September 30th, 2008
08:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama seeks to sell bailout bill

Obama spent Monday evening in Reno working the phones.
Obama spent Monday evening in Reno working the phones.

RENO, Nevada (CNN) - Barack Obama spent Monday night in Reno, Nevada talking with officials in Washington and advisors on the failure of the economic bailout plan in Congress.

According to a senior campaign aide, the Illinois senator's remarks in Reno Tuesday will again center on the economic crisis – and how it could affect the average American.

Watch: House bailout rejected

Specifically, the aide told CNN Obama wants to highlight how the crisis extends past Wall Street and touches everyone – from those with 401K’s, to the small business owner trying to make payroll and families struggling with rising living costs.

After his remarks in Reno, Obama is slated to head to the Midwest for several days of campaigning in Wisconsin and Michigan.


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soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Alice Brinkley

    O'Bomber will call in his comments. His stooges will do all the work, but then he will vote "present".

    September 30, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Aaron

    I'm voting for you Barack, but let the bailout die!

    September 30, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    Repeat after me....President Barack Obama.
    Get Used To It!! The ONLY REAL CANDIDATE running for President in this election.

    Dems, Independants some Replubs we can't get comfortable with Baracks lead in the poles. These Replubs will STOP AT NOTHING to win this election (Cheat, Lie, Distort) & WE ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN THIS TIME!!!!

    NOW HOW, NO WAY, NO MCDUBYA NO MCPALIN!!!

    CONSIDERING EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SEEN & HEARD IN THE ELECTION & THE LAST EIGHT YEARS YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE FOOLISH BORDERLINE RETARD TO VOTE FOR MCCLOWN/PALIN TICKET REGARDLESS OF THE MAN'S SKIN COLOR.

    BARACK YOUR VOTE!!

    September 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Fabian

    Obama's answer; more Government programs for all? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck!

    September 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Rose

    I think Barack should head back to Washington, just so the Mccain camp can't spin their lies about him.
    He should show his face on the floor of the Senate and shut everyone up..

    September 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Valerie - North Carolina

    Again Barack Obama has shown the intelligence and leadership this country so desperatly needs. John McCain is a good and decent man but not the right man. I see McCane as the past and Obama as the futrue.

    A Senior Southern Lady – Independent Voter

    September 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Jon151

    BARACK OBAMA, Americas one last great hope. I hope sound minds will prevail and this man will get a chance to lead this country into the future.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08'

    September 30, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. John in Ohio

    Obama, buddy, I love you but I'm just not buying.

    September 30, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. John in Ohio

    "O'Bomber will call in his comments. His stooges will do all the work, but then he will vote "present"."

    McCain has missed more votes then Obama.

    McCain literally phoned in his work on trying to fix the bailout issue.

    You're a hypocrite.

    September 30, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. pascal

    I always said OBAMA is the man for 2008 .
    he only can take us through this crisis cause by BUSH and his right hand MC CAIN.
    may GOD protect u OBAMA .

    September 30, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Noah

    Q. Senator Obama please explain your position on the current economy and how do you feel about the bailout?

    Obama: Present!!!

    September 30, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Lynn EX -Democrat now for McCain

    Were so Sick of Obama we could Puke!! Obama has not been in congress for 90% of his job!! Democrats make us Sick!!

    September 30, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Founding Fathers

    Barack socialist Obama, you can only fool your followers with your super genious lingo, fact, you have done nothing to earn the Presidency but run a campain not one bit of legislation. By the way I'm not crazy for McCain, but I believe We the People need to split the gov't to represent our needs Dem congress Repuk Pres. and learn to hold our breath for 4 yrs.

    2012 ;-)

    September 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Anna PA

    There is nothing that John McCain could say to convince me that he can lead this country. I have seen others write that he makes a good pilot but not a good leader. I agree, McCain does not have the personality to lead. People cannot be afaid to approach the prez. because he will blow his top if they don't agree with them. We need a leader who can listen and melt other idea's into his own to improve upon his idea's.

    Obama's is a good and thoughtful leader. McCain will fight with many to try to get his way and continue on the course of war, sending money outside of our country. We don't have ANY money to send anywhere. Another good reason to end the war in Iraq!!!

    Vote Obama/Biden 08

    September 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Why aren't the main stream news medias caring the story about McCain's campaign manager's company lobbying for Fanny and Freddie right up until the take over and how McCain had lied about this to the public.

