John McCain boasted Monday about his hands-on role in Wall Street bailout talks – “it’s not my style to simply phone it in” – a claim contradicted by reports that McCain did spend Saturday lobbying for the bailout – by phone.
in Ohio Monday before the House voted down the proposed bailout, McCain sought to use
the original agreement on the bailout as evidence of his style of leadership
that puts country first, ahead of his own campaign. Washington Washington Mississippi Virginia Arlington
“I put my campaign on hold for a couple days last week to fight for a rescue plan that put you and your economic security first. I fought for a plan that protected taxpayers, homeowners, consumers and small business owners,” he told a rally.OhioWashington
“I went to
“Some people have criticized my decision, but I will never, ever be a president who sits on the sidelines when this country faces a crisis. Some of you may have noticed, but it's not my style to simply phone it in."
McCain did travel to
But after leaving to attend Friday night’s debate with Obama in
A top McCain aide told the New York Times at the time that McCain did pressure fellow Republicans to ratify the proposed $700 billion bailout, but did it by phone.
“He's calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can,'' aide Mark Salter told the Times.
Salter also said it wasn’t necessary for McCain to actually go to the capitol.
“He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone,” Salter said.
Washingtonlast week to make sure that the taxpayers of Ohio and across this great country were not left footing the bill for mistakes made on Wall Street and in Washington.
Washingtonlast Thursday, going to the Capital and participating in a bipartisan meeting at the White House, along with rival Barack Obama.
Mississippi, McCain went back to his
Virginiacondo, and on Saturday went only to his campaign headquarters in