September 24th, 2008
07:08 PM ET
13 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. Yousuf-NYC

    You've gotta be freaking kidding me, now the republicans wants to delay VP debate? Hmmm smells fishy, now I know why McSame wants to delay his debate, TO GIVE MORE TIME TO NUT-CASE Sarah Palin more time to prepare for her debate....

    America, WAKE UP....This McSame dude knows he screwed up, and he screwed up more by selecting Sarah Palin..REPUBLICANS are trying to buy time..... McPain won't go no where!.

    I am outrage at this, I am furious at this electing. I am mad as hell at our politicians....THIS IS DISGRACEFUL. Look at McSame, he is as nervous as you can get....WOW....

    DEBATE MUST GO ON for Obama and McBush–Lets see what Mcsame got to say about economy...where he always for two decades pushed for DERUGULATION now you want to REGULATE? HELL NO

    Debate must go on for VP-LETS SEE THE EXPERIENCE sarah brings againts Biden

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

    This is a political stunt by the Mccain campaign. All Mccain needs to do is to state his position on the issue of the bailout. Going to Washington would not all of a sudden pull a magic wand in solving the crisis. The Mccain campaign may be thinking we are that stupid by saying he suspend his campaign. There is nothing like suspending a campaign when everything is seen in the light on politics until the election is over. I rest my submission

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

    Obama should propose to move the election day from November 4th to tomorrow so he can take over and clean up this Republican mess..lots of cleaning because its 8 years of filth they have to clean up.

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Scott42

    OMG!!! My wife and I have been wondering for weeks how McCain would keep Palin from having to debate. Now we know.

    Hopefully the debate organizers and Obama won't make it that easy for them. This is unbelievable. They might as well just come out and say, "Look we made a mistake. Sarah Palin really isn't ready for this job. Can we have a do-over?"

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

    I don't know what is worse.

    The fact that he thinks this will get him more votes.

    The fact that some people will now vote for him instead of Barack based on this ridiculous political stunt.

    He knows he can't win based on reality, so he tries so hard to distract the voters from it.

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

    Now I see why McCain truely wants to push the debate back. They know that Palin isn't ready to face real questions yet, and are trying to get more time for her to "cram". They know that as soon as she opens her mouth the american public will know how inexperianced and ignorant she is. Obama may be new to the politcal scene, but he goes out there and faces tough questions, the same can't be said for Palin.

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Daryl from Seattle

    WOW, these guys will shield Palin from having to strut herself to the world at no end! This is bologna!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. American for obama------

    Now they are both avoiding the press.

    Oh America, I can't help but weep for the future of our children. What is wrong with these republicans?

    Why should we always do as they say and not as they do

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

    HAH. CNN has been reporting all week how both McCain and Palin are taking a "squeeze it in" approach to debate prep, and now they want to postpone both debates. Surprise? Hardly.

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. John Q

    Wake up America!

    Who does this (except for maybe Bush)? How can you run the free world if you can't handle a debate during a time of crisis? I am now officially voting for Obama. It looks like McCain is ready to hide on day one.

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. Felix the Cat

    are you kidding??? i really hope MSM will not allow this to happen.... please do not fool the american people once again... CNN and others.. this is up to you

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Monica, Texas

    How about move the VP debate for Friday and Pres. on Oct. 2nd.?

    September 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Michigan Chick

    sounds like they still want to hide her

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

    No surprise at all.

    Makes sense that a big reason behind this is to not have a VP debate AT ALL.

    Too late to replace Palin on the ticket?

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. bmore4real

    why am i not surprised???!!! neither one of them are ready to go up against the obama biden team in a debate or anything else

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. LA Ben

    Really? I mean, come on....really? Do they expect us to buy this?

    The selection of Palin, the subsequent media blackout, McCain wanting to put off the debate and now this.

    We're better than this, America.

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Jimma

    Have you ever witnesssed a poor judgement, if so, you are lucky but for those who never did this is one.

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. mcSame

    Come on people. Wake up and smell the coffee. McCain is running with his tail between his legs. He thinks he can help solve the financial crisis just by being there. so I guess Palin does really have foreign policy experience by being able to see Russia from Alaska. What a joke.

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Eric

    Incredible, no one is saying that the presidential nominees need to get involved in this bailout plan except the McCain camp. This is outrageous, I predict that the McCain camp is next going to say they should just skip the VP debate altogether, out of lack of time of course. I'll bet Palin would like that. They avoid the press and now want to avoid off the cuff debating (well, off the cuff memorization). McCain was the one republican I would have voted for, and I am a Californian democrat. I have lost all respect for this man, the maverick is no more.

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. cecil

    I Agree With Sen. Obama On This Issue!

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Just Human

    Running scared huh!? They know they are going to get their butts kicked and will do ANYTHING to prolong the inevitable. Such fakes they are! Obama is a REAL leader and a REAL MAN!

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Jo

    My husband said it when we first heard McCain wanted to postpone the debate with Obama this Friday.The McCain camp is controlling this election Alaska govt, Palin in witness protection, how the VP debates are structured and now this. America please wake up and see this for what it is lies, manipulations and stunts. This is serious we are about to elect a new Pres. in about 40 days. We have a right to hear from all the candidates! McCain will probably put off the VP debates until after the election at this rate. Independant voter proud and now more certain than ever that my husband and I are making the rate choice and will absolutely be voting for Obama on Nov.4th.

    It's abot time the US has an intelligant, calm and logical thinking Commander and chief!

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Heather, Cleveland, OH

    Wow! How bold! Two gimmicks for the price of one.

    So they're saying that NEITHER McCain nor Palin are ready for their debates. Go figure!

    These folks have a lot of nerve to treat the American people this way. We aren't stupid, McCain – YOU ARE!

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Isa

    So, looks like this was the plan all along! Ah-ha!
    I cannot believe that the McCain campaign thinks the American people this stupid!! I am going to go give $200 to the Obama campaign right this second. Who wants to follow me?

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Christina

    McCain–afraid Palin's going to blow it? Perhaps you should have her start small by answering, maybe 1 question from the press per day. Then she can work her way up.

    The way your campaign shields her is sexist. Let her speak.

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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