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. Drew

    So let me get this straight… Obama calls McCain about taking a public bipartisan stand. McCain responds some six hours later and supposedly accepts, and then thirty minutes later backstabs Obama by announcing his own private proposal and that he wants a time-out?

    Snap, that’s some fine politicking there John McCain. You make the Old Boy Network proud.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    McCain postpone debate,campaign on hold,700 billion give away.McCain is just like Bush.A wolf in sheeps clothing.I trust no republican at this point.NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED A DEBATE.I need to know where they stand on the 700 billion dollar bail out.I think THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD OF BEEN WATCHING SHOULD PAY.Why should i .

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Concerned

    With the postponing of the debate issue-I just now put my finger on what bothers me most about OBAMA–I have sensed a defiant tendancy about him on several occasions-subtle but it is there.

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. LS

    Who is the hell does McCain think he is? McCain is a complete idiot!

    He is walking around like he owns the world and is on top of everything.

    The only reason why McCain is doing this, not because of the crisis, but because Obama didn't do things the way McCain wanted them done.


    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Candice

    Debate BABY Debate!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. steve

    Go to the debate... let him chicken out if he wants to Barack. He can call off his campaign right now if he's serious. He is only afraid that this crisis isnt up his alley of expertise.

    Go Obama!

    September 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. debbie

    Time now to pray ,I am a mother of for children with one pay check , gas electric ,fuel oil , high car and health insurance,milk food ect. No help for the weary and Bush wants us to worry about Waren Buffet and his wallstreet bailout ? I dont think so ,and as far as Sarah isnt she surpose to be the economic we are not hearing nothing from her. Bush is pulling our leg if were just surpose to hand over seven hundred billion .

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Anne E.

    There once was a man named McCain
    Whose campaign was going down in flames
    "Let's postpone the debate,
    'Cause the heat I can't take,"
    OVER describes this campaign!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Susan

    McCain is requesting that Friday's debate be postponed so he can focus on the economy and Senator Obama should do the same......has McCain lost his mind?

    He nor Barack can do anything about this economy right at this moment. It's not in their hands.

    What is two hours working on it going to do? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't McCain the one who wanted to debate so badly? Now he's using the excuse about the economy. Correct me again, didn't he say that the economy was doing fine.

    Obama called him at 8:30 this morning to have a joint statement. McCain called back at 2:30 and then released a press statement at 3:30. The majority of the American people are too smart to fall for that.

    You cannot change the debate by ducking out and that's exactly what McCain is doing.

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. kim p in atlanta

    Obviously, this shows the world Sen. McCain can not multi-task. One of the requirements I would think we would want from our President. McCain is a coward and using this bail out as an excuse for not debating. He has made a mockery of this campaign with inadeptness. War hero or not, he is not qualified and this proves it. So, what is he going to do when a major threat happens, "cut and run" like he is doing now.....

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Tim in California

    So Senator McDeregulator wants to postpone the has to ask why? Could it be that he needs to hide his campaign manager Davis who took thousands of dollars a month for several years from Freddie Mac to deflect stricter regulation? Could it be he needs to hide Phil Gramm...the guy who wrote the legislation that brought us the current banking problem. Or maybe McSame read the poll from Monday where 68% of the public balmes the Republican party for this mess. He's scrambling and looking all the fool.

    The reality of it is this.....since the days of Ronny Reagan and the Voodoo economics of Milton Friedman inserted with a proctoscope we've been on borrowed time. Now the chickens want to come home to roost...and they are running with a vengeance. What we are seeing is the total collapse of the "conservative" economic philosophy. The Republican party will soon be relegated to a foot note, if they are lucky. It may not be this year but is is coming and it will be very soon.

    All the lies and skullduggery are now being laid bare/

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. MIKE

    So, McShameless and his cronies make this huge mess of the economy, and now he wants to put off the debate to solve it??? And I suppose if Obama disagrees we will see an add tomorrow that Obama doesn't care about the economy!!! Apparently McShameless needs more prep time, and now he has an excuse. Please don't fall for these disgusting tricks, America. McShameless has a much better magic act than David Blaine ever dreamed of. Suspend the campaign, but show up for the debate. You owe it to the voters. Hey, maybe they can get the entire election postponed if they try hard enough.

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. REG in AZ

    What has become both typical and disgusting is how McCain is trying to use everything for public attention and political attention which demonstrates more interest in show than substance. Obama's camp had contacted McCain's camp early this morning and suggested that they work with the congress and the White House to address the financial crisis in a bipartisan manner. Later in the morning McCain's camp responding saying they were receptive to doing that. Ever since, McCain has been trying to make everything sound like his idea, his initiation and so on, all for public opinion. McCain is not only dishonest but also desperate!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. deb in az

    it just shows his lack of concern about this crisis in win win at no cost.....we will all be broke and wont be able to pay taxes for king obama anyway

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Joel_Minnesota

    Don't let him off the hook! More smoke mirrors and cheap parlor tricks.
    This guy is very cunning, watch him like a cat in a seafood market

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. NM4Obama

    We don't need McCain to "roll up his sleeves" and do the same things he's done for 26 years in Washington, we need new administration and a real president! This gimmick is a poor excuse to postpone the debate!

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. H Martin

    He should debate. McCain is running scared because he doesn't want to have to answer to the nation but he needs to.

    September 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Chantel

    President Obama, the show must go on!! McCain does not control this. The "Maverick" is afraid. Do a one man debate!! Questions??

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. justin

    dont listen to old mcsame, go aheld with your show and knock him out.. dont fall into his plan

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Danielle in DC

    Now more than ever the American people need to hear the presidential candidates speak about the economy-let the debates continue and let the American people decide who would provide the best solution to our financial crisis.

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Riecher

    I have a few words for the McCain Campaign..."Thanks but no thanks on your bridge to postponement".

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Kevin Muran - Atlanta GA

    Barack Obama should not suspend campaign at all. Maccain suspended his because he is now so far behind. John claims he does not want the bailout issue to be political and yet he has made it by the virtue of coming out to announce what he was going to do. He should have just taken his action quietly! If his intention was for good he did not have to make a BIG issue out of it! God says do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
    We have very capable men and women taken to task so the country can not stop functioning, regardless of what they have done. Afrter all we still have a President so this is not like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and now South Africa with no sitting leaders as we speak.!

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. geod

    RIGHT ON OBAMA! Go on with the debate. Make it about the Economy if that pacifies people. Don't let McCain get away with this stupid stunt!

    And also: NO BAILOUT rushed into law in a few days! It's just another power grab by the Criminal Bush administration.

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Independent voter

    Yes, let's go ahead with the debate, Senator Obama. Senator McCain is trying to avoid the very issues that are affecting this country right now. I want to hear both sides of the story and what each one is planning to do. THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO DEBATE and hear both candidates.

    McCain should be ashamed of himself for suspending his campaign and trying to avoid the issues that americans want to hear only 5 weeks away from the election. Yes, this is an important week for the United States but choosing my next president is just as important. The Congress has done little without these two candidates as it is, I don't see a big difference if they were on the floor.

    I believe Senator McCain is running away from this right now, his campaign knows he's not so good in the polls and that Obama is going to hit him hard on the debate due to the current economic crisis, that's why he's running. What a joke.

    September 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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