama doesn't have the same compelling reason to go to Washington, so of course it would be nothing more then an inconvenience for him to do as McCain requested.

Posted by: dan | September 25, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The voters of Illinois and Arizona hired people to do a job in Washington, DC. One of those guys is still serious about doing the job for which he has hired.

The other is too busy interviewing for a new job... while getting paid to not do the other job.

Walking out of your job in the middle of a crisis and telling the people you leave behind to "call if you need me" is something that should be rewarded with termination.

Posted by: Lane Bailey | September 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Reply to R Johnson:
"Lord forgive me, but I am going to put country above party and cast the first "D" vote of my life."

We should all put country above either party. Why do you feel you have to ask forgiveness for that? That is what a true patriot does.

Posted by: delere | September 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

This seems to me to be just more of the same Pres Cheney / VP Rove scare tactics of the last 8 years. These people have ruled through fear of one thing or another. It's just too wierd that all of a sudden the economy is "creatoring" (McCains word). This should have been addressed months if not years ago, not weeks before the election. It is a total scam. I'm shocked more people don't see it for what it is. The republicans are not going to leave quietly unfortunatly, but they will leave.

Posted by: eel pie | September 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain is not a steady leader. He seems to be all over the place and makes me nervous. He reminds me of an over-sugared 5 year old, squawking about nothing for a few seconds about something then changing subjects without finishing his sentences.

Am I wrong, but didnt McCain 'suspend' his campaign but still meet with Katie Couric, not go to Washington and not do a thing to improve the economic situation.

It seems like he is doing whatever he can to skip the VP debate, and I cannot blame him. Sarah Palin hasn't been greatest in these interviews.

Posted by: sean | September 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

This is for all those "closet racist" out there. Don't judge someone by the color of their skin, but by what they have between their ears. On that note, there is little choice who would make the best president.

The last time I heard McCain he was rambling on about how strong the economy was, much like the captain of the Titanic in his final hours. So this is not time to use some "simple-minded" criteria, like who would you most like to have a beer with, or shoot a moose with?

This is much more serious than that and the welfare of not only our present generation, but also our future one's (you're kids!) depend on it.

MacCain may be lily white but that doesn't make him president material.

Posted by: Johann Wagener | September 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"He hates fat cats and that's why he's going to vote Republican...That's a classic!"

Yea...Democrat politicians is just a bunch o' poor downtroddin' workin' people.

Hey stupid, I never said I was voting Republican. I detest both parties and politicians in general and you are an idiot for assuming what I'm all about.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain is taking time off to team up with O.J. Simpson to hunt down the criminals who did this.

Posted by: Steve G | September 25, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't care how many times a Senator votes, I care what they show to vote on. you do realize they vote on stupid things all the time like whether or not to condemn a statement someone made, or whether to impose drug restriction on professional sports players. Why on earth do I care about that?

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"Why is a man who takes interest in the current economy and wants to focus on a solition, suddenly a man who's trying to great a "stunt" and avoid the topic at hand?"

Because:

A) It's an obvious political stunt. Anyone with half a brain can tell that.

B) McCain has no real power or authority to make any real difference when it comes to this whole situation. All he can do is stand there and nod. So why waste everyone's time, including ours?

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"Well done, John McCain. It is encouraging to see strong leadership in a campaign that has been dominated by fancy words and scripted speeches. And Mr Obama? If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Why don't you stop talking about the crisis and actually participate in the solution?"

So McCain says that he is going to cancel the campaign and help. But he doesn't say how he will help. And that is good enough for you to say that obama should "stop TALKING about the crisis and actually participate."

You are a hypocrit because McCain has not done anything. In fact, he does not have the power to do anything. And he won't be doing anything at 9 oclock on a friday that would be more important then debating Obama.

They both have jets. Fly to washington, talk economy, fly to mississippi, debate. If McCain is too old, or to slow, to do this, he is not ready to be president.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't usually express my opinions on open forums, but I am totally frustrated with the one sided news reporting we are getting in this election campaign. The media is clearly biased toward the Democratic candidate and are very likely to influence the vote outcome.

I think that both candidates should be in Washington at this time to help in whatever way they can to resolve the crisis situation the greedy bankers and financiers have created for our economy. I applaud Mccain for offering to suspend the campaign temporarily and beseech Obama to do the same.

If the bailout is approved, there should certainly be controls in place to prevent the bankers and financial executives from benefitting personally and financially. The huge salaries they are paid are unreasonable and outrageous. No person is worth that amount of money no matter how well qualified he may appear to be. It all boils down to the fact that many people working under the CEO actually do the work while he draws the big bucks.

I personally do not want to use my tax dollars to bail out the bad lending decisions made by the financiers. They should be held personally responsible and suffer the consequences.

Posted by: billg | September 25, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Imagine that you are a major political leader and there's a huge crisis that may undermine the economy of your country and impact every citizen. Do you sit on the sidelines and prep for a public appearance on a matter that doesn't relate to the crisis? Or do you head to Washington to do what you can to build national consensus to solve the problem? Obama chose the former and McCain the latter. McCain obviously has his priorities straight. In times of crisis, I want someone to be in charge who will roll up his/her sleeves to solve the problems. Obama would apparently rather run the other direction and let someone else take the heat for any decisions. Obama is definitely no Harry Truman.

Posted by: L. Smith | September 25, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

"Ok I get it! Obama has no reason to go to Washington and pretend he got the deal done, like McCain. He realizes he has no real power, yet! "

Think before you type please. A US senator has no power... interesting notion.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I think McCain is 3 months away from alzheimers. I wonder if he even knows where he is half the time (or who he is for that matter). I (sadly) voted for Bush in 2000 and I abstained in 2004 (was waiting to hopefully see a worthwhile candidate in '08). This time, it's the lesser of two evils for me . . . I'm voting Obama.

Posted by: Derek | September 25, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Tim 10:21 Socialist were always snobs.The states you refir to also have the high crime rates and high tax and are in the most debt. Your right they are real smart

Posted by: L Wilto | September 25, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"Waa (crocodile tears) , poor you being let down. oh well, i guess a crisis situation comes before entertainment or a debate.

A true leader does a lot and says little because we all know ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. "

Very true. McCain's action is to hide from his problems. I want a president that can handle more then one thing at a time.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Well done, John McCain. It is encouraging to see strong leadership in a campaign that has been dominated by fancy words and scripted speeches. And Mr Obama? If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Why don't you stop talking about the crisis and actually participate in the solution?

Posted by: dcchew | September 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

For all the people talking about how Senators should do their jobs and praising McCain for "suspending" his campaign please note this.

McCain has missed the most votes of ANY SENATOR BY FAR in the last two years. He has missed more votes than a man who was recovering from brain surgery.

Now all of a sudden its urgent for him to help work out a rushed economic deal when he is not on any of the relevant committess and admittedlty knows very little about economics.

I mean, cmon. Wake up America! How about actually THINKING instead of blindly following hypocritcal BS!

Posted by: VaTerp | September 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Ok I get it! Obama has no reason to go to Washington and pretend he got the deal done, like McCain. He realizes he has no real power, yet! But In 39 days things will change. If there are people who are afraid of change then stay in your bubble. But we who want more shall move forward.

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

They talk about where the candidates came from. They talk about who can relate to the public. Well, I'm 25 years old and have my money invested, my biggest fear is that the whole economy is going down the tubes and all my hard earned money is going with it. I'd rather see a candidate take some sort of interest in what's happening in Washington than a candidate who says "the show must go on" and prepare for a debate than can wait. I'm so tired of people talking such trash about McCain, yes he's old, yes he's rich, yes he picked Palin. WHO CARES?! Can't we focus on the positive? This is our future, why do people have to believe all the negativity everyone spews? Why do people have to take someone doing something that could be rigth and making it wrong? Why is a man who takes interest in the current economy and wants to focus on a solition, suddenly a man who's trying to great a "stunt" and avoid the topic at hand? Sure there are a lot of issues attached to this race, but this one seems to be the one that will likely effect whether or not I pay my rent. Let Obama debate with himself.

Posted by: ME | September 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"I think McCain should be in the Capital. He is the leader of the GOP and could bring them as a block.I am not in favour of the 85Bill bail out. They should loan the money to keep them afloat and charge interest. Let them collect the debt. The Gov is not set up for this.Come in and present why and how you need the money.As for Obama . He said they will phone if they need me. Liberals always worry about the people. "

Actually, McCain is NOT the leader of the GOP. He is not even on the committee that is in charge of this whole mess. He will have no real impact on the hill beyond making a mockery of this election.

