September 27th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain now not going to Capitol Hill today

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Sen. John McCain spent part of the day making phone calls to make sure negotiations go well on the bailout plan.

Sen. John McCain spent part of the day making phone calls to make sure negotiations go well on the bailout plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A top aide to Senator John McCain said the Republican presidential candidate will not go to Capitol Hill Saturday afternoon, as negotiators meet to work out a deal on the financial bailout plan.

Senior adviser Mark Salter just told reporters outside McCain’s campaign headquarters in Arlington, VA that the Senator will instead continue to make calls to members of Congress.

Salter said he will not go because “he can effectively do what he needs to do by phone. "He’s calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can.’’ The campaign said it will release a list of people McCain spoke with later Saturday.

Senator Barack Obama, traveling for campaign events in North Carolina and Virginia, spoke Saturday with Congressman Barney Frank, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Senator Harry Reid, his campaign said. The Democratic presidential candidate was briefed on the latest with the negotiations.

McCain returned to Washington early Saturday morning from Memphis following last night’s debate because of the bailout situation. He decided to deliver a Saturday evening speech by satellite to a group in Columbus rather than traveling there in person.

Salter said, “We hope to have a deal in place so we can get back on the trail.”

Update: According to the McCain campaign, the Republican nominee called President Bush, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Sen. Mitch McConnell , Sen. Judd Gregg, Sen. Jon Kyl, Leader Boehner, Rep. Blunt, Rep. Putnam, Rep. Cantor, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Tom Davis, Rep. Chip Pickering, Rep. Heather Wilson, Rep. John Shadegg, Rep. Flake, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Saturday.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Marge

    Proof posiive the whole 'rushing' to washington thing was a stunt!!!
    For all the good he did in DC he could have made calls Thursday,...
    McGrandpa is too OLD to be playing all these games....Actually hes too OD for almost everything.

    September 27, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Hankers

    I knew he wouldn't risk having to work Sunday. Now that his day off was at risk, he discovers that he can get things done by phone, as BHO said when JM was suspending his campain last week and threatening to call in sick for the debate. I wish he would just call in sick for the election!

    September 27, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. jennifer, Evergreen, CO

    Why does this candidate have any credibility left?

    September 27, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Deb, Allentown,PA

    McCain could have done what he did on Thursday and Friday by phone, but instead he pulled his ridiculous "suspending the campaign" stunt. Never did really suspend his campaign though, did he?

    What a liar he and Palin are. And they call themselves Christians?

    September 27, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. DianeKentucky

    Perhaps someone told McCain NOT to go to Capitol Hill so he wouldn't gum up the process of a solution.

    September 27, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Kris in Oregon

    Do you think McShame got the message that his help was really making things worse?

    McShame showed his real personality last night and it was scary. He refused to look at Obama. This shows that either he holds has true contempt for Obama or he was trying to not do one of his famous melt downs.

    Is this what we need, a president that won't meet with leaders of other nations, because he sees them as an enemy.

    I think McShame is becoming another Napolean type of figure,.

    September 27, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Molly

    GREAT Job McCain!!! McCain – Experience
    Obam – "Book" answers

    At least McCain is in DC – doing his JOB
    Obama is out trolling for votes

    Do YOUR JOB!!!!

    September 27, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Erica

    Please tell me why Americans who are living from paycheck to paycheck, dealing with their home foreclosing, unemployed, or not able to afford health insurance voting for McCain and Palin.

    It is astonishing that McCain has stated in several appearances that he is not comfortable talking about the economy, that he doesn't know that much about it, and to hear him say recently that the fundamentals of our economy is strong, are you kidding me.

    This election should not be about who Americans would love to have a beer with, who we admire, or our goal of getting any female as VP.

    I mean look long and hard at what we have experienced over the last 8 years, I mean seriously can we afford another four?

    And frankly, I am so sick of McCain using his experience in the military has a core to being President. None of the candidates have Presidential experience because none of them has been President, don't you have to actually do the job before you can brag about having the experience.

    Please vote smart this election, if not WE ALL WILL SUFFER TOGETHER (Democrats and Republicans)!!


    September 27, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. chad

    more of the same. lies. what was john laughing about last night?
    he really does think this is a joke! wont look at barack but he can
    laugh. this isnt funny john, things are serious. you "dont get it"

    September 27, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Party of Whiners

    His little publicity stunt backfired.

