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. Mr Republican

    If the taxpayer pays for the teleprompter, he'll attend.

    Vote 3rd Party

    September 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. sky

    Thats somebody you can put your faith into.....Mr. Scared Bunny

    September 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Sick of it!

    Mccain either you attend the debate or you lose the election, you make the decision.

    September 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Sally

    How can McCain debate when he doesn't understand the questions?
    Remember, his wife won't be there to lean over his shoulder and whisper the answer.

    September 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Elly

    this man is SO bordering on dementia he couldnt make a rational decision if he wanted to!
    he is so greedy for power he is willing to trade in his integrity (what little he has) and all his morals to try and get the momentum back
    Well guess who has been behind the wheel McCain for 8 years
    YOUR PARTY!!!!!
    the American people have wizened up as to What Bush, Cheney Rove
    YOU and the whole republican party are.... A pack of CROOKS!!!!
    Obama-Biden

    September 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Ben

    I hope the debate happens. I'm sure John actually is worried about the economy like we all are – but it seems fishy to put off the debate. Could it be that he knows the less time voters have to evaluate his performance in the debate, the better chance he has to pull off the upset? Can't put it off forever.

    September 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Jeremy

    WHAT IF THERE IS NO DEAL AT ALL,WILL MCAIN ABANDON HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ???????

    September 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Josh

    So he's at home at 5, but can't make a debate in Miss. debate tomorrow in the evening? Really? And he wants to be president?

    September 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Cheryl

    Is that house number 7?

    Did he drive car number 13 to the capitol?

    He's no broker of this deal – he's full of if. John McSame cannot be trusted – period.

    September 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Juan from L.A

    He is in 8th home of the 11 that he has and riding on his 4th car of 20 that he has...shameless...elitist...rich...out of synch with main street...that's John McCain and he approves that message!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. OFFWALLST

    NEWS FLASH:

    BARRY OBAMA 'S MAJOR BLUNDER ABOUT "CALL ME IF YOU NEED ME" HAS ALREADY RESONATED IN 2 MAJOR INDEPENDENT TRACKING POLLS.....GALLOP POLL MACAIN GAINED 3 TO TIE...AND MCCAIN PULLED OUT AHEAD BY 2 IN ZOGBY..

    IN A FEW DAYS THAT WILL TRICKE DOWN TO THE STAE POLLS...

    WHY!!!!!! THE INDEPENDENTS NOW FAVOR MAC BY ALMOST 10%

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

    IT WILL BE OVER VERY SOON!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Shannon

    Is obama actually going to vote on an issue, I didn't know he knew how to work on legislation, it happens so rarely. He'll probably just vote present, the man can't take a stand on anything.

    September 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Holly from Minnesota

    So is McCain in his home in Arlington, or in Washington DC? Seems like it'd be cheaper (i.e., more fiscally responsible) to stay in a hotel in Washingtonthan all this flying back and forth.

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

    what a jerk.

    September 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Greg in Canada

    Don't be scared McCain. With all your war mongering, why be afraid of a little debate. How many important meetings with other world leaders would you duck out of as president?

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

    I can't believe he is ducking out the debate ! !
    He has no respect to this country.
    American people deserve to hear the debate!!

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

    Like McCain is afraid of debating Obama, who shied away from doing 10 town halls with him. McCain is doing what he has always done, his duty. He and Obama are United States Senators and have a job to do, fixing the largest financial crisis in recent memory. Sure they're in a presidential race, but I think they can afford to take time away from campaigning until Monday, to solve something of so great a magnitude. But I suppose that all the Obama supporters think that all good leaders sit on the sideline and talk about what's wrong instead of actually doing something about it!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Republi-Con

    The Old Boys club has his back in trying to prevent him from being exposed on Friday night when he's already exposed himself all of last week.

    September 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Brandon

    Agreed with Justin. Just drop out. Bush was bad, but he atleast had the guts to debate his opponent. McLiar is worse than Bush!

    September 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Big Ed

    This is all smoke and mirrors. Senator McCain wants us to forget about the question marks surrounding his campaign manager and Gov. Palin's less than stellar interview with Katie Couric. McCain made sure he was at the Clinton Global Initiative function and he was interviewed by Katie Couric after he stiffed David Letterman telling Dave one hour before taping that he could not keep his committment because his country needed him. BULL-ONEY. I can't see this any other way than a poorly disguised political "slight of hand" and low brow photo-op. He won't debate because he can no longer sell his ticket's brand of bull-oney.

    September 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Rob

    Do it without him.. he has nothing to say that anybody wants to hear.. unless its more of –"the economy is basically sound"–he's an idiot , he doesn't even have a sound mind . Postponing it won't help him any . All he'll do is lie and evade the question

    September 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Justin, ny

    he'll be there – he realizes that he can't control EVERYthing, and this debate will happen with OR without him... its in his best interest to be there. wonder how prepared he'll be? and how grumpy/angry?

    obama/biden

    September 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. Sandy

    hmmm...does not look good for you Sir. Whats the holdup? Need a rest before deciding?

    September 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Diana Ewing NJ

    My understanding is that the cost for this debate is about 5 million... do we also consider this a loss.

    September 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Beverly, NYC

    Who cares at this point if he shows up or not his grandstanding didn't work, on most intelligent Americans anyway. Obama and the rest of us have moved on. I'm sure who ever thought up the suspension plan is getting a lashing in Arlington. Tomorrow he will probably wake up refreshed and totally flip flop, or he will find another excuse. Maybe Bristol can start having contractions, then both he and the VP will have an excuse not to debate.

    September 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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