September 24th, 2008
07:08 PM ET
12 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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  1. Lies Before Country = Anna Nicole Smith (Lie-a-day Palin) & E. Pierce Marshall (Inane McCain)

    More wimpin' out by McCain't and Caribou Barbie. They just ain't ready for primetime. Face it or get off the ticket, wussies!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Greg FL.

    Oh I'll bet McCain would love to cancel the VP debates. This is pure self serving poltics from McCain.

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Out of blue and/or an invited incident? Yeah right. Either way, the proposal will probably be not enought to convince voters because it has nothing to do with the already-scheduled-debate - this could backfire sooner or later.

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Ken Boyd

    hahaha now runway Palin bride...

    what a joke of election...

    we will not do any debate because we have other problems as if President always sleep on rose..

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. mK

    Because McCain doesn't feel that he should debate Obama this Friday, why not have Palin step in for McCain and have her debate either Obama or Biden? If McCain thinks she is ready, he should not be afraid to let her debate either one of them.

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. debbie

    I see no problem with switching the VP's into the Friday time slot and the presidential candidates can do next week

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Brant

    Looks like someone is stalling...

    Senator McCain realizes that any mistakes made during the debates will only exacerbate the problems Republicans are facing due to the current financial crisis. In addition, the McCain campaign's inability to allow Governor Palin to speak with the media outside of a rigid, controlled environment demonstrates a likely ineptitude of preparation on her part.

    The McCain campaign realizes that any major mistakes at this point, such as a weak showing at the debate, could result in a sudden swing in the undecided votes that they would be unable to recover from.

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    One more point to McCain. The Presidency is about multi-tasking, and if you can't make time for the Senate and the debate, then you can't multi-task, thereby making you questionable for the highest office on the land!

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Chris in Va.

    HELL NO!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. GrogInOhio

    Ya know... if it wasn't the bail out issue, it would be something else. Republicans sure are running scared this year.

    117 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |




    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Phyllis Miner

    There is nothing more important to the American people right now in the midst of this "crisis" than to hear and understand the plans our candidates have to solve our nation's most pressing problems and restoring hope in our future. This Wall Street crisis didn't happen overnight and McCain riding up to Washington on a white horse isn't going to make things come together. Who does he think he is? We need our elective process to continue uninterrupted. We need to hear from our candidates in order to make informed decisions as to who is going to bring about the change needed to ensure our future. One does not take precidence over the other. There should be no choice, the debates should go on as planned. As far as Wall Street and the Feds are concerned, I don't care if they do fail. Where were they when I lost my job, my home and everything I have worked for all my life to their greed and corruption. They broke the system, let them fix it themselves. I picked myself up by my bootstraps and survived, so will they, just not in their mansions I hope. The CEO's should all be fired and be forced to live on unemployment like the rest of us, not rewarded for a poor performance at best.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. bah

    I don't understand how anyone....ANYONE...can vote for McCAIN when he has these emotional, knee-jerk reactions to everything! Haven't we had enough of that? We need level-headed leadership and that is not John McCain.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. No Way!!

    John McCain knows that Sarah Palin is not ready to debate Biden. So he will do anything to postpone the debates

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |

    McCain is simply trying to look presidential – ha ha- but we all know, he cares more about winning the election than the American people. He is using the bailout plan as an excuse for political gain and now to postpone the VP debate of his very unqualified, not ready to debate, VP pick Palin. It all makes sense- she needs more time and McCain will do anything to try to win an election that is not going his way. Geez. C'mon people let's be real and just elect Obama/Biden. The world will simply be a better place

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Bret

    Or if McCain and Obama just HAVE to go to D.C., we could have the Vice Presidential debate this Friday and the Presidential debate October 2nd.

    Any American who cannot see the act McCain is trying to pull is either completely blinded or beyond hope intellectually...

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. not fooled

    absolutely unreal. This is pathetic. They must think the American people are braindead to believe this is actually going to work

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. LC

    Last time I checked neither PALIN nor MCCAIN are running for a second term in office so why postpone the debates? This is obviously a political ploy, nothing else.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Arielle Yanaba all of this is because you nor Sarah are prepared and you are trying to stall? We the people want answers!

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. E. Santos

    I am a first time voter, not affiliate with any party and I cannot believe on what I am hearing: postpone the Presidential debate AND the Vice-Presidential Debate?! How convenient!!! McCain doesn’t have to be put to test under pressure, on live national TV, without the support of his “experts”, having to say whatever comes to his mind in one of the most dangerous and uncertain time in our times AND PLUS, on top of that, like a freebie, get the Vice-President debate ALSO Postponed and keep Sarah Palin taking more pictures for her family album with famous people that have no idea who she is! NOW he wants to be in Washington and vote!? One word: unbelievable! Do they think I am stupid?

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Pramod

    Same old McCain....playing same old politics like immature kid....saying if he doesnt get chocolate he wont have dinner. Be mature and learn to multitask....McCain. Shame on you....Learn atleast something from OBAMA.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Gismo

    What?!? McCain's camp is backing out of an event?


    Rick Davis is still a Fannie Mae lobbyist though. No amount of crawfishing can change that.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |

    OKAY. FINE WITH MOST OF AMERICA. We'd rather listen to an intelligent leader with vision like Obama discuss our future anyway. Go 'head John and get your nap, the rest of the country has things to do.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Gary in Portsmouth, VA

    How convient. She's not ready? She wasn't ready before, she want be ready the day of the debate and she want be ready in the near future. Do we really need to have an election? Let's just give it to Barack Obama and quit wasting time and money. I like the sound of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Another American with eyes open

    Last week John McCain said, “The fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.”

    Today, John McCain has dropped 9 points behind Barack Obama in the polls!

    AND, today, John McCain wants to “suspend his campaign and postpone Friday’s Presidential debate” because “our economy is in crisis.”

    OPEN YOUR EYES, AMERICA. This is one of the nastiest and most cynical political stunts ever attempted in American Presidential politics.

    Call it what it is! It is not noble; it is not honorable! It is despicable!

    McCain is once again grasping at an American crisis and playing it for whatever he can gain politically.
    He chose Palin for that reason, and he halted the Republican Convention, not because of the suffering, but because he needed an excuse to not have Bush and Cheney appear!

    McCain’s slogan is NOT “country first” but “winning first!”

    An American with Eyes Wide-Open this time!

    September 24, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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