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AP REPORTS: McCAIN DID NOT SUSPEND CAMPAIGN

September 25, 2008

Well, well……  I guess there is reason that the McCain camp gave up the term ‘Straight Talk Express.’  There is plenty of campaigning under way.

As I said yesterday on this blog whoever is advising Gramps is doing him no favor.

Republican presidential nominee John McCainvowed Wednesday to suspend his campaign to focus on the nation’s financial crisis, but there were plenty of signs of activity on Thursday — including an apparently live fundraising link on the campaign’s Web site.

On Wednesday, McCain said: “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.”

He offered no details, but senior campaign adviser Steve Schmidt later told reporters, “We’re just not going to engage right now in the back and forth of the campaign,” adding that meant appearances, rallies and TV advertising would be canceled. In an e-mail to reporters, spokesman Brian Rogers added that fundraising would be halted.

McCain appeared that evening in an interview on CBS’ newscast, but canceled a planned appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show.” His vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, made a highly visible visit to ground zero in New York on Thursday morning. McCain spokeswoman Nicole Wallaceappeared on NBC’s “Today” show.

The campaign sought to pull television ads off the air, but halting ads isn’t like turning off a light switch because of the many broadcast stations that must be contacted through middlemen. It wasn’t immediately clear how many were still on the air.

E-mail messages continued to trickle out from the campaign, but at a far slower rate than normal. And the Huffington Post, a left-leaning Web site, said it had called 15 McCain campaign offices in battleground states, and none said it was suspending operations.

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