By David Lightman and Margaret Talev
Sept 25, 2008
WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators’ carefully-crafted agreement on a $700 billion rescue plan threatened to unravel Thursday as lawmakers at an often tense White House meeting clashed over details.
As Republican presidential nominee John McCain looked on, House Republican Leader John Boehner raised concerns that the plan would be too costly to taxpayers, and offered an alternative plan.
Democrats were mad.
“What this looked like to me was a rescue plan for John McCain,” said Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd of the Republican objections.
His reference was to McCain’s eleventh-hour intervention in the negotiations, when he declared he was suspending his campaign and postponing Friday night’s debate with Democrat Barack Obama to help negotiate a bailout plan.
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