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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soundoff (1,458 Responses)
  1. Tarrin C. Mcneil

    Why can we change the debate topic to the economy so both men can talk to the american people about the grave issue.

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

    So there it is.... Yet another plan to keep America from seeing just how shallow Palin is until way late in the game. If you don't wan to show up Friday – then send Sarah now. She said she's prepared. She said she's rady for stump the candidate.

    Free Sarah!

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

    What isn't the McSame camp going to back out of? I guess the fundamentals of the economy weren't as strong as you thought, john.

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

    Ahh, now I get it. Delay the first debate so you can delay the VP debate. Makes sense –

    hear our voices and BARACK THE VOTE!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Steve in DC

    LOL!!! I cant believe that Mcshame has the balls to try and pull this. Wow...he is really looking desperate...no one is buying his "new found" concern over this crisis.

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

    running scared!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A DEBATE ON FRIDAY 9/26

    But of course, the campaigns could swap the VP to Friday and the first Presidential debates next Thursday?

    That's the ticket!

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. JD in NC

    Senator McCain seems more interested in debating behind closed doors than in public.

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Eight Is Truly Enough

    Get the hook already. These 2 are ridiculous.

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. JC, South Carolina

    We need real leadership. McCain and Palin are not ready to lead. Debate, Baby, Debate.

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

    Another way of keeping people from hearing the real Palin? How pathetic, McCain.

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

    McCain is avoiding the debate as he is not prepared to answer or give answers to the financial crisis America is facing. This is another way the republicans are lying to the people. Obama 08 move power to him as he is acting more like a president and leader than any republican is.

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

    The shyster is at his best when it comes to his, I'm gonna get mine, mentality. He's more interested in bragging and, Look at me now ,mommy. His self greedy style is like that of Al Copone. I'm the boss. and i'm gonna prove it to ya. Americans, grab your coat and hats, this big time Hood is planning to clean the streets with our Forefathers Sacred Blood.

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

    good, let him skip it. nearly 70% of Americans think the debate should still happen.

    further proof that he just doesn't get it.

    Obama/Biden '08

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

    No honor...McCain is a coward that is running scared.

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Sam Rose

    Of course they want to postpone–

    Palin is clearly not ready to lead-–

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

    Yeah for John McCain.

    He has spent the entire summer asking Obama to meet for town hall meetings and Obama was afraid to do so without his teleprompter.

    This is true leadership and not Obama's empty words!

    Deomcrat for McCain !

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

    Ya right

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Former Republican for OBAMA

    SURE MCMORON WANTS IT CANCELED.

    HE HAS NOTHING TO SAY & NO MEANS WITH

    WHICH TO SAY IT. HE IS A MENTALLY DYSFUNCTIONAL

    AND HAS NO TRACK RECORD HE CAN DEFEND. WHAT

    EXACTLY CAN HE DO AT A DEBATE BUT POW, POW, POW.

    HE IS AS COMPLICIT IN THIS ECONOMIC DISASTER AS BUSH.

    September 24, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Watching this election closely...

    Oh, I see... so the real motive is to postpone the VP debate!!!

    Sure, let's just give the whole ticket more time to get their stories straight... I mean to prepare... I mean to deal with this "crisis!"

    Are you serious?!

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

    Of course he wants to postpone the VP debate because after her meetings with the world leaders they figured out she was not ready for the debate. I want a President who can multi-task, but, apparently, McCain cannot do that as he cannot handle both the campaign and economic crisis at once. I'm sure he's headed to DC for a photo op just like Palin has had the past couple of days. This move has nothing to do with the good of the American people as it is just another cheap ploy by his campaign.

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

    No, no, no! The debate must go on. A president must be able to multi-task. If Barack Obama can multi-task why can't John McCain?

    We've waited long enough for this first debate. The American people want this debate!

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

    It is all because McCain and Palin are not ready to debate. We can see through this!

    Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Brian from NYC

    This is the height of stupidity! A clear BS politics as usual that we have all come to expect from McSame – the voters will respond by voting for Obama!

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Alan

    this is ALL political on behalf of McCain instead of country first. If McCain's decision to suspend his campaign was not political then there should have been a joint statement and joint announcement. Anything short of that is politicial.

    Then to try to cancel the VP debate because that's the only day he can have a Presidential debate is laughable. Have the Pres debate the day before the VP debate. There are many available dates on the calendar. This has become the duck and cover campaign of McCain.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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