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. m4rk

    Oh good. Now it's time to see two of Washington's biggest losers duke it out like two retarded chickens.

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. kathy

    I wonder if Palin will have her steno pad and take notes. Her agenda for to-day includes a "debate party".....i wonder if the press will be allowed to ask questions while they are snapping photos?

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Arrogant

    Well yippee!! This debate has been planned for over a year. Mississippi has spent over a million dollars preparing for it. The American people want to hear what each presidential candidate intends to do about this crisis. John McCain announces this week that he may or may not attend the debate. Who does he think he is? Open your eyes people. Senator Obama is not the one witht the arrogance problem.

    Ever since Karl Rove's disciples have taken over McCain's campaign, it has been about lies and manipulation. The only problem is that lying to an entire nation of people during the you tube age is almost impossible because someone out their knows the truth. We thought the "Bridge to Nowhere" and the "Earmarks" was bad. Watch and wait people!

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Joe PA

    Thank goodness. I am really looking forward to this debate. I can not wait until the VP debate. Then we will see if Not Hillary can think on her own.

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Willy Brown

    Time to squash obama on national tv

    September 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    A little more Self-Depricating Humore no doubt.

    "Just kidding!" should be his campaign motto

    SCARY.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Maggie from Virginia

    Of course he will... This was all a bunch of BS to get some attention since he's sinking in the polls! What's worse than a fool? An old fool.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. soccer moms for obama

    just stop this mcbush.
    you are a total disgrace to the american people.
    a total farce.
    you are such a total scumbag. you first pull palin/barbie to distract the american people from what is important.
    now this stunt.

    i just think you are going insane in your old age.
    just go drive one of you 13 cars.

    obama

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Tom - Cary, NC

    McCain had it right – the debate could wait.... and it still should wait. If the Senate is in session, the Senators should all be there.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. phil

    i dont understand this. mccain said getting this deal done is his top priority and he has suspended his campaign. and as of now we all know the bailout deal isnt done yet.he hasnt participated in the negotiations yet and all of a sudden the debate is on again.
    this guy is mentally unstable lol!!!

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Beverly, NYC

    How nice of him to attend. Mccain reminds me of the nice old guy who is kind of the neighborhood "mayor" , while you like him you don't want him running your country. It's a shame that Senators don't have term limits. Can someone in AZ explains why you keep electing him, has it just become a habit?

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Don't Be Stupid

    I knew he would. He's not stupid. However, this will look very bad if Congress doesn't come to a resolution on this "bailout" plan. Then, once again, McCain will be a flip-flopping liar.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. DEEP

    HAHAHAH Thanx for goin to capitol hill and solving financial crisis!!!!!!!!!! NOW WELCOME TO REALITY

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Frank,MO

    So his hot-headed hissy fit was for nothing ! Clown parade. Drama Queen !

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. DebM, Allentown, PA

    What's that fluttering sound I hear?

    Oh yes, it's McCain's eyelids blinking furiously.

    Love how Obama called his bluff.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. John B. From New Hampshire

    so he flips on his "promise" there has been no resolution, but he knows his chances will die if he does not attend and obama does. WTG McCain... Backfire!!!

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. seth

    WHAT A JOKE. McCain is making such a mockery out of this election and himself.

    He said he would not go to the debate unless a deal was reached because it was super-double-important to America. We were in such a crisis that he "fake" suspended his campaign.

    Now he hears the Barack would get a "town hall" tonight and decides that even though there isn't a deal on the bailout, he is going to the debate.

    LOSER.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    Good work, John.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. mcBush

    =====what is this??

    ======this mcBush guy never got any attention when he was child?

    ========now , he wants to surprise everyone????!!!!!

    mcBush go back to where u came from, idiot.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. the other jd

    McCain was against the debate
    until he was for the debate

    He'll be for the bail-out
    until he is against the bail-out

    Weathervane McCain at his finest!

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Aaron from Battleground Ohio

    Does this guy have any credibility left? I can't wait until my next scheduled day to volunteer at the Obama call center here in Ohio. I'm gonna have a field day with this one!

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Angel09

    Good to hear it...he should.

    After all, since the public is financing his campaign, we're PAYING for him to debate.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. John McChicken

    It's okay, McChicken. Just picture the audience in their underwear, and you'll do just fine. Go easy on the makeup, though.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Anonymous

    What's the point of holding debates if all mccain does is dodge hard questions and uses Ad Hominem arguements instead of debating about Issues?

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Jon S.

    As if his handlers were ever going to let Obama have the stage to himself.

    But it won't make much difference. The damage has already been done – his posturing was a failure, so now he'll have to explain exactly what was so important, that McCain felt he "needed" to be involved in the financial crisis proceedings. It's not like he's been in Washington lately for any other issues.

    September 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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