Campaign Break: Sincere Stop or Pure Politics?

You might call it putting your money - or lack thereof - where your mouth is. Or you might not. Republican John McCain announced Wednesday afternoon that he would suspend his campaign to return to Washington and work on a compromise plan to address the economic crisis. He called on Democrat Barack Obama to do the same, and even suggests they postpone their first debate, currently scheduled for Friday night in Mississippi. The campaign trail is a busy one with a schedule that keeps the Senators away from Capitol Hill. CNN reported that McCain cast his most recent vote in April, Obama in July. Earlier in the day, Obama and McCain spoke, and Obama suggested they release a joint statement to spur their colleagues in Washington to action. Reaction to this is already mixed - some say Washington is exactly where the Senators are needed, other say the presence of the Presidential candidates would be a distraction and actually impede the process. In making his announcement, McCain said "time is running out" and "every corner of the country" will be affected if Congress fails to act. In reacting, Obama said the economic crisis makes it more important than ever that he and McCain go forward with their debate as scheduled Friday night. The situation is still fresh - in fact, Obama is still speaking as I write this - so let's hear what you think. Is this a sincere effort to solve the problem or is it just more politics as usual?

 

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