September 27th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain making calls on bailout latest

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain is working on the bailout latest from the D.C. area Saturday."]
(CNN)– John McCain is at his national campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia at this hour. His campaign tells us he's meeting with advisers regarding the proposed $700 billion federal bailout and
the latest negotiations and developments on Capitol Hill, and is "making a lot of calls to make sure that things stay on track."

The campaign says that Senator McCain will head to Capitol Hill later this afternoon. They weren't clear exactly what he's going to actually do when he gets there.

The campaign is touting that, as one aide puts it, McCain's "the glue that is going to potentially bind together House Republicans and Democratic members of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's caucus."

But McCain isn't engaging with House Democrats and currently isn't directly involved in the current negotiations, so it's unclear how he's the so-called glue.

When pressed on that, the campaign aide repeated the point that Camp McCain's been making for 24 hours, that McCain is the one who pushed House Republicans back to the negotiating table.

The McCain campaign is also highlighting the contrast between McCain hard at work "showing leadership" and Obama on the trail today in North Carolina, a state the McCain camp says "he won't win."

UPDATE: CNN Political Producer Tasha Diakides reports that Senior McCain Campaign Adviser Mark Salter says it looks like Senator McCain is not going to the Capitol today and will instead make phone calls from the McCain Campaign HQ in Arlington, Virginia. Salter says the Republican presidential nominee will continue that effort tomorrow, although he can't say definitively that McCain is not traveling tomorrow.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Wes

    The only thing which exceeds McCain's bluster is his stupidity and ignorance. Please stay your office at your campaign headquarters! No more helping like you did Thursday.

    John! John! Stay in the closet John!

    September 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. rich

    We dont make anything in this country anymore.Real estate became our whole economy and credit from it.Everyone in trouble made money or was living beyond their means.The generation that caused this should pay.Think about your kids future.If money goes anywhere it must go to build a manufacturing base so their will allways be jobs.Real estate wont do it anymore .Once this 700 billion is spent then what.Then another bailout and another.The problem cant be fixed by throwing money at the same senario

    September 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. ade

    The current financial crisis is giving McCain campaign a lot of problem. Don't you think that Romney will have served him better than Palin in a time like this?

    September 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    I n Arlington? Wouders shall never end.I thought he flew directly back to DC to offer his muc sought after "leadership" What happened to the NO DEAL,NO DEBATE?
    After yesterday's debate he needs to rethink his strategy if he thinks he still stand a chance of GOD FORBID! winning.

    September 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. USAF Staff Sergeant

    "They weren't clear exactly what he's going to actually do when he gets there"

    I know what he won't be doing.... looking people in the eye.

    Just like last night when he was so intimidated by being on stage with Obama that, just like a scolded puppy, he couldn't look at Barack.

    September 27, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    McCain has nothing to do with these negotiations and is using the crisis for political gain and nothing else. More lies from McCain.

    September 27, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Becca

    Good to know that McCain is FINALLY engagedin the problem considering that as of Tuesday PM he had not even read the 3-page proposal. Obama has een engaged since last week (making calls, giving his core points on the bailout, and (most importantly) wisely chose to NOT inject poltics into the mix. We need a president who is calm in a crisis and not one who is "wildly"searching" for what to do and say as he has for two weeks. McCain first...everyone else last.

    September 27, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. alvino

    Once again, McCain puts his photo op ahead of America. His presence will, once again, mess things up. The only glue he could provide is when people realize that his old ideas are ready for the maverick glue factory.

    September 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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