McCain Says Obama Is Not Dealing With Financial Crisis
ARLINGTON, Va. — Senator John McCain said on Saturday night that he thought his debate with Senator Barack Obama in Mississippi went “quite well,’’ and then accused Mr. Obama of doing nothing about the Wall Street financial crisis except using it for political gain.
“It was clear that Senator Obama still sees the financial crisis in America as a national problem to be exploited first and solved later,’’ Mr. McCain told the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance in Columbus, Ohio, in remarks delivered live by satellite from his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va.
And then, in what seemed a response to a comment by Mr. Obama on Saturday that Mr. McCain had never uttered the words “middle class’’ during the debate, Mr. McCain said: “What he doesn’t seem to get is that if we don’t deal with it right now, by working together for the common good, then this crisis could turn into a far-reaching disaster for workers, businesses, retirees, and the American middle class. This is a moment of great testing, when the future of our economy is on the line.’’
After delivering his remarks, Mr. McCain headed for dinner at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and Café MoZU, a restaurant overlooking the Tidal Basin. Mr. McCain was accompanied by his wife, Cindy; Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and Mr. Lieberman’s wife, Hadassah; and Senator Lindsay Graham, Republican of South Carolina.