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. Wake up and see the truth

    Obama would rather give speeches and sound bites than do his job as a senator. What a pathetic joke he is. But what do you expect from a guy who wrote two books about himself and not one law.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Erik

    THIS JUST IN: JOHN MCCAIN HAS RETURNED TO WASHINGTON D.C. FOR AN URGENT APPOINTMENT WITH HIS GYNECOLOGIST!

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Louis

    Palin afraid of a press conference. McCain afraid of a debate.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Kristopher

    The debate should go on, unless Obama needs to be in Washington to vote NO on the bailout.

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

    I suggest the vice presidential candidates go ahead and debate on Friday night so that McCain/Obama are free to deal with the financial crisis.

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. jaye

    There is simply NO reason not to have the debate.
    McCain is running scared. Period!

    September 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Yeah, McCain was so concerned about the economy, he spent the last two days parading Sarah Palin around to meet foreign dignitaries in New York. Doesn't matter, though, since he doesn't know anything about the economy anyway, so what help could he be in Washington?

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Obama win '08

    He does not realize that he doew not look "Presidential" or "concerned about the economy". He looks like he is running scared. He is not prepared to debate Barack Obama and he knows things are not going well for him.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. barackobama4prez

    it's so obvious. Bush and Paulson label this a crisis we have to RUSH to get behind

    now McCain suspends campaign...only 26 years after being a deregulator who caused the mess
    Joe the traitor lieberman was just on MSNBC saying it was imperative that Sen. Obama return to the Senate and delay the debate

    the republicans have obviously planned this. let's see Obama's move. He's a poker player....i know he's got an ace.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Kim

    Can McCain walk and chew gum at the same time?

    What else will McCain cancel if a crisis occurs? A President has to multitask.

    We need to hear from both candidates on this issue ASAP. Sitting in Washington doesn't help.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Gee, Alabama

    John McCain and GWBush remind me of the GO Hawaiian pilots. They have been asleep at the wheel and now when they're 15 mi past their destination all of a sudden they haste to make a safe landing. When they pull it of they'll act like 'nothing happened'.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Joyce, nj

    Should we suspend the elections as well for the matter John?
    Until you and Palin feel you are ready enough for....well just about anything?

    You know what sickens me about all this is the fact that it was Obama who initiated this bi-partisan statement/agreement between the 2 of them. It was so cunning of him to jump the gun and say he had called Obama to do exactly that. It is an outright lie. How could he even look Obama straight in the face knowing he did what he had done?

    This debate is a must. On a bigger picture and scale, we are going to decide the leader of this country, the one that would inherit all this mess.
    Rushing Washington towards making a decision and signing off on this bail out is another Republican trick – kinda like the war on Iraq.

    Congress, take your time. Demand what is right for the people. Don't get pressured into signing in. Feel free to reject it.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. B Wingler

    Let the debate happen.....I haven't heard either of the candidates so far say anything that makes me want to vote for them, maybe one of them will say something intelligent for a change....but I doubt that will happen either.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Palin the ZOMBIE

    Let the President and the White House hash out the mess they put us in. We need to hear from our future leaders NOW, don't cut and run McCain.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. EDW

    From Huffington Post:
    John McCain has skipped more votes during this session than any member of the Senate except for Tim Johnson, who had major brain surgery. He has cast a single vote in five months, since April 9. All of a sudden, McCain is demanding that the presidential race shut down so he can return to Washington?

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. arnolde

    I find it disgusting and shoddy on McCain's part that it was Obama who initiated the discussion, and McCain "forgot" to mention that in his announcement. Politics much?

    Crises don't hang around not developing further while you solve another one. Leaders have to be able to deal with any number of pressing issues at one time.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Christine

    Joe Green, you claim the crisis is manufactured?? Do you have any idea how much money the American tax payer will be on the hook for if this bailout goes forward. Grow up!

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Dee

    We need this debate to go on as scheduled. Yes, we have a financial crisis, but we will need one of these two men to lead us out of it. We need to hear there views...now.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Mary

    Let the debate go on! This idea by McCain is another impulsive knee jerk reaction. Obama is the only steady voice in this mess. If McCain can't make it, he should send Palin. HA! What a joke that would be!

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    this is laughable, McCain had 26 years time to bring some change and to engage in economy-policies, and NOW, two days before the campaign where he is now trailing Obama by growing margins each day, now he's going there to change something...

    No, not with us

    Obama/Biden by landslide

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Jim

    We NEED this debate more than ever! The focus can be changed to the economy. It's important for us to see the candidates speaking less scripted and more freely about their policies and vision for the future. I've never liked how McCain 1) said he knew little about economics and 2) relied on Phil Gramm as his economic advisor.

    Uncertainty about our next President is contributing to the economic malaise. This debate will be good for America and the world.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. James, Houston, TX

    Yes the P.O.W. McCain is used to backing AWAY. Don't expect anything less of this Turkey ! What You See is What You Get !

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Vulcero

    If McCain won't debate, he should ask Ahmadinejad to take his place. Iran is MORE than willing to debate the USA.

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. David Tshil

    To all readers:
    The debate needs to go ahead. It will provide an opportunity to both candidates to make their views and plans known to a large audience. Going to Capital Hill does not stop the candidates from debating.Trying to score political points by canceling the debate may backfire on the McCain camp.

    David , Canada

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Sian

    To suspend this debate woule be a disservice to the American people

    September 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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