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. BJGT

    McKeating Five................McKeating Five...................McKeating Five.....................McKeating Five................

    September 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. female against Palin

    From Huffington Post:
    John McCain has skipped more votes during this session than any member of the Senate except for Tim Johnson, who had major brain surgery. He has cast a single vote in five months, since April 9. All of a sudden, McCain is demanding that the presidential race shut down so he can return to Washington?

    September 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Must be a peculiar situation to read a bailout plan ,of which McCain was a major contributor to the cause and effect, for which the bailout plan is being used to rescue the economy.

    September 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. DUTCH from VA

    I doubt if he read it. This is nothing but a photo op for him.

    September 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. conny

    Mcsame hadn't read nothing, crooked ads still going, now he's going to bide time there keeping the folks in Mississippi, waiting and if by chance McSame goes to the debate he will let them know that he alone fixed the problem......

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    UNBELIEVABLE..... he supports Bush's "plan" and he hasn't even read it? And Troopergate Barbie supports McCain's judgment on the economy??? What a pair of boobs!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    OBAMA-BIDEN '08

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. 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 Biden!!!!!
    sorry for the typo I was laughing too hard

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Would you like cream or sugar?

    I wonder what the jr. freshman senator is doing right now in the Congressional meeting?

    "Mr. McCain, would you like a doughnut?" "Coffee? "Tea?"

    No wonder Obama dragged his heels when McCain told him to show up for work.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. lalala

    so lets see if i got this right, John McCain didnt think to read a 3 page piece of paper but let his lobbyist advisers give him the cliff notes? wow that's a bang up job.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. kayla

    MCCOWARD CANCELLED HIM CAMPAIGN BECAUSE HE HAD TO GO TO WASHINGTON, AND DAVID LETTERMAN, YET HE WAS ON KATIE COURIC SHOW, AND TODAY CLINTON GLOBAL. IF HE WAS SERIOUS ABOUT THE ECONOMY (WHICH HE KNOWS NOTHING OF, ) WHY DID HE CANCELLED? BECAUSE HE WILL LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT ON FRIDAY. HOW LOW CAN YOU GO MCCOWARD?

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Patrick-Nevada

    Has Obama read it?

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Tee- Dallas

    I mean, well I'm just saying...well hell I'm speechless at this point...Nov 4th can't get here any sooner.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Hillary 2012

    I appreciate Mc Cain effort Because of Mc Cain move congress work fast today

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Judy

    McCain sid he has a bridge to sell to nowhere and I believe him if he didn't read the 3 page proposal. More Johnny where was Sara during your bedtime story. With 1st DUDE. ha ha ha

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Jorge

    McCain needs an MR Scan of his brain ASAP. Not only is his left eye drooping, the whole left side of his face is. He may have had a stroke somewhere along the way, but a brain metastasis from his melanoma would also be a strong possibility.
    If he is hiding a potentially serious medical condition, he and his campaign are being unforgiveably irresponsible.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Big Mac

    Save Wall Street, Save the World.

    I'm John McCain and I approved this message.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    In just two hours, John McCain will take credit for a bill he has had nothing to do with. As the Chairman of the Banking committee said last night, he has heard NOTHING from McCain since these meetings started nearly a week ago.

    I can not believe that ANYONE is still supporting this pompous politician who is just trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes. This is not about leadership. This is about grandstanding.

    Are you Republicans this stupid? Blind? Racist?

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. JB

    It's nice to see Bill Clinton get even.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. scarlett from FL

    So is John MCcain going to take credit now for the break through? Some one need to shut Bill Clinton. I think he is still bitter Hillary lost we really don't need him Obama is doing fine without his so call help.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Chelle in Fla

    This is so sad!! Can we get serious here McCain.

    September 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Palin reminds me of a pretentious high schooler on a stage "acting" as a president. She's not kidding anyone.

    September 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Bit

    Why hasn't the Keating Five Scandal been mentioned in this Presidential battle since it is the same thing that's going on now with Freddie and Fannie?

    September 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. ruralmom

    Bill Clinton is so transparent that it's disgusting. He only wants McCain to win so that Hillary can try to beat him in 2012...he and Hillary both know that she wouldn't be able to beat Obama. I've had enough of Bill. I doubt even HIllary agrees with what he's doing.

    September 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Michael B

    This just in McCain is actually illiterate. Talk about a waste of money. Suspend his entire campaign to get briefed on three page proposal. He is being a puppet.

    September 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Doug R.

    McCain had nothing to do with this bill. If he tells anyone anything else, he's lying. Obama needs to rip him on the economy and health care in tomorrow's debate. This guy is completely cluess when it comes to economic issues.

    September 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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