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Old 09-26-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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WASHINGTON - Republican John McCain agreed to attend the first presidential debate Friday night even though Congress doesn't have a bailout deal, reversing an earlier decision to delay the event until Washington had taken action to address the crisis.

With less than 10 hours until the debate was scheduled to start, the McCain campaign announced that the Arizona senator would travel to the University of Mississippi. The campaign said that afterward McCain would return to Washington to continue working on the financial crisis.

Obama had always planned to attend the debate and was aboard his plane preparing to take off when McCain's announcement was made. McCain quickly moved to his own private aircraft and headed South with his wife and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, on board.

By Friday morning, it appeared McCain was looking for a face-saving way to get to the debate even though a deal had not been reached. He met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, before heading to his campaign headquarters and issuing a statement that blamed others in Washington for the failure to reach an agreement.

The article, and McCain's face-saving "statement that blames others": Debate is on, McCain campaign says - The Debates - MSNBC.com
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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Oh, it's on now!!!! Go McCain!
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Came-by-Chance
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I wonder if Giuliani is going to hold up the flash cards for McCain....
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:37 PM
 
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Maybe he'll stand behind John McCain and whisper "9/11, 9/11, 9/11..." while twirling an umbrellla emblazoned with a spiral.
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:37 PM
 
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I know! WTF!
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:38 PM
 
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He'll be telling him what to say via wire...though McCain won't be delivering the lines with as much enthusiasm and expression as Giuliani would, so he might look a bit like a ventriloquist dummy.
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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I wonder if Giuliani is going to hold up the flash cards for McCain....
No, Giuliani is there to "physically" & "mentally" hold him up. McCain is slipping....
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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Ya and maybe Obama will have his pastor whispering in his ear, too! Pretty exciting, huh?
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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Ya and maybe Obama will have his pastor whispering in his ear, too! Pretty exciting, huh?
It certainly would be, except for those pesky facts again. Curse you, reality!
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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By Friday morning, it appeared McCain was looking for a face-saving way to get to the debate even though a deal had not been reached. He met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, before heading to his campaign headquarters and issuing a statement that blamed others in Washington for the failure to reach an agreement.
Well of course others are to blame, John. Since the House hasn't sent the Senate their plan, you couldn't possibly have any influence over it. Unless you're using it for political gain rather than doing the job you currently have.
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