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. ree

    It's about time Michelle Obama did something for the soldiers. All the Obama ever did was say how they were against the war. It took him running for president for her to be proud to be American and to do something for the soldiers serving in Iraq.

    I can't see how anyone can think she would be a great first lady.

    September 25, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Every Wilson

    Barack Obama warned that John Mccain going to Washington would be interjecting presidential politics in to the bail out negotiations! He goes and he interjects partisan politics! This crisis has been covered up on purpose! Held to create a sense of urgency! Now, John Mccain wants to show leadership! He has been in Washingto for 26 years, and his leadership in deregulation and a free market without oversight is now fortelling. John Mccain suddenly wants to go to Washington D C, where he has been an deregulator for 20 yrs! He has a unique situation, his policies and lobbyist friends are responsible for this mess in the first place! He had an opportunity for over 20 years, to fight for regulation, oversight and less lobbyist influence in Washinton, but he chose to go with his republican party 90% of the time, which is a major reason for this debacle! This is just another political stunt by John Mccain to grab a spotlight! He and his party was for the Iraq War! Which has cost Americans taxpayers1 trillion dollars! He wants credit for a surge that is incomplete, but no credit for costing taxpayers 1 trillion dollars or for supporting going after Sadamm Hussein instead using the full might of our military, to go after Bin Laden!
    His hindsight like the surge and stopping his campaign after the fact to fix his judgment errors in policy illuminates his inadequacies and ignorance! We need a proactive president who forsees major problems and have the wisdom to safeguard America's interest! We have seen this urgent demand for congress to move and the people of America to follow this president's judgement quickly without inspection, oversight and scrutiny! Remember the Iraq resolution to go to War, the Patriot Act that took away many civilian rights and violated the privacy of ordinary Americans! I do not TRUST THE REPUBLICANS AND GEORGE BUSH AND THAT INCLUDES JOHN MCCAIN! REMEMBER MCCAIN AND BUSH HAS BEEN SAYING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THIS ECONOMY IS STRONG!

    September 25, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Dave in NYC

    Michelle Obama will be one of the smartest and most accomplished first ladies this nation has ever had. Go Michelle!

    September 25, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. Remy

    I hope McCain wants debate with Michelle Obama and not with Sen. Obama!

    September 25, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. Independent Montanan

    Good for you, Michelle. Military families are suffering myriad difficulties because of this war. I doubt Cindy McCain would invite a soldier's wife, or a soldier for that matter, to join her at any function. What would she have to talk about? Her designer wardrobe and jewelry that costs more than a soldier makes in a year?

    September 25, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Tom

    If McSame fails to show for the debate it should be a wake-up call for any 'undecided' voters. Let's face it, there is nothing so important going on in Washington that McSame can blow off the debate. It's only one night. If he's a 'no-show' it's a very bad sign. Obama should show up regardless. Sure the GOP will try to paint him in a negative light but Americans expect a debate come h*ll or high water.

    September 25, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. California Gold

    Barack and Michelle Obama continue to demonstrate their focus on Americans and the country.

    McCain is having a senior melt down. He suspends his campaign and Letterman show to race to Washington DC, only to spend his last but of credibility by not racing to Washington DC, staying in New York and interviewing with Katie Curic (a better deal), staying the night in New York and appearing at the President Clinton foundation where he kept a high profile, then mooched over to Washington DC.

    Barack Obama is rock solid and dependable. Michelle Obama will be a wonderful First Lady.

    September 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Bald ex-warrior

    Now here is a debate i could get behind...

    Michelle Obama vs Sarah Palin !

    heck, let's give Sarah the questions beforehand.. it would be a fair handicap don't you think?!


    McCain/Palin – Unstable/Unable

    September 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Walt

    The McCain camp is trying to delay so that the Palin (VP) debate will get pushed back a week. This is all a ploy. She is not ready. Did you see the interview with Katie Couric? I felt sorry for her.

    September 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. No Hillary = No Obama

    There's really nothing Michelle Obama has to say that I want to hear when it comes to the military or anything that her husband's campaign contrives to dispel her patriotically challenged beliefs. I find their manipulations distasteful and for the sole purpose of trying to get her husband elected. Let's just call this what it is – a ploy.

    September 25, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. Cynt

    Superficial Guy September 25th, 2008 9:13 pm ET

    I'm not looking forward in having Michelle Obama for 1st lady. She just seems so….unappealing.


    I suppose you would prefer the "stepford wife" type....or perhaps another beauty queen; both light on integrity and substance...

    Perhaps you should consider using the other noodle to think.

    September 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Joe Terrogano

    Superficial Guy, that is more than superficial, it is a really shallow comment. Personality transplant may help.

    September 25, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. Ann

    Its incredible the hypocrisy of Obama's family when it comes to military. What has this coward in common with soldiers?

    September 25, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    The presidential debates are a long standing tradition in American election process. The town hall meetings were made up by John McCain. I think tradition alone negates your response.

    "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 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. Denver Rules

    Let's see here....

    Michelle Obama – Accomplished lawyer

    Cindy McCain – Accomplished inheriting money and popping record amounts of Xanax and Oxycontin

    September 25, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. David

    The presidential debates are a long standing tradition in the American election process. The town hall meetings were made up by John McCain for this campaign. I think tradition alone negates your response.

    "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 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. Obama Mama

    Why should Obama follow McCain all over the country for "town hall" style debates? He has his own agenda and people he wants to reach.

    This is just another example of McCain trying to force Obama to follow his crazy lead! Everyone has been waiting to see these debates, and everyone is angry about this (not including the Republican Kool-Aid drinkers.)

    Michelle Obama '16

    September 25, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Another Republican for Obama

    If Palin is ready to step in as POTUS from Day One, why didn't McCain hand over his campaign to her?

    Hmmmm....Even McCain does not trust Palin with his campaign. Why should we trust her as V-POTUS?

    September 25, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. Che-3

    To Lilly 2:
    Obama does NOT answer to McBush. Obama runs his own show in his own terms. Get a life.

    September 25, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |

    GO GIRL GO!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. GUY

    roll of the eyes...

    Really? Is this supposed to mean something to me?

    Who cares who she has with her... it's all just part of the marketing of America. She picked her for publicity reasons.

    And we the people continue to fall for the games...

    September 25, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. TN

    i love Michelle!!!!

    September 25, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |

    Anybody who says Michelle Obama is unappealing needs to really get off the meds. Not only is the woman beautiful and sexy, but smart with a little bit of feistyness. Plus, she's in the best physical shape that I've ever seen. You see them arms of hers. Working out seems to be a religion for the Obamas. They could be the real role models for getting these lazy, video game and cell phone texting possessed kids to take physical fitness more seriously and reinstitute Physical Education to our already obese kids back in our schools.

    September 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  24. Louise

    Michelle Obama is an inspiration.

    September 25, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  25. Debate should go on

    Obama should attend the debate and layout what his plans are and where he stands on the issues. If McCain chooses not to show up then he is at a lost for the opportunity to do the same.

    September 25, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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