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. Mike

    Obama and the Dems are to blame. They refused to work together in the first place with Republican, then they begged for their votes. Obama is too busy campaigning that he only phones in suggestions. For a man with no legislative accomplishment is should not be surprising that he did not want to go to Washington. Why? Because he would not be very effective since he has little expereince in getting a bill started. Obama only "signs-on" after all the work is done. Obama is worthless and sooner or later voters will realize it. Maybe too late,but reality will hit.

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. cool flower

    Mc shame shame on you . lier lier lier. his party created the mess not Dems

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Derrick

    I am worried, but Senator Obama is keepin me calm. Thanks Mr. Furtur President for showing your strength becuase if gives me strength.

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

    Obama is Presidential while McCain choses blame others. Interesting enough he's says Obama's plan will cause a deeper recession. Wait a minute didn't his campaign say this was a "mental recession." Didn't McCain say that the fundamentals of the economy were sound last week? More lies from McCain's corner.

    He tries to take credit for the bailout then when that doesn't work he blames Obama and the democrats even though it was 2/3rds of his party that opposed it. It's two faced lies. Sink the bill and blame it on the opposition. I'm tired of this. Aren't you??

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Dave

    The white man is speaking. No more easy loans to minorities and to bailing out greedy ACORN and Wall Street. Let the economy burn – I have a paid off house and 6 figures in savings. Fools need to pay for this crap. NO MORE $$ from flyover country for the elitists on the coasts.

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    How are the democrats at fault when they provided 2/3rds of their votes and the republicans only provided 1/3? Oh, a little speach by a democrat that most republicans don't listen to upset them that much? Please!

    I thought this was supposed to be a bi-partisan bill. Well, just another reason you shouldn't vote republican. They don't know that 50% is half way, not 33.33%.

    It is mathematics people. Vote Obama – The candidate and the party who can do the math!

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Phoenician, AZ

    McCain has no shame.You blame Democrats and Obama for the mess that YOU, BUSH and Republican party created?! :) What a joke!

    McCain is soooooo desperate now, he will be accusing Obama in starting the crisis :)
    Anything to distract people from McCain's DEREGULATION voting record: SOW THE WIND AND REAP THE WHIRLWIND.

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Mark

    Look what happened people.

    Finally, the Republicans heard our voice. The majority of the people in this country do NOT support a bailout. Finally, someone in Washington listened.

    The Democrats voted for it, knowing it is NOT what John Doe public wants.

    September 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Sarah

    Republicans voting no on this bill ( to bail out George Bush failed policy) is strong indication of the new low affecting the republican party.
    Democrats did what they supposed to do, and now they should move back and let Push convince his people to find a solution to this problem.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. jerry

    "Stay Calm!", Isn't that what Custer said at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. What's with this attitude "I'll go to Washington if needed." Why? So he can vote "present".

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. No way No how No McLies

    Let me get this straight. The "maverick" "suspended" his campaign to tackle this crisis head-on. When he got there all negotiations came to a halt. He has been on the phone with several of his republican friends since the debate on Friday. Now his republican friends have killed the bill, but it's Obabma's fault?

    Did someone slip something in McCain's drink???

    If anything all of the events leading up to this smell very suspicious for tampering by the McCain camp in order to gain some political advantage, though I don't know what they could stand to gain here?

    I say Arizona should wake up and vote this guy out!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Jon

    Obama stays calm and proposes solutions. McCain gets fired up and spouts off without thinking. To anyone still on the fence about how to vote in November, this crisis should provide your answer.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Won't stick

    Sorry "Re-thugs" this one won't stick. this is all McCain – from deregulation's to "suspending the campaign for the bailout bill"

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Never obama

    And the liar obama makes me want to vomit. I guess Acorn will steal the election for him.
    What a liar and disgrace this idiot is.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. victoria

    Yes, let's all be calm and pray. We need to come together as a nation a get a better solution for this MESS.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Lexie

    Americans are finally finding out what is REALLY important. They have had to lose their life savings, retirements, and pensions, but hey, at least the abortion issue is on the back burner.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Christina

    The House Republicans and McCain make me ill. This really is the most disgusting display and partisan BS so far, and they're trying to blame Obama? Seriously? What twisted logic are you guys trying to use this week? This is truly pathetic.

    This all makes me want to blast "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and kick stuff.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. McCain has lost it!

    John McCain is blaming and putting a spin that it was the Democrats and Obama's fault. OH MY GOD.. America is much smarter than that!

    I would shut up while I'm behind and digging a deeper and deeper hole in my fast falling campaign.

    Americans are just plain hurting today and the tail between his legs maverick should be just a little sensitive to this situation. As in "Shut your mouth” You are losing your mind..

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Charles I Am

    If I had a dime for every lie the republicans have told this week, I could fill up my car....that is if I can find a gas station that has gas. This is repulsive the way this Nation is suffering. November 4th the GOP will be suffering.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Mike B

    Republicans, Democrats...who cares who's to blame. The fact of the matter is we don't have 700 billion dollars. This money is coming out of thin air. From no where. Were going to just print the money and throw it out into the market, causing some nasty inflation. As if it's not already bad enough as it is. Now Obama and McCain are playing the blame game, who cares who's to blame. The fact is that the House made the right decision in killing this proposal. This campaign is really annoying, as are all campaigns. All they do is distract from both of their terrible stances on issues day after day. How about vote for a third party candidate who doesn't play all these stupid games and focuses on the issues.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Goddess

    McCain needs to stop blaming and trying to encourage a solution.

    Sorry McCain. You will not get my vote come Nov.

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. C-Lo in Texas, Obama 08

    NAd why do Americans want McCain as a leader, Oh yeah because he is the great withe hope. shall I spell it louder. THE GREAT WHITE HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. jim

    Is McCain insane?

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Who isn't calm Mr. Obama–do we look worried?

    We (the people) are estatic, joyous–our belief in a representative democracy renewed!!!

    September 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. the other jd

    aware? aware?
    how much is McCain paying you?

    September 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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