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Behind McCain's Decision to Suspend His Campaign

John McCain

John McCain's decision to suspend his campaign comes as two new polls show him slipping in the head to head matchup against Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Sen. John McCain's surprise announcement that he would temporarily suspend his campaign to return to Washington to help broker a deal to save the financial industry is the latest in a series of political gambits surrounding the financial crisis on Wall Street, and is sure to reshape political calculations and voter attitudes around the volatile issue.

The move is an obvious attempt by McCain and his campaign to paint the Arizona senator as above politics, willing to put aside his campaign for the good of the country.

It comes as two new national polls -- including one conducted by the Washington Post -- show McCain slipping in the head-to-head matchup against Barack Obama due in large part to voters' inclination to trust the Illinois senator to solve the financial problems of the country.

The McCain campaign believes that their candidate is at his best when he is seen as a deal-maker, willing to reach across party lines to get things done for the good of the country. This economic crisis, they believe, provides McCain a chance to show the sort of leadership that voters value in the Arizona senator.

"John McCain's leadership and experience credentials outrank Barack Obama's," said Sarah Simmons, a McCain campaign strategist, this morning. "[We are] walking through a crisis and people are looking to see how it is going to be handled."

Obama, however, refused to allow McCain to dictate the terms of the campaign's next few days during a press conference in Florida just before 5 p.m. ET.

"There are times for politics and then there are times to rise above politics and do what's right for our country," said Obama. "This is one of those times."

He added, however, that he had no plans to re-schedule Friday night's presidential debate in Oxford, Miss., as McCain had proposed in announcing the suspension of his campaign.

"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," said Obama. "Part of the president's job is to deal with more than one thing at once."

It was not immediately clear what the fate of the debate will be if only Obama decides to show up on Friday night.

Both McCain and Obama have struggled to deal with the real-time challenges of the economic crisis since it emerged on the national political landscape last weekend. Neither man is particularly well versed in the intricate complexities of the economy and have been cautious to announce their support (or opposition) to the proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial firms being pushed by the Bush Administration.

McCain appeared to be getting the worst of the exchanges on the economy -- if recent polling is to be believed.

In a new Washington Post/ABC News survey released today, Obama led McCain 52 percent to 43 percent, an edge largely built on the increase in the number of voters who believe the Illinois senator is best positioned to handle the economic crisis. A survey also released today from Fox News/Opinion Dynamics showed Obama with a 45 percent to 39 percent lead -- a significant improvement from a poll done by the same organization earlier this month that put McCain ahead by three points.

The move was announced in a statement in New York City this afternoon in which the Arizona senator said he was pulling his campaign ads down and canceling all fundraising beginning tomorrow. Obama did not respond in kind. The announcement came just hours before President George W. Bush is preparing to address the nation at 9 p.m. ET tonight on the economic crisis.

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

McCain went on to compare the current crisis in the financial markets with the attacks of Sept. 11 and called on politicians to draw on the bipartisan spirit created during those times in order to solve the economic problems of the country today.

"Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis," McCain said. "We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country."

The next 48 hours will be the equivalent of a political staring contest. Who will blink first? And, if neither candidate does, what will happen Friday night? A presidential debate with only one presidential candidate?

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2008; 5:15 PM ET
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"McCain is wrong for not showing up to debate. This maybe the only time he will be able to show that he is better than Obama."

OOOH Please, Obama isn't qualified for this people plain and simple he would have voted for this to pass without thinking twice. He's a mouthpiece that's about it.

I commend McCain for getting in the middle of it and slowing the damn thing down so it can be scrutinized.

The coveted debate that everyone seems to think needs to happen right THIS MINUTE could potentially cost the taxpayers 700 Billion dollars.

They don't need a blank check I would much rather see the government buy up the bad housing loans. That will stop the bleeding.

Banks tighten up loan criteria and ride it out.

Posted by: mthomps71 | September 26, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain is wrong for not showing up to debate. This maybe the only time he will be able to show that he is better than Obama.

Posted by: Tina60m | September 25, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain Avoiding The Debate?


McCain has pulled this stunt before....


With his poll numbers tanking, John McCain wants to pull out of the presidential debate. No, I'm not talking about tomorrow's debate with Barack Obama:


"With new polls showing his campaign dead in the water among California Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain has pulled out of a long-scheduled debate with Texas Gov. George Bush, set for Thursday in Los Angeles."

"McCain campaign officials tried desperately yesterday to put the best face on their withdrawal, even as a new Field Poll showed Bush far ahead among likely Republican voters in the winner-take-all race for the state's 162 GOP delegates."

"The bait and switch on the debate left the Arizona senator -- whose favorite campaign line is "I'll always tell you the truth'' -- wide open to blistering criticism from his rivals."

"Clearly, this is more double-talk from the McCain campaign,'' said Alixe Mattingly, a spokeswoman for Bush. "Pulling out of this debate at the last minute is an indication that they're pulling out of California, where McCain's antagonistic message clearly isn't working.''

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2000/02/28/MN62687.DTL&hw=mccain+opinsky&sn=001&sc=1000
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And clearly, McCain has a habit of trying to "cut and run" when things aren't going his way.

Posted by: DrainYou | September 25, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

So if John McCain doesn't want to debate Friday night, I have an easy solution. Send Sarah Palin in his stead.

That's what Vice-Presidents are for, right?

Posted by: davet2 | September 25, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Is Barney Frank responsible for this financial mess? Before you blame the Republicans, guess who wanted to regulate...and guess who did not want to-- Watch the vid in my blog! You will be shocked.

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | September 25, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain is doing his Job!! We tend to forget that both McCain and Obama are senators. We the taxpayers pay them a pretty hefty salary. They are not just running for office. They are senators! At a time when congress is working on such a crucial package, I would rather see my senator in Washington doing his job than spending his time, paid for by my taxpayer money, out campaigning.

Posted by: TracieSV | September 25, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

You may recall the latest in the ongoing stream of baldfaced lies that passes for John McCain's presidential campaign.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/w24davis.html?_r=3&pagewanted=2&hp&oref=slogin


This one was about his campaign manager, Rick Davis. McCain has been hammered for the large number of lobbyists running and surrounding his campaign, including Davis. But don't worry, said McCain:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/w24davis.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3&hp


"On Sunday, in an interview with CNBC and The New York Times, Mr. McCain responded to a question about Mr. Davis’s role in the advocacy group through 2005 by saying that his campaign manager "has had nothing to do with it since, and I’ll be glad to have his record examined by anybody who wants to look at it."


So reporters did. And found that he wasn't telling the truth. Not even close:


"One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 through last month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement."


Well, though, at least Davis isn't involved with his own firm anymore, right? Newsweek reports:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/160713?from=rss


"Jill Hazelbaker, the campaign's communications director, said in an e-mail Tuesday that Davis "left" Davis Manafort in 2006. In a statement attacking The New York Times, posted on the campaign's Web site on Wednesday, campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said that Davis "separated from his consulting firm, Davis Manafort, in 2006." (A senior campaign official, in an e-mail statement to NEWSWEEK that was not for attribution on Tuesday night, said "Rick is no longer affiliated with the firm.")


Oh, my... You can see where this is going, right? Yep, you guessed it. They're lying yet again. According to Newsweek:


"Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, has remained the treasurer and a corporate director of his lobbying firm this year, despite repeated statements by campaign officials that he had ended his relationship with the firm in 2006, according to corporate records."

"[McCain campaign] statements appear to have overstated the extent to which Davis had severed his relationship with his lobbying firm. Filings made by "Davis Manafort Partners" with the Virginia Corporation Commission as recently as April 1, 2008, show that Davis was still listed as one of only two corporate officers and directors of the firm, according to records on the commission’s Web site reviewed by NEWSWEEK. That filing records Davis as the "treas/clerk" of the firm; his business partner, Paul Manafort is listed as the president and chief executive officer."

"Another filing by "Davis Manafort, Inc." (with the same Alexandria, Va. address, and recorded on Oct. 17, 2007) also lists Davis as an officer and director of the firm, reporting his position as "T/Clerk," a reference to his formal title as corporate treasurer and clerk."


So... "left"? "Separated?" "No longer affiliated?" That's a hell of a definition.


What's so hard about this, for the McCain campaign? Just stop lying. It's not doing you any good. Stop already!

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

Does Rick Davis resemble Jeffery Dalmer?

Posted by: Schwank | September 25, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Alchemist, well said! You are soooo correct!

Posted by: Mike for Obama 08 | September 25, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain Lies about Campaign Suspension.

I'm Shocked....NOT!


Andrew Sullivan has reports from two different readers in two different media markets that McCain ads are up and running as relentlessly as ever.

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/what-suspension.html
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David Kurtz at Talking Points Memo reports on McCain surrogate Nancy Pfotenhauer appearing on Fox to attack Obama:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/219623.php
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And then Pfotenhauer scoots on over to the Washington Times for a friendly little chat about the campaign.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/25/live-chat-mccain-adviser-nancy-mitchell-pfotenhaue/
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Guess we'll be seeing McCain at the debates tomorrow since he's decided to keep his campaign going. Right?

Posted by: McCain is a LIAR! | September 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Now any human being with the intelligence just above that of a tree sloth should know that most senators and reps don't read the majority of the bills that pass or fail. There are how many congressmen/women in Washington? I'd say enough to handle the problem. So two people aren't in attendence- Senators running for the highest office in the world, and you're telling me nothing is going to get done without them?

Here's the deal, these companies made poor business decisions. They paid themselves exorbitant amounts of money that should have been reinvested in their companies and used to hedge against the higher risk investments they were delving into. They should have been diversifying. Remember the Junk Bond fiasco or the Derivatives problem from years back? Hello. History people. We never learn. Why? Because we're greedy and now the government is rewarding our greed. Start a company. Consolidate. Buy up everything. Adopt high risk investment strategies. Pay yourselves a ton of money. Go bankrupt. But don't worry, the government will give you more money so you can continue this track. WTF? Where's my money? My movie doesn't sell. My company doesn't survive. I didn't get a bailout package. Oh, because you allowed them to consolidate to the point of creating a virutal financial oligopoly and now you have to bail them out. Good job.

If the Republicans are so against big govermnet and for a free enterprise system sans government regulation and intervention, why are they intervening like big government in this case? Don't tell me it's the economy. Why should multi-millionaires continue to be multi-millionairs when they screw up so bad that they must be bailed out by taxpayers. They should be bankrupt as well. They should sell everything, liquidate the company's assets, distribute to investors and account holders, and save the taxpayer money for the competitors who did not screw up. Reward those who managed to make good, strong, prudent decisions, not those who acted like spoiled greedy bastards.

And finally, McCain is using an economic debacle to run from Obama. He is a dolt. He makes rash, emotional, child-like decisions that will literally end the U.S. as a global force. The empire is falling and he is exacerbating it. If anyone has studied the Ethiopians, Carthaginians, Persians, Rome, Sparta, The Ottomans, Egypt, England or any other significant empire, they know this to be true. It must end. It's going to end. It's just a matter of when and how. Mark my words, if McCain and Palin win, we will spiral down to the depths of our own arrogance and greed at an increasing rate.

Posted by: The Alchemist | September 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Can't change the facts, Obama called McCain first to issue a joint statement. I take exception to your assessment that "neither man is particularly well versed in the ....complexities of the economy. Obama has a much better handle on this matter. He first addressed the financial mess on Wall Street in March 2008,he met with some sound advisers last week and issued a 6 part plan to address the Paulson Bail out and protect tax payers. Camparing the financial crisis to the attacks on 9/11 conjures up the "old warrior" is now prepared to go to war with Wall Steet when it has been McCain's steadfast support of trickle down economics and limited government that has led to this mess. McCain once again is a Johnny come lately. Sen. Dodd said while he has been in constant contact with Obama during these negotiations, that he had not heard from John McCain. If McCain had really been aware of the seriousness of the Wall Street debacle, he might have asked questions sooner instead of waiting for the resolution to be near and then jump in trying to take credit for something others accomplished. The debates should go forward as scheduled and the Republican Governor of Mississippi agrees as he announced this morning.

Posted by: CarmanK | September 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain's ruse won't work. He knows we know there are only two reasons for avoiding debate. 1. He's too old. 2. He's too scared.

Posted by: GrampsGoin'Down | September 25, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-and-bushs-kabuki-theatre-mccain.html

Thursday, September 25, 2008
McCain and Bush's Kabuki Theatre: McCain Contacts Bush To Set Up Meeting To Prop Up His "Suspension"

Now we know why McCain hired the Bush contingent.

It emerged in the White House briefing today that McCain called Bush and asked him to initiate a meeting today at 4 pm at the White House, putatively for him to "deal with" the crisis.

That is, McCain asked Bush to help him create an avoidant trifecta: To try ti\o lend some credence to McCain's desperate assertion that a suspension of his campaign is necessary, in effect avoiding a debate in which he would face critical questions about his stance on the economy; attempting to co opt the financial crisis thereby trying to put an end to his plummeting in the polls created by his flailing positions on the economy--perhaps best reflected by his statement days ago that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong"; and, while avoiding his own debate, also buying more time for Sarah Palin after her embarrassing photo op at the UN yesterday, by moving her debate forward as well.

Here's how it happened, according to Q and A at the WHB:

McCain emailed Bush asking for the 4 P.M. meeting. Now, one reasonably might ask, why is today such a necessity for McCain, if his interest is solely the national good?

Because it is before the debate. McCain hopes to stage a meeting at the White House, thereby, with Bush's cooperation, lending plausibility to his claim to need to suspend his campaign. Then, if Republicans, in their own electoral interest, can be persuaded to come to agreement, before the debate, he would claim--in an act of utter stage management--to have "resolved" the crisis. Thereby hoping to take the heat off on his past careening stances and sliding polls and staunch the bleeding on the polls--before the debate.

This is Kabuki Theatre masquerading as substance--no different than what we saw at the U.N. yesterday.

It is utterly stage managed, utterly cynical, and utterly unrelated to the substantive deliberation necessary to actually resolve these matters on the merits and for our nation's future, rather than for short-term and desperate political advantage.

These occurrences are equally important for what they indicate about McCain's governing style as they are for their impact upon democratic process: impulsive acts that rely on drama and theatrical posture rather than substantive reasoning and long-term deliberation; a strong willingness to sacrifice substantive reasoning, deliberative process, and even prior structures and agreements to immediate political need; an attempt to reach outcomes through last minute stage management rather than substantive argument.

These should create deep concern for anyone who wishes for a change in governmental process from the past eight years.

We have an economy, rather than a campaign, to rescue. Putting nation before politics means putting all attempts to resolve it before political attempts to co opt it--and to move towards one's commitments, rather than towards a more immediate and short-term salvation.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-and-bushs-kabuki-theatre-mccain.html

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 25, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain should stay in Washington (if a deal is not in place) and send Sarah Palin to debate Obama.

(A VP is supposed to fill in for the President, no?)

Ok I don't really think that . . . just a goofy thought, but it would be amusing to say the least. I would love to see how Obama would respond to that curveball being thrown.

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

Sue your fact check is dead wrong. McCain personally said that Obama called him. Nice try.

Posted by: Mike for Obama '08 | September 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

A few things:

1. McCain is pulling a flea-flicker out of his political play-book.

2. A Politician is always a politician even when they say they are not being political.

3. What does McCain have to add to the financial equation when he has admitted he knows little or nothing about finances?

4. When you trail in the polls, you will do some desperate things.

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

Check your facts again. Even the Drudge Report will tell you, Obama called McCain first, then McCain returned his call. Not that it matters. At least Obama can multitask. Last I checked, that's an important skill for a world leader.

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

If Obama had decided to suspend his campaign first in order to get back to his present job as senator, the leftist media would have canonized him. Oh I forgot, you already have.

Posted by: Joanne600 | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

FACT CHECK:
McCain called Obama not the other way around. McCain always puts the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FIRST unlike Obammie who prefers to hang with the socialists,Marxists, communists and terrorists.Barack Hussein Obama has been treated like a rock star by the MSMM and has NOT answered questions about the huge gaps in his background, because if the truth does manage to come out, he will lose this election. I say Obammie should go to Mississippi and debate himself because he loves the sound of his own voice and never says antyhing of substance that would benefit the people of this country.

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

"In addition, 0bama, like McCain, is a U.S. Senator. There is nothing in that job description that says "Campaign for President", "engage in Presidential debate", etc. He is obligated to take care of the people's business before he takes care of his personal "extracurricular" business. He should be on Capitol Hill working on this bill."

I'm sorry, I couldn't let this ridiculous statement pass without comment. So, how many votes has Mr. McCain made or missed on the peoples' business this year? How does that compare with Mr. Obama's voting record? Or does your concern only apply to a single issue?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"In addition, 0bama, like McCain, is a U.S. Senator. There is nothing in that job description that says "Campaign for President", "engage in Presidential debate", etc. He is obligated to take care of the people's business before he takes care of his personal "extracurricular" business. He should be on Capitol Hill working on this bill."

I'm sorry, I couldn't let this ridiculous statement pass without comment. So, how many votes has Mr. McCain made or missed on the peoples' business this year? How does that compare with Mr. Obama's voting record? Or does your concern only apply to a single issue?

Posted by: JohnR | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"In addition, 0bama, like McCain, is a U.S. Senator. There is nothing in that job description that says "Campaign for President", "engage in Presidential debate", etc. He is obligated to take care of the people's business before he takes care of his personal "extracurricular" business. He should be on Capitol Hill working on this bill."

I'm sorry, I couldn't let this ridiculous statement pass without comment. So, how many votes has Mr. McCain made or missed on the peoples' business this year? How does that compare with Mr. Obama's voting record? Or does your concern only apply to a single issue?

Posted by: JohnR | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"In addition, 0bama, like McCain, is a U.S. Senator. There is nothing in that job description that says "Campaign for President", "engage in Presidential debate", etc. He is obligated to take care of the people's business before he takes care of his personal "extracurricular" business. He should be on Capitol Hill working on this bill."

I'm sorry, I couldn't let this ridiculous statement pass without comment. So, how many votes has Mr. McCain made or missed on the peoples' business this year? How does that compare with Mr. Obama's voting record? Or does your concern only apply to a single issue?

Posted by: JohnR | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, let's take Mr. McCain's explanation at face value: then we need to ask, what can the candidates provide in Congress to bring the two sides together in this moment of national crisis that the danger to the country can't do? What do they provide that is unavailable to the rest of Congress and cannot be shared over the phone? Are those special qualities and abilities of the candidates more important to the country than the candidates' debates?

Posted by: JohnR | September 25, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Don't you find it interesting how the media has been ignoring Biden's shocking gaffes/

Internet buzzes with rumours Biden will be replaced by Hillary as Obama's running mate, read more:

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Nick, you're an idiot, and Obama is going to take your state. Ha!

Posted by: Obama 2008 | September 25, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

0bama is showing that he does not have the proper instincts to be a leader. We have the financial equivalent of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor (depending on the age of the economic analyst you listen to) and 0bama is saying "you guys do all the work and let me know how you want me to vote". As the potential President who would be bound to operate by this legislation, he should be in there fighting to make sure it is what he wants. His are not the actions of a leader, but a follower.

In addition, 0bama, like McCain, is a U.S. Senator. There is nothing in that job description that says "Campaign for President", "engage in Presidential debate", etc. He is obligated to take care of the people's business before he takes care of his personal "extracurricular" business. He should be on Capitol Hill working on this bill.

Unless he is afraid that he might have to contribute to the discussion, and then he could subsequently be held accountable if his suggestions were adopted and failed. Sounds cowardly to me.

But what would you expect from an empty suit?

Posted by: Nick in Virginia | September 25, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

McCain's supporters have their heads up McCain's a-s-s, and are happy to let him put his d-i-c-k up theirs. If you support McCain, you've been f-u-c-k-e-d in the a-s-s!

Posted by: McCAnalRapist | September 25, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Palin's minister made him do it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwkb9_zB2Pg

Posted by: Linda Blair | September 25, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

This information should be part of any discussion or post regarding Senator McCain's decision, per Bob Schieffer with CBS news:

I am told, Maggie, that the way McCain got involved in this in the first place, the Treasury Secretary was briefing Republicans in the House yesterday, the Republican conference, asked how many were ready to support the bailout plan. Only four of them held up their hands. Paulson then called, according to my sources, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is very close to John McCain, and told him: you’ve got to get the people in the McCain campaign, you’ve got to convince John McCain to give these Republicans some political cover. If you don’t do that, this whole bailout plan is going to fail. So that’s how, McCain, apparently, became involved.

He has gotten what he wants, he’s going to have this meeting, kind of a summit today with the president and Barack Obama. I’m told that the leaders of both parties are getting close to having some kind of a bill. The question, though, is whether rank-and-file Republicans, especially, are going to vote for this.

Posted by: MattUF | September 25, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

time to call in Chuck Baldwin to debate this friday, the man who will come in 3rd place as our next president... its EXTREMELY sad that the third most popular man wont be able to let his voice be heard on a national scale.

Posted by: Jeff Caldwell | September 25, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

RE: jesus says barack is satan

my god, you are insane. who ever posted that is absolutely insane.

brainwashed, mindless, bible thumping fools.

did you also know that the new testament was written DECADES after the death of Jesus? and it was written not in Aramaic, but in Greek? gosh, i bet there was NOTHING lost to interpretation and translation in any of those words!

maybe you should hire Palin's witchdoctor to run him out of the country?

this is why, after being raised catholic, i refuse to go to church.

you mindless, insane fools.

Posted by: fooomonkey | September 25, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Actually "barack" translates from Hebrew more as "blessing" than "lightning." Think of the prayers which begin "boruch atah Adonoy' (pardon my bad transliteration) which in English translate to "blessed art thou oh lord our G-d."

Posted by: 66kicks | September 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

What's behind? Easy: the Old Trickster at Work! Obama is reacting the correct way and McCain is about to outsmart himself and fool no one.

We've had enough of his three-ring-circus!

Posted by: JoeG. | September 25, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"Behind the decision"? Did he -ask- anyone or just be a slacker and limit his efforts to reading a press release?

There they go again -- framing BO in the best possible light and McCain in the worst. I wish the press would get more tired of doing it than I am of watching it.

In the end the author ultimately makes it clear that all he's really thinking about is his precious-precious debate.

Posted by: James Beam | September 25, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

McCain claims he's suspending his campaign, when in fact, he's doing nothing of the sort.

He cancels on Letterman, but on the same night, tapes an interview with a national network news anchor.

Is he returning donations that come in on the net and in the mail....I doubt it.

Are his ads still running.....yep.

IOW this is yet another desperate campaign scheme to stall Obama's momentum.....and a clear indicator of what type of government McCain would run.

And neither candidate serves on the Senate Finance Committee.....so what exactly is the pressing urgency of returning to DC and cancelling the debate ?

Didn't McCain tells us just last week that the fundamentals of the economy were strong and he was going to appoint a "9-11 style" commission to "study" the problem ?

My what a difference a week and a few polls makes.

Posted by: MA | September 25, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

There ain't a pol in the world who would suspend their campaign if it's going well. No knucklehead would take a lead in the polls and throw it away. Only a loser looking for something, anything to change the game would do something that stupid.

Posted by: Susan | September 25, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

If there is such an need to go to DC then why have an interview with Katie Couric and a speech at the Global initiative? Why not just go straight to DC? Holding a press conference to say you are putting politics aside is putting politics into the equation. Just what is McCain going to be doing over the next few days in DC? A late planned photo op with the President?

Now he wants the presidential debate moved to the VP slot next week and the VP debate scheduled for a later date. That explains his motive. Country first - sure. I can't believe this combination has a chance to become president. Racism in America sucks.

Posted by: Brute | September 25, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

If McCain suspended his campaign and ads, why have I seen at least five of his TV ads this morning while eating breakfast?
Has he now decided not to suspend his Campaign? 9/25/08 Pennsylvania

Posted by: DD | September 25, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame this had to happen during then election cycle. I am an independent and appreciate that Senator McCain feels that it is necessary to go to Washington to do his job. He is after all the sennator from his state. Yes it appears on the face that it could be politically motivated. And I do not believe we should bail out these companies, but it is a very important piece of legislation and a bipartisan approach is needed. Bip[artisanship is not something I believe Obama is capable of.
I can also see Obama's desire to try and take political advantage of the current situation (polls, republican watch when this happened, etc...) but that just reinforces the public opinion that it is all about Obama himself and/or the Democrats and not the best ibnterest of our country.
I hope they save the morgagees by having the govt. take on their loans, but I'd be just as happy to tell Wallstreet, that after having protected the taxpayer that they tell the businesses that they are on their own.

Posted by: Dr. T | September 25, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

After standing in front of a microphone and reading, as he does, in the most boring drone, from an electronic device designed to assist those less intellectually gifted, Obama says, using the oldest dem mantra, "this is the greatest crisis since the Great Depression....yada yada" He then says, "call me if you need me" in other words, it's a major crisis somoeone else can handle and someone else can vote one so he can play the "I was against it from the beginning" BS! Obama is afraid to commit to this vote because he sees the disadvantage to him and democrats. It exposes Obama's incredible speed at which he got money from Fannie Mae. Yeah, I know the stupified libs claim it's from employees, but why would employees in Virginia of a GSE give so much money to an unknown? It wasn't the employees! That my friends is part of the FBI investigation! There's more here than meets the eye and OBummer is worried!

Posted by: WallyG | September 25, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Wait. Maybe Sarah sold the campaign plane on Ebay?

Posted by: trace1 | September 25, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone, anyone considered this senario??? As non U.S. citizen sure have...

THE U.S.A SPENDS 750-800 BILLION TO BAIL OUT THIER FAILED ECONOMY... THE MARKETS BOUNCE WITH CONFIDENCE ON MONDAY MORNNG.............OR DO THEY???

I just wonder if the actual financial super powers of the world don't just watch you put the money in then take ALL of the money out and watch the U.S spiral into abysmal depression.

This would be the perfect anti-mperialist demonstration. It does not take long to re-correct a new market elsewhere and the austral-asian market has already absorbed much of this shock and is still in a pretty strong position...

I would seriously think twice.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

So who exactly has a Messiah complex?

Posted by: Paul -- New Jersey | September 25, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Do John McCain and posters on this board not realize that 18 months and FIVE MILLION DOLLARS have gone into preparation for this debate? If McCain doesn't care enough about the University of Mississippi, Jim Lehrer, all the networks and thousands of media people all engaged in preparation for this debate, to spend 90 MINUTES in a debate, then he is a self-centered JERK. This is such a big deal for Ole Miss, giving them a national stage to show how far they have come since they admitted their first black student in 1962. FOR SHAME, John McCain. The economy hasn't collapse all week, it won't collapse if you spend 90 minutes in a debate.
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Posted by: ann | September 25, 2008 1:15 AM

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LOL - We need to have this debate because of Ole Miss, Jim Lehrer and the media. It costs $5 million to put on a 90-minute debate? And we are scratching our heads why this country is in an economic mess?

Posted by: Unbelievable | September 25, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

FDR ran in 1944 and so did the republican candidate, Churchill same time had labour opponents, france ransacked in 1944 had quite a few major problems still managed quite a few parties. McCain is stupid, that is what it is about. the world goes on, and the debate is still on , ok instaed of foreign policy they will debate on economy which is relevant and obama is happy to do it
why in heaven sake is not mccain unless he feels he is not fit to discuss it and try to pass the baby to bush - sorry sirree but the debate and life goes on and any candiadte who reffuses to debate in front of me of his future policy is dismal and will not get my vote...
good grief and I thought the republicans were better on economy...how wrong was I

Posted by: saintixe | September 25, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

i like obama but i still think that americans in the south and midwest are too racist to vote for a black man. i seriously doubt obama will get elected. some might say they support obama, but behind the curtain in the booth, their racism will take over and they will vote mccain.

Posted by: sami | September 25, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

McCain could spend thurs + fri in DC, fly in moments before the debate, and still make Obama look, like the fool he is.

and he will be so more Presidential, taking care of the nations business, then swooping in and running circles around Obama.

But....one must admit. Obama does not set the bar real high....uhhh....agh......uh..........duh......

Posted by: dano | September 25, 2008 6:30 AM | Report abuse

"Even in the days of Jesus Christ, according to the Bible there were witches who were manifesting through demonic forces," Palin said. "You can seek from the Lord, and if you find demonic forces you cast them out."

Maybe Palin can start a new Department of Witchcraft.

Are we really going back to Salem days?

Enough is enough.

Posted by: McRumi | September 25, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

All this mischigoss just to duck a debate with Obama? This is the single most pathetic moment in Republican history since Nixon begged Kissinger to pray with him.

Posted by: DexterManley | September 25, 2008 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Have the debate without McCain and have someone read the positions from his web site vs Obama positions on his web site. Then allow Obama to speak and any rep from McCain to do same. McCain's people don't show, too bad.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 25, 2008 5:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama said it best "enough is enough". The statement means more than George Bush. The John McCain campaign is being protected by every major media outlet in america.The republican voters are making excuses for John McCain and the media is giving McCain and Palin all the rope they need to succeed and this election. Palin maybe the next president of the United States and no one knows what she is about and Palin does not know anything about politics and the way american government is set up to be run. The american people are so much against the democrats that these so called republican middle class would rather loose their freedom than gain their independence. We will loose all respect that any country has for us if we are stupid enough to elect John McCain as president. Palin is hiding information and regards to her investigation and the republicans are still saying she can be trusted to run the country and we don't know if she can be trusted to run Alaska, and guess what republicans are so selfish that they won't ask her to show everyone that she did the right thing in Alaska. But than again that explains why america is becoming a second power. GREED

Posted by: kevin | September 25, 2008 4:32 AM | Report abuse

It's easy to suspend a campaign when it's going nowhere. This is purely a stunt and illustrates that the McCain campaign is flailing. What exactly will he do in DC for the bailout? He's not on the Finance Committee and will just get in the way. And what words of wisdom could McCain proffer since he told us a week ago that the economy was fundamentally sound....

Posted by: RickJ | September 25, 2008 4:20 AM | Report abuse

"This economic crisis, they believe, provides McCain a chance to show the sort of leadership that voters value in the Arizona senator."

Which voters? The ones who make decisions based on some tired scipt, which the media never fails to repeat, or the ones who are actually familiar with McCains execrable voting record?

Posted by: Mickey Finn | September 25, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

McCain is going to save us all from economic devastation of Friday. The exact time of the debates.

Posted by: Former McCain supporter | September 25, 2008 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the reason for McCain not wanting to debate on Friday is more complicated. I watched some news video of McCain today and noticed that it looks like there is a problem with his left eye and the left side of his face (maybe a mini-stroke?). I checked out some video of him from a week or so ago and it looks normal then. Are he and his camp possibly trying to hide some health problem that he is having? If this is true, then this election is just getting scarier and scarier! Especially after the footage I just saw about Sarah Palin and the pastor from her church on Countdown with Keith Olbermann - apparently the guy is a witch hunter? Also, this church supposedly believes that homosexuality can be cured through prayer. Are we all getting bamboozled by some demonic woman with some sort of extreme agenda who is just chomping at the bit to take over as prez if McCain's health fails? Do the words "religious cult" and "Jim Jones" ring a bell to anyone? It is truly frightening

Posted by: christine | September 25, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

"I find it really incomprehensible that Americans still do not have a clue on what Mccain represents" -Mobi

All the more reason he should show up to the debates on Friday. His stance changes daily, so I would like for him to commit to something (for more than just a day would be nice).

He is not the McCain of 2000. He is not even the McCain of March 2008. No one can claim to know what he represents when all he does is pander. I judge him by his record and his campaign "strategies", and I do not agree with his decisions.

Posted by: idealistic | September 25, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

McCain / Palin .... has become ... Unstable / Unable

Posted by: Sundance Kid | September 25, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

"Save the cheerleader, save the world"!!!

Posted by: Rekster | September 25, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse


I find it really incomprehensible that Americans still do not have a clue on what Mccain represents..well...Good for the other world powers....

Posted by: Mobi | September 25, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

NO! Keep Senator McCain out of the debate over the economy! He has screwed up enough and has admitted he doesn't know enough about it. Why does he think he is needed? Photo op? Or to make sure his friends in banking get free taxpayer money? Conflict of interest and lack of knowledge is not what we need.

Learn to multi-task, McCain. The world does not stop when there is one crisis and a President must be able to juggle all obligations. If you can't handle that, then step aside because you are not qualified.

Posted by: idealistic | September 25, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

If the American people cannot see through Obama and his reluctance to handle economics or answer any question straight then our country is doomed. Obama isn't even a real American, a middle name of our country's enemy, and has no backbone. You say something positive about that? I was proud to be an American until I read your blogs above. Do you not care about America? Do you not own anything valuable in America? Have you any education? God Help us all if any of you get in a position of importance.

Posted by: anon from ca | September 25, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain was only doing what Sen. Reid asked him to do less than 24 hours ago.

"Yesterday, Harry Reid said that consensus couldn't be achieved without John McCain's leadership". Sen. McCain stepped up and is providing that leadership today and now Sen. Reid does not want the help he just asked for yeterday.

Posted by: Dave | September 25, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Puh-lease give me a break. He could of went to Washington the day of the crisis. He could have been working on solving the economic crisis all this week, instead he wait 1 day before the presidential debates to cancel. Your ignorance cannot save you.

McCain Country fried chicken first.
Economy second.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

So, JMac jumps to suspend his campaign and ride into DC to save the country from our economic crisis, on Friday. Okay, so where was he when congressional/senate leaders with Paulson and Bernanke began negotiating terms of the bailout plan over the last 6 days?

I'll give him a D for the effort, but come on...JMac is running from his and palins poll numbers, the rick davis-fanni mac story, resurrection of keating 5, and the uncomfortable issue of the economy dominating the news cycle. It is apparent to me that he is clearly trying to drive his narrative in the press towards his favor...it's a bunch of bull if you ask me. He's over reacting at every turn. Pretty sad.

Posted by: BReal2008 | September 25, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

McCain really puts this country first at this time. It doesn't matter if you are a democrat or a republican, we need to solve the crisis first!

Posted by: Ruth Benson | September 25, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

McChicken cannot multi-task.

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

Do John McCain and posters on this board not realize that 18 months and FIVE MILLION DOLLARS have gone into preparation for this debate? If McCain doesn't care enough about the University of Mississippi, Jim Lehrer, all the networks and thousands of media people all engaged in preparation for this debate, to spend 90 MINUTES in a debate, then he is a self-centered JERK. This is such a big deal for Ole Miss, giving them a national stage to show how far they have come since they admitted their first black student in 1962. FOR SHAME, John McCain. The economy hasn't collapse all week, it won't collapse if you spend 90 minutes in a debate.
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Posted by: ann | September 25, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse


JOHN MCCAIN LEADER OR MADMAN
YOU BE THE JUDGE.

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain arrived late at his Senate office on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. “This is war,” he murmured to his aides. The sound of scrambling fighter planes rattled the windows, sending a tremor of panic through the room.


Erik Jacobs for The New York Times
John McCain said he had consulted Henry A. Kissinger on foreign policy before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Within hours, Mr. McCain, the Vietnam War hero and famed straight talker of the 2000 Republican primary, had taken on a new role: the leading advocate of taking the American retaliation against Al Qaeda far beyond Afghanistan. In a marathon of television and radio appearances, Mr. McCain recited a short list of other countries said to support terrorism, invariably including Iraq, Iran and Syria.

“There is a system out there or network, and that network is going to have to be attacked,” Mr. McCain said the next morning on ABC News. “It isn’t just Afghanistan,” he added, on MSNBC. “I don’t think if you got bin Laden tomorrow that the threat has disappeared,” he said on CBS, pointing toward other countries in the Middle East.

Within a month he made clear his priority. “Very obviously Iraq is the first country,” he declared on CNN. By Jan. 2, Mr. McCain was on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, yelling to a crowd of sailors and airmen: “Next up, Baghdad!”

Now, as Mr. McCain prepares to accept the Republican presidential nomination, his response to the attacks of Sept. 11 opens a window onto how he might approach the gravest responsibilities of a potential commander in chief. Like many, he immediately recalibrated his assessment of the unseen risks to America’s security. But he also began to suggest that he saw a new “opportunity” to deter other potential foes by punishing not only Al Qaeda but also Iraq.

“Just as Sept. 11 revolutionized our resolve to defeat our enemies, so has it brought into focus the opportunities we now have to secure and expand our freedom,” Mr. McCain told a NATO conference in Munich in early 2002, urging the Europeans to join what he portrayed as an all but certain assault on Saddam Hussein. “A better world is already emerging from the rubble.”

To his admirers, Mr. McCain’s tough response to Sept. 11 is at the heart of his appeal. They argue that he displayed the same decisiveness again last week in his swift calls to penalize Russia for its incursion into Georgia, in part by sending peacekeepers to police its border.

His critics charge that the emotion of Sept. 11 overwhelmed his former cool-eyed caution about deploying American troops without a clear national interest and a well-defined exit, turning him into a tool of the Bush administration in its push for a war to transform the region.

“He has the personality of a fighter pilot: when somebody stings you, you want to strike out,” said retired Gen. John H. Johns, a former friend and supporter of Mr. McCain who turned against him over the Iraq war. “Just like the American people, his reaction was: show me somebody to hit.”

Whether through ideology or instinct, though, Mr. McCain began making his case for invading Iraq to the public more than six months before the White House began to do the same. He drew on principles he learned growing up in a military family and on conclusions he formed as a prisoner in North Vietnam. He also returned to a conviction about “the common identity” of dangerous autocracies as far-flung as Serbia and North Korea that he had developed consulting with hawkish foreign policy thinkers to help sharpen the themes of his 2000 presidential campaign.

While pushing to take on Saddam Hussein, Mr. McCain also made arguments and statements that he may no longer wish to recall. He lauded the war planners he would later criticize, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney. (Mr. McCain even volunteered that he would have given the same job to Mr. Cheney.) He urged support for the later-discredited Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi’s opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress, and echoed some of its suspect accusations in the national media. And he advanced misleading assertions not only about Mr. Hussein’s supposed weapons programs but also about his possible ties to international terrorists, Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Five years after the invasion of Iraq, Mr. McCain’s supporters note that he became an early critic of the administration’s execution of the occupation, and they credit him with pushing the troop “surge” that helped bring stability. Mr. McCain, though, stands by his support for the war and expresses no regrets about his advocacy.

In written answers to questions, he blamed “Iraq’s opacity under Saddam” for any misleading remarks he made about the peril it posed.

The Sept. 11 attacks “demonstrated the grave threat posed by a hostile regime, possessing weapons of mass destruction, and with reported ties to terrorists,” Mr. McCain wrote in an e-mail message on Friday. Given Mr. Hussein’s history of pursuing illegal weapons and his avowed hostility to the United States, “his regime posed a threat we had to take seriously.” The attacks were still a reminder, Mr. McCain added, of the importance of international action “to prevent outlaw states — like Iran today — from developing weapons of mass destruction.”

Formative Years

Mr. McCain has been debating questions about the use of military force far longer than most. He grew up in a family that had sent a son to every American war since 1776, and international relations were a staple of the McCain family dinner table. Mr. McCain grew up listening to his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., deliver lectures on “The Four Ocean Navy and the Soviet Threat,” closing with a slide of an image he considered the ultimate factor in the balance of power: a soldier marching through a rice paddy with a rifle at his shoulder.

“To quote Sherman, war is all hell and we need to fight it out and get it over with and that is when the killing stops,” recalled Joe McCain, Senator McCain’s younger brother.

Vietnam, for Senator McCain, reinforced those lessons. He has often said he blamed the Johnson administration’s pause in bombing for prolonging the war, and he credited President Richard M. Nixon’s renewed attacks with securing his release from a North Vietnamese prison. He has made the principle that the exercise of military power sets the bargaining table for international relations a consistent theme of his career ever since, and in his 2002 memoir he wrote that one of his lifelong convictions was “the imperative that American power never retreat in response to an inferior adversary’s provocation.”


But Mr. McCain also took away from Vietnam a second, restraining lesson: the necessity for broad domestic support for any military action. For years he opposed a string of interventions — in Lebanon, Haiti, Somalia, and, for a time, the Balkans — on the grounds that the public would balk at the loss of life without clear national interests. “The Vietnam thing,” he recently said.

In the late 1990s, however, while he was beginning to consider his 2000 presidential race, he started rebalancing his view of the needs to project American strength and to sustain public support. The 1995 massacre of 5,000 unarmed Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica under NATO’s watch struck at his conscience, he has said, and in addition to America’s strategic national interests — in that case, the future and credibility of NATO — Mr. McCain began to speak more expansively about America’s moral obligations as the only remaining superpower.

His aides say he later described the American air strikes in Bosnia in 1996 and in Kosovo in 1999 as a parable of political leadership: Mr. McCain, Senator Bob Dole and others had rallied Congressional support for the strikes despite widespread public opposition, then watched approval soar after the intervention helped to bring peace.

“Americans elect their leaders to make these kinds of judgments,” Mr. McCain said in the e-mail message.

It was during the Balkan wars that Mr. McCain and his advisers read a 1997 article on the Wall Street Journal editorial page by William Kristol and David Brooks of The Weekly Standard — both now Op-Ed page columnists at The New York Times — promoting the idea of “national greatness” conservatism, defined by a more activist agenda at home and a more muscular role in the world.

“I wouldn’t call it a ‘eureka’ moment, but there was a sense that this is where we are headed and this is what we are trying to articulate and they have already done a lot of the work,” said John Weaver, a former McCain political adviser. “And, quite frankly, from a crass political point of view, we were in the making-friends business. The Weekly Standard represented a part of the primary electorate that we could get.”

Soon Mr. McCain and his aides were consulting regularly with the circle of hawkish foreign policy thinkers sometimes referred to as neoconservatives — including Mr. Kristol, Robert Kagan and Randy Scheunemann, a former aide to Mr. Dole who became a McCain campaign adviser — to develop the senator’s foreign policy ideas and instincts into the broad themes of a presidential campaign. (In his e-mail message, Mr. McCain noted that he had also consulted with friends like Henry A. Kissinger, known for a narrower view of American interests.)

One result was a series of speeches in which Mr. McCain called for “rogue state rollback.” He argued that disparate regional troublemakers, including Iraq, North Korea and Serbia, bore a common stamp: they were all autocracies. And as such, he contended, they were more likely to export terrorism, spread dangerous weapons, or start ethnic conflicts. In an early outline of what would become his initial response to the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. McCain argued that “swift and sure” retribution against any one of the rogue states was an essential deterrent to any of the others. But Mr. McCain’s advisers and aides say his “rogue state” speeches stopped short of the most sweeping international agenda put forth by Mr. Kristol, Mr. Kagan and their allies. Mr. McCain explicitly disavowed direct military action merely to advance American values, foreswearing any “global crusade” of interventions in favor of relying on covert and financial support for internal opposition groups.

As an example, he could point to his 1998 sponsorship of the Iraqi Liberation Act, which sought to direct nearly $100 million to Iraqis who hoped to overthrow Saddam Hussein. The bill, signed by President Bill Clinton, also endorsed the ouster of Mr. Hussein.

Mr. McCain said then that he doubted the United States could muster the political will to use ground troops to remove the Iraqi dictator any time soon. “It was much easier when Saddam Hussein was occupying Kuwait and threatening Saudi Arabia,” the senator told Fox News in November 1998. “We’d have to convince the American people that it’s worth again the sacrifice of American lives, because that would also be part of the price.”

Hard Calls

Mr. McCain spent the afternoon of Sept. 11 in a young aide’s studio apartment near the Capitol. There was no cable television, nothing but water in the kitchen, and the hallway reminded him of an old boxing gym. Evacuated from his office but stranded by traffic, he could not resist imagining himself at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. “There are not enough Secret Service agents in the world to keep me away from Washington and New York at a time like this,” Mr. McCain told an adviser.


Over the next days and weeks, however, Mr. McCain became almost as visible as he would have been as president. Broadcasters rushed to him as a patriotic icon and reassuring voice, and for weeks he was ubiquitous on the morning news programs, Sunday talk shows, cable news networks, and even late-night comedy shows.

In the spotlight, he pushed rogue state rollback one step further, arguing that the United States should go on the offensive as a warning to any other country that might condone such an attack. “These networks are well-embedded in some of these countries,” Mr. McCain said on Sept. 12, listing Iraq, Iran and Syria as potential targets of United States pressure. “We’re going to have to prove to them that we are very serious, and the price that they will pay will not only be for punishment but also deterrence.”

Although he had campaigned for President Bush during the 2000 general election, he was still largely frozen out of the White House because of animosities left over from the Republican primary. But after Mr. Bush declared he would hold responsible any country condoning terrorism, Mr. McCain called his leadership “magnificent” and his national security team the strongest “that has ever been assembled.” A few weeks later, Larry King of CNN asked whether he would have named Mr. Rumsfeld and Colin L. Powell to a McCain cabinet. “Oh, yes, and Cheney,” Mr. McCain answered, saying he, too, would have offered Mr. Cheney the vice presidency.

Even during the heat of the war in Afghanistan, Mr. McCain kept an eye on Iraq. To Jay Leno in mid-September, Mr. McCain said he believed “some other countries” had assisted Osama bin Laden, going on to suggest Iraq, Syria and Iran as potential suspects. In October 2001, when an Op-Ed page column in The New York Times speculated that Iraq, Russia or some other country might bear responsibility for that month’s anthrax mailings, Mr. McCain interrupted a question about Afghanistan from David Letterman on that night’s “Late Show.” “The second phase is Iraq,” Mr. McCain said, adding, “Some of this anthrax may — and I emphasize may — have come from Iraq.” (The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it came from a federal government laboratory in Maryland.) By October, United States and foreign intelligence agencies had said publicly that they doubted any cooperation between Mr. Hussein and Al Qaeda, noting Al Qaeda’s opposition to such secular nationalists. American intelligence officials soon declared that Mr. Hussein had not supported international terrorism for nearly a decade.

But when the Czech government said that before the attacks, one of the 9/11 hijackers had met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence official, Mr. McCain seized the report as something close to a smoking gun. “The evidence is very clear,” he said three days later, in an Oct. 29 television interview. (Intelligence agencies quickly cast doubt on the meeting.)

Frustrated by the dearth of American intelligence about Iraq, Mr. McCain’s aides say, he had long sought to learn as much as he could from Iraqi opposition figures in exile, including Mr. Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress. Over the years, Mr. McCain often urged support for the group, saying it had “significant support, in my view, inside Iraq.”

After Sept. 11, Mr. Chalabi’s group said an Iraqi emissary had once met with Osama bin Laden, and brought forward two Iraqi defectors who described terrorist training camps and biological weapons efforts. At times, Mr. McCain seemed to echo their accusations, citing the “two defectors” in a television interview and attesting to “credible reports of involvement between Iraqi administration officials, Iraqi officials and the terrorists.”

Growing Impatient

But United States intelligence officials had doubts about Mr. Chalabi at the time and have since discredited his group. In 2006, Mr. McCain acknowledged to The New Republic that he had been “too enamored with the I.N.C.” In his e-mail message, though, he said he never relied on the group for information about Iraq’s weapons program.

At a European security conference in February 2002, when the Bush administration still publicly maintained that it had made no decision about moving against Iraq, Mr. McCain described an invasion as all but certain. “A terrorist resides in Baghdad,” he said, adding, “A day of reckoning is approaching.”

Regime change in Iraq in addition to Afghanistan, he argued, would compel other sponsors of terrorism to mend their ways, “accomplishing by example what we would otherwise have to pursue through force of arms.”

Finally, as American troops massed in the Persian Gulf in early 2003, Mr. McCain grew impatient, his aides say, concerned that the White House was failing to act as the hot desert summer neared. Waiting, he warned in a speech in Washington, risked squandering the public and international support aroused by Sept. 11. “Does anyone really believe that the world’s will to contain Saddam won’t eventually collapse as utterly as it did in the 1990s?” Mr. McCain asked.

In retrospect, some of Mr. McCain’s critics now accuse him of looking for a pretext to justify the war. “McCain was hell-bent for leather: ‘Saddam Hussein is a bad guy, we have got to teach him, let’s send a message to the other people in the Middle East,’ ” said Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts.

But Mr. McCain, in his e-mail message, said the reason he had supported the war was the evolving threat from Mr. Hussein.

“I believe voters elect their leaders based on their experience and judgment — their ability to make hard calls, for instance, on matters of war and peace,” he wrote. “It’s important to get them right.”

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse


MCCAINS INSIDERS SAY MCCAIN NOT PREPARED FOR THE DEBATE AND THEY ARE AFRAID IT COULD ALL COME TO A CRASHING END ON FRIDAY. MCCAIN HAS NOT PRACTICED AND SPENDS LONG PERIODS OF TIME SLEEPING LATELY.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

FACT:

The GOP run a McCain ad at 11:44 on Sept 24 during CBS affiliate WPEC local news in West Palm Beach. It ended, "I'm John McCain and I approve this message." I watched it myself.

Suspended campaign, eh?

Posted by: Booksnmore4you | September 25, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Best line on the blog today?
Webwatch at 8:33, to McCain...
"...fire your team of Karl Rove wannabe's and stop this circus.
If you say "Country First" mean it."

Posted by: JEP | September 25, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me, McCain just will not let the election be about the American People,This will not work, he woke up and so the polls and said oh they are not talking about me I am loosing, fact if any of John McCain supporter think that he is better on Foreign Policy than Mr Obama listen to his statements again fear is his strategy it work for Pres Bush with the blank check we gave him for Iraq, so McCain is thinking it work well for Bush why not him on the bailout, the war, not this time McCain. The debate will go on Friday with or without you.

Posted by: Damian | September 25, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

So, Jesus used Lightning (Barack in Hebrew) to literally describe SATAN! He
then tied his “Coming” to the appearance of “Barack” or Lightning aka
SATAN! Many political pundits describe the charisma of Barack Obama as “Messianic”
! Perhaps they should read their Bibles closer and see it is really SATANIC
CONTROL!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

After the Swift Boaters took on Kerry and Saxby slandered Chambliss, the shock value of "attacking a vet" is long gone. And it's not as if Obama is attacking McCain's veteran status -- just his technology literacy, which seems relevant in the 21st century. The Biden comment just reinforces Obama is willing to suffer dissent within his White House, something the current resident famously does not tolerate.

Posted by: About that Disabled Vet Ad | September 25, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

"Barack may translate to "lightning" in hebrew"

Really?

