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. Bill Charlotte,NC

    STICK with it!!! I promise you John Wayne McCain will fold. He'll come in dressed in fatigues screaming "We are all Americans! Obama is wrong, I can do more than one thing at a time. Look, I have been to Washington, I can chew gum and I can see Russia from here!"

    September 24, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Michelle

    McCain you are finished.
    We Americans are tired of these tricks...delaying the debate, because you and Palin are not ready.

    You have got to be kidding......McCain needs new political advisors...if this is an indication of who he surronds himself with...then a future with McCain is Scary.

    September 24, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |

    Mc Cain has not been in congress for his job since april. now he wants to jump back in and get his foto-op, him and Phil Gramm are part of the people why we are in this mess today. now he dosen't want to debate. what a sham. the leaders of the house and senate are the ones working on this not mc cain.JOHN MC CAIN YOU HAVE NO HONOR YOU ARE A LIAR AND A LOSER.

    September 24, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Kathy

    The Commission had better stick with the plan. John "I-Can-Only-Do-One-Thing-At-A-Time" McCain had better get with the program and learn his lines, because I want to know where he stands and what he thinks and what he plans to do. Specifically please. I'm tired of his generalities. He's losing credibility in my eyes, for sure. This was a political stunt to stall the entire process. Give Palin time to learn her lines too. Despicable.

    What is wrong with us that we will listen to these imbeciles? It is time to throw all the Republicans out.

    September 24, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Cooper

    I can't believe all these people have put so much time, money and energy into getting things prepared for these debates. McCain cancelling is just adding more to American's tax paying burden. I guess he just feels we all can pick up the tab because he doesn't want to multi-task for 90 minutes?

    September 24, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Sam

    Maire – you lost 50% of your retirement funds? You must be a moron. DOW is down around 18% for the year. Did you work for ENRON? HA!
    McCain is showing his true self – a born loser. Can't multi-task, doesn't know anything about the economy. Picks a wacko from Alaska who can't think for herself. What is even worse is those people who support McCain and Palin because they are regular folk just like them. Just what I want is below average people running the country. We've already had one retard the last 8 years, don't need that to continue!

    September 24, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Escaping the GOP

    McCain and Palin are the limit, the absolute limit. Does the GOP REALLY think they can keep this up? I cannot believe that this much of the electorate is stupid enough not to see through this. Hah! Just a few short weeks ago, McOld and Caribou Barbie were so smug and self-satisfied. Now look at them, running scared.. Bye!

    September 24, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Western voter

    PLEASE is time to take responsibility for our own nation. George Bush has almost ruined the countyr and John MCain wants to finish the job. Now...five weeks before the elction he wants to use this as a pretext to keep a totally unqualified VP candidate from a public display of her ineptitude.

    When will enough be enough? When will Americans take responsibility. Bush for 8 years...our fault...can we afford Mccain/Palin?

    Bush's speech tonight was a joke...

    September 24, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Independent, white female !

    We need to hear from the candidates in this difficult time, we are about to vote for one of these men to handle our economy and our livelyhood. Mccain needs to know that this debate is more important than ever before! let's debate and let's hear what will be done by these two candidates.

    September 24, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Vince Luberto

    What you have here is another ploy by Mcain to divert attention to himself on the campaign trail, If he want to have input on the bailout diaster where was he when he knew this would be comming in all his years in the Senate, what can he possibly bring to the table, where does he get his econimic expertise from.

    September 24, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I'm so glad that the debate comission is not bowing down to any of McCains demands that the debate be postponed. He is so used to getting his way, and I'm happy that someone told him "NO WAY"

    September 24, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Billiam

    Hey John McShame,

    You didn't get the question before hand

    September 24, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Go Obamabot!

    I think King Obama should go ahead with this debate! He can debate anything/anyone available, even McCain's empty chair! Better, they can get a picture of old McCunning up there on the chair! (LOL)

    This Obamabot/Obamanut/Obamacrazy is laughing so hard at McCain running from pillar to post! And he is ready on day one? I bet I am more ready than this old, feeble, dailing McGeezer!

