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. 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 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Bill in Ct.

    McCain has lost his media base and now he's running because no one is felling for his BS. He knows that the debate is going to come down to his lobbying buddies that are running his campaign like Rick Davis who has been receiving $30,000 a month from Fannie Mae, just the other day Mccain said that know one on his camp was tide to lobbying for Fannie Mae, Gee I guest he didn't think anyone was going to find out.

    September 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Kaylie

    McCain says he's pulling out of the devate because he's "putting the country first."

    If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell Washilla!

    September 24, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. John Rogers

    McCain is dodging the debates like Palin hiding from reporters!
    He is not fit to be President!
    Women in America; Palin is no where near Hillary standards!
    Absolutely no toe to toe action.....the republicans need to throw in the towel!

    September 24, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Michael, watching from Canada

    I hope the PDC does not cave in to Mr McCain and the Republicans. Its not just America, but the world at large whom are anxious to learn more about who may become the leader of the free world.

    A proper resolution to the financial crisis (that is complex) may take a few weeks, not a few days. So will America postpone the election until next year?

    Besides, good leaders multi-task and only get involved in specialized matters when required.

    And if Mr McCain was an expert on economics, he could contribute substantively to the process. But since he has professed that he is not, he will only end up interfering with those more experienced in economics.

    September 24, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. T

    Just stick a cardboard cutout of McCain on one side of the stage and have Obama on the other side. Give each side their respective time to answer the questions. Perhaps this is the McCain plan as it would help his oratory skills.

    September 24, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Renee

    Mccain is putting off the debate, Mccain is not ready to have a debate with Obama someone who have such a grasp on this financial crisis. Mccain knows that a Presidental canidate must be able to do more than one thing at a time. Mccain is trying to delay time

    September 24, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. ashley

    To maire: How come this is Obama's fault? You are a down right racist. Wake up...wake up....before its tooo late...come to reality...!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. LFforMcCain

    No Senator Obama, we don't want to hear what you and Senator McCain have to say. . . . we want to SEE YOU WORK! Remember Mr. Obama. . . that 4 – letter word that you have no idea what its meaning is!? We in Illinois elected you and all you've done is take a paycheck & take campaign contributions from racists & anti-semits. I'm with Senator McCain. Fix this crisis . . . it's another 9/11 and the last thing we want is to hear you and your little memorized debate points. This is't a case study at U of C! It's the future of the economy of the U.S. and the entire world! STOP BEING SO SELFISH. The poor souls in MS will be just fine rescheudling after all I'm sure they can get more of those columns you love so much & put them up.

    September 24, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. christina

    I think that it might be time to suspend your bid for the big white house Mr. McCain.

    September 24, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Lynn

    McCain decides who can talk to Sarah Palin, he decides when we can have this debate. Democracy please!!

    September 24, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. Wake-up America

    So does McCain think he is so important to the decision making process in Congress that they can’t make a decision without him? I THINK NOT!!! Here is an interesting fact, for the 109th & 110th Congress (Jan. 3, 2005 – Present), guess who is on the top of the list of all Senators with a whopping 411 MISSED VOTES (64%). If you guessed Maverick McCain you are right, Obama has missed 294 (45.8%) 18.2% difference for the same period. (Note the list consists of the most important bills, nominations and resolutions that have come before Congress. The list is based on an analysis of the potential impact of the legislation on policy and politics.)

    Now to be fair to both candidates since they have been campaigning I factored out the votes taken from Jan 2008 to the present. McCain missed 120, Obama missed 100, so adjusting for that leave McCain’s with a 57.4% to Obama’s 35.8%, a 21.6 % difference.

    So I say again Maverick McCain, do you really think you are so important or are you just ducking the issues as have been all along? And then to try and reschedule the VP debate at a later date is a joke. When were you Republicans planning on that one, maybe November 3rd. You can run but you can’t hide. McCain/Palin, get in front of the people or bow out while you still have a shred of dignity left.

    By the way you idiots, there is no such thing as voting Present. Voting is either Yes, No, or Missed Vote. Present is for attendance. Why don’t you Republican’s try to learn something by for you post something so ignorant.

    WAKE-UP AMERICA. The only chance for change is Obama/Biden. At least a chance!!

