Obama, McCain call for bipartisan work on bailout

In Washington today working on an legislation over the proposed $700 billion in cash for a Wall Street bailout, both Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain called for bipartisan unity on reaching a compromised agreement for the American people.

Report from Yahoo News:

NEW YORK – John McCain expressed confidence Thursday that Congress and the Bush administration can reach consensus before markets open Monday on a $700 billion bailout plan to rescue financial institutions from crippling debt.

His Democratic rival, Barack Obama, also called for prompt bipartisan action.

McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, told the Clinton Global Initiative in New York that it’s often difficult to act quickly and wisely. But he said that is what’s required now to come up with a plan that can achieve bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

“Time is short and doing nothing is not an option,” McCain said. He headed to Washington after his speech.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, speaking to the same audience by satellite later in the morning, agreed that it was imperative to act now in a bipartisan manner.

“Now is the time to come together, Democrats and Republicans, in the spirit of cooperation on behalf of the American people,” Obama said.

Apparently Bill Clinton’s a big fan of both candidates:

Both presidential candidates received high praise from former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton praised McCain on the environment: “When most people in his party had been thinking that global warming was overstated … he decided to look into it.”

In lauding Obama, Clinton referred to a conversation the two men had earlier this month at Clinton’s Harlem office.

“Eighty percent of the conversation had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the responsibilities of the next president for the welfare of the American people and the future of the world,” Clinton said.

The candidates were equally gracious to Clinton, thanking him for his work with the initiative.