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. Lisa, MD

    WOW MCCAIN DECIDES TO DEBATE WITH BUSH BUT UNABLE TO DEBATE WITH OBAMA . THIS IS HILARIOUS.

    September 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Brian

    Wow...did Bush just stonewall McCain's little stunt?

    September 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. HillarySupporter

    It's probably a set-up! Those snakes are at it again.

    September 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. cbenj

    sounds like a trap for obama. i trust dubya about as far as i can throw rush limbaugh.

    September 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Tempered

    Oh, to be a fly on THAT wall . . .

    September 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Dean

    This is a national emergency, Right. Well then, enact the DRAFT! Draft all employees of these failing firms, give them pay equal to the military, E-1 though O-10. Hold them accountable and under the military for at least 2 years or until the problem is fixed. Do not impeach Bush and Cheney, Deport Bush and Cheney. I think Israel will take them.

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. NPA

    I blame Bush for all of this. Why isn't the Bush administration blowing up some place in the world to shift the attention to national security and help McCain do better in the polls? I hope they are at least leaving that for when it gets closer to the election.

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Kyle

    WAKE UP PEOPLE! THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS THIS IS ABOUT US! WE ARE THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY! NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE AND FIGHT FOR OUR VERY LIVES. THE DECISION THAT IS MADE WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT EACH AND EVERYONE OF US. GET OVER YOURSELVES! WE ARE NOT DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS WE ARE AMERICANS AND OUR COUNTRY NEEDS US! LET THE BICKERING STOP UNTIL THIS IS SETTLED! WE OWE IT TO OUR COUNTRY!

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Jules

    Politically, smart move for all three.

    September 24, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Yea President Bush! Finally doing the right thing!

    September 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Molly

    McCain is doing his JOB – while obama is down in FL to study.
    We NEED ALL Leaders in Washington to fix this problem that the DEMS caused by lack of regulation of FANNIE/FREDIE

    McCain – a LEADER – Obama – "Present" – again!

    September 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Rich = McCain

    Once again it's going to take Barack Obama to go in with his better judgement to set things in order and he will not get the credit. Again they will say he has done nothing to help this country when he has done more in his 4 years as Senate than McCain has in his 30 years in office. My question is what has McCain done to be qualified as the next president? Don't give me he is a POW; because we have several military personnel who can say I'm a soldier and feel that I am qualified. What has he done? He's shown America that he is a liar and is the most slimmiest candidate ever to run for president. Obama will get my vote and I am campaigning day and night to get him elected. He is the only hope for this racist and sick country at this point. We can not depend on the Repugs any longer; they have destroyed this country. Even the Iraian president mocked us as say to the American Empire is coming down. This is a shame and a disgrace to this country.

    September 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Karen

    What's Bush gonna do – keep Obama talking there until Saturday morning? I hope the debate goes on as planned and that McCain's desperate attempt to postpone is foiled.

    September 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Last Honest Man

    If the Titanic could be raised, I would invite every democrat in Washington
    to tour the once magnificent vessel.........and then find an iceburg.
    Okay....okay....I'd make sure there were enough boats. Little boats for the little people.

    September 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Gotta Laugh -if you still can

    Reminds me of Van Helsing being invited to Dracula's castle.

    September 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Interesting

    Obama, who is your daddy? McCain and Bush!

    LOL!

    PUMA 2008!

    As a lap dog, Barack America obeys his master.

    LOL!

    PUMA 2008!

    September 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Adrienne

    Well, that washes out McCain's grand stand. lol

    September 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. sharon walker

    DEAR PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH JR.

    THE BEST PRESIDENT WE HAVE HAD AND WHO HAS DEALT WITH MORE THAN ANY OTHER. PICKEN UP THE PIECES THIS TIME OF AMERICANS WHO PAY FOR PLAY THINGS INSTEAD OF THEIR HOUSE PAYMENT FIRST THEN CRY WHEN OUT OF A HOME.

    GOOD NIGHT.

    September 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Corp 08

    Obama, Bush gave you a get out of jail free card... USE it... MOVE THE DEBATE TO WASHINGTON

    September 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. PUMBU

    OBAMA IS AREAL LEADER, VERY CALM. MCCAIN IS KIND OF PANICKING NOW. POLITICS FIRST MCSAME WITH "I KNOW NOTHING" VP. WHAT IS MCSAME THINKING, DOES HE THINK AMERICANS ARE STUPID, PLAYING GAME WITH VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR TIME. IT'S A SHAME.

    September 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Patriot

    This is political trickery of the worse kind.

    McCaint has been trying to draw Obama off the campaign trail with his DECEPTIVE 'town hall meetings', which Obama wisely refuse.

    Now the sneaky bush is getting into the act.
    These deceptive devils will try every trick in the book to campaign ugly and govern even uglier!

    September 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. The Philosopher

    Now, thats the President Bush I know

    September 24, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. Donald S. Broder M.D.

    President Bush is scared that, after bamboozling Congress in order to spy on Americans, wage unnecessary war on Iraq, lock up aliens in Guantanamo probably forever, etc, etc his latest grab for power, namely the unsupervised grant of $700B worth of authority to the Treasury Secretary is in trouble. I for one certainly hope Congress places realistic limits to the plan and includes help for citizens facing foreclosure and guarantees that the Treasury profits when the plan succeeds.

    September 24, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. SS

    Obama don't take any favors from this Adminstration and becareful and WATCH your back....

    September 24, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. MCCRYPT WILL NEED A NAP

    before he debates on Friday with all this jet lag!

    September 24, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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