September 27th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
15 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. Julie

    Does Senator McCain truly believe by just saying this it makes it true? Or even slightly believable? I don't. He should just give it up.

    Sorry, Senator McCain, but you are not the center of the universe at Congress.

    September 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Dan J

    Ad where's Obama? On the political trail. Shows where Obama's priorities are. All bark, no bite!

    September 27, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Mike F, Vancouver Canada

    Wow, and yesterday we heard that talks progressed better when McCain wasn't involved. Now he is back sticking his nose in an economic process he clearly knows little of. Both candidates were pressed about which way they would vote on the issue and neither would commit. Tells you something about how intricate this issue is. Who can possibly commit to a deal when it hasn't completely been set? Let the experts figure this out, and then let the candidates take a position. Obviously this is not as serious as President Bush has made it seem. He wants to get it done quickly so that the Republicans can somehow make it look like they have "saved" the US of a serious depression. Whichever candidate takes over the White House inherits a whole mess of economic woe. It won't matter how this issue is resolved, more trouble is on the way.

    Looks to me like Obama has a much more analytical approach to the economy. McCains "spending freeze" is a gut reaction measure which really doesn't accomplish anything other than show he "doesn't get it".

    Good luck everyone!

    September 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Saad Khan

    Maybe he should "suspend" his campaign again to attend to those phone calls. After all he needs some help after last night.

    September 27, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. ANGIE

    Please mccain stay out of it dont get involed do not inject political campaign into this!

    September 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. box101

    Give me a break! McCain is such a liar

    September 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. WhoIsPalin?

    "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.?????????????
    What a Hypocrite!!!!!

    September 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Nelle

    Actually, I think McCain and his campaign are meeting for the purpose of trying to figure out a way to get Palin off the ticket. Expect more spin.

    September 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Independent 08

    Too ain't going to work to get my votes. This vote is going to Barack...

    September 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Keith

    I hope McCain's got some glue to hold his campaign together. And maybe some for inside his ears cause he's starting to crack

    September 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Chrissy

    You would have to have your partisan hat on way too tight to think that Mccain did not win last night's debate. I'm a consistent supporter of Mccain but even I was shocked backward at how incredibly well grasped, read, experienced and knowledgble he was on the national relations and security topic from all angles.

    I was certain that Mccain would win any foreign policy debate against Obama but I never considered that he would wipe the floor with Obama on a hyprid economic and national security debate. What a night, Mccain shined like a brand new gold coin! Way to go senator!

    September 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Marie

    The McClain camp think that Obama will not win NC, they may be in for a big surprise. The majority of people in NC do not want 4 more years of Bush leagcy by MCCLain.

    September 27, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Ryan Kr Jr

    John McCain doesn't get it whether on economy, Iraq, Iran, Russia, education, tax cut, immigration, and more more.

    Vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for doomed economy.

    September 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Fools for Obama

    McCain is doing much more to reach an agreement.

    The democrats want the bailout... the republicans don't... BUT the democrats are too scared to do it without the support of Republicans. The democrats have the majority and need to do what they think is right. They won't... unless the republicans go along with them.

    McCain is needed to bring the Republicans on board.

    September 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Enough

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

    Ha haa hhaaaa

    finally some honesty

    September 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Why is McCain so Angry?

    Funny, they won't give specifics on what MCCAIN will do once he gets to the Hill.

    I already have his agenda.

    1.) Lunch

    2.) Do Nothing

    3.) Try to take credit.

    September 27, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Cam

    Wow, can't the McCain camp let go of the silly notion that anyone gives a rip about McCain's view on this plan. I mean, it is pretty obvious that he is not the glue that binds anything, but rather the political sand in the gears.

    McCain is not even on the committees overseeing the negotiations, so what is the real message here? Does America want another President who wants to try to take credit for all the good without ever taking responsibility for the bad? Obama HAMMERED McCain about his faulty judgement about Iraq last night and all McCain could do is say "we shouldn't live in the past". Of course, unless it is when you are talking about "winning this one (war in Iraq) and being a POW. McCain can't let go of his Iraq quest because he is trying to make up for his treason that had a hand in the fate of the Vietnam war.

    September 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. TJ Johnson

    Obama, making ads lying about the debate. McCain in DC working on the financial situation. Now, reasonable people, which is the best candidate to help this country? McCain. No O'bomber.

    September 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Susan



    September 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Michelle

    McCain an agent of change? Right! Quoting Kissinger, calling himself a Maverick, and talking about pork barrel spending! His views are old and will take us to a bridge to the past/nowhere! Bipartisan? He is not even TOUGH enough to look his opponent in the eye, in fact he tried to run away from a debate where he SHOULD have been the winner. McCain was supposed to have a stronger foundation in foriegn policy and did not clinch the debate! He can not win the other debates if he can not win with his strong hand! I feel sorry for the monkey's who actually think that McCain can usher us into a future of prospertity. He is so divisive and condescending. Two things that will have ALL terrorist aiming at the United States! God SAVE America!

    September 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Don

    Anyone stupid enough to believe John McCain will put country first is stupid enough to buy his ocean front property in Arizona.

    He is even a more sleazy politician than Nixon, and that's hard to do.

    September 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Phantom of the Oprah

    He Obamabots- I thought that McCain was going to fall flat last night at the debates.

    I watched- and I did not see Obama "WIN". Obama held his own- NOT at all the big win that you all pre-bragged about.

    Obama is still too weak to beat the old man of 72 years.

    And... Obama looked gray and dark and drawn- like he has already aged- not by years of WORK- but just by his campaigning for 2 years. Where is his stamina? Obama did NOT look his usual cute self.

    September 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Rick K

    I know of no leader I respect whose style is characterized by taking credit for the work of a group.

    It is sleazy and unproductive in the long run.

    September 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I watched that show "A World of Challenges" Kissinger DID say, on that show, there SHOULD be talks, starting at the Sec of State level, and he NEVER said there should be preconditions. He DID say you start by telling the other side 'what you have in mind"
    McCain – Obama were NOT debating whether there should presidential talks, they WERE debating whether there should be preconditions; so Kissinger's press release is a diversion! MCAIN WAS WRONG!
    THE REST OF THE WORLD will not come to the aid of maverick foreign policy ideas!
    mav·er·ick n.
    An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it.
    One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.
    Synonyms – nonconformist, independent, loner.

    September 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Daki

    McCain showed me last night in the debates,he cannot put any thing together.He cannot put together an economic plan,a foreign policy plan,healthcare plan,and he does not have the ability to communicate with those who do not agree with him.

    September 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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