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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  1. Claudia

    I think it is time to have the debates. We have been waiting for these debates for sometime now and I see no reason to stop them right now. John McCain has told his party what he want in the bailout . He has stated to the voter/tax payers. If he has to stop his campaign and run back to Washington what does that say for all the other Senators?Why are they in the Senate if they can not listen to the tax payers or make a decision without John McCain. It's time for the people to hear from the candidates. We can handle both the bailout and the debates. The candidates should be ready for their debate by now. They have known the dates for sometime. Let's get on to the debate. I'm against postponing the debates. The Vice-President debate should not have to be moved to another date.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Solomon Freeman

    Am sure Palin is also going to capital hill to vote on the on going bailout hahahahahaha. The McCain camp are indeed out of their mind, what an election we have this year. too much of shame.

    This is one election that i have even seen or heard of that is basically nothing but a childs play.

    I just cant help but to ask myself if Americans are this stupid not to see that McCain and his campaign is trying to play with what was surpose to be a very serious moment in our country.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. norcal

    The whole thing about suspending the McCain campaign and doing the debate later is so John, I was a P.O.W., maverick, reformer can delay the tidal waive of votes shifting away from the republicans. Sure he wants to postpone all the debates. He wants to do so in order to sheild Palin and himself. He does not want to sink lower in the polls as a result of the debates. He wants to rant country first and scream he is showing leadership hoping that will stem the tide. If not he will do a kamakasi attack during the debates and in the last days of the campaign knowing full well he will have nothing to loose. The thing we all need to be alert to however is voter irregularities. There will be record voter turnout and fraud on the part of election officials in the republican pocket will try to will be rampant. The only thing that will avert it will be light shining on Florida, Ohio, Penn. and Michigan. Yopu can be sure the neocans will not go peacefully.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    McCain: "I want to have debates and town halls"
    Advisers: "You aren't prepared – you will get killed on the economy"
    McCain: "Let's keep postponing the discussions until I am ready"
    Palin: "Well I am definitely not ready"
    Advisers: "Yeah we better postpone the vice-presidential debate too"
    Palin: "Did you hear world leaders think I'm gorgeous?"
    McCain: "Hmm how can we make the Democrats look bad?"
    Advisers: "Tell them the delay is for the country and that you are going to Washington to help economic policy"
    McCain: "Me? Help with Economic Policy? The economy is strong! Oh you mean something substantial. I don't know anything about economics. I have been pretty clear on that"
    Advisers: "Hmm, let's just cancel the campaign"

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Tina

    No no no! The debates should go on as scheduled. It looks to me as though McCain and Palin haven't done their homework, and are trying to come up with a noble-sounding excuse to delay exposure!

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    The great debate bailout.

    Not ready for prime time?

    My friend?

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

    Palin needs more time to cram. She shouldn't need to cram if she is truly VP material. If McCain actually needs to deal with the economy, swap schedules. Have the VP debate on Friday, don't postpone the VP debate. Why do I think this just an excuse to avoid Palin debating not McCain?

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Mary

    The multitasking comment is thoughts exactly. First of all, John, you are not in charge and noone really needs you in Washington anyway. Secondly, who the %&^* do you think you are to cancel a debate that has been a long time go to Washington and do nothing. You are a joke.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Avi B.

    This entire situation smacks of political gimmick. McCain has not taken a lead in economic regulation at any point during his career, and in fact has not even voted on legislation since April of this year- he has missed the most votes of any Senator in Congress. What qualification does he have on this issue, and why is he willing to risk the bailout negotiations?

    If he and Obama descended on the Hill right now it would turn bailout negotiations into a 3-ring circus that would stop progress and force both sides to halt progress on the bailout deal to ensure that its outcome reflected in the best possible light on their presidential candidate, rather than focusing on its ability to best help the economy.

    That is both dangerous and irresponsible, and shows an incredibly cynical approach to both the campaign and governance by Senator McCain. It would jeopardize a bailout negotiation that no one is saying is currently breaking down along partisan lines- it's breaking down because everyone is skeptical of Bush and Paulson being given $700 billion to spend with no oversight.

    Now, as a Johnny-Come-Lately, he proposes to postpone debates as long as long as possible? It sounds like debate preparation must have convinced McCain that he and Palin are in dire straights, so dire that he's pulling this campaign stunt and suspending his campaign. I'm not impressed, I'm disgusted- this really is cynical politics at its worst.

