[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/26/art.ap.biden.jpg caption="Biden spoke at a fundraiser in Rhode Island Thursda night."]
EAST GREENWICH, Rhode Island (CNN) – Joe Biden told donors at a fundraiser in Rhode Island Thursday night that Republicans in the House of Representatives are standing in the way of a bailout plan - and alluded to possible involvement by John McCain.
He also called out the Arizona senator on his self-proclaimed maverick credentials, saying “a lot of mavericks don’t know a lot, a lot of mavericks don’t change.”
“We had a deal this morning, it looked like,” said Biden, noting that running mate Barack Obama had been called to the White House by President George Bush. “We were going to all put this behind us and then I’m told that things changed, that John McCain landed about four o’ clock and all of a sudden - I don’t know what the reason - but some of the House Republicans decided that this, this wasn’t going to go forward, at least not right away.”
Biden added that it is “a shame” a deal wasn’t worked out when it initially appeared as though the terms put forward were agreed upon by all parties - and expressed frustration at what he called another example of the Bush administration failing to take responsibility for its actions.
“If you talk to the President of the United States, it’s a little bit like, you know, this didn’t happen on his watch,” Biden said.
“Think about it, there’s been virtually no explanation out of the White House,” he later added. “And all of a sudden the president appears as if somehow he’d just come to office as this crisis had dropped on his table.”
Biden continued to tie McCain’s economic proposals to Bush, calling them “as bankrupt as Lehman Brothers” as well as mocking McCain’s attempt to cast himself as the agent of change. “Well, you know, a lot of mavericks don’t know a lot, you know a lot of mavericks don’t change. John changed his rhetoric but didn’t change any of his philosophy.”