September 24th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp issues its own account of talks with Obama

(CNN) - Less than an hour after Barack Obama's team told reporters that John McCain's Wednesday announcement that he would be suspending his campaign came after the Democratic nominee suggested a joint statement from both candidates on the financial crisis, the McCain camp issued its own account of talks between the two men.

"Senator Obama phoned Senator McCain at 8:30 am this morning but did not reach him," the campaign said in a memo sent to reporters. "The topic of Senator Obama’s call to Senator McCain was never discussed.

"Senator McCain was meeting with economic advisers and talking to leaders in Congress throughout the day prior to calling Senator Obama. At 2:30 pm, Senator McCain phoned Senator Obama and expressed deep concern that the plan on the table would not pass as it currently stands. He asked Senator Obama to join him in returning to Washington to lead a bipartisan effort to solve this problem."

Minutes after McCain's Wednesday statement, Obama's campaign said that the Democratic nominee had called McCain earlier that morning to ask him if he would be willing to issue a joint statement on the economy and "urg[e] Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal." They also said that McCain returned the call at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement, and that the two campaigns are currently "working together on the details." McCain's announcement came shortly before 3 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Here they go again trying to twist the facts. Mcpalin just can't be trusted anymore.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. jim

    McCain & Palin are lyers...

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. sf

    Wouldn't be funny if they're actually telling the truth this time?

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Jim

    MORE LIES FROM OBAMA !!

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Minneapolis Mikey

    Why is this news?

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. bill for barack

    Do you hear the sounds of a chicken clucking ?
    Can't say that I blame him though.
    When you have no positions of your own, how can you defend them or even explain them ?
    It's foreign policy – all he has to do is send Dubya to speak for him – again.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. mn

    hmmm...so we are not REALLY trying to be bi partisian are we Mr McCain. You disgust me.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. jason, tx

    I CALL BS!

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. JFK

    McCain should not duck the debate. If anything, its more important than ever for them to debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Jesse from Berlin

    Who said politics is boring?

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Jim, IN

    And this isnt about politics, its about the economy, right McCain?

    Feed us some more from the horse stalls.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. NO Thank you, Ohio

    McLiar

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Sarah P

    Well, I see that McCain was trying to pull a fast one and avoid a debat on how "National Security" has gotten us in this Economic Crisis…..him and his advisors can't hold a candle when it comes to Obama and his intellect!

    Nice Try McSame….I must give you that, nice try. Now Obama is about to whoop you on this issue!

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Enlightened Voter

    Another lie mccain, no way. You as usual mccain follow Barack's lead. I honestly knew that mccain wanted to delay the debates especially with Biden and Palin, I just didn't know how he was going to do it. Now i do.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. No turning back 2008

    This man, John Mccain, is scared out of his mind!

    And he has the audacity to exude that the campaigning and debating will be on his terms only! lol That is laughable and America knows it.

    If thats the case, there should have been ZERO campaigning during this election period. Arent we fightint two wars? Arent our men and women dying everyday in Iraq and Afghanistan because of the failed foreign policy of this administration? This man, mccain, thinks that somehow his presence in the senate will do something to imediately change the course of this economic crisis? He obviously feels some kind of guilt coming on as a result of his 26 year history or voting against regulatory measure that would have prevented such a crisis… John Mccain, save your monday morning quarterbacking for you pep rallies. America doesnt need you, the least qualified to guide the country during an economic crisis, making decisions at this time!!!

    Stop running scared from the debates and stand up like the man you wish you were!

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. M in Manhattan

    Last week John McCain said, “The fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.”

    Today, John McCain has dropped 9 points behind Barack Obama in the polls!

    AND, today, John McCain wants to “suspend his campaign and postpone Friday’s Presidential debate” because “our economy is in crisis.”

    OPEN YOUR EYES, AMERICA. This is one of the nastiest and most cynical political stunts ever attempted in American Presidential politics.

    Call it what it is! It is not noble; it is not honorable! It is despicable!

    McCain is once again grasping at an American crisis and playing it for whatever he can gain politically.
    He chose Palin for that reason, and he halted the Republican Convention, not because of the suffering, but because he needed an excuse to not have Bush and Cheney appear!

    McCain’s slogan is NOT “country first” but “winning first!”

    An American with Eyes Wide-Open this time!

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Tracy

    Obama campaign back to LIES and DISTORTIONS again.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Vincent, Great Lakes IL

    Oh my gosh,

    Where is the bull-o-meter when you need it!

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Theresa - Minneapolis

    I do not believe a word uttered by the McCain Campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. BSBSBSBSBSBSBSBSBSBSBS

    I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF THE GOP TRYING TO MIND F-CK THIS COUNTRY.

    MCCAIN IS D-O-N-E.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Marilyn

    mccain camp need to stop playing games.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. RuthieM

    NO! Just say NO Senator Obama. Don't fall for McCain's ploy, the debates must go on as scheduled!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. tracie

    The McCain campaign is so dishonorable that just saying so has become a cliche.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Democrat 4 Life

    Again McLie had to twist the truth. When will he stop?

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Silence Dogood

    Don't let Obama tell the story alone – keep him honest (or best effort)
    After seeing his ads, who knows what he will say.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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