September 24th, 2008
03:56 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain aide: Friday debate will take place if bailout passes

(CNN) - McCain senior advisor Mark Salter told reporters Wednesday that the Arizona senator’s decision followed two days of discussions with colleagues on Capitol Hill, who told him that the bailout plan from Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson faced an uphill fight.

He also said that McCain called President Bush today and told him of the plan, but would not characterize the president’s reaction to the proposal.

The McCain campaign will suspend airing all ads and all campaign events pending an agreement with Obama, as well as planned fundraising activities.

He added that McCain would take part in the debate as scheduled if Congress reached agreement on the measure by Friday morning.

(Updated to reflect McCain campaign announcement fundraising activities will be suspended)


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soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. John McShame

    More of the same from John McShame

    John McLame says, “I don’t know much about the economy, I still need to be educated”

    “It would be acceptable if we had to stay in Iraq for another 100 years.”

    We need to “bomb, bomb, and bomb Iran”

    “I have voted with Bush 90% of the time because he has been right 90% of the time”

    Sarah Failin says,

    “I have foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from Alaska and I went to Mexico on vacation once.”

    “I welcome any investigation into my past because I have nothing to hide, oh never mind I will not meet with any investigators for any reason ever.”

    She believes the Bush Doctrine is a “World View” hahaha

    She says she said “No Thanks” for the Bridge to nowhere when she was actually the one who got it approved

    She says we may have to go to war WITH RUSSIA

    She decreased her own responsibilities when she was the mayor of a town small enough to be run by a fifth grader

    September 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    GOOD bring it on

    -V

    September 24, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. NM

    Of course McSame wants to suspend campaigns. He needs more time to practice before the debate.

    September 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Hope Monger

    And the back pedaling begins ......now.

    September 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. McChicken

    So now McCain is going blame the debate delay on CONGRESS??

    Politics at it's finest people – wake up and see through this STUNT!

    September 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. baby mama

    Leadership we can count on......thanks President McCain!!

    September 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Obama the REAL Change

    LIES
    LIES
    LIES
    LIES
    LIES
    LIES

    September 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Lin lin

    What a loser

    September 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. LATINOS for PALIN

    Obama has always been about Obama....I doubt he will suspend the campaign.

    Americans are waiting to see if Obama will step up to the plate and put Americans first....or will he still put Obama first.

    AMERICANS should come first!

    Way to go McCain!!!

    September 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Vincent, Great Lakes IL

    Can we go round in circles??

    It's not good to shoot first and ask questions later. Any leader knows that.

    September 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Arlene

    NO NO NO! Please CNN WE NEED THOSE DEBATES!!! McCain is afraid to show the world the EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES. He will be revealed for the fraud he is and that is why he is shying away from those debates. Please pressure his camp to go on with the debates. The American pubic should here from our future leaders during this time of crisis not run away.

    September 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. NM

    I would imagine that McCain wishes to suspend campaigns and go to Washington and cancel the debate because he needs more time to prepare.

    September 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. The Great One

    Wow I was gona say this was a pretty smart move by Mcwarmonger until CNN just reported that It was Obama who actualy reached out first this morning suggesting the two release a joint statement on the matter. Mcaine stilling ideas. So now if Obama goes along with this Mcaine is seen as taking the lead thus giving him momentum (he hopes) and if Obama continues to campaign he will be seen as out of touch , not patriotic yada yada....

    September 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. bij

    is that a threat? I'm confused....

    September 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Kayropro

    Sen McCain – what's the big deal? The economy is fundamentally sound. You told me so and we know you never lie.

    September 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Arlene

    oops i meant "hear" not "here"

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. NM

    I believe McCain needs more time to prepare for the debate. That is why he is calling off the debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. R. Squibbs

    Nice way to try and get the Rick Davis headlines off the front page.

    McCain's campaign at this point just REEKS of desperation.

    What's the difference between a leader and John McCain?

    A leader can work on the bailout AND debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. MS

    WAY TO GO McCain!!!

    FROM HILLARY TO McCain!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Me

    So this means he can only focus on ONE thing at a time?????
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Jacqueline

    This is urgent. Please do not let John McCain get away with suspending his campaign. This is America! We do not postpone elections- he's making us look like a third world country! Please, stand up against this bailout!! No one is bailing the taxpayer out.

    Don't let them hijack this election season! Not again!

    No way! No how! No McCain!

    Thank you very much for listening,

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Ric from NM

    The government has $700Billion to give out? Give $2500 to every American taxpayer, including dependents. Some will use it to pay their mortages, some will pay their credit cards, some will go shopping, and others will "invest" in Wall Street. Don't give this money directly to Wall Street.

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    So he does support the bailout then?

    Flip-flop, flip-flop...

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Quick, quick! Back pedal, Sen. McCain! Flip flop! You said you'd support the bailout then said you are suspending your campaign, cancel the debates, now you'll consider the debates. CYA at all costs!

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    Mccain, you are more than pathetic. For years you supported DEREGULATION and now all of sudden you give a darn! WOW!

    September 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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