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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soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. MEP

    Why have a debate at all? The McCain campaign is based on stunts and stratagems. There is a reason that Palin is not allowed to talk to the press and that John McCain thinks he can unilaterally cancel Presidential debates and shutdown Obama's campaign. I wish I knew what it was...

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

    Palin can't handle a debate & the Republicans know it! This is just their way of giving her more time to prepare! Oh, man, I was waiting for Biden to show her up... Wake up America before it's too late!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Sue/PA

    Here is the Debate Commission tele and tell them to INSIST on the debates as scheduled 202-872-1020

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

    Nope, you don't get to do that and you don't get to postpone Friday either, Mr. McCain. Too much is at stake. Not just the bail out proposal, but the future of our country, as well.
    I'm fired up and ready to go. Why aren't you?
    Go Obama/Biden '08

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

    McMoran, McIdiot, McShame, McDishonourable, McTactics, McLier, McScary, McTemper, McUnpredictable, McScandal, McDrama, McGrumpy, McLooser
    If McF. think that American peope are Stupid. Think again.
    We are done with you and your silly side kick.
    You have done so many mistakes and hid under the pow card.
    Now , it is over. You are done.
    You are making mockery of the press and the American people.
    We don't want this mad man iany where near the WH..
    We saw his judgement when he voted for the war and we saw his stupid judgement when he selected dumb head pathetic lier palin.
    America wake up. We had it with this mcCain and the GOP.
    Go and vote today in advace in every state – every state for
    Obam and Biden.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. sn nelson

    This is outrageous! McCain is a bloody coward. He IS really afraid to let her debate. This is so totally transparent!!!!

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

    What this country needs right now is another Boston Tea Party. Throw all of them out of Congress and throw the Wall Street executives in prison. Vote for non of the above in November.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Let's play "Hide the Palin"

    Move the Debate to DC and have a hotline phone set up, in case the negotiators need "quick draw" McCain to explain economics and deregulation.

    What a complete farce.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Wise White Guy

    How convenient for you Sarah. You can study up some more. Problem is there is no way to undue the fact that the things the Republican's have been preaching about deregulation and removing oversight are the causes for the crisis we are in. The Republicans have had control of our government unfettered and we have seen the results. If you think we are doing well then you will be even more elated about McSame/Pagin

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

    And McCain is going to have an intellectual plan to solve this crisis!? Psssshhhhhhh

    I hope when Obama wins the republicans move to Canada!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Joseph, Los Angeles

    First, no reporters, now no debate. These two candidates are a disgrace.

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Make a switch

    Lets bump the VP debate to this friday!

    Joe will eat Palin for dinner!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Leave McCain Alone, Poor Thing

    Well, I honestly think McCain deserves a little time. Time to think about the fact that he may not be up for this job. His health is more important, and if he needs some time to slow down, let him have it.

    He doesn't get my vote, but he gets my sympathy.

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    You've got to be kidding me Senator McCain.......the American people deserve to hear what you will do with Wall St. if you should become President.........What are you worried about......most of them are watching American Idol or Dancing with the Stars anyway!!

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

    Hey Mr. "About suspending the debates", I think you clicked on the wrong website. Go back home to

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

    Isn't that convenient. I know who I am not going to vote for. Thank you McCain/Palin for helping me make up my mind. What puzzles me the most is how anyone within their right mind can still vote for these two. They represent the secrecy and lies that runs rampant in the Bush Administration which caused our current Economic crisis. Now Bush and McCain want to use the Fear/Terror tactics similar to the ones used after 9/11 in order to force Congress to sign on the dotted line on this bailout? Outrageous!

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

    Tomorrow Senator McCain is going to change his mind.

    Just watch.

    **off topic **

    Man, Ms. Palin's interview with Katie Couric on CBS News was HORRIBLE!!!! She HAD to be reminded by Katie that McCain has consistently voted AGAINST MORE REGULATION, and when asked to cite examples of McCain's efforts FOR regulation **GASP** SHE TOLD KATIE THAT SHE'LL FIND THEM AND SEND THEM TO HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    With all due respect, Ms. Palin, you are ABSURD!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Jeffer65

    McCain is right in that they should suspend their campaigns and help resolve this crisis. Obama is also right that a President should be able to multitask and handle the stress in situations like this. The debates should be delayed no longer than a day or two at the most.

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

    I am so tired of these people.

    We need a constitutional convention when this election is over to fix our damaged republic. Forget about no bills of attainder. The first clause should state that no one from the Bush family should ever be allowed to serve in any official capacity anywhere in the US.

    Palin couldn't hold her own debating my 12 year old.

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

    john mccain dont care about the American people all he care about
    is winning the election at any cost.
    mccain likes to tell people what to do and he talks done to people I have been saying all alone that he is scary and so are his campaign managers. john mccain is running a beauty contest and playing games with the American people he just want your vote he dont care
    anything about jobs for us until he needs to climb in the polls.
    Dont trust him. He cares nothing about us.
    He will never get my vote.

    I am voting for the green men Obama/biden!

    September 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Joe from Ohio

    This is now laughing stock for the McCain campain. He cant handle a couple things at once what a Maverick

    September 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Jim in Bisbee

    So, have the VP debate this Friday then. Let McCain go to DC and grandstand while his paper tigress show what she's really made of by debating Biden on foreign policy and national security.

    September 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. Staci, LA

    Are you McCain supporters viewing this!!! What a sad little man he is and anybody who votes for these two. Please just bow out of the race you are not capable of running my daughters PTA. A sad day in American politics...just one big soap opera.

    September 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. jeane Mari

    Democrats should not let McCain get away with this. No debate cancellation and no rescheduling of it either.

    September 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Katherine, Chicago

    Ahhhhhh. Now it makes sense.

    September 24, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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