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McCain's Debate Gambit Fails

I knew it all along - so did most of America. It was a just another John McCain lie. There's no further progress in Washington on the bailout, but John McCain is participating in tonight's debate anyway, despite his assurances to the American people that he would not unless a consensus was reached on the bailout.

Just more Republican lies and bullshit. Nothing new...

The action contradicted the position McCain had taken Wednesday, when he announced, "I'm directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates to delay Friday night's debate until we have taken action to address this crisis."

McCain had also said he would suspend all campaign activities, but in reality the campaign just shifted to Washington while the work of trying to win the election went on.

McCain had taken a gamble with the move, trying to appear above politics and as a leader on an issue that had overshadowed the presidential campaign and given him trouble. But Democratic rival Barack Obama had not bowed to McCain's challenge, and instead questioned why the Republican nominee couldn't handle two things at once -- the debate and involvement in the bailout negotiations.

An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll out Friday just before McCain's announcement showed the public overwhelmingly wanted the candidates to debate, 60 percent to 22 percent, with the rest undecided.

By Friday morning, it appeared McCain was looking for a face-saving way to get to the debate even though a deal had not been reached. He met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, before heading to his campaign headquarters and issuing a statement that blamed others in Washington for the failure to reach an agreement.

"John McCain's decision to suspend his campaign was made in the hopes that politics could be set aside to address our economic crisis," the statement said. "In response, Americans saw a familiar spectacle in Washington. At a moment of crisis that threatened the economic security of American families, Washington played the blame game rather than work together to find a solution that would avert a collapse of financial markets without squandering hundreds of billions of taxpayers' money to bail out bankers and brokers who bet their fortunes on unsafe lending practices."

Just before McCain's announcement, Obama told reporters that he had spent Friday morning on the phone with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and congressional leaders and he was optimistic that progress was being made toward a bailout deal.

"At this point, my strong sense is that the best thing that I can do, rather than to inject presidential politics into these delicate negotiations, is to go down to Mississippi and explain to the American people what is going on and my vision for leading the country over the next four years," Obama told reporters aboard his campaign plane as they prepared to travel to Mississippi.

Obama - involved, working on a solution.

McCain - lying and posing and charades...

On to the debate.....


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Comments (3)

Tim:

You knew what all along? Earlier, you knew it was a ploy to duck the debate because McCain was a-skeered of Uh-bama. Now, it was all a lie to, well, I don't know what you think it was meant to do. I wish you'd up and decide what you knew along and stick to it. The last time I got whiplash this bad was when Obambi was for the DC gun ban before he thought it was unconstitutional.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

You knew what all along?

I wrote it in English, is that your second language?

I knew it all along - so did most of America. It was a just another John McCain lie. There's no further progress in Washington on the bailout, but John McCain is participating in tonight's debate anyway, despite his assurances to the American people that he would not unless a consensus was reached on the bailout.

"Earlier, you knew it was a ploy to duck the debate because McCain was a-skeered of Uh-bama. Now, it was all a lie to, well, I don't know what you think it was meant to do"

It was a lie told by McCain because he was afraid to debate.

Did you watch? McCain couldn't look at Obama - he was terrified...

Sorry to hear about your whiplash injury. Maybe you should get one of those foam collars -- or one of those paper collars they give to dogs so they don't lick themselves...

james:

What? I thought he wasn't gonna debate until a deal was hammered out. Just another publicity stunt that will blow up in his face. McCain lost me with the Palin pick for v.p. It seems he will stop at nothing to win this election. A folder filled with lies stop gap measures, and no understanding of the people that are really struggling in this country (poor middle class). Last election all you heard was Kerry is a flip flopper. What about McCain. Has anyone in the history of politics changed their views more than McCain.


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