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. Christina

    We all know John doesn't want to debate!! How convenient.

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Suzanne Graham

    Debate! Debate! Debate! Now is exactly the right time. McCain seems weak and old to want to put it off. If momentum was on his side it 'might' look different. But it's not and he doesn't.

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. kosa

    Send Palin as a proxy then!

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Maritza

    Hurry he's" inclined", hurry before he forgets what his 300 advisors told him what to say, McCains is displaying leadership and good judgement he is putting the financial crisis above his campaign , he is putting the needs of the people before himself. Obama's still thinking..... McCains decision is another example of words to action.

    Maritza

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Pedro Penduko

    Don't fall for it Barack, go through with the debate. A true president can weather any crisis and keep up with their scheduled commitments. No excuses. Did JFK tell Castro and the Russians to delay the Cuban Missile crises or to take a few days off in the governing of his nation? No, life goes on, you solve the country's problems and you stay the course.

    Debate as planned. Don't fall for the trap Barrack.

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Candace- Texas

    Yes! Let's debate!

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. thomas

    And if McCain doesn't show up, no one will know the difference.

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. AM

    The idea from Mccain of delaying the debates is a trap and this is how I see it:

    1. If Obama agrees to the idea of delaying the debates, the mccain campaign will pick on him for being a follower and for mccain being the real leader and maverick showing leadership duirng a time of crisis

    2. If Obama declines to the idea, the republicans will accuse him of putting politics before country especially during a time of crisis.

    either way, the republicans are up to no good. So Obama should say no and let the mccain campaign spew all they want and let the debates go ahead.

    September 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. James, AL

    McCain see the Obama momentum train building steam and is using this as a way to slow it down and try to change the conversation. We need a president come January and people need to know the difference between the two of them. Let the debates roll on!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Tiffany

    Let the debates continue!!!

    Our next president will not only have to manage this mess (this is not a short term crisis) but will have to manage the rest of the catasrophe's left behind by this administration. We have endured months of PETTY POLITICS. Now I want to hear about the issues.

    If a candidate cannot participate in the debate and keep up with this economic meltdown then he needs excuse himself from the race for president.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Good Thing

    Good... its not like the financial crisis snuck up on anyone oh wait

    Mccain: "the fundamentals of our economy our strong"

    I guess it must have come as a shock to him

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. kendra

    Press on Obama!!! McCain is just not prepared!!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Robert

    By looking at all the times Obama voted over the past one and half years he should be allowed one more time to case his none vote he only hold about 400 of those out of 600 times to vote so why not waste some more tax payers money. On the other hand again McCain goes out of his way to make sure evry one can hold on to there houses ,life savings , jobs. (Unless there Democrate they dont work) and money

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Patrick

    I'm "inclined" to think this makes Obama look like he is more interested in furthering his own campaign instead actually working to help solve a very real, very pressing problem. I don't have a lot of faith in someone how puts themselves first over the other 300 million of us.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. McCain is too old

    McCain is the lowest form of politician! What a weanie move by the McCain campaign!!!

    Barack Obama is the only SANE choice!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Dotson, IL

    I agree with you Sen. Obama don't disappoint the people, Sen. McCain playing games again, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Keep it debate on next President Obama...and be sure to point out yet again the similarities of McCain and Bush...each can only "handle" (poorly I add) one issue at a time...

    Bush = So called "war on terrorism" in Iraq

    McCain = Fixing his choice deregulated financial mess

    Obama again demonstrates he can handle (well) multiple RepubliCON created crisis.

    Obama/ Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Lisa --

    Wow ... look at that. Mr. Obama is having a press conference. When is McCain going to that? And when is it the right idea to NOT talk with the American people during a crisis ... the debate should go on.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. C!

    DEBATE DEBATE DEBATE!

    McChicken is a wimp.. the bail out plan can be voted on and discussed in one short day.. tomorrow.. then he can debate on Friday! hahaha..

    OBAMA/BIDEN `08!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. the other jd

    I have a great idea! A compromise. Let the debate take place in Washington DC. The two candidates can work together right up til the time for the debate, do the debate and then go back to work.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. john

    McCain is a coward.
    If he can't multi task this week how does he expect to be president.
    Why can't he show up for the debate, answer questions liek a true statesman, and also run his senate office?
    Obama can do that.
    Make you wonder how dumb he thinks we all are.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Mark

    Why didn't McCain call this "timeout" Monday? Why is it that this requires his attention when he has the 2nd worse absentee voting record in Congress? Don't fall for it Obama, McCain is not ready for this debate and knows it's going to sink him more in the polls.

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Steve

    Obama looks really weak today. In his own words "If you need me, call me."

    Sir, No Thanks!

    September 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. vote

    McCain's gimmick is just that – a gimmick

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. another steve

    Since the campaign is going against him, John McCain's latest proposal is an effort to stop the bleeding - in his campaign, not the economy. Wraping himself up in the American flag to try to accomplish his political agenda is what we are coming to expect from the former rider of the Straight Talk Express.

    September 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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