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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  1. Anonymous

    And just to hear and from and see these good New Yorkers who are rebuilding not just this are but helping to rebuild America has been very, very inspiring and encouraging.
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    Direct quote from Sarah Palin to journalists today.

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Mike In Albany

    Is Congress in session friday night? I think not!! Time to step up and take ownership of the abject failure of deregulation.

    Can you say: McPanic?

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Emily

    Have McCain send Palin on behalf of him, as Palin is not involved in any of bailout discussion.

    We will look forward to see a debate between Obama and Palin.

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Yesenia

    I definitely feel the debates should go on now more than ever.

    I want to see how much of a central issue the economy is which each candidate and what they plan on doing about it. I don't care what wing or side these ideas are coming from. I just want to get back to the real issues America is faces and stop with all this other junk we hear.

    So many "issues" almost seem better for the gossip rags. President Bush will still be there for everyone to talk to him over the weekend or next week. The economy will still be hurting for some time. We have to elect a President soon. Let's hear them out now.

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Lawrence

    Does anyone in "THE SIPP" have pensions, or IRA's, or stock portfolios? It's time to welcome John and the gang that has fought to deregulate wall street for 20+ years................ How's it feel red state? All this "less government" talk you've been fed has come to fruition! TURN "THE SIPP" BLUE !!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. WOW

    Repubs.......John is scared........

    Yes he call for town hall meeting .......but you see Obama is to smart for John and the republicans games

    1. John would have been givin all the question prior to the town hall

    2. The audiance would have been made up of republican rednecks

    why should he subject himself to that type of nonsense..........plz

    WE TOLD YOU BEFOR AMERICA IS AWAKE NOW...BE CLEAR

    September 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Unshrub

    McCain uses trick after trick to avoid the issues. He picked a flash-in-the-pants VP to draw attention from his fledging campaign and now he is using the "suspend the campaign." He didn't suspended his campaign, he is still in New York and they are running ads on TV. People, McCain is a sham.

    September 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. objective perspective

    sounds like mccain has trouble multi-tasking. being that both obama and mccain's role in the legislation on the $700 billion bailout would be minimal, there is nothing keeping them from debating for only 2 hours. we have waited long enough to hear from both candidates and vp candidates.

    we americans, all of us, officially have issues. and if someone is to give this country direction for the next 4 years, they should atleast be able to talk about our issues without delay, without hesitation, without a doubt.

    lets see who provide solutions, and who points the finger.

    September 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. David Winston

    If McCain and Obama are not able to attend the Presidential candidates debate Friday night, than 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 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. mlks

    How can people get upset that McCain wants to postpone a debate so that he can actually do his job as a Senator? This only goes to show what little clout Senator Obama has in Washington and that he is behind the eight ball waiting to follow the party line. As usual, he is voting "present" and completely ignoring the real issues. I think this should have the American people concerned. We want leaders who can properly prioritize and deal with the issues.

    September 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. NGK-in CA

    Come on John – stop hiding. Debate the man like a man!!

    September 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. temi

    IS AMERICA DUMB?????

    OBAMA IS FLYING TO WASHINGTON TODAY TOO

    BUT HE WILL THEN FLY DOWN TO MISSISSIPPI IN THE MORNING FOR THE DEBATE

    SO SHOULD MCCAIN

    WHEN DID MCSHAME BECOME THE TREASURY SEC ?

    September 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Sam

    Sarah Palin should represent McCain. She will have to step as VP if McCain has another engagement. She is ready. This is the time the GOP needs her to take that bridge to the debates.

    If she shows up, please have your popcorn and be ready to laugh until you cry.

    September 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. the other jd

    McBush would do a better job in the debate by NOT showing up.

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. MARY,FLORIDA

    McCain wont debate,answer questions from the press,Wont let Palin testifty or be available to answer hard questions from the press.Just kissing Bushs you know what is all McCain can do.What a joke.

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. David Winston

    If McCain and Obama are not able to attend the Presidential candidates debate Friday night, than 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 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 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Jim in Illinois

    McCain knows he is going to be labeled as part of the problem for this financial mess so he doesn't want to be "blown out" in a debate with Obama – remember, McCain is the anti-regulation candidate.

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. MCCRYPT TOO OLD TO MULTITASK?

    If McCrypt does not show then the debates should not be postponed but cancelled and the McCrypt campaign should reimburse Mississippi the 5 million they have spent in prep.

    Is that the smell of mendacity in the air? Uhh, no, McCrypt is running so scared that he has soiled his Depends!

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. KINGRA from NY

    Let's go!

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Leah,Texas

    I think one of the reasons that McCain is trying to cancel the debate is that he was UNABLE to get the questions ahead of time so he isn't able to have his answers prepared by his staff !

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. O for Pres

    It's funny how Mccain thought that if he put his cape on for the US that we'd fall right into his lies. Come on in 40 days we wil lahve a new Pres. we need Mcchaos/Palin to stop the lies and stop hiding from us. DEBATE DEBATE!!

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Grandstanding of the utmost. I can hear him now in the Hanoi Hilton
    "Can that wait until tomorrow? I have a headache today" You are no Multi-tasker McSame.

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

    Do remember that cartoon showing an old guy sitting on his front porch with binaculars,a canister of fire extinguisher, a rifle and a serious face– under him was the signONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FORREST FIRES.
    McCain reminds me of that silly old man. Does he really think that only he can sway congress to make a good decision? This is the most obvious political ploy and stupid decision he(or Rove) has come up with yet!

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Louis J. Beemer

    The is so much B-S-going around on the financial groups and the bailout by the government that I think good honest to goodness hard working women and men could do a great job bailing out the proper way and have enough money left over to have a reasonable party for all the people undergoing forclosure and all the people looking through the windows of their homes. Come on now – lets make since of all of this and bring happiness to the United States of America once again. I hope to wake up happy in the morning. Lou Beemer

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Reagan

    The country is going down the toilet and all you people care about is two candidates telling you what you want to hear?

    The only person who wants to do what he says is McCain and you all are complaining WHAT HYPOCRYTES

    This isn't a boxing match, we are talking about securing our national securitiy YOU MORONS!

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