Presidential Candidates Talk Bailout While VP Candidates Prepare for Debate

by Kristen Dahlgren

NBC News

As the Senate gets set to decide on the massive bailout plan, both Presidential candidates are now back in Washington to cast their votes.
The financial crisis was at the top of the agenda on the campaign trail Wednesday while the Vice Presidential candidates are getting ready for their first face to face debate.

The day started on Main Street, middle America.

McCain in Independence Missouri, Obama in Wisconsin.

"The fact that we're in this mess is an outrage Lacrosse," said Obama.

But the road to the White House once again ran right down Wall Street.

Both candidates tackling the upcoming bailout vote

"If we don't act, it will be harder for you to get a mortgage for your home or the loans you need to buy a car or send your children to college," said Obama.

And both promising to return to Washington for the Senate vote Wednesday night.

"We are square in the financial crisis of our lifetimes. If we fail to act gears of our economy will grind to a halt," said Republican Presidential candidate John McCain.
While the candidates then headed back to Congress their surrogates took up their messages.
For the first time, Bill Clinton campaigned for Barack Obama.

"The Obama-Biden ticket and particularly Senator Obama have a better philosophy, better answers, better understand, better advisors, a better Vice Presidential candidate," said Clinton.

The latter claim, a choice Americans will get to make for themselves Thursday night as Joe Biden and Sarah Palin square off in the Vice Presidential debate.
The McCain campaign also released a picture of Palin prepping at McCain's Arizona ranch.
Meantime, Joe Biden returned to Washington for the Senate vote after spending most of Wednesday getting ready for what many say will be a high stakes showdown.

You can watch that debate on NewsWest 9 on Thursday night at 8p.m.