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. abc

    Good idea! Osama Obama can debate himself. He can flipflop from one side to the other.

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. "Georgia Peaches" For OBAMA

    The McCain Clowns just not ready for the debate that Obama is gonna HAMMER them on.

    Wake up AMERICA
    Obama '08-12

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

    This is the weakest stunt McCain has attempted since picking Palin.

    "I want a time out."

    "My dog ate my homework."

    "I need a nap."

    If ANYTHING during the course of this election cycle deserves a full debate, between the candidates, in front of the American people... IT'S THIS!!!

    Go get him Barack!

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

    The debates SHOULD go on. This is a stall tactic by the McCain campaign. This crisis isn't new. How is a man who has already said he doesn't know much about the economy going to fix this?

    September 24, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Texan for Obama

    Ofcourse McCain wants to delay the debate because he doesn't want to focus on the issues. Why am I not surprised? The sad thing is that this is acceptable to the racists in this country who have decided that their hatred of African Americans must overshadow their own best interest.

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

    Good for you Obama . . don't fall for Mc Cain Rovian Tactics ...

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Eisener

    Thank you Senator Obama. Enough said.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. A Concerned American!

    The debate should not be cancelled. The American public deserves to hear these two debate especially given the critical juncture that we are in as a Country. It is obviously a guise by McCain to postpone the debate because he is not prepared and can not defend what 8 years of Bush has done to America.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. i

    mccain suddenly now acknowleges issies about the economy becauseamericans arent as simpleminded but where are these empty words and action of care 8months ago-there is nothing wrong in using change to promote your career if you have evidence of change in your career there is something wrong in using your military record as a shield from deserved scrutiny

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. I guess we should just...

    ...postpone the election then, if there is some "unexpected" financial crisis in the future then? this is BALONEY. The American people want to see these candidates!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. susie

    Obama cares only for himself. Obama doesn't even care for his brother who lives in a hut in Kenya on a $1 a month.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. conny

    i agreeeeeeee! we wanna see this. Sen McClam, hadn't voted in congress since Apr 08, Sen Obama, Jul 08 Let's do it Cheers!

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Michael

    It is understandable that McCain wants to suspend his campaign, but the suspension of the debate as well is unrelated, and instead he should be looking to make the debates much-more economy based, if the economy is indeed his main concern.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. debate must take place

    the election is near, we need to hear both sides on the same stage to make a more informed decision, hear that McCain, informed decision!

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Goodee

    McCain hasn't been in Washington since April to vote and NOW he feels he must run off to inject himsslef into the bull$!@& and run away from the 2 to 3 hour debate.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Make November 4 a Federal holiday

    The debate should go as scheduled. Neither McCain nor Obama need to be present to move this situation along. McCain is just trying to lay low while he sinks in the polls.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Illini

    Obama wants to debate this week - before he forgets everything.

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

    The only thing Obama can do is agree. He cannot debate by himself.
    However he should let it be known it was John that chickened out.
    Or he McCain thinks more of the economy than the troops and cost of the war.

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

    Absolutely, the debate should go on as scheduled. Evidently, crooked McCain is unprepared and he is using this as a means to get out of answering questions. What a two faced coward.

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

    THE DEBATE SHOULD GO FORWARD....

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

    MCCAIN another political gimmick the debates are not until 900 pm there are other ways mccain can be in washington conference calls etc

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

    I'm confused...Why would they consider postponing the debate, when this debate is suppose to be about foreign policy. I could understand if the debate was about the economy.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. gluv

    that's right, obama

    don't fall for the okey doke

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

    the debate must go on!

    Stop running scared McCain.

    Where else would it be better then to be in front of America being asked questions.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Ruth

    They should debate as planned. This is another distraction strategy for McCain camp as they sweat about their inevitable defeat in the debate with the dems.

    September 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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