Posted by: DDAWD | September 25, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Nice republican theatre

McCain is a good actor and deserve to win the an OSCAR. Therefore the republicans continue insulting the intelligence of the people in USA.
Same old tactic of the fear. Bush goes to media give a speech, focused in the fear, with face that sucked sour lemon: "Our economy is dangerous".
Then laster McCain give his show to media as a great leader worried with the future of the nation, calling all the parties to solution crisis. But week ago he said "our economy is strong".
And thus focusing in the fear they deceive same stupids and idiots in USA that elected Bush by second time.
The debate not brings any damages for the job in Washington, because all know that nobody will work 9 p.m. of the Friday to approve the Bush bailout package.
It sound clearly as more one tactic to stop the growing of Obama in the polls and bring the focus to McCain, putting Obama as a lain of the history.
They want with it to pass the following ideas: Obama isn't so worried with the economy; And McCain is the leader to solution the problem.
Oh my God! I don't know how the Americans accept this circus during so many time. Or really do they like of circus and clown politicians?

HUGS FROM BRAZIL FOR ALL CONSCIOUS CITIZENS IN USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 25, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

So Mccain says "the bailout needs to be studied it needs more attention!"

Hey John, to bad you didnt take any quality time to study the Iraq War a little more!
Word has it "you were one of the first in line" to sign the articles for War!

Leadership we can believe in baloney!

"Real change we can believe in,"
dump the GOP!

Posted by: rube | September 25, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

McCoward running away from the first debate. He is such a coward that he won't allow Sarah Palin to talk freely what's in her mind. He expects her to sayonly the words that are put in front of her through a teleprompter. The only discussion that happened between Sarah Palin and Hamid Karzai was comparing notes on each others babies. What's the point in suspending a campaign. And what's the point in suspending ads? Does he physically have to be present at the TV stations when they air the ads? Anyway all he says is "I am John McCain. I approve this message." The rest of the ads are written by professional marketing firms to whom McCain pays millions (tax payer money f course).

I would rather see this McChicken work at McDonalds than in the white house.

Posted by: Ron Phelan | September 25, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

2 things to think about.

1. Did Bush and McCain have this all set up before today? Bush says this is the worst economic crisis of all time. The end of the world is coming. THIS IS HIS PRESIDENCY! No statement of hope, just more fear mongering. We must attack Iraq, if not the free world will end and we will lose the war on terror! Did you see him tonight. He was scared to death. And, him calling in Obama for a meeting. Why? Neither McCain or Obama is on the committees working on the bill. And, the major hold-up is coming FROM THE REPUBLICANS! But, Bush needed to help out McCain Because McCain already said he was coming and Bush want to try to make Obama look bad. With the economy in the shape it is in, Bush/McCain have politicize this to the hilt.

2. The debate is supposed to be on foreign policy. Did the war on Terror end? N.Korea just announced it was restarting its nuclear reactor. It is reported that Iran is a year away from a nuclear weapon. 18 Americans have died so far in Iraq this month and there are over 200 terrorist attacks in Iraq a month. Russia is still in Georgia. The war in Afghanistan is being lost and Secretary Gates says we can't get any U.S. troops there until April because we are all tied up in Iraq. There are real, serious, and immediate foreign policy issues that need to be address. McCain's desire to postpone the debate (and, by the way, Palin's debate too - big surprise) is shameful. We had presidential debates during the Iranian hostage crisis. We had them right after the Cole bombing. They have never been postponed. McCain is a coward and desperate. Just the termperment we need in the White House. Read George Will's column yesterday where he said McCain is too erratic and dangerous to be President. Yes, George Will!

Posted by: MarvAlan | September 24, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Barack may translate to "lightning" in hebrew, but Mccain translates to
"disfunctional" in english!

Posted by: ruiz | September 24, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain has a 26-year record of disdain for oversight and regulation of financial institutions. He calls off the presidential debate as to offer his "day late & a dollar short" oversight for the bailout
of said institutions that have crashed due to lack of political oversight and regulation created by hacks like himself!

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

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

Posted by: rube | September 24, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin Supporter ?????????

If you folks are not seriously considering jumping ship , and having feelings of embarrassment ( you should be ). Your McCain/Palin ticket is quickly becoming the laughing stock in American politics. McCain wanting to suspend the first debate is nothing more then saying he is not ready and Palin is not ready for prime time.

Listen there really isn't a soft way to put this; Palin on the Katy Couric interview just verified the fact that she takes stupid to a whole new level. This ticket is just way to Risky and not ready to lead ( Period ).

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

Did Jesus Claim Barack Obama is SATAN?

In Luke 10:18 Jesus I beheld Satan as Lightning fall from Heaven. How does a Jewish Rabbi, which Jesus is credited with being (John 1:38), say in HEBREW, that Satan is like LIGHTNING from heaven?

Barack, also transliterated as Baraq in Hebrew, is LIGHTNING (Strongs Hebrew word 1300). Even in Greek, Barak is LIGHTNING (Strongs Greek word 913) for the name of a person!

The ONLY WAY, a Jewish Rabbi can say in Hebrew that SATAN is LIGHTNING is, SATAN BARACK!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

What can a man who has staff like Carly Fiorina possibly have to say about the economy?

He obviously supports multi-million dollar golden parachutes for failure heads of corporations, and he's been in bed with lobbyists in the past, so he's very much pro-big-business and could care less about the average American.

$5 Million as a cutoff for the rich? Come on! This guy is seriously out of touch. Just another politician in it for the power and money.

Posted by: Evelyn | September 24, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Anoy wrote;

What a joke of a paper this Washington Post outfit is;

Conduct a "Poll", contact 18% more Democrats than Republicans. "Poll" more African Americans who are voting 95% for Obama, higher than the relative percentage of African Americans of the total US Population.

That's not a poll.

That's a campaign commercial for their candidate.

Does the Post have an ounce of Morality or Ethics present,...anywhere.....from anyone who 'works' there....anyone.......anybody.....?

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


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You must still be under the impression that this a "news organization", you are mistaken.

The post is an all Lib Club where you have to check your brains at the door.

Laugh it off. their polls are always way off and everbody knows it.

They don't have any reporters over there. Just Lib Commentators.

you cannot take any poll from the post with any seriousness.

Posted by: dano | September 24, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

"Conduct a "Poll", contact 18% more Democrats than Republicans. "Poll" more African Americans who are voting 95% for Obama, higher than the relative percentage of African Americans of the total US Population."

Hey, moron, learn to read. More blacks are polled so that they can still do a statistically significant breakout. The oversample is not included in the general populace numbers, only when the split says "AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS"

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | September 24, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

What a joke of a paper this Washington Post outfit is;

Conduct a "Poll", contact 18% more Democrats than Republicans. "Poll" more African Americans who are voting 95% for Obama, higher than the relative percentage of African Americans of the total US Population.

That's not a poll.

That's a campaign commercial for their candidate.

Does the Post have an ounce of Morality or Ethics present,...anywhere.....from anyone who 'works' there....anyone.......anybody.....?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows he is getting killed on the economy and is desperate to put it behind him.

McCain's hope is that showing a command of international issues at this Friday's "international issues" debate will give him a boost. BUT he knows that won't happen if the economic issue is still out there. If that is the situation, the debate on "international issues" will be diluted by economic issues, which will further hurt McCain. By getting a deal in place before the debate, McCain hopes to take the bailout off the table.

So, at the end of the day, this isn't about country first for Sen. McCain -- its about campaign first.

That's leadership?

Posted by: Chicken John Afraid to Debate | September 24, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Suspend your campaign? Great!

Pass up the debate and give Obama a two-hour nationally televised interview? Fantastic!

Say hi to the loser's circle, Sen. McCain.

Posted by: McCain=Toast | September 24, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

He's 72, he's had a recurrence of melanoma 8 times, he's tired, his diaper is full of poop, as he is also, his money is suddenly running low, he's off message , he's dropping like limestone in water, and they've just discovered the Wasilla Wonder is not a Phi Beta Kappa. Oh , why didn't we choose Kay Bailey Hutchinson. She also a right wing nut, but at least she's informed.

Posted by: major teddy | September 24, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

It's sickening that Obama supporters would denigrate McCain's service in VN and even that of other vets. Just like what the Bushies did to Kerry.

Different sets of followers, different ideologies, same kind of people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:34 PM
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by Col. David H. Hackworth
John McCain is being hailed by the press as a "genuine war hero." But is he a war hero in the conventional sense like Audie Murphy and John Glenn?
Or is his "war hero" status the creation of a very slick publicity campaign that plays on flag, duty, honor and country?
For sure, McCain has the fruitsalad a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars , two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service gongs.
On a purely medal count basis, he outweighs Murphy and Glenn, who both for years repeatedly performed extraordinary deeds on the ground or in the air against an armed enemy.
McCain's valor awards are based on what happened in 1967, when during his 23d mission over Vietnam, he was shot down, seriously injured, captured and then spent 5 1/2 brutal years as a POW.
In an attempt to find out exactly what the man did to earn these many hero awards, I asked his Senate office three times to provide copies of the narratives for each medal. I'm still waiting.
I next went to the Pentagon. Within a week, I received a recap of his medals and many of the narratives that give the details of what he did.
None of the awards, less the DFC, were for heroism over the battlefield where he spent no more than 20 hours. Two Naval officers described the awards as "boilerplate" and "part of an SOP medal package given to repatriated (Vietnamera) POWs."
McCain's Silver Star narrative for the period 27 October 1967 the day after he was shot down to 8 December 1968 reads: "His captors… subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly towards the eventual abandonment…" of such harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese.
Yet in McCain's own words just four days after being captured, he admits he violated the U.S. Code of Conduct by telling his captors "O.K, I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
A Vietnam vet detractor says, "He received the nation's third highest award, the Silver Star, for treason. He provided aid and comfort to the enemy!"
The rest of his valor awards issued automatically every year while he was a POW read much like the Silver Star. More boilerplate often repeating the exact same words. An example: "By his heroic endeavors, exceptional skill, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces."
Yet McCain's conduct while a POW negates these glowing comments. The facts are that he signed a confession and declared himself a "black criminal who performed deeds of an air pirate." This statement and other interviews he gave to the Communist press press were used as propaganda to fan the flames of the antiwar movement.
Accounts by McCain and other writers tell of the horror he endured: relentlessly beatings, torture, broken limbs. All inflicted during savage interrogations. Yet no other POW was a witness to these accounts. 
A former POW says "No man witnessed another man during interrogations… We relied on each other to tell the truth when a man was returned to his cell."
The U.S. Navy says two eyewitnesses are required for any award of heroism. But for the valor awards McCain received, there are no eyewitnesses, less himself and his captors. And they're not talking.
Our POWs in Vietnam were treated appallingly. The Viets would either break a POW or kill him. POWs provided info beyond name, rank and serial number or they didn't come back.
Based on these stalwart men's horrific experiences, the Code of Conduct has been changed. A POW says, "Now the training is to give them something… don't risk permanent damage to health, mind or body." 
McCain refused an early release. An act of valor? Three former POWs told me he was ordered to turn it down by his U.S. POW commander and he "just followed orders."
McCain certainly doesn't appear to be a war hero by conventional standards, but rather a tough survivor whose handlers are overplaying the war hero card.
David H. Hackworth died in June 2005, he was a much-decorated and highly unconventional former career Army officer who became a combat legend in Vietnam. Col. Hackworth received 78 combat awards — including a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and eight Purple Hearts — during his 25-year military career which spanned the Korean and Vietnam wars..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

It's sickening that Obama supporters would denigrate McCain's service in VN and even that of other vets. Just like what the Bushies did to Kerry.

Different sets of followers, different ideologies, same kind of people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

TURN YOUR BACK ON MCCAIN AND HE'LL STAB YOU IN THE BACK...FLASH BACK MAYBE?

Posted by: COL. KLINK | September 24, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Another Rove move distract them from the Rick Davis issue ! tell them the country needs you and you must react, paint your opponent as uncaring and insensative to the needs of every day people.

Come America if McCain can't figure out how to have a debate and make decisions impacting the nation ! do you really want him to be POTUS !!! He has already stated the economy is not his thing ! what good will he be in this debate.

Posted by: dewey | September 24, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that the only thing Obama does is talk about change. He has never even said what that "change" might be.
I bet 100% that the change will be for the "worse".

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

Mccain down another 4 points on Intrade in just an hour.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain wants Charles Keating out of today's news.

Posted by: georgepwebster | September 24, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I've said before that Barack Obama, if he were a company, would be at the top of the Fortune 500. Two years ago hardly anyone knew who he was. Now,he is poised to become president. He has put together a nationwide campaign organization better than anyone ever has. He has raised almost $400 million, mostly from small contributions. He has brought in advisors from both sides of the aisle. He has impressed foreign leaders, and has been cool under fire. No one can truly say he doesn't have experience. John mccain's been running for president for 9 years and has turned himself into a revolving door joke. I salute his five years of captivity, but ask, what the heck has he really done in the 35 years since? Voted against regulations before he was for them.

Posted by: mike l | September 24, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

SORRY REPUBLICANS. BUT, BOTH MCCAIN AND PALIN ARE CREEPS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Good point, you get an A+


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Interesting that Obama doesn't feel the need to suspend his own campaign while he meets with Bush and McCain tomorrow..... Perhaps because Obama has confidence in his own running-mate, Biden, to be able to carry on while he is away?

McCain's ill-thought-out decision to suspend his campaign while he heads to DC only highlights the ineptitude and inexperience of his VP pick.

If she can't take over for a few days, how in the world will she help run the country?
Posted by: VAreader | September 24, 2008 10:01 P

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

>> Please Believe me, flying combat in Viet Nam was a cake walk to flying combat mission in ww2.


Yeah? Then explain why the navy felt the need to establish the top gun program?
Here's the quote:

According to the US, the results were dramatic as the Navy kill-to-loss ratio or exchange rate against the North Vietnamese Air Force (NVAF) MiGs soared from 3.7:1 to 13:1, while the Air Force, which had not implemented a similar training program, actually had its kill ratio worsen for a time after the resumption of bombing, according to Benjamin Lambeth's The Transformation of American Airpower - wikepedia

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2

Its already been explained, read the whole comment. No VietNam pilot had to endure 8 to 10 hours flying to a target or facing 100 enemy aircraft in the skys at once. Vietnam was not an Airwar, what don't you understand. You are simply questioning some kill rate ratios which has nothing to do with actual flying conditions. That would come under tactics.

Posted by: Ward Cleaver | September 24, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Obama doesn't feel the need to suspend his own campaign while he meets with Bush and McCain tomorrow..... Perhaps because Obama has confidence in his own running-mate, Biden, to be able to carry on while he is away?

McCain's ill-thought-out decision to suspend his campaign while he heads to DC only highlights the ineptitude and inexperience of his VP pick.

If she can't take over for a few days, how in the world will she help run the country?

Posted by: VAreader | September 24, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

soccermom, it was Obama's idea to have a joint statement on the bailout with mccain. He called mccain this morning and they agreed. But mccain came out with his own statement so it could look like he took the initiative. Obama stayed in Fla. because he believes mccain was trying a politcal ploy. And he was. Canceeled Letterman (can you say "celebrity"?) appearance at last minute because he had to fly to DC, yet was being interviewed by Katie Couric at the same time. Also, he's meeting with Indian minister tomorrow morning. So much for rushing back to DC. The man is a fraud, trying to make up for all his flip-flops on the economy. While it appears that both Obama nd mccain will meet with bush tomorrow, Rep. Frank is correct in saying that neither one has anything to do with the bailout discussion as neither are on the banking committees. Obama is looking more presidential because he is the unflappable one, as suggested by conservative Post columnist George Will. Mccain is running aroud like the proverbial headless chicken trying to make people, like you, believe he knows what he is doing.

Posted by: stryker | September 24, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The Commander in Chief must be able to keep many balls in the air, comportably and successfully, at the same time!

Both presidential candidates have their private campaign jets and can be from Oxford, Mississippi and Washington in two hours, if needed.

Since Sarah Palin is only a heart beat away from the presidency if they are elected and must jump in in the case of crisis perhaps she should stand-in and bebate Obama at Ole Miss.

Posted by: Tipper P. Dickens | September 24, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: alexadav | September 24, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

"I see Obama will do what McCain does! Hillary was right. The man is not ready to lead.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:48 PM "

If you think Shillary would have done anything different, you are dreaming.

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

McCain is flailing. He is so desperate. And so transparent. If he feels his input is so vital to this process then why is he just going to Capitol Hill tomorrow? Why not earlier this week? Or today? He is still in NYC and will be attending a Bill Clinton event tomorrow morning in the Big Apple. So why the delay, John?

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

re: Experience comments ---

Bush has eight years of experience being President. Look at the fine job he's doing.

"Buddy, can you spare a dime...?"

--- an Independent for Obama
Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 9:50 PM
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THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

re: Experience comments ---

Bush has eight years of experience being President. Look at the fine job he's doing.

"Buddy, can you spare a dime...?"

--- an Independent for Obama

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis threw another "Flash Bang Grenade" I told you in previous posts that he would do this. Here is the reason for todays grenade.


NEW YORK TIMES 9/24/08

"...The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years...


"....As president of the Homeownership Alliance, Mr. Davis received $30,000 to $35,000 a month. He, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have characterized the alliance as a coalition of many housing industry and consumer groups to promote homeownership, but numerous current and former officials at both companies say the companies created and bankrolled the operation to combat efforts by competitors to rein in their business. The companies dissolved the group at the end of 2005 as part of cost-cutting in the wake of accounting scandals and, at Freddie Mac, a lobbying scandal that forced out its top Republican lobbyist....

On Monday, the McCain campaign attacked The Times for its account of those payments to Mr. Davis, saying the paper was “150 percent in the tank” for Mr. Obama. Mr. Davis said that he had worked not for the two companies but for the advocacy group, which included other organizations as well and, he said, was focused only on promoting homeownership....

..After the Homeownership Alliance was dissolved, Mr. Davis asked to stay on a retainer, the people familiar with the deal said. Hollis McLoughlin, who was chief of staff to Richard F. Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive, arranged for a new contract with Davis Manafort at the reduced rate of $15,000 a month, they said..."

The unintended victim is...well, remember George F. Will's comment "McCain has lost his head"

Posted by: Rick Davis threw another 'FLASH BANG GRENADE" | September 24, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"Where does Obama stand on the $700 Billion dollar givaway that the republican morons cooked up last week?

Right beside McCain and all the other piggies at the trough."


I see Obama will do what McCain does! Hillary was right. The man is not ready to lead.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"This is Bush's last scare tactic of his Presidency..."

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Oh goodness... I hope, you're right. Unfortunately, I have not seen one economist say, that this 700 billion dollars will actually FIX the problem. They all seem to treat it as a temporary solution to the next crisis.

Most Americans are already losing their shirts... and now, we're expected to bail out the criminals who first stole from us.

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh right. I forgot about the experience a candidate needs. It's true, very true that Obama lacks the proper experience becoming a representative of our proud government:

He has had so little time. Give him a chance and he may surprise you. Who knows? In time he might be cruising for gay sex in Minneapolis airport restrooms or he may even aspire to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans in the real estate and credit markets like McCain did for so many years. He may even get a chance to rack up some sweet pork like McCain did over his illustrious career.

Just give him a chance to shine.

Posted by: Angry GenX | September 24, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

>> Please Believe me, flying combat in Viet Nam was a cake walk to flying combat mission in ww2.


Yeah? Then explain why the navy felt the need to establish the top gun program?
Here's the quote:

According to the US, the results were dramatic as the Navy kill-to-loss ratio or exchange rate against the North Vietnamese Air Force (NVAF) MiGs soared from 3.7:1 to 13:1, while the Air Force, which had not implemented a similar training program, actually had its kill ratio worsen for a time after the resumption of bombing, according to Benjamin Lambeth's The Transformation of American Airpower - wikepedia

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"I was also, where were you deployed?"

1st,2nd and 7th Cavalry Division and ASA. Korea 9th Div Vietnam

If you're really a vet I won't argue with you. Too much horror shared.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Where does Obama stand on the $700 Billion dollar givaway that the republican morons cooked up last week?

Right beside McCain and all the other piggies at the trough.

Posted by: Angry GenX | September 24, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

This is Bush's last scare tactic of his Presidency. If Bush was serious about fixing Wall Street he would have done this years ago when it would have an impact. His shameless move now is insincere and too late. Now id McCain what to jumb when McCain Pulls his string thats up to him. The debates should go on with an empty chair representing McCain/Bush/Schmidt/Rove which would represent the last 8 years and the shameless way they forcing themselves on a complex problem without accountable.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain knew he was going to run out of money with the hit his rich patrons took on Wall Street speculation.

Maybe McCain is running to protect the interests of his millionaire friends and backers -- which is now far more important to them than his presidency or the campaign.

Prisoner of war? How about prisoner of his wealth and puppet of his wealthy powerbroker associates --- who show themselves to be no friend of his?

Like Bush Senior threw his re-election away by not campaigning til it was too late to stop Clinton, the Republican powers-that-be are throwing this election away.

Rob the Treasury, make a getaway, and leave a big mess in a deep hole for the Democrats to fix.

Posted by: DrDan | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding?

Nobama said "I'll be in Florida, I told them to call me if they need me."

McCain is smart - again he's putting this country before his own political aspirations. He'd rather lose an election than lose this country's financial future.

He loves this country, and Obama only loves himself.

Obama was flat-footed today when McCain suspended his campaign.

And now, guess who's going to Washington with McCain? You guessed it. Going with his tail between his legs. I'm sure he's fuming because McCain got the better of him today.

He's a senator from Illinois, and he should be there representing the people from his state, not himself.

See ya Obama. Just lost the election.

Posted by: soccermom | September 24, 2008 9:32 PM
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JOHN MCCAIN, TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.
Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
*********** ************* ************** *********** ***********
Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Biggest Gimmick of all time. McCain is the worst. I am so glad I decided to support Obama.

Posted by: GoHuskies08 | September 24, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain was shot down on his 23rd mission. During WW II they retired you after 25 missions for fear of pushing your luck or pushing you over the edge mentally!

All of you who scoff at McCain's POW record try getting blown out of the sky once.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:21 PM

Please Believe me, flying combat in Viet Nam was a cake walk to flying combat mission in ww2. Vietnam was nowhere near the airwar as ww2. Vietnam pilots were mostly flying close support missions of bombing here and there. WW2 pilots sometimes flew 8 to 10 hours just to get to the target, on top of that they had to face sometimes 50 maybe 100 enemy aircraft in the skys at one time. So please don't even make that comparison again, its an insult to the ww2 pilots who really fought for survival. Lame Brain McCain spent his time crashing into telephone wires while flying trying to showoff flying low.

Posted by: Ward Cleaver | September 24, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Better yet... I challenge anyone on this board to enumerate the various talents and qualities they imagine McCain has that make him a better candidate for the job of president than, say, Oprah, Britney Spears, Bozo the Clown, Colonel Oliver North, or that creepy, old alien Larry King?

Thank you.

Posted by: Angry GenX | September 24, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

You tell us why a man who has served for less than 4 years in Congress, two of which he spends running for president, is qualified to be commander in chief! What major legislation has he pushed thru to become law?

Talk is cheap. Where does he stand on the 700 billion giveaway. Will he vote yes no or present?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding?

Nobama said "I'll be in Florida, I told them to call me if they need me."

McCain is smart - again he's putting this country before his own political aspirations. He'd rather lose an election than lose this country's financial future.

He loves this country, and Obama only loves himself.

Obama was flat-footed today when McCain suspended his campaign.

And now, guess who's going to Washington with McCain? You guessed it. Going with his tail between his legs. I'm sure he's fuming because McCain got the better of him today.

He's a senator from Illinois, and he should be there representing the people from his state, not himself.

See ya Obama. Just lost the election.

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

McCain blown out of the sky? Make that man president. POW? He's got the right stuff for the job. Right?

Without mentioning Obama and his obvious lack of military experience, please explain to our dear readers how exactly a military background is more valuable preparation for an individual to succeed as the president who can best address ALL the problems we suffer as a nation RIGHT NOW, than perhaps other types of backgrounds and preparations one might bring?

Posted by: Angry GenX | September 24, 2008 9:28 PM
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It's not.

FACT SHEET: Unremarkable Military record of John Sidney McCain III
Both McCain III’s father and grandfather were Admirals in the United States Navy. His father
Admiral John S. ”Junior” McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe - later commander of
American forces in Vietnam while McCain III was being held prisoner of war. His grandfather
John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
McCain III, like his father and grandfather, also attended the United States Naval Academy.
McCain III finished near the bottom of his graduating class in 1958.

McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft
1 - Student pilot McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus
Christi Bay while practicing landings.
2 - Pilot McCain III lost another plane two years later while he was deployed in the
Mediterranean. ”Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines
which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the
son of an admiral.
3 - Pilot McCain III lost number three in 1965 when he was returning from flying a Navy
trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game. McCain III radioed, ”I’ve got
a flameout” and ejected at one thousand feet. The plane crashed to the ground and
McCain III floated to a deserted beach.
4 - Combat pilot McCain III lost his fourth on July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to
the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk combat pilot. While waiting his turn for takeoff, an
accidently fired rocket slammed into McCain Jr’s. plane. He escaped from the burning
aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft,
and threatened to sink the ship.
5 - Combat pilot McCain III lost a fifth plane three months later (Oct. 26, 1967) during his
23rd mission over North Vietnam when he failed to avoid a surface-to-air missile. McCain
III ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently
parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi. After being pulled from the lake by the North
Vietnamese, McCain III was bayoneted in his left foot and shoulder and struck by a rifle
butt. He was then transported to the Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton.

1973 New York Daily News labeled POW McCain III a “PW Songbird”
On McCain III’s fourth day of being denied medical treatment, slapped, and threatened with
death by the communist (they were demanding military information in exchange for medical
treatment), McCain III broke and told his interrogator, ”O.K., I’ll give you military information if you
will take me to the hospital.” U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former
POW John McCain.
It was then that the communist learned that McCain III’s father was Admiral John S. McCain,
the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific. The Vietnamese rushed McCain III to
Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable
for U.S. POWs.
By Nov. 9, 1967 (U.S. government documents) Hanoi press was quoting McCain III describing
his mission including the number of aircraft in his flight, information about rescue ships, and the
order of which U.S. attacks would take place.
While in still in North Vietnam’s military hospital, McCain III gave an interview to prominent
French television reporter Francois Chalais for a series titled Life in Hanoi. Chalais’ interview with
McCain III was aired in Europe.
Vietnamese doctors operated on McCain’s Leg in early December, 1967.
Six weeks after he was shot down, McCain was taken from the hospital and delivered to a
U.S. POW camp,
In May of 1968, McCain III allowed himself to be interviewed by two North Vietnamese
generals at separate times.” May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain
In August 1968, other POWs learned for the first time that John McCain III had been taken
prisoner.
On June 5, 1969, the New York Daily News reported in a article headlined Reds Say PW
Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral, “ . . . Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of
United States Commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having
bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since
being taken prisoner . . .” The Washington Post explained McCain III’s broadcast: “The English-
Language broadcast beamed at South Vietnam was one of a series using American prisoners. It
was in response to a plea by Defense Secretary Melvin S. Laird, May 19, that North Vietnam treat
prisoners according to the humanitarian standards set forth by the Geneva Convention.”
In 1970, McCain III agreed to an interview with Dr. Fernando Barral, a Spanish psychiatrist
who was living in Cuba at the time.
The meeting between Barral and McCain III (which was photographed by the Vietnamese)
took place away from the prison at the office of the Committee for Foreign Cultural Relations in
Hanoi (declassified government document). During the meeting, POW McCain sipped coffee and
ate oranges and cakes with the Cuban.
While talking with Barral, McCain III further seriously violated the military Code of Conduct by
failing to evade answering questions ”to the utmost of his ability” when he, according government
documents, helped Barral by answering questions in Spanish, a language McCain had learned in
school. The interview was published in the in January 1970.

McCain III was released from North Vietnam March 15, 1973
In 1993, during one of his many trips back to Hanoi, McCain asked the Vietnamese not to
make public any records they hold pertaining to returned U.S. POWs. McCain III claims, that
while a POW, he tried to kill himself.

McCain III was awarded “medals for valor” equal to nearly a medal-and-a-half for each
hour he spent in combat
For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded
McCain III, the son of famous admirals, a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished
Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a
dozen service medals.
“McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat,” explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former
chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs -- the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam
since the 1973 fall of Saigon.
“Since McCain got 28 medals,” Bell continued, “that equals to about a medal-and-a-half for
each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more
than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations where I’m sure
a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how
many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.”
For years, McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and
biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed
to gloss over his failures as a pilot and his collaborations with the enemy to become America’s
POW-hero presidential candidate.
For more information: www.againstmccain.com www.usveterandispatch.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain blown out of the sky? Make that man president. POW? He's got the right stuff for the job. Right?

Without mentioning Obama and his obvious lack of military experience, please explain to our dear readers how exactly a military background is more valuable preparation for an individual to succeed as the president who can best address ALL the problems we suffer as a nation RIGHT NOW, than perhaps other types of backgrounds and preparations one might bring?

Posted by: Angry GenX | September 24, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"The move is an obvious attempt by McCain and his campaign to paint the Arizona senator as above politics, willing to put aside his campaign for the good of the country.... Obama, however, refused to allow McCain to dictate the terms of the campaign's next few days during a press conference in Florida just before 5 p.m. ET."

How cool that you can now read minds when reporting on these candidates.

You have stopped writing like a reporter and are now writing like a novelist with an omniscient perspective.

Now that Bush himself called and asked Obama to attend a meeting on the crisis at the white house & Obama has accepted will you post a news item that describes how Obama is obviously posturing for attention and leadership points, too?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 24, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN WAS INVOLVED IN MORE JET CRASHES THAN ANY OTHER PERSON WHO FLEW A JET!

Posted by: U.S. NAVY | September 24, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"Well sorry for trifling with your trifling debate, Anonymous."

Iy's ok China doll.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I was also, where were you deployed?

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I was in Nam when you draft dodgers cut and ran.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so eager to get back to work in Congress, then let them have the debate Friday night and start work Sat morning!

Posted by: FLRepublican | September 24, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Thats why the Republican Party is trying to hide Palin...

Palin will be grilled about messed up events in her life. "WITCHCRAFT" WTF...

"TROOPERGATE" "UNWED PREGANCY" What else is she trying to hide? It just get uglier and uglier!

MCCAIN has no scruples!

Bring on Rev. Wright can't be as bad as this sh*t!

Posted by: The Pres. | September 24, 2008 9:02 PM

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THE COKE HEAD WHO BEAT GOING TO JAIL BY GOING IN THE MILITARY AND HIS WONDERFUL PARENTS WHO RAISED SUCH A FINE FAMILY.


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THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

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

This Just in! The Nation Calls McCain's Bluff!
Debates on as scheduled. The man can't fy planes with any skill, graduates in the bottom 5 of his class and can't even call a good bluff. He is such a national treasure.

Posted by: John Bluff McCane | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I was in Nam when you draft dodgers cut and ran.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"commanding officer of a training squadron stationed in Florida."

You've got to be kidding. Medals courtesy of his father.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and then after being passed over for promotion, he decides to commit adultery with a younger blonde heiress and move into politics.
Don't you kids have any sense of morals any more?

Posted by: FLRepublican | September 24, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Now Obama actually has a good excuse ducking his head from being accountable, "absent", which is a good thing that brings not a shame like "present", he's runnig for president.

Is Obama really ready to be President? Will he able to handle the daily pressure of making difficult decisions? Or,.. do I feel good about this...?

During the last several days of this economic crisis, he was silent for a while and later repeated himself, "We need a plan..... We need a plan..."
We all knew that,.. but what plan?

But it's Obama. he knows how to sweat-talk the crowd with his eloquent sense of empathy with our needs. Of course, most of the time, we feel fine if we find someone who empathizes with us in difficult times.... ..
So, at the end of the elegant speech and the emotional heap, when the lights are out, we, on our way home, wonder what he said, "Solution?? What solution??? the problem?? uh, uh, nothing..."

And it's still Ok. "Obama ain't goin' nowhere near that White House..,to be sure."
He's just fine,with me, keep'n that sweat talk.

Posted by: honkiedarn | September 24, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama should come out and say, "Hey, I don't have to be physically in Washington to monitor what's going on and be involved. We have computers, we have emails. Why can't John just keep in touch via ema... ooooooooooooh."

Posted by: Jimbeau | September 24, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain was shot down on his 23rd mission. During WW II they retired you after 25 missions for fear of pushing your luck or pushing you over the edge mentally!

All of you who scoff at McCain's POW record try getting blown out of the sky once.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

HEY REPUBLICANS...YOU HAVE TO LEAVE OBAMA SOME MONEY WHEN HE TAKES THE WHITE HOUSE!

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

Well sorry for trifling with your trifling debate, Anonymous.

But seriously, I think you may want to read the REST of my comment before you jump out at the first apparent disagreement you may have with it, MR. (or is it Ms.) self appointed protector of the democracy.

Posted by: Angry GenX | September 24, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

"Oh you served for six years? And now you are with the guy who in all his talk about Iraq never ever mentions the word "victory" once?"

Again, when and where did you serve to speak so lightly of war? Armchair general? Are you even 18? You say victory. Tell me what you won Anon.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Having been rehabilitated, by late 1974, McCain had his flight status reinstated, and in 1976 he became commanding officer of a training squadron stationed in Florida.[53][56] He improved the unit's flight readiness and safety records,[57] and won the squadron its first-ever Meritorious Unit Commendation. - Wikipedia

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Osama bin Laden is almost as accessible to the media as the McSame/Palin team.

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I suppose that's why Barack sat down with the right-wacko O'Reilly?

McCain and Palin are terrified of the media.

Big difference.

And now he's afraid of debating.

Yellow.

Posted by: McRumi | September 24, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

If only "one" candidate shows up? Invite the libertarian candidate, whoever that is. He can bring Alan Greenspan with him to show how the elites would NEVER do anything to hurt them so government is responsible for this mess. So there.

Posted by: george11 | September 24, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

AINT THIS A B*TCH?

BUSH BURNING THE BRIDGES OF DUDES WHO MADE HIM MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

BUSH LOOKS A LITTLE WORRIED.

BUT LIKE CLINT EASTWOOD SAID.

A MAN HAS TO KNOW HIS LIMITATIONS!

SO I SAY TO YOU WALL STREET CEO'S AND EXECUTIVES GET YOUR ASSES UNDER THAT BUS!

GOOD JOB PRES. YOU GO BOYEEEEEEEEEEEE

Posted by: POOR PEOPLE | September 24, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The clown is on can't stand to see his mouth move without saying anything. The man belongs in an orange jumpsuit with DOC on the back not the white house.

Posted by: Ron | September 24, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

"McCain was commanding officer. Obama was community organizer. Not exactly the same kind of CO!"

OK. Now you're just being ignorant. McCain was a POW and bottom of his class.

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

Mccain neber commanded men other then a token job he had running a training base in Florida a job his father got him. Are you going to tell me to tell me John Mccain with his high school education and next to last in his class navel academy finish, you want for the leader of the country?
He has never held a job in his life or even brought home a paycheck.
He never built a business ran a company in fact did anything on his own without someone else doing it for him. First his family, then his wife, whose father by the way, bought him his political career.

The man is in such an intellectual rut, he can't even turn on a computer. Heck, I would like to know how he manages his senatorial duties being to technologically illiterate? This is the man we want to lead our country? A man who even lacks the curiosity or initiative to even keep up with the times. Lets be honest, he is a moron and it would take an even bigger moron to vote for him.

John Mccain is a complete and utter dunce. Totally lazy and unaccomplished his whole life all the way back to his high school days. I won't even get into his years as an admitted drunk confirmed by everyone who knew him. Please give me a break. John Mccain, they really scrapped the bottom of the barrel when they nominated this loser.

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McCain was commanding officer. Obama was community organizer. Not exactly the same kind of CO!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:05 PM

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

Our economy is sound and strong. That's why you should not give away 700 billion dollars. Only gullible Dems would buy that dog and pony show. And it looks like they will.

Who's the bigger fool then? Bush or the guy who will hand Bush the money?

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

For any doubters, McCain and his economic team clearly have a proven economic track record to bring to Washington. As McCain said a few months ago about Phil Gramm: "He’s probably the smartest – not just economist, but politician – there is."

Phil Gramm (in July):
"We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline" despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy.

"You've heard of mental depression? This is a mental recession."

Old news, right? By the way, how many of you Republican posters out there voted for our current Economist-in-Chief?

Posted by: bnevison0 | September 24, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"Can anyone imagine him dealing with the Iranian thug, Korea, China, Russia, Chavez et al??"
Unlike McCain with Spain, he'd know who our allies were and he wouldn't be singing Bomb,bomb Iran. Get serious.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

WAIT!
MR. BUSH...DID YOU SAY THAT OUR ECONOMY IS IN JEOPARDY.

MCCAIN JUST LAST WEEK SAID OUR ECONOMY WAS SOUND AND STRONG!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

FACE IT AMERICA THE HONORABLE SENATOR MCCAIN IS TRULLY A GREAT PATRIOT, A MAN OF IMPECCABLE COURAGE A MAN OF UNQUESTIONABLE INTEGRITY A MAN WE CAN DEPEND ON IN TIMES OF HUGE DISASTERS AND LIKE MY MYSELF
A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY SECOND GUESS!!!

Posted by: K RAY | September 24, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain was commanding officer. Obama was community organizer. Not exactly the same kind of CO!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

If, if McCain is successful in dealing with this mess, Obama should be looked at as the naif he is. The Congressional Dems, Obama's own advisors: Raines, Johnson, Gorelik, all ought to be held responsibile for this economic mess
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You are ignorant. Mccain is tanking because he and his campaign staff are demonstrable LIARS. The NYT article peeled the outer layer of the reeking onion that is Mccain. If you'd bother to read you'd be embarassed to throw up the blatant falsehood about Johnson and Raines. And you run hide from shrub, the worst president ever, with the right wing trickle on mantra as the only religion the right wing has. Please tell me, from your post: how is a cranky feeble 72 year old going to resolve this? Last I looked, gramps was in the MINORITY party. Is he already annointed king in your head?

Posted by: fillyfansux | September 24, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh you served for six years? And now you are with the guy who in all his talk about Iraq never ever mentions the word "victory" once?

What a commander in chief he will make eh?

Retreat retreat retreat! Let leave Iraq to Iran!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. The economic situation is so dire that McCain believes he must suspend his campaign, cancel the presidential debate, and no-show for tonight's program on David Letterman. But .... he's available for an interview on CBS tonight and can attend the Global Initiative conference tomorrow. THEN he'll head to Washington to solve all America's economic woes, even though he doesn't "know much about the economy".

On the other hand, Senator Obama is capable of multi-tasking: monitoring and participating in the bail-out negotiations in Washington while managing his campaign operations AND preparing for Friday night's debate.

Let the debate go on. Perhaps McCain's very qualified second-in-command, Ms. Palin, can sit in for her boss. That's her role after all. So is she ready or is she not?

Posted by: Barbara Campbell | September 24, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Thats why the Republican Party is trying to hide Palin...

Palin will be grilled about messed up events in her life. "WITCHCRAFT" WTF...

"TROOPERGATE" "UNWED PREGANCY" What else is she trying to hide? It just get uglier and uglier!

MCCAIN has no scruples!

Bring on Rev. Wright can't be as bad as this sh*t!

Posted by: The Pres. | September 24, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse


Present 130 of over 4000 votes. Get your facts correct. And by the way:

Do you even "KNOW", what it means to vote present? Unlike John Mccain who just never even bothers to show up and vote. To vote present means you are here and ready to vote but what you are voting on is not ready to be voted on in your opinion. There are things in it you support and things you don't. You want to see it worked on some more so instead of just voting "YES" like a lot of senators do who are too lazy to fight for what they believe in. Or voting "NO" and killing what may be a good bill if it was just worked on, you vote "PRESENT" meaning "Im am here and ready to vote but not on what has been presented to me".

IT IS A "GOOD" THING TO VOTE PRESENT, IT MEANS YOU ARE THERE READY TO WORK AND TAKE YOUR JOB SERIOUSLY BUT NOT SOME STOOGE WHO WILL JUST SIGN ANYTHING MANY TIMES THINGS THEY DIDN'T EVEN READ.

If you see someone who has no present votes, they were probably not even there half the time. "LIKE JOHN MCCAIN"


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How much multitasking skill does it take to vote present more than you vote yes or no?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

the 5 stages of grief:

1) Denial. I'm not losing, I'm not running away from these debates because I'm afraid. I have important business in washington where all the world will watch me expound upon my advanced economic idears. I'll pound on the table, I'll point my finger real pointy, and I'll blame Bush, you watch!

2) Anger. How dare Obama and the American people ask me, John McCain to meet this messiah in a debate, I WILL NOT LOSE! Screw you democrats, you ....sputter ... socialists!

3) Bargaining. Look, let's quit campaigning for a while, you know, until the heat is off. let's start talking about how cute Sarah is again.

4) Depression. Oh no, that Obama character is not going down in flames like Karl said. This is what I get for listening to that fat slob, he has bigger boobs than sarah, what a bummer

5) Acceptance. John! Get that gun out of your mouth!

Posted by: grief | September 24, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

News Flash: The candidates were invited to meet with Bush at 3:15 on Thursday. That leaves the old man plenty of time to get his sorry ass in gear and get on down to Miss. for the debate with Obama on Friday night. The American people need to see this showdown, and if McCain turns tail, he will be seen as a cowardly weakling.

Posted by: Vote for Change | September 24, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"Oh so you love the military now?"

I served six years. I was shot and saved by own of those multitaskers. How about you?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Responding to McCain suspending his campaign to address the economic crisis, Obama said that if they [Congress] need me, they’ll call me.

Yes, Obama wants to continue with his campaigning and the upcoming debate rather than show leadership and fulfill his role as Senator. In what has to be the quote of the day, if not the election, Obama said:

“Apparently, this was something that, you know, he was more decisive about…”—Barack Obama speaking about John McCain action to stop campaigning.

McCain rolls up his sleeves and says ‘let’s get something done.’ And Obama says ‘call me if you need me.’

Saying the President needs to do more than one thing at a time - and yet, Obama himself was holed up in Tampa, FL, not campaigning, but preparing for the damned debate on foreign policy. In other words, focusing on the debate about foreign policy, NOT the financial bail-out. The man is total B.S. !

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 24, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I say let Palin debate.

I believe she saw Russia from her window once. What more is needed?

I think there are a few other qualified folks for other border states such as Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michegan, New York, Maine who are similarly qualified who could also be drafted to enlighten us on Republican foreing policy views. They have peered over at Canada and Mexico and had deep thoughts.

Make it the Palin/McCain ticket and have done.

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

At this point the election is almost irrelevant to me. Knowing what I know, we are on the brink of an economic depression. If there is no bailout things will spiral out of control very quickly. In my opinion the bailout gives us about a 25% chance of averting a depression in the next 2 years.The outlook is not good. This started in the late 90's when the Clinton administration pushed for more minority home ownership, enlisting Freddie mac and Fannie Mae to spearhead the program. It then spread throughout the mortgage industry due to weak regulations of mortgage brokers, appraisers and lenders. The selling of portfolios was the fuel for the fire to spread.

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

Get a grip. The Republican rank and file are just waiting for the signal from McCain. They don't want this socialist bailout. If McCain says no deal 90 percent of the Republicans will also vote no. Pelosi, Reid and Obama will then be left in the most awkward position of standing side by side with Bush on a bailout the public clearly disapproves.

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

This is another attempt to throw Obama off his stride--based on the poll results noted above. Do we want a President who lurches into bizarre directions, trying to shake things up (see George Will's latest column)? Or do we want a thoughtful, steady hand?

I think the debate should go on. If McCain can't make it, Sarah Palin can substitute. Since she has foreign policy experience (she can see Russia from Alaska) and has met the Mayor of Kabul (I mean the President of Afghanistan), she is fully qualified to debate foreign affairs.

Posted by: deepthought | September 24, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

lets see the debate would reach 40 million viewers seems like the perfect place to discuss the worst financal disaster since the depression great place to agree or disagree what should be in that proposal.

You dont have to be in DC to get your point across dont be scared face the people
the debate only takes 2 hours tops.

Posted by: Im mccain and i dont know my message | September 24, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Osama bin Laden is almost as accessible to the media as the McSame/Palin team.

Please do not ask me any questions, McSame said. Please... only photograph my $5,583.00 face.

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

McCain can hop in his wife's jet anytime and make the debate. Who are you people trying to kid other than yourselves.

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

Look like the bail out will replace "the dog ate my homework." I guess baseball games will now be canceled for this reason. As will trials, real estate closings and who knows what else. What BS? McCain is not a member of any committee with jurisdiction, is totally lacking in relevant expertise, and has yet to say one word of substance on the present financial crisis.

Posted by: mnjam | September 24, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"A presidential debate with only one presidential candidate?": if sen. McCain is not willing to debate with sen. Obama, why not Sarah Palin instead of him?

Posted by: M. Jelmini | September 24, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is tanking on Intrade. Down 10 points in a day. People are not buying his BS.

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

"Do you honestly believe that surgeons don't multitask? Some of the best doctors came out of MASH units. Or do you just hate the military?"


Oh so you love the military now? You need to keep up with the time then. There are no MASH any more. They are Combat Support Hospitals now.

And what the hell does MASH doctors have to do with multitasking? You must be watching too many reruns of that old show where Hawkeye is flirting with the nurse while cutting the soldier up. Doesn't work like that in real life dude. Your surgeon does that you die.

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

"Who are we to demand trifling debates from him?"

We are American citizens who have a right to know more about the candidate's positions before we elect them. These candidates are public servants. "Trifling debates?" You feel theses debates have little importance? What country are you writing from, China? Yes, perhaps we should put the debates off until after the election.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain / Palin
Unstable / Unable *

*sources:
George Will / Laura Bush

Posted by: Clean House in DC | September 24, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to my wife and I that so many Americans cannot see through the illusion of this socialist pacifist faux Messiah. Can anyone imagine him dealing with the Iranian thug, Korea, China, Russia, Chavez et al?? He has no experience with economic issues except to raise campaign funds. If, if McCain is successful in dealing with this mess, Obama should be looked at as the naif he is. The Congressional Dems, Obama's own advisors: Raines, Johnson, Gorelik, all ought to be held responsibile for this economic mess. The FBI might actually find that out. As to the MSM ABC driven polls finding a 9% lead for the Messiah: Dems were overpolled by a 3-2 margin. Polls such as Ras, RCP and the Battleground polls show the true race: so close that this act of leadership by McCain may give him back the lead.

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

3. McCain is a humble patriot. He doesn’t like to toot his own horn. Contrary to what you may have heard, McCain is one of the top economists in the world. His deep understanding of the most recondite subjects of global finance and economics is well known. But alas, his solemn prognostications about the fragile state of our economy fell on deaf ears for years. Had we just taken him more seriously for the past 8 years we may have narrowly avoided this impending disaster.
Now is not the time to prevent this man from his selfless efforts to rescue his constituents, and possible the nation.
Please. Please give this beautiful human being a chance to (as Sean Pdiddy Coombs once remarked) do his “beautiful mind thing” when he gets to Wash D.C. before you all rip into him for trying to duck out of a scheduled debate with Obama. Ok?
Posted by: Angry GenX
___________________________________________
If your post was not just snark, my apologies for missing the serious point in the obvious humor in it. If you are at all serious then I understand why you are angry, belief system collapsing and all.

Posted by: md83 | September 24, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama promised the people of Illinois that he would be their voice in Washington. Where has been? Practically anywhere other than Washington.

Obama is now trying to tell the American people that he will be working hard in Washington to solve all of their problems. Where is now? Practically anywhere other than Washington.

It would be nice if Senator Obama would do the job he was elected to do before trying to get a promotion. This citizen of Illinois has no confidence that he can manage the country when he has shown no ability to manage the affairs of our state. His indifference to the current national crisis is appalling.

I'm not sure what kind of president McCain will make, but I appreciate that he has his priorities in order. Of course, the liberal haters would be saying just the opposite if Obama went back to Washington and McCain attended the debate alone. It is beyond most of them to admit a conservative is right, even when it is obvious.

Posted by: Seen my Senator? | September 24, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain's grandstanding is pathetic and stupid. He would also love to cancel the debates for him and his cipher as a twofer. He's trying to seize the "presidential high ground" by acting like he is fixing things, ala Bush... ACTING LIKE HE IS FIXING THINGS HE F*CKED UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Posted by: SoonerThought.blogspot.com | September 24, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Things are tough over people, and I know how hard it is for you to wake up each morning and not stick a gun in your mouth.

I know, I feel the same way, especially now. I want to show all of you how I'm suffering from my own stupidity, just like many of you - see, I'm the kind of guy you'd like to share a suppository with.

I'm John McCain and I approved this message.

Posted by: John McCain | September 24, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"Well if you are dying on the operating table do you want the surgeon to focus on you or do you want him to multitask? Duh!"

Do you honestly believe that surgeons don't multitask? Some of the best doctors came out of MASH units. Or do you just hate the military?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I can’t understand why people are up in arms about McCain’s debate delay request. We should gracefully accept that McCain must return to the hard work of helping to solve the impending crisis. Who are we to demand trifling debates from him?

Of these two champions of our well being, I must say that John McCain’s conscientiousness is unsurprising.

If any man is needed more in Washington to save us now it surely must be John McCain.

Here’s why:

1. The man was on the front lines this war on credit crunch, he fought deep in the trenches working hand-in-hand with consumer advocacy groups to stem the growing abuses in the real estate market, fighting for the people long before the bubble burst.

2. He was an effective ally in insulating his home state, Arizona, from over-speculation, unscrupulous and even criminal lending practices, poor investment or any other nastiness this boom and bust are having on the rest of the country. In fact, Arizona to date has one of the most stable and prosperous real estate markets in the world. Arizona should be proud of their native son. Right?

3. McCain is a humble patriot. He doesn’t like to toot his own horn. Contrary to what you may have heard, McCain is one of the top economists in the world. His deep understanding of the most recondite subjects of global finance and economics is well known. But alas, his solemn prognostications about the fragile state of our economy fell on deaf ears for years. Had we just taken him more seriously for the past 8 years we may have narrowly avoided this impending disaster.

Now is not the time to prevent this man from his selfless efforts to rescue his constituents, and possible the nation.

Please. Please give this beautiful human being a chance to (as Sean Pdiddy Coombs once remarked) do his “beautiful mind thing” when he gets to Wash D.C. before you all rip into him for trying to duck out of a scheduled debate with Obama. Ok?

Posted by: Angry GenX | September 24, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

More from "Behind the McCain Move" . . . .

"Well I fooled "anonymous" who posted at 8:33 PM, so why can't I fool the rest of America too?"

