September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
8 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. William Mosley

    OKAY! McCain started off by saying "I don't know much about the economy", then he went onto say "The fundamentals of the economy are strong". Now he's thrown on a Superman Cape and is rushing back to the White House to help negotiate a $700 billion dollar bailout. Something doesn't sound right about this!!

    September 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. manhandler

    Of course, if this had have been a suggestion from "the one" all the Obama lemmings would be calling it a brilliant move. Turns out that Bush wants both of them at the White House to discuss the situation. It's another bold move by McCain and the goofy obamabots just can't take it.

    I read on some other blogs where the bots were saying McCain doesn't really care about the country. Of course, all the cynical Obamabots would never believe that McCain would actually be doing this because he cares about the country. After all, he only spent five years in a Vietnamese prison camp being beaten and tortured because? guessed it, because he doesn't care about his country. He refused early release which resulted in more beatings and torture because? guessed it, because he doesn't care about his country. He can't use a computer or send e-mail or comb his own hair or raise his arms above his head because? guessed it, because he doesn't care about his country.
    It's been reported over and over again that the Republicans in Congress are looking to him before they make a call on what to do. So he's suspending his campaign and going back to Washington because? guessed it, because he doesn't care about his country.

    September 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. JO

    that is b.s Mr. Mccain what next change the elcetion day, let us have the debat, chicken out as usual....

    September 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    Since Barack Obama secured the Democratic nomination, John McCain has been trying to lure Obama into petty debates and town hall meetings. Now that the time has come to talk about real issues affecting real Americans, McCain offers us a lame excuse about being on the hill to solve the economic crisis.

    I do not think Congress will be working at 9:30 Friday night, at which time the debate is to take place in Oxford, Mississippi. Furthermore, John McCain travels extensively during his campaign, and work on several matters during the course of his day. Why is it that he cannot do so this Friday? Can he not juggle more than one important issue at a time like a President has to do? If he cannot, he should not be th next President of the United States.

    September 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Dawn T. Ada, Ohio

    McCain is grasping at straws here!! It is so obvious. He has been faltering in the polls and this is the one way to get press coverage without actually doing anything but flying on planes, taking pictures, and pretending that he is actually doing something. He has not had his hand in anything that has been happening in Washington for the past week. He has not been calling the heads of the committees or talking to those in the know. Obama has. He is showing that in the midts of a crisis he can still function. McCain can seem to do more than one thing at a time. Do we really want this man in the White House where there are hundreds of situations happening weekly. I don't...............OBAMA 08

    September 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. California Gold

    McCain is throwing in the towel huh?

    Pulling all advertisements.

    Cease all fund raising.

    Suspending campaigning.

    Gonna get to work in Washington DC (yet he is still in New York).

    Refuses to debate the issues claiming the economy needs him.

    Sounds like he is saying, "You win!"

    September 24, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Sety

    Americans, I hope you all are seeing who this man "McCain" is really all about, very unpresidential. The gap between Obama and McCain need to be big gap that is Obama 73% and McCain 25%. Put race outside and vote for the betterment of this country.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Ronnie

    This was McCain trying to weasel out of a debate.He knows he is not ready and he will look real bad debating Obama.McCain just show America what he is made of,chicken.

    September 24, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. Diane Briggs

    I sure do want to hear the presidential candidates talk about how they each propose to help the USA save face abroad and I am suspicious that McCain and his party doesn't want him to answer anything all by himself. The candidates would be more beneficial in a debate tomorrow night than they would be interrupting congress. Be a "maverick" McCain…don't run away now!

    September 24, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. Sifa

    This is way too political for me. I don't know how stupid the REPUBS think Americans are. Oh wait, there are still those STUPID ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR THIS TICKET. Well, you'll be getting just exactly what you're asking for.

    To MAIRE,
    You have not felt a pain yet, wait untill McShame gets in the white house, then your landing will be even more painful. Good luck! I am on the way to finishing school in nursing and my next destination? CANADA. I've lived through the last 8 years with Bush, I am not putting up with the next possible 4 with this guy.

    September 24, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Elizabeth D

    Are you kidding me with this crap?? I can't believe this man, and the crap he pulls.. and anyone falling for this needs a wake up call.. seriously.. if you think that he is so important as a senator that they NEED his imput.. then you obviously don't know alot about politics.. this is a gimmick for the uninformed voter who thinks that he has to focus all his attention.. as if he is the only person working on the job.. there are how many other people involved in this decision.. and flying back and forth from washington to Mississippi is not that big of a deal.. this man has completly underestimated the intelligence of the american public.. I get sick when I think about Mccain and Palin.. physical nuasia.

