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. CB

    What's sad is that some people will continue to blindly support a man who "can't walk and chew gum at the same time." Had he been involved earlier, I'd understand his "concern" now. However, I find it quite odd that as soon as it's time to debate he deems it necessary to be in Washington– unsettling negotiations with his political shenanigans. I wonder what excuse they'll have when it's Palin's turn. Bottom line, if you're not ready today, you're not ready. If you can't multi- task, you're not ready. If you can't handle a simple Presidential debate, how will you handle foreign policy negotiations?!
    I don't know him and cannot speak on his character (other than what the media shows me), but I can say that as a team, McPalin is not prepared to lead America– especially in our current state. Call Obama's ability to organize simple if you'd like, but that's what we'll need. Any real change starts from the bottom– from people energized and empowered to be catalysts of change.

    September 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I am looking forward to the debate on foreign policy. Those of you who think the topic should be changed to the economy, think a bit about how foreign policy and the economy are completely intertwined. If it was not for the foreign policy mess, the economy would be far better off.

    September 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    we need the debates now more than ever, you are a charming lady Michelle,you will make a wonderful first lady.

    September 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. USN for Obama

    I love that MIchelle is bringing the wife of a military member. I'm retired U.S. Navy, having served for 23 1/2 years. In addition to (MANY) other things, I have been ashamed that McCain, as a Former Naval Officer of MY NAVY has stooped to the levels he has during this campaign. Although I respect his FORMER service, he has definitely behaved 'dishonorably' during this entire process and I do not want his 'service' for MY UNITED STATES now!!!
    The military is traditionally mostly R, but it is changing also. During so many campaign speeches, McCain has made it a point to have 'uniforms' in view of the cameras. GUESS WHAT MCCAIN, NOT ALL MILITARY MEMBERS OR VETS SUPPORT YOU!!!!!
    There are several Veterans for Obama groups, and I'm most definitely one of the members!!!!

    I am not one to normally put election material on my private vehicle, BUT I have a 'CHANGE' placard from my local campaign headquarters proudly in the rear windshield of my cars. Guess what???? My license plate frame says "Freedom Isn't Free – U. S. Navy Retired"........ My bit for sending that message to any undecided military personnel.. :):)
    Hmm... White woman, retired military,......Guess that means I'm 'supposed' to support McCain. NO WAY!!!! I'm a 'critical thinker' (hmmm,... I actually have a brain..... OMG! (and 2 master's degrees), and I've shot cannons through McCain's bull, as well as seeing the comprehensive, thorough and feasible nature of Obama's plans. Not to mention that overall, I deeply believe Obama represents the BEST HOPE for MY UNITED STATES than we've seen in a very, very long time!!!!!

    You Go Michelle!!!! Thanks for sending this message to the military folks/vets out there!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. Maggie

    McCain will be at the debates. Have no doubt about it. It's just another GOP gimmick to keep everyone interested. This economic problem is due in part to his twenty something year record of working to deregulate the banking industry. As a member on the Commerce Committee, McCain's agenda was to give banks the freedom to write their lending laws with little oversight from the government. The government is supposed to lookout for the best interest of the people; not industry. John McCain got it twisted somehow.

    Do some research people! All this information is free and open to the public. Visit the Library of Congress. It will tell you all you need to know about the congressional records of both Barack Obama and John McCain.

    September 25, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. DWoods

    Michele, keep up the solid support for America and for your husband.

    September 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Lilly 2

    Wow, lighting into McCain for wanting to see us through a crisis istead of debate Obamie. What about all the opportunities McCain gave him to debate town hall style? What's up with that? You Democrats live by a double standard.

    September 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. maurice

    i wonder if this is obamas idea of foriegn policy. and shame on him to use his wife as a prop for his campaign. im glad that any president has people who advise them. that get paid to give them answer and help make decesions. if not i couldnt imagine the fallout from that. but i will say it is kind of mrs. obama to have a military wife at her side. i`ll give many points for that. but i wont say i think it is something she did w/o hubbies strong input. that man is beyond power hungry he has a greed of it. i`d rather vote for elmer fudd.

