September 24th, 2008
04:43 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama 'inclined' to debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/24/art.debate.gi.jpg caption="Obama wants to press on with the debate."](CNN) - Barack Obama is 'inclined" to go ahead with the debate Friday night, campaign sources tell CNN.

McCain said Wednesday the debate should be postponed if the economic bailout has not passed congress by that time.

Obama is expected to make a statement around 4:30 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. Carmen

    Let's to with the debate

    September 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. mike

    I would be inclined to debate someone as unprepared as McCain as well. Why would someone want to give him more time?

    September 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Pat

    Good for him!! It's time we stop the foolishiness that the McCain campaign has been going on with.

    September 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Gerald in Georgia

    PALIN DUCKS THE MEDIA.......MCCAIN DUCKS THE DEBATE.

    THESE TWO SURE DON'T WANT TO BE ASKED ANY QUESTIONS!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. JBA tampa

    Send Joe Biden to Washington to work on the bailout bill, and recommend that Sen. McCain send Gov. Palin in his place. She can really "shake things up!"

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Trysh, Los Angeles

    And I'm "inclined" to agree with him. Look, we all know that the economy is just an excuse because McCain is just plain McChicken.

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. AMIGO

    McLiar is a COWARD, McLiar is a COWARD, McLiar is a COWARD, McLiar is a COWARD – –

    Keep repeating the chant, Repugnants !
    It is therapuetic !!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. JD in NC

    Debates will not derail the bailout.

    Hiding from the debates is not "putting country first"!!

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. USAF Staff Sergeant

    YES! Make McCain debate! NO MORE DISTRACTIONS!

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Charla in TX

    Good for you Barry!! There's still room for debate!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Darrel from Denver

    I agree. The leaders in Congress can handle the issue and discussions around the 'bailout crisis'.

    McCain is looking for a moratorium on campaigning or debating. One less day of that is one less day of him getting his butt kicked and losing ground to Obama.

    September 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Darko

    Toss a curveball and Obama and he whiffs big time.

    I could care less about the Friday debate when 700 BILLION (that's being conservative) tax payers dollars are at stake.

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Go Obama/ Biden 08..........

    Just continue to be and look like a true leader. McCain had 26 years to get it right! Idiot!

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Ready for Change

    Not everybody is willing to put their country first.

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Democrat in VA

    We all know McCain is scared to face an open debate – He's just not prepared! We read earlier this week that he's taking a nonchalant attitude to debate preparation, and now he's trying to get out of it all together.

    It won't work, John, the American people aren't STUPID !!

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Obama is the one for Ohio

    That's right Obama!!!! Stay the course! Don't back down. Debate! Debate! Debate!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. KSforObama

    Funny, I thought accourding to McSame the "Fundimentals of the Economy were strong"

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. debbie

    I bet he will go ahead.. what is he going to do "Debate with himself" and vote "present" one more time?

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Mike Dallas

    The debate is on foreign policy, supposedly Obama's weak point and McCrypt's strong suit.

    So, therefore, if Obama is willing to keep the debates, so should McCrypt!

    What is McCain afraid of?

    Oh, I remember the truth.

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Jim

    Tell McLiar to go jump in a lake. This is a political stunt and no one is falling for it.

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Eura2488

    OBAMA 08

    MCCAIN IS RUNNING SCARED!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    Painted into a corner.

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. The Great One

    Ha Ha yeah boooooooooy!!!!!!!!!! Obamo not scared!!

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. SISEPUEDE

    A S ,,,,,,,,,,,,A L W A Y S,,,,,,,,,O B A M A,,,,,,,,,O N,,,,,,,,,T H E,,,,,,,,,S I DE,,,,,,,

    O F,,,,,,,,,,,P O L I TI C S,,,,,,,,,,M E,,,,,,,,,,F I R S T

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Goddess

    There is no reason not to have the debate. It is only going to take a few hours, not weeks. Why put it off over the economy issues that have been going on for weeks?

    Timing is fishy on McCain's part.

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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