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. jared

    if the shoe was on the other foot the people would be getting "PUT OUT" NOT A BAIL OUT. there wouldn't be a bailout for the american people just FOR the gluttonous rich. go down to new orleans, galveston, flood ravaged iowa AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY where people can't rebuild who can't get a bail out. YEA RIGHT COUNTRY FIRST. what a sham.

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I think an empty podium for the Republicans would be "nuff said."

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. mya

    No Problem McCain - move the VP debates to THIS Friday 9/26 and schedule the Pres for 10/2!

    How about that???

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. vestina

    Apparently McCain sized up the competition and decided to pack up his balls and go home.

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Mr. Johnson to you

    McCain is tired. Sleepy and old. He is showing his age now! People are tired of the same o' same o'

    McCain has been complaing all summer Obama won't debate. Now Obama is ready to debate, and he wants to skip out.

    Palin can't handle Biden.. You know and I know it!
    Even Laura Bush said she is not ready!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. IT'S ON NOW


    IT'S GOING TO BE A RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE FOLKS. Oh wait, McLame doesn't want to show up and he's keeping the Sarah doll in a box.

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    This is ridiculous! We can't allow ourselves to be fooled again for the 3rd time. When did we (Americans) start accepting the lowest common denominator. Obama, is a Columbia and Harvard Grad and McCain an Palin are C+ at best. You see where a C student got us an you want to try your hand with two more...come on America wake up!

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. John

    Surrreee, give Palin more time to study! Ya right, the debates should go on as planned.

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. priscilla

    What I don't understand is how some people can still vote for this guy!!! Are you guys crazy???? If he cant do more than one thing at a time maybe he should not be running for President!!!

    Obama/Biden 08'

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

    So, we get to the real issue. They didn't mention both in the same breath so as not to make it too obvious, but it's clear what's at stake here. Why not let the VP candidates debate Friday, then the Senate will only be short one Democrat and McCain can turn this debacle into a partisan day of reckoning. If Obama and McCain go on the floor to argue one plan over another then nothing will get done with both sides simply guarding their man. Analysts are decrying the fact that both men have been too guarded on the issue, but neither is President at this point and will do no good by offering "if I was" statements that serve to only delay the inevitable.

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Lori

    McCain has been wanting to debate Obama for months now and when the first debate is merely days away – he runs.

    If Palin can't handle a debate with Biden, then why was she chosen for V.P.? How is she going to handle negotiations if she can't handle debates or taking questions from the media?

    Look who is cut and running now.

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Jean 2

    McCain knows how to look good to his supporters. Is this really COUNTRY FIRST ? It is like super man going in to rescue the poor members of congress. This sounds selfish to me, did he think about what he will do? has he been listening to the hearings? has he been in communication with the leaders in Washington?

    He grand stands and say he is suspending his campaign, will this be for 1 day Friday? Thursday he will be speaking.

    The media fell for it and sadly some of us to.

    September 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. PMC of Syracuse, NY

    The McCain campaign is challenging one of the main principles of our democracy by attempting to interfere with the debate on Friday and then coincidentally delaying the vice-presidential debate. This "tactic" would appear more innocent if it weren't in the context of the McCain campaigns steadfast refusal to allow Governor Palin an opportunity to answer questions from the media. Of all the things that has happened so far in this presidential campaign the delay of the debates concerns me the most. Our democracy is based upon open debate.

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. KCKS

    I think that this is a plow on the McCain camp to use this "crisis" to scary the american people.....sound familiar....WMD's in Iraq, remember?

    What does he think his univited presence will bring to this bailout deal...isn't this a BIG RISK...since most of America thinks negativelty about it....what an ego.

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Old white lady for Obama

    What a fiasco the Republican ticket has turned into. Old man McCain and his prom queen are making a mockery of this Presidential race; he comes across as confused most of the time, and as for Sarah, well words fail me... The debates need to go on as scheduled.

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. maddie

    This is absolutely ridiculous! Whoever would choose to vote for this "circus of fools" deserves what they get. Unfortunately, this entire nation will suffer at the hands of these idiots! ENOUGH

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Jimma

    Refusal to attend the debate will not help.

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

    Look at the little lipstick pitbull run with her tail between her legs !!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Willie

    This is a sickening very low tactic by the Republican party. I find these tactics to postpone the entire election process absolutely horrid and disgusting along with disgraceful to the American democratic process.

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Ricardo

    If Palin's hair is down, there is clearly an earpiece on her.

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. francee

    From what I understand, McCain and Obama are not welcomed in Washington at this time because they want to keep Presidential poltics out of this matter. So it's obvious, McCain is doing this to get headlines, to take the focus off of Bush and to give Palin more time to study. He is not the same McCain who started out in this race. Obama will be there on Friday and America will see who is ready to lead on day one.

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Anne E.

    No wonder he's referred to as McLame. How lame of an excuse can this be???

    On with the debates,
    Biden our time, Barackin the vote!

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Sue, Shawnee, OH

    Isn't this typical of him? Showboating? Oh, I forgot, he is a "maverick" He is putting the country first. The same country that 10 days ago he said our fundamentals of the economy were strong. He really is intelligent. Like somebody else on TV said, can't you walk and chew gum at the same time?

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

    Who cares?

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Kathleen

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Sorry, McCain, but if Palin hasn't had enough time to cram by October 2nd, that's your problem. This, along with your request to delay this Friday's Presidential debate, is a pathetic and transparent excuse for more time. If your parties really thought your presence at Friday's conference would help, I'm sure they would have requested a delay. The candidates can contribute most right now by following through with their duties at the debate - voters need to hear from them now more than ever.

    Time's up, McCain, and you're on, like it or not!

    September 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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