    McCain is dead in the water if the news medias would do their jobs and report on fact instead of sensationalizing small insignificant events that really give no real insight into the candidates.

    It is America's shame that a rag like the National Enquirer is the leading resource for exposing the truth while the main stream media is muzzled.

    September 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. SARAH PALIN IS THE OCTOBER SURPRISE - CLUELESS!

    bush can leave office now. and bye bye mcshame!

    here is our president – barack obama

    September 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I am glad to see that Obama continues to manage his fine campaign and attempt to add his informative input on this bailout crisis. I still maintain that neither Obama or McCain need to inject presidential politics into these delicate bailout discussions. The Congress and the Bush Administration need to manage this economic crisis on their own. Obama is demonstrating fine leadership and I am increasingly impressed by this young man's ability to show real presidential leadership. I continue to be shameful of McCain's dreadful performance over the last several months!

    September 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. J from DC

    It seems that people here in DC are confused after yesterday’s bailout problem. Most are not even excited about the upcoming debate on Thursday. It is like everyone is in a daze. I have not seen this many people silently afraid of the future in my lifetime. It is proof that Obama has been right from day one. This is a “defining moment in our time”, and there is a “fierce urgency” for a need for change, right now. Now even McCain has taken up Obama change message. Yet why some still fail to credit Obama for having the foresight of understanding when he forecasted the magnitude and serious of failed Bush Policies and tearing one another down politics is beyond me. I am shocked that the more Obama tries to stay above the fray, how everyone continues to do the very things he has been speaking against. He seem to be the only serious candidate with a clear understand of the root to the problems here in DC.

    September 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. ANGIE

    Barack go to washington lord knows they need some grown up interaction, do your thing unite congress use your bipartisan ability and shut mccain up once and for all

    September 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. carol

    This just shows how engaged Senator Obama is with this financial crisis.....this man is a true leader and wants to help the average citizen.
    He doesn't fly off to Washington for a bit showboating.....no, he deals with the relevant people over the phone......I think we are well aware that John McCain deems his presence is so compelling to all in Washington!!!!
    We need to get this mess sorted out and the Republicans can whine all they want......but they know the real reason for not voting is they are just trying to protect their positions for the future!!!!
    I don't know who they think they are fooling, certainly not me!!!

    September 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Jennifer

    Obama is a real leader. I voted for him yesterday in the early voting!

    September 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Super D

    ENOUGH!

    OBAMA HAS HAD HIS HANDS IN THIS COOKIE JAR AS THE 4TH LEADING CONTRIBUTOR TO FANNIE AND FREDDIE!

    HE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM, AND HE'S STAYING AS FAR AWAY FROM WASHINGTON SO THIS DOES NOT GET ALL OVER HIS EMPTY SUIT!

    YOU DEMS ARE SO DRUNK WITH THIS GUY! HE'S A MAJOR PART OF THE PROBLEM.

    AND LET'S NOT FORGET HIS ECONOMIC ADVISOR IS EX FANNIE AND FREDDIE TOO!

    HIS IDEAS ARE STALE AND THEY SUCK OF SUPER REGULATION!

    September 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. mother of three girls

    EVERY DAY OBAMA SHOWS A REAL LEADERSHIP , IT IS NOT WHO IS THERE IN WASHINGTON IT IS HOW YOU SOLVE A PROBLEMS ... IT IS NOT A SHOW IT IS OUR DAILY LIFE FOR OUR NEXT 4 YAERS AND MY BE NEXT 8 YEARD .... GO OBAMA YOU PICKED THE RIGHT MAN MR, BIDEN LOOK FORWARD AND THE WHOLE WORLD NOT ONLY USA LOOKING FOR YOU TO BE OUR NEXT LEADER ... OBAMA/ BIDEN 08

    September 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. McCain for Pres.

    Obama and the democratic leadership messed up the deal by inserting partisan politics. The democrates are deviders not uniters. This is just another example.

    September 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. JusLaugh

    McCain has mucked up his campaign so bad that he is now trying to pin everything on Obama. Then, he copies Obama's ideas and presents them as his own...if elected, he will be MUCH worse than Bush.

    Obama is coming up with ideas to solve the problem and trying to educate the public on the effects it will have on their lives.

    I am still not for this plan, but am glad to see one candidate coming up with solutions rather than severely partisan attacks like every single republican I saw on CNN last night.

    September 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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