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. Robin Echols

    Do the lies ever stop in that campaign? They changed the rules for Palin's debate and McCain is trying to get out of his. He was in Cleveland all day yesterday read his statement about the debates in the Plain Dealer. He is scared, the debates matter and he is dropping like a rock in the polls. The election won't be postponed nor should these debates.

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Grandma for O

    Great job McCain working across the aisle. Tell Obama that you'll issue a joint statement and then do something else.

    McCain – You're a LIAR!

    September 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Will from NYC


    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Nik

    And to think that folks have the audacity to think that McCain is placing his country first. Obama proposed a joint statement; and for political expediency, McCain tried to seize on the moment (because he can't face America right now given that he's made a mockery of himself these past few weeks) by trying to appear as a "leader".

    McCain is a phony!

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Samuel

    Sen. McCain firt meeting was schedules at 9.00 am. He arrived at the meeting at 8.55. Obama made the call at 8.30 am. Go figure. Smelling something from the campaign?

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Kim, New York

    What, should we also delay the election? McCain's campaign is a HOT MESS and he and Sarah are DRAMA QUEENS. I can't (and don't want to)imagine all of the drama the country would have to endure if he were president. Please spare us the theatrics and get on with the business of campaigning. This is just the time that we need to hear how each candidate will handle the economy starting in January 2009!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Jan

    John McCain is leadership.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    Quit trying to rush a plan through without the consent of the American people!! You've seen this coming for years so quit trying to fix it in a week. Stop and think it through.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. cecil

    Who Called Who First, Who Said What First, We Said This, They Said That!

    Don't Be Fool America, Sen. McCain Delay Is Political!

    It Nothing To Do With Puting Country First.
    It's About McCain And The Polls

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Andrea E- Atlanta

    Does John McCain think the American people are as stupid as he is? We can see all through this lie. He is not prepared to go head to head with Senator Obama, he is falling in the National polls as well as the state polls (he is ahead by only 1 point in Virginia which is traditionally a red state) and he is running scared. Save us all the fake-talk McSane. We all know what a big liar you are. I guess you will do anything to win an election too, huh?

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Cindy from NC

    Are you serious.... a time table of who called who... Give me a break...

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. joe

    This is very childish. Once again, the McCain campaign has publicly exibited that they are bunch of liars and crooks. It is very clear that the campaign is ill equipped and cannot match the well organized Obama campaign. We are tired of this panic driven ,clueless , thoughtless and completely disorganised McCain camp. You CANNOT separate McCain from Bush. He is part and parcel of the Bush failed policies.Enough of this mess and stop playing on peoples intelligence. Never again. GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08&12

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Rich

    Now why would McCain lie about something like this. It just isn't in his nature to lie.... oh wait, hold on, I'm being told it is. Oh, looks like he does this a lot.

    McCain is a road to nowhere.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Tom in Delaware

    Somebody's playing politics.

    BTW-The debate is on Foreign Policy, so it's not likely that McCain would avoid this because he's afraid.

    Who called who, and who's desparate to get credit for initiating this process?

    Hope we'll know soon, although the Children of the Corn will jump to conclusions rather than wait to find out the truth.

    More Drama.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. SS

    I SMELL FEAR, McCain!!! Could you yourself please tell the American people why this is a time of crisis? HMMMM What's that you say? Oh you need more time to prepare and stall....LOL!
    Much respect to your camp though for playing the WEAK CARD!
    You won't get any sympathy here...I believe most Americans would agree.

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. therealist

    Why is Obama and Harry Reid waiting to see what John McCain does? Can't these people even think on their own??

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. kathleen , san juan

    1. McSame was not ready to answer the phone at 8:30 am.

    2. He is not ready for the debate on Friday.

    3. Sarah Palin is not ready for a press conference.

    4 I'm beginning to feel that these people arent ready to lead.

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Mia and Mike

    What is McCain hoping to prove by releasing his accounts of the talks? They are mad about the fact that Obama initiated the call?

    Both sides agreed that Obama called and asked McCain to agree to putt out a joint statement, the McCain campaign agreed, both sides were working on issuing a joint statement AND the McCain Campaign released a statement saying that he would be suspending his campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Kel in Auburn, AL

    This is Political posturing by the GOP and they know it. McCain is going to "suspend his campaign" so that when this week is over he can have something to say at the Economy debate and something to put on commercials.

    He'll say "When this country was in crisis, I suspended my campaign to help decide the fate of our economy. Senator Obama preferred partisanship to progress." McCain could care less about the economy. 11 homes. 13 cars? $100 million household net worth? Please. Out of touch!

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Damon

    Here we go with the silly season in politics.....just take care of the crisis and get back in time for the debate!! I don't care about whom phoned whom first......but I have a sneaky suspicion McCain used the time from when Obama first called him and suggested the joint venture, to weigh how good it would look for him to "suspend" his campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Anderson Dallas Texas Obama 08

    What no debate ?

    September 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. indy chris

    how could obama have left a message? mccain doesn't know how to turn on his answering machine.

    September 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Sophia, 23, FL



    September 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. ED

    Oh geesh, just like the McCain camp, trying to pull another fast one on who did what first! I CAN'T STAND THESE JERKS ANYMORE!

    September 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Donna

    YAWN...what other reason would Obama have to call McCain at 8 in the morning? Didn't Obama call McCain to discuss the joint appearance on 9/11? Didn't Obama call McCain to congratulate him on his convention speech?

    Sounds like Obama ALWAYS is the one extending his hand out to the grump old's hilarious that the Repubs don't want to give him credit for this one!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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