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. John in WV

    I thought debate was what McCain wanted. 2 weeks ago, he offerred to fly Barak to debates and promised he would not fly the plane. This is how afraid of undecided voters McCain is becoming because of the economy. Undecided voters want debate.

    September 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. s berman

    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 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. CO

    mcain is a pathetic unprincipled liar. I don't trust him as far as I can spit – and i'm a republican

    September 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. john

    Mccain is a chicken on the run looking to throw the ol smoke and mirrors. The Dems were warning Bush and Mcsame about this for months and they said everythign was "fundamentally sound" This debate is needed to just see how clueless the republicans are. HOW MUCH MORE EVIDENCE DOES AMERICAN NEED??

    September 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Earl

    PERFECT....Obama will be all the airtime he wants

    McWar, you can watch Obama on TV and email him congrats.

    September 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Peter

    Barack Obama should proceed as scheduled; McCain should be represented by a bobble-head dummy. Whenever it’s McCain’s turn to respond the dummy should be allowed to “bobble” for 60 seconds (or whatever time is available for McCain’s response). I’m sure the bobble-head dummy would do as well as the other dummy that chickened out.

    September 24, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Carl Justus

    McCain is not up to the debate and will all he can to get it delayed, postponed, or thrown out completely.
    He will not be able to lie in the debates like he does with his campaign ads.

    September 24, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. deb

    We must not give up more power to Corporations/Government. Whatever the solution, there must be oversight and regulation by the states and the people. There must be punishment for the criminals.
    Don' buy this financial package. There is no rush.

    September 24, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Indeed let the debate go forward. If McCain does not show up give the next President Obama all of the time to address issues. Then a clear majority of Americans will understand why he is going to be our next President.

    September 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Susan

    Who does McCain think he is! He's not running the show. He's running scared, and he feels panicky because he knows he can't handle a debate with Sen Obama. I'm glad the Presidential Debate Commission says the debate will be held as sceduled. Sen. Obama
    can multi-task and do the debate and the Financial Crisis Meetings.
    McCain could have left out all his "political theatrics" on TV.
    Neither one of the Republican running mates are intelligent. I watched Caty Couric news this evening asking Palin some simple questions and she could not respond and give a definitive answer to any of the simple questions she was asked.
    Susan from CT

    September 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Carl Justus

    McCain is not up to the debate and will all he can to get it delayed, postponed, or thrown out completely.
    He will not be able to lie in the debates like he does with his campaign ads.

    I have not submitted a comment, so how can i duplicate one.
    If you do not want my comments then say to quit making comments, do not beat around the bush, you are as bad as Bush and McCain and company.

    September 24, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. VA 4 Obama

    Dan Democrat – Obama isn't going to destroy McCain, because McCain won't even be there, lol.

    That's fine – give Obama a huge platform in front of a national television audience to speak. Hopefully he's preparing a speech in addition to his debate points!

    Go Obama!

    September 24, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. ObamaBiden08

    This has got to stop-what next McShame you want to postpone the elections???
    ObamaBiden 08

    September 24, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Straight Truth

    Thanks to John McCain and all his efforts to have free unregulated financial markets that self-regulate without any government oversight;
    we now have him doing back-lips to rush regulations into place.

    Who does he think he is fooling?
    He [McShame] is Part of the Keating 5 scandal, that caused the 1990's Banking, Savings & Loan collapse.

    Now suddenly he is Mr. Clean up Wall Street?? :P
    Shake up washington.?? :)

    What a Joke Mc Cain is trying to make of all of us.
    Trying to shift blame away from himself by re-inventing himself.
    Yes he is much like Frankenstein wanting to have a 2nd chance at a positive political career.
    He tried to redeem himself for being a "Song Bird" POW by being inflexible and unyeilding and for his part in the Keating 5 S&L collapse by voting for the 2005 toothless regulatory measures. Finally,he is now trying a 3rd re-birth by turning a complete 360 Turn and voicing phony patronizing interest in fixing this 26 year in the making ecnomic collapse he played a key role in.

    September 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. joejoe

    O-bama Kids...the sky is falling, the sky is falling. We have to reschedule our prom!!!

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. AUC

    One monkey (even if old and senile) will not stop the show!! McCain in a joke. Who the he** does he think we are???? He's an idiot that thinks we are so dumb that we don't know when someone is trying to "run a murphy" on us!! Open you eyes America. He didn't give a crap about the economy all the time he and his buddies were raking in and profiting from these Wall Street greedy corporations and their golden parachutes!!!

    It is on old dude! Don't show up. You are seriously tripping. We are not taking this crap anymore!!!!!! It's ON!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. LET SARAH DO IT

    While McCain is busy saving the country, if the call of the TV cameras is more important to Obama- let Sarah Palin step in for McCain and debate Obama on McCain's behalf. She will cut him to ribbons. Obama is ruled by anybody who wears a skirt.

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. nelda

    they should not allow McCain to pull the strings. He is a nominee as Obama.

    McCain wants the country to play on his terms and rules. If not,..he pouts and wants a "time-out."

    McChicken
    McSame
    McBush

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. eah

    I believe Senator McCain is an honorable man, but I feel he is wrong in this instance. I feel that the debates should take place, and that a president should be able to handle more then one crisis at a time. If the reason for all of this is to postpone the VP debates, then my faith in McCain is really shaken. I haven't decided who to vote for, but the next few days may help me make a choice. I only hope that McCain isn't doing this for political reasons, and that Obama and McCain will really work together to help us all out. That is my wish for America today.

    September 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. deb

    He it just me, or does anybody else smell a BIG FAT RAT?

    September 24, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Ms. Brown

    To all you McSame Supporters...

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! Are you kidding me? He knows the debate will be about the economy and he is scared.

    September 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. sjp

    of course they should keep going as planned. be very prepared america. mccain has been on the run since the convention trying to stem the tide of change. he now wants to go to washington to play the big man, while we all know by his voting record he is part of this problem. what will we get out of the 72 year old after all this on friday night/ my vote would be a very tired grumpy man, who won't surprise if he loses the message and makes some major gaffes. this brings us to the election. how if he cannot keep this pace in the last months of the campaign, will he be capable of doing it 1,2 or more years of a possible presidency.

    September 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. CT4OBAMA

    What's wrong, Senator McCain...you can't handle more than one thing at a time??? President's do have to multi-task. I hope your aren't just figuring that out!

    September 24, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. sharon walker

    DEAR FRIENDS:
    MINUTE BY MINUTE. WAKE TIME CHECK IT OUT ON AGAIN OR OFF AGAIN. SUSPENCE.

    TEATHER BALL OR SOCCER BALL. SCORE!!!!!
    HALF TIME.

    September 24, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Linda K.

    Let John McCain stay away. Obama can show up and discuss his policies for 90 minutes. Is that a better solution for the Republicans?

    September 24, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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