Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Study in Contrasts

John McCain "straight talk" in June, 2008:

Calling for "no process questions from reporters" and "no spin rooms," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee proposed one debate a week from now until the Democratic party convention in August....

"What a welcome change it would be were presidential candidates in our time to treat each other and the people they seek to lead with respect and courtesy as they discussed the great issues of the day, without the empty sound bites and media-filtered exchanges that dominate our elections," McCain said in a letter to Obama released by McCain's campaign.

John McCain "straight talk" in September, 2008:

Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington.... I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

Edgy's hypothesis: McCain's goals are 1) to stay out of situations where he is directly questioned by reporters or his opponents, and 2) if the Presidential debate is sufficiently delayed, the McCain campaign can argue that there is no time/need for the VP debate. This would save a potentially embarrassing Palin/Biden confrontation.