September 24th, 2008
07:08 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp to propose postponing VP debate

(CNN) - McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

Graham says the McCain camp is well aware of the position of the Obama campaign and the debate commission that the debate should go on as planned - but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout.

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soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. stace

    Now is EXACTLY the time this country needs to hear from their candidates. The debates must go on, as scheduled.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. '08 Vote Obama

    Who does McCain think he is? He is not our President yet though we see him calling the shots on something the American People should be calling the shots on.... McCain needs to open his eyes, We The People are in charge, and we want this Debate to move forward....

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. Cathy Brooks

    I hear an unmistakable sound of chickens clucking. I mean COME ON. While there may be a touch of veracity to the reasoning behind this shift, this whole thing stinks to high heaven to me.

    First of all, McCain should grow a pair and step up on Friday as planned. If he's not ready, that's his problem. As for the VP debate – LET THE GIRL PLAY ... How many more times will they shush her or set up scenarios where she's buffered from the press. Do they really think they're doing her a favor? If anything they're delaying the inevitable – a public verbal evisceration of someone who's utterly unqualified to even be a candidate.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Karen H.

    I can't believe they did this and can't see what it will look like to the American public.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Christopher Hamilton

    This contest is over. When a crisis came, John McCain fumbled, ranted at the WRONG people, threatened to fire the WRONG guy, and now wants to take a "time out."

    Enough. McCain has proven, in no uncertain terms, that he is not the man to lead the United States. He can't handle the world. And the Republican Party has nothing to offer.

    President Obama, start packing your bags. You're moving to a great big new house in January.

    September 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. bob

    This is enough to cover Palin meeting with world leaders news and to let palin just get by. It is enough to cover the bridge to nowhere news also.

    September 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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