Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

McCain Stresses Bipartisanship

Republican presidential nominee John McCain delivers a speech at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri October 1, 2008. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

By Michael D. Shear
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Declaring that "if we fail to act, the gears of our economy will grind to a halt," Sen. John McCain praised a new spirit of bipartisanship that he said will carry the financial sector rescue package to passage.

Speaking at the Harry S. Truman Library here, McCain said that Congress has "awakened to the danger" of financial collapse if the bill is not passed, and he predicted that the new version of the measure will be acceptable to members.

"If the financial rescue bill fails in Congress yet again, the present crisis will turn into a disaster," he said. "But in the case of this bill, I am confident there are enough people of good will in both parties to see America through this crisis. And when the last vote is
cast, we can be grateful to all of them -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- for helping to solve the crisis instead of merely exploiting it."

McCain plans to fly back to Washington this afternoon to be at Capitol Hill in time for the expected vote in the Senate on the modified bailout bill this evening.

McCain also used his speech to highlight his economic proposals, stressing that his call for business and individual tax cuts will help spur long-term improvement in the country's economic future.

"Keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create new jobs," he said. "Cutting the second highest business tax rate in the world will help American companies compete and keep our best jobs from moving overseas. Doubling the child tax exemption will improve the lives of millions of American families."

McCain also repeated his promises for a spending freeze on most programs and an increase in oil drilling and construction of nuclear power plans.

But in a speech that was notable because he did not once mention Sen. Barack Obama's name, McCain repeatedly returned to the need for bipartisan cooperation in Washington to confront the nation's biggest problems.

"Instead of rejecting good ideas because we didn't think of them first, let's use the best ideas from both sides," he said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 1, 2008; 11:48 AM ET
Categories:  Battlegrounds , Economy , John McCain  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: NRA Delivers New Ad in Spanish
Next: Ifill's Book is no Secret


It is funny how McCain's people were attempting to use clips of a bi-Partisan Obama agreeing with McCain on certain issues, nevermind that they left out the part where he made contrasts to his views with McCain during the first debate as a way to show McCain is "right" on so many issues; apparently that backfired when so many people were talking about how that was a good thing that shows Obama willing to reach across the aisle. Now they have McCain touting his false bi-partisan attitude, it truly seems to me that the McCain campaign is just blowing in the wind and that they have no strategy. We need a leader who is truly pragmatic and is willing to have an honest discussion with people from all view points to really come up with a solution that is best for the greater good ~ here's a hint, it is NOT MCCAIN.

Posted by: mesha314 | October 1, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry McCain, your political capital has gone down! Independent voters saw through your ploy of "suspending your campaign" to fly back to D.C. to fix the bailout in which the bailout became even more partisan and broke down.

If anyone watched the Friday Presidential debate which had insta-polling, it was clearly evident that Independents had a more favorable response to Obama during the debate.

Palin energized the Republican base based on her folksy talk and good looks. But now many thinking conservatives are severely questioning her readiness.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Beside the McCain-Palin campaign, who else believed that a solid education (like Harvard law) are despicable signs of arrogance, elitism, "disconnected'ness", and therefore not something to encourage:
1. Stalinist soviet Union, killing all potential leaders of Poland upon invading this country with the Nazis: Katyn massacre
2. Mao's People Republic of China during its "cultural revolution" sending everybody with a diploma to the rice fields, and killing some in the process while driving the country to starvation in the subsequent years as it simply lacked leadership in all domains
3. Communist Red Khmer Cambodia, that killed millions of its citizens: those with a university degree.
Nice company! Granted, these folks were not content with attemtping to purge the libraries from undesirable books, along with the librarians...they succeeded in their attempts, and eventually proceeded in wiping out the library goers. One step at a time I guess?

Posted by: guess_who | October 1, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain stressing bipartisanship? Outside of a GOP talking point, where has he really bothered to be bipartisan on this?

It was very comrehensively reported, when his campaign was 'allegedly' suspended, that he ONLY contacted leaders in the GOP.

Everything he has said about this financial disaster has been set up to make him seem like the man who stepped in and 'rescued' the plan. It has been all political calculation.

Yet every news report revealed that he added nothing to the negotiations, he did not really suspend his campaign, and he has postured to make every step political, in a way that props himself up and bashes Obama.

However, John Sidney McCain III could not get his party on board, as he promised.

I am waiting for the spin on how he crossed the aisle to lead both sides to the promised land (cue Joe LIEberman).

Meanwhile Sarah Palin remains a cancer recurrence away from the presidency, if he should win, and McCain still refuses to release his health records.

What are you trying to hide John?

By the way, speaking of Palin, if you haven't seen the 2nd Jack Cafferty ripping of McCain, I have videos of both inspired Cafferty attacks posted.

They are at:

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's a bipartisan proposal:
The crisis is caused by the depletion of the wealth of average Americans, and that was caused by income disparity.

A real solution should include tax incetives for companies with CEO to worker pay ratios that do not allow CEO pay to exceed ten times that of the lowest paid worker. It should include hefty tax penalties for any CEO pay in excess of 20 times the lowest worker's pay.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 1, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain's anger and bitterness is palpable. Calling for bipartisanship in the same breath he blames (incorrectly) the no vote on Democrats? Right! Everyone else is to blame, typical Republican refusal to take responsibility for anything. The no-accountability Party.