Posted by: wardropper | September 24, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Well if you are dying on the operating table do you want the surgeon to focus on you or do you want him to multitask? Duh!

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

I'm not sure. Something about McCain's decision doesn't pass the smell test.

Posted by: Nick | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN YOU ARE TRULY THE GREATEST MEDIA FEEDER OF ALL TIME TO BAD IT HELPS OBAMA AND NOT YOU! FEED ME BABE! FEED ME!

Posted by: K RAY | September 24, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The news media should get a backbone! Call McCain's debate delay tactic what it is, a political stunt to look presidential and bi-partisan when it comes to his political weakness, the economy.

The McCain campaign saw how the polling numbers were turning back into Obama's favor on the economy combined with Joe Biden's fiery foreign policy speech today and pulled out another late "major political stunt".

This whole financial market crisis happened 10 days ago! If McCain wanted to appeal presidential and bi-partisan, he would have suggested this action 9 to 10 days ago. But after stating that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong" and he was against the AIG bailout but did a 24-hr 180 degree turn and was for the bailout, McCain realized he was falling again in the polls.

McCain and Palin can't hide forever from the media and the electorate! The most insulting part of the McCain campaign backing out of the debate is that they wanted to move the Friday Sept. 26th debate to the same date as the VP debate on Oct. 2nd and then reschedule the Biden-Palin at a later date.

How insulting is this to the American people?

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 24, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Behind McCain's Move?

Well, it's something like this:
"I wonder just how stupid the American people are . . .
Do you think that if I pretend to be more concerned with the nation than with my presidential campaign, they will warm to me and give me their votes?"

"Whaddya mean, NO! ?"
"They are NOT that stupid?"
" . . . . Oh, my giddy aunt . . . . "

Posted by: wardropper | September 24, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a Punk!!! Anyone can see this phoney is stalling cuz he knows nothing about what the hell is going on especially regarding the economy. The phoney war hero punk is even trying to shield Palin from questions for fear she will say or do something stupid. He picks a VP running mate then tries to hide her from the public. This guy is a BIG loser idiotttt! I am not Democ-RAT or a Republi-CON but an independent, but anyone can see the BS McCain is putting forth. The BS is thick with John McCain! Whew it stinks!

Posted by: PeeWee Sinclair | September 24, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

How much multitasking skill does it take to vote present more than you vote yes or no?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM | 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: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain has been a huge disappointment so far .... and to think I respected the guy in 2000. McCain if there is any prayer of hope for you on Nov. 4th, fire your team of Karl Rove wannabe's and stop this circus.
If you say "Country First" mean it.

Posted by: Webwatch | September 24, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

This is such an obvious political ploy only the McCain true believers or those easily duped by transparent propaganda will give him any political acclaim. As has been widely reported, Congressional leaders have come close to agreement with the Bush administration on key aspects of the proposed bailout bill. Representative Barney Frank said this afternoon he believes a bill will be passed within "a few days."

McCain is completelely irrevelant to the negotiations between leaders of Congress and Secretary Paulson. Yet McCain wants to create a potential major photo-op and propaganda ploy by making a bold entry, claiming he helped broker a deal, saving the global financial system.

The vast majority of informed Americans will easily see through this phony "suspension" of his campaign and this obvious political stunt.

Posted by: Independent | September 24, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"McCain would rather save the country than save his election. That's why I am voting for him, and am now writing my first check of this campaign."

Ha...just getting round to that? One of McCain's many devoted supporters.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Well if you are dying on the operating table do you want the surgeon to focus on you or do you want him to multitask? Duh!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

It should be more than obvious who really cares about our Country and the people and who just wants to be a politician with little or no basis. I hope obama is the only idjut who shows up at the debate. Where would you want your leader to be; standing alone at a political debate blowing their horn or trying to resolve a national financial disaster that is impacting all of us?

Posted by: 688i | September 24, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

So, the Democrats are like little rabid Chihuahuas going after Sarah Palin but nobody seems to be talking about Biden's recent gaffes-- did not know who was president during the Great Depression and thought TV was invented then, lol. Check the vid clip in my blog:

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

If Dems are so smart how come they are even talking about giving Bush 700 billions to give away four months before his term is over? Who's the bigger fool?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

While we are full ourselves commenting on this trick political play by the McCain camp...who is paying attention to the 700 billion? Where is that money going to go, Folks? The Federal Reserve is not a governmental institution. We gotta wake up...our attention is being redirected.

Posted by: twirl | September 24, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"Part of the president's job is to deal with more than one thing at once."

Ouch! Extremely well played, Mr. Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

He saw the polls. He's not ready to debate, and neither is Palin. I'm all for giving people the benefit of the doubt and extra time to think about things, but this is ridiculous. Besides, Barack's right. Sometimes the president might just need to think fast and multitask. Gee.

Posted by: JPB | September 24, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

One can only watch McCain and wonder what the GOP leadership thinks about the future of this republic.

Best possible case for them. No debates; no Palin press conference; go negative, stoke the racism thing and hope for the best.

Pathetic.

Posted by: jfp | September 24, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Pop Quiz

(time limit-3 seconds)

What do John McCain and Colonel Sanders have in common?

Posted by: mister.earl | September 24, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama is in a hurry to to be president.He would rather see our credit situation worsen over the weekend to take advantage of it.Goes well with his suggestion to Iraqi leaders to postpone troop withdrawals till elections.What an opportunist.Does this man even care about our country?

Posted by: country1st | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Hi, I'm not much on talking. I don't really no to much. Heck I am the first to admit that I am not the brightest bulb in the lamp. But I like many other McCain supporters know that to vote for McCain is the right thing to do because we don't have to think. McCain is the man who will do all of our thinking for us. Our only job is to vote McCain and then just sit back and put our trust in McCain and Palin. Sure some say McCain is old, if something happens Palin will step in, she is right for the job especially in dealing with Russia. Remember she is from Alaska and she can see the coast of Russia from Alaska so that should stand for something. Obama being from Chicago can't see Russia so how can he be qualified? The democrats are voting for a man they know nothing about. We know all about Palin now since its all been reported on the news the last 2 weeks. Palin/McCain 2008!

Posted by: A Fool who loves McCain | September 24, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Country first??? Nope. It's McCain first. So let's get this straight. McCain told an interviewer earlier this year that he didn't know much about economics but was reading Greenspan's book! And yet McCain feels HE is needed to rescue the country from economic disaster? Right! Come on! This is a PLOY to DELAY BOTH McCain and Palin from having to debate. CNN is reporting that McCain's camp wants the Presidential debate to be Oct. 2, thus postponing the VP debate! (until...umm... maybe NEVER?!) What a joke.

Posted by: Tina | September 24, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once"


Julius Caesar II, Shakespeare

Posted by: Run, Duck, Hide. Flee | September 24, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

SurveyUSA says that only 10% of Americans support a delay of the debate. Sorry McCain, we see through your political gimmick!

Posted by: Tanya | September 24, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

EXTRA-LEGAL GOV'T "TARGETING" OF AMERICANS:
A ROOT CAUSE OF WALL STREET MONEY MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation -- to cede effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis. But is that entirely true?

Is a network of extra-judicial programs "targeting" American citizens by offering them "easy credit" a root cause of the mortgage meltdown?

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 24, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

JUST READ IDSW BLOG AT 7:55 9-24 08
SOUNDS LIKE GOOD SOUND ADVICE HOPE MCCAIN DOESN'T READ IT AND PRETEND ITS HIS, ANYWAY I THINK YOUR STATEMENTS MAKE MUCH SENSE MORE THAN THE CANDIDATES , EXPRESSING HOW SWEDEN HANDLED A SIMILAR MELT DOWN CRISIS...IDSW FOR PRESIDENT!!

Posted by: k ray | September 24, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I've read most off all these comments and the one thing that no one has really hit on is the fact that McCain is not multi-tasking here. This would be the classic situation in which to do so. It would put to bed the age factor. But instead he's pandering to the undecided b/c he's down in the polls. The last time we had a president who was governed by the polls was Richard Nixon. For those of you who don't remember his years as POTUS, he was referred to as King Richard...ala Richard III. He too had a bad relationship with the press and lied and procrastinated with the Watergate investigation. And eventually had Capitol Hill in an uproar until he sealed his fate with the 16 minute gap in the tapes requested by Judge Sirica. He did open the doors to trade with China...and now we deal with tainted goods from there....autism is suspiciously high amongst infants today. And now they own our debt...except for this $700B which has yet to be allocated.

I'm not so sure I understand why the VP nominees who are inasmuch seeking the role of President of the Senate aren't rushing to DC instead of the Presidential nominees. The VP has more legislative responsibilities as opposed to the President.

Posted by: eww | September 24, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain admitted months ago that the economy isn't his strong suit so what good does he think he will do in crafting a $700B rescue package. Both he and Obama should be there for open debates and voting in the senate but they are not needed before that and will only further politicize an already volatile situation. We do need to hear from our candidates on the issues, McCain could have suggested that they swap the order of the debates to focus on the economy first but I suspect that this might be as much about trying to avoid the debates on foreign policy as anything else.

People trust Obama on the economy and when he does well in the debate on foreign policy as well he'll have the election sewed up and McCain just might want to avoid that. Just a thought.

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

O must, must, must show up on Friday!!!!

Bill Clinton will not be happy about Mac suspending his campaign: because it helps BO. Because if O sticks to his guns and appears at the debate on Friday regardless of whether Mac does, O probably closes out the election for good. For Mac, it would be the political equivalent of a Roberto Duran "No Mas."

Read this great excerpt from Paul Slansky's piece in HuffPo today, "Note to Clinton" complaining about Bitter Bill's past week of campaigning on TV and elsewhere AGAINST Obama:


"Oh, and stop talking about how much you like Senator McCain. Have you forgotten the vile joke he told a decade ago at your wife's and daughter's expense? Let me remind you: "Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? She's the child of Janet Reno and Hillary Clinton." Are you saying, Bill, that you can forgive McCain for calling Chelsea "ugly" but you can't forgive Obama for defeating Hillary?

If Obama loses a close election -- one in which even one state where you could have made a difference goes for McCain because you sat home and pouted -- it will be on you. We will remember that you couldn't be bothered to rise above your petty resentments for something as trivial as saving your country from the enemies of everything you profess to believe in. We forgave you for Monica, Bill, but we won't forgive you for this." END

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is p-ssed because he's been totally focused on prepping for the debates, and like always he couldn't care a rat's @ss about doing his job and earning his salary as a Senator, or attending to the needs of this country before the need to feed his ambition.

McCain would rather save the country than save his election. That's why I am voting for him, and am now writing my first check of this campaign.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | September 24, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain's "suspension" of the campaign is what one would expect of a Communist when things aren't going well. Stop the competition.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 24, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain wants to suspend the debate because in doing so gives him credit for thinking about suspending the debate which was Obama,s suggestion on working out the details and Ole man Cain jumps on television to announce it as if it (were his own concern only born of his idea) what a heel. He would like the people to think the republicans are in control when if fact they are manifesting a new can or worms- read here:
http://action.credomobile.com/blog/

Posted by: grdn_nell | September 24, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin
Unstable/Unable*

*sources:
George Will/Laura Bush

Posted by: time to clean house | September 24, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked this debate is about foreign policy, are the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan going to get a time out too for the economic crisis?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION: R M Gopal meant to say "the first Obama-McCain debate" (NOT "the first Biden=Palin) debate." (7:56PM, Sep 24.) mea maxima culpa.

Posted by: R M Gopal | September 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

In was Obama's idea, not McFlip's. In any case, McFlip wants to be seen as wheeler and dealer but came out as a pathetic little man desperately trying no to loose more terrain. And this garbage wants to be president of my US of A?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Sarah Palin.......
Incontinent and Incompetent

Posted by: D.Thoreau | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS

McCain says he WILL attend the debate if the Senate solves the problem by Friday.

This is getting funnier by the minute!

McCain is a dangerous old fool.

Republicans are going to be out of power for a generation.

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

Rope-a-dope!

McCain has fallen back to playing "prisoner of war". Put on a smile while you are getting beat up! Pretend you are winning. Try to make the other guy look bad.

Maybe his health can't take the stress and strain and this is just a coverup for his failing health.

Posted by: Dr.Dan | September 24, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

If you read the conservative press like National Review, you'll learn the real reason McCain did this:

Some conservatives like Gingrich are trying to get McCain to come out against the bailout and force the Dems to pass it themselves. To forestall that, the Dems are insisting that McCain must take full responsibility for the bailout in exchange for their voting for it. Otherwise they won't vote for it and they'll just let America face the economic consequences.

So this puts McCain on the side of Bush and against the conservatives like Pence and DeMint. It's just like the immigration bill all over again in that regard.

Posted by: sinz52 | September 24, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin
Unstable/Unable

Posted by: time to clean house | September 24, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

McChicken lost his nuggets.

He needs a time out to huddle with Phil and Carly for advice.

Posted by: mc | September 24, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

John McCain & Sarah Palin.......
Incontinent & Incompetent

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

How stupid does McSame think the American voter is? Oh wait...we are pretty dumb. We've fallen for things more transparent than this.

Posted by: Wayne | September 24, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Second act with McCain's desperation...first choosing Sarah Palin the day after the Democratic Convention...and now with McCain's poll numbers heading south fast he pulls this stunt. Considering his self confessed limited knowledge of economics what on God's earth can he contribute to these compex negotiations already taking place in Washington. McCain is part of the problem, his call for deregulation and less government oversight is what got us into this mess in the first place. Now Mr. Deregulator is going to Washington as Mr. Regulator? What a joke!

Posted by: A. Lincoln | September 24, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Did Rick Davis say this election will not be about the issues?

wrong again

Desperate men make desperate moves....

Posted by: Gulliver | September 24, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain just discovered the economy? Stunt.

Posted by: scott d | September 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis threw another "Flash Bang Grenade" I told you in previous posts that he would do this. Here is the reason for todays grenade.


NEW YORK TIMES 9/24/08

"...The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years...


"....As president of the Homeownership Alliance, Mr. Davis received $30,000 to $35,000 a month. He, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have characterized the alliance as a coalition of many housing industry and consumer groups to promote homeownership, but numerous current and former officials at both companies say the companies created and bankrolled the operation to combat efforts by competitors to rein in their business. The companies dissolved the group at the end of 2005 as part of cost-cutting in the wake of accounting scandals and, at Freddie Mac, a lobbying scandal that forced out its top Republican lobbyist....

On Monday, the McCain campaign attacked The Times for its account of those payments to Mr. Davis, saying the paper was “150 percent in the tank” for Mr. Obama. Mr. Davis said that he had worked not for the two companies but for the advocacy group, which included other organizations as well and, he said, was focused only on promoting homeownership....

..After the Homeownership Alliance was dissolved, Mr. Davis asked to stay on a retainer, the people familiar with the deal said. Hollis McLoughlin, who was chief of staff to Richard F. Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive, arranged for a new contract with Davis Manafort at the reduced rate of $15,000 a month, they said..."

The unintended victim is...well, remember George F. Will's comment "McCain has lost his head"

Posted by: Rick Davis threw another 'FLASH BANG GRENADE" | September 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Sean: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." (Moynihan) So only by McCain, the De-regulator, stopping everything to attend a meeting in DC, will our deep financial crisis then be resolved? Last week, McCain declared our economy was still fundamentally "strong". Instead of him showboating, how about a frank debate on how each presidential nominee would handle further economic abuses without the taxpayer's taking the hit?

Posted by: whatagain08 | September 24, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is sinking in the polls. Rick Davis is the latest in a string of advisors to be in hot water. The Palin honeymoon is over. She did a dreadful job tonight with Katie Couric. So McCain is trying to duck the debate. Oh, and possibly postpone the VP debate too. How convenient. How obvious. What a sham.

Posted by: Lynn | September 24, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Here's FUN question...

On which Senate committees does McCain have a seat? Answer:

- ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
- INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
- COMMERCE/SCIENCE/TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

How the f*ck is McCain going to help with this crisis? He's not a member of ANY senate committee addressing the issue.

It's painfully obvious that McCain sincerely believes he can help his colleagues solve this problem by roaming the halls of the Senate looking for photo ops.

John McCain is a dangerous old fool.

Republicans are going to be out of power for a generation.

Posted by: dastubbs | September 24, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

um. This Economic Whiz, John McCain, is needed to craft a bi-partisan bill? Yeah. Right. Is he bringing along Phil Graham?

Posted by: RadioMom | September 24, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Come November 10 daman is going to be one of these disgruntled PUMA people!

daman don't say I did'nt say...told you so!

Palin having the demons praised out of her..WTF!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...and why can't McCain debate from Washington using video conferencing?

Posted by: Rakesh Sharma | September 24, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I seem to remember that the worst of this mess started a week and a half ago and only now its time to suspend the campaign. John McCain needs to stop the gimmicks.

Posted by: Justin | September 24, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis threw another "Flash Bang Grenade" I told you in previous posts that he would do this. Here is the reason for todays grenade.


NEW YORK TIMES 9/24/08

"...The disclosure undercuts a remark by Mr. McCain on Sunday night that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had had no involvement with the company for the last several years...


"....As president of the Homeownership Alliance, Mr. Davis received $30,000 to $35,000 a month. He, along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have characterized the alliance as a coalition of many housing industry and consumer groups to promote homeownership, but numerous current and former officials at both companies say the companies created and bankrolled the operation to combat efforts by competitors to rein in their business. The companies dissolved the group at the end of 2005 as part of cost-cutting in the wake of accounting scandals and, at Freddie Mac, a lobbying scandal that forced out its top Republican lobbyist....

On Monday, the McCain campaign attacked The Times for its account of those payments to Mr. Davis, saying the paper was “150 percent in the tank” for Mr. Obama. Mr. Davis said that he had worked not for the two companies but for the advocacy group, which included other organizations as well and, he said, was focused only on promoting homeownership....

..After the Homeownership Alliance was dissolved, Mr. Davis asked to stay on a retainer, the people familiar with the deal said. Hollis McLoughlin, who was chief of staff to Richard F. Syron, Freddie Mac’s chief executive, arranged for a new contract with Davis Manafort at the reduced rate of $15,000 a month, they said..."

The unintended victim is...well, remember George F. Will's comment "McCain has lost his head"

Posted by: Rick Davis threw another 'FLASH BANG GRENADE" | September 24, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

One thing noticed,, all but just a few blogs support poor mr mcsmall guy and his concepts of a campaign thats a well oiled machine further positive blogs by republicans during treats like this only help undecided's bite the hands of the ones whom feed them!
So in saying that carry on as usual boys see you in mcduckville I'll have my bells on !

Posted by: K RAY | September 24, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope McCain doesn't show up for the debate. I'd rather just hear Obama anyway.

Posted by: Patrick | September 24, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey, what's next, if Mccain still trails before November why not declare Martial Law and postpone the elections, it is the only patriotic thing to do for this country's greatest patriot! Postpone them at least until the polls swing in McCain's favor. Anyone who votes for the con-artist must be certifiable, just like this demented old man. I would just love to hear the Republicans if Obama pulled this stunt, the venom and the vitriol would be amazing. Yet the trailer-trash of America and their Alaskan Beauty Queen, the true patriots who hold up pregnant unwed teens as the future leaders of this country will all be down at the corner gro buying smokes, beer, hunting licenses and cheering their American War Hero on. McCain is willing to lose his dignity right along with the election. The world has to be scratching their heads, I know I am.

Posted by: Judge Roy Bean | September 24, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

CNN has reported that the McCain camp has already asked for a postponement of the first Biden-Palin debate by proposing that it be moved to the date originally ear-marked for the vice presidential contest. This was the real reason for McCain's unilateral decision to skip the Presidential debate Friday. Ms Palin is approaching her quest for (Vice) President of the US as if she's preparing for the SAT: her handlers can see how unprepared she is and they are scheming to get more time for her to cram for the debate-test. McCain is simply buying her time in an artful, convoluted way.

Posted by: R M Gopal | September 24, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

THESE DEBATES ARE GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING...AND FUNNY!

OBAMA.."HEY JOHN, YOU COMPARED ME TO HILTON AND SPEARS REMEMBER?" McCain "yeah i remember" Obama.."come here you little b*tch" Obama has McCain in a head lock. Obama.."now talk that sh*t you little gimpy ass fool" McCain "ow ow ow stop!"

Obama "slap slap slap slap slap slap"
McCain "uncle...tom!" Obama.."you mother f*cker get your ass back here" "slap slap slap slap" McCain "KARL KARL!"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I think you folks have been living inside the Beltway bubble for too long. Just like those losers Gore and Kerry, Obama is going to lose. America doesn't elect liberal posers for President. Get ready. It will be fun to watch!

Posted by: daman1 | September 24, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse


Even the people in Sweden are scratching its collective heads (the government officials, that is), since their country has experienced a similar meltdown in the banking and real estate industries. Why aren't Bush the deregulator and his congressional followers looking at the lessons learned in Sweden? Arrogance? Stupidity? Showboating (I know better than you do about these things)?

Back on point - How did Sweden get to the point where its economy nearly blew up during its banking and real estate implosion?

* Financial deregulation in the 1980s fed a frenzy of real estate lending by Sweden’s banks, which did not worry enough about whether the value of their collateral might evaporate in tougher times. (Does this SOUND familiar to the deregulator lovers?)

* Property prices imploded. The bubble deflated fast in 1991 and 1992. A vain effort to defend Sweden’s currency, the krona, caused overnight interest rates to spike at one point to 500 percent. The Swedish economy contracted for two consecutive years after a long expansion, and unemployment, at 3 percent in 1990, quadrupled in three years. (More of the same here?)

* After a series of bank failures and ad hoc solutions, the moment of truth arrived in September 1992, when the government of Prime Minister Carl Bildt decided it was time to clear the decks. (Where we are now - trying to figure out what to do, amid the panic - or what I would call a faux emergency for something that was in plain sight all along).

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/business/worldbusiness/23krona.html?scp=2&sq=sweden&st=cse):

Here's what Sweden did to solve its crisis - without extracting ransom from its taxpayers (exact text from the article:

* [The Swedish] government announced that the Swedish state would guarantee all bank deposits and creditors of the nation’s 114 banks. Sweden formed a new agency to supervise institutions that needed recapitalization, and another that sold off the assets, mainly real estate, that the banks held as collateral.

* Sweden did not just bail out its financial institutions by having the government take over the bad debts. It extracted pounds of flesh from bank shareholders before writing checks. Banks had to write down losses and issue warrants to the government. That strategy held banks responsible and turned the government into an owner. When distressed assets were sold, the profits flowed to taxpayers, and the government was able to recoup more money later by selling its shares in the companies as well.

The result from the move by Sweden? The final cost to Sweden ended up being less than 2 percent of its G.D.P. Some officials say they believe it was closer to zero, depending on how certain rates of return are calculated.

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/business/worldbusiness/23krona.html?scp=2&sq=sweden&st=cse

* * *

So, why is Bush and supporters in Congress are pushing for picking OUR pockets and raiding OUR personal bank accounts to rescue his Wall Street buddies? Is this only thing that the Bush administration can come up to address this issue? Looks too much to me that that a bunch of folks in the White House and in the halls of Congress are trying to pull a fash one on the taxpayers -- while trying to help their friends hold on to their cash.

Enough of the privatizing profits and socializing risks and loss. The folks in Congress who are on the side of the taxpayers MUST hold firm because Bush and his followers are obviously not going to stand up against Wall Street. Congress must push for other remedies that require that the people who created this mess to take on the burden of paying for the clean up.

No wonder John McCain is running back to the Hill...he has plenty of experience with this type of mess, since his front line experience extends from the savings and loan crap from the corrupt Lincoln Savings & Loan that was run by Charles Keating during the 1980s.

Anyway, what can McCain possibly add that he hasn't since April of this year? And why two days before a major debate in your area of strength -- foreign policy? Would that be because the European and South American countries called out Bush on this financial fiasco? Because the world no longer sees Bush as credible? Or is that the world now sees the United States as hypocritical? McCain does not head committees that directly impact this issue. He's only one voice out of one hundred. Besides, we have a President Bush who is supposed to be on the job to take leadership over finding a solution. We've been through a meltdown with a President Bush I -- once again, with Jr. trying again to carry out another heist in a massive transfer of wealth.

McCain putting country first? Yeah right. If you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell to nowhere. A President has to be one who knows how to chew gun and walk at the same time. Apparently, McCain doesn't show that he can accomplish that feat at the moment.

Posted by: ldsw | September 24, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Now McCain regrets picking Palin. She will prove that she is not a good pick for VP in the debates, so some kind of stall was necessary to save face.

My guess it the closed door meetings with foreign officials earlier this week did not go well. She crossed culture lines, possibly spoke in an annoying raspy voice, or didn't expect to see so many foreigners after years of pleasantville in Alaska [few brown skinned people in them hills thar].

Now is the fall of Republican Discontent, for having to surrender four years to Democrats, after 8 years of their failed regime, so tragic! [not really]. Get over the ideal.

Republicans and undecideds, please, make the right choice, be graceful and give change a chance, if it fails, it will only last for 4 years, half of the suffering we've faced thus far... Think about it...

Realize that sticking to someone because of race, religion, and party affiliation is an ignorant move. The world stage dosen't care about race as much as we do, your president and VP will have to understand that and act gracefully under fire and in difficult situations. McCain has betrayed public trust with this shoddy and flimsy excuse for a "Country First" campaign. He does not respect your intelligence and he can't pick a VP worth a damn or judge the economy correctly, just imagine how shoddy his cabinet will be? Remember Michal Brown? The horse trainer picked by bush for FEMA? [That worked out great!]

McCain has shown he would sell his soul and lie, cheat, and steal to win, as his biography on the campaign trail shows. What does a man have to gain when he's already sold his soul? 8 houses and a 5 million dollar spot in the middle class.

Posted by: jack5 | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Drudge says O is saying the debate on. But do we know in fact O is manning-up and going forward with the Friday date? O HAS to man-up. He can't back down on this one. This is a batting practice pitch down the middle of the plate for O. Show up sitting next to Mac's empty seat, but be there on Friday ready to roll. Mac way overplayed his hand here with this circus stunt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

the wall street "crisis" is like 9/11?


someone should be objecting to that analysis.

Posted by: martinchill | September 24, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Typical Repug move. They always bellow that a "bipartisan" effort is needed every time they get in a losing position.

McCain knows this is exactly his economic plan that is tanking. He is afraid of the beating he will likely take in a debate and so he tries to make the best of it by cutting and running back to his beloved Washington to see if he can coax along his greed based trickle down bs.
He is using the same logic on himself that he used on puppet Palin. Hide from the light and maybe the sunshine will go away.

Posted by: BOVID | September 24, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

At 7:42pm on my local ABC TV station, who's political ad did I see? You are correct! McCain CHANGE IS COMING! This whole thing is unbelievably disgusting. These liars have got to stop keeping our country hijacked. I will walk all over my precinct tomorrow night and tell anyone who will listen. This has to stop. America is heading for utter disaster unless we all wise up and fast. It's time that wealthy white men step aside for the rest of us. Obama may not be perfect, but his intelligence and demeanor are needed now.

Posted by: dwag1234 | September 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"This is a GREAT move for McCain. Demonstrates true leadership in a crisis. Where is Barry?? Where's his plan? Cowboy up, John!"

This must be one of the "brain children" of McCain's campaign. No wondering he's losing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

McSame wanted to change the headlines! He has a tainted campaign manager who has been accepting 15,000 per month from Fannie/Freddie. Caught red-handed with their hand in the cookie jar while preaching something else on the campaign trail. Unfortunately, someone who is vying for the highest office in the land should know that ***t happens! McSame is showing his weakness. Run, Lassie, Run.. from the debates. Time-outs are for LOSERS!!!

Posted by: Virginia Gal | September 24, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Normally when you get on a plane, the one like Obama is the pilot, the one like McCain is the funny guy behind making jokes and flirting with the female crew.

I usually take a seat near McCain and have some fun while the pilot brings me safely home.

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

The GOP can't defend 'anything'. McCain has lost it. Palin can't answer questions. I look forward to President Obama. regards

Posted by: Post American | September 24, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

McSCAM trying to save PALIN's BUTT


(CNN) — McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

Graham says the McCain camp is well aware of the position of the Obama campaign and the debate commission that the debate should go on as planned — but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout.


http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/24/mccain-camp-to-propose-postponing-vp-debate/


Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

listen to Nancy Pelosi's NPR Radio interview today and you will know why Democrats will lose the Whitehouse and the Senate in 08. Unfortunately, this great country will likely have to endure at least 2 more years of Nancy, the least effective speaker ever but most dishonest, Pelosi and her attempts to lie her way out of her own ignorance.

Posted by: NOBAMA | September 24, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

My friends, I respectfully suggest we reschedule the presidential debate for a later more appropriate time given the dire economic crisis facing the Nation to which I must devote my full attention. How about Wednesday, November 5?

JSMcC

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

"What a laugh! I'm sure he called McCain because his campaign people, his in-house ad agency, said that if he didn't do it, he'd look like a chump yet again."

Lol...that doesn't make any sense. McCain is the one behind in the polls. He's the one that jumped ship on the bi-partisan conference just to get some extra attention and move up Palen's V.P. debate date.

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

After 26 years in Congress, why would McCain make such a fundamental political error? He has allowed his campaign to be hijacked by the Democrats: McCain's campaign is on hold until legislation is passed, yet the Democrats control Congress and will determine if and when legislation will be passed. McCain may have postponed not only his campaign. He may have also postponed the date legislation will be passed. How is this in the best interests of the country? Democrats are now more likely to dither a few extra days to keep McCain in DC. Each day legislation is not passed, the McCain campaign will not be in operation (if you can believe McCain's promise and sudden political altruism).

Posted by: independent08 | September 24, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Suspend the debate, suspend the campaign...these crooks better not try to suspend the election.

Posted by: McHooverville | September 24, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

LETS SUSPEND DEBATE AS I MUST GO POO POO.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain would rather play politics in DC than talk to the American people. Chicken!

Posted by: White mom for Obama | September 24, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

daman..I wish I would be there to watch your tears fall. baaahhahahahhahahaha. not laughing at you , just laughing with you!

can't wait to see this debate. McCain knows nothing on economy, foreign issue's.

Spain being part of south america. laundry list goes on and on and on!

danan have your reaction of the dabate on youtube!

Posted by: danan's buddy | September 24, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This is a GREAT move for McCain. Demonstrates true leadership in a crisis. Where is Barry?? Where's his plan? Cowboy up, John!

Posted by: daman1 | September 24, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

bri wrote

"I missed the McCain statement, but it sounds like a good idea. I did see Obama response which was as mealy mouthed I've seen. I had no idea what he was talking about, and he was giving a one-sided version of a conversation with McCain that sounded like a talk meant to be private."
================

Now that you've seen a couple of newscasts and the timeline of the conversations between the campaigns, you think differently now, don't you? Of course not. You fools will blindly follow a loser simply because of his party affiliation.

McCain is no hero. He's a coward. Unable to win an election in his own right, now he's going into hiding from the voters just as Palin is doing.

The American voter is not falling for this "hurry up and spend 1 trillion dollars" scheme and they're not falling for McCain's bluster.

The best news is that Obama annouced that he's going to the debates whether McCain is attending or not. And the Commission on Presidential Debates announced this evening that the debate will be held as scheduled.

McCain is going to change his mind once he figures out that Obama will have the stage and the millions in the audience all to himself. What a doddering, old fool McCain is.

Republicans are going to be out of power for a generation.

Posted by: dastubbs | September 24, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain put a nice bet on the table but Obama called his bluff. McCain cannot survive a debate and is using this mess as an opportunity to get out of the debate pickle. However, right now really is the time for the debate. From that perspective Obama is correct.

If McCain fails to show up then the folks running the debate should use McCain statements from the last week and allow Obama to respond to them or to lead the discussion elsewhere. We very much need to finally hear where Obama stands on many issues. That is something that has been lacking on the Obama side of the campaign since the beginning of the primaries. I don`t like him because of this secretiveness. Howver, McCain put the nail in his coffin from this voters perspective when he selected Palin is his VP. No way will I vote for him now. Still up to Obama to convince me to vote for him though.

Posted by: Kelcy, Colorado | September 24, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The wool has been pulled over the eyes of the sheeple once again. Boy, do they know how to play you. Wow! I actually feel sorry for you.

Obama/Biden08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

We need stability, confidence, prudence, calmness, reflectiveness.

I really like McCain, but not now, not as President, not as Commander in Chief.

Posted by: stearm | September 24, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right, a President should be able to muti-task and handle more than one crisis - after all, it's a whole country, not a city or a state.
--

What do you expect from a man who cannot send an email?

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

Obama called McCain because he was afraid of yet another media fiasco stealing the limelight from his phony talk-talk-talk-talk-talk. Obama puts country first? What a laugh! I'm sure he called McCain because his campaign people, his in-house ad agency, said that if he didn't do it, he'd look like a chump yet again. That was a good one about the liberal brown shirts, spreading propagada, whoever posted that. The Dems have become the new Goebels, with lies and mis-information to smear anyone else, as long as their phony candidate doesn't have to actually iterate what "change" means.

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

It appears that the intent of the Community Reinvestment Act will now be fully realized via the bail-out.

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

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Sweet Jesus of Nazareth!Can you believe this guy? What a pussy willow!Get a pair or just go home,McCain!
I thought we had to wait a week for October surprises.Now,we get two at the same time...in September!
Mr.Deregulator/Mr.Regulator is the greatest act since Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde.I can't wait to see the next act when the poll numbers show him behind by double-digits.
The 'so-called' war hero has turned into our country's greatest coward.The 'maverick' has branded himself the biggest loser.
Welcome to 'The Vagina Chronicles'...Part II.

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

Hmm, McCain didn't feel the GI bill was important enough to return to Washington for. (He opposed it, Obama supported it and was in Washington to vote on it.) McCain also missed the votes for funding Iraq and Afghanistan--and was missing in action for much of the 110th Congress.

Then Bernanke announces the bailout last Friday. After mulling it over for 5 days--and seeing his poll numbers sinking--McCain leaps into action!

Someone get him a map of Washington so he can find the Capitol building!

Posted by: bnevison0 | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk said: "the newcomer is outfoxed again."

Not only the newcomer (Obama), but even old, corrupt Democrats, like Harry Reid. Yesterday, and which was fogotten by the this WaPo post, Harry Reid demanded Republicans and McCain get behind this proposal (funny how he didn't mention anything about Obama):

"We now need Republicans to stand up...We need the Republican nominee for president to say what he's for."

Like I said, it's amazing the WaPo conveniently neglected this fact (link to story is here: http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0908/Reid_says_Republicans_better_get_behind_bailout.html ).

Now that McCain said he was going back to work on the bill, and trying to get Obama to do the same, which Obama refused to do (since he has only done what his Democratic elders tell him to do, and Reid didn't say anything about Obama yesterday). So what does Reid do? He says (link here: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/reid-to-mccain.html ):

"But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy."

So Dinghy Harry demands McCain's presence, without even mentioning Obama, then changes his mind? And then Reid has the gall to say this:

"We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."

Obviously, leadership is a concept that Reid knows nothing about.

So, Why isn't the WaPo reporting on any of this? Don't they have...you know...questions for Reid? Like, what did he tell Obama?

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

McCain makes another desperate play. Hey, why not push back the debate and that way we can cancel the vp debate and never show the world how desperate our last desperate play was.

Oh and Chris, nice spin. Did Drudge tell you how to spin it?

Posted by: Greg in LA | September 24, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

John McCain
You can run, but you cannot hide under your 96 year old momma's dress.
Obama is gonna kick your a$$!

Posted by: Jim | September 24, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I am a pissed off Republican at about right now! Did'nt John McCain read the tea leaves four years ago. This so-called MAVERICK is handing over the WHITE HOUSE to that damn Democrat. This is why I voted for Bush. McCain is blundering idiot. Hello Independants here I come!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain will be at the debate on Friday and he will clean Obama's clock. Obama is a lousy debater...too many umm's and ahhs. And he parses every word, afraid to slip up without his speeches prepared by Axelrod. Remember what happened at the Saddlebrook forum? McCain is a leader, Obama a phony.

Posted by: daman1 | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I just remembered--McCain said Obama is like Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter pulled this debate ducking dodge in 1980, using the Iranian hostage crisis as his excuse.

Hmmm......

Posted by: ToastOnDayOne | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Former Democrat - was never a democrat. Democrats can't hold a candle to republican and lying.

Posted by: WTF | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I just came back from several hours in the future. MSNBC's Keith Olberman aka. Obamaman critized McCain and praised Obama.


Posted by: Doc Brown | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM

I could have saved you the trouble Doc. Obaman always does that.

Posted by: Marty | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM

Marty you sad sack, do you really need someone to explain that lame joke? Please tell me you don't have a voter registration card.

Posted by: Wow | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

They call this a squeeze play! The President will be on @ 9:00 to make his sales pitch, McCain dodges the debate to create the illusion of crisis. They hope MIddle America, White Women, Working Class Whites, Rural un-educated Whites will be frightened enough to panic. And take this up the yazoo! This tragedy belongs in Shakespeare or broadway! Wake Up! Ya'll are being had! Country first my A$$!

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

Who cares about debates? Palin's hot. Not bad. Not bad at all. Palin for President.

WJC

Posted by: Slick Willie | September 24, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Just read a post on Politico.com that said Lindsey Graham (McCain buddy) is suggesting that the Presidential Debate scheduled for this Friday be postponed until next Thursday and REPLACE the VP debate!!! Then the VP debate would be held at a LATER date! Ha! Do BOTH McCain AND Palin need more time to cram?? This is just absurd! And so very transparent. Apparently Palin did quite poorly tonight with Katie Couric. (per Politico) Just one thought - if McCain thinks it is SO critical to be in Washington WHY is he still in NYC?? And why will he not return to DC until AFTER he appears with Bill Clinton at an event tomorrow in NYC? Very obviously a political move.

Posted by: Anne | September 24, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I guess Mr. McCain's ploy didn't work. The debate is on again.

Posted by: alohaakamai | September 24, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is right, a President should be able to muti-task and handle more than one crisis - after all, it's a whole country, not a city or a state.

Posted by: WTF | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

After voting for eight Democratic candidates and zero Republican candidates, I'm breaking ranks this year. I don't know what happened to the Democratic party, but there seems to be this really awful, vindictive and hateful air permeating everything I hear in a discussion of the presidential race. The stuff on these comments on the news articles is the worst. I can't believe the paranoid lies and insinuations, it's like the Democrats have become Richard Nixon or something.

Posted by: Former Democrat | September 24, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

A few months ago, John McCain said this..

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

NOW, he thinks that Congress cannot survive a few hours without his presence and wealth of knowledge ??

BTW, please leave Greenspan's book at home... any one of the seven homes. Four years ago, Greenspan suggested homeowner take out adjustable rate mortgages.
AND they did.... about 2 years before the bottom fell out.
In 2004...
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Monday that Americans' preference for long-term, fixed-rate mortgages means many are paying more than necessary for their homes and suggested consumers would benefit if lenders offered more alternatives.
Americans should have told Greenspan.. thanks, but no thanks. Why don't you retire?


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

The Rick Davis lobbying story more than polls is what prompted this media stunt.

You'll notice that Davis has been put on media lock-down as of this morning. The McCain campaign wanted to get the very damaging story out of the public eye. More than poll numbers -- it's those revelations that have prompted the McCain campaign's PR maneuver.

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

Wow. Real presidential, McNutjob.

I want you on point in a crisis.....NOT!

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

MCCAIN YOU REMIND ME OF A LITTLE BOY TRYING TO STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL TO AVIOID A SURE WHOOPING THAT YOU DEFINITELY DESERVE!
I HOPE SENATOR OBAMA SHOWS NO MERCY !
AND FURTHER BLACKENS THE EYES OF YOUR FALTERING CAMPAIGN AND THIS WILL PROVE THAT THIS COUNTRY IS TRULY RESERVED FOR THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ! mcsmallville inc.
YOU CAN RUN FOR IT BUT YOU AIN'T GONNA SUCCEED BY MC HIDING FROM THESE DEBATES!

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

Either McCain or Obama are going to inherit the agreement that our Congress makes relative to giving a minimum of $700 billion of taxpayers' money to bail out Wall Street. Since both of them are senators and have a vote, I would think that both of them would want to play an active part of the process and be there to cast their vote. McCain is willing to go back to Washington not knowing whether or not a vote will be taken while he is there. I guarantee you that Obama won't go anywhere near Washington when the agreement comes up for a vote. He has a record of dodging votes on important issues, and this issue is REALLY important.

Posted by: mafox1 | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

This action by McCain is for pure politics. I hope the American people dont fall for another lie of the many lies by this guy.

Posted by: lgrsf | September 24, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I've heard that combat pilots are by nature risk takers. John McCain, a former pilot, is certainly taking a risk. This time however, events are beyond his control and the whole thing is too obviously political to work as well as he hopes. He'll still have to show up on Friday night, and he knows it.

Posted by: rmpatera | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS A PRESIDENT IN THE MAKING:

“It’s my belief that this is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible with dealing with this mess ... What I think is important is that we don’t suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics ... Presidents are going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time. It’s not necessary for us to think that we can do only one thing, and suspend everything else." (obama)

Posted by: dodo | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Who has put country first?

Obama called McCain this morning to invite him to issue a joint statement meant to put pressure on the government to come up with a better bailout plan for the country. Politically, this would be a stupid move for Obama --- he is now ahead in the polls and in public perceptions of economic leadership so he really didn't need to cast McCain as his equal on economic issues. But he put country first and give McCain a call. He waited hours before McCain got back and indicated his agreement. During the several hours he was waiting for McCain's response, he didn't go public with his joint statement suggestion. He was obviously sincere about putting politics aside and solving the grave financial crisis.

What did McCain do? He got extended a "country first" branch and, instead of taking it to show unity, sincerity and seriousness, he went public with an announcement unilaterally suspending his campaign and pushing for postponement of the debate, all in the name of national interests. With this gimmick, he showed once again all he cares about is political gains.

Shame on you, John McCain!

Posted by: ChrisL1 | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank God at least Sen. McCain is willing to put country first. I hope he calls for the immediate investigation (jailing?) of Schumer, Dodd, Barney Frank, and Franklin Raines for setting in motion the rape and pillage of Fannie and Freddie. This is a Democratic scandal and sewer and when the dust clears it will be traced back to 1999 and Clinton's scheme to let inner city folks with no means to buy houses. And why has Obama become the third highest recepient of money from Fannie and Freddie in only 2 years??? Let the investigations begin!

Posted by: daman1 | September 24, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

mccain frightens me. he is waaaaayyyyy too erratic to be president. he's not thoughtful, but jumps before he knows all the facts. he was told "not to come" he was not needed. he's hopeless. it frightens me to think that so many people believe that this guy has a country first attitude. the country needs him to do what he's supposed to be doing, debating on friday night with his opponent.

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

As Ben Smith in politico.com pointed out, Mac's begging for a delay of the debate is all about the Post poll this morning showing him 9 behind and the Faux News showing him 6 behind -- and about Mac's inability to further protect Palin from legit media questions and scrutiny.

If O "mans-up" and sticks to the Friday debate (i.e., shows up even if Mac doesn't), this thing may be over.

This is worse than a "senior" moment for Mac ; it is total brain lock. It's admitting: I can't do more than one thing at a time. It's admitting total panic.

If O DOESN'T man-up and caves in to Mac's juvenile stunt (by agreeing to a delay) it will cost O dearly.

Hating all of this (because it helps Barack) are the Clintons.

Maureen Dowd's take on Bill's camapigning against Obama the last two days is awesome and brillant. Dowd in NYT:

"Even if [Palin] blows off the First Amendment — and lets McCain’s Rove, Steve Schmidt, demonize the press even though she disdains women politicians who whine — Bill Clinton is still a fan.

Besides talking about what a great man John McCain is on “The View” and “David Letterman,” Bill praised Palin at his Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York and will receive her there on Thursday.

“I come from Arkansas. I get why she is hot out there,” he said authoritatively, adding: “People look at her, and they say, ‘All those kids. Something that happens in everybody’s family. I’m glad she loves her daughter and she’s not ashamed of her. Glad that girl’s going around with her boyfriend. Glad they’re going to get married.’ ” He said voters would think: “I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They’re wonderful. ... And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy.”

On “The View,” he said he understood that some women might vote for Palin on the basis of gender, even if it was against their economic interest.

“You can’t tell someone else that the ground on which they make their voting decision is irrational,” he said primly.

Well, actually you could, if you weren’t still sulking and plotting for 2012." END of Dowd column

Everyone in the Western World knows the Clintons are campaigning AGAINST O (who hasn't reported that?), except O. But no one is telling O.

Bill Clinton was rooting so hard against O on "the View" and later on Letterman, Chris Rock (on Letterman) turned it into a full comedy routine. It got sillier today: Bill said he was going to wait until the Jewish holidays are over before REALLY campaigning for O -- the problem is Bill is Baptist.

WJC and his missus are clearly hatin' and not appreciatin' O. Part of their "secret" HRC 2012 strategy that has been exposed about 500 times in the Internet media.

Note to David Axelrod: Get Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Clinton off the campaign trail and out of O's life NOW, at least before COB tomorrow.

Oy.

Posted by: Captain America | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting tired of this crap. I can't even watch the news anymore. McCain will do anything he can to win. All these tactics him and his party pull make me sick. How can anyone vote for McCain's party after what they've done these past eight years is beyond me.

Posted by: Justin | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Um, wrong. He's trying to push back the VP debate so nobody gets an unfiltered look at Palin. I almost want to build her up so Biden can knock her down, but honestly the two soft-focus interviews she's conducted to date with Gibson and Couric have been train wrecks.

Posted by: John M. | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I can't trust or vote for a candidate that seems to make 'radical' decisions.

McCain's 'maverick' style is not what is needed for the people at this time in history.

We have had enough of this type of behavior by the Bush administration. We need someone who uses intelligence and rational thinking at a time of crisis.

McCain may be okay for the Senate but not for president.

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 24, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

A comment worth sharing;

Our Troops Don't Get a Time-Out for the Financial Crisis

Jon Soltz

So, because there's a financial crisis, Senator McCain cannot take 90 minutes to address how he will face challenges around the world, including how and when he will send American troops to fight, and possibly die.

Wow. Troops would sure love that luxury.

Unfortunately, though, insurgents in Iraq don't stop shooting at us, or setting IEDs, because our Commander in Chief needs a breather to figure out Wall Street.

Al Qaeda in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region don't send our troops notes that read, "Hey, I hear you guys are tied up with Wall Street. Your President needs to concentrate on other things, so we'll give you a break. So, to make things easier on you, here's our coordinates."

Nor do our troops get a few days to figure out how to hold onto an area we've secured, if there's an unexpected attack. Sometimes we need to deal with multiple flare-ups at once in any warzone. We'd sure love a time-out, but sadly, the world isn't such a nice place that it gives us that kind of pity.

When you're Commander in Chief, I don't think there'd be a worse signal to send to our troops in harm's way than to say, "Hey, hold on guys. I know you're getting killed over there, but I have to get a time-out here to deal with Wall Street."

If troops need to multi-task without a break, is it so wrong that we demand that a potential President-in-waiting prove that he can manage a financial crisis, and still address crises around the world for 90 minutes? And, if a potential President-to-be can't manage that, is it wrong to think that maybe he ought not just suspend a debate and the campaign, but move aside and get out of the race?

Just something to think about.

Crossposted at VetVoice.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-soltz/our-troops-dont-get-a-tim_b_129055.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

How stupid does the McSAME campaign think we are... The move looked totally political and he looked really scarey to me today... Who is running this show the Adams family?

Posted by: Belle5 | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The party of trickery. Does anyone find it strange that, true to form, the republicans are playing games with the american public. I read the e-mail and it called for republicans to increase their congressional numbers by crying foul on the bail out in order to appear to be the public champions - then McCain comes in and saves the day by appearing to bring both sides together- never mind those republicans crying foul is just a ruse. What a load of crap. If he felt the crisis was so important he could have suspended his campaign last week or Monday, Tuesday even Wednesday. They seem to consistently think the public is stupid. It's not country first, it's John McCain first and it's always been John McCain first, party second, american gets what's leftover.

Posted by: Pam | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I think he needs to be there to remind everyone that the fundamentals of the economy are strong and that they are just a bunch of whiners.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 24, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It is a political move by McCain. The crisis has existed since last year. If McCain cared so much, he would have postponed his campaign during the primaries. He is behind now and needs another rash move to change the dynamics of the race. It is also rather convenient that a postponed presidential debate would require the Wednesday VP debate to be postponed...Based on what spin is the VP debate on Wednesday affected by all this? How is a governor in Alaska involved in congressional hearings? McCain isn't even a chairman of any of the committees drafting legislation on the bailout. What does he hope to accomplish by arriving late in the week after all the essentials players have been moving forward on reaching a compromise? Obama is right. Presidential politics should not be infused in this crisis. McCain is using a crisis to fix his flailing campaign. Country first?

Posted by: independent08 | September 24, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain as usual is impulsive, over-reacting, irrational.

These are exactly the qualities we don't need right now.

Suppose you get on a plane, whom will you prefer as your pilot?
I mean without taking into consideration McCain's personal record.

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

It may get lost in all the hype and hoopla over who has the best "change" or the best VP choice or the most hot air in their "soaring oratory", but McCain is a man who knows how to get to work and accomplish things. He doesn't come off as the media darling, such as Obama. This may not make his campaign look very sexy, but in these uncertain times, I would much rather have a "can-do" man like McCain as President, than some phony, made-for-the-media do-nothing, like Obama. If we want a figurehead who can talk and who offers nothing else, then I would suppose that Obama might actually be the man for the job. I would tend to think that we actually need someone who can lead and get things done, in Washington, across the country and around the world. Hot air billowing from an empty shirt in a "historic candidacy" whose merits are skin color is not enough to get it done.

I love how the minions of "Dr. Goebbels" Ploufe, those ubiquitous and nasty brown shirt trolls on the message and comment boards, out to wage a propaganda war for their boy, Obama, are working so tirelessly in service to their Fuehrer, Obama.

I'm a Democrat for McCain. Nobama for me.

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's just wait and watch McCain change his mind again. "I've decided I will attend the Presidential debate because I have been informed that the deal being brokered is close at hand." Or something to that effect. He's turned this into a sideshow just to score imaginary points. Like he's the economic giant. The real giants are already there and working it out without John's help. Let's not forget that it was also an excellent way to bump up Sarah's V.P. debate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse


The McCain campaign...losers in every respect...

have thrown up their hands. ONly thing to do with their dysfunctional, foggy demented candidate is THROW THINGS UP IN THE AIR!!! SEE WHERE THINGS LAND.

