September 26th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
14 years ago

When is a suspension not a suspension?

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(CNN) - The difference between a suspended campaign and a full campaign is starting to look a lot like the distinction between a speed walk and a slow jog: to the untrained eye, the pace seems about the same.

“Campaigning, fundraising, advertising – it’s all on hold,” spokesman Brian Rogers told CNN hours after John McCain said he was suspending his presidential run until the financial crisis was resolved.

Watch: McCain move called misstep

But on Thursday, the campaign sent its morning update email, albeit a slightly muted version, to reporters as usual. John McCain followed his Wednesday night network interview with a major economic speech at the Clinton Global Initiative conference the next morning. Later in the afternoon, one campaign aide accompanied him to a high-profile White House meeting; another met with deep-pocket fundraisers in New York.

Running mate Sarah Palin made a stop by Ground Zero Thursday, taking questions from the press for the first time since being named to the Republican ticket. Even as campaign aides continued to contact television stations to pull ads from the air as directed, television spots were still airing in key battleground states nationwide.

Campaign headquarters in Crystal City was still open for business, issuing occasional statements; so were offices in half a dozen battleground states contacted by CNN, where staffers seemed unaware of any change in their daily activities.

McCain staffers and surrogates took to the airwaves, some taking swipes at Barack Obama.

“I was on TV with [McCain aide] Nicole Wallace today,” Obama senior advisor Robert Gibbs told a group of reporters at a Christian Science Monitor meeting in Washington on Thursday. “If they suspended her, she didn’t get the memo.”

Anyone who somehow missed McCain’s announcement that his campaign would be taking a hiatus wouldn’t get the news from his Web site: as of Friday morning, the site’s main page was still soliciting donations, recruiting volunteers and directing visitors to Web videos attacking Barack Obama.

The only hint of the events of the past few days was in the brief featured quote from McCain, which included a line that he was asking his campaign to work with the Obama team and the Presidential Debate Commission to delay Friday’s faceoff. But debate organizers may be taking comfort from assurance offered by the link just below that on the page: the campaign’s top “Upcoming Event” is still the University of Mississippi matchup scheduled for 9 pm this evening.

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  1. William Courtland

    With out a computer a solution to the financial crisis is:

    When employed for the lawful gain of trade currencies one gains the right to general union protections.
    A real union is created by a governments action, it just offers and can demand safety, but a union would be created as an autonomous unit of the government which gain specialized pathways and patent-like safety processing channels for worker representation.

    A union then generates the paycheck of affiliation providing the worker with salary. A union does not ever hold securities for more than a business day so activates immediate transfers.

    A bank is really only storage and no ideas of using clients monies for investments should be allowed. Banks should be now keeping, hand, typed, computed, and digital copy back-ups to the usual system. A bank is only a service of transfer outside the Union facilitations, and so can also provide the sale of the home nations currency in exchange for those paychecks.

    Currency should be stamped or otherwise marked for a single use note. Change should be metalic or gem and so thought of as equal value, but the holder also holds the price of the manufacturing costs and all applicable taxes in creation and its first sale.

    Taxation can only happen when a service is offered by the government and becomes a utility or service once activated by the individual. Representation of taxation comes as a capitalist's market; item by item, grade by grade, even personal service quality insured or fired/denied employee status by the union of trade, or by the general union of unique jobs(so denying to the individual a unique job lot).

    Paper money is used to thwart the ideals of peace and tranquility, but insures privacy to those paranoid, taxation of privacy should be expected.

    A nation provides the securities for those settled, but one of those securities is privacy of property and honestly the government can only provide the routes to privacy and must rely only on levels exile for punishment or to insure that protection...


    September 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Beverly, NYC

    Now that McCain's campaign is "suspended" his lying VP should go back to Alaska and get this troopergate investigation out of the way why their campaign is still paying for the legal advice. On November 5th they will drop her like a hot rock and she will be raising the debt to pay the legal bill.

