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. Eddie G

    The candidates can do nothing on Friday to stop the insanity in the economic market. They can have impact when in office, and we need to make the right choice. The debate absolutely should be held as scheduled. McCain is attempting to back out because he has run such a miserable campaign, made a horrible pick for a VP runningmate and doesn't want to look stupid on Friday.

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

    YES! Good, Obama! Don't fall under McShame's pathetic, obvious traps! He's afraid and he knows that he's falling behind and this debate will fuel your momentum!

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Debate!

    Please Debate. The country needs to see why Obama should be the President!

    September 24, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. BRIDGE & ROAD TO NO WHERE

    thank you, thank you, thank you.

    don't let that loser tell you what to do nor dictate the direction you take your campaign.

    heidi 08'

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Valerie from Middletown Connecticut

    Good for you Barack !

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    McCain needs to debate himself first anyway. Is he for the Bush tax cuts or against them? For off-shore drilling or against it? For ethics reform or against it? For deregulation or against it?

    For straight talk or against it?

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Joel Miller

    Let the debate begin. This election is part and parcel of cleaning up the financial mess the country and the world is in.

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. I Smell a McRAT

    That's right BO...do let McRat run nothng. He is trying to study up on all issues...BIDEN slammed him goo today!!

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

    So a few hours at the debate is gonna hamper McCain's attempt to "help" out with this crisis? Who are they fooling? It's called multi-tasking you imbecile!

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

    Sorry McCain. With only 6 weeks left there's no where to hide.

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

    Let's see how he can adapt now.....
    They better get some debates in...while there's still a country.
    See you on the bread line.......

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

    Right! McCain wanted to pull another fast one on the American people, a gimmick that like he picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate. His campaign is going nowhere. After all, the Wall Street problem is not merely a crisis from random occurrence, but a systemic breakdown of government oversight. It is more than ever that it needs to hear what the candidates will say about how they will do if elected. A presidential debate cannot be delayed. Bring all the issues and solutions out in the debate, so that everyone can hear them and be able to make informed decision in November. I don’t think it is time to make deals in the backroom of the Congress.

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

    Yes...I agree with the go ahead with the debate! the voters deserve to hear what these 2 men ...who are running for president have to say!...they don't have to discuss foreign policy...let them discuss the economy! But for goodness sake...the debate goes on!

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

    McCain is running scared.

    WE WANT A DEBATE!

    WE WANT A DEBATE!

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Waiting to Exhale

    Thank you, Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Shawn - GA

    Now he is INCLINED.... this is the guy who hid all summer from the many requests McCain made for them to debate. What an EGO on this man.

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    I'm inclined to agree... The show must go on ! I think McAged should be exposed for the fraud that he is BEFORE the election.

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    The debate must go on! McCain is running scared!

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Sandy Fahrnbruch

    The debate should not be postponed. We need to see how these 2 candidates behave and think under pressure. A president must be able to deal with more than one crisis at a time.

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Abby from Florida

    Dont let Mccain change the rules in mid-game!! He is scared of all of the new poll numbers and wants to do anything he can to change the debate and slow the bleeding!

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. R. Cooper

    McCain doesn't call the shots! The Debate is on! Alternatively, send Sarah to debate Obama!!! After all, doesn't the GOP believe she is more qualified for commander in chief than Obama!

    September 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Debate should be held. There is still a President in the White house and other party leaders who can handle this.
    Stop running away from Issues McShame.

    September 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Mike from Calgary

    PALIN IS SEQUESTERED.

    NOW McCAIN IS SEQUESTERED.

    WAS IT INFLUENCE PEDDLING ALLEGATIONS YESTERDAY OR BIDEN'S SPEECH THAT SENT McCAIN UNDER HIS BLANKET! i'D LIKE TO HEAR ANSWERS FROM McCAIN.

    McCain remeinds me more and more of Peter Sellers as "Chauncey Gardener" in the old movie.

    September 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Frank,MO

    I HOPE HE STICKS TO IT !

    JOINED STATEMENT, DEBATE AND THEN THEY CAN MEET WITH CONGRESS ON SATURDAY MORNING 6 am !

    September 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. McSLICK

    yes sir we will not back down from the losers and hipocrites.

    September 24, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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