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. Jesse from Berlin

    Yellow belly...

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Mikel

    good to hear. I think that John McCain may have some serious egg on his face right now. The move fell flat

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Pam

    If McCain doesn't want to show up, fine, don't show up. It will give Obama an hour or more of free air time all to himself.

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Mike

    Of course the debate will go on. McShow just wanted to grand stand and show the he is all about 'country first'. His antics are getting lame.
    Oops did I just insult his war hero wounds? I must be an evil Wolf in the forest from his silly AD.

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. David in Los Angeles

    This Yankee coward has revealed his 'yella stripes, go Rebels!!!

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. carepi,nj

    McCain this is your chance to prove us wrong, and to tell americans how your plans are any different from those of bush's.

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. mz

    them debating isn't going to make the country collapse into a depression any faster! we want to hear what they propose to do for our country! congress has got a handle on the situation, mccain appearing there isn't going to change that much.
    this whole thing is just one big fear tactic to scare the American people into submission!

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Elle

    DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA...McCain just wet his depends. LMAO! Just debate and stop stalling.

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. J in NoVa

    What Obama SHOULD do is to say, "OK, McCain, we'll not debate national security, but let's DO debate the economy." Turn it around on McCain and let him refuse to debate a subject in which he has no experience or ideas. Take it to the GOP!

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. joseph from Georgia

    @Ready for Change,
    Yeah, just Like Obama called McCain about the 9/11 jojnt meeting and McCain Camp acknowledge Obama initiated it a true leader!
    Besides McCain camp isn't lying they are just playing word smart they said" The TOPIC was not discussed" Probably true, since he would have had to talk to McCain to Discuss, they did not however say that the TOPIC was not mentioned! Obama calls McCain at 8:30 in the Morning during a National Economic Crisis, what did they think Obama wanted to talk about; How clueless you are..Please???

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Scott L

    @Joe Green-

    Man you are smart...we know exactly where the economy has been going for the last 2 years...and guess what? Democrats have owned congress in the last two years!

    Glad you are putting 2 and 2 together!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. legacy

    Running the biggest democracy in the world needs a guy with a steel spine like Obama. Leadership means multi-tasking. If a foreign power attacks the USA today, will u ask them to delay it??? Life happens, and u face it as a man. This is time for leadership and we can see who is definitelty winning.
    Yes we can! Yes we can do both!

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Brian in VA

    American political process can not be put on hold so that these senators can go do work that over 1000 other people are already working on.

    September 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Canoli Change

    You Go OBAMA!! This is just a political stunt from McCain. This show that he is not ready to debate. (CHICKEN!) What is 90 minutes of your time? Plus, the debate is at 9pm, everybody should be home by then and not worrying about some billion dollar bailout check. So come home to papa McCain, dont be scare of debates! LOL

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Nik

    Tomorrow we will be bombarded with McCain's campaign stating Obama wants to play politics during this crisis. Let's see if their campaign will be "suspended" long enough to avoid making such claims.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Mike from Calgary

    The McCain/Bush shakedown of the American Taxpayer on an urgent basis – no debate.
    Remember when Gerald Ford couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time. McCain seems to have the same problem PLUS he knows very little about the economy ... except that he says the economy is strong ... and in crisis!

    Which McCain can one believe? Neither.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Cathy

    Obama statement was dead on!!!! Obama has just proven AGAIN why he has the better judgment and leadership for this country.

    McCain...a President has to handle more then one thing at a time even during a crisis like the economy.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. M in Manhattan

    Last week John McCain said, “The fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.”

    Today, John McCain has dropped 9 points behind Barack Obama in the polls!

    AND, today, John McCain wants to “suspend his campaign and postpone Friday’s Presidential debate” because “our economy is in crisis.”

    OPEN YOU EYES, AMERICA. This is one of the nastiest and most cynical political stunts ever attempted in American Presidential politics.

    Call it what it is! It is not noble; it is not honorable! It is despicable!

    McCain is once again grasping at an American crisis and playing it for whatever he can gain politically.
    He chose Palin for that reason, and he halted the Republican Convention, not because of the suffering, but because he needed an excuse to not have Bush and Cheney appear!

    McCain’s slogan is NOT “country first” but “winning first!”

    An American with Eyes Wide-Open this time!

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. J.D.

    Is McCain running scared. Wow!

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Obama is the REAL Change

    Well I guess we should be ready for McCain to come up with another excuse for Palin when it is JUST two days before her debate with Biden. It will be another SCARE tactic as usually.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. ohio

    the only crisis that is taking place that gives McCain a reason no to debate is that 60% of American peolpe are against this bailout put forward by this losing administration and that Rick Davis and Sarah Palin are nightmares to the McCain Campaign

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. arlene, CA

    I agree, the debates should go forward. McSame just confirms that he can not focus on more than ONE problem at a time. Obama shows real leadership that a President must have. McSame definitely not a multi-task Pres. No McSame /Palin no way, no how.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Paying Attention

    Lets Debate.

    I have been looking forward to it. I want to hear what they think about the status of things.

    Obama can do more than one thing at a time.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Candy West Virginia

    Mccain's panicked style and shooting from the hip is what we DON"T need in the white house. I want a leader who thinks calmly and rationally. Obama said the president should be able to do more than one thing at a time and I agree. Mccain reminds me of my 74 year old mother who panics all the time. Besides this being a political ploy for mccain to delay palins debate and even his.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. LB

    Good! I'm glad the debate is still on. McCain has been bad mouthing Obama in all his speeches about Obama not doing the Town Hall meetings, now McCain wants to back out on the National Debate. It's real easy to do nothing but talk bad about Obama in his speeches, and to talk in circles to the crowd, with Barbie Doll beside him, but he will never get away with those no nonsence type of responses on national TV and McCain knows it.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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