WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – As Barack Obama and John McCain were getting ready to sit down with President Bush and congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the proposed $700 billion bailout package, Obama's running mate was accusing McCain of "posturing" and coming up short on the terms he's put forward.
Biden praised Obama for reaching across the aisle and calling John McCain on Wednesday morning to present a unified front as the government puts together a bailout package. Hours later, McCain announced he was suspending his campaign to return to Washington to help lawmakers reach a deal.
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"Unlike all the rest of the people talking," said Biden, "[Obama's] demonstrated that he's changed the tone. He will prepare to change the tone in Washington. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what we mean by leadership, not posturing."
The Delaware senator said McCain's proposals for the bailout don't sufficiently address middle class concerns, notably the housing crisis.
"He laid out what he thought the package should include," said Biden. "I looked it over and what's notable is what's not in the package. The silence on issues relating to the middle class is deafening in the package John has put forward. There is no help in his package for families struggling to stay in their homes."
Biden regularly criticizes the Arizona senator for experiencing "an epiphany" on economic issues – arguing the fundamentals of the economy are strong and then claiming the economy is in crisis.
"If John keeps changing his rhetoric but not changing the worn out philosophy that got us in this spot, if John continues to do that, ladies and gentlemen, why is John expecting us to believe he will be an agent of change?" Biden added.