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. Paul Sullivan

    Obama will not cancel the debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Vets Daughter

    SEE JOHN RUN. RUN JOHN RUN.

    Dont fall for it Obama.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    McCain is just looking to grandstand. This mess in not about him.

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

    I agree that the debates should go on as scheduled. This economic crisis is something that needs to be discussed with America to help understand the candidates viewpoints and exactly how they intend to resolve it. Between now and Friday there is plenty of time to crunch numbers and provide a solution that will calm the nerves of both Wall Street and Main Street. It appears that McCain will somehow try and use his slogan "Country First" to somehow make Obama look like he doesn't care or is more interested in the election. Don't kid yourself people... both of them are in it to win it. I have to believe that McCain has other motives behind this move because it was less then two weeks ago when he said our economy was strong and now he says it's a historic crisis. He speaks out of both sides of his mouth which is fitting since Palin doesn't speak at all.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. WOW

    LEADERS LEAD

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. CarolO MI

    We still have other issues that need addressing altho it seems they have all gotten thrown to the wind with this mess on Wall Street. This country should be ashamed at having leadership that put us in the mess.

    Obama/Biden

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Nathan

    Where was McCain's camp last week when this became a major problem? Why is this suddenly more important to them?

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Martha

    First: Gov. Palin cannot speak to reporters, Second: Sen. McCain scared to debate. Sheesh! What next??????

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. m

    Oh, stop the show! The debates must take place!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Rara

    I agree Obama and McSame should debate on Friday...nothing has happened since yesterday to change anything. Americans will continue to do what we do. Do you think we're going to suspend the Election because McPander is suspending his campaign? We have a President to elect. Do your jobs? Let Congress hash this thing out, go vote on Friday and then do the presidential debate. I see McSame/Palin as pulling another "political" stunt. Pluhhhhh....eease.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Renee Las Vegas

    Hows this McCain...
    You go to Washington, Obama will meet you there, and you two can attend the financial negotiations,and Then... you can take two hours off and have the Debate in Washington. Bet that will fix you!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Rob in DC

    While I can appreciate the gesture, McCain would be willing to do anything to not have to debate Obama. He knows he cannot win.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. 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 |
  14. BJ

    Obama obviously had prepared vigorously for this debate, and he doesn't want to waste the opportunity.

    But if McCain won't be there, who will Obama debate? (lol)

    McCain is right to suspend his campaign. This crisis is too important, and if not addressed, there won't be much left of a country to govern. Country first!

    We should elect Hillary as president!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Eight Is Truly Enough

    Sounds good to me. Debate away!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. sandra wallace

    The campaigns should debate and continue to campaign. Sens Obama and McCain need to be able to multitask. As President one of them will have to handle multiple crisis events at once – they can't place one on hold.

    Sen MCCain is being dishonorable using the crisis the country faces for political posturing. His poll numbers are slipping and he wants to opt out of the campaign. Disgraceful – Sen Obama needs to take him to task.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Franco

    WOW!
    Further evidence that Senator Obama is more interested in talking rather than fixing things...Wasn't it Paul Begala yesterday advising that Senator Obama and McCain would be best advised to return to Washington?

    Talk is cheap Senator Obama

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. judy

    The debates should go on..........McCain would avoid them altogether if he could!

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Marie

    Sounds like our "maverick" is afraid to debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. ray

    I think the debate should go on. I also think that McCain is using this crisis to display leadership skills, like Palin did with world leaders. I hope neither is the case because not all Americans are that gullible.

    Everyone, please don't fall into this obvious trap! Think for yourselves people. Don't be the hamster in the wheel running and getting nowhere.

    If you do then, this country will get exactly what it deserves.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. R.I.F.

    And 100 million of us will be inclined to watch. McShame is only doing this because his poll numbers are sinking like a ship.

    September 24, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Denise

    yessssss.....McCain is helping is friend Bush, he knows he will loose the debate, what a good excuse to bail out of the debate.

    Obama should not help the bailout of Bush's bailout.

    Don't let yourself influence by the G.O.P.

    Denise
    Montreal

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

    I wonder if McCain's next suggestion will be to postpone the election until the financial crisis is sorted out...

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Bob, Hamilton

    McCain is displaying political Gimmick. There is no reason whatsoever to postpone this debate. He and his campaign is simply trying to score political goal as simply as that. American people are not STUPID.

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. PNK

    Good! He should stick to these guns and call for the debate to occur. A good candidate/President should be able to focus on both of these. Why not debate Friday, it does not help the economic situation to not debate. We need to see these men in action – DO NOT CANCEL, BARACK!!

    September 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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