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September 25th, 2008
02:53 PM ET

McCain suspends democracy

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/25/olemiss.jpg caption="Rehearsals for Friday's presidential debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama at the University of Mississippi."]

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Bio
AC360° Contributor
Editor, The Nation

Lincoln ran for office in 1864, when there was a good chance he wouldn't have a country to lead. FDR ran for office in the middle of the largest conflict in human history–twice. We can have a debate this Friday.

Instead, McCain is going to "suspend" the democratic process? And this from a man who prides himself on his Commander-in-Chief skills? How is calling quits amid a crisis as severe as 9/11, in human security terms, a measure of his leadership strength?

Bush and McCain, linked again at the hip, are telling this nation,which seeks confidence and hope: You have nothing to fear but the end of fear itself. McCain has bailed out from the responsibilities demanded of a presidential candidate who claims to be a leader. Bush looked like the dog in that never-to-be-forgotten National Lampoon cover with dog, gun pointed at his head. Propped up at single digit ratings delivering a speech, the worst president in our history was sent out there to scare Americans and prop up a man he smeared two election cycles ago.

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  1. Surafel Melaku

    He doesn't realy have to suspend his campaign, he should has given a chance to Sarah – to see how well she will manage it, after all managing count as an experience. I think McCain undermine her, whats that saying "Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much. You’re not that good."

    September 25, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  2. Marcus Portland, Oregon

    Watch out people here come Super McCain. Gunna swoop down and take credit for anything they have already discussed. It is sooooo lame, and nobody at CNN is talking about how it is really just a photo op for McCain. Hey if they dont have a answer to the bailout I am not gunna go to work tomorrow. How can we trust Palin if she cant even continue campaining for McCain, how is she going to be president if McCain passes in office. This whole thing smells of cheap politics, and bush holding the budget over the heads until they approve off shore drilling, AMERICA ARE WE THAT STUPID!!!!

    September 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  3. jeminator

    How in the world can McCain suspend his campaign and still do 3 interviews tonight?

    What would have happend if Franklin Roosevelt suspended re-election in the midst of terrible depression in 1936, a far worse economic crisis than we have right now, and in 1944 while throes the Second World War. Why was Ronald Regan was able to campaign during the Iran hostage crises, high interest rates, inflation and unemployment, oh and a recession?

    With all his pandering to the public, why is he still neck and neck with Obama in the polls?

    September 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  4. Keith

    Gimme a break.
    Its actually Obama who is putting democracy on hold by insisting on the debate at this time. Where was Obama when McCain was calling for town hall meetings? Obama is afraid to admit that McCain came up with an idea before him. If you want to know all about Obama’s plans as POTUS you can ‘buy’ his book ‘Change We Can Believe in: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise’ for $15.

    What if something happened to one of Obama’s kids and they had to be admitted to hospital, do you let him skip the debate?

    Give us a demographic on where the foreclosured mortgages are taking place. While your at it, open up about the $$ obama gets from Fanny & Freddie; you don’t want to go there do you?

    Maybe some of the wives on these blogs may have a tiny inkling of what Sen. McCain went thru as a pow, if they’re in a domestic violence situation where their husbands brutalize them day in and day out, and they have nowhere to turn but to kill their spouse; then you may not find it so funny when his pow experience is mentioned.
    Perhaps you’ll start getting tired and laugh about victims of domestic violence, whose bodies are wracked with wounds, physical & emotional, that will never heal.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  5. KJ

    If anyone is stupid enough to buy into the fact that McCain is going to Washington to save us all, then I have very dim prospects for this country. As I've heard from pundits, 39 days before election, everything for the candidates is political. McCain knows he doesn't have a chance debating Obama, so he wants to skip out on it in his desperate attempt for his last shot at the White House. Get real, we need to hear from both of these candidates on how they going to lead this country, especially with the troubled waters that lurk ahead. And NO, advertisements and political speeches don't cut it. We need to hear them debate, pure and simple. Anderson, I know you are good for it. If McCain skips out on the debate, I hope you give him no slack in your reporting.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  6. Arachnae

