(OXFORD, MISS.) – Saying that sufficient progress has been made on the financial bailout plan, John McCain arrived at the site of the first presidential debate hoping that his move to suspend the campaign will be viewed as a sign of leadership and not political posturing. He had three hours of debate prep last night, according to his campaign, who sought to downplay expectations for their candidate tonight.
"To do well against a guy who's a pretty good debater, show presidential leadership, and be able to speak directly to the American people about what he believes," was how senior adviser Mark Salter described the goals for McCain tonight.
This first debate was supposed to be about foreign policy, an area that McCain would seem to have an advantage in, but there will no doubt be questions about the current financial crisis as well, something which polls have shown Barack Obama to be leading on.