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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Jill

    I feel sorry for our grandchildren. They will never experience what the United States once was. The mighty have fallen.

    OBAMA/BIDEN for a new direction.

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. David

    IF $$$ is important to YOU, DON'T vote MCCAIN!

    MCCAIN=BUSH III.........................SHAMEFUL. Republicans, what ever happened to being for THE PEOPLE?

    Forget the history books, we will see the GREAT DEPRESSION II if MCSAME is President!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Angie

    I am really tired of mccain and his gimmicks and tricks. He claimed he had saved the economy and now is blaming Obama for its failure. I just cant stand Mccain anymore; Obama is the real true LEADER America needs!!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Never obama

    Stay Calm........................this monkey has a world of words in his bag.

    Never in the history of America has there been such a dangerous liar run for any office.
    This yahoo needs to go back to Chicago where he was spawned.

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Liz

    I am horrified by Nancy Pelosi's incessant use of the words "failed Bush Administration policies" today, yesterday and throughout her reign. I don't recall a more partisan "leader" in Congress. Main street, Wall Street, all members of Congress and Bush, corrupt business owners, and our largely uninformed electorate all have roles in this failure of all failures.

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Random Dude

    The fundamentals of the economy are still strong, my friends

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. McInsane

    I never thought I'd miss Carl Rove...

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. MCCRYPT THE SENILE OLD A$$WHOLE!

    It is way past time for the Obama camp to call McMorn on his lies.

    Congratulations!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Dee, ATL

    Lorna,

    I totally agree!!!! McCain suspended his campaign, supposedly, to have this meeting with these house republicans and they were the ones who voted against the bill. What I also find interesting is that he is for the bailout plan.

    Who's the failure of leadership now!?!?!?!?

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Who is the Leader?

    No doubt about it, Obama!!

    McCain can only blame...because he's nothing but the same!

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Schulzz

    McCain can't even control 1/3 of his own party – how can he lead the coutry?
    McCain = not ready to lead

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Thanks but no thanks McCain

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his top aides took credit for building a winning bailout coalition – hours before the vote failed and stocks tanked.

    The rush to claim he had engineered a victory now looks like a strategic blunder that will prolong the McCain’s campaign’s difficulty in finding a winning message on the economy.

    Shortly before the vote, McCain had bragged about his involvement and mocked Sen. Barack Obama for staying on the sidelines.

    September 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Dave

    As usual, these partisan clowns can't do the right thing and both slimy parties blame each other. This is exactly what has been wrong with this country for 8 years and it won't get any better.
    These low slackers would rather make political points than solve a crisis...and that is BOTH parties

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. russell

    I can't belive how macain can blame obama for the bill not going through. the votes say it all. day after day mcsame makes a fool out of him self. i cant belive how close this election really is. some people have no sense.

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. penkilk

    lol

    So now I play this new game. It's great. As you read along and pick up on a line that says anything like "the McCain camp accused Obama of.." STOP right there. Then fill it in with the most generic answer you feel applies.

    is it... politics before country? why yes! one point.

    double plus good bonuses if you arrived at your guess by thinking about what McCain is doing, but accuses Obama of

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    What, now Obama has the answer to this – Mr. Know-It-All – I have a message for you – don't tell me how to feel or act – stay calm – what nerve – I just lost a ton of money, idiot.

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Mr.Citizen

    This is what I call "Presidential"..
    You cannot do dirty talk or politics when there is such a grave problem...

    I agree that Mccain was not crushed in the debate but certainly he showed all the signs of an ARROGANT President (just like Bush)
    Did anyone notice that Mccain was not EVEN looking at the other person while shaking his hands (forget about during the debate)

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. McCain is a Filthy Liar

    Wow, this brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for keeping it it perspective, Senator Obama. We believe in you.

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Team America

    How many McNames can we McThink of for McCain?? Dems- are some of you really that shallow and immature that you have to result to name-calling? What are you 12 yrs old?? Despite the differences you may have towards McCain's views or policies, at least show some respect for a person who served our nation in battle, was a POW for 5 years, and has served in Congress for a couple decades. Grow up Democrats!

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Anne

    You'll never find more of a Washington insider than John McCain. Americans are so easily fooled and more easily led.
    OBAMA is our only hope.

    GO OBAMA!

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Dan

    McCain is like a boxer whose eye's are swollen shut. He keeps swinging wildly, but can not hit a thing.

    I feel McCain has gone crazy, plain and simple.

    He needs to retire to his ranch in AZ. permantely

    Army Ranger for Obama/Biden

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. thousands of home were lost today

    unemployment 6.5
    market fell-777.67 points
    10,000 homes lost today
    11 Trillion deficit

    Barack Obama kept Presidential politics out of negotiations on the Republican Administrations bill, that would fix the Republican Administrations MESS, while still keeping in touch with the people who were in control of the negotiations.

    john McCain injected his politics, adding nothing to the negotiations but unneeded distractions and a photo op, tries to take credit for the work others have done while dinning at the Lieberman estate....and when the Republicans once again FAIL to put politics aside...John McCain again blames Obama for McCain's incompetence....John McCain is not only stupid, he is DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!!!!! anyone fool enough to vote for McCain deserves to loose their life savings, homes, jobs and every thing else they loose from having McCain in office....they deserve to get from McCain what we have all had to suffer from Bush!!! i am sick of McCain and his lies and erratic babble

    September 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Mike Mattingly

    Is the Senate and House worried about being re-elected? What are they waiting for? Quit bickering and vote for the bail out. It's time for a Barak presidency. He is the closest chance we have for Socialism.

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Holly

    I like how this whole thing went under basically because Republicans had their feelings hurt by Nancy Pelosi. How pathetic is that? What happened to COUNTRY FIRST???

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Dr Myron

    I really don't believe this.

    First, I have no sympathy for Wall St or Washington. As long as it was just the public being hurt, it's ok. Now, it's them so we need to act FAST!!

    How about that 10 billion per week in Iraq? And don't say "the surge is working", that can only be proven if we leave and the country stays civil. If it doesn't, the surge was just a band-aid.

    Second, how shameful and low can McCain sink? He attacks, lies (more that anyone), any chance he gets. He changes strategies so much I don't know where he is coming from half the time.

    I'm sorry I ever backed him, but I will NOT make that mistake again.

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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