WASHINGTON (CNN) – A top aide to Senator John McCain said the Republican presidential candidate will not go to Capitol Hill Saturday afternoon, as negotiators meet to work out a deal on the financial bailout plan.
Senior adviser Mark Salter just told reporters outside McCain’s campaign headquarters in Arlington, VA that the Senator will instead continue to make calls to members of Congress.
Salter said he will not go because “he can effectively do what he needs to do by phone. "He’s calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can.’’ The campaign said it will release a list of people McCain spoke with later Saturday.
Senator Barack Obama, traveling for campaign events in North Carolina and Virginia, spoke Saturday with Congressman Barney Frank, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Senator Harry Reid, his campaign said. The Democratic presidential candidate was briefed on the latest with the negotiations.
McCain returned to Washington early Saturday morning from Memphis following last night’s debate because of the bailout situation. He decided to deliver a Saturday evening speech by satellite to a group in Columbus rather than traveling there in person.
Salter said, “We hope to have a deal in place so we can get back on the trail.”
Update: According to the McCain campaign, the Republican nominee called President Bush, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Sen. Mitch McConnell , Sen. Judd Gregg, Sen. Jon Kyl, Leader Boehner, Rep. Blunt, Rep. Putnam, Rep. Cantor, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Tom Davis, Rep. Chip Pickering, Rep. Heather Wilson, Rep. John Shadegg, Rep. Flake, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Saturday.
LMAO...oh my gosh this is surreal. IS THIS NOT WHAT OBAMA has said to do and has been doing for the past week. Handle the situation by phone so the cameras and stuff do not follow you into the negotiations. WOW McCian proved his incompetence with this crisis.
We all know McCain did nothing to help push legislation for the bailout.
McCain just realized it could be done by phone! Hahahaha
He should have just suspended his run for president.
Salter said he will not go because “he can effectively do what he needs to do by phone......so why in H__L did the Pitiful Old Warmonger go in the first place?......he really screwed things up big time.......
Michelle and Sen. Obama after the debate was over walked over to that couple and shake hands, WHAT A COUPLE!!!! superb performance during and after the debate.
Does he really know where he is going on a daily basis?
What can we say? The public knew that McCain was pulling a stunt when he rushed to Washington on Thursday, upset the organizers who had invested 5 mil. in hosting the debate, did nothing in Washington but cause dissention and waste the lawmarkers' time. I just hope that he was told by people on the Hill that he's not welcome to attend the meetings, and that they'll see him on voting day.
This man is scary! He's surely entering into the world of never,never,land and he should not even be on the ticket. Can't you just imagine he and Palin running the White House? God help us all if that should happen! SES
Oh, maybe he should suspend his campaign today, but that would not be too expedient, there's no debate on Monday. So, what was the big fiasco on Wednesday, putting country first or McCain first. All McCain is doing right is political posturing. He needs a something to redeem himself from the debate fiasco.
After seeing him last night I know McCain will do nothing in Washington to improve the result. He clearly lacks the knowledge and the brains. He is as dumb as W.
Just another little man spoiling for a fight. Pathetic, makes America look dangerous and on the way down.
WHY COULDNT MCCAIN LOOK OBAMA IN THE EYES LAST NIGHT?????
Not ONCE!! Total lack of respect..Made him look like a real coward!!