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

Jae:

Speaking from one network guy to another, here's another way to look at it.

At my company, utilization grew at a rate of roughly 200% from one holiday season to the next. My network never had a problem keeping up with the utilization, the apps and servers did though. I participated in every single capacity planning session for the holidays regardless of my understanding of the apps and servers because I could still add value from a position of leadership. Just food for thought.

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

I am amazed that you would imply that comments with a realistic evaluation of the obvious lack of "McCain skills" combined with his attempt to get out of the debates while playing politics would be a ploy made by Democrates. The American people are smarter than you give them credit for or you really need assistance in processing.

Posted by: Sheila McLeod | September 25, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

If McCain isn't going to make it to the debate, I guess he ought to send Sarah Palin in his place. Isn't that the role of the Vice President? Seriously.

Posted by: july | September 25, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Robbyne, I beg to differ with your assessment of giving McCain an A for effort here. Why? Because the ridicule by the Republicans during their convention of everyday people working in their communities to make it better, community workers. This rush off to D.C. to help bail out the companies that have given him untold campaign dollars over the years and disregard for the $750 billion of taxpayers dollars he just wants to pony up. Also to refuse to debate in one of the poorest states in the nation, Mississippi, because he has to go bail out his contributors goes to show that there is little care or concern about working people. This shows that McCain couldn't care any less about the American people than right now. Why, these companies are just calling in their favors. I suspect that right about now the Middle class and definitely the working classes, those who can think, are smelling the stink. I've been told by different folks in the Republican party that this is not the last stunt McCain will pull, there is definitely more bologna to come.... *smh*

Finally, we are seeing the intentional ruining of this economy just like those of Argentina and South Africa in the 1990s. Those folks up in D.C. now cannot think of anyone other than the folks in D.C. Obama is definitely considering people outside of D.C. Why do you think he's getting such lackluster support from his own party leadership?

Get it straight, Obama 2008

Posted by: Fannie Lou Hamer II | September 25, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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

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

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

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

Posted by: custerjs | September 25, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The LAST thing that's needed in D.C. right now is for these two to swoop in and politicize a very important and delicate negotiation. McCain is CLEARLY not suspending his campaign, but rather stepping it up a notch. I'll admit it's a clever chess move, but so much for "country first". Of course, I suppose that whole concept went out the window when he chose Palin, anyway...

Posted by: Jazzgasm | September 25, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Feaver,

The presidency is not a game and the idea of gambling using lies and ploys such as this demeans the presidency and our democratic election process. I will not be gamed by Mr. McCain, his fluffy VP, or the Republican handlers and the RNC.

How cynical the world is to hear Mrs. Bush's statement, "Mrs. Palin is a quick study and has common sense and I will vote for her." Unbelievable gaul. I lost complete respect for Mrs. Bush. She is a carpetbagger like all the rest.

Mr. McCain and his Republican handlers have descended further and further into the River Styxx and further into the mud. Mr. McCain is not a warrior. He is a creature just like Gollum who held the golden ring but disintigrated becoming darker and darker from moral decay and greed. We are watching the disintigration of Mr. McCain in front of our eyes. He has lost his moral compass, mental acumen, and is in noticable physical decline. Some of us see it and say it. Some of us see it, and can't acknowledge it and some simply refuse to see.

The reward for McCain's gamble and dishonesty will be two "gold Roman coins". The exact fee-for-passage across the River Styxx to face the fates and justice.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 25, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain found the fire alarm just before the math midterm...

Posted by: Bob Riess | September 25, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

So everybody is arguing that 2 senators won't make a difference in this situation - but obviously the President does because he invited them to the White House to try to help fix this problem.

Seriously, if our economy were to collapse on Monday I wouldn't be thinking about last Friday's debate - believe me. I'd much rather see action than hear MORE talking at this point, thank you! Of course Obama wants to have the debate - that's what he knows how to do - TALK. We don't need more talk right now - we have been hearing that for months on end. We need action right now.

Seems to me things have been put to the test - America is in a crisis, so who's going to Washington? McCain.

Posted by: Joy | September 25, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a gutter politician, no doubt! He likes stunt, he trust his gutt as much as Bush does. I think certain people likes it!

But, that's fundamentally flawed. I don't get how can he suddenly fix the economy in a week? This mess did not happen in one day, it took a while to come this point.

We all need to cool our head and think wisely to have a solution.

McCain is very inconsistent, he is a patriot, he is a good leader, but, he is more driven by his instinct than rational. With his VP pick, he certainly shows the trait.

In my observation, McCain bears the same trait as Bush. He likes sound-bit, he believes his instinct, he is impulsive. He is superficial!

Posted by: MaroonPaloon | September 25, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

kimmo,
want to see more of palin? look at this that came out yesterday (same day of mccain panic attack....). It is pretty shocking and authentic.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26880901/

Posted by: ellis | September 25, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Follow the money honey! McCain is "suspending" his campaign to save moola because even life long R big donors are saying no thanks to sailing on this Titanic. Senator Obama is swamping the SS Paltainic where it counts most, at the bank. My hat is off to courageous Rs who have the courage to abandon this sinking tub. Although a D I haver voted for Rs in the past when I felt they were the better choice. Thanks for returning the favor and convince your friend to do so as well.
My favorite description of Shrub has always been that he is the kind of guy you would walk to the other side of the country club bar in order to avoid. You know the type. Let him slink back to the "dunce corner" of history.

Posted by: Uncle Juana | September 25, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"Obama Camp sure has a tight hold on the media all you hear is McCain is crazy. Why was it respectful and prudent to hold off campaign activities during a hurricane, but the world economy is about to collapse and the Obama show must go on? Spare me, I’m so tired of Obama, Dems and Obama “news” outlets that I am pulling the lever for the GOP October 20th when early voting begins here in Florida."

I guess you are correct. I was unaware the the economic crisis was causing high dangerous winds and flooding in the area that is holding the debate.

You are reaching, but your logic is too far out of reach.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

My problem with McCain's "suspension" of his campaign is he stayed in New York, gave a television interview, today will deliver an address to the Clinton Global Initiative, and then, only more than 30 hours later did he plan to "rush" to Washington to lend his sage presence to the negotiations. Meanwhile, those in Washington who are doing the actual negotiations saw this as being no more than posturing and grandstanding by a man who has not voted since April. So McCain thought doing an address to Clinton's group was more important than a national Presidential Debate? More important than to rush to Washington to actually try to do some work? As a voter I find that outrageous.

At some point we have to stop and ask, "Can what this man says he is doing be believed?" When the answer, sadly, is, "No, not much", then I'd suggest moving the election forward to October 4th and get it over with, since it looks pretty well over. Is McCain nervous about doing a debate? Is something wrong with him? Is there something the voters need to know about McCain?

Posted by: Arthur | September 25, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"What a weenie. He is proving that he will let us down. The whole country has been anticipating this debate for MONTHS. He is proving to be impulsive without thinking things through and that is NOT the kind of man I want in the White House."

Waa (crocodile tears) , poor you being let down. oh well, i guess a crisis situation comes before entertainment or a debate.

A true leader does a lot and says little because we all know ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it's hard to see how anyone can support the party that has taken us to this abyss. Not to mention the war based on lies and misinformation. What's not to like?

But you have to remember that many if not most people in the country are ignorant and uneducated. Why is it that the states with the highest average education levels support Obama, and those with the lowest support Republicans? The uneducated states are easily manipulated by Republicans.....

Posted by: Tim-Baltimore | September 25, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Yes, now Obama has been called to Washington. Dragging his feet, to be sure, but go he must. Maybe McCain can pick him up at the airport.

Posted by: carol dean | September 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I think McCain should be in the Capital. He is the leader of the GOP and could bring them as a block.I am not in favour of the 85Bill bail out. They should loan the money to keep them afloat and charge interest. Let them collect the debt. The Gov is not set up for this.Come in and present why and how you need the money.As for Obama . He said they will phone if they need me. Liberals always worry about the people.

Posted by: L Wilto | September 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Lemme see here...
* 435 men and women comprise the US House of Representatives
* 100 men and women comprise the US Senate

One of those 100 senators senses an urgent need to return to Washington to address a crisis that has been incubating for quite a long time so that *he* can bloviate about the economy - which he freely admits knowing so little about (http://thinkprogress.org/2008/01/18/mccain-economy/) - and come to our rescue, although *he* has been mostly absent from Washington for about 180 days?

AND, he wants one more of the 100 senators to do the same?

