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John McCain Runs From The Debate

John McCain has announced today, just two days before the first presidential debate between him and Barack Obama, that he wants to back out. John McCain says that because there is a big economic crisis in the United States, there should be no debate.

That’s the Republican way of doing things all over: Just when things get really bad, they want us all to stop the democratic process of finding a reasonable solution. They want everyone to stop talking. They want to short circuit discussion and get everyone to fall in line behind George W. Bush.

I’d like to remind Mr. McCain that America has taken the approach of falling in line behind President Bush before, and it hasn’t worked out well at all. When it came to the Patriot Act, the Republicans said that there was no time for debate. They sold our freedom down the river. When it came to the question of whether to invade Iraq, the Republicans said that there was no time for debate. Now, as America sits on the edge of a new Great Depression, the Republicans are saying again that there is no time for debate – no time for a debate in Congress, and no time for a debate between John McCain and Barack Obama.

Once again, the Republicans are telling America that when times get tough, we need to just hurry up and do something, without talking about whether what we’re doing makes any sense. Over the last eight years under Bush, the Republicans have become the political party of rushed, sloppy jobs.

John McCain and George W. Bush have got it wrong. When America is in crisis, that’s exactly the time when debate must take place.

More than ever, we need straight talk from America’s leaders. We need leaders who are ready to talk openly about the problems we face, instead of treating us like children who can’t handle the truth.

Open talk about the truth is what we’re not getting from John McCain right now. McCain is reacting to crisis the way that George W. Bush does. He’s becoming secretive and refusing to talk to the American people. He’s being dishonest, and telling us all just not to worry, because “the fundamentals of the economy are strong.”

If John McCain isn’t ready to speak openly to the American people now, then he will never be ready. If John McCain can’t stop running away from America’s problems, then it’s clear that he is not the person America should choose to lead the way in confronting those problems.

8 thoughts on “John McCain Runs From The Debate”

  1. Darebrit says:

    First of all: why is anyone surprised that this crisis has come to a head at this precise moment in the presidential campaign.

    The banks, the administration and the corporate bandits have been playing this game for generations. This time however under GWB, the whole disgraceful miss-handling of corporate and government finances is coming home to roost. And WE,the American people, are supposed to blindly follow him and the conservative clods into the stinking morass of national bankruptcy

    And who is asking, that we the people need to follow this administration, and the party that created this mess, into the next fifty years of what any financial institution would consider as a bad risk financial plan?

    Failed president George W. Bush and his supporter: John McCain.

    No Mr.McCain.

    Do not hide behind false miss-placed sense of duty. Stand up and be counted. You and the Bush administration got us into this mess. If you must out of honor do something, force a bill of impeachment on Bush/Cheyney to restore confidence in our system of government and do it NOW. Then pledge your support and allegiance to the constitution under the new president Barack Obama.

  2. Handrock says:

    Let’s open a hole into the gaping vastness of your ignorance, as to who is responsible for this fiasco. First of all Bush doesn’t make law, congress does. You might want to pull your heads out of your Gaia covered butts and do some reality checks.

    Read this article from

    “Greenspan’s Warning

    The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn’t be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie “continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,” he said. “We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.”

    What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.

    Different World

    If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.

    But the bill didn’t become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn’t even get the Senate to vote on the matter. ”

    Quote from Bloomberg .com

  3. jj says:

    Handrock — the “article” you quote from is merely a commentary (like an op-ed), called, “How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett.” Commentary by Kevin Hassett. It isn’t fact, but only opinion, and a clearly partisan position. Bloomberg clearly states that the opinions expressed are not those of Bloombergs, but are only those of the author. I hope you don’t believe everything Republican pundits and commentators say without verifying the truth of their conclusions yourself.

  4. JohnnyMac says:

    At this very moment, US Banks are fast and furiously downgrading assets in the hope that GWB’s bail-out package will take them off their books. Let’s face it, although it may appear that some bankers are smart because they made a lot of money and live in nice houses, most are complete idiots. In fact, they buy stupid assets at ridiculously marked up prices and then pile mountains of debt on top. These banks and their stupid bankers deserve to fail. There should be no bail-outs for the Bush/McCain cabal. The Bush family are bad people, going all the way back to Prescott Bush who sold out the US in favor of the Nazis. And one only has to remember all the money McCain took from Charles Keating to keep good ole Charlie out of jail. Let’s face it, crooks like Bush and McCain will say and do anything to get elected. And whilst they are in office, the only people that benefit are their rich friends. Average Americans are nothing but cannon fodder for the likes of them! Perhaps if McCain were not a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease, he could handle doing more than one thing in a single day, but now there is no doubt that he cannot. Good luck America. Your vote could mean the end of the world. Or not! VOTE OBAMA!!!!

  5. Xpress says:

    Get on board the “No Talk Express”

    McSame ’08

  6. bigjoe says:

    What an idiot to think McCain is scared to do a debate. What ignorance.

  7. Xpress says:

    If it walks like a duck (going to D.C. away from the debate) and talks like a duck (stops press conferences and wants no debate)…

    FYI duck = scared politician

    McLame ’08

  8. Anonymous says:

    John Mcain wanted ten townhall meeting debates and your Guy declined because he knows you will beaten on the issues now you want to say John Mcain is running from a debate? phhhh! GO TELL THAT TO SOMEBODY WHO WILL ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT LIKE YOUR GULLIBLE DEMOCRAT SHEEPLE. It is time to get something done. Nobama wants the debate while the stuff he has been coached on is still fresh in that pea brain of his.

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