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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  1. banderson

    I don't think I can say anything better than Aaron from Ohio. The American people want a leader who will lead and not someone who will politicize the issues. The economy has been something that the American people have been concerned about for months and yet Senator McCain seems to want to run away from it. Forget foreign policy, forget Russia, Iraq and Georgia, let's talk about America. LIKE AARON I WANT TO SEE AND HEAR A DEBATE ON TIME AND WITHOUT DELAY!!!

    September 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Bill

    Fact: Democrats often accuse Republicans for fear mongering.

    Fact: Most of the message boards on CNN show exactly the opposite! Democract readers on here offering nothing but awful comments on how Republicans hate America.

    What we need is positive political action. McCain is doing what he thinks is best. If Obama offered this same suggestion, everyone would be questioning McCain's dedication to the Senate.

    September 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Jeanine G

    I swear, McCain reminds me of a child using every excuse he can think of not to go to school and take a test he hasn't studied for, or studied the wrong chapter for.

    We deserve to hear what the next POTUS plans to do to help us on these important issues....we have just 40 days for pete's sake!

    Problems happen at the drop of a hat in the real world, and more often while president. If McCain can't handle that without well rehearsed sound bites, he should've stayed home....whichever one of the 8 he wanted to.

    Its 3 am and McCain is using an answering machine to screen calls.

    September 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Kim

    Anyone defending McCain now is just being stubborn. Just admit that the GOP could make a chimpanzee (wait a minute, W resembles that remark) their candidate and the GOP base would still choose the chimp over Obama. I'm okay with that, at least be honest. It's not because McCain is better suited to run this country or that he puts "country first." He is just the best they had. The Democrats have brilliant, high caliber candidates and the Republicans have morons...yin and yang.

    September 24, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I hope people do not let John get away with this little stunt, he wants to find a plan, how? how, do u find a plan for sumthin that does not even exist in your mind, like the economy being terrible right now?

    This is a ploy, he is trying to hide Palin so she doesnt have to debate Biden this has absolutely nothing to do with him caring about the economy. He does not care about us, his whole campaign has been a gimmick, and now its a freakin joke!

    September 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. eye opener-open your eyes America-PA

    One thing McBush/McCain/McPalin-all the Same, knows for sure is that they are sore lying losssssssssssers. your documents only show what you want to reveal, but personnally your leadership and poor judgement is so transparented. The American people see right-wing through you and your cronies.
    Will the Right-wing bail-out McInSane on this one??????????
    Which way do I go?????????duh!

    September 24, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Sian

    Does John McCain think he is going to be elected based on choosing an attractive running mate and griping everytime the media does not agree with him. Why will he not address anyone directly except a room of carefully chosen supporters. Mr. McCain you are asking the company to allow you to represent them yet you don't have the consideration to show up and face a few of themeven after promising for weeks. What does that say about your character?

    September 24, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Jason

    the american people need to hear what these two have to say – neither candidate is needed in washington to get this bill done – if so they would have went back last week – mccain couldnt even say rather he would vote for the bill if it was down to his vote – so how is he going to washington to get others to vote on it

    September 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. SAL

    What on earth is happening to Mccain? He is melting down right in front of us.

    He is choosing bizarre actions and making himself look irrelevant. It is hard to understand how his campaign staff has taken total control of his soul.

    Even the rabid GOP fans will quietly talk about this bizarre turn of events. Nobody is fooled by this latest stunt, but many many many are truly disappointed.

    Mccain is falling apart at the seams.

    September 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Fazio

    This is obviously McCain's gamble approach to show that he's "on the job to be the savior of our economy". Oddly, he's never been on any of the banking committees in the Senate, and has shown the American public last week that his knowledge of our economy is severely lacking... His presence in Washington would only be for show – – he has not contributed much to shaping Wall Street (well, except of pushing for deregulation, which has gotten us in this mess...). John, c'mon, debate already – grow a spine!

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. BM

    Dumb and dumber can't put their money whare their mouth is. Cancel a presidential debate? Had that been Obama, my goodness!

