Wednesday, September 24

McCain: No Debate? Open Thread

McCain has announced that if the bailout bill doesn't pass, then he will not attend the Presidential debate on Friday night. Your thoughts? Let the open thread begin.

8 comments:

Newsy said...

Well, since no one is jumping in on this I will. I think it is a bad move for a couple of reasons.

First, it makes it appear as if McCain can't handle a crisis like this (which I personally feel he is more than capable of handling) and secondly, it could potentially reshuffle the debate schedule around. The latest news I have heard this evening indicates delaying the VP debate next week and putting a rescheduled Presidential debate in its place. That makes it sound like they are buying time for Palin (which again, I don't think they need).

While I lean toward voting for McCain at this point, he has consistently made some poor choices in the last couple of weeks. He needs to get his act together and show why he should be regarded as a leader.

DONNA said...

McCain is doing his job. He is going where he is needed. This is not something that can be put on the back burner while the candidates have a debate.

Jason said...

The way I look at it our elected officials should be in DC fixing this thing. They are still Senators and they should do the darn job for which they were elected.

Newsy said...

Could someone please tell me what McCain and/or Obama can do in DC that they can't do in some other location around the world? Why do they have to be there unless there is a vote?

Jason said...

Right now they're the defacto leaders of their party. The negotiations are happening in Washington and there will have to be a vote on any deal. You know it's easier to work out a deal when people are sitting in the same room versus continually trying to play phone tag.

DONNA said...

I agree Jason. He is a Senator and his place is at this time in Washington.
To me having a debate in the middle of this crisis is like me going shopping for a new outfit while my child is having emergency surgery. The outfit can wait, my place is by child's side. While I'm not the one performing or even assisting with the surgery, it's still my responsibility to be there.
This is in fact an emergency situation and I would think that a person who understands the urgency of this situation would want to be there whether they have an active role or not.

Newsy said...

Keep in mind I am specifically only referring to the time that they were scheduled to debate. I personally would like to hear what they would do as commander-in-chief if this were their Presidency while this crisis is in progress. That is a debate we need to hear now.

Donna, the problem with your analogy is that the debate isn't superfluous (like buying a new outfit) but rather a potential game changer (like finding child care for your other child while the other is in surgery). If you can't handle both problems then something is wrong.

Right now, Obama is ahead in the race... and he will win if he is seen as the one who is best suited to run this country. Do either of you want that to happen, because an hour and a half of uninterrupted airtime for Barack Obama tomorrow night with questions from the liberal media will go a long way to seal the deal on his election.

I believe McCain will show up at the last minute. Watch for it. If not, Obama will win the Presidency... simple as that. America will be watching tomorrow night.

DONNA said...

Well Newsy, we do agree on one thing and that is McCain will show up.
I guess we will have to just wait and see which approach the American people feel more comfortable with. The McCain's get involved approach or the Obama, "call me if you need me."

Tomorrow is going to be interesting. We should have a lot more to discuss as the events unfold. I'm looking forward to it!