September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
7 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. deb

    So now McCain is holding our Presidential Campaign hostage? But Gee, ain[t Sarah gorgeous?

    September 24, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. georgia

    "my freinds"
    isn't it interesting how McSame-NoShame always uses 9/11,having been a POW & now the economic situation (which several days ago he saw as "fundamentally sound" ) to project his illusion of being presidential ? We all had to deal with 9/11 & still are, he was not the only POW (who returned because of God's grace alone) & unlike him & his cronies (as in Keating 5) ,the majority of us have been experiencing the impact of the economy for some time.
    Debate & stop the lies & smoke screens!!
    I expect to hear from that camp tomorrow how Senator Obama created this ruse when he was the one who initiated a call to jointly discuss the situation. McSame looks less & less presidential & more & more like W !

    September 24, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Bill in Ct.

    Back in 1989 McCain was involve in another scandal that cost people millions of dollars, that was the KEATING-5. He and 5 senators where bought up on charges for robbing the people, now here it is 20 years later and he's apart of this financial mess on wall street. Lobbyist running his campaign, their getting paid millions of dollars from Fannie Mae. Come on people, it doesn't take a rocket sciencetist to see that this guy cares nothing about the average person. Here's where all that money went: 7 to 10 homes, while you and I are having trouble with one, 13 cars, $500 shoes, 2 private jets

    September 24, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Bryan

    Umm, maire, I don't know if you noticed, but McCain and his majority party were holding court in Congress in 2005/2006. Obama wasn't even around: he was elected in 2006.

    Personally, while I like the idea of dropping the campaign to get to work on this problem, they should not drop the debate part, which has cost a significant amount of money to set up, and that money should NOT be wasted. Oh, and supposedly, McCain's campaign wants to "postpone" the VP debates and hold these debates on that date instead. I wonder how long Palin's debate debut would be "postponed"....Nov 5 maybe?

    September 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Alex

    I agree with ber6964, bring in the 3rd parties to take Johnny Boy's place! Then maybe there will be a substantial discussion of issues...

    September 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Joe from Ohio

    Paint Mississippi BLUE please

    September 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. mac

    What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"
    Vote for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Joey

    Maire, my father is 63, and has been working in a steel mill as much as 50 hours a week for over 40 years. I'm so sorry that at "57" you are going to have to "go back to work full time." You should have been working until you were 60 anyway... quitting earlier than that should be a crime and is half the reason for the Social Security problem. I'm talking to you too 25 year government work retirees.

    September 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Shirley-Ohio

    You should stick to the plan. McCain had not right to do this. This was planned a months ago. I can see if Gustav or Ike was the reason but he has no clear reason for this. He is not president. He can be reached by phone and if has plane if they need him to come to Washington. This is so unfair to the american people. People have set up parties, rented halls for parties, ordered catering for their debate parties. McCain had no right to do this. He wants to change it at least let the VP go first. Lots of money was put into this and someone needs to step up and take charge and do something about this and give the American people their debate that they have been waiting on for so long, either the presidential or the VP. This is bad judgement on McCain's behalf.

    September 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Matt

    Nothing to see here folks...just more of the same copycat strategy in light of Obama having reached out to him first. This whole shoot-from-the-hip gamble by McCain is nothing more than an attempt to slow Obama's momentum and avoid the VP debate because Palin is uninformed, ill prepared and inadequate.

    McCain isn't ont he committees writing the bill and can vote by proxy. It's nothing more than another dose of smoke and mirrors.

    September 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. CONROY

    This man is out of is mind. down with mccain, down with mccain.

    September 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. Lester from Huntsville, Alabama

    This stinks of political opportunism. First, Sen. McCain cancels the 1st day of the republican national convention due to concerns over the Hurricane. However, this just so happen to coincide with the day that Bush was to appear and kick off the whole event. It seems pretty obvious that McCain did not want him there in the first place. Now, due to the economic crisis Sen. McCain wants to use that as an excuse to bow out of the 1st presidential debate though he could easily register his concerns with his party without actually being present until a vote comes up. He owes it to the American people to explain his foreign policy views and beliefs so that we can make an informed decision and to stop trying to delay the debate between Biden and Palin. There is no platform like the one both candidates have when running for political office to share their views and so I don't want to see a politician hiding in Washington when the waters get rough. I want to see him standing in front of the people and cameras fully explaining his vision for the future and his plan to get us there.

