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McCain: "I think you can work on all three at once, Tom"

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Senator John McCain provided the American public with a little comic relief Tuesday night during his debate with Senator Barack Obama.

Just 13 days ago, John McCain suspended his campaign so he could deal with the economic crisis. The move stunned the nation. Since when has a candidate suspended their campaign so he or she could sit around the table with George Bush and other lawmakers grinning like an idiot for the cameras? 

That was 13 days ago. Last night, John McCain told the nation he could tackle energy, health care and entitlement reform at the same time.

Moderator Tom Brokaw asked both candidates, "In what order what you put [energy, health care and entitlement reform] in terms of priorities?" 

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Energy, health care and entitlement reform happen to be three of the most important and complex issues confronting the next president. The man who couldn't even juggle his campaign and participation in a debate on a bill in its final stages before a US House vote, responded, "I think you can work on all three at once, Tom."

Hahahahahahahahaha. My sides are hurting. Maverick? Comedian. It's like driving while talking on the cell phone, eating a Big Mac and drinking a bottle of whiskey at the same time. 

Senator Barack Obama actually answered the question. "We're going to have to prioritize," Obama said, "just like a family has to prioritize. Now, I've listed the things that I think have to be at the top of the list. Energy we have to deal with today, because you're paying $3.80 here in Nashville for gasoline, and it could go up."

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McCain testily responded: "Look," he fumed, "we can attack health care and energy at the same time. We're not -- we're not -- we're not rifle shots here. We are Americans. We can, with the participation of all Americans, work together and solve these problems together." 

Really? WE can? This was a question for YOU. Are you going to attack health care and energy at the same time like you attacked the economy and your campaign at the same time, Mr. McCain?



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