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. Anthony

    Where's the HONOR? What happened to "FIGHT WITH ME?" Where's that PITBULL at now? HE RUNS, while SHE HIDES.... So sad. America wants to know what these two stand for, but all we've gotten are LIES and EVASION. If this was a JOB interview(which we thought it was), this ticket would never be hired.

    We told AMERICA, Thanks, but no thanks, on that Presidential debate!
    -McCain and Palin

    OBAMA '08
    Lets start the US recovery now....

    September 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. OBAMA 08

    Come to think of it, I would rather not hear her.I think I will wait for the miss america pageant and listen to the speeches of the finalists,because anyone can see thats what she sounds like.

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

    C'mon McCain...

    Your polls have you down ten points, nationally, to Obama
    and all of a sudden you want to postpone the debates......

    You little weasel....

    You know ,perfectly, well that Obama called you first
    and offered to put out a joint statement on the economic recovery package
    and you saw an opportunity to make it look like you were more interested
    in solving the economic problems than going to the Presidential Debate.

    You know, perfectly, well that Obama is going to turn that debate into the present situation on Wall Street and how you have been
    the champion of deregulation throughout your whole career.

    And you want to switch the time and delay the Vice Presidential debate, also?

    Who are you trying to fool?

    Wouldn't that be just great for you?

    Keep Palin out of the Biden buzzsaw for two more weeks.

    Obama is not gonna fall for it.

    Your terrified. You little weasel.

    It ain't gonna work.

    Good for you, Obama...

    Call him out.

    As Obama stated, both of you guys got jets with your logos on the side
    and you can make it to Oxford, Mississippi from the closing session of Congress on Friday
    to the opening session of the debate in an hour and a half
    and still have time to hang out and smoke and joke before the debate.

    Keep calling him out, Obama....

    The little weasel..............

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

    It is clear that the McCain/Palin campaign is terrified of debating Obama/Biden.

    Neither McCain/Palin have a clear understanding of economics or the financial markets. Obviously, they are desperate to get as much time as possible to study.

    McCain/Palin: Let me explain Economics 101...

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

    i say no way ,both sides don't want mc cains input and him being there, its bad enough for the republicans are going to have to hear threats and fears from bush tonight between bush and mc cain it will slow down thingswith neither makeing a diffrence in the outcome, they don't need there help .mc cain has not been there for almost over a year . and like shuman from new york , why do they need the full amount at once, and not take payments like 150 billon at a time, then come back in a few months to see if this plan is working and if not work out a new plan before you spend the whole 1 trillon dollars,mc cain needs to live up to pledge to be there for the debates. ha also is shutting the public from his v. p. like he did today . ken

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

    Palin is not required to make a decision on the congressional bailout package so why should her debate be postponed? Possibly she has not finished up reading all the Georgia links on wikipedia

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

    I have come to see that politics is definitely means saying one thing and meaning another. The republicans are obviously apprehensive about how both McCain and Palin will perform and are trying to use this opportunity to push the debates and if possible, to cancel the VP debate all together.

    I will not be surprised if the VP debate is slated to hold on November 5th........!!!

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






    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Denise in OKC

    Scott L... are you delirious??? McCain has never asked to debate Obama..he want to prance across the country with "town hall" meetings. McCain/Palin are losers and so is anybody who votes for them.
    How 'bout this: Llet the VP's debate this week and let Sen Obama mop up the floor with McCainosaurous next week??? Oh that's right. McPalin won't be ready. Fact is – She will NEVER be REady!!

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Needs a POTUS that can multitask

    Sarah is NOT prepared to be VP. Wake up people!! The shadiness is already coming through LOUD & CLEAR. Haven't we had enough of that?

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. kris

    Exactly, Let the vp debate go down this Fri.....Scare the hell out of the gorgeous One. Hah haha...GOP what a joke it has become...poor old Reagan must be turning in his grave.