Well, those two senators may very well make the difference in achieving a majority vote, but my goodness, I hardly would expect or desire someone with such limited knowledge about the economy rushing to Wall St.'s hospital bedside. That just evokes the genius hotel chain commercial tagline: "I'm not a doctor, but I did stay at a..."

Spare me.

Posted by: D'oh | September 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I dont understand how I can say it anymore clearer. Obama will be the next President of the United States of Amercian, why, because amongst other things Obama can multi task and still debate at the same time.

NOW A SERIOUS QUESTION FOR THE REPUBLICANS: HAVING NOW BEEN ABLE TO SEE A LITTLE MORE OF PALIN. Are you not now saying to yourself, ok she eats moose burgers but who is she and so far nothing much more than the fuddle duddle talk and lipstick... and if she became President, doesnt that scare the daylights out of you.

I does me.

Posted by: Kimmo | September 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

THIS is the essence of the supreme stupidity of the American voter:

"Every time I think about what a few greedy, fat-cat a-holes have done to the people of this country, I get a lump in my throat like I'm going to puke."
Posted by: No-bama

He hates fat cats and that's why he's going to vote Republican...
That's a classic!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

It seems like McCain can deal with only one thing at a time. Can he really?

Posted by: vjnair2 | September 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain has been AWOL from the senate for six months - he has not cast a single vote since April. Rushing back to watch the fire isn't going to help.

I really hope the Democrats have enough spine to stand back and let the Republican fire burn out.

Well run companies are NOT having any trouble getting credit.

Microsoft just received a 2 billion dollar loan at 2% interest.

General Motors was denied a loan. But, they brought it upon themselves.

This is just a stampede to trick the democrats and the american public into spending $700 Billion dollars to alieve their fear. A fear being stoken by the very people who will benefit from the Bailout.

This is just a legal fraud. Panic the public and they will give you what they want.

Posted by: Karl | September 25, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in chicago together with criminal REZKO.No wonder considering his Chicago mob connections.He should be indicted instead of going to DC.Do we need a criminal in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"Obama has proven he can stay cool in a crisis and even MULTI-TASK!"

This statement from Obama, though on the surface was whitty and mildly entertaining, is probably one of he most rediculous things I've heard come from his mouth to date.

If he were president and was multi-tasking while something of this magnitude was going on, I'd be rather annoyed and so would you.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I can easily sum up all our problems in two words. Democrats Republicans...

I hope I see the day when we have more than just two choices for every election. It's a serious limitation. We should be able to hear from ALL candidates equally in national debates.

I'm sorry but I just do not think either of these candidates will be able to solve our issues.

Posted by: Randy Snow | September 25, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

It is my considered opinion that no one who voted for George W Bush twice should be allowed to vote in the 2008 election... you've already proven your lack of ability to intelligently choose a President.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 3 times, I'm an idiot. A vote for McCain would be your trifecta!

And McCain's putting country first, please, he lost all claim to that by choosing Palin as his VP, a 72 year old man with a history of cancer choosing someone with so little experience, education or knowledge to be next in line. Unbelievable that he can say he puts country first with a straight face.

Posted by: buster j morris | September 25, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Its interesting to hear all these open accusations against McCains move, Obama said that this country's economy need immediate help and McCain acted upon it, McCain invited Obama to work things out and he rejected the invitations, As for McCain not having a sound mind when it comes to the Economy only three years ago McCain warned america about the business dealing of both of the two companies. Step back and look at the situation before you fling mud!


Posted by: Jen | September 25, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

What a great election. Reading the emotional arguments below, it would seem Mr McCain hit the nail right on the head. But there is still time for Obama to give the appearance that he wants to contribute to a solution. He does text messaging, doesn't he? Now that is leading from the front!

Posted by: don | September 25, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Regardless which Senator or Rep it is. Every single one of them need to be present and vote. To many of the elected officials are missing votes. It is the reason we put them there. Really McCain has missed the most voting oppurtunities and Obama is 3rd. Personally, neither one of them should be running as president considering how many votes they both have missed. As far as this crisis I don't blame a single individual I blame the entire Senate both Democratic and Republican. The Democrats hold the house so why haven't they stepped in before. Why have they not stopped Bush? It sounds like WE AS CITIZENS SHOULD ELECT ALL NEW OFFICIALS. Because it is obvious that none of the old ones have done their jobs. LETS FIRE ALL OF THEM.

Posted by: Storm | September 25, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

It amazes me how sided our media is, I was reading this article and noticed the clear biasness of the washingtongpost as most other media centers. The first six comments are pro-Obama. I am sick and tired of our one-sided media. McCain doesn’t need the entire media force behind him for citizens to see his leadership. I am sorry but McCain’s “political stunt” or what I call a heart-felt move to rush to D.C. and fix our economical problem has won my vote! I am not in any position to affect the decisions made in D.C. but if I get there right now, you bet I’d be there alongside McCain. Maybe Obama could go raise a few more million dollars with his movie-star celebrity friends to help the economy. Obama might put a dent in the problem whereas McCain will correct the issue on a more intellectual standpoint.

Posted by: Adam Bell - TX | September 25, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I find it insulting that McCain thinks that people will fall for this crap! However, there are very stupid and un-informed people in this world! They voted for bush...not once but twice. I don't get it! Wake the f@ck up, our future is at stake!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

McCain recipe for "bipartisanship":

1. Do the first thing that comes into your head.

2. Criticize everyone else as partisan.

3. Throw a barbecue for the press.

This is actually not the worst recipe for a senator. For a president, it is a disaster.

Posted by: homunq | September 25, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

MCCain is going to DC..and isnt Obama going now too? Tactic? Hardly!
Go MCcain!

Posted by: srfgrl | September 25, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This is pure political grandstanding - a technique to increase media attention without having to pay for advertising. Everything that is being done is calculated with the "spin" of placing the campaign on hold - while in fact furthering the effort.

Posted by: Douglas | September 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday, several events occured that rocked Mccain into his panic:
1. the polls showing his erosion of support came out

2. the Couric interview showed palin at her all time worst

3. the YOUTUBE video of Palin with her VOODOO WITCHDOCTOR WAS AIRED, WHERE HE "BLESSED" HER FOR MORE POLITICAL POWER AND MONEY (Doubtful Mccain had "vetted" this one of the "hockey mom")
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26880901/

4. the news bashed him for his associates' and their connection to the crisis of the economy

HE HIT THE PANIC BUTTON AND CHOSE THE CUT AND RUN WAY OUT. The economic crisis started last week....so was he just hearing about it yesterday for the 1st time...no, he used it to escape.

THE GOP NEEDS TWO NEW CANDIDATES WHO ARE
NOT AFRAID OF THE MEDIA, THE TRUTH, POLLS, THE NY TIMES, OTHER RELIGIONS, OTHER RACES, OR ETHICS INVESTIGATIONS.

GOP = THE PARTY OF FEAR

Posted by: ellis | September 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Why are we even entertaining this. Neither one of them has the job yet. If both of them were applicants and my network went down which could cripple the entire operation of my company, they wouldn't even be invited into the network room.

I already have a team for that and my team and I would make the decision how to fix it. You can't just invite yourself in because you want to show how qualified you are.

Posted by: Jae | September 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I think McCain is running scared. He knows he is up against a formidable debater who is far more articulate than he is. If he can just let the clock run out, he may slide onto base holding onto Palin's skirts. I think he is very scared. If he gets upset and flies into a rage at Obama he is sunk. If he medicates himself into oblivion to keep his cool, that will be obvious as well. Obama has pretty much taken the high road and stuck to the issues. Unfortunately many Americans can't or don't take the time to really look at what each candidate's voting record has been. They are content to listen to 5 second sound bites from Fox news and Rush Limbaugh. It worked for Bush; perhaps it will work for McCain.

Posted by: Dipsy | September 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

This is pure political grandstanding - a technique to increase media attention without having to pay for advertising. Everything that is being done is calculated with the "spin" of placing the campaign on hold - while in fact furthering the effort.

Posted by: Douglas | September 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

All the outrage voiced by the Obama supporters suggests that John McCain did exactly the right thing. Now they're nervous. "Call me if you need me." Wow, what a strong response to a crisis! Reminds me of something . . . ummmm, maybe Katrina?

Posted by: Jane | September 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

feel sorry for those who still support Lamobama. It easily goes to show that there are still sheep in the world.

Poor poor little sheep. One day your party may be able to do things right, but it hasnt been the last 3 years and sure wont be the next 4 to 8 if muslim communist Obama gets into office.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

A week ago he said that the economy is fundamentally strong...

