McCain Suspends Campaign

From CNN:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign to return to Washington and focus on the “historic” crisis facing the U.S. economy.

McCain said it was time for both parties to come together to solve economic crisis.

The Arizona senator called on his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, to do the same. He also urged organizers of Friday’s presidential debate at the University of Mississippi to postpone the event.

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

Yep.  I knew that was the problem … McCain not being back at work – if he hadn’t been campaigning, I bet we wouldn’t be in this economic pickle.

What an ass.


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  1. … till Magnifico at 4:00 (Yay!)

    But a half hour is all that rat bastard is worth, imo.

    • robodd on September 24, 2008 at 21:55

    about economics and who hasn’t participated in senate activities in more than a year.

    This is his way of hiding from the issue.

  2. kos:

    Here’s a better idea, use the time to discuss this crisis. Let’s have a debate on the economy.


    It’s not a bad political stunt. He gets to play at being “bipartisan”, at a time his campaign is getting pummeled. And he has yet another excuse to keep Palin hidden away in Cheney’s undisclosed location.

    • Edger on September 24, 2008 at 21:58

    What point is there in having an election, anyway……………………….

  3. … via diarist KingOneEye:

    Rahm Emanuel appeared on MSNBC to say that the candidates ought to be able to multitask. That is my view as well. Paulson and Bernanke have testified before the relevant committees and many experts and staff specialists are working non-stop on alternative legislation. The presence of the candidates can be useful to focus attention, but they are not critical to the sausage-making process. They should lead by articulation direction and vision. What better place than a nationally televised debate to do that?

    What a circus.

  4. Mayor Richard Daley takes issue with brother’s mention in Sen. John McCain ad

    Mayor Richard Daley teed off Tuesday on Republican presidential candidate John McCain for including Daley’s brother in a negative ad about Barack Obama’s Chicago political roots.

    The TV ad claims that Democratic presidential candidate Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, was “born of the corrupt Chicago political machine.” The commercial seeks to link Obama to four power-brokers: the mayor’s brother Bill, convicted former fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, Obama mentor and Illinois Senate President Emil Jones and embattled Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    “People get desperate in their political life,” the mayor said when asked about the ad. “My theory about politics and government: You build yourself up. You don’t have to tear people down.”

    Daley also warned that McCain has his own vulnerabilities, noting the Arizona senator’s involvement in the “Keating Five” influence-peddling scandal that involved his ties to banker Charles Keating Jr., a poster boy for the savings-and-loan meltdown. . . . . (emphasis mine)

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!!!!!

    • robodd on September 24, 2008 at 22:15

    the debate is on.

    If I were O, I’d say: “It’s the public’s money we’re talking about.  Debating about it puts them in on the conversation.”

  5. I have no idea what the stock market is doing at the moment, but if the Dow goes down, the headline should be:

    “McCain back to work in Senate, Stocks Plummet”

    … and if the Dow goes down …

    “McCain suspends campaign, Stocks Rally”

  6. Roosevelt campaigned during elections held in the midst of the Great Depression and WWII. Obama’s decision to go forward with the debate puts him in the position for making a favorable comparison to FDR.

  7. bipartisan bailout package + bush signing statement = original monstrosity of a proposal enacted

    whether mccain and obama participate or even vote on said package is irrelevant…imo….

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