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."

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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. Wisdom

    PLEASE take a direct flight to one of your seven homes and STAY THERE!

    You can wax one of your 13 cars.

    Please take Sarah & Cindy with you & LEAVE this country alone!!

    September 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    Fugees...

    Ready or Not, Here come you cant HIDE.. Gonna find you.. and TAKE it slowlll

    Ready or Not,

    September 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. arlene, CA

    McSame wants to skip the debate. He can't focus on more than one thing at a time. He's old, frustrated, confused, don't know what to do, what's happening, and should not be running for pres. His vp has no knowledge or information about the country, the average person knows more about the condition of our country than she does. This pair is noticeably & obviously a phony ticket.They are an extension of Bush, failed policies & more of the same. No McCain, No Palin, No Way, No How.

    September 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. FreeNLovIt

    I have never seen such COWARDLY acts. I need a real PREZ>.

    September 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Ty

    McCain is a joke! How can use this crisis as an excuse to not show up at debate? He is just proving again that he is an opportunist! I certainly do not want a president that will use any excuse to avoid a tough situation. It is a tough time for republicans, but that is even more of a reason for McCain to step up and show the American people how he plans to LEAD us out of the economic mess! Oh....wait I forgot the Economy is not a subject he knows much about!

    September 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. DeniseGA

    The market will TANK tomorrow and YOU CAN BLAME MCSAME!

    I can't believe people are falling for this....actually the country voted for BUSH...TWICE...maybe they are!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. bruja

    Scott: Are you waiting for some terrorosts? It would not be the first time you know....That's how some people win elections....

    September 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Darko

    Sentaor Dodd and the Dems blocking McCain's 05 legislation to overhaul Freddie and Fannie is the cause of this mess. Get rid of them and Freddie and Fannie...they're are an abomination in a free market.

    Do you really trust THIS Congress to put forth a worthy bill in less than a week dealing with 700Billion dollars??? REALLY???

    The treasury needs to buy the mortgages at penny's on the dollar, refinance those mortgages to the citizens, then sell them later on back to the private sector for a profit. Then use that profit to pay off current debts, like social security.

    September 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Wendel, Lakeland, FL

    This is an act of desperation, a political stunt. People in MS should not vote for him. He has no respect for the citizens of this great nation. What a morron!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. ...

    riiiiiiiiiiggggggggght.

    September 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Michael

    Hey Shannon, did you know McCain hasn't cast a vote on a single piece of legislation since April!!!!!

    WOW, he has really been doing his job!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    McCain has become a grumpy joke. This is all a political stunt.

    McCain can't multi-task, he can't use a computer? Tons of disabled people, even Stephen Hawkings uses a computer. So how can he be President if he can't debate? If he can't multi-task?

    John McCain is the past. He knows it and that is why he is hiding from this debate as well as trying to cover for Sarah Palin too. All at the expense of Mississippi losing about $5 million dollars if it is cancelled. Does McCain care? No. It is all about him. The Obama campaign is all about us, the Americans, and that is why McCain will lose.

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. White Mother for Obama!!

    what a douch!!

    THis is an election!! We need to know where these Presidents stand and NOW!! Our Country needs help now sure, but we the American people are voting someone into office for 4 YEARS!!! No delay for Debates!! No suspension of Campaigns.. that is just Stupid!!

    During the Depression there was a election... no one suspended or cancelled then... no one needs to now... UNLESS... its too much for you to handle more than one thing at a time???

    As President you cant cut off one job to do another... you have to be able to handle more than one thing at a time.

    McCain is NOT FIT for the WHITE HOUSE!! and Palin is a JOKE!!

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. ZachG

    I think that this is precisely the time that the American people need to hear what these guys have to say. In a time of crisis we need to see our possible leaders of tomorrow share their ideas and differences face to face finally. The time for voter information being solely based on pre-planned commercials and speeches alone is over. It is time to move to the next phase of the cycle and see what these 2 come up with while pressed by each other and moderators
    I would think that whoever you are supporting you would be desperate to really see Obama and McCain debate, especially now

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Darko

    'Call me if you need me" – wow, what leadership.....

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McCain is brokering a deal??? A guy who admits he doesn't know the economy very well? A guy who's in the minority party in Congress and does not sit on any of the commissions working to hammer out a bill?

    McCain says he's a maverick, says he's going to "break some china," and now he's the consummate Washington deal-maker???

    Give me a break! I haven't seen a grandstander this brazen since P.T. Barnum! And like Barnum, he's counting on there being a fool born every minute!

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. mitchell

    i'd rather just hear obama do a town hall ,anyway. mccain will dumb it down too much. everyone would have to talk like 3rd graders if mccain was there

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Judith Banasiak

    I think John McCain should fly to Mississippi for the debate and kick Obama's butt. The only thing is I hope the debate is not one sided like the press has been. Then go back to Washington and help deal with the financial crisis. Lets get this right for the American people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. sine

    what an idiot!

    He is doing a political stunt at a disservice to the american people, and not to mention all those people in mississippi that have been working hard on putting this together.

    I'm so sick of this attempt to cancel the VP debate!!!!! Let's be real and candid America.

    September 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. CJG

    I just really think MCain is not up to this job...... He is just losing his grip!

    Time to retire John and let the younger generation have this round.

    Time ot just go fishing in one of your many homes. Enjoy life and relax.

    Just lost your edge John so just let it go .....

    September 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. LYNETTE IN CA

    He's not brokering anything!

    September 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Antoinette from New Carrollton, MD

    He aint coming

    On with the show Sen, Obama

    Let him be a crybaby because he cant have his way. He exptected this to go longer than friday. Too bad they reached a deal today McCain

    September 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. RM

    Did McCain achieve anything today other than get his photo taken? It sounds like he was more disruptive than anything.

    September 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Candy West Virginia

    People, get it through your heads he cannot have a palin debate with Biden. That is what his shenanigans are all about. Mark my words the palin/Biden debate will somehow be cancelled.

    September 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. OFFWALLST

    HOW MUCH IS CNN PAYING YOU RADICALS TO POST ?...MY GUESS IS 5 CENTS...THATS THE GOING RATE

    September 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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