    I suspect the 'suspension' stunt is related to some health issue that McCain's camp is trying to hide from the electorate. Watch his announcement yesterday – one eye is visibly larger than the other.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  7. Don, WA

    It's more like McCain suspends disbelief.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  8. Renee

    Alternatives to McCain "suspending his campaign" (we all know this is part of his campaign) and wanting to postpone the debates we are all looking forward to and need now:

    -move the debate location to DC somewhere, so they can both be there to discuss/vote/whatever they're doing and still make the debate in the evening

    -Swap the VP and Pres. debates so a show can still go on the air and we can hear something from both campaigns side by side, but pres. candidates can go to DC

    -deal with it – McCain could still make appearances on the hill and at the WH and talk to republicans, and still make the debate on Friday.

    Point is, what the heck is McCain doing? His campaign looks incompetent enough already.

    In response to a blog article that was just posted and removed before I submitted my comment-

    I don't think you can blame the failure of the US economy on one party or industry – it's a combination of banks, credit card companies, mortgage companies, other lenders, oil companies, and other factors contributing to Americans' bank account balances. It was a failure of the GOP not to admit there was a problem earlier and try to solve the issue months ago. They were denying there was even a problem

    Back when the "housing crisis" was causing so many people to go bankrupt, there weren't any drastic measures being taken, and now that that has compounded with food and gas prices and cost of college going up and job losses at major companies and all that, people aren't able to pay their bills, lenders go under, then everyone gets worried about it. Had everyone acknowledged this was a problem months ago, it may have never gotten this bad.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  9. Edgar Ventura Ca

    It's been clear to me for a long time that McCain is putting his aspirations to become president before anything else.... he was wrong about Iraq, he was wrong about the surge, and he was wrong for choosing Sarah Palin.... He is truly a small little man for not admitting his mistakes and has begun to scramble as he is slowly beginning to drop in the poles.... McCain and Palin are the clear underdogs when it comes to the debates and McCain fears that Friday's debate could be the end to his campaign.... He is so afraid of losing a grip on the election that he and Sarah Palin have done everything in their power to stay away from the tough question.... The questions that the American people deserve answeres to....

    September 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  10. nate

    "McCain suspending democracy" is an irresponsible and insensitive way to describe John McCain's careful decision to put his Country First and help solve the nation's debt crisis. The American people knew that the 700 billion dollar proposal lacked clarity and needed to be scrutinized through intense discussion. Realizing that both Obama and McCain are Senators, which by the way is their current day job, they both need to put campaigning on hold to do the job they were elected to do. Otherwise, we as American taxpayers should demand that whoever does not participate in these important meetings requested by our President in Washington to help solve our financial crisis, needs to have a pay cut!

    September 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  11. Joe LaFranzo, SF

    The Republican party loves the drama.

    Thought-out this year both Bush and McCain said the economy was fundamentally sound. Now everything is in major disaster mode.

    I'm not saying we should ignore this, but correct me if I'm wrong we have 100 senators and Bush is still the president. Bush can't find two other senators to take the lead here. If that's the case, every senator should be relieve of their duties and ditto this to the congress. We elected each and every one of them to represent the people.

    Shame on the Republican members of congress and senate that say they need McCain's leadership and direction. You are an embarrassment to our country and the individuals that elected you into office.

    Shame on Bush, for even allowing this become what we're blogging on. He should have kept the economy fix and the presidential election separated. But no, he had to send out call to these guys tearing the American people apart even more.

    I amazes me the mockery the Republican party has made of our government. I want to hear more than canned speeches and negative campaign ads from both Obama and McCain.

    Both of these guys should be able to debate publicly in front of each and every American. American needs these debates more than ever. I agree the next debate should be on our economy over foreign policy.

    September 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  12. kim Independence, Mo.

    Ok, great his photo op is over now lets get on with the debate! And this obviously was another political stunt by McCain to say he was suspending his campaign today yet all day long here in Missouri his ads have been running on CBS! Yet another lie from this campaign, when will they learn we are not as stupid as they obviously think we are!

    September 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  13. Terra Hoskins

    Why is everyone freaking out about this? McCain has not said he won't do a debate at all. What is the difference if it happens a few days later than originally intended?

