Spent first few minutes rehashing his proposal.
Says how many calls he made to Congress and Secty Paulsen. There is time for politics and time to do what is right at this time. Risk of doing nothing, is too great for country. Important to send clear signal to congress…. this should not be partisan.
In respect to debate… Obama thinks this is the time the people need to hear from who they will elect. President must be able to do more than one thing at once. Debate should go forward.
Repeats he has spoken to people every day this week. [Ed inferance: Does not feel going to Washington to do the work is important.] Not confuse Presidential politics with the delicate negotiation of the day. [Ed note: hmmm… why won’t he go and negotiate too? Why won’t he work for us the People?]
Feels the phone calls with Congress and Secty Paulsen are sufficient at this time. Obama said to have called McCain this morning (AFTER he was reached out by Republican Congressman).