It's called a Hail Mary pass, and you can
get thrown to the ground pretty hard when it fails.

What a lousey bunch of neocon rats McCain chose to run his presidential campaign.

His judgement was just as keen with Palin.

Eeeewwwuuu, nasty mess all around, lipstick or not.

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

ORIN HATCH SAY'S JOHN MCCAIN WAS ASK TO COME TO WASHINGTON TO HELP ECONOMY CRISIS.


ORIN HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF APRIL FOOLS?
AND MCFOOL TOOK THE BAIT!

IF MCCAIN WANTS TO RISK HIS PRESIDENCY BY GOING TO WASHINGTON.

APRIL FOOLS MCCAIN YOUR WINNING THE RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago John McCain said "The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

A few months ago John McCain said "I don't understand economics as well as I Shoul do. I still need to be educated"

Now the same John McCain suspend his campaign two days before the first debate, the same John McCain who said he doesn't understand the economy now wants to solve this crisis? come one!

why now? why two days before the debate and not at the beginnig of this week or the end of the last? pathetic!

and for all of you who know claim that for mccain its "country first":

Of all Senators, John McCain has been the most absent. There have been 643 votes taken in the current Senate session: McCain has missed 412 of them.

McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8th. Since March, he has missed 109 of the last 110 votes.

Posted by: Brian | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain for real?!!
He wants to stop EVERYTHING to help cram another 700 Billion dollars of debt down our throats without properly checking it out first. "Hurry, Hurry, Stop Thinking, Just do what I say Now!" has always been the Bush administration's way of doing things,......Why is it so imperative to act immediately? This screw up has taken time to develop, so think about what it is and the long term effects of ALL of the solutions before jumping blindly into it like Bush and friends would have us do. His guidance hasn't been exactly stellar so far has it? But McCain's already on the bus and honking the horn.

Remember,...If it smells like Bovine Feces,...........

SLOW DOWN AMERICA!

Posted by: Olddog | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

IT almost looks like McPalin is about to join the Dollar Menu as a low budget election two-piece! He will lose the eventual (though certain) debate, and so will the "pretty lil' lady". THey are outmatched, and unfortunately, they think they are contenders. Wrong competition for a 'time-out', he's developing Reaganic Senility, and she's just eye candy! Notice McCain looking over her goods as they deplaned last week together! His wife is LIVID! Wait until all the losers go home...he's gonna' die broken hearted from losing the two loves of his life-"wifey" and the public's interest! Go home McPalin-it's over!!! (Seriously) Suspend all you want, we're still voting and you're still doomed! 9/11? To quote my favorite politician, "Is that the best he's got?" -Barak Obama

Posted by: Obama for President | September 24, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

It's noble of Sen. McCain to suspend his campaign and concede the race to Sen. Obama. His country thanks him for helping us avoid the disaster of another four years of Republican government.

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

Typical Republican- change the rules or just take your ball and go home when you don't like what you previously agreed to.

And why is his trailer trash VP in "public relations protective custody"? LOL!

Hey Mc Goo, don't cut and run from the debate you agreed to. They really don't need you in Washington that badly. Take a day and honor your commitments, even if it does mean you'll get hammered in the polls when you come off like a clueless GOP hack.

Posted by: LH | September 24, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Could someone please remind Senator McCain - THIS IS NOT A SEPT. 11th MOMENT. period. Why can't he handle a 90 minute debate?? Give me a break.

Posted by: Primarywatcher | September 24, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I just came back from several hours in the future. MSNBC's Keith Olberman aka. Obamaman critized McCain and praised Obama.


Posted by: Doc Brown | September 24, 2008 7:12 PM

I could have saved you the trouble Doc. Obaman always does that.

Posted by: Marty | September 24, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

His decision to put the campaign on hold is an obvious scam. Just like his choice of Palin is an obvious scam. Wake up America. You can't be that stupid. Anyone who plans to be president better be able to handle more than one crisis simultaneously. McCain is showing us he's not fit to lead.

Posted by: Spicegal | September 24, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

It takes galls to do what McCain is doing. Not advertising could hurt him, but he cares more about this crisis. Whether i will agree with his solutions or not is to be seen. But one thing is for sure: I do appreciate his courage and boldness in stopping ads.

The reason the MSM is attacking him is simple: no advertisement, no millions of dollars in ads for them.

Two Questions:

1. What does John McCain or Barack Obama have to do with the Banking Committee?

2. Will McCain stop running ads on Fox if they don't charge him for the advertising?

What's your response to those questions?

Posted by: Black Yalie | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Eh McCain, no one's a full here. Stick to the rules, and to what's your duty now: let the Americain built a real opinion of both candidates' worth: don't even try to escape from the debate.

Plain manipulation here. We got that.

Posted by: yeah right | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse


I agree with Obama that multi-tasking is important. I think they should both multi-task by being United States Senators and running for President at the same time. In this situation however, making sure the deal happens is more important that running for president. If they focused on their current jobs for awhile, maybe that would allow the voters to better see how they would both perform as President. Talk is cheap.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM

___________________________________________
Saying the President needs to do more than one thing at a time - and yet, Obama himself was holed up in Tampa, FL, not campaigning, but preparing for the damned debate on foreign policy. In other words, focusing on the debate about foreign policy, NOT the financial bail-out. The man is total B.S. !

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain said that he talked with Bush and now wants to participate in the "stalled" negotiations. He's effectively admitting that he's going to work on Bush's behalf on their version of the bailout. The one that lets the CEO's and Wall Street firms off the hook totally.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

REPUBLICANS...CONGRESS DON'T NEED YOU IN WASHINGTON...READ NANCY'S LIPS..YOU ARE NOT NEEDED!

STAY AWAY FROM WASHINGTON...AGAIN..YOU ARE NOT NEEDED.

BUT REPUBLICANS ARE STILL BLOWING THAT HORN. LETS STAND DOWN AND HELP FIX OUR ECONOMY...HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

FACE IT REPUBLICANS ...YOU ARE SOCIALIST!

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

Posts from earlier in this thread:

"How pathetic John McCain is. This financial disaster happened a week ago. Why didn't he rush back then? Isn't it interesting that this rush back to Washington happened just after it was proven that Rick Davis' firm was still receiving money from either freddie mac or frannie mae (not sure which one)."

“Rick Davis gets $15,000 a month from Fannie May until last month for what?
Now the polls skyrocket for Obama and McCain wants to suspend his campaign and postpone the scheduled debate to "focus" on the financial crisis. I think that he is really focusing on the fact that his campaign is going down in flames...”

“Yesterday, the NyTimes reported that McCain's top advisor, Rick Davis was on the Fannie May and Freddie Mac payroll up to a month ago although McCain and Davis had previously stated he had not been. THAT is the reason McCain has suspended his campaign. Let's no tsuspend our common sense.”


You hit the nail on the head my friends. That was the top headline just a few hours ago. Now it's been trumped by McSame's next circus sideshow. And a moratorium on campaign ads is just a tactic to prevent Obama from running with this story. All of this after McHypocrite's campaign tried to do the same thing by linking Obama to Fannie/Freddie. This move by McCantMultiTask to rush back and fix the economy (something that he previously considered “fundamentally strong” which I guess you can think when you are an old rich white guy) is smoke and mirrors. It is not about being above politics or working for the good of the country, it's about strategery, isn’t it McBush?

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

McCain ain't ready, ain't able, ain't coming to the debates. Let's declare victory and go straight to the election. McCain won't be there to interrupt the vote counting.

Posted by: whatagain08 | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM
==============================
whatagain08: Between the debate and Wall Street problems, I pick Wall Street problems. Also, a good friend of mine has some of his retirement money in an annuity at AIG, and that friend is really worried. Everyone should be worried about their financial health. Since you favor the debate, you must not have any financial worries.

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

Obama needs this debate to seal the deal on the one question people (or those who get polled) still have reservations about: foreign policy. If he merely holds his own, that will be enough for a lot of swing voters. What better strategy than to keep this from even happening?

Posted by: G. Friday | September 24, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Sequence of events...Obama calls McCain first to suggests the idea of a bi-partisan statement. McCain then calls a press conference and begins his game of one upmanship. Does McCain have any original ideas? I don't think so!

Posted by: girlpower | September 24, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

OMG!! The real reason for all of this, is that McCain wants to reschedule the presidential debate on the day of the VP debate!!!

This is nothing but a political stunt to protect Palin from scrutiny! They just announced it on CNN and it makes perfect sense!

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


CAan we scour the nation to see if there's a POW from the viet nam war, or any other
who would run the country/

Among those are undoubtedly fine men with a resonanable, secure and stable temperment. I mean if that's the only criterion for the GOP

someone whi isn't a liar, when his mouth moves, who has an idea of principle and
can pick a vice president, of any gender who isn't a complete disaster.

Posted by: we won't survive | September 24, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain should learn from Obama. Obama is great at multi-tasking.

While a senator in Illinois, he was able to find time to buy a mansion from Rezko under the table, he has been able to get every agency in this country to hide his records, all of them: birth certificate, Harvard records, masters thesis, etc, etc, etc.

While running for Illinois senate, he multi tasked to have every vote of his opponent picked and nulled.

Really, multitasking is an Obama strength.

And lying too.

My boy Anonymous keeps it real. Obama is a cheat. Not a cheat on your disfigured wife cheat, but a cheat nonetheless...

Check it out... A little fodder for you smart guys of the Fix...Seperate the Fact from Fiction...

** High Priority **


Let me see if I have this straight.....
- If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
-Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.

-If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
-Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, things are much clearer now.


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

"McCain is doing the right thing. The campaign is not as important as our economy, he just wins points for going there first. If Obama goes to Congress as well now, he loses some face to McCain."
------------
LOL... If McCain was having a good week, he would NOT be suspending the campaign for 30 seconds. His campaign would not want to lose positive momentum. How does running a television ad prevent someone from working on a bill???
Right now.. his campaign is going down almost as fast as those 5 planes did.

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

Who are we kidding. McCain is trying to push back the debates so Palen can get some more study time in.

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

I missed the McCain statement, but it sounds like a good idea. I did see Obama response which was as mealy mouthed I've seen. I had no idea what he was talking about, and he was giving a one-sided version of a conversation with McCain that sounded like a talk meant to be private.

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

I just came back from several hours in the future. MSNBC's Keith Olberman aka. Obamaman critized McCain and praised Obama.

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

JOHN (Keating-Five) McCAIN DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THE CHAMPION OF DEREGULATION HAS HAD TO PERFORM A 180 DEGREE TURNABOUT IN

ONE WEEK AND I BELIEVE HE TWISTED SOMETHING IN THE PROCESS (Could it be his logic that got twisted).

IT’S FRAUD - ITS FRAUD - ITS FRAUD - ITS FRAUD

WHY DOES WALL STREET WANT THIS BAIL-OUT, NOT NOW, BUT RIGHT NOW? IT’S FRAUD, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WHEN YOU SELL SOMETHING

(Credit Default Swaps, etc.) AND YOU KNOW, AS A “BANKER” THAT THE VALUE OF THE ITEM YOU ARE SELLING IS WORTHLESS, YET YOU

ASSURE AND CERTIFY TO THE BUYER THAT THE ITEM YOU ARE SELLING IS WORTH ‘X’ DOLLARS YOU ARE ENGAGED IN ‘FRAUD’. HOW DO YOU GET

OUT OF THIS MESS BEFORE A NEW ADMINISTRATION COMES IN AND STARTS SENDING EVERYONE INVOLVED TO JAIL. YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT TO

BUY THESE WORTHLESS ITEMS, AND IN DOING SO THE GOVERNMENT PLACES A VALUE ON THE WORTHLESS ITEM IN QUESTION AND BECOMES A

PARTNER IN THIS FRAUD UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

THE LONGER CONGRESS TAKES IN EVALUATING THIS UN-HOLY CON-JOB AND THE COUNTRY DOESN’T CRASH AND BURN, THE MORE PEOPLE WILL

REALIZE THE QUALITY OF THE WOOL THAT IS BEING PULLED OVER THEIR EYES.

ONE OTHER COMMENT, JOHN McCAIN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS BAIL-OUT BILL. HE IS NOT ON THE COMMITTEE, HE IS NOT REQUIRED OR

NEEDED TO DO ANYTHING BUT VOTE, ONCE A DECISION AND THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL HAS BEEN DECIDED. THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE GOING

ON. ...........DOES ANYONE ELSE NOTICE THAT THIS DOES NOT PASS THE "SMELL" TEST?

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

Hey, Chris -- McCain turning tail from Obama is like Shanendoah against Catholic's field hockey team.

It's that bad.

Posted by: Yu Haar Chicken | September 24, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to take grandpa McCain seriously.
At least in the 21st century.

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

Don't be fooled. This entire stunt has one purpose and one purpose only: to abort the VP debate. They just announced that they want to "reschedule" the Palin debate. She is going to sink him and they know it.

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

There is no way to understand the american public.

McCain decided to STOP advertisements, to stop the political non sense in order to pay attention to what most American have being demanding from their "representatives": to work together and find a solution.

His Highness can't do that. He is too afraid of the consequences of him stopping for a moment to take care of the people.

It takes galls to do what McCain is doing. Not advertising could hurt him, but he cares more about this crisis. Whether i will agree with his solutions or not is to be seen. But one thing is for sure: I do appreciate his courage and boldness in stopping ads.

The reason the MSM is attacking him is simple: no advertisement, no millions of dollars in ads for them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Come to think of it, it's not Obama's strong suit either. An undergraduate degree in basket weaving and an JD in law are hardly economic credentials.

But being chairman of the Commerce committee for years is...


Whoever wrote this is awesome. A JD in law, especially one from Harvard is cake. i'm sure this poster could be Coif, Robe, Barrister's, and EOC of the LR as well. McCain's academic background is much more suited than Obama's! You don't take any type of business law at that Mickey Mouse law school at Harvard anyway! That poster is great!

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

TUCKER BOUNDS IS A STRAIGHT OUT CREAP. HE WOULD SELL BAD STOCK TO HIS OWN GRANDMOTHER.

Posted by: BEST FRIEND OF GRANDMA | September 24, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

John McCain, if all else fails, ask Bush to put out a terror alert... so that you can put on your uniform and address the nation.

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

The article was nice. It explained the reasoning behind McCain's choice to go back to the senate to try and help out, and does an objective job of showing Obama's reasons. Obviously the main subject matter of the article is on McCain going back to Congress, but a well written, objective article.

The comments, however, are what I've come to expect from people posting on politics online. Mainly democratic zealots posting, complaining about things that happened that have nothing to do with the article itself, or are only briefly acquainted with the subject matter. The occasional Republican that posts only does a little better, responding to the attack comments while defending McCain on what is arguably the better move.

McCain is doing the right thing. The campaign is not as important as our economy, he just wins points for going there first. If Obama goes to Congress as well now, he loses some face to McCain.

The debate can be rescheduled, but our economy cannot be put on pause while we argue. Fix the problem, find a solution, then get down to business. We still have 39 days to argue this out, that should be more than enough time to debate everything that they could possibly be contested on.

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

McCain ain't ready, ain't able, ain't coming to the debates. Let's declare victory and go straight to the election. McCain won't be there to interrupt the vote counting.

Posted by: whatagain08 | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

If the nominees make a joint statement, as BHO suggested, it could have an extraordinary effect on the shape of the legislation. This would probably be a good thing.

If they do not, they may then be characterized as "too many cooks", adding baggage to the issue.

If they make a joint statement but must work their caucuses, they should go back to DC and postpone the debate. McC is running behind, he needs the debate, and it will not go away if they postpone it.

If there is no joint statement then many of us will think "a pox on presidential campaigns". I do not know which nominee will look worse. To me, probably McC, but perhaps my view is not universally held. For example, McC could be in DC looking workmanlike and bipartisan while BHO is alone in Oxford, Mississippi, looking partisan.

In any event, McC can go to the debate now having cleared the deck of his unwise statements of last week, an excellent political outcome for him, and his current position on the matter is reasonable.

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

Leave it to McCain to throw in a reference to 9/11. It never ceases to amaze me how much he preys on fear!

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

Where is Palin and first dude. First dude say's postpone your speech today baby. I need some!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The debate should go on.(PERIOD).
Millions of voters are waiting for the debate. The financial crisis aint going to be fix "instantly" just because John McCain, nor Obama showing up in Washington D.C. Get on with the debate ! And Be Like a Leader not a Runner.>

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

Mcworried he is about falling flat on his face in a debate with someone more cabable to handle the duties of the presidency as himself, Don't allow this to happen Sen. Obama drag mcwortless to those debates and let his feeble blabbering further weaken his already crumbling foundation and use it to your advantage by advancing your lead in the polls and then and only then let old feeble one scurry off to help our nation which he has no intentions what so ever! The nation is fully aware of the situation provided by the spinners in the gop camp,,, we are not about to fall for this ploy , It is time for mcgirly boy to
MC MAN -UP MC WEASEL

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

To anyone who actually buys McCain's statement that this is "suspending" his campaign, I have a bridge (to nowhere) to sell you. When we stop hearing from Tucker Bounds, I'll believe the campaign has been suspended.

Posted by: John from CA | September 24, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain suspending his campaign and wanting to postpone the debate is nonsensical. The fact is John McCain or Barack Obama are not involved in the negotiations for the bailout. He is irrelevant. Further, as the nominee's of their respective parties they have a duty to tell the American people where they stand on the issues. The debate is the perfect opportunity to do this. McCain is engaging in a political stunt and it shows he doesn't have the character to be president.

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

@WRONG McCain said it wasn't his strong suite. He didn't say he didn't understand it more than Obama.

Come to think of it, it's not Obama's strong suit either. An undergraduate degree in basket weaving and an JD in law are hardly economic credentials.

But being chairman of the Commerce committee for years is...

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

I think McCain should learn from Obama. Obama is great at multi-tasking.

While a senator in Illinois, he was able to find time to buy a mansion from Rezko under the table, he has been able to get every agency in this country to hide his records, all of them: birth certificate, Harvard records, masters thesis, etc, etc, etc.

While running for Illinois senate, he multi tasked to have every vote of his opponent picked and nulled.

Really, multitasking is an Obama strength.

And lying too.

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

John McCain is on record as saying that the economy is sound. So is he not needed in Washington. It is a ploy to buy time for a self-centered campaign that is only filled with lies, radical views, that are not for the good of all but for a few, and negative attacks that Cindy McCain is on record as saying would not take place in her husband's campaign.

He picked Palin and doesn't know what to do with her but use her to try to win. Every time she opens her mouth she makes ridiculous mistakes.

Why would someone who doesn't know how many homes he owns care about the economy?

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


This is about McCain being in no shape to debate.
This is about his campaign being well aware of it.
This is about a nearly disabled man, mentally.

Even at his best, which is long past, this man does not have the temperment or personality or stability to be president.

His choice of Palin only part of that
dysfunctional person. So his campaign mangers, liars and not committed to the man...but to their neocon takeover of him...let him look like the unable fool he is. They don't care much, theyve .ost and they know it. Their next jobs?

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

Is this an attempt, on the part of the McCain campaign, to protect Sarah? If they postpone the VP debate to accomodate a rescheduled presidential debate, maybe the VP's dont have to debate at all and we can spare Sarah from this terrible ordeal !!!!!!

After all, we all know she is ready to lead this country and deal with complex issues like the financial debacle we are witnessing: why would we want to doubt her?

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

BIN LADEN CAN YOU SUSPEND YOUR TERRORIST ATTACKS FOR 25 MINUTES? I HAVE TO GO POO-POO

I'M JOHN MCCAIN AND I ENDORSE THIS AD!

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


This just in:

Update: David Letterman mocked McCain during the show's taping Wednesday afternoon McCain, who canceled his appearance on the show

"In the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?"

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


"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"


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

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

McCain & Palin are intent on avoiding hard questions until November. What are they afraid of?

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

Hopefully, McCain will be a no show on Friday - his absence will be more eloquent than anything he could say. He cannot face the American people - because he has nothing to face them with. Obama can then go forward answering the questions that the American people have for him.

At least one candidate is willing to put the country and the American people first - and it isn't McSame. Does the man have no idea how to delegate? Besides, all he ever does in Senate meetings is lose his temper and flounce out of the room.

The Republicans have picked the best of their bunch - and it ain't much. From their postings here they don't even know the meaning of the word "accountable" - far less how to actually practice it.

Oh and puhlease, to those right wingers who now want civility - just remember how you cackled when your Veep used the F word to describe Democrats. We're civil - but we're justifiably furious. The Republican majority took a surplus and peacetime and landed us in a new depression and two endless wars in less than 8 years. Stop bleating about patriotism and practice it - this is no way to love your country. Enough already.

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

"The GOP has been in the White House for 8 years... and controlled the House and Senate for 12 of the past 14 years. "

Guess you have already forgotten about Tom Daschle, LOL, I can understand why.

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

I do not see why McCain cannot go to Washington if he wants but still do the debate via Satellite. To me this is just a political move.

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

@ HawaiianGecko

McCain is NOT a Senate leader when it comes to the economy. Do YOU know anything about the economy? As much as John McCain? Maybe YOU should go to Washington to help too! Maybe we ALL should!

And we can ALL run for VP too like miss main street Palin!

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

"Despite the widely held belief that Republicans are the party of economic prudence -- a belief that does not stand up to scrutiny -- voters traditionally have turned to Democrats when they're hurting economically."
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Just like Americans did when they elected FDR... after Hoover. The GOP had been in controll for eight years before 1929. Clinton also cleaned up after the 12 years of Reagan and Bush.

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

And why shouldn't Obama show up in Oxford all by himself? Then the assembled liberal pressies can make love to him on national television without the insult of having to entertain Senator McCain.

Posted by: leahlipschultz@yahoo.com | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Canceling the debate will cost the University of Mississippi 5.5 million dollars.

Well, at least the Senator is consistent. He's got a whole history of fiscal disasters he's createdincluding the current one, What's one more (and such a small one)?.

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

If our congress wanted to do the right thing (and obviously they don't) they would not bail out these companies that made greedy inappropriate decisions. Instead they would help you and I the people of America. Set up a lottery giving people up to $200,000 to pay off or toward their home loans. Wait two years and then start making payments back to the US Government when things are better for everyone.

This issue is not big enough that McCain has to continue to do the theatrics he has done thus far. Becoming President is NOT a Performance as John McCain said to Chris Wallace just before Palin's introduction to the sharks of Politics. Pit Bull Palin should be put in the pound like all the rest of the Pit Bulls, and face Troopergate!!!

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

The intent behind McCain's "surprise" announcement peeked through a little while ago when his camp floated the trial balloon that the debate be made up on October 2nd, effectively kicking Palin's debate with Biden to an as yet to be decided date. It is clear that with the republiCONS they want to hide Palin's stupidity and lack of integrity from being shown to the great American public. Who really wants a criminally oriented whack job from Alaska a heartbeat from the presidency?

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

Poor John can't multitask, and Sarah conveniently can't debate against Joe Biden on their scheduled date. This might be as transparent as the McCain/Palen ticket ever gets.

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

This is really pretty simple. McCain is a senate leader and is needed in Washington to push this legislation to passage.

Obama is NOT a senate leader, and in fact hasn't really ever been there, so his presence isn't really required.

Therefore, they are BOTH RIGHT in the decision they each made.

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

John McCain is telling us that he's setting politics aside to go to Washington to work on the economic crisis. This is one of the most ridiculous concepts I have ever heard.

The four most politicized individuals in the U.S. today are John McCain, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. For any of these people to start mucking about with these negotiations politicizes the issue. McCain is acting recklessly, forcing campaign politics into a process that requires political cover so that legislators can, you know, legislate.

His mere presence will turn the bailout into a political football, making it impossible for Congress and the White House to create an effective solution.

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

There are 98 other senators to do that work, and both candidates have phones and email that work from anywhere.

If you want the big desk in the oval office you had better be able to multitask, Senator McCain, and you said it yourself, sir, you dont know much about economics.

BRING ON THE DEBATE.

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

"Yet now you still blame Republicans by saying "This all happened under Bush""
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You are correct. The GOP has been in the White House for 8 years... and controlled the House and Senate for 12 of the past 14 years.
You want to blame Putin?

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

Despite the widely held belief that Republicans are the party of economic prudence -- a belief that does not stand up to scrutiny -- voters traditionally have turned to Democrats when they're hurting economically. Hopefully American voters are still intelligent enough to work out that after 8 long years of unfettered Republican rule, we simply can't afford more of the same.

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

THE ONE AND ONLY believes that, because he's running for president, he is no longer a senator. So, instead of working with his colleges in the senate to discuss a solution to this "crisis", as McCain is doing, The messiah wants to continue with his campaign.

His lame excuse, " I don't want to inject [!] politics into the process", is not only laughable, but insulting to the intelligence of the few of us who still use it.

He is still a senator. His job IS about politics.

He is, simply, a wuss.

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

The comments of these McCain supporters listed below are a reflection of their frustration in knowing nothing.

Posted by: dennis urbano | September 24, 2008 6:42

PM Posted by: kingofzouk | September 24, 2008 3:24 PM
Posted by: Andrew Boyle | September 24, 2008 3:37 PM

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

The presidential candidates can share ideas, contribute suggestions about the thebailout with their party at congres by e-mails, fax or by telephone. Mc Cain like to avoid debate; that is irresponsible with the voters.

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

I would propose protesting McCain's return to D.C. by the usual picketing and sign-holding, but I'd be afraid he'd get the police to open fire on everyone like he did at the Republican National Convention.

Posted by: What's Freedom? | September 24, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

On second thought if Sarah Palin is ready to step in as president then she should be able to step in Friday night.

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

Adam Bonin, Attorney and Chairman, Netroots Nation:
Like the selection of Sarah Palin, this feels like a panicky move borne of political expediency rather than anything which will lead to better governance and policymaking.

Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist:
Audacious but makes him look like a coward.

Calling off the presidential debate cannot possibly make sense --when the candidates can just call off preparing for the debate and have it DC.

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

There is a lot of media manipulation going on and it isn't coming from the media! There is much from the RNC that the rest of the country did not hear about or see. I live in the Twin Cities and the protests weren't the half of it!! The manipulation of what the media saw, the phony "handmade" signs passed out at the convention, the lobbyists in town, women walking around in $5G Chanel dresses treating the locals like riff raff. If things like this were happening in Denver I'd want to know about that too, and I'm sure both sides manipulate. I just had a front row seat so to speak and I was discusted by what I witnessed in my own town.

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

Damn. I should have voted for Romney.
But I didn't trust him beacause he's a Mormon. If I wasn't such a bigot...

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

mccain can run but he cant hide... he cancelled his campain to stop the debate because he is running scared... its his own fault picking palin, he can only blame himself.. americans are not stupid.

a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that showed Barack Obama leading John McCain 52 percent to 43 percent nationally

Joe Lockhart, Democratic strategist, former Clinton White House :
John McCain and his campaign obviously think the American people are not very smart. In fact he’s betting his whole campaign on it. Here’s what they’re hoping no one figures out.

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

Report: Freddie Mac paid $15,000 a month to McCain aide's firm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080924/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_freddie_mac

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

McCain is admitting that he can't walk and chew-gum at the same time

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

Polls show that the American people have already seen through this pander. The McCain ads are still up, so he isn't suspending his campaign. McCain again shows he's a puppet to Rove.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 24, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"NEWS NETWORK REPORT THAT BARACK OBAMA LEADS JOHN MCCAIN IN POLLS.

ALL EXCEPT FOR FOXNEWS? "

FOXNEWS had a 6 point lead for Obama.

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

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/lets-move-palins-debate-to-this-friday.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Let's Move Palin's Debate to This Friday!

McCain wants to cancel the first debate and move it to the Vice Presidential debate. Moving that debate into the future.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone--in addition to McCain's avoiding his debate in the face of falling poll numbers, after Palin's day of near-silent photo-ops at the U.N., attempting to also give Palin more time to prepare.

As suggested by Dana Milbank on CNN, there's an easy solution--just let Palin debate this Friday night!

The fundamentals of the debate are strong!

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/lets-move-palins-debate-to-this-friday.html

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 24, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

This ploy of McCain borders on the horrible. Next would be to POSTPONE the ELECTIONS and GIVE Bush an "emergency" extension.'
It's FIRST DEGEE Cynism!

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

JOHN MCCAIN: NOT READY TO LEAD!

Posted by: Whenwillthisnightmareend | September 24, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

John the $700 bil is in trouble. Get back here.
I wonder if he'll be taking Phil Gramm with him?
I wonder if he'll be taking Sarah Palin?

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

Being a POW in Vietnam does not give John McCain carte blanche to be a SOB in the United States.

Ironic that so many will defend him in an online arena he doesn't even know how to access.

John McCain wouldn't know how to solve this country's problems if the answers were emailed to him.

"BUT!", you say, "He doesn't NEED to know how to use the internet to run this country!" Well maybe he doesn't need to know how to debate either? In fact, maybe John McCain doesn't need any credentials at all, maybe just enough uneducated people who are afraid of electing a colored guy to office, but too afraid to openly admit it.

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

Posted by: yamen | September 24, 2008 6:37 PM

Your comments are a reflection of your frustration in knowing nothing.

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

After 911 BUSH took advantage of the chaos to pass repressive laws and take the US into a war in the WRONG place.
Today McCain and Bush are trying to do it all over again: they want to use the crisis on wall street to give our money away to corrupt bankers.

What would jesus do?

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

Obama beig Obama.... "he had no plans to re-schedule Friday night's presidential debate in Oxford, Miss" or "I plan to withdraw from Irak in just 36 monhs after beign elected, not mather what". Sound it similar.... that is the same No Leadership logic....

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

SO MCCAIN IS GOING TO WASHINGTON FOR A DAY OR TWO TO GET HIS ECONOMIC EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS, JUST LIKE HE SENT PALIN TO GO TO THE UN TO GET HER INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS....I GUESS SENILITY IS IN FULL BLOOM....HE MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN HE SPENT 26 YEARS THERE AND VOTED FOR MOST OF THE THINGS THAT ARE THE PROBLEM TODAY-----SILLY, SILLY, SILLY----AND HE INSULTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO DESERVE TO HEAR SOLUTIONS, NOT HIS POSTURING!!!

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

Granted McCain doesn't have any economic policy expertise now... but I know that after he takes that Kaplan test prep course he will be ready. In other words, he will have that "readiness".

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

Uh, WaPo, think you'd better pull that big old animated CNN "Friday Night Fight" ad on this page! It really makes McCain look foolish.


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

Looks like John Pinocchio McBush is afraid to debate the big bad Obama...

Just take "Mommie" McCain with you. She will print the answers to the questions on your cue cards. Just read them. Nobody expects you to answer any of the questions all by yourself. This debate could not be any more difficult than sending an email.

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

No matter what (President) McCain does, they liberal media and the democratic public affairs machine will spin it as campaign rhetoric. That is exactly what they did when (Presiden) McCain picked (Vice President) Palin as his running mate. The Dems will not go down without the most significant fight for the White House in in the last 100 years. They are hungry to be in a position of power despite majority congressional presence for the last 2 years. It is understandable but will not come to pass. When John McCain and Sarah Palin take the oath of office, only then, will reality set in for the Dems. Right now, they are reveling in their historic bid for the White House and I can't blame them. However, as record expenditures on campaigning are made apparent in the liberal media, they are somehow being viewed as a measure of bona fide success. This is not the case at all. It is a measure of the fund raising machine put forth by the Dems, not of Obama's success. In fact, in terms of money raised, Obama has not garnered the success that he should have. He is running neck and neck with (President) McCain, not at all reflecting Obama's private fund raising success.

Posted by: Change4theRightReasons | September 24, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain just announced he will definitely not show up for the debate on Friday. Well Mr. McCain, having said that I say, don't bother showing up at the White House either.

Posted by: KIMMO | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM

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

McCain's suspending his campaign because he's trying to conserve limited financial resources! IF he simply pulled his TV ads now, you'd report he was running out of money -- not unlike Hillary Clinton loaning her campaign money.

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

Do any of the Obamamites understand that Congrees plans to recess this weekend so that they can go back home and campaign for their own jobs? It is not only a presidential election we have, it is Congress too (the entire House and 1/3 of the Senate). All of Congress should be in Washington this week and get to some resolution on this matter, even if it is a temporary one. If some want to be holed up in a hotel in Tampa to cram for a debate, then we know where their priorities are.

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

I'm sorry. Did everyone forget what this argument is about?

John McCain would rather run back to DC to help the GOP pass its version of a Bail out that is essentially a no oversight give away to the rich!

that ain't what a real maverick would do...

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

Look at all these people who obviously would claim "Obama is a true visionary", if he did the same. Yet when it the opposing party, its "McCain only cares about himself." You idiots are the same people who got into risky loans forcing the sub-prime crisis, which is having a domino effect and the economy, yet are crying victim while pointing the finger at everyone but yourself. I worked in the loan industry. I saw how Democrats in my state refused to pass laws to safeguard the industry, while idiots like you would say "Republicans are trying to control things by not allowing a free market." Yet now you still blame Republicans by saying "This all happened under Bush", you ignore that under Clinton the economy was stealing profits from the future as credit was easy to come by. Now we are paying for it, now that your loan is resetting and you cant pay the extra $700 a month. Now that the bubble, creates by a lose credit market, reality is hitting and most leveraged investments are crashing. Yea thats right, instead of feeling your way through politics with idealism and ignorance, try learning learning the long-term effects of economic policy and tax manipulation. Look, your stupid, and I'm going to prove it: Obama(who I will vote for)is going to win, but since the economy is likely going to suck for the next 2 years, you not going to blame Obama, your going to blame Bush. However, if the economy is good, your going to credit Obama. Do you feel stupid not? Now you know how I take your money. Your brain dead and stupid and I can call your next move before you even make it.

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

McCain is being impulsive again. What will be next, not having an election so he won't lose the presidency.

Sarah Palin, now this: not the reasoned actions of a mature, stable personality. We have had eight years of one-trick pony Bush. What, now we want a more versatile clown?

Palin looks like an ignoramus. We know Bush is an ignoramus. Please, Republican pattern of failed and failing leadership is getting hard to take.

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

The presidential candidates can share ideas, contribute suggestions about the thebailout with their party at congres by e-mails, fax or by telephone. Mc Cain like to avoid debate; that is irresponsible with the voters.

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

McCain just announced he will definitely not show up for the debate on Friday. Well Mr. McCain, having said that I say, don't bother showing up at the White House either.

Posted by: KIMMO | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM

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

Geraldine - are you two years old? Do you know what either candidate or party would do if they are elected, or do you just listen to right wing spin and recycle it like old sewage?

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

McCain is a coward. He's scared to face Obama on Friday.

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


mister senility himself mccain is HILARIOUS!

obama calls mccain first thing this morning to suggest a joint news briefing re this crisis, and johnny boy doesn't take his call.. and before you know it.. john "the penguin" mccain goes WADDLING to the camera making little quacking noises and saying, "ME ME ME" and then pretends obama never even called.

mccain is such a friggin little worm it's disgusting.

maybe john boy should asks sarah what to do... after all, she's AWESOME!

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

The most intelligent post of the afternoon. Please read it carefully to understand the motives at play. Bravo, Mr. Weiss. I would only add that the NYT is reporting that Obama initiated the discussion this morning with this very thought in mind, but the McCain camp jumped the gun, for reasons that couldn't be more obvious.

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Hey McCainiacs: If this were really a gesture of bipartisan leadership, McCain would have consulted with Obama before this announcement and asked him to make it jointly. He didn't. It was a calculated political move from a guy who's struggling. McCain hasn't cast a Senate vote since April--he's not superman; he's not going to go flying back to DC to solve the problem; he'll just inject presidential politics into delicate negotiations.

This isn't suspending the campaign; it IS the campaign.

Posted by: Matt Weiss | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM

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

"DO YOU demoCRITES really NOT REALIZE THAT THIS VOTE WILL PROBABLY BE THE BIGGEST SINGLE VOTE IN THE CAREER OF EITHER SENATOR ?"

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Oh! the drama!

stop wetting your pants. canceling the debates will have NO effect on solving this economic problem. It WILL help us choose a leader.

there is NO GOOD REASON to stop the debates or the campaigning. Leaders MUST juggles several crises at the same time.

McCain simply cannot handle the stress, and Repubs are desperate to find some explanation for his cowardice. Reminds me of what sophomores would do in high school to avoid a big test.

Thank God we have a calm mature level-headed leader in Barack.

He has just proven his true nature. Pure leadership.

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

McCain just announced he will definitely not show up for the debate on Friday. Well Mr. McCain, having said that I say, don't bother showing up at the White House either.

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

Congressman Barney Frank told MSNBC that Congress has made great strides toward reaching a compromise on the bailout. McCain is trying to take credit for the work done by others. McCain is a know-nothing.

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

Socializing corporate losses is on your team's watch, tojoley. How sickening that you assume those who dissagree with you are not students of history. You must be a genius.

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

This is another shocking example of John McCain’s erratic temperament.

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

Campaigning for President IS Obama and McCain's job right now. The election is only six weeks away. It's important for the voters to figure out who they want to lead the country for the next four years. These debates are far more important than some political stunt designed to make one more "presidential."

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

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

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

Obama should remember that he is, first and foremost a U.S Senator. He aint the President yet. His BUTT should be in D.C w/ MCain working with the rest of 'em to fix this MESS. Or...maybe he dont want nothing to do with in case the fix fails, then he can blame everyone else.

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

McLame just announced he cannot juggle two crises at once. One crisis is the making of McLame's party president and the other is a crisis manufactured by Karl Rove to cancel the debate. Obama should go to the debate surrounded by the former chairmen of the Federal Reserve who back him and by Warren Buffett. Let McLame pretend he is needed in Washington where he has been absent the past year.

Posted by: Tom in Alabama | September 24, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I see. Now Obama supporters are "not americans"? That does not sound like the gop being bi-partisan. It sounds like more of the same old incomptence and bullying.

Lets thrown these chumps out of office, yes?

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

If Obama can cause "the oceans to recede and heal the planet," why does he not just fix the economy by Friday so we can have the debate?

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

zeroBama thinking: "I've spent so much time preparing for the debate under the premise that uncertainty is ruling the day with the rescue package up in the air. I am prepared to tie McCain to all the dead squirrels and gunned down black children in the South Side of Chicago. I certainly want the enonomy to collapse. I am surrouned by all the former Clinton economic A-team who are 110% behind globalization and free trade. I am just so confused as to who is saying what. I am so upset that no one reminded me that there are not 57 States plus Alaska and Hawaii in the U.S. I also truly believed 10,000 people died in the Kansas twisters in a single day---too bad FoxNews taped my saying that and it ended up on YouTube. But I just have to do ahead and have it over with. The reason that I didn't write a single piece for the Harvard Law Review was my lack of logic. Hillary won't be there to answer all the questions first. I just have to go ahead. Besides, all my supporters in the media will kill their own wives to sleep with me, like Chris Matthews. Head, I win. Tail, McCain loses."

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

Barbie speaks?

Well, besides that nauseating repetitious lie telling congress thanks but no thanks?

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

keep the debate as scheduled but we should have the two veep candidates take the places of the two presidential candidates. the public will get a good idea as to their readiness to step in when needed.

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

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

Obama's losing.

And he knows it.

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

Please, please, PLEASE let Obama Lite show up alone for a debate...

The article states:

"It was not immediately clear what the fate of the debate will be if only Obama decides to show up on Friday night."

RESPONSE: It would be undisputed--OBAMA loses!!

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

It would appear that McCain was just trying to put the country first if not for the fact that he was contacted by Obama FIRST to do a joint statement. NOT wanting to look like he was following Obama's lead(ership) he went out and made it appear he was taking charge of the situation. Total Political maneuver!!!! Putting your country first would be contacting each other in private as Obama tried to do, getting a joint statement together and THEN making a joint NON-political public statement. It is all about making himself look good on the day of crisis for McCain.
"The Sky IS Falling, The Sky IS Falling" Heard all this before. First we must "Rush" to approve a war to "save us" from real danger to our country and it's safety. Now we must "Rush" to approve a 700 Billion bailout we know no details about, at our expense, to again "Save us" from total economic melt down. Obama shows so much more leadership by wanting to wait and get a good handle on what "WE" the American people want as well as what is really best for this country. NO ONE knows the answer to this mess and it is going to take more then a mere 4 days to figure this out. This is no time to rush into anything. I think we as Americans have evolved beyond the “ride through the saloon door, guns a blazing” era. The economy is not going to collapse any further then it would have regardless if they approve this thing by the weekend.
Rush judgments = Unaccountability

Posted by: Big Red | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain pushed hard and successfully for the very deregulation that caused the major part of the problem. Now he wants to ride back to Washington like a knight in shining armor to save the day! What a total creep. What a farce.

This is so clearly yet another tawdry amoral Rovian political stunt...

God help our young people, who are being taught day by day that gross deception and flagrant lies are the way to succeed in public life. That is the true crime of the Rovian Republicans, the true debt that our children will pay and pay and pay.

But thank God, also, that the majority of our young people are enlightened enough to see Rovian trash for precisely what it is.

Posted by: Glen Park | September 24, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

What a joke, McCain...George W. Bush has spent eight years causing the problem with your help, and you decide the American people don't need a full and fair campaign for this election to hear what the candidates positions are in debates....Your old worn out ideas have caused the problem, so your Senate appearance will not change those errors...We deserve better....We deserve people who will work on the solutions, instead of your posturing...I'll work to put OBAMA in a position to provide solutions.

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

Obama and Biden should go back to work too and stop stuffing political contributions in their pockets.

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

"The move is an obvious attempt by McCain and his campaign to paint the Arizona senator as above politics, willing to put aside his campaign for the good of the country."
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Right on, Chris. That's exactly what this is: a cheap political stunt by a shameless politican.

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

"His presence now is not going to change things."

This is correct.

If anyone bothered to look at or track what has been going on, (Paulsen folds on the CEO pay issue, agrees to equity positions via warrents, agrees to mortage restructuring, agrees to oversight panel) a lot of the flaws in what Paulson wanted are being ironed out, and both the dems, the repubs and the administration are converging on a bill.

Looks McCain will be riding into Dodge after most of the shooting is over and the smoke has begun clearing.

That (of course..lol!) will not prevent McCain from making grand pronouncements and trying to take credit for what already happened... which is McCains real agenda.

The assertion McCain could add much to the debate (mostly thoses of his fellow repubs) given his self-confessed weakness's concerning economic matters was perposterous on its face anyway. Everyone knows the situation is serious... what else is new.

Posted by: plaza04433 | September 24, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kansas,
Enough already with that coded, bible-covers up for racism garbage.

The fact is that McCain wants to RUSH the Bush bailout through congress without oversight. His own banker buddies will benefit and every american will have to pay 7,000$ more in taxes.

Think before you speak.

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

McCain outsmarts Obama again!

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

news bulletin;

DO YOU demoCRITES really NOT REALIZE THAT THIS VOTE WILL PROBABLY BE THE BIGGEST SINGLE VOTE IN THE CAREER OF EITHER SENATOR ?

(answer; no, you do not because you have no sense of historical perspective OR priorities)

HOW COULD YOU NOT TAKE IT MORE SERIOUSLY ?

ANSWER : because you do not really care about your country - you just want your rock star to get elected

obamiden may win but America will pay a serious price for many generations IF he does

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 700 BILLION DOLLARS HERE WHEN WE ARE ALREADY IN DEBT - THIS COULD WELL BE A MAKE/BREAK VOTE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION'S VERY EXISTENCE AND ALL YOU demoCRITES WANT TO DO IS HAVE A DEBATE PARTY SO YOU CAN SMOKE SOME MORE WEED !!!


(p.s. mccain was right when he said that aspects of the economy such as the employment rate are fundamentally strong - he KNEW he would get criticized for saying it but he said it anyway - because a true statesman has to say things like that from time to time to stave off a panic - so he's already played a role in stabilizing the situation or the sell off could have brought everything down early last week just like way back when biden thought FDR was president)


MCCAIN / PALIN 2008

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

I'd love to see Sarah Palin do an actual press conference with real questions. It's sad that it bears repeating.

If the Dems were manipulating the press like this, with phony "handmade" signs and no candidate access you would cry foul all day and night. But these lies suit you nicely.

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

None of the comments here seem to understand how serious this financial meltdown really is and how time sensitive it is. We all need to stop the shouting and let our representative reach a quick agreement. Buying some gold is also a good idea if agreement isn't reached soon.

Like previous "bailouts" over time, the govenment may get it's money back; lose a little or even make a profit.

I wish the media would stick to the facts.

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

McCain, but isn't the economy fundamentally sound? He is not the first person I would want negotiating a quick solution proposed by GWB.

Does each and every citizen want $2000 of their money spent bailing out these companies... ask a family (that only owns one home) if that amount of money would be noticed? ... each citizen, not each family.

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

If Obama had been brave enough to face McCain in the beginning when McCain challenged him to numerous debates which Obama refused, it would be coming down to this one debate. Now Obama conveniently says the American people deserve a debate while McCain is bound by his principles. Political opportunism at its best.

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

.

Deborah Harry:
"will you get off your lazy butt and stop voting "present" Mr. Obama!!"

He might miss a few appearabce and the "rock star" applause...

.

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

what is all this talk about voting. everyone knows my response already:

PRESENT

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

This is pure politics and attention getting. The patronizing repartee is getting annoying. This rush rush hurry hurry fear tactic GOP thing has only ever meant trouble. Rush rush, we don't have time to recount the votes in Florida, the Supreme Court has to decide (betcha 9/11 never would have happened if it wasn't for another Bush in office) Rush, rush hurry hurry we don't have time for the inspectors to determine if Sadam has weapons of mass destruction we need to invade right away. (no WMD) Rush rush the whole world is going to collapse if John MCCain doesn't get to Washington this very weekend.

It's all Monica's fault. Ha ha Strategy less the sincerity.

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

McCain is chicken.

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

When I first heard about McCain's latest political stunt, I could not help but grin. What does a candidate do, someone who was almost last in his class in college, during a major personal crisis? Roll up his sleeves and solve the problem? No, he throws the dice and with a brazen step attempts to hit "reset."

McCain is absolutely not suspending his campaign! This is pure fiction! Choosing Palin was his first desperate move. His latest gambit, the so-called "suspension" of his campaign, is the second Hail Mary in just a few weeks.

Would McCain have everyone believe that his entire campaign staff are stopping work, too?

McCain's problem writ large is that the current environment puts him and all Republicans in an unfavorable light. They produced this mess with their wreckless laissez faire economic policiies. Bush has been in office 8 years and the Republicans ran Congress for 6 of those years. They own Wall St.

Mark my words: Bush will be remembered as a Herbert Hoover president. Barack Obama will be rightly seen as the next Franklin Roosevelt and McCain will be a footnote.

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

McCain will issue some statement of support for his colleagues on the hill, trusting, convinced and confident (as George Will so aptly put it: "his reservoir of endless certainties") that they will do the right thing for "Main St".

...and that he will debate Obama as scheduled.

Nothing to see here, folks. Just move on, go on about your business, everythings' taken care of.

Posted by: Gary P. | September 24, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't believe my ears when I heard Bush could postpone the elections....reason is that a while back a 'seer' predicted the election would be called off. While being 'delayed' isn't quite the same as 'called off' it still gave me chills.

John McCain is not playing any kind of games here, folks. This guy is on the level. He was on the housing commission a while back and in 2005 gave a speech to the Congress that said FNEMAE and FRDEMAC were in serious difficulty and that an oversight committee needed to be pulled together forthwith. There was so much scam going on with the leaders even back in 2005.

The Congress we have didn't do a thing despite repeated warnings from George Bush as well - 17 as a matter of fact.

Go McCain!

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

Just what the heck does Mccain think Congress will be doing at 9PM on a Friday night? I guarantee they won't be in session. Members of Congress love their weekends.

This is a blatant rouse to make it seem like McCain has some sort of power to do something, and perpetuate the lie that he reaches across the aisle more than Obama.

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

Debate: Be There or Be Square.

Posted by: Noel-Richmond, Virginia | September 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Several days ago Mr. Obama made his statement about the things that are necessary in such a bailout. They include, in part, that there be oversight, that the taxpayers get an actual stake in the companies, that regulations be put in place to prevent the banks from continuing to do the same thing that put us in this mess, that the people responsible not be rewarded for their negligence. This was issued before McCain ever came up with anything and should be enough to make his position known. Those who claim that Mr. Obama is negligent are just repeating talking points issued from the Rove undisclosed location and have no idea of what they are talking about.

Given that Mr McCain has absolutely no credibility in economic matters, I shouldn't have to point out that for him to mess with this situation will only make matters worse. After all, it is his advisers who set the stage for this fiasco and he himself who has been voting to deregulate. Furthermore, he can't seem to make up his mind even now about whether or not there should be regulations. How long ago was it that he last said that the fundamentals of our economy are strong? How can he blame Mr. Cox for not regulating when Mr. McCain himself did away with the regulations. And does anyone actually think that in a couple days he has all of a sudden learned enough about the situation to do any good?!

Anyone who believes that his action is not an attempt to flee from a confrontation with Mr. Obama believes that oil had nothing to do with the invasion of Iraq.

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

Now McLame says he wants to “suspend” the campaign and delay the debates, and wants Obama to join him to address the economic crisis. Options -

1) Obama agrees and it looks like McCain is the leader

2) Obama does not agree and it makes McCain look like he puts the country ahead of the election (the Maverick)

I say he says no thanks, we do not need to work with Bush and the party responsible for this disaster. I have my own plan to undo the damage the Republican Party did to America.

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

A President has to be able to MULTI-TASK. Every working mom knows how to do that. A debate should be small potatoes that will barely cause a leader to break stride.

Cancelling the debate is a pathetic ploy to avoid questions while trying to look like Gary Cooper, ironically fighting the very guys he has been cosy with for years. It has the reverse effect on me.

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

Dern, I sure wanted to see Mr. McCain stomp a new hole in B.O.'s rear-end during the debates. It would have been SO funny!!!

But McCain, being the Public Servant he has been all his life(which is more than can be said of Barack Obama), is ONCE AGAIN BEING A LEADER INSTEAD OF playing movie-star for politics like Mr. Obama.

Hooray for McCain / Palin, TRUE LEADERS IN 2008!!

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

this is kinda like bush deciding not to go to the republic convention using a hurricane as an excuse. geez- mccain keeps saying he going to "fix" washington...for cripes sakes-he's been in washington for over 25 years! cut the crap john and have the balls to admit you have no idea what to do and are scared to death to face obama.

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

So if, God forbid, McSame were the next President and there were more than one crisis at a time- say a hurricane, two wars, and the Wall Street Billionaire Boy's Club wanted to take more of our money- so he would just call a time out? Time Out? There is no time out in the White House.

