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. Aviate

    Well, now we know what this "noble" gesture is all about. McCain isn't ready to debate. Palin sure the hell isn't ready to debate. Their campaign is tanking and they know it. So now at the 11th hour they're trying to get an extension on their homework.

    Sorry folks. It's 3am and the red phone is ringing. Obama and Biden are ready to answer the phone. McCain and Palin want to let it roll over to voice mail.

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

    Real leaders don't have the luxury of taking time outs, Senator McCain. They're supposed to be able to deal with a wide array of problems, all at once. Especially when they're President. That's why it's called "the hardest job in the world."

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Carrie for Obama

    Can't multi task

    Can't debate

    Can't lead this nation

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

    McCain..I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you move the VP Debate to Friday and you and Obama can debate next week. This will give both of you time to deal with the bailout issue and we'll get to know Palin better?

    I didn't think so!!! Her air headedness is rubbing off on you if you think we're that stupid! The Democrats are definitely going to win this one if this is the best you can come up with.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Jim-Arkansas – Where would you hear something so ridiculous and cruel about Joe Biden. Oh, a Republican must have told that lie.

    Shame on anyone who would say that! To have your spouse and child die is too tragic to even imagine. He was sworn in the senate at the hospital, because he didn't want to leave his son's bedside.

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

    I have an idea, why not just move up the VP debate? Palin spent time with with foriegn leaders this week, I am sure she is ready to go toe to toe with Joe Biden by now! That way McCain can be all self important and Palin can take the lead like she wants! Perfect! I am sure that the McCain camp will move on that right away.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    That's another Hell No from Obama supporters.

    MAN UP McCain and Ms. Plain! MAN the hell up!

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

    It all makes sense . . . . reports are that the interview she did with Katie Couric was "rough." When Katie asked Palin to come up with examples where McCain pushed for more regulation, Palin struggled and said "I'll try to find you some, and I'll bring them to you."

    Wow, just wow.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Steve-o

    McCain, you and your team fancy yourselves in pro-ball when it comes to political games. Today's activities prove you're little league.
    Grab your glove and your cup and go home. As of today, you lost.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. BMartin, Duluth, MN

    The debate lasts 90 minutes. I expected, as a US citizen, to see this debate and John McCain just thumbed his nose at me – trying to make me believe that his being in Washington will make a big difference. And of course the Republicans go along with it. Where was he (they) before a bailout was needed?? Talk about closing the barn door when the horse is already out. McCain can't debate and go to Washington???? He managed to be all over the country campaigning.

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

    At least one of the candidates is acting Presidential. McCain has always put the country first and obviously still does. I wonder why Obama and Biden can't do the same? Could it be selfishness? Could it be egotistical? Could it be they're out of touch with what is happening? I'd say all the above.

    McCain never said he was not going to debate Obama, he only said postpone it until this crisis is over. I think Obama, if he had any concern with what is happening, would do the same. Of course, knowing Obama he would fly to Wash DC, sit in his seat, and vote "present."

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

    If the financial crisis needed his attention, why did McCain have time for the Rachel Ray show to chit chat about backyard BBQs earlier this week?

    What a joke of a guy....and Mrs. play hooky from Alaska is not ready for the one and only debate with Biden.

    Only fools would vote for that pair. Good luck!

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

    Obama had already behind the scene proposed that they work together on the 'bailout' situation. McCain ran with the idea as if it was his alone.

    This delay also gives more time to Palin to learn her lines. It also distracts from his campaign manager problems.

    Postponing the debate is not in the best interest of the country. We need to see as many debates as possible before early voting takes place. If McCain thinks it's so important for them to be in Washington, maybe Palin/Biden debate could be this friday and Obama/McCain can replace the former Vice-Presidential debate. Multi-tasking is also a Presidential skill we need.

    Someone mentioned the 'town-hall' meetings that McCain held. Those were not prearranged by the parties and candidates so they were not like these four debates and declining his invitation was proper.

    September 24, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. amy in l.a.

    ok how about THIS: let's let palin and biden have the friday slot in mississippi - that solves everything! don't think the gop will go for it though because she is CLUELESS and UNPREPARED to debate, let alone lead anything.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. ye ye ye


    did she lose her flashcards?

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Denise

    Unbelievable. There is something very cynical and wrong with McCain proposing to postpone the presidential debate apparently due to the economic crisis when really he's trying to postpone the 1st VP debates because the governor isn't ready for prime time. Regardless of the outcome, he won't make it to the White House and like Bush's footnote in history as one of THE worst American presidents, McCain's campaign will go down as one of THE most incompetent, dishonest and cowardly American presidential campaigns EVER.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Will H.

    There will be an audience. A moderator. And at least one Presidential Candidate.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. Diane M of Los Angeles, CA



    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. SkippyFlipjack

    WWRD: What would Rove do?

    Obama should go to Mississippi and make a huge show of how McCain wasn't prepared to debate so chickened out. Give a 90-minute press conference or speech at the debate site, and let the networks cover as much of it as they wish.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Rj

    You can only lip sync for so long! Can Sarah come out and play?

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. gram

    What would happen to the us if we closed the borders to imports and stopped other people from other countries from working in the U.S. Wouldnot this give out of work US citizens jobs, and force americans to buy ameerican made products and boost american economy and give us a shot in the arm.I myself am very tired of looking for american products and finding nothing but chinese and other foreign junk on the shelfs

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Christy

    If McCain is sooo concerned about his senatorial duties then why hasn't he voted on anything since April???

    And all you McCain supporters, HOW can McCain be helpful exactly meeting with Congress? He isn't on any of the committees that are meeting. He can vote. That's it. Like Obama said, they both have planes, they can fly to DC to vote and then on to Miss. for the debate.

    What's the matter McCainites? Can't your candidate walk and chew gum at the same time? What would happen if there was a crisis and he was the President dealing with other issues? What's he gonna do suspend being President??? Sounds like someone can't multi-task.

    BTW, I want someone smarter than me. That's Obama.
    Go find another way to feed your insecure egos instead of voting for someone "Cuz they are like me". That's not a reason to vote for someone.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Mark

    America is not blind to this desperate attempt to "shake things up" . Mavericks make Mistakes!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Ahmed

    What's next? Postpone the election?

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. mn

    is this American Democracy or GOP autocracy

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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