September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
8 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)

    GOOGLE The Huffington Post THE SHOCK DOCTRINE by Naomi Klein and READ. READ. Read. And then
    click on Link Newt Gindrich plan to sabotage Obama thru this BAILOUT.
    NO Money left for Entitlements or any help from our GOVERNMENT
    for us, our soldiers. NO BENEFITS. NO BIG GOVERNMENT MEANS
    NO HELP. Country First means we want you and your children to
    obey and serve!!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Heidi

    I am very disappointed at some of you. I too want to hear them debate, but are we being selfish to want to hear the debate more than we want them to fix the economy that we are all complaining about? How is this like receiving a call at 3:00 am (like O'bama suggests)? Was this event not "planned?" Is O'bama trying to avoid making a congressional decision? Is the anology to getting a call more important than acting on our future and truly representing the voice of the people?
    I guess we have to all decide. Do we want the debate or do we want
    our senators to respond to their current jobs (which still is in congress) and to work on a resolve to a severe issue that affects you and me, my future, my children's future and my grandchildren's future. We want the American Dream (which we are in great danger of losing) but we want it "our way." Immediate gratification instead of long term gain.

    September 24, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Tammy - KCMO

    Either McCain isn't prepared to debate or he wants to postpone to give Palin more time. Either way it has nothing to do with the economic situation at hand. It hasn't bothered him before to miss a vote.

    September 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. '08 Vote Obama

    Right On.... The Presidential Debate Commission is right this has been in the planning for a long time and we the tax payers demand follow through!

    This is our country John McCain!

    September 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Barney

    If McCain can only do one thing a day, leave him alone. Maybe he will have to make his decisions each morning what he will do. No different from what we have had the last 8 years. He'll get the same votes.

    September 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. maire

    The OBLIGATION of the ELECTED legislator is to actually WORK in the service of and FOR the PEOPLE,not to "perform" for media nor to ENTERTAIN out-of-touch and apparently economically unscathed debate junkies.Some of y'all may want to call yo mamas to see if your allowance was just reduced and some ought to check your investment reports! We're in a mess,it's no time for babyBama!

    September 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. mn

    Please preserve the institution called democracy in America

    September 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Michigan Voter

    Obama should do a Q&A or something if McCain won't show up, and fly over to DC for the vote.

    McCain's attempt to look concerned and responsible seems to be backfiring badly.

    September 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Larry


    If John finds it to inconvienient to show up

    Give Obama the floor

    He's our next President anyway

    Bye Bye John

    Go lick your wounds with Sarah

    September 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. David Stein

    Is this serious, is this for real????? I'm Canadian and this would be called out immediately for what it is, a gimmick, an insult to the American people. 8 years of fooling the American people isn't enough for the Republicans, don't put up with it anymore.

    September 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Poetic Justice

    They should proceed! McCain is just trying to give the Disasta' from Alaska more time to prepare! If the debates were scheduled for October 2009 she wouldn't have a clue what to say. She says she is ready to step in for McCain whenever she is needed, so let her step in for him Friday night, since he is needed so "desperately" in Washington. We would witness the "pitbull' in a pit!

    September 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Ellie

    John McCain is nothing but a LIAR through and through.

    He's been caught OVER and OVER and OVER. I mean this OLD GEEZER can't seem to tell the "TRUTH" anymore.

    I'm not sure if John McCain knows the truth anymore, that's how BAD John McCain's lies are. They are so bad, he's getting caught faster than the media can get it out!! LOL.

    NOW.... he's touting "Country First" yet again, but the Bail Out has been going on for a whole week. WHY didn't he "SUSPEND" his campaign on Monday?

    It's so OBVIOUS that John McCain has definitely put "Campaign First"....and "John McCain Winning Second" AND then last but not least, Country Last.

    September 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Hillary Independent finally for Obama

    I truly think McCain has gone wacko this past couple of months.

    First Simple Sarah

    Now he wants to rearrange the debates schedule.

    What's next? Change the date of the election?

    So if McCain gets to be prez, that is bad enough.....if he doesn't finish his term, then Sarah is leader of the free world.


    It makes me wonder how our great country made it through WW2 like we did. Yes, Greatest Generation, my parents' were part of it.

    September 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Steve, New York, New York

    The McCain / Palin campaign has dipped to a SHOCKING new low . .

    they won't let the media question Palin (maybe they're afraid that people will see that this person, who took 6 years of bumping through no-name schools to get a BA in journalism, is shockingly unprepared for the VP job).

    What about Christine Todd-Whitman or Kay Bailey Hutchinson?? Those are Republican females that have BRAINS!!!!

    McCain is now trying to back out of the debate? Are you kidding me?

    September 24, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Isaac

    I can't believe I'm gonna say this, but if McCain/Palin win the election I'm ACTUALLY going to miss Bush/Cheney! Seriously!

    September 24, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Sean

    Good for them. No one should bend to the political posturing whims of McCain. He's playing us all for fools, and I for one find it insulting. We're not as stupid as you and your sham of a VP choice seem to think McCain.

    September 24, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Alvin


    My friends it seems Obama is having a SURGE in the polls. I think am going to lose this elections.

    September 24, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Joe T.

    Hurray for the Commission. What a grandstander McCain is! He admitted that he knows nothing about economics, but now he is going to lead the charge to rescue America? No wonder the polls are going Obama's way. McCain wins the P.T. Barnum award. So Palin plays hide-and-seek with the media and McCain tries to snow eveyone before winter. Yeah right!

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Obama 08

    If he is trying to stall for the polls, then he just defeated the whole purpose. Everyone, even the republicans, are going to see McCain for what he really is now. What more do the American people need to see or hear to know that McCain does not have what it takes to be a president!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |

    The only reason McDesperate wants to move the Pres. debate, is to buy Sara more time to study for the VP debate. What an obvious ploy!

    This shows he has no faith in Palin – and no respect for the intelligence of the US citizens to figure this out.

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Peter

    good job, make McShame come to this debate

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Heidi

    Is O'bama calling for the debate because McCain made a decisive decision in the best interest of Americans to fulfill his "currently paid" obligation (which by the way, you and I are paying for)?

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. April Garlow

    The Commission on Presidential debates has raised their status to the point where they think that they are much more important than the biggest financial crisis to hit Wall Street since the great depression-who are these people?

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Pam

    Abolutely stick with the original night. I'm looking forward to listening to Obama for an hour Friday night. If McCain doesn't understand that it's more important than ever for us to hear from the 2 candidates, then he should stay away and let us hear from a real candidate.

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. John in DC

    I wonder what McCain would do if Russia invaded Ukraine tomorrow. Would he ignore the problem while he waited to cast his one (1) vote on a bill that will be crafted by the finance and banking committees?

    Can't fool all of the people all of the time

    September 24, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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