    September 25, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  14. carl Lafoon

    Mccain has realized that he is in serious trouble because the American public is not buying his answers to OUR problems.

    Canceling a debate is such a childest response to a very big problem
    which Mccain, Cox, Paulson, Berneke and the President ALL said did not exist 10 days ago. Every thing is fine with the economy. BULL

    WHAT DO THEY THINK WE ARE A BUNCH OF DUMMYS.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  15. Ryan Loy

    First, I'm less than impressed by the mannerisms some of the comments here. Instead of making calm, intelligent, worthwhile statements, we have name calling and lots of capitalization instead of just making a clear point. A little tact injected into your communication skills could go a long way.

    Now, let us move onto this article and the debate on Friday. I'll use an example completely outside of politics. Say your son or daughter is in an accident, they have to be flown to a level 1 trauma center to be treated. Do you want them to be flown to a trauma center where they delay treatment because they need to study and prepare? The team was too busy working on ways to treat a gunshot wound to be ready to work on the crush injury to your child. Personally, I would prefer to send my loved one somewhere that everything done by the team is a reflex and their true skills are inherent.

    My point is, I'm dying to see what happens in a debate, particularly when there is some underlying stress coming from unrelated issues. Does McCain want to postpone the debate because he won’t have adequate time to prepare? Is he simply claiming that taking a few hours late in the day on Friday cannot be spared? I am unsure of the actual motives. I just know that I want to see what the performance is like from two candidates that are extremely busy and maybe not completely prepared with a pre-fabricated response to every imaginable question. When true situations arise during the presidency, I highly doubt, "Can we postpone this, I'm not ready" will be an acceptable response. Let’s let the American people see for themselves.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  16. Max, Dallas, TX

    Great article, Katrina. Thank you for posting this. McCain has no place being up-in-arms about what the Senate can do for the economy, considering he's not in any of the relevant committees and he cannot even answer simple questions about the state of our "fundamentals." This is clearly a shoddy political move to appear "in control," but really it's just him running from his responsibilities. American's would benefit more from a debate between the candidates than one of them running off because he's not prepared to be taken to task for his party's doings.
    If McCain gets his way and the debates are canceled, and even the VP debates too... we're all in big trouble. Bigger, too, if Americans fail to see this for what it is.
    Hope your article gets a lot of traffic.
    Also- ignore Cindy- she's not reasonable.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  17. Jan

    the Math

    $700B

    350,000,000 population estimate USA

    = $2,000 from EVERY man, woman and child!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  18. carl Lafoon

    Debate: Let Obama debate an empty chair it might even be an improvement. 10 days ago Mccain, Paulson, Cox, Berneke, and Bush ALL said the economy was in good shape. WHAT HAPPENED?

    The last person who issues Junk Bonds, Mike Millican went to prison. Who's next?

    A security issued with a toxic mortgage as colateral is a JUNK bond.

    Pardon the spelling but I am mad as hell.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  19. Jan

    I disagree with democracy being on hold, but only a little bit....McCain is being dishonest about this whole affair (suspension). He has nothing to do with the committee convened to discuss this crisis........it only makes him appear patriotic (this is NOT a diss about McCain being a patriot, he is and saying he isn't, is dumb).......but it is smoke and mirrors; I think he is scared and is realizing Palin was a mistake...BIG TIME!

    PS....His left eye has gone crazy this week, I wonder if he is OK cause he is looking quite ill....

    September 25, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  20. suki

    This stunt by McCain is just that – this man is totalyy unqualified to be President – age may not have been an issue before but it is now obvious that he can not do more than one thing at a time – we need the energy and smarts of Obama in the White House –

    The debate must go on this is a democracy not McCain's fiefdom

    September 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  21. Sara Jean

    First of all, forgive me since this comment is not just directed at this blog but CNN as a whole and their Democratic views to everything. Would you all be reporting the same news with the same views about this if Obama had made the same statement about holding off on the debates? I think not. If he were the one who said it, I believe it would be, "What a great, selfless leader we have in Obama," but since it's McCain, there are other, less flattering words, used to describe it. Now, I don't think the debates should be put on hold if neither of the candidates are needed for the bailout discussions at that time, but I have to say that in regards to McCain wanting to post-pone the debate, I don't feel it has anything to do with him being afraid to debate Obama... that's not the issue; McCain can hold his own. The county is his concern. Being a Senator is his top priority and should be since that's what we're paying him for at this time and if he didn't act in a way in support of that, we (by we, I mean you all) would criticize him for that as well. Guess he can't win in your eyes can he? Seems as if he's bearing "the sins of his father" (Bush).

