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. LYNETTE IN CA

    IT'S 2 HOURS ON A FRI. NIGHT! THE PROBLEM ECONOMY IS 7.5 YRS. IN THE MAKING!

    SERIOUSLY, THE PRESIDENT HAS TO BE ABLE TO MULTITASK.

    September 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Female Voter

    What a tool....typical acting in his self interest...

    September 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Debby

    Why would he do this if the crisis isn't settled. Who cares to listen to them bicker back and forth about who will be King of the Mountain with no resolutions to this. They are both better off being in Washington if this thing isn't resolved by Friday.

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

    Yes, the debate must go on. The American people have been waiting for months for this. Something not quite right going on with John McCain's campaign.

    September 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Independent Dave, Iowa

    In the event that McCain can't make the debate he can send his VP Palin to cover for him, like she'll have to do as the real VP. After all, she's ready!

    September 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Cathy

    Obama....if McCain can't deal with more then one thing at a time...then MCCAIN IS NOT READY TO LEAD A NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Steve, Madison WI

    Slick "positioning" by McCain to make it look like he initiated the call to focus on the econmoy when it was Obama who called him this morning.

    Obviously he would want to postpone the debates as he will lose.

    New polls show him down by about 9 points nationally, so suspending his campaign is a slick move. He has nothing more to lose and distracting people from him and his sleazy campaign and his ill-prepared running mate is brilliant!

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. TIRED OF THE GOP

    Obama..... Don't fall for this load.. Bring on the debates. We Need to hear and see this happen. McCain seems weak and not ready.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. AZVoter

    Good.

    If McCain cannot come out to speak his views while continuing to his elected duty then he has no business running for President.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Robert in Hartford, CT

    Good – apparently he's not lame like McCain.

    McCain knows squat on economics, as he has so flagrantly displayed this week. Congress needs McCain's help like I need my 2 year old son's help lifting a couch. It makes him feel good about himself, and important, but any mature observer knows that the 2 year old is being humored and is contributing little.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Judy from NC

    Unbelievable! I don't want a president that can't multi-task. McCain is not ready to debate. He is a coward.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. RAY

    He is waiting to see how what decision he should make by how the reaction in the polls is. This man cares nothing about anything but hinself...NOTHING.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. TLC

    McCain right on this and it shows that he is putting country first. We need to fix this no matter what else is going on. Campaign or whatever.

    There is plenty of time for the debates.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Gracie

    YEEEEESSSSSSSS.....BRAVO Sen. Obama. This proves that you clearly can "multi-task" as our next President.

    Unlike John McCain who doesn't seem to be able to manage two things at once. He's clearly NOT qualified to be President if he CAN NOT multi-task various world crisis at once!!

    If John McCain does NOT want to debate, then he should "suspend" his campaign permanently!!!

    BRAVO, Sen. Obama, this proves that you are PRESIDENTIAL and CAN MULTI-TASKS when it comes to various world crisis!!

    If John McCain can't handle the pressures, he should get OUT of the race!!

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. ts mpls, mn

    The best time to have a debate is right now. Instead of it being on foreign issues, have it be on the economy. A politician can do multiple things at one time. Something McCain should attempt to do. Considering he is running for president.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Nothing surprises me anymore

    Truth is, McCain is not ready to debate; McCain and Palin both know that it's all over for them after the debates.

    Despite the economic tragedy created by greed, we still have President to elect.

    Will the Republicans also try to cancel the election as well?

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

    We, the voters, ARE smarter than this, John McCain. Debate should go on. We need to see and hear John McCain, unscripted, answer questions that we NEED answers to! DEBATE!

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Joe

    Look, this man (McCain) is a WAR HERO…he has always put Country first….IT IS OBVIOUS! Now he wants to DELAY the debate…not CANCELL it all together. CNN wake up and be real journalists and quit playing on OBAMA's team. RIDICULOUS! I thought that news journalists are suppose to tell the story without any bias!?! Remember Dan Rather?

    DEMOCRAT for McCain…

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Rita

    THANK YOU OBAMA!! THIS IS A PLOY!!!! The White House is puppeting John McCain to force the Democrats to push this bill through with little or no oversight! WAKE UP AMERICA, DO NOT LET JOHN MCCAIN AND BUSH BLACKMAIL OBAMA AND THE VOTERS INTO SUPPORTING THIS BILL WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED!!! Our system was built on checks and balances FOR A REASON. It may take a little bit longer to come to a decision but this is what our country has been founded upon! WHERE IS THE CONSTITUTION IN ALL OF THIS, ITS LUDICROUS!

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Sarah

    Obama is full of himself!

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Ready for Change

    After Harry Reid's remarks, I'm even more ashamed to be a democrat.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. CW in PSL

    Obama, please do not cancel the debate. The American people have a right to hear what both of you are going to do to help fix the economy....its been a very long campaign and we are just dying for this to be over....the debate must go on. If McCain says he wants to delay the election will that happen also. The American people have a right to hear what McCain is going to go to Washington to do to fix this problem that he hasn't thought about before he saw he was losing ground in the polling!

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Yupik1

    I believe Obama SHOULD go to the debate stage, have it broadcasted to see the empty podium where McCain SHOULD be. I'm tired of McCain's evasive tactics. It's time for the Republicans to OWN UP to their follies. Maybe McCain should just concede now?

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

    Obama is a man of his word and will not let McCain OFF THE HOOK!

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Chris

    Good. The nerve of the GOP ticket. First they refuse to allow the media to interview Palin. Now McCain wants to "suspend" his campaign and delay the debate which is less than a three hour flight from DC, why not do both? Heck change the debate to Economics or better yet have Biden/Palin do the debate on Friday while Obama and McCain work in DC.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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