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McCain's Debatable Proposal

The "Oh no, he didn't!" Award for today goes to Sen. John McCain with his announcement that he's suspending his presidential campaign tomorrow and wants to postpone Friday's debate with Sen. Barack Obama so that he can help negotiate the bipartisan bailout of America's wrecked financial system. Oh, and he's called on Obama to put politics aside and join him. That's certainly a bold move. But why now?

This has not been a good couple of weeks for McCain, and today has been horrendous. The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll showed Obama with a clear lead over the senator from Arizona for the very first time. As if that weren't bad enough, a national poll from Fox News/Opinion Dynamics and battleground state polls from Marist appear to back up the contention that Obama is striking a chord with voters on the economy. This is giving him valuable momentum going into Friday's debate.

Then, as E.J. wrote about earlier, there was the front page New York Times story today contradicting McCain campaign assertions that the firm founded by campaign chief Rick Davis had had no dealings with Freddie Mac for three years. The story reports that Davis's firm, Davis Manafort, was paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month.

By making such a startling announcement this afternoon, McCain has managed to most certainly change the subject -- for now.

Maybe he's putting "country first." But coming 41 days before the election and on a day of tough news for McCain, forgive me for thinking that there's more than a bit of self-interest here.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 24, 2008; 3:36 PM ET
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It was John McCain who made the decision, as a mature 43 year old, to ditch his first wife and marry into the Hensley-Marley-Lansky organized crime family so that he could leave the military and launch a new career in politics.

He used bad judgment then, and he's using bad judgment now.

The mainstream media may not have the intestinal fortitude to tell-it-like-it-is but somebody's gotta do it: Sen. John McCain is a hypocritical, sanctimonious opportunist who is just as much of an actor and just as much a liar, thief and scoundrel as any Republican who's ever been in the pocket of corrupt business interests in our modern political era.

This latest stunt is shameless.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 24, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I think it was Lillian Hellman who said "Every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'."

Posted by: Susan | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Shameless. Dishonorable. Foolish.

Posted by: Steve | September 24, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The worst part is that Obama TRIED to present a bipartisan front by suggesting the joint statement. McCain agrees, then turns around and pulls this BS! If it was anything but a stunt, he would have suggested it privately before making a unilateral announcement.

What happened to this man? He is disgracing himself.

Posted by: JJ | September 24, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is down in the polls, so why not suspend the debates? A bad press day for McCain too. Is he thinking that this will make up for the terrible way he has acted since his pronouncement about the soundness of America's financial situation? Actually, what they need to do is change the debate's focus to the financial crisis we find ourselves in. Lets hear from both Obama and McCain on this issue. No reason to delay the debate at all.

Posted by: mikat | September 24, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I'm not sure but I'm pretty confident that there is absolutely nothing altruistic about his suspending his campaign. When you are down in the polls by 9 points at 5:30 AM it's a pretty good indication that you're going to have an awful day!!! John, you finally got one right. Now what his "the mayor of Mayberry" going to be doing with her time?

Posted by: Char | September 24, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

This looks a lot like Putting McCain First.

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

McCain is running scared. He saw Obama is racing around him in the polls, and believed that the debate on Friday would cement McCain into a distant 2nd place. Just like the Palin pick, this is one more attempt to "change the subject" and win a news cycle. McCain is afraid to face Obama in a debate, that is for sure!
As for "leadership", McCain has been absent of the ongoing negotiations the whole time - it won't help at all if he rushes in and starts screaming at people to do it his way.
Only real question is will the American people buy this load of swill!

Posted by: Marc Edward | September 24, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain is desperate. This smacks of political opportunism and showboating in all the wrong ways. If he was serious about this, he would have suspended his campaign days ago to make sure tomorrow's deadline is met.

McCain has pulled this straight out of the Bush playbook for starting the war in Iraq, and passing the Patriot Act before that. This is disgusting, vile, naked political ambition contrary to patriotic ideals. Bush's men, and McCain's actions today are nothing short of treason. A week ago there was no economic crisis according to them. Now there is, and it needs to be handled their way, right now, or America is doomed. That is tripe, and we Americans know it. Bush and McCain = Traitors to America.

The debate is the opportunity for the American people to see these guys outside of their political adds. They can take a few hours out of one day of the week to handle that; even relocating the debate to DC. McCain is dodging the debate, and exacerbating the crisis that he refused to acknowledge as recently as this week. He is a complete fraud. Millions of voters were hurt by this over the last year as their mortgages crushed them, and their jobs were shipped overseas. McCain clearly only cares now because Cindy's vast fortune, and the fortunes of his top aids/lobbyists took a hit this week.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 24, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama and McCain both should have suspended their campaigns on Monday. Neither one is looking good right now abandoning their jobs in the Senate to give speeches around the country.

Posted by: atomic | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a jerk -- plain and simple. He is a "Country 9th" kind of guy (country coming after himself and his 7 houses).

He is not needed on the Hill. And I think it is about time to see these guys in a debate so we can go about deciding who should be the next president, which in the grand scheme of things is much more important than one financial issue (sizeable though it may be).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

how about switching dates for the vp and pres debates? or does the gov have to solve the national crisis too? i'm sure she's ready...after all, she never blinks.

Posted by: Chris | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a total Howard Dean.

On a somewhat related note, my boyfriend and I are going as Palin and McCain for Halloween. I made him a button that says, "I Break For Cancer."

Posted by: Elle Aitch | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama and McCain both should have suspended their campaigns on Monday. Neither one is looking good right now abandoning their jobs in the Senate to give speeches around the country.

Posted by: atomic | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This ploy is so obvious, it's pathetic.

Posted by: AZAnne | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Good call, McCain. The bailout package is an issue of epic importance. I've been waiting for several days for either candidate to have the backbone and wisdom to step up and do the right thing. After all, these are United States Senators who owe a duty to the country and therefore, need to be deeply involved in the discussion of the bailout package along with their colleagues in the House and Senate. If they can't hold the debate in Mississippi, is it possible to still have it but do it in DC? Perhaps too late for that, but then move it early next week in the DC area.

Posted by: Candidate '08 | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I was ranting yesterday about both candidates being mushy on the issue when they both have day jobs. I wished that they would both stop the bickering and go back to Washington where each really does have the ability to sway their fellow politicians and get something done. So I was pleased to see McCain's decision today. This might actually lose him the election (ads and interviews are gone too not just debate) but he will have our respect. It was the right thing to do.

Posted by: Rebecca | September 24, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-trailing-in-polls-continues.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
McCain, Trailing in Polls, Continues Campaign By "Suspending" It

John McCain, trailing by 9 points in national polls, has announced that he is "suspending" his campaign.

Having lost significant ground to Obama on the issue of the economy, and facing a potentially defining and withering debate on Friday where he would be confronted on his statements on the economy that have led to this sharp decline, McCain has attempted to change the rules of the game, to erase many past errors through a putatively "unpolitical" move--something we have seen before.

A simple question: Under the same economic conditions, if McCain had been leading, does anyone believe that McCain would have "suspended" his campaign?

This is the ultimate in cynicism--using the current conditions in order to attempt to blunt a sharp decline and try to control the media dialogue, through a political act designed to avoid a potential political debacle. He is continuing his campaign--which was leading to loss in all directions--by "suspending" it. It is an attempt to silence media criticism and questions--and to prevent a debate on these issues that for him is sharply unfavorable.

McCain is attempting to avoid the debate in the face of this decline, through the type of evasion and lack of press access and communication that has characterized his campaign. It shows an extraordinary willingness to use difficult conditions to erase and avoid political errors, and serve political needs.

He surely would like to put off the debate, and attempt to create more favorable conditions for it. Don't be cowed.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-trailing-in-polls-continues.html

Posted by: Emily | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This is an irresponsible move on the part of McCain. Does he not know that it is his duty as a patriot and a candidate to go before the American people and explain why he should be President?

This is a cowardly act that only proves if he were President he would have to suspend his responsibilities, including the War on Terror, to focus on this crises. McCain even makes Bush look like a smart multi-tasker in comparison.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I suppose the US have got an elected President, Government, a Congress etc. etc… McCain isn’t the President yet, and hopefully he’ll never be.

What really puzzles - and angers - me is the impression I’m getting since Palin’s choice as running mate that McPain is treating Americans like idiots…

Please show the world (we badly need it) that you are much more intelligent than that.

Good night and good luck

Posted by: Roberto-Old-European | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain is full of gimmicks and nothing else, and this is just that. He's not on the Banking Committee, which is the primary arbiter of this process now, and neither is Senator Obama. Harry Reid has said the debate is needed, and injecting presidential politics into the real progress being made on the Hill right now would not be helpful. I agree with him. Stop being a chicken, JMAc!

Posted by: Sarah | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope the American people can see this for the cynical move that it is.

Posted by: Judy | September 24, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Yea, because - as we all know - everything gets done during those few couple of hours on Friday.

What's he gunna do? He said that the economy is fundamentally sound. At least it was seven days ago. Maybe it slipped up while he wasn't looking.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The White House phone rings at 3:00 AM. It's a crisis. President McCain answers, "I need my sleep. Call me back in the morning."

Posted by: LJC | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This is such a transparent move by McCain that it's pathetic. He's on the ropes and desperately needs to do something to change the game, and that's what he's doing here. Shame on him (though he's incapable of experiencing such) for using a crisis to benefit his campaign efforts.

Posted by: billp | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

THere goes Old John, getting all Maverick on us. Good.

What is Palin going to do now that the campaign is suspended? If she keeps campaigning what will Old John do? He doesn't dare invite her to Washington to discuss economic recovery policy, she might make a public utterance.

I say have Palin debate Obama. That's the show we all want to see anyway.

Posted by: roboturkey | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

If there was a crisis in the world, like the bombing in Pakistan, why did he not think of suspending the debates on that issue.

The committees meeting now in the Senate and Congress over the last few days have answers yet and McCain wants to be the White Night coming in to slay a dragon he help create, give me a break!

I say he should send in his VP pick to handle the crisis and he continue to debate on Friday.

Posted by: jerry rubin | September 24, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a ploy to change the narrative. His Campaign manager led the front page news today with his involvement in Frannie and Freddie!

This reeks to high heaven! McCain has been ALL about politics from the get-go. Give me a break!

Why not just suspend the election and give McCain the job. That is what he wants to have happen anyway.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

FOLKS ...he's not suspending until TOMORROW. TODAY he's in New York, meeting with BONO, taping David Letterman and trotting Mrs. Alaska Moose around the UN. Is anybody seriously being taken in by this???? McCain would not ordinarily be a major player on congressional banking issues -- he would only politicize the bailout efforts even more. PUUHHHLEASE don't get fooled by this guy.

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 24, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The ObaBots are just unhappy that Hussein Obsama didn't think of this first.
The idea that McCain is almost criminal for changing the topic when his poll numbers are down is just absurd.
Obsama has pulled the same stunt/tactic repeatedly.
It's called politics though I realize that The Black Messiah is supposed to be above politics.
Now will Obsama go along with McCain or will he refuse?
I guess he can debate an empty podium but somehow I think that he'll be in DC with McCain.
Ha Ha Ha!
Obsama got out flanked AGAIN by Granpa!
Jeez, Obsama sure gets snookered easy.
There was Wright
and Ayres
and Farrakan
and Rezco...
doesn't instill confidence that Obsama won't get snookered by Putin like he already did over Georgia...


Posted by: JamesT | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness one of them decided to do the right thing and get back up on Capitol Hill where they belong during this crisis.

Posted by: Blue+Red | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The American people fully deserve to be brought into this process by seeing the two candidates take each other head on. It’s simple avoidance, period. This SHOULD NOT be allowed.

Posted by: Nina | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would say this -- but McCain is a CHICKEN!!
Does he think he can make events slow down to suit his pleasure? We want somebody who can direct situations, not duck them (we've got W for another 4 months to cover that base!)

Posted by: trueblue | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I really like the idea of switching the dates of the Prez and VP debates and make the VP debates on Friday (I wonder what the mccain campaign will make up to delay that one!). Clearly this is a political ploy to stop momentum. Plus during a debate on foresign affairs, all Obama has to do is itemize the cost of the Iraq qar INCLUDING the surge.
I was never a big mccain fan, but I understood that some folks saw him as "independent" and "different". The adjectives that come to mind now are "panicked" "desperate" "impulsive" and "risky". What does he think? Americans are not going to find out that it really wasn't his original idea to do something bipartisan? Let the debates go on!

Posted by: MassamachusettsWoman | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but Presidents don't get to call "time out" when things get rough. Blow the whistle all you like, Mac, but Ahmadinejad won't take a time out, hurricanes won't take a time out, and neither will the economy. You gotta be able to multitask...even at 3am.

P.S. I bet Hillary's available...

Posted by: Cazart | September 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The stunt is transparent and pathetic. McCain is dropping in the polls and in the estimation of intelligent, sensible people all across the political spectrum.

So he looks for a game-changer, a way to divert the conversation from the grave issues of financial collapse and economic disaster facing our nation today. As long as the American people remain focussed on our economic issues, McCain loses. So the ploy is obvious and won't really convince any but the most gullible of his deluded followers.

Obama should continue to engage the people and the media in a detailed conversation on the great economic issues. He should go to Mississippi and debate an empty chair if it comes to that. The symbolism of McCain abandoning the American people to play a political game will be stark and devastating.

Posted by: dee | September 24, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If this behavior is interpreted as anything other than a desperate political stunt then it's time for Mankind to move back into the trees.

Posted by: Randy | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

It is ludicrous. McCain looks more and more bonkers every day. For him to say, "let's drop politics and do something for the country" after the way his campaign has been run for the last few months is beyond belief. I'd like him to announce his master plan to save the country now, so we can all rally around. Maybe he could do that at the debate on Friday, if he isn't too cowardly to show up.

Posted by: Chuck | September 24, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just move the debate to Washington DC? Don't suspend it, just move the venue so both Obama and McCain can be where they belong, in DC working out the details of the bailout plan, AND voting on it.

Posted by: Vespucci | September 24, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain has missed nearly two-thirds of the votes in the Senate during the past two years, the most of any senator, by far. Even more than the South Dakota senator who had a brain hemorrhage.

NOW he decides that he wants to start legislating again? He's sinking fast in the polls so I guess he had to do something to shake things up.

Posted by: Argh | September 24, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"there was the front page New York Times story today contradicting McCain campaign assertions that the firm founded by campaign chief Rick Davis had had no dealings with Freddie Mac for three years. The story reports that Davis's firm, Davis Manafort, was paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month."
_____________________________

That's around $480,000 total... Kinda swamps the $15k or so they have been attacking Obama over.

Hypocrites all the way down.

Posted by: DJ333 | September 24, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Stop dissembling Capehart. McCain is entirely transparent in trying to stem the downturn in his prospects.

Posted by: sy | September 24, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain has achieved one thing, and only one thing, with this proposal: He has put the AGE ISSUE squarely on the table.

The demands of the modern presidency require presidents to be able to handle more than one crisis at a time. John McCain is clearly too old, too frail, and too confused to face to rigors of the presidency.

Obama should announce that he will be at the debate site to answer questions from the moderators, and that if McCain chooses to home then his campaign will deliver a plate of cookies, a glass of buttermilk, an electric blanket, and a sleeping pill.

John McCain is obviously not up to the job. He should withdraw from the campaign immediately.

Posted by: Magic Dog | September 24, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Even though I'm voting for Obama, I completely agree with McCain on this one.

This issue is too important for the candidates to not be part of the discussions of the bailout plan.

Posted by: Obaminator | September 24, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

OK, if McCain can't make the debate then let Palin stand in his place. After all in real life if McCain can't fulfill his duties then it would be up to Palin to take over. This is a real life test.

Posted by: Trust Me | September 24, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This reminds me of the child who has a test he didn't study for and develops a tummy ache the morning of the test.

I do like changing the debate subject to the economy, certainly relavent.

Posted by: Mitch in Raquette Lake | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The putting off of the debate is an error. The Big Idea for solving the financial crisis can be found at: www.thedebtrealignmentinitiative.com It proposes immediate addressing the mortgage meltdown and tackling the national debt. It is out of the box thinking which is what is needed now. We need the right idea, an idea that will work, an idea that will not hurt people.

Thank you.

Samuel Margolies - Las Vegas

Posted by: Samuel Margolies | September 24, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Big deal, so they delay the first debate by a few days.

What's more important, the $700B proposed bank bailout, or whether the 1st debate was on a Friday or the following week...

Posted by: Who cares | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious that McCain is afraid to have to answer tough questions this Friday, especially on the economy. Neither Obama nor McCain can make a difference for the American People by being in Washington discussing the crisis at this point. But each one of them can when elected president! Therefore, it is imperative to have this debate now, so we all can make an educated decision who is best suited for the job and will be able to lead the country out of this economic disaster (among others) in the coming years.

Posted by: MS | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding!!!mccain has no clue why or how WALL street has screwed the pooch. Seems to me that ole john should have enough surrogates in DC to handle the situation, including the dude from Conneticut joey liberman.Hey, do any of the rest of Congress have the ability to handle this? Did old john not say " I really don't know much about economics", & I seriously doubt that he does.After all, he has groundhog phil Gramm as his economic adviser.So, John, haul you're tired old A** to Mississippi & try to stay awake & do not have a "senior moment". The American voters really need to see you on the same platform with someone beside Cindy & Sarah.

Posted by: tlrasnic, SW virginia | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Publicity stunt and avoidance of tough questions which lends credence to the manufactured crisis theory. What is he going to do? Rush back to Washington and propose more deregulation and privatization as the final solution? Palin should be up to speed by now after her five minutes with Henry Kissinger. Let her stand in.

Posted by: Jelly Bean | September 24, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

We have one president and right now it is not McCain

Posted by: mike | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama should suspend campaigning but go ahead with the debate.

Good one, Trust Me!

Posted by: charlie | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse


If the American people cannot see through
this we are truly doomed.

Posted by: dsd1 | September 24, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain has become totally embarrassing. The really odd thing is that I believe almost all his stunts are unnecessary. He doesn't need to enlist radical evangelical conservatives or the far-right. He needs moderates to win.

All these stunts show what a hothead he is.

How about a couple daring proposals?

McCain could announce he favors the impeachment of Bush.

Then he could announce that, if he is President, he would appoint Sarah Palin financial czar, ably advised by Carly Fiorina and Phil Gramm.

Posted by: RG | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama please use this in your next TV AD. "We need a PRESIDENT who will NOT RUN when the going gets tough. Who will not side step the issues at hand, just because polls have you down for the day."

The PRESIDENTIAL election is SOOOO BIG right now, for anyone to suspend the campaign to deal with ONE of THOUSANDS of issues that the AMERICAN person faces today is just IRRESPONSIBLE!!!!!!

Not only will the President have to deal with the economy while MULTITASKING several other issues, but he'll have to do it while being able to address important things at the same time.

If John McCain can't handle an election cycle while at the same time dealing with other important issues, HE'S NOT RIGHT FOR PRESIDENT.

He won't be able to say TIME OUT when we're faced with WAR, or other issues as President!!!!

This just shows McCain is NOT READY TO LEAD.

Posted by: ThinkAboutIt | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh and the real reason why McCain is suspending his campaign is that George W is going to be on the TV tonight. The McCain campaign has done everything possible to keep G W out of the limelight so that people won't associate the two. Now George W will be on TV talking about a monumental disaster so he senses a disaster for the campaign coming down the pike. Yep, here it comes.

Posted by: Trust Me | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

As if all the people on this blog upset about McCain's move haven't already made up their mind.

This isn't going to sway the election whatsoever, but it will get both of these guys to focus on something more important than the first of 3 scheduled debates (i.e., the proposed spending of $700 BILLION by our goverment - that's BILLION folks!)

Posted by: That's Billion with a B | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain has become totally embarrassing. The really odd thing is that I believe almost all his stunts are unnecessary. He doesn't need to enlist radical evangelical conservatives or the far-right. He needs moderates to win.

All these stunts show what a hothead he is.

How about a couple daring proposals?

McCain could announce he favors the impeachment of Bush.

Then he could announce that, if he is President, he would appoint Sarah Palin financial czar, ably advised by Carly Fiorina and Phil Gramm.

Posted by: RG | September 24, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

COME ON JOHN MCCAIN. YOU CAN MULTITASK. LET'S HAVE THE DEBATE IN WASHINGTON INSTEAD.

Posted by: HAVE THE DEBATE IN WASHINGTON | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Usually the losing candidate doesn't throw in the towel until after the election, even if he's behind in the polls.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | September 24, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Written with the suave cynicism, suspicion, and vitriol of a left-leaning journalist.

How 'bout an attaboy, eh? Just once?

Posted by: Alan | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give credit where credit is due - McCain got it right this time.

Posted by: Homer | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

A question -- why didn't McCain say, "Let's postpone the debate UNTIL MON NIGHT." He said in his statement that a bill must be done by the time the markets open on Mon morning. Then he wouldn't look like he's trying to weasel out of the debate entirely.

Posted by: Cabin John | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"IF YOU NEED ME I WILL BE THERE" Barack Obama 9/24/08!! OMG!!! This man is running for president. Obviously he does not get it!!! Thank you John McCain!!! You are a leader!!

Posted by: kt | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain is playing politics with the economic crisis.

The Republicans haven't cared about running our government for years so now they REALLY need to LOOK like they care.

Well I didn't think the McCain camp was getting this desperate but I guess they are. Postpone the campaign? Please. McCain has already admitted he knows nothing about economics. All he has to do is vote when the time comes, inform himself between campaign stops.

Nice.

Stay on message, stay on the trail.
Democrats get my vote. I decided this years ago.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 24, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I think this is the perfect move if he follows it up by ending his campaign and conceding the election. That path is a natural straight line on his present trajectory--shameful, cynical, opportunistic, devoid of judgment.

Posted by: DavidS | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican voter, I'm dismayed at the cowardice of John McCain. Clearly he's afraid to debate Obama.

Is this what a McCain presidency would look like, a spiral of weird zigs and zags? I think all we Republicans should JUST STAY HOME on election day.

Posted by: Parakeeta Byrd | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Good stunt. Pathetic for many, but will work for even more. Bonus for his advisor, probably. Although "putting politics aside" risks being associated with "being a uniter", his team could have done better on that.

Posted by: Gerald | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

John McCain looks like a President today.

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

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

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

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Posted by: K | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I think that suspending the campaign is a good one, but McCain could have given a better justification: "look here, one of the two of us is going to be President, it is in our best interest, and of the country, for us to have a voice in shaping the policy that one of the two of us is going to have to live with for the next four to eight years."

Posted by: dfs | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama debates while Wall Street is going down in flames. He is a latter day Nero.

Good for McCain for showing leadership ina a time of crisis.

Posted by: Pete Kent | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

For the record, McCain's campaign won't officially be suspended until tomorrow night.

He's got some campaign stops to squeeze in today and tomorrow.

But come Friday, he's going to be too busy to debate about the economy with Obama.

Posted by: Blip | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's daughter will suddenly have pregnancy related problems as the debate with Joe Biden approaches too.

Posted by: FilmMD | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Please do your country a favor and vote for McCain!

http://www.FastArizona.com/McCain.html

Posted by: McCain | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain: Let's go to work and fix this.
Obama: I'd rather just talk about it, er, uh, duh, uh, call me if you need me, I have to prepare for the debate.

Posted by: MJ | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I love Jonathan... (Capehart, not McCain).

