September 24th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp issues its own account of talks with Obama

(CNN) - Less than an hour after Barack Obama's team told reporters that John McCain's Wednesday announcement that he would be suspending his campaign came after the Democratic nominee suggested a joint statement from both candidates on the financial crisis, the McCain camp issued its own account of talks between the two men.

"Senator Obama phoned Senator McCain at 8:30 am this morning but did not reach him," the campaign said in a memo sent to reporters. "The topic of Senator Obama’s call to Senator McCain was never discussed.

"Senator McCain was meeting with economic advisers and talking to leaders in Congress throughout the day prior to calling Senator Obama. At 2:30 pm, Senator McCain phoned Senator Obama and expressed deep concern that the plan on the table would not pass as it currently stands. He asked Senator Obama to join him in returning to Washington to lead a bipartisan effort to solve this problem."

Minutes after McCain's Wednesday statement, Obama's campaign said that the Democratic nominee had called McCain earlier that morning to ask him if he would be willing to issue a joint statement on the economy and "urg[e] Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal." They also said that McCain returned the call at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement, and that the two campaigns are currently "working together on the details." McCain's announcement came shortly before 3 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Alaskaduck

    This is good, however Obama will take the opportunity to try to upstage McCain.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. SBAMA

    So Obama called at 8:30. At 2:30 the McSame campaign came up with their political strategy and called Obama. At 3:00 McSame said he had a great idea that he came up with all by himself and Obama should follow his lead....

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. dave

    seriously, who gives a crap about who's idea it was....just get it done

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. haha

    Mccains own camp issued this statement? It makes him sound slimmy and backstabbing? Why would they release this account? I wonder how much worse it really is.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Lisa T

    Obama made the call first – period! Quit playing us for idiots Mr. McCain! Debating will not make or break this financial bail-out crisis. We've been in economic crisis mode for some time...long before you recognized it was a problem.
    I've succeded in keeping my comments relative to the facts and above-board, but your camp is making it difficult to keep the high road.

    Working hard to turn Florida blue!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. WoodLawn Review

    “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should"....yes, the man who said that is marching to washington to save the day. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Alaska to sell you....

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Mike G


    I don't care who said what, when, to who.
    What is going to be DONE? By WHO?

    I am trusting McCain's spin doctor's less and less. The both seem to be moving in the same direction... Why does McCain have to make everything nasty?

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Micheal shoemac

    McCain camp is A Joke


    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Bruce

    he said she said...this is so stupid.....

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Jeff

    With the McCain camps sleezeball tactics, why would anyone think that their story is correct. Again, Carl Rove tactics by McCain to help out in the polls...

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. angie - F young democrat dallas -28

    come on McCain, your not that smart to think of this on your own...
    your thugs pounced on this as a chance to steal the spot light that is dimming from your side. the AMERICAN people are not dumb and will not believe someone who can't remember how many houses or cars he owns could think this up on his one accord

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. King

    Cone of Silence?

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Robert in Hartford, CT

    Funny how this changed from what they said earlier. McCain, quit playing politics with a crisis. This is shameful.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Elle

    Wow. Mindless bickering on who said what first. Give it a rest! I want a debate, not a fight between two teenage girls over who kissed who's boyfriend. Sheesh.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    That McCain is even having this discussion proves it's a political ploy. Why did he wait until he was so far down in the polls to suspend his campaign? Only last week he said that the fundamentals of our economy are strong.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Florida-livin

    Not falling for the Banana in the tail pipe. I call you, you don't answer and then go and make a staement and then call me back. BS. This is McSame playing the populos and thinking he is leading Obama. Obana is A real leader. No not falling for it. The Debate was set months, Maybe a year ago. Talk about the issues instead of dodging and trying to stem down the rolling tide of votes swinging to Obama. McSame you and the Repubs know that you are responsible for this crisis with your Deregulation and Raid on the Candy Store antics. Grow up and own up.

    September 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. MikeH

    Soooo.... McCain is trying to find a way to stop his campaign's hemorraging.

    Rick Davis, his campaign manager, apparently a secret lobbyist for Fannie May, McCain's statement (Lie) that Davis had no connection to Fannie May, McCain's statement that the economy is fundamentally strong, McCain's staff refusing to allow reporters to ask Sarah any kind of question, Buono's cancellation of a meeting with Sarah, and of course the 9-point advantage Obama has in the latest Washington Post / ABC News poll.

    Obama's good for the debate, on Foreign Policy, McCain's supposed strong point ("Bomb, bomb, bomb,... Bomb, bomb Iran... ). The Missippi Venue says theyr'e a go, It's just a short discussion anyway.

    C'mon Johnnie, go for it.

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. MD, TX

    This in a nutshell is the HUGE difference between McCain and Obama.

    McCain wants to go back and WORK on a bipartisan bill.

    Obama wants to URGE OTHERS TO WORK.

    Obama is still a small time community organizer.

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. NO McBush

    Nice, steal Obama's idea, then come out first to the press as the big "leader". We're sick of this – no more Bush/Rove stunts. Cut the B.S.

    Obama in '08!

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Warren

    I want a President that is capable of handling more then one issue at at time. If John McCain is telling me that he can only focus on the economy debates in Washington, and can't focus on the debates with Obama. Well then he is not fit for the job.

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. azu

    YES WE CAN!!!!



    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Huh? CNN, I type 50 wpm with no mistakes. I sound as deep and prolific as my comments, and I'm attractive. I would look great on TV Would you like to hire me? If you would like I would be a great moderator for the Ticker, I read all the comments

    September 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. cecil

    Sen. McCain camp issues its own account of talks with Obama;p

    Now Here We Go!

    Sen. McCain Real Reason, A Talking Point For His Campaign period.

    Who's On First, Who......................

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. PK

    Don't trust McCain! He will take the good of Obama's actions and turn it around for his gain. Obama camp don't trust McCain! He is sneaky & dirty.

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Dan - Orlando

    Before anyone says "McCain is putting country first". Please realize the country will still exist after this crisis (for better or worse). The debate is an opportunity for the candidates to speak to the American people about moving forward without the ridiculous spin of the attack ads.
    So, Obama contacted McCain first to say they should release a joint statement (politics aside), McCain agreed and then went back on his word and made this VERY POLITICAL move. McCain has not voted since April (Obama – July), if the issue comes down to a single deciding vote, sure go. But McCain is simply trying to capitalize politically on a very real issue. Don't be fooled.

    September 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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