    September 24, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. SEA

    Suggest the CPD go to ToysRUs and get a McCain doll, seat it in a chair with a fake mike and let Obama carry on answering the questions. It would surely help ToysRus economy.

    September 24, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. dl

    Last time I looked Washington was not that far from MS. If McCain needs more time than say so! this debate is on forgein policy? Why would he not want to do this? Makes no sense & besides is very costly..This is his forte no?
    Marie-McCain is not on any of the comittee's that impact this bail out. Yes they are all working but not the finil word here...So Yeah he is going to Washington –for a day off! Oh or matbe lunch with his buddies...

    September 24, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. Boston Guy

    McCain isn't able to take the heat. He has no clue on what to say and scored that he will look like a fool.

    September 24, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. kris in RM,CA

    Keep to the agreed schedule. NO CHANGES. Period. They show up and go or fail to show up. No changes on the part of the agreed upon dates,places and times. They is no valid reason to change the schedule. Stick to the plan.
    Stand up and defend the American voting public. We want the debates as scheduled with the named people. We are counting on you to stand firm.

    September 24, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. linda from South Dakota

    many people have planned to go and watch this debate and if mccain cancels out,, it opnly means one thing,, hes scared and he dosnt have sarah beside him so they can make sure they dont answer in different ways,,, these two are such a joke,,,, mccain, is panicing now,, what would he do if he was president and something really bad happened????,, omg i dont want to know,,,

    September 24, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Mack in OH



    McCain will be a hero because he is.
    Obama will be an empty suit talking by himself to the TV cameras, because he is.

    September 24, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Another Former Republican

    I have voted republican my entire life. But this year I am ASHAMED of the Republican Ticket. Barack Obama sounds Presidential everyday. McCain comes up with stupid comments and outrageous lies everyday. And Palin is a disgrace, there is no way she should even be on the ticket. I really don't see how McCain/Palin can get a SINGLE vote. People must be out of their minds to even consider them. I can only hope that there are many, many more Republicans and Independents that can see thru their sham of a campaign.

    September 24, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Phillip

    So, with a single move, McCain wants to postpone not just his own debate against Obama, but move it to the one day that would bump Palin's debate against Biden, postponing that as well.

    And he SAYS he wants to do this because he believes that the economy, which he called "strong" a few weeks ago, is in a crisis that Congress simply cannot solve while 2 out of 100 senators aren't present.

    You don't need to be a genius to figure this one out. Especially if you factor in the well-known facts that McCain has barely even begun to prepare for the debates, and Palin doesn't even know how to debate.

    September 24, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Annie

    Maire, do you realize that Senator John McCain always voted on the side of deregulating the financial industries that have sadly caused you to lose part of your retirement? He himself says he's principally a deregulator. He's part of the problem, not the solution. If you vote basically on party, that's your right. Just thought you should be aware.

    September 24, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. DG

    If it's so important that McCain go to Washington he should already be there.......should have been there days ago.

    Sounds to me like he's just not feeling real confident about debating Obama. That, and the fact that they're talking about using the VP debate slot to make up this presidental debate seem real suspicious.

    They seem to be thinking they can kill two birds with one stone this way. McCain can look like a hero putting his country first AND they can keep Palin from having to debate Biden.

    September 24, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. Alice in Wisconsin

    It's just another McCain gimmick – like pulling Palin out of the hat ... if Obama wants to go ahead with the debate, he'll be accused of being unpatriotic. McCain will be held up as an example of sacrificing his campaign for "the country." They might as well go ahead with the debate – nothing different would be done about the Wall Street mess with Obama and McCain being in D.C. This is all fluff – just like the stupid flag pins - didn't prove a thing one way or the other.

    September 24, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |

    Time to accept a scripted Presidential "debate" yet again?
    Brought to you by your "good friends" on Wall Street.

    No USA Main Street Paul or Nader,
    nor Cynthia McKinney...

    September 24, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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