Posted by: Robert | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Since the debate really only helps undecided voters (of which there aren't many left), let me get this straight, having the debate this Friday, which was scheduled months ago, is more important than the single most significant piece of financial legislation for our nation since the Great Depression.

Just want to make sure I'm hearing that right.

Posted by: Purple Voter | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain: I am firmly in support of bunny rabbits, cute children, and apple pie. The fact that Obama has not come out firmly in support of these issues shows his lack of values! Who's with me!?! Did I mention I was a POW?

Posted by: DWI | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Boy, Obama's water carriers, and by that I mean the media and many of the Post liberal lefties here, are all over the blogs over this one...let me break it to you folks, if you can squeeze out of your Obama imposed cynical self, today isn't about an election but our Reid/Frank led economy going down the toilet. I can wait a few days for a debate that will expose Obama's shallowness on foreign affairs; can't you?

Posted by: Howard in Virginia | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

This is a heroic gesture by McCain, but right now, WE SERIOUSLY NEED TO KNOW AS MUCH AS WE CAN ABOUT WHO WE ARE GOING TO MAKE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

OMG, we are on the edge of another great depression! We need to get extremely serious about who the heck will have a better chance of getting us out of all of the messes we are in right now. How can we do that if we don't know who the heck we are voting for?

Posted by: Jill | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"I think it was Lillian Hellman who said "Every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'.""

Posted by: Susan | September 24, 2008 4:05 PM

Actually, that was Mary McCarthy, ABOUT Lillian Hellman.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I like how McCain went from the economy being "fundamentally sound" to suspending his campaign because of the "economic crisis" all within a span of one week.

It shocks me that the implication here is that Americans are a bunch of stupid people that will fall for cheap gimmicks like these.

This is nothing but a desperate move to distract from the real issues. Scares me that 50% of Americans still think that McCain/Palin are viable leaders.

Posted by: Sriram | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

This is the latest half-baked stunt from the Wile E. Coyote school of presidential campaigning: Every day this guy demonstrates his inestimable "wisdom" with some scheme that defies the rules of gravity, in reliance on some ACME contraption. If Sarah Palin isn't enough to cause him to plummet into the abyss, maybe this will. I just want to see McCain give this country that Wile E. Coyote bug-eyed look in the second before the inevitable plunge.

Posted by: tsm | September 24, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This is as transparent as it gets. The day the polls show a significant slide, he wants to suspend and look like the mature one when anyone with eyes and two braincells can see that it's a flailing effort to delay the debate and put some faux patriotism barrier up regardless of how Obama responds.
-For the record, kt is an idiot. Clearly make believe is good enough for him.

Posted by: Cru | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain is desperate. This smacks of political opportunism and showboating in all the wrong ways. If he was serious about this, he would have suspended his campaign days ago to make sure tomorrow's deadline is met.

McCain has pulled this straight out of the Bush playbook for starting the war in Iraq, and passing the Patriot Act before that. This is disgusting, vile, naked political ambition contrary to patriotic ideals. Bush's men, and McCain's actions today are nothing short of treason. A week ago there was no economic crisis according to them. Now there is, and it needs to be handled their way, right now, or America is doomed. That is tripe, and we Americans know it. Bush and McCain = Traitors to America.

The debate is the opportunity for the American people to see these guys outside of their political adds. They can take a few hours out of one day of the week to handle that; even relocating the debate to DC. McCain is dodging the debate, and exacerbating the crisis that he refused to acknowledge as recently as this week. He is a complete fraud. Millions of voters were hurt by this over the last year as their mortgages crushed them, and their jobs were shipped overseas. McCain clearly only cares now because Cindy's vast fortune, and the fortunes of his top aids/lobbyists took a hit this week.

Posted by: Nick Collins III | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain & Obama are both showing just how weak they are. Both are extremely poor choices for the American people. One of them needs to stand up and say NO BAILOUT! Let the corporations that created this mess find their own solution or go out of business. Putting 1 more dollar into the hands of the thieves that ripped off the public will only embolden them to do the same.

Businesses today are overvalued on borrowed money. Investment in growth should come from profits, not Wall Street. A good correction would be the dose of medicine our country needs and would strengthen the dollar overseas.

Mortgages are a private matter between lender and borrower. If they can't work out a plan to make the contract work, then both should fail. I refuse to accept the premise our government needs to spend my tax dollars on behalf of a small percentage of borrowers. If the lender sold bad paper to investment banks, then they too need to work together or fail. A good cleansing is always good for bad business.

Its time to stop intervening on behalf of greedy business thieves and start treating them like drug dealers by seizing illegally obtained assets. Specifically anyone or any Board of Directors who sold or approved mortgages or approved lending guidelines in violation of state and federal lending laws need to arrested and prosecuted.

Posted by: RPF | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

John McCain needs to be educated on the economy:

“I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.”

and

“The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,” McCain said. “I’ve got Greenspan’s book.”

John McCain has ramped up his fake-populist rhetoric recently, saying that
helping the people who are struggling to pay their mortgages, fill their gas
tanks, and put food on the table will be his "first priority in setting the
economic policies of this nation." [johnmccain.com, accessed 4/17/08]

Yet at the same time, McCain has said that some of the problems families are
facing are "psychological." In fact, according to McCain himself, his
proposal to suspend the gas tax this summer--one of the main focal points of
his new economic plan--is nothing more than "a little psychological boost."
[CNN Debate, 1/30/08; Your World with Neil Cavuto, 4/16/08]

How can McCain possibly help the hard-working families struggling to make ends
meet when he thinks their problems are just "psychological"?

RUSSERT: The fact is you are different than George Bush.

SEN. McCAIN: No. No. The fact is that I have agreed with President Bush far more than I have disagreed. And on the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day, I’ve been totally in agreement and support of President Bush.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I support the sentiment that partisan politics should be put on hold in order to fix the abysmal state of the economy that the current administration has borne. However, if McCain truly agreed with this sentiment, he would have done it earlier, period. Timing indicates everything...and in this case, it exposes McCain's priorities: the guy just wants to win....and so he is putting himself before everything else again.

Posted by: Pathetic | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Yup, McCain is crazy... like a fox.

On the one hand, McCain is doing little more than realizing that he's playing a losing game, and he's got to change the rules.

On the other, the ability to grasp that kind of hard reality, and act on it wouldn't be a terrible quality in a president.

Posted by: Brian | September 24, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

COME ON LETS DEBATE FOREIGN POLICY ON THE EVE OF AN ECONOMIC PEARL HARBOR!! BESIDES BY THE TIME OBAMA IS ELECTED WE'LL ALL BE ON GOV'T HEALTHCARE, GOV'T OWNED MORTGAGES, GOV'T OWNED AUTO LOANS. I CAN FINALLY RETIRE AT 33 YEARS OLD. THANK YOU OBAMA.

Posted by: Long Island LIBERAL | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Why can't they do both the debate AND work on the economy? I mean, as president there will be multiple projects and crisis' to be dealt with everyday. You want the job -- you might as well show us how well you can do that job. Do BOTH!

Posted by: Lola Sanderman | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke, right?

John McCain, the candidate whose understanding of economics is so low that he himself has acknowledged it, thinks his presence in Congress on Friday evening (instead of debating Obama) will somehow add value to that insitution's efforts to resolve the financial rescue package?

Who does McCain think he's fooling this time?

Posted by: Immigration Lawyer | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"let me break it to you folks, if you can squeeze out of your Obama imposed cynical self, today isn't about an election but our Reid/Frank led economy going down the toilet."
It's a stalemate, there's no majority and yet you blame the democrats. Yeah you're TOTALLY non-partisan ¬_¬

Posted by: . | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

John McCain when will you start to understand
this is not about form but content.

You dont have it period.Nothing you will do
will change the outcome nothing....

Posted by: bob | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Finally, one of these guys realized they have real responsibilities as a United States Senator.

And Obama, on this one, please don't vote "present". This one is kinda, you know, important.

Posted by: Snarky | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Big deal, so they delay the first debate by a few days.

What's more important, the $700B proposed bank bailout, or whether the 1st debate was on a Friday or the following week...

Posted by: Who cares | September 24, 2008 4:48 PM
__________________________________________
So, what's the rush in getting this proposal thru? Look what happen when we rush in the Iraq War, and the Patriot Act. We, the taxpayers are paying dearly for these rushed decisions. We better sit down at really look at what this bailout is. The debate should continue and it should focus on the enomony. I would like to hear what each canididates have to say on this issue. Are we, the taxpayers sweating OR the big fat cats on Wall Street on losing their shirts?

Posted by: I CARE | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I think both John and Barack should be in Washington, every elected offical in Washington should be there. This is one of the most important history making proposals that Washington has had before since the War. This is what we elect them to do and isn't this both their jobs right now as Senators? I don't think either one of them is President at the moment and I think politics need to be put on hold and they need to be in Washington to get this crisis under control. Not trying to win votes.

Posted by: Carrie | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This is panic pure and simple. The news about McCain's campaign manager receiving monthly payouts from Freddie Mac until just last month is about to blow. And McCain is falling in the polls. So, he flings a Hail Mary. Shameful. This is exactly the time when the American people deserve to hear from these candidates, since one of them will soon inherit the enormous mess that Bush-Cheney and Co. has made.

Posted by: margaret | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

My suspicion is that we're seeing the set-up for canceling
the Palin-Biden debate. For obvious reasons. Because we have
to put Country First.

Posted by: Richaado/California | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Since when is the Senate up and running at 9 pm? And even if it is, the debate only lasts an hour or two -- schedule your lunch around it. That's what you do when you have obligations to fulfil. You make time.

Posted by: me | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hooray! Now Obama will strike! Look, McCain - you better go to that debate. You promised to fight, fight, fight. Well, then, stay on course and fight. And Obama - you better go to that debate, too. No one wants either one of you in Washington. The subject of the debate should be changed to the economy. That's the solution. You can both stand up there on Friday night and tell the American people why you support or don't support this bailout. Obama - don't back down, make McCain come to the debate. Strike back! Challenge McCain to change the subject to the economy and let's fight, fight, fight!

Posted by: Dan Rains | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Kind of funny reading the comments: You people think the impending financial crisis is a side show to your coronation party of Mr. Obama. I used to think what a train wreck the economy would be with Barak in charge, now I think he's probably the guy we need. I can lay off my 50 staff, shut my business down to bare minimum and ride out Hurricane Obama and prepare for real people to run the country in 4 years, if he doesn't resign under the pressure.

Posted by: out west | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I like my McChicken extra spicy!

Posted by: ucan'thandlethetruth | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Everyone has make up their mind, so why are all these bloggers still pretending that they're going to change someone's mind?

Really everyone, let's get a life....OK!

Posted by: WeAllKnow | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This is a crock of BS. Obama's own words, he called up Mccain at 8:30am and it was Obama's idea. So which is it? Another biased report for the TEFLON DON?

Posted by: rapp | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

There Is A Lot Of Hate For Mccain On This Post.That Is To Bad I Don't Agree With Obama Nor Any Of His Views.I Don't Hate Him Or Think He Is A Fool.You Libs Need To Grow Up And Stop The Hate.

Posted by: M.R.C | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

His staying in a Viet Nam prison wasn't a gimmick, and neither is this. McCain is putting country before politics.

Posted by: Sam | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Lets see -- FDR campaigned during the Great Depression and a world war; and John McCain can't during a Recession and a unoffical "war"?

Learn to multi-task John, if you were president you would have to.

What a bad stunt!

Obama for POTUS

Posted by: JJArms | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Im dissappointed in McCains latest move. and I was considering voting for him....eerr rather really voting for Palin. I think she is the only good thing on the republican ticket. id much rather see Palin for Pres than McCain.
I wish he would stop hiding her and let her go out and do her thing. We need to hear from her and see how she holds her mettle. Pressure is on and MCain is faultering. Time for Sarah to step up and take the reigns. Either way, theres nothing to lose. I think McCain already lost face to many supporters by his latest move. I think the writing on the wall is more evident than ever......WE ARE SCREWED! '08 No matter who gets in there.

Posted by: shute | September 24, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

And Obama just answered, "THANKS BUT NO THANKS, this is a PERFECT time to debate"

Posted by: Alex | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about you... but I hope they cancel the debate and just let the two guys box.

I don't know about you... but I would love to see a rich Republican get his clock cleaned by a Democrat right now.

The GOP has been robbing us blind for years. It might not fix the economy, but it would be cathartic to see a millionaire sweat and stammer and stagger under some studio lights while being worked over by a community organizer.

Posted by: Bluto | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The only words that come to my mind are DISHONORABLE COWARD!

According to interviews on PBS last night, Republicans have been vacillating on the bill because McCain has been witholding his support. So Obama does the patriotic thing by reaching out to bring the parties together, and McCain knifes him once he's earned his trust? What kind of sneaky jerk does that? Is this what Americans want, more underhanded, dishonorable government? Haven't we had enough?

Maybe when he's eyeball to eyeball with Putin he can ask for a "time out", too. Better still, when he loses the election in November, he can ask us all for a "do over"!

Posted by: Steve Zodiac | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah needs a crash course in foreign affairs and McCain needs a crash course on the economy. He needs the extra time to bone up in case a questin on the economy comes up in the debate. He may also want to get an up-to-date count on his houses.

Posted by: Steve | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

oh, only McCain would actually do something in Washington as Obama would vote "present". Obama can't make up his minde without a focus group or field pole...

Posted by: again | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If actually doing their job is a politically-motivated power move then I sincerely wish both McCain AND Obama - not to mention everyone else in Congress - would make more politically-motivated power moves.

Posted by: Nico | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

We don't need you to run to the rescue of your rich buddies who own and operate all these banks John, we don't need you to help dig the hole YOU and your Republican friends dug so deep with YOUR deregulation ideas even deeper! the deregulation YOU greedy Republican IDIOTS lobbied hard for. No McCain what the American people need, the people you so mistakenly refer to as "my friends" what WE need you to do is to STAY AWAY FROM OUR MONEY, stay OUT of Washington and to keep your hands OFF our money. Nice try running and hiding from Obama too, you can run McCain but you can't hide. Why don't you just suspend your campaign for good, we don't need you and your kind, you are the ones who got America INTO this mess, you are the last ones we need to get us out. This is what McCain REALLY means when he says "Country First" run to aid of his wealthy Republican buddies! they come first right John? No debate? where's John? oh he's putting his "Country (rich friends) First" NO BAIL OUT FOR MCCAIN'S AND BUSH'S RICH FRIENDS!

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

There would be too much time wasted in the debate listening to BHA stutter because no-one is telling him what to say. BHA is a blabbering idiot. BTW, why is he referred to as african american, his mother is white! He is a fraud!!!!!!!

Posted by: really?!!! | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

You are all despicable...still arguing politics while the economy is in decline and even bordering a depression. Everything that happened before the Bush administration and everything that happened during his administration...everything under the new Democrats now in Congress and everything that happened before them is NOW IRRELEVANT. Shut it and get together or perish folks...

Posted by: MP in NC | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

There are a lot of people working on the financial problem, but only two people (of consequence) running for President. Focus, John, focus!

Posted by: Dan | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Leadership

LJC has it nailed

"The White House phone rings at 3:00 AM. It's a crisis. President McCain answers, "I need my sleep. Call me back in the morning."

Posted by: LJC | September 24, 2008 4:34 PM

Sorry, Presidential Candidate McCain, the man in charge does NOT get a "do-over" when more than one crisis appears at a time.

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Whoa...I gotta say, that the message:

Posted by: K | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

........is just plain eerie to me.....gave me the chills.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama, why didn't you think of this? You coulda been the hero, but now you're a zero.

Posted by: Jeb Bush | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain should announce his withdrawal from the presidential race instead. Just admit that his push for deregulation was a big part of why we have this mess and have at least the gut to say "I am not qualified for this job."

And while I honor him for being a POW who fought for our country, I don't want a POW to be commander-in-chief. Being a POW is hardly relevant for the job.

Posted by: kbys | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I think John just needs a nap.

Posted by: cynic | September 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Everyone has made up their mind, they're are no swing voters in this election, as much as media wishes us to believe that.

So why is it, that all of you here are so busy pretending that you're going to change somebody's mind, on for whom they're going to vote?

Everyone, really, let's get a life....OK!

Posted by: WeAllKnow | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain is proving how insightful fellow Republican George Will was -second by second.

Just what the congress needs now, having either McCain or Obama -or both- and the zoo that surrounds them -literally sticking their noses into the already difficult talks between the Congress, Fed and Treasury.

Posted by: plaza04433 | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Congress has been the source of these messes. That means Obama, Biden and McCain. Which is worse - McCain who is trying to act like he is going to do something useful or Obama who gives up the pretense that he does anything useful?

Posted by: sangjmoon | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I commend McCain for being willing to suspend his campaign to try to negotiate a bill that can be passed. It is about time one of the two candidates showed leadership in this time of crisis. Obama apparently thinks leadership consists of talking on the phone about an issue but does not consist of the need to go back to his real job in Washington to help work this out. Of course, the Dems don't really care if he comes back or not b/c they are all looking to McCain to solve this. Obama is an empty suit. His "proposal" yesterday was almost verbatim what McCain had proposed a few days before. Obama did the same thing when he was running against Hilary. Let her come up with all the ideas first and then recycled them as his own.

Posted by: Susan | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain challenged Obama to a debate, probably without Karl Rove's approval, and now he's trying to wriggle out of it. A shameless and cowardly tactic because Rove knows McCain is not up to the job of debating Obama on multiple issues.

Posted by: Robert | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I have come to find that the bigger the reaction by liberals to any move made by McCain, the more it means they feel knocked off balance. The Sarah Palin pick was exhibit A. This campaign suspension seems to be exhibit B. I love it!

Posted by: jeremy | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

What does a boxer do when he's getting his bottom kick?

Time out, please join me.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Do only liberals read this silly columnist? Davis quit the firm with his name and didn't receive a dime. Please don't try to cover up Johnson and Raney's part in this whole debacle, not to mention Dodd and Frank! Help! What's happened to America's brains?

Posted by: Gpaofsix | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

How is delaying the debate "putting country first"? How is holding the debate as planned _not_ putting country first? Someone please explain. If McCain needs to focus 100% on the bailout plan negotiations, why is he speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative tomorrow morning? Shouldn't he be working on the crisis? Congress doesn't need him at 9pm on a Friday night.

Posted by: bill | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"I think John just needs a nap."

Yep, and a cookie.

Posted by: plaza04433 | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Why, if the "fundementals of our economy are strong," is Sen. McCain going to such lengths? Is he hiding something from the American people? Is Sarah Palin?

Posted by: mountainman | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

It's extremely disrespectful of McCain to use the current financial situation as a ploy to be able to say "Look at Obama! He'd rather debate than help in the Senate." If Mr. McCain had a spine at all he'd not be doing this.

Posted by: guy with at least half a brain | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Is it to much to expect the future president of the united states to be able to handle a national emergency and still make a public appearance? If it is too dificult to run for president and deal with a crisis, how hard will it be to be president and deal with a crisis? I vote soon and I deserve to hear the candidates debate the issues and convince me of their plans.

Posted by: High Expecations | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it the Democratic congress that has put us in this mess. They are the ones w/the power and they are clueless.

Posted by: justoldme | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse


"Country first?" Excuse me while I choke on a pretzel. He abandoned all pretense of "country first" with his choice of the dreadful Palin and his barrage of despicable, disgraceful, lying ads about Obama.

This is a another hail mary, hurled to distract from the almost incomprehensible new coming out about Rick Davis, i.e. the front page New York Times story today contradicting McCain campaign assertions that the firm founded by campaign chief Rick Davis had had no dealings with Freddie Mac for three years.

The story reports that Davis's firm, Davis Manafort, was paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through LAST MONTH.

Incredible!

Posted by: Monk | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The strangest part of all of this: Friday's debate is supposed to be the one on international affairs, which is *supposed* to be McCain's big advantage over Obama!

If this is indeed a political ploy, he's cutting off his nose to spite his face.

Posted by: Kevin | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Everyone has made up their mind, and they're are no swing voters left out there.

So why is it, that everyone here is so busy pretending they're going to change someone's mind on for whom they are going to vote?

Everyone, really, let's get a life.....OK!

Posted by: We All Know | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

So is McCain still running for president? Or, is he simply running scared...

Posted by: Flat IRA Citizen | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha Mc Cain is afraid to debate because he knows he will lose horribly to Obama....LOL

Posted by: whitewoman | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

There you go again, John, stealing Barack's thunder. You undermined his rock concert speech with your Palin announcement and now this.

Obama must be pissed. He had memorized all his canned debate responses, and now he may forget to say them right if we move the debate.

Posted by: Johnny Thunders | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The next president will have to juggle many crisis' at the same time.
It appears McCain doesn't have the stamina to handle even one....

Posted by: gb | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Ever been to a game where you wished they reset the game clock instead of the shot clock if one team is doing so badly. Well folks this is exactly what it sounds like. Mccain want's to restart the campaign.

Forget the debate, Mccain camp needs to come out and postpone the elections that's how bad it has gotten. Even Karl Rove said Mccain needs to stop running those lying ads and look it is now catching upto him and in a very bad way. No ad or statement coming out of Mccain/Palin is truthfull anymore.

Guess what, GAME OVER.
Obama/Biden08

Posted by: tony | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

So is McCain dropping everything and jetting off to Capital Hill to help resolve this mess? The answer to that is NO. This just tells me that this is a cynical attempt to break the REALLY REALLY BAD NEWS CYCLE that McCain's campaign has been having for the last couple of weeks, starting with the statement that "The American Economy is Fundamentally Sound"!!!. Things have gone off the cliff since then for McCain's Campaign. Hey, we still have a President in the White House remember, that guy, his name which is no longer mentioned..............

Whew.......if McCain thinks people are going to be fooled by this, he's dumber than I thought.

Posted by: Chris Salzmann | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey James T:
You are a dim-witted loser. Take your meds and start using spell-check. "Obsama"?? are you kidding? I suppose you think that is very original and clever... oh my, we'll all link Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden because you've combined their names! Wow, it's the ingenious "Brangelina" trick! That is sure to get a lot of votes for McCain. You're only proving that McCain supporters are stupid.
Get a life, you turd.

Posted by: kate | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

There Is A Lot Of Hate For Mccain On This Post.That Is To Bad I Don't Agree With Obama Nor Any Of His Views.I Don't Hate Him Or Think He Is A Fool.You Libs Need To Grow Up And Stop The Hate.

Posted by: M.R.C | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM
________________________________________
Gosh, I wonder if there is alot hate of Obama on the NEOCON post. You ought to check out their websites. I have NEOCON friends that still think he is a Muslin and hate him because they think that he will change the White House to Black House.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It had to happen sooner or later.

Like a punched-out fighter, John McCain is now on the ropes, grabbing at anything he can to keep from going down for the count.

The McCain/Palin 'duo' has been a disaster and a national embarrasment.

As result, our country has become the laughingstock of the world.

Tragically, I think the worst is yet to come.

Posted by: Edward W. | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

If John McCain wants to work on Wall street
then somebody give him a job at the SEC we would gladly see him out of the race and let the real President run for the white house otherwise please act like a Presidential candidate.I thought you were a war hero a man of honor what happened to you got too old you getting scared you afraid no to be up to it
I dont blame you pal.....I have news for you you are not....lol

Posted by: rob | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is playing politics with with this stunt. He doesn't understand the economy, but somehow he's going to help hammer this out?

