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AP: McCain Contradicts Himself, Will Debate

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

The debate is on; McCain agrees to participate


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican John McCain agreed to attend the first presidential debate Friday night even though Congress doesn’t have a bailout deal, reversing an earlier decision to delay the event until Washington had taken action to address the crisis.

With less than 10 hours until the debate was scheduled to start, the McCain campaign announced that the Arizona senator would travel to the University of Mississippi. The campaign said that afterward McCain would return to Washington to continue working on the financial crisis.

Obama had always planned to attend the debate and was aboard his plane preparing to take off when McCain’s announcement was made. McCain quickly moved to his own private aircraft and headed South with his wife and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, on board.

The action contradicted the position McCain had taken Wednesday, when he announced, “I’m directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.”

McCain had also said he would suspend all campaign activities, but in reality the campaign just shifted to Washington while the work of trying to win the election went on.

McCain had taken a gamble with the move, trying to appear above politics and as a leader on an issue that had overshadowed the presidential campaign and given him trouble. But Democratic rival Barack Obama had not bowed to McCain’s challenge, and instead questioned why the Republican nominee couldn’t handle two things at once — the debate and involvement in the bailout negotiations.

An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll out Friday just before McCain’s announcement showed the public overwhelmingly wanted the candidates to debate, 60 percent to 22 percent, with the rest undecided.

By Friday morning, it appeared McCain was looking for a face-saving way to get to the debate even though a deal had not been reached. He met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, before heading to his campaign headquarters and issuing a statement that blamed others in Washington for the failure to reach an agreement.

“John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign was made in the hopes that politics could be set aside to address our economic crisis,” the statement said. “In response, Americans saw a familiar spectacle in Washington. At a moment of crisis that threatened the economic security of American families, Washington played the blame game rather than work together to find a solution that would avert a collapse of financial markets without squandering hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ money to bail out bankers and brokers who bet their fortunes on unsafe lending practices.” …

Alas, what a typical Associated Press article.

The action contradicted the position McCain had taken Wednesday, when he announced, “I’m directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.”

Has Mr. McCain “not taken action to address this crisis”? Where is the contradiction, Ms. Pickler?

Hint: there is none.

But once again the AP spins the news for their Democrat masters.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AP: McCain Contradicts Himself, Will Debate”

  1. Consilience says:

    From Rep. Hensarling:

    “House Republicans are extremely concerned about the state of our economy, the status of our capital markets, and how the problems of Wall Street are being assumed by Main Street. We all agree that doing nothing is not an option, but it is always more important to do the right thing rather than the quick thing.

    “It is ludicrous to think that House Republicans are ‘holding up’ any sort of deal, as Democrats falsely claim. If Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Frank believe that the Paulson plan is the only plan that can save the American economy, they have a moral obligation and a duty to pass it. The Democrats are the majority party in the House, as I have been consistently reminded by Chairman Frank. The truth is that Democrats can pass the Paulson plan in an hour if they believe it is the right thing to do. That is their prerogative.

    “House Republicans have made it clear that we want to fix this problem and we want to work to solve this crisis. We believe that there is a better way to do it, where we can help Wall Street workout of this crisis rather than forcing taxpayers to bail it out. If Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat leadership want our votes and our support, they should work with us just as we are attempting to work with them. We are defending the taxpayer and will continue to do so as we work toward solving this crisis.”

  2. Jeanie says:

    It is so aggravating to watch all these Dems, who are responsible for so much of this mess, if not all of it, pass the blame.

    They have the votes, so vote, and stop blaming Republicans for your lack of leadership, and gumption. Stop praising Obama for doing nothing more than sitting there, and saying….call me , if you need me. Which translates to…leave me out of it because I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing.

    Earmarks for ACORN? I do not want one damn dime of taxpayer money going toward that group. That would be a sin, and it ticks me off how $100 million would go to them, to benefit Obama. That’s absurd, and how dare they even think that all tax payers would want that. Some of us want nothing to do with that fraud riddled group.

    If this was such a crisis as Reid would lead us to believe, and other dems, then how did Reid have time to insert a new ban on going after oil shale? I cannot stand this man, and I hope he’s ousted on his keester come his election time.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    At this moment – the House Republicans are standing firm and the Dems and their propaganda wing the msm, are doing everything possible to bury this issue (it blew up in their face – I hear as high as 95% of Americans are against the bailout) and of course to delay/prevent any meaningful investigations (because then the blame will be properly laid on the liberal Dems) and of course to hide attempts to pad this idiotic mess with pork & earmarks (ACORN, college loans, credit card loans, etc) – bet the Dems attempt a dark of night, backroom deal, no debate vote at 2AM Sunday.

    And of course, to all of us who have functional brain cells (and use them) it belies the true lie here – that the Dems have a majority in Congress and that the majority of Dems/Americans support what they are doing. If that was true wouldn’t this pack of garbage already have been a done deal?

    Who gives a dippy dappy crap about a staged event with Obama getting questions like – What was Africa like when you visited there? And McCain will get questions like – How can someone associated with the Keating 5 scandal be trusted on the bailout vote?

    Or some such nonsense. Any way you cut it – it will be a distorted, twisted waste of time. One thing I have to give to the Saddleback Forum – there wasn’t any of this msm, ‘pundit’ crap and dazzle done. Same questions – vastly different answers.

  4. Commonman1 says:

    “wardmama4” you are so right on target with the treatment John McCain can expect tonight…I really do hope Obama and his ally moderators try this though…It’s time for the real John McCain to look the camera in the eye and expose the community organizing fraud for what he is… he needs to articulate what truly happened in Washington this week, and how we got to this point in this bailout mess, and ask Mr. Condescending Obama if his party has been honest about the intended use of their bill…saving their butts, their lobbyist buddies (same thing) and funneling money to ACORN to defraud another election like they’ve been convicted of in the state of Washington!

  5. RightWinger says:

    Tonight Obama will show the world how many times he can say “uh-uh, well, err,uh”, get creamed in the debate and tomorrow’s headlines will read like this….

    American Pravda (AP) – Obama shows he is Presidential.

    Al Reuters – Obama shines in debate while McCain stumbles.

    NY Times Editorial – Obama shows he is ready to lead and McCain is ready to retire.

    ABC/WaPo Poll – Out of 300 registered voters surveyed after the debate, 93% said Obama was the hands down winner in last night’s Presidential debate.

    (250 Democrats, 40 Independents, 10 Republicans comprised the poll)

    Chris Matthews – I had major tingles down both legs as Obama outflanked McCain with his superior wisdom and intellect


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