Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain wants out of the debate

With President Bush set to address the nation tonight, suddenly Sen. John McCain wants to back out of the debate scheduled for Friday. His says he will suspend his campaign on Thursday morning.

McCain's story is that he wants to return to Washington to focus on solving the financial crisis.


But what I see is that McCain's campaign is in a free-fall. The notion of facing his opponent this week, when he is totally unprepared to do so, has withered McCain's courage to stand next to Sen. Barack Obama and answer questions about the economy or Iraq, or anything else.

Maybe this is statesmanship. Maybe this is something else, altogether.

If McCain wants to be in DeeCee, fine, hold the debate there. Move it out of Mississippi. Hold the debate in a hall on George Washington University's campus. It can be done. Such a thing could be thrown together in hours.

But if McCain simply wants to run away from a fight, a debate his advisers are telling him he would surely lose, well, wrapping himself in the flag of saving Wall St. isn't going to fool many fair-minded voters.


Scott said...

Distributed by the Green Party of the United States

Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente Power to the People Campaign

For immediate release
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Contact: 202-584-1021,

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney has offered to debate Barack Obama if John McCain's opts out at this Friday's presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi, following the Republican nominee's announcement that he is seeking a delay of the event.

"If John McCain wants to bow out, I'm willing to step in and take his podium on Friday," said Cynthia McKinney.

"The financial meltdown won't come any closer to a resolution because a presidential debate is postponed. Now is the best time for Americans to see how prepared their leaders are to handle emergencies, how they introduce fresh ideas and solutions for national problems, and whether they're willing to stand up for the American people instead of Wall Street moguls and corporate interests," Ms. McKinney added.

Ms. McKinney has sharply criticized the bailout bill and has introduced a ten-point plan to address the financial crisis ("Seize the Time,"

The Green Party has also called for extensive measures and protections for American taxpayers, calling the collapse and bailout of financial institutions a sign that bipartisan deregulation policies and the free-market ideology have failed (

"I'm ready right now to travel to Mississippi. Voters have a right to know about all the candidates whose names they'll see on the ballot. Voters deserve to know which candidate best represents their interests and ideals. Any presidential candidate who is on enough ballots to be elected deserves to participate. We need multi-party presidential debates, and I'm ready to go up against Barack Obama or any other candidate and present my ideas to the American people. I should be included in these debates whether McCain shows up or not," said Ms. McKinney

Cynthia McKinney is a former six-term Georgia member of the US House of Representatives. Ms. McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente ( were nominated by the Green Party of the United States at the 2008 Green National Convention in Chicago this past July.

Anonymous said...

I hink the Green Party needs to be debating Sarah "God's Little Pipeline" Palin. . . .

Couldn't believe what a doofus she was talking to Katie Couric -- scary -- like mentally she's still that kid in the dorm room with the "I may be broke but I ain't flat busted" sweatshirt. Like. Ya. Know?