Posted by: Attikai | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Now that is real leadership. McCain is Country First. What is the problem, Obama forgot how to get to Washington, D.C.? If Obama was a true leader, he would be in the halls of Congress working this out. But he has no idea how it works in those Halls.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe he's putting "country first." But coming 41 days before the election and on a day of tough news for McCain, forgive me for thinking that there's more than a bit of self-interest here."

Hmm...I'll think about forgiving you. K, I'm done. I forgive you.

Posted by: Esther | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The liberal backlash to this story is amazing. Well, when you can't make an argument for your own candidate, why not bash the competition who, by the, has served his country with 26 years in the Senate and 22 years in the military. What has Obama done besides run his mouth?

Posted by: Jason | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

RFP -- I'm betting that your income isn't in the bottom half. Mine is. I'm scared sh!tless that the economy is going to fail and my family is going to end up on the streets. I don't want to live through a great depression. That's provided that I will survive. I don't think that the tazpayers should have to bail out wall street either, but if it's going to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly then so be it.

Posted by: me | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough, they can both go to Washington, chime-in on the bailout terms and then return to Miss. Friday afternoon for the debate that night. everyone seems to want the Paulson Plan done by Friday anyway, right?

Posted by: dh | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Also, in response to all of you spewing against "liberals" here, I like Jon Stewart's definition of a conservative "patriot" -- "I love my country, but I just hate half of the people who live here."

Posted by: mountainman | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Now he can't walk and chew gum at the same time. McCain is a shameful example of leadership. What is he gonna do in a world crisis?
Stop the world so he can get off?

Maybe all americans should not go to work tomorrow......

Posted by: Just | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The sad thing is, the media will cover this to make McCain look like the good guy, when in fact, Obama was the first to suggest they take a time out to focus on this issue.

There are soooooo many examples of why JM should be slaughtered in the election, and soooooooo many examples of why Obama would be the best thing for this country... but after 8 years of Americans sitting idly by when we should have been running after Bush with torches in our hands, I worry that McCain will actually win this...

Help us all if he does...

Posted by: dudnt-surprise-me | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse


The proper way to delay the debate would have been through a joint statement. This is just another McCain 'go it alone' ploy. If McCain believes that it is more important to be on the Hill than to help the American people decide their leader, then withdraw as the nominee.

Posted by: Gordon - Los Angeles | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It's 3AM.....

At 3PM WED afternoon McCain suspends his campaign....

ps: the debate commission and Barack say the debate is ON for FRI....

Posted by: ucan'thandlethetruth | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha. YOU ARE ALL TOOLS! When Obama was down in the polls last week you all said that polls don't matter. Now that he's up you're counting them as good as a win. Though, come November you'll lose so bad that you won't know what hit you . . . but I know. LOSERS

Posted by: D | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mr. McCain, for reminding me every day WHY I left the Republican Party (after leaving the Democratic party). Fiscal conservatism? HA. More important issues like abortion, gay marriage and Terri Schiavo are on the agenda (once again) and Country First is definitly off. This crisis was a long time coming, Sen. "Keating Five". Kepp screaming th word "liberal", someone will listen.
Oh - and if I was Gov. Palin, I'd get the hell (oops I mean, "heck") away from Alaska ASAP. Ask Berty Gonzalez and Gen. Powell how it feels when they throw yo under the bus.

Posted by: Phox Noose | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

When all is said and done, what Obama needs to do now, is to agree to the move to go back to Congress to work on this problem. Then follow that statement with the fact that Biden and Palin will do the debates this week. That will put the ball back in Mac's court. Checkmate!!

Posted by: germanguy | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows he's not ready to debate Obama, especially when the economy will be a prominent subject. Of course, he wants to postpone it, he needs to do some cramming!

Posted by: Mags | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain sez:

"Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis,” McCain said. “We must show that kind of patriotism now."

Ok, so now that your losing if Obama doesn't follow suit he's not American - when do you think those ads will come out? "Obama is un-American for not suspending his campaign" from a guy who less than 10 DAYS ago said "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" - McCain is clueless.

Posted by: This Time | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Big deal, wake me up on Election Day when it's time to vote.

Posted by: Bored | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Another phenomenal glimpse into the poor character of this man, who thinks he can call time out in the middle of the crisis. Get your butt out there and debate!

Posted by: RJV | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Obama a senator at one time before he became the "annointed one"? Of course he wants to debate...He's been practicing all week and if the issues change over the weekend, he'll have to memorize all new answers! It's not about "multi-tasking". It's about prioritizing!!!!!!

Posted by: shania | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Ever watched wrestling when Ric Flair was in his prime? Flair would be getting beaten to a pulp by his opponent, usually a young, energetic chump, and would plead and beg for mercy. The gullible opponent thinking that Flair was truly weakened and at a loss to defend himself, would ease up. Inevitably, this would allow Flair to catch the opponent off guard and Flair would slip him an elbow to the head or a knee-lift to the gut. The opponent, then truly dazed, hurt and out of it, would lay prone on the mat and Flair would swoop in for the elbow smash and then put him in the Figure 4 leglock. Match over. The Nature Boy wins again.

Wooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign on Wednesday feels like a Ric Flair move. With the latest polling data showing Barack Obama opening his first significant lead, it would appear that the Democratic nominee has the elder McCain on the ropes, wobbly.

Needing to find a way to get away from the onslaught, McCain decided to ask for a breather, cancelling campaign appearances and advertisements. He also asked Obama to join him in suspending his campaign while they work with Congress for a solution on the massive Wall Street bailout plan.

The question is: Is McCain really interested in bipartisan Congressional oversite of the financial crisis? Or is he just trying to lure Obama in, relax him and then give him the blow to the head?

Posted by: the batts report | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

washington post = Obama lovers, hot bed of libs

Posted by: Bounce | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

For years I have been posting on blogs that the economy is in rough shape. If we don't put the brakes on the credit markets, we are in for a depression.

For years, Republicans have mocked me and called me a nervous nellie.

Well, AFTER the economy takes a nose dive, the same fools are chastising me for not treating the issue seriously.

I and every Democrat I know has been warning about the problems with the Bush economy.

And every Republican has been blisfully ignorant, while the country careens into a ditch.

ANd now we are supposed to trust McCain's judgement? Are you serious? All of a sudden, the election is about serious issues! All of a sudden, it's no time for politics!

We've been pleading and begging for over a decade. We've been asking the GOP to stop screwing around. And now they get all grim and mature!?!?!

Right.

Posted by: blip | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign has officially jumped the shark with this stunt!

Posted by: Kid Charlemagne | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Well these guys are still getting paid to do their normal job by us tax payers. What's wrong with them going back to their day job and actually doing the work that is the single most thing that concerns the entire nation at this time?

Either that or they should forfeit their salary while they are on these extravagant campaigning trips.

Posted by: Commentator | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe his next move should be the donation of his campaign purse to the bailout fund.

Posted by: Albert | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The liberal backlash to this story is amazing. Well, when you can't make an argument for your own candidate, why not bash the competition who, by the, has served his country with 26 years in the Senate and 22 years in the military. What has Obama done besides run his mouth?

Posted by: Jason | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM
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Obama may run his mouth, but McCain can't run on his brain. I will take mouth over brain any day.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Facts:

Economy in tank
War out of control
Deficit soaring
Schools failing
Crime rising
Immigration unchecked
Wall Street Greed
World Opinion dropping
Media crying

This, and all this,

And Obama is tied in almost every poll? What the F***! Did we really pick the right guy here???????????

Posted by: An Irony | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This is my first ever blog post. I found this...this... well whoever wrote this to be clearly bias to the point that if McCain single-handedly found the cure for cancer and poverty tomorrow, this dude would find a problem with it. It feels more like this dude is racist! I HATE racism!!!

Posted by: sick of bias news reporters! | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It is time Obama did ONE thing for his country while in the United States Senate as he has done absolutely nothing but vote "Present" while a Senator. He needs to forget about campaigning; this presidential campaign has gone on for way, way too long and too much money has been spent on it. He needs to get his ass back in the Senate along with McCain and the Congress needs to resolve our financial crisis. THAT IS WHAT WE ELECTED OUR SENATORS TO DO, SO THEY NEED TO FINALLY DO SOMETHING FOR OUR COUNTRY INSTEAD OF MAKING SPEECHES AND TRAVELING THE GLOBE. GET THIS THING FIXED, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Do Nothing Congress | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Debates can wait.

If this is not fixed soon, we will be welcoming depression wth Prozac. Just read an article about a bank that went under also took someone's 20k.

Obama shouldve thought of it first and is probably kicking himself now. He did not have a firm opinion for a week until he me Warren Buffet on Friday.

McCain/Palin it is.

Posted by: Indep | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

ric flair is mccains age right?

Posted by: ucan'thandlethetruth | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

President Obama

Only days away now, folks.

Posted by: Andrew | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain is desperate, he is trying to look presedential because he is slipping in the polls. Typical Republican move.
So sad, I guess Palin's popularity is also failing since she does not have any substance.
Avoiding taking questions from her own people (Republicans)

Posted by: leo | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I think it's ok for the other 98 people in the Senate to duke it out in the backroom and hammer out the policy detail while the two contenders for top dog get out in front and talk to us and each other. I'm sure each will remain fully briefed on strategic issues and also have plenty of time for input without having to cocoon themselves in their DC office bunkers. I'm very skeptical of McCain's action as well as disappointed. I hope Obama continues to provide the leadership we expect from him as president and remain in front of the public telling it how he sees it.

Posted by: Sonny | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, well Bounce, you came here to read the RSS, and comment on it. So what does that make you?

Posted by: bounce-stinks | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

While the financial situation certainly merits bipartisan solutions, the country now needs--just as badly--the debate between these two men. We need to see how they stand toe to toe, because WE THE PEOPLE need to make a decision that is as big, if not bigger, than the Big Bailout. We need to choose the CORRECT next president. The longer McCain puts this off, the more disservice he does to his country. I think in this case, putting "country first" would be going forward with the debate on Friday. I hope someone--perhaps the Presidential Commission on the Debates (whatever its official name is)--deals this a resounding NO!

Posted by: MaryInKansas | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Come on McCain, surely you don't think the American public is going for the rope a dope. There is nothing to be gained for trying this little skit. It is obvious that you still have no earthly idea about the economic effects of the middle class and poor people. You can't even relate. Go to the debate and try to at least man up to the things you thought the public was bebeiving about you and what you pretended you were about.

Posted by: Mel | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I would expect this type of racist geared story from the man that wrote it. Why do you think everything is Obama, Obama, Obama. Put down your pens and paper and go bow to your golden idol.

Posted by: JeffH | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

batts...

Wrestling isn't real. Ric Flair only wins because it's part of the script.

Sorry to break it to you.

Posted by: blip | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain supporters are funny.. They actually think he's doing this out of leadership and putting country first; and not due to a dismal start of a week leading into a debate he would otherwise do quite well in, considering the subject matter.
More an more rants on lack of experience.. but I've seen a pattern with your types. If they actually reported some substance, you'd immediately chime in that the media is in the tank for Obama. Make up your mind and stop playing devil's advocate for the hell of it. Obama calls first in private, McCain announces publicly and "challenges" Obama. This is an obvious ploy.

Posted by: :) | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Did you see what wuss majority leader said, "John, we need to know how you're going to vote. You've got to help us find the votes. We won't vote till we know what you're going to do." Now that's political courage for you! And Obama says nothing. NOTHING! No plan, no ideas. It's all the Republicans' fault. We Democrats had nothing to do with changing the rules about cheap mortgages. AMAZING! And, Dodd pontificates still, as if he hadn't fought the reforms that McCain and Bush called for several times. The liberals hypocrisy is almost beyond belief!

Posted by: Gpaofsix | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Where is Obama on this? Still smoking crack cocaine like he did for eight years during high school and college and hiding in his basement? Come of Obama. Show some leadership.

Posted by: Where is Obama? | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

What a pile of s^^&*? Here is my proposal to Senator MaCain and Obama. Fine, Obama should go join him in Washington and both should give this opportunity to their VP to step in and debate on Friday. That's their job after all... Step in for the #1 guy.

You guys in the media should push for this.

Posted by: acsd | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that all the Washington (Com)Post blogs are Lib lovefests. I like when the right wing trolls come on and throw out an anti-Obama rant and all the lefties go nuts! They're so predictable and fun to watch.

Posted by: Blah Blah Blah | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's be real. The truth is, if Obama and McCain went to Washington and tried to lead the negotiations, the whole thing would devolve into partisan politics. The smart thing to do is keep their distance and offer general principles which any legislation should follow. This is what Obama has wisely been doing.

John McCain either doesn't get this, or is cynically trying to explot a serious crisis for partisan political ends; either way, he looks less presidential.

Posted by: Frank | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

If McCain genuinely wanted no political advantage from his "bold" move, he would have agreed to a joint statement.

This is the oldest crappy gimmick in the book and it's not going to fly.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain and Senator Obama are just two voices out of over 500 that will be making this decision. Therefore, I think it is more important that they continue their campaigns. I used to respect McCain, but this looks like another ploy to change the subject.

Obama requested to release a joint statement with McCain regarding the financial bailout, and this is how McCain answered him.

Posted by: Ann | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse


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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg

Yea, he's a real hero.

He just wants to run back and suggest they privatize our Social Security accounts as a means to prop up his Wall St. friends.

They can use our social security money under the great "McCain Social Security Privatization Act of 2008."

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

kt/Homer/those who 'support' the McCain move:

What do you possibly think he can contribute at this time? Both senators could do their campaigns at certain times and telecon with their respective colleagues over the 'rescue' plan while talking with Mr. and Mrs. America about how they feel about what's going on. Congress can't rush this thing out the door, because the consequences to the taxpayers can be brutal over the next few decades in the form of tax increases as well as other financial unpleasantries. McCain should have made the joint statement and then told Obama of his desire to withhold campaigning until the deal was done. This 'grandstanding' has not been lost on most of the American people, and if Obama had done it, I would be just as disappointed

Posted by: checkingittwice | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Facts:

Economy in tank
War out of control
Deficit soaring
Schools failing
Crime rising
Immigration unchecked
Wall Street Greed
World Opinion dropping
Media crying

This, and all this,

And Obama is tied in almost every poll? What the F***! Did we really pick the right guy here???????????

Posted by: An Irony | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

An Irony,

Well, a few thousand college students in Iowa kinda hijacked the reasoning of Democrats nationwide. Their decision:

If it's good enough for Iowa college students, it's good enough for us of us!

Go figure


jd

Posted by: Johnny Democracy | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

When all is said and done, what Obama needs to do now, is to agree to the move to go back to Congress to work on this problem. Then follow that statement with the fact that Biden and Palin will do the debates this week. That will put the ball back in Mac's court. Checkmate!!

Posted by: germanguy | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's not that easy for the average high school junior to get out of taking the SATs. How sad that we'd even consider such a wimp for president. What possible good is he going to do in DC, coming charging in there making noise at the last minute? Face the music McCain - the debates are supposed to be hard. Sorry you're up against a smart guy.

Posted by: lydia | September 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin need to just join the circus. What a perfect fit!

Posted by: Trust Me | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain is and always has been a first class opportunist.

Posted by: fralene | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't blame McCain for wanting to hide from his own record.

Posted by: blip | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree, liberalist newspaper = Obama lovers

Posted by: Agree with Bounce | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Desperate, grasping at straws, reckless, impulsive and unhelpful. Just what congress needs is a grandstanding dog and pony show when they're trying to actually fix the mess that the Republicans extreme anti-government ideology has got the country into. His campaign is going down the drain. First the WaPo/AB poll, then Fox poll.

What happened, did McCain just realize that he would have to answer questions in public?

January 20th, 2009. The End of an Error!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If they can't see how transparently desperate this looks...
They are so off their game.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally, he's going to go do the job we are paying him for. Do their jobs as senators, or get off the payroll.

Posted by: Ned | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

As Obama said, a president must be able to do more than one thing at a time. If old man McCain can't, then he should just say so now. OH! WAIT! That's what he just said?

Posted by: infuse | September 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

To Howard in Virginia: Phil Gramm created the legislation that created this mess, Bill Clinton signed it into law. While it was politically expedient for Clinton to approve it, make no mistake that the Republicans created it. This crisis should prove once and for all the fallacy of supply-side economics.

Posted by: JK | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Of course wrestling isn't real. I know that, Blip! I'm 40 years old with a master's degree. It's theater. Just like McCain's move. Work with me. It's an analogy.

Posted by: the batts report | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Rebecca wrote: This might actually lose him the election...It was the right thing to do.

I'm not so altruistic. Nothing, and I mean nothing, either campaign does now isn't somehow tied to winning the election.

Move the debate to Washington and discuss the economy. Isn't that what the country wants to hear about any way? And neither side will have an advantage regarding preparation.

And please, don't tell me the country can't spare these two guys for a few hours. It took 8 years of incompetence to get where we are today.

Posted by: amaikovich | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"Guys did it work? did they believe me?
ohhh cr@p... I'm going to have to do the debate !? well try to think of something else..
maybe something about my health, I'm sick thats it... You say thats a bad Idea?... OK your right... How about free HBO... What if I say today free HBO for everybody on friday do you think people will still watch the debates?... lets roll with it steve"--- John McCain

Posted by: Just In! | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey "trust me", is that so they can come watch you in the brainless show you are performing in??

Posted by: Trust Me Haha | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

How lame and desperate the McCain camp is!

Posted by: lsigalov | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pulling a big political stunt here. He hasn't been involved with these negotiations at all and doesn't need to be. McCain is just trying to get out of debating Obama at a time when he is down in the polls. I hope the American people see through this stunt.

Posted by: mike | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so UnPresidential - I cannot believe there are actually people in this country still stupid enough to vote for him. He can't handle a major financial crisis AND a simple little 90-minute "press conference" to explain foreign policy to the American people? So, if Russia decides to invade another country at the same time of the next financial crisis - does McCain expect the Russians to hold off on that invasion because he can't even juggle two balls at the same time? Actually, with a McCain in the White House - any crisis in America would now obviously seem like giving permission to ANY country to do whatever they wanted to. McCain has played his hand. No taking it back now. If he can't handle this - who in their right mind wants to risk putting this impulsive jerk in the White House. Shame, shame, shame on anyone who votes for him out of their own silly, foolish pride.

Posted by: AnitaRN | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree w/ acsd.

Posted by: me | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain is using his unpreparedness and inexperience on economic issues, and his alignment with the Bush administration to avoid the debate and go hide amidst the chaos on Capitol Hill! Obama is right in saying that Americans needs to hear from both he and McCain as to who is best qualified to lead America out of this mess; and what better way to do that than in a Debate.

Posted by: Zaidi Ademeit | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the whining and gnashing of teeth is priceless.

Outmaneuvered by the old man again.

My favorite? Obama's lame response that "he's available to return to Washington if called."

Now, THAT's the kind of leadership we expect from our President - "call if you need me!"

Posted by: Lobot | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Its no wonder he wants to cancel,it shouldnt really come as any surprise to anyone..You know he's going to have a hard time answering one question???If he was president right now,hes already said he was against the Bail-Out,so if he had privatized your Social Sec.and let you invest half of it,along with 401k's and IRA's,most people would be losing everthing they have and he wouldnt have helped you at all !!!! now thats what I call a plan for everyones future huh?

Posted by: 1 | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

ho ho ho what happened to John McCain

bailing out again on the real issues scared of a real debate so now he is the saver of wall street!? let me laugh and choke...
A man with many talents and many tongues as well but with only one outcome out....
Yes you are right he s a great senator and was for 26 years.So now he cant help himself giving up his duties as a Presidential candidate and he s running back home scared as a senator saving wall street great idea senator I applause go backward and save wall street and let the real President the only President of the United States run his campaign....

Posted by: bob | September 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with atomic and rebecca and all the others who agree that a suspension of the campaigns, as proffered by John McCain, is wise. If Obama doesn't agree, I feel that Obama is for Obama and no one else -- which is what I've thought all along. We'll see how it works out.

Posted by: Kitty | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

While three of the people involved in this election are Senators and do own an allegance to those positions, I would contend that all are being briefed regularly by principles of the treasury and fed. As such and being that they are suppose to be of presidential quality, they need not attend a debating session in congress. They only need to give (for once) their clear and unequivical position for all to here, hop a plane to Washington if a vote is needed and then attend the debates as scheduled so that the American electorate can try to understand these men and their policies enough to render an intelligent vote in November.

Posted by: Kent | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

So many hateful people in this world. The attacks on both sides is shameless and the majority of what was written here is a bunch of malicious, mean spirited junk. Most of the comments I read above had to be written by people who want the government to hand them everything and don't educate themselves on the facts.

I'm not saying Senator McCain is faultless but God help us if Senator Obama is elected. Taxes on EVERYONE are going to sky rocket and the wealthy who pay over 80% of the taxes to begin with are just going to lay YOU off to pay for it.

People don't be so hateful. Instead of slinging insults try slinging some solutions. Let's calmly get together, kick out everyone in DC and start over!

Who's with me?

Posted by: Mark G. | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain asked for more than 3 debates (7 I believe), Obama said no, he had debated enough. McCain asked Obama to do joint town hall meetings and take questions directly from the American people, Obama said no. McCain clearly isn't afraid of debating or answering hard questions.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

OK, we need a bail out TODAY; not next week, or next month, or soon; TODAY. This is because Bernanke and Paulson, who recently said it was all under control and working itself out, have suddenly discovered that they don't know what they're talking about. So, now that they know they've lied to us for years we can believe them. Right. I get it.

So now, J. McLame said the fundamentals were sound, not real good, in dire straights, melting down and we need this Bush plan because he really knows alot and we can trust ....... him????

OK, King Henry I is really smart and used to be one of those Wall Street guys that caused all this, so of course we can trust ....... him????

I'm getting confused. So of course I need to just sign the check and let W's crew spend it where they think it's best. No questions asked.

If you give me $700,000,000,000.00 and promise to never ask about it and then send this note to five of your friends demanding they give their money to you, you'll be really rich. If you don't, the world as you know it will end by this weekend. King Henry One.

Posted by: Conservatively Baffled | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the ever indecisive, deceitful Obama has refused to take a position on the financial crisis.

Even his own VP candidate, Biden, took a position (Biden was later forced by a humiliated Obama to retract his position.)

Obama continues his career long pathology of refusing to take a position on difficult decisions. He refuses to vote or votes a meaningless "present."

Meanwhile, it is clear Biden will be running the show if Obama is elected.

NO OBAMA. He is gutless, unqualified, inexperienced, and serves his own political ambitions before he serves the people of this country. We've had enough of that.

Posted by: McCain 08, Clinton 2012 | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

BRAVO MCCAIN! This is twice now that the Rep. guy put HIS campaign on hold to take care of our country (once during the Rep. convention to see to the hurriance condidtions and today's decision). Works for me! McCain believes what he preaches....country before party! A much better choice than the clearly opportunist Obama who has spent a year proving he cares mostly about Obama (and his presidential win). He's beaten up the Clintons (remember Bill had the HIGHEST approval rating of any president leaving the White House since WWII - Obama brought his legacy down for his OWN sake) and he couldn't care less about the actual REPRESENTATION of Women and ignored us (the Dems.) when we said we wanted the "Dream Ticket!"

Posted by: gaypastor | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Why not "suspend" the election? What if Congress is unable to come up with a solution? What then? OH yeah, I forgot ... if we don't pass this bill the world will explode - hmmmm, where have I heard this logic before? Isn't that what they said about the war in Iraq?

