The Republican senator urges Obama to suspend presidential debate
Wall Street's volatile financial market has started affecting the presidential campaign. On Wednesday, Senator John McCain announced that he plans to suspend campaigning and advertising so that he can have more time to address the country's current economic crisis. The McCain camp has urged Obama to follow suit by agreeing to postpone Friday's presidential debate for a serious meeting with congressional leaders. Obama opposed Senator McCain's suggestion in a statement he made to reporters while in Clearwater, Florida, according to his campaign manager David Plouffe, "This is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess." The Chicago senator concluded his thoughts on the matter by volunteering his time: "What I've told the leadership in Congress is that if I can be helpful, then I am prepared to be anywhere, anytime. What I think is important is that we don't suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics…"