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. 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."

    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 |
  2. the other jd

    I think ber6964 has a GREAT idea! Let Barr and Nader join in the debate on Friday. I am so totally for Obama, but think they both should have been invited anyway.

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. tedious898

    It takes 2 hrs to do the debate. All of a sudden ...after 8 years of failed government by the GOP and you're going to fix it in one Friday night (LMAO at McGrampy). He doesn't even balance his own check book. He knows squat about the economy. Everyone knows that!

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Ron L

    They HAVE to stick to thier original schedule!!
    This has been in the works for several months and while the economic crisis is important ONLY a IDIOT would believe Senator McCain is SO-O-O-O important that it can't be solved without him. This is a clear example of just how HUGE his EGO is that he believes he can unilaterally cancel something so important.
    It reminds me of our current Presidents temperment...
    Don't back down!!

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. maire

    Obama can self-adulate in his mono debate.McCain got my vote with his RETURN TO his senator WORK and cancelling his campaign stops/debates. My very careful,thrify family lost 50% of our retirement investment,. A 57 I'm going back from part-time to FULL-TIME work and grateful to be a R.N. WITH A JOB! With a disabled husband and 2 in college, I'm back to work to recoup some of what the OVERPAID WallstreetCEOs,the ineffective "watchdogs" and "leaders" SEC,Paulsen,Bernake,Reid,Pelosi,Bush/Cheney and all the stupid legislators that CREATED the econ meltdown in other words this is DEMS and BUSH/Cheney's "HOT MESS"with "help" fromOBAMA, Frank,Schumer,Dodd,Rangel... y'all IGNORED Greenspan's 2005 WARNING and FAILED to push/back McCain's FREDDIE/FANNIE reform legislation 2006. So thank you McCain git to work,I SUPPORT TOUGH 5 points,get to the bottom to hold feet to LEGAL fire,I'm already having my hard landing,DON'T MAKE IT CUSHY FOR WALL STREET,call out each COMPLICIT LEGISLATOR and let repossession manage the "flip that house" devotees and the VERY SMALL number of greedy,dumb bunnies that took mortgages for more than they KNEW THEY COULD AFFORD should bear their SELF CREATED losses! 97% of us PAY OUR MORTGAGE,I don't want to pick up the tab for stupidity and GREED.

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. mary

    Let's see this for what is is. Or has become. Rep's asking for this debate to be postponed. To next week – VP debate. Then when – if ever – will VP debate happen? What are they afraid of? LET SARAH OUT!

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Bacusla

    Now that's a Debate Commission with a SPINE – they stand by their decision and will not be thrown around by McCain's childish tantrums.

    This is not a debate for the benefit of Wall Street – If Main Street must foot the bill of the proposed rescue, then Main Street's interests should receive first consideration.

    McCain must debate on Friday or he should not be taken seriously.

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. brian bernard


    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. TyWebb

    "Ready To Lead"..."Not Ready To Debate"...oops!

    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. STMH-Straight Talk My Hinny...

    Good, because the is not McCain's call alone! Who does Mcstall thinks he is?

    Barack is able to multi-task, and that is what a POTUS must be able to do to run this country.

    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Carrie

    I think McCain is scared!!!
    He knows he is over his head!

    I think this election is proving too much for him, so how can he handle being President if he cannot handle this debate and the economy .

    Oh yeah , he does have Palin !!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Mike H.

    Months ago, McCain called on Obama to to hold weekly debates with him at town hall meetings. Obama said no. Obama is the one who has been running from debates with McCain--just as he did with Hillary Clinton. The man is a big time fraud!

    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Susan

    i agree with lynn! is he going to try to postpone the election date because he's doing something important as senator?! hahaha

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Sacto Joe

    America’s First Reaction: Friday’s McCain-Obama Debate Should Still Be Held On Friday, But Perhaps With New Focus
    SurveyUSA Breaking News – 2 hours ago

    "Immediately after John McCain’s announcement 3 pm ET today, Wednesday 09/24/08, that he was suspending his campaign and seeking to postpone Friday’s schedule presidential debate, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide. Key findings:

    A majority of Americans say the debate should be held. Just 10% say the debate should be postponed. A sizable percentage of Americans, 36%, think the focus of the debate should be modified to focus more on the economy. 3 of 4 Americans say the presidential campaign should continue. Just 14% say the presidential campaign should be suspended. If Friday’s debate does not take place 46% of Americans say that would be bad for America.

    This survey was completed in middle of unprecedented and fast-changing news events. This survey should be viewed as a freeze-frame snapshot of public opinion at a unique moment in American history. Opinions can and should be expected to change as news events unfold. SurveyUSA did not characterize Senator McCain’s comments nor Senator Obama’s comments in any way in the research questionnaire"

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Jan in CA

    Talk about McCain wasting Taxpayers dollars. These debates cost millions and the money is already gone. How the heck does this help the American people. A 90 minute debate does not keep them from giving their input in Washington. This is such a crappy ploy on McCain's part. He just wants to play politics and keep Palin from debating Biden.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. JohnJon

    American Politics is a Joke. Tell me, because I can't remember another candidate ever cancelling a debate. Not unless there was a health emergency that I could see any candidate not showing up for the first presidential debate. Anyone?

    September 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Insane


    September 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. tedious898

    McCan't Campaign = SOOOOO SCREWED !

    I really like this america....There may be hope for us yet. I mean come on a 4 year old can see that McGrampy is running on fumes right now.

    HA HA HA

    GOPers, go find a real candidate and get back to us in 2012

    September 24, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. IC2Trees

    This is the best time to have a debate, confusion and panic over the economy is not something a president should fear from run and hide, but rather something to take advantage of! Obama gets it right again and is willing to go in front of the public with this issue in debate.

    September 24, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Cynthia - Arkansas

    As long as Obama shows up, who cares. I could care less what the chicken McCain has to say. He knows that Obama will wipe the floor with him. McCain can only answer with campaign talking points that we have all hear a hundred time. Oh, did you know he's a POW. I'm sure he will throw that in as an excuse for why he doesn't know anything about the economy or anything else.

    McCain is even starting to scare the Republicans. They are starting to speak out all over the place. They have to live in this coutry to and they are getting a reality check.

    September 24, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Catherine

    We, the people of the United States, deserve to hear the debate between the two candidates who want to lead our nation. Not much time is left . Thank you Commission for sticking to your schedule. As I heard on the news, McCain is not on any of the banking or finance committees. If McCain doesn't show up it will just show he puts politics in front of country and not that he puts the country in front of politics. People want to see and hear the candidates. Let the debates go on as planned on the dates already scheduled. We the people deserve this.

    September 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |

    LOL What a joke. VP debate is in October. What does that have to do with anything. I can't believe that Americans are still supporting that ticket. If McCain/Palin is elected we will be the laughing stock of the world if political campaigns can be ran like this and clowns still win.

    I will give up my American citizenship!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. RLynn

    I have been undecided and waiting for the debates to make a decision. Even made plans around the debate. If Mc Cain is a no show on Friday it just makes us folks on the fences decision much easier!

    September 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Joe Regis

    This is only part of the problems the president deals with daily. You need to be up to the job to be able to perform effectively other wise, you better retire.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. R. Cooper

    That's right, stick with the original plan. McCain doesn't call the shots in this election! Obama can appear alone and have the entire state of Mississippi to himself! We'll be glad to have their votes!

    September 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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