McCain, Obama Bury Hatchet to Back Bailout

Partisan bickering shelved for crucial Senate vote
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 7:42 AM CDT
Barack Obama arrives at the US Capitol for a vote on the bailout bill in Washington yesterday.   (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
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(Newser) – The partisan rancor of earlier this week was put on hold as John McCain and Barack Obama went back to their day jobs to vote in favor of the bailout bill, reports the Washington Post. The senators struck remarkably similar tones on the campaign trail earlier in the day, calling for America to unite at a time of national crisis.

Obama, speaking from his junior senator's desk, spoke forcefully in favor of the plan before the bill passed 74-25. "There will be time to punish those who set this fire," he said. "Right now, we want to put out that fire." He crossed the Senate floor to exchange a brief handshake with his rival. Outside the chamber, fierce attack ads from both sides continued to fill the airwaves.