So, why believe them now? And if Congress is unable to agree on the welfare for Wallstreet billion dollar bailout - lets just rewrite the law, suspend the election and wait until a brighter day ... when McCain actually has a hope in hell of winning - Isn't that what is REALLY being proposed?

The election comes at a bad time for McCain - and if we are true patriots, we should wait until next year - COUNTRY COMES FIRST!!!!!

They must think Americans are idiots - buy the political monkeys a circus and lock them in it - or post these political messages under the title of "MORE DRAMA" or perhaps "AFTERNOON THEATRE".

None of the actions of either candidate has ANYTHING to do with me or in any way benefits me or the "average American" - all they are trying to do is gain the advantage as they are flying around in their huge planes and sipping Champagne, laughing at how ignorant they think people are ... not to mention gullible.

Posted by: Kim | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The liberal backlash to this story is amazing. Well, when you can't make an argument for your own candidate, why not bash the competition who, by the, has served his country with 26 years in the Senate and 22 years in the military. What has Obama done besides run his mouth?

Posted by: Jason | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM
____________________________________
Obama may run his mouth, but McCain can't run on his brain. I will take mouth over brain any day.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

And I will take experience over hot air any day.

Posted by: Jason | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse


Palin secretly coveting the adoration millions of independent female votes nationwide, a fact not recognized in the polls.

Posted by: News Headlines | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What would McCain do at the meeting over this? Take notes? He has already admitted he knows nothing about the economy. Having him there would be as ridiculous as having Gov. Palin in a foreign policy meeting.
We need knowledgeable people to fix this, yes it's that important.

Posted by: Arizona | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain isn't trying to get out of a debate, he's doing his job. Neither of them want this ridiculous bill to pass, but they should both be there to influence what it does look like when it passes.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

From the AP:

Republican McCain proposed earlier Wednesday that Friday's debate be postponed while the two candidates work to deal with the nation's financial troubles. Obama said he and McCain are working on a joint statement setting out their ideas on how to solve the financial crisis. But Obama also said he believes it's important to go ahead and have the debate.

Obama said, "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."

Posted by: Frank | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

No it took 8 years of obama lovers crying and whining how they can't do anything for themselves that got us into this mess. Maybe you should all go suck on your starbucks while the rest of the nation tries to fix your mess, or wait maybe you are busy trying to default on your house because you are jealous your neighbor just got a better deal than you. Suck it up you whiners!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Backing from a debate is leadership? I don't think so.

Posted by: asoders22 | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Frank -- above -- is right. Neither one of these guys is a big player in the current process and each has very similar ideas as to what should happen with the plan. So, why the big need to rush into DC to save the day when neither is in postion to do so? Seems like a gimmick to me.

Posted by: dh | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Great move McCain!
Now if there is no debate, he doesn't have to face the prospect of Obama wiping the floor with him, because he was "focused on doing the country's business."
If the debates do go forward and Obama wipes the floor with him, his handlers can say he was too busy "doing the country's business" to prepare for the debates.
On the other hand, if the debates do go forward and he does OK, his handlers can point to what a great leader he is because he can both "do the country's business" and conduct a successful foreign policy debate. I would say that Rick Davis is worth $15,000 per month if he thought up that one.

Posted by: Politicus | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The Rove disciples who are running McCain's campaign do everything for political purposes. There is no way McCain is going to help in this debate. By his own admission he is no whiz on the economy. Also, he does not serve on any of the committees responsible for this issue. Putting the country first would be showing up at the debate and explaining why he should be president. As Obama said, presidents need to be able to multi-task.

Posted by: cdgainesville | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Send Palin - surely you trust her knowledge and negotiating skills to represent you.

Posted by: jmc | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin campaign strategies:

* Change the subject (and other distractions).
* Lie early and often.
* Rearrange the world map.
* Say the first thing that pops into your head to make sure no one catches you (shudder) thinking about anything.

Posted by: DoTheMath | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

No fair, I had my whole Friday night planned. All my lame liberal friends were gonna come over, we were gonna eat some vegan food, and sit on the hemp carpet and watch the Annointed One on TV. And then we were gonna talk about his supreme awesomeness. Now what will I do?

Posted by: Kool Aid | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

blogging is constructive in eliminating anger management.

why are liberals so angry?

Posted by: zombie | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank god, I thought we where going to be in trouble Batman, glad John McCain brought his "Time Machine" to stop the world when get tough.... We have to get one of those

Posted by: erik | September 24, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it is a political ploy. Does that matter if it is the right thing to do???

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

wow, what a bunch of bombs the libs are spewing. Folks, the candidates BOTH have a day job. Their constituents elected them to do that job. Not run for president. I would think there would be less gas from the potheads and more applause. Self serving? what about continuing a campaign while these other idiots write yet another bad check to bail out the dems that put us in this mess? All you Obama whack jobs think you don't want McCain there to curb the free for all that these Reid Pelosi boobs want to write into this IMO unnecessary bailout? they already want to attach money for the UN WFP to it. Do we need that? Get real, pour out the bong water and act like you are interested in what comes out of congress rather than your egocentric desire to have your messiah win the election.

Posted by: uninterested | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Anger Anger Anger

Don't you just love the way I can make them soooooooooooooooooooo angry))))))


xox
Sarah

Posted by: Palin Team | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I hereby suspend my car payments amid this crisis!

John McCain is pure genius... Who knew all we ever had to do was say stop and the world would beckon thy call.... cheers John McCain for making an a$$ out of yourself yet again

Posted by: erik | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

If McCain genuinely wanted no political advantage from his "bold" move, he would have agreed to a joint statement.

yeah, just like obama agreed to appear jointly at saddle back, and to do the 10 townhalls jointly with mccain...yeah

funny dude.
you all are done. your faked up poll with 20% african american representation and 3:2 dem:rep over-weighting may dilude you for now.
please please try to stay calm on nov 5. it wont go your way. and it'll be big. just please be ready. and dont over-react. if the MSM would only tell you the truth, it wouldnt be so bad later.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain has never taken care of anything in his entire life,including his x-wife.His rich wife has been taking care of him for yrs. now!!

Posted by: 1 | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Atomic that both senators (remember, that's their day job) should stop campaigning and go to DC and earn the tax dollars I'm paying them to do the job that they were hired for.

Posted by: Agree with Atomic | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

In Jesus's name I want to see a debate this Friday. I have a right to hear them debate, come hell or high water!

I say move the Palin debate to this Friday and the Presidential debate to next week!! I want a debate this Friday!

Posted by: Mary Jane | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

John MaCain needs to compete in the next summer Olympics. He's such a good runner, I'm sure he'll bring home the gold. Even as a non-supporter of Mac, I was actually beginning to like the guy. But this? From a former Air Force pilot? Mr. Tough guy? Please! Run John, Run...see you at the O;ympics!

Posted by: Thomas | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I laugh at these comments about the importance of the debates. As if the debates during the primaries proved anything. These men were elected to represnet their states in Congress and all THREE of them have the duty to return and do their jobs. But I guess there are some more concerned about winning elections than taking care of the country.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Haven't Obama and McCain been missing every vote in the Senate the past 16 months? What good would them being there do?

I like the idea of switching the pres. and VP debate. Biden and Palin surprised and unscripted...that'll be good entertainment to listen to the verbal gaffes from those two.

Posted by: Diesel | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Yet another attempt at distraction and spoon-fed notions of patriotism. Get real, you're on the campaign trail for a reason. A real president would make time for both, the debate will only be two hours at best. There's no need to call the whole day off. Is there any other hackneyed strategies McCain can pull out of his hat? How about spreading emails saying Obama has black children? That seemed to work when it was him on the chopping block.
As for those that use the close poll numbers to lament Barack, might I remind you that the past two election cycles had razor-thin numbers as well. I see even the supporters love wearing old hats as well.

Posted by: :D | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

While three of the people involved in this election are Senators and do owe an allegance to those positions, I would contend that all are being briefed regularly by principles of the treasury and fed. As such and being that they are suppose to be of presidential quality, they need not attend a debating session in congress. They only need to give (for once) their clear and unequivical position for all to hear, hop a plane to Washington if a vote is needed and then attend the debates as scheduled so that the American electorate can try to understand these men and their policies enough to render an intelligent vote in November. After all a president should be able to handle a crisis and ordinary business as a matter of coarse. On with the show!

Posted by: Kent | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Anger Anger Anger

Don't you just love the way I can make them soooooooooooooooooooo angry))))))


xox
Sarah

Posted by: Palin Team | September 24, 2008 5:26 PM

palin team,

yeh, they really are beyond themselves, huuhuuhuu. how do you do it?

Posted by: zombie | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

What makes this clearly a political move is that he announces it unilaterally. If he had contacted the O campaign first, that might make a difference. But clearly by airing his change of attitude publicly he wants a public reaction. Crass politics, on your dime voter.

Posted by: joe | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Schmidt is a pile of schmidt...and, an evil genius.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

and is Obama the knowledgable one.. the ones that tries to portray himself as the pooer disadvantaged african american (maybe, that is still debatable) when in reality he is a silver spoon fed baby that knows nothing. Obama is nothing more than an empty shell played like a little puppet on strings and all you Obama lovers are like little children amused with the puppet show. And we all wonder how mindless people can be so easily convinced by an empty speaker, thanks for each of you for showing the real american people just what a bunch of girlie men you can be.

Posted by: MCAIN IS #1 | September 24, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me if the house floor will be open at 9pm on Friday night? I say move it up an hour, but don't cancel it!

Posted by: Mary Jane | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I was absolutely, positively going to vote for Honest John -- until today.

Posted by: Low Info Whackjob | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Uninterested: the bong water is just killer for the herb garden, dude. We ALL know that in here, of course.

Posted by: dh | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I really hope McCain wins so these nasty liberals stop spitting all their nasty idiotic thoughts all over the web. And if they threatened to leave America like Moore did - LEAVE and don't look back... please!

Posted by: job | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's putting "country first." But coming 41 days before the election and on a day of tough news for McCain, forgive me for thinking that there's more than a bit of self-interest here.
____
And being Capehart supports Obama and would do anything to help him win the election forgive me for thinking that his motives for questioning McCain motives isn't for his own self-interests...

Posted by: rss | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama should agree if they stop the on-the-ground campaigning but continue with the media ads and the debates. The on-the-ground campaigning is what takes up most of the candidate's time. There are only 3 debates and they can't be more than a couple of hours. That leaves both candidates more than enough time to face their senate duties.

If McCain doesn't agree to that, then it shows that he isn't bi-partisan and this was all a political stunt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"Thank god, I thought we where going to be in trouble Batman, glad John McCain brought his "Time Machine" to stop the world when get tough.... We have to get one of those"

he keeps it in the storage unit, with obama's machine that makes the oceans recede......

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I will only ask one thing of Mccain, Vote Obama for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: goodie | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

@Concerned Citizen
Ah hahaha.. three. That's rich.

Posted by: ^_^ | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

thats right erik,,Me too.Ive had to suspend my eating due to extremely high food prices,and my driving due to high fuel prices,and everything else too!!

Posted by: 1 | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that someone like John McCain, who finished at the bottom of his class, can offer up any meaningful advice. I think it would be a better service to his country to attend the debate and leave the negotiations to people who have more intelligence than someone who picked a "hockey mom" to be on the Republican ticket. Perhaps, he should send Gov. Palin to the debate.

Posted by: Eric Apollo | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows that he can't carry a debate. Period.

Posted by: golfmum | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I feel a YOUTUBE MOMENT COMING ON! Funny McGingerbread Man!

Run Run As fast as you can you can't catch me i'm the McCain man, I Will run away from you, I can I can.

He is beginning to sound like the McGingerbread Man

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama will probably jump at the chance to weasel out of the debate

He avoids debating, and all forms of spontaneoius non-scripted speaking. He is disastrous at it because it exposes his ignorance about issues, and forces him to take a position which is anathema to a fraud like him. Remember how Clinton ripped him to shreds in the debate - how panicked he looked when she effortlessly discussed foreign affairs, military strategy, etc. The guy's a worm and his handlers are evil for forcing a fraud like Obama on this country in a time of crisis just so they can get power. It is MORE OF THE SAME, not change.

He refused to do further debates with Clinton.

He has refused to do townhall debates with McCain.

He refused to appear on Fox news (until his nosediving polls and embarrassing whispering forced him to)

Clinton did Fox News. McCain does liberal news. Obama is a wuss who is being told to say as little as possible and ride his image for as long as possible or else people will discover he is a fraud. American will have a harsh dose of reality if this guy gets in the White House, and serious buyer's remorse.

Obama refuses to appear on other tv venues, i.e. The View, because they have been tough on candidates. McCain took it like a man. Obama hides out and won't appear.

Obama is a wuss.

Posted by: Democrats AGAINST Obama - he will ruin this country like he ruined the Democratic party | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

A time of crisis is the perfect time to hear the two men who are auditioning for the most important job in the world challenge each other without notes, teleprompters or handlers.
The electorate's collective mind will be focused on actual issues and not distracted by the petty personal trivia that so often dominates these affairs.
This is a perfect time to evaluate these two; let the debate proceed as scheduled.

Posted by: Frank | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

HaHa Liberals are so easy to fire up, they are liberals as long as it is in their best interests. HaHaHa what a joke liberals are, can't even decide on something so they think hmm let me just straddle the middle of the fence

waaaa.. waaaa...waaaa come on guys you can do it, if you cry hard enough they can hear you all the way to washington

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"Can someone please tell me if the house floor will be open at 9pm on Friday night? I say move it up an hour, but don't cancel it!"

probably not, they usually have to shovel teddy out of there round end of happy hour, round about 8-ish. by the time they roll him into his limo they'll be lockin it up. just like every friday for the last 30 years

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

@job
And should it go the other way, would all the right wingers stop pretending to be disaffected voters and spewing debunked myths about Obama?
Personally, I can't wait to see you eat crow. I hear it tastes like anus.

Posted by: ^_^ | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that people that write this crap actually get paid. It's one thing to be the typical non-educated idiot that replies to these "blog faux-journalists) but it another to direct everything in one direction. The TRUTH is that McCain is losing ground (polls change by the day and mean nothing) because of being tied to the White House. If the economy sags, it is historically proven that the party in charge takes a beating. That is the reason. Obama has done nothing. Don't even go toe to toe with Fannie and Freddie that was run by Democrats (Barny Frank and company). Elizabeth Dole and McCain and many others tried in 2003, 2005, and 2007 (Democrat controlled Congress) to fix Fannie and Freddie Mac. Both Parties are guilty but let's not forget that according to Obama "A President needs to be able to multi task, thus not wanting to go to Washington to work this out (not surprising since he has spent 20 months of his term in front of teleprompters). Ghee, why can't Congress "multi-task" too? They had to take a vacation rather than vote on Drilling. Ahhh, Democrats and politics. Sorry, report the facts and stop the BS. The American public is going to see the demise of the NY Times and many publications and Networks that refuse to report real news and not slanted BS. Save it for your retarded posters of which I now belong, haha

Posted by: TheTruth08 | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

John McCain will be the next President of the United States.

Posted by: Voice from Above | September 24, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Now that you've stopped the world, John, why not do us all a favor and get off.

When the going gets tough, BAIL OUT!

Posted by: Exit Strategy | September 24, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

WOOHOO! you rock "Democrats AGAINST Obama"

Posted by: Read it and cry obama lovers! | September 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Remember how Clinton ripped him to shreds in the debate"

No, and that's why she lost.

Posted by: | September 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm voting for the other guy.

Posted by: Rupaul | September 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"McCain knows that he can't carry a debate. Period."

guess you missed saddleback dude. it was pathetic. men vs boys. JSM was the men.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

MC CAIN IS A TOTAL DISGRACE. HE IS SUSPENDING HIS CAMPAIGN, FOR HOW LONG? MAYBE HE NEEDS A NEW vp. PALEN JUST DOES NOT CUT IT, MAYBE A NEW SUIT, A NEW WIFE, A NEW LIFE,WHAT?WHO?WHERE? A TRIP TO ALASKA MIGHT HELP - HE COULD SNUGGLE UP WITH A POLER BEAR!

tHIS ALL SOUNDS RIDICULOUS, AND THE WHOLE SIT. IS RIDICUOUS, hOPE bUSH IS DYING A SLOW MISERABLE DEATH OVER HIS REP. PARTY

Posted by: lynn parker. | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain = LA-oo-ZAH-er

Posted by: Spectator2 | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I see most of you just don't get it.
The life or death of our economy and standard of living is at stake! We need to all resources working on this, and FAST.
The debate will happen a few days late. It is not canceled entirely.

Posted by: Richard | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

It ain't manual labor! The Senate is not loading bags of cash into trucks then driving them to Wall Street and unloading them.

They are debating policy points. Obama and McCain both stated their policy issues and they are fairly similar. The detailed language on bills is usually written by staff.

Instead of cancelling, go ahead and change the topic of the public debate to this bailout and let everyone hear the discussion. Let's all watch government in action after 8 years of government inaction.

Posted by: they work for me | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain, punting America first. If you find yourself in a political crisis, blame the economic crisis you had a hand in, and call a time out.

Because, you know, when you're president, you get to call time out all the time. Like when President Bush was "noble" enough to skip the RNC to watch the hurricane. I'm sure it had nothing to do with McCain wanting an excuse to distance himself from Bush. And certainly nothing to do with not wanting a reminder that President Bush spent Hurrcane Katrina at John McCain's birthday party.

But I digress. Apparently, McCain and Obama discussed an actual bilateral release - a good idea by both. McCain jumped the gun to politicize the issue. And Americans are sharp enough to see through that. Make my mistake, my friends: McCain is trying to play *our* crisis for *his* political gain.

Posted by: Adam | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't cry Obama, you'll still get your chance to debate, I promise. Here's a tissue, it'll all be okay.

Posted by: But I wanted to debate! | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@job.. oh you mean like your face hahaha

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Distract, obfuscate, change the subject. That is the main McCain campaign strategy.

Despite his repeated claims that he had nothing to do with the crisis in the economy, McCain is worried that his lifetime theology of deregulating business, and his association with the big players in this mess, will come to the forefront when the focus shifts from the problem itself to who's to blame.

So what's his new strategy? Rush back to Washington and make sure he's in the room when anything is announced, so he can take credit for it and proclaim himself the one who saved the day. Of course, it would be shameless grandstanding and a complete lie, but that has hardly stopped McCain in the past.

When is someone, anyone, going to be brave enough to call this fraud out?

Posted by: Speaktruth | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain supports Bush

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg

VETS tell all about McCain (thanks, George W. for pointing this out when he ran against you. Boy, he sure spends a lot of time running.)

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

That's not white hair, it's feathers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

If you support Obama please drive with your lights on during the daylight hours!!
If you support McCain please drive with your lights off during the nightime hours!!

happy voting......

Posted by: 1 | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

This is the GOP's best? At least the DEMS had the decency to put up a believable candidate. Every GOP candidate since Nixon has been a puppet. Take a close look at Barack's rise to power and it will become clear that he is his own man and if elected his political debt will be owed to US! THE PEOPLE! Who does McCain owe?

Posted by: jm@RT | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain sure does not look like a war hero. He is running scared. This excuse he is giving for not attending the debate is worse than 'dog ate my homework' excuse kids give in primary school. He is no maverick.

McCain taunted Obama right after the conventions that Obama is refusing to go to townhall meetings with him. Now in 2 days he had the opportunity to talk about his foreign policy credentials. Fridays debate was dedicated to foreign policy issues and not financial or internal issues. Still McScared is tucking his tail between his legs and running away.

Ever since Sarah Palin came into the picture, I have not heard a single truth from this dirty old mans mouth. He doesn't tell the truth, and he makes sure Sarah Palin doesn't talk to the press either. We have to decide on his presidency just by looking at the beauty of Sarah Palin. In that case I suggest that we want the whole Ms.universe process including the swimsuit, baton twirling, and the dance numbers. That goes for only Sarah Palin, McScared can keep his pants on. He is too scary to watch as he is. We are not ready to see him in swimsuit.

Posted by: Alex | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

smell another GOP loser

Posted by: I'm Bob Dole, and I | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

In moment of Crisis I know where McCain will be in hiding or running. Crap! That is no leadership, stop with the BS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is on a 12-0 run... McCain needs a timeout. T.O Baby!!!!

Posted by: H in Miami | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

First Palin, now McCain.

Will anyone stand up to run for the Republican Party?

(rather than from whatever lurks in their past.)

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama should agree if they stop the on-the-ground campaigning but continue with the media ads and the debates. The on-the-ground campaigning is what takes up most of the candidate's time. There are only 3 debates and they can't be more than a couple of hours. That leaves both candidates more than enough time to face their senate duties.

If McCain doesn't agree to that, then it shows that he isn't bi-partisan and this was all a political stunt.

Posted by: Paul | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps you should also mention that Obama is NUMBER TWO in campaign contributions received from Fannie and Freddie. It is fact, look it up. Oh, and look at the demographics of that ABC poll before cheering about the "9 point lead". I suggest you do more homework before casting your vote...just a thought.

Posted by: Dave | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain's derailin'
His campaign's failin'
His supporters are wailin'
The voters are bailin'

Posted by: What rhymes with Sarah Palin? | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

jamesT: hate to burst your bubble, but it WAS Obama's idea. at least he approached McCain about a joint statement and agreement on action. While waiting for a reply, someone came up with the cheap political stunt of acting unilaterally without mentioning the Obama approach, to look like a leader while Obama was waiting for a reply and couldn't say anything. Now Obama is limited to looking like a follower, or calling McCain on it and looking like a whiner.

transparent, desparate, cheap political stunt, but what else is new.

as for the debate - I suppose McCain was going to stay up late on Friday and personally work on the pricing mechanisms for the credit default swap purchases? yeah, right. just a piece of the stunt. what a joke of a way to pretend to be a statesman

Posted by: JoeT | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, as someone who was thinking of supporting McCain, I can state that he's lost my vote. I may not vote for Obama, but I'm certainly not going to vote for McCain, who seems to have gone wobbly on us, precisely when we need him to stand up.

Unfortunately for Republicans, his attempt to delay the debate seems to be a stunt.

Posted by: superdude | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Lynn Parker WHINE WHINE WHINE, GO BACK AND JOIN YOUR LITTLE FEMINIST GROUP WHERE YOU CAN EVEN GET A FIRST HUSBAND, LET ALONE A SECOND HAHAHA

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Barack. You give good speeches, but you didn't really think you were going to get elected as President? Drop the commie socialist thing and maybe we'll take you seriously. Come back again in 4 years and we'll see what we can work out for you.

Posted by: No hard feelings | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey McCain! On your way to DC make sure you grab your old buddy CHARLES KEATING! This ain't the first rodeo for either of you, eh?

And if you don't show Friday - how about refunding the money I shelled out to go to Ole Miss to see a man (who happens to be black) debate for the presidency. Does anyone remember Ole Miss was forcibly integrated by federal troops in 1962??? This debate is going to make history and I sure hope it happens.

Posted by: JEN in MS | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"First Palin, now McCain.

Will anyone stand up to run for the Republican Party?"

i beleive biden's "chuck" would like to...oh god bless him...everybody else stand up for chuck!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The man reeks of desperation.

Posted by: Oscar | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad the republican party turned out to be the anti-american party of facism and greed.

