September 25th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden: McCain 'posturing' and coming up short on bailout

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Biden said Sen. McCain has come up short on the his terms for the bailout."]
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – As Barack Obama and John McCain were getting ready to sit down with President Bush and congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the proposed $700 billion bailout package, Obama's running mate was accusing McCain of "posturing" and coming up short on the terms he's put forward.

Biden praised Obama for reaching across the aisle and calling John McCain on Wednesday morning to present a unified front as the government puts together a bailout package. Hours later, McCain announced he was suspending his campaign to return to Washington to help lawmakers reach a deal.

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"Unlike all the rest of the people talking," said Biden, "[Obama's] demonstrated that he's changed the tone. He will prepare to change the tone in Washington. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what we mean by leadership, not posturing."

The Delaware senator said McCain's proposals for the bailout don't sufficiently address middle class concerns, notably the housing crisis.

"He laid out what he thought the package should include," said Biden. "I looked it over and what's notable is what's not in the package. The silence on issues relating to the middle class is deafening in the package John has put forward. There is no help in his package for families struggling to stay in their homes."

Biden regularly criticizes the Arizona senator for experiencing "an epiphany" on economic issues – arguing the fundamentals of the economy are strong and then claiming the economy is in crisis.

"If John keeps changing his rhetoric but not changing the worn out philosophy that got us in this spot, if John continues to do that, ladies and gentlemen, why is John expecting us to believe he will be an agent of change?" Biden added.

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. deanna

    it's sad how mccain supporters claim he was putting country first when he first started out to say that the fundamentals of our economy are strong. why does he all of a sudden want to care about the crisis we face when he never cared in the first place? he is a fraud! just like his ugly, pitbull palin! if mccain wanted to put his country first, he would have stopped campaigning a long time ago and now he claims he cares. i dont think so! this man needs to understand a crisis before trying to step in and handle one! i will vote obama!

    September 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Barney

    McCain's smirk is reminding me more and more of Cheney's sneer.

    God help this country.

    September 25, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. RThomas

    More whining from the left wing bloggers. Perhaps Joe forgets that he is one the senators who got us into this mess and has an obligation to get us out. Of course, no democrat would ever take responsibiilty for anything bad so I really don't expect that. Keep whining and pandering and I'll keeping working hard to pay your mortgage, child care, child education and health costs.

    September 25, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. mindy

    Give me a break hillary supporters flip flopping over to support McCain't/Palin! You look pretty dumb if you're voting for Palin only because you want a vagina in office. It took her 6 colleges to earn one degree. We'll have our turn in office- I want a woman in office too soon, I voted for Hillary also- but I realize the economy and my family's well-being is at risk. Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Elizabeth d from buffalo new york

    I can't believe the crap that McCain is pulling.. he is not even in the meetings for the cirsis discussion.. he is just hanging around..Unreall..and for him to decide to postpone the campaign and debate with out talking to Obama about it.. can we say dictatorship.. he will do as he pleases with out consideration of anyone else.. there are a lot of companies that will lose out if the debates don't go on.. he can be in washington to sit out side the door and then fly to mississippi to debate and fly back.. seriouisly...

    Any republicans supporting him are blind.. do you want to know what he did wrong.. 1. made a shot from the hip move with out the consideration of talking about what he will do with obama.. 2. Decides that he will not to the debate and put everyone else off .. why does he get to decide everyone else fate.. people want to hear what he has to say..

    And for everyone saying that if this were a terrorist attack , we would be looking at this different.. yes.. but it is not.. it is something completely different.. a serious issue non the less. but completely different in the sense that there are already tons of people working on a plan to get us out of this..

    McCain flying in on the 11th hour to give his input is not just causes problems.. You people need to find out how it really works before you go praising McCain for putting country first.. ..please..he could be sitting home knitting..because he is not doing anything else.. Wake up.. you simple minded people... he is playing on your single mentality of patriotism.. and pulling at your heart strings.. wake up!! Please wake up!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Darrin L.

    Tejano- What exactly has McCain done or offered for this situation?

    Obama has been stating over and over what should be done to help with this economic 'crisis'. He is willing to show the public what his solutions are in front of the whole world by debating McCain on friday.

    The unfortunate thing is that this is only a crisis because people have not paid attention to the concerns for the last 10 years. It's like not brushing your teeth and having a 'crisis' because you have a bad cavity that needs root canal. How many more 'root canals' do we need to finally understand that Bush's policies are not working? McCain is clueless and bi-polar. He calls himself a maverick because he couldn't beat Bush. He says he puts country first, yet he doesn't want to address the country.

    To the people that say that if there was an attack today, we would call McCain's act respectful. Not true. When 9/11 happened, Bush addressed the country the same day. It would be perfectly fitting that a President-hopeful addresses the country- in this situation, via a debate.

