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. david Armendale, SF, CA

    Can you imagine the rightwing response if Obama were to protect his VP from reporters, suspend his campaign while down in the polls, and suggest the debate be delayed?

    "This is the most extraordinary act of political cowardice in American history!"

    "Typical cut and run response when under fire!"

    "If he can't handle standing up for himself in a debate, can we trust him to stand up for us on the world stage?"

    "What is he afraid his VP might say to reporters? Is his VP so fragile and vulnerable that she needs to be in protective custody?"

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Steve

    If McCain doesn't show up for this debate, the election will be over for him. Make no mistake.

    And though there is some (broken) logic in wanting to delay the presidential debates, there is absolutely no reason why the VP debates can't go on as scheduled. As a matter of fact, if McCain can't debate Friday night, why not have a mini scenario of what would happen if McCain were to become incapacitated. Let's just move the Biden-Palin debate to the spot McCain "can't schedule in". Certainly Washington doesn't need all four candidates, does it? C'mon Barbie! Show us you've got the right stuff!!!

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. mccain=bush

    The debate should go forward, there has been a lot of money spent and many people have worked very hard trying to pull this thing together. I think it very inconsiderate for mccain to try to cancel. Of course his real agenda is to try to cancel palin's debate with biden. That is what mccain is really up to.

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Mark

    I think McCain going to Washington is going to be great for Obama for the fact that its going tie him closer to Bush sense its Bush's and the Rep party that got into this mess. This way we can honestly see the roost get rocked by all the finger pointing

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. John

    I am ok with movind the debat back, let's see th VPs have at it. McShame is Mclame

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Hey Mississippi dont you think its time to wake up and join the rest of of us that are Blue! It's time for a 21st Century President because we live in a 21st Century world. We need a President that can muti task, lets face it....we are NOT in a depression like the 1930's and even in 1932, 1936 and 1940 the debates went on because America has to keep moving forward. We do not need a President that has a panic attack because of an issue! We need a leader that will keep his head about him at all times! I am a veteran and I would never follow McCain or Palin into battle! The Republicans have lied constantly in this campaign and everyone can now see that all of McCains moves are calculated just to get him into the White House. You know your own spokesman like Rush Limbaugh even think you are dumb....they know they can fill your head full of garbage and you will believe it. I hope Obama is standing at that podium on Friday night and I hope McCain is not because it will prove to the world that McCain can't multi task...everyone already knows he cant even spell computer let alone use one.

    Veterans for Obama

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Rob

    MCCAIN - FIRE STEVE SCHMIDT; he's costing you this election!!!

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Bitter in Texas

    Here is a question for McSame: Is it true that your son, Andrew McCain, was a director of Silver Sate Bank (the one that just failed a week or so ago) and was on the Audit Committee of said Bank and responsible for the audit function of said bank and responsible for the Financial Statement of said institution? And if so, why did he resign two weeks before the bank failed? News reports (CNN) says it was for "personal" reasons. Does Kettinig 5 ring a bell with anyone out there?

    September 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. lynette

    Go Obama! Molly please! If you think McCain is trying to lead and not take a break to catch is his bearings, I have a road to the bridge of Nowhere to sell you.

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. LIZ

    As United States Senators, Both Obama and McCain should be in their Congress seats trying to overt a national crisis. Obama and the media seem to be more interested in ad $$$$ and personal agenda than the American people. But then Obama and Biden voted for the Bridge to Nowhere but ridicule Palin on the subject. Politics as usual..

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Abby

    Once again – obama is MIA – PRESENT – as usual.
    McCain – the LEADER we need for America

    McCain puts country First – does his JOB as a Senator
    Obama – gets paid to go to debate school – he is a Senator – do your job obama.

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Ellen

    Action takes place in Washington. McCain is right take care of the country by doing something together ; work on the bipartisan plan first, see to effective change. Do it NOW, debate or talk about your future plans later, be a man of action not an orator. Country first not campaign.

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. patricia for Obama

    Everyone knows the candidates don't have to physically be in Washington to work on the economy. If McCain can't do two things at once it's good the American people are finding it out now.

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. OSU Stan

    I hope Sarah shows up and pummels Obama so people will see what an idiot (columbia university gpa of 2.0)Obama is.

    Obama would be so ticked off. All of his snippy remarks will had been written to attack McCain and there will be Palin saying bring it on dummy, bring it on.

    Obama minus teleprompted debate speech "uhh,f-f-f-f-f-f, duh,....t-t-t-th-th-t, uh.."

