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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soundoff (1,459 Responses)
  1. UCLAdy04

    PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATHETIC! So, now we see what is really happening here...McCain knows that Palin won't be ready by next week, so he wants to buy both himself and Palin more time to debate. It's not going to work! The AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE a debate Friday and he needs to man the hell up and show up!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Jack

    The debates should go on as scheduled. The last thing this country needs it McCain in Washington, DC. He needs to retire to one of his 13 homes in Arizona or wherever they are and make sure that his 7 cars get a oil change.

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. GP

    Ah, so McCain is trying to hide Palin. I was wondering what opportunity McCain was trying to exploit by this tactic.

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Obama will win

    cowards,afeaid to debate the issues!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Susan Kowalczyk

    McCain postponing the debate is the biggest copout I've ever seen. McCain appears to be trying to postpone Friday's campaign debate while trying to appear more presidential by canceling the debate in favor of appearing to be taking charge in the Washington fiasco. This is ridiculous, and he's no financial wizard who can possibly change the game plan anyway. The debate will only take a short couple of hours. Bufffet & Bloomberg, who both candidates like, should tell everyone else with voices in the muck to just zip it and take control of the situation in obvious chaos. He's copping out and it appears he's panicking because Obama is ahead in the polls. You need to call him on it. Big money has already been spent on preparation of this debate, so should we just waste more of the taxpayer's money when the debate is just several hours away from Washington??

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. morphoo

    Ah, now McCain makes sense! How better to keep your vulnerable VP choice out of the limelight! I'm sure she's "capable" of something, however, she doesn't have the speaking ability that the Democratic Party's VP choice.

    That and think of how much help he can be to shaping the economic bailout plan, when he has admitted that he doesn't understand economics. And apparently, can't juggle more than one ball in the air at a time.

    Oh, I'm not Democrat or Republican, I'm just calling it as I see it!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Ken, LA California

    A lot of crap, we are fed up, we want this election today so we can chase these crazy ballheads out of DC.

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Niraj

    OMG, so was this all Presidential postponement was to actually defer VP debate?

    I smell a big rat...Highly questionable!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. john

    Wow, they're running scared!!!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Obama: Let's solve the crisis and have a debate, you know...multi-task, you up for it McCain?

    McCain: No way, I can't multi-task, I"m not smart and able like you. I'm old and feeble and don't understand alot of stuff, especially this thing you say it...uhh..."econime"?. Don't make me do more then one thing in a day...I can't do way, not fair....

    McCain couldn't run a lemonade stand, he wouldn't be able to hold the cup while he poured the lemonade. Incompetent old fool with no common sense. He's either too lazy or too incompetent, probably both, to be President!!

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. in Oregon

    They will do anything to keep Palin from the American public. Why?

    Do they have something to hide?

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Michael

    OMG, this is in fact a political ploy!!!!

    Unbelievable, this is all about politics.

    September 24, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    I agree with Obama on this, the debate should go on if at all possible. If not, why not have the VP debate this Friday and then have the first Presidential debate as stated above on the 2nd of October???

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. spiderweb

    McCain, the Ma-Vo-Wreck, is at it again! Striving to hold off the debates for himfelf and Palin. People, REALLY! John McCain is no more interested in helping Main Street! He's more interested in helping himself get elected. Obama shows leadership by stating the truth...the President has to do a balancing act and not concentrate on one single issue. If you're falling for this guy who says he's a mavereck, just know he's been ma-vo-WRECKING for over 20 years.
    Obama/Biden...What can he do thta the other senators can't do? Not one *&&* thing....old man!

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Call Your Congress to keep McCain's politiking OUT of the House Economic Hearing

    This is absolutely outrageous!

    McCain is pretty transparent in his intent to block the American People to hear what Gov. Sarah Palin has to say in the Vice Presidential debate on October 2nd.

    The general public is ready (and willing) for the debates in the upcoming weeks, not to mention the one for this Friday.

    Sabotaging the general elections in the USA in a blatant and disregarding way is absolutely outrageous!

    Who do we have to call to complain about this? And does McCain think the american people (even those who he panders to) are a bunch of nimrods, dimwits or numbnuts?

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Teddy California

    How about changing the debate on the current financial crisis? They can debate on how to solve the problem. They can also debate on why there is a crisis. Obama should seize the current moment to completely discredit the supply side economics that Republicans have based on since 1980.

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Sherri

    Outrageous and cowardly. The American people need to hear from you, Mr. Mccain, right now. Each day I lose more respect for the silliness of the campaign you are running.

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Wait a minute. This is George Bush's deal, not his.

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. Black Truth AZ

    This is a Joke and Mc(Run and Hide) is out of line! He can not multi task, my 18 month old daughter can brush her teeth and read a book at the same time! What a joke Mc(Run and Hide) is.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. mike from WI

    So now we see that all of this nonsense was to continue shielding Palin from the media. Nice McCain, she must really be useless.

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. JJ in Western NY

    what?! i think that mccain realizes sarah palin isn't ready to debate biden... the mccain-palin won't let the press ask her real questions, and now he wants to postpone her debate?! are you KIDDING me???

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. MyCatHasMoreExperienceThanPalin

    So that's it... the whole thing was a ploy by the McCain campaign to postpone the VP debate to "a date yet to be determined." Nice try. If your candidates aren't ready to take the test, maybe you should just try to pray for a snow day instead.

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. hkk


    America is not stupid.

    It will be Obama alone on Friday night for all of America to listen to for 90 minutes.

    And then next week it will be Palin and Biden.

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. the other jd

    And isn't it a hoot that Lindsey Graham made this announcement?

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. dustin

    and there it is, what this whole grand-standing was about, to give palin more time to get prepared, because they know she is not.

    September 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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