NEW YORK, N.Y. – John McCain's campaign has floated the possibility that Sarah Palin may also suspend her campaign, matching McCain’s announcement that he would cease campaigning for president to return to Washington to try to hammer out a fix for the nation’s financial meltdown.
As the governor of Alaska, Palin cannot participate in the high-level federal government deliberations on the economy that McCain gave as his reason for suspending his campaign.
Yet, after McCain’s dramatic announcement, his campaign chief Steve Schmidt suggested Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, would also suspend her campaign.
“We're going to take the ads down. They won't be traveling. There won’t be rallies,” Schmidt said when asked about Palin’s campaign, according to a rough transcription provided to reporters.
Democrats have blasted McCain’s move, which includes a call to reschedule his planned Friday debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama, as political posturing, rather than a genuine effort to address the economic crisis.
Asked about Schmidt’s comment, given Palin’s inability to participate in congressional deliberations, spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told reporters on a Wednesday evening conference call “We are part of the McCain-Palin campaign. It is one ticket.”
But she demurred when asked specifically whether Palin, too, would be suspending her campaign.
“I think Sen. McCain was clear about what it meant that he was suspending his campaign,” Schmitt said, “So, if we have any announcements, any updates about her schedule, we will certainly let you know.”
Schmitt pointed out that Palin’s schedule has only been released through Friday and said that she has no public events planned after she attends a Thursday morning speech McCain is slated to deliver here to the Clinton Global Initiative.
McCain’s announcement puts Palin in a tricky spot.
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What suspension? His TV ads are still running, and his surrogates are still out there on the trail.
i liked the idea that was circulating yesterday... suppose we accept the premise that mc cain actually has something to contribute to the congressional resolution of the wall st bailout [despite evidence to the contrary]. why not just swap the two scheduled debates and send palin and biden to ole miss on friday night, and hold the mc cain-obama debate the following week?
what a farce. the debate is scheduled to start at 9 pm in tennessee. will mc cain still be on the senate floor in DC then? i kinda doubt it. obama said, we've both got private jets and we're expected to be able to multitask, etc. all sounded very, ah, presidential, don't you think? he might not know it yet, but i think mc cain lost the race yesterday. i don't see how he can recover. he's going to try to help ram through bush's resoundingly unpopular $700b bailout now. good luck with that one.
I'd rather have Biden working on the bailout than McCain.
But really, if Biden, Obama and McCain -- Senators all -- are going to stop campaigning to do their jobs, wouldn't it be nice if the Governor of Alaska would take this break to come home and do her job? I'm sure Ed O'Callaghan could use a break.
"McCain's announcement puts Palin in a tricky spot." Indeed, a Tricky Dickie spot. ;~D
McCain / Palin Not ready to multi-task on day one!
Shannyn, I heard you for the first time on the Lionel Show here at Prog Talk 1260 AM in the DC area. I am madly in love with your brains. ;-) Thanks!!! I heart you Alaskan progressives!!!
- R Sangi (somewhere in metro DC)
Is Sarah Palin endorsing this book?
A little OT but I was wondering if whoever these people are who will be giving the Letterman Top Ten List from Wasilla tonight will have to go into hiding: http://blogreally.com/2008/09/letterman-top-ten-list-from-wasilla.html
Phil, you must see this! Putting the ICE in vICE president!
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