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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  1. Liz Mezger

    John McCain has no legislative vote on this committee to resolve the bail out. If he wants to influence fellow Republicans on their vote he can call them or publically make a stand. It appears that both sides are battling it out in a spirit of representing the interests of the majority. I doubt that Henry Paulson would have made an emergency out of this issue if there was not real concern. Let the experts make the decision with accountability for those who created this CRIME and let the debates go on as they should

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. RS


    I can't believe some people on the Right are using "country first" as a slogan here.

    It's pathetic. Really, pathetic.

    If McCain doesn't have the energy or capacity to handle the debate in addition to pay attention to this crises, he shouldn't run for president.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. jim hawkins

    What planet does mccain think we live on....What a clown !!

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Ole Miss needs you both

    John McCain – are you really that out of touch with America?

    Ole Mississippi could really benefit from the debate.

    Barack Obama – If McCain cancels please do something to help us in Mississippi.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Andrew

    And the hits just keep on coming. What's the matter repubs? Can't take the heat?

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Susan Maurer

    Bah humbug! McCain is pandering to us! Doesn't he think we have any brains? Get up there and answer the questions – instead of having "scripted" talking points with friendly audiences. We don't need fire-starters to volunteer to put out the fires!

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Stacy from Cali

    MS is the poorest state in the Union, is it really fair to set them back millions of dollars?

    I cannot beleive the McCain camp.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Ming

    When Busy picked Cheney as his running mat ein 2000, Cheney appeared on 5 news shows the next Sunday. When Bush's father picked Dan Quayle, Quayle was immediately and totally available to the press. Palin is a total unknown. Even Christian conservatives may not be happy to find out what she truly is. We already know she's smoked pot. My point is, she is so unknown, even conservatives may be horrified by what they find out about her. She could be President in January, and McCain doesn't seem to be in the greatest medical shape. The news media, left and right, including Fox, should be clamoring for more press access to Palin. For McCain and Palin to both "go into hiding" at this crucial time is very bad. Our founding fathers wanted the people to ACTUALLY GET TO KNOW their candidates, even in times of crisis.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. zuzu

    Easy peasey.

    Have the VP debate tomorrow night.

    Have the presidential debate on October 2.

    Since that addresses McCain's concern that he and Obama be available for the economic discussions in DC, I see no reason why he should not agree.

    Doncha think?

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Since McWarNow want to cut and run...fine the show will go on with out them!! This "crisis" has been going on now for over a week and now all of a sudden McKeating wants to bail out on the whole thing?! Obama has been talking about what needs to be done since before the primaries. Obams laid out a detailed plan last week on three occasions...where was McDraft? still pointing the finger and trying to fire people he had not rights to even if he was that things are not going his way despite what this might do to those involved and the cost to put it together (5.5MM). This is not acting presidential or being a maverick...McNonsence is desperate and seeking to do what ever with no thought process

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

    to paris. I am sick and tired when people keep saying country first. contry first is when you ackowledge both white and black people are equal. You people treat a person of color as a vernon. country first is when every human are given the same opportunity to obtain equal pay for equal work. every boby has health care , same education. please stop this nonsense and get back at the issues at hand.

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

    What a joke! They wont let her take questions, they dont want any reporters in on her "meetings" with the foreign leaders, now they want to postpone all of the debates? Even those rednecks in West Virginia can see whats going on here. But no matter what the Mccain campaign does, they will never vote for the black guy. Thats the only reason they are even close in this race

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    Please spare me the country first routine. It seems you right wingers have forgot that we are IN THIS MESS BECAUSE OF REFUSAL BY REPUBLICANS TO REGULATE WALL STREET.

    What happened? Greedy people got richer. Now they want us to bail them out. McCain has no business being involved in the meetings to solve this, he has said repeatedly he knows nothing about the economy. Now what? Now he is an expert? HA!

    John McCain is the one not putting country first. His off the cuff remarks, his lack of thought before saying or doing anything has proved this over and over and now with 40 days before the election he wants to cancel our first chance to see him take questions in weeks. AND FOR SARAH PALIN TO ACTUALLY TAKE QUESTIONS EVER?!?!

    This is outrageous. I used to think John McCain was a swell guy. Now I am convinced that he is senile. That this is and always has been about his ambition. Going to Washington for a photo-op and to avoid the debate is beyond reproach.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Calvin for Atlanta GAq

    McCain is a coward, he plays more tricks than David Blaine, it looks good on the surface, but we know that is a ploy to get Sarah Palin ready to fake her knowledge. They are made for each other, Not ready to debate, not ready to lead, but ready to fake the funk.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Businessman

    Also, what they have been doing this campaign, is this all legal? Are they able to make their own rules like this? I seriously want this election over with already so I don't have to hear about these two again.

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Muz

    this is just simply pathetic on McCain's part maybe we should also postpone the elections too

    September 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Lance

    Next thing we know, Bush will want to postpone the elections!

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

    This election is starting to look like a high school election – on one side anyway. I am 62 years old and never have I seen such foolishness going on during a campaign. The negative ads are pretty standard but the stunts that McCain is pulling week after week only confirms that he is not good presidential material – never mind his inadequate VP choice. I feel like I'm back in high school. I think the country deserves better than this. This economic issue is extremely important but a strong president should be able to handle this along with a dozen other issues. That's what leadership really is.

    If McCain can't handle imputing into this crisis and a 90 minute debate in the next 3 days, what does that say about his abiity to handle pressures? It tells me he needs to stay in the senate. Now trying to buy time for Palin only confirms what most of us already know, she wasnt picked for the right reasons. He chose fluff over substance.

    If, by some chance, McCain wins, the troubles we have now will pale in comparison of what will be coming.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Griff

    So Biden! and The Pit-Bull??? Take your seats...
    She'd tare him to pieces..

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

    the only reason mccain wanted to debate obama in town hall meetings is so he could smear him on t.v and obama would not have time to introduce himself and get his message out. don't underestimate obama he's a smart cat.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Tomas

    You are now seeing what the effects of spending 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war (so I've heard somewhere) will do to a person who has never had any counseling, when placed under stress. The McPalin campaign has turned into a joke of childlike proportions.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. rrriiiing. alo, sarah-not-ready

    McCain thinks we are dense.

    What thinking person is still buying his crap?

    Sarah is not ready for VP debate.

    Wake Up, People!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Tracy - Atlanta, GA

    Thanks but no thanks!!!! Let's debate on Friday.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. America finally woke up!!

    Today's Washington Post/ABC Poll told it all:

    Obama 52%
    McCain 43%

    Note that Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004 never had even 50% of support in the Washington Post/ABC Polls.

    That is why McCain/Palin camp is in panic :).

    It is over!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. helen

    McCain made a great dicision. Country is first. solving the economic crisis is more importent than debate.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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