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.
He's pulling all these stunts just to get the headlines and look like he's indispensable.
You are irrelevant, John McBush.
Obama/Biden '08 for our financial and national security (mcbush is trigger happy)
Hopefully Mr. McCain is meeting with Palin to discuss her withdrawal.
All that posturing earlier this week. . .
WHAT WAS IT FOR?
IT'S OVER MCCAIN.
OR JUST SHUT UP. WE'RE SICK OF YOUR LIES.
lol. so does that mean they didn't need McCain? This effectively proves that McCain was playing politics and that the senate or the house didn't really need him. He just wanted to play drama queen and get some photo ops. The sad part is that he failed to realized that by interjecting presidential politics to this negotiations McCain actually hurt the process and possibly delayed it by a day.
Hmmm......wasn`t it Obama who said that they didn`t have to be in Washington in order to supprt the negotiations.......oh ya, McCain mocked him about that and this morning McCain was the glue that holds a deal together.......WHAT A JOKE MCCAIN AND HIS CAMPAIGN ARE.
Thank goodness McCain is following Obama's lead and is now helping to work behind the scenes to get something done. Senator McCain's opinions will be valued by President Obama.
McCain simply does not have the common sense and poise to be president. He is a good soldier, and has followed President Bush well no matter how foolish Bush's policies were. I'm sure he will be an excellent follower of President Obama.
He already screwed up once by showing up on Capitol Hill. He doesn't even realize that he is neither wanted or needed on the Hill...especially his fellow republicans!!!
Now they don't want to look him in the eye,,,,
Obama is a better speaker and McCain is a better do-er. McCain is working on this problem in Washington today. Obama has gone to NC to resume his campaign. Probably gives Obama an advantage but the work needs to be done and McCain is a leader in the Congress and is needed now.
My ploy to fool America into thinking I was rushing in to save America and single-handedly write the bailout bill has failed. Since it is now unlikely America will fall for this and give me credit as their savior, I will go back to the campaign trail.
Yet he couldn't do it by phone before the debate...
What a phony. Pardon the pun.
But I thought they needed him! NOT. My guess is they told him to bud out as he was making things worse not better. He's not even President and has shown he'd do exactly the same as Bush, screw everything up!
McCain is a road to nowhere.
So the Republicans now think that MCCain can PHONe in his damage? Don't forget, they had a tentative deal worked out a few days ago, before McCain showed up and it suddenly collapsed!
He is an old man. He needs his rest!
Sorry John, there's no way you're going to be able to spin this to benefit your campaign. Barack essentially did the same thing you did, without the theatrics. Another indication of who is more presidential, and it's not you.
Now some republican tell me the whole suspending my campaign bid was not a gimmick ? please explain to me what senator Mccain has done since getting to washington a couple cocktail partys with bill and a fluff meeting at the white house were he didn't even make a statement or offer any type of contribution.
Anyone saying this man is ready to lead is a Joker
"he can effectively do what he needs to do by phone" - which is next to nothing and this is what he could have done before the debates instead of trying to take the news away from the bailout and center it on himself by parachuting into DC to save us alll........ unfortunately the McCain of 2008 would embarress even the McCain of 2000.
So.... why did he "suspend" his campaign!!?? Gimmicks.. He thinks he can fool the American people! It's sad when realise that most of the American people fal straight into his trap!!
CNN, you failed to mention that McCain WASNT WANTED in Capitol Hill!
Of Course...this Drama Queen is becoming yesterday's news.
McCain is Much to Do About Nothing. In this case, as he apparently ignored due to political grandstanding, the stakes are the country. I am glad he is out of the picture as was requested by those desperately trying to find a solution to the mess created by GOP philosophy.
He's not going back to Capitol Hill?? what?..
We all know that the rubbish about his scampaign "Suspension" is really just an opportunity for the Old Geezer to get some rest. John McCain and his ideas two ideas (Iraq and Drill Now) are tired.
What a dog and pony show this GOP is.
Has Mccain finally lost it?
What a surprise. He is a joke and unfit to be President.
And just what Vets was he talking about that trust him? I spent 27 years in the military and I don't trust him and do not believe he has the best interests of the USA in mind.
And why hasn't anyone been discussing how Keating is once again donating to his campaign. Keating 5 part 2?
They don't need him because he knows nothing about the economy.
Perhaps he's doing some on the job training for Palin on how to be a vice presidential candidate.
OH MY GOD.
McCain is just turning into a clown! What is his word worth anymore?
McCain is realising that his presence in washington is not as necessary or important as he had portrayed last week. It really reinforces the democrats' claim that McCain was only trying to score political points by "suspending" his campaign to for the sake of the economy.