September 25th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain yet to decide on debate

Sen. McCain has not decided whether he will attend the debate Friday.
Sen. McCain has not decided whether he will attend the debate Friday.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign said Thursday evening the Arizona senator plans to stay in Washington overnight and has yet to decide on his travel plans Friday.

"Senator McCain will remain in DC tonight as he continues to take action in brokering a deal that will address the crisis as well as protect the taxpayer," the campaign said in a statement. "No further travel plans have been made at this point."

Watch: A look at the 2004 debate styles

McCain is currently at his Arlington, Virginia home. The first presidential debate is scheduled for Friday evening, in Oxford, Mississippi.


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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. grant

    THIS IS THE PROOF THAT MCCAIN IS A LEADER AND BARRY IS JUST ANOTHER LIBERAL RADICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    This is only proof that 46% of Americans have thier heads shoved so far up thier own backsides that they can't see the BS this old fart is pulling right in front of them.
    Can't wait until you dumba$$es have Palin for President.

    September 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I have lost the last shred of respect that I had left for McCain. Be a man John, tell us how you can lead this country or just save us this mess and concede.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Obama 08

    He knows he doesn't have the knowledge that Obama has and he is ashame for Amercia to know it.

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Jay

    Ok McCain..Let the VP's debate Friday night then and you guys next week? Deal? I thought not! Does Palin even konw where Mississippi is?

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Mandy

    I think McCain is about to lose my vote

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Patrick

    As a Republican, I'm really disappointed. I was planning on voting for McCain, but now I'm really not sure, I thought he could focus on more than one major issue at a time but maybe his age is really catching up with him after all. I REALLY can't understand why he can't just fly between DC and Mississippi when he needs to? Does he go by covered wagon or something? The Debate is in the evening for goodness sake.

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Susan

    Helen – "What a jerk."

    Truer words have yet to be spoken. I heartily agree.

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Ed

    Please!!!!!! Am I blind or was that not Obama sitting across from McCain. Seems like everyone is on McCains back about suspending his campaign and the debate. If he is not needed in Washington, then why is Obama in Washington.

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. M. Rush

    He should suspend his campaign indefinitely !!!!! this man has no
    business wanting to lead our GREAT COUNTRY!!!
    ENOUGH is ENOUGH is ENOUGH...no more unnecessary HARDSHIP!

    MORE PAIN....***..VOTE MCCAIN/PAIN-LIN ***** MORE PAIN

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Rob

    Shannon,

    Do you know McCain doesn't even VOTE. He is always absent.
    He voted against the GI bill and says he supports soldiers.

    He only cares about his selfish ambition.

    OBAMA BETTER NOT BACK DOWN. SHOW UP TOMORROW IN OXFORD WITHOUT MCCAIN AND ANSWER QUESTIONS!

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Remy

    HERO McCain is ducking to debate with a fellow American. This is not the quality of a HERO! One and a half hours debate scares McCain. Mississippi has spent lot of money but irresponsible McCain on the run and pay no respect to the tax dollars spent for the debate.

    September 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I really hope he doesn't show up and the country finally sees what an egotistical, childish man he has become. It has to all about John. There is absolutely nothing altruistic about his motives. It was a well calculated maneuever on his part and I hope that it really backfires on him.

    September 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. N.S of Huntsville, Al

    After listening to Pailn last night with Kate Couric I understand why McCain wants to bailout the DEBATE. He has picked a woman who screws are gone not loose GONE!. she is a true WHACKO! I think McCain shiuld give up his spot as the Republican nominee, he is awful.

    Palin is a disaster, she rambles and says absolutely nothing. CNN you need to get right in the faces of every women that is following Palin and show them her interview then get a response as to why their following her.

    PALIN IS JUST TOO DUMM AMATURE FOR THE VP SPOT
    THATS WHY MCCAIN IS DODGING THE DEBATE. HE WANTS MORE TIME FOR PAILN SHE IS NOT READY!!!!!!

    READ THE TRANSCRIPTS OF PALINS INTERVIEW JUST AWFULL.

    September 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Maritza

    All this distortion about McCain trying to skip out on debates is the biggest lie from the Dems and the left, months ago Obama did everything possible and got away with not doing Townhall meetings/debates ...simple fact he hates them it is his biggest fear the real reason is unscripted responses live ,no telepromt, no 300 advisors telling him what to say , no index cards with notes, he does not have the skill, knowledge, or intelligence to articulate an entire position in detail, he tends to ramble into rhetoric and get away with that as an answer , that won't work in a debate, voters are too smart, McCain is in depth, gives detail , gives examples and has the long standing experience to draw from plus what he says is not for the mere self absorbing reason or for the sake of self promotion, it is a genuine description of his position and knowledge. So all that misleading garbage from libs like Barbara Boxer who was foaming at the mouth this AM insulting and distorting McCain is fear he would contribute to solving the financial mess , and their Obama is left with a response of "Oh yeah call me if you need me".

    Maritza

    September 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Independent for Obama

    Historians will look back on this and say this was the moment that ruined the McCain camp. Country first? Yeah Right.

    September 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. OC

    McCain is not scared of debates. This is a strategic move for McCain to appear as the "man in charge" during a crisis, and then to take credit for 1) the eventual bailout deal and 2) "reaching across the aisle" to achieve it.

    September 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Jay

    You republicans trying to defend McCain just look foolish. Give it a rest. he is at home right now, how is that helping? really? HOW?

    September 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. McCain's sitting at home?

    Do negotiations usually take place at McCain's house?

    Must be nap time or something....

    September 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    I would like to ask John McCain if he shares the same views of the people in West Virgina as Dick Chenny

    September 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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