Yesterday he drops his campaign to manage the economic crisis?

If this is not erratic, impulsive behaviour, I don't know what is.

Posted by: indie | September 25, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mccain always get it wrong! You would think after a 1/2 a dozen times of running for President he would have sharper skills about the process. He has run for President more than Alan Keys and Ross Perot combined. Quit already!

Posted by: H.B. | September 25, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama is indeed, calm and steady. I would be too if I had nothing more than talk to contribute to resolving a national crisis.

Posted by: leslied | September 25, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I will be voting McCain. He is a man who loves this country and is willing to fight tooth and nail to see it succeed.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"And Obama never clarifies what he means after he says things, right? Always sticks to his original statement, for sure! But for Obama it is ok to clarify after the fact, you hypocrite! I love the lefts double standards! "

Wow, this one made me laugh a little too loud. My co-workers are staring at me. Yes, Obama clarifies positions occasionally. But he doesn't completely flipflop on his statements like McCain. You can't make a statement that is obviously wrong and then come back and try to make it sound less wrong by comparison. It just doesn't work. I don't care who's doing it, Obama or McCain. If you say something stupid, stand by it. Prove that you're willing to take the heat if you say something incorrect.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Bipartisan leadership or transparent political stunt?

After watching Palin on CBS last night, it's obviously the latter. She knows nothing and is wholly unqualified for this position, and McCain wants to delay the VP debates indefinitely. And if he can try to make Obama look bad for sticking to their pre-arranged debate, he'll do that too.

Debates have been held in the middle of wars and the debaters still showed up. McCain is a coward.

Posted by: Former Republican | September 25, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

It's not surprising that Obama refuses to go to Washington with McCain to be part of the solution to this horrific financial crisis... maybe he's afraid he'll come across as he did during O'Reilly's interview under pressure with his doe-in-the-headlight--dopey stares, stuttering and fumbling for the right answer, If he can't handle O'Reilly, how is this poster boy gonna handle our country? I guess Obama is waiting for Bush to extend Obama's invitation to his speech Lord, Axlerod. Obama get a spine.

Posted by: Notdrink'nthekoolaid | September 25, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Have the Vice candidates debate. It is their job!

Posted by: Luke | September 25, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"Obama Camp sure has a tight hold on the media all you hear is McCain is crazy. Why was it respectful and prudent to hold off campaign activities during a hurricane, but the world economy is about to collapse and the Obama show must go on?"

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What are you talking about? The RNC didn't hold off the first night of the convention because it was 'respectful and prudent'. They did it because they didn't want to be seen having an extravagant party while homes were being flooded. It was all about perception, and even the McCain campaign managers were willing to say as much.

To equate that with this, McCain would have not only held off the convention, but would have gotten on a plane and flew to New Orleans with his sleeves rolled up for photo ops as if to suggest he could make some sort of difference there. That would have been called a blatant political stunt.

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the muslim communist with a communist agenda for this country.Do we need a muslim communist in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for those who still support McShame. It easily goes to show that there are still sheep in the world.

Poor poor little sheep. One day your party may be able to do things right, but it hasnt been the last 8 years and sure wont be the next 4 to 8 if McShame gets into office.

Posted by: nathan | September 25, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

McCain leads, Obama eventually follows, and the Media spins. What has changed is we are finally seeing the end of the new deal. What is next, the dirty deal?

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

Max Foxenberg:

And you're calling yourself a Jew?

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

McCain is the patriot! Obama is the fake!

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

I think McCain suspended his campaign because a debate at this time on foreign policy would be irrelevant to the country and this is his best attribute.
Also if there are 2 crisis facing the country is McCain going to delay facing one while dealing with the other. We need someone who can handle multiple task at one time and also have a clarity of vision when dealing with them.

Posted by: Nick | September 25, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

All one has to do is look at how they run their respective campaigns to see how they would run the country:

Obama: Calm, steady,

McCain: Impulsive, erratic,

Who's finger do YOU want on the nuclear button?

Posted by: indie | September 25, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Gimmicks and tricks, that how Mccain wants to win the white house, well the last guy did this was G.W. Bush, and look what we got.

Posted by: Tony | September 25, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line is this: it's fine if McCain wants to go to Washington to cast his vote on the bailout package, he should, and so should Obama. If the two candidates can lend a hand getting the bailout resolved, that's good too.

But neither candidate will play a leadership role in the bailout; there's a vast team working on it and ther bailout package is nearly complete.

McCain doesn't need to "suspend his campaign" to go cast his vote. That part is pure grandstand, a "look at me the great leader" political ploy.

If McCain hadn't made foolish and rash grandstand plays before this one, we might have bought it as a selfless act. But after his blustery, self-serving reaction to the Georgia/Russia conflict, and his reckless, self-serving choice of Palin, we see this "suspend the campaign" move as a political ploy.

McCain is politicizing the economy crisis for his own gain. Pretty obvious, and we aren't fooled.

Posted by: Andrew | September 25, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The USS Cole was attacked but did Bush and Gore stop their campaign or postpone their debates? Nooooooooo! Come on McCain atleast look Presidential, even if you don't have all the answers. Chicken Little move if I have ever seen one!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

"No, he first stated that "The economy is fundamentally strong". THEN he came back and revamped what he originally stated. You can't change what you said in the past by painting it a different color."

And Obama never clarifies what he means after he says things, right? Always sticks to his original statement, for sure! But for Obama it is ok to clarify after the fact, you hypocrite! I love the lefts double standards!

Posted by: Rachel | September 25, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Why is the stock market rising today admidst the dire economic news? Is the "fix" in? I doesn't make any sense.

Posted by: Carla | September 25, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

McCain's decision of suspending his campaign send me one message. He is confidence that Palin, his VP choice, is not competent to run their campaign ALONE. He used her as his PR because of her attractiveness. I wish Palin had said to McCain "THANK BUT NO THANK" when he offered her a job. He changed my perception about him from "Country First" to "My Presidency First".

Posted by: Just a woman | September 25, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused, I thought you guys said Bush was the only one that caused this mess, now I'm being told that the Senate banking committee is the only group that affects the ecomony?

I think since either one of them will be president in the very near future that they'd both want to be there to be part of the solution.

You can't blame the current president for the current situation and then say as president they're not needed for matters that effect the economy. You logic is flawed.

For the record, I think this move has cost McCain any chance of winning, because Obama is much better at politics.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

McCoward

Posted by: French Official | September 25, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Philip Taugher. That was brilliant!

Before the cock crows the Republicans will deny John McCain three times.

Posted by: Brilliant | September 25, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Good Luck with that opinion, Rachel. Obama has proven he can stay cool in a crisis and even MULTI-TASK! That's why he is AHEAD in all the polls. He is staying in touch with people in Washington on this. It's easy when you have Modern Technologly like phones and emails.

The fact is that neither McCain nor Obama is needed in Washington on this. FACT.

Do you REALLY think that McCain is going to singlehandedly save the country from financial ruin by rushing back to Washington today? Talk about a FOOL. You probably think Sarah Palin is a rocket scientist, too.

Ducking out of an important debate is about as foolish as it gets. "Uh... the dog ate my homework so I will divert attention from my stupidity by pulling a stunt" ~ John McCain

Posted by: mavisdarling | September 25, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

What exactly does McCain intend to do in Washington, besides take advantage of the photo-ops? He is not on the banking committee and therefore will not be part of the active negotiations. All he really can do is to rally the troops in support of the bill. Couldn’t this be accomplished via telephone? While the “critical” economic issues are the countries’ business, so is the election. The election will not be postponed if a bill is not agreed upon. So what McCain is telling me is that he can only handle one crisis at a time. How then does he intend to cope with the growing terrorist attacks in Pakistan (a country with a nuclear device) North Korea’s intent to restart their reactor, two wars in the Middle East, rebuilding Galveston, and rebuilding our financial system following this bail out? One thing at a time? Really?

Posted by: Snooks | September 25, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on.

McCain is grandstanding. He's creating a faux leadership role for himself and interfering in a process that is already going forward. It's photo opportunity with all the substance of Palin's foreign leader photo ops. It's a distraction to the process that is already going forward in Washington without his help.

It's all image, and he's ducking the American people getting a real look at him in the debates.

He had time yesterday to tape an interview with Katie Couric and time today to speak to the Global Peace Initiative. He has time to debate, too.

Posted by: efemmeral | September 25, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Just another McCain/Palin stunt, I would NOT vote for this pair of non intellects ever, after 8 years of Bush/Cheney decisions and leadership.