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. removed

    I think the debate should be delayed.

    Please do not remove my comments.
    I have posted many comments on other sites too.
    They never remove my comments.

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Kelly

    What? Are both McCain and Palin both running scared now?

    Enough with this posturing behind this new found concern for the economy.

    The country is looking for leadership in this moment of crisis, yet McCain has decided to turn this into a nauseating faux martyrdom.

    Get off your cross, Johnny. We need the wood elsewhere.

    If he is going to duck and run in this crisis, he has no right to be sitting in the oval office come January.

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. karen marie

    john mccain is a liar. now he is lying about the reason for the "postponement" of the presidential debate and the reason why he wants the vp debate cancelled.

    neither mccain nor palin are up to debating their sock drawers much less obama and biden.

    i just saw palin's "interview" with katie couric and it was abundantly clear that palin has zero working knowledge of any subject that a president or vice president should have.

    this gimmick of mccain's to "suspend" is campaign is a transparent ruse to attempt to change the subject from what an all-around loser he is. in the history of this country - through civil war, two world wars, the 1930s depression - there is not a single other instance where a nominated candidate suspended their campaign for the office of president.

    how about mccain just announce tomorrow that he is ceding the election to obama and we cancel the farce instead?

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. McCain can care less about women

    McCain pays for a makeup job at $5000 a whop. What's up with that?

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Matt

    Why not switch the VP and the Presidential debates? It's not like Palin needs to be there with McCain burning the midnight oil.

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Obama, feet up on the desk in the Oval office running the country with his mobile phone. No thanks

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. GaryinToronto

    I have a better idea – why don't we move the VP debate up to this Friday? Then the presidential debate can take place October 2nd.


    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Lisa

    The Audacity of Despicable Political Ploys meant to derail a democracy of its irrevocable right to know who their presidential and vice-presidential candidates are, where they stand on the issues, how they structure their thinking, how they express that, how they perform under pressure, their understanding of the issues, their view of America's place in the world, their understanding of how the current conditions in the world came to be and what their solutions are to all this.

    Not hear from Palin??? I DON'T THINK SO!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Roger W. Tickner

    Too funny. As the rest of us watch a VP Playmate who doesnt take questions, theives that have robbed you blind, the most incompetent President in history all we can say – you got what you voted for. And now McCain is using this disaster to try and fix his campaign. Disgustingly, he is now worse than Bush. Next you will have that gasbag Dobbs running for office. smarten up folks – Obama is your last hope.

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

    I just seen the palin interview with katie couric,this woman didnot even know john mccains record,she is so unqualified,i think the mccain camp planned this,they know this woman is not ready,palin looked so lost doing this interview

    September 24, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. 1LT. Ron

    Is it not apparrent to anyone still thinking about voting for Mccain? Not only is he not ready to face the music, but he knows for sure his VP pick will not be ready, ever. These stunts, for lack of a better word only offer proof that he is not prepared to lead nor his VP. I've never seen a candidate back down from a debate(chicken out) and try to stall hoping that the matter is resolved so that he can claim credit for the fix....We see your tricks, Mccain, they will not work. We, the American People, are not as dumb as your advisors are telling you we are...

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

    McCain CANNOT be serious! Now I see where he is going. It's not that he's not ready-Palin is not ready! McCain is one dirty, underhanded scumbag.

    September 24, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Calvin for Atlanta GAq

    This is another gimmick by McCain, just like his pick for VP..Very Pretty Sarah Palin. She and he are not ready to debate, not ready to lead.

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

    Some one please teach Mc a little bit about Multitasking.

    If he runs away from the previously scheduled debates and keeps his VP under house arrest, it makes me wonder how on earth do republicans vote for this man?

    He has shown that at time of crisis he will address only one crisis at a time. This guy is a big joke. But if he is still just 5 points behing Obama.. I can understand why America is the way it is.

    C'mon americans you guys can do better!

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