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. Marilyn

    Paulson, needs to tell bush to keep mccain away. He has caused enough mess.

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

    Obama is good but McCain gives you the impresion that he does what he wants. Not sure if this is the diplomatic approach. Why does McCain have to tick off so many people all the time, especially from his own party? Anyway he seems to have a command of the world and he BETTER cut spending like he keeps saying he will, should he win in Nov.

    September 27, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    That's because the Republicans have something up their sleeves.It will be like Bush there will be Chads all over the place come the election. There will be break downs of equipment and etc. McCain has been told that he will win no matter what and this is what he believes so his is acting the part of the president.

    September 27, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. The glue

    I am sure Senator McCain is working very very hard at this time to make sure that the CEO's of Wall Street will not lose out in the final deal. He is after all glued to Wall Street and Corporate America along with the Bush Administration, isn't he?

    September 27, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. dennis from chicago

    it is not what kissinger said IT IS THE FACT THAT O BAMA'S MAKES UP WHAT HE SAID TWICE....BLATANT MANIPULATOR/////MC CAIN IS BACK TO COUNTRY FIRST while O BAMA PRAISES HIS OWN INTERNAL GLORY..... leadership starts with the PERSON. not the teleprompter.../

    September 27, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. john b.

    when are we going to stop listining to the crap that ohama (no mistake) is feeding the public every chance he gets ? who's in charge of the commitees, the house , the senate ect, ect..not the republicans ! he won the debate ? he never answered 1 question with out first saying something about mccain/bush and 4 more years..wake up america, your being duped.

    September 27, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Was republican..this election for democrats

    Some one please stop this crazy old man, i dont understand what the hell he will do in washington. Obama will win this time huge!

    September 27, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. J.R.


    10:52 PM CNN- David Gergen: "I think John McCain needed a clear victory tonight. I think a tie was not in his interests. He is behind. This is his best subject night because the last night, they're going to be talking about the economy. I think he needed a clear victory tonight. I think that eluded him, even as strong as he was, I think Bill Bennett is absolutely right… but I don't think he walked out of here with a clear victory of the kind he needed."

    CNN (Gloria Borger)- "I think you'd have to watch this debate, Anderson and say Obama held his own. He didn't give an inch to McCain on the issues of talking with Iran."

    CBS News (Ambinder) "Knowledge Network Undecideds Give Debate To Obama": According to CBS News / Knowledge Networks' poll of undecided voters: 40% of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Barack Obama was the winner. 22% thought John McCain won. 38% saw it as a draw. 68% of these voters think Obama would make the right decision about the economy. 41% think McCain would. 49% of these voters think Obama would make the right decisions about Iraq. 55% think McCain would.


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

    Lmao they are really reaching aren't they? The "glue" that holds everyone together? that's a joke.

    On another note, I must say Obama was looking very Presidential last night..very attractive as well 😉

    September 27, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Andrew Lee, Nashville, TN

    Oh...come on already. The only people that are buying this BS are the same people that would follow McCain and the Republican party off a bridge.

    NO ONE IS BUYING THIS CRAP..........MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Sue - OH

    McCain lives in a fantasy world and the MSM want to follow him there. Let's get REAL!
    Facts, truth and integrity are the cures for America and Obama has them in spades!

    September 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. White Mother for Obama!!

    “John McCain repeatedly pointed to Senator Obama’s vote in favor of higher taxes on families making just 42,000 a year, and his proposal for $860 billion in lavish new government spending which is a crushing burden on middle clas families and the Main Street economy," Bounds said in a statement Saturday. "If he was honest, Barack Obama knows he was unable to debate the merits of supporting higher taxes on the middle clas, and bloated government spending during a looming economic crisis – it’s simply indefensible.”