    September 25, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Ken

    Biden is talking through his A##, and has little to talk about. Strictly a whole bunch of crap.

    Obama/Biden ticket is truly a very big mistake for our country and I do hope that a lot of the Hillary Clinton supporters like myself will come out and vote for McCain/Palin in 2008 and then in 2012 come out and vote for Hillary Clinton.

    NOBAMA 2008

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 25, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. joe

    as if somebody listens.unless biden does something crazy like run naked or things like that nobody is are boring .get legs like palin.
    hillary 2012

    September 25, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Amy

    Thank you for pointing out the facts Sen Biden. You will be a great and distinguished Vice President. Keep telling the truth. Doing that alone will allow us to be able to see the difference between you and Gov Palin.

    September 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. citizen Ruth

    McCain's campaign went on as usual today, no postponement=Lie

    McCain is regretting his VP choice, he was forced to pick her=coward

    Palin can't answer a question in any coherent fashion=inept

    Palin, the gift that keeps on giving= priceless

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. andre

    To set the record straight, OJ is/was guilty. And Obama is not good for the Country. Open your eyes America!

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Bitter PA Voter

    I remember over a year ago Joe opened his mouth and made one of many "gaffes" in his career. Something about a young black man who speaks well or something, quite an uproar at the time. I then heard him speak on an African-American radio show, appease the hosts in about 3 seconds and move on to state his policy positions in the upcoming presidential race. After hearing his interview I had to get more info on him, Joe's the man and oddly enough the subject of his career-ending gaffe chose him as VP.

    September 25, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    The Press should suspend all coverage of McCain/Palin in definately

    September 25, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. sjp

    nothing funnier than reading the repubs posts on here calling biden the gaffe-master, note to republicans, take a long hard look and listen to your vp candidate. there folks is a true 24/7 gaffer. and please repub posters, if you can't comment on the issue, keep the name calling and distractions to yourselves cause it isn't doing a thing to help america.

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Orf course McCain is posturing and trying to make himself look important. He's an idiot and a fool and thank God that the country is finally seeing him for what he really is!

    September 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Bam!!!

    The smoke cleared long ago. McKen and his newest Barbie are beyond ridiculous. This campaign is a blueprint for disaster.

    September 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Appalled!

    Anyone who can watch Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric and still say you want her a heartbeat away from the presidency is NOT putting 'country first'. She is an appallingly dimwitted person suited to small town politics only and has no knowledge or depth to face the problems of a country like America. She knew NOTHING and her answers were incoherent at best.
    Her executive experience was nothing when she spent 312 days at home and not in Juneau where her job actually was. Her colleagues even had buttons printed with "Where's Sarah?" to protest her frequent long absences from her job as governor.Politics in Alaska has NOT prepared her for VP or POTUS, not at all.
    Her intelligence level just doesn't even give her the capacity to grasp all she would need to know and to reason and make decisions required of her in a position of such power. At least on that score I have utter and complete faith in Obama's abilities and his judgement has been consistently superior.

    September 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. Independent, white female !

    Mcbush and Mccain are posturing just to buy their sweetie pie Palin a little time for her one and only debate with Joe Biden. She is not done with her homework yet and has not yet learned and memorized all that she has to learn. So, Mcbush and Mccain planned this whole thing to delay debates. This is the biggest political move yet ! Go to Washington, do your job that we pay for, and then hit the road on your private jet to MS for the debate and then go home. It's simple! what's the big deal? Oh, maybe this is too much travelling for an old man like Mccain. Now, I undesrtand!

    September 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. DWoods

    Palin can't answer a question about McCain. She told Katie she would get back to her. And McCain claimed he had not read the Bailout Plan–all 2.5 pages of it. Don't you have a FAX machine? You're not serious about the American people. You are all for show and no-show.

    September 25, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Joe Biden as well as Obama need to vote on the Bail Out Bill which is sounding worse everyday. Especially listening to Barney Frank and Maxine Waters wanting low interst fix rate loans for those being foreclosed because they got exotic loans. I did a foreclosure and it took 8 years to fix my credit enough to get a house at a higher rate than I wished. I have no sympathy for them. The idea of 700 billion dollars to Wall Street without something better for the taxpayer is a poison pill!

    September 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. BM

    Can't everyone see what is going down right before their eyes? McCain wants to have it said that he is responsible for the resolution of the bailout to score political points. He is too transparent!

    September 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. BM

    If McCain wanted to put country first,where was he when his voice was needed before the economy went down the tubes? McCain and th Republicans are the reason we are in this mess.
    I guarantee this bailout will go forth now to help McCain.

    September 26, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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