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 (1,459 Responses)
  1. MD in GA

    Oh, HELL TO THE NAW....

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Ashlee Dalton, GA

    This is one of the biggest political stunts EVER!!! What a joke?!? McCain is just trying to buy some time since OBAMA is winning the election....not a time for presidential politics? Ummm, newsflash the election is just over a MONTH away!!!! So if its not a stunt let Palin and Biden debate this Friday!!!! Oh, wait that's not going to happen cause the pitbull with lipstick isn't ready, by all means WAKE UP AMERICA but it looks like we already are because once again OBAMA is leading in the polls :)

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Fritz_da_Cat

    This is the biggest show of cowardice I have ever seen. McCai can best serve our nation now by dropping out of the race.

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. RM

    Unbelievable! As though we couldn’t see this was the intention all along. Delay one debate to delay the second debate to buy Palin more time. I’m certain there will be excuse after excuse now until election time and there will be no debates. I know the crisis is huge, but because it is so large why push for settlement so quickly. It is time for reason, and both candidates participation in the resolution will be minimal. They should be able to participate with the senate and still hold the debate. McCain is using the debate to push the bailout—even though the details have yet to be decided, and he is exploiting the crisis for political gain!
    Does McCain really believe these games will work?

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. BlueInTexas

    Here's the new Obama camp line: "No bail-out plan for McCain"

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Norberto

    Gee whiz- and somehow, the McCain camp just won't be able to find any time that "works for them" for the rescheduled VP debate. Maybe Nov. 5th?

    What is the point of the 1st Amendment if we can't learn about presidential candidates to make informed decisions?!?

    The McCain campain is acting in a way that is ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL!

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Businessman

    If you aren't ready for your debates, you are not ready to run this country. This McCain campaign is blantantly obvious that they have no clue what they are doing.

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. John

    This woman is such a JOKE!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Enough is Enough

    "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

    From McCarthy to McCain.

    DEBATE!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Just a Mom

    I can't take anymore of the McCain camp's silliness. Can't they just drop out already if they cant act like serious candidates?

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. KC

    This is such a ploy by the McCain camp. McCain and Obama are NOT on the committe to put the legislation together, they can only vote for or aginst the bill. Please people know how your Government works before you start making stupid comments.

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Tina

    McCain/Palin are scared. I guess they would do anything to get out of the debates. The debates shall go on as scheduled. What are they afraid of? (mccain/palin) At least Obama is using his brain and wants to continue on.

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Joey D in PA

    I am scaring myself – I predicted this would happen in my CNN blog at September 24th, 2008 5:24 pm ET, the article on "Obama: Friday’s debate should go on!" What is even scarier is that the debates would be cancelled. That would be McNuts, just because Palin is failin' to be comfortable with the press!

    Go Obama and Biden! Hope for America!

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. Indy in AZ

    So much for the "war hero"....

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. Natalee in Canada

    We here in Canada are show shaking our heads in amazement, firstly at the pick of Sarah Palin in the first place, and how Americans are ALLOWING the McCain camp to dictate to the people when and how she will engage them...they are calling the shots...far from a democratic process... It is almost to the point of being a JOKE...not what your Country, nor what the World needs at this tentative time. Also, she is being primed as their puppet and she is enjoying every minute in the spotlight without realizing how dumb she looks...a million steps back for women for sure! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Natalee in Canada

    We here in Canada are show shaking our heads in amazement, firstly at the pick of Sarah Palin in the first place, and how Americans are ALLOWING the McCain camp to dictate to the people when and how she will engage them...they are calling the shots...far from a democratic process... It is almost to the point of being a JOKE...not what your Country, nor what the World needs at this tentative time. Also, she is being primed as their puppet and she is enjoying every minute in the spotlight without realizing how dumb she looks...a million steps back for women for sure! WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Signed...a PROUD women!

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Maya

    Sounds like the economy isn't the only one looking for a bailout...how about the great Palin BAILOUT...MCCain thinks America is stupid and if we ALLOW him to delay the debate in order to save face for palin who gets to show her incompetency in about a week...then yeah he will be right...we are stupid!! This attempt is so transparent, Obama better not give in to McCain and his tantrum!!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Linda31

    If that's the case, Biden and Palin on FRIDAY!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. James Stanley

    I am appalled at McCain pulling this purely political stunt to obviously throw off the Obama camp. I absolutely was looking forward to this debate on Friday. There is nothing that McCain can do in the next 48 hours that is going to make a difference on capital hill, towards the resolution of this mess. I am totally in agreement with Obama that it should proceed. I think it a desparate strategy by McCain that has diminished the respect I had for him. Besides let them steer the debate away from this bailout issue and talk about the other million issues that need to be addressed.Disgusted independent. JS

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. conny

    Now i gotta keep a eye on the polls

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. Tejano

    Both Senators need to start earning their pay. Go back to Washington and take a position, any position, just take one. We have our position and you know what that position is: bending over. As usual the loser is the American taxpayer.

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. PDX Observer

    What? Maybe we should call a "Do Over" or "No Backsies" while we are at it.
    What kind of rules are we working with here?
    McCain hasn't voted in the Senate since April and now he thinks can "suspend" what he is doing to go meddle in something that he has admitted "is not his strength".
    Wouldn't it be nice if the American people could not show up to work if they had a sick kid, or "suspend" paying their bills if they lost their job.
    Doesn't work that way Mr. McCain, finish what you started. Your either running for POTUS or not.
    We want to hear what you have to say.
    Apparently you are not afraid to put the US Military in harms way to finish the job in Iraq, but you can't get to MS to debate for 2 hours. Who is the quitter now!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Muni

    Another oppurtunity to keep Sarah Palin away from public.She is still taking her lessons,postpone the exam.Ha HA HA

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Perfect solution.
    If McCain is too busy we can have the VP debate first.
    Oh, but that might not work because Sarah is no where near ready.
    McCain is a fraud and a coward!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    OMG! OMG! This is all a ploy to protect SARAH! OMG! McCain is really regretting not vetting this chick for longer than 15 minutes...it's not enough that the Dems had already agreed to a debate format where there would be no rebuttal (i.e., ask, answer one candidate, then ask, answer from the other) but now it seems McCain really doesn't want her to have to open her mouth to do anything more than smile and say "Thanks, but no thanks". OMG!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 ENOUGH OF THIS FOOLISHMENT ALREADY!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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