Senator McCain took a lot of grief from all sides on his decision to suspend his campaign to go to Washington to work on the bail out. It was widely seen as a political stunt. Democratic congressional leaders derided it as injecting Presidential politics into the situation. Senator McCain believed it was the right thing to do. Senator Obama thought it was a better idea to only go when he could no longer avoid the challenge laid down by McCain(and reinforced by the call from President Bush).
Saturday saw a continuation of this same theme.Let’s compare the actions of John McCain and Barack Obama on the day after the debate.
McCain, who earlier this week rushed to Washington to help broker a deal on stabilizing U.S. financial markets, stayed away from Capitol Hill on Saturday as negotiators inched toward an agreement.
Senior adviser Mark Salter said the Arizona senator spent the morning at his campaign headquarters placing calls to congressional leaders and White House officials involved in finalizing a multibillion-dollar deal to bail out failing financial firms.
“He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone,” Salter said Saturday. “He’s calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can.”
Obama, meanwhile, stuck to his campaign schedule which will take him and Biden from here to two other swing states this weekend: Virginia and Michigan.
Yet again, Senator McCain dedicated his day to the task at hand. Senator Obama continued to be full of “just words”. These are not the actions you would expect from someone who says that this is the greatest financial crisis that our country has faced since the Great Depression.
Country First Senator Obama. Country First.