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

    oh i see, i know understand why McBush want to debate the presidential debate, just to allow Palin more time to learn. WHAT A CHICKEN.

    Mccain only says 3 things

    1, I AM A POW
    2, THE SURGE
    3, DRILL NOW

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. MD in Oklahoma

    I knew it! I bet he saw how terrible she did during her crash course tutorial on foreign policy 101. He knows she is not ready to debate Biden.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. TexicoFrom Mexico

    More spin and lies from the McCsame camp. The poster on here who goes by the handle of Vote08 is a conservative blogger who has time and again refused to debate the issues. He calls Obama an empty suit with no ideas. That all he has done is written two books. Well I got news for Vote08, I will gladly debate you but you keep running and hiding behind the lies that you consume yourself with. Do you really think that Obama and McCain would not be a distraction in Washington right now? One big photo OP? Come on, I want my President to be smart and be able to mulit task in this day and age...oh wait thats something neither McCain nor you know how to do very well!

    All this talk about Suspending this campaign is because he is down in the polls taking a time out...trying to regroup. He knows he will get slammed in these debates...wake up America!

    Veterans for Obama

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. HouseDiva

    Palin needs more cram time...oh no ya dont mccain...we know what you're up to.

    obama/biden are ready to rumble.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Dandelion.

    This whole thing is absurd. How can anyone take the clowns over at the McCain campaign seriously!? This is disgusting.

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. MCWINKY!

    Here is a question to all the ditto heads bashing Obama for using a teleprompter.

    When McCrypt gives a speech and he keeps looking down, is he checking to see if Mr. Winky is still functional?

    Probably so, but he is also looking at his speech on 3 x 5 note cards, circa 1958!

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Wayne, San Francisco, CA

    It's official, the McCain campaign has become a parody of itself.

    Memo to America: The Republican candidate for President of the United States is asking for a "time out."

    Could you imagine Ronald Reagan asking for a time out during the hostage crisis in 1980? Or Franklin Roosevelt asking for a time out during the banking crisis of 1932?

    Give me a break!

    September 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Mike

    An interesting way, however cynical, to delay (indefinitely) Palin's actually meeting the press. Most presidential candidates can multi-task, being present personally when that is called for, and working with experts and designees at other times. At the moment, McCain SHOULD be in Mississippi Friday, and his presence in Washington, given his professed lack of knowledge in the economy is more likely to distract the serious negotiations underway by instilling presidential politics and grandstanding into them. Moreover, it appears that McCain has already tried to appear "presidential" in his decision to suspend his campaign, when in fact it was Obama who showed greater judgment in quietly suggesting a mutual even-handed joint statement that would not be laced with politics.

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Myleen

    This is the best example of CUT AND RUN!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Enlightened Voter

    Look people the real deal is palin is not ready to debate so mccain has to stall. Look bottom line is she isn't ready to be VP and he realizes what a bad choice he made. And why all of a sudden does mccain care when he was for deregulation for decades which caused this mess. Also it was discovered that his campaign adviser has been accepting consulting monies from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and he had to divert our attention.

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Simon

    There's nothing McCain and Obama can do. They are just 2 people in a much larger body. McCain is sidestepping responsibility. Talk about a complete lack of transparency. He's not even elected yet and already he's going Dick Cheney on us. How many people would be willing to vote for an executive pair that don't want to share their thoughts, ideas and policies with the American electorate. Absolutely unacceptable!

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |




    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. HereInO-H-I-O

    McCain/Palin, Yeah! That's what leaders do in a crisis...runaway (?)...You have GOT to be kidding!

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Larry B.

    This will prove to be another MAJOR mistake on McCain's part. Anticipate a big drop in the polls for McCain. This and the Palin fiasco will drag down Republican congressional/senatorial hopefuls as well. Big fumble, John.

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

    What kind of fool's does McCain think Americans are? This is more than a ridiculous ploy! It is clear that McCain is using this tactic due to the latest reported tie! What will he try next? Country First is a Joke!
    Winning at all costs should be his Slogan! He's behind and he wants to stall the Debate to give him time to come up with a new plan to change the tide and try to bring Palin up to speed so she doesn't blow it when the media and reporters get on her case! These kinds of games confirm he is another Bush and not fit to Lead the Nation! He is a Joke gone bad.

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Juan from L.A

    hahahahha...this is the underlying issue...Waldo is not ready!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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