John McCain Seeks to Postpone 1st Debate

POLS UPDATE: The Colorado director of the McCain/Palin campaign, Tom Kise, just screwed up and sent the internal list of talking points about McCain’s suspension of the campaign to his press list (follows). Note to Tom: don’t bother using the “attempt recall” function in your email program next time, it just makes things worse.

In addition, the speedy distribution of these talking points raises the question of whether or not McCain’s appeals to Country First™ today were in good faith.

Along with many other red flags for the cynical, as the AP updates:

Asked whether the debate could go forward if McCain doesn’t show, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs replied, “My sense is there’s going to be a stage, a moderator, an audience and at least one presidential candidate.”

Their competing positions came after the two senators spoke privately, each trying to portray himself as the bipartisan leader in a time of crisis.

McCain beat Obama to the punch with the first public statement. He said he had spoken to President Bush and asked him to convene a leadership meeting in Washington that would include him and Obama.

Even as McCain said he was putting the good of the country ahead of politics, his surprise announcement was clearly political. It was an attempt to try to outmaneuver Obama on an issue in which he’s trailing, the economy, as the Democrat gains in polls. He quickly went before TV cameras minutes after speaking with Obama and before the two campaigns had hammered out a joint statement expressing that Congress should act urgently on the bailout.

And while McCain’s campaign said he would “suspend” his campaign, it simply will move to Washington knowing the spotlight will remain on him no matter where he is…

(original diary follows)

John McCain is proposing to postpone the first debate in order to concentrate on the economic crisis.  He has proposed a “politics free zone” (pulling campaign ads and doing no campaigning) until congress has reached a consensus on how to address the crisis.


Tom Kise would like to recall the message, “TALKING POINTS: Suspending; The Campaign”.

Please see talking points on the suspension of the campaign. Please do not proactively reach out to the media on this. If you are contacted independently, please let me know.




Tom Kise

Regional Communications Director – South Central Region

John McCain ’08


Cell: (303) 885-8915

Direct Dial: (303) 952-4696

Press Office: (703) 650-5550


Topline Messaging:

·         To address our nation’s financial crisis, John McCain will suspend his campaign and return to Washington. He has spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of his decision and has asked Senator Obama to join him.  The campaign is suspending its advertising and fundraising.

·         John McCain is calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including himself and Senator Obama.

·         John McCain is directing his campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until action has been taken to address this crisis.

·         It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.  This is a time to put our country first. We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.

·         It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration’s proposal.  He does not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.

·         Last Friday, John McCain laid out his proposal and has discussed his priorities and concerns with the bill the Administration has put forward.

·         America faces an historic crisis in our financial system, and we must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy.

·         John McCain is confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people.


Michael Savage must have Autism

Given that he has said that kids with autism are nothing more than “brats”, and working within his definition, I think the diagnosis is apporpriate.

Here is a link to his latest controversy (are arbitron ratings like “sweeps week” for television–he seems to go off the really deep end once a year.  I’m wondering if it is ratings generated).…

In any case, I’ve worked with children with Autism and I can assure you (and him) it has nothing to do with the kids being “brats”.  He should pick on adults instead of children in his quest for ratings.  


“Only Little People Pay Taxes”–Poll Follows:

Leona Helmsley once said…and John and Cindy McCain are not “little people” by any measure.  Given that Helmsley spent some time as a guest in the federal penetentiary, the McCains might want to get their tax advice from someone else.

Apparently the McCains have fallen 4 years behind in their property taxes on one of their several properties.

Here are a couple of links to the whole story:……

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VP Nunn? Rep. Frank says “No Way”

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has come out strongly against Former Sen Sam Nunn (D-GA) being Barack Obama’s running mate.  For the last few days Nunn’s name has been moving to the front of those that are being considered by Obama.

Frank cited Nunn’s hostility towards gays and lesbians during his congressional service as the reason why.  Nunn opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and gays and lesbians being allowed to serve openly in the military.

Frank has said, and I agree, that should Nunn be added to the ticket, it could cost Obama quite a bit of support within the gay community.



Betsy Markey added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program

(This is an incredibly strong sign for Betsy – promoted by DavidThi808)

Betsy Markey has been added to the DCCC’s red to blue program indicating that the national Democratic party is sensing a major takeover opportunity in the 4th CD.

The DCCC cited Markey’s surpassing fundraising gols in including her on the list of 14 candidates who are challenging incumbent Republicans.

Here is a link to the story on CQ Politics…

And the DCCC press release:…

This is not good for Mad-Cow as it will only increase the flow of cash to Markey.


Michelle Obama Referred to as “Obama’s Baby Mama”

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

Guess which 24-hour television news network dropped this bomb….

If you said Fox News you’d be correct.

Here is a link to all of the sordid details of a “news” network doing its best to shed any pretense of objectivity:…

I guess the only question is in which month before the election will Fox News simply come out and start referring to Barack Obama using the “N” word.  Poll follows.

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Republican pro-Bush pins for State of the Union Address

Will any actually wear them?


Americans United for Change — a 527-group run by Democratic political operative Brad Woodhouse — has a cute stunt to tie the current Congressional Republicans to President Bush. This week the group distributed large pro-Bush campaign buttons to all of the GOP legislators on Capitol Hill. In a tongue-in-cheek letter accompanying the pins, Woodhouse wrote: “It is with great pleasure that I am able to present you with this limited edition ‘I am a Bush Republican’ commemorative button on the occasion of President Bush’s final State of the Union Address. It would be a shame to let this event pass without a show of solidarity among those who have stood by him and enabled his legacy to be established on so many issues. Without your steadfast support of President Bush’s domestic, foreign and economic policies, there is no doubt America would not be in the position it is in today. Please wear this button on Monday evening to show your constituents that you support President Bush, his policies and how proud you are of your contribution to his legacy.”


Confederate Flag Question

( – promoted by Colorado Pols)

It seems that every four years as the candidates head to South Carolina the issue of the Confederate Flag becomes an issue.

This weekend I was discussing this very issue with some friends of mine and one of them made what I thought was a very cogent argument.  The states of the former confederacy where the flag is still used (as either a part of their official state flag, or as part of a display on state grounds) argue that the flag is a part of their history, and that outsiders should stay out of it.

She was wondering what those same people in those states would feel the same way if New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado were to decide that we wanted to put the Mexican flag on our own state flags since we were formerly part of Mexico and that is part of our collective history.

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