This isn't baseball.

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

In just reading Obamas remarks he leans towards 40 days before handeling this crisis. Looks like to me we don't have 40 days

Posted by: knot4u | September 24, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain pushed hard and successfully for the very deregulation that caused the major part of the problem. Now he wants to ride back to Washington like a knight in shining armor to save the day! What a total creep.

This is so clearly yet another tawdry amoral Rovian political stunt...

God help our young people, who are being taught day by day that gross deception is the way to go...


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

McCain is not president yet and is not a leader of the Republicans in the Senate. By canceling the Presidential Debate, McCain is politicizing the financial crisis the country is facing. This is currently a battle by the Bush Administration and Congress. To date, Congress has handled this as a bipartisan issue. By McCain unilaterally injecting himself into the bargaining process, he is implying he does not have faith in President Bush's team and the leadership of Congress to debate the issue and compromise on the features of the Bush plan. He is grandstanding in another "maverick" ploy to recover ground he has lost in the campaign this week.

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

"I am very upset at Democrats for hailing John McCain in the 2000 election and now persecuting him as if he were George Bush the third."

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Why? It's McCain who betrayed himself and embraced the far-right, Rove and Bush...flip-flopping on torture, eavesdropping, regulation...and the big betrayal: picking Palin.

He has sold his soul. He is no longer the man he was in 2000.

And now, he runs in fear from the first debate...using "patriotism" as his cover. The behavior of a true coward and traitor to this country.

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

Obama will be on a plane to DC this evening and will be in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday night, with or without McCain.

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

McCain's experience with Keating and the Savings and Loan crisis should come in really handy.

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

"Not only is his decision to get intimately involved in the plan the wrong thing to do, he doesn't really even know enough about the crisis to be in a position to know one way or the other what the right thing to do is."

I don't mind open debate, but I wonder how you can judge his experience and knowledge level on a topic based on sound bites and partial quotes. I can only hope you have at least an MBA and have spent a fair amount of time both studying our complex economy and discussing it with the senators. I think then you would be more credible when you say that one senator is more or less qualified than another to discuss the solutions to our current "crisis".

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

Now McLame says he wants to “suspend” the campaign and delay the debates, and wants Obama to join him to address the economic crisis. Options -

1) Obama agrees and it looks like McCain is the leader

2) Obama does not agree and it makes McCain look like he puts the country ahead of the election (the Maverick)

I say he says no thanks, we do not need to work with Bush and the party responsible for this disaster. I have my own plan to undo the damage the Republican Party did to America.

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

Now McLame says he wants to “suspend” the campaign and delay the debates, and wants Obama to join him to address the economic crisis. Options -

1) Obama agrees and it looks like McCain is the leader

2) Obama does not agree and it makes McCain look like he puts the country ahead of the election (the Maverick)

I say he says no thanks, we do not need to work with Bush and the party responsible for this disaster. I have my own plan to undo the damage the Republican Party did to America.

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

BUSH & MCCAIN
same policies

OSAMA & OBAMA
same policies

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

Pelosi, Reid, Obama will be left holding the bailout bag with BUSH when McCain comes out against it. Watch and learn from the master!

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

Thank goodness there's only 40 days left...or will G.W. crown himself King in a time of War (illegal) and Bankster Fraud (also illegal the last time I checked)?
Keep calling Congress...go to their website and all are listed. They seem to have heard some of us "regular" Americans yesterday. Hold 'em accountable! The people are on a roll...don't stop now! We can take this country back and they're running scared! Vote 'em all out!

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

Neighbours,
this is too gimmickie!

First we had to deal with Miss Congeniality, now we have to digest this.

Mr. McCain, if you decided to run for President, do it. You were in the system that created this mess for the last 25 years, or there abouts.
So what difference can you make in two weeks by dealing with your participation for the last quarter of the century?.

If you do not want to debate, say so, but do not hide behind anybodies skirts.

Posted by: PCM1 | September 24, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

McMaverick will show up because there's no excuse when he arrives in Washington, and there's nothing for him to do. Coffee anyone?

If only McCain could use a computer, then he would have to waste the fuel getting to Washington, and he could contribute via electronic communications.

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

Yeah, as a moonbat liberal I want "Dinosaurs and Man can live together in harmony" Palin and her Sugar Daddy, the Beauty-Pageant Obsessed McCain over AL GORE who won the 2000 election. Yep. You're right. Send your kids to college but make sure the end up as someone to have a beer with (or in Cindy's case, sell you the beer) rather than someone that can MAKE BEER.

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

Re: Lola Conrwell 5:54

If you want some facts to back up that backwards logic and stereotyping, you may want to check out this link about the role McCain's financial advisors played in this debacle. Note the date. Yes, April 2008. This has been coming for a LONG time. I for one learned in grade school that cramming at the last minute is never an effective way to solve a problem.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08097/870634-176.stm

Posted by: Fact Seeker | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain has not been to Washington since April and voters will not buy his excuse to cancel Friday's debate. McCain admits to knowing little about economics, so why in hell does he think voters will believe his presence is needed now. Just another McStunt from the McRove playbook. I cannot wait to kick these ba%#&@ds out of office in November.

Posted by: Tom in Alabama | September 24, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain's trying to hide behind the financial crisis to avoid debating with Obama. Does he think that he will find his missing cajones in Washington?

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

Can’t this guy McCain multi-task? (Oops! I forgot… he can’t use a computer)! He needs to be PHYSICALLY IN FRONT OF PEOPLE to get things done. No email here. Got to go to Washington and cancel the debate.

We are starting to see what a John McCain Presidency really means. Out of date. Slow to respond.

Unable to deal with more than one crisis at a time.
His campaign needs to call Al-Qaida and ask them not to invade the United States of America when John has a busy schedule.
John McCain hasn’t placed a vote in the Senate since April. He can go to Washington and the debate. The debate can be changed to Washington if need be. This debate is EXACTLY what the voters want… how do these guys operate under pressure? He is just scared to a debate during a crisis.

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

McCain BLINDSIDES the new guy again with a foreign term...LEADERSHIP.

While Barack makes statements like, "I will if I'm needed..." OH MOHAMMED will you get off your lazy butt and stop voting "present" Mr. Obama!!


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

Mccain accepts Obama's plan to issue joint statement then claims it was his (Mccain's) idea! Then after realizing he is not ready to debate Obama on the economy after a one hour cram session in the library,he dares to pretend that he is delaying the debate for America!! Please media stop saying it was Mccain's idea,Obama phoned Mccain six hours earlier to propose it.

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

McCain botched this up big time, when Obama offered to issue a joint statement, McCain should have done it i.e. we agree on X Y and Z and then announce it. Then press the administration and your party to give in to some of the Democratic demands and get an agreement signed ASAP.

Then you can walk into Friday's debate and say, hey look this is all off the table because we agree. Because this issue is a real loser for the Republican's.

If you are Obama, you want for this debate to be about this bailout and nothing else. Don't make any deals let the whole thing hang out there, and then go after McCain in the debate.

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

So are the rest of the people already dealing with this issue idiots? McCain himself said that he does not understand economics. What earth shattering things is he going to accomplish?????

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

This is a campaign and Mr. McCain knows it and has been playing it brilliantly. He went all the way to Alaska to pluck the plucky soccer mom despite her absolutely mind-boggling lack of experience and knowledge but look what it did the day after Mr. Obama gave a stellar speech calling Mr. McCain on the carpet on issue after issue. The press dropped the speech and went with the bulldog. Now, he begins to slip in the polls. I'm sure he's been watching his bulldog Ms. Palin stumble around the heads of state and he's thinking, I need something big! And that's just what he's done. It's a huge gamble and like picking Palin, it will turn out to be either brilliant or entirely stupid. No one knows. So we wait...

Obama's best bet is to continue on and do not engage McCain with this. The more Obama ignores and continues toward the debate, the less McCain will seem like he's relevant.

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

The man that went through excruciating pain to be able to fly again now seems to have fear of losing his last chance at his dream. He won't chance Sarah talking to the press and anwering questions like anybody else, has changed a couple of gaffes this week, and is dropping in the polls. Chicken McCain and Palin. I gave John and Barack both credit for appearing on The View and O'Reilly. Obama brought the challenge on military issues, bring it on. I think his position was more in line with the commanders, which will win that debate. The surge certainly helped enhance the Anbar awakening and progress, but at the cost of losing to the Taliban in the other theater. Zadari seems to be taking a strong hand against the Taliban and we unfortunately have not held up our end. We don't have secure areas, only bases and that has to change. We must win the people at the same time we destroy the Taliban and Al Qaeda. I see no reason for us to fight the Mahdi army, but I do see the need for triangle troops until the Sunni security forces become government forces. Hedge your hand and withdraw all else should be our strategy. I believe with the 12,000 already on stop loss the practise should be discontinued and drawdown from Germany, Korea, Japan and Taiwan should bolster the Afghan forces.

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

Ummm...they stole this idea from a comment I saw yesterday! I think it might have been on Barack's MySpace page?...

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

"McCain went on to compare the current crisis in the financial markets with the attacks of Sept. 11 and called on politicians to draw on the bipartisan spirit created during those times in order to solve the economic problems of the country today."

Seems to me that the last time this happened we got such lovely pieces of legislation as the Patriot Act. Here's hoping that terror on the economic front doesn't suspend our good senators' morals and intelligence this time around . . .

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

So how is a debate on foreign policy supposed to shed light on the domestic economy?

McCain should stick to his guns and go to Washington - and send Sarah Palin to debate Obama. I'd pay money to see that one.

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

The Republicans sure are pulling everything out of their hat.

What is it, precisely, that Senator McCain would be "brokering" in Washington? Don't they pretty much have all the people they need on this thing?

Try a different tack, "my friend".

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

Correction: Obama called McCain to discuss the issue, McCain Called and actually spoke to Obama and told him he was suspending his campaign, to go do the job we are paying them both to do--the Senator jobs! We need them to focus for the next few days on working together with Washington to get this plan in place!
McCain is doing what presidents have to do, make hard decisions on what is most important. What is in your best interest (continuing to campaign) or in the countries best intersted. (going to Washington and helping to work on a solution.
My Vote goes to McCain, who has the strength of character to make hard choices and to put American first!

Posted by: Concerned Voter | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree with those who speak about McCain's lack of being able to do more than one thing at once. I agree with those who speak about how ridiculous it appears to have McCain say he knows little about the economy now try to be an important player (how political!). I agree with those who speak about how we should continue the campaign and debates...that's what is owed the American people!

Posted by: Cathy | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

And what was Obama's joint statement about? McCain suggested to him to suspend the debate and Obama said NO. Remember those two letter if God forbid he is elected. Obama will say NO to the American public over and over again. He cares about Obama first and nothing else.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain is simply doing the right thing. I think most Americans will see it in that light. I hope that Senator Obama joins in. The time for a bi-partisan solution is now, not in January. They and the leaders of congress need to work together on this one.

Posted by: Amius | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The country is not in a theoretical crisis.

If Obama is such a natural leader. If, this king of kings is indeed capable of bringing all people's together, let him give us a sign. Here is an unparalleled opportunity for "The Great One" to show us his stuff.

Instead of talking the talk, let's see him walk the walk.
Hey bigshot, lets see some of that "reaching across the aisles".

Try making government work on a real stage for a change.

Posted by: Kansas | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What's he going to do if he is elected and can't handle doing two things at once? We already have one of those already.

Posted by: musicfn | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Aren't there enough capable senators and congresspeople available to look into this in McCain and Obama's absence?

Does McCain really think that the election of the next president of the United States should take a back seat to a situation that's being handled by dozens of experts who know a heck of lot more about economics than either one of them? It's not like a decision will be made by the end of Friday. Maybe McCain wants to just suspend the election for 6 months.

Will McCain and Obama will be sitting at the head of the table making decisions? Or will they be meandering around in the background taking news conferences and muttering under their breath to their colleagues and campaign advisers, looking like they know what's going on?

You all know the answer.

Posted by: papajoe | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

See I disagree with a LOT of you .. I THINK McCain SHOULD be there.. WHY? simply because IF HE IS going to be president HE WILL HAVE to be the one dealing with it. IT WOULD MAKE SENSE that he would try and get his two cents said about how this should go down. Obama's just pissed cuz HE didn't think of it 1st LOL.

Posted by: Compubyte | September 24, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse


As quoted:
"Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis," McCain said. "We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country."
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Yes, we (U.S.) came together back in 2001 and rushed into going to war with Iraq and rushed in passing the Patriot Act. And we, the taxpapers are paying dearly for these rushed decisions and mistake. If it takes a few more days to hammer out the details for this bailout plan, then fine. I rather have the details spelled out than pay dearly for Congress's and the President's rush into a another mistake. Besides, who sweating more, the taxpayers or the fat cats on Wall Street, afraid of losing their shirts.

Posted by: the Monk | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Obama that multi-tasking is important. I think they should both multi-task by being United States Senators and running for President at the same time. In this situation however, making sure the deal happens is more important that running for president. If they focused on their current jobs for awhile, maybe that would allow the voters to better see how they would both perform as President. Talk is cheap.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

this is just another gimmick by McGoo. I'm glad Obama call his bluff. I can just imagine the old geezer running around in the Senate looking for photo ops and trying to look like a leader.

Posted by: thor | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Billw. I could not agree more. Apparently his pay grade only includes trying to make himself a celebrity.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

So, McCain paints himself into a corner with the economy, and then decides to take the campaign hostage and play a game of political chicken with Obama. Country First!!

I agree with the commenters in favor of McCain. It is a great idea to put politics aside at this moment. Too bad Obama suggested the idea this morning to McCain, IN PRIVATE. To praise McCain's announcement as anything but a completely political move is moronic, mind-bending sophistry.

Posted by: DWI | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I remember the same moonbat liberals declaring that the genius Al gore was going to clean Bush's clock in the debate. then we were treated to sighs and groans and three different personas. al never quite figured out who he was.

this time you can expect a repeat performance of identity crisis. Obama has been on a search for himself all this time. I don;t think he styill knows what his position on most things are. and that is not because he is smart and thoughtful. He is deceptive and shallow, which is obvious except to other deceptive and shallow fellow travelers.

He has not stood up to one decision he has ever made - went back on the money promise, the FISA promise, the surge failure, funding the war, Iran is a threat, talk to dictators, the list goes on and on.

the history of Obama's debating skills show a naive doofus who lost every one he did. don't expect anything different this time. He expects that platitudes and empty promises, which have gotten him this far, will take him across the finish line.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 24, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Mccain the moron now wants to resolve the financial crisis!!

There are already enough cooks spoiling the broth out there in Washington. Moreover, he has admitted that he is no good when it comes to understanding economics or the policies. So what is he going to contribute, other than ruin it further the moment he opens his mouth...

Mccain cant even run period (should he be chased by a ferocious dog) - be it for Janitor or president. He walks and talks more like a penguin.

Posted by: James | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Fine, let's cancel the debate on Friday and just have the damn election. Throw the bums out as quickly as possible. How can any decision be made on a bailout brought to us by the people that have created this mess? We'll never know where the money is going.

Posted by: get-them-out-now! | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Calling for the debate to be rescheduled I think was more a tactical ploy to highlight the depths of this crisis and the time that should not be diverted to preparation than something he, McCain, thought would seriously come off.


Meanwhile saying the President needs to do more than one thing at a time - and yet, Obama himself was holed up in Tampa, FL, not campaigning, but preparing for the damned debate on foreign policy. In other words, focusing on the debate about foreign policy, NOT the financial bail-out. The man is total B.S. !

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the most inexperienced, unprepared, anti-american, tax happy muslim to ever run for president. Why is McCain so terrified of debating him?

Posted by: JK | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess that fact that Obama can memorize and McCain and Palin can only read is a detriment.

Posted by: Gazzeravl | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain must think the American people are deaf, blind and just dumb. We know why you are wanting to postpone Friday's debate with Obama...you really do not have anything of substance to relay to the American people. We would like to hear what your plans are for turning our country back around and going in the right direction. What does your plan for CHANGE entail? I am voting for Obama but I would love to hear what you have to say. There is no need to postpone this debate...BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

Posted by: Scoop | September 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain is clearly just stalling, neither he nor his closely-guarded running mate are prepared for open debates.

This bit of theatrics will only bring the circus to Washington, where it is not needed.

Posted by: RP | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Running away from strategic political debate is more cowardly than cavorting with the enemy.

Posted by: kiwijohn | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

http://www.politicalinaction.com/2008/09/john-mccain-asks-for-more-time.html

John McCain asks for more time, what the hell is he thinking?

Posted by: Kelley | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"here I come to save the day . . . "

J. "the same" McCain, Sept. 24, 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday, the NyTimes reported that McCain's top advisor, Rick Davis was on the Fannie May and Freddie Mac payroll up to a month ago although McCain and Davis had previously stated he had not been. THAT is the reason McCain has suspended his campaign. Let's no tsuspend our common sense.

Posted by: Nicola A. DeMarco, JD | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain off his head? It's a legit question. A week ago the fundamentals of the economy are strong tonight its I can't face a debate with Obama and have to rush back to Washington. Forget all the automated bs from Republican boiler rooms McCain is going to be in the mid thirties by the middle of next week.

Posted by: John | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain stating the results of 8 years of irresponsibility at the his own hand and the Bush administration who he in McCain's very own words McCain voted with "over 90% of the time" McCain's evaluation is, this is what happens when you vote for Republicans -- “America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system,” the Republican nominee said in a statement. “We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy.”

That's right McCain, our country is in peril economically, just like it was under every Republican President, including Bush Sr. and Ronald Reagen. We will recover and be economically sound again when voters learn to STOP VOTING FOR REPUBLICANS like McCain.

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse


Trueblue:
I know they broke his arms; did they CASTRATE him too?

Typical Obame supporter response. Go somewhere and pull off, you'll feel better.

Posted by: Jack The Ripper | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

PULLING BACK ON THE STICK WOULD HAVE SAVED HIS ASS IN VIETNAM BUT NOT HERE, IT MAY BE A GOOD THING, HE DOES HIS BEST WORK IN A CROWDED ROOM AGREEING WITH EVERYONE.HE IS A HERO.

Posted by: irving goldsack | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Running away from strategic political debate is more cowardly than cavorting with the enemy.

Posted by: kiwijohn | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a bum. This guy graduated at bottom of his class at #5 out of 900 (that is 0.5% of class, bottom of bottoms!). He is no patriotic, he is opportunistic. When he falls behind in polls and sees that white women are angry, he selects Palin as VP. When he falls behind in polls and sees that economy is a big issue, he says that he is going fix economy. Throw away the bum with bathwater. It stinks!

Posted by: McCain is a bum | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

They both need to be in Washington doing their jobs. Debates and votes can wait until ALL elected Officials in Washington get this mess taken care of. If neither one of them goes to Washington to do their job what kind of president are they going to be. Oh you know I have this White House dinner that was scheduled months ago I will take care of that in the morning the American People can wait!!!!! I will need these people's money and vote for my next term election.
This is real we are headed for another depression that is the priority right now not a debate.

Posted by: Carrie | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The brilliance displayed by the thoughtful Obama supporters never ceases to amaze. In case you forgot, Obama is also, in theory, a Senator. What's wrong with expecting BOTH of them to show up long enough to DO THEIR JOBS?

Obama doesn't want to have to take a position, but that's hardly news. Perhaps he needs his 300 advisers to tell him what to say.

Don't get too excited about the big poll today, Obamaphiles. If you read the internals, you'll see why it favors Obama. It was designed to. Yet another instance in a long line of examples of the Washington Post's total lack of credibility.

Posted by: Amazing | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm trying to understand this. If the current high-finance meltdown is the equivalent of 9/11/01 what civil rights will we be losing this time around?

Posted by: D. C. Sessions | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain's strong suit is debates and town hall style meetings. To pass up the one opportunity he has, a debate, to turn around his poll numbers, shows that he genuinely is putting the country's and your interests first. I'd rather see McCain and Obama at work than listen to them spew the same crap they were saying a year ago. Obama decided to keep the campaign money he said he would reject and now that he looks good he isn't willing to risk his campaign and actually do the people's work. Shame on you Obams.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What this little press conference didn't cover is that by suspending his campaign, the RNC will continue to spend the money it has (which is the lion's share of the money McCain has to complete the run up to the election) while if Obama suspended his campaign, all ads would virtually grind to a halt because Obama is the one holding the dollars there, not the DNC.

Nice move by the McCain campaign. Very smart and very tactical, actually. Now if only they truly had the best interest of the country at heart, that would be something to write home about.

Posted by: Leigh | September 24, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Reality check!


I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....



* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're
"exotic, different."

* Grow up in Alaska
eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.


* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.


* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.


* Graduate from Harvard law school and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well
grounded.

*
If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer,
become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter
registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend
12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a
State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people,
become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services
committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a
state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and
serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and
Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership
experience.


* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city
council and 6 yea rs as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000
people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000
people, then you're qualified to become the country's second
highest ranking
executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while
raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches,
you're not a real Christian.


* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left
your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper
use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with
no other option in sex education in your state's school system
while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very
responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position
in a prestigio us law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community,
then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.


* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one
DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to
vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated
the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much
clearer now.

Posted by: jeff | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

I am now convinced that you live in an alternate universe.

Posted by: smallddem | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Instead of this self-serving political stunt, McCain should go to the debate and jointly issue a statement with Obama (tens of millions of Americans will be watching). We need to hear both of them explain their vision. Then, they should go back to Congress and cast their votes.

Posted by: john | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Let him pull his ads. They're full of lies anyway. What a pompous piece of work.

Posted by: JustAnnie | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Do not overlook one other benefit to McCain if he delays the debate. The Friday debate is to be on national security -- his strength. In the current environment, half of Friday's debate will become about economic issues anayway, so a large part of the scheduled debate in his stong suit, will migrate anyway into his weak suit. Advantage Obama. If McCain gets the debate delayed till the financial crisis cools down, then he gets to keep one whole debate on foreign policy. Back to Deuce.

Posted by: Jay from Schenectady | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain for real?!!
He wants to stop EVERYTHING to help cram another 700 Billion dollars of debt down our throats without properly checking it out first. "Hurry, Hurry, Stop Thinking, Just do what I say Now!" has always been the Bush administration's way of doing things,......Why is it so imperative to act immediately? This screw up has taken time to develop, so think about what it is and the long term effects of ALL of the solutions before jumping blindly into it like Bush and friends would have us do. His guidance hasn't been exactly stellar so far has it? But McCain's already on the bus and honking the horn.

Remember,...If it smells like Bovine Feces,...........

SLOW DOWN AMERICA!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

One can readily see there are alot of McCain campaign people on this blog.

In short, no one really knows or understands the dynamics of the 700 billion dollar bailout..certainly Pres Bush.

Therefore, the next President must deal with many issues..and the American public deserve the right to know the metrics of each candidates knowledge pertaining to a wide range of issues, concerns and challenges.
The show must go on...

Posted by: Overseas | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

You McCain people are idiots. This is a cheap and tawdry P O L I T I C A L S T U N T.

Nothing new here. This reeks of desperation on the part of the McCain campaign. Morons, I swear.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
are you ready for another GREATDEPRESSION .
obama campaigns as rome burns.

Posted by: rt | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama is upset because now he will forget what he had to memorize. The man obviously can't think for himself. He is a walking, talking programmed machine by Hollywood no less.

Posted by: Katee | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Quick let's have the debate on foreign policy this Friday before The One forgets all his cliff note cramming!

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Who knew that polticial divisions in Washington caused the credit crisis. I thought it was the Republican, Senate House, President and Republican Appointed Supreme Court that allowed all of us to lose our cash, credit and homes.

THANKS JOHN...now that I know it wasn't the absence of a Democratic opposition...why should we change anything! REPUBLICANS....you lying again!!

Posted by: Walter Binns | September 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"I like McCain but this is just another sleazy move."

No you don't. That smell outta your rear end is so strong that no one is left in the building. You're fortunate enough that on one is noticing half a dozen brother's spunk can't help but leak outta that crevice where metabolic waste ought to be the more frequently discharged.

We are glad you are NOT in the McCain camp.

Posted by: matt | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I am very upset at Democrats for hailing John McCain in the 2000 election and now persecuting him as if he were George Bush the third. The fact is that McCain has fought many issues against popular opinion of the Republican party: 1) immigration 2) campaign finance reform 3) more troops in Iraq... just off the top of my head.

Barack Obama has not opposed the Democratic base ever on a big issue. If he has it's because his beliefs are to the left of the party.

Regardless... both candidates are lacking a consensus of good ideas. Neither candidate is going to be able to balance the budget based on their platforms. If Obama makes Universal Health Care a reality it is going to further put our country in the red. Yes tax cuts sound really nice but if we don't cut spending we can't afford it right now. The US can not afford to be borrowing any more money from other countries it affects our national security as much as does our dependence on foreign oil. Energy independence is the key to solving a large portion of both of these problems because if we import less oil then our deficits will decrease significantly.

Part of all the problems are that there is not a willingness to go across the isle... McCain is more willing than Obama to do it. Balance the budget ASAP, corporate accountability, end dependence on Middle East oil (as a start then complete energy independence). If they can do these things then we can start discussing decreasing taxes and/or universal health care (which I think is a bad idea but now is not the time to be thinking about it for sure)

Posted by: Andrew | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

So if, God forbid, McSame were the next President and there were more than one crisis at a time- say a hurricane, two wars, and the Wall Street Billionaire Boy's Club wanted to take more of our money- so he would just call a time out? Time Out? There is no time out in the White House.

This isn't baseball.

Posted by: Gary Hurd | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please. I'm above politics so I'll make a political maneuver. Sarah Palin isn't qualified but she's a skirt so that makes me a feminist. PEOPLE. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT CREATED THE CRISIS. Wow. amazing.

Posted by: gazzeravl | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

the newcomer is outfoxed again.

Posted by: kingofzouk
______________________

LOL
Looks like McCain has made a fool of himself. How in God's name is he going to make anything better by injecting more politics into a bad situation? No wonder McCain is sinking in the polls!
LOL

Posted by: Marc Edward | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

In just reading Obama's remarks he leans towards 40 days before handeling this crisis

Posted by: knot4u | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

This post just confirms the obvious. Cillizza is a McCain flak. Nowhere does he mention that it was Obama who reached out to McCain to issue a joint statement of principles at 8:30 am and after 6 hours of consulting with his handlers did McCain try to undermine Obama's proposal with his stunt. Nowhere does Cillizza mention the snap SUSA poll showing voters oppose McCain's stunt. Nowhere does Cillizza report the obvious, that if McCain is so concerned with the economy why is he still going to the Clinton Global Initiative on Thursday? Chris Cillizza, well paid McCain flak.

Posted by: docbox88 | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

This post just confirms the obvious. Cillizza is a McCain flak. Nowhere does he mention that it was Obama who reached out to McCain to issue a joint statement of principles at 8:30 am and after 6 hours of consulting with his handlers did McCain try to undermine Obama's proposal with his stunt. Nowhere does Cillizza mention the snap SUSA poll showing voters oppose McCain's stunt. Nowhere does Cillizza report the obvious, that if McCain is so concerned with the economy why is he still going to the Clinton Global Initiative on Thursday? Chris Cillizza, well paid McCain flak.

Posted by: docbox88 | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

You whining liberals are upset that John McCain took the brave move instead of your candidate. Had Obama suggested it, you would be bowing at his feet praising his patriotism.

And for the illiterates who alleged Senator McCain does not want to debate the ecomony on Sept 26, the first debate is on foreign policy. Senator McCain can outshine your spineless candidate on that topic any day.

Pushing the debate until early next week would not hurt anyone, and it would be the right thing to do. They both need to be senators first.

But I guess it doesn't matter what Obama does. He only has the guts to vote "present" anyway.

Posted by: pawprints | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

.

snObama:

"topic 1: campaign finance reform
topic 2: guns
topic 3 : FISA
topic 4 - surge - success or failure
topic 5 - Iran threat or puny
topic 6 - am I my brothers keeper
topic 7 - what exactly is above my pay grade?
topic 8 - when is it OK to kill the baby

RE #7:
At present, joining other Senators to solve the most critical problem since the great depression is above his pay grade.

.

Posted by: Billw | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Fine - time to put Palin up there. If she can be pres. if McCain can't, then she can debate if he can't.

Posted by: Zayden | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has dodged the press for weeks, Sarah Palin, his veep candidate has dodged the press for weeks, and now -- thank heaven -- there's a CRISIS in Washington so he has an excuse to dodge the press in Friday's debate. THIS was a war hero? What happened in Hanoi? I know they broke his arms; did they CASTRATE him too?

Posted by: Trueblue | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Wooooo! The brown coats are out in full force it seems. Tell me, are you guys actually "paid" by the McCain camp to post Stazzi type propaganda in public places?

Posted by: guy with at least half a brain | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

“We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself.”

Republican Party 2008 platform, passed just a few weeks ago. Do I hear McCain saying he's going to Washington to *stop* government interference in the markets?

Posted by: Tina | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing more than another feeble attempt by mcweasel to get some kind of an advantage during these campaign debates ! If i were Sen. Obama I would say no way to delay !Besides mccain for the last three years has been excepting donations by both freddie and fannie ! So if he is so big wanting to help the nation at a time of crisis just return our money Mccain and we'll call it even !
And if Sen. Mccain 's delay is agreed upon monitor his every movement and make sure its tied to this economic crisis and not helping himself repair the last weeks damages on his lackluster performance to sagging polling numbers ...

You know what they say he's come a running but it ain't to help ! Another good reason to just stop this nonsense of delays and push him into the light of day for full exposure and no stopping on cuts or blood final! Man up Mccain!

Posted by: k ray | September 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

would the debates actually serve any other purpose than for pundits from both sides to regurgitate the half and full lies they try to feed everyone? if you are counting on the debates to tell you how you are going to vote, your stupidity should disqualify you from voting.

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

Then let Palin and Biden debate on Friday instead. But afraid that Palin isn't done with her 'studies' yet. And for those fools that think McCain is 'rushing' to congress to help solve the problem, how gullible are you. Mccain even says that the economy is not his strong point, but now somehow his great wisdom is going to solve the problem that top economist and all of congress are debating. what a crock.

But just like the SOP with Palin, hide when you can.

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

Obama has been in and out of washington all the way back to the primaries taking votes. Mccain has not taken a vote since March. He is so full of sh&t it is a joke. If this doesn't convince people he is unfit to govern nothing will.

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Obama's money {fundraising} is more important to him than ours. What is the harm of going to do your job Mr. Obama?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

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

WAY cool!

McCain receives the news that he's slumping badly in national polls. So he announces he's suspending his campaign and taking down his TV ads in a pathetic and cynical attempt to have voters belive he's "putting country first."

Obama replies hold on a minute, no hiding from the voters 41 days from the election; this is EXACTLY the time we should be debating economic policy.

Obama should continue full speed ahead with his campaign while simultaneously working in the Senate to help solve the problem. Then Obama should show up at the first debate on Friday night with the stage and American voters all to himself. Thus proving to the American people that he, unlike McCain, can handle more than one important task at a time.

The McCain campaign can play all the political games they want to. They're STILL gonna lose!!

Republicans are going to be out of power for a generation.

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

Both of them should end their campaigns and agree to stop all immigration, stop Iran getting nukes and let Chuck Baldwin be the nominee of both parties to do both.

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

Oh come on now, Chris. McCain is doing a duck-dive. The next thing I expect to hear is that he's kicked Dick Cheney out of his "secret, secure location" so he can hide from the media.

Senator McCain has some explaining to do, for example:

How does he explain his sudden conversion to being an advocate of regulation when he's spent the last 25 years publicly championing the exact opposite -- as recently as last July?

How does he explain his weekend statement that his campaign manager wasn't getting money from Freddie Mac when in fact said campaign manager's company (in which he holds an equity share) has gotten $15,000 a month since 2005 for doing virtually nothing except staying close to John McCain?

He might also have to explain why he won't unleash Sarah Palin and let her meet the press and the people without a script? What is he afraid she's going to say?

(By the way, all you PUMAs, doesn't it strike you as sort of sexist that McCain selects Sarah Palin and then surrounds her with ex-Bush administration operatives to keep her from saying something other than the 5 or 6 "money lines" from her convention speech?)

John McCain showed great honor and courage and tenacity -- 40 years ago when it really counted. It really counts now, too, but what do we see? A man who will say anything, no matter how false, viciously attack the people who expose the truth about him and his campaign, and run for cover when the going gets tough. I thought people had to grow into the job of being President. It looks like McCain is trying to shrink into it.

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

BARNEY FRANK AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO THE RESCUE...

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

This is laughable theatrics by a desperate McCain camp, anyone with half a brain sees it for that.

If anything, McCain feels like a fish out of water when not in his senate office surrounded by lobbyists telling him what's in it for him.

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

I've been off reading the early take on our economic collapse in the Euopean press. As I wrote a few weeks back, the European's are more than a little angry at being burned (defrauded) by Wall Street, sold bogus mortgage packages, etc. One lynch pin of the Bush-Bernacke-Paulson-McCain plan is to have foreign banks help buy up some of that bad debt. Well, news flash, they aren't! In todays Der Spiegel -

"German banks are already sufficiently involved in the calamity," says Stefan Kooths of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. Either way, experts estimate that half of America's bad loans were sold abroad -- and a large part of that was assumed by Germans. And now the money is gone. "There's no reason why Germany should have to bear even more burdens".

Economic experts in India, China, every European capital, adocate letting us sink. The $700 billion bailout package doesn't come anywhere near addressing the amount of bad debt, unrecoverable outright fraud, that is the result of our free trade folly; that total amount is greater than 4 times our GNP. Our economy is going to collapse. There is nothing we can do about it. If this government blows $700 billion on Wall Street, it will not just be gone, it wont be available to aide American's who are going to suffer as no one ever imagined. If the morons in Washington have any sense of self preservation left, much less patriotism and willingness to defend this country, they will set that money aside as a safety net for ordinary people. Then, they will set about ending this free trade nonsense once and for all, round up all of those Indian and Chinese guest workers and send them home, end tax breaks - heck add them! - on goods and services produced by U.S. companies off shore. They will do this NOW and announce that they are going to bring our jobs back home, will *require* companies to hire American workers before foreign workers, and will end the McCain policy of using jobs as a bribe for foreign support of their idiotic policies. Not doing so, I fear will lead to social unrest, mass starvation and death, violence, and quite possibly a revolution. For those who are familiar with history, the last country that tried the very sport of economic nonsense we have been practicing was Pre-revolutionary France. And "yes" it's very likely to get that bad here, too.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

This is laughable theatrics by a desperate McCain camp, anyone with half a brain sees it for that.

If anything, McCain feels like a fish out of water when not in his senate office surrounded by lobbyists telling him what's in it for him.

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

New ad which sums up a McCain presidency better than any I've seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnpCDPIfb9I

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

I agree that both McCain and Obama should both be in DC this week to examine the bailout as it will have implications on whomever is president after January, 2009.

However, I also think that both candidates should be ready to debate on Friday night. Its already late September, I should hope by now that both candidates would be able to speak about their policy view-points. If not...then we might as well hold the election tomorrow.

Posted by: Debates should happen | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree that both McCain and Obama should both be in DC this week to examine the bailout as it will have implications on whomever is president after January, 2009.

However, I also think that both candidates should be ready to debate on Friday night. Its already late September, I should hope by now that both candidates would be able to speak about their policy view-points. If not...then we might as well hold the election tomorrow.

Posted by: Debates should happen | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree that both McCain and Obama should both be in DC this week to examine the bailout as it will have implications on whomever is president after January, 2009.

However, I also think that both candidates should be ready to debate on Friday night. Its already late September, I should hope by now that both candidates would be able to speak about their policy view-points. If not...then we might as well hold the election tomorrow.

Posted by: Debates should happen | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Wooooo! The brown coats are out in full force it seems. Tell me, are you guys actually "paid" by the McCain camp to post Stazzi type propaganda in public places?

Posted by: guy with at least half a brain | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

This is laughable theatrics by a desperate McCain camp, anyone with half a brain sees it for that.

If anything, McCain feels like a fish out of water when not in his senate office surrounded by lobbyists telling him what's in it for him.

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

This post just confirms the obvious. Cillizza is a McCain flak. Nowhere does he mention that it was Obama who reached out to McCain to issue a joint statement of principles at 8:30 am and after 6 hours of consulting with his handlers did McCain try to undermine Obama's proposal with his stunt. Nowhere does Cillizza mention the snap SUSA poll showing voters oppose McCain's stunt. Nowhere does Cillizza report the obvious, that if McCain is so concerned with the economy why is he still going to the Clinton Global Initiative on Thursday? Chris Cillizza, well paid McCain flak.

Posted by: docbox88 | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

So he's hoping to duck out of the campaign when it turns unfavorable to him?

WHAT A MAVERICK!!

Maybe he should call up the other members of the KEATING FIVE (of which he is one) and see if they can't figure out a way to cheat their way out of this one, too!

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

TO ALL OF THE MCSANE IN THE MEMBRANE FANS...posting on this website.

Mccain/Palin are loosers that why he's hiding her from the national media. McCain is a sexist if I ever seen one. He is the oldest LAIR...he nose should be longer than pincho's right now.

If I had a $1.00 for every lie McCain told I'll be rich probably close to $5million dollars.

If McCain can't face the debate it's because he's scared to debate against Senator Obama he rather trade comments to the press back and forth. He wants Senator Obama to cather to his wants and needs when things don't go right for him. I wish somone would tell Mccain who died and made him President already.

McCain and Palin need to realize that this is the 21st century and this country is 40 days shy of electing a President the people deserve better than what McCain's offering. No change, he admits he's knows nothing about the ecomony. He has poor judgment, and uses his POW for excuse when he can't answer hard questions.

Now, is this the kind of person we want as commander and chief?

No I don't think so..
Eight is Enough...
Enough of McSame/Palin
Enough of your lies - McCain
Enough of your below the belt tatics.
Enough is Enough

America wants a real leader..

Obama for President - 08

Posted by: jacie - Calif | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

You McCain people are idiots. This is a cheap and tawdry P O L I T I C A L S T U N T.

Nothing new here. This reeks of desperation on the part of the McCain campaign. Morons, I swear.

Posted by: GOP08_DOA | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain Out..Nadar/McKenney IN!!

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

Nothing more than a political stunt, one of many he's pulled his entire political career.

McCain is not fit to be President, even he knows it and is trying to snow people, AGAIN.

The man's no maverick, he's UNSTABLE.

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

anyone on here that thinks mcwar really cares about you is a very stupid person and should not be allowed to vote!!

Posted by: your mama!!! | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain Out..Nadar/McKenney IN!!

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

The article never mentions that Obama called McLame first and offered to publish a joint statement, then McLame goes on the TV and tries to trump the statement and claims to be above "politics"

This guy is a transparent as they come ...

Iwas undecided going into this week, no long am I undecided...

Obama 2008

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

Wait and see The One will vote PRESENT at the bailout roll call.

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

anyone on here that thinks mcwar really cares about you is a very stupid person and should not be allowed to vote!!

Posted by: your mama!!! | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Shame on McCain for attempting this stupid political stunt. Since by his own admission he does not have a clue about economics, he merely interferes in the serious negotiations of the top economists trying hard to solve the crisis. The real reason seems to be to chicken out of the foreign relations debate on Friday.

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

I just heard that the President is putting together a plan to postpone the election.

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

Have you ever seen so many stupid republicans in your life? And McSame is the most stupid.
So where has he been the last 6 days of this crises? Why didn't he go back before?
Only after the polls come out does the cry baby whine and suspend his campaign.
What about going back and working to end his war that him and Bush enjoy!
Republicans get a clue. You are stupid!!!

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

Have you ever seen so many stupid republicans in your life? And McSame is the most stupid.
So where has he been the last 6 days of this crises? Why didn't he go back before?
Only after the polls come out does the cry baby whine and suspend his campaign.
What about going back and working to end his war that him and Bush enjoy!
Republicans get a clue. You are stupid!!!

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

Have you ever seen so many stupid republicans in your life? And McSame is the most stupid.
So where has he been the last 6 days of this crises? Why didn't he go back before?
Only after the polls come out does the cry baby whine and suspend his campaign.
What about going back and working to end his war that him and Bush enjoy!
Republicans get a clue. You are stupid!!!

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

McCain is Right.

Cancel the Election!!!

4 more years of the same thing anyway!!!

How about the time when McBooty went out and gave old GWBush that hideous hug?

Remember that?

The guy's a worm.

(and a war hero, almost forgot to mention that again)

Posted by: I Voted For Bush Twice | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain is Right.

Cancel the Election!!!

4 more years of the same thing anyway!!!

How about the time when McBooty went out and gave old GWBush that hideous hug?

Remember that?

The guy's a worm.

(and a war hero, almost forgot to mention that again)

Posted by: I Voted For Bush Twice | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how much of a difference the decision makes since McCain "Isn't going to lie, he doesn't really understand the economy."

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

I'm dissappointed. Obama should get himself to DC and prove how well he knows economics.

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

I can't help feel that this whole shebang has been fabricated to rip off the taxpayer. After the Charles Keating scandal, I don't really trust John McCain...sorry!

See this article, one of many by different authors, by
Chris Suellentrop
Posted Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at 2:35 PM ET

The controversial George W. Bush-sponsored poll in South Carolina mentioned John McCain's role in the so-called Keating Five scandal, and McCain says his involvement in the scandal "will probably be on my tombstone." What exactly did McCain do?

In early 1987, at the beginning of his first Senate term, McCain attended two meetings with federal banking regulators to discuss an investigation into Lincoln Savings and Loan, an Irvine, Calif., thrift owned by Arizona developer Charles Keating. Federal auditors were investigating Keating's banking practices, and Keating, fearful that the government would seize his S&L, sought intervention from a number of U.S. senators.

At Keating's behest, four senators--McCain and Democrats Dennis DeConcini of Arizona, Alan Cranston of California, and John Glenn of Ohio--met with Ed Gray, chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, on April 2. Those four senators and Sen. Don Riegle, D-Mich., attended a second meeting at Keating's behest on April 9 with bank regulators in San Francisco.
Regulators did not seize Lincoln Savings and Loan until two years later. The Lincoln bailout cost taxpayers $2.6 billion, making it the biggest of the S&L scandals. In addition, 17,000 Lincoln investors lost $190 million.

In November 1990, the Senate Ethics Committee launched an investigation into the meetings between the senators and the regulators. McCain, Cranston, DeConcini, Glenn, and Riegle became known as the Keating Five.

(Keating himself was convicted in January 1993 of 73 counts of wire and bankruptcy fraud and served more than four years in prison before his conviction was overturned. Last year, he pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and was sentenced to time served.)

McCain defended his attendance at the meetings by saying Keating was a constituent and that Keating's development company, American Continental Corporation, was a major Arizona employer. McCain said he wanted to know only whether Keating was being treated fairly and that he had not tried to influence the regulators. At the second meeting, McCain told the regulators, "I wouldn't want any special favors for them," and "I don't want any part of our conversation to be improper."

But Keating was more than a constituent to McCain--he was a longtime friend and associate. McCain met Keating in 1981 at a Navy League dinner in Arizona where McCain was the speaker. Keating was a former naval aviator himself, and the two men became friends. Keating raised money for McCain's two congressional campaigns in 1982 and 1984, and for McCain's 1986 Senate bid. By 1987, McCain campaigns had received $112,000 from Keating, his relatives, and his employees--the most received by any of the Keating Five. (Keating raised a total of $300,000 for the five senators.)

After McCain's election to the House in 1982, he and his family made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, three of which were to Keating's Bahamas retreat. McCain did not disclose the trips (as he was required to under House rules) until the scandal broke in 1989. At that point, he paid Keating $13,433 for the flights.

And in April 1986, one year before the meeting with the regulators, McCain's wife, Cindy, and her father invested $359,100 in a Keating strip mall.

The Senate Ethics Committee probe of the Keating Five began in November 1990, and committee Special Counsel Robert Bennett recommended that McCain and Glenn be dropped from the investigation. They were not. McCain believes Democrats on the committee blocked Bennett's recommendation because he was the lone Keating Five Republican.

In February 1991, the Senate Ethics Committee found McCain and Glenn to be the least blameworthy of the five senators. (McCain and Glenn attended the meetings but did nothing else to influence the regulators.) McCain was guilty of nothing more than "poor judgment," the committee said, and declared his actions were not "improper nor attended with gross negligence." McCain considered the committee's judgment to be "full exoneration," and he contributed $112,000 (the amount raised for him by Keating) to the U.S. Treasury.

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

It bears repeating:

FACT
OBAMA called McCain this morning first and suggested a joint statement. McCain decides to look like he made the move first and made a statement on his own.

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

Wow, I'm impressed . . . by both McCain and Obama. If McCain is altruistic in his motives regarding the suspension of his campaign, then I applaud him. However, I think he should participate in the debate on Friday. Obama is right; this is precisely the time the country needs to hear from the two candidates.

Posted by: WV-DC | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm impressed . . . by both McCain and Obama. If McCain is altruistic in his motives regarding the suspension of his campaign, then I applaud him. However, I think he should participate in the debate on Friday. Obama is right; this is precisely the time the country needs to hear from the two candidates.

Posted by: WV-DC | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

What goods will come out of the debate if all or most of it is about who was to blame? The Republican party needs McCain leadership in this tough time. Therefore I think he should be in the middle of the battlefield instead of standing outside and looking in.

Actions speak louder than words! Good luck to the USA,and may God bless us all in this tough time.

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

Wow, I'm impressed . . . by both McCain and Obama. If McCain is altruistic in his motives regarding the suspension of his campaign, then I applaud him. However, I think he should participate in the debate on Friday. Obama is right; this is precisely the time the country needs to hear from the two candidates.

Posted by: WV-DC | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm dissappointed. Obama should get himself to DC and prove how well he knows economics.

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

The article never mentions that Obama called McLame first and offered to publish a joint statement, then McLame goes on the TV and tries to trump the statement and claims to be above "politics"

This guy is a transparent as they come ...

Iwas undecided going into this week, no long am I undecided...

Obama 2008

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

Obama should debate Ralph Nader and Bob Barr if McCain decides not to show up.

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

Surrendering again McCain? At least your consistant on that behavior. This is not the leader America needs. Your a coward McCain.

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

It bears repeating:

FACT
OBAMA called McCain this morning first and suggested a joint statement. McCain decides to look like he made the move first and made a statement on his own.

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

This mess was going on before the debate and it will be going on after the debate, so who is McCain kidding? This move to avoid debating is about two things only. First is his slip in recent pulls. He needs a change of pace. Second and most important is the $15,000 per month his campaign manager has been getting from Fannie Mae. Even though the debate was/is supposed to be about foreign policy I can't imagine Senator Obama letting that fact go unsaid.

McCain, show up and lose like the man you fantasize that you are.

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

Now dont underestimate McCain. Much of the resistance in congress seems to be coming from the Republicans. At this point McCain is about as toxic to their reelction campaigns as Bush. They might agree to something just to avoid appearing in the same picture with McCain. And of course this is nothing but a photo op anyway.

Posted by: it just might work | September 24, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been in and out of washington all the way back to the primaries taking votes. Mccain has not taken a vote since March. He is so full of sh&t it is a joke. If this doesn't convince people he is unfit to govern nothing will.

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Obama's money {fundraising} is more important to him than ours. What is the harm of going to do your job Mr. Obama?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

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

Obama has been in and out of washington all the way back to the primaries taking votes. Mccain has not taken a vote since March. He is so full of sh&t it is a joke. If this doesn't convince people he is unfit to govern nothing will.

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Obama's money {fundraising} is more important to him than ours. What is the harm of going to do your job Mr. Obama?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:10 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!" And let's not forget that Obama isn't solid on debates at all! He's ignored McCain's invitation to have "townhall meetings" together for months! If anything, McCain is doing Obama a favor!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

NEWS NETWORK REPORT THAT BARACK OBAMA LEADS JOHN MCCAIN IN POLLS.

ALL EXCEPT FOR FOXNEWS?

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAA

Posted by: AUDIENCE | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

+++++++++++++++++

BREAKING NEWS!

AMERICAN AUDIENCE CONTINUES TO TRUST THEIR TV NEWS AND MSM.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

What an empty suit. That mean old McCain wanting to actually do his job and have Obamie do his too. Imagine not letting Obamie play with his new Teleprompter.

Posted by: Jon Dough | September 24, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

At this time we need the debate. We need to know where our next possible leader stands and what he has to offer. McCain was last in Washington in April. His presence now is not going to change things. Besides Mississippi is a short plane ride away. He can do both if he wants! We cannot deprive the American people of a chance to hear where their candidates stand. It is too important. I find it hard to believe that McCain can pull these stunts and still have any credibility with the American voting public.

Posted by: Dee | September 24, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

What about Ole Miss's economic troubles if you cancel? They say it will seriously f--k them up if the debate is cancelled now...

Posted by: Sarah | September 24, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

bwaaaaak, bwak, bwak, bwak, bwak, bwaaaaaaak!

Posted by: McRumi | September 24, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

C'mon McCain. We all know you're scared to debate Obama. Stop hiding behind your "experience" and admit it; you are not fit to run the country.

Posted by: Attitude | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN YOUR RIGHT...YOU ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!

Posted by: SUN DIAL | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain is politicizing one of the most serious financial crisis this country has faced in years. Is this truly the man we would want representing our country? The man who has backed these criminals (CEOs) for years by giving them tax breaks, incentives, and deregulation. People OPEN your eyes!

Posted by: Concerned | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi, Reid, Obama will be left holding the bag with BUSH once McCain comes out against the bailout.

Go Johnnie go!

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

If you can read .. read the data behind the polls .. they polled a much larger percentage of Democrats and Blacks .. the detail in the data says so .. so, next time don't just read the headline .. and then try to make everyone think you know something. Idiots coming out of the woodwork .. oh, look a blog .. let's write something profound. Duh!

Posted by: Dennis | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the War Hero and the Maverick ... running from a fight? Coward. It's fine for him when he is making up lies and manipulating and spinning ... but when it comes time to face the music, he tries to high-tail it back to Washington and hide ... a place he has hidden for the last 26 years, doing nothing but blowing smoke and making deals with lobbyists.

What? ... can't face the questions about those members of your campaign and their association of Fannie Mae? Can't face the questions regarding you stand for deregulation and blank checks for your friends and financial institutions?

Buck up! If you want to be the President of this nation ... get yourself to the debate and face the American people. Wake up ... we are not all as easily fooled by your lies and manipulation and false attempts to be pious ... just looking out for us little ol' folks and our best interests.

