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

September 28, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  | Category:  business
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Typically, the water boys of the GOP will try and enhance McCain's dramatic and silly 'airdrop' into the negotiations. I would love to be a fly on the wall of the negotions when all and sundry must have looked at each other and said, "wtf is up with him?"
And this impetuous, cranky old drama queen with his "I don't know but if I find em I'll bring em to ya" Veep choice wants to run the works?

Posted by: Doc | September 28, 2008 6:37 PM

Dodd and Pelosi better take it easy because if this fails they wont have any one to blame but themselves.
I think McCain did the admiral thing by going to the talks. The American people are beginning to see what Mccain means when he said Obama is not experienced enough. Obama just goes along with crowd. McCain on the other hand takes the initative that's what I am looking for in a leader.

Posted by: mimi362 | September 28, 2008 6:58 PM

What in the world would anyone expect from Gregg other than partisan hogwash. He has no ideas of his own and is totally self serving all of the time. I feel that he is one of the worst senators in the entire senate.

Posted by: E.L. Jackson | September 28, 2008 7:43 PM

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