Posted by: Hal | September 25, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Daddy, where were you during the economic crisis of '08?

Sweetheart, I was in Mississippi preparing for a speech.

Posted by: dbc | September 25, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"For all of you who continue to misquote McCain why don't you go back to his original statement. When he said the fundamentals of our economy are strong he was referring to the ingenuity and determination of the American people who are the fundamental part of our economy. That is strong."

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I hate to say it, but that is among the dumbest things I've heard this entire campaign. There are about ten dozen ways to say 'the american worker is strong' or 'american ingenuity is strong'. You want us to buy that he chose to say 'the fundamentals of the economy are strong' and just left it to our imagination to presume he meant workers and work ethic? And then after being beat up for it week after week, he chose not to clarify what he actually meant until just recently?

You have got to be kidding me. It'd be far more respectable of him to say 'The economy is not as sound as I thought it was' than to try to pretend he was saying something totally different. People can forgive 'I was wrong about that and now I know better', but they aren't going to forgive poorly constructed lies that insult their intelligence.

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"Unlike a debate in which he can say what ever he wants to and you fools on the left will believe it because he is the Messiah. "

You can drop the Messiah bit now. I mean really, your precious repubs have called Palin a Messiah now. So each time you use that word, you are contexting Palin as well. And I'm sure that you don't want to say anything bad about your little pitbull.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"Obama Camp sure has a tight hold on the media all you hear is McCain is crazy. Why was it respectful and prudent to hold off campaign activities during a hurricane, but the world economy is about to collapse and the Obama show must go on? Spare me, I’m so tired of Obama, Dems and Obama “news” outlets that I am pulling the lever for the GOP October 20th when early voting begins here in Florida.

Posted by: Florida Loves Palin! | September 25, 2008 9:49 AM "


WELL SAID! I'm getting more and more tired of so-called objective journalists exposing themselves as pure shills for Obama. They have a choice about how to frame this situation, and it seems clear that, in their eyes, Obama can do no wrong and McCain can do no right. I'm going to ignore them and make up my own mind, and I'm voting McCain!

Posted by: Falls Church | September 25, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Some on these board argue that the candidates' first priorities should be their jobs as Senators.

But it is 40 DAYS until the presidential election. Unless McCain is planning on suspending the election as well, I think the more pressing issue for the country is to hear from these two men--not to have them sequestered in Washington meetings.

Do you really think two Senators who aren't on any of the relevant committees are going to have much to do there right now, except photo ops? Are all other Republican congress members going to suspend their campaigns right now?

Repeated polls show that many Americans are anticipating these debates as a way to hear side by side from the candidates. What better time to do that than in the middle of a crisis? I'm sorry, but as the only two candidates for the highest office in the world, I actually think THAT is their job now.

Posted by: ethel08 | September 25, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I honestly think dealing with $700billion dollars of tax-payer money (our hard earned money) is more important than all the business as usual campaign BS.

Has anyone stopped to put $700billion into perspective? With that money you could make millionaires out of 700,000 people and you could rebuild Katrina's hurricane damage to New Orleans eight and a half times over. Every time I think about what a few greedy, fat-cat a-holes have done to the people of this country, I get a lump in my throat like I'm going to puke.

Posted by: No-bama | September 25, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Here's another possible scenario...

McCain is in meeting with economic advisers, who tell him that if the Republicans hold up this bill it will be disasterous for the country. McCain makes plans to go to Washington to try to push his own party to compromise.

While in the meeting, Obama calls and says, hey it would be a geat photo op for both of us to go show solidarity. McCain calls him back, sure kid, great idea... while we work on that joint statement, I'd like to be in Washington to help. Obama responds, but McCain we can't stop the debate, I've studied so hard.

McCain does a press release stating his intentions, knowing the media will spin it negatively. Does he care? Nope, country first.

McCain goes back to Washington to kick the GOP in the rear.

Obama, now backed into a corner, releases the most telling statement to date. The president should be able to multi-task, and says the problem is being resolved without them and states that he does not believe he can add value because the very people he claims created the problem are already working to resolve it.

Now, I don't believe Obama had any other option politically but to take the position he did. McCain made his choice knowing it would be political suicide and most likely will cost him the election.

As for the multi-tasking argument, I personally think this is the most rediculous argument I've heard to date. I can answer email and install Oracle on a server at the same time, but if my server room were on fire I think I'd give that my fullest attention.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 25, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"xander...thanks for the chuckle. I wish I had a dollar for every time Obama held a second news conference to explain to us how we misunderstood what he said at the first one. LOL"

Please, by all means, state examples. Because I'm having a hard time thinking of more than one. For McCain, several.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

McCain is not needed in Washington. The bulk of the work has been done by the Senate Banking Committee. He is NOT on the Banking Committee because he is clueless about economic issues.

But if he was indeed so concerned, he would have "rushed back" to Washington on Monday, not TODAY, one day before the debate. It's a case of too little, too late. A case of "oops the polls show me down, I better upstage my opponent with gimmicks".

What a weenie. He is proving that he will let us down. The whole country has been anticipating this debate for MONTHS. He is proving to be impulsive without thinking things through and that is NOT the kind of man I want in the White House.

Posted by: mavisdarling | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Face it Obama has never done anything concrete in the Senate, never took a real stance on anything unless it was politically expedient and how many times did he only vote "present" when he had to vote on important issues because he could not make up his mind.

It is CLEAR that all he can to is talk and make speeches (and not even talk well when he is unscripted and without a TelePrompter). Of course he would not want to put off the debate, of course he does not want to have to be part of the senate and take a real stance on something. He would actually have to take accountability for what he says and does.

Unlike a debate in which he can say what ever he wants to and you fools on the left will believe it because he is the Messiah.

Posted by: Rachel | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

McCain goes to Washington now so he can brag thereafter that in the time of a national economic crisis he dropped everything down and went there to help find
a solution. Then he can shout: I PROVED MY
LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE; OBAMA DIDN'T; HE JUST FOLLOWED! Obama is good as a follower, but not good as a leader.

But when in Washington, McCain served the
interests of the Keaton 5, and other big
corporate predators that throw the investors money in every empty hole, call
it a great investment, load themselves with
million of bonuses and shares on profits on paper -but not on a cornerstone, and when the money in the holes sinks, they want 1 trillion with no strings attached to fill more shady holes, reward themselves with more millions in bonuses, and then jump out like Jeffrey Skilling before the next financial meltdown.

Is that leadership? Yes, for McCain it is!
But Brazil's president Luis Da Silva called this kind of financial domain at his United Nations speech "The anarchy of speculators," on quote. And those speculators are those who have been filling McCain's campaign coffers during his entire congressional career.

Am I happy that McCain is going to Washington to help solve the economic crises precipitated by his financiers and proteges? Actually, I am terrified!
Nikos Retsos, retired academic and losing investor -big time!

Posted by: Nikos Retsos | September 25, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It's a good opportunity for McCain to skip the debate since he's bound to lose.

Posted by: javaforce | September 25, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I hope the debate does go on. That way, they will both get what they want. McCain will have the opportunity to lead in a time of crisis and Obama will have the opportunity to prepare to talk in a Mississippi hotel room; with the benefit of movies and room service.

Posted by: Jared | September 25, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Let me see..."Remove the federal gas tax throughout the summer...", "After years of saying no, I suddenly see the light and we should drill off-shore so that in 20 years we will have some more gasoline to burn", "Hey, I've got this cool idea, I'll choose a beauty queen w/ a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho because she is the most qualified woman in the nation...", "Fire the SEC Chairman - I'm not sure why or what he's done, but I have to do something so I'd fire him", "Suspend my campaign so that I can go share my expertise on this economic catastrophe that my party and my ideology created (besides that, it sure will look good and I'll get out of debating that other guy". Senator McCain, I suggest you Don't just do something, stand there!" Your reactionary pandering is embarrassing and underscores that you've lost the integrity we were all so impressed with for so many years.

Is this the kind of "leadership" we are going to get for another 4 years? We've already got that kind of unethical, misdirected behavior with President Cheney.

Posted by: Lonn | September 25, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Another rash move by McCain. He's got a pattern of running a slack campaign, and then making big gambles when he gets behind.

Could you imagine what it would be like if he were President?

He'd take the crap game out of the casino and into the White House.

Next to McCain, Obama looks calm and confident. Poise over panic. I'm voting for Obama!

