McCain Calls a “Time Out”

By Samantha Hayes in Washington, DC

The financial crisis not only demands immediate attention from those in power right now, it also reminds voters that the current administration has only a few months left before leaving power. The money mess is going to soon be in the hands of either John McCain or Barack Obama. While the two candidates have been talking about the economy non-stop for the last two weeks, that was supposed to change toward the end of the week. The topic of this Friday’s first presidential debate is foreign policy. But John McCain said today he would wants to postpone the debate and focus on the economic crisis. McCain announced that he will suspend his campaign tomorrow and head to Washington. McCain said, “I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.” Obama’s campaign says Obama had contacted McCain earlier today to suggest the two men release a joint statement on the economic crisis.

Before McCain’s dramatic announcement,  the spotlight was on Obama running mate Joe Biden, who hammered McCain on his national security decisions.  During a campaign stop in Ohio, Biden told those gathered that during the “run up to the war in Iraq, John insisted that we would be greeted as liberators, that we didn’t need a lot of troops, that victory was imminent.” Biden argued that despite his experience, he believes McCain lacks good judgment.

John McCain’s campaign responded in a statement saying, in part, that Joe Biden, “has gone through so many disjointed transformations on Iraq that he no longer represents credible leadership on the issue.”

We’ll soon see whether the Obama and McCain can “come together” for a short time to work on the current financial crises. But don’t expect politics to spend much time on the sidelines. Debates still will be held soon and then voters will decide which man will become president and who will stay in the Senate.

Samantha Hayes is a national correspondent for CNN Newsource based in Washington, D.C. She contributes political stories to KSAT-12. You can learn more about her here.

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