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. Jano1234

    Some of you people are so mean spirited. I was a democrat until God Almighty began running. It will be such a pleasure to vote again him.

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

    McCain is a road to nowhere.

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. McShame, Houston TX

    Oh please media stop giving McShame a free ride, this was just to get Rick Davis out of the news which worked!!!!!! ENOUGH!!

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. bridgette

    This guy is a joke. He rushes back to Washington for what. It's already done. This is about moving the debate so that his VP choice does not have to debate.

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. obamacrat

    I now realize why McCain hasn't read the bill. I heard from a reliable source that he's been spotted chewing gum over the last few days. How many tasks can we expect him to handle at once?

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Shari, NY

    According to CNN’s Begala “debates are not as difficult as some may think” . Now, given this fact why would John McCain want to postpone, particularly if he, like others, had been preparing for this from time immemorial? I know why, the sky is falling on chicken little’s head.

    September 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Diane

    I read the bill on the internet. Oh, that's right. He can't use a computer...

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. sm

    The same old Washington Politics is what the Obama camp want and cherish despite the Messiah's words to the contrary.

    THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE IT REMAINS THE SAME.

    This is the Change you can believe in !!!!!

    I am pretty confident that both camps were in possession of the 3-page document before Tuesday and since both camps were in communication with washington they must have known that the White House proposal was going to be amended.

    The Democrats take other people for fools.
    I am sure they will pay in November.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. rm

    Joe Lieberman is weird. He is always following John McCain like some kine of puppy dog. McCain needs to watch his back with that guy behind him.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Bruce

    He got back too late it was done before mcCain got there...now no reason not to debate tomorrow night.
    Unless, he decides to oppose the bill which would make sense with how he acts.
    He did not suspend campaigning, i live in PA and his ads )lies) have been all over the tv here, so he lied again.
    Now he did not even read the bill but commented on it...come on....this guy is not fit to walk my dog yet lead this country.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    John McCain has two hands....and two faces.

    The LEFT HAND. I am suspending my campaign until the current crisis is resolved. I will be in Washington and will not participate in debates until it is over.

    The RIGHT HAND. Let's reschedule the debate to the VP time slot on Oct 2. And, let's postpone the VP debate until a later date.

    CONCLUSION: How can McCain know that the crisis will be resolved come Oct 2? He has declared that he is suspending all until the crisis is resolved. He suggests postponing the VP debate "until a later" date that will be very close to Election Day. Perhaps, too close. This is a stunt to cancel the VP debate.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Reading it and understanding it are two different things and to take someone elses interputation is even worst. So how can John McCain understand something he doesn't know without taking someone elses interputation. McCain's incompetent.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Mike

    yea, 3 pages is alot –

    Tell me again why he went back to Washington??

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Keith

    I think it's pretty obvious this is political ju-jitsu from the McCain campaign. The problem with being as disingenuous as he is, is that his credibility is pretty much shot. I don't see how he CAN participate in the debates at this point. What would he have to say anyway? And don't even get me started on Palin!

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. rice, bryan

    priceless, absolutley priceless, bonehead!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Elly

    I am so NOT impressed with McCain or Palin
    Look at the photo below his *memory* Lieberman is right there to greet him hehe
    OMG how can any sane American vote for this old fool who is bordering on dementia and his VP choice who is dumber than a bag of nails!!!

    get out there and vote for Obama and Lieberman

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Scott - Republican

    if he knew how to use a computer, he might have read the plan on the campaign trail, saved that airplane trip to washington and spared the environment.

    i'm voting for for someone who uses his brains this year.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. pat C.

    this whole thing witrh mccain has become a comedy act. he is flopping from side to side like a drowning man. he is not ready to debate obama and this is the only way he can get out of it. he is so afraid to have palin debate biden that he is a nervous wreck. he should just fake a heart attack or illness and bow out of the race at this point. the american public see right thru this with disgust and agrevation that mccain is now wasting not only our time but our tax dollars in paying for these debates. he looks and acts like a frightened old man that is afraid to come out in public right now.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. IF HE DOESN'T TRUST HER WHY SHOULD WE

    WHY DOESN'T JOHN McCAIN TRUST SARAH PALIN TO RUN HIS CAMPAIGN WHILE HE IS IN WASHINGTON. WHY DOES HE FEEL THE NEED TO SUSPEND IT.

    ANSWER THIS QUESTION ...................AND THEN VOTE ACCORDINGLY.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Ted

    OMG! He hasn't even read it?!

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Jerry

    One would think that out of all the peopel that needs to be in on the bail out, the two men wich one will be the next pres. would want to be there to get the facts first hand, not leave a message to"

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Debby

    What else would the Dems. say that he read it, of course they will say the opposite or just flat out lie. Why is Barney Frank even commenting on this all over the media he is the biggest reason why Fanny failed. He is giving McCain advise OMG this guy has been bad news just like Reid. He asks McCain for help one day and then says he is doing it for political when McCain goes to Washington. The Dems. are losing it big time.

    September 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Matt

    The question was whether he had read what the President/Administration had proposed 3 days ago, not whether he had read what they have already agreed upon without his input. He said "NO."

    September 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Dan , TX

    So,they reached the agreement without needing McCain there, gee, what a surprise...

    September 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Justin, ny

    If you needed any more evidence that the "suspended campaign here i come to save the day" heroic crap was just a political stunt, here it is.

    McCain's campaign is the most disgraceful display I've ever seen in American Politics – with the possible exception of Nixon. great company to keep, eh?

    September 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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