Posted by: blip | September 25, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

McCain proves once again that he's a political genius. Just as his pick of Sarah Palin energized the base of the party and simultaneously began to pick off Hillary supporters from Obama, so his brilliant move to put the campaign on hold will show both his willingness to put partisan politics aside for the good of the country, and show Obama as just a plain-old politician who would rather talk a good game than do his JOB as Senator and get down to work! Obama is put-off because his handlers have been desperately attempting to prep him for what would surely have been a weak performance on foreign policy, Sen McCain's strong suit by far. Obama must think he can't have wasted all his time preparing for this debate only to have it delayed by McCain. But this is where McCain shows executive decisiveness, and Obama shows he's all talk, no action.

Posted by: Falls Church | September 25, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

xander...thanks for the chuckle. I wish I had a dollar for every time Obama held a second news conference to explain to us how we misunderstood what he said at the first one. LOL

Posted by: dan | September 25, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"These two candidates have been on the stump for two years. I am confident we know where both stand on the issues. If the market crashes due to inaction on Monday, a silly debate will be the last thing American's will be thinking about. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. It appears Obama made his choice."

Actually, we obviously don't, because McCain keeps changing his story everytime he speaks. How are we supposed to know where he stands on the issues?

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Suspending a political convention during a natural disaster makes room on airwaves for emergency coordination. Suspending a campaign late on Friday to inject presidential politics into bipartisan legislative negotiation?

This is a worse gimmick than the gas-tax suspension!

McCain can forget this Floridian vote.

Posted by: FLRepublican | September 25, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe there are people out there who would even consider voting for John McCain. What a grand representation of how foobar the people in this country think.

Posted by: ObamaGirl | September 25, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused as to why this is a situation of "they can do one but not both." Their prep work for tomorrow's debate is done already (or SHOULD be done). Yes, tomorrow would be busy, but then the debate would be done in a few hours.

Everything I've been reading says that neither individual holds a rank in any committee that would be knee-deep in "bail out" involvement, why would taking another day or two to focus on a crucial presidential debate be the end of the world?? Why can't they do both??

Posted by: er??? | September 25, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Be realistic.
Pure and simple, the US Senate (and the US economy that goes with it), can live with out 2 senators for 8 hrs Friday night.
They both have private jets that can get them out of DC by 4pm, and back before midnight.
And since all of us will have to live with the next President for the next 4 yrs, getting to see them with only about a month before the election seems a very, very reasonable use of time.
Yes, the Senate can spare 2 senators for a few hrs Friday night; The American people need to see who's going to be their next president.
BTW, Is it true that McCain is still making appearences here and there today, and still running his ads? If so, that seems completely hypocritical. "Suspending my campaign" should not boil down to "Really, I'm just cancelling my debate".

Posted by: Henry | September 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Note to VAIndependent
"We should all consider that both Obama and McCain have Jobs that they were elected to by the people of Illinois and Arizona. To serve their interests in the US Senate."

Dear VAI: I bet if you ask their constituents in either state, they would be thrilled to have their Senator be the next President, so, you know they might get some preferential treatment sometime. It's politics, dude. There's no recall movement or outrage in either state over these guys running.

Now sending Falin back to Alaska--I like that idea.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I hear McCain wants to rescedule the debate on Novemebr 5th.

Posted by: John | September 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

These two candidates have been on the stump for two years. I am confident we know where both stand on the issues. If the market crashes due to inaction on Monday, a silly debate will be the last thing American's will be thinking about. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. It appears Obama made his choice.

Posted by: Cdc3 | September 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"For all of you who continue to misquote McCain why don't you go back to his original statement. When he said the fundamentals of our economy are strong he was referring to the ingenuity and determination of the American people who are the fundamental part of our economy. That is strong."

No, he first stated that "The economy is fundamentally strong". THEN he came back and revamped what he originally stated. You can't change what you said in the past by painting it a different color.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I think Letterman brought up a good point. Why not let the VP candidates continue the campaign, I mean they are supposed to be able to take over in an emergency....

Posted by: pmacdee | September 25, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm virtually speechless- how pathetic. It would be even more pathetic if the American people fall for these theatrics. In fact, it reminds me of something a child would do to get out of something.

Posted by: auramac | September 25, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain's radio advertisements on stem-cell research and the other one on being the original maverick ran this morning on Philadelphia's B101FM radio station. His campaign does not seem fully suspended.

Posted by: Rana McNamara | September 25, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I am a life long conservative, but heaven help me, I think I'm going to cast my first vote for a Democrat. I hope my father and grandfathers don't rise from their graves to strangle me.

Mr. McCain says put country first and he is right. And after his recent odd behavior, topped off by this stunt, I am scared to put someone so erratic into the most powerful position in the world.

While I disagree with a large portion of Mr. Obama's positions, he appears intelligent, honest, and has all of his facilities intact.

Lord forgive me, but I am going to put country above party and cast the first "D" vote of my life.

Posted by: R Johnson | September 25, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter tried this tactic during the Iranian hostage crisis. Drop everything, hunker down in your office, and make sure everyone sees how hard you are working on this one issue. You saw how well that worked (not). Life goes on, bridges collapse, baby boomers retire, oil wells run dry, the earth warms up. McCain dropping everything so he can go back to Washington and singlehandedly save Wall Street doesn't impress me one bit. He took on the task of running for president, why doesn't he stick to that? Are there not 99 other senators who can handle this situation?

Posted by: n_mcguire | September 25, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Ask yourself one question before critisizing Mr. McCain's decision to return to Washington rather than debate Mr. Obama in Mississippi: Isn't he (Mr. McCain) still an elected U.S. Senator from Arizona who's first priority is supposed to be representing Arizonans in Congress on national issues? To put a presidential candidacy ahead of that fundamental responsibility would be at the very least a moral violation of the oath he took when he accepted the role of U.S. Senator.

Posted by: Merlyn49 | September 25, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

> One chose to push his current interests to the side...

Only a blind sheep would have the gall to to state this bullsh**.

That's why McCain broadsided Obama 5 minuets after speaking with him to grandstand right? Why not do it with Obama then? Why did it take 6 hours for mcCain to get back to Obama? such urgency to get back to Washington though he found time to grandstand this morning at Bill Clinton event no less.

Please spear us the nonsense just for 1 day. The exchange and timeline has been fully doumented.

Posted by: Laura | September 25, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama Camp sure has a tight hold on the media all you hear is McCain is crazy. Why was it respectful and prudent to hold off campaign activities during a hurricane, but the world economy is about to collapse and the Obama show must go on? Spare me, I’m so tired of Obama, Dems and Obama “news” outlets that I am pulling the lever for the GOP October 20th when early voting begins here in Florida.

Posted by: Florida Loves Palin! | September 25, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama was asked by the treasury to stay out of the negotiations of the bailout to keep Presidential politics out of it. I am sure the McCain was also asked to stay out of it, but he decided to jump right into the middle of an issue which he himself says that he know little about. The question is why did McCain do it.

The answer is simple, McCain knows he will lose the election if he doesn't shake things up. So why did the treasury ask the Presidential candidates to stay out of it in the first place. Ask yourself what would happen if McCain goes to the Democrats in the middle of an election and says, look guys I want to be the hero and broker a deal, what do you say? Of course the Democrats are going to say, well if it's all the same to you we would rather not make you the hero 40 days before the election. So what happens, the likelyhood of a deal drops dramatically.

So why doesn't McCain worry about the deal falling through if he gets involved, because he is desparate. McCain wants to win, and the poles show that he won't. He wants to try another Palin Hail Mary play to see if he can get enough of a boost to push him over the top at just the right moment. So what if there is no deal and the economy goes over a cliff? Even an economic disaster could possibly save him in the election. He can say that if only Obama had suspended his campaign, then this disaster wouldn't have happened.

Mostly McCain wants to throw Obama off his stride. If you are losing you need something to change, if you are winning you are satisfied to let things play out. This is a desparation move like nothing I could have imagined the old McCain ever doing. He show a complete lack of concern for America, just like Bush Rove in 2000 2004.

Posted by: captbilly | September 25, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Democrats are "organized"?

What freaking planet do you live on?

This is unfiltered rage.

We already have a President who suspends his Administration when the going gets tough, we don't need another one.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 25, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

We should all consider that both Obama and McCain have Jobs that they were elected to by the people of Illinois and Arizona. To serve their interests in the US Senate.

How many of us would be allowed to "skip" a year of our current employment (and still be paid/employed)to pursue an new job? Shouldn't we expect that our Representative FIRST responsibility is to their current jobs.

