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. Derick from ATL

    OK, so why doesnt Palin and Biden debate on friday...at the very least. Or continue the presidential debate, and change it from foreign policy to the economy.
    Why is McCain now suggesting to push Sarah Palin's debate with Biden? smells too fishy!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Just a Mom

    Exactly. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are using this economic crisis to pull a gimmicky stunt. Just drop out of the race already if you're not ready to debate like proper candidates should.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Liz Lewin

    Yes, both Senators Obama and McCain should continue to debate this Friday. The country deserves to hear how they would respond to this crisis. It appears that Senator McCain is avoiding and trying to one up Senator Obama. Beside, Senator McCain will arrive in Washington where all have gone home for the Jewish holidays anyways!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Ty, OKC

    GOOD!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08,12!!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. nesto

    Come on John McSame, face the nation. Do not run away. He who fights and run away will not live to fight another day.

    Obama/Biden

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. JayT.

    All in the name of hiding Palin's incompetence! And people will still try to justify this move. And, it is because of those people that politicians continue to do the outrageous things they do and we the people end up bearing the burden. If a democratic candidate pulled the stunts McCain is pulling, there is no way I'd give them my vote.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Che-3

    Now the whole World knows who is a COWARD to debate and who is multi-tasking and READY.
    I will put ALL my eggs in the Harvard Scholar Basket than a COWARD Old Pilot --– PERIOD!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Linda Balk

    If McCain doesn't show up, the floor should go entirely to Obama.

    September 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. UNITY

    i agree with commisioner. country first yeah. All of these has invest money into this event cant afford this. people to make money to pay they bills. please stop this madness mccain.

    September 24, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. S. Boatman

    If You Are Really A Maverick You Will Show Up To The Debate! A Real Maverick Would Not Chicken Out! Are You A Maverick Or A Chicken Mccain?

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Trish

    Thank you Commission Members.This is more than a ridiculous ploy on McCain's behalf! It is clear that McCain is using this tactic due to the latest reported tie! What will he try next? Country First is a Joke!
    Winning at all costs should be his Slogan! He's behind and he wants to stall the Debate to give him time to come up with a new plan to change the tide and try to bring Palin up to speed so she doesn't blow it when the media and reporters get on her case! These kinds of games confirm he is just another Bush and not fit to Lead the Nation!

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. KC

    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 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. montag

    Invite Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin to the debate whether McCain shows up or not.

    Go Nader/Gonzalez '08!

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

    Uh yeah. Why does McCain think he can call the shots now? They don't need his help in Washington. He hasn't voting in 109 of the last 110 senate votes. He doesn't know anything about the economy. He is STALLING.

    Nice try McShame.

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

    I agree with commisioner. country first yeah. All of the people have invested 0time and money into this event can't afford this. people need to make money to pay they bills. please stop this madness mccain.

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. 1LT. Ron

    Here is a riddle for you "kiddies".......

    How do you lose a debate?

    Drop out of it before it starts.......

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Sue/PA

    Here is their number...let them know you WANT and even DEMAND all the debates go on as scheduled.

    202-872-1020

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Good for them...they should! Obama is going to show up regardless...the show must go on regardless! McCain is a chicken hawk!

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

    They should proceed, Obama should stand at the podium on the scheduled time, and if McCain is a no show, we will all know who really puts country first.

    September 24, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Just Human

    Yes, I agree. They should go on even if McCain is MIA. The Americans NEED this. It is utter nonsense to do otherwise. Too many people have prepared for this and I'm sure DC can do without him for a couple of hours. Truly ridiculious!

    September 24, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Hmmmm

    Mccain doesn't know anything about the economy and his presence will benefit no one but himself (for photo ops). People in Mississippi have worked long and hard to get this debate ready and only Obama seems up to the task of facing off against his opponent during a time when the public needs to hear from the possible candidates who will be leading this country in the very near future. So much for "Country First" as Mccain's slogan. It is clear that this is a "kill two birds with one stone" tactic where Mccain can avoid debating Obama and push back the VP debate in one shot. Frankly, this is just low.....only stupid people in this country will defend Mccain's camp on this one. I VERY sure some of those stupid people will post on this ticker soon just to prove it.

    September 24, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. max

    Yes! the debate should go on. And if a candidate summoned to be there fails to show off, then such candidate will have proven himself unreliable and incompetent and should get an FFF. Should the debate be posponed or cancelled because McCain wishes so, then Mc Cain needs to be the leader because it means that there is nobody else in the country. When McCain becomes the president, he may choose to be above the law, but during election, he oguht to play by the rules. That's it!

    September 24, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Enlightened Voter

    Well we now know that this was a ploy to delay the VP debate of which palin is clearly not ready. Wow john, what an insult to the republicans that support you, you actually think they are stupid. I actually feel insulted for them. If Palin isn't ready to debate or give unscripted interviews how is she ready to be VP?

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Che-3

    BRAVO!

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Ann Moore

    How many millions of dollars will be and have already been spent in anticipation of this debate? Proceed with the debate in order to help Mississippi's economy if not the U.S. economy.

    If McCain doesn't show up give Obama the full 2 hours to talk to the nation about his plans for his presidency.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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