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September 24th, 2008
05:52 PM ET

What do you want to hear from Bush tonight about the economy?

Bush will be addressing the Nation tonight about the $700 billion dollar bailout plan.

Bush will be addressing the Nation tonight about the $700 billion dollar bailout plan.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Tonight President Bush will address the nation about the financial crisis. He is expected to put pressure on Congress to pass the $700 billion financial bailout plan Treasury Secretary Paulson has put on the table.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the president earlier in the day for not explaining the plan to the American people. Tonight he will.

Then comes the hard part for Congress. They are scheduled to adjourn on Friday for the rest of the year... Bailout package or not.

And some lawmakers are more eager to leave Washington than others...

Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman from California said yesterday congress should stay put until they "find the right answer to this problem."

According to Politico.com, Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan and Republican Senator George Voinovich have both expressed doubts that a consensus on the bailout can be reached by Friday. Senator Sherrod Brown, the Democrat from Ohio, said "if it takes two or three weeks, that's okay."

But we haven't heard much from other lawmakers about sticking around in order to solve this problem.

Of course the President could order them to stay.

Here’s my question to you: What do you want to hear from President Bush tonight about the financial crisis?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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September 24th, 2008
04:59 PM ET

Should the first presidential debate be postponed?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator John McCain suddenly announced this afternoon he is suspending his campaign and returning to Washington to lend a hand in the search for a solution to the nation’s deepening financial crisis.

President Bush is expected to address the nation later this evening and try to convince Americans the situation is so dire that Congress must pass the proposed $700 billion bailout bill. Trouble is, the public isn’t so sure it wants to hand the government another blank check for that much money.

McCain has also called for the postponement of the first presidential debate scheduled for this Friday night in Mississippi.

Watch: Cafferty: Postpone 1st debate?

Barack Obama says the debate should go on as scheduled. It might be helpful, particularly to voters who remain undecided, to hear the two men who want to lead the country for the next four years discuss their ideas for solving what is arguably the worst financial crisis to hit the United States since the Great Depression.

Here’s my question to you: In light of the financial crisis, should the first presidential debate be postponed?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • John McCain
September 24th, 2008
01:50 PM ET

Why won’t McCain let Palin talk to the press?

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John McCain won't let Sarah Palin talk to the press. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain doesn't want reporters talking to his running mate. Why not?

The Straight Talk Express - which, by the way, is an expression you don't hear much from McCain these days - would prefer no talk at all if the conversation is between the news media and Sarah Palin.

Yesterday's photo op at the United Nations between Sarah Palin and Afghan President Hamid Karzai was a joke. The McCain people weren't going to allow any reporters in the room when the two met - just cameras. It was only after the networks threatened to not cover the event at all that the McCain people relented and allowed a pool producer into the room. He was permitted to stay for a total of 29 seconds before being escorted out. And of course, no questions.

This kind of cheap theatrics is beneath someone who wants to be president of the United States. Unless you're John McCain. Then apparently it's ok, and his campaign doesn't think the voters are smart enough to figure out what's going on. I think they're wrong about the voters.

Here’s my question to you: Why won't John McCain allow reporters more access to Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: John McCain • Press • Sarah Palin