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. Christianne

    If McCain is unavailable for the debate on Friday, then it stands to reason that Palin should take his place.

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

    Another stunt to take attention away from Bush's address, assert control over the campaign and debates and give Attack Barbie more time to prepare. And this is a democratic process how?What isn't he capable of?

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

    A no-show for Friday?? Only one valid reason: Palin is not ready for prime time. How about a note from the doctor....

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

    The McCain campaign has obviously concluded over the past couple weeks that Sarah Palin needs to be kept in a protective bubble in order to preserve any hope of a McCain victory. After the way the McCain campaign has been hiding Palin from the press during her first meetings with foreign leaders this week, you knew it was only a matter of time before they found some way to manufacture a crisis that would enable them to weasel out of having her in a debate.

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. EJ (USA)

    There is no reason a debate should not be held!!!!!


    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. Judy in PA

    ok easy fix. Let Joe and Sarah debate Friday, and John and Barack take next thursday and the last regularly scheduled last debate. Problem solved and that doesn't take an act of congress.
    The repugs are using the bailout as a political statement. The reugs don't want the bailout as they are seeing no signs of a credit crisis in their districts, but if , and thats a big if, the bailout is truly needed how long before they see the affects in their districts. They are going to say it took McCain to break the stalemate, that it was his leadership, a Political ploy that alot of people will believe.

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

    The Cowardly McLying.

    Old geezer make like a high school student who hasn't studied.

    Shameful & dishonorable

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

    You have Got to be kidding me.

    Palin is a true disgrace to women everywhere!!

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Tired of this mess

    McShame and Palin are two of the biggest frauds!!! Neither of them is prepared to do anything. Why would people want this type of leadership......I wonder about their followers. What kind of kool-aid are they drinking!!! They are both a piece of bad work!!

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

    So mcC waited, what, 30 minutes from his own debate-delay proposal, to so-shockingly propose a delay to the VP debate? I thought he'd at least *attempt* to mask his true intentions. I guess as a "maverick" he's really laying his cards on the table.

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

    To The Right-Winger that wrote we should not blame McCain for the financial crisis :

    Check your records on that one. McCain worked with and voted in favor of Sen. Grahams legislature that deregulated the banking industry. In fact, McCain was so in favor of this legislation that he made Sen Graham his campaigns Economic Advisor. After a brief abscence from the campaign for calling America "a nation of whiners," Sen Graham is still the Economic Advisor to the McCain Campaign, and also has himself lined up nicely for a cabinet spot in a McCain administration (most likely Secretary of the Treasury).

    So are you really telling me that McCain is not responsible for any of this mess? Not only is he responsible, he's running to continue it!

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Dave From Minnesota

    I think Obama and McCain should have their running mates stand in for them at Friday's debate on foreign policy. The VPs are supposed to be ready to step into the President's shoes at any moment, so I'm sure they"re both prepared for discussion of foreign affairs.

    September 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. alex Platt

    Your telling me he can't take 90 minutes out of his Friday night?

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

    Scott L.

    McCain has been asking Obama to town halls that is not a real debate and those town hall meetings were filled with republican so it would have been stupid for Obama to debate him on a republicans turf. Furthermore town halls are for old people. McCain is too chicken to debate Obama on neutral ground and that idiot Palin is scared to because she is dumber than a box of rocks. People do question Obamas experience but at least Obama can give an interview, he can pronounce "Iran" not "I ran". McCain is stalling.

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

    So that's the reason behind it !!

    Hahahah brutal, how can people trust McCain NOT to play more games if president???

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. Wendy, CT

    Sarah's not ready for the debate. That's all that is–what cowards. This folks is what a John McCain Administration would look like.

    Obama/Biden 08

    I'm tired of the lies.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |


    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. SoniaGA

    Scott PUH_LEEZE.

    McSame tired to take over Obamas' campaign. He didn't want to debate he wanted town halls, and Obama didn't give. In FACT Obama said he would do less and MCSAME PULLED OUT....

    Get your facts straight.....

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Dan in Minnesota

    If the goal of postponing the debate is to allow McCain and Obama to be in Washington to deal with the crisis, then let Palin and Biden debate in their place this Friday

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Harold from Canada

    To Paris – McCain is afriad to debate – he is hiding behind the crisis in order not to debate – if the crises was so important to McCain why has he not been in Washington

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Mark Roth

    The Republicans know Palin is like the Titanic. She's a grade A vessle with a grade C captain. They are trying to steer her clear of iceburgs until after November.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Gina in Alaska

    No way, no how, no backing out now.

    The McCain camp has figured out how totally inept she is and McCain's debate postponement is a thinly veiled attempt to get out of the debate they really want to avoid: Biden/Palin.

    You wanted to do this Sarah, now get yourself to St. Louis and get on that stage.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. David R

    How very lame.

    If you don't want McBarbie to debate Biden, or don't think she up to it (more likely), just say so.

    If McBush/McBarbie fart around long enough there won't be any debates?

    Some might think that this is what they want.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    oh my ... this is soooooooooo poor and laughable

    All they want is givin Palin a little more time to prepare.
    Do you think we all are stupid??? Not in hell this is gonna happen!!!

    Obama/Biden by landslide

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Mack

    McCain is doing what the people of his state elected him to do...Obama and his fans can try and distort the facts but we now see where each man draws the line. McCain wants to make sure this country comes first, while Obama is more worried about his campaign and the election.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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