The McCain campaign just came out with a statement that blames Barack Obama for the defeat of the proposed bailout in the House today. While McCain’s decision to “suspend his campaign” to go to Washington seemed not to have had a helpful effect on the initial round of negotiations over a bill, his campaign nevertheless argues that the partisan attacks of Barack Obama, who kept a greater distance from the negotiations, have now put people at risk of losing their homes.
The McCain campaign also uses the Obama “phoned it in” attack again, presumably because Obama never announced a “suspension” of his campaign.
Here’s the statement from McCain-Palin senior policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin:
“Barack Obama failed to lead, phoned it in, attacked John McCain, and refused to even say if he supported the final bill.
“Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome.
“This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country.”
UPDATE: The Obama response, from spokesman Bill Burton: