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. Adrienne

    Obama can lead his party and face the public at the same time. Get it? A leader does not need to baby sit.
    The dems are behind Obama. McCain needs to get the republicans behind him. McCain is failing to lead his own friggen party in a time of crisis. McCain is being forced back because of his lack of leadership. lol

    Now Bush and McCain are crying for Obama to help them with their own party. Fine.

    Obama will go tomorrow and get it done for them.

    Then Obama will be ready to face the public for Friday's debate.

    In the mean time.... Mccain choked. You can't suspend life. You simply get it done with out acting like a drama queen.

    September 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. 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 opportunity 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 |
  3. WOW

    MCCAN HAS NOTHING TO OFFER.......................................STOP

    SCARED MONEY DOSEN'T WIN MONEY

    YOUR DONE MCCAIN.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS!!!

    »McCain/Palin 08,of course.The Americans are NOT dumb. McCain& Palin will be the WINNERS,of course.

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. marilyn

    McDrama is such an egomaniac. If he's a no-show Ole Miss should have an economic symposium with econ profs and local experts with Sen. Obama. As the bill is IN COMMITTEE and <McDrama is not on the committee, he's just posturing. Bill isn't even ready for the floor debate yet.
    He's only needed for his vote.

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. scott

    Very simply McCain must debate.

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Preatorian, Fort Myers

    I think the reality is neither of the candidates want to spend a lot of time in this crappy state. Aside from the river for which the state is named–everything else pretty much sucks.

    I've been there–I can see why McCain and Obama plus the VP's would want to stay away.

    How come this was selected as one of the very few sites of Presidential and Vice Presidential debates anyway? How much did that cost?

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. MAMA FOR OBAMA

    @WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    I THINK YOU ARE JEALOUS............THAT OBAMA AND MOST OF AMERICA ARE SMARTER THAN YOU.......IMAGINE THAT!!!

    MCCAIN VOTERS = IDIOTS

    OBAMA 08

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    what in gods name can mccain do in washington other then help the republicans put a bullet to congresses head well mississippi i think you should go blue this year at least senator obama has taken into consideration of all the money your state has spent and all of the work it has took Senator Mccain doesnt care!

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. M in Manhattan

    The debates must go on. It's sad that to read that some posters haven't seen right through this political gimmick. McCain is once again a liar. I have seen his ad twice today and Sarah Palin was campaigning this morning. If Senator McCain was needed in Washington, he would have been there last weekend. He stayed in NY and didn't rush to Washington. He's pathetic and has lost my respect.

    September 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. J.Cash from NY

    This is the most important event to hear the candidates talk without the usual answers we've heard thus far.

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. MJ

    The debate should go on. McCain just wants voters to see him as the night in rusty armor who plans to save the day.
    For those who say we need a leader like McCain we already have one, BUSH.
    Mississippi it is time to come to the blue side.

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Irony

    McCains eye is beginning to twitch like Drefus from The Pink Panther.

    I think he has a problem, and is trying to hide it.

    He's seemed slower and a bit more daft as of late, I fear for his health, and the health of our country if Palin were to ever become POTUS.

    Debates must go on, we need to see if he is still fit to serve.

    Obama – Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Liz in NW ohio

    McCain has not voted on 1 piece of legislation since April. My guess is Obama hasn't either. The fact is that John McCain is grandstanding while Obama is trying to unite this country. Again we have a divider not a uniter in John McCain being another George Bush. Our country is in a mess and we need an intelligent response to it.
    OBAMA 08

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Rob

    McCain should suspend his campaign permanently. Lets see after he 'suspended' his campaign he cancelled Letterman and appeared on CBS News, his slime ads are still running, he spoke at the Clinton forum, his surrogates are still appearing on cable news shows. He has even lied about suspending his campaign! Another pathetic gimmick from someone that panics at the drop of a hat. This gentleman is not fit to be the leader of a boy scout group. Someone needs to take a long hard look at his health he is running around like a demented old man.

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. SK2 - Delaware

    I am sure both candidates can discuss this topic during the debates. Seems like more stall tactics from the McCain side since neither he or his VP pick are ready to debate the real issues affecting the US. They would rather sit back, hide from the press, and continue their negative campaign attacks that hold no truths.

    By the way, Pakistani President thought Palin was hot. That just goes to show how seriously she will be taken when she has to deal with the real leaders of foreign countries. Maybe Putin will go easy on her as well, if he finds her attractive.

    – Obama/Biden 2008
    Hillary 2012

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. the other jd

    I do agree that Bob Barr should be allowed to debate...whether or not McBush shows up. I would hope that anyone who doesn't support Obama does support Bob Barr.

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Mc what is it going to be next time- Palin has a headache?

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. jljaguir

    Mississippi – Go Blue then McCain will be there.

    September 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Ted

    I'll be in Mississipi. If I listen to Obama alone, that'll be even better. I enjoy listening to smart people.

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. California

    yes i agree and mccain should go back and debate

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. jim sloan

    the debate needs to go on we have a right to know which one of the candidates has a plan and what they would like to see in the final bill
    how knowlegable are they when it comes to the economy
    which one can give us a clear direction and which one will answer the questions that are asked instead of putting there own spin on the question

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. T. Ferg from MS

    I can't believe McCain is trying to buy time by delaying the debate. What next? Move the election to Christmas Eve? MS is still recovering from Katrina and put in a might effort to shine for the rest of America for this debate. Have some dignity McCain. We don't have 8 homes and numerous automobiles, but we do deserve to hear you answer our questions. Stop hiding behind your scripted press conferences and ads. Show some respect for your fellow Americans. We want answers. We want the debate on Friday!

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Tammy

    Push this one back until the scheduled VP debate and push the VP debate back to an "unscheduled" time?

    Hmm....anyone think McCain is trying to buy some time to prep more for his debate and to try to pump his running mate with some sort of world knowledge?

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Sandra Ohio

    Obama supporters and the media is pushing this debate so bad because McCain might not be there.

    What a joke. A debate while the other candidate is working in D.C. WHAT A JOKE against Obama. He's going to look like a complete idiot standing up there by himself while McCain is working on the economic plan.

    Are you people really this stupid? Really?

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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