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. Zoe

    I am extremely concerned about McCain's temperament. In the past few hours when Obama stood his ground and said no moving debates because we need to talk to the American people, McCain now throws a temper tantrum and outright refuses to attend unless Congress has a deal by Friday? This is the ultimate in temper tantrums.

    He quickly flew off the handle and cancelled President Bush on Day 1 of the Republican Convention due to Hurricane Gustav. He flew off the handle and quickly cried out that he would fire the SEC Chairman. Now this? He just up and cancels a debate important to the American people in a temper tantrum? This is clearly not the steady hand of leadership we need in our White House.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Lisa

    I knew they would come up with a ploy to postpone the VP debate...I just knew it! That is what today is all about 'my friends.' Palin's not ready and this is all a gimmick just like McCain picking Palin was a gimmick. They think we're all stupid.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Jheffner

    No delays, I want to see these candidates deal with these issues, this is absolutely insane.

    We need to hold these debates, as scheduled, there is no reason that the candidates can't be in the Senate and then shoot over to a debate, no reason at all.

    Won't our president be asked to do more then one thing at a time? Shouldn't these candidates be able to do more then one thing at a time?

    No delay, let democracy work.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Melanie

    is Congress even open on Fridays?

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. stein

    is she scared they might ask her about dinosaurs, but she can see russia from her house

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. johnathon,whiteguy tex

    I think that Mccain spent his entire life sacraficing for this country! I honestly believe that once he came home he was a changed job and a new role. I believe he thinks that he is "owed" to be president at the very least for all he has given up as a p.o.w.

    I was a Republican before I realized that both parties are out for their own politics and the only positive I see in all of the smoke screens is that at the very least Obama can help ease some tension not only among reluctant whites who have a problem accepting african american and minorities but also around the world. JFK was a beacon of hope as well and it helped us to get to the moon, grow the economy, and increase our standing world wide. I believe Obama is that new beacon. Mccain says he doesnt play politics but each time he has to actually "say" he isnt being political.. thats like saying..Im going to be very humble and accept the best ever person award.. doesnt go together.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Eddie

    Another day, another distraction. You McCain supporters are gonna swoon even more over your guy's "leadership" and "vision" and "priorities" while the real issues get pushed further and further back...

    Debate on the plane. Debate via satellite. Debate in the rain or debate late at night- the point is that you show your coward face to the American people and let them see what you're made of. Find out first hand why you were wise to shield your pretty little arm candy, McCoward.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. cecil

    Plane ride from Washington D.C. to Mississippi: one and a half hours. Presidential debate: one and a half hours. Plane ride back to Washington D.C.: one and a half hours.

    McCain Just Too Old To Do Both!

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Isabelle

    But McSame had time to be on the Rachel Ray show earlier this week to chit chat about backyard BBQs. Where was his sense of urgency then? That was just a few days ago.

    What a loser! And not only saying the Presidential debates should be postponed but also the VP debate. This whole thing must be bacause Palin is not ready and McSame is using economic crisis to delay her debate with Biden.

    Cannot come straight out and say "We need more time for to prep Palin for the VP debate" but have to use the economic crisis as a veil to change schedules for the Presidential debate AND THROW IN THE VP DEBATE DELAY AS WELL!


    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Holly, NC

    What in the world is going on? I guess McCain and his runningmate don't want to tell the American people their plans. They've been lying for weeks now about wanting "change" when their entire platform is identical to George W.'s I hope that the American people are smarter than this and really realize what is going on. I don't think this country can take another four years of the same policies, I know I can't. So the only logical reasons for voting for McCain/Palin 1) Racist 2) Wealthy 3) Holy Roller 4)Ignorant . The worst part is those ignorant people are some of the same people that really need the programs and plans that Obama is proposing! Wake up people.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Marsha C

    Hmmmm, so the McCain camp has made it so that Sara Palin has not had to do anything but 2 interviews and now they do not even want her to debate Joe Biden? I think we are seeing a scared Republican party ladies and gentlemen....they know that Sara was not chosen for any reason other than to try to capture the female vote, and if they actually permit her to speak, or debate, she will be revealed for the inexperienced lady that she is. Postponement should not be an option!

