September 25th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Michelle Obama to host U.S. soldier's wife at debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The wife of a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq will join Michelle Obama at Friday night's debate."]
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain has not yet confirmed whether he will participate in Friday night's presidential debate, but Barack Obama's campaign is moving forward with its plans for the event.

The campaign announced Thursday evening that Michelle Obama will be joined at the debate by Shannon Kendall, whose husband is currently serving his second tour in Iraq, according to a press release issued by the campaign Thursday evening. Kendall, a mother, met Michelle Obama during a recent roundtable with military families in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Friday's debate will focus on foreign policy, a topic agreed to by both presidential campaigns before the nation's financial system and broader economic issues took center stage two weeks ago.

soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. MoTs

    McCain, McBush, McMIA from the debates. I hope Obama does not do a one on one photo op with Mr. Bush. Repubs will use it to link Obama to Bush for the campaign. No way, now how, no photo ops.

    September 26, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  2. Charles

    Wow! There is a whole lot of mean here and very little substance. Have fun being mean to each other.

    God Bless you all.


    PS: That's OK this probably won't get posted anyway. Censors abound

    September 26, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  3. John McBailin

    Maybe they can get Mr. Magoo to sit in for McCain at the debate?

    September 26, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  4. bill

    Obama is a loser, ( left wing liberal ), he claims he will cut your taxes don;t bet on it, he wants to increase the size of government that spells more taxes. He says he will build more roads, bridges and dams tell me whwere is he going to get the MONEY? And by the way the Dems don't want to drill any holes in the gulf, their answer solar, wind and hydro last I looked my car runs GAS. Get with it folks John Mc cain is the only answer to our problems.

    September 26, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. Justie

    Now Michelle's got accomplishments.

    September 26, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  6. BKoi

    McCain and his "old Navy Pilot, Hanoi Hilton , POW, war Hero' comments and bragging points will certainly NOT be missed! I am so sick of him beating those old drums! If that is all he has to offer he may as well pack up his kit and go home! Please, don't let him be there, and let the American people have an intelligent conversation with an intelligent , candidate, who, with any luck at all,will be the next president of the USA ! GO OBAMA!

    September 26, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  7. Rich

    Bravo Michelle! Go Barack!!!!

    September 26, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. Christian for Obama

    I say let Palin and Michelle debate. Caribou Barbie wouldn't know what hit her.

    September 26, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. Gail AL.

    Obama pays women in his office 77%, of what men are paid.
    0bama has taken 936 million dollars in earmarks
    Obama has taken 126,000 dollars from lobbyist
    Obama friends with Raines which made 90 million at Fannie Mae, and
    Obama adviser.
    Obama's shady deals with MR. Rezko
    Obama friends with Mr. Ayers, who bombed the pentagon, and said he wished had done more
    Obama has never made a decision, voted present 130 times
    Obama's listen to preacher, who preached racism, and hate for 20 years. Wife full of hate. Not First Lady material.

    September 26, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  10. Muslims for Barack Hussein Obama

    WE love are our savior and Michelle will be a great First Lady to break bread with in our new house...the White House. MUSLIMS FOR OBAMA 2008.

    September 26, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  11. Matt, PA

    Michelle is the worst. She isn't even proud of her own country. Obama could care less as well. He wants to campaign and debate. He is derelict in his duty as a US Senator in dealing with domestic issues like the economy. Thankfully John McCain puts country first.

    September 26, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  12. Bobe

    I think McCain should not go to any debate. It’s pretty obvious he doesn't know much so why should it bother anyone that he's not there? The apparent lack of intellectual curiosity on the Republican ticket is pretty scary. McCain's unsettling rashness in decision making and the thought that Sarah Palin is next in line should 72year old McCain win is enough the keep me on my toes until this whole thing is over.

    September 26, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  13. Terry

    While watching the interview with Governor Palin conducted by Katie Couric of CBS I suddenly couldn’t comprehend anything being said by Palin . For a moment I had a flash back of the novel entitled Stepford Wives. John McCain defiantly has to send her back to be reprogrammed because nothing made sense, and this woman is a heartbeat away from a 72 year old person running for president. With Halloween just around the corner I couldn’t think of a better trick and treat than this Republican Party this is very scary election. Go Michelle

    September 26, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  14. Good

    I have a brother who is a soldier...DID YOU GUYS EVEN READ WHAT YOU ARE BLOGGING??!! I think any time we speak of our soldiers no matter what your political affiliation is you need to take time and say THANK YOU!! I mean for you mccain get all happy when he gets in the 'way back machine' and talks about being in the military. There are people who are serving and we forget. I'm glad that Mrs. Obama is making a senitmental stand, and no i don't care that it may be a ploy. who cares!!! That same soldier is not putting his magic GOP cape on to save the day. He or she ACTUALLY IS saving the day. And for WHAT? They are under the pretence that they are helping YOU. So READ the actual article!! Especially those for Mccrazy.
    Obama '08.

    September 26, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  15. FayeCT

    I am a military wife. I personally feel she is bad news for America. She does not speak for all Americans or all military wives!!
    Why don't some you that are quick to balme the Republicians take a hard look at Congress. The people we have elected into office have let us down NOT just President Bush!


    September 26, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
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