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.
word to the wise: don't use the term "final solution"
Obama accepting the invitation is one of the few smart things he's done. I love reading all of these blogs by these ignorant Nobama supporters criticizing McCain's request to postpone the debates. You idiots don't realize that you should be destroying McCain in the polls; yet you barely have a lead. I have a feeling McCain will be having the last laugh on this one, just like he did after the VP picks were made. Poor Dumocrats simply don't have any sense.
Bush is offering McCain a bailout...
If McCain can't or won't attend the scheduled debate on Friday why not let the Vp contenders debate on Friday and let the Presidential canidates debate on October 2nd,? Makes sense to me. Mrs Palin has an opening in her schedule that day.
McCain can be a leader and solve the problem.
Bush can be a buddy and show Obama where the bathroom is.
Let the debate hits the road then!
THANK YOU, TO THE FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES FOR THINKING OF OUR COUNTRY INSTEAD OF POLITICAL CAREER.
I AM PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT; PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH AND OF YOU SIR.
SARAH PALIN WAS THE PERFECT CHOICE. I BET OBAMA IS HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT HILIARY, WHO WOULD HAVE ALSO MADE A GREAT CHOICE.
ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR BE A TRUE AND PROUD AMERICAN. ALL OF REAL AMERICANS CAN SEE THROUGH THE FAKE PLOYS OF OBAMA.
Sorry President Bush...Obama is too busy...he has to be on TV.
Surprise, surprise McCain wants to skip off to Washington and then Bush says, 'everyone come to Washington.' I thought Mccain was divorced from Bush so why is McCain playing with Bush?
I think everyone is missing the point here, credit is bad! It costs everybody money, the root of this issue here is people/companys not haveing the money to operate. Why are big companys having to borrow money to make payroll? People have been using credit buy things that they cant afford. My parents always told me to save for what u want, then buy. The whole system is far to lax with extending credit in the first place. Lets fix the root, get more money into the peoples hands so there wont be a need for credit. Americas greed and impaitence got us into this mess, credit / mortgage companys are taking advantage of the american people, feeding off the intrest and fees. Please help stop this mess. Educate people about the dangers of credit. The government is just as guilty. Just a thought, run with it.
What a crock of S!!!! Give me a break... They need to debate on Friday. If McCain and Palin are not ready they need to step aside and Obama will lead this country.... What a pathetic joke they are....
wow! The Obama Kids are not going to know how to deal with this. The PROM has been cancelled!
If McCain or Bush really cared about this economic crisis, McCain would have suspended his campaign at the beginning of congressional proceedings and the President should have asked everyone to come together before congress has for the most part made significant progress to a solution. Let the debates go on.
Well this takes the thunder out of McCain's little stunt, now doesn't it?
GOOD! Glad to see Obama actually Do something (and attend a meeting on this fin. crisis). I am so tired of his camp accusing Rep. of stunts, etc - they can't accept that this is a crisis, and one needs to stop what you are doing to ADDRESS the ISSUE.
Thank you McCain!
If MCCain AND Obama are meeting with the President to discuss the economic situation, then why can't McCain show up on Friday for the debate?
McCain the Maverick believes showing up at the Rachel Ray Show is more important than showing up for a Presidential debate!!!!
He would rather win over the viewers of the Rachel Ray Show than American voters who want to hear the Presidential candidates debate.
That's a maverick for you!
It's a trap!!!
It took George Bush to get Obama to Washington. Coach must be letting him play. McChange was already on the way!! CHANGE IS ON THE WAY!!!
Well, I am glad to see bipartisan support for something. I don't know about the bailout plan though. I don't think anyone understands that cockamamie thing.
I want to see a debate. No closed door meetings. A debate. In public. Where McCain has to answer questions instead of pretending to take control of a crisis that was caused by the deregulation he has always championed. A debate!
I PERSONALLY WILL NOT BELIEVE A SINGLE WORD
THAT COMES OUT OF THAT MEETING EXCEPT THAT
OF BARACK OBAMA. CONGRESS GETS IN THE SAME
CRAP HOLE THINKING WHEN BUSH WANTS SOMETHING.
THAT'S HOW WE GOT INTO THE WAR, AS WELL.
OBAMA SAYS ITS A GOOD PLAN WE WILL GO ALONG.
HE SAYS NO & NO WILL BE OUR ANSWER AS WELL.
And all this can be done without having to cancel any debates, despite what McCain would have us think. I'm getting sick of him treating the American voters as if we're idiots who can't see through his thinly veiled political stunts.
Farcical – it's always men that seem to get us into these messes and men who seem to think they can solve the messes they make. Obama, McCain & Bush will solve nothing. It's a bailout – same as putting up bail as a get out of jail card. Who ran these investment houses? Men, men, men. It's time for a woman leader – write-in Hillary Clinton on your ballot and let's get someone in there who knows how to roll up their sleeves for the purpose of work – not show.