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. dw

    The idea that foreign policy is not relevant to the economic crisis is rediculous. Who are we borrowing from? What does the war cost each day?

    The McCain camp can no longer lie their way in the White House and are in a panic. This is pure politics and the American people will not buy it.

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Billy


    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Brian, NJ

    This means McCain can't answer the questions Friday. Obama has the same economic advisors Clinton had who gut us out of the 1993 recession, and Warren Buffet on his side who is calling this economic Pearl Harbor. Who do you think is more ready for Friday.

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Ken Boyd

    yeah hide Palin & McCain make sure you are behind her because you are coward..

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Not lead by the media

    Obama calls McCain this morning and request a joint message
    McCain calls Obama this afternoon and agrees
    Minutes later McCain makes a public announce – solo.


    That says a lot about ethics and integrity.

    McCain supporters please wake up and use your head. Stop drinking the kool-aid

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Teddy California

    Yes, the debate should go on. They should have a debate on the econnomy only this Friday!

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    I have to admit I am sick of all the made-up names for mccain, mcthis and mcthat. It is childish and is evident of the silliness of this campaign. debating about how many foreign cars someone has or how many houses is not going to solve the major problems of this country. I think they should debate, but don't be so quick to call mccain a coward. at least he is trying to do his job. I sure can't say that for obama. when was the last time he actually voted for something in the senate anyway? So, stop with the petty name calling and the "gotcha" politics, it is beneath us.

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Will

    Way to make the Wall Street Bail out even more political.

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. John in Illinois

    Why don't they just go to the debate but send their VP candidates to represent their positions in Washington?

    I didn't think so.

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. calle

    Yet another stupid move by McBush. The world doesn't stop just because we have crisis. Don't Americans, "Keep Movin." After all Bush, McCain's Homie, told us to go shopping after 9/11. Surely we can continue our routines as our fearless leaders iron out a plan to make us pay for wall street bailouts, right McBush. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show. The world is not going to fall apart because John McCain and Barak Obama don't show up to the party. McCain is having delusions of grandure. He's not all well up in the head. Bad decisions. Americans if he's making bad choices now do you really think its going to be different in 40 days? Probably Not!! Wake Up!!!!

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

    McCain —"The dog ate my homework"

    A diversion tactic. Look – Haley's Comet!!!!

    To all the Republicans out there… .What happened to personal responsiblity. Let these banks

    pull themselves up out of this muck.

    To Wall Street:

    Jump, Baby, Jump!

    Let the bad ones fail. Good banks will take their place.

    A few weeks ago the Fed allowed these firms to come to the discount window and borrow money.

    Why haven't they been using this… because the interest is less than 4%….and they want a free

    bail out?

    Yet these same banks want to charge 29% to their credit card holders!

    They should all go to the top of thier skyscrapers and JUMP!.

    Jump, Baby, Jump

    Say no to:
    More War McCain &
    Taliban Palin

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. showtimeNY

    I don't mind if the debate is delayed. Right this second, I'm more concerned with how that $700 BILLION will be spent. All of this rushing around to get this package signed before the opening bell on Monday morning. I don't like it one bit and I believe if Obama and McCain stand side by side on this one, maybe, just maybe the wool won't get pulled over our eyes!

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




    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. debbie

    Mccain isnt going to be there!, who is obama going to debate? He will debate himself again i bet and vote present.

    Disgusted Democrat voting for Mccain!

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. nani

    Forget your circus, This is a real problem that it has to be done as soon as posible. I don't want to fiend out we can not have money and we are a broken country. Cancel it

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. John

    Let the debates begin. It's a 90 minute flight to Washington DC from the debate location the debate will take 2 hours, so it's 6 hours away from the senate building. I don't believe that our economy will collapse because McCain and Obama aren't there for every minute. This makes McCains camp look weak.

    September 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Rich

    Remember he's the one who said he only ran negative and inacurrate ads attacking Obama because Obama wouldn't have town hall meetings with him. Now he gets a chance to debate and suddenly he can't spend the couple of hours to actually discuss issues. What a fraud. Shame on you, McCain.

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


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

    I've got a better idea; instead of suspending the campaigns lets just have the election early! Why doesn't McCain agree to move up the election to October 4th so we can turn the page on the Republican administration that got us into this mess in the first place?

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

    From the candidate who just last week said "the fundementals 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 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. think4urself

    Good choice Obama! Bring on the debates!!!

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. alice Stoklos

    If Senator McCain does not wish to debate on Friday, maybe he should throw in the towl and give all his contriburtion to the bail out.

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    John McCain, who has the WORST ATTENDANCE RECORD in the SENATE, now wants to delay the debate because of the Nightmare on Wall Street.

    John McCain, whose irresponsible anti-regulation voting MADE THIS DISASTER INEVITABLE, is now suspending his campaign to "deal with it."

    Suspend your campaign permanently, Senator.

    That would help a lot.

    My friend.

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

    MCCAIN IS A COWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. no trickle down...

    Me thinks McCain is scared!

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