September 25th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
13 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. a concerned American

    Who does McCain think he is???? This debate has been scheduled for months–how very arrogant to think he can pull the plug on this commitment–not the sort of person I want in charge of America–what a 'flip-flopper'!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Jeremy - PA

    Maybe Sarah Palin can sit in for McCain in this debate if he is busy dealing with the economic crisis?

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Mr.Citizen

    Is this some kind of a game???
    I understand that the Mccain camp wants to take political mileage on the economy crisis and Obama is no fool to turn up without him but why don't we give the slot to the MadTV hosts – they do a fantastic job (he he he he )

    September 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Emily

    Palin will come to debate with Obama to show her readiness to jump in, in the case of crisis.

    September 25, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. tigerakabj

    If McCain doesn't want to show up for part 1 of his final exam, then he gets a "0." Simple as that.

    What I'm worried about is that all this craziness is happening and it isn't even October yet.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. I can see Russia

    If you saw Palin at Ground Zero today or in Katie Courics interview you must have had your pants scared off you. Not a single thought or even complete English sentence.

    The lipstick is wearing off, leaving the...

    September 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Asta la victoria Siempre

    I just love these comments, ........ yes a group of people to figure out what is going on with mcsame head.. he will be napping at that time.. i think it is a great idea to have independents and regular citizens talk and debate with Obama .. forget old same old,

    you now my friends............

    Americans want to hear about the economy and so the debate shall go on, no matter how much mcbush and limbaugh and others want us to be distracted...

    they are trying to distract everyoen form Palin's posing with the firefighters and her stupidities saying that she can see Russia from the back yard gives her foreign policy (jajjaa, i can see the whole world laughing and i am not joking, starting with Putin: now she will say that Putin and Palin sound alike... and that makes them relatives.. not just neighbors then she will claim she can speak russian..)

    they are trying to distract us from the issue that mcsame advisor is paid by freddie and fanny, thousands

    they are trying to distract us from the fact that he had a stroke

    they are trying to distract us from the fact that they can not solve a crisis or do two things at once..

    they are trying to distract us from the fact that palin works with a witch hunter....

    and so on and on

    mcbush and cheney all over again.

    September 25, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Helen, MA

    Go Michelle!!! You are sooooooooooooooooo great!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Donna from Colorado Springs

    You go Michelle! I'm happy that this soldiers wife will be present at the debate. Maybe, if McCain bothers to show up, he might see the futility of this war through the eyes of a soldiers wife. But, I seriously doubt it. War mongers never change or admit that they could be wrong about going to war.

    September 25, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. Sandy

    This was a great big old stunt on McCain's part. He was down in the polls, he goofed several times last week, and Sarah Palin took some questions. Sen. Obama looks more Presidential everyday.

    September 25, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Che-3

    Folks it just been announced. The oldman will be THERE at the debate to do battle. So McBush says. Wsh him luck. I for one will put ALL my eggs in the Harvard Graduate Basket for a WIN.

    Obama WIN by ALL count.

    September 25, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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    September 25, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Daniel va

    Republcains are just a bunch of croonies. Everybody knows it.

    September 25, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Dan

    Why is Obama's wife even a part of teh debate??? What is it with these democrats that think their wives and their wives opinions are part of anything.

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Tracy

    More political games from Obama campaign. I am already tired of Michelle.

    September 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. DClaire

    Thank You Michele Obama for having a soldier's wife at the Friday debate, so very tender, my thoughts are so much with our soldier's, those still in service, those that have died, those that return home with missing body parts, confused, financial issues, broken hearts, a silence within them.....


    September 25, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. psittacines

    Does John McCain ever take his time and think something out before flying off the handle and calling for some grandstand play. This is our national economy here, not some fighter jet you can toss around. It pains me to say so, but I feel my Indiana voters starting to slip away from the GOP because we need CALM serious leadership right now. 🙁

    September 25, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Carrie

    Where is Palin in all this? Shouldn't she be out there campaigning while her running mate is supposedly working on the economy – oh wait, she is having Cold Stone Ice Cream – that counts right??????

    September 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Michael

    These guys are both clowns. If you think EITHER of them care about you, you are dead wrong. Obama is not the messiah and McCain is not the Devil. They are both just self-interested politicians. Besides, this isn't really a debate. These are carefully scripted questions and answers. If these guys want to show up, let them take questions from the audience and each other and go at it.

    September 25, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Independent but Leaning

    "Because sometimes it is easier to hold on to your own stereotypes and misconceptions; it makes you feel justified in your ignorance. That's America."

    –Michelle Obama

    Mrs. Obama does your blanket stereotype of our entire nation make you feel justified in your ignorance?

    September 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Kate Fergus

    Considering this is one of the most important presidential elections in our history, it seems unconscionable that McCain is making such a mockery of it. Choosing Palin as a running mate, refusing to debate, and rushing to Washington to save the economy of which he knows nothing, make it clear that he is not presidential material.

    Add to this all the lying!!!

    No McCain and Palin!!

    September 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. lodigg

    I am sick and tired of the antics of McCain. It seems like he is running scared. I think it is sad that Palin allows herself to be used for sexism to bring so called "energy" to the republican party. He only added her to the ticket to try to win female voters. To me–that is sexist. To allow yourself to be a token just to be in the spotlight, is just "Palin dumb. "

    September 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Gail from Fl

    Please America, wake up and stand with Obama. He is bright , articulate and will be a formidable leader for our country.
    McCain and Palin are pathetic, inept and are not ready or equipped to lead this country.
    I hope people will realize that these are critical times in our history. We cannot afford to make a mistake. Please, for the sake of our families and the country itself, vote for the Obama/ Biden ticket on Nov 4th.

    September 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Deb

    Thought this was a Rev Wright story. Phew.

    September 25, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. Ron Peoria, Il

    John McCain has nothing to say. He symbolizes everything that is wrong with this country. He has been a part of all the wrongdoing.

    John McCain could well be the end of America for most of its citizens if elected.

    No Social Security, No Medicare, No Medicaid, No Unemployment,


    September 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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