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. M Smith

    anything else he wants to postpone?

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Mike Mc

    Heres a solution: Postpone the Presidential debate until next week and move the vice precidential debate to this Friday....Then Obama and McCain can go back to Washington and do whatever McCain feels they have to do there without any distractions..leaving Palin in front of Biden one week early for a debate.....hmmm doubt that will happen..

    One word: PLOY

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Kim

    Love it. McBush in one slick move diverts attention away from the fact that his De regulation has caused our economic crises. Now instead he is Mr. Country First. From Heel to Hero in one tricky little PR announcement. Baah Baah, come on media sheep, follow McLiar Bo Peep. Wolf Sheepzer calls this McBush sham a 'Bombshell'. I call it a shell game.

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Danielle

    How convenient. Now McCain and Palin both have more time to study and practice for debates! They should leave things as they are. I'm sure the Congress will survive a few hours without McCain.

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Judy from NC

    This entire stunt by McCain today was a ploy to delay the VP debate. Palin is not ready!

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. DeniseGA

    MCCain Keeps trying to strong arm Obama. First on the town halls, now on the campaign. MCSAME can not dictate to Obama what to do. This is a stall tactic, because McSame is tanking in the polls!

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. rick willard

    Aside from trying to look "presidential" by suspending his campaign, the real reason for canceling the debate is that Palin has not memorized all the responses she may need in her debate with Biden. By McCain canceling, it gives Palins handlers more time to program her. Pretty transparent really, I hope the public doesn't fall for it.

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. SD

    So John, like a little kid who can't get his ways, you're saying that UNLESS the country gives a BLANK cheque to WALL STREET by Friday, you're not going to show up to a debate MILLIONS of Americans want to see? (so they can get some info. about where you and Obama stand on issues) a la Sara Palin!

    Folks, DO YOU NEED ANY MORE REASONS NOT TO VOTE REPUBLICAN?

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. the other jd

    I actually don't see what the problem is. There are two McCains. The deregulator and the populist. Let the deregulator go to DC and clean up the mess he made and let the populist go to the debate.

    September 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. JusLaugh

    Of course they are!

    If you have read the shock doctorine, you know that he is going to use any crisis at all to push through unpopular ideas.

    The real reason is he doesn't want Palin to speak.

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. iibhawaii

    Amazing, McCain wants to reschedule the Palin/Biden debate ..... just another ploy – about using the economic crisis to reduce Palin's exposure to the American public. Shameful!

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. leiatcolo

    So that is what he is up to.....getting more time for Palin to morph into a VP that can handle a debate....its going to take alot longer than that. Just go home and skip the rest of the campaign....

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. PD Thomas

    John McCain...taking one for the team. Sarah is not ready for the debate so he is trying to buy her more time. He is going to try and do the same as the convention did...if he gets her debates with Biden closer to the election date they could conceivably get a bounce that would potentially give them the election. You must be able to handle multiple crisis' at the same time. Additionally, everything must share the same degree of urgency since all things affect the entire country.

    Don't fall for this Obama...

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Sean

    HAHAHHAHA! They are desperately looking to postpon VP debate until Pinocchio Palin gets more ready!!!!!!!!!!! for the debate.

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Dexter in Houston TX

    I am not surprised! This is right out Karl Rove's play book. Republicans are masters of distraction! I'm sickened by this...

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. EBJ

    perhaps we should just suspend the whole election process and give it to Obama....it worked in 2000 for Bush.

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. DR in So. Cali

    You can run but you can't hide, McCan't!

    Obama in '08!

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. The Republican Conscience

    Hahahaha. I'll bet they'd love to postpone it until after the election! Sorry, McBush. Guess that cram session for Palin isn't going to well..

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Palination

    That will give the quick sturdy girl more time to cram her foreign experience boot camp in NY this week. How convenient!

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. jason, tx

    OH LORD!

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Lynn: 60 yr old white Obama supporter

    How convenient...anyone who can't see through this has blinders on!!
    Will McCain propose a VP debate for Nov 6th???

    September 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Nick

    Yup, and give an open stage to Obama on national tv. That's not so smart, hand over a few hours of free advertising to your opponent.

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. TRBoston

    Well I think we know now what's motivating this entire thing. Guess the Palin tutorial sessions aren't going so well.

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Amy, NY

    I've had it! I am so frustrated by the way the mcCain campaign is behaving and by the way the media is covering it! This is a wrong approach, McCain wants to regain the momentum! Again is this the way he plans coming out each time he feels threatened, what is the next big move!
    We are all georgians
    Palin as VP
    Suspension of campaign
    Absence from debate

    This is just to make sure Palin can spend more time getting briefed, showing once again that McCain did not put his country first when selecting the person who could possibly become the next commander in chief.

    Very frustrating!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Kellie

    This is crazy!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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