McCain wants to ditch the debate, economy too important even though it was fine according to him last week!

This is amazing considering a week ago he couldn’t even admit there was a crisis, but John McCain is “suspending his campaign” and asking that Barack Obama do the same and them both skip the debate in Mississippi on Friday — which was supposed to focus on foreign policy

From Jonathan Martin’s blog on Politico:

John McCain is calling for the first presidential debate, scheduled for Friday in Mississippi, to be delayed and urging Barack Obama to join him in Washington for a high-level meeting of congressional leaders to address the financial crisis.

McCain said in New York today that he is suspending his campaign tomorrow and will return on Washington.

It’s an extraordinary move, plainly aimed at appearing presidential and above the partisan fray at a time of great challenge. It comes a week after McCain struggled to find his footing on the crisis and as national and state polls show him slipping in large part because of voter concerns over the economy.

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

McCain said his goal was to have a bailout package in place by the start of next week.

Martin also wrote that McCain compared the economic crisis to 9/11.

First of all, what can McCain do that President Bush won’t inarticulately butcher in his special address tonight? I watched The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night and former President Bill Clinton broke down the economic mess without even resorting to “house of cards” metaphors.

My God. It’s been so long with W. in charge that I forgot presidents could be smart and actually explain their views without massacring the English language.

Considering that going to Mississippi to bark at each other for 90 minutes really wouldn’t stop either candidate from engaging in the economic crisis, I’m more baffled that someone didn’t just request that the debate topic be switched to the economy so people can compare and contrast McCain and Obama’s dueling plans. (Or McCain’s lack of plan since the economy was fundamentally sound a few days ago.)

This is pure theater. I wish Obama had thought to first ask that the debate topic be changed because of the crisis. That way this stunt would have a lesser chance of working, but now that McCain’s pulled it there aren’t a lot of options here. And McCain (obviously) needed to do something that says “I get it” when it comes to the economy because in some polls Obama is opening up a 6-to-9 point lead.

Sigh. I call shenanigans.

10 thoughts on “McCain wants to ditch the debate, economy too important even though it was fine according to him last week!

  1. I am fairly certain that the group organizing the debates will shift the focus to the economy. Otherwise, it will be the big pink elephant in the room. This (in my mind) inevitable shift to the economic crisis is precisely why McCain wants to postpone the debate. He wants to wait until a solution is in place instead of talking about a problem he helped cause.

  2. Not only helped cause but seemed to be in denial about. But because his pockets aren’t hurting any he didn’t notice.A shift is in order as you have said. Why cancel it? Why not hear what both men have to say so we know if something like this happens within the next four years we have a sound mind in office who has a clear plan to tackle it.

  3. I tired as well of these asinine games McCain is playing. Now Obama is left looking like a Doofus because McCain called for the campaign suspension first. So now we’ll get another insipid TV ad with the full-throated announcer saying, “McCain is the real leader. He put his country first and asked Barak Hussein Obama to put off his partisan attacks for the sake of fixing our crumbling economy. McCain. War hero. Maverick. A leader. Obama–me first, country second.” I hate it. Why, oh, why must we hear this nonsense over and over again?

  4. i know that this was some okey-doke move by McSame, but I’m sure that the right will play it as a “leadership move,” and unfortunately, my man is once again in the defense position.I wish Obama had thought of it first.

  5. Obama’s response was exactly what was called for. McCain trying this douchey move proves to me that his campaign is all about strategy. If Americans can’t see through the smoke, then maybe they deserve whatever comes.ejw

  6. Obama’s response was exactly what was called for. McCain trying this douchey move proves to me that his campaign is all about strategy. If Americans can’t see through the smoke, then maybe they deserve whatever comes.

  7. the call to suspend the campaign wouldn’t have happened if congress would just pass this bailout…but, it’s so unpopular to pass this bs bailout folks are scrambling…i think mcbush is using this to dodge obama too…he said the economy was fundamentally sound last week…what has changed other than this bailout nobody but the repubs and wallstreet wants..

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