September 24th, 2008
06:24 PM ET
11 years ago

Presidential Debate Commission still sticking with original plan

Hours after John McCain called for the first presidential debate to be re-scheduled if a bailout package is not finalized by Friday morning, the Commission on Presidential Debates said it was moving forward with its original plan:

“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. this Friday, Sept. 26," the group said in a statement. "The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half. The CPD’s mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled.”

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soundoff (435 Responses)

    One monkey don't stop the show! Lets get on with the debates. American people are looking for answers!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. REG in AZ

    Why does it seem like again the McCain camp is trying every way to keep Palin away from scrutiny, now by delaying first the Obama-McCain debate and then the Biden-Palin debate. Interesting!

    September 24, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. VP - North Carolina

    HA! Tactics that worked 8 years ago... sorry McCain they don't work anymore!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. DWoods

    Good for you! I agree. There has been too much money, time, effort, and manpower spent on this event. Besides both candidates can get in and out of Ole Miss in 5 hours max,

    September 24, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. liz , St. Louis MO

    As a president, you have to be ready to multi-task. So like Obama said, it is possible to go to Washington and fly to Mississipi the following day for the debate! McCain's idea of postponement does not seem to hold much water. Instead, it makes him look like he is fearing the showdown between him and Obama. The debate should take place regardless!

    September 24, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Pitbull without lipstick (scott L is dumb)

    CNN when are you going to talk about keating 5 and his connection with Fannie Mae,this is the real reason McCain is making changes to the debate because his advisers are linked to fannie mae.

    September 24, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. julie

    John McCain campaign is in jeopardy, and this finally move showed how desperate he has become to try to turn this election around. McCain is looking like he is on panic mode since he said he thinks the fundamentals of the economy is sound. P.S. Sending Palin to talk to heads of states for a photo-op was so painful to watch, mostly when they had McCains foreign policy advisors sitting right behind her the whole time, then when the McCain campaign couldn't make the situation even more painful to watch, they did, The press was kept at arms length the whole time, even sneaking her in by the side door and having a baracade set up on her way out. WOW

    September 24, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  8. Suspend talking to Americ???

    They should make them go ahead and debate! I mean we are in a crisis! well...come to think about it we ahve been ever since Bush has been in office...we need to hear what plans they have to get us out of THIS crisis in the next 4 years. Palin hasn't had time to tie her puppet stings and Mccain hasn't had the writers put the largest font on his what! We need to have some type of information on what is planned and they need to stop stealing Obama's ideas. If we have a President who runs to Bush or vise versa these next four years are going to be even worse than the last 8.

    September 25, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  9. Anna

    The delaying tactic by McCain will not earn my vote. Oh yeah, has anyone seen the David Letterman show. Letterman must be really pissed. He was right, why suspend your campaign when your VP can handle it. Unless, the McCain campaign doesn't trust her at all.

    September 25, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  10. Sliding At The Polls

    David Letterman made a good point that McCain shouldn't suspend his campaign to resume his duties as Senator after a 5 month layoff; instead Sarah Palin should step in and take his place. She should be ready, right?

    So how about agreeing to postpone Friday's debate between Barack Obama and McCain only if Joe Biden and Palin step in and take their places. This would be a good test to see if either VP candidate is ready to be President. I have a hunch that Joe Biden is ready, although I'm not so sure about Sarah Palin.

    September 25, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
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