Both of these candidates (and Joe Biden for that matter) are elected representatives serving in the U.S. Senate. Since they haven't resigned to run for president, shouldn't they be continuing to do their jobs as senators as the race proceeds? Especially when crisis seems to be looming?
McCain going back to Washington to focus on the task at hand shows character and leadership. What is most important to him right now is working toward fixing the current economic mess - not running for president. That says something about him. At first blush, I thought that this move was overreaction, but I think that it might actually be a sign of leadership.
If historical issues are being considered in the U.S. Congress, U.S. senators should be devoting their attention to those issues instead of cramming for a debate like it was history test.
But Obama said no. He'll keep on cramming and plans to show up for the debate even if McCain won't be coming. Is this the rational move? I mean, Obama's priority is winning the White House and falling in line behind McCain's bold move wouldn't look very presidential. And taking time to study will probably help his presentation.
But on the other hand, Obama is a senator. His refusal could simply be selfishness.
How this all plays out should be interesting.