Obama campaign calls McCain’s actions a “stunt”

In an email to reporters this evening, the Obama campaign called McCain’s campaign suspension and journey back to Washington a “stunt” to further his political career.

Here’s the email via Politico:

So 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 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.

John McCain sought to change the subject from his out-of-touch response to the economic crisis with a big announcement that he was “suspending” his campaign. But the only thing McCain really wants suspended is the American people’s disbelief. In fact, he’s been in full campaign mode the entire time.

Instead of heading to Washington right away, Senator McCain stuck around in New York to do TV interviews, spend the night, and give a scheduled speech. Though the McCain campaign announced yesterday that they were also “suspending” their attack ads, they continued to run Thursday.

When McCain finally arrived in Washington, almost twenty-four hours after his announcement – and after Congressional leadership announced a deal in principle – he huddled with his lobbyist campaign advisors while his running mate held a political rally and his political spokesmen and surrogates were out in full force, continuing to attack Barack Obama.

So 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 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.

With all that being said by Obama’s campaign, I just have to ask one question: Why is Obama also sitting here at the table?

The answer: Because Obama couldn’t afford not to be at the table after being almost forced to follow McCain’s lead on this.

Obama must have thought that heading back to Washington was a good idea considering that politicians of all stripes have been using words like “meltdown,” “crisis,” and “disaster.”

Sound off below, who is trying to score more political points on this issue, McCain or Obama?