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. Kate from MI

    Absolutely the debate NEEDS to happen! Interesting that someone who professed ignorance (McCain) of the economy thinks that he needs to suspend his campaign in order to "solve" the crisis. BWAHAHAHAHAH!

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Lenore

    Why is McCain running scared? Does Palin scare the Hell Out of Him as she does me?????

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. BHO: Ignorance is Bliss

    Maybe Mccain will send Palin.. Obama will again miss voting for the most important issues in washington... I love his credentials..

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. TK, Dallas, TX

    THIS IS A STUNT MCSHAME MCLAME LIES ARE CATCHING UP WITH HIM NOW HE WANTS TO SUSPEND THE CAMPAIGN HOPING VOTERS FORGET ABOUT HIS LIES.

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

    O in senate only running for prez and never vote make sure NO TELEPROMTER in debate

    September 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. TIRED OF THE GOP

    Yea... Bring it on! We look forward to watching this on friday night.

    As we need to see and hear what both these men have to say.

    Don't play games with this debates

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Dante in Madison, WI

    The political process must go on. This process cannot, should not, and will not wait for one man to use this time to try to get a bump in his poll numbers.

    While John McCain claims that he's suspending his campaign to focus on our financial crisis–and that is a noble cause, we as citizens of the United States of America must uphold the Constitution and press our elected officials and candidates to do the same.

    If McCain chooses to suspend his and refuses to participate in the first debate this Friday, he poses a grave threat to our Constitution and the political process laid out in that most important of documents.

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

    The debate should go on as scheduled. There is no reason why it shouldn't. The bailout is the current President's job to see that it gets done by the weekend!

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

    Stop Hiding Mclame!

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. NW Ohio

    Just like John McCain and the Republicans to try and scare us!
    I expect the debate to be on TV Friday night and I expect John McCain to be there!

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Jesse from Berlin

    Now what do you say about that, sen McCain?
    DonĀ“t you go blaming Obama...

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

    Obama has the right answer – a president has to multi-task, and this is the best time to debate so the voters will see clearly where each candidate stands.
    Good choice, Obama, good choice.

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

    McCain is a COWARD. We have 2 wars going on and he wants a TIMEOUT??

    He is running scared and we all know it. He has been hiding from the press and afraid to come out of his bubble. FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS!!!

    ALL that TOUGH Talk and now it is time for the swinging to begin he runs and Hides.

    SISSY!

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Gary Chandler in Canada

    If this was chess, McCain just laid his King down! The election is OVER!
    Even a LUG NUT can see what he is like now.
    ------
    Remember when Palin, in one of the 3 questions she has answered, said she will "try to change McCain's little mind" about drilling in Anwar. Does that go for abortion in rape cases? Funding for pro choice groups? Birth Control? Independence for Alaska? shooting wolves from planes? earmarks? protecting polar bears?
    a McCain_Palin debate would be PRICELESS!

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Sal

    balk, balk, balk

    another McCain distraction. he didn't care about the bailout last week, the economy is "fundamentally strong", what happened to that? pathetic, simply pathetic.

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

    Maybe he could send Sarah Palin to fill in for him. Isn't that what VPs do?

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    DO YOU HEAR THE ...........FEAR MONGERING BY THE GOP?

    YOU WONT BE ABLE TO BUY HOMES

    WONT BE PAID

    WONT BE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR SAVINGS

    PEOPLE DO NOT ALLOW THE REPUBLICANS & BUSH/CHENEY/MCCAIN TO BULLY US.......... NOR MAKE US AFRAID!

    WE NEED CONGRESS TO TAKE THEIR TIME, WORK TOGETHER, LOOK AT ALL OPTIONS!

    WHAT'S THE HURRY BUSH???????????????????????????????

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

    If McCain wants to look Presidential, he shouldn't let a little thing like the Bailout package hold him back. I mean, get real! FDR had to deal with the Great Depression and World War II for crying out loud!

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Scott L

    If there was a terrorist attack they would cancel the event. Not sure why they do not comprehend the urgency of the economic crisis right now.

    If this melts down it will be worse. Imagine a terrorist attack hitting the markets this week...holy cow it would crumble.

    And Obama still wants to debate? What a lack of judgement.

    I am anxious for the debates as well, but this was McCain telling Obama, ok dude you get a few more days to prep...are you sure you still want to debate?

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Rache from Bowie

    good. McCain is trying to duck the debate because quite frankly I believe Obama surges after this mono e mono. Energy, poise, intellect, wits against a man who may have a post war stress issues!

    This debate must go on. Send Biden and Palin to Wash DC–let's get it on!!!

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

    Of course it should continue. With the crisis this country is in, we should hear how the 2 candidates respond and address serious issues. After all, the election is still on....

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

    good

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

    If McCain really does dodge the debate, Obama should go and hold a one-hour press conference.

    Maybe they can have a second podium set up, just in case someone else wanders on stage.

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Jennifer NY

    Another political trick by McCain – trying to show he is putting the country above self – we don't fall for it.

    September 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Kristy

    What the American people need right now is to hear what each candidate plans to do for our economy. If anything should change about the debate in regard to what is going on with our economy then it should simply be the subject–domestic first and international policy next. The debate is the perfect opportunity for us to hear what they'll do.

    Calling to have the debate postponed is ridiculous and it once again demonstrates John McCain's strange, unpredictable behavior.

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