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. Charlie

    peope face the facts:

    1. a few days ago their wasn't even a crisis for john mccain, because – you know – the fundamentals of our economy are strong.

    2. their is no need for john mccain in the congress, because he is not an economy expert. remember that he said himself that he doesn't know as much about the economy as he should.

    3. he is not even a member of the committee who works on the bailout!

    4. democrats and republicans are already working bipartisan.

    September 25, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. Jane

    Bush is trying to protect his own money b/c he has made so much with the high price of gas. He can not possibly keep all that money at home so it is tied up in the bank. This is a crisis and we got to move quick. You know McCain got to protect his millions. Anythhing that Bush says need to be aired at 3:00 a.m I hope everyone really think about what they are voting for in November. The people finally have a realistic opportunity to make a change for the better. Don't make up reasons not to make the right choice. Things happen for a reason.

    September 25, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Lynn EX -Democrat now for McCain

    We think it's a excellent idea to put this Nation frist, unlike Obama who wants the fame! Were so sick of Obama we could Puke!! Obama can speak right and certainly can't debate or come-up with any idea's! Were already voting for McCain at least Obama could be a team player and do the job he already has in Congress too.

    September 25, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Speider

    This is how it starts. An emergency situation needs absolute authority so the election is postponed while the president who has been dealing with the problem continues to handle it...for life.

    It is, as one poster put it, odd that Bush is calling Obama off the campaign at the height of his bounce and McCain refuses to debate "until the deal is made." That should be about November 15th or so. Both McCain and Palin cannot appear before America and debate for fear they will show how unprepared and undeserving they are to govern this nation.

    September 25, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Chris in CA

    I used to like McCain. Not anymore.

    September 25, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Rob indetroit

    Obama need's to attack MCsame right after the meeting with bush,get the ads up Quckly.

    September 25, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Uhhbambla will vote present. True leadership. Idiots like Uhbama, schumer,dodd and the fannie may and freddie mac advisors on ubambas staff are to blame for this mess.

    September 25, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. Felly

    Bush and McCain should clean up their mess and leave Obama out of it. Americans are getting what they voted for 8 yrs ago. And the fundamentals of our economy are sound, huh?

    September 25, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |

    Obama lovers: you love this problem .It's give Obama joy. But to as he is just bla bla bla and nothing else.

    September 25, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  10. Alistair

    To Gayle

    WOW Gayle, you must like the Kool-aid you like to drink. Sorry if I'm questioning your intelliegence.

    September 25, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  11. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    This is just like watching a basketball game. The other team gets on a roll, you start to get behind in the score and you start to lose the crowd. So, what do you do? Call a timeout.

    Sorry, but there are no time outs. Why can't these guys fly to washington tomorrow to speak with the president, stay and help on Friday, fly to Mississippi by 6pm, grab a nap and then debate? Why does this thing HAVE to get done by tomorrow? Is the economy going to crash on Saturday, Sunday, Monday?

    Is John McCain or Barack Obama on either of the committees that will be discussing this? Is this thing going to be so close that 2 votes will matter?

    I can answer all of this in a very simple manner. No! Let the people who have been on the hill for the past 8 months deal with this. Both of these guys have been gone from the hill for about 8 least. Why run back now?

    September 25, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. Adrienne

    As a 21-year-old, first-time voter (in a presidential campaign), I am shocked by how many older and supposedly wiser people think it a "delay tactic" for McCain to want to actually do the job he has right now. They are both elected senators, remember? McCain's desire to participate in a decision that could shape the future of our economy is a more admirable thing than either candiate has done all election season. McCain proves, once again, that he is truly a protector of the people, while Obama focuses on what he considers a win; get the presidency at the cost of the Illinois people who elected him to represent their voice.

    I worry about a country full of people who have forgotten what it means to put country before self. In my eyes, our Commander in Chief should place every one of our interests before his own.

    McCain/Palin '08, Palin/Giuliani '12

    September 25, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  13. Chicago for Obama

    Excellent point Jeffrey. People should not vote agains their own self interest. I cannot believe that McCain think his makes him look like a strong leader. It only makes him look like he can't handle two things at once. AND he doesn't take the advice of the people that ARE on the comittee taken care of it. How is he going to lead this supposed bi-bartisan office if he can't trust in them to do their job.

    September 25, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. Traci

    I can't believe that people are actually falling for this political trick. McCain obviously is nervous about his drop in the polls and knows that the debate is only going to sink him further. I think it's sick that he's trying to decieve the American people, who are MUCH smarter than this by pretending to be a leader – PUHLEEZE!

    September 25, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. TS from PA

    im saddened but such dirty politics. what a coward

    September 25, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. Miles

    Hello!!! Hurricane Ike Hits TEXAS and the campaigns moved forward!! If ever there was a time to stop campaigning... you missed it. If the McCain campaign isn't ready for the debate... WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THEY'RE READY TO LEAD IN FEW MONTHS!!!

    September 25, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  17. Kris

    debate, Obama debate, thats a joke. Don't let those polls fool you. They poll 900 people and out of those 900 over half were democrats.Polled in DC yet to boot. And you don't win on polls. I am a independent. Obama will never win this. it's like the media says in Michigan when people go to vote and they pull the curtain they won't vote Obama. I do remember few years back McCain warned them of this . I blame the congress, the dems really care, they go on vacation. In my area 3000 people were polled and McCain leads it by 11 percent does that mean that he is pulling away.? McCain and Obama get paid for being senators and they should be there. Ayers. Dohrn, Wright, Auchi and lets not forget Rezko, Obama's friend who gets sentenced at the end of October, will play a part.

    September 25, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  18. Jean 2

    The meeting with President Bush is Thursday. I am sure that their planes can get to Mississippi by Friday evening. Mississippi is in the USA McCain and his supporters!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  19. James Turner

    Does Senator McCain think American people have stupid stamped on their forehead? This is a political tactic to stall the debate because he is not ready. How can he say one week the economy is fundamental strong and a week the economy is such a crises that he has to rush back to Washington and can’t debate the issues with Senator Obama. He was on the finance committee for years and all of sudden he must rush to Washington to fix the problem, This reminds me of the old TV show, Lone Range and his side kick Tonto which rush into town to save the day but found that the town was already saved. I wonder if he really thinks American people can’t see through this scam that this is a political move because his rating is dropping and not in the best interest of the country.

    September 25, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. Rave

    McPain is acting like a chicken, as the debate is getting closer.
    He knows, his head is empty. Yeah, say Country First, POW, Chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell...etc..etc. All bigfake talk

    September 25, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  21. Bill

    I love how you fire-breathing partisans find a way to twist every story to your own views and spam the comment boards with nonsense.

    September 25, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. andrew

    LOL – Extremist much Jeffery?

    September 25, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. Mr.Sands

    This is what christian conservatives have given to America. They helped elect an inept fool to the White House and what do we get in return? Mistakes, no oversight, preemptive wars, corruption, price gouging, the rich getting richer, and world wide misery. Thank you christian conservatives for mixing church and state affairs. THE SAME THING OUR FORE FATHERS TOLD US NOT TO DO.

    September 25, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  24. Anonymous

    McCain doesn't want to debate because Obama will slam the economy over his head

    Obama/Biden '08

    Yes We Can!

    September 25, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. ngozi

    I agree, they want to steal Obama's ideas. Macain wants to make sure that his friends in wall street is bailout. Bush and Macain did not listen to anyone untill is late. Now they want bipatisan.

    September 25, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
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