September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
4 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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  1. Jackee

    This is just another attempt from John McCain to "buy more time" for himself and his vp running mate. If Senator Obama had suggested that, John McCain would be highly upset! I am sick and tired of McCain's camp thinking that the American people are stupid! That we cannot see what he has been doing all along and why his vp running mate was meeting w/the world leaders! McCain set up all of this so that the leaders will say that McCain is the better candidate! Not sure why he thinks people cannot read between the lines!

    The vp candidate is no one special and I am sick and tired of her being treated like she is the President or someone important! She is not answering any questions from reporters whereas if it was Senator Obama, again McCain would be having a field day.

    I just hope the American people will vote for the best person for the job which of course is Senator Obama!

    September 24, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. jan

    I want to hear this debate but if McCain feels he is needed elseswhere than that is where he should be. It's to bad obama doesn't feel that our country has needs more important than a debate. But that's obama. He doesn't care.......

    September 24, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Party of Whiners

    How very Bush of you, McCain.

    September 24, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Jason

    If McCain is this jumpy now, can you imagine what he'll be like as President?

    Adviser: "Sir, looks like the price of gas went up 2 cents today."
    McCain: (bangs fist on desk) "THAT'S IT...MARTIAL LAW!!"

    I don't want to see that reality...

    September 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Sen. Obama should show up for the debate. If Sen. McCain trusts Gov. Palin she should take his place. The debates must go on. More hype from the GOP like hurricane Gustove and the RNC cancellations. Now no limelight and look at the problem they are having from Ike.

    McCain is not about country first,and if he wins Texas after the lack of concern for the peoples suffering fron Ike this is not about leadership or direction but about race.

    September 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. steve

    McCain can't do anything to improve his position either way. Anyone with half a brain see's that he is a liar. I was at a Mizzou game a few weeks ago and all these unpolled students with cell phones are voting Obama. I'm almost 50 and feel bad that our generation is saddling these kids with our irresponsible spending. As a former Republican, I am glad they are getting even and ridding us of the status quo.

    September 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. AW

    If McCain can't show, I think that President Bush could fill in for him.

    September 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. michael

    they are all criminals.wake up !!

    September 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Oregon calling

    Sweet, now these people are thinking.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. No Way, No How, No Mccain

    If John McCain is an incumbant president suggesting or proposing such idea, that would be great. Becuase the president in office ought to be in office to run decisions regarding such a pernanent issue.
    But as senator it kind of seem lime to do such since both candidates have been excused from the senate flood to attend to their campaigns.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Kelby from Houston, TX

    AND McCAIN HAD BETTER SHOW UP!

    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.

    Do you want to deny America that opportunity McBush? Have you failed to prepare? Are you afraid? Don't make this economic bill that Bush is pushing your excuse not to show up.

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. ken

    it is very wrong for mc cain to take him self out of the debate as to make his way to washington in hopes to get more coverage than he would of from the debate , i belive the pres should advoud him he is useing this in hopes of giveing him self a boost in the poles,instead of makeing a fool of himself at the debates. he has even shut down as he has from day his v.p. choise who when mc cain asked for any questions in one of the meetings , got a question to palin in which out raged mc cain and had every one sent out from the room, and now he shuts her down to , no one is allowed to talk to palin nor is she. it goes to show you that mc cain is going to what ever it takes to get the cameras on him no matter what. he can't show up for a hour and a half for the debate , this may be the biggest blunder in policotical history , he is not going to get any where from most of his party and non from democrats to allow him in as the one who saved the country , while everyone else did the work. what a fool , he is so upset with his self ,he picked a v.p. more in touch with his crouds then him , when she is not there he has little or no one there, she has taken his spotlite his polls are now down, he is so upset he will inplode his campain just for him . ken

    September 24, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. dpmd

    Why is CNN limiting comments on the main story? McCain is running away from the debate under the cover of the Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bailout.

    Why can't McCain do two things at once? Oh, right–his polls are dropping as his incompetence in economic matters is exposed.

    This maverick was branded by Bush/Cheney-

    September 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Pelosi, Reid and Obama. reminds you of Larry, Curly and Moe of the Three Stooges fame. And put Biden in there as well and you can see the tragedy for the American People.