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |

    The Repubs. can say anything they want to defend McCain, but McCain is a fool and we are bigger fools should we cast our vote
    for him. We will be screwed. BIG TIME.

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. R M Gopal

    Goodness, how silly can this get? Ms Palin is approaching her quest for (Vice) President of the US as if she's preparing for the SAT: her handlers can see how unprepared she is and they are scheming to get more time for her to cram for the debate-test. Oh-Oh, it just hit me: this was the real reason McCain suddenly decided to go AWOL with his own debate Friday. He's simply buying HER (not himself) time in a clever, convoluted way!

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Steve - St. Louis, MO

    This is getting crazier all the time. First one debate in question, and now another? And both of these ideas from the McCain camp? I see a disturbing pattern here, and it's DISGRACEFUL!!

    September 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Gail

    what? Does McSame think this will win him some votes?

    Gawd, his campaign is bad. bad. bad . bad.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Dana H. in Bay Area CA

    Scott L, McCain wanted a debate with short answers and questions and also with a select few in a town hall setting. Obama said he would have a debate but with longer time time respond to and dispute answers and he also wanted the debate to be open. Obama played a smart move in not falling into the trap, like chess. McCain knows he is going to have issues now that the focus of the Economy if forced on him which he has already admitted he knows nothing about. But even if the focus was on national security and the war, McCain might have been right to a point about the surge, although the surge didn't achieve it's intended objective, but there would have never been a need for the surge if we had never gone into Iraq to begin with which McCain voted for and Obama voted against.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Paula Lacey

    If I were a Republican, I wouldn't want to debate right now either. Read the newspaper, and listen to the news on TV.The debate is only two hours. They can debate, then go back to work on the economy. No problem.CHICKEN! CHICKEN! Do they think the American people are stupid. We know what they are trying to do. McCain, please don't insult our intelligence, because many of us were not, like you, "C" students in school. YELLOW! CHICKEN! SPINELESS! COWARD!

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Rob

    Have anybody see the insanity in this.
    Graham is a moron, Palin was the great Alaskan hope, now they need more time. I think Graham and the rest of the McCain insane McSame bunch, will try any tactic. Will they Pay the university for the Millions of $$ it stands to loose, over a foolish pandering Republican plot

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Aaron from Ohio

    The financial crisis is serious. Hearing from the two candidates who will try to lead us out of this mess is even more serious. McCain announced he was suspending his campaigning and wants to head back to Washington He has already said that the economy isn't one of his strong points. I think the rest of the House and Senate may be able to work without him and Senator Obama. This is getting ridiculous. Sarah is being shielded from the press, McCain wants the VP debate delayed further, McCain wants out of Friday's debate and it will cost Mississippi millions. I'm starting to doubt whether Senator McCain is fit to be a Senator, let alone President.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. david

    This is a pure political stunt. McCain knows that the issue of the economy could sink his chances, and he's got to do something drastic to take a stand and hope that people forget how he and his main advisers were largely responsible for this mess.

    This is NOT the same as Obama refusing to debate McCain earlier on. Neither candidate is going to do something that allows the other to set the terms for anything, let alone a debate. McCain knew that Obama would refuse, just like McCain would have refused had Obama called for debates, and it was a smart win-win for McCain to ask. But – not the same as canceling a planned debate, like what McCain is doing now.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Gail

    I'm soooo glad everyone has seen the light. Either way – Obama or no Obama – we all agree McSame is a clown.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Margot Lobree

    What does the bail out have to do with the vice presidental debate. If the candidates are capable of debating the issues, the bail out should not make any difference. It sound like an excuse to give Sarah Palin more time to be trained as to what to say.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Darrell

    Oops I read that wrong and now it is even more important that McCain and Obama debate as scheduled. If you put Country First there would be no question that the debate must go on !! The most important thing to do while everyone else is working on the bailout is to have a Presidential debate.That is a no brainer and I would bet a poll would show 80% or more would say the "Debate go's On".

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. jade

    thats two chickens I see in GOP clothing.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Elizabeth S.

    Of course the McCain campaign wants to postpone the debates.....because they know that once they are put in the spotlight side by side with Obama and Biden it's ALL OVER FOR THEM. The differences will be glaring – and there will be no doubt in anyone's mind who should win this presidential race: OBAMA / BIDEN 08!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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