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Now McCain Wants to Cancel the VP Debate

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

Was this the plan all along? CNN reports that Team McCain wants the first presidential debate to “take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday” if there’s no bailout deal by Friday.

Senate Democrats appear to have made a deal with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and President Bush has invited both of the presidential candidates, along with other lawmakers, to the White House on Thursday to discuss the proposed solution to the financial crisis.


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McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there’s no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

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By PaulMagillSmith, September 26, 2008 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

RE: By davr, September 26 at 3:35 am #
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“Yeah but, Palin is hot.  She is really HOT!”

Yes, davr, but a pile of horseshit generates steam also.

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By F. Andy Seidl, September 26, 2008 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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I wrote about why this as a ploy the other day (see my comment earlier in this thread), but there’s even more “bad news” for John McCain in the form of a truly pathetic administration position (which he has supported) with respect to the current financial debacle.

I wrote more about this here:
http://seidlweb.com/public/item/213401

McCain’s handlers understand that his position in this race is slipping.  As voters learn more and more about what is going on, and about the positions of both McCain and Palin, they are coming to the conclusion that the McCain/Pailin ticket is *not* the ticket for real change.  So, any delay in real access to these candidates works in their favor.  Debates are clearly something that should be avoided if possible.  It is more effective (for that ticket) to whip up fears of doom and gloom as a distraction to what’s going on behind the scenes.  Karl Rove masterfully got George W. Bush a second term this way.  The McCain camp is hoping to follow this lead to put McCain in office.

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By davr, September 26, 2008 at 4:35 am Link to this comment
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Yeah but, Palin is hot.  She is really HOT!

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By CAJones, September 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm Link to this comment
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**I have a very serious question**  Does anyone think that maybe, this will be seen as, or maybe is a DIS to the Minorities in MS? Could McCain not want to debate there because he feels the audience would strongly favor Obama? I think he would be wrong on that personally, he would probably do quite well, but it does beg to question…A one day delay maybe, but anything more seems cowardly.
I know the speculation is to buy Palin more time, but she has other things in her favor that would probably give her the advantage against Biden.  Seriously, does anyone think this could be a factor?

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By Daniel, September 25, 2008 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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The debates may not happen. I hope they do, between Obama and Bob Barr at least.
The ball is still in Mccain’s court. The Bush administration, along with Mccain are dragging their feet just so they miss the debates and subvert Obama’s growing authority, and Barack Obama is going to look bad as the only person there at Ol Miss. while Mccain is still “hard at work” on the negotiations. This is nothing more than political posturing by Mccain at our expense.

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By Shane, September 25, 2008 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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You liberals are way to funny. Why would McCain be afraid to debate Nobama?  if I recall it was Nobama that would even have townhall debates with McCain.  Gee…I wonder why Nobama didn’t want to do townhall debates with McCain?  Could it be because he can’t say anything intelligent without notes or a teleprompter in front of him?  Nobama is a complete hack.  If he could talk about the issues without being spoon fed the lines from his campaign, I might have a little respect for him.  He is a complete hack.  A guy who wants to raise taxes in an economy like this doesn’t understand the first thing about economics.  Even my 2 month old daughter knows you don’t raise taxes in an economy like this one!

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By vespucci, September 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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1. To Sue Cook - Does anyone agree? Well,no. This is arguably the silliest response to date on the issue…
2. I think that McCain is simply trying to show he is “large and in charge” by nobly suspending his campaign efforts to grace Washington with his presence and expertise. Unfortunately, it was Mccain and his deregulator posse (read Phil Gramm, Paulson, etc…)that got us in this mess to begin with.
3. We have ex-Wall Street types leading Federal agencies who are supposed to oversee the very financial institutions that they used to work for/with (and will probably work with again after Bush is out office…). Why should we be surprised that the Fed chairman is attempting to spoon feed his buddies $700 billion? Please, save me from this so-called solution…
4. Let the crooks and their institutions fail. Yes the economy will take a hit. Yes businesses will fail and people will lose their jobs. But will this infusion of cash really stave off these failures, or simply slow down the inevitable? And will this cash pacifier allow those responsible to slink off with our tax dollars in their pockets, only to reappear again as the CEO of yet another company? These institutions were deregulated and given free reign to operate unfettered, with current results. And now McCain wants to be Mr. Smith and go to Washington to “fix” the problem? What will he do, call up his old cronies ask for even more deregulation?

