The Obama campaign whacks McCain:

"...make no mistake: John McCain did not 'suspend' his campaign. He just turned a national crisis into an occasion to promote his campaign. It's become just another political stunt, aimed more at shoring up the Senator's aimed more at shoring up the Senator's political fortunes than the nation's economy. And it does nothing to help advance this critical legislation to protect the American people during this time of economic crisis."

Pace Bill Clinton, I can't see any other explanation. Was it to distract from the Couric interview and the Rick Davis scandal?

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