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. j

    For all of you who say he needs more time to cram or is simply scared..please. Lets get the facts straight, McCain has been trying to debate Obama since the moment they both won their respective nominations but Obama declined the invitation. Why, well when you take away the teleprompter he is not very good debater. Don't believe me, well all you have to do is look at the debates between Obama and Hillary and as we all know Hillary kicked his butt. Lets also not forget that the first presidential debate is regarding foreign policy, obviously McCains strong point. Please people, think before you speak and try to come up with something different than the whole Mc...its really old and childish...can you honestly not come up with something else or are you simply a victim of hollywood marketing??

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. blue

    McChicken! You come out and you debate with Barack Obama! What a stunt! Oh please, you can do your business Friday morning and then debate Friday night. You and Palin are a cowards! Country first my butt……..when you picked Palin, you were not thinking of us.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    GOOD............ITS JUST GRANDSTANDING BY MCCAIN......A PLOY.

    WE HAVE HEARD THIS FROM REPUBLICANS BEFORE.........WITH IRAQ! THE SKY IS FALLING.........THE SKY IS FALLING........THEY HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS.........WE MUST ATTACK........NOW!!!!! LIES.

    NOT THIS TIME BUSH/CHENEY/MCCAIN!

    NO LIES

    NO SCARE TACTICS

    WE NEED CAREFUL, DISCERNMENT OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HELP OUR NATION FACE THIS .......DISASTER!

    WE DO NOT..........DO NOT..........NEED TO BE SCARED........TO BE BULLIED INTO A DECISION!

    TAKE YOUR TIME CONGRESS, THINK, DEBATE, DISCERN.

    AND MCCAIN...........DEBATE SEN. OBAMA! DON'T GRANDSTAND!

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. J.S.

    I guess we now know who is in the campaign for himself and who is in it for the good of the United States. Obama and Biden both voted for the Bridge to Nowhere and are attacking Palin....

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. April

    Obama I support your decision to continue the debates, after all:

    THIS BAILOUT SITUATION HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR ALMOST A WEEK. SO ARE WE SUPPOSE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR MCCAIN/PALIN TO ATTEND UN MEETINGS THAN TO ADDRESS THE BAILOUT SITUATION. IF THIS IS SUCH A CRITICAL MOMENT WHY WAIT UNTIL NOW. MCCAIN IS UNPREPARED AND THIS IS JUST A PLOT TO SKIP THE DEBATES. ARE WE TO SKIP THE ELECTION ALSO, IF MCCAIN FINDS ANOTHER ISSUE ON NOV 3RD

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    that a boy!

    why postponed, its not like the crisis can be solved and fixed over night... i do believe a 2 hr debate wont harm anythign... besides, it's a friday night!

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. obama 08

    Yes, please do continue with the debate. McSame should learn how to manage a debate and vote within the same week.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Rache from Bowie

    The debate goes on. Obama is not campaigning for Senate but for the POTUS and we need the debate to go on as planned. McCain has no reason to pull out of the debate. I believe he wants to delay for tactical reasons and that is to ready himself for the rescheduled debate. They don't need McCain in Wash DC.

    The debate needs to happen.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Eric in VB

    Obama scores a much expected first round KO .

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Barabus

    Obama is capable of multitasking. This isn't 9/11 or pearl Harbor and these men (unfortunately) are not president yet. Good decision Obama, bad decision McCain.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Joyce in Florida

    It is all well and good that McCain is concerned about the economic bailout. But I believe that the Congress and the House can resolve this without any interruption in the Presidential campaign nor the debate this Friday. I also believe that the Obama campaign was the first to contact McCain for a joint statement of this problem. This just might be a stalling tactic from the McCain campaign and to make himself look like he cares about the economic bailout more than Obama.

    Please, Senator McCain, this is being handled at the White House as we speak and you should give all parties involved credit for figuring out this problem first. If you are needed for a vote once the final decision has been made, then both candidates should vote then. Just because you stop your campaign and delay the debate doesn't mean that a decision will be made just because you are present.

