Bailout Standoff Brings Out Worst in Both Candidates

Despite differing reactions, solutions 'vaguely similar'
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 25, 2008 2:31 PM CDT
McCain may not show up to tomorrow's debate so he can focus on the economic crisis.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – The financial crisis is turning the presidential campaign into a “Goldilocks story," Gail Collins writes in the New York Times. McCain, “desperately reinventing his position every day,” has halted his campaign to focus on Wall Street, while Obama has coolly mentioned he may skip out on the rescue bill vote. Yet, so far, their solutions are “both vaguely similar and similarly vague."

Both candidates are headed to the White House to help the president hammer out a rescue bill he pitched last night, in a manner not unlike “public-service messages about new parking regulations.” Passing it will be a “test of true bipartisanship,” Collins says, but that won’t happen until every member of Congress “has had a chance to yell at Henry Paulson.”