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. Alameda Chris

    A president needs to know how to multitask. A president also needs to know when a serious situation, such as this, should not be politicized. McCain's reaction is not that of a tested is that of a desperate and confused man. His choice of Palin put me off but I thought I'd give him a second chance with the debate...but now it does not even need to come to that. Thank you John for helping me make up my mind. Goodbye McCain, hello Obama.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Mel in GA

    SCOTT L.

    This debate is scheduled, unlike the requested townhalls that John McCAin wanted to have in order to mooch off of Senator Obama to stick him with the travel expenses. Anyway, Senator Obama does not need to jump when John McCain says so; Senator Obama is a leader that makes his own decisions and will not be pressured by anyone else, even if that person pretends to have more seniority.....

    Vote for a Leader OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Sue/Ohio

    McCain, after a week of negotiations in Washington, now decides he is needed – just after new polls are released showing him slowly fading away. What a freakin chicken.


    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Raymond K Hessel

    It just keeps getting more and more surreal. What next? This is more ridiculous than reality TV.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Patrick Barnett

    This should indicate to the American people that Senator McCain is more interested in posturing than in the interview process. He has the technology to be part of the talks in Washington with regard to the Republicans & Friends bailout. He is also aware that Governor Palin is substantially unprepared for her first debate against Senator Biden. Please American, wake up!

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. SonaK Obama08


    McCain already said before he didn't know much on the economy.

    And with all these people scrambling to get this bailout going, do they REALLY need him there?

    I think not.

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

    McCain is starting to lose big time-so he shoots from the hip again–just like the Palin pick. No thinking things through just a top gun. Why can't he do more than one thing at a time? Why is he 'going to Washington' to inject presidential politics into the process? What a loser!

    Do we really need a president who shoots from the hip every time he faces a crisis? We just went through eight years of that–let's hope we can get through the this financial crisis with some people who take time to think about consequences of decisions.

    September 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. ~prabsi..

    How about Gov. Palin be a cover for McCain on the debate with Obama?

    Isn't she just a heart-beat away from being a President if the Republicans got elected?

    Let the Debate ON..

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I have never seen anything so ridiculous! These last two weeks have shown McCain and Palin to be totally unprepared to lead this country. They scare me to death. Neither one of them have a freaking clue what is going on and hope that Americans are too dumb to notice.

    What a disgrace! We need a true leader. I for one am voting for the SMART GUY. Obama has remained calm, and resolute. Exactly what you would hope for in a President.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |


    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Deb

    McSame and Palin are such losers! NOW their flaws have them running with their tails tucked. McSame is not prepared for this debate because he's afraid of looking like he really is... NOT QUALIFIED TO LEAD! It has also come out again that Palin doesn't have a clue about foreign policy as well as leading America. Oh yeah, Palin made rape victims pay for their own rape kits in Alaska. SHE IS NOT FOR WOMEN, SHE IS JUST LIKE MCSAME, SELF SERVING! They don't have a clue about the economy and it would be a disaster to this country to have them in the white house.


    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Kate Fergus

    We should have expected this. There is no way that Palin is ready to face Biden. He will clean her clock. I doubt that a few extra weeks will have any impact on her ability to really understand the issues. She is a lightweight. Foreign experience requires more than just posing some questions (fed to her by someone else) to leaders who are indebted to the US.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Roxanne

    McCain is differently not putting country first. He is not currently on the Banking or Commerce Committee. It proves once again, McCain is living in the past and is not familiar with modern technology. This is the 21st Century he could hold video conference and still campaign. It shows both McCain and Palin are not prepared to debate.

    McCain was dishonest in his conversation with Obama earlier today. What he did was try to win the news cycle. John McCain should be a shame, he is proving everyday he is not the honorable man he wants us to believe he is.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Nancy from FL

    COUNTRY FIRST!!! Palin doesn't need to debate, shes a reformer and she has other REAL problems to deal with!!! And McCains a TRUE leader, a true MAVERICK!!!!! say NO to Osama bin Biden!

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Mike D. in Colorado

    McCain was looking for an excuse not to debate and here it is. Now, more than ever the American people deserve to see the two candidates debate each other. I think this a perfect time for a debate and I think the media should not let McCain and his "holier-than-thou" campaign off the hook for not facing the country and answering some tough questions.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Paul

    Let Palin take McCain's place at the debate this Friday. She is soooooo ready to be President and handle foreign policy. Then McCain can debate Biden about who has more experience and better health records. McCain makes rash decisions that underestimate the intelligence of the American people. We cannot put this unstable man in the White House.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. chris S.

    mcshame thinks he is slick, what a pandering idiot

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. GregM

    Just have both debates on Thursday if it's a problem. This is so unstable. I mean how many maverick moves can you make. I hate to have someone like this answer the phone at three in the morning.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Bacusla

    So one candidate can unilaterally call of a planned debate – at whose expense? McCain did not meet with Obama to work it out – HE JUST TOLD HIM THAT HE WILL NOT DEBATE ON FRIDAY – how's that for judgement?

    Palin too is off limits? Who're they fooling?

    I'll vote Obama/Biden for better judgement and stability. We the American people GET IT!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Paula Lacey

    McCain, Palin. The debate is only two hours. The same amount of time it takes to go out to dinner. You have to eat don't you. There will still be plenty of time in the day to work on the budget. Please stop lying and making fools of us. Thanks.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. TCE

    What are the McCain/Palin camp running from? I guess she needs more prep time (lots more) and McCain thinks a delay would help him gain new momentum. TRUE LEADERS SHOULD STICK TO THEIR COMMITMENTS!

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. STMH-Straight Talk My Hinny...

    He is stalling. He isn't prepared, and if he had his way, Gov. Palin would not debate at all. That's his sneaky little plan. I knew something was up w/ McGramps when he announced that he would suspend his campaign and cancel the 1st debate. Now we know he is running scared for himself and Palin, what a mockery this has become!

    Maverick POWs don't run scared or do they?

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Mark

    Oh boy. If the MSM can't see what's taking place here they should all be fired and replaced by 2nd graders.


    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Leading Edge Boomer

    Ah, JMcC is caught in a bad place between career deregulator and this week's regulator–not a good time to talk about issues. Plus, Miss Sarah is far from ready to be allowed to speak without a chaperone.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Outsider

    For those who could not tell who is a real leader, can you tell now? If you still cannot tell, you need a brain replacement. McCain wants a break during a major storm. Congress and the White House are working on the issues. McCain and Obama could only be distraction if they go to those meetings. For a "hero" to use the current situation to stop campaign and debate, it sound like a chick, not a hero.

    Palin? Former New Yorker governor's call girl has more knowledge than Palin. What a joke. It will be a perment shame for the country if she moves in to the White House.

    September 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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