Obama, McCain issue joint statement

John McCain's bombshell earlier in the day made the show of unity essentially moot, but the two put together a statement anyway.

Published September 25, 2008 12:48AM (EDT)

John McCain didn't wait for the joint statement his camp was working on with Barack Obama's camp to come out before he announced that he's suspending his campaign to work on a bailout plan. And Obama sounded decidedly less than happy about that when he made comments of his own Wednesday afternoon. But the two did manage to come together for a joint statement that was released Wednesday evening.

The text of the statement:

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.

Now is a time to come together -- Democrats and Republicans -- 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.

In a separate statement, Obama spokesman Bill Burton announced that the Democratic nominee will meet with President Bush, McCain and other congressional leaders on Thursday. "A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do," Burton said. "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."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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