Gregg: McCain 'Very Constructive;' Dodd: Not So Much
At a media briefing this afternoon, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), one of the GOP point-men in negotiations over the $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill, said he was happy that both presidential candidates suspended their campaigns earlier this week to focus on the current crisis.
"It focused the American people's attention that this is serious and real," Gregg said. "You know something big's happening if you're out there, anywhere, in America."
Gregg's comments were a bipartisan pat on the back for the candidates, but may have meant a little extra to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who had been roundly criticized for parachuting into the talks on the Hill and mucking things up.
Gregg had tried to give McCain a compliment earlier in the day during an appearance on "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer," on CNN. But Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who was also on the show, wouldn't hear of it.
Gregg: "I actually think Senator McCain and Senator Obama were one of the catalysts of this effort..."
Blitzer: "But you don't believe, Sen. Gregg, that by them coming to Washington, having that meeting that collapsed at the White House on Thursday, that that set back the process? You believe it actually helped?"
Gregg: "I missed the meeting at the White House. I'll tell you, though, that..."
Dodd: "I was there. It didn't help."
-- Frank Ahrens
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