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

Obama 'inclined' to debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Mindy

    Drama Drama Drama that's all McCain has. Again it is a distraction.
    If McCain can not multi-task then he is unable to be a president.
    If he must stop his campaign now then someone needs to find out why because if you haven't heard McCain's word does not mean a whole lot right now.
    Check your facts and get back to me later.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Open Your 3rd Eye


    TOO BAD.





    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. John

    I prefer actions over words. They can debate the economy until they run out of breath; nothing will be resolved. There will always be time to talk later, when an action plan is in place. Now is time to roll up your sleeves and get back to the job we pay you to do. What is Obama afraid of? Props to McCain for taking action!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Faith in Obama

    Way to go Obama! Do not backdown....We have faith in you are a leader.

    Old McDonald aka McCain is afraid !!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Debi

    This just tells you who Obama puts first! Himself! McCain once again put his country first! This is what we call Presidential and a True Patriot!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Sepideh Keyvanshad

    Unless they're willing to postpone the elections too, they should go ahead with the debate. It would be irresponsible to deny the public a debate to help them make a better informed decision. Given the number of independents and undecideds, it's very important to have a real sense of the candidates, vs. relying on the negative, but rather uninformative, ads that both have been throwing around.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Yvonne, CA

    Don't let McCain give you the okey dokey. They are snakes.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. R. Johnston

    Jack, I believe this really shows McCain is not ready to debate and since yesterdays revelation that Mr. Davis is receiving checks from the fannie mays for years, that this is McCains WAG THE DOG moment.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Texas

    McCain wants to show leadership, FACE Obama, FACE the people, FACE the questions, FACE the cameras. Dont be McRun. Fake leadership is not real leadership

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. ber6964

    Does anyone else smell a McChicken???

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Pat

    Obama should reschedule the debate and take care of the business of the people that elected him Senator. Put the people first, that's why he was elected. It appears to me that he has done nothing but run for President most of his tenure as Senator. I'm a registered Democrat but will probably vote for McCain; he seems to care more about the people of this great country than Obama does.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. David C

    The idea that a leader can't multitask is ridiculous, and so the debate should go on. McCain is trying to change the story of his ties to the Freddie Mac-lobbyists in his campaign connection, and Obama is falling into to a trap by not being able to confront McCain os so many issues. Clearly, the emergency in Washington is about a credit crunch for "main street" but really this about the Administration yanking the chain of the media by screaming bloody murder in regard to the financial mess. The day after someone will rise, and offer to cover the payrolls, but let the consumer addiction go into rehab while real reform is worked out!


    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Michelle

    What a dirty rotton political game McCain is playing.

    Why didn't he call the Obama campaign and discuss it...

    McCain went out to the media to look all united, .... I do not trust this man John McCain...I think he is pulling a terrible political trick and it is already backfiring on him. We the people have decided to vote for Obama!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Daniel

    You want to have a discussion about who's Presidential and who isn't? How about the guy who can walk and chew gum at the same time?

    McCain is stalling because he's getting killed on the economy and wants it to look like he's doing something. McCain is offering nothing new and the polls indicate that people are starting to realize it! The revolution has begun and cannot be stopped, not even for desperate politicians. This has been dominating the news for weeks and NOW it's time to do something about it? And it's a coincidence that the newest polls have Obama way ahead? No sir!

    Mr. McCain, the people want to hear what you have to say. Grandstanding isn't going to get you anything. This has been doming

    Hell, I wouldn't want to debate Obama either.

    Obama/Biden '08 & '12

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. karen-phoenix

    You go Obama!!!! America is waiting for this debate!!! McCain is copping out!! McCain has been in charge of deregulation of ALL of the rules that were put in place after the 1929 crash!!! McCain is sooo responsible for this mess!!! I want to see the debate!!! Short of death they should NOT be postponed!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Your darn right! The debates should go on as scheduled! Just more hiding from John McCain! Did you cancel debates in 1932 because we were in the worst depression in our history? Nope! We have to move forward people....let the Bush administartaion figure it just might give him something to do instead of all those vacations he takes down here in Crawford constantly!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Rox

    Of course McCain does not want to debate. He knows that 90% of the questions will now be about the economy, his economic plans (does he even have one?), is propensity for deregulation, and the topper–the Keating 5.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. newsnut

    That yellow belly liver, McCain. Telling our great statesman, what to do. If anyone calls the shots, it will be at the desgression of the one who holds the most poll Votes by CNN. B.H.Obama doesn't operate on old man McCains steam. He got his own Rhythm and Jive. Sometimes, two bumps that way, sometimes three Bumps this a way. Thats like asking him to put on some Penny Loafers when he always wears Stacy or florshien.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Tonia

    Now, John McCain wants to put on his Superman suit and save the day. He has had years on the job to prevent the current crisis-why today? This move to cancel the debates is like a school age child who is not prepared to take the test. He is pulling the fire alarm at school to delay the test. Shame on him!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Cynthia St. Louis

    More than ever, with the current economic crisis and the global repurcussions that are and will continue to be part of it, the debate this week is CRUCIAL as part of the decision making the American voters need to exercise November 4th-


    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. sabrina01

    President has to be able to handle more than one tactic......this is the President if you can't handle more than one are not Ready!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. stephanie

    that's the right thing! McCain is down int he polls, hasnt voted int he senate since april, and thinks the economy is fundamentally strong..and now...NOW he wants to pretend his the maverick? This is political theatre and power playing..especially since OBAMA CALLED MCCAIN FIRST THIS MORNING TO ASK FOR A JOINT STAATEMENT ABOUT THE CRISIS>> now mcain plays one up on you..well he aint foolin anybody

    Ol Miss says the debate will go on..and Obama could lay out his ideas an dpositions that millions are entitled to see..perhaps McCain is not prepared to defend his sdisatrous policies

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. leapfrog

    Talk about wag the dog...McCain knows he's going to have his butt whipped because he's one of the worst public speakers out there, and he's got a temper that gets him in trouble. Of COURSE he wants to avoid debates. But I think Obama can do both – campaign AND take care of the economy. He need only be present to vote. McCain's old fashioned and can't conceive of anyone being able to communicate their ideas, thoughts, impressions without being present. Heck, ever heard of a phone, let alone email? And you're supposed to have invented the blackberry and all.

    Go Obama. Keep campaigning, and let McCain have his pointless grandstand. It's not going to swing anyone's vote.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. George

    I think Obama should defer to McCain's request to delay the Presidential debate, but only if the Vice Presidential candidates take their place in the Friday debate slot. McCain would surely welcome this opportunity to express his confidence in Palin and her readiness to carry on when he is unavailable, or unable.

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Uncle

    What blatant grandstanding on the McCain front! Sure, the candidate with a self-admitted lack of understanding of the economy is going to 'maverick up' the bailout and save the day!

    When in reality ... his party created the financial mess in the first place and McCain, cowering from recent polls, is looking for any way to spin the situation in his favor.

    Hope this blows up in his face!

    September 24, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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