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. Scott

    Let's keep in mind that both of these individuals are still Senators! Perhaps Obama hasn't been on the job long enough to realize that he needs to go and do the job that the taxpayers of Illinois are paying him to do. I applaud McCain's decision as it was the right thing to do. The debate will go on...but McCain proved that he will have the right priorities as the leader and President of the United States of America!

    September 24, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Valerius

    Obama has no idea what it means to get back to work because he never started in the first place.

    Obama's bounce from this issue will only last until the word gets out that it was the Dems who refused to take action on Fannie and Freddie 5 years ago.

    September 24, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Olivia the scruff of the neck.

    September 24, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Neal

    Well, he seems to be trying to use his bullying fear techniques, which will probably cause the markets to shudder in fear.
    But what will happen in the White House I wonder...

    September 24, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. djb

    To Gayle
    Obama is not an actor...he is the "real thing". He knows a political trap when he sees it. He has more judgment and insight that McCain, who, again is "shooting from the hip", does. And you are sending money to him?

    September 24, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Dee

    Give me a break!!!! If anyone knows about the process, McCain doesn't have to be there plus if he were present there's still enough time for the debates.

    So for McCain supporters, please spare me the "HE LOOKS PRESIDENTIAL" comments. You are showing your ignorance!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. frank Honolulu HI

    Didn't Bush send billions of dollars to Iraq? The oil price went up so that didn't help the energy problem. Why did the money go there? Are the republicans emptying the coffers before they leave?

    Did anyone think that the republicans don't want to win the election because they know the state of the economy.

    Palin has nothing to lose and they don't care about old McCain.

    Do you see any republicans around them?

    September 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Get Real

    This is an ambush. McCain adn Bush have no ideas... they want to steal Obama's ideas so they can call them their own.

    We see right through the Republican smear tactics.

    September 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. KC

    I still think this is total bs. I am a repub. but I think this is un-called for. At first I thought it was just the McCain camp but now I see it's the whole GOP camp once again sticking it to the American people. The debate should go on, what about all the time and money the people of Mississippi have been puting in for this. Oh well just cut your lossed little people we have to bail out the big money people. What a shame. The world is watching and laughing.

    September 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Brigit

    Boy, Obama must be doing really well if Bush & McSame are both working to derail the debates & distract Obama from his campaign. I'm sure McSame doesn't want to debate with Obama & look even worse than he does already.

    Go Obama!!!!!
    You & Michele are going to make a beautiful first couple!!

    September 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. biggy

    boy J. King reaching...summons really? is this is journalism?

    September 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. Linda from AZ

    Gee even GW can get a photo op with Obama while "dealing with the crisis".

    Seems like everyone in DC is AGAIN taking their lead from Obama sound just like his points this past weekend when he said No Blank Check, main street and so on.

    If McCain doesn't show for the debate just run clips from his past statements on the question. Of course he may end up debating himself having answer differently depending the day.

    September 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Charlie

    Can't you people put your petty partisan criticisms on hold even for a few days. If you can't understand the severity of this crisis then just shut up and let your elected leaders deal with this. And like it or not Obama and McCain are elected leaders. They are both senators and should be part of this solution. You can't blame this on one person or one party. Quit being part of the problem!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |


    September 24, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. lsw

    Debates must go on as scheduled.

    September 24, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Tim

    I've heard that Obama will be walking three paces behind McCain when he enters the whitehouse.

    September 24, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. 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 ?

    Very Simple McCain Do Both , Or Will You Be Too Tired!

    September 24, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Kyle

    Personally, I think its great that both candidates will get to see this from the executive seat. Good way to tell who truly shines in this crisis.

    September 24, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. No Country For Old Men

    McCain called Bush and told him that he is scared to Debate
    Obama. Please help me out Bush because Obama didn't go for the oke-doke and suspended his campaign on Friday.

    Obama be wise because the last people to listen to a Bush got lost in the desert for forty years.

    Obama & Biden ‘08
    Hillary & Warner ‘16
    McCain 88, Hitting & Holding ‘24

    September 24, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. jamericans for Obama

    Excellent . So now Obama And Mcsame will be in washington, Mcsame has no reason to not attend the debate. They both have airplanes

    September 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. Tempered

    If I were Obama, I would not consume any offered refreshments at this particular White House get-together.

    September 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Jennifer S


    If you 10 points down, you don't suspend your campaign. THAT is political suicide.

    September 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. Mikey

    Gayle September 24th, 2008 10:24 pm ET
    McCain showed true leadership today.
    McCain is totally lost on this and it shows. However, he is more than happy to use this crisis to get a "time-out" when he is dropping like a rock in the polls, to postpone or get out of debating Obama, and to eliminate the VP debate if possible.

    This is a guy who has missed the vast majority of the votes in the Senate over the past 2 1/2 years and now he thinks he is indispensable on a subject he knows almost anything about – the economy?

    September 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    Just another ATTEMPT to distract the momentum that Barack has going. McClown will you please CUT IT OUT.


    We know your DESPERATE & will SAY OR DO ANYTHING at this point.

    Repeat after me..... President Barack Obama. Get use to it!

    Barack Your Vote!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. Tim

    Yes, if the debates are put off until next week, Obama's head may explode trying to hold in all that memorized foreign policy stuff he's so good at.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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