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. POST THIS CNN!

    FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD

    John McCain has NOT suspended his campaign. His offices are still open, his ads still running and he is on the air all DAY, him and his aides, so what is different???

    September 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    BE A MAN!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    SENATOR MCcAIN, YOU HAVE TO ABLE TO MULTI-TASK AS PRESIDENT. YOU ARE NOT IMPRESSING ANYBODY WITH THIS OBVIOUS STUNT!

    September 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. DRT

    "McCain is currently at his Arlington, Virginia home." How convenient to have 8-11 houses...

    September 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. leigh

    If he does show up for the debate it will be the first time that I will hear him actually talk about the issues. It almost seems as if someone told him that if he ran his being a war hero would be enough to carry him through the entire campaign. That isn't working and he is fumbling for an identity. Can he come up with one by tomorrow night?

    September 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Coward!!! (just testing to see if this word will post)

    September 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. jm from sc

    McCain, please stay in Washington. Just continue to gamble with the intelligence of America just like you did with selecting Palin as VP.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Antoinette from New Carrollton, MD

    And so what McCain wanted town hall debates. Obama said no and i agree with him. He needs to be able to connect with his own base and layout his plans

    There is a time and place already set for debates. McCain just wanted to steal Obama's shine because he couldnt pull a crowd

    September 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. scarlett from FL

    I just want to know if he is elected President is he only going to deal with one this at a time? We need to take it easy on John McCain he is old. He only need for 40 days then on November 4th he will be ready for this debate.

    September 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Jude

    I don't know why he's not debating but it certainly doesn't make sense. The American people demand a debate. There are many senators and reps there to broker a deal. Obama and McCain don't need to be there because that will simply inject politics into it! Lets move on and DEBATE and do the American people some good.

    September 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Independent but Leaning

    McCain can debate foreign policy on a moments notice. Obama is just afraid he'll lose the info he got from his cram session.

    The debates will happen; President McCain just has to take care of business first (remember, these guys were elected to do a job- not just run for office).

    If you will recall, McCain wanted to do 10 debates, which would have already started, but lying Obama backed out after he initially said yes. Obama lying... go figure.

    September 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. JASON FROM LOS ANGELES .

    WAY TO GO MCLAME!!!
    FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD YOU'RE LOSING SUPPORTERS EVERYDAY!!

    September 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. dee webber

    If McCain refuses to show at the debate because he is "so needed in DC" then let him send his vice presidential choice! It could be the Biden-Palin debate or even Barak and Palin. Now that would be fun to watch!

    September 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. NS 0710

    "As he continues to take action?" What action??? He helped kill the agreement that the Republicans and Democrats came to by agreeing to a renegade plan by House Republicans!!! This is pandering! Harry Reid was right, McCain was not helpful.

    September 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Dameun Strange

    Pulling out just like he did 2000 when he knew he was losing the election. Show some courage, McCain...are you so inept that you are ill equipt to multitask?

    September 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    All McCain is shakin' up is anyone's confidence that he could lead.

    I don't want someone that unstable with their finger on the RED BUTTON

    September 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. the other jd

    @ OFFWALLST–
    Did you bring enough for everyone to smoke?

    September 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Phillip

    When you look at the circumstances as a whole, you have:

    -John McCain is not prepared for this debate. This was widely reported upon and well-known.

    -Obama, on the other hand, has prepared extensively.

    -John McCain has said himself that he knows very little about the economy. Besides, he’s ONE SENATOR. Why does he think Washington is so helpless without him?

    -John McCain has not even read the bailout bill. Take this with the above information; again, why does he think Washington needs him so badly?

    -John McCain has proposed to postpone his own debate to the one day that would ALSO cause Palin’s debate to be postponed. Out of all the dates they could have asked for, that looks mighty suspicious.

    -John McCain said a few weeks ago that the economy is “strong.” The sudden change of opinion a mere 48 hours before his debate looks a bit suspicious.

    No more excuses, McCain. The deal is made. You gotta face it.

    September 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Jude

    I refute those people who say that this is like a "WAR" crisis. That is simply not true. Our country will still be here tomorrow and the day after that, etc... That's just playing to the politics of fear!!!! Yes, its a crisis but it doesn't warrant an excuse from the debates which the American people desperately wants!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Joe from Canada

    this is getting better and better. GOBAMA!

    September 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. DV

    Maybe if he would have read all THREE pages of the original proposal he might have some idea before trying to shut down the campaign.

    This is just rediculous. All the world must STOP so Senator McCain can do his political grandstanding.

    Geesh!

    David

    September 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Weary

    McCain is brokering NOTHING.
    This is a grandstanding attempt to make him look up to speed and relevant. He is neither.

    It also happens to be a ripe opportunity to try and get both himself and Palin out of the debates, at least for a while.

    Pure political showboating, and it could possibly destroy whatever bipartisan agreement that had actually been put forth before he tried to wedge his way into it.

    Pathetic.

    September 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Michael

    If McCain truly wanted to help this crisis out, he would not have created all this drama about taking a time out. McCain is just feeding us a line to get all eyes on him. McCain get your butt back in the game and quit crying!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. John

    Scott, if this was a terrorist attack we would not change our tune. In fact, you want Obama in the White House if this occurs. In fact, it wouldn't happen with him in the White House because he would take intelligence talk (something the Neo's know nothing about) seriously. What's McCain going to do? Call a time out? Let everything else in the country fade into the background because he can only concentrate on one issue at a time? May I remind you that your dear Neo-Cons were in the White House when we were attacked. The current party did a hell of a lot of good taking care of us before and after the attack. Wake up, Scott. If you don't want to vote for Obama because he is black, just admit you are a bigot.

    September 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Los

    This grandstanding and posturing is utterly shameless.

    September 25, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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