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. Karen

    I thought the cancellation of Maverick McCain's campain last week was to stir up support from the Republicans to vote YES to the bill. I'm sick of the Maverick riding in on his white horse going absolutely NO WHERE! The entire Republican party are jokesters and we should remove all of them from office. It's obvious they don't give a hoot about the American people and we need to make at clear this election by voting for real change. Get over whatever personal problems you have about voting for Barack Obama and look at the person for what he stands for. American people wake up and let's make a change.

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Carol Conroy

    The conservative "true believers" in the House need to hear from all the major employers in their districts. I watched them approach the cameras with little smirks on their faces. That really made me mad.

    If the worldwide verdict on American capitalism is that it's a failure, not a model, the House Republicans should serve as the posterboys for graffiti.

    Boehner, you're a coward!

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. claudia dick

    i wonder if mcCain ever take responsibility for anything.

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Debbie

    I guess all that McCain rushing back to DC didn't do any good, did it?

    The GOP can scream all it wants – the Dems were clear that unless the legislation had more protection for the little people, they'd vote it down. The GOP couldn't even muster its majority.

    And of course let us not forget it was the GOP who got us to this mess – deregulating the industry, looking the other way when the warning signs popped up. That seems to be their hallmark.

    They ought to change their nickname to GOB – Gobs of Bailouts. Seems every time we have a GOP administration we're bailing out some giant, bumbling corporation at the expense of the taxpayer. And the result is that they call for MORE tax cuts for the offenders so the largesse can trickle down unto us peons....

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. ilandking

    Let me get this straight, instead of helping all they can do is try and blame someone for the failure especially when it was there party that voted against it......Am I reading this correctly?!?....Well I guess Mccain will be suspending his campaign AGAIN and head off to the rescue...Hi Ho Silver!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Nic

    Blaming Democrats? Didn't House Republicans kill it?

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Nifty 60, female and white

    Thank you Senator Obama. People here in Colorado aree still out buying electronics, cars, etc. It's busines as usual. I believe that scare tactics are used on us to support this bill so the repubs can go out with a bang and shoo McWack in. Listen to that man's hateful speach again today. I TRUELY believe that you are the only chance this country has to move forward. McWack and his croonies will either destroy us through war....financial or militarily.

    Obama '08

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. WI Cheesehead

    Which McCain went to DC last week?
    McCain said he’s headed to DC to given leadership and help find bipartisanship for the bailout but now I hear he showed up there to help GOP House Reps stand up to the Bush Admin. So much for “country first”, I guess he was just there to polish up his so called “maverick” façade and find a way to distance himself from the Bill and Bush. What a wuss.

    The sky is not falling it’s the economy stupid otherwise it’s just the Chinese parachuting in from their space walk to check on their investments because the only thing America exports to china these days is debt.

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    McCain: "Me First"

    How's that 401 K doing, folks?

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Chris

    WOW just like McCain campaign to issue a stupid political remark when the needs to be sending out a positive message. I can't believe he has the nerve to say he is about Country First!!! He is about John McCain and nothing more.

    We should not let him anywhere near the White House!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Oh...I forgot...sent another $300 off today to Obama's Campaign. WE will win...... reagardless of what the ave Republican thinks.......they need Obama. They need to stop resisiting what this country needs...REAL Change.

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Michelle

    The voice of reason – Senator Obama.

    The one putting politics first and not country – Senator McCain.

    I just don't know how clearer the actions of these two candidates can be people the American people see who the real leader is in this presidential campaign.

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. USMC

    Obama offers sage advice and a steady hand, McCain uses it as an opportunity to lay a partisan cheap shot. Which one is more presidential?

    September 29, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. ines

    McCain = Ego First

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. DV

    Obama, are you sure you want to take this thing on? I can't imagine any human being wanting to try to dig us out of the major pile of garbage we've burried ourselves in the last eight years.

    One thing is for certain, though: McCain/Palin is no longer a legitimate choice.

    David

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Thanks but no thanks McCain

    Obama is correct... This is what congress does afterall congress is made up of both democrats and republicans.

    Although we all wish this bailout weren't necessary.. it is! We will fall quickly into a depression if we don;t get this bailout signed... Obama is correct in trying to put it in perspective!

    Obama for President!

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. gr

    Here's an idea... Give Wall Steet 10 Billion $ and tell them to cope. Although, even that may be too generous.

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Go Dems

    Wow what a difference!! Obama is calm and steady in the storm and McCain is finger pointing and name calling! McCain is NOT the type of president that I want leading in a crisis!

    Vote Obama/Biden so we have a future!

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Call it what it is.

    "John, I have a bracelet too."

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Kate in NC

    Yesterday on meet the press, I heard a McCain surrogate take credit for the bill. Saying he brought all the players to the table, and he pushed it through. Now he is blaming Barack Obama for the bill not going through? How is that possible? From the moment John McCain stepped into Washington, he has brought divisions and partisan politics to play. Do you think we are not watching? 55 million watched the debate – we are paying attention. So instead of telling the people, as Obama did, that we will find a solution, McCain plays the blame game. Not very presidential to be sure, just an angry old man.

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Gary Jaussaud

    My Comment is:

    Sen. Obama is correct, we need to "Stay Calm" I think it only shows
    how some of the people we have placed in high office by vote have
    'no idea how to get things done. Most of us look the other way and let
    them have their way, I think those days are now over.

    I thank Sen. Obama for sounding Presidential and talking to the people, where is Sen. McCain today?

    If we in business ran our business like some of the folks run the country we would all be out of business, and some of us might be
    as a result of our own government.

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. SG in SD

    McCain = panic mode, blame everyone else

    Obama = presidential mode, calm reason

    Who would you rather have running the country?

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Republican voting for Obama

    I have faith in Obama/Biden.

    Republicans/McCain/Sarah: Liar, liar, pants of fire....Your tactics ain't going to work

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Of course, John McCain wants to throw the mud and try to turn this mess to his political advantage...McCain is an old, cranky, jerk.

    How much did your portfolio lose today?? And it's going to get worse...Republicans could care less about my future....they'll make political hay out of anything...."country first"....what a joke!

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Jennie

    it was REPUBLICANS who killed this bill.

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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