    September 24, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Get a clue

    Maire—not sure if you're aware, but it's the Democrats, not the Republicans, who are the ones trying to take action on cushy Wall Street overcompensation. And, like you, I would love to see McCain return to his senator work...PERMANENTLY, when President Obama takes office.

    September 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. B. Brown

    McCain gets behind in the polls, plots to stop the bleeding so he wants to avoid the debates as long as possible. Yep, just the right stuff we need in a president! Ready on Day One, McCain is not even ready for the first debate.

    September 24, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Liberal4Obama

    It is clear McCain wants to delay the debates, his latest stunt about suspending his campaign is just the way he intended to achieve it, but both Obama and the Debate Commission are not taking the bait.

    Hey, if McCain cant make it to the debates he should send Sarah Palin, at least she wont confuse sunni and shiite or say that Iran and Pakistan share a border, those major gaffes are reserved for John McCain

    September 24, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. ER P

    Good for them. What better forum can presidential and vice-presidential candidates find to address the American people and help them to get to know and decide for whom they are voting to lead the country, to clean up this Bush-Republican mess, and to prevent this mess from ever happening again?

    We hope the Debate Commission won't cave in to this latest McCain-Palin fraud.

    September 24, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Andrew

    We don't have time to wait. The election is coming up. Let's have the debates on schedule. Any candidate who doesn't agree has something to hide - or maybe several things: his temper, his vagueness, the lack of qualifications in his vice-presidential nominee.

    September 24, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Kurt

    There is no doubt in my political mind that Sarah Barracuda could sit for McCain in this insignificant debate for the President of the United States, while Our Saviour, John McCain saves the country from economic oblivion.

    September 24, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. McCain is running scared

    McCain is sure showing his "courage " now isn't he??. What a poor excuse for a presidential candidate. IA two year old can see right through him. Running scared and crashing negotiations he is NOT welcome at. If McCain won't show at the debate send Simple Sarah.. I would love to see her in a debate with Barack..LMAO She can't string three sentences together and McCain knows it.
    By the way Bill Clinton should be ashamed of his flattery of Palin..what an insult to his wife who truly does fight for women and their families. Get over it Billy, she is not available for dates after hours.. at least I don't think so. Bill should be praising his candidate, Obama however, I believe Clinton secretly wants Obama to lose..Obama won't run again in 2012 and that clears the way for transparent.

    September 24, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Smith

    You know, when you're president, you can't postpone everything just to focus on one doesn't work that way. In real life, you have to deal with emergencies while balancing all the other issues you (and your administration) are responsible for. If you have to take a time-out in order to concentrate on one issue, you've got no business running for president.

    Truth is, McCain is going downhill fast. Either way he votes on this bailout plan he's screwed. That, plus the poll numbers that came out today? He's done.

    September 24, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Never obama

    You fools.

    September 24, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. Michael

    McCain's already admitted that the economy isn't his strong suit. So, given that he's just one senator out of a hundred... what exactly does he think he has to contribute in Washington while the crisis is managed? Expertise?

    This is nothing more than a ploy. Far from putting "Country First", this is a very transparent effort to score cheap points by appearing to be above the fray. His campaign of fear and lies has shown that for the facade that it is.

    England's Samuel Johnson once said "patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." How apt.

    September 24, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. pam from MI.

    Barak maybe you don't know the debate is about foreign policy, something you don't know anything about anyways. Why not go to washington and actually do something we pay you for. WORK, Oh I forgot its just all about polititcs and not really what is best for us people who cling to our bibles and our small town values who don't want anything to do with a bailout.

    September 24, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |

    CNN really needs to call McCain/Palin out for this ridiculous stage act. MSNBC had no hold backs tonight. Call it like it is. McCain/Palin has been allowed to slip and some media outlets are not doing their jobs.

    September 24, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Teresa, Georgia

    Keep the debates on schedule....regardless of McCain's agenda.

    September 24, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. NYC

    The next thing I'm waiting for is for McCain to replace Palin and have a good excuse of course....... There seems to be a strange smell in the air. Sniff, Sniff, I think it's the smell of D E S P E R A T I O N !!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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