And returning to Washington. Obama's response to come. <br><br>Update: According to Major Garrett, travelling with the Obama campaign, Obama called McCain this morning...McCain called back and a joint statement is to come. <br><br>
Statement from Obama campaign earlier today:<br><br>At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal. At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama’s call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details.<br><br><br><br>McCain response: cancel the debate.<br><br>Obama's response to that seems to be : Game on! We can work with the Senate Banking Committee and debate Friday night.<br><br>The Huffington Post response:<br><br><br><br><br>
Pfffft. They're both damned if they do and damned if they don't.<br><br>It's a political push.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:white]xx</font color=white>[color:blue]I always deserve it. Really.</font color=blue><br><br>
_________________________ I always deserve it. Really.
I don't think it's a push at all. I think the McCain campaign is feeling like the economy is running away from them. Look at how they spent the better part of the last day fighting with the New York Times for reporting on their Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae connection in the campaign. Then they started releasing statements against recent public polling.<br><br>That is not exactly the plan of a campaign that has a plan. Sen. McCain knows that he has to fill the news with something that's not all about him losing ground in polls (largely because of the economy according to those stories) and having his staff paid off by the two enterprises largely seen as ruining the economy.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
From TPM:<br><br>What's changed today in the financial crisis other than John McCain's poll numbers tanking? Isn't this the campaign equivalent of faking an injury when you're down late in the 4th quarter? Note too that McCain was in the midst of debate prep when he made this decision.<br><br>Look at what appears to have happened. Obama reached out to McCain privately to agree to a shared set of bailout principles. McCain went off the handle again and tried to use the crisis as a way to call off the debates.<br><br>--Josh Marshall<br><br>
Many pundits are saying he may be avoiding the debate because he's in an uncomfortable situation and his numbers are dropping !<br><br>Don't know , but CNN said Obama called McCain at 8:30 AM this morning to propose a joint statement on the crisis, and that McCain called him back at 2:30 PM and asked to suspend the Campaign.<br><br>I love this: "It's time for both parties to come together to solve this problem" ... a problem created mostly by the GOP and the Bush Administration. <br><br>I hope Obama suspends his... like it or not... it's the gentlemanly thing to do. Not what Rove would do but I know Obama is past that.<br><br>David (OFI)
I don't agree on that, I think Obama would dominate the debate on foreign policy too. They should just change the topic of the debate to the economy. <br><br>So .... how soon will the McCain campaign to cancel the Oct 2nd VP debate?<br><br><br>I just heard a McCain spokeswoman say "the American people really aren't that focused on the debates."<br><br><br><br>
".....the American people really aren't that focused on the debates."<br><br>Well they may not be totally focused on only the debates, BUT I think people want to learn WHO they may trust to be the next President... I think MOST have totally lost confidence in the Bozo in the WH now !! ... it's like a plane with no pilot !! ..." please, please someone take the wheel !!"<br><br>SURE they want the financial problem solved... but it's not going to happen this week or next and McSame hasn't voted on ANY bill since April 9, 2008 !! McSame is not on either committee crafting the bill... SO... what can McSame DO in Washington, DC that he can't do by phone or email ?? Is he going to question Paulson, and Bernenke ?? <br><br>It's a nice jesture, but I don't think it'll be that productive. .. esp if he tries to butt in other's territory. And he's said... he doesn't know economics... . . . . . how would one do that? IF you're not on the Financial / Banking committee, what do you do... just invite yourself ?? ...what if the Chairman says "NO!" <br><br>I guess McSame would just "Invade !". <br><br>David (OFI)
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