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7:35 PM ET, September 24, 2008


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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain: Scrap Friday Debate for Bailout; Obama: The Debate is On  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and Rick Klein report: Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Wednesday said he would “suspend” his presidential campaign to come to Washington to help negotiate a financial bailout bill …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain's gambit  —  McCain suspends his campaign, and asks to postpone Friday's debate, to address the financial crisis.  —  Both candidates have been marginal players; McCain, though, seems to have the potential to make himself a major one, and his move is a mark, most of all, that he doesn't like the way this campaign is going.
Fox News:
McCain Suspends Campaign to Help With Bailout  —  John McCain will suspend his presidential campaign Thursday and has asked to postpone his debate Friday with Barack Obama so the two senators can return to Washington to help negotiate a Wall Street bailout, an approach to the financial crisis …
Drudge Report:
MCCAIN SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN TO FOCUS ON ECONOMY; WANTS DEBATE DELAY  —  MCCAIN: America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system.  We must pass legislation to address this crisis.  If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Gimmicks ‘R’ Us  —  McCain suspends his campaign because of financial crisis?  Oh please.  Given today's poll numbers—even Fox has him dropping—it seems another Hail Mary (like the feckless selection of Palin) to try make McCain seem a statesman, which is difficult given the puerile tenor of his campaign's message operation.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Behind McCain's Decision to Suspend His Campaign  —  John McCain's decision to suspend his campaign comes as two new polls show him slipping in the head to head matchup against Barack Obama.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  —  Sen. John McCain's surprise announcement that he would temporarily suspend …
Washington Post:
McCain Calls for Debate Delay to Focus on Financial Crisis  —  NEW YORK — The financial crisis on Wall Street overwhelmed the 2008 presidential race today, as Republican presidential nominee John McCain this afternoon said he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return …
New York Times:
Obama Rejects McCain's Call to Delay Their First Debate  —  Senator John McCain on Wednesday injected another surprise into his presidential campaign, announcing that he would suspend campaigning on Thursday and seek a delay in this week's planned debate so that he could return to Washington …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain Asks To Postpone Friday Debate Due To Economic Crisis  —  NEW YORK — Republican John McCain said Wednesday he wants to delay Friday's debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama and temporarily put aside their partisan campaign to resolve the nation's financial crisis.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain taking ads down  —  Aiming to prove how serious he is about addressing the financial crisis, John McCain has instructed his staff to take all his campaign commercials off the air, a spokesman tells Politico.  —  “As John McCain said, now is the time to put partisanship aside …
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Times poll shows Barack Obama has slight lead over John McCain
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
McCain, Obama Still Close in Poll
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: McCain suspends campaign to deal with economy …
Maya Curry / Time:
Poll: Obama Gains Ground in Swing States
Discussion: Hot Air
Drudge Report:
EXCLUSIVE: LETTERMAN MOCKS MCCAIN CANCELLATION  —  David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.  —  Then in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin gets question, looks to McCain, demurs  —  This is what happens when campaigns let reporters into photo ops.  They get all uppity and ask questions.  —  From the pool report account of what happened after McCain and Palin's meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvilli and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Reid: McCain return ‘would not be helpful’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a statement that would be unlikely to go out without the Obama campaign's approval, dismisses McCain's suspension:
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Wizbang
David Stout / New York Times:
Paulson Gives Way on C.E.O. Pay; Bush to Speak Tonight
Discussion: The Caucus and Concurring Opinions
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama And Democrats Call McCain's Bluff
Discussion: Oliver Willis Today in Finance:
Reid Seeks McCain Pledge
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Wire:
McCain's Call to Cancel Debate Met with Resistance
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A non-emergency meeting  —  The McCain campaign's new urgency about the financial crisis didn't entirely clear his schedule this morning.  —  My colleague Amie Parnes reports that he made it to his scheduled morning meeting with Lady Lynn de Rothschild, a Clinton backer who recently came out in support of him.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The Debate Debate  —  Obama is on TV right now.  —  Some of this is a lot of nonsense, but if I'm just getting home from work and I only pay casual attention to these debates, Obama sounds reasonable and less gimmicky than McCain.  —  He says that there is no reason why we can't do more than one thing at once.
Discussion: The New Republic
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama responds: ‘Exactly the time’ for a debate
Discussion: The New Republic and NDN Blog
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Florida congressman points to Palin to rally Jews to Obama  —  (CNN) - Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”
Discussion: Hot Air, Gateway Pundit and Wizbang
National Enquirer:
SARAH PALIN LOVER REVEALED!  —  In a world exclusive The NATIONAL ENQUIRER names GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin's secret lover!  —  No less than three members of the man's family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with hus­band Todd's former business partner, Brad Hanson.
Discussion: Gawker and The Jawa Report
Michael Goldfarb /
A Partisan Paper of Record  —  Today the New York Times launched its latest attack on this campaign in its capacity as an Obama advocacy organization.  Let us be clear about what this story alleges: The New York Times charges that McCain-Palin 2008 campaign manager Rick Davis was paid …
University of Chicago GSB Faculty Redirect Page:
To the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate:  —  As economists, we want to express to Congress our great concern for the plan proposed by Treasury Secretary Paulson to deal with the financial crisis.  We are well aware of the difficulty …
Scott Keeter /
Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update  —  Current polling in the 2008 presidential election shows a very tight race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.  In part because of the strong support Obama is attracting among younger voters, and as the number of Americans …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Since Obama Seems to Want to Go On with the Debate
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