McCain has announced that he’s going to suspend his campaign to go back to Washington to address the financial crisis we find ourselves in:
Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.
I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.
We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.I am 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.
And when I showed this to my coworker he stated the obvious: This is a politician talking. And I’ll admit, as one who’s evaluated things that have happened before in terms of perception, this seems like a really great move—especially since McCain did it first.
The problem is, most people don’t trust McCain as it is. He may truly be this concerned about the problem. He may truly understand the scope and want to get involved. He may be above the fray—but regardless of all of this, a bunch of people are going to say he’s just doing it to get attention, to get favorable press, and to try to keep Obama from campaigning.
It’s a potentially game-changing announcement, and underscores the whole “experience” and “country first” theme of his campaign—which is why it’s hard to buy that it’s not also a political strategy.
UPDATE (4:30 PM EST):
- Sen. McCain has instructed his staff to take his ads down.
- Sen. Obama wants to go ahead with the debate.
UPDATE (4:50 PM EST):
- I’ve seen what I think will be the theme of why Sen. Obama’s going to keep right on going from Twitter: mommystory Did Obama just imply that leaders should multitask? Imagine that!