Editor’s note: Here are some early reactions to the breakdown of the bailout bill, from the presidential candidates, congressmen, and our reporters and producers.
From Jessica Yellin, CNN Congressional Correspondent:
We're getting this message from multiple republican congressional aides but can't give you names:
"Pelosi's hyper-partisan floor speech infuriated a lot of our members and it has torpedoed this bill."
Dem aides say: "We delivered our votes - they did not deliver theirs."
Another Dem aide: "They were worried about voting for this now they are responsible for rescue going down...they are suggesting that 100 republicans were ready to vote for this an hour ago and then switch based on a speech? That suggests that vote was never about the economy."
From Ted Barrett, CNN Congressional Producer:
I just spoke to Boehner as he walked off the House floor looking gloomy. Asked if he was disappointed by the vote he said, "very. Not because of the vote but what it means for our country." He said he did not know if lawmakers knew the market was tanking during the vote. Asked if he did he responded, "no, I was working to get every vote." He said he was not aware of what the next legislative step would be.
From Rep. Barney Frank, (D-Mass.), a lead organizer of the bail-out package:
We don’t believe they had the votes and I think they are covering up the embarrassment of not having the votes. But think about this: somebody hurt my feelings so I will punish the country. I mean that’s hardly plausible. And there were twelve Republicans who were ready to stand up for the economic interest of America but not if anybody insulted them. I’ll make an offer: Give me those twelve people’s names and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them and tell them what wonderful people they are, and maybe they’ll now think about the country.
From Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a lead opponent of the bailout package:
"To be honest, somebody finding out that Nancy Pelosi made a partisan speech? I’m shocked.” He said claims that her speech shifted votes are “nonsense.”
From Sen. McCain’s speech:
I call on Congress to get back, obviously, immediately to address this is crisis. Our leaders are expected to leave partisanship at the door and come to the table to solve our problems. Senator Obama and his allies in Congress infused unnecessary partisanship into the process. Now is not the time to fix the blame. It's time to fix the problem.
From Sen. Obama's speech:
One of the messages I have to Congress is get this done. Democrats and Republicans, step up to plate, get it done and understand that even as you get it done to stabilize the markets we have more work to do to make sure that Main Street is getting the same kind of help Wall Street is getting. We cannot forget who this is for. This is for the American people. This shouldn't be for a few insiders...
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