    September 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Reagan

    So Michelle found one wife of a soldier who was willing to say she too hates America. Cool, maybe they can make communist muffins together later.

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Scott Tucson

    Like Michelle really understands the needs of the military families, having a husband who only signed up for selective Service must have been her inspiration.

    September 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. Lilly 2

    Great Michele! Did you find just the right one who will tell the world how awful it is to be a United States soldier's wife? Maybe you can get her to exude some of the hate you have for this country.

    September 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. barbara

    John McCain will be there. He wanted media attention and he got it!
    Every time things are not going his way he "gambles" and does
    something to take away the momentum of the Obama campaign. I don't think we need a gambler. We need someone who takes time to make decisions. We need a president who can multi-task and not "suspend" something when a crisis occurs.

    September 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Dee


    Your blinder than a mole!!!! Are you serious?? Palin can't even name off any of McCain's political points (see Katie Couric interview)!!!!

    Ohohoh, how about her idea of her foreign policy experience because she can see "Russia from her house"!!!!

    Michele Obama is the real deal!!!!! Get with it!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. mrsb

    The Obamas are showing the leadership we need. Steady, respectful, moving ahead.

    September 25, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Joe the Troll

    "If Sen. McCain doesn't want to debate then, the Obama campaign should invite some Independents like Bob Barr and Ralph Nader to participate so there can be a serious discussion of the issues amongst serious people."

    Just a Mom is 100% right.

    September 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. HoustonIndie

    McCain campaign said that the debate would wait till there is a deal about the bailout package. How long is that going to take? Are Americans OK with infinitely postponing the presidential and VP debates? Will there ever be any debates?

    September 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Please wake up McCain supporters, he is taking you for a ride on the wild side. Then he laughs at you under his breath to know that so many can be fooled all the time as long as the perpetrator wraps himself in Old Glory and whistles Yankee Doodle. All of us should be aware by now
    that because it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck does not mean that it is a duck. George Bush aided by Rove followed by McCain being
    aided by Rove have mastered the art of perception and deception.

    B E W A R E !!!

    September 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    Pandering? Obama can only win a debate if he is the only candidate, and then it would depend on his answers. The Saddleback forum was not good for him. I missed it, but when the Obama-bots started yelling McCain knew the answers in advance, I knew Obama had tanked. If he is the only one, who will they blame then? Oh yeah, the moderators were too hard on him. Isn't that what they blogged and complained about regarding one of the other debates? It took a skit from SNL to point out the bias in the media. Obama doesn't have much of a record to actually show much of a stance on anything. I will not be surprised to learn he won't vote yea or nay on this bailout. He'll most likely miss it because he's running for President and that is more important, to him.

    September 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. Sarah Smith

    Republican party

    acting like a loose goose


    republican party has a DINGBAT! cover girl for VP

    Insult to our intelligence

    but.. hey.. we are NOT INTELLIGENT, (point conceded))

    so the pin up VP and the

    overmedicated presidential candidate.....

    can DEFER the DEBATES

    who wants to


    September 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. amira

    Michelle Obama will be a great first lady with a big heart, lovely smile, intelligent and humble.

    September 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Ella, TN

    Michelle Obama is not only appealing but also very intelligent. She will be right up the there with Jackie O, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton. Beauty comes from within and she is going to make an awesome first lady.

    September 25, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. McCain IS A JOKE

    Superficial Guy: I not looking forward to Plastic Barbie ( Cindy McCain) being 1st lady ....unappealing!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Bs

    Senator McCain was pretty clear that he wasn't aware a bailout was needed until Bernanke blew the horn in Jerusalem.

    He has seriously compromised himself as the Republican candidate.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now .

    September 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. President McCain

    I demand to see Michael Obamas birth certificate. I swear I see an Adams apple!

    This choice of a wife proves that Obama has poor judgement.

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. pam

    Tell the miltiary wife not to worry about her husband because once Obama is elected, the national defense will be slashed and he will probably be put out in order to slash the miltary. People are soooo ignorant and uninformed, it makes me sick that her husband wears the same uniform as me!!!!

    September 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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