September 24th, 2008
09:15 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN confirms: McCain, Obama to meet with Bush about bailout

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Pres. Bush has summoned Sens. McCain and Obama and congressional leadership to the White House to discuss his plan to bailout the nation's fianancial markets.
Pres. Bush has summoned Sens. McCain and Obama and congressional leadership to the White House to discuss his plan to bailout the nation's fianancial markets.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has asked both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama to join him for a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss the economic bailout plan, a White House officials said.

"The President called Sen. Obama tonight around 7:30 pm," said Dana Perino, White House press secretary. "The president has invited the bicameral and bipartisan leadership, and the two senators running for president, to the White House tomorrow to work on driving to a bipartisan and timely solution."

Obama's campaign said in a statement that he has accepted the invitation.

"A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do," the statement said.

"He has said that he will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution."

A McCain adviser said McCain also plans to attend.

– CNN's Elaine Quijano and Dana Bash contributed to this report.


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soundoff (951 Responses)
  1. Scott L

    I LOVE IT! TEXTBOOK!

    OBAMA NOT PRESENT FOR ANY SERIOUS WORK.

    IF PRESIDENT CALLED ME UP TO HELP I WOULD BE THERE IN A HEARTBEAT!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Scott L

    ECONOMIC VOTE 99-0-1

    1 ABSENT = BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

    September 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Robert in Hartford, CT

    He's just trying to distribute the blame. Sorry Bush – this is just one more part of your legacy you cannot squirm out of.

    America, do we want more of this stuff? Look at what the Republican's ideas have gotten us, and think long and hard if we can stand 4 more years as a nation.

    September 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Let me guess; the meeting is scheduled for the friday night.

    September 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Rob in vegas

    just another move in the attempt to stall the debates.

    NOTHING MORE!

    September 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 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 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    He's just trying to help McCain get out of the debate on Friday!

    September 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. Biff

    this.....is......a.....stunt.

    period.

    the two candidates are just that...... candidates.

    there is one president currently.

    there is the current congressional leadership.

    other than their votes.... THEY HAVE NO POWER.....

    this......is.......a........stunt.......PERIOD

    September 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Disgusted with this Administration

    I smell a RAT! This is all a set-up to make McCain "appear" presidential and "appear" to be leader, when he has NO clue in which direction to take this country. I hope America is awake, and doesn't fall for the lies and distortion, because that is ALL McCain and Palin have to offer. Don't fall for it! Enough of this mess!

    September 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Anita from Arizona

    We, the people, need to hear from the two presidential candidates on what their plan is when they take office in January 09. The debates reveal that and are two important right now with all that is going on in the country. DON'T DELAY THE DEBATES!! The economy is the NEXT President's problem. We need to think long term here.

    September 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. Nik

    And the Obama just agreed to be there!

    Good! Obama will be in Washington then he will go to Mississippi and wait for McCain to show up. McCain's bubble was just popped!

    September 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. jimmy from salt lake city, UT

    wow what a meeting!

    September 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Michigan Chick

    What the hell can Bush tell them....good luck...glad I'm leaving. Thanks for nothing Bush.

    September 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Pedro Penduko

    Old W is certainly hell-bent on helping his buddy out, trying to distract Obama as much as possible.

    Of course, if Obama declines, he'll be portrayed as a selfish, egotistical candidate who's only after the election. If he does oblige them and postpone the debate, he'll appear weak and is only "following" McCain's lead.

    What a pathetic and sorry excuse of a presidential candidate McCain is turning out to be. McShame is really soundin more appropriate.

    September 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Palin for President

    Oh joy, Bill Clinton likes Palin, shocker!!!! No one cares Bill, go cheat on your wife again, not that I blame you..lol The Clintons are such losers. McCain has this election won without the Clinton's help.

    Palin 2012

    September 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Nathan Phillips

    Why would Bush try to help out McCain's failing campaign?
    McCain asks Bush for time out; Bush willingly obliges. Reminds me of the McBush McSame McShame tag that's going around.

    September 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Marie D.

    The invitation extended to the candidates at this late hour shows that McCain got his "rear end" covered by the Bush administration and the motives behind the invite is suspicious.

    September 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Sue/PA

    Sen Obama has agreed to the meeting..it is scheduled Thursday afternoon..................STILL TIME FOR THE FRIDAY NIGHT DEBATE!!!!!

    McCain is in Bush's pocket

    September 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. gloria

    By hook or crook, McCain/Bush is going to get this debate postponed.
    Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.

    September 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Perusing-Through

    FOR WHAT??

    September 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Peachy Keen

    For Heaven's sake, this is ridiculous. McCain and Phil Graham are the chief cause of this crisis, fighting and finally convincing Congress to deregulate the banking industry and Wall St.
    I think McCain has pulled this stunt to take the media's attention away from the fact it has been discovered that his campaign manager, Rick Davis, has been paid 15 grand a month by Fannie Mae, right up until this month. What were they paying him for? The concensus is that they were paying for access to McCain. Did McCain share iin this money?

    Think about it.

    September 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Ron from Baltimore

    Wow, that is leadership! Too little, too late, George. What game-playing and scheming have Rove and Cheney put you guys up to now??

    September 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Tracey

    That's nice! But it's nothing that Bush can tell us! He needs to just keep his mouth close because this one man has caused so much in this country!

    September 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Mr. Righteous

    McCain/Palin
    Unstable/Unable*

    *sources:
    George Will/Laura Bush

    September 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. Patrick

    Good bi-partisan move by the Pres.

    September 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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