With all of the brouhaha with Senator John McCain suspending his campaign to go back to Washington to provide leadership in the Senate.  He also says that he would like to see the debate on foreign policy delayed until Congress has addressed the current economic crisis.

I’m curious, do you think this was a political stunt, an act of leadership or something in between?  Leave a comment!

30 comments
  1. Probably a bit of both. it is hard for a candidate not to campaign even when dutifully fulfilling the office they were elected to.
    He made a call and that’s fine. To go the other way would have led to some claiming he was more interested in being elected than doing what needs to be done now.
    A classic no win situation, but no one said life was fair.

  2. Probably a bit of both. it is hard for a candidate not to campaign even when dutifully fulfilling the office they were elected to.
    He made a call and that’s fine. To go the other way would have led to some claiming he was more interested in being elected than doing what needs to be done now.
    A classic no win situation, but no one said life was fair.

  3. Probably a bit of both. it is hard for a candidate not to campaign even when dutifully fulfilling the office they were elected to.
    He made a call and that’s fine. To go the other way would have led to some claiming he was more interested in being elected than doing what needs to be done now.
    A classic no win situation, but no one said life was fair.

  4. I think that McCain made the right move. Not sure I would have asked for the debate postponement, as that comes accross as cowardly.

    McCain has a history of bi-partisen leadership, and a lengthy legislative resume. Obama doesn’t. His going back to do what he does best just accentuates the “Talk is cheap” message.

    Does anyone really change their mind because of Stump speeches or TV ads anyway? If they do, they are suckers.

  5. I think that McCain made the right move. Not sure I would have asked for the debate postponement, as that comes accross as cowardly.

    McCain has a history of bi-partisen leadership, and a lengthy legislative resume. Obama doesn’t. His going back to do what he does best just accentuates the “Talk is cheap” message.

    Does anyone really change their mind because of Stump speeches or TV ads anyway? If they do, they are suckers.

  6. I think that McCain made the right move. Not sure I would have asked for the debate postponement, as that comes accross as cowardly.

    McCain has a history of bi-partisen leadership, and a lengthy legislative resume. Obama doesn’t. His going back to do what he does best just accentuates the “Talk is cheap” message.

    Does anyone really change their mind because of Stump speeches or TV ads anyway? If they do, they are suckers.

  7. It’s hard to know his true motivation, but I think it is the right thing to do. Not only is he a senator, he could potentially be the next president. If so, he will be required to continue the process. Being there now and focusing on this problem will help in this.

  8. It’s hard to know his true motivation, but I think it is the right thing to do. Not only is he a senator, he could potentially be the next president. If so, he will be required to continue the process. Being there now and focusing on this problem will help in this.

  9. It’s hard to know his true motivation, but I think it is the right thing to do. Not only is he a senator, he could potentially be the next president. If so, he will be required to continue the process. Being there now and focusing on this problem will help in this.

  10. EVERYTHING they do now is calculated. Nonetheless, I think McCain has more leadership prowess than Obama and would have greater influence on what’s going on in Congress at the moment.

  11. EVERYTHING they do now is calculated. Nonetheless, I think McCain has more leadership prowess than Obama and would have greater influence on what’s going on in Congress at the moment.

  12. EVERYTHING they do now is calculated. Nonetheless, I think McCain has more leadership prowess than Obama and would have greater influence on what’s going on in Congress at the moment.

  13. I feel sad for that town in Mississippi that has spent $5m preparing for the debate.

    After last weeks bizarre behavior McCain has found himself behind in the polls and looking for another way to create a diversion. Since there were no hurricanes looming he did this 🙂

    Seriously though.. his campaign staff was still out on the talk shows today campaigning.. what is all this grandstanding about anyway?

    Color me confused.

  14. I feel sad for that town in Mississippi that has spent $5m preparing for the debate.

    After last weeks bizarre behavior McCain has found himself behind in the polls and looking for another way to create a diversion. Since there were no hurricanes looming he did this 🙂

    Seriously though.. his campaign staff was still out on the talk shows today campaigning.. what is all this grandstanding about anyway?

    Color me confused.

  15. I feel sad for that town in Mississippi that has spent $5m preparing for the debate.

    After last weeks bizarre behavior McCain has found himself behind in the polls and looking for another way to create a diversion. Since there were no hurricanes looming he did this 🙂

    Seriously though.. his campaign staff was still out on the talk shows today campaigning.. what is all this grandstanding about anyway?

    Color me confused.

  16. My first thought was – they both should since that is what they were originally elected to do. They are both paid to represent their states and serve in the Senate. It would a dereliction of duty to not be there in this time.

    Regarding the debate – McCain has challenged Obama to debates this summer and he turned them down. So one can’t say he’s being cowardly. Besides he’s saying postpone, not cancel the debate.

    Regarding any cost to the State of Mississippi – much of that is likely on security so when they spend it is likely pretty fluid, so they may not really lose much. I’m trying to figure out why $5 million needs to be spent on a debate before hand. That seems pretty high.