Posted by: Jefferson3 | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Interesting stance by many.... Neither McCain nor Obama are on the banking committee, and neither are economic geniuses, so they should not participate in being part of the solution to the problem.

Now the people who are saying this are are the same people who are accusing Bush, who is obviously not an economic genius for the existing problem. Interesting.

Posted by: MikeVa | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

If this is they way McCain acts as a candidate, as president he would be a nightmare!

I can just see him running away from Vladimir Putin

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

What I want to see is a true timeline of events. Sometime today the National Enquirer came out with a story that Sarah Palin had an affair with her husband's former business partner. Now, I don't read the Enquirer or believe most of what's in there, but lots of people do. Could it be, that after McCain hung up with Obama who was askig for a joint statement of bipartisan concern for the current crisis, someone handed McCain the Enquirer, he said, OMG, I've got to do something bold, now before this comes out! And, he said he vetted her? Even if this is totally untrue, the rumor has apparently been around Alaska for a long time, and if he'd vetted her, that would have surfaced and might have given him pause about his selection, but no, he went with his "gut" and chose her. Haven't we had enough of Presidents who go with their gut? And oh, by the way, doesn't the current bailout plan remind anyone else but me of the way Bush went into Iraq "we've got to hurry before they attack us" mentality? Hmmmmmm, the plot thickens.

Posted by: unbelievable | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

We need a President that can handle more than one (if not 10) problems at a time. This lates gimmick shows McCain's weekness.

Can’t this guy McCain multi-task? (Oops! I forgot… he can’t use a computer)! He needs to be PHYSICALLY IN FRONT OF PEOPLE to get things done. No email here. Got to go to Washington and cancel the debate.

We are starting to see what a John McCain Presidency really means. Out of date. Slow to respond.

Unable to deal with more than one crisis at a time. The debate is all of 90 minutes long.
His campaign needs to call Al-Qaida and ask them not to invade the United States of America when John has a busy schedule.

John McCain hasn’t placed a vote in the Senate since April. He can go to Washington and the debate. The debate can be changed to Washington if need be. This debate is EXACTLY what the voters want… how do these guys operate under pressure? He is just scared to a debate during a crisis.

Posted by: Jersey John | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN YOUR RIGHT...YOU ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!

Posted by: SUN DIAL | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

We need a President that can handle more than one (if not 10) problems at a time. This lates gimmick shows McCain's weekness.

Can’t this guy McCain multi-task? (Oops! I forgot… he can’t use a computer)! He needs to be PHYSICALLY IN FRONT OF PEOPLE to get things done. No email here. Got to go to Washington and cancel the debate.

We are starting to see what a John McCain Presidency really means. Out of date. Slow to respond.

Unable to deal with more than one crisis at a time. The debate is all of 90 minutes long.
His campaign needs to call Al-Qaida and ask them not to invade the United States of America when John has a busy schedule.

John McCain hasn’t placed a vote in the Senate since April. He can go to Washington and the debate. The debate can be changed to Washington if need be. This debate is EXACTLY what the voters want… how do these guys operate under pressure? He is just scared to a debate during a crisis.

Posted by: Jersey John | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

We need a President that can handle more than one (if not 10) problems at a time. This lates gimmick shows McCain's weekness.

Can’t this guy McCain multi-task? (Oops! I forgot… he can’t use a computer)! He needs to be PHYSICALLY IN FRONT OF PEOPLE to get things done. No email here. Got to go to Washington and cancel the debate.

We are starting to see what a John McCain Presidency really means. Out of date. Slow to respond.

Unable to deal with more than one crisis at a time. The debate is all of 90 minutes long.
His campaign needs to call Al-Qaida and ask them not to invade the United States of America when John has a busy schedule.

John McCain hasn’t placed a vote in the Senate since April. He can go to Washington and the debate. The debate can be changed to Washington if need be. This debate is EXACTLY what the voters want… how do these guys operate under pressure? He is just scared to a debate during a crisis.

Posted by: Jersey John | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

If this were really a bipartisan attempt by McCain rather than a stunt, he would have he and Obama postpone the debate together. Instead he pulled a dirty trick. Do we really want another president like that. No wonder he graduated in the bottom 5% of his class at the Naval Academy.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

If you can read .. read the data behind the polls .. they polled a much larger percentage of Democrats and Blacks .. the detail in the data says so .. so, next time don't just read the headline .. and then try to make everyone think you know something.

Posted by: Dennis | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Aren't we paying the senators to do their job and deal with this?

Or do the senators exist to campaign?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

New headline:

"John McCain can't think about the economy AND answer questions at the same time."

I'm sure the Terrorists will also give you a break so that you can concentrate on one thing at a time.

Posted by: Gigglesworth | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain's decision to return to Washington is obviously going to inject partisan politcs into the bailout deal, not reduce it. How could he think otherwise?

Posted by: Will | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Dear John McCain, there are 98 other senators and 435 representatives there to debate the finer aspects of this bill.

You, who have missed the most amount of votes(excluding the ill Johnson) now wants to go back and do this?

I would say, with the two of you being the most visible faces of this government now, you need to debate Economy (instead of Foreign Policy) this Friday and assuage the voters' fears.

Not go running back - when the polls show bad news.

Should some of us put the Chicken suit back on and come talk to you?

Posted by: Pillai | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain eats poo poo.

He is dum dum brain. Ha ha ha.

American Hero Mccain is POW crazy man!!!

Posted by: Sven Goddarth | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I can see a scenario where Bush declares a national security emergency and cancels the presidental election. Reason - "the crisis in Wallstreet is so severe that it would be dangerous to change president at this time".

Posted by: Retired | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL at multi-tasking. Obama is holed up in a Tampa Bay hotel all week to prepare for the debate. He has Biden going around telling people that he wants to sit at a table with NutJob from Iran. If Obama makes a trip to D.C., does that mean he can't cram for his exam this Friday?

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain is politicizing one of the most serious financial crisis this country has faced in years. Is this truly the man we would want representing our country? The man who has backed these criminals (CEOs) for years by giving them tax breaks, incentives, and deregulation. People OPEN your eyes!

Posted by: Concerned | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain is politicizing one of the most serious financial crisis this country has faced in years. Is this truly the man we would want representing our country? The man who has backed these criminals (CEOs) for years by giving them tax breaks, incentives, and deregulation. People OPEN your eyes!

Posted by: Concerned | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain eats poo poo.

He is dum dum brain. Ha ha ha.

American Hero Mccain is POW crazy man!!!

Posted by: Sven Goddarth | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

When asked to respond to the failure of Freddie Mac, Governor Palin replied, "I didn't realize McDonald's had pulled it from the menu."

Posted by: Diogenes | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: Jordan | September 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain SUPPORTERS, give me a break!

Posted by: KIMMO | September 24, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

And to think Michael Steele spent all that time learning Jive to prep McCain...

Suspending the campaign is pretty funny. I guess when he is grinning for the cameras in DC he will be not-campaigning. The negotiations are ongoing. The hearings are over. McCain is not even on the banking committee. And he wouldnt know an MBS if it were riding on his back, so what exactly is he going to do when he materializes in Washington?

Posted by: zuckerman | September 24, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This is a VERY transparent attempt to take a "time-out" to regroup after seeing the poll numbers today. McCain's tactics are sooo phony and lame.

Posted by: Heather | September 24, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous - the neocon thug that keeps posting the low life remarks. Get out of this country - you don't deserve it.

Posted by: Sandra | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama's money {fundraising} is more important to him than ours. What is the harm of going to do your job Mr. Obama?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain's next campaign slogan: I'd rather lose the election than lose 700 billions of the people's money.

Brilliant!

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

This is EMBARRASSING!!! Before I wanted Obama to win because I support his policies and believe he has the temperment and judgment to lead this country.

Now I just want Obama to kick McCain's ass so that I no longer have to see McCain's shameless, depressing and irrersponsible stunts on my TV.

I hope when McCain returns to the Senate he can regain at least a little of the dignity that he lost (and continues to lose daily) during this campaign

ugh!

Posted by: Los Angeles, CA | September 24, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

This is just a chicken move. Have the debate.

I want to hear McCain answer questions about his various opinions on the economy.

It will help me make up my mind.

We need to pick a good president this time.

Posted by: blip | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Just another stupid and rash stunt by the McCain campaign. We need leadership that is well-thought... not irrational and impetus.

Posted by: wolf | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Lets ask big daddy McCain if Sarah can come out and play friday

Posted by: j | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

THE CHICKENS BAIL OUT!

This is a McCain campaign PLOY(who's political strategy is run by the BUSHCO unendicted criminal advisor Karl Rove) to avoid the press, try to look presidential, and simultaneously deny the public our right to ask questons of the candidates, and hear full and complete answers to EVERY question.

Obama is giving McCain a royal spanking and its gaining momentum. McCain's NEO-CON Busho advisors see an opening...but it is a cheap ploy.

The flight from DC to the misissippi debate site isn't a long one, and both men have private campaign jets. Shut up, do your job, and then go debate.

I really think it is far better if the candidates don't have extra preparation time because they'll be forced to answer the questions candidly instead of the coached/canned answers Palin gives to questions...when she even gives an answer!

NICE TRY JOHN! - NO CIGAR!

DEBATE AND FACE THE PRESS OR WE'LL START CALLING YOU "CHICKEN (JOHN) MC-NUGGET!"

Posted by: JBE | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama should put politics aside


Well by logic maybe we should post pone the election??

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

No problem, really. since I have so many different views on so many topics, i will just have a debate with myself.

topic 1: campaign finance reform
topic 2: guns
topic 3 : FISA
topic 4 - surge - success or failure
topic 5 - Iran threat or puny
topic 6 - am I my brothers keeper
topic 7 - what exactly is above my pay grade?
topic 8 - when is it OK to kill the baby

I can offer many different views of all of these, as you know. for the most part, I just go along with the most liberal view. Unless I'm running for office, which I always am.

Posted by: snObama | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"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," said Obama. "Part of the president's job is to deal with more than one thing at once."

Hey Obama! The next president does not deal with this mess until January.

Obama was not a very good constitutional law professor. I thought the Harvard grads were smarter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need right now in Washington, a couple of senators who are running for President trying to prove "I'm in charge". McCain should recognize that this is absolutely the wrong time to try and personally come up with an economic recovery plan. Not only is his decision to get intimately involved in the plan the wrong thing to do, he doesn't really even know enough about the crisis to be in a position to know one way or the other what the right thing to do is.

I think Obama recognized early on that if he or McCain became involved in the crisis it would politicise an issue that is likely to be pretty contentious anyway. Obviously the bottom line here is that McCain's people have read the latest pole numbers and they know that the Palin VP choice isn't working. This is an "I've got nothing to lose" moment for McCain. He either does something to really shake things up or he watches the pole numbers get worse and worse. He knows that by stopping campaigning he may make things worse, but there is a possibility that it will distract people from the real issues.

Posted by: captbilly | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Give McStalin a break. If I were McCain, I wouldn't want to face any questions, either. They're getting away with Palin not having to actually face the American public in a meaningful way, so why shouldn't he get away from it.

Obama and Biden are intelligent and articulate. How can we expect two idiots to face off with them?

If we do, a nation of sheep will only accuse them of having the unfair advantage of being smart, and valuing the intelligence of the average American.

We haven't had a leader like that for eight years, and it's hardly bothered us, right?

Posted by: Brian Foley | September 24, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Dear John McCain, there are 98 other senators and 435 representatives there to debate the finer aspects of this bill.

You, who have missed the most amount of votes(excluding the ill Johnson) now wants to go back and do this?

I would say, with the two of you being the most visible faces of this government now, you need to debate Economy (instead of Foreign Policy) this Friday and assuage the voters' fears.

Not go running back - when the polls show bad news.

Should some of us put the Chicken suit back on and come talk to you?

Posted by: Pillai | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

So McCain is leaving his political ambitions aside to help Congress fix this mess up...

Does ANYONE realize that McCain has been part of Congress and has continuously been all for less deregulation and an almost too laissez-faire approach to the market??
Who is he trying to fool????

I like McCain but this is just another sleazy move.

Posted by: AREYOUJOKING? | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Yet another McCain mood swing? More and more, he looks jittery, impetuous, and ...scared? I think this decision was a bad gamble.

Posted by: s. johnston | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain is finished.
Obama did the only thing possible in insisting upon the debate going ahead.
For Pete's sake, McCain has been needling him for weeks for not having the courage to debate him.

Who's afraid now, McCain?

I almost feel sorry for the guy, but I know he'd shoot me in the face if I got in his way.
Sympathy tends to melt away under those circumstances.

Posted by: wardropper | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain should be in Washington -- he could have his better half, Palin, stand in for the debate.

Posted by: BarryAZ | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Dear John McCain, there are 98 other senators and 435 representatives there to debate the finer aspects of this bill.

You, who have missed the most amount of votes(excluding the ill Johnson) now wants to go back and do this?

I would say, with the two of you being the most visible faces of this government now, you need to debate Economy (instead of Foreign Policy) this Friday and assuage the voters' fears.

Not go running back - when the polls show bad news.

Should some of us put the Chicken suit back on and come talk to you?

Posted by: Pillai | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

NEWS NETWORK REPORT THAT BARACK OBAMA LEADS JOHN MCCAIN IN POLLS.

ALL EXCEPT FOR FOXNEWS?

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAA

Posted by: AUDIENCE | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The motive is clear. By his own admission a lackluster student and deficient in economics, Senator McCain is simply not ready for the "final exam."

Posted by: zephyr99 | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama's solution to economy: Styrofoam money. Styrofoam is great. Didn't you like those Styrofoam Greek columns?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"9/11! POW! 9/11! POW!"

"That's not working, John."

"Look! A bunny!"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's see.
McCain is being grossly outcampaigned by Barack. Latest polls show Barack with a 9% lead.
Barack is raking in much more campaign money than McCain.
Instead of maintaining his agreement to issue a joint, bipartisan statement with Barack, McCain has shown that he will go it alone and call it bipartisanship.

The logic behind this latest McCain move is very questionable. To listen to the Republican spin on this is pathetic. It is like trying to make Bush look good when fully 70% of the American public disgrees with his administration.

What a sham for the McCain team. They know that they will lose the debate Friday night. Therefore, try to make it look like you are putting the "country first." If this is the case, then he should have done this last week when the crisis manifested itself. It is a situation too close to the debates to look like anything other than what it really is: McCain is a loser.

Posted by: EarlC | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, John McCain Exit Stage Left.....

Posted by: hankomatic | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

If McCain thinks that this is making him look presidential he's in for a big surprise.

My guess is that his melanoma is back, is aggressive and this is the termination of his campaign.

Posted by: Bill | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"I swear no matter what type of horsesh!t McCain feeds his supporters they eat it with a smile..."

Not all of us support McCain on all the issues. We certainly do NOT regard him as a savior to whose bed we will under ANY circumstance send our declothed wives, girlfriends, daughters and sons, and even ourselves after dropping our feigned manliness so that the Messiah can impregnate them females and still leave a little bit of his masculine essence for us men to taste like it's truly better than whatever God himself could spare us.

We care always MEN in the presence of any person, Hillary or McCain or your Messiah. Our knees are NOT weakened by anyone. You have every right to feel effeminate when the name of your Messiah is even whispered. But COUNT us MALE McCain supporters OUT.

Posted by: Brent | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Country first! Americans for Obama 08!

Posted by: Sandra S | September 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama has purple lips and gives the dreaded terrorist fist bump to women.

You sure you can't tell him apart from Bush? Keep trying.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

What a laugh! McCain's admitted he knows little if anything about the economy - but he's needed in Washington to help fix things. The only thing he's trying to fix is his standings in the polls.

If it weren't so pathetic, it would also be amusing how many of his supporters want others to believe that this latest gambit has an merit and is in any way "above politics".

Gimme a break - it's more of the same. It's clever, I'll give it that - but "country first?" Right!

If this guy can't run a campaign *and* still perform his senatorial duties, then he should make the real call and chose one over the other.

Go ahead, old feller, drop out of the race and save the country... ha ha ha.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This is the guy who has been running for the Presidency since he was in kindergarten (where he was also realizing the need for sex education). I pity the truck that meets Obama on his road to white house.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain, as much as I hate to admit it, is in over his head.

who in their right mind would want to be president anyway?

Look at the state Bush and the Republicans have left us in?

What's McCain gonna say? We're gonna bail out wall Street and we're not gonna raise taxes?

of course, Republicans will raise taxes on the poor, to keep more for their friends so all the debt can trickle down.

Speaking of trickle down, how many times this week has McSame wet himself?

He's not mentally equipped to be Pres. He's just not very smart. "I don't know much about the Economy" he said...

Not Smart.

you think he might have picked up a book or two over the last 30 years to try to find out why he voted for Wall Street every time for the last 28 years in Washington.

If you are rich and don't understand the Economy, how did you make your money...

OH, That's Right, the same way all Republicans earned their money... From their Daddy's Inheritance.

Hey, GOP...

Die Already!

Good Riddance, Fascists.

Posted by: McCain aint Able | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

In other news, my homework blew out the school bus window.

Posted by: theantibush | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Who is the leader here and who the follower?

A smart move of Obama to reach across the aile in hard times --it shows leadership and it is the second time because Obama suggested the Sep 11 campaign suspension and join appearance. What's more, Obama does it without pompousity --no media leak. The fact is that Obama initiated the contact with McCain early today at 8:30 AM.

McCain is a follower who clings to Omaba hand to avoid free fall. Yet I smell in McCain move a vile opportunism in annoucing the suspension of his campaign to work on the crisis -- "an arsonits volunteering for firefighting"? What is more, he goes solo to the media trying to capitalize from Obama initiative and play politics.

Posponing the 1st debate is also a political move. If McCain can not multitaks then he is not prepared to be president, right? I understand that the risk of his arguably 'bigger-security-and-foreign-expertise' message to fall in deaf ears due to the economic crisis was big and the GOP must be betting on changing the game with that debate.

Therefore there is no reason for posponing the debate. It should go on.

As I said, do not "missunderestimate" McCain.

Posted by: Olivia | September 24, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

What a load of liberal crap. Obama should put politics aside, period. Personally, I'm hoping he'll mimic the snarky commentary here, refuse to join McCain, keep his ads going, go to the debate like an idiot and the people can see the real Obama--if there is such a thing.

Posted by: Casey | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line, everyone. The senate does not want McCain's help on the economic crises now and he was never involved before today!! See Senator Chuck Schumer's interview today on CNN.

At least Obama had the brains to contact Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and others to offer his help if needed but didn't do something crazy like crash the party.

WAKE UP, PEOPLE. McPain is a MAJOR FLAKE.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The lying question has been settled once and for all by McCain's attempt to dodge the debate on Friday.

There has been such a documentation of his serial lying, so many reports on his various votes opposing financial regulation, in spite of his lies to the contrary, that it is apparent his handlers watched him during his debate prep, decided there was no way his old feeble mind could memorize that many rationalizations and fabrications to explain away his dishonesty effectively, and they gambled it was better to dodge the debate rather than participate, and have his entire candidacy destroyed because his lies could no longer be juggled effectively.

The campaign determined he was not up to the task.

On that we can agree.

Posted by: filmex | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Rick Davis gets $15,000 a month from Fannie May until last month for what?
Now the polls skyrocket for Obama and McCain wants to suspend his campaign and postpone the scheduled debate to "focus" on the financial crisis. I think that he is really focusing on the fact that his campaign is going down in flames...

Posted by: Cubetap | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

FINE! Then let's get Palin and Biden out there on Friday, instead!

Posted by: Janet D. | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

_________________________________________________________________________________________
3 STUNTS AND YOU ARE OUT
__________________________________________________________________________________________
McCains attempt to reduce the election to a series of stunts to hood-wink the electorate.

1. Attempt to dictate format of debates.
2. Picking a annoying 'cocky wacko' for VP to shock the American people.
3. When campaign doesn't work, call to 'suspend campaign', while
keeping the vicious, lie-ful ads running !!!!.

_________________________________________________________________________________________


_______________________________________________________________________________________
No time for cheap stunts.
______________________________________________________________________________________
After 26 years in Senate, dismantling America,
Mr McCain now claims he needs the Friday too !

What has he been doing in last 6 months in his so called 'straight-lies express' ?
Why was he not in Senate, if thats what he claims, he needs to be ?

This is not time for cheap stunts.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Posted by: Guru | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama is set up for a slam dunk here... He can simply say just that... that if conditions on Friday warrant a cancellation, then by all means, but it is too early to call it off.. This will leave McCain appearing to be in a panic about not being prepared - or not having enough time to review the "script".

Posted by: Chaifuddagee | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Fundraising is Obama's motivation not going to a debate. Remember all the Townhalls he deprived US. Get it "US" the United States. Thats right we need you to show what you are made of Obama don't lie and tell US it is important to see you know...

Posted by: Anna | September 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

1) If Palin is ready to be VP, let her come to Oxford and debate Obama! Should be fun...

2) Lets not forget that the process of electing a president is **just as essential to our system of government** as the mechanics of legislation. To run for president while still holding lower office requires that one do both, not one thing at a time.

Posted by: rb | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign really is run by a bunch of clowns more interested in gimmicks than substance.

Posted by: T | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

What? Obama forgo a chance to talk on national television. Who are we kidding, folks?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to show that he can work across party lines (after 20+ years in office)?

I think the people already know if McCain is willing (or able) to work across party lines by now. He has been there for awhile.

Palin is the one that needs the 101 course on this subject. It's not too hard to get things approved in a red state with a majority Republican party in power.

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic John McCain is. This financial disaster happened a week ago. Why didn't he rush back then? Isn't it interesting that this rush back to Washington happened just after it was proven that Rick Davis' firm was still receiving money from either freddie mac or frannie mae (not sure which one).

McCain wanted to appoint a non-partisan Presidential commission to investigate the whole thing. What happens during those 2 years we wait for the report???

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

You know you're talking to a Republican when....

they blame the current economic crisis on londing money to minorities.

This is where the GOP is placing the blame. That way it can be used to smear democrats and minorities. Because democrats opposed Jim Crow lending practices in the 1970s. It's all over the conservative blogs.

The GOP should just apologize for "deregulating" the financial industry.

But, nope, they are busy blaming Democrats and black people.

Posted by: Blip | September 24, 2008 5:53 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 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, could have never thought that out of the two candidates, Obama would be the one looking like Bush.

Yikes!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama hasn't stopped campaigning since his first day as a Freshman Senator. Why would anyone expect him to stop now?

McCain has proved he is the only one who knows how to work with both parties.

Obama is politics as usual.

Posted by: www.babeled.com | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Hussein Obama had biggest lies, negative experiences, best friends' corruptors, best friends'terriosts, narrow-minded. Send obama back to Kenya to stay w/ his half brother.

Posted by: nguyen | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is a great maneuver!

A whole lot of people will know which way to vote even BETTER if McCain just suspends his whole campaign.

In fact, he can concede right now and MAYBE pick up some votes!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain has waived the white flag now he should get behind the Obama plan for the sake of America.

Posted by: walker1 | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I just cannot believe a US citizen at this time of crises would rather that leading Presidential candidates spend time tearing each other up.

The Debates will help us pick a new Preisident which is kinda necessary to have in the White House.

I don't know how many Congressmen it takes to figure out what they want to do. I don't think the janitors and policemen guarding Congressional offices feel they have to work harder this week in order to help solve this crisis. We ALL can't decide what to do.

McCain has that blackberry thing he invented and can keep in touch with all his little friends. Remember he admits he is weak on the Economy so he may not be the first they call for answers.

If he wants to vote on a bill then no one would fault him for heading back for that.

His judgement to suspend his campaign in another example of his weakness. Maybe a good leader but without good judgement he is questionable.

He has running for office for 12 months now. Maybe he should try to focus on what everyone is expecting him to do.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

faithfulservant3 5:37pm

I'm not sure it would a good move by Obama to call on Bush.Why would you give him free credit for anything once this is resolved.

He took the right approach.And the people on the fence now are less and less the poorly educated but mostly savvy voters.

What is Mc Cain going to do now...believe me, he gambled, and he lost.

Posted by: ES NYC | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama is acting like Bush during Katrina.

Obama feels that we should go on with the show despite the financial tsunami.

Either he is desperate, careless about us, or doesn't have anything to propose.

It would have being a plus for Obama had McCain fall for the trap of aiding him look as if he could fill his empty suit.

Of course Obama needs the figure of McCain next to him! What can he possibly offer to the people? He has always used others shadow 'cause he can't even produce that.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well said.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic John McCain is. This financial disaster happened a week ago. Why didn't he rush back then? Isn't it interesting that this rush back to Washington happened just after it was proven that Rick Davis' firm was still receiving money from either freddie mac or frannie mae (not sure which one). Just another smoke/mirror distraction from the issues. I would rather John McCain and Barack Obama address the American people in a debate than rush behind closed doors to some plan crafted in secret without the taxpayers knowing what he was doing. This action reeks and shows John McCain to always put himself first, the country second, and the taxpayer and voters out of the loop.

Posted by: cillann | September 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Mc cain What a coward! If he doent want debate Obama , lets have the VP debate

Posted by: j | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

NObama said "Call me if you need me".

Thats' not leading. He is not a leader.
There's arrogance in him too.

Obama only states the obvious about the state of the economy and makes promises that he does not even realize are impossible to bring to reality.

Obama's career is theatrics. He does not know much except how to speak eloquently between his studders and "ahs".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

To: dave miner at 5:45 p.m.:

Pathetic disinfo. You scare no one. Were you born into it, or learn it from Mein Kampf?

Posted by: Wallenberg | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Is this another political ploy? Yes

Will it matter? No

All it will do is solidify his "country first" position with his already loyal Republicans and make the Democratic supporters call him a coward for hiding behind this. In the end we'll be right back where we started. The GOP's camp is just despicable for treating this election like it's theirs to manipulate however they wish. What are they going to do, hide McCain and Palin from everyone but those who go to their rallies until November?

Posted by: Xander | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Right On OBAMA. Multi task and on with the debate! I agree!

Posted by: KIMMO | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Nurse Palin asked McCain not to attend the debate, she said old Johnny has had bowel problems recently.

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain is just trying to bring some drama and change the subject since he is getting his arse kicked again. He can multitask or he can go take a nap and wake up when the Democrats have cleaned up the mess him and his party have created. Mc Same and Palin can run but they cant hide. Crawl in a cocoon and you still have to come out and fight Mr. Mc Grumpy and oh by the way answer some questions.

Posted by: Col Joseph Bento Jr. US Army 82nd Airborne | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

" At this moment nobody cares about that debate."

I care very much about the debate. This is a chance for both candidates to detail what they will do as president to prevent them from happening again.

Apparently, McCain has no plan at all.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Watch McCain's next move. By Friday he will come out against the bailout and that will leave the Democrats on the same sideline holding the bag with Bush. And that includes Pelosi, Reid, Obama ...

Brilliant strategy!

Posted by: Bob | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

As a former Hillary supporter and current Obama supporter, I'm confused.

Sure, this can show leadership from McCain's side. But I just can't believe he is doing this in order to restore confidence in independent voters worried about the financial crisis.
This is too much like when Palin was picked to stir-up disgruntled female Clinton voters.

Another political gimmick, courtesy of McCain. Just to show how DESPERATE he is to win the election.
Whatever happened to "Country First?"

Posted by: sickofthegop | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

McSame campaign is coming apart. he needs a break to stop the Obama surge. What better way then stop all campaigning and look like an economic wonk rather than the confused old man he is.

Posted by: camper | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama "I would go to Washington, but I can't prioritize anything above my personal desire to be president. Beside, Michelle said no"

Posted by: The one | September 24, 2008 5:43 PM
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To the Fu-khead who posted this. You obviously missed the point that McCain can only handle one crises at a time. Obama can show that he multitasks. But you have your head so far up your rectum that you probably can't see this.

Posted by: hayden1 | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

As you know, this means that I am now the party nominee.

Posted by: Sarah P. | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

John McCain can decide to suspend his campaign. That is in his power. It is not within his power to tell the American people that his time is so precious that he will cancel a 90 minute presidential debate. We need exposure to the candidates to make an informed decision. If he wants to help the financial crisis, what better way than to change the topic to the economy and talk directly to 80 million viewers and all the members of congress?

Posted by: SkyBlue-22 | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Someone said Obama is like Bush during Katrina.

Are you saying that Obama is at McCain's birthday party? That doesn't make a lick of sense.

Obama has been hammering at the economic problems in the US for months now.

McCain has been at it for like... 12 hours or something.

Posted by: bluto | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me McCain is scared. It does not take all day to make a decision and/or cast a vote. We all know he can be in Washington on Friday and catch a airplane and be in Oxford, Mississippi later on that evening. America please don't be a fool and don't be fooled.

Posted by: Sassy | September 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The cynicism is so big in this country that we are unwilling to believe that a mature man who spent 5 years in captivity and under torture for America, will suspend campaigning to get the country through a crisis. We are idiots and will deserve the mess Obama will lead us into. I mean don't you guys pay taxes, have financial responsibilities. It was the Democrats that forced lending money for homebuyers that couldn't afford them. Obama just said himself that may be he can't do all the give aways he has promised. McCain is experienced has seen it all with guts and grace. He would serve us very well if we gave him the chance to serve as President. He sees it as an opportunity to serve a noble country not as a resume builder that confirms that he is "the one". Isn't the selfishness and lack of grasp and experience in Obama scary??

Posted by: Lola Conrwell | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Neither McCain nor Obama can change the course of what is happening on the hill right now by attending. The best these candidates can do is to help the country understand what they will do beyond this mess to run the country, what they will do to recover from it and prevent this from ever happening again.

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So let me get this right.

The senate is dealing with one of the greatest financial crises since the great depression (Obama's own words).

But we don't want a senator who still is a part of that body to go there and help out. It would be more helpful for him to try and get to the white house?

While we are at it, why don't we pose this test: "Neither McCain nor Obama can change the course of what is happening on the hill right now by attending." to all the other senators. What is so special about Dick Durbin or Jack Reed or McCaskill? Oh, I guess they have nothing better to do. On the other hand, becoming President is so much more important than getting back on the deck of a burning ship.

Dude, who do you take your marching orders from? It cannot be the ship called USA.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Of course McCain wants to go back to the Senate now. He needs to make sure Phil Gramm gets more influence over the bailout. Meanwhile, Obama says he can fix the country's financial woes and talk at the same time. Multitasking. It's a skill.

Posted by: M | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Well golleeee....all of a sudden, now that a poll came out yesterday showing Obama pulling ahead, now that it was revealed that the firm of McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, was receiving $15,000 a month from Fannie Mae for his services; now that McCain is losing it and his campaign is falling apart, now, right at this minute - McCain is pulling out? I didn't hear Congress blowing the horn for McCaim - or was that Bu$h sending out a rescue call? Watch tonight when Bush and McCain will appear side by side = look at us, we want what's best for the country. Don't they know the country knows that they are the problem, not the solution?

And what is McCain going to do in November when Obama clearly leads in the polls - cancel the election?

Posted by: Sandra | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This man is a master of manipulating the media cycle and dictating the headlines.

This stunt is yet another one of those famous McCain gambles, but I have a feeling it will blow up in his face. The debate will go on as planned without him, and the bill will pass without any significant contribution from the Arizona senator.

I am betting that the end result of this gambit is that McCain will simply look unpredictable, attention seeking, and (possibly) irrelevant.

Posted by: Sam from Seattle | September 24, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This is a transparent political ploy and nothing more. McCain is responsible for this mess, and he doesn't want it to come up in the debates.

Posted by: Former Republican | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Probably the old fart needs a nap, or wants to make sure one of his millionaire buddies gets a nice big golden parachute at our expense.

PLUS, his entire "Good Ol' Boy" staff is already IN Washington holding out their cups and jingling.

What do you want him to do? Think for himself?

Who's gonna tell him what to say during the debate when his whole staff is in Washington scrounging for that yummy tax payer money?

McSame Sh1t.

Posted by: MIA | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Run McChicken Run back to Washington to throw some more money at your Wall Street buddies.

Posted by: mkc87 | September 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

This is the biggest political ploy in history McCain is "Runnin Scared" he's dropping in the polls so he now wants to cancel the debate so he can work on the econmony does McCain think the American public are idoits like him. Give me a break if McCain doesn't think people can see through this lie he's the oldest fool in this nation.

McCain is loosing in the polls and he's going to lose this election by his bad judgments calls and Big gaffes he made regarding the econmony people won't forget what he said "he thinks the econmony is strong" no matter how much he tries to back peddle on this statement it won't be forgotten.

Obama do fall for Mccain's lies and more lies go forward with the debate with or without McCain.

NO MCCAIN/PALIN - NO WAY NO HOW

Posted by: Jacie - San Leandro, Ca | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain has officially lost his mind. A President ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Can the GOP officially declare him incompetent and have Palin as the nominee in his stead? You know that's what they want.

Posted by: McSame | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

What a spectacular move by Steve Schmidt and John McCain! By doing this, Barack Obama has no way to go...to agree would mean he is following McCain's lead, and to disagree would make the voters think that he does not care enough. Checkmate Obama! The game is on!!

Posted by: John P | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I remember another candidate who wanted to talk about economics....

John Kerry.

But he was swiftboated... so he never got his chance to crack down on Wall Street.

Oh well.

I hope this latest GOP gimmick doesn't have the same results as the ones used against Kerry.

If Kerry had been elected, we probably wouldn't be in so much hot water right now.

Posted by: blip | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama would rather see our country's financial system go down the drain to improve his chance of becoming president What a looser.
COUNTRY FIRST

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Jared is on to something. Will Obama at least cease his fundraising? If he does not that is no doubt the reason for his desire to ignore our country when it is in crisis.

Posted by: Mark | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

BRAVO for McCain. He understands priorities. This proves that "Country First" is not just a slogan.

Posted by: James Barlow | September 24, 2008 3:33 PM

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If he's hurrying back to Washington to undo all the deregulation he's voted for over the past 26 years, it's too late.

And anyone who would put Sarah Palin a heartbeat from the Presidency lives by "Campaign First. Country, who cares? I'll be gone."

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | September 24, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

FACT
OBAMA called McCain this morning first and suggested a joint statement. McCain decides to look like he made the move first and made a statement on his own. HAHAHA McCrazy

Posted by: KIMMO | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Can’t this guy McCain multi-task? (Oops! I forgot… he can’t use a computer)! He needs to be PHYSICALLY IN FRONT OF PEOPLE to get things done. No email here.
We are starting to see what a John McCain Presidency really means. Out of date. Slow to respond. Unable to deal with more than one crisis at a time. His campaign needs to call Al-Qaida and ask them not to invade the United States of America when John has a busy schedule.
John McCain hasn’t placed a vote in the Senate since April. He can do both. He is just scared to a debate during a crisis.
Jersey John

Posted by: Jersey John | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I just checked out the Wall Street Journal's
web site. It looks like the WSJ is lauding
McCain.

Hmmmmm.....

McCain--McShame.

Posted by: ash | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

_________________________________________________________________________________________
3 STUNTS AND YOU ARE OUT
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McCains attempt to reduce the election to a series of stunts to hood-wink the electorate.

1. Attempt to dictate format of debates.
2. Picking a annoying 'cocky wacko' for VP to shock the American people.
3. When campaign doesn't work, call to 'suspend campaign', while
keeping the vicious, lie-ful ads running !!!!.

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No time for cheap stunts.
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After 26 years in Senate, dismantling America,
Mr McCain now claims he needs the Friday too !

What has he been doing in last 6 months in his so called 'straight-lies express' ?
Why was he not in Senate, if thats what he claims, he needs to be ?

This is not time for cheap stunts.

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Posted by: Guru | September 24, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

macaine no debate obama you are president no have to debate if no want and palling neither. me say no worry go fix economie then you win in lanslide specially with hottie you pick who wear welding goggles and have beehive hairdo from 60s super hottie and now she esperianced she went to un today and meet leaders. ha ha democracy party cant beet macaine. if you cant stand the heat get out of the oven. when palling win we bomb anyone who disagree and torture if we feel like it. dont mess with the usa foreners. i am so happy obama will lose i am planning big party and invite sara palling super hottie and give her moose head for wall. me love sara palling and macaine croak soon so no matter if he seenile or croaik soon she be great president and will get payback for enemies. palling o8!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dave miner | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is acting like Bush during Katrina.

Obama feels that we should go on with the show despite the financial tsunami.

Either he is desperate, careless about us, or doesn't have anything to propose.

It would have being a plus for Obama had McCain fall for the trap of aiding him look as if he could fill his empty suit.

Of course Obama needs the figure of McCain next to him! What can he possibly offer to the people? He has always used others shadow 'cause he can't even produce that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Remember, the election is about a party. McCain and the Republicans need to be run out of power.

As for McCain's move, he is scared to death to debate on Friday. His numbers are moving down and, guess what, his VP choice is helping now that something important has come up.

Posted by: rusty 3 | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

tojoley,

You're an idiot. Don't you have some babies to eat?

Posted by: DrakeRemore | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing more than McCain trying to cover for himself, but it's too late for that. We already know that Washington insiders like him and his GOP cronies are responsible for this mess.

This is another Hail Mary pass. By canceling the debate McCain is hoping to escape having the spotlight shine on the responsibility he so clearly owns in this fiasco.

Country first? I don't think so. Elect me first is more like it.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Lets look at the facts- Obama offers to Mccain that they get together to work on this in a bi-partisan fashion. McCain takes 6 hours to agree, but then immediately issues the statement of suspending the campaign... Is he worried about political implications of public seeing that Obama initiated the action? Is he unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? Shouldnt he be if he wants to be president? Why cant he work on the bill AND debate his opponent at 9:00pm at the end of the week? His opponent seems willing to do that... why not McCain? What if the legislation gets hammered out Friday afternoon? Seems a bit early to cancel. Obama is set up for a slam dunk here... He can simply say just that... that if conditions on Friday warrant a cancellation, then by all means, but it is too early to call it off.. This will leave McCain appearing to be in a panic about not being prepared - or not having enough time to review the "script".

Posted by: Chaifuddagee | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Our Hero (the article forgot to mention that McSame is a War Hero... He was protecting his nation from the Vietcong... you know the ones who had done absolutely nothing to us?) John McCain is going back to Washington...

Woo HOO!! They're gonna git it now. Just like they did for the first 30 years he sat his rich butt in Washington and did nothing.

Yay, here comes the reformer chameleon!

Posted by: McCain is Scared to Debate | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

has mccain even been in the senate since April? He's missed more votes than anyone this year.

Posted by: blip | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

DESPERATE!!! Every time McCain's poll numbers slip, he does something "BOLD" (read desperate and irrational). Sarah Palin - Hail Mary Pass #1... Suspend Campaign - Hail Mary Pass #2... What's next??? Give me a break. First, he admits he doesn't know economics. Then, he says the economy is strong. Now, three days later, it's such a disaster that he (in all his infinite wisdom) must run off to singlehandedly save the day? Please! He's panicking. Either this move is purely political or he simply can't do two things at once - prepare for a debate and be a US senator - if that's the case, how on earth can he handle being President? Soccer mom can multitask better than that!

Posted by: Mia Wheaton | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I've heard that McCain's ducking the debate Friday was partially due to his stumbling through his rehearsal debate against the only Black Republican, Michael Steele. The straws that broke the Camel's back were Obama's surge in the polls and the reality that McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis may have to cooperate with an FBI investigation of Fannie/Freddie use of lobbyists (Davis is one) to delay congressional oversight.

Sad.

Posted by: Donny | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

He wants to post pone the debates so he can go help "broker a deal in WA"??


McCain--You funny little man, you. Darling, you couldnt broker your way out of a paper bag, and you are SO in over your head at this point with the whole crisis, that you just want to take your toys and go home!!!


LOL!! Just go home and take a nap, and let Obama LEAD...

Posted by: Larry | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The man reeks of desperation. POW stories can only get you so far.

Posted by: Oscar | September 24, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

This is another dirty rotten Rovian trick.
McCain is spiraling down and doesn't want to debate. Neither he nor Palin want to get in front of the cameras. What a pathetic bunch of crap.

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

This is nothing more than McCain trying to cover for himself, but it's too late for that. We already know that Washington insiders like him and his GOP cronies are responsible for this mess.

This is another Hail Mary pass. By canceling the debate McCain is hoping to escape having the spotlight shine on the responsibility he so clearly owns in this fiasco.

Country first my arse. Elect me first is more like it.

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

Obama "I would go to Washington, but I can't prioritize anything above my personal desire to be president. Beside, Michelle said no"

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

I am an independent undecided voter. Today's verdict: I believe Senator Obama made the right call. Neither are on the banking committee so there is no point in rushing back to Washington. The debates are key for people like me.

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

uamess Obama could have townhalls with McCain to make up for the postponed not cancelled debate? Obama is thinking about fund raising. Money is behind his stand.

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

Country First or Debate.

Obama's choice: What? Miss a chance to talk? No way. Talk First. Action Second.

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

Neither McCain nor Obama can change the course of what is happening on the hill right now by attending. The best these candidates can do is to help the country understand what they will do beyond this mess to run the country, what they will do to recover from it and prevent this from ever happening again.

Not having the debate and god forbid the election for that matter is a copout. It is unfair to all the people (A vast majority) who desperately want to turn a chapter on the mess the Bush administration and congress left us in. There is increasing information to suggest that the market (Banking particularly) has enough liquidity to buyout the good parts of failed institutions and let the losses for the bad parts fall on the stakeholders rather than the tax payers. The idea that we have to act this quickly looks more and more like a ransom attempt by wall street: If you don’t give it to us we will make you sorry…. George Bush is a weakling and does not deserve the time he gets to pretend that he even remotely knows what the answer is. He is just listening to the advice of investment bankers that have never had any but their own interests in mind. If you ask an investment banker to solve the problem he will save the investment banking system.

What we need is for Obama and McCain to finish the election so that we can move on and fix the economy for the people and not for the few rich fat cat wall street bankers.

Posted by: Anti-Moron | September 24, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

gee, McCain put country first,Obama was caught flat footed, and obamaites are outraged.

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

I must confess that John McLame is a wimp.

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

I guess people outside the Beltway don't know that McCain is a man who has alienated most of the other senators by his erratic flipflops and temper.

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

The campaigns were going to jointly suspend their campaigns...

but McCain rushed it to try to make it look bad for Obama.

A real opportunity for bipartisanship, turned into a crude political stunt.

There is nothing McCain won't try.

Posted by: blip | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

THIS EARLIER POST BELOW IS COMPLETE MINDLESS AND SHOWS HOW DESPARATE McCAIN'S SUPPORTERS ARE BECOMING


Reading the comments from Obama supporters I have to say I don't think they are Americans. I would like to trace their IP addresses. I wouldn't be surprised if they are located in Iraq or the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. What they are saying is some of the most unpatriotic, craven, treasonous things I have ever heard. I just cannot believe a US citizen at this time of crises would rather that leading Presidential candidates spend time tearing each other up.

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

Posted by: KIMMO | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I swear no matter what type of horsesh!t McCain feeds his supporters they eat it with a smile... You have to give them that

Posted by: erik | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Dan Rains said:

"What a sad, sad day for John McCain. I just can't believe it! Why would he do something so laughable? Independent voters don't care about all this political manuevering, they want the debate! But now he's just going to make himself look like a coward unless he shows up. So, in effect, he has to go to the debate now. What a dumb, dumb, move..."

Dumb politically, you mean? Quite possibly. Of course, you could have said the same for his support of "the surge" (and many did). But perhaps--and I realize that it is difficult for those of us hardened by the cynicism of politics to be open-minded about such things--just perhaps, John McCain is worried more about his country that his campaign. Perhaps he is really more concerned about all Americans than about the subset that is independent voters, or their desire for a debate. Perhaps he is too busy leading to worry about whether or not he looks like a coward. Maybe he'd actually rather see his country succeed than find personal success politically.

I'll admit that I'm a cynic as well. So, this kind of commitment to serving one's country seems too good to be true. I'd certainly never believe it of Obama, but sometimes McCain makes me wonder. The kind of guy that would turn down getting an early release as a POW because it was an obvious propaganda ploy--that kind of guy tends to put a few cracks in my cynicism.

Posted by: Phinehas | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

RUN JOHNNY, RUNNNNN!!!!!

....Because GETTING YOUR A$$ handed to you in front of a live address to the nation ain't no picnic.....

I believe Jack Cafferty sums it up well--

IS JOHN MCCAIN ANOTHER GEORGE W. BUSH??!!!!


....Sen. John McCain takes weekends off and limits his campaign events to one a day. He made an exception for the religious forum on Saturday at Saddleback Church in Southern California....

It occurs to me that John McCain is as intellectually shallow as our current president. When asked what his Christian faith means to him, his answer was a one-liner. "It means I'm saved and forgiven." Great scholars have wrestled with the meaning of faith for centuries. McCain then retold a story we've all heard a hundred times about a guard in Vietnam drawing a cross in the sand.

Asked about his greatest moral failure, he cited his first marriage, which ended in divorce. While saying it was his greatest moral failing, he offered nothing in the way of explanation. Why not?

Throughout the evening, McCain chose to recite portions of his stump speech as answers to the questions he was being asked. Why? He has lived 71 years. Surely he has some thoughts on what it all means that go beyond canned answers culled from the same speech he delivers every day.

He was asked "if evil exists." His response was to repeat for the umpteenth time that Osama bin Laden is a bad man and he will pursue him to "the gates of h***." That was it....

One after another, McCain's answers were shallow, simplistic, and trite. He showed the same intellectual curiosity that George Bush has -- virtually none.

Where are John McCain's writings exploring the vexing moral issues of our time? Where are his position papers setting forth his careful consideration of foreign policy, the welfare state, education, America's moral responsibility in the world, etc., etc., etc.?

John McCain graduated 894th in a class of 899 at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. His father and grandfather were four star admirals in the Navy. Some have suggested that might have played a role in McCain being admitted. His academic record was awful. And it shows over and over again whenever McCain is called upon to think on his feet.

He no longer allows reporters unfettered access to him aboard the "Straight Talk Express" for a reason. He simply makes too many mistakes. Unless he's reciting talking points or reading from notes or a TelePrompTer, John McCain is lost. He can drop bon mots at a bowling alley or diner -- short glib responses that get a chuckle, but beyond that McCain gets in over his head very quickly.

I am sick and tired of the president of the United States embarrassing me....

George Bush's record as a student, military man, businessman and leader of the free world is one of constant failure. And the part that troubles me most is he seems content with himself.

He will leave office with the country $10 trillion in debt, fighting two wars, our international reputation in shambles, our government cloaked in secrecy and suspicion that his entire presidency has been a litany of broken laws and promises, our citizens' faith in our own country ripped to shreds. Yet Bush goes bumbling along, grinning and spewing moronic one-liners, as though nobody understands what a colossal failure he has been.

I fear to the depth of my being that John McCain is just like him.

Posted by: Jenny | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"So suddenly Paulson say's they could make due with $150 billion. I think they are getting edgy because of the FBI. My guess is they sold the same mortgage to multiple banks."

hmmm.... I'm still thinking about that, Bill.

Posted by: The Dick....Cheney | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Senator Schumer said it righjt.

Latest McCain stunt is anathor attempt by McCain to "introduce Presidential politics in the delicate negotiations over the bail out".

Mr McCain is a total THUG.

Posted by: Guru | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

When asked what she thought of the failure of Freddie Mac, Governor Palin replied, "I didn't realize McDonald's had taken it off the menu."

Posted by: Diogenes | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Ya'll need to leave Johnny McCain alone. He's nearly 80 years old and campaigning takes a toll on these folks.

Maybe he just needs a break, and the debates are not going to help him anyway. Let Obama stand there by himself and answer all the questions while our Hero Johnny Mac is in Washington bailing out the poor Wall Street Billionaires.

Works for me.

Did I mention I'm a freaking idiot?

Posted by: Shirley Rasdorff, Bunfuct, OH | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought both of the candidates were currently Senators (and one of the VP candidates, as well). As such, both of them should report to "work" at their current jobs. It's not about multitasking. It's not about politics.

It is about providing ideas, insight, and approval to obtain the best possible solution. Furthermore, whoever wins the election will have to live with this solution, so they should make sure their views are part of the congressional debate.

When was the last time either of them was "present" for Senate business?

Posted by: JohnQPublic | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM

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Well said.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

All this brain dead Republicans, are funny with their "yeah right country first".

What is he going to do there? ah?
If anybody believed, including his republican colleagues, that his 'insight' on economics is needed they would have say so.Obviously they did not.
Obama is clearly acting like the leader.Who is the senator with a Plan? Senator Dodd, the closest Obama partner in the Senate.Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are Obama's campaign spokespersons in this Crisis.
Mc Cain knows that the mediator of the debate will have a large focus on the subject and Mc Cain is scared that he will have to take a position, that he wouldn't understand.
McGimmick

Posted by: ES NYC | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Too funny. Maybe McSame saved a list of all the Federal financial-industry regulatory safeguards he helped to vote out of existence during his laissez-faire career, especially during the carefree Dubya Years....

Posted by: 4Obama B4 it was cool | September 24, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy.

Senate in a gridlock over legislation that involves (by the reckoning of even the Obama camp) one of the worst crises ever.

One senator decides to go back to the senate. The other decides it stay on the road to White House.

Wow.

Obama First.

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

McCain is sweating. He knows the polls are trending against him. He doesn't want to face questions about his campaign advisor's lobbying and payments from Freddie Mac and the questions about deregulation that he promoted. So he's trying to look like a leader. In fact, he just looks like a coward.

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

So if he becomes President of the United States will McCain suspend taking care of the country in one area while he "deals" with one big thing that comes up, does he have that luxury?? I mean lets get serious, this is the reason that Bush is such a horrible president now, he can't walk and chew gum at the same time. I am reminded of 9/11 and him sitting there reading the childrens book while being told that a plane flew into the towers..know what I mean...McCain is doing this all for show. Obama reached first to have them both jointly support this plan, and move forward, the right thing to do, with neither of them getting the advantage and here this guy goes and pulls that, this shows his bad character once again...

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

Hey, Skeptic

You forgot that Harry Reid asked for McCains help. He ask for him to tell the dems what they need to do. Listen to the audio. Its quite funny. He wants him to get the dems some republican votes. LOL

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

If you did your research properly, you would have discovered this, via an email release from the Obama campaign: "At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal. At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama’s call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement." - Thus, McCain's "statement", SIX hours later....back-handed and bogus. He's a plagiarist

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

If Obama falls for this, he doesn't deserve to win.

A reminder to his campaign:

HE IS RUNNING TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL.

Posted by: Losercuda | September 24, 2008 3:30 PM
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True.