    September 24, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Haas

    McCain's campaign reminds me of dirt on a shovel...Buried!
    Now he wants to postpone the debate and replace it with the VP debate. The VP debate would then decided some time later.

    September 24, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. frank

    It's SCARY some of the PEOPLE who have a role in DECIDING this ELECTION.

    September 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. ~prabsi..

    Debate in the Dumps?

    may be McCain felt that "bailout-crisis" will not bail him out when debating with Obama.

    Here comes McCain, who bailed himself out of the Debate. pathetic and limelight-hogging politics at its worst...

    True Leaders won't run away from obligations..

    may be Gov. Palin can cover for McCain on the debate with Obama

    Isn't she just a heart-beat away from being a President if the Republicans get elected

    Let the debate go ON as scheduled.

    September 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Ron, Dunedin FL

    Every time I think John McCain has come up with the last way to insult the intelligence of the American people, he outdoes himself.

    September 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Dan Democrat

    This is elder abuse! Everybody knows that Obama is the greatest speaker of our time. People won't even know McPain is on the stage anyway. Obama is going to destroy this feeble old man. McCain will need paramedics to help him down off the stage. The debate will be a brutal beating for old man McPain.

    September 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Emanuel Volakis

    Pure political theater. The allegory is perfect. Obama standing at the podium and the where in sight. How fitting. The Republican leadership was no where in sight for the last eight years when it came to regulating this mess BEFORE it they are no where in sight when it is time to pick up the pieces.

    I say let wall street fall, let Obama address the nation for 1 1/2 hours, and let the Repugnicans crawl back into the hole from whence they came.

    Is this the kind of "leadership" we can expect from the Republican party?

    What a joke.

    September 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. NOSS

    IT would be a NOVELTY if OBAMA actually did anything resembling the WORK he was elected to perform.

    Oh, that's right. Only speeches are required of a president while he/ she multi-tasks on getting re-elected. After all the Old Clinton Gang will be Obama's advisors and cabinet. They know the drill.

    we are screwed

    September 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. rehead from Toronto

    Not to worry, John will show up, they don't want him in Washington, he has nothing to offer by way of fixing the bailout debacle, remember, "the fundamentals of the economy are SOUND" What does he know?

    September 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Jim

    I saw the famous Nixon-Kennedy debates on black & white TV in 1960. I was a teenager then, and those debates helped form my world view and interest in politics.

    I've watched at least one Presidential debate in every election since 1960. The debates have become a crucial way for Americans to form intelligent opinions about whom to elect.

    NO debate in history has ever been cancelled or postponed! NO presidential candidate has ever refused to debate according to the agreed schedule. This coming debate is extremely important for voters to learn about the candidates' policies and vision. McCain has made an incredibly bad judgment call, and voters will not forgive him.

    September 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Aaron from Ohio

    Senator McCain is acting very unpresidential. Well, here is the proverbial 3 A.M. phone call and McCain looks like he is in a panic mode. The President of the United States faces enourmous pressures day in and day out. The election is over a month away and SENATOR McCain is not handling this crisis very well at all. This debate has been planned for months. Neither Obama nor CMcCain is writing any of the legislation to get us out of this crisis on Wall Street. I want to hear them debate. I want to hear the VP candidates debate as scheduled. We have already made the conclusion that Govenor Palin isn't ready for a debate with Senator Biden. Delaying it isn't going to make her any more ready than she is now. You can not shield her from the press and expect us to think that she is ready to be VP, or President, if she isn't even able to face the press. We are not a banana republic Senator McCain. We will not be treated as uneducated fools. Face your obligations and the American people.

    September 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Deb, Allentown,PA

    CNN,why am I in moderation for this?

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Deb, Allentown,PA
    September 24th, 2008 7:10 pm ET

    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 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. KenB, MI

    Although I can understand the heroic gesture *cough*...saving a bunch of executives mishaps...excuse me sorry, saving America from its economic troubles is good business.

    The McCain camp is totally out of control...a campaign in total disarray.


    September 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. linda from South Dakota

    well this is a late one here after this article came up another one came saying mccains committe is postponeing the debates,, umm i smell a rat,, mccains scared to death to debate obama alone(without his side-kick sarah). they cant exchange ideas and more lies while debating,,lol those two should be in the circus,,,

    September 24, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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