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. Benny, AK

    Obama should not concede to McCain's plan to suspend the debate. It is a ploy to make McCain appear to look like a leader when in fact, he is not.
    I am really disappointed in McCain. I have heard of ways of chickening out but this takes the cake. The country has more than enough intellects working on the problem and his 'going to Washington' wouldn't make a difference. As citizens of this country, we need to see both candidates debate on issues that would affect our future.
    Postponing the debates is the wrong thing to do at this time.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. bridgette

    You cannot stop our government. You cannot stop the process of picking the next politician. There was a depression and people were jumping out buildings and we still had an election. There was a terrorist attack and then two wars and we still had our election process. This is some fragnaggle bull. I have never seen such a disgrace. I think his campaign manager is about to be arrested and he wants to take the focus off of that. This is just disrespectable to our whole system.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Matthew

    He's probably got his campaign doing some quick polling to see which route will be more politically expedient.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. t

    Mccain is a bum,

    I am not stupid stop trying to pander me.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Obama Supporter from FL

    Campaign sources ACTUALLY said that Obama can "do both," as in go to Washington, do what is required on the bailout, and STILL debate.

    I like the idea of a president that can multitask, don't you?

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Ajay Jain TX, USA

    Posponing the debate or campaign will not bring order in Congress. Had McSAME had the leadership we would not be in this soup today!!

    John McCain can not delay and take the high road after promising to stay in IRAQ for another 100 years. Who will pay for the McSAME plans?

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Joe

    Let's hope that if McCain backs out they'll let Obama debate Nader or Bob Barr.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. win

    Let me get this straight. The Obama campaign called the McCain campaign at 08:30am suggesting a joint statement. McCain returned the call at 2:30pm. McCain seized the opportunity to grandstand before both campaigns had a chance to release a joint statement. There is something 'fishy' about the way McCain is running his campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    McCain knows he'll lose the debate, that's why he wants to suspend it!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Millions of Democrats are voting for McCain

    Oh, shall the newly annointed Messiah be so inclined as to arrive for the debate this Friday? Hmph.

    How is Obama going to keep the Obamabots from waking up from his hypnotic spells if he actually has to show up for work? He hasn't been there in 2 years, does he need a map to get there? Perhaps someone would be so 'inclined' as to escort the Messiah to his work place tomorrow?

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Me and the Girls

    We noticed that Mr. McCain wants to suspend everything except FUNDRAISING????

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Jason

    McCain/McSame/McBush McPack it McUp John McCain is a whiny loser.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Tom Rhetoric

    Suggestion: Change the subject of the debate to the economy and the location to Washington DC.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Michael, watching from Canada

    What can't both Presidential nominees agree to work together on the legislation for solving the financial crisis (as requested initially by Obama) and still campaign?

    Shouldn't a capable leader be able to handle more than thing at a time?

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. gerald

    please barack
    lets all calm down and do the right thing here .
    this could mess up are country for a long time hast is not an option do the right thing for the american people . how about this attach a rider that says all the ajustable rates out there are to be put in a 50 or 60 year loan so the people in the houses can stay and no more loans out side of fixed loans period and long one s so the people can buy home for god sakes thanks hope some one reads this
    jerry

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Jason

    Obama should not cave in to McCain on the debates. The American people deserve and eagerly waiting to see this debate now; not when McCain feels like it.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. i

    mccain suddenly now acknowleges the instabilty economy becauseamericans arent as simpleminded but where are these empty words and action of care 8months ago-there is nothing wrong in using change to promote your career if you have evidence of change in your career there is something wrong in using your military record as a shield from deserved scrutiny

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Dan

    Very good move Obama. Don't fall for desparate tricks from the other side.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Nidwaldner

    I disagree with McCain that the debate is less than important than the economic crisis. Indeed, it is more important than ever that the public get to hear the views of each candidate so we can make an informed choice about the next president that will be leading us through this mess.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Dave

    The sign of a true leader, Obama undersatands that the poeple want to hear what the two canidates have to say and what they would do. We already know what the Bush administartion and the for that matter the entire congress would do, who trusts them to make a good decision at this point, they haven't made one so far!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Kesha Brown

    Please don't suspend your campaign Obama. That will be the BIGGEST mistake that you can make. Bush will remain world president forever.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Tony

    Even with Mccain and Obama not around, there are still 98 senators and 435 representatives that are "hard at work" trying fix our economy, so run debate! This is just cheap cop out because Mccain is not ready to debate and the economy is his achilles heel!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Teddy California

    If they change the debate from foreign affairs to the economic issues, then the debate should continue. It does not make sense to debate on the foreign affairs right now.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Don

    Mr. Obama do not fall for the game. They have enough people there in Washington to include the current president and vice that need to handle their own mess. DO NOT STOP THE DEBATE

    NO McCAIN
    NO PALIN
    NO WAY

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. AMERICANS WANT THIS FIXED NOW!

    Kudos to Sen. McCain for truly putting America first.

    As a Democrat I am ASHAMED that our nominee would rather debate than fix this problem.

    Sen. Obama it's time to stop the political theater and roll up your sleeves and work with Sen. McCain and the rest of congress so that we can put this financial crisis to a stop.

    Your delay only makes you look like you care about yourself more than America.

    So who do you care about more....the POLLS....or America?

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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