Actions should speak louder then words. We have become a nation of sound bite and misrepresentations. Isn't a political system dominated by only two (2) parties the minimum level of a democracy?

Posted by: VAIndependent | September 25, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama's top financial advisors were the architects of the Fannie/Freddie disaster - ie when they were trusted to mind the store - they smashed the cash register and ran. If I were Obama, I wouldn't want to go anywhere near this issue in the senate either. Maybe he's recognizing his hypocrisy and lack of credibility on the issue and doing the honorable thing by staying out of it.

Posted by: Brian from NC | September 25, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

"Senator McCain chose to make a difference for his country. Senator Obama chose to make a difference for himself. "

Actually, it was Obama that contacted McCain to make a bipartison statement, but McCain decided to throw out a statement on his own after agreeing to do it with Obama. It was McCain who 8 days ago said that "the economy is fundamentally strong", and with in 2 hours said "the economy is in trouble". It is McCain who will go to Washington, flex his non-existent muscles, and turn what could have been a bipartison effort to fix this problem into his own personal Democrats vs Republicans war. Wake up and smell the napalm. He's not putting country first, he's putting himself first. McCain "Country Last".

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Here comes the hero to save the day!! Talk about figuring and posturing,, which seems to be the only Republican campaigning and style of governing strategy. Imposing his way to approach the impasse unilaterally and publicly without counting first with the agreement of the other side he pretends to court is just an act of PRETENSE. I can hear the Bush hubris of "for us or against us", or how about the very overly used word that seems to sprout out of Republicans when they don't get their way "unpatriotic" running through McCain's brain. I AM SURE HE thought he could force Obama to do things his way. He did not count in the very intelligent Obama's response "WE can Do both" and "this is precisely the time in which Americans need to hear from US". Now, if he does not show up to the debate - folks this debate is going to be held at 9:00 PM, I've never heard of Congress being opened up for business that late- he'll look like a coward and if he shows up at the debate he would look like a complete idiot. In wanting to pigeonhole Obama he has pigeonholed himself. Tough nookies, Mr. McCain, you loose!!

Posted by: All about me McCain | September 25, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Before the cock crows the Republicans will deny John McCain three times.

Posted by: Philip Taugher | September 25, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

It is very disappointing that a formerly confident man like McCain now looks like he is afraid to face Obama one on one either behind closed doors in earnest discussion or in a televised debate. It is hard to shed the idea that this is an attempt to hide something. Is McCain's health failing? Is he fighting with his GOP handlers and acting out? His erratic behavior is a vote-loosing course.

Posted by: Mr E. | September 25, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

“the economy is fundamentally strong”

For all of you who continue to misquote McCain why don't you go back to his original statement. When he said the fundamentals of our economy are strong he was referring to the ingenuity and determination of the American people who are the fundamental part of our economy. That is strong.

Unlike the doom and gloom fear tactics of Obama McCain was instilling hope that we the American people will get through this because we are strong. Yes things are a mess now, but because we are Americans we will over come this.

He is showing true leadership skills by going back to the Senate to show some support and be part of the decision making process. He is putting the American people before his own ambitions.

Had Obama decided to do this he would be lauded a hero.

Posted by: rachel | September 25, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

More of the same from John McShame

John McLame says, “I don’t know much about the economy, I still need to be educated”

“It would be acceptable if we had to stay in Iraq for another 100 years.”

We need to “bomb, bomb, and bomb Iran”

“I have voted with Bush 90% of the time because he has been right 90% of the time”


Sarah Failin says,
“I have foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from Alaska and I went to Mexico on vacation once.”

“I welcome any investigation into my past because I have nothing to hide, oh never mind I will not meet with any investigators for any reason ever.”

She believes the Bush Doctrine is a “World View” hahaha

She says she said “No Thanks” for the Bridge to nowhere when she was actually the one who got it approved

She says we may have to go to war WITH RUSSIA

She decreased her own responsibilities when she was the mayor of a town small enough to be run by a fifth grader


Posted by: John McShame | September 25, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I can't believe McCain, this man is the most cynical and craven politician i have seem in my 40 yrs. This latest move, like picking gump Palin, is so calculated, its insulting. Clearly, McCain is trying desperately to save his campaign!! Are you serious that everyone doesn't see this as a bald faced attempt to slow Obama's big Mo! You gotta be kidding me right.
Can anyone tell me why this election is so close again. You and I both know why McCain(the weakest link) is still in this. Grow up America, you have been virtually beat up for the past 8 years from the Bush incompentence and yet you are oblivious and want the same for 4 more years!!
This is incredible on so many levels. We all know why this race is still close. Admit it.

Obama is clearly the best thing since JFK, RFK and WJC. Why, America can't we see that. What a shame!!! I honestly grieve for my country if you elect McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Ron DC | September 25, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

We have one presidental candidate who is erratic, does things on the fly and changes what he about daily. Politics.

His VP pick isn't qualified to be VP let alone jump in should something happen to McCain. Politics.

So let vote for that after 8 years of the worst ideoloy and presidency.

We are rich stupid nation.

Posted by: Jim | September 25, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

At a time of historic national crisis, these two leaders were presented with a choice. One chose to push his current interests to the side and take a leadership role in solving the crisis. The other chose to remain in a distant hotel room and prepare to talk. Senator McCain chose to make a difference for his country. Senator Obama chose to make a difference for himself. Politics? Absolutely. America will ultimately decide, but this voter will choose leadership above self every time.

Posted by: donald c | September 25, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm truly disgusted. McCain was part of the Keating Five, and he advocated deregulation. To act as if he is going to be some sort of savior now is truly offensive. Here's a man who's never had a private sector job, who has a public pension, public healthcare (yes, he served his country honorably), a legacy admission to USNA. Wealthy by marriage, he does not understand the economy, or the average person.

He had a quarter of a century to be a "maverick," but it seems his maverick moves are impulsive acts, not fresh new ideas and actions.

I think he looks desperate.

Posted by: Disgusted | September 25, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Obama's comments yesterday to the effect of "Call me if you need me" are a perfect summary of his political career. Don't distract me from my self-promotion unless I can benefit from it. It's time to show up for work Sen. Obama. It's time to do your job, the roll up your sleeves, dirty work of crafting policy that grown-ups like John McCain understands. No one has been elected president yet, but McCain, Obama, and Biden are all elected Senators. Barack Obama has yet to author a single piece of legislation at the state or federal level because he has been too busy campaigning. What will he do if we elect him? Start his re-election campaign for 2012 on Jan 21st?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me, what were both of these men elected to do? I think they should both be in Washington working on this along with every member of Congress. And the debate can still go on, while Congress is on their dinner hour.

Posted by: Mark | September 25, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Isn't one of the prerequisites of the job of the POTUS the ability to multitask? I mean honestly, you can't just do one thing at a time and suspend the rest.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

700 Billion dollars. 700 Billions dollars.

This is a joke right? 2 1/2 page poorly written document requesting 700 Billion dollars? No warning? No time to work out the complexities?

What the hell has happened to us. Have we lost our sanity here? Who the hell is running this country?

This is the Iraq war times 2.

To have voted for Bush the first time was a foolish mistake that has set this country back 20 years or better. To have voted for him the second time was blind, selfish ignorance. To vote for McCain is nothing short of deliberate treason.

No wonder Iran and North Korea want nuclear weapon protection. Who could blame them?

We've lost all sense of clarity. Get Bush the hell out of there!

Posted by: Laura | September 25, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

So this is how mCcain will succeed Bush with erratic shoot from the hip, hail mary action?

Maybe it's just polital?

It's probubly both, so either way neither is good for america. We already had one cowboy destroy our country.

Posted by: Jan | September 25, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Another obvious ploy by McCain. Obama got my vote from this one!

An Independent Voter

Posted by: Mary Jane | September 25, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

This should be a pure and simple 'aha' moment for voters. McCain is suspending his campaign to run back to a meeting that he knows nothing about and in all reality is not going to be able to offer any nuggets of wisdom....but doens't put his running mate in charge of continuing to get his message out around the country? If she can't take the wheel at this stage, folks, how the heck to do you think she'll be able to run the country if something happens to McCain. He's a grandstander.

Posted by: smiller | September 25, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

All McCain is doing is taking the possibility of a bipartison effort for this issue and throwing it right out the window. You know once he gets there he's going to start flexing his "muscles" for our "benefit". It will turn back into Democrats vs Republicans, and nothing will get done. Political stunt? I think this goes beyond that.

