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. No to Palin

    Running scared!

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Wow! They keep trying to get out of debating! This is so pathetic.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Kelly

    Am I the only one who sees this as a ploy to give Palin more time to prepare for her debate with Biden??
    McCain isn't concerned about the economy crisis - he just wants to win! And he will use whatever means possible, slime that he is.
    Wake up, people!!

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Kevin-Calgary Alberta

    McCain is desperate. He doesn't want to suspend his campaign-he wants to suspend Obama's daily 'surge"(one you can believe in) in the polls.

    How dumb does McCain think American voters are not to see the transparent ploy of postponing the first debate to the date of the VP debate which can be scheduled to a later time(as if that's going to happen). Just leave the VP debate as is and let the American electorate see just how unprepared Sarah Palin is.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. citizen76

    We knew it. Palin is not ready for any debate, or anything else for that matter.

    If McCain doesn't show for the first debate, then he shows his inability to be President.

    When you are President of the United States, you have to do many things at once. Why do you think we're going through the mess we are right now?

    You must be insane to vote for McCain!

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Monica, Texas

    Hmmmmm...McCain trying to get two for one....Did you notice McCain did not take questions after his announcement? Why are McCain and Palin ducking the press?

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Bruce

    One of the most crucial and valuable parts of our American Democracy is the peaceful transition of power from one administration to the next. It gives us our power and our stability. That John McCain would make a unilateral deciscion to derail that process is shocking. In fact, I'm sorry that both candidates don't seem to recognize that that is truly the most important issue for each of them to be concerned about at this time. I think Obama understands it. I just haven't heard him articulate it as clearly as I would like.

    On the other hand, I really suspect tha McCain and his handlers are truly afraid to debate with Obama now. Especially now, when domestic economic issues have become so tightly interwoven with issues of foreign policy and national defence. The man is running scared.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Dana from NY

    Ahhhh and so is revealed the true purpose of the whole sharrade... a hail Mary not for McCain but for Failin Palin! This is outrageous and I really hope the American people see through this disgraceful pandering tactic that is nothing less than SHAMEFUL!
    The debates should stand as they are scheduled... as Obama said- President's should be able to handle more than one thing at a time and the American people are waiting to hear from us!
    This is more than true and these photo-op opportunities are getting OLD!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Shawn, LA just keeps getting better. This is such a farce; a political stunt to try to distract us from the fact that McCain is falling behind and has very little else to hold on to.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. newsnut

    Is Mr.Biden aligning himself with B.H.Obama on how he feels about , I"ll be at the Debates and you better be there. We don't bow down to nobody. If we thought that we needed to be in Wasington over this money matter, we would have informed the American Citizens before yall said anything. Next time make an Appointment at the front Desk. My people will contact your people, Sweetie.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Jack

    Could they be more obvious? McCain, Palin, you can't hide from the American people forever. In just over a month we will vote on your worthiness to our top office. Disappointing moves like these last several in a row will only insure the headlines don't read in your favor on that day.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Ed from Milwaukee

    Is this a joke? Are you serious, Mc Cain wants to postpone his debate and now Palins debates as well. This is just as ridiculous as Palin being chosen as Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican Party, both of them are behaving like cowards and are not fit to be commander and chief of the free world. Haven’t they ever heard of multitasking?

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. mike

    Oh my god,what is they afraid of,thats it am convinced Mccain is freaking out,i am really begginng to question this man mental state,i think this guy is losing it,this man is certainly not acting presidential,in the media should call him out on this.,this country have already got a mental crazy man in the whitehouse we dont need another

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Aaron

    This is just seems like a tricky political move on the behalf of McCain/Palin.

    Something isn't right here and I can't put my finger on it, but in the end the American people lose.

    It just seems like a Catch-22 move for everyone involved.

    Thank God he can't postpone the election.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Matt

    Well, it looks like Obama will have the stage all to himself on Friday. A president needs to be able to multi task hence McSame should show up.
    Giving Obama the entire stage/time to himself Friday night would be election suicide for McBush.

    Oh, the drama.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Needs a POTUS that can multitask

    What's he afraid of? The timing is a little too convenient.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. mike

    Hopefully anyone reading this article will be able to see this for what it really is. The McCain/Palin campaign continue to keep Gov Palin quiet and we need the media to expose them for this. No press conferences, no questions from reporters on campaign trail, no media presence at her meetings with foreign leaders, no testimony in the Troopergate scandal...and now they are trying to cancel the VP debate. UNBELIEVABLE! Anyone supporting the GOP ticket this year should be ashamed of themselves! What possible good could come from 4 years of this ticket?!?


    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Bob

    So McCain is not ready and neither is Palin, so they want to delay the debates? I'm so sick of the GOP's faux concern about America when they've been destroying it for the past 8 years.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Liz

    OMG–he is really desparate. Not only is he NOT ready to debate Obama Friday–he knows Palin won't be ready to debate Biden by next Thursday! Who wants to be that they never agree on a date for the VP debate? I'm curious–is she really as dense as the McCain camp obviously thinks she is???

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. len

    john McCain = foreign policies
    Barak Obama= Economic Policies
    Why else McCain would want to postpone the debate. He is not for you and not for me. Lets be smart about this. The reason he wants to postpone the debates is because he knows nothing about the economic problems we face today he is just trying to buy time- something we the Americans can not afford.

    September 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. max

    This is another petty trick by the McCain campaign to drag things around in an effort to buy time and possibly get to know beforehand the kind of questions that will be asked at the debate so that they can fashion their answers and spit them out without thinking just like he did at the pastor debate. He chooses the economic crisis meeting as a pretext. I don't think a magician can ever have more tricks in his sleeves than McCain does as a politician.This debate date has been set just like a final exam date. A student, in this case a candidate, who fail to attend gets an F, and there is no makeup. This is getting ridiculous beyond imagination. The foolwing virtues in the order they are arranged, each contributes their first letter to spell the word REPUBLICAN,

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. JimL

    I agree with Obama. Now is exactly the time to debate and to see what these men have in mind to lead our country.

    Personally, I think the McCain camp is running scared and they don't want anymore of those "fundamentals of our economy are strong" weeks. Looks like it might be a bit late for that...

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. MoreOfTheSame

    This is a joke right? McCain is not ready for the debate and neither is Palin. This is a nightmare! McCain is turning this whole election into one big joke before the world.


    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    > McCain is not persoally to blame for the mess we are in and to blame
    > him for it is just wrong.

    Really? How about the 7 lobbyists running his campaign? How about his campaign manager Rick Davis who was taking money from Freddie and Fannie as late as LAST MONTH?

    > I cannot believe Obama is going up in the poll numbers over this.

    That's because the rest of the country isn't as dense as you.

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Jazzi

    Wow.. Looks like the so called Maverick is really a MOUSE !!!! He is scared to debate Obama!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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