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.


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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. I Smell a McRAT

    I can almost smell what the rat is cooking!!!! it's called buying time to study up on the issues..

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    what a phony McCain is.

    Obama, again reaching out for resolving the crisis, just as he reached across on Sept 11th. McCain, again lying.

    Is it ironic that McCain has to cancel a debate in order to deal with the crisis, while Obama can multi task and do both? What kind of guy do you want? One that doesn't know economics so can't multi-task for the nation? It's a pretty important quality for this job...atleast I think it is.

    John, is in no way fit to be president. He's not even capable of pour lemonade while holding a cup!

    Obama, the only presidential candidate around!

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. sabrina01

    They always jump and do something without thinking then come back trying to explain it to the voters...Enough is Enough.....this is not a game

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. mccain=bush

    Mccain is afraid 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 |
  5. Justin, ny

    here we go again... he said she said he said she said

    i thought the whole idea of this was to NOT create a big "partisan politics" fight... way to go mccain, it took you all of 5 minutes to turn this into a "liar liar he said she said" scandal.

    obama/biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Sacto Joe

    OMG!

    PLAYING POLITICS DURING A CRISIS!

    Senator McCain, you'll say or do absolutely anything to get elected.

    Senator Obama calls you to propose a common purpose, and you USE that to try and improve your standing!

    At the same time, you crawfish out of a debate that would have probably set you back another five percent!

    It's time to man up, McCain! Or have you forgotten how?

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. TREY

    Mccain just gave away the election...

    September 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Shawn - GA

    I am listening to Obama now... "I" "me" are every other word...

    the ego is amazing on this guy... like a little kid.. it was me.. MEE.. MEEE... I did it.

    Makes me sick

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Women in Penn 4 Obama

    Oh my god. McCain is down by 9 points in the polls and he wants to suspend the campaign. Obama called him first to ask for bipartisan talks.

    This smells like pandering and another attempt by McCain to trick us into voting for him. He was the one who was for deregulation until this week when he flip-flopped. This is no doubt game playing...

    McCain will have plenty of time after Nov. 4 to work with President Obama on bipartisianship. George Bush is the president let him deal with this mess he has put us in.

    Obama / Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. no trickle down...

    Like I said – Dirty McCain tricks!

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Douglas, Los Angeles California

    OK, Obama said he would like to issue a joint statement, not pospone the debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Nick from NY

    PANIC! Cheap political stunt! Distraction! What the country needs is for the two candidates to get up there and debate the issues, not hide behind some committee. This is so ridiculous. Reckless, impulsive, and desperate. The last thing we need in the White House.

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Tony Z-MD

    So, basically Obama is the one who really got this train moving. Look at the timelines in their own reports.

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Rachel

    Obama continue to show the traits of a true leader!! And McSame showed his true traits as a follower.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    FDR managed to defeat the Nazis and lead the nation out of the Great Depression at the same time. Presidents need to multi task, especially in times of war. If Senator McCain cannot prepare for a debate on foreign policy, his area of strength, and review financial legislation about to come up for a vote, then perhaps he should send Sarah Palin to the rescue. Very disappointing, and not at all like the heroic Senator McCain America has come to expect. Mavericks show up for gunfights. And Debates.

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. AJ from Houston, Texas

    This is bad. Lose-lose for Obama. Great posturing by McCain. I should have expected nothing less from the Republicans...

    September 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    WOW... can we belive the lying Loser McCain?

    -V

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    McCain: "Me First"

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Deb n Texas

    Jack, this is a joke – during the Republican convention, McCain tried to get out of his speech suspending the convention because of Gustav. NOW, McCain is trying to GET OUT OF THE DEBATE ON FRIDAY. Jack, please tell McCain he can run but he can't hide. This is crazy, how long is the man going to find excuses for not wanting to show the public he and Palin's incompetencies. How long Jack! Could you tell me?

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. BKMC

    McCain is lying again.

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. blake

    I think with the recent past, I am going to put my money on Obama telling the truth here.

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Joe Sith

    "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.

    What a bunch of malarky.

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Hillary Independent finally for Obama

    McCain shouldn't be telling anyone what to do.

    McCain should NOT be setting Obama up for "punishment" if Obama decides to not go along with McCain's ideas to quit the campaign and head to Washington and to not debate Friday.

    I want the debate.

    What is McCain afraid of?

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Richard,Orlando,FL

    Here is a guy for 25 years was for deregulation in any way shape or form. Now that it's having an impact on the American voter, he is playing typical Republican politics and would probably want to regulate the air we breath if it was to his advantage. McCain First, country SECOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Ready for Change

    Once more, Obama lying, his statement sounds like nothing more than campaign speech. He is constantly giving himself credit for stuff he has not ever done.

    September 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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