    That is a flat out lie!! Obama voted to raise taxes on Selective VERY high income people, he also voted to raise taxes on big Businesses... He also voted on taxes on those making over I believe it was $84,000 a year. And it wasnt going to be the type that would effect them much.. and NOT touching people making $42,000 Like the CLAIM

    I am so sick of McCain and his campaign lies LIES lies LIES!! Get it Straight!!

    September 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. cecil

    Continue To Be Your Own Man, For America Sen. Obama!

    September 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    Phone calls??? What a novel idea.

    I thought he had to be there in person to work his people.

    What a farce that was . . .

    Tune in next week for more Cirque de McCain!

    September 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. No Other choice


    September 27, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. RLouden, Bellevue, Washington

    Enough with the presidential politicking, let the experts fix the problem.

    September 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Madeline

    I hope McCain doesn't call on his friend Phil Graham. Our leaders, especially the Republican ones, with their de-regulation-free-market mania, have egg all over their faces. This is what happens, dear John and your cronies, when pendulums swing all the way to one side and stay there. Shame on you all for your extremist views, your irrational and detrimental phobia of anything resembling socialism. The greed, un-bridled consumption, immoral sense of entitlement, and fear and divisiveness, propagated by operatives in our government and Wall Street have led us to where we are now. Shame on you John McCain, and a pox on your houses. All seven of them.

    September 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. sick n tired

    Just more GOP spin! Trying to make McCain seem more relevent when in fact he is not the least bit relevent by any stretch of the imagination! My father always told me, "If you have to tell people how great you are than you were never that great to begin with" So cut the GOP spin crap!! This american isnt buying it!! Nor should any other american who hasnt spent the last 8 years in a COMA!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!! ITS WE THE PEOPLE NOT WE THE SHEEPLE!!!!!!!!!

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

    The congress would already have a plan if it was for mccain going in
    and getting in the middle of it. mccain is a hateful mean person and
    should stay out of all discussion he is not on the banking committee.
    So why is he interferring or is he dividing again.

    September 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Paula

    Neither candidate has even read any of the bailout info.If McCain is going it is solely for another photo op.

    September 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Joanne Hollinger

    How is this helping? He is not on the committees hammering out the proposal. He will not be needed until there is some kind of vote. Seems like a lot of political posturing to me. Plenty of running around giving the impression of being "presidential" and not really accomplishing anything. Better he should be on the trail talking about his ACTUAL presidential ideas. He didn't get any good press this week regarding this attitude, I fail to see how it helps now. Definitely not voting for this clown.

    Joanne in PA

    September 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Time April 2008 Has McCain flip flopped on torture.
    (This article does NOT show how McCain pursued Bush to open the door for torture by the CIA, but it shows the points) THE LAST PARAGRAPH QUOTES HIS OWN ADVISOR stating McCain took this stance to help win the election!! (CAMPAIGN FIRST) the man is a creep!
    But on this latest piece of legislation, which arose during the heat of the primary campaign and may surface again later this month, McCain sided with Bush in opposing a further restriction of CIA techniques.
    "The field manual, a public document written for military use, is not always directly translatable to use by intelligence officers," McCain explained in February, reiterating his position from 2005. He added that the CIA should be allowed to use "alternative interrogation techniques," that are not otherwise outlawed as unduly coercive, cruel, inhumane or degrading.
    "I don't believe John McCain is comfortable with the current CIA program," said Tom Malinowski, the advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, who has worked closely with McCain and his staff on these issues. "I think McCain just reached a point where he didn't want any more confrontations with the White House. He wanted to win the White House."

    September 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Sue - OH

    What exactly is McCain's plan to solve this economic issue?? Funny how I have not read or heard of his plan. Earmark cutting won't solve this catastrophe!

    September 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Jo in Maryland

    Is his campaign unsuspended yet? It's so hard to tell.

    September 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. RJ Show me state

    mc cain is only grandstanding. which will have a negative affect on him and his chance to win the white house. and we can only hope he stays out of the mix. to fix wall street GO OBAMA

    September 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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