McCain to Debate Tonight

Here is a statement just released from the McCain campaign:

Statement By McCain Campaign On Negotiations

John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign was made in the hopes that politics could be set aside to address our economic crisis.

In response, Americans saw a familiar spectacle in Washington. At a moment of crisis that threatened the economic security of American families, Washington played the blame game rather than work together to find a solution that would avert a collapse of financial markets without squandering hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ money to bailout bankers and brokers who bet their fortunes on unsafe lending practices.

Both parties in both houses of Congress and the administration needed to come together to find a solution that would deserve the trust of the American people. And while there were attempts to do that, much of yesterday was spent fighting over who would get the credit for a deal and who would get the blame for failure. There was no deal or offer yesterday that had a majority of support in Congress. There was no deal yesterday that included adequate protections for the taxpayers. It is not enough to cut deals behind closed doors and then try to force it on the rest of Congress — especially when it amounts to thousands of dollars for every American family.

The difference between Barack Obama and John McCain was apparent during the White House meeting yesterday where Barack Obama’s priority was political posturing in his opening monologue defending the package as it stands. John McCain listened to all sides so he could help focus the debate on finding a bipartisan resolution that is in the interest of taxpayers and homeowners. The Democratic interests stood together in opposition to an agreement that would accommodate additional taxpayer protections.

Senator McCain has spent the morning talking to members of the Administration, members of the Senate, and members of the House. He is optimistic that there has been significant progress toward a bipartisan agreement now that there is a framework for all parties to be represented in negotiations, including Representative Blunt as a designated negotiator for House Republicans. The McCain campaign is resuming all activities and the Senator will travel to the debate this afternoon. Following the debate, he will return to Washington to ensure that all voices and interests are represented in the final agreement, especially those of taxpayers and homeowners.

Update: It will be interesting to see how much of the economy gets discussed at tonight’s foreign policy debate. One very good thing that came out of all this is that more people will watch this debate now, which is something I feared would not happen for a Friday night debate.

Update II: In my Townhall column today, which was written when the debate was still in doubt, I talk about the two things I would say over and over again between now and election day if I were John McCain. I hope I hear a lot about them in tonight’s debate.

Update III: This is excellent:

Update IV: My email is full of people more angry than I have ever seen at Harry “no one knows what to do” Reid about his ridiculous statement today. Here is Reid’s email contact page for those who want to contact his office: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm. Here is his phone info: Phone: 202-224-3542 Fax: 202-224-7327 Toll Free for Nevadans: 1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343). Okay, now stop emailing me telling me how mad you are at Harry Reid.

Update V: John Hawkins has a great interview with Jim DeMint on the bailout plan.

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