The latest Washington Post poll presents good news for Barack Obama: "More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has a big edge as the candidate who is more in tune with the economic problems Americans now face. He also has a double-digit advantage on handling the current problems on Wall Street, and as a result, there has been a rise in his overall support. The poll found that, among likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent."
These results probably have a great deal to do with the McCain campaign's latest stunt: the decision to suspend the campaign and postpone the debate scheduled for Friday.
In the video above, Obama states, "I believe that we should continue to have the debate; I think that it makes sense for us to present ourselves before the American people to talk about the nature of the problems we're having in our financial system, to talk about how it relates to our global standing in the world, what implications it has for our national security.."
Obama has also stated, "It is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once. It's more important than ever to present ourselves to the American people."
Of course, McCain knows that the American people need to hear in detail how the candidates will handle the economy and that the presidency is a multi-tasking job. He also knows that they can get in their planes and travel from Mississippi to Washington quickly if need be.
McCain's campaign suspension must be seen as just another gimmick. He wants to appear as the man of action, the man who puts country first. This transparent ploy will not cover up the fact that he is among those whose push for market deregulation is exactly what led to the current financial turmoil. McCain's grandstanding will solve nothing, nor will it assure the American people that he should be trusted as a steward of the economy.