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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soundoff (435 Responses)
  1. georgia

    What a sleazy old geez . Keating 5 set the stage for the current situation.
    Some crooks never change = McSame & Bushwackers

    September 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. LS

    The PDC should DISQUALIFY McCain if he misses the debate. It is sooo obvious what McCain is trying to do. Country first – yeah right, it was never country first for McCain – it has always been McCain first.

    McCain acks like he is president, but yet he can't do more than 1 thing at a time – McCain is not presidential material and people are realizing this FACT.

    McCain is despicable.

    September 24, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. D&D

    Now McCain has a problem:

    - If there is a debate anyway, and he decides to attend without the bailout being resolved, he will show that he just wanted attention on his campaign.

    - If the debate is cancelled, he's still screwed because he would cancelled a year and half of preparation from the CPD and the investment from Mississipi, and he will appear as a coward!

    So either way, he's screwed! That wasn't a smart move from his part...well, talking about smart, that is not his thing!

    September 24, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. Where is Palin's Rescue Plan?

    the RNC campaign is a sleazy mess, and Mc-Cane's tricks should be questioned by the national board of elections OR THE RIGHT NATIONAL COMMITTEE. These are SERIOUS issues and to use my and other Americans lives and money for political gain should be called to question. McCane has the ability to turn the country upside down while he expirements with functinaing as a (fake) leader.

    UNETHICAL!!!

    Hang in there Obama and Biden. Nothing is worse than having to deal with "uncle" John when you have serious work to do.

    September 24, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Megan

    What you all are forgetting is he is not president.....YET!!!
    His job right now is be what he was voted in to office for..... a Senator. and you all know you are thanking god he has postponed the debate, because he is going to rip Obama apart. so quit you belly aching and give the man a little credit for having the balls to put off his campaign, and for doing what is best for the country!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Wasilla

    John McCain , no maverick. please vote against him.
    we dont need another 4 years of deregulation.
    there is no stop button on the lives of real americans.

    No confidence vote for McCain, not ready to Lead.

    September 24, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. S. Holt

    Great, I am so glad to hear the debate will go on. Election day is not going to be postponed or changed. McCain and Palin are trying to control their media exposure. She goes half way around the world and meet with dignitaries and their reporters and don't answer questions in the USA? Now McCain is trying to control when and where debates should take place. How come these two cannot follow the rules? Their polls are going down and the questions are increasing about these two; he is not ready for a debate. He has too much other stuff on his mind. As Obama said, you have to be able to handle more than one thing at a time. McCain is not ready to lead.

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Jay

    I would like to know which idiot is going to go and vote for a McCain/Republican party now after seeing and hearing all of this!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. jean

    This is so clearly a strategy to keep the American public from getting a good look at Sarah Palin. (I've already seen enough of John McCain to think he is acting as if he's "off his rocker." ) From the little bit they've allowed us to see of Palin, she appears to be way in over her head . I am really concerned that they are doing everything they can to keep the public from getting a good look at her in an uncoached situation. What in the world are we going to learn if she has to respond to questions and think on her feet? Perhaps that she doesn't have the brains or the breadth of knowledge to be a "heartbeat away...." This is frightening. They really think Americans are stupid. I just hope they're wrong.

    September 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Darrel from Denver

    McCain is an interesting guy, no doubt.

    10 days ago he was sounding more like Baghdad Bob, espousing , effectively, 'there is no crisis' while in the background anyone with any sight at all could see there certainly was.

    Now, he reminds me of Barney Fife, completely flustered and panicky, frantically trying to pull the one bullet he carries out of his shirt pocket in order to try to get it into his gun.

    What will he come up with next? More impressions?

    September 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. annette

    And they very well should...these candidates owe the American people this debate.

