From NBC's Mark Murray
Here was McCain's opening line at Friday's debate (the emphasis is mine): "I've been not feeling too great about a lot of things lately. So have a lot of Americans who are facing challenges. But I'm feeling a little better tonight, and I'll tell you why. Because as we're here tonight in this debate, we are seeing, for the first time in a long time, Republicans and Democrats together, sitting down, trying to work out a solution to this fiscal crisis that we're in."
"And have no doubt about the magnitude of this crisis. And we're not talking about failure of institutions on Wall Street. We're talking about failures on Main Street, and people who will lose their jobs, and their credits, and their homes, if we don't fix the greatest fiscal crisis, probably in -- certainly in our time, and I've been around a little while. But the point is -- the point is, we have finally seen Republicans and Democrats sitting down and negotiating together and coming up with a package."
*** UPDATE *** The McCain campaign is blaming Nancy Pelosi -- and Obama by extension -- for the vote's failure in the House. "Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome," said McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin. "This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country."