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. sal

    Way to Go Obama!

    McCain did not suspend for main street when loosing homes

    over a million and counting in foreclosure this year

    Biden done a good job today, took McCain to task on Global issues.

    Victory is comming into manifestation, powered by the people.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Ty

    Way to go Barack! Don't for McSame's mess!

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. SS

    Good for Obama. Way to stay focused. He can add GREAT multi-tasker to his public resume. With less than 6 weeks away the last thing anyone wants to see is a hold on getting to know the Candidates....

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Rebecca

    Let him debate himself...he'll have two different answers!

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Nando, Florida

    OBAMA knows MCCAIN is FULL OF IT AND IS A COWARD PLUS what the heck is someone who said many times he knows nothing about the economy . WHAT A BUNCH OF BS !!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. john

    backing out already huh mcsane

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Barb

    I do not trust John McCain. Too many lies. His staffers are getting money as lobbyists/consultants for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Phil Gramm, his top economic advisor, developed the legislation that caused this financial crisis. Now he wants to postpone the debate. I think he is not up to the task of debating!

    I also think he is grandstanding, using this crisis. I hate it when these people give us these deadlines and hold a gun to our heads saying do this or else. They did it to Congress with the Patriot Act , and again to Congress for the War in Iraq. I think we have a serious crisis. I am also not unaware of the fact that Paulson, this same Treasury Secretary who now says the situation is dire, was saying the exact opposite back in April. He said on Meet the Press that our banks had never been stronger and the economy was healthy and just fine. I do not believe for one second that he was telling the truth when he said that, since every indicator back then was predicting a crisis. And I do not believe him now.

    Especially when Goldman Sachs, where he came from, is going to reap HUGE benefits from his "rescue plan." I also do not like him insisting he be given absolute power with a provision that no court of law has oversight! This is way too much power and things are moving way too fast. I know we have to do something fast, but we need to also really be very careful.

    We need at least 7-ten days to really suss this out and look at ALL the other options. These people are lying. John McCain is part of it. I say lets have a real debate. Obama will hold him accountable for this crisis. Obama probaby knows something about this that McCain doesn't want out there. McCain is dirty in this. And don't forget. McCain was a key member of the Keating Five in the Savings & Loan scandal of the 1980's.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Anne-Marie Reynolds

    PLEASE DON'T SUCCUMB TO PRESSURE FROM MCCAIN! AMERICANS WANT THE DEBATE TO GO ON AS SCHEDULED.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. The economy is crucial

    The economy is crucial but a couple of hours won't make any difference for a debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. diana

    This is a mess and John McCain is playing games with the American people. If Obama has to show up at the debates by himself then that's what he should do. This a shame and the world should call them on it.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. jak

    Yes!!!!!!!

    Obama shows leadership by reaching out to McCain FIRST to issue a joint, bipartisan statement. Papaw McCain agrees, but then took it and ran with it - "this is my chance to delay this debate I'm going to lose anyway".

    I'm inclined for McCain to debate also. If this was such a big deal, why didn't you head to Washington a week ago, when this all started?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Nevada Mom

    Is McCain serious?????????
    A time out on the campaign??????

    How about McCain shows some real leadership and actually stand before the American people in this time and open up about his views on getting out of this situation?

    This is garbage! McCain is sinking in the polls, the hot topic of the day is over his head, he's got bad press like crazy on Palin...
    yes, I guess I can see why McCain would prefer to ride this period out outside the bounds of the spotlight.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Umaru

    McCain is afraid of debating Obama, so now is trying to pretend he cares about the country. It is all a big political ploy to fool the American people.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Democrats 4 McCain

    Obama has to be freaking out. We watched Hillary cream him in each and every debate.

    Now, his campaign is putting Obama-first instead of Country First.

    McCain is a true patriot who loves his country.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Darryl

    Senator John McCain, is trying to stall next he will say he want to put off the election Vote because of the Oil shortage..

    This man need do what is on the schedule and Debate!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    The entire idea of suspending the campaign is ridiculous. This is too important an issue to deal with behind closed doors in Washington. The American people MUST be involved. There is too much at stake to do this any other way.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Roger Schlaifer

    On Bill and Hillary:

    They need to be called for what they are–power-hungry traitors who are transparently trying to undermine Obama. Chris Rock got it right:
    "Hillary LOST the nomination...Bill's nonsensical endorcement of McCain as "Qualified is nothing short of perfidious.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. KATE

    WHERE HAS McCAIN BEEN UNDER A ROCK....THE ECONOMY CRISIS DIDN'T JUST HAPPEN TODAY. MAYBE HIS ADVISORS JUST CAME BACK TO THE COUNTRY FROM SOME PARADISE ISLAND BECAUSE McCAIN HAS STATED ALL ALONG THE ECONOMY IS GOOD. I THINK HE IS AFRAID TO DEBATE.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. EAM

    I GUESS NOW WE KNOW WHO DOESN'T GET IT. HIS POLITICAL FUTURE FIRST THEN AMERICA. OBAMA-- NOT ONLY A BABY KILLER--– BUT ALSO DOES NOT GET THET COUNTRY COMES FIRST THEN YOUR POLITICAL CAREER

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Politicsasusual

    Why not, he (Obama) knows what caused this crisis and he wants to benefit from it not fix it. Obama is not fit to be "Commander in Chief"!

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Kathleen from Ohio

    While the economic crisis is urgent I also think the debate needs to go forth as planned.

    I'm not sure if this a political ploy by McCain to gain him favor with the voters or if he sincerely thinks his presence is crucial in D.C.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. ednadavid

    The debates have to go on – if they do not – this situation will be unprecedented and will drive the morale of the American people even lower – we cannot let this crisis bring our country to a halt. Then all the values and processes that we hold dear in this country can be subect to change and interpretation based on how we define a "national crisis".

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Smith

    Why does McCain need to postpone his campaign? When you're the president of the US, you don't get to postpone everything so you can focus on one crisis…you need to be able to handle multiple issues. If he wants to go hang around Washington to be involved, that's fine, but if he feels the need to postpone his entire campaign, I'm not sure he has what it takes to sit in the White House. Unless this is all just political posturing, in which case he doesn't deserve to sit anyway. Either way, they should continue with the debate...that's Friday night, and shouldn't interfere with the crisis...maybe change the venue if he wants to be in Washington.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    No need to delay the debates .Or to supend campaiging, McCain needs to learn how to multi task .Whoever the president will be will most certianly have to do so.

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. No time for Games

    This is not tiem for "Political Games"! I want to hear what they have to say!
    I think we (the little guys) lose no matter which way they vote...We pay regardless!!!
    Why not take the "Millions" the Ceo's all seem to get and use that to "Bail them out!"
    I'm tired of paying for the Governments mistakes!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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