Refusing to obey the law, hiding from the press, refusing to show up for honest debates, pointing fingers and running scared, destroying the country for personal gain, etc.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's lost my vote. I don't need a president that says he puts country first but punctuates it with borderline dishonest schemes and redundant half-truths.

Posted by: Reginald | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

STOP Suspending and be a LEADER! I feel like our country has no captain at the helm. My only hope is Biden.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Schmidt is full of sheet.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, he's lost my vote. I don't need a president that says he puts country first but punctuates it with borderline dishonest schemes and redundant half-truths.

Posted by: Reginald | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM

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Couldn't agree more. That Obama was a pest, wasn't he?

Posted by: Running with Scissors | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

It would seem to be me that the president of the United States should be able to manage more than one demand on his/her time. McCain's call for a suspension of compaigning and the debates would suggest he is incapable of handling the presidency. This is obviously a ploy to stem Obama's surge in the polls and at the same time delay or cancel any debate (where he is unlikely to distinguish himself). McCain is just trying to figure out how to get away with more lies. McCain calls himself a reformer - why isn't he trying to change what is really wrong with our campaign laws. It is not just the campaign financing, it is also about blatant distortion of facts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh yes, it is important for the elitist ivy league debater to get up and use the teleprompter (oh sorry, the one he has been practicing on the last 20 months instead of passing legislation). Ghee, can your little itty bitty debate wait a few days until Monday while we work on the greatest disaster since the stock market crash in 1929? Democraps are in control and with idiots like Pelosi and Reid (oh yeah has anyone mentioned that he pushed through sub prime hell as did 34 other democrats) and was responsible for some of this mess himself? Trust the Democraps? Hell, I would run to Washington ASAP before they all have tax payers foot the bill for foreign abortions like they do domestic ones.

Posted by: TheTruth08 | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

"If you support Obama please drive with your lights on during the daylight hours!!
If you support McCain please drive with your lights off during the nightime hours!!

happy voting......"

like obama voters can afford cars! good one.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

John can't remember what he is suppose to say, Carl Rove is frustrated repeating the lines, and Sarah can't be trusted to stand in and do the man's job.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a paddlin and Palins a bailin,but the water will soon be to deep for either to stay afloat.

Posted by: 1 | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the Anti-Christ. No way/no how!

Posted by: Nick | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@Concerned Citizen
Ah hahaha.. three. That's rich.

Posted by: ^_^ | September 24, 2008 5:31 PM

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So from your comment, Joe should stay on the road and forget his senatorial duties.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The American people need to hear what the candidates think about the current financial problem. If McCain can't do it, then Obama should take the full time to answer questions.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Hi Really
You are such an illiterate racist. This is just another political ploy by McCain anyone who can not see this is just as silly as he is.

Posted by: Mich | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

What he meant was the Obama voters that are not illegal aliens or dead like the ones that usually vote in the elections for Democraps

Posted by: TheTruth08 | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh no...so does that mean that Sarah "lipstick on a pitt bull" Palin is the Repuke candidate until McSame get's back on the campaign trail?, lol...Go get em' Pitt...I mean Sarah, I say you should go and debate Obama; I mean after all you do have more executive experience than does he...don't you?...no really you do...don't you?, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The whole of Congress is available for this. I can understand both candidates wanting to have say but they only have two votes between them. As presidential candidates they have no more say than other Senators. Given that one of them will ultimately have to run with the decision is a downside they have to live with until they take office and can change things.

This is political posturing by McCain pure and simple. He has not taken time to prepare and feels exposed - or is there another maybe health related reason?

Posted by: cataplasm | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Are those white feathers on his head?

McChicken.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin likes to shoot wolves from helicopters.

Posted by: woves again palin | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The Many Lies Of Barack Obama

1.) Selma Got Me Born - Lie, you were born in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.

2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - Lie, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - Lie, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had

4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - Lie, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in many years.

5.) My Name is African Swahili - Lie, your name is Arabic and 'Baraka' (from which Barack came) means 'blessed' in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

6.) I Never Practiced Islam - Lie, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

7.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - Lie, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

8.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - Lie, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

9.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - Lie, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn't even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.

10.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - Lie, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.

11.) An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - Lie, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

12.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - Lie, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

13.) I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08 - Lie, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

14.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois - Lie, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 PRESENT VOTES.

15.) Oops, I Misvoted - Lie, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

16.) I Was A Professor Of Law - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

17.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

18.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - Lie, you didn't write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

19.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - Lie, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

20.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - Lie, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

21.) I Have Released My State Records - Lie, as of May, 1 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

22.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - Lie, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

23.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - Lie, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

24.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - Lie, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

25.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - Lie, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

26.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA - Lie, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

27.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - Lie, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

28.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet - Lie, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

29.) I Didn't Run Ads In Florida - Lie, you ran ads ONLY along the florida border as well as national ads in an attempt to reach Florida voters 8-12 times per day for two weeks - and you still lost.

30.) I Won Michigan - Lie, no you didn't.

31.) I won Nevada - Lie, no you did not.

32.) I Want All Votes To Count - Lie, you said let the delegates decide, and you have fought to have another primary in Michigan or Florida.

33.) I Want Americans To Decide - Lie, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.

34.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - Lie, you passed 26, most of which you didn't write yourself.

35.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend - Lie, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has finally stopped saying this.

36.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - Lie, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer (a fellow democrat that wanted you to replace her in the next term) from running against you by challenging ALL of her signatures and thus running unopposed.

37.) I Don't Take PAC Money - Lie, you take loads of it. The Obama PAC is the largest PAC in the US Senate. I dare Obama supporters to go look this up.

38.) I don't Have Lobbyists - Lie, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

39.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - Lie, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.

40.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace - Lie, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this to MySpace clients.

41.) I Inspire People With My Words - Lie, you inspire people with other people's words.

42.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate - Lie, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate - for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.

43.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - Lie, you weren't in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date in Iraq - AGAIN.

44.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - Lie, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don't have to buy it.

45.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail - Lie, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no records of any such letters ever being created or sent.

46.) My Wife Didn't Mean What She Said About Pride In Country - Lie, your wife's words follow lock-step in the vein of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.

47.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn't Support - Lie, your wife has received nearly a quater of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.

48.) Treehouse Is A Small Company - Lie, the CEO of Treehouse last year, made more than the CEO of Wal-Mart, according to public records.

49.) University Of Chicago Hospital Pay Is Fair - Lie, your wife's pay raise was nearly 150% her already bloated rate (going from $120K to $320K weeks after you got into the US Senate and tried to get a $1 million pork project for the very same hospital) and the hospital is a Non-Profit Hospital, which made $100,000,000 in the last 3 years. They overcharge blacks VS whites for services, and overcharge everyone in general by 538%!

50.) I Barely Know Rezko - Only 5 Billed Hours - Lie, you have known him for 17 years, and decided to do a real estate deal with him during a time when he was proven to be under investigation. Despite this, you divided your property and had them take off $300K before the mortgage problems started. Then Rezko's wife buys the lot beside it that you can't afford, saving you $625,000.

51.) My Donations Have Been Checked Thoroughly - Lie, you only gave back Hsu ($72K [Yes, the same Hsu, Obama supporters try to tie Clinton to]) and Rezko (first $66K, then when caught lying $86K, then when caught lying again $150K and now caught lying YET AGAIN, it's $250k) their money when publically called on their involvement in your campaigns.

52.) My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church - Lie, your church is so extreme, the pastor who married you, Rev. Wright, just got done blaming the US for 9/11 and named Louis Farrahkan their person of the year.

53.) I Disagree With My Church All The Time - Lie, you only recently repudiated Wright, who married you and your wife, and you still donate large sums of money to assist the church in furthering its message - hatred and revenge. You donated in 2006 alone, $22,500 to the church that you so terribly disagree with. That is nearly $500 PER WEEK - that sure is disagreement, Senator Obama.

54.) I Have Clean Connections Despite Rezko - Lie, you are not only connected to Exelon and Rezko, you are also connected to Hillary PAC supporter Mr. Hsu, AND an Iraqi Billionaire of ill repute, Nadhmi Auchi, who ripped off people in the Food For Oil, Iraqi deal. Mr. Auchi was also found guilt in another political corruption scandal (largest in France since WWII). And this is one of Obamas' good supporters that paid millions into the Obama campaign.

55.) I never heard sermons like Rev. Wright's, that have been in videos all day, You Tube - Lie! 3 days later during your Mea Culpa speech you said "Did I hear controversial statements while I sat in that church? Yes I did." FLIP-FLOPER

56.) The Passport Invasion is a conspiracy to find dirt on me! - Lie. Your own Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor is the CEO of the company that looked into your records. Could it be that you had them look into yours to hide the fact you looked into Clinton's and McCain's more than a year before!

57.) Rev. Meeks has nothing to do with my campaigning - Lie. Rev. Meeks appeared in ads for your Senate Campaign, donated to you, and helped raise money, then AND NOW. He also seems to despise America as much as Rev. Wright.

58.) My wife didn't mean America is ignorant, she was just using a phrase - Lie. Again, MicHELLe's comments are perfectly in sync with Wright's, Meeks', and Farrakhans, both in language, anger, and direction.

59.) I am very Anti-Terror - Lie. One of your good pals is long time radical and terrorist William Ayers, with whom you have been seen in the last 12 months and who has helped the now jailed khalidi, Professor at Columbia who invited Ahmadinejad to the University, to raise money for Palestinian terrorism attacks against Israel. PS - Your church published a pro Hamas Manifesto - guess you weren't there on THAT Sunday either? How lucky for you.

60.) I have the best plan to cure the Mortgage Crisis - Lie. You and your campaign buddy Penny 'SubPrime Bank Collapse' Prizker have had your little fingers full of subprime cash - Obama has taken $1,180,103 from the top issuers of subprime loans: Obama received $266,907 from Lehman, $5395 from GMAC, $150,850 from Credit Suisse First Boston, $11,250 from Countrywide, $9052 from Washington Mutual, $161,850 from Citigroup, $4600 from CBASS, $170,050 from Morgan Stanley, $1150 from Centex, and last but certainly NOT LEAST - Obama received $351,900 from Goldman Sachs. I am sure that cash all came from folks who knew the subprime loan they had was a dream, eh?

61.) I played greater role in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion - Lie - It was found that Obama -- the day after sitting for the interview -- filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama's own handwritten notes added to one answer. Read Obama had greater role on liberal survey.

Posted by: The Many Lies Of Barack Obama | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe there just wasn't enough time to fit McCain's suit with the earpieces that they give the Republican candidate in a debate. i.e. George W. Bush. Week third world crap!

Posted by: JAR | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Well why do you need to be in DC?

Ever heard of conference calls?

Email?

Just more grandstanding on McCains part. Also is McCain or Obama on any of the senate committees responsible for this package?

Posted by: KAS | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

After almost 8 yrs of George Bush,its amazing anyone can afford cars,but yep we have them and we'll be driving to vote for Obama.IF we didnt,we would walk to get there!!no thanks to the republican party..

Posted by: 1 | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Come back again in 4 years and we'll see what we can work out for you."

thats how get the job as editor of the law review. and the comunity organizer gig. and the state senator gig. when will this dude get peter-principled out? seems like he was promoted to his top level of incompetence 'round 1989. i think we have a new principle: the obama principle.

never do anything at your current job and always be trying out for the next higher rung on the job ladder. by the time they figure out you havent done anything and that you are incompetent your already gone. up. perhaps we can just vote him ruler of the obysmalon galaxy. and then they can try to figure out what to do with him. sheesh.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Nick

the Evangelical Party = the evil angel = the anti-christ.

The Republican Party is the Evangelical Party of the Evil Angel, i.e., the anti-christ.

et al James and Tammy Baker, Ted Haggart, Pat Robertson, Ostein, John Haggy....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

mcCoward won't debate? He can't take half a day off of his senate duties to attend a debate that was planned months in advance?

The financial crisis is not like 9/11. It didn't come unexpected. Doesn't McCain have a cell phone that he can use to tell the folks in washington his two cents. There are 97 other senators out there plus all of the congress plus the tresury secretary plus a whole slew of financial experts. I think they should be able to resolve this problem without the attendance of McCoward, Obama and Biden. McCoward himself has said he is not good on economics. What is he going to contribute by running to washington? I think Tom Brokaw should tie McCoward to the podium and make him debate with Obama.
This is no time for an excuse.

Posted by: Mike Tully | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

macaine has palling super hottie so he wins!! or else you are sexist pig with lipstick. she got experiance today at un so democracy party dummies cant say she stupid now. she talket to leaders!!! palling and macaine gonna get big time payback for all countries who dont follow orders. and torture to democracy party dummies for voting obama.

Posted by: dave miner | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"The ObaBots are just unhappy that Hussein Obsama didn't think of this first. "

He did think of it first, yokel. He called McCain to propose a joint statement and McBrain turned around and pulled this "honor" crap. Yeah, your man is a true hero.

Posted by: Quidpro | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama should go on at least on Friday and explain to the nation what he proposes since the CHICKEN has run! We need some answers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I suppose we can all look forward to John McCain suspending his campaign once again in late October, when he's even farther behind in the polls and facing electoral disaster in every state except - maybe - Arizona and Alaska.

But it will be difficult for him to come up with a plausible reason to postpone the election, whose date is set by the US Constitution.

But he can try. Maybe: "This election is too important to allow it to occur next week!"

Posted by: Dennis Berry | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

There are a couple easy responss for Obama,

(1) Offer to stop campaigning until debate time and have the debate as scheduled in Washington and on TV.

(2) Offer Biden up to take Obama's place in Friday's debate as long as McCain puts up Palin. If Biden and Palin want to be "back-up" presidents, let them step up and be back-up presidential debaters. FRIDAY!

Either response will dispatch this Rovian ploy for what it is. Also, the voters will get to see their candidates in action.

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Many lies,hmm that name fits the entire republican party........HA HAAAA

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain is tanking in the polls (see today's ABC Poll). This is a desperate political ploy to try to reverse that trend. I hope it will backfire on him.

Even Palin says she is able to multitask. Why can't McCain do the same?

Posted by: whatnow | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It would be best for the economy and the nation's defenses if McCain would step aside from this race, Yes President Palin,
Yikeeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by: Benny | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm new to the D.C. area and have just started reading the Washington Post. Are all the opinion writers Obama supporters? Please let me know if there are any non-Obama supporters that write for the Post so that I can get some other points of view. Or, better yet, is there an unbiased newspaper in the area? Thanks for any help.

Posted by: Kenny | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Here is what will happen:

November 2008:
Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden will be elected President and Vice President of the United States of America!
Democrats will expand majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives!
Proposition h8 (actually Proposition 8, but it may as well be named Proposition h8) in California will be defeated!

January 2009:
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States!

November 2010:
California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi will be elected Governor of California! San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be elected Lieutenant Governor of California! Former San Jose Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez will be elected Mayor of San Jose!

January 2011:
California Governor-elect John Garamendi will be inaugurated Governor of California! California Lieutenant Governor-elect Gavin Newsom will be inaugurated Lieutenant Governor of California! San Jose Mayor-elect Cindy Chavez will be inaugurated Mayor of San Jose!

November 2012:
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be re-elected President and Vice President of the United States of America! Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be re-elected one of New York's Senators of the United States of America!

January 2013:
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be re-inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States of America! Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be re-inaugurated one of New York's Senators of the United States of America!

November 2014:
California Governor John Garamendi will be re-elected Governor of California! California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will be re-elected Lieutenant Governor of California! San Jose Mayor Cindy Chavez will be re-elected Mayor of San Jose!

January 2015:
California Governor John Garamendi will be re-inaugurated Governor of California! California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will be re-inaugurated Lieutenant Governor of California! San Jose Mayor Cindy Chavez will be re-inaugurated Mayor of San Jose!

November 2016:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be elected President of the United States of America!

January 2017:
President-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton will be inaugurated President of the United States of America!

November 2018:
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will be elected Governor of California! San Jose Mayor Cindy Chavez will be elected Lieutenant Governor of California!

January 2019:
California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom will be inaugurated Governor of California! California Lieutenant Governor-elect Cindy Chavez will be inaugurated Lieutenant Governor of California!

November 2020:
President Hillary Rodham Clinton will be re-elected President of the United States of America!

January 2021:
President Hillary Rodham Clinton will be re-inaugurated President of the United States of America!

November 2022:
California Governor Gavin Newsom will be re-elected Governor of California! California Lieutenant Governor Cindy Chavez will be re-elected Lieutenant Governor of California!

January 2023:
California Governor Gavin Newsom will be re-inaugurated Governor of California! California Lieutenant Governor Cindy Chavez will be re-inaugurated Lieutenant Governor of California!

November 2024:
California Governor Gavin Newsom will be elected President of the United States of America!

January 2025:
President-elect Gavin Newsom will be inaugurated President of the United States of America! California Lieutenant Governor Cindy Chavez will take office as Governor of California!

November 2026:
California Governor Cindy Chavez will be elected Governor of California!

January 2027:
California Governor Cindy Chavez will be inaugurated Governor of California!

November 2028:
President Gavin Newsom will be re-elected President of the United States of America!

January 2029:
President Gavin Newsom will be re-inaugurated President of the United States of America!

November 2030:
California Governor Cindy Chavez will be re-elected Governor of California!

January 2031:
California Governor Cindy Chavez will be re-inaugurated Governor of California!

November 2032:
California Governor Cindy Chavez will be elected President of the United States of America!

Posted by: A Proud Patriotic American | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

how about switching dates for the vp and pres debates? or does the gov have to solve the national crisis too? i'm sure she's ready...after all, she never blinks.

Posted by: Chris | September 24, 2008 4:30 PM
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Excellent idea Chris...I'm sure offering this one would change McSame's mind in an instant, lol...Now that's putting country first...giving us a comedy break after having watched our country give away $700 Billion of our hard earned money.

Posted by: Beingsensible | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain is stealing what is or was the North Carolina license plate slogan: First in Flight. I thought the Palin pick pander would be hard to outdo, but the Rove gang running McCain's campaign shows that desperation knows no bounds.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes lets have BIDEN PALIN WE the PEOPLE want answers not BS

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes lets have BIDEN PALIN WE the PEOPLE want answers not BS

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes lets have BIDEN PALIN WE the PEOPLE want answers not BS

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...according to Obama this is a significant economic problem that will be inherited by the next president.

What does he propose...words of course, only this time he invites McCain to joining him in bipartisan rhetoric.

McCain knows it will take more than words to resolve this very expensive problem, so he invites Obama to come to Washington and actually do something in a bipartisan way about the problem. I mean after all they both are still senators right?

Obama balks and instead proposes the problem would be better addressed with more "words" by having the debate as scheduled.

Like Hillary said...McCain brings experience and Obama brings a speech. She nailed it.

Posted by: dan | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain to 'suspend' his flagging campaign in order to turn attention away from his inability to convince anyone that he hasn't been in favor of the philosophy that led to this mess all along and, don't tell anyone, thereby convey the idea that he's providing leadership and thereby make Obama look bad and boost his flagging campaign in the process. Nice try Karl!

Posted by: Steve C | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

While I applaud Senator McCain's "country first" attitude by going back to Washington to help with a bailout plan, I'm simply amused by the amount of people on this blog that take journalism as some type of "faith" or "bible" written by a bunch of holy self proclaimed idiots. Journalism isn't about reporting the truth anymore - it's about making a buck and telling their "opinions". The Washington Post - The New York Times - the last place I'd be looking to get the truth about any political story. But you can sure read some funny stuff written by a bunch of fiction writers leaning left. What's even more amusing is the amount of people that take what these "journalists" write and say "God has spoken" so it must be true. Ha ha, funny stuff. And the Polls - well I've never known a poll to elect a president. There's a silent majority out there just waiting for the voting booths to open up. That's the majority that never participates in polling. Polls sure make these media outlets lots of bucks though. Look at all the idiots on this blog who site the polls as some type of gospel. Too bad most of them read the polls more than they do the real bible. I trust the candidates more than I trust the media and the way they report what the candidates say.

btw everyone - isn't it ironic that during the Clinton years the Republicans held the purse strings of Congress. After all it's Congress who spends our money. The press is quick to point out how good of shape the economy was in while there was a Democratic president but fail to educate you on the fact that the president doesn't spend or appropriate the funds, it's congress that does. The Democrats have held the purse strings while George Bush has been in office. Looks like they've shown me how thrifty they are with our money. Just look at the state of the ecomony and the growing deficate. I'm like the vast silent majority in the country just waiting to see who is the real leader of these two candidates. Looks like one might be emerging.

Posted by: Roundup Logan | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

My my how the loosers rage! Obama will NOT win. We dont need a crack head Muslim running America. We like putting our hand over our hearts and singing GOD BLESS AMEIRCA. And you think you can sway a vote by saying he is in the lead? Ha. The media needs to learn America has a brain. We LOVE America and no media can tell us how to vote.

Posted by: dc | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...according to Obama this is a significant economic problem that will be inherited by the next president.

What does he propose...words of course, only this time he invites McCain to joining him in bipartisan rhetoric.

McCain knows it will take more than words to resolve this very expensive problem, so he invites Obama to come to Washington and actually do something in a bipartisan way about the problem. I mean after all they both are still senators right?

Obama balks and instead proposes the problem would be better addressed with more "words" by having the debate as scheduled.

Like Hillary said...McCain brings experience and Obama brings a speech. She nailed it.

BTW, the topic of the debate is foreign policy, not the economy. Obama is just spewing more "words".

Posted by: dan | September 24, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

For all you NFL football fans out there, I got to call it like I see it, this is the political equivalent of what's called taking a timeout and 'attempting to ice the kicker' during the final few seconds of the 4th quarter while your opponent is in the red zone ready to score. How pathetic!!! Everyone knows the old man ain't got what it takes to win this election let alone to fix this economy!

Some people blame Alzheimers, other's blame the fact that he's old and out of touch with reality! Others blame the North Vietnamese communists. I blame none of these, rather I blame his campaign focus. His problem stems from the fact that his game plan has always been about 1)National Defense and 2) Obama's inexperience. Did you notice during the GOP convention, that the Economy and its decay was never an important issue? and now BOOM LO and behold!! Now its the single most important event in US History? So important that it requires John McCain's presence back in the Senate? Oh give me a break! I thought the fundamental structure of the economy was healthy and the recession was just a figment of our imaginations? I thought we were just a nation of whiners?

Either way I know a punk move when I see it. I'm not fooled!!

Posted by: Milton | September 24, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

If you say it 5 million times like Obama says things over and over, maybe the brainless will absorb it!

The Many Lies Of Barack Obama

1.) Selma Got Me Born - Lie, you were born in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.

2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - Lie, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - Lie, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had

4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - Lie, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in many years.

5.) My Name is African Swahili - Lie, your name is Arabic and 'Baraka' (from which Barack came) means 'blessed' in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

6.) I Never Practiced Islam - Lie, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

7.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - Lie, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

8.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - Lie, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

9.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - Lie, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn't even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.

10.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - Lie, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.

11.) An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - Lie, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

12.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - Lie, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

13.) I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08 - Lie, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

14.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois - Lie, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 PRESENT VOTES.