    September 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Sam Benegal

    Being a republican, I believe the debates should go on. The President of USA should be able to do concentrate in multiple jobs (at home or abroad) at the same time.

    If Mccain does not show up, it will hurt him badly... No American will like to see weakness in their President... After all Debates are just for 90 minutes. If Mccain has time to campaign for so many months, what is the big deal for just 90 minutes...

    And it is time for Palin to answer reporters questions, not to duck. People want to know more about a person's issues who is just heart beat away from Presidency, who will have nuclear codes...

    September 24, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Carlos in RGV

    McCain/Palin new campaign slogan: "Don't ask and don't tell!"

    I know Dick Cheney...Mrs. Palin, you are no Dick Cheney! Don't you know the rules, you can't go into hiding until you've won! That goes for you too McCain.

    Obama/Biden '08

    Si se puede!

    September 24, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |


    September 24, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Shirley-Ohio


    September 24, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Evelyn, Raleigh, NC

    Why am I not surprised at this move from McCain? This whole thing is designed to give them more time to prep Palin who's suppose to be "ready on day one" ! Come on GOP, we are not stupid. I am disgusted.

    September 24, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Tammy

    I went to school at the University of Mississippi and I can tell you that this debate has been the headline of the newspapers here for months!!! John McCain has known about this economic for months and more obviously since last Monday. Why make a stance now less than 48 hours before the debate? These people have spent millions on preparations. Why not let the country see your views from the stage? This is absurd!!! John McCain will not have any effect in the decision on the bailout. Why now? This is a political tactic

    September 24, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Michigan Chick

    go away have screwed us enough. Former independent here...never to vote GOP again.

    September 24, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Walt

    What happened to that other John McCain we saw a decade ago? Did aliens come down and replace him with this doddering, incoherent, senile old fool who claims "Country First" but who really is about as egocentric and self-absorbed as any who has ever been in politics and who cares only about winning the election by using any manner of ridiculous or dangerous manoeuvre he can think of today to try to grab attention?

    I sure hope the American people aren't so stupid as to fall for this nonsense.

    September 24, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. Ben

    What a farce. I know that a good many Americans are stupid but I don't think many are dumb enough to not see through this sophmoric ploy. First, they postpone the convention because they knew how bad they would look following the Democrats and now this. McCain, even in his addled geriatric mind, knows he will look like a bumbling dinosaur when seen on camera next to Obama. Do the Republicans really think people will buy this? What exactly is McCain going to do to solve the economic crisis–a topic he himself has admitted he isn't well versed in. I don't know if they are more concerned about buying time for McCain or Palin but either way the media should call them on this little stunt. Throw in the towel–if you can't be a man don't claim to be a maverick. McCain is looking more like a gelding every day.

    September 24, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Susan

    It isn't UP to the presidential candidates when or when not to have the debates, it doesn't depend on a decision THEY decided to make on a whim. Not everything revolves around their schedule. It is a PRIVILEGE for them to tell the american public what they believe on a certain day provided for them. If they don't show up for that oppurtunity, it's their own loss.

    September 24, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. max

    To Maire...... I believe you wanted to put your name down as Marie instead of Maire. Mc Cain deserves the vote of people like you who can even take time to spell their own name correctly.

    September 24, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. Hillary Independent finally for Obama

    Next McCain will want to change the date of the November nationwide election!

    BTW, Oregon votes by mail. We don't have voting booths, hanging chads, bad weather to worry about on election day, and we have a paper trail.

    Oregon gets our election-night numbers to the media so fast that even the CNN folks like John King were speechless on primary night!

    I still don't understand why more states don't vote by is SO EASY!

    September 24, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Robin

    McCain dug himself into this hole, if he's not going to show up for the debate then he should not receive any more media coverage.

    September 24, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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