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. Andrew

    Wait, the McCain campaign doesn't want Palin taking questions where she won't have a prompter feeding her lines?

    I'm stunned.

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Lawrence

    You know, I smell a political rat. John M. thinks he's slick with this one...lololol. He wants to move the VP debate so his people can try and get Sarah ready for the debate. She has to remember allot of hard names in a weeks time and the Bush Doctrine. This is not about the bail out. If it were that important to him he would've canceled his little meeting at the UN today with her and his speech tomorrow with Bill. He would've wanted to be in DC since Monday. Come on John, I know you don't think we're that dumb. I think his campaign handed him a hammer and some nails and said "Hey, you're on your own with this lady" lololol. I'm waiting to see when he doesn't show up Friday.

    No McCain, No Palin, No Show ............ Go Obama 08

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. elsie

    McCain is a fool

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Listen to Our Children

    These are serious times which call for EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP and serious decisions, not 'debating'.

    McCain to Obama – let's first focus on what we were hired to do...know you've only been doing it for 143 days before you reached for the ultimate bar and I've been doing it for 26 yrs+ but our country (first) needs us to ensure our voters don't get the shaft while you and I debate who get's to drive the fuel efficient vehicle for the next 4 yrs.

    Debate is what defish ate – You're 15 minutes of fame or 90 minute debate to 'talk' the 'talk' can wait....while I

    'walk the walk' with our countries leadership on both sides of the isle and in(dependent) the middle.

    Meet me in D.C! and let's both listen to our children

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Alex

    So that was the plan all along, give a few more weeks for Palin to hide

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. louis kamara

    JOHN MCCAIN IS A CLEAVER POLITICIAN. WHEN HIS NUMBERS WERE CLIMBING IN THE POOLS, IT WAS ALL GOOD. ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WANTS TO HIDE BEHIND A BAILOUT TO HAVE FRIDAY DEBATE PUT OFF BECAUSE HIS NUMBERS ARE NOW GOING DOWN. PLEASE SENATOR MACAIN YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF US BUT NOT ALL OF US.

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Virginia Realist

    McCain must think we are all morons. This is simply a political ploy that allows him to appear concerned, give his unqualified VP nominee the chance to miss a debate entirely, and allow himself more time to prepare to do something he does poorly (debate). A Republican trifecta.

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Courtney

    This is the real word no one gets pauses or postponements in life.

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Corey

    Two fold effect from delaying the presidential debate, eh?

    September 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Call Your Congress to keep McCain's politiking OUT of the House Economic Hearing

    Obviously, McCain's suspending his campaign to help resolve the $700B bailout blunder was just a distraction (not really) to delay the vice presidential debate because Palin is not ready!

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. The View from here

    O.K. Folks, now John McNut is holding the debates as hostage to try to force Senator Obama to play the game Johns way.. It's gonna be John McKings way or no way at all. WHO THE HELL DOES THIS GUY THINK HE IS???? I think he is scared to death to debate Senator Obama because he knows he will loose and that spells the end of he and Sarahs scheme. Poor OLD DUMB FOOL doesn't realize what he is doing again.. He is also holding the American poeple hostage. He knows once we see the two of them togeather on the same stage the whole country will know who is more "presidental" .

    MR MCCAIN, COME DOWN OFF YOUR SELF APPOINTED THRONE
    AND GET THIS DEBATE STUFF OVER WITH. YOU'LL FEEL BETTER WHEN YOUR SUFFERING IS ALL OVER . THEN YOU CAN GO BACK TO ARIZONA, AND RETIRE.

    CNN PLEASE PRINT THIS....

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Lorenzo in Atlanta

    Why are the Republicans running so fast? This is hilrious. NO. Have both debates scheduled when they are supposed to be.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    If at first you don't succeed.... Give up, McCain! Do the debate on Friday and let the VP debate go on as scheduled, as well! It's going to take 90 minutes out of your Friday night. They can do without you for 90 minutes! Besides, they will have all taken a break for the night by then, anyway.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. McSick

    Here's my take on this whole issue.. McCain's health seems to be failing him in the last week. Has anyone else noticed how frail he has become. His eyes are always watery.. rubs them constantly now. His left eye doesn't even open all the way now. He's short on breath and even shorter on his responses. He was real short in his press conference today and now he wants to suspend his campaign??? I honestly believe he can't go on right now and the timing to blame it on the bailout issues in congress is a great excuse. Just my opinion.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. Can we all really be this dumb?

    No one saw this coming, huh?

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Dan from Seattle

    Great! I would like to hear two hours of our next president , Barack Obama, discussing the issues with the debate moderator.
    Who cares if McSame chickened out of the debate. He SHOULD be afraid. All he does anyway is to point fingers and change the subject.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. goerge

    ohh goshhh. they are scared that Biden will dominate Palin.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. The Real JR

    I would laugh if I didn't believe they were serious.

    The person they are shielding from the press they will be shielding from the American people. So basically she is indeed an empty suit, much like GWB, and will be the puppet president for the unelectable (Cheney would have never been so powerful if he didn't have the Bush avatar) to seize power as they see fit.

    This is insane. I'm actually afraid for our future.

    Why worry about outside terrorists when we've already destroyed our way of life and everything we hold dear by ourselves?

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Mike from Calgary

    I thought McCain said the economy was sound, good shape! Now it's in dire straight such that he can't WALK ... or was it TALK ... or was it CHEW GUM.

    The good thing about McCain suspending his campaign (aside from revealing McCain's character or lack) is that it means I don't have to see or hear McCAIN'S LIES AND HIS WHINING!

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. David, Silver Spring, MD

    What next, Bush will suspend the election?

    Talk about fear mongering! Next McCain will call for a national day of prayer. He'll urge people to donate blood and call for the rationing of meat. Children will be encouraged to donate their pennies so the copper can be used in the War effort. Old people will be encouraged to stop eating in order to ensure that there's enough food to feed the babies.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Jeff

    This is both hilarious and pathetic. I'm waiting for them to say, "If you're against postponing the debate you're a sexist pig!"

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. what?

    wow....i am speechless. this is the stunt of all stunts.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Kerri

    Ah, and the REAL strategy becomes apparent. Palin isn't ready (nor will she ever be). Maybe McCain can suggest they just don't debate. Idiots.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Artola

    What?!?!?! What exactly does McCain plan to do in Washington? Either you want to run for president or not. Either you can jungle all the balls or not. I personally think the McLame knows that the bailout is going to a huge part of the debate and he's just not ready to handle it!

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Tanya

    This is all a political PLOY so that Sarah Palin can have more time to cram for the VP debate! This is yet another one of McCain's political stunts.

    September 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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