September 25th, 2008
05:46 PM ET
6 years ago

Bailout meeting ends; Bush says group will continue work

Barack Obama, right, attends a meeting at the White House with President Bush, John McCain and other politicians.
Barack Obama, right, attends a meeting at the White House with President Bush, John McCain and other politicians.

WASHINGTON (CNN)- Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama both left President Bush's financial bailout meeting at the White House after 5 p.m.

Thursday without making statements to reporters gathered there. Officials said Obama will make a statement later at the Mayflower Hotel. There was no immediate word from the McCain camp.

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Dana Perino, White House press secretary, released a statement from Bush saying: "The president appreciates the bipartisan members of the congressional leadership and the two presidential candidates coming to the White House today to discuss how to finalize the financial rescue package.

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There is a clear sense of urgency and agreement on the need to stabilize the financial markets, and
prevent a massive financial crisis from affecting everybody in America."

The statement went on to say that the group will continue to work on a deal.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Deb

    Thank You President McCain!

    Your Leadership is admired!

    September 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Democrat Voting For McCain / Palin !!!

    No Bailout For The Wall Street !!!!! , No!

    September 25, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    In the meantime, the debates should go ahead as planned!

    September 25, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Shawn - GA

    Oh fantastic, another well scripted yet substance lacking speach.

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. indy chris

    translation: we will demand obama's presence in washington and if he goes to the debate, we'll brand him as unamerican.

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. MichaelB

    What a waste of time. McCain sure helped out a lot today, one whole hour in the White House. Wow!

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Chuck

    After the debate.

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    McCain looked like the Cat that ate the Canary.

    I think he's convinced the House Republicans to put their stamp on the bill.

    Then it's off to Oxford for "The Mixer in Mississippi"

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Fed Up

    Mission Accomplished!

    McLame got his photo op and his idiot spokesman, Tucker Bounds, is already running around taking credit for coming to the rescue. Predictable and sickening. Just pathetic.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and Caribou Barbie.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. White Mother for Obama!!

    I will only Support a Bailout that Obama helps with. If his input is not implemented then I will not support it... but I am just a regular ole american like I have a say??

    McCain and Palin are JOKEs to the AMerican Society!!

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Pat

    It's really nice that they had their little photo op but why aren't the republicans getting on board with this. It is the failed policies of George Bush that caused the problem, now they are the ones who don't want to fix it. Come on Senator McCain, get them on board.

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Democrat Voting For McCain !!!

    No Bailout For Wall Street !!!!! , No! , Let the Corupt Banks Crash !!!!

    September 25, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Of course there will be no statement from McCain until there is a statement from Obama. Afterall, he did graduate 894 out of 899. This man is a disgrace. He was a sell-out in the US military, a sell-out to his (first) wife and family and is now selling out his campaign. He would do the same thing if given the opportunity as president. He can't be relied upon or trusted unless their is money to be gained.

    America think about it "can John McCain be trusted?"

    September 25, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Accountant Guy

    You can't rush something like this. I look forward to the debate tomorrow, if McBush shows up. If he doesn't show up then I will look forward to the town hall with just Obama. Either way I can't wait to hear from President Barack Obama!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Save us from this god-awful economic mess that McCain's 26-year legislative legacy of deregulation has left us!

    September 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Karen, Arkansas

    Anyone for an impeachment? King George has done everything in his power to run this country into the ground. Hopefully the next administration can heal this country and repair the damage that has been done in foreign relations.

    I miss Bill.

    September 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. F O O T -----IN-------M O U T H

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    W R I T I N G,,,,,,,,,,,, L E T S,,,,,,,,,,,,,D I S C U S S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I T,,,,,,,,,,,, I N,,,,,,,

    TH E,,,,,,,,,,O P E N,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, N O,,,,,,,,,,,,,,D E AL S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,U N T I L,,,,,,,,

    T H E N

    September 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Noemi in Los Angeles

    Maybe McCain and Obama should create their own Bipartisan Party Ticket? lol

    September 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. GARY

    Now you morons will see how your O.B. can change the world. What a joke. He has to go through congress ,and they will laugh. If Obama is elected were doomed worst. Mccain will have to change their minds.

    September 25, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Bush, it's so obvious what you are trying to do.
    McCain, Go to one of your 7 houses and retire. We don't want or need you as President and most of us are weary of you representing the Great State of Arizona.
    You are an opportunist, plain and simple.

    September 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    Remember Moulin Rouge... "The Show Must Go On"...

    September 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Ready for Change

    Maybe McCain will be able to bring more Republicans on board. It seems to me the Dems are willing to vote for this, but many Reps are balking at it.

    September 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. kayla

    mcsame has no knowledge of the economy, AMERICA, PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THIS MAN. HE'S A COWARD AND A LIAR. HE IS SCARED TO DEBATE. REMEMBER HE WAS ALMOST LAST IN THE NAVY ACADEMY. ,PLEASE DON'T VOTE FOR MCSAME.

    September 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. JC

    So, Obama was at the meeting, but didn't have to "suspend his campaign" and is ready to debate tomorrow. McCain was there after suspending his campaign because he needed to get to work, but the deal didn't get done, the other legislators have been working since the crisis started LAST THURSDAY, and now McCain comes in as if he could do anything. McCain needs to focus on the campaign, on reviewing the proposals for the bailout, providing advice, and being a Senator AND a Presidential candidate.

    September 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. IWASP!-Intelligent Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    Watch mccain follow Obama's lead and make a statement also and watch it be similar to Barack's. And mccain you really didn't have to rush to Washington for that photo op, they were done before you got there. They all said they didn't need you, just your vote. See you at the debates!

    September 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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