(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 $700 billion plan to bail out the financial system, putting a roadblock in front of the largest government intervention in the market since the Great Depression.
Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the failure of the bill, which President Bush had urged Congress to approve.
i will take a guy that commands serenity anyday over an impetuous and rash leader. I agree with Obama. Its not a time for panic and blame game. So after the parachuting, McCain could not deliver his party's vote, and his desperate campaign was already taking credit for the bill this morning. To much for COUNTRY FIRST!
I am a leaning Republican who was pretty sure to vote Republican until today. Now I'm more the sure that Republicans are more worried about their egos and feeling than American People. Sorry GOP, you just lost a certain vote this November.
Of course you would say this...
especially since the dems are responsible for deregulation and the housing crisis... Dems have been the majority for several years and nothing has gotten done!!!
Obama shows leadership, encouraging calm, while Mccain runs around like a chicken with his head cut off.
I'm glad they killed it... the majority of Americans don't want this bill...
I'm proud of the Republicans and Democrats who did the right thing today!
Looking at the count:
The bill failed by a vote of 205 to 228, with 140 Democrats and 65 Republicans voting in favor and 95 Democrats joining 133 Republicans against.
With 133 Republicans voting against the bill, it looks like the "Maverick" cannot get his party to line up.
Let us stay clam, rather calling wolf again. McCain and Bush = panic!!!
The only thing McLoser has to say is slamming the Democrats. GET LOST!!! We need positivity and optimism now. What do you care, McShame, you've got all the houses,$, and cars you need. I will pick the guy with integrity, one American car, one house, and oh yeah, one spouse.
LOL McCain failed!
We can almost see what remains of McCains honor dissolve before our eyes.
Nice Stunt Shooter.
Typical. MaCain has to turn everything into politics and of course blame Obama for everything. So transparent.
Last time I cheked, 2/3 of the Dems vote for and 2/3 of the ReThugs vote AGAINST. And Mc Old Cam tries to put this on democrats?? He is really loosing his bearings!
Great reason to vote for Obama. Keeps his cool and not blaming anyone. McCain blames blames blames. Which will get us nowhere.
Why is the McCain camp "slamming" Barack?? Wasn't McCain supposed to suspend his campaign to go back Washington and get this bill done?? How did that work out for ya big boy??
Is it me or does the McCain camp always point the finger and accuse the Obama camp of something the McCain camp did? Like the "politics ahead of country" remark.
More lies and petulant whining from the McCain camp... Is anyone surprised at this point? This is as ridiculous as McCain trying to compare Obama to Bush during the debate Friday night. These tactics reek of desperation ...
McCain's campaign accused Democrats of injecting politics into the American economy.
He's joking, right? Doublespeak at its best.
This headline says it all. Game over.
If this country does not put BARAK OBAMA in the White House, we might as well start learning Russian or Chinese.
Again Obama keeps a calm head and tried to calm the fears of the american public and John Mcsame is trying to gain political ground. Give it up Mcsame, we know your party created this mess. Not all americans are stupid enough to vote for you.
Another example of leadership from Senator Obama and the lack thereof from Senator McCain.
I am getting so sick of hearing McCain saying that Obama is putting politics infront of country...
he sounds like a broken record!
Poor John. It must be confusing to be him. This morning he was taking credit for pulling the Republicans together when he came to Washington last week. Said everything would be OK. Criticized Obama for watching from the sidelines. Look where we're at now, Johnny Boy. Maybe your appearance last week was politics over country. Don't know but it appears no one is listening to you.
Please Obama, get on TV prime time and talk to America. Please steady this tossing ship we call United States. Lord knows somebody needs to. Bush sure as hell can't do it and McCain picked Palin so his creds are shot! We need you Obama. I wish I could cast 200 votes for you and Biden. Thanks for being a real Presidential Candidate among a mist of a bunch of two for one, show boat politicians.
Obama showing leadership, trying to quell a panic. McCain placing blame, playing politics. I'm not trying to affect your vote, but come on now.
I THOUGHT MCCAIN SUSPENDING HIS CAMPAIGN WAS SUPPOSED TO FIX THIS!!!
THE WHOLE TIME HE WAS JUST TRYING TO SAVE HIS CAMPAIGN.
THE OLD DOOFUS NEEDS TO RETIRE.