Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Political Punch: "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.'"
Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
Posted by SM Schwartz at 3:05 PM