    September 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Bill

    It seems to me that McCain was a no show for a debate with George W. Bush back in the 2000 election. After yesterday, does anybody know McCain's new position. Making split second decisions without planning seems to be his style. Hate to think of a President acting in this manner.

    September 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Amanda

    McCain is trying to make it seem as though he is trying to put the economy before what he has been fighting for, and I think it is a ploy, considering that American's are leaning towards Obama's economic plans. Also, most American's feel as though Obama will be the clear winner in Friday's debate, and I think that McCain is afraid of losing, and afraid that people will see that he continues to repeat himself, and the only thing that he can say is that he was a POW, and he supports Iraq, Obama would be able to tear him apart, and I think that he knows he is not ready to step out and speak for himself, and not hide behind someone elses speaches.

    September 26, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Mike

    I have been a long time democrat... I can not believe the crap that people post on the blogs...

    In this instance McCain is doing the right thing... Like I really care to hear how he and Obama disagree especially when it over typical party lines...

    I would rather both of them cancel the debate and do their job as active sitting US Senators.

    September 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. McCranium

    The People don't want this bailout as advertised.
    Dubya is screaming, hair ablaze, for it.
    Democrats are actually WORKING on a solution.
    Republicans are just quitting and moping as usual when they don't have absolute control.
    And what exactly is McRaniac DOING to improve above conditions???

    September 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Tony in NM

    I can't imagine a candidate for the presidency more scary that John McCain........ except, perhaps, his running mate. In hearing her answer a few press questions, it is obvious why the McCain campaign has tried to keep her from talking directly to the press.

    .....and we thought George W. Bush was bad..........

    September 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Rodger

    Just another lie from the McCain campaign! By now we are not surprised...more lies, followed by more lies and then followed by even more lies!

    September 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Ugh!

    Can we fast forward to Nov 4th already??? I've learned all I need to know about John McCain!! If this is how he's going to run the country if elected then i'm running across the border to Canada.

    September 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Rajen for Obama/Binden '08

    I'm suprised how Obama has kept his "cool" in all this!

    All those negative attacks McShame and Palin made towards Obama/Biden.

    We need a intelligent person in White House and someone that does not act on first instinct, but rather make intelligent and calculated decisions.

    September 26, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. SM

    The Republicans might want to start looking around for another nominee fast, because McCain sure is acting like he doesn't want to be running for president anymore.

    September 26, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Billy

    McCain is a liar.

    September 26, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. maynard hopkins wi


    September 26, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Truth Hurts

    It's a suspension when it comes to the debates and poll numbers. It is not a suspension when it comes to the furndrasing, photo opts and grandstanding!!! Simple as that!! There is no excuse for Mccain not to debate. I hope he don't show up and the town hall meeting begain. This will piss the GOP off because a town hall meeting is what they wanted with Obama anyway but Obama said the GOP don't control what , where and when he does something!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Mickie in PA

    The only thing McCain has suspended is his sanity, which refuses to return. I still receive his emails and still see ads, and ruff tuff hockey puck mom, Sarah, is still making appearances, so what is suspended other than McCain's understanding of the issues and his honor?

    September 26, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Independent White Woman

    McCain returning to Washington, D.C. and supposedly suspending his campaign is a political gimmick.......He is just GrandStanding .....of course he is taking orders from the GOOD OLD Boys Rick Davis And Steve Schmidt a longtime Protege of Karl Rove .......He just sit there with that silly Cheshire Cat Grin .......OLD FORT!!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Bruce

    This is all political ppsturing by mccain…He will show up at the last mintue and tout how he saved america from financial ruin…which would have been done yesterday ahd he not intervened. he will also calimthat he did not ahve time to prepare because he suspended his campaign, that is lie…..he is still on tv campaigning, palin is campaighning, and ads are still running here in PA…so there is no suspension ..again a politcal trick.
    If the repubs continue to block this plan…look for more banks to go under next week, and then we will all know who to blame.
    Want to turn the ecomony around, and please the people of the country,. take that 700B and divide it to all the tax payers, send it to us, withhold taxes so that some of the money comes right back to the government. The the American people woudl ahve money to pay the mortgages, pay off bills, and make the economy liquid again. Give the bailout in it's entirity tot he people…now if that was proposed by someone and the facts as I think are correct, that would be the best answer and show that the government gets it.