    September 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  22. collene blakley

    In Iowa Jhon McCain IS running negative add campaining. I have heard two on T.V. today. Is this what he calls "suspending his campain and withholding political adds?

    September 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  23. Heather

    Obama and McCain apparently don’t differ that much on this specific issue – the bailouts – and were ready to say as much in a true bipartisan manner, until McCain decided he needed to have some ‘hand’ – I think that’s the real story here.

    “Gamesmanship was part of McCain’s surprise announcement — Obama had called the senator from Arizona yesterday morning to discuss issuing a joint statement of principles on the bailout plan, much of which the two agree upon. Instead of making the statement, McCain informed Bush of his plans to halt campaigning and return to Washington. ”
    -"First Debate's Fate Unclear As Obama Resists McCain's Call to Postpone" The Washington Post

    Isn’t most of the behind-the scenes dealings going to be left up to those on the Banking and Finance committees? McCain, Obama, and Biden are all outside those groups. Let the business on the Hill be done on the Hill. I’m ready to hear the debate.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  24. Marah

    This latest move is an egregious display of disrespect–by McCain and his cadre of advisors–for both the Obama campaign and the electoral process.

    To allow the McCain campaign to dictate the direction of the electoral process–by the postponement of that process, without merit–is a travesty; and could have the potential of setting a long-term precedent that we can ill-afford to encourage–especially in light of the improprieties we all witnessed during the 2000 election.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  25. Heather,Ca,Us

    Spare me the melodramatic titles. I'm with Cindy on this one. I thought Obama's statement was completely and totally rediculious. A sitting pres doesn't engage in live televised public debates while in office. Even a sitting pres running for re-election during a crisis would be publicly critized for not skipping a debate if there was a crisis. Of course nothing like this current financial disaster has ever happened before in the history of our country. As far as I am concerned I want my pres focused on this problem rather than a debate that can be rescheduled. The world is watching and politicizing this is a real turn off. I would rather Obama and McCain be and stay in DC and really help in solving this. I dont care about the debate. I care that the people running for the White House understand the severity and enormity of this situation and cut the bs and the promises and contribute to solving this problem so when they do debate its based on the new reality that we are facing. This is a financial disaster. It may not be a storm,but it has rocked the very core of our system. I say reschedule the debate. McCain and Obama have a duty to participate in solving this mess and that should be above all personal political ambitions.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  26. Rob

    As a moderate, it appears to me that Obama is finally showing the nation his true colors, that he would much rather be President in the future, than to function in his current job as Senator. Apparently politics is far more important to him then working to fix the result of corporate greed and unchecked financial practices. If this is the kind of President he will make, then no thanks. It just shows that he is no different than any other politician. So much for change!

    September 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  27. E. Caldron

    cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck. is all I have to say about postponing the debate. Foreign policy could include discussing the economy. He is just grandstanding. All he is missing is his white horse as he comes into Washington. Where has he been since April? Where has he been for 26 years. If he is going to change things, it would appear to me that he just missed his best chance of changing something while he had a buddy for president. He is part of the problem. We are suppose to trust the next Republican? Give me a break.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  28. Marty

    To comment on what Pat had said above, the election of the president would be top priority. No matter what anyone says, the perception for many is that it is a political move and if it is the perception then it is a reality for many. It's so much of the same "avoidance" issues that this campaign has expressed the past few weeks because of a non-existent platform and belief in what is right. It is a very sad time in this country that the government continues to invoke fear as its means to reaching people.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  29. Evelyn

    Fred – I don't think you want to go there regarding Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. And besides, that is completely off topic of this blog , you are playing typical Repub games and just trying to divert from the discussion....The New York Times looked at contributions from Fannie and Freddie’s boards of directors and lobbyists, who are technically not employees. That analysis found Fannie and Freddie-related contributors gave $116,000 to John McCain and his related committees, compared with $16,000 to Obama and his related committees.

