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. evans joesephe

    Am not an american,but i believe that america is the nation every body looks up to,why maccain waited all this long to postpone his campaing,just after agreeing with obama to make a joint statement,he is trying to pull the carpet under obama,i think that americans are smart enough to see that if a deal is finally reach,i think it will be reached with out obama and mccain,the later will be taking the credit.he should get on with the debate,and go to vote on the bill when he is called upon.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Alex

    yes... mccain go to ell

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Deb, Allentown,PA

    These debates must take place. It is imperative that we hear from these candidates on the issues of importance. McCain hasn't cast a vote in the Senate since April, nor is he on the committee developing the bailout plan, so there's no need for him to be in Washington around the clock. He can certainly get in his Straight Talk jet and head to Ole Miss for 2 hours.

    What a loser he is.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. carlo

    As they should. The people of Mississippi have invested time and money into preparing for this debate. They should not delay it because McCain, who is not on any of the banking or finance committees and who has admitted he doesn't know about the economy, is SO necessary to have the bill passed.

    Get real.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. No McPain

    In my job, I have to juggle a zillion responsibilites every day, as well as take care of my family. I think I would like a president that can do more than one thing at a time.

    Next they'll want to postpone the election because they have to wash their hair.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. MEP

    He is the reason the bailout has not been approved. This is the right decision.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. cecil

    Great As They Should!

    Follow The Yellow Brick Road McCain, Remember That Lion!

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. L White

    Much of the country is beginning to see and get sick of McCain's stunts..being preesident of a great country in these times requres a person more steady at the help..........much less of this crap at the whim of John McCain...we have had 8 hard years under Bush and don't need another person who says he cares about the country, but every time you turn around he is doing some eccentric ballet, mostly to get attention....

    September 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Noemi in Los Angeles

    Stick with the plan!!!

    Americans are watching.
    The World is waiting.

    September 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. conny

    Very Good Mississippi, this is just something to prolong the VP debates. Sen McSame is going to play this hand. Now this is real presidential. Right!
    this just tells me how it would be if he were to win the white house


    September 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Spencer Velott, Oregon

    You can run, but you can't hide McCain!!! See, regulation is a good thing:)

    September 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Barbie

    The debate should go on...Let the canidates address the problems & then we'll make up our minds...Don't hide from us

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. joe m

    i too would like to hear more from these two men about who they are, what they believe in, and what they plan to do if elected. however, the job that both are still being paid for is that of a US senator. part of that job is to work towards the interest of americans first. there is an old saying two heads are better than one. i don't really believe that either one of these men know much about the economy, but if nothing else they need to get back into their offices and do whatever is needed to get things done. stop talking and start doing.

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Tricia

    McCain and Obama should be in Washington, with their fellow congressman, working on the details of this costly bail out plan. In other words, they should set aside their aspirations to be President and do the job they were voted/hired to do. The citizens of their respective home states voted them into Congress, not the Presidency. The selection of that path was their choice.

    Where else but in America can you be a Senator for a little over a year and then walk away from the job that your electorate gave you to follow your own dreams and goals? Kudo's to John McCain for putting his job, his country, above his aspirations to be President. Senator Obama is being his elitest self as usual.

    September 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. milo

    Thank goodness someone has some common sense.

    But what happens if McCain simply refuses to show up?

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot


    And won't be

    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. GEER


    September 24, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. American for obama------

    America should do as republicans want NOT as America wants......they own us now

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Keep it for this Friday. Don't fall for McCain's latest ploy of moving it to the time slot of VP debate and postponing the VP debate! He wants more time to prep and wants to continue to keep Palin from answering questions in public!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Kim

    In the next article the President of Pakistan calls Palin Gorgeous and wants to give her a big hug during their deep foriegn affairs meeting. Finally, International Respect and Experience for Paris Palin

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. Timothy in New York NY

    And, if McCain can't tear himself away to be present at his own debate, why not give Barack the Friday night prime time slot to broadcast an address?

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Zac

    This is a rather peculiar and risky move by McCain. I am not certain exactly what is to be gained by it, and I do not know what he can do to resolve the crisis other than vote on legislation, which doesn't really seem to merit such moves as suspending his campaign and postponing the debates. I understand if it is symbolic, but political martyrdom never usually works the way it is intended.

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Tom in Delaware

    It's a shame you guys weren't involved when Barry ducked out on the 10 Town-Hall debates.

    The Children of the Corn have a lot of nerve calling anyone other than Barack Obama a coward.

    How about a little contrast and context coming from the press.

    Your memories may be short, but mine's not.

    I hope you nimrods project Obama to win by 10 pts. only to see a McCain landslide.

    Then we can all sit back and watch the MSM 9/11.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. S. Boatman

    IN YOUR FACE MCCAIN! There Is No Backing Out Now! Your Request Has Been Denied! . . . If You Dont Show Up I Guarantee You Will Lose This Election! People Will See You As Unprepared To Lead!

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    The other show just hit the floor. This is a stunt so that the Republicans can "postpone" the VP debate indefinitely (like maybe after the election). Wow, I wonder if the John McCain of 2000 would even recognize the fool that is going around using his name.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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