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. PC

    umm sounds like what Obamas camp said. so is this news?

    September 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Suzanne Graham

    The LAST thing the negociations need is the McCain/Obama distraction.

    September 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Don

    I find it highly ironic that McCain's camp needed to put out a partisan statement to attempt to raise questions about a private conversation about how best to handle the crisis in a bipartisan manner.

    Frankly, everything that comes out of the McCain camp smacks of partisanship and sleazy politicking. They can't even put out a statement on bipartisanship with out trying to say "look, I'm MORE bipartisan than he is". Whatever...

    September 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. victor,nj

    I AM NOW CASTING MY VOTES FOR MCCAIN. I AM GOING TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE REPUGS CREATED THIS MESS; THAT HIS CAMPAIGN IS FILLED WITH LOBBYIST; THAT HIS CAMPAIGN IS MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE ELECTION; THAT THE VP HE PICKED REFUSES TO TALK TO THE PRESS; THAT PALIN IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

    WHAT FOOLS DOES MCCAIN TAKE US FOR.

    September 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. W. Worker

    McCain's nothing but a showboating, attention grabber. He expects people to trust him with the economy. I trust him with nothing. He threw out his first wife...not First Lady material...and remember...he was one of the Keating 5...don't remember...google it ! Onward and upward Senator Obama !

    September 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. georgia

    McCain & his campaign for the presidency of this great nation are abominable in their tactics to deflect & decieve the public.It is clear that they recognize that their ship,laden with lies,is sinking fast. This country has been in "crisis" before & definitely during the last 7 yrs. & suddenly his attention must be only on a situation that is being addressed & monitored by all who should be addressing it.There is no reason to delay the first debate nor the campaign.Or is he acknowledging being totally one dimensional which again makes one question his ability (& Palin's) to be president of the United States !
    NO McCain-NoShame-McSame !!!!!!!!
    CHANGE WE NEED NOW = OBAMA 08 !!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Thanks, but no thanks

    Enough of the drama and gimmicks from McCain. It's getting absurd.

    September 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. KATHLEEN

    Congress don't want McCain there!!!! POOR jUDGEMENT from
    the McFinancial Skrew Up!!1
    They have been working at this all week. They do not need this
    "interuption" NOW!. Bad judgement from a total idiot. Did Bush
    give the AOK.? Propaganda!

    Loved what Cafferty had to say on this. It was genious!!!!

    OBAMA-BIDEN

    September 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. mike

    Behind in national polls and only about even is states he must win that Repbulicans generally do win, it is understandable that McCain would decide that looking presidential might work as a campaign strategy. It is however only that. He could still campaign, still debate, and still try to convince the public that his newly discovered populist appraoch after a career advocating deregulation is real. He could still try to convince us that his VP choice was based on something other than pure politics. He could still decide to campaing on the issues instead of distorting Obama's statements and record. He could...but I doubt he would. He already appears to have misrepresented Obama'a initiation of a telephone call by announicng suspension of a campaign, failing to acknowledge the attempt at bipartisanship that the call represented.

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. California Gold

    The world according to Myopic McCain. Same guy who claims responsibility for creating the surge (and selling the President and Department of Defense and mid-east command on "his" strategy) and inventor of the Blackberry. What a stupid, old fool.

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Ajay Jain TX, USA

    McSame playing "Hide and Seek", Peek a Boo!! It may work in Arizona politics but it does not work in national Presidential politics!!

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. FN Wright

    Once again McCain is stealing Obama's ideas and initiatives and trying to take credit. Obama reached out in good faith to try and really solve this problem and McCain is trying to turn this to his political advantage.

    NOW WE SEE WHO REALLY PUTS "COUNTRY FIRST!"

    McCain is an even bigger hypocrite and liar than Bush - and that's REALLY saying something!

    I don't care how "red" you are - how could anyone, in all good conscience, vote for this manipulating, conniving, devious windbag?

    HOW?!?!?!

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Cindy

    More posturing. So when Obama calls, McCain doesn't pick up the phone? I find that hard to believe.

    So despite the dire condition of the economy, and a dramatic campaign suspension (a photo op suspension?), the silly season continues...

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Tyran

    We don't need to cancel the debates, we need to change the debate about the economy and make both candidates explain to the American public what role did they have in creating this financial disaster and what will they do to get out of it if they are President. John McCain and Sarah Palin need to stop all the political wrangling and claim their share of responsiblilty for the crisis. They are Republicans not "Mavericks" and their party was in charge, Mr. McCain! As for you Ms. Palin, this is American and you can't just waltz into the Vice-Presidency avoiding tough questions. If you can't be prepared to take the heat, then drop out. I'm able to cut the Dems some slack because their leadership will claim some responsibility and they were not in charge. However Obama and Biden still have to explain themselves to the American public. THIS IS WHAT THE DEBATES SHOULD BE ABOUT!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. andrew s. rostolder

    mcsame is afraid to debate. obama will kick his butt. mcsame is afraid to have sarah talk to the press......... oh what a suprise......... ok what are they hiding............i'll bet cafferty could find out..........

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Director

    I don't believe anything McCain says...he can't multitask (debate and work on the economy), we don't need him

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Jon

    McCain should suspend his campaign permanently.

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Sammy

    But the question of the day is whether or not during that 30 minutes before his news conference McCain told Obama about his decision to skip the debate. If no, then was it because the idea only surfaced then and it was a snap decision? Or did McCain already decide but for some reason chose not to say anything? Either way it doesnt look good considering they spoke directly right before his announcement.

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. mary

    SOMETHING IS FISHY AND IT SMELLS CLEAR CROSS COUNTRY.THE DEBATE SHOULD GO ON .A LOT OF PPEOPLE WILL BE DISAPPOINTED IF IT DOES NOT HAPPEN.

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. 64.1% of....

    Senate votes is what McCain has missed last year alone..07 not 08.

    It's gonna be "Friday Night Lights"...go get em Obama.

    My retirement is with AIG and I approve this message!

    September 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Tired of the Lies

    Empty posturing, especially by McCain.

    Neither Senator belongs to a senate committee that would be responsible for doing the real work on such legislation.

    Let them get back to campaigning and debating, so we can make informed decisions with our votes.

    September 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. JusLaugh

    McCain is using this crisis as a way to score some campaign points because he is losing ground fast. Anyone with half a brain can see right through his attemps to appear as if he really cares about the average person.

    Trust me, he doesn't.

    September 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. JB

    This is ridiculous. What is Obama doing to address this issue? NOTHING!

    Just like foreign policy issues. Just like what he did when he was in ILL politics, NOTHING. Oh I am sorry, he voted present.

    The guy has done NOTHING. WHat makes you people think he'll start working once he gets to the WH?

    September 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. david Armendale, SF, CA

    McCain wants to cut and run from debating Obama.

    No surprise there.

    September 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Steve

    untrustworthy, liar, manipulator, and cowardly = bush third term.

    September 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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