And he'd rather attend a debate than participate in something that might actually accomplish something.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | September 24, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I am so refreshed that many can see this move for what it really is. another effort to dodge facing the American public.

I hate to lose. When I was a kid I used to quit (games) when it looked like i was going to lose. if i didnt quit, i used some other tactic/distraction. I was probably 8 years old, so it is funny to me that McShame would use such an elementary ploy.

Obama, stay the course!

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

Bottom line here guys. Obama is on a roll and he will not let anything push him off the podium, not even a national financial crisis the likes of which I have never seen in my lifetime.His campaign has always been always been all about him and today it still is. At this moment nobody cares about that debate, we are scared to death we may be losing everything. He is putting Obama first as usual.

Posted by: Katie10 | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought both of the candidates were currently Senators (and one of the VP candidates, as well). As such, both of them should report to "work" at their current jobs. It's not about multitasking. It's not about politics.

It is about providing ideas, insight, and approval to obtain the best possible solution. Furthermore, whoever wins the election will have to live with this solution, so they should make sure their views are part of the congressional debate.

When was the last time either of them was "present" for Senate business?

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

Pure political posturing by McCain.

"...the fundamentals of our economy are sound..(what's that?...) um, I mean the American people are sound...ummmmmmmmm
I mean 9/11!!!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
sorry I nodded off for a moment. Can I have my Dollie? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

McCain to Obama: Country first?
Obama to McCain:What?! Country who?! Country be d@mned. Me and my supporters and my cherished oval office curtains first.

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

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

gee, McCain put country first,Obama was caught flat footed, and obamaites are outraged.

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

Lest we forget ... McCain was a part of the Keating 5.

I just read an article entitled "Revisiting the Keaton 5" dated September 4, 2008 that was published in the Seattle Times. McCain has been one dishonest, crooked man.

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

McGrandstanding! McDodge! McDelay! McAnythingToGetOutOfADebate!

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

"There are times for politics and then there are times to rise above politics and do what's right for our country," said Obama. "This is one of those times."
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Absolutely.

Debates are inherently political.

Doing the job that voters elected legislators to do is right for the country.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: blogmaverick.com | September 24, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Obama now has solid leads in the 2004 Bush states of Iowa, Colorado, and New Mexico for a 21 EV takeaway. McCain is not leading on ANY Kerry states, not even by a small margin.

Obama needs to take away 18. He is good for 21 at the moment.

According to RCP, none of the tossup states are currently changing color from 2004. However, McCain is threatening Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Pennyslvania. Of those, McCain is closest to taking New Hampshire which Obama is leading by 2.

Obama is threatening in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Virginia, and Indiana. Of those states, Obama is the FARTHEST away from Indiana by 2.3 points.

If the tossup states stay where they were in 2004, then Obama wins.

If McCain takes one of the tossup states and doesn't lose any, then McCain wins.

McCain's margins to take a blue state are a lot worse than Obama's margins to take another red state.

McCain simply can't afford to be seen in a debate with Obama. One more bounce for the darkie ends the race.

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

Hey McCainiacs: If this were really a gesture of bipartisan leadership, McCain would have consulted with Obama before this announcement and asked him to make it jointly. He didn't. It was a calculated political move from a guy who's struggling. McCain hasn't cast a Senate vote since April--he's not superman; he's not going to go flying back to DC to solve the problem; he'll just inject presidential politics into delicate negotiations.

This isn't suspending the campaign; it IS the campaign.

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

The good news is...

since McCain backed out on the debates, Obama is allowed to lie about him.

McCain explained it a few weeks ago, when asked about all the lies in his campaign ads.

But I don't think Obama is going to take him up on it.

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

I don't support either candidate and I believe McCain is way off base in comparing the financial situation to the period after 9/11--which in retrospect was mishandled.

Nevertheless, he is showing leadership. You can, of course, question his motives but he will get traction from this.

You can't blame Obama for refusing to look small in response. However, what he should have said was that he would suspend his campaign and the debate if Bush WOULD in fact call a substantive meeting at the White House for friday involving bipartisan congressional leadership and the candidates. Tomorrow the staffs can narrow the agenda.

If he had done this Obama would have not only shown leadership but also would have forced Bush's hand going into his speech.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | September 24, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain going to contribute to this discussion in his role as the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee? He has no role in the Banking Committee and no knowledge of economics, by his own admission. What a joke! What a desperate gambit to avoid looking like a fool in the economics debate. Leadership, my a**.

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

McCain now looks like the old fool that he is. He's running away from Obama as fast as he can. He has criticized Obama for not debating him and now he runs and hide under his mother's skirt. More flip flopping.

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

Anyone who defends McCains grand standing today is in minority, Amercia has woken up. On with the debate|!!!

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

Reading the comments from Obama supporters I have to say I don't think they are Americans. I would like to trace their IP addresses. I wouldn't be surprised if they are located in Iraq or the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. What they are saying is some of the most unpatriotic, craven, treasonous things I have ever heard. I just cannot believe a US citizen at this time of crises would rather that leading Presidential candidates spend time tearing each other up.

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

John McCain is SUCH a statesman. He's decided to put the interests of the country first by gong to Washington and throwing screaming fits until Congress votes a no-strings bailout.

Criticize McCain? How DARE you??!!? Don't you know that he studied advanced derivatives during the 5.5 years he was a captive?

McCain also studied advanced quantum physical during his captivity. Why, there isn't anything that John McCain didn't do to improve himself during his captivity.....

except take anger management classes.

We need Sarah Palin to come to Capitol Hill and distract all those nasty Democrats by wearing a short skirt and high heels so that McCain can get the no-strings bail out that Wall Street wants.

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

Now, I been a die hard Republican my whole life. Every male member of my family has served his nation with honor and we love John McCain.

That said, what in the he11 is he talking about?

If he wanted to put his country first, he should be calling them fools in washington as the theives they are. If you ask me, congress should do what they do best: Nothing.

I'll be damned if MY money is gonna go to some elite bankers who dont give two cents about the working poor of our great nation.

McCain should stop running from that boy Obama, or he's gonna get it handed to him. September 11th? McCain aint waht he used to be, that's for sure.

he's got Bush Itis, another reason I may be voting Democrat forthe first time in my life.

Posted by: Hubert Dixon, II, Culpeper, VA | September 24, 2008 5:36 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!

Hey ya stupid Bozo. It's McCain's job now to run for office. The other 98 senators can do just fine without either candidate.

Since we are down to just two candidates and have to pick one soon then it is most important we get as much exposure to each of them during the next few weeks so we can make a good choice.

Get it?? McCain chose to run and knws what his job is now. The debate will help pick the next president. Like the one who will oversee the several wars we are in, the economy, health care, etc.

Are you getting a clue as to what the election process is about?

I don't think Bush and Paulson are sitting around and fretting that McCain is MIA from Washington. Think about it.

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

McCain's intentions may be good but placing himself in the middle of this issue will only politicize negotiations. If he would remain on the campaign trail it would be possible to speak to the broad principles without making the deliberations more partisan and undermining Bush's ability to broker a deal.
Also, the idea that we have to halt the campaign only adds to the panic. As George Will and others have pointed out, there is no need to rush into this. Once the campaign is stopped and democracy is on hold the pressure to pass something/anything will be even greater. Let's slow down and take a breath.

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


Free clue for the maroons who are saying that McCain is avoiding the debate because he's behind polls:

Historically, the candidate trailing in polls always, always pushes for debates.


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

This is McCain's second "Hail Mary" in a little over two weeks. The last one worked for a little while, until people began to come to their senses. This one is DOA.

Posted by: Dr.D | September 24, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

For all you McCain believers,you really need to understand that while you all are calling this a good move on the part of McInsane....Obama actually initiated the bi-partisan idea to have them jointly put their politics on hold and talk to the people about how to help end the crisis....but you must have missed that....just like you miss every other issue that is not self serving.what is even more disturbing is that mask you wear is really not concealing you as a matter of fact it exposes you more because everyone can see that you are willing to cut off your nose to spite your face......you biggots know who i'm talking to.
OBAMA 08

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

In the words of the late James Brown, McCain is just "talking loud and saying nothing."

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

The funny part is that nobody asked McCain's help. Nobody said, "John, we can't do this without you!!"

John says, "Here I come to save the day!"

He really is Mr. Magoo.

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

_________________________________________________________________________________________
3 STUNTS AND YOU ARE OUT
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McCains attempt to reduce the election to a series of stunts to hood-wink the electorate.

1. Attempt to dictate format of debates.
2. Picking a annoying 'cocky wacko' for VP to shock the American people.
3. When campaign doesn't work, call to 'suspend campaign', while
keeping the vicious, lie-ful ads running !!!!.

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No time for cheap stunts.
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After 26 years in Senate, dismantling America,
Mr McCain now claims he needs the Friday too !

What has he been doing in last 6 months is his 'straight-lie express' ?
Why was he not in Senate, if thats what he claims he needs to be there ?

This is not time for cheap stunts.

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Mr McCains STUNTS and desperation to be in news
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Take Obams' idea and peddle it as his own.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/us/politics/25mccain.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

“At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal,” said Bill Burton, the spokesman for the Obama campaign.

“At 2:30 this afternoon,” he added, “Senator McCain returned Senator Obama’s call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details.”

However, when McCain issues his statement , he left out all the details or any mention of Obama .

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Why the dramatic "suspend the campaign" announcement? If McCain wants to devote some time to the bail-out negotiations, fine. In fact, Obama called McCain this morning to suggest that they join forces to help solve the problem. That kind of action doesn't require suspending the campaign. Suspending the campaign is what candidates do when they drop out of the race. What's McCain really up to, besides the obvious attempt to appear "above politics?"

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

Someone said that McCain looked Presidential today.

And if they are saying he looks like Bush, I agree.

Desperate, out of touch, and unwilling to be held accountable for his own policies.

Very "Presidential." (You know, presidential used to have positive connotations... like 8 years ago).

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

So suddenly Paulson say's they could make due with $150 billion. I think they are getting edgy because of the FBI. My guess is they sold the same mortgage to multiple banks.

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

YumSarah,

I hear Sarah Palin smells like baracuda, but tastes like chickensh*t.

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

DEWEY BEACH, Delaware (CNN) -- Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.

Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.

And both voted for the final transportation bill that included the $223 million earmark for the Alaska project.

An amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, would have stripped the money appropriated to connect the Alaskan coastal city of Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island and diverted the money to Louisiana.

But Biden andObama and 80 of their colleagues rejected the measure, an amendment to a massive 2005 transportation bill that funded thousands of projects across the country. Video Watch how Biden has blasted Palin »

"That is probably the most disturbing element of this and the campaigning on the Bridge to Nowhere," said Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a taxpayer watchdog group. "Because, yes, they had a chance to vote specifically against the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska to redirect the money to people, to bridges and infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina going in to New Orleans, and they chose not to."

Palin, whom McCain chose as his running mate in August, has regaled crowds at the Republican convention and on the campaign trail with her declaration of "Thanks, but no thanks" for the bridge. But her conversion came after she became Alaska's governor in 2006 and after the bridge became a national symbol of congressional waste.

The record shows that she supported the bridge as a gubernatorial candidate, and Democrats have seized on the flip-flop, perhaps no one with as much relish as Biden.

"I got also a bridge I got to sell you here, and guess what, it's in Alaska, and it goes nowhere," Biden mocked Palin on the campaign trail last week in Maumee, Ohio. And in Canton, Ohio, he tied it to McCain.

"If you look at it John McCain's answers for the economy, and we're in such desperate shape, is the ultimate bridge to nowhere. It's nowhere," Biden said. "It takes you nowhere."

But while the applause line appealed to the Democratic faithful, it could come back to bite the Delaware senator.

This year, Delaware has requested 116 congressional earmarks through Biden, its longtime senator, at a cost to taxpayers of $342 million. In an appearance on CNN's "American Morning" with anchor John Roberts, Biden said that he had been open about those requests and that they all can be justified.

"Everyone has seen them, and we have no Lawrence Welk Museums and have no bridges to nowhere in Delaware. It's all straight up," Biden said.

Among his requests: $1 million for renovation of an opera house in Wilmington, another million for the construction of a children's museum and thousands of dollars for a water park renovation in Lewes.

"I think opera patrons generally can afford to -- you can raise money for an opera house; you can refurbish things a lot of different ways," Allison said.

"To have federal taxpaying dollars -- which is coming from people all over the country; low-income, middle-income people, as well as the wealthy -- to go to pay for the renovation of something that is really a luxury for Wilmington ... There are far more vital projects that anyone could think of that needs money. You got health care. You got education. You got all other types of things. Instead, we are redirecting money to refurbish an opera house in Wilmington or to build a children's museum."

And Biden's request includes a bridge that even the head of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says is not crucial at this juncture.

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is a vital link between two popular beachfront towns: Dewey and Bethany. Without it, the estimated 30,000 summer visitors would have to travel an additional 35 minutes to get to the towns.

"We need a new bridge, and we are fortunate to be at a place where it is finally going to happen," said Carol Everhart, the chief of the Chamber of Commerce.

The existing bridge has some erosion problems, and if it ever collapsed, Everhart said, it would cause an economic disaster in the community. But it's safe for now.

"The bridge, as it is, is perfectly safe," she said.

Still, Biden asked for $13 million to help shore up the existing bridge and begin construction of a new one. And that's what troubles the Sunlight Foundation's Allison.

"This bridge is not in any danger of collapse, and essentially what Sen. Biden is doing is saying, 'My state bridge gets the priority dollar even though it is not a priority project,' " Allison said.

He said the Department of Transportation, rather than U.S. senators, should be deciding which bridges get priority funding in the country. That way, the bridges in the U.S. that need immediate repair would be first in line for the dollars needed to do the work.

As he embarked on his presidential bid in 2007, Obama said he would no longer ask for earmark projects. McCain, who has been a longtime critic of the process, does not seek any for his home state of Arizona.
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CNN asked Biden's campaign whether it could ask the senator about his earmark requests and his votes on the Bridge to Nowhere.

In response, a staffer e-mailed, "You've interviewed Gov. Palin re: her completely made up position on the Bridge to Nowhere right?"

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

This is hilarious. What's McSenile going to do if he's president and he has more than one problem at a time?

Call TIMEOUT?!

What a loser!

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

Obama is the same guy who wanted nothing to do with townhalls. But now the people must see him in a bebate? During this crisis Obama is clearly more interested in his own fund raising. Like Obama said when he left the press conference "I'm doing great!"

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

Obama is leading in the polls. Why? Simple! Amercia has woken up and now are starting to see the real thing. What happened to the Sarah Palin mania, ooops,its over, why, Amercians have seen the real thing.

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

Seems like McCain is panicking, fatigued or something. Dewey and FDR never suspended their campaigns in the middle of WWII, nor did Hoover and FDR during the Great Depression.

Posted by: Warren P. | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This is simply a campaign publicity stunt. McCain would be doing nothing between now and Friday but debate prep, and that can be done anywhere - Miami, Washington, Iowa. So he loses nothing by coming off the trail and going back to D.C. And I doubt Palin and his surrogates are cancelling events on his behalf.

McCain saves money for ads later by pulling his ads down now, and its a safe bet that his money people are quietly working the phones so that the same amount of dollars will flow in once overt fundraising resumes.

In sum, it's a P.R. stunt.

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

There are 100 senators in Congress. Doesn't anyone realize the absurdity of McCain's "run to the rescue"?

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

DEWEY BEACH, Delaware (CNN) -- Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.

Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.

And both voted for the final transportation bill that included the $223 million earmark for the Alaska project.

An amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, would have stripped the money appropriated to connect the Alaskan coastal city of Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island and diverted the money to Louisiana.

But Biden andObama and 80 of their colleagues rejected the measure, an amendment to a massive 2005 transportation bill that funded thousands of projects across the country. Video Watch how Biden has blasted Palin »

"That is probably the most disturbing element of this and the campaigning on the Bridge to Nowhere," said Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a taxpayer watchdog group. "Because, yes, they had a chance to vote specifically against the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska to redirect the money to people, to bridges and infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina going in to New Orleans, and they chose not to."

Palin, whom McCain chose as his running mate in August, has regaled crowds at the Republican convention and on the campaign trail with her declaration of "Thanks, but no thanks" for the bridge. But her conversion came after she became Alaska's governor in 2006 and after the bridge became a national symbol of congressional waste.

The record shows that she supported the bridge as a gubernatorial candidate, and Democrats have seized on the flip-flop, perhaps no one with as much relish as Biden.

"I got also a bridge I got to sell you here, and guess what, it's in Alaska, and it goes nowhere," Biden mocked Palin on the campaign trail last week in Maumee, Ohio. And in Canton, Ohio, he tied it to McCain.

"If you look at it John McCain's answers for the economy, and we're in such desperate shape, is the ultimate bridge to nowhere. It's nowhere," Biden said. "It takes you nowhere."

But while the applause line appealed to the Democratic faithful, it could come back to bite the Delaware senator.

This year, Delaware has requested 116 congressional earmarks through Biden, its longtime senator, at a cost to taxpayers of $342 million. In an appearance on CNN's "American Morning" with anchor John Roberts, Biden said that he had been open about those requests and that they all can be justified.

"Everyone has seen them, and we have no Lawrence Welk Museums and have no bridges to nowhere in Delaware. It's all straight up," Biden said.

Among his requests: $1 million for renovation of an opera house in Wilmington, another million for the construction of a children's museum and thousands of dollars for a water park renovation in Lewes.

"I think opera patrons generally can afford to -- you can raise money for an opera house; you can refurbish things a lot of different ways," Allison said.

"To have federal taxpaying dollars -- which is coming from people all over the country; low-income, middle-income people, as well as the wealthy -- to go to pay for the renovation of something that is really a luxury for Wilmington ... There are far more vital projects that anyone could think of that needs money. You got health care. You got education. You got all other types of things. Instead, we are redirecting money to refurbish an opera house in Wilmington or to build a children's museum."

And Biden's request includes a bridge that even the head of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce says is not crucial at this juncture.

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is a vital link between two popular beachfront towns: Dewey and Bethany. Without it, the estimated 30,000 summer visitors would have to travel an additional 35 minutes to get to the towns.

"We need a new bridge, and we are fortunate to be at a place where it is finally going to happen," said Carol Everhart, the chief of the Chamber of Commerce.

The existing bridge has some erosion problems, and if it ever collapsed, Everhart said, it would cause an economic disaster in the community. But it's safe for now.

"The bridge, as it is, is perfectly safe," she said.

Still, Biden asked for $13 million to help shore up the existing bridge and begin construction of a new one. And that's what troubles the Sunlight Foundation's Allison.

"This bridge is not in any danger of collapse, and essentially what Sen. Biden is doing is saying, 'My state bridge gets the priority dollar even though it is not a priority project,' " Allison said.

He said the Department of Transportation, rather than U.S. senators, should be deciding which bridges get priority funding in the country. That way, the bridges in the U.S. that need immediate repair would be first in line for the dollars needed to do the work.

As he embarked on his presidential bid in 2007, Obama said he would no longer ask for earmark projects. McCain, who has been a longtime critic of the process, does not seek any for his home state of Arizona.

CNN asked Biden's campaign whether it could ask the senator about his earmark requests and his votes on the Bridge to Nowhere.

In response, a staffer e-mailed, "You've interviewed Gov. Palin re: her completely made up position on the Bridge to Nowhere right?"

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

Boy, I can just imagine everyone in the Senate and House breathing a sigh of relief and saying "Hoorah, everything is going to get better now!!!John McCain is coming. They have been sweating the housing market for a year or more now, poor John only has to worry how many he has.

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

McSame hasn't been this scared since the VietCong played soccer with his head!

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

If Sarah Palin doesn't attend the debate for McCain, it's only because she's not ready. Biden could easily hold his own aganst McCain.
Face it, if she's not ready and doesn't step up, McCain-Palin doesn't have a chance at winning. No reform, no substance, no chance.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | September 24, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain is running for the presidency of the United States. Shouldn't he be able to do more than one thing at a time? Does he not have staff who can help him?

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

speak to the people let us not forget vice president shot someone never had to anwser for it and never saw him on live TV again WOWeither tihs whole eight yr ride has been a joke but people aren't laughing.

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

"THIS COULD WELL BE A MAKE/BREAK VOTE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION'S VERY EXISTENCE AND ALL YOU demoCRITES WANT TO DO IS HAVE A DEBATE PARTY SO YOU CAN SMOKE SOME MORE WEED !!!


(p.s. mccain was right when he said that aspects of the economy such as the employment rate are fundamentally strong - he KNEW he be would get criticized for saying it but said it anyway - because a true statesman has to say things like that from time to time to stave off a panic - so he's already played a role in stabilizing the situation or the sell off could have brought everything down last week just like way back when biden thought FDR was president"

Put down the crack pipe my friend, time to take a little vacation.

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

"AWwwwwwwww look the liberals are crying."

It looks like most Dems here are laughing at McCain, not crying.

This race was competitive until now. The only people dumb enough to admire this "plan" are the dopes who suck down a steady diet of Rush and Hannity, and they are already in the bag for McCain.

Independents, who McCain needs to win, will see through this ruse as an admission that McBush isn't ready for Obama, and/or a grandstanding act of political theater.

McBush has nothing to add to the economic debate, and all his presence is going to do is pi$$ off the adults who are genuinely trying to come up with a solution. All McSame is going to accomplish is to ensure that Cindy's investments are taken care of.

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

Where was McCain 26 years before to set one-on-one cross party deals?!? Is he trying to fool everyone how bsy he is? Did this guy learn how to pretend doing something from the ex-communsit leaders? His slogan empty-content speaches and his low-key ignorant low-key porn star running mate are just boring and ridiculous. Just go home McCain and suspend your campaign for good - it would be better for America!

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

Just move the debate to DC

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

Neither McCain or Obama are on any of the relevant committees dealing with this and the only thing McCain can do in DC is avoid Obama while looking very concerned and offering ridiculous soundbites to the press about how important his opinion is....DON'T FALL FOR IT!

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

Even more absurdity from the McCain campaign. It would be funnier if there weren't so many idiots out there who actually fall for this BS.

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

sam - a neocon troll posing as a Democrat for McCain? I think so.

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

Obviously any attempt by McCain to do what's best for the country must be founded in selfish motives and should not be attributed to statesmanship. Thank goodness we have The Washington Post to expose McCain's duplicity and protect Barack Obama's campaign!

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

To the ignorant posters below: We have email, we cell phones, we even have AIRPLANES. The candidates do not need to spend all week in DC in order to lead bill building efforts.

Oh and as a FYI...currently it is the REPULICAN caucus blocking the bill, they do not want to be blamed for the largest increase in gov't spending in American history. Interesting if you consider that 8 year's of Bush non-action and neo-con philosophy put us in this mess.

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

Something fascinating I've been noticing on the news coverage so far--this may be when McCain's war with the media finally comes home to roost. No one is giving him the benefit of the doubt on this; everyone is questioning his motives and basically making him sound like a coward.

The old axiom in public relations is that you should never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel, and the McCain campaign's been poisoning their own relationship with the press for the last two weeks. They're going to get hammered for this by the talking heads.

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

I have been in my hotel room all day. sorry to be so late in responding. I have a lot of things to memorize before Friday. As you know I reneged on my earlier promise to debate anytime, anywhere. I just hope I can get through this thing without my teleprompter. now does anyone out there remember my positions on guns? my couch says I'm for them but I think I'm agin them. how about campaign finance reform. I want as much money as I kin git, where does that leave me? Does anyone know if Iran has grown in size since I declared it a small country of no import? I am also wondering if Jurusalem is in one of our 57 states still. I am considering awarding it to my Palestein fundraisers as an election gift.

back to the books.

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

McCain made the right decision. He can Sarah Palin to debate Senator Obama on Friday night.

Sarah Palin is a Governor not a US Senator and need not be on Capitol hill to work out a well thought out solution to this financial crisis.

It is in Obama's interest, he feels, to continue the crisis and hope for it to worsen until November 5 then he knows the media who have been talking down the economy for seven years to prepare his way will suddenly become cheerleaders of the economy and suddenly proclaim "Wow our economic future is bright Americans please start buying again."

Posted by: Mike Reno Nevada | September 24, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

news bulletin;

DO YOU demoCRITES really NOT REALIZE THAT THIS VOTE WILL PROBABLY BE THE BIGGEST SINGLE VOTE IN THE CAREER OF EITHER SENATOR ?

(answer; no, you do not because you have no sense of historical perspective OR priorities)

HOW COULD YOU NOT TAKE IT MORE SERIOUSLY ?

ANSWER : because you do not really care about your country - you just want your rock star to get elected

obamiden may win but America will pay a serious price for many generations IF he does

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 700 BILLION DOLLARS HERE WHEN WE ARE ALREADY IN DEBT - THIS COULD WELL BE A MAKE/BREAK VOTE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION'S VERY EXISTENCE AND ALL YOU demoCRITES WANT TO DO IS HAVE A DEBATE PARTY SO YOU CAN SMOKE SOME MORE WEED !!!


(p.s. mccain was right when he said that aspects of the economy such as the employment rate are fundamentally strong - he KNEW he would get criticized for saying it but he said it anyway - because a true statesman has to say things like that from time to time to stave off a panic - so he's already played a role in stabilizing the situation or the sell off could have brought everything down early last week just like way back when biden thought FDR was president)


MCCAIN / PALIN 2008

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

Why is noone talking about what role McCain will even play in these negoatiations. To my knowledge he doesn;t sit on any of these committees that are negotiating these plans and he has admitted that he doesn't know that much about the eocnomy. He is all action and no theory unless you want to say his theory is to use this "crisis" as a political ploy. Wake up people.

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

McCain has not suspended his campaign - this is his campaign. He has hit bottom with nowhere else to go. What a grandstanding move. As if he John McCain can solve the crisis. Give me a break!
He know the debate will be a loss for him and is running. What is he going to do in November when Obama is clearly ahead in the polls - cancel the election?

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

Let me get this straight.

An elected United States Senator announcing that he will put off campaigning for now to go to Washington, in the midst of a major financial crisis, to DO THE JOB HE, ALONG WITH ALL OTHER SENATORS, WAS ELECTED TO DO is a stunt?

Are you people freaking serious? Not everyone views their position as US Senator as nothing more than an impressive title to have while seeking an even higher title like some Senators we know. Some Senators actually recognize that their primary job is to try work to solve problems and not to simply use the title of Senator to further personal goals. For those of you not paying attention, the one doing his job is McCain, the one ignoring his job yet using his title to further his ambitions is Obama.

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

I love how you all think you know everything that's going on, when in reality, all you hear is what the media releases.

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

This is trully amazing. McCain is running away from the debate and all his frenzied fans are calling it a great act of leadership.

Ya'll need to find Bagdad Bob and hire him to be McCain's press secretary.

Then we would have the Mother of All Circus's to watch between now and election day.

"Bagdad Bob, tell us why McCain's staff is so closely tied to the the lobbyists and especially ones receing money from Freddie Mac and Fannie May"

"Well you people, you stupid American's, you are again looking through the wrong end of the telescope. This has always been Sen. McCain's genius Mother of All Plan's to keep track of the flow of money so they could map out a solution to why and how all this money disappeared. He is putting America First, once again, in order to do what is best for for all the ignorant taxpayers."

Thank you Bagdad Bob.

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

You have to appreciate and love McCain..I'm a die hard democratic fan..Even though all news articles are writing that he has to do more ground work in some of the safe bet republican states in addition to battleground, decided to put the country first and decided to go back to washington to fix up..Great man & great call..I will definetly vote for him.

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

This is another McNasty tactic and hopefully Barack is not that stupid to fall for it.

Debate is actually now necessary to see how both candidates plan to fix this crisis. McCain is just afraid to debate knowing that he will loose. he is afraid to show Amrica that he clearly doesn't have a clue nor the capacity to help the American people.

Debate must go on Friday. Nice try McCain but you ain't fooling us this time.

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

McCain wants to be leader of the free world, and he can't handle both a 90 minute debate and some work in the capital? GOP, send us someone who can handle the pressure. Unless McCain is going to get me a lower rate on my ARM, he better show up... after all, he shouldn't even need to prep for a debate on FOREIGN POLICY.

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

McCain is about to turn a close race into an Obama landslide. Americans hate quitters. This ongoing disaster happened on the Republican watch and republicans are actually the ones really opposed to the bailout. $700 million is not nearly enough and Obama is wise to keep arm-lenghth away from this 'dare-we-say-it' tarbaby. By mid-October it will be clear that many more shoes are to fall. Let McCain grandstand and grab hold with both hands, then his feet, his head is already gone though.

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

O'bamadinejad's like, Doh!

Posted by: viejo1 | September 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Why does McCain want to go back to DC and deal with economic issues? According to McCain's campaign adviser this election isn't about issues.

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

To Paul at 5:14pm,


I think Paul there is no hope for you...

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

If McCain loses and the Republicans drop a few seats in each legislative body I will go away for another election cycle.

When people begin campaigning for 2010 house elections I'll return to bring more insightful nuggets of truth to the dirty lib WaPo boards.

Toodles

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

McCain works.

Obama talks.

What else is new?

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

Obama said it right, a President should be able to multi task, on with the debate.

Posted by: Kimmo | September 24, 2008 5:26 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 5:25 PM | Report abuse

So In time of CRISIS we should expect McCain to be in hiding is that it? Crap! What Chicken! Enough BS we are NOT STUPID!

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

Wow are some of the pro McCain folks really off the mark.

Their poster boy for early senility has already come out on national media and said he doesn't understand economics. So how the heck is he supposed to do anything to help?

Besides being an obvious political tactic I think he's really worried about getting faced during the debates by Obama truth be told.

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

What? Suspend the campaign? The debates? One cannot just change life and the position one finds oneself so easily. Why cannot Mr. McCain just go do what he needs to do in Washington, and then show up for the debate that night? (The debate should last about 2 hours).

This is the last breath of a losing candidate. Goodbye, Mr. McCain ... thanks for your service, and see you next year on the senate floor.

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

Why the delay, it's simple:

McCOWARD, NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME.

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

Either Senator Obama or Senator McCain will be our president come January. One man will be the most powerful man in the world.

I have to agree with Obama that it is more important to see how they will handle the job in a few months, not their current jobs as two of 500 lawmakers that will fashion an economic bailout.

Obama tried to reach out to the McCain camp, and McCain decided to act unilaterally. That's not bipartisanship or statesmanship. Its just political posturing.

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

John McCain's decision to absent himself from the debate with Obama may have initially sounded like a good idea, but the need for Sarah Palin to step in and be ready to fill his shoes is so clear, so imperative that one can only asssume that McCain and his advisers saw this coming. If Sarah isn't ready to do this now, how can anyone believe she'll be in 6 weeks -- and, Obama wouldn't be nearly as tough as Putin.
C'mon, let's see the VP's stuff.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Slow Act

The slack reformer
is a farcical performer
as he returns to the Capitol
to upstage his foe.

His campaignspeak's a hoke,
much too late to save folks
from falling deep in the hole
dug by jackleg Republican Joe.

Michael West in Germany

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

Anonymous | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM - During the biggest financial meltdown in more than 80 years Barak Obama is trying to figure out how to get the message across that fools like McCain and Bush, with the support of drooling trolls like yourself, CAUSED IT! Your insane endorsement for outsourcing, your Soviet style fuzzy minded one world globalization schemes, your idiotic invasion of Iraq, your lack of oversight of Wall Street, your failure to enforce existing laws, all led to this mess. Now we are likely to participate in the single most disasterous DEPRESSION in modern history... all of it caused by you fanatical idiots. What we need is an old fashioned witch hunt to track you guys down and punish you for your part in this mess. All of this was preventable, except for the TREASON of people just like you.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

McCain WILL be campaigning tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night.

But as of Friday morning, he will be suspending his campagin.

What a joke.

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

The debate should be postponed.

John McCain looks like a President today.

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

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

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

visit

RealDemocratsUSA.org

Taking back our party, one neighborhood at a time

Join us!!

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

It's so sad that you liberals cannot see the forest for the trees, Obama talks real good, he just never says anything specific or does anything (remember those big 143 days of actual work he put in out of his experience); of course, most of you aren't smart enough to realize that...yeah, he'll bring change, but it won't be the good kind. Cannot believe the U.S. people are so stupid these days.

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

WoW, what a hatchet job by the McCain camp. FIRST, McCain and Obama agree on a joint announcement, then the PR hacks at the McCain camp decide to jump and release it first. Make no mistake, this was advised and rammed through by McCain's PR hacks, in an effort to take the political high-ground - at least in appearance.

Understand this people, in the private sector these so called "consultants" (read public policy PR hacks), would be RUN out of town and black listed from EVERY agency. You simply CANNOT behave this way in the private sector. It is mind boggling for those of us in the profession that these hacks actually have a job. They give the profession a BAD NAME.

Posted by: PR HACKS ABOUND | September 24, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

AWwwwwwwww look the liberals are crying. Saying that its an attempt to boost poll numbers. At least hes trying to do something about it. Maybe you guys can send Biden over and he can say some more gaffs about our past presidents and when television was invented. HA HA. Im from illinois and can tell you that obama has not done anything for this state, except put us in a huge debt. He has never written any good piece of legislation that has done any good for the state. Obama is nothing but a charlatan that uses his race to get where he wants. Also the polling that the article refers to is a sad excuse for the fact that Mccain is really winning in the polls. When the Post interviews 70 percent liberal and 30 percent concervative what do you expect the polls to say. LOL why dont you do a 50 50 and see what the people say.

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

The debate should be postponed.

John McCain looks like a President today.

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

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

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

visit

RealDemocratsUSA.org

Taking back our party, one neighborhood at a time

Join us!!

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

news bulletin;

DO YOU demoCRITES really NOT REALIZE THAT THIS VOTE WILL PROBABLY BE THE BIGGEST SINGLE VOTE IN THE CAREER OF EITHER SENATOR ?

(answer; no, you do not because you have no sense of historical perspective OR priorities)

HOW COULD YOU NOT TAKE IT MORE SERIOUSLY ?

ANSWER : because you do not really care about your country - you just want your rock star to get elected

obamiden may win but America will pay a serious price for many generations IF he does

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 700 BILLION DOLLARS HERE WHEN WE ARE ALREADY IN DEBT - THIS COULD WELL BE A MAKE/BREAK VOTE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION'S VERY EXISTENCE AND ALL YOU demoCRITES WANT TO DO IS HAVE A DEBATE PARTY SO YOU CAN SMOKE SOME MORE WEED !!!


(p.s. mccain was right when he said that aspects of the economy such as the employment rate are fundamentally strong - he KNEW he would get criticized for saying it but he said it anyway - because a true statesman has to say things like that from time to time to stave off a panic - so he's already played a role in stabilizing the situation or the sell off could have brought everything down early last week just like way back when biden thought FDR was president)


MCCAIN / PALIN 2008

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

OBAMA-McBUSH ON THE SAME NWO TEAM?

Nice recovery on the tube, Barack, but you're still a capitulater. We all knew McCain would go with the national socialist bailout, but by your willingness to accede to the blackmail of the new world order, you have squandered an opportunity to show real leadership and courage.

Who will be the people's champion now?

Obama should make this a HOMEOWNERS' BAILOUT first, and a Wall Street bailout second.

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Slow Act

The slack reformer
is a farcical performer
as he returns to the Capitol
to upstage his foe.

His campaignspeak's a hoke,
much too late to save folks
from falling deep in the hole
dug by jackleg Republican Joe.

Michael West in Germany

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

Are you that stupid, Mccain is a drama queen. This has been going on for a week and all of a sudden Mccain wakes up today and someone told him about wall street? Now he doesn't want to debate. WTF.

-------
BRAVO for McCain. He understands priorities. This proves that "Country First" is not just a slogan.

By the way, I am still trying to figure out what the hell "Change We Can Believe In" means.

Posted by: James Barlow | September 24, 2008 3:33 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 3:43 PM

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

Correction....putting "country first" would be more than a slogan had McCain and crew actually put "country first" instead of "country club first" for the last 8 years.

The fact that they only decided to pretend to put "country first" about 3 weeks ago does indeed make it just a slogan.....

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

Can anybody imagine Palin value-adding to Paulsons and Bernakes analysis of the crisis. Mum is the word !

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

I think I'll go shopping instead. If I ever have to actually act on something, my wife takes care of it for me.

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

"This debate is going to be about the economy. No moderator worth their salt would pass up this historic opportunity to hear both candidate's views on the economic crisis we find ourselves in."

Did they change the format of the debate? Because the first debate was supposed to be on Foreign Policy.

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

Country first! Americans for Obama 08.

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

Jack O'rourke -

I'd really love to know where debates are "set by law."

They are arranged by the campaigns, and controlled completely by the campaigns.

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

"the newcomer is outfoxed again.

Posted by: kingofzouk"

******************************************

No, he's not.

McCain has panicked because of the polls. He pulled the Sarah Palin thing and that backfired. Now this cancellation of the debate. I could care less about the debate. But McCain is just using another tactic to try and show he's something he's not.


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

This is about headlines, not results. He's missed far more votes this year than Obama and he wants very much to look the part of White Knight riding to the country's rescue. Forget for the moment that his zeal for deregulation is part of the reason we're in this mess, and that he's been incoherent as the crisis mushroomed. Forget that his chief economic advisor was the Godfather of deregulation. NOW he wants to appear that his previous statements notwithstanding, he's ready to bless the hard work otghers have done.
It's a real pity he chose to miss the vote on the new GI Bill, badmouthing its benefits and using the laughable excuse that it woud encourage servicemen to leave, thus weakening the armed forces. He talks a great game about supporting the troops, but has voted on 15 separate occasions against expansion of veterans healthcare facilities, veterans benefits, VA funding increases, and matching lengths of stateside service and deployments.
This is just another grandstand play by the faux maverick. He should change his campaign slogan to, "More Pandering, Less Leadership, No programs"; at least then we'd have truth in advertising.

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

RE: Posted by: Ryan From MN | September 24, 2008 4:39 PM

mccain has been the biggest flip flopper since his convention... one minute, against a bailout, NEXT DAY, he's for it.

the fundamentals are strong, oh no, we're in a crisis...

back and forth, dude. look at what he has actually been saying for the last several weeks, instead of slinging garbage out there.

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

colorblind - Please,please, please let it be the Palin/Biden debate.

Here are Biden's opening remarks:

“My Americans fellow. Even you semi-literate, smelly folks with the wobbly heads. I want all you crippled folks to stand up and recognize what my good friend Abraham Lincoln said on Johnny Carson last week – and I remember this as if it were the day after tomorrow, ask not what you can do to your country, but what has your country done lately.”

Palin: My fellow Americans. I hope you paid attention to my opponents remarks, because I believe he sums up the race eloquently.

God Bless America!

Good night.

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


The FBI is investigating fraud among some of the companies that have failed. Why not wait and see if some of these people who want to be bailed out haven't engaged in fraud? Once we give them the money we can't take it back.
Let the investigations show if any of these companies deserve to be helped. Investigation first, not last.(i don't think any of them do anyway.)

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

WHAT GETS ME IS THAT REPUBLICANS ARE NOW SOCIALIST!

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

In response to: joiwaly This person may have a point, same as the GOP is hoping for a terrorists attack before the election. Or did I miss something the GOP all 3 that's T-H-R-E-E, Senate, House of Rep and the White House for 6 years, what did they do to? DERUGLATE, I guess the GOP wanted the DEMO to take control so they can cry about 2 years of DEMO having a slim lead in the SENATE and the HOUSE. Remember my friend what you great leader one said, ". "Government is the problem” with that on statement the country went to hell in a hand basket.

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

QUOTE:
"John McCain's leadership and experience credentials outrank Barack Obama's," said Sarah Simmons, a McCain campaign strategist.
/QUOTE

"outrank"?????????????????? You've got to be kidding?

Posted by: egc52556 | September 24, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

seriously John, on Monday the wheels of the economy are going to fall off unless a deal is made. No John, it is the wheels of your campaign that are starting to fall off. You are suspending your campaign so your wheels dont fall off!

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

What a sad, sad day for John McCain. I just can't believe it! Why would he do something so laughable? Independent voters don't care about all this political manuevering, they want the debate! But now he's just going to make himself look like a coward unless he shows up. So, in effect, he has to go to the debate now. What a dumb, dumb, move - and he wants to be President of the United States?! With Minnie Moose at his side?! WHAT DOES HE TAKE US FOR? TOTAL IDIOTS?!

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

Old Mill good call.

Maybe he feels he will look more presidential strutting around the Senate floor rather than debating Obama?

What a bizarre scene if Obama shows up Friday night and the camera is on while everyone looks at an emty podium.

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

This is real leadership. This is what we need in a President. Sure, let Obama do what he does best, campaign. Does he even know how to get to Capitol Hill?

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

This debate is going to be about the economy. No moderator worth their salt would pass up this historic opportunity to hear both candidate's views on the economic crisis we find ourselves in.

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

WHERE'S MCCAIN BEEN FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS, NOT THE LAST 8 DAYS???

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

It's a dirty political move. Bringing "patriotism" into this grave issue tantamounts to corrupting it.

John McCain is proving quite undeniably that he himself is the dirty politician (George W. Bush and/or Karl Rove) that he condemned when trying to gain the Republican ticket in 2000.

Beware of how this corrupt Bush administration will a) thrust McCain into the spotlight as the champion of economic reform and b) give him MANY GOVERNMENT PLATFORMS to speak from pushing his candidacy.

Barack Obama needs to be more vocal NOW. If anything, NOW is the time to be more vocal.

This bailout is an UNTESTED economic policy and it's consequences unpredictable.

Is John McCain going to give up his many houses and cars to people who got loans which they could not afford from greedy banks? I doubt it.

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

news bulletin;


THE PROBAMIDENS ARE all SUCH SIMPLISTIC TOOLS

DO YOU NOT REALIZE THAT THIS VOTE WILL PROBABLY BE THE BIGGEST SINGLE VOTE IN THE CAREER OF EITHER SENATOR ?

(answer; no, you do not because you have no sense of historical perspective OR priorities)

HOW COULD YOU NOT TAKE IT MORE SERIOUSLY ?

ANSWER : because you do not really care about your country - you just want your rock star to get elected

obamiden may win but America will pay a serious price for many generations IF he does

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 700 BILLION DOLLARS HERE WHEN WE ARE ALREADY IN DEBT - THIS COULD WELL BE A MAKE/BREAK VOTE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION'S VERY EXISTENCE AND ALL YOU demoCRITES WANT TO DO IS HAVE A DEBATE PARTY SO YOU CAN SMOKE SOME MORE WEED !!!


(p.s. mccain was right when he said that aspects of the economy such as the employment rate are fundamentally strong - he KNEW he be would get criticized for saying it but said it anyway - because a true statesman has to say things like that from time to time to stave off a panic - so he's already played a role in stabilizing the situation or the sell off could have brought everything down last week just like way back when biden thought FDR was president)


MCCAIN / PALIN 2008

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

Senator McCain has made it sufficiently obvious that he doesn't know anything about the economy except that the "fundamentals are sound." What does he think he can do in Washington to solve the crisis? This is nothing more than a lame political ploy. He knows that if the debate turns to the economy he'll get his lunch handed to him by Senator Obama.

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

If McCain goes to the congress, then it is only for the sake of minding his and his wife's business. We have seen he has no any magic bullet solution to the economy. Don't get fooled folks. The economy is already one of the big issues on the debate. Lets listen to his economic remedy, then we the people will follow and that is what ultimately will bring the economy back on track. The congress has no it's own money, and if it does, then that only brings temporary solutions. This is a major recession, which the administration and congress has already failed to detect and do something about it before it was to late. Now only the people have the power to turn things around and if McCain has the solutions, then let him bring it on to the debate where we the people are listening.

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

McCain isn't suspending the negative campaign ads though. Besides, he knows that he is going to be chewed up and spit out by Obama's debate. McCain is an out of touch, bad-tempered, old man who only knows what others tell him. Although he's the perfect candidate for the neocon Republican machine, he's the worst candidate for the future of our democracy.

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

It's a 90 MINUTE debate. So unless the Senate happens to be voting on the bailout package on Friday and McCain and Obama need to be there to vote on it, I see no need to delay. They should change the focus of the debate to the economy instead of Foreign affairs, though this will benefit Obama as it's the republican policies over the last 8 years that got us into this mess.

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

Fridays debate:

Topic changed to :Wall street bailout

Maybe they can actually tell the citizens of this country (THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO PAY THIS BILL) why we need to save these companies.

Isn't this like giving a credit card to a gambling addict? They seem so desperate to get more money and they promise they will do better with it this time.

No thanks....it's time to cut bait. Let the Market do what it is supposed to do...correct itself.

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

Can John McCain look more none Professional then this?

If this man does'nt in up in the hospital before November, he will soon after that!

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

Wake up people! wake up,look at McCain/Palin she has'nt even done a real interview,being shielded by the g.o.p the same people that used to dislike McCain is now doing everything in their power to prop him up and make excuses for the guy, sometimes before he even gives one,republicans want there to be a system where no questions are asked,fiction is truth,knowledge is frowned upon,and evangelicals are closer to almighty god than anyone else on this earth, including jews,look at everything thats been done by republicans,they get one drum beat,pass it around, get everyones fears up, keep beating the drums,until, your an idiot somehow if you dont believe or vote along with them,we have had enough lies people, please.

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

McChiken is scared of the Cock fight.

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

When the Russians attack Alaska, I will ask them to suspend their operations if a pressing economic matter comes up.

I am asking Osama bin Laden to suspend terrorist operations for the weekend, so I can nap.

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

""two hours" for a debate. Apparently you have never prepared for a debate. If you think they just fly in, talk for two hours, and leave, with no other time involved..."

Well, he kind of has been preparing for over a year now...

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

McCain's chances of winning the presidency are eroding, and the public is beginning to recognize that is running mate is an abject incompetent. With this in mind, should anyone be surprise that McCain wants to stop campaigning?

The man who once prided himself on being a straight talker no longer talks to the press at all, deigning largely to lie to them through his mouthpieces.

Posted by: Scott Hendrix, PhD | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

This is a grandstanding move on the part of McCain, and clearly shows he is not putting his campaign aside - this is campaigning for him. What nerve. Considering his poll numbers are lower than ever, a scandal brewing about his campaign manager, Rick Davis, whose firm was receiving $15,000 a month from Fannie Mae, and all the other lies and deceptions, no wonder he is chickening out. What is he going to do in November when the polls show Obama the clear frontrunner - cancel the election?

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

During the biggest financial crises in the past 80 years, Barack Obama is holed up in a hotel room preparing for a debate. He comes out and says if they need me in Washington they can let me know.

Barack Obama
Bad judgment
No experience
Not ready to lead

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

Well it's good to see that in time of Crisis the AMERICAN people still have some humor :) funny.

"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: Mick | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey i am in junior high school and we learned in class to dat that id you type with all caps that means you are shouting.

What is your age, sex and location before respond to you?

And don't ask me if i want to meet you in the park because you have a free bag of candy. I'm stupid but not THAT stupid.

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

Is this merely a 'political hustle' or does SENATURD JOHN'the-old-fool-'McCAIN actually want to do something positive??? Will SENATURD BARRY'incurably-dishonest'OBAMA add to or detract from his habit of being 'all things MARXIST/Socialist to all ‘poor’ peoples'??? IN SHORT WILL EITHER SENATURD ADD SENTIENT IDEAS/THOUGHTS/PROPOSALS TO THIS ECONOMIC MARKET CONUNDRUM OR JUST MORE SCHIESS+SPIN ???

Posted by: Zyskandar A. Jaimot | September 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Just why does John McCain feel he will be given a seat at the table where the economic recovery plan is developed? Is he the head of the Senate Banking Committee? No. Is he the Secretary of the Treasury? No. Is he the President? No. George Bush is still the President, not John McCain, and it is George Bush's job to work with the appropriate Congressional committees to forge an agreement. John McCain should stop interfering with the President and the Congress. Let John McCain join the discussion in his appropriate role - one Senator with one vote.

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

JOHN McCAIN HAS CEASED THIS OPPERTUNITY TO
STEP DOWN FROM THE FACE TO FACE TALK WITH OMABA,BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT HE WILL NOT BE
ABLE TO OUT-TALK HIM. HE IS NOT VERSED IN THE ECONOMY OF THIS COUNTRY, AND ONE COULD SAY THAT THE MESS THAT THE COUNTRY IS NOW IS CAUSED BY THE MISHANDLING BY THE REPUBLICS POOR HANDLEING OF THE SITUATION.
AMERICANS, LISTEN TO ALL THE ARGUMENTS ON CNN2 AND YOU WILL LEARN A LOT OF WHAT IS TAKING PLACE, AND THAT IS WHY THE REPUBLICANS ARE SO EAGER TO GET A BLANK CHECQUE TO BAIL OUT THE BIG BANKS.

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

Governor Palin should look vice-presidential and fill-in at the debate for the preoccupied McCain. The debate should not be cancelled. We need the chance to see how our next leader will behave when challenged.

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

Easy reply for the Obama campaign:

1) Agree that this is a pivotal moment in US financial history and that bipartisanship is called for. The difference here is that the disaster is US-made, and only a US-based solution will do.

2) However, with $700bn taxpayers' money at stake (to be committed in the following days), voters have the right to know both candidates' positions on the matter.

3) Candidates to become US Presidents must be prepared to face several crisis at once and not to crumble under pressure.

4) Thus, propose to change the topic of the debate to "The US Economy" instead of "Foreign Affairs". To accomodate Mr McCain, propose to change the venue of this seminal debate to Washington.

5) If Mr. McCain is unwilling to address the population on this important issue, or unable to debate, the Obama campaign should suggest to switch the same debate to the Vice-Presidential candidates. They should be ready to step into their bosses' shoes at a moment's notice.

Get Palin to debate Biden on the Economy.


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

“First, McCain will destroy Obama in a foreign policy debate. Second, Obama is making a mistake not realizing how stupid it is to have a debate while we are in the midst of a $700 billion financial collapse.”
It's stupid to talk about the issues in the middle of a giant crisis caused? Wouldn't that be the right time to point out what you would do different?
“Good for McCain. About time someone made sense. “

Honey, you don't have the slightest idea what “sense” even is!

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

Bush is speaking tonight to convince everyone that a 700 Billion handout is going to save us, sounds like the same garbage as his argument for the Iraq war! The same war that McCaine voted for. We should all look at this bailout very carefully and not give in to scare tactics.

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

Logically, would you have a demented old man with Alzheimer’s, one foot in the gutter and the other in the grave help broker a deal for you? I think not. What's he going to do? Crap his depends and have a stroke?

I believe he is just trying to get public sympathy behind him, as well as find a way out of getting his ass handed to him in the friday night debates.