Republicans deserve 40 years in the political wilderness for worshiping false idols!!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 1, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Two days ago it was the Democrats fault according to McCain. Obama urges calm and lays no blame. McCain follows Obama's direction and calms down and talks about bipartisanship.McCain changes his positions but he does much better when he follows Obama's advice.

"Keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create jobs." said John McCain. That was the theory but it did not happen that way during the Bush administration. Job creation was less than a quarter of that during the Clinton administration and still worse the average working American could not keep even with inflation while Bush was in office.

If you make statements that are not consistent with the facts then you are out of touch with reality. Obama has a different approach. Give the financial stimulus exactly where it is needed to working families and make sure that the jobs created are in this country and not abroad. Insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting a different outcome.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 1, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

This is what McCain should have said last week instead of suspending his campaign.

Posted by: Kristen2 | October 1, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain would be wise to distance himself
from this 'across the aisle' nonsense.
The american people are witnessing
how dysfunctional the democrats in
congress are. His 'reaching' has been
more of a 'selling out' his beliefs.
no one stands for anything in washington,
just a bunch of turncoat self serving
blowhards. That is why so many americans
are hoping Palin steps up tomorrow night
and shows us some real convictions.
if she melts down,
might as well stay home and put the
money in coffee cans for four years.

Posted by: USA3 | October 1, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

For this as a prime example of racism in the RNC/GOP Lie Machine...

Bush-worshiping Minnesota congresswoman who's now an ANWR drilling zealot, sends a racist message in code via the religious-right site OneNewsNow, while pretending to talk about energy:

An urban America -- the Democrats' vision?

...Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) says it has not escaped Democrats what the cost of gasoline and loss of jobs are doing to the country.

"This is their agenda," Bachmann states bluntly. "I know it is hard to believe, it's hard to fathom -- but this is 'mission accomplished' for them," she asserts. "They want Americans to take transit and move to the inner cities. They want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, take light rail to their government jobs. That's their vision for America." ...

In a sense, the Republicans made a pact with the devil. They sold their political soul to the hatred of the government devil, in return for dominance in American politics.

The Republicans demonized government and the liberals.

And no one clearly denounces the Republican Party for being virtual anarchists -- always promising tax cuts and to hell with government functioning. Actually, there is a method to the madness of the Republicans.

They claim that government is bad and so taxes have to be cut, then government functioning does indeed become bad in many areas because of the lack of funding, and then the Republican use the damage (that they caused) as evidence that government is no good.

It because a destructive cycle with the government getting worse and the public becoming more and more cynical.

The conservative emphasis on hatred of government is very attuned with racism. Racism encourages hatred and hatred of government, especially a pro-Civil Rights government, is very compatible with racism.

The forces of Republican, Southern, and born-again Christian racism and moralism reinforces each other in a blend of very nasty, vindictive rhetoric.

Southern racists have always insisted that they were more religious than any other segment of the population.

And Southern religion, largely being racist, has an exaggerated sense of moralism.

Vernon Johns always used to marvel that the most "religious" part of the country was also the worst violator of Civil Rights.

This attitudinal mixture of racist moralism, so typical of the South and now so typical of the Republicans, was practiced by the Republicans in spades and to excess to paralyze the presidency of the Democratic president, William Jefferson Clinton.

The Republicans were able to paralyze the Democrats by their constant misuse of legislative committees and hearings. Somehow the Republicans have been able to substitute their racist moralism for any balanced sense of decency and fair play.

Somehow they have decided that anyone in political life that they don't like and who has committed adultery is deserving of being replaced in political office or paralyzed in their exercise of political office.

It has been a long time since the American political culture has experienced such vindictive and hateful rhetoric.

The moralists, who are supposed to be more moral than the rest of us, feel that it is justified to describe Obama as an "elitist" just another word for "uppity"

We became used to "hate" radio, with Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter,...Now its Hate TV..

Angry white men with a Republican bent now shout their anger and racist moralisms and accusations at the top of their lungs.

On cable TV, almost the entire Fox News network is a very conservative, I would even say racist, network.

A great tragedy is that the liberals have not spoken up for themselves.

They have not defended Democratic values and beliefs, but rather have either remained silent...

McCarthy was going around pretending he was more moral, more loyal, to the United States and that others were "beyond the pale" and had to be stopped, or at least punished. No one spoke up against McCarthyism until McCarthy went too far and took on the United States Army.

One reason for the Democrats silence and weakness against the moral terrorism of the Republicans is that the Democrats have themselves unleashed moralism by their insistence that everyone use "politically correct" speech.

Liberals can go so far to the left in some areas that they come to resemble their opponents.

The puritanism in the "politically correct" movement is one with the moralism of the racists.

...too bad
...This is why ALL americans need to finally see that the republicans must go...

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 1, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

John McCain should return to DC and immediately call the Committee on Campaign Debates and inquire "what are they thinking"?

How can they allow Gwen Iffil to moderate tomorrow's debate after she wrote a book praising Barack Obama?

It appears that Mark Penn was correct when he stated that the "biggest loser in this year's election is the media".

Posted by: mwhoke | October 1, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

John McCain should return to DC and immediately call the Committee on Campaign Debates and inquire "what are they thinking"?

How can they allow an individual who wrote a book praising Barack Obama be the moderator of tomorrow's debate!

It appears that Mark Penn was correct when he stated that the "biggest loser in this year's electio".

Posted by: mwhoke | October 1, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company