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Reid to McCain: Don't Come Back to Capitol
blogs ABCnews ^ | 9/24/ 2008 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 09/24/2008 4:14:39 PM PDT by GVnana

Reid to McCain: Don't Come Back to Capitol September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

A Democrat tells ABC News that, in a phone call late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that it would NOT be helpful for him to come back to Washington, D.C., to work on the Wall Street bailout bill.

McCain this afternoon suspended his campaign and said he would skip the first presidential debate in order to return to Capitol Hill to work on the log-jammed Bush administration legislation, which, as of Wednesday afternoon, was in peril.

McCain had phoned Reid to ask about the prospects of him, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and others to sit down and work together on hammering out a bipartisan proposal.

"Sorry," Reid said to him, a Democrat close to Reid says.

Reid then read McCain the statement he had just put out: "This is a critical time for our country," says the Reid statement. "While I appreciate that both candidates have signaled their willingness to help, Congress and the administration have a process in place to reach a solution to this unprecedented financial crisis. I understand that the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Sen. Obama’s suggestion. But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op. If there were ever a time for both candidates to hold a debate before the American people about this serious challenge, it is now.”

A source close to Reid said McCain didn't have much to say after that. Reid, the source says, thinks McCain's maneuver is a gimmick born from bad poll numbers and the fact that "debate prep must not be going very well."

- jpt

UPDATE: McCain senior adviser Mark Salter emails: "Yesterday, Harry Reid said that consensus couldn't be achieved without John McCain's leadership. John stepped up and is providing that leadership. Now Senator Reid seems to have changed his mind for reasons we'll let him explain. But what he should understand is that this isn't about Harry Reid or John McCain or Barack Obama. It's about the American people and, in the words of Warren Buffet, the financial Pearl Harbor they're facing. John's committed to doing his part to help avert that calamity. We hope Senator Reid is too."


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; bailout; congress; countryfirst; dingyharry; donothingcongress; financialcrisis; harryreid; mccain; mccainpalin; reid; ussenate
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I am so disgusted by this congress and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in particular, that I have visions of tar and feathers and two geeks being chased down Pennsylvania Ave.
1 posted on 09/24/2008 4:14:40 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana

McCain to Reid.....It is a free country....I’ll go when and wher I want...


2 posted on 09/24/2008 4:15:28 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: GVnana

Me to Reid: Get out!


3 posted on 09/24/2008 4:16:07 PM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: GVnana

Panic in the streets of obama land!


4 posted on 09/24/2008 4:16:25 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: GVnana
Let them leave town. McCain and the Republican Party should firmly saddle the responsibility for what follows next on the Democrats. Go ahead, Dingy Harry - make our day!!!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 09/24/2008 4:17:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GVnana

No one asked YOU Harry.


6 posted on 09/24/2008 4:18:09 PM PDT by madison10 (Pray every day for McCains, Palins and the USA...and the rest of us, too.)
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To: GVnana

Bump.


7 posted on 09/24/2008 4:18:16 PM PDT by lmr (NOBAMA '08!)
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To: GVnana

Reid working for hussein.


8 posted on 09/24/2008 4:19:22 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Conceal carry - Don't leave home without it.)
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To: GVnana

McCain to Reid and Obama for that matter - read my lips:

Country First, you idiots!! (my additions)

Camp Obama wants to continue the debate while Rome burns Harry Reid said yesterday that this legislation would not pass without McCain’s presence.

Is anyone else ready to march on Washington????


9 posted on 09/24/2008 4:19:42 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: Williams
Me to Reid: Get out!

If the Republicans carry out this attack well, not just McCain/Palin will win, but many Republicans can win new seats in Congress as well. Who knows. As a result, Reid may just end up getting out -- of the Senate Majority Leader spot.

10 posted on 09/24/2008 4:20:02 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obambi vs. McZilla)
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To: illiac
I really think this is an enormous mistake. If McCain goes back it will portrayed as nothing other than a cheap political stunt. What is he going to do, bipartisan this thing to death?! This is why McCain is such a loser!

