September 25th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Has McCain read the bailout bill?

CNN's Dana Bash was on Capitol Hill with Sen. McCain Thursday.
CNN's Dana Bash was on Capitol Hill with Sen. McCain Thursday.

(CNN) – As John McCain returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to support the passage of a package to address the nation’s financial crisis, Democrats spent the morning gleefully directing reporters to a statement from the Republican nominee Tuesday – three days after the bailout bill was introduced – that he had not read the text of the administration’s proposal.

"I have not had a chance to see it in writing. I have to examine it,” he told a Cleveland television station.

Watch: McCain's bailout proposal

The McCain campaign said Thursday the Arizona senator had immediately been briefed on the elements of the plan – but could not say whether or not he had since read the three-page proposal, pointing instead to his meetings with congressional leaders and briefings with top officials. They also said the question was less relevant because final text was likely to be different than the original proposal.

Watch: What are the candidates saying about the bailout plan?


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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Karen - Missouri

    Maybe they should've made it "book on tape" for McCain. DIDN'T READ IT???? So how does he know what shock the rest of Congress got when they saw it?

    So he's depending on everyone else to tell him what to do????

    Isn't that how we got stuck in Iraq? Congress was given the life or death speech by Bush, then half of them didn't even read it?

    We've all seen how much trouble McCain has on the campaign trail...how he stumbles when he reads. Let's face it, McCain can't handle the presidency at all.

    He's too irresponsible, deceitful, secretive, neglectful, uses ANY AND ALL situations for his own political gain whether it's Vietnam or Wall Street bailout.

    September 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Jack

    McCain will lead us out of the mess the DEMS put our country in.
    Can't wait for the FBI to investigate – Dodd, Obama, Raines –
    all going to jail – so guess debates really won't matter.

    September 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. SMILE FOR THE CAMERA

    SMILE FOR THE CAMERA SARAH.........But DON'T YOU DARN SAY A WORD. IS THIS WHAT WOMEN HAVE FOUGHT FOR ALL THESE YEARS. SARAH...................WAKE UP...............DON'T LET JOHN MCCAIN TELL YOU IT'S STILL 1940.

    September 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Nana5

    Which is exactly why he went back to Washington – and knew that as important as this is he did not need to rush through it and make a hasty decision. Mr. Nobama is scared to death because he will actually have to vote yeah or nay and can't just vote present on this one because everyone is watching. How can he possibly make an intelligent careful decision without taking the time to know what is on the table. Oh yeah, I forgot – he is your almighty, know-all – see-all – do-all, "one". Why don't you all take him and either move to Canada (since they all love him so much) or to Hollywood and start your own little celebrity world. Only problem, they would all be fighting over who is the biggest and best.

    McCain/Palin 08 – (CNN I know you won't post because you're so in bed with Obama)

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Paul Dobro

    Perhaps he can't read now that the left eye lid is drooping. Come on MSM. If we have all noticed, why haven't you?

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Madsal

    John McCain is beyond help. He most certainly will try to take credit for something that was going to happen anyway. He is so busy trying to look Presidential & look like a Leader that is is rather sad. I pity the people that sit and defend him no matter how ridiculous he is. Conservatives undoubtedly have been implanted with a Computer Chip in the brain because they all have the same identical mentality no matter which one speaks. They all say the same thing with no thoughts of their own.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. R.M.

    Three page MCcain.... really. How much effort does it take on your part? A minute.. two... three? Ok maybe he is illiterate as well....

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. the other jd

    Thank God that John made it there in time to save us all!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. MikeH

    BUSTED! McCain didn't read the bailout bill, didn't talk to Senator Dodd all week (Dodd = Head of the Finance committee rewriting the bailout bill), didn't have aything to do when he got back to Washington, by way of Katie Couric, doesn't have any economic position, doesn't have a Vice-Presidential candidate that's worth a pinch, doesn't have any good ideas, doesn't have a chance.

    Did I leave anything out?

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Jude

    Time to DEBATE...period! You tried your gimmick ploy McCain...but that won't save you...The American people won't fall for it this time (at least i hope we won't). Time to Saddle up and get ready to rumble with Obama in Mississippi.

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Republi-Con

    WOW!!!...I thought it was urgent.. He's eager to vote on something he's not going to educate himself on. Is the language too complex for him???or is it his eyes???

    I think I'll prefer a president who reads.. Reading is fundamental.. Obama read the intelligence report on Iraq.. that's why he opposed the war.. McCain, Clinton and a host of others were briefed.. In hindsight it's abundantly clear who had a proper insight and grasp of that situation isn't it??

    September 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Indiana for McCain/Palin

    McCain is the true leader in all of this. If this isn't an example of putting the country first, I don't know what is. He is the real deal. I trust him to do what is right. Love the comment by Obama, "You can call me if you need me..." I guess he is too busy primping down in Florida.

    Go McCain!!!

    September 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. What??

    You can't be bothered to read a three page proposal, that will that 700 Billion dollars out of the taxpayers pockets, But you want to lead in this economic crisis. I don't think so. Find something else to do with your life.
    The position of the President of the United States will be way more than you can handle.

    September 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Shop American to save the economy

    SHOP AMERICAN, SHOP AMERICAN, SHOP AMERICAN

    TIME TO SPREAD THE WORD TO BUY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS. NO MORE FOREIGN AUTOS, NO MORE TAINTED PRODUCTS FROM CHINA, NO MORE DOING BUSINESS WITH COMPANIES THAT OUTSOURCE JOBS.

    TIME TO STAND UP AMERICA AND BE ACCOUNTED FOR.

    September 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. independent

    Photo up for McCain/Palin this is all about free time in the news.

    September 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. rm

    Independent but Leaning:

    Please change your name. It's pretty obvious you are no longer leaning, you have fallen.

    September 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Shameful Sham

    He didn't read the bill? Bawahahahaha Should the planets somehow unalign and the anti-Christ and Gidget become the new elitist symbols of "democracy" at its worst running our country on Nov 5th I'll be the one looking for my "I Voted For Obama" stickers to put everywhere as the country implodes.

    September 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Cam

    CNN – stay on the story about Rick Davis still benefitting from Freddie Mac while being a campaign advisor......Does anyone else even understand what this foreshadows for a McCain administration? If you don't think it is important, guys like Davis and McCain are responsible for the necessity of a $700 billion bailout through their heavy handed lobbying ties and deregulation efforts.

    Post this CNN and REPORT ON THIS EXTREME CONFLICT OF INTEREST THAT GOES RIGHT TO THE HEART OF MCCAIN"S CAMpaign.

    September 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Linsdy

    Give the guy a break! he is too old to multitask!

    September 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Kate

    McCain always at the forefront of a good photo op but behind in the details. Didn't anyone tell him it's in the details? McPain in the you know what, is such a low brow it's not funny. As president he would be 20 steps behind on everything because his brain cannot keep up. As long as his buddies are making money–and Cindi too he is sitting pretty so why read anything, it won't affect him buying a new home to add to his collection!

    September 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. FreDem

    If he is waiting for final text, why is he in DC?

    September 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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