JOINT STATEMENT OF SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND SENATOR BARACK OBAMAThis election campaign is once again proving to be historic. Joint statements by both candidates are rare occurrences.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Press Office
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, U.S. Senators John McCain and Barack Obama issued the following statement:
"The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake.
"Now is a time to come together -- Democrats and Republicans -- in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail.
"This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country."
I'm still sort of at a loss on how to analyze McCain's decision to suspend his campaign. He's is holding true to his word--he will not show up for the debate on Friday unless some measure has been passed by Congress.
Reactions seemed mixed, which is not surprising. Democrats are declaring the wheels have fallen off the bus, McCain is finished, the election is now decided. Republicans are deriding Obama for saying the current economic crisis is "not a big deal" and that Obama is showing he is no leader. How pathetically typical of both sides.