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.
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.
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.