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. tnamazement

    I sit in amazement as people question the current roles of SENATOR Obama and SENATOR McCain......the eye should be on what is going on right now. And truly most of the comments stating to continue to campaign, their intention to vote for Obama is stated. If my single vote counts, the people I elect in office should represent at least the strength of one vote in the senate. in my experience to solve problems with many great minds in one room, is usually one person who presents the idea, leads other to follow it. If one of these two are going to take the W.H. in the near future.... I would rather see them in action now if I can...

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Ron Peoria, Il

    This whole thing stinks like the Charles Keating deal. The Keating 5.

    That was not a basketball team. Seems like the Old White Haired guy look familiar. He knows what the hot seat feels like.

    "Let's talk "Ethics" John McCain. The Great Reformer

    Thou shalt not steal......Thou shalt not lie........Thou shalt not bear false witness.................

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Larry

    President Bush's invitation to senators McCain and Obama is nothing but a grand scheme to bailout the McCain-Palin stalling campaign. Was it not McCain that told us the economy was fundamentally strong? What has happened in the last week to make McCain change his naive view: crash in political fortune as Americans are smarter than McCain would like to believe, and have concluded he is totally out of touch.

    13cars, 8houses, and LIES LIES and LIES from Sen McCain

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Adam

    This just seems like a ploy to me. If this was such a big crisis to John McCain he would have suspended his campaign last week or at least over the weekend. They were working on a deal then also. Realistically speaking, John McCain will bring nothing to the debate as he is not on any committee that would enable him to work policy.

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Archie H.

    Keep your mouth shut and pay attention Obama ; you may learn something ! This worthless job may be yours in a couple of months and we aren't forgetting what you and your liberal friends did to Bush and America. It ain't going to be easy for you!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Bob D

    I'm very much against the bailout. Maybe it's time the US economy get a shock back to reality. Something needs to remind us to buy only houses that we can afford. Buy sensible cars because we need transportation; not just because the Jones' have a new one. That credit cards are for emergencies, not a new plasma TV. Earmark the $700 billion for citizens to paydown high interest debt with low interest loans that will stay in place as long as no further debt is incurred. Or use it to secure retirement accounts that will lose value due to the major market adjustment that will occur.

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. chetking

    Captain McCain will have to bring Sarah America too!

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. J.D.

    It's simply outrageous to see President Bush participating in McCain's political gimmick at a time of great crisis.

    September 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. sm

    And by the way, Campbell Brown is very annoying, always talks over her guests, condescending, and cynical. I much prefer Larry King. And better yet, give Christiane Amanpour an anchor position already, for crying out loud!!

    September 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Bob

    Do any of you here have a life ?
    Your comments should be pertaining to the topic at hand.
    Instead you choose to make sensless remarks... why ?

    September 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. WV

    I hope Obama is not bitter abt being invited.

    September 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Nick, Houston

    IT'S BUSH'S FAULT!!!!!!

    If he had been proactive rather than reactive and stupid, we might have prevented this as early as 2001!!!

    McCain and the Republicans are just delaying the debates because Sarah Palin is not ready and has no idea what she's up against.

    McCain and Obama are not needed there to do any particular thing–the only thing they can do is vote yea or nay.



    September 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    WOW this is another way of trying to steal the election.....John McCain is running scared and he knows there is not a chance in hell of him winning! I hope all you JM supports will see the light. But when you have blinders on it hard to see thing clear.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. texas democrat

    I want to see the debate take place and I still think they can do both.

    September 24, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. Monique

    McCain looks very sick. God forbids anything happend to him and
    were left with Palin, shes the worst VP pick I've ever seen.

    Please God let Obama/Biden win....

    September 24, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Pitbull without lipstick

    by the way, I live in PA and McCain did not suspend his campaign I just saw his ad 30min ago. CNN better make sure the campaign is really suspended and it's not another lie from the McCain camp.

    When are we gonna talk about McCain's link to Fannie Mae??

    September 24, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Olivia

    Bush used his presidential authority to bring Obama to the table.
    Too bad it had to be this way........

    September 24, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Greg, VA

    Hmmm, what are your intentions Mr. Bush? Why is it so important to meet with Presedential candidates during this economic crisis. Shouldn't you be working with all of the senate to come up with a plan to fix the mess you made? Sounds similar to your reason for going to Iraq to get all of those WMDs. I would stay very alert Obama if I was you.

    September 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. Chuck from Northern Cal

    How Bush's move just screwed John McCain!!

    McCain tried to pull the rug out from under Obama as a scam because he has no traction on economic issues ... by 'halting' his campaigning and then challenging Obama to do the same.

    he put Obama into a corner right? Yes ... but Bush just bailed Obama out!!

    Obama wasn't going to go to Washington and look as though McCain was driving the issue and looking like the non-political one... but when the President calls them both to help Obama can easily respond ...

    tough break John! looks like the gambit won't work!! And the American people, who aren't blinded by the Bush bs of the last eight years, aren't accepting your ploy.

    show up like a man and debate ... and stop running from the bankrupt and bankrupting philosophy of full free market deregulation.

    September 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  20. btodd

    Go Barak, and show them how it's done!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  21. The Media is the Enemy


    September 24, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  22. Wisest one of All

    Why invite hussein nobama? All he can offer is "yes, we can". Proven fact!

    September 24, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. Adam

    Any meetings on this subject should NOT include Lame-Duck W. His 'leadership' is 9/10ths of the problem. Actually, can't fault him entirely. The Repugnicans have been trying these policies since well before he (even his father) was born. Funny how it always works out the same disastrous way.
    McCain's departure from the debate is certainly a fine example of Campaign First. Hey, at least Sarah Palin is safe from 'witchcraft'!

    September 24, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. Corey W

    Something in the milk is not right. Because this idiot Bush invited them both to the White House. Stay tunned!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. lou

    Dont get left in the room alone with these guys Barack. Even though You could probably take them both on ...

    September 24, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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