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. UCLAdy04

    McCain 's camp can't help themselves from LYING! They expect us to believe that Obama's camp contacted them but didn't leave any indication why they were calling? Yeah right. This kind of stuff just proves that they are playing politics rather than trying to transcend them. It won't work!

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. DR in So. Cali

    McCan't cannot be trusted.

    Obama in '08!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Katie, Iowa

    There's got to be some sort of recording of the phone call, so let's hear the truth! People will believe whoever they're inclined to vote for, so let's get hard facts.

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. chelle

    I'm sorry but Mr. McCain you aren't in charge just yet. I am fairly certain the current resident of the Whitehouse might not want you stepping into his shoes just yet And as for bipartisanship – what I've seen so far of this crisis, it actually has been fairly bipartisan – without your help. Or is this just a great excuse to get out of debating Mr. Obama???? Just asking!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    what the heck is wrong with the camps? Well what kind of BS?
    "Oh we are all Americans, and stand together – but we had that idea" -"Oh yes, we are all Americans, but we had that idea"...sick

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. KS

    Someone please advise the McCain campaign that there are logs maintained by Phone Companies on who called at what time!

    They better not Mess up the already messed up Presidential Campaign with their Poor Judgment on candidate, lipstick, economy, lobbyists, WAR, among others.

    Desperately trying to score BIG on the troubles. Typical ReThugs!!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Charla in TX

    spin.......Spin......SPIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice try at backpeddling, McShameful!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. John B. From New Hampshire

    i did it, no i did! McCain... typical politics,,, it's the economy stupid! not a game! i trust Obama any day over the missleading liar of McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. NoMcSame

    Let the VP's go at it then. Oh that's right Joe has work to do too. The Obama team is hard at work while Palin is ducking questions.

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Amanda

    Now thats scarry McCain has said himself he doesn't know anything about economics. Now he wants to run to DC to try to fix it. Are you kidding!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Jeff In Ohio

    The Country Burns and McCain fiddles.

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Millions of Democrats are voting for McCain

    Sounds like a typical Obama moment to try and steal the idea to meet and work out this crisis together.

    We know who initiated this. McCain. Enough said.

    What do Obama and Biden have in common? They both have plagorized speeches, other than that they seem to have nothing in common.

    McCain 08

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Lee from FL

    Well him and his deregulation team now needs to fix the problem they caused.so now he wants to go back to Washington after missing the most days this year than any other US senator.
    McCain is a FRAUD,yeh i said FRAUD!

    i dear you to post this CNN!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Kim

    In short. The Grand Standing, Manipulative McBush rushed to announce that he was suspending the debate so that he could. Be First to say Country First. If Obama disagrees then Obama does not put country first. If Obama agrees then he is following behind McBush.
    Once again McBush shows that he is hollow and shallow and that it is McBush first. Not Country First.

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Fed Up

    McLAME. 'Nuff said.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Pam

    Obama tries to deal directly with McCain, McCain chooses to go through the media.

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    It's all politics folks. McCain hasn't voted in the Senate since March.
    He knows nothing about economics and would be a hinderance to any proposed bailout, not a help.

    McCain: "Me First"

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. bij

    And it begins.....

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Tiffany

    THE DEBATES SHOULD CONTINUE!!!!!!!

    Yes, the current economic crisis is important. However, determining the next president is even more important. The next president will determine our economic philosophy going forward.

    If the candidates cannot multi-task (run for president and participate in solving the economic mess) then they have no business running in the first place!

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Shelley

    John McCain is still afraid to face questions. There is no better time to hear the candidates' visions on how we can avoid this type of debacle in the future and how we can get ourselves out of this current mess. This economic crisis is all about our national security and I think McCain needs to step up and take real questions on what he is proposing to do. Just what is this man (and his campaign) afraid of? I want to see a debate on the issues.

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. mccain=bush

    This is a cover, mcain is afrid to debate obama, and now he has found a way to weasel out of it.

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. I Can See Russia

    LOL

    McCain what happened to The economy is strong?

    POW = POS

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    McCain you are lying. I do not believe you. You have lost this election as of today.

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. jeremy - tx

    Are you kidding? Why don't they just both stand outside and see who can pee the farthest.

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. HyperD

    Obviously McCain is so lost... and he can't multitask..!

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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