If you were wondering who the real bipartisan leader was in the struggle between John McCain and Barack Obama to look presidential on the financial crisis, Joe Biden can tell you.
Speaking at a high school in Greensburg, Pa. this morning, Biden said nothing about McCain's call to postpone the debate, a move that caught the Obama campaign off-guard yesterday. Instead he emphasized Obama's phone call to McCain yesterday morning to see if they could come out with a joint statement on what the bailout legislation should contain.
"In the midst of all this political blather thatís going on, all the negative ads being heaped upon him, what did he do?" Biden said. "He reached out, he picked up the phone and he called John MCCain. And he said we should Ösee if we can agree jointly Ö on the basic elements of what needs to be in this package, this rescue package, so that not only Wall Street doesnít fail, but Main Street doesnít get crushed in the avalanche when it falls.
"He showed leadership. He showed leadership by suggesting that we come together. But ladies and gentlemen, he also thinks itís important that we know why we got here how we got here so it will not happen again. Ladies and gentlement, we are in a postion now where in a closely contested presidential election, Barack Obama stepped up to say, 'John, this is too important.' Thatís how you change the tone in Washington. Thatís really leadership."
Blair Latoff, spokesman for the Republican National Committee, responds: ďIn times of crisis, Americans have always been able to bridge our divides and solve our problems but apparently Barack Obamaís running mate sees it as an opportunity for unfiltered partisanship and political opportunism. John McCain suspended his campaign and is working with the nationís leaders to address this serious economic crisis and believes that it is more important to put his country before his political campaign.Ē
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