    Deb I agree with you that McCain will likely have more influence on this in the Senate than Obama.

  17. My first thought was – they both should since that is what they were originally elected to do. They are both paid to represent their states and serve in the Senate. It would a dereliction of duty to not be there in this time.

    Regarding the debate – McCain has challenged Obama to debates this summer and he turned them down. So one can’t say he’s being cowardly. Besides he’s saying postpone, not cancel the debate.

    Regarding any cost to the State of Mississippi – much of that is likely on security so when they spend it is likely pretty fluid, so they may not really lose much. I’m trying to figure out why $5 million needs to be spent on a debate before hand. That seems pretty high.

    Deb I agree with you that McCain will likely have more influence on this in the Senate than Obama.

  18. My first thought was – they both should since that is what they were originally elected to do. They are both paid to represent their states and serve in the Senate. It would a dereliction of duty to not be there in this time.

    Regarding the debate – McCain has challenged Obama to debates this summer and he turned them down. So one can’t say he’s being cowardly. Besides he’s saying postpone, not cancel the debate.

    Regarding any cost to the State of Mississippi – much of that is likely on security so when they spend it is likely pretty fluid, so they may not really lose much. I’m trying to figure out why $5 million needs to be spent on a debate before hand. That seems pretty high.

    Deb I agree with you that McCain will likely have more influence on this in the Senate than Obama.

  19. I believe it is great that McCain did what he did. I do not care what anyone says. Our economic problems come first and the campaign and debates can wait. Besides, no one knows anything about Obama – not even after 18 months – like he will really have a plan now and reveal himself? PFT!

  20. I believe it is great that McCain did what he did. I do not care what anyone says. Our economic problems come first and the campaign and debates can wait. Besides, no one knows anything about Obama – not even after 18 months – like he will really have a plan now and reveal himself? PFT!

  21. I believe it is great that McCain did what he did. I do not care what anyone says. Our economic problems come first and the campaign and debates can wait. Besides, no one knows anything about Obama – not even after 18 months – like he will really have a plan now and reveal himself? PFT!

  22. “I’m curious, do you think this was a political stunt, an act of leadership or something in between?”

    Stunt.

    Please? Our presidential candidates can’t multitask? I stand back scratching my head and mumble to self, “hmm…isn’t this interesting.” (and echoing Kansas Bob’s wonderment as to just what does “suspending campaigning” really mean anyway? Hmm…)

  23. “I’m curious, do you think this was a political stunt, an act of leadership or something in between?”

    Stunt.

    Please? Our presidential candidates can’t multitask? I stand back scratching my head and mumble to self, “hmm…isn’t this interesting.” (and echoing Kansas Bob’s wonderment as to just what does “suspending campaigning” really mean anyway? Hmm…)

  24. “I’m curious, do you think this was a political stunt, an act of leadership or something in between?”

    Stunt.

    Please? Our presidential candidates can’t multitask? I stand back scratching my head and mumble to self, “hmm…isn’t this interesting.” (and echoing Kansas Bob’s wonderment as to just what does “suspending campaigning” really mean anyway? Hmm…)

  25. I think he should have kept his campaign going and let Palin do all the campaigning while he was in the Senate. He’s probably afraid she’ll pull the campaign too far right, though. Anyway, I think it’s a little bit of both.

  26. I think he should have kept his campaign going and let Palin do all the campaigning while he was in the Senate. He’s probably afraid she’ll pull the campaign too far right, though. Anyway, I think it’s a little bit of both.

  27. I think he should have kept his campaign going and let Palin do all the campaigning while he was in the Senate. He’s probably afraid she’ll pull the campaign too far right, though. Anyway, I think it’s a little bit of both.

  28. I think that he will likely be at the debates now. He can leave at 6:00p and still get there in time for the debates.

    It’ll be interesting.

    @Karla – I think he meant suspending his own campaign appearances.
    @Casey – I don’t see why Governor Palin couldn’t keep campaigning. She doesn’t currently have a role to play in Washington on all of this.

    Did anybody see if Biden went back? The way his week has been going with interview gaffes it would probably be better for the Obama campaign if he would.

  29. I think that he will likely be at the debates now. He can leave at 6:00p and still get there in time for the debates.

    It’ll be interesting.

    @Karla – I think he meant suspending his own campaign appearances.
    @Casey – I don’t see why Governor Palin couldn’t keep campaigning. She doesn’t currently have a role to play in Washington on all of this.

    Did anybody see if Biden went back? The way his week has been going with interview gaffes it would probably be better for the Obama campaign if he would.

  30. I think that he will likely be at the debates now. He can leave at 6:00p and still get there in time for the debates.

    It’ll be interesting.

    @Karla – I think he meant suspending his own campaign appearances.
    @Casey – I don’t see why Governor Palin couldn’t keep campaigning. She doesn’t currently have a role to play in Washington on all of this.

    Did anybody see if Biden went back? The way his week has been going with interview gaffes it would probably be better for the Obama campaign if he would.

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