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. Sarah Bell

    There's only one man for the job. Barack Obama. No way. No how. No McCain/Palin. WASP!!! WomenAgainstSarahPalin

    September 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. pat

    McCain – Thank You for showing Leadership and don't worry about the prom (i.e. debates) that the O-Crowd is so upset over. What will they do with all the food that they bought for the debate party? Your leadership is needed to solve this crisis. Let O be a celebrity and debate himself – that's the only one he listens to anyway and we don't want to hear his sleazy lawyer speak that sounds so pretty to gullible lil ones. McCain/Palin 08!

    September 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Throughout all this did anyone see the need for McCain to suspend his campaign and to supposedly rush off to Washington to give his input on the bail out package. Could he and Obama not have participated in this meeting ( I take it the Whitehouse is technologically advanced enough to have teleconferencing equipment)?

    September 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    EVERYTHING WAS SMOOTH TILL MCCAIN STUCK HIS NOSE IN AND FORCED EVERYONE TO TAKE SIDE

    MCCAIN is a DIVIDER not a UNITER

    September 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Republicans not doing anything again. And that goes to prove, McCain has failed AGAIN!!! The man can't do ANYTHING right, he's supposed to be bipartisan...heck, he can't even get his OWN party to do something, to work, to get a plan together. What failures the republicans have become. They probably want less regulations so they can simply have a blank check and steal from the poor to give to the rich. OUT WITH THE REPUBLICANS...EVERY ONE OF THEM!

    Democrats ready to act, Republicans sitting on their brains, as usual! McCain, failure, par for the course. He got us into this mess, and can't get us out.

    Obama is the only choice.

    September 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Playing Games

    Ok, so what did McSame actually do while there? Looks like he is just trying to hide and get a reason to postpone the debate. He is probably trying to get his postponed so than they can request to have Palin's postponed also.

    September 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. JULIE PARK

    T H I S,,,,,,,,,S E C R E T,,,,,,,,,,D E AL,,,,,,,,I S,,,,,,,,,,A ,,,,,,,,,,,,S H AM

    September 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Reese N.J.

    Barack didn't make a statement because he has to fill in his aides on what went down. The puppet cannot even speak for himself until his aides write a statement for him to the media.....and they talk about Sarah Palin being protected?????

    Barack never speaks without a teleprompter or a written speech in front of him.

    If that's all it takes to be President then I think I might run in 4 years.

    September 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. wasting away again in Moderationville

    This so called meeting was a total waste of time.

    If you can't see that the Republicans are holding out so that Maverick McCain can show that he is coming in to "save" the day then I've got some ocean front property in WESTERN NC to sell you.

    McCain is disgusting!

    September 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. sick n tired

    "Continue to work on a deal" Yea right up to November 6, 2008 no doubt!!

    September 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. bill

    Have been watching your newscast,all i see the dem. doing is leaving meeting at white house and starting their bashing of gop and blaming them and McCain for the problem.Do we have anyone in congress that behave better than a 10 year old.Stop the bashing and do the job your being paid for your unable leave and let a mature person do the job.

    September 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Audrey

    Where is the outcry from the American public? I am all set to protest! I have never been so outraged in my life. The timing is obvious. Get out of debating, switch the focus and have McSame ride in on the horse to save the day. Didn't he recently say the fundamentals of our economy were sound? Which is it?

    September 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Susanna in Stillwater

    I am outraged at John McCain! His Republican party has been at the core of the devastating economic news at present and now he is posturing himself to save the day! I am revolted! THEY all should be put in jail, Bush, Cheney, McCain and the entire lot!

    September 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Justathought

    I live in TN. Help me understand that if McCain suspended his campaign, why did I see 2 very negative (and new) ads against Obama that were "approved by John MCain!!??!!" Maybe I misunderstood–could someone help me please. If this is not using this situation as a political ploy, then I don't get it!!!!!

    So much for patriotism and doing things in the best interest of the American people!

    September 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Sherri Conley

    Shelby is RIGHT, if you do not have any problems right now, is paying your bills on time, no threat of ever losing your job, have great insurance and is ok. Please understand, you do not have the full picture of what is going on with those that have less than YOU. Walk a mile in the other man's moccasins! If you give anyone a 700M check, without accoutability then you are being screwed yet again. I am a graduate student, Washington should listen to those from Yale, Princeton , Obama and Bill Clinton.

    September 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. tlatexaspuma

    McCain has got to work with those conservative Republicans such as Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and others. I don't want a bailout but there has to be some type of bailout agreed on. I am glad McCain came back to Washington.

    September 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. RH

    What a scam. This delay is about John McCain and nothing else. If the deal goes through before the weekend he loses face.

    September 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Enlightened Voter

    Wow some contribution you made there ah mccain! NOT! Palin will still have to debate bud not that it matters, I think the voters are really seeing how clueless she is.
    Robert Dempsey is a decent man.

    September 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Darlene Reddington

    Why don't you tell the whole story of Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and show the sound bites from 2005 & 2006. BE FAIR

    September 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Anthony

    This is nothing more than an out for GOP elected officals. They need some event to break ranks with their party. This is a failed attempt to revive the maverick. I hope this is not another Iraq war moment. I hope the administration is not presenting us with tainted info inorder to score political points.

    September 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. BK

    Obama has to go back and get another prepared speech, so he will know what to say.

    September 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Mykey

    "Photo-Op Accomplished!"

    September 25, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Frank in Deerfield, IL.

    Regarding Seantor McCain's involvement : maybe this shall also be a bridge to nowhere; it would be the third.
    The first in Alaska, the second that part of Sarah Palin's nose.

    September 25, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Jude

    Blame it on the McCain game!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Laella, VA

    Excuse me, "group will not continue work" because Barack has a debate to get to. Bush should continue "work" because he got us into this mess. There are enough Dems on the hill to make sure Bush doesn't take us for a ride.

    Barack has to leave. Don't thin we are fool, McSame and Bush.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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