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. McChicken

    Why is McCain Injecting himself into Congress now in midgame of this plan?

    IF he was so concerned, he should have stopped campaigning weeks ago!

    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Gloria

    McCain is just scared of how Palin will come off at the debate. Just a convenient excuse to avoid it for as long as possible! GO OBAMA!

    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Texas 4 Obama

    This is ridiculous. McCain all of a sudden cares about the American people because his precious Sarah is not ready to debate and he can't walk and chew gum at the same time. This Republican ticket can sell its supporters swamp land and tell them it prime and they will justify his actions regardless. Alot of them know that Sarah Palin is not ready to be VP. There is no way that you can tell me that this is the best the Republican party has to offer. There are many other women out there that was much more qualified than this mess he picked to lure women voters. In his mind, women are stupid and can't see through him, and there are some who are actually weak enough to believe what ever he dishes out. They won't let the media get to Palin because they know she will be ripped apart. When Obama had to face the media during the Rev. Wright issue and everything else, why can't she. It is very clear that this woman is not ready to ride a bike without her training wheels and they know it and continue to protect her. How will your supporters know how strong you claim she is if you continue to babysit her. What an awful mess McCain has created.

    September 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Chris in CA

    This is beyond the pail. Just when you think it can't get any more sleazy this happens. The whole country is waiting for these debates and leave it to the Republicans to use any excuse to back out. Talk about unAmerican.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. johnathon,whiteguy tex

    Its amazing how people keep playing this out as a "stand." He will show up because he cant go to the Senate and just sit there it's not like he is going to be in the actual board meetings on this. Since Sarah Palin is so important why isnt she going ..oh thats right shes a governor... i thought all that executive experience meant something? Now we see that maybe the Senate actually have responsibilities in our country.

    Mccain would make a great secratary of state whoever!!:)


    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. pierresd

    Um... Does the McCain campaign realize that Oxford, MS, is a VERY small college town that is INSANELY crazy about their football team? It would be impossible to schedule a presidential debate the same weekend as a Ole Miss football game... and guess what? There's a home game next weekend...

    Does the McCain campaign understand that the world doesn't revolve around them? You can't just reschedule a national event like this.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. George

    We are paying the senators to work for us in the congress and not to be out looking for a new position. I would be terminated if I spent my time interviewing for another position instead of doing the work that I was being paid for.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. mindsetter

    Here is a guy that was tortured and he never gave in all of a sudden he is throwing in the towel. I wonder what he really told the Vietnames when he was been tortured. Is he afraid of Obama's rath?

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Chris

    Sarah Palin: the Mystery Candidate. This whole scheme seems pretty blatant. C'mon America.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Barney

    I'm convinced – I'm early-voting ASAP for Obama. To hell with all this crap from the republicans. No more tricks. I'll vote and turn the tv off.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. w.l. jones

    Why not have the vp debate in the morning of Oct. 2. and the president candidate in afternoon probelm solve.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. Richard

    Let me see if I have this straight. Postpone Friday debate. Have it in place of VP debate. VP debate to be "rescheduled" . Yeah right. McCain will want to premantely postpone the VP debate. Gosh these republicans are dumb.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. April Garlow

    McCain in the trenches ,making a difference, fighting for Main Street.
    Obama phoning it in.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Dennis

    What a jerk McCain's become.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. KenB, MI

    A campaign in disray.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Ang

    Fine. Give Mccain what he wants...hold the Presidental debates on Oct 2. And the VP debates at Ole Miss...this Friday.

    September 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. sid leevy

    Does anyone believe this is for any other reason that Palin just can't cut the mustard?

    Biden has talked to the press over 200 times since being nominated, to Palin's 2 times.

    She's a joke. And America is the butt of that joke.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Pdigga

    So first McCain states the economy is "fundamentally strong" and now we have to cancel every aspect of the presidential campaign due to the "crisis." What cynical and transparent nonsense.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. JT

    I thought that Mr. Mccain was a big tough-guy, war-hero maverick. What gives? Shouldn't the president be prepared to send a surrogate if a crisis is so immediate that he must cancel such an important event? If so, and if he's so confident that the person he's picked to step in should it be required, why wouldn't he just send her as his proxy? Likewise, if Mr. Obama feels the same.

    Isn't this hurting their image as the mavericks, pitbulls and barracuda's they're supposed to be?

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. adam

    shallow move to postpone the inevitable. McPalin knows they'll look like crap in a debate. You can run but you can not hide!

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. BlueDog

    First he was McSame.

    Now he's just McLame.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. kn

    They will find a way to get Sarah out of this debate...
    They are what is wrong with Washington. They made time to meet with world leaders and Bono, only he cancelled. Now McCain can go to DC to show everyone they he is not with GB on this vote. Unreal this is exactly why people hate Washington

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Tim Gleason

    Obama is right on target in stating "We can do both," regarding having the debates, and focusing on the financial issues. They have planes that can take them from place to place, and we ALL have conferencing on our cell phones for god sake. I think that McCain is petrified of having a debate with Obama, and rightfully so. Obama is the intelligent, well spoken, and eloquent. I can't wait to see the debates. America will see how lame McCain really is.

    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Jim

    If it's so important for McCain and Obama to be in Washinton on Friday, how about swapping the VP debate for the presidential debate, and have Biden and Palin on stage instead?

    One of the most important tests of a president is the ability to respond to a crisis or test on a moment's notice. Why not see how well Biden and Palin respond to a sudden change of plans, and an unexpected crisis?


    September 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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