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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  1. Patricia

    Wall Street can borrow the 700 Billion dollars from President Bush and Vice-Chaney, form the shameful oil profits they made from the war in Iraq.

    The vote failed because We cannot trust our own government. The message is, let us all go down together.
    Pat
    Long Beach CA

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Independent FL voter

    So while Barack Obama is telling us to stay calm and have confidence, the McCain camp goes on the attack against the "Demmycrats." Meanwhile Rep. Boehner claims it was mean old Nancy Pelosi's fault for hurting the little Republicans' feelings. Awww, did she take their milk money too?

    Cry me a river, Boehner. My 401K is in the tank and it's your party's fault. I'll be voting against everyone with a (R) next to their name on Nov. 4, and that's your party's fault too. I'm ashamed I was ever a Republican.

    No more Republican rule and ruin. Obama/Biden 2008.

    September 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Andy

    One candidate tells the country to remain calm regarding the impending economic meltdown and another takes the opportunity to claim that the failure is the other guy's fault. Hmm, who's playing politics with the issue?

    And let me get this straight, more than 50% of Obama's party voted for the bail out package and substantially more than a majority of McCain's party voted against the bail out, and it's Obama's fault? Makes sense to me.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Seriously

    McCain's own party voted 133 to 65 against the measure...

    I guess McCants trip was for nothing but a campaign break.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    lol Obama failed to lead?
    So then John McSame, please tell me, WHY YOU failed to unite your party and get the bailout bill done!!!!
    130 Repugs didn't vote for, compared to 95 Dems.

    Come on, McSame YOU ARE AN IDIOT!
    YOU ARE NOT READY TO LEAD!

    OBAMA/BIDEN BY LANDSLIDE!

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Lisa

    George Bush and Company will exit the White House in fine style.
    We're getting exactly what we deserve. We voted this man in twice and we're about ready to get four more years of his policies if McCain is elected. . I say, let's start from the ground (or below ground) and start back up. The United States is never going to be what it once was....we wake up way too late.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. steven

    Stay calm? Are you kidding? I hope Obama has all his ex Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac robbing economic advisers working on the problem.

    This clown's a joke! The Dems are a joke! I hope some of them off themselves for this mess. Frank and Dodd need to resign.

    Thank Clinton and Robert Rubin for this folks. They greased the skids but Pelosi won't tell you that.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. OHIOmomforO

    Once again, Senator Obama proves himself to have the cooler head and stronger long-term view in a crisis. McCain is a hothead whose judgment I am forced to question every time I read the news.

    I wonder if the 24% of this country who approve of Bush's performance are still living in that bubble... how's that going, folks?

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    Thats a true president not running around falsey suspending your campaign trying to credit for something that didnt even happen tell lie after lie about your opponet and sorry mccain camp REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING POLITICTS THEY KILLED THE BILL!!

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Becky CA

    Will this rescue plan stop the bleeding in the economy? We have a credit crunch now and banks are failing left and right. The administration has been saying the sky is falling for two weeks and this is Bush's proposal. The dems have added oversight, cap on executive compensation and others to the measure. 70% of the house Rep opposed the bill. Do they have any solution, if they do not support this plan? I do not want to hear about partisan politics. I am talking about my future and my kids here.

    I like Obama is sounding calm but he needs to do more. Seriously, Sen,McCain should just stay out of this. He is not helping this with his partisan rhetoric.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. CJ

    McCain needs to stop playing politics like Congress is doing and fix the PROBLEM!!!! At least Obama gives confidence to the American people...Congress fix the situation and stop playing politics!!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. 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 guess his trick back fired.... 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 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Lyndon

    Again I remind all of America, who has been calm and collected throughout this process? Who has urged us all to be calm and to soothe our doubts and fears in a time of great uncertainty and volatility, the likes of which we've never seen in our lifetimes?

    John McCain makes me sick. Absolutely sick. He blames Obama for putting politics first when he's clearly been trying to pull stunts for the last week. How stupid does he and his campaign managers think our country is? He shows up and all of a sudden things fall apart. And now the House GOP has played politics at the cost of the average American family, who could lose their jobs by the MILLIONS if something isn't done soon. That's right....millions.

    Shame on you John McCain. You aren't the man you used to be and you certainly aren't a man that I want representing this country.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Pat F

    Yes, Anita from Arizona, you must be absent. THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE! If they wanted it, they could have had it.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Donna from Colorado Springs

    John McCain is the most despicable person in the world. All he knows how to do is blame the democrats for EVERYTHING HIS PARTY HAS DONE TO SCREW UP THIS COUNTRY! He blames the dems for the failure of the bailout plan, yet more dems voted for it than republicans did. He wants to take credit for whatever happens and blame the dems for whatever doesn't happen. He's horrible and a liar! He wants to stir up everything by attacking Obama and make this into political theater. Obama is staying cool and calm, which is what a leader should do. McCain acts like this is a soap opera, and he's the hero.He's an idiot!

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. joyce

    mr obama
    i will follow your comments to the end of time
    i believe god sent you to us for a speacial mission. and that is to save our econnemy and to save us from 4 more years of the past
    god bless you and if you say it will work out i will sleep better
    65 year old white lady from arkansas

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Election Watcher

    Nancy Pelosi needs to keep her big yap shut!

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Holly

    The nerve of McCain never ceases to amaze me. He pulls the whole debate stunt, brags about his role in this whole thing, then points his finger at Obama. Makes me sick.

    He will do ANYTHING to try and get elected.

    September 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Rick K

    You're all missing it – McCain reached across the aisle and got the dems, Obama was supposed to reach across the aisle and lead the repubs....

    September 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Dave

    How the heck does McCain continue to get away with such bold faced lies? The democrats were the problem? The Dems voted 2-1 in favor of the bill. The republicans voted 2-1 against it, even though the GOP leadership, McCain, and Bush are all pushing for it.
    Is McCain so blind he can't see the numbers? What a joke. I hope those of you that support McCain can finally see him for the liar he is. Is this really who you want leading the country?

    You want to know what happened to this bill? The public doesn't like it, and the GOP congressmen/women know they very well may get voted out of office. They are so worried about their political positions that they go against their own leadership to save themselves.

    McCain again blows it. He failed to lead his party, and his very presence seemed to cause the entire thing to fall apart. Then he lies to us about it. What a fool.

    September 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Mike from Calgary

    Rudyard Kipling spoke of a man who kept his head or cool when others didn't. He spoke of a man who could walk with kings, but not lose the common touch.

    Obama has that grace and perspective, while McCain runs around like a chicken with its head cut off! He speaks out of both side of his mouth, claim credits for everything and blames Obama for all the problems.

    Meanwhile the Hundreds of Billions go to Iraq rather than for hospitals, schools and bridges (Remember 1-35 collapse)

    McCain isn't a pig with lipstick ... He's a ....dead duck while Bush is a lame duck. They sure stick together voting eh!

    September 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Pam

    The whole campaign has been like this. Obama remains calm and thoughtful, and McCain attacks and points fingers.

    September 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. pearl

    It's so comforting to me personally to hear Obama's voice of reason.

    September 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Liz T, Tucson

    I think we can already call Obama a "great man" regardless of what Bill Clinton thinks. His is the kind of demeanor we need in a crisis. Not Bush's deer-in-the-headlights fright speech and definitely not McCain's clueless blaming and fingerpointing.

    If the people couldn't see it before, maybe now.

    September 29, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Pat F

    Obama, very helpful. Stay calm. You would've been perfect on the Titanic.

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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