    September 24, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Sgt. Mo Black

    First the DEBATES and what's next Sen. McCain... Do you want to postpone the ELECTIONS.... I don't....You have to go... But please remember this.... Sometimes you have to "debate" with the message that you have...

    September 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Will smith

    Mccain chicken out. Considering that it was Obama that called him early on this morning that they should issue jt. statement concerning the economy. Meanwhile. by this afternoon Mccain turn around and act like the hero. People pay attention, some politics being play here.

    September 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. K.

    PLEASE. Return to his JOB? Members of the Senate have been quoted as saying McCain's presence is barely even noticeable, much less helpful. He's doing no one any good there. They don't want the candidates distracting everyone with their presidential politics. The show must go on. If McCain can't handle more than one thing at a time, he's hardly qualified to be president. Hell, he wouldn't be qualified to be a waiter.

    Run away all you like, McCain. Your transparent excuses and colorful lies will catch up with you. That is, if your beloved Republicans open their eyes and shut their mouths long enough to realize what a joke you are.

    September 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Trang, Fremont, CA

    The debate should go on. Thank you for keeping w/ the plan. Heck, if John McCain isn't there, I believe there's other presidential candidates from minor parties. We should hear from our future potential leader on how they would deal w/ the current crisis. The election is not too far away.

    September 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. Sarah does not debate...or answer questions

    We THE People demand that he show up.

    Cant run and hide when you are President. You have to be able to handle stressful situations. You may have to do moe than one thing ata atime. No weekends of to sit in your Rocking Chair.

    A time of crisis is the PERFECT time to debate. We will see who has the metal and better jubgement to be OUR next President.

    September 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Dino

    I am so outraged with his crap mcain is sorry i am just ready to vote for obama

    September 24, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. cecil

    John McCain Overacted. There Was No Reason For Stopping There Campaign or The Debate. I Feel He Used Bad Judgement In This Matter!

    They Should Be Able To Continue Campaigning, Running TV Ads.

    They Do Have A Staff, VPs, Surrogates, and Advisors. So What's The Problem McCain.

    His Temperment ?

    September 24, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Michael

    wow everyone blame McCain for everything forget the Biden has been in the Senate longer than McCain or that Biden and Obama voted for the Bridge to Nowhere while McCain was against it. Or that they still supported the Bridge instead of fixing bridges damaged by katrina. McCain is putting his campaign on hold to do his current job what he is being paid for while Obama is more concerned about his personal future then ensuring what he says needs to be in this bill is in it.

    September 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. eye opener-open your eyes America-PA

    Further more, What does Biden/Palin's debate have to do with the Presidentials debate, she not running for president or do the Republicans think she might do a McInsane (Brittney Spears) Moment. "Oops I did it again". Their campaign is headed to the Alaska Bridge to No Where. What a ball of Confusion. And to think some people thrive and operate out of this messssssssssssss.

    September 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. KC

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Yes they should continue the debate. McCain and Obama are not on the commitee to write the legislation so they will be no help right now. McCain and Obama can only vote yea or nea on the bill once it is presented. Please people know how your Government works. This is a sad ploy by McCain, I have now lost any respect I once had of him. God Help America if he were to get the job of President.

    September 24, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    No! If you want to lead, now is the time to do it. If John McCain thinks he can slink back to congress and hide from these issues, then he DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE PRESIDENT! It's time to face the American public John McCain and answer some tought questions. There are 40 days until you become president, time to multi-task. Barack Obama is ready to lead and tell us how he wants to lead. What are you going to do John McCain, hide or lead?

    September 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Last time I checked Obama hasn't done or changed anything of remark. Why dosn't he go back and fight for the people and his party on this HUGE tax payer burden that we are about to get thrust on us. I guess he does not want be on record (he hardly is) with his vote.

    September 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. Jeff DuShane


    Mr. McCain, it's 3AM and we have emergency situations on both coasts.....

    My Friends, can you postpone those emergencies. I'm just not ready to handle that much at once!

    September 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. No way No how No McLies

    McPitbull (with or without lipstick)... Ready to procrastinate... NOT ready to lead!!!!

    September 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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