September 24th, 2008
09:15 PM ET
15 years ago

CNN confirms: McCain, Obama to meet with Bush about bailout


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Pres. Bush has summoned Sens. McCain and Obama and congressional leadership to the White House to discuss his plan to bailout the nation's fianancial markets."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has asked both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama to join him for a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss the economic bailout plan, a White House officials said.

"The President called Sen. Obama tonight around 7:30 pm," said Dana Perino, White House press secretary. "The president has invited the bicameral and bipartisan leadership, and the two senators running for president, to the White House tomorrow to work on driving to a bipartisan and timely solution."

Obama's campaign said in a statement that he has accepted the invitation.

"A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do," the statement said.

"He has said that he will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution."

A McCain adviser said McCain also plans to attend.

- CNN's Elaine Quijano and Dana Bash contributed to this report.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Extra • John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (951 Responses)
  1. No Country for Old Men and young women

    Obama better beware of how close he gets to Bush during the meeting. Seems Bush;s mishaps are transmuting to whoever comes close to him these days. Also be careful for any negative photo-up which maybe used by republicans in the remaining days.

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Bob Stephens

    So Bush and McSame are going to explain to Obama how they totally screwed up the economy. That should be interesting.

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. NO to bailout of Criminals!!!




    1) restructuring troubled mortgages sold by predatory lenders and

    2) create jobs for the unemployeed!!!

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. T

    I think Obama is walking into a trap that the McCain campaign will take credit for. I am surprised he is going. He really need to think about what he is doing.

    Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Army LT

    Obama should take security and a food taster.

    September 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Erika, KS

    Part of the reason we're in this mess is because Bush has bankrupted this country. And the democrats cave into him and have done so for eight long years. Now the dems want us to think they can save the day? When they are part of the problem? And that rookie Obama can lead us out of this? This is no time for on the job training. I don't want an intern doing surgery on me. And I don't want a junior senator as President of this country. I'm voting for experience, Mr. Mcain has it, Obama, "present" voter does not.

    September 24, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Random Dude

    Best Solution > Take whatever Dubya has said and do the exact opposite.
    We will flourish for sure

    September 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. tahu

    As much as I dislike this president, this is what he should do. McCain should not play political games say he is not political. He and Obama should work with the leadership in DC now.

    September 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. JoAnne Claire

    This invitation by President Bush to Sen. Obama (& Sen. McCain) strikes me as another "grandstanding event," not unlike what Sen.McCain did earlier by abruptly making a decision to go to Washington (without invitation). This action by President Bush only serves to foster Sen. McCain's attempt to appear as the most so-called patriotic of the two. In this situation, Senator Obama is in a lose, lose position. I trust that Americans can see through the political maize of this Republican ploy and, further, that it is and should be Obama, without doubt, as our next President. Looking at the polls today dictated Sen. McCain's actions and that he needed to call in "his markers."

    September 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. D from MI


    September 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. KC

    I still think this is total bs. I am a repub. but I think this is un-called for.

    September 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. sherri

    what a joke bush is and Mcsame I hope america realizes the stunt mcsame just pulled and for palin not talking to anyone and not even having a vp debat T am so sick of this from mcsame i have no words to describe how terrible this is and want mcsame has done

    September 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    He used fear and deception to stampede us into attacking Iraq, which made his cronies wildly wealthy, now he again is using fear to stampede us off a cliff while the rich criminals who caused the debacle will be left holding OUR money PLUS their huge golden parachutes. The GOP is the party of, by and for the hell with the other 99% of Americans. And to think this joke of a president will get a library and aircraft carrier named after him plus a life time pension and benefits.....all paid for by US, the people he so dearly screwed the last 8 years. And McCain is eager to grab the baton....

    September 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. cecil

    John McCain Overacted. There Was No Reason For Stopping There Campaign or The Debate. I Feel He Used Bad Judgement In This Matter!

    They Should Be Able To Continue Campaigning, Running TV Ads.

    They Do Have A Staff, VPs, Surrogates, and Advisors. So What's The Problem McCain.

    His Temperment ?

    September 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Doug

    Busg is now doing McCain's bidding, by calling Obama away from debate preparation. Presidential politics at its lowest. The idea that the candidates are needed for resolution is absurd. Remember, McCain admits that he doesn't know much about economics, yet he is going to foster a resolution? Absurd. This "meeting" is nothing more that Republican political tactics in support of McCain's campaign stunt.

    September 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Dell

    I honestly think McCain and Bush should just go away. We will probably be better off without them.

    September 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Derrick Minott

    I watch the president's speech and everyone is talking about the people who caused the problem should not benefit from the tax payers money to bail out wallstreet but should'nt the president be included since the whole thing happened on his watch. And his failure to properly institute the proper regulations. So why should he get his salary that the tax payers pay him.

    September 24, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Boston

    Good...This should put to bed the DEBATE issues. I look forward to friday and both candidates on where they stand.

    September 24, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. John

    I am glad to see this. Regardless of their background, I am glad to see that the soon to be former president and the candidates can see past the political prospects and focus on what is best for the nation.

    September 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Silence Dogood

    Why is Obama going to meet with him? I mean he officially has no opinion on the bail-out. I guess that is above his pay grade.

    September 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. John

    Obama, don't drink the Koolaid!

    September 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. dennis from chicago

    SO THE REAL DEBATE STARTS TOMORROW IN THE WHITE HOUSE JUST WHERE JOHN MC CAIN WAS ALREADY real insight good judgment..... WORD TO O BAMA bring your REAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH YOU or don't come at all / check it out cOMING THIS OCTOBER near a theater in your town... country first and last/////that's how it's done in AMERICA.....,

    September 24, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. johnm

    That's fairplay since one of these two will be saddled with this deal after Jan. 1, 2009. I hope this is more than just political posturing.

    September 24, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Franky

    Well guys, I have my message sent. I don't need help but some of the people here in the states don't need help, they need someone they can trust...

    September 24, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. strange coverage

    I find it quite surprising that every details of what Obama said, when he reveived call, what did he say are covered in this article. And just one last line of the article talks of what McCain said.

    Does this not show who is being favoured ?

    September 24, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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