McCain Campaign: Did Not

So now the McCain campaign just sent out a statement claiming that Barack Obama called this morning, as the Obama campaign says, but that the candidates never talked and that they never found out what the call was about. Here’s the statement, from McCain spokesman Brian Rogers:

Senator Obama phoned Senator McCain at 8:30 am this morning but did not reach him. The topic of Senator Obama’s call to Senator McCain was never discussed. Senator McCain was meeting with economic advisers and talking to leaders in Congress throughout the day prior to calling Senator Obama. At 2:30 pm, Senator McCain phoned Senator Obama and expressed deep concern that the plan on the table would not pass as it currently stands. He asked Senator Obama to join him in returning to Washington to lead a bipartisan effort to solve this problem.

So they’re saying that they were first with the idea of joint action on the bailout because they totally didn’t know that Obama was proposing the same thing, if that was what he was calling about anyway.

It does seem that the more this story gets bogged down in petty-sounding details about who called whom, the less likely it is that the McCain campaign will get the clear, narrative-shifting headlines they’re clearly looking for.

McCain Campaign: Did Not