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. caroline

    what a waste

    September 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Mark

    McCain is a scumbag. The whole point of suspending the campaign etc is just to grab attention. He is also responsible along with people like carly fiorina who take millions as compensation packages.

    McCain's lead is going the drain just to grab attention he is doing this drama. Congress is doing what it shud for the past 4 days and McCain and Joe Dauberman just take pictures thats all.

    September 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. This is funny

    of course McCain is confused.
    Look at whom he chose to be his VP, a man who has had 4 bouts of cancer, has problem with his memory. It is now clear McCain can only win with gimmicks, ploys, false tantrum and unfortunately it makes him appear abrupt, implusive and thoughtless.........Not a good sign for a leader.......

    September 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Doug R.

    Has McCain read the bailout bill?? Come on CNN, what do you think??

    September 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Sarah Palin "Ready on Day 1-NOT"

    "Wahh, wahh, I'm not signing that bill unless my 5 provisions are included in it." Country First if it means my demands are met. "I'm John McCain and I approve this message."

    September 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Susan

    You can bet your behind McCain will take credit for it! Just like he has done with many other things – takes the praise and make it seem like he is the great Knight on the White Horse. This whole action by McCain porves how weak he is, and Sarah is worse. The Repbilicans are rolling in their graves trying to figure out how the hell they put this nutcase in charge. Tomorrow, the McCain will come out with headline – "McCain save America"!! What nonsense!

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Lone McCain Blogger

    McDrama

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. GINA, OHIO

    MCCAIN/PALIN "TICKET TO NOWHERE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Joe Regis

    I think Bill's been too generous on McCain, since; he did not even read the bail out bill after 3 days being out there. Where is the priority issues, I mean, gi' me a break. The debates have to go on as scheduled. The repubs can run but they can not hide.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Bob Indianapolis IN

    I don't use the computer. I don't use the phone. I am unable to read.

    I am a rock. I am an island.

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Ryan

    Haha....

    He wants to look like he is riding in on white horse, but he doesn't even matter when it comes to these negotiations.

    Time to debate John.....

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. ari

    NO TIME to READ the BILL

    AND YOU WANT TO CANCEL the DEBATE??????

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Joe in MN

    But he read the Washington Post..... or at least the Job postings..

    September 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. McCain can care less about women

    This is scary, really scary. A freaking nightmare. And people are willing to vote for him. All about race. There is no substance in him and Palin. They don't answer questions and when they do, they respond in opposition to the same question asked earlier. Scary.

    September 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    He has to wait until Joe Lieberman whispers the right answer in his ear before he can comment.

    September 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Rob

    Nice attention to detail!

    McCain also said that his call to come back to Washingtom was "old navy habit." Does that not send a chill down your spine... if I recall, WAR is also "old navy habit."

    September 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Janine D.

    Briefed and read are two very different verbs. I doubt McCain read it.

    September 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Shirley

    Why oh why McCain do you think people are dumb. You told everyone you want to fix things and make sure everything went well but you don't have a clue as to what is going on. McCain you are a joke. Why stop the debate? You are not ready and if you stop driving Ms. Palin around then you can focus on issues that is important or maybe Palin is more than the country. Palin is country first. The McCain campaign is bunch of dumbies and stupid jerks so want the American People to vote on McCain because he is a war veteran, well McCain you need more than that to make the world see how stupid and liar you are to the people.

    September 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Jess

    anybody that votes for mccain...well they deserve what they get...he is the biggest joke...the entire worlding is laughing the American politics

    September 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. J L

    OF COURSE HE DIDN'T READ IT – IT'S THREE PAGES LONG !!!

    DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TIME THAT WOULD TAKE!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. tim

    We are blessed to have Americans like Senator McCain and
    Governor Palin. Two individuals who have worked, made tough
    decisions and shown unselfish judgment to the benefit of Americans.

    September 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Thanks for once again proving that McCain is playing political games.

    Amazingly, Congress reached a bailout plan without any input from McCain.

    McCain's advisers are so terrified that he'll slip up today, that they had Bush offer a special invitation to McCain's adviser Holtz-Eakin after explicitly telling the candidates they cannot bring advisers.

    September 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Barney

    Sinderbrand moderating again? What a joke. CENSOR

    September 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Joe

    He didn't need to read it, Palin did and briefed him. She is an expert on debt – run up $20M of it while mayor of Wasilla.

    September 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Arin

    Hey Senator McCain.... do you need a ride to the airport. You ain't got to home, but you have got to get out of here.

    September 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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