Breaking news: Mc asks Obama to suspend Friday debate

He’s suspended his campaign as well. The rationale being that he thinks they both should be putting their energies towards resolving the economic issues that have blown up the last couple of weeks. Team Barry has said “no” … so far. Hot Air has all the details and updates.

Hmm. I’m not sure what to think of this tactic. I’m inclined to say “huh?” especially considering the Friday debate will play to his strengths. But in the minds of the McCain camp, they may be thinking that this week with everything going on that no one will care. What say you?

Update – 3:48 PM: Interesting:

Obama spokesman Bill Burton emails reporters:

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.

Stay tuned …

Update – 6:30 PM: Obama himself says no – the debates will go on. After listening to his lame response, I’m inclined to support McCain’s call, even though I’m not sure it will help him in the long run.

Some of Mc’s fellow Republicans in Congress made strong cases today why both candidates should play an active role in the bailout legislation, considering one of them is going to be dealing with this issue when they are sworn in.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), on record as saying he “can’t stand” McCain, told Mc to stay out of the Senate today, and said that both him and Obama coming back to the Senate would not be helpful.

And to demonstrate Reid’s outright hypocrisy on this issue, we turn to Martin Kady II:

This afternoon, Reid dismissed McCain’s sudden move to parachute in on Washington and help solve the economic crisis.

Let’s compare today’s statement …

“It would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op.”

… With Reid’s statement from July, when Obama showed up for a vote but not McCain (quoted in The Washington Post):

“I should mention how glad my fellow Democrats and I were to have our nominee for president here to vote on these important bills. Senator Obama has come to work and taken tough stands. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Senator McCain,” Reid said. “Perhaps taking tough stands on important issues is not part of Senator McCain’s campaign strategy. Perhaps he’s just too busy on the campaign trail to do his day job.”

Not only that, but the McCain campaign issued this response to Reid’s “don’t come back to Congress” whine:

McCain senior adviser Mark Salter emails: “Yesterday, Harry Reid said that consensus couldn’t be achieved without John McCain’s leadership. John stepped up and is providing that leadership. Now Senator Reid seems to have changed his mind for reasons we’ll let him explain. But what he should understand is that this isn’t about Harry Reid or John McCain or Barack Obama. It’s about the American people and, in the words of Warren Buffet, the financial Pearl Harbor they’re facing. John’s committed to doing his part to help avert that calamity. We hope Senator Reid is too.”

John McCormack:

But yesterday, Reid demanded that the White House made sure the legislation had John McCain’s backing, and Reid floated this bogus piece of news clearly intended to force McCain’s hand: “I got some good news in the last hour or so … it appears that Sen. McCain is going to come out for this.” McCain flatly denied that he had endorsed the plan.

So Harry Reid says that it’s essential that John McCain backs legislation designed to avert the greatest economic meltdown since the Great Depression. And when McCain says the legislation, in its current form, is not good enough, Reid tells McCain to stay away from Capitol Hill. Who’s playing politics with economic crisis?

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