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. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I think that Obama should concede that he'll wait till October 2nd, ONLY if Biden and Palin debate at Ole Miss tomorrow night. I know Biden's ready. Think Palin is?

    Hahahahaha

    September 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. KATHLEEN

    Pushing Back a debate is not so easy. This was thoughtless coming
    from a man who "could be" THE DECIDER.

    Quick decisions, hot temper, not good qualities for a good leader.

    Obama Biden 2008 or SINK

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Becky

    The debate is needed more than ever.

    Has anyone noticed McCain's droopy left eye? I have seen that before in people who have had small strokes.

    The games need to be over and the adults need to take care of business.

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Free air time. I would use it to my best advantage. Time to look and sound like POTUS.

    So, why not simply make this one the VP debate?

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Tony in NM

    John McCain -for all his past service- has become what he hates: a phony player hell-bent on winning even at the cost of his own integrity.

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. James

    Yep Obama will just have a town hall style Q&A . This is a lose lose situation for McCain.

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Jerry Ohio

    Palin and McCain are running scared the debate should go on McCain said he was stoping his campaign and ads several people seen his ads runing,,,,,,,,,,McCain and Palin are liers

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Naomi, Texas

    McChicken !

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Ron from Baltimore

    I just caught Gov. Barbour in his press conference on the debate set for tomorrow. He was certainly caught off-guard by McCain's gaming. There is a Governor who is proud of his state, of his citizens, but maybe not so proud of his party's nominee for president.

    Barbour is as excellent and tough a politician as you will find. He managed to give here a totally non-partisan take on the situation. Why can't more of our leaders do the same? McShame, I'm talking to you.

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Kate

    Is it possible that by postponing the debate the vice presidential debate would have to be cancelled altogether because of a time crunch? Just throwing that out there . . .

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. RHD

    I feel that the debate should and will go as planned, the nation has been getting prepared to hear what each candidate has to say, so how can Mr. Cain suspend his campaign...get over it McCain and just show up for the debate.

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. John, Austin, TX

    Why is he worrying so much about it now? What can he do in the five hours that it'll take him to debate? Can he really save the financial crisis in five hours? I'm no expert, but I would bet he can't. If he can't handle two or even three issues at once, I would say he needs to pick a house and retire there.

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Bryan

    If McCain has such a tight schedule, why was he speaking at Clinton's Global Initiative this morning in NYC, a place where no one is going to ask him questions and he doesn't have an audience of 100 million people?

    But he doesn't have time for a debate tomorrow?

    September 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Melanie

    What a cheap political stunt McCain tried to pull. In a crisis a real leader is centered, seeks to calm those he/she leads, not rev them up to panic them by impulsive acts and emotionally overly dramatizing his/her statements and acts. He's no real leader–just tried to play one. We Americans need to see this temperament, look at the judgment, and reject this obvious attempt to manipulate people.
    I'm disgusted.

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    McGimmick and his tricks finally caught up with him. He NOW wants to delay Sarah Bush debate as well?

    Well isn't this a moose burger for ya.
    yup yup

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Juan S Moya

    McCain, pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. California Girl

    Excellent! McCain is definitely not ready to lead our country that is in such a dire disaster. Only Obama can help us ordinary people.

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Molly

    Obama should take his name OFF the ballot – for the good of the country. McCain is doing his JOB – trying to save our economy mess -obama is in debate school. We need a LEADER – McCain
    Obama "Present" – IF needed.

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. KATHLEEN

    Mississippi, can you see! Can you see!! GO FIGURE! REALLY think
    about him and his grossly overestimated personality!

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. michael in MO

    McCain = country before self

    Obama = me before anything else

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. VIRGINIAN 4 OBAMA

    Why doesn't McSame just remove his name from the ballot. It's starting to become evident that he doesn't like all of this pressure. This campaign may cause him to have stroke. He should quit now to salvage any dignity that he may have left.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Jeff

    What is McCain so afraid of? Obama is not that briliant unless he has a pre-written speech that he can read from. He needs canned responses, he didnt distinguish himself at all debating during the primaries. Both these guys are clowns.

    September 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. sandia

    The world is watching and we need to see who has the best plan for the world when you think about it what you do will have implecation on the rest of us

    September 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    How many Senate votes has McCain actually cast this year, or over the past few months. I understand that he has only one vote over the past 5 months.

    September 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. President McCain

    McWinner. :-)

    September 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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