September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
3 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. Christine, Tampa

    McCain is a joke and the media is letting him get away with this cra$p. He should be skewered for this stunt. And that's what it is. A stunt. It makes me sick.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. ben

    First it was selecting a woman for VP to grab all the dissapointed women who wanted Hillary . That seems to not be working. Next came the idea that issues were not important, it was the persons involved in the election. That racist attitude failed. Now it is the ploy that McCain would rather lose an election than let our economy go down the drain. Are we so stupid to fall for this.For 26 years this man has been a part of the reason we are where we are now.Now he wants to be a knight in shining armour feerlessly single handidly going to Wasington to save America. He doesnt want to debate Obama, because he hasnt the mental agility to cope with a man much smarter than he is.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Maureen, Newman California

    The debate should go on as scheduled. What happened to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT? Now McCain is hiding, hiding, hiding. Humm – who does that remind you of? Oh yes, he is hiding just like the Alaskan Prom Queen. Some Hero.

    McCain has an obvious ulterior motive. He wants to move this to move the VP debate to give his incompetent puppet more time to cram.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. ben

    Good. Nothing tells the American people to panic quite like saying you've got to suspend everything you're doing; apparently, when the people most need a leader (where's Bush – I voted for him twice!) McCain thinks the world should come to a grounding halt.

    Perhaps McCain really feels like stopping everything is the solution, but quite frankly for millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, their homes, and now their retirements, the financial crisis has been going on for years.

    September 24, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. S

    But the debate isn't even about the economy it's on National Defense!!

    September 24, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Michigan Mom

    McCain/Palin-not ready to debate, not ready to lead

    September 24, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Nina Palmer St. Helen, Michigan

    I agree, the debates should be held. McCain is running for President he hasn't voted in the Senate since he started is run for President. Now he thinks he is the only one needed to settle this fiinancial problem. Give me a break, it is simply politices, and a ploy to stop the Vice-President debates. I think the Republicans are afraid Palin can't handle herselve. If she can't take the heat then she should get out plain and simple play with the big boys take the heat...I am glad Mississippi that you have stuck to your guns...

    September 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THE DEBATES SHOULD GO ON. THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS DIDN'T HAPPEN IN ONE DAY AND MCCAIN OF ALL PEOPLE CAN'T FIX IT. MCCAIN KNEW ABOUT THIS WHEN ANDREW MCCAIN, HIS SON, WAS CEO OF SILVER BANK AND QUIT 2 MONTHS BEFORE IT FAILED. DID JOHN MCCAIN TELL SILVER BANK INVESTORS TO TAKE THEIR MONEY OUT BEFORE IT FAILED, NO. BUT I BET MCCAIN GOT HIS OUT. INVESTIGATE JOHN MCCAIN NOW.

    September 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. AHMIowa

    The democratic process must continue. What we have learned about McCain in the last 3 weeks, is not that he's "independent" in a constructive way, but that he comes up with STUNTS to try to make himself look good.

    Well, John, you've just made yourself look AFRAID!

    September 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Representing the Rational

    John McCain's disgusting attempt to politicize the financial crisis – and to use it to stall for more preparation time for a debate he can't win – is an obvious sign of his underestimation of the intelligence of the American people. At 8:30 AM, Barack Obama's team made first contact with McCain to suggest a non-political, gentlemanly joint statement regards the crisis. Instead, McCain stalled Obama, then pulled the rug out from underhim by announcing his so-called "suspension" of his campaign to suggest leadership that McCain is clearly lacking. I hope this blundering faux leadership is obvious to the average American. It sometimes scares me how hard it seems for some people to see through McCain.

    September 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Kate Fergus

    That will mean that Obama will have the ears of millions of people. He will show he is presidential and not afraid to answer questions the people may have. McCain is running away because he knows there will be questions about the economy and his record is not strong when it comes to this subject.

    Shame McCain.

    September 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Jon

    FEAR is why John McCain does not want to go.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Connie in Tennessee

    McCain hopes all debates will be canceled as he knows neither him or his Alaska Barbie have any answers to the problems this country is facing. Let him go to Washington. He is not the President at this time and can do nothing but vote when it is put before the Senate. He has been in Washington 26 years. You think he would have had some ideas before we got to this point! GO ON WITH THE DEBATES AS SCHEDULED.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Patty, CA

    McCain knows that going forward with this debate, given the current economic crisis, will only serve to highlight his lack of knowledge and Obama's wealth of knowledge. I don't blame McCain for wanting to cancel/postpone the debate....if I was in his shoes I wouldn't want to stand next to Obama either. McCain's people have already made sure the story got out that he has only practiced "a little here and there", so that when he fails miserably he will have an excuse.....evidently he was worse than they thought because they had to come up with this flimsy excuse for not participating. Obama should indeed show up and claim the state for himself.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Renee- Florida

    The show must go on...

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    Let Obama have the debate with the moderator instead of McCain.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. ber6964

    Maybe they should ask real candidates like Barr and Nader to fill in the spot McChicken has vacated to pander. I'm sure that they both have more intelligence anyway.......

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Debates should continue

    The CPD is correct the American people need to have this debate so many are on the fence and I don't know why, but we need this debate and it should be changed from foreign policy to the economy.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. John

    And people actually want this moron (McBush) to be president? Brilliant individuals living in soundbyte world.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. USA in 08

    McCain just wants to bump back the VP debate because Palin needs more training. he is so tranparent and scared it has me rolling on the floor. What a loser McCain is.

    When the going gets tough, McCain runs...

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. cecil

    Plane ride from Washington D.C. to Mississippi: one and a half hours. Presidential debate: one and a half hours. Plane ride back to Washington D.C.: one and a half hours.

    McCain Just Too Old To Do Both!

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Scott L

    MCCAIN WANTED TO DEBATE OBAMA 10 TIMES WHERE WERE YOU LIBERALS WHINING ABOUT YOUR MESSIAH NOT DEBATING MCCAIN BACK THEN?

    H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E-S

    WHY WOULD MCCAIN WANT TO DUCK A FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE ANYWAY? HE WILL CRUSH OBAMA.

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. Susan

    Good!!! I've been waiting forever for the debates! If McCain can't keep an appointment because he's doing something else that week, well, lets just say there are plenty more "appointments" when you're doing important business as the president... can he handle alllll that juggling?!

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. nitro

    Not having the debate is not going to change a thing. The problem is that he dont want to get asked any questions about the current situation because hes part of the problem. Hes not ready for the debate and hes using this as an excuse. It want be long before hes exposed for what he really is, a crook.

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. annie - former democrat

    obumer would do well in the debate by himself alone with his teleprompter!!! But how does he explain the fact that he is so unpresidential as to help work on this crisis? After all, isn't he still a senator and shouldn't that be his top priority? Oh well, guess they wouldn't need his 'present' vote.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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