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. Sean

    The Debate should take place.

    Why are we depending on the congress that couldn't agree on anything for two years to finally agree on giving companies corporate welfare?

    Honestly this smells of a ploy to one up Obama and honestly I would just like both candidates to put dirty tricks aside and debate about the topics that most Americans care about.

    -Sean

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Jane Doe

    I have an idea. Why don't they scrap the debate part and televise them sitting down and actually talking policy together. Each would get 5 minutes to outline their proposed economic solution. Then 3 or 5 random economists (from all over the political spectrum) can quiz them about the potential effects of the things they just outlined.

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Bring it On!

    Obama should move on with the debate. The McCain is using stalling tactics....he is not ready. McCain can't solve the economic problems of the country by suspending his campaign and postponing the debate alone. Bring the debate on!

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. OBAMA GIRL ALL THE WAY

    Please don't let McCain get out of the debate. He's losing, looking bad. McCain denied Davis was in on the Fannie Mae mess and now that has come out with the media and everyone seeing that his campaign is nothing but lies. Troopergate is going on even after they tried to stop that with lies.

    DON'T LET HIM DODGE THE DEBATE BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE IS NOT GOING TO PERFORM WELL – AND OBAMA WILL!!!!!!!!

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

    obama call him out cal him out he wants to run away from economy because he was part of the problem. obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. carepi,nj

    Obama can manage both.... besides Obama called McCain this morning about this precisely, now McCain goes ahead and do this... just to show that McCain will do anything to be president. of course they will say that politics are aside, sure, just wait, McCain will take credit for the "bail out" just like he s trying to take credit for the "surge"and will attack Obama if he does not accept.

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. America is watching

    If Congress hasn't figured this out in the last 15 years...how do you expect them to figure it out in a week? This has been a snowball and nobody wants to take blame. McCain ..get your documents together and have this debate. You haven't been on the Hill for the last few months.....The American people know this is a problem. The Repubs have a solution but want to use it as a trump card for the election.
    Country first my a??.

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

    Look at this tactic being perpetrated to discourage OBama supporters.

    Please get the word out!!!

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    NOT GO TO THE POLLS WEARING ANY OBAMA SHIRTS, PINS OR HATS, IT IS AGAINST
    THE LAW AND WILL BE GROUNDS TO HAVE THE POLLING OFFICIALS TO TURN YOU AWAY.
    THAT IS CONSIDERED CAMPAIGNING AND NO ONE CAN CAMPAIGN WITHIN X AMOUNT OF
    FEET TO THE POLLS. THEY ARE BANKING ON voters BEING EXCITED AND NOT BEING AWARE
    OF THIS LONG STANDING LAW THAT YOU CAN BET WILL BE ENFORCED THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEY ARE BANKING THAT IF ARE TURNED AWAY YOU WILL NOT GO HOME AND
    CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES.. PLEASE JUST DON'T WEAR OBAMA GEAR OF ANY SORTS TO THE
    POLLS!!

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

    I wonder if Obama is "inclined" to affect legislation.

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

    Baarack you should be as inclined in helping to operate your state. I see Chicago is #1 in forbes most stressful city. based on unemployment, High Housing, High Gas, Costs, polution. Wow you have done a great job.........

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

    Putting off is our problem now. We need new leadership in the White House. mccain is just looking for an excuse.

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Farren Ballanst

    McCain is afraid to debate.

    And he should be.

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

    Are you kidding? The bailout is a lot more complicated than just 5 days of work for Congress if it's going to help Main St. as well as Wall St Both candidates are being briefed daily by the crafters of the bailout so it's not like they're missing anything. Let the debate continue as planned. We need to see these two candidates in a real discussion, apart from all their campaign ads.

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Craig, Seattle WA

    By all means he shouldn't change a thing. McCain has been trying desperatly to keep control of the debates since his proposal for summer town halls. His attempt to postpone the Friday debate is nothing more than a political move on his part.

    September 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Chad From Illinois

    I'm puzzled why McCain is suspending his campaign and postponing the Friday night debate to work on the bailout bill. As President, he may not be able to "suspend" issues simply because he wants to focus more on another issues. It seems to me the debates are more critical because we voters need to understand how our next President will respond to a crisis. World events do not follow a neat packaged schedule. It's called Multitasking John! This seems like this move may be only political showboating.

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

    Of course the debate should go on. This is just a feeble attempt by McCain to try and show leadership. He has leadership alright. He has helped lead this country into this mess in the first place.

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

    Obama should respond in one of two ways: (1) I agree we should be in DC at this time, but we owe it to the people of this great country to hold our debate on Friday, my suggestion is that we move the venue to DC for logisitical purposes; or (2) I consent to Sen. McCain's request, but feel that the people of this great country should not be let down - so instead, I think it perfectly appropriate for the VP debate to take place this Friday instead of the scheduled Presidential debate.

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

    Not necessary to suspend this debate. We have ONE president would is charge and it's not John McCain. This seems to be a stall tactic to change the republican course and handle the Palin/Lobbyist Connections(Davis) etc. What are they hiding now?

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. sharon Walker

    DEAR FRIENDS AND THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN:
    BUT THEN PALIN IS NEITHER BEUTIFUL AS IN DEEP NOR INTELLIGENT. STILL STATUTORY RAPE! SHE IS LESS THAN A WOMAN.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Rob

    McCain will suspend the campaigning, then the election will be suspended, then Bush will declare emegency powers and suspend the constitution (as he has done for the last 8 years), declare martial law and declare himself dictator. Too bad you people have burned all the books then you would realize the parallel between events in Amerika and NAZIS germany.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Mary

    Yes, Obama is inclined to go ahead with the debate because Obama puts himself first- Not his country. What an empty suit he is!

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. TF

    FIRED UP, AND READY TO GO!!!

    Obama is going make McCain mad on stage just watch.

    This is another lame attempt by McCain to avoid the biggest issue of this election by not having a debate while the topic is heavly in favor of Obama. McCain want's to wait till when?? Oh yeah until the Dems shoot down this trojan horse of a bailout package that will only allow the rich to get richer and the American people to get the shaft and then blame Obama for not voting for this non-regulated bailout. NO THANKs McCain!!

    LET'S GET IT ON!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. baby mama

    that's right.......politics first

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Kilinoecam

    What would happen to McCain if he were elected and he had to address more than one important situation at a time. Would he ask the wold to suspend all situations so that he could tackle them one at a time?! Please do go on with the debate. McCain is running scared. We now know why he wasn't spending any time preparing for the debate; he had no intention of going through with it. McCain is really that concerned with this financial crisis?! Why didn't he make this announcement at the beginning of the week? If the bailout proposal is all that is important why is Palin continuing her tour of the UN building introducing herself to whoever will open their door?

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Cindy

    I don't blame Obama for being "inclined" to debate. A president needs to be able to multi-task. If some terrorist were to drop a nuke bomb on a US city, or another 9/11 sized attack... sure I can see suspending the campaign for the security of the country. But this... the economy... is not a terrorist attack.

    I think the tone of the debate may need to be negotiated. But I don't think an all out suspension is warrented.

    September 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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