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McCain Suspends Campaigning

McCain is apparently taking time off the campaign trail to focus on the financial crisis:

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

It’s actually a pretty bold manuver.  If Obama stays in the field, he looks like someone who is unserious and more concerned about winning his election than he is about doing his job as a Senator in a major economic crisis.  If he goes back to Washington with McCain, he has to take time off fundraising.  McCain’s campaign is on welfare for politicians public financing right now, so he’s not able to legally raise funds currently.  If Obama comes in from the field it hurts his campaign financially.  Either way, Obama comes out the loser on this.

9 Responses to “McCain Suspends Campaigning”

  1. OPEN REAL DEBATES says:

    Will you accept the scripted Presidential ‘debate’ again?
    Brought to you by your ‘good friends’ at Wall Street.

    No Paul or Nader Main Street USA,
    nor Cynthia McKinney.

  2. LLR says:

    I live in Oxford, MS (where the debate is supposed to take place) and I can tell you that the people here won’t be too happy about this. I know a guy whose wife has been working on this thing forever and I just talked to him not too long ago. She is pissed and so are the others that have been tirelessly working on the debate. I think the university has spent like $6 million.

  3. Mike Gallo says:

    Sounds like the old man is staying inside Obama’s OODA loop, huh?

  4. Kathy says:

    am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

    I wonder if the crisis will have passed in time for a debate to be held before election day. I’m sort of confused why both can’t happen simultaneously. I think I like Presidents that are able to multi-task.

  5. Sebastian says:

    I’m going to guess that McCain has some assurances this can be wrapped up quickly.

  6. gene says:

    Because of all his friends at the big investment banks, etc?

  7. Sebastian says:

    Umm… because he’s a senator and can talk to other senators to get an idea of what kind of timeframe we’re talking about for coming to an agreement?

  8. anonymous says:

    I guess this is the kind of crisis leadership you can expect from Obama… “Call me if you need me”.

    McCain shows real leadership by confronting serious issues head-on & placing the interests of We The People before the campaign.

  9. John Hardin says:

    I don’t know about that. Obama’s “multitasking” comment about this was pretty good. Assuming, of course, that he actually puts any time into his senatorial responsibilities related to the situation at hand…

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