15.) Oops, I Misvoted - Lie, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

16.) I Was A Professor Of Law - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

17.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

18.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - Lie, you didn't write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

19.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - Lie, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

20.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - Lie, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

21.) I Have Released My State Records - Lie, as of May, 1 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

22.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - Lie, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

23.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - Lie, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

24.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - Lie, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

25.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - Lie, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

26.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA - Lie, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

27.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - Lie, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

28.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet - Lie, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

29.) I Didn't Run Ads In Florida - Lie, you ran ads ONLY along the florida border as well as national ads in an attempt to reach Florida voters 8-12 times per day for two weeks - and you still lost.

30.) I Won Michigan - Lie, no you didn't.

31.) I won Nevada - Lie, no you did not.

32.) I Want All Votes To Count - Lie, you said let the delegates decide, and you have fought to have another primary in Michigan or Florida.

33.) I Want Americans To Decide - Lie, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.

34.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - Lie, you passed 26, most of which you didn't write yourself.

35.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend - Lie, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has finally stopped saying this.

36.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - Lie, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer (a fellow democrat that wanted you to replace her in the next term) from running against you by challenging ALL of her signatures and thus running unopposed.

37.) I Don't Take PAC Money - Lie, you take loads of it. The Obama PAC is the largest PAC in the US Senate. I dare Obama supporters to go look this up.

38.) I don't Have Lobbyists - Lie, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

39.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - Lie, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.

40.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace - Lie, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this to MySpace clients.

41.) I Inspire People With My Words - Lie, you inspire people with other people's words.

42.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate - Lie, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate - for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.

43.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - Lie, you weren't in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date in Iraq - AGAIN.

44.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - Lie, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don't have to buy it.

45.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail - Lie, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no records of any such letters ever being created or sent.

46.) My Wife Didn't Mean What She Said About Pride In Country - Lie, your wife's words follow lock-step in the vein of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.

47.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn't Support - Lie, your wife has received nearly a quater of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.

48.) Treehouse Is A Small Company - Lie, the CEO of Treehouse last year, made more than the CEO of Wal-Mart, according to public records.

49.) University Of Chicago Hospital Pay Is Fair - Lie, your wife's pay raise was nearly 150% her already bloated rate (going from $120K to $320K weeks after you got into the US Senate and tried to get a $1 million pork project for the very same hospital) and the hospital is a Non-Profit Hospital, which made $100,000,000 in the last 3 years. They overcharge blacks VS whites for services, and overcharge everyone in general by 538%!

50.) I Barely Know Rezko - Only 5 Billed Hours - Lie, you have known him for 17 years, and decided to do a real estate deal with him during a time when he was proven to be under investigation. Despite this, you divided your property and had them take off $300K before the mortgage problems started. Then Rezko's wife buys the lot beside it that you can't afford, saving you $625,000.

51.) My Donations Have Been Checked Thoroughly - Lie, you only gave back Hsu ($72K [Yes, the same Hsu, Obama supporters try to tie Clinton to]) and Rezko (first $66K, then when caught lying $86K, then when caught lying again $150K and now caught lying YET AGAIN, it's $250k) their money when publically called on their involvement in your campaigns.

52.) My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church - Lie, your church is so extreme, the pastor who married you, Rev. Wright, just got done blaming the US for 9/11 and named Louis Farrahkan their person of the year.

53.) I Disagree With My Church All The Time - Lie, you only recently repudiated Wright, who married you and your wife, and you still donate large sums of money to assist the church in furthering its message - hatred and revenge. You donated in 2006 alone, $22,500 to the church that you so terribly disagree with. That is nearly $500 PER WEEK - that sure is disagreement, Senator Obama.

54.) I Have Clean Connections Despite Rezko - Lie, you are not only connected to Exelon and Rezko, you are also connected to Hillary PAC supporter Mr. Hsu, AND an Iraqi Billionaire of ill repute, Nadhmi Auchi, who ripped off people in the Food For Oil, Iraqi deal. Mr. Auchi was also found guilt in another political corruption scandal (largest in France since WWII). And this is one of Obamas' good supporters that paid millions into the Obama campaign.

55.) I never heard sermons like Rev. Wright's, that have been in videos all day, You Tube - Lie! 3 days later during your Mea Culpa speech you said "Did I hear controversial statements while I sat in that church? Yes I did." FLIP-FLOPER

56.) The Passport Invasion is a conspiracy to find dirt on me! - Lie. Your own Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor is the CEO of the company that looked into your records. Could it be that you had them look into yours to hide the fact you looked into Clinton's and McCain's more than a year before!

57.) Rev. Meeks has nothing to do with my campaigning - Lie. Rev. Meeks appeared in ads for your Senate Campaign, donated to you, and helped raise money, then AND NOW. He also seems to despise America as much as Rev. Wright.

58.) My wife didn't mean America is ignorant, she was just using a phrase - Lie. Again, MicHELLe's comments are perfectly in sync with Wright's, Meeks', and Farrakhans, both in language, anger, and direction.

59.) I am very Anti-Terror - Lie. One of your good pals is long time radical and terrorist William Ayers, with whom you have been seen in the last 12 months and who has helped the now jailed khalidi, Professor at Columbia who invited Ahmadinejad to the University, to raise money for Palestinian terrorism attacks against Israel. PS - Your church published a pro Hamas Manifesto - guess you weren't there on THAT Sunday either? How lucky for you.

60.) I have the best plan to cure the Mortgage Crisis - Lie. You and your campaign buddy Penny 'SubPrime Bank Collapse' Prizker have had your little fingers full of subprime cash - Obama has taken $1,180,103 from the top issuers of subprime loans: Obama received $266,907 from Lehman, $5395 from GMAC, $150,850 from Credit Suisse First Boston, $11,250 from Countrywide, $9052 from Washington Mutual, $161,850 from Citigroup, $4600 from CBASS, $170,050 from Morgan Stanley, $1150 from Centex, and last but certainly NOT LEAST - Obama received $351,900 from Goldman Sachs. I am sure that cash all came from folks who knew the subprime loan they had was a dream, eh?

61.) I played greater role in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion - Lie - It was found that Obama -- the day after sitting for the interview -- filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama's own handwritten notes added to one answer. Read Obama had greater role on liberal survey.

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

If you say it 5 million times like Obama says things over and over, maybe the brainless will absorb it!

The Many Lies Of Barack Obama

1.) Selma Got Me Born - Lie, you were born in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.

2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - Lie, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - Lie, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had

4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - Lie, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in many years.

5.) My Name is African Swahili - Lie, your name is Arabic and 'Baraka' (from which Barack came) means 'blessed' in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

6.) I Never Practiced Islam - Lie, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

7.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - Lie, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

8.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - Lie, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

9.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - Lie, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn't even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.

10.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - Lie, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.

11.) An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - Lie, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

12.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - Lie, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

13.) I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08 - Lie, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

14.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois - Lie, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 PRESENT VOTES.

15.) Oops, I Misvoted - Lie, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

16.) I Was A Professor Of Law - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

17.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

18.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - Lie, you didn't write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

19.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - Lie, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

20.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - Lie, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

21.) I Have Released My State Records - Lie, as of May, 1 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

22.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - Lie, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

23.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - Lie, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

24.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - Lie, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

25.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - Lie, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

26.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA - Lie, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

27.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - Lie, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

28.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet - Lie, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

29.) I Didn't Run Ads In Florida - Lie, you ran ads ONLY along the florida border as well as national ads in an attempt to reach Florida voters 8-12 times per day for two weeks - and you still lost.

30.) I Won Michigan - Lie, no you didn't.

31.) I won Nevada - Lie, no you did not.

32.) I Want All Votes To Count - Lie, you said let the delegates decide, and you have fought to have another primary in Michigan or Florida.

33.) I Want Americans To Decide - Lie, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.

34.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - Lie, you passed 26, most of which you didn't write yourself.

35.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend - Lie, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has finally stopped saying this.

36.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - Lie, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer (a fellow democrat that wanted you to replace her in the next term) from running against you by challenging ALL of her signatures and thus running unopposed.

37.) I Don't Take PAC Money - Lie, you take loads of it. The Obama PAC is the largest PAC in the US Senate. I dare Obama supporters to go look this up.

38.) I don't Have Lobbyists - Lie, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

39.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - Lie, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.

40.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace - Lie, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this to MySpace clients.

41.) I Inspire People With My Words - Lie, you inspire people with other people's words.

42.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate - Lie, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate - for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.

43.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - Lie, you weren't in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date in Iraq - AGAIN.

44.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - Lie, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don't have to buy it.

45.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail - Lie, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no records of any such letters ever being created or sent.

46.) My Wife Didn't Mean What She Said About Pride In Country - Lie, your wife's words follow lock-step in the vein of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.

47.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn't Support - Lie, your wife has received nearly a quater of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.

48.) Treehouse Is A Small Company - Lie, the CEO of Treehouse last year, made more than the CEO of Wal-Mart, according to public records.

49.) University Of Chicago Hospital Pay Is Fair - Lie, your wife's pay raise was nearly 150% her already bloated rate (going from $120K to $320K weeks after you got into the US Senate and tried to get a $1 million pork project for the very same hospital) and the hospital is a Non-Profit Hospital, which made $100,000,000 in the last 3 years. They overcharge blacks VS whites for services, and overcharge everyone in general by 538%!

50.) I Barely Know Rezko - Only 5 Billed Hours - Lie, you have known him for 17 years, and decided to do a real estate deal with him during a time when he was proven to be under investigation. Despite this, you divided your property and had them take off $300K before the mortgage problems started. Then Rezko's wife buys the lot beside it that you can't afford, saving you $625,000.

51.) My Donations Have Been Checked Thoroughly - Lie, you only gave back Hsu ($72K [Yes, the same Hsu, Obama supporters try to tie Clinton to]) and Rezko (first $66K, then when caught lying $86K, then when caught lying again $150K and now caught lying YET AGAIN, it's $250k) their money when publically called on their involvement in your campaigns.

52.) My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church - Lie, your church is so extreme, the pastor who married you, Rev. Wright, just got done blaming the US for 9/11 and named Louis Farrahkan their person of the year.

53.) I Disagree With My Church All The Time - Lie, you only recently repudiated Wright, who married you and your wife, and you still donate large sums of money to assist the church in furthering its message - hatred and revenge. You donated in 2006 alone, $22,500 to the church that you so terribly disagree with. That is nearly $500 PER WEEK - that sure is disagreement, Senator Obama.

54.) I Have Clean Connections Despite Rezko - Lie, you are not only connected to Exelon and Rezko, you are also connected to Hillary PAC supporter Mr. Hsu, AND an Iraqi Billionaire of ill repute, Nadhmi Auchi, who ripped off people in the Food For Oil, Iraqi deal. Mr. Auchi was also found guilt in another political corruption scandal (largest in France since WWII). And this is one of Obamas' good supporters that paid millions into the Obama campaign.

55.) I never heard sermons like Rev. Wright's, that have been in videos all day, You Tube - Lie! 3 days later during your Mea Culpa speech you said "Did I hear controversial statements while I sat in that church? Yes I did." FLIP-FLOPER

56.) The Passport Invasion is a conspiracy to find dirt on me! - Lie. Your own Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor is the CEO of the company that looked into your records. Could it be that you had them look into yours to hide the fact you looked into Clinton's and McCain's more than a year before!

57.) Rev. Meeks has nothing to do with my campaigning - Lie. Rev. Meeks appeared in ads for your Senate Campaign, donated to you, and helped raise money, then AND NOW. He also seems to despise America as much as Rev. Wright.

58.) My wife didn't mean America is ignorant, she was just using a phrase - Lie. Again, MicHELLe's comments are perfectly in sync with Wright's, Meeks', and Farrakhans, both in language, anger, and direction.

59.) I am very Anti-Terror - Lie. One of your good pals is long time radical and terrorist William Ayers, with whom you have been seen in the last 12 months and who has helped the now jailed khalidi, Professor at Columbia who invited Ahmadinejad to the University, to raise money for Palestinian terrorism attacks against Israel. PS - Your church published a pro Hamas Manifesto - guess you weren't there on THAT Sunday either? How lucky for you.

60.) I have the best plan to cure the Mortgage Crisis - Lie. You and your campaign buddy Penny 'SubPrime Bank Collapse' Prizker have had your little fingers full of subprime cash - Obama has taken $1,180,103 from the top issuers of subprime loans: Obama received $266,907 from Lehman, $5395 from GMAC, $150,850 from Credit Suisse First Boston, $11,250 from Countrywide, $9052 from Washington Mutual, $161,850 from Citigroup, $4600 from CBASS, $170,050 from Morgan Stanley, $1150 from Centex, and last but certainly NOT LEAST - Obama received $351,900 from Goldman Sachs. I am sure that cash all came from folks who knew the subprime loan they had was a dream, eh?

61.) I played greater role in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion - Lie - It was found that Obama -- the day after sitting for the interview -- filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama's own handwritten notes added to one answer. Read Obama had greater role on liberal survey.

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

If you say it 5 million times like Obama says things over and over, maybe the brainless will absorb it!

The Many Lies Of Barack Obama

1.) Selma Got Me Born - Lie, you were born in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.

2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - Lie, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - Lie, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had

4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - Lie, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in many years.

5.) My Name is African Swahili - Lie, your name is Arabic and 'Baraka' (from which Barack came) means 'blessed' in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

6.) I Never Practiced Islam - Lie, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

7.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - Lie, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

8.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - Lie, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

9.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - Lie, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn't even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.

10.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - Lie, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.

11.) An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - Lie, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

12.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - Lie, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.

13.) I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08 - Lie, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

14.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois - Lie, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 PRESENT VOTES.

15.) Oops, I Misvoted - Lie, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

16.) I Was A Professor Of Law - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

17.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - Lie, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

18.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - Lie, you didn't write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

19.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - Lie, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

20.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - Lie, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

21.) I Have Released My State Records - Lie, as of May, 1 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

22.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - Lie, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

23.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - Lie, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

24.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - Lie, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

25.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - Lie, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

26.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA - Lie, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

27.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - Lie, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

28.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet - Lie, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

29.) I Didn't Run Ads In Florida - Lie, you ran ads ONLY along the florida border as well as national ads in an attempt to reach Florida voters 8-12 times per day for two weeks - and you still lost.

30.) I Won Michigan - Lie, no you didn't.

31.) I won Nevada - Lie, no you did not.

32.) I Want All Votes To Count - Lie, you said let the delegates decide, and you have fought to have another primary in Michigan or Florida.

33.) I Want Americans To Decide - Lie, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.

34.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - Lie, you passed 26, most of which you didn't write yourself.

35.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend - Lie, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has finally stopped saying this.

36.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - Lie, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer (a fellow democrat that wanted you to replace her in the next term) from running against you by challenging ALL of her signatures and thus running unopposed.

37.) I Don't Take PAC Money - Lie, you take loads of it. The Obama PAC is the largest PAC in the US Senate. I dare Obama supporters to go look this up.

38.) I don't Have Lobbyists - Lie, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

39.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - Lie, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.

40.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace - Lie, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this to MySpace clients.

41.) I Inspire People With My Words - Lie, you inspire people with other people's words.

42.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate - Lie, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate - for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.

43.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - Lie, you weren't in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date in Iraq - AGAIN.

44.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - Lie, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don't have to buy it.

45.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail - Lie, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no records of any such letters ever being created or sent.

46.) My Wife Didn't Mean What She Said About Pride In Country - Lie, your wife's words follow lock-step in the vein of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.

47.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn't Support - Lie, your wife has received nearly a quater of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.

48.) Treehouse Is A Small Company - Lie, the CEO of Treehouse last year, made more than the CEO of Wal-Mart, according to public records.

49.) University Of Chicago Hospital Pay Is Fair - Lie, your wife's pay raise was nearly 150% her already bloated rate (going from $120K to $320K weeks after you got into the US Senate and tried to get a $1 million pork project for the very same hospital) and the hospital is a Non-Profit Hospital, which made $100,000,000 in the last 3 years. They overcharge blacks VS whites for services, and overcharge everyone in general by 538%!

50.) I Barely Know Rezko - Only 5 Billed Hours - Lie, you have known him for 17 years, and decided to do a real estate deal with him during a time when he was proven to be under investigation. Despite this, you divided your property and had them take off $300K before the mortgage problems started. Then Rezko's wife buys the lot beside it that you can't afford, saving you $625,000.

51.) My Donations Have Been Checked Thoroughly - Lie, you only gave back Hsu ($72K [Yes, the same Hsu, Obama supporters try to tie Clinton to]) and Rezko (first $66K, then when caught lying $86K, then when caught lying again $150K and now caught lying YET AGAIN, it's $250k) their money when publically called on their involvement in your campaigns.

52.) My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church - Lie, your church is so extreme, the pastor who married you, Rev. Wright, just got done blaming the US for 9/11 and named Louis Farrahkan their person of the year.

53.) I Disagree With My Church All The Time - Lie, you only recently repudiated Wright, who married you and your wife, and you still donate large sums of money to assist the church in furthering its message - hatred and revenge. You donated in 2006 alone, $22,500 to the church that you so terribly disagree with. That is nearly $500 PER WEEK - that sure is disagreement, Senator Obama.

54.) I Have Clean Connections Despite Rezko - Lie, you are not only connected to Exelon and Rezko, you are also connected to Hillary PAC supporter Mr. Hsu, AND an Iraqi Billionaire of ill repute, Nadhmi Auchi, who ripped off people in the Food For Oil, Iraqi deal. Mr. Auchi was also found guilt in another political corruption scandal (largest in France since WWII). And this is one of Obamas' good supporters that paid millions into the Obama campaign.

55.) I never heard sermons like Rev. Wright's, that have been in videos all day, You Tube - Lie! 3 days later during your Mea Culpa speech you said "Did I hear controversial statements while I sat in that church? Yes I did." FLIP-FLOPER

56.) The Passport Invasion is a conspiracy to find dirt on me! - Lie. Your own Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor is the CEO of the company that looked into your records. Could it be that you had them look into yours to hide the fact you looked into Clinton's and McCain's more than a year before!

57.) Rev. Meeks has nothing to do with my campaigning - Lie. Rev. Meeks appeared in ads for your Senate Campaign, donated to you, and helped raise money, then AND NOW. He also seems to despise America as much as Rev. Wright.

58.) My wife didn't mean America is ignorant, she was just using a phrase - Lie. Again, MicHELLe's comments are perfectly in sync with Wright's, Meeks', and Farrakhans, both in language, anger, and direction.

59.) I am very Anti-Terror - Lie. One of your good pals is long time radical and terrorist William Ayers, with whom you have been seen in the last 12 months and who has helped the now jailed khalidi, Professor at Columbia who invited Ahmadinejad to the University, to raise money for Palestinian terrorism attacks against Israel. PS - Your church published a pro Hamas Manifesto - guess you weren't there on THAT Sunday either? How lucky for you.

60.) I have the best plan to cure the Mortgage Crisis - Lie. You and your campaign buddy Penny 'SubPrime Bank Collapse' Prizker have had your little fingers full of subprime cash - Obama has taken $1,180,103 from the top issuers of subprime loans: Obama received $266,907 from Lehman, $5395 from GMAC, $150,850 from Credit Suisse First Boston, $11,250 from Countrywide, $9052 from Washington Mutual, $161,850 from Citigroup, $4600 from CBASS, $170,050 from Morgan Stanley, $1150 from Centex, and last but certainly NOT LEAST - Obama received $351,900 from Goldman Sachs. I am sure that cash all came from folks who knew the subprime loan they had was a dream, eh?

61.) I played greater role in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion - Lie - It was found that Obama -- the day after sitting for the interview -- filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama's own handwritten notes added to one answer. Read Obama had greater role on liberal survey.

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

Get the facts DC,there is no Santa,Easter bunny or tooth fairy and Obama's isnt a muslim.But we all know propaganda when we hear it..so get educated!!

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

Get the facts DC,there is no Santa,Easter bunny or tooth fairy and Obama's isnt a muslim.But we all know propaganda when we hear it..so get educated!!

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

Since the debate really only helps undecided voters (of which there aren't many left), let me get this straight, having the debate this Friday, which was scheduled months ago, is more important than the single most significant piece of financial legislation for our nation since the Great Depression.

Just want to make sure I'm hearing that right.

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well yeah, that and the fact that we have 100 U.S. Senators, therefore cancelling a scheduled debate that is predicted to be watched by 80% of Americans and so many more in the World to have two of them vote which at worst could only cancel each other out to avoid debating your opponent is only something that seems logical to Repukes.

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

Since the debate really only helps undecided voters (of which there aren't many left), let me get this straight, having the debate this Friday, which was scheduled months ago, is more important than the single most significant piece of financial legislation for our nation since the Great Depression.

Just want to make sure I'm hearing that right.

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well yeah, that and the fact that we have 100 U.S. Senators, therefore cancelling a scheduled debate that is predicted to be watched by 80% of Americans and so many more in the World to have two of them vote which at worst could only cancel each other out to avoid debating your opponent is only something that seems logical to Repukes.

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

@Roundup Logan "The Democrats have held the purse strings while George Bush has been in office."

You do realize that the Republicans were the majority in the legislature during George W. Bush's first 6 years? You know, the 6 years within which the mortgage bomb started ticking?

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

Sick and Tired of John MCCain's Political Stunts, and this one tops them all. Its because he has to answer to the lies of Lobbyist Rick Davis. It's hardly about the Bailout, nor the American People!

Posted by: latinovoter | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Have you heard this punk? His "can we put politics aside" line is too funny.

McChicken to the rescue...balk, balk...

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

This the same John McCain who has the worst attendance of any sitting member of the U.S. Congress. He's failed to show up for even one committee or floor vote in the last year. Contrary to all the flak he throws against Obama's policy votes, McCain didn't even bother to attend the vote for or against the new G.I. Bill

Sorry, Senator McCain, informed voters don't buy into your born-again dibs on the senatorial statesman mantle.

Posted by: Alvis G. | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What lengths won't the McCain campaign go to to avoid answering to the American people? They limit press access/refuse to answer questions - the press ask questions on BEHALF of the American people so that we can know beyond the scripted words to hear what the candidates actually think. Now he wants to cancel the Friday debates because of the financial situation the country is facing. The financial situation and lack of oversight has been an issue for years (does the collapse of Enron and Arthur Andersen not ring any bells?) but now it can be seized on as a "legitimate" excuse to avoid facing the American public. He is demonstrating how much more comfortable he is in Washington behind closed doors. Does that sound like change from the past 8 years? Or more of the MCSAME?

Posted by: schmidt | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Paul - thanks for the reminder. Just when was the first budget passed under George W Bush's first term?

Posted by: Roundup Logan | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

A week ago McCain said the economy was "sound"...Now the world has to stop so that he can rush back and help out with all the "leadership" he showed when he said the economy was "sound." Only an idiot would buy that reasoning.

Neither candidate, nor any member of congress will provide any sort of actual solution to the current financial mess. This is because our financial system has descended into a system which trades in nothing but lies, ignorance and secrecy. Lending the very institutions and criminal executives who caused this enormous mess more money is exactly the same as giving a gambler your life savings so he can bet on a "sure thing."

What a bunch of morons we will be if we allow the thieves in congress and on Wall Street to fool us again. Are we really that dumb?

Posted by: Al | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Well why do you need to be in DC?

Ever heard of conference calls?

Email?

Just more grandstanding on McCains part. Also is McCain or Obama on any of the senate committees responsible for this package?

