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.

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. J.R.


    NY Daily News – "Final Verdict on Eight Years of Failed Economic Policies." After all those months of buildup, it took exactly 106 seconds for the gloves to come off, when Democrat Obama laid the blame for the current economic mess on Republican leadership in Washington. "This is a final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies promoted by George Bush [and] supported by John McCain," Obama said, taking direct aim at his GOP opponent… Obama seemed at ease in the early rounds as McCain struggled to find his feet.
    Cnn post this

    September 27, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Canadian POV

    McCain is yesterday's man. The entire world is moving beyond nasty jabs in the political arena as the sole basis for electing leaders. People want substance and real action not these gimmicks and manipulation of election coverage. The debate last night was underwhelming because it wasn't a debate. McCain would not engage. He looked weak and was simply regurgitating his stump lines without offering any concrete ideas. Obama did not maximize the opportunities (there were plenty) to corner McCain and force him to discuss the issues that they were there to talk about.

    Last note, please stop referring to the Palin/Biden debate as a such. It is NOT going to be a debate. The rules have been rigged and they will only answer questions given by the moderator without interaction between them. Much like McCain managed to do last night.

    September 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Barbara CA

    I think the McCain's campaign's idea of "showing leadership" must mean:
    1. Not reading the original proposal until Tuesday (or later).
    2. Waiting until Thursday to enter the negotiations, then skulking around congress stirring up discord.
    3. Never saying what he actually stood for until McCain was pushed into it by the moderator during Friday nights debate.

    Obama, in contrast, was straight forward about his beliefs and let them be known from the beginning. I feel this shows real leadership and that Obama is the kind of President that America needs and deserves. Go Obama/Biden.

    One man, one vote!

    September 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Nadeem

    McCain is clueless, his suspend, unsuspend, suspend nonsense needs to stop.

    Obama owned him in the debate.

    September 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. conny

    Very Good Sen McSame, now you get it. It is obvious that you are following Sen Obama's leads. REMEMBER

    September 27, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Raphael

    Bipartisanship yeah

    September 27, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Marc PDX

    McCain is working on the financial crisis and Obama is back to campaigning. Not surprising. Somebody has to do the actual work. As for McCain not engaging Dems today... I'm pretty certain that all the Dems are already on board so what is McCain supposed to talk to them about? He's trying to work out the unresolved portions of this (hello?) and there are many! It is hardly a no-brainer.

    Interesting that Senator Reid (D-Nv) called for McCain to engage with this effort last week, complained about him being engaged this week, and then today Senator Harmon (D-Ca.) said McCain didn't help this week but wants him to engage today. Yes, she was on TV this morning calling for McCain to engage with the process to drive a resolution. She didn't call for Obama, nor did Reid. Look it all up – it's on the internet; probably will be run some more on TV today too.

    If you want something done call on McCain. If you want a newscaster to read the news call on Obama. "Change you can..." #%!^% .... yeah, yeah, whatever...

    September 27, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. ryan

    glue what a joke more like the oil he cant make anything come together

    September 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Brad

    Why does Obama need to be there? The Dems aren't the ones holding up this bill. If McCain has to be there to hold the House Republicans feet to the fire than that is just a reflection on the disunity in the GOP.

    September 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. H



    September 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. J.R.

    The Atlantic (Marc Ambinder) The Rumble In Oxford: First Thoughts – McCain did not filter himself, letting his frustration and contempt for Obama show; he wouldn't let himself look at the challenger.

    September 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. susannahjones

    why don't you just stop reporting on McCain Dana, and CNN as well actually, as all you do is come across as a bunch of people in full tear down mode of everything John McCain does. You pick at every thing he does and make some derogatory comment or suggest that nothing he is doing has any worth.
    I am sick of it.

    September 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. THE O

    Mccain is running around like a chicken with his head cut off. Trying to act like he's leading, congress was doing just fine with out him being there and he is just there for political reasons to try and look good.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Rob Wright

    grand standing, plan and simple here, get it people! John McCain is show boating here. Trying to show that its he who will bring this together. He states that he is for the people of this country. Then why is he pushing to support this $ 700 billion buy out for Wall Street and the rich who i remind you created this mess, not the american people! Thanks for the support McCain! Oh by the way, i'm a independent that both want badly, think about that .

    September 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Ron , West Coast

    Who`s McBush calling ?, Is it the " Keating Five "" ???.....
    With this financial crisis , at hand , it seems to be very similar to the Savings and Loan situation , in which it started with the loss of homes , as well as retirement savings , and bank closures . And guess who was one of the " Keating Five " ?, you guessed it , John Mc Bush .....
    He was given a slap on the wrist , when he should have been locked up , like any other criminal ....
    John Mc Bush does not deserve to be our next president , we`ve had enough of those Republicrooks......
    Anyone who cast`s a vote for any republicrook, should be ashamed of themselves , and deserve to continue to looked upon by the likes of people like Karl Rove , Rush Limbuagh , as idiots ,and followers.....

    September 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. TyWebb

    If the calls are by videophone, he won't look them in the eye.

    September 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Elly

    McCain is such an elitist bigot!!!
    Going to washington to try and look like a leader
    what a phony.....more like going to cause kaos and the American people know it
    its been his party in power for 8 years
    it took a lot longer than 2 years to create this mess!!!
    He wants to make sure his corporate buddies get lots!!!!

    September 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Brian

    Looks like a political tactic since he needs some votes in the economic area. McCain pretty much showed me what kind of person he was when he put his campaign on hold and and questioned whether he would should up for debate. Pretty much showed me that he cant juggle the stress of a president and you cant put our crisis' on hold. Youve lost my vote!

    Brian in Virginia

    September 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. mike-boston-ma

    Mccain need to bail himself out first!

    September 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. dolor

    Reaslistically lets be honest with ourselves for once agreeing to the fact that McCain direcly or indirectly is also part of the wall street problem through his economy adviser.
    As Americans let us be more connected about the issues facing us as a nation and who can take us out of the current mess were in.We should think as objective people and stop being racist.

    September 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |

    What a load.... Yea no like need to be take to the glue factory. It's funny how They weren't clear exactly what he's going to actually do when he gets there.

    That's what I been saying... If he gets Wins in Nov.

    ( I'm not clear exactly what he's going to actually do when he gets there.)

    September 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Thed Weller


    September 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. phil s.

    this guy (mccain) is pathetic. the glue. riiiiiiiiiiggght

    September 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Kescia

    Of course the McCain campaign doesn't know what he'll do in Washington, but they have to keep up the illusion that his presence there is somehow necessary.

    How could they call McCain the "glue" that will bind the Congress together in agreement. His most recent ads mock Obama for finding common ground by saying, "John is right..." before going on to point out were they differ. McCain was condescending in the debate last night and the public knows it. Even the Fox News polls stated that Obama won among undecided voters. From calling McCain by name, giving credit were credit was do and looking him in the eye to graciously leading his wife over to shake the McCains' hands it was obvious who the unifier was.

    Tacky ads exploiting your opponent's graciousness–3 million dollars.
    Exuding confidence, intelligence, and judgment–priceless!

    September 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. jmo

    I think I just heard a collective groan coming from Capital Hill when they heard that "he's baaaaack". He's "glue" all right; he's going to gum up the works while looking for another photo op.

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