September 25th, 2008
06:39 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: There needs to be a sense of urgency

Sen. Obama returned to Washington Thursday to discuss the bailout plan.
Sen. Obama returned to Washington Thursday to discuss the bailout plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama said lawmakers will eventually agree on a bailout plan but said that there needs to be a "sense of urgency for everybody."

Watch: Sen. Obama says there needs to be a sense of urgency

Obama told CNN after a White House meeting that some progress was made Thursday but he was concerned that the attendance of the two presidential hopefuls in the negotiations could cause problems.

Watch: Congress reaches bailout deal?

"I've been concerned for some time that when you start interjecting presidential politics into delicate negotiations, you could actually create more problems than less," Obama said. "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Let's give McCain credit, he did get his photo op and didn't say or contribute not one word in the meeting. You think maybe it was because he wasn't expecting Obama to be there. McCain's plan was to walk out of the meeting like "Superman" and say he saved the country, in other words he was going to tell another lie but it backfired on him.

    September 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Arden

    I have never had any doublt that Barack would do the right thing. John McCain once again is grand-standing. If he can cancel the debate this is an opportunity to cancel the VP debate and refer to it as a re-schedule problem. Barack you keep doing what you are doing (your way not McCain's way) and voters will see the difference between someone who is ready to be President and one who is completely out of control and will be worse than George Bush

    September 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. EG

    Anyone check facts anymore? McCain has NOT suspended his campaign. His offices are open, the phone banks are going full blast, campaigners are going door-to-door...since when did "McCain says..." suffice for a complete story?

    Even if the suspension was in good faith, it didn't happen! Either it was political motivated and a Lie, or it was just a lie.

    Please cover this story.

    September 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Patty, CA

    "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."

    EXACTLY.....which is just what McCain was/is trying to do....showboating of the worst kind

    September 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. NO NEED!!!

    There is NO NEED to postpone the debates if the McCain got you republicans thinking that way then he did his job, but for the real world we can multi-task which is obviously something McCain can not do.

    I still say his main objective is to get the VP debate cancelled.

    September 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Mike

    Sounded like things were going along pretty well until this morning when McCain arrived. Now some Republicans are saying they won't buy into the solution at the same time McCain's staffers are trying to take credit for the solution. Neither McCain nor Obama are on the Finance Committees – why don't we let the people who are on those committees craft the solution and then McCain and Obama should rightly take the time to comment and vote on the proposal? Kudos to them for coming out in a bipartisan manner and suggesting some guidelines for their support of the proposal, but really I think that's as far as they should be involved right now.

    September 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Asta la victoria Siempre

    Mcsame is trying to get out of the debate of which he knows nothing, and i heard he had a mild stroke
    besides he is exhausted and will collapse
    he also wants to distract attention from the scandal of his campaign guy receiving money until last month from Freddi Mc and the other outfit..
    he also wants to distract attention of what is going on with the witch blessed lipstick, bulldog, etc.. person

    September 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. DR in Los Angeles

    He SO looks like the president already!!

    Obama in '08!

    September 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Daniel va

    Obama show maturity, even if he believe that McCain play a gimmick game. But McCain lost....,

    September 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Larry

    Obama is a great man

    May the American people be wise enough to place him in the White House

    September 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Give me a breake

    Mccain is the number one deregulater ..hero of the wealthy .. Now hes trying to take credit for doing nothing . He came to washington to create drama . Vote for a lie vote mc poll numbers . We are idiots

    September 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Cali Seadog

    I'm still trying to figure out how this country is better off having Republicans in charge fo the past eight years. Can anyone tell me?

    September 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Gail

    Look, the Repugs made this mess. When Clinton left office there was a large surplus. Now 8 years later, we're seeing the mismanagement that happens when GOP's take control.

    This didn't happen under Democratic leadership because if it did, we've have seen this a lot earlier. This happened under BUSH/CHENEY/McCLOWN leadership.

    De-regulations is McClown's baby
    No empathy is Bush's forte
    So! Cheney's one line to the American People.

    Remember that? These GOP's dont give a flying F about you. As you can see, it's all about them.

    They squandered the country's money away, now they want us to give them more so they can lend it back to us at interest.

    Don't you get it yet!

    September 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. "A" from Atlanta, GA

    Probama in paradise – I agree wholeheartedly with you! I can't wait to say President Obama!

    September 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. James

    Spoken like a true leader ! Obama is the ( A ) Student , that has the peoples best interest at heart. UNLIKE McCain playing politics in a crises.

    September 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Anthony Midknight

    MCman-UP!! The federal and state governments have finally been exposed. This bailout is simply that a bailout why am i working for taxes high gas and lying politcians. the man is in fear of an obama nation the bills Bush and his cronies have accumalated thru taking advantage of loopholes and politics of fear have come due. But if iI am required to pay for it you can expect my defection ASAP!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Rara

    The debate is only a couple of hours of their time. When this crisis is over, there will be another one...what McSame can't do two things at once...too old to concentrate on more than one thing at once.

    Welcome the next President of the United States...Barack Obama!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Sheila

    McCain 'suspends' campaign? Are you kidding me? He's been campaigning all day! Palin SHOULD step in and debate Biden tomorrow, but she can't! She's not 'prepped'. Forty days til the election and she still doesn't know what to do or say? Crazy!

    And what's up with Bill Clinton? Looks like he's trying to get the wrong party elected! maviefolle.com check the clinton article out on there

    September 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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