    September 27, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Lachelle

    Did anyone notice how hot-headed McCain appeared in the debate. We need a President who can remain calm and not taking the panic approach in a time of crisis. I hear numerous of individuals saying that Obama did not quickly address what he would do when hearing about the bail out plan once it was first announced.
    As Americans, we have gotten into the "right now" mode. I mean wouldn't you all like for our leader to examine the situation, gain specifics, and arrive at a solution that will work instead of shouting out solutions that are way off, isn't that how we got ourselves into the Iraq war?

    September 27, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Shelly

    Seriously?? Did McCain just now discover the miracle of telephones? His tactics (or are they strategies?) would be hilarious if they weren't so sad!

    September 27, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Lisa

    OH NO!!! How will they ever manage without the MAVERICK????

    September 27, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Karen - Missouri

    So let me get this straight. All last week, McCain appeared on Rachel Ray show and didn't think it necessary to get involved in Washington. By Wednesday he suddenly feels the need to be in Washington and actually hurt negotiations there. Then he wanted to cancel the debate. Then he did debate. Then he was going to Washington. Now he decides he can keep in touch by phone.

    McCain is nothing but chaos! The last thing this country needs is an erratic person in the White House.

    September 27, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    McCain needs to stay out of the bailout negotiations. Even the Wall Street Journal reported that he injected politics into a bi-patisan effort by pandering to the conservative wing of the GOP.

    September 27, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. JayInNewHampshire

    John should stay home. Or is it his 5th,6th..... He already parachuted in and sabotaged the meetings once already. He is so un-focused clearly cannot multi-task and appears to obsolete. A political dinosaur it is time for John to call it quits.

    September 27, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. MS

    So much for charging into Washington and saving the day. It looks like Obama called McCain's bluff.

    September 27, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Salter said McCain will not go because “he can effectively do what he needs to do by phone." Really? What a change from earlier in the week!

    And for all of you geniuses who keep saying that Obama kept calling Senator McCain "Jim" during the debate, that was the moderator's first name. Duh!

    September 27, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Walt

    Good, John, stay home. In fact go home to Arizona and retire. Take your friend Henry Kissinger with you.

    Kissinger is as disreputable as McCain. Saying he is in total agreement with McCain on unconditional talks is a lie. Seems to me I say the video of Kissinger saying that he would support unconditional talks with our enemies at high levels of government-and suggested the Secretary of State make the initial contact.

    McCain is nitpicking now that it has been shown that Obama original concept of talking with our enemies is being embraced even by the horrid Bush administration that created such a mess in the last 8 years. And McCain is part of that mess. John don't go to Capitol Hill today or any other day. Go home.

    September 27, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Jason Rieger

    Something tells me that all of the people he had called earlier told him to stay far away.

    September 27, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Hammerlock


    First he goes all melodrama and "suspends" his campaign and says he immediately needs to get to DC to move the process along (yet sits around for another 22 hours in NY). Then he potentially derails the process by egging on the House Reps to go into open revolt about the bill. Then in the meeting he himself asked for, he sits and says next to nothing.

    And now McCain has finally figured out how to use one of them hi-tech talking-boxes to speak to people real far away....we call 'em phones. This guy's about as consistent as a roll of the dice.

    Stick a fork in him; he's done.

    September 27, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Jeannie Ramberg

    I'm beginning to believe More of the Same, McCain is losing his mind. I was always aliitle concerned that he may have some post traumatic stress disorder from his years of torture.
    I am seriously afraid for this man to be commander in chief.

    September 27, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. helen

    John MCain is a fraud. I am done with him. I will not even bother to watch the next debate. This man disapointed me so much. He has nothing new to say to me. I am still not sure about Obama but God help us if we have to go through a week like last with the childish behavior of Mcain.

    September 27, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Independent

    John McCain doesn't know whether he's going to the presidential debate. John McCain doesn't know if he's going to Capitol Hill. And he wants us to travel with him on his trip to nowhere???

    I choose to follow Barack Obama's path. It will lead me to a better future.

    September 27, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Ovitshio Branco

    What a surprise. He is a joke and unfit to be President.
    And just what Vets was he talking about that trust him? I spent 27 years in the military and I don't trust him and do not believe he has the best interests of the USA in mind.
    And why hasn't anyone been discussing how Keating is once again donating to his campaign. Keating 5 part 2?

    September 27, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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