This is weird. John McCain wants to suspend his campaign and postpone the first debate. His stated reason is a desire to focus on the financial crisis. On substantive grounds, this reason doesn’t make sense. He’s been on the campaign trail. All the legislative action is back in Washington, and is being handled by the Congressional leadership, especially Senator Dodd and Representative Frank. A better move might have been to use the debate to discuss the crisis.
Today the McCain campaign also convened a conference call to dismiss a recent Washington Post-ABC poll showing Obama ahead by 9% as an outlier. Is this the real reason for suspending the campaign? If so, it might have been less extreme to simply mention the opposite extreme poll, which gives McCain a lead of 2%. The most recent data from organizations that polled Sept. 17-23 (9 polls) give a median national margin of Obama leading by 4.0 +/- 1.2%.