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McCain: I Blame Obama, His Allies

In comments just concluded, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, "Sen. Obama and his allies in Congress have infused unnecessary partisanship into the process."

In the next breath, however, McCain said: "Now is not the time to fix blame. Now is the time to fix the problems."

This came after Democrats criticized McCain last week for parachuting into the crisis and accused him of mucking up a deal they said was underway.

McCain said the credit crisis is "grave," and is "of vital importance to families, small businesses and every working American," and called on Congress to come back immediately and pass a Wall Street rescue package.

-- Frank Ahrens

By Frank Ahrens  |  September 29, 2008; 5:27 PM ET
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"Sen. Obama and his allies in Congress have infused unnecessary partisanship into the process."

Thanks to Sen. McCain for the comic relief.

Posted by: amazed | September 29, 1908 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Heh McCain's parachuting into the middle of it actually slowed it down and made the final proposal better. Too bad it is still a giveaway to WS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 1908 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Schieffer asked Obama if McCain should get any credit for helping to get the bailout package settled.

"No," Obama said. "Look, here are the facts: For two weeks, I was on the phone every day with Secretary Paulson and the congressional leaders, making sure that the principles that have ultimately been adopted were incorporated into the bill

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Obama on Face The Nation yesterday. Apparently, according to him, this was HIS plan that got voted down. It looks like his multi-tasking skills need some work.

Posted by: Larry | September 29, 1908 5:38 PM | Report abuse

New election slogan for us all:

Don't re-elect anybody!

Posted by: Bill Ahlstrom | September 29, 1908 5:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain's credibility is fast approaching the level of the President's. Does he even believe himself?

His effectiveness in dealing with his Republican colleagues in the House is also about as effective as Bush's. Hey, McCain fans, if that's the kind of leadership you want, you're welcome to it. The rest of us would like to have a real President for a change.

Posted by: wkorn | September 29, 1908 5:39 PM | Report abuse

No the rest of us would like to have a real president for real. Not for a change.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 1908 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Larry said "It looks like [Obama's] multi-tasking skills need some work."

How about a shot of reality, Larry? The Democrats supported the measure in a landslide. It was the Republicans who ran away from an unpopular but necessary choice, just like John-Boy.

Posted by: wkorn | September 29, 1908 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Well it if ain't a real President for a change, then it ain't a real President. The one we got now is about as real as Republican consensus.

The best thing the current President can do is go find some beach volleyball players to fondle like he did at the Olympics, and he can take McCain and Palin with him.

Posted by: wkorn | September 29, 1908 5:47 PM | Report abuse

wkorn says-

Larry said "It looks like [Obama's] multi-tasking skills need some work."

How about a shot of reality, Larry? The Democrats supported the measure in a landslide. It was the Republicans who ran away from an unpopular but necessary choice, just like John-Boy.

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I thought close only counted in horse shoes. So does it matter if Obama actually ACCOMPLISHES something as President when he multi-tasks or is working on a lot of things reward enough by itself?

Posted by: Larry | September 29, 1908 6:16 PM | Report abuse

This can't be happening! Didn't McCain "suspend" his campaign to ride to the rescue? By rights the world should now be living happily ever after.
And he says Obama is playing politics! What a hypocrite!

Posted by: observer | September 29, 1908 8:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain seems ready to retire. There is an old age home waiting for him.

Posted by: Rachel | September 29, 1908 8:42 PM | Report abuse

When you want a bipartition voting, you should not points fingers to other, Obama wants mileage even out of it and directed all the blame to Bush, McCain and GOP, and expect that all GOP will endorsed it. GOP bill was of three pages and Democrats’ make it 110 pages, so many modifications still it is Bush's How?. Why not Obama and his economic team bring the legislation, he understands main street much better than anyone else in USA. There is no doubt that bill is failed because of Main Street, did not like it, and how can their leaders go against the people will.
Before blaming GOP, Obama should ask himself why only 60 % Democrats’ voted in favor.

Posted by: Sudhirprannath | September 29, 1908 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so weak and Obama and his mob are the blame for this bill not passing.

Please , let's not be stupid. Obama ='s death to the U.S.
ouch!!!!
Vote McCain he will help this country improve more then anyone else.

Posted by: Frankly | September 29, 1908 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Let me see now:

Republican president seeks emergency bailout
Republican Treasury Secretary sent to persuade Congress
Republican owned financial institutions at risk
Republican administration’s economy crumbling
Republican candidate for president claims he saved the day
Republican members of Congress kill the bill
Republicans at all levels blame Democrats


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Posted by: david | September 30, 1908 9:16 AM | Report abuse

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