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. Ross in MD

    Well it's nice that McCain is going to the senate for the first time in 6 months. Maybe he can get around to reading the 3-page bailout legislation which he has not yet read.

    Meanwhile, Obama will be there and that's who people are interested in.

    September 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. RW

    Fantastic, at least one candidate can walk and chew gum at the
    same time.
    This is such a bunch of BS.
    McCains getting his butt kiked and look like he's ready for the
    funeral home.
    He's terrified.
    As for re-scheduling Palins debate, cancel it, she's a coward and
    needs to go home and be a mother because she sure aint no
    politition.

    September 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. JP

    Barak Obama = Me first, country last

    September 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Candy West Virginia

    They've almost signed the agreement and mccain isn't even in washington yet. hahahaha. He is playing you republicans and your still blindly defending his madness. Do you really want someone this erratic in the White House?

    September 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Dan (TX)

    I'm not electing a "one-task" president. If you can't handle ALL of the important decisions as President, then withdraw your name now.

    September 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. irishks

    This is the time when we NEED to see a debate, not postpone it! We need to hear their plans. It's obvious McCaine is just not ready, not because of the proposed bailout, but because being on Bush's coat tails is still hurting him. Go on with the debate!

    September 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. McCain_b_a_liar

    So now a bailout agreement has been reached McCain can return from Washington just in time for the debate!!!!! I've got my popcorn ready!!!!! I can't wait for round one...ding!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Denise in OKC

    Thank You!!! If McLame is a No-Show, Sen Obama can lay out his economic plan anyway- then there will be no distractions.

    September 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Phoenix

    If McCain is running from the debate that is suppose to be his strong suite, then Barack has nothing to worry about. In addition, President Bush is implementing Obama's troop withdrawl plan. Now that Pakistan is proving to be more and more of a threat, yet again, Obama is right.

    REPUBLICANS WHO ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA FOR OBVIOUS REASONS...YOU KNOW HE'S ACTUALLY QUALIFIED. OHHHHH

    September 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    The reason Mccain doesnt want to debate is that the Mccain camp hasnt got the set of questions ready for them to ask, and Mccain hasnt got the answers in his head yet. The Mccain camp is to busy running the governers office in alaska. If you dont believe this Just go to anchorage daily news and you can read all about it. I still think the debate should go on with or without Mccain.

    September 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Phil in KC

    Wait a minute – isn't Barbour a Republican? It doesn't sound like he's on-board with McCain's campaign.

    September 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Ann Y

    While McCain was busy grandstanding on his way to the Hill, the Reps and Dems have come to an agreement on the bailout. All this McCain drama was for no purpose. Wake up, folks, this unstable man cannot run this nation.

    September 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Lisa

    If Mccain does not show up for the debate that means he dropped out of the Presidental election.

    September 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. SexyMe

    Enough said - the reach potential deal already - so Debate is On.

    Meet in you in the playground (McCain) at a quarter to four.

    September 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Texas (but not for Bush)

    It sounds like McCain wants to be John Wayne McCain–ride in to Washington on a white horse, and save the economy. The man is delusional. He hasn't been in the senate for a vote since April, isn't on any of the committees working on the bailout plan, and hasn't been privy to any of the negotiations taking place in congress. Last week, he was against a bailout of any kind and now he wants to be the hero that pushes the plan through congress. Please....

    I think that the his real motive is become clearer. He would like to postpone the presidential debate for a week and move the vice-presidential debate to a later time in order to give little Sarah more time to prep. Nice try John but it's not going to work.

    September 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Erica, Belmar, NJ

    Wow, what about the money the University of Mississippi put into holding the debate? That would be a shame for McCain to squander it. The country needs to hear this debate, needs a leader that can tackle more than one issue at once. I hate to say it, but it really does feel like some cheap trick to avoid debating Obama.

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

    First it was town hall meeting and if he doesn't get his way he spreads lies about obama and cries when factchecks all prove him wrong, him AND palin, next if he doesn't get his way on this bailout he refuses to debate, unBELIEVABLE....what a sham...he thinks American's are that dumb that they will buy into this....what an insult.

    September 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. John in Ohio

    For some old war hero, McCain sure is a scaredy cat.

    September 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Brent

    Bush and Gore debated right after the U.S. Cole bombing in 2000...

    September 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Missy in Kentucky

    Who made John McCain in charge of the debates in the first place? If he doesn't want to debate, then he needs to withdraw. Who do these people think they are? They've intimidated everyone they've come into contact with to get their way, especially the media, and frankly, I'm sick of it!

    September 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. jesus was a liberal

    We NEED a debate NOW!

    September 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Paula

    They have already announced they have come to a fundamental agreement without McCain or Obama.Proof that this was just a ploy by Bush and McCain to avoid the debate.Obama was right again.

    September 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    MAMA FOR OBAMA,

    THE PROBLEM IS OBAMA SHOULD NOT EVEN BE IN THIS ELECTION. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE YOUNG UNEXPERIENCED VOTERS AND THE MEDIA HILLARY WOULD BE THE DEMS CHOICE.

    SO WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Chut Pata

    Something tells me McCain will show up, it is just a ploy to disturb Obama by keep him guessing wether McCain will come or not.

    McCain knows if he makes a no-show, he might lose this state as a retaliation.

    September 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Earl

    What's new. It's all wag the dog with McCain. First he wants to cancel the Republican convention due to a hurricane. Now he wants to cancel the debate due to the stock market. Next he'll want to cancel the election due to traffic congestion on our nation's highways.

    September 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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