Obama: Hell no, debate is a go!

In a decidedly forceful statement, he wants a debate and he wants it as scheduled. From the NY Times Caucus Blog: 

“It’s my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess,” Mr. Obama told reporters here Wednesday afternoon. “It is going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once.”

“There are times for politics and then there are times to rise above and do what’s right,” Mr. Obama said. He added, “If I can be helpful, then I’m prepared to be anywhere anytime. What I think is important, though, is that we don’t suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics.”

Obama’s assertion that presidents should be expected to do more than one thing at a time, was a deliberate swipe and McCain’s grab at looking more “presidential.” It was a clear forceful statement justifying debate at this moment. 

I’ll be interested to see if Jim Lehrer and the Presidential Debate Council alter the planned topic to conform with public interest this close to the debate.

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