[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/25/bartender.jpg caption="Patricia Houston"]
ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS
BATESVILLE, Mississippi (CNN)– Whatever the McCain campaign may have anticipated about national reaction to the suggestion that tomorrow night’s debate be postponed, people around here, who have been looking forward to the event for many months, are taking it rather personally.
"The debate should go on,” said Patricia Houston, a bartender at a local restaurant that was opened this year and that was counting on heavy business over the debate weekend. “Why does he have to be up in Washington to discuss the economy? Does he not know that we have Internet access down here in Mississippi? He can keep in touch from down here just fine.”
Houston said she is a strong political supporter of John McCain, and that “I love Sarah Palin." She is deeply disappointed that McCain, in her opinion, is treating her state as expendable.