    September 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  30. Byron

    McCain is essentially trying to imply by his actions and his soon to be expressed commentaries that he is no less than omnipotent, if and when this bail out plan is reached. The gist of his implications will be some derivative as follows: If it were not for him, the entire congress would simply fold under the pressure and the economy would have inevitably collapsed. Due to the congress’s inept ability to function without him, it was he and only he that could have pulled this off.
    After the bail out plan is established and agreed upon, Senator John McCain will be self proclaimed: “the next Commander in Chief.” I can’t wait to see the hailing ceremony! Imagine the parades, the confetti, the trumpets blowing, and the dancing girls. Sarah Palin will be in a pit bull costume waggling her head like a bobble doll. My, what an event it will be.
    Sorry! Getting back to reality, in actuality what is really happening is McCain is showing his inability to multi-task under the guise of “I am the only presidential one here.” In essence, he cannot effectively focus on spinning his debate and spin a cocoon around “mini me” Palin at the same time. Instead he chooses to spin his supposed non-political based sidestepping of the debate this Friday and head to the hill. Both can be done effectively if he is as good as he proclaims. After all, he is not a one man show on the hill. There are many there, “with a dog in this fight,” and he is but one voice as is Obama. What will he do when there is a fresh crisis at hand and suddenly that blasted phone rings at 3:00 am? Hmmm!

    September 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  31. Maritza

    Are you insane ?, a distortion of a truely degranged liberal, no surprise at the twist of a necessary and justified call to action by McCain, proof by action tax payors/ and America's financial crisis takes precedence , McCain serves as example he works across party lines in the past and in the most critical of times , Obama " Yeah call me if you need me" unless his 300 advisors tell him you better go to Washington" he'd be to busy thinking about what's good for Obama, the obvious is too clear , but only for smart conservatives. Obama wants the debate brfore he forgets what those 300 advisors told him what to say.

    Maritza

    September 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  32. Kevin Leo

    I have been a strong believer that voting is an essential and vital aspect of a democratic society and helps to seperate us from other countries that do not allow its citizens to vote. As such, anything that interrupts, diminishes, or hinders an educated vote can not be accepted. McCain's hijackingof Friday's debate falls in this grouping to me. Our nation cannot and will not push back the Nov 4th election and the issues are too large not reduce the number of debates. As such, this week's debate needs to go forward as planned.

    for all of Bush's faults (which are too numerous to list here!!!), he is currently dealing with a failing economy, 2 wars, a potential re-start of a cold war, the ravages of national disasters, plus hundreds of other big and small issues. Are you telling me that McCain doesn't think that he can handle just a handful of things like training his VP pick, run a campaign, and do his job as a senator?! He has to drop everything to handle one thing?!?!

    Nuff said...can I vote for Obama everyday until November 4th? We can't let McCain anywhere near the White House except on official tours!!!

    September 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  33. Keith

    Its actually Obama who is putting democracy on hold by insisting on the debate at this time. Where was Obama when McCain was calling for town hall meetings? Obama is afraid to admit that McCain came up with an idea before him. If you want to know all about Obama's plans as POTUS you can 'buy' his book 'Change We Can Believe in: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise' for $15.

    What if something happened to one of Obama's kids and they had to be admitted to hospital, do you let him skip the debate?

    Give us a demographic on where the foreclosured mortgages are taking place. While your at it, open up about the $$ obama gets from Fanny & Freddie; you don't want to go there do you?

    Maybe some of the wives on these blogs may have a tiny inkling of what Sen. McCain went thru as a pow, if they're in a domestic violence situation where their husbands brutalize them day in and day out, and they have nowhere to turn but to kill their spouse; then you may not find it so funny when his pow experience is mentioned.
    Perhaps you'll start getting tired and laugh about victims of domestic violence, whose bodies are wracked with wounds, physical & emotional, that will never heal.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  34. Andrew Deal

    What a hack job to say democracy is on-hold!

