September 24th, 2008
04:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama 'inclined' to debate

Obama wants to press on with the debate.
Obama wants to press on with the debate.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is 'inclined" to go ahead with the debate Friday night, campaign sources tell CNN.

McCain said Wednesday the debate should be postponed if the economic bailout has not passed congress by that time.

Obama is expected to make a statement around 4:30 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    I'm "inclined" to think this makes Obama look like he is more interested in furthering his own campaign instead actually working to help solve a very real, very pressing problem. I don't have a lot of faith in someone who puts themselves first over the other 300 million of us.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. bill m

    DEBATE, This is the race to be the next president we need to know who will be in charge of the economy for the next 4 years!

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Mary Ellen Amaker

    Maverick? When it comes to Senator McCain just drop the "m-a-v-e" and put a "t" in front of the "rick" ! MCCAIN is full of tricks and that is why all of his tricks backfire! Isn't it just too ironic that Senator Obama spoke to him about 2:30pm and shortly after 3:00pm, McCain is giving a statement like it was his idea to "come" together and give a joint statement? Senator McCain is only interested in one agenda and that agenda is not the American people, that agenda is himself! Yes, I acknowledge that he was a POW, but what else can I can for him that would make one think that he is "presidential"?

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. indy chris

    go get him O!

    don't let the old weasel wiggle out of it with his Country First crap. God, how transparent!

    old mcnasty is about the last person I want in washington dealing with economic crises.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Listen Up...

    Please, please, please debate! Don't fall for the McCain trap! He is just trying to take the heat off of himself.

    If Obama does this thing the moment the heat is off he will bash as him as naive and inexperienced. He may do it anyway, but better froma position of strength than from following that jerk to DC.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Lala

    thank you !!! The debate should be on and i an inclined to agree with him
    This is just a political move by McCain.. Granted a good move..

    Go Obama

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Robin Williams (Florida registered voter)

    Is John McCain scared of debating Barack Obama. I thought he said the economy was fundamentally fine.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Dennis

    As Moltz said on twitter:

    Yeah, sure, we can postpone the debate. Hey, John, let's just postpone the election if now's not a good time. When's good for you?

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. WASP Member!!!

    Debate!!!! McCain is just trying to stop Obama's momentum. Let McCain be the one who declines.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. vote

    ABC's poll question on Honestly/Trust: Obama 48%; McCain 35%...

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Anthony

    We want the debate too! McCain telling us that he can't fly to Washington then fly out to a debate against Obama? I'm sure he would have time if it were for a lobbyist.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Joel

    I'm fairly certain Sen. Obama can handle both the bailout and a debate. Why can't Sen. McCain? Certainly the presidency won't be any less hectic...

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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