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. bill in nyc

    someone didn't study for their math test!!! time to call in sick!!!

    this is awesome, what is the mccain campaign staff smoking?

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

    If this is such an important thing that McCain and Obama need to be in Washington to do their jobs in the Senate, perhaps instead of postponing this Friday's debate and moving around the VP debate later; the VP's should just take over this Friday's debate and then McCain and Obama can use the VP's timeslot next week.

    This is surely unacceptable to the McCain/Palin ticket, though. That would mean Palin would have to go early. I think it is a perfectly reasonable solution, though. If they don't already know what they should for the debate, then its already too late for them. Its like trying to study for the SAT, you just have to know the stuff you can't really cram.

    If they need time to study, that is indicative of far greater problems.

    September 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. John McCain, the empty chair

    I say just put a chair there.

    It will be just like the Senate... since McCain hasn't been to his day job since April (166 days and counting).

    He could just make up a chart of Schmidt's talking points and prop it upon the chair. He never has anything new to say. Hey, I could come sit in it for him, I know the spiel:


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

    It is outrageous that McCain is getting away with this and that the media seems to support this obviously transparent stunt to distract voters from really hearing what Obama and McCain have to say about the economy.

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Dougals, Los Angeles

    Palin did not do a debate when she became governor of Alaska. Now she wants to get out of debating for VP of the United States.

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Dale in SF

    Why can't Sen. McCain show up for the debate? I think the rest of the Congress and the other leaders can spare his supreme economic brilliance for a half a day.

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Democrats Rule

    Unbelievable – you could not make this up – Well the good news is the whole country now knows that McCain and Palin are woefully incompetent and unqualified. President Obama it is!

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Mary Wright

    I can not help thinking that the purpose of McCain"s asking to delay the debate is simply a ploy to give Palin more time to prepare for HER debate with Biden.

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. TL

    Right! McCain wanted to pull another fast one on the American people, a gimmick that like he picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate. His campaign is going nowhere. After all, the Wall Street problem is not merely a crisis from random occurrence, but a systemic breakdown of government oversight. It is more than ever that it needs to hear what the candidates will say about how they will do if elected. A presidential debate cannot be delayed. Bring all the issues and solutions out in the debate, so that everyone can hear them and be able to make informed decision in November. I don’t think it is time to make deals in the backroom of the Congress.

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Theresa

    I'm stunned at you CNN. The comments/postings you put up here are absolutely biased. Maybe 1 out of every 10 people actually have something intelligent to comment. PLEASE...stop the name calling, from both sides. OUR COUNTRY IS FACING A CRISIS AND WE NEED TO BE UNITED!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT??!

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Trish Hussien - PA

    Wow. What a horrible, horrible, dishonest, lying man McCain is. Wow!!! How can ANYONE justify this ridiculous move by McCain??? He backed out. This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen. He ran scared. he chickened out because his stupid little bimbo isn't ready for her debate. Wow. I can't believe this idiot is getting so much support!!! What on earth can he do in Washington? He has no power to do anything about this. What does he think he is going to do??? WOW! How horribly brainwashed can people be to continue to support this man?? WOW!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. SecondingNewProposal

    Yes, just substitate Palin for McCain and Biden for Barack this Friday and call it a day.

    September 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. jb

    I say Obama and Biden should both show up on Friday. If McCain shows up he can debate Obama. If Palin shows up instead she can debate Biden.

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Tyler in Raleigh

    What happened to a town hall every week? What happened to he looks forward to a debate??

    All cancelled because he picked a VP that needs some cover. She isn't ready for prime time and now he is using this issue for political gain.

    Just sad.

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. TyWebb

    I heard Palin supported the "debate to nowhere".

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Christian

    What a pathetic stunt. McCain is the last person we want near an economic discussion.

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. John

    In this time of crisis the American people need to hear the voice of our future leaders. It is important to know how they plan to lead in a time of crisis. Since McCain says he is unable to attend the debate as scheduled, I think this would be an excellent opportunity for Senator McCain to send Gov. Palin in his stead to the debate as he would if he was President. This would be unfair to have Obama going up against Palin it should be turned into a Vice Presidential debate instead. As we all know the job of the Vice President is to be able to take over for the President when he/she is unable. And you can't plan a crisis. This is the perfect time to see who is prepared and who isn't to handle an unexpected turn of events.

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Hilary B

    Okay, As soon as I saw this, it became clear that his decision to "go back to Washington" is really just a big ploy to not have to debate Obama and to get Palin out of the debate with Biden. Do people really think that they'll postpone the VP debate? I'd bet money that they're looking to do away with the VP debate altogether.

    Plus, why does he feel he needs to go to Washington to work on the bailout? All they need to do is give whoever's in charge their opinion on the matter and let them take it from there. Obama and McCain aren't the only two running Congress.

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Lorna, NY

    To: Scott L:
    I don't know how educated you are but, we educated people expect our president to be able to handle multiple issues at once. What is he going to do if, god forbid he gets elected and multiple issues come up, postpone them? Even a idiot knows this a a political stunt by McCain.

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. Ok

    This is crazy! Let them debate! This just reinforces the McSame belief that this election should be about personalities not policies. If McBush had his way, we would have no debates "because of the financial crisis". Simply political grandstanding!

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Wow

    Am I dreaming or this is really happening?!

    McCain/Palin camp is in complete desperation – they know now that there is no way they could win given the focus on disaster in economy!

    Well, let the truth and good people finally prevail!

    Obama-Biden 2008!

    September 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Jessica

    Now, Obama is ready for the debate...mmm, obviously, he doesn't want to forget the lines he just learned in Tampa, FL. The truth is that the questions will be there on Monday, or Tuesday of next week...The reason Obama doen't want to delay the debate is because he wants this debate to air on the day that has the lowest statistical viewership, yes..."Friday". Remember when Obama proposed to debate on the Fourth of July, because this was a day less likely America would have tuned in. McCain would debate Obama tomorrow at the blink of an eye, would Obama? You Obamots forget the reality that Obama said that he would debate McCain anytime, yet he declined to do a single town hall debate. It amazes me Obamots are so blinded–thus believe in the Chicago machine farsades. What was Obama's excuse? Obama said his campaing schedule was too busy and he could not fit in the debates-just a patetic excuse, he contradicted himself today again-"the american people want to hear what the candidates positions are" Was the american people less important a month ago, that they did not deserve to know the candidates stances back then? Was the campaing schedule more important then?

    CNN are you so bias you won't post this? obviously, yes.

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. nobama_2008

    More rumor creation by the far-left media. This is not a direct quote from the McCain campaign of which Sen. Graham is not. Unsubstantiated, unverified rumor mongering. Pure and simple.

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Robin

    McCain has been getting his way by dictating the terms of these debates. I say ENOUGH! These debates must go on!

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Laura

    She must be a SERIOUS liability if he's willing to derail the whole campaign to try and prop her up.

    September 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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