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It’s an afternoon of political gamesmanship, with no clear winner yet.

Barack Obama is declining to postpone Friday’s debate.

He told reporters, “This is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess.”

“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.”

So now, what is unclear is whether McCain will show up in Oxford, Miss. The Commission on Presidential Debates says that the forum will go forward, so now the ball is in the GOP candidate’s court. A McCain spokesman simply says that they will work with Obama and the commission on scheduling.

Barney Frank says of McCain’s announcement: “It’s the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys.”