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WASHINGTON -- John McCain will suspend campaigning to work in Washington on the Wall Street bailout and is asking that Friday night's kickoff presidential debate with rival Barack Obama be delayed.
McCain said in a statement Wednesday that he will break off from campaigning on Thursday and return to the capital to help work on the proposed $700 billion bailout.
Echoing others in Congress, McCain said that he did not believe the bailout would pass in the form that was proposed. He urged President Bush to convene a meeting with congressional leaders from both parties and invited Obama to join him there. He urged that they forge a bipartisan bailout solution.
"I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night's debate until we have taken action to address this crisis," McCain's statement said. "It's time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."
The Obama campaign, which had not signed off on delaying the debate, said the two candidates spoke Wednesday about a joint statement on the bailout.
"At 8:30 this morning, Sen. Obama called Sen. McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said.
"At 2:30 this afternoon, Sen. McCain returned Sen. Obama's call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement," Burton said. "The two campaigns are currently working together on the details."
To see McCain's statement on seeking a delay in the debate:
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While McCain risks his career on taking a stand and voting on an issue, the U.S. economy.. Obama is on the campain trail as usual.
Obama who voted present 130 times as a senator, and will now vote present on the most important issue to ever hit the United States.
"Obama votes Present on the Economy."