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US election at-a-glance: 24 Sept


John McCain calls for a suspension of the campaign while the bail-out negotiations are complete, and for Friday's debate to be postponed. Barack Obama rejects the call for the debate to be delayed. Joe Biden lays into John McCain in a foreign policy speech, while Sarah Palin gives another interview - this time to CBS News.


"We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved. I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night's debate until we have taken action to address this crisis."
John McCain

Mr McCain announces the temporary suspension of his campaign

"Presidents are going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time. It's not necessary for us to think that we can only do one thing and suspend everything else."
Barack Obama rejects John McCain's call

"This is what it appears to be: political stunt dressed up as vainglorious self-sacrifice. In other words, typical John McCain."
Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

"I am not certain McCain is right on the politics of this, i.e., whether or not the public will agree with him that this is a good idea. But I think it's probably right as a matter of policy."
Jim Geraghty, National Review

"Unfortunately, that is the road that America may find itself on."
Sarah Palin fears the US may be facing another Great Depression if a bail-out plan is not passed

"John is more than wrong [on foreign policy] - he is dangerously wrong."
Joe Biden


The tracking polls all remain broadly unchanged, with Barack Obama holding leads in all four.

Survey USA has carried out a snap poll of 1,000 voters in response to John McCain's call for Friday's debate to be delayed.

It found that only 10% believed that the debate should be postponed.

50% of respondents thought it should go on as planned, and 36% felt it should be held, but should be focused on the economy instead of foreign policy.

Survey USA also found that just 14% believed the candidates should suspend their campaigns in response to the turmoil on Wall Street, and 46% thought that cancelling Friday's debate would be "bad for America".

Barack Obama signs copies of his book 'The Audacity of Hope' after a campaign rally in Dunedin, Florida
Barack Obama signs copies of his book 'The Audacity of Hope' after a campaign rally in Dunedin, Florida

Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
McCain - Republican
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