WASHINGTON,DC (RUSHPRNEWS) 09/24/2008–This morning Barack called John McCain to suggest a joint statement of principles that would help Congress resolve the immediate financial crisis.Then John McCain went on television and said he was suspending his campaign and that Friday’s presidential debate should be postponed.
Barack spoke about the crisis and took questions from reporters a few hours ago.
He also made it clear that — with only 40 days left for the American people to decide who will be responsible for leading our economic future — it is more important than ever that the scheduled debate takes place.
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Joint Statement of Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain
The following is a joint statement from Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain on the current economic crisis:
The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake.
â€œNow is a time to come together â€“ Democrats and Republicans â€“ in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail.
This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.Â Â
Speaking for himself, Senator Obama outlined the following principles that he calls on Senator McCain to support:
I believe that several core principles should guide this legislation.
First, there must be oversight. We should not hand over a blank check to the discretion of one man. We support an independent, bipartisan board to ensure accountability and complete transparency.
Second, we need to protect taxpayers. There should be a path for taxpayers to recover their money, and to turn a profit if Wall Street prospers.
Third, no Wall Street executive should profit from taxpayer dollars. This plan cannot be a welfare program for CEOs whose greed and irresponsibility has contributed to this crisis.
Fourth, we must help families who are struggling to stay in their homes. We cannot bail out Wall Street without helping millions of families facing foreclosure on Main Street.
Fifth, we both agree that this financial rescue package should move on its own without any earmarks or other measures. We have different views about the need for other action, but this must be a clean bill.
This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. This is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem â€“ this is an American problem. Now, we must find an American solution.
Obama-Biden spokesman Bill Burton just released the following statement:
A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do.Â Senator Obama has been working all week with leaders in Congress, Secretary Paulson, and Chairman Bernanke to improve this proposal, and he has said that he will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution.Â He strongly believes the debate should go forward on Friday so that the American people can hear from their next President about how he will lead America forward at this defining moment for our country.