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Newt On the McCain Gambit

Statement just came out:

Newt on Senator McCain’s Decision to Suspend His Campaign to Forge an Agreement on the Financial Crisis:

The McCain Leadership Factor


Today john McCain showed what it meant to put country first.

He put everything on the line to try to put together a bipartisan sizable economic package to replace the failed Paulson bailout package.

This is the greatest single act of responsibility ever taken by a presidential candidate and rivals President Eisenhower saying, ‘I will go to Korea.’

Every House and Senate Republican should join him in seeking the best ideas and the best solutions from across the country.

This is the day the McCain-reform Republican Party began to truly emerge as a movement which puts country first, solutions first, and big change first.

If House and Senate Republicans can help McCain put together a three part economic package history could be made.

We need:

An economic growth component;

An energy solution; and

A work-out (not a bail-out) for the financial sector.


If McCain can develop this plan, bring enough Democrats to support it to get passage, and then convince President Bush to sign it, this will be one of the most amazing achievements in the history of presidential campaigns.

It will also be a great service to the country and proof of what putting country first really means.

Newt on Senator Obama Refusing to Suspend His Campaign:

As Speaker of the House, I know what being in deep negotiations is and what it takes to get members in Congress to get something done. We were able to work through welfare reform and a balanced budget.  Let me just tell you first hand, what Senator McCain is proposing will take extraordinary hard work and it is going to take many long hours.

It is surprisingly irresponsible and politically dangerous for the Obama campaign to try and insist on a debate Friday night.

While both of these men are candidates for president, they are still both currently serving as United States Senators.  The American people, in this kind of economic situation, want to see their elected leaders working to solve this crisis, not debating.  They want this problem fixed and that will mean getting real bipartisan agreement. .All members on both sides in both houses including Senators McCain and Obama are going to have to roll up their sleeves, sit down, listen to each-other, and work very hard to get it done.

I’m not sure Senator Obama has ever participated in a crisis of this magnitude at this level, but he should set aside politicking and commit to working with Senator McCain to find a solution to this problem.

The economy can’t wait, postpone the debate.  We can get back to talking later.  For the moment, let’s produce a real solution for America.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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