    McCain is taking a real risk here, whereas a stunt is just that. Obviously Pelosi and Reid are going to try to make him look bad, but who could doubt his intentions truly are to lead however possible in a situation that warrants the need for real leadship?

    September 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  35. fred Johnson

    Is anyone aware of the relationship the Barack Obama campaign has with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that they have use taxpayers money to support him

    September 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  36. Mike from Canada

    I am starting to believe that 'Maverick' should start to be spelled "C-R-A-Z-Y" ...

    What in God's name was he thinking? And what in God's name did he think he was actually going to do except derail progess already made ...

    I hope that the American public doesn't actually buy into this bizzare move by McOld ...

    Please see this as it was ... an ill fated attempt to dupe the public into thinking he's the guy who's gonna save you.

    If it was that important that they wanted to skip the Friday debate why didn't they skip the Palin photo ops to save the financial crisis yesterday and the day before ... opps ... guess that was more important than the economy!

    September 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  37. Bob Petrecca

    Why is the media not discussing the fact that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have finnancially supported the campaign of Barack Obama?

    September 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  38. Robbie C

    The outcome speaks for itself – Congress has essentially reached an agreement without the two candidates' input. There have been others in the house and senate working day and night on this for the past week – listening to economists, meeting with Paulson and Bernake, hashing out the details. Do you think that McCain and Obama are going to fly in on golden wings and save the country? Come on. I admire the idea – let's put politics aside and do what's right for the country. But the deal is almost done. Quite a bit of hubris on McCain's part to assume he is going to have such a huge impact on the outcome of this deal since he really hasn't been involved at all upto this point. I get it. He wants the country to believe he's trying to do the right thing. Good idea – poorly executed. Neither of these guys will do much for the bill.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  39. Chris Maloney

    Obama’s decision not to suspend his campaign and McCain’s decision to do so, provides a perfect example of the difference between these two men.

    There is a huge difference between “knowing about something” and “knowing something” through direct experience. You cannot truly know how to ride a bike, until you personally – not an aide, not the leaders of the house and senate – but you, actually ride a bike.

    Obama is about talking, writing or debating but does not have the necessary “knowing” that is reserved for those with direct experience. McCain, obviously, is about “knowing” through first hand experience.

    This situation is proof that Obama is what folks have thought all along, a good orator who doesn’t "know" what it takes to get something done.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  40. Lisa

    A deal needs to be worked out and the debate SHOULD go on. At such a crucial time, we need to hear from those who claim they have the ability to lead us. We need to know that there is no crisis so terrible that they can't take a couple hours to speak to the American people.

    Great leaders need to be able to take meetings in the day and talk to the people at night. Great leaders need to be able to articulate their visions to the common man. Great leaders need to be able to defend their positions and persuade those that disagree with them. Great leaders need to be able to explain the state of the union to those they would lead.

    Whoever shows up, the time to listen should not be denied the American public. Hopefully, both candidates will show up and have their A-game to share with us. If not–whoever is there should still get the time to talk to us–across all networks just as planned. We're listening and we're listening hard–SHOW UP and give us what you got.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  41. Gonzo

    A candidate running for president is a job in and of itself. Both McCain and Obama set aside their senate jobs to pursue the presidential job, and it's irresponsible for both of them to quit the job they signed up for in a presidential candidate run. There are plenty of people on both sides in Congress that can handle the job of passing a bailout bill. McCain and Obama owe it to the American people to stay the course and continue with their campaigns.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  42. Carrie

    It's so obvious that this is just another gimmick of the McCain campaign. When are the American people going to wake up and see that this entire campaign, from the Straight Talk, to the pick of Palin, to the "suspension" of the campaign and debate, is a joke. It's a sick joke on the people of this country, and a sad commentary on the intelligence of the people that support this man. How can a proud American stand for the lack of principles displayed by this man.

    These two candidates need to debate, and this is the perfect time to do so. Wouldn't it be great to see unscripted discussion in the face of a crisis and while under stress.

