September 25th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
10 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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  1. Sherry

    McCain or "McLAME" as my children are even calling him made a brilliant move in that he isn't paying as much for advertising now since he "suspended" his campaign. Fact is I saw an ad not less than an hour ago on my local station in TN. He is getting more media coverage for suspending his campaign and going back to Washington to help with the economic crisis or at least saying he is. I for one cannot trust a man who lies to Letterman to get out of a scheduled appearance and makes it appear as though he is doing what is best for our country when most of Congress is fighting for the same things he and Obama are asking for in the economic bill. Yes both need to go and vote but for him to act like he is doing this for our country is obsurd. He is losing ground and this is just another diversion tactic to take eyes off of Obama. Obama is the one who is a true leader! He can multi-task the way a president should. IF McCain were to win the election would he be able to tell some terrorist group "Could you wait to attack us, we need to work on this crisis first?" NO! This is what I believe it all boils down to – Obama can handle more than one problem at once and McCain has to say lets postpone this – that is just not how life works!

    September 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Obama is the REAL Change

    michael in MO,
    You should try telling the TRUTH, you will still get a PAY check from Alaska.

    Michael the TRUTHHHHHHHHH
    McCain = RUNNING from DEBATE, Pretending that he cares for us this week, but last week said NOTHING about suspending his campaign to GO to Washington, want to AGAIN STOP Palin to be questioned and observe by the AMERICAN VOTERS, DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA....
    Obama = Thinking of the American VOTERS, making sure he is there for the DEBATE (this State has spend thousand of dollars to prepare for this Debate for MONTHS, Can multitask on MORE then ONE issues, CARES FOR ALL PEOPLE !!!!

    Obama = Ready to LEAD our COUNTRY!

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

    and i hought McCain was a brave hero.....

    September 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Andrea

    These debates are not for Obama or McCain. It is for us, AMERICA. It is our patriotic duty to examine these 2 candidates as much as possible in order to do our job of voting.

    So it shouldn't matter what EITHER of them want to do. It is up to the American people to decide whether they go on or not. And from what I see and hear, the American people want the debate.

    So I wish both of them would be true patriots and give us what we need in order to make our decisions.

    I'm still an undecided voter, and I NEED this debate, and all the others, in order to fully make up my mind. The American people need to see these candidates together and hear their differences.

    September 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. McCain_b_a_liar

    Mississippi in the world can you lean towards a guy who's afraid of a fight..way ta go maverick!!! He even called his buddy Bush to help him out of this pickle. Is that a president ? or simple a PAPER TIGER!!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Cleavette

    If John McCain can fix the economy by going back to Washington, he should be thrown in jail for a federal stick-up. He has not been in on the original meetings and I'm sure the one in charge are getting thing done. I f John goes to Washinhton, all taxpayer should go because it is OUR MONEY. If McCain was that concerned about the economy, he would have accomplished something over the past 26 years. It is amazing how someone has NOT done anything about the economy in 26 yaer can make a trip back to Washington and fix it. This only meand that McCain and thos other carless idiots are responsible for this mess.

    September 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Ryan Kr Jr

    President Obama shows wisdom, temperment and judgement all the time. Bush and McCain 're begging TAX PAYERS to bail them out so that they can ruin the country more and more with their notorious cronies. A Vote for McCain is a vote for dumb CANDIDATE and AN BLEAK AMERICAN'S FUTURE.........

    September 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Sean from Mississippi

    I think (and I hope that others in my state will agree) that McCain's overly dramatic decision to "suspend his campaign" to play the hero in Washington is an insult to everyone who has worked to prepare for the debate. He is treating us as expendable, and that is wrong. Nonetheless, we will be extremely happy to host the next president of the United States Friday night.

    Welcome, Obama! Mississippi will turn blue!

    September 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Chompers

    I agree with Elaine,
    Elaine September 25th, 2008 1:07 pm ET

    Guys, maybe McCain in his heart of hearts does truly believe that by pushing the debate back until an agreement is reached is good for the country. He gambled on the American people agreeing with him, but as Obama stated, the POTUS should be able to deal with more than one thing at a time.

    I believe McCain honestly thought he was making the right decision and it had nothing to do with giving Palin more time or he not being prepared to debate"

    He should know better and should prove he is capable of handling a nation whilst working with other world leaders, finishing this war that has been going on for far too long, working on issues concerning the environment, and so on... down to spending time with his family.

    September 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Matt

    Bok bok bok bok bok...McNUGGETS!

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

    You know, Obama bashers, neither of these candidates can do anything in Washington today. They are not on the committees that are hashing this out. Bush called Obama in to save McCain's butt, but there is NOTHING they can do except spout off and then vote when there is finally a bill, which won't be until next week. McCain has not been in Washington to vote since APRIL; Obama's last vote was in July. Funny, too, how Bush and McCain are echoing OBAMA'S plan for changes in the bill. Obama calls McCain yesterday morning and they talk about a plan..McCain defers from a joint statement. Then he goes on TV 30 minutes later with all these ideas and talks about no debate, catching everyone off guard. Believe he's all about the people if you like, but he's first and foremost a politician, and right now he sees his big dream going down the drain with our money. That's the ony reason for his grandstanding yesterday-he knew Barack would put forth the plan, so he beat him to the punch. That's not leadership, that's Rovian politics at their best.
    And about the bridge-I don't recall the Obama campaign saying anything about the bridge-it was the media and the bloggers who caught her lie. I suspect the vote was tied in with many other projects-so to say they "voted for the bridge" is a bit disingenuous, but then, everything McCain says is twisted.

