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. Bette

    gee what do you know, he's actually going to leave his precious campaign trail for do something for the people, amazing, just amazing

    September 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Jay Politzer

    Who is Bush?

    September 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Deano

    'but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout.'

    We have heard about this section 8 or Provision 8 of this bailout. According to the news, this provision is asking the American people not to ask any questions about the bailout, not verbatim but you get the picture. And now, they(Republicans) want us to quickly sign this bailout(ummm Iraq War) and no questions allowed.

    Isn't the president supposed to handle this with his team of economic advisers? Well, its hard to do that when your team of economic advisers were behind the wheel for all 8 years.

    September 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Candice

    I have the feeling that this is more about politics than it is about the American people...

    September 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. California Gold

    McCain will show up as long as the same conditions for Palin are applied to him: no media, no photographs except for satellite images, no questions, no poses.

    September 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    The policies of unregulated greed have finally caught up with the Republican Party. Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

    Bush + McCain = Hoover

    September 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. KM

    I guess McCain won't be able to depate Friday night after all, he has to go to Washington to meet with Bush on Thursday and there is no way he can get back to Mississippi in time.

    (I'm finished playing devil's advocate now.)

    September 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. frank from minnesota

    To prevent an interruption in the Presidential debates, why not send Palin to the White House?

    September 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. tom becker

    But...but...but I thought Obama said he and McCain didn't need to go to D.C before the debate. And did not Harry Reid tell McCain not to come back to Washington? Would not Reid's request also apply to Obama?

    What happens if Obama and McCain need to stay in D.C and work until Friday, too late to get back to Mississippi for the debate? Does this mean Obama cancels the debate, something he criticized McCain for doing?

    Poor Berry. The guy's as dumb as a rock. Bush and McCain trapped Obama as easy as catching a brain-dead rabbit using a carrot under a cardboard box.

    September 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Walt

    I don't know. Did anyone see Godfather III? I hope Obama takes good security with him.

    September 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. cherie

    You can tell McCain is all for the people he was the first to forgo the campaigh trail like he said country first ... too bad Obahma didn't think that way in the beginning it would have said a lot for him

    September 24, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. Ben

    But the McCain campain won't allow any reporters to be present at the meeting. lol...

    September 24, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. John in Austin

    Tonight I heard President Bush describe the worst calamity to face the nation in my lifetime – a calamity brought on by his administration and over 8 years of Republican failure. Suddenly, Bush sounded conciliatory, wanting to reach out across this nation, across party lines. The truth is that Bush has done everything he can to divide this nation, and has brought us to this moment of decision. McCain has been there every step of the way with Bush, and now waffles on what to do.

    George Herbert Hoover Bush is asking for four more years of the same with John McCain. Barack Obama has had the right response to the crisis, with steady leadership and consideration, and has the right direction for this country. In this crisis I say to Bush-McCain, in spite of your failure, Yes We Can! We can stop Republican failure to run our country – Yes We Can elect the next President of the United States, Barack Obama!

    September 24, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Doug

    Bush's invitation to McCain and Obama and other congressional leaders to meet tomorrow is a continuation of McCain's politicization of this crisis. Obama should have declined. Congress needs more time to consider this extremely important issue and financial commitment.

    September 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. betsy

    Too little, too late, I think. I hope some good comes out of this; that a lot of compromise which will result in a plan that primarily benefits "main street".

    Still not sure what McCain hoped to gain by suspending his campaign and saying he's going to not go to the debate???

    September 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Mike

    He wants to sit Obama down and see what good ideas he has to fix this stuff because he knows he has the best economic adviser there is in his corner Bill Clinton.

    Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. JRT

    Anyone else think it's funny that both McCain and the president have both in some way tried to pull Obama away from campaigning the very same week he's starting to pull away from McCain in the polls? I know there's an economic crisis, but neither of them are president yet. Bush is, so he needs to deal with it.

    September 24, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Gary Chandler in Canada

    but george you didnt tell them it my idea wahhh

    September 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. juiceball

    They should meet in Washington then head to Mississippi for the debates; it's called multitasking – A PRESIDENT must be able to multitask! McShame's suggestiong is just "Plain Dumb!"

    September 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. vwcat

    unfortunately, even though bush is a lame duck and the worst president ever, you still have to go when the president calls.
    obama better have his radar up and tread carefully as Bush and McSame will be setting a trap.

    September 24, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Frankie

    I would not trust Bush or McCain. Obama be very careful, you can trust them about as far as you can throw them. Both McCain and Bush have no credibility. This is a political move. We have never cancelled a debate in times of crises and this one should not stop us either.

    September 24, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |

    More games....the current administration again PLAYING GAMES WITH AMERICANS' LIVES in conjunction with McSwitcheroo. Go Obama! As you heard from Bush's address, Obama's conditions are now part of the "rescue plan".

    RNC Copycats. Imitation is the best form of flattery. Another Obama strategy adopted by a bootleg RNC administration and campaign (diplomacy, economic rescue plan, military withdrawal out of Iraq, campaign stratgies, etc, etc, etc,).

    Stay strong Obama and Biden. You are already running the country.

    September 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Joe Green

    Obama – bring your taper measure. That way you can measure to see if your furniture will fit in the Oval Office.

    Might as well get that out of the way. And that way SOMETHING will be accomplished.....

    What a crock, this meeting. The Republicans are trying to hijack the election, PERIOD.

    September 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. PCL

    They gotcha Senator Obama. Dollars to doughnuts the prez will want you to stay in Washington on Friday.

    September 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. RB NJ

    Remember all you who VOTED for BUSH for two terms this what you get America on the brink of financial collapse. If the same fools that voted for Bush vote to elect his twin brother McShame...........then write your own fate.DUMB & DUMBER! Wake up people......................

    September 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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