McCain needs to hammer home this "Financial Crisis" is the sole fault of the democrats and Obama!

11 posted on 09/24/2008 4:21:45 PM PDT by sirchtruth (Vote Conservative Repuplican!!)
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To: Sig Sauer P220

Reid is the type of person you want to take a shower with bleach after you meet him.


12 posted on 09/24/2008 4:23:24 PM PDT by shadeaud
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To: GVnana

It’s been apparent for a while that Reid, Pelosi and 0bama want to prolong and exacerbate the situation for political gain. Unfortunately, most voters really won’t see through their ploy and they may succeed.


13 posted on 09/24/2008 4:23:42 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Just your average "Whitey" - bitterly clinging to my guns and religion.)
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To: GVnana

Palin quoted Reid best: “I can’t stand John McCain.” What he really means is that he can’t stand up to John McCain. And that’s the best reason to take the maverick out of the senate and put him in the White Wouse.


14 posted on 09/24/2008 4:23:50 PM PDT by beagleone
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To: sirchtruth
Really? The Democrats say they need GOP votes to avert a crisis but when McCain offers to help the country, they turn him down. They talk a good game my friend but they don't walk their talk!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

15 posted on 09/24/2008 4:24:10 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GVnana

Harry Reid is an American disgrace, and the people of Nevada should ride him out of the state on a rail.


16 posted on 09/24/2008 4:24:58 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: sirchtruth

Country first not camapaign first, the only problem for the rats is that Mccain thought about it first


17 posted on 09/24/2008 4:25:27 PM PDT by italianquaker (McCain country first, Odumbo campaign first)
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To: GVnana

uh, since McCain is still a member of the Senate, he and Obama, who I suppose is a Senate memeber, need to have their sorry asses back to doing the job they are paid for.

I know, to a POS like Reid, that idea is foreign to him.


18 posted on 09/24/2008 4:25:52 PM PDT by dforest
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To: GVnana

Unbelievable.

He must have just talked to the Messiah.


19 posted on 09/24/2008 4:26:01 PM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.stopsidsnow.com)
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To: GVnana

Is Pelousy still on her asinine book tour, while Rome burns?


20 posted on 09/24/2008 4:26:29 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: GVnana

McCain to Reid ,,,,,, let me see how did Pamela Andersin put it .......... #*+K it Harry .


21 posted on 09/24/2008 4:26:31 PM PDT by lionheart 247365 ((Socialism . . . the catalyst of mediocrity))
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To: Williams

Dump Reid in 2010!


22 posted on 09/24/2008 4:27:13 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: GVnana

Last I heard, McCain is still a Senator (ok, so is Obama)
it really is their JOB TO BE THERE!


23 posted on 09/24/2008 4:27:23 PM PDT by bluedad
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To: GVnana

Reid is afraid that if McCain comes in something might get done in the do nothing legislative. Why on earth should Obambi and McCain be flapping their gums when their help is needed for their day job, which is working in the Senate, not running for President. The Dems have their priorities upside down.


24 posted on 09/24/2008 4:27:38 PM PDT by GauchoUSA
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To: GVnana
Where the freak is the Republican leadership in this thing. McCain should be getting support from McConnell or somebody. Why is McCain being hung out by his own party?
25 posted on 09/24/2008 4:27:59 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Dogs for Palin.)
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To: sirchtruth
It would be well for Freepers to remember McCain's motto ...

COUNTRY FIRST!

McCain is doing the right thing.

26 posted on 09/24/2008 4:28:57 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: sirchtruth

“McCain needs to hammer home....”

Whatever that means.

If the press wont report it, you can hammer stuff home until you break the nail, it isnt going to matter.

You either go bold or go home.

That is leadership.


27 posted on 09/24/2008 4:29:20 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Stand Up For Chuck 2008!)
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To: lionheart 247365

I would email his office to let him know how I feel about this. Unfortunately, “You’re An Idiot” isn’t one of the subject choices.


