McCain sought advice and counsel from … Hillary?

You read right, apparantly Sen. McCain placed a call to Sen. Hillary Clinton, back on September 24th, to solicit information on her economic plan and ask, perhaps, what she thought about McCain’s current economic proposals. This was not reported at the time back in September, it’s just coming out now as far as I can tell.

Report from Yahoo News:

On Sept. 24, Hillary Rodham Clinton received a surprise phone call from the man she’s often denounced as an economic know-nothing: John McCain.

This was no social call, even though Clinton likes McCain enough to keeps his photo on the wall of her Senate office. The GOP nominee had already chatted with Bill Clinton about the mortgage crisis and wanted to pick the senator’s brain about her new proposal to have the federal government buy up bad mortgages and renegotiate terms more favorable to homeowners on verge of default.

“McCain said he had been motivated by it, he was very complimentary about what she had proposed and wanted to know more,” said a person with knowledge of the call.

Clinton responded coolly. “She didn’t engage him, she just said, ‘Thank you’ and heard him out.”

Three weeks later, at the town hall debate in Nashville, Tenn., McCain rolled out a $300 billion anti-foreclosure plan that’s similar, if not identical, to Clinton’s — and subsequently credited the concept “to a suggestion that Sen. Hillary Clinton made not that long ago.”

Clinton dropped out of the race four months ago, but her presence looms large at tonight’s final McCain-Obama debate being held, appropriately enough, in her adopted state of New York.

Clinton was arguably the first candidate in either party to grasp the transformative political effect of the economic crisis, and her onetime rivals have been borrowing — liberally — from her policy and rhetorical playbooks.

“Everything in this election is being washed away by this stock market and economic stuff … and she was the one who came out first with specific policies to deal with this, so she’s clearly having an influence on both of them,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“The reason why she’s so influential is because we never had a primary candidate who won 18 million votes,” said former Bill Clinton adviser Paul Begala, who likened the former first lady’s impact to that of third-party candidate Ross Perot in 1992.

Since withdrawing from the race it seems that Hillary has gotten popular with the candidates who previously criticized her, such as Obama and McCain.

  • So now, is there REALLY a difference anymore between the Democrat and Republican Parties?

  • Yes. The Democrats have the GOOD IDEAS on their side. Apparently, when times get tough, the republican candidate asks a DEMOCRATIC senator and a DEMOCRATIC former president for advice. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

  • Wm. Stephen Gall

    Yes. The Democrats have GOOD IDEAS on their side. That’s why even the REPUBLICAN candidate is asking a DEMOCRATIC senator and a DEMOCRATIC former president for advice. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

  • That story is too funny if true. It seems the Republicans didn’t have an idea in how to cope with the economic crisis so they tapped a Democrat for one….LMAO

  • Wm. Stephen Gall, I suppose you could look at it like that. The ideas espoused by the Democrat Party are being adopted by the Republican Party. But I disagree that those ideas are good, namely because they represent a shift from the law of the land–the Constitution–to the ideas of Karl Marx. Many Democrats admire Franklin Delano Roosevelt, even though he defied our Constitution throughout his entire political career. Based on his words and deeds, I say he would have been more at home with the Soviet Union’s leaders than the Founding Fathers. I’d like to see the Democrat Party renounce the New Deal and promise to limit government.

  • U.S.A.


    Its over….
    Dems win. even McCain ask the Dems for advice. Get over it.

    Its a cycle. The republicans make more money for the rich and the Dems fix it later. Its the Dems turn.

    Bush has had enough time to screw us all. I guess you disagree with that as well.

  • Babs

    *ROFL* I can’t believe every one of you missed the point on this one.


    Geez, you people are slow.

  • U.S.A., George W. Bush is a traitor because he has placed himself above the law of the land. Tell me, how are the Democrat and Republican parties truly different today? The Republican party claims to cut spending and limit government, but no Republican, to my knowledge, initiated a call to impeach Mr. Bush. The Constitution Party is the only one that truly cares about the law of the land today.

  • If McCain is so eager to reach across the aisle and use Democrats ideas then surely it would be better and easier to just have a Democrat in the White House in the first place.

  • Babs

    pudding, your comment is naive, and you know it. Can’t come up with a viable answer to my comment, can you?

  • Deb

    If the democrats are so smart why isn’t Hillary running against McCain?