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. Wake UP America

    They should both go and live up the their Senatorial duties to which they were elected before this presidential campaign began. This is important business that needs to bet taken care of. I admire McCain for at least taking some sort of position on this issue. O-blah-blah-blah still won't usual..."present"....

    September 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. jimmy

    Senator Mccain will be at the debate if they dont delay it. Are you kidding me? John Mccain has never backed off from a fight. !!!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |

    McBush and McTrick plan on tripping Obama up just "before" the

    Obama will be cool tempered, I am sure, but this sounds very tricky
    to me.

    Bush and McCain will come out of the meeting saying that, OBAMA
    just did not co-operate!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something, and anything, and
    everything negative that can deter Obama from going to Mississippi
    which will piss Miss. off real bad.............................................................
    Another Set Up. Since McCain "debate cancellation" did not work.

    Another try to sabatoge Obama. Creeps in the White House!!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Looks like the meeting is tomorrow – Obama accepted.
    Seems like the debates can now go forward.

    September 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. SoniaGA

    Of course BUSH invites them...MCSAME is a republican and he HAS to do what ever he can, to not make this look POLITICAL!


    September 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Mel in GA


    what a JOKE!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Alfred Munoz

    Okay there is about 3.5 million people in the US with an average house hold of 600,000 let say they give each house hold about 750 thousand to pay off bills, mortgages and stimulate the economy. Wouldn't that be the same as given Wall Street their 700B Band-Aid bail out?
    Any thoughts????

    September 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Pat

    This sounds like a mafia hit about to happen...invite the bosses and whammo.

    September 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Chris

    Can somebody please tell me HOW will this make legislation move faster? So far, nobody has been able to explain that to me.

    I am 22 years old and I'm an engineering student. Am I too young to understand how these things work? Is my background in math and science preventing me from seeing how this makes any sense? This is a SHAM, and I don't buy it.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Texan

    The reason we average citizens aren't jumping on the bailout band wagon is that we've been lied to so many times on so many issues by this administration, why should we believe them this time. It seems they are mostly concerned about what's in it for them. Well – what's in it for us? Half or more of our salaries going to taxes instead of accountability on Wall Street and the government. What government run agency stays within their budget? If this is what I want - then I should move to France.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Independent but Leaning

    This is SO beneath the messiah to meet with 2 republicans

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |

    Hmm, scheduled for 3:15 eastern time on Thursday. Will this give
    Obama time to get to the debate, since McCain don't want to go.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Leslie

    Obama wil be there. McCain will be taking a nap. The old man can only do so much!


    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Mr. Righteous

    3:15 Thursday gives the ole geezer plenty of time to make to the debate on Friday night. Or is it a case of cold feet?"

    "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once." –Julius Caesar II, William Shakespeare

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Never obama

    Harry Reid is a dog that should shut his lying,ugly face while obama plays this situation for all he can get out of it.
    And he is playing the situation.
    Of course Friday's debate should go on.........obama has memorized all his answers and doesn't want to forget them.
    There has never been anyone in the history of the United States that is as dirty as obama.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Leah,Texas

    Senator Obama – be careful and don't drink or eat anything they offer to you!

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Derrick H

    This is becoming a carnival at the expense of our (Americans) intelligence. I mean, really? REALLY? Right before the first Presidential debate the White House requests leaders to discuss this issue? Why not have this meeting request last Friday? How about this past Monday? What a carnival...this entire process, including the snark remarks from Bill making me sick.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Sourabh

    Great Idea. Both candidates yield a lot of power in Washington right now and this is what is needed to get a deal done.

    September 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. thinking voter

    This is so, so cheap.


    September 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Chad Butler

    I dont know about this...Bush still sneaky and McCain is getting desperate.

    A chance for them to say "Yes, John McCain had great ideas and Senator Obama didnt. Yes McCain is clearly the presidential choice here."

    Bush is out in less than 5 weeks...Too late for him to be calling meetings on behalf of the US Government.

    September 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. M

    Obama! John! Make sure you are both back in time for Friday's debate. The show must go on...

    September 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Meka




    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    September 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. M

    Duty calls in Mississippi!

    September 24, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. S. Rice

    This should work well, though. Meet, talk, hammer out, get on plane and fly to debate to discuss meeting and debate it in front of Americans. Perfect solution.

    Or as many have suggested, let's hold the VP debate on Friday!

    September 24, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Rooney

    Let's hope he tells them what they both need to hear...that political stunts, like 'suspending' the campaign aren't helpful. We needs these candidates to all the members of the congress and the administration to do this job with their full support. They should return to Washington if they are needed for a vote, but the country needs to hear from these candidates, including in a debate. Enough games, enough rhetoric, enough of these guys is going to be the President.

    It's amazing to me that George Bush of all people will have to school them on the meaning of the office.

    September 24, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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