28 posted on 09/24/2008 4:30:32 PM PDT by ninergold3 (Christ would not vote for Barack Obama...Alan Keyes)
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To: GVnana

This dirty rotten no-good SOB...

Tar and feathers would be too good for him.


29 posted on 09/24/2008 4:31:43 PM PDT by wastedyears (Now sadly living in the DPRNYC [Brooklyn])
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To: GVnana

This is becoming my usual response these days.
To Reid: Go f*** yourself!


30 posted on 09/24/2008 4:32:36 PM PDT by conservative cat ("In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. " -MT)
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To: GVnana

Pinky already has said that he hates McCain...I can hear his blood pressure spiking from here...LOL


31 posted on 09/24/2008 4:36:03 PM PDT by padre35 (Sarah Palin is the one we've been waiting for..Rom 10.10..)
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To: sirchtruth

Its his JOB as a senator and Bambi too . They need to be involved in drawing up a deal and VOTING Yes or NO and not issuing press releases .
I noticed how you don’t criticize Bambi comment which was call me if you need me ???
The McCain haters have come rolling out of there HOLES Again!


32 posted on 09/24/2008 4:37:20 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: GVnana

I sorta see McCain as Gandalf here where he excorcizes the King of Rohan i.e.Congress , Reid would be Wormtongue.


33 posted on 09/24/2008 4:37:24 PM PDT by lmc12
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To: beagleone

I do not know about this. I do not trust Reid as far as I could throw. Frankly, I think Obama always puts self above solving problems that are critical to this nation’s economy.

But,” why would a socialist, marxist lover like Obama even care about our free market economy”, which is a concept all socialists and marxists hate? I think that is the real answer and reason why Obama wants to avoid doing his real current elected job.


34 posted on 09/24/2008 4:37:47 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: GVnana

Since when is “doing your job” a political stunt? The reason OHO doesn’t return and ‘help’ with this huge debacle is because he doesn’t KNOW WHAT TO DO. He has to think on it. And what is his response? He won’t go back because it is more important to debate than do his job that he was elected to do.
He has never done his job. What bills has he put through Congress... what exactly has he done... other that flap his lips and grandstand?


35 posted on 09/24/2008 4:38:26 PM PDT by BigFinn (Read My Lipstick.)
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To: VanDeKoik
I was flipping through Reid's website when I found an announcement for a "Foreclosure Education Workshop". As part of the page announcing this there are a couple phone numbers for additional help. One is the Consumer Credit Counseling. . .so far, so good.

The next number is for an organization called 888-995-HOPE

Their description says, "To any homeowner in America having trouble paying their mortgage Any time--24/7 888-995-HOPE offers:"

As I looked toward the bottom I saw this. . .

Partners:

American General Financial Services, a member of AIG, Inc., Bank of America, BBWCDF, Citigroup, Countrywide Home Loans, EMC Mortgage, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, GE Money, GMAC ResCap, Homeownership Preservation Foundation, Housing Policy Council, HSBC– North America, JPMorgan Chase, LaSalle Bank, Mortgage Bankers Association, National City Mortgage Co., NeighborWorks® America, Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, Option One Mortgage, State Farm Insurance, SunTrust Banks, Inc., Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

I'm thinking I'd go elsewhere for my financial counseling needs. . .
36 posted on 09/24/2008 4:40:10 PM PDT by ninergold3 (Christ would not vote for Barack Obama...Alan Keyes)
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To: GVnana
I am so disgusted by this congress and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in particular, that I have visions of tar and feathers and two geeks being chased down Pennsylvania Ave.

I'm all in favor of electing a whole new batch of 535 congressmen and senators and getting rid of the entire lot we now have in DC. A new group sure as heck couldn't do any worse. I will not vote for any incumbent!

37 posted on 09/24/2008 4:40:36 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: OldNavyVet

Exactly. Because Harry, Nobama and Pelousy don’t understand that concept, they can’t conceive of it as someone who does.

