"I'll suspend my campaign and return to Washington... I have spoken to Senator Obama... and asked him to join me."
This is leadership. This is the action we need to see. The American people, in this time of financial crisis do not need to hear partisan politicking and campaign slandering. Senator McCain has made the right choice in deciding to go to Washington for although he may not be the leading economist in the Senate, his determination to be at the center of the storm shows his recognition that the general well being of the nation is more important than anything else.
Obama's response is characteristic of his inability to actually fix problems as opposed to simply pontificating about how he is the only one who can fix them (yet never really saying exactly how he'll do that).
"It's my belief that this is exact time when the American people need to hear form the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsibly for dealing with this mess and I think that it is going to be part of the President’s job to deal with more than one thing at once."
Mr. Obama makes it sound as if the American people have not heard him (or McCain for that matter) for the past 12 months. Instead of proposing an intelligent economic plan - or at least giving us some idea of what he would do - the first term Senator is letting his personal ambition stand in the way of doing what is best for the nation.
A debate is neccessary. However, simply repeating prepared answers and reiterating talking points is not the debate needed at this time. Let the candidates debate with their actions. Let us all look at the accomplishments - both past and present - of the candidates. Let us turn to the candidates for the best actions that will stabilize and secure this country. This will be the true debate.