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. Just Sayin...

    DON'T LET HIM PULLOUT...MCCAIN JUST CAN'T TALK ECONOMY AND KNOWS HE WILL BE IN A HOLE....DEBATES MUST GO ON!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Obama calls McCain this morning to ‘cross party lines’ and make a joint ‘bipartisan statement’.
    McCain plagiarizes the idea and goes to the press to turn Obama’s idea into a partisan political FOOTBALL.
    DO A POLL to see if the AMERICAN PUBLIC wants the debate?
    You know? The American public… do you YOU want the debates????

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. jb

    McBush doesn't know a thing about the economy. What's he going to do back at Washington besides get in the way. This is cleary an attempt to duck the debate. What a wuss.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Minneapolis Mikey

    Good! If McCain pulls anything like saying Obama isn't putting the "country first," then Obama can yell "A HA! Your 'proposal' was just a political stunt" (Just like we all know it is). Don't let McCain run away from the debate!

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Deb Thacker

    I have finally decided who I am voting for. A true political leader will drop everything in order to do what is right for our country - even if it kills his or her political career. Hooray for McCain's bravery!!

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. bx101

    They should not postpone the debates!!! It is important for us to hear what the candidates have to say. We have to move forward as a country and votign in this upcoming election is the single-most important decision that Americans can make. True leaders must be able to do handle multiple issues at one time. If president Bush invites them to contribute they should take the time to contribute their views on the economy. Above all the public needs to hear these debates.We really need a leader who is level headed in ALL circumstances.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Kate

    YES!!!! DO NOT change the debates around! Don't let John's pathetic political ploy get you off track! Go Obama!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. NoMcSame

    You can bring Palin with you McSame You CHICKEN. Obama will take it to you like an old time country dad given a good one to his son in the wood shack. No, they will not be talking SURGE so McSame wants to hide. I saw him on Huffingtonpost.com and he looked really BAD. The man is yellow. Too old. Time is creeping up and he is losing the fire for this fight I think. The old DOG is gone. No wind in the sail.
    Obama08

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Gov Palin, WHY WON'T YOU SPEAK TO THE PRESS?

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

    MC-CANE SAW THE PALIN INTERVIEW WITH COURIC; HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING. BLESS HER DEAR HEART...

    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 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    Now, All Of A Sudden McClown cares about the people....Whatever

    Barack is to wise for the games your playing.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Stand Your Ground

    Good for you Obama.
    I have waited for this debate.
    I want to see what each candidates have to offer.
    The candidates won't be able to control the press like they did yesterday with Palin.
    I want some answers and I want them now McSame.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Marvin

    Glad he didn't fall for McCain's trick. What McCain thinks he gonna do in 2 days before the debate. Seems he is running scared to me.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Union Jack

    What a great "leader." Give me a break.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Chris from STL

    These guys should be campaigning. Let the discussions at DC go on to find a solution to this mess. If McCain and Obama went to DC and start fiddling with this discussion, they will be injecting 'presidential' politics on to the table .... And, it could drag on and on.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Jacqueline

    Please debate!! Do not let No WAY! NO HOW! NO McCAIN get away with this!!

    This is un-American. McCain is making us look like a third-world country!!

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Karen

    McCain is simply reacting to the low numbers that he is seeing in the polls in a dramatic political move to try to force a quick vote.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Holly

    McCain doesn't want the debate because it's his party that is the cause of all of this! He doesn't care about us "little folk". He has his cars and his houses and they're safe...

    Bring the debate on....in times like this is it more crucial than anything to see where each stands!

    COWARD!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. AMERICANS WANT THIS FIXED NOW!

    AMERICANS want this problem fixed and we want it fixed NOW

    I cannot believe that Sen. Obama is saying no to working this out.....it's time to stop playing politics Sen. Obama.

    We want a leader who cared about America not a politician who only cares about himself.

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

    Way to go OBAMA. We will not bow down to McInsane and his same old politics as usual tricks to back Obama into a corner so the Repiglicans can call him unpatriotic and uncaring about the financial stability of America. Obama didn't get us in this mess, so why should he wait to debate with McInsane. Little too late- McInsane.
    Run McInsane, run very fast.

    Obama/Biden 08-12

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Democraticyear2008

    Obama is ready to debate, but Mccain is not ready stop the lies Mccain don't act like you care about bailout issue no body is buying it. Debate is on. Go obama and blast this old man get under his skin he will explode then the election is over obama straight to the white house.

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

    Great! We the people will like to hear what the candidates have to say and how they intend to govern and stire this country and the economy in the right direction.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Jake

    We know why McCain really wants to postpone the debate........Palin's not prepared and he'd bashed on the economy.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. arnolde

    And now we find out that it was OBAMA who initiated the discussion early this morning... while McCain tries to take credit for it... jeez, McCain must be a limbo dancer (How low can you go?).

    Leaders all over the world multitask. No way should Obama agree to postponing the debate. Weren't the 2004 debates held with two wars raging? Duh!

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Susan in SC

    I fail to understand how one evening of debate could cause more issues with the ecomony.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. seth

    YES!!! Please, Obama, don't let McCain pull the wool over America's eyes. He can "suspend his campaign" if he wants, but he can certainly spend a few hours in front of the American public on Friday night.

    Don't let him get away with this stunt, please.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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