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

Mccain is a pussy, Why don't he debate?

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

McCain is running scared. This is his fault and the American people know it.

Posted by: Sara B. | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

AlFajrVet, you're probably older than most people here. All that name calling and anger show that they're just immature little kids playing adult and pretending they know everything better.

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

Bush Is Attempting To Suspend The UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION !! And The Media On CNN The Most Twisted Name In News Hasn't The Guts To Tell You!.....

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

A McCain senior adviser said that Obama called McCain early Wednesday morning to asking a joint statement of "shared principles and conditions" for the bailout proposal.
An Obama campaign source confirmed the call and said that McCain returned his call six hours later, and accepted the concept and suggested the two of them return to Washington to join the negotiations. The source says that Obama told him that he would do that only if negotiators saw it as useful.
According to the Obama source, soon after they ended the call, McCain announced he was suspending his campaign and returning to Washington.

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

"two hours" for a debate. Apparently you have never prepared for a debate. If you think they just fly in, talk for two hours, and leave, with no other time involved...

As for the "obvious" ploy, yeah. People won't believe that Bill Ayers or CEO's of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac or Tony Rezko have anything to do with Obama even though he interacts with them face to face, and yet McCain wanting to fulfill his Senatorial role is an obvious ploy? Great unbiased research there. Talking about Palin's pregnant daughter more in 2 weeks than associations with terrorists, extremist and political activist preachers, and corrupt CEO's in 19 months (or whatever) of Obama's campaigning. Definitely unbiased.

I don't necessarily agree with Washington's plan for this financial problem. But at least McCain has a history and present commitment, apparently, to actually try to do what he thinks is right in the Senate. As opposed to Obama voting for what, 50% of his two years in the Senate, going to Hawaii and saying that "we need to take the right and informed action" [i.e., I have no clue what that is] during the Russia-Georgia conflict, etc.

I disagree A LOT with McCain and wouldn't have voted for him given another real conservative, but Obama vs. McCain is a nobrainer. As someone before mentioned, Obama talked about it, McCain acted; who gets taken shots at by the media? McCain, because he is delaying the all-important presidential debate because he has a JOB that the was VOTED to do. But Obama, who just talks about it, is somehow doing the right thing?

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

I am sure McCain will try and keep the debate on hold until, say, Nov. 5?
Senator Schummer said McCain has done nothing about the economic crisis up to this point except say UNHELPFUL THINGS!
Funny how McCain had to propose the idea of BOTH he and Obama delaying the debate in PUBLIC, to make Obama look bad if he says NO! Well, he said NO, but he looks fine, NOT BAD! What else ya' got ROVE?
McCAIN: "THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING...!" Weapons of MASS DISTRACTION, BUSH,ROVE, McCAIN: BUSINESS AS USUAL!

If McCain is supposed MAVERICK, then he is SHOOTING BLANKS!!

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

Someone posted:

"Yes - lefties, McCain is running.

"He is running TO the sound of gunfire

"Not away - in Obama's direction."


Am I the only one who chuckles, noting that this was posted by "anonymous"?

Posted by: Douglas L. Barber, Crisfield, Maryland | September 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Country First, debates can wait!!

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

McCain is trying to take credit for this joint statement. But it was Obama who called first to suggest they put politics aside. That's sleazy, McCain!

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

Stand up and FIGHT, MCLOSER. Too dumb and old to multitask... He just don't get it.

Posted by: McSame Failin 08 | September 24, 2008 5:14 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 5:13 PM | Report abuse

out of 100 senators who are trying to solve this crisis, now mccain is trying to jump in and give his valuable skill and knowledge in the economy, while running from an important debate that will determine if he is able to lead or not. such a wimp.. it is so abvious he wants more time before the debate because he has no clue. come on 2 days before the debate :S

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

Palin can't speak without severe coaching and babysitting, and McCain runs away from every obstacle. Do I believe he has the country's best interest at heart? No. The country is facing one of the most important presidential elections in its history and the PEOPLE deserve to see our two candidates debating and telling us what they would do for US. Delaying, cancelling, running away, deprives the masses of the information they need to vote intelligently. A stunt, pure and simple. My respect for John McCain is long gone.

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

"What say you Sen. Obama to Sen. McCain's calls for you to join him???"

Actually K, the NYT reported that Obama called McCain at 8:30 this morning -- several hours BEFORE McCain's announcement -- to ask McCain to join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal.

Posted by: Sarah W. | September 24, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Logically, would you have a demented old man with Alzheimer’s, one foot in the gutter and the other in the grave help broker a deal for you? I think not. What's he going to do? Crap his depends and have a stroke?

I believe he is just trying to get public sympathy behind him, as well as find a way out of getting his ass handed to him in the friday night debates.

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

The American financial market is crashing down around us and Obama supporters say this is a ploy by McCain? The Democrats votes will determine the outcome - fail or pass and at this crucial time he won't be present to vote present...
So you're saying it's better for Obama to stay at the resort he's holed up at and practice for the debate re not saying uh, uh, uh, uh, every other word. Most of us have seen enough from both candidates to have made up our minds weeks ago..
Obama bails whenever there's a crisis -
he's not going to put country first and reach across the isle. He has no answers - that's why he voted present 130 times.
Hey folks, Obama and Biden did in fact vote for the Bridge to Nowhere - not once but twice - Anderson Cooper verified that after a team was sent to Washington to look at who voted how..

Posted by: Phantom6 | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is a wimp. Sorry ass fool...

Posted by: MccAin't | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Where was McCain when the GI bill needed his vote? His excuse was that he was campaigning and yet he claims to be concerned about veterans!! Now that bog corporations that have failed american consumers are looking for bailouts from the fed, McCain is at the forefront ready to suspend his campaign for this. What happened to multi-tasking capabilities. If elected president (God forbid) would he be able to multitask and handle crisis effectively? Once again another red flag to voters on the deficiencies of McCain. Panick and fear end up in poor judgment. Obama must not back out from the debate whatever. I didn't see McCain call off his campaigns when the Hurricane Ike hit TX to help the victims.

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

So McCain's running back to the office to "fix" what he's responcible for breaking in the first place by pushing deregulation of the insurance companies and investment and commercial banks w/ his senate buddy Phil Gramm.

Looks more like tactical campaign diversion than a plan. Seeing as how the Commander-in-Chief is the preeminent multitasking job of the entire world, America deserves to see how this guy thinks on his feet when confronted with problems that he himself acknowledges little expertise over.

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

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

Yes! Mom, Chevrolet, and Apple Pie!!!

Let's all stand up and sing "America The Beautiful"

And maybe if we wish real hard with out eyes closed that maybe, just maybe, all our economic woes will just disappear!

God Bless John McCain. God Bless Cindy. God bless her lucrative Budweiser franchise. God Bless the Naval Academy for giving us such a fine politician.

And God Bless Alaska for sharing their wonderfully inexperienced governor so she can be the next president after Sen. McCain blows out a major arterty.

And God Bless Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft (who said Pentecostalist don't make good politicians??) All those wonderful Neo-cons who are still hot on Bin Laden trail as we chase him from Timbucktoo to the caves of Bora Bora.

God Bless All Republican's. And all Christians. And all TV Evangelists. And god Bless all the money they have so lovingly and religiously separated from their mindless flocks.

Yes God, deliver us from the evil Barry Hussein guy, whatever his name is. He is not like us and you have obviously marked him so we will know.

Thank you God. Thank you for NASCAR (and don't forget to bless the engines)and every thing we love and cherish that is American or sold in Wal-Mart.

God Bless Sen. McSurge. Yes he has made millions but he did it serving our country and putting America First!!!!

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

Our country has managed to continue holding campaigns and elections through many wars and economic crisis. This situation should be no different.

Am I paranoid? Remember Bush's Presidential Directive #51, and a slew of Executive Orders granting himself some wide-ranging powers in time of emergency? Powers such as cancelling elections? Yes, maybe I am paranoid. But hearing McCain calling this a time of national emergency is just giving me the willies.

Posted by: Bebe99 | September 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I feel a YOUTUBE MOMENT COMING ON! Funny McGinger 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 McGinger Man :)

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

Televise the debates over this bailout bill in the Senate and Congress. Then we'll know where everyone stands. No closed door meetings - make it a national town meeting. When McCain pulls out of the campaign - grandstanding, pure and simple. I want to hear him speak with someone who doesn't agree with him. I want to hear Obama speak to someone who doesn't agree with him. We all need to see and hear that. The governance of this country is more important than pushing through an ill concieved plan to give our money away to Wall Street so they can stay in business while we lose our jobs. It took years for this mess to cook to a boil, it can take a few weeks to figure out a workable solution.

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

Today's stupid stunt is EXCELLENT NEWS!!! For John McCain!!!

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

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

IF JUST THE PEOPLE CAN NOTE IS THAT THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO TRANSFORM THE GOLD STANDARD VALUE IN A STONE WITH NO VALUE AT ALL IN ALL THE WORLD THEN THE PEOPLE WILL REALIZE THE HUGE PROBLEM ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD IS IN ... AND THIS CAN'T GO LONG FOREVER .. BECAUSE THE ONLY PLAYERS OF THIS MONOPOLY SYSTEM ARE THE RICHES AND ALL THE COMMERCE IS IN VAIN ALL THE PRODUCTS IS IN VAIN AND ALL THE GOODS AND SERVICES ARE IN VAIN FOR ALL OF US BECAUSE WE'RE IN SLAVERY PURE AND SIMPLE . AND WE'RE WORJKING FOR THIS FEW PEOPLE WHO PLAYS IN WALL STREET WITH GREED

Posted by: V_1618 | September 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I intend to offer all my adversaries the same choice. for example, if I ever get the notion to attack Iran, I will first call them in the morning and ask them if they want to participate. I will inform them about the locations of our helos and SEALS and then ask nicely if they will give in.

I learned this approach from rockeefeller - you know they guy who warned Saddam about the invasion and just in time to get the WMds out to syria.

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

the newcomer is not out foxed. Obama wants to debate and multi task, McCain cant multi task, perhaps it is an age factor with MCain.

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

For what it is worth, McCain th son and grand son of admirals with Washington Political/military connections and his preferential treatment all his life is the usual malignant narcissists, chronic scape goater and uncorrectable grab bagger that has sacrificed the COUNTRY and others in particular people losing their homes, job and facing hard times to promote his own and the SOB conservative republicans and their outward/ hypocrite self image of good and perfection.

This 72 year old pitbull with four bouts of cancer and one foot in the grave has lived a lie all his life and for the political end to the means along with Bush megalomania, compulsive-obsessive, sociopath mentality, his divine religious mandate and being the messenger of his god are not with deliberation starting the economic terror propaganda of, more hate, fear and republican patriotic feeding frenzy to control the hearts and minds of the misled and gullible nations.

They are not putting the country first, but using, abusing and exploiting it to keep on employing the same BS that has been the Status quo for the last eight years.

Of course the country is going bust because the SOB Bush and his cohorts since 2000 have added over $4 trillion to the federal deficit, accumulated over $14 trillion national debt to the Chinese, Arabs, Japanese / others, a for the last 7 years involved us in the quagmire of the fraud Iraq war and the equally untenable and BS war on terror in Afghanistan at the monthly cost of over $20 billion. Plus with their fiscal and foreign policy incompetency reduced the value of the USD to its lowest level ever.

All these aspects are no coincidences. McCain knows not anything about economic then his a** to a hole in the ground. His nomination of Madam Governor Palin the pentecostal evangelical religious control freak is an insult to women and the credibility of this country.

the motive of this running mate are clear as per the editorial in the Anchorage Daily News the Alaska TOP News paper www.adn.com/opinion/story/531723.html

There is nothing McCain can do in the Senate other then cast his one vote. The Senate as a Government body is the worst, dysfunctional, inefficient, unrepresentative and wasteful institution pull of old geezers like McCain, Ted Kennedy, Lieberman, Bryd, Warner, Stevens the one who his felony corruption trail in progress. The US Public has 14% confidence in the Congress and less then 20% for the megalomaniac in the White House who wants to bail out the greed creed flawed investment banking system and their SOB CEO's with their self interests and self righteousness while leaving the public in the usual nose around its neck at the taxpayers expense.

The SOB McCain is a hoax, fake war hero with a marred military record that he and his Cohorts at the Pentagon do not to release.

The good people of this country should review the following

www.usvetdsp.com/jan08/mccain-military-record.html

www.military.com/opinion/0,15202, 164859_1,00html

www. vietnamveteransagainstjohnmccain.com/cin_declassified.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7610891/stm

www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/13582.html

The Wife that John McCain Left Behind

www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article_1024927/Thw-wife-John.McCain-callously-left-behind,html.

This man has used, abused and exploited his country for personal gain all his life and now is doing the same. Our best option is to tar feather the crook /hypocrite and run him out of town.

Posted by: winemaster2 | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What a transparent, idiotic stunt.

Posted by: McCain/Panic '08 | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

This is RIDICULOUS on McCain's part. A week ago he didn't appear to think the economy had any problems.

Neither McCain or Obama is on the Senate Finance Committee. Let those who are, do their job and let the candidates do theirs! McCain isn't urgently needed anywhere, nor is Obama. This is all fake posturing.

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

Ryan from MN wrote: "Are you kidding me? First off John Mccain scared to debate obama on nat. security you all can't be serious, he will or would crush Obama in that debate. If Obama did this you will all be like look he is so for all of us, he knows how we all feel!!! Obama IS THE JOKE OF THIS ELECTION!!! He always changes his mind in to what the polls say all the time. John again putting his country first knowing its not time to run ads or debate anything its time to unite and come together not fight on stage."

First, John McCain has been running ads all last week and this week attacking Obama and trying to directly blame Obama for the financial crisis, especially as it involves Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Second, John McCain has been all over the map on where he stands on a resolution of this financial crisis. John McCain can't decide whether the country is economically sound or not, whether he's for or against deregulation, and what we should do about shoring up our financial institutions vs. protecting the taxpayers. McCain's disarming lack of understanding regarding this financial crisis should be more than enough to make anyone vote against McCain! And, yes, John McCain is terribly frightened of this first debate, even though it does deal with the one issue where McCain leads Obama in the polls: national security. Currently, most Americans are more worried about the economy than they are about national security, but even so, the economy is directly tied to national security. After all, how willing are Americans going to be to continue to pay for an outrageously expensive war that is not putting us in better standing in the world? Not very! So John McCain's refusal to support timelines for the withdrawal of troops and his stated intention of keeping us in Iraq for 100 years, if necessary, will not resonate with Americans who understand that something has got to give. We cannot continue to throw good money after bad if we hope to right our failing economy!

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

the newcomer is outfoxed again.

Posted by: kingofzouk | September 24, 2008 3:24 PM
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What if they held a debate--and John McCain didn't come?

This is a purely cynical move by the candidate who's behind in the polls. McCain is losing, so he wants to change the rules.

Not this time, Republicans! You'll play by the rules the rest of us have to follow. Americans can walk and chew gum at the same time. If McCain can't both focus on a crisis and (God forbid) explain his policy positions regarding that crisis, he doesn't deserve to be president.

Next thing you know, Republicans will want to suspend the election. This is a line in the sand. Enough!

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

I've been hearing the details of how McCain's announcement came about and it's not pretty. Obama offered to agree to McCain's terms but they were supposed to make a joint announcement detailing both of their economic plans and McCain went to the press sans Obama and then suggested Obama do the same thing when he already agreed to a joint announcement.

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

Show up to the debate and let America hear where you stand on this crisis and what you propose to do for the future. This applies to both candidates.

As Americans voting in yet another close election, we deserve to hear first-hand debates as well as media interviews with all presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Lets stop playing games. With so much at stake, we deserve straight talk. NO MORE GAMES.

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

Mark my words, before the night is over, some hi-vis talking head is going to say "Ross Perot."

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

I am so sick of the punk -ss way the republicans do stuff.....if McCain agreed to work on a joint statement and approach to the crisis with Obama....he should have done so and not jumped off of the phone and immediately pulled this stunt....and it is nothing more than just that.....a blatant attempt to score political points. Obama suggested they work together and figure out their positions in a private and personal phone call..McCain runs to the press and "Calls for Obama to Join Him"....I smell BS and so does the rest of America.

I believe that the debate should continue but that the topic should be changed to discuss the economy and this situation so that the American people can really see who believes what. This election will be the most important decision we make!

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

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 McGinger Man :)

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

McCain is such a con artist. He knows the debate will make clear that for decades he's been pushing the kind of obsessive deregulation that got us into this mess. Only thing to do now is go hide.

So let me understand: My friends, we now we have no McCain and no Palin, five weeks before a national election. I guess they figure if they avoid accountability for a few more weeks, everyone will just forget and vote for them, and then they'll be in power.

So, when did campaigns start being about NOT showing up?

Posted by: yogi11 | September 24, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes - lefties, McCain is running.

He is running TO the sound of gunfire

Not away - in Obama's direction.

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

Okay, so McCain attempts to push through another curve ball since he has to distract from the main game which is the only way he is going to get into power.

The election is 6 or so weeks away and the American ought to know what the candidates stand for. Lets have the candidates go to DC to lend their support and have Palin debate Biden on Friday.

This is the best of both worlds, the top of the ticket can be witness to the going on in DC and the vice presidents can take over in the a time of crisis ... that is after what we expect of them in times of disaster.

I vote for a Palin vs Biden debate on Friday.

Who is with me? This is dry run for one of the main criteria for a VP right.

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

Suspend his campaign? Sounds like McCain is trying to expand his Palin Handling Policy to his entire campaign. I'd suggest he go even farther and PERMANENTLY suspend his campaign.

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

Vote McCain Palin. It's high time we have a vice president who is edible!

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

I just came across an excellent article in Science Magazine (the most prestigious scientific journal in US).

In short, the more a person is afraid of mice and spiders, the more likely he is to vote for Republicans.

It's not that liberals are afraid; all the cowards will vote for McCain.

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http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/321/5896/1667

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

I wonder if this suspension also includes no press interviews of Palin. McCain is running out excuses for this ban and this is his solution.

Btw: Palin is only good looking by politian standards. It's not like she could be a model. Everyone needs to get a grip...

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

It would seem Obama offered up bipartisan words and McCain responded by offering up bipartisan action. Apparently the concept has Obama quite confused.

McCain will go to Washington and wage war with the ignorant Harry Reid and Obama will do what he always does when he wants to evade doing the right thing...he'll go to the gym and shoot hoops.

Of course later Obama will hold a news conference to bash McCain for postponing the debate...I mean after all putting "Country First" is just a campaign slogan...right?

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

Last time Mc Cain was in the senate was on April.
What a gimmick!

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

Palin just recently had heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and what they actually do. Forget the lack of foreign policy, can anyone imagine Palin taking questions on economy crisis. Now that would indeed be a crisis for Mccain.
Posted by: Anonymous

And in July, on television she told the nation she had no clue what the Vice President's actual job is and has no idea what a VP does all day [...besides shred documents perform acts of treason in outing
Covert Nuclear Proliferation agents in the CIA.]

Today, a group of GOP loud women ranted that McCain's hiding (flat-earth bible thumping s bigot with boobs} running mate from the press . . . "that if Palin is such a delicate little flower who's afraid of the press, how is she supposed to suspend her VP duties and take on the administration's duties in times of peril?"

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

the newcomer is not outfoxed, Obama wants to debate and is able to multi task, apparently McCain can't, perhaps it is an age thing.

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

Country first, Debates can wait!

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

What, McCain doesn't have two hours for a debate? Who in hell does he think he's kidding? Face it, Grandpa McCain is old, tired, and in bad health, so he's skipping out. He is 72 years old, going on 100.

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

This was political desperation.

At 8:30 this morning, Obama campaign called McCain campaign and requested their cooperation in forming a bipartisan statement on the bailout.

6 hours later, McCain drops this nonsense to the media without even talking with Obama.

This was obviously a politically desperate act by McCain to keep from being overshadowed by Obama's sincere attempt at bipartisanship.

Obama should be at the debate. If McCain is too much of a coward to face him, Obama can debate a real conservative like Ron Paul or Bob Barr.

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

His gambit reminded me of the times I coordinated joint press announcements with major companies and one of the companies decided to leak it a few minutes before the agreed upon time so that they could gobble up all the publicity. Hardly bi-partisian behavior, McCain. And Congress, what's wrong behaving for once like the millions of workers who are overworked or juggling several jobs to pay the rent -- they go into their offices / report to their job sites on Saturday and Sunday. So what -- Congress can't work over the weekend?

Posted by: mccain's sleaze factor showing! | September 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

it would be strategically wrong for the debates to be postphoned. most people know that this is about politics not country first. the voters would be served best by the debates going on as planned we have a congress that can negotiate quite well without the two candidates there. if they need there advice there is always the blackberry that mccain invented

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

I wanted to quote one republican response "John McCain is brilliant!!!! Go John Go!!!
Your country needs you again!! You are brilliant! CHECKMATE!! - KT"

We do not need to put presidential politics into this decision. McCain is trying to score political points again!!

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

Why are there so many dick suckers in the Republican Party?
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The entire GOP likes to go down on Dick Cheney.

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

It is a transparent ploy to change the momentum of the campaign. I don't think it will work because I believe the public will expect McCain to come up with something. He is setting himself up for another fall. If he plans to go to Washington to endorse Chris Dodd's plan then I am certain Obama will second the motion and we can be done. Otherwise, I'm not sure what McCain can seriously add.

With regard to the debate, I just don't think the public is going to be buying this "equivalency to 9/11" routine. What? They can't take time to let the public compare their positions on foreign policy? What a joke!

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

Mr. Obama:
Give McCain a chance to consult Mdme Palin what to do with the mess they succeeded to corner the economy in, and let the two of them go to Washington to mop-up what they did so well. You stay where you are and let us get together on Friday. McCain feels that this additional trick of his will help him bridge the gap. Hmmm.

Posted by: rafael1 | September 24, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama would clean McCain's clock on Friday night and McCain knows it. No wonder he's backing out.

If McCain becomes president (God forbid), is he going to be able to tell Putin or some other world leader to put the foreign policy discussion on hold because's got another crisis brewing? NO!!!

The ordinary American has to be able to multitask, so why can't McCain?

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

Bravo McCain for the great move. Say no to Wallstreet wellfare!

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

Am I allowed to say, "McCain is a p*s$y"?

I'm just asking because that's what I want to say.

As if I wouldn't think he were postponing the debate in order to avoid having to suffer the slings and arrows of a 50 year younger, East Coast intellectual African American with his head screwed on correctly and a clue as to what the freak is going on.

McCain is a putz. Someone seriously needs to just conclude this whole mess and yank Gibs McBush out of office before he can f*ck anything ELSE up.

You know what ghetto people do when their administration loses the White House to foreclosure, don't you? They take a sledgehammer to the place.

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

You got it wrong, right now the right represents failure...

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

Congress is the source of these messes. That means Obama, Biden and McCain. McCain is going to act like he is going to do something useful. Obama gives up all pretense that does anything useful.

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

Oh dang, sorry, I spelled BUFFETT wrong.

Anyway, go look up Warren Buffett the Google. This guy is awesome and he doesn't want McCain to be president. I think this cowardly decision by McCain has more to do with Warren Buffett than with anything else.

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

This crisis is what the Democrats have been waiting for. And they're cheering hard that it'll get worse so the electorate, they think, will go in their favor come election time. Well, that's what they've been doing the past two years while they are the majority. Doing nothing so they can blame the Bush and the Republicans for this crisis.

And so they think the American people are dumb and numb? I'm sorry Dems, I am bitter and I cling to guns and religion. Go ahead, insult my American pride and intelligence. See ya on Nov. 4.

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

Karen, McCain doesn't know what hemisphere Spain is in, or whether they're friend or enemy. He will destroy HIMSELF in a foreign policy debate.

Posted by: Where'sYourHeadWhenYouNeedToUseIt? | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain or Obama showing up in Washington would just be a distraction. The fact is, no matter how noble their intentions, there is no escaping the reality that there is a Presidential Campaign going on. Anything McCain (or Obama) does between now and the election will only be seen as posturing by the voters.

It seems arrogant and naive of McCain to think that he can just show up and Save the Day and that all the parties involved will just forget there is a Presidential Election coming up.

The Pres. Candidates should keep away. Let the others keep working without the distractions.

The American People deserve to see the Pres. Debate.

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

I would be a cynic to respond to the following:
"Nancy Pfotenhauer, a senior policy adviser to McCain, echoed that sentiment in an interview moments ago with Fox News Channel. "Senator McCain's entire life is a testimony to putting his country first and that's what he is doing right now," said Pfotenhauer." by saying that if Senator McCain's entire life has been putting country first he would have picked a more qualified person to be first in line to the Presidency if he was else elected.

However, as noted earlier, Senator McCain has missed numerous votes over the past several years of campaigning for the Presidency, and this is an issue that took several years to develp, and can't be resolved overnight; the next administration will be responsible for following through on whatever is decided (be it a bailout or not). It's important to know what the candidates for the Presidency think, believe, and propose. Unless it's important enough an issue to not hold the election until the situation is resolved.

I would rather know about the candidates before the election than vote without as much information about them as possible.

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

Mr. McCain, you have stated that you do not have a lot of experience on economic issues. What kind of expertise do you now think you have that you must rush to Washington to provide? Do you think you are ready to write up a solution but not ready to present it in a debate to the American people? This sounds as if you have a sound bite solution that has been prepared for you but do not wish to have to defend it in a debate.

Posted by: Kristin2 | September 24, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If Obama had announced he was suspending his campaign to return to Washington and DO HIS JOB the Obamaniacs and the media would be praising him - "He really does care! McCain doesn't!" GMAB!
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And you wingnut freaks would be calling Obama a jerk. Oh wait you already do!.

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


Obama knows all about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

He should. They've given him $105K in campaign contributions:

http://pfds.opensecrets.org/092408.html


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

Hey, why not substitute the Obama/Mccain debate with the veeps debate? She is supposed to be ready on day 1 right?Are you ready Sarah?

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

700 BILLION DOLLAR BAIL OUT IS A STRAIGHT RIP OFF RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.

THESE DUDE ARE ROBBING US RIGHT IN FRONT OF US...CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?

ATLEAST NIXON DID IT WITH A LITTLE SLYNESS.

BUT DAMN REPUBLICANS HOW DUMB ARE WE?

IF THIS BILL PASSES AND WE DO NOTHING..THAN WE ARE DUMB HUH?

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

Why are there so many dick suckers in the Republican Party?

How many conservatives are in the democrat party?

Unlike you lefty, socialist pukes - the right represents diversity.

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

My prediction: Palin will also "need to return to Alaska to deal with this crisis." That'll be good for at least two more weeks of not having to answer those pesky little questions from reporters and the public.

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

Why not relocate the debate to a venue close to the Senate?

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

I agree with Obama.
You need to multitask and if you can't your not fit to be the POTUS.
That's it!

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

Run RUN as fast as you can, You can't catch me I'm the McCain Man!

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

THIS GAME CAN'T GO LONG FOREVER. SO . STOP THE GAME , THIS MONOPOLY SH¡T IS A CRAP SYSTEM. WITH THIS SUPPORT WILL MAKE THE THINGS WORSE .. AND THE RICHES WILL WIN AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND THE POVERTY WILL BE MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND THE MARKETS WILL GO DOWN AND DOWN AND DOWN AGAIN AND AGAIN. AND THE JOB WILL BE LESS AND LESS AND LESS IN ALL THE WORLD WORLD WORLD SO. STOP THE GAME OR PLEASE KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME.. AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN

Posted by: V_1618 | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Now you should see some shamefuls who are SO smart, SO intellegent, SO wisdomful.

And you know what? It is those who did not say anything. Do not even bother to say they did anything.

Posted by: jy2008 | September 24, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

No CaliforniaMonkey

That's the problem commentary period

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

Some of you,commenters, have ESP. I'm reposting this comment from someone else in another section yesterday:

vmonroe_valnesio wrote:
An open letter to the Obama Presidential Campaign:

We are very concerned with the response Obama gave to the reporter, who asked him if he will go to D.C. and vote on the bale out bill when and if it comes up for a vote. In effect, he said “no” in that he conditioned his attendance on whether or not his vote might be needed. That’s an answer not worthy of one who would be President. To begin with, on such an important occasion, were it to come about, no Senator should be absent. In Obama’s case, he should forthwith take a leadership position, stake out and state clearly his position on the issue and stick with it and vote on it, win or lose in the Senate. This is not the time to give his detractors ammo adding to their claims that he seeks to avoid tough decision-making and tough votes by voting present. His present plans to, in effect, vote “absent” will send the wrong message and aid McCain. Please, somebody , who is closer to him, please do him a favor and tell him. Out here in the west, we are wondering, where are his advisors? Another case in point, the Palin situation caught the Obama’s campaign asleep. Why? Did they do no “what if scenarios”? With McCain’s (women) background, ties to that female campaign worker, unauthorized use of Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears in an attack ad, where were the thinkers on the Obama staff?

Be careful that McCain suddenly shows up and vote when the time comes leaving Obama, “absent” and sucking wind all over again as he found himself doing on the Palin news. Is anyone on his staff doing any forward thinking, at all? Repeatedly, McCain is, at 72, getting off his shots first, leaving Obama, in all his youth, continuously on the defensive. If this doesn’t change in a hurry, we see Obama joining Gore, Kerry and a host of other woulda, shoulda and couldas."

Today, McCain did just that: it's called "a coup". The popular saying comes to mind, "the devil is wiser because he is old, not because he is the devil."

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

K, you are a sucker and easily fooled.

Posted by: McCain:the UnMaverick | September 24, 2008 5:02 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 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Senatir Obama's campaign contacted John McSame and offered him the opportunity to come together as bipartisans to help deal with this economic crisis at 8:30 am today. It took John McSame's campaign 6 hours to come up with a response to Senator Obama, and this obvious gimmick. Once again, McSame has proven that Country First- is just 2 words hung togehter that sound good, but mean nothing. He'll try to use any situation to his advantage. Where was his "Country First" cry when the Repuublican Convention was going on during the horrible hurricane Gustav?? What a desperate old fart he has become! As a Republican, I am trully ashamed.

Posted by: Ashamed of McSame | September 24, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

All this time McCain wanted town halls and blamed the lack of them for the sleazy ads going back and forth. Now he doesn't want to debate!!!

This is like Bush/Cheney never being seen at the RNC because of Gustav which ended on Monday. Excuses. Excuses.
This reeks!

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

The decision of who is going to be president for the next four years is the most important decision this country will make this year. While the economy has gone down, getting distracted from choosing a president is the worst thing that could happen to this country.

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

So in time of CRISIS I know what McCain is going to do, RUN! What crap! seriously be strong and face Obama. I don't know who is advising this guy.

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

We know we can't trust McCain to run OUR country. He continues to show us! Now he is unable to Multi-task. "Right", and he thinks we are dumb enough to not see what he is doing. RUN! RUN! RUN! That is called defeat!

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

I have read McCains statements regarding his cancellation of his campaign and "returning" to Washington in order to deal with this financial crisis....interesting that over the past severl weeks and even months when this mess was still festering that McCain did not seem interested in even talking about this crisis and now that he is getting repeated questions (without Obama being there to also respond to these questions), his "economic plan that he presented does not seem to be holding water and would likely cause a larger "depression" than simply doing nothing....which by the way is exactly how he has been spending his time over the past eight years.

Mr. Obama in his thoughts and comments did present a more intelligent and academic approach to this problem, which based upon recent actions by the FED may be exactly what this country actually needs in order to get through this crisis period....which may last months and even years. Mr. Obama actually reflected upon the actionof the FEd during the 80's when the S&L Crisis was occurring, and as a former thrift examiner in the State of Texas, his comments and thoughts are actually valid and thoughtful ideas and not idle rhetoric as seemed to have been presented by McCain.

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

Obama should take McCain up on this request and in turn, Obama should request that Biden & Palin should debate in their place so that Obama & Mccain could be in Washington on Friday if Mccain is truly sincere about clntry first.

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

First, McCain will destroy Obama in a foreign policy debate. Second, Obama is making a mistake not realizing how stupid it is to have a debate while we are in the midst of a $700 billion financial collapse.

Good for McCain. About time someone made sense.

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

don't know if this has been mentioned yet...

McCain doesn't want to admit that Obama is friends with Warren Buffet. Warren is only the second-richest guy in America, and he just helped bail out Goldman-Sachs with a FIVE BILLION $ infusion... instead of waiting for the US gov't to do it. This move by Buffet temporarily, if shakily helped shore up Wall Street.

So, Obama is friends with Warren, a GREAT PATRIOT who knows more about financial markets than all of congress combined. Buffett has been predicting this finanical meltdown for a LONG LONG LONG TIME.

And wouldn't you know, but Buffet has endorsed Obama. Buffet is one of Obama's economic advisers. Buffett believes that filthy rich Americans (remember, Buffett IS filthy rich), Buffet believes those rich people SHOULD BE PATRIOTIC and pay more taxes. If you were McCain, you probably wouldn't want to talk to Obama about Warren Buffet on National TV right now either!!

McCain is fried. He's like an abusive husband who beats his wife half to death, and then gets scared and turns himself into the police. He helped abuse Wall Street to the point of near collapse, now he's trying to put a bandaid on it.

McChicken is RIGHT.

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

"Surely McCain realizes this, and the fact that he intends to go ahead with such an ill-considered idea reflects very badly on him."

After the last 2 months of how his campaign has been run, do you honestly believe that he realizes anything?

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

McCain spokesman just admitted McCain and Sarah involved in sexual relationship.

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

McCain hasn't voted on a bill in the Senate since April 8th. He's missed 109 of the last 110 Senate votes.

Why the sudden interest now?

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

This cannot be allowed to happen. The economists don't need McCain's help; as he's said, he's lame on economics anyway. No, what this is -- as someone said on another blog -- is a guy who's losing at chess who accidentally-on-purpose manages to upset the board and knock the pieces on the ground. It cannot be allowed to happen. Debates AS SCHEDULED!!

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

your all idiots:

You obviously didn't read my post. My point was that for those who are NOT in the top tax bracket will get a bigger tax CUT under Obama than McCain. For someone making around $40k per year it is about a $600 difference.

I like the way when you're presented with facts that contradict your position, instead of accepting it, you instead threaten violence against the one who gave you the facts. That is a sad commentary on where we are in this country right now.

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

Congressional leaders are already working for a bipartisan stand on the Wall Street rescue mission. If McCain goes to Washington and starts trying to manage things, the fact that he is a candidate for president will inevitably cause this effort to split up along party lines, thus defeating his announced purpose. Surely McCain realizes this, and the fact that he intends to go ahead with such an ill-considered idea reflects very badly on him.

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

We have a financial meltdown and McCain wants to put off a debate with the empty suit - the very same empty suit who has been dodging McCain for the entire campaign.

But the non-partisan MSM only concentrates on McCain wanting to delay THIS debate.

And why does McCain want to delay the debate?

Because he is a fccking US Senator and his job is in the senate. Something Obama has yet to grasp. For the Chicago race hustler, being a senator meant nothing more than a way to scam federal money to run for president.

His total lack of legislation and scant 143 days in office back that up in spades.

Remember when Obama pledged to serve all 6 years?

You idiots. You fell for his slime then and you are lapping it up now.

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

Why are there so many dick suckers in the Republican Party? Haggard, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, McCain's Chief of Staff.

Are all of you guys secret bone smokers?

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

Obama is AWOL again, while McCain is showing up for duty.

Well McSurge will be MIA come Friday night. After he "leads" the retreat back to Washington.

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

I'm kinda bored with the Senate. I am still trying to find myself. Instead of my usual method of voting PRESENT, I think this time I will give a major speech.

where did I put those Greek columns?

I have perfected the art of talking for hours without saying anything. I must admit I admire Biden for this skill too.

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

LET THE DEBATE GO ON.......The focus of the debate should be solving the country's economic crisis. The moderator should ensure Zero rhetoric and propaganda, thus forcing the candidates to come up with sound solutions that hopefully the voting members of congress could use to help them decide on this $7 billion bailout. That's is leadership. McCain's stunt is pure desperation, it was only last week that he's was calling for a commission to address the nations financial crisis. IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID and McCAIN needs to read economics for dummies. He just doesn't get it! As for Obama, enough of the dumming down of politics. Now is the time to deliver on your message of CHANGE or shut up!

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

This people calling McCain a coward I wonder what they called Obama when he refused to have the town-hall debates? I bet most of them avoid the subject.

Posted by: rbas1 | September 24, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

My 401k is bigger than your 401k

For now

and this financial crisis is worse than any war we have faced it's a wonder people aren't jumping like they did back in the day but hey even they know the books can be cooked a little more.

I'm sure you think your 401k is protected by the government right?

Fool

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

JOHN MCBUSH NEEDS TED NUGENT AND CHUCK NORRIS RIGHT NOW!

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

Wake up America.

This bailout has the makings of undermining whatever is left of American financial/social stability by committing debt we can ill afford to corporate welfare.

McCain throwing his weight behind the need for a "compromise" is much more than a cheap political ploy. It is an attempt to force congress to rubber stamping an unacceptable selling out of resources we desperately need to invest in health-care and domestic programs of social uplift.

My hope is to see more and more people critically question the sweeping proposals that are trying to be rammed through a scared congress and we will fight this power grab. Obama can counter this by leading opposition to this economic bailout for the rich.

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

Hey, maybe McCain is returning to Washington to finally introduce his summer gas tax holiday bill for hard working Americans.

As the Straight Talker said in July, "The fact is we need a gas tax holiday. We need it, we need it, we need it very badly. The Americans that are hurt the most are low income Americans that are driving the oldest automobiles," he said."

Surely the candidate of experience wasn't just blowing smoke on this one, right?

Posted by: bnevison0 | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Some idiot writes: "Why would you vote for a guy whose name rhymes with Osama?"

And there you have it ladies and gentleman. The country is hurtling toward a depression, and this is this person's comment.

Wow.

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

John McCain, ever the patriot, recognizes this and will fufill his duty to his country regardless of the cost to himself.
I guess he just thought of it! Did you read the article? It was Obama's Idea!

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

Should Palin just takeover from Mccain. The way things are spiraling out of control Mccain may just have a health issue at stake.

Palin just recently had heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and what they actually do. Forget the lack of foreign policy, can anyone imagine Palin taking questions on economy crisis. Now that would indeed be a crisis for Mccain.

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


"And, if neither candidate does, what will happen Friday night? A presidential debate with only one presidential candidate?"

Let Obama debate himself. After all, he's used to taking both sides on every issue.


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

Backing down re:the debates is EXCELLENT NEWS!!! For John McCain!!!

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

Man, all this back-and-forth about whose champion-on-the-field is weaker.

Any actual concern remaining about what the Fast Eddies and Slicked-Back Willies are up to? Or is snarking all we care about any more? Write your representatives, read about this bill, maybe worry a little about Section 8 that makes executive action to steal our tax money and spend it free from judicial or administrative review or challenge. And the other pieces of arbitrary Imperial Executive power that the non-governmental Fed and Secretary of the Treasury are reaching for, behind their shouts that the building is on fire.

Quite a display of chutzpah, for the arsonist to demand the absolute power to decide how, or whether, to put out the blaze. Maybe Paulson and Bernacke would deign to walk over and piss on the rest of us, at least.

And has anybody seen much of Dick Cheney in a while, and wouldn't HE like to be Vice-President-For-Life? Look out for a REAL October surprise.

Posted by: jtmcphee0214 | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Bipartisan my butt. This is sticking politics into it front and center and McCain knows it. It's a ploy and it will turn into the McCain/Palin sideshow and that's what the GOP really wants. Shows how much they really care about the problem. It's just another photo-op just like their UN visit.

If I were Obama, this would be my response...

Lets just wait and see if the House can pass a version and if the comittees in the Senate can reach a compromise. If they can, then it is my duty to go to DC and vote on the Senate compromise and eventually the compromise with the House version that will need to be reconciled. Doing anything before that point will only be a distraction and most likely lead to a longer delay.

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

"you're nice enough hillary."
what was that all about?
she gives osama a big compliment
about how talented he is,
and he says'
'your 'nice enough' hillary?

It means he would hit it. Do we have to explain everything to you? How did you find this website anyways?

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

hey john boy seems like everyone can easily see threw this ploy.Next time try "MY DOG ATE MY NOTES".no more lame than suspending your presidental camaign so you can help craft the mother of all bail outs.

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

What a Wimp! Is this leadership? to want to cancel a debate, when the people need and demand answers! Don't runaway McCain! Yikes we need some damn leadership!

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

We know we can't trust McCain to run OUR country. He continues to show us! Now he is unable to Multi-task. "Right", and he thinks we are dumb enough to not see what he is doing. RUN! RUN! RUN! little doggie.

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

MCCAIN NEEDS CHUCK NORRIS AND TED NUGENT ON HIS TEAM!

Posted by: BRUCE LEE AND BAND | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is AWOL again, while McCain is showing up for duty.

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

Mcain's like that sissy kd you were going to fight on friday after school, and then it turns out he does'nt come to school because his Grandmother died. Strange You know-it's the same
one whose death got him out of the pre-calc test 2 weeks before.

That he happening to go to prison turned a wuss ito a hero.
Actually he got a secret message from his fther that if he wussed out he would be disinherited.
The one thing McCain values more than his lifei, is the 'good" life- thats why he dumped his loyal wife for Beeris McMoneybags.

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

FYI, yesterday in India one of the many "outsourced" companies CEO's was thronged, thrashed and killed by the people he just laid off while he got his big bloated tax free cash bonus at their expense.

Alas, Karma isn't a mother who bakes cookies , doncha' know? So, so many base voters have helium in their heels when flat-backing GOP and FOX talking points and the bigots are out en mass ignoring the root of this choreographed debacle....the 60 percent of America's homeowners who refinanced while blaming new home owners for being talked into "ownership society" Presidential campaign rhetoric.

It seems rather odd that no one is noticing the fact that it was Wall Street who was pushing for Privatizing Social Security due to the billions that would have been heading their way . . . they new back then they need a cash influx . . .and this administration "hid behind" great economy propaganda while giving cronies tax breaks and subsidies in the wingnut welfare programs.

They seem to forget it was GW himself who vetoed State Rights to police predatory lenders in 2003 and even made a personal appearance replete with empty platitudes to defeat regulatory policies . . . and HE did nothing to regulate predatory lending .... it would have defeated another of this talking points: "ownership society" promises to the rubes.

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

I've read 70% of these comments and laughed at the people that are falling for McCain's Cheap deception.....We must come to Realize people that McCain is loosing to Obama in four polls...He's acting like a football team in the last 10 seconds of the fourth Quater..he is trying to make a Politcal touchdown....And for those people that Have know clue why they want McCain and Just Hate Obama cause he is black.....All I have to say is SIT DOWN AN SHUT UP.....

OBAMA 2008

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

what a coward.. mcaint hiding behind congress a place youve never done any good, and on a topic you have no clue on... economics, please dont suspend your campaigne ,save yourself the humiliation and forfiet your campaigne america clearly sees through you, and wants nothing too do with you, and your little dumb barbie doll
R.I.P. mcain

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

McCain likes surprises, he surprised us with Palin. She is unfit to command. No clue about the current crisis. She is a hookey mom! She is busy nursing her baby! Does she care about the country's future?

McCain like abraka-dabra campaign, he is a gutter politician. Resembles more like Bush. He own 9 houses & 13 cars. Does he really care about this country? Except he wants to fulfill his dream with Cindy to sell bear at White house?

Lets have a debate, we need to hear what McCain has to say about economy, what his plan. American people want to hear McCain's proposal.

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

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/mccain-not-comm.html

Looks like Obama plans to go through with the debate.

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

McCain is just running scared because he is behind in the polls. Obama contacted McCain first about 8:30 a.m. but McCain was smart and made an announcement before Obama can.
Smart move on McCain's part.
Just shows he will do anything to get elected.

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

Why didn't McCain suggest this last week? Why now?To me it is a Karl Rove way of running the clock down.
We don't really know the true Sarah Palin because she doesn't interview- the press isn't allowed near her, except a negotiated and homogenized 3 parter with Charlie Gibson. And now McCain is using "his country first" approach to suspending the debates. Are we supposed to determine who we will elect as our next president based on their press releases and ad campaigns.
McCain likens this to another 9/11. This economic crisis has nothing to do with 9/11. (BTW- both times this administration had prior knowledge and did NOTHING). Did McCain stop what he was doing to fly to DC and huddle about how to help the Katrina Victims? McCain was an identified participant in the Charles Keating/Lincoln Savings and Loan downfall- where was his concern for his "country" then?
Okay - let's move the debates to Washington. McCain can multi-task from there, like he would have to if he is president. I'm certain, no one in the Senate will begrudge these two candidates 90 minutes off to debate.

Posted by: No More Pollyanna | September 24, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

My 401k is bigger than your 401k

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

This is the difference between a REAL leader-McCain and the narcissistic fluff of Obama.

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

OBAMA IS ONE COOL ASS DUDE. STICK AND JAB, STICK AND JAB...MCCAIN STAFF BUNCH OF FOOLS..

OBAMA IS A VERY SMART DUDE!

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

"you're nice enough hillary."
what was that all about?
she gives osama a big compliment
about how talented he is,
and he says'
'your 'nice enough' hillary?

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

At least McCain is willing to go back to Washington and vote on the issue. I just listened to Obama's answer a question as to when the vote is taken, will he and McCain go back to vote. His answer, "Because of the delicate nature of negotiations that it may be necessary for both of us to be present to send a strong message that we need to get something done." He did not say that he plans to cast a vote. I think he will not be there for the vote unless he is pressured into it.

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

You americans should realize that in this very moment the whole planet Earth is laughing at McCain's stupid move.

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


Obama's public response: "It's a gimmick!"

Obama's private response: "Why didn't we think of this first?"

Posted by: WylieD | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Senator McCain. We know the dog ate your homework. Let the debates continue. We need to see how candidates respond in a crisis. The sky won't fall. Cancelling the debate is only the latest excuse for rushing initiatives through the legislative process. --The last great giveaway for GOP friends, lobbyists, etc. Now is the time for thoughtful Obama-style consultation and deliberation. What's next on the McCain menu?---postponing the election...?(shiver).

Posted by: Sherrill | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama is sounding like the President that can multitask during an interview going on right now. McCain was acting like a deer caught in the headlights of truth.

Posted by: Terry | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama should tell McCain the debate should be about the bailout.
Let's see how they answer the questions about the economic wisdom and unintended results of the $700 billion being offered without preconditions to Wall Street.

Posted by: twilightblue | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If this move doesn't prove that John McBush is a selfish, desperate, old geezer who will do anything to get elected, I don't know what else will. Country first, is a damn joke! He became a maverick to poke his wrinkled finger in GW Bush's eye for defeating him in 2000 with the nasty politics he has embraced. (Bush said he was unstable mentally and this is very true). What gave him his "maverick" title was his bitter attitude toward the Republican Party and its rejection of him. After he won the primaries, he flipped again, from maverick to ass-kisser of the RNC and now he looks and acts just like Bush. There is absolutely no difference in his policies and Bush's. He flipped on running a respectful campaign when it suited him because he will do anything to get elected. No honorable man does the things that John McBush does. He's in it for himself---country be damned!! And if you don't realize that, you're a damned fool.

Posted by: tiredofstupidasspeople! | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Rash, reckless, half-cocked. Are these the qualities we want in our president?

Posted by: incredulous | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Tiff--I read the article.

Who controlled Congress in 2003? Which party had clear majorities in both houses? The REPUBLICANS! The REPUBLICAN Congress killed the bill.

And who did the NYT single out as lobbying against it? The National Association of Home Builders, a major REPUBLICAN contributor.

There you have it. PROOF that the REPUBLICANS killed the bill.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Did FDR not campaign during WWII?
What about Lincoln during the Civil War?
Oh, that's right, McCain has special knowledge of failing savings and loan institutions that he needs to share.

Posted by: History | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree with most of you; I think McCain is trying to take credit for another idea that is not his and trying to get out of what will be a complete whipeout during a debate. I heard him answering; trying to answer a reporter on the economy question this morning and he sounded just this side of dementia. He said "we need to use the economy to grow the economy; I mean use the economy to grow the government; no I mean use the government to make the economy..." It was so out there that I may be off a few words because it made no sense that I cannot even remember it correctly. Lord help us if this man and Shotgun Sally get elected. Makes me ashamed to be Scottish American with the bad press and his McSameness.

Posted by: totersmom | September 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Today's polls are EXCELLENT NEWS!!! For John McCain!!!

Posted by: Congratulations to President-Elect McCain!!! | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely knew that anyone who is an OBAMA follower would spin this as McCain being "afraid" to debate Obama. If anyone has actually heard Obama free from a teleprompter, you would know how funny that is. The fact is their JOB they have already been elected to do is first and foremost be voting members of the Senate. They have critical decisions to make and what job is waiting in the wings should be irrelevant. They should NOT be campaigning. Our country is in crisis and debates will only allow us to hear what we should already know about the candidates stance on issues. There are many people who are great debaters, that by itself DOES NOT make them good leaders. I applaud Senator McCain for making the decision to do his job. Senator Obama should follow his lead!

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

McCain got up earlier than Obama, that's all. Had Obama been the first to suspend the campaign, the praises to him would have instantly crown him THE MESSIAH, with mandorla and all.

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

Hey, with this "unexpected" financial crisis, McCain is simply adjusting his agenda to keep his priorities straight: 1. Eat Sarah's p-u-s-s-y. 2. Debate Obama, oops, no. 1. Eat Sarah's p-u-s-s-y. 2. Go to DC and put on a "country first" facade.

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

McCain is doing the exact same thing as he did after 9-11, he's lining up behind Bush to push through an ill-advised course of action where the American people don't have the facts or any credible information as to who will benefit from this.

The best thing for Obama to do right now is point out that fact...

Posted by: russ99 | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I pull the strings and McCain dances a jig.

We are now fitting our Palinbot with hooks and strings(first female AI robot running mate with suky suky power for casting Senate tiebreaking votes and firing pigs she does not dig). Sarah Suckbot will blow
any undecided voters. That's how she became mayor of Wasilla, Nowhere...


I, nelly boy Rove, will be the happiest queen at the McCain Inagural Ball (centerpieces by Haliburton). Orgy to follow with cocaine and high price male hookers on loan from Tom Cruise. World War III to follow as McCain "Nukes the Gooks"...BEDEEE BEDEEE....That's All Folks!

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

when I said I would debate you anytime and anywhere, I meant only this one time in this one place. I need time for MSDNC to edit my responses to look intelligent.

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

McCain simply is just playing for time to heal the self-inflicted political injuries of