Posted: 25 Sep 2008 12:45 PM CDT
NewsBusters catches a portion of a video shown by Political Radar, where Bill Clinton blames Democrats for resisting Republicans and himself regarding tightening up on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
CHRIS CUOMO, ABC NEWS: A little surprising for you to hear the Democrats saying, "This came out of nowhere, this is all about the Republicans. We had nothing to do with this." Nancy Pelosi saying it. She signed the '99 Gramm Bill. She knew what was going on with the SEC. They're all sophisticated people. Is that playing politics in this situation?
The video can be found at the Political Radar site, linked above, and it is approximately at the 2 minute 45 second mark.
Someone want to remind me which political party Bill Clinton belongs to again?
It seems that it is getting harder and harder to tell.
Posted: 25 Sep 2008 11:53 AM CDT
The Commission on Presidential Debates issued a statement saying the planned presidential debate scheduled for September 26, 2008, will be moving forward as originally scheduled.
Last night John McCain had proposed postponing the presidential debate to be held this Friday, until the Wall Street bailout plan had been agreed to by Congress.
Today the Commission on Presidential Debates just issued a statement:
"The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. this Friday, September 26. The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half. The CPD's mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled."
No word yet from either candidate on this statement and no word whether John Mccain will attend.
Last night it was reported by Political Ticker, that Lindsey Graham as well as another senior McCain adviser, asserted that "the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout."
President Bush had invited both presidential candidates to a meeting to discuss the bailout plan today and as reported last night, they accepted.
Updates will be added as information comes out.
Posted: 25 Sep 2008 11:09 AM CDT
Hat Tip Melanie Morgan.
Jodie Evans, a member of Code Pink and a bundler for Barack Obama according to his website, was part of a group of activists that met with Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Wednesday September 24, 2008.
A bundler is is a person that help collect money for a specific campaign and according to Barack Obama's website, Evans is listed as one of Obama's bundlers.
Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, both Code Pink members, joined other activists in a meeting with Iranian officials, including Ahmadinejad.
Iran is listed as a state sponsor of terrorism by the State Department and is believed by many to be developing Nuclear weapons.
Who is Jodie Evans?
Jodie Evans is listed under the "Who are Senator Obama's bundlers?" listed as "Raising from $50,000 to $100,000."
Jodie Evans co-hosted Barack Obama's first major fundraiser in Hollywood in February of 2007 as reported by Canada Free Press and other media outlets.
According to Evans' Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin, Evans is on a first name basis with Obama and discussed Iraq policy with Obama at another Hollywood fundraiser on June 24, 2008.
Evans was also a guest at another fundraising dinner as recently as September of 2008 according to Hollywood Insider which provides a list of the guests. She is also a prominent member of the activist group Code Pink along with the groups founder Medea Benjamin, who also participated in the meeting with Ahmadinejad.
Evans has also stated her agreement with Osama bin Laden's motives for attacking America on September 11, 2001 in an interview broadcast June 3, 2008:
Jodie Evans:..."We were attacked because we were in Saudi Arabia, that was the message of Osama, was that because we had our bases in the Middle East, he attacked the United States."
Evans was one of the two women removed from the Republican National Convention after trying to disrupt Sarah Palin's speech, as reported by Twin Cities. com, dated before Evans attended the September fundraising dinner for Barack Obama.
Meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
According to the release announcing the activists meeting with Ahmadinejad, it was to be held at a Mid-town Manhattan, in a location convenient to the United Nations on Wednesday, September 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Who: Over 150 leaders of the U.S. peace movement (see selected list below) and Iranian leaders, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, and U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee.
Two of the people listed as participants were, Medea Benjamin, cofounder, Global Exchange and CodePink; Jodie Evans, cofounder, CodePink.
As per the Code Pink release sent out after the meeting, the meeting was held as planned at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Code Pink touts the meeting as a "major step forward" in relations between Iran and the United States.
[Update] When asked for her reaction about the Obama bundler, Evans, attending this meeting with Ahmadinejad, former radio talk show host, best selling author and chairman of Move American Forward, Melanie Morgan, tells me "The reckless disregard of American foreign policy which leaves each of us more vulnerable by Senator Obama's campaign supporters is stunning. It is long past time for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into CodePink, and its co-founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin. Senator Obama should be ashamed of himself for taking their blood money."
Move America Forward is a non-partisan, not-for-profit charitable organization committed to supporting America's efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.
Posted: 24 Sep 2008 04:47 PM CDT
I started on this when I walked in the door and heard, so the previous piece is here, but this is a little more comprehensive with multiple sources.
Earlier today, John McCain suggested Friday's presidential debate should be canceled so he could travel to Washington to focus on Wall Street bailout negotiations. Further reports now indicate he suspended his campaign and advertising entirely.
McCain suggested he and Obama postpone the presidential debate on Sept. 26, in order to help the congressional negotiations on the Wall Street bailout plan. But further news reports indicate McCain is also suspending campaign activities until the deal is done, according to Fox News and other sources.
After delivering an address at President Clinton's Global Initiative on Thursday, John McCain will be leaving the campaign trail to travel to Washington DC to help with the Wall Street bailout negotiations.
The McCain campaign has also canceled a Wednesday afternoon taping of The Late Show With David Letterman show and a Thursday interview with FOX News and will be canceling all campaign ads and fundraising until the legislation passed by Congress.
Drudge has McCain full statement, but the portion dealing with suspending his campaign states "Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me."
McCain's statement to reporters in New York:
America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system. We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, ever corner of our country will be impacted. We cannot allow this to happen.
According to the Fox report, McCain has worked hard on negotiations for the first debate to be about Foreign policy and National Security which is what has been known as his strong suit, so his desire to cancel the Friday debate is suggestive of how serious he is about the importance of dealing with the Wall Street crisis.
McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer said that McCain is just following his belief in putting the country first. She noted that he suspended the Republican National Convention when Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf Coast and in defending the troop surge has said that he would rather win the war than win an election.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell applauds McCain's decision.
Politicker reports the announcement of McCain suspending his campaign, meant for McCain volunteers was accidentally emailed to the entire Colorado press corps by McCain regional spokesperson Tom Kise.
ABC's Political Radar has more from McCain spokesperson, Brian Rogers, showing it isn't just the campaign stops and advertising McCain is suspending but also the fundraising as he states "To be clear, in addition to suspending his campaign to return to Washington to work for a bipartisan solution to this problem, this campaign is suspending its advertising and fundraising."
Via email, I see White House press secretary Dana Perino has also released a statement:
We welcome Sen. McCain's announcement. We are making progress in negotiations on the financial markets rescue legislation, but we have not finished it yet. Bipartisan support from Sens. McCain and Obama would be helpful in driving to a conclusion."
[Update] The Politico reports John McCain's campaign is in the process of notifying televisions stations to ask them to to take his political ads off the air and when asked how long the campaign would be going "dark", Tucker Bounds, another spokesman said "We're taking our guidance from Sen. McCain on that."
[Update] McCain's political director Mike Duhaime issued a statement, via Weekly Standard:
Quite frankly, I think you could ask Sen. Obama if he's going to do what he thinks is right. I mean, he has never -- I believe -- never once made a decision that is an unpopular decision or went against the orthodoxy of his party, and was one that was one that was a tough decision to make. . . . Sen. McCain has done that throughout his entire career, his entire life -- not just in politics, but his life."
[Update] More on McCain's proposed plan for the debate postponement from Lindsey Graham who says the McCain campaign will suggest to the commission if there is no deal by Friday, they will suggest the debate to be held in Mississippi, will be held in the same location, but on October 2, 2008, which is the scheduled date for the VP debate, and the VP debate will be moved to another date.
If there is no deal on the bailout, Graham asserts John McCain will not be attending the Friday debate.
[Update] The president has invited the congressional, bipartisan leadership, and the two senators running for president, to the White House tomorrow "to work on driving to a bipartisan and timely solution," according to NYT's The Caucus.
This story is developing...
Posted: 24 Sep 2008 03:39 PM CDT
A more in depth piece here on the following thread.
John McCain announced he is suspending his campaign to travel back to Washington to join in with the Wall Street bailout negotiations, via Fox News:
John McCain announced that he will suspend his presidential campaign on Thursday to return to Washington to help with Wall Street bailout negotiations. He urged his opponent Barack Obama to do the same..
Political Radar says Obama is not willing to cancel the debate to focus on the Wall Street bailout.
Considering National Security is Mccain's strong suit, this shows a seriousness on his part to deal with the bailout issue and Obama should be happy not to have to debate but his reluctance to cancel everything in the fact of getting this taken care of, shows a lack of willingness to put country before politics.
Just walked in so this is all I have right now, will update once I catch up.
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