    September 26, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. WOW


    September 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. DJ in TX

    Unfortunately, politics can't be suspended. We will have an election on Nov 4th no matter what. If D-Day during WWII did not stop our election process, then this issue should not either.

    What exactly does McCain has to offer? Or Obama for that fact. Obama has stated his position. McCain has not. He's put himself in a box – if he goes along with the plan that uses taxpayers money, he runs the risk of upsetting his conservative base by not backing the House republicans. If he goes along with the plan, then he looks like he's siding with President Bush and goes against everything he believes with de-regulation.

    My main point is what can he offer at this point? The senate Republicans have 40 votes for a plan. Is he one of them? How much influence does he have over House republicans? His presence is not helping anything. Remember, the economy is not his strong point, how can he broker a deal on a subject he knows nothing about?

    September 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Gracie

    When you are John "THE LIAR" McCain. John McCain claimed he HAD to rush back to Washington to help negotiate the Bail Out Plan, but when he got here, he did what he ALWAYS does.... and that is DO NOTHING. This whole suspension claim from John McCain was nothing but a POLITICAL BOGUS GIMMICK in the hopes that the American VOTERS are "STUCK ON STUPID" and would NOT realized they were being suckered yet again by John McCain!!! I mean, this is a candidate that has been CAUGHT in his repeated lies!!! I mean, he CAN'T blame anyone else for his own STUPIDITY when it comes to his constant "DO NOTHING" record. He arrived in DC and walked around like this "CLUELESS CLOWN", but NEVER rallied his Republican Party NOR did he SPEAK UP on where he stood in regards to the Bail Out Plan. JOHN McCAIN DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, this is what he's done for the past 29+ years!!!

    The Republicans are nothing but "SHOW BOATING, HOT AIR TALKING JERKS". They NEVER address the crisis and step up to solve the problems. They just continue to cause distractions and diversions so they DON'T HAVE TO MAN UP TO THE CRISIS!!!
















    September 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Smart in Ohio

    The morning after McCain said that he's suspended his campaign, I saw a McCain approved campaign ad. So I'm confused about what exactly "suspending the campaign" even means.

    Seems like its all lip-service – a political stunt to make people believe he's doing something that he really isn't.

    September 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Yes We Can

    All I need to do to find the opposing comments is to search for the word "liberal" that "conservatives" now use as an insult. Most "conservatives" have had the good sense to keep quiet the last couple of days in the midst of this absolute train wreck that your candidate has turned his campaign into. Its plain to see he isn't doing anything to help, and his posturing has put the regular democratic process as well as the entire economy in jeopardy.

    But go ahead, get angry. Throw baseless insults around. Pound your fists on the table. It is, after all, what you are best at. Its just not going to work anymore. People have had enough of you.

    Meanwhile, we "liberals" will carry you, kicking and screaming, back into better foreign relations, a balanced budget, a better energy policy, and a strong economy. Just like we always have.

    Yes, we can.

    September 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Jack

    A suspension is not a suspension when it's announced by a liar! Now the evidence shows that both running mates on the GOP ticket are bold faced liars!

    September 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Mary Ann

    McCain showed up at the WHite House yesterday to talk about the economic bail out with his campaign manager. Senator Obama showed up to the White House with his senate staffer in charge of economic issues. Which candidate came more prepared? Which candidate is actually working and not posturing (while still in NYC). Our country needs sound, prepared leadership- not stunts.

    September 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. John in Ohio

    When is a suspension not a suspension?

    When it's a cheap transparent moron political stunt by a senile and unstable old warhorse.

    Neither Obama nor McCain are on the finance committee, they've got NOTHING to do with putting the bill together.

    September 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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