[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/24/art.bushecon0924.ap.jpg caption="Pres. Bush made the case for his administration's financial bailout plan directly to the nation on live television Wednesday night."]Editor’s note: On AC360° Thursday night, Anderson Cooper asked if it did any good for John McCain to suspend his campaign and go to Washington to help resolve the financial crisis. Here is what GOP Strategist Ed Rollins had to say.
GOP Strategist and Former Huckabee National Campaign Chairman
COOPER: Do you think it helped John McCain's campaign?
ROLLINS: No, absolutely not.
And I would have said this ahead of the meeting. I think the bottom line is that - because this has happened in two weeks - these people represent Middle America. At least they think they do. And three weeks ago, four weeks ago, they weren't about Wall Street. They weren't about - they were about small-town America, worried about different things.
Now, all of a sudden, the world is coming to an end. The president gave - I have been around this business 40 years - the president gave the most doom-and-gloom speech I have ever heard in my life last night. If everybody didn't rush to their bank and pull their money out today, I would be shocked.
And so, all of a sudden, they're getting bombarded by little people out there, saying, what is this? Stick up for me.
COOPER: I have got to tell you, watching the president last night give that speech, it was like watching him in Jackson Square in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I mean, he did not seem to be there.
ROLLINS: No, he wasn't there.
COOPER: I mean, he was physically there, but I...
ROLLINS: No. It was not - it was not his words.
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