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By Daniel, September 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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If Mccain doesn’t show up to the debates tomorrow, it will be clear that he is so egotistical that he would rather shit on the American people if he doesn’t get his way. Wahhh!! Barack Obama didn’t approve of my townhall meetings… Wahh!!

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By Kurt, September 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
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Are these people on drugs? I mean not just alcohol or pot or cigarettes, but good solid drugs like magic mushrooms—this is the only possible explanation for their apparent disconnect from reality. With a VP candidate who prayed to be protected from witchcraft, a candidate who looks ill, lies to Letterman, and changes positions so often he looks like a contortionist, the only way they could handle the stress is to take mind-altering drugs.

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By Kim, September 25, 2008 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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So obviously 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!

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By WriterOnTheStorm, September 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

Having assumed all along that the debates would reveal Obama as the clear choice, I can only view McCain’s diversionary tactics as a clever attempt to forestall the showdown until such time as his campaign recovers from its current freefall. A debate this week could deal a mortal blow to McCain’s campaign and he knows it. He has admitted that the economy is not his forte, and here we are dealing with an economic crisis which has come to pass in no small measure from the core philosophies of his party.

The implication of all this is that McCain is operating on the belief that voters will have already forgotten this economic 9/11 by the next news cycle. Insulting, yes, but perhaps not wrong. It’s his best bet. Go for it, Johnny. Mister Rove couldn’t do it better.

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By Mark, September 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment
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Can Palin even clearly explain how to make macaroni and cheese without saying it like “well, I think it is really important at this time for the macaroni and cheese to be non-partisan.  we really need these two sides to come together and . . ”  Interviewer:  But can you give us the details of how much of what to use in the recipe?  Palin: “Well there’s definitely going to have to be some cheese working with some macaroni and it will have to change from the hard, you know . .  macaroni that it is now.  We’re going to have to change that.”  Interviewer:  “Do you have any ideas how we’re going to be able to do that?”  Palin:  . . .  Interviewer:  “would you consider using water?  Palin:  I think we’re definitely going to need some water, but we’ve got to get everyone together to figure out how to use that water.    And So ON!!

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By Daniel, September 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Mccain is using us.
http://leadershiporpoliticalploy.blogspot.com/

check this out.

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By yacovm, September 25, 2008 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

This is another way to bail us out
          By James Messina
 

First let’s go back to the beginning starting at bubble, although I’d rather refer it to a balloon. In the year 2000 just after post doomsday Y2K the balloon was just placed on stem of the tank of air. During that year a house, let’s say in Holiday Florida would average at $50-60k. During that same year there were many types of easy loans such as HUD and Veteran (it wasn’t necessary to actually be a Vet, one just got a little better rate if you were) which made it very easy for the average individual with $500 and job to obtain approval. Section 8 had a role in this also. If they had 20% of the price of the home they didn’t even need a job. Actually they did, but what was referred to as a “no doc” all they had to do is just say they had an income.
  Now here is where the air valve just barley inflates the balloon. Keep in mind that Holiday Florida is just a reference point and places like California and Miami holds the same principle just different prices. These loans usually carried an ARM which meant 5 years down the road Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac would be tacking on another 2.5-3% interest. These easy loans that owners had to put their signatures on, selling their souls sort of speak, compounded by falling prices.
  Before they got to that point there was a “get rich quick” craze going on and everybody and his brother became an overnight realtor by “flip that house.” or two or three or four, renting them or just fixing them up, and profiting by the fast rising house prices caused by the craze. 
  We can argue who is to blame, apparently both the home buyer and the lender is at fault. The lender acted recklessly and lent and lent and competed to lend. Mortgage and title companies were popping up all over leading the owners like sheep before the slaughter.
  The balance of fault lies on the degree of greed. Could you blame the average Joe that wanted to get rich quick or the banks who should have had more sense?
  Now we know how we got there lets propose how to get out. Giving 700 million to the same banks who got us here, paid for by the average Joe’s taxes and not only that but, Joe must barrow the money with interest just to give it to the ones who lent Joe the money for the house that he is now foreclosed on. That’s like Joe borrowing money to give to heroin dealers in order to make sure they have a steady supply of heroin that they could sell him.

