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. McCain No Real Leader

    McCain is no real leader. He forgot to mention that Senator Obama call him first with the idea to suspend the campaigns. The two parties worked out the details and a joint announcement was suppose to be made. Instead being the snake that Mccain is he made the annoucement to the press solo as if it was his own, never mentioning he stole it from Obama. That is no TRUE REAL LEADER. He has no intrigity. Check your facts.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. williefloyd

    You go Barack-he's just a chicken-knows he doesn't stand a snow balls' chance in Haiti in the debate.


    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    Yes, Debate the sucker, Obama! Go for it. You will win with
    this nitwit trying to cancel the debate because he has become
    Senator Reid, is not happy about McCain throwing a wrench
    into their progress on this important subject. Did Bush give
    the AOK to have McCain come in and "slow down" this issue.
    Sen. Reid said that HE DOES not want this important issue
    (financial crises of all times) to become a POLITICALLY motivated
    fiasco. That just shows you how dumb and scared McCain is
    to debate Obama Friday Night. Poor judgement to interfere with
    the SESSION. Now, McCain would not be coming to Washington
    to "interfere" with Congress if he did not have dubba's OK.

    Loved what Cafferty's summation on this was. I was laughing
    for a change. Cafferty is a genious. He said McCain has not been
    to Congress since APRIL and now he wants to come with Obama
    and cancel the PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. CP-Texas

    Obama is ready and should go on with the debate. McCaine is not, tough.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. me

    McCain is delaying debate to gain some grounds .

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. John Rico

    Another McCain political stunt? The Straight Talk Express has gone so far off the road now banjo's can be heard. But if John McCain is saying he can't handle a crisis and a debate at the same time then perhaps he does need the time out.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. curt

    Of course the Debate should go on, this is where we find out who can cut the mustard, apparently Mccain can't

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. C. Ramos

    The debates must go on! America needs to see the two candidates together debating the issues – ESSPECIALLY in these turbulant times.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. America think for you

    $700 billion to bail out wall street how about main street? America do you realize that that $700 billion that you will spend will be use to bail out Chinese banks and other foreign banks bad business and then they will sell these business back to us American. We should not let this to happen because the same mess will come back again in wall street. Wall Street greed, big CEO Payout need to have control over them. This $700 billion just show you that the republicans do not care. Congress please do not let George Bush rush you and us American into this mess. Bush has four months in power and he does not care of whatever mess that $700 billion will make.
    Is that package has a plan to bail out main street as well? The economy cannot run good without main street confidence. If main street do not have money that $700 billions is a waste.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. jason, tx

    You go Obama. Don't let the old cad run away! There is no reason both of you can't campaign, get updates, and then fly in to vote when it comes time. It shows that he can't multi-task and it shows that he stole your idea of a joint statement. He's a J-E-R-K!

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Vincent, Great Lakes IL

    Obama, just show McCain what multi-tasking is all about.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Rich

    They should. I don't really know what McCain can accomplish. He's not the President yet. Let the elected administration deal with this issue like they should.

    McCain is a campaign to nowhere.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Amazed

    I suppose that's one way to weasel out of debating against Obama(taller,smarter,better looking). What a scam.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Sean

    If this were the other way round, John McCain would call Obama a coward. Let's have them debate, ready or not McCain. Don't use this moment for political gain. The President should be able to make 20 impossible choices in a day. If one little debate is going to distract McCain from keeping America safe, what about the rigors of being president. It's about time McCain suspended his disingenuous campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Carmichael Beljackson

    Great Move OBAMA, don,t buy into this sanctimonious krap from mccrazy.he is afraid.You guys can go back to washington after your
    first debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. 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.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Libs be dopes

    He should go back to doing what is is paid to as a senator.

    This way he can add another day to his 147 days of experience.

    I wonder if he knows where his seat is?

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. ella

    These are my private thoughts and have nothing to do with my place of employment.

    Good for Obama. McCain couldn't help with a financial crisis if his life depended on it and he certainly can't effectively spar with Obama. You go Obama.

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Bruce

    Obama can do more than one thing at a time...apparently Mccain just want to pander and make people thing he is doing something. make up your mind McCain...suspend and postpone , or not. Do not take this attitude that I will debate if the bailout is done...geeez....he cannot make a decsion and stick to it.
    Guess he thought the suspension thing was good, until people said no we want you to debate so had to back peddle again....

    September 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Has McCain lost his mind? Even if he felt the country would benefit by having his mighty intellect and vast experience interjected into the discussions on an appropriate "bail out" bill, can't he just cancel a campaign trip or two and go back to DC? Why the grandiose "We are suspending our campaign" talk? Why must ads be pulled? Is it all a campaign stunt, or does he truly believe the country can't walk and chew gum at the same time?

    It makes me worry that if McCain were president, he'd be more likely to try to suspend our Constitutional government than let it work through a difficult situation. He'd be more likely to rage into war than work toward peace. He'd be more likely to suspend civil liberties and elections than force the government to address multiple issues at once.

    He'd be more likely to fly off the handle in dangerous, unpredictable ways.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Sean

    Don't fall for it Obama!!!! This is another tactic by McCain because he's down in the polls. Last I checked there was a president in office named Bush so it his problem. The quicker we get him out the quicker we can get this crisis over with. Go Obama/Biden

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Donnamarie

    The debate should go on. A leader has to be able to handle more than one thing at a time. If both candidates need to be in Washington to work on the bailout–fine. Then move the debate to Washington.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Suspend the debate

    McCain wants to suspend the debate but he will still do fundraisers, huh? So if the economy is that big of an issue for McCain why not suspend the fundraisers? Typical just buying time.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Carole

    McCain is such a CHICKEN and WIMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Vera /AB. Canada

    Obama do not let him cancell the debate , he thinks he can take over as he is not ready also if the debate is cancelled does that mean the VP will be cancelled fo a week? Do not trust him Obama. VP she is also not ready and neather is McSame.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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