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. Roslyn in Indiana

    McCain makes no sense. If he REALLY wanted to get this resolved why did he wait until now to say he needed to run back to Washington to do his job? Why didn't he go on Monday? And why is he trying to cancel Sarah Palin's debate? I know why he saw her interview with Katie Curic.
    America wake up and stop using these blogs to show your ignorance.

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

    MCCAIN THE MANIPULATOR.........his numbers are he's running SCARED!!! And I wouldn't be surprised if BUSH was in on it !!

    September 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. DClaire

    The debate should go on...

    700 billion dollar give away ASAP no questions , no conditions etc.,
    how can any citizen trust this current administration....


    September 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. indiePA

    McCain has never added value to economic discussions in the past so, to have him a part of this process scares me to death. It's amazing that Bush/McCain are all over this issue now. Does "better late than never" count?? Bush gets 10 minutes in prime time to tell us that this is a dire situation???? Duh.....we already knew that and, if having him say that he's calling for immediate action is supposed to make him look like a formidable leader and put us at ease, it isn't working! McCain/Palin are a part of the same mechanism. Neither is prepared to give open and HONEST answers about anything. Obama should go on with the debate. At least, America will know where he's coming from.

    September 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    So after complaining that Obama won't debate him and that Palin is completely ready, McCain wants to 'postpone' the debates indefinitely? Baloney. He can't stand up in front of the American people and tell them what he will do because he doesn't know what to do. And any 'postponement' of the VP debate will become permanent because Palin is a joke and he knows it. He puts her in front of the world and he will lose the election for sure,

    September 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Vincent Spaulding

    Something very peculiar is happening with McCain. The Huffington Post is reporting that his makeup job is costing $5,000. Has the cancer returned to the left side of his face? Is it affecting his eye control and pulling the flesh into distortions? Maybe he should be forced to debate without the makeup.

    September 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. no more Black eyes

    i bet McCain is going to try to hold up the Bailout to bide time...

    September 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. wall street = washington



    September 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Obidan08

    Thank You Gov. Haley Barbour

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Bulldog

    McCain wants to cancel the VP debate and this was a stunt to try to do it. They know darn well Palin is WAY out of her league. Palin was another political stunt just like this latest one where McCain is trying once again to fool the American people. So far it appears he has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. USA in 08

    McCain would rather lose an election than lose a war. McCain would rather lose an election than win an election. What is he so afraid of? Why does he play politics with a matter so important? Why did he pick a VP but shelter her from who she is?

    He has shown complete and utter lack of judgement and I am now voting for Obama/Biden.

    No Way, No How, No McCain.

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Jennifer W (Burlington, Iowa

    McCain has a history of cancelling committments. He LIED to Letterman and cancelled coming on the show saying that he needed to hurry and get back to Washington due to the financial crisis. All fine and good, but after cancelling on Letterman he was seen doing interview with Katie Courik and then on the Rachel Ray show and then will speak at Global Initiative today for Clinton. Talk about irrational and unpresidential. He just wants to cancel right and left. Is that what we want???? Mr. Flip-Flop on the issues and can't keep promises or committments? Can we trust him to keep any promise? NO AND NO AGAIN!!!! SAY, "THANKS, BUT NO THANKS. TO JOHN MCCAIN!!!!"

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Marie in NV

    Maybe during the debate, Obama can explain why we HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS CAMPAIGN.

    WHY is Obama, Biden, Hill and Bill in the TOP 5 receivers of millions of funds in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Then they all supported BAILING THESE investment Contributors OUT? Does anyone else see a huge conflict of interest that CNN is ignoring?

    Check it out on Fact Check if you don't believe it!!

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Sue

    I don't think McCain is afraid of Obama. I think this is to set a precedent so NEXT week's debacle with Sarah Palin can be "delayed" (read, canceled) too. Republicans are blind if they think America hasn't noticed that we know little more about the woman he feels is "ready to lead" than we did three weeks ago, except that the lies we saw that first night have continued in spite of factchecks, and that she still seems to be unable or unwilling to answer even a simple question that hasn't been scripted. I realize that they duped the country into allowing Bush to ruin this country for 8 years (has anyone ever done so much damage so fast, and completely turned a surplus, growing economy into a deficit-ridden, three wars with no tax support, mess?) but I don't think that they can pull it off again. Even were they to stage some sort of attack, I doubt that America would feel safer under McCain and Palin, who are more liable to hit the "nucular" button than reason things out calmly. The Republicans should throw in the towel, and let the Democrats, once again, try to dig us out of the Republican hole, and come back without Palin in 8 years.

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Franky

    "But considering that Obama and McCain are senators, Republican strategist Bay Buchanan said both candidates should focus on the bailout plan because it's their job."

    Well, tell Bay that sometimes, just sometimes, when the American people are upset, you don't wanna get involve. And TRUST ME, I'm pretty certain some Reps from states are having his back BUT you know as well as I know that they are smart, not for Independents, well, you know how they do, LOL!! Dems...let's just say they are saying the right things so far...

    Hey, I'm expecting this debate!! I'm doing some business over here real quick and I'm expecting this to go on tomorrow...

    See you tomorrow guys!

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. T GUY



    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Rani

    I mean seriously, McCain thinks he can delay the campaign proceedings as though he single-handedly has the solution to the economic crisis.. yeah, he's so desperately needed in DC and he'll just swoop in and save the day. I bet you he doesn't know what to do. What's next John? Postpone our election??

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Vivian

    Hey, mcCain, No more hiding by chanting "country first." Remove your mask please.

    Again he lied. He did not even go to Washington. But again, he was not wanted anyways.

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Vote Republican because

    Sandra Ohio???

    Are you stupid enough to believe that Sarah Palin is qualified to be VP, let along President should something happen to McCain.

    Oh nevermind yes you do, you are a Republican after all and think Barbie Dolls are world leaders..

    McCain is not on ANY committe that has oversite into this economic situation, he is doing Photo Ops and meeting with Bush to discuss why his Campaign is going down the drain.

    What will he be doing besides canceling debates and suspending his campaign in order to give Barbie Doll number 2 time to rehearse her lines. Barbie Doll number 1 is the bleach blond on his Arm.

    Nice chatting with ya.

    September 25, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Deb n Texas

    Go Barbour! Ole Miss has put too much money into this debate and beside McCain is not only disappointing the American Public – he is disappointing the STUDENTS at the University. No way, no how, NO MCCAIN.

    September 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Jeff G

    What mcCain doesn't seem to understand is that the debate is not about the candidiates future but about the country's future. What gives him the right to decide what the people should hear and when they should hear it?

    September 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. helen

    MCBUSH not debating is "cut and run".

    September 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Kay

    Right now, more than ever we need to know each candidate's solution to this latest crisis. Whether you're for Obama or McCain you need to know how each candidate's solution will affect you and your family. For the past few weeks we've said enough of negative ads, we want you to talk about the issues. Well that time has finally arrived. So please let's have that conversation.

    September 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Smudges

    McCain has missed every vote for months. Even Orrin Hatch said he hasn't seen McCain in DC for months. McCain is not on the committee so what the heck does he have to go to DC for? A photo op? Plummeting poll numbers (I can only imagine what his internals are saying)? A floundering VP who was not vetted and not progressing with the My Fair Lady transformation? Just throw in the towel McCain. It's over.

    September 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. A CANUCK

    I think CNN should check out the German from Alexander !!?????!!!@@

    September 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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