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By yacovm, September 25, 2008 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

We have another option but of course it will not be considered because the government thinks it is in their best interest to help the banks thinking it will save Wall Street. We have to let the air out of the balloon by getting the prices of homes closer to the year 2000. The way we can do that is instead of giving the money directly to the banks; give it to the notes that are over priced. Let’s start with Joe’s house and his only house for now. If he paid let’s say $200,000 and he is in foreclosure, reset the value to the year 2003. That means rewriting the note. The year used adjusting the house value would be determined on until the 700 billion is allocated to first every homeowner that will occupy that house(700 billion will just an arbitrary number for now or just a limit).  This will in no doubt cause values to come down all over. This plan could be implemented to the relevance of importance. The homeless first then to the struggling families aiming at the outrageously over priced homes, this will hurt the rich and humble undeserving. There are Joe’s out there that flipped houses until he bestowed on half a million dollar house with an income that can’t support it. He should eventually be included in this bill.
  It all comes down to the basics, supply & demand. Now the supply is high. By slashing prices will create gamut of demand. New loans, transparency and credit will flow like neighborhoods at a block-party. This is the way to bailout Main Street & Wall Street.

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By John F. Butterfield, September 25, 2008 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment

I don’t know where reporters get their news.

I heard McCain himself say that there would be no debates until after the bailout idea was addressed by Congress.

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By Sue Cook, September 25, 2008 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

People, People.  Get hold of yourselves!

McCain is coyly showing how he has the ability to stump the “chosen one” at whim.

Why would the Maverick McCain with military might behind him be afraid to debate Obama with nadda behind him in a debate on foreign policy?

See how obsurd this sounds?

True, some economical sound bites may be streamed into the conversation out of pure necessity due to current events of the “meltdown” on Wall St. But, to completely take over the whole show would be unfair to McCain, Obama and us, as Obama needs to prove himself non-witless on the subject. It is McCain’s strong suit, and we, the people need to watch closely and determine who is for real and who is the phony.

So, we can’t honestly say that McCain is side-tracking the debate due to him being unprepared.

And, moving the VP slot to another time sounds feasable since it looks as though both Sarah and Biden (given his multi-series of gaffs of late) can both use the extra time.

I think the debates will go on as planned.

McCain is using brilliant strategy to keep the “chosen one” on his little toes.

Does anyone agree?

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By peachface, September 25, 2008 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

Why McCain really wants to postpone the debates:
Because he needs more preparation time to memorize all of Obama’s ideas for saving the economy and then present them as his own ideas. . . oh, the horror!

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By dedhed, September 25, 2008 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

unfit to command…

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By SYED WARIS SHERE, September 25, 2008 at 8:53 am Link to this comment
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Senator John McCain is hoping that his abrupt decision to suspend campaigning and seek a delay of first Presidential debate with Democrat Barack Obama is a huge gamble. It is a reckless move on the part of Senator John McCain. On the other hand Senator Barack Obama has insisted all along that the debate must go ahead as scheduled. “I believe that we should continue to have the debate,” he said. “I think that it makes sense for us to present ourselves before the American people, to talk about the nature of the problems that we’re having in our financial system, to talk about how it relates to our global standing in the world, what implications it has for our national security, how it relates to critical questions like the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.”  According to Washington Post, John McCain’s decision as a high-risk move that entails uncertain negotiations in Washington at the possible expense of a debate they believe McCain badly needs to get back on the offensive. One strategist called the move “desperate and nuts,” and another said in an e-mail, “I don’t get it at all.” Washington Post reports, that Democrats denounced McCain’s move as political grandstanding, and they quickly urged Obama to stay away. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the country would be better served if McCain and Obama went ahead with their debate. “If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership, not a campaign photo op,” he said in a statement. According to Los Angeles Times, the crisis in the financial markets and increasing anxiety about the economy are playing to Senator Barack Obama’s political strengths. Amid turmoil in the nation’s financial sector that threatens to harm the broader economy, more voters said they believed Obama was better equipped to handle domestic issues, such as the economy and healthcare, than his Republican rival, John McCain.  The Republican party is badly damaged and the economy is failing. Senator John McCain wishes to distance himself from the economic legacy of President George Bush, a fellow Republican, but is having very little effect. It is worth noting that the financial storm that has been battering Wall Street has also blown away John McCain’s lead in the presidential race. With approximately five weeks to go until American votes, opinion polls are volatile, but the shift in momentum to the Obama campaign has underlined his rival’s apparent vulnerability on the economy. The latest polls indicate that Senator Obama also cited the gravity of the nation’s financial crisis.“It is my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess,” Senator Obama said.

