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.
I don't care WHERE they debate but it needs to happen as scheduled. Don't let McCain and Palin dodge the bullet.
can't wait to see how the redumblicans spin this one. McCain looks schitzophrenic, flip floppin all over the place on every issue.
IF THE IDEA IS HIS,
Good, Great, That is just fine- meet do what ya gotta do, and get on a plane to Mississippi for Friday- no excuses!!!
Let's get this together...stop trying to stall McCain- this stunt was so transparent, if only your campaign knew how to be!!!!
Let me get this straight. The economic situation is so dire that McCain believes he must suspend his campaign, cancel the presidential debate, and no-show for tonight's program on David Letterman. But .... he's available for an interview on CBS tonight and can attend the Global Initiative conference tomorrow. THEN he'll head to Washington to solve all America's economic woes, even though he doesn't "know much about the economy".
On the other hand, Senator Obama is capable of multi-tasking: monitoring and participating in the bail-out negotiations in Washington while managing his campaign operations AND preparing for Friday night's debate.
Let the debate go on. Perhaps McCain's very qualified second-in-command, Ms. Palin, can sit in for her boss. That's her role after all. So is she ready or is she not?
Wow!!! McCain can do two things at once.... I guess he just can't debate and do something else at the same time.
This has got to be the weirdest news day of the entire campaign so far.
I appreciate the aesthetics of all this bipartisan stuff, but can either of them really do anything about this? I'm glad that both candidates will be on hand, but the debate is also very important.
Finally! Let's stop the partisan bickering and get to work!!!
That's ok GWB...Obama will be there in a couple of months.
Make sure you change the linen for him.
Memo to the Obama campaign: When you release statements to the press, or speak before a microphone, or doodle on a cocktail napkin, never, ever use the term "final solution." Regardless of how you meant it, ask anyone what comes to their mind first when they hear it.
This is really political crap. Nothing more than that. What were Bush and McCain doing for the past 8 years. sleeping in Baghdad...
so does this mean the debate is off for Friday evening
This is such a farse! McBush and Original Bush are conspiring because he is afraid to debate Obama....SHAME!
BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!
I watched the speech Obama gave this afternoon, now I am confused! He said they shouldn't stop the campaign and that the debate should go on as planned. Now, he has told Pres. Bush he will come to Washington to be of any help for this crises. Why can't he make his mind up on what he should do? McCain made his mind up that our country's crises is more important than running for a political office. I say there's the type of man we need in Washington to run this country, a man who knows what's really important...the American people.
Together we are Stronger.Obama the next POTUS,
OBAMA/BIDEN 08 12
I think it's a trap. Be careful Obama. Watch your back.
Credit Default Swaps...everyone needs to learn about these financial instruments if you want to know why we are in such an immediate and time-sensitive "crisis."
These guys are only Senators, all they are going to do is vote on it. This is just a way to get sympathy for McCain's decision to suspend his campaign. You can't trust rethugs. They are not in this for the people. They are in it to win it. These guys are living proof that winning isn't everything. Winning may become the one thing that blinds you to what is really important
Democrats are no better then the Repuglicans if they allow this to happen, let these businesses fail and dont allow the honest decent Americans to suffer as a result
They'll probably spend the entire meeting staring at each other in horror as Bush goes on about the "interlinks" in the economy.
I can't wait for November 4th. God I can't wait till November 4th.
OF COURSE THEY ARE INVITING OBAMA.
BUT WHEN HE ASKED FOR REGS TO GO IN PLACE
A YEAR AGO, THEY HAD A RESOUNDING NO FOR HIM.
BARACK OBAMA REPRESENTS ALL AMERICANS AT
THAT MEETING, AND WHEN HE COMES OUT WE WILL
SUPPORT HIS PLAN, NOT ANYONE ELSE'S. HE SAYS
NO & NO IT IS. WE WILL NOT STAND FOR ANOTHER
BUSH-MCBUSH SHELL GAME. WE WILL LET IT RIDE.
Senator McCain has finally admitted that there is a financial crisis after Bernanke blew the horn in Jerusalem. He has seriously compromised himself as a candidate for the Republican party.
Another reason why Al Gore should of won.
Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.
And,... Obama CAN walk and chew gum at the same time.
Seems as if McCain has trouble with that.
"A president should be able to do more than 1 thing at once"
Lets go Obama! Great work. McCain go to the debate yourself or send your VP candidate Sarah Palin to due her duty and fill in for him!