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. new proposal

    How about moving the VP debate on Friday instead so McCain can "focus" on the bailout?

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Lesley

    This is getting more outrageous. The McCain campaign is trying to maniuplate the entire process. Now apparently they don't want Palin to face Biden until the very last moment, or not at all if they could get away with it. She needs more training I suppose. I'm sure the tv commentators, the best political teams on television, will side with McCain and present him in the best possible light. The election is turning into a joke.

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Mary

    Politics as usual for the McCain camp. Is he afraid to debate Obama? I think he sees the new polls...

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. rob

    This goes beyond laughable to down-right offensive. What does Palin have to do with McCain's politically motivated move to head back to Washington in order to get in the way? Suck it up and get out there for the debates. If you don't want to be in a presidential race, than GET OUT!

    If I ever was sitting on the fence before, I'm not now. Obama is the only one sounding rational and presidential now. He gets my vote...

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. CJ

    The timing of McCain suspending his campaign is also conveniently at a time when the news discovered his lobbying campaign manager was getting paid by Freddie Mac. Is this a DISTRACTION from the dirt and schemes and other ploys McCain is taking to get the White house no matter what? I sure hope media is also looking at this from the angle of what is he trying to distraction the public from finding out. Media we're depending on you!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Alex

    Of course McCain wants to delay the VP debate... he knows he made a poor choice for a running mate, and he's taking advantage of the situation to buy time so they can either replace her or cram everything she needs to know into her head and hope it sticks.

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Daniel from FL

    And there it is, folks! Now we see what McCain is really up to. Not only does he not want to face Obama tomorrow night, but wants to postpone the Palin debate as well. I hope people are not stupid enough to fall for this crap!

    No way, no how, no McCain-Palin!

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Jeffrey

    So, it is happening as someone suggested. McCain is doing this so Palin won't have to debate at all. They're going to any lengths to having Sarah not answer any questions.

    If the McCain campaign were a moose, gun tooting Palin should do the right thing and put it out of it's misery.

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. momis

    oh i see... this was the stunt... trying to keep off Palin away from the debates... it wasn't abt McCain nor the economy... it is abt Palin... shame oh shame!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Cedric

    Wow. They are getting so predictable i saw this coming 3 hours ago. Perfect excuse. What the heck does Sarah palin have to do with this. How sexist of the McCain campaign to shelter her.

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Gene

    Nonsense. Senator Obama is exactly right, this is just the kind of time you want to hear from the candidates. Suspending campaigning is a stunt (Actually, the whole idea is a stunt) but if it makes people think the candidates are really doing something else meaningful, it’s fine but have the debate. Anything either of them does in Washington will be purely political.

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. conny

    A BIG PRANK! To save Gov Pafalin, of her debate with Sen Biden

    September 24, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Sarah needs more time to study. She's not ready to lead yet.

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. christina

    We need this debate on friday,what is going on here...this smells really fishy.I do not trust what I'm hearing out of the McCain campaign

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. nelda

    McCain is not ready for a debate and he's falling futher behind on the polls. He's panicked and wants a "time out".

    The bail out has already been in progress and McCain wants to show up and take some of the credit . McCain has not been near Washington and when he gets there, he'll be there for 1-2 days. Then he wants the credit for it.

    McCain is so full of it!

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Mike From San Diego

    So now the truth comes to light: McCain wants to delay the presidential debate so he can delay the vice presidential debate since Palin isn't ready. You can't hide her forever, John! The republican ticket is going down in flames!

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Eric

    Walk and chew gum at same time. I'm sure Biden and Palin can go back to Washington and represent you both. Oh yeah – you haven't introduced her to Washington yet.

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    Why can't the Biden/Palin debate take place on Friday then? Are they, perhaps, concerned that Gov. Palin would not be ready? It's becoming clear that this was a ploy by the McCain campaign. They saw their numbers tanking, and this is what they came up with. The only question that remains is- was McCain trying to dodge his own debate, or buy Palin more time?

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Paris

    The egotistical, selfish Obama can’t even understand what putting country first means.

    John McCain again demonstrates leadership, where Obama still waiting to see what happens.

    Obama the very little respect I had for is gone.

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. American Joe

    What? Are you scary of the debate? This is the perfect time for the presidential debate, when we are facing crisis, please propose your ideas, Obama or McCain...don't either of you run away from what we are facing today!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Mary

    The debate should go on!!!!

    This is an incredibly shortsided mistake on McCain's part. He has the opportunity to let the country see him and Obama side by side and compare them.

    Oh, well maybe that IS a problem for McCain.

    And not to forget - what about the big $$$$ that Ole Miss has poured into getting ready for this debate. It is incredibly unfair to disrupt their planning.

    If McCain isn't able to handle the pressure of both his campaign and his job as Senator, perhaps it's better that voters are clear on that now.

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. tulsa

    This is insane. It shows the COMPLETE lack of integrity by the McCain campaign.
    You insult us all Senator McCain.

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. NoWay, NOHow, NoMcCain

    Well I don't blame you, McCain, you're a dullard and a senile old man.
    Go and proffer ideas and possible solution to our problem.

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Peter

    Is this a contrived way of getting the VP debate canceled so that Palin can stay on script and not ever have to answer tough questions from anybody?

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Mimi

    R u kidding me? Why postponed the VP debate? This is again another trick from the McCain campaign trying to keep Sarah Palin's away from the Media. WE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN"T STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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