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McCain Suspends Campaign, Debate Likely Postponed

New York Times:

Senator John McCain said Wednesday that he would temporarily suspend his presidential campaign on Thursday to return to Washington to deal with the financial crisis and the $700 billion bailout package now before Congress.

Mr. McCain said he told Senator Barack Obama that he was asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to postpone the debate scheduled for Friday night.

“I am calling on the president to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself,” he said. “It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.”

‘McCain Suspends Campaign’ is a headline you don’t expect to see every day.  Looks like Obama has to tread lightly here; he can’t let his opponent gain the upper hand on statesmanship.  On the up side, the foreign policy debate is one that Obama can afford to hold off on for the time being.


  1. at first glance it makes absolutely no sense. Why would McCain skip the one debate that favors him? On top of that, this crisis makes the coming election even more important. Why do they think the American people will be in favor of not contesting the election to its fullest? Desperation move? Crazy whim? What the heck is going on here?

  2. rfahey22

    I would hope that the public is wise to these “I must fly to Washington, IMMEDIATELY” stunts by now.  I saw a clip where Jack Cafferty noted that McCain hasn’t voted on a single thing since April, but now he has to rush in as some sort of economic savior.

    Their internals must be really, really bad right now.

  3. Kysen

    “Perhaps, if he’s really interested in this financial stuff, McCain should propose that he and Obama change the topic from foreign policy to economics this Friday night — they could even stage the debate in Washington, so they wouldn’t have to stray far from the bailout negotiations. I’m sure their fellow members of the Senate won’t mind if McCain and Obama spend a few hours enlightening the public on this crucial subject.”


  4. The McCain camp now wants to reschedule the debate to be held in place of the VP debate between Biden and Palin. The VP debate would then be resceduled for a ‘yet to be determined date’. Of course, somehow that date would never be finalized.

  5. GrassrootsOrganizer

    Seeing as McCain will be all tied up Friday being presidential, I can’t see why Palin can’t step in for him and deate Obama on foreign affairs!  

    nd if that seems lopsided — why can’t Palin and Biden debate tomorrow…….

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