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Now see, there you go KAS...as if McSame knows how to send and email or knows the macanics of teleconferencing. That stuff is for those of us born after 1900, lol...McSame on teleconference...hello, hello, this thing isn't working, hello, hello, can anyone hear me out there...hello, hello, I can hear you but can you hear me...hello, hello...click....buzz...how do you get those voices to come back through this box...hello, is anyone home...hello Cindy which home are you in now...hello, hello, hell...ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, lol...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What Mr. McCain doesn't realize is that mavericks, or so-called mavericks are not good leaders. McCain is not really leadership material. Stunts do not a president make. A few weeks ago McCain was lagging in the polls and Sara Palin was a stunt to counter that and it that isn't working. Now this stunt. Leadership is a rare thing. Who knows if Obama really has it in him. Bush doesn't. Cheney doesn't. Most of them haven't really had it, but McCain most definitely does not have it.

What stupid stunts would he pull on Americans and other countries if he was president? He's basically incompetent to be a world leader. He should retire and enjoy himself instead of power-tripping through to his dying days... what a reckless ego-maniac.

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

Here’s the list. McCain the flip-flops over the top

National Security Policy
1. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
2. McCain insisted that everyone, even “terrible killers,” “the worst kind of scum of humanity,” and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, “deserve to have some adjudication of their cases,” even if that means “releasing some of them.” McCain now believes the opposite.
3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”
4. In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
5. McCain was for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.
6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with predators, McCain criticized him for it. He’s since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy
7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it. Now, he’s for it again.
8. McCain supported moving “towards normalization of relations” with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.
9. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.
10. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.
11. McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision.
12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty’s behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.
13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy
14. McCain recently claimed that he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”
15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.
16. McCain was against additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan before he was for it.
17. McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”
18. McCain has repeatedly said it’s a dangerous mistake to tell the “enemy” when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.
19. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.
20. McCain staunchly opposed Obama’s Iraq withdrawal timetable, and even blasted Mitt Romney for having referenced the word during the GOP primaries. In July, after Iraqi officials endorsed Obama’s policy, McCain said a 16-month calendar sounds like “a pretty good timetable.”

Domestic Policy
21. McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
22. On Social Security, McCain said he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Soon after, asked about a possible increase in the payroll tax, McCain said there’s “nothing that’s off the table.”
23. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn’t.
24. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.
25. He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party’s policy making. Now he believes the opposite.
26. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won’t commit to supporting a regulation bill he’s co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris’ former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.
27. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.
28. McCain’s first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn’t be “rewarded” for acting “irresponsibly.” His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.
29. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed.
30. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.
31. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.
32. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
33. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.
34. And on gay adoption, McCain initially said he’d rather let orphans go without families, then his campaign reversed course, and soon after, McCain reversed back.
35. In the Senate, McCain opposed a variety of measures on equal pay for women, and endorsed the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter decision. In July, however, McCain said, “I’m committed to making sure that there’s equal pay for equal work. That … is my record and you can count on it.”
36. McCain was against fully funding the No Child Left Behind Act before he was for it.
37. McCain was for affirmative action before he was against it.
38. McCain said the Colorado River compact will “obviously” need to be “renegotiated.” Six days later, McCain said, “Let me be clear that I do not advocate renegotiation of the compact.”

Economic Policy
39. McCain was against Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.
40. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, “I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated,” and “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.” He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a “very strong” understanding of economics.
41. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.
42. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were “too tilted to the wealthy.” By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.
43. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.
44. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a “‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?” referring to George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge. “No new taxes,” McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, “I’m not making a ‘read my lips’ statement, in that I will not raise taxes.”
45. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.
46. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.
47. McCain was against massive government bailouts of “big banks” that “act irresponsibly.” He then announced his support for a massive government bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Energy Policy
48. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling ; now he’s against it.
49. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
50. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to voluntary.
51. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.
52. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn’t.
53. McCain was for national auto emissions standards before he was against them.
Immigration Policy
54. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. In 2007, he announced his opposition to the bill. In 2008, McCain switched back.
55. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.
56. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders “before proceeding to other reform measures.” Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he’d never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his “top priority.”

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law
57. McCain said he would “not impose a litmus test on any nominee.” He used to promise the opposite.
58. McCain’s position was that the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration’s warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.
59. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
60. In June, McCain rejected the idea of a trial for Osama bin Laden, and thought Obama’s reference to Nuremberg was a misread of history. A month later, McCain argued the exact opposite position.
61. In June, McCain described the Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene v. Bush was “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.” In August, he reversed course.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform
62. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn’t.
63. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving “feedback” on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.
64. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.
65. In May 2008, McCain approved a ban on lobbyists working for his campaign. In July 2008, his campaign reversed course and said lobbyists could work for his campaign.

Politics and Associations
66. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn’t. (He also believes his endorsement from Hagee was both a good and bad idea.)
67. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn’t.
68. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004.
69. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.
70. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks.
71. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.
72. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.
73. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn’t want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he “would taint the image of the ‘Straight Talk Express.’” Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.
74. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was “corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff’s gay lover.” McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.
75. McCain was for presidential candidates giving speeches in foreign countries before he was against it.
76. McCain has been both for and against considering a pro-choice running mate for the Republican presidential ticket.

Oh, my , another one

77. I am willing to debate and have asked Obama to meet me... oops, not meet me.

Posted by: basementfrog | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

What Mr. McCain doesn't realize is that mavericks, or so-called mavericks are not good leaders. McCain is not really leadership material. Stunts do not a president make. A few weeks ago McCain was lagging in the polls and Sara Palin was a stunt to counter that and it that isn't working. Now this stunt. Leadership is a rare thing. Who knows if Obama really has it in him. Bush doesn't. Cheney doesn't. Most of them haven't really had it, but McCain most definitely does not have it.

What stupid stunts would he pull on Americans and other countries if he was president? He's basically incompetent to be a world leader. He should retire and enjoy himself instead of power-tripping through to his dying days... what a reckless ego-maniac.

Posted by: sutu | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain is my Senator. I live in Tucson, the 2nd largest metro area. The only time he ever comes here is to raise money for his campaign.

I called his office recently to ask when was the last time he voted in the Senate. They wouldn't tell me. Turns out it was on April 9- he has missed 412 of the 643 votes in this session of the Senate. And suddenly he has to run back and do something. Pathetic.

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

So change the debate venue to the DC area although both have jets and are but an hour or two away. Also isn't this still in committee? Neither one are on the banking committee are they? This will not be ready for a vote or discussion on the floor of the Senate until next week so what is McCain going to do in DC? Talk to W? W's version of the bill had NO oversight and was giving total power to Secretary/Treasury and Executive Branch (haven't we seen that before). Now it's out of W's hands and in the hands of the banking committees -- let the debate continue then return to DC when it's time to vote on the actual bill.

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

This is a political joke, the world is watching us and laughing what is he thinking? This is so not professional. I really liked McCain but I just don't have a clue what happened to him in the last couple of years. Shame.

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

Let's all do keep in mind that it was Obama who called McShame at the wee dawn hours this morning and proposed they cancel the debate and head to Washington TOGETHER to help solve this crisis. McShame took SIX HOURS to call back with his answer...said "sounds like a great idea." and then made a press announcement that it was all his idea and asking if Obama wanted to join. What a dishonorable human being! I don't blame Obama for staying the course. McShame is doing what he's done since he became a presidential nominee...he's been hysterical in his answers and decisions, he's acted like a fuddy duddy old man who's relatives are running the show. He's afraid to debate because he doesn't have the answers. Where's his sidekick...while I'll be she's got some down home check book balancing act ..maybe she can change the economic foundation of our country as well. What a special pair....I'm thrilled to see on this blog that more folks are seeing this man's true colors than not...

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

At a time when most Politians are talking about “not doing business as usual” it is refreshing to see a candidate that walks the walk and talks the talk. Senator John McCain’s recent decision to suspend his campaign to focus on our country’s current economic crisis has renewed my faith in politics.

Senator McCain’s wiliness to postpone the debates on Friday so that he and Senator Obama can put politics on the back burner and work on the President’s $700 billion bailout package in a bipartisan manner fully demonstrates to me that the “maverick” is back. I have heard some in the media question what the “Country First” motto means, now you know. “Country First” means being willing to live your values and put your own personal interests and partisan politics on the “back burner” to focus on the issues that crippling our financial institutions and destroying the American dream for millions of working class Americans. Senator McCain’s willingness to live his motto and put his country and the American tax payers before politics give me an even higher regard for him and solidify my faith in his ability to lead this country during difficult times.

In direct contrast I watched CNN and saw Senator Obama explain the importance of holding the debates even though our country is facing its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Senator Obama’s stance demonstrates to me that Obama is a politician and campaigner first and a Representative of the working class people of Illinois second. Maybe that is why he voted “present” so many times as a State Senator.

After all the speeches have been made what we need is a leader who is willing to put the public interest before his personal interest. I applaud John McCain’s decision; he has truly earned my vote.

--Erran Persley

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

Erran Persley you sound like a robotic ad

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

@sutu "Leadership is a rare thing. Who knows if Obama really has it in him. Bush doesn't."

The one thing Bush does have in him is conviction and leadership regardless of public opinion or polls. Since 9/11 not once have I giving any thought to sending my grandkids off to school, going to the mall, going on vacation. I feel SAFE and that's because our current President made that committment to every one of us. His whole focus has been on terrorism and keeping Americans safe at home and abroad. Leadership - he has it. Is he a ballywho butt kissin lawyer politician, probably not. Just a businessman who's had my backing regardless of what the memory lapsed media fed public say.

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

If McCain were not on the ropes being pummelled into irrelevancy, I might be able to see this move as something other than the cowardly political stunt it obviously is.

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

GWB is still the president. Obama/McCain are still senators. They can always return when it becomes time to vote. When one opponent has the other on the ropes, the looser can't call time out.

Posted by: Alvin1 | September 24, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

THIS MAY BE A TRAP or FOR ONCE MY REPUBLICAN INTERNSHIP WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND IMPRESSIONABLE CAN BE OF USE INSTAD OF AN EMBARRASSMENT

You know, it might be that McCain's drama on this could be a trap.

1) Now people think he in unprepared, because he cancelled the debate

2) Should they actually debate this dramatically lowers his expectations and raises Obama's

3) tomorrow or Friday McCain agrees to the debate

4) In the debate he gives vicious one liners and quips and appeals to patriotism and remembering his time as a POW. And demands Obama tell the truth.

5) His supporters cheer out of turn every time McCain speaks.

6) Even though Obama wins on substance, McCain appears to win on emotional appeal.

7) McCain goes up on the polls.

And if you think this is too complex for the McCain campaign staff, you are mistaken. You CANNOT under estimate them.

XXXXOOOO

Kurt

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

AND McCain is not even on the congressional committee handling this legislative package... Sheesh.

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

This is just McCain following Obama's lead again - Obama makes a bipartisan, mature, gesture to privately negotiate working together, and McCain's Rovian strategists say, "We can't let him get away with this stunt! Let's pull our own stunt and upstage him!" If McCain truly was putting country first, then why wouldn't he have privately discussed this idea as a counter-proposal to Obama rather than doing a power play and trying to push him around publicly? Sen. Obama was looking out for the country, and Sen. McCain and his Rove/Cheney staff saw an opportunity to show boat.

Americans deserve exposure to McCain and Palin. This media blackout is not acceptable! This is how Rove kept W's scary qualities away from the public: minimize unscripted time in front of the cameras, let your surrogates scream loudly on his behalf, and only put your candidate in front of GOP-friendly crowds so he lives in a little bubble and doesn't have to deal with any dissent - or scare people.

Sen. Obama is the only candidate presently taking questions from the press. I hope he shows up for the debate with or without McCain.

Posted by: bethechange1 | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

The scheduled debate (this friday)would be or would have been the best time to hear what each of these presidential candidates have to say about the downward spiraling of the economy (undecided voters or not). Postponing it now is not going to solve a crisis that escalated into a disaster the minute the gas prices skyrocketed, unending mortgage foreclosures , unlimited war spending that have virtually depleted the US financial resource--these were warning signs then, yet who was paying attention?--NO ONE! Let the economy gods and politicians, who actually know a great deal about the economy, fix it... please? There is no magic bullet, no superhero stuff that would make Friday the Miraculous Economic Event. If it's a Martian Invasion, sure, go ahead, maybe postpone the debate for 4 more years and let's have 4 more years of whats his name again?..Get on with the debate, move on and have a drink.

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

McCain is trying a radical new campaign approach. Since it seems the more he and Palin campaign, the worse his numbers get, if he stops campaigning, his numbers should go up.

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

McCain is truly Shameless. As an Independent conservative I am done with him. He wants to avoid debate because his knowledge about economy is zilch, nada, zero.. Now he is playing game. He then selects Palin as VP who is a bigger clueless person - what a ticket. I am voting Obama. Republicans need to be taught a lesson. My party is now useless party.

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

Associated Press, Beth Fouhy 9/24
"McCains announcement came after the two candidates held private talks about joining forces to address the Wall Street meltdown. The Obama campaign said the DEMOCRAT initiated the talks, But McCain beat Obama to thepunch with thefirst public statement". "Obamas campain did not immediately say whether Obama supported a delay of the debate or would also stop campaigning"
WHAT...after Obama initatied the talks???
Is this BooHoo...BooHoo McCain beat me to the punch I don't want to play fair any more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rookieat65 | September 24, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Keating Five, Keating Five, Keating Five. Google it.

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

Jonathan,
You give him too much credit. Putting "country first"? No the only thing John McCain wants is to be president. Period! And he will attempt these reckless acts that only hurt this country in a pathetic attempt to draw attention to himself. (I thought picking Palin was the most reckless act but I think he is outdoing himself now.)

I don't know about anyone else but I am very stressed right now about this whole financial situation and the last thing I wanted was for the news to be dominated by McCain's grandstanding! The appropriate committee chairs in the senate and house are doing the work that needs to be done - they don't need McCain to ride in on his white horse. We as a nation deserve to see these two men standing next to each other and debate these very difficult issues NOW! Not when McCain deems it the right time.

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

Country First? Please! This is simply a political stunt by the McCain camp because they're tanking in the polls and they don't have a clue what to do about the economic disaster that they and the Republicans created (with help from Pres. Clinton). If this is how he proposes to govern, thanks but no thanks. Everytime he gets into trouble he blames the press and suspends his campaign because he is the ultimate patriot. He didn't want Bush at the convention so he cancelled the first day supposedly because of Gustav which turned into a tropical storm. With Ike bearing down on Texas, he had no problem continuing to campaign, putting up one lying commercial after another. I hope Obama goes on with the debate, with or without McCain.

Posted by: Miz | September 24, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Wed. 9/16 Obama announces economic advisers, denounces McCain call for investigation. Peloci call for investigation.
Thur. 9/17 Obama has meeting with economic advisers, denounces McCain for wanting to fire Cox.
Fri. 9/18 Obama says he will withhold his solution on economic melt down untill Bush and Congress anounce their solution.
9/23 Georgian President says only Joe Biden,John McCain and Sarah Palin talked to him durring the Russian invasion.
When will Obama step up and give his solution BEFORE others give theirs. Then maby we can see what he REALLY thinks!!!

Posted by: rookieat65 | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Keating Five, Keating Five, Keating Five. Google it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:57 PM

Sen. Dodd (D)...Chair of senate banking committee.
Rep. Harry Waxman (D)..Chair of house Financial committee.
Rep. Barny Frank (D)...Chair of House Banking committee.
Where were they???
Sen Dodd (D)...Country Wide PREFERRED Low intrest loan durring Country Wide failure and bought up by BofA.

Posted by: rookieat65 | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

How can John McCain hope to focus on a "solution to the financial crisis" if he can't even stand and debate the Democratic Presidential Nominee? Does he think that the solution to the financial crisis won't involve public debates on the floor of the US Senate prosecuted by both Republicans and Democrats? This is yet another shameless, dishonest and, ultimately, cowardly stunt to try to change the dynamic of the race. A race he is surely NOT winning these past two weeks.

Posted by: American Voter | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama scares my wife! 9/23 CBS news
Catie Couric: question to both candidates.
What is your favorite movie?
Obama.."God Father I". "You disrespect me".
Ouch...

Posted by: rookieat65 | September 24, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the last thing we need in a crisis is democracy. Perhaps Bush should disband Congress and declare himself dictator for life.

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

Wow. Real presidential, McNutjob.

I want you on point in a crisis.....NOT!

Posted by: ToastOnDayOne | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm mad as hell and I'm not taking it anymore! If ever there was a time the American people needed to hear from their candidates for President, it is NOW. I want to know what each of them is going to do about the financial crisis once they gain the Oval Office (surely we don't believe it will be totally resolved in four months). John McCain has just turned tail and run with his proposal to "suspend his campaign" and the upcoming debate. If he can't stand the heat of this issue and the political climate, he should get out of the kitchen.

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

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

Posted by: Eddie Zalez | September 24, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

@Roundup Logan "Hey Paul - thanks for the reminder. Just when was the first budget passed under George W Bush's first term?"

The Republicans have had control of the house from 2001 to 2007, that's 6 years.
The Republicans have had control of the senate from 2001 to 2007, except for June 2001 - 2003.
The Republicans were in control of congress the whole time:

"President Bush's freshly printed federal budget proposal is meeting resistance within his own Republican Party for driving up deficits more than $1 trillion over the next five years."

But, they blindly supported Bush, EVEN WHEN IT MEANT HUGE DEFICEITS.

"...many expect the GOP-controlled Congress to go along with the bulk of the president's spending plans."

Who had the foresight that this huge deficeit was a danger? The DEMOCRATS:

"Democrats have denounced Bush's budget for forcing debt onto future generations while cutting taxes for the rich."
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-02-04-budget-usat_x.htm

Now that the Democrats have been in control for less than 2 years, you want to blame THEM? The mortgage meltdown wasn't created in the last year and a half, that's just when it exploded!
Bush used the housing boom to fund the Iraq war without having to raise taxes and because the Republicans followed him like a bunch of lemmings when he went from being a tax-cut reduce-spending Republican to a tax-cut increase-spending Republican.

Now what was that point you were trying to make?

Posted by: Paul | September 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Could someone supporting this ploy by McCain, please explain to me, what exactly Sen McCain can do to help the financial mess?

To me, it's been refreshingly bipartisan, how Congress is approaching this crisis.
By injecting Presidential Politics, McCain can only make things more Partisan.
So, please McCain supporters, explain to me how McCain is *putting America First,* by suggesting this?

Posted by: baz | September 24, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

hey, anon. whatever. but getting back to the initial story, i think obama hit it on the head during his hastily organized press response in florida this afternoon when he said essentially that a president has to be able to multi-task. if mccain is unable to hold daily communications with paulson and run an effective campaign at the same time (as obama does with ease), how in the world is he supposed to run this enormously complicated country? the answer: he cannot.

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

Sounds like the chicken is going home to to roost.

Posted by: jwald1 | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I think they should just cancel the November elections. Things can't get any more screwed up than they already are. Four more years of the Bush doctrine. Then Iran and North Korea can nuke everyone. The Four Horsemen will march on Earth. Then their will be a lot of hand wringing on judgement day. Peace

Posted by: No Nombre | September 24, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I think Bush already done that,if not at least he has already ruined everyones lives!

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

In this blog I noted many comments about the nasty angry liberals. To people who agree with this view, please read 'McCain is #1" posted at 5:28; "no hard feelings" posted at 5:41; "dc" posted at 6:03 as a few examples of heavy-duty nastiness on the conservative side. Come on - there's nastiness on both sides so it's a non-issue.

Posted by: MWP | September 24, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me,is anyone finding gas shortages yet?They say its coming,due to the hurricane in Galveston??

Posted by: tell me | September 24, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the headline:
"McCain Indroduces New Economic Bill for Wall Street"
Would that surprise anyone?
The GOP puts together another variation of the Bush quick fix proposal, puts McCain's name at the top, and McCain is made out to be the hero!
And if it's debated by the democrats, he can say:
"Look America! I went back to work because you needed me! Obama didn't go back to the senate, he's shooting down my plan and now our great country is even more peril beause of him. He is betraying us and only cares about getting elected"

John McCane and Sarah Palin are the new "not ready for prime time players"

Posted by: tom | September 24, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

what a Joke - First McJoke and repugs say they are going to change washigton - that congres is a joke - the economy is sound.. one blinkered red neck blogger wrote..

"If Obama was a true leader, he would be in the halls of Congress working this out. But he has no idea how it works in those Halls."

So the past week or so the repugs been blogging away about how folks do nothing in waashington - we need mavericks and moose hunters... and their was no need to pnaic about the economy - and suddenly Rocky and Bullwinkle have to suspend campaiging and zoom off to "work " with the DC folks in the "halls of power"...

what a load of hypocritical idiocracy ("Idiocracy" movie at work) - so there are still Americans after the last 8 years of bush and the last month of BS from Rocky and Bullwinkle are going to vote republicans....you guys are hilarous.. how blinkered and stupid are you..

I was saying to a republican the other day I tyhink if I was a republican I actually think after this show I wiould vote them out - really kick them out - so you can clean out the rubbish - like Wall st - have clean out and cull - and if you think Obama is going to destory the country let him in to do that and if you so confident your backin in 4-5 years witha fresh cleaned out party and the Dems will never get back in for a decade...stay in and push three times lucky with this mob of idiots and the mess you have - the next election 2012 see you later for 20 years.. tactilally I think the smart folks in the republicans (Sen Chuck???) would want to vote this lot out hard so yuou can get the once great party back on track....of you will continue to veeer off the highway and track and smash around in ditches and the dark (Probably in a RV or trailer)..


Shake it up america stop falling for rubbish....

Posted by: col in paradise | September 24, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yes he did it. What a brilliant political move by McCain. Obama calls him to propose a joint statement saying the congress should move forward with the bailout bill without any attachment but with some compromise and he jumps the gun on him. It's brilliantly Machiavellian in its execution and deliciously Orwellian in its wording. Obama has some cajones for saying no to this move and one can only hope that people are smart enough to see through McCain's chess move. After all I doubt his presence in Capitol Hill will move this bill forward.

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

If McCain used anything that Bush and his bunch of idiots put togather,he would just be proving he's dumber than we thought.Nothing Bush has ever done has ever worked!He's like calamity George...

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

So,once again we find Sen John McCain is
acting real Presidential while the Fake
Democrat Messiah Barack Hussein Obama is
still acting more like clueles,arrogant,
smirky,pompus arse,selfish,overly self-
important,pathetic empty suit Socialist
Democrat Liberal Loser Phony! Just Say
NOBAMA! EVER! Iam Voting For McCain/Palin
Real Leadership Not BS RHETORIC OBAMA!
Obama a Senator with NO Real Accomplishment
and all Big Mouth and No Actions!

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

McCain all the way! What a hero! What a genius!

Posted by: Mike | September 24, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Arse????where you from Patty?across the ocean aways?Go vote in Ireland lassie!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Patty 2008:
"So,once again we find Sen John McCain is
acting real Presidential while the Fake
Democrat Messiah Barack Hussein Obama is
still acting more like clueles,arrogant,
smirky,pompus arse,selfish,overly self-
important,pathetic empty suit Socialist
Democrat Liberal Loser Phony! Just Say
NOBAMA! EVER! Iam Voting For McCain/Palin
Real Leadership Not BS RHETORIC OBAMA!
Obama a Senator with NO Real Accomplishment
and all Big Mouth and No Actions!"

OK, your making sense. Now get some rest, you've been thinking to hard and your brain must be hurting.

