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.
George W. Bush: worst President ever? John S. McCain: worst Presidential candidate ever? Sarah Palin: worst Vice Presidential candidate ever? These three were made for each other. McCain cuts and runs. Will someone please tell him there will be no snow day in Mississippi on Friday and his homework is due.
"A McCain adviser said McCain also plans to attend."
Of course he's planning to attend – on Anderson Cooper it was reported that McCain requested the meeting!
Did you notice President Bush's body language tonight? It was the look of defeat. Even all the negative reviews, the poor poll numbers, the thousands of American young people dead in Iraq & Afghanistan could not take the bounce out of his step. But, today, finally, it was gone, and he looked tired & demoralized. His MBA didn't help when he ran his own businesses into the ground in private life, and it hasn't helped him now as he runs our country into the ground. He will go down in history as the single worst president this country has ever had.
And, he wants you to vote for McCain as the man who will follow his philosophy & policies. If I were McCain, I'd tell him not to let my name cross his lips until after November 5.
McCain had to go back – Reid (a leading Democrat) publicly said McCain supported the bailout.
Duh – if someone was tacking my name on things so I could take the blame I surely go set them straight. McCain called Reid and Pelosi's bluff.
Know both sides before you sound off!
BTW – this will likely stay in moderation forever – Thanks CNN NOT!
After all this crises, who ever voting for McCain is RESIST!!!
Interested with what they come up with.
John McCain better not have a heart attack from all this attempted multi-tasking and die before the election. It might be seen as a good excuse for delaying the election and keeping B*s* in office a while longer. Oh, God, spare us, PLEASE!
To Gayle–I am happy to say that you are and will be wasting your money. If you can't see that McCain is playing a game to stall time and trying to run from the debates, than you are way too shallow. And, who is a bigger actor than McCain!! Please...learn some common sense before making comments online. Thanks!
McCain and Palin better be ready to debate next week or they throw it all away. Palin needs this debate as much as if not more than McCain to prove shes more than a I can read my lines wonder. She needs to prove shes more than George Bush with lipstick.
Great, outta town for almost a YEAR and NOW McCain wants to solve the crisis ??? Seems a better use of time would be showing AMERICA he IS Presidential. . . after all he claims to be the "Foreign Policy Expert" and Obama is "un-experienced" so it shouldn't take much time away from "savin' America" to spend an hour in a Debate .
No need to study up for his area of "expertise" . . . then Saturday morning he can get back to his Committee working on this crisis . . . what? His Committee has NOTHING to do with it? Oh well, might as well just take off to Europe to see if he can catch up with that Starlet and her Italian Guy on his yacht . . . .
It seems to me like McCain has set up a very nice political blunder for himself — what else can you do when you get behind in the polls and have an animal killer for your vice presidential choice, a woman whose obvious lack of experience definitely shows–the American people can't be that naive, or can they??? It's quite curious to see unfold. The meeting between those three should be something else for the history books! Go Obama — do your thing! You will shine.
Bush should just step down now and let Obama run things from here out. We already know McCain can't handle the job.
WOW! Unbelievable... Fact: McCain is dropping hard in the polls. Fact: McCain knows little if anything about economy. Yet, Bush who is Republican has gone out of his way to contact Obama and requested a meeting at White House. I smell a rat. 40 days to go till election and no debate when McCain originally was fighting for 10 debates. And now want to temporarily suspend the first debate along with his campaign especially when he's doing the worst he's possibly ever done in polls. I know Obama is a very intelligent individual and can see right through this. But none the less he will comply with the request of the President and serve his country. McCain and Bush believe they have a great strategy but it just confirms what we all know...McCain is no leader.. He doesn't have the fiber. Cant really blame him.. He's never been hungry..
Here's a presidential hopeful who writes a book titled 'The audacity of hope.' And then here's the President elect who has made the whole situation so hopeless.
"McCain showed true leadership today. Obama, on the other hand, seemed like an actor saying "the show must go on." I've made up my mind. I don't want someone for president who playacts the role. McCain and the Republican party got my first donation today but not my last."
If any acting was going on today it was from McCain. Please, his reaction was so completely disingenuous and quiet obviously orchestrated by his republican advisers. If you call being lead by the nose by your party and hiding from the press and debate leadership, you're sadly mistaken.
Sen. McCain was only doing what Sen. Reid asked him to do less than 24 hours ago.
"Yesterday, Harry Reid said that consensus couldn't be achieved without John McCain's leadership". Sen. McCain stepped up and is providing that leadership today and now Sen. Reid does not want the help he just asked for yeterday.
Call Cheney, haliburton is strong and dose not need bailout...
Obama should watch his back ...
It makes sense that they should all meet together. Whoever is the next President will be likely dealing with the aftermath of this bailout and economic problems. It makes sense for both candidates to be there to either have input or know what they will be dealing with. If the debates go on or not is a separate issue from this meeting.
Sentor McCain is prepared for the debate this Friday, this is another "Lipstick on a Pig" deversion. McCain's behind in the polls, do we really think he's not going to show up for the only debate he's confortable with. I think Obama should make make sure he's "on his game" while in Washington with that group. These guys only believe in BIPARTISAN when the camera's rolling.
Learn what that the average american only cares about spending all his credit to nothing.This isnot Wallstreets greed this is American greed.Everybody wants to feel like somebody.We did this my fellow americans,we needed 300 cable chanels,we thought we could play the market,we thought that first divorce wouldnt hurt that bad,and still we point fingers at the govt.I BELEIVE IN THE REPUBLICAN VALUES KEEP GOVT SMALL MAKE MY OWN RULES,BUT MY PRES BUSH HAS GROWN THE GOVT BY 40% I HATE HIM FOR THIS.WE NEED TO FIRE EVERYBODY.IF U VOTE OBAMA AT LEAST VOTE REPUBLICAN HOUSE AND SENATE,IF YOU VOTE MCCAIN,THEN VOTE DEM FOR HOUSE AND SENATE,BUT ONLY VOTE NEWCOMERS,FIRE EVERYBODY WHO HAS BEEN THERE ALREADY,
Oh great, more crooks, I mean cooks added to the stew.
Let's put liens on ALL the property of the CEO's and board members of these banks.
No need for a debate. When John McCain was a POW, he was a master debateor. Palin will be a great president of some PTA Not POTUS. It's all over. Obama has won
These republican idiots who keep writing about voting "present" could use some boning up on how the Senate works--When they can't or won't own up to the issues- and that they have caused them- they try to smear their opponents. Typical republicans-
NOT THIS TIME!