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McCain Suspends Campaign, Shocks Republicans (four years ago today)
US News ^ | 9-24-2008

Posted on 09/24/2012 10:29:59 AM PDT by Arthurio

McCain Suspends Campaign, Shocks Republicans

Obama, taken by surprise by McCain's announcement, says the debate should go on

By Liz Halloran

September 24, 2008

He did what?

The sound of jaws hitting the floor reverberated in Washington this afternoon when Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced that he would suspend his campaign and asked that Friday's debate be postponed. Why? Because of the "historic crisis in our financial system," said McCain, who intends to return to Washington tomorrow to participate in Wall Street bailout negotiations on the Hill.

In explaining his decision, McCain also referred to 9/11, patriotism, and partisan divisions that have "prevented us from addressing our national challenges." What he didn't mention was that Democratic nominee Barack Obama—at the urging of GOP Sen. Tom Coburn—had called him early this morning with an invitation to issue a joint statement that would outline agreed-upon principles and conditions for the Treasury's bailout proposal and urge Congress and the White House to join in the statement. And that when McCain called him back at 2:30 this afternoon, the two candidates had agreed on some broad principles.

(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008; mccain; mccain2008; stupid

1 posted on 09/24/2012 10:30:04 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

Oh, boy - I remember this and thought, at the time:

“You have to suspend your freakin’ campaign to go to a meeting?????”

Gosh. Idjut.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 10:31:34 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Arthurio

He may have thought he was doing the right thing. but he could have serveedd his country better by trying harder to defeat Hussein.


3 posted on 09/24/2012 10:32:30 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I only needed to look at his gushing fawning “concession” speech to tell he was in it to LOSE all the way.

FUJM!


4 posted on 09/24/2012 10:33:48 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Arthurio
Suspended campaign to bail out some gigantic banks that should have been let to fail. Nothing much dumber than that. I remember being told here at the time that if we didn't bail out the giant banks they would fail (!) and cost us trillions in FDIC insurance and similar costs.

So instead we elected Obama and spent trillions on jack.

5 posted on 09/24/2012 10:37:53 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Arthurio

McCain was one of Obama’s chief enablers. McCain basically punted and didn’t run a campaign.
Now we have Governor Romney.
Romney campaigned hard against Gingrich and Santorum. He showed us all what an effective campaign looks like.
We now await Gov. Romney to begin a similar serious campaign against Obama.


6 posted on 09/24/2012 10:40:54 AM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: Arthurio

And that drove the stake through the heart of the McCain campaign. From then on, it was all Obama.


7 posted on 09/24/2012 10:45:02 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Record high turnout is our hope for sending 0bama home. Pray hard!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Frankly I’ve become convinced over the last four years that he had a small stroke.


8 posted on 09/24/2012 10:46:19 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: faithhopecharity
McCain was one of Obama’s chief enablers. McCain basically punted and didn’t run a campaign.

McCain didn't want to win, because he was far to enthralled and impressed by Obama. That comment about "no reason to fear an Obama presidency" wasn't a gaffe. It was a tacit endorsement. No one will ever convince me McCain wanted that victory.

9 posted on 09/24/2012 10:47:15 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Record high turnout is our hope for sending 0bama home. Pray hard!!!)
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To: faithhopecharity
Early voting is already underway and people are anxiously awaiting the start of the Romney campaign. What are his issues, and what programs does he propose.

Bated breath. Chills running up and down legs.

In the background the announcer whispers the results on the 11th hole ~

10 posted on 09/24/2012 10:48:25 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ScottinVA

I think you really nailed it. He as much as endorsed obama in early October and mailed it in from that moment on. Wanted to go down in history as the gracious loser to the first black president rather than a winning candidate. To paraphrase John Calhoun, he decided he’d “rather be wrong than president.”


11 posted on 09/24/2012 10:50:08 AM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: Arthurio

All McCain had to do to win was come out against TARP.


12 posted on 09/24/2012 10:51:46 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: ScottinVA

I was just going to post the same. Suspending the campaign and the “You have nothing to fear with an Obama presidency- He’s a good man” comment ended any chance McCain had.


13 posted on 09/24/2012 10:52:58 AM PDT by richmwill
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To: Arthurio

Needed extra time to reach across the aisle.


14 posted on 09/24/2012 10:53:01 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive!)
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To: muawiyah
Frankly I’ve become convinced over the last four years that he had a small stroke.

Possibly, or the promise of one.

See.... Once Palin's popularity started taking off, the men behind the curtain knew that McCain might win. That was not in their plans. They had to dump Hillary because Palin made the 'sex' card useless, so they played the 'race' card. But even the race card wasn't enough to rig the outcome, and the MSM had already done it's best to try to bury Palin, so the only choice left was to pull McCain out of the game.

And it worked.

15 posted on 09/24/2012 11:05:29 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I'm not sure McCain had much choice. If he hadn't returned to DC the Dems would have been accused him of being indifferent to a developing crisis. That he did suspend it led to the kinds of criticisms we see on here.

We are seeing a parallel situation in regard to Romney's tax returns. When he delayed releasing them it was because he was hiding something. Now that he has the issue becomes he overpaid his taxes in order to make himself look good.

This sort of thing is constantly employed against Republicans, never Democrats. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Anybody ever seen the MSM getting its collective panties all in a bunch over Reid's refusal to release his tax returns?

16 posted on 09/24/2012 11:06:22 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: Arthurio

I wonder if Sarah Palin learned anything?..
Her shoes still smell of Juan McLaim...


17 posted on 09/24/2012 11:12:13 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Arthurio

He also mealy mouthed around about cancelling the first debate, which was to be at Ole Miss, and kept that in limbo for several days before deciding to attend after all.

All pathetic and misguided.


18 posted on 09/24/2012 11:19:09 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Robwin
If he hadn't returned to DC the Dems would have been accused him of being indifferent to a developing crisis.

No, they couldn't have done that effectively, because Obama was in the senate, too, and he just kept on campaigning. As I remember, Obama said they could call him if needed.

McCain showed he had an inflated sense of his own value during the "crisis". No one cared if he was in Washington or not.

19 posted on 09/24/2012 11:21:00 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: wolfman23601

Yep, but in hindsight I think that if we were in the same situation again the lousy, wet, worthless Repubs would fold again and again and again. Hell they have folded on everything of significant since we gave them the HOuse in 2010!


20 posted on 09/24/2012 11:36:37 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Arthurio

McCain never really wanted to beat Obama. The GOP was insane to nominate him.


21 posted on 09/24/2012 11:37:50 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: ScottinVA

Can anyone guess what McCain’s payoff from the RATs was?


22 posted on 09/24/2012 11:41:53 AM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: Arthurio

McCain never really wanted to be President.


23 posted on 09/24/2012 11:50:05 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: 353FMG
Can anyone guess what McCain’s payoff from the RATs was?

Praise. Lots and lots of empty praise.

24 posted on 09/24/2012 11:59:47 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Record high turnout is our hope for sending 0bama home. Pray hard!!!)
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To: Arthurio

I enjoyed voting against John McLame when he was up for re-election in the senate, at least I was able to get my vote back when I voted for him against Odumba! It truly was a wonderful day!


25 posted on 09/24/2012 1:11:28 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: Arthurio

The ONLY hope that McCain had was SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


26 posted on 09/24/2012 2:46:39 PM PDT by bandleader
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