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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soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Yes yes we must protect Bambi ! um er .... I mean the economy.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. cecil

    Follow The Yellow Brick Road McCain, Remember That Lion!

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Barbara

    Well, so the McCain/Palin ticket is trying to weasel out of the debates. Could it be because we are in the middle of an economic calamity, and the economy is John McCain's stated weak point? Or maybe, he does not want to be grilled about his anti-regulation policies and philosophy that helped bring on this financial collapse. Well I hope Obama holds McCain's feet to the fire. The taxpayers have to provide a 700 billion dollar bailout, and I think John McCain has some explaining to do.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. beachgirl

    What is going on with these Republicans??????????? are they wimping out???
    OHHHHH daddy McOld doesn't want her 'delicate baby' to do the VPs debate!!!! before his debate!!! He protects her very well!!!! like a delicate flower does she is!

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Honestly

    This is so transparent it is laughable. I knew when he wanted to suspend the campaign that the real reason was because Sarah wasnt ready. I cannot believe the people on the Repub ticket are conducting themselves this way, because no matter who wins the leader of this country needs to be a stand up person, and I am not seein that from the McCain camp

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. susan

    So much for being a "maverick" ...more like a scaredy-cat!..And to convientalely chose the Vice Presidential debate to be the new date...Ummm because Palin is a joke and they dont want her dumbness talking.

    September 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Andrew, Brier WA

    Senator –

    If you were elected President of the United States, would you show up?

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Ron, NYC

    First this so called vp of McCain's is shielded from the press. Now they want to postpone the debate. I 'm a student and if I'm not ready for a test, telling the professor to postpone the test would be the dumbest excuse I could cook up. Common America, don't let these clowns con us.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Lee

    McCain has literally NO ROLE in the economic negotiations underway.

    He needs three days to read the proposal? He admitted last night he had not yet.

    John McCain – skip nap time. Skip your Couric. Skip meeting with Lady Rothschild. Skip the gala at the Clinton Global Initiative. DO NOT HIDE from the American people!

    But in truth – you are MORE interested in hiding Palin! Oh! Move the debate to force the VP debate to be postponed? Palin not the quick study you thought?

    Maybe you should have met with her for 20 minutes instead of 15 before selecting her.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Heather, Cleveland, OH

    Scott L September 24th, 2008 6:33 pm ET

    For all you Democrats shouting the McCain is ducking debates…might I remind ALL OF YOU that McCain has been CRYING for Obama to DEBATE HIM since he was selected as the nominee. He asked for 10 debates.
    Scott L-
    ANY candidate worth his salt will NOT let the opposing candidate set his campaign agenda. How stupid is that?

    Those "town halls" were a total set-up, I'm convinced now more than ever after all the slime I've seen come out of the McCain campaign. Obama was too smart to fall for that set-up and be bullied into those "town halls".

    That "town hall" argument was lame the first time one of you repubs brought it up and it's even more lame now. Nancy Pfotenhauer, one of McCain's lobbyist spinners tried to resurrect the "town hall" argument again today.

    How stupid does the McCain Campaign think the American people are?! Obviously, they have you fooled.

    I hope if you ever run for public office, Scott L, that you let your opponent set your campaign agenda. The office you're running for might have a chance of getting a smart person elected then!

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

    To "hurriCAIN PALIN" and "About suspending the debates":

    How much does Mccain pay you guys per hour to post brainless comments on online forums?

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Central Scruitinizer

    An unecessary act of desperation from a sinking ship. If he gets away with this with no media crucifixion then we know he has paid for this election already.... What an ahole.

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

    Obama,,,show up anyway..Mississippi wants you to come and so does the Presidential Debate Commission...what a flack!

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Spencer Velott, Oregon

    My comments never get in, and I'm not inflammatory or anything, c'mon CNN!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. txrus

    And what if there's still no bailout deal by next week? Postpone again? Sorry, Senator McCain-if you can't multi-task for something like this, I don't want you anywhere near the 'red phone' @ 3am...

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Jacey Homen

    Yes, MooseMama would love nothing more than an excuse to avoid least until she has more time to study, cram, panic... This is an unbelievable situation.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Cathy inTexas

    John McCain has already admitted to the American people that the economy is not his strong suit. He has proven it this week with his numerous gaffes, i.e." the fundamentals of the economy are strong". Ducking out on the American public and refusing to answer questions in the debate format (not his favorite townhall) combined with the hiding away of Palin, creates the perception of a very scared and unprepared candidate. Not Presidential. I expect Presidents to be able to multitask.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. No Country for Old Men


    I'd be scared too Johnny.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Peggy Ledbetter

    The University of Mississippi has been preparing for months for this debate. They have renovated dorms and classrooms and disrupted schedules for this debate. It is quite amazing to me that John McCain doesn't comprehend logistics involved in an undertaking like this. And I don't believe this economic crisis happened just today.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. balaji

    I think this country has more idiots like Paris and some others on this comment section, who thinks McCain is doing a maverick thing again.

    This guy is chickening out for god sake and even an elementary kid will know

    McCain loser got this idea today and not a week before when this crisis started. Give me a break

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Issues Voter

    I like the idea that ...... if McCain thinks he is so essential to the process in Washington.....then just allow the VP candidates to switch their debate date with the Pres. candidates...... Essentially, it is obvious that this is just a political ploy by McCain to distract from the campaign at a time when his poll numbers are declining. Again, Sen. McCain, what happened to "Country First?"

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. Kim


    This is a Democracy. Presidential campaigns were not suspended during our Civil War, or during our Great Depression. We deserve to see this candidates debate.

    And what is 3 hours on Friday anyway? If Senator McCain can solve our crisis in 3 hours on Friday night– do it now. This is absurd.

    What next? No debates at all? Ask for all campaigning to cease indefinitely? Does someone need to remind Senator McCain that this is how we, the American People, decide for whom we are going to cast our vote???????

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. P O Dubya

    Scott L-

    B. S.

    McCain has asked for town hall meetings NOT debates,
    and they are not the same format

    LIttle Ms Moose Stew is not ready and they are stalling.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    The old man McCain is running scared. Reading the posts from his loyal followers reminds me of the "blind leading the blind."

    This country needs a great leader and his name is President Obama.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. CJ

    Oh, now I get it. This postponing of the presidential debate is all in an effort to postpone the VP debate since Palin doesn't know jack. I mean think about it, nothing but political stunts the repubs have been pulling. Cancelling half of the republican convention in light of Gustav? I live in Southeast Texas and McCain didn't postpone interviews, town halls, commericals, etc for Hurricane Ike-why was that? What is McCain going to do Friday night, help them work out the details to the bailout-he's already proven himself to be out of touch with the American economy-what in the world can he do?

    I'm with Tarnishing Women, make Biden and Palin debate on this Friday while Obama and McCain "represent" for the bailout issue.

    September 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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