I think what Harry was trying to do was score some points for the Messiah by first putting it out there that McCain was needed to make this bill work, all the while figuring McCain would be too busy campaigning to come back. That way when the bill failed or sputtered, Harry would shove his ugly mug back before the cameras and blame McCain for the economy. Unfortunately, McCain, for all his faults, LOVES his country and was ready to come back immediately. That didn’t fit with Harry’s plan and now he looks more like an idiot that he normally does. If he keeps lowering the bar on idiocy, it’s going to start sticking out of the ground in China soon.


38 posted on 09/24/2008 4:43:08 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: bluedad

That is right, both candidates decided to remain senators through the campaign, so McCain IS doing his job and Hussein is playing hooky big time, it is too beneath him being a Senator now, it is “below” his pay grade THIS time. To me he is looking elitist beyond belief.


39 posted on 09/24/2008 4:44:00 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: GVnana

stfu Harry dingy Reid


40 posted on 09/24/2008 4:45:05 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: GVnana

Look Dingy, you really Rucked Up this situation...its time you eat lead or go home to searchlight! Dang Dumacrats!!

41 posted on 09/24/2008 4:45:10 PM PDT by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: Sig Sauer P220
Reid working for hussein.

The two had almost word-for-word the same responses to McCain's proposal. Hmm...

42 posted on 09/24/2008 4:50:17 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: GVnana

This all falls on the liberal democratic congress, they all knew it, they stood by and profited from it, they protected it at every turn, they block every means to correct it.
There is one word that comes to mind TREASON!
They stole tax payer monies from the American taxpayer for thier own pockets. These low lives my friends are criminals that you elected to represent you! I hope to God when this is over we will search these criminals out and bring them all to justice.


43 posted on 09/24/2008 4:50:43 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (IF YOU ARE NOT CONSERVATIVE BY 35 YOU HAVE NO BRAIN. W CHURCHILL)
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To: goldstategop

The republicans remained in D.C. during the summer break and brought us a dem cave on the oil drilling ban.

If the dems want to rush home to campaign they do so at their own peril.


44 posted on 09/24/2008 4:50:58 PM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: GVnana

Reid and his cronies caused this problem. It is time to throw them out. We really need a 527 on this issue. We need this issue to go on even though McCain has suspended his campaign ads.


45 posted on 09/24/2008 4:53:55 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a government check!")
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To: ncalburt

Obama, if he went back to Washington, would just vote “present” any way.


46 posted on 09/24/2008 4:55:52 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: illiac

McCain to Reid:

The Presidential nominee of a political party is the leader of that political party

On behalf of the Republican party I intend to return to Washington to meet with the Cabinet and confer with other key advisors to reach a solution to this urgent economic crisis. I still offer this as a bipartisan working group which should not leave the Capitol until the American people’s best interests have been secured


47 posted on 09/24/2008 4:56:29 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Thebaddog
Where the freak is the Republican leadership in this thing. McCain should be getting support from McConnell or somebody. Why is McCain being hung out by his own party?

Find a quorum of back boned Republicans and you'll have McCain's support.

As for Reid, he can KMA for all I care. Reid's best way to help this nation would be for him to cease breathing good air and ferment in some bleak desert back home in NV. Reid is a waste of "human" flesh.

Why every single congressman isn't in DC actually doing the job we pay them to do is a slap in the face to every taxpayer and a flip of the bird to every American. If they can't be at their desk doing their jobs, they can quit and let some full wit take over.

48 posted on 09/24/2008 4:58:17 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: lionheart 247365
“how did Pamela Andersin put it .......... #*+K it Harry”

LMAO - Sorry but I took a more dirty version... cracks me up so to say...

49 posted on 09/24/2008 5:00:19 PM PDT by YouPosting2Me
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To: GVnana

Send Sarah Palin to the debate Friday night.

They want to say she's not prepared to step up to President should the need arise.  I believe she would do just fine, especially in an open debate format.

Time for a 'Hail Mary' in this campaign, so let's watch as Sarah mops the floor with BHO!

Anyone in the McCain/Palin camp listening?  :-)

50 posted on 09/24/2008 5:00:19 PM PDT by Lloyd227 (and may God bless Oriana Fallaci)
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