    It's a gimmick, a gimmick because McCain knows this debate is going to focus on the economy, and he admittedly knows nothing about the subject. Not to mention the talk of now wanting to hold the debate next Thursday and cancelling the VP debate.........of course he wants to cancel the VP debate, Palin has already made it very clear in her limited television interviews that she is a robot who can't produce any answers beyond the scripted responses that she's been prepped with......repeating the same answer over, and over, and over. This woman has no business being second in command of the country, and the more the American people see her, the more they are going to realize this.

    I don't know about the rest of you, and as unpatriotic as it may sound, I'm about ready to abandon this sinking ship, and I may have no choice if the American people don't wake up before Nov. 4

    September 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  43. Walt Falleni

    This $700 billion dollar bail out situation just shows how much our elected officials listen to the people. They are making decisions on capital hill in a rush just so they can get thier break next week and not listening to the people that put them in the office's they are in. Does our vote really count in the long run?

    September 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  44. Evelyn

    My understanding is that even as the Civil War raged, Presidential Debates were still undertaken. It is during especially critical moments in a nation’s history that these debates become even more crucial to the citizens of a country in order to determine who is best suited to handle these crises. John McCain’s actions simply tend to create FEAR (sound familiar?) and panic in everyday citizenry, rather than instilling a sense of confidence in the government. Also, I think from up here in Canada it is pretty crystal clear that this is nothing more than a political move – and a very bad one at that!

    September 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  45. Jenny Rome Ga

    If McCain or Obama served on any of the commities pertaining to the bail out, yes they should go back and serve. I may be wrong but neither of them serves on any pertinint committes. Why go back?They can be kept upon the deal and fly in to vote on the bill. There is nothing for them to do except stand around. this is political postering at its best. Do you honestly think someone putting country first would have choosen Sarah Palin as VP? In fact McCain has basically abandoned that slogan and stolen Obama's Change instead.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  46. BILL

    i Feel this is the most important time for a debate. I think mccain is a coward looking for a excuse to avoid the issue that is important to the people..I want to no where each canidate stand.Mccain face up and be a man..

    September 25, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  47. Maureen, Newman California

    Good article. The McCain machine obviously has ulterior motives. He will do ANYTHING to try to win. I think it would have been more effective if Pelosi and a Republican representative explained the situation instead of Bush last night., since he does not have the trust of the American people. People need to hear details on how this will effect them if this rescue plan is not passed. I think that the original plan is no good. It really is just a Wall Street Bail out benefiting Wall Street. But to me, something should be done or we will ALL take a nose dive and fast. It is true that many many companies borrow money to make payroll. Most people probably have no idea about this, unless they are the employees processing the payroll or the controllers. Also, companies borrow money to pay their payables, but people probably do not realize this unless they are the employees responsible for the payables. To me, we need to work out a plan that replenishes our access to loans, rewrites the bad loans so that cash flow will be consistently going back into the lending institutions, restricts payment of any of this money from going to CEO’s and administrators that got us into this mess, penalizes those who wrote the bad loans, and reestablishes a watch dog to ensure that this does not happen again. I am responsible and pay my bills and mortgage so I am angry about this too. But if something is not done, things will go downhill fast and it EASILY might be your paycheck that is affected.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  48. Presley

    Why do I get the feeling something all together is going on with McCain?
    I can, in a round about way understand MAYBE he's there in part for the whole financial ordeal, but something else is going on that is even bigger than his own campaign and Wall Street bail out.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  49. Pat

    Junk comment – of course McCain is not suspending democracy. He is being democratic by focusing on the TOP priority which is the economic crisis! I remind everybody the debate tomorrow night is on FOREIGN POLICY! So obviously...obviously, McCain is not running away from it as he will definitely clean Obama's clock, thank you very much lib-tards.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  50. Cindy

    OK...please tell me how McCain has suspended democracy? PLEASE!! I see it as him trying to save this country from another great depression by going and trying to help get everyone to back the deal.

    And you throw out Lincoln running in 1864 but you fail to mention during that time Lincoln did NOT debate anyone. There was just an election with no debates or showboating. Why not tell the truth on that!? There is a big difference in how they campaigned then and now. Plus our elections unfortunately drag on for years while they had a very short election. Totally different in every way.

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
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