September 25th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Cafferty: Is McCain playing politics with the financial crisis?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/25/art.mccain.global.gi.jpg caption="John McCain announced that he was suspending his campaign and pulling TV ads."]

Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are in Washington to meet with President Bush and other lawmakers... After the president summoned them there to help hash out a bipartisan resolution to the big 700 billion dollar financial bailout plan. It's another grand but empty political gesture. But you can't let a good photo-op go to waste.

Hours earlier, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a bipartisan counter-proposal to the Bush plan... Without the help of either candidate or the president. The lawmakers are hopeful they'll have a vote within days and a bill on the president's desk soon after.

Yesterday John McCain, in a grand gesture, announced he was suspending his campaign and rushing to Washington to save the day. A lot of people saw that as the naked political stunt that it was.

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