September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
7 years ago

Presidential Debate Commission still sticking with original plan

Hours after John McCain called for the first presidential debate to be re-scheduled if a bailout package is not finalized by Friday morning, the Commission on Presidential Debates said it was moving forward with its original plan:

“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. this Friday, Sept. 26," the group said in a statement. "The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half. The CPD’s mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled.”

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soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. mike from CA

    Thank god. Let us here on how they will help the economy.

    September 24, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Scott L

    Democrats are crying the McCain is ducking a debate.


    McCain has wanted to debate Obama since the beginning. You liberals defended Obama then and made all kinds of excuses, now you turn around and are trashing John McCain.

    I'll show you multi-tasking, how about he goes to Washington, works on a plan, then flies in Friday night just before the debate.

    The first debate is about FOREIGN POLICY so why would John McCain be ducking that?

    You liberals are soooooooo brainwashed...think and use your head for once!

    September 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Barney

    Move the VP debate to this Friday. Works for me.

    September 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. the other jd

    Oh my goodness! It must be the all powerful Obama behind this decision. Poor, Poor McCain and Palin!! (And yes for anyone who missed it, this was sarcasm.)

    September 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Concerned Voter

    GREAT! McCain and Obama need to stand before the American people...Especially McCain and the GOP! Tell McCain to hop in one of his many cars, and bring his tail to the debate! We know McCain of all people can afford to pay his buddy's ridiculous gas prices!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Jess


    September 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Daryl from Seattle

    Thank you! Just because McSame is getting his buttox handed to him in the polls now doesn't mean he can run from facing the guy who's beating him. It's not like McCain has a solution to the problem ANYWAY. If he and Obama go back to the Senate now to try and give so-called help, it was just politicize the situation even more than it already has been. It's just another distraction, like his selection of Palin. Anything to change the subject.

    September 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Lois in CA

    As well they should. McVain is so full of himself. Who does he think he has to answer to if not the American people? That includes all the people, all the time.

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Fred from San Jose

    In our little league, if a team forefit more than 3 times, the team is out of the league. Same rule should apply to presidential elections – missed 3 debates – bye bye.

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Ron

    I am glad to see they did not buy into McLiar's political grand standing stunt farce !

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Molly Weasley

    It will be an interesting opportunity for Sen. Obama to give the American people 90 minutes of his ideas while McCain's chair is vacant.

    McCain, who many times has admitted that economics isn't his strong suit, hasn't even bothered to show up to the Senate since April. He has been floundering for an economic answer for over a week. He doesn't want to have to answer questions about how his campaign chairman and the head of his transition team lobbied and advised Freddy-Fannie (up until August for Rick Davis), so he's hiding behind this economic muddle.

    There are less than six weeks before the election, and the American people want to see these two candidates face off. Show up, you loser.

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Daniel va

    this is a McCain gimmick

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Maureen, Newman California

    The debate should go on as scheduled. What happened to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT? Now McCain is hiding, hiding, hiding. Humm – who does that remind you of? Oh yes, he is hiding just like the Alaskan Prom Queen.

    McCain has an obvious ulterior motive. He wants to move this to move the VP debate to give his incompetent puppet more time to cram.

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. MoreOfTheSame

    No where to run John McCain!

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Obama is the REAL Change

    -HOW can MCCAIN keep getting away with:
    -Palin not to speaking with the press.
    -Palin and husband will not show up for legal case in Alaska.
    -Palin can't be seen or heard speaking to the leaders of other Countries.
    NOW HE WANTS TO CHANGE HER DATE TO DEBATE WITH BIDEN.......We SHOULD be outraged by McCain and camp, their DRAMA will never END........this WOMAN is a JOKEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    McCain and Palin are making the MEDIA is looking like a FOOLLLLLLLLLLLL.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. christina

    I agree with the Commission.Imagin not having it in Mississippi when all they have been doing is preparing for it.I have been looking forward to it myself.Doesn't everyone want to know what they have been thinking on the issues,the 700 billion dollar bailout.I would think more now than ever.

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


    September 24, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Independent Voter

    Do not move the dates of the debates – this will not help our country. We are in need of seeing the candidates speak!

    September 24, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Louis

    John and Sarah–no more time to study "Domestic and Foreign Policy for Idiots". Let the debates begin.

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

    ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports: A senior University of Mississippi official reacted Wednesday to the news that Sen. John McCain R-Ariz., wants to postpone Friday's presidential debate, saying that such a move would be "devastating" for the university which has already invested millions in preparation for the debate...

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

    If they change anything, they should change the subject of the debate from foreign policy to economics. That would make the most sense. Then McCain and Obama can both tell Congress and the voters what their plans for the economy are and how they plan to lead us out of this crisis. McCain is grandstanding by trying to postpone the debate, trying to manipulate the process and throw everything off balance to gain some sort of advantage, and I'm sure take credit for the eventual solution, like he takes complete credit for the surge. The Dems and the CPD should take a firm stand and just say no.

    September 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Brandon

    The commision is moving forward w/ the debates and rightfully so.

    September 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Rita

    Debates should continue as planned. McCain is just trying to look important for the voters.

    September 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. nelda

    They should do EXACTLY what the media did to McCain's campaign a few days ago: KEEP THEIR GROUND.

    The American people WANT AND NEED this debate and Obama is right when he said "This is the perfect time to hear from us about these very important issues". A president should be able to do more than 1 thing.

    McCain isn't prepared, AND he hadn't found a rock to hide under. Now he's found an excuse– the bail out.

    McCain NOW wants to go to Washington after 10 days when the crisis came out. McCain wants to spend 1-2 days in Washington when the meetings are almost to an end. Why? McCAIN WANTS THE CREDIT ! This man is so crooked and such a liar! He only wants to win the election!

    So go ahead with the scheduled debate. It will make McCain look horrible for not showing up, and it will be his doing.

    September 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Missy in GA

    Well... Now what?!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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