Sometimes I feel like there are 3 major candidates running for office this November. There’s Senator Obama, Senator McCain, and the much talked about U.S. economy. Each one is vying for the same major headlines and the same amount of respect among the American voters.
But an interesting question has arisen today as McCain announced he would like to postpone the scheduled, and much-anticipated first presidential debate this Friday in favor of focusing on the pressing financial concerns at hand.
According to CNN, McCain said:
"I am calling on the president to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Sen. Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."
That’s where the controversy began. Obama shot back something along the lines of ‘the future president should be able to do more than one thing at the same time, so we should have the debate and work on the economic crisis plans.’
It seems like a fair critique from both sides. One is saying that with the ‘historic’ shitshow we’ve gotten ourselves into, what with major investment banks failing, Wall Street dying, and massive bailouts being issued written by the American taxpayer, we should slow down the campaign roadshow and make a pitstop at serious town.
The other is saying the economy is a major concern, but we need to take it in stride and keep on with our scheduled plans. Maybe even make it a major public point of contention by discussing in the actual debate. The decision between whether Obama or McCain would be a better candidate to fix these financial problems is a tough one. It’s not a battle that, as far as the polling number show, one candidate is by a large margin dominating. (Although most recently Obama has a lead.)
I pose the question to you, our readers, will postponing this debate to ‘work some stuff out’ solve anything? Or is it stupid for us to keep the campaign/debates going as per normal while we should all be a lot more concerned with the economy than we already are? Let us know what you think these two financial n00bz should do in the comments.
CNN: McCain Suspends Campaign, Obama Plans To Continue, September 24, 2008