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By dedhed, September 25, 2008 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

....does McBush think that the American public is that stupid???

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By Hulk2008, September 25, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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By “racing” back to DC to “help with the bailout plan”, isn’t this just another situation in which McCain is following Bush AGAIN?  He has been saying for years that he voted 95% of the time to support W.  Here he goes again -  down the rabbit hole one more time -  to swallow that Kool-Aid once again.
  A “maverick” would have shunned the President’s bailout - or just headed for the riverboat to play poker.  But both McSAME and Palin-drome follow Bush in lock-step once again.

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By F. Andy Seidl, September 25, 2008 at 8:06 am Link to this comment
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This is a transparently political ploy, but it just might work.  I wrote more about this here:
http://seidlweb.com/public/item/213341

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By Purple Girl, September 25, 2008 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

Mac is the biggest PUSSY since HW and Ronny!Does he call Sarah “Mommy” too?
Reason this Dumbass wants to ‘delay’ the debates is first he realizes he won’t have a well formulated script to read from.
Second his Wet Nurse will not be allowed on stage to feed him his lines ( Was at one time LIEberman, then Gramm or Graham- But Now he has one which Actually Lactates to feed him his ‘thoughts’)
third he knows Jim Lehr is not ‘Lapel Pins’Gibson- so the questions could be ‘hard’
And what would be worse is if he actually has to answer BEFORE Obama- How could he Possibly Cheat off the Smart Guy, if he can’t see his answer first?
And Dear God- What if they actually ask him to expalin his voting record on Deregualtion, or about his Camapign Lobbists, His Medical Records, Which NFL Team he ‘confessed’...OOOOHHHHH It’s all too much! His debilitated Brain couldn’t possilby be expected to funciton correctly under all that pressure and TRUTH cards stacked against Him.
So he’s taking what marbles he still possess and going Home!
As for ‘ROSIE the Rivetor’ she’s Not supposed to speak- it would destroy the concentration while their Jacking each other Off! ‘No No Baby Don’t Talk,Don’t talk- just stand there and Look good,Don’t fuck us up, We’re almost there!’

Come On Folks McCain is the Worst Traitor in our history since GENERAL B. Arnold. And Palin is a bonafide Heretic- She apparently is Deluded enough to think she has the ability to Boss God around and Demand he work on HER Schedule and Grand ‘Design’- Just Like Hagee and Her Witch Hunting pastor does.
“God Make her Way” did not sound like a request, it sounded like an Order!

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By Hulk2008, September 25, 2008 at 7:32 am Link to this comment
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Mr. McCain:
    We are aware that your knowledge of PCs is somewhat lacking.  But television has been around for many years.  The debates could be broadcast from DC as easily as from Mississippi - unless you guys are going to work 24-7 in the Senate (fat chance).  Then again maybe the WARshington bunch should work a few double or triple shifts like the rest of us schlubs out here - might wake them up to the way real working people handle crises.  I can also understand that you want Senator Biden to be involved in this financial crisis - he has superior knowledge and skills to you and Palin combined. 
This is a ploy at best - another shoot-from-the-hip knee jerk response.  “Head of the Commerce Committee” - what a joke.  Congress is a vast collection of squabbling lawyers and ex-military elite - excellent ballast for an oil rig - at the bottom of the ocean.
  Whoever is elected, all hands will be tied for many years -  the real culprits, W & Co., will be conveniently “out of town”.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, September 25, 2008 at 7:16 am Link to this comment

Don’t you think that about two weeks after McCain picked Palin, after the bounce, that he realized he had committed political suicide by picking her?

