Obama Heads to Mississippi
By Shailagh Murray
As he departed Washington for Mississippi, Sen. Barack Obama said he was "optimistic" about a bailout deal, but that he would get out of the way of negotiators and head down for the now-confirmed debate.
"I think that there is real progress being made this morning and last night, and I think it's important that the markets seem to be staying relatively calm at this point," Obama said on his campaign plane. "And at this point, my strong sense is that the best thing that I can do, rather than to inject presidential politics into some delicate negotiations, is to go down to Mississippi and explain to the American people what is going on and my vision for leading the country over the next four years."
He said he probably will be returning to Washington afterward "and hopefully getting a package done."
But another White House meeting is not in order, he added. Referring to yesterday's session, Obama said, "I'm not sure that it was as productive as it could have been. But I think at this point, it's important just to move forward."
Posted at 12:14 PM ET on Sep 26, 2008
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