Democratic Sen. Joe Biden railed against Republican John McCain's economic proposals at a rally in the Louisville metropolitan area on Wednesday, even as McCain announced he would suspend his campaign for president to work on a Wall Street bailout.
Biden, playing the role of dutiful running mate, talked up the "judgment" of Democratic nominee Barack Obama, starting with his approach to crafting a response to the recent turmoil on Wall Street.
Obama called McCain Wednesday to ask that the two work together to ensure that any bailout Congress approves would have an independent oversight board and would help Americans whose homes have been foreclosed.
"Talk about reaching across the aisle," Biden told a crowd of 1,000 in a park in downtown Jeffersonville, Ind., just across the Ohio River from Kentucky. "How many other nominees would pick up the phone in a tightly contested race and call the opponent and say, 'This is too important for America. We should stand together and we should agree.'"
McCain, meanwhile, called for suspending Friday's scheduled debate between the two candidates so they could return to Washington. Obama rejected the offer.
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