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. deborah, WV

    If McCain won't show up for the debate, then I hope that Obama will go on without him and debate McCain's empty chair. Acutally, the chair will probably have a better personality that McCain, and it won't lie through it's teeth!!

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. mijnos

    The debates should go on as planned. A lot of time, money and effort has already been put into organizing the debate. It would be foolish to postpone as such a late time.

    September 24, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Sounds like John McCain is running scared, poll number falling like bricks, media and voters fed up with his cone of silence VP. The debate on Friday has nothing to do with the issues. Man up John, you didn't cancel primary debates or his town halls when soldiers were being killed in Iraq, but I guess your fat cat buddies are more important.

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

    Once again we see the clear choice between "Country First" and "Obama First". McCain is first and foremost trying to do his job as a United States Senator, but with Obama it continues to be all about "me, me, and me".

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. rich

    McCain is no maverick! He needs to be on a McDonald's menu as a McChicken!

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.

    Obama cares only about obama and not we the people,McCAIN DOES CARE AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE NO LONGER DEMOCRATS AND WILL VOTE FOR McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Javid Radfar

    This is the difference between a real leader and Mr. Obama. John McCain is a real leader who puts the interest of the country before his own, and Mr. Obama, .......well......, just look at his reaction.
    God help America and the rest of the world, if Senator Obama becomes the president of the United States.

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Sherry

    So, Mr. McCain, what are YOU going to add that you haven't already added? This is ridiculous - you are not ready for this or any other debate and that's why you are trying to use the economic situation to back out. This is exactly how you would run your Administration - cut and run!

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Joe

    Obama probably forgot where Washington is since he has not been there in a long time – we are paying his salary as a Senator but I could swear he hasn't shown up for work on over a year.

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Obama 100%

    Of course the debate should take place. Let's ask McCain some tough questions about how we got into this mess. Let McCain defend himself this Friday, instead of running from the battle. This is nothing more than a political ploy by John McCain. Do not fall for it!

    Obama-Biden '08.
    No how, no way, no McCain, No Palin – NEVER.

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Lucy

    The right move. The financial crisis needs to be resolved but the American people also need information, especially for early voting.

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    I agree with Obama. Let's get it on, John. Foreign policy is your strength, or let the VP candidates go at it.

    What is the logic in postponing the debate? McCain says that he needs or wants to focus on the economic crisis. Okay, I'll accept that. The last vote rushed through Congress by Bush was the Iraq War vote. But, why cancel or postpone the debate? What if this isn't resolved come Election Day? Postpone that, too?

    Did you notice that Camp Obama reached out first? But, Camp McCain went public without notifying Camp Obama?

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    On forward we go unless McCain falls and can't get up.....

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Justin

    Good! I'm "inclined" to think that most people work during the daytime, and could probably make it to an evening debate.

    What a joke in trying to put the debate off... Pretty transparent.

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    And this from an Obama supporter –"Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”"

    You know if Obama somehow gets to the WH he will have his entourage made of of guys like Sharpton, Ali, This idioit Hastings, and the Jesse Jacksons of the world. It will be a WH we won't recognize.

    Beware America. Go for McCain, he will protect us and America

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Frankie

    Keep it up Obama, people can see right through McCain. We are not stupid. If McCain is not capable of multitasking, he should not be president.

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

    I think they should debate, change the debate to Just this bailout. we would then know where they stand.

    but even if they leave it on the foreign policy subject. We can here how they think this effects foreign policy or how our fp effected this.

    A trillion dollar war effort couldn't have helped

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Concerned Voter

    Great! Let the debate begin! Make them answer to us for this mess they've gotten us "get out of jail" free cards here! Speaking of jail...can the FBI investigate President Bush...and make him give account for this mess! Maybe if we just turn him over to the world that he's terrorized they will leave us alone and support us again. Let Bush and the Republicans stand trial before the American people!

    Obama/Biden 2008

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

    Excellent idea Sen. Obama. Unless you and McSame is called to vote in Washington D.C. this debate MUST continue. If this was you making this decision of stopping the campaign they would had bashed you into you can no more. DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS NONSENSE!

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Joy

    We should go ahead with the debates.Both candidates are neither the incumbent president who is really in charge of this economic crisis.McCain is just avoiding the debates because he's not ready and is just grandstanding.It just goes to show that he's like Bush–wanting the bailout.

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. David

    Good job!!! Barack let's get ready to rumble!!. McCain tried to weasel his way out of the debate friday. Im glad you noticed this schemed like the rest of us.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Larry

    I can't think of anything more important at the moment than learning the thoughts of the two candidates about the future of the U.S. economy. If John McCain appears clueless in response to questions put to him at the debate, then the public should see this and vote accordingly. Now is not the time to be ducking for cover if you want to run this country in the future. Obama seems ready to put himself out there and so should McCain, not to mention his VP pick.

    September 24, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Amy, NY

    McCain don't be a bad loser!

    We are tired of seeing him take bold moves every time he knows he is edging closer to defeat. He did it by picking Palin as his VP and it failed miserably, it will fail just as bad again!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Eileen from Maine

    The debate will only take a couple of hours out of their schedule.

    McCain was out all morning doing photo ops with Sarah Palin, I dont' think all of a sudden the world needs to stop.

    Do it Obama. The leader of the free world needs to be able to work on more than one thing at a time.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    Obama...continue with the debate....McCain is stalling and trying to act "presidential"!!! Don't fall for it....We the people of this country has been looking forward to these debates.....

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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