Announcing that he will return to Washington to work on the financial crisis, John McCain has temporarily suspended his presidential campaign and has called on the organizers of this Friday's foreign policy debate to postpone the event:
I am calling on the president to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself," McCain told reporters in New York. "It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."
Here's the full statement.
No one can fault the senator for getting back to work on the biggest issue facing the country right now, but after the beating he's taken in the polls this week, this is going to be widely interpreted as an attempt to delay the debate until he can regain some surer footing. We'll see if it works.
Update: "The debate is on," says the Obama camp.