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McCain Suspends Campaign, to Delay Debate Over Crisis

John McCain suspended his campaign today, asking his staff to work with Barack Obama to help solve the economic crisis. He also asked the debate commission to postpone Friday's first presidential debate.

A stop at Bill Clinton's Global Initiative on Thursday will be McCain's only campaign event. McCain is also asking President Bush to hold a leadership meeting, which would be attended by McCain and Obama.

Are you happy to see McCain suspend campaigning and debating while the financial crisis is sorted out, or do campaign stops help Americans understand how the candidates want to address the problems now and in the future?


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amybdk amybdk 8 years
This entire thing has given me a head spin.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Also, I have to point out that his "suspension" is complete BS. First of all, while boasting that he suspended his campaign...he made a total campaign speech today at the Clinton event! Second, he can try to pull his commercials off the air, but it is technically impossible to do that at short notice. Saying one thing, doing another.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
He is saying he doesn't want to make this a political issue, but by issuing an ultimatum, that is EXACTLY what he is doing. Congress HAS been working in a bi-partisan fashion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner released a statement that says as much: "Working in a bipartisan manner, we have made progress. We agree that key changes should be made to the Administration’s initial proposal. It must include basic good-government principles, including rigorous and independent oversight, strong executive compensation standards, and protection for taxpayers. I think for once that Dems and Republicans see this in a very similar way. We all know economics isn't McCain's strong suit, I think we would all be better off if the campaign circus didn't complicate things.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
one of the dinosaurs from jurassic park
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
How about Verne Troyer?
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Well, knowing Hollywood's slant, they could get Jack Nicholson to reinvent his role from The Shining. "Here's Johnny!" I can picture it now. It would be terrifying.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't know that there is anyone alive who is old nough to play McCain... ;)
LiberalOnMyMind LiberalOnMyMind 8 years
I swear this presidential election is playing out like a movie. It keeps getting crazier and crazier! Hmm, this has me thinking. Obama has said he would want Will Smith to play him in a movie. Who would play John McCain?
em1282 em1282 8 years
OK, seriously, it's not like McCain friggin' challenged Obama to a duel and threw down the gauntlet. Obama didn't want to do town halls. Big deal. How is that the same as wanting to postpone BOTH debates? News flash--just like you can't put lipstick on a pig, you can't cram for a final exam in two days. Well, not *this* kind of final exam, at least. ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"Reading comments on citizen while drunk is fun!" I was thinking the same thing! :drinks:
geebers geebers 8 years
Who is Liberal Gold? Reading comments on citizen while drunk is fun!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Yay old school YY avi. I missed that lady.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
bush has now asked obama & mccain (and other senate leaders) to drop by the white house for a meeting to discuss the financial crisis. how convenient for mccain! a reason to go to DC. i KNEW the bush admin would do something to get in the way of this campaign and election... and here it is.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
There's already polling being done on this. Looks like most belive the debate should not be postponed.
LiberalOnMyMind LiberalOnMyMind 8 years
Touche Dream
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
They don't need to silence her -- she's willingly going along with it.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Step - :rotfl: Or at least have the press cover it. Obama should push for that -- you know transparency.
LiberalOnMyMind LiberalOnMyMind 8 years
This is UNBELIEVABLE to me. NOW they want next week's VP debate to be an Obama/McCain debate and to POSTPONE the VP debate?!?! Maybe I'm thinking the worst but it seems like they will stop at no lengths to silence Palin.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? ;)
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
[That looks presidential] FINALLY -- Bush is looking presidential -- it only took him 8 years.
stephley stephley 8 years
I wish Obama would say no to going to the White House - you know Bush is going to hold a flashlight under his chin and tell him in secret that the economy is seconds away from total collapse. The same guys who told him Iraq had wmds told him, so it must be so. Or else they'll kidnap Obama and pretend no one ever saw him go in.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Finally Bush does something right. He has just officially invited Obama, McCain and others to discuss the bail out with him at the white house. According to CNN right now. That looks presidential but it also kind of steals Mac's thunder. :ponder:
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
This is annoying -- I just don't get the move. I was looking forward to that debate.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
WHAT THE HELL? Why are they delaying the VP debate? Why not move it up to Friday? What is going on? He has stopped talking to the press on his plane and on the Straight Talk Express and he has barred them from talking to Sarah saying wait for the debates.. now he wants to cancel or push back the debates?!!! He may have vetted her but the public hasn't. When he says he can't wait to introduce Sarah to Washington does he mean they.. along with the American public won't meet her until after they are elected? This is the most ridiculous cowardly back handed bullshit way to run a presidential campaign IMO! Is he gonna go and keep Bush company under the desk in the oval office or what.. :RANT:
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
yeah with mccain/palin we get a president who can't do two things at once, and a vice president who doesn't KNOW how to do anything at all. sign me up!
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