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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  1. Erica

    And the Oscar nomination for best male performance for a Presidential candidate goes to.........John McCain!

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. denise

    What a surprise!

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Thompson

    Now that he has wasted everyone time... I would have have developed a very low opinion if McCain had not shown up for the debate.

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. cHRis, Charleston, SC

    I guess he finally woke up and realized that if he didn't attend this debate, he' d look like a complete coward. This is the smartest decision you've made all year, McCain. Now, go get a live preserver cause you're going to droooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwn tonight.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Maya Lawrence

    The thought of Barack Obama having an audience of 3 Million people or more just didn't set well for McLame. How surprising...

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. SoniaGA

    This was ridiculous. I hope people are really thinking about his erratic and irrational behavior before they vote for him.

    He did NOTHING in washington but delay the process....what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Donna

    Good for John.
    Good luck tonight

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Felipe Kiocho

    It's good Senator Macain decided to go for the face although I think he is also right in going to DC for the meeting, because his opponent is panicking if the debate is postpone he might forget his breifing he got in his preparation that' the reason he doesen't want to postpone it.
    C'mon John knock BHO in the debate so that his arrogance will supside.

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Amanda

    You had to see this coming. He can't afford Barack to have a very televised town hall meeting with the country. I think he played chicken with his opponent and was on the losing end. Barack called his bluff. Can't wait to see what happens tonight.

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. joycelyn

    This is not news, we all knew this was a trick. He realizes that the so called debate would have turned into a town hall meeting without his presense for Obama. He sees how damaging this would be and deciedes to participate. Shame on you McPalin.

    September 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Susan

    Oops, another Flip Flop by McCain. I don't see that there is any kind of deal yet, but he said he was not goin to debate until a deal was done! McCain not only flip flops, but on this one he belly flopped. I will be watching tonight for the left eye tick and the rolling eyes! God, he is the least honorable person I have ever seen in my 54 years!

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Big D

    OK – so what ploy or gimmick will McCain play next?
    His latest grandstand 'suspend' ploy got everyone distracted from his recent bad news: Davis's lobbyist money and his lies about it, Palin's horrible interview performaces, dropping poll numbers, bad press about his lie-filled ads, not having any actual plans or proposals etc...
    So he got all the attention on his swoop-into-Washington to save the economic crisis narrative (which was distorted and false as usual).
    So now that the debate is back on – what political stunt will he pull next to keep everyone distracted from all the bad-news stories?

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Rob in VA

    I really feel that this was a stunt to try steal the thunder of Obama over the last couple weeks. I feel that this stunt will ultimately hurt Sen. McCain in his bid for the Presidency. I actually like McCain personally. but, this will go down in history as when McCain lost the campaign.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12 .

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Rob

    FLIP FLOP, FLIP FLOP! He knew it would have been political suicide not to show up. He and Palin already damaged his campaign beyond repair this week. Obama Biden!!! 🙂

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. McCain is Shameless

    Of course he will. His political stunt FAILED. Not only did he look like an idiot, but he went in there and messed everything up. Completely inept campaign, an entirely moronic leader. Really, how can anyone fall for this guy's act? This sort of behavior is shameful.

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. RM

    His actions the last couple days were illusions. All bravado, no substance. He did nothing. He took a stance and backed down. He never saved the deal, he never produced a better deal, he never saved time. He created chaos.

    Lets talk about Davis and Palin now! Hold McCain accountable. No more distractions. No more smoke screens.

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    So the cowardly politcal grand-stander sees it is now in his best interest to show up? I think the damge is done. Just ask anyone from Mississippi, even ardent McCain supporters how they feel about their awful candidate and joke of a VP selection. They too see him for what he is, a POW and a POS.

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. You should have voted for Hillary!!!

    Go get him John!!!

    All Obama wants is to be in the limelight. He is being paid to be a Senator, God forbid he does his job. John McCain will chew him up and spit him out tonight...

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Daniel

    hahaha... What a joke....

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Andyb

    He should never have opted out based on hysteria.

    Wake up Grandpa, it's time to take your medicine...

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Well of course he is planning to attend now, after "plan B" to let Obama have his own personal, nationally telvised town hall was announced. John, you and your running mate make a great pair. Comedians will thank you for years to come. Have you put the muzzle back on Sarah yet?

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Female Voter

    Good! I will be watching CSPAN with no interuptions.

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Jim Hofbauer

    Too bad. I was hoping that Obama would have a town house meeting and have the attention of 80 million people without McCain. McCains ratings will slide downhill at a fast pace now after what he has pulled the last couple of days.........What an idiot

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. CD

    Thank you REID for saying Congress will not break session till a deal is made so McCain will have no choice but to attend the debate. The idea was if congress was to go on recess from today then McCain had a good excuse to escape the debate tonight. McCain get your butt back to the debate.

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. landi

    i am feeling sorry for him. he must be really exhausted. Hope he doesnt have any further missteps tonight. lol

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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