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?


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Candi

    McCain wanted Obama to publish something first so he could tweak it for his own use. McCain you are verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy dumb/ And you want to be what??????????????

    September 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Sarah- ARIZONA

    Wow u just decide to report this
    I am so annoyed at cnn... u are so in it for mcain.
    He hasnt read the plan.. he just gets briefed... thats not hands on at all.
    He is all show and no sense.

    mcain = NOT putting country first
    mcain = politics first country second

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

    Oh boy. G I Johnny to the rescue in his F-4. Please. The deal was done by the time he got there. Too little. Too late. Go back to your rocking chair in Sedona.

    September 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. J from DC

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

    September 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. GINA, OHIO

    TO CT VOTER: YOU ARE SOOOOOO RIGHT MY FRIEND!! INDEED YOU ARE!! PEOPLE MUST HAVE BLINDERS ON TO VOTE FOR HIM! MY GOD!!! HOW SCARY! IM SO TIRED OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA VOTING FOR THE WRONG GUY AND WE ALL HAVE TO SUFFER FOR IT! REMEMBER BUSH PEOPLE? NO YOU DIDNT HAVE GOOD JUDGEMENT! THINK FIRST!!! PLEASE!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. the other jd

    "I am not here to read. I am here to lead. Is it nap time yet?"
    John McBush

    September 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Joe

    Obama said call me if you need me. I need to study for the debate because I won't have a prompter.

    September 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. lgccac

    Has Obama read it?

    September 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. WOW

    Are your serious>? OMG seriously ppl can you see the pic here!!! Pease think before voting for McCainnnn.... So scary!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Shari, NY

    Bill Clinton needs to ride off into the sunset with Bush, but instead of January it should be poste haste. My admiration for him has now turned to disgust. He must be touched in the head.

    September 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Adam

    That is why he had to fly to Washington, to read it.

    He doesn't know that Blackberry he invented can receive email.

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. J.P.

    Duh! Presidents do most of their decision-making off of briefs. They don't have time to read every word of every document that gets thrown at them. Get a grip and stop trying to make something out of a non-story.

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. arc, Lugano CH

    Thank God McCain suspended his campaign in order to single-handedly save the economy.

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. JIm LInsey

    Look I have lived in AZ for 10 years, John McCain has done nothing for this state...zero! He has contributed "negitive Pork!" He needs to retire.

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Paul D

    That would have been good use of email...

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. down with the GOP.

    Can we discuss the main job of a president- is learning how to multi-task?
    anyone?
    For nothing else this is a sign that in a McCain administration-clearly the people's knowledge of what is going on (through public appearance like a debate) is secondary.

    What a joke! Talk about being political.

    OBAMA 08!

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. IF HE DOESN'T TRUST HER WHY SHOULD WE

    WHY DOESN'T JOHN McCAIN TRUST SARAH PALIN TO RUN HIS CAMPAGIN WHILE HE IS IN WASHINGTON. WHY DOES HE FEEL THE NEED TO "SUSPEND" IT. BECAUSE HE KNOW THA SHE WILL NOT CAPABLE TO HANDLING IT. THAT'S WHY HE IS TRYING TO KEEP HER "SHEILDED" FROM THE MEDIA.

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. McCain is not on the banking committee

    The banking committee didn't need John McCain in order to come to any agreement. John McCain is playing politic with the American people after telling them that the fundemental of the economy was strong.

    YOU CAN'T BE THAT STUPID.

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. OS

    If he does not know what the initial content of the proposal is, how is he going to make changes????

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. CW in PSL

    I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message: America tell John McCain we are tired of his political gimmicks and play acting. Tell him that America is facing some very difficult time and need real strong leadership. Tell him that we have had ENOUGH of a president who was a complete and utter joke. Tell him we need Barack Obama to restore intelligence, leadership and honor to the White House. Tell John McCain to CANCEL his campaign instead of postponing it!

    September 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. JD in Moraga, CA

    Hopefully they didn't send it through email...the Alumnus of the Keating Five will never read it if that's the case

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Obama Supporter

    I want to know what the Bush admin is hiding that they're pressing for this bailout without regulations so strenuously. I smell a rat, and even McFailin can't field-dress it.

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Defected Republican

    He can't read. :)

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. The American Super Hero

    A case for John McCain

    1) He saved the world from financial calamity.
    2) He created the Blackberry.
    3) He saved all the cheerleaders, (thus saving the world).

    Secretly he is an American Super Hero.

    Vote MCCAIN/PALIN '08

    NOT!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Bob Indianapolis IN

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

    Sorry, I had bigger issues, like being down in the polls, political grandstanding, neuralgia and incontinence..."

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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