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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Extra • John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (951 Responses)
  1. Big T

    oh yeah and that other old guy is showing up to. Way to give the McCain crazy more fire for CNN.

    Obama 08!

    September 24, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. gerardo machado

    Who cares whos there, I say , no and hell no, If we bail out these jerks,
    then they should be force to lower interest rates on credit cards and loans,,,, other wise, let them fail!

    September 24, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. bb

    I do hope something positive comes out of this meeting. I however, wonder if Mccain knew this invitation was coming.

    September 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. OH MY!

    Elaine Quijano and Dana Bash never once mentioned the fact that Obama said that he would not suspend his campaign and go to the White House until Bush called and asked him… When John McCain right away stated he would suspend his campaign and headed for Washington canceling the debate if need be. Why does CNN report biased for Obama???… personally I am sick of it and so are many others. Further more this is a close race and it is never equal when it comes to comments… people out here see this and know what CNN is doing. As usual CNN will not post this. All you can say about McCain is that McCains advisor said that McCain plans to attend? That's it? McCain reacted immediately!

    September 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. mccain=bush

    I don't trust bush, he is probably going to help mccain rangle his way out of the debates.

    September 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. SAL

    McCain wants to cancel the VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ALSO.

    He is committing slow but certain political suicide.

    It is sad to watch a man who used to be decent get so far from his values and from the truth that he is hopelessly lost.

    September 24, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. JPM

    McCain is selfish. Its so obvious. He'd rather win an election than keep his integrity. What a sad sell-out.

    September 24, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Roland

    President Bush is a disgrace to the office and a failure for our whole country.

    September 24, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Bill Tampa

    And when they're done, they can fly to Ms. for the debates...Walk and Chew Bubbl;legum like the rest of us. POTUS cannot take a day off.

    Obama/Biden/08/12

    September 24, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Deborah del Castillo

    I am a registered Democrat who has consistently voted along party lines for the majority of my voting life. One thing that has bothered me during this election is my feeling that so many of the media are swept up swooning over Obama that they are not doing accurate, unbiased reporting. This article is another example of the bias the media has shown favoring Obama. Though President Bush contacted both Senators McCain and Obama inviting them to the White House and both accepted, you have 4 paragraphs of the story talking about calling Obama, Obama's comments, the fact he is attending, etc. and you have one short sentence stating McCain will also be attending. It is no wonder people, Democrats and Republicans alike, are getting so fed up with the media. It is hard to trust much of what you read anymore because of the obvious bias.

    September 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. OH MY!

    Elaine Quijano and Dana Bash never once mentioned the fact that Obama said that he would not suspend his campaign and go to the White House until Bush called and asked him… When John McCain right away stated he would suspend his campaign and headed for Washington canceling the debate if need be. Why does CNN report biased for Obama???… personally I am sick of it and so are many others. Further more this is a close race and it is never equal when it comes to comments… people out here see this and know what CNN is doing. As usual CNN will not post this. All you can say about McCain is that McCains advisor said that McCain plans to attend? That's it? McCain reacted immediately! Shame on you CNN!!!

    September 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Belle

    Of course McCain plans to attend, he is the one who suggested the meeting in the first place!

    THAT is why he suspended his campaign, and took the action. He really does put country first! He ALSO puts bipartisan leadership first. HE INVITED OBAMA to go with him!

    If Obama was "blindsided" it is because Obama did not show the SAME kind of leadership...instead, he does a press conference that scoffs at McCain...then accuses McCain of a political stunt...when the real truth is YESTERDAY Reid said they needed McCain's bipartisan leadership, and then today they don't? THAT is the political stunt by the Obama campaign.

    So McCain says get us all in a room, we hammer out everything, and stay until it is done, period. So now, Reid, Dodd, Obama, Pelosi, McCain, the minority leaders will sit in a room with the President.

    We may or may not have a debate Friday.

    September 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Jim Schimmer

    PHOTO OPS!!!! MCSAME - U FOLL ITS NOT ABOUT YOU, ITS ABOUT USA!!!!

    September 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Jay

    This is nothing but a republican dirty trick. Obama should have said no thanks. McCains ship appears to be sinking so he calls Bush to throw him a life line.

    September 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    Bush is in the con the delay the debates. We are not THAT stupid.

    September 24, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. JimBob

    Bush is totally irrelevant. He has dropped the other shoe in McCain's tactic to delay the debate, maybe even substitute it for the (obviously gonna be disastrous) VP debate. Obama should reject this out of hand. He should tell Bush that Bush and his administration are responsible for the mess we're in and that if he's going to talk to anyone about it, it will be his fellow Democrats, and then only when they ask him to become involved.

    September 24, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Billy

    Timesink.

    September 24, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. ben

    I thought Bush was the President. Why is he inviting candidates to join him a the Big House to discuss this? It's some kind of trap OBAMA.

    September 24, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. Susan

    Something needs to be done. To save our country financially.......we need to STAY OUT OF WARS........it costs millions. Quit giving our money to other countries. There are those with hardships that live in America. TAKE CARE OF AMERICA FIRST!

    September 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. OH MY!

    This article never once mentioned the fact that Obama said that he would not suspend his campaign and go to the White House until Bush called and asked him… When John McCain right away stated he would suspend his campaign and headed for Washington canceling the debate if need be. Why does CNN report biased for Obama???… personally I am sick of it and so are many others. Further more this is a close race and it is never equal when it comes to comments… people out here see this and know what CNN is doing. As usual CNN will not post this. All you can say about McCain is that McCains advisor said that McCain plans to attend? That's it? McCain reacted immediately! Shame on you CNN!!!

    September 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Matt

    Bush and company RUINED the American economy and now they are asking for billions to bail out their rich corporate CEO buddies. Let them wither on the vine and die.

    Wake up America and realize that McCain is more of this Republican train WRECK !

    September 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Colorado4Obama

    PUHHHLEEEZZ make BUSH AND MCCAIN go awayyyy!

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Ron from Baltimore

    Pres Bush, I sincerely hope you are not simply playing partisan politics here. You should indeed have called these folks together last week, if not sooner. We need to hear from two prepared candidates in Friday's scheduled debate. No delays--we have but weeks left to get the measure of these individuals.

    I listened as your father and former President Clinton discussed, on ABC News, their feelings about the debates and the state of the nation. Both of these larger-than-life gentlemen were non-partisan, honest, helpful in providing us understanding of the importance of government. I hope your meeting tomorrow will follow in their footsteps.

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. Danny

    And the Mafia has suceeded to distract us from the debate. One wonders why they weren't invited before now. How come its when McPain decides to dodge the debate that this happens.1 smell 2 rats.

    Same sly moves to
    Hide Palin from Press
    Still her tax records have not been released
    Troopergate is being swept under the carpet

    With all these, they will come out to chastise and preach freedom and democracy to rogues like Putin,Ahmmadjad wtvr and N.Korea when McCain-Palin themselves are not representing the core values of this country. Its a shame. the people who are getting ready to vote for them shd think very well.

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. John

    seeing the word "summons" in the title looks strange in a democratic society....

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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