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

Another McCain stunt in the face of losing poll numbers. He even had the nerve to go public and make a unilateral statement after receiving a call from Obama offering the idea of a bipartisan joint statement. This guy is dishonest and continues to shoot from the hip This tells you all you need to know about McCain - he obviously does not have the right stuff.

Posted by: jefflz | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Our country is in peril because the brainless republicans have been in office and started a war with a country that had nothing to do with sept.11,2001 attacks on us!Iraq was a diversion from not finding Bin Laden.But our economy was left to dwindle,or as republican like to believe:Trickle DOWN!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain just wants some on-the-job training. After all, in his words, he needs to be educated on the economy.

Posted by: JTS | September 24, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

the fundamental belief system of the republican party is the trickle down theory,and thats exactly what they have done to our Country!Before the middle of 2006 they controlled the house, the senate for 12yrs straight and the White House for 6 and a half,thats why we are in the mess we are in,brainless,mindless idiots.And just where did you say those WMDs are?Mission Acchomplished huh?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

1st words out of G.W.Bush's mouth were lies,Im a Texan,NOT!! he was born in New Haven,Conn.,,so tell me if he visits Japan is he Japanese?And hes been lying ever since..But it makes him a good republican,that what they are all about!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I have been wondering what "won't" the republican crowd buy from their leaders, but obviously the answer is nothing short of anything. they will buy the bridge to nowhere as long as it has the smell of the rotten old party affixed.
No surprise, no stunt, no gag, however hypocritical, is or ever will be off the table.
No gaffe, no blunder, mistake, will stop bald faced lies.
the republican machine has gone past the point of no return.
We will just have to sweep you republicans aside and not count on you to help right this ship.
OBAMA 08!!!

Posted by: ukeman | September 24, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't anyone listening to Joe Biden. He has so much to say. He is the financial expert.

Posted by: Joe Biden from Long Island | September 24, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is our only hope!!
If you hit your finger with a hammer its gonna hurt,if you change hammers and hit another finger,thats gonna hurt too,know why?A hammer is a hammer!Just like a republican is a republican!Just because his name is differant doesnt make his beliefs differant,the ideology is the same and so is his beliefs.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Where did all the conservatives go?
Had to go rest up from telling all those lies huh?

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: josh | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

This is a cheap political stunt by McCain to take attention away from Obama's surge in the polls and to avoid having an actual debate about the issue on Friday. While I agree both Senators should attend any sessions of the Senate on the bailout and its repercussions, I also think it the precise time to have the two of the them debate the issue. One of them will inherit this mess, so we need to know what they'll be doing about it. Only ONE of them is partially responsible for this mess and he's the one running scared.

Posted by: Alex | September 24, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Why did he do it? Two words: Steve Schmidt. And two more words Fannie Mae lobbyist. He did it to override the news that his campaign manager was on the dole ($15,000/month) in a "no work nut get paid" contract with Fannie Mae.

Posted by: aaron | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I really cant beleive he did this.But on the other hand, i kinda can.Many have been saying it, and we've been waiting, so maybe this is part of the OCTOBER surprise, usually laid out in the first week of October to stir voters about meaningless info.REMEMBER Swiftboating??Started in September, but the Full release of Ads and everything came right in October.
Obama hit the nail on the head , though.A important an issue as this is, both have the same perspective, so joining together would have made them both look Diplomatic, and Bi-partisan.Perhaps McCain feels he's on the higher road right now, but HE ALLREADY SAID NUMEROUS TIMES HE KNOWS LITTLE TO NOTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMY,so WHY ON EARTH WOULD HE BE NEEDED TO DELIBERATE ACTIONS ON A SUBJECT HE ALLREADY KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT!!!!!!

And again, why would he CUT AND RUN from a Debate lauded as his playing field, on one of the FEW subjects he POLLS in the double digits over Obama on.It makes no sense, unless he has alterier motive, or illness.Even if this package doesnt go through, it doesnt mean every bank is going to shut doors tommorow, and America as we know it will dry up and blow away.It simply means the Corporate Banking, and Lending Giants will have to tuck their tails, and get back to REAL MANAGEMENT,REAL ACCOUNTING, not the worked up, bogus numbers they all have been trading.Shame on THE GOP and Bush and MCCAIN for helping this CRISIS grow to the collosal mess it is, But Damn the People who did the deed, not the AMERICAN PEOPLE for trying to get ahead.
Perhaps if ,along with their de-regulation policy peddling, the GOP would have done something about Normalizing Wages along side the outrageous profits these companys were making, we wouldnt be in this mess to begin with, But CORPORATE GREED is allways right, and the bottom line came down to profits first,people second.Same goes for the Credit industry, as long as they were making the most, they didnt care who or how they got it from.
We live and we learn, but hopefully we have learned enough in this previous 10 years to know THE REPUBLICANS know how to manage propaganda, but they sure dont know how to manage a COUNTRY.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: Mullett | September 24, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Jonathan:
Both parties got us into this mess. The ball got rolling in 1999, when Glass-Steagall was repealed, and investment banks and commercial banks could get into business with each other. Both the Democrats and the Republicans were responsible for this legislative fiasco. (Republicans Gramm-Leach-Billely sponsored the bill, and Obama's economic advisers Robert Rubin and Larry Summers helped draft it when they worked for Bill Clinton). Obama and McCain are the heads of their parties -- they OWE it to us to show up in DC, and work with Congress to rescue this economy. Anything less is unacceptable.

Posted by: Terry | September 24, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

So Patty 2008 can rant, and my entry is getting blocked?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

what an amusing little clown this reckless little plane-crasher can be when pressed into "action."

Go--Johnny-Go-Go

funniest little freak ever.

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 24, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I have an idea. Both candidates suspend campaigning and go back to work in Washington.

All the major news outlets cover the deliberations, just like C Span, with the notable difference of only focusing on the two men.

Wow, I think I'm onto something here. We actually get to WATCH them in action.

Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, even the Fox people can come.

Forget the debates ... let's have a rolled up sleeve showdown.

Palin can be looking for that example she promised to bring Couric.

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

John McCain is mentally off-balanced. He says one thing one day and then reverses himself the next. His behavior is erratic and disturbed. He's not a leader; he's a carnival clown.

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

I don't understand how you can't campaign and be a part of the discussions at the same time. We aren't living in the 19th century here... we have these amazing things called "video conference technology," "fax machines," and "email" which are available on things called "buses," "trains," "automobiles," and "planes" which, from what I understand, the candidates use on a regular basis.

It's amazing, you can be in Mississippi and still have discussions, receive documents, etc., as if you're still in DC. Totally amazing, I know.

Posted by: PierreSD | September 24, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

This is part two of McCain's strategy to appeal to the stupidest people on the face of the Earth. (Part one was picking Sarah Quaylin.)

Posted by: Jay S | September 24, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

So McCain wants to postpone the debate until next Thursday, which will mean postponing (or canceling) the VP debate. Do you smell that??? It's something rotten.

Posted by: Jeff | September 24, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Yo yo yo... jus finished my second bottle of ripple... dang that stuff be good. Now lemme aks you common folk a question... why y'all be given this po white girl all dis grief. She aint so bad. But it won't matter cuz my Barry be takin over da white house. We gonna re-paint that mo-fo, you can count on dat fo sho. Dem white columns gonna look smokin in deep purple. Put some fine shag carpet up in the Lincoln bedroom in honor of da man dat freed us. Barry says he gonna have a paintin of (in his words) my "fine nubian bod" on da wall. Can't wait to see the limo with dem spinners on it... mmm mmm mmm, dat gonna be one sweet ride. We won't be able to hear the press tho cuz the rap music be playin too loud. Got a special plan fo all you common folk tho... instead of a rebate check, we be sendin out KFC coupons! You can thank me later.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 24, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse


Its hard to see what the big deal is here.

There is plenty of time to re-schedule the debate.

Worst case, they just have two debates. Two debates, three debates, whats the big deal? Obama could have had all the debates he wanted couldnt he have? if he had taken McCain up on his offer at the begining of the summer.

for now, getting this legislation passed seems most important, frankly.

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

REAL LEADERS could multitask. they have too.

McCain is no leader.

Posted by: ripley | September 24, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, McCain has served his country and given so much back to us all... NObama has only voted "present" and all his friends are convicted felons. Maybe MCCAIN/PALIN really is the best pick.

Posted by: ripley | September 24, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Here's a set of stats you don't see every day...


Lifetime likelihood of going to State or Federal prison

If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their lifetime.


Lifetime chances of a person going to prison are higher for
-- men (11.3%) than for women (1.8%)
-- blacks (18.6%) and Hispanics (10%) than for whites (3.4%)


Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 32% of black males will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime, compared to 17% of Hispanic males and 5.9% of white males.

Posted by: ripley | September 24, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

The beauty of this smoke screen by McCain is that it will be hailed by the ignorant as a great show of leadership while putting country first.
He might be getting senile, but he's still sly.

Posted by: stbdtac | September 24, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

REAL LEADERS could multitask. they have too.

McCain is no leader.

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

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Instead, he should be holed up in a hotel in Clearwater, FL prepping for his debate. Sounds like multitasking to me. Is Obama afraid to go to Washington because it gives him less time to study for the debate?

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Now that Barry, he's one slick mo-fo. But I can't vote for someone that cohorts with convicted felons.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: stbdtac | September 24, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Take Clinton for example... he could multitask. He could run the country AND get felatio all at the same time.

Posted by: ripley | September 24, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama dodged McCain all summer by turning down every chance to meet McCain in a town-hall debate. Do you remember Senator "Anytime, Anywhere" Obama? And now when the time comes to be bipartisan, guess who puts himself first? Senator Obama.

And by the way, former Fannie Mae chairman Jim Johnson was dumped from Obama's vice presidential search team, but he's still playing a behind-the-scenes role on the campaign. (Read about that on politico.com.)

How can you look yourself in the mirror after dissembling the way you do?

Posted by: Curliquedan | September 25, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Truth to tell this is an issue that will be debated and managed in committee in the two houses of Congress, that's the way our government works and John McCain is fully aware of these facts.
He is not a member of these committees.

What he has done is thrown partisan presidential politics in the middle of a process that must by its critical nature be non=partisan.

A hail Mary stunt meant to distract from his declining poll numbers. Like so much the GOP does it assumes that the voting public is ignorant and thoughtless. Unfortunately they have been right in this regard before, this time I am not so certain.

Posted by: Richard | September 25, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Is McCain's age starting to show? First he cancels his Letterman appearance and now he wants to scrub the debate. I wondered if he had the stamina for this campaign and it is looking like he is becoming exhausted. Maybe he is just too old for this game. The office of the presidency is no kinder, and we need someone who can put in a full day's work for a change.

Posted by: OhioVoice | September 25, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Four more years!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Nick Collins III, your 4:29 pm post, middle paragraph, says it best. This is pure Rovian politics meant to divide and conquer, or distract in this case. McCain's having some serious deja vu about falling from the sky. I mean no disrespect -- he was a noble POW and was the kind of person to have earned a shot at being a U.S. Senator, but he's losing altitude rapidly, most likely on the end of puppet strings orchestrated by Rove and the G.O.P. machine.

Posted by: az kuaaina | September 25, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I been reading many blogs and concenus of people responding is Mccain actions of today are quite negitive. Mccain-pathetic,stupid,liar,desperate,coward,
chicken,disgusting,self-serving,ploy,loser,crazy,politcal stunt,not qualified to be president,low life,can't multi-task,too old,idiot,not prepare to debate Obama,scared,lost his honor,not creditable,implusive,bad jugdement,not fit to lead,running away,insults the American people intelligence,sneaky,jerk and turning crisis into political gain. Mccain first not country!

Posted by: valforobama | September 25, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

McCain's erratic leadership is reinforcing the Bush call for taxpayer bailout. Many times in Bush's life, he has run businesses down into the ground and his daddy's rich friends have rescued him. For years, some have joked about the fact that he is doing the same for the country, and the American taxpayers get to be his daddy. It was also predicted that something would happen that would upset the election process and the ability of the next administration to make changes. Now McCain's showboating risks rushing the timeline up and possibly takes away from the process of making well-thought-out plans. Common wisdom has generally states that if someone is trying to sell you something and it has to be settled without time to sleep on it, you are being taken advantage of and need to RUN, not walk away. We are justified in not trusting any of this bailout. The American people are sick of the lies and distortions. McCain using this for polical gain is so transparent. They even found an email that he sent weighing the pros and cons of his risky behavior. Country first...NOT.

Posted by: Chris | September 25, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

As a member of the non american population, i am hoping that they will reinstate their credibility and efficacy in the global platform by not electing imbeciles and witch hunting retards to the oval office.. I do pray that the pple of USA would realise that its just not them weighing their political stage, the globe at large does too..

Posted by: globalcitizen | September 25, 2008 5:18 AM | Report abuse

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

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

From the Chicago Tribune:

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

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

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

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

Posted by: Cara Prado | September 25, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

More than ever we need the debates and if McCain can't handle multi-tasking he should withdraw. However, both candidates should be voting on the bailout, but they don't have to suspend their campaigns.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 6:40 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is welcome to suspend his campaign. He should do so until Nov. 5, 2008. Take Ms. Alaska with you.

Skip the debates for all we care. Just take your name off the ballot and let the rest of us get on with the business of solving the nation's problems.

JM is a faded war hero who is increasingly out of touch, irrelevant and who is single-handedly diminishing his own legacy. Pity.

Posted by: Paul - New Jersey | September 25, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse


For the simple fact that McCain still apeals to many American amply shows how lerthagic thier sense on reasoning n judgement has deteroriated.........

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

aaron wrote: Why did he do it? Two words: Steve Schmidt. And two more words Fannie Mae lobbyist. He did it to override the news that his campaign manager was on the dole ($15,000/month) in a "no work nut get paid" contract with Fannie Mae.

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Re: Rick Davis. Better check your facts, aaron. Whoops, I believe that was FREDDIE MAC paying Rick Davis $15,000 a month for not doing anything and that was through last month, not any longer. also, actually i believe i heard they were depositing the money to the firm that bears Davis's name (and in which he would of course have equity), not into his own personal bank account. Better get the facts straight.

Anyway, McCain probably didn't know about any of the above and will call a news conference to announce he's firing Davis due to this conflict of interest.
Still, it's hard to argue that McCain didn't know Rick Davis was lobbying for
the mortgage giants since he, McCain, was
was someone the folks at Freddie Mac wanted access to, and Davis could provide that.

Hey, aaron, $15,000 a month for not doing anything, who cares whether it's Fannie or Freddie? Nice work if you can get it. :)


Posted by: Gold Standard | September 25, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNJdOdklk

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Quote from Steve O

You can give yourself a cute name like Michelle Obama and repeat all the out of context quotes your read on Townhall.com but in the end you are still nothing more than a desperate Republican enabler working overtime to change the subject online enabler trying to blur the reality every major leader in your party from Reagan to Bush to McCain have been pushing the same "lets deregulate everything" mantra for 28 years which has led this nation to the brink of economic collapse.

Posted by: Steve O | September 25, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

And stop picking on homosexuals like me! I'm sick of you people picking on us! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Posted by: Steve O | September 25, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNJdOdklk

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

What is McCain's REAL reason for wanting to postpone the debate? He's SUPERSTITOUS.. remember? What's worse than debating on Friday the 13th? Double-trouble! Thirteen plus thirteen is Friday the 26th!!

Posted by: Becky | September 25, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Michelle, please rearrange the following letters in bold type.
You are a stupid UNCT.

have a great day!

Posted by: Westy | September 25, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Now me and Becky are gonna go out back, get pregnant, and immediately abort it. :)

Posted by: Westy | September 25, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNJdOdklk

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Ok, so friday is the 12th... what do you expect from a democrat... I got too much fried chicken and watermellon on the brain.

Posted by: Becky | September 25, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

John McCain does not have to suspend his campaign or cancel the debate. The VP is supposed to step in when the President is not available. Well, McCain's VP choice can step in and continue the campaign and represent McCain at the debate.

Posted by: John Capehart | September 25, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I am just so sick of these whiney democrats. That's it, I'm voting republican.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: John Capehart | September 25, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The VP is supposed to step in when the President is not available. Well, McCain's VP choice can step in and continue the campaign and represent McCain at the debate.

Brilliant!!! What an excellent suggestion!
That way we can know for sure if that ignorant hick "hockey mom" is really ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Throw her in the lion's den Johnny!
Why, that would be more entertaining than watching McLame get his sorry backside kicked anyway!

Posted by: Kinky Afro | September 25, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Let me aks you lil sumpin-sumpin there lil Johnny Capehart... y'all like yo chicken fried or grilled?

I'm Barry Obama, and I sho approve dis here message.

Posted by: BarryO | September 25, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

YO YO YO... all the brothers be in da house today!

Posted by: Kinky Afro | September 25, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

oh. . i see how this blog goes. . see you, there must be a more intelligent group to discuss this with.

Posted by: the other becky | September 25, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm telling mom!!

Posted by: the real becky | September 25, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

besides, I have an abortion appointment for 10am and I simply can't miss it, I've already had three this year and if I miss this one I might just have to have the little democrat.

Posted by: the other becky | September 25, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Look, I've said a few things that weren't exactly "historically accurate." But who hasn't? Besides... are you SURE that FDR wasn't president at the time? Maybe the books have it wrong. Regardless, I think the real issue here that many Americans are facing is having to look at my shiny bald head every time I turn around. Many a voter has complained that the sun gets directed right into their eyes when I turn and I apologize for that. I'm trying to use rogaine, but it's just not doing the trick for me.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Joey Biden | September 25, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh Wait!! I can't think! It's so hard to think on my own. What's right? What's wrong? That's why I'm Republican - so others can help me make up my mind - leaders, priests, ministers, and yes mom!

Posted by: the other becky | September 25, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

That's right becky! You tell them! You don't see me clinging to religion! Well, Ok, maybe my bestest friend Jeramiah Wright is a little retarded... and yes I do believe that the world is only 6000 years old... and I flip/flop between Christianity and Muslim from time to time when it suits my purpose... but I'm not a quack! I swear!

I be Barry Obama, and I be approvin dis here message.

Posted by: BarryO | September 25, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

and I flip/flop between Christianity and Muslim from time to time when it suits my purpose...

What planet do you live on retard?

Posted by: hjjh | September 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Do you have a problem with being Muslim?

Posted by: becky | September 25, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Don't be callin my Barry retarded! He can't help it he be muslim, christian, buddist and jewish... he just like to cover all his bases just in case... you never know which one is the right one.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I have lost all respect for John Mccain. To think I once considered voting for him. The last few weeks have totally changed my mind about this guy. This lastest trick puts the final bang on the nail in his presidential campaign casket.

Posted by: No McCain No Way | September 25, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

At least my Barry not be Catholic... those mo-fo's be crazy.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I am so sickened by the NObama campaign that I cannot stomach to vote for him this year. I am, for the first time, voting republican this year.

MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: LifeLongDemocrat | September 25, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Big mistake McPalin. . Just what is that sickens you about Obama's campaign, that would compel you to go against your core democratic beliefs? You HAVE become Republican if you can no longer think for yourself and make the choice that is right for you, based on ISSUES, not campaign tactics.
GoBama

Posted by: becky | September 25, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a welfare check to go collect. Thank you to all the republicans for the handouts!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: becky | September 25, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPNJdOdklk

Posted by: becky | September 25, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

What is McCain's REAL reason for wanting to postpone the debate? He's SUPERSTITOUS.. remember? What's worse than debating on Friday the 13th? Double-trouble! Thirteen plus thirteen is Friday the 26th!!
Yeah, that's how we want our leader to make decisions that affect all of us - based on superstitions. . wow, scary.

Posted by: McQuote | September 25, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

So...I take it the fundamentals of the economy aren't strong?

I'm sorry but I don't want a President that has to stop everything else that he is doing to deal with one issue.

I don't see Bush stopping the war in Iraq to deal with the financial crisis, nor do I see him holding the phone on disaster recovery relief in the Galveston area. Seems like those things are still going ahead as planned.

This is a political ploy and an emabarassment on his part. He is tanking in the polls, Palin the robot is doing diddly squat with foreign leaders and shocker...the American people are seeing just how inexperienced she really is.

There are some of you that say this is a sign that McCain puts country first. Well, maybe in his senile mind he is. But you can't throw your hands up when things look bad for you and run to Washington. You just can't. Doesn't seem like a soldier to me.

Posted by: Heather | September 25, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Yeah! He's superstitious! No wonder he don't want to debate on Friday the 13th!

Oh wait, there won't be another Friday the 13th until February of 2009... man, we democrats are f'ing retarded.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Is there a democrat in the house? I could use a math tutor. 1 + 1 = 2 . . . and . . . 3 + 3 = 6 . . . sooooooo, lemmee see . . . . 13+ 13 is 26!!!!!!!!!!! OH! I git it! DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR MCCAIN! Oh no, you don't think he keeps the same underwear on until after the election, do you? Thank you on behalf of all Retards, uh, I mean Repubs, for your help with the math. Gosh, if only we could get someone in the white house who gives a crap about education, huh?

Posted by: McChelle Oquote | September 25, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

What do you want from a democrat? ;)

We aint be da smartest people on da planet... plus I gots all dis chicken grease on my 4" fingernails... dang dat be some kick-butt chicken.

Dats how I be keepin Joey Biden's head so shiney... I wipes on da chicken grease.

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

John McCain is exploiting this nation's economic crisis for political gain. He's done it before in this campaign, this gimmickry, and we should reject it now.

The debate will continue on Friday, with or without him.

John McCain has zero credibility on this issue - he admits he knows nothing about the economy, he's not on any of the relevant committees and his 'riding in on a white airplane, er I mean horse' would be an unnecessary distraction.

He knows this. Senator Obama knows this.

We all know this.

Posted by: xysea | September 25, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Plus, I want Biden in the white house... he is one sexy man.

Posted by: xysea | September 25, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

YO YO YO... All the dems in da house! Wassup my peeples!!! Jus be a month or so till my Barry be runnin dis here place!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! House of Dems!
Dream come true!! And not just ANY Dems, but trustworthy, honorable Dems!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Well, I wouldn't go that far... 1 out of every 3 black men will spend time in prison in their lifetime...

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

... the other two vote republican.

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

The mainstream media ruthlessly and endlessly repeats any McCain gaffes, while ignoring Obama gaffes. You have to go to weird little Internet sites to see all the stammering and stuttering that Mr. Obama needs before getting out a sentence fragment or two. But all you see on the networks is an eventual one or two clear sentences from Mr. Obama. Nor do you see Mr. Obama's ludicrous gaffe that Iran is a tiny country and no threat to us. Nor his 57 American states gaffe. Nor his forgetting, if he ever knew, that Russia has a veto in the United Nations. Nor his whining and puerile "come on" when he is being challenged. This is the kind of editing one would expect from Goebbels' disciples, not Cronkite's.

Posted by: Joey Biden | September 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

To quote the Walls Street Journal's Peggy Noonan, in her moment of unintended conviction, "It's over."
But then what does she and that "liberal rag" she writes for know anyhow, eh?

Posted by: scribenc | September 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Test

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

If only NOBAMA was in office instead of Clinton when I was interning... that would have been sweet!

Posted by: Monica Lewinsky | September 25, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If Mr. McCain had actually suspended his campaign when he announced it, he might have some shred of credibility left, but instead, after all the BS about country first and "Sorry Dave, I gotta catch a plane back to DC", He's still in NY primping for the cameras. shameful and childish.

Posted by: Harry Barnacle | September 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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