With the White House and Congress struggling to reach agreement on a bailout deal, the Arizona senator announced he was putting his election campaign on hold.Let's call a spade a spade. DaddyMac is getting his a$$ handed to him (down 9 points and growing in the latest poll) and needs to find some way to stop the bleeding. So, he is going to try and pull an ole' okey doke Jedi Mind Trick on Barry and the American public. By suspending the campaign, and more or less threatening Obama to do the same, he can say he's "working on the economy". If Obama fails to comply (he says the debate's still on and I hope he doesn't give in), then MCain can (and will) say he doesn't care enough about the American people and is putting his personal ambition (getting elected) before the good of average, working Americans (yet again).
The Republican candidate said he had directed his staff to work with Mr Obama's campaign and the debate commission, and said he would stop campaigning after addressing former President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative session.
In an attempt to seize the initiative on the economy, which has weakened Mr McCain's standing in the polls, he also said he wanted President George W. Bush to convene a leadership meeting in Washington, which would be attended by both candidates.
The Obama campaign was expected to respond to the proposal later in the day. The debate due to be held at the University of Mississippi has been one of the most keenly awaited for years.
"Tomorrow morning I'll suspend my campaign and return to Washington," the Senator announced. "It's time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."
Mr McCain, who has slipped back in the opinion polls since the collapse of Lehman Brothers investment bank, said he had discussed his decision with Mr Obama.
The senator said he would ask his campaign team to work alongside that of his rival and the debate commission to reschedule Friday's session.
McCain knows that nobody gives a crap about national security right about now, and he's trying his best to shore up his lukewarm support on economic issues. He calls this "leadership", I call it cowardice. If McCain is saying he's cut out to be President, shouldn't he know multitasking is part of the gig? The debate ain't till 9PM EST Friday night and it's a short flight from DC to Oxford, MS. McCain could surely put in a full day's work and hop his old a$$ on CindyMac's private plan to make it there in time. Heck, even Bush managed to carve time out of his busy schedule for debates in 04' and he actually had a real Day Job.
Get outta here with that bull****!
If I sound upset, it's cause I am. We have a Debate Party planned for Friday night at the crib. AverageSis is making Obama-tinis and McCain Crabcakes. The whole fam is coming over. So in addition to postponing a badly needed dialogue with the American people, this a$$hat is costing me grocery money. Do this bama know how much crabmeat costs and how quickly it goes to waste?
And I'm sposed to believe he cares about "pocketbook issues"? Riiight.
Question: Is McCain a total and complete coward for backing out of the debate, or is this a legit reason? Should Obama follow suit or stand his ground? Should I go head and cancel the Debate Party?
John McCain puts presidential campaign on hold ahead of debate with Barack Obama [UK Telegraph]