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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  1. Princey

    I'm a to the core Dem but you know just in case we lose I like to know quite a bit about the leadership skills of the Repubs. I had for years thought of McCain as a maverick but now I'm concerned. He is all over the place lately. What is up? They are in a dead heat. There is no need to play crazy just yet.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. 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. Now That Would Be Showing Some Leadership! Somthing To Be Proud Of.
    But He Took The Easy Out!

    McCain Just Too Old To Do Both!

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Sherri

    Here we go....first McCain will chicken out then there will be some excuse for Palin not to debate. C'mon, really!?

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Richard

    John McCain simply does not want to debate Barack Obama. McCain knows that once the American people see a whiny old man standing in the shadow of a dynamic and articulate leader like Barack Obama, his poll numbers will fall through the floor. All through the primaries, I heard many pundits say "John McCain does not want to debate Barack Obama. He would much rather debate Hillary Clinton." The debate is going to be like Nixon-Kennedy only worse. McCain's turgid attempt to "postpone" the debate just makes him look desperate. He can't postpone the inevitable.


    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. rightsaid

    Obama-Biden in a landslide.

    This sort of dramatic move for a cheap and illusory gain might have been what the McCain presidency would have looked like.

    Thank goodness he has given up.

    September 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. no more Black eyes

    the Repubs should have picked Romney

    September 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. Meka




    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Charlotte

    Without McCain to answer first, what will Obama do? It would be a lot shorter then usual, I would prefer to see and hear him stutter and stammer for a half hour vs an hour or more.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. david

    The PDC should go ahead with the debate. McCain's call for postponing it is a pure political stunt. McCain knows that the issue of the economy could sink his chances, and he's got to do something drastic to take a stand and hope that people forget how he and his main advisers were largely responsible for this mess.

    This is NOT the same as Obama refusing to debate McCain earlier on. Neither candidate is going to do something that allows the other to set the terms for anything, let alone a debate. McCain knew that Obama would refuse, just like McCain would have refused had Obama called for debates, and it was a smart win-win for McCain to ask. But – not the same as canceling a planned debate, like what McCain is doing now.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Tyrone Brown

    Debate must go forward...period.


    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Issues Voter

    Postponing the debates is another self-serving political manuever by Sen. McCain. There is no overwhelming reason why McCain cannot do both. Mississippi is only a 3 1/2 hr flight from DC.....heck, he could even use the McCain family shouldn't be a problem..... and he could still get his photo ops in DC.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Ahmed

    Agree. Go Obama.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Veronica in Denver

    McCain, being "President" of the United States requires you to multi-task, if you CAN'T do the job then DON'T apply!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Lynn

    Maybe MCain's next big announcement will be Nov 3 that he and Sarah are not ready yet. Can you postpone please?

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Deb



    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |

    Bad move for Mr. McCain. It makes him look like a foolish, old man.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Who is Mccain threatening?

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. kimberly

    At least there is someone involved in this election with some sense, By all means this debate should take place..First McCain wants Obama to do town hall meetings, would he have shown up for them? and now he wants to bail out of one of the MOST important debates of this election. Has he lost his mind? Maybe he thinks since Pakistan's Pres called Palin Gorgeous he can just move right into the White House..

    McCain, What happened to COUNTRY FIRST??? You OWE the American public to do this debate as scheduled Stand Up and be a MAN!!

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. BJGT

    Real leaders don't have the luxury of taking time outs, Senator McCain. They're supposed to be able to deal with a wide array of problems, all at once. Especially when they're President. That's why it's called "the hardest job in the world."

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Bill in Ct.

    Can some one say, CHICKEN, I smell chicken, Mcsame is running because he knows Obama is going to ( LAYTH THE SMACK DOWN ON THAT A(_o_)hole, lying,senile, lobbying campaign fools. Can the media please call it like it is: HE'S DONE

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. California

    Obama hunt that crook his a gimmick and liar. Gop is using my tax dollars to make their friends richhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I dont agree with their plans and their games. Gop full of croookssssssssssss

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Amy

    Great. Let Barack take center stage. All that town hall business is a bunch of jibberish. They are scared to death. Chickens!

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Tpage

    Considering BO's ability to flip flop on issues at a record breaking pace, I believe even if Johnny Mac is absent we could still see a great debate between Obama and himself.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Paris

    This debate was going to be on foreign policy and not the economy.
    Where the economy is a priority you can’t go and take 90 minute about foreign policy.

    Very simple, and if you don’t get that I am sorry you are not very smart.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Ted Lasky

    McCain, "Any excuse, please dear god, to keep her from having to talk to anyone on TV. The woman doesn't know the time of day, let alone having to answer a question we don't train her for, for at least a month."

    The Republicans have had quite a while to coach and train Palin, and obviously it's just not working out. Biden has talked to the press over 200 times since he was nominated, compared to Palin's 2 times. Is there any other examples you need to convince you that the woman is a moron who they are afraid to put out in public to answer unscripted questions?

    McCain said on 60 minutes that he believes she could be president on her first day as VP. I watched as McCain's nose grew 6 inches after he said that.

    Bush had Harriet Miers, McCain has Palin. They are both unqualified for their proposed positions by miles. Palin has only learned to read and rote !!! She couldn't be president of a K-mart store, let alone this country. Palin v. Putin, can you see that one? This woman could start world war III because of her ignorance.

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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