(CNN)— Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached on the financial bailout and the best way forward is to explain his vision to the American people at the debate in Mississippi.
“I think that there is real progress being made this morning and last night,” Obama told reporters onboard his press plane en route to the debate.
Watch: 'real progress being made," Obama says
The Illinois senator said he had several conversations with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Chris Dodd, and other Republicans involved that reassured him progress will be made.
McCain also announced Friday he will head to the debate, feeling sufficient progress on the bill had been made.
Watch: GOP leaders say the return of McCain and Obama helped talks progress
“At this point, my strong sense is that the best thing that I can do, rather than to inject presidential politics into some delicate negotiations, is to go down to Mississippi and explain to the American people what is going on and my vision for leading the country over the next four years,” Obama also said.
Asked if Thursday’s meeting at the White House was a mistake, Obama admitted he wasn’t sure “it was as productive as it could have been,” adding the best move at this point is “to just move forward.”
Both John McCain and Barack Obama are expected back in Washington D.C. after Friday night’s debate to finalize plans for an economic package.
BO was practicing his debate while the US ECONOMY is on the brink of disaster. This disaster was caused by the brilliant industry oversight of the Banking industry by Democrats Dodd and Frank. Add two more morons to the scene Pelosi and Reid and Kaboom we may have a DEPRESSION.
BO has no clue!! Old Biden just runs his stupid mouth!!
McCain Palin '08
The erratic maverick has made a MOCKERY of our politics.... he is willing to destroy Sarah Palin's life by putting her on the ticket ...knowing she was not qualified.... this man puts himself FIRST
and our country second.
Please be careful Senator Obama. McCain is planning to use your support of this bailout to tie you to Bush. October surprise...
Thank you Mr. President. We are all anxious to hear from you tonight.
If McCain lost half of his homes, he'd still be left with 6 homes. If 10 of his cars were stolen, he'd still have 3. McCain doesn't give 2 turds about you. Or me. Lean a little bit closer people. The roses smell like poo.
Why are we pushing so hard to bail out George Bush?
Please call you congress person and senators! Don't walk into the republican trap on this!
...and you NOBAMA will try and take all the credit!?
Choosing Palin is an example of bad decision-making – both poltically and for putting the country first.
But McCain has already saved the economy and found a cure for AIDS and bought me my second house.
What is Obama talking about? Oh, yeah–reality.
Hey all of you out there the Dems do not need a deal; they have the control of both Houses and the President will sign anything to dump money in the market. Vote now and take all the credit, or wait that means they can't point the finger when all goes wrong with this.
So quick to pull the lever for Barrack Obama as President why not tell your delightful Dem reps to vte on this now!
All I gotta say is President Obama you Da Man!
Is it Nov 4th yet?
Obama was lost in that meeting. You could tell by the look on his face he had no clue as to what was going on.
"Call if you need me." What a joke. It's not presidential politics to do your job, senator- it's presidential politics to use presidential politics as an excuse to continue to avoid doing your job.
You know good and well he was hoping that this would get done without his involvement so he could avoid committing to a position until after the fact and he could then pontificate on how he would have done it better.
That guy is seriously worthless. I would take Biden as president over that clown in a heartbeat. And Hillary would be better than either of them- and everybody knows it.
Palin's interview with Couric
No deal when you start adding $20 Billion for ACORN. And another $51 Million in earmarks for Lunchbox Joe Biden.
Optimism?? Hmmm...that's an interesting strategy.
I'm hooked on fear...I NEED MORE FEAR!!!
Hmm, so if HE says there is progress, HE is right??
Interesting that CNN will take HIS word on it – Can you be a little more blatant in your One-Sided, Liberal Views??
I guess HE must be like Jesus – since HE knows exactly what is going on without letting it get in the way of HIS dream of being President (I mean, helping others!!).
Dont take credit Obama. You didn't even want to go to Washington until the President called you.You are a big joke, right along with your hating supporters.Mccain was the man in action for his country ,and all he gets from the O.B. supporters is critisizing. Believe me if Obama gets elected somehow ,this country will fall harde. You naive morons and haters will be wishing you never listen to his reohtric and b.s. It will be to late than. America deserves what they ask for. Mccain/Palin the real deal
Obama has a magnum cum laudi degree in Foreign Affairs and Finnance and a masters with honers in Constitutional Law from Harvard!!! At this time in the history of our country WE, the American people need intelligence at a global technological time. McCain and Pelin both just about flunked out and McCain is basically loosing his mind and Pelin is running for Miss America. God Bless Obama/Biden
for the survival of our country!!!
Exactly, because neither McCain nor Obama can do anything anyway since neither one of them are on the Banking Committee!! All McCain did was cause chaos pretending like he was some Messiah ready to save American when there was nothing he could do! What a sham McCain is and I'm so sick of his pandering.
The other thing is I truly believe that Palin was just a gimmick to shock the Obama campaign. I think that at the last minute before the VP debate, Palin will step down and McCain will choose Romney as his VP. Political games at their best thanks to McCain! What a joke.
While working on his 3 pt. baskets he said, "call me if you guys have any good ideas, I mnight want to credit for it!"
The man is unflappable. He literally floats above the frey. He is elite, not an elitist. He came from nothing to be the best America has to offer to America. He is a natural choice for POTUS. And we would be insane to elect another Repugnant republican
While working on his 3 pt. baskets he said, "call me if you guys have any good ideas, I might want to take credit for it!"
Cool, calm and PRESIDENTIAL!!!
Any type of deal will require proper checks, balances and Congressional oversight, unlike the blustery hubris, neofascism and deregulation that has been the hallmark of this failed adminstration for the past eight years!
Obviously he is 'optimistic' about this deal. Obama, Reid, and Dodd are the politicians who are most supported by Fannie and Freddie. They gave all of them tons of money, and now they represent them. People, do NOT let this happen. If anyone wants to say that they are above partisan politics in this, look at the records. Reid and Dodd repeatedly stopped regulation that Bush tried to put on Fannie and Freddie since 2001, now they blame him for this. The fact that they couldn't let go of big donors and/or let an ecomony grow under a Republican is despicable. STOP this madness. STOP the hateful partisan discourse. START getting Washington reformed.