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. CANADA4OBAMA

    McCAIN IS OLD AND TIRED. THE LONG GRIND IS GETTING TO HIM. HE COMES ACROSS AS NOT THE STUDIOUS TYPE, ONE WHO'LL SIT DOWN AND READ A DRAFT. IF McCAIN WHERE TRULY A GREAT AMERICAN, AND WANTED TO PUT COUNTRY FIRST, HE WOULD ADMIT THAT HE IS OVERMATCHED AND DROP OUT. HE MIGHT REGAIN SOME OF HIS CREDIBILITY.

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

    UN-FRIGGIN-BELIEVABLE!

    How this clown is not behind by 30 points can be summed up with one word: Racism.

    September 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    I JUST HOPE BARACK IS CAREFUL WITH THIS MEETING WITH BUSH AND MCCAIN I HOPE ITS NOT SOME KIND OF TRAP BUSH AND MCCAIN TOGETHER DONT TRUST IT DONT LIKE IT !!! BECAREFUL OBAMA!

    September 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican for Obama

    No...McCain went up for a photo op. Everything was done with out him, and now he is likely to go drag the progress back.

    McCain: Self before country...photo op before crisis. Excuses before Debate.

    McCain: Pathetic Coward with a record of failure. He caused this mess, please don't let him anywhere NEAR the bill...he'll give more money to his corrupt lobbyist's aka, his campaign managers.

    September 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Linda

    How pitiful, Democrats politicizing our economy this way.

    Saying it's bipartisan and didn't want McCain coming back to DC, but then read an OLD comment as if that means something.

    I guess that really didn't want him coming back to DC so they could keep playing politics.

    The Dems are losing a lot of support with their deplorable conduct.

    September 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. I sense a TRUST issue

    I sense a TRUST issue. WHY DID JOHN McCAIN FEEL THE NEED TO "SUSPEND" HIS CAMPAIGN...........INSTEAD OF TURNING IT OVER TO HIS NUMBER 2? IF HE DOESN'T TRUST HER? WHAT DOES THIS SAY? ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS?

    September 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. e.Rivera

    New Day September 25th, 2008 2:38 pm ET

    HAHAHAHHA Poor Johnny!!!!! He gets to DC just in time to prove how irelevant he is since congress came to an agreement without him.

    ____________________________________________________

    Thats exactly what I thought would happend. Theres some republicans trying to hold things up to make Johnny look useful.

    absolutely transparent – absolutely ridiculous
    pleeeease dont give Gran'pah the whitehouse!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Mat

    Well first off McCain was the one who wanted to suspend his campaign and the debate so he could personally help with this crisis – but he didn't have time, on the flight, to read the 3 pages? It's a joke a blows a huge hole in his logic that both campaigns should be postponed until the crisis is averted!! He basically doesn't want to go up against Obama and he'll do anything to prevent Palin from going up against Biden!

    This is a joke, I hope this obvious trick blows up in his face, and tomorrow he's highlighted for being out of touch and too old to lead!

    September 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Ken

    The McCain of pre-2000 would have read the bill; but why would he read it now? He and his campaign is driven by [R]ightwing ideology, not a gathering, study and analysis of the facts. They are not interested in what anybody else thinks. Remind you of somebody else? Yes, citizens of Dumbf-kistan, let's run America right into the wall by making the same stupid neo-mistake with your presidential vote three times in a row.

    September 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Independent in NC

    Wait, if the bailout bill was introduced and was so wonderful, why was Obama calling McCain on Wednesday to issue a joint statement asking Congress to get things figured out? That makes no sense.

    September 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Backtrack Barry

    Hay, all you paid bloggers for Obambi are cracking me up. When the clock clicks 5pm, end of work, you all time out

    September 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Camilla

    Gee, you know, that proposal was a whole three pages long!

    But with some pretty incredible language though – maybe worth his tine reading for himself, like

    "(Decision made by treasurer) Non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency... "

    But then, that explain and I guess excuses why he didn't come out with his call for oversight until Wednesday!

    September 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Drew

    BAM, he knocked that bill out, like all the others

    September 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Even if he's read it, he won't remember it in 15
    minutes. Feeble!

    September 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. GINA, OHIO

    TICKET TO NOWHERE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. R. Cooper

    Since the banks are more important, McCain should just quite and cancel his campaign altogther. He is now back to his old routine where he is comfortable with the good o' boys. Step aside. Let Obama lead us this Great Depression!!!

    September 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Mike

    I think all his aides should be able to tell him whats in a 3 page document quite easily.

    How come CNN hasn't asked Sen. Obama if he had read it.....you know he is quite busy memorizing answers for his "debate" Friday.

    September 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Tony

    I'm no longer sure that McCain can read!

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Bridgette-PA

    CNN, please let us know if OBAMA read the bill.....we need to know! If he hasn't, he will hear my mouth! I support him whole-heartedly but this bill is too important to not just read but fully understand the implications for the tax payers of this country!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. John

    McCain already said that He rather lose the election than lose the war in Iraq. He did this again by suspending his campaign knowing that 2-3 days in the dark is pretty big when you have pretty even election coming up.

    It is odd that only liberals are branding his move to all politics. After all McCain is still a Senator and what he had done is just doing what you and me is paying him for. Now if that is not good for liberals, then so be it. People in their right mind will see things differently.

    Yes! more than likely, Obama will win this election due to the unpopularity of the current President and I just waisted my tax money paying for Obama's salary while he is in Florida enjoying the Sunny State and the beautiful beaches. By the way, liberals payed him twice for paying his vacation in Carribean, Europe and Hawaii. Do you think he paid those vacation out of his own pocket? That's a good fiscalizer, take advantage of the situation. I'll bet you, He will take more vacation while he is in the White House using Air Force One.

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. RM

    So he's in Washington, but he's not up to speed on anything, and he has had 24 hours to read the briefing. Even if reading the 3 page briefing is irrelevant as some congressional leaders say, he should still have a strong understanding of how to proceed on the issue. He has nothing. Maybe he shouldn't have been doing those interviews and speeches if he was serious about suspending his campaign. Moreover it looks like they reached an agreement before he even arrived in Washington!

    There is no reason to cancel the debates!

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Dylan

    Why does McCain ALWAYS bring either Joe Lieberman or Lindsey Graham with him everywhere he goes? Why can't McCain handle things by his own or multi-task?

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    Perhaps his colleagues read it for him.
    If he's really communitcating with others in the Senate and in Congress-then he must be aware of how disgusted the majority of Americans are about this humongous coporate welfare bail out.

    If he's really looking at public opinion and perception–then he'll vote against this unfair politically biased bill.

    We want to control our own destiny. If idiot managers (despite the Ivy League Schools pedigree) make bad financial decisions for their companies–the U.S. taxpayer shoud never be the lendrer of first resort–like GW Bush and most of our congressional members have alledged.

    Business is business–government is government–taxpayers support the government.

    Our elected representatives know how Americans feel about the disservice our elected officials are preparing to approve. I want to remind them–their votes supporting the Bush plan for the $700 billion bail out–will bring consequences.

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. D&D

    Just because the final text would be different from the original doesn't prevent him of reading it! Beside, even if the final text changes, it won't be that much different from the original one!

    So he has NO reason not to read it!

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. ME

    Obama is studying for his final exam.

    September 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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