John McCain claims he is going to suspend his campaign because of the financial crisis. McCain's abrupt announcement came in an email that was sent out at 2:56 PM today. The timing of this e-mail appeared designed to pre-empt Barak Obama, who, according to aides, had already initiated efforts to seek a bipartisan solution.
At 3:09 PM, just 14 minutes after the McCain email, Bill Burton of the Obama campaign sent out the following statement:
"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."
Obama rejected McCain's proposal to postpone the first debate.
"This is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess," Obama said. "What I've told the leadership in Congress is that if I can be helpful, then I am prepared to be anywhere, anytime. What I think is important is that we don't suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics."
If this was so important, why didn't McCain suspend his campaign NOW and head back to the Capitol ASAP? Instead, he's waiting til tomorrow -- and, not just tomorrow, but tomorrow after he speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative. He canceled an appearence on David Letterman because, he claimed, that he had to focus on the financial crisis, but then it turned out that he was at another CBS studio taping with Katie Couric.