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. FactCheck

    What a lying sack of excrement! Is there nothing that McCain will stoop to in order to keep the limelight shining on him?

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Jason, Omaha, NE

    So you are admitting Obama called this morning. It looks like Obama called about putting out a joint statement and McCain made one before Obama could to look like the "leader". Stealing more ideas: troop withdrawal, regulation, what else are you going to agree with Obama on. Let's get this resolved so we can debate on Friday night. America needs these debates with only 6 weeks to election.

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Independent but Leaning

    Obama is a slimy snake. If we elect that clown, we deserve what we get- and it won't be a glorious rapture for those who think he's the messiah.

    No to racism (Wright). No to domestic terrorism (Ayers). NObama.

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Mom for Obama

    I do not believe a word that comes out of the McCain campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Paris

    John McCain I am Honored to cast my vote for you.

    Time and time again you put your country above all.

    Thank you

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Palin for President

    Bye Hillary, bye Pumas, Palin will win this election for McCain without your help. No more kissing up to screaming clinton supporters.

    Palin 2012

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Brandi

    I believe that based on the current situation of the economy, McCain may feel a little intimidated with the upcoming debate. I don't blame him; however, I also believe this is an attempt to dance around the issues.

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Matt

    Nothing changes the fact that as soon as McCain learned that Obama had beaten him to the punch by requesting a bipartisan statement, McCain immediately sought to one-up him by pulling this "campaign suspension" stunt.

    Put your money where you mouth is McCain: Stop taking donations until the campaign is not "suspended."

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Jon in CA

    McCain is disgusting.

    That is so rude and pathetic.

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Interesting

    Joint statement (he said she said) or go back to Congress and work with other bipartisan leaders to get this done.

    What does Barack America do, stay in Florida for debate prep.

    Not Ready to lead!

    PUMA 2008!

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. California Gold

    Obama handles the issue independently of his handlers. McCain needs campaign staff to speak on behalf of Senator McCain. A colleague ought to be able to communicate directly with another colleague rather than run through obstacles and buffers. McCain is old style politics and old everything else. Out of date and impertinent.

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. jm for sc

    Okay, who we believe? McCain has lied about every thing else,so why would this be different?

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Jan in CA

    Wow that clears up why we need to delay the debate. It surely isn't a political ploy at all... LOL!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. The Lamb

    Once again McGain is trying to grab the high ground. His is but one vote. They are working day and night in the Congress to get this worked out with everything Obama called for and more, (restraints and oversite). So instead of issuing a joint statement as was attempted by Obama, McGain wants to act. Act like a leader, no its business as usual just more of McSame. We fooled em once, four years. We fooled em twice, four more years. Why yes we can!!! Fool em again.

    Mc Gain some Mc Same: Score political points, avoid the debate and look good. Anyone with half a brain can see through this political move to act like his voice and his efforts will mean that much in the final analysis.

    McGraw, (take a bite out of crime) and Palidin, (have gun will travel) mimic every move Obama makes, "they are the change agents and reformers." Instead of firing his campain manager and admit he accepted INFLUENCE money, he wants to LOOK like Obama, (Presidential). What envy!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Lorraine

    What a bunch of BS. Obama made the call first. Stop trying to take the credit. McCain, you cannot think that far ahead.

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. King

    hello John. this is Barack. Will call back......Come on we are not kids. any right thinking person leaves a reason for calling. Right?

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. TIRED OF THE GOP

    Come on This is a pathetic political stunt on behalf on the McCain campaign. McCain is the weaker of the candidates on several fronts, but, most notably, when it comes to the economy. Obama has the edge in the polls when it comes to this. McCain is trying to look like a take charge kind of guy when all he is really doing is buying himself time. While the crisis is certainly crucial, it does not call for a suspension of either campaign, and, most certainly, does not require a delay in the first debate. With only 40 or so days til election day, the debates are crucial. McCain amazes me more and more every day

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Brad

    Wow, McCain takes 'Change' and 'More of the Same' from Obama, and now they are saying they instigated the call for bipartisanship... McCain should just fire his advisers to save money since all they do is steal Obama's ideas anyway.

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Leslie

    What were you expecting? The truth? From McCAIN??

    McCain and Palin have both proved that they lie whenever it suits the need, which is almost anytime they speak.

    How could they be trusted to run our Country?

    WE DO NOT NEED 4 MORE YEARS OF THE BUSH/MCCAIN LYING MACHINE.

    ONE MORE REASON WHY I AM VOTING OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Kenn Amdahl

    I'm eager to hear Sarah Palin weigh in on the details of this bailout . The whole world is.

    Do you suppose Warren Buffet called her for advice? Did McCain pull her out of her photo ops with world leaders so she could add her wisdom, insight and experience to the conversation on the hill? If they're suspending the campaign, then she could easily skip those meetings and go help solve the problem.

    Just don't let Campbell Brown say mean things to her.

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Camilla

    I would have to say I find it disgusting that McCain is trying to use this dire moment in US Hstory for his own political gain. If there was no spin factor to this, why is this 'so called request to suspend – and – who said what first' being picked up by Senator McCain. I mean, why was this not done quietly recognizing the seriousness of what is at stake.

    Oh, and why why WHY is it that debate(s) should be postponed regardless of an agreement to not campaign (or raise money?). Debates with no spin from either campaign before and after might actually serve this country best!

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. catawungus

    McPOW spent 26 years creating this debacle. Says he does not understand the economy. NOW, suspends a losing campaign under the guise of "being Patriotic" to run to DC and resolve the issue so that it can be okay by MONDAY?

    Is there no pile of rubble he is not willing to pose on and claim the high moral ground?

    Whose behind is he running to save? For 26 years, it has been that of the Big Boys who craved more and more deregulation.

    Why would it be different now? Is he smarter than he was last week? Has he fired all his lobbyist campaign execs? Abandoned his credentials as a deregulator?

    Or, is he afraid to debate and we all see what he is really made of? A man who 'trains' his VP by speed dating *HOS at the UN. (*Heads of State.) (*Same Same)

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. doug

    Okaaayy, if it is true about McCain's version, then what happened to the joint statement? I did not see a joint statement... All I seen is that McCain hamstringed Obama and tried to look presidential and it is going to backfire!

    September 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. naomi

    Wow McCain at a new low.

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Typical, Typical, Typical

    When will Obama learn you CANNOT trust the McCain campaign and from all the lies he and Palin have been speading it would be just like them to do this.

    Another lie from the McCain campaign, I don't think the Obama campaign would be saying this if it wasn't true. Look at each one of their history of lies.

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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