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McCain: Time to put politics aside

Posted September 24, 2008

— Republican John McCain said Wednesday he wants to delay Friday's debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama and temporarily put aside their partisan campaign to resolve the nation's financial crisis.

McCain's announcement came after the two candidates held private talks about joining forces to address the Wall Street meltdown. The Obama campaign said the Democrat initiated the talks, but McCain beat Obama to the punch with the first public statement calling for the two to rise above politics in a time of crisis.

McCain said the Bush administration's plan seemed headed for defeat and a bipartisan solution was urgently needed.

McCain said he would put politics aside and return to Washington Thursday to focus on the nation's financial problems after addressing former President Clinton's Global Initiative session in New York. McCain said he wants President Bush to convene a leadership meeting in Washington that would include him and Obama.

"It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the administration's proposal," McCain said. "I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time."

McCain said he has spoken to Obama about his plans and asked the Democratic presidential nominee to join him.

Obama's campaign did not immediate say whether he supported a delay of the debate or would also stop campaigning.

The Obama campaign said in a statement that Obama had called McCain around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to propose that they issue a joint statement in support of a package to help fix the economy as soon as possible. McCain called back six hours later and agreed to the idea of the statement, the Obama campaign said. McCain's statement was issued to the media a few minutes later.

"We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved," McCain said. "I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so."

McCain said if Congress does not pass legislation to address the crisis, credit will dry up, people will no longer be able to buy homes, life savings will be at stake and businesses will not have enough money

"If we do not act, ever corner of our country will be impacted," McCain said. "We cannot allow this to happen."

McCain also canceled his planned appearance Wednesday on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" program.

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  • shep8851 Sep 25, 2008

    Been; there--and saw nothing on a national scale, and little on the state level ( other than how to attract money for pork barrel projects). Over the past 3 years--he has spent 19 months out running for President--he's been actually in the senate for 140 days..again, I ask--what has Obama done for his country? What significant, meaningful legislation has he authored and had passed??? Its time for a little reality to set in here- Its not what he wants to do, not what he thinks needs to be done-but what concrete, positive accomplishment (s) does he have that qualify him to be President.?

  • Lyle Sep 25, 2008

    shep, you need to do your own homework. Go to his website.

  • shep8851 Sep 25, 2008

    Its out in the open--the accomplishments of John McCain--part of the Congressionoal record and voting records. Now,will someone please tell me precisely what Obama has accomplished--not what he wants to do, not what he proposes to do, not what he thinks needs to be done--but WHAT SPECIFICALLY HAS HE ACCOMPLISHED???? WHAT HAS HE DONE THAT IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD????

  • Lyle Sep 25, 2008

    Letterman may not be eveyone's favorite, mine included, but he reaches a vast audience and he pretty much levelled Mr. McCain last night. Keith Olbermann ran over the debris. Truly brilliant television.

  • Lyle Sep 25, 2008

    Where are those who proclaimed the selection of Sarah Palin was "brilliant" and a slam dunk a few weeks ago?? She is more elusive than Jimmy Hoffa. She will check and get back to us with the information. Who's been running Alaska in her absence? I am offering a free ride to Greensboro Saturday if anyone wants true enlightenment.

    Obama/Biden '08

  • Lyle Sep 25, 2008

    Other posters stated it better, but I agree that McCain is ducking the big showdown with the truth. Obama and McCain have an obligation to every American to run the best campaign they can. remember McCain took the public funds for his campaign. Obama did not. Obama took my sizable donations and I expect him to be on that stage Friday night, even if he is there alone.

  • Lyle Sep 25, 2008

    chivegas, Time to see the light. Obama has a website everyone can access to see his plans. He made at least 19 proposals he will follow through on during his acceptance speech. The media remarked numerous times about it. McCain made ZERO points about what he will do. The sun is rapidly setting on the McCain campaign, Palin will not have a chance to prove just how inept she is because the VP debate will be manipulated right out of the mix.

    Obama/Biden '08

  • nxtlvl4me Sep 25, 2008

    I might also add that the republican political machine KNEW that Omaba would not stand down from his responsibilities as leader of his campaign and any republican unable to see this obvious play by your party “PetLovinCaryLivinBuckeyeFan” is probably not bright enough to be voting anyway!
    Both McCain and Obama have responsibilities be the leader of their campaigns to be elected President of the US in a few weeks (!) To be able to focus on the big picture while handling any immediate crisis is the hallmark of a good leader and McCain, by stepping down from his campaign has failed horribly in this.

  • nxtlvl4me Sep 25, 2008

    I can see McCain legitimate wanting to be in D.C. to help address the financial issues that he helped create. I can also see the republican political machine jumping on the potential of using McCain’s concerns like Elisabeth Dole jumping on an oil Execs.......Contribution!
    Unfortunately, he is wrong in his action for the following reasons: 1) He is not on any of the bipartisan committees that are working through the details and never will be. 2) Because it is such an important issue, there will never be a close vote and will not require his presence to deal one. 3) There is nothing he can do or say that will NOT be filtered through the his political agenda. 4)I know he cannot use a computer, but in the 21st century someone in the republican party should be able to provide him with real-time updates, telecommuting options, etc. 5) If he is truly capable of being president, he should be able to keep on-top-of and involved in the bailout dialogue and still prepare for a simple debate!

  • shep8851 Sep 25, 2008

    ux: Don't think it was a misunderstanding. He ( Reid) was interviewed on the radio--and made the statement very clearly that he needed Sen. McCain there in Washington to work with the Republicans to reach a solution". Never mentioned Obama. Now, granted as short time later, he ( Reid) made the comment that if McCain comes back to DC, it would be a gimmick. Strange isn't it?? Reid calls McCain back by name--and then critizes him for coming. Oh well.

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