September 25th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Mississippi Gov. says debate plans going forward

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour discusses Friday's debate.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour discusses Friday's debate.

(CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told reporters Thursday preparations for Friday's debate are going forward as planned.

“I expect there to be a debate tomorrow night and I look forward to it," he said.

John McCain has suggested pushing back the debate if an agreement on the economic bailout has not been reached by Friday morning. Barack Obama has said the debate should occur regardless of whether the bill is passed by that time.


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soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    INTERESTING!

    MCCAIN=FEAR-MONGER

    SEN. OBAMA= STATESMAN

    McCain's show yesterday came ONLY after Sen. Obama called him the MORNING! Prior to that McCain has NOT talked about the disaster facing our Nation.

    COUNTRY FIRST..........REALLY? LOOKS LIKE MCCAIN FIRST!

    September 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Peter

    If McCain had a VP candidate capable of stepping in for him, he wouldn't need to suspend his campaign whilst he goes to Washington. If that was the case he also he wouldn't need to use this economic crisis as a feeble excuse to try and get the VP debate deferred (or canceled!)

    September 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. BJGT

    McCain, are you ready to lead or do you need a nap first?

    September 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Dan from Philly

    It's obvious this is a ploy to delay the VP debate to give Sarah Palin more much-needed time to prepare. McCain's mock nobility and 'country first' LIE that he's telling is frankly insulting. Of course what do you expect from a man who trots out his former-POW status as an excuse whenever he can't find an answer to a question. He left the path of integrity long ago.

    It's ludicrous to believe that this bailout can't be negotiated without McCain's input. He and his republican cronies calling for DEREGULATION for the last 20 years is the root cause of the problem! Now he's all for regulation, right? What a crock!

    McCain, Bush and Paulson have all stated categorically within the last six months that the economy is strong and we had nothing to worry about. So clearly they have zero insight into the problem anyway.

    Debate Friday or concede the election, McCain.

    September 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Oh, and nice try trying to make Obama look like your junior partner, Mister McSame! Ain't happenin'!

    September 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Carl from MI

    I say we have the debate WITHOUT McCain... really!! Nobody's going to miss him rehashing over and over again about "Noun-Verb-POW"!!!

    Palin doesn't do interviews with or answer questions from the press and NOBODY is coming down hard on her for it... why shouldn't McCain do it too? We'll call it the new McCain 'Cone-of-Silence' strategy!! How DARE the media and American Public want to question a Presidential Candidate!! That's TREASON!!!

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!!! VOTE SMART.... NOT SENILE!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Joe Regis

    It is a trick to throw Obama off balance. But it is not going to work this time. You can run but you can not hide.

    The debate will have to go on as scheduled regardless.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. America for Obama

    Sadly, the main reason that some won't vote for Obama is because they are white, uneducated, and dumb. How do you think these people will be able to look their kids in the face, after they get home from a long day at their job at Wal-Mart, if a black dude is president and they work at Wal-Mart? It's the sad truth, alot of people won't vote for Obama because he is way smarter then they are.

    September 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. ilandking

    Im still confused as to why people believe that what Mccain is doing is somehow putting country first. Here's the bottom line. He is not on any of the committees responsible for this legislation. All he needs to do is clearly state that unless his measures are in the bill he will not support it. Simple, case closed.
    Problem....he wants to vote yes if the measures are there, however, his Republican drones do not. He must therefore go to Washington to plead his case to them. So much for taking on his Party. Just state your position in a statement as Obama and the House Majority Leader suggested so that everyone knows where you stand, but for some reason he can't.

    September 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Jos/TN

    i have told you all along this man is to old to be elected president, the cutoff age should be 65, he can't fanthom what is going onGod Bless America the eagle is crying again

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Gerry

    McCain drives to the basket and fakes a 'suspension of the campaign'. Obama checks McCain with a 'Watch me do two things at once.' McCain gets the ref to call a time out at the White House. Obama and McCain drive to the 'debate', who shows up? Stay tuned America, the drama continues here at Anything But The Real Issues media.

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Brian

    Thank you, Gov. Barbour. America should not back down from its proud democratic traditions during a time of crisis. Debating the issues is the PROPER THING TO DO!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Laszlo In L.A.

    Something is wrong with McCain. Either he's lost the will to run an election campaign or is no longer healthy enough to do so. When was the last time we heard anything about the Straight Talk Express? The vigor that McCain demonstrated taking his views to the people about reforming Washington has evaporated in the summer heat.

    Palin has introduced more problems to his campaign than solutions, it seems. She's like a kleptomanical 15-year-old who needs round the clock supervision.

    The debates should move forward and on November 3, the country can begin to move forward under Obama.

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Poll Me

    I'm from Mississippi and I live about 30 minutes from Oxford. Trust me, this is a big deal to us down here. It's an even bigger deal that McSame is trying to postpone it. Everything I've seen is that this state is leaning for McCain...we'll see.

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. SURROGATE BAND

    IF MCCAIN DOESN'T SHOW, HE NEEDS TO SEND HIS V.P., AFTER ALL THAT IS HER JOB TO COVER THE PRESIDENT'S ABSENCE.

    IF MCCAINN AND PALIN DO NEITHER, THEN THEY NEED TO FORFEIT THEIR ENTIRE CAMPAIGN, BECUASE THEY OFFER NO CONFIDENCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Doris,Memphis, TN

    Gov. Haley Barbour should stand in for McCain.
    This is the funniest election that I have ever witnessed.
    I cannot believe that any sane American would vote for
    McCain/ Palin. Bill Clinton should be ashame of his
    comments.

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Sarah Bell

    I don't think we need McCain at the debate. We already know how little he knows about what's going on with the economic crisis. He's smart not to show up. Obama will wipe the floor with him. Smack em with the Keating 5 scandal McCain was involved in.

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Deborah

    McCain must think we all just got of a cave. We know what he is trying to do. He may not be prepared to debate Obama, but his real issue is Palin is not ready to debate Biden next week. They have been having her locked in a box because they don't want to let the American people know what's in the box. Its like hiding ugly furniture – just keep the door close.

    September 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. R. Cooper

    Mississippi for Obama!

    September 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. godprotectus

    no show, no go! He cannot handle to things at once but yet he thinks he can run our already BROKE DOWN COUNTRY! Scary thought, do everybody a favor bow out gracefully McCain.

    September 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Bill

    have Palin take McCain's place at the debate. I'm sure the GOP would feel she can handle Obama?????

    September 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Tony Smith

    Debates can go on!! While McCain grandstands in DC. Sarah Palin can step up and debate in his place. Showcase her readiness to be president!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Independent

    Can you imagine if we all now stop going to work, taking our kids to school, and put a stop in our lives, why McCain/Palin are doing this when the entire country is keeping up with all tasks as citizens.
    We are a country of people doing many things at a times to move forward our family and our country.
    This is no the example for the next generation, our future president needs to be ready to deal with many crisis at a time.

    September 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. James From Chicago

    There is only one reason McCain wanted to cancel the debate
    and that is he has no answers for the American people.

    September 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. GL, Bend, OR

    If this is not another ploy by McCain to avoid the issues then he needs to do one of two things ...

    1. Show up for the debate. OR

    2. If #1 becomes impossible for reasons other than McCain's ... trade debate dates with the VP candidates. Let Palin & Biden debate tomorrow.

    September 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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