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. Republicans Hate Ameirca

    McCain is on the run show up by yourself if you have to Obama do not let this weasel dictate the terms

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. A Boston

    McCain to 'suspend campaign,' calls for first debate to be delayed.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Sarah Anderson

    Why delay at this point, let's takl about what is really going on in this country and please lets not talk about war records of past or who decided to give birth and raise a child. I want to hear about my taxes, keeping my home, jobs, educating my kids, my 401K. I want to know why we are even entertaining the idea of paying off thoses CEO's who have ran Wall Street into the ground with their greed. Please speak to me about where our soldiers will be in another year and what will be waiting for them when they come home. Please Mr. McCain and Miss palin tell me how you all will get this country and other countries to follow your leads when you can not even make you ideas and laws work within your own homes. How can you understand the lives of the working people if you think that most working people earn no less than 5 million(surely you were joking). And I am not surprise that the major loss of homes for Americans does not make you sleepless at night as you have too many to count, but most of us only have one and we are fighting to hold on to it. Show up at the debate on friday if only to show those who are for whatever the reason holding on to the hope that you are in it to win it. Mr. McCain you and Mrs. Palin are so much the PAST what America needs is a future.

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

    Obama better be careful, the republican regime isn’t going to hand over the reigns of the country quite so easily... Those guys and gals will do and say anything to gain an advantage.....

    Don’t get duped....

    That’s what Hillary meant went she said Obama wasn’t prepared... He wasn’t prepared for the repub's war machine.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Somewhere in Florida


    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. CP-Texas

    McCaine can't do two things at once and is too fragile to handle the demands of any of this.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Stella, New York, NY


    "Veterans for Obama"

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. angie - F young democrat dallas -28


    GREAT !!! I think this is a lame ploy for McCain to improve his economic failures. Too bad he DIDN’T VOTE OR CARE ENOUGH to prevent all the problems. Just like Bush…. Wait for the devastation and THEN do something post trauma.

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

    Since neither of these two candidates are members of any of the committees trying to hammer out the details of the bailout plan, why would their presence be necessary at this time. McCain wouldn't say if he would even support a plan, now he wants to forgo the debate on Friday to show how much he cares. The financial crisis wasn't even on his radar until his poll numbers began to drop. This is all grandstanding and he ought to be ashamed of himself.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Vince -- California

    In this campaign, McCain is the child who wants his mommy to say he is too sick to go to school because he didn't do his homework. That is the reason why he doesn't want to debate. What is his presence in Washington, DC going to do for anyone ???? He should have stated his intentions last week when this mess started, not two nights before a debate, that again, he is not prepared for.

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

    Shame of Mc Same.......What is going on grandpa? The polls are not so good right? Are you afraid of Obama?
    I can't wait to watch the debate this Friday!!
    Stop playing cheap politics Mc Bush....... you really think the american people will buy your pathetic move?

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

    It's time to watch the candidates move ahead with the presidential debate, it's a 90 minute flight from Fl. to Washington DC. I'm not going to loose money with this financial collapse of publicly owned companies. Let's not forget that Mae & Mac went to Washington DC as lobbyist with $173 million to spend the wealth. This will hurt the rich, let them sink, I can't afford to pay the gov. $10,000 dollar for the bail, because that's what $700 million equates to. Will the rich pay their fair share, or will they pay $10,000 like I will be forced to pay on full time disability (and not for carpal tunnel) a real disability.
    The Presidential Debate Should Move Ahead On Schedule.

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. sharon Walker

    Dear Friends:
    A man willing to act even during a crisis! Obama set it farther demand that you both do both! Preparedness and an example of your abiilty to handle a crisis, your job and still give a speach and answer questions! Be stellar and stealth both of you!

    Palin is the road to no where! Obviously either it was poor planning, planning changed and the road was for a future anticipation of growth but due to public response the Idiot could not state or have the courage to find the answers. HUMPTY DUMPTY SAT ON A WALL AND HAD A GREAT FALL! ONLY THIS ONE WAS AND IS NOT WORTH PUTTING TOGETHER AGAIN. POOR POLITICS AND ESCAPE GOATS. PALIN YOU ARE A FOOL!

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

    good for him. Time to shut these dictators and lock them up!

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

    How convenient!! McCain is SCARED to debate Obama. The debates need to proceed!!!!

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

    Absolutely, the debate must go on. As an Obama supporter, I do believe McCain is posturing. But I must admit his strategy is brilliant. He's putting Obama on the defensive. Obama needs to come out hard and fast and demand the debate must go on. Why not just do it in DC? Then McCain will have no excuse.

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

    Seems to me that McCain is running scared and is using the economic situation to hide behind just like he's hiding behind Sarah Palin's skirts!!

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Dan Democrat

    DEBATE HERE, DEBATE NOW! DEBATE DEBATE DEBATE !!! This campaign is finally over. McCain should have been locked away in the attic, not nominated to stammer through meaningless rambles of ReThug nonsense at the Debate. This is elder abuse. Everybody knows Obama is the greatest speaker of our time. People won’t even know McCain is on the same stage. Obama is going to destroy that feeble old man. McCain will need paramedics to help him down off the stage.

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

    I think McCain is a real manipulater. I really don't care what he does
    right now. He is just scambling for the vote.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Zach, Independent/California

    It's great that McCain is suddenly so worried about all this that he wants to suspend the debate. The debate is 90 minutes, Johnny Boy. What are you so afraid of? I should hope that the majority of the American people would be inclined to go forward with the debate, as well. It seems McCain is afraid of something., like perhaps getting his clock cleaned by the younger, more intellectually savvy Obama..

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

    I think they should move the debate to Washington DC and hold it Friday night as scheduled. It would only take a very few hours away from their work in Congress. A President must be able to focus on multiple situations at once and this would illustrate that ability.

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

    I agree. I'm sure taking a few hours out of a Friday night isn't going to make or break the decision...

    As the people, we deserve to hear these two debate and express their views. We have a very important decision to make soon, and we deserve to be informed. There are 98 other senators there that I'm sure are quite capable of filling in the gaps for a few hours. After all, they've been doing it all week!

    September 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Mike - Texas

    Nobama can't waste all of "debate camp" training, now can he. He will forget it all, if it is put off a week.

    And don't think that McCain is not ready, because he is.

    Nobama, debate 1st country 2nd.
    McCain, country 1st debate 2nd.

    It looks like we know who the real LEADER is!!!!!!

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

    The debate needs to go on.
    We are getting closer to November & we need to know where they stand on the issues.
    I think it is very dangerous to not have the debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |

    The debates should definitely still be held. This stunt by McCain will backfire. Looks a little desperate.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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