The Sunday political shows were lit with spin and chat today following Friday’s presidential debate. Surrogates and campaign spokespeople were out in full force for each campaign to spin the debate in their respective candidate’s direction. Sen. Barack Obama made an appearance on Face the Nation and Sen. John McCain sat down with George Stephanopoulos on This Week.
One of the main topics, of course, was the $700 billion economic bail out plan still being hammered out by congress as I type this.
First, the surrogate discussions so you can see how each campaign is presenting things. Here is the broadcast of Meet the Press with strategists from both campaigns:
Next, here’s Sen. Obama on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, sorry for the video quality:
Report on Obama’s interview from the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama says he is inclined to support a proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street being negotiated by lawmakers.
Obama says a tentative agreement reached early Sunday includes several principles he proposed, including increased oversight, relief for homeowners facing foreclosure and limits on executive compensation for chief executives of firms that receive government help.
Obama says he is unhappy about the agreement, but says it is necessary.
Obama said he is inclined to support the bailout plan because he believes Main Street is now at stake. Obama spoke in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Finally, here’s Sen. McCain on This Week:
Report on McCain’s interview from ABC News:
Sen. John McCain said Sunday that he plans to “hopefully” support the $700 billion emergency bailout package negotiated by Congress and the administration.
“I’d like to see the details,” McCain told George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive “This Week” interview. “And the outlines that I have read of it, that this is something that all of us will swallow hard and go forward with. The option of doing nothing is simply not an acceptable option.”
When asked if his principles had been met, McCain responded “Yes, protect the taxpayer, make sure that there isn’t excessive compensation for CEOs, a oversight body, not leaving all the decisions in the hands of one individual.”
McCain, who declared on Wednesday that he would “suspend” his campaign to deal with the bailout, explained his role in the process, saying, “I came back because I wasn’t going to phone it in. And America’s in a — in a crisis of almost unprecedented proportions. I should be doing whatever little I can to help this process.”
So, depending on the details and language, both Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama want to support the bailout plan if their respective principles are met.
Ultimately the candidates and the pundits can put forth their positions but the American people watched the debate and saw it all for themselves. Sometimes it takes days to figure out what aspects of exchanges between Obama and McCain actually took hold with voters and what they went away thinking.
Working on some more video to come later from Fox News Sunday with some McCain and Obama surrogates.