What Suspension?

M E M O R A N D U M

To: Interested Parties

From: J. Jioni Palmer, Media Matters Action Network

Re: McCain’s Non-Suspension Suspension

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008

On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain declared that he would suspend his campaign for the presidency and return to Washington, D.C., to help address the nation’s economic crisis.

Those covering the economic crisis and/or the campaigns of McCain and Sen. Barack Obama should be aware that after “suspending” his campaign, the Arizona senator has:

Allowed his surrogates to continue to appear on TV attacking Obama
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/09/25/mccain-suspend-campaign/
http://mediamatters.org/items/200809250010

Allowed an adviser to conduct a live chat with The Washington Times
http://www.washingtontimes.com/livechat/2008/sep/25/mccain-economic-adviser-nancy-mitchell-pfotenhauer/

Continued to run TV ads
http://mediamatters.org/items/200809250007

Kept campaign offices throughout the country open
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/25/mccain-campaign-still-act_n_129327.html

Continued accepting campaign donations
http://www.johnmccain.com/

Reportedly met with several campaign staff members in his Senate office
http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/Nope_nothing_campaignrelated_here.html
http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/Salter_on_debate_Well_see.html

Reportedly will appear on three network newscasts tonight http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/McCain_to_do_round_of_network_interviews_tonight.html

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