September 26th, 2008
02:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama 'optimistic' a deal can be reached


Watch: Sen. Barack Obama says he is optimistic a deal can be reached on the financial bailout.

(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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (202 Responses)

    Obama is steady and collected. McNipulator is grandstanding. He makes a big deal out of going to Washington – makes things worse – and then believes everyone will applaude him for gracing us with his presence at the debate. Cut the theatrics. Mc Nipulator thinks Americans are stupid!

    September 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Joyce, nj

    just continue to be consistent barrack. mccain is imploding on his own.
    stay focused, keep the people in mind. don't let mccain get away with bs during the debate. speak from the heart as you always do.
    good luck and God bless you.

    September 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA





    September 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Doris,Memphis, TN

    Hang in there Senator Obama you have a new title coming to your
    name in a few weeks. You have been a real soldier and it is about
    to pay off. I wish you the best tonight in the debate.

    September 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican for Obama

    This is the one man with judgement in the race for POTUS. McCain has failed in everything he has ever done, including his visit to Washington, mucking it up and setting us backwards with his presence and feeble minded inability to ever get something done.

    Not only can he not multi-task, but he can't even SINGLE TASK. He's simply unfit to run a lemonade stand, let alone a country.

    September 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. America First

    Hey Obama ~ No one called you, go back to sleep.

    September 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Ann

    "What is going on"? other than your ambition to become president brought the country to No choice for good presidency. Yeah, your vision. The best you could do was to step down and let Hillary do the job. No difference between you and Palin other than you had 1.5 years to learn your stump speeches.

    September 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. NY loves Obama

    County first, Tainopower? The McPalin supporters are still blind?

    September 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Gia in Los Angeles

    Obama's the true leader here. He'll work with the experts to get questions answered and make sure there is accountability, but let the experts come up with the answers and do what they're there to do. McCain just wants to get in the way and take credit for everything.

    September 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. tim

    Obama who has never had a job, run a business, made a payroll,
    ,made any decisions of any importance, and basically is a welfare
    collector living off campaign contributors and the public breast has
    a comment–I don't care what he has to say. If we needed advice
    on doing nothing and making money–like we have not seen enough
    of that already–that I would happily ask this guy.

    September 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. fed up

    Neither party can be trusted, but at least John McCain will buck
    the "system" that is soo out of touch, i.e. Polozi and Reid
    it makes you sick to think they have any power. Obama
    didn't seem to think this economic problem was a priority
    over listening to his "rehearsed for the past two years
    speeches"? He has blown many opportunities through the
    Republican's screw ups, to show he has what it will take
    to lead the country, but not once has he stepped up to the
    plate. I shutter to think he maybe President...or perhaps
    he needs to study that position with Rev. White?

    September 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Neal

    Obama is presidential, McCain, not so much.

    September 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Adam

    BaCrock OBummer

    Not ready to lead. Not now nor never. NO HE CANT!!!!


    MCCAIN PALIN 08/12

    September 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. baby mama

    NOBAMA is an idiot

    September 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Anonymous


    September 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Dazed of Seattle

    I have only seen about ten car stickers for McCain all over Seattle. Where are all the conservatives in Seattle? ROFL:)!!!!!! Your party is doomed and if you somehow buy this election by selling off all of your homes McCain, I will no longer be able to respect this country. I love America but I will refuse to raise my kids in another Bush state. Don't pull Palin from the ticket, she has a lot of spunk and can bring you right back in this................ Hahahahahahaha. Boy are these elections getting more and more ridiculous. Give up ReScrubs your money wont buy this term this time.........

    September 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Sherrie F.

    May we soon breathe easier that we will finally have a President that not only has a brain, but uses it! Thank God for placing Obama directly in our path in just the nick of time in this Country! We don't always get what we want, but we get what we NEED! WE NEED OBAMA THIS TIME AND WE NEED HIM NOW!

    Eugene, Oregon

    September 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Francheska

    Obama has a level head and a cool composure. Like or don't like him, you can not argue with that fact. While McCain has gone between extremes the past two weeks, Obama has just sat back and watched McCain make a fool of himself all by himself.


    September 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Julie

    This make Obama look truly Presidential; keeps a cool head, keeps appraised of the issues. The only thing he hasn't done is the shameless act like McCain did....running to Washington when people involved and in his own party told him to stay away.
    Mr. Obama thinks before he acts. If the last 8 years have showed up something is is we need a President that thinks!!!

    September 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. david

    lol... I made a bet with my uncle who was slobbering over palin a couple weeks ago, that I believe she would drop out before Nov 4th

    the bet was for 50 bucks.

    looks like I might be getting paid

    September 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Olivia

    Someone else is closely following events.
    I have the same question of Obama. Why is Acorn getting a 20% cut. You used to be their attorney and they are linked to voter fraud...registering illegal aliens and all that stuff. they also is supposed to have helped obama in Chicago on his bid for the senate.


    September 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. joseph

    Why in these troubling times does ACORN get 20 billion, until demotards and redumblicans who caused this mess are brought on charges or removed from ANY decision making position, I say NO BAIL OUT.

    September 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Baron

    Obama appeared and the whole thing turned into a shouting match. Obama, you are NOT a negotiator, nor can you bring people to a consensus.

    September 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Cate

    it's looking more and more like the bias and the dirty politics of the Obama camp will get him the win – god help you all if he's the next president – mark my words it will be the same kind of light going on as when people realized what a mistake it was electing Bush – careful what you obamabots wish for – the rest of the world is going to have to live with it!

    September 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Independent

    @ Tejano

    He has been asked the question of what make him qualified to be pres on 60 min. Research more before you start spewing nonsense.

    Oh and if you want to know his answer...he will be a (ruthless) pragmatist

    September 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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