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Mr. Obama goes to Washington

September 24, 2008 |  5:45 pm

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign just announced that the Democratic presidential nominee, at the behest of President Bush, will head to Washington tomorrow morning to discuss the massive proposed bailout of finance firms.

Per campaign spokesman Bill Burton:

A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do. Senator Obama has been working all week with leaders in Congress, Secretary Paulson, and Chairman Bernanke to improve this proposal, and he has said that he will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution.

This news comes hours after GOP rival Sen. John McCain announced he would suspend his campaign to head to the nation's capital to work on the bailout legislation, called on Obama to join him and urged the postponement of Friday's presidential debate.

While Obama may be joining McCain in DC, he's not wavering from his stance that the debate must go on.

Obama "strongly believes the debate should go forward on Friday so that the American people can hear from their next president about how he will lead America forward at this defining moment for our country," Burton said.

-- Seema Mehta