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. catmom

    Republicans, exactly what is it that you all want Obama to do? After all he is not President. Why aren't you all jumping all over President Bush. He is the decider, he is the one in control. Not to long ago you all were whining that Obama was trying to act like he was the President and he was being arrogant, now you all want him to do what?

    September 24, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Mark

    Some want to talk. Some want to lead.

    If you have been following the news(which is not always 100% accurate, I grant you), the consensus is that a 'bail out' has little chance without McCain's support.

    Sometimes, tough times require tough decisions, and timely decisions.

    And, if this is a ploy by McCain, then he played Obama.

    September 24, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. hillary widebottom

    Poor Ol Bama got owned. He needs to out fund raising and instead he has to actually debate about what to do.....What would be really rich is if he has to show up to vote.

    September 24, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Doug

    I can see why Bush wants McCain to meet him – he needs an expert; someone like a member of the "Keating 5" who's an expert in banking scandals to give him advice. I don't know why they'd want Obama along – maybe to prevent him from revealing more truths about McEconomicIdiot in another speech in lieu of the debate?

    September 24, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. come on....

    It seems McCain is taking a risk and hoping that it pays off. It seems he did that when he announced Palin. All for what regaining momentum? If this is a risky move I have to ask why all these people want this man? Why does he need to act now and not yesterday or Monday? Did the meetings in Congress get worse and they were in need of him? And why postpone the debates? Isn't the debate an economy of its own? Isn't there a lot of money involved with these debates? I also find it interesting that the new proposed date for the debate would be on the evening of Biden/Palin. How much more coaching will this woman need? If they put their debate off for a week is she going to be more ready? What will be next, postpone the elections?

    I recently heard O'Reilly call Obama cautious..... and after 8 years of so much irresponsible reaction, I'm ready for a bit of caution. I think it took alot of courage on Obama's part to not roll out his plan for the crisis. I think it took a lot of grace to give the current President the opportunity to do his job and figure something out for this mess. I think he's right in believing that a President should be able to mutlitask. In the end I'm tired of the irresponsible ways of politics and yearn for some levels of decency. Obama may not be that person for others as McCain is not for me, but his move today to me epitomizes the greed that has affected this country for too long. It seems his greed to win the elections outweighs his desires to really make a difference in people's lives.

    September 24, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. debbie

    I think this is a good idea, and I'm glad that they accepted to discuss this crucial matter.

    September 24, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Tom

    It's amazing how people's minds are determined by the media which actually makes more money from you by creating more controversy. The media can alway turn the best into the worst and vice versa. The good news or bad is what Bush and Obama have in comon is neither one is God.

    September 24, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Jayson

    On a lighter note...

    I made some cute shirts for my little girls (the youngest being 2), with some do-it-yourself iron-on printer paper, and they read:

    Already smarter than Bush!

    No, seriously! I get lots of people asking if they can take a picture 🙂

    September 24, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Remy

    Both sen. Obama and Mccain cannot bail out anything alone. Bush must be responsible and he must negotiate with the Congress to do anything.

    McCain made a BIG ACTING and showed that he is a PATRIOTIC person but he is sinking in polls. McCain use this chance to bail out himself.

    Obama is right to do the debate on friday!

    September 24, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |

    In time of crises, no second guess, you have to act. Bad or smart move, you have to act. How can you buy something if the credit is frogen? Better go to Whashigton to get something done, the futur of the country is one the line. When America is not well, the world is sick. I think that McCain gets that.

    September 24, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. judy in PA

    Sadly McCain once again threw a tantrum and got his close buddy Bush to get Barack to go to DC , wonder if it will also be requested to cancel the debate at the urging of the Republican President on behalf of Republican Presidential Nominee McCain. How can this not be seen as a political move, a photo opt.
    The failure didn't happen overnight and can't be fixed overnight, or it will happen over and over again.
    As I see it a President should e Bi-partisn anyway. The party rep, the VP, is the voice in congress.
    Deregulation through the years has helped this crisis develop and the Maverick was there behind it, as he stated many times he is a deregulator. And remember the fundamentals of the economy are good.

    September 24, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. come on....

    Sorry in the end I believe that McCain is the one that is greedy.

