September 24th, 2008
04:59 PM ET
14 years ago

Presidential debate host says they still expect Friday event

(CNN) - The University of Mississippi, site of this year's first presidential debate, released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the school still expects the event to take place as scheduled Friday evening.

"The University of Mississippi is going forward with the preparation for the debate. We are ready to host the debate, and we expect the debate to occur as planned," read the statement. "At present, the University has received no notification of any change in the timing or venue of the debate. We have been notified by the Commission on Presidential Debates that we are proceeding as scheduled. We will keep you posted as information becomes available."

soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Peridot, Atlanta

    GOOD. We want to debate

    Peridot for Obama

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. 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 town halls when soldiers were being killed in Iraq, but I guess the well being of your fat cat buddies are more important.

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. John McShame

    More of the same from John McShame

    John McLame says, “I don’t know much about the economy, I still need to be educated”

    “It would be acceptable if we had to stay in Iraq for another 100 years.”

    We need to “bomb, bomb, and bomb Iran”

    “I have voted with Bush 90% of the time because he has been right 90% of the time”

    Sarah Failin says,

    “I have foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from Alaska and I went to Mexico on vacation once.”

    “I welcome any investigation into my past because I have nothing to hide, oh never mind I will not meet with any investigators for any reason ever.”

    She believes the Bush Doctrine is a “World View” hahaha

    She says she said “No Thanks” for the Bridge to nowhere when she was actually the one who got it approved

    She says we may have to go to war WITH RUSSIA

    She decreased her own responsibilities when she was the mayor of a town small enough to be run by a fifth grader

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. McCain is just like Bush - cut and run

    Once again McCain proves he is not capable of being President – he can't handle 2 issues at once? Guess that 72 year old mind is giving out as we thought all along. McCain is desperately trying to get out of the debate with Obama on Friday. McCain is such a liar. He is not critical to this bailout discussion. He can still debate AND then go to Washington to pretend like he knows what is going on. Maybe the people who are explaining it to Bush in small simple words can do the same for McCain and Palin. Obama has been calling for the very reforms being discussed in Congress right now for over 2 years. McCain voted for the deregulation that led us to this financial crisis. Please do suspend your campaign McCain! It woud be nice to go one day without a commercial from you full of lies and distortions! Palin can't even handle one question at a time. Now McCain can;t handle more than one task at a time. McCain and Palin – both unfit for office and proving it more every day!

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Barb

    First McCain postponed events at the Republican convention because of an impending hurricane. Now he wants to postpone a debate. He won't let his running mate talk to the press. Is this all political posturing? What is he afraid of?

    It is more important than ever to have these debates as scheduled. The American people need to hear the candidates speak before early voting takes place.

    Next will McCain want to postpone the election?

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Nifty 60, female and white

    yes it should. Neither one should be allowed to inject campaigne rhetoric into the bailout discussion. They should vote on them and concentrate on the American to them directly, hence ...... DEBATE. None of the excuses McWack uses to shield Mosse Barbie from the public and press. Oncec again, the Repuks buy into anything to keep a intelligent black man out of the birth given right to run for president of the United States of America.

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. katiec

    This is just more of Mccains pandering. How much more
    does he expect us to take??
    A man who has done nothing but lie can no longer be
    trusted to speak the truth about anything.
    He will say, do, try anything and everthing to win this
    This man CANNOT be the leader of our frail country,

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Shari, NY

    This is a crisis but a mere one or two hours of debating cannot hurt. These are the exact words of Sen. Obama: "It's going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once." Therefore, in my words, you must be able to multi task. THANKS, Senator!

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Molly KC

    From the candidate who just last week said "the fundamentals of our economy are strong," we now hear we are on the verge of Great Depression II and are in a crisis! I want to see a debate and I want to see these candidates stand up and show us how they will lead us through this mess! Enough B.S. its time to show your cards…

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Charlie

    Of all Senators, John McCain has been the most absent. There have been 643 votes taken in the current Senate session: McCain has missed 412 of them.

    McCain has not voted in the Senate since April 8th. Since March, he has missed 109 of the last 110 votes.

    A few days ago he said that the fundamentals of our economy are strong and now we are going into a great depression? He said himself that he doesn't understand the economy and now he wants to solve this crisis?

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Janine

    The debates should go on as planned. No stalling!

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. temi




    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Joshua

    I live in MS and Oxford has a lot of resources tied up in this debate. The president has to balance many issues and you can't just put your campaign on hold to focus on one issue.

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. sam

    It is now more important than ever that they debate and share their ideas with the people. McCain doesn't understand the economy, so he is worried about facing the public on this issue. It is better for him if he goes and sits beside experts and rides on their coat tails. And what is with McCain jumping on the air to announce this when it was supposed to be a joint statement? You can't trust what he says, apparently.

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Bobby Fairman

    it seems to me that multi-tasking may be something that a president may have to be involved in on occasions. Unless McCain is to old, let's seehow this works out

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. S. Herd

    Obama only care of wining his campaign. McCain put country first.

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Democrats....a party divided....I LOVE IT!!

    Obama at the debates without a teleprompter

    "ahhhhhhh "

    "ahhhhhhhh, good question....let's see"

    "ahhhhhhhh, ok if I got this right I wait a minute"

    "hmmm, interesting you asked that..."

    "hmmmm, I wish Rev Wright was here right now"

    " ahhhhhhh can you repeat the question.......I'm lost"

    Commentator: " We're sorry folks , we're out of time"


    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Kelly

    And next week the McCain campaign will want to delay the Biden/Palin debate due to another "crisis".
    Sorry dudes, we ain't falling for it. Get off your arses and show us what you're made of!!

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Lone Libertarian

    Um, what about Obama refusing to have town hall meetings? He had something better to do? Why didn't he "man up" and talk about issues then?

    This isn't another pro-Obama butt-kissing post, so there's no chance CNN's moderators will let it through. But if you do indeed read it, you might want to remember to be a JOURNALIST and not a BIASED PSEUDO-news organization.

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Evan

    Democrats....a party divided....I LOVE IT!!: What are you talking about Obama hasn't voted for 50 days McCain for almost 130. McCain hasn't been there since April! Anyway let them debate, it would be great to hear what they have to say. Next thing you know Palin won't want to debate either and she won't want it to be postponed.

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |

    Can someone please tell me, how do so many people continue to completely defend McCain. Don't we as Americans deserve to hear how someone who may be our next president intends to run our country?

    The idea of Palin in office scares me to death, and quite frankly I don't want to take Laura Bush's opinion of her or other Rep. talking heads. I WANT TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION FOR MYSELF. GIVE ME AS AN AMERICAN SOME CREDIT PLEASE!!!

    This is not a popularity contest. I like Obama/Biden because I do know where they stand on some things..............Isn't that what this election is about?


    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. joyce

    democrats devided

    grow up this is serious
    get a life

    September 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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