McCain wants to "suspend" his campaign to deal with the economic crisis. You know, the one the Republicans said didn't exist, the one that couldn't POSSIBLY happen because the "fundamentals of our economy are strong." He wanted to actually delay the debate scheduled for September 26!
Obviously, this is just a stalling tactic. McCain KNOWS he can't POSSIBLY win a debate against Obama, ESPECIALLY one about the economy. So, dressing up his delay tactics in "concern" for the US and the economy (do you HONESTLY think HE'S feeling the pinch?), McCain asked to postpone.
Obama's response? Right on the, excuse the pun, money:
"It's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess," Obama said at a news conference in Clearwater, Fla. "It's going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once."Well, we'll see how this plays out...
Even as McCain said he was putting the good of the country ahead of politics, his surprise announcement was clearly political. It was an attempt to try to outmaneuver Obama on an issue in which he's trailing, the economy, as the Democrat gains in polls. He quickly went before TV cameras minutes after speaking with Obama and before the two campaigns had hammered out a joint statement expressing that Congress should act urgently on the bailout.
And while McCain's campaign said he would "suspend" his campaign, it simply will move to Washington knowing the spotlight will remain on him no matter where he is.