I can hear John and Cindy talking while they’re waiting for the Viagra to kick in:

J:  Cin, what have I done to myself?

C:  Ya know, John, I warned you.  And you wouldn’t listen.  I ran out and got all that nice stuff for the ball and everything and now this.  You know what, John;  why don’t you just take care of yourself!?

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By VietnamVet, September 25, 2008 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

McCain is not worried about the economy; what he is worried about is his campaign is going downhill at a breakneck speed and he knows it!He does not want to debate and above all, he does not want Palin to get wiped out by Biden. The man is nothing short of a shame to this nation that he claims “should be first.” The man will say anything, do anything, and support anything that keeps the spotlight off of his past lack luster performance and the lack of performance of Palin. The only claim to fame he has is: I was a POW for five plus years! Obama will probably win by a significant margin if not a landslide.

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By Dave in Big Pine, September 25, 2008 at 6:41 am Link to this comment

did you know that the top 1% of americans earned 2 trillion MORE dollars than the bottom 90%?

why not take the bailout money from them? they lied, rigged the system, and stole their way to all that money, so why shouldn’t they have to pay it back and leave the rest of us alone?

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By Mudbones, September 25, 2008 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

You know this entire election stinks.  Something fishy is out there.  If credit is so tight why do you see all the mortgage ads on Yahoo, why do I keep getting solicitations in the mail?  Bail wall street out?  Trust Bush?  Why, tell me why we should.  Paulson is from Wall Street, can he really be objective?  Once this 700 billion bill is signed then the next prez will have no choice but to cut programs, eliminate costs and really harm the American people.
Could they really declare a state of emergency and cancel the election?  Please say no.

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By gianfalco, September 25, 2008 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

It’s only a matter of lipstick...

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By Chris Horton, September 25, 2008 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

Taken together with McCain’s announcement that he’s suspending his campaign, this fear is well founded. One way or another Bush’s next move could well be to declare an emergency and call off the election. Are the detention camps and martial law authority contingency measures? Or are they for a preemptive strike? It’s hard to foresee the details, but the final state toward which this is all moving is easier to discern.

Perhaps the threat to Obama is “deep six your campaign by signing on to my plan, or there isn’t going to be an election!”

In any case each of us needs at this moment to reach out to everyone we have influence with, and to our co-workers and neighbors, TODAY, to call them to speak and act against this bailout. Urge them to call on Congress and Obama to demand and hold out for a bailout of the people, not the financiers, and to not give Paulson or anyone else dictatorial powers!

The battle of our lifetimes is joined, ready or not! Sitting this one out is not an option!

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By Big B, September 25, 2008 at 4:34 am Link to this comment

The only thing that could counter balance the race card in this election has happened. There are economic bad times and the incumbent party is going to be blamed. Barry should now win, if only because of the absolute incompetance of the current pres and incredible idiocy of Mcsame.
As I have said all along, I fear the repugs are trying to throw this election!
Who in their right mind wants to be the next Jimmy Carter?

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By diamond, September 25, 2008 at 3:08 am Link to this comment

Why would McCain want to debate Obama who will do a Kennedy versus Nixon on any debate on any topic and will roast him over a slow fire on the economic lawlessness of the Republican party? The bigger concern is that they’ll try to say that the crisis is so grave they can’t hold the election. Now, that’s a real worry! As for Palin debating Biden- wouldn’t the RSPCA have something to say about that? Isn’t forcing Joe to debate Elly May Clampett some form of cruelty to a life form or something?

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By stan, September 25, 2008 at 2:17 am Link to this comment
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A few days back, or maybe a week, when it first became apparent that McCain’s poll numbers had peaked, I began thinking, ‘The only way Obama won’t get into the White House is if the debates get cancelled.’  Guess the McCain people were thinking the same thing.

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By PaulMagillSmith, September 25, 2008 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

A vote for (dis)Honest John & Failin’ Palin is the same as a bumper sticker I saw years back, “Vote For Bush & Get Dick”. If you want more of the same misery vote for Bush III (AKA: McSame).

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By PaulMagillSmith, September 25, 2008 at 1:18 am Link to this comment

As the old commercial went, “Got to make the doughnuts.” Maybe McCain should send a ‘real’ man to the debate (Palin) since it seems he can no longer ‘cut the mustard’.

