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. Karen

    Unfrickinbelievable! Are people actually falling for this BS?

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

    So this is how the war hero tucks it in and uses an excuse about the financial meltdown concerns to avoid any a discussion about how He (McCain would handle this).

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. And Action...

    I guess when the ship is sinking you help the lady to the lifeboat first.

    Really folks, this is becoming "As the Election Turns". What will the drama be tomorrow?

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    Of all the makeup dates the McCain campaign wants to postpone the debate to, they just happen to try to do so on the date Palin is scheduled to debate? How much more obvious can this stall tactic be? They so obviously want to hide that she doesn't know what it takes to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

    And their commercials say Obama isn't ready to lead? I don't see his campaign being afraid to have him answer questions to the public to show what he knows.

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. McCain=the draft

    !This is ANOTHER gimmick of McCain/Palin!
    This allows McCain time to regroup his campaign that's sinking, and continue the stall on putting Palin out there! Another shiny object for distraction.

    Let's talk about McCain and the Keating Five!

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. indy chris

    hockey moms know when they're playing on thin ice and old mcnasty wants to call the game.

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Nic

    This is so lame! Not only is McCain bailing out on the debates, he's using the economic crisis as an excuse! Everybody knows , including democrats and republicans in congress, that McCain and Obama are not vitally needed to get this proposal through. It's not like the fate of the bailout plan falls solely on these two candidates. If anything, the American people need to make a decision about who will be in office in 40+ days and for that, these debates are essential!

    But even if their presence is needed, they can show up in DC and head over to the debates after they get done with whatever it is they would be needed for (photos, sign their John Hancock?). It's painfully clear McCain cannot handle the rigors of the presidency if he can't even handle this.

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

    This would absolutley be the most imporatnt time ever to have the VP's have a debate.To all the idiots who think Obama needs a telepromter,at least he does not need a lie detector like Palin and McCain.There is no way,no how, this debate should be post poned.If anything it should be moved up in time.

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

    McCain is going to parachute in and save the day? Please. He is the big deregulator who sponsored and promoted this train wreck. Stand up and debate, John. Don't hide behind Sarah's skirts.

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

    The discussion likely went as follows:
    McCain: "I want to have debates and town halls"
    Advisers: "You aren't prepared – you will get killed on the economy"
    McCain: "Let's keep postponing the discussions until I am ready"
    Palin: "Well I am definitely not ready"
    Advisers: "Yeah we better postpone the vice-presidential debate too"
    Palin: "Did you hear world leaders think I'm gorgeous?"
    McCain: "Hmm how can we make the Democrats look bad?"
    Advisers: "Tell them the delay is for the country and that you are going to Washington to help economic policy"
    McCain: "Me? Help with Economic Policy? The economy is strong! Oh you mean something substantial. I don't know anything about economics. I have been pretty clear on that"
    Advisers: "Hmm, let's just cancel the campaign"

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

    Politics at its worst. Shame on McCain. He's completely sold out.

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. David R

    Let me see.

    Obama/Biden surges to 6 – 9 point lead over McBush/McBarbie in most recent polls.

    The lead is ~13 points for who is better to deal with the economy.

    What does McBush/McBarbie do?

    Let's try a thinly-veiled, political hack approach.

    McBush will appear to be a great leader if he suspends his moribund campaign. At the same time he can avoid a debate where he is likely to get thrashed.

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Californian_08

    Wow, this is really laughable,
    The Presidential Debate should continue, we want to know what both candidates are offering for solution. It is not time to hide behind the curtains of bailout debate.

    Mr. McCain we want to se your judgment in the time of adversary!

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Rich N

    It's hilarious to see the McCain fanboys try to spin this as him saying "Country first!". Since when? McCain has missed more votes this year than any other Senator.

    Also, it's laughable that McCain would have anything meaningful to add. This is the guy who admitted that he doesn't know much about economics. He's going to come up to speed and architect a solution by Friday?

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. ask the thief of the thieves for solution?

    whatever paulson tells us the people to do, we the people will do, no?

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

    Enough at 6:31..

    No, they haven't had time to set up the wire where someone's off stage somewhere telling the princess what to say.

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

    Of course this is what it's all about – That Pitbull is afraid to debate and she's clearly not ready. I wondered how McBush would skirt around this. I think this political stunt is absurd. The debates should go on as planned. People have been waiting. The People demand it!!!

    People lets unite – If no debate, no more watching the mainstreem media – CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and all the rest.

    Newspapers can give us the same information.


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

    The delay of the debates, the postponing of the vice-presidential debate, and the refusal to allow Governor Palin to answer media questions concerns me a great deal. I believe our democracy is based upon open debate and the current situation causes me to wonder what a McCain/Palin administration would be like.

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. John from NY


    all this means is a landslide victory for Obama/Biden 08

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


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

    Why don't we just permanently postpone Palin/McWarmonger.

    Send an invite for the standing only area of the inauguration – maybe.

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

    Why is McCain so scared.
    This is just another ploy from the McCain camp to keep Sarah Palin from speaking because they know she is ill-prepared.
    Who would still want to vote for these people when they can't even DEBATE.
    Get real...

    September 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. gimme a break

    What a crock. Beyond belief. Who are these people who think they can move people and events around like chess pieces? This is really getting to be absurd.

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

    I think this could be the end for McCain/Palin. It is just too bizarre. Suddenly he feels the need to fix an economy he doesn't even understand?

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

    WOW.. what a cop-out. The Republicans don't want to answer any questions, especially those that seek accountability.

    September 24, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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