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Aaron

    I'm pretty sure one of the job requirements for an effective president is the ability to multitask. McCain can only stay focused on one thing at a time. How is he supposed to handle the responsibility of the presidency?

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Vote for Change

    You can run (McCain)
    but you cannot hide (Palin)

    McCain / Palin
    Unstable / Unable *

    George Will / Laura Bush

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    I couldn't post on the other board, so I will try this one.

    Does Alaska have tv and computer? I know it's a dumb question, but that is the only explanation I can find for Palin.

    The two reasons that Palin is soooo uninformed is that she had no access to information or she's just plain dumb!!!

    I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt but she keeps reinforcing the dumb theory.

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Greg M.

    Come on John McCain, stop the circus and clown show. Your whole republican party is a big joke. Come on all the people with good understanding let's laugh at the jokers. O.k. here's the joke, republican John McCain for President of the united states of America and republican Sarah Palin for vice President of the united states of America. republican g.w.bush (all small letters) wants more money $700 billion dollars to give some more money to his big oil friends .Tell g.w.bush to call his oil friends and ask them to give America some of the countrys' money back like $700 billion dollars+. Republicans, do you get it, you have messed the country up. Now the republicans should let the true team lead the country to positive change. The Obama team is ready to handle the business of the country and the world, President Obama, please take over today, tell the republican party to get out of the way and watch you and your team make the country work again. Thanks
    ( The Obama team for the next 8 years) win Obama win!

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Jennifer

    McCain is trying to help with the issues at hand and concentrate on them, go McCain!!!!, it shows us where your priorities lie!!! We are in an economic crisis and a debate won't do anything. McCain will be in Washington where the president should be when this country needs him the most.

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Dougals, Los Angeles

    Mississippi is not a money rich state and these citizens spent a lot of money and time preparing for this debate. Mississippi deserves to be put back on the map, no one ever talks about it except for the poverty and racisim... at least that's all I ever hear. But there are great wonderful people who live there and this is a great time for this state to show it's stuff.

    Mississippi, you've been red to long... McCain has made this a sad day in politics.

    That's all I have to say.

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. David Winston

    If McCain and Obama are not able to attend the Presidential candidates debate Friday night, than the Palin and Biden should do what VP's are meant to do; Stand in for the President in times of crisis.

    Palin and Biden have an oportunity to prove themselves this week and show the nation who they are. Are these not candidates ready to stand up and do their jobs?

    Postponing the debate should not be an option, the nation needs forward momentum and leadership now!

    September 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Michael in Houston

    Good, force McCain to show up! Or is he just that scared of Obama? This election is a no brainer. And what does McCain have to go back and deal with? What no one else in Washington but McCain can fix this. If that were the case, then McCain you fauled in the begining by allowing this to happen. McCain show up on Friday and take you butt kicking like a man. And all you Repubs saying McCain running but to Washington shows leadership, no it doesn't. It shows that Joihn is running scared and is looking and grabbing for anything to slow the Obama train down. It is too late for that McCain. I'd rather you just concede now than to keep playing all the games. You are just making it thatmuch harder for you to get re-elected for Senator representing Arizona. And for the last time Palinites, your religous fanatic Iman is destroying your party everytime she opens her mouth, no wonder why you Repubs worked so hard from doing interviews. I thought Dan Qualye was a horrible choice, she makes Dan Qualye look like freaking Einstien.

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. S.P.Q.R.759

    What's the matter McBush, feeling unprepared for the debate?

    TOO BAD!!

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. TerryDoRight

    WOW!, That should be an interesting debate.
    Obama debating his alter-ego(the real ME), you know the real Obama.

    Obama: Alter-ego is it true that you have lied ever since you entered politics?

    Alter-ego, why are you asking me questions that you know the answer to already... Yes, yes, yes, o.k Obama got me on that question!

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. BJGT

    You don"t even have to understand the language to feel the competence of Obama. You don"t have to know about the complexities of the economic situation to have confidence in the ability of Obama to make the correct judgment for the nation as a whole, not just the upper 2% of wealthy Americans.

    Barack Obama is more than Presidential. By this I mean he is not the façade which has decked the White House halls these last 8 years. He"s a leader. The reason McBush cannot bring himself to stand on the same stage at the same time as a great leader is he will look even more foolish, more ignorant and infinitely more hot-headed and less able to lead our nation into the new world order which has happened to us.

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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