September 26th, 2008
11:31 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain will attend debate

McCain will attend Friday's debate.

McCain will attend Friday's debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN ) - Republican presidential nominee John McCain has decided to travel to Mississippi to participate in Friday night's presidential debate with his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, McCain campaign staff said.

McCain said earlier this week he would not attend the debate if an agreement had not been reached on a $700 billion bailout plan for Wall Street.

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The campaign said the Republican presidential nominee believed that enough progress had been made for him to travel to Mississippi to participate in the debate, set for 9 p.m. ET at the University of Mississippi campus.

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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    what an old, impetuous fool!

    grrrr!

    September 26, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. gluv

    sooo...um...the bailout's complete???

    September 26, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. blake

    McCain to get beating tonight at debate!

    September 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. indewoman for OBAMA

    I GUESS HIS ORIGINAL PLAN DIDN'T WORK....MCCAIN IS SUCH A LIAR

    HE IS JUST SO LOST AND HIS PLAN BACKFIRED.......

    September 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Que Quedas

    glad u can make it drama queen

    September 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Dutch-VA

    He better! Not attending will be political suicide since all of America knows he was pulling a poltical stunt in the first place. He's not fooling anyone.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Nation in Crisis

    Well isn't that a relief? What a stunt.

    September 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Latina for Obama (nj)

    Of course he is

    mccain is such a drama queen...uhg!

    September 26, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Mystrunner

    Good.

    September 26, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Change_Obama

    of course he will! he is going to come to the debate and talk about him being a maverick! and the american people will be all gaga over him...whatever has happened to his I am going to suspend the campaign and not participate in the debate if bail out plan doesnt work!
    This country does not need a betting man at its helm! let McDrama play his craps is Vegas Casino

    September 26, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. ted

    WHY ?? Still there is No-Deal ..

    Prob McSame thinks he is playing the game show (Deal or No Deal) and thats why he choose Sarah-Palin to hold the Briefcase ...LOL

    September 26, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. McCain THE LIAR

    LIAR – I won't attend the debate until a resolution to the bailout
    LIAR – I'm on my way to the airport after cancelling with Letterman
    LIAR – I'm suspending my campaign
    LIAR – I initiated the call with Obama
    LIAR – Palin is qualified

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Arkay, MI

    What happened to 'No bailout deal no debate'??

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. April in Texas

    Geez isnt that nice of him.. Although per what he was saying yesterday that he would go if there was a deal.. Boy he is wishy washy and flip flopping as usual. I shouldn't be surprised as all I have to do is wait 24 to 48 hours and his positions change again.

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. PW Va

    Guess his well-laid ruse of helping out during the bailout discussion didn't pan out.

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Michael

    Thank you...now lets get ready to see this battle go on!

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Brandi

    This whole 'suspension' of his campaign is a joke. McCain is a loose cannon in a time of crisis.

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. charles

    breaking-what breaking l will call it foolishness-mcbush is attending the debate.did he think if he threw his toys out everyone was gona feel sorry for him.what a fool.

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. art

    Yeah. the saviour is coming and the world continues to rotate.
    My life is now complete.

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Geoff Barnes

    Wow, he's a true American hero. Does this mean he fixed the economy?

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. tuff Col. Oh

    it would have been suicidal to his campaign if he didn't show up, i'm sure karl rove told him to take his tired butt to the debate, we know who's really head of the rnc and it's nor john mccain

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Mike

    haa!

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Michael, watching from Canada

    Why didn't McCain suspend his campaign on the day Bush first announced that the economy was in dire straits (the day the bail-out was first announced)? Why did McCain wait until two days before the debate to suspend his campaign?

    1. Obama approached him to join together to show their support to get the financial crisis resolved. But this olive branch by Obama would undermine McCain's stance that Obama does not reach across the aisle. So by suspending his campaign, he upstaged Obama.

    2. To change momentum of the polls. McCain has publicly admitted that he is not good in economics. The American public's growing concern on the economy is hurting McCain.

    3. To showcase his Maverick approach. Even though leaders in the Banking Committee asked McCain not to come to Washington to interfere in ongoing delicate negotiations on financial matters in which McCain has no expertise, McCain joined in anyways.

    Why is it that the world sees this for what it is, but America cannot.......

    pure political grandstanding!!

    September 26, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. GP

    Flip-Flop.

    September 26, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Q

    Decisive.

    September 26, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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