September 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says 'stay calm,' McCain camp slams Democrats

 Sen. Barack Obama says he thinks lawmakers will be able to get a rescue package through Congress.
Sen. Barack Obama says he thinks lawmakers will be able to get a rescue package through Congress.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama expressed confidence Monday that lawmakers would come through with a financial rescue package, while John McCain's campaign accused Obama and Democrats of putting "politics ahead of country."

Obama told voters at a campaign event in Denver, Colorado, that it's important to "stay calm, because things are never smooth in Congress."

"There are going to be some bumps and trials and tribulations and ups and downs before we get this rescue package done," he said. "I'm confident that we are going to get there, but it's going to be a little rocky."

Shortly before Obama's event, the House of Representatives rejected a $700 billion plan to bail out the financial system, putting a roadblock in front of the largest government intervention in the market since the Great Depression.

Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the failure of the bill, which President Bush had urged Congress to approve.

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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    The voice of reason... Calm,cool and calculated. Just what we need in a president.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. V. Sheldon

    His point is well taken. Just one more reason we need him in the drivers seat,. McCain's gymnastics will drive this country into the ditch.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. OS

    McCain claimed during the debate that he has a track record of reaching across the party line – He failed to cross the line within his party to bring the republicans together to support the bailout plan .

    McCain – A FAILED LEADER.

    Do we need such an individual to be our president in the given crisis – OBAMA/BIDEN-08

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Yo, McSame, Nice try, Gramps! The majority of NAYS were your posse, "Maverick"!

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Maggie from Virginia

    Again, Obama acting Presidential. McCain acting like a child.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Evan

    Obama being more presidential, McCain just acting like the other Republicans playing politics. Blame the Dems because that always works. I just hope that most of America listens to Obama and not McCain.

    "The fundamentals of our economy are strong" John McCain
    Yea John they really are strong.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. ralph

    How can McCain blame the Dems when the bill got more support from the Dems than it did from the GOP?

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. alvino

    John McCain has no influence at all with his party. After suspending his campaign to be the hero in the bail out, he instead shows America that he has as much credibility as Bush. Blaming others for his shortfalls is just like what the current moron in the white house does. Wake up America, the Keating Kid is a clueless gambler.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Lorna, NY

    Why is McCain blaming this on Barak Obama when it is the Republicans that voted against the bill? This is beyond insane! The Republicans already took their money out of the market, they don't care about Main Street. November 4th cannot come soon enough for me.

    September 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    I almost feel sorry for Obama that he is going to inherit this mess.

    John McCain doesn't even deserve his current senate seat at this point. My disdain for this man is endless. He didn't deliver the Republican votes and now they are trying to blame Pelosi over something she said that hurt their feelings. Give me a break!

    SIMPLY DISGUSTING!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Andy

    HOW WOULD THIS GUY KNOW THINGS ARE NEVER SMOOTH IN CONGRESS !!

    HE HAS NOT BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW!!

    HE ONLY KNOWS HOW TO VOTE "PRESENT"

    MR. "PRESENT" WANTS TO BE MR "PRESEDENT"

    WHAT A JOKE

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. TESAP;SAVANNAH, GA

    HOW CAN MCCAIN SLAM DEMOCRATS WHEN MORE REPUBS VOTED AGAINST THE BILL?????

    HUH????

    CHECK OUT THE VOTES.......

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. tedious898

    Here you are again Americans! Barack Obama says..."We should not inject presidential politics in the negotiation of this bill"

    John McCain – "I lead, I'll suspend my campaign....where is Obama – on the side lines"

    How can you sad and pathetic americans support this delusional old man for president?

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Joe Regis

    The bill should be shelved. The mess should be fixed by the market or when a new president take office.

    The republicans McCain can not be trusted to fix a problem that they are responsible for. No more repubs, no more hard time.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Maureen / California

    Obama is a true leader. McCain is not. Name calling does not benefit anyone at this point.

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. sabrina01

    let see John Mc cain call his campaige off to rally Reps they reject the offer because its taking away from CEO's who pay them...M C cain blames Obama ....PoLItics at its BEST

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. bruja

    Could somebody explain to me why this is Obamas fault?
    Seriously, I don't know.....

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Laura in PHX

    Is McCain blind to the numbers? Democrats voted more favorably for the bailout than Republicans!!!

    Obviously Obama did his job....McCain did not.

    September 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Latina for Obama (nj)

    YES WE CAN!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Dan in CHI

    while John McCain's campaign accused Obama and Democrats of putting "politics ahead of country."

    POT, MEET KETTLE.

    Here is the GOP playbook (as if I needed to expose it:)

    Stratagem 1: MISLEAD by any means necessary, omission of the truth or outright lies OK
    Strategem 2: DISTRACT (via multiple outrageous actions and statements)
    Stratagem 3: INVERT your weaknesses and flip them onto your opponent
    Stratagem 4: DENIGRATE the opponent via attack or dismissal of their legitimacy or policies
    Stratagem 5: PARROT any ideas or language that is working for your opponent, and obfuscate the origin of anything that is working as intended for your opponent (see stratagem #1)

    sounds like a recipe for "change", doesn't it? NOT. Sounds like Bushie. "That's fuzzy may-ath!"

    I dare any republycanthrope to refute this post. DARE you.

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Kerri

    Obama sounds like a president. McCain sounds like a child.

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Jasmine

    McCain is still playing politics. He cannot even lead his own party.

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Newsflash! Putin Invades Alaska's Airspace Between Palin's Ears

    Nice try McCain! Your party name and failed heroic efforts this last week were thrown right back in your lyin', failin' face!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. KC

    Obama made a statement of calm and resolve, he did not even mention McCain. McCain's answer "it's Obama's fault". Not the leader I want.

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. McWhine

    Yes, of course it is all Dems fault as if Repungs are not responsible for the deregulation in the past 8 yrs.

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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