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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
September 30th, 2008
08:20 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp says Obama not leading

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The McCain campaign said obama has failed to show leadership during the economic crisis. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is seizing on the prepared text of Barack Obama's speech Monday in Denver, saying it shows the Illinois senator has been "out of touch" with the unfolding financial crisis and congress' economic bailout plan. (Read the prepared text [PDF])

In the text distributed by the Obama campaign Tuesday morning, Obama was to say, "And today, Democrats and Republicans in Washington have agreed on an emergency rescue plan."

But moments before Obama was set to take the stage in Denver, the House officially rejected the bailout plan, prompting a delay in the Illinois senator's rally and a change in his comments on the bill:

"I am confident we are going to get there but it's going to be sort of rocky. It's sort of like flying into Denver. You know you're going to land but it's not always fun going over those mountains," he said.

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds suggested the fact the Obama thought the measure would pass was a sign the Illinois senator was not closely involved in helping coral support for the bailout plan.

"When Barack Obama released remarks today that praised the passage of America's economic rescue plan, just before his allies in Congress voted to kill it, it revealed just how out of touch Barack Obama has been during this crisis," Bounds said, adding Obama has "shown failed leadership we can't afford."

In his own rally Monday morning before the House officially rejected the bailout plan, McCain did not suggest the bill would pass but touted his role pushing members of his party to vote for it.

"I've never been afraid of stepping in to solve problems for the American people, and I'm not going to stop now," he said. "Sen. Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced. At first he didn't want to get involved. Then he was monitoring the situation."

The McCain campaign also suggested Thursday Obama deserved much of the blame for the bill's failure, saying the Democratic presidential nominee "put politics ahead of country."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton called those comments "angry and hyper-partisan."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
September 30th, 2008
05:46 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, Sept. 30th, 2008

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CNN: McCain camp says Obama not leading
John McCain's campaign is seizing on the prepared text of Barack Obama's speech Monday in Denver, saying it shows the Illinois senator has been "out of touch" with the unfolding financial crisis and congress' economic bailout plan.

Washington Post: An Appeal and a Blame Game
Reacting to the House's defeat of a $700 billion economic rescue proposal Monday, Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain called on Congress to pass a new bill and then sought to blame each other for the deadlock on Capitol Hill.

Washington Post: Democrats See the Pros and Cons of Letting Biden Be Biden
Introducing Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Detroit on Sunday, his running mate did not hold back. "John McCain said he'd follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell," said Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. "Well, let me tell you something: President Barack Obama will follow him to where he lives and then send him to hell."

NYT: Biden’s Debate Prep
Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, spent most of the day Monday in a hotel suite in Wilmington preparing for Thursday night’s debate.
As practice sessions unfolded behind closed doors, top aides tried, not terribly convincingly, to suggest that Mr. Biden – a two-time presidential candidate, 35-year veteran of the Senate and chairman of its foreign affairs committee – is the debate underdog to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

NYT: Concerns About Palin’s Readiness as a Big Test Nears
A month after Gov. Sarah Palin joined Senator John McCain’s ticket to a burst of excitement and anticipation among Republicans, she heads into a critical debate facing challenges from conservatives about her credentials, signs that her popularity is slipping and evidence that Republicans are worried about how much help she will be for Mr. McCain in November.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
September 30th, 2008
05:12 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday, Sept. 30th, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain campaigns in Des Moines, Iowa

* Gov. Sarah Palin is in Sedona, Arizona with no public events scheduled

* Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Reno, Nevada

* Sen. Joe Biden is in Wilmington, Delaware with no public events scheduled


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