    September 24, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. C

    Are you telling me John McCain cannot multitask... are you kidding me! For the avarage American worker multitasking is on the job description! This man is wasting our time!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  14. Ratgurl

    Bush called Obama to ask him what should be done. He only invited McCain 'cuz he knew old Johnny boy would whine if he was left out!

    September 24, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. Jen

    ABC poll is BS. Look at every respectful poll and Sen. McCain and Obama are very close. It is not about poll, it is about our future. I was a democrat for a long time and just now begging to realize how hateful democrats are and how hungry they are for the power. They are not worrying about our country, they worried about who takes the credit. Now I understood Sen. Liberman endorsement.

    September 24, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. Joe Smuckatelly

    Hussein Obama only talks he is no man of action. He deflects all his rehtortic against his opponent but never says what he has done or exactly what he will do. Show me any plan Hussien Obama has personally come up with, show me an unedited speech he personnally wrote. Did he ever really practic law, how come no one has brought up his lawyer skills or what he did as alawyer? Thing that make you go hmmmm

    September 24, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  17. Frank

    Y'know, a lot of times if you're "reaching across" and working with someone, you'll make sure that you actually agree on what you're going to do before you do it. You don't hang up the phone saying one thing and then run off an pull a desperate, attention-grabbing stunt instead. Is this how McCain is going to deal with Gordon Brown or Hamid Karzai? Sad thing is, it probably is.

    September 24, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. outtouch

    to gayle. how you aware that Obama was the first candidate that contact mccaine to have a meeting. face it you have no intension to vote for senator obana therefore you are using this as a execuse. the world are sufferenig beacuse of Bush ,chenney and yes mcain has his part of it. vote your concious.

    September 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Rich in Maine

    RSVP to Bush's White House invite:

    I told the President, thanks, but no thanks to that invitation to the White House.

    PS. If I change my mind and do decide to come, there can be no reporters, no audio and no transcripts. On third thought, I can see the White House from my front porch and if you talk loud enough, I can also hear you. Thanks, but no thanks. I will wait until January 20, 2009 and help you bridge that highway back to CRAWFORD!

    September 24, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. bern

    George Bush should just go ahead and give Barack the keys to the White House tomorrow. It would save us all a lot of money.

    McCain should just go home....any of them...or take a long ride in his car......any of them.......or just STFU.

    September 24, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Steve from Vegas

    26 comments and only 1 that doesn't speak ill of McCain or Bush... this is either strategic moderating or the polls are really off and the race isn't that close...

    I am going to guess this doesn't get posted as it reveals CNN to be truly in the tank for Obama. I bet everyone else would be cheering Obama on as a visionary if he was the one that demanded this meeting...

    September 24, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  22. Asheville Mama

    hello CNN and the US government there are other mahjor crisises in this country too besides you multi-millionare buddies loosing some dough........people are pullin guns on each other over gas in the southeast .......and wait we were sop upset that no one helped the victums of Katrina and yet it seems that we have all forgotten IKE.....maybe we should bail out the mortages of all the people in Texas and Louisiana that have mortages to pay but no home left standing to show for it and no job left standing to pay the mortage....those are the people we should be bailing out right now....not individuals who have put more than 90million in profit into their personal accounts over the last ten years....give me a break....I hope America can muster up some ancient memory of how the barter system works cause thats gonna be the reality so folks for sure

    September 24, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. Richard

    At this time, McCain is the leader of the Republican Party and deceided to go to Washington to lead his party in a bipartisan effort to get a deal done. A real leader sees a problem and meets it head on. He doesn't hang out in Florida, Texas or Hawaii, while others make the tough decisions on what will effect my, my children and children's children future. I hate to say it, but Bush, by inviting Obama and McCain to Washington is finally acting like a real leader. The top Democrats in Congress don't want Obama around, because they are the REAL power of the Democratic Party and Obama is just a figure head for the liberal left and not a leader. His lack a leadership shows now more than ever.

    September 24, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. Ratgurl

    Ms Gayle (see comments above) appears to be a paid troll. Either that or she is sadly one of the undereducated victims of this country that is a product of "no child left behind."

    September 24, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. Out of Hope

    Gayle – If you're that naive to fall for McLame's little political game, no wonder you're one of his supporters!

    Whe can we start shipping these morons elsewhere?

    September 24, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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