Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.
I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.
We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night's debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.
However, that same evening, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis held a New York fundraising dinner on behalf of the campaign. Sarah Palin, rather than rushing to Washington to support McCain's supposed efforts to save the nation from imminent economic disaster, made a surprise appearance at a star-studded charity event, on the arm of Rupert Murdoch.
As of Thursday, McCain campaign attack ads criticizing Obama continue to run in key battleground states, including my own state of Missouri. McCain campaign offices across the country remain open and running. McCain's website donation link is still up and functioning.
And McCain campaign surrogates like Nancy Pfotenhauer and Tucker Bounds continue to make the rounds on cable news shows on behalf of the campaign, attacking Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Think Progress posted this video compilation of several post- "Suspension" campaign surrogate appearances:
Just what part of his campaign has John McCain suspended, again?
Maybe his fans' disbelief . . .
Meanwhile, John McCain was apparently not involved in the negotiations in Congress Thursday afternoon that lead to a tentative preliminary agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the basic principles needed in an economic rescue deal.
However, McCain's presence at Congressional economic policy meetings later Thursday evening did not seem to have a calming effect on his party. Negotiations over the proposed economic bailout broke down this evening, as House Republicans have staged a revolt against the plan proposed by the Republican administration and proposed their own plan.
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Jaelithe also writes at The State of Discontent.