September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
3 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. TT

    Senator McCain: we'd like to see less profile, more courage.

    And for 10 extra points: who said those words to what aspiring presidential candidate?

    September 24, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Veronica in Denver

    MAIRE....Im sooo sorry for you- you have been screwed and continue to get screwed by your party (GOP) and you are still wanting more.....I wonder if your husband and your college kids will have to get jobs just so that you can pay your mortgage- good luck getting jobs!!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Donna - Los Angeles

    As they should. Enuf said!!

    September 24, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. Pam

    Or here's another solution...send Palin to debate Obama. After all, isn't it the job of the Vice President to step in when the president can't?

    September 24, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. KATHLEEN

    DETRACTION from THE SHOCK DOCTRINE- Want the real truth
    about this Bailout. Google The Huffington Post. The SHOCK DOCTRINE BY NAOMI KLEIN!!! READ LINK WRITTEN BY NEWT
    GINDRICH. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT AND IT'S INTENTIONS WITH THIS BAILOUT.

    Tonight, just tonight, don't argue over McCains detractions, just
    READ. READ. READ. It will knock your socks off!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Steve from Vegas

    I wonder how much different these posts would be had Obama suggested the debates be postponed to do "important business of the country"...

    September 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. lyn

    McSame have nothing to offer in Washington ,so he should stop insulting the American people.

    September 24, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    They should this is just a ploy by the McCain camp to give Palin more time to study for her debate with Biden. Even Stevie Wonder can see this.

    September 24, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Generation X

    Obama should just do the forum without McCain, if McCain did show up, Obama would have been debating his self anyway. lmao

    September 24, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. joey from nc

    THE ONLY REASON JOHN MCCAIN WANTED TO HAVE TOWN HALL MEETINGS WITH OBAMA IS SO HE COULD GET FREE PRESS CONSTANTLY. Isn't it obvious? He campaign almost went broke and that would save mccain a lot of money. Obama is not dumb enough to give mccain free press.

    September 24, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. KATHLEEN

    You can't just "cancel" a scheduled debate.!!! Unless you are Bush
    or John McCain. Mississippi has prepared for this!!! They will lose
    lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. John don't care.

    He will want to take credit for coming to the rescue!!!!!!!!!!
    Harry Reid is mad. He does not want this Bailout Meeting
    to become Distracted by Politics.

    McIdiot makes good judgements. HUH?

    September 24, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Steve

    There is something very strange about this scenario. McCain may be
    a ticking time bomb that everyone had better leave alone. I think he
    just got mad, knocked all of the checkers off the board and went home.

    September 24, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Larry

    John McCain is a coward

    Though he feels empowered by history ...

    John ... so many after you have suffered so much

    Your sufferings are miniscule in comparison

    Now you can not even handle a debate

    You are not Presidential material ...

    Go home and let real people run this country ...

    September 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Joe from Ohio

    Im telling ya FOX is bull crap i try to put a comment and they will not post it up because im not praising Mccain. Thank you CNN for letting both Left wing and Right wing have a say so

    September 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. concerned coloradan

    Just one more example of McCain being too old and too confused to do the job. This time I want a smart president!

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

    If Senator McCain pulls out, it will be very disappointing for so many who have worked hard for months in organizing the event.

    September 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. supporter

    Now is the TIME for GOOD MEN to stand up and let the People of this GREAT NATION KNOW what they polan to do. The issues must be addressed. GRANDSTANDING acting like yuou really understand the curent financial problems is just a CHEAP TRICK. With computers you do not have to be in the same room to be able to make your input. But then McCain has never learned how to use a computer. Obama can be more effective in two locations by using 21st century devices than McCain can be strutting around DC smiling at the cameras and acting like he really contributed to a solution.

    Only solution he is lookiing for is a way out of facing someone in a honest debate. One where he is not allowed to get the questings ahead of time. This mose also shows hoiw desperatly thye want to keep Palin off stage. Strange how she only talked to Katie courig and whsen pressed on any question stammered that she would have to look up the answer and get back to her. That is not a good responce. But no one really expected any better from her.

    September 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. shulamite

    I agree Jim. This was a VERY bad judgement call.

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

    These are not my words, but those of Jon Soltz, but I agree with hem 100%.

    "So, because there's a financial crisis, Senator McCain cannot take 90 minutes to address how he will face challenges around the world, including how and when he will send American troops to fight, and possibly die.

    Wow. Troops would sure love that luxury.

    Unfortunately, though, insurgents in Iraq don't stop shooting at us, or setting IEDs, because our Commander in Chief needs a breather to figure out Wall Street.

    Al Qaeda in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region don't send our troops notes that read, "Hey, I hear you guys are tied up with Wall Street. Your President needs to concentrate on other things, so we'll give you a break. So, to make things easier on you, here's our coordinates."

    Nor do our troops get a few days to figure out how to hold onto an area we've secured, if there's an unexpected attack. Sometimes we need to deal with multiple flare-ups at once in any warzone. We'd sure love a time-out, but sadly, the world isn't such a nice place that it gives us that kind of pity.

    When you're Commander in Chief, I don't think there'd be a worse signal to send to our troops in harm's way than to say, "Hey, hold on guys. I know you're getting killed over there, but I have to get a time-out here to deal with Wall Street."

    If troops need to multi-task without a break, is it so wrong that we demand that a potential President-in-waiting prove that he can manage a financial crisis, and still address crises around the world for 90 minutes? And, if a potential President-to-be can't manage that, is it wrong to think that maybe he ought not just suspend a debate and the campaign, but move aside and get out of the race?

    Just something to think about."

    September 24, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. jm from sc

    marie, Mccain is counting on absent minded people just like you to Palin his way in the whitehouse. Mccain part of the commerce committe in Washington and is part of the problem as well. The people of Mississippi has planned for this event and it should go on. The financial crisis did not start today; rather, it was in progress a long time ago. First of all, Mccain knows nothing about the economy and really is not needed in Washington in a time like this.

    The debate should go on as planned. Mccain is afraid he will be asked about his position on the commerce committee which will overshadow his plan to seek glory for his time as POW. God knows we have heard enough about that.

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    OK one more comment. I'm so tired of the age card, the race card,
    the health card.
    How old is the Pope?
    Where is it written that once you hit a certain age, you can no longer reason and make decisions? It screams euthanasia to me...out with the old in with the new.

    Who cares about what color someone is.....quit making it a race issue.
    Pay attention to the history and facts and your own political convictions.
    It's only about race if you make it that and bring it up as that.

    If you have had cancerous spots, does that mean you can no longer run for elective office? You just might die. Well you might just die once you get in your own vehicle. Can you run if you have diabetes, heart issues, overweight issues (which could trigger heart stress)?

    September 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Lia

    Are they (MacCain/Palin )running for president?? What a pair of jokes to American public!!

    September 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Wrong Choice

    This is funny! I can't wait for SNL to do a skit on this!!

    September 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Just Human

    Ripped from the headlines (updated 3 mins ago...) "John McCain can't make it this weekend, somebody tripped over his prop and broke it." Just Human News"

    September 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Palin for President

    Bye Hillary, bye Pumas, Palin will win this election for McCain without your help. No more kissing up to screaming clinton supporters.

    Palin 2012

    September 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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