    Both Obama and Biden voted at least twice for the famous bridge to no where. Then Biden told Katie Couric that FDR appeared on TV during the great depression of 1929. Funny since Hoover was president and TV didn't come into use by the presidents until much much later.

    What stooges the Democratic leadership selected. Enny, Menny, Minney, Moe or Larry, Curly and Moe with Biden.

    September 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Janice Il

    The debate commission is going to ask the questions that we want answered? So far the questions that I want to know the answers to have not been ask. I want some strong yes or no answers and a promise you can't take back. Regular tax payers should be asking the questions we are PAYING for it. Sick of the answers that go on for minutes.

    September 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Time4Change

    We the people DEMAND, that's right...DEMAND, that the debates go on as scheduled! McCain, take your lickens like a man! Palin, are you a bulldog or a poodle? If you two are not up to prime time or can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!!! How dare you try to pull this crap on the American people. Great job, commissioners. Keep their feet to the fire!

    September 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    If McCain is afriad to debate, let his so called "more qualified" VP debate in his place and see how well that goes for them! Only 40 days left! After this delay, their excuse will be they can't agree on another debate day, then they'll only want one debate instead of three . . . sound familiar, like a shortened RNC Convention that conveniently had Cheney overseas and Bush managing hurricane operations to keep Bush and McCain from appearing on the same stage!

    September 24, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  18. Watching

    Why all the anger toward McCain? He is doing the job he was voted in to do. This is truly a disaster that could make missing a debate appointment look insignificant. I want Obama there too. He was voted in also. It is petty and short sighted to carry on in such mean and spitful ways. We are in the middle of a crisis that threatens the financial well being of our country. We need them BOTH involved in the solution, one of them will inherit this MAJOR decision!

    September 24, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. AM

    This just goes to show how differently the two presidential candidates will react in times of crises: Obama is reacting with calm and composure, getting the facts of the issue and issuing plans only when the relevants facts have been examined. Mccain on the other hand is reacting like someone who is being overwhelmed, throwing tantrums, threatening to fire the head of the SEC (even though the president has no power to do this), and throwing all kinds information here and there without even reading the three-page report of the Bush administration. The thought of this guy with this kind of temperament having his hand on the button is very scary indeed!!

    September 24, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Tom Jefferson from Monticello, Va.

    I am turning over in my grave!

    September 24, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Anita

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    John McSain is sick. He has lost his freaking mind. He wants to postpone not only his debate, but Governor Palin's as well. I am with Barack, a president should be able to handle differennt situations at the same time. He can't handle anything at one time because he's too old and Palin is too dumb to know anything about being VP. It cost a lot of money for these debates that have been planned way ahead!The American people need to here this important debate to know what both candidates will bring to the table. John McSain is just too scared and more of a wimp! He thought Hillary supporters would run to his aid with Palin NOT SO! Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States! We need a smart, caring, devoted, loving, for people president and that is Barack Obama!!

    September 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Cynthia Schuler

    If the Presidential Commission is forced to cancel the debate, it should backfire on McCain. DO NOT PUSH BACK THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE! This is what McCain wants...........more time for Palin to study! That debate should stay as scheduled!!

    September 24, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. KATHLEEN

    Yeah, Right. McBush just invited Obama to a special White House
    meeting with him and McCain for Thursday, the night before the
    debates.
    Mississippi is going to be red hot mad if neither show up.

    How can Obama say no. Either way, this is a trick because McCain
    debate cancellation did NOT WORK. Now for trick Number 2.

    How bad is our current White House staff? Really? How Bad?

    September 24, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Unfortunately an economic crisis wasn't planned for a year and a half. if a hurricane was bearing down on Mississippi would it be cancelled? If there were another terrorist attack on US soil would it be cancelled? Of course it can and should be rescheduled.

    September 24, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Tom Jefferson from Monticello, Va.

    If McCain can't make the debate why not have the VP canidates debate on Friday and let the Presidential canidates debate on October 2nd. Makes sense to me.

    September 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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