Republican John McCain plans to suspend his campaign for the White House to come back to Washington to work on the economy. McCain called President Bush to tell him of his plan. The GOP candidate is also asking Democrat Barack Obama to join him in postponing the first debate to work on the nations financial crisis. As for Senator Obama and the debate. He says, “This is exactly the time the people need to hear from the person, who in approximately in 40 days will have to deal with this mess.” An Obama source says McCain is trying to seem engaged as he is clearly on the ropes over the economy in the contest for the Oval Office. Wednesday, Senator Obama placed the first of several calls between him and Senator McCain to work on a joint statement on the economy. McCain ultimately changed from the original idea.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino issued this statement about their efforts to work together.
"We welcome Sen. McCain's announcement. We are making progress in negotiations on the financial markets rescue legislation, but we have not finished it yet. Bipartisan support from Sens. McCain and Obama would be helpful in driving to a conclusion. The financial market crisis is a big problem that requires a big solution, and solving this in a bipartisan way will help prevent economic damage spreading from Wall Street to all Americans."
Is this campaign suspension the right thing to do? Should the first debate go on as planned? Is it s a political tactic? what say you?