    September 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. The Fab One

    Mississippi Gov. Porky Pig.......I mean, Haley Barbour declared today that the debate would go on as planned. We're waiting on a statement from Petunia, and will bring it to you as time allows......

    Now sports..........

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

    Yes, absolutely the debate should happen. We really need to hear these candidates talk about foreign policy as it is so intertwined with our current economic situation and and will be with our struggles in the future on many of the same issues.

    THe issues aren't going away simply because we've elected a new President and Congress, but they could be handled very differently depending on the new President and Congress's policies.

    Now more than ever before, we need to listen to what our candidates are saying to us and to each other. We need some REAL debate. We need it NOW.

    September 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Rachelraye- MD

    Oh please Molly get a life. Obama in debate school. What can McCain do or a matter of fact either one of them at this point. Their not on the Finance and Banking committees anyway. McCain is just stalling and he's not going to make a good President. He can go back to DC and show his face and then go on down to Ole Miss and do his thing. He doesn't want to show himself as the fraud that some of us know. I wonder about the people who actually voted him the nominee they didn't have a clue. So deal with it.

    September 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Michelle A;lexander

    Senator McCain's dramatic action is not an act of leadership but a transparent political attempt at one-upmanship. If the reports are right, Senator Obama suggested a non-partisan action that seems to have been greeted by the McCain's maverick action. If McCain was really on top of the situation, his action should have taken place much earlier...he should have been there to be part of the solution rather than to steal the credit.

    September 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Michigan Dan

    McCain hasn't cast a vote in the Senate since April, Obama since July. They may be the leaders of their party, but they are not the leaders in the Senate. Their showing up only causes one more distraction.

    McCain not wanting to debate is just one more example of that boxing adage; "If you can't beat 'em with punches, dazzle them with your footwork." Nice ploy to try and get Sarah off her debate by switching the date to the VP date.

    Could these two be anymore of a joke?

    September 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Jake

    Senator McCain,

    Yes, the economic situation is important to America, but so is the freaking presidential election. It is the Senate Banking Committee's job to work on the bail-out. You're not on that committee. If you weren't on the campaign trail, you would play no part in negotiating the bail-out bill. That's what those committees do. After 26 years in the Senate, one would think that you'd have that all figured out. Perhaps not.

    Guess what, though. You are, um, the Republican Party's nominee for president! It's your job to run for president! If you can do only one thing at a time, and that's clearly your limit, why not make that one thing running for president? I would guess every single person who has supported you and donated to your campaign would like it that way.

    * * * * *

    Republicans, you should be up in arms about this fool's decision to suspend his campaign and dodge the debate. Even Haley Barbour, former head of the Republican National Committee, wants the debate to go on! John McCain and his running mate have been ducking the press and avoiding discussing the issues far too long. They can't avoid the issues forever, and now this strategy is blowing up in their faces!

    Republicans, the only responsible decision is to vote for Barack Obama. Only he has the temperament and integrity to hold this country's highest office. Haven't you had enough of being gamed by your party's leaders?

    September 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Becky


    And if McCain doesn't show up, I expect SARAH PALIN to debate JOE BIDEN. Don't waste people's already much spent time and money on this debate.

    I'm looking forward to watching the debate tomorrow night.

    McCain has gotten himself in quite a pickle.

    September 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Ghino Barmore

    Interesting...Mcain(yet playing on empathy and sympathy and intelligence of America) is "Running scared " from Obama...possibly feeling Obama will chew him up and spit him out. Run Mcain..but you cant hide ! America wants to see you speak without you glancing/reading from your what do you do ?

    September 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. cherie

    You got it wrong McCain showed leadership he put Country First Obahma just wanted a statement but McCain wanted action time was at an essence...Boy how you guys try to get out of it.......your really sad

    September 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |

    First McCain turns his back on the media by refusing to take questions and sheltering Sarah Palin from answering questions.. NOW he decides he is going to suspend the debate. McCain is insane and if you support this candidate all I can say is that birds of a feather sure do flock together.

    September 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. heidi b

    Wow. its so hysterical to watch NY Democrats finally sidle up so lovingly to the red state of Missisipi – Usually they call them homophobe red-necks. Hmm... I wonder why the change....

    September 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Jay

    I see IWASP finally learned how to spell "intelligent"... oh wait... that was after someone showed her.

    IWASP = I Want Another Slimeball Politician

    Elect Obama, get your wish.

    September 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. McCain for Pres.

    The candidates can talk to party leaders and try to help come up with an answer to this mess and then actually vote on the bill.

    September 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Rick CT

    bibek, McCain is a brave hero. As a member of Congress, he's doing exactly what he should be doing (dealing directly with the gravest issue we've faced in quite a while), even if it is at the expense of his presidential asperations. Obama, until pulled in by an invitation he couldn't refuse, was seeking to duck the heavy lifting.

    September 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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