Today Wednesday, September 24, 2008, John McCain Suspends his Campaign to Help With Bailout.
John McCain will suspend his presidential campaign Thursday so that he can return to Washington to help negotiate a Wall Street bailout (a 1 Trillion Dollars), and he is urging Barack Obama to do the same.
The Republican presidential candidate also asked the Presidential Debate Commission to postpone his first debate with Obama, which is scheduled to take place Friday night at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
“America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system,” Sen. McCain said in mid-afternoon remarks to reporters in New York. “If we do not act, every corner of our country will be impacted. We cannot allow this to happen.”
McCain’s call to suspend campaigning and postpone the first debate was rejected by Obama, who spoke in response less than two hours later.
“Presidents are going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time,” Sen. Obama said. “It’s not necessary for us to think that we can only do one thing and suspend everything else.” He said that he and McCain have large campaign planes that can get them out of Mississippi and back to Washington quickly.
Sen. Obama you’re not president yet, your duty is as a Senator is to provide and service those who elected you, so stop pretending that you’re the president.
By stepping away from the first debate, McCain he is giving up an opportunity to show off his foreign policy credentials. He had negotiated strongly to make foreign policy, his strong suit, the topic of the first of the three debates. On the other hand, McCain has been criticized for being weak on the issue of economy.