September 24th, 2008
04:59 PM ET
13 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. Rob indetroit

    MCchicken is going down, and by trying to back out of the debate ,he just made himself look weak. OBAMA-BIDEN 08'

    September 24, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Sylvia B

    Hurray for the University of Mississippi!!!!! Lets bring the debate on. Americans are preparing to watch it on Friday. I have my party lined up.

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Sarah

    ... and so they should. McCain is not postponing the debate because he wants to be helpful in DS. He's postponing the debates because he's scared that the polls show he is losing. How stupid does he think the American people are?

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. michelle

    Obama is acting like a leader...we the american people need to hear what our soon to be leader is going to do. McCain seems to be wanting to duck the media...as palin is doing...could it be he has no solution...could it be he doesn't want america to see he is mccain the mcsame...WE KNOW ALREADY...ON WITH THE DEBATE!

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Luvamerica

    Great.... I am so happy that OBAMA did not fall for McCain's trick. I knew he was smarter than that. If McCain don't show up "oh well" that is on him. He need to realize that he can get on a flight like Obama said and fly anywhere for 2 hours, so just because McCain want to work on the Economy these 2 hours will not hurt his time.

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Vote08

    Of course they expect the event to happen...Obama doesn't need to be in Washington to discuss the economy...everyone already knows he only votes PRESENT anyway.

    Obama...the man whose only major contribution to America has been the two books he had written about himself. Obama clearly good at making up stories but clearly not write for America.

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Robert in Hartford, CT

    Congress needs McCain's help like I need my 2 year old son's help lifting a couch. It makes him feel good about himself, and important, but any mature observer knows that the 2 year old is being humored and is contributing little.

    McCain knows squat on economics, as he has so flagrantly displayed this week. He is showing he also does not respect that we citizens need to see our two choices side by side. Mr. McCain, please stop hurting America.

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. ken

    This is in part a desire to get Palin up to speed and McCain is trying to score political points! This is a bunch of crap...and I would hope the Obama campaign would say no!

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. bx101

    Obama's statement was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!! In times of crisis, the American people need to hear from their leaders! YES YES YES!!! Also, I'm so glad that he pointed out that REAL leaders can multi-task. I want HIM to be the President because I know that he's not going to be running scared. He's not going to crack under pressure. He's going to be that comforting persona who we need when times get rough.

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Diamond from Florida

    I was mad when I heard what Mccain decided to do, but When Obama came and spoke, I felt better, Obama told the truth about dealing with more things at once instead of suspending his campaign for one thing. Mccain and Obama needs to just go vote, then fly back to the debate.
    The debate needs to happen, its only 40 days left before election day.

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    Keep the debate as scheduled!!

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. MCCAIN NO MORE!!! PLEASE

    POINT # 1

    CAN NOT THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT FOCUS ON TWO THINGS AT ONCE (A DEBATE AND A “MEETING”)? JUST IN CASE MR. MCCAIN HAS NOT NOTICED THERE WILL BE VERY FEW TIMES AS A PRESIDENT WHERE HE WILL BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON “ONE” THING AT A TIME.

    POINT # 2

    JOHN MCCAIN WANTS US TO TRUST THAT GOVENOR PALIN CAN HANDLE THE COUNTRY, BUT HE IS AFRAID FOR HER TO HANDLE THE MEDIA, NEVER ALLOWING HER TO TAKE QUESTIONS IN AN OPEN FORUM. IF JOHN MCCAIN FEARS THAT MRS. PALIN MAY MESS UP HIS CAMPAIGN, WHY SHOULDN’T WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT FEAR THAT SHE WILL MESS UP THE COUNTRY?

    THIS CAMPAIGN IS BECOMING REALLY SAD!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Brian

    Obama has McCain by the McNuggets.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Enlightened Voter

    He is pandering and wants to delay the inevitable. And like Obama just said, a president should be able to do more than one thing at a time so why can't mccain? Simple-he isn't presidential material. You don't drop everything when a crisis occurs, you deal with it calmly and rationally. I don't like mccain's style of shooting from the hip in regards to our country. It is dangerous and unstable.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Dear University of Mississippi,

    Please excuse Johnny from Friday night's debate. He's a little worked up over a financial crisis and is having trouble focusing on other things.

    Sincerely,
    John McCain's mom

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    McCain can't run away from this. Obama is right to stand firm in the face of this study.

    Let's have a debate.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Palin for President

    Bye Hillary, bye Pumas, Palin will win this election for McCain without your help. No more kissing up to screaming clinton supporters.

    Palin 2012

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Robin Williams (Florida registered voter)

    It does not matter I have lost respect for Senator John McCain anyway.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Chris

    Yes, they should!

    McCain can't weasel his way out of a direct confrontation.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Tony

    Hmmmm,
    I'm down 9 pts in the polls, Barack might try to talk about the economy, Sarah's lost her luster except to the president of Pakistan who thinks she's hot, I need to renew my registration on my 13 cars, the dog ate my debate papers.
    Oh My!

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Carolyn

    McCain is just trying to get on over, he needs time to bone up on what he does not know, and time to get moose momma ready!

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Dee

    I watched Sen Obama give a thoughtful presentation in Florida, a few minutes ago. He looked very presidential. He took tough questions from the press. Then I watched McSame running like a girl from the debates. I can't believe this, now he wakes up. The rest of us have been suffering for many months and all of sudden, he wants a time out. Baloney. Forty days to go, man up and debate already.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. J

    The debate should be postponed.

    John McCain looks like a President today.

    In his announcement to temporarily suspend his Presidential campaign to return to Washington D.C. to work toward a bipartisan solution to the nation's economic situation, Sen. McCain is demonstrating what real leadership is.

    John McCain is putting our country first and politics second. It's the right thing to do.

    Sen. Barack Obama should follow Sen. McCain's lead.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Independent for Obama

    Now prepare to watch all the Neocon thugs cry and blame Obama

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. fella from Chicago

    Typical Obama; me first country second. Can't wait to get your ears pinned back from Senator McCain, can you? Don't forget to bring your teleprompter.

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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