John McCain just appeared before reporters to read a brief statement on the financial rescue package’s failure in the House earlier today. The G.O.P. nominee “suspended” his campaign late last week in order to take part in the negotiations and attempted to portray his involvement as productive.
“I worked hard to play a constructive role in bring everyone to the table,” he said. “The plan is now significantly improved.”
“I was hopeful that the improved recovery plan would have had the votes needed to pass,” he added.
Then, echoing Republican House leaders who earlier said that a partisan speech by Speaker Nancy Pelosi had prevented more Republicans from backing the plan, McCain said: “Senator Obama and his allies in Congress infused unnecessary partisanship into the process.”