Cluck…cluck…cluck, what a sacrifice! He can’t spare a couple of hours on Friday to discuss the economy with Barack Obama in the debate, but he trek to the Clinton Global Initiative on Thursday? OMG.

The debate is his big opportunity to outline for voters how he plans to get us out of this mess, alas, the average voter will just have to wait to see the brilliant McCain plan.

Republican John McCain said Wednesday he is directing his staff to work with Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign and the presidential debate commission to delay Friday’s debate because of the economic crisis.

In a statement, McCain said he will stop campaigning after addressing former President Clinton’s Global Initiative session on Thursday and return to Washington to focus on the nation’s financial problems.

McCain said he wants President Bush to convene a leadership meeting in Washington that would include him and Obama. “It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the administration’s proposal,” McCain said. “I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.”

…The Obama campaign said Obama had called McCain around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to propose that they issue a joint statement in support of a package to help fix the economy as soon as possible. McCain called back six hours later and agreed to the idea of the statement, the Obama campaign said. McCain’s statement was issued to the media a few minutes later.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding