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. Maggie VT

    I don't see why the debate can't go on. All they have to do is vote or not vote. The Obama camp called McCain's camp, not the other way around. McCain jumped out and implied it was his idea and wanted to cancel the debate. DUH!!!!

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

    Well, it looks like one of them can concentrate on two things at once.

    Lawyers are extremely adept at compartmentalizing. Old men aren't.

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

    Great.

    Learn to multi task McCain. Its not like you understand how to fix this anyway as evidenced in your clueless behavior this week.

    Its pretty low that Obama calls for a joint statement early this morning and you turn it around and make it look like your idea.

    When will you get an original idea?

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

    There is no "Emergency" great enough to justify postponing election procedures, including debates.

    Even during previous crises (Depression, Civil War, etc.) our leaders respected the Democratic Process and subjected themselves to the electorate. This is a stunt on the part of the GOP and McCain campaigns.

    September 24, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. R. Cooper

    This is not the time for the candidates to get involved during the negotiations as Harry Reid suggested!!!! Just yesterday, McCain said the treasury can handle it. And they can! That's their job!

    Man-up and Lipstick-up!!!!! The debate is on!!

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Jeffrey Paul

    McCain is afraid to debate on the issues and this is a pretty childish attempt to get out of it.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. WhoCares?

    Thank God.

    Having this debate during this crisis is putting America first...as in allowing Americans to see these candidates debate during the crisis.

    This is the perfect time.

    I can't believe McCain is using this crisis as a political tool.

    He literallty has no shame.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Dori in AZ

    McCain is PLAYING MAJOR WAR GAMES! He is a trickster and a liar. He has not voted in months. He knows that his campaign is in the toilet, that Palin can't be hidden forever, and he's trying to break the upward momentum that Obama has right now. It is all a game!!!!!

    SHOW UP FOR THE DEBATE, SENATOR OBAMA. SHOW UP, SIR, AND IGNORE THIS MAN'S UGLY PLOYS AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO DEBATE "ONLY" IF EVERYONE AGREES TO DOING IT BUSH'S WAY.

    THE HECK WITH THAT!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. mitchell

    WE WANT THE DEBATE!
    WE WANT THE DEBATE!

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Tim

    Pardon me for being cynical, but my first reaction is that McCain's campaign seized this opportunity to push to postpone Friday's debate, not due to huge concern about the financial crisis, but because they realize that Obama will most likely win the debate and pick up a lot of support. How will postponing the debate contribute to a more timely resolution of the financial crisis?

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Nan

    If Mr. McCain is as "concerned" about the fate of this country as he says he is, he should have the courage to Debate. Being president requires one to multi-task. It is time Mr. McCain understood that.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. esh

    the debate is good because it gives the country an understanding on their stances. its an opportunity to have a conversation on these issues most pressing to the american public.

    plus what else is congress gonna do at 9pm on a friday night... be in session? gimme a break. debate. its healthy

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. kurt

    here we going again, its all a game america is all a game by mcsane

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. IWASP!-Intelligent Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    Absolutely Barack and I agree! This is a political ploy, mccain can do nothing but cast his vote. He is trying to 'seem' like he cares after years of supporting deregulation. Mccain is pathetic. He knows neither he nor paliar are ready and this is the best they could come up with.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. DR in So. Cali

    That's right Obama, don't bail out, it is just a gimmick because McCan't is not ready!

    Obama in '08!

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Kara

    Obama...putting his country (oops, career) first.

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

    Why would McCain want to postpone the debate? He has admitted to knowing next to nothing about the economy, so I'm sure his presence won't be missed.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    right choice. wtg Obama
    I mean come on... McCain had 26 years to fix something and now, that he seems more and more to be the loser and now in front of the debate he's heading to Washington and wants to gain some momentum in suspending his campaign...laughable...

    Obama/Biden by landslide!

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    So does that me Obama's answer is no?

    Or is his answer "perhaps"?

    What kind of answer is "inclined"?

    Mabye he just wants to delay an answer for a few hours to prepare a response with his battalion of advisors.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. stephen .E

    the American people needs to know what the plans are from these candidates they need to articulate there views and position on many issue enough is enough Mr mccain hmmmm is your lip stick?

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. elm

    McCain —"The dog ate my homework"

    A diversion tactic. Look – Haley's Comet!!!!

    To all the Republicans out there… .What happened to personal responsiblity. Let these banks pull themselves up out of this muck.

    To Wall Street:

    Jump, Baby, Jump!

    Let the bads ones fail. Good banks will take their place.

    A few weeks ago the Fed allowed these firms to come to the discount window and borrow money. Why haven't they been using this… because the interest is less than 4%….and they want a free bail out?

    Yet these same banks want to charge 29% to their credit card holders!

    They should all go to the top of thier skyscrapers and JUMP!.

    Jump, Baby, Jump

    Say no to:
    More War McCain &
    Taliban Palin

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Dave, NY

    GOOD!

    DON'T LET McCAIN WEASEL OUT OF THE DEBATE. HE CLEARLY DOESNT WANT TO BE EXPOSED FOR THE INTEMPERATE HOTHEAD THAT HE IS. DECORATED MILITARY EXPERIENCE IS NOT, (I REPEAT NOT) SOUND FOREIGN POLICY WISDOM OR JUDGEMENT.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Kelby from Houston, TX

    NO EXCUSES! NO POSTPONEMENTS! so you can try to squeeze in more prep time...NO!!! The debate will only take an hour or two and I know you've got the time to spare!
    Everybody and their mother will be watching this debate and no stupid government bail out is gonna stop it. Get yourself together and get to that debate McCain! ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSES!

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    McCain dare not show up...his utter lack of knowledge and core principals will be revealed fully....unless he has a hidden receiver under his coat to be fed answers as was Bush in his second debate with Kerry after his first ABYSMAL performance. McCain and Bush share MANY traits, including a lack of substance so McCain is getting cold feet.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Mark

    Go to Washington now and hammer out a deal...then debate on Friday. This election is the most important in this Nations history. The debate of the issues should not be postponed.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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