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. Noemi in Los Angeles

    It will be Obama's night.

    Obama/Biden the real leaders who can handle more than one thing at a time.

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain wants Obama to have a townhall meeting not a presidential debate or he will try to debate Obama via satellite. AMERICA DON'T LET IT HAPPEN. DON'T LET MCCAIN DUCK, HIDE AND LIE. WE'VE HAD 7 PLUS YEARS OF THIS. MCCAIN SAID THE ECONOMY WAS FINE ATLEAST 3 TIMES AND ONLY 2 WEEKS AGO HE SAID THE SAME THING AND IN ONE DAY HE FINDS OUT IT'S NOT AND HE'S GOING TO CANCEL EVERYTHING TO GO TO WASHINGTON. AMERICA WE DESERVE BETTER, NO MORE LIES MCCAIN. YOU DEBATE OBAMA ON STAGE IN MISSISSIPPI OR DROP OUT OF THE RACE.

    September 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. pam Eugene OR

    McCain is a coward and not prepared. Let the debate go on without him.
    Obama= transparency and truth in government
    McCain= lies and propaganda
    Or let Biden/Palin debate. I am sure Sarah is ready. NOT!

    September 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Joe Regis

    The repubs are going down. They can run but they can not hide from their failed policies.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    COUNTRY FIRST MY BIG LEFT TOE!

    THIS IS AN EFFORT TO DO AWAY WITH THE VP DEBATE!

    DID YA'LL HEAR WHAT PALIN TOLD COURIC YESTERDAY?????

    ABSURD!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Evelyn

    I really don't get what all the fuss is about. McCain is not on the Banking Committee so he cannot help do anything about the plan except give his opinion. Why is it that everyone is saying he is doing his job? He hasn't even voted in the Senate most of this year. Someone do some fact checking and find out when he last voted was. Besides, both candidates have campaign planes and the debate is at 9:00 PM so they could leave DC at 6:00 and still have plenty of time to make it.

    September 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. bytor

    McCain is running scared.

    September 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. dannette

    What makes McCain believe that his input on the economy is needed, when he knows nothing about the economy, and he's not the president?

    September 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. CM

    Good. Presidential debates have happened throughout history regardless of what crisis is currently plaguing the nation.

    This is another attempt by McCain to get himself written into the history books for the wrong reasons.

    September 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. arlene, CA

    The debate should go on. It just proves McSame is not up the the job of Pres. McSame can not handle more than one task at a time. McSame not a multi-task person. Why can't McSame call on his VP ?
    His VP is a joke. She(palin) doesn't know as much as the average man/women on the street. McSame/Palin doesn't know what they are talking about. No McSame, No palin, No Way, No How.

    September 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. OH MY!

    I think with the experience McCain has it would be absurd to think he is trying to dodge something. I think as American voters we have an obligation as well, and that is allow the canadates to meet in Washington and stop being overly concern with the debate and face the real issues of this country. Debates can always come later. I think McCain has demonstrated some strong leadership. CNN is biased and will not post this.

    September 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Elaine

    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.

    September 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Shirley

    The debate must go on with or without McCain. McCain needs to know that he is not the overseer of this campaign. He do not call the shots.

    September 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Alexander

    Omaba. I have a mesage for you: Verpiss dich!!! Leck mich am Arsch!!!
    Verarsch mich bloss nicht!! Hol dich der teufel!!!

    September 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Felton

    It is a trick so Palin does not have to debate Biden

    September 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. no trickle down...

    McCain is going to look really silly if he's AWOL for the debate!

    September 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. RICK DAVIS

    JUST LEAVE MY NAME OUT OF IT!!

    I'LL BE IN THE LOBB- ER, WAITING ROOM!

    September 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Vic

    If McCain does not show up, he should reimburse the $5 million. We know he has it, or he can ask Cindy.

    September 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Annie

    "Welcome to the Obama Show" and "Molly," if you can use the internet to post here, please read the news and get a clue. We're not looking for someone we'd like to have a beer with, anymore. This is serious.

    September 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Joseph

    McCain knows he put ordinary Americans into this problem, by supporting de-regulation.
    Now, he is trying to hide.

    September 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. BJGT

    It's not clear what, exactly, McCain is going to do in Washington. He doesn't sit on any of the relevant committees, and everyone is already deep in negotiations. Still, he's coming anyway. It doesn't make much logical sense. The only way to understand it is politically: In a presidential campaign, the surest sign that a candidate is playing politics on an issue is when he claims not to be playing politics on an issue.

    The only way for McCain to convince everyone that his intentions are 100 percent pure is for him to drop out of the race completely. A campaign doesn't end and its distracting affects don't disappear just because one candidate says so.

    September 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    This is just another John McCain’s transparent ploy to stall the "rising" Obama campaign. Neither he nor Obama are the prime movers in the Senate on the issue of a bailout. Their job is to fight for the presidency, and it’s one that Obama is winning right now. But then again, what a debate to be able to ask and answer your opponent's questions.

    September 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. DR in Los Angeles

    I agree @ Sophia in NYC, "McCain should remove his name from the ballot. It's the only Amercian thing to do."

    Obama in '08!

    September 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Reagan

    Palins remarks are not incoherant Tony, you've just been programmed to only understand ObamaBOT language.

    It's ok. I hear McCain is working on an elixer that will deprogram the virus that has affected your brain.

    PLEASE SARAH PALIN DEBATE OBAMA AND WIPE THE SMIRKS OFF HIS FOLLOWERS!

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Brian in Castle Rock

    I say let Biden and Palin debate on Friday … THIS FRIDAY!

    September 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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