    Remember, it is the Republican administration that caused this crisis and it will probably NOT be a Republican to fix it. This decision is a partisan effort and let the Congress do their job. Again, as I stated before, once the final decision is made, you will be called for a vote.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. clarence jonesville

    Everytime things dont go the way mccain wants them he wants Sen Obama to do as he says,he wanted Obama to go overseas,Obama did that then he complained about all the attention he got.Now that he is not prepared for the debate he want to cancel.It has been schedule so go on with it.He can use the same piece that bush used when he went against kerry.Maybe palin is telling him not to so it like he has been doing her.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Cindy

    That's correct... McCain and Obama are not the main players in this financial crisis. The people that are working on it don't need their advise... This is clearly a ploy..

    McCain's afraid to be asked specifics regarding the bailout and so his tactic is to postpone since the team is saying that they will most likely have an answer by this weekend...

    McCain we the people see through this ploy!!! This country says–THANKS BUT NO THANKS!

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Lori

    McCain (along with everyone else that has been a fixture in Washington) have had LONG ENOUGH time on how to fix this. Bring on the debate! What are you afraid of?

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Vee from Valdosta

    McCain sounds like someone who isn't ready and wants to find a reason to delay. It is the same reason that he has kept the media away from his vice-presidential pick. Delay...delay...delay...they are praying that delay will win the day.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Sean S

    Im proud Obama resisted McCain's "postpone" trap

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Dem2008

    So the rockstar prefer to debate than to work on the economy? Thats the rockstar for you...

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. 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!

    MAY I ADVISE THE PUBLIC AND THE PAKISTAN'S PRESIDENT THAT TELILNG A BEUTIFUL INTELLIGENT WOMAN SHE IS BEUTIFUL PUBLICALLY IS AKIN TO THE BIGGEST INSULT THERE IS. IT IS SEXUAL AND AS BAD AS STATUTORY RAPE!

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. jwr53

    The debate should not be cancelled.

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. No turning back 2008

    This man, John Mccain, is scared out of his mind!

    And he has the audacity to exude that the campaigning and debating will be on his terms only! lol That is laughable and America knows it.

    If thats the case, there should have been ZERO campaigning during this election period. Arent we fightint two wars? Arent our men and women dying everyday in Iraq and Afghanistan because of the failed foreign policy of this administration? So why campaign at all john mccain? This man, mccain, thinks that somehow his presence in the senate will do something to imediately change the course of this economic crisis? He obviously feels some kind of guilt coming on as a result of his 26 year history or voting against regulatory measure that would have prevented such a crisis… John Mccain, save your monday morning quarterbacking for you pep rallies. America doesnt need you, the least qualified to guide the country during an economic crisis, making decisions at this time!!!

    Stop running scared from the debates and stand up like the man you wish you were!

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. bobby

    Thank the lord for that!!

    September 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. EMJ

    John McCain is a national joke now.

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Janice

    Obama doesn't want to lose the opportunity to become president regardless of what happens to the rest of us. Typical democrat. Party First!

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Frank

    Of course he would want to press on with the debate because he is going to forget the lines they fed him during his debate camp!!!! What an egotistical phony; just talk talk talk! CNN: I guess you won't be putting this comment up!

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. The Lamb

    Once again McGain is trying to grab the high ground. His is but one vote. They are working day and night in the Congress to get this worked out with everything Obama called for and more, (restraints and oversite). So instead of issuing a joint statement, McGain wants to act. Act like a leader, no its business as usual just more of McSame. We fooled em once, four years. We fooled em twice, four more years. Why yes we can!!! Fool em again.

    Score political points, avoid the debate and look good. Anyone with half a brain can see through this political move.

    McGraw, (take a bite out of crime) and Palidin, (have gun will travel) mimic every move Obama makes instead of firing his campain manager, he wants to LOOK like Obama, (Presidential).

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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