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By yacovm, September 25, 2008 at 12:19 am Link to this comment

WE MUST PROTEST THIS BAILOUT
THAT’S WHY THEY WANT TO PUSH IT SO FAST THIS IS FOR THE RICH BANKS WHAT ABOUT THE LITTLE GUY? IF THIS MONEY WENT TO THE HOMEOWNER IT WOULD SOLVE IT
OR LET US RUMBLE IN THE STREETS

This plan only helps the wealthy. I understand by giving them money the banks in return will be able to keep those loans. How about the other way around? Give the people the money to pay these loans and homes? Or, chop i.e. the price of a $450,000 house to its original value before the bubble to somewhere about $200,000 only if it is his or hers sole residence and only if the income can suffice that loan. We need to address the root of this and that is housing. This problem was created by the banks and the Feds on interest and the whole loaning industry. I realize it will be like ripping off a band aide fast and the wound will still bleed, Wall Street will take a dive, big banks and their executives would skater, but these are the ones this bailout is intended. No matter if we do this proposed bailout or we don’t someone will suffer. So lets bailout the people not the banks. Cut the home prices, let the people move in and this will cause a massive decline in home prices many people who depend on their equity to get them through, and will cause millions refuting second mortgaging and the business that need loans to start or continue production. Each and every one of these loans through transparently and scrutiny, allow to be funded with this bailout money.
“We have to jump start the economy” “We need to give (bailout) the financial institutions so we can have business as usual” “You need to pass this 700 billion dollar plan and pass it now” lets OK a plan but not the one you propose Mr. Paulson, the one we propose “let them eat cake” free the oppressed from this crisis caused by greedy investors. If you want to displace taxpayers’ money, money that they don’t even have, Its money that you intend to barrow from foreign countries with interest Mr. Paulson, then displace it from the bottom up.
All the rest of houses left that were foreclosed that were owned by investors will take a hit also. The idea here is to take an organic approach not a synthetic one

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By Sepharad, September 24, 2008 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment
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McCain wants to cancel the vice-presidential debate?

In his dreams.

He picked the vp candidate to run this race. Maybe if she “mostly listens” to Senator Biden her minders can say she’s at least audited Foreign Policy 101.

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By ocjim, September 24, 2008 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment

Serial liars who dodge the real issues, opportunists who use anything and anyone to achieve their ends, deceit and ploys to hide ignorance in their VP candidate or shield the secrecy—all sound like Bush and Cheney before them. Can anyone doubt it could be four more years of the Bush plague.

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By DoctorK, September 24, 2008 at 9:47 pm Link to this comment

Quicksand! Must have figured out that Americans with more than two neurons are now “bailin’ on Palin” as McCain’s looking OLD and confused on what to do and what to say. DEBATE! DEBATE! DEBATE!

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By Fahrenheit 451, September 24, 2008 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

Lets see, he’s canceled his debate, he wants to cancel the VP debate, he’s suspended his campaign; hmmmm. 
Something stinks!
What would happen if it comes to pass that he’s not competent to run because of mental or physical health?  Then what?

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By G.Anderson, September 24, 2008 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

McCain is a Chickenshit, there I’ve said it…

he’s old and feeble minded…I don’t care what he did in the old days…. that’s why we don’t let old men go into combat, they can’t think straight and they jeopadize the survival of their comrades in Arms, just as he’s now jeopardizing the survival of this country, he knows in his heart he can’t cut it anymore….

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By jltnol, September 24, 2008 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment
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CHICKEN!!!


BOTH of them

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By Fahrenheit 451, September 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

This is pure theater (bad at that).  A shoddy attempt by McCain to get his inertia back.  The reason he lost it in the first place is that he can’t keep his mind straight and focused.  Intelligent people won’t fall for it, so we may be in big trouble.

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By Marc Schlee, September 24, 2008 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment
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For “Tweety” McCain to try to change the rules of the debate this late in the election is as cheap and cowardly as collaborating with the enemy in wartime or dropping bombs on civilian villagers.

FREE AMERICA

REVOLUTIONARY (DIRECT) DEMOCRACY

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