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. Turhan J.

    Go Obama...i say out with the old and in with the new, and let leave the dumb chick outta this race. I feel Mrs. clinton should really get on sarah palin's case, i mean really let the SNOW WHITE LOL have it She's a moose with lip stick then let her play with the big doggs and stop this mess palin and mccain are trying to really they must think the american ppl dnt have eyes or like we're stupid. Lets give up the bull and really help this country

    September 24, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    Paris – was the that the best you could come up with? Most rethuglicans are keeping quiet and not saying anything because even a five year old can see through mccain's stunt. Wow, your either a sheep or just plain stupid.

    September 24, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. IC2Trees

    I'm a taxpayer and I want to see the debates go as scheduled.
    I smell McFear in the air!

    September 24, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. bigmike31313

    it might have work if your on people had not put this out....

    Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

    September 24, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. IrishDan

    This is either a ploy to gain more time For Palin by postponing the VP debate.
    Or holding the Presidentail debate hostage to push threw his pal Bushs plan to rib the National Treasury with no oversight!
    Or he is ware thye are near a deal and he wants ot take credit for it but bring there.
    Mccain is another corrupt politician either way you shake it.
    I am not an Obama fan but after this I have no choice I will be voting Dem for the first time in a very long time!

    September 24, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Tony in MT

    The real issue is that the debate will run way past McCain's bedtime. And you do NOT want to see him when he misses Matlock!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. no more Black eyes

    scared....pathetic...desperate!!!! i am so tired of McCain flailing around in this election. i wish he would just quit...all of a sudden McCain wants to save the economy? how crazy since he and his hoods were the ones to cause this mess.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Donna

    "Putting the country first" means you TALK TO THE PUBLIC AND TRY TO CALM THEIR FEARS AND give them ANSWERS that they need from their leader...

    You don't run and "act" like you have been caring all along because if you did, this crisis wouldn't exist...

    You don't cancel a debate, you instead ASK THAT THEY CHANGE THE TOPIC from FOREIGN POLICY to THE ECONOMY so that you can tell the public what you are going to do if you are put into office...

    You also ask them to MOVE THE DEBATE closer to the area so that when it is over you can GO there and do what is needed, even if it takes all night...

    We ALL KNOW that Congress and the other parties involved with negotiations will take multiple breaks and extended lunches/dinner breaks...they can schedule their break AROUND THE DEBATE...

    Our election process should continue on the dates that were already McCain will want to move the election from Nov. 4....

    There will ALWAYS be pressing issues that need immediate attention...if you don't know how to MULTITASK then you don't need to be in office....

    This would have probably been McCains only time to shine at the debate since it was a topic he was an "expert" on...he is more concerned about giving Palin more time to cram for her debate....

    The debate doesn't last 4 or 5 will be two hours at best...there is no reason to move/alter the debate schedule....

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    PS McCain is a chicken hawk!!

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. MCSHAMELESS = NEO-CON criminals on wall street

    give it up, old man. you're such a has been.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Debbie

    What an insult to the American people. Does McCain really believe people are going to fall for this blatant attempt to shield Palin even further? It is a stunning admission of their complete lack of confidence in their own candidate. What a transparent act of cowardice...'Postpone the Debates = Postpone Democracy'

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. George

    This is the problem with Obama supporters. They can't recognize country-first leadership when they see it.

    Obama and the dems just want power.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. River City Mike

    Less than two weeks ago John McCain said the principles of our economy are strong. Now he says we are in a major crisis. His suggestion to not debate is purely political. What does he have to offer? He is getting slammed in the polls on the economy so he has to act like he cares to gain some traction. I hope America isn't fooled by this stunt.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Commonwealth

    Oh please, what's next? Suspend the election all together? Oh I wouldn't be surprised at all if that's what is being worked on. Senator McCain is so afraid that Senator Biden will tear Governor Palin to shreds in a debate, he'll stop at nothing to avoid it..

    Rolling my eyes in disgust....

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. moa

    I think that Senator McCain is doing the right thing. In Fact, I think all
    of them should haul their butts back to Washington and see what they can do for their respective states.. They are getting paid for that! or have you forgotten?
    Maybe, IT IS ONLY MCCAIN, of this Trio that could possibly make a
    difference.. Why should Obummer return when he'll only vote "Present"? McCain does have influence and thinks about his
    people that he represents.. It's Country first, Debates can always be
    held later.. After all this is Sept. Lots of time.. We also know who and
    what McCain stands for.. It's the O'bummer that we do not know about. Example: He's more Arab than he is Black!!!! Really? yep.Check it out and reveal that.. On his VP selection.. Hurray hurray
    for Sarah Palin.. More power to her and God Bless and God Speed her into the White House. She's worth her salt.. She actually went
    out and hunted for her food with her papa.. she didn't sit back on
    her butt and take Food Stamps.. She did something about taking care
    of her family.. Go Sarah, and God Bless your Parents for making you
    a truly responsible Human on this Earth.. I take my hat off to you!!!

    Aloha, Moanikeala

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Truthhurts

    Do all of you dittoheads who think we should delay the debates until the crisis is over also think we should just delay the election too? What a crock. Sen. Obama is right that the President has to deal with more than one thing at a time and the country needs to make a decision on how to move forward.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Dana H. in Bay Area CA

    They should not postpone this debate, although they way the McCain camp rigged the debate, it's kind of pointless for Biden/Palin to have one. Personally I don't really see how it can be a debate when the McCain camp managed to make it so the two VP's can't even respond to each other. How is that a debate? It seems to me that the McCain camp is trying soooo hard to keep the issues off the table until Nov 4th and trying to postpone both debates is a direct reflection. People need to take note and find out the true reason what's going on here...

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. BVS Maine

    From someone who claims to be such a patriotic man this is absurd. It is only through the debate process that we are able to learn more about each candidate, it's the American way. The economic crisis is an issue that needs to be addressed by each candidate. Perhaps this debate should focus on the economy and save the foreign policy debate for a later date. Shame on you McCain and Palin for even considering postponing.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. CB

    Can we just cast our votes now? I'm getting really sick of this from the McCain campaign!

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. mark

    I'm really disappointed in John McCain, this is a new low for him personally in this campaign. We need a President that is dependable and follows through on commitments...this is a trick and there is no solid reason for it. This should really hurt the McCain campaign if the American people see it for what it is.

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

    Back back back back. Chicken.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. realistic

    unbelievable. i momentarily respected mccain for a seemingly noble act.

    but all that was lost the moment he decided that his governor running mate is also too important to the economic crisis to debate. what does she even have to do with it? why can't she show up?

    mccain done lost his mind.

    p.s. obama never said he's not going to vote on the bailout. he just doesn't want campaign politics to delay the important conversations happening in committes that NEITHER obama nor mccain are part of.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. amusing!

    shut up Paris!

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. maggie

    Then Biden can learn some American history. Yesterday he
    claimed that FDR was President during the Great Depression,
    one would think a Vice Pres Candidate would know his
    Presidents.The media is so biased in this election it insults
    us all.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. jeremy

    why so she can have pre determined questions?

    mccain has already admited that he knows very little about the economy, why is he suspending his campaign to focus on the bailout? maybe his lobbyist campaign managers need to be in DC during this to sway congress in their favor.

    it does no good to have members of the senate who have no expertise in this problem there for this.

    September 24, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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