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. Jon

    This is just a stunt to give McCain and Palin more time to get their act together. Obama should show up and answer the debate questions. Whether McCain isn't there or not, is his own business!

    September 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Kirk

    A ploy to get sarah more time to prepare? Why not switch the two debates then, let her go first. Personally I want to hear them debate, what is going to washington friday night going to do for the bail out? Personally I would like them to switch the debate to one on the economy

    September 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. No Way No How

    Whats wrong McCain, you're not able to multi task? What happens if you are elected President and there is a crisis-do you suspend being President? Something is fishy here.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Fabi

    There it is...the real reason for this political stunt...keeping the Republican Vice-President under wraps...preventing the American people from finding out if she is really qualified!!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Send Palin to debate Obama this Friday. She says she's ready!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Andrew McClory

    This looks like cowardice on McCain's part, pure and simple. He's afraid to debate Obama on the issues, because he has no ideas and stands for nothing. Now he's trying to politicize the financial crisis.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. voter in AR

    Don't these people own cellphones, blackberries and fly on airplanes on a daily basis?

    Who has missed the most votes of any senator during the past two years?

    Or does McCain still ride trains crosscountry?

    700 billion?.. Are ya'll trying to tell me that this stuff got backedup enough that we have a 3/4 TRILLION dollar bailout in the works?.. And we have some leaders that whine about returning a couple grand back to working families?...

    We better start banning guns because I may need mine soon!.. TO USE ON MYSELF!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Patrick

    The truth finally comes out. Palin isn't qualified to be V.P and the McCain campaign knows she's going to bomb in the debates. NO POSTPONEMENT.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. PAT California

    SHE'S NOT READY!!!! Need I say more? PS. She never will be!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. DB

    Unfriggin' believable! It keeps getting worse and worse. Please just let Obama and Biden take over and let's move on. This is ridiculous.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. J-Tyme

    Now it all makes sense!

    They’re going to do everything in their power to make sure that woman is seen and not heard:

    Before you know it, there won’t be any debates and Sarah Palin will have taken one question from a reporter in a diner.

    Distract, distract, distract!!! That's all McCain has done since he's been campaigning...and that started years ago!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Julie A. Gauthier

    McCain is trying to postpone the debate so Sarah Palin can get out of debating altogether because she is not EVER going to be ready. What a cheap trick by an increasingly desperate campaign!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. JPM

    Hey – I have an idea – let's have the VP debate this FRIDAY!!!! Why postpone it. Sarah said "I'm ready" right?????? Biden is ever-ready. So let's go. The Presidential candidates can go to Washington to save the day. McCain doesn't need Palin in Washington. Let her and Biden debate!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Mercedes

    What is this a circus?! What the hell is going on with this country? The republicans think they can pick and choose what the hell they want. This country's citizens must speak up and let this idiots know that this is serious business. They can not and should not be allowed to determine what is done in this election. It is starting to smell like a dead rat in the house. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Betty

    "They know Palin isn't ready
    she hasn't taken questions from the press
    so she has no preparation for a debate
    Its a mistake for Paiin and McCain to avoid the press."

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Maya

    the Repubs are pulling this because they are scared of Barack's skyrocketting numbers. Since when does John "the Deregulator" McCain care about the economy. DON'T GIVE IN, BARACK!! You've got them on the ropes and we'll be proud to call you President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. vsan23

    are they kidding?! what, more prep time for Sarah?
    What an insult to voters.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Dj

    What the?

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Dave in Atlanta

    Now, we know the reason for the dramatic McCain shift, how truly sad.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. bridgette

    How stupid do they think the American people are. I say enough is enough. NO MCCAIN/PALIN NO NO WAY NO HOW NO THEM. This is actually borderlining on dangerous. It is mighty funny that after speaking to all of the foreign leaders that they would want to do this. He is trying to hijack our political system.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. JG from MA

    I held out some hope that cancelling the first debate was out of legitimate concern for the country.

    No more.

    Palin has NOTHING to do with the economic problems. She does not have to go to congress to vote on it.

    This is nothing but an excuse for more time to prepare.

    You can't postpone a terrorist attack, even if there is something else going on...

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. bipolar2

    McCain/Palin strategy: cut & run

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Kelly

    What a soap opera! From the moment McCain announced that he was suspending his campaign, I could see right through his strategy like a bad toupee...Palin is not ready now, she will not be ready on November 5th, and definately not on day one.
    Stalling the presidential and vice presidential debates will not change the fact that the McCain is no match for Obama, and Palin is unqualified.
    Wake up, Americans.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Proud to Be an American

    McCain appears to be running from this fight. What a coward!

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. junie

    now the other shoe drops. Palin ain't ready and they need time before she makes a dimwit of herself.

    McCain is a ballsy old goat.

    September 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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