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. Steve Schmitt

    Let them postpone it there is plenty of time to argue and sling more mud, something the Obama camp is good at.

    McCain/Palin '08

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

    Hail Mary!

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

    It's obvious that this is a political stunt and I am tired of his political stunts, first its choosing Palin as his VP and now this, he will do anything to try and win this election.


    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Hispanic Texan for Obama

    Oh, please. Since when has my father losing a substantial amount out of his retirement ever been a big concern to McCain/Palin before? I'm sure they'll do just fine during this economic crisis.

    If McCain/Palin aren't ready to debate, they are not ready to lead.

    Obama/Biden '08 - because seriously people, this one should be a no brainer.

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Jim - Arkansas

    I used to think that Joe Biden was just a mediocre career politician who occasionally put his foot in his mouth. Recently I found out that this despicable louse had been lying to voters about how his wife and daughter died just to get their sympathy. What a pathetic low life!

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Lesa in KC

    Hmm, this sounds vaguely familiar...we couldn't find Osama bin Laden so we divert attention and start a war in Iraq. Is this the republican strategy of diversion?

    September 24, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Independent for Obama

    What a joke!

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Larry-Minn.

    These people above who are slamming McCain just cant get it right.. Since when is a debate more important then what is going on in the government right now that influences the world..Get smart and think about it.

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. No way No how No McLies

    How stupid do McLies and Gov Pitbull with lipstick think we are!!! This is just an excuse to give caribou baribie more time to cram for her exam!!!!

    Senator McLies... Ready to procrastinate.... Definitely NOT ready to lead!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Lyndsey

    If I were a power-abusing, lipstick-wearing hockey mom/bulldog from Alaska with a practically new-born baby I'd want to postpone my debate with one of the most intelligent and experienced senators too...
    (...except I'd go about it in a less obvious way).

    Nice try McCain...we're not that stupid.

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Drema Walch

    I feel he is a coward, and cannot do more than one task at a time. He IS tool old for this important position.


    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. sms

    I hope SNL goes to town with this one on Saturday...even though the whole country is in "LMAO" mode, a visual would just be the coup de grace.

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Paris

    So what if the renovated the dorms!!!!!

    Our economy is in a verge of meltdown and you are worried that the University was remodeled.
    If you really think that John McCain is afraid of the debate you are more stupid than I thought.

    Your boy can’t even have a town hall meeting without his Teleprompter. Remember he chickened out.

    John McCain doing exactly what he did about the surge, he put his country above his campaign and he isn’t afraid to do it again.

    But I understand if you don’t get that, because Obama has NEVER PUT COUNTRY FIRST.
    When you whole campaign is about YOU, you wouldn’t understand honoring your country first.

    Just read the hate and ugliness that comes out of you people. It is a disgrace.

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Ellen

    This is all about giving Palin more time to prepare. Nothing more, nothing less.

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Veronica in Denver

    McCain, did you know that being the President of the United States requires "multi-tasking"? If you can't do the job then don't apply for it!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. no more Black eyes

    what even you McCain supporters have to understand is John McCain is politicizing the Economic crisis. he is trying to manipulate this thing that he and his advisers helped in creating (Phil Gramm), to exploit the 10,000 homes lost each day. now that is NOT country first, like picking Palin then hiding her is not country first, like having lobbyist as your top advisers is NOT country first...look we have all said some nasty things to each other, sometimes out of fun sometimes out of frustration...we are all frustrated, but if you McCain supporters dont see this for what it is, we may all be lost.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. Ralph from AZ

    What a joke! I don't think that McSame or the Palin Affect are ready for the debate and are trying to buy time.

    If they can't even be ready for a debate, what's going to happen if our country is attacked again like in 9/11?


    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Interesting

    McCain you can do better than this. First reporters are not able to ask Palin questions during her meetings with Foreigners – they can only take photos, you limit her interviews with the press and now your using this Bailout as an excuse to bail her out of the VP Debate. We're not that stupid! It's obvious that's what this is all about. You know she is going to screw up royally and you're hoping it doesn't happen until after the fact; like when she's in the White House and too late for the rest of us. You're even interfering with the Troopergate case. Your going to loose the Presidency to Obama because of the games you're playing.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Chris Nebraska

    This pitbull is all bite with no bark.


    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. dilmont

    Wow – someone is sure running scared. And that is not what I want in a President.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. mike in central va

    who the hell does this old fart think he is!!!!!! if you suspend your campaign and refuse to debate. then try to postpone the v.p. debate. drop your scared but out of the race for POTUS. the people that matter on both sides of the hall said they dont need your help, input or photo-op.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. atlantapril

    McCain hasn't cast a vote in the Senate since April 8th. Now he's rushing back to do his "real" job. Please!

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. obama

    what?!!!!!!!!!! Mccain runs from Obama and Palin runs from Biden. what is going on GOP come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! masks droped from their faces fakersssssssssss

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Tom Shinez

    Why don't they go to Washington and work during the day Friday and just have a debate Friday evening from DC. No photo ops allowed in DC, keep the campaigns out of the economic solution. I know that is not fair to the University, but I would like to see them both forgo debate prep and just show up after a hard day's work and have a debate. It would be good for the American people to see how they do in a debate after a long day of working on the economic bailout. Have a debate that is raw, unscripted and real. That is the answer! If that is not acceptable let’s send Palin and Biden to the debate Friday and then McCain / Obama can take their spot next week.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Uhsue

    How silly it is to think that the presence of McCain and Obama will fix the economy. Now, in this time of crisis, is when the candidates should be showing the American people what they're made of – not hiding!

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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