Wednesday, September 24, 2008

FLASH: McCain Suspends Campaign, Delays Debate

Come on, it's campaign season; campaigns never end.

Still, this was a good move by McCain: a savvy political move that still puts the country first. Well done.


Story at the WSJ: McCain to 'Suspend' Campaign Amid Crisis, Return to D.C.

Quotes:
"It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the administration's proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time," the Arizona senator said in statement issued by the campaign. "Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington."


He also called on the Commission on Presidential Debates to delay Friday's debate, the first of three scheduled, and he asked President Bush to convene a meeting with congressional leadership, including both himself and Sen. Obama.


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2 comments:

OPEN REAL DEBATES said...

Will you accept the scripted Presidential 'debate' again?
Brought to you by your 'good friends' at Wall Street.

No Paul or Nader Main Street USA,
nor Cynthia McKinney.

Rob Baker said...

I totally agree - let the discussions begin! And I as well hate those debate formats that are so sound-bite oriented.

But the free market, both of ideas and economy, is at work here. There is no law prohibiting anyone from hosting a debate with all parties invited. But common sense would seem to say that there is absolutely no advantage for either Obama or McCain to attend such a debate - they'd only be advancing the publicity of the lesser-known candidates. Why would they accede to that? I think this principle is much more at work than any kind of conspiracy.

I do hate the celebrity adoring nature of our elections, but that seems to be how most people relate to a candidate - how much have they seen them on TV, in newspapers, etc.