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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Obama Says Debate, McCain Pulls Ads

What a setup. McCain is just waiting, hoping, for the chance to say, "Once again, my opponent has put what is best for him, and not what is best for the country, ahead of all else. That's not country first, that's not leadership!"

McCain, in what the Jed Report is calling a "drama queen" moment, has stopped campaigning and wants to cancel Friday night's debate so we can all focus on how "serious" this economic crisis is. The Presidential Debate Commission has already said, "WHAT????" and now Obama is saying this:
An aide to Barack Obama says they'd still like to debate John McCain Friday night in Mississippi as planned.

"We're inclined to do the debate," said the aide, adding that Obama would comment on the matter soon.
I think this is what I would say if I were on the Obama campaign: "In a time of crisis, it is important for Americans to be able to hear from and have access to our leaders. A transparent government allows debate, and places freedom of speech above all else. Thus, we are unwilling to suspend an important part of our democracy at such a crucial time." Then again, what do I know.

Meanwhile, McCain has pulled all his ads so that he can appear to not want the Presidency so that he'll actually get the Presidency. From Politico:
"As John McCain said, now is the time to put partisanship aside and come together to do the work that the American people expect," said Tucker Bounds.

McCain aides are now in the process of contacting TV station across the country to get their ads taken down, according to Bounds.

Asked how long they would go dark, Bounds only said: "We're taking our guidance from Sen. McCain on that."
I'm sure he'd love Obama to stop airing his ads, too. Nothing like finding a way to use patriotism against your opponent to get them to stop campaigning.


Obama echoes my thoughts just now saying the debate should go on. From Ben Smith:

Obama, speaking to the cameras in Florida, rebuffs McCain's proposal:

“It’s my belief that this is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible with dealing with this mess," he says.

"What I think is important is that we don’t suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics," he said.

Politico is also reporting that Harry Reid has told McCain to stay away. Now is not the time for Mr. McCain to go to Washington.

Update 2:

Here's Obama statement from today about why he believes the debate should go forward.

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