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. richard

    grandstanding at its worst. How is having the debate going to move the solution to the financial crisis forward? What nonsense.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. freesarah

    Wait. He was held prisoner and tortured for 5 1/2 years and he can't handle a debate?

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. R


    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. kurt

    So this is your potential future president? Wow. Do you want 4 years of these types of Bush-league shenanigans? I don't know what's scarier, the fact that they think they can fool people with this, or the fact that they will.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Joe

    Obama should agree to go to DC with McCain IF the Vice Presidential candidates switch days with the Presidential Candidates and hold their debate this Friday.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. swindon

    Palin must be really, really bad.

    Next, we'll hear that there will be no debates at all.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. RLH

    Somebody should tell McPalin that you cannot call a timeout when President. You just have to figure out how to deal with crisis while doing your job - he would offer nothing new and this is nothing more than a political stunt to (1) try to change the conversation of the campaign trail and (2) to avoid the uncomfortable moment when Obama would confront him with the economics and their relationship to a debate on foreign policy.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Florida democrat

    McCain is old scum!

    He is politicizing the bad economy for his own gain.

    McCain, with conference calls and emailing and live internet feeds, why in the hell do you need to be in d.c. to contribute to the debate?

    The legislation has reported they are close to a deal....why get involved now?

    You dirty old man!!

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Tyler

    Heck, we might as well suspend the election until they get this financial crisis figured out. Maybe when the dust settles McCain's numbers will improve and everyone will forget that his 25+ years of dergulation never happened?

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Michael, watching from Canada

    I know Americans are smarter than what McCain's campaign give them credit for.

    I'm sure Americans will realize that McCain is trying to upstage President Bush's speech tonight and avoid having an important debate. It also buys time for his VP to further prepare.

    Here's the real important question,

    " what happens if McCain's trip to Washington actually slows down the progress for resolving the financial crisis?" Too many chefs in the kitchen.

    And besides, his trip to Washington makes sense IF McCain was an expert on economics where he can actually contribute to the substance of any new fiscal policies and solutions. But he is not, which makes him baggage in the ongoing process with those far more experienced in economics.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    Oh, give me/us a break. What a cop-out. McCain is "putting country first?" What a sham. It gives more time for Palin to study-it has become very apparent to anyone following this vp selection that she is so unprepared for the position. And in McCain's own words, he wanted someone, because of his age and health issues, who could step in and govern from day one-a heart beat away. Right.

    PS. McCain probabaly needs to extra time to study as well.

    What a joke.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Steaven Swickard

    The debate should be be on Friday night as schedule. Maybe we could hear the trust about the 700 billion be lost by a CEO ,CFO, get paid millions of dollars to do a job.
    The American people should know the trust about this bailout.
    Our kids will be paid for it ,and there kids.
    If you wife ran your home budget this way you would be up in arm.
    You kicked out ,etc.
    So we should start over this election day and be sure and vote.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Hillary Voter for Obama

    It's been an AWFUL week for Republicans and McCain's just grabbing for more time and the 'leadership' mantle. I want to hear the debate on Friday, whether it's both candidates who will have to deal with this mess, or just Obama and an empty chair. We, the People, deserve at least that much. If the financial crisis was so important to McCain, he should have gone back to Washington a week ago.

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Dave

    If McCain had a platform he could actually run on, Friday would be the best possible platform for him to promote it. What a farce.

    I think Dave Letterman says it best:

    "He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"

    "What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

    September 24, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  15. John

    It doesn't matter how much extra time you give Palin. With her intellect, she'll still make Forrest Gump look like Alan Greenspan (you know she has no idea who that is).

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. tennisguypitt



    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. wow

    You repubs are just so ignorant,instead of bashing obama,why dont you just come out and say that you are racist,and are scared of having an intelligent gifted caring sensible african american man running our country.Your words,and your thought processing is so way over the top,and very irrelevant,some of things that come out of your mouths are very way out there.And the teleprompter issue,and about him voting present,instead of flowing repub vomit out of your mouth,why dont you look up what Voting present actually means,and if you notice every presidental and foreign leader uses teleprompters,Bush uses them when he gives his speeches.Ever notice when Mccain is talking he keeps looking down at the podium,hes reading his freaking speech because he is too old and blind to read a teleprompter,and caribou barbie uses cue cards.Give me a break you repubs make me laugh.Get a life.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. melissa

    Come on people this has gone on to long. When you make a comminet to do something then do it. And this is coming from a woman and a mom.I think John Mccain needs to let his VP out of the playpen and show if she can handle the heat and if she can't then she's not ready for the job. We need someone who can handle the pressure and stay calm in crisses. When your calm you can think better and make the right move to handle the problem. Let the debates go on and quit playing dirty Mccain. As a woman my vote will not be going for Mccain .

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Ross in MD

    What are the odds that McCain wants the VP debate rescheduled AFTER the election?

    Neither Sarah Palin nor John McCain can offer intelligent solutions to our problems – that's why they don't want to debate.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. robert

    and watch obama studder all night.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. zo owen

    Yeah...let's not have the VP candidate speak at all...its safer that way...this way the total lack of global information won't ring as loudly as a church bell on sunday!

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Kelly CA

    John McCain sits on NO financial committees and as far as I know they are handling the terms/discussions. There is NO vote scheduled between now and Fri...

    John, nice try but really, what do you think YOU are going to do??

    Bush is trying to RUSH Paulson's plan through Congress...Seems as tho McCain is trying to as well.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Mat

    This is such a joke -I can't stand how McCain is trying to use this crisis for Political gain, that's all this is.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Gail

    Obama and Biden should show up at the debates anyway –

    They will have the time to themselves to talk to the American people about their issues, without the McSame nonsense distracting anyone.

    Everyone will think McSame and his dog were too afraid to show up.

    Turn it around on them Obama – make it lemonade.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. sag

    Republican party is a joke. and their supporters are dumb to vote for them. McCainn can't take couple of hours for debate? what is he going to change in couple of hours. leaders haven't able to change economy in months.

    September 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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