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. enoughwiththis

    this is ridiculous.
    completely political.
    it's disgusting.
    who says you need to stop campaiging?
    we didn't stop campaiging during the hurricanes.
    as a candidate it is his responsibility to handle both. how long will one debate take him? he should know where he stands on the issues enough, to not let this affect him.

    not to mention this is all to postpone sarah palin's debate, because she needs more time.

    how low and desperate does the mccain campaign get. everytime obama is leading, he unleashes a dumb political manuever.

    i pray the american people are intelligent enough to see through this.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Why not stick with the debate schedule and simply move the debates to a room in the U.S. Capitol so they can be as close as possible to lawmakers who need to rule on a decision to this financial mess?

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Obama is the REAL Change

    McCain is up to his DRAMA again with his VP pick............................
    This is the REAL reason why McCain wants to cancel the DEBATE with Obama on FRIDAY. It has nothing to do with HIM needed inn Washington or his fake concern about the people who will suffer from the economy crisis.………….He wants Obama to DEBATE with him on the VP Debate NIGHT………HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN…HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN……..HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN…..…HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN………..HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN….…HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN……….HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN…HE IS TRYING TO BLOCK PALIN DEBATE WITH BIDEN…………………..

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Michael

    I have a problem with this issue. Why is John McCain not able to multi-task, why must he suspend the entire ballgame over one issue, be it a crisis or otherwise? Sorry I want a President who can manage more than one issue at a time; McCain is looking more and more like he does not have the mental discipline to handle the job of President. Yes, this is a serious issue and it needs to be resolved. Yes, leadership needs to be shown from Obama and McCain however one of these men will be President it is inconceivable to me that this crisis raises to the level of suspending campaigns and debates. It would be different if we were attacked or something like that but all we are considering is bailing out Wall Street and their multi million dollar CEO’s. I am sorry, I have no sympathy for them, I have sympathy for Wall Street and I have no sympathy for the companies who cannot manage their money correctly.

    I do not want my tax dollars spent to bail out a bunch of college degreed illiterates and I have a degree. I also know at the end of the day it really doesn't matter what I want, the powers that be will decide. It all boils down to this; if McCain cannot work this crisis along with the campaign and debates then he has no business in the White House.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. economist

    This is clearly a gimmick. I'd have a lot more trust in Mr. McCain were actually ahead in the polls.

    Frankly, the debates are essentially to our democracy, as is the accountability to the people facilitated by the free press. McCain's campaign has shown contempt to these democratic principles, so I see no reason to trust him now.

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

    Ah!.. now i get it why Mccain wants for postpone his Friday's debate..

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. john

    I'm not sure it is UP TO McCain to force a vote in congress on a committee he does not even sit on on account of his self-confessed ingnorace about the economy.

    And I do not think one candidate should be allowed to refuse to debate, and also not let his VP debate.

    This is shameful..

    Clearly they are not fit to lead a presidential campaign, let alone a country.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Daley Dunham

    You're 'effin kidding me, right?!?

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. JEC

    Why can't the debate proceed as scheduled? Because McCain can't multi-task..He's been in the senate for over 25 years and has had ample time to address the economic issues. Now that the bottom is about to fall out of the economy he wants to postpone the debate until he can think of something to say. I might have voted for him but with Palin and this latest dumb tactic..no way.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Pat

    LOL...this is getting better and better every day. LOL Boy, McCain's campaign is something else. I bet McCain does not sleep well at nights; I do not believe he likes the way his campaign is being run!! I really feel for him...it can't be any fun being a puppet.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Will

    No kidding. I'd want a delay too if I were the Republicans. I just didn't think he'd be so brazen about it.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Carole

    This is a joke! These two fools expect people to vote for them and they run scared of a presidential and vice presidential debate? Anyone that votes them, and they get in, they get exactly what they deserve!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. JPM

    Enough of this! This is ridiculous! They are afraid Palin will screw up and will pull stunts all the way until November 4th to try to fool people!

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. CLS from DOC

    This is just like McCain, running from a fight. He eventually signed a confession when he was a POW just so that would let him go home. Now he want to run from a fight with the Debate. He's just running scared. He can't handle the truth and Obama is the truth.

    McSame is not being very presidential if you ask me. Actually, McShame should have suspended his campaign long time ago and let Obama do the job. Like Obama said, a President should be able to do more that one task at a time.

    McCain/Palin 2008 HELL NO!!!
    Obama/Biden/ HELL YEAH!!!
    Let's do this!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. lil yogini, san diego (north county)

    This is too much.

    This debate is more than a week away. And Palin is a governor – she is not going to be voting on anything having to do with the bailout bill.

    Is she really that bad that she can't debate next week?

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Me

    Ah, so Palin has more time to cram ...

    What a farce! McCain is hijacking a crisis for political gain. This is so transparent.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. The real Sarah Palin

    The truth finally comes out why McCain really wants to postpone Friday's debate....To buy Sarah some more time to prepare. Shame Shame Shame!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Shawnee

    David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.

    Then in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?"

    Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."

    "He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"

    "What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. christina

    What is Mississippi reaction to all this,it can't be good for McCain.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Jim, IN

    This is a bunch of malarkey, im beside myself. How utterly convienent the VP debate would have to be pushed back too.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Alynn

    McCain is simply trying to look presidential – ha ha- but we all know, he cares more about winning the election than the American people. He is using the bailout plan as an excuse for political gain and now to postpone his very unqualified, not ready to debate, VP pick Palin. It all makes sense- she needs more time and McCain will do anything to try to win an election that is not going his way. Geez. C'mon people let's be real and just elect Obama/Biden. The world will simply be a better place.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. ken

    What a bunch of JOKERS.

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. tedious898

    McWalking Cane supporters....you people need to be honest just for one moment.

    You have a crap ticket with little or no intelligence and obvious flaws in both candidates. So you want to now keep the voters mired in fog (no debates) and hope you can sneak a presidency for the GOP.

    I really hope the American people don't have a memory lapse regarding the last 8 years

    September 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    McCain can't walk and chew gum at the same time, is that the message?

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

    And who do you suppose the other senior McCain advisor is – "turncoat" Lieberman?? What a bunch of sleazy guys.

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