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. cHRis, Charleston, SC

    Postponing the debate will not change anything. Let GW BUSH, the man in charge of this declining country, take care of this. It's was, is, and will be his problem, not yours, Mr. McCain.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Dave in NYC

    Hey John McCain, why don't you put country first, and drop out of the race completely!

    Let someone who is ready to lead in crisis (and who can multitask) take the job!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Gov Palin, WHY WON'T YOU SPEAK TO THE PRESS?

    PLEASE GOD LET NOVEMBER 4TH COME QUICKLY...WE'RE WASTING TIME AND MONEY...

    MC-CANE SAW THE APLIN INTERVIEW WITH COURIC; HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING

    THEY ARE NOT READY TO THE POINT OF BEING DANGEROUS TO THE WELFARE OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY -MC-CANE AND PALIN-SHOULD DROP OUT NOW...IT'S WAY TO OBVIOUS

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

    There is a crisis in the world right now, and a debate needs to go forward on these issues. The economic meltdown has been progressive and is not all of a sudden. American citiziens need to hear where these candidates stand on the issues of the day, and we need to hear them debated on Friday!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Eric in Houston

    I don't think Obama knows where he seat in the Senate is anymore... so he'd rather just go to the debate instead.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Benjamin Columbus, OH

    This is nothing more than a "political stunt" by Sen. McCain.

    What is more important than the two candidates debating the issues?

    Sen McCain should be calling for the debate to focus on the economy rather than national security but for obvious reasons, we know he won't propose that.

    Sen. McCain's campaign is circling the drain and it is only natural that he'd want to suspend it and buy some time to retool it.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Pete

    I think Obama should take a page from McCain's book. the country is in crisis, and he still wants t have this debate. is that what Reverend Wright told you Barack? Just stop acting like a presidential wanna be. you are never gonna run this country – the people will wake up and see you for the fraud you are.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Tony

    GO BARACK!

    MCCAIN IS RUNNING SCARED!

    HE HAD BETTER WEAR AN EXTRA LAYER OF DEPENDS ON FRIDAY.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Kansas for OBAMA

    WE WANT A DEBATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. karl r

    Good. Once again, Obama is presidential. He can multi-task and he can get the jobS done-many jobS.

    This "crisis" has been going on for a WEEK.
    but TODAY Mccain decided to rush back to DC-out of touch a little eh?
    is today the first you heard about the fundamentally cracked economy, John?

    Headline grabber and cut and run......sad, Mccain, so sad that you have become this.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Maurice

    We have 2 wars, hurricane recovery, and gas shortages going on, but as soon as Wall Street's in trouble we have stop everything?? No. McCain can take an hour or two of his time to explain his positions to us.

    We have barely over a month before the election. The debates are the only time when the candidates HAVE to talk about the issues. I want three debates as scheduled.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Danny in Chicago

    That's right – HAVE THE DEBATES!!!! The people want to see this! Come on people speak up!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Dan , TX

    I don't know why a debate on Friday delays the resolution of the bailout. There are 98 other Senators, aren't there? Obama and McCain has staff that can help communicate their ideas. Just issue a joint statement. How long can that take.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. sue

    Stand firm Mr. Obama and call him out...take the lipstick off the pig!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. vanessa

    YES!!!!!

    Come on McPain you can do it!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden '08, '12!!!! Yes WE Can!!!

    How do you spell afraid? M-C-C-A-I-N

    Take your beating like a man, McCain.

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

    It's high time McCain stopped hiding behind the skirt of Sarah Palin and show what he knows–if anything. Insist that the men debate the issues. They won't be missed for a day in DC–both have missed enough other critical votes, one more won't matter!

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

    Although this is certainly an time of financial crisis, this move strikes me as grandstanding by John McCain. With such a short time before the election and with so many undecided voters, the candidates owe it to the American people to go ahead with the debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. no fear

    what would be the point of delaying the debate? I don't believe Obama or McCain's input about the bailout is so critical to stop the debate.
    Maybe it's because I don't feel I can trust McCain much that makes me wonder if he doesn't have another reason.
    I'm more inclined to believe that.

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

    McCain released an attack ad on Obama's response to the economic campaign TODAY. What a hypocrite.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. La Chatte

    OUTSOURCE THE PRESIDENCY because they're both idiots!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Eyckie

    LET PALIN SPEAK. We want to hear heard voice and her opinions. This is not a campaign when no one even knows the sound of the woman's voice. She has no opinion and no voice at least none that anyone has heard. The only voice I connect with her is Tina Fey. This is the most ridiculous campaign I have ever seen. Now her foreign policy experiences comes down to a photo op. When is anyone going to speak up and demand that the person 'a heartbeat' away from the presidency speak to the people? Put up or shut up McCain. LET'S HEAR PALIN SPEAK.

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Maggie from Virginia

    You tell'em Barack!! You can do both! I guess McCain has a one track mind. No mercy for the GOP!!

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. jeane Mari

    Don't let McCain get away with this delaying tactic.
    Debate should NOT be cancelled or rescheduled

    September 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. troy of Mississippi

    Sen. OBAMA please stay focused, let nothing change your direction. McCain is against the ropes and he knows it. The state of Mississippi is going BLUE for YOU. We are fired up and ready to roll. Let's do this. Tell McCain that I will have a plane ready to fly him to Washington after the debate. OBAMA 08 (US Army. 1SG retired) Make IT Happen!

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