Sen. John McCain's presidential bid is back on track, and the Republican nominee isn't offering any apologies for his brief detour from the campaign trail last week.

Sen. John McCain's presidential bid is back on track, and the Republican nominee isn't offering any apologies for his brief detour from the campaign trail last week.

McCain came out swinging during a Monday morning rally in front of a packed house on Bexley's Capital University campus.

Bringing the presidential battle back to the battleground state of Ohio, McCain said he had to temporarily suspend his campaign to personally deal with the Wall Street financial crisis.

"We need reform in Washington and on Wall Street," McCain said. "When the financial crisis threatened the economic security of all Americans, I laid out principles to protect hard-working Americans. I believed that inaction was not an option."

McCain said he had no choice but to temporarily suspend his campaign and return to Washington.

"I put my campaign on hold for a couple days last week to fight for a rescue plan that put you and your economic security first," he said. "I fought for a plan that protected taxpayers, homeowners, consumers and small-business owners. I went to Washington last week to make sure that the taxpayers of Ohio and across this great country were not left footing the bill for mistakes made on Wall Street and in Washington."

McCain said remaining on the sidelines during such an important decision just wasn't his style.

"Some people have criticized my decision, but I will never, ever be a president who sits on the sidelines when this country faces a crisis," he said. "Some of you may have noticed, but it's not my style to simply 'phone it in.' "

McCain described himself as a "Teddy Roosevelt Republican."

"I believe our leaders belong in the arena when our country faces a challenge," he said. "I've never been afraid of stepping in to solve problems for the American people, and I'm not going to stop now."

McCain said his action contrasted sharply with that of Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

"Sen. Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced," he said. "At first he didn't want to get involved. Then he was 'monitoring the situation.' That's not leadership, that's watching from the sidelines. And watching from the sidelines is exactly what got us into this mess. It was the lack of accountability and oversight that put your tax dollars on the line."

Despite the current financial crisis, McCain said he is confident the country will rebound.

"Times are tough for our economy," he said, "but I am confident America and Americans will emerge stronger than before. I will do my part. My commitment to the American people is this: I will clean up the Wall Street mess, reform Washington and focus the entire federal government on a pro-growth agenda that creates jobs and gets this country back to work and back on track.

McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, also got a rousing reception during Monday's rally.

Palin said the use of clean-coal technology, including Ohio coal, would be an important part of the McCain-Palin energy policy.

"Just recently Sen. Biden (Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden) made it perfectly clear that in an Obama-Biden administration, there would be no use of clean coal at all. From Wyoming to West Virginia, and especially right here in Ohio, American coal resources are greater than the oil riches of the Middle East. Then Sen. Biden says, 'Sorry Ohio, we're not going to use it?' "