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. Larry

    Rumor is that Sarah will be replaced by Mitt Romney. Her resume is one of fabrication and cover ups.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. John Galt, FL

    why don't they just compromise and flip-flop the two debates, the VP and the one Friday? Tehehe.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Andrew

    Wasn't McCain the one who called Obama a coward for not wanting to do his idea of 10 town hall debates. And NOW he wants to postpone his AND Sarah Palin's debates? Pathetic, Senator McCain, really pathetic.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Chris in SC.

    McWus in another desperate attemt to capture headlines!!

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. John McCain

    I hope the questions are too hard....because when I was a POW.....

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Primary Watcher

    If the McCain camp pulls this off, we SERIOUSLY NEED CHANGE!! Appalling! Graham is nothing but a political hoe.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Brian In Chicago

    I used to think John McCain was an honorable decent man before all these tricks he has tried to play in the election. It seems like they are all "McCain first, country second" decisions to me.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. J Boyd NYC

    "Suspending the campaign." Is this code for, "We gotta get rid of this broad and FAST"?

    HurriCaine, I have a question for you– does the RNC pay you to blog on news posts by the word or the post? And how does one get a job like that? Are you in India? Or maybe prison?

    Your candidate is a coward, hiding behind a woman's skirts, and he's crashing and burning, and I am LOVING every second of it.

    It's just too bad that the global economy had to come to the brink of collapse before people wised up.

    September 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Evelyn, Raleigh, NC

    Why am I not surprised? This whole thing is designed to give them more time to prep Palin who's suppose to be "ready on day one" ! Come on GOP, we are not stupid. I am disgusted.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Jeff Wood


    Do you truly believe we are a nation of Pavlovian puppies, willing to believe everyword that comes from your mouth when you have clearly demonstrated that you are not worthy of our trust or our support!!

    How dare you politicize an economy that has the potential to affect so many Americans, for your own selfish gains!!

    What are your final thoughts before you close your eyes to sleep at night?

    I'm neither rich nor famous, but it is I who pity you.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Amy

    Of course they want to cancel the debates. They're scared to death. They are sinking and are part of the problem... not the solution.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Minnesotan for Dems

    I wonder, has anyone asked Sarah how she feels about postponing the VP debate?? Bet not... I actually feel bad for Sarah for being used so blantatly, Why not give her the benefit of doubt and attempt to try to prove she is capable of the VP position. Being a woman, I would be ticked off at not being allowed to show what I am capable of...

    Isn't having this debate considered putting Country first??? I mean it's supposed to give the people facts about what the next President will bring for the next 4 years.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Ok...Now it all makes sense. McCain is using the economic crisis as a political tool. Not for him, but for Gov. Palin. This is all just a ploy to hide Palin from the media and essentially, from America until as close to the elections as possible. He is is trying to ride out the celebrity wave as long as he can. Because he knows she has no substance and might be as bright as a burnt sienna crayon. Shame on you McCain. Your whole campaign is just politics as usual. To you it's just a game. People...don't fall for this crap. You are smarter than that.

    Oh, and, McCain has terrible timing for his announcements. He gives himself away every time.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Omidal

    They sold us two wars where we only needed one: fighting terrorists.
    They want to sell us the Bridge to Nowhere. We did not buy it, but we paid for it anyway.

    Now this gimmick!

    Today is Wednesday. Maybe McCane should have waited until Thrursday to tell the American electorate that he wants to cancel the debate. This people do not respect the electorate one bit.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Maggie

    Maybe we should just have the debates AND Sarah's investigation after the election.
    I can't believe that anyone who is presidential would be so unable to multitask. The debates are necessary, but I am also sure that people's jobs at the debate site, networks, etc also depend on the show going on.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. byrd

    Im sorry but when in the history of the presedential race has the debates been postponed....this is a stunt...and for those of you that defend this smoke screen i truley see you for how stupid and ignorant you really are....why cant they debate and also bring fresh ideas about the bailout...the debate friday is only a few hours then they can concentrate on the wallstreet bail out....answer me you ignorant people that support there a reason why they cant do both?????if you cant answer then dont speak...ignorance is bliss

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. jt

    you are the one looking for debates all the time and attacked Obama for not debating, change your mind, McCain is not consistent in his message.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Please make it stop

    I guess this shows she's not ready either.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Jeff

    This is ridiculous. This is an insult to Americans. McCain's not on the banking committee, he's not president, why does he need to rush off to D.C. - now we know, its because the McCain camp is trying to kill the V.P. debate so Palin doesn't have to try to answer any questions. It's an insult to Americans that the GOP won't let Palin be interviewed - she could be President someday, we're expected to vote 'yea' or 'nay' on her, but we can't hear her face the same gauntlet of reporters that McCain and Obama have faced for 24 months? And this just doubles the slap in our face, now the McCain camp is trying to destroy the one chance the American people had to see Palin try to think on her feet.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Sue B

    Mc Cain / Palin are turning and running. This should show America who is ready to stand tall and take on the challenge in the heat of a battle. We need intelligent people who have the answers whether it be economics or political issues.

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Sandy

    This is such crap. Republicans and Democrats alike should be appalled. John McCain and Barack Obama suspending their campaigns so that they can iron out a deal. Ridiculous. They are not the ones who should be working and can not be as they are currently competing for the same job. You don't invite competing CEO candidates to meet and solve your current problem. The country needs to see the debates. Come and show yourselves. Give us the opportunity to watch, consider and decide!

    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. g

    "is Congress even open on Fridays?"


    September 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. jchubin

    If the timing is so bad for the presidential candidates to debate on Friday, why don't they just switch debate nights with the vice-presidential candidates? I bet Biden would be okay with that.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Jason

    Ah, there's the rub.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Pete from Ohio

    If the chain of events regarding the phone calls between the campaign is correct as reported, what WOULD have been presidential by McCain would be to suggest to Obama – after Obama called McCain first and suggested a joint statement – to suggest a joint statement regarding the suspension of both campaigns for the bailout.
    But the way it happened – is smells like taking political advantage, again.
    Shame on you McCain!

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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