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. Tony

    Since when does one candidate dictate when the debates will be held? Next thing you know is he will want it to be held on Palin's back porch so he can have Russia as a backdrop.

    McCain is delusional. Wasn't even a good try as anyone able to think for themselves could see right through this stunt.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Anything to get elected

    Country last. Getting elected and imposing socialism first.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Politics First McCain

    The way I see it: Sen.Obama called Sen.McCain first and wanted to really put country first and issue a joint statement. What did Sen.McCain do? He put himself first and issued his own statement and muddied the water. Who do you think will work better with other leaders? How would you like to work with someone like Sen.McCain? You know you do the legwork and the guy shows up for the credit.

    Enough of this nonsense. The debate should proceed. If McCain did put country first, he would have done it discreetly like Sen.Obama, not flashily trying to gain political points. This is not leadership. This is gimmick just like Palin pick was. Now, more than ever, I don't want these knee jerk reactions from my President. I do not have the luxury to suspend activities as a working mom. Neither should McCain.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Eric

    Good for Obama. It was a smart move by McCain's people to try and put Obama on the defensive but Americans are too smart to believe that it's anything more than a campaign gimmick. The McCain camp is feeling this thing slipping away and is grasping at straws for an angle that might give them a leg up.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. McCain can care less about women

    YES! Y:ES! YES! The Republicans (especially) Lindsay Graham are using scare tactics to put American's in fear of what will happen. Hell, it's already happening. There is nothing that can be done that will bring this economic situation to a screeching halt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. WI Cheesehead

    Five ways on how to avoid a debate you didn’t prepare for:
    1. Tell the public that the dog ate your homework.
    2. Threaten not to show up if a bailout is not reached by Friday morning.
    3. Arm twisting Congress to get an agreement if they want to see a debate by Friday.
    4. Hang out in NYC for photo op with foreign dignitaries.
    5. If all else fails have a hissy-fit on the day of the debate claim the economic crisis is destructing you as if you didn’t see it coming 5 years ago.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. PK

    THis is just another trick up McCain's sleeve. He's trying to avoid the debates because he knows he'll be blown out of the waters!

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. sid

    the debate should go on. we are too close to election day for this to be delayed. this is a ploy by the republicans to try and get out of a debate they were going to loose. if the issue of the economy is so important to them then why not change the venue from foregin policy to the economy?? it's not as it if McCain is some economic expet to where he is going to be needed to try and fix this situation anyways. they are trying to use this bail out propsal to their advantage because they are clearly unprepared for a debate. man up McCain!

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. mccain=bush

    mccain is afraid to debate Obama so he will use any excuse to get out of it. mccain knows he can't win so he wants to run and hide.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Grey K Fairfax VA

    Run and hide, John. What's going to happen if you are elected, God forbid, and you have to deal with multiple problems on the same day? Like what happens every single day to the leader of the free world, and thanks for admitting you are incapable of doing the job.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    If John McCain can't handle two things (the economic bill and the debate) at once, how can he handle the pressures of the presidency?

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Tony

    McCain doesn't want any part of O in a debate shootout. He knows he will be shredded to pieces.

    Obama should go and answer questions in Miss. whether McCain shows up or not. The show must go on and the American people want to hear the candidates' answers.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Chris

    Obama is going to beat McCain at his own game. Twice.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Susan, TX

    Go on with the debates! I do not want this be put off because McCain knows the foreign policy debate will end up being about the economy. After all the negative press that McCain is getting as well as the latest polls this is making him all too nervous. What is he going to do in Washington? He'll be speaking to other senators and it's not like there isn't any cell phones? He can still communicate by cell phone with the rest of the crew. Rick Davis matter doesn't help either,which Davis was receiving $15,000 per month up until last month.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. kosa

    Obama should debate Palin then...Isn't it what she's in the ticket for?

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Sean

    Why cant the oil companies bail out AIG?
    The American oil Companies have the Billions to Bail out the bad companies...Why does the Government have to do it?

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. It's all about me...

    Obama can just vote "Not Present" on any bailout legislation like he has done in the past. This will achieve 2 objectives:

    1) Keep his record ambiguous and non-existent.
    2) By failing to take a position it gives him an out in case the bailout goes south.

    Very admirable of him.

    September 24, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. VAP

    The debate must go on. Please, John McCain, you don't deserve to get a time out because you are dropping like a rock in the polls. You don't get a chance to ride the crisis bandwagon now, just nine days after you said, "the economy is fundamentally sound".

    My household has been in crisis for more than two years. McCain, you are just a rich out of touch partisan politician on the wrong side of history trying to appear as though you are in control, but we know better.

    John McCain you are George Bush III trying to scare us who have already been in crisis. The average American is and has been in crisis. Nothing has change except your desperation. Period!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. James F., New Orleans, LA

    The debate should go on as scheduled. McCain needs to learn how to multitask. He can fly down to Mississippi Friday evening and return to DC Saturday morning if necessary which I am sure Obama will also be willing to do.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. buba, cincinnati oh

    It makes sense to have the debate since it is about foreign policy.
    One would wonder if this campaign suspension has anything to do with McCain's political fortune according to the polls.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. bernice

    The crisis is not only with our economy it's with McCain's campaign -

    Have the debate and talk about the ECONOMY instead!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |

    It's more important than ever to hear these two debate each other. We need to know where they stand and if McCain feels unprepared, there's your answer. Stick to your guns Obama.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Eric T.

    McCain and Obama are not the President. McCain is playing politics. They have agreed to joint statement. What is McCain's position? He is just trying to duck the debate. Wonder if he was leading in the polls and surging if he would call of the debate (definitely no and he would call Obama a coward if he pulled this stunt if Obama was losing).

    Americans get real.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Rod G

    Why would a 2-hour debate be a problem for McCain???

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Sarah P

    CNN Post :

    Well, I see that McCain was trying to pull a fast one and avoid a debat on how "National Security" has gotten us in this Economic Crisis…..him and his advisors can't hold a candle when it comes to Obama and his intellect!

    Nice Try McSame….I must give you that, nice try. Now Obama is about to whoop you on this issue!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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