September 24th, 2008
07:08 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp to propose postponing VP debate

(CNN) - McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

Graham says the McCain camp is well aware of the position of the Obama campaign and the debate commission that the debate should go on as planned - but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout.


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  1. Ann Y

    That explains a great deal. His fraudulent VP selection, unvetted no less, is unprepared and he's buyin gher time. Sad, really sad.

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Kevin, Evansville IN

    Why not bump up the VP debate? What are they afraid of?

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Erin

    Wow, so the real reason comes out! This whole thing is about giving Palin more time to prepare for the VP debate!

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Shawn

    I sense great fear in you McLame.

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Donna

    Ole Miss has already stated that postponing the election will cost the University over $5 million and they will not be available again. This is an attempt to keep Palin from debating at all.

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Dealt

    I seem to remember that McCain said just a day or so ago that Obama was too silent on the bailout proposed by Bush. Then he said he wants to postpone the debate on economy, which seems to me is what voters want to hear the candidates on. Now he says no bailout no debate... the man is a clown! He says he's ready... Ready for what? For a nuclear war or a terorist attack? Failing that he fades away and comes up with truant schoolboy excuses... For heavens sake...

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. nelson

    Sounds like he is looking for a way out.. I guess he
    can't chew gum and dance at the same time..
    what a loser.. imo

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Let's see, the economy is in the tank, and McCain's party bears much of the blame. McCain extoles Bushonomics and now that it is tanking, he doesn't want to debate on the heels of the financial collapse?!

    I think the American people should look upon this as a way of ducking the issue and refusing to face the music on this! Or, he could have Palin take his place in the debate? After all, she knows everything according to the GOP-related tongue waggers!

    Simply put, the GOP does not want to have to face down their inadequacies to the American people at this time!

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Natasha in tally

    John Mccain is using the bailout as an excuse to reschedule the debate. Now is the time that the American people need to hear from the potential president. There votes will not be the deciding vote for the bailout. I agree with sentor Obama you have a plane with the words COUNTRY FIRST, so why go back to Washington if it's not necessary. If you and your VP nominee are not ready TOUGH!! With weeks left before the voting begins and a VP candidate that we have yet to hear from, we have no time to waste!! I pray that the Obama team fight hard to adhere to the schedule

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. philippe

    What about postponing the presidential election to give McCain and Palin time to be ready on day NONE.

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. tulsa

    McCain is trying to use this as a photo op and stalling tactic.
    There is NO REASON for him to be in DC. Hell, he hasn't cast a vote since APRIL and only one since March.... What are you going to do now John? Stand around and wait for a camera while the senators on the relevant committies work?
    You disgust me.

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Brian

    We NEED to postpone the election........
    NO election.........
    Bush President FOREVER!

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Ed

    McCann needs to realize that the job he is trying to get does not provide timeouts and do-overs.

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. reggie

    Ok, now the dems will say McCain is merely trying to buy more time for Gov Palin to prepare. It's so predictable.
    Actually, McCain is doing what is best for the country. Obama always does what's best for Obama...

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Vivian

    Hell no McCain! You can be present to make your votes without dodging the debate. What a scam.

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Will

    Ha! Of course they want to postpone the presidential and vice presidential debates because they now they will be failures for McCain and Palin! What a joke!

    September 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Barney

    Let's push up the VP debate to this Friday and put the Pres Debate next week. OK?

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Shane D

    You have got to be kidding me... Who do these people think they are?

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Molly

    So the truth comes out! How sleazy McCain...you have just lost my vote. I'm disgusted with you...

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Republican Woman for Obama

    No Way. Everything should go on as plan. This is a trick by the McCain campaign.

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Marjorie Helms, Amherst, NY

    SHOWBOAT!!! Come on, McSame, we've had enough of your photo-ops! Instead of dodging the debate, in the same manner that King George Bush dodged going to Vietnam, why not show some backbone, and attend the debate? Or do you lack the courage to actually stand up and say something without your speech writers?.....

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. inuk of the north

    Remember this.

    Nanacy Pelosi's best idea was to send a letter to President Bush asking for HIS best idea.

    That's it?

    Somebody better get to Washington and solve this meltdown one way or the other.

    Let Obama debate himself on Friday – he takes two sides on every issue so it should be entertaining.

    Right now he looks like a deer in the headlights.

    At least McCain looks like he's busy doing something other than studying his crib notes.

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Peggy

    I have read that postponing Fridays Debate in Mississippi would be a financial disaster . Do we need another finacial disaster?????Why not just cancel the VP debate.....Sarah will never be ready., or make Fridays debate for the VP's.??????????????????

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Annahoj

    The wheels are coming off...

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Watching Closely

    Why do I smell a ploy, here? Not trusting this as a good reason to postpone the debates. Just say you need more time to prepare and more time to ensure that Palin is prepared. Something is 'not right'.

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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