Posted by: Xander | September 25, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

All 3 senators should get back to fix the mess they created. As an independent voter, they work for me. Im not a big fan of McCain but I respect his efforts. Im still undecided but he gets high marks for showing up

Posted by: Ben- Florida | September 25, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

"Say Anything McCain" is at it again. So who and what will he be tomorrow? A Conservative? A Democrat? A Populist? A Maverick? Or maybe just aptly, Bozo The Clown?

McCain is too frantic, jittery and erratic. Too reckless and political. He make me feel very uneasy.

Posted by: sue | September 25, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Country First - Say no to Washington Liberals who want to cut off Wall Street Bonus money & limit executive compensation. Get BIG Government off the backs of our investment bankers. And to you pinko democrats, exactly how will our corporate executives buy their summer house(s) if you limit their executive compensation. I must go to Washington and fight for these oppressed people! I am against delaying any longer the relief that all true \"americans\" want for the executives running our sacred wall street institutions. Its time, my friends, to provide financial relief to our bankers and allow them to make the wise investment choices that help our economy. Poor people with their overpriced mortgages got us into this mess, rich folks will get us out as always. These are my friends and advisors, and as a POW, I can vouch for their sincereity and honesty in fleecing the US Treasury! Country First - I am a MAVERICK who will fight for coprporate executives compensation bonuses. To you Washington fat cats - No executive compensation and bonuses = No Deal!

Posted by: McBush-08 | September 25, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

McCain has to go back to Washington because cell phones confuse him and he surely can't email.

Posted by: Technology | September 25, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain was unilateral in his "bi-parisian" call - never returned Obama's call from early Weds morning and by Weds afternoon called of the Friday debate & then said he was suspending the campaign. All designed to blindside Obama. Bush then calls them both to DC - anybody believe Bush & McCain were not talking to each other???

McCain hasn't been in DC for a vote since APRIL. Ten days ago both Bush & McCain were praising the economy. Looks like Congress is also pushing through money today for the big-3 inn the midst of this circus. Any country that is run this way deserves the mess it gets. What a fiasco!

Posted by: FlaJoe | September 25, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

OK, if McCain is REALLY trying to be Bi-Partisan, let BOTH McCain and Obama promise NOT TO USE THIS DEAL in their CAMPAIGN. In other words after they agree on something, McCain cannot make a TV AD saying "he brokered the most important piece of legislation to save the economy ever".

If McCain is serious about the Bi-partisan support he will not use this once he resumes campaigning.

Please ask McCain to PROMISE NOT TO USE THIS CRISIS IN HIS CAMPAIGN!!!!!!!

Posted by: ThinkAboutIt | September 25, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Sitting over here in Yerevan, Armenia looking at this I am simply stunned. McCain is grandstanding to the hilt. This is just another bid for a slam at Obama's character, the opponent he wants to portray as too selfish to stop campaigning long enough to work on a grave crisis that requires all hands on deck. It is manufactured "leadership" and a "Hail Mary Pass" of the first order!

Posted by: Sam Prenduzal | September 25, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

What John McCain did was purely a political stunt. Do you think he can really solve this economic problem! He admitted he didn't know anything about the economy and now, suddenly he becomes a money genius and volunteers to solve the problem.

Give us all a break!

Posted by: Amador Amor | September 25, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Is this a 'Maverick' playing poker with a serioius issue or is this three card monty with American big stakes economy

Posted by: Gdsense | September 25, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

They are all Senators which should be "Full" time jobs. I'm not sure stating we have real issues to deal with and might want to be doing the job we're being payed for is a bad thing....

Posted by: Jim | September 25, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

McBush needed his naps and his meds, so he suspended everything. Besides he needs to study which flipflop he's now at, and learn the difference between the SEC and the FEC. AS LIAR-in-chief, he'll suspend the government so he can drill, baby, drill. He'll steer our nation the way he piloted his five crashed planes, except he's now past 72 years old and near dementia with a trembly left eye and no memory of how many houses he owns, and what his second wife's name is--he calls her "CU*T" and everyone else, except Obama, "my friends." So when he crashes the U.S. it will be a doozy. He picked Palin, to show he puts McSlime first and US last. Let's do a big favor for all the people who hate us and vote for McBush-Pain this November.

Posted by: lin | September 25, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

McCain has proven again he is reckless and without any credibility regarding a sense of fairness or looking out for the American people. It is irresponsible to ram this bail out down our throats without clear over sight and checks in place. Obama has been cool and calculated McCain herky-jerky lets do it quick before the American people realize whats going on. Can you say Bush III!Enough already, America please wake up and send McCain packing and the rest of the neo-cons with him. Where's Palin and how do you think she would deal with this?

Posted by: Rick Huffman | September 25, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain has previously said he's not an economic expert; he's been in Congress a quarter century, didn't see this coming, and now it's so critical that the debates that will provide the voters with information necessary to make an intelligent choice are to be cast aside.

Let's hold the election first, then have the debates so people know the issues and where the candidates - or the newly elected president and vice president - stand.

Reminds me of two quotes from Alice in Wonderland:

The March Hare: "I have an excellent idea, LETS CHANGE THE SUBJECT."

and

Queen of Hearts: "Sentence first! Verdict afterwards."
Or, in this case, election first, find out candidates positions afterwards.

Posted by: Washington disbeliever | September 25, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, except he didn't suspend his campaign, did he. McCain did Couric last night, he's at the Clinton event today, ads are still running. Its a stunt to avoid the debates - he's trying to get the VP one next week canceled now. Desperation move by a sinking ship.

Posted by: Athena | September 25, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

McCain picking Sara Palin to be his running mate just reveals that he is a gambler, more interested in getting votes than the country. His putting the debate on hold is the last straw that broke the camel's back. I'm voting Obama/Biden.

Posted by: Mary Schlick | September 25, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

What everyone seems to forget is that Obama, Biden and McCain are all US Senators that are STILL drawing a salary from our tax dollars. Last I checked, Senate was part of Congress and all three men need to be in Washington protecting the interests of the people who elected them. EVERYTHING in DC is political. I live and work here and see it firsthand. However, McCain was the only one who had the chutzpah to show up and do his job. Yes, it was a political move, but the American people are sick to death of elected officials who do nothing but put themselves first. I give McCain an A for effort and may change my vote for him.

Posted by: Robbyne | September 25, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

As of Tuesday, McCain hadn't read the 3-page proposed bailout. In a week he went from “the economy is fundamentally strong” to another Great Depression. He is one of the reasons we are in this mess. I don't want him anywhere near Washington right now.

Posted by: FromTexas | September 25, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The average voter sees this gamble as exactly that "a gamble" for political gain, and at the worst possible time. The most telling thing about this sudden decision to suspend the campaign was the fact that one of his staffers accidently emailed the "campaign suspention" talking points to reporters before he actually suspended his campaign. It looks calculated and desperate and frankly it has angered many folks on both sides of the isle.

Posted by: Robin_NC | September 25, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The only thing I want McCain or anyone else to do is hunt down the theives and put them in jail. When robber barons got caught, they didn't get huge severance checks, they were hanged. We're a kinder, gentler nation now (except when we need to torture poor people), but we need to track down the rich scam artists who started encouraging honest people to take out risky mortgages on their homes and lock them up.

Posted by: DWinFC | September 25, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here but.....

This is a clever (read desperate) ploy by McCain. He is redirecting attention (and failing poll numbers) from the party that's been spiking the economic punch bowl since Reagan.

What can either he or Senator Obama do about this in Washington right now? He's not even on the relevant committees.

Since he or Obama will be saddled with the long term (arguably more important than the 700B bailout) fixes for our economy and the structural problems therein, I'd rather here what those plans are via the debates.

Once again, McCain is playing cute politics at a time we need open discussion, a clear vision and an airing of policy choices we're going to have to decide as a Nation in the coming years.

These kinds of tactics only solidify my support for Obama in this campaign.


Posted by: luke (an independant) | September 25, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

While I think both candidates need to be in Washington to put their voice on this (meaning their vote so they can be held accountable for it) I also see it as a clear political move. McCain himself has said for years that economics are not his strong suit - so why is he going to add his voice - on his self admitted weakest area - to a debate that those who are experts in the economy say is critical and a crisis? He wants to show leadership, but he can't multi-task and hold a debate and work on this? He has had some good ideas if this thing has to go forward (limit executive compensation to the salary of the president) but I don't believe he is the authority to determine what needs to be done - if anything. He and Obama would be better off rewriting their economic plans to reflect the reality that the government will have less than no money when one of them takes office.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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