    September 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. just one person

    YOU PEOPLE HAVE GOTTA BE KIDDIN ME!!!! THE LITTLE OPINIONATERS THAT CRIED FOUL YOU ARE... IF THIS IS THE BEST SCHEME GOING AND AYBODY CARED WE'D STRING HIM UP BY HIS JOWLS. HOWEVER, ITS A SMALL THING GIVEN THE STUPIDITY EXIBITED BY ALL PLAYERS IN THIS CAMPAIGN. MAYBE HE WANTS TO GET HIS SHARE OR MAYBE JUST BE A GOOD SCOUT AND DO HIS DUTY. OBAMA IS JUST SO SPUN AROUND BY UNSCHEDULED EVENTS AND FAILED TELEPROMPTERS THAT HE DOESNT KNOW WHICH END TO SCRATCH. DONT THINK BUSH EVER DID THIS SO MAYBE ITS A GOOD DEPARTURE FROM THE BUSH DOCTRINE THINGY OR MAYBE ITS A BAD CALL IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH WILL RUNNERS ON BASE. EITHER WAY ITS NOT REALLY GONNA BE ALL THAT. YOU FOLKS NEED TO SIMMA DOWN NOW.

    September 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. hrsc

    The first debate should be McCain vs. Palin. We've heard from Sen. Obama for months he and Sen. Clinton debated heavilynow lets here from McCains ticket. Palin doesn't talk to the american people openly or take questions. And well McCain he just flip-flops all over the place.

    Maybe they are afraid she will start talking in tongues or worse her head may start to spin around. Maybe her former pastor will perform the exorcism.

    September 24, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Ron Peoria, Il

    I think McCain should postpone his campaign until spring.

    September 24, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. Vin in Texas

    Next mccain will ask to postpone the election..for another four years....

    September 24, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Muyoyeta

    John McCain is trying to show that he cares much more about the economy and the tax payer than Obama. This man's advisers are trily dumb. Who can fall for this kind of propaganda. The truth is either McCain and/or Palin is not ready so they are trying to buy some time.

    America has been in a financial crisis long even before the debate dates were planned. Why didn't John McCain complain then and announce that unless the fix was done he wouldn't debate? What about he quits his job as senator if the package is not done by Friday... that will be a more patriotic way of protesting!

    September 24, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Pooh

    maire...you are an idiot. you are one of the reasons we are in this mess. I bet you voted for Bush both times. If that is the case and you really believe what you wrote on this blog, then you deserve everything you are experiencing in your life right now. I have no sympathy for you.

    September 24, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. biggy

    for weeks gramps walked around talking about the "fun dementals of our ecomany (Idiocarcy) being strong"...now he will be our superman and save the day in the 2 hours it takes for the debate. I think the world will survive if gramps took half a day off, got some soup and got a debate in...what a shallow attempt...yeah we should also delay the VP debate so dum dum Palin can memorize a few more words...gramps and dum dum 08...yeah thats the ticket yee haw

    September 24, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Susan

    Good. McCain and his thugs have been trying to control how this campaign is run from the beginning. I am thrilled that the commission and Obama stood up and sya NO!

    September 24, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. Greg

    This debate should absolutely go on!

    Let's face it...the only reason they would NEED both McCain and Obama back in Washington would be to vote on the finished bill.

    Please people of America...see this for what it is...a dirty trick by McCain!

    It was never country first with him...its always himself. This proves it.

    September 24, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Rara

    Thank you, CPD! Now maybe McSame will get his act together and give the American people (COUNTRY FIRST!) an opportunity to hear what each candidate has to say about the economy and foreign policy.

    Go Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    They>>>>MUST>>>>THINK>>>>YOUR>>>>STUPID

    Let the Trouncing Proceed!!

    Barack The Vote!!!!

    September 24, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. democrat in az

    smoke and mirrors not transparency. Mclame is a loser

    September 24, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  24. Dayahka

    If McCain does not come, stuff a rag doll in his chair and ask it to respond to John's questions. McCain has no economic sense anyway, so the answers should be just as informative as if McCain were there. No postponing.

    September 24, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Georgia Girl

    I don't understand McCain supporters at all. This is not putting your country first. Lincoln dealt with the civil war but he still campaigned, FDR was dealing with the great depression and war against Germany and he still campaigned. Only Carter denied a debate during a hostage crisis and it hurt him dearly, Reagan beat him. McCain has been in congress for 26 years, he has not voted since April 8th, and has consistently stated he is not educated enough about the economy, so how will he help? How can he lead when he always voted against regulating banks. The only time he did get involved with banks he got in trouble (Keating 5). Wake up American we need to forget about black and white and focus on green...our 401Ks are at stake.

    September 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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