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. Enough

    Obama..please do not fall for the trick.......deflect, detract, digress. Go to the debate and share your views on all topics. PLEASE! McCain is scared and all of a sudden the economy is an issue. This is BS.

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

    Do not suspend the debate!!!!

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

    PLEASE debate!

    Do not step down!

    So because we're in a "historic" crisis we have to put the country on hold? To solve what?

    McCain what are you going to solve by prostponing the debate?

    We have to get on with this election / campaign!

    Debate!!

    at this rate: Obama 08!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. indepentent08

    way to go obama. do not let him for the hook!!! stick it to him and let us with this election

    I am a indepentent voter that will vote for obama/biden. the bush admin really screw this country over with onlt 8-years. I voted for g.w.bush and I am sorry I did.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. gbrown2

    THE DEBATE SHOULD GO AS PLANNED!!!! THAT COWARD IS RUNNING SCARED ABOUT NOW!!!! THEY BOTH HAVE PRIVATE JETS TO GET TO DC!!! VOTE AND THEN LEAVE!!!! THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ELSE!!! LET THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION THAT PUT US IN THIS MESS!!!!! CARRY ON!!!!! MCCAIN IS SHOWING THAT HE'S NOT PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL !!! IF HE CAN'T HANDLE THIS WHAT WILL HE SAY WHILE IN THE PRESIDENTS OFFICE!!!! HE'S JUST PATHETIC!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. D McCrite Atlanta, GA

    Perhaps McCain should send Palin while he tends to the Economy and does the job he was elected to do. Obama could vote"present" and be done with it. Palin and Obama can both operate a "blackberry" so it should be an even debate.

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

    It's not like Congress is going to work deep into the night. There's no reason the two of them can't sit down for 90 minutes in Mississippi after spending the day working in D.C.

    Work to solve the crisis and debate everything that evening.

    When the phone call comes at 3AM, you can't just call a time-out. McCain is going to have to learn how to do two things at once if he thinks he can be President.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. NoMcSame, Ohio

    Good! It should take place. McSame can't multitask?

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Mike in ATL

    Mccain is a joke. He will have no impact on what is going on in DC. He quickly came out with a statement when it was the Obama camp that called him at 8.30 this morning to quietly release a joint statement about the economic situation and not make a statement like he did.
    Now he wants to suspend the debate, come on McCain are you scared, this is the time the people need to hear from both of you on how you will control this during your stay at the white house.

    You were in DC last in April and Obama in July, whay do you think you will be able to do there other than create another politcal photo-op.

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

    um. I doubt that he is scared of debated Obama. I am sure he has many years of debating.

    What is wrong with you haters? Don't you want to see your leaders in action trying to "solve" a problem for a change instand of creating them? Maybe you it you Obamabots who are afraid because Obama didn't acting first because he is too interested in winning an election that to show up to his current job.

    September 24, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Jesse from Berlin

    That´s the way it should be.... this is the problem for the sitting president and not the candidates....
    This is something the whole country and the world been waiting for...He´s just trying to score some points....

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

    Obama is making the right decision!!

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

    Why does this old man mcsane always try to tell Obama what to do and where he should go. I think it's time Obama tell this old geeser where to go, LOL. Obama make your own decision to debate or not, don't listen to this lying old man.

    Obama/Biden

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. sueb

    Senator Obama is once again showing calm, level-headed leadership while McCain plays political game with our lives!

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Cindy from NC

    GOOD FOR HIM... THEY NEED TO KEEP TO THE SCHEDULE AND DEBATE.
    McCain is scared and that is the only reason he want's to postpone.

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I think Gramps McCain is using the bailout as an excuse to get out of the debate. He knows that in an environment under which he has limited control, he'll come out looking bad.

    He owes it to the American people to go on with the debate as scheduled. Aftrer all, he hasn't been bothered by his chronic absenteeism since the campaign started....

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. just me

    go barack, go

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

    You go Senator Obama. Debate is at night time. What can you change with the economy by cancelling the debate. BUT you sure can change the voters minds. Don't let McSame put you to shame.

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Thomas W. Whitney

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

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Rache from Bowie

    The debate should go on. It is apparent from news conferences that MCKeating knows nothing at all about the crisis or how to remedy the situation. He will try to use delaying the debate tactically to better his debate prospect.

    McBush is not working on the giveaway program anyway so I expect to see him on Friday defending the indefensible, attacking Obama and offering no real solution to the myriad Bush induced crises we now face.

    One other point–Congress and all of the so called oversight committees are absolutely worthless. Everyone is asleep at the wheel.

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

    There you GO OBAMA!
    Not bending yourself for the trick played by your opponent just because his ratings were down with obvious fact that he knows little about economy and with the company he lingers with he proves to the America that he will NEVER get it !

    Face off your opponent in the midst of crisis and talk in public rather than hiding behind the CEO's and special interest groups behind the closed door.

    Hope McCAIN accepts the challenge and accept the defeat.

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

    Here goes McCain's tricks again!!!! The economy has been bad for weeks but he is going to throw a hissy fit and try to seem like debating is not appropriate.It's US the american people who need to hear the fact on Friday..Stop wimping out!!!!! Vote Obama 08!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. cheryl (RETIRED VETS FOR OBAMA)

    Senator Obama, please do not fall for this OKIE DOKE by McStain, it is just another stupid game, we are fed up with him and Palins stupid tactics.

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Future Ex

    And I suppose this is McCain's contingency plan? 'If they don’t do what I want… I’ll hold my breath'. He is such a pretentious numb-skull.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. franica Perry

    I think we should go on with the debate we have waited to long to see what they are thinking. Also, I would like to hear more from more the African American reporters. I would like to see Michael Baisden or other radio host on the talk shows. I would like to hear the minority views!!!

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