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. Paizley

    Just like a true leader.......... :)

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. McCain doesnt know if we are in a recession

    And Obama was right.

    September 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Camilla

    If McCain doesn't sop hi rhetoric bordering on insanity in the given situation he will take this country and the rest of the western world DOWN even before the election. THIS IS A CRISIS PEOPLE. The European market is crashing like never before. It is spreading like wildfire. I am one who is more than angry at where we are at and the measures necessary at this point – but COME ON its time for NO POLITICS. No "HE IS CALLING IT IN"- kind of BS statements from McCain. Frankly 'shut up for the sake of your country' McCain. Its disgusting. And I am very very scared.

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

    McCain alleged he returned to Washington to fix the problem. He met with House Republicans and now the Republicans refused to vote for the bailout. Is this McCain's fix. What a joke, McCain's campaign is. We need real leadership here. Vote Obama and get rid of these Republican bums, who have made us broke.

    New Carrollton, MD

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Call it what it is.

    Don't worry Obama we got your back. You are our leader.

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    2/3 of the House Republicans that John McCain was "bringing to the table" rejected the bill and he blames Democrats and Obama? This man is a complete joke. He should suspend his campaign permanently.

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Expat in Canada

    Lets see: Obama tries to talk about the issues, and all McCain can do is offer attacks. I think we all know who is acting more presidential.

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Abby

    Obama! The temperament and judgment to lead.

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Steve, Madison WI

    Compare the 2 responses:

    Obama: Calmly and in control, talks to the people, tries to calm them. Clearly, Country First!

    McCain: Blows up, overeacts again, tries to use situation for political gain, falsely blaming Dems for failure of Repubs to vote for bill. Politics First!

    Wake up people – forget party, we need a leader for the American people now more than ever!

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    Excuse me Mr McCain

    I thought you had this all worked out last week

    Its your people that didn't keep their end of the bargain

    And you are blaming Obama

    You painted yourself in a corner last week. If you want to blame someone, look in the mirror.

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. aware

    The straight talk express invalidates the smooth talk express! :)

    Obama is supporting the very far left-wing liberal stance! His position is untenable!

    Japan tried this type of fix and had to bite the bullet for ten years! Europe tried the left-wing position for years but has now swung conservative!

    Obama is a universalist with no moral center or any commitment to American values. He wants to change America to fit his socialist/fascist world view!

    If you love America, vote for McCain/Palin 08! :)

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    The time has come for Nancy Pelosi to hit the highway.

    She can take Harry Reid , Barney Frank, Chris Todd, and Schumer with her.

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Mccain is a liar

    All Mccain and his sleezy campaign can do is blame the next guy, way to lead! He's like a big baby, my god what a disgrace.

    September 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Steve in CA

    As McCain had said.....his place and Obama's place should be in Washington during this time...but no Obama feels his typical finger in a debate is more important....so he and the media chastised McCain.
    Seems McCain was right again....their place is in washington

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Yasriel

    We need a stable leader at these times and not an erratic one. End of story

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. TAYO, NY

    Presidential Obama delivers at least 60% of democratic congress vote to rescue the country

    McCain with his blaming game. He could not even get 40% of Republican to support his party bill

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Frank,MO

    The Repubs blame OBAMA for not voting on the bill ? An idiot believes that!

    They did not vote for it because they were 'offended by Pelosi's speech' !

    So what did the Repubs vote for ? The bill or the speech ?

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. alexa

    isn't there an alternative? Why should taxpayers have to pay 700 B?

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. tedious898

    Now GOPers are saying > WHA WHA WHA that mean old lady Pelosi hurt my feelings so I'll just pout and vote no"

    What did america ever do to deserve such a pathetic party as the GOP? Oh that's right...we voted for Shrub twice and even considering voting for McDumb Dumb along with Pale Brain.

    This duet will make sure we lose what's left in our 401k plans

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. women4obama

    Why can't Cindy McCain bail out Wall Street?

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Paul from Minneapolis

    McCain cannot stop his lying. The bailout proposal is not great, but it is House Republicans that are blocking this, not Obama. But Johnny and his crew are back to lying to win. Win at any cost is their mantra. Pretty sad.

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Kel

    Is there any question here that Obama has the temperment to be president? Every time there's a problem like this, he urges people to be calm. Be calls for bipartisanship. McCain just points the blame at someone else.

    NOV 4th is our last chance to fix our country. McCain will screw us over.

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

    There you have it: McCain and the GOP put the entire world economy at risk because Nancy Pelosi was mean to them.

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. fella from Chicago

    "it's going to be a little rocky" says our star Democratic candidate. People are losing their 401K plans, continuing to lose their homes, the Russians are conducting military exercises in South America, and now Venezuela wants the Russians to help them acquire nuclear capabilities to build a bomb. And Barack you say, "it's going to be a little rocky". The boulder is just about on top of us. Need a little more help here, sir.

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. UCLAdy04

    John McCain can't get LEAD his party to support the bailout bill, yet it is somehow Obama who has failed to show leadership? So the GOP shoots down a very necessary bill and they are blaming the Dems? They are NOT going to get away with this bullsh!t this time around.

    And this suggestion that the GOP felt that the bailout bill was worth supporting BUT refused to support it because they didn't like Pelosi's speech is ABSURD and DISGRACEFUL! The only people playing politics here are the Republicans. Useless as usual!

    September 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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